Splurge vs. Save – Sorel Boots

I’ve been eyeing these Sorel boots for weeks. Normally I would order these beauties and not think twice , however, this year Dave and I are looking to move into a new, bigger apartment….which means I have to pay more attention to what I am spending. A good compromise is finding the look for less, right? If I spend less than half, I am saving money! At least that is what I tell myself.

On my hunt to find Sorel look-a- like boots, I found three dupes. Two under $50 and one under $100. Sounds like a win to me! I LOVE finding the look for less!

Check out the look for less here:

Sorel Boots $180

Daviccino from Overstock $49

Merona from Target $45

Pacific Mountain from DSW $90

You can’t go wrong with any of these budget friendly options. I’m off to order mine!

Happy Shopping!!

XOXOX ~ B

2018 Bucket List

I’m a few days late on my bucket list review. I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve made and broke enough of those to not trust myself with nonsense like that.

A few years ago I decided to start a bucket list instead of making New Year’s Resolutions.I use this bucket list journal to document my memories. My son will have to read these memories to me when I am 100 years old and batty!

 

My number one bucket list item:  Travel some place new every year. Growing up my Grandmother wouldn’t fly, so we drove from NY to Orlando, Florida every year and spent 2 weeks in Disney World. I love Disney, have amazing memories there, been there  20 plus times (lost count after a while), and will happily return, but I knew there was a great big world out there and I hadn’t seen it. Since then, I’ve been to Miami, Boston, Rhode Island, Vegas, St, Thomas, Bermuda, Barbados, Curacao,  Aruba, St. Kitts, Mexico, and last year I took the most amazingly beautiful two and a half week trip to Italy. I spent a week in Sorrento with my job and then 10 days driving the Amalfi coast, then across Italy to Bari, where Dave’s family is from. I’ll post more on that later.  I truly believe you learn more traveling than you ever will from a text book. 

My bucket list looks something like this, no particular order

  1. Compete in Iron Man before I turn 40 (really should get moving on this one)
  2. Go Sky Diving
  3. Fly an F-16…this one will probably never happen, as I have horrible motion sickness
  4. Run a full marathon
  5. Go to Bora Bora and stay in an over water bungalow
  6. Go to Verona and see Juliet’s Balcony
  7. Learn another language
  8. Visit a new State, City, Island, and/or Country every year
  9. Get Beach Body Certified and Open a gym (this one made it on here when I used to work out 3 hours a day, should really start doing that again)
  10. Get Bachelors Degree
  11. Better control of my finances ( I would spend my last dollar on lipstick)
  12. Try something new every month
  13. Hike in a Rain Forrest
  14. Eat in The Grotto in Polignano A Mare
  15. Start a Blog
  16. Zip line

I’ve been lucky enough to check a few of these items off, in 2015 I Hiked a Rain Forrest in San Juan & Zip lined over Rain Forrest in St. Kitts, last year I ate in The Grotto Restaurant while in Polignano vacationing, I started a blog, and I’ve been visiting a new place every year since I started this list.

This year, I added “try something new every month”. January I will be learning calligraphy and/or hand-lettering…or at least try to.. My handwriting is awful, so this should be interesting. I’ll keep you posted on how this goes.

Shop my Bucket List Journal on Amazon for $19.95

Have fun creating your Bucket List!

 

XOXOX ~ B

 

 

 

 

My Top Budget Friendly Nordstrom Picks

I spent most of Saturday personal shopping for a friend online at Nordstrom.com. It was a whopping 3 degrees in New York,  I made a good life choice by staying in, under the covers, watching Fixer Upper,  and shopping!

In my trip down the online shopping worm whole, I came across some the cutest budget friendly Nordstrom finds. My “client”..AKA Best Friend might like budget friendly finds even more than me, so she ordered almost everything I sent her way. I ended up ordering a few of these items for myself…  Which led me to add a Goal to my 2018 Goal list: when shopping for others, I don’t need to buy one for me too. I’m a realist, so I know I’m basically setting myself up for failure on that one.

 

Budget Friendly Finds

Shop these items here:

BP. Ombre sweater – Under $38 and this sweater is so cozy and warm. I own it in burgundy and will most likely snag it in gray too!

Ugg Elora Bootie – Under $105! Nordstrom is having an awesome Ugg sale, now is the time to pick up a pair of these bad boys.

Carlson Side Tie Pullover – Under $40, side ties, and comes in Pink…you know I’m sold. This cutie also comes in olive, navy, and solid black

Carlson Peplum Tee – Under $26. I love this under the BP Ombre Sweater or on own. Comes in 3 other colors, but you know I ordered in pink for myself!

