Monday, May 19, 2014

One Dress, Two Ways

Dress: Target | Bag: Target | Shoes: Calvin Klein | Watch: Target | Necklace: River Island

Over the last few years I've really learned to love a good maxi dress.  While I once feared that they would consume my short stature, I now know that the right one can actually elongate my less than statuesque frame.  While roaming around the aisles at Target, I happened upon this lovely dress which also happened to be on clearance.  It was really a no-brainer.  I was pleased to find that it wasn't terribly long, nothing a pair of heels wouldn't fix.  I sported a pair of my favorite pumps to church but decided to throw on a pair of kicks for an evening of hanging out with my friends.  I've gone through a few periods in my life when I thought wearing tennis shoes just wasn't fashionable and wouldn't be caught dead in them, and there have been other times when it seems I have an abundance of the comfortable alternative.  I am currently in the latter phase and honestly, I love giving my feet a break from time to time.  Don't get me wrong, of course I still love my platforms and stilettos but sometimes I have to show my feet some love.

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Forgotten Frock

Dress: Phillip Lim for Target | Shoes: Zara | Bag: Kate Spade 

I'm notorious for a few things and forgetting about clothes that I've purchased is one of those things.  I often purchase something and forget about its existence while it silently sits in my closet, waiting for a chance in the spotlight.  I ended up buying so many of the Phillip Lim for Target dresses that I think I lost track of which ones I'd gotten.  Well I found this dress just in time for Resurrection Sunday.  Now when I was a kid, my sisters and I were decked out in the whitest of dresses and adorned in the laciest lace but now that I'm an adult I take a more subtle approach to the whole "Easter Dress" concept.  I knew this beautiful holiday would be the perfect time to wear this beautifully colored and beautifully cut dress.  It's simple and sweet and I can't believe I almost forgot about it.

Monday, April 7, 2014


Top: Madewell | Bottoms: Target | Shoes: Shoedazzle | Bag: Steve Madden | Watch: ASOS |

I've had this top for a while now and like most of my clothes, it got a little lost in the shuffle.  But since the weather is going through that painfully annoying transition phase, the timing seemed just right.  I was concerned that I would need a lot of assistance getting into this top but much to my surprise, I managed.  That is not to say that I did not get a little wild from time to time and loosen a snap, but I also recovered.  Also, let's take a moment to talk about these gorgeous booties!!  I've recently developed a Shoedazzle problem, and these shoes are one of my many recent purchases.  When I ordered them I knew I would like them but I had no idea that I would LOVE them.  They are gorgeous and actually really comfortable, they'll also be a nice transitional piece while we're stuck in weather-limbo.  Since they're pretty edgy, I loved pairing them with this super girly top for a nice contrast.  Oh and did I mention that I only got them for $9.95?  Sorry friends, I checked and the beautiful beauties are no longer on the website.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Full Sequin Jacket

Shoes: Target | Pants: Target  | Jacket: Ann Taylor (Only a couple of sizes left online) | Bag: Kate Spade

If there are two things that I love in this world, it's sequins and a good sale.  I'm even more elated if the two are joined in a beautiful matrimony.  I probably shouldn't have been in Ann Taylor but if we're being honest, I should never be anywhere where anything is sold but that's another story.  As soon as I saw this jacket I knew we would be friends, it was just one of those pieces that drew me in instantly.  I was just sure that it was going to be way out of my budget but I was pleasantly surprised to see a $69.99 price tag and take an extra 60% off that.  After I found my size and tried it on, I was officially on a shopping high.  I was so pleased that I decided to ignore J. Crew's siren call from across the shopping center, I guess there's a first time for everything.   

Monday, February 24, 2014

Sunday Sailor

Blazer: Neiman Marcus for Target (Thom Brown) | Dress: F21 | Shoes: Shoedazzle | Bag: Kate Spade

I have lamented long enough of how I despise cold weather, I'm just not suited for such conditions. I have been loving the slightly warmer weather we've had the past few days but as I recently tweeted, I have trust issues so I'm not ready to get my hopes up. I know we're not quite out of the woods yet. But since we're having this nice transitional weather I thought it'd be the perfect time to break out this blazer and these shoes. 
P.S. Shout out to my mom for the cute post title

Monday, February 3, 2014

Weekend Haul

I didn't do a ton of shopping this weekend which is always a good thing if you ask my bank account. But I did pick up a few things that are worth mentioning. I also received a few packages in the mail, so I'll just throw those items in the mix. 

