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.

2018 Best of Amazon

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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Fall Sweaters for Chillier Temps

I love New England because you can truly experience all four seasons here. But I do wish that fall would stick around a bit longer! Give me all of the light sweaters and leather jackets. It feels like we’re quickly moving into winter, especially in the mornings when I’m commuting to work.

Fall Sweaters

The only good news here is that sweater season is here to stay – we’ll just have to throw a jacket over them from here on out. I admittedly only have a few sweaters in my drawers right now because I need to grab my bin at my in-laws’ house, so I’m excited to pull all of mine out, many of which are back in stock this year!

Shop some of my favorites using the widget below, including this popular sweater from last year that is back in lots of colors. These sell out as the season goes on, so grab yours now!

Aside from that, I’ve been loving all things leopard print and with ties in the front. I’m also a big fan of long cardigans with a casual tucked in t-shirt or tank top like this one I grabbed recently. For some reason the green sweater below isn’t showing up in the widget, but it’s so soft and available in several colors here.

Fall Sweaters

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Women’s Football Style Picks

It’s a pretty awesome time to be a Bostonian right about now – this weekend we had all four of our professional sports teams playing and now we have the Red Sox going to the World Series and the Patriots giving us another win.

I’ve been thinking about this post since the Pats opening day when I found the best tank top at Old Navy the day before the game. Gone are the days when you have to go to Dick’s or another athletic store to get NFL gear – you can find much better women’s football style items at stores you’d normally shop at, such as Old Navy, Nordstrom or even Free People.

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Shop the Look:

Tank (other teams available)Flannel

There are so many other options – shop all of these and even more using the widget below this pic. Note that for most of the items, you’ll find more team options once you click through – it’s not just the one shown in the pic! Also, I threw in a boys’ hoodie because I have this from a few years ago and it was such a good (and affordable) buy – just size up!

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More Old Navy Picks:

& Options from Other Stores:

… & one last pic from the Patriots’ opening day. Pin any of these for later or click “get sale alert” in the widgets to get notified via email when an item goes on sale if you prefer to wait!

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Acrylic & Resin Earrings

Over the past couple of years, I’ve traded my love for statement necklaces for more dainty, layered options (like this & this) and instead opted for statement earrings. I find that I can wear statement earrings over and over again with everything from a fancy dress to a t-shirt and jeans.

While I used to swear by Rent the Runway for dresses to wear to weddings, lately I’ve been either finding less expensive options from brands like Asos or Boohoo or accessorizing simple dresses that can be worn more than once. While I was on the hunt for fun earrings to go with a black dress, I came across lots of acrylic and resin earrings and fell in love not only with the styles, but also the price points I found.

But the main reason I love acrylic and resin earrings is how lightweight they are. Even if I love a pair of earrings, I won’t buy them if they feel even the slightest bit too heavy on my ears. There are also so many fun colors and styles to choose from!

Here’s a look at the options I have in my jewelry box right now – note that these & these are from Amazon and super affordable! And I’m also sharing several other pairs below at varying price points. My favorite stores & brands for these earrings (aside from Amazon) are Baublebar, J.Crew, Anthropologie, Free People and Urban Outfitters. Keep on scrolling down to shop wayyyy more options I found as well.

Acrylic & Resin Earrings

Shop these earrings:

Top Oval (4 more colors available, $17)

Multi-Color Hoops (lots of other colors available, only $10!)

Similar Tortoise Hoops / Yellow Gem w/ Blue Oval

Resin Earrings Acrylic Earrings

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Splurge vs. Save – Gucci, Chloe & Madewell

I love a good sale find, but another thing I love just as much is finding a good designer dupe that’s actually good quality for the lower price. Today I’m bringing back my “splurge vs. save” series – it’s been a while! On the list today is a faux leather jacket, slides and bag.

I have all of the “save” options in very similar styles from last year with the exception of the bag, which is a casual $1850 less than the designer version. The faux leather jacket is so comfortable and I always get compliments on it. This year’s version also comes with a removable hood. And I practically live in both versions of the slides – they are a steal and the furry version feels like you’re wearing slippers!

Shop both the splurge and save options – including links to more stores that carry the items – using the links and widget below. Have other save finds? Share them in the comments, I’m always looking for others to shop!

