A Few of My Favorite Things - Midyear Mashup

I've noticed lately that I have a bunch of favorite things piling up that I want to tell you all about, and to be honest, I just don't want to wait till the end of the year when I typically do my "favorite things" post because I'm afraid I'll forget half of them!
There are quite a few, so I'll keep explanations short and sweet. I tried to section them off into categories of some sort, but really, they're just a random gathering of things I think are cool or fun that I would like to know about if I already didn't! 

Cents of Style
Shoes, bags, hair accessories and jewelry at a great price. They only have an online shop, so YES, anyone can purchase from them. Something to keep in mind is that their styles move fast because they're always carrying the trendiest fashions, so if you want something, snag it up quick... especially shoes, I swear EVERYONE is a size 8! ack!
Cents of style fashion - shoes with bows - affordable jewelry - house of smiths

Wrist Soiree
Lakeitha not only has an amazing eye for home decorating, but awesome, one of a kind jewelry too! Her shop, Wrist Soiree, has become one of my favorites! She's always coming up with new designs and even takes polls from people on Instagram asking what they want to see in her store, I love that! One of my favorite "everyday" gold chain necklaces is from her, and this new blingy Amelia bracelet is TO DIE FOR! ... yes, she sells it in PINK too! thankyouverymuch.
Wrist Soiree Jewelry - blingy jewelry - house of smiths

NS Minerals Makeup
Just a few days ago I had a little guest spot on our local morning show where I talked about some of my favorite home decor trends for this year. The same day I met Janelle, who did a segment on her awesome NS minerals makeup, and she was nice enough to give me some to try at home. Typically I veer away from powder only foundation, because I have dry skin, but I actually really liked this brand. You'll have to watch her segment to see why it's different, and I should have taken a picture so you could see what it looked like on me, but I totally forgot. Just know that it was super quick, easy and had a lot better coverage (I thought) compared to a few other mineral foundations I've tried in the past.
Right now, through the end of the month you can get a voucher for 50% off of anything in her store by going through And Ruby and making a purchase there.
NS Minerals Makeup - Mineral Makeup - the house of smiths

Style Lately 
I know I mentioned them before in one of my other favorite things round-ups, but I just had to give them another shout out real quick, because recently they've also been carrying some home decor awesomeness as WELL as clothing and jewelry. Pillows, prints, planters and other fun things are what I'd keep an eye out for if I were you.
Style Lately Home Products - Gold Pillows - Modern Planters - the house of smiths

Camera Wrist Strap + Sew-Crafty Kids.com
Instagram is so awesome. You meet all kinds of new people and make great connections. I originally met Angelina from JoJo and Eloise on Instagram, but then actually had the chance to meet her in real life this past year at the Snap conference. She makes the most amazingly sweet, beautiful fabric flower clusters, and occasionally sells them via her Instagram feed. I mentioned to her that camera neck straps bother me, but having nothing as a safety net when taking pictures freaks me out. I suggested a wrist strap of some sort, and was thrilled when I saw a couple of these babies on her Instagram feed a few weeks later!
Sew Crafty Kids & Wrist camera strap - the house of smiths
She's such a cool lady and has the AWESOMEST little girls with the cutest little blog too; Sew-Crafty Kids. My 5 and 7 year old's love watching the little videos these two adorable girls create. You've GOT to check out their cute site. You will be floored at how awesome these kiddos are in front of camera, all while explaining full-on kid friendly craft tutorials to their viewers!
Sew Craft Kids.com

PB Salt & Pepper Shaker -
Me: (while walking through Pottery Barn with Cason on a date) "Oh look, It's like an old fashioned ridiculously adorable silver phone trinket thingy, so cute!"
Him: "Oh yeah, that's cool."
Me: (as I examine the piece closer) **GASP!!!** "AND it's a Salt and Pepper shaker, WHAT THE?!!!"
Him: "Oh gosh, here it comes..."
Me: "Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!" (and jumping... there's always a little bit of jumping)

Sometimes purchases don't make sense, mostly because you really just don't "neeeed" them... but then it's like, you do. Ya know?
Pottery Barn Salt and Pepper shaker - favorite things - the house of smiths

Poppin Colorful Office Supplies - Got me some fun yellow pens and love them. If you're looking for colorful/coordinating office supplies that match your rooms decor, Poppin has tons of different colors in office necessities. I just think it's a cool idea, especially with school starting up again.
Poppin desk supplies - colorful office supplies

Jalapeno Pop Chips & Cocoa Roast Almonds
My healthy treat obsessions lately. That's all.
Healthy Snack Ideas

External iPhone Charger
I need a new phone. My iPhone 4 is on it's last leg, but I can't do my free upgrade till December. Ugh. (don't even get me started). One of my biggest pet peeves is that my battery doesn't stay charged as long as it used to, so I went on the hunt for a good external battery that I could carry with me, in case I needed a little more juice in my phone, until I got to my car or back home.
This 2200mAh from Mini in the Box has been awwwwesome! I've used it 2 or 3 times in the past couple of days and it's fully charged my phone from almost dead each time, without a problem. AND I haven't recharged the battery itself yet (although I think it's about time).
Sometimes you can find these external batteries on deal-a-day sites as well, so keep your eye out, they might be cheaper there.
External Battery Charger for iPhone

Whew! You did it, you got through them all!
Hopefully there are some items/sites that you didn't know about before today. Have fun trying out and exploring some of my most recent favorite things!


  1. OMG! You look AMAZING! Just wanted to let you know you look ADORABLE in those pics!!! Seriously... you GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!

  2. Thank you for sharing all these amazing things. I'm checking out a few. I just love you, you are so adorable. In all these pics of you (from head to toe) you look amazing! I'd love to see another one of your Blogger On A Diet Posts. An update on eating, exercise, and supplements your doing to maintain your awesome success. I'm struggling with that now.

  3. Love so many of these. I will have to check out that kids' craft site. And the S&P shaker, freakin' adorbs. www.styleoyster.blogspot.com

  4. oh goodenss I love finding new stuff. everything on this list looks so fun. i'm off to check them out, I was just hunting for fun office supplies!

  5. My mom collects s&p shakers I love the phone. How long ago did you buy it? I'm wondering if they still have them in store

  6. You look fabulous! Thanks for sharing your favorites.

  7. WOW!!! What an Amazing round-up of Yummy goodness!! I already have my Wrist Soiree tab open and can't wait to check out some of there jewelry. ( I am a jewelry and shoe fanatic ;) THANK YOU so very much for including us in this Amazing group of talent and products!
    Have a Fabulous week!

  8. Awesome things. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm going to go check out the sites :)

  9. You do look seriously wonderful. And those Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds are the BEST!

  10. I have to say, you look FABULOUS!!! All of that hard work you are putting in is showing!! I also love all of you finds! Thanks for sharing!! Keep up the hard work!!

  11. such a fun roundup! I've been dying to get something from wrist soiree and poppin!

  12. Seriously! You are one hot mamma!! And the s&p shakers???...swoon... Great find!

  13. So, after seeing the Amelia bracelet on your wrist, I pretty much went directly to Wrist Soiree and bought it. I have been looking for a bracelet like that forever! Thanks for sharing your favorite things :)

  14. I love a favorite things list!!! My favorite thing on this list is poppin, but you left out the very best part: SHOPPING BY COLOR! It made me very happy to click on my favorite colors & see everything they have in those colors.... =)


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