Must Have Monday

I’ve been away from the blog for awhile now and have got a stockpile of things I’ve tried out and loved, so I thought I’d start off with a new series called Must Have Monday.   Let’s get started right away!

First off, the most delightful find of the season so far!  I’ve tried both the Dark Chocolaty Sea Salt and White Chocolatier Peppermint flavors and both are delicious.  There’s also a sugar cookie version, but I can’t speak personally for that one (though I am sure it is just as great).

For those of you that are local to Pittsburgh, I even like them even better than Pittsburgh Popcorn (shhhh!don’t tell!)  I really like Pittsburgh Popcorn and buy it all the time, but sometimes I find their chocolate mixes a bit overwhelming, meaning they clump together in giant clumps which are hard to eat.  This brand doesn’t do that giant clumping thing and I find it much easier to limit how much of it I eat.

They are a perfect answer to that sweet and salty craving.  Super easy to just throw in a cute bowl and on your holiday party table to make it look like you made an effort ! Go ahead and tell people you made them yourself off a Pinterest pin. 🙂

I found them locally at Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh, but they are also available online.  Get thee to the grocery store stat people!!

I picked up this set of 3 stud earrings a couple weeks ago at Nordstrom locally and have worn all of them ever since.  I wanted some studs that weren’t your typical and these definitely fit the bill.  I bought gold, but you can find them in a rose gold and silver (along with the gold) online.  They would make a really cute Christmas present and you could even split them up for gift giving!  Check them out here!

I’m loving all the “fancy” sweatshirts out right now and couldn’t wait to pick up a couple for the Fall/Winter. This isn’t the greatest photo of it, but this shirt from Lane Bryant is all kinds of adorbs!

It’s got bell sleeves and a black tie ribbon detail on the shoulders.  It’s not quite a sweatshirt, but heavier than a regular top.  Really cute with black skinny jeans!  I love how it’s both comfy and a little bit special at the same time.  It’s in heavy rotation for my weekend wear!  Check it out online here or in store.

I’d love to hear about your latest must have’s in the comments!



Girly Girl Gift Guide

I think (fingers crossed!) I am finally done with my Christmas shopping.  I need to go through my purchases to make sure I didn’t forget anyone, but other than a few things I am waiting on delivery of, I should be good.  If you are done too, congrats! And if you aren’t, I am thinking you might have just a few more difficult people to buy for left on your list.  I wasn’t going to do gift guides this year, but I thought a few geared toward very specific types might be helpful.  If you are like me, you save those hard to buy for people for last, because you are still searching for something good to buy them.

I’m starting with the girly girl, your bff, your sister, maybe you.  They are sometimes hard to buy for, because they already have everything!  I know people say that about me sometimes.  I, of course, always have a list at the ready, so I thought I would share some of the things on it with you.

Angel Wings Scarf

Girly Girl Gift Guide

This scarf is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time.  Does your person love taking Instagram photos? Are they dramatic? Do they just love pretty things?  If those are all yeses, then I think this is the gift for them!  It comes in other colors, but I love the black and white. I found it on Etsy from seller Shovava.   


Bun Cuff

Girly Girl Gift Guide

Are they the queen of messy buns?  The bun cuff was released by Chloe and Isabel last year and ups your bun game with style.  It can be worn as a bracelet or as a hair accessory.  It’s really easy to use and it comes in many different finishes.  Rose Gold and Gold are my faves. I am starting to see knock-offs of the original, so you know it’s a certified “thing” once that starts! You can find the Chloe and Isabel version here.


Tassel Earrings

Girly Girl Gift Guide

I’ve seen tassel earrings in a couple different stores this year, but my faves are from Bauble Bar.  They come in a million colors and you can buy the super long ones or mini’s.  Someone on my list may or may not be getting a set of these this year!  You can buy them at Nordstrom or at  In general, you can’t go wrong with Bauble Bar.  I love so many things on their site this year! They are currently having a sale on their monogram items which are super cute.   Find the mini’s here.


Silk Sleep Pillowcase

Girly Girl Gift Guide

Girly girls are always working on keeping those wrinkles at bay and what better way to do it than with a silk pillowcase?  Super luxe and something she probably wouldn’t buy for herself.  Find it at Nordstrom here.


Gold Wrist Cuff

Girly Girl Gift Guide

I love the delicateness of this cuff.  It’s interesting and something she can wear everyday.  Find it at Nordstrom here.

Bow Winter Hat

Girly Girl Gift Guide

It’s hard to look girly when you are freezing, but this hat from Kate Spade manages to fit the bill!  Comes in a couple colors, but I love the pink!  Find it at Kate Spade here.

