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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Open for the Public

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is Worth The Hype. Best time to buy Fall and Winter pieces.
Cardigans// 1 Ryder Cardigan ($64.90) //  2 Open Front Cardigan ($49.90) //  3 Circle Cardigan ($49.90) // 4 Ribbed Cardigan ($59.90)
Sweaters// 1 Off the Shoulder Sweater ($42.90) // 2 Bell Sleeve Pull Over ($39.90) // 3 Cold Shoulder Sweater ($49.90) // 4 Tie Hem Sweater ($49.90)
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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is Open for the Public

So the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally open to the public as of yesterday. I know I am late to the game but I didn't feel like posting about it because I was too busy shopping at the sale haha. I was about to head to the store, but since it was pouring outside, I decided my laptop would do. Before I go on about the items on sale, I promised you all last week  that I would share a memorable story about the Nordstrom Sale that happened last year.

Memorable Story About the Nordstrom Sale

Almost a year ago, my first set of surgeries was the removal of my sentinel lymph nodes. This surgery occurred a week before my double mastectomy. As I slowly started to wake up from the anesthesia, the first thing I said and asked my nurses was 'Did you know that Nordstrom is having their Anniversary Sale? I really need to go shopping before my favorite stuff goes out of stock'. Hahaha! My nurses were like 'You are barely conscious and Nordstrom is the first thing that popped in your head.' But it reminded a couple of the nurses that they should shop it haha!

Then during recovery after my double mastectomy (and remember this was a 9 hour surgery) and as I started to slowly wake up, I kind of freaked out to my nurses. I told them 'I don't have anything cute to wear. I need to go to Nordstrom because all the cute stuff is on sale'. And my nurses were like 'You just got up from a 9 hour surgery and all you want are some cute outfits'. At least it lightened the mood up in the Recovery Unit haha. Then they turned to my husband and told him that he really needs to take me to Nordstrom.

Can you tell I'm a true shopper at heart?! This is a silly story but it was a happy memory in a strange way. I was probably in the worst pain I've ever felt but shopping the Nordstrom sale brought me joy. So now this sale just reminds me of the laughter it brought everyone after my surgeries and that makes me happy. So this sale now makes me really happy (not that it didn't already haha).

Why the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is Worth the Hype

Many people have said it and I've seen it too, this sale is all over social media. Some are counting down for the sale to be over so they no longer have to see these posts haha. I get it. But for me, I think the sale is worth the hype. Why? Well, I'm the kind of girl that loves buying basic pieces. Basic pieces are so versatile. I also don't like to spend too much money. We have a budget and we like to stick to it. So this sale just makes some of the basic pieces I am eyeing more affordable. Chicago has all 4 seasons, or in my words 2 seasons: cold season and summer season. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has all the items I need for Chicago's cold season. Usually these items are pricey.

So that is why I think the sale is worth the hype. All the Fall and Winter must-haves are marked down and they are definitely needed when the cold weather starts rolling in. This sale is not about finding the most unique and fashion forward pieces. This sale is about the best quality, basic pieces to stock up in your closet for the cold weather.

xo RD

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Activewear & Beauty

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Activewear

Sharing another set of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites! This time it activewear and beauty and you guys there is so much good stuff!! If you don't know yet, last week, I shared my favorites which features a variety of stuff: cardigans, jacket, boots, etc. Also, at the upper left corner of my blog is a section dedicated to the sale. Just click on the section that says 'Nordstrom Anniversary Sale', and it will direct you to all the post I've created about it!

One of the main things I look for when shopping this sale aside from Fall basic pieces is activewear. Some of the most popular and high quality activewear brands are marked down. So I use it as an opportunity to stock up on my favorite workout clothes for the year! Last year, I bought a few (haha yes a few) Zella cropped leggings and I loved it! This time I want to add more colors to my workout leggings and go for more colorful leggings. I also love my S'well bottle. It really does keep your beverage cold or hot for at least 24 hours. I usually use it when I workout because I like my water to be cold. Wanna know how good it is? I would have ice cubes (to make it extra cold) in my S'well bottle, and I would keep it in until the following day and the ice cubes have not yet melted!
Nordstrom Anniversary Beauty Exclusives

