Living my Best Botox Life

Hullo friends.

If you have been here awhile you might already know what I am about to say. Long ago, I made a promise to myself and to all of you that this little blog of mine would stay open and honest. You guys have seen me through some of my best and worst days.

Exhibit A: 2011 OH DEAR GOD

You’ve watched as I have dealt with issues like hair loss and giant age-spots. And now, as I enter my late 30’s it is time we embark on a new adventure.

And as common as Botox, fillers and other small cosmetic procedures are, I wonder why more women my age aren’t talking about them. Where are the Instagram stories of women leaving the med-spa with captions that say, “Fresh Botox, who dis?!”. And yet from what I understand, lots of women are doing this. Are we embarrassed? Are we afraid of judgment? If that is the case, I volunteer as tribute.

But first, as you might have guessed, a disclaimer:

I know that Botox, injectables, plastic surgery, and the like, are controversial to put it mildly. And believe me when I say that my views on cosmetic enhancements as a whole seem to constantly evolve. One day I’m like, “Aging is beautiful! Who cares about wrinkles?! Why is there an unfair standard for women to look young while ol’Clooney sits back and just gets hotter?!”. Then the next day I am inspecting my neck skin in a 10X magnifying mirror and googling “facial exercises” and “affordable neck lift”. OF COURSE the pressure that so many women feel to look younger and to spend astronomical amounts of money on treatments is, at the end of the day, bullsh*t. If Hollywood and society as a whole could just embrace aging (among many other things), we would be in a different place, wouldn’t we? And let me be clear, I am in no way hating on cosmetic treatments, plastic surgery, any of it. Because I also believe that our bodies are just that – ours. And if lip filler, breast implants, liposuction, etc. will provide happiness or contentedness, then by all means! Hopefully I have articulated my opinions on this clearly. I love, accept, and appreciate every BODY.

So that brings me to ME. Late December, after seeing a particularly wrinkly image of myself (we’ve all had that experience, right?) I decided I wanted to try Botox, or some kind of injections in my face. I was uneasy about it and not entirely sure what route I wanted to take. I ended up doing a virtual consultation with a local med-spa to no avail. 100% do not recommend this tactic. I then spent some time thinking about the financial aspect of it because I don’t know about you, but I want to get a ballpark idea of what I’m in for. I would see Botox specials for $10 – $12 per unit around town, but exactly how many units would I need? 5? 500? After doing some research, I settled on about 20-30 units or roughly $300. I was able to find an excellent deal at a local place, and promptly made an appointment.

I kept the appointment a secret, even from my husband. And when the big day finally came round, I muttered a “be right back” as I casually hopped in the car like I was going on a grocery store run. I was nervous. Don’t get me wrong, I am no friend of the needle – but I think it had way more to do with what this all meant, rather than what it was. All at once the gravity of what I was doing struck me. I was getting older. It was a strange feeling.

And because I knew I was going to be writing about my experience, of course I took pictures and videos.

Here is a video of me wrinkling up my face on the way there: (don’t come for me for taking a video while driving, I was literally turning into the parking lot and was kinda late).

DISCLAIMER: I cannot be held responsible for the ridiculous faces made in the following videos or my general state in the photos. I am a full-time working mom, this is real life.

And here I am with a totally relaxed face, right before going in:

Here’s how it went down:

I did a quick consultation and explained what I was after:

  • Natural, no frozen forehead. I need to emote.
  • Deep wrinkle prevention.

Overall, I explained that I just want to prevent the deep-set wrinkles from forming (especially the dreaded elevens) and possibly lifting my left eyebrow slightly (it droops). We settled upon injections into the space between my eyes (the elevens) and a row across my forehead. They prepped me and before I knew it, I was done.

One thing I was not fully prepared for was how badly it would hurt. I get IPL regularly and that hurts decently. These injections were comparable to a bee sting, which really wasn’t bad until she did one right in the center of my forehead. It hurt like 5x worse than all the rest and immediately the nurse said “yeah, that one might bruise a little”. Ugh, of course!

