Taking my Bar Cart to the Next Level!

Bar carts are so fun and versatile. They are a great place to store things in a small apartment, and they also can be dressed up for fun!

This One Kings Lane bar cart was a recommendation from Amy of amybelievesinpink, which my mom bought last year on sale. She decided it was not what she wanted for our house in Martha’s Vineyard, so she decided to give it to me for my new apartment! While this bar cart is certainly different, and more of a statement piece, I actually love it in our apartment. It really adds something to our very neutral look, and is the perfect size to hold all of our alcohol and fun cups!

I have been wanted to upgrade my bar cart in some way, adding something fun to it that would go with the summery feeling this cart already gives from the turquoise color and the bamboo material.

I finally found the perfect items to do so! The first item is this marble cheese board with a gold pineapple detail. This marble cheese board can serve as just a tray that we keep on the bar cart, or exactly what it’s meant for when we have guests over. The second item that will really spruce up the bar cart are these gold pineapple marble coasters! These will really help preserve our table and bar cart from rings and liquid stains, while also feeling cute and summery.

I have had my eye on these items for a while, and the coasters are 20% off right now. The cheese board is also on sale, however today you can get one Williams-Sonoma item 20% off with free shipping on your order by using the code “SPRING” at checkout! I already placed my order and I am so excited to use these.

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5 Products I’ve Been Loving Recently

1. Kopari Coconut Deodorant

This product is my NEW FAVORITE thing. After hearing about this aluminum-free deodorant, I saw it at the airport on my way to Florida and I decided to give it a try!

To be honest, I haven’t used women’s deodorant since high school. I really didn’t like it, and I felt like it didn’t actually work, so I started using Old Spice Pure Sport deodorant all the time. No one notice that I smelled like a boy, and I also didn’t smell like weird flowers and have white, crumbly armpits (ew).

Kopari is the perfect deodorant. It smells great, it works really well, it doesn’t feel heavy, and it goes on clear! Plus it is free of harmful ingredients, so it’s a win-win.

2. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

I’ve used a few Mario Badescu products in the past, such as the Drying Lotion and the Cucumber Tonic Mask, but this is one of my new favorite products! Amazing on a hot day for a little refresh, and a great afternoon pick-me-up. I use it in the morning before I jade role, and sometimes after I shower, just because! The smell is so calming, and it’s good for sensitive skin.

3. The Oaui Leave in Conditioner

I got this in my FabFitFun box, and I have been loving it! I usually shower at night, and a little of this helps keep my hair tame and less frizzy after sleeping on it. I have lightly wavy hair, and I spray some of this on and comb through with my fingers. I don’t lose the waves, except I do lose the frizz, which is a plus!

4. St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse

St. Tropez is the easiest self tanner that actually works well. It’s pretty fool proof and will give you a nice glow, fast. Personally, I think the self-tanning mitt is the key, along with watching this video from St. Tropez!

5. Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer

Collagen is great for the skin, and you don’t get it from other foods (other than bone broth), so this supplement is one of my favorites! I’ve been having the vanilla flavor

I also have the Strawberry Lemon Beauty Collagen from Vital Proteins as well, which tastes great in smoothies, water, and even mixed into cranberry juice (a recent and delicious discovery).

 

 

 

 

Florida Bound: What I’m Bringing!

This Wednesday, I’m heading down to Florida to spend a week with my family! My sister is on her spring break and my parents rented a house down in Naples, so this was the perfect opportunity for a getaway from NYC.

I usually have all my summer clothes at my parents house in Rhode Island, as well as all of our suitcases and travel gear. When I go home, I usually just use a duffle bag to carry my clothes and other necessities, so I felt like this was the perfect time to invest in my own suitcase. I had been thinking about splurging on an away suitcase, which is all the rage these days. I ended up finding a larger, and far less expensive Calpak suitcase at TJ Maxx. Along with my Dagne Dover carryall, these will be all the luggage I’m using for this trip!

There is so much to do to prepare, such as packing, laundry, nails, sugaring, etc. So for this trip I decided to use my free spray tan at Sugared + Bronzed when I go for my sugaring appointment!

In terms of clothing, I’ll be bringing some classics, as well as some athletic wear. I love to spend my days doing some form of exercise, along with beach, pool, shopping, eating, you name it. I have to be prepared for anything!

