Saturday, July 3, 2021

Summer workout attire

 During the summer I always try to take my workouts outdoors as much as I possibly can.  The heat can definitely make things more challenging for me, but I love to break a good sweat.  I have been loving Amazon of course, Forever 21 and Shein!  Below are some of my fave affordable summer time tops and shorts.


These Amazon shorts have been some of the best I have found!  They have a high waist band + build in shorts.  They are the perfect length and come in several colors.  These are def on repeat.

Majorly crushing on Shein this year.  I have ordered several workout tops from there and they have all been a hit and under $10!!  My gallon water bottle with the carrier strap and straw is my arm accessory these days.





And of course I have stocked up on a couple of Amazon tops that I have loved. Some of these tend to run a little small so I have sized up for more length and they have been perfect.




I have also stocked up on quite a few Forever 21 sports bra.  I have been really happy with the quality of them all.  I don't need a lot of support so I cannot speak to that ;).
 





Hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July weekend!!

XOXO,
Crystal 




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Monday, June 21, 2021

Amazon Prime Day 2021

Prime Day is here!! It really is almost like Christmas + is the perfect time to stock up on all the things. Amazon Prime Day started this morning, Monday, June 21, and ends at 11:59 PDT on Tuesday, June 22.

Here is the skinny on the sale:

What is Amazon Prime Day?
Typically occurring in mid-July, Prime Day was seen as an opportunity to boost mid-year sales and gather new subscribers. Now it's known as a two-day sale with a major opportunity to save big across the entire site.

Do I Have to Be an Amazon Prime Member?
Prime Day is available exclusively for Amazon Prime members, who currently pay $12.99 per month or $119 per year. But, there is a loophole: You can score a free 30-day Prime membership (if you haven’t canceled your membership in the past 12 months), and shop this sale.
Just be sure and cancel your trial before the 30 days run out to avoid getting charged. You can also sign up for a one-month membership for $12.99.

I want to highlight my fave Amazon fashion, accessories, and beauty products that are all included in the sale!

Fun colorful swim coverup (reminds me of a Missoni print + similar on sale jelly sandals 
+ similar on sale tortoise sunnies


                    The heated lash lift is truly a game changer + floral designer knockoff earrings



Packable fedora hat + black sunnies + scallop detail one-piece (not on sale but still good price!) 


Revlon hair one-step hair dryer and volumnizer + Apple Airpod Pros + the best lash serum + Levi's


Large straw hobo bag + white coverup (not on sale but still good price!) + similar on sale jelly sandals


Check out more Prime Day Finds Below!


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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Father's Day Amazon Prime Gift Ideas

If you are anything like me then you are last minute with buying gifts (guilty as charged!).  So for all you fellow procrastinators I put some gift ideas together for the awesome dad/hubby in your life.  Thanks goodness for Amazon and Prime shipping so these gifts will all arrive before Sunday!



My hubby loves his Smith sunglasses and Penguin shirts- those items make great gifts too! 


1.  Cotton Crew Neck Pocket Tee:  This tee comes in several colors and is the ultimate tee!  It repels liquids, stains, and odors.  The material is also eco-friendly as well.

2. Face Cleanser Stick:  This stick is super easy to use and removes dirt and build up.  It also moisturizes and exfoliates all in 1 easy step.

3.  Affordable Massage Gun:  This one has 4 adapters and 6 variable speeds and is a steal at under $50!  The reviews are great for this gun as well.  

4.  Golf Cart Speaker:  This magnetic mounting sticks right to the metal on a golf cart freeing up cup holders where speakers usually have to sit.  The battery life lasts up to 5 rounds of and the speaker also comes with a clip to hang on your golf bag.  

5.  Rechargeable super bright LED camping lantern with extendable arm:  This sleek lantern with a stylish carrying handle is not only great for campers but would be fun for backyard gatherings.  

6.  GrowlerWerks 64 oz carbonated growler:  For the beer lover this gift looks amazing!  It keeps beer fresh for weeks and you can easily pour the beer through the dispenser tap.

7.  2 pack of beer freezer plastic pint glasses:  Simply pop these glasses in the freezer for 2 hours then they will keep your beverage between forty-three and fifty-three degrees.  I love the no sweat silicone band detail which keeps your hand from freezing.

8.  Thule crossover travel kit:  This travel kit is the perfect size for pens, toiletries, or charging cables. This brand is known for being super durable with a no-fuss look.  