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Leather Jacket: Splurge (also in cognac) / Save (hood is removable)

Bag: Splurge / Save (comes in several colors & also small version)

Furry Slides: Splurge / Save (also these under $25!)

Regular Slides: SplurgeSave (more sizes/stores below)

Off-Shoulder Floral Dress

I spent this past weekend down the Cape for a beautiful wedding celebration for one of my college girlfriends. The forecast wasn’t looking great, but the wedding day was perfect – not too hot and also not raining. The next day we had a party on the beach and while the sun wasn’t out, it was fun to have some drinks on the beach in sweatshirts anyway.

Cape Cod Wedding Ceremony

We only have three weddings this year, two of which are this month, and admittedly I was late to the game with picking out something to wear. I picked out a few options on Rent the Runway but decided to take a look at a few other stores before making a decision. Last year, I found a dress I loved on ASOS from a brand called boohoo. I realized they have their own site – oftentimes with 50% off like they do now – with lots of dress inexpensive dress options and free returns.

I looked through the options and ordered two on a whim for $25 each – and luckily, I ended up loving one of them! I got so many compliments on this off-shoulder floral dress and it was so comfortable because of the stretchy material and the fact that it wasn’t tight on my stomach (I like to eat, drink and dance at weddings!). Note that I’m usually a 2 or 4 but the smallest size available was a 6. I went with it and while I probably could have gone a size down, because of the stretchy material, I had no problem with the fit.

Shop this dress using the links below and scroll down all the way for even more dress picks from boohoo. With the entire site 50% off, now is the time to try them out! And I’d love to hear your favorite places to buy dresses to wear to weddings – leave them in the comments!

Off-Shoulder Floral Dress for Weddings

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Dress ($25!) / Block Heel Sandals (also in suede, black, nude)

Bag (also in light pink & black) / Similar Earrings (here, here & here)

Off-Shoulder Floral Dress for Weddings

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks – The Long List

Unless you’ve been living under a social media rock, you already know that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (#Nsale) is finally here. And while on one hand I was sick of hearing about it before it even opened today for Nordstrom cardholders, it actually is a good time to stock up on wardrobe staples that you won’t typically find on sale – that’s what I use it for.

If you’re not a cardholder, head back to this post on July 20th when it opens to everyone. Regardless of when you shop, if you see something you like in your size, grab it – it’s likely it will sell out. But it’s also worth noting that because of Nordstrom’s free shipping/free returns policy, it’s worth checking back if something you really want isn’t available in your size. You’ll see items being sold out and restocked daily until it ends on August 5.

I broke out my favorite items into categories below to make for easy shopping – just click on the small images or links throughout the post (note: these are affiliate links, which means for every item purchased, I earn a small commission). And if there’s something in particular you’re on the hunt for, leave a comment and I’ll help you track it down! This post ended up waaaay longer than expected, so stay tuned for a post for home picks and other finds on Facebook, Twitter & Insta!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Finds #Nsale

CLOTHING

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings: If there’s one thing you buy in this sale, these should be it. I’ve been wearing this pair for years and have pretty much convinced everyone I know to get a pair too. Last year I also added the moto version to the mix and love them with sneakers and slides.

Athletic & Leisure: Stock up on your favorite Zella leggings but also don’t forget to check out sale items from some of my other favorite brands, such as Alo and Beyond Yoga. It can be hard to find simple, high-quality athleisure clothes like these black high-waist leggings that I know I’ll wear a ton.

Jeans: If you’re on the hunt for a good pair of jeans and have the patience to go through the buy, try on and return process, I suggest you grab several pairs and do an at-home try-on. There are lots of options to choose from! My picks include any Wit & Wisdom Ab-solution jeans (they have stretch in the waist!) or these white distressed jeans that I have in the regular version from a few years back and love.

Bras: Ok, not the most glamorous thing, but if I need a new bra of any kind – sports, underwire, bralette – this is usually when I grab them. A couple years ago I ditched all of my push-up bras in favor of this brand and haven’t turned back. This light sports bra comes in camo and black – might have to grab one of these! And this one from Sweaty Betty has great reviews – a few colors are in the sale.

