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5 Things I’m Loving This Week

PMD Clean | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki Prendergast Eberjey pajamasPMD Clean

Happy Friday, friends!  It’s been a few weeks since I’ve chatted about 5 things I’m loving (I blame Thanksgiving travels, a little bit of sickness, and life in general), but this week I’m feeling holly jolly, loving all the things.  It was actually hard to narrow it down to five, but here we go.  Five things I’m loving this week, and I’d love to know – what’s bringing you guys joy this week?

PMD Clean – I’ve been a fan of the brand’s personal microderm device for a while but recently discovered the PMD Clean, and whoa.  If you’re a Clarisonic girl like me, trust, it’s totally different, and for the record, I have and use both.  The PMD Clean has a rubberized head (instead of the bristles of the Clarisonic) and vibrates like a facial massage.  There are 4 speeds, and I’ve been using one side in the shower with favorite cleansers and the flip side out of the shower to help my favorite moisturizers sink in.  If you’re going to invest in good skincare, this is a good tool to help that skincare sink in.

Rainy days in Southern California – In the past two weeks, we’ve had three whole days of rain around here.  And not normal Southern California rain.  Hard, hard rain with wind and skies that look like nighttime in the middle of the day.  I grew up around SO. MUCH. RAIN in South Louisiana, and I’ve missed some of those days since moving here.  These past two weeks have given me the first couple of days of staying in, keeping the PJ’s on, and getting so much work done inside during the rain.  Besides a newfound roof leak that we never knew about since the remodel, it’s been so nice.  But for the record, Louise the Viz is NOT about it.  Good God, that puppy hates rain.  (And if you need a good laugh, check out these Vizslas wearing boots.  I die.)

Decking the halls – Oh holy moly, there’s nothing I love more than when our house is decked out for Christmas.  Nothing.  The trees, the stockings, the garland, the lights outside – it all makes me happy, happy, happy like Phil from Duck Dynasty.  And hey, while we’re at it, I’ll throw in little Weeze wearing a Christmas sweater because that photo will be hitting the ‘gram soon.  I’m working on a full post of our holiday decor because all these online orders and trips to HomeGoods need to be documented, right?

Packing up for Jackson Hole – You guys, I stand corrected.  Wanna know what makes me happier than our house decorated for Christmas?  It’s heading out to Jackson Hole.  We went last winter and made another trip this past summer, and I’m so excited that we are headed back next week.  This time around, it’s gonna be even COLDER than last year with a lot more snow, and I’m ready for it.  I’ll be taking all of the cold weather essentials from last year and adding in a couple of new goodies.  This bright red coat?  Count it in.  With this bright red sweater underneath?  Yep.  And this year, I’ll be adding in these cozy inserts into my favorite snow boots.  Any other recommendations?

Skinny Pasta – I shared this one on my Instagram stories this week, and you guys were HERE for it.  And I can’t blame you!  If you’re trying to live that semi-healthy life or go low carb during the week like us, pasta has been a big no-no for years.  Eric and I have been grubbing through so much spaghetti squash for a while, and honestly, we’re a little bit over it right now.  I found this Skinny Pasta at Sprouts recently, and we love it.  It’s the most pasta-like thing we’ve found, and unlike with spaghetti squash, it keeps us full long after dinner.  Did I mention that one serving serves up five carbs and under ten calories?  We loved it so much, I recently ordered the full variety of what they offer.  The “rice” version is a little bit noodle-y, but throw some red beans in there, and you’ll be A-OK.

xoxo

Photo thanks to Katie Stuart

5 Things I’m Loving This Week

Rooftop Lounge Laguna Beach | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki Prendergast Rooftop Lounge Laguna Beach | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki Prendergast Rooftop Lounge Laguna Beach | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki Prendergast Zara dressKaren Walker sunglasses (look for less here)

Hello, and happy Friday!  How WILD is it that we have already made it to November?  Super wild.  But I’m not gonna lie, November kicks off my most favorite part of the year.  First, it’s my birthday month.  Hey, hey, Scorpios!  And second, we are literally SO close to Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s Eve and basically all of my favorite days.  We’re creeping up on fire in the fireplace weather, (relatively) guilt-free holiday treat binging, and generally days and days of pure happy.  So take it all in, friends, and read on for a few things I’m loving this week.  They don’t call it the most wonderful time of the year for nothing!

