A Note On Posting Schedule

As you may have noticed I have been doing my very best to post every single day. It is a long story but in short I came to a point in my daily life where I just was not happy about a lot of things. I have been constantly stressed about work and about random life things. I needed something that I just enjoy doing that I can kind of release some stress in doing. I have been thinking a lot about this blog and about the kinds of things I want to be posting and I made a brainstorm calendar of potential posts. The calendar just started to quickly fill up. At first I thought it was crazy to try to post so much but I realized I was excited for every one of the post ideas and I realized that I need this in my life right now. For many it may sound counter intuitive to use something that keeps a set schedule as a way of releasing stress but for me it actually has been forcing me to do something I want to be doing.

I will admit that I am going to try my hardest but my life as a graduate student is incredibly crazy so I am not sure how long I will be able to keep it up. Travel has also historically been tough for me in that I have not been as focused on getting posts up so they usually fall to the wayside. I do have a trip coming up next week and while I am trying to prepare posts for that time I am not sure how it is going to go. I guess that will be a good test for myself!

So for the time being my posting schedule will be as follows. Mondays will be just a kind of random lifestyle post (i.e. seasonal fun, movies/shows I am loving etc…). Tuesdays and Thursdays will be style posts (with the occasional style post on Saturday as well). Wednesdays will be dedicated to talking books and Fridays will be either a travel/adventure post or another lifestyle post. Saturdays will generally be a day off but I do have a couple of style posts planned for a few Saturdays in the coming months. Sundays will be a summary of my week.

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I hope you enjoy this new schedule!

Erin

Favorite Fall Outerwear

Outerwear is definitely one of my favorite parts of any outfit. The need for a warmer layer is one of many reason that I love fall so much. Warm jackets and cozy sweaters are the best. I wanted to do a round up of my favorite pieces of outwear for this time of year. Here are seven of my most worn jackets/coats for the fall season.

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A great denim jacket, a classic trench coat, a comfy leather jacket (this was in my favorite purchases of 2018 and I think it is still one of my all time favorite purchases), a black or navy vest, a barn jacket (perfect for apple picking, hiking, farm adventures and any other fall adventure), a sweater coat, any poncho (I am liking a navy or beige for fall, more affordable option from Madewell)

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Coffee shop run. This trench coat is one of my most worn clothing items of all time. Mine is ASOS from probably four years ago but I linked an Everlane option above that is so cute (plus Everlane is an amazing brand). I love that trench coats can be dressed up or down and just always make an outfit look classy.
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I mentioned above that this was a favorite purchase last year and I still love it and wear it a ton, especially during fall. I love that this one has a hood and gold hardware but there are lots of great options out there.
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Apple picking in my Barbour vest! It is the perfect layering piece. I think that it also does a great job of adding class to any outfit.
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Apple picking with a friend in a perfect flannel lined Carhartt jacket. This is one jacket I don’t worry about getting dirty and still love the look of (plus it is super comfy).
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Ponchos are a great outwear option for dressier occasions but can also be dressed down for casual weekend trips to the farmer’s market and for easy work days.
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This Mark and Graham sweater coat (linked above) is a new purchase this season but I have already worn it several times. It is a great weight for the cool mornings and it goes with just about anything.
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A denim jacket is such a versatile closet essential. I wear mine spring, summer and fall and never get sick of it. For fall I love pairing it with shades of olive or beige.

Happy fall my lovely people!

Erin

Nancy Drew Outfit Inspiration

So I am on a little bit of a role with new series and I could not be more excited for this one. I am really trying to use this blog as a place to express myself and do posts that I am really excited about. I have thought long and hard about the kinds of posts I want to write and I have come up with lots of fun ideas for the coming months. For this series, every month I am going to be doing a style post with inspiration from a favorite show, book or movie. September’s inspiration post is Nancy Drew for many reasons. First, I love her as a character and I love her outfits (especially in the 2007 movie with Emma Roberts). One thing I really love about her style is the retro/vintage that I can mix into modern trends and pieces. The other big reason I chose this one first is that the new TV series is coming out in October (see trailer).

I chose three outfits from different scenes in the movie and I added one bonus photo at the end that to me reflects the new series. Challenging myself to create these looks out of items I already own was so much fun!

Outfit #1: Penny loafers are a defining aspect of a Nancy Drew outfit. My favorites are these G.H. Bass & Co. ones but Everlane has some really great options! She also always layers either a sweater or trench coat. She adds quite a bit of plaid in the movie. She wears a trouser often but I paired this sweater and loafers with a plaid skirt as well since it is a little more my style!

