Designer Arm Candy


pic from google images. not my arm (sadly!)

There are some things you look at that make your heart sing! ūüéľūüé§ (I borrowed this phrase from a prominent YouTuber, Minks4All). Today’s topic is bracelets, also known arm candy when strategically stacked/positioned to create what some consider to be a work of art! In this post I am including my FAVORITE designer bracelets from: ¬†Lagos, Cartier, Hermes, Gucci, Tiffany, Louis Vuitton and Van Cleef. These items ARE¬†on my #wishlist – some things never come off because they are #SUPERexpensive ūü§Ď A girl can dream can’t she?!

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LAGOS – Absolutely LOVE the subtle, yet classy way they mix metals, particularly black (caviar) ūüĖ§ with silver, gold or pearl. All are stunning!


Next up is the infamous CARTIER love bracelet, obviously in gold (DUH!) WITH diamonds! No additional commentary needed here.¬†ūüė©


HERMES H bracelet. Many colors available, take your pick! I prefer narrow (0.5 inch) in some combination of black, silver, white or gold. Their signature orange is also a go.




GUCCI Loved pendant bracelet with pearls. Great for a night out on the town!





TIFFANY HARDWEAR Link Bracelet in gold, medium.

LOUIS VUITTON Idylle Blossom Bracelet, Yellow Gold with Diamonds.


VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Vintage Alhambra bracelet. This is a new brand for me; but, I LOVE this bracelet and it looks SO good on!





You don’t have to be rich to get these looks. Find something similar in your price range and rock with it!

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¨



Most bloggers share this kind of information on¬†YouTube. I’ve watched many¬†videos and I’m completely #over watching people take things in and out of bags. ūüėē

Over the past five (5) years I’ve taken at least fifteen (15) international trips and have had many more domestic excursions. Over¬†time I have PERFECTED MY TRAVEL TECHNIQUE. It’s actually a fun experience for me! So I thought I would share all the fabulous items¬†I take with me on trips (or on¬†holiday as our European friends would say ūüėė). Before we start, let’s get one thing out of the way: I NEVER CHECK BAGS¬†no matter where I’m going or for how long. I’ve made a carry-on suitcase and a tote/backpack work for¬†two-week trips to Europe so I know you can do it¬†for a weekend getaway or even a week-long trip (with a little a lot¬†of planning).

Travel mantra: Organize! Everything has a place and every place has a thing.

img_0417This is my¬†PERSONAL ITEM¬†(something that will fit underneath the seat). I am currently using the Henri Bendel Jetsetter Backpack. I absolutely ‚̧ԳŹ it and it holds SO MUCH! How much? Everything you see in the picture above! (click the image to zoom in)

gold macbook, gucci zip around wallet, rayban aviator sunglasses, sessa vee pen, marshall headphones, l’occitane hand cream, iPad mini case, louis vuitton pouch,¬†treat yourself pouch & earbud holder (sold out).

from target: gold glitter journal, emergen-c, colgate wisp, glide

in the small black quilted steph & co makeup case: gucci lipgloss, tom ford lips & boys lip color, crem de la mer, dior lip glow, anastasia beverly hills lipgloss, tweezerman tweezer, tom ford perfume

_13475545img_0441Now, let’s move on¬†to the SUITCASE, also known as the meat & potatoes of travel. I use Bric’s Belagio 21″ Roller.

On one side I pack all of my clothes. Mostly solid/plain pieces that I can¬†mix and match. For every 1¬†pair of pants I will take 2 shirts (remember to count the bottoms¬†you are wearing!) The trip I’m currently packing for is only 3 days (Saturday – Monday) so I packed 1¬†additional pair of pants besides the jeans I wore on the plane, 2 shirts and 1 jean shirt. See below for the 3 outfits I made from this combination. (see also¬†Meaningful Holidays)

Side 1 of my suitcase was pretty easy. Side 2? Not so much! ūüė© This is where my mantra REALLY comes into play (O-R-G-A-N-I-Z-E‚ĚóÔłŹ). Take a look at side 2¬†below. This is where I pack everything else:


Looks nice and neat right? That’s because it is! ORGANIZE. ORGANIZE. ORGANIZE! On the left hand side:

