Mud Room Decor
We recently decided to renovate our mud room. Here is some of my fave inspo pieces and also pieces I already ordered!
Definitely loving this classic neutral decor style.
Heels in pretty Spring Hues
I am so done with all the snow outside and already craving Spring goodies! I have been eyeing quite a few new styles on the M. Gemi site and this new sage hue really caught my eye! The Esatto heel is such a great height, especially for moms like me who have become accustomed to running around in flats all day long! This heel height won’t take you too long to get used to and they will be comfortable for an entire night while giving you and ultra sexy look! I am just loving the suede colors but I can’t get this sage color out of my head! Def added to my shopping list!
If you are loving M. Gemi as much as I am, you can use the promo code, DIAMONDS60 to receive $60 off your first order!
Waterproof Lug Boots
I am loving these new boots I just bought by Cougar! They are waterproof and super warm! Plus, I love that I can have on a waterproof boot but still look a bit more put-together than just throwing on a pair of Uggs to keep my feet warm.
The details are great, soft suede, pretty touching details and a cute knit patch the top, back part of the shaft.
All in all, a great boot and you will not be disappointed.
Faux Fur Jacket
I have been eyeing this faux fur jacket for weeks and it finally just went on sale – major sale – so I had to grab it! I am so happy I did!
The price was $160 and now it is $96… such a great deal!
It’s very plush and warm. I ordered my usual size small and it’s big enough in the body but it is a short jacket… comes to about mid-hip on me or maybe even a little higher like where mid rise jeans would hit. I got it in cream and love it. It also comes in a pretty grey, black, and brown as well as some other fabrics like sherpa and leopard.
You won’t be disappointed.
Everything from A&F
I have to admit, before a few months ago, I have not shopped at Abercrombie & Fitch since college. I always thought of it as “younger” clothing but actually they have really stepped up their game! The clothing is awesome, fresh and stylish and they definitely lost that stigma of only being for younger high school/college crowd.
I feel like the line is definitely age appropriate for me and I just love the mix of edgy, classic and preppy. Since I have been shopping at this store again, I am gotten so many pieces and LOVE everything I have gotten. Not only are the pieces stylish but the quality is great as well!
Right now they are having an amazing sale and it is a great time to stock up on some holiday gifts and a holiday outfit for yourself!
Even my kids love A&F! The kids line is super cute and fashionable. My girls love the sherpa hoodies and the tie dye tops. They also have lots of cute stylish jeans for kids.
I love having a beautiful aroma from candles around my house, especially during the fall and holiday seasons. I used to use regular candles until I read how bad they are for you (the chemicals in the wax and the wick burning are just very unhealthy and toxic to breathe in – who knew!) so now I use only soy candles. Milkhouse Candle Company is my favorite brand of soy candles that I have found and they have the best scents!
My absolute favorite that I always have in my house is the Oatmeal, Milk & Honey scent. They also have Fresh cut Balsam and Mulled Cider, Nordic Noel and Sticky Buns… plus so many more! They are smell better than the next! Right now I have Sticky Buns lit and my house smells delicious!
These would also make great little gifts for the holidays. I love that they come in beautiful glass jars too! So cute!
Such a great gift idea and this is the kind of gift that you should buy one for them and one for you! Cozy slippers are a great way to relax and get comfy around the house and to be honest, some are just so cute that I feel like I want to wear them out sometimes!
My faves are these from Emu Australia but I have listed some different price points below! Get Cozy!
Gift Guide: Great Gifts for Boys
Maestra Handbags by Senreve
I am so glad that I decided to get my first Mini Maestra bag from Senreve a few months ago. It is literally the best new bag that I have gotten in quite a while! For moms on the go, like me, I love that is is water-proof, scratch- proof (basically mom-life proof!) and it can convert from satchel to messenger to backpack in seconds flat! Plus there is so much space inside to carry around everything I need for my kids like snacks, a drink, etc but I still do not have to give up on style, which I love.
I am working on a full blog post of my Mini & Midi Maestra bags since these would make great holiday gifts but for now, I wanted to share that Senreve is offering some amazing early access Black Friday deals right now!
