So y’all know that I name items that I ADORE (and I think all of you will ADORE as well) MUST HAVES. See a quick little review of all of the MUST HAVES I’ve named previously over the last 3 years HERE.
But I got to thinking the other day, there are other items that I have….several items in fact…..that are definitely MUST HAVES for me. I didn’t name them MUST HAVES when I first got them because I didn’t know how they would become so important to me. Some of these items I’ve had for almost 2 years, and they are all items that I reach for again and again. And again.
And again. 😉
Besides the military jacket, all items seem to be fully stocked. Some of these items I wear daily, and others I reach for at least a couple of times a week. They are NECESSARY for me. Personally, I MUST HAVE these items in my life. 😉
So, what are they? Well, they are obviously items that you have heard me talk about many many times before. And get ready, this is a long post (because I give you lots of past pics with me in these outfits), so get comfy. I present to you, my SHOULD HAVE BEEN A MUST HAVE list….
1. military jacket / 2. rainbow wood bead tassel necklace / 3. stella and dot arrow necklace / 4. gorjana circle hoop earrings / 5. ag skinny ankle jeans / 6. MK double wrap leather watch (ON SALE!) / 7. lancome fashion icon lipstick/ 8. Jo Malone fragrance / 9. bobbi brown lip gloss (ONSALE!)/ 10. ray-bans (ON SALE!) / 11. cushion cut bracelet / 12. NARS tinted moisturizer / 13. beauty blender / 14. Sam Edelman “Felicia” nude leather flats.
Y’all know I love a good military jacket. So much that over the last 4 years or so I’ve collected 5. Now before you judge, they are all quite different. Short, long, sweater back, peplum hem, and various other details make them all quite different. THIS one was my most recent purchase, but it has very low stock… so I thought I would give you several different military jacket options out there right now. Because it doesn’t really matter what military jacket you have, as long as you just have one!
The one on the left is one I personally own, and I’m LOVING the cool style of the one 3rd from the left (and it’s ON SALE for a great price)! These jackets often times come in navy, khaki, light pink, etc……but the army green is my go to. It’s neutral with a punch, the color goes with pretty much everything, and it adds such a great element to so many outfits! And in case you are wondering, April isn’t too late in the year to order a military jacket. I wear mine even through the summer on cool nights and when going to places that I know have serious a.c.! 😉
Here are several pics of me in various military jackets over the years. I truly believe it’s one of the Top 5 most important closet staples you can have! Remember, the ones I’m wearing are probably sold out, so refer to the options above!
exact striped tee / arrow necklace /similar jeans / OLD NAVY military jacket, sold out/circle hoop earrings / similar cognac cross body / leopard booties sold out, but solid colors still available/ watch / cushion cut diamond bracelet c/o. A.C./ turquoise pendant c/o A.C. (use code STMT25 for 25% OFF at Accessory Concierge!)
military jacket / happy camper tee/similar jeans/ buckle booties c/o UGG, but also available in black at Nordstrom HERE / Use the code STMT25 to get 25% OFF all jewelry in this shot! circle studs / wood horn pendant necklace c/o A.C./ gold bar wrap bracelet c/o A.C.
Maisy tee (ON SUPER SALE!)/ similar jeans / buckle booties c/o UGG, but also available at Nordstrom HERE / Use code STMT25 for 25% OFF all the following jewelry: matte pave bead and jasper pendant c/o A.C./ gold bar wrap bracelet c/o A.C./gold atlas cuff c/o A.C. / earrings c/o A.C.
military jacket 30% OFF/ similar chambray shirt / black ponte pants (WITH FANTASTIC REVIEWS!)/ similar cognac boots / wood earrings / gold bar necklace / gold bar wrap bracelet
tee sold out/ necklace c/o A.C. – use code STMT25 for 25% OFF! / earrings / similar leopard belt 40% OFF!!!!! / similar white ankle jeans (with great reviews!) / pointy toe flats /round toe cognac flats option (with fantastic reviews)
shirt sold out/ similar cut-offs from Old Navy with GREAT reviews! /earrings / necklace (ON SALE!)/watch / converse/ St. Anne tote c/o Barrington (use code PTMTSAVE10 for 10% OFF Barrington order)
If you didn’t believe previously that I wear it constantly, maybe you do now. Listen to me, if you don’t have a military jacket, GET ONE!
