An Awesome Sale & Clothes for Dish Lovers!

I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the HUGE Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that’s been going on. I finally got around to checking it out today since there are only a few days left.

I purchased these earrings. I’m too lazy to change my earrings each day and prefer to just wear “diamond” studs because they look great with anything from a dress to jeans.

Since I’ve lost more earrings over the years than I can count, I like to wear cubic zirconia earrings instead of diamond earrings. On the ears they look basically the same, and if I lose one, which I always seem to do, I won’t have a heart attack.

They have these in gold and rose gold but I went with the sterling platinum. I purchased the 2 ct size (1 ct per earring) but they have them in other sizes, too.ย They are currently on sale for $29.90 a pair here: Cubic Zirconia Earrings.

Diamond Earrings on Sale at Nordstrom


A few other items that caught my eye were:

Gel-Kayano Running Shoe

I love the soft color of these, they make me think of Tiffany Blue. ๐Ÿ™‚Gel-Kayano Running Shoe

Wrap Scarf

This beautiful scarf is calling my name. It’s reduced from $58 to $37.90. I love the pretty colors! It also comes in a black/cream combination.

Wrap Scarf, Nordstrom Sale


In my recent newsletter I shared a book I was super excited about, Susan Branch just released a new book. I already had her first two in this trilogy, A Fine Romance and The Fairy Tale Girl.

Susan Branch Books, A Fine Romance & The Fairy Tale Girl


If you’re not familiar with Susan’s books, they are very special. She hand-writes all her books and I absolutely love her writing. It’s so easy to read and so pretty! Every single page is a feast to view because she includes beautiful water-color paintings throughout her books. It’s like you’ve found the private diary of a wonderful artist who illustrated their story as they wrote in their diary!

A Fine Romance by Susan Branch


The last three books she’s written have been filled with photos, as well as her lovely watercolor paintings. She and her sweetheart, Joe, went on a trip to England and she detailed all the wonderful places they visited in her book, A Fine Romance, which was the first book in the series.

You can see how the books are written in this photo below. On the left she’s included a photo she took of the English countryside, while at the bottom of the right page, she’s painted a beautiful watercolor image. No one, and I do mean no one, writes books like this. Susan Branch is a one-of-a-kind author and a true treasure!

A Fine Romance, Author Susan Branch


In A Fine Romance, Susan takes us to Jane Austen’s home. I loved reading about her visit! We also visit Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm!

Oh, oh, oh! I should tell you, I found a tour that goes to Beatrix Potter’s farm! If anyone is interested in going next spring or summer, e-mail meย and let me know: [email protected]ย I’m seriously thinking of going. The thing I love about this tour company is how their tours are all onย back roads, plus they are all small group! Love that!

You can read about the trip that goes to Beatrix Potters Hill Top Farm, as well as the Bronte Parsonage, Dove Cottage and several other notable homes/cottages, here: Highlights of Britain.

They have tons of tours but the other one I’m dying to take goes to the village where Doc Martin was filmed. You can see that tour here: Corners of Cornwall.


A Fine Romance, Susan Branch


Whew, just had to tell you about that tour, so excited to have found it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Susan also includes lots of wonderful recipes throughout her book. I don’t cook a lot but I’m going to try some of these.

Susan Branch, A Fine Romance


The third book just arrived today and I can’t wait to dig in and start reading it. It’s called: Martha’s Vineyard, Isle of Dreams. I love how all her books come with a pretty ribbon attached for bookmarking your place. It’s so like Susan to think of including that.

All three books are available here: Susan Branch: A Fine Romance, The Fairy Tale Girl and Martha’s Vineyard Isle of Dreams.ย I highly recommend all three! They will touch your heart because Susan shares some of the challenges she’s had over the years and how she overcame them. They are inspiring!

Susan also has a wonderful blog and you’ll find it here: Susan Branch.

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Thanks Rosie for suggesting this book, I just ordered it! Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life is available here: Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life

Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life by Marta McDowell


Clothes for Dish Lovers and Everyone Else, Too!

