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The JCR Girls: Style, Class, and a Bit of Sass! A Life/Style blog based in NYC + MPLS.

Early Access: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Selections

Early Access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale kicked off last week, and we won’t even blame you if you’re sick of hearing about it already! In an effort to hold your interest (and hopefully be helpful!), we’ll keep this short, sweet, and to the point. Below, find a roundup of picks from the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale [Early Access: July 13-20. Public Access: July 21 – August 6].



I mean, how fun is this Split Sleeve Tee? The best part — it’s only $28!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t stop collecting candles. Especially when they are divine-smelling Diptyque Candles (they never go on sale… so seize the opportunity!)

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Treat yourself to Tory Burch boots, pumps or sandals (while they last!)


Ok, so the CALPAK Marble Luggage isn’t part of the Anniversary Sale (unfortunately), but they are just too fun, I couldn’t resist including them in the marble roundup. I did go a bit crazy on the DKNY Marble Bath Accessories though. Can’t wait until they arrive and everything is matching and streamlined.

That’s it! If you’re wondering what authority I have to report on the most anticipated sale of the season, the answer is… I’m really no expert. Just practical person who loves a highly anticipated sale.

P.S. Pajamas! I forgot the PJs! These Moonlight Pajamas by Nordstrom Lingerie are insanely comfortable. They come in your choice of 5 colors and there’s a short version, too.

Thanks for reading! Let us know what else you find in the comments below or on Instagram, @thejcrgirls.

How to Shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – An Organized Approach

Surely you’ve heard plenty about the much-anticipated Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by now. Maybe you even stayed/woke up until 3am EST to be the first to shop the sale. TBH, I wanted to wake up and shop, but when my alarm went off I just couldn’t bring myself out of bed. Turns out, it was fine because everything I wanted was still in stock 5 hours later. Phew.

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Here’s what I ended up purchasing from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale so far:

And here’s what I’m considering for Round II:

If I didn’t already own the following, I’d use this opportunity to buy new gear on sale:

And beauty products:

Want our secrets for navigating the chaos and finding the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale items that best suit your style? Here’s our organized approach:

Step 1: From the Nordstrom homepage, click on Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access (highlighted in the top navigation). Then, decide where to start. Choose between Women | Men | Kids | Home | Beauty Exclusives.

Step 2: We initially started with Beauty Exclusives (then sorted by price: from low to high), but for the sake of this tutorial, we’ll shop the Women’s Sale section.

Step 3: When you first click into the section, you’re inundated with 3,000+ items (currently 47 pages of product listings!). Kind of overwhelming, right? So, use the categories in the sidebar on the left to trim down the selection. From Instance, you can select just “Clothing” just “Shoes” or just “Handbags & Accessories.” For our search, we left the “Category” options alone and went straight to “Brand.”

Step 4: Scroll through the entire brand list, and select all the brands you like / are curious about. Once you’ve been through the entire list, you’ll have a pared down Women’s Sale section shopping list, featuring only the brands you have interest in. For us, that means selecting:
ASICS
Aveda
Badgley Mischka
Barbour
BCBGMAXAZRIA
bkr
BP.
Burberry (Dream Life!)
Caslon
Catherine Malandrino
Charles by Charles David
cupcakes and cashmere
Diane von Furstenberg
ED Ellen Degeneres (Most products aren’t on sale, but still so tempted!)
Elie Tahari
Eliza J
Frye
gorjana
Hanky Panky
Hudson Jeans
Hunter
Halogen
J Brand
J. CREW
Joie
kate spade new york (50 items!)
Lauren Ralph Lauren
Longchamp
Madewell
Maggy London
MICHAEL Michael Kors
Nike
Nordstrom
PAIGE
Patagonia
Pendleton
philosophy
rag & bone
Sam Edelman
Skagen
Sole Society
SPANX
Sperry (Honestly, the men’s section is so much better)
Sole Society
Sugarfina
Tahari
The North Face
Tibi
Tory Burch (24 items)
Tumi
Zella / Zella Body (72 items)

Step 5: Repeat this process for any other categories you find of interest. If shopping Beauty Exclusives, there are currently only 313 products in stock, so sifting through 5 pages of results really isn’t too taxing. I’d recommend checking them all out! We’re especially fond of the following:

Benefit Cosmetics
Bobbi Brown
CLARISONIC
diptyque
Estée Lauder
FRESH
Jo Malone London
Kate Somerville
Kiehl’s Since 1851
Mario Badescu
NARS
OUAI
Shiseido
Sigma Beauty
SPACE.NK.apothecary
stila
Supergoop!
WINKY Lux
Yves Saint Laurent

So…what have you found? Overall, are you more or less impressed with the selection than in previous years?