Cozy Cardigans, Sweatshirts & Sweaters: Grab ‘em all for fall. I got this one last year and wore it a ton (see here!) – it’s back in new colors and will definitely sell out fast (got it in a medium so it paired perfectly with my faux leather leggings). I also love this twist-front sweater that comes in a fun coral and off-white. You’ll also want to grab any Barefoot Dreams cardigans you can get your hands on while they’re in stock – they are the coziest and sell out quick! Lastly, this pullover is also so soft and was super popular last year.

Sleep & Lounge: My top sleepwear pick is definitely this shirt/shorts set (also long-sleeved/pants version here) – it’s been compared to more expensive version, yet is better quality than the Target version I recently found. These joggers would also get a lot of use and this floral shorts and sweatshirt set are cute – the sweatshirt could also be worn with jeans!

OUTERWEAR

There are SO many good coats and jackets in this sale this year… I had to hold back because I really don’t need anything. But there are very similar versions to items I have and love, so here are some of my favorite picks – and way more in the widget below:

Suede & Leather Jackets: … and a few really good faux options! First, love this year’s Blank NYC suede jacket, which is on sale in 2 neutral fall colors. And at a lower price point, you can grab a faux suede jacket that’s more flowy with a draped front – I have this in another color that I got in the fall and love it because it’s comfortable and lightweight. One new trend that I love is a leather jacket with a removable hood – makes it so you can dress it up or down. Blank NYC is also my fave brand for faux leather jackets, so this one would probably be my pick for under $65 (several colors available), but you can also go with this real leather option that’s on sale for $100 off! Same goes for this one without the hood from the same brand. This flowy faux leather jacket looks super soft and has a similar cut as the suede version I mentioned earlier.

Blazers & Midi Coats: I’m obsessed with knit blazers in particular and there are several affordable, cute options here, here & here. This one is also technically knit but is a bit longer and has a more traditional style to it. For a more traditional option, I love this one, which comes in both black and pink. For longer coats, go for this classic J.Crew find (love the yellow, but there are other colors!) or this one by Leith.

Other: This Patagonia puff jacket will go fast! And I love a good utility jacket in either green or camo (faves here, here & here). And my go-to waxed jacket is almost $150 off – this brand has a great raincoat as well. Last but not least, the zip-up version of the cozy pullover mentioned above will be something you want to live in all fall and winter.

SHOES

Casual Sneaks: If you work in a casual office like me, it’s great that there are so many nice looking sneakers out there that are appropriate for lots of occasions. I love these wedge sneakers (several neutral colors available!), these gold slip-ons, and I’m a sucker for any rose gold options.

Booties: This is a great time to grab a new pair of either black or cognac booties that you’ll wear with everything when fall hits. I even found myself wearing booties through winter last year, favoring them over tall boots. This brand is always a go-to for comfortable, everyday shoes and these low booties look perfect. I love these waterproof booties – they have a 2 1/2 inch chunky heel and come in lots of neutral colors. And these boots remind me a lot of the Sorel wedges I had my eye on last year.

Other: I’m not a heels gal, but I did spot these block-heel mules that I love that could be worn with a dress or jeans. There are also a few cute pairs of neutral espadrilles, including a slide version with tassels. I’m also a big fan of leopard as a neutral, especially when it comes to shoes, so these slides would be a nice wardrobe staple.

BAGS & ACCESSORIES

Gold Earrings: Maybe this is just because I’ve been on the hunt for a good pair of gold hoop earrings, but one of my favorite things in this category was the gold earring selection in the sale. These look like a high-quality, yet not-too-pricey option to try out. And gorjana is a go-to for more dainty options like these thin double hoop gold earrings (which also come in silver and rose gold).

Everyday Bags: I don’t love a ton of bag options in the sale, but there are a few gems… like this Madewell bag that I have in cognac and use all the time (shown here – the version in the sale has perforated holes for extra detailing). And there’s even an expandable Longchamp bag – those are tough to find on sale! This crossbody bag is also one I could see myself using quite a bit, especially in the nude color.

Luggage: I travel pretty frequently and somehow just tried out hard shell suitcases – I’m sold! There’s a great set and also individual suitcase options on sale in a variety of colors, such as rose pink and classic black.

BEAUTY & SKINCARE

Sunscreens: I’m all about quality sunscreens made with good ingredients and both of my favorites, Coola and Supergoop!, both have value sets offered in the sale. Supergoop!’s setting mist is also supposed to be a great product.

