Must Have Monday

Our weather in Pittsburgh was crazy this weekend, torrential rain, angry snow, and then it warmed up.  Bizarre!  I did get a chance to do some shopping during the amazing President’s Day sales going on, both online and in person! Here’s some of my fave finds of the weekend.

Cult Gaia Mini Ark

Have you checked out the “it” bag yet?  The Cult Gaia Mini Ark that is on backorder everywhere?  I love it for summer but I didn’t love the price!  I found an pretty identical look alike for much less on Amazon!

Bamboo clutch

 

Here’s the lookalike!  They are so similar it doesn’t make sense not to buy this one.  This one has great reviews on Amazon too.  Comes in a couple different colors.  I am torn between this color and the black.  Which would you pick?

 

Greece Sandal

 

Another lookalike for very pricey designer sandals!  These Steve Madden Greece Sandals keep selling out in my size in this color, so I may end up just getting the black.  I like that they don’t have a thong situation.  It’s so hard to find sandals that don’t have one.  Comes in a bunch of other colors but this one and the black are my faves.

 

Cutout Lounge Top

Lounge Wear

 

I have a similar set of this lounge wear that is heavier knit and I have been wearing around the house all winter.  When I saw this Spring version I had to pick them up during their 40% off sale this weekend.  It’s made out of the softest knit.  I can’t wait to wear it!

I’d love to hear about any of your finds in the comments below!  Have a great Monday and enjoy that extra day off if you get one!

Plus Size Resort Wear

The weather where I live has been abysmal so far this year!  Even though it is supposed to warm up this coming week, my mind has been on the beach since January.  I’ve seen lots of blog posts about resort wear for straight sizes, but not many for plus size.  I decided to put one together for us!

Winter getaways are usually short, so I like to pack things that can be worn for several different occasions.  I like to get a big bang for my item so to speak!

Let’s start with what to wear to the airport.  I usually wear jeans, tshirt and a lightweight jacket that can be worn with dresses and shorts if it turns out to be chilly at my destination.

Jean jackets are pretty much a universal packed item, but for something different this bomber jacket would work great.  It looks great with a tshirt, dress or shorts.  It serves essentially the same purpose of your jean jacket, but it’s a little trendier.

Bomber Jacket

If you are feeling a little daring, I found this super cute tunic sweatshirt and I’m thinking this would be amazing to wear on the airplane coming from a colder climate with leggings.  It could double as something to throw on when the ac is too strong in the hotel or even something to wear to sleep in a pinch.  It comes in several other colors but I do love this pink.

Hooded Tunic

 

After figuring out my airport outfit, the very first thing I pack is my bathing suit and cover up.  I tend to pack too many of each, but if I could only pack one, it would be this bathing suit and this cover up.   The bathing suit paired with a pair of shorts could definitely pass for a top and the cover up is great for breakfast or lunch on your way to the beach.  I love pieces I can wear both to the beach and around the hotel without feeling like I’m in my bathing suit in the lobby!

Off the Shoulder Swimsuit

 

Beach Cover Up

I also think this maxi dress is a must.  It can be a coverup, wear it sightseeing or for a casual dinner.  It’s one of those dresses you are going to wear a million times.  Cute with the bomber or a jean jacket when the nights get chilly.

V Neck Maxi

For a little color in my suitcase, I have to add this fun maxi.  I can definitely see this being worn to lunch or date night depending on shoes and accessories.  I love the halter neckline!  Again, looks great with either jacket choice.

Print Maxi

You need an interesting shirt to pair with shorts or your jeans you wear on the plane and this one fits the bill.  I can see it looking great on a ton of different body types.  It’s basic, but with a twist,  Something a little different than your ordinary gingham shirt.

Off the Shoulder shirt

 

I love this jumpsuit and think there’s tons of places to wear it on vacation.  It’s definitely something that depends on the shoes and accessories to determine how dressy it is.  You could pair it with flip flops and a hat for the day and high heeled sandals and tassel earrings for night time.

Jumpsuit

Speaking of hats, I always pack a couple in my bag when heading to somewhere sunny.  I make it a point to always protect my face from the sun.  The rest of me I try to protect, but my face always!  Wrinkles are not funny!

I usually have some kind of baseball hat or fedora that I wear on the plane and then I pack a big sun hat.  If you don’t have a packable one, put clothes in the middle of the hat and then lay it hole down in your suitcase (with the clothes in the hole part) and then pack around it to keep it’s shape.  This hat is reasonably priced and has full coverage.

Floppy Hat

 

You also need versatile bags to take with you.  I love this bag for your casual day looks.  It’s perfect for the plane and around town and could double as a beach bag in a pinch.

Resort Bag

I also dig this straw bag and think it could get a ton of wear.  Really cute with all the outfits above.

Black Straw Bag

 

Now we are up to my hardest part of packing, which is which shoes to take?  I think you can’t go wrong with these two.

Wedge

And along with your flip flops, throw in these amazing sneakers! Though I would probably wear them on the flight. Totally in love with them.

