Five on Friday: Back to School for Adults

I’ve seen a ton of back to school articles and posts about what to get your kids to go back to school, but I thought it would be fun to get a few “back to school” items for myself:

1.Ted Baker Magnolia Stripe Tote ($279)

Every kid needs a new backpack to start of the new year. As an adult, I am more interested in a work tote to carry my laptop and notebook to and from work every day. I just fell in love with this tote.

Ted Baker

2. Erin Condren Life Planner ($60)

I love getting a fresh planner every year and my favorite planner over the last few years is Erin Condren’s Life Planner. I love the fun stickers and all of the organization opportunities.


3. Kate Spade Journal ($22)

I use a notepad every day at work and Kate Spade makes it all a little bit more fun.


4. Kate Spade All Occasion Card Set ($30)

One of my goals this year was to be better about sending birthday cards to my close friends. I also thought it would be great to have some on hand for last minute occasions. I loved the idea of this card set and would love to add additional cards to the box.


5. Louis Vuitton Business Card Holder ($350)

I loved the look of this business card holder. I had a silver Kate Spade holder, but it is SO scratched up now that I need a replacement.


What is on your adult back to school wish list?

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Friday Favorites

Spring 2016 Favorites

It’s time for spring (thank goodness)! I am beyond ready to say goodbye to old man winter this year. Here are a few of my favorite things to get you in the mood for spring:

Faux-Leather Zip Top Clutch ($19)

I LOVE this color and I am a sucker for anything ombre.

Ombre clutch

Vince Camuto Off the Shoulder Blouse ($89)

This off-the-shoulder look is HOT for spring. I also like that this has straps.

Vince Camuto

Jessica Simpson Claudette Pumps ($79)

I have been jonesing for a pair of hot pink pumps for a while now. I could have a lot of fun with these!

OPI You’re Such a BudaPest

I love this periwinkle lavender color for spring and can’t wait to get this on my nails ASAP. This also comes in the gel color.

You're Such a BudaPest

Modern Sprout Garden Jars ($54)

Spring means time for planting! So I thought it was the perfect time to refresh my window garden.


Kate Spade Pretty Petals Ear Pin ($59)

I’ve wanted one of these earrings for a long time and I LOVE the flowers. These are SO perfect!

Ear Pin

Ralph Lauren Floral-Print Jersey Dress ($144)

I love that this is both springy and black, because black is my favorite color to wear. I also love pops of color. Ralph Lauren dresses are my spirit animal, they always look amazing.

Ralph Lauren

Nike Roshe Run Sneaker ($85)

These would have been perfect for my Pantone Color of the Year post. I need some new shoes and I love this pattern – so girly girl!


Very Sexy Now Eau de Parfum ($52)

I got this in a rollerball version and LOVED the smell of coconut water. It reminds me of the beach.

Very Sexy Now

Vanilla Beach Flower Candle ($24.50)

Speaking of coconuts, this candle takes the cake. It smells like vanilla flower petals, sheer coconut and soft beach musk.

Vanilla Beach Flower

What are your favorite things for spring?

You can also check out my Spring 2015 and Spring 2014 Favorites.

2015 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It’s here! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is upon us and I wanted to give you the lowdown to make the most of it. Right now, the sale is open to Nordstrom card holders until July 17th when it is open to the public. Now don’t worry, you don’t have to get a store credit card, you can get a Nordstrom debit card that hooks up to your bank account sort of like PayPal. It gives you all of the same points and perks that card holders get without racking up a big debt. You can read more about it here. This year’s sale runs until August 3rd, but you want to get your favorite items early in case they sell out.


Here are some of my must haves from this year’s sale:

1. Kate Spade Glitter Stud Earrings (Sale $24.90, Originally $38)

I have a number of these already, but the glitter ones have been out of stock for a while so I snapped up the multi glitter ones right away. I may also need to take a second pass for the silver glitter pair.

kate spade glitter studs

2. Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 5 Breathe Training Shoe (Sale $74.90, Originally $100)

You can always use a new pair of sneakers.


