My True Feelings About Valentine’s Day

Coat: T.J. Maxx similar here ~ Dress: T.J. Maxx similar here ~ Shoes: Old Similar here

With Valentine’s Day slowly creeping up on us. I thought today would be a great day to tell you all about my crazy feelings about Valentine’s Day. Hold on tight because it’s a bumpy ride. First, I really want to care, honestly, I do, but I just don’t think I am a fan. I think a lot of people assume that because I’m married (and we are happy) I should care a lot about this “holiday.” The expectations I put on myself and Frank takes all the fun out of it and I all I really want to do is just hang out and relax.

After thinking about it, when I was single I would watch all my friends getting dressed up to go out on dates, only for me to stay home and just hang out by myself on Valentine’s Day. Of course, I was so dramatic about it. I would lay in my bed with all the light out as if I was in mourning. If that were today, I would have made a fun evening out of it, got some amazing take out and put on my favorite movie and have a good time alone or with other singles.

After a while, I was in a relationship and I thought to myself, you know what I think I should care about Valentine’s Day. So I would do all the fun things like find a new outfit, look up really fancy restaurants that had the perfect ambiance. Only to be let down every time, because I had unrealistic expectations. My husband (then boyfriend) is a cheeseburger and fries type of guy. For me to expect something else and for it to be amazing is unrealistic. He would have to stretch himself so far out of his comfort zone for something that isn’t that serious. Don’g get me wrong he tries, but when you have the type of expectations I have, failure is ineveitable.

Moving on today, we celebrate but in a way that works for us. One of my new year’s resolutions was to remove my expectations for things that really don’t matter. If Frank and I want to sit back and relax, watch a movie at home with Chinese food on Valentine’s Day, we can, and no one should tell us that we should be going out if that is not what brings us joy.

Moral of the story, be you and enjoy yourself. If you like to make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day DO IT and have fun with it. I do enjoy sending out cards to my friends and family, telling them how much I love them. I promise I am not a Valentine’s Day Grinch 🙂 Keep an eye out on the blog because you will be seeing a few posts coming up for inspiration.

*I styled this look in the summer, check it out here.

Shop the Look

How to Find Deals

I purchased this amazing coat back in August. I have been waiting and waiting for the weather to get cold enough to wear this coat. Fun story about this coat, I found it at T.J. Maxx but I was planning to purchase a jacket just like this from Nordstrom. I got this one for much less of course. Today I want to share with you how to find deals on clothes.

  1. Shop around. If you are shopping department stores make sure you know where the sales are. I find that many department stores carry the same lines, so if one store is having a sale shop there of course.
  2. Wait – If you wait most likely the item you have been looking for will go on sale or promotion. For example, I love J-Crew and the Gap but their clothes are expensive full price. Every other week they have a 40% off sale. That is when I attack!
  3. Use your points – Many stores offer reward points… USE Them eventually you will get a coupon or your points will add up and you could get a dollar off coupon.
  4. Think second hand – currently, I am thinking and planning to purchase a luxury bag. My current plan is to find a really good used one. I also do the same thing with coats. Make sure they are gently used.

Happy Hunting!

Winter Hydration

It is cold. I don’t really know how I feel about this change in weather lol. With the change in weather, I’ve been feeling the changes in my skin as well. My face and body have been feeling dryer than usual. Now it’s time to move into winter hydration mode. Here are a few ways I keep my skin hydrated in the winter.

WATER: First and foremost, if I don’t drink enough water I can feel it in my skin. We all know we are made up of a lot of water, and we have to replenish ourselves with hydration daily. I have a tendency to not drink as much water as I should when it starts to get colder outside. My favorite water bottle is the hydro flask it’s amazing because it keeps your liquids hot or cold. I make a smoothie at night and in the morning it is still in its perfect smoothing consistency. 

MOISTURIZE: I use a thicker cream in the winter and a mistrusting body wash to keep my skin as hydrated as possible. Currently, I am using a really thick cream in the evening. Here is the cream I’ve been loving lately, it works great for face and body. 

What are some of your skin concerns in the winter? How do you combat them? Share with us in the comments. 

My Favorite Sequin Skirt

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I love this time of year, simply because of the sequins. If it’s not sequins it’s the metallics, or the sparkles… I just love it! This is an old outfit I contemplated posting again this year. I decided to post it because – why not! It’s cute and sparkly, perfect for this time of year.

What’s something you look forward to wearing each holiday season.

2018 Beauty Gift Guide

Today I’m sharing a few beauty items I’ve been using and loving or a few items I hope to get for Christmas this year ;). What’s on your wish list this year? Let me know in the comments below.
Beauty Gift Guide 2018

1. Fresh Sugar Wanderlust Lip Set

2. YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum

3. MAC Shiny Pretty Things Face Compact

4. Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette

5. Jo Malone Christmas Cracker Collection

6. Kiehl’s Body Besties Set

7. MAC Shiny Pretty Things Lip Kit

8. Beauty Blender two.bb.clean set

The first party look

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Happy Tuesday!

