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Links I Loved This Week & Labor Day Weekend Sale Codes

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Happy Friday! Long weekend Fridays are the best, aren’t they? This weekend, I’m actually going to try to get work done… eek, right? Labor Day weekend in Miami is sort of nuts- there are SO many people in town to hit the beach, you really can’t go ANYWHERE. Maybe I’ll take a day to lay by the pool, but for the most part, I’m excited to finally get to some things that I’ve been putting off. (Mainly, my RE-DESIGN.) Hope you gals enjoy the weekend! Tell me what you’re up to!! Want to hear all about it in the comments, I need to live vicariously through them. LOL!

Labor Day weekend there are TONS of great sales, so this week’s sale code roundup is a little more intense than usual! Nordstrom NEVER does sales, so their end of season clearance looks to be a good one. Baublebar’s sale is AMAZING and in case you missed it, I posted a little roundup yesterday. There are tons of great deals on home, beauty, fashion and even TRAVEL! So… on to the links and sales!

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Labor Day Weekend Sale Codes

  • Ann Taylor // 50% off select full price and all sale styles w/ code: HAPPY50
  • Anthropologie // 30% off sale w/ code: EXTRA30
  • ASOS // extra 10% off sale w/ code: YAY10
  • Banana Republic // 40% off your entire purchase w/ code: BRFALL
  • BaubleBar // 50-60% off select styles (make sure you check out my post with a great roundup!)
  • Bebe // 50% off sale items
  • Bloomingdale’s // save 20-70% on select items
  • Bluefly // over 5,000 styles up to 90% off
  • Club Monaco // 40% off sale and clearance w/ code: NOTOVERYET
  • Express  // 40% off select styles
  • Gap: // 40% off everything
  • Hotels.com // $50 off when you spend $300 or more (book by 9/7/15, travel by 9/30/15) w/ code: labor50
  • Intermix // enjoy an extra 50% off all sale items for a total savings of up to 75% off
  • J. Crew // 30% off your order of $125+ w/ code: GETSHOPPING
  • J. Crew Factory // 50% off everything
  • Kate Spade // 25% off all sale items w/ code: Delight
  • Kohl’s //  $10 off $30 purchase w/ code: COOKOUT10
  • LOFT // 30% off fall arrivals plus and extra 50% off summer styles
  • Madewell // take 30% off fall essentials and an extra 30% off all sale styles
  • Nasty Gal // extra 30% off entire sale selection
  • Nine West // extra 30% off sale items
  • Nordstorm // save up to 40% on sale items
  • OASAP // 25% off everything w/ code: Labor25
  • Old Navy // up to 60% off everything // extra 15% off w/ code: DAYOFF
  • Pottery Barn // 10% off 100$ or more 15% off $250 or more 20% off $500 or more 25 off $1000 or more w/ code: SAVEMORE
  • Pottery Barn Kids // 10% off 100$ or more 15% off $250 or more 20% off $500 or more 25 off $1000 or more w/ code: SAVEMORE
  • Priceline // book by 9/16 and save up to 25% off select hotels. Save an extra 10% of already discounted express deals hotels when you book a hotel on Florida’s west coast w/ code: WFLBEACH1
  • Saks Fifth Avenue // up to 75% off the summer sunset sale
  • Sigma Beauty // 20% off individual brushes w/ code: LABORDAY20
  • Singer 22 // 20% off sitewide w/ code: Fall2015
  • Sole Society // Labor Day Clearance 40-60% off select styles
  • Too Faced // summer lovin’ sale up to 71% off on all sale items
  • Ulta // 20% off purchase w/ code:  303379
  • West Elm // 10% off 100$ or more 15% off $250 or more 20% off $500 or more w/ code: SAVEMORE
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Sale Alert: Baublebar’s Labor Day Sale is a GOOD ONE!

