New Month, New Website

The Details:

November 2016 Calendar (free printable with background color; without background color)

As November is upon us, I have begun thinking about the busy month ahead: My younger brother is moving from South Dakota to Nevada this week, and will be bunking up with my husband and I; Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 AM this upcoming Sunday, November 6, marking the date and time that our clocks “fall back” one hour (and the sun sets an hour earlier); Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 24; the second busiest shopping day of the year is Friday, November 25 (that was not a typo; Black Friday is no longer the busiest shopping day of the year); and Cyber Monday is Monday, November 28 (my personal favorite shopping day). Not to mention, my husband and I have a myriad of mini-trips sprinkled throughout the month (Indianapolis and San Diego, twice).

With the above said, my editorial calendar is also filling up (lucky you!). What can you look forward to on The Collocater this upcoming November? Thanksgiving menu planning and guides for gifting, amongst other musings!

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As my calendar is becoming more and more organized, The Collocater blog itself was feeling less and less organized (Oh, the irony!). Thus, the blog underwent a makeover.

Now, all blog posts can be accessed via the Homepage, in four different locations:

  1. The Primary Navigation Menu: Would you like to read posts, by category? Click on “LIFESTYLE”, “STYLE”, or “BEAUTY”. Searching for something more specific? Hover over “LIFESTYLE”, “STYLE”, and “BEAUTY” for drop-down menus.

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  1. The Homepage: Caught up on all previous posts, and want to skip to the most recent? The most recent post is featured on the Homepage, below the featured image. Click on the excerpt (text) to read more.

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  1. The Homepage: Other recent posts are located directly below the most recent post. This section is blanketed by a dusty pink background; you can’t miss it! Click on the title, image, or excerpt to read more.

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  1. The Footer: View all previous posts (“Archives”), by month and year. Click on the month/year (for example, “October 2016”) to view all posts that occurred within that month/year.

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A more organized shopping experience:

  1. The Primary Navigation Menu: Hover over “SHOP” to shop “BY CATEGORY”, “BY POST”, “BY ROOM”, or “BY BRAND/DESIGNER”; hover over these menu options for drop-down menus. Stick around to buy everything you’ll need and want this upcoming holiday season!

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  1. The Homepage: Shop the “FEATURED ITEM”, located on the Homepage, below “RECENT POSTS” and above the Footer.

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Learn more about The Collocater, contact me, or subscribe to the newsletter:

  1. The Primary Navigation Menu: Hover over “ABOUT” to view “THE COLLOCATER”, “CONTACT”, and “SUBSCRIBE” pages. While you’re there, drop me a line, or subscribe to The Collocater’s newsletter to receive new post notifications, product updates, and sale alerts.

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Search the site:

  1. The Footer: Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Search the site via the search bar, located in the Footer (the Footer is visible regardless of where you are on the site).

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All that legal stuff:

  1. The Footer: Click on “POLICIES” to view The Collocater’s Policies, Courtesy Statement, Terms and Conditions, and our Privacy Policy.

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Last, but certainly not least, follow along via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or E-Mail:

  1. The Homepage: View my latest Instagram photos or subscribe to the blog, on the Homepage, below “RECENT POSTS” and above the Footer.

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  1. The Footer: Go directly to my profile(s) by clicking on the social icons, below “SOCIAL”.

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Like the new site? As always, thanks for following along!

What’s In My Bag?

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The Details:

TRUFFLE Clarity Clutch · Valentino Bag · Clare Vivier Clutch · Burberry Sunnies · Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist · Dermalogica Renewal Lip Complex · MAC Lipstick · Christian Dior Lip Balm · MAC Lip Pencil · Yves Saint Laurent Luminizing Pen

A short, but sweet, post today, as I am currently decorating for Fall (enter fall themed emojis)! So, be sure to check out my Instagram this week!

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I oftentimes carry a small handbag throughout the day, and switch to a clutch at night (if I happen to be venturing out). Thus, I was in need of a bag to put within my bag that would assist me during this switch, without losing all of my essentials in the shuffle. Consider this feat achieved with the TRUFFLE Clarity Clutch.

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Furthermore, the TSA approved size makes this an effortless transition into my carry-on suitcase (say “Adiós” to that non-aesthetically pleasing Ziploc you’ve been using). I am starting my week feeling “effortlessly put together” (fitting tagline, TRUFFLE!).

The Details:

TRUFFLE Clarity Clutch · Valentino Bag · Clare V. Clutch · Burberry Sunnies · Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist · Dermalogica Renewal Lip Complex · MAC Lipstick · Christian Dior Lip Balm · MAC Lip Pencil · Yves Saint Laurent Luminizing Pen

All opinions and styling are my own. Thank you for supporting The Collocater.

