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The Amazon Finds I’m Loving Right Now

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Well if there ever was a time to round up some current Amazon faves, it’s now because let’s just say that our Amazon Prime account has definitely seen some use lately.  From dresses to pretzels and sanitizers to kitchen gadgets, here are some of the Amazon finds I’m loving right now.

This easy, lightweight maxi dress – I’ve had good luck with Amazon maxi dresses in the past (still LOVE this one and this one), so I figured I might as well go for round three.  (Honestly, I feel like as long as something is on Amazon Prime and offers free returns, you really can’t go wrong.  Returns are so easy for things that don’t work out.)  The dress above comes in a million different prints and colors – including some that are plus sized – and is just so lightweight and easy for summer.

Some seriously addictive pretzels – OK, I know what you’re thinking.  Pretzels?  But trust, these are SO good.  I came across recommendations for these a couple of times on the interwebs and figured I needed to check them out.  And well, they totally live up to the hype.  They’re crunchy, delicious, and coated in some type of addictive savory seasoning that makes them hard to put down.  We also like to kick things up a notch around here and dip them in a spicy mustard.  I’ve already ordered more and included a couple of bags of the Southwest flavor because, you know, research.

Apple AirPods and a handy little case – Eric gave me AirPods for Christmas, and I seriously had no idea how much I would use them.  I knew they’d be great for listening to music while walking the pups, but I also really love them for phone calls.  The sound quality is so good.  So when Eric started stealing mine while working from home, I ordered him a pair from Amazon.  And then a pair each for our moms for Mother’s Day.  They’re a pretty versatile gift for anyone in the family, and I love this handy little case to easily take them on the go.

Sunscreen for the pups – Full disclosure – I KNOW I’m a crazy dog mom, but I’m fine with that.  Dogs can get melanoma too, and I’ve seen too many social media posts of Vizslas who have it, so here we are.  I pretty much just make sure to spray their nose and ear areas before super sunny walks.  They don’t love it, but they also don’t flip out, so that’s a win, right?

A super handy candle lighter – We’re still spending most or all of our time at home, and somehow days are just better when the house is clean and a candle is lit.  I’ve been stocking up on these candles (that smell exactly like a much more expensive brand) and lighting them with this nifty little flameless lighter.  The bendy neck lets you easily get down into candle jars, and the fact that it’s rechargeable means you’ll never run out of fluid.  It’s a cheap kitchen thrill that I’ve been using almost every day.

The prettiest caftan coverup – You guys know I live for a good caftan – over a swimsuit or layered over a slip – and even better when I can find one that doesn’t break the bank.  I figured I’d try out this under $30 blue one (again – easy returns) and was so pleasantly surprised.  The embroidery is so pretty, and the lightweight fabric is so good for the beach or poolside in Palm Springs.  You can see a peek at how it looks on here.

Easy-spray hand sanitizer – Thankfully now that there’s no shortage, hand sanitizer is easy to find, but we all know that some brands are better than others.  While this lemon coconut scented one is definitely my number one, I also love this version with a continuous spray pump similar to spray-on sunscreen.  Some of the reviews complain about the smell, but I don’t notice it at all, and we love that it’s super convenient for hands or things like…Amazon packages.

This huge pack of ChapSticks – Just where do all the lost ChapSticks go?  Eric and I were constantly on the hunt for ours, especially when we spent a few weeks in the desert heat, so here’s a pack of 18 in all the best summer flavors for those like us who are hooked on the Stick.

A new favorite pair of summer sandals – I wanted a new pair of comfortable summer sandals that were dressed-up enough to wear out in place of heels.  Something I could easily pair with a mini or maxi dress for casual dinners or desert nights out with friends.  Basically, I was hoping to find something exactly like this pink pair I own from a few seasons back. Well, I found them and seriously love them.  I ordered the gold pair from Amazon and then ended up finding them in red in my size on eBay, sooo I now own those too.  I’m not big on “designer dupes”, but I do LOVE these studded sandals that just so happen to look a lot like this designer pair.

A genius little egg bite maker – We can blame this one on the damn Facebook ads that track my every move because, well, they got me again.  If you’re a sucker for those Starbucks egg bites like me, then you’ll love this little egg bite maker so that you can make them at home in your PJ’s.  It comes in three different color options and includes molds for both the mini egg bites and a size that’s perfect for breakfast sandwiches.  I ordered mine on Amazon but just found it cheaper here through Target.

