Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy New Year (and such).

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Happy New Year.

I hope this blog post finds everyone (if anyone is still reading) having a wonderful start to 2015. I also hope the holidays treated you well. This post is a little late, but better late then never.

Currently I've spend this new year battling an annoying headache and some pesky snow. What the heck is that all about? But I do want to stop by and just say thank you and of course wish you all well.

It was a crazy year last year filled with ups and downs, primarily downs which impacted a lot of my blogging, etc. So I'm truly hoping that 2015 will be a good year to remember. Last year flew by so fast, it was hard to keep up, hopefully this year slows down so I can keep track of what day is what. Along with my wishing you the best, here are a few things I'm hoping to accomplish this new year-- aka my resolutions.

1. The Blog-Yes, I need to get back to this. I love it so much. But the longer I went away, the harder it has become for me to come back. I need to sit down, get everything organized and how I want it. My computer broke down this past year and I'm still on my old-old computer. I need to update it and that will be happening soon. Along with a few other things I'm hoping to incorporate, I want to get this place back to something I'm extremely proud of. I'm thinking about the You Tube life again as well.....

2. The Shopping-There's a reason my blog is called Shoppedtilidropped, helloooo, I shop. A lot. I say this all the time, I need to just stop. Forever? But it makes me so happy! I'm hoping to accomplish a super low buy this year. Please send me luck!

3.The Health-There was a time when I was a healthy/working out nut but this year, this year *sigh* I really let it go. I hate myself for it. Not drinking enough water and hardly exercising, I'm disappointed. But like I've said before, it was rough year and I can totally get back on track, right?

4. The Oil Pulling- So. Random. I'm talking about oil pulling with coconut oil (look in to it). I did this for about 2 months last year and really liked the results, especially for my teeth. But I'm not a morning person and for best results a girl has got to do it in the morning, this year, I will keep up with it. I hope. 

5. The Attitude-I'm in the slumps, ya all. There I said it. I need to improve it and try to get everything back organized and in perfect shape. I don't feel like me and I really wish to get back to my goals and inspirations and that oh so hey, it's Amber (get outta my face world #ownit) out look. So bare with me. And feel free to slap me into shape if I get out of hand. 

Seriously, if anyone is still out there. Thanks for reading this and hopefully 2015 will be one of the best years yet! Please stay tuned for more posts in the new year!


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Brand. New. HAIR!!!!!!!

Okay, it's been three weeks as of Wednesday of this week. But there was a time when it was brand new. Well, not entirely brand new, just 9 inches off and layered. I was open minded, yet still a bit hesitant when she said how much that she would cut off. I went with 9 because I wanted all of my dye from highlights and ombre out. I've gotten used to it but I still feel a bit bald at times and maybe a bit lack luster, there is something so fun about having super long hair. 

All the color you see here is my natural. It looks so much darker, right? That was the first thing I said when I looked at it after being cut and styled. It's amazing what a new hair style can do. 

Right now, I still struggle with finding a routine to get it to look the way I want it too. I've been straightening it a lot which is super easy and quick to do, so that's always a plus on my early mornings. 

Curling it has become very challenging, especially with the multiple layers. I really liked the way she curled it, very big and loose waves. Love. It. Times a million. I will be investing in a large barreled curling iron here in the near future. Now I will just have to try to master the way she did it. 

Keep going for some pictures!

The "before". I was having a horrible hair day that day, so I was ready to chop it off!

The after with big waves. I need to learn how to do this. 
Sorry for the less then great selfies!

This image is of me with THIRD DAY HAIR. It was the Friday after I got the new style. Pretty impressive, right?

Sorry for making you look at my face so much. But I felt after not having a proper hair cut for 2 years, a post about it was due. 

Thanks for stopping by! 


Friday, October 31, 2014

Orange You Glad It's Halloween

First of all, HAPPY HALLOWEEN. I hope you've had a spooktacular day. See what I did there? I'm a big fan of Halloween even though I don't necessarily take part in it anymore. Sure, I'm always game for a costume and love the decor. But it just isn't what it once was with the parties and what not. I'm getting old aren't I? Of course, to most people Halloween is more candy then anything. And that's always a treat.

I decided to share with you some orange, well orange-ish outfits that I wore these last few days. Technically they are more of a rust shade but nonetheless, they sure do say fall. 

The Ultimate Fall Dress

|Dress- Target (love this)|Cardigan-Victoria's Secret "Long Lean Cardi"
|Belt- Target|Tights- JcPenney
|Boots- Collin Stewart (Victoria's Secret, Old)

How many times have we seen this dress? I know I've blogged about it more than once. It's the perfect fall color, it takes on a very brown tone yet still looks fabulous with black. It's just so me. And I love it....thank you, Target for another amazing find! 

Orange-ish Denim

|Peplum Top- Victoria's Secret (here)| Cardigan- Forever 21 (similar)
|Jeans- JcPenney (Arizona Jean Co. Here)|Shoes- J.Crew Factory (here) 
|Necklace- Target 

Pumpkins, Flowers and Bows.....

A Boo-tiful card from my fabulous friend, Mel! 

This was my Halloween attire, well besides the Snow White costume I dawned for like the 2nd year to hand out candy! So I should say this was my day time attire. Festive but not too festive and maybe a little redundant from the day before with the black, rust/orange color and stripes. Halloween is only once a year, might as well celebrate in style, right?

Celebrate with a drink!

Wishing you a lovely end of the month. Tomorrow when we wake up it will be NOVEMBER. Can you believe it. Where did the year go? Anyone know?!?!

Thanks for stopping by! 


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!


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! 


Sunday, September 21, 2014


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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'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. 


Wednesday, July 2, 2014


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, 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?


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!


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!


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!