Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Anthro Goodness

It is no secret that I love buying interior decor and goods. I have a weakness for buying kitchenware, for some reason I always feel as though I need a new set of plates and coffee mugs. Of course, this makes for pretty fun and colorful kitchen and China cabinets, so no complaints about that! One of my absolute favorite places to shop home good is Anthropologie. I can't express how much I love all of their decor and interior items, it is my dream to live in an entire home furnished with Anthro items. The problem with shopping at Anthropologie though is that it can be a bit pricey. Since they are a little on the higher end of my spending scale, I love nothing more than when they have a great sale, thats when I try to stock up on some items I have been needing for around the house. 


Anthropologie is currently having one of their big sales and offering 30% of sale items... I love when they do this because you can literally get coffee mugs for $5 and bowls for less than $10, its seriously the best time to shop their items! I wanted to share some of the items I have added to my cart for the new house.

Also, here are some other great stores currently having some great sales:





Use code STAYCOOL at checkout for the extra 30% off.


Happy Shopping!


With love,

Amanda

Friday, July 22, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Shoes

Last week, I posted some of my favorite women's items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I mentioned how it is my favorite sales of the year and such a great time to get all of the designer items you have had your eye on at the best prices of the year. For the last week you have been able to shop the sale if you have a Nordstrom debit or credit card, but starting today the sale is open to the public! D and I were able to shop the sale last weekend and while I was there, I made some notes of some of my favorite items - not just from online but from in the store. Today I wanted to share 15 amazing pairs of shoes, all under $100!!! 

I snagged these:


I couldn't be more obsessed! Stocking up on investment pieces during these sales is always the best way to go if you are on a budget and can't spend too much. This is the best time to get the shoes by designer/high end brands for a fraction of the cost, most of which don't go on sale during any other time of the year, which is why I wanted to share these here.


Hinge sale price: $79.90                    (after sale $119.95)

Vince Camuto sale price: $69.90 (after sale $109.95)

Steve Madden sale price:            $99.90 (after sale $149.95)

Vince Camuto sale price: $99.90 (after sale $149.95)

Isola sale price: $99.90                (after sale $149.95)

Ivanka Trump sale price:               $89.90 (after sale $149.95)

Vince Camuto sale price: $99.90 (after sale $149.95)

Louise et Cie sale price:            $89.90 (after sale $139.95)

Louise et Cie sale price:            $89.90 (after sale $139.95)

Vince Camuto sale price:                 $79.90 (after sale $129.95)

Ugg sale price: $79.90                              (after sale $119.95)

Ugg sale price: $72.90                          (after sale $109.95)

Hinge sale price:              $66.90 (after sale $99.95)

Halogen sale price: $59.90                             (after sale $89.95)

Adidas sale price:            $59.90 (after sale $79.95)



With love,
Amanda

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Beauty lately

tee || sports bra || Adidas leggings sold out, similar here



The other day I shared on Instagram  a few of the recent beauty products that I have added to my daily routine routine. If you follow me on Spapchat (theSCMovement) you have probably also seen me share some of my night routine and mask lineups that I do regularly. D and I made a promise to ourselves recently that we were going to really put in a lot of effort to take better care of our skin and if we chose one item to splurge on at the mall, we thought it should be something that will create long term benefits. Turning 30 this year has me waking up and realizing that although I still feel young and full of life, my skin may be starting to take a beating from all of these years of makeup, pollution, poor nutrition, etc. It is so easy to forget to take care of yourself and 'splurge' on yourself when you have a little one, you just think of all of the fun things you can buy for your babe instead of spending $90 on moisturizer, trust me, it pains me at times... but, it is time for me to take back control of my beauty routine. 


I was recently introduced to the Ole Henriksen line through a company I work with on blogger collaborations. Any time I get asked to try out new masks, I am all in because as I have mentioned, I am a sucker for a great mask. I love not only how great it is for my skin, but in those 10-30 minutes while the mask is on, I truly feel like I am doing something to show love to myself. As a mom, those few minutes a day feel very precious. 