2. RAINBOW WOOD BEAD TASSEL NECKLACE
So I picked THIS NECKLACE up last spring. And it became a FAST favorite. I’m telling you, I wore it constantly. Like probably every other dang day during the spring and summer. The wood beads look great against so many colors, and the tassel on the bottom adds a bright and fun element to so many outfits! As soon as it warmed up, I started wearing it again this year! And I’m not sure if you saw me mention it with the outfit pictures above, but Accessory Concierge was so excited that I was naming two of their pieces SHOULD HAVE BEEN MUST HAVES, that they decided to give us a 48 hour code for 25% OFF! Use the code STMT25 for 25% OFF your entire order!!!! Even though there are just 2 A.C. pieces on my list today, A TON of their stuff is in all of these pictures, so pay attention to what you can get for 25% OF today!
pants (True to size, I’m wearing a 27.)/ white tee (True to size, I’m wearing a small.)/ wooden earrings / arrow necklace /dark denim jacket / necklace /sunglasses (mine are the 58 mm gold rimmed) / cork wedges (order a 1/2 size up)/ cross body bag
white v neck tee (I’m wearing a small in the tee, true to size)/ rainbow wood bead tassel necklace / military jacket / ag skinny ankle jeans (I’m wearing a 27, so they are true to size)/ chambray TOMS sandals (true to size)/ circle stud earrings
striped tee / similar jeans ON SALE / military jacket / shoreline converse / rainbow and wood bead tassel necklace
So many readers have told me that they were unsure about the necklace, but after ordering it for themselves, they too are believers!
3. STELLA AND DOT ARROW NECKLACE
In many of my posts I’m also wearing THIS necklace. It’s sweet, dainty, and layers well with many different necklaces. I also wear it on it’s own some too with simple v-neck tees.
It’s really hard to see in my pics because it’s so delicate, but in real life, it adds such a nice little touch!
lou and grey plaid palette shirt (true to size, I’m wearing a small) /earrings/ turquoise pendant (use STMT25 for 25% OFF!)/ arrow necklace /cross body bag/ similar jeans / booties c/o UGG® , but also available at Nordstrom HERE
Here’s another shot where you can see the arrow necklace a little better!
striped v-neck sweater / $12 cami/ similar jeans /cross body bag/ classic nude leather flats / earrings / arrow necklace / pave necklace out of stock
Yep, I wear this sweet little arrow necklace just about every day.
These are hands down the most worn earrings I own. I highly recommend the original circle hoops I’ve been talking about for almost 3 years now that are by Gorjana! I wear them at least 3 times per week. They are expensive at $59, but the quality is awesome. They are large, but still dainty and super light, and I love them! And they make a big statement. I know many of you have these earrings!
shirt ON SALE/ arrow necklace /earrings / similar vigoss skinny jeans ON SALE / tassel necklace (use code STMT25 for 25% OFF!) / watch / similar frye boots ON SALE
high-low maxi dress / MUST HAVE jacket / UGG t-strap wedges / sunglasses / earrings / necklace sold out :(, but other turquoise necklace found HERE / my exact cross body bag(same bag without basket weave option HERE)
wedges / 3/4 sleeve cardi (comes in TONS of colors) / white tee / $12 cami / AG skinny ankle jeans / cross body bag / sunglasses / earrings / turquoise necklace
Give these earrings a chance, and I just know you will be fan!
I devoted my entire post to these jeans on Monday, so click over HERE to see everything I have to say about them. I’m telling you, it’s an AG Love Fest and I think I tell you everything you ever thought you might want to know about these jeans. Here’s a quick summary: they are true to size and I love and adore them. 😉
chambray popover / ag skinny annkle jeans / similar pointy toe leopard flats / mixed metal beaded earrings / arrow necklace / watch / gold bar wrap bracelet
6. MK DOUBLE WRAP LEATHER WATCH ON SALE!!!!
I would say that you probably see THIS WATCH in at least 90% of my posts. I love it, and all of you that have purchased it seem to love it as well! Here are some pretty recent close-ups of the watch, and it’s being price-matched right now for 25% OFF!!!!!!!!
watch / similar bracelet / wedges
watch / baja bracelet (use code STMT25 for 25% off!)
MK leather watch / drusy bracelet (on left) / pyrite bracelet
7. LANCOME LIPSTICK – FASHION ICON
Erika and I share a strange similarity. We both only own 1 shade of lipstick. Now, we have lots of lip glosses (I like to switch up the color with the different glosses), but I always wear THIS ONE SHADE of lipstick. It’s called Fashion Icon and it’s from Lancome. It’s the only lipstick I wear, so I obviously wear it every. single. day. It looks a lot darker online that it does on me or even just in the tube. Just look at any picture on my blog, and it’s what I’m wearing! You can also get an idea by looking at the picture below.
