Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is May 8th! That's just a little over two weeks away! With that in mind, I thought I'd share some gift ideas with you.


I'll start with the obvious. Pay attention to whether the mom you're shopping for wears silver or gold (or a combination of both) and make sure that you stick with that metal when shopping, unless she has specifically told you otherwise.

This is probably one of my favorite necklaces. If you purchase it, make sure to use her initials (First Last Middle).

Jennifer Zeuner

These rings are incredibly unique and fun. They have single, double, and triple stack rings depending on the number of children. If there are more than three kids, you can put multiple names on one ring.

Nelle and Lizzy

Charm bracelets are always fun, and it's the gift that keeps on giving, because you can continue buying charms. James Avery is having a charm event right now that is a pretty good deal: buy two charms and a charm bracelet and receive $49 off.

James Avery - Dillard's
Here are some mother's charms from James Avery:

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And just because I'm banking on Michael looking at this blog (or maybe my dad or mother-in-law will look and share this with him), I'll share a few that I'd like to add to my charm bracelet.

Source List:
Engravable Dog Bone Charm 
Eiffel Tower Charm


Perfume is a good gift if the mom you're shopping for wears perfume. If she has a signature scent, repurchasing that scent is a good idea (unless she has a full, or nearly full, bottle). Maybe there is a specific perfume she wants. It doesn't hurt to ask! If you'd rather surprise her, or buy something new, here are some of my favorites.

Source List:
  1. Chanel Allure
  2. Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Summer
  3. Hermes Jour d'Hermes Gardenia
  4. Tory Burch
  5. Ralph Lauren - Ralph


If you're going to purchase a new handbag, don't buy one from Target (unless she's specifically asked for one). Buy her something special that she wouldn't normally buy for herself. Here are some ideas.

Source List:
  1. Rebecca Minkoff Isobel Hobo
  2. Kate Spade Hawthorne Lane ~ Ryan Tote
  3. Tory Burch Small Britten Leather Slouchy Tote
  4. Clare V. Genuine Calf Hair Leopard Foldover Clutch


Concert tickets, game tickets, show tickets, airline tickets, any tickets! Is there a Broadway show coming to your city? Better yet, fly her to NYC to see a show! Is there a concert that she'd like to see? Or maybe a sporting event....does she like baseball? Golf? Surprise her with a trip to the wine country in California! She deserves a vacation, and so do you! Be creative!


I can't speak for every mother, but most women would prefer not to get an appliance as a gift. However, there are a few appliance gifts you can get away with giving (provided the mother you're shopping for actually enjoys cooking), so I'm sharing those. Since this isn't every woman's idea of a gift, please make sure you are POSITIVE she wants the appliance before you buy it! I have the mixer, but I still need a white Le Creuset Dutch Oven (hint, hint).

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer

Le Creuset Signature Dutch Oven

Mother's Day is about showing the mom(s) in your life how much she means to you. Buy her a card (and not just the first one you grab off the shelf ~ read it!) and something that she will love. Hopefully my list inspires you! Please post a comment and share what you buy her!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wear it Wednesday {Summer Fashion Haul Update}

Well, I returned everything I purchased a few weeks ago from Loft except the lace shorts. :( The rompers were cute, but you could totally see my bra straps through the lace on the sleeveless one and the other one was too low-cut for my taste. The shirts were just too short - when I raised my arms you could see my stomach. I kept the linen pocket tees, both dresses and the sleeveless muscle tank from Gap, but returned the v-neck to Banana. I ended up ordering the black TOMS wedges and I love them! 
Black Canvas Wedges

I got some tops from Nordstrom to replace the ones I returned. I got this one is both the bright cobalt (a color!) and black, of course. I'm considering ordering the blue grass too. It's semi-sheer, so I don't think I'll be ordering the white, but haven't had an issue with the black or cobalt being too see-through.

Lush Side Slit Tank

I also bought this shirt in both black and gray. I love the shoulder cutouts! I wore the black one to an event yesterday and got tons of compliments! 

BP. Cold Shoulder Tee

I ordered the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and have been inspired to declutter and reorganize! I started with my closet, throwing out anything and everything that didn't fit the way I wanted. I may have gone a little crazy with it, but I decided to stop waiting to lose weight so things fit right again and just start fresh (well, not totally fresh, I still have plenty of clothes in my closet). I am still in the process of cleaning and organizing my closet, so once I'm done I may find I have a few holes that I need to fill in, but for now I'm done spending.

Have you done any summer clothes shopping?

Thursday, April 14, 2016

New Skincare, a Fresh Summer Scent, and Liner Too

Last week Sephora had their Rouge sale, and I'm still searching for the perfect skincare products (something that brightens/illuminates my skin and makes me look younger), so I decided to use the discount to try out some new products!

I had originally planned on repurchasing the Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser, but I've been using the Sunday Riley Luna Night Oil at night and Good Genes in the morning for the past few weeks, so I decided to add the Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser to my routine. So far I really like the combination. My skin had a minor freak out (read: two zits popped up that I'm sure were lurking beneath the surface of my skin) the first few days of using Luna, but it settled down quickly. My skintone is more even and balanced. If you decide to try the Luna Night Oil and Good Genes, Sephora has a duo that is a much better price than buying them separately.

Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo

I love my Clinique Acne Solutions BB, but wanted to find something that was more brightening so I picked up the Erborian BB Creme. I'm not sure if it's necessarily brightening, but I love the finish it gives my skin! 

I had been applying it with a foundation brush, but sometimes I feel like the brush is absorbing too much of the product, so I decided to pick up a Beautyblender. Unfortunately the Beautyblender sheers it out too much, so I'm back to using my foundation brush. The blender is still great for applying concealer, and on days when I want a little more coverage, I use it to apply foundation.

Last year I decided I needed a lighter fragrance for spring and summer, so I purchased the Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Summer Eau de Toilette. It's fresh and fruity and I love it! In fact, I love it so much I bought the cologne for Michael! If you're looking for a new fragrance for you or your sweetie, check these out!

I've still got a little less than half the bottle left, but I decided to take advantage of the Sephora sale and try the Jour d'Hermes Gardenia. It's quickly becoming a new favorite!

As you know, I love my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, but the brush has started to separate a little so I don't always get the smooth line. A vlogger I follow mentioned that she now has (or maybe has always had?) an ink liner, so I decided to pick up some during the sale. There was a trio of Trooper (black), Baudelaire (navy), and Hemingway (espresso) so I ordered that. The tattoo liner is easier in terms of application (it just glides across the lid), whereas with the ink liner you need to use short strokes, but the ink liner wins when it comes to creating the perfect wing! 

This wasn't a new purchase, but it's quickly becoming one of my favorite products again, so I thought I'd share. I am almost out of my makeup remover wipes, so I decided to start using my MakeUp Eraser again. All you do is get it wet and the makeup just wipes away. It's like magic! And bonus, you're helping out the environment because you're not using a new makeup wipe every day - you just throw it in the washer every week and it's as good as new!

Did you pick up anything during the sale? 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Navy and Gray Family Room

When my sister-in-law and her husband bought a new house, I was thrilled to help them decorate! She wanted to go with navy and gray, so I put together a Pinterest board for inspiration. I loved the board, so I thought I'd go ahead and share it here in case you're looking for some inspiration!

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1. Chair
5. Rug
8. Canvas