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!!!! 😩 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. 🌸 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 – Compact,  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…. 🤔 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) – This 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 😬

The Marriott Factor

marriottI recently wrote a post explaining that I never pay bills because I have automated my finances. The reason: credit cards. In that post, I promised to write about how to select the credit card to use for accumulating rewards. Articles like this one in US News often provide generic criteria for evaluating which credit card to use, like: decide on which type of reward you want (points, cash back, gift cards), understand annual reward limits, and weigh your options.

Picking one or more credit cards should not be a generic process. The number one criteria you should use for determining which credit to use is YOUR LIFESTYLE.

I love to travel. It makes me happy and enhances my life. In fact, I have these weird criteria for measuring my happiness level in life. Because I love Marriott hotels and am 100% loyal to that brand, one of my happiness criteria is called The Marriott Factor: Each year I need to earn at least Gold status (>50 nights). Why? Because the perks associated with that status or above makes me happy! These two elements made it easy for me to select the type of credit card I use each and every day: Marriott VISA.

An example always helps. I have been saving Marriott points for years. I decided to use a large chunk of my points on my honeymoon at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco. I booked a full week’s stay, all with points. And because I have Platinum Elite Status I get tons of perks that make ME happy: room upgrades with fabulous views, free Wi-Fi, and a room on the concierge floor which, on weekdays, means free breakfast, dinner and dessert! From gas, to my cell phone bill, car insurance and groceries. You name it. It all goes on there. Always. No questions asked. Ever.

I could have gone with a credit card from Delta (my favorite airline). The reason I didn’t is because I automatically get Silver status through my company. The perks of boarding first (domestic and international), automatic upgrades (based on availability) and a free checked bag is enough FOR ME so that credit card was a no go.

If you are a shopper, find a credit card that allows you to earn the maximum benefit at the stores you frequent the most. If you prefer free gas, find a credit card that gives you that perk. Like cash back? Find a card that gives you that. The key is to PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET. You also must know the rules on how to earn points. Marriott frequently has Mega Bonus offers: always sign-up! They also have a new program allowing you to earn Elite Lifetime Status which I am working eagerly to obtain! Maybe once I get there I’ll switch to a different card.

Again, choose a credit card that fits YOUR LIFESTYLENo two people are the same and the process for choosing a credit card rewards program shouldn’t be either! If you pay your bill off at the end of the month, the interest rate doesn’t matter. Once you select a card, monitor promotions, follow the company on twitter, sign up for emails, etc. STAY IN THE KNOW!