Target Bathroom Sets

Target has become my go-to for home decor over the past few years, especially if I’m in need of a quick update. I love that they have a good selection both in-store and online, and that even if you’re online shopping, you can see it in-person by picking it up in-store (also a great way to take advantage of sales that are only online!). I’m loving Target bathroom sets in particular right now, but also wishing we had more space to get trendier pieces like this chair.

Last year, I gave my bathroom an update (also the bathroom connected to our spare bedroom… #condoliving) and found that even spending around $100 for a refresh made a huge difference (shop it all here). We bought our condo almost 7 years ago and while we spent money on a few big things like a couch, we weren’t very focused on decorating and our common areas ended up with a whole lot of neutral tones. I do think my style has also shifted, as have home decor trends, so I’m making small changes when I feel inspired – or in today’s case, when something just needs replacing.

Today’s post is brought to you by my early morning Presidents’ Day shopping as I hunted for a fun bathroom set because we noticed one of ours had seen better days. I bought both of below and am going to make a decision once I see how they look against the granite counter tops. Shop everything using the affiliate links below!

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5 Leopard Print Staples

Over the past couple of years, I’ve started looking beyond black and nude as neutrals, oftentimes opting for rose or leopard print instead. This all started with a pair of leopard print booties that I found myself wearing over and over again (highly recommend them – here is this year’s version of them!).

There are so many ways you can incorporate leopard print into your wardrobe with staples like shoes, bags, cardigans and even hair accessories. Today I’m sharing a little bit of all of that – shop it all using the affiliate links below!

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1. Flats, Heels, Booties & Sneakers: I don’t think I could possibly love my new leopard print Rothy’s loafers – I’m ready to buy them in every color (get yours for $20 off with my link)! They’re washable, made with recycled materials and also come in a pointed flat. For a fancier shoe, I’ve had my eye on these Loeffler Randall slides with block heels that come in both 2-inch and 3.5-inch heights (& also in black, gold & rose!). They’re more of an investment but think they’d get a lot of use. I have these booties and I love that I can dress them up or down. And for more casual days, these slide-on sneakers or Adidas Superstars with leopard stripes are perfect.

2. Bathing Suits: I stumbled upon the perfect high-waist leopard bikini at Target the other day (top here, bottoms here – I sized up). Other brands carry other fun leopard bikinis and one-pieces, including J.Crew, Mara Hoffman and many of the fast fashion brands. I find with the cheaper brands that just the top or bottom fits me well, but I’ve spent so little on the set that I don’t feel guilty donating the bottoms. But leopard is a classic print, so if you can swing it, grab one of the higher quality options!

3. Cardigans, Sweaters & Other Tops: This category started out as just cardigans because I’m very into this one that I got for a steal, but then I realized I had recently seen lots of other blazers, sweaters, sweatshirts and tops I wanted to share.

4. Bags: Much like shoes, I’ve always been a black, cognac and nude bag gal. But now I think a small leopard print is the perfect neutral bag when paired with the right outfits – in some cases I even like mixing prints with it! This clutch would go with anything (less $ option here) and I really like this weekender duffle as well.

5. Headbands, Bows & Hair Ties: I brought up this silk headband in a recent post and while I haven’t pulled the trigger on buying it yet, it’s still on my mind. There are lots of cute hair bows out right now too, like this one and this one. I also have a couple of these hair ties and found my go-to spiral hair ties in leopard, too.

Green Juice Recipe

I’ve never been into diets, but at the start of this year, I was definitely feeling like I needed to get back to eating healthier after a long holiday season. We’ve had a juicer (on sale here & also here) sitting on our counter since my bridal shower almost 6 years ago and had yet to use it, so I decided this would be the year we get into juicing. We started out with one green juice recipe and have been making a couple of different ones each week and I love it so far!

Juicing requires lots of fruits and veggies, but I think it’s worth it, as I really do love the taste of them. I don’t love spinach, but it’s great in juices, and I like that other flavors mask this nutrient-rich veggie. I started out using a lot of kale, but it’s more expensive and I found it doesn’t actually make as much juice as spinach, so lately I’ve been scaling that back.

Today I’m sharing one of my go-to juices, made with apples, oranges, parsley and spinach. I think this one is so refreshing. The recipe below makes a little more than 32 ounces for me usually, depending on how big the apples and oranges are. I make that much so my husband and I can have 2 days’ worth, but you can easily scale it back.