I’m not really a perfume girl (it always ends up either making me nauseous or giving me a headache), so I didn’t wear any for years. I think it was Erika that initially told me about Jo Malone fragrances sometime last year after they were recommended to her. There was a period of a couple of months where almost every time I would go to the mall, I would go by the perfume counter and spray one of the fragrances on because I wanted to see if I could handle the scent throughout the day. Well, I loved every one I tried. In fact, I loved several of them so much that I couldn’t make up my mind.
So, when Melanie talked about JO MALONE WOOD SAGE AND SEA SALT last year around Christmas, it pushed me over the edge and I told my mother-in-law to put it on my list! I know this sounds weird, but apparently I really enjoy smelling like wood sage and sea salt. 😉 #whoknew
Now I wear it every day. And if I forget to put it on in the morning, I’m totally bummed. Other favorite scents that I’ve sampled: Nectarine Blossom and Honey and Orange Blossom.
Find all Jo Malone fragrances for women HERE. If you aren’t a typical perfume girl (or even if you are), try one of these! They are fresh and light and just perfect! And although I’ve never done this, I hear that you are supposed to be able to mix and match her scents to create something totally unique to you!
So I have lots of lip glosses in my make-up bag (I typically have 3 glosses in my make-up bag at all times)…and even more in my make up drawer. I use them to change the shade of my lipstick, and I just don’t feel totally ready without a shiny (and often times, a bit sparkly) lip. I also love MAC lip glass and NARS (I love Sweet Dreams the most ), but my current favorite is PINK SEQUIN from Bobbi Brown. AND GREAT NEWS! All Bobbi Brown make-up is 20% OFF right now! Click HERE to shop all Bobbi Brown products! I have recently started using her loose powder and her pressed powder, and you know I love the shimmer bricks (I use them lightly all over my face and heavier as an eye shadow).
I love treating myself to new glosses, and I rarely find a color I don’t like!
10. RAY-BAN SUNGLASSES ON SALE!!!!!!!!!!
So I bought my first (and only) pair of Ray-Bans last year. And just like several other items I’m featuring today, you see them in lots and lots of posts. Pretty much every single post when I’m outside, I have THESE on. The 58 mm are the perfect size for me (I feel like the larger frames overwhelm my face). Click HERE for all Ray-Ban options! Click HERE to see the post in December where I declare my Ray-Ban love and show lots of different pics of me in them. 🙂
11. ROCK AROUND CUSHION CUT BRACELET
So THIS blingy bracelet is the other Accessory Concierge piece that I’m naming a SHOULD HAVE BEEN A MUST HAVE! And remember, the code STMT25 will get you 25% OFF! It’s blingy and fabulous. You could wear it with an awesome little black dress at a formal event (and I have), but you can also wear it with jeans and converse (and I have). 😉
cushion cut bracelet and spiky gold bracelet c/o Accessory Concierge
giraffe agate bead bracelet c/o HERE / cushion cut bracelet c/o HERE
splurge bracelets HERE / steal bracelet c/o HERE / cushion cut bracelet c/o HERE
I’m telling you, you will have fun pairing it with all different types of outfits!
For years I wore a heavy base…and then for years I only wore mineral powder foundation….and then I found this product. NARS TINTED MOISTURIZER is light and airy, has sunscreen in it (SPF30! so important!), and it evens out my complexion and just makes my skin look great. My shade is GROENLAND. If I’m running out of the house to just do an errand or two I might just sweep some powder over my face, but I prefer to have applied this product if I’m going to run into anybody that I know. 🙂 It has 111 5 Star Reviews, so I’m not the only one that is totally a fan. Click HERE for my make-up post with all of my faves!
13. BEAUTY BLENDER
I accidentally left his little guy at the ranch house awhile back, and when I had to apply my make-up without it (like I had done my entire life), I could hardly stand it! Not only does the make-up go on so much smoother with this little beauty, but my hands stay much cleaner too! I promise you that after using this you will NEVER want to just use your fingers ever again. This thing is magic.
So it took me awhile to get these flats, but man am I glad I finally did. They are the comfiest flats I own. And they come in 18 colors. EIGHTEEN. And I’m not the only one that adores these shoes. There are 693 5 STAR REVIEWS on the Nordstrom site. That’s pretty dang impressive. You’re only getting 1 outfit shot with the shoes for a couple of reasons. One, they are still pretty new to me so I don’t have many outfits to show yet. Two, this post was super time intensive and I’ve run out of steam. 😉 Just know this, the nude color goes with EVERYTHING (duh), they really are stupid comfy, and I know you’ll love them as much as I do.
white tee (True to size, I’m wearing a small./ pajama jeans (Order 2 full sizes down!) / nude flats (True to size.)