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Outfit #2: Nancy Drew wears a very similar outfit in the opening scene as well as the later scene with the car bomb. This is the outfit for sleuthing plus it is so comfortable. It also looks so classy but not too dressy! She wears a lot of headbands in the movie but I wanted to add my own style to these outfits as well. I did add a jeweled headband in with this outfit.

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Outfit #3: Last but certainly not least is a classic tweed suit/dress. Personally this might be my favorite outfit ever. I don’t get to wear it much since it it pretty dressy but I love it for a Nancy Drew look. This is a look inspired by her first day of school outfit as well as the outfit she wears to the courthouse.

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So I wanted to add a bonus outfit to tease the new TV show a little! Her style is definitely going to be way different but I am still super excited to watch. The most I got from the preview was her work uniform (a dress over a white shirt, still classically Nancy Drew) and her classic denim jacket look. I will alway be a denim jacket fan so it definitely felt more like me!

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I hope you enjoy this new series!

Erin

Week in My Life: No. 1

In all honesty the past couple of months have been absolutely insane. Our two roommates are both moving to Oregon so we are in the middle of trying to fill the basement apartment. Aiden has had some health stuff so that has also been at the top of my mind. Work is totally crazy as well. My to-do list is very long and only keeps growing. To say the least I have been incredibly overwhelmed! We do have a lot of thing planned for the next few months, some of which should be very fun. This past week has mostly been work with a few fun things thrown in.

Last weekend my uncle and cousin visited! It was absolutely amazing and I could not have asked for a better time with them. I did not take a single picture because I was just in the present and not really thinking about it! They came so that my cousin could check out USU and they also brought some vintage furniture of my grandmother’s. My cousin and I explored campus for a while and then picked up some bread from Crumb Brother’s. We took them to Le Nonne’s (on of the best restaurants in Logan) for dinner and then made an apple crisp with apples from our tree for dessert.

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Sitting in one of my grandmother’s vintage chairs (I have always loved this living room set and am so grateful to have inherited it).

I always dedicate Monday and Tuesday to teaching so I spent lots of time prepping the lab, writing out the protocol and then teaching. In general it is the most stressful time of the week but it went pretty smoothly. Aiden came into work with me a couple times throughout the week and we got lunch at the Skyroom (on USU’s campus and Morty’s (both are delicious and reasonably priced). We ended the day on Tuesday my watching Chiddy Chiddy Bang Bang (a classic favorite).

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I usually dress up during the first couple days of the week (for teaching) and then wearing comfier clothing. This was probably my favorite outfit of the week. Leggings are Lululemon align pant in dark olive, sneakers are Superga and cardigan is BP (similar).

I honestly don’t have a ton to say about the rest of the week. Lots of stuff came up with work so I ended up spending way more time that expected working. Friday was my favorite. I stopped working early and we had a great night making food and watching The Ugly Truth (such a funny rom-com, Aiden loved it too!). Yesterday (Saturday) I spent pretty much the whole day working but we did go on a nice walk and watched Friends while we ate dinner.

A few interesting articles:

12-year old singing ventriloquist. Aiden showed me the champions America’s Got Talent final this morning and we went down a rabbit hole watching this girl. She is absolutely amazing and I can’t get over it!

Meghan Markle fall outfit inspiration. Um yes please. I love every single piece she has worn recently and can’t wait to try some similar combinations!

Fall uniform by Zodiac sign. I just loved every one of these looks for fall.

On life-long readers. This article is really worth reading. I have always been a reader but there are a ton of factors that go into making a child into a big reader.

Christmas Hallmark movies. I usually would not talk about Christmas this early but I found a schedule for this year’s Hallmark movies and I am hoping for some gems.

Natalie Beach article on Caroline Calloway. So I have no idea why I found this story so fascinating but I did.

Great recipes for fall. Excited to try some of these in the next few weeks!

Clothing obsession: white sweater from Everlane. It is freaking amazing and I am obsessed.

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This is the Everlane sweater (taken from my wearing white post) and I have worn it so much this week. It goes with everything, plus Everlane is a really great sustainable brand (I am going to be featuring them in a post in early October).