3. Zella Live In Capris (Sale $28.90, Originally $44)

I have a pair of Zella capris and I love them. This is the best time to stock up so I figured I would start with the basic black.

Zella live in capris

4. Smashbox Studio Pro 10-Piece Brush Set (Sale $89, Originally $225)

What an amazing deal and a great opportunity to refresh your brush set.

Smashbox brush set

5. Michael Kors Slim Runway Crystal Bezel Chronograph Bracelet Watch (Sale $183.90, Originally $275)

The Anniversary Sale is a great time to invest in a Michael Kors watch. Iadded this one because I need a plan silver watch to add to my collection.

Michael Kors watch

6. Kendra Scott Rayne Stone Tassel Pendant Necklace (Sale $52.90, Originally $80)

I’ve wanted one of these for a while and you can’t beat this price!

Kendra Scott

7. MAC Look in a Box – Fashion Lover Lip Kit (Sale $29.50, Originally $47)

This includes the Flat Out Fabulous color, which is one of my Summer Favorites.

MAC lip set

8. Adrianna Papell Scalloped Crepe Sheath Dress (Sale $78.90, Originally $110)

You can never have enough black dresses and I love how this one has a little cap sleeve.

Adrianna Papell

9. Michael Kors Essex Hobo (Sale $218.90, Originally $328)

This bag is a classic, so gorgeous!

Essex Hobo

10. Kate Spade Avaline Aviator Sunglasses (Sale $109.90, Originally $165)

I sort of love these…who doesn’t need a pair of aviators?

kate spade aviators

11. Tahari Angelina Zip Collar Leather Moto Jacket (Sale $199.90, Originally $300)

I really wanted a moto jacket last year, but never got one. This is awesome and a great deal.


12. PMD Personal Microderm Device (Sale $106.53, Originally $159)

I’ve been meaning to write a post about the PMD because I LOVE it! I got mine a while back before they had different colors, but I totally would have wanted a pink one!


13. Jessica Simpson Carlette Ankle Strap Pump (Sale $69.90, Originally $109.95)

I love these in the red!

Jessica Simpson

14. Poncho & Goldstein Custom Wine List Wall Art (Sale $46.90, Originally $70)

This would be amazing in our new home!

wine art

15. Hue Ultra Wide Waistband Leggings (Sale $23.90, Originally $36)

I’ve talked about these leggings before and they are still awesome. The sale is a great opportunity to stock up before the fall.


There are many more amazing deals, so just use this as an opportunity to stock up for fall!

What are your favorite picks from the Anniversary Sale?

Summer 2015 Favorites

It’s summer, summer, summertime…time to sit back and unwind. That is exactly what I plan to do this summer. I’m not teaching this semester and I plan to enjoy every second of it with John in our new house! Since Sunday marked the first day of summer, I thought it was time to share my summer favorites with you.

Kate Spade Pineapple iPhone Case ($45)

I’m sort of loving pineapples right now and they scream summer, so I figured a fun summer iPhone case would be a great way to lighten the mood.


Layered Split Back Cami ($23.99)

I love hot pink anything for summer and I love this split back cami!

split back cami

OPI Chiffon My Mind Nail Polish

I have noticed women sporting white nail polish lately and sort of love it for summer. I reviewed a few different colors and decided that I like Chiffon My Mind the best because it has a slight sheen to it.

OPI chiffon my mind

Vince Camuto Crochet-Trim A-Line Skirt ($73.99)

I really wanted a white eyelet skirt for summer and I liked the length of it and the pattern.


YSL Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy Glossy Lip Balm ($34)

This is one of my favorites, I love 004, the Succulent Pomegranate color. I got it a while back when Emily Maynard wore it on the Bachelorette, but I’ve finally used it all up and need another. This is sheer, almost like lipbalm but provides a great pop of color!

YSL volupte

Sam Edelman Grella Sandal ($66)

I really need a pair of gold flat sandals and I’ve had these on my list for a while. They are so elegant.

sam edelman

Bath & Body Works Coconut Vanilla Candle ($22.50)

I am in an island/coconut type mood so why not turn my house into a tropical paradise this summer?


