Charming Charlie Under $15 Holiday Gift Guide

I’m obsessed with Charming Charlie.  Too obsessed.
I used to only be able to shop in-store when my Dad was living in Georgia, and until Black Friday I hadn’t been in one in years.  Luckily, a Charming Charlie opened up in New Jersey, so when I was home for Thanksgiving weekend I literally lost my mind and bought everything I saw- even my Mom got hooked immediately.  Charming Charlie has changed so much since I first walked into one, 6 or 7, years ago.  I love how the brand has expanded into way more accessories and now even home items.   

The best part of Charming Charlie is the price point, everything is affordable, on trend, made well, and suer gorgeous.
If you’re like me it’s so easy to go Christmas gift crazy.  I have so many important people in my life, and when I see something I think they’ll like, I feel this overwhelming need to get it for them!  The truth is, Christmas shopping can get a bit out of control.  I have a work Secret Pal, as we call it, coming up, and I want to get my best girlfriends something small, so here’s a quick girlie guide for some wallet friendly Christmas gifts this season, specifically from Charming Charlie.

Charming Charlie Under $15 Gift Guide

PS: Save $20 on $60 or more with code RMN20 both in-store and online, expires 12/24
Scarves are currently buy one, get one, 50% off
Bracelets are currently buy one, get one, 50% off 
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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul!

I’m officially Nordstrom Anniversary Sale tapped out.  If you haven’t already checked it out, or if you don’t have a Nordstrom near you, you must look for some goodies online.

I must say, I had a particularly great year with this sale, lots of money was both saved and unfortunately, spent.  I know I won’t be shopping for a while, & that’s fine with me.  The next school year is right around the corner, I’m making healthier lifestyle choices (i.e. not spending $$), so this was my big shopping splurge until Black Friday (because really, you can’t ignore Black Friday).

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Find out more Nordstrom Anniversary info, after the jump!

My first order was the Kate Spade Dot Thermal Travel Mug in Cream, originally $18, on sale for $12.  My travel mugs tend to get messed up quickly, I use them daily and most of the time they aren’t that durable.  I love the color, and the gold polka dots are super girlie & right up my alley.  Unfortunately the cream travel mug is sold out, they have it in black with white polka dots, but it’s full price at $18.  I honestly can’t find the cream version anywhere online, strange.

I also bought the Voluspa ‘Maison Blanc’ Two-Wick Tin Candle Trio, originally $40, on sale for $29.50.  I bought a different scented Voluspa trio pack last year during the Anniversary as well, I’m obsessed with Voluspa but because they can be a bit on the pricey side individually I don’t typically purchase this brand.   I think these candles are so luxurious I only use them in my bathroom, the tins are gorgeous and the scent just fills my bathroom so beautifully.

For my second order I got a pair of Nike Flyknit 5.0’s in black and white.  I love sneakers and I just wanted these so bad, they’ll be full price at $130 after the sale, but I was able to grab them for $97.  Most of the black/white sizes are sold out, but they do have some other colors still available.

My last two purchases are pretty expensive, one of them I purchased myself, the other was a birthday gift.  During the winter months all I do is wear boots, and I honestly have never invested in pairs of boots that last me more than two seasons.  My favorite pair from this past winter are literally falling apart and I would glue them at work…embarrassing- they were also $40, so clearly not too much.

I took the icy plunge and bought a black pair of Frye ‘Melissa Tab’ Knee High Boots and a pair of  Tory Burch ‘Joanna’ Riding Boots in coconut leather (aka dark brown).  The Frye’s were $280, $418 after the sale, and the Tory’s were $320, $495 after the sale.  While the after sale prices are still high, I seriously couldn’t get over the savings of these two brands- Frye & Tory Burch rarelyyyyyyyyy, if ever, go on sale.

I also had $80 in Nordstrom Notes to use up, so I was able to take that off the price of them as well.  I know it seems like a lot, and it is, but I know both of these boots will last me forever.  I would never buy either of these boots at full price, so I jumped at my chance now, andddddd I guess I’ll just not go to brunch for two months.  Oh well, I’ll take boots over brunch any day…especially these two pairs!!

  I haven’t received the Tory’s yet, if I’m not crazy in love the second I put them on, I’ll be returning them.  The Frye’s on the other hand are so incredibly comfortable and they look amazing.  I was wearing them around my apartment and even though it’s like 95 degrees outside I seriously didn’t want to ever take them off, they are so gorgeous, and structured, and just PERFECT.  I cannot wait to wear these this fall/ winter!!

Have you purchased any Nordstrom Anniversary Sale goodies?  Let me know in the comments!

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Spring Fever: Rebecca Minkoff Edition

This spring I’ll be adding a new handbag…or two (sh, don’t tell)…to my collection.  I deserve it for a multitude of reasons, and I don’t care what anybody thinks.  My biggest concern right now is which style I want to indulge in…decisions, decisions. 
The Leo Clutch in aloe is super cute, and would be perfect for weekend brunches.
However, realistically I would prefer a spring wallet and the Mason Continental in Peacock is such a gorgeous color and I love the structure.
The pink of the Satchel- Wave Embossed Mini Perry is everything, and unlike anything I have in my closet.
Buttttt, never have I owned a bucket bag & the Fiona in Cream is super cute, right??  Except it’s way to small, I’d need a larger size.
The MAB Tote Mini in Soft Blue is getting me with its structure, but I think it might be too small & I’d need to bump up the size.  I love the color though, and again, it’s something I def don’t have.
Lastly, the classic Minkoff Crossbody- Avery in zest is super cute, functional, and the color is poppy, fun, & bold.
It’s all about color for me right now and each of these pieces is delivering the perfect spring look.  Check ’em out!

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NYFW Fall 2015: Marchesa, All Saints, J. Mendel, Narcisco Rodriguez, Proenza Schouler

Last round of NYFW Favorites!  Next up, London Fashion Week! XO


All Saints


Narcisco Rodriguez 

Proenza Schouler

All images from The Cut. 

NYFW: Badgley Mischka, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, Rodarte, Rachel Zoe

So, between the Disney Princess Half Marathon last weekend, and catching up on lesson plans, grading, and everything else that goes into being a teacher, I’m super extremely behind on my Fall 2015 Runway favorites.  But, luckily I’ve carved out some time this weekend to catch up on all the cities Fashion Weeks.  Let’s get started…
Badgley Mischka 

Michael Kors

Nanette Lepore 


Rachel Zoe

All images from The Cut.

NYFW Fall 2015: Tadashi Shoji, Rebecca Minkoff, Hervé Léger, Carolina Herrera, Nicole Miller

More favorites throughout the day! XO 
Tadashi Shoji 

Rebecca Minkoff

Herve Leger

Carolina Herrera

Nicole Miller

All images from The Cut.