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My Holiday Visit to Waco: Tips on How to Shop the Magnolia Market and More
I went all out with my Magnolia experience!

I went all out with my Magnolia experience!

On a recent trip to Dallas, I decided to take a road trip to Waco, 1.5 hours of big open freeways and fast Texan drivers! Looking for a fun "Magnolia Home" experience, I arrived in Waco a bit late on a Monday as this was not a breakneck, “see everything” event. But, lucky me, I ended up nailing it on timing anyway and breezed my way through the day without major crowds or challenges.

Tip #1 – Make Your Visit on a Weekday

I started at the Magnolia Table, which is right off the freeway and a mile or two from the famous market, silos, and bakery. Having done little research for my visit, all I had heard was, “go early and be prepared for lines.” Contrary to this advice, I was on the list, through the gift shop, and in my seat in about 15 minutes. The very sweet hostess said there was often a 2-3 hour wait. Phew! That would not have worked for me.

Chip’s always got something to say…

Chip’s always got something to say…

Welcome to the Good Ol’ Days.

Welcome to the Good Ol’ Days.

Just love this decor!

Just love this decor!

Tip #2 – Talk with Staff and Diners, You Never Know Who You Will Meet

I was seated at the counter between two women. One was from St. Louis and was in town for the prior weekend’s festivities at The Silos. The other was an inspiring young gal who was traveling from Austin to Dallas and just decided to stop in on her way home. I was pleasantly surprised that all of our meals were fabulous. It really was the real deal – good food, good prices, and great decor!

The staff with their smiles as big as Texas.

The staff with their smiles as big as Texas.

Happy to be here.

Happy to be here.

My delicious and ample chicken salad.

My delicious and ample chicken salad.

I also had a fun experience in the gift shop meeting a lovely lady while I was waiting for my reservation. I couldn’t help but comment on her adorable hat and she was so happy to stop and chat while visiting with the Take Away staff. I later found out that this petite bundle of energy was, in fact, Joanna’s mom Nan! The Magnolia Table staff talked to me about her big heart and love for her spirituality. They said she even had a beautiful prayer box for the employees. Inside the box, the staff could place their heartfelt needs and concerns for help so that she could pray for them. It was so apparent that they all adored her and were thrilled whenever she stopped in. I can certainly see why!

The prayer box lives on a wall in the employee room.

The prayer box lives on a wall in the employee room.

Tip #3 – Take it All in, Save Your Shopping for the End, and Use the App 

After lunch, it was time for me to head to the main attraction. Driving right through an industrial area I arrived at several cheerful black and white structures that somehow made me feel happy inside. Parking was easy (again the day of the week matters) and once parked, it was a quick walk to The Silos.

The infamous silos. It took a lot of creativity to see what was ahead.

The infamous silos. It took a lot of creativity to see what was ahead.

I started at the market and made my first run through. Not buying a thing, I just feasted my eyes on all of the great little treasures that the market had to offer. Then I walked the grounds, taking it all in.

Black and white delight!

Black and white delight!

Just me and a sweet little cottage.

Just me and a sweet little cottage.

Vast grounds for plenty of fun-filled events.

Vast grounds for plenty of fun-filled events.

It was a beautiful, dreamy Texas day. Overall, I enjoyed the vibe of the combined spaces. The lawn was teaming with people who were playing and just hanging out. The food trucks were somewhat quiet but, oh my gosh, the choices were varied and delish! I loved the adorable garden store. So fun and friendly! And at this time of year, the Christmas decor made it even more lovable.

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Photo Dec 10, 2 38 10 PM.jpg

After taking in the entire experience, I was ready to shop! So, I marched back into the market and began shopping in earnest. Using their app made it easy to see what was available to ship and what I had to take home with me that day. Because most of what they sell was available online, I filled my bags with easy to transport items and Magnolia Market only merchandise. 

Check out this super cool “chandelier” made out of sugared, wooden spoons and spatulas.

Check out this super cool “chandelier” made out of sugared, wooden spoons and spatulas.

There’s beautiful treat for your eyes on every display.

There’s beautiful treat for your eyes on every display.

Chip’s favorite day, in junk letters.

Chip’s favorite day, in junk letters.

Everything you need for a cozy home.

Everything you need for a cozy home.

Before I called it a day, I headed to The Silo Baking Company for a sweet treat and some coffee for the ride back to Dallas.

Tip#4 – Ask the Staff Which Sweets are the Best and order Several Treats. 

At the bakery, you line up, receive an order card, make your choices, pay the cashier, and wait for your name to be called. During this quick process, I asked the staff what their favorites were. They said seasonal specials and cupcakes were the most popular items. With their guidance, I was in and out in 15-20 minutes and left with the most sweetly boxed goods. I love a company that appreciates the importance of packaging.