Skincare Sets: A few of my favorites include value sets with the most popular products from great brands including options from TULA, Tata Harper and SK-II. Also this isn’t a set, but this jumbo-sized Elemis face wash is another popular find. I also can’t forget the fact that there are a couple different face mask sets, such as this one from Patchology, a brand I’ve been meaning to try out.

StriVectin Neck Cream: I’ve been wanting to try this out all year and didn’t even think of the potential that it would be included in the sale, so today is my lucky day! It has great reviews and I think the neck and chest areas are so important to take care of as I get older.

Makeup Eraser: I recently discovered these makeup eraser cloths and am obsessed. All you need is water to remove even waterproof mascara. Normally 2 of these would cost you $40, but this 2-pack is only $25!

Makeup Sets: There are lots of makeup sets to choose from, but my favorite has to be the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics set. It has the perfect sized smaller version of the Naked2 eye shadow palette, along with their popular setting spray and eye primer.

Silk Pillowcases: Slip recently sent me their silk pillowcases to try out and they are the best! They’re supposed to be way better on your skin than your everyday sheets. I highly recommend grabbing a set!

Lash Serum: While I’m obsessed with my Rodan + Fields Lash Boost, before I used that, I would get a 2-pack of this lash serum every year in the Nsale. It definitely works and this is a great value at nearly $100 off the cost of 2 tubes. (Note: I’m a R+F consultant so feel free to email me at katy @ dailykaty.com to learn more about Lash Boost though!).

Self Tanner: I haven’t tried this one out for myself yet, but have heard that this St. Tropez self tanner is one of the best ones out there. This jumbo size is a great deal!

Candles: I always stock up on candle gift sets during this sale, both for myself and to give individually as gifts throughout the year. There are lots of Voluspa sets available in both regular and small sizes, along with an exclusive diptyque 5-pack that you can only get during this sale.

July 4th Outfit Ideas

Over the past few years, I’ve come to love July 4th. It’s the perfect time to take a few days off and go sit by a beach, especially since so many people take time off around then so work can be quieter than usual. I admittedly have a hard time completely disconnecting when things are busy – my to do list just seems to pile up so high that I can’t wrap things up before I’m out (working on that!).

We are lucky that my in-laws have friends with a beautiful Cape house that they invite friends to stay in over the 4th, so that’s what we’ve done the past two years. But this year, we’re taking our time off out in California, first visiting friends in San Diego and then taking a short train ride up to LA for a big family wedding. We’re sad to leave the pup because we know he would love a vacation like this, but he will be on his own staycation here in the city.

Anyway, there are so many fun, affordable July 4th outfit ideas out there – and there’s still time to grab them for Wednesday and beyond! Many stores will let you order online and pick up in-store now if that makes things easier… and you can still take advantage of online sales that way. Shop below via the links – and then find wayyyy more options by scrolling down to the widget. Best part: almost everything is on sale!

July 4th Outfit Ideas

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Camo Hat / Tassel Earrings / Striped Shirt

Flag Hoodie / Flag Shorts / Sunglasses

Headband / Bathing Suit / Sweatshirt (Men’s – size down!)

 

 Even more options!

Nordstrom Sale Accessories

Ok peeps, it’s almost time to kick off the long weekend finally, but I wanted to pop on here quickly to share some of my picks from the latest Nordstrom sale. These are all 40% off and great picks for summer and beyond, so grab them while they last! Oh and everything here is under $100… most even under $50 or $25!

The gray bag below is one that I’ve had for years – it also comes in black and is affordable when it’s full-price, so even better now. The blush clutch is perfect for wedding season, along with all of the fun earrings (the gold tassels are smaller than the blue ones – click through the links for more colors). The black carry-on suitcase is under $100 – good travel staple. And of course, sales like these are the perfect time to buy things like sunglasses. I also love a fun phone case with the change of seasons and I’ve been looking for a small wallet with a zipper to travel with instead of my giant wallet.

That’s all for today! Hope everyone is signing offline and hitting the road to hang with friends and family while the good weather lasts!

Nordstrom Sale Accessories

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Blush Clutch / Suitcase / Gold Tassel Earrings (more colors!)

Gray Bag (also in black!) / Pink Earrings / Rainbow Tassel Earrings

Love NecklaceSunglasses / Blue Tassel Earrings (more colors!)

Phone Case / Small Wallet (also in black & light blue)

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