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
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! 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
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 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
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
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.
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. 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):
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 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
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!
November 23, 2009
Shirt: Old Navy
Scarf: Old Navy
Boots: Chinese Laundry
Necklace: Forever 21
Kind of a boring outfit, but there's still something I like about it. The yellow and gray combination is interesting to me. I feel like yellow goes well with gold and gray goes well with silver, so this is a good outfit to mix metallics with. The F21 necklace has both a gold and silver key so I was especially loving it with the color combo.
November 19, 2009
Key Necklaces: Tiffany & Co. vs. Forever 21
Forever 21 version - $4.80
Tiffany & Co. Key Collection - $100 - $15,000
FYI, the closest comparable Tiffany Key to the F21 version is around $300, chain not included.
Ok, so these are similar in shape and size. Obviously the Tiffany version is much higher quality and will last you forever, but is it worth it? It depends, I guess. I personally don't know that the Tiffany Key collection is the most classic collection Tiffany has ever made. Because of that I view the key necklace as a little more trendy and I don't like to spend my money on trends. I bought the $4.80 F21 necklace today and I absolutely love it. I'm sure if you wore it day in and day out it would start to look crappy but at $4.80, you can afford to replace it many times over before you approach the Tiffany price. Also the F21 one has 2 keys so you can mix and match. It's 3 necklaces in one!
High vs. Low Verdict: Unless money is no object for you, save your money on this trend and buy the F21 version.
November 18, 2009
Shop It To Me is giving away a pair of Christian Louboutins! How fabulous is that?
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•Tweet once each day between Nov. 17th and Nov. 20th for an extra entry each time!
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November 17, 2009
Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Tory Burch
Scarf: American Eagle
Earrings: American Eagle
Variations of this outfit were my uniform this past summer. Since it was feeling summery outside today, I decided to bring it back again. There's nothing all that exciting about this outfit but it's comfortable, easy, and little things like the scarf make it more interesting.
On a sidenote, I'm getting more used to these outfit posts! So many bloggers do it so much better than me haha, but I'll get better, just bear with me. Thank you for all the positive responses! I appreciate every comment, email, Tweet, etc!
November 16, 2009
This is an update to this post.
It's been about a month, and after lots of trial and error I think I've made some progress.
What You'll Need:
A 1" flat iron with rounded edges
Any type of styling product that adds texture to your hair. I'm using Bumble & Bumble's Styling Lotion right now, but this is subjective. Use whatever gives your hair texture.
Ok, the easiest way to explain how to do this is to show you. I've learned through this that you can basically learn how to do ANYTHING on YouTube. Who knew? (Sidenote - this has now lead me to the world of makeup 'gurus' on YouTube, and their beauty blogs. Add that to my already expanding list of fashion blogs, plus the fact that everyone is on Twitter and, well, the addiction continues to spiral out of control...) Ok, so watch the video below if you want to see how to curl your hair with your flat iron!
Seems easy, right? Even after watching this and several other videos on YouTube it took me several times before I could get anything resembling a curl out of my hair. You have to remember to take small sections of hair and move slowly with the straightener (but don't just let it SIT on your hair, do keep it moving). Basically - this takes patience. Something I severely lack. This isn't something I would do everyday because it takes more time than I normally spend, but it's nice to have a different style to mix it up every now and then. I'm still convinced there is something simpler I could do to just put some loose waves in my hair, probably using a nicer curling iron than I currently have. I'm making a hair appointment this week so hopefully my stylist (who is one of my BFF's - hi Charli, if you're reading this!) can teach me some tricks.
So that's my curl update. I'm happy that I have in fact figured out a way to use my straightener to do something other than, well, straighten. Let me know if you have any tips of tricks you want to share!
November 13, 2009
November 12, 2009
Bluefly is one of my favorite online retailers. They have a ton of brands, tons of merchandise, easy return policy, and a lot of sales. What's not to like? Places like Bluefly are a great way to buy brands you like at a fraction of the price. BCBGMAXAZRIA is one my favorite brands that I especially love to get at a discount. The BCBG store has 70% off sales occasionally, but Bluefly and stores like TJ Maxx provide great deals year round. Here are some pieces I'm loving right now:
Sorry for the lack of posts this week. I'm hoping to have another outfit post up tomorrow! Thank you as always to everyone who is reading, subscribing, following me on Twitter, and commenting!
November 9, 2009
Just got a promotional email from Rue La La:
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Then you can get your own invite link, invite your friends, give THEM $10, and get $10 for yourself when they make their first purchase. See? It's the gift that keeps on giving :)
Once again, here are Things That Rock (and some that don't) brought to you by The Mom Job.
Things That Rock
I talked about Organix Pomegranate Green Tea in a previous blog. I'm still loving it and since then I've picked up the Teatree Mint shampoo as well. I can't get over how great these are, especially for the price. It's either $5.99 or $6.99 for like 14 oz. Compare that even to other drugstore brands and it's a good deal. I've smelled several of the other scents and they all seem great.
Korres Lip Butter http://sephora.com/
As the weather starts to get colder, I am loving these more and more. They feel so moisturizing on your lips and they have a little bit of color to them so you can use them in place of lip gloss or lipstick. I bought the value set that I mentioned in another blog so I have 3 to choose from. Great, great buy. Very affordable, too. Love this!