A new rug for my office – You’ve probably seen the new rug a hundred times in flat-lay photos and quarantine mirror selfies on Instagram, but after testing it out for a few weeks, I’m still really loving this rug.  The colors are as pictured, quality is nice, and free Prime shipping to your door just makes everything easier these days.

xoxo

Photos thanks to Katie Stuart

The Amazon Finds I’m Loving Right Now

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As I’m scrolling around on social media or different websites, you know what clickbait just gets me every single time?  The Amazon roundups.  Seriously, I’ll click on just about any “Amazon favorites” list I can find because they just have some of the best, and usually affordable, finds.  I actually recently went back and read my last two Amazon posts (see them here and here), and I still 100% stand by everything I linked.

I still order this safe and junk-free tuna by the case, still LOVE this makeup organizer for home or travel, still swear by these pimple patches, and just reordered these yummy K-cups – just in time for Mardi Gras.  I’m still obsessed with these affordable wool hats in ALL the colors, still stock up on these sweets, and just ordered a second one of these mugs.  So today I’m back with some of my current favorite Amazon finds that I really think you’ll love.  But if you don’t, how easy are Amazon returns, right?

This beyond cozy cardigan that comes in 8 colors (above) – I’ve got a whole slew of black, grey, and other random cardigans, but a couple of months ago I went on the hunt for a great camel-ish / tan one for now and into spring.  After ordering, trying, and returning quite a few, I finally decided to (DUH) search around on Amazon.  I ordered the one above in medium and large and ended up keeping the medium.  I love the super soft fabric, slightly oversized fit, and big pockets.  Plus, it’s pretty much the exact shade of camel I was looking for.  (Now I’m thinking I probably need the oatmeal color, right?)

A daily SPF that Eric and I both love – A couple of years ago, I finally got Eric into a daily SPF habit.  He ends up spending a lot of time on the road in his car for work, so I thought it was important for him to be in a daily sunscreen routine instead of only applying before the beach or outdoor activities.  We’ve used up a ton of tubes from a few different brands, and this one tends to be a favorite because it rubs in easily with no greasy or white residue.  (We also both love this one from The Treatment.)

This flowy maxi that is just begging for spring weather – OK, I JUST got this dress in this week in the navy color and loved it so much that I already ordered a second color.  It’s super lightweight and comfy, has such an easy fit, and couldn’t be more fun for spring.  It hits me right at my ankle, so it’s perfect for pairing with flat sandals, wedges, low booties, or sneakers.  I’ve got a wine-tasting girls’ weekend in March that this dress was made for – stay tuned, I’ll be styling it on the blog soon.

Grip socks to keep that New Year’s resolution going – I’ve been doing Pilates for years (currently loving the megaformer machines and classes at Seafit Studio) and am probably a year or two late in upgrading and generally restocking the ol’ grip socks.  (Where DO they all go, anyway?)  These from Ro & Arrows are super comfy, provide a ton of grip, and are made of breathable, moisture-wicking fabric.  Plus, they’re pretty cute (with more prints coming soon) – perfect reason to stock up, right?

A muscle recovery soak for post-workout soreness – And after the workout comes the old lady, all-over sore muscles, am I right?  (No? Just me?)  While a hot bath is always a favorite of mine, a hot bath with this muscle recovery soak is even better.  The Epsom salt is super relaxing for sore muscles, and the smell of this one with menthol and eucalyptus is also so great for battling a little winter sickness.

The cherry pepper spread I use in (and on) EVERYTHING – I’m a fan of Jersey Mike’s subs and ordered this thinking it would be similar to their red pepper spread.  It’s similar, seriously delicious, and (in my opinion) goes in and on ALL of the things.  It’s obviously great on sandwiches, but I also add it to my Safe Catch tuna (instead of another relish) and usually throw a dollop into tossed salads and quinoa bowls.  It adds a slightly spicy, vinegar-y kick that I love.

The sweetest little beaded bracelets – It’s no secret that I love perusing Amazon for fun bracelet finds – the gold and silver beaded bracelets that I wear almost daily are Prime finds.  This week I found these adorable bracelet sets with tiny star or moon charms, and I can’t find a single reason to try and stop myself from ordering a couple.  (Also currently obsessed with finding cool turquoise pieces on Amazon like this fun ring and this one.)

