Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Just Like Old Times: A HAUL

I spent a lot of my summer not shopping. I know that's probably extremely hard to believe but it's true. I went all summer with out buying any clothes or make up. I did however break that streak once Labor Day came around. I went a wee bit crazy. The sales were something else. I got some great deals at Banana Republic, Loft and then made a small purchase at MAC. But that isn't what this haul is....

This weekend marked another "oops.... I spent it again" (ha ha) moment. This time I was able to venture out (ohhhh la la am I like some type of shut in?) to another--bigger town about an hour away. It's nothing high class but it has a Target and that makes my day. 

So here are my weekend findings from Target, Old Navy, and Victoria's Secret. Nothing too terribly special but it's always fun to show your new purchases with other shopping/blogging lovers!

Target


Dollar section goodies! I absolutely love the dollar bin area in Targets. They have a lot of stuff for kiddos but also a lot of cheap items for office and entertaining. The "Retail Therapy" wallet was not a dollar (see tag) but I just couldn't resist, I love collecting pouches for my purses! 

I'm obsessed with the white tins with lace like details. Unfortunately they only had 2 left. I think I will use them for my desk I am refurbishing. I'm the type of girl who can never have enough notebooks and these 2 were too cute to pass up, same for the pins!


I recently had a garage sale and purged a bunch of my scarves, vowing to not purchase any more this upcoming season. In my defense this one WAS on sale. it was around $11 and I Just loved the neutralness of it mixed with the bold colors and tribal-esque design. 


Elf is very hard for me to find in the town I live in, so when I do go where it is available, I get the basics. Technically, the only basic for me is the Elf Eyebrow Kit in Medium #holygrail but I also grabbed a small stipple brush and the Elf Daily Brush cleanser, I'm excited to see how it works. 



I almost didn't purchase this dress. It looked okay on the hanger and I was automatically drawn to it because well, it's grey. I'm also a huge fan of cowl necks and something told me to just try it on, just to see how it fits.  It reminded me of one from Kensie that I wanted (here) but much cheaper. This dress is by Paisley Sky, I have no idea what that means but I like the dress. (Online here)


Two sale purchases for lounging or well, working out! The sweatshirt on the left is a cute cropped style and was another sale item at $11! The athletic tank on the right was $7 and oh gosh, from what I've had it on for, it's actually really nice. Here it is online but not on sale!

Old Navy


Pretty little preppy sweater. And it was 50% off, wahooo. I love brown in the fall and this one is just great. Part of me wishes I bought it in a nice grey too (of course, I do). Here it is online.


Now here are two REAL super savings. The blue maxi dress is just not showing up to it's beauty! It's a nice eyelet fabric. The grey one will be nice to just slip on or layer up for when it's colder. I never try to buy things solely because they are on sale but I couldn't pass on these because I just find them to be so fun. And look at the prices below! 


Victoria's Secret


Yes, I bought underwear at Victoria's Secret, it's their specialty #amiright It was 5 for $26.50 and then I had a coupon for a free pair.


Wahoooo AMERICA! This was stashed away on a sale rack. Funny thing is, I had saw this in a catalog but when I went to look at it online, it was already gone. I was a bit surprised to find it. The last thing I need is another tank top but this one is just too patriotic to pass up. There are sequins all over the front of it. Very. Nice. 

That was my haul. Pretty tame, maybe? Yet still pretty fun. Shopping this past weekend made me feel a bit happier. See, just like the wallet says "Retail Therapy." 

Tomorrow will mark the first day of October. Are you ready?

Thanks for reading! 

--Amber







Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hello.

(via: roadsick)
How are you?

Where have you been?

I'm still here. Barely, some days. 

I hope this post finds you doing well. The summer has been such a fast one, and I believe this upcoming Tuesday marks the official start of fall. I know that excites a lot of people. Bring on fall! It really is so hard for me to realize that August is over and yet, here we have it...it's almost October! 

This summer brought on a few new things, sorta. Okay, just basically one-- I took a new job. A better one then what I previously had. More hours, better pay. Works more into what I went to school for. It has it's days. More worse then better but hey, that's life? 

