Daily Dose of Design: 2018

Monday, April 23, 2018

12 Spring Beauty Buys You Need to Try

I know I'm a few days late to the Sephora Spring Bonus Sale, but it's still going on (through the end of today!) and is the perfect time to get all of your spring beauty needs! With each new season comes new skincare concerns, lip shades and holy grail favorites to try out and getting 10-15% off makes it a little sweeter and easier on your wallet! Either way, you'll want these goodies for spring - and your skin will thank you. Here's my 12 favorite buys for this spring:

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

How to Spring Clean Your Life in a Week

What exactly is it about spring that makes us want to organize and declutter everything we own? I don't really know the answer to that, but I don't hate it! This spring has started out really weird weather wise and I know the majority of the country can agree with that (and if you can't then I'm not quite sure exactly how to express how jealous I am!) and bad weather = weird funks and moods. Since we can't control the weather or do much other than pray for some warmth (make that STAT...) the one thing we can do is work on is clean out our lives in more ways than just organizing your closet. Here's what to take a closer look at and consider giving a good "spring cleaning" to this season:

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

15 Any-Time Gift Ideas to Have On Hand

Whether you were invited to a last minute party, have an unexpected guest come over or just simply run out of time and forget about a birthday/holiday/event, it's likely you've had at least one of those "uh oh" moments realizing you don't have a gift. We've all been there! These 15 gift ideas are great "any-time" gifts, and some are even the perfect things to buy ahead of time and have just in case. You never know! ;)

Monday, April 2, 2018

Currently Craving: March's Pretty Periwinkles & Shades of Gold

Happy... April!! I had to think about that one for a second! I hope your Easter/Passover weekends (if you celebrate!) were filled with family, celebrating God and warm spring weather - it finally was warm here! Today not so much - I do NOT want to talk about what's on the ground right now (hint: it's white) and the fact that the Yankees Home Opener was switched to tomorrow, but the sun is supposed to come out later so hopefully it melts quickly! I have way too many cute spring things to be wearing to deal with this snow in April LOL! When putting together March's Currently Craving list, I found myself adding all things periwinkle and gold - so here's lots of spring inspiration for you to get just a little more excited for the spring:

Friday, March 23, 2018

7 Stylish & Colorful Outfits for Easter Sunday

Spring has finally sprung and that means Easter is right around the corner (literally)! With so many new, trendy spring options out there it can be semi difficult to find the perfect look for Easter Sunday. Whether you like to get super dressed up or stay more casual but still want to look like you're ready for spring (aren't we all at this point?!), these options should give you some major inspiration! Here's 7 of my favorites:

Thursday, March 22, 2018

What to Pack in Your Handbag While Traveling

Between TSA, meeting weight requirements and remembering everything you need when traveling, it's not easy to know what to prioritize and pack in your handbag and carry-on bag vs. your checked luggage. I always end up having to pack, re-pack and pack again to get everything to fit (and that's after I've forgotten to put something in, naturally). This is probably a sign that I pack too much... But if you get creative you don't have to worry about that. ;) I know I could always use a guide when packing, so here's everything to remember to pack in your handbag when traveling:

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Spring Trend Checklist: 10 Stylish Trends to Try

We're days away from it officially being spring! And lucky you if it feels like it where you live! ;) I'm hoping the weather begins to get the hint that spring is coming and warms up ASAP, because with all of these stylish spring trends for 2018, I'm ready for some cute clothes! Spring fashion is in full force everywhere you look and these 10 fun trends are ones you have to add to your wardrobe this season:

Friday, March 16, 2018

Beautiful (and Springy!) Blush and Gold Target Finds

Raise your hand if you're a Target snob! *raises both hands*
Target is addicting and even more so at the start of a new season when there's so many great seasonal buys! Out of all of the great spring colors and trends, blush and gold is one of those timeless combos that looks great on everyone, on any piece of furniture and just about anything else you could think of! Here's some of the best buys at Target right now to satisfy your blush and gold craving:

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wellness Wednesday: 17 Things to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed

