Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty

Happy Friday, y'all! If you don't know already, the Nordstrom Anniversary SALE went LIVE today to the public. The sale runs from July 20th-Aug. 5th, but previous to today, ONLY card holders had access to the SALE. This is one of the biggest sales of the year and a great time to stock up on everything from Fall wardrobe pieces, shoes, accessories and beauty products. And since I'm no fashion blogger....I'm sharing with you all, the best of the best beauty bundle deals you can purchase from the sale. And the best part is, FREE Shipping on all items.


1. Mario Badescu Set- This is my holy grail facial spray. And with this four-piece set you get both facial sprays along with a cleansing gel and drying lotion. $30 ($43 value)

2. Patchology Down to Mask DIY Spa Kit- This collection of masks is everything you need for your eyes, lips, face and feet. $35 ($50 Value)

3. Drybar Here, There, Everywhere Set- Drybar favorites DETOX Dry Shampoo & TRIPLE SEC Texturizing spray make up this set with two full size bottles and two travel size bottles. $52 ($75 value)

4. Fresh kissing Lip Kit-  Lip kit with sugar based products, includes a lip polish and two tinted lip treatments. $32 ($47.50 value)

5. NARS Undressed Liquid Lip Set- The perfect nude lip set. Comes with four different nude shades that glide on like a gloss but cover like a lipstick. $49 ($104 value)

6. Supergoop! Invincible Setting Powder SPF 45 & Refill Set- This has been a hot item this year! This mineral setting powder brush is sweat resistant and has built in SPF 45 and comes with two refills. $40 ($100 value)

UPDATE: As I was writing this post, this item SOLD OUT unfortunately. Nordstrom may re-stock it, so I'll keep an eye out and give updates in the coming days. In the meantime, you can still purchase the individual one here

7. Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Set-  This is my go-to moisturizer. And this set includes two full size moisturizer surge 72-hour moisturizers and a travel size facial spray. $99 ($154 value)

8. Drybar The Most Wanderful Waves Set- The ultimate hair goals kit. Drybar is infamous for it's many blowout hair styles. This kit has everything you need to create those beachy waves at home and includes hair styling products and The Wrap Party Style Wand. This would make a great Christmas gift! $165 ($240 value)


Hope you enjoyed this round up of beauty bundles from the Nordstrom Sale. I would love to hear about the items you'll be shopping for. Comment below.


XO, Rae








Summer is underway and with July half way over, I'm reminded of all the things I still have left to do on my Summer bucket list. One of the things I love about living in a big city like New York, is that there is always so much to do. And whether you live here or planning to visit this Summer, there is something for everyone. Here's a list of events that are NOT to be missed. 

Bryant Park 2018


1. Bryant Park Summer Film Festival 

Every Monday June 18th-Aug. 20th

2. Restaurant Week

July 23rd-Aug. 17th 

Atrium Dumbo

3. Summer Music Festivals 

Concerts happening all over the city and in each borough. 

4. Rooftop Cinema Club

August dates are NOW on SALE, but hurry this weekly event sells out quickly!

5. FREE Yoga at Bryant Park

Bryant Park hosts free yoga in the park every Tuesday morning at 10am & Thursday evenings at 6pm. RSVP by clicking the link above. 

Bryant Park

6. Rosé Mansion

This interactive and educational pop-up will be available July- October. Get tickets by clicking the link above. 

7. Bubbles, Beats & Brunch Cruise 

This is basically a day party aboard a boat that cruises around Manhattan. Brunch served with unlimited mimosas and Bloody Mary bar. Grab your friends & book a date!

8. FREE Fridays at MoMA

Free admission to MoMA every Friday 4-8pm

9. Pier 17 

Newly re-opened Pier 17 has everything from outdoor concerts, a food market hall and a pop-up bar with waterfront views. 

10. Summer Streets 

An outdoor block party, free from vehicles that takes place the first three Saturday's in August.  

