Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Outlets at Orange

Talk about a hidden gem... I live 15-20 minutes from The Outlets at Orange and yet I had never made the venture to check them out!  It is insane to me that I've never gone because they have over 120 name-brand retailers, restaurants, a movie theater and more.  It's the perfect date night spot and you can bet I'll be back around Christmas time for some gift shopping.

The Outlets at Orange is currently running a free coupon book Friday promotion until September 26th, so if you haven't been yet, it's time to get a move on.  My blogger bestie Danielle and I ventured over there a couple Fridays ago to see what it's all about - we can both appreciate a good deal so we had so much fun flipping through the coupon book and checking out all the good sales.

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We ended up doing the most damage at Saks Off 5th.  They were having a buy 1 get 2 free promo (yes, you read that right) and it became a sort of treasure hunt for us to find the perfect three pieces.


I was able to use a LOFT 15% off coupon on the first two items,  so I got the dress for $40 and the blouse for $22.  I also got a small pair of gold stud earrings from LOFT.  Total damage at LOFT with tax = $73.41.

The last three (the romper by Red, a Dolce Vita Dress, and a Rachel Zoe jacket were from the Saks Off 5th sale so I really only paid for the jacket which was $161.99 + tax = $174.95.

Basically I got all 5 of the above pieces for under $250, so I'd say it was a shopping trip well done.

Make sure you check out Danielle's recap over on Envision Pretty, and don't forget to stop by The Outets of Orange for free coupon book Friday!

A big thank you to The Outlets at Orange for partnering up with us to bring this post to you!  All opinions are 100% my own. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Date Night

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Jacket: Rachel Zoe via Saks Off 5th  |  Jeans: Forever21  |  Tank: Cotton On (similar)  |  Bag: Pour La Victoire  |  Watch: Caravelle c/o  |  Heels: Topshop  |  Necklace: Eclectic Eccentricity c/o 

If you saw my collection of striped pieces you might laugh... or roll your eyes - it's starting to get out of hand!  I think it's such a classic, flattering (if done right) print, and I can't get enough.

I wore this ensemble to a date night with J and we snapped a few pictures before.  I've never taken pictures this late in the day, but I was pretty excited that we were able to capture part of what was an amazing sunset!  We've had some really pretty sunsets lately and I feel so lucky to catch them from time to time.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, September 8, 2014


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Dress:  Loft  |  Gold Cuff: Prima donna c/o (love this gold cuff too)  |  Gold stackable rings: Prima donna c/o  |  Shoes: Just Fab  |  Bag: Kate Spade (sold out in blue - different print here; also love this Kate Spade bag

I love blue & orange as a color combo so when I saw this Loft dress at the Loft Outlet, I had to have it.  I love that its sophisticated enough to wear at work without being boring.  I also love the burgundy and navy combo on the Loft website - it's so perfect for fall!

I'm missing out on NY Fashion Week because I was unable to take time off from my day job, but I am loving being able to watch from the sidelines via social media!  I can't wait until my schedule finally allows me to go.  Also, one of my best friends asked me to be her bridesmaid in her wedding this weekend, so this weekend was not all bad!  It will be my first time being a bridesmaid and I'm so excited.

Hope you all had a great weekend and have a happy Monday!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Sally Beauty Haul & Giveaway

I recently went to Sally Beauty for the first time in a long while and my love was re-kindled!  One of my first jobs in high school was working at a beauty supply shop that's similar so I can truly appreciate a one-stop shop like Sally Beauty.

I went on the hunt for one big item (scroll down to see!) but I found some other little must-haves along the way...

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Back when I regularly got my nails done, O.P.I.'s Mod About You was an all-time favorite.  It's a really pale, opaque, creamy white that mimics Essie's Fiji a bit, only Mod About You is more opaque and chalky.  I'm pretty sure it's discontinued so I let out an inner squeal when I saw it in the store.  They were having a promotion on nail polish so I also picked up the good ol classic - Lincoln Park After Dark.

ardell individual lashes

I must confess, I've always been way to chicken to try out individual lashes but am so intrigued by them!  I love how natural they look, while giving your lashes an extra "oomph!"  I saw this starter kit and figured it would be a good thing to keep on hand for a special event.  I'll let you guys know how my first attempt of putting them on goes...

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I don't know what has gotten into me but I am ALL about lipliner as lipstick lately!  I love the matte and natural look.  I picked up this Palladio Herbal Lip Liner in Nearly Nude because it's such a pretty color on it's own but it can also be used under my brighter colored lipsticks.

tool science curl 3hd iron

Now this... was the end goal of my Sally Beauty trip.  I saw this baby on the Sally Beauty Website  before I went to the store, and I knew I needed to add it to my ever-growing collection of curling wands.  This is the Tool Science Tourmaline Ceramic Curl 3HD with three different curling wands; ribbon, regular, and tapered.  I've loved playing with the three wands to create different curls.

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I'm also a huge fan of the bag it comes in for easy travel and storage.  Gotta love anything that makes organization easier. 

All in all I think I scored big time and can't wait to go back and do some more damage!

P.S. You can win a $25 Gift card when you join the Sally Beauty VIP program and enter using the rafflecopter below!

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Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Sally Beauty. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Heart On My Sleeve

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Heart Print Sweater: Trendy Blendy c/o  |  Pants: H&M (similar olive green jeans)  |  Bag: Pour La Victoire Prouve Satchel  |  Flats: Halogen Leah Leather Flat via Nordstrom  |  Sunglasses: Prada  |  Watch: Michael Kors  | Rings: Gorjana

It's not quite fall weather here yet but I'm certainly gearing up for fall in the wardrobe department.  One of my favorite fall colors is olive green.  I feel like it pairs so well with so many different colors, but my favorite pairings have to be light pink or navy blue.  I think this heart sweater from Trendy Blendy is so cute - there's something about hearts that just make you feel happy inside!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Work Wednesday - Polka Dot Dress

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Dress: Dorothy Perkins c/o (take 25% off with code DPFW25)  |  Bag: Pour La Victoire Prouve Satchel|  Shoes: Kendall and Kylie for Madden Girl -- on major sale!  |  Watch: Caravelle New York c/o  |  Sunglasses: Prada

Dresses are by far my favorite thing to wear to work.  I work really early in the morning (6:30am - yikes!) and if I haven't had my coffee - or enough sleep, I can't be bothered to match a blouse, pants and a blazer.  I love this Dorothy Perkins dress because the collar gives it a professional flare, but it's still fun enough to wear to an after-work event.  DP is one of my favorite places to go for work dresses - their dresses have a unique UK edge with an affordable price tag.

I hope you all have a happy Wednesday!