Here are beauty products I've tried and loved! So when I saw these as part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives, I was so excited!! I highly recommend the neuLASH Lash Serum and NeuBROW Eyebrow Serum. As most of you know, I lost my eyelashes and eyebrows from chemo. So I started uses these serum and they are working! My eyebrows and eyelashes are starting to look like the length and thickness it was pre-chemo. I am a big fan of the Estee Lauder Night Repair!  My skin has never felt so good! So when I saw that they have a set on sale, it is like skincare heaven!

xo RD

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access Favorites

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access Favorites
2. Tie Front Blouse ($31.90)
3. Split Hem Jeans ($179.90)
4. Blush Pump ($79.90)
6. Suede Moto Jacket ($125.90)
7. Quilted Vest ($86.90)
8. Legging Skinny Jeans ($149.90)
9. Slide Loafer ($59.90)
10. Over the Knee Boots ($119.90)
11. Black Skinny Jeans ($89.90)
12. Pink Sneakers ($74.90)
13. Pleated Midi Skirt ($49.90)
14. Tie-Hem Sweater ($49.90)
15. Striped Off the Shoulder ($45.90)
16. Ankle Booties ($129.90)
17. Red Mules ($49.90)
19. Top Handle Satchel ($149.90)

If you haven't heard yet, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale started today for those with early access. Early Access is given to those who own a Nordstrom credit card. Pretty much you get access to one of the biggest sales of the year a week earlier than the public (Public access is July 21 - August 6).

This is for sure one of my favorite sales ever! This is because you can get most of the Fall new arrivals for a fraction of the cost. After August 6, the prices go back to regular price and unfortunately they don't go on sale anymore after that. For me, this is the perfect opportunity to get all the Fall/Winter items without paying full price! Because unfortunately, cold-weather will be here before we know it!

I'll be honest, I wasn't planning to do a post on the Nordstrom Sale until next week (when the public gets access). However, since the day didn't turn out the way it was planned and put me in a bad mood, I started to peek through the sale and I couldn't resist sharing with you guys what I am loving and planning to buy! I actually have a memorable story about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that happened last year towards the end of my chemo treatments. So in an odd way, this sale brings back happy memories in one of my weakest moments. I will share that with you guys next Thursday! Right now, I am focusing on my purchases haha. I am a true shopper at heart!

Since this sale is so large and so many awesome items will go on sale, I will continue to share more in an organized fashion i.e. activewear, beauty, etc. If you look at the top of this page, there is a section dedicated to the Nordstrom Anniversary. That is where all the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale posts will be compiled. Hopefully this will make it easier instead of trying to look through the archive of my posts.

Have you guys shopped the sale yet? Any Favorites?

xo RD

5 Tips on How To Be More Organized

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Five Tips To Be More Organized
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Five Tips To Be More Organized

Five Tips To Be More Organized
I don't know about you, but I constantly feel like I have a never-ending list of "To Do's" and I'm trying to multitask by doing several different things at once. At work, I'm managing different projects, tasks, meetings, and oh I have day-to-day stuff that has to be done every single day. Then when I get home, I have to cook, clean, run errands, etc, etc. Then I have this little hobby of mine called RD's Obsessions, where I answer emails, handle social media, work on blog posts, and manage all the back end stuff that goes on when running a blog. I am also active with non-profit organizations and the list goes on. On top of all of that, I still have chemo brain. Honestly, I'm already exhausted explaining all of this to you haha. But I know I'm not alone. We live in a world where there is not enough time in a day to get everything we need and want to get done.

Five Tips To Be More Organized
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One thing I know that has helped me stay on task and prevented me from being overwhelmed is staying organized. Being organized has helped me prioritize and manage my time wisely. If you constantly feel like you are running around with your head spinning, being organized will help you feel accomplished, prevent you from feeling overwhelmed, and also helps you get shit done!

How to Be More Organized

Five Tips To Be More Organized

1. Sit down and write a list.

Give yourself 10 minutes (and I honestly think it won't take more than 5 minutes in reality) to write a list of ALL the things you want to get done. I usually create my list for the day first thing in the morning after I shower and settle into my desk at work. I write it all out! Also, Sunday I write down what I'd like to accomplish that week. This helps me create my daily lists.

