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Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale Picks (ending Jan. 2, 2019)

Let’s talk Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale! Hey, it’s a good way to spend those gift cards you just got! Here are my picks — both designer & other brands! I saw a great mix of items that were 40% off! I have been really into scarves lately and found ones from Valentino, Rag & Bone and Burberry. There are also great choices for sunglasses like Burberry Aviators with Plum lenses! It is also a great opportunity to try your favorites in new colors or stock up on those favorites.

Here are my picks — both designer & other brands!

  1. Valentino Waves Silk Scarf 40% off
  2. Rag & Bone Starburst Cotton & Silk Bandana 40% off
  3. Burberry Color Fringe Bandana, Red 40% off
  4. Burberry Trench 61Mm Aviator Sunglasses 40% off
  5. Victoria Beckham Mini Vanity Top Handle Box Bag 60% off
  6. Nike Odyssey React Running Shoe 25% off
  7. Tory Burch Lina Slide 40% off (price matched)
  8. Longchamp Neo Le Pliage- Silver 40% off
  9. AG The Farrah Ankle Skinny Jeans 33% off
  10. J.crew Lodge Italian Stadium Cloth Wool Coat 40% off
  11. Rails Hunter Plaid Shirt 30% off

There is a lot more to choose from… have a great time shopping! These are just a few that caught my eye!

Thanks for reading! Hope you read again soon. Connect with me on Facebook and Instagram with the links on the left! XO, Dawn

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale — SAVE up to 50% on clothing, shoes and accessories for women, men and kids at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale, now through January 2. Free shipping, free returns, no minimums.

Fun Stocking Stuffer Ideas

A tradition that my husband and I enjoy are getting treats for our stocking.  It can be challenging because of the size. We try to get a mix of fun & silly and nice things.  There are some great sales out there at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales and other great stores and websites out there. Here are some ideas to make digging into the stockings fun for everyone.

Treats for the Ladies:

Jo Malone London(TM) Miniature Candle Collection This is great to give to one person or break up the set to treat your office mates.

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette  I love makeup and Charlotte Tilbury is one of my favorites.  Her eyeshadow palettes are beautiful.  The lipsticks are lovely as well! She has a lovely advent calendar as well!

Kate Spade New York Lanyard So she can wear her work badge in style!

Gucci Ophidia Suede Card Case For your favorite girl boss!

Fun Stuff for the Fellas:

Men’s Hook + Albert Small Lapel Flower This flower will add a little something to the lapel of a jacket.  My husband has a few of them that adds a pop of color.

Men’s Loewe Calfskin Leather Zip Wallet Men often don’t change wallets in the same way that we do to fit in our purses and because it lives in their pocket, it can show wear.  This flat style is wallet is good to wear both in a front or back pocket and the zip comes in handy according to my husband.

Powerbeats³ Wireless Headphones These are just great headphones.

Men’s Saint Laurent Studded Card Holder Because everyone with a business card needs a stylish card holder.

 

Gifts for Everyone:

Bombas Socks (get 20% off your 1st order) These socks are incredible and they donate one to someone in need for every pair you buy.  There are a variety of styles for women, men & children.

Budley (Amazon) These are great for anyone who hates when their ear buds get into a tangled mess! There is also a multi-pack on Amazon for a great price!

Desktop Mug Warmer (Amazon) This is dual purpose gift! It not only is great to keep your coffee warm at your desk. But it can also be used to warm a candle in your office (um, you cannot have open flame at work!). It would be a great combination gift with a  Jo Malone Orange Blossom candle!

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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November 2018 Beauty

Let’s talk beauty! It’s the time of the year when you are working on your wish list, buying gifts and having people over.  I have been trying and loving some new and some favorites this month.  The Sephora VIB sale gave me the opportunity to try some stuff for 20% off!  I will follow-up with some gift idea lists soon.  Here is what I have got for you!

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Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm  : Long name-great balm! I have been looking for a make-up removing solution and decided to research and try some balms.  I am also always on the lookout for stuff that is good for the planet and my skin – especially on my sensitive face! This has a beautiful green hue with a neutral smell.  It comes with a little white spatula for scooping — which is essential to not “contaminate” the entire pot! The texture is smooth and was effective at taking ALL my makeup off! I would definitely recommend this!

La Mer The Lip Balm : I am ALWAYS on the lookout for a lip balm that doesn’t irritate my lips.  I have probably tried 10 new ones in the last 6 months! I saw this lippy on several bloggers’/YouTuber’s lists.  I will admit the price is just dumb, but I feel like I spend good $$ on my eyes and face so why not my lips as well.  I am glad to have the 20% discount! I will definitely buy it again during sale or bonus times.  It has a smooth texture and felt good on my lips.  Most importantly,  I didn’t have a reaction so I will continue with it.

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette : I have been loving rosey hues for eyeshadow… so this palette was right up my street! I  am loving it so far! The color payoff is great in the matte and shimmer… a step-up from the other Naked palettes (in my opinion).

Jo Malone London Orange Bitters Cologne: OMG I love this scent! Jo Malone does it yet again with this limited edition cologne.  I am so glad I got my hands on a bottle of this (and the Candle!) I don’t even know how to describe this scent… it is citrus and fall smells wrapped in one.

