March 31, 2010

L'Oreal Lash Boosting Serum

L'Oreal Lash Boosting Serum is the first drug store alternative to products like Latisse and LiLash. Latisse is prescription only and LiLash is, well, expensive so I was excited to see this hit the market. The results you get from these products is temporary so I just couldn't see myself spending a ton of money on them, but L'Oreal's version retails for less than $15 and you can find it on sale, so it's a much better deal. You apply it twice a day, two different ways. First you use the curved wand like you would mascara and apply is to the lashes, then you turn the pointed tip and line the upper lash line like you would with eyeliner. The product claims you'll see results in less than 4 weeks, and it'll last the life of your lash cycle. I started this a couple of days ago and am excited to see how it works. Another plus, as far as I know L'Oreal's version doesn't have any of the side effects the others do. All I've noticed so far is that if you happen to get any in your eyes it stings a little, but I would expect that. I'll report back in a few weeks!

PS - To those that asked on my last post, the nail polish I was wearing was Sephora by OPI in Metro Chic. One of my favorite nail polish colors! You can find it at that link or at your Sephora :)

March 30, 2010

What I'm Wearing...

Shirt - Mossimo
Cami - GAP
Cardigan - Express
Jeans - Old Navy
Shoes - BCBG Max Azria
Ring - Target
Sunglasses - Chanel

Wore this for some shopping/errand running/date night with my husband over the weekend. It's really simple but I like it. I threw on the cardigan in case it ended up getting cold but I didn't need it. The shirt is a Target find. I don't really have many clothing pieces from Target but I'm really liking this. Like so many other things I own, I grabbed it because it caught my eye and I'm glad I did. I'm clearly obsessed with this Express cardigan, and I haven't even worn it with the tank I bought it with yet. Oh well, this is how I get about things sometimes! Might as well enjoy something while you're loving it so much, right?

March 29, 2010

Alice in Wonderland

I haven't been to see Tim Burton's version of Alice in Wonderland. I have no interest in the various jewelry lines that have been inspired by it and I didn't jump at Urban Decay's Alice in Wonderland palette, but for some reason, many weeks too late, I decided that I HAD TO HAVE the most popular color from OPI's Alice in Wonderland collection.
The collection came with 4 colors (from L to R): Off With Her Red!, Absolutely Alice, Mad as a Hatter and Thanks So Muchness! THREE of these you can find anywhere. ONE you cannot. That one would be - Mad As a Hatter. First, I went to Ulta. The salesgirl at Ulta gave me a list of places in the mall that I could try instead. I struck out there as well. I probably would have just let this go but my last stop at Trade Secret went like this:

Trade Secret: Can I help you?
Me: Yes, I was looking for "Mad as a Hatter."
TS: Good luck!
Me: Huh?
TS: Uhh, I work here and I couldn't get my hands on it. It's REALLY, REALLY in limited release, everywhere is sold out, and they've said they're not making any more.
Me: Oh ok, well thanks.
TS: I mean, I even went to a place ONLY STYLISTS can go and I couldn't even get it there.
Me: Um. Ok. Thanks.
TS: You'll never be able to find it.


Oh no she didn't.

Well, now I was completely determined to find it. And I wanted it to find it that night. And I didn't want to pay more than retail. Nothing like setting some goals for yourself, you know? You can buy it on eBay, because you can buy anything on eBay, but not for retail so that was out. I found a couple of websites that had it on backorder but that wasn't instant gratification so forget that. And then, it popped into my head, like a tiny vision:
The mini version! OPI almost always has a mini-set of their collections, especially the small ones like Alice in Wonderland. I found TWO different stores selling it on Amazon. Here and here. I got the $10.99 set which like many things on Amazon is less than retail, so I did even better than I was expecting. A full sized bottle of OPI retails for $8.50, so $10.99 for 4 minis (each about a 1/3 of a regular bottle) comes out pretty good.

So, there you go. Shopping challenge successful. Don't ever tell me I won't be able to find something because I think we all know I will. Oh and a sidenote to the girl at Trade Secret - next time your boss tells you something is so limited you can't buy it, have one of your friends come in the day it's released to purchase one with your money. It took me like 2 seconds to think of that. :)

March 26, 2010

What's In My Bag?