Here I am the next day. You can kinda see the spot right in the middle of my forehead where I had the painful injection.

Video from the day after:

Video from 2 days after:

5 days after: You can see the bruise on my forehead has grown. The bruise under my eye is from Clara head-butting me.

Annnnd, 2 weeks later the “final” result:

I would say I am very happy with how it all turned out. I still had a little movement in my forehead but it definitely does the trick!

Fast forward to now and it has been 4 months since I got Botox. They recommend going again after 3 months, especially after the first time because apparently your body absorbs it quicker. I was told that the more you get, eventually, the less frequently you’ll have to get it. I suppose I will probably go again in the fall and possibly try for 3 times next year. In terms of unit amounts and injection sites, I think I will stick to talking about it with the nurse each time I go. I want to stay very conservative and mostly use this as a preventative measure.

And that’s my journey you guys! Whew! If you are still reading, thank you for sticking with me. And if you have gotten Botox or injections and feel comfortable sharing, I would love to hear about your experience, tips, comments, questions, anything. Feel free to comment or write me a message at

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Guys, we’ve almost made it through April!

And you know what that means – Mother’s Day. The day we celebrate all the moms. And while hanging flower baskets, making brunch reservations, and buying massage gift cards are all well and nice, here are a few other items I would like to propose for consideration. Please review and get back to me with your comments by EOD.

Oh brother, I have been working too much.

Betty Bath Mat

I know what you’re thinking, it’s a bath mat. But this one IS SO PRETTY. I would love it if someone gave me this bath mat. It gives Diptyque vibes.

Mixbook Photo Book

I have made a few photobooks in my day and lemme tell ya – this one is by far the best. Pictured above is the 8.5 x 8.5″ Classic Square Premium Leather with Matte Dust Jacket and it was an absolutely joy to put together. The website is super easy to use and they offer tons of different layouts, themes, fonts, and colors to choose from.

Demeter Fragrances

I’ve always known Demeter Fragrances to come out with some, let’s just say, interesting scents. Take for example, Dirt, Paperback (although I do love the smell of an old library book), and Earthworm. However, this scent in Watermelon Blossom is spring perfection. It is freshy, juicy, and offers just a hint of soft florals. Another option that I truly love is the Vanilla Cake Batter scent, because who doesn’t want to smell like a snack?

Soo’AE Skin Care Kits

Soo’AE skincare has proven to be effective, nourishing, and best of all – easy on the wallet. This kit features some of their newest products from the black charcoal collection.

I also highly recommend the phyto-collagen products, especially the shampoo.

K18 Leave-In Molecular Repair Hair Mask

Perfect for anyone with damaged hair, this leave-in mask is supposed to be superior to the ever-popular Olaplex and comes highly recommended by my famous sister-in-law (check her out on IG!). While it is quite spendy, the results apparently speak for themselves.

Arze Crystal Moon Serum Gel

Arze plant-based skincare is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, and sustainable. It is handcrafted in small batches in the USA and is a woman-owned business. This serum aids in the body’s production of collagen and helps to reduce hyper pigmentation (YES PLEASE). I have been using it for a few weeks now and have been very impressed – not oily or sticky, it sinks nicely into the skin and does not clog pores.

They have an extensive offering of products, including face masks, oils, perfume, and body sprays. Right now, you can use code MOMLOVE for 30% off until May 11th.

Cushionaire Slides

Who doesn’t want a pair of super comfy summer slides? I do not personally own these yet, but it is just a matter of time. I have been a ride-or-die Adidas Comfort Slide for years but these babies could turn me. As long as they don’t make my already large feet appear even larger, I am totally down.

Diptype Beverly Hills Candle

Speaking of Diptyque…you all know I am not one to regularly endorse $80 candles, but this one is just so special. Look at the color and design! The notes are white flowers, lemon and mint. COME ON. And really, what says “I love you mom” more than an $80 candle?

Sugarfina Rainbow Bento Box

I mean…how “sweet” is this?! Three delicious boxes of candy packaged in a beautiful rainbow-shaped box? I feel like this is superior to a box of chocolates, although maybe not a box of See’s Candies. Those have a special place in my heart.

