Spring Bags

I tend to reward myself with a new bag when something goes right (or wrong if I’m honest!) and I had a couple things go right last week, so it’s time!  Luckily, there are tons of Spring bag options out there to be checked out.

I, of course, love a black bag as much as the next girl, but I thought I might venture into some blush choices this go around.  Something about the new Spring blush bags is pulling at me.  I figured since I was already checking out the choices, I would share my contenders with my readers.

Leigh Faux Leather Tote

This faux leather tote is pretty reasonably priced.  I like the tassels and love that you can fit a ton inside.  Perfect for a trip.  It only had one review, so not sure of the quality.

Medium Transport Tote

This leather tote is a bit more pricey, but this brand is definitely high quality.  Tons of reviews online, all pretty positive.  I like this brand a lot, but I’ve never seen this color in person.  I’ve only seen their English Saddle color (but it is lovely!).   Again, it’s a tote, so you can fit a ton in it.  Perfect for your commute.

Faux Leather Ruffle Clutch

Completely different than the totes, of course, but I couldn’t resist including this ruffle clutch.  This is adorable and would be so great for showers and weddings!  It’s reasonably priced and pretty large for a clutch.  I have heard nothing but good things about Sole Society, though I haven’t checked out anything from them in person.  They basically sell out of everything I want to buy before I get a chance to pull the trigger!  I think this bag will probably sell out too!


Madison Layden Floral

Damn you Kate Spade and your super fun bags!  Ugh!  I do love this bag, and I have loved Kate Spade in the past and own a few bags, buuuuttt I really feel like their quality has gone somewhat downhill.  Anyone else feel that way too?  I feel like Coach has gone the same way.  When I compare older bags I own to their new stuff, it just doesn’t feel as substantial or well made.  Just my opinion and hopefully something both brands will remedy.  In any case, this bag is all kind of adorbs, but I need to check it out in person, especially at this price.  And really, I was looking for more of an every day bag, instead of a novelty one, but gah! KS gets me every time!


Mori Suede Crossbody

This bag is by All Saints and I’ve heard really good things about this brand.  I love the whip stitching on the bag and the tassels.  I used to have a pink suede bag years ago and I love, love, loved it! Definitely on the pricey side.

Darren Deerskin Feed Bag

I have a couple Rebecca Minkoff bags and I love them.  They are super soft leather and hold up well.  This one looks to be the same.  It’s different enough from the two I already have and of course, the blush is beautiful!  It comes in black too, but the hardware is gold and I have to say, that one is calling my name too!  I am pretty torn on this bag.  The other great thing is, it comes with a convertible cross body strap, so you can either use it as a shoulder or crossbody.  That appeals to me especially when trekking around on my commute.  It’s a bit pricey but the quality is great.

Je’Taime Convertible

Last but not least is this convertible number, also from Rebecca Minkoff.  This bag was all over blogland in the fall in the berry color, but this blush is to die for!  I love the idea of a small bag that I can always through into something bigger if needed, but then just have this for running around.  I know quality will be great and I love that the strap has leather where it hits your shoulder.  It’s a minor thing, but major if you ever have had to lug your bag around all day with a chain strap digging.

Which one would you pick?  Any others I should check out?  Let me know 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 Baublebar.com.  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.


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!






Friday Finds

It’s been quite awhile since my last Friday Finds post, but I’m back with some randomness.  Friday Finds are things that caught my eye during the week, that I thought others would find interesting too!

Strawberry Roses by Ash and Craft

Strawberry Roses by Ash and Crafts

This tutorial by Ash and Crafts on how to make Strawberry Roses is so well done, I think I can even do it!  How beautiful would these be on a cake?  Full tutorial via the link under the photo.

Pin Earrings

Idea via TJ Maxx

I love this idea of using post earrings as accents for your button down shirts.  The idea originated on TJ Maxx’s website, but doesn’t really require any explanation, just pin a pair of posts to your collar.  Easy and different!

Make Grocery Store Flowers Amazing

Make Grocery Store Flowers Look Amazing

It’s so hard to resist those grocery store bunches of flowers, but when you get them home, it can be hard to make them look decent.  This post talks about using a tape grid to help you arrange them and make them look amazing.  It’s super easy once you learn the tape trick! I promise.

How to Tie a Barrel Knot

I love Sperry boat shoes and tend to wear them all the time.  This diagram from Sperry shoes you how to tie a barrel tassel knot, so you can just slip your shoes on without having to tie them.  Key to their appeal!   You can also use this little trick to barrel knot your LLBean duck boots.

Kate Spade Hula Girl Key Chain

Kate Spade Hula Girl Key Chain

I am so in love with this Hula Girl key chain, but the price tag prohibits me from justifying buying it.  I will however be watching for sales!  PS, the phone case is super cute too!

Have you discovered anything that struck your fancy this week? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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!

After Christmas Sales


Hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas with friends and family!  I am thankful for each and everyone of you that read this blog!

I unfortunately caught a sore throat this weekend, so while I was able to celebrate the holiday, I haven’t been able to enjoy the after Christmas sales in person.  Hopefully you were able to get out and about this weekend, but if not, I have you covered.  Here’s a list of the best sales I found online (most are the same instore too)! Click on any of the pink links to go to the websites. Spend that Christmas money and get to shopping!

Restoration Hardware: Save 25-75% on everything in stock

Nordstrom:  Half yearly sale, save up to 50% on select items

City Chic: Save up to 75% on select items

Anthropologie: Extra 25% off sale items

Torrid: $50 off $125 use code DEC50DB2 when using your Torrid card

eShakti: Buy 1 get 1 free

Bath and Bodyworks:  $10 gift card and $10 candles

Pottery Barn: Up to 60% off select items, plus sales on baskets, drapes, towels

Loft: 50% off everything, use code holiday50

Jcrew: Extra 40% off winter sale styles

Jcrew Outlet: Online-30% off new arrivals, extra 40% off clearance. Use code SALETIME

Ann Taylor:  60% off purchase excluding new arrivals

Banana Republic: Extra 50% off sale items

Kate Spade: Extra 25% off sale items

Sephora: Extra 20% off sale items

I’d love to know what you find! Tell me 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!