There have been a lot of great sales this week and some of the good ones are over, but there are also plenty of them still continuing and new ones starting up just in time for the weekend! Here are some favorites of mine:
Kate Spade// 30% off your entire purchase with the code F14FFUS
Ann Taylor // Extra 50% off full-price tops, accessories, & shoes using the code STYLE50
Old Navy // 25% off your purchase with the code TREAT and for every $25 you spend, you’ll get $10 Super Cash to spend later!
J.Crew // 30% off sweaters & outerwear (perfect timing!) with the code SHOPFALL
Club Monaco// 25% off select fall styles with the code: FALLFAVES
Lands’ End // Extra 30% off fall essentials with the code LEAF
Gap // Extra 25% off entire purchase with the code HAPPY
Today I’m off to Neiman Marcus at the Somerset Collection for a beauty event, so hopefully I’ll have some good Instagram coverage for you and I’ll report back next week with any new tips and product recommendations. Have a great weekend!
Lately it seems like everyone on my Facebook feed has just had a baby, is waiting for a baby to arrive any day now or announcing their pregnancy. I thought I would share some of my favorite baby shower gifts, and these are also just some of my favorite baby products in general, to give some ideas to those of you who may be in the same situation as me.
The bath bundle: This is probably my favorite gift to give and it works great as a solo or group gift. I love this giving this 4Moms sink tub to start. We had it and loved it for Jackson. He looked comfortable it in and the temperature gauge was really helpful. I like to pair this with a couple of cute hooded towels, a set of washcloths, a rubber duck,grooming set and bath products. As far as bath products go, I usually pick the Johnson & Johnson classics because the smell just is so “baby” and I love it. You can package everything up in the tub in a really cute way and this makes a lovely gift that your recipient will use very quickly after bringing baby home.
The book bundle: We have read to Jackson since we brought him home from the hospital and, along with being a favorite activity, it has been a wonderful bonding experience for us and I like to pass that along in a gift. I typically share some of the favorite books that we’ve found along the way. We especially like the Eric Carle books (Brown Bear, Panda Bear, The Very Hungry Caterpillar), Pete The Cat, Curious George and the Llama Llama series. I also think it’s great for kids to have the Dr. Seussclassics, although they’re my least favorite to read. I like to package these in a monogrammed backpack (if you know the baby’s name already), because it’s cute and functional!
Baby basics: When you make a baby registry, you go in thinking you want all these fancy things but it turns out you don’t need those things quite as badly as you think. When I had my baby showers I was surprised at the amount of basics that I got, and they really came in handy. It was really nice to have several bottles of bath products, towels, tons of onesies, socks and pajamas. Then there’s always bottles, burp cloths and swaddle blankets. You have so many new expenses when you have a baby that being stocked on those basics allows you to go get the fancy things you wanted as little splurges here and there. Anyway, the short way of saying it is, these are the “make life easy” gifts that might not be as impressive in a box, but are SO helpful to have. If I’m doing toiletry-type gifts, I like to package them in a Truffle pouch because that is what I like to use. I’ll otherwise pack everything in a box with little tags or a “baby basics” checklist to show what’s inside.
“Around the House” Shoes: All summer long I’ve been wearing my much-loved Nike Air Relentless sneakers around the house (and on errands, and traveling and just about everywhere else). When winter comes I need to have a pair of shoes that I can pop in and out of the house and are somewhat snow proof. Last year I wore a pair of UGGs that I’ve had forever and they’re so worn out that I really need to replace them. I think another cozy pair of UGGswould work, but I also love this pair to wear with jeans or leggings for a bit more dressed up look.
iPhone Case: I’m horrible with my phone. I just throw it in my bag, it gets dropped all the time and really takes a beating. I have a case on it but that case is really chipped and it’s time for a new one. Kate Spademakes really cute cases and I also love this leather one from GiGi New York, which comes in many colors and can be monogrammed.
Party Dress: We have one winter wedding coming up and I figure, why not plan ahead and find a dress? I came across this super cute dress by Iris & Ink at The OUTNET.COM and I think it’s perfect! I love the stripes and the sophisticated shape, and it would be great with or without tights.
Stila Eyeshadow Palette: I’m trying to play with a few new eyeshadow looks and came across this awesome palette at by Stila. I think it’s really perfect for creating several looks from a smoky eye to a super neutral everyday look. I’ve never tried Stila’s products, but I’ve heard good things and might be picking this one up later this week.
