Thursday, February 28, 2013

{Splurge v. Steal} Claw Rings

I know this is not a style everyone will embrace, but for those of you looking to rock something a little different on your hand, the "claw" ring is one of the hot new trends in jewelry for spring. The splurge version is handmade and more detailed, but if you are simply looking for a cool piece of trendy jewelry, the steal version is a cool alternative.

 Would you wear this style? I just ordered the "steal" ring for myself ♥


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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Joe Fresh at JCP online

Canadian retailer Joe Fresh launched online at JcPenney today! Having never shopping the Joe Fresh brand and always seeing the affordable fashion line in magazines, I am looking forward to seeing the full collection in stores this March, especially to check out sizing. The clothing starts at only $8 for basics and crop jeans in a variety of fun colors for only $19.  Lots of bright colors and fresh prints dominate the collection for Spring.

What do you think of Joe Fresh, will you be heading to your local JCP store to shop?

Shop Joe Fresh for JCP online here

Online outfit looks:

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Four Favorites

These are my New pieces from Target that I couldn't wait to share (and wear!). Luckily, my store was sold out of my sizes, so I took advantage of Target's online promo to save 20% off any $75 purchase or more.
1 Leopard Dress The fit of this dress is so flattering and it is slightly past my knees (a big plus for      me) and I love a good animal print.
2 Striped Peplum So fresh and easy to wear with my weekend uniform of denim and more denim.
3 Gap Infinity Scarf Looking to add a pop of Neon Pink to my navy and grey basics.
4 Mossimo Nude Pumps Target shoes fit me about half the time..fingers crossed.

What's are you favorites of this week?
 I'm excited to be linking up with Fancy Things & Let it be Beautiful, leave your Link in the comments!

3 Gap Spacedye Scarf $19.95// 4 Merona Nude Patent Pumps $14.98 (reg $29.99)
*All items shown are also available in different colors/patterns

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Monday, February 25, 2013

The Oscars 2013 {fashion + make-up}

The Oscars are all about fashion, and awards..for the best fashion. These are some of my favorite looks of the night and are subject to change without notice..hey, a girl can change her mind ♥

Who gets your vote for Best Dressed?

(top left to right) Naomi Watts/ Jennifer Lawrence/ Jessica Chastain/ Jennifer Garner/ Reese Witherspoon/Zoe Saldana

My Favorite Looks:
   Naomi Watts looked stunning in Armani Prive - just edgy enough

  Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture is flawless
 Jennifer Garner looked stunning in this purple Gucci Dress

 Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille has started to grow on me, 
it fits her small frame well

Reese Witherspoon in a beautiful colbalt blue Louis Vuitton
  Jessica Chastain in Armani finally got it right! 

After showing up in less than stellar dresses at other award shows, 
Jessica looked perfect in this gown that showcased her fair skin and red hair.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture

While I wasn't crazy about the dress itself (it was just so big), Jennifer did look beautiful.
The dress was so big in fact, she briefly fell on her way up to accepting her Best Actress least it was memorable.

..and the award for Best Hair and Make-up goes to:

(top left to right) Charlize Theron/Kerry Washington/Jennifer Lawrence/Reese Witherspoon/ Adele/ Jennifer Garner

Natural lips with a hint of pink was the look of the evening, with Adele's amazing eyes taking center stage. Hair styles varied from retro waves on Reese to a modern updo on Jennifer Lawrence.

Favorite Red Carpet Moment:

 Leiv Schreiber taking a pic of his gorgeous gal on the red carpet, so sweet.

I would LOVE to hear what you thought of The Oscars! 

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Ipsy Glam Bag - February 2013

My Ipsy Glam Bag (finally) arrived! The theme for February is "Red Carpet Ready" and includes all make-up products with a focus on eyes. This is a monthly beauty subscription that only costs $10 and you can cancel at any time. I prefer a mix that includes make-up and skin care items, but for the money, I'm not complaining, it's still a great deal and I really love trying new products. There is currently a wait list to start receiving your monthly beauty bag, so sign up now here

What did you think of this month's products?     

 Red Carpet Ready 
Black patent make-up bag and coupon codes on the back of the card for products included in the bag.

 Lash Card - to keep mascara from flaking or getting on your skin, value $3
 Pop Beauty KaPow Mascara, $7

 Coastal Scents mini gold quad eyeshadow palette (the tiniest palette I have ever seen!), value $3
Mica Beauty Gel Eyeliner, value $30 
*I am most excited to try this gel liner and this is a good brand

Pixi Flawless and Poreless Make-up Primer, value $14
*I have not read positive reviews for this one, so we shall see..

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Zara $20 Jacket find!

