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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5 Favorite Drug Store Cosmetics

drug store cosmetics

Good morning beauty-lovers! It’s been a super chilly few days and I’ve barely gone outside thus haven’t really worn any make up here lately. My face probably thanks me for the 48 hours of breathing time it got. Everyone should have a day once a week where they just don’t wear makeup. I imagine it really helps out your pores!

Since I’m still looking for a job right now, I’ve had to cut costs on my beauty expenses and accept that I’m not too posh for drugstore cosmetics. Are they all natural and made from coconut extract? No, but I’m ok with that for now! The other day I needed new face powder and found some I really liked at Wal-Mart believe it or not. Being that we’re on the subject of drugstore cosmetics, I rounded up a few of my favorites to share with you.

  1. Milani Face Powder
  2. Clearasil Daily Clear Hydra-Blast Pads
  3. Maybelline Blushed Nudes Palette  (more about this palette here)
  4. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser
  5. Nyx Powder Blush (on sale for $2.50!)

I use each of these products on a daily basis and really like them. Probably my favorite is the Clearasil Daily Clear Pads because they’re abrasive enough to scrub out your pores but it doesn’t hurt. At the end of the day after I’ve taken all of my make up off, it’s crazy to see how much is left on my face when I’m using the pads. Actually, no, not crazy just gross! Taking care of your skin is really what ensures that your make up looks flawless.

Leave me a comment with your favorite drug store beauty products!

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5 Annoying Things I Said Apartment Hunting

house hunters complaints

Happy Monday beauties! It was a fast, crazy weekend for me as I got settled in a new apartment in Kansas City, not to mention that it was absolutely freezing out! The temperature was somewhere around 15 degrees with a wind chill that made it feel as though it was -2. I don’t do this “cold weather” thing. I suppose I’ll have to adjust won’t I?

Spoiled Girl Apartment Hunting

Since going through apartments and finally choosing one took a little while, I was trying to find an analogy that would accurately describe how the apartment hunting went. Have you ever watched House Hunters? I’m pretty sure that’s a great comparison to use here. Nothing quite matches exactly what I want so I’m going to complain about stupid little things that I’ll get over eventually. Here are 5 classic House Hunters complaints that I had.

  1. “There’s no granite!”- Can someone just slap me in the face? I’ve heard that remark so many times on the show and it usually comes from an entitled 20-something who has no idea that her cushy lifestyle with mom and dad has come to an end. I don’t want to be that girl.
  2. “I don’t think my shoes could even fit in that closet.”- Yes they can and they will. Seriously, I don’t even have that many pairs of shoes. My closet at my parent’s house is really small and I’ve lived with it for years. All of the closets I saw in apartments were at least twice the size. Like I said, I can deal.
  3. “I was hoping for hardwood floors.”- Oh my goodness, Liz just stop talking. If there were hardwood floors, you’d be complaining about how expensive the rent was for the place. Laminate works just fine.
  4. “This kitchen is so outdated.”- Sometimes this can be a justified statement, other times not so much. Several times when I was browsing online for apartments, I saw the kitchen and was just like “nope!” Like I said, it can be justified if the cabinets haven’t been cleaned up or at least given new hardware since the 90s. However, when your complaint is that the appliances aren’t stainless steel, you need to get over yourself.
  5. “Do I have space to entertain?”- Am I honestly worried about that when I just moved to a new city where I know no one? Pipe down, Liz, pipe down.

The nature of girls like me is to want the best of everything but misunderstand how much it costs. If you want luxury, you pay dearly for it. When you’re just starting out, luxury isn’t something you can afford. Luckily, I found a great apartment for a good price and am now sitting happily in it while writing this post. Does it have those wonderful stainless steel appliances? No, but it does have a beautiful fireplace, a cute built-in bookshelf, and a pretty little vanity in my bathroom. I am one happy girl!

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Cold Weather Basics

aerosoles slippers

Greetings from chilly Kansas City! Since arriving here a few days ago I’ve discovered that no article of clothing will ever be warm enough for this place. Looking ahead at the week’s weather, 30 degrees isn’t anything compared to a low of 9 degrees! Unfortunately, I left most of my cold weather clothes back home in Maryland. Not even these adorable Aerosoles slippers my boyfriend’s mom gave me can keep me warm enough out here!

Moving to Kansas City is like my life is coming full circle, and when I say my life I mean mine, my dad’s, and his ancestors. My dad was born in a little town just outside of Columbia, MO and his dad, grandparents, great grandparents, and so forth were all from this area. You could say my dad’s family helped settle the prairie way back when.

Cold Weather Must-Haves

I’ve been warned by many people that the cold people experience here is going to be intense to my Maryland blood. My sweet boyfriend walked outside this morning and was surprised by the ice on his windshield. Having slipped and skidded on ice many times, I’ve decided to jot down a list of things I’ll need to deal with this winter weather. Take notes!

  • Salt- melts down the ice
  • Kitty Litter- helps with traction for your tires (no idea why)
  • Ice Scraper- Do I need to explain this?
  • Hot Hands- These little packs are the best things to have in your gloves!
  • Snow Boots- My favorite is the LL Bean duck boot. It’s a classic!
  • Cera Ve Lotion- A dermatologist recommended it to me because it’s for sensitive skin but it also helps with windburn.
  • Layered Gloves- Leather on the outside and wool on the inside for double insulation.
  • EOS Lip Balm- The adorable shape of this product made me try, the results of it are making me keep it.

If you’re from a cold weather state, leave a comment with your cold weather must-haves! Stay warm!