-Spend $300+ and receive a complimentary Cotton Mask ($65)
-Spend $500+ and receive a complimentary Cotton Mask ($65) AND Colorblock Clutch ($175)
-Spend $1000+ and receive a complimentary Cotton Mask ($65) AND Wave Card Case ($145) AND Colorblock Clutch ($175)
You can also take advantage of my promo code DIAMONDS50 to receive $50 off your order!
Holiday Gifts: Toys for Girls
There are so many adorable gifts for girls out right now! I have rounded up some of my daughters’ (ages 4 & 6) favorites to pass on!
If you are looking for a winter shoe that is super warm, comfy and luxurious, then look no further than Blackstone Shoes! These shoes, my pair in particular, are a cross between a winter boot and sneaker! The best of both worlds!
Not only are these shoes very comfortable but they are also very luxurious. The outside is made of a beautiful soft leather and suede combo and the inside is fully lined with genuine shearling… even the tongue of the shoe! So your feet are nice and toasty with these on.
I like these shoes in particular because they are a style that you don’t really see everyday, so I get lots of compliments on them. I highly recommend them for yourself or they would make a great gift. In addition to several different women’s styles, they also have great styles for men.
Casual Lightweight Fall Jacket
Although I am a huge fan of throwing on a fleece jacket or hoodie to run around town, when I want to look a bit more put-together I will reach for my Patagonia lightweight jacket.
My particular jacket is part of a 3 part system which consists of a rain jacket plus this lightweight style. But I wear it on its own a lot. When looking for a casual lightweight jacket, I love a slim silhouette with a little bit of length so I can wear it with different things. I also love a pop of color, as you can see from my picture here! Sure there are so many different kinds of jackets you can wear in fall but one that is comfortable like this is a great staple that you will reach for on repeat!
Kids Anywhere Chair
This chair has probably been the most-used item in my house for years by both of my children. If there is one kids item that has been worth the money, it would be our Anywhere Chairs from Pottery Barn Kids.
Not only are they adorable, comfortable and come in lots of different colors and fabrics, but they give kids their own little spot to hang out that is just for them. My girls absolutely love having their own chairs and I love seeing them sit and relax in them.
Our Anywhere Chairs have been around for years and honestly, they hold up very well! I have had Micaela’s for about 5 years now. She has the cream color faux fur and it is still in good condition even though she uses it EVERY DAY. It is easy to disassemble and wash, which I really like. Also, if you ever want to change the color or the cover just becomes a bit dirty, you can keep the “insides” of the chair and only purchase a new cover, which is less than purchasing a whole new chair.
This item will definitely be on my Kid’s Gift Guide this year but it is such a great item I wanted to share it now too! Love it and I really like some of the new adorable animal chairs!
Amazing New Mascara
Ever since I started using Charlotte Tilbury makeup, I have loved every single product I have tried. Basically, this brand has taken over my entire beauty routine and pushed all of my other favorites out of my cosmetics case.
Eyes are a big part of my makeup routine. Since I have pretty thin and understated lashes, I definitely need a good mascara to plump them up and give them some va-va-voom! I have loved the mascaras that are in the CT line, and since she just came out with a new one, you know I needed to try it!
The new mascara is called Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes and boy does it push them up! It’s amazing! Probably one of the best mascaras I have tried! The brush has very small tight bristles and it distributes the mascara pretty evenly among the lashes without clumping. I do want to note that the girl at the makeup counter told me to wipe off some of the excess mascara back into the tube before applying to my lashes directly. Since there is keratin in this formula, it is pretty “powerful” so you do not want to apply too much at once, but you can definitely build on it. Just use a little at a time.
Highly recommend along with any other of the CT eye makeup products!
Cozy Hiking Socks
I have been wearing these socks on repeat… and just ordered two more pairs! I was looking for a sock that would peak out from my winter boots and these are so cute! Just the right height, and I love the heather color and the beige stripe along the top. They are warm and cozy, just the right thickness!
Highly recommend… now I just need to go hiking when my husband takes the girls… maybe!
Cool Kids Vests & Outerwear
When it comes to outerwear for my kids, besides cuteness, I always think about comfort and washability! Sometimes outerwear can be nice but needs to be dry-cleaned etc and with the amount of times I clean my kids’ coats throughout the winter, my dry cleaning bill would be through the roof!
