pin-spiration, the latest

trend alert: HAIR FLAIR

I started paying attention to the barrette trend when Man Repeller debuted colorful “Repeller Flagpoles” as part of their Holiday Buffet. I associate hair accessories of this nature with my childhood – wearing my hair half-back with a barrette was my signature look from ages 4-9. (Thanks, mom!)

I love a practical trend, and can’t wait to put my stash of hair clips/pins/etc. to use when the warm weather comes and I feel like getting dressed again. In the meantime, here’s some style Pinspiration and a bunch of my bargain barrette picks so you can add some flair to your hair.

For the color-lover.

For the free spirit.

For the star-gazer.

For the cat lady.

For the ’90s kid at heart.

For the minimalist.

For a pop of millennial pink.

For the flirt.

For the beach babe.

images from Pinterest. 

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spring style shopping list

This (actually chic) floral dress.

I’m pretty picky about florals, but this one really does it for me. I love the bow in the back and the metallic details – it’s perfect for warm weather, and will also look great with tights and boots.

This fun t-shirt.

There’s so much “yay!” about this tee – elbow sleeves, a sweet little patch pocket, and the perfect price.

This buttery blouse.

When I break up my almost all-black wardrobe with color, I love to do it with a pop of mustardy yellow.

This perfect pink jacket.

I know, I know…this isn’t super “spring-y,” but I like to be prepared when it comes to New England weather. This little number will be perfect over my Easter dress, and I’m obsessed with the millennial pink-inspired hue.

These romantic earrings.

I’m not sure why, but I’m really into heart-shaped jewelry right now (I recently bought these Alison Lou studs). I love these simple gold ones from Madewell for a little everyday flair.

The ultimate wedding guest dress.

Really feeling pink this spring. I love this color-blocked design, and the chic style is great for every occasion from bridal showers to Easter brunch.

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things i buy to make myself feel better

The winter blues are R E A L. This time of year, when it’s cold and frosty and icy and snowy and dark and horrible, I turn to retail therapy more than ever to warm my chilly heart. I don’t need an excuse to shop, but if you know me, you know I’ll take one – especially in the name of self-care.

Skincare.

Though I’m pretty loyal to Better Skin Mirakle Cream, I like to dabble in other products. Currently I’ve been rotating through a bunch of moisturizing sheet masks and slathering on Farmacy’s Honeymoon Glow in an attempt to look alive.

Candles.

Want your apartment to smell like Anthropologie without having to go outside? All it takes is one of these candles, I swear. Something about the combined coziness and superb scent makes winter hurt a little less.

Summer clothes.

Or sandals, swimsuits, sunglasses…you get the idea. Just picture how great everything will look with sunkissed/burned skin and salty hair.

Overpriced coffee.

This isn’t an exclusively winter activity, but whenever I need to take break, I usually treat myself to some sort of flavored nut-milk latte that ends up being $7.

Flowers.

I spent a lot of time being single, and never had a problem buying myself flowers. still don’t.

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all that glitters is…silver?

Lately, I’ve been trying to step up my accessory game. My closet is literally overflowing with clothes, so instead of adding to that inventory, I’m making an effort to style forgotten pieces of clothing with new jewelry.

That’s why I was PUMPED when I learned more about Rocksbox, a jewelry subscription that lets you try out all kinds of designer jewelry before you commit to buying it. I’m always hesitant to order earrings online because it’s hard to tell how big they are, and whether or not they’ll be too heavy for my ears…so this experience has been amazing so far.

I almost exclusively wear silver jewelry, so I listed that as a preference when I took the initial style quiz. They have products from some of my favorite labels like Kate Spade, Gorjana, Kendra Scott, and House of Harlow 1960, so there was tons of stuff I immediately added to my wish list. Can you tell I’m a sucker for statement earrings?

I’m not a salesperson, but this is a subscription box that I’d seen on Instagram and heard good things about…so it’s been super exciting for me to be a part of Rocksbox.

You can also apply the $21 monthly fee as a credit towards a purchase from your box, so it’s a win-win situation. Not to mention that they have a ton of insanely cute stuff that’s up to 40% off the retail price.

If you wanna check it out, click here and get a free month! You can be an #RBItGirl, too.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Rocksbox.