But I'm here just to say "hi" to you all and wish you all a very Happy Fall. I also want to see what you are interested in as far as posts go. Do you all enjoy seeing outfits, every day? I have oodles of empties to show you in the future. How do you feel about monthly favorites? Life style stuff? Life in general--stuff? Reviews?

Please comment below. Anything is appreciated. 

Like I've said, summer has been a rush. I don't even remember it. Meanwhile, I'll leave you with the song Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls because--I've loved this song since I was a little girl and sometimes you just need to jam to some great tunes. It's my second (yes, I rate my songs) all time favorite song and it literally gives me chills every time I hear it. Plus I just recently discovered this live version and it's pretty amazing. 



--Amber

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

"OOTD"-ing


Hi all! Hope this post finds you enjoying your summer. Can you believe it is already JULY! Seriously, this year has been on fast forward since day one. 

I'm not entirely sure why I'm writing this post to be honest, I just thought it would be fun to commemorate "OOTD-ing" and the "What I Wore" posts, which I have been severely slacking in lately.  

First of all, I just want to mention that I love to look at OOTD posts on other blogs and that is what truly inspired me to start up doing them (nearly) everyday. Even though we all seem to like so much of the same things, a lot of us bloggers still some how manage to take the items and make them our own unique look. We have our own styles and it's so fun to see so many of them out there! 

It's also a great way to really look through you closet and find new ways to wear older items. That was originally my goal and I think I really succeeded at it. But there are always those few items we tend to gravitate to and wear a bit more then others. Which is totally fine too. Whatever works.

Posting nearly everyday is also a great way to also make sure you look your best. We all have off days with outfits, hair, etc...RIGHT? Please tell me it's just not me! I like to pick out my outfits the night before, sometimes even a few days before if I'm feeling overly inspired or ambitious. 

With OOTD's it also gives you a little peak at your go to looks or items. Seriously, can you tell I love dresses, cardigans, and skinny belts. Because I sure can! I have noticed though this past year I've been more accepting to adding more colors to my wardrobe, while sometimes scary--this is actually a positive thing! 

And the final plus, well, eh....it makes you realize you have soooo much. Too much? And yes, you need to clean that closet out and simplify. But that's really another story for another time. 

Wishing you all a wonderful July. Is it bad I'm dreaming of fall right about now?

--Amber

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Empties #2 | 2014


It's time for another empties post. It's so over due and therefore, well, a very full empties post it will be! I definitely wanted to do this sooner and with fewer products but I will be sure to break them down. Since I am no longer making videos, I will go into more depth with these products then I did in my previous empties post from earlier in the year.

So sit back and get ready to revisit all of my products I've used up!

Make Up:


Blistex Silk & Shine--This is really a must for me. As in, I have one in my purse with me at all times and you're bound to find a few others in random spots. It's light, so I can layer my lipstick or lipgloss right over the top. And it has no funky taste. 

Revlon Colorstay Foundation--Okay, for some reason I have three empties of my foundation, I totally found them hiding in my make up vanity, random I know. Two are in the color Buff (for winter) and the other Sand Beige (for summer). I shouldn't even have to say this if you come here often but this is my holy grail foundation. Nothing works like it for me. I try to change but I always go back to this!

Urban Decay Primer Potion (Sin)--A girl can usually live on eye primer samples I've decided. I am a huge fan of Urban Decay primers but I wasn't a huge fan of this shade of the primer. I prefer Eden or the original.

L'oreal Magic Perfecting Base--Another holy grail. This is just amazing. Shrinks pores and blurs all that nastiness that is my skin. Love it. And compared to most primers, so insanely affordable. It's beaten ALL of the higher end ones I've tried.

L'oreal Voluminous Carbon Black--Yep, another HG. I try to mix things up a bit with mascaras but I always (and usually running) go back to this fabulous gem. It just works for me.

L'oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess-- A new product I tried! This was pretty darn good. I would recommend it but I'm not sure I would personally purchase it again. I do prefer my Carbon Black. It gives great volume but the big draw back for me on it was that it takes so long for it to dry on my lashes. 

Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara--This is one of the products I use to "tame" my barely existing eyebrows. It's good stuff. Save your money, use this as opposed to the higher end ones, same thing!

Hair:


It's a 10 Miracle Leave In Treatment--This is really good stuff. This is pretty expensive stuff. I hate spending a lot of money on any hair care products because I feel like I can have good hair with out spending a lot of money on products. It's a 10 is notorious on blogs and vlogs, everyone loves it. And yes, it's GREAT but when my hair was super long, I was just going through it way too fast to keep repurchasing it. I would purchase it again but for now I'll stick to something a bit more affordable. 

Tresemme Thermal Protector--A cheap product but a great product. I really like this, not only does it protect your hair from heat but it also makes your hair super smooth and soft in the process. It's one of my affordable recommendations for hair care.

Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge Conditioner & 1 Minute Moisture Treatment--These were pretty good. I prefer the Moisture Treatment to the regular conditioner but I'm not sure I would purchase either again. The conditioner didn't give me the amount of moisture I like, the Moisture Treatment did but I wasn't 100% sold on it.

L'oreal Elnette Hairspray--BEST HAIRSPRAY EVER. Promise. If you have issues with hair sprays weighing your hair down like I do. Try this. It is a bit pricier them most drugstore hair sprays but it's soooo worth it. I use the unscented, which I know a lot of people have issues with finding it. I have seen it at Walgreens (where I typically purchase mine) and I believe I once saw it at a Target. The scented one is a bit potent, so if you struggle with scents keep an eye out for the unscented and you'll surely be sold on it!

Skin Care:



Mary Kay Botanical Effects Cleanser & Toner for Oily/Sensitive--These are my two favorite cleansers and toners. I've never loved a cleanser like I love this one. And the toner is a personal favorite as well, although...I hate the bottle. It has a spray bottle and for a toner, I find that to just be obnoxious, I understand many brands do it but ugh. It's very hard to find products for oily and sensitive skin, I think that is what might make this a great product for me. In the future I plan to do a skin care routine post. 

Equate Make Up Removing Towelettes in Night Time Soothing--They do the job. Definitely some of the better, cheaper towelettes I've tried. I've purchased these multiple times, so I must like them. They are a Neutrogena dupe. 

Avon Elements Youth Restoring Line Filler--So I use anti-agers. No shame. I like to use line fillers on my forehead. There. I've said it. I hate when foreheads move and wrinkle up. This product worked nicely on that. But I used it very quickly. I would think about purchasing this again because I loved the results I got, the product itself just didn't last very long.

Garnier Ultra Lift Targeted Line Smoother--No. This doesn't work. Total waste of money, which is disappointing because it wasn't that cheap. I've never been a fan of Garnier face products. This was no exception. 

Avon Moisture Effect Eye Make Up Remover-- This is great stuff. It is a lotion, so it's great for those of us who tend to have sensitive skin around our eyes, totally gentle and totally effective. And if you catch it on sale, you can often times get it for 99 cents!

 Random:

Dove Go Fresh Body Wash--This was a sample on my full size Dove body wash. It was fun to try a new scent but I think I'll always prefer the original scent, to me, that's just a good, clean smell.

Bath & Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Shower Gel--This makes me want it to be fall again. Best smelling scent from B&BW no doubt. It literally smells like what I think ever fall day should smell like. I can't wait to get more this fall season ( I mean, they better still sell it.....).

Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Hand Soap-- Another great scent. This one is a Christmas time scent though and I wasn't always a fan of it but this past winter I fell in love with. 

Crest 3D White Luxe "Glamorous White"--A toothpaste, exciting, isn't it. This works nicely. But since I have sensitive teeth (meh, extremely sensitive) I've actually been using Sensodyne and trying to get my whiteness from coconut oil aka oil pulling. 

This was intense, I know. Hopefully my next empties will be a little less product for you to absorb. Please let me know how you like the set up of this post, I'm scared it's a bit overwhelming.

As always, thanks for reading!

