Happy {Serenity Now} Weekend

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Good things come to those who wait, right? With our depature for Greece less than two weeks away, I’m certainly salivating for a walk on the beach…and just trying to keep my head above water until we get there. Hence this week’s tardiness for our wrap up post. While I know many of you are probably hunting for eggs right now, I’m taking this holiday to simply retreat, unwind and attempt to clear my head. Many changes are afoot…the only question is which path to choose and what direction that path might take us…

Only time will tell. But for now, here are a few fabulous links to keep you busy!

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> Cinco de Drinco! Summer entertaining is around the corner- need these!

> Hot Mama! Kuddos to Jen for looking this great just days after giving birth.

> Crashing Coachella. Bey and Jay do it again- we just wish we were there!

> Barcelona and Bread. You knead to stay here if headed to Spain!

> HM x Wang. This is going to be a big one- get out your camping gear now!

> Chickpea Cakelets? This vegan recipe sounds and looks ah-mazing!

Blogging Essentials By Me! I break down what things are really like running a blog!

> Obsessed with Totokaelo! And their new creative director’s home.

> Mark Your Spot. Enter your puppy pal in this Instagram contest to be the honorary furry face of M&G (and win a $500 doggie bag)!

image via pinterest – apologies for the lack of source – anyone know it?!

Confessions of a Shopping Genius + a Giveaway!

While I certainly don’t consider myself to be the ultimate shopping guru, being from Seattle, I have long been aware of one the best kept secrets for fashion-lovers out there: Nordstrom Rack. It’s always been my source for the ultimate designer scores. But now the secret is out – the Rack {as us native Seattlites call it} is heading across the country opening new stores and celebrating with a very fun campaign “Confessions of a Shopping Genius” and they’ve partnered with bloggers to help spread the word. Truthfully, I was a little reluctant to give up one of my favorite hidden gems for great deals, but I realized I had to share the love. I know you can relate to that “Yess!!!” feeling when you score those heels or that bag you’ve been stalking.

To kick off their #ShopGenius campaign, the Rack brought a great group of bloggers from around the country to San Francisco. We celebrated the opening of our beautiful new Rack in Union Square {have you gone yet, SF readers?? It’s huge! Deals for days}. I loved getting to meet other fabulous bloggers {like this one, this onethis one and this one} whose style I’ve long admired. We closed the experience by getting to enjoy a private shopping event at the Rack where I made my latest score: my new favorite pair of jeans by Haute Hippie! I’d been considering the bleached denim trend and I’m quite happy I took the plunge.

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get your shop on: amour vert jacket   //  amour vert blouse  //  maxstudio heels similar here & here // Baggu bucket bag similar// Margaret Elizabeth cuff // Marisa Haskell necklace //  Haute Hippie jeans scored at Nordstrom Rack 


This week I’ve partnered with the Rack to host a killer GIVEAWAY, tailor-made for a shopping genius such as yourself! We put together FIVE prize packs filled with all kinds of goodies; each bag will contain a mix of things ranging from sweet Bliss bath products to Stila Cosmetics, a Coach fragrance, a Kate Spade wallet and a cool summer infinity scarf. All told, these puppies are worth $170! It’s a sweet little package if I do say so myself.

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But this giveaway does require you to get a little creative! To enter you need to share your own “Confession of a Shopping Genius.” Mine, as you may have caught in the pic above is: “I feel sexier in jeans than I ever do in a dress.” And it’s true. Something about wearing pants always makes me feel way more self-assured.

What about you? What’s your deep dark fashion secret? You’re going to want to come up with your best confession because not only am I picking my five favorites to get these prize packages, but the confession may also be featured on Nordstrom Rack’s Instagram account. Bonus! With all that pressure, here are a few sample #ShopGenius Confessions to get your creativity flowing:

> There’s no such thing as being “too graphic”
> I have the mouth of a sailor and the shoes to match
> Quiet is boring. I prefer to make as statement

And here is the nitty-gritty on how to enter to WIN:

ENTRY RULES*
1. Follow @nordstromrack & @Apartment_34 on Instagram
2. Comment on my Instagram of my #ShopGenius find and share your own confession. Be sure to tag @NordstromRack. You can see my pic here
3. Don’t forget to include #shopgenius with your shopping confession

I will choose my five favorite confessions to win. So make ‘em good. I can’t wait to read ‘em. And GOOD LUCK!

 

Photos by amour vert

*This giveaway will be open for entry from Saturday April 19 until Wednesday, April 23 11:59 PM, PST. Open to U.S. residents only. Chances of winning dependent upon total number of entrants. Winner will be notified via email & announced at the bottom of this post after April 23. Total prize package value $170. This post is in partnership with Nordstrom Rack. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting posts that keep Apartment 34′s doors open!

Knit It Or Quit It!

Ever since we witnessed this amazing crazy-bananas, off the charts art installation in Australia, to say we’ve been obsessed with jumbo knits would be a slight understatement. We’re mind-blown by the different wools, textures and weaves artists and new designers are using to make these works of art. So obsessed, we’ve looked into classes to learn this once embarrassing, ‘old woman’s hobby.’ Knitting is SO back and it’s better than eva!

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How epic are these pieces?! That stool made by Claire Anne O’Brien is everything. Everything, we tell ‘ya. And we nearly shed a tear over our first image- that dress/throw/wearing of art/whatever it is {world’s greatest Snuggy?!} makes us want to quit our day jobs, rent a cabin for three months and sit there until we’ve completed a uber-jumbo knit throw. We can see it now…

But until that day {never!} comes, we’ll have to shop these designers’ incredible knitted pieces!

 

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get your shop on: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 

 

So has becoming an extreme knitter just moved to the top of your dream professions list?? Us too! It’s stupid how good these pieces are. Any knitters out there willing to teach us your ways? We see a knitting sabbatical in our futures!

Curious to see whatelse we’re obsessing over these days? Consider this!

 

image 1 via Johan Ku // 2 via Claire Anne O’Brien // 3 via Christien Meindertsma // 4 via Nanna Van Blaaderen // 5 via Remodelista