Guys -I’ve had the best week ever! It’s only Wednesday but it’s been a REALLY GOOD WEEK. Best week ever may be an exaturation but none the less its been a darn good week.
My week started with one of my bravo dreams coming true. I went to a recording of Watch What Happens Live and it was everything I wanted and more. Being in the same room as Andy Cohen gave me LIFE.
If you have been following my Instagram stories I am so sure you are tired of hearing about my Watch What Happens Live experience but it was SO AMAZING. The only down side to the experience was it was a celebrity night and not a housewife wife so there was not one second of Bravo talk, Boo!
So, I started my week with Andy Cohen and I am ending my week wine tasting in the central coast of California. Hello, Bravo and wine, BEST WEEK EVER!
In prep for my weekend of wine tasting on the central coast, I had to buy a few new outfits, right? and lucky for me, it’s my favorite time of year when retailers have the BEST SALES. January is the month that retailers deeply discount all of their inventory to deplete the Christmas stock and prepare for summer shipments. Moral of the story: shop more in January.
Best Of American Eagle Sale
Traditionally, I don’t shop at American Eagle. If I am going to be real honest I feel like I have aged out of the store. But one of my favorite bloggers posted about an amazing American Eagle sale and it sparked my interest. I immediately went to American Eagle’s website and was shocked by the adorable sweaters and super affordable booties.
All of the American Eagle pieces I purchased are under $40! Yes, that includes my faux leather jacket and those booties at the bottom, too! Deals, deals, deals!
If you wanted to see more of these American Eagle pieces, I posted a try on session on my Instagram story highlights. I’ve been shopping a lot this month, so I’ve shared tons of fun try on sessions on Instagram.
Pantone’s Color of the year, an announcement that makes me so excited every year. Do I agree with the color selection every year? No way. But this year I am so excited about the selection, Living Coral is the perfect color to welcome 2019 with.
Okay, now I am going to be very honest about Pantone’s color of the year selection; while I think the color is beautiful I don’t traditionally think this color is beautiful on my fair skin. As a result, I really had to dig deep to find pieces that I am excited to incorporate into my wardrobe.
I have spent my entire professional career in the B2B marketing space so I know the importance of perfectly matching the Pantone shade but in this situation that was not a priority to me. Most of my selections are not exact matches for the Living Coral shade and yet I am so excited for all of these pieces.
In my new hometown of Palm Springs, bright, vibrant colors are overly loved and embraced. But as you can tell by my Instagram, my normal wardrobe consists of black clothing and lots of neutrals so this new year I am trying to mix it up. In 2019 a goal of mine is to introduce more color into my wardrobe and Pantone’s color of the year is the perfect place to start.
My all-time favorite Pantone selection was the 2016 color, that beautiful rose quartz. Pantone then followed that up with, in my opinion, the worst selection ever the 2017 color “greenery”, nope, not for me.
I hope you love these coral finds as much as I do! Are you a fan of Living Coral? What other products would you like to see in this shade?
Okay, I’ll admit it, that title is misleading. Do I know what the most popular fashion pieces from all over the world were for 2018? No. Do I know what the most popular pieces on my blog, Pinterest and Instagram were? ABSOLUTELY!
The biggest adventure of 2018 was right here, my blog, Hat On The Map. Blogging has been something my husband has encouraged for many years but it wasn’t until this year that I had the courage and confidence to pursue this dream. In 2018, I took the time to really invest my energy into making my blog dream a reality.
When I began blogging and putting my life and style out there on Instagram, I was scared. I was nervous about what my friends and acquaintances would think but let me tell you the response I received from my friends, family and strangers has been incredible.
Thanks to my blog, I am now able to regularly share all of the items I am excited about. From beauty and makeup to my favorite groceries, y’all have followed along every step of the way. The best part is, not only have you guys followed along but you have fallen in love with these items as well.
I have rounded up the most popular items from my blog, Pinterest and Instagram and am so excited to share these items with you once more.
