December 30, 2009

Ask Me Questions!

Questions can be fashion related, beauty related, something you've always wanted to know, or just completely random. So go ahead - ask some questions!

What I'm Wearing...

Long time, no What I'm Wearing post. Sad! Not really sure why I haven't been taking pictures, I wore a lot of cute stuff over Christmas :)
Sweater - GAP
Jeans - Old Navy
Booties - Jessica Simpson
Purse - Coach
Bracelet - Forever 21

The jeans are Old Navy's version of skinny jeans. I think straight leg jeans would be a more appropriate name. As you can see in the detailed pic of the jeans and booties, they have some room in them. That's fine with me, though. My size and shape doesn't lend itself very kindly to a traditional skinny jean :) I'm also loving my bright purple bag! I gravitate towards dark colors in the winter (who doesn't?) so it's fun to have accessories that are a pop of color.

December 29, 2009


I've posted (more than once, I think) about how I've fallen in love with many, many pairs of boots this fall and winter. Well, now I can add something else to that list - booties. It started with these:

I saw these in Dillard's when I was visiting my sister a couple of weeks ago and had to have them. I've only worn them a couple of times, but like most things I become obsessed with I've already thought of many other things I can wear them with. They're black booties - they go with everything! Of course when I find something I like, I keep looking for MORE. So here are some more that have caught my eye:

L.A.M.B. Jaycee (Love these! Can't afford them unless they go on sale more than they already are.)

I'm sure I could find many more, but I'm sure you get the idea. Booties are one of those things I wasn't sure about at first, but now that there are so many styles available, and at every price point, you can almost certainly find something you'd like if you're interested in them.

December 28, 2009


Lush is a brand I've been interested in for awhile now, but since we don't have any around here my only opportunity is to shop online. Since it's scented products that made me a little hesitant, but after watching more than my fair share of Lush haul videos on YouTube and hearing all the reviews, I'd compiled a little list (ok, it wasn't so little) of products I really wanted to try. Once they offered an amazing after Christmas sale, I had some post-holiday stress I needed to relieve, and there was some graduation money burning a hole in my bank account - well, it was a combination I couldn't resist.

This post will be about all the holiday things I got from the sale, but I might do more posts on other things I'm interested in or the rest of the things I ordered! Anyway, on to the sale:

I bought one gift, which got me one free gift and 2 holiday products, which got me 4 free! The only stipulation is that the free items have to be of equal or lesser value. Pretty standard. The product descriptions are from the Lush website!

I ordered Christmas Present:

It comes with:
Christmas Eve bubble bar (fills your tub up with fluffy white jasmine and ylang ylang bubbles)
So White (a Bath Bomb with a hint of bubble bar mixture to cover your bath with a gorgeous white rose and neroli froth)
Snowcake soap (marzipan scented)
Jingle Spells Bath Bomb (An herbal hangover cure from Santa, with twinkly stars to make you feel better)

Since I bought one, I got one and I picked the Snow Fairy Gift:

It comes with:
Snow Fairy Shower Gel (truly magical, we wait for it all year-round)
Angels Delight soap (smells of jelly beans and is inspired by a colourful kaleidoscope)
Shimmy Shimmy glitterbar (smells of soft vanilla and covers you in glitter)

I also got A Gold Star Bubble Bar:

Gold Star bubble bar is full of solar essential oils (sandalwood, frankincense and benzoin) that release enlightening aromas as you bathe and fill you with sweetness and illumination.

And Angel's Delight Soap:

It is bright pink, fruity, studded with multicoloured soap shapes and scattered with glitter and stars. It's inspired by kaleidoscopes and smells of jelly beans.

Since I bought 2, I got FOUR :)

I got 2 Christmas Morning Bubble Bars:

Bright pink water, frothy bubbles and paper streamers with the scent of tangerines. Sandalwood keeps you calm and neroli stops all your worrying.

Another Jingle Spells Bath Bomb (there's one in the gift set I ordered)

Made with with juniperberries and fennel oils to help you overcome the sensitivity to jingling bells and other loud noises the day after the Christmas Party. Get one, bathe in its purple waters with gold, silver and black stars, and let it work its magic.

