Saturday, March 25, 2017

21 Days of Beauty Picks

It's time for Ulta's 21 Day of Beauty! You can get some great deals on items up to 50% off. Below I've got my picks.

March 25- Purity Face Wipes  I use the Purity Made Simple face wash. It's really been working for me. I like the makeup wipes as well for removing makeup quickly. Regular $15 Sale $7.5
March 26th Becca Backlight Priming Filter- I have a sample of this and I love it. It creates a really nice luminous finish.  Regular $38 Sale $19
UD Blush- This one is only for platinum members. This blush has a lot of color options from bold to subtle. Regular $26 Sale $13
March 29 It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty- This palette has some nice versatile matte shades. What's pretty cool about this palette is that it has a transforming pearl shade to make the shades pearly. The shadows are also anti-aging. Regular $42 Sale $21
April 2- UD Perversion Mascara- I got a sample of this in a Play box. I really like this mascara. It has made my lashes look long and full. During the sale you can get this for a little bit more than the price of drugstore mascara. Regular $22 Sale $11
April 8- Anastasia Brow Wiz- Currently I'm using the Laura Geller Brow Gel pencil and I'm enjoying but I've heard great things about brow wiz and it's on my list to try. Regular $21 Sale $10.5 
See the full calendar here.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Gingham Layers

I wore this to run errands. I like the color of this sweater and thought it would be fun to pair it with gingham.

Jeans- Old Navy (same, Rockstar fit), Sweater- Macy's (similar), Purse- Coach (similar, steal), Shoes- Payless (similar), Ring- Charming Charlie (similar), Shirt- (similar)
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Styling Transitional Pieces for Winter and Spring

This is such a tough time to dress for. One day last week was 60 degrees and another day was snowing. Today I'm styling 5 great transitional pieces for winter and spring.

Solid Maxi
A solid maxi is a great transitional piece because you can put legging or tights under it for extra warmth in the winter but it's still light for spring and summer. A solid color works for any season.
For winter, I paired it with a jewel toned sweater, a contrasting scarf (under $10) and ankle boots. For spring, you can go simple with a striped tee (under $10), jean jacket and sandals. I added this cool nautical statement necklace for a little bit of a pop.
Bright Pants
Bright pants can make your winter wardrobe a lot more fun and they look nice with light colored spring pieces. These outfits are good for work and play.
For winter, pair with a white button down, leather jacket, some ankle boots and a pair of fun gloves. In spring these look great with a light sweater, blouse and printed shoes.
To me flats are a year round thing but if it's very cold where you live, it's nice to get out of heavy boots. A good jewel tone is great year round.
For winter pair with a sweater dress (this one is under $25!) and light tights. A great spring wedding look is flats, a chambray dress and a statement bracelet.
Gingham Dress
This piece is a little more spring than a year round piece. But sometimes you just need to break out the fun spring clothes.
To make it work for the winter layer a turtleneck under and pair with black pumps. For spring add color with bright heels and add a fun pearl bracelet.
Striped Dress
Stripes are great anytime. I've put together two casual looks.
For winter play with print mixing! Add a buffalo plaid jacket and pair with over the knee boots. For a spring walk just add a colorful crossbody bag and white sneakers.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Leopard and Link Up

Today I'm hosting Fabulous Friday's with Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots. I wore this to a women's networking event. I really like the women events because they are so positive. This jacket was a Christmas gift a few years ago and it's still one of my favorite pieces. It doesn't get a ton of wear but I do love it.

Top- Loft (similar), Jacket- Jason Wu (similar), Skirt- Nordstrom Rack (similar), Shoes- Sam Edelman (same style, steal), Necklace- Charming Charlie (similar)

Meet your host for Fabulous Friday, Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots. ∼ Hey y'all, I'm Jennie and I am a 47 year old frugal fashionista! I am mom to two wonderful (and handsome!) sons and one very spoiled Pomeranian. After spending most of my life in black and boring clothes, I now enjoy trying new trends, am a confessed shoeaholic, believe life is too short for boring hair, and never met a polka dot I didn't like. I am also an avid photographer, reader of Jane Austen, Paleo/Primal enthusiast, and lover of DIY. You can follow me here ∼

My favorite look is from Hello Katie Girl. I love the stripes paired with the graphic tee. The mint heels look great too. 