The bathtub caddy that I’m STILL obsessed with – Admittedly I’ve had this thing for about a year and have shared it on the blog before, but I really just love this bathtub caddy.  The sides of our bathtub slant inward a bit, so balancing products, magazines, or the occasional glass of wine is out of the question.  I’m happy to have this little caddy every time I take a bath and feel like it’s really well-made for the price – ours still looks pretty new.

A Barefoot Dreams blanket for 20% off – I know I’m not alone in this, but y’all, I really just freaking LOVE this brand and their crazy cozy fabrics.  I spend almost every evening at home in this circle cardigan, wrap up in this robe every morning, and drag this blanket from room to room with me like I’m Linus.  (I also still love this little short-sleeved cardigan that you can currently snag on sale from Nordstrom.)  I’m constantly on the lookout for Barefoot Dreams pieces on sale and found my exact blanket on Amazon for 20% off.

xoxo

Photos thanks to Katie Stuart

The Amazon Finds I’m Loving Right Now

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A couple of months ago I rounded up a few of my favorite Amazon finds, and I figured it was about time that I give you guys a little update.  (Because let’s be honest, can you ever stop finding new gems on Amazon?  I think not.)  From fashion favorites to low sugar sweets, a really great mug, and even a little something for the pups, here are the things I’m loving right now on Amazon.

This figure-flattering sweater dress – I shared this dress with you guys a few weeks ago on Instagram, and it seems like you guys are loving it as much as me.  (It’s definitely been my most sold piece in the last month by far.)  It’s just super easy and flattering with the adjustable tie waist, comes in three pretty colors, and will cost you less than $35.  With the holidays coming, I always love finding affordable pieces that can be worn a few different ways, and this is definitely one of those finds.

A killer pair of joggers (and pretty much anything Daily Ritual) – I shared these joggers back in this travel post, and I swear, they are SO good.  But since then, I’ve been trying out other pieces from Amazon’s Daily Ritual brand and am obsessed with this line of everyday basics that are much nicer than you’d think based on the prices.  Some other faves?  This dressed-up turtleneck tee (that’s under $20), this tunic tee (so good with leggings), and this easy layering tee are all in currently rotation in my wardrobe.

A goldmine of affordable wool hats – If you scroll through my recent Instagram posts you may notice I’ve got a thing for hats this time of year.  I just feel like they’re the perfect way to complete an outfit…and hide that second or third day hair.  I’m not a fan of floppy wool hats as I think they can look pretty sloppy, so I love that these have a stiff brim, come in a bunch of colors (I’ve got my eye on this army green next), and are all adjustable sizing.  Oh, and they’re all under $20.

This mug that keeps your coffee warm all morning long – You may have seen this mug around the interwebs, and there’s a reason why it’s so popular.  It actually works.  I was gifted one by the St. Regis in Aspen during this trip last year and have been using it so much I decided to Amazon a second one.  I make Eric and I coffee every morning before he leaves for work, and admittedly, I usually catch a few more ZZZ’s before fully waking up and enjoying my coffee.  This mug actually keeps the coffee warm all morning long, and while it’s a smidge pricey for a mug, I think it’s a great holiday gift for the coffee lover in your life.

The little steamer that could – We recently had a guest staying with us who asked if she could use my iron.  I actually had to stop and think if I even still have an iron because I use a steamer for everything these days.  It’s just so much easier to me than pulling out an ironing board.  I’ve tried a few steamers over the years, including a couple of pricier versions, and this one is my favorite.  It heats up quickly, stores easily, and is small enough to stash in a suitcase for travel.

Low-sugar sweets that satisfy my candy cravings – OK fair warning, these sweets are a little pricey, but with just 3 grams of sugar and a whole bunch of fiber per bag, they seriously satisfy my candy cravings during the week.  My favorites are the fish-shaped gummies, and while the texture is definitely different from sugar-filled candies, I think they’re delicious.  (You can also grab these at places like Sprouts or Whole Foods if you wanted to test the waters with one pack.)