9.  Temperature control smart mug:  If you are shopping for a coffee lover than look no further.  This mug keeps your hot drink at the exact temp you prefer.  It comes with a charging saucer or it can last on 1 hour of battery off the charger.  

10.  Wireless Charging Station + Speaker: This sleek design charges iPhones and Androids.  The speaker feature is super cool as well- great for minimalists.  

Dancing with my sweet daddy at my wedding!  Love to celebrate him on this special holiday.  




I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful Father's Day honoring the special dads in your life!
XOXO,
Amanda

Shop Below for more Amazon gift ideas!


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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Holiday Sales

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday! We went to East TN to hang out in the Smoky Mountains for a couple of days then saw our family in Knoxville. If you are like me then you missed Black Friday sales due to being with family or traveling. The great thing about these sales is that they are usually extended for a couple of days now to allow everyone to have time to scoop up some amazing savings. 


  My satin puff sleeved top is 50% off (no code needed) + my high-rise jeans are 50% off 
(code: VERYMERRY), + my taupe booties are 50% off (no code needed)

I picked out some of my fave retailers to share their amazing steals + deals!


Anthropologie:
Dates: Now - Nov. 30
Sale: 30% off sitewide
Promo Code: Discount applied at checkout


This fuzzy jacket in ivory looks super duper cozy!  It's all about the cozy items this holiday.


Anthro has amazing gift ideas and these monogram agate coasters are chic + affordable


This delicate mongram necklace looks expensive and is a perfect layering piece with other necklaces.


Nordstrom:
Dates: Now - Dec. 1
Sale: Cyber week deals, up to 50% off select items sitewide
Promo Code: None



This Theragun Mini is a hot item on people's wishlist.  The mini version is more affordable but still gives quality muscle treatment.
These criss cross fuzzy slippers comes in tons of colors and are under $20! 


Madewell:
Dates: Now - Nov. 29
Sale: Up to 50% off
Promo Code: VERYMERRY

These 10" High-Rise Skinny Jeans have an amazing fit and I love the gold buttons!

These distressed black skinny jeans have continued to be my faves for a long time.  I also love the classic transport tote bags and use them for work or play.  


Adidas:
Dates: Now - Nov. 28
Sale: Up to 50% off select items
Promo Code: None



These Ultraboost 20 sneakers are my fave to run in!  I love the classic white color with the gold metallic detail.  



Spanx:
Dates: Ends Nov. 30
Sale: 20% off everything + free shipping
Promo Code: None

These faux leather leggings should be a staple in all women's closets.  They look amazing on all body types and really suck you in!

I love these velvet leggings and wore them throughout the whole holiday season last year!



Mignone Gavigan:
Dates: Ends Nov. 28th
Sale:  25% off Mini Madeline earrings + free shipping
Promo Code: None


These Mini Madeline styles rarely go on sale! I gifted myself and got the white/gold ones.  They are perfect gifts and great for wearing throughout the holidays.  


Tuckernuck:
Dates: Now - Nov. 30
Sale:  20% off everything + more percentage off orders over $500
Promo Code: BIGSALE



If you haven't discovered the brand, Dudley Stephens, yet then you need to check them out! I wore my fleece turtleneck all last winter.  They are seriously the most comfy tops you will ever wear!  


This is the Cobble Hill style turtleneck that fits more like a tunic and is great to pair with leggings!  I'm wearing my turtleneck with the Spanx faux leather leggings- which don't forget are 20% off. 

I hope your holiday was amazing despite these weird times.  Hopefully these amazing deals will help get you in the holiday shopping mood.  As always let me know if you need help finding a certain gift.  I love to help people out in this department!

XOXO,
Amanda


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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Prime Day Picks

 Prime Day is here!  The epic Amazon sale lasts today thru tomorrow, October 14th.  This is a great time to get ahead of holiday shopping and snatch up some goodies for yourself!  This sale is exclusively for Prime members only. This is like Black Friday for Prime members and a great way in their words to "beat the holiday hustle!"




Here are my top 5 picks!

#1:  Apple AirPods with Charging Case


This is cheapest that the Apple AirPods have ever been marked down!  So if you have been waiting to buy these; now is the time.  My hubby gave me some last year and it was the best gift ever.  It's so nice to not have to deal with tangled wires!


#2:  New Echo Dot Smart Speaker with Clock and Alexa


This Echo is brand new and comes with the clock feature now.  My boys have both requested new clocks in their room for Christmas and this is the perfect gift idea for kids or adults!  


