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When Did Forever 21 Turn into Anthropologie?

February 24
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I stopped shopping at F21 since the beginning of this year because I am now almost a Career Woman who can afford Better Designed Items. So imagine my surprise when I opened F21 out of habit and saw that its new arrivals were much more… sophisticated than I had remembered.

In fact, it almost looks like F21 has taken a page out of Anthropologie’s play book. I associated F21 with cheap trends, but F21 manages to showcase the off-the-shoulder and bell sleeve trends in a far more elegant way.

Black white off shoulder top // Pom pom bell sleeve top // White off shoulder top with bows //

The boho Anthropologie look—for less:

Olive balloon sleeve dress // Black trim open jacket // Satin Korea jacket //

The most impressive items are from F21’s new wedding collection. Anthropologie has a wedding line (BHLDN) that sells affordable bridal gowns, but it looks like F21 is now investing in its own line of affordable bridesmaids/wedding guest attire.

Tulle Maxi dress// Lace peplum skirt (top here) // Lace halter maxi dress //

I’m not sure if I just got lucky stumbling onto a batch of new items that perfectly fit my aesthetic, but I will have to take a second look at F21’s offerings if they are selling more distinctive and feminine designs.

Tiered sweetheart maxi dress // Floral skort romper // blue white romper

These Instagram Swim Trends Are 20% Off This Weekend

February 18
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President’s Day sales are never terribly impressive, but with Spring Break coming up, I was happy to see 20% off on my favorite beach trends. Since I was already planning on trying out these trends for the ‘gram, it doesn’t hurt that I’ll be saving some money by ordering them this weekend!

Asos bardot ruffle one piece swim suit

This swimsuit has been making the rounds on IG. That’s not surprising considering that it hits all the checkmarks for ruffles, polka dots, and the off-the-shoulder trend. You can get this exact swimsuit for 20% off, now (and it comes in a two-piece version too: see below)

The gingham print one above is actually my favorite; it’s cute without looking too much like a picnic tablecloth.

Next up on the list of instagram-worthy swim trends are….

Do not disturb script beach hat

I read somewhere that the famous “do not disturb” sun hat has actually been trademarked, but you can still find beach hats that feature other phrases written in a cursive script, or another trendy sunhat tied back with a bow.

I’m actually tempted to make my own script sunhat. All I would need is string and a wide-brim hat, right? How cool/narcissistic would it be to have my blog handle on my sunhat?

Pom pom swim coverups

You can’t scroll past 5 instagram pics without seeing the ubiquitous off-the-shoulder pom pom cover up, so it’s time to admit defeat and try out the trend at last. You can actually get the pink one on the right from Amazon, plus it’s available with Prime shipping!

What I Bought at 4AM Last Night – Shop With Me

February 8
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Every year, our law school puts on a Parody musical theater show to poke fun at our professors. We write the show ourselves (last year’s theme was Law Wars, a play on Star Wars), and hire a lighting crew and soundstage for our dancing and singing.

I’m a director for the show again this year, and in addition to managing 70+ actors, I’m also singing and dancing in the show (!). Add to that my course load reading and I’m often up until 3 or 4 AM, bored and browsing the internet before I finish for the night.

These morning hours are usually when I create my blog content (and when I make most of my purchases), so I thought I’d put both together to make this post. Hopefully it doesn’t become a regular series and I get some more sleep!

Red bow back dress and palm print halter bikini

1: Bow dress ($18)// 2: Colourpop matte lip color  // 3: scallop swim set ($25)// 4: Nude Colourpop lip color // 5: Pink camera bag //6: pink sheer bell sleeve top ($16) // 7: palm tree halter swimsuit ($17)// 8: white embroidered tassel top ($42)

The red bow dress above is a dead ringer for Kate Spade’s $200 version; I’ll be wearing this for our Formal!

I also went a little crazy on the spring break shopping: Zaful’s scallop bikini is also a dupe for Marysia’s high-end set. Zaful has the cutest swimsuit but the size charts are different for every item…I had to squint at the sizing options for far too long and my 3AM brain eventually bought two swimsuits to justify my trouble.

Also my favorite white embroidered top finally came back into stock so I quickly scooped it up for $42; I sound like a loser but I’ve been stalking this top for 2 weeks now.

I also bought a bunch of utilitarian stuff like toothbrushes, but I deemed those items too mundane for a collage. I will mention that I will soon be carting around a cute pink camera bag, so if you ever want to catch me in Boston taking photos, you’ll know what to look for.