The lovely Vivian at Diamonds and Tulle tagged me to show what I'm carrying in my purse. Sounded like fun to me :)

Here's the bag! I've shown it in a couple of outfit posts before. It's a Coach Maggie. I believe it's in brass/plum and is still available. I like it because it's not too big but it holds a lot.
A look at the inside. As you can see, it has 3 compartments with lots of pockets. I like this because it helps keep everything organized and I love to be organized. I have plenty of bags where you just throw everything in and while I love them, it's a pain to dig something specific out. Not a problem with this bag.
The back compartment:
Franklin Covey planner
Jalda checkbook holder (I don't know WHY I carry my checkbook. I honestly write about 2 checks a year.)
Marc by Marc Jacobs wallet
Monogrammed notepad that I carry around to keep my lists on. Lists of what you say? Lists of everything.
What's in the zippered pocket in the back compartment: 
Band Aids
Band Aid Blister Block (this and the Band Aids for my bad shoe making decisions)
Altoids 
2 flavors of Listerine strips
ReNu drops for my contacts
Hair elastics

Middle compartment:
BlackBerry Bold
True Blue Spa lotion
Business card for my hair stylist and BFF Charli 
Sephora Beauty Insider card that broke off my keyring
Keyring with car key, keys, and cards
Front compartment:
iPod
Chanel sunglasses
Coach change purse that I keep makeup in
In my makeup bag:
Thierry Mugler Angel solid perfume
This rotates, but I usually keep a lip gloss, lipstick, and lip butter type thing in here. It just changes depending on what I'm using that day, and sometimes doesn't change for days/weeks/months on end. The Korres and Smashbox have been there since... January I'd guess. Hey, sometimes I get stuck on something. For all of 2010 I've been going between 3 different MAC lipsticks which most people would have trouble distinguishing from each other (Creme d'Nude, Myth and Blankety if you're wondering). They're all in the pinky nude family. Yeah, I'm not very exciting...
Ok! Now I get to pick some people to do this, so I tag:


Happy Friday everyone!




March 25, 2010

Scarves

Scarves are one of my favorite accessories. I think they add a lot of visual interest, and if you start looking you'll see there are several different styles and of course various ways to wear them. Here are some favorites from Shopbop:







As I mentioned, there are such a variety of ways to wear them as well:
A very easy way to spice up your outfit :)

March 24, 2010

"I Would Never Spend That..."

Tonight I was in Target trying to decide what kind of hairspray I should try. At least in my Target, there is a section with all the drugstore brands and then a separate section with the higher end brands (which I've heard you shouldn't buy from Target or drugstore type places, but that's a different point). Anyway, I was looking at the BedHead line when a woman walked up and pretty much randomly blurted out "I would NEVER pay $15 for hair stuff!" I'm not sure if it was directed at me or not, but it made me think. When it comes to clothes, makeup, and beauty products what are your limits? What are you willing to spend your money on and what aren't you?

Makeup and Beauty 
 
For most makeup, I have to go with the higher end stuff but some of that goes back to my sensitive skin. I do think there are a lot of great drug store mascaras, L'Oreal does a great job with most of their stuff, the Sonia Kashuk brush line is a great value, and I love a lot of NYX products. Also for makeup removers, a lot of skin care, and anything disposable (makeup wipes, sponges, etc.) I'd always go drugstore. For hair products I've written before about my love of Aveda. Again, some of that goes back to my skin and if it weren't for that, I'd probably use drugstore shampoo and conditioner. As far as products though, I've hardly ever found a drugstore line that worked as well as a higher end one. The John Freida line is a slight exception, I do like some of their stuff . I can't rememeber the name of it, but they make a product identical to the Fekkai Glossing Cream at a fraction of the price.

Clothes and Accessories
In general, I would say I like to spend money on bags and shoes. It really comes down to what you get a lot of wear out of though. If you love denim and wear jeans a lot, investing in a nice pair isn't a bad idea. A nice dress is a good investment because it should last you a long time. T-shirts, knitwear, and anything that could possibly lose it's shape or fade you probably shouldn't spend as much on. The same goes for anything trendy that you're not going to want in the near future. Something like a nice piece of jewelry, especially if it's classic can go a long way because you can be wearing a very simply outfit and it will completely dress it up or add some interest to it.

Ok, so those are some of my thoughts. What are you willing to spend your money on? What do you think is worth saving on? Let's see some comments! :)

March 23, 2010

What I'm Wearing...

Dress - BCBGirls
Cami - Express
Necklace - Express
Shoes - BCBG Max Azria

Wore this over the weekend to an engagement party for one of my best friends. I love the shoes, but somehow they are almost unreasonably uncomfortable. Add that I had to walk up and down a steep driveway in the rain at the party and my husband was having a good laugh at me by the time we were leaving. Whatever, I love them so they're not going anywhere. 
Oh the sacrifces we make...

March 22, 2010

Springtime!

It's officially spring! Ok, so it doesn't feel like it (at least here) but it will soon. So in the meantime, let's look at pretty shoes with ruffles and flowers:




All shoes from GAP and Piperlime.