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1. Crystal Dandelion Earrings: SALE PRICE $10 (original: $32) | 2. Crystal Wreath Necklace: SALE PRICE: $34 (orginal: $68) | 3. Flossy Tassel Cuff: SALE PRICE: $16 (original: $34) | 4. Poppy Necklace: SALE PRICE: $16 (original: $34)  | 5. Festival Tassel Earrings: SALE PRICE: $16 (orginal: $32) 

As your stylish BFF, I always make it a priority to share with you whenever there’s a REALLY good sale on… and I’m always super psyched for a good Baublebar sale! This Labor Day, they’re pulling out all the stops and putting some of their hottest pieces on sale, for a limited time. I’M taking full advantage and scooping up some of the little babies I’ve had my eye on. Check out my faves below and tell me what you think in the comments! What are you scooping up? Anything? Btw- you Friday is always Links I Loved and GREAT sale codes… tomorrow is sure to be a doozy, because our fave retailers always do great sales for Labor Day weekend! Get your wallets ready, girls! xx

6. Crystal Cleopatra Bib: SALE PRICE: $40 (original: $68) | 7. Pearl Crown Ring: SALE PRICE: $14 (original: $28) | 8. Goodall Drops: SALE PRICE: $18 (original: $36) | 9. Mini Chain Tassel Bracelet: SALE PRICE: $12 (original $34)

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10 Things to Try in September

10 things to try in september

Even though it’s technically still summer until September 23rd, the beginning of September just FEELS like fall, doesn’t it? (Well, I imagine in other parts of the country it does. Here in Miami, it’s 100 degrees, as it always is, so it just always feels the same. We’re left to WONDER what other seasons feel like!) I really do love summer, but Fall is such a great time! It’s cool without being freezing, you can wear boots, faux furs… it was always one of my favorite seasons in New York. (I love spring, too!) In the spirit of autumn, it’s time to share my 10 things to try in September list!

10 Things to Try in September

1. Transition your closet from summer to fall. September is the beginning of cooler temps, so it’s the perfect time to prep your closet for the new season. Put away all your summery dresses and bring out your knits, furs, and leathers! Swap our your sandals for booties and make sure you’re fully stocked on black opaque tights!

2. Scoop up some suede fringe ankle booties. Fringe is a huge fall trend, so if you haven’t already, scoop up some fringe ankle booties. They’ll still work in the last days of summer and be the perfect complement for your fall staples. I’m particularly loving more of a taupe suede fringe moment. (I just picked up these on major sale!) Check out some great options below: 

3. Experiment with some pumpkin recipes. Although pumpkin season heats up in October, it’s a good time to start researching some great recipes early. I personally love this recipe for a 100 calorie pumpkin tartlet! It’s DELICIOUS and not at all fattening. (WIN!)

4. Ditto’s Endless Eyewear. I’ve mentioned Ditto’s Endless Eyewear program before, but will continue singing its praises! I kind of just think that you should do it EVERY month. Maybe what I’ll do is recommend a pair to try every month, sound good? (In case this is your first time hearing about it- Ditto’s Endless Eyewear Program is basically Netflix for amazing designer sunglasses. Pay $19 a month and swap out your sunnies as much as you want!)  This month, everyone is DYING for these Prada beauties… and you can snag them at Ditto!! Snag a FREE month with my code: asparklefactor.  Check out a few other pairs I have my little eyes on: 

5. Refresh your jewelry box with Rocksbox. Another “Netflixesque” service, this time for jewelry. You may have checked out my previous post in which I unboxed my latest Rocksbox.(If not, check it out!) My favorite thing about Rocksbox is the designers! Loren Hope, Kendra Scott, Gorjana… all of my fave brands! (Plus, if you decide to buy something from your set, you get a discount.. and $10 shine spend per month!) I’m always posting about Rocksbox, but definitely wanted to remind you about it! Don’t forget- you get a free month if you sign up with the code: stephaniexoxo3

6. Clean up your workspace. Fall ultimately inspires organization; take this time to clean out your desk, file away any unnecessary papers, and basically just get yourself organized. Having a clean workspace inspires productivity!

7. Try Clinique’s complimentary You-Time services. You may have seen my post yesterday about my experience at the Clinique counter testing out their “You-Time” services… this month, you should give them a try.

8. Read Mindy Kaling’s new book! I adore Mindy. If you haven’t read her first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?,  you should definitely do that! Her new book, Why Not Me?  is now out and I just snagged copy! Can’t wait to dive in and read. (Btw- bonus tip: this month, The Mindy Project hits Hulu on September 15th. I was so sad when it was canceled, but was then SUPER excited when Hulu picked it up! Plus, now we’ll be getting a SUPER SIZED season!)

