April Favorites

OKC Blogger Amanda Martin's April Favorites 2019
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Hi friends! Happy Monday! I'm finally back in the swing of things around here and feeling recovered from jet lag....mostly! April was a crazy month - half of it being spent in Europe - so my monthly favorites list is a bit different this go round. Most of these items were things I purchased to take with me on the trip and I loved them so much that I had to share!

1. Equestrian Hair Scarf, Similar Here
Hair scarves are ALL.THE.RAGE right now and I'm here for it! They make bad hair days that much better and make adding an extra day between washes super easy. You can tie a hair scarf like a headband, tie it around a pony, tie it at the end of a braid, use it in a half pony tail.....so many options!

I tried this dress on in store and bought it in black.....but I couldn't stop thinking about the army green color, so I went back a few days later and bought it, too! It's the perfect length to wear to work + it isn't too "flowy" so the wind won't blow it up haha. No Marilyn Monroe moments will occur, I promise! It is really comfy and breathable and can be dressed up or down. PLUS, it's on sale with 20% off at checkout!

This was one of my FAVORITE pieces to wear on my trip to Paris and obviously it was ya'll's favorite, too, because so many people have snatched it up! It is $20, prime shipping and comes in several other colors. I think it would be cute with a body suit, a crop sweater, a cami + jacket....so many options!

OK ya'll.....if you've been following along for a while, you may remember one of my New Year's Resolutions was to stop getting dip nails. I didn't get my nails done from Christmas until I left for Paris.....then I got them done for the trip. BUT, they kind of drove me crazy and they broke before I even got home!! I think I'm done with dip for good...... That being said, I still want my nails to look good all the time and finding a good nail polish that lasts more than a few days is tough (especially for a girl who works out and gets her hands dirty). Insert Essie Gel Polish. This stuff goes on smooth, dries without a UV light, and is said to last up to 14 days without chipping. YES PLEASE. I've only had it on for a few days but so far, so good (and it dried REALLY fast which I appreciate). Check back in a week and we'll see if it is still on! It is kind of pricey, but you can buy 2-3 colors for the price of one dip manicure, so I say it's worth a shot.

5. Upright Go Posture Trainer 
I shared this over on Instagram a few weeks ago and wanted to share here, too! Upright Go is a little electronic piece that sticks to your back and tracks your posture through an app on your phone. It has a training mode where it vibrates when you start to slouch and a tracking mode where it just tracks whether you're sitting up straight or not. It has been really helpful for me, both sitting at my desk and on the go! 

6. Designer Inspired Passport Cover
I have a weakness for Louis and Gucci and I usually don't recommend getting Amazon's inspired versions of designer items......but..... I really wanted a new passport cover for my Paris trip and couldn't quite justify a designer price tag for an accessory I will use maybe once a year (and one that stays in a hotel room safe the whole time). So.....I decided to get this LV inspired version and it worked great! The quality was so-so, but it did it's job. I just thought I'd share for anyone else who loves designer items but not designer price tags. 

7. Prime Panama Hat
Speaking of designer inspired items / dupes.... YOU GUYS. I've been crushing on Lack of Color Panama hats for a while now but again, I can't get myself to spend that kind of money on a hat. Mostly because my head is HUGE and hats never fit me so they go unworn. I decided to try this Amazon dupe because it was only $15 with Prime shipping and free returns.......and it actually fit! The quality is pretty good for the price....it has a wire brim so it doesn't lose its shape (although it does set off metal detectors at airports). I love it and have been wearing it non-stop!

This tee is a new fav! I bought it in the spotted version and loved it so much that I went back and bought more! It comes in a lot of colors and prints and is only $5!!! It runs a bit big so you could size down - I still wear my usual size though, I like the loose fit. It is pretty good quality for $5 and washes really well + it isn't see trough.

9. Milano Twist Chain + Brilliant CZ Cross from Roma Designer Jewelry
With Easter being this month, this beautiful cross necklace seemed fitting! I love the dainty, sparkly pendant. It goes with everything! Use code AMANDASOK20 for 20% any order from Roma Designer Jewelry. 

I ordered this for my Europe trip and it really came in handy! I used it to get this photo at sunrise while my mom was still getting ready for the day (we stayed a block from the Arc for part of the trip). I had a similar tripod in the past but this one is so much better because it comes with a cell phone attachments, a camera attachment and a GoPro attachment plus a remote so that you don't have to use self timer. It was pretty sturdy, and the legs bent so that you could wrap it around something. I know I will get my money's worth out of this!

DROOL. I snagged this at the airport convenience store on our way back to the U.S. We didn't have time to get breakfast before our plane started boarding and I was hangry....Kinder to the rescue! I was shocked by how delicious this candy bar was and wished I would have discovered it sooner so I could have brought more home with me! I might have to order some from Amazon to share with C..... the chocolate is really smooth and is filled with a milky hazelnut goo....YUM.

These flats have been on my wishlist for a LOOONG time and I'm so glad I finally pulled the trigger! I always feel like that about Tory shoes (the Miller sandals are probably my most worn shoes of all time...totally worth the price if you consider price per wear). Needless to say, I struggle to find flats that don't rub a blister on my heel but still stay on / don't slip off when I walk. These were perfect and so comfy! I wore them all over Europe and didn't get a single blister. They aren't super supportive or cushioned, FYI, but are very comfortable.

13. Airplane Foot Rest
I was very nervous about taking my first overnight flight to Europe. I have always struggled to sleep on a plane but with this foot rest (and some sleep medicine) I was actually able to get several hours of sleep mid-air. The foot rest attaches to the seat-back tray and allows you to prop your feet up / pull your knees in to your chest a bit (almost like a fetal position). It wasn't the most comfortable thing in the world, but just being able to shift my body and change positions was a game changer. And, I mean, for $10, it's totally worth a shot! It rolls up in your carry on so it hardly takes up any space. I would definitely recommend this if you have a red-eye flight any time soon! 

BONUS: Oat Crunch Cinnamon Cheerios
Cereal is one of my favorite food groups! I picked up a box of these oat crunch cinnamon Cheerios yesterday and have already eaten an embarrassing amount of them haha. They are good in milk, but I think they are best dry (the cinnamon oat flavor really stands out). I grab a handful every time I walk past the pantry lol! You MUST try them if you like healthy tasting cereal. Mmmm!

Do you have any new purchases or products that you're loving? If so, leave me a comment and let me know what you recommend. I will be home for most of May (with the exception of a week long work trip to Miami) so I will have lots of time to sample things. My Paris post will FINALLY be up on Thursday if I can put the finishing touches on it between now and then.....stay tuned!

Thanks for reading and have a great week ahead!

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