Last year I found a great company called Merrimane and their outwear for kids checks all of my boxes: their jackets and vests are comfortable, washable and oh so adorable!! WIN! Many of the jackets are made of a super-soft velour fleece that moves with your child. The best part is that everything can go right into the washing machine if it gets a little dirty at the park or playing outside. You will be so happy knowing your children are warm, comfy and you don’t have to worry about them getting a little dirty!
If you are looking for a fashionable sneaker that looks great with everything and helps to save the environment, Veja sneakers are a great choice. They are so stylish and I love the retro look… but there is much more behind the scenes.
The thing I think is most interesting about the Veja company is that it is committed to helping our planet. The shoes are made of sustainable & recycled materials to create a lighter footprint with each pair created. The company has a very interesting vision to help our planet which you can read all about here.
Kids Snow Boots
My kids and I just love these winter snow boots from Lands’ End. This is the second pair of this particular style for both of my kids. They are water and snow-proof, comfortable and easy for the kids to get off and on themselves with thick velcro on both sides of the boot. This was important to me so that they would be able to take them off themselves in school each morning.
They come in a variety of colors including this pretty purple-pink ombre that both my girls are loving! My daughters say they are very warm and comfortable and they wore them most of the cold days last year (even chose to wear these instead of their Ugg boots most days!)
Right now, they are on major sale and they are discounted at almost 50% off the original price! So it is a great time to grab them while you still can!!
M. Gemi Felize Drivers
I have loved driving moccasins ever since a trip to Italy a few years ago. I bought my first pair in a little shop in Positano where they made the shoes pretty much in front of me. After that first pair, I wanted more and searched for a company that made Italian driving moccasins.
Thats when I found M. Gemi. Their shoes are all hand-crafted in Italy and sold here so they have amazing quality, beautiful craftsmanship, they are comfortable and oh so stylish! You can really see the quality the minute you get the box in your hand and I LOVE their driving mocs!
The drivers are super stylish, and comfortable. They are actually so comfy that I wear them when I would like to be wearing sneakers, but I need to be a bit more dressed up or stylish. They come in different colors and fabrics, and each season new colors are added into the collection! SO there is always something to look forward to to spice up you collection!
Right now, M. Gemi is having a Friends & Family 30% off sale so you can get your own amazing pair of these drivers for such a great price!
Absolutely love this fleece! It is so soft inside and out. Plus I love the quilting detail along the chest and under the arms. It definitely adds a bit of style and dresses the fleece up from others. It comes in quite a few color combos, all nicer than the next. It is a little hard to choose which to get. Highly recommend!!
Whether getting to lounge around the house or cleaning and doing laundry, you might as well be comfy while doing it! Finally got myself a pair of warm fuzzy slippers last winter that I love them and I find myself wearing them all the time… I would probably wear these around town if I could…
I did have a pair of the moccasin type slippers but I felt that they almost made me overheat from making my feet so hot but I definitely love the open toe versions. Warm and comfy!
Fall Finds on Amazon
Always great finds on Amazon… Loving the neutral color sweater dresses, and the faux leather joggers. Plus there are Adidas sneakers in so many different colors and over the knee boots that are perfect for fall and winter! All of these are really great prices too! I am also thinking that I might need this hat!
Comfy Face Masks
So we have been trying lots of different face masks and we have found a few that we absolutely love!!
First on our list are the masks by Joah Love. These are the ones my kids wear everyday. They are super soft, very comfortable and they can easily be adjusted by pulling the little strap around the ears. My kids love that they can put these on and adjust them themselves. Also, since they are in school and have to wear the masks all day, these are the only ones they will wear all day long without complaining. They really do love these. I recently purchased the infinity strap model and this is perfect since the longer strap allows for mask breaks while the mask hangs down around the neck and doesn’t get lost or dirty.
I also bought this mask from Joah Love for myself and it is really the only one I wear! Super comfy and I love the tie dye.
I also bought a box of the throw away kids masks to keep in the car and in my bag in case we forget them or in case we need an extra. These are also very lightweight so my girls tend to use these for soccer practice while running on and off the field.