An inflatable dog collar and Wilma’s favorite dog toy – Our little Wilma girl recently had surgery to be spayed, and if you’ve got any puppos in your life, you know the cone of shame is really not where it’s at.  This inflatable cone collar is so much more comfortable for her, and in general she didn’t really seem to mind wearing it a couple of nights while on the mend.  We also recently ordered a couple of backups of this bunny toy because for some reason Wilma loves it more than any other toy ever.  Why?  I have zero clue, but it is pretty cute.

The perfect game day sweatshirt dress – Y’all, I ordered this comfy little sweatshirt dress a couple of weeks ago and have been reaching for it nonstop.  It comes in a slew of colors making it perfect for remaining game days around here.  It’s super soft, is a perfect roomy fit (I sized up), and has pockets – so simple and cute with a chic pair of sneakers.

xoxo

Photos thanks to Katie Stuart

Recent Amazon Prime Finds I’m Loving Right Now

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Not to sound like some sort of naysaying “back in my day” grandpa or something, but if you had told me a few years ago that we’d be able to pay a small membership fee to get almost anything in the world delivered to our door within 24-48 hours with the click of a button, I would have thought you were living in a Go-Go Gadget pipe dream.  And yet here we are, living in the land of Amazon Prime.

I’m well aware that Amazon certainly has its own problems and critics (and rightfully so in some cases), but I have to be honest.  We use it.  Like, a lot.  And even going a step beyond Prime, we live in an area close enough to a distribution center that we have “Amazon Now” which will deliver certain items within two hours.  It’s a wild, wild world.  So while taking a little scroll through our recent orders, I thought I’d share a few things found on Prime that I’m loving these days.

This easy, breezy, under $30 dress – You may have seen a little buzz recently around the #Amazonnightgown dress (made VERY popular by Grace and Hitha and covered by a ton of media outlets) that I’m wearing below, and it’s just as comfy, cool and breezy as everyone promises.  Admittedly it’s really not ideal for those of us who are busty, but I figured for the price, it was totally worth it for hanging around the house or running quick errands.  But then I found the version above from the same brand, and I’m obsessed.  It’s just as easy and breathable, still under $30, and has a drawstring waist for a much more flattering fit.  I love this one so much, I’ve ordered the second color that it comes in too.

The beaded bracelets I’ve worn nonstop – I definitely go through phases with jewelry, and these days I’m in a “more is more” bracelet-stacking, necklace-layering kind of mood.  I especially love stacking pretty glass beaded bracelets, but the good ones can be SO expensive.  A few weeks ago I came across some really great beaded bracelets on Amazon, and I’ve been layering them nonstop everyday.  Especially loving this all gold version (and am eyeing the other colors), this pretty gold and grey one, and these mixed sets.

This no-mess dog bowl – If you have a dog who can’t drink water without making a mess all over the damn floor (we have two of them), this water bowl is a real floor and sanity saver.  The top part of the bowl floats on the water, so the pups can’t dip their whole face in the bowl and proceed to drip all over your wood floors that currently have permanent water stains.  Speaking from experience here, clearly.

Hot honey, tuna…and flapjacks? – Occasionally there are food items that I either can’t find in our local grocery stores or just want to order more of without battling the shopping cart bumper car game that is Costco.  Currently, here’s what I’m restocking.  Mike’s Hot Honey is an obsession of mine on pizza, on breakfast sandwiches, for cooking shrimp, and so many other things.  Safe Catch tuna is pretty much the only brand of tuna I’ll eat these days (and I have it often) because the only ingredient is, wait for it, tuna.  While that may sound crazy, take a peek at the ingredient list on most of the tuna brands at your local grocery store – it’s wild.  Finally, these Kodiak Cakes pancakes on the go are seriously SO good, the best breakfast treat, and they can be pretty hard to find.

The book I’m currently reading – I picked up Me Before You by Jojo Moyes during our summer roadtrip and couldn’t put it down.  It’s heartbreaking, hopeful, and sweet, and once I was done reading it, I obviously needed the second book of the trilogy.  Amazon had Me After You on my doorstep within about twelve hours.  I’m about halfway through it (Why is making time for reading so much easier on vacation?) and am still loving the story.

These sunnies that only look expensive – I’d say about nine times out of ten, if I’m wearing sunglasses, they’re probably aviators.  They’ve been my go-to shade style for years, but sometimes I want to switch things up with an oversized shape or something fun without breaking the bank.  I had seen a few people talking about this $10 pair and decided to give them a try.  I ended up “springing” for the polarized version which set me back a whole $17 – so worth the splurge.

