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.

NĂ©cessaire 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!


Friday, August 7, 2020

2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Activewear Edit

Happy Friday, friends! After I wrapped up work today I went to Nordstrom at the SoNo Collection in Norwalk for my first of many Anniversary Sale shopping trips. I always say I'm just going to get a few things...  and it escalates. Quickly. I'll take you along for the shopping ride over the next week.

The sale is currently open to certain Nordstrom cardholders ... you can get all the details here and when you can shop. I've been building up my wishlist online.


First things first: activewear. The only place I consistently go outside of my house is Pilates.... I hit the studio early in the morning and usually just keep my gear on while I work from home. And let's be honest, even if I don't workout it's what I'm wearing 99.9% of the time now. I have found that these items always sell out early... so get your hands on them while you can. Zella, Alo and Sweaty Betty were my highlights.

I came home with this zip up. Such a great staple for $49.90 ($89.00 after sale)! I have a similar style from lululemon and it's time for a replacement.

I went back and forth on this one but ultimately decided on the black zip up because of the pockets. However, I loveeee this color and if you are a runner it would be perfect for the elements and it has a fold away hood. Zella leggings always sell out at these sales. There are some great patterns this year.

Decisions, decisions. I would have come home with these if they had my size, so will be ordering online. The side pocket for my phone is a must have for me! I almost don't think I can buy a pair without one now.

This cropped tank is another great basic to pair with high waist leggings that comes in several colors for $24.90 ($39.00 after sale).

This sweatshirt was so cozy and I love the blue shade. I could see myself living in this all fall and winter.

I was wearing my Nike 270s today... they are so comfortable. Major restraint not getting this new color today, part of the sale. They would be perfect for fall!

Nike 270s as seen on Olivia Palermo, for some style inspo! She has been spotted in several different colorways. Get this look with a Dudley Stephens fleece turtleneckjoggers from the NSale, and neoprene tote

Sizing between brands (I'm 5'2"):
lululemon: leggings 4/tops 6, 7/8 it about full length
Zella: leggings S/tops S
Sweaty Betty: leggings XS/tops S

My activewear picks:

Would love to hear what you're eyeing for the sale. More to come!

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

National Backpack Day

Backpacks: Lands' End Small Classmate Backpack. Sandals: Target Girls & Boys.

Today is National Backpack Day. Land's End sent us these cute backpacks to use for the upcoming school year. Chase will be joining his big sis at preschool! They are both wearing the small classmate size - I love the adjustable chest strap feature.

Today all backpacks and lunchboxes at Lands' End are 60% off with code: BACKPACKDAY (through 7/21).

Have a great day!

Friday, July 10, 2020

Beach Days

Packing for the beach is a process... just listing everything out is exhausting! We are lucky to live close to the beach so I try to always have my bag ready to go for those sunny days or pizza dinners by the water. In a perfect scenario we just have to pack a cooler and load everything into the car. If only it was that simple.. we always forget something.

Have to love that the first thing on my list is the one thing we don't have have and need... love this color combo.
The chairs we have from Amazon are currently out of stock but will likely be back if you keep watch. I also have some beach chairs for the kids (Home Goods)... if I pack them they never sit in them and if I leave them at home they ask about them. 
Tall enough for a bottle of wine (4, to be exact). A recent purchase and it has already gotten so much use. There is a larger version available that also looks great. If you are local, you can find them at Palmer's.
I have a fold up blanket from Target and this was the closest match I could find. Anything to save room!
I have the LL Bean version, but love how this one has a side pocket. What's in there? Towels, sunscreen, baby power (to remove wet sand), hairbrush, diapers/wipes, wet/dry bag and change of clothes the the kids, dry snacks, paper plates/napkins/garbage bags and a spray bottle.
Sadly we lost Lexi's large shovel, I have to head to Party City to pick up a couple of these. It's been hard to find a replacement! 
Staple. I haven't had to replace our towels yet but these look like a great option. I also have these microfiber towels for the kids that pack up small. Personally I like a plush towel on my beach chair so bring both. 
A big hit with the toddlers and also keeps you cool. Win win. 
I woke up in the middle of the night to order the Vineyard Vines for Target wagon... if I hadn't purchased that this would be the one I would get! My best beach purchase.
You can never have enough beach toys. I have bought mine at Target, CVS, and Home Goods. 

