Wednesday, November 9, 2016

OOTD: Sweater Weather Get Together

I'm a fan of the long running television show Project Runway, and season four winner Christian Siriano is one of my favorite contestants to compete on the show.  So how in the world did I manage to sleep on his Payless collaboration that's been around since 2009?  Okay, honestly, I haven't been checking for Payless in the past few years, but I was in search of a simple wine colored bag to wear to an event I was attending.  I happened across the Greer Dome Bag while doing a search on the internet.  I made my way over to my local Payless store to see it in person, and I must admit, Payless has come a long way since my high school days.  I was tempted to grab a few stylish handbags while I was there, but I stayed focused and got the Greer Dome Bag.  I have my eye on a few more items, so I'll definitely be back!

The complete outfit was perfect for an event I attended called Sweather Weather Get Together.


Christian Sirriano for Payless Women's Greer Dome Bag

Joseph A. Poncho Turtleneck Sweater 
Soho Apparel LTD Ankle Pants 
Impo Open Toe Suede Booties 
Steve Madden Necklace 

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

10 Budget Fashionista Shopping Tips

Anyone who knows me,  knows that discount stores are some of my favorite places to shop.  I just don't believe you have to pay a fortune to look pulled together.

The best part is that each piece in this simple chic outfit was an affordable $14.99!

Dress: Ross Dress for Less
Geri C. New York Jacket & Sophia and Kate Statement Necklace: Burlington Coat Factory.

Shoes: (old) Nine West Flax

Here are a few of my Budget Fashionista Shopping Tips:

1. Wear comfortable shoes. Shopping at discount stores takes time and patience. Make sure you're comfortable.

2. Don't go on the weekend!  Find out from the store associates what day the trucks deliver items for restocking and go in the afternoon on those days.  There is usually more to choose from and less people to compete with for new items.

3. Go often!  If you're serious about a good deal, then go to your favorite discount store at least once a week.

4. Don't limit yourself by having a certain piece in mind. Be open to looking for pieces that catch your eye, and building an outfit around it.  I purchased the statement necklace for this outfit first.  Then I built the rest of the outfit around the necklace.

5.  Try on!  It's not a good deal if it doesn't fit properly.  Take time to try your finds on before purchasing.

6.  Know the return policy, and keep your receipts.

7.  Be patient when putting together a look. You may have to make a few trips to a few of your favorite discount stores to put together the perfect look for a night out, or a special event. Patiently building your outfit piece by piece will help you to get a great look without breaking the bank.

8.  Know what you already have.  You may have a chic handbag or a sassy pair of shoes in our closet that may be the perfect accessory to elevate a bargain find. Keep track of what in your wardrobe so you can purchase things that compliment what you already have.

Sophia & Kate Statement Necklace

9.  Don't purchase something just because it's cheap.  That's the quickest way to end up with a closet full of pieces that you never wear.  Look for things you love, make sure they fit, and think about if it will compliment something that you already have before you purchase.

10. Quality first. Don't purchase something that's cheaply made, or will not last through one wash. It's not a good deal if you will have to replace it after one or two wears. 

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Review: Clarisonic Mia Fit

  I have been an avid user of the Clarisonic Pro since 2010.  A friend and I thought it would be fun to allow a local dermatologist to give us a  complexion analysis at a beauty convention.  Seeing the digital image on the screen amplifying every pore, wrinkle, and sunspot, was enough to make me make a major investment in my skin care routine.

  My Clarisonic Pro has served me well for over six years without any issues.  Recently, as with most rechargable products, it started to show signs of age; as it wouldn't hold a charge as long as it used to.  Thinking that it might bite the dust soon, I started researching the newest offerings that Clarisonic had available.  A Clarisonic brush is a pricey investment into my skin care routine so I made sure to do a lot of reading before deciding on the Clarisonic Mia Fit.  Deciding factors in my choice were:
I liked the compact design of the brush. With limited counter space and ample makeup and beauty products, the smaller the better.  I also liked that it featured two power settings. The Clarisonic Pro offered multiple settings as well, so I didn't want to switch to a brush that only offered only one setting.

 A quick search on ebay showed a number of sellers offering the Mia Fit for a fraction of the cost, but I wanted to make sure that I got a genuine product that would last as long as my first brush.  I spent some time reviewing the "Authorized Retailers" section of the Clarisonic website and then comparing prices at the listed retailers until I found the best deal.

(Disclaimer: I purchased this product with my own money & the opinions here are my own, based on my use of the product.)

Oh happy day, when I pulled up after work and saw the postage box sitting on my doorstep!  I couldn't wait to pull it out my new Mia Fit and start playing with it!


Opening the Box

I had read that the Mia Fit was compact, but it really hit me how small it is when I opened the box.

What's in the Box

I really liked how small the charging station is and that the charger has a USB connection.

Setting up the Charger

Size Comparison to my Clarisonic Pro

I have been using the Clarisonic Mia Fit for several months now, and here's my impressions of the product.
(Disclaimer: I purchased this product with my own money & the opinions here are my own, based on my use of the product.)

The size is a plus.  It takes less counter space, looks unobtrusive, and I was able to easily pack it in a small carry on for a three day trip.

The Mia Fit does not need to be charged regularly.  It can go weeks without charging so there is no need to bring the charger when taking short trips.

The small size makes it easy to maneuver around the face.  

I really enjoy the extra setting that allows you to cleanse your neck area, a setting that I did not have on my previous pro brush.

The shape of the Mia Fit allows water to settle into the brush head, making it take longer to dry.  Many mornings I find that the brush head is still very wet from my shower the previous night.  Special care must be taken to remove the brush head, clean the device, and dry the head thoroughly each use.  

Final Verdict:
Though I probably could have pushed my Clarisonic Pro a little longer, (it requires charging everyday now but it still works)  I am glad that I replaced it with the Mia Fit. The product is lighter, easier to maneuver, easier to travel with, and takes up less space.  

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Review: StyleWe Tunic

When online designer boutique Stylewe contacted me and asked if I'd like to choose something from their website, I must admit I was excited.  While perusing some of my favorite celebrity gossip blogs, I had clicked on StyleWe's banner ads a few times, admiring the gorgeous dresses, and unique styles. I had a hard time choosing something because there were so many pieces that caught my eye.  I finally decided that I should choose something that I could wear to work or church so I can get the most wear out of it. I narrowed down my choices, and settled on a printed tunic that I felt had a unique "artsy" feel.  I was a bit hesitant because of the "one size fits all" sizing of the tunic, but the colorful print won me over, and I took a leap of faith.  

My order arrived within a week, packaged nicely with tags.  The garment looked just like the picture, and the fabric had sort of an accordion pleated texture, which allowed it to stretch.  I am a size small to medium  and I think the tunic would stretch comfortably to fit someone who was a size large or extra large as well due to the way the fabric is made. 


Green Printed Casual A-line Tunic

I paired the tunic with a pair of Kardashian Kollection leggings I've had for awhile, and a simple pair of Rock & Republic black patent heels.  I found the tunic to be very comfortable and received a number of compliments when I wore it. My students said that it was very fitting for me since I'm an art teacher.  I guess I was right about it looking "artsy"!


Green Printed Casual A-line Tunic

 I washed the tunic in cold water and hung it to dry. I didn't experience any shrinking or fading, and the next time I wore it it was still vibrant and looked like new. 


Green Printed Casual A-line Tunic

Check out StyleWe for more unique designer fashions.
*I received this for free in exchange for my honest & unbiased review. My thoughts & opinions are my own.

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