Five Tips To Be More Organized

2. Define what can realistically be done.

After looking at your list, think about what you can realistically do in a day. Sometimes, I have to write out next to each item how long it takes to complete each task. This helps me figure out what I can actually do and what I can sacrifice. This will assist in prioritizing. Remember, there are only 24 hours in a day and you HAVE TO make time for a proper good night's sleep.
Five Tips To Be More Organized
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3. Make a schedule and create deadlines.

Now that you know your to-do list and have defined what you can do in a day, put it in a schedule. For instance, at work, I devote the first half hour to answering emails, then the next hour I devote to daily tasks I have to complete, etc. I give myself mini deadlines (or I like to call it, daily goals) so I know I am accomplishing what needs to get done. Have a meeting or want to set a time to chat with someone? Put it in a calendar. It is the only way that you will not forget and it will ensure time is dedicated to it.

4. Stick to your schedule.

I get it, there are things that will pop up that will be out of your control. Some you have to put all your attention to. But most of the time, it can wait. Follow your schedule and then get back to it. I know when I check my emails, everything appears 'urgent'. I stick to my schedule anyway. If I get distracted by every email that comes through, I will never get anything done. It's okay to get off track here and there to handle TRULY urgent matters, but you don't want to get knocked off your schedule constantly. Remember when I said I dedicate time to answer emails in #3? That's how that gets handled!
Five Tips To Be More Organized

5. Buy a planner.

Want to know how Steps 1 through 4 can get done? By getting a planner! Writing it out and visually seeing what has to be done helps you become more organized and productive. Plus, you will not forget it. I have chemo brain, so I feel like I am always forgetting things. So I write down a lot of my to-do's. If you're on the hunt for a new planner, I recommend the Erin Condren Life Planner™.

Not sure if you remember, but last month I attended an event at Dylan's Candy Bar hosted by Erin Condren and shared it on Instagram. If you've never been to Dylan's Candy Bar, I highly recommend it! The cocktails are amazing and the food is delicious! Plus, it is a candy store so it will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth nostalgia. If you have kids, they would be in heaven. So basically it is a win for a family haha! I was introduced to all the features of the Erin Condren Life Planner™ at this event.

ive Tips To Be More Organized

Why Erin Condren Life Planner

One of my favorite features is that their planners are customizable. If you know me, you know I love to customize! I love it when things feel special and made just for you! They have a large selection of different covers, and within those covers you can select different color options, different bindings, etc. The options are endless! It can be personalized, so of course I added my name on the front cover. But you can also use your initials, monogram, or even your blog's (or business') name. It's totally up to you!

The Erin Condren Life Planner is made for you. So all these fun features can be tailored to your personality. Another cool feature, is that the covers are interchangeable! So if you decided you no longer liked your current cover and/or wanted to switch it up based on different seasons, you totally can! How fun is that! I know I am always changing my mind, so it's great for someone like me haha.

No joke, this planner makes organizing more fun. The layout is great to follow and fits any lifestyle and it actually makes me feel better about my chemo brain. I know it sounds silly, but when your mind is foggy everything can be overwhelming. So having my planner makes it easier.

With that said, I highly recommend trying it out! You can get 15% off your planner. Just make sure you are using the promo code 'GETSOCIAL15'. You won't regret it! If you do get one, let me know what you think and how you personalized and customized it! I'm a stationary junkie, so I love hearing this kind of stuff haha!

Five Tips To Be More Organized

Five Tips To Be More Organized

xo RD

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One Year Post Chemo: What Cancer Taught Me

12 Things Cancer Taught Me

I Finished Chemo

I can't believe a year ago from today was my last day of chemo.  The picture above is the length of my current hair. Crazy to think it has grown so much! A year ago, I thought it would be impossible for my hair to grow back.

I remember the last day of chemo so vividly.  That morning I was so anxious. I kept praying and hoping that my numbers were at the appropriate level to receive chemo that day. I didn't want any further delay because I just wanted to be done. I was fed up with feeling so weak and sick from chemo. I missed so much how delicious food tasted and I couldn't wait to be able to enjoy eating again. Cycle after cycle, my body felt worn down and I was just tired of that.

Waiting for my blood test results was so nerve-wracking. As I mentioned above, I really wanted my numbers to be spot on. After what felt like hours, I received the results and was admitted to chemo. The nurses and staff were awesome. They knew that day could potentially be my last day of chemo. They gave me the biggest room so it could accommodate all of my immediate family. It was a day to celebrate!!