A makeup case perfect for travel or home – My previous makeup bag had definitely seen better days, so I snagged this one during Amazon Prime Day when it was on sale.  Even at full price though (under $20), it’s still a steal.  It’s fully customizable with adjustable dividers, has a zippered compartment, and a covered section for storing makeup brushes.  It’s kept my makeup clean, organized, and easy to toss in a suitcase for a few weeks now – can’t recommend more.

The coziest slippers – After little puppy Wilma ate my last two (not one, TWO) pairs of slippers, I figured I’d get a new pair when she was done with that delightful phase.  A few months later I ordered these, brought them along on our summer roadtrip, and was so happy to have them.  There’s just something about slipping into your own slippers in a hotel or while traveling, and these are seriously cozy.  (I also have and love this pair from Emu.  I keep them in Palm Springs and am always happy to be reunited with them when we head to the desert.)

The pimple patches that always save my butt (and face) – The occasional (or lately not-so-occasional) breakout is so much more manageable with these little magic stickers.  They don’t work for every single blemish, but I’d say they have worked for the majority for me.  I put one on before bed, sleep with it, and wake up to a zit that’s either completely gone or seriously reduced.  I’ve gotten several friends hooked on these too, and the best part?  A pack is only about $4.

My favorite seasonal K-cups (that happen to be completely out of season) – Community Coffee’s Mardi Gras King Cake K-cups are always my favorite around Mardi Gras season, and now, you don’t have to live in the South or even wait for Mardi Gras time to enjoy these.  There are hints of cinnamon and vanilla, and I tell you, they make for one delicious cup.

xoxo

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My Favorite Amazon Purchase of January

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And just like that, January is almost done.  And what do you guys think – did it fly by or crawl along?  I’m pretty torn on that one to be honest, and as I type this, it feels like New Year’s Eve was 100 years ago.  As I’m sure lots of you did, I made a few health goals wayyyy back here at the beginning of the month, and how are those working out, you ask?

Well the “drink enough water” thing is still a work in progress (go figure), but in the exercise department, I’m happy to say that I’ve been moving this month.  I’ve been a fan of pilates for years (check out my favorite local studio here), so I took a few classes at the beginning of January.  But when my package ran out and I went to purchase more, I started to think about ways to get in a quick workout at home before taking Weeze on our daily 3-mile walks.

A quick scroll around Amazon and I had these weighted medicine balls and this exercise ball delivered to my door in two days.  Of all the millions and squillions of things I’ve purchased on Amazon recently, these have by far been my favorite.  It’s something easy I can do while the dogs run wild, with the tv or music on in the background for distraction, without ever leaving home.  I’ve loved the weighted balls for both arm and core workouts, and they’ve been so key on the (usually rare) rainy days we’ve had around here lately – with four more coming at us this week.

I’ve found different exercises to do online but also just kind of mimic things that we do with weights in pilates classes.  And so far, so good.  Will I be going back to pilates or Orangetheory classes?  Definitely.  But now I can buy a few less classes and get in a quick workout whenever I can at home.  I’d say that’s a definite Amazon win for the month.  Hope everyone has a great rest of the week!

xoxo

Photos thanks to Katie Stuart

Love It or Hate It: White Denim

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For years now, I’ve had a love / hate relationship with white denim, and by that I mean I pretty much hated it.  I should clarify.  I like white jeans on other people, tons of other people.  I just always had a hard time finding a pair I actually liked on myself, so I gave up.  White skinnies made me feel anything but, and before someone comes at me about body positivity, don’t waste your time.  I dress in things that make me feel good, and if something isn’t working, sometimes you gotta move on, right?

But this summer I stumbled on two pairs of white denim that I’m really digging, and not surprisingly, neither of them are skinny jeans.  I snagged the above pair during a recent LOFT sale because at under $15 (at the time) they were too cheap to pass up.  And what do you know, I actually really love them.  Add a lightweight sweater (love this one) or blouse, and you’re good to go.  Sadly this pair is pretty much sold out minus a couple of sizes, but I found a super similar pair here.

