Wednesday, August 29, 2012


I LOVE Target!! I am there 2-4 times a day- YES! Its ridiculous!!
One of the (many) things I love about Target are the affordable fashions. Everything they carry is always cutting edge and completely affordable! AND if you are wanting something very fashion forward, that may possibly be only "in" for one season, affordable is what you want! Save your big purchases for the more classic items that can be worn throughout multiple seasons to come.
Some major trends this fall are Animal Graphic Tops (Especially OWLS), Peplum Tops/Dresses, and Animal Print Jeggings (REALLY Jeggings in any print/color).
The Burberry Prorsum Top Below (in long sleeved) runs $1,295.
I purchased this Mossimo Owl Light Weight Sweater Below at Target on SALE for $17.00!!!!!

The Alice & Olivia Peplum Top Below Retails for $198.
The Peplum Top Below Can Be Purchased In A Similar Red Tone At Target For $14.99.

Have A Daughter?? The Grey Cheetah Jeggings Below Can Be Found At Sophie For $62.

Buy Your Daughter An Almost Identical Pair At Target For $16.99.

PLUS I can buy groceries, birth control, make up, and guinea pig food while I'm there (at Tar'Jay). What more can a girl ask for?!?!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Leather, Brocade, Fur, Jewels, and Velvet..OH MY!

This Fall is all about textures! Leather, brocade, fur, jewels and velvet....oh my! I decided to rock several different textures together Saturday night, inspired by Blue Moon Market.

                                        Faux Fur/Sweater Vest         Gold Sequin Top
The Finished Look
I paired the two items with black leggings and my Nina black sequin boots (purchased 2 years ago from Sophie- my FAVORITE boots).
AND YES! Girls- leggings are still a wardrobe must!!! Whether they are a denim, leather, or pant!


Thursday, August 23, 2012

"Fall"ing Into Trends

I absolutley LOVE fall!!!! EVERYTHING about it!! Its my Favorite Season!!!
I always take my daughter apple and pumpkin picking at this time of year at Shank Farms. We buy mums and taste the (flavored) honey (straws) they cultivate there, while watching the bees scurry about within their hives. Its Ashlyn's favorite! And of course there is Barnyard Days, pumpkin flavored everything, Halloween, candy corn, hay rides, corn mazes, and fun fall parties.
ANOTHER thing I love about fall is the FASHION! Its cooler out, so wearing layers of (fabulously textured) clothing, hair flowing, and full on makeup is no biggie.
THIS year's Fall Fashions are right up my alley!! I've decided to feature one/two item(s) a day for the next few days....
COLORED DENIM is a MUST this fall! You can find skinny jeans in an assortment of colors  including bright, bold, neon, and muted/soft tones.
I chose to purchase a Red Pair of Skinny Jeans from Blue Moon (on the left $45). They are almost identical as the Express pair (on the right, on sale for $49.90).

Another trend this fall is leopard print. I paired my own red jeggings up with this sparkly leopard print top from Express (on sale for $19.90) and (Jessica Simpson)
leopard print heels from Sophie. Don' be afraid to layer on the leopard print! Too much leopard is never enough!
What is your favorite fall trend so far???

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Best BirchBox EVAAAA!!!!!!!!

I absolutely LOVEEEEEEEE this month's Birch Box!!
Schick Hydro Razor with a $4 (off) coupon for refill blades. We all know that Razors and Refills are FREAKIN' expensive (cuts into my shoe fund), so thought this was very COOOOOOOL!!!!
Pixi Beauty Line Relax Serum. FULL SIZE, a $32 value.
Talika Lash Serum Sample, that is plant-derived.
Caldrea Hand Soap Samples.
Juicy Couture, Viva La Juicy La Fleur, Sample.
****A $10/mo Birchbox subscription gets you multiple deluxe samples every month. Product samples received are based on info given with subscription. For Example- my friend and I get different samples because of our hair/skin/color type. However, sometimes its fun to swap samples depending on what we get/like!!!!!****

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Event Hostess with the Mostess (to the stars)

One of my (manyUlter Egos is an Event Planner (in my head- for the "stars").
My beautiful daughter, Ashlyn, turned 9 last week! She has always LOVED animals, and has been either a zoo keeper or veternarian for EVERY halloween. We usually have a pool party, because of her summer birthday, but this year she wanted to try something different.
I spoke with the owners of our local Petland and they were willing to open an hour early on a Saturday morning for a private party.
Then I talked the Paws Vet Clinic, next door, into doing a private tour and Q&A for the kids, following Petland.
After the Vet, we headed, once again next door, to Qdoba for cake and queso (I purchased small drinks and queso/chips for the kids and they let me bring in my own cake).
The kiddos began with hamster races!!! How creative/fun is that?!?!
They then went on to hold/play with various other animals throughout the pet store. This would be Ashlyn holding a snake. One of her favorite animals.
We always have a "friend party" earlier in the day, and a "family bbq" later in the evening (for those adults who would rather not hang with the kiddos). I made these invites on my computer. 
We kept the animal print/pink theme with the cake. I took a pic of Ashlyn kissing Sophie (her guinea pig) and dropped it off at SAMS. $20 for a 1/2 sheet cake with a pic, and my choice of icing colors.
For goody bags I let each kid pick out their own beta fish!!!! Each fish came with a small glass bowl, hot pink rocks, care instructions, a Petland coupon, and fish food. This was a BIG HIT!!!! 
I printed off the cards attached to each fish bowl that said "Thank You" and Ashley at Petland put together the fish bowls and bags.
Ashlyn and her guests had a FABULOUS time at her birthday party!!!
Rob (my husband) keeps telling me I should open my own party planning business. Your thoughts???

Monday, August 13, 2012

BB Ready

I recently purchased two relatively new items from Smashbox.
The Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream ($39), like most BB Creams, is a five-n-one wonder. Moisturizes, primes, perfects, oil control (my favorite feature), and protects with SPF 35. What I like best about this particular BB Cream is that it is truely weightless and blends beautifully into my skin (it comes in 5 different shades-I bought light/medium).
*Since I like a fuller coverage, I am still wearing my oil control MAC foundation over this BB Cream.*
The other product from Smashbox is the Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer ($29). LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!! Its ultra-hydrating and primes the undereye area so that your concealer doesn't appear "cakey." This primer is also said to reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness, wrinkles, age spots, and dark circles. I have no complaints!!

Me rockin' the products!;>)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Breakfast At Tiffanys

I love  a great "Aubrey Hepburn" eye! She is an absolute beauty icon.
I've tried (to recreate) different gel liners in the past (i.e. MAC, Clinique, Elf, etc), but recently I discovered Loreal's 24 hr Lacquer Liner (WITH brush!!!!), and it is fabulous!!!!!!!
It really does have a 24 hr stay power. I prefer a thiner liner brush, BUT the brush that it DOES come with works beautifully, and is easy to handle.
The Loreal Lacquer Liner comes in multiple colors,but I use it in black.
My favorite (beauty) site on You Tube is "pixiwoo." Professional makeup artist(s) who can help you recreate any celebrity "look." This link will teach you how to do a phenomenal Aubrey eye!