I also gave Trunk Club a try this week. I thought it might get me out of my comfort zone but it kind of made me realize that I really just like shopping for myself (also I think I can find way better deals on things). Don’t get me wrong they did have some really cute things and I did keep 4 of the 15 items they sent. I just decided I probably won’t do a whole post on the experience so I wanted to mention it here.

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One outfit from Trunk Club. I kept the shoes (I have been debating getting Stan Smith’s for a while anyway). The skirt was so cute but the fit was kind of weird and I did not love the top enough to keep it. The Baublebar LOVE hair clip is so cute but I felt like it was kind of overpriced.

Reading: 100% obsessed with the book Bringing Down the Duke right now. The romance definitely just sucked my in and it helped a ton that it is set around the movement to allow women to vote in the 1800’s in England. I highly recommend it!

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I tried to read for 30 minutes to an hour every morning. It is such a great way to start the day!

Skin care: I am not that big into make up and skin product but my friend recommended Drunk Elephant a few months ago and I have been trying it out (I started with the littles kit). So far I really love it but I am not sure which products I will be repurchasing.

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My night time Drunk Elephant skin care routine. I start with the jelly cleanser and end with the night serum and eye cream.

Things I am looking forward to this week:

The last season of The Goodplace (one of my favorite shows ever!) is starting on September 26th.

Oh also I am super psyched for Grace and Becca’s new podcast mini series, Bad on Politics! They host Bad on Paper podcast which is one of my favorite book podcasts. They are going to be discussing the 2020 election and they will be bringing on some great guests.

Other things on my schedule include lots of work things, shooting some really exciting posts and I have a friend coming to visit at the end of the week!

Happy Sunday!

Erin

Wearing White: Fall Edition

Happy Saturday! I hope you are having a good weekend. Mine has been pretty filled with work so far but I am hoping to get something fun in tomorrow. White is traditionally a summer color when it comes to clothing but I love wearing it year round and wanted to share some outfit inspiration for wearing white this season. I hope to follow up with a winter, spring and summer post as well!

Outfit #1: This might actually be my favorite outfit this fall. The brown tones are perfect for fall and the sweater so comfortable. I also really love leopard for this time of year!

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Corduroy skirt BP (on sale right now!), white Everlane sweater (hands down my absolute favorite sweater), Madewell necklaces, Sezane leopard booties

Outfit #2: White sneakers definitely are something I wear year round and with white straight legged pants and a brown/orange top (or cardigan) they are perfect for apple picking!

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Everlane waffle shirt, white Levi’s, Adidas, Madewell belt, older Target sunglasses (similar)

Outfit #3: A white blazer can definitely be worn year round. I also am totally loving the tall, slouchy boots under a fall flower dress and the white blazer adds a great work vibe.

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Dress several years old ASOS (similar), blazer Treasure and Bond (similar), boots Sam Edelman, belt old Talbots (a great option)

Outfit #4: White skinny jeans definitely carry over into fall, especially when pair with brown tones and some booties.

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Amazon top, blankNYC jacket, Madewell white jeans, Vince Camuto booties, Madewell crossbody

I hope you enjoyed some ideas for bringing white into your wardrobe this fall!

Erin

Sustainable Style #1: A New Series

While I love fashion and I love expressing myself through what I wear, I am also a scientist, environmentalist and a nature enthusiast. These can be very conflicting seeing as how much of an impact the fashion industry has had on the environment. I have waited way to long to write this post and to take this issue seriously so it is very much time to hold myself accountable.

I will start by saying that even if you don’t really care about trends or style you can care about this issue because you still have an impact on the environment via what you wear because everything we buy has an impact. Beyond just direct environmental impact (throwing things away), our decision to buy something supports a certain company and sends a specific message. We might be supporting a company that doesn’t regulate their factories or uses highly impactful material or that produces a lot of waste, and not even know we are doing so. Therefore I think sustainable style is a problem for everyone, not just people who care a ton about what they wear.

I do think that, as someone who does love clothes and style, I should be even more conscious of the industry and impacts it has both socially and environmentally. My goal for right now is to go on a journey that delves into sustainable style and to revisit who I am as a consumer. I am going to share this journey through a series of sustainable style blog posts. I will start with one post a month. That post is going to be well-researched and it will always have a personal twist that gives some insight into how I am doing on this adventure and how I am going to change things or try things based on that month’s topic.

