Saturday, December 15, 2018

Gift Guide: Amazon Prime

Gift Guide: Amazon Prime
As we reach nearer to Christmas, dates for shipping by December 25th are passing us. Yesterday was the last day for USPS Grond shipping to be delivered in time for Christmas. However, Amazon Prime is always here to save the day. 

Today I'm sharing great items that are available with Prime shipping (2 days or less- a lot of products are being shipped 1-day with a $35 minimum). Everything on this list is under $100 and most are priced as stocking stuffers (under $20!). 

Dove Shower Foam// This is one of my favorite body washes and it's really inexpensive. This would be a great stocking stuffer. It smells wonderful and the foam is so great!

SD Card// This is my favorite SD card because it is SO fast. Give this to anyone on your list that has a camera and they will appreciate it. You can never have too many SD cards and this one is the best!

The Good Neighbor// I am so intrigued by Mr. Rogers. As a Pittsburgher, I feel pride for having him in our city. But I also think there is still so much everyone- adults and children- can learn from Mr. Rogers. This is a NY Times bestseller!

Phone Stand// This is kind of silly but it's also something I actually use quite frequently. It gives my phone a 'home' on my desk, but I also will set it in the bathroom or in the kitchen and use it to watch things or even just go through instastories while I'm doing things like curling my hair or washing the dishes. 

Pet Hair Remover// I use this daily and it truly works to remove pet hair from everything from your clothes to upholstery. It would make a great gift for anyone that has a pet!

Fill It Pocket// I love this! It's a stretchy pocket with adhesive on the back so you can stick it to your laptop. I use this to hold my portable hard drive. It's especially helpful when I'm working from my couch 

Bistro Napkins// These are so great for the price. I love these bistro napkins because they are casual but classic and are great for everyday use. I am a huge fan of cloth napkins-especially when having guests over- so I'm always collecting different sets of napkins. They can be expensive and these are so inexpensive that you don't have to worry about ruining them because they can easily be replaced. 

Travel Mirror// This mirror is amazing if you have ever needed to do your makeup on-the-go. I cannot tell you how often I have done my makeup in the car (while someone else is driving or while I'm parked) and having a great mirror is such a game changer. This is an easy one to just keep in your handbag and makes a great gift!

Ice Roller// This is like a recommendation from every blogger, but it's a legitimate one. It is so great to have in the mornings if your eyes or face is puffy. Not only does it feel wonderful but it really does help to rid your eyes of the bags. 

USB Power Strip// I always carry this when I travel. The extra long cord turns even the shortest charging cable into a long one. Plus, you can plug up to four cables in the power strip. It's small so it doesn't take up room in your bag and it is super lightweight. Lots of different colors so if you get them for sister/brothers, you can get them different colors so they can tell them apart. It also has a universal socket so you can use it abroad, too. 

Real Techniques Brushes// These are so good and pretty much the only brush brand that I own. They are super inexpensive but work so well. 

Invisibobble Hairties// I've mentioned this many times but these are my favorite hair ties. They really do work. I have tried a bunch of the knockoffs/drugstore brand and these are worth the extra few $$ because they're so much better and don't break. This set of 9 sold out at Sephora SO quickly and they have it on Amazon now for just $18- that's a savings of $6! 

Sponges// I have recommended these sponges for years now. I know it's kind of weird to recommend a sponge but these really are the best. The sponge is quite hard when it is dry and it stays stiff in cold water. In hot water, it turns into a very soft sponge so you can really control it for the type of thing you are cleaning. They are also scratch-free so you can use them on anything (I can verify this!). 

Velvet Hangers// This set of 50 is such a good price and the hangers I use in my closet. The velvet keeps clothing from slipping off the hangers. You can always use more hangers!

Tula Products// Did you know that one of my favorite skincare brands is available on Prime?! This is one of my favorite products for anti-aging!

Beautiful Playing Cards//How fun and pretty are these playing cards?! 

OPI Polish// One of my favorite polish brands and Bubble Bath is one of my all-time favorite shades. 

2019 Calendar// I have used this calendar for 3 years now. I love it. I just lay it on my desk under my laptop and update it as needed. I love the size of each 'day' so you can fit a lot in. Plus, it is high quality and the designs are beautiful. 

Sharpie Pens// These are my go-to pens. I love color coding when it comes to to-do lists and calendar-keeping. The colors don't bleed and the tip is fine and never 'smooshes' down.

See all of my other gift guides, here. 

Things on sale:
- These Matouk towels are pricey, even on sale, but worth every penny. They are the most luxurious thing you will ever feel. At $12 off, you'll feel at least a little better about buying them. I bought them full-price and would do it again- they're that good.