Yankee Candle Tarts http://www.yankeecandle.com/cgi-bin/ycbvp/listing.jsp?category=%2fRetail%2fTarts+%26%2338%3b+Votives
Fall is my favorite time to start burning tarts. Yankee Candle has some of my favorite scents. You can burn each tart at least 2 or 3 times before the scent starts to fade. Very long lasting and will fill up your house with the scent. Some of my favorite fall scents are Harvest, Macintosh, Cranberry Chutney, and Cinnamon & Sugar. Really I love all fall scents. I love the Christmas ones, too - especially Sparkling Cinnamon. Yum!
And Some That Don't...
Friday I was coming down the stairs and managed to miss the last step, rolling my ankle and hurting my foot. Ugh! There's nothing horribily wrong with it, it's just swollen and stiff feeling when I wake up. Not fun. I'm hoping it's back to normal soon.
I could probably come up with more, but I won't in the name of positivity. What are your Things That Rock this week?
November 5, 2009
No one enjoys going to the salon for a mani/pedi more than me, but if you like to do that weekly, or even every other week it can add up. Fast. I've gotten really into doing my nails at home and I have to say - I'm loving it. It looks just as good as a salon job, and I have all my favorite nail polishes, so why not? Here are my steps for the perfect DIY manicure:
1. Remove old polish/clean the nails
Using nail polish remover and cotton balls, wipe old polish off in a circular motion. If you don't have any polish on, just do a quick swipe on each nail to make sure it's good and clean.
2. Trim and/or file your nails keeping nails short and rounded
November 4, 2009
Jemma Kidd Mannequin Skin Illuminating Concealer (in 01 Light/Med)
I was in Target the other day (I'm always in Target) and this product caught my eye, for several reasons.
1. The packaging. Cute and attention grabbing.
2. The size. It's a 2-in-1 product so therefore much bigger than your average concealer.
3. There was a tester. You don't normally get testers with drug store products, but I think you should. I'd be much more likely to buy drug store makeup if I could test the color first.
Sounded like a winner to me. I was actually looking for concealer, too so it wasn't even an impulse purchase. There was no price listed (bad sign), so I went to scan it and see what it cost - $18. My first reaction was that it was too much to spend on Target concealer, but then I got to thinking. This looked a lot bigger than a normal sized concealer. I grabbed a couple of other brands and compared the sizes. I don't remember the exact numbers, but the Jemma Kidd one WAS noticeably bigger. I want to say almost twice as big as some, and even the cheap ones were about $7. So 2 of those would be $14. And, you get an extra product - the illuminator. Even at a drugstore price that would cost several dollars. Suddenly it didn't seem so expensive so I bought it.
The outcome? VERY much worth it! This is a good product, definitely high end for being sold in Target. The concealer is very creamy, easy to apply and blend in, and works great with my skin tone. The illuminator isn't as nice as my YSL Touche Eclat, but that cost $40 so I wouldn't expect it to be. It is on par with a Sephora pencil I've used before, so definitely a nice quality. I really, really like this product and would probably repurchase in the future.
November 3, 2009
I figured it was about time to start doing outfit posts, since this is supposed to be a fashion blog and all. Here we go...
Dress: Old Navy
Cardigan: BCBG Max Azria
Boots: Chinese Laundry
November 2, 2009
First of all, thanks so much to Fashion Therapist for this awesome blog award!
When receiving the award, each blogger must list out 7 random facts and nominate 7 other bloggers.
7 Random Facts
1. I've known my husband since we were 14. We didn't start dating until we were 21, and got married at 23. Best thing I've ever done :)
2. I get very OCD about TV shows. If I like a show, I want to see every previous episode and I will continue watching the show until it goes off the air, even if I grow to hate it. Because of this I'm very hesitant to start watching new TV shows.
3. I love excuses to celebrate. Anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine's Day - I love them all. There are too many things in life that you can't celebrate, you might as well use any excuse you can to have fun.
4. I treat my dog like a child. He has clothes, I make up songs about him, I talk to him, we take his picture and put it in our Christmas cards...
5. I've never had a clear picture of what I wanted to be when I grow up. I'm jealous of people that do have that picture. (My husband is one of those people!)
6. I have an almost unhealthy obsession with Christmas. Needless to say it's my favorite time of year, and I consider the holiday season to begin on November 1. This basically means I give myself permission to start listening to Christmas music because I can't put up decorations until the day after Thanksgiving. This list is making it abundantly clear that I have at best a mild case of OCD.
7. I started reading fashion blogs regularly months before I ever started mine. I wanted to make sure I had a clear picture of what I wanted to say and what I wanted this whole thing to be before I started. Eventually I figured out that was never going to happen so I just did it anyway :)
If you're reading this, consider yourself tagged :)
And now on to:
Things That Rock (and some that don't) brought to you courtesy of The Mom Job
Things That Rock this week:
Ghosts, Ghouls, and Fools Party
Our friends Katie & Cullen had their annual Ghosts, Ghouls, and Fools Halloween party Friday night. We went as Rachel Zoe and her fabulously gay assistant Brad. Trust me, it was a stretch just getting my husband in the sweater vest. Anyway, it was a great time as always! And it gave me an excuse to buy a faux fur vest.
This is our carved pumpkins and the dog in his Halloween shirt. I love this time of year so much, so I was really happy we got to carve pumpkins this week and that we had Trick-or-Treaters on Saturday. So much fun! I get more and more excited as the season goes on, so now I'm pumped about Thanksgiving and already thinking about Christmas.
...Thing That Does Not Rock
I'm still sick! This has been going on for almost 2 weeks now. It started out as strep throat, then immediately moved to my chest and turned into bronchitis/walking pneumonia. Somewhere in there I also got laryngitis and I still have no voice, although it is much better. It has to get better eventually, right?
Ok, so I guess that's it! I've managed to link several blogs in this post, so be sure to check those out!