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 slathering 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, but putting in 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.
If you're trying to make 2019 a healthier year, you need to check out my favorite vitamin brand, Ritual!
A few years ago when I was feeling "off" and extremely anxious, I went to the doctor for blood work and found that (along with having an anxiety and panic disorder) I was deficient in a few key vitamins. I started taking a bunch of different vitamins and supplements, and it was extremely annoying trying to remember to take them all, figuring out the right time to take them so I wouldn’t get nauseous, and figuring out which nutrients I actually needed to take/how much I needed. I was always carrying around a baggy of vitamins to take with my food, and I wasn’t even sure if they were making me feel any better.
Fast forward to a few months ago when I finally caved and ordered Ritual's multivitamin for women. I had been reading tons of positive reviews about them on social media and their ads were everywhere, but their website is what sold me. They go in depth and are really transparent about where each of their nutrients come from, what they do for your body, and why women need them. Their vitamins are vegan and are formulated to work with the vitamins you already receive from your food, so you aren’t overloading your body with too much of anything, which was always a worry for me, particularly with iron.
I started taking the vitamins every morning (they send you a little sticker calendar with your first shipment to help remind you to take them) and I can honestly say I’ve noticed a difference. I found that I was waking up a bit more easily in the mornings (and I hate mornings) and even my PMS symptoms seemed to be more manageable. Another thing I love is that they use special vegan capsules that don’t dissolve until they’ve reached your small intestine, which means even when I take them first thing in the morning before I eat, I never feel nauseous, and the vitamins are released at the part of my body where they are best absorbed into my bloodstream. I take my two capsules in the morning when I wake up and I’m good for the day!
Oh! And the capsules are scented with peppermint essential oils, so they smell refreshing and amazing! So, if you’re feeling like you need a boost and are looking into vitamins, I cannot recommend Ritual enough. They offer a subscription service, so every month without doing anything I receive a fresh bottle of vitamins just as my current bottle is running on empty (for $30 per month). It has honestly been such an enjoyable experience and I really feel that it has made a difference for me.
If you give Ritual a try, let me know what you think in the comments. I hope it works for you too! Have a healthy new year! : )
PS- They've also just launched a prenatal, for all of my pregnant/thinking about getting pregnant readers!
This post contains affiliate links. All opinions expressed are my own.
'Tis the season to be shopping... fa la la la la la la la la!
Okay guys... it is officially December, which means we are all scrambling to think of thoughtful presents for everyone on our list! Some people are easier than others, so I thought I'd compile a little collection of ideas to get your gift-giving juices flowing. Happy shopping, and remember to take some time to breathe and enjoy what you have this holiday season!
An "Adventure Blanket" from Tribe + True
This place has my favorite outdoor blankets! They are absolutely gorgeous and such amazing quality (handwoven by Mexican artisans). I gifted this fish style to my boyfriend a few years ago and we use it constantly for picnics and concerts in the park. It's a piece that will last for years and years -- perfect for the outdoorsy hipster, camping fanatic, or picnic lover in your life.
Blankets range in price from $50-$70, click HERE to shop
An electric toothbrush from Quip
I have been wanting to switch to an electric toothbrush for a while now and I've heard amazing things about Quip! It helps you brush for the recommended amount of time and vibrates to remind you when to switch sides of your mouth. Plus, you get fresh brush heads delivered every three months. Also, it's just super sleek and cute! This is a great gift for the person who appreciates product design and fun gadgets, or that someone who is super into oral hygiene.
From $25, click HERE to shop.
A "Hygge" Necessities Kit
Hygge is a relatively new/trendy term in the US lately, but it's basically the Danish word for coziness, comfort and contentment with loved ones. To give the gift of hygge, just put together a gift basket with everything they'll need to enjoy winter hibernation.... cozy socks, The Hygge board game, a delicious scented candle, fancy tea or cocoa (and a cute mug to enjoy it in), a warm fleece blanket, and The Little Book of Hygge. It's a no brainer everyone will love!
An essential oil diffuser and starter oils from Rocky Mountain Oils
There's something so cozy in the wintertime about turning on your diffuser full of relaxing oils and then curling up in bed with a book or movie. Essential oil diffusers make your home smell good (without the worry or smoke of a candle) and they are so calming! Gift someone a diffuser (like this) and a selection of oils to get them started. I'd recommend Lavender, Grapefruit, Sacred Immune Strength, and Eucalyptus as starter oils!
Disclosure: I am a Rocky Mountain Oils affiliate, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will receive a commission if you click the link above and make a purchase. I use Rocky Mountain Oils in my home and endorse them because I believe in their products . The opinions expressed here are my own.
My go-to essential oils brand, Rocky Mountain Oils, just released a brand new "chakra-inspired" product line, and I was lucky enough to get to take it for a test drive before it launched earlier this month! I already love all of their other oil roll-ons, so it was so fun to try this seven-piece set. These chakra roll-ons are extra special because each one is designed to be applied to a different part of your body, and each rollerball is made of a different gemstone. They're so pretty!!
If you don't know what chakras are, they're the seven various "energy centers" throughout your body (you might hear about this during yoga or meditation practice, or during studies of Buddhism and Hinduism). Apparently, each chakra corresponds to a different aspect of your emotional, physical and spiritual well-being and has a unique purpose. Being aware of each of these chakras is supposed to help balance your mood and energy.
While I'm not sure that I 100% believe in chakras, I do think they each represent an important part of our lives and selves that we need to pay attention to and take care of. The root chakra (feet and base of spine) reminds us to stay grounded, trust our inner instincts, and remain connected to the beautiful planet around us. The sacral chakra (lower abdomen) reminds us to pay attention to our emotions and follow our passions. The solar plexus chakra (upper abdomen) reminds us to be confident in our abilities and personal power. The heart chakra reminds us to show love to ourselves and the people around us, and to be open to receiving love from others. The throat chakra (the one I usually need the most focusing on) reminds us to use our voices to speak up for ourselves and others and to remain true to ourselves. The third eye chakra (between the brows) reminds us to keep an open mind and work towards understanding. And finally, the crown chakra (top of head) reminds us to pay attention to the joy and peace found inside ourselves and the world around us.
I started applying the oils to each chakra every night before bed and it was actually a really relaxing ritual that helped me wind down before going to sleep. I love the root chakra blend because it feels really good when I roll it onto the soles of my feet -- like a gentle foot massage. The heart chakra roll-on is another favorite because it smells great and I love the rose quartz rollerball. It's also strangely calming to roll it on over my chest. And, of course, I like applying the throat chakra because it reminds me (a person who hates raising her voice) to not be afraid to do it when necessary. Click HERE to learn more about the new RMO Chakra Collection!
Disclosure: I am a Rocky Mountain Oils affiliate, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will receive a commission if you click the links above and make a purchase. I use Rocky Mountain Oils in my home and endorse them because I believe in their products . The opinions expressed here 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.