What are you getting for the mom in your life?

Natalie’s Lament

Any Guys and Dolls fans out there?!

No? Just me?

But first, a warning. I am all over the place in this one, so just bear with me.

Absolutely nobody asked for a life update from me. And in the interest of honesty, I have a sneaking suspicion that this will turn into a bit of a lament. Y’all know I like to keep things light-hearted and focus mainly on the good (makeup, my family, rainbow chip frosting), but my life is FAR from perfect. Especially over the last 2 years. So let’s all just stitch that a mothereffin’ pillow.

One day I am just fine – able to feel grateful for my job and the flexibility it offers me, my incredible partner, our lovely home, the sweet little dog curled up on my lap and of course our two kids. Usually these days coincide with sunny weather, the state of cleanliness around me, how much sleep I have gotten, etc. I guess what I am saying is, the fine feelings are circumstantial.

But the next day, I am feeling depressed. The house is a mess, my job is overwhelming, my hand is breaking out in stress-induced dermatitis and the steroid cream isn’t working, kids are being total grumps, the dog peed in the playroom again. You get the picture.

And then all of the sudden, I cannot breathe. The air goes in just fine, but gets stunted prematurely leaving my lungs feeling dissatisfied, half-filled. This is me lots of days. I breathe again and again, seeking that full, contended feeling. But it’s inconsistent, like a big wave randomly crashing to the shore. And all of the sudden the obliviousness of breathing in and out feels like something I’ve taken for granted, a lost luxury. It sucks. And at least for me, it’s anxiety. And despite the multitude of “helpers” (i.e medication, therapy, self-care, healthy coping strategies) it still manages to take hold.

Marriage. Kids. Family. Work. Home. Friendships.

It is mind-boggling to me, watching how different people handle the balance. Some with grace, an effortless ease. Seemingly flitting about without a care in the world, shifting evolving priorities – cooking dinner AND getting laundry done mid-week. Then there is me – second guessing my every decision (did I reallllly need the $3 handsoaps at BBW when we have a looming June vacation?), microwaving Dino Nuggets for Clara while running my hands through greasy hair just as David marches through the door and reminds me that he has basketball practice tonight. Most nights, by the time I get to sit down, enjoy my candies, TikTok, and m’progrums – it is damn near 9 or 10 pm. Adulting. IS HARD. Parenting too.

OK. Rant over.

Now let’s get to some random sh*t that’s been making me smile.

I MEAN. Of course these girls…

Our diapered chihuahua.


Items I want…

Don’t @ Me. I need a Loungefly backpack for our upcoming Disney vacay.

My anti-SAD fuchsia puffy coat

My people.

My love.

TY for listening.

New Holy Grail Foundation and Concealer

Hello friends.

After two long years of sweatpants, and Zoom calls, N95s. Of bouts of depression, crazy grow-out, excessive wine and Little Debbies consumption. And being teased with lifting mask mandates and dipping our toes into “regular”, only to have everything come back full force. IT IS TIME. It is time to don a little makeup again. So last weekend I dusted off the ol’ brushes and cried silent tears as I tossed bottle after bottle of expired product into the trash can. Goodbye Naked palette circa 2011. Au revoir Elf camo concealer I used twice pre-pandemic. C’est la vie good friends.

And while hemorrhaging SEVERAL old blush palettes, goopy lip glosses and dried out liquid eyeshadows was a bit depressing, welcoming new and exciting products into the lineup most certainly was not.

It also didn’t hurt that I have accumulated a small arsenal of Sephora gift cards after not wearing much makeup for the last couple of years. I decided to start at the most natural place: foundation. I started scouring TikTok for the latest foundation reviews and was met with so many choices! Should I go drugstore and try the True Match Nude Hyaluronic Tinted Serum, the Elf Camo CC Cream, or the Physicians Formula Butter Believe It? Or luxury – with Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Soft Radiance Foundation or Armani Luminous Silk?

