Socks- The Struggle is Real!

Socks are a pain in the foot (or other area that has pain)! You lose them in the laundry (still haven’t figured out where they go in my machines), but even worse than that your shoe eats them while you are wearing them!!! I mean I just can’t even tell you the sock quest I have been on over the years.  So here are the ones who have answered some of my sock hopes and dreams.

Bombas Socks  Bombas Brights

Bombas probably has the best fitting socks that I own.  They come in different sizes and styles which is the key for me.  They also hug my high arches and stay on my heel. They wear well throughout the day and wash well. The best part though is that for every pair of socks you buy, they donate a pair to someone in need!!!! This makes my heart squeeze just a little every time I wear mine. They are offering 20% off your first order for women, men or kids.

 Sockwell Graduated Compression   Sockwell Compression Socks

Since I began my struggle with plantar fasciitis, I have lived in compression socks on those painful days. Sockwell Compression Socks have been my relief.  I also wear the graduated compression socks on all flights over 2 hours to support circulation (and you should too!).  Sockwell makes them for both women (in 2 sizes) and men.

Lululemon white

If you consider yourself sporty-spice, you may need some Light Speed socks from Lululemon. The Light Speed has been my sporty sock of choice for years and they come in sizes as well which is a bonus.  Lululemon has sporty socks for both women and men.

Hope this has helped you if you have sock drama like me. If you figure out where to look for the lost ones, please let me know.

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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Apple Watch Bands

I am definitely a watch person.  I have always used watches as part of my style.  I am one of those people who definitely notice when I forget to put my watch on — I constantly look at my empty wrist.  I am totally an Apple groupie, so the Apple watch was a must for me.  But the band choices were a let down for me.  Recently, more stylish versions have come onto the market.  I have a 38mm watch due to my skinny wrists.  So my reviews are based on use of that size band.

Original Apple Watch Band

Apple Sport Band Pink Sand     watch band collection

 

So the OG rubber watch band is a good basic choice.  There are many colors to pick from in the classic and sport versions.  For me, the adaptability of a small and large strap so it fits my small wrist well. I have a few colors in this band and wear them most days.  My only gripe is that they are not super stylish, so when I dress up it still looks very casual.

Kate Spade

Kate Spade Strap Kate Spade Floral Strap

So my love for all things KSNY is no secret.  I love the fun colors and patterns from this iconic women’s brand. So when they started selling bands for Apple Watch, I was so happy! With all the great patterns, I ended up with black with white polka dots.  it is also a silicon band, but with a traditional buckle closure. Since I didn’t have a black band, it was a happy addition to my collection.

Casetify

 Casetify Stainless Mesh  Strap     Casetify floral Strap

 

I got a mesh metal band in rose gold from Casetify.  This band helped me to dress up my Apple watch.  There are also great patterns and leather bands from this brand.  They are available from their own site as well as at other retailers.

Custom Bands  YdfD2gpYR0mzIZDdHl6W8A  Etsy Gucci Canvas watch band

So I love watching fashion videos and seeing all of the great IG fashion posts.  I came across custom bands made from old Louis Vuitton and Gucci canvas.  Being a lover of beautiful things made from recycled materials, I thought this would be a great idea.  After a bit of Facebook and Etsy research, I found a few makers that had the bands.  I ended up with a band made from old Gucci canvas with a traditional buckle. The medium length is a bit big for my skinny wrist, but I am able to wear it on the tightest hole available.  They even sent it in a cute pouch. Loving it so far as a part of my Luxe collection.

I love my Apple watch and I rarely wear any of my other watches.  I am glad that more choices are showing up for those who want to step above the plain silicon classic bands.  Hope this info was helpful! I will add links to bands that I have tried and to places where you can find additions to your collection.

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

Summer Favorites & Tips for an Enjoyable Vacation

I thought I might try my hand at a favorites list.  Since I had so much plan on my trip this summer, I thought I’d do a round-up of my favorites.  I admit it… I am a chronic planner/list maker when it comes to travel.  So I will also include some of the tricks and tips to make planning a bit easier.  

