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Emily’s Nursery Inspiration

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

It’s hard to believe baby Jane will be here in just a few months. Actually, that’s wishful thinking. It’s still 3.5 months away! Boo!

Anyway, time to get going on the nursery! I want the nursery to be mostly coral and tan and will for sure be adding pops of espresso and white for my normal ‘high contrast’ look.

Number one on the priority list is keeping cost to a minimum. Here are a few pieces I am looking at:

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jenny lind espresso crib $166

something similar to this chair.

cream bean bag $44 (I bought this already in store on clearance for $14)

coral posters $9

linen lamp $25

mirrored accent table $190

sugarboo framed art $20 (Sugarboo at Target…holler)

peachy rug 5×8 $60

benjamin moore coral buff paint

Do you have any recommendations in the nursery for furniture or decor? I’d love to hear your advice!

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Easter!

Monday, April 7th, 2014

As you know, I love gathering bits and pieces from around the house to make little festive displays, and now I get to do that in my little one’s nursery.

A book, letter blocks and soft bunny arranged together help things feel seasonal and springy!

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These little cards are from Paper Source, and too cute not to have out on display!

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 Their Easter dresses are quite possibly the world’s cutest hand-me-downs ever!

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 Pink baby ballet flats. Does it get any cuter…I think not!!!

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Spring is in the air and we’re loving life :)

5 Great Children’s Books for Spring

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Children’s books have always held a special place in my heart. The illustrations are always the first to win me over, but a there’s nothing as beautiful as a great story.

One of the things I’ve enjoyed collecting on trips were books for our future children, how happy I am now to have someone to read them to! It’s been really fun starting to build the girls library, and really fun to receive books as gifts, as I love seeing what everyone else’s favorites are!

Here are some we have on our shelves, perfect for Spring don’t you think?!

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No.1: Make Way for Ducklings

No.2: The Tale of Peter Rabbit

No.3: Guess How Much I Love You

No.4: Flower Fairies of the Spring

No.5: Baby Touch and Feel Farm

These would make perfect additions to a Easter basket don’t you think?!

Awesome Kid Spaces

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

We have the most adorable nephews EVER! I guess it’s possible that we may be biased, but all of our nephews are insanely handsome, sweet and hilarious.

Our brother, Daniel’s three oldest boys are finally old enough to migrate to the third level of their home – the loft. This is one large room where I’m sure the boys will get up to all sorts of mischief, it even has a ladder and a look-out tower for star-gazing! While I’m sure the boys are dreaming of all of their future adventures, I am dreaming of incredible children’s spaces:

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All images via my Pinterest Kids board HERE.

A lot has happened recently has make me think we all grow up too fast. These spaces speak youth and innocence and make me want to treasure every day of childhood of every child I know.  I have so many great memories from sharing bedrooms with my siblings, and can’t wait for the new memories the boys will create. I guess this is the point in my pregnancy when I start getting all emotional and sappy!

Hope you have so much fun in your new room boys xxx

5 Must-Have Items For Your Newborn

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

My sweet baby girls turned 6 weeks today!!! They’ve been some of the busiest and happiest weeks we’ve experienced and can’t believe they are already growing up so fast!

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In preparation for their arrival, I was determined to be fully prepared as far as gear and supplies go. My advice is to ask advice of what others use, and what to skip.

Now that I’m an experienced Mum (yeah, right!), I’m sharing my top 5 favorite picks of what products I’ve LOVED and wouldn’t have wanted to live without this past month. Here goes!

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1. Target Diapers: This one was highly recommended by a friend, but took the test of comparing them to Huggies in person to believe how great they are. Our babies were 6lbs 15oz and 5lbs 7oz, so definitely on the small side. These diapers didn’t swallow them up, but kept them nice and snug and held up great for those fully loaded nightmares! Buying in bulk and on sale, these cost around 11.7 cents each, making them the cheapest out there. Holler Target, yet again! Also, as an added bonus, they are mostly white, which makes them great for photographs. No Micky Mouse or Pooh Bear anywhere! (see HERE).

