Favorite Purses for Travel

I came to the realization recently that crossbody bags make the best bags for travel. I normally carry a tote bag, but I decided to take a crossbody on my recent trip to Chicago. It was so nice to have both hands free, and I was able to use my crossbody bag as a sling to hold my jacket while touring the city.

When searching for a good crossbody for travel, I wanted to find a bag that was both functional , stylish, and didn’t scream “tourist”.

Below are my favorite bags that I’ve found:

The Pearl

 

  • Lo and Sons Pearl Crossbody: This bag has so many different functions packed in to it. It has a special padded pocket for a mini tablet, organizers for your passport, pen, journal, key leash, and more. It’s also made of two types of leather that are both water-resistant and light weight. In addition, it can convert to a clutch. This bag retails for $248, but the site usually has sales and if you sign-up for the mail, you get a code for 20% off.

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  • Henri Bendel Jetsetter Convertible Backpack: I just recently purchased this bag and I love it. It converts from a backpack to a crossbody with the snap of the strap. The version I purchased isn’t waterproof, but the nylon versions are. I debated between the mini and the regular size, but decided to go with the mini since it would be more proportional with my height. The mini holds quite a bit including a water bottle, mini tablet, and camera. It ranges from $250 – $298 depending on the size and fabric. Henri Bendel usually has sales periodically, so be on the lookout for them to snag it at a great deal.

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  • Michael Kors Jet Set Crossbody: I currently use this bag as my everyday bag. It’s been pretty durable against rain. It comes in a variety of colors and different types of leather. It normally retails for around $168, but you can normally find it on sale at department stores though it might be select colors.

 

What’s your favorite bag for travel?

As always, Happy Shopping!

-C

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Review: Hario Cold Process Brewer

When Starbucks introduced their Cold Brew Coffee this year, I was hooked. I love cold brew coffee, since it has less acidity compared to normal coffee and has a natural sweetness to it. After researching different brewers, I decided to purchase Hario’s brewer to make my own batch of coffee.

Hario Cold Process Pour-Over Immersion Brewer

What it does : Uses cold water to make a batch of cold brewed coffee

Cost: $24.95

Where to buy:

  • Amazon
  • Williams-Sonoma
  • Bed, Bath, and Beyond

Verdict: I love this cold brewer! It’s so easy to use and saves me $5 a day, since I can now brew my own delicious cup of ice coffee. It is a little difficult to clean the filter, but it’s pretty simple to make. Each pitcher makes me enough coffee to last a week.

Have you tried cold brew coffee yet?

As always, happy shopping!

-C

How Charming!

I’ve always wanted to have a charm bracelet, but I never took the time to collect charms for them. When I saw the Disney Princess theme charms from Pandora, I decided I want to create a special Disney theme bracelet. Plus, I like that the Pandora Charm bracelet doesn’t comprise completely of dangle charms.

Currently, select Pandora stores are hosting presales for their bi-annual bracelet event. When you spend $100, you will receive  a free Pandora bracelet (valued at $65) or you can pay the difference and upgrade to a different one. Even better, some stores allow you to receive multiple bracelets for every $100 you spend!

Here’s my favorite bracelet:

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Below are some charms on my wishlist:

Cinderella’s Dress

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Starry Heart

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Pooh in a Honey Pot

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Do you currently own a Pandora Charm bracelet?

As always, happy shopping!

-C

 

Gifts For The Bride – Under $30

With some of my friends getting engaged recently, I have some upcoming bridal showers and bachelorette parties to go to!

Below are some gifts for the bride, all under $30:

Mini Ring BoxMini Ring Box

  • Henri Bendel Mini Ring Box ($24): This ring box is adorable from Henri Bendel and it’s the perfect place for your friend to store her ring. It comes in an array of colors to choose from and I love the little bow on top. It’s also on sale for 50%!

