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Look For Less: Cult Gaia Handbag Dupe

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The best designer handbag dupe. The Cult Gaia handbag dupe for only $40!

So I'm headed to the Caribbean at the end of the month and have been on the hunt for swimsuits, cover ups, and warmer weather attire...hallelujah! As much as I love oversized seaters and leggings, this girl is ready for some warm sunshine! As I was on the hunt for some beach bags, I stumbled across one of the best dupes!

I've had my eye on this Cult Gia Bamboo Ark Bag for a few seasons now, but just cant bring myself to fork over the money. It seems like every "IT girl" is carrying this bag, which makes the rest of us want it too! I love how different the bag is. It’s most definitely a show stopping accessory; the shape and design are so eye catching. And let's not forget that it just so conveniently goes with every outfit - it's basically a neutral.

BUT y'all I'm happy to report that I found a dupe and it's good...I mean really good! If I haven't already lost you to the Amazon link here,  It’s available in a small (11″ x 3″ x 8″) and a large size (12.5″ x 4″ x 10.5″) which are both just $40 (including 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime). And it comes two different colors: the natural and black

I can't wait to rock this bag on my vacation and during Spring/Summer. I got the natural color in small. To me, it's worth buying the dupe over the original because it's more of an "IT bag" not a timeless piece. 

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MY MOST-USED ITEMS OF 2017

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My most used items of 2017

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! We hosted Christmas this year in Atlanta with my whole family. They flew in from all over (China, Texas, Montana, and California). Sadly, everyone has now gone back home and I'm sitting here wondering where the heck 2017 went?! But really, why does it feel like the older you get the faster time flies. As amazing of a year 2017 was for me/us, I’m excited to welcome a new year full of fresh opportunities and changes. But before I we jump into 2018, I wanted to share some of my most-loved (and used) items from 2017. I try so many products daily, but there are a handful of items that stick out to me as daily or weekly essentials. Keep reading to see what my most-used items of 2017 were…

Cuyana Travel Case Set - I can’t think of a single trip where I didn’t bring my Cuyana travel cases on. The big one carries all my makeup and the smaller is for my toiletries. I love the blush color and how you can personalize it. 

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara - I’ve been using this mascara for a while now and love, love it. I used to hop around from different brands, but now I’m pretty loyal to this IT Cosmetics one. This could easily top the whole list for the most-used item!

Fawn Design Bag - This has been my go-to bag since having our baby girl. I love that it doesn't look like a diaper bag and can be worn as both a backpack or messenger bag. 

Amazon Alexa - We use this every day, whether we're playing music downstairs in the kitchen or while playing with the baby in her room. This is the best gift for someone too! 

Tula Skincare - I didn't start using this till the end of the year, so it didn’t really have a fair chance at a full 12 month analysis like all of the other products. But, I’ve used it every single day since I bought it and it’s proven to be a must-have for my day to day, so I definitely think it deserves a spot! Read up on my post about all the products I use here

Coffee Table Book Picks

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I began collecting coffee table books after we got married and starting building our "real" home together. Never did I ever think that a new and colorful book would get me excited, but it does. I like collecting an array of different books, anything from recipes, places, travel, decor, recipes, etc. If you follow me on Instagram then you know I recently scooped up this See San Francisco, which shows the beauty and uniqueness of San Francisco perfectly. This precent purchase got me inspired to pull together some of my favorite coffee table books. What are some of your favorite coffee table books? 

1. See San Francisco - Design blogger Victoria Smith (SF Girl By Bay) tours San Francisco through her lens.  

2. Kate: The Kate Moss Book - Iconic images of the highly retrospective Kate Moss.

3. Decorate - Shares decorating tips and ideas to every room from influential designers like Jonathan Adler, Amy Butler and Kelly Wearstler. 

4. A Boat, A Whale & A Walrus - One of the country's most acclaimed chefs and owner of several Seattle restaurants, Renee Erickson, compiled a cookbook of seasonal food, seafood, and elegant recipes. 

5. Audrey: The 60s - A photographic collection of Audrey Hepburn from from Breakfast at Tiffany's to Vogue fashion shoots, and more. 

6. Cupcakes and Cashmere At Home - Popular lifestyle blogger shows off her decorating and fashionable personal space with DIY design projects, party planning ideas, and more. 

7. Domino - Breaks down decorating room-to-room with how-to advice, tastemaker secrets, ideas, etc. 

8. Vanity Fair: The Portraits - 300 iconic portrait images from Vanity Fair's most talented photographers.

9. Kate Spade: Things We Love - A compilation of Kate Spade's 20 years; think a mood board in book form.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide For Him

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide For Him | Four Threads

Whiskey Stones | 'You Are The Luckiest Guy In The World' Mug | Beer Making Kit | Cologne | Beats Pill Portable Speaker | Striped Red Socks | Nike Dri-Fit Running Top | FitBitPersonalized Bottle Opener | Two-Toned Traveling Case | XO Boxers | Swell Water Bottle | Hubby Mug | Noise Canceling Headphones

Valentine's Day is always a tricky holiday to shop for. For women, you can never go wrong with flowers, jewelry, or chocolate. But I've always struggled with what to get Mike - like in all honestly, what are you supposed to get your boyfriend, fiancé or husband on a romantic holiday?! I decided to take on task of finding that perfect gift for that special man in your life. 

PS - Click here if you missed my Valentine's Day Gift Guide For Her!

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