Today I’m sharing my April Favorites — these are some new finds and old favorites that I’m particularly loving right now.
April Favorites 2018
one // I talked yesterday in my packing post about this travel hairdryer. It’s on sale right now, by the way — $99 with code APRILCOMPACT. This dryer is regularly $150, so this is a nice discount. I have the full size one, and finally invested in this travel size one a year or so ago because the full size takes up considerable room in my suitcase. The travel size works just as well, and definitely takes up less space and weighs less than its full size counterpart.
I’m aware that most hotels provide hairdryers, but I’ve been spoiled by the T3 quality. The last time I tried to pack light and use someone else’s hairdryer, it took twice as long to dry my hair. Plus I’ve been in hotels before when the hairdryer didn’t work and I was in a rush to get to an event, so now I always bring my own.
two // My favorite nail color for summer is this CND Studio White. It’s a nice soft white, not Wite-Out white, but still crisp and clean and so pretty for summertime. I have the Shellac because I get mine done at the salon, but I’m linking to the Vinylux version because it’s one you can do at home.
three // I know I’ve talked ad nauseam about this top, but I love it. It’s just so soft and cozy, and I love how the arms are super long — although that bothers some people, so keep that in mind if you order.
I brought it to Florida, planning to wear it with jean shorts on a cool morning, but I ended up in workout clothes every morning and never wore it. I know I’ll continue to get a lot of wear out of it, though, with chilly temperatures still lingering here in Philly and then my Maine and beach vacations this summer. For size reference, I have the small.
four // This packable raffia tote was by far the best purchase I made for my Florida trip. I was packing on the Tuesday before my trip and realized I didn’t have a beach bag that would fit easily in my suitcase, so I went online and found this and paid $9 for 2-day shipping so I could have it for our trip on Friday. (I never do that!!!)
This bag is super roomy inside and even stretches to fit more if you need to stuff it with beach towels or anything like that, but it flattens out and packs down easily into your suitcase. You can also fold it easily if you need to fit it into a smaller space. I just folded mine in half and laid it flat on top of all my clothes on one side of my suitcase.
The straps are comfortable on your shoulders, and it’s also full lined inside and has two pockets — one open one that I would slide my phone into, and a zipper one where I put my smaller wallet with my room key, I.D., and a few bucks inside. Plus it’s just pretty! I got a few comments on it at the resort. It’s got a little sparkle in the raffia that adds interest. I’ll be using this all summer for the pool and beach.
five // I wear denim jackets 3 seasons of the year, but I probably wear them most in the springtime so I’ve enjoyed dusting mine off again. This one is my favorite. It has such a flattering cut, and it’s really nice quality.
six // I love an espadrille for springtime, and I got in my head I wanted a black pair this year. I went to Nordstrom one day last month, specifically looking for them, and they didn’t have much so I ended up ordering a designer pair. Would you believe, the next week I noticed these Sam Edelman leather espadrilles popping up everywhere!!!
I love a Sam Edelman shoe — he always manages to find the perfect blend of style and quality and comfort. Since I already have a similar style in black, I’m tempted to order these in the gold. I had a pair of gold espadrilles a few years ago and wore them a lot. In fact, I wish I’d never gotten rid of them. I can’t even remember why I did.
seven // This travel case is my new best friend. I purchased it after I saw it featured on another blog, and it worked out beautifully for my trip to Florida. I love how everything stands up inside, all nice and organized. I was able to fit all my makeup, my skincare products and makeup removers, shower gel, sunless tanner, and my 2 hair styling products inside — and best of all, everything was accessible and easy to locate.
eight // These beaded slides are a fun addition to my neutral shoe collection, and they’re quite comfortable although I did develop a blister on one toe where the edge of the shoe rubbed. They felt tight at first but loosened up quickly. I think they’re probably better for those of us with thinner/flatter feet. They run true to size and also come in some solid colors of the multi-colored beaded style isn’t for you.
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