Tip #1- go where the food is!

Basically, due to my husband and my love of food — we plan our trips around where we can get good food and drink.  Call me crazy, but a girl’s got to eat! I often rely on my friends & family for referrals and they rarely disappoint! So tip #1 ask your people for ideas.  I make a list on my phone (that I share with my travel companions) for easy access on the road.  

Tip #2- Packing

So as a person who loves fashion, this one is hard for me.  I have already written a post on packing tips, so I won’t go into that kind of detail here.  I will just touch on some of the items that I loved using this summer during our Europe travels. 

  • Suitcase: A good suitcase is a must! With size and weight requirements and cobble streets, you MUST have a case you can rely on.  I know there is some debate between the soft & hard shell camps, but I have found the hard shell to be lighter when empty which means I can bring more stuff. We picked a large Away Suitcase for our 2.5 week trip (of course mine is pink!). 
  • Packing support: Flight 001 makes my favorite packing/travel stuff. They are investments, but I have had some key pieces for several years and the cost per use  make them worth the cost.  My key pieces from Flight 001 are packing cubes, Clear 1 Quart bag and Seatpak (a zip pouch that organizes my carry-on accessories. Links are below. 

Tip #3 – Necessary Travel Supports

  • Travel essentials: You will definitely need a plug adapter.  Most power cords for our essential electronics are Europe dual voltage (all my Apple stuff), so I just needed the various adapters.  The Flight 001 5-in-1 was super handy. 
  • Don’t forget your cords for your electronics! If needed, bring an adapter with a converter if your plugs are not the correct voltage. 
  • Also, I always take an eye mask for long flights and Flight 001 makes cute ones. Links are below. 

Tip #3 The Right Shoes

  • This one was tricky for me of course. I am a shoe lover, but I have plantar faciitis so I know that I have to pick the right shoes when on vacation.  One pair are sneakers suggested by Oprah because of their supportive insoles. I got the Splendid Syra Leather model in white.  Oprah was right! I also brought a pair of Nike Running shoes. I also brought a pair of Dansko Sandals in pewter and Tory Burch Minnie Travel Flats in black.  As a shoe girl, that is slim for me, but they covered all of our occasions and activities. 

Women’s Nike Air Presto Se Sneaker, Size 8 M – Grey
Women’s Tory Burch ‘Minnie’ Travel Ballet Flat, Size 8 M – Black
Women’s Dansko Vera Sandal – Metallic
Women’s Vionic Splendid Syra Sneaker- White

I will write about my travel wardrobe (including clothes, handbags and accessories) in a future post. Hope this was helpful! 

 

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

Online Shopping Services

I have been using these services for many years now.  The basic premise is that you go online, sign-up for the service and they send you stuff in the mail to try on.  You keep what you like and you send back what you don’t.  It is a win-win for busy people and for those who just don’t like shopping! There are many of these types of services out there.  Here are a few that I have tried and my experiences with them. I will include links so you can check them out for yourself.

Trunk Club

Trunk Club is a Nordstrom Company which is a bonus to the ease of this service because you can use your Nordstrom card and earn Notes.  They send you items (jewelry, clothing, accessories, shoes, etc) and you try them on at home. You keep what you want and send back what you don’t. The service is available for women and men.

So basically, to sign up for the service you fill out a profile about your style (I also linked my Pinterest so my stylist could see it) and schedule a trunk.  The stylist will chat with you through the website or app and ask you what type of items you need.  Most brands sold at Nordstrom are pretty much available.  I have even requested specific brands or items to be included in my trunk. You can even select a theme like wedding guest, workout/active wear or vacation items. They will send you an email with a preview of your trunk and you can say yes or no before the items are sent to you to and request other items they didn’t include.