Baby Bum Sunscreen Face Stick

La Roche-Posay Kids Sunscreen Lotion

These are my favorite sunscreens for the kids and I often use them also to make packing easier. 

The California Beach Co. Tent

Last year when Chase was under a year old, we used this tent at the beach. I bought it at the end of the summer for a trip - we knew we would be spending hours at the beach at a time. I was hesitant not knowing if I would use it in the future when he was older...  now it's in the backyard as a fort by both kids (almost 2, 4) and was definitely worth it. Love that the side opens up - you can keep them contained or open it up so they can come and go as they please.

One of the best tips I have learned is to use baby powder to remove wet sand. It absorbs the moisture and sand easily brushes off. (My friend Claire at Home With The Wileys also suggested a wide soft paint brush - great idea!)

Bring on the beach days!

Monday, June 29, 2020

At Home Raw Bar

Ted and I love seafood, especially a raw bar, so were excited to make our own at home with a delivery from Val's Ocean Pacific. We've been trying a lot more on our own at home since dining out with friends and family isn't quite back to normal. I covered our turkey platter with crushed ice since it was the largest serving dish I have. Otherwise, any large dish that has some depth would work.

While picking up condiments Ted found this tool at Whole Foods - you can buy on Amazon. Makes it a little easier to shuck than using just a cloth (so I observed).

As for the other prep, the crab was already cooked and arrived frozen so we just allowed it to thaw in the refrigerator. We thawed and cooked the shrimp earlier that day and allowed time to cool in the refrigerator before serving.

Trader Joe's seafood cocktail sauce is really tasty and happens to be low in sugar compared to others.

No room for the shrimp on the platter, I was pretty impressed with Ted's separate display. He knows I take my tablescapes seriously.

Val's Ocean Pacific is offering 10% off through 7/1 with code JULY4 and delivers to NYC, Westchester, Long Island, Northern New Jersey and Connecticut. See their website for details. 


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Scenes from the Cape

We are very fortunate to have family to visit at the beach on Cape Cod. With lighter traffic due to COVID-19, we are taking advantage of the open road and heading up more frequently. Here are a few of my favorite snaps from the weekend... many already shared on IG stories but with some additional commentary :)

We had a water table shipped directly to the Cape house.... nothing seems to entertain them more than this and a hose. This table is smaller than the one we have at home (Step 2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table) but worked out fine and was cheaper. I ordered it immediately after a friend told me water tables were selling out online. 

One piece: Vilebrequin (old - similar). 
Hat: Ralph Lauren. Rash guard: Target. Swim Trunk: Vilebrequin (old - similar).  

Tote: LL Bean. Sunglasses: Quay. Coverup: Poupette St. Barth (old - similar)

This picture of me is deceiving... I barely sit still at the beach and pretty sure that beer was spilled. The kids are always running off in different directions. My LL Bean tote back is the largest size and I love it for the beach. I'm going to do a round up of everything that we pack in an upcoming post. 

Sandals: Freedom Moses.

My friend bought these pool slides and told me how much she loved them. I've worn them just about every day since they arrived. I realize glitter is not for everyone (Lexi's style is rubbing off on me, someone asked if they were mine or hers) - they come in so many shades and patterns.

Mask: She la la.

This was the first mask that I ordered for Ted... I thought it was perfect for the summer haha. 

My dress: LoveShackFancy for Target. Sunglasses: Quay. Lexi's Dress: CPC Classic Prep Childswear. Headband: Wee Ones. Bracelets: Etsy. Chase's Shortall: CPC Classic Prep Childswear.

I woke up at 3AM to order this LoveShackFancy x Target dress on the launch day. At first I said I wasn't going to order anything.... but FOMO kicked in. They are sold out online but returns will start coming into the stores.

Wishful thinking that I would get a picture of the kids in their coordinating outfits .... maybe next time!


Monday, June 15, 2020

Blue and White Monday: Bengal Travel Cases

I love the print on these toiletry bags! I discovered the brand through Monograms off Madison. Love how the custom pink and orange monograms pop! I always keep a large toiletry bag packed and ready to go for a trip or emergency, a second with my daily skincare products that I don't have in travel size, and third for makeup. 


