Wednesday, October 22

Winter bag essentials

The weather has really been giving me a scare lately. Rain? Gusts of wind that will almost blow you over? I think it's safe to say that winter is coming, which is sad to me considering fall weather is flying by so quickly! Before we know it, we won't be able to step out of the house without a coat (remember when it snowed in October last year?). 

Knowing this, the contents of my purse are certain to change with the temperatures. The cool, dry air calls for having some very essential things on hand at all times...



gloves
When the wind is whipping and all you want to do is hold your coffee without your hand falling off, gloves are a must. I love these adorable LAUREN by Ralph Lauren gloves ($58 $46); the leather is gorgeous, but the touch technology fabric lets you use electronics with them on. Genius!

scarf
Okay, this might seem a little excessive (how big is this bag, anyways?), but I think it's always smart to have a scarf with you! You never know when the wind will pick up. I love this Barbour for J.Crew Tattersall Scarf ($70).

hand lotion
Again, I am all about moisturizing during the winter. I love L'Occitane's Shea Butter Hand Cream ($12) to keep in my bag for dry skin emergencies.

snack
I swear I'm hungrier when it gets cold. I legitimately go into hibernation mode and go for comfort food and don't look back. Having a snack in your bag is a great way to avoid eating an entire bag of chips; I love Clif Bars! The White Chocolate Macadamia Nut bars ($6 for 6) are like a really yummy cookie that will fill you up.

pocket tissues
There will be a time when your nose is running and won't stop, or you sneeze at an inopportune time. Have these on hand, always. Kleenex (10 for $5) will get the job done.

back-up charger
With freezing roads and dangerous driving conditions, it is always good to have a back-up charger in case of emergency. I have one in my purse year-round; This Triple C iBbost Mini Power Bank ($30 $23) is slim and easy to hide away in a pocket of your purse.

bobby pins
Static WILL get the best of you, and you'll be happy you had some simple bobby pins ($2) to keep everything in place.

lip balm
You will get chapped lips as the days get drier, and there are a ton of great options. You can splurge on Clinique's Superbalm Lip Treatment ($15), or save on Blistex's Lip Medex ($2).

airborne
I try to take this immune support supplement ($15) as often as I can remember come winter. Your body can use the extra boost of vitamins when you're riding the metro and get coughed at or sneezed on at least five times.


XO
Amanda

Tuesday, October 21

If we all threw our problems in a pile...



Life hasn't been the easiest it has ever been for me lately. Living in an apartment with an approaching end date, struggling through busy days at work, not getting to see my boyfriend as much as I'd like... Just general stress. 

But then I saw this really amazing quote from Regina Brett, above. It really hit home with me because while it can be hard to appreciate everything that you have, above all, you have to know that there are people out there struggling more than you could ever imagine, and no situation is ever permanent. 

Even though I have my approaching move-out date and I am going to have to commute to the city from home, at least I have an amazing place to live (and a fall-back place to live in my parent's house). While work has been stressful and overall exhausting at times, at least I have a job and am able to support myself. And even though I don't get to see Eric as much as I want to, at least I have a boyfriend that I love so much, that I miss him when I don't get to see him.

The "glass half-full" perspective is really the way to go. It helps me to keep some clarity, know that I will eventually get past the tiny hardships that I encounter, and it makes me available to be a more positive person for others. I think that this general time of stress and worries is temporary; I tend to overthink things (especially big changes) and they make me anxious as I'm waiting for the ball to drop. My goal for the next month is to try to take life one day at a time, enjoy my current situation while I can, and allow myself to get excited while preparing for what's to come!


XO
Amanda

Monday, October 20

Sales galore

J.Crew Factory
code LEAVES
30% off full-priced items, 40% off clearance, free shipping

    


Vineyard Vines
code FF14
25% off full-priced items, 40% off clearance, free shipping over $125

Anchor Print Shep Shirt   Skinny Gold Belt   Placed Aran Shawl Cardigan


Banana Republic
code BRSAVE
30% off your purchase

       
Monogram Cutout Sheath $140 $80 $56
Capra d'Orsay Flat $118 $100 $70
Piped Tweed Sheath $140 $80 $56


XO
Amanda

Sunday, October 19

What a week

This week was busy with work, but full of fun, as well! I have some good things to look forward to, and some new workouts to keep up with. 