9. Upgrade your bag with a luxe tote. There’s just something about a tote bag that I love. Swap out your bag for a sleek, timeless tote. It’ll instantly elevate any outfit. I love this one.

10. Watch my new favorite show on Hulu: You’re the WorstI LOVE this show! It’s hilarious and witty, and I love the characters. The best way I can describe the show is Trainwreck meets Happy Endings  meets Girls. It’s a non-traditional rom-com about two people who hate relationships, but ultimately find themselves in one. It’s funny and honest and I love it! The first season is only 10 episodes and is available now on Hulu. The second season premieres on September 9th on FXX.

So that’s the 10 things I’LL be trying in September! How about you? What’s on your list? Tell me in the comments: will you be trying any of these things?

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POP! Goes My Heart – Clinique’s Lip Pop Lipsticks & “You-Time” Services

Clinique Counter Visit (8 of 22)

Today on the blog, I’m excited to share the first part of a two part collaboration with Clinique! I’m going to chat a little bit about my new favorite lipsticks (The Clinique Lip Pop.. thus, the vague movie reference in the title… name that movie… tell me in the comments if you get it!) and share my experience testing out Clinque’s new (complimentary!) “You-Time” consultations and counter services. (Which, you absolutely need to try ASAP!)

A couple of weeks ago, I popped by the Clinique counter at the Aventura Mall Macy’s and met with Issette. Before getting started, we first sat down and  went through Clinique’s diagnostic questions to diagnose my skin type (I’m Clinique Type 2!) and address my skincare goals and concerns.

My Skincare Concerns

A pretty hideous bout of adult onset acne in my early 20s left me with discoloration and scarring that is basically the reason I am addicted to full coverage foundations. I now get ONE pimple a month on my chin. (BTW- chin breakouts are hormonal and happen frequently in your 30s. I also have to tweeze and wax my chin now, but that’s a different story! UGH, #hormones.)

My other skincare concerns are mainly preventative aging and a borderline obsession with glowy skin. I’m pretty fortunate to have good genes; even at 30 I have no wrinkles or lines and I was even mistaken for a college student when I was moving my sis into her dorm at FSU two weeks ago! (YAY, right?!)

Clinique Counter Visit (18 of 22)Before the consultation, Clinique has compiled a little mini quiz to help determine your skin type to easily prescribe you a skin care regimen. 

Clinique Counter Visit (3 of 22)Going over my skincare concerns and this face chart with Issette before getting started.

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“You-Time” Services

After diagnosing my skin type and addressing my concerns, we dove right in to the “You-Time” services. These new services are individually tailored to each customer’s needs. Whether you want to drop in for a little glam-on-the-go pampering, or want to learn how to do a daytime smokey eye, you can choose to “Teach” or “Treat.” (I obvi chose “teach” because I’m obsessed with beauty and how to do things!)

Often when you pop by a beauty counter, they just do your makeup or whatever service you’re there for and then send you on your way. At Clinique, they really take the time to teach you how to do things and walk you through the skincare regimen they’re prescribing to make sure you have no questions. Every step of the way, I watched with a hand mirror while Issette would demonstrate the proper technique on half of my face and would then walk me through the process as I emulated the technique on the other side.

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“Daily Detox” & “Power Up Skin”- Daily Skin Regimen & Prep

The first two services I tried were “Daily Detox” and “Power Up Skin”, a daily regimen to combat all of the skin issues I combat on a daily basis. I’m actually going to cover these two services more in-depth in my next post, plus share my thoughts on how well it has worked for me, so stay tuned! Issette walked me through what my daily routine should be and wrote up a prescription for how and in what order to use the products. This service also prepped my skin for the makeup services

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“Flawless Fast” – Foundation, Concealer & Blush

Next, we went through the “Flawless Fast” service, which basically gives you a fast, flawless face. (Foundation, powder, blush and go!) Issette first swatched the Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer on my cheek (she told me that you should always match your face instead of your neck because you may have spots of discoloration on your face to account for.) We decided that the winner for my skintone was 04- Creamwhip. The Beyond Perfecting foundation is a very lightweight full coverage foundation that is still buildable, so you can skip the concealer. Because the foundation is made up of polymers instead of wax, the texture is very lightweight.

