My Faves: April 2017 Edition

Hope everyone is having an amazing spring so far. The weather has been suffering from a bit of schizophrenia but on the days when the weather is gorgeous I always like to hang out on a patio for brunch or go for a run. I have also been ordering some things online here and there from a few different places. Here are my favs for the month of April:

Ripped Jeans 

I am finding that ripped jeans are a go to no matter what mood I’m in. If I’m running errands around town and just want to be super casual i wear ripped jeans. If I’m going out to dinner someplace fancy I still want to wear ripped jeans. A while back H&M had a $20 sale on a lot of their jeans so I picked up some more and lately that’s all I want to wear with either a nice blouse or an off shoulder top.

Rebecca Minkoff mini regan tote

When you see me, you see this bag. I have been carrying it around everywhere from the grocery store to the nail salon or a happy hour somewhere. I am so surprised that even though the bag size runs small I can still fit all of my essentials in there. I mainly carry two small pouches for all of my lip and hand products, my kate spade cardholder, a portable charger, and I still have room to fit my sunglasses on top. Winning!

Slingbacks

So Nordstrom Rack just recently had their off the rack sale and I will explain how real the struggle was. I saw a pair of the Clark’s snake embossed slingbacks in black first for an unbelievable price. There were two left in my size so all I needed was just a moment to think and make sure that was the pair I wanted. I go back to order them and my size was completely sold out! I’m like are you kidding me it’s only been about an hour! So I wait and keep checking back and then they were completely sold out of every size and the shoes disappeared into oblivion never to be seen again. Luckily they had other colors (of course they were not on clearance though lol) so I considered those. It really worked out because the grey ones match the Rebecca Minkoff tote! I love how comfortable they are. I much prefer these over the ridiculously high stiletto heels I used to wear years ago. If I can be comfortable and stylish then that’s a win-win for me.

Foreo Luna Mini

I had this cleansing brush on my radar for the past year. I was using the Olay cleansing brush for about five months now and although it worked well I got tired of buying the refill brushes (after just 1 refill lol). The refill brushes only come in a pack of 2 unless you go on amazon and search for a larger amount which of course costs more. I hopped online to look through pricing for the luna on google search and to my surprise Macy’s had them on sale. The luna mini was in my price range so I decided to pull the trigger. I like the fact that you only have to charge once every 5 months. I just got it last week but so far so good. I see myself sticking to the luna device and possibly upgrading to the largest size in the future.

Youtube Channel: Kayla Lashae

Yes I’m the girl that watches fashion and beauty youtube videos. I have been watching this particular beauty and lifestyle vlogger for a while now i would say over a year. She has 2 channels: 1 for posting about makeup, beauty hauls and tutorials and the other channel is for her lifestyle vlogs. I like watching her videos because we seem to have a lot of the same things in common when it comes to music, eating healthy, working out, shopping, and just living the single lifestyle in general without all the drama. She seems like a very positive drama free individual and i don’t know about you but that’s how i prefer to be in my own life. Check her out if that’s what you are looking for.

What are your favorites for this month? Let me know I’m dying to try some new things out! 

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Rebecca Minkoff Unboxing #2

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If you haven’t seen the pics from the first unboxing you can check them out here. So I couldn’t help myself! I had to order another one within a two week period! I am absolutely obsessed with the color of this bag and it will be perfect to wear with white basic tops and blouses for summer. Check out the pics below:

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Gorgeous color!

Is anyone else out there a big fan of Rebecca Minkoff bags?

What is your favorite handbag brand? I will be making a new handbag wish list soon!

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Grey is my new black

As part of my spring and summer initiative to stop wearing so much black, I have begun filling my closet with many different shades of grey from grey hoodies and v necks to grey booties and beanies. Check out my grey inspiration outfits below:

So which outfit is your absolute fav? It’s hard for me to choose just one!

Is everyone ready for spring? I cannot wait for the gorgeous weather to begin!

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Rebecca Minkoff Unboxing

Happy Saturday! Rebecca Minkoff has a really good 50% off sale going on so I recently ordered the mini regan tote in the color mushroom and I was pleasantly surprised! This bag is so pretty! Check out photos below:

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This bag retails for $195. Got it on sale (and used a 15% off coupon) for $111.

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Can’t wait to pull this out of the closet for spring!

Has anyone else snagged a good deal on a designer bag this week? 

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My Favs: week of 1/15/17

I hope everyone had an amazing week! It was a bit hectic for me I had so much going on so it feels good to finally sit down after my afternoon breakfast and write about my favorites! I decided to implement a new blog series that is called My Favs. This is where I will briefly discuss a few random things that I like during that week.

Fav shoes: Mules

I am currently shopping around for some black mules that I can wear constantly during spring and summer. Since the Gucci Princetown slippers are way above my budget I decided to look for other brands that provide the similar style but lower price tag. I still haven’t made a decision yet though. Help me decide which ones I should order!mules3

Charles David Mulley Mule Slide

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Cantara Mule
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Capri Mule

Fav appliance: KitchenSmith by Bella Electric Tea Kettle – Black

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This inexpensive electric kettle is one that I needed for a while now since the cold weather started. I am an avid tea drinker so I have been shopping around for electric kettles but the problem was that even the most expensive ones didn’t have the best reviews. When I saw this one on sale at Target I decided to just go for it. I’m happy to say it was a good choice and it boils water pretty fast.

Fav smell: Bath and Body Works Eucalyptus tea stress relief candle

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I didn’t realize how much I love the eucalyptus scent until I smelled this candle inside Bath & Body Works. I will definitely purchase more candles like this soon.