Hope this has been helpful. I will be back soon with a gift guide or two!

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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October 2018 Beauty Favorites

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Let’s talk beauty! I am somewhat late to the beauty game… for me this means that I used the same items and brands for a long time before branching out.  I have somewhat sensitive skin, so frankly… I was scared to try new stuff. Then I met Bobbi Brown makeup. Now I cannot get enough makeup… people seriously I. LOVE. IT.

Let’s get to the stuff I have been using the last few months….

Bobbi BrownNude:Rosy Nude palette has the colors that BB does best. Great shades of rose, nude, shimmer and sparkle.  Best of all, the base colors are bigger rectangles of love (you all know you use those up first!) I am loving it! The pigments and texture and blend-ability (I might have just made that word up) is excellent.  There is another version of this palette in the brown tones that BB does best.

Chanel Beauty & Skincare: I never thought I would splurge on this lip balm and hand cream but I am happy that I did! I have been on the hunt for both of these for months and I am loving them.  The Hydra Beauty lip balm is the right texture and feeds my lip balm addiction.  The La Creme Main hand cream makes my skin feel so soft each time I can use it… REALLY soft.  I also picked up an eye shadow blending brush that I am loving as well.  I may end up trying more since I am loving my starter items.

Charlotte TilburyCharlotte’s Genius Magic Powder, Magic Away and Rock n’ Kohl Eyeliner. These are my 3 newest additions.  The Eyeliners are smooth to apply and smudge and they stay put the whole day.  Magic Away is my new go-to concealer.  It really works it’s magic on my dark circles.  Not many brands make colors to match my skin, which is important to me as I do not like to go lighter with my concealer- I’d rather match.  Finally, the Magic Powder has a lovely smooth texture.  However, there are only 3 colors and it has an odd smell– not a bad smell, but odd. I am used to having finishing powder that matches my skin color, so I will have to continue mixing the medium and dark colors to meet my skin color.

Hope that this info inspires you to branch out and try new beauty like I have been.  There are some great beauty items out there to explore.  I am currently trying out some new stuff to report to you soon! Please share this post if you know someone who would like it.  I will add links to the items so you can see them for yourself.

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Natural Deodorant

So in my quest to use more natural/organic/green products in my life, I am on the hunt for natural deodorant.  I have been looking for a product without Aluminum and Parabens.  I struggle with the want of an antiperspirant and deodorant, but I know antiperspirant has the bad chemicals. I have not fully given up my antiperspirant for those days that it will be a million degrees or if I am wearing a delicate fabric that I do not want to sweat in.  I also have sensitive skin when it comes to products with added scents, so I feel like I want to try ones that have natural scents added. I have tried a few and will link to them with their name and with a list at the bottom.  I have tried some already and some are new. I am going to try the new ones out for a while and will post the results when my tests are done.

Here is what I tried:

LAVANILA- The Healthy Deodorant

I have tried a few scents and versions of the LAVANILA.  They describe their ingredients as “pure, pretty and powerful.” Ingredients include vanilla oil, aloe, coconut oil, green tea and more know to be gentle to the skin. The Sport Luxe has a good scent but I don’t know if I felt like it would specifically help me not smell while working out better than the other scents.  The Pure Vanilla scent was also good.  But my favorite so far is the Vanilla Grapefruit. I love all things citrus, and so this one was my favorite. They all smell good and have not irritated my skin.  It definitely keeps the bad smells away, although on extra long days I feel like I should re-apply just in case (I feel like this with all my natural deodorants) so I keep a travel-sized one in my desk at work.  The travel-sized version feels a little more “solid” than the full-sized one, which glides on smoothly.  I will definitely continue to use LAVANILA if I am not able to find a natural deodorant that I like better. It is a solid choice.

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Native Deodorant

So I went onto the Native Deodorant website to see what it was all about.  The product is made in the US and without aluminum and parabens.  They have ingredients like shea butter, Jojoba oil and coconut oil, and other ingredients that are known to be good for skin.  I clicked through the scents, which by the way sound delightful! I ended up getting a travel sized sample pack, so I could try out several of the scents without committing to a scent for a long time.  This pack includes 5 travel size bars of: Native Coconut & Vanilla, Lavender & Rose, Cotton & Lily, Lime & Coconut, and Strawberry & Rhubarb. I will update once I use these for a while.

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tarte clean queen vegan deodorant

So I had high hopes for this one. I mean vegan deodorant! Here is what tarte says about it: “Aluminum & alcohol-free natural deodorant that’s non-irritating & chock full of natural odor neutralizers & conditioners for a healthy, clean feel without harsh chemicals.” I agree— smooth application and no bad smells.  However, even though I do appreciate a fresh scent, I felt like I could smell the deodorant all day.  I prefer to smell like my soap and perfume, so it bothered me.  I gave up mid-container.  Although I will not use it, it is a solid choice for those who want a natural vegan choice.

In closing, I will keep up my use of natural deodorant.  If you have any suggestions of brands to try, please leave them in the comments below.

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Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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