At some point, every one of us have most definitely felt an overwhelming feeling. That feeling of getting overwhelmed usually happens when you put something off, let something build up inside, take on too many tasks/overbook yourself, or try to do too many things at once. It takes over your brain and sometimes even causes you to just shut off and do nothing about it at all. For today's Wellness Wednesday, I'm sharing 17 simple and surefire ways to help you when you're feeling overwhelmed. Part of feeling well is feeling your best mentally and taking care of yourself should always be at the top of your priority list! The most important thing to remember is that you have the power to take the steps you need to feel better. But when all else fails, try one of these things:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Implement a Healthier, Organic Lifestyle with this Berry Lemon Spritzer this Summer

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We're getting closer to summer!! Cue all of the fun parties, bonfires and of course the delicious, fruity drinks (if you're 21! ;). It can be hard to keep up with healthy living habits when everyone has fruity, sugar filled cocktails, but now it doesn't have to be difficult! The new Ocean Spray 100% Juice Organic products are the perfect way to keep your healthy living habits afloat without having to sacrifice enjoying something delicious when you're hosting a party, hanging out with friends or just are enjoying a beautiful summer day or night.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Spring Getaway Buys Under $100

It may not totally feel like spring yet, but it's going to be here before we know it and I can hardly wait any longer! I'm so ready for endless days of sunshine, warm breezes and the start of summer. Every year there's more and more incredibly adorable spring trends and fun finds to buy and celebrate the start of the beautiful weather, and this year is definitely no different - I can't stop shopping! I've been searching high and low for the best pieces to add to your spring wardrobe and while looking around I found these spring buys that would be great for any getaway - whether you have a spring break and are headed somewhere for the week or are taking a much needed get-out-of-winter trip, these buys are all under $100 and will make spring shopping and UPS getting to your house even more exciting than it normally is! ;)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Looking Cute

Even if you're one of the girls who loves to dress up and spend time putting together trendy outfits each season - we all have our days where we either don't have the time, or the energy... Or just really want to put in minimal effort and still somehow look cute. And I'm here to tell you that it IS possible ladies! ;) I love picking out and planning outfits but some most normal days I find myself wanting to be comfortable but still look put together. Even if you're not normally lazy, we all have lazy days (don't fool yourself! ;) and even then, you can still look like it took you hours to get all dolled up! Here's some of the simplest ways to achieve it:

Monday, March 5, 2018

5-Minute Nighttime Skincare Routine (for when you literally can't even)

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Picture it: you've had a long busy day, get home extremely late and all you want is your bed. We've all been there right?! The last thing you want to do is take your makeup off, wash your face, shower/change your clothes - it's exhausting just thinking about it! But you know better than sleeping in your makeup and know how important it is to keep with your skincare routine so you do it anyway... Although you wish you could skip a step, or get it done faster right? These products and simple tips will help maintain your skin, get it glowing AND get you to sleep faster on the days that you literally can't even:

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Currently Craving: February Buys to Get Ready for Spring

Raise your hand if you're ssoooo over winter! I couldn't take the cold temperatures any longer so I escaped to spend some time in Florida and it's been heavenly! I love the daily 80 degree temps, endless sunshine and wearing sandals in February. ;) I know I've had spring fever for quite a while now, including on last month's Currently Craving also but I just can't help it! Here's everything I've loved/bought or is on my wishlist from this month - everything from cute spring shoes, to my current favorite snack to trendy buys for the new season:

Monday, February 26, 2018

Simple Ways to Stay Healthy When Traveling

No matter what time of year, taking a vacation is all fun and games until you think about not getting off track on a diet or worrying about your immune system keeping up to speed! Traveling anywhere is such an experience and something we are so incredibly lucky to do. Sticking to your normal habits doesn't have to be hard to do - in fact, it'll make traveling feel even more "normal". Vacations are meant to give you a break and be an exciting time to explore; relax, discover the world and meet new people. In all the excitement it can be SO hard to not lose track of your healthy habits, and even not realize how easy it really is to be healthy (in more ways than one!) no matter where you're exploring. These simple things will help you mindlessly stay healthy during your travels:

Monday, February 12, 2018

Marble and Gold Amazon Finds

Doesn't the gold and marble combination give you all of the modern-chic feels?! I love it and the difference in texture it brings to decor! These fun finds are all marble and/or gold, all available on Amazon (hellooo, 2-day shipping!) and range from $7 to $130. I'm craving spring and I think these bright shades of marble and pops of gold are helping! ;) Shop them all here:

Friday, February 9, 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Cure Dry Skin

For the past few months, the cold weather has wreaked havoc on my skin - I always have to give my skin some extra TLC in the colder months, but for some reason this winter has been way harder to deal with! There's nothing I hate more than dry skin... I'm borderline obsessed with trying/using different moisturizers and seeing what works best, and most importantly what makes my skin feel the best. I decided to try a TON of different hydrating, moisturizing lotions and cremes. In fact I've been working on this since late November - I wanted to give each product I was trying a fair chance to work and while I still have a lot of the ones I've bought to try out further, I wanted to share this guide now in hopes of helping some of you dealing with winter skin cope for the rest of the winter!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Spring 2018 Preview: Bright Buys to Get You Excited for Spring

Is anyone else SO over winter?! If you live in a warm climate, I'm at the point of the season where I'm VERY jealous. I love the colder temperatures and snowy days around the holiday season, but it's February and we're on the cusp of the warm, sunny spring and summer months and I can't wait any longer! With every hope of tiding me over until the sun warms me up again, I rounded up some of my favorite buys for spring so far -- I know it's early and there's still lots of things to come, but these bright buys are making me so happy, here's to hoping they do the same for you! :) And starting your spring shopping early is always a good thing - it's good for your soul. Take my word for it, I promise! Check these fun and colorful pieces out here:

Monday, February 5, 2018

Valentine's Day Gift Guide: All Things Pink

Happy Monday! Football season is officially over, which means spring is on its way - baseball season is a few weeks from starting and I'm SO ready for warmth! Anyway, Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and whether you're buying for your girlfriends, significant other, sister or even treating yourself - these pretty pink buys are all perfect to add to your shopping cart! Here's 22 fun buys to fulfill your craving of all things pink (*raises hand*):

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Currently Craving: January Buys + On My Wishlist

Obsessed with my new nail color is an understatement! (see below for more details ;) But, can we talk about the fact that January is OVER?! This month always drags and feels like it's 7 weeks long... And now we're getting closer to spring, warmth, sunshine and I can't wait! We're weeks away from MLB's spring training, a month from spring break and Celeb Big Brother starts next week (whose watching?!). Baby steps to summer! ;) This month's Currently Craving is filled with colorful pastels, things I'm trying/just bought and things on my wish list - there's a lot this month!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Get the GRAMMYs Look - 2018's Best Dressed Looks Transformed into Everyday Wear

The GRAMMYs are like my Super Bowl Sunday! Ha! I live for red carpet looks! Last year I shared my favorite GRAMMYs looks turned into every-day looks and it was one of my favorites ever! I love taking runway looks and finding pieces that you get get a similar styled look with, but wear every day. She may not all walk a Red Carpet every day, but we can kind of feel like we are! ;) Here's my favorite looks from this year's GRAMMYs transformed into looks you can get today:

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wellness Wednesday: Simple Tips to Get Motivated and Moving to Make Positive Changes

Happy Wednesday! Halfway to the weekend... but the goal is to stop saying that and enjoy the moment - who else agrees?! I've always said that as a "way to get through the rest of the week", but I'm really trying to change my mindset. Mentally but also physically; I want to feel better in more ways than one and I want to get motivated to be a better version of me. And more than some of that #NewYearNewMe B.S., it's more of a lifestyle change.

So, cue Wellness Wednesdays! I'm motivated to have more energy and feel better physically and mentally - the overall goal is to live a healthier, more positive life and I truly believe getting fit is a HUGE step in that process! Every once in a while (and on a Wednesday, obvi... ;) I'll share another edition of Wellness Wednesday and each will be filled with a different kind of motivational-inspo. (If there's any specific topics you want me to include, let me know!!) I've been at this for a few weeks now, so I thought sharing the tips that have helped me to stay motivated to get up, get moving and motivated to workout and make a change would be the perfect place to start. Here's some really simple things you can do to make that change - and trust me, it feels GOOD!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Save vs. Splurge: Favorite Accessories

How do you decide when to save on purchases, and when to splurge? I'm a firm believer in treating yourself to nice things every now and then, and I of course love a splurge as much as the next girl - but there's something so satisfying about seeing a similar alternative at a fraction of the price! Especially for trendier buys... I find it hard to justify spending a ton of money on something that may go in and out of style!

