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New In | January

I'm feeling all sorts of out of whack with the long weekend and thus here we are with a post on Thursday! I do a lot of round ups for Amazon hauls, but I promise I do shop at other stores! Admittedly a few of these were gifts from the holidays but I cant stop using them and they are all technically "new in!"

Spanx Leggings 

Most recently worn on Monday & with my relatively new Cole Haan Hiker Boots (still on super sale!)
I can't sing the praises of the leggings enough! I get the hype, I get the cost and more importantly, I get why there are so many posts floating around about ways to style these leggings! There are endless ways to wear them and I have already put them to good use in the last month. Gary got these for me for Christmas! I sized up and I personally feel great wearing them. The waist doesn't roll down and they have held their tightness very well! If you are on the fence about buying them, you wont regret it!

Pivoting Curing Wand 

these were second day curls
The Kristen Ess Pivoting Curling Wand was on my wish list for about a year and then it was the first thing I thought of when Gary asked what I wanted for the holidays. I use it once a week because I don't like putting a lot of heat to my hair, but it's been a game changer at getting some really beautiful look curls. I have a post coming up with all of my current favorite hair care products, so I'll review it there in more detail! 

Calzedonia Tights 

On a whim I picked up these tights at their store in one of our malls after seeing some of my favorite UK bloggers raving about them. They are amazing quality tights, not too opaque and they certainly don't break the bank compared to other tights. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, but I stuck to the black and grey pairs. I do like the polka dot option and will get those next. Personally, I love control top tights and these do a great job of keeping everything nice a smooth. I wear tights pretty much from late October to April here with the cold weather and need good quality that doesn't rip or get holes easily. 

H&M Puff Sleeve Sweater 

Saw this a few weeks ago in an email and finally picked it up. I love the puff sleeves and that they are shorter but it's still a warm sweater. Gives me a little variety in my sweater wardrobe! 

Alleyoop Makeup Brush 

Sometimes the things I buy on a whim end up being my most loved items! This multi-tasking makeup brush has a blender, a blush brush, and brow and eye shadow brushes all in one! This is the perfect on the go makeup brush and travel companion. I bring this with me when I have an event after work and it's always in my travel makeup bag!

Good Chemistry Queen Bee Perfume 

My sister bought this for me because it had "bee" in the name, but in reality this is one of my favorite perfumes I've ever worn. It's got hints of black currant, peony and amber and the huge bonus is that it's paraben free! You know when you've found "your" fragrance, I've definitely found mine and it doesn't break the bank. You can get a roller ball, body mist or perfume. 

Those are a few "new in" things for January! Anything you've tried on this list or that I should try next? Hoping to make this a monthly series!

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

How was the long weekend, friends? Ours was a little different than I was expecting because Sophia was home sick on Friday, so the rest of the weekend was spent with lots of cuddles and getting her back into top top shape! We're more than halfway through January which means Valentine's Day is right around the corner. My favorite gifts are those from me to me...which is something I always do for Valentine's Day! 
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  • Coin Purse || I love these inspired pieces on Amazon and they aren't fake's because they don't have the symbol or name anywhere on them, just inspired! Two for $12 so you can keep one for yourself and give one to a friend with a gift card as a cute gift!
  • Longchamp Le Pilage Club Tote || There is a new style to the classic Longchamp tote and it comes in so many different colors. This is the best every day bag and really great for travel too because it's so packable. 
  • Face Masks || I love a little self care time and the easiest way to do that is with a face mask that you can put on and do other stuff while wearing it! This set is incredible for 24 and only $13!! You can basically treat yourself to an entire month of self care in February!
  • Slip Sleep Mask & Pillowcase || For years I have been saying I want to treat myself to the slip pillowcase because of how great it is for your hair and of course there is a bit of luxury to sleeping on silk anything! This set is perfect for valentine's day with the adorable lip print!
  • L'Occitane Hand Cream || I keep this in my purse, this particular scent as well and it's creamy without being greasy and through these winter months my hands have not cracked at all! 
  • Charlotte Tilburry Pillowtalk || Jackie bought this for me for Christmas and I love wearing it on top of my favorite lipstick or on it's own when I just want a bit of color. I love all CT lipsticks and this one is a great addition to your beauty bag!
  • Mini Fridge for Skincare || If we had the space, I would definitely be getting this mini fridge for face masks, serums and my jade roller! You could definitely use this in your office for a small drink, yogurt or small lunch! 
  • Soft Glam Palette || Eye palettes may just may be my love language! I have this one from Anastasia of Beverly Hills! 
  • Earring Set || How amazing is this set of earrings from BP! I'm really into dainty earrings and this set would be perfect, especially the huggies that I've been wanting to try!
  • Love Case || Pretty perfect iPhone case for Valentine's day...much better than my plain clear one!