Pier 17


Feel free to share this list with friends visiting NYC this Summer or save it to your phone as a reminder of things to do around city. 


Xo, Rae 


how to let go for good

Even when it's hard to walk away from something, doing so allows you to be reminded that life goes on regardless. You should NEVER stay stuck in something. And yet we often feel compelled or obligated to stay in our complicated relationships, dead end jobs or unfulfilled friendships. Which begs the question: WHY?! Honestly, I think it has a lot to do with FEAR. Fear of letting go. Fear of moving on. Fear of what we may leave behind. Fear of the unknown. So, how do you let go even when you know it's the best thing to do? 

This is an area in my life that to be honest, I still struggle with. I'm good at holding on to things even when I know they aren't good for me. And I'm even better at letting things stay the same for fear of the "what if's". But as I've gotten older, I have learned that letting go doesn't have to be a bad thing. It often means freeing yourself from the things that are no longer serving you. And it can also be exactly what you need to move forward in your life. So I'm sharing three steps that have helped me deal with letting go in life, and maybe can help you as well. 



The first step, is to admit that something needs to change. Maybe you feel like you don't have many options right now, but there is always a choice that can be made. Easier said than done, I know. But ask yourself, am I happy? And then ask yourself, what can I do about it? Also, remind yourself that you can't do the same thing over and over again and expect different results. Change is hard, but once you make the commitment to do it, you've already taken the first big step in letting go.  



Second, I think you have to be willing to be open to what comes after you let go. Which is often scary to embrace the unknown. But it can also be liberating if you allow yourself the opportunity. Commit to your decision made and let life happen. Don't let the fear of what could happen stop you from pursuing a new outcome. This is where the real work begins, because it's much easier to allow ourselves to stay in a comfortable place rather than be open to new possibilities. But if we do the work, things often start to fall in place over time. 



Lastly, I think that you have to be confident in your decision moving forward. Remind yourself everyday if you have to, why you made the decision to let go in the first place. And then place your trust in the process. Don't beat yourself up over the what if's, or bumps along the way. Sometimes the things that lie ahead of us test us the most. And as you move forward, don't look back unless you plan on using that glimpse as motivation to keep going. Otherwise, stay the course and know that life is what you make of it. 


I would love to hear from you all, and what has helped you in situations of letting go? Comment below.  


XO, Rae



Happy Monday, y'all! Summer is underway and July 4th is ONLY days away. Which means, it's time to start planning that BBQ with friends, pool party or lake house getaway with the family. So, in celebration of Summer gatherings, I'm sharing some essentials for entertaining outdoors. 


Outdoor Entertaining Essentials


1. Wine Bottle Chiller

This will keep your favorite bottle of wine, champs or sparkling water at the perfect temperature for hours. No more having to chill bottles in the freezer before the party starts. 

2. Unbreakable Silicone Wine Glasses 

No broken glass by the pool with these silicone wine glasses. Also, these make the perfect cups to take to the beach, park and bbq's. And they come in an array of bright colors, so you'll never have to guess which drink is yours at the party. 

3. Tropical Prosecco Bong

No party is complete without a game. Think of this as an upgraded version of beer bong, because you're an adult now and kinda classy. 

4. Rosé All Day Cocktail Napkins

The perfect addition to all your Rosé filled soirée's this Summer. 

5. Cheers Metal Drink Tub 

This will keep all of your beverages sitting pretty while on ice. And your guests will appreciate not having to dig through an old school cooler in order to find a drink. 

6. Chip & Dip Serving Bowl 

This serving set is not only pretty but functional. It comes complete with a lid to cover your snacks, so that they can stay fresh longer.

7. Inflatable Drink Holders (12 Pk.) 

The ultimate pool party essential. Your guest can float and drink in style, with this fun pack of inflatable drink holders that includes palm trees, pineapples and flamingos. OH MY!

