Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Modcloth Dress & Cardi Party - 20% Off Sale

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When's the last time you visited the Modcloth website? Don’t be late to their Dress & Cardi Party! Get 20% off pieces perfect for garden fetes, grad celebrations, & more. Stock up for the season and use code EXPRESS to get free express shipping on orders of $125 or more. Shop while it lasts! Check out these gorgeous pieces:

What to Wear Wednesday: Covet Fashion App Review - $1000s of Clothes in Your Closet for Free!?

Remember when Clueless came out and we all drooled over Cher's virtual closet capabilities? I still don't have anything quite like that, but guess what: the next best thing is available for free through (where else?) the iTunes store! OK, so perhaps my title for today's post was slightly deceptive. But now that I've lured you in, keep reading, because this app is Candy Crush for fashionistas. You'll be obsessed in a heartbeat. Did you see the Brooklyn Nine Nine Kwazy Kupcakes episode? Yes, that will soon be you my friend, sneakily hiding out in the bathroom or deceptively pulling out your phone in meetings.

Now, let me introduce you to your latest addiction!

Basic Concept: Shopping. And more shopping. Yes!!! (cue evil laugh) The name of the app really says it all. When you first join the app, you get a basic tutorial and an initial budget of $4000 to help you get started. Spend wisely, my friends. Initially, I was a bit hasty and just began buying pretty random items. Little did I know that each "contest" has specific requirements, and if you don't have enough funds to buy what you need, you can't enter the contest. Then, you'll spiral into a deep depression until another contest emerges. 

Contests/Prizes: Each day you get a chance to score an easy $500 with the "Daily $500." If your look gets enough votes (enough to increase your score to a 4-star rating), you win the designated prize for that event, which fills it with yet another goody that you can wear in other contests. Additionally, you can enter other "Limited Time Events" such as "Flashback," "Style Master," and various outfit-specific contests. For each one you enter you automatically get $100 and a chance to win a prize. There's also the separate Jet Set Events category, where you enter destination-themed contests that earn you travel points (those give you access to the next destination) and diamonds. You can only acquire past-season items with diamonds, not cash, and some events are limited to wearing items from a specific season.

Hair/Skin/Makeup: For each contest you enter, you can choose from a variety of hairstyles, skin tones, and makeup looks. There are definitely not as many options here as with clothing, shoes, and accessories. More looks become available as your closet value increases, which gives you even more incentive to spend. It would be a brilliant idea for the app's creators to incorporate specific cosmetic brands and perhaps hair creations from well-known stylists. Hopefully they read this and listen! 

Designers: One of the really great features about this app, and a genius marketing strategy, is that your clothes are real items from actual designers. There's even a tab where you can shop in "real life" for the item in your virtual closet. Designers with items featured in this app include Rachel Zoe, Rebecca Minkoff, United Nude, BCBG Max Azria, House of Harlow, me TOO, Nanette Lepore, France Luxe, J Brand, Cynthia Rowley, and Hudson.

Caveats: Once you get started, you won't want to stop. However, once you run out of cash or diamonds, your only option is to spend actual money to get more virtual dinero. If one of your Facebook friends joins, you get $1000, and there are a few options such as participating in surveys or getting insurance quotes that will deposit funds into your account. While many contests include items you'll likely already have in your closet, there are others with obscure and often pricey requirements (a particular brand, fabric, pattern, and shape). 

Have you tried this app? Share your thoughts and join the discussion!


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Talk About it Tuesday: Stella & Dot Mother's Day Sale

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Stella & Dot Sale

Guess what! Hopefully you didn't forget, but Mother's Day is Sunday, May 11. Even if you haven't picked up something for your mom or other motherly figure in your life, there's still time to get something beautiful for her from Stella & Dot.

To help you celebrate, now through end of day 4/30 Stella & Dot is offering their You Are My Sunshine necklace for $14.99 when you spend $50+ . This sterling silver necklace has a heartfelt message expressed in silver, gold and rose gold plating. It is 16" long and lead and nickel free. It is a really great way to show moms everywhere how much they are loved and appreciated. 

If you are looking for even more ways to spoil that amazing lady, shop the Stella & Dot Mother’s Day Boutique today! Need some gift ideas? Check out these gorgeous items:

LAST CHANCE! April Sylist Sign-Up Special Details:
April Bonus: Sign up as a Stylist for $199 and get an extra $100 ($450 total) in free accessories!
Valid: Now through 4/30/14.