The Most Popular Items for 2018
The below items are the most clicked on pieces from my Pinterest, blog, and Instagram. In staying true to my attainable fashion brand, everything listed can be purchased for under $50. I don’t think anyone will be surprised by this fact but 7 out of 10 of these items were purchased from Amazon. So, here we go.
I wrote a blog post a few months back about Estee Lauder Double Wear Makeup Dupes (you can read that post here) and to no surprise, it was my most popular blog post. The dupe I sang the most praise for was the one I wear almost everyday, the Revlon Colorstay Foundation and in turn the most popular makeup item on my blog or Instagram.
This skirt is seriously the most flattering skirt I have ever owned, no joke. In the past month this skirt has been featured on about half of my Instagram posts, so when I say I am obsessed I am not kidding.
I am currently loving off the shoulder sweaters, maybe I was supposed to grow up in the 1980s. This was the perfect sweater to get me through the holiday season and the perfect shade of maroon to transition to January in.
I have lived in these slippers the past two weeks. Embarrassingly enough, I even wore these through the Orlando airport after one of our red-eye flights. Whatever, I love comfort.
What was your absolute favorite item that you purchased in 2018? Beyond this above list, I think my favorite item are these sequin joggers! Comfort and sequins, yes yes yes!
Thanks for following along and supporting this blogging journey of mine. I am so very thankful for every individual who has cheered me along on this scary but very exciting blogging journey. I am so excited to see what 2019 has in store.
Earlier this year, I started doing a monthly Amazon fashion haul and it has been such a hit! I search Amazon up and down and purchase about 10 pieces of the best quality, affordable pieces from Amazon. Well, my December Amazon haul might have been my favorite haul thus far. This order has brought my favorite new winter fashion staples.
Can searching for fashion on Amazon be a chore? Yes, you must search and search some more but Amazon has some really cute items! I am able to find the exact pieces all the popular online boutiques have but on Amazon. The best part is, these pieces are much more affordable on Amazon.
The theme of the December Amazon haul is “cute outfits for a fun night out with your friends from high school”. Who doesn’t want to look their best when they run into the cute boy you sat behind in geometry? During the holiday season, there are always so many casual meet-ups and a new, cute outfit is exactly what is needed for those nights out.
Thanksgiving is over so it is officially Christmas Season, yay! Christmas season brings some of my favorite things like watching all my favorite movies, eating all the delicious cookies and ALLLLLL the sales.
Y’all know I freaking love a deal so this season of sales is like my own personal super bowl! I am not a big Black Friday person because who wants to eat a huge meal just to turn around and leave first thing in the morning or even worse at midnight that night. This Black Friday I took my nephew out for ice cream and mini golf, it was a Black Friday well spent. While I don’t love Black Friday I am a big fan of is Cyber Monday, I do 90% of my shopping online so of course, I love a day dedicated to online shopping.
A look into what I was actually doing on Black Friday! Outfit details.
I WAS working on this whole blog post about how Cyber Monday is the perfect time to knock out all of your Christmas shopping (blah, blah, blah) but then I started to look at the sales and what items I was most excited about and turns out Cyber Monday is the perfect time to shop for yourself. OOOOPPPS.
Okay, I have read a ton about the post-Thanksgiving sales and it appears Black Friday is prominently for electronics while Cyber Monday is for FASHION. I’m not sure of the reasoning but if I was to guess I would think it has something to do with the shipping costs, but who really knows? Actually, if you do know the reasoning behind that, let me know!!
I have been reading and prepping and hunting and searching so much for this post so I hope it helps you find exactly what your closet needs this holiday season.
Now let’s get to the deals!
The 12 best stores for Cyber Monday Deals and the items I am OBSESSING over.
Up to 50% on women’s fashion. Amazon is tricky because their deals come and go so fast so its just one of those places you have to keep your eye on. It seems that the best deals are on the Amazon brands so if you are looking to stock up on some basics, this is the time to do it.