11/24/17

Camo + Leopard | My Black Friday Sale Picks







Vest - SAM (included in the Shopbop sale!) | Sweater - Banana Republic (super old but similar on sale here and here) | Scarf - Club Monaco (similar here) | Leggings - Spanx (included in Shopbop sale!) | Sneakers - Golden Goose (similar here and here) | Hat - Asos (similar here) | Sunglasses - Illesteva

Happy Black Friday! (or just happy friday is you have all your shopping done LOL) If you celebrated Thanksgiving, I hope it was a restful one and full of lots of laughs and good food. This year was the first year we truly cooked a big meal since Stan and I have been together so it was extra special and fun. Most years Stan has had to work on Thanksgiving and years before we ever got together, I would typically have to work super early on Black Friday so it was never a holiday that I enjoyed as much as I can now. Miles sleep right next to me at the table and missed all the excitement, but it was still fun having him there. And thank goodness my mom lives with us because I am hopeless in the kitchen (still hoping to change - maybe 2018?!) so she was able to jump and help with a few of the dishes. Miles, Elmo and I provided moral support the entire day which is just as important. Ha!

I wore this outfit the other day while running last minute errands before Thanksgiving and realized that a few of the pieces were included in sales happening now! My camo vest is part of the Shopbop sale, as are my faux leather leggings (which I may be a broken record about but they are truly some of THE most flattering leggings I have ever owned). In addition to these two pieces, I went ahead and tried to pick through the sales and highlight some of the items that were my favorites and also seemed like wise choices to take advantage of. There were actually soooo many cute classic ankle boots from all different retailers so I tried to include many of them in the below widgets as well. Whether you are buying for yourself or gifts, I hope you score some great deals today!

Ann Taylor50% off everything from 11/22-11/24 with code: THANKFUL 




J.Crew - 40% off everything from 11/21-11/26 with code: THANKU 





Madewell25% off everything from 11/21-11/26 





Shopbop20% off orders over $200, 25% off orders over $500 and 30% off orders over $800 from 11/21-11/26 with code: MORE17 




Express50% off everything




Loft50% off everything with code: THANKS 





Old Navy50% off everything 





GAP50% off everything with code: BLKFRIDAY 





West Elm - from 15%-30% off with code: SAVEMORE 





Asos - 30% off everything with code: EPIC30 





Nordstrom - 33%-40% off select items



11/22/17

Casual Glam






 Top - Wayf (similar here and love this one!) | Jeans - STS Blue (on sale for under $35!) | Shoes - Manolo Blahnik (amazing budget option here) | Bag - Chloe (similar here) | Sunglasses - Le Specs

I never need an excuse to get dressed up, since I have always been someone that prefers to be overdressed rather than underdressed. However, I do love mixing up more feminine, polished or glam pieces with jeans for events, parties or evenings out. This lace top seemed like a perfect piece for the holiday season and could be styled a ton of different ways, but I really love it with my distressed jeans and pumps. It's still casual enough for being out during the day, but if I were to switch up my lipstick (this one in Heat Wave is always a holiday fave), add a clutch and possibly a leather jacket, it would be evening ready.

I'm (obviously) not back in my regular jeans yet, so I did pick up a few pairs that were on major sale just to wear now so I don't have to be in leggings all day. LOL These jeans I'm wearing in today's post were an amazing price and I loved the fit, and I also have these jeans from Old Navy that I would recommend (and they are a steal at under $40). I plan to give a once over during the upcoming sales to see if there are any other pants or jeans I could pick up to get me through these next few weeks/months until I get back into my regular clothes.  
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great start to the holiday season! Wishing you and your family all the best and as always, thank you for continuing to support me and my blog. It is such an honor to connect with so many of you on a daily basis. Happy Thanksgiving!

