Friday, May 25, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend Sales 2018

Memorial Day Weekend Sales 2018

Memorial Day Weekend is here and so are the sales. I compared the sales from last year to this year and a lot are exactly the same, but also some are way better! I honestly feel like these sales are as good as Black Friday! So shop while you can- a lot of the items in these sales are in limited qualities (the retailer does this on purpose) so the best deals will sell out quickly!

Scroll through the widget above to see my favorites from all of the sales. Out of ALL the sales, this 18 piece knife set is probably the best value/deal. I bought it for myself because the one thing I didn't have in my kitchen is a nice/adult knife set! 

Abercrombie// 40% off everything! See this post for my favorites!
Ann Taylor// 40% off code: SOREADY
Anthropologie// Extra 40% off sale, discount applied in cart, no code needed
Banana Republic// 40% off entire purchase and free shipping on $100+, code: BRSHIP
Bauble Bar// Up to 70% off! 
Brooks Brothers// Additional 25% off sale
Club Monaco// 25% off any purchase, code: WARMWELCOM
Bloomingdales// Save up to 20-50%, save an extra 40-50% on already reduced items. 
Kate Spade// Extra 30% off all sale styles, code: GREATFIND
Jack Rogers// Up to 50% off! 
J.Crew// 40% off your entire purchase plus up to 50% off women's swim, shorts, tees, and more. code: GETAWAY
J.Crew Factory// 50% off everything, an extra 50% off clearance. Use code: WINWIN
J.McLaughlin// Up to 50% off, no code needed\
L.L. Bean// 20% off your order, code: SUMMER20 (includes sale items!)
LOFT// 40% off everything, code: LONGWKND
Madewell// 20% off dresses, code: PRETTYPLEASE
Mark and Graham// 20% off sitewide, code: SAVE20
Nordstrom// Half-Yearly Sale, up to 40% off everything, no code needed. 
Pottery Barn// Up to 30% off, code SAVEMORE
Ralph Lauren// Extra 30% off select styles, code: MEMDAY
Saks Fifth Avenue// 40% off designer selection (no code needed)
Shopbop// Up to 40% off, new sale items added!
Talbots// Extra 40% off one item, Extra 50% off two or more items, no code needed
Tory Burch// up to 40% off!
Tuckernuck// New items added to sale (300+ items!), their 50% off section is SO good. I am loving the Edit dresses, too (not on sale, but I'm just OBSESSED!). 
Vineyard Vines// Up to 50% off!
West Elm// Up to 30% off, code SAVEMORE
Williams-Sonoma// Up to 75% off clearance event (100s of items). 

Items On Sale That I Have:
(only items that are on sale are linked)

Pink and Green Cardigan (comes in a bunch of colors, under $50)

More Colors:
Cashmere Travel Wrap// Sandals// Leather Woven Tote (with tortoise handles)

Dress (under $20!)// Sandals

I know you probably think it's crazy to buy winter slippers in May, but these are THE BEST and 20% off is a big saving with these!

Boatneck Sweater (a bunch of colors!)// Original Post

Tote (comes in 4 colors)// Sandals

The Best (Functional) Rain Jacket

the best womens functional rain jacket

Australian cattle dog blue heeler

athleta elemental rain jacket

athleta elemental rain jacket

athleta elemental rain jacket
Rain Jacket// Tee (sold out, similar)
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You guys. This is the BEST rain jack ever. Ever since spring started, I have been searching high and low for a cute but functional rain jacket. I have a few that are cute but not functional enough. I specifically needed a jacket for walking Henry. 

The only annoying thing about having a dog is that you have to take him out regardless of the weather (I mean, duh). So I needed something lightweight but that I could wear in a torrential downpour. I was looking for a neutral color so I could wear it with anything. I was looking for something lightweight because then I could layer in the colder months and not get super hot in the summer months. 

I looked at SO many jackets at all different price points and this one was the best for the price with the most functionality as well as style. It is wind-resistant, waterproof and breathable. Beware of rain jackets that say 'water resistant'... a lot of them say this and that means that if it's pouring, the rain could potentially soak through your jacket. I have a few that are like that and it has driven me nuts! This jacket truly keeps you dry. It's also impeccably made. 

It has a bunch of pockets, including an interior pocket that I can put my phone in and then a hole for headphones! The hood cinches as does the waist for a flattering fit. The length hits right above the knees in the front and then is longer in the back for more coverage. It also has extended sleeves with thumbholes for a bit of an athletic feel. 

I love that it looks streamlined and simple. It runs big. By that, I mean that I got my usual size small and there is plenty of room to layer during the colder months (which was exactly what I was looking for). Sometimes, when you size up in pieces, they just look too big, so I was glad that this rain jacket was cut for layering and comfort. It is also machine washable. As crazy as it sounds, this jacket actually makes me 'excited' for rain!

If you're not sold on this one, I've found a bunch that are on sale! Nordstrom's Half-Yearly sale is going on right now and there are SO many cute rain jackets included. Scroll through the widget above to see my favorites. I tried to include all different price points! 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Lately 5/24/2018

This has been such a great week. This past Saturday, I ended up with food poisoning, so that ruined my Saturday. My apartment was a mess and I had planned to give it some TLC Saturday, but I ended up only really being able to lounge around.

Sunday, however, I felt SO much better and I got so much done in terms of chores/errands. I started the week off with an incredibly clean and organized apartment and it really started my week on the right foot.

I feel like overall, I was extremely productive and energized. I think it has been the nice weather and promise of a holiday weekend that has me really motivated. I've been able to get a little bit ahead of work which is somewhat of a rarity so I'll be able to totally relax during the long weekend!

Speaking of holiday weekends, is anyone doing anything fun? I am excited for the club to finally be open and spend time there with family and friends! Here's to hoping the weather will be nice!

