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My Favorite Bags for Spring

My Favorite Bags for Spring

Ah, spring!

While the weather may not be quite there yet, I am counting down the days until the season of extra light and warmer weather arrives. So in honor of spring, I’m hooking you up with some of my favorite handbag styles in very spring-like shades.

What are some of your favorite styles for spring?

Nessie’s Picks for Spring

Nessie's Picks for Spring

At the first sign of spring, you can usually find me swapping out my heavy winter layers in favor of lighter looks. So when I saw a crocus pop up this week, I had to remind myself that we are just entering March (and that my transition would be premature).

In putting together a round-up of items for spring that I am currently coveting, I thought it would be fun to share some that I already own (and love), others that I have been dying to try, and ones that will be purchased (just as soon as payday rolls around).

So, let’s jump right in.

A must for spring: Few things get me as excited as a suede moto jacket. And this one from Banana Republic ticks all the boxes. It’s the perfect color and fabric for the upcoming season, so you won’t regret buying this fun transitional piece.

Will be buying ASAP: I have yet to find the perfect pair of lace-up flats. Despite numerous trips to DSW and Nordstrom Rack, I haven’t had much luck with this style. But that all changed when I spotted these Gap beauties. The blue jean color was just what I have been looking for—and obviously, I love that they come in suede. Let’s hope that they are as comfy as they are chic when I go to try them on.

Need to try: Now that I am making a hardcore effort to be healthy and eat better, using cleaner beauty products is a high priority. I have heard and read a lot of good reviews about the RMS products, and now that I am in the market for a new highlighter, it seems like the perfect time to give the brand a try.

Wish list: Fortunately, I don’t have to spend a hefty sum on this wish list item, thanks to Target. Mossimo has an almost identical version of these beauties for a fraction of the price.

Can’t resist: We all have items that we don’t need but would love to have, right? These tassel earrings from Baublebar is just that for me. How cute would they look with a nice sundress or chambray top?

Buy these: If this is the only piece of advice that you ever take from me, then buy these pants…now. The Sloan-fit pants from Banana Republic are a must-have for us petites. I have never found a pair of pants to be so comfortable and flattering that I go back and buy three more pairs…the same day. Oh, and did I mention that they don’t need to be hemmed? If you were to ask anyone in my office, they would probably describe these babies as my office uniform.

What are you swooning over for spring?

Procrastination, Presents, and Podcasts

It is probably fair to say that I am one of the last people to get moving on their holiday shopping (the perils of having a 9-to-5 job!). Yes, I will be doing as much shopping as one person can humanly do today — so think of me as you likely have your presents all wrapped under the tree and are spending your Friday resting up before the big weekend.

Recently, I had the pleasure of participating in my very first podcast with Ashley Jefferson from Post UnderGrad Life. The podcast is now live on iTunes (you can find it by searching “Post UnderGrad Life”) or you can listen to it here on SoundCloud. If you have free time this holiday weekend, download it to hear me talk about my career path, offer career advice to recent graduates, and share my top three tips that have helped me navigate postgraduate life.

Merry Christmas and happy holiday weekend! I’ll be taking Monday off, but will be back with new content on Wednesday.

Christmas Tree Envy

{Christmas tree envy}

Trader Joe's Snowman Cake

{A cute holiday cake from Trader Joe’s}

Cozy Fire at Honu

{Staying toasty over dinner at Honu}

Plaid Shirt from Gap

{My expression when I realized my new Gap shirt matched my Starbucks cup}

Red Nails from OPI

{Red nails from OPI}

The (Seriously) Last-Minute Gift Guide

The (Seriously) Last-Minute Gift Guide

So here we are…down to the wire. In T-minus four days it will be Christmas and you haven’t even started shopping. Don’t despair (I say this as a reminder to myself as well). We are getting dangerously close to the point of no return when it comes to online shopping and having your presents wrapped and under the tree in time. With that said, plenty of retailers make shopping in-store a breeze. If you have a long list, I would suggest hitting up Target, Ulta, Sephora, Banana Republic, Anthropologie, and Gap for all of your gifting needs. I was at Gap over the weekend, and their inventory (combined with the sales!) made for easy shopping. The plaid shirt above was a recent purchase of mine, and given how soft the fabric is and how affordable the price was, this gift is a no-brainer. Of course, the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick set (bonus points: it includes the glitterazzi top coat) is a gift that is hard to beat.

Regardless of what you decide to purchase for your loved ones, it is crunch time. I hope this last-minute gift guide (along with this one and this one) have helped you out this holiday season.

Stay sane and happy shopping!

Where Did My Weekend Go?

I swear, it was Friday like five seconds ago. Wasn’t it? In another installment of, “where did my weekend go?” I got to spend some time in Port Jefferson, New York, enjoy a sweet crêpe from Sweet ‘n’ Savory, hang with my one of my favorite local business owners (thanks for the fudge, Chocology!), and all while doing some shopping (I scooped up the softest plaid shirt from the Gap — on sale). So, yeah, that’s where my weekend went. It may have been over in the blink of an eye, but at least I had fun. Hope your Monday is off to a good start!

Here’s a quick recap:

Roast Coffee and Tea

{Starting my day with coffee from Roast!}

Art Gallery at the Art League of Long Island

{A stroll through the impressive art gallery at the Art League of Long Island}

Annual Shopping Crawl in Port Jefferson, New York

{Gearing up for the shopping crawl in Port Jefferson with a selfie}

Sweet Crepe from Sweet n Savory

{A Nutella, strawberry, and broken Reese’s peanut butter cup crêpe from Sweet ‘n’ Savory}

Lucky Brand Booties from DSW

{Ending the weekend with a stop at DSW and a new pair of Lucky Brand booties}

Summer Hues

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Once the summer rolls around, my wardrobe changes to bright, light shades. A few months ago I stopped in at the Gap on my lunch break and scored a great pair of blue pants. They were on the clearance rack for less than $5, and in my size, which made for an easy decision. Also, they were work appropriate but could easily double in a casual setting–an added bonus.

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I held off wearing my new purchase until the warmer months, when I could pair it with a white sleeveless top I had from Vine and Roses. Of all the clothing I own, this top is the crown jewel of my closet. I was immediately drawn to the light fabric and the way it draped on me. And what girl doesn’t like a little ‘bling’ in her wardrobe?

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