Thursday, July 24, 2014

Giveaway: One Direction Concert Tickets + 2 Makeup Tins

It's been 1 year since the Best Song Ever came out...and I am here to share with you a great giveaway I am co-hosting! To celebrate the launch of One Direction's new makeup line, 50 winners will receive One Direction concert tickets  and makeup! Each giveaway winner will receive 2 tickets to the One Direction "Where We Are" Tour Concert at Gilette Stadium in Foxborough, MA for Friday, 8/8 at 7:00pm.
Free Tickets to One Direction Where We Are Tour 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

OOTD 7/23 : Mixed Necklaces

I really wanted to wear one of my all time favorite pieces: my black and white floral skirt. I have worn this over leggings in winter, with blazers, and over tank tops. Its gotten to the point that I now look for skirts that mimic the waist and flare of it! It's basically the perfect item.
Simple Fit and Flare Skirt

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Money Tip Tuesday: Free Advance Movie Screenings

If you love movies, I have some quick tips to see them for free! Although my obsession with movies started young, I only learned about free movie screenings when I was in college. For about an hour of my time before the movie, I could see movies before they were even released! This was basically heaven for me, and I ended up joining the movie club to help host them myself. After hosting over 30+ free movie screenings, I've gleaned a few tips about the process:

Advance Movie Screening Tips and Guide Below!

Monday, July 21, 2014

OOTD 7/21: I got the blues

Today's outfit started around my Marks & Spencer thrifted shirt. It's seriously so comfortable and light on a hot day! I played up the blue further with a shorts, bangle, and the detail work in the moccasins.

Blue shorts oufit

Blue belt buckle bangle (tongue twister much?)
(All of the items above were purchased by me)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday night wrap-up

Reading: Just finished "Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip-Confessions of a Cynical Waiter" and I honestly was pretty disappointed. Described as a mix between "Office Space" and "Kitchen Confidential", I expected tales of crazy customers and staff. Instead, the anecdotes are short, unmemorable, and (most importantly) not that funny. To give you an idea, "customers wanting to sit at other tables" is mentioned in at least 5 chapters as an outrageous incident. 

It's basically an exploration of the author's life. He talks about his struggle to get his book deal (for the book you are reading...). Since I never followed his blog to start with, it was hard to see these tangents as anything but filler. Like in Orange is the New Black, characters are described for a page to never be mentioned again. You hear about 3 waiters a handful of times, but they never seem more than literary foils to the 'perfectly imperfect' narrator.

Listening: Nobody's Side -as sung by Elaine Paige for Chess the Musical has been playing nonstop.  If you are a fan of ABBA, check out this song from the same creators. I first heard of Chess after Idina's performance with Josh Groban in May 2008 (Royal Albert Hall). While Idina's version isn't bad, I got to hand it to Elaine Paige for her rendition. Nobody's Side is crazy catchy and makes me want to see Chess immediately.

NYC Lavender Cupcake
Loving: NYC 257: Lavender Cupcakes (about $2) is my go-to so far this summer. It's a great pastel shade and the formula covers well in 2 coats. My only caution would be to use the color up relatively quickly (don't save it!). Some of my latest NYC polishes have dried up in a little under a year. 

Shopping: If you have a few items on your wishlist itching to be ordered this week, Sephora has a great free mini as the sample. With a $25 purchase, you can get a Too Faced Melted Long Wear Lipstick in Peony, NARS Lip Gloss in Priscilla, or the Sephora Collection Lip Balm in Unique Pink. 

Personally, I am going to refrain as nothing has really caught my eye in Sephora lately. I am thinking my next purchase will be an indie! Any suggestions?

& None of the links in this post are affiliate.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

OOTD 7/19: Casual Summer Outfit with Shorts

Today's outfit was for a neighborhood event with family. I built the outfit around this cute loose tank, as it's now finally hot enough to wear! After picking out some gray shorts, I picked a gray and white bracelet with an orange bracelet to pull the look together. 
OOTD 7/19: Casual Summer Outfit with Shorts

OOTD Detail
(H&M shirt (old, similar style), DKNY shorts, Old Navy flipflops, Sally Hansen Coral Reef, Le Tote jewelry bangle, Roberto by RFM "Noda" Interchangeable Cord bracelet)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Review of Christina M Boutique (Etsy)

Christina M Boutique Chunky Gold Chain Convertible Necklace

Kimberly of Penny Pincher Fashion hosted a giveaway way back for $100 to the Christina M Boutique (etsy) at the end of 2013. Kimberly has long been one of my favorite style bloggers, and it was really cool to win something from her!

Christina M Boutique was a bit slow with delivery of the prize. It took a few emails and followups to get the 3 items I had chosen 2-3 months after the giveaway. If I am anything, I am persistent! 

The first was the 44 Inch Gold Oval Link Necklace (~$33) was immediately "stolen" by a friend, within days of me getting it. She loves it, and will not be giving it back anytime soon! 

 The top picture at this post is the Chunky Gold Chain Convertible Necklace ($32). This looks great on, but it can be a bit scratchy if worn directly against bare skin. I have mainly worn it as a necklace, and like it to contrast it with softer looks.