Best of Chloe

Chloe. A¬†French luxury fashion house founded in 1952 and sold in high end stores like Nordstrom, Saks¬†(best collection) and Neiman Marcus. I absolutely LOVE¬†this designer’s sophisticated pieces and clean lines – mostly their accessories like handbags, shoes and jewelry. Chloe has the absolute PERFECT shade of gray and THE¬†prettiest pink for Spring. The calfskin leather is also amazing. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from their current collection. #wantitall ūüė©

Consider¬†Chloe’s¬†most popular handbag, The¬†Marcie Medium Satchel. It comes in 12 colors (red not shown) and I can honestly see myself carrying most, if not ALL of them¬†depending on the time¬†of year. Pick ANY¬†color… you can’t go wrong!!!

While we’re at it, take a look at Chloe’s 2017 Fall/Winter Runway on YouTube¬†ūüėć or check out #chloegirls on Instagram¬†for the latest fashion trends.

Small Things (tech, fashion, beauty, accessories and more!)

I am not a fan of large things: from pieces of meat (i.e. steak) to handbags to jewelry, large (desktop) computers, bottles of lotion, you name it. Yes,¬†I know that in most some cases you get a better “value” by¬†purchasing things in the larger size or in bulk as we like to call it – I just tend to not do that. Particularly when it comes to beauty, my Small Things approach allows me to “cycle trough” products¬†faster¬†and try new things more frequently (fun!) without becoming a hoarder! When you purchase the big/value size you¬†are locked in for what feels like forever!!!! ūüė© The smaller version also¬†makes for easier travel – you don’t have to spend time figuring out “what fits” in this bag or what fits in that bag, you can just take everything! One¬†other factor that has recently become a bigger influence in my purchasing¬†decision is¬†packaging. For example, beauty products with no pump, spray or that doesn’t come in a tube? Count me out!

This post features a few of my favorite Small Things¬†in tech, fashion, beauty, accessories and more! Some items I¬†own and a few¬†are on my¬†*wish list. Most are also great ideas for Mother’s Day. ūüĆł Enjoy!

 

Compact mirror – Yes, darling! A super cute item to splurge on. Keep it in your purse or give it as a gift!

 

 

 

 

 

Key pouch – This is¬†my wallet… really! Why carry around 10 or 20 cards everyday?? On a typical day I only need 3¬†cards (ID, credit card, insurance card) and they all fit comfortably in this pouch with room to spare. Hook this to my keys and I’m out the door! Need¬†to add cash?¬†Also no problem. (I do own one¬†regular-size wallet¬†but I rarely¬†use it!) #downsize

 

 

 

 

 

Hand cream and hand sanitizer in the smallest sizes available. OK, this one is really a twofer; but, they go hand in hand (get it? ha!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TSA Approved Quart Size Bag. Great for short weekend trips home or take it with you to the beach!

 

 

 

 

 

Bluetooth Speaker РCompact,  cute and the sound is good enough.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyday¬†Handbag: LOVE! Do I have larger handbags? Yes (a couple)! BUT if I’m not traveling or going to work this beauty will likely be¬†at my side.

 

 

 

 

*Jewelry¬†case. How much jewelry do¬†you own? (I’ll wait…….) How many pieces do you consider to be staples, meaning pieces you wear regularly…. ūü§Ē For me, it’s¬†2-3 rings, a couple of bracelets, 2 pairs of earring studs (pearl, *diamond) and 1-2 necklaces, that’s it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laptop – Small, portable, gorgeous! Get rid of your dinosaur and DOWNSIZE!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Moisturizing cream (night time only) РThis is 1 of 2 of my pot-type exceptions for packaging; but, I do always buy the 0.5 ounce size for maximum freshness. This is one of very few exceptions for me when it comes to packaging, thanks to these mini disposable spatulas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch box. The perfect size, easy to clean and also includes a fork, knife and spoon. Plus it looks cooler than the typical¬†tupperware ūüė¨

Do Not Disturb

This post will be short.

For the last¬†6 months¬†I have had¬†Do Not Disturb (DND) enabled on my iPhone from 9 pm to 7 am. It’s a handy feature that blocks all notifications and sounds during the selected time period. Today I turned on the manual option, which enables Do Not Disturb¬†24×7. Before you have a heart attack, ask yourself this question – How many times a day do you check your phone “unprompted”? Meaning, you check or refresh just because- to see if someone or something is vying for your attention – a text message, an email, an Instagram¬†post ūüôĄ. If you add up the total number of unprompted checks with the total number of prompted checks each day, that is a lot of checks AND a lot of time wasted!

Do Not Disturb is now my default setting.¬†Why, you might ask? I would say WHY NOT?! BUT, if you twisted¬†my arm and made me give an answer I would have to say,¬†“I enabled DND 24×7 mostly because I don’t care, until I do care and when that happens I will check my phone.” #sorry #notsorry

#TheEnd

PSA: In DND mode, calls are allowed from favorites.¬†I have a total of 3 people in that list. ūüėī

The Happy Equation

My next read is definitely a “Geek Read” – Solve for Happy by Mo Gawdat. Solve for Happy is a book about creating and maintaining happiness, written by a top Google executive with an engineer’s training and fondness for thoroughly analyzing a problem, “problems” like¬†self driving cars and Google Glass. Mo applies his engineering skills to the “problem” of happiness and¬†proposes an algorithm based on an understanding of how the brain takes in and processes joy and sadness. ūüôĆūüŹĹ‚̧ԳŹ

One of Solve for Happy‘s key premises is that happiness is a default state. If we shape expectations to acknowledge the full range of possible events, unhappiness is on its way to being defeated. To steer clear of unhappiness traps, we must dispel the six illusions that cloud our thinking (e.g., the illusion of time, of control, and of fear); overcome the brain’s seven deadly defects (e.g., the tendency to exaggerate, label, and filter), and embrace five ultimate truths (e.g., change is real, now is real, unconditional love is real).¬†By means of several highly original thought experiments, Mo helps readers find enduring contentment by questioning some of the most fundamental aspects of their existence.¬†panmacmillan

Watch Mo in action below and purchase your copy of Solve for Happy on Amazon (videos, Goodreads).

The Carry-On

Meet the perfect carry-on. Unbreakable, thoughtfully designed, and guaranteed for life WITH a built in USB charger. This is not a “new’ item; but, if you’re in the market for a new carry on, this is IT! Choose from two (2) sizes and many colors. Shop here¬†or check out more images on Aways’s Instagram page.