Lastly, Nordstrom is offering lots of 4-pack sets of masks in the $20 range that are great if you need a few on hand that look pretty comfy. The one I got my husband from Nordstrom is by Outdoor Research and it has been his go-to mask for work. It is a larger size to fit his face well, the ear straps are adjustable, there is room for a filter and it is comfortable.
This speaker may be small but it is AWESOME! First off, it is completely kid-proof… meaning that if your kids want to play with it, go ahead and let them because they pretty much cannot do anything to break it. It is waterproof, and protected by a soft silicone outer layer, which can protect it from drops.
Another thing I love is that it has little tear-resistant strap/handle on the back so that you can attach it to a backpack, a beach chair or anything you want. I love attaching it to my bike handlebars to listen to some tunes while we are out for a bike ride. I have even attached it to my backpack while we are out walking in the park or out for a little trail hike.
Its small, but the sound is amazing. Of course it has bluetooth so will connect to your phone and you can change the volume or song from either your phone or directly on this speaker. It also can take voice commands. The same way you talk to Siri on your phone, you can do it through the speaker, so you can make and receive phone calls as well, or change the song with your voice.
All in all, I love it and use it all the time!!!
I love neutral shades all year round but there’s nothing like neutrals in the fall. You can layer with sweaters and coats and look super chic in an all neutral look.
These pieces are examples of easy neutrals that I like to throw on but still look put together on a casual fall day. You can throw on a cool military jacket, wool coat or sweater and you will look like you stepped out of a fashion catalog. I am all about the easy outfits these days… and I love pieces like this that look great with just about everything.
Although not the biggest fan of the Kardashian clan, this time Kim did something right!! Her line of intimates, and shapewear, called SKIMS, is actually pretty amazing!
Since quarantine, I definitely put on a few unwanted extra pounds and this summer I wanted a lightweight bodysuit that would keep everything looking smooth under my tees and tanks. I found the SKIMS brand and decided to give it a try… well, I am so glad that I did! The pieces that I tried were literally amazing! Way better than even some of my other shape wear that I have counted on for a long time.
The SKIMS waist trainer is AMAZING. Once you get it on, your waist shrinks down into a perfect hourglass shape. Technically, it is to be worn during the day to help “train” your waist to get back into its natural shape, but I have worn it under shirts for an extra slender look. It does have some boning in the sides so this is not the most comfortable thing to wear if you need to be sitting a lot.
The second piece I bought was the power mesh body suit and I LOVE that one too. The mesh is so taught but very comfortable! Not super tight but enough control to slim down and smooth out everything under your clothing. It gives a very sexy shape under your outfit and you can wear it all day long. I highly recommend and I will definitely be trying more items from this brand!
I just love the colors of fall and deep purples have always been one of my favorites. It was even my wedding color, since I got married in October. I think the rich hues go so beautifully with all of the neutrals, and oranges of the fall season.
So when I think of how these colors coexist organically in nature, I try to think of fashion and style in that same way. I think deep purples compliment a neutral look so perfectly. Here are some beautiful purple pieces I am loving right now!
The Senreve bags in the dark aubergine color have been on repeat in my wardrobe these past few weeks. I love pairing this color with all of my neutral outfits just to compliment and add some color. If you are interested in these bags, you can use my code DIAMONDS50 to receive $50 off your order with Senreve. Enjoy!
Fun School Supplies
When it comes to school and arts & crafts supplies, OOLY, is the brand to shop! From glitter pens, to sparkle notebooks and ice pop erasers… OOLY has everything you need to keep your children having fun while letting their creativity flow! My daughters absolutely love all of the fun products, and I even love them too! Some faves of ours are the sparkle glitter pens and the Chunkies paint sticks. Oh and the erasers that look like narwhals… so adorable!
If you are interested, you can check out my full blog post here to see the many different kinds of fun products! OOLY has items for boys, girls and just about every age range! Have some fun and get creative with OOLY!!
Super Soft Tops
When it comes to softness, Barefoot Dreams is the first thing that pops into my head. Each piece, from cardigan sweater to short sleeve top to throw blanket, is the softest thing you will ever get your hands on.
In the fall, I pretty much live in their short and long sleeve tops. They are soft, cozy and a nice heavier (but not too heavy) knit to keep you warm when the weather cools down. I particularly like the short sleeve tops because they are more casual but you can layer them and dress them up to wear, say out to dinner, but still be super comfortable.
