20 Fall Essentials

Fall Essentials - Fashion and Product Haul Must Haves

Hello darlings! Do you ever find the perfect jeans or lipstick and just want to tell that world about it? Or did you ever buy a shirt and think, “well that was disappointing” and two days later your co-worker was like, “oh i so could have told you that shirt sucked.” Well, I’ve try it out so you don’t have to! Kinda like a personal virtual shopper! For today’s post I’ve decided to share with you my tried and true purchases that I just can’t live without. My go-tos, my essentials.

1. CLARISONIC: My skin has not looked better since i started using the Clarisonic. Even the boy uses it daily. It gives you this awesome glow, and I feel like my wrinkles aren’t a deep as they use to be. They are a bit spendy, but the juice is worth the squeeze ($10 if you can tell me what movie that is from). It manages to get all the yuck off that a washcloth alone can’t.

2. EBERJEY PJs: Otherwise known as the best PJs on the planet. Seriously, so  soft to the touch, a classic look, and a lil bit of sexy is thrown into the mix here ladies…and they look amazing on to boot. Do yourself (and your significant other) a favor and go buy them now. You deserve to sleep in something other then that old crappy t-shirt from college.

3. PERFECT WHITE T-SHIRT: Daftbird makes the perfect white tee. So many t-shirts out there have this boxy look, and I don’t know about you, but that look does nothing for me. This one has a great figure-hugging silhouette. I like to pair mine with denim jeans and a long gold chain necklace…a classic, simple look for any season.

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bags that don’t break the bank

every other week, my sister-in-law and i text back and forth…it usually starts out as a quick question, but then we start to ramble about other rando things. the other night we started chatting about purses. see, the boy oddly understands my obsession with bags…her boy “understands the importance of a purse, but to him it could be a brown paper bag vs a vuitton” which is the normal guy reaction to spending money on a new purse…and i completely get that — purses are expensive — and vuittons are REALLY expensive unless you buy them used off ebay. also, when you have young children, you run the risk of dropping your new beautiful vuitton in pee or vomit…gross and sad face.

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presently her current purse is from target, but it has a broken strap so she is in the market for a new bag that doesn’t break the bank. since she claims to be purse challenged, she gave me an idea for a post. see, recently i posted a backpack round up but didn’t necessarily keep budget in mind…i just picked purdy backpacks. in my sister-in-law’s case, i was not given a specific color or budget restriction to stay within but based off our conversations, knew louis vuitton was a no go for hubby. she said, okay, you do the work so i just have to send my boy a link…i’m down with that…spending other people’s money? sign me up!

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10 under $100 – bargain buys

the boy always tells me i have champagne taste and yes, i will agree…it’s been that way since i was a kid. my mom would always tell me, “no one is going to know if you have $20 jeans or $200 jeans unless someone looks at the tag on your behind.” i beg to differ. while watching hgtv the other day, the host said, “with a little DIY, you’d never know this table was only $20.” ummm, yes. yes, i would…and the boy’s response to that was, “well that’s because you’re a snarky bitch momma.” bahahahahaha…this is also true (and he says that with love). but just because i have champagne taste, doesn’t mean i don’t have a budget.

so let’s do a little budget friendly shopping, shall we?

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pack a perfect carry-on

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a month ago i was enjoying some r&r in hawaii and oh how i miss it so! because we left for 2 weeks and half of our vacation was spent with my husband’s co-workers, i had to pack smart…and that included my carry-on bag. it got my thinking, what makes the perfect carry-on? this flight in particular was about 10 hours…because i’m not a good flyer (all i can think about is twisted metal and plunging into the ocean…i’m petrified), i have to stay completely entertained (and partially tranquilized). we upgraded to first class lay flats, so that helped tremendously…but what was in my bag? well, here is a glimpse.

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what is in the perfect carry-on bag?

i think the most important thing to me is the bag itself. it has to be roomy, lightweight and pretty to look at doesn’t hurt either…my bag of choice is this one by mara hoffman. i bought mine last year during shopbop’s black friday online holiday sale. the leather straps are really heavyduty, so i don’t have to worry about ripping my bag from the weight. i like to carry a couple magazines (but not too many or it weighs you down). here i chose instyle and yoga journal. what my magazines do not cover, i know my gold covered iPad will have me covered. books, movies and music are all i need to pass 8 hours worry free. my bose noise canceling headphones are amazing…even if you are not listening to audio, they keep the chatter out and your flight quiet. my brookstone backup battery keeps my technology charged for the duration of the flight and i d’not need to fret about battery life preservation.