The Rooftop Lounge in Laguna Beach – Eric and I had brunch here a few Saturdays ago, and I’m still dreaming about this place.  It’s one of the best spots for taking in some serious Laguna views, and the menu offers a little something for every mood.  I had every intention of ordering the fancy lobster avocado toast, but when Eric ordered the grilled cheese and tomato soup, I had to copy.  #FOMO  And it was dee-lish.

Urban Decay’s Naked Cherry Palette – I’ve used Urban Decay’s various Naked palettes for years, and their latest “Cherry” edition is SO good.  My go-to shades have been “Caution” for all over the lid, “Turn On” for the crease, and “Drunk Dial” as a liner along my lashes, but there are a thousand other combinations I need to try.  If you’re a makeup lover like me, you have to add this one to the collection.

Sweat HB – I used to be a super dedicated Pilates-goer for years, but around January of this year, I was feeling burnt out on it and needed to take a little break.  That little break turned out to be a long one (I shared a bit about it here), but recently I was ready to start again. I bought a Groupon for Sweat HB and have been LOVING it.  They keep the studio on the darker side (no bright lights shining in your eyes) which I find relaxing, and all of the instructors I’ve tried have been great.  Plus, I love that it’s so close to my house.  I’ll definitely be joining when my Groupon is done.

L’Occitane Divine Eye Balm – Holy moly, is this stuff good.  I recently tried a sample of this and am now thinking I need to splurge on the full size.  (Early birthday gift from me to me, perhaps?)  I put a little under my eyes before bed, and by the morning I thought my eye area looked and felt tighter.  It’s pricey, but this stuff is the real deal.

This seriously fun party bag from Henri Bendel – With Halloween officially behind us, I’m super excited to bring on the holidays!  Give me all the turkey, sweater weather, trees, and general merriment.  And call me crazy, but I’m already thinking about festive party wear and can’t help but think this little penguin party bag is the ultimate conversation starter.  I also love this little pretty and think she needs to come home to me where she belongs.  Henri Bendel, please don’t close!

xoxo

5 Things I’m Loving This Week

Louise the Vizsla | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki Prendergast Madewell flats (more sizes here);  Julie Vos bracelets

Happy Friday, friends!  Back atcha this week with another installment of 5 things I’m Loving This Week.  Are y’all liking these?  Are they annoying?  Rest assured, these aren’t sponsored, they’re seriously just things I’m loving.  Things that are making my week better.  Things that I think you might love too.  (BTW, if you bought Mike’s Hot Honey from this post a couple weeks ago, make sure you try it on pizza.  I did this week and can never have pizza without it.)  Honey or no honey, here’s hoping everyone has a sweet weekend ahead.  Too cheesy?  I don’t care.  Here goes –

The cutest little pumpkins – I’ll admit that Christmas decorations are my main jam (see caption here), but lately I’ve been really digging the fall vibes around here.  I’ve got a new favorite candle burning in the kitchen and these adorable mini pumpkins stashed…everywhere.  I can’t help it.  How cute is that little white pumpkin above?  (Well, and the pumpkin-colored dog that’s staring at a treat under the pumpkin is pretty cute too.)

Benefect Disinfectant Wipes – I’ve been using Clorox wipes, marble cleaners, and other kitchen sprays for years, but recently a friend gave us these and I’m hooked.  (Do you ever stop to think about the chemicals in the products you’re using around your house?  Because I do.)  Benefect is a botanical disinfectant that kills just as many germs as its chemical-loaded competitors but with a toxicity less than vinegar.  (Read more here.)  It’s the stuff they use to clean up the bacteria and mold left behind by hurricanes and other natural disasters, so I’m pretty sure it can handle my everyday kitchen disasters…and the ones left behind by the pumpkin-colored velvet head above.  And as an added bonus for my fellow essential oil lovers, they leave behind a slight scent of thyme – no Clorox gas mask needed.

The luxe jacket I can’t wait to wear – A couple of weeks ago I took a quick trip to NYC, and between meetings and a fun happy hour with friends, it was a good little trip.  The cherry on top was definitely coming home with the most beautiful, versatile jacket from Cinzia Rocca that I can’t wait to wear.  The hood, cuffs, and padded button-down mid-section are all removable, so I can wear the plaid part here, and the full, warm get-up will be amazing during this winter’s Jackson Hole trip.  (Oh you know we’re going back.)  And if you want another, less-expensive cold weather jacket that I love, this one from Carve Designs is 100% it.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation – If you follow along with my Instagram stories, you know that I received the most generous package from Estée Lauder a few weeks ago with SO many shades of their Double Wear Foundation.  Well I’ve tried it, and I LOVE it.  True to its claims, it really does stay right in place.  I put it to the ultimate test during a friend’s recent rainy-day, humid Louisiana wedding, and at the end of the night, I really didn’t feel like my makeup was struggling.  (Southern girls, you know – 100% humidity shows no mercy.)  And, if you’re one of the 30-something readers who received your shade in the mail from me, I hope you’re loving it too!

