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A lot of the included pieces in this set are from J.Crew - they are offering a promo now where if you spend over 100 dollars you get 20% off and spend over 200 dollars you get 30% off. 

I think my next bag will be a Faure Le Page bag which is a Parisian brand with a print similar to Goyard but is less popular and known.  I love the big tote bags as well as the messenger bag included in this set.  What do you all think?




Beauty Hacks

I thought I'd do a fun post on some recent beauty hacks that I've discovered because what fun is it keeping secrets all to yourself?

1. Olaplex Hair Treatment - this is a pricey treatment that you can get at your salon for hair that is over processed.  There are a couple of types of olaplex treatments that you can get: a) you can get the bond multiplier that your stylist actually mixes in with your color to lessen the damaging effects of the color.  b) you can get the olaplex treatment mask that they do on your hair after coloring to condition your hair.  I have been getting the second option at my hair appointments for the past few months, but I recently discovered that you can buy the same stuff that they use and do it yourself at home.  And how convenient that it's available on Amazon

I have been doing this on dry hair and sleeping with it in as well as using it as a leave in conditioner after showering.  
2. Careprost for Eyelashes- a while back Slynnro alerted me to this article which discussed Careprost in the comments.  It is basically the active ingredient of Latisse without the pricetag.  Now I am not a medical doctor or a skincare or beauty specialist so PLEASE consult with someone before trying this but you can now order it online here for about 14 dollars.  Someone told me about this stuff a few years ago but I forgot the name of it.  


3. Baby Powder as Dry Shampoo- If you've been following me for a while you'll know that I use baby powder as dry shampoo.  It works great and I feel like it's more effective than the spray dry shampoos out there.  I sprinkle a little bit on my scalp and work it in with my fingers.  I have also heard of people using straight corn starch for this as well.  



4. Aztec Mask for Face- I know I've talked about this mask ad nauseam but I have literally tried ALL OF THE MASKS and to this day, nothing compares to this bentonite clay powder that you mix with water or ACV.  I recently tried the glam glow mask and it doesn't hold a candle to the Aztec one.  Plus it's only 8 dollars and it will last you years.  One container has lasted for around 2 or 3 years.  



5. Walgreens Fauxactiv Kit- I call this my "fauxactiv" kit because it's basically Walgreen's version of Proactiv but it works just the same!  I don't use this on a regular basis, but if my face is breaking out I will use the cleanser and the mask, which both work great. 

Do you all know of any beauty hacks?

Fall Fashions & Pointy Toes!

I just got an email from Madewell about their fall line.  I never really care for the way they style their lookbooks, but I really like each piece individually and feel like I'd be able to wear a lot of the pieces below ... the jumpsuit is TDF!  None of these pieces are available on their website to buy yet, but they do have a phone number if you'd like to pre-order (which is stupid- why not just wait until it's all in the store).  




It's funny to see certain shoe trends go in and out of style.  I remember when I was in college pointy-toed shoes were very in style and I had several pair of pumps and flats with a pointed toe.  Then the round toe came back in style and everyone wanted the rounded TB revas and rounded toe pumps.  Personally, I've always loved pointed toe pumps and flats better because I think they look more stylish.  I've noticed  A LOT of pointed toe flats recently.  

It all started back in the early spring when I started noticing a lot of fashion bloggers wearing the Nicholas Kirkwood Beya Flats which I love: 


And recently I saw that J.Crew is making a pointy-toe flat called the Gemma Flat- LOVE!




Aren't they cute? 

And while we're talking about J.Crew shoes, I would just like to say that the Elsie pump is by far THE MOST COMFORTABLE work pump you can get.  I have worn my sand ones down to the nubs on the heels.  I have already ordered a second pair of the sand and recently got the dusty rose color.  




I think the navy color will be my next purchase- perfect for fall!


J.Crew always does great with pumps as evidenced by their promo shot below:


For some reason I can't really wear d'Orsay style shoes because they are horribly uncomfortable on me, but I wish I could!

Back to FLATS! 

I recently saw a blogger wearing these and thought they were so cute, but they are hella expensive! 


 So I did a little digging and found a very similar flat for a fraction of the price of the Jimmy Choo ones- 




And the best part is that these Vince Camuto ones come in several different colors.  


I think they are really cute and look nearly identical, what do you all think?


Random Post

Who else is excited for fall? I know that's so cliche, but it is my favorite time of the year and the clothes can't be beat! 

I am already dreaming about booties ... I definitely already have my eye on these:


I also want to find a fringe leather jacket like the one below (so Can't Buy me Love) that I tried on in Dallas.  I cannot, for the life of me, remember the brand of this jacket so if you think it looks familiar let me know!  


Next comes the outfit picture dump that I've been meaning to post for weeks.  

I recently got a lot of easy summer dresses at Madewell and I love how soft, light, and airy they are for the hot summer months. 







I also have found a lot of fun floral print pieces on sale lately.  

I wore the below dress to a baby shower last month ... I'd never heard of the brand, Black Halo, but it fit so well and I ordered a couple of other dresses by them and was very surprised with the quality and fit.  



I also got this Shoshanna matching set but decided to wear them separately ... 






J.Crew did it right with this geo brushstroke print ... this top is currently on sale with an extra 40% off. 



I did a little home makeover with some new rugs and re arranging a few paintings.  I am SO CHEAP when it comes to home stuff, so I found the dining room rug from a friend who was selling it on her Facebook page.  Max approves ... 


I got a new living room rug at Target - it's Nate Berkus and so far so good! I can't find the exact one online but they are currently at the end of the rug aisles in cream and blue color options.


And I took some paintings I had in the hallway and put them in the living room for the time being.  I am still on the hunt for a huge painting to hang here but I think these work for now.  Hi Mom and Rob!


In honor of #TBT I thought it would be funny to show you all how obsessed with WWF wrestling I was when I was younger ... yes that is a teddy bear, pom pom, and an autographed Bret the Hitman Hart plaque!


And finally, I did a little mini Sephora haul video to show you all some new things that I got yesterday.  I am excited to try them all - have you all used any?





New Beauty Products Haul Video

I would suggest enlarging this video with the button in the bottom righthand corner - I went rogue and made an iPad video again :P


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