Bathing Suits

I got this suit from Shein last summer and it is cute and simple. I would recommend sizing up if you aren’t a stick, because although the small fit fine, I feel like I could have taken the medium and been fine. The reviews are very important on Shein, so definitely read them carefully.

I also got this fun bikini from Shein last summer, which is a little cheeky, but not too much! I felt like the small in this suit was better since the straps are not adjustable.

Bottoms

Last year in Florida, I got these jean shorts from Principle Denim and they are the best! Not too short, but short enough and a great color. They are currently 50% off, so I might have to buy them in white as well.

Lilly luxletic leggings, because workout Lilly is amazing! They also have a whole new golf line, which is super cute and easier to move around in.

Always a go-to, I have a few pairs of these lululemon speed up shorts which are great to throw on for a quick walk in the morning.

Lilly’s Palazzo Pants have also been a long time favorite of mine! If you are short, you’ll most likely have to get them hemmed, even with wedges on, these pants are still to long on me!

Tops

Madewell’s T-shirts are classics that are easy to pair with blue/white denim, as well as more beachy attire.

I love to pair my favorite Lilly Palazzo pants with this Scalloped Cami from J.Crew Factory. The pink goes with so many Lilly bottoms!

I got an Outdoor Voices set, and the leggings are okay, but the Tri-tone Slashback Crop is my new favorite workout top!

Dresses/Rompers

Aerie makes cute and comfy rompers, and while mine is from a few years ago, this one is cute and the same style.

The Mila Shift Dress from Lilly is another classic which I always bring along in my suitcase because it’s perfect for dressing up or down for dinner or a fancier event.

Vineyard Vines really surprised me with a cute, soft material romper last summer. Here’s their more updated look.

Shoes

True life. Soludos Palma Platform Sandals are my favorite summer shoes. I have them in both colors and they are super wearable and very comfy! I hate heels more than anything, but I love the way they look, so I ordered these. The more flat wedge makes them the perfect shoe for literally all day wear.

Still on the Soludos train… these Ciao Bella Smoking Slippers are another one of my favorites that will make the trip with me!

Jack Rogers Platinum Hamptons Sandals are another shoe I wear regularly in the summer and on vacation. The platinum sandals are my favs because they aren’t quite silver, but they aren’t quite gold. Matches with everything!

 

 

 

 

 

After Party Sale purchases

This post is fairly overdue, considering the sale is over! However, I kept it pretty simple this winter.

I wasn’t trying to completely break the bank, and truth-be-told I wasn’t that impressed with a lot of the items during the winter APS sale.

A few necessities, some fun items, and some new styles are what I purchased during this sale. Again, I wasn’t crazy about any of the prints and my size was sold out in a few items I had my eye on. I wasn’t that sad about it though, as I feel like all my energy usually goes into the summer APS sale.

Here are my purchases from the winter After Party Sale this week:

Karlie Wrap Romper

I had never actually tried on one of these rompers before, but I liked the look of the style. It does fit interestingly… you have to tie it very tight around the waist to make sure the wrap goes across your chest appropriately. It is cute and comfortable, although I may size up to a small next time.

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I bought a different agenda last year from Lilly, it ran weekly instead of daily and was easier to carry around. I do love their planners, and I swear they were the secret to my academic success. Now I just like to have them to feel organized!

Inflatable Drink Holder Set

These were just too cute to pass up for $5! I can’t wait to use them in Florida in February and March and again this summer on the Vineyard!

Collette Seersucker Skort

Truthfully, I thought that the cute lobster on the side was embroidered. It is somewhat, but mostly sequins which is not exactly my style. It’s still very cute though and I can wear it to spruce up a white shirt!

That’s all for this sale — let me know if you got anything good!

Fuzzy pullover from Marshall’s

This past weekend while visiting my boyfriend in New Jersey, we stopped into Marshall’s. I told myself I didn’t need anything and I wasn’t going to buy anything, as we were just trying to kill some time before a movie.

Of course that’s never how it goes when you love to shop and you’re at Marshall’s. I walked in and browsed some shoes, before I was quickly drawn to a rack full of outwear.

