Wanted: Spring Edition


1. Tassel Necklaces- I think these necklaces are so fun and will go with pretty much anything.  I have seen several versions of these floating around stores. 

2. Maison Francis Kurkdjian- I have wanted to try this perfume but of course no one around here carries it.  Has anyone sniffed it and if so, what are your thoughts? I am in the market for a light and airy spring fragrance ... recommendations please!

3. Courrages Sunglasses- this brand makes the most retro and fun sunglasses that I've seen that resemble some classic ones from the 70's. 

4. Essie Nude Polishes- I am really into nude and neutral polishes right now.  I think the past few years the nail trend has been heavy on blacks and weird colors like blues and yellows, so I am glad to see it going back to more "normal" colors (that my mom won't ask me if I'm emo for wearing).  

5. Goyard Bags- I have long been a fan of Goyard bags and I'd really love a bright color for spring such as this light blue color or maybe the yellow.  

6. Statement Earrings- these rosette ones from J.Crew are so awesome, as are several others from the J.Crew spring collection.  I am all about some statement earrings in the spring.  

7. Charlotte Tilbury- another brand that I am dying to try, but no where around here sells it.  Has anyone tried it and if so, what are your favs?  I want to try the foundation as I've seen great things about it on the internet.  

8. J.Crew Collection Lemon Tiger Skirt- I love this print and think it would be perfect with a chambray collared shirt and some nude pumps. 

9. J.Crew Textured D'Orsay Flat- I love this shoe, but haven't had the best luck with the d'orsay style of shoes.  Typically the back rubs against my heels causing blisters.  Looks like I will just admire these and won't be buying. 

10.  Manolo Blahnik BB nude pump- I am on the hunt for the perfect nude pump for spring and I keep going back to these.  They are quite pricey, so I'd love to find a more affordable pair that still look nice.  

11. J.Crew Eaton Booties- as your #1 bootie enthusiast, it's only right that I want these new J.Crew additions.  I really don't need another pair of booties.  

This & That Thursday: Skincare, Outfits & TV


I recently did a Sephora binge order and have been very pleased with the products now that I've had a few weeks to test them out. 

Have you all heard of Nude Skincare? I've seen articles talk about it and decided to try it out with their Jelly Omega Cleanser.  This cleanser is unique in that it comes out like a jelly consistency, but as soon as you add water it turns milky.  I just love the smell!  

I am so bipolar with skincare though ... one week I will use something all natural and the next week I am smearing hydroquinone all over my face to fade spots.  

Here's a little bit about the NUDE line: 


I also asked the sales associate at Sephora if she'd make me a sample of the Nude Fizzy Powder because I really didn't want to waste money on some baking soda (what it looks like) if it didn't work.  She gave me a very generous sample and I was really impressed! 



These come out like a powder but as soon as you mix in water they turn into an exfoliating paste that leaves your face feeling clean, soft, and brighter.  

I was in the market for an everyday nude lipstick and this Marc Jacobs color fit the bill: 



I decided to try a new concealer because I was out of the one I've used for almost a year now.  I love all of the MUFE HD line, so I decided to try their HD Invisible Concealer.  

I am really impressed with the formula- it goes on smooth and traceless, however, I HATE the silicone applicator.  I wish they would have just used a brush or sponge applicator instead.  It always dispenses too much product after you click just one time.  I will use the rest of it but I am definitely going back to my Maybelline cheapo concealer that I love and should have never strayed from ... 

So, the Peter Thomas Roth TCA Acid Peel Pads ... despite the good reviews, don't waste your money.  Just go to a Medspa and pay 100 dollars to get a TCA peel- I promise it will be more potent.  The solution in the PTR pads is so weak ... there's no way it's 40% triple acid.  It didn't even sting.  It did make my skin really smooth, just nothing to write home about and definitely not worth the price.  I am going to see if I can return these. 

The Kat Von D Tattoo liner remains a favorite- this is my second one I've purchased! 

Speaking of hydroquinone ... I have been using the Rodan + Fields Reverse Line for a few months now.  I don't use it every night, but I mix it in about 3-4 times a week.  I have definitely noticed fading of my dark spots and freckles.  I took a picture before I started and one after.  I am not one to shill products on anyone, but if you want to give it a try my friend Blair is offering a free mini-facial to anyone who purchases from her Rodan + Fields site and sends her an email saying they heard about it from PIPM (blairscalise@gmail.com).  Just to note- I paid for the regimen in full and wasn't given any of the products for free.  It really does work to fade spots and even out skintone.