I marched into Sephora with my mind made up – I wanted to try the Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Foundation! I was color-matched and surprised to discover that I was shade 3N. But then, true to covid fashion – they were sold out of my shade. Online too.

Back home I begrudgingly went. Later that night, I hopped on YouTube and decided to search up one of my all-time favorite, albeit forgotten YouTubers, Wayne Goss. I quickly happened upon this video where he reviews the LYS Beauty Triple Fix Serum Foundation. As soon as he applied it to his face, I knew I needed it. Dewy, medium coverage, very natural looking and best of all, great for aging skin. I selected the shade MN3 per the site recommendation and then went looking for a concealer. I referred back to Wayne’s channel, scoured around for a newish concealer, and bingo – found the Kosas Revealer Super Creamy + Brightening Concealer and Daytime Eye Cream. I went with the shade 02W and also selected a deluxe sample of the Dior Forever Foundation in shade 2N as my freebie.

A few days later, the products came in and within 2-3 days of testing, I knew it was love.

The packaging is gorgeous, especially for a $22 foundation. It comes in a glass bottle with a rose gold lid and has a pump. I found the shade MN3 to be a tad dark for me, but I decided to try it out anyway and possibly exchange for a lighter color if need be.

The concealer was kinda spendy for me ($28) but I figured I would just return it if I was not wowed. SPOILER: I was wowed. The color is perfect and it has a nice flat, doe-foot wand.

Here I am before foundation and concealer, skincare only. DISCLAIMER: I know I look a little worse for the wear. The lovely bruise under my eye came from Clara’s excitement as she sang “Let it Go” and thrust her head backward as I was holding her. The bruise on my forehead I will save for another post. I have no excuses for why my eyebrows are brushed downwards and for that I am ashamed.

And here is the after!

This was one pump and one layer. I opted not to add a second layer to my bruises. I appreciate how incredibly radiant my skin looks and how it doesn’t cover everything perfectly as I am NOT a full-coverage queen. I also think the shade does look a tad dark but I am also kinda living for it. Tell me what you think in the comments.

As for the concealer, HOLY SMOKES is it moisturizing! It almost appears wet, like you’ve smeared Vaseline under the eye, but as a bone-dry babe – give me alllll the moisture! I love looking dewy and hydrated. I did end up setting the under eye area ever so slightly with the Mac x Patrick Starr loose powder and it is just sheer perfection. This concealer does not crease on me and did not dry out on me either.

Overall, I am just floored. I am enjoying these products so much that I have worn makeup several days in a row now. Look at me go! Also, I just saw that LYS Beauty dropped a full-coverage, brightening concealer at Sephora which I might have to order. Am I turning into a makeup junkie again or what?!

Valentines Day Gift Guide 2022

Love is in the air! Or maybe it’s the intoxicating combination that is my night serum, a bowl of Sixlets and the Christmas cookie candle I am polishing off? Anyone else a Sixlet fan while we’re on the subject? I feel like Sixlets are to candy as Hallmark movies are to cinema. They pass as a candy and I do enjoy the crunch, but there is hardly any substance.

But today I am not here to talk about candy-oh wait, YES I AM. I am here to talk about sweets, and candles and flowers and anything else cheesy or dipped in fakey chocolate. As previously mentioned time and time again, I am a real sucker for Valentines Day. Love the color palette, love the gifts, love the vibe, love it all. And now more than ever – what the world needs now is love, sweet love.

I have rounded up some of the best gift ideas for the lad, lady or wee-lass in your life! And here they are:

Le Maxi Macaron Rouge & Moi Kit

I got this kit for Christmas a couple of years ago and I have just loved it. Le Mini Macaron polishes are a one-step gel nail polish that require an LED lamp. In this particular kit, the lamp is a macaron -yes, a MACARON.

The manicures easily last 2 weeks and soak off without too much work with acetone. The brand has a decent range of colors and a shiny top coat which I have recently tried.

Shades: Rose Antique and Rose Dahlia

I recently tried this opaque white and was really impressed with the result. The below picture is after approximately 9 days of wear.