I'm probably at her skill level... (Credit: Radiance Power Yoga)
yoga
I signed up for a week of unlimited yoga at a nearby studio, and let me just say that I love it! I had done yoga before a couple of times in college, but it was usually in a gym workout room, which didn't do much for relaxation. At The Studio DC, everything is very eclectic and welcoming, and I really enjoyed my experience.

If you've never been, you can sign up for a week of unlimited yoga for $20, or a month of unlimited yoga for $50. I highly suggest trying it out (especially for those who are like me and don't find much time to sit down and relax)!



shopping sales
So many sales this week. I know we had Columbus Day at the start, but I still can't believe how many have popped up in my inbox! I managed to splurge a bit on a couple of items that I had been wanting for a while. First, I got a new pair of J.Crew Andie Chinos. I have them in British Khaki, but wanted something a little more fun! I also finally got a new necklace; I feel like I've been repeating the same ones so often.

I'm going to a gala in a couple of weeks and needed a really amazing pair of metallic shoes to wear with my gown, and found this absolute steal from Dolce Vita, the Riso shoe, which only set me back $169 $26! Finally, now that I started yoga, I decided to get a new pair of yoga pants from Old Navy (they're only $15!). I love the subtle leopard pattern!


maryland homecoming
This week was homecoming at the University of Maryland, and I was lucky enough to go to the game! I always love returning to campus and getting to relive college a little. We tailgated, and sat in the student section to watch a Terrapins win! It was a great time, and the weather was great. I bundled up in a red Gap boyfriend sweater ($60 $30 $18 code SHOP), J.Crew pixie pants ($98), and Sam & Libby for Target riding boots ($55).

  


georgetown gala
Next Friday, I'm so excited to go to the Fly Me To The Moon Georgetown Gala! My friend invited me, and I get to dress up in a gorgeous gown, stunning heels, and get my hair done at Blowout Bar. I can't wait to see the amazing outfits and have a fancy night out. Pictures to come!



XO
Amanda

Friday, October 17

Kate Spade Friends & Family Sale

With all of these Friends & Family sales going on lately, I'm going to go broke... However, I did manage to buy my very first Christmas gift of the season. (Is it really that time already?) Now that we're at the end of October, it's officially time to start thinking about gifts for family and friends, so these sales are coming at a very good time. 

30% off everything
Code: F14FFUS

I can't believe some of these deals; because you can get the 30% off sale items as well, you can really get a great item for a low cost! I have the Cherry Lane Stacy wallet, and I truly love it. It is so easy to use, and simple in its design. This cuban plum color is to die for! 

Kate Spade came out with a new book just recently, and you can get it for a steal at $28. It's a great find for a coffee table book, and it has very cute imagery inside. My final favorite is the Gramercy Grand watch. Kate Spade has the best watches, and this one is simple and pretty. (The one on my Christmas list, though, is the Metro, on sale for $195 $137!) Happy shopping!


UNDER $100


Cherry Lane Stacy $100 $70 $49
Skinny Mini Bow Ring $48 $33 $23
Bridal Cluster Studs $78 $29 $20
Bon Voyage Annabella $148 $59 $41
Travel Umbrella $58 $41
Adra Top $198 $118 $83



OVER $100


Gerona Flats $258 $154 $108
Gramercy Grand Watch $225 $158 
Wool Capelette $678 $475
Iola Heels $350 $175 $123
Henry Lane Lulu Tote $378 $189 $132
Charles Street Kenton Bag $398 $238 $167


XO
Amanda

Wednesday, October 15

Shopbop Friends & Family Sale

This sale is so good because Shopbop has the best prices on designer pieces! I love the variety of designers, and when they have a 25% off sale, you can really go wild with your favorite brands. Make sure to use code FAMILY25.

I've been wanting a pair of mules, and I love this black suede pair from Schutz. I also own a pair of the Kate Spade New York Gayla Sunglasses, but totally left them on the sidewalk and they got stepped on this year on vacation! Total bummer, but since they're such a classic, I always know I can find them again. This price isn't half bad, either! My roommate just bought a Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress for only $70 at an outlet (I KNOW!), so when I saw this, it had to go at the top of my list. Finally, I've been loving Kate Spade's watches for a long time, and you really can't beat this price.