Animal Print Sneakers

 

To finish it off I would throw in some pajamas, shorts and a tshirt or two plus my beauty essentials.  Click on any of the pink links below the photos to locate the items shown.

What would you pack in your bag?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

 

Valentine’s Day Pittsburgh Style

Valentine’s day is one of those holidays that always sneaks up on me.  You know it is coming, but you sort of forget about it and next thing you know it’s here.

I decided to start looking for some things to do to celebrate Valentine’s day earlier this year and came up with a couple really interesting choices for Pittsburgh locals.  These aren’t your usual dinner and a movie ideas!  Now to just talk my husband into one of these!!  Note that since Valentine’s Day is on a Wednesday this year, some of these are the weekend before and the weekend after the actual holiday.

Cupids and Canines

When:  Saturday February 17, 2018 from 6-11 pm

A Monte Carlo night to benefit Humane Animal Rescue and Bow Wow Buddies Foundation.  There’s a band, auctions, and a dog wedding.

More information here.

 

Wigle Whiskey’s Spicy Soiree

When: February 10 and 11, 2018 (check website for times)

Celebrate Wigle Whiskey’s release of this year’s Afterglow Roasted Ginger Whiskey.  Live music and tasty bites including ginger donuts!

More information here.

 

Animal Instincts Valentine’s Dinner at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium

When: February 16, 2018

This one is a bit out there, but for the right couple it would be perfect!  It’s different, that’s for sure!  It’s dinner, cocktails and an adults only presentation on exotic animal mating!  There’s also some small animal visits, let’s hope they aren’t mating!

More information here.

 

My Snarky Valentine at the Children’s Museum

When: February 8, 2018

An evening of food, drink and making.  There’s adult crafting, karaoke, and pierogies!  Can’t get more Pittsburgh than that, right? There will also be some adoptable animals from Humane Animal Rescue.

More information here.

 

Galentine’s Day Yoga

When: February 13, 2018

A sixty minute yoga sesh at the History Center followed by prosecco and warm chocolate chip cookies plus after hours access to the American Spirit exhibition.

More information here.

 

Valentine’s Day at Heinz Chapel

When: February 14, 2018

I went to Pitt and have never heard this legend before, but it’s on the internet so you know it must be true (ha!)  Legend has it that if you kiss on the steps of Heinz Chapel, one day you will be married there. The first fifty couples get a rose and if you stop by the Schenley Bridge and add a love lock and you have an Instagram perfect day!

More information here.

 

I’d love to hear what you are doing for Valentine’s Day in the comments below!

 

 

 

Must Have Monday

Happy Monday!

I’ve been down and out with a cold/flu type illness for the last 4 weeks, ugh!  It has been horrible, but so many other people have it too.  Every time I hear someone else on a conference call sounding horrid, I’m like, welcome to the club! I don’t ever remember an illness taking over everywhere at the same time, like this one has, so weird to have colleagues across the country with the exact same cough I have!

If you too have been suffering, this over the counter medicine is the only thing that even remotely helped.  I would not say it cured me, but it got me through having to work through this illness.

My husband described my symptoms to a pharmacist at our local grocery store and she recommend it.  Good job random pharmacist!  Again, if you are as sick as I was, please go to a Dr (I did twice and it still took 4+ weeks to even sort of get over it).

Prior to the illness (we just call it the illness now-ha),  I had tried to limit my Target trips, so I would stop buying “all the things” at Target.  They have so much cute and it just gets out of control, you know? So of course, once I was feeling better, I wanted to go to Target.  And of course, there was a ton of cute!

The first thing that caught my eye was the Sugarfix by Baublebar earring display.  It looked so springy and bright, just what this miserable cold weather needs!

I love regular Baublebar and the Sugarfix for Baublebar version at Target is so identical to it and for so much less money and instant gratification, what’s not to like?

Here’s a closer look at the Spring stuff.  Gah!  So cute!  I ended up buying a pair from the third row down.  I had been eyeing a similar pair at Baublebar and for $12.99, I was much more comfortable taking a chance.  I like that they are really lightweight.  I hate wearing super heavy earrings.

I also found a display of sale earrings.  These were marked down to $10 which is a great price for two sets!  They look so very similar to the regular Baublebar!  I’ve eyed up those triple ball earrings a couple times but never pulled the trigger because I wasn’t sure they were me.  I did end up buying the gray and gold set on the lower left.  I couldn’t pass it up at that price.  They are actually pretty cute on and again, super lightweight.  I would have jumped at the tassel earrings at $10 but I already have the original Baublebar version.

My next find probably wasn’t as exciting to most of you as it was to me.  I have been looking for new canisters for my kitchen for the last couple months and nothing was really jazzing me.  I wanted something pretty classic and either clear or white with a lid that formed a seal.  I was either striking out or they were just too much money for me to feel comfortable with.  I had looked at Target before, but hadn’t seen anything I liked.  This weekend, though, I wandered down the aisle again and found exactly what I wanted!

