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 😬

Small & Sassy

One of my favorite things to do while traveling is to get a feel for city living. Yesterday, I visited a new and swanky apartment community in San Diego called Broadstone Apartments Little Italy. It’s very close to being finished but is not yet open to the public. Well… I went insde and experienced the grand tour! The loft is modern, immaculate, simple, sassy and chic! The foyer looks like something you’d see in a high-end magazine. The carpet was new and fresh and gave me the new-car smell. Even the multi-color doors were beautiful!

Here are a few amenities that are absolutely amazing:

  • Teak cabinets and quartz countertops in the kitchen

  • State of the art gym

  • See-through jacuzzi with street view (no sneaking, ok?!)

  • Amazing Community room called The Yacht Club, with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean

Broadstone is truly a first class experience! Although it doesn’t fit in my quest for Early Retirement (yes, I’m still one million percent gushing over that), it is an amazing experience to take a walk through the building and imagine yourself living in a place like that. What would your day be like? Morning strolls on the pier… Coffee on the balcony… Impromptu walks to Little Italy for lunch… The occasional, foreign sound of an alarm clock… Can you see it???


Now, these apartments are not huge and I know some people just can’t do small spaces because it may make them feel claustrophobic (queue my mom). But, if you DO like this care-free, simple way of living, I thought I’d share this cool video from iKea about making small spaces fabulous. Enjoy!