Have other juice recipe recommendations? Leave them in the comments below – I’m always looking for new recipes to try out!

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Green Juice Recipe

Ingredients

  • 12 sprigs parsley 
  • 6 apples
  • 3 oranges
  • 8 oz (about 6 big handfuls) spinach

Directions

  1. Turn juicer onto highest speed (on my juicer it’s level 5)
  2. Remove stems from parsley and put in juicer
  3. Remove core from apples, cut into large pieces and put in juicer
  4. Peel orange, cut in half or quarters and put in juicer
  5. Put about 6 big handfuls of spinach in juicer
  6. Pour into glasses and enjoy

2019 Valentine’s Day Gifts

My husband and I don’t usually do Valentine’s Day gifts – my birthday is four days beforehand and over the years we’ve opted for travel rather than things for gifts (although he does send beautiful flowers!). But that’s not to say you shouldn’t do regular gifts, as it’s always nice to receive one from someone special in your life, especially if it’s something you’ll use and love.

Whether you’re asking your significant other for something you’ve had your eye on or giving your bestie a treat, here’s a list of my favorite Valentine’s Day gifts of the year. These all make great gifts for any occasion!

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1. Flowers that last a year. I had no idea these existed until a coworker got them a few years ago. They’re not cheap, but I do like the concept behind them – these real roses are pretty, come in several sizes and will last up to a year. They also come in smaller & bigger options.

2. A cozy cashmere wrap scarfA couple of my coworkers also have these and swear by them. This is definitely an investment piece, but is such high quality that you can go ahead and get rid of other blanket scarves once you get your hands on one of these. They also come in lots of different colors, so ask for one you’ll wear often. Select colors are on sale here and here.

3. A nice neutral, leather bag or wallet. I have this carryall bag and love it because it isn’t too big but still fits a ton and has a cross-body strap. This brand is one you can count on lasting – the leather is good quality and they keep costs down by selling direct-to-consumer. Their zip-up wallets are also great picks. Everything comes in several colors of leather, but I’m partial to the stone or blush colors because they go with everything.

4. A fresh pair of (rose) sneaks or slides. My husband and I are sneaker lovers, so they make for good gifts in our household. I personally think that rose pink is becoming a neutral – it goes with everything – and I love when that extends into my footwear. I love these sneakers and these slides.

5. Dainty gold jewelry. I’ve been into layering simple gold jewelry and these are pretty easy to pick out for someone else without much guidance. My favorite places to shop for these pieces are Missoma, Mejuri and Gorjana (linked some of my favorites, which more as you scroll the images below!).

6. Book a weekend getaway and accessorize with a suitcase or other travel supplies. You can’t go wrong with a nice suitcase (love this rose gold option) – Delsey sent me their hard shell suitcases last year and they were so great we ordered another set for my husband soon after. Other ideas: a leather passport wallet (less expensive version here) or a travel set with a silk pillow and eye mask. The cashmere travel wrap mentioned above also fits into this category.

7. Nice candles & spa-like skincare products. I’ll never be disappointed if someone gets me a good quality candle. This brand is one of my favorites and they have pretty rose gold sets right now (another here). But I’m also into soy candles like these, which are also rose gold. This set is filled with clean skincare products like a hydrating rose mist, lip conditioner and body polish.

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Friday Faves – 2.1.19

It’s frigid out, so of course that means it’s the start of February. All we’re missing is the gigantic snowstorm that typically hits around my birthday mid-month. But good news: the Pats are in the Super Bowl, so that should make for a nice Sunday Funday.

January was off to a great start over here on the blog, but then got a bit derailed toward the end of the month. My new baby nephew came a few weeks early (all good, yay!) and I traveled to Colorado for a friend’s wedding (beautiful!), followed by a last-minute work trip. I’m ready for some February hibernation and getting back to a routine. Plus the continuation of my KonMari clean-out.

Anyway, here are my Friday Faves – links I’ve read, products I’m eyeing and more. What are you loving right now?

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Image via Target – shop the blue & white vase here

 

In my quest for clean beauty, looking to try out a few BeautyCounter products. Which are your favorite?

Also listened to an interesting podcast with Miranda Kerr about her Kora Organics line and also need to try it out.

Way behind on my yearly photo books and think I need to switch over to Artifact Uprising after seeing this post.

My husband sent me this post on how to KonMari your technology as a not-so-subtle hint that my phone has way too many unread emails on it. On a related note, I did use her folding technique as I packed for a trip and it really helped! Watch this video to see how you’re supposed to pack a suitcase.

