What I Ordered, Kept and Returned from the 2020 NSale

Thursday, August 27, 2020

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Bracelet linked HERE | Necklace linked HERE

I won't lie, I was a bit disappointed in sale this year....but I guess that's 2020 in a nutshell, right? 

So, let's get to the good stuff. Below are the items I ordered this year with details regarding whether I decide to keep or return them (and why): 

{1} Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan - Keep - This brand has quickly become a staple in my wardrobe because of the quality and comfort it offers. I now have 4 pieces in my collection, and I truly love them all equally. You can't go wrong with a cardigan from their line. Since there's barely anything left in stock, I've linked other sale options via alternate retailers here
{2} Free People "Busted Knee" Jeans - Return - I hated these jeans...from the fit to the placement of the busted knee, I was not impressed. If you're interested in jeans from Free People size up or order multiple sizes to get the right fit. Not a fan for petite, curvy girls. 
{3} Articles of Society "Sarah" Jeans - Keep - If you've been following me for any period of time, you know almost every pair of jeans I own (and share) is from AoS. This style is the perfect combo of structured and distressed, so I'm thrilled to add them to my collection. 
{4} Karl Lagerfeld Pumps in Nude - Undecided - While I LOVED these pumps in black, I was surprised when I received the nude color because it was far more pinkish than I expected. I'll likely keep them because of how comfortable they are. Also, the shade isn't so off that they can't be paired with several outfits. 
{5} BP. All Day Tee in Gray - Keep - This is the softest tee ever! It has a longer sleeve than your usual tee, but that's what I love about it. Gives it a little different flare. I took a XXS, so size down if you're in-between sizes. Oh, and did I mention it's $11.40! What a steal! 
{6} Marc Fisher Booties in Cognac - Return - I had such high hopes for these booties. I used to be a diehard tall boot girl, but over the last few years, I've come to love booties on my petite frame; however, these did not pass the test. They basically got stuck on my cankle and were very uncomfortable, in my opinion, so back they go. 

I did try to order a few other items from Gibson, Socialite and Leith, but they were all cancelled. 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out and definitely check out my last blog post sharing what I already own and love from Nordstrom that's available through the Anniversary Sale. Honestly, if you're in the market for beauty buys, I can't recommend the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Kit and the Glo Pro enough!! 

What You *Actually* Need from the 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Wednesday, August 5, 2020


It's that time of year again - the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is almost here! 

I've been shopping this amazing pre-fall sale for about 5 years now, and I always find something (well, several things) that I love. This year, however, things are different. We're all adapting to a new "normal" with work and home life, so buying wardrobe, beauty or home items may not be top priority, and that's perfectly acceptable. I, personally, won't be purchasing many things because I'll be working remotely until at least November. My focus will be on cozies and athleisure wear, but if I had an unlimited budget, I'd be getting all the things on my wish list (see below). 

While most bloggers will share their sale picks pre-sale, I try to do something a little bit unique. Each year, I usually share a post mid-sale reviewing things I actually purchased...I'm talking the good, bad and the ugly. That will still be coming, but I also wanted to do a post featuring things I currently own and love...things I believe you need in your life too! 

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Shop Earrings HERE, Cami HERE & Shoes HERE

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Must-Buy Beauty Products

If you buy nothing from the sale buy this set, you're already winning. There's a reason this color quickly became a cult classic. It's the perfect brownish-nude that compliments every skin tone. Charlotte's lip liners are second to none, and I've come to adore their glosses. The value of this 3-piece set is phenomenal, so you won't want to miss out. I wear it from work to weekend, all year long. 

I shared my thoughts on this gem of a device back in January (check out my post here). Let me be totally, unequivocally candid - this changed my skin!! You all know how much I love my products, but the GloPro was truly a game changer. If it's in your budget, I highly, highly recommend. Also, you can get the body roller here (I swear by this for cellulite reduction) or my exact set from QVC here. If you want both roller options, the QVC set is cheaper. 

For anyone who goes to the dermatologist or esthetician for dermaplaning, you're going to want this for either at-home, in-between session use or in lieu of professional treatment. I've been using this for 2+ years to remove the hair from my face and exfoliate the dead skin cells, promoting even texture and tone. This, paired with the GloPro, will transform your skin. 

Don't forget to check out my ultimate wish lists below and subscribe for my next NSale post featuring items I actually bought! 

Workwear Wish List

Casual, Cozies & Althleisure Wish List

Beauty Wish List

Home Wish List

Top 10 Amazon Buys: Summer 2020

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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Quarantine's catch phase should be "Wine & Amazon Prime" because, let's face facts, that's been the only upside to 2020. With that, like many of you, I've done quite a bit of exploring/shopping during the pandemic on everyone's favorite site. Last year I shared my first post about top Amazon buys, so I figured this was the perfect time to do it again! 

