Monday, November 16, 2020

November Edit: A few of my favorite things!


Santa, can you hear me?
One of my most worn sweaters this fall at a great price point.
This top is currently 45% off and also comes in Black Watch ... I couldn't decide so got them both!
My most worn face mask... the elastic is strung with pearls. I get asked about it all the time. 
Ted recently made whiskey sours and asked if we had these... seemed like a great reason to add them to the ever growing Juliska collection. (If you're local to me, you probably have heard the news that Juliska is moving their stores from Stamford to Charleston. I'm so bummed.)
Versatile print for all seasons and upcoming holidays.
This salt is one of my favorite things of 2020. One of my besties seasoned grape tomatoes with it as an appetizer and I was immediately hooked. I don't even really like tomatoes and now eat them all the time. I also love on mozzarella. 
"What is this seasoning?"
"My MIL bought it... it's from Nantucket...I don't know if you're going to be able to find it..."
 Thank God for Amazon!
My friend in LA texted me that they were limiting these cups to 2 per customer... so naturally we both had to buy them since they're flying off the shelves.
I'm a sucker for patchwork. I discovered this crossbody from a local boutique, Palmer & Purchase, that you can also shop online. It's the perfect size for your essentials and when I'm out with my kids it fits into a large tote.
The current "it" boot... I didn't think I was going to get combat boots until I fell in love with these!
I post about this candle every year on Instagram. One of my best friends is a fragrance chemist and tipped me off to this bargain candle. It's a must for the holidays and on sale frequently. Insider info!
I can't wait to start trying some of these new recipes.
These blankets are $10 and with promotions go down to $5! Would be great to have a bunch and drape over chairs for your guests while entertaining outdoors this fall and winter.
No explanation needed... classic. 
An unexpected gift for the host... especially for all those outdoor firepit parties to come this winter. 
Year after year this sells out at Tarjay. I have mine hanging on my bar cart with a navy velvet ribbon.
On my wishlist! 
The best ornament I've seen so far this year.
I bought a set of these frames while locked down at home... they took months to arrive but worth the wait. Now I need to print my family photos from Karen Morneau Photography to put in them!
I found these bags at Bespoke in Westport a couple years ago... now a staple for gift giving. This navy "Cheers" version is my favorite and you can switch it up for the occasion with a different ribbon.
Good luck deciding.... so many great designs. 
Beautiful work and so many options (I have used this shop for my pillow shams). There is also this tissue box cover with several embroidered monograms to choose from. 
No need for a bottle bag... amazing branding just as great as the wine.
Beautiful block print designs. I love an India Amory tablescape!



Monday, October 26, 2020

My Favorite Hair Products 2020

No one asked, but here they are. My top hair care products... many tried and true that I have been using for YEARS!

For my fellow "blondes" - I use this shampoo once a week to keep my color bright and cut any brassiness - I have tried several purple shampoos and this has been the most effective. The downside is that it is very drying.... so on the days I use this I will leave my conditioner in longer and make sure I let my hair air dry as long as I can before using any heat. Whenever I stop using it, there is a notable difference when I'm due for color. (This was recommended to me by Erin Coyle - balayage extraordinaire and owner of Hair Canvas in Milford, CT.)

Honestly I don't know how I lived without this. If I could only have one hair tool, this is it.  I try to let my hair air dry for as long as possible - I don't recommend using it on really wet hair (a tip that several people shared with me on IG). I also use it when my hair needs a refresh after a non-washing day, and it brings it back to life. My only complaint is that it does get really hot - so I will take a break occasionally and use my Dyson dryer, which I find the least damaging of all dryers. It's just more work because I have to use a round brush, etc. Jump down to #10 for more!

Before I discovered the Revlon tool, I would use these curlers to add volume and smooth out my hair. I still occasionally use these when my hair is feeling flat, or I'm taking a break from the Revlon dryer. I've been using rollers since I was little, thanks to my mom. 

4. Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo & Conditioner
Worth. The. Spluge. I have several favorites when it comes to shampoo and conditioners, and often rotate, but will always come back to this set. I love how Oribe products smell... my bff is a fragrance chemist and got me unexpectedly got me hooked on the perfume.

If I'm not using #8, it's this. 

I have been using this spray forever (college) before my straightener..  way too many years to count because it was a favorite of my longtime stylist, Nicole Marie Salon in Southbury, CT. Love how it smells too. I can typically find it at TJ Maxx or Marshalls. 

I have a few favorite dry shampoos... but if I could only choose one it would be this.

I've been using a teeny tiny amount of this before blow drying...  I can't believe how it's almost transformed my hair. Just give me all of the Olaplex products, please!

Noted they are ridiculously expensive and I really want a full size someday.... this is a test to see if Ted ever reads my posts. They say these last forever, though! The boar bristles keep your hair smooth and shiny. Always in my bag... 10+ years and counting. (PS - Wait for Anthro to have a 20% off sale to purchase this one...)

After using my friend's on a trip, I was hooked. I couldn't not get it. Sometimes I wish I never even tried it, ha. You can save by purchasing a refurbished one (12 month warranty) from an authorized dealer.  I would love to hear from anyone that has tried the Dyson Styler and how it compares to the Revlon tool.

Minimal creasing in my experience. 

OG. Notably missing from this list was my straightener, I had to go back and add it. I have been Chi loyalist since college. I have a dual voltage so that I can travel internationally with it anywhere (remember those days...).

Lastly... I forgot to number the cheap clips. I have tried some fancy ones, but nothing beats a basic butterfly clip  IMO!

Mask: Lele Sadoughi. Sweatshirt: Dudley Stephens.
Fresh blonde from Nicole Marie Salon in Southbury, CT. #nofilter


Thursday, August 27, 2020

Lexi and Chase's Style File: Toddler Jackets

Toddler Jersey-Lined Raincoat $25 (Regularly $49.95)

A top question that I get is where I shop for kids clothes... I get a lot of great deals at Gap (I also have their card, it's worth it!). It's harder as Lexi gets older to find unisex jackets to pass down to Chase, but this yellow rain jacket is a classic and I love the striped lining.

Toddler Sherpa Vest $22 (Regularly $44.95)

I also ordered Chase this vest. A similar style sold out last year and it took me awhile to find one in store. Patagonia vibes for better price.

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Looking Back: Chase's First Birthday

We are approaching Chase's 2nd birthday (just a few weeks away!) and I realized that I never posted pictures from this little guy's first birthday celebration. It seems like yesterday he dug his little fingers in that Funfetti cake with Lexi right by his side. 

Love you, Mr. Chase!


Tuesday, August 11, 2020

2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Beauty Edit

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I hit up the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty section at the SoNo Collection last week. The beauty deals can't be beat! For once I stuck to the plan... we'll see what happens. Below is what I came home with along with a few of my other favorite products that are part of the sale. There are also several sets and candles that make great gifts. The sale opens to all cardholders this Thursday and everyone next week. For those of you that are local, there are some great in store events coming up that I'll highlight next week. 

This is one of my favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Sale beauty items that I have bought for consecutive years. I keep this in our master bathroom and both Ted and I use it. It's such a great deal. When we run out I just can't justify the price so always wait for this sale. I've also bought the Jumbo Grapefruit Bath & Shower Liquid Body Cleanser in the past for us to share. 

I have a few favorite dry shampoos... this one is always in rotation! I also love the Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo that comes in this set in the sale along with another favorite product.

I absolutely love this scent. Recent studies have changed my stance on aluminum-based antiperspirants. I used this a long time ago and happy to have it back. I keep one in my bag for when I'm on the go.

Nécessaire Body Duo $35 ($50 value)

I've had several friends recommend this brand to me... so I am excited to give it a try. I typically don't buy many new things at this sale but this was a great deal. Appears to have already sold out online but maybe you'll have luck in store.

Happy shopping, beauties!

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