Heritage Hill Glass Jar

These Anchor Hocking Heritage Hill Glass Jars were perfect!  They ranged in size from ginormous to a regular flour/sugar size and then a smaller one to use for coffee/tea.  If you are a crazy shopper like me, you may realize that Crate and Barrel has the same line.  Take a look here.

Llama Salt and Pepper Shakers

So llama’s are everywhere right now and I am here for them.  I saw these llama salt and pepper shakers (the pepper one is gray) and had to have them.  For $2.99 a piece they were a pretty cheap indulgence.

What have you seen lately at Target?  Tell me about it in the comments!

 

Christmas Tree Collars

Do you know what a tree collar is?  I didn’t until a few weeks ago and I am now in love with them!  It’s one of those things you didn’t know you needed until you saw it. Ha!

If you haven’t heard of tree collars before either, they are a modern alternative to the tree skirt.  The collar covers the Christmas tree stand with a streamlined look.  If you are like me and have a pet, the traditional tree skirt is a huge pain.  My dog thinks its his and tends to steal it from the tree.  I think a tree collar would take him some time to steal, though who knows with that determined dog!  I also happen to just love the look.

Gold Tree Collar

I think my fave is this gold tree collar.  It comes in silver too.  Since I am basically a magpie, I love anything shiny!  I love that tree collars work with artificial or real trees and hide all the mechanics underneath.

Woven Tree Collar

Woven Tree Collar

Another one I love is this dark woven tree collar.  It’s way more subtle than the gold if you are into more minimal decor for the holidays.  This one is from Pier One, but I’ve seen similar at Home Depot.

Wood Tree Collar

Wood Tree Collar

Another choice for a more minimal decor is this wood and galvanized metal tree collar.  I love how it looks with the tree! And actually would work really well with my living room.

Red Tree Collar

And this beauty is perfect if you go whole hog with your holiday decor or love a traditional red and green Christmas scheme.  This red tree collar is gorgeous!

Do you have a tree collar? I’d love to see a photo of it in the comments!

Christmas Bucket List

I know, I know, I am a bit late with this idea, but I’ve had so much craziness going on, I haven’t had time to type it up and you don’t want to have to try and read my handwritten list of these ideas!

I absolutely hate to waste a vacation day and since I tend to hoard my days until the end of the year, I have a couple to take this month.  I wanted to come up with some ideas of activities I could do with my husband, family or friends on those days.  Most of these I’ve done at various times of my life, but listing them all out in one place makes it easy to pick one when the mood strikes and helps me remember to celebrate the season! Plus, I figure listing them all out, will make it way more likely my husband will pick one he wants to do!

If unlike my husband, you like to do things on the spur of the moment, you could write them each on a slip of paper and pull one out of a jar for a spontaneous outing!  Since I got such a late start, I am only listing ten, but if you have more ideas, let me know in the comments!

Christmas Bucket List

  1.  Make an ornament
  2. Take a drive to look at Christmas lights and be sure to pick up hot chocolate on the way!
  3. Hold a Christmas movie marathon in your pajamas (Here’s a list of my fave grown up ones)
  4. Make fudge or rock candy
  5. Donate toys to a local toy drive or buy for a family in need
  6. Host a cookie party where everyone goes home with a dozen of each guests special favorites
  7. Cut paper snowflakes out
  8. Go see the Nutcracker
  9. Make cinnamon rolls for breakfast and fight over the one with the most icing
  10. Figure out your New Year’s plans ahead of time

 

 

 

Buffalo Check Christmas and Home Decor

I absolutely love buffalo check (or plaid) and especially love it for Christmas!  I’m having an phone issue, so I can’t upload a picture of my front porch, but it is currently sporting a buffalo check be-ribboned wreath and welcome mat!

I started seeing it in Christmas decor last year and this year, it is EVERYWHERE!  I rounded up some of my fave buffalo check home and Christmas decor below.

Monogram Buffalo Check Throw

This monogrammable buffalo check throw from Nordstrom would make a great Christmas gift!  I love the subtle gray and white.

Buffalo Check Sherpa Throw

I have a similar sherpa throw and I am totally in love with how soft and warm it is.   I don’t know which of these I would buy, I am torn between gray and black and red!

Deer Ornament

How cute is this deer ornament?  It would make a great gift topper!

 

Buffalo Plaid Stocking

I am in love with this fur trimmed stocking!  It would look amazing with some of my other Christmas decor.

Mousepad

Technically a mousepad isn’t Christmas or home decor but I couldn’t resist! How cute would this be as part of a gift with the deer ornament as a topper?

Buffalo Check Pillow Cover

I have been trying to resist these buffalo check pillow covers since October!  I think having the red and black all year long would make me get tired of it and I can’t justify buying them just for Christmas.  I still love them though!!

 

Buffalo Check Duvet Cover

Same story with this duvet cover.  I have always wanted to have a Christmas bedroom and this would be perfect! but alas, the cost factor!  It would make a really cute boys room too.  Speaking of, I’ve seen some adorable buffalo check nurseries lately!

Do you love buffalo check like I do? What do you have in your home that’s buffalo check? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!