8. Beverage Drink Dispenser 

Don't want to play bartender at your own party?! No problem. Fill this 2 gallon dispenser with your favorite alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage and let guest pour their own drinks. It even has a seperate compartment for ice to keep the liquids from diluting. 

9. Outdoor Lantern

This is an easy and cost effective way to add some lighting to your outdoor space. These lanterns are made for outdoors and also come with a battery operated LED flameless candle so you can turn them on and they will last throughout your party. 


Shop this post by clicking on the photos below. 

Happy 4th, y’all! 


XO, Rae




Tuesday Talk

Do you ever have one of those days where you have a million things to do, yet you have no energy and can't seem to focus for five minutes, let alone five hours to accomplish everything?! Yeah, that's ME today. Most likely due to the fact that I stayed out wayyyy to late last night. A night out to see a friend perform at a comedy club turned into drinks afterward, then turned into staying to watch a Drag show (always a good time) and then turned into late night food shopping at a local deli. Because drinking + 1am = hungry. 

So here I am, writing this post from bed, still in my pajamas and drinking a large cup of coffee at 2pm. #struggleisreal Although I really should be checking emails, packing for my trip to Boston tomorrow and deciding what to wear for a concert I'm going to tonight. But since I have so much on my mind. I thought I'd just do a brain dump of everything and share with y'all things I have coming up, a few beauty products I've been trying lately, Summer plans, etc. 


On my mind....

This week in therapy, I learned that I need to work on accepting the outcome of things whether good, bad or indifferent. So, I'm practicing telling myself that "I will be okay no matter the outcome of  ______________". This may not seem like a big deal to some, but for me it's something I struggle with. I came across this quote this morning and it resonated with me. And I felt compelled to share it with y'all in case any of you are needing the same reminder. 




Things I'm looking forward to...

1. Concert with a friend tonight to see JoJo 🎤perform LIVE for her #LeaksCoversandMixTapes Tour. This will my second time seeing her in concert and I can't wait to hear her sing all the songs she never got to release on albums. Follow me over on IG, I'll be posting stories tonight while at the concert. 

2. Taking a trip to Boston tomorrow and staying overnight. This will be my first time visiting MA. Hoping to do some exploring through Boston Commons, Back Bay and check out a few restaurants that the locals eat at. I'll be doing a future blog post to round up everything I do, see and eat while staying in Boston. ⚓️

3. Going to my FIRST Yankees game this July. ⚾️ Full disclosure: the YANKEES are playing the BRAVES. And as excited as I am to be going to my first New York Team sporting event, you know I gotta rep the ATL. So wish me luck.....because I’ll be THAT girl in my Braves tee in a stadium full of Yankee fans. Always a GA Girl at heart. ❤️


Beauty products you need....

This mascara primer is my new favorite. If you haven't been using a primer before applying mascara, you should be! It's a game changer, especially if you have short lashes and are wanting that extra volume. 

My holy grail facial spray. You may have seen me talk about this product on Instagram before. But seriously, I can't say enough good things about this facial spray. It's great for using as a setting spray for your make up, or to freshen up your skin throughout the day or to give your skin that extra hydration. I typically use it morning and night and I carry a travel size bottle in my bag at all times. I've definitely seen a difference in the way my skin looks, clearer complexion and super hydrated. 

The best shampoo if you have colored or highlighted hair. I've been using this shampoo 1-2x a week for a few months now. And it's made a major difference with my hair. Red hair color always seems to fade quickly and tends to get brassy, but not anymore with using this product. I instantly see a difference after each use and it helps my highlights and overall color stay longer. 



I hope y'all enjoyed this post! It was fun to share a bit of real life in the making. I always want to just keep it real around here and share what's going on IRL. Also, I'd love to hear what your plans are for SUMMER. You can check out my full Summer Bucket List here



XO, Rae 



Summer Bucket List

Summer seems to always come and go so quickly. So this year, I'm making more of an effort to live each day to the fullest. And I figured I would hold my self accountable by making a list of things to do throughout the next few months. Some of which are personal things I want to accomplish and others are just things to simply ENJOY. 