Gibson Twist Front Tee – $49 and worth every penny. I have this puppy in oatmeal and wear it all the time. Love that it will transition right into Early Spring…which is only 53 days away. I’ll grab in coral too, but it comes in 14 colors

BP. Stripe Sweater – Stripes are my fave. This sweater is just too cute and only $45!

1822 Denim Butter Jeans – The name of these guys DOES NOT disappoint, they are literally like wearing butter, not that I’ve worn butter, but if I did…I bet it would fee like these. Best part, they are only $39!! True to size, 27 is my usual size and they fit great.

Kut from the Kloth Donna Skinny Jeans – Another pair of jeans for under $40. Kut from the Kloth is one of my favorite brands. These cuties come in olive and wine.

Vince Camuto Francia Booties – Vince is a good man and never fails me. Under $75 and comes in two awesome colors ~ Foxy & Sedona

BP. Rose Gold Clutch – Under $13 – need I say more?

Kut from the Kloth faux suede jacket – Under $45 and comes in 6 colors. Cute layering piece, especially with the cold weather we have going on right now!

Hope you enjoy some of my budget friendly finds!

 

Happy Shopping!

XOXOX ~ B

 

All About That Pink Life – Outfit under $100

Just realized I wore this EXACT outfit two Thanksgivings in a row. I also wore it out to dinner last week and got so many compliments. Now that I think about it, I’ve been wearing it once a week for a few weeks now.

. Some of the  pieces are not available, but check out how you can recreate this entire  look for under $100!!

 

 

Dreamers Pink Sweater ON SALE FOR UNDER $23

Gray Over the Knee Boots ON SALE FOR UNDER $35

Emperia Gray Tote ON SALE UNDER $24

Mossimo High Ride Jeggings (I LIVE in these badboys) ON SALE FOR $15

Happy Shopping!

XOXOX

B~

 

Splurge vs. Save – Chloe Bag

You guys…I am 100% prime time in LOVE with this Chloe bag, but it’s way out of my budget right now. Luckily my favorite accessories store has the look for MUCH less.

The Charming Charlie dupe is only $35 and comes in two colors. I obviously ordered in brown, but for $35 I might go back for Wine….who am I kidding, we all know I am going back for Wine.

Shop the look here:

Charming Charlie Version – https://goo.gl/iTQCRX

Chloe Pixie Bag

 

Happy Shopping! XOXOX

B~

Wallet Friendly Finds at Old Navy

I LOVE when Old Navy has a 40% off SALE. Use code STYLE through tomorrow Nov 14, 2017 to grab these wallet friendly finds!

The best part of shopping is when you find awesome pieces for 40% off! Dave and I have been debating on buying a house instead of renting, which means I have to pay more attention to what I am buying…on the plus side, a house means I’ll have more space to hide my shopping spree boxes.

With Code STYLE you can grab 3 of my favorite  Old Navy pieces for under $50! My favorite  petite Banana Factory jeans are on sale for $35. The entire outfit is under $90!!

 

 Shop my look here:

Sweater (had to size up to Small) https://goo.gl/RpqAho

Booties (true to size, wearing 6) https://goo.gl/cxUnMq

Blanket Scarf https://goo.gl/5pfGUF

Banana Republic Factory Jeans (true to size, wearing 27) https://goo.gl/okQtqd

 

Happy Shopping! XOXOX

B~

 

 

Local Love – Angry Orchard

Looking for weekend child free fun? I’ve got you covered. Dave and I were sans kiddo’s a few weekends ago. We headed to The Angry Orchard in Walden, NY for our 3rd Annual Visit. If you live in Westchester, it’s worth the ride. I am not a fan of fall, but the tree colors on the way Read More

Looking for weekend child free fun? I’ve got you covered.

Dave and I were sans kiddo’s a few weekends ago. We headed to The Angry Orchard in Walden, NY for our 3rd Annual Visit. If you live in Westchester, it’s worth the ride. I am not a fan of fall, but the tree colors on the way upstate were beautiful. 

We went to Angry Orchard on it’s opening weekend 3 years ago, November 2015. It’s been a tradition ever since! 3 years ago, we parked right out front and basically had the tasting room to ourselves. Over the past three years, they’ve  added live music, paid tours of the barrel room, outdoor games, and a tree house with awesome views of the Orchard. And best addition of all, FOOD TRUCKS and a CIDER GARDEN! This year the parking lot was full, we had to park a mile away. Luckily Angry Orchard bused cider drinkers to the Orchard. I Love seeing local spots grow over the years.

