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December 1, 2016

Gift Guide: Under $50 + a Giveaway!

When I was younger I always thought that the more expensive the gift the better. ie: I spent SO much money on you... that means I really care! As I've gotten older and reflected on J. Lo's "Love Don't Cost a Thing" (hah!) I've realized it's truly the thought that counts. That being said, I've rounded up a few of my favorite gifts under $50 all of which can be meaningful in their own way. PLUS I'm GIVING AWAY ALL. THE. THINGS!

Not going to lie I ordered the Chrissy Teigen cookbook for myself with the hope that it's going to make me cook more in 2017... one can wish!

{shop gifts under $50}

Okay, so here's the fun stuff. I'm giving away the Sonix iPhone case,  Clinique Temptations collection, Stila eyeshadow palette, plus a handful of other goodies to ONE lucky winner. Enter to WIN the goodies below:

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November 28, 2016

10 Festive Tops for the Holiday Party Circuit

Well, we're officially in the thick of holiday season. If you have any ounce of sale shopping left in you, don't forget to check out my Cyber Monday post. If you've moved on to all of the upcoming holiday parties, meet-ups, and family events you have to dress for then today will be a helpful post. Real talk: sometimes I don't want to buy a new holiday dress  or the event is so casual it doesn't call for one. Enter festive tops; dress 'em down with jeans or get fancy with a skirt and heels. We can all use a festive top or two in the holiday arsenal, so I've rounded up 10 of my faves:

how to wear festive holiday top, holiday outfit ideas, gold polka dot top

how to wear festive holiday top, holiday outfit ideas, gold polka dot top
how to wear festive holiday top, holiday outfit ideas, gold polka dot top
how to wear festive holiday top, holiday outfit ideas, gold polka dot top

I love this top because you don't need to wear a bra with it, it's full coverage on the front. I've worn it a few times in the past couple weeks both with jeans and a black skirt, so it's extremely versatile.

Also this Frame blouse with a bow is almost identical to the top I wore in this holiday look.  All you need is a black skirt and blazer to pull off... keeping it easy for you guys! 

Btw, if you're loving the polka dot print as much as I am, it comes in two dress versions:

November 23, 2016

The Perfect Red Holiday Dress

The only time I wear red is Holiday. It's a bold color that doesn't really work with my neutral closet, but something about this time of year gets me super pumped to find the perfect red/maroon/crimson number for holiday parties and events. This Ref dress just arrived today for my 9th annual Holiday party - can't wait to get it on.

If you're on the fence about such a bold color, I guarantee that when you put on a red dress you're going to feel like a million bucks. Add a bold lip and neutral heels or go with neutral makeup and metallic accessories and tah-dah... stunna! There's so many fab options out there plus pretty much EVERYONE is giving stuff away this week with all the Black Friday/Cyber Monday promos, so why not pull the trigger? #treatyoself

Scroll down to see a roundup of my fave red holiday dresses!

how to wear lace dress, red holiday dresses
{see more snaps of this senorita dress}

how to wear lace dress, red holiday dresses
{see more shots of this red lace number}

how to wear velvet dress, red velvet dress
{more snaps of this velvet dress}

Obvi, I'm a big fan of the red lace and velvet right now. Because velvet is more of a trendier style at the moment you can find velvet EVERYTHING on sites like F21, Revolve, and ASOS. For lace options my go-tos are Shopbop and Nordstrom! Btw, Shopbop is doing 25% off all the things right now. Just saying... 

November 21, 2016

Sales on Sales on Sales....

Why don't we just called it Cyber MONTH, am I right? Seems like Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales have been happening since Nov. 1st... next year they might as well start on Labor Day! This year instead of doing a million holiday sales posts, I'm going to keep updating this post with fab finds and picks so you can bookmark it and come back throughout the rest of the holiday season. Also, don't forget to check out my gift guides for inspo. 

the best black friday and cyber monday sales

Let's do this!
Azalea: Starting Monday take 25% off with code VIP25. Use code #BLACKFRIDAY to take 30% off orders on Black Friday through the weekend then use code #CYBERMONDAY to take 30% off orders on Cyber Monday.

Ban.do: 25% of EVERYTHING!

Bauble Bar: Enjoy 30% off on Black Friday.

Clare V.: Spend $300 on Black Friday and receive a $50 gift card to use on a future purchase, plus free shipping. Valid in stores and online.

Club Monaco: Enjoy 25% off orders $150+, 30% $250+, and 35% $400+, online and in stores. Valid Thanksgiving through Sunday.

Dolce Vita: Shop Black Friday and receive discounts reaching up to 60% off retail, plus an extra 20% off sale, use promo code "BLACK20".