Twilight

  • Lush Bath Bombs ($4.95 – $8.95): Create a spa gift basket for your friends with these awesome bath bombs. Just purchase a basket from the dollar store and fill it up with some bath bombs for your friend to use to de-stress from wedding planning.

  • Victoria’s Secret Cotton Panties (5/$27.50): What’s a bachelorette party without buying fun lingerie for the bride? You don’t have to spend a lot and can get cute & sexy designs like the one above from Victoria’s Secret. I love the allover lace collection as it’s flirty and comfortable.

  • Bridal Hanger($5):  This is always a fun gift to personalize with the bride’s future last name. This Etsy shop sells them for $5, but you can always do a search and see other styles/designs.

 

What are your favorite bridal gifts to give?

As always, happy shopping!

-C

 

 

 

Lush Holiday Favorites

Every year after Christmas, I look forward to Lush’s BOGO sale on their holiday items. I was introduced to Lush a few years ago from a friend on my birthday. Lush products are all handmade products and the company’s famous for their bath bombs. I’ve actually never tried one before, but I am a fan of all of their other products, especially shower jellies and massage bars.

Below are my favorite items included in their annual Buy One, Get One Free sale: Some of these products may be sold out online, but check out your local store. They’ve also been doing restocks online periodically, so maybe you’ll get lucky.

  • Christingle Body Conditioner: This is my first time trying their body conditioner, and so far so good. My skin is so smooth and I like the cool feeling on my skin when I stop out of the shower. I might stock up on this product, as the cooling sensation is a great way to beat the summer heat.

Christingle

  • Buche de Noel Facial Cleanser: Ever since I found out about Lush’s annual BOGO sale, I make sure i try to stock up on this facial cleanser. I love that it’s all natural ingredients and my skin always fills so clean and smooth after use. It does get a little bit messy to use through, but it’s worth it! I tend to refrigerate mine so it lasts longer.

Bûche de Noël

  • Santa’s Belly or Snowman: Lush’s shower jellies are one of my favorite items. They’re so much fun to play with and such a unique concept. I always stick mine in the fridge so that it feels so cool and refreshing to use. You just need a small amount to squish and lather with it. Plus, their jellies always have a special surprise like glitter.

Santa's Belly

  • Santa’s Lip Scrub: Unfortunately, my lips tend to get dry and flaky this time of year. This lip scrub works wonder, plus I love the fact that it’s cola flavor. It does stain things red though, so be careful when trying to remove it. My other favorite flavors are the Popcorn and  Mint one.

Santa's Lip Scrub

These are a few of my favorite thing. I hope next year, there will be a Christmas theme massage bar!

Do you use Lush Products?

As always, Happy Shopping!

-C

Holiday Gift Guide – The Homebody

It’s officially the Christmas Season! I’ve been listening to Christmas Music non-stop since Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite time of year because I love trying to find the perfect gift for everyone at a great bargain!

Here’s my gift guide for The Homebody in your life:

  • The Dreamers Flannel Pajamas: $39.50 – I love curling up in bed with a pair of comfy pajamas. This collection from Victoria Secret is a nice light flannel that comes in an array of prints. Use code “MOSTLOVED” online for a free sleep tank. You can also go in store to, but the pajamas unfortunately aren’t on sale for that same price.
  • Netflix: $7.99 a month, Gift them a subscription of Netflix, to binge watch all of their favorite shows or introduced them to new ones!

  • Draper James Coaster Set: $35 – I’m a sucker for coasters. I have a bunch all over the place in my living room. I love that these cute coasters have fun sayings. To maximize this gift even more, split up the coasters and add a bottle of your favorite wine or sparkling drink. Just wrap it all together in a cellophane bag or tissue paper, and you have an instant hostess/thank you gift!

Garett Cozy Throw

  • Garett Cozy Throw: $29 – I love how soft this throw is. It’s fun to wrap yourself up in it while watching a movie on the couch. or adding it on to your bed as an extra layer of warmth.
  • Naughty or Nice Shea-Infused Lounge Socks - Bath & Body Works   - Bath & Body Works
  • Bath and Body Works – Shea-Infused Socks: $8.50- These socks really soften your feet by wearing and have grips on the bottom so that you can wear them as slippers too!

