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 Egg Solution

Once a week I shop for groceries. I’ve gotten much better at estimating my needs for the week and buying just that amount. At the end of the week, I try to empty my fridge of “extras”. All those contents go into what I call The Egg Solution.

The recipe is super simple! You can use regular eggs, egg whites or both! Combine all those extras – chicken, bacon, pepperoni, ground turkey/beef, peppers, onions, zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms, spinach, cheese, basically ANYTHING – in with the eggs, season and then bake for about 45 minutes for an easy breakfast, lunch or dinner dish! You can bake the it in a regular-size casserole dish or use a muffin pan for easy-to-reheat, individual treats!

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Kate Spade, Michael Kors or Coach?

“It’s a tale of three diverging luxury designers as affordability and availability take precedence over exclusivity and high pricing that have long attracted rich, aspirational spenders and tourists.” (Fox Business) Are you buying that?? Anytime someone makes a claim that a stock is about to take off, you want to do some investigation yourself… but since this is not that kind of site, we’ll move on to a more fabulous-type of discussion.

I’ve told you before about Kate Spade for Former/Future Brides as well as Kate Spade Idiom Bracelets; but, I haven’t really paid much attention to the designer’s hand bags. That’s because I love the vibrancy of Michael Kors and the classic, sophisticated feel of Coach. Given the proclamation by Fox that Kate Spade is set to sail to the top, I decided to compare current offerings and select my favorite brand in 3 categories: Clutch, Tote and Shoulder Bag. I just have one requirement: It absolutely must be Fabulous!

cluth-coachshoulder-coachtote-korsThe best Clutch goes to Coach at $299. Kate Spade was the runner up (click here) and I was hard pressed to find anything I liked by Michael Kors, although he did win best Tote, hands down at $298, with a classic style in a gorgeously vibrant green (there are many color choices). Some people prefer to have zippers on their totes and Kors has those options as well! I may give consideration to this 2nd option from Coach at $258. Finally, for a Shoulder Bag. This area is not really not my forte / go-to design; but, what I do know is that I would not purchase any of the Kors options. I like Madison by Coach at $328 – the powder blue totally sold me! Sooo… there you have it – I guess I’m still a mostly-Coach & sometimes-Kors kinda-girl! Which is quite strange for me to say because a few years ago I wouldn’t step a foot into a Coach store! I guess the times (or designers) have changed! I always say buy stock for companies you like so I include tickers for Coach and Michael Kors below 🙂

spadePS: Since we’re talking handbags, I’d love to have this cutie by Kate Spade come in a smaller version to use for my lunch. Or even maybe better, a fashionable beach bag in the current size! (too bad it’s not waterproof). 😦