Kate Spade Lily Avenue Kiki Clutch ($171)

I need a plain black clutch with gold embellishments to use when I have gold jewelry and accessories. I loved the scalloped detail on this clutch for summer.

kate spade lily

FlashTat ($25)

These are gold foil temporary tattoos that you can use to accessorize. They last about 4-6 days so you can have fun with them on a weekend or summer vacation.


Another Love Song Maxi Dress ($40)

I love a maxi dress for the summer…it is cool, comfortable and easy to throw on in a hurry. It’s basically like wearing your pajamas out, but fancy. I just need to keep building my collection.


I would love to know what your summer favorites are?

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You’re Invited: Kate Spade The Sky’s the Limit

I was generously offered the opportunity to host a party at Kate Spade at the Somerset Collection this Sunday, November 16, 2014 to celebrate the launch of the new holiday collection. Kate Spade is also offering my readers 25% off any purchase they make at the event! If you are in the area on Sunday, I hope you can join us!

Kate Spade Holiday Collection

I was thrilled when I saw the new holiday campaign for Kate Spade. I LOVE Las Vegas and having the catalog inspired by old Vegas glamour is right up my alley. They also recruited Anna Kendrick to be the face of their campaign. These pictures are fabulous and I can’t wait to shop this collection. You can check out the entire lookbook here.

vegas 2

Here are my favorite pieces from the upcoming holiday collection:

Wine Totes ($28)

There are two different versions of this adorable wine tote. These would look awesome as hostess gifts.

wine tote


I just love this! So beautiful!



I love my Kate Spade stud earrings, but they have blown them out of the water with this sparkly version. A definite holiday must have!


Tippy Sweater ($268)

This is the perfect holiday sweater, this only problem is deciding what color to get.



This would be the perfect clutch for a Vegas or casino trip!

card clutch


I love the sparkly component on this shirt.

cards tee


This is just so feminine, I love it!

feather clutch




Another great Vegas piece.



This comes in gold as well.

bow clutch



What are your favorite pieces from this collection?

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Friday Favorites: Cute Desk Accessories

When I was in school, I loved getting new binders and folders and color coding all of my classes. As an adult, you don’t really get a first day back to school, so I thought it would be fun to share some cute fun desk accessories that would help give a fresh start to any office. Here are my top five favorites (warning…this post might be all Kate Spade focused, because she just makes really cute stuff!):

1. Kate Spade Talk is Chic Notebook ($18)

For my job, I have to track billable hours. Some people do it differently, but I like to write it down in a notebook and then enter it into the system at the end of the day. What PR gal doesn’t need a fabulous notebook?

talk is chic

2. Kate Spade Let’s Do Lunch Business Card Holder ($20)

I had a faux leather business card holder, but it tends to get gunked up in my purse, so I needed a new one and this is just darling.

lets do lunch

3. Kate Spade Pen Set ($19)

Each pen has a fun saying. Green: from the desk of, Purple: so well composed, Red: to whom it may concern, Pink: yours sincerely, Blue: what’s the word.


4. Kate Spade Acrylic Pencil Cup ($24)

Now that you have pens, you are going to need a fun pen holder. This one says “Stroke of Genius.”

pencil cup

5. Kate Spade Picture Frame ($29)

I can’t have a desk without have a picture of John on it and I love pink, so this works for me.


What are your favorite desk accessories?

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Friday Favorites: I’m So Fancy

As the title says, I LOVE the Fancy song by Iggy Azalea and it inspired me for this week’s Friday Favorites…but you already knew…

1. I’m So Fancy Shirt ($16.99)


2. JCrew Roxie Glitter Suede Pumps ($328)


3. Ily Couture Bouquet of Flowers Necklace ($36)


4. Michael Kors Pin Dot Logo Scarf ($40.99)

michael kors

5. Kate Spade Skinny Mini Bow Ring (on sale for $32.16)


What items make you feel fancy?

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Kate Spade Hello Tokyo Party Recap

I was recently invited to host a party at the Kate Spade store at the Somerset Collection to celebrate the launch of the new Tokyo Collection. Here is the original post. I want to thank all of my readers and friends who came out to support me. I had a blast and wanted to share some photos with you.

