Wednesday, August 5, 2015

An Outfit I Put Together for $50

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It's the fact that I am a thrifty girl at heart when it comes to clothing. Other than outerwear, I never pay retail prices for clothes. Let's face it, living in the Midwest, coats are a true investment. I would rather save money and splurge on handbags than on clothes. Take this outfit as an example, the entire outfit (top, bottom, jacket and shoes) costs right around $50. I love this outfit. It's so comfortable and I feel like a million bucks wearing it.

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Outfit details:
Skirt: $5 (bought in store - more expensive online) - size XS
Tee: $3.90 (available in 19 colors) - size up to a L
Sandals: $17.99
Denim jacket *several years old*: $24.99
Total: $51.88

Monday, August 3, 2015

False Eyelashes 101 featuring Esqido Mink Lashes

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I used to feel very intimidated by false eyelashes. I didn't start wearing falsies until a couple years ago. I am certainly not blessed in the eyelash department so false lashes are the simplest way to give noticeable volume, length and make my eyes pop. The Ardell demi-wispies was my favorite eyelashes. I used to buy this pack and it lasted me 3 months. Esqido reached out a few months ago and offered me a few pairs of their mink lashes to try. I am hooked! One thing that I love about mink lashes is that they're extremely comfortable to wear. I have no problem wearing them all day. They are very natural looking, light weight and fluffy.

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For those who are new to false eyelashes, below is how I wear and take care of my falsies:

Step 1: Trim your lashes - To get the proper fit, hold the lash strip against your upper lash line. Start about a 1/4" from the inner corner of your eyes. Trim any excess off the outer corner with small scissors. Do not cut from the inner corner.

Step 2: Apply the glue - Since these are mink lashes, curl your lashes and apply one coat of mascara before applying the falsies. It's highly recommended that you do not apply mascara to the actual mink fur. Esqido recently came out with a new latex-free lash glue (specially formulated for mink lashes) and it's amazing! My false lashes stay on all day with absolutely no lifting. Love the rose gold packaging!

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Step 3: Store your lashes - After removing the falsies (by using your fingers to gently push the band down and away from the glue), it's time to clean them. To remove the glue, I use a flat tweezers to gently pull away the glue left overs. Be careful not to damage the band. Take your time and repeat the process until the lashes are clean. Place the cleaned false eyelashes back in their original box to maintain their natural shape.

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{Wearing the Esqido "BFF" lashes}

I know mink lashes are expensive but if you take good care of them, each pair can be worn up to 25 times. Therefore, they are cost-effective. Mink lashes are a wonderful way to give your natural lashes that added oomph. Once you try mink lashes, it's hard to go back to the synthetic ones. Mink falsies may be worth all of the fuss after all

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Friday, July 31, 2015

KushyFoot Review

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Today, I wanted to share some of the most unique socks on the market. KushyFoot reached out to me last month and offered to send me a few samples of their socks to try. Out of everything I received, I am most excited about the flats to go. I love wearing heels. However, it's not always practical for me to run around with my daughters in heels. I always have a pair of flats in either my car or my purse. I love these flats because they're very compact and great for emergency uses. Please note that there is absolutely no support in this flat whatsoever. They're portable and suitable in case of style emergencies only.

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The package also came with several pairs of socks. They're so fun to wear. I especially love the lace toe covers with clear slingback (how awesome are they!). If you think socks and open toe shoes isn't a winning combination, think again. No matter what kind of shoes you're wearing, KushyFoot has the foot cover choice for every shoe and every situation.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Closet Essentials: A polka-dot blouse + Hits & Misses # 8

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I received this blouse from Romwe several months ago and till this day, it remains one of my closet favorites. The print is very versatile. From work to play, below are some ideas on how to wear the polka-dot print.

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Outfit # 1: Blouse | Skirt | Wedges | Sunglasses
Outfit # 2: Blouse | Shorts | Sandals | Sunglasses
Outfit # 3: Blouse | Skirt | Sunglasses
Outfit # 4: Blouse | Jeans | Sandals | Sunglasses | Purse

Monday, July 27, 2015

Black & White

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I mentioned in this post that I do not own a black pencil skirt. Almost a year later, I finally found the perfect black pencil skirt. I got it for under $20 during the 4th of July weekend and love it so much. The fit is absolutely perfect. I am wearing a size 0P here. This skirt either runs small or I am getting bigger lol =) Banana Republic items tend to run generously in sizing. Whatever the case may be, I am glad to cross an item off my list.

