Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I've been a bad blogger.

I haven't had much time at my computer these past few days to give a blog update between trying to work a lot, looking for a new apartment, and running around town. So, here I am giving an update before I get back to all of that! Next Sunday I turn 26 and I will be in Chicago, so by then I'll have lots of things to write about while in the Windy City!

Last Saturday there was a Jonathan Adler Warehouse sale in New York City. If there's one interior designer I LOVE it's Jonathan Adler. My sister was nice enough to go to go to it for me and pick up some goodies for me. I have been dying to have this white ceramic horse for over a year, but at a price tag of $295 and no where to put it, I've hesitated on purchasing it. I was hoping it would be at the sale this year, but it wasn't. I did end up with other goodies though!

Instead of finding the white ceramic horse I've dreamed of, my sister got the white ceramic lion instead! With it she got me the elephant top candle, a beautiful vase, and 5x7 picture frame. Not pictured is also a reed diffuser snagged from the Jonathan Adler warehouse sale. All for under $200 - I was quite pleased with the outcome! Also this past week at Off the 5th, a lot of their Jonathan Adler goodies were on sale at 70% off so I snagged another white 4x6 white ceramic picture frame and another candle. The Off the 5th sale wasn't as good as what was at the warehouse sale in New York City, but I couldn't help but add to my Jonathan Adler collection!

Another splurge over the past week was this big face Michael Kors White Ceramic watch! I have been dying to have this watch for a few months now, but the $395 price tag has kept me away from it. Saks Fifth Avenue had a 1 day sale of 40% off certain items online at the beginning of the month and this watch was on it. To my surprise I was also able to combine a 10% off code for signing up for their mailing list bringing this watch to 50% off. I went for it and bought it knowing there would never been another opportunity to buy it under $200 again! I've only worn it a couple of times and I've gotten so many compliments! I'm so happy with my purchase of it!

Since next week is my birthday in Chicago and their are so many shops there, I'm almost afraid to see what damage is to be done there! But at lease a little adventure will give me something to update about!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mama's Got a Brand New Bag.

I purchased my first of two handbags I wanted to get this month. I saw this beautiful leather python print Michael Kors Sloan clutch at Macy's about a month ago and wanted it. I was in desperate need of a new clutch, I've been using a Marc Jacobs wristlet for way too long! Fortunately, Zappos.com had the very same clutch as Macy's and Neiman's at the same price, but without tax and free shipping. I loved this clutch because the chain makes the purse versatile and easy to wear as a shoulder bag or tuck the chain and use as a clutch.

 Zappos.com has become my go to website for handbags and shoes now, I'm obsessed! After purchasing this purse on Friday (received it yesterday!), I was upgraded to "VIP" status on the website. If you spend a certain amount on the website in a year, they upgrade your account to give you more perks- most noticeably is free next day shipping if ordered before 1pm PST. I read it's even easier to become a "VIP" member to Zappos by just contacting customer service about it. I took advantage of this offer yesterday by ordering a new pair of Sam Edelman sandals I saw at Nordstrom. I haven't been able to track the shipping, so we'll see if it makes it here today!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mr. Porter!

I browse Net-a-Porter every week, mostly just to dream about owning any of the Mulberry shoulder bags. I came across Mr. Porter, the men's store that sells brands like Lanvin, Burberry, YSL, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton.

The man of my dreams wears clothes like this, but the Henry Cavills and Brad Pitts are far and few in Texas!!!

Another great website for designer digs on clearance is The Outnet! You can purchase designer clothes from past seasons for up to 70% off! The only bad thing is the sizes and quantities are limited, but if you check regularly you can always find something good!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Blessing in Disguise

Last week I lost my favorite mascara, Benefit's - They're Real! I looked EVERYWHERE and text my friends in hopes that our stuff had gotten mixed up together at the cabin. With no luck, I gave up looking for it and decided to buy a new tube. That new tube ended up being my blessing in disguise! After my first use, I immediately noticed the difference from my old tube of mascara...I've had that tube for way too long and it was time for me to re-buy!