Please tell me what your favs are below even if they are not listed on this post!

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Top 3 Favorite Places to Shop

Over the last four months I have been transitioning from doing the majority of my shopping at the mall to shopping online 80% of the time. Shopping online is super convenient, the inventory is ten times better, and you have the opportunity to get better pricing if you wait for the items you want to go on sale. Here are my top 3 favorite retailers:

Asos

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Asos is a huge british online retailer. The shipping costs are extremely low (under $5) and it arrives fast considering it is coming from the UK. Asos sells hundreds of different brands so I always see something fresh and new. The love the website because it is easy to look through all of their inventory, they have really good photos of the clothes, and they feature a short video of the models walking in the clothing as well. They recently started a shipping program where you can get unlimited two day shipping for $19 a year. I may participate in this later in the year. I have never returned anything that I have ordered off the site but it looks pretty simple to do returns. They provide a shipping label and you just pack it up and send it back. I also appreciate how the product detail section gives a good amount of information: what type of fabric, how it fits (true to size, oversize, etc), and how to wash it. Asos can get expensive but the key is to sit and wait for that sale!

Zara

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Zara is a retailer that originated in Spain and they specialize in getting the latest trends made fast and sent right over to the stores multiple times a week (like most fast fashion retailers I assume). I love to look through Zara’s inventory whether I’m shopping the site at home in my pajamas or going into their store. My favorite feature on their website is the option to pickup in the store within 3-5 business days. Even if I don’t feel like going to the mall to pick it up the standard shipping cost is only $4.95. I also like how the photography is very large and they have an option where you can put in your height and weight and they will help you find the right size. Zara can be a bit pricey sometimes but the quality seems to be there.

Topshop

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Topshop is another large british retailer that has stores around the country including stores inside of Nordstrom. I unfortunately do not have a standalone store close to me but I do go to the one located inside of Nordstrom pretty often. When I’m browsing their inventory online I use both the main Topshop website as well as Nordstrom. Topshop has some really unique trendy items in my opinion that I may not see on other sites like bright colored faux fur, patchwork, sequins, and embroidered items. Topshop is downright expensive and only a few items go on sale sometimes (unless it’s the holidays) but I love them anyway 🙂

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Winter Beauty Routine Jan 2017

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe new year’s eve. Before I get into what I really want to talk about, let me just say this holiday was amazing. I am so blessed and thankful to be able to travel and spend time with my family and actually take time off to enjoy myself. I’m so sad that I have to return to the regularly scheduled workday tomorrow but I’m ready to focus and work towards my new goals for 2017.

If you read my previous blog posts about skincare then you know how serious I am about tackling this dry skin issue that I have. You can view a previous skincare post here. Over the summer I was switching things up, buying new products, and it was a tough time because my face broke out and I had all kinds of acne on my cheeks and nose. After doing some simplifying I finally got it right and the dark spots have almost faded completely and my face feels quite hydrated despite the cold temperatures. So what products have I been using you ask? I’ll start with the cleansers.

Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil

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I have talked about this cleansing oil before in at least two previous blog posts (you can read one of them here) and I still cannot stop talking it. This cleanser works extremely well and it lasts for over 6 months! I just repurchased another bottle from Sephora but I am still using the old bottle that I had since June. A little really goes a long way and it works very well for dry skin and doesn’t cause breakouts. What I do is put two pumps of the cleanser in my hands and rub it on my face. Then I massage my face with the cleansing brush that I’m going to discuss next.

ProX by Olay Advanced Cleansing Brush

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I use the cleansing brush daily with the cleansing oil and it did take a few weeks to used to a cleansing brush. At first it seemed time consuming and ineffective but I really wanted to give it a chance. Now it’s been over two months and I am reaping the benefits and I enjoy massaging my face with it. This brush has two rotating speeds (I use the fastest speed) and is water resistant. I recently ordered a refill of the cleansing brushes so obviously I’m willing to stick with it and I may do an updated review in the future.

St. Ives Apricot Fresh Skin Scrub

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I used this scrub years ago and I missed it so much that I went out and purchased it again. This scrub is the best deep exfoliator for my face in my opinion and it is worth every penny considering it is under $10. There’s a reason why celebrities like Gigi Hadid still swear by this product. It truly works if you use it consistently. My downfall is I don’t use it consistently like I’m supposed to but I’m trying to improve in 2017. The scrub uses natural ingredients apricot and walnut shell powder to help get rid of acne and dry patches on the face. Even though the scrub is very gritty and rough on the face it doesn’t make my skin feel irritated.

Molivera Organics Argan Oil

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So in previous blog posts I raved about how good argan oil is. It truly is the best day and night moisturizer for my face. The issue in the past was the cost and I had to stop using it until I found a cheaper alternative. Well I finally did! I tried the brand Molivera Organics and they sell their products on amazon. I did research on their argan oil (which sells for $12 on Amazon! Wow!) and decided it was worth it to try it out. I’m so glad I did because it seems like it is the real deal at a cheaper price tag without sacrificing quality. It states on the amazon site that the argan oil is organic, cold pressed, vegan, chemical free, triple extra virgin and imported from morocco.

Sheet Masks

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Recently I made the switch from regular face masks to sheet masks and I am really enjoying the change. The first thing I like is the fact that sheet masks are easier and take less time to apply. When I’m applying a regular face mask I use a brush to apply the product all over my face which takes a little bit longer. When I’m using a sheet mask I just put it on my face, wait 20 minutes then take it off. After using my face feels really soft and dewey then I just apply a little bit of argan oil to add more moisture before bed.

So tell me is anyone using these products in their beauty routine? What products do you like? Please feel free to comment below.

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