Malibu Farm at Lido Marina Village – This week I had lunch with my last boss before I took the blog full-time, and we decided on the new Malibu Farm at Lido Marino Village.  Besides meeting up with one of my favorite humans who happens to be a former boss, I’ve got all the happy feelings about the new Malibu Farm.  You’re sitting right on the water, but the menu just takes the experience over the top.  Cauliflower crust pizza, burrata salad, and the best Branzino fish tacos?  Sign me up.  And next time, I’m definitely doing a little research on the F’Rosé Cocktail.  You know, for the blog.

xoxo

5 Things I’m Loving This Week

Happy weekend, friends!  I’ve been super lucky to get some sweatshirt weather at night these days, and I’m also lucky enough to find some favorites that are making me happy as a clam this week.  May your weekend be killer and your face regime even better with this moisturizer.  Love you gals.

xoxo

Beautytap and the MOST luxurious moisturizer ever – Last week I went to the grand opening of the Beautytap store at South Coast Plaza and came home with the most luxurious moisturizer ever.  Everyone obsessed with beauty knows that K-Beauty is the thing, but where do you start?  The experts there can set you up with exactly what you want, and trust, this moisturizer is exactly what I never knew I wanted.  Take one little ball, smash it in your hands, and treat yo’self with the most amazing spa experience.  This stuff is worth its weight in GOLD.

Fall decor in the dining room – I set a few goals earlier this month, and one of them was decorating our house for fall.  While I still haven’t found the perfect pumpkins for the front steps, the dining room is currently ready for her fall close-up, and it’s making me super happy.  Mini pumpkins, fall leaves, and the happiest little Thanksgiving plates?  Check.

Henri Bendel’s Plaza Mini bag – You guys, I’m sad.  Really sad.  This week I heard the news that the schmucks who own Henri Bendel are shutting it down.  Henri Bendel is a mainstay.  It’s a favorite of mine.  Two years ago, when our house was under construction, the exterior walls were removed, the unheard-of Southern California rain was raining in on our wood floors daily, we had to move out, my closet was locked up in a POD and I had no idea how to keep the blog going, I received the most beautiful Henri Bendel handbag in the mail that literally made me cry happy tears.  It was a small beam of happiness.  It’s a brand I’ve loved and always will, and when I heard they were being shut down, I went to my local store and bought the prettiest bag that I’ll keep forever.

Edoughble – Did you guys know we live in a world where edible, shippable cookie dough by the container exists?  Because I did not know, but now that I know?  Game. Changer.  This stuff is good.  So, so good.  You don’t bake it, you just eat it.  Or add it to ice cream.  Or just eat it.  I refrigerated it, fed it to a bunch of doubters, and came out victorious.  Winner, winner, fools.

The hunt for the perfect leather jacket – I’ve got a floral leather jacket in my life that makes me SO happy.  I freaking love this jacket, and after taking care of it and wearing the heck out of it the past couple of years, I feel like a good leather jacket is such a good investment.  So for my birthday this year (November 12th, Scorpios), I’m currently on the hunt for a new leather jacket.  I LOVE the leather jackets at AllSaints, but I’m on the lookout for a black or grey leather jacket with GOLD or matte black hardware.  Why does every single leather jacket have a silver zipper and snaps?  Give a girl some gold.  Please let me know if you find a good one.

5 Things I’m Loving This Week

Habanero Watermelon Margarita made with Casamigos Tequila, Suja Watermelon Whim, and Bear Root Bitters Happy Friday, friends!  Today’s post is coming to you from a cozy spot on my parents’ couch where I’m admittedly still pajama-clad and watching the rain fall.  I got to Louisiana yesterday to celebrate one of my high school best friends getting married this weekend, and it’s supposed to storm the entire time I’m here.  Hoping and praying and crossing all my fingers that my friend has a rain-free wedding day, but other than her big day, I gotta say I’m not mad at the rain at all.

Besides this rainy Friday morning with a hot cup of coffee, I thought I’d share five more things I’m loving this week.  (Because spicy honey and the best suck-you-in leggings were just meant to be shared between friends.  Here’s hoping everyone has an amazing weekend ahead!

