Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January Spending

The first month of January has just about come and gone~ crazy to believe! So that means it's time to link up with Fran and the other budgeting bloggers to share what I purchased in January.

1. Chris & Carol Cardigan (thrift store) $6.99 

2. Basic Editions Sweater (thrift store) $3.99

3. White Plum Boot Socks (I got the cream and red) $2.99 each ($5.98 total)

4. Piperlime Tee $19.97

Total = $36.93 ($3.07 under budget!!)

I found some good deals this month for sure! White Plum was running a super sale on their boot socks at the beginning of the month. They were marked down to $2.99 from $29.99!! Um, that's too good of a deal to pass up! Especially since they've been on my wish list for awhile. 

I also recently found out that Gap is discontinuing Piperlime. I never bought anything from them because their prices are a bit high for what I like to spend, but right now their website has products up to 70% off, so I decided to take a look. This tee was marked down to $19.97 from $84! Crazy! I'm a little worried it will look a bit boxy, but I really liked the pattern, so I'm hoping it will work out because it was a final sale item. If anything, maybe layering it under a cardigan would help. We will see!

Did you find any good deals this month?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Frosty VoxBox

Hey ladies! Sorry for being MIA again... I seriously have good intentions about blogging, but then I get home from work and would rather be reading (almost done with my 3rd book of the year!) or catching up on Parenthood on Netflix (almost done with season 2...) Hopefully soon I'll be able to get into somewhat of a routine again and actually post semi-regularly :)

Today I'm sharing with you my newest Influenster VoxBox I received! (Actually I received it over a month ago, but better late than never, right?) I signed up with Influenster last May and this is the second VoxBox I've received. It's always fun to get a box full of new and different products to review in the mail :) And this box didn't disappoint! 

1. Fruit Vines Bites- Strawberry

You guys, I have a serious sweet tooth. SERIOUS. Which is probably not the best because my family has a history of diabetes, but that's a story for another day. These things are so good! So much so that before I knew it half the bag was gone... 3.5 servings my foot. I will definitely be buying these guys again! They'd be perfect for a road trip, or watching a movie, or blogging, or a snack at work, or reading... ;)

2. Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Black

Eyeliner is an everyday part of my makeup routine. Usually I buy the pencil eyeliner, however by the end of the day it somehow rubs off and it looks like a mess. I've tried liquid eyeliner before, but I think I must be just too unskilled to have it come out in a straight line. This stuff, on the other hand, is amazing! It has the application of a pencil while staying put like a liquid! Love :) 

3. Rimmel London Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

I was never one to use eye makeup remover as part of my nightly routine. I'd just wash my face at night and a lot (but not all) of my eye makeup would come off. Bad, I know. So I was excited to try this product when it came in my VoxBox. I was impressed. It did remove all of my eye makeup with very little effort and didn't irritate my eyes at all! This will definitely be a product I'll be adding to my nighttime routine.

4. McCormick Gourmet Thyme

One of my favorite things is cooking and trying new recipes! One of my resolutions/goals for the New Year has been to try eating healthier and using less processed food in cooking. I've been using so many more spices and so many more fresh veggies and everything tastes so good! Thyme has actually been a spice I've been using a lot more of in recipes, although you do have to be careful how much you use because you don't want your meal to taste like a Christmas Tree ;) 

5. NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum

I'm not big into lip color. I don't know if I just OD'd on it from high school show choir or what, but I much prefer a nourishing lip balm to a lipstick. I've gotten lipsticks as part of beauty boxes or other things before and the color has been really off. But Sugar Plum was actually a really nice color! It's more of a maroonish color but it works really well with my skin tone. Maybe I'll become more of a daily lip color girl after all!

6. Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea

I will admit I am not a fan of mint at all. Yuck. I'm not ever sure why. I remember eating mints when I was a kid, but they're just too spicy or something for me now. I do use mint toothpaste and I love my peppermint essential oil that I have, but just don't like the taste much. Although, last time I was at Olive Garden I did eat the after dinner mint they give you and I actually liked it! So I figured I would give this tea a try so see if maybe my tastes have changed. (Your taste buds apparently do change every 7 years!) I have to admit, it wasn't terrible. There were other flavors in it besides mint, such as orange peel, so the taste wasn't as minty as I thought it would be. It had a nice smell to it too, and I could really pick out the orange from among the flavors. No, I don't think I'll be drinking this every day, but maybe every once in awhile I'll indulge :)

7. EcoTools Hair Brush- Sleek + Shine Finisher

I've actually been looking around for a new hairbrush so I was excited that one was included in this box! I've never tried a brush like this before with more finer bristles, so it took a little bit of getting used to because it doesn't brush through as much of my hair as a brush with thicker bristles (does that even make sense?) But it does make my hair feel a lot softer, which I love!