Monday, May 4, 2020

Scenes from the Weekend

Finally... the sun came out in Connecticut after a rainy and cloudy week. On Sunday we worked on our planters and window boxes. Last fall we replanted the center boxwood shrubs into the backyard and dug them up to use again. (Obviously by "we" I mean Ted.) No excuse this spring not to water them daily in the morning, since we are both home. Hoping the ivy and petunias grow and cascade out of the boxes.

I think this was the only few minutes that Chase sat still all weekend. Glad I have a shot of him in these sunglasses before they inevitably go missing. 

Dress: Polo Ralph Lauren (old ~ check out Poshmark and eBay for similar styles). 
Headband: Bari Lynn (sold locally at Egg). 
Gardening Gloves & Tools: Little Pals

Moments before Chase was covered in dirt. Ted told me to get used to it.... ha. 


Saturday, April 25, 2020

Sephora Favorites

I have cut back significantly on shopping for myself during quarantine... sneakers, sweats and skincare have made the cut. Can't say I have used any makeup other than CC Cream lately, but I'm focusing on my skincare regime now and trying to combat the toll stress has taken on my skin. The Sephora Spring sale is on... one of the most popular beauty sales. It's been a hot topic on Zoom calls lately, so rounded up my favorites and you can always save for later.

Not all of the  products I use are available at Sephora ... so more beauty posts to come.

KATE SOMERVILLE ExfoliKate Intensive Pore Exfoliating Treatment 1x a week exfoliator... I haven't used this in a couple years but the quarantine is clogging my pores!
DRUNK ELEPHANT Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser Hands down my favorite cleanser... I was immediately hooked.
DRUNK ELEPHANT Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer I tried this last year to replace some Beautycounter products and loved it... light and great pump dispenser.
SEPHORA All Day Hydrator - Hydrate & Glow I got several samples of this and used it while I traveled last year... I thought it was Drunk Elephant by the packaging and was surprised to learn it was the Sephora brand. If I had never tried DE, I would order this.
ERNO LASZLO Multi-Task Eye Serum Mask Obsessed with these eye masks for a pick-me-up! They also would make great a great gift.
TATA HARPER Resurfacing BHA Glow Mask Year after year I go back to this mask. My skin always looks glowy after... was bummed that it was sold out but putting on my list in case you see it in a set! I love all Tata Harper products.

HUM Hair Sweet Hair Growth - Vegan Gummies I started taking these consistently while I was working from home.
DRYBAR Detox Dry Shampoo Always in rotation - I switch up my dry shampoo pretty frequently but always come back to this one.
DYSON Supersonic Hair Dryer I wish I had never borrowed my friends... once I tried it I had to have it. It cuts drying time down significantly and is less damaging on your hair.

TOO FACE Better Than Sex Mascara The best.
ANASTASIA DIPBROW Pomade & Brush #12 I have a pot that has lasted years. I use the medium brown shade.
OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Face Primer This is a new product that I have been using together with CC Cream, recommended by Lunchpails & Lipstick. It smells amazing and gives your foundation a dewy look.
IT COSMETICS CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ This is my official quarantine makeup... if I'm wearing anything it is this along with the primer.
NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation My shade is Sante Fe... it gives a flawless finish. I might wear during quarantine just to feel better about myself.
BEAUTYBLENDER beautyblender pro Saving when society opens for blending.
SEPHORA Contouring: Uncomplicated Brush Set I was searching high and low for a new brush set that wouldn't break the bank... this nailed it. When I'm regularly wearing makeup, I use 3/4 brushes daily.
NARS Bronzer Powder in Laguna No explanation needed.
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Champagne Pop I have tried a few highlights and this one is amazing and the Champagne Pop is a universally flattering shade.
TARTE Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Peaceful & Paaarty Peacful is a soft nude peach shade and Paaarty is nude pink. Long time fan of both.
BUXOM Full-On Plumping Lip Cream Gloss in Mudslide My absolute favorite gloss... sadly sold out.
FRESH Sugar Lip Balm Sunscreen SPF 15 in Petal Always in my bag.

NEST New York Candles Great gift for Mother's Day. Sicilian Tangerine is amazing and Amalfi Lemon & Mint sounds devine.

Happy Shopping, beauties!

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