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4 Ways to Add Life to Lifeless Winter Skin (and the few essentials to scoop up during the Holiday Savings Event at Sephora)

Outfit Details: Booties, Jeans, Sweater, Sunglasses, Earrings

After a swift trip to New York City with my mom and sister, I’m back home and ready to spend the weekend with my kids. Unfortunately, my sister wasn’t feeling well while we were there, so she spent a lot of the time resting in the hotel room. I wish she could have joined my mom and me for all the things we did, but I know how hard it is to be out and about when all you want to do is rest.

My mom and I had a great time shopping around SoHo on Thursday. And we went to breakfast and walked up and down 5th Avenue on Friday morning. We did our best to make the most of the time and checked in with my sister during the day.

And now we’re ready to celebrate Halloween this weekend! We haven’t carved pumpkins yet so it’s on the agenda for today. And I have supplies to make witches’ fingers (chocolate-dipped pretzels), so we’ll do that as well!

I get a comment on this oversized sweater every time I wear it. It’s warm and stretchy, and the length works with denim or leggings. This one by the same brand looks like a similar sweater that is a bit more lightweight!

And here are a few things I mentioned on Instagram Stories recently that you may have missed:

Athleta Vest

Mateo Bar de Tapas – a fantastic restaurant in Durham.

Amazon Sneakers

Ribbed Henley from Anthropology

Old Navy Jeans

Amazon Dolman Sleeve Turtleneck Sweater

Aquage Uplifting Foam

Kenra Volume 25 Hairspray

Away Bigger Carry-On – My mom, sister, and I all have this bag and love it!

Sephora Holiday Savings Event gift sets I recommend:

Lancome Be An Idol Set

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush Set

Sephora Collection Pro Bushes

Laneige Minis Lip Sleeping Mask Set

This week’s discount codes:

Loopy Cases: 10% off when you use code smallthings10

Corkcicle: Use code K8BRYAN25 for 25% off your entire purchase

Tommy John: Offering the best code I’ve ever seen! 30% off using my code KATEBRYAN30

Ongoing promo codes:

Spanx: 10% off + free shipping and returns using code KateXSpanx

amika: Use code SMALLTHINGS10 for 10% off your purchase

Bagging Rights: KATE10 gives you 10% off any items at

ABLE: Kate15 will get you 15% off of anything on their site!

Rifle Paper Co.: Code KATE will get you 20% off your purchase at Rifle Paper Co. now through Sept. 30.

Miranda Frye: “Smallthings10” will get you 10% off and free shipping!

Brooklinen – Promo code smallthings for $20 off orders over $100. Good until the end of October.


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Maureen says · 10.29.22

Do you have a link for the V-neck Amazon sweater you wore during the same try on as the turtle neck one?