And lastly, I got a Green Party Bath Bomb:

Galbanum essential oil, with its lovely musky scent, is ever so slightly narcotic, so we've put it into our Green Party bath bomb with sensual ylang ylang and stimulating bergamot. This way you'll have a fabulous, ethical, and perfectly legal party when it hits the warm bathwater and fizzes recycled colored paper confetti all over the place.

Whew! It's going to take me awhile to try all of that out. But all I paid for was 1 gift, 1 bubble bar and a soap. Along with all the free stuff I also had a $10 off code. It was a great deal all around! I can't wait to try it all! I'm kind of obsessed with all things Lush right now, so if that's all I post about this week - don't be shocked.

I hope everyone has been having a fabulous holiday season and that we all have a safe and happy New Year!

December 23, 2009

Last Minute Gift

In need of a last minute gift? Shop It To Me is offering magazine subscriptions for $5! There's Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire and many more. Head on over here for a full list of $5 magazines for yourself or to give as a gift!

December 16, 2009

'Tis the Season - $25 to $50 Gift Guide

Today's Gift Guide is for the $25 to $50 price range. These gifts make nice stocking stuffers or just good general gifts!

This is the most luxurious lipstick I've ever seen. Definitely pricey, but would be a lovely stocking stuffer :)

I think this is such a clever idea. You get samples of 10 different perfumes and then a voucher for a full sized one of your choice. Cute, right? This has some of my favorite brands like Juicy Couture, Dior, Kenzo and Dolce and Gabbana.

I know I've already showed a couple of lip products, but I think they're pretty much universally appealing. Lip glosses (and the YSL up above) are usually sheer and therefore look good on nearly everyone. Plus they just make you feel pretty :)

December 15, 2009

'Tis the Season - $25 and under Gift Guide

I'd been wanting to do some gift guide posts for the holidays, but I wasn't sure how to divide them up. I thought about type of gift, who you'd be buying for, but the one thing that seemed universal was how much money to spend. So, first of all is $25 and under. $25 and under is a good price range for stocking stuffers, gifts for your friends or co-workers, and it's a good amount when you just need to spend a little more. Here are my picks:

A lot of my favorite websites like Sephora and JCrew have already put together gift guides, which I find really helpful if you're running out of ideas. Love all this stuff!

December 14, 2009

'Tis the Season

I know that to give is supposed to be better than to receive but let's be honest - it's nice to get gifts, too. This week I plan on doing some gift guide posts for others, but let's kick off the week with things we hope to get for ourselves :)

(I've never had one, so I'm not sure if I want the Curve 8900 or the Bold. If you have a Blackberry, let me know what you think!)

Coach Maggie (in purple)
I know a lot of people aren't big fans of Coach, and I don't particularly like the canvas bags covered in logos, but I think some of their leather bags are really nice and at an affordable price point. Love this one!

Coach Bejeweled Keyfob
I need a new keyring and maybe with something like this it'll be easier to find my keys in my purse.

(Ok confession: I already know I'm getting both of the Coach things because I picked them out in the store with my husband today. We're lame and pick out our own Christmas presents!)

Urban Outfitters slouchy ribbed beanie
I developed a love for hats over the summer so I'm dying for something like this to get me through winter. Not that it gets particulary cold here, but I'll wear it anyway.

Ok, everyone else's turn! Make your own post or comment with what you're hoping to get this holiday season!

November 30, 2009

This Month on Fashion's Maven:

It's almost December which to me means - it's almost Christmas :) Yes, it's still a few weeks away, but if you have a busy December and a long list of people to shop for like I do it's not that far away at all. In honor of Christmas (and all other gift giving holidays!), this month I'll be doing a series of blogs on things I want, things that make good gifts, things that make good stocking stuffers, etc. I would really love for this to be interactive, so please comment, Tweet me, email me, or whatever with any and all suggestions you have for things you want this holiday season or things you plan on giving as gifts. I'd love to have your feedback! With that said, I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving and that you're looking forward to finishing out 2009 on a positive note!

November 27, 2009

Black Friday

It's Black Friday!

