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Monday, April 7, 2014

when i wake up in the morning

Lately I've really had luck thrifting pieces I've been wanting. I've been searching for some high waisted denim shorts that were really fitted. I saw these from a couple aisles away and grabbed them up hoping they would be my size. Another plus is they were lucky brand. I've wanted to buy a pair of lucky jeans since I was a kid. why? I have no idea. I think they were just the trend at the time.
 I also saw these floral long shorts and got them as well. I can't decide whether to leave them in all their Kelly Kapowski glory or cut them off into a short pair. I don't have any shorts this length so I may keep them how they are... for a while at least.

Sunday, April 6, 2014


a line floral dress - Betsey Johnson
Dr Marten - Original
Too Too Pretty Skull Tote - Betsey Johnson

Fell in love with this dress when I saw Betsey wearing it during her first show on HSN. She just threw it on over her black long sleeve shirt and leggings and put her signature leather belt over everything.
She's inspiring. I want to have her confidence and energy when I'm her age. Addicted to her reality show. I would love to own some of her vintage stuff! And her perfume 'Too Too Pretty' smells delicious! See my BJ haul here

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

undeniably pretty

Makeup Secrets - Jemma Kidd
Marilyn in Fashion - Christopher Nickens
Glitter & Glam - Melanie Mills

Recently checked out a few beauty books from the library. Marilyn in Fashion had some of the best Marilyn Monroe pictures I've seen with an abundance of fashion and style articles. If you are a fan of hers this book is a must to see!
Jemma Kidd is now in the top of my favorite beauty books. It was filled with how to pictures and step by step instructions. I haven't ran across another beauty book that had such great illustration of applying makeup. Also included plenty of tips and tricks!
Glitter & Glam didn't suit my day to day makeup. The book title said it all, filled mostly with glamorous run way makeup looks.

Monday, March 31, 2014

be impractical.

I found this quote on pinterest earlier this evening and I thought to myself I need to apply this to my life every single day. I find myself trying to disappear, play it safe, have a common existence and not be different from what is expected and it's hard to not fall backwards into routine.
Blogging and posting on chictopia has definitely helped motivate me to get up more mornings,  actually put together some sort of outfit and gain enough confidence to post some of them. Slowly I'm evolving from the play it safer attitude I have, not just in style but everyday little things in life. So it was nice to see it being reality. I still get butterflies when I see my pic on chictopia's homepage. Let alone 2 at the same time. It is such an honor to be voted. It was definitely a nice surprise when I logged on tonight.

connemara claddagh everyday jewelry

sterling silver claddagh - solvar ireland/qvc
sterling large connemara claddagh with crystal - qvc
connemara carved heart bracelet - qvc or connemara's website
sterling celtic knot ring - street vender 
sterling black onex - avon
sterling wing ring - avon
polish - julep "Lauren" 2199
The claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring given which represents love, loyalty, and friendship (the hands represent friendship; the heart represents love; and the crown represents loyalty).
Solvar's sterling silver claddagh ring is my most favorite piece of jewelry I own. I've worn it since my mom gave it to me almost 10 years ago. It's become sentimental and the story behind the claddagh is so romantic. The different ways you wear the ring,represent if you are single, engaged, or married.

All of Solvar's jewelry is hand stamped at Ireland's Assay office in Dublin Castle. So each piece of jewelry was once inside the famous Dublin Castle.
Claddagh rings are often used as friendship rings but are most commonly used as engagement/wedding rings. Mothers also give these rings to daughters when they come of age. When the hands that hold the heart are angled towards the girl, that means she is taken, when the heart faces out, the girl is single. This has become common largely due to the sentimental motto: "This is my heart which I give to you crowned with my love." Also associated with the ring is this wish: "Let love and friendship reign." In Ireland, the United States, and other places, the Claddagh is handed down mother-to-eldest daughter or grandmother-to-granddaughter. The way in which a Claddagh ring is worn with the intention of conveying the wearer's relationship status:
  1. On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips, the wearer is single and may be looking for love. (This is most commonly the case when a young woman has first received the ring from a relative, unless she is already engaged.)
  2. On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is in a relationship. (This suggests that the wearer's heart has been "captured".)
  3. On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips, the wearer is engaged.
  4. On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is married.

As you can see, I wear mine facing out 'looking for love' and waiting for someone to 'capture' my heart.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I wouldn't normally post a non-beauty/style review on this blog but with spring and allergy/cold season upon us I felt this review might be of help to some. 
I recently had the opportunity to try Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops.
I had never seen nor heard of this brand of throat drops before and was excited to try.
I have to admit at first try I couldn't decide whether I liked them or not. They had a very subtle flavor and the texture was something between a very hard gummy and a cough drop.

However, a couple weeks after receiving I was very glad to have these on hand. Some family members got colds and needed throat drops. They had never heard of this kind of drop either but I was met with raving reviews from them.

From someone who didn't like the normal medicinal flavored drops they loved these. Their favorite part of these drops were the subtle flavor and the natural elderberry ingredient.
My 8 and 9 year old brothers, one of whom had just come home early from school with a cold and cough, raved about them as well. They loved the texture of the drops and the fact that they didn't have a medicinal taste to them. I would recommend these as an alternative to regular cough drops.

Last but most importantly... they worked!
I would also like to try the honey flavor. Even though they take some getting used to their uniqueness I would definitely recommend these! The portable containers are great for traveling or throwing in your bag without worrying of spills. No one likes to find the fuzzy cough drops in the bottom of your bag! ;)

unique texture
natural ingredients
reliable company since 1870
screw on lids for portability (plastic round containers)
subtle flavor
made in america

minimal flavor
unique texture not everyone may like

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

#tbt double denim

I never do throwback thursday but I did run across a few looks from last year that'd be good to get out now and wear. Especially this double denim one. Perfect layers for upcoming festivals and comfy suede boots for lots of walking and browsing.

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