Grab delish food truck snacks and head in for a self guided tour of the innovation room on the way to your free flight. On Saturday’s the Orchard has live music and there was a farmer’s market the weekend we went. Check out other events here.

Don’t let the cold weather stop you! You can pay a small fee for a barrel room tour and there is plenty of indoor seating to enjoy your flight.

My favorite Cider is Knotty Pear, we leave with a growler of it every year. You can buy a growler of your favorite flavor starting at $18! That’s a freggin steal if you ask me!

Bottom line…don’t miss out of visiting The Orchard this year!

Let me know if you visit, and what you think.

XOXO

B~

 

 

 

I might actually like the Fall…

AHHH…the first of MANY Nordstrom packages arrived.

Can’t believe I am about to admit this, Nordstrom makes me actually look forward to Fall…just a little. For those of you who know me, you know I LIVE for the summer, I wait all year for it,  and complain that it’s not here quick enough…All year long. Most of my Nordstrom Anniversary Purchases from the past 2 years are Fall clothing. I can’t wait to wear these cute outfits. So, Nordstrom you have done the impossible..made a summer girl, love the idea of Fall. Is there anything Nordstrom can’t do?

 

 

Lush Roll Tab Sleeve Woven Shirt in Cordovan-  True to size, I am wearing an XS here. Super cute with jeans or black pants. Picked up these Kut from the Kloth Diana skinny jeans while shopping in store, run a bit large, I am wearing a 0 petite here…which I NEVER wear…also the reason I bought them. How could I not buy a pair of jeans that are a 0 petite? I usually wear a size 4 (27 inch waist and I am 5’1 for reference). This faux brown leather jacket would look great with this outfit.

Oliver Genuine Calf Hair Ankle Wrap Flat are going to be the perfect fall flat, I can’t wait to wear them. Looks great with the Lush Roll tab shirt and the ruffle cardi. Chelsea28 ruffled cardigan is all types of adorable.

Check out the ruffles on this bad boy… Long Cardigans are usually hit or miss for me because I am so short. Wearing an XS in this Chelsea28 Ruffled gem.

This off the shoulder blush sweatshirt is everything I hoped it would be (wearing size S), cozy and looks sups cute with ripped jeans or shorts. Perfect for those chilly summer nights. Don’t forget to throw on classic white chucks…my favorite sneaker. I walked all over Italy in these puppies.

Well folks, that was the first box, another will be delivered today. Dave already asked me why I am getting packages delivered, every… single… day… Little does he know, I am waiting on several more.  Note to self: send packages to the office next year!

Check back during the week!

 

When Life Gives you Lemons

I’ve always had a thing for lemons. Dave sent me to Home Depot one time for potting soil, and I came home with a lemon tree. My thumbs are not green at all, so the poor thing didn’t make it. I can keep tiny humans fed and healthy,  plants and trees not so much.  Anyway, thought I’d share some of my favorite lemon items.

Lemon Dress From Amazon – true to size and so cute. Dress it up with black wedge sandals & a pretty necklace or dress down with sandals and a denim jacket. Amazing find for under $20

Sparkling Limoncello lotion – The perfect summer lotion for sun kissed skin

Lemon Spoon Rest from Charming Charlie – When life gives you lemons grab the vodka is a motto in our household, this $10 find is the perfect addition to my kitchen. 

Get your lemon on peeps!

B~

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Sweet Lifers, it’s my favorite time of  year…Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale.

This sale is a shopaholics dream come true, sorry boyfriend…I will probably not pay any attention to you for the next 3 weeks!

Check out what I’ve already purchased…so far…

 

I love anything cold shoulder, this Socialite sweatshirt was a no brainer.  You had me at ruffled Gibson & Chelsea28. I missed out on these cute Halogen Flats last year, couldn’t let that happen again. How cute are these Lazy Sunday Jammies? I’ve been on the hunt for a pink cardi all year, this Bobeau High/Low Jersey cardi in pink blossom looks perfect.

 

Eliza J, you make some of my favorite dresses, this pink ruffle fit and flare is my new LBD…Pink is the new Black! Charles, these nude pumps will look great with my Eliza J. Cardigans are my jam for the Fall, this Leith Easy Circle Cardi looks super cozy.  Ruffles and cold shoulder all in the same shirt, I didn’t stand a chance.

I am currently peering out my window waiting for FedEx to deliver these fantastic fashion finds. When they arrive I’ll show you how I plan on wearing them!

Off to shop the sale…again, sshhh, don’t tell Dave.

B~