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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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October 2018 Beauty Favorites

geniuspowder_closedfront_3HYDRA BEAUTY Nourishing Lip CareLA CREME MAIN<br />Hand Cream,                         Main,                         color, NO COLORLES PINCEAUX DE CHANEL<br />Rounded Eyeshadow Brush,                         Main,                         color, NO COLOR

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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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.

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Thanks for reading! XO, Dawn

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