So, you know how I love my Barbour coat?ย (Pssst: If you missed the post where I shared about the wonderful history behind this coat, you’ll find it here: A Forever Coat.) Well, wait until you see what Barbour has done now!

Okay, all you dish lovers, you might want to sit down for this. ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re going to shoot me or kiss me for sharing this with you, I’m not sure which–especially if you’re a Wedgwood china lover. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Barbour Beadnell Wax Jacket in Navy & Barbour Tartan Lining


Barbour has partnered with Wedgwood and look at this coat! The lining was designed by Wedgwood and I love it!

(Coat is exclusively available here: Barbour Wedgwood Coat)

Barbour Wedgwood Coat


They are also making it with the Wedgwood lining in this other style below. I don’t think I’m going to be able to resist this coat!

You’ll find the coat shown below exclusively available here: Barbour/Wedgwood Coat

Are you not dying?! I love this collaboration! Notice the shirt she’s wearing…more on that in a sec!

Wedgwood and Barbour Coat


I reallyย love this floral Barbour/Wedgwood shirt, too! This line is just perfect!

(Floral Wedgwood shirt is available here: Wedgwood Shirt)

Barbour Wedgwood Floral Shirt


What have I ordered so far? I say so far because I’m sure I’ll cave and order one of the Wedgwood items.

So far, I’ve ordered this Saint James shirt below, the same shirt you saw under the coat above. I’ve always wanted a shirt by Saint Jamesย since they are renowned for their quality. They seem to be really exclusive, too. You can’t find their clothing just any ‘ol place because I’ve looked.

They are known for their nautical striped shirtsย and I love the color blue of this one.ย It’s also about the best price I’ve seen for a Saint James shirt, plus I got 10% off with the code TNUCKNEW.

So if you do order any of the Wedgwood/Barbour line of clothing, or if you order this shirt, be sure and try that code to see if it will work and give you 10% off, also. I don’t know if it will work for everyone, but it did work for me. This shirt is available here: Saint James Striped Shirt

Saint James Blue & White Striped Shirt


Okay, here’s the last thing I’m lusting after. I tried to buy this adorable sunhat a few months ago and it was sold out. They have it back in now and I can’t decide on a color.

Sunhat with Bow


It comes with a cream bow as shown above, or in navy or black. This is navy below. I can’t make up my mind which one I like best. Ack!

Straw Hat, Navy Bow


You can see this hat in all three colors here: Sunhat.

What color would you buy? The cream would go with anything, but so would the black and the navy. It would be so cute to wear in the garden and to take on trips. It’s supposed to be “packable” and recover well when squished into a suitcase. Love that!Sunhats


Okay, I’m off to read my new Susan Branch book and dream of Wedgwood jackets, pretty sunhats and Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm. ๐Ÿ™‚

Update: I stayed up until 3:30 AM reading Susan’s book,ย Martha’s Vineyard, Isle of Dreams couldn’t put it down! Explains why the book has almost all five star reviews (163 of them!) and it’s only been out since April.

Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm

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  1. You seem to be leaning towards a lot of blue options, so the navy ribbon hat.
    (and I wear CZ studs everyday too!) Those tours sound amazing. How do you choose one?!

  2. Definitely the navy bow.

  3. Sandy Park says:

    I’m also voting for the navy bow.

  4. I vote for navy too!

  5. I’m really enjoying all the blue and white trend in clothes and home decor. I have always loved anything in blue! What a great jacket and Saint James top!!

    In my loyalty to blue…go with the navy bow.

    • There really has been a lot of blue and white this year. Talbots had a lot this year, too. I love it too, Karlyn!
      Thanks for your vote, navy seems to be the favorite today. I do love it!

  6. Sharon Avinger says:

    Love the navy best. I have and have read all three of Susan’s books. Love them! My favorite is A Fine Romance. I felt as if I were right there with her as she journeyed through England. I, too, love England, Beatrix Potter, tea and all things British!