What I love about the Ole Henriksen POWER Bright mask is that it is a 3 step process which means it is targeting so many skin problems throughout the process. There is a sugar polish, brightening treatment, and you end with a glow serum. The mask leaves your skin feeling completely renewed and so clean and fresh looking. I spend so much time in the sun during the day and don't get much sleep lately, and I have noticed that I have lost that 'pretty glow' that comes from a full nights rest and  better self care, and as much as I try to make those things happen, they honestly just don't sometimes. I feel like I wipe away the guilt when I can find a great beauty product that helps eliminate some of the damages that the busy lifestyle causes. 



I followed the three step treatment with the Ole Henriksen Vitamin C Collagen Booster which is great for boosting collagen and eliminating fine lines and wrinkles... remember that little bit above about turning 30? Yeah, thats where this comes in. I also used to suffer from terrible terrible acne, and thanks to a great dermatologist and a 6 month treatment of Accutane about 6 years ago, I no longer have the acne problem like I used to; however, because I waited so long to start treatment, I do still have tons of scars and pigmentation from years of acne which I hate. I love anything that will boost collagen because thats what helps my skin achieve that smooth complexion I am always striving for. 

I ended the entire routine with the Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation moisturizer which is oil free and lightweight, which I love for during the day time. The best part about this moisturizer is that it works on your skin while you're wearing it to help fade dark spots and even out skin tone. YES, YES, YES, of course my skin needs that! This moisturizer didn't make me feel like a big 'ol grease ball either, which I always appreciate, and I am excited to see how it helps my skin look over time. 


I also wanted to share the final step of the morning process with you... a new makeup foundation I was introduced to, Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Brightening Foundation. I have been really wanting to try Korean beauty products because I have some friends who swear by them, and I have read and heard so many wonderful things about their ingredients. I have also been searching for a lightweight foundation that I can wear daily but doesn't look too caked on or too over the top while out running errands, and this one was perfect! It is kind of interesting because it isn't like any other foundation I have used before. The foundation is soaked into a sponge, and you use the pad in the compact to soak it up and apply it to your skin. It is such a cool concept, and I feel like the fact that it is so liquidy and smooth is what makes it slide onto your skin so easily and evenly. It is brightening and pretty on the skin and gives you that nice summer glow we are all trying to achieve right now. Also, it survived Rajan tossing it across the bathroom (grrrrr) and nothing shattered or cracked, thats always a winner in my book!

My one tip: it runs super light in color so you may need to order a shade that looks darker than you normally would. I also put the iT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder over it for an even more natural look and I LOVED how it looked, perfect for every day wear.


What are some of your recent beauty buys? I have been so much more into buying beauty products, trying out new makeup doing different beauty looks lately so I am excited to share more of my finds with you. I love hearing other people's favorite items and am open to try anything new so please do share!


With love,
Amanda


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Summer Blacks + Big Announcement

top || skirt c/o|| shoes || bag (old) similar here || bag charm c/o


Even though it is summer, I will be completely honest with you when I say that I still wear mainly black about 6 times out of 7 during the week. I know summer is about pretty, colorful prints, and I admit that when I see colorful items I squeal and love on them just as much as the girl next to me, but there is just something that wearing black does to my confidence that has me swapping the bright yellows out for black almost every time. I feel most like myself, I feel strong, confident, and chic, and there isn't another color that makes me feel that way. I wanted to style this outfit in such a way so that you could see that wearing black, even all black, can work for you even during the summer time. This pencil skirt by Zuri Zuri by Flora with the lace detail can be worn in all seasons, but to make the ensemble look a little more 'light' I tied the front of my top into a knot to give it that summery/carefree vibe. I have been doing that a lot with so many of my blouses and tees lately, I love that it adds not only some fun style but gives everything that 'cool' factor. Add in some sandals and boom - an entire black ensemble perfectly styled for summer!














