July 28, 2014

Early Access

franco sarto 'linden' leather bootie

After being frugal all year since I bought the house, I decided that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale was as good a time as any to splurge a little bit on myself.  I like the sale because it falls right around my birthday, making me feel like Nordstrom just keeps sending me birthday gifts all month long :)  While I picked up a few things that will have to go back this year, here are a few of my faves that will definitely be getting heavy rotation in my closet come fall.

 michael kors colorblock herringbone print dress


 make + model 'vintage sleepytime' lounge pants and 'gotta have it' tee


 halogen jeweled neckline sweater


two by vince camuto faux leather trim sweatshirt

Did you pick up anything fun at the sale this year?  It goes through Sunday!

xoxo,
stephanie marie


July 25, 2014

Happy Birthday Brother!


Happy {early} Birthday, little brother!  I am so lucky to have you in my life - I'm not sure how I'd get through it without you!  Thanks for always being there for me - from helping me move, to taking care of me, to always making me laugh and giving me a place to escape to.  You truly are the best, and I'm so glad we got to celebrate together last weekend.  Happy Birthday, Bubba :)  I love you!

xoxo,
stephanie marie

July 24, 2014

Family Weekend {yard helpers}

I seriously have the best family.  Sunday morning, without even asking, my brother and dad headed outside and started pruning away at some troublesome trees and bushes.  My brother even climbed one of my trees to get some hard to reach dead branches, while my dad attacked the rose bush by my front door, enduring bloody arms and legs from the thorns.  We filled up the back of my bro's pick up {I had to put on my rain boots and stomp on the pile several times to make sure everything fit} and he hauled everything away for me.  As a reward, mom and I made breakfast sandwiches for everyone, even though I can never really repay them for all they do for me.  I'm one lucky lady :)



 attacking the rose bush




it doesn't look like much, but that truck was busting at the seams

xoxo,
stephanie marie

July 23, 2014

Family Weekend {Mini Golf}


Sunday afternoon, with not a lot going on, we decided to brave the clouds and head down to Interbay for some Mini Golf {I don't think I've done that since these days - brought back some awesome memories}.  With the threat of rain, the course was pretty empty, so we hopped right on and started our super competitive game :)  It was so much fun strolling the 18 hole course with the fam, trash-talking and laughing as we played each hole.  In the end, brother easily beat us all, but we vowed to all come back again for a rematch, as it really was one of the most fun experiences I've had in a long time.












xoxo,
stephanie marie

July 22, 2014

The Hollywood Tavern


Knowing we were heading out to Woodinville for wine tasting, I decided to make us reservations at The Hollywood Tavern, a restaurant right by Columbia Winery opened by Josh Henderson and Co. {of Skillet}.  I've wanted to try this place ever since it opened last year, but since I hardly ever get over to the Eastside, this was the perfect opportunity to try it out.  Everything on the menu looked delicious, but I decided to try the Fried Chicken Sandwich, which while spicy was so so good.  It took awhile to actually get our food, so we sat around drinking our beers, chatting, and taking in the cool surroundings of the service station turned tavern.  Outside were picnic tables, a fire pit, and lawn games, and everyone there seemed to be having a great time.  Next time you're doing a little wine tasting, I'd suggest stopping off for their burgers, sandwiches, and any other yumminess you can get your hands on.  You won't be disappointed.

 birthday cheers





xoxo,
stephanie marie

July 21, 2014

Family Weekend {wine tasting}


Since we're all kind of busy on our actual birthdays, we thought it would be a great idea to get the 4 of us Knutzen's together this past weekend for a family weekend.  We went back and forth about going east of the mountains or staying in the city, and finally decided to stay away from the flames and spend the weekend at my house.  Saturday morning everyone showed up at my place, and after a quick lunch at the Fisherman's Terminal, we headed out to Woodinville to do a little wine tasting.  We started out at Delille sharing tastings, then made our way across the parking lot to Mark Ryan for a few more.  We had every intention of finishing up at Chateau St. Michelle and Columbia, but after a quick drive by we realized it was concert night at the Chateau, so we just kept driving.  We found ourselves in the Warehouse district and sampled at several spots while picking up a few bottles to take home along the way.  It was a fun way to start the weekend together - drinking and laughing and having fun.  This is definitely a weekend I will remember for a long time :)







how cute are these bottles for game day??

xoxo,
stephanie marie

July 18, 2014

Happy Birthday Maddie!


Happy Birthday Mads!  Thanks for always being my adventure-seeking, advice-giving, laugh-inducing travel buddy.  I hope you have the best trip to NYC and a fabulous birthday celebration :)  Love ya!

xoxo,
stephanie marie