It's officially spring and there are so many cute new collections hitting the stores! Check out my favorite new arrivals below (and shop by clicking the photos). XOXO
Happy Friday everyone! This is that awkward time of year where everyone in NY is like "Pleaseeee, I can't take the cold anymore!" Fingers crossed that the weather starts warming up soon because I'm so excited to break out my spring clothes and stop wearing heavy jackets. Check out my March favorite things below, and have a wonderful weekend!
Trader Joe's Everything But The Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend
If you shop at Trader Joe's, do yourself a favor and pop this in your cart the next time you're there. I love it!! It's basically a bottle of the seasoning from everything bagels. I like sprinkling it on roasted veggies for some extra flavor (it's great on brussels sprouts!). I feel like it would also be yummy on roasted potatoes. You can even sprinkle it on top of your cream cheese on a bagel. Delicious!
Keep It! Podcast
I was never a podcast person and I never really understood why people always went on about them (I can be stubborn and avoid things that people keep telling me I "have to" do/see haha). But this year I've started listening to them on my commutes and I really do love it. The Keep It! podcast is one of my favorites. It's about the week in pop culture and it really catches me up on everything happening and cracks me up! I've definitely laughed out loud on the subway listening to this. Highly recommend it!
Dr. Teal's Epsom Salts
I've recently started taking baths for the first time in my adult life and it's become one of my favorite ways to relax and recharge. I probably do a bath about one night a week and I use Dr. Teal's Pure Epsom Salts. You can find them at Target and they come in a variety of scents. I've tried a bunch and I love them all for different reasons. Epsom salts help to ease sore muscles (which is great after a long week of hunching over a computer or during my period) and detox the stress hormones from your body. I love that Dr. Teal's are scented with essential oils. They smell so delicious! I also recently read that a hot bath burns as many calories as a 30-minute work-out. Sign me up!
Dating Around on Netflix
Adam and I had so much fun watching this reality show together! Each episode features a different New Yorker going on a bunch of blind dates, and then they surprise the viewer with who they decide to meet for date number two. We loved guessing who they would choose and laughing about the awkward moments, etc. I'm so curious if any of the couples will end up together long-term!
It's getting to that point of winter where I'm getting sick of all of my clothes, missing the sunlight, and waiting for the weather to start getting warmer. To cheer me up, I've been loving checking out all of the amazing new spring styles starting to hit my favorite websites!! I am so excited to start wearing lighter fabrics and brighter colors. Bring on spring! Click the photos below to shop my favorite new arrivals. XOXO
Happy February everyone! We've made it to the shortest month of the year! I hope you've all warmed up after that crazy cold spell we had. If not, here are some of my current favorite things! I hope they warm your heart and bring joy to your life like they have to mine. XOXO
Thrive Causemetics Filtered Effects Soft Focus HD Setting Powder
This stuff is amazing!! I've tried a lot of powders over the years, never finding one that I was crazy about, but I've finally found my one true powdery love! I love the way this stuff feels on my skin (soft and light, not at all cakey) and it really does help to blur any pores or imperfections to give a nice even, soft-looking complexion. It even feels hydrating in a way. Plus I find it really fun the way the powder comes up through the mesh sifter - no mess on my bathroom counter! Seriously, give it a try (plus it's vegan and paraben free).
Available at www.thrivecausemetics.com, $35
Sex Education on Netflix
Adam and I just finished the first season of this new show on Netflix and we loved it! It's basically about a group of high school students coming-of-age in England and it's funny, smart, and relatable. If you're looking for something to binge-watch, give it a try!
LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask
My lips get so chapped this time of year, so I've been slathering this on every night before bed. It feels so good and hydrating and it smells nice too! You just rub on a layer before bed and then you wake up with softer lips. It has really worked for me this winter!
Available at Sephora, $20
S.W. Basics Original Cream
I have been rubbing this stuff all over my face before bed and I definitely feel like it's helping with dryness and giving me a nice glow. It only has three ingredients!! How amazing is that?! It really is clean beauty with ingredients you know and can pronounce: shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil. It goes on pretty thick (and my boyfriend jokes that I makes my face shiny), but putting it on before bed feels so good. I wake up with hydrated, soft skin!
Available at Target, $19.99
I've seen a few bloggers posting recaps of their favorite clothing purchases of 2018, and I loved it so much I'm doing the same! Isn't it the worst feeling when you spend money on something and then barely wear it?! These pieces I'm sharing below have gotten so much use in my wardrobe and can be worn in so many ways. They were worth every penny and I recommend them 100%. If you're trying to build a closet full of items you'll love and wear constantly, these are a good start. Happy shopping!
