Friday, February 27, 2015

February Budget

All month, I thought I hadn't bought very much. Ummm, 9 pieces? Seems like kind of a lot to me, and that doesn't even count my wedding shoes!

Apparently there was a theme for February - neutrals. While I got a lot, they seem to be pieces I'll wear for a while - with the exception, of course, being those Target espadrilles, I just couldn't resist! I've been searching for a pair of black pumps that actually fit (I wear a 10.5 which isn't a real size for the majority of shoes) and are comfortable literally for years, so I was very excited to find this pair. I also replaced my navy striped top that had gotten weirdly stretched out, found a new swimsuit (because, really, you always need a new suit), and got a springy white purse with some of my Christmas dollars. 

Here's the damage for February: 

Michael Kors Pumps - originally $98.95, on sale $79.90
BaubleBar Necklace - originally $48, on sale $36
Target Dress - originally $39.99, on sale $19.98
BaubleBar Earrings - originally $32, on sale and used points $18.40
Target Espadrilles - $24.99
JCrew Tee - originally $49.50, on sale $24.50
BaubleBar Bracelet - originally $36, on sale $27
Kate Spade Bag (similar) - originally $348, on sale $112, "gifted" $0
Target Bikini - originally $32.98, on sale $25.48

Total Spent - $256.22
Total Saved - $106.19

For next month, I'll be on the hunt for dresses to wear to showers/weddings/etc, as well as some springier clothing as the weather (hopefully) heats up.

How did you do on your budget for February?

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Sweatshirt - Lou & Grey (gifted) / Shirt (similar) - Loft / Denim - Gap / Booties (similar) - Sam Edelman / Glasses (similar) - ℅ Firmoo / Necklace - gifted

Oh hey y'all, today I turn 28! I was going to go all out and get dressed up in a fancy dress and maybe hold balloons or something, but instead I decided to show a much more realistic outfit for what I'll actually probably be wearing today - jeans and some comfy loungewear. The universe declared a two week birthday for me this year (went to a surprise birthday dinner last Monday and there's another party coming up this weekend) so tonight Jeff and I are keeping things pretty low key and just going out to RM Champagne for dinner tonight.

While 27 was a great year, it felt like a huge build up - we were planning our wedding and not going on big trips to save for our honeymoon and getting excited about my sister having a baby, and 28 is the year when those things will finally happen. Probably all within a two week period. 28 feels like an age where I finally will really feel like a grown-up (because "it's like, almost 30"). 


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Monday, February 23, 2015

This Weekend...

This weekend I…

…had a big lady day where a bunch of us met up for brunch at Bub City (holy green chili scrambler!) and then to see 50 Shades of Grey. If you can't tell from the photo, Sunday afternoon was not a very popular showing haha. Oh, and P.S., I was expecting the movie to be bad, and it somehow managed to exceed my expectations for terribleness (and made the little feminist lion within me quite agitated).
…went to another training date for Destination Imagination at my sister's place, which doubled as ogling time for her new little nursery because SOMEONE is expecting ;)
…went to my parents' house for a little pre-birthday dinner for me, since it's my bday this week. Bring on all of the cake ;)
…watched all of the Oscar pre-shows and then none of the Oscars, because that's how I roll.
…took the coldest walks of all of the walks around my neighby, when is spring coming again?

I hope you had a good one!

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

#TBT with boohoo

Sweater, Tee, and Clutch - c/o boohoo / Denim (similar) - Old Navy / Heels - Sole Society

When boohoo asked me to create a Throwback Thursday look based on a style icon of the past, I knew I had to choose '90s it girl Winona Ryder. Before she shoplifted all of the clothes, she was known for her great street style - baggy tees and jeans, lots of leather and black, and bright lipstick. I decided to reimagine her look as a little more polished with heels and a clutch, and while I wanted to trade her baggy jeans for cuffed boyfriends, the -13 degree windchill forced me into black skinnies instead.

Who is your favorite style icon?

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Review: InstaNatural

With my wedding on the horizon (somehow it's only four months away!) I've been doing everything I can to make sure my skin looks great for the big day. This summer my face started breaking out worse than it ever had when I was a teenager, so I've been trying new products (and even hit the dermatologist for a script!) and have been making sure to really take care of my skin.

One of those products I tried was InstaNatural's Dead Sea Mud Mask, an all natural mask meant to detox and purify skin. I've used a lot of masks in my day, and I'm still not sure how other people manage to put them on and look pretty while they're drying - I always end up looking like a monster (see photographic evidence below).

This particular mask was a lot thinner than other masks I've used, but I think that helped it try faster and come off easier. It did get really itchy right before I rinsed it off (the instructions note that if you have sensitive skin, you can rinse it off before it's fully dry), but the results were phenomenal. I've used a lot of products that claim to visibly reduce pores but don't actually do anything, but this mask actually worked. My pores were much less noticeable for my Valentine's date, and my skin looked healthy and radiant.

I also tried InstaNatural's Youth Express Night Creme and Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer. I'm a bit of a face lotion junkie, I've been using facial moisturizers since middle school and have tried just about every kind. I loved how thick these moisturizers are, perfect for dry winter skin. I woke up still looking like I had moisturizer on my face, not dried out like can sometimes happen in the winter. The night cream also helps to reduce redness and irritation, and while my acne didn't go anywhere overnight I did wake up with it a lot less noticeable.

Have you tried InstaNatural? What are some of your favorite facial products?

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Monday, February 16, 2015

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...went out for a fantastic pre-Valentine's dinner at Mercat a la Planxa, which included a few of my favorite things - jamon iberico and padron peppers.
...discovered that our grocery store is now selling Crumbs cupcakes - we are so gaining 500 pounds.
...realized that The Last Five Years isn't playing in any theaters anywhere near us, and so watched it on ondemand instead, and oh my gee did I cry at the end. According to the internets, it should be opening in more cities next weekend. some pretty pretty flowers delivered to my work from home desk from my valentine ;)
...worked on some more wedding crafting - June 20th is looking a whole lot closer these days!
...had a romantic home-cooked steak dinner thanks to Jeffrey, complete with spinach and gruyere scalloped potatoes.
...discovered that Titanic was playing on repeat all day on Saturday and got a whole lot of Rose and Jack quality time in. 

I hope you had a good one!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

(Almost) Valentine's

Happy (almost) Valentine's Day! What are your plans to celebrate? Jeff and I waited too long to make reservations (when I say too long, I mean still a month ahead of time, stupid Chicago) so we're going out to one of our favorite celebration restaurants tonight instead.

Valentine's Day dressing is always a little tricky in Chicago, I always have grand plans and then it snows or the temperatures are below zero and I'm stuck making a decision at the last minute. Here are a couple of Valentine's Day outfit ideas for inspiration, no matter what your plans may be (click the pictures to go back to the original posts):


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