3 Engagement Ring Trends + Affordable Jewelry for Everyone

As you may or may not know, I just got engaged two weeks ago and I am beyond excited and happy! I have been dreaming about this moment since I was a little girl and it was an absolute dream. I will be sharing our engagement story on the blog soon so stay tuned. In the spirit of getting engaged recently, I wanted to share the top engagement ring trends and my top three favorite rings from Galicia Jewelers in Scottsdale. I will also be sharing two affordable summer pieces that I am absolutely loving and one of the pieces is on major sale right now!

  1. Round or Square Diamond with Halo Engagement Ring

This is my all time favorite style and the ring style I have as my engagement ring. I absolutely love how simple and elegant this ring is, yet it has character to it. I love the thin band of diamonds, along with the halo of diamonds surrounding the larger diamond. Halo rings have always been my favorite and I think they are so classy to wear. Here is the ring I am wearing: Halo Engagement Ring

2. Simple Solitaire Engagement Ring

The second I put this ring on, I fell in love with it. I absolutely love how simple yet stunning this ring is. The band was a solid gold band and was so dainty and elegant on my finger. I know a lot of people who have gotten engaged this past year and this ring has definitely been the most popular among my friend group. This ring is absolutely stunning, especially for the price! Here is the ring I am wearing: Simple Solitaire Engagement Ring

3. Pear Shape Halo Engagement Ring

The pear/oval shaped engagement rings are also very in style right now and I absolutely love how they look on. I think oval shaped rings are so unique and elegant, especially the oval shaped diamond with a halo around it. I love this ring because it has the two thin bands with diamonds on them, making it even more unique. Here is the ring I am wearing: Pear Shaped Halo Engagement Ring

I also wanted to show you a couple of affordable pieces that caught my eye while I was shopping at Galicia Jewelers! These earrings are so fun and the perfect summer accessory. I love wearing bold hoops with summer dresses to add character to my outfit. These earrings are also the perfect fall transition accessories and would look so cute with a blanket scarf and boots. I also love these earrings because they can be paired with a simple top and jeans or can be paired with a dress for a night out. I love versatile jewelry that can be paired with various outfits, which is what I also look for when buying statement earrings.

Last but not least, I wanted to share this beautiful necklace with all of you because it is so fun. Since I grew up in Arizona, I love cacti jewelry and it always reminds me of home. This necklace is simple, yet has so much character. This cute little necklace is available at Galicia Jewelers in Scottsdale and is the perfect affordable necklace to add to your wardrobe. I love Galicia Jewelers because all of their jewelry is of the most exquisite quality. Even the most affordable pieces are still of the highest quality, which is something I look for when shopping for jewelry. Also, if you go into the store and do not find something you absolutely love, you can customize your own jewelry with a highly qualified jeweler.

To top it all off, I am giving away a $250 gift card to Galicia Jewelers in Scottsdale! I love being able to give back to my loyal followers and Galicia Jewelers has been so gracious to host such an amazing giveaway! If you are interested in entering to win the $250 gift card, head over to my Instagram page @sandytoesandsaltyhairblog and follow the steps to enter. Good luck!

I hope you all enjoyed my favorite engagement rings from Galicia Jewelers and don’t forget to enter the giveaway on Instagram!

Xoxo,

Jonica

Why I Started Using an LED Face Mask for Skincare

I recently found this LED Face Mask on Amazon and have been absolutely loving it. This face mask uses natural light waves from LED lights to enhance the skin. LED light therapy for the skin has been so popular lately, but can be very pricey. I had been so interested in trying it, but couldn’t find a mask in my price range, until finding this one. I saw how affordable this mask was and looked at all of the great reviews on Amazon before purchasing this LED Face Mask. I love how easy it is to use and how much of a difference it has made on my skin. I started incorporating this face mask into my daily skincare routine after having numerous breakouts on a regular basis due to hormones. It has helped decrease my acne and inflammation tremendously.

The LED Face Mask uses 7 different colors to enhance your skin.

Red Light

Increases cell activity, promotes cellular metabolism, helps the skin secrete collagen fibrous tissue, promotes blood flow, increases skin elasticity, and helps shrink/close pores.

Blue Light

Inhibits inflammation, destroys acne causing agents to minimize acne and inflammation.

Purple Light

Treats acne and fresh sores and contains repairing and restorative properties.

Yellow Light

Adds energy to cells, promotes gland function, assists in the treatment of superficial skin diseases, and enhances skin immunity

Green Light

Promotes anti-aging, relieves stress and pressure from the skin, and smooths winkles and fine lines.

Aqua Light

Fights inflammation and relieves pressure from the skin.

White Light

Kick starts living tissue of metabolism and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The mask comes with a remote to change the time (I usually do 15 minutes), intensity, and power the mask on and off. It also comes with a charging cord, which plugs into a traditional outlet and the mask plugs into the remote via a USB. If you have been interested in LED light therapy for skin, I highly encourage you check out this mask!

Xoxo,

Jonica

What I Bought From the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale + My Favorite Picks

As you all probably know, the Nordstrom Sale has been in full swing since last week. I was crazy enough to stay up on a work night until the sale started at midnight last Thursday. It was definitely worth it because I put two orders in and got what I was looking for. We also went to Scottsdale this past weekend and that’s where I did the majority of my shopping. I didn’t go into the store thinking I would find as much as I did, but holy smokes, I scored! I imagined half of the items I picked out not fitting right or not looking the way I wanted it to, but everything fit like a dream and I loved all of the pieces I picked out, which made it difficult to decide what I actually was going to buy.

Since the sale is live to the public today, i thought I would share what I bought and what my favorite picks are, in case you haven’t checked out the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks tab on my blog yet. Everything that I linked below each picture is exactly what I am wearing in each picture, I did not link any similar items. Many of the items come in multiple colors so if it doesn’t look the same, it’s just linked in another color.