Cozy Blanket Scarf
I am obsessed with this scarf! It's so warm and oversized, it's like wrapping yourself up in a warm hug. If you live in an area with cold winters, you need a blanket scarf in your life! I promise you will wear it constantly. This one from Anthropologie is my favorite because it comes in a bunch of gorgeous colors (I have the hunter green but I also love the charcoal grey and the light pink) and the fringe detail makes it extra special. The material is super soft and the price is great!
Available at Anthropologie, $48
Lace Cami Bralette
Every woman needs a good bralette in her wardrobe. They are perfect for adding under a low-cut or sheer top when you need more coverage, or for throwing on when you're lounging around at home. I've purchased many a bralette that I ended up not liking, but this style from Carly Jean Los Angeles is my absolute favorite!! I have it in several colors and I wear them all so much. They are comfortable and hold me in place, and they look pretty layered under tops.
Available at carlyjeanlosangeles.com, $18
I invested in these shoes last spring and I am so glad I did. I wore them allllll summer long with pretty much everything. I love the way the white pops with my outfits, and they are comfortable enough to wear when I'm on my feet all day exploring the city. They took about two wears to break in, and then they were molded to my feet and fit perfectly. I cannot recommend these shoes enough as you get your closet ready for spring and summer! They are worth every penny and will last for years.
Available at Zappos.com, $99.95
A Leather Crossbody Bag
A good leather handbag is an investment that will stay in your wardrobe for years. Last year, after my favorite black purse broke, I purchased this crossbody from Madewell. I use it almost every day in the winter and I love it! The size is small enough that I can easily toss it over my shoulder, but roomy enough that it can fit my wallet, phone, keys, gum, lipstick and a small book. The quality of Madewell bags is fantastic. I highly recommend!
Available at Madewell, $128
Denim Overall Shorts
I couldn't write this post without mentioning my trusty overall shorts! I got them at Gap last spring and wore them at least once a week all summer long. They are so comfy, but look put together, and they can be styled in so many different ways. I wore them over a crop top for a daytime bachelorette party, over t-shirts for casual weekend outings, and under cardigans and crewneck sweatshirts as the weather got chilly. They were such a great investment piece. This pair isn't available anymore, but you can find similar styles at ASOS, Urban Outfitters, and Madewell, and I'm sure Gap will have another pair this spring.
A good pair of black leggings is a must! But it can be hard to find a pair that's comfy, good quality, and not too thin/sheer. In 2018, I discovered these leggings from Lou & Grey and they are my new favorites! They are lined with a super soft fleece material and are the perfect thickness. They're not too tight or high-waisted, but they're extremely comfy and flattering. I wear mine all the time, at home with my slippers and t-shirts, or outside under tunics.
Available at Lou & Grey, $39.50
As I scroll through my social media these days I mostly see engagement announcements, pregnancy announcements, and birth announcements. I am definitely getting to that age (haha!). Although I am not yet at any of these stages in my life, I’m sure some of you are! So, I decided to partner with this amazing website, Basic Invite, and share their services with you.
Basic Invite has the cutest templates for invitations, announcements, holiday cards, etc. and their site stands out because everything is so customizable. I always want to be unique and I tend to run away from anything generic, so I love that they give you over 180 color options when you design your invitation and an instant preview online, plus 40 different envelope colors (and their envelopes are peel and stick, so no annoying licking required). You can really make the invitation your own and reflect your personal style.
Another thing I love is their “try before you buy” custom sample service. Before you commit to ordering your invitations, they’ll actually send you a printed sample so you can see exactly what your design will look like. I feel like that takes so much of the stress away! You don’t have to place your final order until you love what you see.
Basic Invite has everything from thank you cards and stationery to wedding invitations and business cards, but I wanted to share a few of their customizable baby shower invitations with you because they are so unique and cute and so many of you are starting to have families! There are so many design options, whether your style is more intricate and bohemian (click HERE to see their bohemian baby shower invitations) or simple and clean. Check out some of my favorite designs below:
If you’re planning an event and are looking for the perfect invitation, definitely give Basic Invite a look. Right now, you can get 15% off your order with code 15FF51. If you end up ordering, I’d love to see what you design, so please share! Happy event planning! XOXO
Thank you to Basic Invite for sponsoring this post. All opinions expressed are my own.
My name is Abby Formella and I'm a 27 year-old working girl living in the lovely borough of Brooklyn, New York.