#3:  Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Hot Air Brush


I am terrible at doing that salon type of blowout at home.  Round brushes are next to impossible at working through my naturally wavy hair.  This tool is a total game changer!  It really is foolproof to use and gives you body and smooths your hair at the same time.  I will never go back to another blowdryer!


#4:  Grande Lash Enhancing Serum

I've literally tried every serum on the market for my lashes.  After having my 2 boys I noticed that my hormones were jacking with my eyelashes as well as my eyebrows making them less full.  I didn't want to hassle with the maintenance of doing eyelash extensions so I started using serums.  They really really work!  I started with Latisse and also used the Rodan and Fields product.  I loved the results with those products but they are very pricey.  An aesthetician told me to try to this product and I have had even better results with this one!  GrandeLASH is on sale for $45 which is 30% savings.

It's really hard to get a good side shot of your lashes but I tried ha!  I took this pic to show you how long my lashes have gotten using this serum.  I'm also wearing Madewell teeUncommon James chokerStella & Dot coin pendant necklace, and Tom Ford lipstick in Carriacou.

#5:  Lioness Women's Blazer


This is a classic blazer from a brand I love.  The gold buttons give it a chic vibe and it comes in 3 colors.  I own the black one and it's truly one of the most worn items in my closet.  I'm going to scoop up the white one too!


I linked some more amazing Prime deals below!


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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

What to Order at Starbucks


Happy #national coffee day/every day for me!  I literally get out of bed and walk straight to my Keurig every morning.  I love being in control of what I put in my coffee so I can save where I can on calories and sugar. I also love going to other coffee shops and obviously Starbucks.  But, if you are not careful, you can load up on some unwanted calories.  I am always searching (and being super annoying and asking questions) the Starbucks menu for some lower sugar options.

The important thing to try and stay away from lots of milk and all the flavorings.  They do have some Sugar Free Flavoring options (Vanilla, Caramel, Cinnamon Dolce and Mocha) which can be a good substitute to cut calories.


ALMOND MILK is the best option as far as sugar and calories go.  They don't have an unsweetened milk option, so the Almond Milk is the next best thing.  Reasons to love Starbucks Almond milk: Lowest sugar content, you taste your espresso more, it doesn’t contain carageenan, and it even has 1 gram of fiber!

Nutritional info per cup for Starbucks Milk options (per 8 oz)


Almond milk: 60 calories, 4g fat, 5 carbs, 1,gram fiber (yay) and 3.5 grams of sugar


Coconut Milk: 8.5 grams sugar 60 calories

Nonfat Milk: 13 grams of sugar, but less calories than whole and 2% at 60 calories

Soy: 13.5 grams sugar, 135 calories

2% Milk:  12.5 grams of sugar, 130 calories

Whole Milk: 12.5 grams of sugar, 160 calories


Go to orders:


Cappuccino with Almond Milk and one pump Sugar Free Vanilla (the Cappuccino is better than a Latte because it is made with less milk)

Iced green tea with no sweetener and 1 scoop of matcha (the matcha is a little sweetened)

Iced Coffee Splash of Almond Milk and 1-2 pumps Sugar Free Vanilla

Sugar Free Vanilla Latte with Almond Milk 

Americano with 1-2 pumps of Sugar Free Vanilla.  I like to have my Nutpods handy and mix them in

Sugar Free Cinnamon Dulce Latte with Almond Milk

Sugar Free Mocha Latte with Almond Milk

Coffee sweetened with Sugar Free Mocha

Iced London Fog Tea Latte with Almond Milk and Sugar Free Vanilla


It probably goes without saying but always no whip cream please. If you like the consistency of the Frappacinos you can always order your latte the good way and have them blend with with ice.


Check out my What's in my Coffee Post to see what I put in my coffee at home.  

Hope this helps and you become an annoying Starbucks orderer just like me :)

Crystal 















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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

More Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks


 By now you might be really sick of hearing about this epic sale but just in case I want to provide additional help!  So Nordstrom has now opened the sale to the public today (you don't have to have a nordy card to shop!).  Just a reminder that the sale ends on August 30th and there are still some great deals to be had.  

Be sure to check out my previous blog post here with my picks on athleisure + accessories.  

These Quay tortoise sunglasses are still available on the sale and detract from my no-makeup look and sweaty gym hair- ha!  My crystal huggie hoop earrings aren't on the sale but are still available at Nordstrom for under $30.  Check out my previous post with more accessories picks.


Check out some of more in-stock picks for clothing, shoes, lounge, and beauty:


XOXO,
Amanda
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