Sign up as a Stella & Dot Stylist for $199 and get $450 in free accessories!
April Stylist Bonus!

Liz's Latest Finds - Lipstick, Self-Tanner, and Exfoliating Scrub

Monday Morsels

Oh don't worry, here's my "Monday Morsels" post on Tuesday!! 

So, I stopped by Sephora this weekend. Enough said. OK, well not quite enough, because I need to tell you about my latest finds. Prepare to start spending!

YVES SAINT LAURENT ROUGE VOLUPTÉ Silky SensualRadiant Lipstick in Nude Beige $35: After seeing the gorgeous Maskcara use this lipstick in Lingerie Pink in her birthday makeup tutorial, I developed a craving to sample this luscious product. I'm sure you've heard lipsticks described as "smooth," but compared to this velvety confection, the rest might as well be sandpaper. This product literally glides onto your skin, and nude beige is the prettiest, most perfect nude/neutral lip color I've ever seen.

KARDASHIAN SUN KISSED INSTANT SUNLESS SPRAY $19.99: You can get this only at Ulta, and it's definitely worth the trip to pick up a bottle. I got mine on sale for about $12 a while ago, and I really like several things about it. You can get away without using a tanning mitt, but I recommend having one on hand. Another trick/cheat you can use to smooth out streaks or drips is to have the plain, cheap round makeup sponges on hand (I use the Up & Up brand from Target) to smooth out problem areas.

Here's what I like:  

1. This product smells so much better than many self tanners. It does start to have a milder form of what I call that burnt tanning bed skin/buttered popcorn smell eventually (delicious description right?), but it's not as bad as many.
2. It has a nice, even mist when you spray it.
3. It provides an immediate dose of color that dries in about 15 minutes, it develops over the next eight hours, and it lasts about four days. 
4. I can spray it on my face and it doesn't make me break out. Woo hoo!
5. It's sulfate and paraben free!
6. I love the golden, just-got-home-from-a-beach-vacation glow it gives. As with any self tanner, you need to pay close attention to areas where it can cling and appear a tad darker, and I HIGHLY recommend doing a full-body exfoliation before using it. 

Here's what I don't like:
- Honestly, the only negative point is that some of the product collects around/under the cap. When I move from one area of my body to the next and stop spraying, I gently shake the can over the sink to get rid of any buildup. If you don't do that, you could end up with some random droplets of the product landing on you. 

SOAP AND GLORY FLAKE AWAY BODY POLISH $25: I heard about via a few YouTube reviews, but I didn't try it until this weekend. The soft, powdery, peach/vanilla/floral smell alone had me hooked. However, I am one of the pickiest people when it comes to a sugar or salt scrub (this gem contains both, in addition to peach seed powder). I like a hearty scrub that really works at eliminating dry skin (none of that useless liquidy, grainy crap) AND leaves your skin supple and moisturized. This meets my criteria. Also, the product has enough pliability that it makes the transfer from your hand to your body with disintegrating and falling to the shower floor! This just might be the scrub that keeps me from continually searching for a better one. 

Happy Shopping!!


Friday, April 25, 2014

It's Friday I'm in Love . . . Assorted Awesomeness

Hey y'all, happy weekend! 

Sorry for the lack of a "Thrifty Thursday" post yesterday, but hopefully all the gems I'm sharing with you today will make up for it! There's jewelry, makeup, clothes, inspiration, and more...

If you saw my accessories post earlier this week, then you know I have a weakness for jewelry. I love these branch-like Kendra Scott bangles from The Jewelers Wife
jewelers wife jewelry
Needing some motivation in your life? I highly, highly recommend joining the mailing list for life coach Danielle Dowling and perusing her website. When I read one of her incredible e-mails, my mind feels seriously illuminated and I have a renewed sense of energy. She's a seriously incredible woman empowering other women to realize their potential and live the best life possible!

I showcased some of my favorite nude nail looks on Tuesday, and I also discovered this incredible neutral nail polish color wheel on Pinterest. Can I please have every one of these gorgeous colors right away?! 

Need a pretty hook for your keys or coat? I've been looking for one that I really like for a while, and I believe I found it Anthropologie. How gorgeous is this mirror mosaic hook? And it's only $38 (ok it's not a Target price, but for Anthro, not too shabby).