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What I am wearing:
Skirt: Banana Republic Factory (size 0P)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Floral Skirt and Lariat Necklace

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If you're a long time follower of my blog then you know I love a good bargain. I am a true believer that you don't have to spend a fortune to look stylish, As a matter of fact, some of my closet favorites cost next-to-nothing. This gorgeous skirt is my newest purchase and I paid a mere $8 for it at a warehouse sale. I absolutely adore this skirt. The cut/fit is very flattering. This beautiful wrinkle-free knit fabric is so comfortable to wear. This particular print is no longer available but I believe this is the exact same skirt in a different print.

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What I am wearing:
Skirt: ASOS - under $23 (size 2)
Tee: Forever 21 (available in 19 colors)
Necklace: Gems In Vogue c/o
Sunglasses: Zero UV (splurge)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Blue gingham sweatshirt

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This adorable gingham top is so perfect for a summer picnic. I love the unique design and how versatile it is. It kind of reminds me of a picnic table cloth =) I am pairing it with my favorite white shorts. It can also be styled with a pair of cutoff denim shorts or layered on top of a white dress. The possibilities are endless!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Summer Style: Ann Taylor eyelet shirtdress

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I picked up this dress 2 weeks ago and am so in love with it. Tonight, you can score this beautiful dress for only $36 with code FLASH70. I am wearing a size 00 petite here and couldn't have asked for a better fit. It's hard to see in photos but the top part of the dress is not lined. However, I don't mind a slightly too sheer fabric in the summer. The bottom part of the dress is fully lined. For those who fall into a similar size range as me, measurements are as follows: shoulder-to-shoulder = 10", waist = 13.5", overall length = 35". I love the dress and at this amazing price, I am 100% recommend this beauty if you're on the hunt for a cute white summer dress.

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What I am wearing:
Dress: Ann Taylor eyelet shirtdress - size 00P
Belt: Hermes (many options available here)
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana
Earrings: Express (love!)

LOFT: Take an extra 60% off all sale styles

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For a limited time, LOFT offers an additional 60% off all sale styles. Summer is in full swing and this is a great chance to pick up some affordable summer staples. Happy Sunday, everyone!

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1. Petite skinny ankle jeans (great deal and available in all sizes)
2. Striped shorts
3. Drapey cargo jacket (still available in all sizes)
4. Swing dress
5. Full bloom maxi dress (still available in all sizes)
6. Striped high waist pencil skirt
7. Boyfriend cardigan (still available in all sizes)
8. Scallop shorts (still available in all sizes)
9. Tassel scarf

Friday, July 17, 2015

I went to the Bachelor audition

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The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is open to the public today. I don't have a card so today is the first day that I can shop. However, to be completely honest with you, I am tired of hearing about the sale. I understand that this a great opportunity for shoppers to save and for bloggers to earn commissions but seeing my reading feed filled with #NSale is kind of ruined me. I acquired a few items last Fall and am happy with what I currently have in my closet for the upcoming season. Therefore, I won't be shopping the sale and will spare you "my picks".
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On an unrelated note, I wanted to share something a little different today. You might or might not know I am the biggest fan of the Bachelor(ette) show. I've been watching the show for years and years. My husband is also hooked on it (shhh!). It's our guilty pleasure. We usually wait until the kids go to bed to watch the show on Monday nights. Anyway, they had an audition in my city last weekend and a couple of my girlfriends and I decided to go check it out. BTW, none of us were interested in joining the show. We were there purely for entertainment purposes.

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The audition was held at a very casual restaurant near downtown Columbus. We were afraid that everything was going happen in a private area but that wasn't the case. We arrived early and got a table that was very close to the audition area. So basically, the girls came in and got the application from one of the crew members. I really wanted to see what the application looks like but was too chicken to come up and ask for one (looked like a serious set of questions). Took them about 30-45 minutes to finish. After the application is done, they had their pictures taken. If the crew members like that they see, the contestant will now earn a one-on-one interview (which happened about two feet from where we sat). It was pretty hilarious trying to listen to their conversations. As far as what they wore to the audition, some were cute and some were definitely questionable. We had a great time and some good laughs. I am curious to see if any of them will make it to the show. It was hot that day so I wore this trapeze dress. I like the print but the quality of the dress is questionable. If you're watching this season, who are you rooting for? Hope you enjoy a little insight and have a wonderful weekend.

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{Wearing: Dress c/o | Watch | Sunglasses }

 
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