Home Update: Master Bedroom Revamp Part II

If you tuned into Part I of this series, you know how much we love our new Lull mattress. After it arrived, we had to act quickly to get the rest of the room together (primarily the bed components so the old and new could be fully swapped out in one evening).
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Rather than purchasing an upholstered bed frame + headboard combo (because $$$$), we found a wood bed frame [Templeton Exceptional Platform Bed in Walnut from Wayfair] + separate headboard [Cora Upholstered Wingback Headboard by House of Hampton – also Wayfair], and we love the way they pair together! The big bonus of going this route was the ability to ditch the box spring (since the mattress fits right on top of the bed frame slats) and ditch the bed skirt.

Since we already owned this nuLOOM Handmade Casual Braided Wool Grey Rug, I wanted the wood frame and navy blue headboard to complement the existing rug vs. compete. This also guided our choices for sheets [Classic Percale Navy + White Stripe Sheet Set] and duvet + cover in classic white. For now, we are still using our Classic Down Full/Queen Duvet Insert from Crate & Barrel (it just covers the bed vs. hanging over the sides). We’ll probably end up upgrading to the King size for winter, but for now it gets the job done.

Since we don’t have king sized pillows or shams yet (suggestions welcome!), I’ve been borrowing throw pillows from other parts of the house to jazz up the bed in the interim. Love how these Oversized Banana Leaf Throw Pillows look on both the bed and our brown leather sectional (currently on clearance, grab ’em here), and the Navy Bird Throw Pillow is also a Target Threshold find.

The Target trend continues with the nightstands, and although assembly is required, we’ve been pleased with the pair of Campaign Nightstands in White. I’m also loving these Davenport Chests from Joss & Main (perhaps for our guest bedroom?). It complements this Agostino 6 Drawer Double Dresser so nicely!

For now, we’ve opted out of window treatments (aside from the wooden slat shutters that came with the place) and neglected to add a signature “end of bed bench” or pair of X-benches to the foot of the bed. Since the frame is visible, I don’t think we need ’em (but open to your ideas on finishing touches for the space, if you have any!).

Fun fact: the lamp is from a hotel furniture resale shop (when hotels redecorate they purge their bedroom collections and start fresh). The base of the lamp has two outlets – perfect for charging my husband’s work phone and personal cell phone at once, without cords stretching across the room.

Home Update: Master Bedroom Revamp with Lull Mattress


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MATTRESS: Lull  //  HEADBOARD: Wayfair  // BED FRAME: Wayfair //  THROW PILLOWS: Target + Target  // NIGHTSTANDS: Target // RUG: Overstock

We’re slowing but surely making updates throughout our 1950s rambler. Our latest project: the master bedroom. When we moved in 2 years ago we were delighted to find enough room in the master to fit a king bed. But, at the time we had a relatively new mattress + headboard and couldn’t justify the cost. This month, we decided to make the leap in an effort to make our master more complete, and reuse our existing furniture to spruce up our guest bedroom.

Let’s start with the mattress. We were delighted when Lull reached out, as we’ve heard such wonderful things about their mattresses. As expected, Lull made the upgrade to a luxurious foam king bed pretty painless. I was skeptical how this “bed in a box” concept would pan out, but delivery was quick, setup was simple, and the mattress is so comfortable it feels like we’re staying at a high-end hotel.

What’s more? Lull comes with free shipping, free returns, and a 100 night risk free trial.

Contrast this with our first-ever mattress buying excursion, and it’s a night + day difference. Last time, we had the standard “strip mall mattress store experience” that resulted in forking over a much larger percentage of my paycheck than expected. I think I also left with a headache, from all the corny jokes and amateur sales tactics. Well, at least I had a mattress, right? (My old one was ruined when the roof of my rented condo leaked while I was on vacation. Yuck.). Talk about a terrible experience all around!