Over the past five or so years I have really struggled with expressing both of these sides of myself (my love for fashion and my love for the environment). I often sort of argue with myself about what to do and how to care for the environment while still expressing myself and sharing a big passion. I can’t say I have come to a place that I feel good about yet but I want to get there. I think this series is not only a way for me to share what I learn but also to really push myself to do better and be more conscious of my impacts. I want to feel good about both of these passions and feel like they can, in some way, interact positively.

I want to also give a disclaimer that I am not going to change my wardrobe or ways (as a consumer) overnight. I am not just going to throw things away and buy new things, from companies that are ‘environmentally friendly’, this also defeats the point seeing as I would be throwing a way a lot of clothing. I am going to be methodical and take time to figure out how to bring two worlds together (in the context my wardrobe and my closet). My goal for the next post in the series will be to focus on getting some real facts about the industry and some basics things I can do.

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Incorporating a vintage skirt into an everyday outfit!
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My absolute favorite crop top/sports bra right now is from The Girlfriend Collective.

I invite you will follow along on this journey, AND I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences throughout the process!!!

Erin

Transitioning to Fall

I can’t believe its already almost the end of August! This summer has really flown by. Classes at Utah State start next week and I definitely need to get myself mentally prepped and ready to teach and for my own classes. Fall is hands down my favorite season though so overall I am super pumped for the next couple of months. Seasonal transitions can be tough so I thought I would do a post on transitioning a wardrobe into fall. It is still so hot (at least in Utah!) but a lot of people are going back to school and in general feeling ready for fall style (I already want to be wearing sweaters).

I rounded up some great pieces for this transition and I am going to share a couple of outfits that I am excited to wear during the next couple of months.

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Loafer: They are a great school option that is also so comfortable plus I love that this snakeskin print elevates the more traditional look.

Grey jumpsuit: I am a lover of jumpsuits and I just ordered this one for fall. I was on the fence about the grey but it is a neutral so it goes with everything and can definitely be dressed up.

Wide leg pant: These pants are amazing! The print is so fun and perfect for fall. They also look so comfortable and airy.

Wrap dress: This is another great option for school/teaching but also great for warm weather. I am so tempted by this, its just so cute and could be great for spring and summer as well!

Tank top: A tank top in a fun fall color is another great way to transition into fall. I love throwing a cardigan or blazer over top for teaching or in the evenings. This Reformation top is another fun option (I love this stripes) and I have this BP cami in the leopard and the black and love them both.

Striped blouse: I don’t immediately think of blue and white as fall colors but I think the colors bring some of summer with a great style for fall. It would go so well with a brown corduroy skirt. Plus it would totally work for spring and summer as well!

Heeled sandal: Sandals are also not something I usually associate with fall however I do think these could be so cute with some fall outfits for the rest of August and September. I just ordered them in the taupe and am so excited for them to arrive!

Olive jumpsuit: Yup another jumpsuit. This color is so pretty for fall and I can’t wait to wear it with some sneakers or leopard flats.

A few other things I am eying include this leopard skirt, fun sunglasses and an Everlane sweater.

I do have a Pinterest board with outfit ideas for summer to fall transitions. Some outfit ideas:

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T-shirt is BP (I freaking love this tee so much and wear it all the time, I also have it in black!), Skirt is BP, Booties are Vince Camuto, Bag is Madewell (my go to right now, great size and material), Sunglasses are Karen Walker (a big splurge but an all time favorite and the absolute best quality)

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Jumpsuit is BP, Sunglasses are Quay (similar), Hat is Brooklyn Hat Co. Palm Fiber Safari Hat (similar), Sandals are from Birkenstock, Bag is last year Faithful the Brand (similar), Cardigan by Leith.

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Tank is old (this one is very similar plus is on major sale), Jeans are Levi’s, Wedges are Treasure and Bond (they definitely live up to the hype, so cute and actually so comfy), Bag is Madewell, Sunglasses are last year Quay (similar).

I hope you are having a great weekend, spending time both relaxing and having fun. And let me know what you are into for the transition into fall, I love getting new ideas and inspiration!

Erin

 

Snowbird Life Update

The past couple of weeks have been crazy. I worked a ton during July and had a conference from the 23rd until the 29th in Snowbird, Utah. I went down a day early to hang out with my high school friend who was visiting from Denver. We stayed at the Sheraton in downtown Salt Lake so that we could be close to everything and it has an outdoor pool. We had a great time just laying out by the pool, reading, chatting and relaxing. I needed that day so much! We ate at a delicious vegan restaurant called Zest which had amazing gluten-free, vegan pizza and other yummy appetizers. For dessert we headed to Capo Gelateria Italiana for gelato.