On the other hand, a good, versatile and timeless product is worth every penny if you ask me! Either way, we need some cute accessories to distract from this freezing weather 9/10 of us all have been experiencing lately, right?! Here's 14 must-have accessories right now that you can splurge or save a bit with, because these are pretty spot on and I'm very excited about them! ;)

Monday, January 15, 2018

How to Travel More this Year

Approximately how many times a day do you scroll through your feed on social media and see gorgeous pictures of crystal clear water, or an ancient European street and feel ALL sorts of envy/jealousy? Seriously, the 'explore' page on Instagram is always filled with the prettiest locations and I just want to snap my fingers and be in that very spot! I know it's easier said than done, and I know we can't all transport ourselves onto an exotic island, but there ARE ways to experience new things and travel around the world more often than you'd expect.

Friday, January 12, 2018

26 Bold Buys to Celebrate the Pantone Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

The 2018 Pantone Color of the Year is Ultra Violet! It's so bright, pretty and different - I never really have thought about wearing/buying ALL of the purple things but now that I've looked around and have seen how many pretty violet finds there are, I'm kind of loving it! Pops of purple here and there have always been fun to have, but this violet shade is a whole new game. Here's 26 pieces to consider buying if you want to shop the trends! They're all bold buys that you can wear/use year round at a variety of price points, too!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Dressing Cute in Freezing Temperatures

I don't know about you guys (let me know in the comments though!) but in New York, it has been absolutely FRIGID. I'm talking negative actual temps, real feels in the negative teens and wind chills close to -30 some nights! The wind is crazy, we've had a ton of snow (especially compared to how little we had last year) and even a "bomb cyclone" just last week. As I plan where to go next to escape this weather - because this girl just can NOT deal any more - I've been looking for cozy pieces to add to my closet that are still cute, can be worn many ways and are things that'll get a lot of use. If you live somewhere where the temperature is MUCH lower than your age, you'll appreciate these finds!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Simple Ways to Achieve Your Resolutions & Goals

We're 8 days into the New Year and I feel like it's almost become a joke now to make resolutions because they're so "hard" to follow. They really can be, and I think I *finally* know why - more so than the word having such a negative connotation to it, making goals that are SO unattainable, lofty and that just don't make sense cause you to not even want to try or think twice about trying to achieve them. Whether you rocked this first week of 2018 with your goals or you decided you needed one more week of vacay (I'm somewhere in the middle...), there's no better time than now! I've been filled with ah-ha moments lately and it's pretty refreshing; these simple tips will help you keep your resolutions afloat, and hopefully help to not feel so overwhelmed with your goals!

Friday, January 5, 2018

10 Ways to Live More Purposefully this Year

Four days into 2018... and I am SO excited about so many things - mainly how positive my outlook on the year is. How about you, have these first few days been good to you?! And if not, try and think about exactly what needs to change to fix it.
It's easy to say, but it really is essential in finding your core happiness and figuring out exactly what you want. When you live purposefully, you live with intention and in the moment. You make decisions that will benefit you and everything you do is done purposely. Here's 10 ways you can work on living more purposefully this year:

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Currently Craving: December's Bright + Pastel Favorites

Happy New Year!!! I am SO excited to see what this year has in store; usually I'm kind of "blah" about a new year starting and reflecting on the year's past, but this year I've been so excited. I have so many goals and plans for the year to make it the absolute best yet and I can't wait to get started. But today it's allll about current favorite things - some things were gifts I received for Christmas, some I bought and ended up loving throughout the month of December and a few other things I think you NEED to get this year started on the right foot! And tons of bright things to get you through these cold winter months, of course. ;)