Have you started your holiday shopping?

Happy Shopping!

-C

Check, Please!

I’m a huge fan of plaid, and I love that stores start to carry more items with the check print during the holiday season.

Here are a few of my favorite things with this fun print under $50:

Buffalo Check Salad Plate, Set of 4

  • Buffalo Check Salad Plates: $49.50 for a set of four: Add these salad plates to your next dinner for more color on the table. I love that the print reminds me of my favorite plaid shirt. You can either dress up a table or keep it casual with this plate.

Garett Printed Cozy Throw, 50 x 70

  • Garett Printed Cozy Throw: $27: This throw is so soft that I just want to stay in bed with it. I currently have mine on my bed, but you can throw it over a couch or keep it in your car. It’s perfect as a gift for white elephant.

Adam Lippes for Target Bar Set with Carrier - 7 pc

  • Adam Lippes for Target Bar Set: $15 : I believe it’s sold out online, but I found my set at my local Target. If you’re looking for bar tools or needs a great hostess gift, this works perfectly, just add a bottle of your favorite liquor or drink mixer. The tools all have a pretty good weight to it too, and the carrier allows the tools to be easy to transport.

  • The Dreamer Flannel Pajamas: $39.50: After watching New Girl, I fell on the Pajamas bandwagon. I purchase some from Victoria Secret and I love how comfy they are. Now is the best time of year to purchase them, as they’re usually on sale and you can usually receive free gifts with purchase or secret rewards.

Are you a fan of plaid?

As always, Happy Shopping!

-C

Disney Pin Trading

On my recent trip to Orlando, my sisters and I participated in Disney’s Pin Trading. It was a really fun experience that allowed us to interact with some Disney Cast Members and collect unique souvenirs. We’re looking forward to doing it again, the next time we visit Disney. Prior to the the trip, I had a vague idea of pin trading due to reading some Disney Boards/Blogs, but I thought it was pretty expensive. Typically, pins can retail at around $8+, and a starter set including a lanyard starts at $20+.

Luckily, we stopped at the Disney Character Warehouse in one of the Orlando outlets, before venturing to Disney World. We were able to snag a 2015 Pin Starter set (1 lanyard and 4 pins) for $10. My sister also purchase a set of 2015 Pins for $15, which gave us around 3 more pins each to trade.

Below is my pin collection: I’m a big fan of Pooh, so I tried to collect as many cute Pooh pins as I could.

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My Pins!

The steps for Disney Pin Trading is pretty easy:

  1. Meet a Disney Cast Member wearing a lanyard or other pin accessory with trading pins.
  2. See if there’s a pin on their lanyard with your favorite Disney character/icon/ride/etc… that you would like to trade for.
  3. Trade your Disney pin with them.

Here are my tips on Pin Trading:

  • Visit the Disney Character Warehouse before heading over to the parks. – We were lucky that we were able to find such great deals on trading pins, especially a starter set.  Plus, if you’re in need of some pins, they’re usually marked at least 50% off retail. This is a great way to get some pins that you can use later to trade for the ones you want.
  • Buy From Ebay, but beware of counterfeits and fakes. – If you know beforehand that you’re going to Disney, see if you can find some cheaper pins on Ebay. Just make sure that the seller is selling authentic Disney pins. Do some research before purchasing, as a Cast Member won’t trade you if your pin is a fake.  This seller sells a lot of 25 pins for $50 which equates to around $2 a pin. The seller is one of the recommended Ebay sellers from some of the Disney Boards. It might seem pricey, but if you’re splitting it with others, it’s much cheaper than buying a few sets at the Disney Parks. Also,you can  use any lanyard to stick your pins. I recommend it be at least 1″ – 1.5″ wide as some of these pins are bulky.
  • Pick a Theme – Picking a theme beforehand, such as your favorite character like I did with Pooh, will allow you to focus on collecting that one collection of pins. This will save you some money as you’re not trying to collect everything (ie: needing more pins to trade), and trading only when you see a pin for your theme.
  • Don’t Expect to Trade for Exclusive Pins: If there’s an exclusive pin, like the ones from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas, go ahead and purchase it. It’s very unlikely that a Cast Member will have this pin for you to trade. It’s better to just purchase it, and spend more time enjoying the Park, than trying to find a Cast Member with your pin.