Sol de Janiero ’40 Black Amber Plum & Vanilla Woods Body Mist

All of the fragrance mists from Sol de Janeiro are wonderful in their own right. And this warm floral scent is absolutely perfect for Valentines Day. At some point I will likely own the whole lineup, including ’71 (the carmelized vanilla and macadamia one) because who doesn’t want to smell like a SNACK?

Heart Print Puffed Shoulder Sweatshirt and Pearl Embellished Pink Sweater

YOU GUYS. These sweaters are Charter Club from Macys. Am I 400 years old or has Charter Club stepped up their game? Because I find both of these tops to be quintessentially Valentines Day adorable. I need both and will pair them with a bow in my hair.

Name Stories Print

Wouldn’t it be so sweet to do a little collage of these with all your family member’s names? The above-pictured prints come in 16 color choices and the section at the very top is customizable. Here are a couple of others for reference:

The quality is un-matched and the site has over 4,000 names to choose from. Also, the print comes expertly packed between very sturdy cardboard so it arrives in pristine condition.

Customized Pint Glass from Well Told

A perfect gift for the drink-lover, be it beer, wine, coffee, whiskey or water – these beautifully etched items are unique and can be super personalized. Each item can be customized with any U.S city (seriously! even really small towns), college town, night sky, or topography. Of course I had to make a Portland map for my David. He loves this glass and always gets it out when we have company over so everyone can ooh and aah over his cool glass. Check out some of these other ideas!

Subscription Boxes

I have been really into watching subscription box reviews lately and feel that these would make such fun gift ideas! I have heard great things about the Jilly Box, the Margot Elena box and Universal Yums.

Some of you might know that I also subscribe to get Billie razor refill blades delivered every other month.

I love Billie’s products, their packaging and basically everything else they stand for. ALSO – have you seen their dry shampoo bottle? Ridiculously cute.

I have a referral link for Billie (anyone can get one!) which gives me $5 off if you are interested in signing up.

I also recently tried the Nudge oral care subscription, which came with:

  • Fluoride-free natural toothpaste
  • 2 sustainably sourced bamboo toothbrushes
  • 100% biodegradable floss
  • Alcohol-free and fresh concentrated mouthwash

These products are all-natural, sustainably sourced, use responsible packaging and are kid-friendly. I love having products I use all the time like razors, dry shampoo and oral care ship to me automatically. It is one less thing I have to worry about replenishing and makes life just a tad bit easier. These boxes are perfect gifts for the “act of service” love language type. I mean, what says “I love you” more than lifting a burden and providing great oral hygiene?!

Cuddle and Kind Dolls

These sweet, hand-knit dolls make me want to have 5 more babies. And not only because all of the stuffies are so cute – but because for each doll sold, Cuddle and Kind donates 10 meals to a kid in need. Hannah the Bunny would make such a precious Valentines gift for any little!

Couples Split Blanket

End the nightly tug-of-war for around $100! I found this product on Uncommon Goods (it’s like a bougie Sky Mall) and instantly knew I needed to talk about it. This is a blanket and sheet set that comes pre-split down the middle, but not all the way to the end. You can tuck in the bottom and each person has their own sheet and blanket, which is 4 inches wider there is plenty of room. I LOVE this idea!

Bar Fly Fragrance

It wouldn’t be a true Valentines gift guide if there wasn’t at least 2 fragrances right? Hat tip to my sister Amy (who always has the low-down on great fragrances) for introducing me to Bar Fly. This cologne is advertised as a unisex fragrance and I could not agree more. I think it tends to lean a but more masculine but personally I have always been a fan of heavy, masculine scents on women. This scent features notes of citrus-herb, jasmine, sandalwood, musk and Madagascar vanilla. I used to love walking by the Scotch & Soda store in Pioneer Place on my lunch breaks and the smell of Bar Fly would waft under my nose. It is such an alluring and lovely fragrance.

Plush Valentines Throw Blanket

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22 (sorry I had to) our 10-year-old is obsessed with blankets. Especially ones that are extra fuzzy and cozy. This $10 blanket from Target fits the bill perfectly and is adorned with pink hearts. What’s not to love?!

