Kate Spade Surprise Sale Picks!

Surprise sale kate spade

Good morning beauties! I love having something happy to wake up to in the morning and if it isn’t coffee, then it has to be a sale! On my Facebook feed earlier, I saw a link to a surprise Kate Spade sale with 75% off everything. I was giddy with excitement! Since many young, 20-somethings have to be budget conscious, these are the sales we live for. Go check out the sale and leave a comment with your favorite items!

The first thing that caught my eye was that adorable hot air balloon tote bag! I really love that they have so many little accessories that feature the cute little balloons. It’s whimsical but still mature enough for the young professional. The coin purse and earrings that match are darling too!

Can we also talk about that fabulous pink coat with the matching luggage? I saw the coat last year when it first came out and it was over $700! I tried it on just for kicks and just fell in love with how cute it was. The sales associate was probably laughing inside knowing I couldn’t afford it. It’s on sale for $250 now and is tempting me. Fortunately my bank account always reminds me of what I’m allowed to be tempted by.

A more practical thing to buy among my favorites featured above is that beautiful taupe bag! Every girl should have a quality neutral colored purse like that. It goes with everything and works all year round. Is it nice to have expensive seasonal bags? Sure is, but sometimes it just doesn’t match the budget we have. This purse will last for years and create great outfits time and again!

Hopefully you get to splurge on a little something from the sale! Most of their jewelry is $20 like the earrings and bracelet above. See my previous post on budget friendly splurge items at Nordstrom!

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Splurge Items Under $30

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Good morning everyone! Here’s hoping your day is full of sunshine and smiles! I’ve been working harder lately to see the silver lining in everything and force myself to smile even when I don’t feel like it. It helps to be around people that radiate positivity and encouragement as opposed to pessimism (I bring enough of that to the table sometimes.) The last few weeks have been stressful and full of transition. Everyone has their own way of coping with difficult periods and unfortunately mine is spending money… and coloring in adult coloring books, but that’s another story.

Nordstrom on a Budget

In an effort to control my purse strings and save myself from financial ruin, I’ve opted to enjoy window shopping and pretend like I don’t have any money to spend, which isn’t too far from the truth! However, I realize that every once in a while we all deserve a little splurge item to enjoy. I scoured the Nordstrom website for the best “treat yourself” items that won’t break the bank. Shop a few of my favorites under $30 below!

Topshop ruffle shirt
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Topshop lace thong
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BP crystal jewelry
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Nordstrom wool hat
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Nordstrom scarve
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BP mirrored aviator
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Evian face care
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Voluspa rose candle
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Pajama Lovin’ for Under $25

 

old navy pajamas

On this Wednesday morning, happiness is staying in my polar bear pajamas until whenever I please! Soaking it in until I start working full time and trade my cozy outfit for a pencil skirt. My closet is certainly full of fun skirts and dresses to choose from, but I don’t think there’s any skirt or work appropriate outfit that will be comfier than flannel pajamas.

A good night’s sleep leaves us feeling refreshed and ready for the day. When it comes to what I sleep in, it has to be comfortable and super cute! You’re right, no one sees my pjs except for me and my cat, but looking good is feeling good in my book. I’ve rounded up a few of the cutest pajamas on the Internet to share with you (and they’re all under $25!) Enjoy!

Pajamas are one of those things that I can never have enough of (similar to my coffee mug obsession.) When I see a cute set of them, I have to buy one in every color. Sometimes I don’t even look because I know I’ll be tempted to buy! One of my favorite places to find cute pajamas on sale is the Victoria’s Secret outlet. I’ve been to several and they always have PJ sets on sale for $19. If you’re ever near by one of the outlets, stop in to see what you can find!

Leave a comment with your favorite PJs!

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Galentine’s Day Party Ideas

Galentine's Day Party Ideas

Hello beautiful! It’s another Monday morning and I’m so glad it’s the first day of February! I can finally decorate everything with pink and red hearts and not feel silly for it. It’s a holiday that women tend to love and men often think is made up by Hallmark. Whatever the case may be, I enjoy a day that I have an excuse to decorate for. If you’re single though, Valentine’s Day is kind of salt in the wound. It just isn’t a fun holiday without a boyfriend. Trust me, I’ve been there! Instead of focusing on what might be lacking in your life, focus on what you do have: girl friends!

Celebrating Galentine’s Day

The concept of ‘Galentine’s Day’ is all about celebrating the friendships you have with your best gal pals. It’s a great idea that so many women have embraced as part of their Valentine’s festivities! While many ladies might enjoy a night on the town or a movie in, I’ve got a few much more creative ideas for you to consider this year!

