Cult Gaia has been everyone's go-to summer handbag brand for three years and counting. They're beautiful quality and come in the most beautiful, seasonally perfect designs (this one is definitely the cult favorite!). I'm not sure how this can be possible, but ALL Cult Gaia bags are 30% off right now at Nordstrom during their Spring Sale, so be sure to stock up! And while you're there, don't sleep on the rest of their killer sale.
I recently spoke briefly about preventing nail damage from gel or shellac manicures on my Instagram Stories, and received a few questions asking what I meant by “not allowing technicians to scrape polish off,” so I want to explain that a little more. Manicures of any kind can weaken your nails, that’s just something to keep in mind no matter what. But, what I’m suggesting is hopefully a way to avoid more nail weakening than necessary. The major thing to know is that when you are having gel or shellac polish removed, the technician needs to allow you to soak your fingers in polish remover for a long time. Often, they have you soak for just a couple minutes and then try to rush you through the appointment by using harsh metal tools to scrape off the polish. Don't let them do this! Make them wait until you've soaked a long enough period of time so that the gel/shellac peels off easily. If they’re having to scrape and file off the top layers of your nails, your nails haven’t soaked long enough. Further, if you do get gel manicures, make sure you always keep the area around your nails moisturized, as the soaking and curing process can be drying. If you’re really worried about your nails weakening, avoid back-to-back gel manicures and moisturize your nail beds in-between appointments.
I popped by the BaubleBar offices last week and got to peruse their newest collection. It could NOT be cuter, especially as we approach summer and gradually begin to reintegrate the full color spectrum into our wardrobes. Start with a few of my current favorites: these heart shaped beauties, these dangly flamingoes, and a pair of genius ear cuffs that don’t require a piercing. And if you’re on the barrette bandwagon (aren’t we all), this is your go-to set.
Guys need great accessories too, especially when they’re moving from meeting to meeting all day with a good dose of subway travel in between. Rich uses this gorgeous leather backpack every single day and it’s a great, polished alternative for men who aren’t in love with shoulder bag or briefcase options.
I recently stumbled upon these on Instagram, and I think they’re genius. Those of us who love to travel with hats but hate how to pack them will love these extremely cool accessories. They allow you to attach your hat to the outside of whatever tote or carry-on you’re bringing, so that you can bring your hat on vacation without having to constantly hold it in your hand or wear it in seat 22A. Hat boxes aren’t always practical, but these are.
I recently discovered this maternity brand, and I’m in actual love. I’ve found myself gravitating toward this top and this dress a lot recently! The brand creates incredibly wearable pieces that’d I’d be obsessed with for everyday wear even if I wasn’t navigating my wardrobe around an ever-changing midsection. After sharing this striped top on instastories last week, many followers responded saying that the brand is a go-to favorite for beautiful, comfortable maternity workwear. Definitely check them out if you're expecting! Today they're running a 20% off outlet sale (use code 20SALE) which ends at midnight so act fast!
Let the baby product madness begin! I’m in, guys, I’m going for it. I recently ordered the bouncer and carrier from their new soft selection and can’t wait to use both. They've remade these cult-favorite products in ultra-soft fabrics to maximize comfort for both you and your baby. I'm here for all the soft baby things.
Luxurious baths are the center square of the self care bingo card, know what I mean? There is nothing as soothing and relaxing as an unbothered bath with a little luxe product going on. Jo Malone bath oils are my favorite, it’s actually really nice to have a few different scents on hand and use whatever I’m in the mood for in the moment. Right now, I can't get enough of the Peony and Blush Suede scent for springtime soaks.