3 random things

Improvising Date Night

Justin and I were finding that we wanted another place to sit that wasn’t on the couch so we moved our larger dining room table back into the original formal dining room. Honestly, I could happily live without that room and would rather it be more kitchen, but for now we are just going to use it for it’s original intention. That opened up the living area close to the kitchen, so I’m getting a few chairs to create a slightly more “formal” but still comfortable and easy sitting area for us. This is one finished corner, I’m simply waiting on the other chair and an ottoman to complete the space!

rocking chair, rug, similar artwork, sideboard, similar table

For lunch lately I’ve been making a southwest salad that is so crunchy and flavorful. I pick up two bagged salads from Trader Joes, a southwest one and a mixed greens one and blend them together in a bowl. I top it with some sliced avocado, grilled chicken, and a few tortilla chips. The Green Goddess salad dressing, from Trader Joe’s as well, is so good. The ingredients are written on the front, and I love how simple it is. I shared this recipe on my Instagram stories and a few people mentioned that they use that dressing as a marinade for chicken. I want to try that sometime as I’m sure it’s delicious!

And finally, the Nordstrom sale starts tomorrow!

Every year, especially since I started blogging, I would hear all about this Nordstrom sale. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started to pay attention to it and two years ago I went with my friend Caroline to shop in store on the first day of the sale.

The reason why it’s such a big deal is because it’s new arrivals marked down, which almost never happens. So it’s a great time to look for fall or winter items to add to your wardrobe at great prices!

I’ll be sharing some of my picks on the blog + Insta, from beauty to clothing and shoes, and here are some important dates to keep in mind if you are wanting to shop the sale!

If you have a Nordstrom card, you can shop the sale before the general public between July 12-19th. On July 20th, the sale opens to the public so anyone can shop, no need for a card!

Listen, I don’t get any kickback for recommending the card, but if you are on the fence I’d say it’s worth having one because a lot of items sell out quickly.

You can find more details about the sale here, and follow along on instagram to see what I find!


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Tamara Cummings says · 07.11.18

I love the Nordstrom Anniversary sale! Such a great time to shop! Also you can get a Nordstrom Debit card which qualifies you for shopping early if you don’t want to open a credit card. Can’t wait to see your shopping picks!

And I’m off to Trader Jo’s that salad looks yum! πŸ™‚

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog says · 07.11.18

Trader Joe’s is one of those places I really want to visit when I go to the US. It’s not a landmark or anything, but I always see people showing off their buys from the store, and a lot of those items, we don’t have here in Hong Kong! πŸ˜›

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

Britney Matheson says · 07.11.18

Your new sitting area looks amazing! Can’t wait to see it when its finished!

Jenny says · 07.11.18

Your sitting area looks great! I will steal your southwest salad idea if you don’t mind πŸ™‚

Deb says · 07.14.18

I hope you didn’t pay $400+ for the rocker, at Target. It is $213 at hay needle.

Kate says · 07.15.18


Hilary says · 07.19.18

Hi Kate, how do you like the rocking chair so far? I’m due with my first baby in the fall and am considering it for the nursery. It’s hard to tell how comfortable the cushion is, and whether it’ll be good for hours of nursing. Thanks for any thoughts you might have on it!

Kate says · 07.19.18

It is very comfortable but I would suggest getting a rocker with cushioned arms instead of this one!

Hilary says · 07.19.18

Oh good point! Thanks so much, and LOVE your blog! πŸ™‚

Russell Noah says · 01.09.19

I love rocking chairs

Shannon says · 05.11.19

I really love that rocking chair!