2. Tommee Tippee Steam Sterilizer: We’ve really loved a lot of the Tommee Tippee products, but this one takes the cake. Mum found this one, and it has truly been amazing. Feeding 2 babies is no small task, so time shortcuts are a must. Pop this baby in the microwave for 4 minutes and then let stand for 3 and you have yourself perfectly sterilized bottles, binkies and pump accessories! The kit also comes with a bottle and binky and is only $22!!! (see HERE).

3. Burp Cloths: Mum told us we could never have too many, and even with us doing laundry every day, it’s so true! We have about 12 per baby and use them everywhere for everything. Under heads for sleeps, under necks for feeds, over shoulders for burps! They cut down on the wash-load for bigger items and it’s nice to always have a clean place for baby’s head to spit up on! Any burp cloth would do the job. These cloth diapers are perfect and great value for around $2.60 each (see HERE).

4. Swaddle Blankets: Again, Mum said I couldn’t have enough and with 8 per baby she was right! Size is EVERYTHING; the smaller ones don’t work half as well. You need the big ones to fully get those babies in a swaddle they can’t get out of! Life is easier with a swaddled baby, trust me! Unfortunately, the good ones are also the pricey ones, but the money you save buying cheap diapers can help fill the gap! These Aden + Anais ones are amazing (see HERE): nice and thin. The thicker ones by Swaddle Designs are also a must, and you can often find deals in their clearance section HERE.

5. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Calming Lotion: Another friend recommendation, and I’m totally in love. Babies smell delicious on their own, but adding this to the mix after bath time is amazing. Plus, I think the lavender helps baby sleep which is always a plus:) This feels luxurious, but it’s quite the deal at around $6 (see HERE).

I hope these recommendations come in handy, either for you or a loved one.

What items are on your go-to list for newborns? Do tell!

Our Twin Nursery

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

It’s finally finished!!!

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Above the cribs we framed wrapping paper, soon to be replaced with photos of our little ones!

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A new chair from Walmart and a family heirloom piece offers seating for both mum and dad, can you guess which one I get?!

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A babies Moses Basket in crib, helps the little ones adjust to a bigger world, or so I’m told. I think they’re simply adorbs!

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A collection of white lanterns act as a mobile for now, and something for the little ones to look up at.

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Two small shelves from Ikea act as a little bookcase, and gives the room a little pop of colour.

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I’m in LOVE with these blankets both received as gifts. Blush pink is so beautiful.

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Little fun details!

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boxwood clippings_neutral twin nursery

Plates found at our local thift shop. Attached by hot gluing metal paper clips to the back and attaching to wall with just a small nail. A thrifty and easy solution!

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My Winnie The Pooh soft toy collection, I’ve been obsessed with Pooh for years!

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It all looks just like I pictured in my head! We had little ‘drama’s’ along the way, but all in all we really enjoyed the whole process of finally getting to decorate a nursery!

Right now it’s quite light and whimsical, we plan on changing things up a bit when the girls get older, adding more bookshelves and places for toys, and even more colour…that’s right!

For resource links, please visit my inspiration board post HERE.

Nursery Sneek Peek: Putting Left Over Paint to Good Use

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

This post brought to you in part by:

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.Do you guys remember my nursery inspiration board?boxwood clippings_gender neutral nursery

It became a great starting point to get my vision together, and although a lot stayed the same, I switched up a couple of details.

One of which was the paint. Originally, I thought I’d paint the whole room because I really wanted the white furniture to ‘pop.’ But then we found out we were having two girls, I thought an entire room painted grey might look too masculine. I was really sold on the grey, but I also wanted it to feel really light and airy!

Knowing that we wanted to incorporate molding somehow, we settled on the idea of doing a craftsman-style chair rail and window casings. It was a little scary thinking it may turn out a little 90s, but we love the results, with the paint only being at the bottom of the walls. What do you guys think?

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One of the best parts about this project is that we were able to use the leftover paint from our kitchen makeover (see HERE). Although I LOVE having different colours in the various rooms of our house, it’s nice to have some consistency so it all ‘flows’ nicely. And as we already had it, it was basically FREEEE!

