Bridal Inspiration

Happy Thursday, friends! You might notice things look a little different around here. I'm so excited to show you the new look, designed by my friend and super talented graphic designer, Lindsey! You can now find the topics and categories you're most interested in by hovering over the drop down menus at the top up there. Just click on the category and then you'll pull up the posts with that topic! Hopefully it's super easy to navigate for you and more reader-friendly :)

Stay tuned for next week, as I'm going to be hosting some super fun giveaways on the blog to celebrate my 7 years of blogging + the new blog and website design! I can't wait to show you more.

Today I had to share this fun styled bridal shoot I did for my friend Ashley while at Holman Ranch (my wedding venue!) a few months ago teaching The Bloom Workshop. After we set up for the workshop, I slipped into this stunning gown and got to hold some gorgeoussss florals by Christine Cater while Ashley worked her magic. Sort of fun to be in front of the camera, especially at this magical place :)

Photos: Ashley Slater Photography / Florals: Christine Cater  / Venue:  Holman Ranch / Gown: Kinsley James Bridal / Rings: Susie Saltzman / 

Isn't this just the most romantic setting?! I still can't believe we got married there.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway to win $50 to Nordstrom here! It ends tomorrow night.


Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway + 5 Under $50

Hey friends! Hope you're having a great day so far! Hopefully this post will make your day a little sweeter :) The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale public access open on Friday, so in order to celebrate (and thank you for reading the blog + following along!), I'm giving away a $50 Nordstrom gift card on Instagram!

All you have to do to enter is the following:
1. Follow me (@michaelanoelledesigns) on Instagram
2. Like the above picture
3. Comment tagging a friend who might also want to know about the giveaway!
4. For an extra entry, you can repost the picture tagging me in the caption

The giveaway will go live around noon EST and end on Friday at midnight PST. I'll contact the winner on Saturday so you can get to shopping before things sell out! It's open to anyone who can receive packages from Nordstrom, as it'll be an e-gift card.

Sooo, you might be wondering what $50 at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale can buy you! Here are just a few of my favorites under $50. And I'm talking wayyy under $50!

1. My favorite home decor pick is my Dash & Albert Herringbone Rug. It's only $27 in the kitchen rug size! It's washable (I've washed ours a bunch!), reversible (which I'll be doing when the pup is out of his biting stage...), and it's really cute + comes in lots of colors! We have this blue color:

2. This tie back blousy dress! Seriously, ladies, wait until you see the back! It's so feminine and flirty. Throw a denim jacket over it + some boots and you've got yourself a fall look, too. It's $29, but goes up to $45 after the sale.

3. Give me a ruffle and a bell sleeve and I'm all heart eyes! This top is going to be a winner for fall! You could style it with a skirt or pants...throw a leather jacket over it and you're good to go! It comes in a few colors and patterns; these are my favorite. Which do you like best? It's $31 now.

I think I like this floral so much because it reminds me of one of my favorite Arts & Crafts style designers, William Morris!

The black is so classic...
This is so feminine, too! Can't decide, clearly ;)

4. I love Mac lipsticks. Besides lipsense, it's all I wear! I'm also a pink lipstick girl, so this set for only $26 caught my eye!
5. A favorite sweater, perfect for fall and winter! And another bell sleeve ;) #cantstopwontstop I love it in gray and maroon the best, but it comes in a few other colors also. It's $39 now, going back up to $59 after the sale.

Andddd a bonus, because I couldn't narrow it down to 5! ;)

This faux leather tote with braided handles caught my attention! This screamed fall to me! I keep a lot of stuff in my purse, so I have a feeling this would be a winner. It looks so much more expensive than $35!! I could see this bag paired with my favorite pair of jeans, a basic pocket tee, and booties.

Alright...tell me, if you were to win the gift card, what would you purchase?!
Good luck!!



Finds For Your Home From the Nordstrom Sale

If you have internet access, you know what's happening right now-- it's the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! This sale goes until August 7th, but the good deals and best pieces are already flying off the shelves. I can't believe how many things are already sold out! I went to buy a sweater I put in my cart earlier in the day and sure enough, it was gone. Ugh! I sure hope they restock before Friday, which is when public access to the sale opens! For clothing, I think I'm most excited for my new AG Jeans to arrive. I'm also contemplating this adorable sweater with a hoodie.

Yesterday I was scouring the home decor shop of the sale to see if I could suggest any products to my current clients. Of course I found a bunch of awesome finds. Check out my picks below! You can actually click on the image in the collage that you want to check out and it'll take you to that item.

Note: click the item directly on the collage to shop it!

A few stand out items:

- I have that recipe box but in a different color and I love it so much! It's such a cute addition to our kitchen countertop.