Yeti Rocks Rambler

I hate to include something so generically “manly”, but this little sucker is one of my husband’s favorite things. It keeps his whiskey cokes SO ice cold (as the name on the front would suggest) that the ice from his 6 o’clock cocktail is still intact the next morning. And it comes with a lid – which let’s be honest, shouldn’t all vessels meant to contain alcoholic beverages come with a lid?!

DW Home Coffee Cup Candles from TJ Maxx

Run! Don’t walk to TJ Maxx if you like these candles because I can only find them in-store. Are these not the cutest containers ever? I mean, the basic in me is just screaming. The only drawback are the scents – which sadly, are not my favorite but I am willing to overlook it for the rampant cuteness of the vessel. You could re-use as part of your decor and fill with conversation hearts! I MEAN.

And that is my list! What do YOU want for Valentines Day?

*Some of the items above were sent to me complimentary for review. All opinions are my own.

New Years Must-Haves

2022 is upon us!

And while 2021 was definitely better than the dumpster fire that was 2020, I still feel like there is room for improvement. Especially for me. Namely –

  • Achieving decent hair volume (velcro rollers turned out to be a cardinal mistake, thanks TikTok!)
  • Addressing my frown and forehead lines (is this the year I try Botox? thoughts are welcomed)
  • Finding the perfect pair of baggy jeans appropriate for someone in their *cough* late 30’s *cough*
  • Doing anything related to working out/eating less Cheez Its and Little Debbies
  • Striving for better work-life balance
  • Focusing more on having fun and letting go

Ok that got semi-serious kinda fast. And I do not believe in setting typical new years resolutions for myself when I already have enough on my plate. But I do think that at least pondering ones upcoming personal goals is not a bad exercise right?

This New Year’s I will be going to dinner with my best friends and also celebrating my birthday. Here are the necessary components to making this occasion a smashing success (other than childcare, obvs).

First, a chill-pill. Lately I have really gotten into a few CBD products, especially these gummies from Keoni.

I have been taking one gummy after work, or anytime I feel like I could use some extra anxiety reduction. At first I was not sure if I felt anything at all, but after a few days the first thing I noticed was much less pain in my back. Typically after a long day of sitting at my desk, my back is super sore, but these have definitely been helping. I also just feel a nice “chill” feeling (not “high” in the least) throughout my whole body. You can read more about these gummies on their website, and they are also available on Amazon.

Next – a killer shower. In the Stars is literally my FAVORITE scent from Bath & Body Works and this moisturizing body wash does not disappoint!

It is thick, rich and leaves the skin delightfully scented. It also works amazingly as a shave cream.

Next it is best to do a sheet mask – I swear these things make all the difference in the world! They make makeup go on smoother, they plump the face – they do it all. Here are two I am super excited to try out from Soo’AE.

The Sweet Pink Bubble Mask (only $2.25!) helps remove impurities as it bubbles up to help soften and replenish the skin. This Panda Eye Brightening Mask (only $3!) targets dark circles and works to de-puff and revitalize the eye area. YES PLEASE!

One of my favorite beauty hacks of all time, are these amazing eye drops from Rohto. They take ALL the red out of the eyes and make the whites appear sparkling. I do not put these drops in very often (only for special occasions) and definitely talk to your doctor if you wear contact or have sensitive eyes.

A great bottle of champs/bubbly wine is a MUST when primping for NYE. Recently I tried this stunning bottle of Stella Rose Asti (I mean, how festive right?!) and deemed it the perfect “getting ready” drink. This Italian sparkling wine is semi-sweet, fruity, gluten-free, low-cal and low-alcohol. How amazing is that?!

When you order from Stella Rosa Wines, your bottles are shipped very securely ensuring they arrive in perfect condition.

Setting the “getting ready” vibe is key – and if you know me, you know I LOVE a candle. Right now, I am obsessed with this one from Broken Top Candle Co. This candle smells absolutely divine, with notes of jasmine, sweet cream, and driftwood. The throw is out of this world and easy fills a large room without being overkill. I have loved melting this candle as a welcome reprieve from all the holiday scents that are popular this time of year. It is fresh, warm and very soothing. Check out all the scent choices from Broken Top Candle Co. – there are so many good ones to choose from!