The entrance to Kate Spade featuring the new Tokyo Collection

The entrance to Kate Spade featuring the new Tokyo Collection

They provided fun macaroons and ginger tea for us

They provided fun macaroons and ginger tea for us

My cute salesperson Morgan

My cute salesperson Morgan

Fun photo booth pics

Fun photo booth pics

My friend Stella is stylin

My friend Stella is stylin


I love these girls!

I love these girls!

After the crazy week I had with the basement sewage, this was a welcome escape. I ended up treating myself to the Kate Spade Small Square Studs, the Find the Silver Lining Idiom Necklace, Day Tripper Earrings and Say Yes Keyring:


idiom necklaces

daytripper earrings


We had a great time and we are already planning the next event. Stay tuned for more details!

You’re Invited: Kate Spade Hello Tokyo

I was generously offered the opportunity to host a party at Kate Spade at the Somerset Collection next Thursday, August 14, 2014 to celebrate the launch of their new Tokyo Collection. If you are in the area next Thursday, I hope you can join us!

Kate Spade Invitation

In honor of the new collection, I took a special trip to the store to photograph some of my favorite pieces to share them with you.

Kate Spade Small Square Studs ($38)

I couldn’t find this particular color online, but these are a great blue/green/purple color that sort of changes depending on the angle. I already have the studs in clear and pink/gold.


Idiom Necklaces

I didn’t see these online, but I loved these necklaces, the gold one says “Good as Gold” and the silver one says “Find the Silver Lining.”

idiom necklaces

Happy Hour Flask ($40)

I’ve mentioned this flask before, and own it myself.


Day Tripper Earrings ($48)

daytripper earrings

Say Yes Keyring ($48)

I loved this keyring because it looks just like the one from the first Sex and the City movie.


Hello Tokyo Clutch ($298)

hello tokyo

Cedar Street Maise ($298)

The Tokyo Collection promotes these bright new colors and I love it!

maise maise2

Karolina Pump ($328)

These aren’t in the Tokyo collection, but still a staple in the store, I love the sparkle!


Kate Spade Lana Pump ($350)

I ended up getting these for myself during a ridiculous sale and paid less than half of the price, so yay!


Denim Kimberly Dress ($548)

I loved the novelty of this dress, the denim with the embellishments…so cute! This is perfectly on trend for fall.


What are your Kate Spade favorites?

5 on Friday: Anniversary Edition

It’s time for another edition of Five on Friday with A Liz AdventuresThe Good Life BlogHello Happiness and Carolina Charm.

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My husband and I are approaching our third anniversary on May 7th – can you believe it’s been three years already?! Time flies when you’re having fun! I read that William gave Kate a £4,000 Cartier watch before they left on their recent trip to Australia as an early anniversary present. While I don’t think that is in the cards, I figured I would post my own list (and hope the the hubby reads this post, lol!). The third anniversary is all about leather, so here are my favorite leather gift ideas:

1. Kate Spade Cedar Street Tote ($268)

This was on my Spring Favorites list because I LOVE the color. It would be a great bag to have this summer.

kate spade

2. Michael Kors Selma Satchel ($358)

This is my look for less from Olivia Pope’s amazing Prada bag. It looks the same and would be a great power bag.


3. Tory Burch Reva Bombe Clutch ($299)

One of our friends had this clutch and I just fell in love with it! I can’t decide if I like the black or pink version better…or maybe both! The black one is available on Amazon, but you have to search the pink one here on eBay.

tb reva black

tb bombe reva pink

4. Sperry Angelfish Boat Shoe ($90)

I started looking for a boat shoe when I broke my foot and then decided that they would be perfect to wear around in the summer when my foot gets tired. I like the gold/linen color because I think it would go with everything.

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5. Michael Kors Sondra Sandal ($99)

These are chic and comfortable. I think I like the luggage color best, but the Mandarin ones would be perfect for Tiger’s games.

MK sondra

What leather gifts would you put on your anniversary wish list?

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