GretchCannon

4.08.2019

Amazon Travel Finds!

I had a fun staycation with a girlfriend this past weekend at a local casino, and I got to try out a couple of fun Amazon travel finds that I hadn't used yet (makeup bag, and hanging bag). I loved them, so I wanted to share with you!


The makeup bag on the left is less than $10! It is so cool because its soft and has a drawstring, but it is collapsible, waterproof, and you can really use it to store anything, for travel or even at home. 

The larger hanging bag on the right is under $30 and worth every penny. Comes in a bunch of colors, so you can customize it to who you are buying it for, and it has SO many storage areas. It is also really durable and high quality material. 

I also want to remind you or share with you my Amazon page, where you can see EVERYTHING I love from Amazon! Click here!

XOXO,
GretchCannon

4.02.2019

March Empties!

Time for empties!! In March I went through all this stuff - 15 good ones for you guys!

  1. Candle: Love this French Lavender scent! 
  2. Face Cream: SkinMedica age defense lotion with SPF, I would definitely like to purchase the full size of this. 
  3. Lash Brush: Only $7 for 100 of these - it is a clean mascara wands to brush out eyelash extensions.
  4. Deodorant: This Tarte Clean Queen smelled so good! Loved it because it is vegan, hypoallergenic, and aluminum free. 
  5. Mascara: Great repairing and volumizing mascara from Tarte, made with amazonian clay. 
  6. Deodorant: Only $8, I like this invisible dry spray because it doesn't leave a mark on your clothes and really keeps you sweat-free. 
  7. Eyedrops: Can't stop going through these so fast! These eyedrops work quickly for allergies or irritation, without the burn. 
  8. Spray Lotion: My favorite, mess-free, lazy way to apply lotion all over me after my bath or shower! This link is for a 2 pack.
  9. Collagen: Unflavored peptides that I mix in my coffee for healthy skin, hair, bones, and joints. 10 grams of protein and 40 calories in 1 scoop.
  10. Hair Rubberband: Love these hair rubberbands that I usually get at Nordstrom Rack. They are making them a little different now though, so I linked those for you. I throw these out when they get stretched out from wear like this one. 
  11. Wall Scent: I love this one in Cinnamon Vanilla. 
  12. Face Cream: Amazing hydrator, I got every last drop out of this bottle. It is like collagen plumper in a lotion. So good! 
  13. Room Spray: Great spring and summer room spray from BBW!
  14. Makeup Remover: Awesome makeup remover for lids, lashes, and lips! 
  15. Face Cream: This is a great daily moisturizer, with the added bonus of daytime SPF 47 protection and argan oils. 
Some of the above products are featured below, the rest are on my Amazon Faves page





Don't forget to tell me what you used up last month! 

XOXO,
GretchCannon

3.31.2019

What's In My Purse & Purse Organization

I have never done a "What's In My Purse?" or "What's In My Bag?" post, and I LOVE seeing other people's, so let's dive in!

It is probably no surprise that I am a lover of Louis Vuitton purses. They never go out of style, they last forever, match everything, and I feel like they are just their own style icon.



For Spring right now, I am using the Louis Vuitton Neverful MM in Damier Azul. I love how lightweight it is, versatile, and stylish. Just a big bucket that is literally NEVER FULL. Or, in my case, I like to make it VERY FULL! I will occasionally purchase some LV "dupe" items you will see below, but as for the actual purses, I love the reliability and quality and style of the real thing, so I don't have any dupe suggestions for these! I have heard though that shopping on consignment sites like Poshmark or The Real Real, you might be able to save a little money on a great designer bag.


I got this felt insert (pictured below) to put inside the bag, in the combo Large/ Beige. I also use this nylon insert in Large/ Brown from time to time. I think these really help shape my bag, and if I am transferring my stuff from 1 bag to another, it makes it SUPER easy.



I love all the little compartments and I will show you what I keep in each one. I would actually love to scale down, but don't you just "need everything" you have in your bag? I feel like I do! Please tell me I am not the only pyscho carrying a 20lb bag because I NEED everything that is in it!?



I try to clean my entire purse out once a week, like on a Sunday night, by just dumping everything out on my bed or a rug. Then I go through the contents, throwing away things like protein bar wrappers or filing things like receipts. Then, I put away the 3998 extra lip glosses that have made their way into my bag that week, charge my tech stuff, and just put everything back together and organized again. AHHHH. Such a good feeling to start the week with, amiright?!


Here is a breakdown of some of the purse organization stuff I love (and pictured) and/or things that have helped me! If I forgot anything, feel free to ask!!! 