After the swatching, Issette swiped some product like war paint on my face and instructed me to blend in the foundation with my fingers. She did half of my face and then held up the mirror and prounced it to be my turn. “People are so aggressive on their faces,” Issette confided as she watched me blend in the foundation under my eyes. “Use your ring finger to blend, since it’s the weakest finger you use the least amount of pressure, especially under your eyes.” Using the angled applicator tip to spot conceal a little pimple I had with a thicker coat of the hybrid foundation/concealer, I was impressed by how light the foundation was in comparison to the coverage it offered. After a light layer of the Blended Face Powder in shade Transparency 3 to set, she pointed out that the powder slightly changes the finish of the foundation. Last step of the “Flawless Fast” service? A quick swipe of Clinique’s classic Soft Pressed Powder blush in New Clover. Overall, a very natural, yet full coverage beauty look. (And it honestly took, like, two minutes!) 

“In a Wink” – Eyeshadow, Liner & Mascara

Next, we moved on to the “In a Wink” service. Depending on what you’re interested in, your Clinique rep can either touch up the eye make up you already have and take it to the next level, or start from scratch. (The choice is yours!) We decided to enhance what I already had going and applied a highlight shade all over the eyelid up to the browbone (the All About Shadow Single in Daybreak) and then Issette taught me how to create a subtle, daytime smokey eye using the All About Shadow Single in Graphite for a contour color. I typically try to stay away from black/gray shadows because they don’t flatter my skintone, but I really liked the subtle look that the Graphite shade created! Issette showed me how to contour the lid by creating a small V ON the lid. (I usually blend out the shadow to the corners, which is a lot heavier and probably why I’m never happy with it!) I loved what she did and was so excited that I finally figured out how to do a subtle daytime smokey eye!

Next, she traced over my eyeliner with the Quickliner for Eyes Intense in Intense Black. We finished the eye look with something a little bit daring, but oh-so-subtle… the Chubby Lash mascara in Massive Midnight! You would think that a blue mascara would be scary, but really, it was subtle and brought out my eyes! You couldn’t even tell it was blue unless you were looking really closely. It was fab! Love.

Clinique Counter Visit (15 of 22)

“Pick Your Pout” – Lip Prep & Lipstick

For the final step in my mini makeover, we tried out “Pick Your Pout.” Issette suggested we do a cool ombre effect on the lip and I was totally into the idea! We first prepped my lips with All About Lips  which helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and exfoliates cracked lips so that the lip looks firmer, smoother and color glides on smoothly. Next, we used two shades of the Lip Pop Colour + Primer.

Clinique Counter Visit (16 of 22)

I absolutely LOVE the Lip Pop lipsticks! You know me- I’m ALL about a bold, bright, colorful lip. Gimme a red or a hot pink any day! I’m obsessed with the shades Wow Pop and Poppy Pop. They’re so bold, bright and fun! (I also have my eye on the Berry Pop shade for a great Fall look!) The Lip Pop lipsticks come in 16 shades and have a demi-matte finish. They’re weightless and light, but the color is very pigmented and stays true/moisturizes lips for 8 hours! (New go-to, definitely!)

Clinique Counter Visit (7 of 22)

For the ombre lip we did, we chose to line with the Cherry Pop shade and then filled in the center of the lip with Sweet Pop. The effect was really subtle and pretty, and the ombre effect gave my lips a sense of fullness and did a sort of plumping effect. (This look is fun and totally easy to make even more dramatic by choosing different shades!) 

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My complete look! The final product is subtle, pretty, and natural… perfect for everyday!

Clinique Counter Visit (1 of 22)

After my makeover! Shop My Look:

Clinique Counter Visit (5 of 22)Thank you so much, Issette and Clinique!! 