- I also have the navy herringbone rug in our kitchen, but ours is in the seaglass / turquoise color. It's so great for a kitchen or dining area, because you can toss it in the washing machine and it comes out looking great! It's also reversible, so if one side gets a nasty stain, you have another chance on the flip side :)

- I'm a big fan of white and blue bedding, so those were my top two bedding choices!

- Is that not the funniest painting of the succulent you've ever seen? I loved it!

- If we could fit a bar cart in our apartment, I'd buy that gold one in a heartbeat. I sent this to a client, so I hope she goes for it!

- The gray and white storage basket is SO perfect. I love the muted, neutral colors. I also love the other more tote-bag-looking basket. I think it'd hold magazines really well to the side of your sofa.

- Looking ahead to fall, that cozy fur blanket will add so much texture to your couch or bed!

- Those are MARBLE coasters rimmed in copper. Two of my favorite things!!

Here are a few more sale items I couldn't fit on the board ;)

Are you looking for any home decor? If so, browse the home section at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale-- I bet you'll find what you're looking for! I couldn't believe how many pages of sale items there were. I think I scouted some of the best stuff for you...Phew!

Let me know what you snag for your house!


Life Ramblings & Happenings

I hope you all enjoyed your weekends! We sure did. We took a trip to the beach where I got totally sunburned, but it was worth it! Anyways, I thought I'd share a few things on my mind in a bit more of a personal post! I used to do these a lot, and I miss them, so here we go!

1. Our new puppy, Lincoln, sleeps in the funniest and cutest positions! I can't get over it. When he's sleeping I should be working and getting things done, but sometimes I just stare. I seriously feel like I have a newborn ;) We had to put this stool here on the end of the rug (covered in a blanket in care of accidents) or else he nips at the rug. My house is a hot MESS!!

2. I ran out of vases the other day, after a surplus of blooms after teaching our workshop in Chicago, so I used our copper mug. Turns out I love it and will probably use it again even when other vases ARE available!

3. Speaking of our workshop, this cake for our styled photo shoot was EVERYTHING dreams are made of. Can you even handle it?! All those flowers are made of sugar. Absolutely incredible!! Made by Root Cakes.

4.  I cannot wait for these perfect-for-fall booties to arrive! I'll let you know how I like them when they get here (hopefully this week!) I can't believe they're under $100!

5. I love the cut of this dress so much!! Which color do you like better? Thinking of ordering it!

6. It was my mom's birthday on Saturday! I'm so thankful for her and everything she means to me, has done for me, and all of the valuable things she has taught me. I love you, mama!

7. We are taking Lincoln to California to visit my parents with us in a few weeks. We tried out his airplane carrier yesterday on the trip to the beach and he didn't mind it at all! Any travel advice with puppies is welcomed! He'll be sitting with us under the seat in front of me.

8. Just a few pictures from our time at the beach this weekend, because I can't resist. Lincoln really enjoyed the beach-- maybe too much. He ate a bunch of sand (WHY?!), found some sticks and even dipped his paws in the water. Definitely didn't know what to think of the lake's crashing waves though!
Other adorable romper cover ups, because mine is old:

This picture makes me laugh!

Sorry most of these things were about our pup...or am I?! ;) He's a big part of life right now, that's for sure!

What's on your mind on this Monday?!


Friday Finds: Nordstrom Sale Picks

As you know from yesterday's post, it's the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! And if you've never shopped this sale before, this is the year to start. You can gear up your wardrobe for fall and have everything you need, come September and October. There are so many adorable things that are on super sale. The sale only lasts 3 weeks, so hurry! To get access today, be sure to sign up for a Nordstrom card so you can shop the early access week. Otherwise, the sale opens to the public next Friday. Sharing a few of my obsessions with you today:

The guys are often forgot about, so I'm starting with them! If you have an anniversary or your guys' birthday is coming up, check out these picks. I'm probably getting my hubby the non-iron button up, because let's face it...he isn't gonna iron it anyways!

The cologne my husband wore on our wedding day is on sale. This is by far my favorite scent for him :)

Next up is the ladies! I showed you a few faves yesterday, but I did some more scouring and here's what I found. First of all, this sweatshirt is in my cart. Anything with a ruffle gets me these days!

This bootie is waterproof, which is huge if you live somewhere like me (Michigan!) These are definitely coming home with me!! It's also under $100!

This blue and white floral dress caught my eye. I love how effortless it is! Pair with sandals for now or boots or booties with tights in the fall and winter.

Chunky knits like this long cardi are my best friend in the fall and winter months around here. Love this blue color!

Dresses & Pants:


Sweaters & Outer Wear:



Shoes & Beauty:

Next up are Nordstrom home sale finds! First off, LOVING this gold, sunburst mirror. It's 15" and under $32! WOW!

More favorites (that shower curtain though!!):

Hope you have a wonderful, relaxing and fun weekend! Let me know if you pick up anything from the sale! Back next week with a few fun posts :)



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