Loungewear for every budget!

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been living in loungewear as of late. Joggers are the new jeans, sweatshirts and long sleeved tees have replaced my sweaters. Funny enough, I actually left NYC to go on vacation to Florida right as soon as they were starting to shut the city down and telling companies to work from home.

I was planning on coming back to NYC in a week for a doctor’s appointment, but I actually ended up changing it to a practice in Florida instead. I didn’t have to leave after a week which is great, however that meant when my parents rental was inevitably over, we would head back to cold and rainy Rhode Island.

I didn’t really pack many clothes for a cool climate, because I didn’t think I was going to need them! So I took this as a chance to order some new clothes to just hang out in, as well as look at all my options out there (I love a good sale!)

Below I’ve rounded up some of the best I’ve seen out there in the last few weeks.

Lougewear (1)

Old Navy Picks:

Hoodie / Joggers / 3-pack of socks / Sneakers

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J.Crew Factory Picks:

Scrunchie / Tank Top / Joggers / Slippers

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GAP Picks:

Sweatshirt / Bralette / Shorts 

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Lululemon Picks:

Scuba Hoodie / Trapeze Tank / Align Crop

Happy Shopping! xx

Sephora Beauty Insider Sale Picks

What’s better than a sale on your go-to products? Sephora sale’s are far and few, but coveted by makeup and skin care lovers alike. While I haven’t been wearing much makeup in quarantine, I have been meaning to try some new skincare products, as well as stock up on some favorites for when I go outside again some day! haha.

I recently tried a few new products from Sephora, some cult favorites, that I would highly recommend. I also am very particular about what I buy skincare/ makeup wise and am a creature of habit, so I have certain products I buy again and again.

Here are some old favorites, new favorites, and cult classics:

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Wow, I heard about this many times. I wanted to try it for some time, and then I finally bit the bullet in February and bought it. I can’t tell you how many compliments I got wearing this mascara at work! People I barely talk too were saying my lashes looked great, and I was shocked.

I usually wear the Glossier Lash Slick, and I guess it’s a little more subtle. If you’re going for a bolder look, this Too Faced mascara will do the the trick!

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

I have always been a drugstore makeup girl, other than a few mascara’s and eyeshadows here and there. But in terms of concealers and BB creams, I have always purchased brands like Neutrogena, CoverGirl, Maybelline, etc.

I’ve been taking accutane for the past couple of months, so I decided to try this highly recommended concealer. So far I love it! It works really well and it doesn’t get dry and flakey, all without being greasy looking. Now I am one of the people highly recommending this cult favorite concealer!

Burberry My Burberry Black Perfume

One of my all time favorites that I have been using for years now. I started off with the My Burberry original scent and since have moved on to the My Burberry Black scent. The Blush scent is also great, along with the original!

I always try out a rollerball version if I’m not 100% committed to a scent yet. I also like to mix it up, and this is a more cost effective way to do so!

Sunday Riley C.E.O Brightening Serum

This is a product is one I’ll be trying for the first time, as it comes highly recommended from Beauty Insiders, as well as other skincare fanatics. Vitamin C Serum is said to help brighten dull skin, as well as lighten hyperpigmentation and acne scarring. I’ve also heard great reviews of the Drunk Elephant C Serum, as well as the Summer Fridays CC Me Serum!

Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops

Many bloggers I follow rave about these drops! I did a test of one on my hand at Sephora and it worked really well! After digging into some of the reviews on Sephora’s website, most users with sensitive skin said it didn’t trigger any skin issues for them. A win-win!

St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse

By far my favorite way to self tan. St. Tropez works so well, and I love the Express version, just because I like to shower before I go to bed. My two secrets to getting a great tan with St. Tropez is to use the tanning mitt (absolute game changer) and this video on how to apply their products!

There are so many great products available, and depending on the amount you spend per year determines what percentage of discount that you get!

My favorite recent Amazon purchases

Amazon has taken over in terms of online shopping, but I don’t have to tell you that. Along with Amazon brands, bigger and more-well known brands are also selling items on the site. Everything from Levi’s denim to Aquaphor to Gatorade is being sold by the brand’s on Amazon, and most of them offering Prime 2-day shipping!

While I love that brands I know are available on Prime, it’s also fun to explore brands you didn’t know before or even Amazon-specific brands. There’s so many products that I never would have heard of, or would have taken a long time to get if it weren’t for Amazon Prime. I also think Prime is perfect when you are in a pinch and need something last minute (aka me, all the time).

Linked below are some of my recent favorites:

Satin pillowcases

These satin pillowcases look expensive (even thought they aren’t) are good for skin, and help prevent hair breakage!

Mini Humidifier

I ordered this mini (pink!!) humidifier to put on my bedside table since I’ve been getting so dry lately. I love it so far, it doesn’t take up a lot of room and it works well.

Small Storage Bins

These storage bins would be perfect for on top of a dresser or in a bathroom cabinet. I decided on pink, because I wanted to add some color to my white walls/dressers.