Are you going to treat yourself to anything for Valentine's Day?

5 things I'm Loving This Week

Happy Friday, friends. I'm really looking forward to the long weekend and having an extra day to spend with Sophia! I wanted to share 5 things I'm loving this week - maybe this will turn into a weekly series, maybe it'll be a monthly one, who knows! 

1. My Air Fryer (comes in 4 colors) || This has been a game changing dinner maker for us! I absolutely love it and while we've only made a handful of things including fries, Brussels sprouts and salmon, I can't wait to share all my favorite Air Fryer recipes after we've used it for a few months! I bought this book to get recipe ideas and then proceeded to tag almost every recipe as one to try!
2. Spinning Out || I know that I just shared a lot of shows to add to your next binge watching list, but I'm adding one more to the list - Spinning Out on Netflix. Highly addictive show about competitive figure skating and tackles some pretty serious issues like substance abuse and mental disorders. You'll find yourself saying toe-pick over and over and not really knowing why! I really hope they renew it for another season, just like we just found out You is coming back for Season 3! 
3.Booking Travel || This happened earlier in the month but I have two trips already planned for this year they will be here before I know it! Gary and I are going to Portugal for a long weekend getaway in March (just the two of us) and then in April I'm taking my sister to Nantucket for the weekend to celebrate her birthday a few months early! I've been planning what we're going to do, see and eat for each of these trips this week and it's getting me very excited! 
4. All of the brights || I bought this neon yellow sweater on super sale at Gap over the weekend and put it on straight away - channeling spring as best as I can! Also non-stop wearing the tote I mentioned in my post earlier this week - it's fits so much and is my new every day bag!
5. Blue Light Glasses || I've been wearing these blue light glasses a lot this past week because of how much spreadsheet work I had to do and it's been a game changer in relieving headaches from staring at the computer for hours at a time! I've had these for a year and while I don't wear them every time I'm on the computer, but I notice a difference when I actually do wear them! It's a great $15 purchase!

Probably the most random post I've had in a while, but these are truly 5 things that I'm absolutely loving this week! Also, really enjoyed this post on The Every Mom! I hope you all have an amazing long weekend!

Recent Amazon Purchases | January

It probably feels like there is an Amazon post weekly on the blog and that's due in large part to the fact that I order from Amazon nearly every other day. Between random things I find to items we need for daycare, there is always something that is on it's way to our house via Amazon! Not sure how we survived before Amazon. 
  • Food Pouch Tops || Emily from Two Peas in a Prada mentioned this on her stories and since we love pouches in our household, I decided to give these a try. For anyone that has ever given their child a food pouch only to turn around for one second and then see that the entire contents of the pouch have found there way to every surface except for your child's mouth - these were made for you. I don't know what sort of wizard magic they are made with, but somehow they are spill proof and will only let out pouch contents if your child actually eats it! 
  • Soft Tote || I randomly found this great tote and quickly ordered it when I saw that it had some Gucci-esque elements. I call it my "Fucci." I have gotten more compliments on this bag than anything in the last few weeks and it fits so much. I also love the little pouch that comes connected to it because I put a few lip glosses, a pen and other little things in there! Comes in a few colors and is great quality! 
  • Calligraphy supplies || I already mentioned the pens and book that I purchased for learning calligraphy and it's been great. For those of you that love to write in planners, these pens are actually incredible and don't bleed through paper!
  • Amazon Elderberry Vitamins || I take elderberry every single day and I found a great option via Amazon Elements. Like I said previously, whether it actually helps with my immunity to germs is up in the air, but I'll take anything that will help me avoid getting sick, or my perception of getting sick! 
  • Mitten Clips || Sophia refuses to wear her mittens / gloves so the teachers at her daycare requested that we purchase some clips for her. Wouldn't you know, since we added these to her jacket she doesn't take her mittens off as often. Only needed if you live in cold climates! 
  • Snow Pants || Another one of those items that I didn't realize we needed until daycare asked for it were these snow pants. The reason I opted for the pants instead of the full suit is the ease at which you can get them on. I put these over her pants whenever we're going outside and it's below freezing. They are comfy for her to walk in and not so bulky that she's annoyed by them. She actually looks so adorable and like a little skier! Kids grow out of these types of clothes so fast so I didn't want to spend a ton and for $20 these keep her warm and are water resistant! 
  • Snow Shoes || Add these to the list of things a toddler needs in the winter, but also the cutest snow shoes I ever did see! They come in a few different color options and they keep Sophia's feet super warm. Plus they are so easy to get on with a Velcro strap. 
  • Make your own capsules || We have a Nespresso machine but Gary also like fresh ground coffee and we had a lot given to us as gifts. Gary found this tool to make your own capsules using Nespresso pods and it's genius! It took him about 10 minutes to fill the pods and fresh coffee was ready to go! 
  • Fridge Magnet Letter Set || This was a gift we got for Sophia and she absolutely loves it. It sticks to the fridge and is great for kids learning the alphabet, plus it helps them figure out how to get the letters into the little spot so that the music plays. I will say the songs get stuck in your head and you find yourself singing them even when the kids aren't around!
  • Accordion File Folder || I'm one of those people that doesn't like to throw memorable pieces out - cards, letters, anything that we may need one day. So when Sophia started bringing home artwork from daycare I couldn't bring myself to throw any away yet. I got this expanding file folder and for each month of the year I put her artwork into the corresponding tab. At the end of the year, I'm going to send it in to Artkive and have it turned into a book and then I can get rid of the paper. These file folders are really handy for just about anything!