Now while I don't go out and shop on this day (I know, possibly surprising but I HATE crowds, they make me nervous) many people do, of course. Here's a great website with tons of Black Friday deals:

I'm scheduling this post for Friday, but I'll try to come back and update it with any deals I find out about or emails I receive. Happy shopping!

November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope the holiday finds you healthy and happy. If you're reading this, I'm sure you have a long list of wonderful things to be happy for. I hope you get to enjoy some of those things today and every day. Have a fabulous Thanksgiving! Love you all!

November 25, 2009

NYX and elf Cosmetics

I'm sure we're all familiar with your typical drugstore brands of makeup. While there are certainly some great drugstore products out there, they can be very hit and miss as far as quality goes. Sephora and department store counters can offer higher quality, but at a price. Wouldn't it just be great if you could combine the best of both worlds...

...oh yeah, you can :) Here are 2 brands I really like that offer upscale quality at low prices.

NYX Cosmetics

NYX is located in various stores, so check their website to see if it's carried close to where you live. If not, you can order directly from the website. Most items cost only a few dollars. Below are what I think are some of the best:

Jumbo Eye Pencil
$5.00 each
These can do triple duty, really. Eyeliner, eyeshadow, or as a base for your powder eyeshadow. Using a base can make your eyeshadow last longer and give the color more intensity. These come in a great variety of colors.

Concealer in a Jar

$5.00 each
A little of this goes a long way, which is great in a concealer. In addition to the skin tone shades, you can also get it in yellow (for undereye circles), green (for redness), and lavender (for yellowness). When you use the skin correcting colors you do need to put regular concealer over them, otherwise your skin will have a yellow/green/lavender tint - probably not what you're going for.

Powder Blush

$6.00 each
Silky texture - NARS. Quilted compact - Chanel. Rich pigmentation - MAC. $6? A steal.

These are just a few of many great items. The eyeshadow trios, bronzers, mosaic blushes, and several of the lip products are also very well reviewed. You can check videos on YouTube and MakeUpAlley reviews if there are other products you're interested in.

e.l.f. cosmetics

e.l.f. has gotten a lot of attention as a brand for offering all of their products for - wait for it - $1. I believe Target now carries e.l.f., but if you can't find it where you live you can order from their website. One thing I particularly like about e.l.f. is that they offer near duplicates of products other brands have, but you can get them for $1 instead of paying a much higher price. Some of my favorites (and their more expensive counterparts):

Makeup Brushes
I've used some of e.l.f.'s brushes in the past, and while they're not quite on par with MAC or Bobbi Brown brushes they are close, and are definitely as nice as drugstore level brushes like Sonia Kashuk. At $1 they're a fraction of the price you'll pay for anything else.

Cuticle Pen

Cuticle pens are a great, non-messy way to keep your cuticles moisturized. Sephora makes one for about $12, and Sally Hansen has one as well that I'm sure is more than $1.

Waterproof Eyeliner Pen

Waterproof eyeliner is usually much more long lasting than regular eyeliner. Even drugstore brands of eyeliner cost $5-6 at the very least, and since you have to be careful with how long you use your eye makeup products, this is a great place to save some money.

I should add that both NYX and e.l.f. have lots of lip products that for the most part get great reviews. One thing you tend to notice in lower end lip products is the taste. Department store brands tend to mask it more, but sometimes with these brands you get somewhat of a plastic taste. This is very subjective - it doesn't bother some people at all and drives others crazy. I'm in the it drives me crazy camp, but if that doesn't bother you, you should definitely try out their lip products as well!

November 24, 2009

Giveaway From The Mom Job!

One of my favorite blogs, The Mom Job is having a giveaway. UpperCase Living is giving away a $25 gift certificate towards their site. You know those cool designs and phrases you see on people's walls in design magazines? You can get those at UpperCase Living! Apparently they are very easy to apply and also easy to remove. You can read a full review and full details on the giveaway over at The Mom Job. Here are some of my favorites:

You can enter a total of 3 times by commenting, Tweeting, and blogging. Head on over to The Mom Job to leave your comment and get all the details for yourself!