-Wine & Design Event: Having been to several of these paint and sip parties, I can tell you that they’re a lot of fun! I usually go to a Wine & Design studio, but many will also come to your home for a private party if you have enough people. See what paintings they have available to do for Valentine’s and then book your day!

-Tassel Garland Party: These decorative pieces have become a favorite for many! Why not get the girls together and make them? From my own experience, I can tell you that it is time consuming so if you want something a little faster, this company offers already made tassels that you just have to organize and string to your liking!

-Cake Pop Decorating: I just love cake pops and gained a bit of Christmas weight from eating too many. A great Galentine’s Day might include decorating these tasty desserts! Read the decorations for making the balls several days before hand because there are quite a few steps you have to take before the decorating can begin. Have everyone bring something fun to decorate them with like sprinkles or crushed up Oreos!

Leave a comment with fun Galentine’s Day ideas!

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her

Valentine's Day Gifts for Her
Valentine’s Day is two weeks away! Some people love to celebrate while others prefer to make snide remarks about it being a made up holiday. Whatever your feelings of the day that focuses on love, I rounded up a few of my favorite V-Day gifts for women. Dropping hints to guys sometimes just doesn’t work, so maybe an entire blog post on great gifts will. Whatever his budget, he will find something here that’s special just for you!

Valentine’s Gift Ideas

I love my Valentine’s Day to be traditional with yummy chocolates and roses! A card with a special message inside is always something I treasure too. Last year, my dad gave my mom six roses and a little box of chocolates with a card. It was simple but sweet. Sometimes the little things mean the most! Leave a comment with your favorite Valentine’s memory!

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Winter Evening Style

Smile everyone, only a few more days until it’s Friday again! Isn’t it crazy how most of us spend our weekdays wishing they were over so we can just relax? I haven’t worked in an office in awhile, but I remember dragging myself out of bed at 6:30am, getting my coffee to go, and then sitting at a desk for 8 hours. It isn’t an exciting life unless you love what you do and sadly, many people don’t! That’s why Friday nights are so important. And if you’re a fashion-conscious girl like I am, what you wear is even more important!

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Gianni Bini at Dillard’s

I went to Dillard’s the other day to browse and look for sale items and I came across a new designer to love- Gianni Bini! She uses a lot of bright colors for her everyday, casual wear but for party dresses, everything is full of jewel-toned colors and fun textures! The best part is that so much of it is being reduced in price right now. I’ve linked my favorites below for you guys to check out!

  1. Madison Skirt- here
  2. Kendra Beaded Romper- here
  3. Tabitha Sequin Leggings- here
  4. Shine Tunic- here
  5. Addison Snake-Print Blouse- here
  6. Ava Feather Skirt- here

It’s taking all of my will power not to go and buy everything on sale. Sparkly, fun clothing like this is perfect for evenings in the winter time. My favorite thing about these pieces is that they’re sexy enough to go out in and feel confident but they’re classier than similar things you might find at Forever 21. Leave a comment with your favorite piece!

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Styling a Tunic

styling a tunic

Happy Monday beauties! If you’re on the East Coast, enjoy digging out of the snow. If you’re anywhere else, enjoy the pictures of people shoveling loads of snow. Lucky for me, I missed that big blizzard by a few days! I’ll be headed back to Maryland on Wednesday when the roads are clear but the powder still sits nicely on the tree branches.

Last week I did a little shopping and found far too many things on sale! My favorite thing I found was a button up tunic from the Limited. It was $34.99 with 70% off! There were quite a few on the final sale rack and I snatched one up! Here’s a link to a few other tunics they have on sale.

I love this style of blouse for a variety of reasons but mostly because it’s flattering on every body type. They’re easy to style too! For this look, I wore basic skinny jeans and purple ballet flats (featured here). The fun part about a simple outfit like this is being able to add more elaborate accessories to it like the necklace I’m wearing from Chico’s. Since it was a chilly day, I added a cream puffer vest and an infinity scarf. Perfect outfit for a lovely day!

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Landing the Second Interview

How to get hired

Hello Friday, it’s so nice to see you again! This week has been full of snow and other chilly things that have made making plans a little difficult. My flight home was cancelled due to the winter storm the Washington, DC region will be experiencing tonight. I’m actually thankful because the last thing I want my mom to have to do is drive in icy conditions to pick me up from the airport.

Since I’m going through a new phase of job hunting, I thought I’d share some of my “snag a job” tips. By no means am I an expert on getting a job, but I have been a job hunter and interviewee quite a few times. What I’ve learned has helped me understand people better and acknowledge important unwritten rules no one tells you about. Follow my lead!