We used only about a 1/2 gallon of paint, and did 2 coats. It worked out perfectly since we’d already chosen the pearl finish for the high-traffic kitchen area, and now it works great in the nursery, where soon little fingers will be touching daily, and it’ll be easy to wipe clean.

Paint used: Benjamin Moore: Stonington Grey in Pearl finish

Another thing that is free is the great advice you get when you go to Jones Paint and Glass. They’ll advise you on colour choices, finish, tools and anything in between. For you local readers, be sure to call ahead and schedule an appointment with Alaura Stickney at their Provo store; she’s a paint genius!!!!

Stay tuned for an overload of photos tomorrow!

Packing for Hospital: My Bag & Everything Else!

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

As you know, I’ve been packing for the hospital for a little while now (and by the time you read this, I should be home).

There are lists all over the place of things you will and won’t need for your hospital stay, but here are the things I’ve felt needed to come with…I’ll update you later on how much we actually used things!

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I find plastic tubs to be amazing when packing, for the hospital I thought they were perfect to keep me organized and have all my things in one place. Plus these were great to have sitting in my bedroom leading up to the delivery date, everytime I’d think of something I needed, I just popped it in the bin!

When you take a birthing class, they’ll tell you exactly what you will and won’t need, I’ll highlight the “musts haves” our nurse told us to have. Most things are personal preference, but I figure life’s easier/nicer with some of my own things around so this is what I’ve packed:

FOR ME:

1 Nighti, 2 sets of Yoga Pants + tee’s, clothes to come home in, nursing bra, big underwear, 2 sports bras, robe, make up, minimal toiletries, pads, glasses, hairbrush, hair ties, beach towel (wanted something big), hand towel, slippers, socks, flip flops (for showering), insurance card + ID

FOR BABIES:

8 swaddle blankets, 6 outfits each, booties, hats, binkies, car seats, coming home outfit

OTHER EXTRA’S:

Pillows (for me + Brock), camera, phone charger, laptop, movies, snack tin, clothes and toiletries for Brock, massage oil, notebook, empty folder (for important docs), empty bag (for extras you get at hospital), nice paper (for hand and foot prints), plastic bags for dirty clothes.

So there we have it, hopefully I’m all ready…or as ready as I can be! :)

Two Little Angels

Monday, February 17th, 2014

I’m so thrilled to announce the birth of Elizabeth and Hannah!

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The girls came a little earlier than expected but both are doing incredibly well. They didn’t even have to go to the NICU! Sarah is also doing great, and both her and Brock are filled to the brim with happiness.

We couldn’t be more blessed that these little angels got here safely!!! We’ll be getting them all settled at home over the next few weeks with lots of family coming to stay to snuggle these little bundles of joy.

Lots more to come, and Sarah’s professional photography skills will be back soon too!

Hope you all have a terrific week,

Emily xoxo

What’s Even Cuter than Two Babies?

Monday, January 27th, 2014

We have another little surprise headed our way at the end of July…

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That’s right, another baby for the Boxwood Family! Brad and I will beyond excited, and with the Sarah’s twins coming any day, Sar and I are in full on Mummy-mode prepping and getting our feet up as much as possible!

It’s hard to believe we’re going to have 3 babies in just a few months! Let the craziness begin!!!

Baby’s Suitcase

Monday, January 20th, 2014

This week we’ve been attending our birthing class, and learning all about what we’ll need and don’t need at the hospital. Although most hospitals take care of all baby needs (clothes, diapers, binkies etc) I’ve always wondered why more people don’t bring their own baby clothes for the occasion.

Maybe I’m the crazy one for dreaming of babies for over seven years, but I figure why not dress them how I want on their first few precious  days on earth? I mean, it’s only one washer load when all is said and done, and I want to see them in their newborn items as long as possible :)

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My mum found these adorable cardboard suitcases on clearance at Nordies, and they matched perfectly with the newborn essentials I had shipped over from England (see post HERE).

Now to work on my bag…trust me, it’s no where near as cute!

Gender Neutral, Budget Friendly, Nursery Inspiration Board

Monday, October 7th, 2013

We found out on Thursday the genders of our babies…

we’re….

having…..

TWO GIRLS!