After the mood is right, it is time for makeup of course. An amazing lipstick is obviously a must. This bright pink shade in Hollyweird, by Urban Decay is really gorgeous.

Lastly, a fun outfit is a must! I like to opt for something cute but not super uncomfortable. This year, I happened upon a pair of faux leather joggers at – yes, Walmart. I paired it with a sparkly red tank (very Wet Seal circa 2004) and have myself an outfit for about $50!

And lastly, makeup removal and skin care! After a long night out, washing my face is the last thing on my mind. That is why I have been loving this convenient cleansing glove from Prato Botanico. Double-sided and made of bamboo, this ultra-plush glove is perfect for getting deep into pores to quickly remove stubborn makeup. It is super soft and really great for sensitive skin. I am never going back to just using my bare hands to wash my face!

And speaking of Prato Botanico, I have just started using their smoothing day cream and am beyond impressed. The ingredients are out of this world (hello hyaluronic acid, aloe, almond oil and grape seed oil!) and it is lightweight, yet SUPER hydrating and nourishing. I am totally in love so far!

I hope each and every one of you enjoy your New Year’s. No matter if you are sitting on your couch watching the SATC re-boot and eating leftover Christmas cookies, or attending a fabulous party. I love you all, see you in 2022!

*Some of the items above were sent to me complimentary for review. All opinions are my own.

My 2021 Christmas List

The tradition lives on!

I have been posting these puppies since 2013 and looking back, they have all followed the same basic formula. A shoe, a jean, usually a bag, fragrance and/or beauty item. Maybe a lord of the rings phone case or STATEMENT NECKLACE (click here to see a few other doozies). Remember the statement necklace? Man, I loved ’em. I have even kept a few in hopes that one day they will make a comeback. I know it’s a long shot, but – bucket hats? Jnco jeans? What goes around comes back around in the world of fashion, amiright?!

This year’s theme is pretty paired down and includes some of the typical items we have all come to expect from yours truly. But there are also one or two fun things poking about – let’s get to it!

I discovered the Margot Elena Box on YouTube and instantly knew I’d love to try one after seeing all the amazing brands inside. You can expect to find items from Lollia, TokyoMilk and Library of Flowers in this box, with a combined price of up to $200. I feel like this would be such a fun thing to look forward to!

If you watch Mikayla┬áNogueira on TikTok, you understand why I want the Glow Recipe Niacinamide Drops. They supposedly make the skin truly glow and also provide treatment for dark spots, two things I am always after. Plus it doesn’t hurt that the packaging is adorably cute.

These corduroy overalls from Aerie are just so friggen’ cute. If you are an 80’s kid, you know the nostalgia of corduroy and the fact that they’re an overall makes these just irresistible to me.

The Clinique Happy Cookies & Kisses Perfume is just that – happiness in a bottle. If you know me well, you know that smells are, like, VERY important to me. I love a candle, a wax melt, perfume, body spray, you name it. This fragrance really does smell like cookies and therefore, I need to own it.

I want these Universal Thread Sneakers from Target simply to fill a gap in my wardrobe. With the roll-out of the wider leg, 90’s jean one also own a chunkier sneaker for accompaniment. I determined that I was not ready to fork over the $100+ for Air Force 1’s, and these fun sneakers from Target totally fit the bill.

A pair of huggie earrings such as these have also made the list, due to their rampant cuteness. I find the huggie style to be both super flattering, but also comfortable. Which essentially, defines my style as a whole.

The Madewell Transport Rucksack has been on my list for YEARS now. I think it started when I saw Home Alone 2 for the first time and watched Kevin McAllister run around New York City with his dad’s classy backpack.

Note the leather touches

And lastly, but certainly not least – this vintage-style keychain from Amazon. It’s adorable, and fun, and makes me feel like I live in a little flat on Rue Cler!

And that about does it folks! What is on YOUR list this year?