Drinking: This watermelon cocktail recipe is perfect for the holiday weekend! 

Sale-ing: Vineyard Vines is offering up to 50% off (no code needed) through 5/29! There are so many good pieces included in the sale. It would be the perfect time to score a Father's Day gift on sale! Speaking of VV, they are bringing back the classic patchwork and I couldn't be more excited. I still have pieces with the patchwork from years ago and just love it!
Dress (on major Sale)
Sale-ing II: One of my favorite brands is SEA. It's pricey, so I rarely shop it but they have some incredible pieces. Right now sooo many pieces are on major sale because of Nordstrom's Half-Yearly sale! Love this midi dress and this navy ruffle sweater. The brand runs true to size but if you are between sizes, size up!

Sale-ing III: This is a PSA to let you all know that I'll have a complete roundup of MDW sales that goes live tomorrow evening... there are SO many and they're all actually very good (almost feels like Black Friday deals, ha!!). 

 I started watching Suits! I am only about 4 episodes in and I really like it. It's easy to follow and sometimes serious and sometimes comical. It's just overall a great watch! 

Listening: I've been loving my May playlist! I love Allman Brown and I just found his 'Sweetest Thing' song and I am OBSESSED. I've been playing it over and over again. The lyrics are so adorable. I think this would be a really great 'out of the ordinary' first dance wedding song. My other favorite song is 'Sons and Daughters'. It's a bit of a downer but I think it's just incredible and filled with so much emotion. 

Loving: So I am guessing most of you watched the Royal Wedding, right? I personally loved both of Meghan's wedding day looks in their entirety. I especially love that she chose to be simple, elegant, and minimal (even with her makeup). I was (slightly) shocked to see the online world be so harsh about everything, though. Not only about the wedding but the drama leading up to the wedding. I realize both Prince Harry and Meghan are celebrities known around the world and everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but it's sometimes important to realize that these are all real people with real lives and feelings. I think there is definitely a line between sharing your opinion, offering constructive criticism and being downright petty and mean. I can't imagine being in her position and being so insanely scrutinized. The wedding was about forming a union based on love and I think that is what is always important to remember.

Loving II: This is basically the best sweatshirt ever. I got it last year (with a monogram) in white and I love that it is lightweight and a bit oversized (I have a size small). The length is longer and has a kangaroo pocket. It's hands-down one of my favorite and most-worn things in my closet!

Wanting: I know graduation season is upon us and all of the post-grads are looking for affordable office appropriate pieces. Well, these black pumps are so perfect. They are leather, well under $100 and have a block heel for a more comfortable fit. Even if you're not a post-grad this is such a good deal! Scroll through to see more items on my wish-list! 

Pittsburgh-ing: Friday night, I went to a new Pittsburgh restaurant, Bird on the Run. It's a casual, order-at-the-counter type spot. It was adorably decorated and only has a few items on the menu. The big draw for me was that it had really cool drink offerings. I ended up getting a frozen moscow mule because I've never heard of such a thing! It was fantastic. The chicken sandwich was good, but not as good as it looks. It had an extremely strong flavor of Old Bay and it was just too much for me. I mentioned I got food poisoning and I'm pretty sure this was the meal that did it... so be warned! 

Quoting:'Remember when you wanted what you currently have?' (I feel like this is SO powerful and important to remember).  // See more of my favorites, here. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Protecting Your Skin for Summer

Olay Regenerist Whip with SPF 25

Olay Regenerist Whip with SPF 25

Olay Regenerist Whip with SPF 25 review
When I was in high school, I was a lifeguard and on my country club's swim team. Needless to say, I was out in the sun pretty much every single day during the summer months. My mom is Italian and as much as I mostly take after my dad, I'm lucky in that I got some of my mom's olive tone so my skin is just naturally a touch darker and doesn't really burn too badly.

Because of this, in high school, I wanted to be as tan as possible (this was the Laguna Beach era, ha!) and as much as I knew the rules of sun safety, I wasn't necessarily following them as best I could. I can tell you this much- I never wore a daily SPF... I would only apply it while I was sitting directly in the sun and in a bathing suit and a lot of the time, it was only SPF 15. Yikes. If I could go back, I'd scold myself in a big way!

Now, as I get older and more mature and responsible, I have grown to wear SPF in my moisturizer (almost) daily. If I am outside in the sun at all (especially during the summer months) I can guarantee you I am coated in sunscreen. Routinely wearing sunscreen is one of the best ways to protect not only against melanoma but also against wrinkles. It's probably the most important step in anyone's skin care regimen. 

With summer approaching and Memorial Day weekend in just a few days, it's time to stock up on your sunscreen. Olay, one of my favorite affordable skincare brands sent me their Olay Regenerist Whip with SPF 25 to try out and share my opinions with all of you! 

Olay Regenerist Whip with SPF 25 is a face moisturizer that delivers hydration that smooths your skin. It's easy to use! Just apply every morning after cleansing/using your skincare serums. It is moisturizing but also dries and sets into your face quickly, so it's great for wearing alone or under makeup.
Olay Regenerist Whip with SPF 25 review

Olay Regenerist Whip with SPF 25 review

Unlike other sunscreens, Olay Whips with SPF has Active Rush Technology, which holds and releases 1000x its weight in hydration, instantly absorbing into the skin. Because of this, it feels light and moisturizing. You almost won't believe it has SPF in it! This was one of the major selling points for me. I have tried so many sunscreens in the past (read: wasted a lot of money) only to find out that they feel sticky or oily...or worse, break me out. Then I end up ditching the sunscreen altogether.

This sunscreen easily becomes a part of your daily skincare routine without even adding another step, so you will never forget your SPF! Do you wear daily SPF? Have you always been very good at protecting your skin from the sun? This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine. 

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