On the right hand side is:

  • Get ready for this super travel tip: my¬†Gucci Soho Disco Handbag¬†serves as storage for¬†all of my underwear, socks, comb, hair bonnet and my prescription glasses! (GREAT¬†way to help the bag keep it’s shape while on the go!)
  • The Anya Hindmarch In Flight Case has all of my liquids: makeup, skin care, etc. ‚̧ԳŹ‚̧ԳŹ‚̧ԳŹ this bag and the contents EVEN MORE! This case¬†has two sides: Take Off (deepest) and Touch Down (more shallow). I ALWAYS buy smaller sizes of the products I use everyday to take with me. #justsayno to those clear plastic containers that can all contain what can appear to be ¬†mystery liquid. #nobueno ūüĎéūüŹĹ I absolutely love all of my things and I want to see them in as close to their original form as possible!!! ūüėć
  • Finally, I have a Tory Burch umbrella (no longer available ‚ėĻÔłŹ).
  • Did you notice there’s no jewelry mentioned? That’s because I don’t wear much. I usually take 1-2 bracelets and it’s on me at all times: a dainty necklace, my¬†pandora thumb ring, michael kors watch, some form of ¬†studs for earrings and my wedding ring – that’s it!

take off side (deepest): first aid ultra repair cream, amazing grace¬†(travel size at ulta), purity made simple¬†(1 oz at ulta), clinique take the day off, lancome eye makeup remover, SK-II facial treatment essence¬†(night only), SK-II facial treatment clear lotion (daytime only, great for oil¬†control), makeup forever matte primer, urban decay b6 spray, l’occitane almond shower oil¬†(travel size at sephora)

touch down side (shallow): toms deodorant, la mer lip balm, dior nail polish, toms toothpaste, jo malone fragrance, la mer hand cream (night only), crem de la mer moisturizing cream (night only)

Whew!!!¬†That was fun! ‚ėļÔłŹ And I still had enough space left to pack Christmas gifts for the kiddos! ūüéĀūü饬†Happy packing!!!


see also #pampermesunday and #favoritethings2016


What’s in My Bag

I’m on vacation this week (sort of) and will be¬†experimenting with different types of posts. “What’s in my Bag Videos” have become very¬†popular on YouTube (I watch them A LOT) and can be quite entertaining. A simple search for that phrase yields 4,450,000 results!!! The WIMB following is not a game! It kind of has¬†the same feel as the #plannergirl community. You can find all types of handbags and all types of people sharing details about what they hall around with them on a daily basis and I abosolutely love it!

So today I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and talk about what’s in my Gucci Soho Disco Bag! This video isn’t perfect – I recorded¬†once and decided to roll with it. ūüíĀūüŹĹIf you like the video, let me know! Links to purchase all items of significance are listed below.¬†Oh and I forgot to mention that my phone is always in¬†my bag. I just couldn’t show it because I used it to record this video.

The Gucci Soho Disco¬†bag was also featured in¬†Bri’s Favorite Things¬†2016. Enjoy! ūüėä


Gucci Soho Disco Bag, Ray Ban Aviator Classic,¬†Louis Vuitton Pochette Felicie (includes wallet), Neiman Marcus Sticky Notes,¬†Paper Source Treat Yourself Pouch, Burt’s Bees Lip Balm,¬†ZEISS Pre-moistened Lens Cleaning Wipes,¬†La Fresh Makeup Remover Cleansing Travel Wipes,¬†Mac Lipstick in Violetta, Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge Eau de Parfum,¬†Paper Source Scalloped Cord Keeper,¬†Louis Vuitton Key Pouch (aka Clay), Laduree Keychain Ring Eiffel Tower Macaroon Charm, Sessa Vee Pharaoh Black & Gold Rollerball Pen

Gucci Spring 2016

Let’s start with a few facts. I love high end designers (who doesn’t?). I also¬†absolutely love the¬†dress I’m about to show you. It was worn by Dakota Johnson yesterday on¬†The Tonight Show. Everybody (1, 2, 3, …) is talking about it. I love this dress. It’s so fairytale-like, cinderella-ish.

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