  7. I would go with the navy one. I love the Wedgwood jacket and the Wedgwood blue floral blouse. How pretty!!!

  8. Linda C in Seattle says:

    The cz sterling platinum, is out of stock.
    You can still order with a ship date of Sept if you want to wait.
    Love the sun hat in navy too.

  9. Hey Susan, While visiting Scotland and Ireland several years ago my daughter had Toffee Sticky Pudding and raved about how good it was. She has since made it several times. While on my “girlfriends” trip to London last year I ordered it as a dessert. The girlfriends had not heard of it so of course I let them have a taste. They loved it and were wishing it had been their dessert choice. You must make Toffee Sticky Pudding! That is an adorable sun hat and I’d go with the black band cause I’m practical and boring, lol. Vikki in VA.

    • Oh, now I really want to make it! I should make it sometime when I’m having folks over so I don’t end up eating it all myself! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Susan, have you read Marta McDowell’s book about Beatrix Potter’s gardens? It is sooo cute and really gives such a comprehensive look at her life as a gardener. I feel like I HAVE been to her gardens!

  11. I wear CZs too. I tend to lose ONE of every gold hoop I ever bought so I don’t dare buy DIAMONDS! LOL

    Looks like most people are choosing the navy bow. I think it’s a good idea since you have chosen lots of “blues” in clothes.

    • Robin, you sound like me. I had a really nice pair of diamond an ruby earring many years ago. I took them to a jeweler and asked if he could change them to wear the back screwed on so there would be no way I could lose one. He said, no and Yup, I lost one eventually. Have no idea where/when it came off. That was a painful lesson to learn.

  12. Joy Breedlove says:

    I love all those books! Did you know Susan was in Woodstock, GA on her recent book tour? I was lucky enough to attend and got her to sign all three of them for me. Am re-reading A Fine Romance now, and enjoying it all over again after reading the other two. By the way, I’d vote for the navy bow, too. I’m a “blue” fan. Love those Wedgewood prints.

  13. I LOVE what you show of Susan Branch’s books. I remember her calendars from years back, but never knew about these books! I want to check into them… they look wonderful! I am a great lover of all things Brit. Would love to go on such a tour sometime…no funds at the moment. Would love to hear about it if you do end up going. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for all you shared! Blessings…

    • Thanks, Pam…will definitely share when/if I go. I’m would love to travel with this company because they stay in all those out of the way little places, no big hotels.

  14. Susan, this post is so what I love…travel, clothes, and books! You hit it all! I vote for the navy band on the cute hat and I may have to buy the jacket…at least I am thinking about it! Happy Wednesday! Pam @ Everyday Living

  15. Linda Page says:

    I love Susan Branch. I have had her calendars and note cards over the years. Need to check out these books! There you go again, spending my money!!! I will also check out the Beatrix Potter garden book. When my parents were in England, when my son was born, they sent him several Beatrix Potter little books and figurines. I still have them but they are packed away. If you have not seen the movie “Miss Potter” with Renee Zelweiger, you need to watch it. It is wonderful and her characters come alive in this movie! Such fun!!

    • Oh, you need to get those out and place them in your kitchen window like Susan Branch does. She calls them her “Beatrix Potter people” I think. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I did see that movie and loved it, although I hated the sad part where her sweetheart died. ๐Ÿ™

  16. The tour of Beatrix Potters Hill Top Farm and everything else sounds devine! In reviewing I remembered we visited the Beatrix Potter Museum in Gloucester in ’88 and found it had been closed for 10 years. It was brought back to life last year as people rallied around to reopen it. Not sure if this is on the tour and may not even be close to the Hilltop Farm. Would love to go!

  17. Bernadette Gibson says:

    I have read all of Susan’s books and loved each one. My daughter and I copied her trip to England, including traveling on the QMII. I wrote and told her about it and then she came to Asheville NC for a book signing tour and I got to meet her and her partner. Also got a picture with her.