Pretty, hmm? I'll take them all :) So many pretty things for spring, I'll probably do more posts throughout the week! 

March 19, 2010

What I'm Wearing...

Dress - Old Navy
Cardigan - Old Navy
Leggings - Express
Necklace - Express
Shoes - Tory Burch

If you can't tell by the hotel backdrop, this is another outfit post while we were out of town. Also, it's a pretty similar outfit to my last outfit post. Ok, it's almost exactly alike - dress, cardigan, leggings, flats. I do that sometimes when I go on vacation. I pack variations of the same outfit, a lot of times with things in the same color family so if I have to come up with a different outfit I can. I'm always, always worried I'll need more outfits. I'm not sure why. I guess it's good that I'm prepared?
If I don't look like I feel good it's because... well, I didn't. These were taken on Monday and by Thursday I caved and went to the doctor to find out I have a sinus and respiratory infection. It seems to be going around and if something is going around, I always catch it! I really wish I could hide it better when I'm not feeling great but I can't. I tend to get "Yeah, you don't look so good" when I'm sick which is just not the world's biggest confidence booster. At least I make it believable, right? (Really grasping for some positivity here...)

Have a good weekend everyone! Thank you so much for the new followers, all the comments, etc. I really, truly appreciate it. This is such a fun hobby to share with other people who enjoy it as much as you do and I love getting to read all your blogs and see what everyone is wearing, thinking, doing, whatever.

March 17, 2010

What I'm Wearing...

Here's what I was wearing one day while we were out of town. Cotton dresses are a staple when you're traveling because 1) they don't wrinkle (much) 2) they're very comfortable to be in all day, especially when doing a lot of walking. I discovered this a few years ago when we were in Chicago (and were outside, and were walking  A LOT) and now I always pack them when we go somewhere. It was kind of cold so I layered, but I still wanted my pop of color so I brought out the coral dress for the first time in months. This my first time wearing the Express leggings and I'm IN LOVE. Not that I condone it, but this is the first pair of leggings that made me understand how some people seem to mistake them for pants. They can look and feel like a pair of yoga pants but... they're not, so don't treat them as such :)
Dress - Old Navy
Cardigan - Express
Leggings - Express
Necklace - Express (pattern, much?)
Shoes - Tory Burch
Sunglasses - Chanel

March 16, 2010

Getting Ready for Spring...

It's not quite spring weather outside yet (at least not here), but you can tell it will be soon. I don't really like it when the seasons are in transition like this because I'm impatient and always ready for it to be whatever is coming up next. Also, it's hard to dress for not winter, not spring yet type weather. One of my favorite things about spring is injecting an extra dose of color in your wardrobe. I don't avoid color in the fall or winter, but I think everyone tends to gravitate towards darker colors that time of year. The last couple of years I've really loved buying yellow pieces that I can wear with several different things. I think yellow is a color a lot of people are either afraid of or think they can't wear, but the right amount in the right tone can suit almost anyone. Even just a little bit in a piece of jewelry can brighten up an entire outfit.







What are you looking forward to wearing for spring?

March 15, 2010

BCBG Max Azria Bellini

Ahh, there are few things I enjoy in life more than a good deal. Even better is when you're not even looking and it just jumps out at you. While out of town, I got to shop at Off 5th. While we have Saks Fifth Avenue where I live, I've never shopped at Off 5th so I was eager to look around. As I expected, you can find some good deals if you're willing to look around. (They had a Rebecca Minkoff bag I was pretty much dying for at a really nice price, but not in the color I wanted. Sad.) I did manage to find a little treasure in the shoe department (shocker):

Pictures were taken with my Blackberry, so I apologize.
Anyway, these are the BCBG Max Azria Bellini in Frosted Grey. I think they originally retailed for close to $200, but they were almost half off that, plus there was a sale with another 20% off, and I could have gotten more off if I'd opened a Saks account. I love BCBG and I love even more than you can almost always get a good deal on it. I've seen the brand sold at TJ Maxx, the BCBG Max Azria store has sales with up to 70% off, it's sold on Bluefly, etc, etc. I love me some BCBG and think it's great quality, even better so when you can get it for a steal. I have a lot of their shoes and knit pieces and have worn a lot of it for years. These shoes were still probably a little expensive for some, but I wear flats a lot, and have worn BCBG shoes before and know that I'll get a lot of wear out of them and they'll last me so for me I know it was a good buy. And despite having a TON of flats, I don't think I have any gray ones so, hey, even better :)

If you want to buy these online, Overstock has an almost equally good deal on them.

What are your tips and tricks for finding a good deal? What's the last item you bought and were excited about? Share in the comments! :)