I'm always on the lookout for great new anti-aging skincare products that can improve tone and texture. The pores around my nose will be my dying obsession! I'm excited to use the new extra strength version of the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel. Have you tried these? 

 I hope everyone has an incredible weekend. Live it up!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bloggers: Sign up for a $500 Summer Giveaway with Epic Mommy Adventures

Epic Mommy Adventures is hosting a summer giveaway called "So Happy It's Summer Giveaway!"

Everyone has had a grueling winter, and it's time to celebrate the coming of summer! We need some great bloggers to join the fun and to promote this awesome giveaway!


Here are more details about the giveaway: 

What? The plan is to give away at least $500 in Paypal cash, but it really depends on how many people sign up. The Summer Giveaway will help to ring in the start of Summer. Hopefully, the weather will be perfect and the winners can enjoy their prizes in time for 4th of July! 

When? Sign-ups to participate go from now until June 15th. Links start at $5, and it costs $20 to be a co-host. As a co-host, you will receive 5 links on the Rafflecopter, your photo on the giveaway collage, and your links at the top of the giveaway. You also have the opportunity to receive a free link to the giveaway by promoting this opportunity (details below). The giveaway itself will run June 21st to July 1st. 

Who? We are accepting any types of blogs/shops/websites to participate in this great giveaway. 

Why? It's a great way to engage your readers & followers, and gain some exposure for your blog/website and social media accounts. Plus it will be tons of fun! Complete the form below to sign-up for the So Happy It's Summer Giveaway - help us ring in the summer the right way!
Would You Like to Promote this Giveaway?

1. Grab the Blogger Opp HTML and post the announcement on your blog. Find the HTML here.
2. Promote the giveaway opportunity on your social media accounts on a regular basis until June 15th.
3. Report the "blogger opp" post here. You will be able to submit one free link to be included in the Rafflecopter.

What to Wear Wednesday: Spring Clothes for Your Man - Paul Fredrick Summer Collection Launch

I love a man that can pull off bright or pastel colors. Seeing a guy wearing patterned shirts, especially ones with pops of purple, pink, or yellow, really speaks confidence to me, not to mention a bold sense of style (not as over the top as Christian Bale in American Hustle, thank goodness, but his character still deserves some serious props). 

Paul Fredrick's new Summer Collection launches today, and it includes some seriously stunning pieces, including gorgeous patterned shirts, seersucker suits, and ties with popping prints. Check out my favorites (including the sassy shirts above):

Check out these and other fabulous frocks from the Paul Fredrick Summer Collection here!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ModCloth Summer Sale!

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Hey y'all!

Have you ever shopped at ModCloth before? They have some seriously gorgeous items, so I highly encourage you to peruse their offerings online. They current have their Dive Into Summer Sale going on, so head on over to check out what ModCloth has to offer! Get 20% off select swimwear, cover ups, summer dresses, and sandals. As an added bonus, you can get free express shipping on orders of $125 or more -- just use code EXPRESS at checkout. 

Here are some of my favorite items:

Talk about it Tuesday: Nude/Neutral Nails

My latest nude nail look with OPI Brazil Nail Laquer Collection in Don't Bossa Nova Me Around

Just about everyone has a Pinterest board with lots of snazzy nail looks. However, I unequivocally, absolutely, without a doubt can say that the only way any of the complicated looks will ever appear on my nails is if I take a picture to a professional and they recreate it for me. It's seriously difficult to make your nails look fantastic at home, beyond fairly basic looks. Additionally, while some "fancy" nail looks are pretty, for me there's a fine line between glam and Jerseylicious tacky.

Most of the time, I love nude or neutral nail looks. Here's why:
  • Nude nails make your fingers look longer (great for those of us with petite features), just like nude shoes enhance your legs!
  • They go with any outfit
  • You can easily spice up nude nails on your own without ending up with a Pinterest fail

Here are some of my favorite nude nail looks I've tried. All pictures are mine, not random ones from Pinterest (just proving to you I actually accomplished most of these on my own)! Also, my nails are my own (except the last'll understand why when you scroll down), with an acrylic overlay.

If you're going to attempt at-home French tips of any color, I highly recommend using painter's tape.

This definitely wasn't the best selfie tip job, but at least I tried, right? I do love black tips.

Here's a nail look NOT to try!!! Gross. I snapped this while out to dinner on a date.

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