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017


I wore this to a networking event. I kept it simple with a skirt and dog sweater. I've linked some great animal sweaters below.

Sweater- Loft (similar), Skirt- Loft (similar),Tights- Target (similar),Shoes- Sam Edelman (same style, steal), Ring- Vintage (similar)
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

DSW shoes under $75

It's double points at DSW until March 31st. For every $75 you spend you'll get a $10 off reward. I've rounded up some great shoes for $75 and under. This isn't a sponsored post but I am using affiliate links.
A sale is a good time to refresh your basics. This black pump looks modern with it's thicker heel. $59.95
Leopard print is a neutral to me. Leopard flats have been on my list for a while. And these are a steal for $29.95
These shoes have great detail. This shade of pink is a great color  for year round. And I really like the criss cross details. $49.95
This is an awesome going out shoe. It's super sparkly which is always a plus and it is silver and gold so it'll go with any jewelry. $39.95
This multi-buckle style is so cute. The navy velvet looks great and it goes with so many colors. $49.95

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Tulle in DC

Last week, I went to DC to see the Game of Thrones concert. It was a really great show. We went into the city early to grab dinner and went to a wine bar for a flight of wine before the show. There are lots of great tulle skirts under $25; I'll link some below.

Top- Loft (similar), Skirt- Charlotte Russe (similar), Tights- Target (similar), Shoes- Charming Charlie (similar), Bag- Marc By Marc Jacobs (similar, Steal), Jacket- New York and Company (similar)

Over the weekend I went to an 80s themed fundraiser. I went as rainbow bright. I added a boa as trim to a blue dress and make a quick belt. I used rainbow knee socks as arm warmers.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mixed Up

I wore this to a work event. I wore my new Cassie skirt. I like having a pencil skirt that doesn't draw attention to my stomach. I like to fold the waistband down. I mixed it with a fun cardigan. I've added a few printed cardigans below.

Top- J. Crew from ThredUp (similar, with sleeves), Skirt- LulaRoe Cassie (similar),Shoes- JcPenny (similar),Sweater- Target (similar)

Top- J. Crew from ThredUp (similar, with sleeves), Skirt- LulaRoe Cassie (similar),Shoes- JcPenny (similar),Sweater- Target (similar)

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Saturday, March 4, 2017


It's time to start looking at swimsuits! I want to get one early this year. Last year I couldn't find one in that I liked and in my size because I waited too long.
I like the cutout on this one. The color is great too! $42.94  before sale. Old Navy is 30% off or 40% off if you pay with an Old Navy card.
I love how retro this swimsuit is and it's afforadable. $39.99
This is one of my favorites. I like the retro style of the bottoms and the little cutout on the top. You can also get black bottoms if you only like a little bit of print. Top $24.99  Bottoms $24.99
You guys know I love sparkles so I love this rhinestone cut out suit. The top would even be great paired with a solid color bottom for a less over the top look. Top $40  Bottoms $37 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Soft and light

I saw Dita Von Teese last week. She's been on my list of shows to see for a while so when I saw that she was coming nearby I got tickets. I wanted to wear something girly and pretty a bow blouse and a tulle skirt fit the bill for me.It was a fantastic show. It was the best burlesque show I've seen. The group she assembled was awesome!

