Tag

product review

0

Cozy for the Holidays {Featuring Vera Bradley}

Lifestyle, Product Reviews

Vera Bradley Holiday Sale 2018{c/o VERA BRADLEY Hooded Robe, Printed Slippers, and Throw Blanket in Bordeaux Blooms}

The holidays are always my favorite time of year, and even more so now that I have my son Christian to celebrate with. Christmas in New York City is always pretty magical, and while I love things like ice skating in Central Park and viewing the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center, what I’m really looking forward to is spending cozy evenings at home, snuggled up on the couch with my little one.

This Vera Bradley robe is probably one of the softest things I’ve ever put on my body, and the hood makes it extra homey. Christian kept reaching up to stroke the fleece whenever I held him. We have hardwood floors throughout our apartment, so the floors tend to get chilly. I’m always on the lookout for cozy slippers, and these keep my feet nice and toasty (especially when I’m sneaking into the kitchen for a late-night hot cocoa). Seeing his tiny face light up when we put up the tree was the best feeling in the world and would melt even the toughest Scrooge’s heart. And of course, I couldn’t resist the matching throw blanket, that’s so soft, warm, and perfect to bundle up under during cheesy Christmas movie binges on Netflix.

As soon as I saw the Bordeaux Blooms print, I knew it would be perfect for the holidays.  Vera Bradley has tons of iconic prints, and as some who’s always been a sucker for matchy-matchy ensembles, I absolutely LOVE that they have so many products available in each pattern. You can even shop-by-print on their site.

If you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift for a lucky lady in your life, you really can’t go wrong with Vera Bradley. They’re a classic brand that never goes out of style. I’m especially enamored with their travel duffels and backpacks which are perfect for weekend getaways.

Happy shopping! 

Vera Bradley Holiday Sale 2018
Vera Bradley Holiday Sale 2018

Full Disclosure: This post is brought to you in partnership with InSTYLE and Vera Bradley. Although I have been compensated, rest assured that every product and recommendation has been fully vetted by me, and all opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for your trust and for supporting the brands that help make this blog possible.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas with Jared Galleria of Jewelry
0

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas with Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry

Maternity, Product Reviews

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry. The opinions and text are all mine.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas with Jared Galleria of JewelryFull Disclosure: I was asked by Carusele to participate in the #JaredTimelessMoments campaign, sponsored by Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.

This year, Mother’s Day holds special importance for me as I rapidly count down these last few weeks of my pregnancy. While my husband and I have spent years dreaming and planning for this moment, I still sometimes find it hard to believe that very soon I’ll be a mommy. My heart is filled with so many emotions – ranging from nervous apprehension to pure joy and excitement – as I think about parenthood and the kind of mother I’d like to be.

Luckily, I have a fantastic role model to emulate. My mother and I may not always see eye-to-eye, but one thing I’ve never doubted is her love for me. She is truly a woman who would sacrifice everything for her children and always worked hard to make my brother and I feel protected and loved. I hope that as I raise my own children I can provide them with the same unwavering and unconditional love and support that I received from my mom.

Mothers-Day

As a kid, you think your parents are invincible, but my brother and I recently came very close to losing our mother after she suffered a massive stroke early last year. It’s been a surreal experience having to switch roles and take care of the woman who raised us. Her recovery has been remarkable and a true example of faith, willpower, and determination. Her feisty and outgoing spirit has also returned along with her physical strength, so this Mother’s Day will be a special one that we get to share as we both eagerly await the arrival of her new grandchild.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas with Jared Galleria of Jewelry

Mother's Day Gift Ideas with Jared Galleria of Jewelry
Mother's Day Gift Ideas with Jared Galleria of Jewelry

I’m very thoughtful and meticulous when it comes to gift-giving, and I’ve always enjoyed celebrating special moments with jewelry because of its longevity and ability to provide a lasting memory to its wearer. Since this will be the first Mother’s Day that I get to celebrate as a soon-to-be mommy, I wanted exceptional pieces to commemorate the occasion. That being said, I was ecstatic to collaborate with Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry to find something truly memorable. While browsing and trying on different jewelry, I discovered tons of gift ideas for both my mom and myself like this unique heartbeat necklace, these statement-making hoop earrings, and this absolutely gorgeous diamond choker.