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Can I tell you how obsessed I am with this firework print from J.Crew? It's so festive! 


I got the pants (which are on sale) and wore them with a black turtleneck sweater and black suede d'orsay heels.


I also found this IRO Paris Jova Leather Jacket on super sale for 75% off at a local store here, Oak Hall.  It is a light distressed grey and will be perfect to wear into spring.  


Wearing it with Madewell jeans & booties


Now I am going to tell you about the perfect oversized sweater cardigan that you all will love! It goes with everything!  I've already worn it 10 times.  It's kind of pricey for Madewell, but they occasionally have a 20% off promo so be on the lookout and also don't forget they do 15% off for teachers & students!






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Just a couple other random outfit dump pictures taken over the past couple of months: 

Love the look of leopard and camel together! 


Here's a cute floral Forever 21 dress that isn't cheap feeling or super short.  Isn't it crazy how some Forever 21's suck and others are full of gems? I went to the one in Chicago and just the way that the clothes were displayed differently helped me tremendously in being able to find some winners!


And this scarf was $4.99 there!


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I've noticed that the sandal mule seems to be the "it shoe" for the spring: 


Just an FYI- Target has a really cute version for only 30 dollars! 


They also come in black! 


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I am also so looking forward to wearing full midi skirts with pumps, BARE LEGS and a fun jacket.  I saw this on Instagram and want to recreate the whole outfit. 


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Is anyone else excited for House of Cards Season 3 to come out this weekend?  I've already allocated my binge-watching time and fully intend to watch all of the episodes in one sitting.  


If you're looking for another good show to fill your time, check out Transparent on Amazon Prime Instant Streaming Video.  It's a dark comedy that has a lot of inappropriate humor, weird characters, and an addictive storyline following the family of a dad that is going through the transition of becoming a woman. It is SO good and I promise you'll laugh!


Have a great week and I promise to start posting more often than every few weeks :P 

On a Tuesday

Well hello there, friends!  Thank you all for your sweet and inspiring comments on my post last week.  I am glad to see that there are still people that stop by, so thank you :) 

Can we take a moment to talk about the Grammy Awards on Sunday night?  I get such a kick out of this stuff.  

First, this outfit and look ... I die.  



And then Kristen Wiig showed off her insane interpretive dancing skills, yes?  I have a soft spot in my heart for interpretive dancing as I used to do a little bit myself whilst Karaoking.  

How cute did my man crush David Grohl look?  I will always love Nirvana and The Foo Fighters (I swear I was meant to be an early 90's grunge punk rocker).

I didn't love any of the dresses this year ... everyone looked like they were wearing a see thru dress from The Body Shop circa 2004.
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Thanks for your all's suggestions last week about what to use for hyperpigmentation and enlarged pores.  Has anyone out there ever had Fraxel?  I am all about some chemical peels and facials but I've always been scared to try the laser for fear that someone will jack up my skin.  Also, I've heard the downtime is intense (2-3 weeks) and I just don't have that kind of time.  The before and after pictures are nuts.


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I am so ready to ditch the sweaters and drab colors for spring florals and brights.  Here are just a few things that are on my spring wish list: 

The J.Crew heel I featured above is the Elsie and I absolutely love it- I have them in the sand suede and they are hands down the most comfortable heels that I own.  I can wear them all day working and could probably run laps in them ... trust! 


I noticed J.Crew has come out with a new heel this spring called the Roxie that is sky high and I am really wondering how these will compare to the Elsie.  
The model is actually wearing them with the Firework Pants that I want and they look so cute: 
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As your resident Netflix addict, I felt it was my duty to show you all the trailer for this show, Bloodline, that looks SO GOOD.  It is a Netflix original and comes out March 20th.  I wouldn't have even known about it if it weren't for a random ad on YouTube that caught my attention (and I didn't even skip it).  


I can't wait! Mark your calendars fellow binge-watchers!

Between this and House of Cards coming back February 27th, I'd say my nights will look a lot like this:


Who am I kidding?  I look like that most nights anyways.

Happy Tuesday, loves!