And the second pair (also unsurprisingly) comes in the form of denim shorts.  Y’all, I’ve talked about these shorts before (I own them in 3 washes), but I really, really love them.  I sized up two sizes from my normal jeans size so they’re loose and sit pretty low.  (I love high rise jeans but do NOT like high rise shorts usually.  Is that weird?)  I’ve worn and washed them a hundred times and still love the fit.

While September is just around the corner, it’s still very much summertime in SoCal, and my white denim isn’t going anywhere.  That “white after Labor Day” rule is long gone, and besides, it’s 2020.  Anything goes.  There are no rules.  (And that shall be my mantra all weekend long.)  Happy weekend, friends!

xoxo

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Graphic Tees, Loungewear Faves, and More Recent Looks

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It’s been a bit, but happy Monday, friends!  Is everyone still surviving 2020?  Shutdowns, mask mandates, distance learning…and with the recent additions of back-to-back hurricanes coming, hundreds of wildfires burning, and widespread rolling blackouts and power outages, this year just gets wilder and wilder.  Anyone else want to just decorate the Christmas tree and pretend the holidays are here?

It’s not all bad though.  I really can’t complain about staying home a bunch with the husband and pups, and lately on the weekends, you can find us cruising around on bikes or hanging at the beach instead of hopping around from one obligation to the next.  We see friends, take drives, and have been loving all of the outdoor dining options at restaurants around town.  (Bring on the parking lot dining!)  It’s definitely been a learning time of figuring out OUR own new normal, the things we want to get back to and the things we’ll be leaving in 2020.

And while we’re on the subject of the good, I gotta admit I’m ALL about the stay home style and my growing collection of loungewear.  Graphic tees, matching sets, roomy linen shorts – I’m 100% here for it.  (If you like graphic tees, these are seriously a STEAL, and I can’t recommend these $35 shorts more.)  So today I’m sharing a few snaps of some recent looks, and not surprisingly, there are lots of stay-at-home staples and affordable finds in the mix.  Here’s hoping you find something that makes you smile today, friends!

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Best Little Transitional Dress for Now and Into Fall

Fall Transitional Dress by Free People | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki PrendergastFall Transitional Dress by Free People | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki PrendergastFall Transitional Dress by Free People | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki PrendergastFall Transitional Dress by Free People | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki Prendergast Free People dresssimilar heelsGigi Pip hatstraw bagQuay sunglassesKendra Scott bangles

It’s been a little while since I’ve been this excited about a new dress (and admittedly, I rarely even wear dresses these days), but y’all, this one is so good.  I probably wouldn’t have even noticed it if I saw it online first, but last week I swung by Pacific City for a little lunch takeout from Lemonade (#TreatYoself) and decided to pop into Free People while waiting for my food.

While I definitely haven’t been on the hunt for much “normal” clothes lately (you’ll notice my Nordstrom sale faves are pretty heavy on the PJ’s and loungewear), I just couldn’t resist this little cargo-pocketed dress.  It’s so cute with sandals or wedges, and I’ll probably be pairing it with sneakers (see below) for a little “parking lot dining” with a friend later this week.  (Orange County still isn’t allowing indoor seating at restaurants, so most places have moved all of their tables out into the parking lots and sidewalks so that they can remain open.  And honestly, while I haven’t been out to eat much lately, the parking lot dining sitch with our current perfect weather has been really nice.)

And while I hate to even mention fall fashion at the beginning of August in Southern California, I just think this dress will be so cute paired with suede booties in the fall.  After all, if I’m gonna buy a piece of “normal clothing” right now, it better last a few seasons, right?

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Fall Transitional Dress by Free People | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki PrendergastFall Transitional Dress by Free People | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki PrendergastFall Transitional Dress by Free People | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki PrendergastDolce Vita metallic sneakers | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki Prendergast Free People dressDolce Vita sneakersAmazon sunniesSaint Laurent handbagsimilar silver banglessimilar ring here and here

Photos thanks to Katie Stuart

Keeping It Casual: A Few Recent Looks

Casual summer style: Scoop tank, Free People shorts, Welden handbag, Jessica Simpson sandals | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki Prendergast Scoop sweater tankFree People shorts (also here);  Welden handbagJessica Simpson sandalssimilar bracelets and rings

While California is still pretty shut down right now, I’ve finally made it past the “everyday sweatpants” phase I was in because, well, the weather got warm.  Full disclosure, you can still find me in workout gear or these Gap sets that I swear by (sweatshirt here and shorts here – both on sale) a TON, but these days I’m mixing in some easy basics and fun accessories to at least pretend like I tried, ya know?