Tips for the Big Interview

  • Watch out for scams: The number of “scam jobs” I’ve seen posted on every career site is incredible. If the title of the posting includes the words “entry level” or “training provided,” be very cautious. It might be legit but read the posting further for more clues on if the job is what it appears to be. For example, if you come across a title like “Entry level event planners wanted, no experience required” I can almost promise you that those “events” you’ll be planning are actually trade shows at Sam’s Club or Costco. Get your hair net and apron ready!
  • Landing the second interview: Getting an over-the-phone interview is hard enough, but getting an in-person interview is even harder! Prepare what you are going to say ahead of time. Have your resume ready because you will have to walk the employer through your experiences. If you stutter through this, it sounds like you aren’t prepared and that won’t land you another interview.
  • The in-person interview: Wahoo! You made it to this step, don’t screw it up by looking unprofessional. My mom went to an interview at our local library for a desk clerk position and the woman being interviewed ahead of her was wearing jeans and a t-shirt. This is possibly the worst outfit you could wear! Let me break down a business professional look:
    • Crisp blouse (white or cream are my favorites for a clean first impression)
    • Fitted skirt (slightly above the knee is appropriate; patterns should be kept minimal but a striped skirt in muted tones are nice)
    • Smart shoe (no heels you can’t walk in or anything strappy, nude kitten heel is best)
    • Classic jewelry (a watch and pearl earrings is professional and says a lot about you; large hoop earrings or clanking bracelets also says a lot about you in a negative way)
  • Don’t look up- When you’re speaking to someone face-to-face, avoid looking up in the air when they ask you a question. You appear to be pulling answers out of the sky. Look down with your eyes and you appear contemplative.

Please leave your interviewing and job hunting tips in a comment below! Best of luck for everyone in the middle of job hunting!
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Classic Snow Storm Style

Quilted Jackets and Duck Boots

Oh goodness gracious, I hope my East Coast followers have been paying attention to the snow storm coming! This Maryland gal has been checking the forecast frequently and it appears we’re in for a modest 10-12″ of snow and ice. This storm comes at the worst timing for me because I have to fly home Saturday afternoon into Baltimore. I feel as though the snow is just waiting until I get to the airport to begin dumping on the runways so I can’t take off on time. Such is life, right?

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In preparation for the inevitable freezing temperatures, I’ve dusted off my quilted jacket and pulled out my mom’s old duck boots. The quilted jacket I actually bought a few years back at Old Navy for $20. It was on clearance and the last size they had was an XS. Determined to buy the coat, I sucked it in and made it fit (more like stretched it out). My mom’s duck boots were from the 90s but I always steal them from her. Last spring, I found some Sperry duck boots for $35! Those have become my go-to shoe for wet days.

With all the sidewalk shoveling you’re going to be doing this weekend, I suggest you invest in a good quilted jacket and duck boots. I love the quilted jackets because they’re warm but still very mobile in terms of movement range. The duck boots offer the same thing. Wearing snow boots has always been something I dreaded because they feel so clunky.

The above jackets and boots are all under $100 and most are under $60! Normally, I wouldn’t pay that much for a single article of clothing (I’m a bargain hunter, remember?) but both of these items won’t go out of style and they’ll last for years. Keep an eye out for sales coming up in the next few months on clothes like these! I’ve already seen bikinis coming onto the sales floors so it won’t be long before winter jackets are 75% off!

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Ann Taylor Fab Find

Winter sweater sale

Good morning loves! It’s a chilly and snowy day in the midwest and I’m glad I brought enough winter clothes with me to last for another week. January is usually the coldest winter month but also the best for great sales on cold weather clothing. Last week, I spent an afternoon wandering around a shopping center trying to find all the good deals while they were still going on. Strolling into Ann Taylor Loft, what catches my eye but a great ivory and lace sweater on sale!

This pretty thing was only $10! The secret? Go to an outlet to find it. I looked online for the sweater but it wasn’t there. They also had it in a great burgundy color so I’m really depressed that I can’t find it! Loft’s semi-annual sale is one of my favorites though. I saw rompers, shorts, skirts, and tons of jewelry on final sale (think everything under $15!) It took all of my will power not to walk out of there with a couple bags full of stuff!

Semi-Annual Sweater Sales

Since I’ve failed to give you a way to get the sweater besides trekking to your nearest Loft store, I found a few great sweaters on sale that you can order online!

Sequin Stripe Sweater– Ann Taylor

Fair Isle Sweater– Old Navy

Sawyer Sweaterter- J Crew Factory

Factory Intarsia Sweater– Banana Republic Factory

Bow Scoopneck Sweater– LC by Lauren Conrad

I’ll keep my eye out for other great sales! From wandering around the little boutiques near my apartment, I think literally every store has a big sale going on. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, what can I say? Check out my Instagram for another fab find from Loft! Also, like my Facebook page for blog and life updates!

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