How was your cyber week? Did you find amazing deals? I would love to hear what your favorite purchase was over the last couple of days. Now that we are past Thanksgiving, it is time to start thinking about all the Christmas or Holiday parties we plan to attend. Guys, I love to dress up and this is my favorite time of the year to style. Sequins, velvet, and furs… I will take those to style any day. I have a couple of orders coming soon and can’t wait to share them with you.

To start that season off here is my first party look. If you are going to a party where you would be overdressed if you wore a gown, this look would be great for you because it is still festive but slightly casual.

Jacket: TJ Maxx similar here ~ Shirt: J.Crew ~ Shorts: Banana Republic ~ Shoes: Aldo

Sales Starting Nov 21

Here we go another day another round of sales! I am rounding up all the sales I am finding to bring them to you. I like to do the work so you don’t have to. Here are the sales that are starting today.Tan Jacket Striped Shirt Light Jeans-7683

Jacket: Nordstrom Rack similar here ~ Shirt: Old Navy similar here ~ Jeans: Old Navy ~ Shoes: Target

Abercrombie
– 50% Off entire store

Ann Taylor
– 40% off everything with code THANKFUL.

DVF
– 20% off site wide with code ALLWEEK. .

Neiman Marcus Last Call
– Enjoy 45% off jewelry.

L.L. Bean
– 20% Off Apparel and Outerwear .

Macy’s
– 20% Off Black Friday Sale with code BLKFRI.

Nordstrom Rack
– Black Friday Clearance! Receive an extra 30% off.

Saks Off Fifth
– Extra 50% off.

Sole Society
– Thankful Sale: Up To 60% Off Select Shoes, Bags & Apparel.

Urban Outfitters
– BOGO site wide.

Here are some of my pics for today’s sales:

Black Friday Sales Coverage: 11/20/18

Hi Friends!!! I’m so happy it’s sale season! All this week I will be posting new sales to the site. Also, I am sharing some of my picks from some of the sales. Happy Shopping 🙂

Abercrombie
– All jeans 50% off. Valid 11/15-1/2.

Ann Taylor
– 40% off everything with code SHOPEARLY. Valid 11/20- 11/21.

Ann Taylor LOFT
– 40% your purchase with code BESTWEEK. Valid 11/20-11/21.

Asos
– New Lines Added! Up to 60% off big brands. Valid 11/19-11/21.

Banana Republic
– 40% off your entire purchase. Valid 11/15-11/20.

Coach
– 30% off select styles with code THANKS18. Valid 11/15-11/27.

Famous Footwear
– BOGO half off. Valid 11/17-11/20.

Intermix 
– Take up to 75% off sale items. Valid 11/19-11/20.

Neiman Marcus Last Call 
– Enjoy 45% off select styles. Valid 11/20 only.
– Designer Sale! 40% off fall apparel, sport shop and dress collections. Valid 11/19-12/2.

Lord & Taylor 
– Black Friday Sale with code FRIDAY. Valid 11/20-11/25.

Luisaviaroma
– Extra 20% off sale items with code BF20. Valid 11/20-11/27.

Macy’s  
– 20% Black Friday preview with code SCORE. Valid 11/15-11/20.

An Easy Look for Busy Days

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Hey Guys!

So, I guess winter came early this year, we are expecting snow here in the DC area. I can’t believe it, I really thought we would have a while longer before it started freezing. Nonetheless, I guess it’s time to start getting winter content to you all. Honestly, I’m okay with that because I have some fun things in store.

Today, I wanted to share this simple outfit because there is so much stuff going in. I’m prepping for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Not to mention Thanksgiving is next week. But, enough complaining, here is an outfit you could easily wear to work or just running errands around town.

Sweater: Old Navy (black is sold out) similar here ~ Pants: Express ~ Shoes: Calvin Klein ~ Sunglasses: TJ Maxx

Tips for Black Friday Shopping

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  1. Be Energized- Being tired on Black Friday is all apart of the experience. Make sure you have your venti-sized coffee in hand so you can stay focused and get those amazing deals.
  2. Be Comfortable- We already established you’re going to be tired, there is nothing worse than being tired and uncomfortable. Check out my post on what to wear for Black Friday Shopping.
  3. Be Patient- You already know everywhere is going to packed. Acknowledge it and go with it. You are going to be waiting in long lines, people will be rude but that is all apart of the experience.
  4. Have a game plan- Determine ahead of time what you are looking for and what stores you want to visit. If you are looking for a new TV (like me) you may want to go to Best Buy first because they will sell out of the door-busters really quick. Then move on to the other places on your list. CHECK OUT MY POST ON THIS YEARS GAME PLAN.
  5. Have Fun- Black Friday is an experience, me and my family like to go and just have a good time. Remember most of the things you are shopping for are material things and we can all live without them. Enjoy your time and be happy we are in the Christmas season now.