Friday, January 31, 2014

What I Bought - January 2014

Not very exciting this month (nothing like the free-for-all that was last month). It was all practicality.  As I've been hitting the gym more often, I've found that I really like to wear the skirts.  You know the ones with the built-in shorts underneath?  I got my first one at Marshall's and I like it but after washing/wearing for a couple of months the shorts started riding up and I was wishing they had some sort of elastic that would keep them in place better.  Well, I found out that the somewhat pricey brand Lululemon has it's Pace Setter skirt that has sticky elastic on the hems of the shorts to keep them from doing that ride-up thing (and how cute are those ruffles?).  So I went to my trusty Poshmark and found two of the skirts at great prices (and I could use my credits from the sales from my closet).  So here's what I got this month.
Top - $40 (includes shipping) from Poshmark
Bottom - $35 (includes shipping) from Poshmark

Total = $75
- $45 Poshmark credit
Total spent out of pocket = $30

Go forth and shop responsibly!
I'm linking up with Budgeting Bloggers over at Franish!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

My Take - Kourtney Kardashian Denim and Tweed

First of all, I'm breaking one of my New Years resolutions.  See, I made a resolution to not lay eyeballs on anything to do with the Kardashian/Jenner crew in 2014. I'm just tired of them, tired of everything they do.  And what do I do? I find this picture of Kourtney (it is from 2013 in my defense) on Pinterest and I adored what she's wearing and now I'm posting about it. I'm weak, forgive me.
1. Big Buddha - $66
2. Madewell - $25
3. ASOS - $65
4. James Jeans - $72
5. Chinese Laundry - $60

Kourtney Kardashian image via StyleBistro

Monday, January 27, 2014

My Picks - Delicate Necklaces for $50 and Under!

As I've said before, I've been craving more understated jewelry.  I love a statement necklace, but most of the time I just want something that isn't so in-your-face, something that is meaningful to me.  Here are some current favorites that I've found while shopping around (all are $50 or under)!

1. Gorjana - $45  /  2. BaubleBar - $28  /  3. BaubleBar - $28 (I LOVE this one!)
4. BaubleBar - $38  /  5. BaubleBar - $34  /  6. BaubleBar - $26
7. BaubleBar - $26  /  8. BaubleBar - $30  /  9. BaubleBar - $28
10. Ann Taylor - $40  /  11. BaubleBar - $34  /  12. Anthropologie - $32
13. BaubleBar - $32  /  14. Marc by Marc Jacobs - $47  /  15. Anthropologie - $38
16. Gorjana - $45  /  17. Rebecca Minkoff - $48  /  18. Gorjana - $50
19. Gorjana - $38.50  /  20. Urban Outfitters - $18 
21. Rachel Roy RACHEL - $24  /  22. Alexis Bittar - $48

Friday, January 24, 2014

Review - Lancome Artliner 24H Precision Eyeliner

Disclosure:  As member of theVogue Influencer Network, I was sent products for purpose of review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I was super excited when I found out I was being sent Lancome's Artliner 24H Precision Eyeliner to try out.  I mean who doesn't love trying out a new liquid liner (this one is my gold standard) and who doesn't want to achieve that perfect winged eye?  Here's what the wand looks like.
The tip is sturdy, not a soft brush, but not hard plastic either. What I did notice when I first tried it out, was that the tip was really good at giving different line thicknesses.  Though it does require a bit of practice to get that perfect line.  The other thing you notice is that the formula has kind of an eggshell (to use a paint term) finish to it - see top right picture below. It's not glossy, but it's not matte either.  It dries really quickly too so you have to work fast.
The one really cool thing about this formula is that it just does not budge. See the bottom left picture above, I had just run water from the faucet over the liner marks on my hand and it didn't run, bleed, or wash off.  However, right after I took the picture if wiped my hand off on a towel and the liner just rubbed right off without a trace.  I wore it for a few days and I was impressed at the staying power, it was pretty easy to get off with eye makeup remover wipes. The black is a little dramatic for everyday (I actually prefer a brown liquid liner for everyday wear), however this would be perfection for an evening/more dramatic eye.  It comes in 10 shades, so you have a lot of options.  