    • Wow, that is sooo cool that you guys did that! I love those pictures of her and Joe walking through all those pastures, climbing over those funny looking fence things that kept the sheep from going where they should go. It all looked so gorgeous in her pictures!

  18. Mary Ellen says:

    Susan, I never heard of the Susan Branch books but your review has me wanting one today. Which one should I read first – A Fine Romance or the prequel, Fairy Tale Girl?

    • Mary Ellen, I think it’s best to start with The Fairy Tale Girl, then read Martha’s Vineyard, Isle of Dreams. I would read A Fine Romance last, unless you’re heading off to England soon, then I’d be tempted to start with it since it has so many wonderful tales about Susan’s adventures there. You will love them all! I read Martha’s Vineyard in three days and it’s a thick book. I just couldn’t put it down.

      • Mary Ellen says:

        Thanks, Susan. I started with The Fairy Tale Girl and I am halfway through it on my first day. I was born the same year as Susan so its fun to read. We both drove a Corvair! I do love the book and can’t wait to read them all. Thanks for sharing them on your blog.
        Love your blog!

  19. I just ordered all 3 of Susan’s books and can’t wait to dig into all of them. Amazon states that her latest is actually the 2nd of the three if you want to read them chronologically so I think I’ll try that since I am just now becoming one of her fans. I love the artwork she includes and I know that my grown granddaughter will love these books also when I make her a gift of them when I’m finished – if I can actually part with them. We’ll see. Thanks for your shopping recommendations. I always look forward to your posts when you find a bargain. Oh, and the navy bow is my choice too.

    • You definitely want to read The Fairy Tale Girl before Martha’s Vineyard book. I would read the A Fine Romance first, followed by The Fairy Tale Girl followed by Martha’s Vineyard. Definitely do not read Martha’s Vineyard first because it will be like watching the ending of movie before you see the beginning.
      You’re going to love the books, Pam! I’m so glad I have copies because I’ve gone back and reread parts of them again. I just started on Martha’s Vineyard last night and couldn’t put it down…read until 3:30 when I couldn’t hold my head up any longer. lol
      Have to go to bed early tonight, I’m tired! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Oh, and thanks for the ribbon vote, navy definitely appears to be winning!

  20. I would get the black bowed sun hat. Then I would have a reason to get one of Bosom Buddy’s Bee bags to go with it. This has been on my list for a while and I’m about to cave in also, even though it is late in the summer season.

    • Patricia says:

      OMG Ellicia, What have you done to me!!! those. bags. all. of. them!!!!
      And Susan the navy bow seems to fit you perfectly. Love those studs too. I’m so awful with real jewelry. Once couldn’t resist pulling weeds with my wedding set on and managed to lose the main diamond. When it came time to sell the house, I wanted the listing to read ‘comes with a flawless…’ oh dear.

    • Those bags are soooo cute, Ellicia! Oh my gosh, they are adorable! Thanks for that link.
      I was thinking if I did go with navy, it would be really cute with this bag:
      I’ve been haunting that bag all summer and it’s gone on sale twice, but I keep hoping they will have a better sale.
      Those bee bags are sooo cute, definitely bookmarking that site.

  21. You have no idea how much I love your blog. When you post about items you want to buy or have bought, it makes me want to go right to the stores and buy them too. You have such an interesting way of presenting the items you buy. Just love it! As a matter of fact I have purchased a few things you’ve told us about.
    Now about Beatrix Potter, there is a movie about Beatrix Potter staring Renee Zellweger, and it’s wonderful. If you haven’t seen it then you must. Thank you so much for sharing your day with me and I’m going to check out the items for sale as will as the trips you mentioned. Those trips sound absolutely wonderful.

    • Thanks so much, Kathy! Oh, I did get to see that movie and loved it, even though it did have that one sad part. Beatrix Potter was really ahead of her time!
      You will love every single trip you see at the Back-Roads site. I want to go on all of them. There are so many good ones and I love that you’re not staying in big hotels but in small, privately owned places, at least that’s my understanding. I also love how the groups are really small…not big like on so many tours.