We couldn’t be happier with our news, even though we were nearly convinced we were having one of each! The thought of both genders had me dreaming of very neutral, cozy nurseries. I love this look so much we’ve decided not to change things up too much; we’ll  just add a few more feminine touches. :)

Here’s our very first nursery inspiration board:

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Sources: 

Cribs, Target $174 (HERE)

Large frames, Ikea $20 (HERE)

Baskets, Target $30 (HERE)

Rug, Costco $149 (In Stores)

Crib Bumper + Skirt, Pottery Barn Kids (HERE)

Rocker, Walmart $160 (HERE)

Dresser, Ikea $299 (We got monthly special in Sept for $250!) (HERE)

Lamps, Target $25 (HERE)

Bunnies, Nordstrom $20 (HERE)

China Plates, Thrift Shop 50¢

Chandelier, West Elm $145 (got ours $25 at Downeast)  (HERE)

Felt Animals for Moblie making, Land of Nod $9 each (HERE)

Paint color, Benjamin Moore Sliver Lake (HERE)

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Are you as in love as I am?

Aunty Hels has suggested adding a sissy quote, I’m on the look out if you find a good one let me know!

Inspirational Nurseries

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

I’ve been planning our nursery in my head for the last 7 years, during that time the design has changed over and over again. Finally I decided to stop thinking about it. During our IVF cycle, I allowed myself to daydream the possibilities of ‘what if’, and these nurseries got me giddy with the possibilities…

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This colour palette is so soft and simple, love the touches of warm wood. Ideal for both gender twins!

 

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A little to stark for my taste, but love the crisp lines and little details.

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Love stars, and soft pink. Here’s how a colour is done right!

 

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Natural elements, and cozy knits…yummy!

 

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Liking the paint at bottom of wall, molding and little details like hanging clothes.

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This nursery is both modern and cozy, love the vibe.

So everything is up in the air for the next month or so until we find out the genders, but over all I’m just loving smoky greys, warm creams and natural wood. It’ll feel modern, but with traditional elements.

Any of you care to guess the genders?

Affordable Baby Basics (From England, with Free Shipping)

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

The baby bug is in full swing over here. I spend my days dreaming of my two little bebe’s: how will I feed two babies at the same time, burp, change etc…my escape from all the research is online shopping, and picturing my two little love bugs all snuggled up in soft gorgeous newborn clothing…aweeeee.

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I was browsing some of our favorite British shops was getting pretty homesick when I saw what cute baby products they had, and for SO cheap. I phoned Mum to tell her my finds when she told me Marks + Spencer offers FREE SHIPPING to the US….What?! Major whoot!!! Even with the exchange rate, these baby basics are way more affordable than even carters, and way cuter I must say.

Click HERE to see my favorite assortment.

Let’s compare for a moment. THESE all-in-one sleepsuits are around $26 for a set of 2 at Gap, and only around $12.50 for THIS set of 3 at Marks + Spencer, that’s about $4.12 per suit instead of $13 AND you get FREE SHIPPING.

Put simply, if your in the market for baby clothes, shopping across the pond will be your thrifty option. And that’s a holler my friends!

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(To order, just go ahead and fill out all your info, and it should take off shipping automatically once it detects US address, no code needed)

Happy Labor Day! (And a Surprise or Two!)

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Hey everyone, just wanted to pop in and wish you all a great Labor Day! We hope you’ve got something fun in store. :)

Talking of Labor, guess who’s going to be in labor in about 6 months…

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We’re so excited to share I’m expecting TWINS in February!

The quote above is what Em said when the Dr was giving me my first ultrasound. He was quiet and looking around and then all of a sudden Em yelled very loudly and slowly “OH….MY….GOSH, THERE’S TWO”.

After 6 1/2 years of trying, we’re over the moon our first IVF attempt worked. Brock and I feel VERY VERY blessed, and can’t decide if we should tag this post under “worth the splurge” or “deals” since we got the best two-for-one ever!

Let the crazy times roll…….eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!