If you are looking for a long-wearing liquid liner and are a bit more advanced with your liquid liner application technique then this may just be the formula for you.  If you are a liquid liner newbie, this may be a bit daunting (since you have to work quickly).   

Thanks to the Vogue Influencer Network and Lancome for this opportunity!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

DIY - Souvenir Coin Magnets

Here's a pretty easy DIY that I tackled a few weeks ago. 

If you've ever done any international travel you know that you can end up with a lot of extra coins (the paper money you can cash out at the bank, but the coins, well you are stuck until you or someone you know makes a return trip).  Well, we had a bunch of coins from various places stuffed in a jar, so I culled through them to find the prettiest/shiniest/most interesting.  I then trucked off to Michael's and picked up some round magnets (I got two sizes, since I had some small and larger coins) and some glue that works on metal.  Then all I did was glue the magnets on the backs of the coins, let them dry and then they were ready for hanging stuff on the refrigerator!
It is such a quick and easy project and everyone who sees them loves how they look!  Plus, the coins aren't just hanging around the house as clutter, they are useful souvenirs!  Win - win!!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Monochromatic Monday - Hunter Green

1. Ann Taylor top - $35 (on sale)
4. Fossil belt - $34
5. Alexis Bittar necklace - $45 (to rent)
9. J.Crew skirt - $98
10. Sole Society pumps - $69.95

Oh and one more thing, I didn't even watch the SAG Awards, but I did see the red carpet and let's just begin and end the Best Dressed list with Lupita Nyong'o in Gucci. Perfection!
Image via

Linking up with BonBon Rose GirlsMomtrends and Glamamom for Monday Mingle!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

My Take - Chanel Spring 2014 Necklace

The very large pearl neck pieces shown on the Chanel Spring 2014 runway were pretty bold and cool take on traditional pearl necklaces (they were made to resemble headphones).  Then I ran across this little number that has the same vibe, but in a a more subtle, wearable way.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Peter Pilotto for Target picks

I'm not ashamed to admit I'm pretty excited to check out the Peter Pilotto collection for Target when it hits the stores on Feb 9th.  Am I going to camp out at the store and be there when doors open?  No way.  I'll wander into the store later in the day and see what's there and if it's worth my time or not.  Here are a few things that look like they have potential.
I'm digging this whole look.

These slip-on sneakers are pretty amazing - $29.99!

Anything catch your eye?  Are you excited to check the collection out?

Images via via The Cut and

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Review - oNecklace name necklace

Disclosure: I received a necklace for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.

Recently oNecklace reached out and asked if I would review one of their necklaces and of course I said yes!  I selected the 24K Gold plated Alegro name necklace ($48.95).  I decided to get my daughter's name for a fun twist on the name necklace, plus I can pass it along to her at some point.  It arrived in a lovely box and I must say I am super impressed at the quality.
I've mentioned before how I'm gravitating towards simpler jewelry and this fits the bill, it makes a statement in a very subtle way (without lots of sparkles and dangles).  ONecklace has a lot of different options including monogram necklaces in both silver and gold plate at really great prices (and free shipping).  You can even use their preview tool to see exactly how your name or monogram will look!  Head over and check them out, any of the necklaces would be a great Valentine's Day gift!  You can get 10% off your order with the code GIFT.

Monday, January 13, 2014

My Take - Vince d'Orsay pumps

I've been loving these pumps forever but at $375+ there's no way to justify that purchase.  So I hunted down some under $100 options.
1. Vince - $395
2. Vince - $375
3. Coach - $99
4. Coach - $99
5. Aldo - $89

Best Dressed - Golden Globes 2014

Did you watch? I only watched the opening shtick by Amy and Tina and then bailed (I'm so tired of the awards part).  Of course most of us just tune in to see what everyone is wearing (pretty much the only reason I tune in)!  So I'm jumping in my my picks for best dressed.  Here we go:
Loved Michelle Dockery in Oscar de la Renta

Lupita Nyong'o in Ralph Lauren

Emma Watson in Dior - I think this is such a bold, original choice. Love!

Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung

Sofia Vergara in Zac Posen (how about that stunning Lorraine Schwartz necklace!)

Julie Bowen in Carolina Herrera

Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung

Amy Adams in Valentino Haute Couture - my vote for best hair and makeup, it was just beautiful!

Jessica Chastain in Givenchy Haute Couture

So, who where your faves?
Linking up with BonBon Rose GirlsMomtrends and Glamamom for Monday Mingle!

Images via and Getty

Monday, January 6, 2014

Monochromatic Monday - Winter Whites

Getting back in the groove today - back to school for the little one, back to a more regular work schedule for me.  Let's dive into the first full work week of 2014 with some Winter whites. First up, is a proper Winter white, which is really an off-white, which is warmer and less stark.  I love pairing it with camel/tan colored accessories to play up the warmth of the color.

Now this is more of a bright, optical white, which would be great in the latter part of Winter (when there's not so much snow to blend in with and more light in the day) or for parts of the country that don't see much snow.  I would wear this right now in my snow-challenged part of Georgia!

1.  Glamorous leopard knit sweater - $70 (I love this fluffy sweater!)
4.  Steve Madden sneakers - $99.95
5.  Nike Free 5.0 running shoes - $100 (for a more sporty option - how fun are these leopard kicks?)

Hope 2014 is off to a great start for you!  I have a feeling it's going to be a fabulous year!!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

What I Bought - December 2013

Well, I ended this year on a bang with the spending.  I hit a lot of after Christmas sales and got some great deals.  I mixed a few needs with a couple of wants.  So here we go:
1. Vera Bradley East West tote  - $20.25 (sale plus 25% off promo)
2. J.Crew Factory tiny dot tee - $16.73 (including tax and shipping)
3. Vera Bradley laptop backpack - $40.88 (sale plus 25% off promo)
4. Emilio Pucci sunglasses - $45 (at Off Fifth on sale)
5. Vera Bradley market tote - $10
6. J.Crew Tartine metallic mini-satchel - $193.10 (including tax) no longer available pebbled leather version here
7. Adidas Dragon sneakers - $56.15 (including tax)
8. Havaianas flip flops - $12.99 (at Nordstrom Rack)
9. Anthropologie gold monogram mug - $8 (on sale) no longer available online but non-metallic version here
10. Vera Bradley lanyard - $12
11. Marc by Marc Jacobs iPad case - $18 (via Poshmark) similar here and here

Total = $433.10
- $18 Poshmark credit
Total spent out of pocket = $415.10

Wow!  I spent a lot and most of this was purchased after Christmas with all the sales.  I needed new sunglasses, another pair of sneakers, a laptop backpack for work (I've been using my husband's old ugly one) and a new lanyard (I swear by these for my keys, especially since I became a mom).  The purse was purely a "want", I've had my eye on it for a while and when it went on sale then with an extra 40% off plus free shipping, I couldn't resist.  The iPad case was purchased for my daughter, she has an iPad mini with a bulky shockproof case that fits perfectly in my neoprene version of this and found this nylon one at a great price and I could use the credit I had there from sales from my closet - so it was a no brainer.  By the way, I have to say I LOVE these Marc by Marc Jacobs cases, they have a soft furry lining that keeps the tablets super protected when on the go.  Also the Vera Bradley tote, well that was a "want" too, I know Vera gets a bad rap as sort of a preppy, mumsy brand, but I swear once you have a piece it's hard to not love something that's super lightweight, has tons of pockets, is washable and fun.  I have a few bags I've literally worn holes in because I end up using them so much.

Go forth and shop responsibly!
I'm linking up with Budgeting Bloggers over at Franish!

Hey, just for fun let's see how much I've spent in 2013 (well, since I started participating in Budgeting Bloggers in February).

Total Spent Out of Pocket for 2013 (Feb - Dec) = $1,252.68 (which averages $113.88 a month)

February = $40
March = $20
April = $26.48
May = $124.95
June = $56.97
July = $50.16
August = $65.49
September = $126.30
October = $11
November = $316.23
December = $415.10

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