1. Plan a trip. 

2. See a Movie on the lawn at Bryant Park. This is something I've wanted to do since I moved to New York and I'm excited to finally make it happen this Summer.   

3. Go to a farmers market and cook dinner with all the fresh ingredients found. 

4. Rent a kayak. There's actually several places in the city that offer FREE rentals

5. Attend a few concerts. I love going to smaller local venues in the city. So far, I have tickets to see JoJo. This will my second time seeing her LIVE in concert and she does not disappoint.  

6. Visit a NEW rooftop & sip a fancy cocktail. There are so many good ones in the city. 

7. Go to a baseball game. Now the question is: METS or YANKEES?! 

8. Watch more sunsets than Netflix. 

9. Find a workout that I actually like and do it often. One place I've been wanting to try is Y7 Yoga studios.  They offer Hip Hop Yoga classes which is totally my kinda workout. 

10. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge and watch the sunrise. 

11. Go on a Tiki Bar Crawl, including this one that recently opened in Midtown. 

12. Spend more days with a Make Up FREE face. 

13. Spend an afternoon at Smorgasburg, an outdoor food market full of popular NYC eats. And definitely INSTAGRAM worthy. 

14. Pack a picnic and hit the BEACH for a day.  

15. Visit the Museum of Ice Cream Pop-Up in Soho. And rumor has it, there is a pool of rainbow sprinkles. 

16. Read 3 books. Currently reading & LOVING Single State of Mind by Andi Dorfman.

17. Explore a new neighborhood in the city. (Tribeca & Lower East Side are on my list so far)

18. Host an end of SUMMER gathering with friends. 


I would love to hear what's on your bucket list this Summer?!  Comment below.


XO, Rae 


Lessons Learned in my Thirties: Part Two

I've said this before and I'll say it again, your THIRTIES will be some of the best years of your life. They will also be the years that you really start to get to know who YOU are as an individual. And with that being said, there will be many lessons learned along the way. Two years ago at the age of 33, I wrote all about some of those life lessons and you can read it here. Now that I'm 35, I feel like there is even more that I've learned about life and myself. So, I thought I would share some of that knowledge with y'all in a Part 2 of this very topic. 


1. Friends are everything. Make time for them even when you feel like you don't have the time to give. 

2. Live somewhere that you miss every time you leave.  

3. Make plans, but be open to breaking them every once in awhile. 

4. You can have it all and still feel lonely. 

5. Find something that makes you genuinely happy. And do it often.

6. People will disappoint you at some point in your life. But don't let it ruin the relationship. We're all human. 

7. Change is inevitable. But it's how you react to it that will make the difference in the end. 

8. Speak Up. Don't be afraid to express yourself and have honest conversations. 

9. Surround yourself with strong & supportive women. 

10. Eat healthier and make time for working out. Metabolism is a thing of the past. 

11. You will remember experiences above anything else in life. 

12. Not everyone is meant to play a role in your life. 

13. Do more things that are out of your comfort zone.

14. Reconnect with an old friend. Sometimes we get it right the second time around. 

15. Don't let people who don't see your vision detour you from your life goals. 

16. The relationship you have with yourself will either be beneficial or detrimental to the relationships you have with others. 

17. Get in the habit of practicing Self Care

18. There is no statue of limitations on starting over. 

19. Confidence within yourself will be your best weapon when it comes to career, dating and life in general. 

20. Your THIRTIES will be the years that you will reinvent yourself over and over again. Be open to the journey. 


What is the best life lesson you've learned in your thirties?!  Comment below. 


XO, Rae



Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, it's the unofficial start to Summer. And that means it's time to soak up some SUN and take advantage of these long Summer days. Although New York City is known for being a concrete jungle, the city has a lot to offer when it comes to life outdoors. So, I'm sharing five things to do outdoors this Summer in NYC.