Levi’s Denim Shorts

Before my trip to New Orleans, I needed a pair of jean shorts in a time crunch. This is when I turned to Amazon and found that Levi’s sells shorts on Prime, so I got this adorable pair!

Animal Print Skirt

One of my absolute favorite items, I got this skirt late last summer and couldn’t wear it enough.

Foldable Cube Storage Bins

These cube storage bins have saved the organization of my room and closet, were cost effective, and look expensive.

Aquaphor 3-Pack

My most recent discovery is that Aquaphor is amazing for your lips and other dry areas! I have used it in the past, and always keep a tube in my bag, but I’ve been using it more lately since I have been extra dry.

Formal Dress

In another pinch for time (seems like a theme in my life), I ordered this dress in green for my work holiday party back in December. It was at a nightclub, so I figured I would go a bit dressy and wear this with the same heels I bought for last year’s party. Inexpensive, but looked chic and I got a lot of compliments on it!

Pearl Headbands

ALLLLLL the rage, especially in NYC. I see people wearing these headbands every day, and I’m still not sick of them. This pack of 6 is great because of the many color options, I’ve worn every single color and love them all!

Pompom Bedskirt

ADORABLE and really adds something to a bed. I have a simple metal bed frame, and the box spring from Casper, so my bed needed a little extra something to make it look put together. I found this perfect and wallet-friendly pompom bedskirt that I have told everyone I know about. My mom even bought 2 for our house in Martha’s Vineyard because they are so cute.

Milk Frother

My manager at work laughed at me when I bought a milk frother on Amazon Prime day last year, and he said I would never use it. I literally use it ALL THE TIME. It also came with a stainless steel cup. Maybe I was just trying to prove him wrong, but I honestly love it! It also helps me feel good about not spending my money on coffee on the weekends, because I can make a nice cup with my Keurig. It’s even really helpful for when I mix Vital Proteins Collagen into any drinks!

Sectioned Laundry Basket

Another item that I can’t stop talking about. I’m really into separating out my laundry, and this is the best basket! It also has handles and pocket on the side to hold essentials (perfect for my laundry card and detergent!)

Weighted Blanket

I got this weighted blanket last year in January and it has become a staple in my bedding. I keep it at the end of my bed and I use it pretty much every night while I’m watching Netflix, it’s SO relaxing.

Top 5 best white sneakers

The weather outside the past few days has me thinking spring! My roommate from college’s family has a fundraiser every year around this time in honor of her sister and for her memorial foundation. It always makes me feel like spring is around the corner since it used to be just before our spring break in college.

Although in my opinion, white sneaker season is every season, spring is upon us. The perfect season to sport some new white kicks! I found myself wanting a refresh of white sneakers, as its been awhile since I’ve updated my collection.

I’m a big sneaker girl, so I’m happy that sneakers are “in style” now. I’m trying to think about what shoes I wore before the more casual sneaker look was back in style! I did have some pairs in high school, but not as many as I do now. I was really into Sperry’s, Jack Rogers sandals and these L.L. Bean moccasins for awhile… (honestly, still into these moccasins).

Here is a list of my top 5 white sneakers:

Soludos Ibiza Platform Sneaker

The Ibiza Platform Sneakers are my newest purchase, which I got on sale at ShopBop! I love the Soludos brand and I’ve seen their sneakers in person a few times, so I thought this platform look was perfect for spring/summer!

Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars

A timeless classic, I’ve had a pair of Converse for years. They seem to go with everything, all. year round. I love pairing it with jeans, a dress, or even for going out at night when I don’t want to be too dressy.

Adidas Stan Smith’s

As a gift to myself, I got these green Stan Smith’s after I climbed to the top of the Duomo in Florence in 2016. Rewarding a climb with some new shoes seemed right to me! I basically never took them off after I bought them, and they are so beat up from year’s of wear. Definitely worth the investment, and I will be reinvesting as soon as I can give my old pair up!

Fila Panache 19 Sneakers

While I was not a fan of the Fila “dad” sneaker trend, I really love the look of these Fila Panache 19’s! Simple and plain, I love the slight platform look. I just purchased these during the ShopBop sale with my Soludos.

Superga Platform Sneakers

Another classic white sneaker, Superga’s are great for spring/summer! The non-platform version are also another great choice.

Happy Shopping!! xx

How to throw a Galentine’s Day Party!

Hi Friends!

Last year, I planned my first ever Galentine’s Day Party and it was a complete success! I decided to go all out and order some fun decorations, fun food and some party favors that made perfect for our signature cocktails!

Here’s how I went about throwing my party:

Pick a date

This year my friends and I are having it on Wednesday, February 12th, because I will be headed off to Florida on the 13th for a half-marathon (more to come on that)! The 13th is technically the designated day for Galentine’s Day, but I think any day in February works to get together with friends and have fun drinks and heart shaped food! 🙂

Guest list

For Galentine’s Day, I just had my closest gal pals from college that live in NYC and my roommates. I wanted to get us some fun little gifts, so I kept my guest list relatively small.