8. No7 Protect & Perfect ADVANCED Serum- Sample

I am almost to the age when I need to start worrying more about using anti-aging products. I don't have many worries in that department yet, but I am starting to notice more fine lines around my eyes, so the aging journey is slowly starting! My skin tends to breakout from time to time, so I'm very wary about trying new products on my face. I've used Aveeno for years and whenever I've switched to try something else, most of the time my face doesn't agree with my decision. So I was a little bit wary of trying this product out, but I did end up liking it! It went on smoothly and didn't leave a sticky or greasy after effect on my face, which I always appreciate. The directions say that you will start to notice the effects after about 2 weeks. I only received a sample of this, so obviously not enough for 2 weeks, but I have to say it didn't irritate my skin at all, the little that I was using it. Once I get to the age when I'm worrying more about the aging of my skin, I think this will be a product I'll be reaching for!

I received this box free from Influenster in exchange for my review.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thrifting Thursday

It has been quite awhile since I've gone thrifting, but was able to do some over this past weekend while waiting for our movie to start next door, so I thought I'd show you what I found! As I was looking for things hubby came up to me, looked at my pile of clothes in my hands and said "looks like a bunch of things you already own" :) Hey, if your style works, why change it! Also, sorry about the quality of these pictures- lighting in the fitting rooms is always awful!

1. Ted Baker Shirt

I have never heard of this brand before, but from what I can tell on Google, he is a London designer and you can purchase some of his clothing through Nordstrom. I love stripes and I thought this bow detail in the back was cute, but I wasn't feeling the puffy shoulders, so back it went.

2. The Limited Sweater

I actually have this same sweater in green and I do love mustard yellow, but I just decided that I didn't love it enough to buy it. Bye-bye mustard.

3. Merona Cardigan

I loved the idea of this cardigan- light and flowy, pretty color, but it just looked way too frumpy. Ain't nobody got time for that...

4. Chris & Carol Cardigan

Once again, this is a brand I was unfamiliar with, but a quick Google search showed me that this is a brand you can get through Zulily. It has stripes (one of my most favorite clothing loves at the present), it is very soft and very light weight. It was $6.99, which is on the higher end of what I'd pay at a thrift store, but still you can't go wrong for a cardigan under $10! This was a keeper :)

5. Talbots Cardigan

Another striped cardigan. But honestly this must have been made of a pokey cactus or something because it was super itchy! I decided to pass based on that alone.

6. American Eagle Sweater

I did like this sweater quite a bit, but it was too similar in style and color to something I already own and I'm not a huge fan of 3/4 sleeves in the winter, so I passed. I did like these cute buttons on the sleeves:

7. Forever 21 Blouse

It's hard to tell, but the top is leopard print, which I always think is fun :) I just wasn't feeling the fit of this, though, so decided not to keep it.

8. The Limited Top

I really wanted this one to work. I loved the color- it's something I don't have much of in my closet, but it's a size too big, so I decided to put it back (even though it was on sale for $1.49!)

9. Basic Editions Sweater

Google says this is a brand from K-mart and Sears. I honestly don't think this was ever worn, though! I love the color and it's very warm, so I decided to keep it. It was also 1/2 off, so it ended up being $3.99! Can't beat that price for a sweater!

10. Mossimo Sweater

I wish this was a size smaller and a little bit longer, because I really liked it, but just too short and boxy this time around.

11. Mossimo Cardigan

I loved the color of this cardigan but it just fit way too small. Pass.

12. A Giannetti Sweater

I wanted this to work! I was hoping it would be like those cute, Aztec sweaters you see around lately. It was not. Basically a circle with sleeves. No thanks.

I don't think I did too bad- 2 sweaters for $10.98! This trip I think really showed how I've developed a new purpose when shopping- there were quite a few more things I could have gotten because they were a good deal or because I kinda sorta liked it, but I passed. I'm really trying to shop lately with a mentality of do I love it? Do I need it? How many ways can I wear it? There have been too many times I've bought something just because it's too good of a deal to pass up, then it sits unused in my closet. I do keep a wishlist of items I'd like on my phone, so hopefully that will continue to help cut back on willy-nilly spending :) 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What I Wore: Stripes and Turtlenecks

Hello! Wow, long time no post! I didn't intend to have another break, but honestly after working at a computer all day, sometimes it's nice to have a computer break when I get home :) Hopefully with the new year I can get into more of a routine with posting, because I did miss it!

Here is an outfit I wore a few weeks ago... actually maybe a couple times a week, but I documented it a few weeks ago :) The vest and sweater I got at Old Navy during their post-Christmas sale and I've definitely gotten my money's worth so far! Together, separately, I love them both!

 Sweater: Old Navy (same)
Vest: Old Navy (same)
Jeans: Loft (same)
Boots: Just Fab (similar)
Bracelet: Tiny Dazzles (similar)
Watch: Amazon (gift) (same)
Earrings: World Market (similar)

Um, whoah, my skin is orange in these pictures! No idea... still figuring out the new camera I guess :) Or I accidentally took pictures in Oompa Loompa mode??

Linking up with: The Pleated Poppy, Tucker Up, Shopping My Closet, Because Shanna Said So, Get Your Pretty On