End of summer Habanero Watermelon Margaritas – Summer may be coming to a close, but it’s still pretty toasty outside.  For your next happy hour, try out these delicious margarita cocktails made with Casamigos Tequila, Suja Watermelon Whim juice, fresh lime juice, and a few drops of Bear Root Habanero Ginger Bitters.

The coziest faur fur bomber jacket – I was roaming around Bloomingdale’s recently looking for a dress for a friend’s wedding when I was completely sidetracked by this jacket.  Now it’ll be a while before I can wear anything super cozy around here, but I’m counting down the days until I can justify throwing this pretty on.  The absolute softest faux fur, hooded, pockets, and the prettiest blush pink color – it’s a good one, y’all.

The best spicy honey – You guys, I never even knew I needed a spicy honey in my life, but it turns out, I certainly did.  Somehow I came across Mike’s Hot Honey on Amazon and added it to my cart.  I changed my mind and didn’t end up ordering, but the next time that Eric made an Amazon purchase, the honey was still in the cart and showed up at our front door in two days.  And I’m so glad that it did.  Serve it up next to a cheese plate, add it to a breakfast sandwich, or dip a chicken tender while you’re living your best weekend life.  This stuff is so good, and I’m constantly finding new uses for it.

White Noise Lite App – I’m naturally a pretty light sleeper through the night, and I’ll wake up for any creak, crack, or noise.  This white noise app has been a total game changer for me.  It’s free to download, comes with a ton of different sound settings, and can be set to fade out or shut off whenever you want.  I’m now falling asleep faster and staying asleep longer, and it’s been especially great for blocking out hotel sounds when I’m traveling.

Spanx legging season – With the changing seasons comes one of my favorite seasons of all – Spanx legging season.  (It’s a real thing in my mind.)  I’ve worn my black and navy pairs approximately 476 times over the last couple of years, and this year I’ve got my sights set on their new “Rich Olive” color.  They’re a little pricey, but after you’ve worn them for an entire fall and winter, the cost per wear is super low.

xoxo

15 Fall Finds I’m Digging Right Now

15 Fall Fashion Finds 1. Wine Velvet Blouse  2. Lurex Turban Headband  3. Snake-Embossed Block Heel Bootie  4. Velvet Ruffle Edge Skirt  5. Leather Mini Skirt  6. Convertible Leather Crossbody  7. Aqua Stone Cuff Bracelet  8. Rose Gold Sneakers  9. Slouchy Tunic Sweater  10. Lavender Distressed Sweater  11. Distressed Skinny Jeans  12. Waffle Knit Scarf  13. Faux Fur Lined Leather Mule  14. Sweatshirt Dress  15. Small Top Handle Crossbody Bag

Velvet, leather, snake prints, and every single sweater I find – the fall fashion lust is real these days, and today I’m rounding up 15 favorite finds.  Although Southern California has been WARM these last couple of weeks with no real end in sight, we did get a little taste of cool weather back in September that has me all about the fall things.

I’m honestly having a hard time even picking a favorite from today’s roundup because I’m loving everything, but I will say that the distressed sweater at number 10 has already made it into my closet.  Also, how cute would it be to pair the velvet top, leather skirt, faux fur lined mules, and top handle bag at number 15?  So, so cute.

Fall is also my favorite time for sneakers paired with just about everything – dresses, denim, and especially faux leather leggings.  I’m loving the rose gold-ish pair at number 8, but check out so many more sleek styles here.

Someone seriously needs to hide my wallet.  What pieces are currently on your fall radar?

xoxo

On My Radar: 13 Things I’m Loving Right Now

on-my-radar-1 1. Tie-Neck Blouse  2. cabi Maritime Trench  3. Loren Hope Marley Cuff  4. Quilted Nylon Tote  5. Cropped Patchwork Skinny Jeans (under $75!)  6. Red Leather Mule Loafers  7. Layered Look Tunic Sweater  8. Tie-Sleeve Shirt Dress  9. Leather Embroidered Crossbody  10. Pink Mirrored Aviator (under $20!)  11. Tiered Sweater Dress  12. West 57th Striped Crossbody  13. Fur-Embellished Sneaker