This service has been the most successful for me.  I already loved shopping at Nordstrom and I now have a great Stylist (my 1st one & I didn’t click so I switched).  The fact that you see the items before they send them is great for me and I have felt like my requests and feedback on the items (you give feedback on what you like or don’t like) and that helps to build a rapport with the stylist. There is a limit on how long you can have the items at your house before you send back what you don’t want, so it is not like buying, thinking about it and returning it to the store–it’s a shorter timeline. I liked that you can either schedule a trunk whenever you want or if you are building a new wardrobe, you can have one sent on a reoccurring basis. 

Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix was the first shopping services I every tried.  I read about it in the style section of the San Francisco Chronicle and knew I wanted to try it. This service has a simple formula: you sign up; fill out a profile; and schedule a “fix”.  They send you 5 items (clothes, shoes and accessories),  you keep what you like and send back what you don’t. There is a $20 styling fee when you scheduled, but that $20 is applied to any purchase you make.  This service is available to women, men and now kids.  They also have maternity for those who need it!

This service was good for a while for me.  I found that after a while I started to get the same items but in different colors/patterns.  I believe that now they have a larger variety of brands that they offer. You are not able to select specific items.  You can give “notes” to your stylist, but ultimately they pick what think you might like.  This was great for me when I moved from the classroom to administrator and I needed more work place style of clothes.  I was able to build a base work wardrobe.  I haven’t been back for a while, but is an easy service to use.

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Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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What Worked & What Didn’t- 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The secret sauce of the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is that it has items that can be used this summer, but also includes items for fall! The 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends August 5 when prices will go back up to regular price. I have to say that there is so much included, you can find looks for every occasion at Nordstrom, from weekend to wedding and night out to vacation.

Here is how my ordering drama resolved itself.  So the 2 orders that I made that were cancelled within the system causing me to reorder were actually filled.  So, I ended up getting all but one pair of jeans, but I got many duplicated items. Again props to SA Elizabeth @ Valley Fair for watching over my situation like a guardian angel.  I have a thank you email set to go out to her (hello! I have manners).

So here is what I loved and if it worked for me or not:

Women’s Maggy London Ruched Waist Midi Dress 12

I loved this dress in the pictures and in person. It would have been a great option for work or a party.  Sadly, it didn’t fit me properly so I had to let it go.

Women’s Hinge Mix Print Peasant Dress, Large – Blue

I love the boho/peasant style of this! With booties or sandals in warm weather and with and cozy cardigan, tights and boots when it cools down. I ordered a size XL, but the sleeves were too long so I had to order a large. I’m hoping that will work.

Women’s Ag The Farrah Ankle Skinny Jeans 33R

For those who love AG Jeans… you must look at these.  I am new to the AG program – I got my first ever pair in May from Trunk Club.  I was excited to get my second pair to replace some older jeans that it was past time to sell/donate. OK they are a bit more than I would normally spend on denim, but my 1st pair really performed and you can save $76 before August 6.

 Women’s Halogen Lace Detail Camisole-Blue or Black Floral Large

These Halogen camis are so comfy with great lace detail and a bit of stretch.  I have worn it under a cardigan and on it’s own when outside in the heat.

 Women’s Rails Bretton Heart Print Top, Size Large – White

Another brand I am new to is Rails.  This top is the perfect shape for me at work.  The white with the fun black heart detail will work with my pencil skirts and trousers.

Women’s Rails Cara Star V-Neck Tee, Size Large – White

My other favorite from Rails is this cute tee.  I am loving stars lately and this v-neck has a subtle pattern and a great fit.

Women’s Caslon Hooded Cardigan, Size Large – Grey

This is one of the 1st items that I saw that I knew I wanted.  I originally wanted it in black, but it was sold out and I was able to get a grey one.  I am happy with this light-weight cardigan.  It has a drawstring at the waist, so you don’t have that giant sweater look, but a slim silhouette.

