5 Things I'm Loving Right Now

Alright friends! I'm fresh back from a whirlwind week of traveling and eating myself into the next pants size last week and ready to share some favorite things with you!

Last week I was in Downtown Los Angeles for a work conference and honestly spent the entire week either learning about social media in higher ed, eating, walking to eat, shopping, or lounging in my hotel bed. Although I don't mind traveling alone, I'm not interested in wandering museums or doing touristy things by myself. Those are experiences I enjoy talking and sharing with another person. So I did the second best thing: went where I wanted to, ate a ton of great food and desserts, shopped in stores we don't have in Philadelphia, and slept in the middle of my king-sized bed. I was home for about 16 hours before we left for a last-minute trip to Buffalo, NY, for G to visit with family and friends. I had some SERIOUS jetlag well into this week but everything is starting to fall back into place.

I'm excited to be home and back focused on things I want to accomplish in the coming months. In the meantime, here are five things I'm loving right now:

1. This post about Nurturing your Creativity by The Crafted Life really hit home for me. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen baking for the blog, and not very much time baking for fun or for the people I love. 

2. I was recommended the book The Devil in the White City while at a conference in LA and decided to pick it up while I was there for the flight home. It's fantastic and I read it for the entire 5+ hour flight home. Definitely a must read for anyone interested in true crime. AND I'm hoping this helps with my recent inability to focus on a book for more than 5 minutes. 

3. I wore this Vintage Color Block Necklace that I got for Christmas while I was in LA last week and had never received so many compliments in one day. It's one of my favorite new jewelry pieces (along with these tassel earrings from Little Arrow Studio in cobalt and pink).

4. I purchased two new pairs of clogs a few weeks ago from Lotta From Stockholm and I'm once again wowed by the quality of these. They're super simple shoes and a bear to break in, but once you do they're absolutely perfect. And they have a great sales and seconds section of their website which I purchase from all the time and have never been let down by.

5. Every time I travel and use hotel bath products, I realize how much I love my shampoo. Is that weird?? I have incredibly straight hair (and a lot of it), which I don't like to wash every day. My hair also needs some extra umph from products to not just lay flat to my head. Because of those things, it can be a little greasier than I'd like at my roots while the ends are still a little too dry. But the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo is amazing. It's pricey, but a bottle for me lasts a long time. It just makes my hair feel perfectly clean, but not too soft and slippery that it won't hold a style, and that feeling just lasts. It's my fav!

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Product Review: Stickygrams

I'm not sure how I discovered Stickygram, but when I did, I knew I wanted them. I love taking photos and having my iPhone with me at all times means that I capture a lot of moments on my phone rather than my DSLR. I'm also a big fan of Instagram and use it constantly (follow me @dcampeggio). When we moved, I knew I wanted these photo magnets for our fridge.

I have to say, ordering from them was a lovely experience. Super easy to use and they came in the mail only a few days later. I also think their logo, website, and blog are designed really well and reflect a fun, playful persona. $14.99+free shipping for nine magnets, so the price is very decent as well.

My biggest concern before ordering was that they wouldn't be strong enough to actually hold anything on the fridge. But I was wrong and they are fully functional. I honestly love this product. My only problem is that we have a stainless steel fridge (nonmagnetic) so we had to stick them to the sides. 

I can't wait to take more great Instagram photos to order another set!

Have you ordered from them yet?

Product Review: Jo Totes

When I purchased my camera in the beginning of the summer, I knew I needed a case to bring the camera outside of the house and protect it. I wanted to find a case that could double as a handbag too, because I hated carrying both. So when I discovered Jo Totes, I was thrilled. Spotted as a sidebar ad on a few of my favorite blogs, I decided which one I wanted and then let it sit in the back of my mind before I made the commitment to purchase.

I decided on the Millie style bag and though I was a bit wary about the price, it has been worth every penny. It's crafted beautifully, it's made from a lovely faux leather which I love (I tend to not buy anything made from real leather) and the color is exactly how it's depicted in the photos. The inside is soft and holds my camera snuggly, with room to hold my phone, wallet, and lipstick (and some of the time, Tim's wallet as well). 

All in all, I'm overwhelming happy with this purchase. It was exactly what I wanted from a camera bag and I would recommend this bag to anyone!

This product review is completely my own opinions and I am not receiving any compensation for this review.