--Amber




Tuesday, June 10, 2014

What I Wore: June 10, 2014--Mint and Gray. Typical.


|Shirt- By & By for JcPenney (here)
| Skirt-J.Crew Factory (here in other colors)
|Belt- Target|Shoes- J.Crew Factory (here)

You know the drill another day, another outfit.

That skirt again, you probably said. I know. I know. It's like my thing and I like it, so let it be. It's grey, it's comfy, it's relatively a good length for work. So I wear it a lot. I highly recommend them. J.Crew Factory is always spicing up the colors, I would love a red one for the fall and winter months! The one I currently own is a bit different fabric then what is offered now, they do a lighter material for warmer months. Makes sense.

Skirts make me so happy. And I'm totally comfortable in admitting I often times splurge on them, because to be honest, they fit better. And when you're taller, you need a good length and something that won't rid up, etc. 

Today's shirt is a similar style to one I once lusted after from J.Crew. It was a bit (alot) out of my price range but weirdly enough, a month or so later I found this one. It is a sheer material so I did layer a tank underneath it. I bought this last spring, but surprisingly enough, it is still available on the JcPenney website in limited sizing. It has a "tulip" type back cut out which is very cute and slightly unexpected when un-tucked.

The ombre in my hair has finally faded to a slight mess. And I'm now wondering where to go next. That's my life at the moment. 

As always, thanks for stopping by. Wishing you the best.

--Amber







Sunday, June 8, 2014

What I Wore: June 6, 2014--A Striped Shift Dress



|Dress- Target (here)
| Shoes-Target (here)
|Necklace- Etsy

Hello blog readers! Another edition of "What I Wore".....typical. :)

I've recently found myself obsessed...OBSESSED...with stripes. They're so preppy. Fun fact: when I was a Freshman/Sophomore in college I had to have someone pretty much monitor my wardrobe because I was always buying something that was striped. I think I might be at that point in my life again. Stripes are my drug. 

To me this dress is very nautical and so very comfy. I was immediately drawn to it because 1. It had stripes and 2. the shape. I don't own a dress like this. I'm more of a flow-y, girly type of dress girl. The material is a french terry, which I thought might be a bit too hot for the summer months but it's actually quite nice. You might not want to wear it out in the sun in 100 degree heat but in the office on a pretty warm day, it works nicely. Also, it's super comfy. 

I think the best part of this dress just might be that I can easily picture it dressed up. Maybe add a belt to it, a grey or black blazer and some heels and you gotta great dressier, more "professional" look. I'll definitely have to give it a go sometime. Also, I could totally rock this with a pair of leggings and some boots come the colder months. I like that.

I'm a huge lover of Target dresses too, as I am sure you have noticed. My main reason is that they always seem to be a great length on me. I'm 5'8" and often times dresses in my size can be a bit too short, especially if I am wanting to wear them in a work setting. I was a bit hesitant as to what size to get in this dress as well. I tend to be a X-Small or Small in all Target brands, I went with an X-Small for this dress and think I made the right decision. It's not too loose but it's definitely not tight. And the length is just perfect on me! 

Whoa there, long post. But I hope you enjoyed it and had a fabulous weekend. Thanks for reading and as always feel free to comment below, I love them!

--Amber



Monthly Mani's | May

Loreal
Tea and Crumpets (LE)

 
OPI
Isn't that Precious? 


Wet N' Wild
Silver Lining

OPI 
Steady As She Rose (LE)

Totally boring nail shades this month. Neutral extraordinaire for sure. In my boring, snoozefest defense, I had been going to a few job interviews and as the rules say (do they really?) you should always have a neutral nail. Which to me, honestly, I prefer a chick with a bold mani. But whatever. 

Nothing every came of those interviews either so, I'm pretty bummed I rocked the subdued nails for most of the month. #sigh 

What are some of your favorite lighter nail shades? A personal favorite of mine (not shown here) is Essie Sand Tropez, I've also always lusted after Essie Topless and Barefoot, but that one is a bit hard to find! 

As always, thanks for stopping by. Here's to a brighter June. 

--Amber