What did you pick up at the Shopbop Friends & Family Sale?



left to right, top to bottom
Schutz Quereda Suede Mules $180 $135
Kate Spade New York Metro Classic Watch $195 $146
Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Monday Cross Body Bag $148 $111
Jeffrey Campbell In Love d'Orsay Flats $90 $68
Diane von Furstenberg New Julian Two Wrap Dress $298 $224
Kate Spade New York Gayla Sunglasses $138 $104
Lulu Frost Coquille Stud Earrings $132 $69
Missoni Woven Chevron Gloves $110 $83
Elizabeth and James Vogel Cuff $95 $71
Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair Bag $295 $221
Pour La Victoire Gia Ankle Strap Pumps $245 $129


XO
Amanda

Decorate with HEMNES

Traditional furniture stores can be very expensive, especially when you're looking to furnish a new apartment, or stay under a certain budget. If every piece of furniture is $500, you could be left with your head spinning! Enter the HEMNES collection from IKEA. 

I really love the classic shape of this furniture, and how nice it looks even up close. I've had the HEMNES bed frame for about two years now. It has endured two moves, having an air mattress instead of a real mattress for months (college problems, right?), and it has still held up after being taken apart and put back together. I'm really impressed, especially with the inexpensive price tag. With that, I'm starting to think about how to decorate a new apartment by incorporating my bed, and I realized that the HEMNES line extends far past bed frames!

I love the shape of the furniture, but the dark knobs don't appeal to me much. I think some bright gold would do a lot to make these fit into a bright room! 



BEFORE


HEMNES Chest with 2 drawers IKEA Made of solid wood, which is a durable and warm natural material. The drawer insert is perfect for small things.HEMNES 8-drawer dresser IKEA Extra roomy drawers. Smooth running drawers with pull-out stop.HEMNES Desk IKEA You can collect cables and extension cords on the shelf under the table top, so they’re hidden but still close at hand.
Nightstand $100
Dresser $230
Desk $279




AFTER

Glinted Prism Knob $8 x 2 = $16
NIGHTSTAND TOTAL: $116
Barrel Oval Knob $5 x 8 = $40
Byzantine Knob $10 x 4 = $40
DRESSER TOTAL: $310
Glinted Prism Knob $8 x 2 = $16
Rose Knob $5 x 1 = $5
DESK TOTAL: $300


P.S. If you're looking for cute decorative storage, check out this KVARNVIK box with lid for $17!


XO
Amanda

Tuesday, October 14

Chunky sweaters and pencil skirts

Walking to work this morning, I noticed a girl about my age wearing a totally adorable outfit. It was comfy yet business casual, and I immediately thought through in my head how I could pull off the same look.

Sweaters are coming out everywhere, especially the cable-knit cotton ones. I love a thick sweater for a cool day, but it isn't always easy to make these look appropriate for work. For a casual Friday, sure, but not a busy Monday. However seeing this girl wearing a pencil skirt with hers got me thinking; can I be cozy and professional at the same time? Well, I'm setting out to do just that. See my favorite sweater-skirt combos on sale now!


Sweater: H&M $30
Skirt: H&M $25
OUTFIT TOTAL: $55


Sweater: Gap $55 $33 $23 code happy
Skirt: Diane von Furstenberg $275 $124
OUTFIT TOTAL: $147


Sweater: Zara $20
Skirt: J.Crew Factory $85 $42
OUTFIT TOTAL: $62


Sweater: L.L.Bean $79 free shipping
Skirt: J.Crew $130 $110 $77 code shopfall
OUTFIT TOTAL: $156


XO
Amanda

Monday, October 13

Fall-tastic

This sale is unbelievable. Looking for basics? Amazing pieces for fall without breaking the bank? Old Navy is having a sale where a ton of their pieces are up to 50% off, and you get another 20% off your basket before purchasing. WHAT? If you're trying to save, you will find anything and everything for less here. 

There are tops for $5, skirts for $10 and accessories below $5! This is the ultimate stock-up event; don't miss out. The catch? It ends tonight. Get to shopping!


          


          


           


              


                
Penny Loafers $30 $12
Felt Cap $15 $6



XO
Amanda