Sep 15, 2014

Feeling Ghoulish

Normally, I don't get all wrapped up in Halloween decorations. It always seemed to make more sense to decorate for the fall season, which carries me all the way from September to after Thanksgiving. That all changed when I walked into Target on Friday night and the beam shown down from heaven on the Dollar Spot. First off, if you've never taken the time to gander at the items in the Dollar Spot, you're seriously missing out. Second, I think it's the smartest move Target has ever made. (the Tom's collaboration this Christmas season might top the Dollar Spot though.) Not only is everything $3 or less, but it's good stuff.

I wasn't looking for Halloween decorations or any decorations for that matter, but there was almost an entire aisle dedicated to fall and Halloween decorations, so I new I had to peruse. I found jack-o-lantern string lights for $3, window clings for $1 and some other fun items. Everything pictured cost me $9 + tax. If you're a teacher looking to decorate your classroom, a college student or newly graduated into the real world with a strict budget, check out the Dollar Spot at Target. You can find stuff all year long, decorations for any and every holiday and great little gifts to drop in the mail to friends when it strikes your fancy.

One tip, the section at my Target tends to  deplete quickly, so check often and if you see something you want, just buy it. The changes of the same item being there on the next shopping trip isn't always reliable.

Not a sponsored post; I just really love Target's Dollar Spot.

Sep 8, 2014

You, Me, Oui!


September, already? I honestly don't know where the time goes anymore. My mom always warned me, "the older you get, the faster time goes." I never quite believed her; mainly because I can't imagine how time could go by faster when I work over 40 hours a week, and have pretty much the same routine everyday as I did the last. To me, that seems like time would pass slower, and every now and then I run into those days that just don't seem to end.

Overall, my mom was right. Time does move a lot faster now than it ever has before, especially during the fall and winter months. Summer was busy of course, but fall and winter are always substantially busier at work, and my social calendar tends to fill up with birthdays, parties and after work get togethers. I love easy outfits that transition from work to after work. Faux leather leggings are a gift from the legging gods. They instantly dress up any graphic t. Throw on a chunky necklace, and you're out the door.

As soon as I saw this shirt in Old Navy (get it now while it's $11), I knew I had to pair it with leggings and leopard flats. I felt so Parisian when I wore it. I'm sure this is nothing like what the Parisians actually wear, but it's what I would wear if I were in Paris on vacation, so there's that.

Hope everyone has a fantastic Monday, and an even better week!

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Sep 3, 2014

Dog Days of Summer

Denim Vest: Target (old) | Faux Leather Shorts: H&M | T-shirt: Loft | Necklace: Francesca's (old) | Bracelets: Alex & Ani
To say it's hot in Florida right now would be a major understatement. We seem to have moved from hot to downright unbearable these past few weeks, and it doesn't seem to be letting up anytime soon. August-mid September are definitely our dog days of summer. The sun beats down on your shoulders excessively, the rain showers seem to stop, and the humidity cranks up to 100%.

The only way to beat the heat is to work with it, not against it. Lately, I've been relying heavily on my humidity blocking hair tricks and letting the humidity take its toll on my curls in a way that looks more beachy, and not like I'm having a bad hair day.
At this point in the year, I'm pretty much over the neons, florals and summer patterns, and am more than ready to mix in some of my fall  pieces, but I have to do so in a way that's still comfortable for our current weather conditions. Faux leather shorts and a denim vest are great pieces for those in-between days no matter what state you live in. You can pair with a light, loose fitting t-shirt or a crop top, heels or sandals; the sky is truly the limit on these pieces.

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Sep 1, 2014

My Favorites Giveaway

I'm so excited to FINALLY announce my very first giveaway!

As mentioned, I'm giving away a Few of My Favorite Things, and I can't wait for one lucky winner to get this goodie box in the mail. I can't get through a day without any of these items and I really hope you love my favorites as much as I do!
  • My favorite curling wand of all time; the Bed Head Curlipop 1" wand.
  • A Starbucks is the only way to start the day, so why not pay with a cute gift card?
  • I have been loving this PuddleDuck notepad; it's saying, The secret to getting ahead is getting started, makes for the perfect motivation to get things done.
  • I'm obsessed with school supplies, and these new clear view highlighters are so fun.
  • My all-time favorite Bath & Body Works candle is Mahogany Teakwood.
  • Fancy up any package or card with some glitter tape.
  • Your next mani/pedi can be San Francisco inspired with In the Cable Car Pool Lane, which is perfect for fall.
  • I love mason jars and tervis tumblers; this mason jar tumbler is both favorites combined into one.
You have until Tuesday, September 9, 2014 to enter in this fabulous giveaway! Just click into the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the easy steps to rack up extra entries!

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Aug 27, 2014

August Favorites

It's so hard to try new products during this extreme heat wave we've been having, so I've been relying on some tried and true products.
  1. Bath & Body Works noir lotion: I'm not going to lie, I really don't like frou-frou smelling lotion or body wash, so a while back, I wandered over to the men's side of Bath & Body Works. I've been using the noir sent every since. It just has a clean, refreshing scent that isn't overwhelming. I'll use the body wash as bubble bath as well
  2. Gap Dream Body Spray: This scent reminds me of middle school, and was probably the first "perfume" I ever wore. Lately, it's been great for a cooling refreshment with a clean scent after a run or just being outside in general right now.
  3. MAC Opulash: I can't say enough good things about this mascara. Before I tried this one, I had one that started to melt in the heat, and I would feel my top and bottom lashes stick. Florida is no bueno during the summer. The Opulash mascara is great though. The brush is really nice, no clumping and most importantly—it stays put!
  4. Paul Mitchell Hot Off the Press Thermal Protectant Hairspray: This is a tried and true, tested favorite of mine. It not only protects your hair from heat styling, but it has more of a grab to it since it's actually hairspray. So, heat and humidity's got nothin' on my curls with this stuff. It's not thick or crunchy feeling either; very light and gets the job done.
  5. Hot Tools 1 1/4 inch curling iron: This is my all-time favorite curling iron, but I had put it away because I had been using my curling wand a lot. When I discovered I could use this curling iron like a wand, and just not use the clamp, I've had some of the best beachy waves ever. It's not as tight of a hold as the curling wand, but it's great for a very relaxed look.
  6. Caudelie Beauty Elixir: I will fully admit, I only purchase the small bottle because the sticker shock of the big bottle is just too much! However, this spray is fantastic. I love the way my skin feels afterward, it's refreshing and cooling, and helps beat the heat.
  7. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Boheme: I'm not into spending $35 on a lipstick by any means, but when this came in a free sample from Nordstrom, I of course tried it, and then fell in love. I try to use it sparingly because I want it to last forever, but I love it, so I use it—all the time. It's a great, light wash of color, that's perfect for summer and fall.
  8. OPI Carpool in the Cable Car Lane: This is the only color I've been wearing lately. It's a great transitional color from summer to fall. It's dark enough to be a fall color, but it's purple enough that it doesn't look black, which is great for the end of summer.