Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Inspiration: Quotes I Love

Happy Friday! I couldn't be more excited that we've reached the weekend. Tonight I'm taking a painting class with my friend Morgan which should be a fun way to be creative while having a few glasses of wine and catching up on life! Tomorrow I need to do a major cleaning out of my closet and reorganizing because i'm starting to accumulate too many things for my small apartment. Sunday I'll be volunteering with the Animal Rescue League at the Halloween Canine Promenade - if you're local and have a dog you should definitely stop by! :) I hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

What I Wore: Ame & Lulu

Today I'm teaming up with local brand Ame & Lulu to spread the word about their awesome warehouse sale taking place at their Newton boutique tomorrow and Saturday! If you're in the Boston area, you should definitely stop by and check the sale out. It's the perfect time to get a head start on your holiday shopping - they have lots of great gift ideas for everyone {even the guys!} in your life.

I'm a huge fan of Ame & Lulu's 'Easy Tote' which is roomy enough for all my weekend errands, including going to the gym, picking up a few groceries and taking my laptop to a local cafe to get some blogging done. It's practical and stylish which is the perfect combination, and the wide shoulder straps keep it from hurting my shoulder when I fill it up with heavy things.

Linking up with The Fashion Canvas

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review: Beauty Box 5

Last month, Beauty Box 5 reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing one of their monthly subscription service boxes filled with 5 deluxe beauty samples. I jumped at the chance since I haven't had a monthly beauty box subscription in almost 3 years and I love trying out new products! For those of you who haven't heard of BB5, it is a subscription-based beauty sampling service that delivers 5 deluxe samples and full-sized products right to your door every month for just $12/month.

When my first box arrived last week, I was happy to see that 2 out of the 5 products, the lip gloss and nail polish, were full sized! The other three were very generously sized deluxe samples. I had never heard of any of these brands before, so I was excited to try them all out for the first time.

Here's what was in my box:

Nanacoco lip gloss in 'Mysterious' - $4 for full size product. The first thing I noticed when I applied the gloss was the great smell - it reminded me of vanilla cookies! The color was a very shocking pink, and while I probably wouldn't wear it every day because it's a bit too bright for the office, it will be perfect for nights out or days where I skip the eye makeup and want to go for a bolder lip. I loved how moisturizing and smooth it was - no stickiness at all. It was very long lasting as well. Overall, a super product for a an amazing price! I will definitely try this gloss out in other colors.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What I Wore: Black {& White} Swan

Those of you who follow me on Instagram probably remember me posting a photo in this dress when I was at NYFW last month, and I also wore it to a charity date auction I participated in a few weeks ago. It's by Parker whose embellished designs I absolutely love but can't typically afford - I got lucky with this dress because I found it at Nordstrom Rack marked down from $400 to just $100! I think it's the perfect cocktail dress because it's unique, comfortable and can be easily accessorized in multiple ways. Worn with my hot pink sandals and feathered clutch, it kind of reminds me of a swan, so I shot these photos in front of the Swan Boats in the public garden! :)

linking up with rhea, et ceteraStylelixir & Stylin in St. Louis/Living in Color Style

Monday, October 20, 2014

Shopping List: Fall Coats Under $200

I don't know about you, but I'm on a pretty tight budget these days, so when it comes to shopping I'm trying to spend as little as possible! Fall is the time of year to layer and have fun with coats, and I've been pleasantly surprised by all of the affordable coat options that are available right now. I've put together a shopping list with 12 of my favorites of all different lengths, shapes, colors, patterns and fabrics. Best of all, each one costs less than $200! Let me know which is your favorite in the comments below!