What’s on My Bedside Table

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Today I’m sharing the essentials I keep on my bedside table.  I try to keep my bedroom as clean and uncluttered as possible, as I believe this is an integral part of getting a good night’s sleep, but I also want it to look cute and styled.  In order to balance the two I have placed a white tray on top of my nightstand to help organize and contain all the items I want easily accessible.  I have a small soft sheepskin rug underneath to both protect the table and to add texture and a cozy feel to the area.

Every night right  before bed, I spray the Bath & Body Works  Aromatherapy  Pillow mists in Lavender Vanilla or Eucalyptus Spearmint on my pillows and surrounding area.  I also love using the body lotion as well.  Next, I like to moisturize my face and lips. For my face I apply the L’occitane Divine Cream.  A small amount worked into the skin goes along way and leaves your skin smooth and moisturized until morning.  For my lips I keep a variety of balms and chapsticks available.  I absolutely  cannot sleep if my lips feel dry!  The combination is always changing, but currently I am enjoying using the Vaseline Lip Therapy in Bubbly Pink, Nivea A Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon  and L’occitane Shea Vanilla Bouquet Lip Balm.

I love to read, however I rarely find myself carving out enough time to be able to calm down with a good book.  To get myself into the habit of reading a few chapters a day, I keep a book near my bed.  I just finished reading “Why Not Me” by Mindy Kaling, and it was a fantastic read-funny, insightful and empowering.  I highly suggest it-especially if you are a fan of The Mindy Project or The Office.

Do you ever get into bed only to realize you’ve forgotten to take off your rings, earrings or other pieces of jewelry?  It happens to me almost every single night.  In order to keep these small items from getting lost or knocked of the table, I keep two small catch-all dishes handy.  This way, I can always locate my jewelry come morning.  There’s nothing worse than stepping on an earring or having a cat get a hold of your favorite necklace!  The small pink dish is from Home Goods and the cute dog one is from Hobby Lobby.

When possible, I like to cheer up the area with a small arrangement of fresh flowers.   I also like to have a candle to add to the overall ambiance and cozy feel of the room.  Since I use my pillow sprays and lotion l tend to lean towards a simple, unscented candle.  Lately, I’ve been using LED candles that run on a timer.  You can pick up so many fun styles at stores like Home Goods and T.J. Maxx at a discount.

Do you have a special night-time routine?  Any products that are always by your side?  Let me know in the comments below.  As always, thanks for reading!

Nordstrom Sale Picks


Nordstrom Sale Picks

It’s the sale everyone is talking about, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Early access started Thursday, July 14th for cardholders and runs until August 8th.  Non-cardholders can start shopping the sale on July 22nd.  The is a great time to pick up some great deals on items that are rarely discounted, as well as exclusive pieces and gift sets.

I’m already looking towards fall and trying to pick some versatile pieces that will work with my existing wardrobe.  There are so many great clothing items on sale, it’s almost overwhelming.  And until, I can get to the store to see a few in person ( I prefer to try-on most of my clothing) I will save my picks for clothing for another post.  For today, I’m sharing my top picks for beauty and accessories.