Best (and Worst) Holiday Beauty Gifts

December 6
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Best and worst last-minute beauty gifts

When you need a last-minute gift, beauty items are an easy way out: who doesn’t love new lip colors or pretty packaging? To help you navigate the best and worst holiday beauty gifts, I thought I’d merge a review post into a shopping post. My recommendations are all items that I have tested.

Holiday beauty gifts to avoid

First up, a general tip: avoid anything in a tub. The contents will dry out faster, and you risk contamination every time you dip your finger inside.

  • I do have to say that the Pressed Serum pictured above is the only moisturizer that works for me, but it looks gross after a few uses.

Instead, try gifting sprays! They’re more sanitary and last longer.

  • Plus, this Ouai wave spray (from the Kardashian’s hair stylist) gives you nice beachy waves with just a few spritzes and scrunches.

Best holiday beauty gifts

Avoid: Glosses. I don’t care if they’re “in” right now. Gloss + winter wind + hair = bad, sticky hair day.

  • The gloss above is Smith and Cult; although I love the packaging, there’s no denying the stickiness.

Gift: A lip color that’s more substantial yet still retains shine.

  • Dior makes a beautiful gloss/satin lipstick. Not only is the color beautiful (I’m wearing it here and here), but the tube proudly displays “DIOR” and looks lovely on anyone’s vanity.
  • In fact, the light pink sheer shade always sells out in Korea, apparently.

Dior Addict Lip Fluid

Above is a close-up of the packaging—anyone would love to see that design on their vanity!

Worst beauty splurge items

Now onto more specific items to avoid:

  • Personally, I dislike the FRESH line of lip tint/balms. They smell sickly sweet and seem really drying, even though they do come in lovely colors and have a fantastic marketing campaign.

Instead, try gifting Jo Malone’s lip balm.

  • Jo is famous for its candles, but you get the same brand name on a great lip balm for much less $$.
  • And I have to say that Jo’s is the best, most nourishing lip balm I have tried—even better than Rosebud’s famous lip balm.

Best makeup and beauty holiday gifts

Lastly, I wanted to end with two items that I believe would make great gifts, no matter who you’re gifting.

Hope this helps cross a few beauty gifts off your list! If you have any questions about the products here, just comment: I have over 90 lipsticks, 20 blushes etc, so I know which ones to avoid and which ones to buy!

Best Cyber Monday Deals 2016 – Nordstrom, Kate Spade, ASOS

November 28
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Welcome to the biggest online shopping day of the year!

To make things easy, I’ve found the best deals at my favorite stores and what I would focus on in each store. I’ve also indicated when I’ve bought an item and loved it. Happy shopping!

  • Nordstrom has 20% off select goods. Not everything is on sale, but there are some good investment buys around $100, like these boots and purse.

Nordstrom Cyber Monday deals 20161) Ralph Lauren coat // 2) Suede over-the-knee boots // 3) Tory Burch bag // 4) Hunters boots (on sale for $40 less! I am buying a pair)

 

  • Every blogger is swooning over the Kate Spade sale: you get 30% off with code WIRED, which means the leopard pouch below is only $21!

Kate Spade best Cyber Monday steals 20161) Scalloped one-piece swimsuit // 2) Scalloped phone case // 3) Bow wallet // 4) Planner (probably getting this since it’s now like $15)// 5) Stapler // 6) Leopard pouch ($21 with the discount!) // 7) Rabbit flats

 

  • Hollister has 50% off! You heard that right. At that discount, Hollister’s down coats and bralettes are basically freebies.

Hollister Cyber Monday best deals 20161) Down puffer jacket ($40!) // 2) Llama tote bag ($25) // 3) Lacy bralette (I always love bralettes. Getting this for $17)

 

  • ASOS is giving an 20% extra discount with code “GOGOGO.” I would focus on trendy pieces for parties and cute coats for the coming winter.

ASOS Cyber Monday discount 20161) Blue gown // 2) Scallop tote // 3) Video game controller purse // 4) Pink down jacket // 5) Floral jacquard coat

 

  • Charlotte Russe is where I go for trendy pieces, and everything (yes everything) is 40% off.

Charlotte Russe Cyber Monday discount code 20161) Rose sweater (have this and love it) // 2) Metallic skirt (also have this and wearing right now) // 3) Ripped jeans (Only $19 now!) // 4) Maxi dress // 5) Camo jeans

 

  • Lastly, JCPenney has some surprisingly solid basics for cheap. These shirts are $21 and their dresses seem to be all around $40 or $30. Get an extra 20% off online!

JCP Cyber Monday 2016 deals1) Ruffle striped shirt ($21.99. I’m wearing it in the picture: I love this shirt and I’m getting it in multiple colors) // 2) “Merry Whatever” shirt // 3) Black and white plaid jacket // 4) Striped colorblock dress