I just wanted to share my amazing find at Zara with everyone in case you get a chance to stop by their store. I wasn't looking for a denim jacket, but this distressed style in one of the hot colors for spring (hello pistachio-mint) fit perfectly and when I spotted the $20 price tag (reg $59) I knew I had to have it! There were so many in-store deals, I only wish I had more time to shop ♥

 I paired the jacket in store with a gorgeous flowy peach skirt for an edgier look and
 I'm now on the hunt for a more affordable version! Let me know if you see anything ;-)

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Black + White Shoe Stand off {Prabal Gurung v. Nine West}

When Prabal Gurung for Target launched over a week ago, the shoes were the quickest to sell out and if you were like me, you had to blindly order a pair online hoping they would fit. For me, I wasn't so lucky, I was swimming in these black and white beauties and still wanted a similar look for the new season. I walked into Marshalls and spotted a brand new display of Nine West wedges and they fit ♥

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Nate Berkus for mead at Target

I stumbled upon this new and relatively small collab featuring designer Nate Berkus for Mead available at select Target locations. Nate is a household name for many of us after launching a successful home collection for Target late last year. This collection of chic stationary and desk accessories is focused on making your space organized and stylish. Seeing new magazine holders, pencil cups and binder clips in bold patterns got my heart racing a bit (my obsession with organizing began as a young child). Even if you aren't planning to purchase this particular line of products, I hope this inspires you to add some color to your space and get organized this year. Redecorating and beautifying even a small part of your home or work space can change your can do it!    *Nate Berkus Home Collection is now 50% off in stores at Target

What do you think of organizing your space in style?

"A well designed home is one that tells your story" ~Nate Berkus

Patters and colors to brighten your space

Being organized gives me a sense of calm and the design element is an added bonus 
that also makes it a creative place to work

The yellow stripes are my favorite, cheery and a bit nautical

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Topshop + Topman Los Angeles

Topshop and Topman opened their first Los Angeles store yesterday at The Grove. The British import has been popular among celebrities and fashionistas for it's trendy clothing and accessories with an edge. This is a beautiful two-story location, with Topshop occupying the first floor and Topman, women's petites, and shoes on the second floor. 

I arrived just after they opened their doors this morning and it was already crowded with shoppers, lots of employees (seriously, a ridiculous amount), and the smell of freshly painted walls, not fun. I took a quick lapse around the store to check things out, but it was virtually impossible to actually shop. The clothing and handbags, etc. are on the pricier side of the Forever 21/ H&M spectrum, but I knew that going into the store, thanks to shopping Topshop at Nordstrom (..and patiently waiting for sale prices). So, I left empty handed, but that's okay, Zara is right around the corner ♥

Have you visited Topshop - what do you think of their store?

 It's finally here!

 The fashionable mannequins that greet you at the entrance

   Each style of clothing was grouped together to resemble mix and match outfits on the wall


 This dress was $120, I've seen cuter dresses for $25 at Target

The "cheaper" handbags are $40 and very lightweight

I loved all of their displays, super cute
(I took this pic while in motion, a bunch of girls were heading straight for me 
with no signs of slowing down)

Always love a girl in polka dots (maybe not with plaid though)

 Wall of handbags
 The massive shoe department

  The brightly colored walls added a cool vibe to the store
The view on the way up

 Topman section of the store had more employees in it than shoppers, I guess men don't rush to new stores openings like women do, go figure.

Topman department looked almost untouched

Men's accessories  

  This line formed almost immediately after the doors opened and grew fast
 A free photo booth to upload your Topshop looks to Facebook
 Their well packaged make-up department accented with stripes and polka dots

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Black and Cream + hint of mint under $35

Black and cream is a classic color combination that never goes out of style. Here is a sampling of what I have seen in my shopping travels this week..with some pistachio thrown in for a fresh pop of color ♥

What's your favorite piece?

1 F21 Oversized Bow Top $19.80// 2 Mossimi Supply Co. Satchel $32.99// 3 F21 Pearl Hair Pins $3.80//4 F21 Geo Necklace $5.80// 5 Merona Peplum Skirt $24.99 (more colors available)//

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Old Navy Graphic Tees

I love popping into Old Navy, even if only for a few minutes. There is always something cute (and super affordable) to make me smile. These graphic t-shirts in bright neon colors are so fun and some are just in time for Valentine's Day. My personal favorite is "Passion for Fashion", so even if I can't being wearing my favorite designer wardrobe running errands, my fashion "message" will be clear and and I don't care who knows it ♥

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

{Prabal Gurung x Target Collection} Pics + Sizing

The highly anticipated Prabal Gurung for Target is finally here! After stopping at 3 "regular" Target stores and only seeing a small collection of what was supposed to be available, I made my way to a Target Greatland location and feasted my eyes on this lovely collection. I took pictures of almost every item available so you can shop with me and decide for yourself what you want. I included sizing notes on as many pieces as I could, in case you can't make it to the store and something is still available to shop online here ♥  For reference I am just under 5'5'' and usually prefer a medium in almost everything (in case shrinkage occurs and I like things to be a tad loose for a less structured, not sloppy look).

 What are you favorites? 

 I was the only customer shopping at my first (of four) Target stops.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Fab Finds {valentine's day} under $25

Valentine's Day is less than 10 days away (or less depending on when you are reading this!) and I found some gifts to treat yourself to a happy hearts day, no strings attached ♥ (Ryan Gosling not included)

What's your favorite?

1 F21 Heart Studded Purse $21.80// 2 F21 Heart PJs (also in black/red) $18.80// 3 Hot Socks $6//
  4 Hey Girl Journal $9.95// 5 Voluspa Candle "Pink Citron" $16// 6 Philosophy Gift Set $24// 7 F21 Cosmetic Bag $10.80 (also in pink)// 8 Haute Nights Tee $14.80

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