Bryant Park 2018

1. Bryant Park

There are an array of parks all over Manhattan, but this one is worth braving the crowds for. Bryant Park hosts a ton of events during the Summer months. You can take a FREE Yoga class in the park, watch a movie on the lawn, preview a Broadway Show & even attend an all you can eat ice cream festival. This is the perfect place to gather with friends and enjoy all that Summer has to offer.

Located: between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues., New York, NY 10018

Grand Bazaar Market 2018

2. Grand Bazaar Market

This outdoor market is located on the Upper Westside and is OPEN every Sunday from 10am-5:30pm. Being NYC's largest curated flea market with 100+ vendors, you can expect to find everything from clothing, jewelry, antiques to local food vendors. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon and support local artists. 

Located: 100 West 77th St., NY, NY 10024 (at Columbus Avenue)

Loopy Doopy Rooftop Cocktails

3. Rooftop Bars

Summer wouldn't be complete without a visit to a rooftop bar. Whether you're going for the breathtaking skyline views, the Instagramable cocktails or just to cool off from the heat, there is something for everyone. Click here for a list of some of the best rooftops in the city. Cheers to Summer!

Pictured: Loopy Doopy Rooftop / Prosecco & Ice Pop Cocktails

Located: 102 North End Avenue, New York, NY 10282


4. Boat Basin Cafe

This is one of the best kept secrets (in my opinion) on the Upper Westside. In a somewhat hidden location, Boat Basin Cafe sits right on the edge of Riverside Park overlooking the Hudson River. It's laid back atmosphere is accompanied by casual dining, frozen drinks, beer on tap and waterfront views. This is one of my favorite places to bring my Georgia friends when they come to visit, because they never expect to see a place like this in the middle of the city.

Located: W 79th St, New York, NY 10024 

Madison Square Eats 2018

5. Madison Square Eats

One of the best parts of Summer is dining al fresco. And Urbanspace has several pop-up food markets all around the city including Madison Square Eats that hosts 20+ vendors of local NYC restaurants. It's the perfect place to grab lunch on the go or meet friends after work. But HURRY, Madison Sq. Eats last day is Friday, June 1st! Open Daily 11am-9pm

Located: Worth Square, Flatiron District New York, NY 10010




XO, Rae 


Happy Monday!! Starting this week off by stocking up on some of my favorite beauty products. If you haven’t heard already, SEPHORA is having a huge SPRING BONUS SALE for all Beauty Insiders, which is their loyalty savings program.




Today on the blog I’m sharing some of my go-to products & a few NEW products I've been wanting to try. Today’s an ‘ADD To CART’ kinda day! 


Favorites to Restock Up On


It cosmetic CC+ cream w/ SPF 50- I’m not big on foundation so this has been my all time favorite product that I use daily. It gives you a light coverage almost like foundation without the heavy cakey feel. And gives you a natural look plus evens skin tone & has SPF 50.  Basically saving you several steps when getting ready for the day. I wear the shade Light.  

Benefit Gimme Brow Gel- If you’re like me and have to fill in your eyebrows daily. Then you’ll love this product! It’s a voluminizing brow gel that gives your natural brows definition and makes it easier for other brow products to adhere too. I start with this brow gel in (shade #1 Light) and then I go back in with a brow powder to fill in any other sparse areas. The gel helps make my eyebrows last all day without smudging. 

Benefit Boi-ing Brightening Concealer - I was gifted this concealer by a friend back in December and I haven't stopped using it since. And I'm really picky when it comes to concealer. But this one has definitely been a favorite. It covers well and gives a brightening affect to my eyes, especially on days when I look less than rested. If you have dark circles, you should give this one a try!

Tarte Double Take Eyeliner- I recently discovered this eyeliner and I'm OBSESSED. For years, I strayed away from liquid eyeliner because I didn't like how it applied and would smudge during the day. But apparently, I was just using the wrong one. The cool thing about this eyeliner is that it is double ended giving you a pencil and liquid. So you can easily use for daytime and nighttime, depending on what type of look you're going for.  