Hi There



I feel like I've lost my zest for blogging ... I guess that can happen after doing it for so many years.  I am a firm believer in taking a little time off if your heart's not in it, so that's what I've been doing.  I may start up again or I may not, who knows.  I will say that it's been nice taking a break and I totally understand how people just lose their passion for blogging.  It's so exhausting thinking about all of the "Keeping up with the Joneses" going on out there now (which is a great movie BTW if you're looking for something interesting to watch on Netflix).  Have I fallen into that category before?  Sure, I think at some point everyone has ... but lately it just wears me out seeing it all on Instagram.  It's like a constant battle to see who can have more followers and who can have more loop giveaways to get more followers.  I remember when blogging used to be fun and carefree and I feel like it's just not like that anymore.  This March PIPM will have been around for 7 years, so thank you for sticking around if anyone is still out there :) 
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About two months ago I visited my first LUSH store and let a sales associate tell me what to buy.  I ended up getting the Ultrabland Face Wash (which is really like a wipe off goop, but it works).  I also got a chunk of the charcoal soap to use after the Ultrabland.  The sales associate called this method "double washing" and she said all the girls that worked there dubbed this as their favorite method. 

The Ultrabland smells amazing and makes your face feel very soft and supple.  It also removes eye makeup and the majority of your face makeup.  Your face feels amazing, but not squeaky clean (which I tend to love).  That's where the charcoal soap comes in- it is gritty and leaves your face feeling there isn't a speck of anything left.  

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I have been looking for a pair of destroyed jeans for the longest time.  Don't judge me, but i love the ones Kendall Jenner is wearing here.  Tell me the truth- how bad are they?


I am pretty sure they are the Rag & Bone Thrasher Jeans 


I tend to like a skinny jean better than a boyfriend jeans, so I probably need a pair more like this: 


I found this TopShop pair that seems cute, but please check out the other pics on the model from the front and back.  Either she has a really flat butt or these are very unflattering. 


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I have picked a lot of spots on my face lately and I feel like my skin has gotten so fragile because I now have a ton of little spots that will NOT go away.  I used to be able to pick all I wanted to without consequences but now I am left with either red marks that won't go away or little indentations (almost like enlarged pores).  Do you all know of any product to help with these spots? What are you all using and loving lately? 


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This & That: NYE Edition


I hope everyone's had a safe and happy holiday season! I've been enjoying time with family and friends and eating way too much bad food.  I am also attempting to start the new year out right by using my days off from work to clean and organize.  

What a difference a year makes, right? I feel like I have truly changed in a year given that this time last year I wasn't sleeping well, wasn't eating well, was depressed and on the verge of a full on nervous breakdown.  Some big changes this year (losing a job, being unemployed, working on my fears and insecurities, getting a great job) really helped me grow and I am happy to say I am feeling great and feel like I have finally conquered many of my past struggles that made me a less than desirable person a year ago and years prior to that.  So thank you for always being here to read my old decrepit blog in the good times and the bad!
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So, if you follow me on Instagram you'll know that I am a TV show/Netflix junkie and I love getting into a new, captivating show.  I've done: The Affair, Homeland, True Detective, The Killing, Ray Donovan, True Blood, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, and many others I'm probably forgetting to list.  I posted on Instagram that I need new show recommendation and I got tons of comments and great recommendations.  I wanted to also ask for your recommendations because I'm sure some of you aren't on Instagram.  So give me your show recs! 
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I'd like to thank Slynnro for recommending these $5.88 sunglasses via Amazon on her Instagram (name: Slynnro).  They are just the shape that I was looking for and for nearly 6 dollars you can't go wrong! 
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This is an outfit I wore when I was in Las Vegas for work training ... first of all, you all need this dress!  It is the perfect little black dress that can be dressed up or dressed down and the best part is that it's on super-sale.  It's a very nice and thick material and is slightly longer in the back.  

Madewell Black Dress (extra 40% off with code EXTRA40)


 And the leopard booties are a must-have! I have been stalking these all season and they finally were included in the J.Crew Extra 30% off sale so I snatched them up.  They are actually really comfortable and I was able to wear them around Las Vegas all day without feeling like I needed to change shoes.  


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I recently found these Rag & Bone Harrow booties on sale at Barney's for $150 dollars! I wanted to let you all know that these are SO comfortable and I love them so much more than the popular Rag & Bone Newbury boot but you most definitely need to size up.  I normally wear a 6.5 and sized up to a 37 in these.  I wasn't able to find them so cheap online anywhere, but I found the black version on sale for $198 on Saks.  
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Cheers to 2015


Everyone have a safe and fun New Year's Eve!!!!  

Progrid

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