J. Crew: 40% off EVERYTHING with code 'Holiday' plus they are doing free shipping. Say what?!

Loeffler Randall: Shop 40% off select items, Black Friday through Cyber Monday.

Nordstrom: Savings on select items. You have to dig, but there are some good finds in there!

Revolve: Enjoy 65% off select merchandise on Black Friday.

Rifle Paper Company: 30% off almost everything! I'm stocking up on birthday gifts for next year. #oops

Schutz: Enjoy 30% off select items online and in stores, Black Friday through Sunday.

Shopbop: Buy more, save more sale: 25% off with code GOBIG16

Solid & Striped: Enjoy 30% off, Thanksgiving through Sunday. Use code "BLACKFRIDAY".

Soludos: Shop 25% off site wide, beginning on Monday 11/21 and ending Sunday 11/27. Use code "BLACK25".

Steve Madden: Buy one get one 70% off (exclusion may apply) in-store only Black Friday, plus receive a free limited edition pack of patches while supplies last.

Target: 10 days of deals! 

The Stylist LA20% off withe code 'holidaze16', spend over $200 and get 30% off code 'holi30', and in-store rent one get second 50% off!

Urban Outfitters: Buy 1 get 1 50% off, plus select items are 20% off including Instax cameras + film!

Vince: Take an additional 25% off all sale merchandise, online and in stores on Black Friday.

Yumi Kim: 30% off site wide through Monday!

Zara: 30% off EVERYTHING. You guys, this is good. 

November 20, 2016

So You Want Lash Extensions?

'Tis the season for glam! Nails done, hair done... everything done! Am I right? As I promised on snapchat I'm finally sitting down to write about my experience with eyelash extensions. I've been getting lash extensions for almost two years and at this point I cannot imagine life without them. That being said, I don't think it makes sense for everyone especially if you already have decently long lashes. Let's chat about the pros and the cons: 
the "I woke up like this" moments: with lash extensions I literally wake up looking alert and totally put together

less glam time: say goodbye to mascara or spending time dealing with eyelash strips and single falsies; I've pretty much stopped doing my eye makeup all together except for special events and photoshoots


damage to real lashes: I don't care what anyone says / claims lash services make, lash extensions definitely damage real lashes unless you take month long breaks in between. To combat this, I use nueLash a few times a week to keep my base lashes strong.

changes in your daily routine: gone are the days of jumping in the pool, ocean, or just regularly letting the shower water run over your head. Don't even get me started on sleeping on your tummy or rubbing your eyes. All of these are no nos.

upkeep: add up all the daily glam minutes you're getting back from not having to do your eye makeup and that's your monthly or twice-monthly eyelash appointment. Many gals do fills every other week - AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT - so I just have a standing monthly appointment where I get a whole new set. To me the monthly sets make way more sense because you have a totally fresh pair. If you do the weekly fills you always have old lashes on and they tend not to look as good. My monthly appointments typically take 60-90 minutes depending on how "glam" we're going!

eye sensitivity and stinging: I've definitely noticed my eyes have become much more sensitive to light over the past 2 years. I can't 100% say it's because of the extensions. It could be a "this is 30" moment or the fact that I spend ungodly amounts of time in front of my phone and computer. You guys, THE STINGING. When you get water on your lashes and it just happens to go in your eyes... oh boy... it's the worst. I've gotten used to it but there are still times when it is paralyzing!

{let's get real}

I naturally have very short, stubby lashes that are also very fine. Before trying eyelash extensions I used a combo of nueLash and Rimmel lash accelerator mascara which honestly worked miracles. They basically made my lashes like a normal person's length and thickness which was a huge step from where I started.  That being said, I wanted a little more drama that no amount of nueLash was going to get me which is why I decided to start lash extensions.

Where am I going with this? If you have decent lashes to start with I would 150% suggest trying nueLash or revitalash  before jumping in to extensions. 

Why? With extensions, once you start you can't stop; they're addicting. And not only is it a lot of upkeep but they're going to run you $100+ every session. This sounds silly but I also feel like it inhibits awesome spontaneous summer activities, so maybe the best time to test them is now during holiday when there is no summer ocean fomo?

All in all I'm happy with mine from a vanity perspective but there are definitely days when I wish I didn't have to deal with all the cons that come with having lash extensions. Like I said in the beginning, I've had them for so long now I can't really imagine not having them. To get a closer look at mine you can view them here and here. The BEST view is on my snapchat and IG stories (@pursuitofshoes), so make sure to follow along. If you have any Qs doesn't hesitate to ask. I'm always here to help!

{my fave lash products}