The Lull bed literally shows up in a box on your doorstep, so there’s no need to awkwardly test out mattress after mattress under the watch of a sales associate. If you’re in the market for a new mattress, check out Lull. Twins start at $550, while our King came in at only $950. They even offer a 100 day trial period, so if you don’t like the mattress you can return it. JCR readers can get $50 off your Lull with my discount: www.lull.com/sale.

**Thank you, Lull, for sponsoring this post! Opinions are our own.

P.S. I’m pretty camera shy but… here’s a peek at how simple (and dare I say fun?) setting up your Lull mattress can be!

Styles Suited for Summer

Summer is just around the corner and it has us craving sandal season, summery prints, and breezy dresses. We’ve been especially drawn to blue + white stripes (surprise!), one-shoulder and off-the-shoulder styles, and bow slide sandals. See below for our top picks from May 2017:

Blue + White Stripes

Bow Slides


These Sam & Libby bow slides from Target are just $24.99! They come in 3 colors: Black, Taupe, and Blue & White Stripe. We are also loving these Sam Edelman Henna Bow Slide Sandals.

Banana Republic Sale Selection
We casually swung by the mall on Saturday to grab a bite at Ruscello at Nordstrom. Afterwards, we spotted a sign outside of Banana Republic touting a 50% off sale (on sale items; 40% on regularly priced merchandise). I suggested we stay out (seriously!) but the husband had other plans.

The result? We each found 3+ items that fit perfectly and help fill gaps in our wardrobes. There were several other pieces the caught our eye, but we didn’t pull the trigger quite yet. I’ve rounded up some picks that we purchased (or almost purchased):

Nordstrom Triple Points
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I don’t know about you, but the news of an upcoming Nordstrom Triple Points day propels me into planning mode. After a great deal of research on summery tops, I present you my top picks:

Since we recently returned from a beach vacay (Big Island, Hawaii – highly recommend!), we’re missing the scenery and the sweet scent of sunscreen and saltwater, bathed in sunshine. To us, Bobbi Brown ‘Beach’ perfume sums up this desirable scent beautifully, and transports one back to their favorite beach with a simple spritz:

Switching gears a bit, spring cleaning has extended beyond the closet and into the rest of the home, too. We’ve been swapping out throw pillows for summery styles, and seeking a master bedroom overhaul in the near future. We’d love your help on headboard selection – see options below!

Home Decor

A few weeks ago I started a search for a new pair of oversized pillows for the sectional in our sunroom. (We’ve had red-white-green plaid pillows since November, and they’re just to
“holiday” to work year-round). Saw these Oversized Banana Leaf Throw Pillows on Target.com, but wasn’t so sure they were right for our needs. After seeing them in-store though, I discovered the quality is much better than it looks in the photographs, and I was sold! We love how this pair of tropical pillows accents our Brown Leather Sectional.

Speaking of pillows, we’re also loving this cheeky reversible “Reserved” Pillow from Pottery Barn. I mean, how darling on an outdoor chaise lounge?!

The next search is for a suitable headboard for our master bedroom. We’re upgrading from a Queen to a King, and our current headboard (which I do love! Similar style here) will no longer fit. We have plans to move it to our headboard-less guest bed instead. I’m drawn to several different styles this time around, and would love your help in determining which route to go! The options (all from Wayfair):

Option 1: Regal
Riviere Upholstered Panel Headboard

Option 2: Dramatic
Crawley Upholstered Wingback Headboard 
Cora Upholstered Wingback Headboard
New Britain Upholstered Wingback Headboard

Option 3: Shabby Chic
Velvet Upholstered Wingback Headboard
Elsa Upholstered Wingback Headboard
Halsey Upholstered Wingback Headboard

Option 4: Leather
Baffin Upholstered Panel Headboard

Option 5: Vintage
Parklan Headboard
Vienna Slat Headboard

Thanks!
-Marty

What We’re Into Right Now: Spring Skincare + Beauty

Skin is in!
You’ve heard us rave about Glossier (and soon we’ll review their latest product, Cloud Paint), but we have some new additions to our skincare and beauty routine to share, too:

Anti-Aging
Each March we’re reminded that our birthdays are just around the corner and that, well, we are aging whether we like it or not. Recently we’ve been introduced to some high-end wrinkle reducing, fine line minimizing, and preventative skincare products. We’ve been especially impressed by these three from Kate Somerville, Doll Face Beauty, and Fleur de Sante. Open to additional recommendations, too! For each of the following, a free sample was provided for review. Opinions are our own.