Pick a location

I decided to have it at my apartment so I could decorate and make everything I wanted to make, while also staying on a budget.

Decorate

THIS was probably the best part of planning the party (next to creating my signature drink in my fun glasses), and I decided to go all out for it! I already have an on-theme light up sign in my apartment, so I decided to get a glitter wall to play off the light that we already had. I got this glitter wallpaper type thing on Amazon in pink and gold. I layered them to give it a subtle pink look, and I honestly never took it down after that. It lives in my apartment now.

Other options I love and am using for this year are: these heart garlands, these hanging paper hearts, twinkle lights, heart light, and this adorable pom-pom heart mirror!

Party favors

I wanted to get something fun and cute, however not too pricey for my friends and I to have for the party. After looking up some inspiration from my friend, Danielle (who plans a killer Galentine’s Day party every year), I decided on these personalized champagne flutes from Etsy! They were $5 each, came relatively quickly, and my friends LOVED them.

Food and drinks

This is your chance to really play around with fun on-theme foods, or just making your favorites. Last year, we bought pizza dough and other pizza fixings from Trader Joe’s, and made our own heart shaped pizzas. Unfortunately, we forgot to take photos because making then heart shaped pizzas was quite the event, and we were all ready to eat.

I did make a fun signature drink in the flutes that I got for us. It consisted of Trader Joe’s fancy pink lemonade, raspberry lime seltzer, mint, raspberries and lime juice! Plus vodka of course. This year I’m thinking of maybe doing a grapefruit mule, or something else fun and pink!

Supplies

Straws

From Amazon, I also picked up these Valentine’s Day themed paper straws, which came in a such a large pack that we literally still a few left for this year’s party haha.

Plates

In addition, heart plates from Amazon, came in handy from last year, and here’s a heart shaped option on Prime for this year is linked here.

Napkins

The CUTEST napkins from Amazon for Valentine’s Day are by far these ones. I’m ordering these just to have as fun cocktail napkins because they are fun and I love hearts.

 

 

Smile Brilliant CariPRO Electric Toothbrush Review + Giveaway

Happy New Year Everyone! To kick off 2020, I’ve teamed up with the amazing Smile Brilliant again for an awesome giveaway. First off though, I’m going to tell you more about Smile Brilliant’s cariPRO ultrasonic toothbrush!

One of my goals for last year was to really keep up with and improve my dental health, and that was helped by the use of an electric toothbrush. However, I was using an older model and wanted to upgrade to something new without breaking the bank.

Enter Smile Brilliant’s cariPRO! I was shocked in learning that this electric toothbrush had five different modes and a very sleek design at this affordable price point. The replacement brush heads are also super affordable and very convenient. I had used similar, yet more expensive models in the past, and none of them had as many modes as the cariPRO.

Each brushing mode goes for two minutes, and every 30 seconds it pauses to let you know to move to a different quadrant of the mouth. Simple, yet ~effective~! I had been using a manual toothbrush for a few weeks, and I started off using the “sensitive” mode to ramp up to the “clean” mode and that was a really helpful transition. After that I started experimenting with the “whitening” mode as well, which I think is my favorite so far.  I also have been using the toothbrush every day, twice a day for well over a month and it literally just started blinking for low battery power this morning. Battery life is excellent!

I have already noticed a difference in my teeth! Not only do they feel cleaner, they also do not have that lackluster look to them anymore. My goal for this year is to keep up my good reviews at the dentist, and the cariPRO toothbrush will certainly be contributing to that.

Now, it’s giveaway time!

Here is the link to the electric toothbrush giveaway!

If you don’t want to try your luck with the giveaway, here is a code for 20% off cariPRO Ultrasonic electric toothbrushes: 20mvyprep

More info below

Smile Brilliant FAQ


best electric toothbrush

 

Favorites for Black Friday Shopping!

It’s been quite a while since I have written about products I’m loving right now! With these wintery days out, I figured now was a good time to share some of my favorite cozy, warm and necessary items, plus just some things I’ve been loving lately!

I know the holiday’s are coming up so I will be sharing more favorites through out the month for holiday gifting!

Madewell 30% off with code GIFTWELL

Thompson Pocket Sweater

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Foldover Turtleneck Sweater Dress

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Museum Patch-Pocket Mini Skirt

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Brockton Bobble Sweater in Coziest Yarn

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Amazon

Pearl Headbands

 

Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket aka “The Amazon Coat”

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Satin Pillowcases

Spanx 

Faux Leather Leggings

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BaubleBar

Wide Custom Hair Clip

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Custom Hair Pin

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Mini Alidia Ring

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J.Crew

Pom-Pom Cable Knit Sweater

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Colorblock Mock Neck Sweater

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Snap Collar Sherpa Fleece Pullover in Camo

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Metallic Winter Boots

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Outdoor Voices

The Exercise Dress

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Athena Crop

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