I’ve never used an interior designer but am trying to make updates around the house. If you’re considering working with one, this post on how to get the most out of it will help. Also, has anyone used Havenly?

Read about a few female founders and their morning hacks for starting the day off right.

Stayed at the cutest boutique hotel in Denver last weekend, The Maven, which is right in the Union Square area with lots of restaurants. More to come on that.

Obsessed with home decor at Target right now, including all things blue and white – this striped vase, these flowers/vase and this soy candle. I have them all on display together in this gold tray on my coffee table.

Very into this article about Millennials being the burnout generation. I can totally relate.

Bachelor fans: loving Kaitlyn and Jason’s new romance, but also felt sad for Shawn on this podcast.

Have my eye on this affordable gold ring for everyday wear.

Love this Serena and Lily rattan chair – it’s under $100!

Clean Beauty & Skincare Finds

One of my goals of this year is to educate myself on what should and shouldn’t be in my beauty products and to phase out whatever I uncover is “bad” for me over time. I hate wasting products so I’m not about to go and throw everything out, but I’m doing my research as I run out of things I use regularly and making cleaner swaps when I go to replace them.

The beauty and skincare world is incredibly unregulated in the U.S. There hasn’t been any legislation around personal care products in our country since 1938. According to Follain, if we’re compared to other countries, we have 30 banned ingredients, while Canada has 500 and Europe has 1,500. This means it’s up to us to figure out what we should and shouldn’t be using via our beauty and skincare products.

While I’ve been incorporating “clean” products into my routine over the past couple of years, I still have so much to learn. I’d love to hear about any resources for learning more – it’s a little overwhelming with all of the crazy ingredient names (sulfates, parabens, phenoxyethanol, what?!). So far I’ve found that Follain has a great blog, Clean Beauty 101.

I’ll be sharing more about my clean beauty journey throughout the year! What are your favorite clean beauty finds? Here are a few I’ve been trying out.

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Native Deodorant: I’ve been on the natural deodorant train for almost two years, yet I’ve had trouble finding a brand that actually works. So far, Native has been good to me, specifically in the Coconut & Vanilla scent (the Lavender & Rose scent for some reason did not work for me, but they not have lots of other scents to choose from). Its aluminum, paraben and sulfate-free, plus it’s not animal-tested and is made in the USA. Compared to other natural deodorants, I found the texture of this to be similar to regular deodorants – not sticky, doesn’t leave a residue on your clothes and yet it actually feels like you’re putting something on. You can get it online with free shipping and it’s also now at Target, which I find super convenient.

Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara + Primer: If I had to pick just one makeup product to wear every day, it would definitely be mascara, thanks to my blonde lashes you can barely see on their own. I use several different mascaras depending on the occasion and I was pleasantly surprised that this clean option really worked. I wear it pretty much every day unless I’m going out at night or to an event (let’s face it, that’s rare). One end has a lash primer that essentially puts tiny fibers on your lashes that the mascara then sticks to, making them look longer. And then the mascara itself has a nice wand that gives good volume and definition without clumps. All Honest Beauty products are free of parabens, paraffins, silicones, mineral oil and synthetic fragrances, along with not being tested on animals.

Honest Beauty Everything Primer – Matte: I rarely wore a primer before this one – this product gives you the perfect matte look and makes your makeup go on nice and even. It almost feels like your skin has a light powder on it, which I learned while posting this that it’s actually micronized bamboo powder that helps blur imperfections. I prefer topping it with a tinted moisturizer, but you can also wear this alone or under foundation. Same applies as above: no parabens, paraffins, silicones, mineral oil or synthetic fragrances.

Honest Beauty Lip Crayon: This lip crayon is super moisturizing thanks to ingredients like coconut oil and shea butters. It comes in a great selection of colors – I love “sheer coral” right now. It’s lightweight and stays put for a good amount of time considering it’s a cleaner option than traditional lip colors.

Coola SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray: I’ve been a big fan of Coola sunscreens for years, especially their cucumber face sunscreen, so I was excited to try out this product. In my opinion, it comes in handy the most during warmer months when you’re going to be outside, need sunscreen, but already have makeup on. Just spray a few mists of this organic SPF 30 spray on and your skin will be protected and hydrated and you’ll be good to go. You can do it as many times as you want throughout the day. All of Coola’s products are paraben, para-aminobenzoic acid and animal cruelty free.