Kate Somerville
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Wrinkle Warrior gets two thumbs up! After reviewing this complimentary product, we’re excited to experience more from the Kate Somerville product line. To shop this product and others from the lineup, visit: kateso.co/Wrinkle_Warrior.

Doll Face Beauty
In this same category, we’re also super impressed with Doll Face DEFEND.

From the moment we opened the package we knew this was something special. There’s comfort in hearing that “eventually every Doll Face will see some early signs of aging,” and realizing that it happens to all of us. Thanks to Doll Face Beauty, there’s a new way to cheat nature and fight the signs of aging – it’s called DEFEND Intensive Age Defense.

Fleur de Sante
It was last March that I tried my first rose-infused beauty product – the Rose Face Mask from Fresh. I was intrigued by the ingredient originally, and have noticed it’s been popping up everywhere lately! Am I the only one who’s finding that some of the best beauty products are made with actual roses? 🌹 It’s scientifically proven to produce results, plus makes me all the more confident in doing what’s best for my skin (the alternative is, of course, chemicals).

This Intense Smooth Fine Line Minimizing Serum is from @fleurdesante and not only makes a gorgeous addition to the medicine cabinet, but appears to contain high quality ingredients and produce results. What more could you ask for?

And if you’re into the roses thing, also check out Glossier Soothing Face Mist (made with Rosewater) and/or Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater.

Lather Inc.
Next in the lineup, Lather. This line of holistic skincare products comes with some unique natural ingredient combos, like grapefruit + juniper and bamboo + lemongrass. We’re especially smitten with their Sea Kelp + Ginseng All-Over Mask (and yes, it can go “all over” – body, face, or even your hair). 
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If you’re into essential oils, you’ll love Lather products.

Sky Organics
If you’re into essential oils and DIY projects, you’ll really love Sky Organics. First, read up on the benefits of body care through natural nutrients. Next, decide which products are right for you and then read up on how you can make them yourself! You’ll likely pick a carrier oil and at least one essential oil (we love the freshly peeled scent of Organic Sweet Orange).

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For multi-purpose recipes and ideas for using your Carriers + Oils (and other ingredients, should you choose them), visit the Sky Organics Blog. I wrongly assumed one needed a chemistry degree to make hair masks, scalp treatments, and body butter, but I will be trying all 3 recipes out shortly. Follow along on TheJCRGirls Insta Stories!

Wander Beauty
Wander down the beauty aisle at Sephora at you’ll likely spot an up-and-coming cult fave, Wander Beauty. We gave the On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator a spin, and we love the multitasking nature of this tool (not to mention the beautiful packaging!). The On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator can be worn over 10 ways on the face, lips, eyes, and body. It’s perfect for gals on the go, and we love using it to refresh blush and highlights around the eyes between work and evening plans.

Shown here: Coral Rose / Nude Glow.

ShopandBox
Have you caught on to the Korean beauty craze? We just started exploring Korean products that are not available in the U.S., and have to say, there’s quite a few interesting lines worth exploring! For starters, check out the “Trending” section on Sephora.com to see a plethora of Double-Cleansing Oils, Watery Creams (we LOVE  Belief), Pre-Saturated Sheet Masks, and more. If you’re ready to take things a step further, a service called ShopandBox can help you shop for cult faves only available abroad, and then box them up and send them to you in a matter of days. ShopandBox is a global personal shopping service and they pair you with a “Boxer” to help you purchase the items you’re seeking.

Boxer Jess helped us find a few products we were interested in, including this Pantone Color of the Year Eye Palette, and then ship them to the U.S. for us to enjoy (along with several fun samples!).

Jess also recommended we test out a few of her favorite masks, and we’re excited to share details and results in an upcoming post.

What are your favorite beauty finds lately? Please share in the comments below or on Instagram – @TheJCRGirls.

