October 14, 2016

Fragrance Collection + How I Organize

I don't think I ever set out to start collecting fragrances, but over the past year or two I have found some really beautiful scents that I have been thoroughly enjoying.  {I'm also pretty certain that I spent close to 3 years wearing nothing because I was nursing my babies and didn't want to expose them to the chemicals, so I might just be making up for lost time. . .} But anyways, I like fragrances to be clean and light and nothing too complicated.  Very fresh and feminine scents that can even be layered together.  And with so many good choices out there, I don't know that I'll ever be able to narrow it down to just one "signature scent" so I sometimes prefer the smaller sizes.

I picked up a simple mirrored tray at Homegoods the other day and decided it would be the perfect way to display my collection.  The bottles are all so beautiful so I like to think they deserve a little spotlight.  Plus, it's nice to have them all in one place so I can just grab the one that suits my mood as i'm getting dressed & ready for the day.  So let's break down my favorites and I'll do my best to describe what I like about each of them. . .

1.  Fresh Pink Jasmine :: I wore this a lot over the summer because it's floral and fresh but not overpowering.  I also feel like it wears well and stays on for hours.  It reminds me of a more bohemian kind of scent and I think thats why I enjoyed wearing it so much in the warmer months.

2.  Kai :: This is a true staple in my opinion of a great go-to everyday scent.  I remember reading somewhere that Jennifer Aniston has worn it for years so that should give you an idea of the type of girl who wears it.  Very classic and clean with notes of gardenia.

3.  Michael Kors :: Creamy and warm best describes this one.  I remember smelling it years ago when I worked at Sephora and I wasn't a fan.  Fast forward to now and I absolutely love it.  It's another classic in my opinion and layers really well with anything that smells too sweet or citrus-y.

4.  Elizabeth & James Nirvana {black and white} :: Both smell different but I love them equally the same.  The white has more of a creamy peony and feminine blend while the black is more rich vanilla and sandalwood.  My favorite scents for the cooler fall and winter months.  And I really love them in the rollerballs so I can just slip them in my purse.  Also, this Nirvana white dry shampoo is some of the best I've ever used!

5.  Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche Sheer Moisture Mist ::  Immediately post shower, I love to spray this on my damp skin.  It's probably my husband's favorite because it's clean and delicate, plus it moisturizes and softens without feeling greasy.  The only downside is I wish it lasted a little longer on me because I do think it fades fairly quickly.

6.  Lollia Wish ::  The sweetest of all my fragrances and perhaps the girliest.  It's so feminine and smells like jasmine leaves and sugar cane.  And the bottle is absolutely the prettiest with those precious gold foil bees and touches of blue.  I mix this one a lot with my Michael Kors and always get compliments and questions about what I'm wearing.

7.  By Rosie Jane {James} ::  Saved the best for last. . . this is my all time favorite fragrance!  It's everything I want in a perfume: clean, light, fresh, floral, soft, feminine, delicate and sophisticated.  I bought mine a few months ago when I was shopping with my cousin in town and we both immediately grabbed a bottle off the shelf.  It's absolutely perfect and I have worn it almost every day since.

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October 3, 2016

Bloomingdales Friends & Family Sale

It's that time of year again. . . some of the best online retailers start offering their friends & family sales right before the holiday madness.  If your budget allows, it's a great opportunity to check a few names off your list and get your gifts early.  It's even better if you can score a few things for yourself too!

I have my eye on this dress and this one for upcoming holiday parties & events.  Under $100 each plus an additional 25% off!  I also really, and I mean really love this sweater and with the discount it's pretty affordable.  And if you've been lusting over a pair of Illesteva sunglasses like me, now is the perfect time to scoop up a pair because even they are included in the sale.  I think I better drop some major hints to my husband so he can grab the color combo I want before they sell out. . .

Use the code FRIENDS at checkout and receive 25% off some of the top brands & designers at Bloomingdales // Happy shopping!!


September 28, 2016

Loving Lately :: Pajama Tops

After a little uncertainty about this whole pajama top trend I keep seeing everywhere, I may have just found one that could convince even the most skeptic of critics.  I passed through Anthropologie last weekend with some time to kill and almost made my way out the door when I spotted this beauty.  Quite possibly the prettiest top I have ever laid eyes upon and knew immediately that I was on board.  I can't wait to pair it with some high waisted denim or moto leggings for my next night out or special occasion!

Here it is along with a few more pajama tops I'm loving lately. . .

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