Tula Kefir Replenishing Cleansing Oil: I had tried out a few Tula products that I love prior to being sent this face wash and was skeptical because it’s oily when you put it on. But I’ve read that oils bind with oils, meaning that the oils in the cleanser meet the bad oils in your skin that ultimately leaves you with clean skin. I found that it leaves my face soft and hydrated (not oily at all once washed off) and does a good job at removing makeup. Tula is known for their probiotic skincare and this is one of their products made with kefir, a fermented milk drink with probiotics, vitamins and minerals that’s known for its health benefits. This face wash is free from sulfates, fragrance, DEA, TEA and is cruelty-free.

 

Thanks to Coola, Tula and Honest Beauty (via Influenster) for sending me samples to try out. As always, all opinions are my own. 

 

Friday Faves – 1.18.19

Happy Friday! I know not everyone has Monday off, but I do and I could not be more excited about the long weekend. I have zero plans other than watching the Patriots on Sunday (& making my famous buffalo chicken dip). A storm is on its way but it’s looking like it’s just a whole bunch of wintery mix nastiness by me, so I do wish we were getting some real snow if we’re going to be cold and stuck indoors.

I’m hoping for a good mix of productivity and Netflix binging. I’m literally obsessed with Marie Kondo and “Tidying Up” on Netflix. I never finished reading the book several years ago but after seeing the show, I was inspired. So far I’ve tackled my closet and a few drawers and want to keep going! And for TV, it’s time to get into the a new season of one of the many series we’ve been neglecting.

Read on for this week’s Friday Faves!


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On the note of the KonMari method via Marie Kondo, I’m very into the idea of fewer, better things and will be following along this writer’s experiment with that this year.

Making a goal of reading at least one book a month – hopefully more when I travel. Getting inspired by this list of 2018 books.

Totally agree that self care is more than a hashtag… and also face masks and bubble baths (though I do love both of those!).

This call-your-girlfriend post really resonated with me. Good, real friendships are everything.

Finally tried on a friend’s Rothys flats last night and am officially I need a pair… or two. You’ll get $20 off your 1st purchase using my referral link (& I’ll also get a discount on my end, so thank you in advance!).

Discovered my closet is filled with too many dresses with nowhere to wear them. Going back to Rent the Runway for next weekend’s wedding – love this dress. Same deal as Rothys, use my link on your 1st order & we both get $30 off!

In need of black sandals to wear with dresses and love these Loeffler Randall shoes. They’re an investment, but I was able to find these in good condition on Poshmark – and I know I’ll like them because I have the block heel version in tan.

Very excited about our new coffee table and end tables that need to be put together – here is a similar gold coffee table that’s super affordable!

Just started using the juicer we got at my bridal shower… 5+ years ago (oops). I’m very into it and now am considering trying out pure celery juice after reading about it here and here.

Watch the R. Kelly docu-series on Lifetime. And then feel guilty about loving the Ignition Remix as you get disgusted by everything he’s done/is currently doing.

Trying to learn the basics of clean beauty, including how to read labels/identify the worst ingredients and easy product swaps.

Have my eye on Everlane for high-quality basics that are also sustainable – anyone tried them out?

Best Bachelor Podcasts

I’m pretttty excited about the fact that The Bachelor is back – I’m not ashamed to admit that I love reality TV. We’re off to a bit of a boring start with Colton’s season, but I’m confident it will pick up now that we’re through the first couple of episodes.

Thoughts so far: no thanks on the live viewing parties, too much virgin talk and too much age talk. And so many sparkles with these girls’ dresses. Time for the good drama to start – hopefully next week! Colton alluded to the virgin talk coming to an end around episode 4 in one of the Bachelor podcasts I listen to, so can’t wait for that.

Regardless of what’s going on in each episode of the show, I still love recapping via my podcast friends each week. Why do I listen to multiple Bachelor podcasts? I think it’s fun to hear different perspective on the behind-the-scenes and off-air gossip. And if I listen to them on my commute or while I’m doing things around the house, I’m less inclined to spend that time doing the exact same thing online in front of a computer screen.

So with that, today I’m sharing the best Bachelor podcasts (according to me). Most of them are also good for other topics during the show’s off-season, so go subscribe.