- I just ordered these boots for myself! They're a little out of my style comfort zone but I'm hoping the print will help to break up all the black that I wear during the winter months.

- The cutest little chinoiserie cachepot that would make a great vase.

- There are only a few sizes left in this dress but I scored it on sale and I am so excited. The dress is so classic and very Jackie O.

- I so badly wish this sweater was still available in my size. It's stunning. Snag it while you can-on sale plus an extra 30% off.

- A super soft and nautical navy cashmere throw. A great gift or for yourself!

- This cashmere wrap is 40% off and comes in a ton of colors.

- This silver tophat ice bucket that is 50% off (under $50). Looks very Ralph Lauren but without the Ralph pricetag.

- This bag is under $50 but looks so much pricier.

- Gorgeous Ferragamo sandals.

- This puffer is still on sale. It's one of my favorites. Lightweight and easily packable but still warm! 

Friday, December 14, 2018

Free Shipping Day

Can you even believe we are just 10 days from Christmas Eve?! I wanted to share this post because I know a lot of people still have some shopping to do.

If you didn't know, in the retail world, today is coined 'Free Shipping Day'. This is retail's last big push before Christmas to make sales online.

Besides the free shipping, this is also the last day for a lot of retailers to also ensure Christmas delivery, so basically shop now or forever hold your peace.

Today is the last day to ship USPS ground to get anything in time for Christmas, so keep that in mind, too, if you have some gifts to ship!

Some other dates you may want to remember:

December 17// Last day to ship FedEx standard
December 18// Last day to ship UPS 3 Day Select,
December 18// Last day to ship (for free) Nordstrom orders for Christmas delivery
December 20// Last day to ship Priority Mail and 2nd Day Air
December 21// Last day to ship UPS Next Day Air

Because of that, I am rounding up all of the gift guides I have done this season. There are 9 right now! Tomorrow I will add one more that focuses on things available on Amazon Prime 2-day shipping!

The gift guide is shown and then there is a direct link to each gift guide below!

For the Jet-Setter

Thursday, December 13, 2018


I honestly can't believe it is already Thursday. This week has absolutely flown by. I can't believe we are just 12 days from Christmas. Quite honestly, my countdown usually revolves around Christmas Eve. It's my favorite night of the entire year and it is a tradition we have done since I was a baby. 

This year, I have so much (in so few days) leading up to the actual holiday. Tonight I am getting dinner and drinks with my girlfriends. We have all been so busy between work and the holiday season so it will be nice to spend some time together! Sunday is Henry's Gotcha Day so it will be all about him! 

Next week I have Home Alone at the symphony, our country club ball, and my sister comes home. I am so excited! My aunt and uncle will also come into town for the holidays so whenever we have everyone in town, we do dinners every night together which I love. 

That also means I'm most likely either in pajamas/sweats or dressed to the nines. There is not much in between in the next few days, ha! 

Wearing: You all know I am pajama obsessed and my obsession continues. This set is just so cute and SO soft!

Drinking: I am definitely going to try and create this pomegranate ginger paloma. It sounds AMAZING. 

Reading: Love this article that shares the holiday memory the year you were born. Very fittingly, mine is Home Alone- one of my all-time favorite movies.

Listening: My December playlist is so good. I merged it with my November's playlist because I had abandon November for Christmas music, ha! It's mostly fun and upbeat and a nice break from Christmas music if you need one!
Loving:  My little Christmas pup! I just love him and always miss him so much when I am away. Sunday marks exactly 1-year since I adopted Henry. I have a post about him coming up on Monday sharing the results from the dog breed DNA test we did!

Wanting: Not having a Club Monaco close by is probably a blessing in disguise (for my wallet). Since Club Monaco carries a lot of neutrals and basics, I think it's hard to really get a sense of the textures and fabrics just from their website. When I was in NYC I fell in love with this coat and this sweater. They both looked so cozy and luxe while still looking polished and versatile. Obsessed.  This leather mousepad is the most ridiculous thing I have ever wanted. I can't bring myself to spend $98 on it, so I will just stare at its beauty online. But seriously, it really is gorgeous... for a mousepad. 

Smelling: This is THE BEST holiday candle and affordable, too! I've been burning it all month! 

Quoting: 'Wealth consists not in having great possessions but in having great possessions but in having few wants.' // See more of my favorites, here. 