Transition to Fall

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The Details:

J.Crew Tippi Sweater (solid rib necksolid turtleneckjacquard dotleopard printargylenautical stripegingham) · The Laundress Wool and Cashmere Shampoo

Between the changing of the leaves, from green, to yellow, to red, the fall weather slowly making it’s way west, and fall fashion sales, I am officially ready for all this season has to bring!

I picked up my favorite sweater in a variety of colors during J. Crew’s online sale (use code GETSHOPPING at checkout for 30% off select full-price items and 40% off select sale items, through tomorrow, October 17, 2016, 11:59pm ET.). These sweaters wear well solo or layered; buying one in every color and pattern is justifiable!

However, having purchased this sweater season after season, I have come to realize that the cost of my dry cleaning far exceeded the cost of the actual item. That is until I discovered The Laundress Wool and Cashmere Shampoo. Launder my “dry clean only” woolen items at home, at a fraction of the cost; yes, please!

My favorite wool sweater + The Laundress Wool and Cashmere Shampoo will have you transitioning into fall in style!

The Details:

J.Crew Tippi Sweater (solid rib neck, solid turtleneck, jacquard dot, leopard print, argyle, nautical stripe, gingham) · The Laundress Wool and Cashmere Shampoo

All opinions and styling are my own. Thank you for supporting The Collocater.

What’s In My Travel Toiletry Bag?

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The Details:

Bobbi Brown Empties Set

I spend a fair amount of time on the road (and in the sky). As “fair” can be a subjective term, suffice it to say that I always have a suitcase to be packed, or to be unpacked (just to be packed yet again).

I always look forward to planning my outfits for a trip. I enjoy laying each item out, folding each item, and perfectly packing my suitcase, playing a game of Tetris with the various pieces (yes, I am a child of the ‘80s).

With that said, I usually dread packing my toiletry items. I debate if I should pack to carry-on, or pack to check my bag. Nine times out of 10, I pack to carry-on. Thus, my toiletries must meet the TSA-enforced 3.4 oz./100 mL liquid rule, to fit within a 1-quart clear bag, to fit within a 9 inch x 14 inch x 22 inch carry-on suitcase. Countless trips have kicked off with the discovery of my toiletry bag, filled with moisturizer (and thus, an empty container), much to my dismay.

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So, as my husband and I took a travel hiatus during the month of September, I took the time to re-think my travel toiletry and cosmetic game. I stuck with my mantra that organization is one part function, one part personality, and all parts style. So, first things first, I needed my toiletries to be functional. What are my “I can’t live without you” liquid items (including aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes) when I am on the road? Furthermore on function (and this is where I have gone so wrong, historically), what quantities of these items do I need? I purchased a variety of glass containers (yes, glass, as glass containers are not affected by the pressure change), ranging in size from 0.25 oz. to 3.4 oz., as I have learned that I rarely use what is packed in it’s entirety.

Bonus, not only are these containers functional, they also check off my final two organizational requirements: personality and style. The containers are crisp, clean, and pack beautifully; no embarrassment here when my bag is chosen for a random search!

My travel beauty must haves:

Shop my travel beauty must haves here!

All opinions and styling are my own. Thank you for supporting The Collocater.

Kitchen Linens

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The Details:

Williams-Sonoma Classic Logo Towels · Williams-Sonoma Classic Striped Towels

When my husband and I got married last June, we received kitchen linens galore (Thanks, friends and family!). The drawer that would house all of the linens we received was too far from the sink; so, linens were divided between multiple smaller drawers. After attempting multiple folding and stacking arrangements, I decided this option was not working for us. Every time a drawer was opened, a towel was knocked from the top of the stack. Not to mention, the pretty striped details of our new towels were hidden beneath whatever towel happened to be on top (which was usually the most recently laundered towel).

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Knowing I wanted the towels to be near the sink, preferably in one drawer, and all visible and accessible, I decided to roll each towel. Extra points for being pretty!

Kitchen towels that say, “Nom”? Nope! Despite my love of foodie blogger Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo, this is just the result of perfectly folded Williams-Sonoma (SO“NOM”A) kitchen towels. Made of highly absorbent Turkish cotton, complete with a loop for hanging; I’m sold!

The Details:

Williams-Sonoma Classic Logo Towels · Williams-Sonoma Classic Striped Towels

All opinions and styling are my own. Thank you for supporting The Collocater.