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$15 and Under Beauty Finds

I don’t think I’ve felt this degree of burnout since a few Augusts ago. I remember just feeling like I was running on fumes and I felt completely apathetic toward things that I otherwise love to do. I think this is the result of a few small personal things as well as just getting to that point of the year.

I feel happy and content, but I think I’m just feeling weary and in need of some rest.

How are you feeling?

I tried a new restaurant over at Fenton this week with my sister. It was essentially a belated birthday dinner since she was out of town for her actual birthday! We went to Superica and I cannot wait to go back. The food was so delicious and the ambiance was fun inside.

My family and I are actually planning on doing a little ice skating over there soon too, which I’m sure the kids will enjoy!

If you happen to be looking for a small addition to a gift, or a stocking stuffer, I rounded up some beauty picks for $15 and under on this post!

I hope you have a restful weekend ahead!

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

Apres Ski Shirt

Cozy Minnetonka Slippers

Mid-rise perfect vintage jeans – such a classic!

Carabiner Earring – I wear these more than classic hoops these days!

Emily Lex Studio

Spanx Half Zip – cozy yet somehow not too hot for the mild temps of the South.

Londontown Lakur in “Flirty and Thriving”

Ugg Mini Dupes from Amazon

Seed Probiotic

Pink Nude Lipstick by Bobbi Brown

Perfect Datenight Dress

Oak Steakhouse in Raleigh

Wander Beauty Eyebrow Pencil

Angus Barn Steakhouse

Apple Watch Strap

Shokz Headphones for running

Julep Lip Tint

Long sleeve tee from lululemon

Whiteboard Sheets


Super Soft Sweater

Mock Turtleneck Sweater from Amazon

kur Hand Cream – I have this on my desk and in my bag!

Bright Sweatshirt

Free People Sweater on Amazon

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Au Natural Eyeshadow

Kate McLeod products

Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer

Clare V. Pink Stripe Wallet

Slim backup phone charger

“Before We Were Yours” – the book I’m currently reading

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Ongoing promo codes:

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Natalie says · 12.12.22

Hi Kate! Just wanted to say I’m feeling some of the same feelings. After chatting with a friend I was reminded of ‘mental load’. I’ve heard the phrase, but it hasn’t really sank in that what I am feeling is definitely a heavy mental load. As a mom of 3 boys most decisions, big and small, are on me. What’s for dinner? Kids are sick, make Dr. appointments. What groceries do we need? Call the dentist. What to get boys for Christmas? What to tell grandparents to get kids for Christmas? Schedule a birthday party. Run errands. Shop for Christmas. Who has practice tonight? Homework?
It’s A LOT. I feel like I’m running on fumes by the end of a normal day, but throw Thanksgiving, a week later a child’s December birthday, Christmas, more Christmas, then a January child’s birthday in the mix and it’s just about all I can handle.
Anyhow, your blog and IG really are such a great resource and I enjoy taking a break from my busy day to look in on your busy day! 😁