Rebel

Haha.. not really. But I like to pretend to be one in t-shirts that say I am. This is one of the graphic T’s I got from Old Navy last week and featured in my last post. I have basically lived in it since. I wanted to show how I paired that cool kimono from TJMaxx with it, as well as a more feminine way I styled it another day.

 

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Annnnnnd a lil more fun & flirty… *I tied it on the side because I went a size up and it doesn’t sit very well when it hangs normally.

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Until next time!

All Black Everything

Black is a color. Black is everything. It produces an instant level of chic. Like you’ve just stepped out of the Yves Saint Laurent (yes, I still count the “Yves”.. ain’t no YSL without the Y) flagship store in Paris, where you were just casually shopping with the Olsen twins.

I just got back from a week in New York where there is some seriously a-mah-zing shopping. This top was the one thing I walked out of Zara with, and it was on sale for less than $10. Really alerted the bank with that purchase. It has a higher neckline and wide arm holes. Super easy, super black, and super covered in cat hair at the moment.

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Tank | Zara

Pleather Leggings | Forever 21

Suede Wedge Booties | Target

 

 

 

Work vs. Play

I’ve got a work vs. play look here again.. I feel like this might become routine. Both tops I’m wearing in this post were recent Target finds. My love for Target is never-failing. I ended up getting about four tops and a pair of yoga pants (because.. yoga pants, duh) all from the clearance rack! The new merchandise on the floor consisted of bikinis, cover ups, and shorts – and it’s been about eight degrees over here so that was not too appealing. They had a massive clearance section though so I spent waaay too much time scanning through it all, naturally.

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(Sneaky work outfit selfies!) This top is actually really nice quality & I would have bought it full price at $29, but I was definitely happy to find it at $12.50. It’s sleeveless and is a pretty blush color with black color blocking on the sides.

 

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Also got my hair did finally! I feel so much better not hauling around so much dead weight anymore.

Work Outfit | Top – Target (clearance), Cardigan – Kohls, Skirt – Forever 21, Sweater Tights – Target

Play Outfit | Sweater – Target (clearance), Jeans – American Eagle, Shoes – Minnetonka Moccasins

Festivities

I hope it was a happy Thanksgiving for all yesterday! Mine was a nice little break from the daily grind. We drank (Merlot and seasonal brews), we ate (delicious appetizers made by my sister’s boyfriend including Rosemary roasted nuts and homemade hummus followed by all the traditional Thanksgiving fixins’), and we hung by the fire while trying to come up with decent holiday pictures (totally didn’t happen). We just stayed at my house for the day so I definitely wasn’t about to break out the LBD and heels, but still wanted to be a step up from pajamas.  Here is the live version of the Polyvore set I created in the previous post.

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Sidenote: Got this jacket on sale at Target for right under $18 the other day, I thought it was a pretty good investment with the Holiday season here now. It’s a little hard to tell in the picture but the pockets and the zipper detail going down the front is pleather and there are gold buttons on the wrist, makes it look a lot more expensive than it was. FYI – I got an XS and it’s still pretty roomy if you wanted to wear a comfy sweater underneath.

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I have been feeling so blasé about my wardrobe lately, which has caused me to do more shopping than usual but I’m totally okay with it considering the awesome sales I’ve been scoring. I went to a boutique opening hosted by the blogger Happily Grey (http://happilygrey.com/) on Thursday and then just made a night of shopping on the town with my sister. I scored two shirts from Express for $20! I mean.. really. Later on this week I went to a trendy store, Altar’d State, where their sale was Buy One Get One FREE. Yes, free. So I walked out with four shirts for right about $20. Can you beat that?! I think not.

A couple of outfits from this week

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It’s finally sweaaaater weaaaather

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What I wore to the boutique opening; with my new RACHEL Rachel Roy bag

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While out shopping on Thursday I made a quick stop by the jewelry counter at Nordstrom and found this beauty

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Ahh, that watch! The band is the most gorgeous black quilted leather and I must have it soon. Perhaps an early Christmas gift.. to myself?

Five for Five

Round two of Five for Five today! Sadly, these are the products that were a big old miss by me. Just to clarify, these products are not the worst of the worst. In fact, some people probably rave about them. They just are not my favorite… for a few different reasons. I have reasons, I promise. Let’s jump into it.

Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Hairspray 

The one thing I did enjoy about this hairspray is that it didn’t make the list because it was a sticky, wet, mess. It was actually the opposite, it kind of does a whole lot of nothing. But for under $3.. I’ll take the loss.

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L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation

Okay, probably gonna have a lot of – SAY WHATS – for this one because everyone seemed to rave about this foundation as some drugstore holy grail. It’s alright, but I honestly don’t understand the hype. It leaves a “your skin but better” finish in that it’s not cake-y or matte. It is verrrry dewy/oily though so unless you’re Gisele Bundchen and can just pull that off, you’re gonna need a good powder. I’ll continue to use it, but I probably won’t re-purchase.

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Victoria’s Secret Pro Airbrush FX Face Primer

Not that I had super high expectations for this considering I got it in a kit during the semi-annual for under $8, but I was still annoyed with it. I used it in conjunction with the above mentioned foundation for at least a month, but I’ve since given up. I started using the foundation on its own recently and I realized this primer was actually the cause for the oily mid-day mess! It has a weird consistency and makes my face feel real gross after an hour of wear. No thanks.

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Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer

 This product is in the same category as the Suave hairspray. Not terrible, but I wouldn’t miss it if Simple suddenly decided to forget about making it altogether. I have yet to find a moisturizer I actually like and am continually on the search. Suggestions are welcome!

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MAC Bronzing Powder in Golden 

And the biggest let down of all. Again, it’s not that bad.. I just expected more. I had been using a Victoria’s Secret bronzer that I really liked but I ran out of, and I wanted to try something new. And it was MAC sooo.. ya know. It’s a decent bronzer, a pretty color if you’re as pale as I am, but it’s not my VS bronzer, man. I liked the dark, matte pay-off of the VS, whereas the MAC is more sheered out with a slight sheen.

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So those are the products I’ve been loving/leaving lately. Have you tried anything amazing lately worth sharing? Anything worth leaving behind?

Five for Five

First blog post – woo hoo! I want to start with a little series I would like to continue to do which showcases five really awesome products and five products that are not-nearly as awesome. I’ll post the first portion today and continue the second portion for my next post. Most of them are beauty related, but I threw in a random to keep it interesting. Here we go!

We’ll start positive. My five favorite products of the moment.

L’Oreal EverStyle Energizing Dry Shampoo

I’ve tried multiple drugstore dry shampoos and this is by far the best. It has a fresh scent but it’s not over-powering and it won’t leave your hair smelling like a greasy flower. I haven’t noticed any residue either like some of the others will do.  I can go about 4 days using this before my hair starts to look a little funky.. what’s that? You should probably never wait that long to wash your hair?… Moving on.

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John Freida Frizz-Ease Hairspray

I grabbed this from the travel section of Wal-Mart because I had a short work trip where I’d be flying to and I could not handle being without hair spray for three days. Because I’m a woman.

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Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Peach Satin 

I used to cake the crap out of my face with Maybelline’s Dream Mousse foundation in high school, so buying this brought back a flash of horrid memories, but I am pleasantly surprised! MakeupByTiffanyD on YouTube recommended these so I picked it up in Peach Satin.

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Pantene Pro-V Silicone Free Volume Shampoo

I had been using the Organix Moraccon Argon Oil shampoo (the blue bottle) and I loved the smell and how healthy my hair felt, but after just one day my roots would be ridiculously oily. Not okay. I read on Lauren Conrad’s blog (http://laurenconrad.com) that using a clear shampoo leaves hair a lot cleaner feeling.. a.k.a. won’t leave you looking like you dunked your head in a grease bucket. Approved!

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Nike Flex 2013 Running Shoes

I’ve attempted to start a regular work out routine, so I figured it would be a good investment to get a new pair of sneaks. Mine weren’t old and/or non-functional but they were clunky and not runner-friendly, which kind of made trying to run on a daily basis a little difficult. I scored these at a majoooor deal and I’ve been so happy with them! Very lightweight and stylish.. I may actually wear them out in the real world! :O

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Thanks for reading, come back to see which products were a big old miss!