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11/21/17

My Home Office Decor






Sitting area

Clothing rack | Wallpaper | Cactus painting | Settee | Pillow covers | Nesting tables | Coffee table book 1 and 2 | Urchin decor | Gray cloth basket | Chunky blanket | Side table | Lamp | Vases (similar here and here) | Silver skull (similar here) | Jute rug | Rawhide rug | Curtains | Cactus painting | Fiddle leaf tree (purchased at local nursery)

Bookshelf area

Bookshelf | Globe | Instax camera | Silver tray | Marble print planter for cactus | Silver candle sticks (similar here) | Want/Need print (purchased from a local store) | Terrarium | Gucci Bag | Gold tray | Wishbone bookends | Silver/gold decorative books | Coffee table book 1 and 2 | Coffee table book 3 and 4 | Gold balloon dog | Globe lamp | Succulent plant in gold stand | Baskets

Desk area


Wall area

Deer head wall mount | Prints (purchased from a local store) | Gold clips (purchased at Target but can't find online) | Planter

Outfit details


I know this post is long overdue (and yes, we shot these photos when I was still pregnant), but I'm so excited to finally share completed pictures of my home office! I'm sure I will continue to tweak things and add more pieces over time, but for the most part it is fully decorated. I'm so excited to have a space to call my own, and somewhere I can go and work while keeping it separate from the rest of the home. We ending up turning a spare bedroom into my office, though it shares a bathroom with Miles' room so I can always pop over and check on him when I'm working.

I'm a person that works best in a space that inspires me - whether that could be a beautiful park bench, a cozy coffee shop or my home office. I didn't want to just throw a desk in here and call it a day. I love that in addition to my desk, I have a small sitting area to enjoy and use even for meetings that I have at my house. Sometimes I will begin working in my bedroom (see that room here) or downstairs in the family room, but always end up heading into my office after a few minutes because the room immediately calms me and makes me so much more productive.

I'll slowly be decorating the rest of our home, but to be honest I really want to take my time and find pieces that I love and create spaces that we will enjoy. My current project is Miles' nursery and I'm hoping to have it done in the next few months, and then I'm deciding if I will tackle finishing my bedroom or begin working on our downstairs family room. Either way, I will definitely share snippets along the way (mostly on Instagram @alittlebitetc). 

If there is anything I missed or didn't link from the post, feel free to comment below or shoot me an email.

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11/17/17

Friday Finds

Hat, Sweater, Scarf, Leggings, Boots, Baby wrap
Happy Friday! Time feels like it's flying by since we brought Miles home and I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is next week. I'm slowly beginning my holiday shopping and found some great gift ideas and a few holiday decor items that I wanted to share. But as is the tradition in these posts, there is still a random assortment of finds including a snack that I am currently eating as I type this post. LOL Here are my finds from the past few weeks:

1. I'm going to start off my favorite finds with a snack chip I cannot stop eating! I picked up these cheese crackers on a whim at Wegman's and have since purchased them every single week over the past two months. They are delicious!

2. We already put up our holiday decorations before Miles arrived (which was the best decision), and this is our tree that I purchased last year and love! I prefer the look of a flocked tree and this one is pre-lit which makes it so easy to decorate. This year I wanted a slightly smaller version for our front dining room so I purchased this one yesterday and am so excited to begin decorating it.

3. Picking ornaments has got to the hardest part of decorating a tree (I'm so fickle and can never make up my mind), but this set from One Kings Lane really caught my eye as something fun and colorful to do.

4. Tis the season to buy all the cozy things, and this throw from Nordstrom seems like the perfect addition to put in a basket by my fireplace.

5. I am crazy about all things marble or marble print, so these workout leggings are right up my alley. Obviously I have a few more weeks to go before I can be cleared to workout, but I would love to have them as a motivation to get me back into the groove.

6. Free People is winning in the winter accessory department this year - first with this classic scarf that I have and love (see it in this post) and now with this beanie which has a great shape and cutest looking pom (the pom is always the most important part of a beanie, amiright?!).

7. I'm slowly beginning to make progress on Miles' nursery, and I ordered this adorable elephant hamper which I think will be perfect for the theme I am planning!

8. The new holiday Diptyque candles are out and I am trying to decide which one I want to pick up (or do I need all 3?!)

9. I love a good luxury foundation, and this one has been on my mind for awhile now. Has anyone tried this yet? 

10. There is no better time of the year to wear all the glitzy embellished things than the holiday season - and these slides with gold embroidered details are perfect!

11/15/17

4 Liquid Luminizers I'm Wearing Underneath My Foundations

Ever since my skin has shifted away from being oily (thank you Miles!), I've been excited to experiment more with luminizing and highlighting products. At first I was using cream or liquid formulas only on my cheekbones to highlight like I do with this favorite of mine from Marc Jacobs, but recently I began testing them as a base underneath my foundation. And over the past few months I have been either mixing them in with my foundation for an added glow or using them as a base before I put to feature them all in one post.

