Saturday, July 12, 2014

Haul: St. Louis

mall haul shopping spree

My last no reason shopping trip was in January - nearly half a year ago! Lately, when it comes to shopping, I'm always on a mission looking for just one item... in-and-out in just ten minutes. It was refreshing not to be looking for anything and to just aimlessly wander through a mall all day. In honor of my second no reason shopping trip this year, I thought a haul was appropriate:

LUSH cosmetics

Unfortunately, we no longer have LUSH in Memphis. I always look forward to visiting LUSH whenever I'm out of town. (My last visit was in March!) I picked up my two favorites: Ocean Salt Scrub & Sex Bomb Bath Bomb.

H&M

The only clothing item I'm 'need of' at the moment are shorts. The majority of my shorts from last year are too small or just fit weird. I'm having issues finding both comfortable and flattering shorts this season. I was contemplating between a pair of Joe's white shorts (flattering but not comfortable) and these H&M ones (comfortable, sort of flattering, but sheer.) For now, I went with the H&M ones. But the shorts hunt continues...

I'm obsessed with midi rings! However, I'm constantly losing or breaking them. I got two variety packages at H&M: I got 15 rings (all shapes, sizes, and colors) for $8.90; (that's about .60 cents a ring) I won't feel too bad about them disappearing anymore!

Fashion finds from Wildfox & BCBG

I have been wanting a Wildfox sweater for forever, but I could never talk myself into spending $100+ on a funky, not-everyday-wear, sweater; I was super excited when I found this one on sale. It's so comfortable! It feels like a soft blanket and will work as a great, year-round piece.

I scored this BCBGMAXAZRIA 'Carman' dress for 60% off. I think it will work as both a career and night-out piece. I'm a big fan of matte jersey material... it's comfortable and low-maintenance (no steaming or ironing!) Not to mention, how cool is the design?

french macarons

Finally, no big shopping trip is complete without some sweets! We stopped at LaBonne Bouchée for macarons. They had 35 flavors to choose from (WOW!!) - it was both overwhelming and fun; I picked six flavors for myself. They have pre-packaged bags and boxes for a discounted price; I also got a grab bag for a gift. (If you can't tell, macarons aren't really a 'thing' here in Memphis, so I always try to find the best macarons in other cities when I'm out-of-town.)

disappearing rings & endless macarons,
-Kaitlyn

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

June Favorites

'Favorites' posts/videos discuss the products (and other misc things) you loved for that month. The products can either be purchased that month or (old) 'rediscovered' items. Favorites are published at the end of the current month or at the beginning of the following month.

I've been in a beauty rut lately; I've been sticking to the same products I always rave about or just wearing minimal/no makeup (thank you, Memphis humidity.) For the first time in the history of this blog, this month's favorites consist of no beauty products. I'll rave about some shoes and food instead...

shoes

Shoes
All of my shoes just scream winter (boots are my favorite) or they're just extremely dressy. I work in retail, so I wanted some comfy but still fashionable shoes. I was eyeing the Steve Madden Felixx Sandal, but I couldn't find them anywhere in my area and I wanted to try them on before purchasing. (In my opinion, Steve Madden shoe sizes run differently depending on the style of shoe. No to mention, paying return shipping to exchange a size really irritates me.) A week later, I found the MIA Melonye Sandal. I decided to go with these instead. I'm in need of more closed-toe shoes, when I saw the Gabriella Rocha Vanya ankle booties for only $15 (It must have been a promotion; they're double the price now.) I immediately put them in my cart. These two have been the best, super cheap, research-less purchases I've made in awhile. I've been wearing both of these shoes interchangeably the entire month of June. No one believes I only paid around $20 a pair!

Graze
In my shoe order, mentioned above, was a free trial of Graze. (I've never heard of it. A subscription of unique, healthy snacks right to your door? Sign me up!) They offer weekly or biweekly options; each box is $6 and you receive four individually wrapped, ready-to-eat snacks. (That's only $1.50 a snack!) If you're constantly on-the-go and looking for more snack options - this is definitely for you! Sign up now to get your 1st and 5th box for FREE. I've enjoyed everything they've sent so far:

Graze Box

booties & snack boxes,
-Kaitlyn

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