Women’s Barefoot Dreams Cozychic Lite Circle Cardigan M 

So I knew I had to try this sweater out because 4 of my favorite bloggers (Lux Mommy, Chase Amie, Shea Whitney &  Miss Louie) said I must.  Boy were they right! This is the softest sweater in the history of sweaters! I am serious! I got the blue one in size medium and it is truly cozy.

Women’s Vince Camuto Kochelda Over The Knee Boot, 8.5 Wide Calf

So I never thought I would like an over-the-knee boot.  My problem is my wide calf action (thanks a lot Zumba) which limits my selection significantly.  These fit me perfectly and I saved $80!  I can’t wait for the weather to cool down!

 Women’s Tory Burch Benton Ballet Flat, Size 8 M – Black

Tory Burch Flats. CLASSIC. Enough said.

Women’s Halogen Hailey Bootie 8.5 M 

Biker Chic. You might need these.

Women’s Leith Tie Front Skort

IT’S A SKORT! Navy with a hint of Lavender. I mean… it had me at skort.

  Women’s Halogen Plaid Stripe Pencil Skirt,  14- Black

I love me a good pencil skirt.  Great for work and those who know me know that I will also wear with a tee and canvas sneakers. Classic fit.

 

Items that I got that maybe sold out, but I hope they will restock:

  1. Beauty Blender blend.cleanse.carry Set
  2. Thermal Henley Top by SOCIALITE Large
  3. Women’s Halogen Ribbon Stripe Slim Jeans, Size 33 Blue
  4. Treasure and Bond Sporty Stripe Sweater Large Grey

 

So many fun items with good prices this year.  Remember,2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends August 5 so get moving.  You can get FREE shipping or pick up in store.

Hope this was helpful!

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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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.

Where you can find them:

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

nordstrom-logo.jpgShop brand-new arrivals at super-sale prices at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Topshop, Ted Baker London and more. Sale ends August 5. Prices go up August 6. Free shipping, pick up in store and more. Free shipping, pick up in store and more.

Here is the good, bad and ugly of this years event.

On a normal day I totally love Nordstrom.  Good selection, variety of sizes and colors and good customer service— what is not to like.  So this time of year when the Anniversary sale comes along I am excited.  A pre-sale of fall items with a early access for card members–again, what’s not to like?

After scanning the catalog and marking items I wanted to see further, I logged on to make my Early Access Purchase. Let the problems begin.  I can only put into words what happened in list form.

The list of things that went wrong:

  • the website kept logging me out
  • items that I wanted kept dropping out of my cart yet still showed as available
  • I tried to access my Nordstrom Notes and the site would crash
  • the app didn’t work either
  • order placed with no confirmation email
  • next day, order says cancelled, but no email notification from Nordstrom
  • customer service- totally unreachable in all methods
  • wait 30 minutes on hold to be told that my order was not cancelled
  • email saying that my order was cancelled and I needed to reorder
  • reorder with renewed access to my notes
  • part of my order cancelled again, though the items still show they are available
  • reorder items again
  • Items begin shipping one at a time and a few items available for pickup
  • person in-store says she will look into my issues and adjust my points
  • Props to SA Elisabeth who had my back to get my items and points

So…. although I am dismayed about my experience and the uncertainty of whether I will actually receive all the items I purchased (most still say “preparing”), I still (heart) you Nordstrom even though I know you will never send me an apology or give me the points that I am owed.  I hope that you can work out all the problems that thousands of us had, because clearly we like you– after all we do have your credit card and use your rewards program.

I know this seems like a rant, but it is just stating facts.  I have worked retail and know the value of customer service, which is where I believe Nordstrom fell down here.  Don’t get me wrong, I still want my stuff and will continue to shop at Nordstrom.  I guess I was just surprised at how incredibly wrong this sale began for me. That being said, there are some awesome items, beauty and clothing that you should check out.  The sale opens to the public on July 20.  When/if I get my items, I will share a review of them.

Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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