They're Real! is described by Benefit as a lengthening, defining, curling and volumizing mascara, and it does a good job delivering on most of those promises. It doesn't appear to do any curling on its own, but it does hold curl well which is good enough for me since I always use an eyelash curler anyway. It also adds some fairly impressive volume and length to my lashes. Now do they look like I'm wearing falsies? No not quite, though this mascara delivers better for me on this promise than any other mascara I've tried before it that promised the same. It's not a lack of length or volume that really separates my mascaraed lashes from faux lashes, but the noticeable texture of mascara. Mascaraed lashes just never look as smooth as bare lashes or faux lashes, and They're Real! is no different in that respect. But it does still give me drag queen worthy length and thickness in two coats, which it does without smudging, clumping or flaking. What else I can really ask for?

The brush is pretty awesome. It's a standard rubber bristled brush you see on lots of mascaras these days, but has the added bonus of a few long spiky bristles protruding from the pointy end. These are great for getting at the lashes in the very inner and outer corners, though they must be used with caution as the end often picks up more product than the rest of the brush. You can wind up with goopy corners if you aren't careful!

The only downside I find on this mascara is that it doesn't build very well. If you try to use more than two coats, your lashes are likely to start looking kind of crusty. I imagine this would be a real problem for girl with short or sparse lashes.

I also picked up Urban Decay's De Slick Spray and a Benefits Eyebrow pencil during my makeup store run. I've heard mix reviews about the make-up setting spray, but decided it was worth to try out. I haven't gotten around to using it yet, but after today will be my first time so I'm hoping for the best!

While making my purchase, the cashier threw in a few free goodies in my bag too! I got a travel size bottle of Urban Decay's De Slick, travel size bottle of the All Nighter Make-up setting. I debated between the two full size bottles of both make-up settings and went with De-Slick because All Nighter contains dimethicone, a conditioning silicone, that mixed with oily skin makes it glisten. I'll try it out at least once. The last free goodie was Urban Decay's Eyeshadow primer.

After today's use on most of the new makeup products just bought, I will have good things to report back! Do you use any of these products? Any thoughts?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Weekend on the Guadalupe!

Had a fun weekend on the Guadalupe River with my friends for my brother's 27th birthday!!! We rented a cute little red barn and I had the opportunity to wear my Kardashian Kollection dress and hat from Saks 5th Avenue. I'm still unsure if I like the dress, the part is a little bit more loose than I'd like, but it was a fun dress to wear to hang out on the patio! Lots of alcohol, food, and even cake was had over the weekend...we even had little visitors rummaging through our trash! Here are a few pictures I managed to take over the weekend!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Here We Are.

I've forgotten how stressful Ticketmaster can be! I just purchased tickets to Jason Mraz shows in New Orleans, Louisiana and Houston, Texas for August 9th and August 12th!! For 4th and 5th row, I'm still not as close as I would like to me, but I'm very excited to be seeing Jason Mraz perform live again.

I'm spending the weekend in a cabin on the river with my friends! I'm excited mainly because I get the opportunity to wear the new dresses I bought and also my new hat. Unfortunately, I did not end up with the Kenway hat from Reiss. My sister went to buy the hat for me in their New York location and had nothing nice to say about it in person, so I decided not to use my gift card on that. Instead, I went to Saks Fifth Avenue and bought a hat that is just as nice!

I also bought a new bathing suit off of ModCloth! Everyone knows how much I HATE bathing suits! But who doesn't love a 50s pinup style bathing suit? I love all the vintage style clothes on ModCloth and finally came around to making my first purchase! Ever since I saw the Sex and the City movie (because of their cute vintage bathing suits in Mexico!) I wanted one myself! The picture I took doesn't do the suit justice until it's on, but it can be found here!

Hope everyone is having a fabulous Tuesday!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter + Weekend Roundup.

I hope everyone is having a fabulous Easter weekend! I just had lunch with my mom after spending my entire day Saturday inside waiting on my new bed to arrive. Even after wasting a beautiful day inside, my bed has been totally worth it! Since my Saturday was uneventful, I'll just share some pictures from Friday's trip to Lupe Tortilla and my first week on Instagram!


Instagram Dump!