{1} Mora Ceramics Mug (gifted): This fabulous mug keeps your coffee nice and warm for up to an hour, thanks to its classic ceramic design. It's dishwasher safe, which I absolutely love, and to round out the trifecta, I'm obsessed with the modern, white speckled option; however, if you'd prefer a little color, they have lots available. Mora, which means to "take pause" in Latin, is a small business, so be sure to follow them on Instagram and feel free to reach out to Alix, the co-owner, with any questions. 

{2} Criss-Cross Indoor/Outdoor Slippers: These beauts are all over social media, so with the stay-at-home order in place, I finally pulled the trigger. To my pleasant surprise, I absolutely love them! My husband, on the other hand, thought I looked like an old biddie, so one of my blog friends nicknamed me/them "Gertie"...Now, going off of that, the little Italian woman in me has to share....it is important to note that these are slippers, not shoes. They're great for knocking around the house, but they are not super tight on the upper part of the foot, especially if you're petite, so make sure to change into sneakers in you're going on a step stool or ladder (I speak from personal experience haha).

{3} Laundry Room Lint Bin: This novel item has come in so handy! It's got magnetic backing so it attaches to either your washer or dryer for easy convenience. You could, in theory, use it to hold whatever you'd like, but I've found it life-changing on those long laundry days (e.g. lint balls out the wazoo). 

{4} Glass Nail Files: Whether you're heading back to the salon, doing regular manis are home or you've ventured into DIY dip powder nails like me, you need these nail files. They are truly like no other. The glass helps to close the nail's outer edge when filing, which lessens the likelihood of breakage. I've found them to be a total lifesaver during the pandemic. 

{5} Magnetic Garage Door Hinges: So, truth be told, I was hesitant to buy these things. Were they going to look gimmicky? Was I making the house looked older than it was? No and no - I was totally wrong about them! So many newer homes have gorgeous, detailed garage doors, which can come at a hefty price tag. The exterior of our home is very nice, don't get me wrong, but its definitely a bit dated (it was built in 1999), so the extra detail added a modern touch and made it look as if we put in new doors entirely...for under $25.

{6} Stove Guard: If you've been a follower since last year, you know we went through a hellish kitchen reno, so when it came to protecting our investment, I was paranoid Patty. Enter: Stove Guard...a nifty plastic cover that's cut to match your range's make and model. The custom cuts make for a perfect fit, which is the main reason this works so well. While not on Prime, it's a worthwhile buy because it's kept cleanup to a minimum. I simply wipe mine down after each use and rinse in the sink when it needs a deep clean. 

{7} Petite-Friendly Maxi Dress: I'll be honest, I've never really been one to buy clothes on Amazon. I learned many, many years ago to seek a bargain but try to ensure some level of quality. This dress has been a total win for me. Although I *technically* ordered it last year, it's become a quarantine staple with it's effortless, great-fitting ways. Highly, highly recommend for anyone closer to 5'0, like myself. 

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{8} Pillow Covers: Being stuck (I mean, safe) at home for months on end can really start to wear on your opinion of your home. One day, you wake up and everything just looks like crap, so then you want to re-decorate the entire house. With old faithfuls, like Home Goods, closed, I turned to Amazon to snag a few new pillow covers to give my couches a refresh. I've been very impressed with the quality and pricing of the covers! 

{9} Ahmad Teas: I'm a sucker for a good holiday gift basket, so when my office received a bougie basket from one of our centers of influence this past December, I quickly snagged the fancy box of teas. First, I LOVE tea...all types of teas, for that matter...and actually only started really drinking coffee about 4-5 years ago when I was in law school. Second, I knew it would go to waste, as so many of those random basket items do. I'm thrilled I did because I discovered this AMAZING tea brand, which thankfully, is available on Amazon with every variety imaginable. My top 2 choices would be English Tea No. 1 and Earl Gray. Delish! 

Featured on my IG stories April 2020

{10} Acrylic Makeup Drawers: During the first few weeks of quarantine, I was cleaning house like a mad woman. Once I dialed back my makeup collection, I still realized how much stuff I had...hello, 9000 variations of nude-pink lipstick. This drawer was the perfect addition to my extra large, multi drawer organizer because it took up far less real estate and gave me the ability to put my mirror on top of it, while still having ample storage. The drawers are described as stackable, although I have not done that, but it is an option if you're looking to "build your own" acrylic set.
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