  1. NARS ‘Nordstrom ‘s Best Cheek Palette’ $65.00 ($124.00 value): This palette is a great value and perfect for travel.  I don’t own a lot of NARS products, but I love the items I have, so this will be a great way to try out a lot of their popular  shades.
  2. Elizabeth and James ‘Nirvana Black Set’ $100.00 ($160.00 value): This is a total splurge item for me, but I absolutely adore this scent.  I spray it every time I go into Sephora but have yet to bite the bullet and buy it already.  I love that this scent isn’t floral or overly-feminine, its very warm and has a strong vanilla tone.
  3. Kendra Scott ‘Elton’ Station Cuff Bracelet $35.90-42.90 ($55.00-65.00 after sale): I really enjoy Kendra Scott jewelry and I think this bracelet would be great on it’s own or stacked with other bracelets.  The beautiful rose gold and jewel tones make a stellar combination!
  4.   Diptyque Scented Candle Set $55.00 ($75.00 value): Another total splurge item-part of me says $55.00 for candles is absolutely ludicrous and the other part is dying to see what all the hype on social media is about.  No doubt, these candles would make a beautiful and luxurious addition to any room.  There are also a lot of great DIYs on Pinterest for re-purposing the jars when the candle is done.
  5. Halogen ‘Owen’ Calf Hair Pointy Toe Ghilllie Flat $59.90 (89.95 after sale): I’ve been wanting to try the lace-up flat trend for awhile now, and I think these calf hair flats are just the pair to begin!  I don’t wear a lot of prints, but I love to be a little more adventurous with my shoes.  If this print isn’t your style, the same shoe comes in several other colors.
  6. B.P. Geo Pattern Square Scarf $18.90 (29.00 after sale): Scarves are a great accessory for the fall and winter months.  They help create a cute layered look and can make a big impact on simple outfit.  Not to mention they are functional-especially if you live in the Midwest like me!  I love the colors and pattern of this square B.P. scarf-and at this price, you won’t break the bank.

Has anyone made any purchases yet?  What items are eyeing?  Let me know in the comments below and be sure to look for my top clothing picks coming soon.  Thanks for reading and happy shopping!


First Impressions: Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer


While traveling over the recent holiday I ran out of my current concealer (I had been using this), so I quickly headed to the Walgreens to find something that would get me by for the rest of the weekend.  Of course, I can’t walk into any store and solely look for my intended item, so I browsed the beauty aisles to see what was new.  I came upon the Milani display and immediately looked for their newest foundation.  I had been hearing great things about it on YouTube, specifically from Tati of Glam Life Guru, and since Milani products were buy one get one half off, I decided to pick up a bottle.

Now, for the details: the foundation is called Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer.  It is 1 fluid ounce, comes in 14 shades and retails for $9.99 plus tax.  The back of the bottle claims the product is medium to full coverage, has a lightweight, oil free formula, is long-wearing, water-resistant and sweat-proof.  Sounds like all the things I want in a foundation, especially during the summertime. Continue reading “First Impressions: Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer”

What’s In My Travel Bag: 

Today I’m sharing what I keep in my travel bag.  As I mentioned a few posts ago, my sister and her family are in from out-of-town and I have been traveling back and forth to our hometown.  On these quick weekend trips I like to throw some travel-friendly essentials into this cute Kate Spade pouch.

My hair is always getting tangled throughout the day, so I keep this mini version of my favorite hairbrush in my bag at all times.  It also works perfect to work in dry shampoo. One of the best travel-sized versions I have found is the Salon Grafix Play It Big! Clear Volumizing Dry Shampoo.

I always carry a few different lip products with me at any given time.  Lately, I’ve been enjoying the Anastasia Beverly Hills lip gloss in the color Vintage.  It’s so pigmented that I don’t feel the need to wear any lip stick.  When I just need something moisturizing I reach for my go-to Carmex or the L’Occitane Vanilla lip balm.

In the summer I like to carry a small deodorant with me for a quick refresh.  The Lavanila is my favorite, plus it’s aluminum-free and smells wonderful!  I’ve been using it for years after hearing great things about it on YouTube.  It is a little pricey for deodorant, so if you are unsure, try the trial size first.

A few other things I will toss in are my favorite hand cream-seriously this almond scent is everything, as well as some Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer (I’m always changing up the scent). Lastly, If I’m feeling extra high maintenance, some eye shadow will find its way into my bag.

Some items are more practical than others, but I like to feel prepared.  And, honestly, who can resist the trial-size section as you are checking out at Sephora?  Answer: Not me!  What item(s) do you love to travel with?  Let me know in the comments below!

Drugstore Favorites

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant | Cetaphil Cleanser | L’Oreal Miss Manga Rock Mascara | Carmex Sally Hansen Cuticle Cream  | Almay Smart Shade Lipstick  | Covergirl Oh Sugar! Lip Balm 

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite beauty items from the drugstore. Some are tried and true products, some are newer products I’ve been loving the last couple of months. All are under $10.oo-what a steal!

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