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5 Ways to Cope with a Cold

Sick Days

 

Happy Friday lovelies! Only one week until Christmas and this girl is battling a raging cold. The festivities of Christmas have been so difficult to partake in because I’ve felt so sick and no one enjoys a sneezing, coughing mess of a person in their midst. Who can blame them, right? It’s the third week I’ve had this cold and it isn’t letting up. After seeing the doctor twice, I was told that it was a particularly strong virus going around town and people are experiencing symptoms for weeks on end. Mind you, symptoms can include coughing so hard you lose your lunch and ear pain. Since she determined that this thing was here to stay for awhile longer, I’ve developed methods for quick symptom relief. At some point you’re going to catch something too, so remember these helpful tips for the future!

How to Cope With a Cold

  1. Stock up on supplies- Kleenex, cough drops, Nyquil, Dayquil, Vick’s Vapor Rub, and basically the entire aisle of cold/flu medicine in Walgreens. Don’t let yourself get close to running out of anything. There’s nothing worse than needing a kleenex and realizing you have to use toilet paper instead because you’re out of the other.
  2. Drink the tea- Coffee is my bestie but it makes my vocal chords extra sticky (because there’s so much sugar in my creamer) and therefor a lot harder to cough or get mucus out. Tea is much better and provides many natural vitamins that you need to help fight illness. Theraflu makes a great night time tea!
  3. Water is your friend- In addition to that tea, drink a lot of water to help loosen and thin the mucus in your throat. When you have a coughing fit, your body will thank you for the extra help.
  4. Take a steamy shower- Not only do I hate feeling like I have sickness sitting on top of my skin, I really hate having a stuffed up nose. Taking a hot shower solves both of these problems. Consider hanging herbs like Eucalyptus in the shower so they can release their healing properties while you rinse off.
  5. Remove stale air- Our homes are closed up tight during the winter creating a breeding ground for germs and smelly air. If you can stand it, leave a window cracked in several rooms to “blow the stink out” as my grandma used to say. If this isn’t an option, employ a humidifier in the house to add moisture to the dry air.

I’m always interested in learning about how others deal with common illnesses like a cold. Leave a comment with your favorite way to feel better!

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S’Winter Style

how to wear chambray

It’s a beautiful December morning here in southern Maryland! The temperatures have been in the 60s for the last few days so I’m embracing it and wearing a few of my warm weather favorites like this great chambray shirt. There’s been a nasty virus going around and I was fortunate enough to catch it so I especially appreciate a warm summer/winter day!

Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I went to our local boardwalk to enjoy the sun and seagulls. A beautiful Christmas tree was decorated under a gazebo by the water and we stopped to take a few pictures. I just rediscovered my love of wearing white jeans after Labor Day and I had to share with you!

white jeansSome of my favorite looks are all about versatility and I love that white jeans like these (from Ann Taylor) can be worn with so much all year round. That’s the key to a great wardrobe on a budget- the ability to mix and match. During these awkward days when the weather just doesn’t know what season it is, I love being able to pull out a few things that work in all seasons. Even the accessories I wear tend to go with almost everything in my closet.

tiffanys from boyfriend

My favorite piece of jewelry I own is this beautiful Tiffany necklace that my sweet boyfriend bought for me as a Christmas gift! The classic Tiffany charm hangs next to a pretty pink heart on the chain. It came in the perfect little blue box and I was so surprised and excited to receive it! It’s what I like to call an investment piece. It’s going to cost you a pretty penny, but it goes beautifully with everything!

indian summer

Outfit details: Chambray Shirt- American Eagle | Jeans- Ann Taylor | Bag- Kate Spade | Lipstick- Nars | Aviators- Daisy Fuentes | Necklace- Tiffany & Co.

Enjoy your Monday and drink a large cup of coffee! I certainly need to. Leave a comment with your favorite versatile clothing piece!

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Indian Summer Style

how to wear chambray

It’s a beautiful December morning here in southern Maryland! The temperatures have been in the 60s for the last few days so I’m embracing it and wearing a few of my warm weather favorites like this great chambray shirt. There’s been a nasty virus going around and I was fortunate enough to catch it so I especially appreciate a warm summer/winter day!

Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I went to our local boardwalk to enjoy the sun and seagulls. A beautiful Christmas tree was decorated under a gazebo by the water and we stopped to take a few pictures. I just rediscovered my love of wearing white jeans after Labor Day and I had to share with you!

white jeansSome of my favorite looks are all about versatility and I love that white jeans like these (from Ann Taylor) can be worn with so much all year round. That’s the key to a great wardrobe on a budget- the ability to mix and match. During these awkward days when the weather just doesn’t know what season it is, I love being able to pull out a few things that work in all seasons. Even the accessories I wear tend to go with almost everything in my closet.

tiffanys from boyfriend

My favorite piece of jewelry I own is this beautiful Tiffany necklace that my sweet boyfriend bought for me as a Christmas gift! The classic Tiffany charm hangs next to a pretty pink heart on the chain. It came in the perfect little blue box and I was so surprised and excited to receive it! It’s what I like to call an investment piece. It’s going to cost you a pretty penny, but it goes beautifully with everything!

indian summer

Outfit details: Chambray Shirt- American Eagle | Jeans- Ann Taylor | Bag- Kate Spade | Lipstick- Nars | Aviators- Daisy Fuentes | Necklace- Tiffany & Co.

Enjoy your Monday and drink a large cup of coffee! I certainly need to. Leave a comment with your favorite versatile clothing piece!

witty n pretty