  • Felt Insert (see above for details!)
  • Clear Zip Bags - I recently starting using these instead of a makeup bag with designs on it, because I can actually see what I am looking for! Why didn't I think of this years ago? I have the small size, and you get 6 for about $12, so they end up being around $2 each and they lay really flat nicely too, which I think gives me a little more room as well. If I wasn't using the clear bags, I like to use just 1 big sturdy Makeup Bag LIKE THIS (an LV dupe that matches my bags), or the pretty ones you can get at Target now. 
    • Inside these bags, I have things like:
      • Lumify Eyedrops, extra contacts (I wear dailies in just 1 eye, so I just keep a couple extras in my bag, no case needed 
      • Floss Packs, with stick flossers in them (for when you get food stuck in your teeth after dinner!) + a couple of the same emptied flosser packs, but filled with hair ties, bobby pins, a tiny tweezer, a tiny nail file and nail clippers! I mean, I just don't know when I might need these things guys. And if I take anything out, there will be an end of the world scenario and I will regret removing the item!! LOL 
      • Misc: 
  • Starbucks Cup - only like $12-$15 for a cute reusable customizable cup like this!! I also use this section of the organizer for a water bottle, but I thought this cup was too cute not to include. 
  • Pill Organizers - Yes, I am "that girl" and I am not even a Mom! HEY - Allergies? I got you! Headache? I got you! Heartburn? I got you! You get the point... I got you. Love these because they fold over twice, and you can label each section.
    • I also forgot to include my daily pill organizer that I use day by day to take my medications and supplements on time. I love THIS ONE - it has been the most durable that I have found and does NOT open on accident, spilling your medications all over the car or your bag or your room. It is only $11 and mine has already lasted me a couple of years. I just put each day in my bag that morning and take it out at night when I get home. 
    • For trips, I also like to use these round containers for things like antacids or Tylenol, even spare change! 
  • Airpods headphones - in this rubber case to protect them and/or keep track of them with the keychain attachment; I also have and like THIS pair! Great for talking on the phone, or listening to music or your favorite podcast.
  • Portable phone charger - you need one of these if you don't have one! They are awesome for your purse, your work bag, and for traveling. You never know when you are going to need a charge!
  • Card case - This is a cheap LV dupe, I know!! But I just wanted something cute for my bag that I could carry extra cards in, that didn't cost me $300+. Shh, Mom is getting one of these in her Mother's Day gifts this year, too! The inside is a little lower quality with the accordion slots, but the outside is pretty legit and it works for what I need it for.  
  • Sunglasses (LOVE these $11 dupes for something much more ridiculously expensive - I own them in black and brown tortoise) & a Sunglasses Case (I use my skinny leopard zip one from my Quay x Jaclyn Hill sunnies).
  • Extra Glasses - either my prescription glasses or these blue light blocking glasses for when I am wearing my contacts.
  • Wallet - I use this Damier Ebene LV Wallet that has lasted me YEARS now, and you can now find some really good dupes like this too. I have had my eye on this one
  • Not pictured - keys with keychain - duh!!! I love this new repurposed LV and leopard keychain that I just added to my keys! And I carry this for self protection





I cannot imagine I forgot anything, but let me know if I did! I will sometimes get brave and carry a book or my ipad in my bag, too!! Sometimes a notepad if I need it too - but I try to keep my day planner at home, and use my phone for notes and calendar and as much as possible. STILL though, see - it is literally NEVER FULL. :) Mary Poppins bag, if you will....!!! TA-DA!

Please share any tips you have on purse organization with me!!! 
I love to hear it all! I would love to see your photos too! 

XOXO,

GretchCannon

3.21.2019

Spring Organization - My 5 Favorite Baskets!

The 1st full day of Spring I believe is today, although it is rainy and chilly here in Southern California! I got the Marie Kondo itch to do some organizing and spring cleaning while stuck inside today, so I thought this would be a perfect time to share some of my favorite organization products. I get SO much pleasure from seeing something neat, clean and organized, and I realized that baskets really help me organize my home! Check out all the baskets I love below.


1. Baskets for pantry organization

These "Y weave" plastic baskets can really be used in any room or closet in your house. They are affordable, versatile, come in lots of sizes and 9 different colors. You can also buy them in a value pack. This is just a photo of how I use them for the snacks in my pantry: top shelf = 1 medium size on the left with nuts and seeds, 1 rectangle size in the middle with all of my protein and snack bars, 1 more medium size on the right with fruit snacks, dried fruit, etc.; bottom shelf = left side individual snacks, middle popcorn, right side, more chips and snacks.


2. Baskets for closet storage

Seems as these actual baskets are not available online anywhere, but I found the newer model for you here. I like to use these on the short top shelves of my closet for things like: hats, belts, and scarves. These can be awesome for bathroom product storage too, even maybe office storage, or toy storage if you have kids.



3. Baskets for under bed storage:

These can be used under the bed, in a shelf, under a desk , in a closet - pretty much ANYWHERE in your home. And they are so easy to shop for and affordable. They come in neutral colors to match your furniture, like white, tan, brown and black. I use brown ones in shelving unit for files, and then under my bed to store blankets, bedtime supplements and medications, and extra pillows! You NEED these! They come in a pack of 6 for less than $25, and they are super easy to pop out from folded and assemble.



These white cotton, canvas and cardboard baskets come in various sizes and look so cute in my office space, on a shelving unit. They are actually advertised as "toy bins", so that would be really cute too. I love the pop of gold on white and how it matches my decor - click here.




I use these in my bathroom to hold: my feminine products, washcloths, and bath products. These would be perfect for a nursery too - anywhere you need some storage with a little bit of a decorative touch. 


BASKETS ON BASKETS ON BASKETS:



In writing this blog post, I realized just how much I depend on baskets to store things in my home! They are so versatile, and you can find them in plastic, woven, cotton - pretty much any medium that matches your decor.

I hope you liked this blog post - I know it was a little different, but I was on a cleaning frenzy today and got inspired to share!

I would love to know of any great go-to baskets you use in your home and how you use them for organization!! 

XOXO, 
GretchCannon



3.08.2019

Insta FriYAY Roundup

TGIF, I hope everyone is having a good one. I have rounded up my last 10 Instagram outfits and posted details for you below. You can shop all of my looks HERE as well. I hope you have a good, safe weekend, and remember - clocks SPRING BACK!! Whoohoo, more day light!

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You can shop all of my looks HERE!

XOXO,
GretchCannon

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