Grey Jeans: I am loving my grey jeans! I have this pair from Banana Republic and they fit really well and go with so many things. You can dress them up, dress them down, they’re really just great. I actually would like to grab another pair (maybe these – currently on sale!) to give my BR pair a break.
Leopard Flats: When I was pregnant, I bought a pair of leopard loafers that were my “comfy shoes.” Well, my feet got pretty swollen and stretched out those shoes pretty good but I’m still wearing them a few years later. I love how they look with jeans or dressed up and I’d really love to replace them with something new. I found this casual Kate Spade pair and Tory Burchmakes a pretty pair with a metallic heel – and both of them are on sale right now!
GiGi New York Planner: I’ve been loving my GiGi New York Planner and had to share a little more about it! They come in a couple of sizes, lots of colors and can, of course, be monogrammed. I love how much space they have to write appointments, reminders and little to do lists. Plus, you can already start shopping for your 2015 book!
It’s Shopbop Friends & Family Sale time again! That means 25% off everything on the site (with a few brand exceptions) with the code FAMILY25! Shopbop is always a favorite shop for me because they carry so many great brands and sale time makes them even more appealing. Here are a few (okay, a lot) of my favorites:
The sale is at the perfect time to do some coat shopping. I love this pretty blue BB Dakota coat (they also make a faux leather jacket under $100!) and this blue one from Tibi is beautiful, as well. I’d love to add another IRO jacket to my closet and you can grab the one I wore in this post on sale!
These little burgundy booties are really perfect for fall and Sam Edelman also has lots of great everyday styles at already awesome prices. These flat DVF boots are a great everyday essential, and if you’re in winter prep mode like I am, these Sorel boots are a great pick up too.
We all know I love my denim and I’ve really been wanting to try a Frame Denim pair. A denim skirt is also on my must have list and I’m really liking this one.
This Rebecca Taylor top now comes in a hot pink and, although I missed out on the baby blue one, I might like this one even better. When it comes to sweater stocking up, you can’t go wrong with this Theory sweater or this Equipment one. Oh and this Helmut Lang top is flowy and will look amazing with all sorts of denim or leather pants!
I saw someone wearing this gorgeous Tory Burch gown over the weekend and it is even prettier in person. You also can’t go wrong with a good DVF basic and this dress is perfect for work or weekend.
It never fails, at least twice a week Jackson comes home with what appears to be at least half of the playground wood chips in his hair. They say he loves tossing them in the air or crawling after a ball and then rolling around. He’s a boy, I should have expected this to happen. Or how about the days where we’re elbow deep in “washable” paint, stickers and other crafty supplies? Even when we’re on vacation, like we were in the photos above, there’s always room for mess – especially when there is sand involved. So. Much. Sand. The mess is most of the fun, the bath is another big part of the it.
Bath time with Jackson has always been a favorite, fun time that we all participate in. There are songs, bath books, toys (call me crazy but I really want to get these), and lately he’s even been trying out the shower because, if you ask him, he’s a “big boy now.” When he was a newborn, we had this really great 4Moms sink tub that I’d recommend to anyone. It was easy to use, comfortable for baby and also had a really convenient temperature gauge that would let us know when the water was in a “safe zone” that would be comfortable and safe for the baby.
Now that Jackson is a “big boy,” he has a lot more say in what he thinks is comfortable. Bath/shower time these days can be anything from “HOT! HOT! HOT!” (when it actually isn’t) to “I’m too cold, Mommy. I get out.” Mostly it depends on his mood, but to get to clean he has to be happy so we adjust as requested to accommodate. I recently got a little help with this when we added the Delta Faucet Temp2Oshower head to our tub. This handy little shower head (which you can install yourself in about 2 minutes) has a temperature gauge on it, much like our infant tub, that shows the exact degree of the water flowing through it on a display. The LED screen that gives you color cues on where the temperature is, blue is below 80 degrees, magenta is between 80 and 110 and red is above 110.
Whether for you or for a little one, the Temp2O line is pretty great! I’m really excited to partner with Delta to give away one of the Temp2O products to a lucky The HSS Feed reader. You get to choose whether you want a shower head or a handheld and also which finish works best with your bathroom. Per usual, use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter by 5:00 PM Eastern time next Tuesday, October 21 and I will notify the winner later that evening.
“Why do people treat mess like it’s a bad thing? It’s actually the evidence of a life well lived. When you’re out there making, creating, doing and playing, embrace your #HappiMess and let Delta kitchen and bath innovations help clean up so you can do it all again tomorrow.”
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