If you don't know by now, which you should, I absolutely love Target. When my mom was pregnant with me, her water broke in Target so it was pretty much meant to be. Whilst on my trip, I found two super cute pairs of Sam & Libby for Target ankle boots. I am in love the pair with the buckles way more than I thought I would, I can see these being my go-to shoes for a while. I have yet to wear the other pair but I think they'll fit nicely into my wardrobe as I transition into my new job! The pair on the left was $13.48 and the pair on the right was $11.98. Major steals.

I have been wanting to try a new primer for a while and lately, despite my hard work, my pores have been atrocious. I guess my skin is just going through something right now but it needs to get over it. I've only worn this once but I'm getting the feeling that it's going to be a favorite. It kinda reminds me of my favorite primer, the Givenchy Mister Mat but it's price tag is way nicer. I did notice that my skin seems smoother and my pores seemed less visible. I'll keep ya posted. 

I really went into Ulta to purchase the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eyes concealer because I'd gotten a sample and loved it. It's $24 but I use concealer more than I actually use foundation so I don't mind spending more. But I went over to the NYX section and found a shade of concealer I'd never seen. There was a tester so I dabbed it under my eyes and the color was perfect, I couldn't believe it. I was elated to find a much less expensive alternative. 

I first signed up for Julep's Monthly Maven boxes thinking I would cancel after my first free box. But I couldn't, I love their polishes too much. Now I'm not really a polish snob, Sinful Colors are under $2 and they make some of my favorite colors but I am utterly smitten with Julep polishes. The colors, consistency, and the brush are three of the big reasons why I'm hooked. Just take a look at the colors in this month's It Girl box, they're superb and well worth the $19.99 for the whole box. I guess I won't be cancelling any time soon. Darn you Julep. 

Piperlime recently had extra 60% off Final Sale items. So in my world, that made everything practically free. It was a little hard to decide what to get since I knew I couldn't return something if it didn't work out but I did find a few things that I couldn't resist. 

Pim and Larkin, got it for $11

Pim and Larkin, got it for $9

Last month I did a pretty good job of shopping my closet. After my recent purchases I think I'm going to take another month off from shopping. Like I said before, I get better at it every time and have fewer slip ups. Let's see how this goes, anyone want to join, wanna be my accountability buddy?

Friday, January 31, 2014

Treat Yoself

Treat Yoself

It's time for the weekend! And in the wise words of Donna Meagle and Tom Haverfod, sometimes you gotta Treat Yoself! But while Donna and Tom were dropping the big bucks, you don't have to spend a lot of cash to get some goods. Because let's face it, not everyone is Flush with cash like Tom and his boy Jean Ralphio. Here are a few items under $20 that won't break the bank!

1) I finally got my hands on the Core Collection Kit from Real Techniques. My Ulta is always out of it and I'm always too lazy to drive to the other location to see if they have it. They retail for $17.99 which is an unbeatable price for four quality brushes. I actually got mine with a $4 off coupon that Ulta sent me so I got a major deal. Ulta always has the $3.50 off coupon, so you can get these at a discounted price too. They are my new favorite brushes.

2) These are my absolute favorite leggings so far and trust me, I've worn a lot of leggings in my lifetime. I love these because they're high-waist and I just about love anything with a high waist since I'm all legs and no torso but that's a story for another day. With these lovely leggings, you don't have to worry about them falling down and showing everyone your undies, especially don't want any of that Whale-Tale action going on (sorry this post is riddled with Parks & Rec. references).

3) I love baubles, I love baubles on a train, I love baubles on a plane, I love baubles in the snow, I love baubles in the rain. While they are beautiful year round, I've discovered that they're an easy way to spice up a look in the Fall/Winter and add some sparkle to a layered look. This little gem will look nice paired with a cute crew neck sweater or tucked under the collar of a button down shirt, the possibilities are endless.

4) I needed cash back at Target and instead of getting gum or something insignificant I headed straight for the makeup aisles. I It was pretty much love at first sight when I saw this beauty, I was drawn to the packaging and the concept of a matte lip balm. I was expecting good things because I've always liked Revlon products but I was not expecting true love. Maybe I'm exaggerating, I really can't tell the difference anymore. This is by far one of the creamiest lip colors I've ever tried but it's also not slippery like some creamy colors can be. And it is a true matte, none of that semi-matte foolishness, this is the real deal. I got the color Shameless which is a beautiful color that I think will work all year. If you're not as bold or want a more subdued color, there are a variety of shades that would be flattering on many skin tones. There is also a lacquer formula but I haven't tried those yet.

Will you be picking up or ordering any of these items? Know any other deals? Share below!