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So Nice, I Bought It Twice: No. 1

This week, I’d like to start a new feature discussing the things I loved so much that I bought them again.  And again.  And, occasionally, again.

Welcome to So Nice, I Bought It Twice.

I would like to thank Samantha for sending me the bad news this morning:  Stella & Dot is retiring my beloved Rebel pendant.  This pendant comes in white, yellow, or rose-tone metal.  And it’s simple, geometric shape pairs well with any outfit.

When she said they were discontinuing it, I rushed to the sale to pick one up.  If you buy one item from the sale, the pendant is $65.  If you buy two, it’s 20% off.  Three, 30%.  And so on.

So what did I do?  I bought two Rebel pendants.  I also snapped up this cute silver/gold coin necklace and this very affordable pearl pendant.  So I essentially got the two Rebels for the price of one.  Hopefully, by the time they both wear out in 10-12 years, I’ll have found another necklace that I like as much.


As you know, I am not one of those bloggers who takes a sample of every face cream that comes onto the market and pronounces it a must have.  If you ever see a post of me applying L’Oreal Revitalift while sitting on my patio in a glamorous, designer sundress, send help.  Because, if that occurs, I am either being held hostage or deeply in debt to the mob and trying to work it off with disingenuous sponsorships.

But this Peter Thomas Roth Niacinamide Dark Spot Treatment…ladies, this s**t works.

I wish I had taken a “before” photo of why my right cheek looked like last week.  Angry, red, spotted, acne covered.  Charcoal masks wouldn’t work.  Drawing salves wouldn’t work.  Toner wouldn’t work.  I was about to pay $1,200 for a micro-needle package, until I remembered this cream (which I ran out of during the pandemic and didn’t immediately rebuy, so my bad).

Four days later.  Acne gone.  Redness gone.  Dark spots diminished.  I could cry I’m so grateful.  but instead, I will just tell you to buy the damn cream.


I don’t promote Memorial Day Sales, because that’s not what Memorial Day is for.  But I feel obligated to tell you that the Nordstrom Half Yearly sale is on right now, and that a few of my favorite things are in stock.

First, this Halogen V-Neck Top.  I own this top in two colors, and it is the perfect under-blazer blouse.  If they made more solid colors, I would own more of them.

Second, these Chinese Laundry Rumor Sandals are the most comfortable high heel I ever worn to an event.  The block heel, the ankle strap — if you have a wedding this summer, snap up a pair.  I have the gold and snake.

Lastly, these affordable Bluetooth speakers are really nice for parties.  You just spread them throughout the space and turn on a playlist.  This Summer BBQ Playlist is a favorite.

This Ouai (pronounced-WAY) Volume Spray is a game changer.  I am on my third bottle.  It gives me the perfect amount of volume, not Texas big, not pasted to my head like a Seattle-filmed teen movie in the 90s.

Spray on.  Blow Dry.  Enjoy all-day lift.



  1. Wendy says:

    The Peter Thomas Roth cream — when do you use it –in the morning after washing or at night?

    Thank you

    May 27, 2021/Reply
  2. KIRBY KONZ says:

    Oh interesting re: PTR! I’ve been using this (which is sadly sold out right now) but has a very similar ingredient list at a much better pricepoint. I will say the smell is not great but it dissipates and definitely works. Hopefully they restock soon.

    May 27, 2021/Reply
  3. Meg says:

    I have been sleeping on the Rebel pendant for YEARS and never pulled the trigger. Thank you for the heads up- I finally purchased it!

    May 27, 2021/Reply
  4. Clara says:

    I see you coming for Julia Stiles and I won’t stand for it.😉

    May 27, 2021/Reply
  5. NadinE says:

    I bought the Halogen blouse last time you posted it, and I get compliments every time I wear it.

    May 27, 2021/Reply
  6. Terri says:

    So sad…stella and dot sold out by 8:00 am! sad, sad, sad…

    May 28, 2021/Reply
  7. RosaD says:

    if you like the PTR I think you will LOVE the Faded cream from topicals. they also stock it at sephora sometimes. I get pretty bad hyperpigmentation when I break out and have tried a lot of things for it, the topicals one is the strongest I’ve used so far. and reasonably priced. only downside is it smells quite weird, but it dissipates quickly.

    May 30, 2021/Reply