my skin tends to get really dried out while flying, so hand cream, cuticle oil, and facial moisturizer are a given. the pressurized air increases your skin’s oil production, so i combat that with a little help from a tiny bottle of priori moisturizer…it’s so hydrating, plus it’s spf 30, so when you are standing outside waiting for that rental car, you face is already prepared for the sun! fresh sugar lip treatment has been a lifesaver for chapped lips (i even use it on my kids). it smells amazing and makes your lips sooooo soft! i received it as a sample from sephora and immediately bought more when my tiny tube ran out…i know it is pricy for lip balm but it lasts forever. if i want to add a little color, i use urban decay’s lip love honey infused lip gloss. the smell is divine. sometimes after a couple alcoholic beverages, my mouth feels like a cat pooped in it…this disposable toothbrush is just the ticket to keeping my mouth from feeling like a litterbox. in fact, i carry them daily in my purse. my final dryness protection is butter’s handbag holiday cuticle oil. it smells fabu…like vacation and a pina colada and i think someday i’d like to swim in a vat of it. for my hair, a few hair clips from ban.do keep my topknot in place…and always have a sweet pair of aviators…i like sunnies better then an eye mask because i can wear them yet still look around the cabin of the plane.

i know you can get a blanket on the flight, but being a slight (ok, freakish) germaphobe, i choose to bring a cozy cardigan and colorful scarf. it keeps me warm and my mind doesn’t go into a neurotic tizzy thinking about the last person who use my blanket. an easy, quick release watch is great for getting thru security without fumbling around with bands and holes. this one by michele is a nice easy on, easy off option and keeps you clear of the metal detector. we usually travel to a warm weather destination, and my travel footwear is not always conducive to beach weather, so i like to carry a change of sandals…i like these from joie because the black and tan leather slides go with anything.

on my first plane trip ever, the airline lost my bags…i didn’t get them back for 3 days, so learned at an early age to be prepared for the worst. i’d have such a frowny face if i arrived in hawaii with no bikini…i usually pack an extra in my carry-on as a just in case. even if i have to live in the same clothes for 3 days, at least i can sit my the pool and drown my sorrows in a fancy fruity cocktail with an umbrella on the side. this swimsuit by j.crew has more of a high-waisted retro look and coverage on the backside area…which i’m partial to.

my wallet and clutch keep all my tiny bottles and such rounded up in an easy to find compartment…everything stays organized and the clutch comes in handy after your arrival for dining out. so there ya have it…did i miss anything? do you have any essentials that i missed?

smitten — backpack roundup

a couple weeks ago, i was over on the avery street design blog reading a feature on an instagrammer @mandyandsuch. first and foremost, this girl has quite the lovely feed, but one item that repetitively caught my eye was her madewell transport rucksack. the boy just shakes his head when i say i need another bag…but i’m being as serious as a heart attack, come on! i NEED this bag…or at least one like it. and besides, who doesn’t need a rucksack…everyone needs a rucksack…plus, i would sound adorable saying, “hey, could you hand me my rucksack?” (especially if i had an english accent…)

commuting to work daily takes its toll on my bags. i over stuff them, pile in magazines, iPad, work papers, toy dinosaurs and batman figurines…you name it, i probably have it tucked away. after searching through the internets, i think i’ve rounded up the best of the bunch, and thought i’d share them with you because y’all are so special. i’m still pretty smitten with the madewell bag though…you can even personalize it with your initials. so, which one would you chose?

everything has been sourced at the bottom in case you want to take a closer look. enjoy!

Pratesi Montalbano and J.W. Hulme Co back packsmismo and etsy backpacksvanport outfitters and 3.1 philip lim pashlifilson and need supply co backpacksfrye tracy backpack and madewell rucksackmulberry cara backpack contest signup

 

pratesi — montalbano italian leather backpack
j.w. hulme co. — continental backpack
mismo — m/s/backpack
leftover studio — roll top backpack
the row — convertible hobo backpack — oooooh, shiny!
matt & nat — the brave pack
vanport outfitters — asa lovejoy rucksack
3.1 phillip lim — pashli backpack — i had this purse and the strap broke, so this one is up in the air…pretty but i’m not sure it can handle me…the clasp also takes some getting use to
filson — tin cloth backpack — the boy is a duck hunter, so maybe he’d applaud me buying a bag from filson?
need supply co. — rockland backpack
frye — tracy backpack
madewell — the transport rucksack
mulberry — the cara backback signup to win your very own here