Unlimited Jewelry? Yes Please!

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places

the best travel souvenirs

One of my favorite things to do when I travel…is shop! Well, I love to shop all the time, but especially when I’m in a new place. Whether it’s a specialty food store or a cute boutique, traveling is a great opportunity pick up a new pair of shoes or a jar of local jam that nobody back home will have. I’ve also come to resist purchasing knick-knacks, though sometimes I’m tempted.

After living in a string of teeny New York apartments, it’s hard to bring non-practical items into a small space, knowing that you’ll probably have to pack it up and move in the near future. So, I’ve tried to condition myself to only buy souvenirs that I can use in everyday life. Here are some of my go-to items.

Reusable shopping bags.

When I studied abroad, I bought one of these at a supermarket in almost every city I went to. They only cost a dollar or two, and I still use them when I go grocery shopping. Plus, having canvas bags with writing in Dutch, French, etc. makes me feel cultured AF. This one is similar to the one I bought at Dille & Kamille, one of my favorite stores in Amsterdam.

 

 

 

Health and beauty products.

Whether it’s a bottle of sunscreen or locally made lotion you fell in love with, every time you use it, you’ll be instantly transported to the city where you bought it. I can pretty much guarantee this. I was OBSESSED with salt scrub when I went to Key West (our B&B had jars in the bathroom) and I had to buy some to bring back.

 

Candles.

One of my souvenirs from my recent trip to Savannah was a small candle, scented “magic, mystery, and Spanish moss.” It was tiny enough to stash in my purse since I didn’t check a bag, and whenever I light it, I’m reminded of the Spanish moss-draped streets of this sweet Southern city.

 

 

 

 

Something edible.

When I was in Spain this past summer, I didn’t have time to do a ton of shopping – and space in my suitcase was pretty limited. I bought a canvas bag in Barcelona per my reusable shopping bag rule, and also a small tin of olive oil. Budget-friendly and TSA-approved. And once I use it all, I can turn the tin into a fridge magnet or use it as a miniature flower vase.

 

 

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my wish list this year

Last month, I wrote about why gift-giving is so important to me. I enjoy exchanging gifts with my family and friends, and every year I send my parents a list of gift ideas (I promise, they appreciate the suggestions) to be used for Christmas or my birthday- which is in January! So, I thought I’d share a few of the things I asked for this year in case you need an incredibly last minute idea for the lucky lady in your life.

a new calendar.

I ask for a new calendar from Rifle Paper Co. almost every year. It’s one of the first things I see when I wake up in the morning, and the charming illustrations and quaint text always bring a smile to my face. I especially love the travel ones.

pajamas.

In line with my ongoing quest for improved sleep quality, I requested a pretty pajama set for Christmas this year. I picked out a pair at Marshalls that I liked, but the offerings from Kate Spade, Ralph Lauren, and Hill House Home (below) are particularly cute.

shoes.

I ask for shoes every year, and never get any…probably because on a scale of 1-10, I have a Carrie Bradshaw amount of shoes in my closet. Anyway, I’ve been lusting after pairs from Mansur Gavriel, Dear Frances, and Brother Vellies (below).

 

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why i take gift-giving so seriously

Christmas constantly gets a bad rap for being a superficial shopping-fueled holiday – and sure, this is when retailers (big box stores and small businesses alike) do most of their annual sales. But giving someone a gift, for Christmas or their birthday or anniversary or whatever, is more than materialistic.

It’s a gesture that demonstrates your understanding of who they are. It shows that you remembered when your friend mentioned passively that she misses those cookies she ate during study abroad. That you paid attention when your mom complained about her malfunctioning headphones at the gym. That you enjoyed watching The Pianist as much as your dad did, so why not give him the CD soundtrack?

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I’ve been known to be less-than-enthusiastic upon receiving money or gift cards. Sure, those things are handy and cash $$ is king, but it demonstrates to me that the gift-giver falls into one of two categories: 1) they put off their holiday shopping and couldn’t locate a more thoughtful gift; or 2) they have no understanding of who I am as a person and what my interests are. Ok, maybe that’s a little bit dramatic, but hopefully you get the point. If you don’t, I’ll still accept cash.

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