Tarte Hamptons Weekender Contour Palette- This is a 3 in one  highlight, blush & contour palette. Perfect for Spring and Summer for that beachy glow look.  And I love that it's a travel size so you can easily pack it for a weekend getaway or toss it in your makeup bag for on the go. 

Living Proof T.B.D. Multi Tasking Styler- This is my secret product for achieving that salon blow out from home. This styling cream helps gives your hair that smooth look and helps tames fly aways. It can also works great on styled loose waves to give them life again during the day. Tip: a little bit goes a long way. This product is sure to last you awhile. 

Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gloss- My all time favorite Sephora brand lip gloss in shade 'Nude Alert'. It's an ultra shine gloss that has the prettiest gold undertones. And it goes with EVERYTHING! I wear this lip gloss all Spring/Summer long. 


New Products to Try


Kopari Slip Into Summer Set- I've been wanting to try more Kopari products and this kit comes with 3 of their best sellers. I'm already a fan of the Kopari Lip Gloss. But I'm excited to try the Coconut Melt as well as the Body Glow. These are sure to get me ready for Summer. 

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Palette- This is a mini palette with 6 NEW shades that were inspired by Urban Decay's best seller Naked Heat Palette. These eye shadows punch a lot of color with tones of reddish browns and corals. 

Orgins GinZing SPF 40 Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer- I've heard great things about this tinted moisturizer. It's great for those days when you don't feel like putting on makeup, but you still want some color added to your face. It differs from most tinted moisturizers because it has built-in SPF 40 and also helps energize your skin. 


Tell me what you’ll be stocking up on during the SEPHORA SALE!! Comment below. 


XO, Rae




If you know me in real life, then you know that I LOVE shopping. But what I enjoy even more than shopping, is shopping for items at discounted prices without sacrificing quality. I love a good deal. And I almost never pay full price. That's why Marshalls is one of my go-to retail stores. So today, I’m sharing five items that I always purchase from Marshalls. A few of these may even surprise you. 


1. Facial Masks

Buying quality skincare products doesn't have to always mean spending a ton of money. Major beauty stores often sell face masks for up to $5 per individual mask. Marshalls has a huge selection of facial masks often in quantities of 5 per box for only $4.99. I buy all my face masks from Marshalls and have discovered several new brands that I otherwise wouldn't have known about. Many of them being Korean beauty brands like the very popular The Creme Shop. 




2. Intimate Wear 

I used to be a Victoria's Secret kinda gal, but it got to be way too expensive. I recently started shopping for all my bra's at Marshalls. They have so many name brands like Calvin Klein, Jessica Simpson, Maidenform, Vince Camuto and more. All of which are at huge discounted prices. I only wish I would have started shopping here for these pieces sooner. I have saved so much money and still get to buy the quality brands that I love. 



3. Makeup Brushes/Accessories 

This is one of my best kept secrets (well not anymore). I buy a majority of my makeup brushes from Marshalls. And I've been really impressed with the array of different brands they offer. Especially when it comes to beauty blender dupes. They have every size and shape of makeup blending sponges for a 1/3 of the cost. You can replace your makeup brushes without breaking the bank. 



4. Sunglasses

I love sunglasses. But they often end up lost, scratched or having fallen out of my bag onto the streets of NYC. So, I shop for multiple pairs at Marshalls and never feel guilty because I know I can find name brands for way less than other retailers. Plus, who doesn't love options when it comes to sunnies. 



5. Stationary/Greeting Cards

Say goodbye to those over priced stationary stores. Marshalls has stationary and greeting cards for every occasion. You can stock up on everything from notepads for your desk/office, Birthday cards for friends/family and even a journal for yourself. All of which make great items to gift! 



I would love to know what items YOU shop for at Marshalls?! Comment below with your favorite finds! Or you can also TAG me in your #MarshallsFinds on Instagram


XO, Rae