1. Burberry Nude Radiance No. 1 - This was the first one I experimented with as a base underneath my foundation. It didn't show up or look that great as a highlight on my cheekbones so I tried it one morning on a whim before I applied my makeup and thought it looked amazing! It does help to slightly even out my skintone and gives a very subtle luminous effect but never makes me additionally oily or shiny throughout the day. I prefer to use this alone rather than mix it into my foundation.

2. By Terry Cellulaorse Brightening CC Lumi-Serum in Shade 1 - I have had this on my radar for a LONG time and many of my readers have sent me messages over the years saying how much they swear by this product. Out of all 4 products, this feels the best on my skin and applies more like skincare than makeup. It instantly helps to even out my skin, slightly reduce any redness while imparting a fresh glow to the skin. As you can see from the below swatches (it is on the far right), it has the least amount of shimmer which makes it great for wearing alone under foundation or mixing in with my makeup and would probably work the best for various skin types. I find this gives my skin the most "perfected" look - making things look smooth, even and slightly blurred. For those wanting to try a luminizer underneath their foundation but want something subtle for daytime or work, this would be a great option. In addition to this pale opal, it comes in 3 other shades.
From left to right: Burberry, Fresh, Becca, By Terry

3. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid in Shade  Pearl - I know it may shock many of you to know that I have never tried this cult classic product from Becca. In the world of luminizers and skin perfectors, this one from Becca seems to be the gold standard. This was the boldest one out of all 4 and the one that I could use as a cheek highlight as well. I have heard this product described as giving a "lit from within" look to the face and that is the perfect description. However, you can use too much and quickly become overly glowy. My preferred method of using is before my foundation or as a cheek highlight, because when I tried mixing it with my foundation it was a tad too bold for me. Perhaps if you have very dry skin, this method would be perfect or I could use a touch less but I prefer to apply it the ways I mentioned earlier. I went with the shade Pearl though Moonstone was also highly raved about and recommended. 

4. Fresh Freshface Instant Glow Luminizer in Starlight - I initially showed this luminizer in a YouTube tutorial and talked about how underwhelmed I was by it's performance. Then I decided to give it another shot under my makeup and I was completely won over! The color is very silver out of all 4 but surprisingly it doesn't appear that way when applied. The texture is amazing and feels more like a skincare product with the freshest scent of cucumber that makes it so pleasurable to apply! I definitely love using my fingers to apply before my foundation and even if I use too much, it never looks too glowy on my face. 

I apply all four with my fingers most of time, but occasionally will use a synthetic foundation brush which also works well. None of these make my foundation break down or separate throughout the day and don't look oily/overly shiny on my face after 6-8 hours. I definitely think all 4 would work on normal to dry or dry skin types, but the Becca and Fresh ones are the only two that may be a challenge on oily skin though it may depend on the person and how oily they are on a daily basis. That's just my assumption though I always recommend trying a sample to decide for yourself if you can.
*pr samples included

If you have any other additional luminizer recommendations, please let me know!

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11/13/17

The Scarf To Buy This Winter

Jacket - Blank NYC | Scarf - Free People (love this striped version) | Jeans - Paige | Pumps - Manolo Blahnik (love this budget option which look just as great as designer versions!) | Sunglasses - Stella McCartney (budget option here) | Clutch - Clare Vivier (great option under $50)

I saw this scarf last year but wasn't quick enough to snag it before it sold out, so it was first on my list when I was looking for ones to buy this year. While I went through a huge blanket scarf phase and love them in theory, they always feel suffocating to me. So I thought this fell right in the middle - it's thin enough not to make me feel strangled, but still thick and cozy enough to keep me warm. It is a tad long on my 5'4" frame, but I still like the look and love wearing it.

I shot this outfit a week before my due date, and actually wore some form of this look so many times during my last few weeks of pregnancy. It's an outfit I wear a ton normally, but especially when I was running out of ideas (and options) of what to wear in my 9th month I found myself loving the comfort and ease of jeans, a comfortable tee, a great leather jacket and pumps. When all else fails, go back to the basics. 

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