Nespresso Vertuo Next
Where has the Nespresso machine been all my life?? haha
But seriously, we upgraded our coffee nook a few days ago and we could not be more pleased. I have been researching the different Nespresso machines for a few weeks now and have been holding off a bit because of price etc. Finally we wanted to take the plunge, and right now is a great time – a great time to save on this wonderful coffee machine!
We decided to get the new Nespresso Vertuo Next Deluxe set in gorgeous Black & Rose Gold, which comes with an aeroccino (milk brother). It also comes with a sample set of coffee to taste the different strengths and flavors. This machine makes espresso, regular coffee and cappuccino and in quite a few different sizes all the way up to a 14oz cup! The coffee comes out smooth and creamy – like a dream cup of coffee! I highly recommend. Plus, right now I found this and a few other styles on sale for a great price. See my links below. Really loving it so far!
Artis Makeup Brushes
Since I found these brushes, I basically pushed all my other makeup brushes to the side! I got these a few weeks ago and immediately fell in love. They are luxurious and like nothing I have ever used before. The long ergonomic handle makes application super-easy. The extremely dense fibers apply any type of makeup smoothly and flawlessly.
You can use these brushes with powders or liquids. Also, they can be used on face or body. I use the Oval 7 for my moisturizer and concealer in the morning. I only need to use a little bit because your product will go a long way with these brushes! It smoothes on the concealer with a gorgeous flawless finish. Then I use the Oval 6 to contour my face with liquid or powder bronzer. The Artis brushes come in all different sizes for lips, cheeks, eyes etc. I find that you can really use them for anything… I am even going to try them with body bronzer in the summertime!
A bit of an investment but I got the set of 3 which was a good deal and I honestly can see a difference in my makeup application. Highly recommend!
M. Gemi Fall Shoes
So many great styles this season… I just cannot choose! M. Gemi has quickly become one of my all-time favorite shoe brands. Everything is hand-crafted in Italy and you can see the beautiful craftsmanship the minute you open the box. From the detailed note that comes in each box, to the gorgeous leathers, stitching and comfort… this brand is worth every penny! I own several pairs of the Felize Drivers and am trying to decide on a new pair of casual boots for Fall/Winter (but I also REALLY love those fur sandals too!)
If interested in trying this luxurious brand for yourself, I have a promo code you can use: DIAMONDS60 and you will receive $60 off your first order!
You will not disappointed with these shoes… they are just that good!!!
Aria Belt Bag
Definitely a must have for any girl on the go! This is one of the most versatile bags I own, beside my Mini Maestra! It can go from belt bag, to a sling bag, to a clutch or evening bag in just seconds! The belt is fully adjustable to change the length depending on how you wish to wear it, or it comes off to use as a clutch. You can also purchase a chain to create a more dressy evening bag look. I just love the versatility!
The size is also great. It has enough room for all of my essentials: keys, phone, cards, etc. I use this every morning to run the kids to school so I do not have to bring my entire bag with me. I just throw this on and Im off! Super easy!
Also, the colors are amazing! It is available in so many beautiful hues, that I honestly could not choose. This one is the pebbled aubergine. I also have my eye on the tangerine color!
You can use my code, DIAMONDS50 to receive $50 off your purchase, if interested! I highly recommend!!
Amazon Fire Tablet for Kids
I do not let me kids get much screen time, but when they do I hated handing over my expensive iPad. This tablet by Amazon is perfect for kids! My kids love it and so do I as a parent. First off, its pretty much kid-proof. It comes in (or you can buy) a thick protective case which protects against drops or any other kiddo accidents. Secondly, it is covered by Amazon’s guarantee program, so if your child breaks it, Amazon will replace it for you. Another thing I really like is that it is fully parental-controlled. I went into each tablet and took off whatever I did not want my children to play or do… such as I turned off internet connection and some games I thought may have been too old for them. Then you can add then back on later. It has all the bells and whistles an iPad has, including apps, games, movies, tv and books! Just much more kid-friendly!
Right now, you can get a great deal during Prime Day! Check out the links below!
