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Valentine’s Day Favorites

Valentine’s Day…as if I needed another excuse to buy all things rose gold! Here are some of the pink, red, and rose gold pieces that have caught my eye lately. How fun is that “hot stuff” mug?! I also love the gold chain Apple watch band- it looks so much like the chain strap on Chanel bags. Another amazing gift idea I’ve heard a lot about lately is a subscription to Winc, a wine delivery service. It sounds so fun- you take a quiz online to describe your favorite flavors, then they give you suggestions for wines to try. I haven’t tried it yet since I first heard about it after finding out I was pregnant, but I took the quiz online and was surprised at all the options. Worth nothing, the wines are also sold at a discount! I think it would make such a unique gift idea. Right now, you can get $20 off your first Winc order if you use this link. I definitely plan to try Winc out once Baby H makes their arrival, but for now y’all will just have to try it and report back to me. 🙂

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Best After-Christmas Sale Items

If you’re like me, then your Christmas gift cards are burning a hole in your pocket and you are READY TO SHOP! Luckily for us, there are so many good after-Christmas sales going on right now. Here are some of the best after-Christmas sale items.

Faux Fur Slippers (only $14!!) // Becca Apres Ski Glow Face Palette // beautyblender 3-pack // Camel Tunic Sweater // OTK Boots // Copper Monogram Cocktail Shaker //  Bose Wireless Headphones

I just ordered the faux fur slippers, and I can’t wait for them to get here. I hate wearing socks, but my feet are always so cold in the winter. I picked out the cream pair, and they were $14 with free shipping. You can’t beat that!

The Becca Apres Ski Palette is seriously tempting me. I love the shades of the blushes and highlighters in the palette, and it has gotten so many good reviews. It’s on sale, and you get an extra 20% off with the code SALEONSALE.

I love my beautyblenders and think they are far superior to other makeup sponges out there, but I have a really hard time paying $20 for…a sponge. This 3-pack is on sale for $34, but you get an extra 20% off with code SALEONSALE, bringing the total down to $27.20. That makes each full-size beautyblender just a little over $9!

The tan sweater tunic is another item I just ordered. Lately I’ve been all about long sweaters and leggings (these leggings are one of my favorite pairs & all colors but black are also on sale!), and you can never go wrong with a camel sweater and black leggings.

The black over-the-knee boots are great, affordable alternative to the cult-favorite Stuart Weitzman boots (which are also on sale). I actually have both, but I find that this pair is a little stretchier than the SW pair, so it provides a better, more comfortable fit for those of us with wider calves/thighs. They also come in a really pretty brown color.

Can you ever go wrong with monogrammed pieces?! This monogrammed cocktail shaker would make a great belated gift or addition to a bar cart. We are redoing our kitchen in 2018, and we’re planning on doing white counter tops/back splash with copper accents, so this cocktail shaker would be perfect. Bonus: it’s cute enough to be left out on the counter as a decorative touch.

I have been looking at some nice, wireless, over-ear headphones for a while, and I’ve decided that this Bose pair is exactly what I want. My experience with Bose products has always been excellent, and I’ve read so many good things about these headphones. They would have been particularly nice on our flights to/from Paris, as I kept getting tangled up in the cord to my headphones…

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017: Beauty

Here are my top beauty picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. And guys, they are goooood! You can scroll through the widget below and click on any of the items for more information.

 

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25 Things At The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale That Will Sell Out Fast

Every year, there’s a handful of items at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that sell out super fast, and they don’t always come back in stock…like, ever. (Flashback to the camel-colored Halogen vest I missed out on last year and am still mourning).

To try and save you from the misery I have known all year, I’ve put together a list of my predictions for 25 things from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that will sell out fast. Get them now, or mourn your loss forever! (RIP Halogen vest.)

You can scroll through the widget below by clicking on the arrows on the sides, and, if you click on an item, it will take you straight to the page where you can pick your size/color and add it to your cart.

These leggings have a cult following, but I’ve never been able to try them because- you guessed it- they’re always sold out in my size! This is the perfect time to snap them up, and at a discount!

This year’s version of the Halogen vest I missed out on last year. Need I say more?

All of the more affordable pullover sweaters and cardigans tend to sell out suuuuper fast. I’m also still #salty about missing out on a camel-colored BP cardigan from last year’s sale. Apparently I have a thing for camel..