The strength of diamonds – and in particular how they are created under pressure – comes to mind when I think of my mother.When I explained my vision and preferences to the staff at Jared’s, they were a dream to work with and provided tons of options and insight while helping me choose the perfect pieces to express my feelings on Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas with Jared Galleria of Jewelry

Mother's Day Gift Ideas with Jared Galleria of Jewelry

I wound up selecting this stunning diamond pendant necklace and beautiful triangle bolo bracelet for their simple elegance and dual meaning. For me, the three diamonds and three points on the triangles represent the past, present and future, as well as my mother, myself, and my unborn child. Both pieces are great for special occasions as well as casual everyday wear, and I couldn’t wait to show them off at my baby shower this past weekend where I wore them with the gorgeous blue maxi dress you see above.

My husband and I were both impressed at the range of selections at so many different price points as well as how patient and attentive the associates were throughout the entire selection process. If you’re in search of the perfect gift (either for yourself or the mother-figure in your life), I highly recommend checking out Jared’s helpful Mother’s Day Gift Guide. It’s full of wonderful selections that are sure to bring a smile to any mom’s face.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I’d love to know how you all plan to celebrate. Let me know in the comments, as well as what you think about the pieces I selected from Jared’s!

Erin Condren LifePlanner Review
9

Erin Condren LifePlanner™ Review

Lifestyle, Product Reviews

This post is brought to you in partnership with Erin Condren LifePlanner™. I received compensation and products for this post, but all views and opinions expressed are my own. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that make this site possible!

Erin Condren LifePlanner Review

True Story: I’m a little bit obsessive when it comes to keeping myself organized. I have to keep my desk clean and clutter-free in order to get any work done, and I’m relentless about checklists, calendars, and spreadsheets. With that being said, when I was invited to do an Erin Condren LifePlanner™ review and attend the the NYC launch party at Dylan’s Candy Bar, I immediately jumped at the chance.

Ever since starting my own business over three years ago, I’ve pretty much done most of my planning digitally – partly because my handwriting rivals that of a kindergarten, but I digress…

As my business has grown, and I’ve set my sights on some longer term goals and more complex projects, I find that there isn’t a substitute for going low-tech and putting pen to paper. I love the visceral and tangible act of writing down my personal and professional goals. It puts me much more in touch with what’s going on than typing on a computer.

Erin Condren LifePlanner Review
Erin Condren LifePlanner Review

Erin Condren LifePlanner Review

Choose the LifePlanner™ That Works for YOU!

If you’ve taken a peek at my Instagram, then you know that I LOVE color! Planning and organizing can sometimes be a daunting task, but just one look at my brightly colored LifePlanner™ immediately puts a smile on my face and puts me in a good headspace for getting to work. The Erin Condren site offers tons of options for customization for your planner cover. I opted to have my name printed on the front, and you can have just your initials added as well. You also get the choice of either a horizontal or vertical layout. Vertical is great if you like to plan your days by time or into sections. I went with a horizontal layout since I mostly rely on my smartphone’s calendar for appointments. I use my planner to keep a general running list of activities I need to accomplish for the day/week/month/year.

Erin Condren LifePlanner Review

Erin Condren LifePlanner Review

Less is More

Yes, I know that half the fun in getting a gorgeous Erin Condren LifePlanner™ is playing with all of the fun stickers and accessories. But when you’re first starting out, I recommend just getting the minimal number of supplies and embellishments until you figure out your planning style. This rule applies especially if you’re prone to procrastination and distractions. I generally take the approach of plan first, add flair later.

Here are the tools I recommend for getting started:

  1. Mini Stylized Sticky Notes
  2. Customizable Event Stickers:
  3. Colorful Dual-Tip Markers (a good ol’ Sharpie also works):
  4. Wet Erase Marker (to write on the inside of LifePlanner™ covers and snap-in dashboards)

Erin Condren LifePlanner Review

Make Time for It

This is probably the most important tip. I schedule at least two planning days in my calendar each month to help me stay on track for my personal life, my business, and my blog. It’s tempting to get distracted and put off planning for later, but I always regret it when I do. If you haven’t prioritized the important things, it’s so easy to fill your days with busy-work that doesn’t help move the needle towards reaching your goals. Luckily, my new Erin Condren LifePlanner™ is so fun that it makes me look forward to not just planning but also celebrating all of the fantastic things going on in my life!

And because sharing is caring the Erin Condren team is offering 15% off your entire order now through July 31st.
Just click this link and use code ‘GETSOCIAL15’.

Happy Planning!

Close