  22. Susan, I would love to speak to you. Can you contact me – I just self published a romance novel. It is getting 5 out of 5 star reviews on Amazon. The Band 4 The Air We Breathe
    Looking forward to hearing from you.

  23. You are killing me!!! After looking all summer, just received a Panama style sun hat from LL Bean yesterday. Now I loove the one above! I have already ordered & received 2 Nell Hill books. That browsing led me to order a Carolyn Roehm also, lol. I absolutely loved the coral & gingham check jacket and now you’ve shown another awesome one! The Susan Branch books are a must have!! After your Great Courses/Greece blog I put at least 10 of them on my Amazon wish list, lol. I am definitely going to consider the trip! Cornwall is number 1 on my bucket list, followed by number 2, Greece

    • Sabrina, it sounds like you and I have the same taste in clothing and books! ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love to see Cornwall! I was trying to arrange a trip to Greece for September but I can’t find a reasonably priced flight, so I guess it’s just not meant to be right now. This is the tour I was going to take:
      I was already interested in going to Greece but after listening to the Audible Great Courses called “Archaeology: An Introduction to the World’s Greatest Sites,” I really got motivated to go. Take a look at that trip, it sounds amazing!

  24. Christine Anderson says:

    We just returned from the month of May in Cornwall and Devon. We visited Chawton and Jane Austins sweet house. Then we also stayed in Port Issac or Port Wen for Doc Martin lovers. The School house is really an old schoolhouse, we stayed in the “Art” room, each room being named for a subject. Looks just like on the show. Walked up to Doc Martins house and the views were spectacular!
    I love and follow Susan Branch! Her writing and art are so wonderful! We also saw here at a book signing in Pasadena Ca just after our return!
    I also really enjoy your Blog, Thanks

  25. I sense extra happiness in your writing today! Maybe it’s because of the shopping. I vote for the navy bow.

    • lol I think it was the excitement of the new book and Wedgwood collaborating with Barbour. Who would ever dream of such, but I love what they have produced. I also get a little excited when talking/thinking about future travel. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks for the vote, Linda…sounds like Navy is the winner with everyone.

  26. Christine Anderson says:

    The weather in May was cool but we only had rain 4 days! We planned it all as we went. We stayed at least 2 nights in each place in case we wanted to extend our stay we could. We stayed 3 nights in Penzance as we could drive many places from there! We would book ahead on my iPad as everywhere had wi-fi. My husband drove and sometimes it was a bit of a challenge! Was all worth it!!! A fiftieth Anniversary celebration!

    • Christine, that sounds like the perfect way to celebrate. I would be too chicken to drive. lol I wonder how long it takes to get used to it. I’m sure I’d end up on the wrong side of the road.

  27. Theresa McDaniel says:

    Buy all three hats . They look like very good sun protection.

  28. Cyndi Raines says:

    What a great blog! Love the navy bow. I have never heard of Susan Branch but I went to her blog and what a trip! Will have to read it more often and considering getting a book. I love that she loves the moon like me! And her potato chip recipe sounds yummy – will have to try. Thanks for telling me about another great author / painter. Gosh – I’ve got to get to bed, work tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Cyndi, you will love her! I find myself nodding constantly when reading her books because she says things that I think and say (to myself) all the time. She really is a kindred spirit…just love her bunches!

  29. I’ve read all three of Susan Branch’s books and I LOVED them too!! This last one: Martha’s Vineyard Isle of Dreams was my favorite!!! She is a FANTASTIC author. Thanks so much for mentioning her as I am a big fan of hers. I like ALL the hats so I’m not much help with deciding.

    • That one was my favorite, too. I loved learning how she wrote her very first book. I felt terrible for her with all that she went through but so glad her life had such a very happy ending. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. I met Susan Branch and Joe in May while she was doing her book tour. She was just as sweet as you would imagine. I have read The Fairy Tale Girl and Martha’s Vineyard Isle of Dreams, I am kind of holding off on the last because I don’t want to be all done! I know what you mean staying up all night reading them, I could not put them down either!


