Memorial Day Sales

It's a long weekend! Hooray! We're heading up North to enjoy the weekend with some of our friends and can't wait. In case you need a last minute meal to make, I shared my flank steak taco recipe yesterday. This is a great cocktail for the weekend, too!
Are you going to be doing any Memorial Day shopping? I snagged two adorable shirts from J.Crew Factory yesterday when the sale started:
This eyelet ruffle sleeve top: (tried this on in the store and the sleeve isn't itchy at all)

And this embroidered tie sleeve top: 
As timing would have it, Nordstrom is having their half-yearly sale. Great prices on some cute pieces (up to 40% off!) Some favorites of mine are below + some other great Memorial Day Deals:


Clothes, Jewelry, Home:

Jewelry + Home:



Bloomingdales: 20-50% off select regularly priced items.
LOFT: 40% off everything
J.Crew: 40% off everything with code GETAWAY
J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything with code WINWIN
West Elm: Buy more, save more with code SAVEMORE 
Anthropologie: extra 40% off sale home + 25% off sale clothing + 20% off full-price home decor and furniture
ASOS: 20% off with code SUNNYDAYS
Madewell: 20% off dresses with code PRETTYPLEASE
Target: sale on home decor and patio
World Market: save up to 20% + FREE shipping + 30% off outdoor.
Pottery Barn: Up to 30% off with code SAVEMORE
Lulu & Georgia: up to 25% off on your entire purchase (get discount codes here)
Hope you enjoy your weekend!
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Flank Steak Taco Crock Pot Recipe

Do you have that ONE recipe that you know you can make perfectly and it'll be a crowd-pleaser every time?! I sure do. It's my flank steak tacos. And when I say "my recipe" I mean my mom gave me the recipe and she originally got it from my aunt ;) It's tried and true, friends! I've mentioned it here on the blog before but never shared the recipe, so I thought I would being that it's Memorial Day weekend and this is the perfect thing to cook for a large amount of people.

Picture from this very similar recipe

1.5lbs of flank steak for 6 people (I was going to make 3lbs for 10 people this weekend)
1 can Mexican Stewed Tomatoes (for MI locals, I've only ever found these at Meijer)
1 small can mild green chilis
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp minced garlic
salt and pepper

Taco sides:
Spanish / Mexican rice
shredded cheese

Score the Flank Steak on both sides. Salt and pepper both sides of steak. Put in the crockpot. Dump all ingredients on top of the stead. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-8. .Usually I do low for 4 then high for 1 or two. Stir every so often, making sure the juices are on top of the meat. An hour before serving, shred your flank steak with two forks. This should happen easily (that's how you know it's almost done!) 

We serve this just like any other tacos by topping them with rice, avocado, cheese, lettuce, etc. The only thing I wouldn't do is beans. 

They are so delicious and any time I make them, everyone always wants the recipe! Maybe this will help your Memorial Day meal planning. Oh! And leftovers are almost better than the first time you eat juicy ;) 

Let me know if you try them!

Before I sign off for the day, I wanted to let you know I'll be back with Memorial Day Sales tomorrow, but in case you want a head start, here are a couple already going on!

Nordstrom: Half Yearly Sale! Up to 40% off!
Bloomingdales: up to 40% off Designer Handbags
LOFT: 40% off everything
J.Crew: 40% off everything with code GETAWAY
J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything with code WINWIN
West Elm: Buy more, save more with code SAVEMORE 
Anthropologie: 20% off home decor and furniture
ASOS: 20% off with code SUNNYDAYS
Madewell: 20% off dresses with code PRETTYPLEASE
Target: sale on home decor and patio
World Market: save 20% + FREE shipping!


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Kauai Open House Tour

When we were in Kauai about a month ago, my parents set up a couple tours of open houses nearby, since it's their dream to live there one day! It was raining outside, so it was a great pastime. There was a house in particular that I just LOVED so I thought I'd show it to you here. The owner had quite the eye for design. It was a sea of blue, turquoise and pops of other hues to brighten it up. Perfectly coastal and beachy, but without being cheesy!

Here's the living room:

I loved the coral prints framed around the TV. It helps distract from the TV, which is a great eye-trick!

This coffee table was incredible! I also loved this gorgeous coffee table book. I think I want it for myself one day :)

The one thing I felt was too much was the rug. I could have done with a neutral rug, myself ;)

The kitchen had been newly redone with quartz counters, marble subway backsplash, and a really cute shell chandelier over the breakfast nook.

I loved this little wall with fish plates. I'm not a fan of fish normally but this was so fun and appropriate for Hawaii!

This is the half bath. Is this not the craziest mirror you've ever seen? I found it online and linked to it below incase anyone wants to drop $3,300 on a mirror ;) Ha! I couldn't believe it. It does make a big impact!

This is the master bedroom upstairs.

The Master Bath had this pretty waterfall feature over the tub.

This was the second bedroom. It's hard to pull off complimentary color palettes (colors across the color wheel from one another, like orange and blue, green and red or yellow and purple) but this homeowner made it work!!

The bathroom off this room was sweet, too. Coastal and chic.
Get the look: 

Not the first thing I'd want to do in Hawaii, but definitely a great rainy-day (more like tropical storm...) activity!

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The Perfect Summer Romper + Wedges

Last week I was in Nashville teaching The Bloom Workshop and it was a lot hotter there than we've yet to experience in Michigan this year! I was SO glad I found this romper a couple days before our trip, because it made the perfect outfit to wear to teach during the first day of the two-day workshop. I'm pretty picky about rompers and have a little checklist in my head when trying them on.
Things I look for in rompers: 
- Not too short
- Not too long ;)
- Comfortable fabric
- Fun pattern
- Somewhat fitted (to give some shape. Also, I try to sit in them in the dressing room to make sure they don't create an unwanted bulge you-know-where ;))
- Washable (nothing worse than only being able to take something to the dry many of my tops are like this, so I'm trying to be more careful about what I buy!)
I just fell in love with this one and it was on sale, so double win! It's 50% off now!!

The sleeves are flowy and so sweet. The top is sort of a wrap look, but has a snap to make sure you don't fall out of it ;) The back has a zipper so it's fitted and gives me a little shape.

These wedges arrived a couple days before my trip so I thought I'd break them in by wearing them every day before I left. I was so surprised that even the first day I wore them, they were already so comfortable! I didn't get any sores on my ankles or by the toe. Woohoo! The leather truly feels like butter. They feel pretty luxurious for being under $80! I got them in gray but they come in 4 colors.

Photos: Ashley Slater Photography
romper / wedges / bracelet / necklace
After 8 hours in this outfit, I can honestly say it was all comfy enough I'd do it again! I'm always on the hunt for cute sale pieces, so the Loft is a go-to for me (not sponsored, just sharing!) I also just learned f you buy something full price, you can have your receipt adjusted up to 14 days after your original purchase. So great! 
Hope you have a great day!
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