PS. Aren’t the little booties adorable? Mum (or Nanny) has been a busy bee since she heard the news. Oh the energy and excitement good news can bring! Thanks Mum x

Worth the Splurge: Little Giraffe Blankets

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

We’re all hyped up about the new royal baby, how about you? Today’s worth the splurge is the epitome of luxury fit for both Prince George and any little prince or princess…

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These Little Giraffe blankets are the softest thing ever! Even though they have an steep price-tag, one touch and you’ll be sold…like buttah!

Usually $86, but currently $56.90 for just a few more days in Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale.

Great Gifts for Baby

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

We are two baby-crazy sisters. We are both dying to be mummy’s and are loving anything small and cute. We’ve been researching so many baby things and have collected a list of favorite go-to gifts for all of the new babies in our lives. Here is our top five:

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Swaddle Designs receiving blankets make our number one spot! We buy them at Nordstrom with complimentary gift wrap for an easy gift, as well as buying them in bulk directly from their website. We always make sure to check for deals in their clearance section here. Nothing is cuter than a baby swaddled up and ready for a snuggle, especially in such a cute blanket.  Everyone raves about how much perfect they are. Learn about the benefits of swaddling here.

boxwoodclippings_ralph lauren baby night gown

We’re obsessed with Ralph Lauren night gowns. Not only are they gorgeous, but the baby can wear these gowns until they are a year or so as opposed to a normal jammies that they grow out of so fast. They also make for a super quick diaper change in the night – so much easier than having to snap all those snappers!

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Bunnies by the Bay: The softest, cutest baby toy you will ever find. Read Sarah’s bunny post here.

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Manhattan Toy Classic Toy Beads: Fun wooden toy for baby that can double as a funky bracelet for momma.

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We still love baby mocs for a stylish and soft way to keep your babies tiny feet warm.

We hope this gives you a few ideas for next time you are baby shopping. What’s your favorite gift to give for a baby?

Easy Cupcake Toppers

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

A few weeks ago, I had a baby shower for my good friend Brea. I wanted a quick and different way to decorate the party cupcakes, so went through my ‘scrap box’ and ended up using remnant ribbon and washi tape:

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I simply tied knots of ribbon and folded washi tape in half around toothpicks, the result being easy and festive.

The cupcakes looked so great grouped together, and the toppers worked out to be considerably less expensive than store-bought versions! Do you have any thrifty tips for party planning? We’d love to hear!

Designing a Playroom

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Today we’d like to share a few tips on designing a playroom. By following just a few rules you can ensure a space that both you and your child will love…

COLOR

When we design a playroom the process starts quite similar to any other room: Surprise! A neutral foundation. However, unlike most of our designs there is no denying that children love color, so we always add a healthy dose in accessories. Light and bright rooms encourage play time, so we also make sure to take advantage of the natural light available, as well as adding lots of lighting fixtures.

Neutral room + bright bunting and rug

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GREAT STORAGE

Storage is incredibly important in a playroom. Every item should have a home to eliminate clutter and create a happy environment. Closet organizers to utilize existing storage or adding additional storage, with bookshelves, storage totes and baskets are a must. Our beloved, Expedit is usually our number choice and is a very affordable option.

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OPEN SPACE

The most important function of a playroom is to have open space, and this is often the first problem we notice when we start a project. It is so important to have open space where kids can pull out and run around in. With adequate storage only large items should be left on the floor to maximize every inch of open space. We usually add soft rugs and floor pillows to create a soft, inviting environment and also encourage a toy rotation schedule so the space is not cluttered and the child doesn’t tire of the same toy every day.

Open space + rug + poufs

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We hope you find these tips helpful! Please email us at mail [at] boxwoodclippings [dot] com if you need help designing and/or organizing a play space for your family.

Gift Idea: Bunnies by the Bay

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Are you a still looking for a little something to add to an easter basket? We think these little rabbits by Bunnies by the Bay are pretty much the most adorable thing ever.

They’ve been a family fave for years, and are a ‘go-to’ trusty favorite when it comes to giving gifts.

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They are so soft and fluffy, and something about their insides make them ‘flop’ ever so cutely. Perfect for babies, kiddies and the forever kid-at-heart!

You can find them HERE,  or if you fancy a snuggle you can see them at Nordstrom. :)