5 Random Things to Love

Cannot wait for a long weekend over here! Little family, friends, beach & relaxation on the agenda. Today I’m trying something new and random… “5 Random Things to Love,” which is literally what it sounds like. To start off, I’m sharing my acupuncture mat, the only cleansing wipes I actually like, my favorite sandals and more.

Speaking of randomness, before I jump into the 5 things, I wanted to share some quick thoughts about the blog. You may have noticed I’ve been a little quiet. I’ve had some things going on outside of work/blog life, but aside from that, there is a long list of blog posts I want to get up but for one reason or another have been to overwhelming to finish.

With that, I’m going back to why I started this blog – sharing things I love in no particular order. I’m OK with not having a specific niche and it’s easier to take posts to the finish line when they relate to what is actually going on with my life, whether it’s products I’m using, an occasion I’m shopping for or a trip I’ve gone on.

My blog and social posts won’t be perfect, but I think this blogging world is heading back in that direction and I’m here for it. Especially after reading this article – I follow so many influencers that travel all over the world and it actually saddens me thinking about the fact that many aren’t even enjoying their trips because they’re too focused on getting the perfect shot.

Anyway, back to the point of this post – my 5 random finds. Try them out!

5 Random Finds

1. Acupuncture mat: Full review on this coming soon, but I love this acupuncture mat set. I have carpal tunnel that comes from pressure in my upper back and when I can’t get to real acupuncture, I’ll lay on this while watching TV and really do notice a difference. Highly recommend as a good way to de-stress and relax as well! While I think $40 is very well spent on this mat and headrest set, it looks like there are even less expensive versions that look very similar here and here.

2. Gold Birkenstocks: It has not felt one bit like spring, let alone summer, here in New England. I was pretty happy about bringing out my gold Birks last weekend. They’re my go-to sandal for summer – they’re comfortable and go with everything. Also considering getting these black ones this year after getting so much wear out of the gold last year. Also available here.

3. Vineyard Vines for Target: This sale wasn’t quite as the Lilly Pulitzer sale several years ago, but it was still chaos in my store. I was able to snag a few cute things in-store and others online. Many things are sold out, but if you check back on the website as returns come in, you’ll find that some come back in stock for shipping. I love the baby blanket shown in the pic, these swaddles and this lobster/striped beach bag (it’s big and lightweight!). There are also lots of fun pillows still available.

4. Burt’s Bees Micellar Cleansing Towelettes: I’m into skincare, but there are some nights or days when I’m traveling that I just don’t feel like properly washing my face. I’ve tried so many cleansing and makeup remove wipes over the years and none work better than these. I have no idea what white cypress oil does, but I love the thick yet soft texture of these, which are made with repurposed cotton and are free of parabens, phthalates and fragrance. I just ordered this 3-pack when mine ran out (single option here).

5. Reusable Stasher bags: In that same Amazon order, I finally went ahead and grabbed us some Stasher bags. They’re plastic-free reusable storage bags you can put in the dishwasher, microwave, fridge, freezer, stovetop and oven. To be totally honest, I don’t really understand how this is possible with silicone, but I’m into it and would love to stop using so many plastic baggies and even plastic tupperware. Stasher bags come in all different colors and sizes (I bought the snack and sandwich sizes).

5 Target Finds – 4.15.19

I do most of my shopping online, but there is a pretty good Target right down the street that I like to pop into for random things or when I feel like I have nothing to wear but don’t want to spend money.

For example, last year, I discovered their Universal Thread line and got a few different pairs of shoes for spring. And since then, I’ve noticed the same line has great, affordable clothing basics as well.

With that, today’s 5 Target Finds include two picks from Universal Thread – slides and an $8 t-shirt that comes in lots of colors and in a t-shirt dress style – along with earrings from Target’s BaubleBar line and a few home decor pieces.

5 Target Finds

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T-Shirt / Dress (also striped here)

Tan Slides (also black)

Black Slides (also cognac) 

Earrings – Top, Middle, Bottom

Mirror / Vases – Left / Right

1. Soft t-shirts & t-shirt dresses: My standard spring outfit for both work and play includes jeans and a t-shirt, so I’m always on the hunt for comfortable, good-quality and affordable options. I recently picked up a few simple Madewell t-shirts and tanks from Nordstrom Rack, but then spotted these soft t-shirts on the latest Target run – for $8! The fabric differs slightly on some of the colors/prints – the dark gray and navy were the ones I bought and they are so soft. The t-shirts and dresses also come in plus size.

2. Woven slides: I got these slides (available in cognac & black) last year and got so much wear out of them that this year, I ordered these tan woven slides that are a very light neutral color. I got my regular size, but also would have been fine a 1/2 size up. I also love that the version I have from last year comes in a 2.25 inch block heel.

3. Acrylic hoop earrings: BaubleBar is my go-to for jewelry, especially statement earrings, and I love that Target has the SugarFix by BaubleBar line for even more affordable options. The three acrylic hoops they have now come in a few different colors and are all under $13. This clear and rose-colored 2-pack is only $14 right now! For lots more acrylic earrings, visit this post.

4. Gold mirror: If you keep an eye out, you can find home decor that looks much more expensive than it really is at Target. This gold mirror is definitely one of those finds – it’s under $65 and would be perfect over a mantle or really on any wall.

5. Blue & white vases/jars: I bought a bunch of ginger jars for our mantle recently and now love the added touches of blue in our living room that complement the colorful rug. I’m very into these blue and white vases – would be perfect for flowers on the coffee table or on their own on a shelf.

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!

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 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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Bathroom Makeover with Target Opalhouse

While it certainly doesn’t feel like it, spring is finally here and I’m feeling the urge to make updates around the house. As you may have seen in another recent post, one of the things that sparked me taking action was the launch of the Target Opalhouse collection (more on that here, including all of my picks for every part of your home).