Worth the wait!

Worth the wait!

They make it so easy to ask questions!

They make it so easy to ask questions!

A little sweetness “to go”!

A little sweetness “to go”!

What a great experience! I was worried it might be a bit contrived but, I am a believer and I think you might be too. Exploring Chip & Joanna’s world was authentic “Fixer Upper”; Good style and design with heart! Let me know if you are visiting soon or have visited. I would love to hear from you!

Still Time To Shop The Nordstrom Sale!
I'll never get tired of shopping this  great sale!

I'll never get tired of shopping this great sale!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is firing up all forms of social media as everyone weighs in on what they think is the best of the best. Well, this Seattle girl grew up on this sale. I remember my mom taking my sisters and me to the Anniversary Sale for back-to-school shopping starting in about junior high. I've been shopping this sale so long, I was even there when “Famolare Get There” shoes were all the rage!

A girl can never have enough booties!  Get your pair here. 

A girl can never have enough booties! Get your pair here. 

We always got to pick out two pairs of shoes and a pair of jeans as well as several other great finds from Brass Plum (now BP). After shopping the sale, my mom made it clear that we were not allowed to wear any of our new clothes until the first day of school! It was tough deciding which pieces would make the cut. So, we carefully organized our purchases in our rooms and tried them on over and over throughout August.

As Nordstrom people here in Seattle, we still find ourselves looking forward to this sale. Whether shopping for our families, our homes or ourselves. We know what lovely people make up the Nordstrom family and the great things they have done for Seattle (and now all around the country).

So, cheers to a fun sale and great shopping!  Here is what we added to our shopping cart online and scooped up at the stores. Yes, many of the pieces we wanted were sold out on day one and two and the site got overwhelmed early, but here's to hoping they restock some of these items.  Have a great time shopping – we did!!


Click on an image to shop!

Hello Scottsdale!
Welcome to Scottsdale!

Welcome to Scottsdale!

In an effort to escape the endless rain in Seattle, David and I headed to the sun! We were able to pack in a ton of activities into a quick weekend trip to Scottsdale. Check out these highlights from our trip to Arizona.

The newly renovated Copperwynd won't disappoint.

The newly renovated Copperwynd won't disappoint.

Gorgeous patios and pink sunsets.

Gorgeous patios and pink sunsets.

February is the best time to enjoy the outdoors in AZ.

February is the best time to enjoy the outdoors in AZ.

Where We Stayed

The Copperwynd Resort is a little bit out of town but worth the drive. We knew it was the weekend of one of the largest car auctions in the US so we chose to stay  away from the action. The resort was lovely and recently became part of the Kimpton Hotel family. All of the hotel’s public spaces have been recently renovated and they do not disappoint. The staff said the rooms are next and boy do they need it but, they are spacious with lovely views and a fireplace. We had a great stay and enjoyed the pool, spa, tennis courts, and even a star gazing event. Fun!

David and I had so much fun exploring the dining options in Scottsdale.

David and I had so much fun exploring the dining options in Scottsdale.

Where We Dined

There are so many great restaurants in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area that it’s hard to choose when you just have the weekend. But here are a few you won’t want to miss:

  • Barrio Queen -  Try their authentic Mexico City dishes and great margaritas!
  • Citizen Public House -  Established in 2011 in Downtown Scottsdale, the modern restaurant serves award-winning fare and delicious drink concoctions.
  • Farm & Craft - Focused on healthy and sustainable food in a community-style atmosphere.
  • FNB - This award-winning restaurant has continued to receive acclaim both locally and beyond for its richly flavored, globally accented seasonal menus.
  • The Mission - Come here for the modern latin cuisine and romantic, hip atmosphere.
Getting ready for a fun day at Top Golf.

Getting ready for a fun day at Top Golf.

It's tee time!

It's tee time!

The Champions Grille @ TPC Scottsdale

The Champions Grille @ TPC Scottsdale

Great views are everywhere at TPC.

Great views are everywhere at TPC.

I love the criss-cross patterns on the green @TPC.

I love the criss-cross patterns on the green @TPC.

What We Did

In addition to relaxing by the pool, spa treatments and playing tennis at the resort, we found some fun activities around town that were great!

Enjoying the views and clear air at the Sonoran Preserve.

Enjoying the views and clear air at the Sonoran Preserve.

Considering your next getaway? Try Scottsdale, there’s so much to do and who doesn’t love a little vitamin D?

Mar Adentro Cabos
A truly blissful experience.

A truly blissful experience.