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If you are looking to shop more of my favorite sale picks, visit the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks tab on my blog, happy shopping!

Xoxo,

Jonica

3 Closet Hacks to Make Your Week Easier

As I’ve mentioned many times before, I have a crazy busy schedule and I am constantly looking for shortcuts to make the little things in life easier. It can oftentimes be difficult trying to stay as organized as possible, especially during the week. My normal schedule is: wake up and take Ella for a walk, go to work, go to the gym, make dinner, do homework, then blog. I wake up around 6:30-6:45 am everyday and don’t usually stop until around 11 pm. With how busy I am, I rarely have time to do laundry or clean during the week, which means I have to get everything organized on the weekends.

I recently bought a clothing rack from Target and it is life changing! I now organize all of my work outfits by day on the clothing rack and also organize what I need to shoot for the blog, along with weekend outfits. This has been so helpful because I no longer waste time in the mornings searching for an outfit to wear and I also don’t forget about the outfits I need to shoot. Having a clothing rack in my little blog/homework office has been so convenient because it helps me plan my content and stay as organized as possible. I also think it is much easier to steam clothing when it is on a rack so this is where I do all of my steaming before the week starts.

I thought I would share the three products that have made my weekdays and mornings SO much easier and they’re all $20 and under.

1. The best clothing rack from Target:

I am about to buy another one because I am obsessed with the one I have now. This rack is only $20 and has wheels for on the go. Click on the image below to shop this clothing rack:

2. My favorite portable steamer from Target:

Ever since I got this portable steamer for Christmas last year, I bring it on every overnight with me. People have laughed at me before because I will go somewhere for a night and just whip out a steamer. Who likes wrinkled clothes though and no one has time to break out the ironing board and iron anymore! This steamer heats up in less than a minute, which is so convenient. Click the image below to shop my favorite portable steamer:

3. Velvet Hangers from Target:

Recycling my old plastic hangers was the best decision I have ever made. Plastic hangers not only take up way more space in your closet, but I felt like all of my tops would fall off of the hangers in my closet, which was such a pain. I absolutely love using velvet hangers because my shirts never slip off of them and I now have so much more room in my closet. Click on the image below to shop my favorite velvet hangers:

I also highly recommend checking out one of the amazing sewing machines via the link below! Buying a sewing machine has made my life so much easier, especially since I buy affordable clothing and it oftentimes rips. Check out all of the amazing sewing machines here: https://teachyoutosew.com/types-of-sewing-machines/

I hope these closet hacks help you during your busy weeks!

Xoxo,

Jonica

 

How To Shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Unless you have been living under a rock (just kidding) then you know that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts this week, eek! This is the biggest sale of the year in my opinion at least and I wait all year long for this sale to start. This sale is the best because all of my favorite Nordstrom items are on major sale. Everything from exclusive beauty kits, jeans, leather jackets, booties, basic tees, sunglasses, handbags, you name it. I save all of my fall shopping for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale because I find the best deals and don’t have to pay full price for everything. So let me jump right in and explain how it all works.

How it Works:

The sale technically starts today, if you are a level 4 cardholder that is. If you are a level 4 cardholder, you may walk into any Nordstrom sale and shop in person for exclusive deals and first access to the sale. The early access for all other cardholders begins on July 12th, which is when I will begin shopping. The early access shoppers will have from July 12th- July 19th before the sale opens to the general public. If you are really interested in the sale and know you want to purchase specific items, I highly recommend applying for a Nordstrom credit card because items sell out so fast and I’m not just saying that. If you add something to your cart, it definitely won’t be there for a day and might even be gone after an hour, it’s crazy. I applied for a card and was immediately approved and the process was so easy. If you get approved, you will not only gain early access to the sale, but you will also receive a $40 note, which is essentially a $40 Nordstrom gift card, which you may use towards the sale. After early access ends, the sale opens up to the public on July 20th and will be happening until August 5th, prices go up on August 6th.

How to Shop the Sale:

I personally enjoy shopping from the comfort of my home because during the sale, people get vicious and start pushing each other (not even joking) in the stores. It is an absolute mad house, which is why i would rather online shop. Nordstrom also has an amazing return policy so if you need to order two sizes or two colors and see which one works best for you, you can return the other item for free. I also think it is easier to shop online because everything is so much easier to find, versus running all over the store looking for what you need. With this being said, I will be doing a try on session with items I am loving from the sale so I will brave the store and let you all know how it goes this year. Last year, I said I would never go back during the sale, but here I am again attempting to brave the storm.

Tips for shopping the sale:

  1. Make a list of what you really want so that you aren’t wasting time and aimlessly browsing. If you know you just want to browse and see if you find anything you like, that it is more than okay, but if you know you 100% want certain items, make a list of those items before the sale starts.
  2. If you want something, don’t leave it in your cart for too long or it may be gone. Just because it is in your cart, doesn’t mean it is on hold for you until you actually purchase the item. It is so easy to checkout on Nordstrom.com so I would encourage making multiple orders instead of losing an item.
  3. Like I said before, all returns are free. If you absolutely love an item, but don’t know if it will fit you or not, buy two sizes. You can always return the one that doesn’t fit you so it is better to buy two than buy the wrong size and find out that it is sold out.

I will be adding a Nordstrom Sale tab on my blog and will be updating my favorite items for each category daily so stay tuned and check back in tomorrow to see all of my sale picks! Feel free to email me, leave a comment, or DM me on Instagram if you have any questions. I am also hosting a givesway for a $500 Nordstrom giveaway on my Instagram today, just in time for the sale! Head over to @sandytoesandsaltyhairblog to enter.

Happy shopping!

Xoxo,

Jonica