Wool Trench Coat
A good-quality wool tech or overcoat is one of those staples that you can have forever! It is classic and can take you from day to night in pretty much any type of outfit. You can easily dress it up or wear it more casual. I have had mine from J. Crew for years now. I keep it in a garment bag and it still looks brand new. Mine is a bit more dressy but I try to dress it down most of the time. The wool is super warm and is a great coat to layer over a nice warm sweater in winter. Add a scarf and some nice gloves and you are set for anywhere you want to go! You can never go wrong with one of these versatile pieces!
This cardi by Barefoot Dreams is my go-to in the Fall when I need to look put together in a pinch! I have it in two colors, and find myself throwing it on quite often. It looks so good over a tee or tank with some jeans or joggers.
It is the softest blend you have ever felt in a sweater (almost feels like cashmere) and just so cozy to wear either out and about or lounging around.
Although I do enjoy a pop of color, I am a classic neutral girl 99% of the time! I find that buying neutrals makes things easier to keep for longer, since you never really get sick of them and they can always look fresh if you pair them with something new. Here is a super easy and classic look for fall. Throw on a denim or utility jacket and you are good to go!
Cute Fall Decor
I love decorating for Fall and Halloween! So I always love to shop for new items to add to our home decor. These are some great finds from Amazon that will give anyone that warm Fall Feeling!
Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Serum
The minute I began using Charlotte Tilbury products a few months ago, I fell in love! I literally love every product I try from the brand (and I have tried quite a few high end brands.) I will definitely share all the products I love in another post but today wanted to highlight Charlotte’s Magic Serum. It is a new skincare product. Super lightweight and goes on smoothly under Charlotte’s Magic Cream (another must-have!). This serum has a beautiful shimmer which gives skin a sublet healthy-looking glow which I love. Plumps my tired-looking skin and brings it to life each morning!
The Softest Throw Blanket
I have never loved getting into my bed so much since I bought a throw blanket by Barefoot Dreams a few years back. It is literally the softest, most luxurious feeling blanket I have ever felt. It is super stretchy and hugs your body perfectly – just the coziest thing ever!
Now I am a little obsessed with these blankets and I not only have one for my bed but also my couch and the outdoor area to snuggle on a cold night. They are great quality and get even softer with every wash. I always recommend these to my friends!
Although I am not one to were leggings every single day, I do enjoy being extra comfy in them now and then! Of course everyone has their go-to pair of plain black leggings but sometimes I like to mix it up with a fun print! I love tie-dyed looks and also these pretty watercolor designs. Zella leggings are one of my favorite brands: great comfort, control and pretty patterns without being overly pricey!
Hum Hair Supplements
I have always had very thin and fine hair. After my pregnancies, I noticed lots of hair coming out so I have tried several different kinds of hair supplements and I really love these by HUM. They are great tasting dummies and since I started them a few months ago my nails are super strong and I hav e lot of baby hairs growing back in! Woohoo!
A good pair of plain white sneakers is a must to go with any casual outfit in a pinch. This pair by Adidas is one of my favorites! These are super comfortable, lightweight and pretty easy to clean as they are all leather.
Oribe Hair Products
These have been a game changer for me! The Dry Texturizing Spray & Dry Shampoo give my hair so much great volume! I also love the Gold Lust Shampoo & Conditioner. I have used many different salon shampoos and love this the best, hands down. It is pricey but a little goes a long way!
*Just an FYI, I have fine and limp straight hair so I need the volume. Another product by this brand might work better for a different hair type. All in all I love the brand.
When the weather gets bad you can still look good! All you need is some great gear, like a good weatherproof jacket, boots and a bag! (An umbrella wouldn’t hurt either!
These are some items I always grab when it’s wet out:
- my 3-in-1 jacket, or a good rainproof outer layer
- my waterproof boots that dont look like rain boots at all
- a bag that is completely water-resististent like my Senreve Mini Maestra!
Use my Senreve Promo Code, DIAMONDS50, to receive $50 off an order of $300+
Senreve Mini Maestra Bag
Absolutely loving this luxurious, multi-functional bag! The leather is durable, the bag is extremely durable (scratch & water-resistant!) and you can style this bag many different ways… even as a backpack – which is great for a mom on the go!
Use my code DIAMONDS50 for $50 off an order of $300+