I found this fuzzy, soft pullover that looked like a duplicate of other sherpas I have seen posted by various bloggers over the years! It was a lot colder over the weekend and I didn’t really bring layers, so I decided to purchase this pullover for $25, which I felt was still a good deal.

I later looked up the sherpa to see how much a non-duplicate would be to make myself feel better. I saw Amy from I Believe In Pink posted a similar one on her Liketoknow.it page, so I checked it out. She had the SAME brand as the one I just purchased linked from Nordstrom for $78!!!

I’m so happy I ended up buying the pullover and excited that it’s finally cold enough to wear something so cozy!

Cheers,

Maddy

After Party Sale purchases & thoughts

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This post is a bit late as the APS started almost a week ago now, but I figured that I should share what I purchased, as well as some of my thoughts about the sale this year.

I wasn’t really looking for anything specific this year, and I felt like I didn’t really have any big ideas about what was going to be in the sale. I also forgot to set my alarm for 8am last Monday, so after I woke up, it took me awhile to remember the sale had went live.

What I bought:

MARLOWE BOATNECK T-SHIRT DRESS in Cosmic Coral Cracked Up

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I have a very similar style dress in a different print from Lilly, and I wear it to work, to family events, as well as more casual dinners. I love the versatility, and this lobster print was too cute to pass up for $49!

JESSE ROMPER in Raz Berry Catty Shack

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I was hoping that the Jesse Romper in Stuffed Shells would be in the sale, but I didn’t see it anywhere. I decided on getting the same romper in this print, which I thought was fun, and didn’t really remember seeing before. I felt this was a bit of a splurge at $69, although I love the little white detailing on the top and the skirt!

JULIETTE CARDIGAN in True Navy

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Every year I debate investing in a Lilly cardigan, as they always pair so well with other Lilly products. I wasn’t really interested in any other pieces in the sale, and I wasn’t trying to spend TOO much, so I decided to get this cardigan for $59.

UPF 50+ SKIPPER POPOVER in Light Blue

I ended up going back to Martha’s Vineyard during the sale, which I didn’t anticipate before. I had been eyeing the popovers, which are another Lilly item I have always wanted, but never purchased! I decided to get this style popover in the lighter blue, it’s super comfy, although definitely a splurge at $49 for a sweatshirt.

Overall, I’m happy with my purchases, however I wish that the sale was earlier than September.  I also felt like there was a lot of items from last year as opposed to this year, and I found myself uninterested in many of the items offered in the After Party Sale.

I did like that they didn’t keep adding items throughout the 3 days, as I would always find myself going on and spending more money on things I probably didn’t need.

I would love to hear other thoughts on the Lilly After Party Sale this year, so comment below if you agree or disagree with me or if you have other thoughts entirely!

Spray tan at Sugared + Bronzed

I posted ages ago on Instagram that I was getting a spray tan at Sugared + Bronzed. I discovered you have to make an appointment a little bit further in advance, and couldn’t get an appointment to try the sugaring hair removal.

However, I was able to get my first ever spray tan! I was so nervous to get a spray tan, because of the typical concerns: It might look unnatural/orange, what if it streaks. I also was just concerned it might look uncharacteristic, as I am VERY pale.

 

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All of my concerns were washed away after I went to Sugared + Bronzed in Union Square. I opted for the regular tan, where you don’t sweat or shower for at least 8 hours after. I’ve never tried the express tan, although this might be great if you have limited time on your hands.

Jade, my spray tan artist, made me feel so comfortable and gave me some great tips for keeping my tan lasting. She told me that moisturizer was the key to a long lasting tan. I workout and shower very often, and the tan lasted over a week with moisturizer slathered on post-shower. It wasn’t as tan on day 4 or 5, but you could still tell I was definitely tanner than my usual self.

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I felt like there was some kind of stigma around spray/fake tans. While tanning beds are not good for you, spray tans are harmless and make you look great. My confidence was up from just looking tan. I didn’t look too tan, I didn’t look orange, I just looked and felt awesome.

Sugared + Bronzed also has a new client special:  if you buy one service, you get a second one for free! I can’t wait to use my next tan for a special occasion, or even just for fun.

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Outfit details: J. Crew pineapple t-shirt, Principle denim shorts, Soludos ciao bella smoking slippers, Jack Wills sunglasses, Pearl and Shine Jewelry tassel earrings, SHEIN striped dress.