12 Things Cancer Taught Me
When that last drip completed, we were all jumping for joy, literally. It wasn't guaranteed at that time that it would be my official last day of chemo, but you know what, I cherished that moment. Luckily, after my mastectomy, it was concluded that I no longer needed chemo. However, I did have other treatments in my plan. But I didn't care, I was done with chemo. One thing to mark off.

Without a doubt, being diagnosed is scary. Heck, a lot of things you hear about cancer are pretty scary. When I first heard I had to go through chemo, I cried and cried and cried in the car after I left the hospital. There's that possibility of death that just hovers right over your head. But you know what, I learned a lot since I was diagnosed with cancer. Some are new things, some are things I already knew that were confirmed.

What Cancer Taught Me 

(in no particular order)

There's always a silver lining.

Yes, that is right. There's ALWAYS a silver lining. Not just on good days but on any type of day and scenario. Sometimes we have to look a little deeper. Sometimes we take some of the good things for granted that we don't realize we actually already have it good. I've heard a lot of heartbreaking news my entire life. Some are harder to accept. But no matter what, even in a tragedy, there is ALWAYS something good. It could be something as simple as your cup of coffee staying hot longer than usual, able to catch the bus on time, or catching every green light on the road. No matter what, there are always good things happening in your life. Even on bad days, there's more good things that happened than bad things.
12 Things Cancer Taught Me

There's more than one kind of cancer treatment.

I'll admit it, prior to diagnosis, I thought surgery and chemo were the only options for treating cancer. But there are SO many more treatment options out there. Each person's treatment plan can be very different and can contain any number or combination of treatment options. For me, it was chemo, targeted therapy, surgery, and hormonal therapy. Many people assume that because I finished chemo, I was done with getting treated. However, that was only one part of my treatment plan. After chemo, I started targeted therapy. My targeted therapy consisted of continuing to get one of my chemo drugs administered intravenous (aka - the process is just like chemo). However, instead of having the drugs target my entire body it targets a specific part of my body. It also has its own set of side effects.

Saying 'No'.

I used to be afraid to tell people 'no'. But after being worn down from treatments and trying to recover from side effects, it can be too much to agree to do even the most simple task. I learned that it is okay to take care of yourself. I used to feel like if I didn't have a legitimate excuse, then I couldn't say 'no' to people. I felt the reason behind my 'no' was not legitimate and so therefore I would agree to whatever someone asked me. For instance, I would agree to go out for dinner because I didn't think saying "I can't because I want to stay in after a long day" was an acceptable excuse. I didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. But in reality, the people who love and care about you will understand. Not taking care of yourself (physically and mentally) can have harmful effects. So it is okay to give yourself a break.
12 Things Cancer Taught Me

The body is resilient.

I never fully understood this statement until I experienced what my body went through. My body went to hell and back, but guess what people, I am still here and living. It still needs work and time to feel better, but I'm all in one-piece. What we fail to realize is that the body's natural reaction when something goes wrong is to amend it and try to get it back to normal. It may take time, but the body can heal itself. It is amazing when I looked back (especially the photos in this post) how much my body has transformed.

Cancer is a lifelong journey.

This is a current revelation. The journey doesn't end after chemo, after surgery, or after any treatment. Getting better either physically, mentally, and/or medically, will take time and it may take the rest of your life. I learned to come to terms with this when I attended the YSC Summit and they validated all the things I was thinking and feeling. I'm not going to lie, it's not an easy road. Some days are so much harder than others and I can't explain why. But no matter what, I don't let cancer define me. It's ok to let it be part of my life. It has shaped me into who I am.

12 Things Cancer Taught Me

Don't compare.

I used to constantly compare myself to others, especially during the beginning of my diagnosis. I was sad I couldn't travel, I was jealous some people didn't lose their hair and I did, and I was worried that my treatment plan wasn't the same as someone else's with the exact same diagnosis. But what I found out is everyone is different. Everyone is at a different point in their lives and everyone's body is different. No one truly knows what someone else's life is like day in and day out. What type of struggles or hurdles that person is going through behind the scenes. It's best just to focus on you and work on you. And regarding my treatment plan being different from others with the same diagnosis? I learned that everyone's body is different and reacts differently and that each person's treatment plan is tailored to their own body.