Gifting: I wanted to include my gift guides in this post because I know a lot of you still haven't finished your shopping! Tomorrow is the cut off for USPS ground shipping in time for Christmas, so just keep that in mind. I worked really hard on my guides to make sure they weren't overwhelming and included products I have used and loved or items I have given as gifts in the past. They are highly curated! Saturday I'll have a roundup of items you can have shipped quickly via Amazon Prime!

See My Gift Guides Here:
- For the Jet-Setter
- My Wishlist
- Gifts for Him
2017 Under $100 (most items are still in stock)

Cyber Week Guides (a lot of the items I highlighted are still on sale, so that is why I am still linking to them):

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Gift Guide: Jet Setter

Gift Guide: Jet Setter
As one who travels a ton, this gift guide includes a lot of items that I own and love. I've included a bunch of different price points- so whether you are looking for a small stocking stuffer or something a little more luxe, this guide has got you covered. 

Marysia Swimsuit// I just recently started buying this brand of bathing suits. I now have three and I could not love them more. They are pricey but they truly look and feel high-quality and the designs are so chic and unique. 

Straw Tote// I just recently got this and I love the simplicity with the grosgrain handles. I also love that this can fit a ton so it could double as a personal item on a flight. 

Cashmere Travel Wrap// Definitely my #1 must-have travel item. I take one on every single flight I go on. Whether using it as a blanket or balled up as a pillow or wrapped around my neck for neck support, this thing is so good.  Less pricey version

Kona Eye Stick// I just got this product and I love it. It depuffs your eyes so it is great for a post-flight nap. Not to mention, it's in stick form so you can literally put the stick right under your eyes for a more hygienic application. 

Baume de Rose// Best lip balm ever. It's pricey but if you try it, I promise you'll be able to tell the difference. Plus it smells delightful. I chose to share the crayon version because again, this is for traveling and the regular pot that it comes in just isn't as hygienic as the stick.... can you tell I loathe products that come in jars?!

Jack Rogers Sandals// I truly wear mine almost every single day of warm weather. They are my favorite sandal. I wear them so much in one season that I usually get a new pair each season. They go with everything and although they are casual, if you get them in a metallic color, I find you can dress them up a bit more!

Olay Whips with SPF 25// Love this sunscreen. I wear it daily under my makeup but it's especially great if you are skiing or by the pool/beach. 

Silk Sleepmask// I have this and use it every single night. I also take it with me on flights. It's luxurious and soft but also blocks out all of the light. I've gotten my boyfriend hooked on them, too, and he now has one.

SK-II Mask// This is an expensive mask considering you only get one use out of it. However, there is tons of extra serum in the bottom of the pouch that you can get 2 or 3 uses out of it. I'm not really one to do a mask that you can truly see on a plane, but I am not opposed to doing one on an international flight. If you are going to do a mask, though, this is it because it truly makes my skin glow right after using it. 

Ear Buds// I have these and love them. They are basically knockoff beats for a fraction of the cost. They work so well and have a nice sound. I have the Bose headphones that drown out noise but I find that they are so annoying to travel with since they take up a lot of space in my carry-on so I almost always carry these Bluetooth headphones. 

Chic Sunnies// How fun are these?! I want them!

Packing Cubes// If you aren't using packing cubes, you are not doing it right. Seriously, packing cubes are a total game changer. I have been traveling a lot with a carry-on and the only way I would ever be able to do it is with the packing cubes. You can stuff things inside and everything will stay in place. They're just brilliant. 

Laundress Travel Kit// I don't know about you, but I always spill. I am pretty sure I spill more when I am wearing lighter colors, too, I am cursed. but how annoying is it when you are traveling and you spill something? This kit is so handy and also great if you are traveling and have access to a washer/dryer. 

Portable Charger// This portable charger is one of my favorites because the cord is actually attached to the charger. So you don't have to carry a cord, too- works so nicely in small clutches! 

Tile// This one is so inexpensive and is great to put in your luggage. That way, you can track your luggage should it ever get lost. You can also tell when your bag will come out onto the carousel at baggage claim because you will get notified that your tile is close to you! 

Ole Henriksen On the Glow Cloths// I carry the small set of these with me wherever I go but they are especially nice when traveling. After long flights, I use one of these cloths to refresh my skin. Whether it is before I put my makeup on or just to clean my skin, these are so good. I have the 100 cloth bag at home and use these almost daily!

Custom Framed Photo// This is such a cute gift idea. You can have an Instagram photo printed and custom framed for just $39. If your recipient went on a trip recently, it would be so thoughtful to have one of their Instagrams framed! You can see in the example photo in my collage, I used the Instagram photo I took while in NYC at Rockefeller Center! 

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