I headed up to Snowbird for the conference the next day. It is so beautiful up there! Seriously though I highly recommending either going up during ski season or hiking during the summer. It is just the resort and the mountains and although I didn’t really expect it to be that isolated, I really liked it. I did not have a ton of time to explore since I was at sessions most of the time but I did go to many of the restaurants up there and I managed to squeeze in a trip of the tram to the top of the mountain. The views were so beautiful and I loved just having some time to myself to walk around. Also I saw a moose!

The conference in general was amazing and I met some really incredible people. The best part of attending conferences is definitely the opportunity to network and find interesting people. My experience was dampened by some news from home which I won’t go to into in this post but it did effect my ability to be present and really take advantage of every opportunity available.

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Erin

Nordstrom Sale Try On

I know how overwhelming this sale can be so I am just doing this one other post and the only reason I decided to do an actual try is that I ended up really loving some of the things I found in the sale. I original was a little disappointed in the selection but after trying things on I am definitely really excited about some things. I also wanted to especially link options that are still available since public access is starting today!

First I am going to do a little round up of things that are still fully in stock and that are either so worth the money or that I would still consider getting.

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Zella Pocket Leggings: I have the normal high waisted Live In leggings and absolutely love them. I am about to order these since I am really into the pocket aspect.

Leith Cardigan: I am not really a cardigan person but I ordered this one and am really excited about it. It is a great length and looks so cozy. It has also been recently restocked in all sizes! I also think this cashmere Halogen one is a great option but much pricier.

Spanx leggings: Still fully stocked and 100% worth full price so this is a great time to get them for cheaper.

Nordstrom PJs: Everyone always raves about these and for some reason I only jumped on them this year (see below) and they are the softest and most comfortable pajamas ever. There are still several color options in a few sizes and all sizes in black.

Free People Blouse: This blouse is so pretty! The pink is available in all sizes and the black in a few sizes. The price is great considering it is Free People.

Joggers: I am super into these joggers. The price is great and they are still available in all sizes. Disclaimer though, I have no idea how the quality is in them.

Halogen Trench: So I feel like I might be able to find a better deal on a quality trench coat but I can’t speak to quality here I just really like the look of this and it is still entirely in stock!

And now on to all the pieces I have purchased so far (disclaimer I am definitely not keeping everything).

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Nordstrom PJs, this cardigan is one of the Barefoot Dreams from last year (so comfy!)

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Alo crop top (hands down my favorite purchase, I so wish it was still in stock), Amazon leggings

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Waffle knit jumpsuit (it is so comfy and still available in all sizes)

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Free People swing top, Sam Edelman Boot, skirt is KJP (not a Nordstrom purchase)

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Suede Jacket (such a beautiful, high quality jacket), Sam Edelman Boot

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BP sweater, Vince Camuto Bootie (one of my favorite purchases), Levi’s jeans (not on sale)

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Long sleeve tee (great fit and very comfortable but I am not sold on the colors), Sam Edelman Boot

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Chenille sweater (I really love this, the fit is great and I love the green), Vince Camuto Bootie

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Ponte pants (so flattering and comfortable but kind of on the expensive side), Lace cami (love love love), mules are from last year’s sale (I do love this year’s studded loafers)

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Leopard cardigan, Free People top, Zella leggingsVince Camuto Bootie

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Cowl neck sweater (this is much larger than I expected, this is a small and I felt like I was swimming in it), Sezane booties (not Nordstrom), Levi’s (not in the sale)

Happy Friday!

Erin

 

Prime Day

Amazon’s Prime Day is upon us. I am in a little bit of a rush getting to work today so this post will be rather short but I wanted to get it out early since the sale is only two days. I have already picked up a few things and wanted to post of few of my highlight items that are on sale. You can click on the photo and it will link you directly to the product.

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Such a great deal on this Nespresso machine (down to $99.99 from $181.99)!

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This sports bra by Amazon’s clothing brand is on sale for $20, I just got it in grey. Super excited about it!

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I am also psyched about the matching leggings (on sale for $27.30).

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This is my one big purchase and it is the one I have been planning for. I finally am taking the leap to the Kindle, mostly for travel reason. But now is a really great time to get it since the paperwhite is only $84.

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For now my final pick is this green cast iron dutch oven for $28.

Thanks for reading and let me know what you end up get during prime day! Happy Monday!

Erin