Who’s ready for a good trip in 2018? Well, I have a great recommendation – so excited to share this very cool hotel with you. David made the arrangements for our getaway knowing how much I love white and he loves cool architecture. Fresh, hip and, yes, VERY white with amazing architectural details. If you’re up for a trip to Mexico, let’s go! 

And, I was hooked the moment I walked in the door.

And, I was hooked the moment I walked in the door.

Located in San Jose del Cabo the Mar Adentro Cabos hotel is designed by the well-known Mexico City architect; Miguel Angel Aragones. The hotel was built by local artisans and created in a very linear fashion.

The organic "bird's nest" restaurant seemingly floats along side the linear lines of the hotel.

The organic "bird's nest" restaurant seemingly floats along side the linear lines of the hotel.

Inside the restaurant, artisan baskets line up mimicking the architecture.

Inside the restaurant, artisan baskets line up mimicking the architecture.

The vibe is low key and relaxed connecting guests to the water and horizon. There’s a lovely pool and beach and several beautiful spaces for cocktails and dining. And don't forget to visit the glorious spa!

White on white on white, love it!

White on white on white, love it!

The rooms have clean lines and are so well appointed that you almost don’t want to unpack and mess with the decor. All rooms are complete with the best technology; an iPad runs everything from your shades and temperature to the TV and lighting. And speaking of lighting, it has a lighting feature that virtually changes the colors of your room. But my favorite amenity is the outdoor tub and lounging space that's great for meditating, sitting or sleeping on the deck.  Outdoor soak & sleep - oh yes – we did that!

Structured yet fluid lines throughout.

Structured yet fluid lines throughout.

Go check out the Mar Adentro Cabos. It’s a modern hotel experience that I know you will love!

Shopping at My Launch Party with Evereve
What a fun group of ladies, and one gentleman. Photo by  Folrev Photography

What a fun group of ladies, and one gentleman. Photo by Folrev Photography

I was all in when Sophia, a stylist at Evereve, called and told me about a fun service they offered – an evening of shopping & cocktails with friends! My dear friend Pamela loves a good party and cute clothes so she hosted the event with me which doubled the fun. So exciting! In fact, I decided to create the shopping experience for the launch of my blog as well!

Even with all of the choices, we were able to narrow it down to one outfit with several pieces awaiting us at the party.

Even with all of the choices, we were able to narrow it down to one outfit with several pieces awaiting us at the party.

A week before the party, Pamela and I visited Evereve to shop for an outfit to wear for our event. A lot of their clothes were under $50! What great price for quality. By shopping before, we had more time to chat with friends, help choose great outfits for our girlfriends and let them know what fun was ahead for the blog! 

The stylish staff at Evereve welcoming everyone.

The stylish staff at Evereve welcoming everyone.

A beautiful tablescape always sets the mood.   Photo by  Folrev Photography

A beautiful tablescape always sets the mood. Photo by Folrev Photography

So thankful for this sweet stylist from Evereve!

So thankful for this sweet stylist from Evereve!

The girls were loving it! Evereve had great everyday wear and some really fun statement pieces. The stylists that worked with us were so impressive – they were so much fun and really knowledgeable about all of their clothing.  I was thrilled to have shared it with such amazing women, oh….and Tomas (one husband came) too!

It was a great opportunity to see friends! Photo by  Folrev Photography

It was a great opportunity to see friends! Photo by Folrev Photography

Pamela showing the ladies the her site. Photo by  Folrev Photography

Pamela showing the ladies the her site. Photo by Folrev Photography

Happy shoppers. Photo by  Folrev Photography

Happy shoppers. Photo by Folrev Photography

Caught in the act! Photo by  Folrev Photography

Caught in the act! Photo by Folrev Photography

Everyone was buzzing around the beautiful store getting ready for the new year! Photo by  Folrev Photography

Everyone was buzzing around the beautiful store getting ready for the new year! Photo by Folrev Photography

Cheers to all my friends who came out to support the launch of the site! Photo by  Folrev Photography

Cheers to all my friends who came out to support the launch of the site! Photo by Folrev Photography

If an evening of shopping and cocktails sounds like fun for you and your besties, contact your local Evereve store and they will set you up. Our group was a little larger than the norm as we were also introducing my new blog, but hosting 15-20 would be an ideal group. Did I mention that everyone gets 15% off that evening or you can make it a fundraiser for a local charity? 

And if you're all partied out and you just want to shop from the privacy of your home, use this link to get FREE shipping on orders over $50! 

Take a peek at some of my favorite pieces that are perfect for the New Year and happy shopping!

Even my teenage daughter Elle approves of this adorable lace top from  Evereve ! Photo by  Folrev Photography

Even my teenage daughter Elle approves of this adorable lace top from Evereve! Photo by Folrev Photography