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  • Bachelor Party: I love catching up on all things Bachelor with The Ringer’s Juliet Litman, mainly because she is reality-obsessed in a way I can relate to. And she’s funny on top of it. This season’s guests have included people like Entertainment Tonight’s Lauren Zima and recent contestants such as Blake Horstmann. Her podcasts bring just the right amount of recapping and scoop on production and other behind-the-scenes details that she knows about from being so tuned into the reality TV world as part of her job.

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Best Amazon Finds of 2018

I’m not sure what I did before Amazon Prime. It’s become my go-to for everything from dog food and kitchen gadgets, to jewelry, travel essentials and gifts. No more going to miscellaneous stores or waiting a long time for orders to come in – it’s 2 days with a click of a button. I looked back at alllll of my purchases over the past year to give you my best Amazon finds of 2018.

Tt was hard to top 2017’s Dash egg cooker or this compact spiralizer, but this year’s picks included several significant purchases for one reason or another. Whether it was changing the way I pack for travel or accessorizing with trendy, inexpensive pieces, Amazon did it all.

If you’re on the hunt for a good gift for a guy in your life, I highly recommend a Yeti cooler. And while I didn’t list out baby and toddler gifts below, I also purchased little board book sets for several of the nuggets in my life (here & here).

Here are my top picks in no particular order, which I love for all different reasons.

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Self-Care & Beauty:

1. Acupuncture MatIf you’re curious about what acupuncture can do for you but aren’t into needles or committing to appointments, try this super affordable acupuncture mat. Lay on it for 20+ minutes a day and relax – promise it doesn’t hurt.

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Friday Faves – 1.3.19

Happy New Year! To kick off 2019 and also say TGIF, I’m bringing back a series I started a few years ago but in a new way. Fridays are now for sharing my favorite things – whether it’s blog posts from other people, products I’m loving, shows I’m watching/books I’m reading or totally miscellaneous things I love, read or hear about.

This idea comes from an Insta post I saw a a while back where someone had mentioned this was a great way to support other bloggers and women in business. And I have to say, it was fun to write! I’m one of those people who always has a billion tabs open on my laptop, so this is a way for me to dump it into one spot and come back for it later… while also sharing with you!

I’ll be back with my goals for the year, my favorite Amazon purchases of 2018 and lots more this month. Feeling re-energized for the first time in a while. Bring on 2019!

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Photo by Oskars Sylwan

Speaking of setting goals for the year, I’m into the “word of the year” approach and am toying around with a few right now. This post gives one example (and is also honest perspective from an influencer who is trying to balance her desire to stop buying so much with the business side of blogging).

Also want to attempt the Happiness Project again… but a less intense version with just one task to repeat every day each month (full review of the book here). One of my favorite podcasts just put out an episode that is essentially the same concept with different monthly ideas to focus on.

My Kauai, Hawaii travel guide came in on top every month of 2018. Making me want to go back – especially to the hotel we stayed at! View my other Hawaii travel guides here and here (more to come).

Ordered this black dress for a winter wedding and think it’s simple enough (but with fun details) to wear again. These earrings (or these!) would be perfect with it. I wish I had this dress in a winter color – there are so many options, but the one I have is light blue.

Apparently it’s Capricorn Season… and every horoscope I read is telling me that this is the year of self-love or that now is the time to find more time to relax and heal. I’m into it.

Getting ready for binge-watching season – a.k.a. frigid January/February temps and snow… What are your favorite shows right now? Just binged Yellowstone, started The Office from the beginning and am always shamelessly watching reality TV (can’t wait for Bachelor to start back up).

On the note of entertainment, aiming to read one book a month in 2019. I ended the year with two great beach reads: Crazy Rich Asians (now a movie) and When Life Gives You Lululemons (Devil Wears Prada spin-off).

Not a mom yet, but loved the realness in this Insta post. My feed around the holidays was filled with perfect-looking families with babies – that’s not always reality and that’s OK.

On the hunt for ginger jars of all sizes and found this guide on where to buy them.

Random new daily activity has been laying on this acupuncture mat – perfect if you want to get some of the same benefits without needles.

Also loving hair accessories (why did scrunchies ever go away?!). This headband is so fun – might need to get the leopard print one.

Planning on making a list to help start a capsule wardrobe approach to how I shop. What are your favorite staples?

Last obsession: dainty gold jewelry, which is nothing new for me, but I’m loving everything from Missoma and Mejuri.

Trying to swap out products as I run out for cleaner options. Right now I’m loving this mascara and this primer, both at Target.

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