Friday Faves – 2.22.19

Keeping today’s Friday Faves short & sweet, scroll down to view my latest posts and miscellaneous things I’m loving! I’m a klutz and burned my finger making lunch – work from home problems.

Ready to get on the couch and continue my Game of Thrones binge. My husband read an article that said there was time to binge the whole series before the final season (he has always watched, I have been boycotting since 2011) and I gave in and started. We’re starting season 3 tonight!

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Shop this faux plant here!

Recent Daily Katy Posts:

2019 Valentine’s Day Gifts (but all still great purchases for yourself or year-round gifts!)

Green Juice Recipe

5 Leopard Print Staples

Target Bathroom Sets (still can’t decide which one to keep!)

Interesting Reads & Recent Finds:

A case for spending your money where you spend the most time.

And another interesting read on why you should stop scheduling your free time.

Finally getting AirPods for my birthday – heard good things about this Amazon find for keeping them on during workouts.

More Marie Kondo organization tips… video on how to fold miscellaneous items.

Want everything in the new Jungalow travel line from Justina Blakeney at Target! The suitcases in particular are so fun.

AWAY just came out with a rose gold version of their aluminum “Bigger Carry-On” and I really want it.

Love this modern, gold/glass nightstand. It’s basically what I want for my living room coffee table, but for your bedside.

Wish we had room for this cute dog bed! Looks like actual furniture… but for pups.

Being a total fan girl and bought tickets to The Bachelorette’s Kaitlyn Bristowe live podcast tour. If that’s not for you but you’re a fan of The Bachelor, check out her latest episode with The Bachelor himself, Colton.

Got my first Everlane purchase in yesterday and love it so far! This sweater is going to be a go-to – great quality.

Heading to the Omni Mount Washington in New Hampshire next weekend and can’t wait!

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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Top: Soap Dispenser / Soap Dish / Tray / Cup

Bottom: Soap Dispenser / Vase / Dish / Hand Towel

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!

Valentine's Day Gifts

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!

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.

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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Target Holiday Decor

Yesterday’s post was all about fun ornaments for your home & to give as gifts (the sale is still going on – 20% off!) and today I’m back with Target holiday decor… & lots of it. Not only that, Target is having a home sale this weekend, so now is the time to gear up for the holidays with 25% off!

I love having our condo decorated for the holidays. At my mom’s house growing up, we had cathedral ceilings in our living room and would hunt for the biggest tree we could manage bringing home. That’s not possible in the city, but we still do a good job of getting in the holiday spirit over here! This year we are heading away on vacation around the time we usually decorate, so we unfortunately won’t get as much time with our festive decor as usual, but I can’t complain about spending some time on the beach in December.

Read on for my favorites from Target’s holiday decor selection – and don’t miss out on the sale!

Target Holiday Decor

Shop My Picks:

TOP (shop the whole room here):

Merry Xmas Stocking Holder / Garland

White Reindeer 1 & 2 (also in black) / Reindeer Candle Holder

Red GinghamWhite Gingham & Red Plaid Stockings

BOTTOM (shop more from this line here):

Plaid Pillow / Advent Calendar (also love this one) / Letters to Santa

side note: also love this coffee table shown above!

 

Target has SO many holiday decor options that it’s actually overwhelming. Below are several other things that caught my eye!

Target Holiday Decor

Shop My Picks:

Red Glitter Topper Bow / Wicker Tree Base Cover / Advent Calendar

Pom Pom Tree Skirt (also in off-white)Gold Lobster & Crab Ornaments

Nordic Star Blanket / Merry Xmas Garland Banner / Napkin Rings & Napkins

Unicorn Ornaments (& cutest owls!)Station WagonTruck with Tree (ornaments here)

Red Berry Wreath (also this one for 1/3 of the price)

Red & Green Dog Bow Ties / Tree & Penguin Dog Toys

Ornament Gifts from the Anthropologie Home Sale

I love decorating for Christmas – and for me, the best part of it is decorating the tree. Ornament gifts are the best way to think of whoever gave it to you or a special memory that was had. I was an only child for many years and there was always something so special about decorating the tree with my mom with the ornaments she had collected. Aside from getting dressed up for Halloween, Christmas has to be her favorite holiday.

I remember getting so excited about pulling out our ornaments – each year it was like I had forgotten about them and rediscovered them all. There was one Wizard of Oz set she still has that had each of the characters and then a mini version of the book. I would sit there and read that book to myself for hours – the whole thing is even on home video. Ever since then, I’ve collected ornaments and I get that same happy feeling filled with memories as I open up the boxes that have been stored in the attic since the year prior, whether it’s at my house or my mom’s.

Ornament Gifts Anthropologie Sale

Shop the ornament set above here

Over the years, my mom and I started a tradition that my husband I have also adopted, which is picking up an ornament everywhere you travel. It’s fun to look back on amazing trips we’ve taken in the form of trinkets on our tree. Another thing I do here and there is make ornaments out of photos – we did this with our wedding and a few other special occasions and there are lots of sites to do this on like Shutterfly.

Whether you’re into hunting for your own ornaments throughout the year or not, they make great gifts. This morning, I saw Anthropologie is having a 20% off home sale and now is the time to pick a few up for yourself and as gifts! There are lots of cute ones that can tie in well with the personality or interests of whoever the recipient is. If someone gave me the everything bagel ornament, they’d be speaking to my heart.

Here are a few of my favorites – and you can view the whole collection of Anthro ornaments here. The 20% off sale is for all full-priced home items, which also includes fun gifts for kids, along with hostess gifts and items for your own home!

Ornament Gifts Anthropologie Sale

Shop the Ornaments:

Dogs / Unicorn / Cheers / Macarons

 Everything Bagel / Palm Tree / Oyster

Camel / Mermaid / Rainbow / Hamsa