So, in summary, here are the items that I now know SHOULD HAVE BEEN A MUST HAVE! Just click on whatever picture you are interested in!
And remember, click HERE if you want a quick and dirty review of items that really are named MUST HAVES! Some of them highlighted here:
Give yourself a pat on the back if you made it through this entire post!!! I hope y’all enjoyed it! If you have any of these items, please leave a comment with your thoughts!!! I would love to know if you agree and think they SHOULD HAVE BEEN A MUST HAVE as well! You can also leave a comment with items you’ve bought from the blog that you personally think should have been named a MUST HAVE! (Full disclosure…after the collage was complete, I started thinking I wished I would have included THIS underwear, THIS strapless, and THESE earrings.) #nexttime
Sound off in the comments! Oh, and if you want the chance to to win two of the featured items today, click over to instagram HERE to see what they are and tag some friends for your entries!
Lisa G. says
I totally agree that the beauty blender sponge is a must have. I have even gifted them to friends and.family and everyone loves it. I am also.a big fan of the Jo Malone fragrance you listed,, it mixes really well with Peony Blush and Suede.
Lisa G., McKinney,TX
Susan Jeffries says
Loving this post! I added a couple of things to my cart – cardigan and tunic top in olive! Thanks!! I almost always order your must haves! Susan
Great must haves! I love the Lush Tunic! I want to suggest you try the Real techniques sponge. (Found at Ulta) It has an angled tip that is perfect for blending around the eyes and nose. It is also around 6 dollars. Have a great day!
Chas @ Haute Mommy Blog says
Girl! I almost had a heart attack when you said you only have one lipstick. Now I see that you weren’t including glosses – WHEW!!! I can’t believe I resisted the Beauty Blender for so long because now I can’t live without it.
Try out the Peony & Blush Sage Jo Malone. It’s become my signature scent for summer, LOVE it!
Jamie S says
I completely agree that the cushion cut bracelet, military jacket and Sam Edelman flats all should have been a must have! I own all three and get so much use out of them. And the NARS tinted moisturized is my holy grail beauty product – my skin has never looked better and it is so easy to apply. I may also have finally been pushed over the edge and ordered the rainbow tassel necklace. I have been eyeing it since you wore it last summer and I can’t wait to wear it.
I have my military jacket and silver gorjana hoops on today! I was hesitant to order the hoops, but you are so right! I love them and wear them allll of the time! Thanks for the awesome recommendations! 🙂
Erin Shanks says
I loved this post!! I wanted to tell you about some other Ray Bans you might like. I also have the aviators. However, the ones I reach for the most are the Jackie Oh and the Jackie Oh II. My husband is an optometrist so I have quite a large collection on sunglasses, but these are my favorites!! You can push them back on your head and there are no nose pieces to get tangled!! Anyway, just a suggestion!!
Thanks to you, Sheaffer, I have most of these items and love them all! My spiky gold bracelet from A/C has tarnished. Do you clean yours? Any special care instructions?
Hi Kelly! Hmmm…I’ve had mine for a couple of years now, and I haven’t had that problem. Do you shower in it? I don’t get mine wet. Hope this helps! xoxo, Sheaffer
Great post! What’s the link to the military jacket you’re wearing with the black tee and again with cut-off shorts? I have one similar that needs replacing ?
Hi, Lucy! It was from Old Navy, but it’s been sold out for over a year! So sorry!
Jackie T. says
Great post! I think I’m finally gonna cave and order the Rainbow Tassel…is it a fairly substantial tassel though? I just don’t want a wimpy tassel! 😉
Thanks for all your *research*!
Yes! It’s definitely substantial!!!! You’ll love it! Xoxo
Darlene Wardyn says
Do the flat shoes stretch?
Hi Darlene! I haven’t really noticed…so if they have, not that much at all. Hope this helps! xoxo, Sheaffer 🙂
I ordered from Accessory Concierge in December and they sent me the wrong order! In it was the turquoise stone necklace and the bracelet you’re featuring today! I actually love them more than I do the items I originally ordered!!! (They just told me to keep it and they would send my new stuff). Super cute!
Holy crap woman! You’re gonna break me! 🙂 I noticed a pattern this morning as I was getting dressed. I have purchased three tunics that you have recommended that have a similar theme. The white one from Karen Kane, the Lush long sleeve, and that funky green one that made me look like a giant Easter egg. I think I need to bust out of my roll-tab sleeve slump 🙂 LOVE this blog!!!
