Wednesday, September 18, 2019

loafer love.

I've been really into loafers and oxfords lately—I think it's the upcoming fall season. I just can't decide which pair!

I'm really leaning towards the Madewell loafers, but they're what you'd call an "investment," so that's definitely for next month's budget. Which ones are your favorite?

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Monday, September 16, 2019

woodland critters.

This is one of my favorite summer dresses, and I'm still shocked that I got it from the store I did!

Photos by my husband.

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What I'm wearing:
Dress: Hell Bunny via Hot Topic
Sandals: VanELI via DSW
Necklace: Nadri via Nordstrom
Purse: Target

I feel like I'm dangerously close to being too old (or too past my high school punk phase) to shop at Hot Topic, but they do occasionally have some great dresses at very good prices. I absolutely love this print—it has all the cutest woodland creatures, and the cut is perfect. 

Also, how pretty is this little necklace? I got it during the Nordstrom Annual Sale, I think. I've been leaning towards more dainty jewelry lately, depending on the outfit.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

summer & transitional purchases.

Somehow I've found myself at two entirely different outlet malls in entirely different states in the past couple months. I've been focusing on buying things that can work for multiple seasons and occasions (and less, 'this is only for work' or 'this is only for weekends'). Here are some of my best multi-purpose and (mostly) multi-seasonal purchases (mostly outlet but not all!).

1. J.Crew Factory Chambray Button Front Dress | currently $54, limited sizes left
I actually found this on the clearance rack in person for about $12!

These are the best skinny jeans I've found in a long time—right amount of stretch and not too long (usually a problem for my 5'3" self).

3. J.Crew Factory Twist-Back Dress | currently $26.50
This is probably the most seasonally-limited purchase because it's a very light fabric, but it's extremely comfortable and great for the summer.

Usually I can't pull off a midi length (again, short), but somehow this works. I'm looking forward to layering with this for the fall.

It's black, it has polka dots, and it's not too low cut. Check, check, check.

This was my first purchase from Mata Traders (and I did take advantage of their 4th of July sale) but I am so impressed! It's beautifully made, a nice light cotton, and the sizing is actually reasonable and realistic. 

I forget why I was looking for a denim skirt, but I definitely needed something to go with the exorbitant amount of t-shirts in my dresser, and this fits the bill perfectly. It's not too short and not overdone with pockets, etc. (the pockets are real, too!)

I'm finally getting to the point where I can't deal with uncomfortable shoes anymore, no matter how cute they are. I needed some cute, neutral sneakers that I could wear with dresses, and also to work (my workplace is fairly casual). These have memory foam insoles and don't rub against my ankles. (Also, if you purchase from DSW, wait for a sale or special deal!)

I don't get commission from any of these links, I just like the products!

What are your best purchases this summer?

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Monday, August 12, 2019

the truth is out there.

Sooo I've been hoarding these outfit photos since May. Whoops.

Photos by my husband.

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What I'm wearing:
Shirt: not sure, almost same one available here
Skirt: thrifted
Sandals: VanELI via DSW
Necklace: [blanking on the artist name!] Awesomecon
Purse: ModCloth

This outfit blends my two loves: sci-fi and cats! This was for a casual weekend day out.

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Review: Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo from Maple Holistics

The lovely folks at Maple Holistics sent me their new Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo to review, and I've been using it for a few weeks now, and I love it. You might think it may be a bit drying because of the apple cider vinegar, but it has built in conditioning and is really good for your hair.

Apple cider vinegar is great for removing build up, and the added jojoba oil adds shine. After using it for a few weeks, my hair is super soft and less frizzy. Plus, like all of Maple Holistics products, it's cruelty free! They also have some great tips about protecting your hair from the summer sun—including some things you wouldn't immediately think of for reducing frizz from the humidity.

Thank you to Maple Holistics for letting me try this awesome new shampoo.

Thank you to Maple Holistics for sending me this product in exchange for a review.
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