  31. Thank you for the information on the Susan Branch books. I have been looking for birthday gifts for two special friends. You always have such great information, love your blog.

    • Thanks, Sue! They will love them…these books are so different and so pretty. I couldn’t put them down and I’m sure I’ll read them again.

  32. On my favorites list of daily blogs, the first three are Between Naps on the Porch, Miss Mustard Seed, then Susan Branch. All bring me much joy. Fun to read about Susan here. Thanks to all you wonderful bloggers who bring beauty to our days!!

  33. Linda Louise S. says:

    I love Susan Branch. I have 3 of her Heart of the Home books that I picked up at a garage sale. It was the first time I heard of her. I will definitely look for the books you suggested. Can’t wait to check them out. While looking over her blog I saw that she has the same Beatrix Potter figurines that I collect. Nice to know that she likes them too. I guess that’s why I like her books so much! Also, love those cubic earrings. Think I’m going to order the rose color. It’s become my new favorite. Thanks for your suggestions and for hosting. Have a great day.

  34. Hi Susan….I saw Susan Branch a month or so ago over in Woodstock at an event by Foxtale Books. She was their with her lovely husband and gave a little talk an signed her new book. She was so nice and down to earth. I brought a page from one of her calendars that she signed for my granddaughter. I framed it (fits perfect in an Ikea record frame) and took pictures for my blog when I re-decorated her room. I sent the post to her to see that I actually did hang it and she left the nicest note…
    As for the Saint James striped tops…I find them to be very thin compared to the Armor Lux which are made in France also. The are probably double the weight of the Saint James and washes up better…

    • That is such a great bookstore…love Foxtale Books! I used to get their emails but I don’t think I get them now. I’m not surprised to hear she was down to earth, she totally comes across that way in her books and on her blog. That’s so great that you got to meet her! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sue, my Saint James top just came today and it is so heavy that I definitely won’t be wearing it for summer. It will be a top I only wear in early spring or fall. I wonder if you got a knock-off before because I can’t imagine anything heavier weight than this top.
      It says on the label that they have been a “staple in the wardrobe for fishermen, sailors and yachtsman during their travels around the world.” Maybe they make them this heavy because people who wear them are out on yachts and boats and need the thickness for warmth. It definitely feels durable, like it could go through a million washings. Makes sense now why they are more expensive than your typical striped, cotton shirt.

  35. I have a Susan Branch cookbook that I haven’t looked at in many years. I have been inspired. I will have to get it out and spend some time with the beautiful watercolors and stories once again.

  36. Love your blog, Susan, and love how you inform us of new things. I collected Susan Branch books years ago, but wasn’t aware of her blog or new books. Thanks so much! Looking forward to getting reacquainted with her!

  37. I have always loved Beatrix Potter, loved the film. We were in England the last week of May this year. We rented a wonderful home in the Cotswolds and saw the whole area. The driving was a little nerve racking. I would have loved to see the Lake District but we were headed to another country so maybe another time. I have several Susan Branch cookbooks. Adore her style and artwork. And Yup…hit the Nordstrom sale every year. This year I bought Burgundy suede ankle boots and a handbag, a leather jacket and a grey wool coat. Can’t wait to wear them! Wonder what hat you decided on. I wonder also if I could tie a pretty bow like that on one I already have.

  38. Lisa Weese says:

    Hello! I am a new follower & just want you to know how much I am enjoying your blog. I must say I worry that I will go broke however…I have probably spent a few hundred dollars in the past week per your suggestions. Just ordered all 3 of Susan Branch’s latest books & I am so excited my hands are shaking!!

    • lol Sorry about that Lisa! Sounds like you and I have the same taste in a lot of things. ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re going to love Susan’s books! I couldn’t put them down. She has a wonderful blog, as well.

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