I also wanted to share some super exciting news with all of my readers, followers, and supporters... 
I am so happy to announce that I have just been added to the lineup to be a speaker at 

As some of you may remember, I was a speaker at the event last year, and even though it was their first year ever hosting the event in Orange County, it was seriously incredible!! I felt so honored to be asked to be a speaker last year, and after its huge success, I felt even more blessed and flattered that I was asked to come back as an influencer again this year. There are so many great style icons and beauty and fashion influencers that will be guests this year, and to be amongst so many talented people makes me feel so honored. The event will take place November 5, and you can get more information about ticket prices and how to receive your style tote here.

I am hoping to see a lot of my readers at the event this year. I will be sharing more updates and information over the next few months with you so you can be sure to follow along and come and hang with me for the day.



With love,
Amanda 













Friday, July 15, 2016

#NSale :: Women's


As I am sure most of you have heard by now, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale starts next week, July 21, but for the next 7 days card holders can shop the sale early! I have always been an early anniversary sale shopper because 
1. I hate missing out on great sales
2. It gives me a head start on my Fall/Winter pieces
3. It is the one time of the year where you can get certain brands and items on sale that all not be on sale again. 

I decided to break down my wish list into a couple of posts this year so as not to overwhelm you. I want to share my favorites for everyone in the family, from the Mrs. to the Mr., the littles and of course, for the house as well. Today I am sharing some of my favorite Women's items... a few of which I have already ordered (and will share here once they arrive), and a few which I am still contemplating (I wish I could have it al, hahaha)!





With love,
Amanda

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Getting Tropical

on me: 
top by Madewell, similar style here || denim || watch (c/o) || shoes

on raj: 
Zara shirt, similar here || shorts are an old pair of Hudson's which got too short and I cut, similar style here || sandals


Hey all! Hope you are all having a wonderful week. I wanted to share some pics of me and my little guy from over the weekend. Lately we have been trying to enjoy the beautiful weather as much as possible and keep our little ball of energy outside and moving; is it just me or does this summer seem to feel exceptionally wonderful and not too hot like it usually is?! Maybe because I am so distracted running after my little guy all the time I am too busy to realize how hot it might actually be, not quite sure, but I don't mind it! To be honest, he keeps me on my toes so much these days, I don't know how my brain can remember left from right sometimes! 



Between Darshan, Raj, and I, we have been wearing so much tropical print lately you would think every Sunday we were on vacation in Hawaii (we wish, ha). Tropical print pieces have become quite a big trend this summer, and I am not lying when I say that my husband has been trying to make this happen for years. From as early as I can remember, dating all the way back to college, he would always make funny comments to me about how he couldn't wait until he was a dad so that he could wear 'dad shirts' and how he especially couldn't wait until he was a grandpa so he could rock Tommy Bahama (insert laughing/crying emoji here)!!! I kid you not, I always thought he was kidding, until as the years crept up, I started noticing funny printed button downs in our closet... and eventually, his token plaid print button downs became palm trees and banana leaf prints, talk about having a 'whoa, did we really reach that point' moment. Needless to say, I see where he was going with this idea. Since last summer, I am not ashamed to admit that I may have followed his lead, and Raj and I have pretty much jumped on Dad's 'Tommy Bahama' train. The house is full of tropical print clothing these days, and we have no shame in our game!!


I love this picture... although it isn't the most 'flattering' of me, its a very honest capture, Rajan saying "come onnnnn, Mom!" always on the go...






From our family to yours... I wanted to share some of my favorite tropical print pieces for everyone in your family. Try one out, and I guarantee you're going to feel like you are somewhere under a palm tree drinking a Pina Colada, and if you have a toddler, you will probably also feel like you are constantly running quickly after them through sand and ocean waves as well. 






With love, 

Amanda