Good Things Come in Small Packages

Sometimes, a little retail therapy is all you need!

I was having one of those weeks where everything was stressful and everything seemed to be going wrong.  Then today, I woke up and the sun was shining, the weather was amazing, and everything seemed to get better from there!  I have a semi-formal event that I am attending this weekend, so I thought I would take a look at TJ Maxx for some shoes before class this afternoon.  I didn’t find any shoes, but I DID find something better!

I have been wanting a ring with a bow on it for probably about 2 years now.  I found one that I really liked, but it turned out to be much more expensive than I wanted to (or could) spend.  It was around $300, which was just not what I was looking for.  Granted, it was white gold and diamond, so it was worth the money.  But alas, a full time student just can’t have everything.  So I have searched, sometimes actively, sometimes more passively, since then for just the perfect one.  A few months ago, I saw a Juicy Couture one on Pinterest that I basically fell in love with.  After stalking it only to find that it was no longer in stock or available, I was so disappointed.

Today, when I walked into TJ Maxx, I had no idea that it would be waiting for me in the jewelry case!  I was absolutely thrilled to have found it so unexpectedly.  I asked the salesperson to try it on, and although it was a bit snug for my ring finger, it fit my pinky perfectly!  So… I asked how much it was, and, can you believe it???  It was only $19.99!!!  My day was officially made!

So, without further ado, please allow me to introduce you to my new favorite thing!

Even the box is pretty!


So pretty!


❤ ❤ ❤

As it turns out, the Juicy Couture Wishes Pave Ring can be found online in a couple of locations, though it seems to currently be out of stock where I’ve seen it.  If you’re interested, you can find more information (and a clearer photo!) here.

Have you recently participated in some retail therapy and made a purchase that you are totally happy with?  Please feel free to share in the comments!




Add Some Sparkle

Hitting the after-Christmas sales is one of my favorite things!  Although the selection is a bit slimmer than earlier in the season, it’s a great time to grab the few things that you didn’t want to buy because you weren’t sure if you’d get them as gifts or for those times when you were waiting for a little Christmas cash!

Here’s one of my after-Christmas sale finds!  I got both of these bracelets from the Loft for less than $10!  I love that they’re a bit stretchy so they fit any size wrist, but they still hold their shape like a bangle.  They had a few colors (I loved them all!) but I decided on the navy and gray to match all of my Penn State gear!

Navy and gray crystal bracelets




These bracelets are a great way to add just a little extra sparkle to an outfit, I think!  They’re subtle but feminine, fun and flirty!  I just love them!

What are some of your favorite new accessories?

Snowflake Wishes

A Part of the “Getting in the Christmas Spirit” Series

I know, I know.  I’ve been slacking on the posts!  But… I’ve been so busy with coming home, family events, holidays, and the like.  Sorry!

Yesterday, my mom and I did a girls’ afternoon of shopping.  Some of the best sales definitely take place AFTER Christmas!

We were wandering around, actually looking for a gift for someone else.  As we went through the housewares department of Macy’s, we spotted the most beautiful champagne flutes!  Apparently, Waterford is doing a limited edition holiday series of them called Snowflake Wishes!  They release two every year  (one colored and one clear) in new designs, from 2011-2020.  I am not normally the type to splurge on something so expensive… but I honestly couldn’t help myself!  The design is just SO beautiful, and my family has had a set of traditional Waterford champagne and wine glasses since I can remember.

So this year, my mom and I began a new tradition.  Together, we bought my first ever piece of Waterford, and we hope to collect the whole set, buying a new addition each year.  This is such a wonderful tradition because, though expensive, these pieces will last for generations.  It will be a fond memory for us, but I will also be able to pass the collection to my child someday, and to their child someday, and so on.  What a wonderful way to celebrate the spirit of Christmas!

My family has had a buffet (some people call them China cabinets, too) since before I was born.  That’s where we keep all of our “nice” things… the Waterford pieces I mentioned earlier, our china dishes, our good silverware, antique water vases that have been passed through the generations…  My whole life, I have associated the buffet with the utmost in class and knew that only the most special and beautiful things belonged there.  Yesterday, I made space for my new Waterford flute, and I can’t even tell you the feeling that it brought me.  I felt like I had become a part of something so special and had been able to contribute to something so wonderful.  Yes, this is truly a meaningful and joyful new Christmas tradition, and I could not be any happier!

Not all Christmas traditions have to involve purchases, and truthfully, most of mine don’t.  Please feel free to share any of your favorite holiday traditions in the comments!  I will also be updating with a few new posts for some of my other favorites!


This is the beautiful box it came in!


This is the gloriousness you see when you open the box!!!


This is the Waterford label 🙂