These tees are some of my favorites. They have the perfect amount of thickness, they typically aren’t too sheer, and they’re always made of a light, slightly stretchy material that just makes them SO comfortable. I love layering them under cardigans (see above!), jackets (see below!), and blazers. I remember the black and white ones selling out really fast last year.

The beauty deals this year are great. I seriously can’t believe the price on this MAC brush set. Makeup brushes are expensive, so I’m honestly shocked at how affordable this set is. Also, y’all know I can’t get enough of Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup. It’s so good. SO GOOD. I have the highlighter version of this palette and I use it all the time. This version is a blush and contour/bronzer duo that looks so pretty. If I’m not mistaken, I think this blush version of the palette was created specifically for Nordstrom to debut at this sale.

These jeans were the number one most purchased item at last year’s Anniversary Sale, so just go ahead and put those in your cart right now. If you get them and decide they’re not for you, no worries! Nordstrom offers free returns, and the process is super simple.

This suede jacket is this year’s version of the one that every. blogger. and. her. mother. owns and wore on the blog last fall. And for good reason! It looks amazing on everyone I’ve ever seen wear it. It also looks and feels like it should cost a whole lot more than it does, especially now that it’s on sale. I know it’s the title of the post and I keep repeating myself but…this is probably going to sell out!

Just a quick note about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in general. These items that are on sale are brand new arrivals. This isn’t a clearance sale to get rid of last season’s leftovers. This stuff is brand spankin’ new! I know it’s 3,000 degrees outside, so buying coats and cashmere is the last thing on your mind. But the great thing about this sale is that it gives you a chance to see what will be in style this fall, and to stock up now, and at a discount! These items usually don’t go on sale again until close to Christmastime, so this really is the best time to get your wardrobe ready for fall. The sale is currently in it’s “early access” phase, so right now the sale is only open to Nordstrom cardholders, but it opens up to the general public on July 21.

Also, a little secret: I currently have 97 things (literally, 97)  in my Nordstrom shopping cart lol.

So, any time that winning lottery ticket wants to come my way would be great.

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February Favorites Featuring Aveda

My February favorites this month are pretty heavy in the beauty department, but I promise they are all really good.

Aveda Tulasara Wedding Masque c/o: This moisturizer is amazing. I’ll admit that I didn’t have super high expectations for it because I’m very picky about my moisturizers. But guys, when I woke up the morning after my first use and my skin was soft and glowing, I was sold. The cream is very thick. A tiny bit is all I need to cover my face and neck, so I see this little bottle lasting for a long time, even with daily use.

Lipstick Queen Color-Changing Lipstick in Hello Sailor: This navy blue lipstick looks super intimidating in the tube, but when you apply it to your lips, it turns into a perfect berry hue. The color is sheer but buildable, and the formula is so moisturizing that I’ve been using this as my daytime lip balm.

Chloe and Isabel Endless Pave Necklace and Bracelet c/o: This jewelry is so nice for everyday wear. I love the simple link design and the distressed gold look. The pave accents add just the right amount of sparkle. If you’re new to Chloe and Isabel jewelry, they offer a lifetime replacement guarantee. It obviously doesn’t cover normal wear and tear, but if a stone falls out or a clasp breaks, they’ll replace it for free or give you store credit. If you’re interested in C&I jewelry, I highly recommend shopping through my friend, Cha’. She’s very helpful and quick to respond. She’s also a med student!

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Face Sculpt and Highlight: This is, hands down, my favorite highlighting product ever. At the Nordstrom beauty event I attended last month, we all kept stealing it from one another…it seriously looks good on everyone.

 

 

 

 

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How to use Clip-In Hair Extensions for Longer and Fuller Braids

One of my favorite ways to use my clip-in hair extensions is to make longer, thicker braids. This is the secret to Pinterest-worthy braids! In these pictures, I’m wearing my 22″ Silky Touch clip-ins in light brown, c/o Irresistible Me. My hair is already pretty long and thick, so I only used one piece here.

First, prep your hair for the extensions. Make sure your hair is dry. Brush out any tangles. I also like to apply a little bit of this product to the ends of my hair to add a little shine and help conceal split ends…it smells heavenly! Very gently remove any tangles from the extensions…I clearly skipped this skip haha.

Part your hair where you want to clip in the weft, keeping in mind that the lower your clip it in, the longer the hair will be and the easier the clips will be to conceal.