Be Patient.

Have you ever waited in the oncology unit? Man, we would be in the waiting area for at least a couple hours until we got called in. It felt like my whole day was gone. But in the end, no matter how long it took, I did end up seeing my oncologist and I got what I needed. It's a lot like in life. Have you ever heard of the phrase 'good things come to those who wait'? Well, that may be a cliche, but it's never felt more true. No matter how long you have to wait, you can still get the results you were hoping for. It just takes patience.

My time is precious.

It truly is and I don't have time for any of the BS. Life can be short, but it doesn't mean we have to live in misery. I don't have the time to be surrounded by negative people, I don't have the time to do things I don't want to do, I don't have the time to consume my life with work, and I don't have the time to complain. We should enjoy life. Time will continue to tick and move on regardless of where we are in life. It's not worth it to give up a happy life. I'm not ashamed to say 'bye felicia' to drama. I can't help but roll my eyes at some people about the things they complain about day to day. Time is precious, so let's spend it on something worthwhile. I also thought putting in more hours at work meant something. I don't know what, but I thought it did. It took time away, precious time, from spending time with people I love or doing something I love. Work will always be there. Work to live, don't live to work.

Listen to your body.

Your body knows you the best. If you can't describe something but it feels wrong, call it out. When I did my breast exam, I felt like I was about to faint. I knew something was wrong. I wasn't sure if the lump got bigger or not, but it just wasn't right. Glad, I went to the doctor. If I didn't, I'm not sure where I'd be right now in my life. Even during treatment, I called out every single thing that just didn't seem normal. Yes, I will admit some were not a big deal, but I am glad I said something. Otherwise, it could have led me to some other serious issues.
12 Things Cancer Taught Me

I didn't give myself enough credit.

I never gave myself a chance or realized what I was capable of. Looking back, all the things I now think are awesome, cool, or would love to be able to do, are things I did do. But back then, I brushed it off like it was nothing or criticized myself that it wasn't enough. For my first marathon, I finished under 4 hours and at that time I was upset I didn't have a Boston marathon qualifying time. OMG, this girl needed to get a grip. That was my FIRST marathon and I was sad I didn't have a Boston marathon time?! If I can finish a 5K now, just finish and not in any specific time, I would be so grateful! Now, I embrace anything I am capable of doing. If I can wake up in the morning without feeling any aches or have a full day of work without fatigue, to me, that would be the best day ever.

It's good to age.

I'll admit it, I used to be one of those people who complained that I am 'getting old'. I now laugh at myself and slightly roll my eyes that I even had those complaints. I was diagnosed at 27, and I complained I was getting old?! Let's get real. This didn't hit me until I was diagnosed and realized I had gotten cancer at a VERY young age. I was practically an infant in the cancer world. Getting old is a privilege, actually more of a luxury. Not many people have this luxury and many take aging for granted. There are so many great things about getting old. I look forward to each and every day I get older.

It was a blessing.

If I heard myself say cancer was a blessing right when I was diagnosed I would have thought I was bat shit crazy. But looking back, there was actually a lot of good that came out of it (see, there's always silver linings). It gave me the opportunity to slow things down. We live in a world where everything should have be done yesterday and we are too focused on getting to the next thing without appreciating the current moment. Because I had to take breaks or take time off and needed assistance during treatment, it allowed me to step away from my day-to-day. My husband and I had more downtime together. We were both so focused with our careers, that there were times we couldn't enjoy things together. We had an epiphany last summer when we decided "let's go for a walk". That's when we realized that in previous summers, we would not have been able to do simple things like go for a walk on the lakefront together because either one or the other of us would have to work late or would be too exhausted to do anything. That was one of the best walks we ever had. It also confirmed the strength of our marriage. I know I married the best, and the hard times show people's true colors. My husband was an angel. I could not have asked for a better man to spend the rest of my life with. I can go on and on why it was a blessing, but I'll save that for a later post <3

12 Things Cancer Taught Me

I'm sure there will be more I will continue to learn or even some that I forgot to mention. My experience has truly been a learning experience especially for my mind, body, and soul. It sounds cliche, but every experience I have encountered in my life, there is always something to learn. We get better as we learn. I hope to continue to share what I learn for many, many years.

xo RD

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