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!

Must Have Monday

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!  Mine was relaxing with a ton of Starbucks and Gilmore Girls marathoning and a dose of shopping.  I’ve never been a middle of the night Black Friday shopper.  Having worked retail in the past, I always feel bad for anyone who has to leave their family on Thanksgiving to go open a store, so I try not to shop until mid day on Friday.

Did you notice how many stores had their Black Friday sales start earlier in the week?  I swear every other email was another early Black Friday notice.  I was definitely on board for that!

I bought a few things online and I did venture out later on Friday and then again on Saturday for a few quick gifts.  I don’t even know why I bothered, I should have just shopped online for everything!  It wasn’t the crowds, it was more a woefully under staffed Macy’s that was annoying.

I did find a couple things I consider Must Have’s and am sharing today!

Voluspa Goji Tarroco Orange Candle

First up is this beautiful candle I found at a local gift shop (Gifted Hands for those of you that are local to Pittsburgh).  Though Voluspa can be found online at Nordstrom and a lot of other retailers.  I loved the red glass container (it looks slightly orange in the photo above but in person it is a really rich red) and can’t wait to use it once the candle is used up.   The note I notice the most from this one is the orange.  It has a great throw and you can definitely smell it throughout the house.  The red glass looks gorgeous at night when lit!


Alpaca Pajama Bottoms

One of the sales I hit up this weekend was the Lane Bryant 40% off everything sale.  I grabbed these Alpaca pajama pants.  I am definitely seeing Alpaca’s everywhere this Christmas!  These are super comfy and I am actually wearing them as I type this!


Halo Top Ice Cream

Every dieter’s fave, Halo Top Ice Cream!  It used to be sorta hard to find, but it is literally in every grocery store now.  I even found it in my small home town grocer.  My freezer currently has Cinnamon Roll and Peanut Butter Cup.  Available in a million flavors, it is perfect to hit that sweet craving when you are trying to cut calories.  The entire pint is less than 300 calories (varies depending on flavor) and is definitely the best low cal ice cream I’ve encountered.

What did you pick up during Black Friday weekend? Any must have’s? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!


Gilt x Dole Dippers Chic Essentials Sale and Sweepstakes


Happy Monday Everyone!

Dole Dippers Pineapple

I wanted to let you know about an amazing sale and sweepstakes going on with and Dole Dippers.  The Little Black Dress sale on runs through Monday, September 5th.  Plus, there’s a sweepstakes to win a consultation with a Gilt stylist and a Gilt credit worth $500, plus every entrant receives a coupon to try Dole Dippers.

Dole Dippers Banana

If you haven’t yet tried Dole Dippers, the coupon will give you a great opportunity to try them! They are a great way to satisfy a chocolate craving.  Each pack contains 100 calories or less of a chocolate covered fruit.  So handy to have on hand to snack on.


While you are snacking, check out’s amazing sale on Little Black Dresses!  Some amazing dresses at reasonable prices!  I’d love to hear which are your favorites!



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!






Spring Trends Gingham


I always love gingham and I am super excited to see it everywhere this year.  And it isn’t just in your basic shirt form!  I gathered up some of the cutest spring trend gingham items out there for you!  (I NEED that bucket hat!)

Check out my finds below, to shop, click on the pink link below the photo.

Spring Trend Gingham Roundup

J Crew Bucket Hat

Spring Trend Gingham Roundup

Gingham Motorcycle Jacket

How cute is this jacket?  A really unexpected use of Gingham!

Spring Trend Gingham Roundup

Gingham Swimsuit

This suit scream summer.  It also comes in pink and white gingham!

Spring Trend Gingham Roundup

Gingham Scarf

If some of the pieces are too much print for you, this scarf is a great way to ease into the trend, how cute would this be with a tshirt and jeans?

Spring Trend Gingham Roundup

Gingham Flats

Nordstrom Gingham Dress

Gingham Dress

I love this modern take on a 50’s housewife’s dress!

Gingham Raincoat

Gingham Raincoat

What screams Spring more than a Gingham raincoat?

Spring Trend Gingham Roundup

Gingham Short Set

Spring Trend Gingham Roundup

Gingham Tote

Another way to ease into the trend!

Are you as excited about Gingham being everywhere as I am?  If so, check out my Spring Trend Pinterest board for some more great items!

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!