Give the Gift of Wine

There really isn’t anything more special than a DIY’d gift. But let’s be honest, it can be hard to find classy, adult DIY options. Enter the Craft A Brew Wine Kit. Yep, you can make your own wine – what’s more adult and classy than that?! As someone who will never say no to a glass of wine, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make my own!

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The kits (which retail for $60 USD) make five bottles of wine so you’re getting a pretty good price per bottle! So, the economics of it check out. Now I’ll share some overall takeaways I have from the process itself:

  • This is not a solo project – but I think part of the fun of it is sharing the experience with someone else!
  • It was really cool to see the science behind wine making! Because you are turning juice into wine it’s going to go through a lot of chemical changes so don’t be alarmed if it looks a little weird or things are moving around.
  • After phase one you have to get the wine out of the jug and into a pan to add some more components to get your wine to the finish line. I gotta be honest, this step wasn’t fun for me. It was a little frustrating but ultimately we (my boyfriend was so kind and acted as my wine making assistant) figured it out!
  • Be sure to read the instruction manual in its entirety before starting the process. I was super excited to get to making my wine and I think if I would have read through every step it would have been beneficial.

CAB2In the end, the wine tasted pretty good but for me it was just cool to know that I made it! I loved checking in on my wine every day to see how things were changing with it.

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The whole process takes a month so if you start soon you’ll have wine ready to go for Mother’s Day to celebrate all of the special ladies in your life and National Wine Day to celebrate well…your special love of wine. I also think it would be so fun to buy the kit and go through the wine making process with your mom or girlfriends! Here are some more of our favorite wine-centric items to mix in with your gift or girls night:

PS – thanks to Craft A Brew for sending me the pinot grigio wine making kit. All opinions are my own!

Week in Review // February 2017

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart, Galentine’s Day with your girlfriends, or just trying to avoid the hype altogether, we’ve outlined some “sweet” ideas for treating yourself and others.

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Spending money on lavish dinners and giant bouquets of roses isn’t always money well spent. Instead, choose a little something that will make you happy for months to come (well, except those gummy bears, we all know those will be gone in a flash!).

If we had a little cash (or a Nordstrom Note to burn) we’d consider one of these pretties:
CHANEL Rouge Coco / Diptyque Scented CandleJo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Cologne‘Naked2’ Palette / ‘Naked Smoky’ PaletteSugarfina Rose All Day Rose Infused Gummy Bears

Or pretty much anything Sugarfina, for that matter! I mean seriously, how cute are these?
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They’re almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
[If you’re in MN, be sure to swing by the new (permanent!) Sugarfina shop at the Mall of America near the Radisson Blu.]

And then there’s our perennial favorite, Glossier!
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Try Glossier Haloscope,  Soothing Face Mist, Generation G, Priming Moisturizer Rich or Super Pure.

Essie-Nailpolish

Could pink nails be any more fitting for Feb? Didn’t think so! Essie has nearly every shade under the sun (and we love most all of them!).

Similarly, you may be seeking a pop of pink or rich red lip color. Here’s a sampling of our faves from The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain [Left x 3] and Clinique Chubby Sticks [right x 2].
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Have you seen the new Clinique Chubby Crayola  Lip Crayon Box Set? Never imagined this partnership, but we don’t hate it!

If you’re looking for something nude or dark + dramatic instead, check out these new beauties from Bite Beauty @ Sephora.
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*We shared more details on these products on Instagram. They were sent to us complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.

And a few more wildcard picks for good measure…
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French Girl Organics  // Swarovski Crystalline Stardust Pens // Rose Bath Salts

P.S. We’re on the lookout for cute Valentine’s cards. Comment with suggestions, please!

Gift Guide: $100 and Under

Next up in our gift guide series – our favorite gifts for $100 and under – and this time, we didn’t forget about the guys! Below, check out round ups of the perfect presents for her AND him.

For her:

For him:

 

Gift Guide: $50 and Under

Still stuck on what to get those last few people on your list? Our next gift guide is sure to give you some inspiration and keep you under budget. Check out of favorite gift picks that are $50 and under:

If you’re a last minute shopper, don’t worry! We’ll be squeezing in a few more gift guides before the holidays are here so stay tuned!