First up: the bathroom I call “mine,” which is technically connected to our spare bedroom, but my husband and I each took one since we have 2 full bathrooms. When we moved, we literally took everything from our 1-bedroom, 1-bath apartment and plopped it into the guest room. Now it’s 8 years later and while we did get new bedding for the spare bed a couple of years ago, the bathroom has remained untouched.

Bathroom Makeover with Target Opalhouse

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Shower Curtain / Bath Mat (another option here)

Tissue Holder / Soap Dish / Toothbrush Holder

Soap/Lotion Dispenser / Waste Basket (similar)

Towels (other here & solid colors here)

Gold Frame (similar) / Watercolor Print (similar)

 

I had no idea how much of a difference something as simple as a shower curtain could make. Our old one was brown – I think I was trying to decorate in as gender-neutral of a way as possible! – and it made the bathroom seem so dark when you were actually taking a shower. I always thought it was because the bathroom didn’t have any windows/relatively crappy lighting, but now that I have a light shower curtain, that problem is gone! I also love this one – but ultimately decided to go with more of a blue/green vibe.

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Ornament Gifts for the Last-Minute Shopper

How crazy is it that Christmas is less than a week away! I was so organized and had most of my gifts purchased before December event started… and then I had a big lull and need to finish up this week. Ornaments are such a good last-minute gift idea – and this year you can take that idea up a notch with all of the beauty, skincare and even home-themed ornaments that come with presents in them! The packaging is so fun and you can either gift them as-is by hanging them on the tree or give them as stocking stuffers.

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I’m sharing details on some of my favorites below – and you can shop even more at the bottom of this post by scrolling and clicking on the ornaments in the widget. Grab an ornament gift online or at stores like Sephora, Ulta or Target. What are your favorite stocking stuffers or low-cost gift ideas that come in cute packaging?

 

Ornament Gifts

 

1. Nest Candle: You can’t go wrong with a candle from this brand. They’ll make your house smell like a luxurious spa. The ornaments come in the best holiday scents that will make you want to go back for a bigger version.

2. IT Cosmetics CC Cream: I tried this out for the first time last week and have been loving it! It’s lightweight yet still gives you nice coverage that actually stays put. Extra bonus is the SPF 50.

3. amika Dry Shampoo: I’ve always heard great things about this but have yet to try it out. Might have to grab this ornament to try it out as a travel size and take it on my next trip!

4. Too Faced Mascara: This has been one of my go-to mascaras for years (I tend to switch them up and layer depending on where I’m heading). It gives you lots of volume and people are obsessed with it.

5. BeautyBlender: Almost New Year, so probably time to either replace yours or grab one for the first time – it’s a game changer when it comes to applying things like CC cream or foundation. I just learned the best way to use it is by running under water first so it doesn’t absorb all of your makeup!

6. Clinique Merry Moisture Set: This comes with their popular moisturizing lip balm crayon and face lotion. These products are a pretty safe bet for anyone who likes to at least wear a little lip color.

7. thisworks sleep tight: This is perfect for a new mom or someone who needs a good night’s sleep. It comes with 3 essential oil products – 2 pillow sprays (one to help you fall asleep, another to keep you asleep) and a de-stressing aromatherapeutic rollerball that will relax you for bedtime.

8. Philosophy Bubble Bath, Shower Gel & Face Washes: You can’t go wrong with any of these – they smell so good. They also have some of their popular face lotions in ornament packaging.

9. Buxom Full-On Lip Polish: I always come back to this brand for lip gloss – and this one will give you a nice gloss that also works over your favorite lip color.

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Thanks to Nest, IT Cosmetics, Buxom and thisworks for sending samples to try out! This post contains affiliate links.

Pineapple Everything

We’ve barely even had a winter (or at least any snow) and yesterday felt like spring. Fine by me! So until the warm weather is finally here to stay, I’ll be dreaming of all things summer… starting with my latest obsession with pineapples. I want gold pineapples everywhere in the house (love this candle!), my weekly planner has pineapples on it, and I’ll be heading to Target later today to pick up this pineapple one-piece bathing suit. Need it all!

Shop the post using the links below – and don’t miss out on my Rodan + Fields skincare giveaways one post back!

Pineapple Everything

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Salt & Pepper Shakers / Tank / iPhone Case (c/o Casetify)

Romper / Cocktail Shaker / Pool Float / Planner

Backpack / Ice Cube TraySmall Serving Dish (& Large)

Bracelet / One-Piece & Two-Piece Bathing Suits

All that Glitters Gift Guide

I can’t be the only one with a minor obsession with all things gold, so today I’m sharing a gift guide with all things glitter and gold. My current iPhone case is glittery and everything about it makes me happy, and I need to get my hands on these glitter sneakers. Also, gold works for pretty much anything around the house since it goes with browns, blacks and other neutral colors.

In particular, right now I’m loving the Sephora Formula X Bottle Service nail polish set. I’m wearing “Ignite” in the second pic below and it’s the perfect deep red for winter and the holidays. The set comes with 10 different mini nail polishes and the festive champagne bottle packaging makes it an easy, fun gift. Just throw a ribbon around it and you’re good to go! Bonus points if you also give it with a real bottle of champagne.

All of the items below would make great gifts for a friend, coworker, yankee swap or for yourself! Shop them all using the links below.

All that Glitters Gift Guide

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Earrings / iPhone Case / Water Bottle

Sneakers / FitBit Bracelet / Coasters

Pineapple Tumbler / Wine Bag / Blazer

Sephora Formula X Bottle Service Nail Set (c/o)

Champagne Flute / Bag / Notebook

Tray / Coffee Mug / Eyeshadow Palette

 All that Glitters Gift Guide