Most importantly, Have Fun! Pin trading was pretty cool, because I can look back at some of the pins and remember where I was when I traded for it. If you’re looking for a unique Disney souvenir, consider Pin Trading.  It might be better than getting a t-shirt, as you can use it again later when going back to Disney. The pins also work great as push pins for a cork board!

Do you participate in Disney’s Pin Trading?

As always, Happy Shopping!

-C

 

Costco Designer Deals

When you hear the word “Costco”, you’re probably thinking of a giant warehouse with your every day household needs. Surprisingly, I found a bunch of great designer deals that make my Costco membership worth it!

These are my favorite deals, all under $100!

Kooba Leather Hobo Bag – I love Kooba bags. The leather is so soft and buttery. This hobo bag comes in this gorgeous tan color and black. It’s priced at a 50% discount than if you were to find a Kooba bag in a similar style.

Kooba Leather Hobo Bag TanHunter Rain Boots: These are such a great steal if you can find it in your size. The boots are priced around 40%+ off retail, depending on the style and color. You better act fast, as these boots have been selling out like crazy. Though some styles are listed as “back-ordered”, Costco can’t guarantee the boots are coming back in stock.

Hunter Ladies’ Original Tall Gloss Rain Boot-Black

UGG Blanche Robe: If you’re  an UGG fan, then this robe is for you. Wrap yourself in the comfy fleece, that UGG is known for. You can find this robe on the UGG website, at a much higher price,  but you do have more color options than the Gray and Cream available at Costco.

UGG® Ladies’ Blanche Robe-Gray

Badgley Mischka Swarovski Watch: I’m not normally a fan of watches, but I do like this one. It looks likes it could pass off as a bracelet if you don’t see the watch face. I’m a fan of their evening wear, and this watch matches their design aesthetics. There are other designs to picks from, and they’re all priced at 50% off other retailer’s prices.

Badgley Mischka Swarovski Crystal Accented Silver-Tone Women's Watch

Columbia Ladies’ Fast Trek II Jacket: When I went skiing this year, I purchased a Columbia jacket, and the inside was  a fleece jacket similar to this. It did keep me warm, and I was able to wear just the jacket when I went out and about on the touch. Costco has select colors on sale at 50% off retail.

Columbia Ladies’ Fast Trek™ II Full Zip Fleece Jacket-Hyper Purple

There are more deals online, but the above are my picks. If you don’t have a Costco membership, it might be worth considering if you find a great deal like those above!

As always, Happy Shopping!

-C

Starbucks Bottled Iced Coffee Review

Like hundreds of people, I’m a Starbucks Addict. I love their variety of iced coffee drinks, as I don’t like drinking hot drinks. Luckily, I stumbled across these gems at the grocery store. They only cost $3.99 a bottle, and each bottle makes six 8 fl oz cups.

Starbucks Iced Coffee Caramel

Caramel Iced Coffee

This drink is delicious. It’s already sweet and has a good flavor. I just add some milk and I’m good to go.

Starbucks Iced Coffee Caramel Macchiato

This drink tastes exactly like a caramel macchiato once you mix it up!

I’m so glad my local grocery store started to carry these. I normally spend about $5 for a drink at Starbucks, and this one bottle lasts me a week, saving me $25!

What’s your favorite drink at Starbucks?

As always, Happy Shopping!

-C