Have you made any fun Amazon purchases recently?

Current Skincare Favorites

Hello, hello friends! This weekend certainly whizzed on by and with really bizarre weather for us here in Boston - almost hitting 70 degrees in January, pretty unheard of, but no complaints. I wanted to dish on some recent skincare favorites that have been leaving my skin feeling very refreshed and glowy! I still struggle with fine lines and the dreaded "11's" - you know that area in between your eyebrows that when furrowed look like the number "11" - but I'm trying all the products to help reduce those!
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  • Beauty Bio Paint and Peel Mask || This is my first Beauty Bio product, but after using this mask for close to a month, it will not be my last. This is also the first time I've used a mask that you  get to peel off and there is something so satisfying to peeling. If you've ever gotten a sunburn and start to peel, you know what I'm talking about! My skin legitimately glows after using this mask and I love it so much that I have to remember not to over do it so I limit myself to twice a week with this! I also really like that applicator brush that it comes with to apply the mask - no mess and nothing gets on your hands. 
  • Summer Fridays R + R Mask || It feels like whatever the women from Summer Friday's put out, I need to try. First it was their Jet Set Mask and now it's this revitalizing mask. I know a lot of people are into clean beauty and this is one of the certified clean brands at Sephora! The ground up wild rose powder is what gently scrubs your dead skin away and after it's been lathered on your face for 10 minutes, you wash it off to reveal bright and glowy skin. Every time I use this mask, which is once a week, Gary always compliments my skin after!
  • Sephora Nourishing Moisturizer || This was a random purchase for me during one of their VIB sales and when I saw that it was a Sephora Product and certified clean plus a $16 price tag, I scooped it up. I use this moisturizer nightly and I can't get enough of how the whipped moisturizer makes my skin feel, especially when I wake up in the morning and my face feels nice and plump! The main three ingredients are avocado oil, marula oil and rose hip seed oil, which nourish, repair and soften the skin! All three things I need more of for my face!
  • Laneige Lip Mask || If you haven't bought into the lip mask yet, I understand the hesitation, but not only will you save your lips from being chapped, you will wake up in the morning and feel how soft your lips are! That's a win, win for me!
  • Supergoop Daily Moisturizer || Regardless of the season, I always use a moisturizer with an SPF and this one by Supergoop has 40 SPF. I've been using it since the summer and it's light enough to go on before the rest of my makeup and doesn't leave my face feeling greasy. Another clean product for those of you looking to make any changes. 
  • Makeup Eraser || The hype that this handy makeup towel gets is definitely worth it! It removes all your makeup with just water! It's honestly a miracle product that must have magical powers because I still don't understand how these fibers on the cloth pick up all your makeup, but they do. I got this for Christmas and use a few times a week to remove my makeup. The biggest test was for my NYE makeup which included fake lashes and waterproof liner - it removed it all. Never travelling without this thing either because so often I forget makeup wipes and have to use soap and water which leaves those wonderful dark rings around my eyes from mascara - not anymore! 
  • Aveeno Foaming Cleanser || I've stopped using my beloved St. Ives facial scrub after I read how bad the ground up shells were for your face - whoops! Since then I've been loving all Aveeno products, but especially their foaming cleanser for when I wash my face in the shower. I use this every day and it's so light on my face and removes all my makeup! This is one of my favorite drug store purchases! If it's good for Jennifer Aniston, it's good for me!

What skincare products are you loving right now?