I am in love with that giraffe ring holder under number 8! Can you tell me where it’s from? Thank you!
Hi, Heather! West Elm!!!!
I am super loyal to the Sam Edelman flats, and they almost never go on sale…except for the Shopbop friends & family, which is going on right now! 25% off! On my fourth pair. (Not because they fall apart- I wear them so darned often, they get dirty every 6-9 months!)
Are you sure you haven’t ever named the military jacket a must have? (that seems completely crazy to me)!! I LOVE the Nars Tinted Moisturizer and always use my Beauty Blender to apply it!!! My giorjana hoop earrings are on frequent rotation too! Always love your Must Haves and everything else you post about!!! Thanks for all you do!!!
Hi Kristen! I haven’t ever named the military jacket! I wanted to find one particular one that I felt would meet everybody’s needs, and I just never did. I still might name a future one a MUST HAVE!!!!!! xoxo, Sheaffer 🙂
I have the tassel necklace, the military jacket, beauty blender, NARS tinted moisturizer, AG jeans and almost went with the Ray Ban aviators but got Oakley ones instead. 🙂
Julie B. says
I just love this post! You have totally revolutionized the closet of this stay-at-home homeschooling mama! I’ve noticed a few times now the chartreuse/white berry wreath on your door . . . where did you get that? My door wants one, too!
Hi, Julie! Thanks for the sweet words! Sadly, the wreath is several years old, and I don’t even remember where I got it! So sorry! xoxo, Sheaffer 🙂
I saw a similar wreath at Pier One this spring and almost got it myself.
Amy Salvaria says
I used to swear by AG ankle skinnies too (I’m really short so they fit me like regular jeans) but then I discovered DL1961 jeans. They don’t stretch out at all!! I still love my AGs and wear them all the time, but you can wear DL1961s forever and not get the sagging behind!
Also, the beautyblender is my favorite thing! I use the regular one for my nars tinted moisturizer and the mini is amazing for my under eye concealer!! Have you tried using them damp?! Life changing!
Ahhh more goodies to check out!! yeah!!
Hi there! Do you know if the Gorjana earrings come in silver? Maybe on another website?
Hi Beth! They do! They are sold out at Nordstrom, but you can find them at Gorjana.com as well. You can copy and paste this code into your browser: http://rstyle.me/n/qtu3spvje xoxo, Sheaffer 🙂
Duh! I don’t know why I didn’t think of that :-)! Thanks so much!
Also, would love to hear your suggestions for more dresses for petite ladies (I’m about 5’3′, but tried the maxi from Nordstrom you recommended, & it’s still too long :-(… bummer)! Thanks!
Maybe I’m too late with this but the silver Gorjana hoops are not sold out at Nordstrom – they are being price matched at 25% off! They’re not featured with the gold and rose gold ones since those aren’t being price matched so just do a search for them and you’ll find them. Grab them!
Gina S says
Ahh I want ALL of this! That cushion bracelet… I could see myself putting that on with almost everything. The beauty blender has been on my to-buy list for over a month now and I keep forgetting! Must do! Thanks for the reminder 🙂 I love your posts!
Mademoiselle Coconath says
Love every piece!
Sarah Lewis says
I thought I’d share a “splurge vs steal” for you to try too! I had a beauty blender and LOVED it. Like on the verge of shredding, loved it. Well, then my dog apparently thought it was cool too and actually did shred it. It hurt my heart and wallet because it was a splurge for me to spend that much on a sponge….
Then I found the Real Techniques sponge that is so similar its scary! The main difference to me was that one side of the (orange) sponge has a flat side which I actually prefer. And the texture is a little different, but I reallllllly like it. I think I’m on my 4th one and I’m not going back! Its around $6, and sometimes buy one get one 50% off at Ulta! Can’t go wrong with that!
Just thought I’d share. 🙂
Jill B says
Do you have a photo of yourself with that Lancôme lipstick on by itself, no gloss?
Hi Jill! I don’t, but I can try to make that happen next week! xoxo, Sheaffer 🙂
Thank you for the tip on the Old Navy Military Jacket. Went in there today and its ADORABLE and on sale for $35.00. Never in my life would I have picked this and tried it on in the store if it weren’t for your recommendation. Now if it would only get warmer here in New Jersey so I can wear it, suppose to snow tomorrow.
Sue R says
The $48 tote falls apart at the handle after some wear. Not worth it, save your $ and buy leather. I regret buying two.