Rebecca Minkoff Isobel Tassel Hobo

Girly Girl Gift Guide

This bag is gorgeous!  I love Rebecca Minkoff bags in general and own a Regan.  The leather the brand uses is super luxe and this bag is really ready for anything.  You can wear it to work or casual.  It comes in a couple different colors.  Find it at Nordstrom here.


Kate Spade Glitter Shoe Keychain

Girly Girl Gift Guide

So, no Girly Girl Gift Guide would be complete without shoes on it!  I would think it would be awkward to buy shoes for a friend, so this is the next best thing!  Find it at Kate Spade here.

Which of these do you want to find under your tree? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.


Modern Mercantile

I’ve been driving by Modern Mercantile for over a year on my way to work and have always loved their window displays, but had never stopped in.  I finally had time last month to check out the store and wasn’t disappointed.

For those who don’t follow my route to work (HA!), it’s located on Main Street in Carnegie, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh.

The first thing that caught my eye was a display of amazing bags made of repurposed tents.  They are so well made and would make fantastic gifts.  (I kind of want to lose my laptop bag to make an excuse to buy one)  Choices ranged from handbags, totes, smaller electronic bags, laptop bags and keychains.  The owner told me they will be restocking through the holidays.

Modern Mercantile

Modern Mercantile had jewelry, dog and cat toys and treats, and décor items spread throughout the space.  I especially loved the initial key chains made from recycled license plates and the collar attachable bow ties for dogs.  They also have their own private label laundry, bath soaps and candles.  All smelled amazing and are locally made!

Modern Mercantile


I saw so many things that would be perfect for gifts, I can’t wait to come back and shop some more! After petting shop dog Rufus, we went next door for some ice cream at the Flying Squirrel.

Have you been to Modern Mercantile? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!




Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016

Before Pittsburgh got their own Nordstrom, I wasn’t very aware of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Now that we do have one, I am super stoked to be counting down the days until the 2016 sale!  If you shopped it before, I know you are counting the days too and if you haven’t, you need to check it out pronto!  It’s like Christmas in July for sure!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a once a year sale where they take Fall merchandise and temporarily mark it down, allowing you to buy your Fall must have’s ahead of time.  Once the sale is over, the prices go back to normal.  Nordstrom selects items they feel are either a staple or a trendy item for Fall.  It’s a great way to get started on school shopping for yourself or your kids and it’s a great time to buy a winter coat, purse, etc.  Or if you are one of those people who start Christmas shopping super early, this is the sale for you.  Stock on each item is limited, so you want to act fast when you see something you want.

If you are a Nordstrom card holder, there is a presale starting July 14th.  If you aren’t a card holder, the sale opens up to the public on July 22nd.  August 7th is the last day to get the sale prices and on August 8th, the prices go back to normal.  No joke, they really do.  This isn’t like a Macy’s one day sale that happens every weekend.

Another tip, if you have a Nordstrom card triple points day you have been saving, arrange to use it on the day you are shopping the sale!

Don’t have a Nordstrom near you?  Nordstrom always offers free shipping.  I tend to purchase a lot online, knowing I can take it back in store or send it back if it doesn’t work.  The only thing I have to go into the store for is shoes. I don’t have the kind of feet that are universally the same size in every brand, so I like to try them out before buying.

What are the best deals?  These are just my opinion based on checking out the sale the last couple years.

Boots-Every kind of boot from booties to over the knee are on sale.  The best boot selection ever at Nordstrom!

Coats-I mentioned before it’s the best time to buy a coat for you or your kids!

Jeans-Plenty of designer jeans on sale

Makeup-Many brands do special items and special gift with purchase deals for the sale.  These I may go in person to check out!

Watches-Plenty of designer watches marked down.

Purses-My kryptonite!  The absolute best prices on purses you are going to want for Fall.  All kinds of designers from my beloved Rebecca Minkoff to Kate Spade and more.

Here’s some of my shoe picks from last year’s Anniversary Sale.  I’m sure they will have similar offerings this year.

Are you excited about the Anniversary Sale? I’d love to hear what you are looking for this year in the comments!






Gilmore Girls Gift Guide


By far, my most pinned photo on Pinterest is a Gilmore Girls sweatshirt.  Unfortunately, it isn’t available via my original source, so I thought I would look for something similar.  This led me to a plethora of Gilmore Girls stuff for sale on Etsy.  Any of these would make amazing gifts for yourself or your Gilmore Girls obsessed friend! And if they haven’t watched the show yet, pair one of these with some DVDs! Now on to my faves!

Stars Hollow Print

Stars Hollow Print

I love this Stars Hollow travel print.  It doesn’t scream TV show, so those who aren’t fans won’t even realize it’s based on one.

In Omnia Paratus Print

In Omnia Paratus Print

This Life and Death Brigade poster from the same Etsy seller is great too.  Again, if you aren’t a fan, you wouldn’t know it was related to a TV show.