Here are a few casual staples that have been in heavy rotation lately:

The under $10 Walmart t-shirt dress (I bought a medium and had it hemmed an inch or two)

The denim shorts I own in 3 washes

These $20 henley tees that wash and wear SO well

This jumpsuit that feels like PJ’s (bonus – you can try before you buy with Amazon Wardrobe)

These bike shorts and these cross-back tanks (LOVE) for outdoor workouts

What are some pieces you guys are living in these days?

xoxoCasual summer style: Amazon jumpsuit, Gigi Pip hat, Steve Madden sandals | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki Prendergast Amazon jumpsuitwoven handbagGigi Pip hatSteve Madden sandals

Casual summer style: Walmart t-shirt dress, Jessica Simpson sandals, Strathberry handbag | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki Prendergast Walmart dressJessica Simpson sandalsStrathberry handbag (love this colorway);  Quay sunglasses

Casual summer style: Free People shorts, Old Navy tee, Saint Laurent handbag | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki Prendergast Free People shortsOld Navy henley teeAmazon cardiganMelrose Ave sandals (similar here);  Saint Laurent handbag

Casual summer style: Gap sweatshirt, Free People shorts, Steve Madden sandals | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki Prendergast Free People shortsGap sweatshirtSteve Madden sandalsTime and Tru handbag

Casual summer style: AGolde shorts, embroidered sweater, Mar Y Sol handbag | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki Prendergast AGolde shortslemon sweaterraffia sandalssimilar straw bagsimilar bracelets

Casual summer style: Old Navy henley tee, Gigi Pip hat, Sam Edelman Circus sandals | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki Prendergast Free People shortsOld Navy henley teeCircus by Sam Edelman sandalsGigi Pip hat

Body Oils, a Holy Grail Fragrance, and a New Nude

Mented polish, Dermalogica body oil, Le Labo Santal 33 | My Style Diaries blogger Nikki Prendergast Mented “Yes We Tan” polishAnkole Living comb, tray, and beaded bracelets (c/o);  Dermalogica body oil (c/o);  Le Labo Santal 33 body oil

Good morning, friends!  Over the past few (hundred) weeks of quarantine and our current halfway-out-of-quarantine situation, I’ve been trying out alllll of the beauty things that I’ve been meaning to get to for months.  While makeup has been admittedly minimal, I’m clearing out the beauty drawers and slathering on all the lotions and potions and trying out this and that.  I discovered that I’m actually REALLY into a daily body oil, found a new favorite holy grail fragrance, and tossed out all of my outdated nail colors to make room for new.  So today I’m sharing a couple of new additions to my morning routine.

Dermalogica phyto replenish body oil – I’ve never really been into body oils, but this one completely changed my mind.  I started using it after pool days in Palm Springs but quickly added it to my everyday morning routine.  It smells amazing, is so moisturizing, and absorbs quickly with no greasy residue.

Le Labo Santal 33 body oil – I recently found and tried a tiny little sample of Le Labo’s Santal 33 fragrance and was instantly hooked, but holy moly the perfume is pricey.  I decided to try out the body oil instead since, you know, I’m a body oil believer now.  It’s less than a third of the price of the perfume, and while the body oil is still a splurge, a little bit will last all day long.  (And most days, I use it in addition to the Dermalogica oil.)

Mented “Yes We Tan” polish – I’m always on the hunt for new nude polishes that I like, so when I discovered this brand last week, I had to give it a shot.  I ordered the pretty “Yes We Tan” shade, and lucky for me, it arrived just in time for my very first post-quarantine mani/pedi.  (YES – I found a salon here that is open for business right now, and it’s one of my local favorites.)  I’ve already done the at-home “paint one hand, only the left hand” test, and the color is so pretty.

Ankole Living accessories – Lastly, how pretty are these Ankole Living vanity accessories?  I’ve been a fan of the brand since snagging this woven clutch a couple of summers ago and love that everything they make is ethically-sourced and just so unique.  I’m loving these little accent pieces and currently have my eye on a stack of these lightweight bangles for summer.

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