Why is it when I have the most work to do, I find myself doing the MOST online shopping?  Well, I’m sure that’s not a hard one to figure out: procrastination at its finest, y’all.  But also, part of my job?  Sure, we’ll go with that.  The new arrivals are seriously EVERYWHERE, and so many of them are just staring at me, like, buy me.  So today I’m rounding up 13 pieces that are currently on my radar.  I scooped up these velvet beauties this week, and now I’m like, do I need the leather ones at number six too?  Maybe?  Probably.  The fur-embellished sneakers and patchwork jeans (same brand as these that I wear all the time) are next on my list as well as a pair of metallic sneakers for spring.  Also, loving this big tote for any upcoming travel plans – totes made from this material always have the most comfortable padded straps.  I need new sunglasses like I need a hole in my head, but somehow the perfectly mirrored pair under $20 just gets me every time – add ’em to the collection, hoarder.  So basically the list goes on and on, but hey, that’s fashion, right?  What pieces are you guys looking to add to your wardrobe this month?

xoxo

$250 cabi Giveaway

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Hey, girlfriends, anybody up for a little hump day cabi giveaway?  Two whole months ago I gave you guys a little peek at a couple of my favorite things from cabi’s Fall 2016 collection, and finally, finally – fall is almost here.  (Well, technically it’s here, but the fall weather seems to be a little delayed with this week’s SoCal heat wave.)  Since the initial launch, I’ve fallen for so many more pieces like this long cardigan that I’m basically obsessed with for fall.  Pair it with a dress (like this printed cabi number), skinny jeans, or comfy leggings to take this killer cardi anywhere, day or night.  (Last week I actually needed a little outfit boost for dinner, so I paired with denim cutoffs, a tank, and leather mules for an easy transitional look.)  Also loving this sweater pea coat and this beyond comfy layering piece that are both coming to the blog soon.  If the first collection didn’t have enough goodness, cabi just added fourteen new arrivals yesterday so you can update that wishlist of yours.  (And mine.)  And while we’re on the topic of that wishlist, here comes the fun part.  I’m teaming up with cabi to give one lucky reader $250 towards whatever your heart desires.  So get the cardigan!  Or don’t.  It’s your prerogative, babes, but whatever you do, don’t miss out on entering this week’s cabi giveaway.  Happy Wednesday, and good luck!

xoxo

Photos thanks to Jenny Megenney

$500 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway

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Happy Sunday from Miami, friends!  If you’ve been following along on Instagram and Snapchat, then you probably know that I’ve been hanging out at Miami Swim Week with the Kyboe! team this weekend.  Miami has been a scorcher, but it couldn’t stop me from hitting up the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for all the new fall goodness.  Have you guys shopped the sale yet?  While I’m LOVING all of the boots, jackets, and scarves, I definitely wanted a few transitional pieces that I could start wearing now.  (Because who can let new clothes sit around unworn?  Kills me.)  This dress is definitely one of my favorite finds of the sale.  It’s lightweight and breezy for now but so easy to pair with a leather jacket and booties once fall rolls around.  Plus, the slit makes that whole “Angelina leg” thing make so much sense – you just can’t resist.

Need a little more motivation to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?  I’m teaming up with some of my favorite blogger gals to give one lucky winner a $500 gift card to Nordstrom.  So you can buy this dress.  You can buy 10 of them actually.  Although maybe that’s a little overkill, and there are a ton of other things you may want to get your hands on, just saying.  So click around below to enter – a winner will be chosen on Thursday, July 21st.  Good luck!

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xoxo

Photos thanks to Kristen

The Shopbop Black Friday Sale Is On

Spanx leggings, Hunter boots on sale | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki Prendergast (Original post hereSimilar cowl scarfSpanx leggings;  Hunter boots and boot socks

Happy Thanksgiving week, friends!  While I’m mentally preparing myself for the food coma ahead (or, let’s be honest – I’ve been in a food coma since arriving in Louisiana on Monday), I’m doing a little deal-loving happy dance over here because the Black Friday sales just seem to hit earlier and earlier every year.  And I, for one, am certainly not mad at it.  Just shop the sales, eat the bird, and spend a little time with family and friends instead of focusing on that old school Black Friday dash.

And today I’m kicking things off with some tried and true favorites from the Shopbop sale.  This is the Black Friday sale I look forward to every year.  For the second year in a row, I’ve used the sale to stock up on a few cold weather essentials for our upcoming trip to Jackson Hole.  (If you’ve got a cold weather trip coming up, I can’t recommend these Hunter boots, boot socks, shearling inserts, and chunky scarf more.)

It’s a Buy More, Save More sale, so the more you spend, the bigger the percentage off.  Just use code MORE18 at checkout.  Scroll through to see more of my favorites that are on sale and some brand new goodies that should be arriving to my door any minute now.  The anticipation, y’all.  Happy shopping, friends!

xoxo

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