Top- Loft (similar), Skirt- Charlotte Russe (similar), Shoes- Sam Edelman (same style, steal), Purse- Coach (similar, middle, steal), Sweater- Loft (similar), Lips- NYX Matte Sweet Pink, Ring- Won from Straight A Style, Kendra Scoot (exact)

Top- Loft (similar), Skirt- Charlotte Russe (similar), Shoes- Sam Edelman (same style, steal), Purse- Coach (similar, middle, steal), Sweater- Loft (similar), Lips- NYX Matte Sweet Pink, Ring- Won from Straight A Style, Kendra Scoot (exact)
It's the ShopBop buy more save more sale. I've found some great pieces under $100.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A capsule wardrobe for mom

My mom asked me to make her a capsule wardrobe.  I thought you guys would be interested in seeing it too. The main colors are gray, navy, pink, mint and purple. She doesn't like skirts so there are just pants and a maxi dress.She doesn't wear sleeveless shirts because she's always cold. There are no bags, shoes, accessories and jewelry because she has a good selection of that already. And every piece is under $50! I'll go through every piece and do some outfit ideas. There's a carousel at the bottom with the pieces in here and similar items.  I picked basic pieces that can easily be mixed and some with great details.
1. Denim Jacket $29.75-49.99   2. Bomber Jacket $29.99   3. Purple Sweater- similar $13.99
4. Gray Cardigan $ 15.99   5. Layered Look Sweater $46.99   6. Mint Striped Shirt $34.50
7. Navy Tunic $35.99     8. Chambray Shirt $19.97  9. Lilac Blouse $12.59  10. Floral Top $16.99
11. Navy Striped Shirt- $3.60  12. Lilac Tee (comes in many colors) - $9.98  13. Blush Strap Tee $29
14.Maxi Dress $21 (sleeveless for $10)  15. Mint Pants (also in a great navy floral) $29
16. Pink Layered Tunic $47.40 (similar for $26.99)   17. Beauty and the Beat Tee $14.99
18. White Jeans with built in sculpting $45 19. Skinny Jeans $32 20. Boyfriend Jeans $30
21. Pink Jeans $30

Possible Combos:
1. Gray Dress and denim jacket
2. Bomber Jacket, pink strap shirt, boyfriend jeans
3. Bomber Jacket, navy stripes and skinny jeans
4. Chambray Shirt, Purple Sweater, White jeans
5. Navy Tunic, Mint Jeans
6. Layered Sweater,pink jeans
7 Grey sweater, lilac blouse, mint jeans
8 Pink Tunic, skinny jeans
9 Navy stripes, mint jeans
10 Pink Strap tee, mint jeans
11 Mint stripes, maxi dress
12 Graphic tee, skinny jeans

I had a lot of fun putting together this capsule. Would you like to see more?

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

February Budget

I got a floral Cassie skirt for $35. I think it'll go with a lot of pieces in my closet. I like how it's a pencil skirt that doesn't draw attention to my stomach. I've linked some floral pencil skirts below.

I did get a few more pieces but I got them for a costume. Since I didn't count my Halloween costume last year, I'm not going to count this one.  I've had a few fun things to do last month and a few next month so I've been spending money on those and not clothes. I think I am going to look for a swimsuit in March. Last summer I waited too long into the season and nothing was available in my size and a style I liked.

Total $35

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

January Play by Sephora Review

January's box was not one of my favorites. One product didn't work for me at all.
Tarte Frxxxtion stick- This is a product that I hadn't heard of before I got it. I was impressed with it. I used it on days I didn't Clarisonic. It's a nice gentle exfoliation. I can see this product being really good for traveling and for putting in a workout bag. $22

Clinque Almost Lipstick in Black Honey- This is a very dark color in the tube but it goes on pretty and sheer. It's a really nice neutral color. I really like how moisturizing it is. $17

Oaui treatment masque- I wasn't wowed by this. It wasn't terrible but I feel like it didn't do anything to my hair. It didn't feel like a mask to me it was very thin so I had to use a lot of product. $32

AmorePacific CC Cushion- This product just didn't work for me. It wasn't near my skin tone. I tried using the darker color to contour but it didn't go either. It does have SPF 50, which is a real plus. $60

Youth to the People Kale + Spinach + Hyaluronic Acid Age Prevention Cream- This was alright for me. I like that it absorbed quickly. I'm not concerned about age prevention right now. It's a good moisturizer but it's not a wow for me.  $48 

I wasn't crazy about this box but I do like the Frxxtion stick and the almost lipstick.