Clip the extensions into place and tug gently to make sure they’re secure. They are super easy to clip in- they’re just like the barrettes that were all the rage in the 90s.

Remove the top ponytail. Gently run your fingers through your hair to blend the extensions in with your natural hair. If you want to add more than one piece, just keep repeating this process, starting from the bottom of your head and working your way up towards the crown.

Braid as usual! Fishtail braids can be tricky, but this one seriously only took me about 3 minutes. The added length and volume from the extensions not only makes the braid look better, but it also makes the braiding process so much easier.

22″ 200g Hair Extensions c/o Irresistible Me / Sweater (so soft & so warm!) / Watch / Nail Polish

 

 

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Wish List Wednesday

Eyeshadow Palette / Smart Suitcase / Suede Jacket / Tinted Lip Oil / Slide Sandals (up to 25% off with code GOBIG17)

This eyeshadow palette is a find from Nordstrom’s Beauty Trend Week Preview event I attended last week. Karen, our amazing makeup artist for the evening, used this palette on both Fran and me, as well as a few of the other bloggers at the event. It looked so good on everyone. (So did this holy grail product, but I can’t include it in this post because I already bought it…)

I love the idea of the Ready Smart Carry-On. The suitcases are carry-on size and basically indestructible. But the best part? They have a built-in phone charger with 2 USB ports! My phone always dies when we travel because I never put it down. With this suitcase, there’s no more having to seek out one of those crowded charger stations at the airport. The suitcase also has a “proximity notification” feature, which means you will get a message on your phone if you are leaving your bag behind. You can support their crowdfunding campaign here– early bird pricing ends in 9 days.

Practically every blogger has this jacket, and I can see why! It’s so perfect. I looked at it in store last week, and it looks even better in person. It also comes in a handful of colors. The olive green color is on sale up to 25% off here with code GOBIG17.

This Tinted Lip Oil is so fun. The packaging was designed to look like a cocktail shaker (so cute!) because you have to shake the product a few times to blend the oil and the pigment before applying. When you put it on, the oil moisturizes your lips while the pigment is a long-lasting stain. These also smell really good- each one smells like it’s name (peach, watermelon, etc.). We played with these at the Nordstrom event last week, and we all thought they were so cute. The ladies at Nordstrom told us they are also coming out with a matte version in a few months. I can’t wait to try it!

Also, my absolute favorite sweater just got marked down 40% off! I have it in both colors but I’m seriously contemplating buying duplicates because I love them so much and I’m so afraid of something happening to them!

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Her

Valentine’s Day Candy Box c/o Candy Club

It’s no secret that I love subscription boxes, and one of my favorites, Candy Club, makes the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. They have a big selection of high-quality candies- chocolate, gummy, sour, etc.- and you can choose the ones you receive in each box. You can also send a gift subscription so your valentine can pick his/her own treats! Right now you can get $20 off your first box or you can get 3 free candies when you purchase a regular box (no codes necessary, just click the links). I just got a box full of the cutest Valentine’s Day themed candies, and I can’t wait to try them once I finish my Whole 30 (longest month of my life haha).

Marble Watch / Shoulder Bag / Small Rose-Scented Candle / Nars Blush PaletteOmbre blush palette / Nike SneakersStrapless Dress / Suede Flats / Druzy NecklaceDior Lip Glow

If you prefer to gift something that will last a little longer than the time it takes to devour a bunch of delicious candy, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite rose-hued things. The Dior Lip Glow is one of my favorite lip products. It’s a balm that reacts with your lips to enhance their natural color. I have the Nikes in gray, and they are the most comfortable pair of shoes I’ve ever owned. The marble watch and the Nars palette are in my online shopping cart tempting me to buy them (wink wink, Cory!), and how cute would this dress be for spring and summer weddings? I love it!

 

 

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Wish List Wednesday

This week, the things I’m wishing for are all about updated classics- a modern black bag, lipstick in the perfect your-lips-but-better shade, a LBD with fun bell sleeves and some rose gold accents. This dress would be perfect for the upcoming bridal shower and wedding season. It’s been in my Nordstrom shopping cart for a few days now, and I keep checking every day to see if it’s been marked down. I can’t stop thinking about it though, so I think that’s a sure sign I just need to buy it!

Karen Walker Crossbody Bag / Milly Bell Sleeve Dress / Nixon Rose Gold WatchMac Lipstick in Creme Cup / Topshop Loafers