Best Buys of August

Happy September everyone! I know we are a few days into the month already, but with this heat wave I'm having a hard time remembering it isn't still August, haha. Anyone else?! Regardless, September is upon us, and I wanted to use the opportunity to start a new blog series - my favorite finds from each month. I few other bloggers do this series, and I always really enjoy knowing what they truly used and loved each month, so I thought I would do the same. 

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

First up, a big favorite this month is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I purchased Duck Egg Blue, a gray blue color, and a gray taupe color named French Linen. I used the blue on a bathroom shelf and the gray on our hall table. It only took me 2 coats to refinish the furniture, and the color is opaque and makes the pieces look brand new. Would anyone like to see pictures? 

Supergoop Setting Spray

Next, I have used this Makeup Setting Spray spray every day all month long. I use it at home and keep it in my bag to use throughout the day. It is so easy to reapply, and it doesn't mess up your makeup. It comes in a travel size too to take in your purse. 

Third, I adore my new handbag - the Salvatore Ferragamo Vara bag in navy. We purchased it while in Italy to save money with the VAT refund, and it is the perfect handbag. The strap converts between a shoulder bag and a cross body, it fits all my daily essentials, and I love the bow detail. I also love having a dark blue bag to match my wardrobe for fall and winter. 

Salvatore Ferragamo Vara Bag
Rifle Paper Co. Agenda

Fourth is my new Agenda - I wanted to start off the fall feeling more organized and put together. I purchased this agenda so that I could keep track of my month at a glance along with my daily to do list. My old system involved a lot of scraps of paper, and I would feel like the forest was getting lost for the trees. This agenda is already making a big difference, and I love that the cute print doubles as home decor. 

 

Fresh Sugar Spice

Finally, my Fresh Sugar Spice Lip Color. I generally have a lip color on repeat each season, and this fall it's going to be Spice by Fresh Sugar. The brand's lip products are my favorite because they are so hydrating and come in wearable yet pretty shades. This rose color is brand new, and the perfect autumn color. 

What did you fall in love with in August? Any new things you are excited to try in September? 

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Cute Back to School Supplies

Happy Wednesday friends! I can't believe it is already back to school time. I still think of it as the beginning of the year, even though I haven't been a student in a while. Is anyone else's internal clock permanently wired to register fall as the new year? I suppose old habits die hard, which is why I also still shop for new desk accessories and other school year items. There is something about the feeling of a new pen and a fresh highlighter that I have always loved, and I still use an old-school paper planner and notepad to keep track of everything. There are so many cute new desk accessories this year, I put together all my favorites for any of you who are back to school or are like me and just love a cute new notepad. 

What's your favorite? Also, does anyone else think of Rifle Paper & Co. as the adult version of Lisa Frank? I loved that stuff! 

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Rifle Paper Co. Desk Accessories

Happy Friday Friends! Did you all have a nice week? Any fun weekend plans? I have some family coming into town and I’m so excited to see them all! We are going to relax on the beach and be fancy and get some cocktails at the Seafood Bar at the Breakers. It’s such a unique spot, the whole bar is an aquarium! I’m also feeling inspired to knock out some to-do list items - I recently got some new Rifle Paper Co. desk accessories and I’m in love!

Rifle Paper Co Desk Accessories

What I’m loving this week:

My phone case was completely broken, it actually stabbed me once, and I love my new herb garden one. It feels very sturdy and makes me smile every time I look at it. I also ordered this weekly planner and I swear it makes tackling the to-do list far more fun! I'm also in love with this Kate Spade notebook, I might have to use my Amazon gift card on it. 

How cute are these sunglasses? I feel like they look like the Rifle Paper Co. card girl in real life! I’m also in love with this rattan bag by Palmgrens. They have been making them since the 1950’s - and here I thought the basket bag trend was new. 

We recently got movie pass, which Carly has talked about a number of times, and it’s great! We paid $9.99/month for a year of unlimited movies at the theater! You are limited to once a day, but that’s it. Now I feel free to re-watch movies I loved and see all those rom coms that I never want to pay full price for.  

Has anyone else noticed that a lot of the new J.Crew Factory arrivals are items that were on sale at the main J.Crew store last season?  I'm sure they are the same because they are items that I wanted but didn't pull the trigger fast enough when they went on clearance! Now, they are all even cheaper. Cue my shopping happy dance. 

I have seen so many cute resort stays on Instagram this week. Palmetto Bluff (on Ashley's blog) and Sea Island (on Sarah's blog) look particularly wonderful. I have been hoping that we will get to take a trip over Memorial Day weekend, any either of these would be so lovely!

Have any of you gone anywhere fun lately? Any recommendations? 

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