Luke & Lorelai Print

Lorelai & Luke Print

I also love this Lorelai & Luke print.  Fingers crossed the revival being filmed now ends up with them together forever this time!

Women of Gilmore Girls

Women of Gilmore Girls Shirt

I always like these types of shirts, whether they are music, sports or even TV shows.  I especially like the fact that this one highlights the women of Stars Hollow versus the couples.

Gilmore Girls Charm Bracelet

Gilmore Girls Charm Bracelet

I love the creativity of this Gilmore Girls Charm Bracelet.  Every time I look at it, I see something else that makes me remember an episode!

In Omnia Paratus Necklace

In Omnia Paratus Necklace

Isn’t this necklace cute?  Lovely reminder to take chances in life.

Gilmore Girls Sweatshirt

Gilmore Girls Sweatshirt

This is the sweatshirt that started it all.  It isn’t from the original seller (who no longer makes it), but it’s a very close replica.

Kate Spade Surprise Sale

Kate Spade Surprise Sales are always good, but this one is no joke.  I can’t believe the prices!  They rival the outlet when it has a good sale going on.  I am trying really hard not to buy anything this time around, but I thought I would pick out what I would buy if I could buy something!  Check my picks out below!

Kate Spade Surprise Sale Picks


One / Two / Three / Four / Five / Six / Seven / Eight / Nine

Shipping is $5 for domestic addresses and the sale ends 2/11/16.  Did you buy anything? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Best Gifts for Her

Are you struggling finding the perfect gift for your mom, sister, daughter or best friend? Maybe even yourself? If so, I have the picks for you!  I’ve gathered up the best gifts for her today!  I could do ten of these lists to be honest there are so many good deals out there, but I thought I’d go with things I either have or would buy for myself! To shop, click on the pink link under each photo.

Best gifts for her

Talbot’s Holiday Plaid Scarf

I have this scarf and I love it!  It is super soft and gorgeous in person.  The tassels make it I think! I got it on super sale, and Talbot’s has had at least 40% off pretty consistently this season.  It’s Christmasy but I think you can still wear it after too.  I wore it with a chambray shirt but it would look great with a red coat too.

Best gifts for her

Starbucks Leopard Mug

The perfect gift for your leopard loving friend.  Starbucks always has great mugs at Christmas time and I was torn between featuring this one or the blue plaid.  This leopard one won out because it would look just as great on your desk as a pencil holder as it would holding your morning drink!

Best gifts for her

OPI All Stars

This set of OPI Mini All Star nail polishes is just that, a collection of the best OPI colors!  Amazing favorites like Bubble Bath, Strawberry Margarita, Lincoln Park After Dark, Big Apple Red and Malaga Wine.  All colors I own and love and in some cases talk about endlessly! Seriously a great gift!

Best Gifts for Her

Dior Addict Lip Glow

Makeup can be hard to buy for others sometimes, but this cult fave Dior Addict Lip Glow makes it easy since it reacts with the wearers chemistry to create a unique color.  Any makeup lover would love to receive this gift!

Best Gifts for HerKate Spade Glitter Studs

I’ve loved these gold glitter studs from Kate Spade for awhile and even had them on my best gifts for her list last year.  I still love them and now actually own them myself.  They are just enough glitter when you need a little! I may have stocked up on them the last time Kate Spade had a sale, so don’t be surprised if you get a set of these under the tree from me!


Best Gifts for Her

Glitter Bug Wallet

Speaking of glitter and Kate Spade, her Glitter Bug collection is super cute.  Who couldn’t use a little glitter in their pocketbook!

Best Gifts for HErKendra Scott Jewelry Holder

This Kendra Scott jewelry holder is perfect for travel! I love that you can hook your earrings into it.  I don’t own this yet, but I am definitely putting it on my wish list.

Best Gifts for Her

Color Clutch Nail Polish Holder

Another super cute idea, this nail polish holder comes in two sizes, one for travel and one for storage of your polish collection.  They can accommodate any size polish bottles and are a great solution!

Best Gifts for Her

Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace

I talk about the Kendra Scott Rayne necklace all the time and finally bought my first one, hot pink and gold metal, this summer.  I wore it pretty much everyday and asked for a black and gold metal one for Christmas.  Pretty sure I will be wearing that one daily too.   Nordstrom had the best pricing this season that I have seen on the necklace due to their price matching, but it pays to shop around a bit when you decide to purchase.   There are so many colors and metal combinations, that you can be sure to find something for your gift recipient.

Best Gifts for Her

Rebecca Minkoff Handbag

I saved the best for last!  Love this blush Rebecca Minkoff bag.  It is definitely a splurge, but it is lovely!  It comes in a couple different colors, I love the saddle brown version too!

What’s on your gift wish list this year? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!