Final Thoughts & Full Product List

Overall, I had a great time at my skincare consultation at the Clinique counter! I left feeling confident in the skincare plan we had set and excited to try out some amazing products; some that had long been on my radar and some that were new to me! Don’t forget to keep your eye on the blog for an upcoming post detailing my full skincare regimen featuring Clinique.  In the meantime, here’s the full list of all the products we used:

Skincare:

Makeup:

I’d love to hear your thoughts on Clinique; if you’ve tried any of these products, if you’ve checked out any of the “You-Time” services! Let me know in the comments.

 

This post is brought to you by Clinique. All views and opinion expressed are, as always, my own. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that support A Sparkle Factor!

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Links I Loved This Week & Sale Codes

A Sparkle Factor Desk

Happy Friday! With a potential hurricane headed our way here in Florida, this weekend is going to be a busy one prepping for the storm! If you’ve never lived somewhere where there are hurricanes- count yourself lucky. It’s pretty much the same as prepping for a snowstorm. (I mean…Or so I hear!) Grocery stores, Targets, Walmarts and BJs are all crazy. People are filling their gas tanks, stocking up on water and batteries and praying that it it’ll actually just be a good excuse to have a Netflix day! (You know… no work, but still power!)

ANYWAY! Hope you all have a lovely, lovely weekend. If you’re in FL or the path of this storm- stay safe! On to the weekly links and codes:

  • Now You Can Post Landscape & Portrait Photos On Instagram- Refinery 29This news is a total gamechanger! With the latest instagram update, you are no longer limited to posting square photos on Insta, OR messing up  your grid with a weirdly cropped landscape or portrait! Your photo will show up in-feed as a landscape or portrait, but still keep your grid as a square… AMAZING AMAZING NEWS!! (Get ready for some full OOTD selfies!)
  • Love the low heel on these lace up beauties… definitely a fall wardrobe staple, under $100!
  • Yes, Tontouring (Contouring With Self-Tanner) Is a Thing- CosmopolitanThe newest trend in contouring?? TONtouring… contouring with sunless tanner. I’ve been too scared to try this, but am going to attempt it… just think of how easy it’ll make your beauty routine! (Note: shouldn’t it be TANtouring?)
  • This comfy easy dress is total fall perfection. Plus, you can totally dress it up or down. And it’s only $20!
  • How Instagram is Changing the Way Brands Look at Photography, Online and Beyond- Adweek: I found this article on Adweek about how Instagram has changed the game for brand photography… and it’s so true! Check it out for some fascinating case studies.
  • The PERF weekender: Found. (And it’s under $100!)
  • Inspired Idea: New Tech August Wallpapers- Laurenconrad.comLooking for a cute new tech wallpaper? I love the flamingoes!!
  • Need this little peplum top!! So cute with a dark skinny or a leather legging, no? (Under $50!)
  • Less Sequins, More Denim: J. Crew Promises to Focus on ‘Heritage’ Items This Fall- StylecasterI’ll be honest, to me, this is not welcome news. I LOVE the sequins at J.Crew. I truly don’t think that the problem is that it’s too “fashion”. I think the problem is the PRICE! THAT’s why Madewell is doing so much better, it’s a more realistic price point. I love the sequins at J.Crew, I just won’t buy them because, hello, who’s paying $500 for something from J. Crew?

Weekend Sales to Check Out:

  • American Eagle // All AEO jeans BOGO 50% off. // Take 35% off when you use the AEO/Aerie app to shop
  • Ann Taylor // All full-price dresses on sale for $89.50 & skirts on sale for $49/50 w/ code: DRESSFORIT
  • ASOS // Final clearance items further reduced up to 70% off
  • Banana Republic // Extra 50% off women’s sale w/ code: BRSALE
  • BaubleBar // Ear We Go Sale: buy 2 save 20% off buy 3+ save 30% on all ear jackets and ear crawlers.
  • Express  // All women’s jeans on sale for $39.90
  • Gap: // Fall Access Event: up to 40% off dresses, denim layers and more
  • J. Crew // Take 25% off select shirts, t-shirts, & sweaters for women & men / Take 25% off select back to school favorites for girls & boys w/ code: SHOPNOW
  • J. Crew Factory // Take 25% off your order of $100+ w/ code: ADDTOBAG
  • Kohl’s // Semi-annual sale. (Lowest prices of the season!) This sale is awesome and runs twice a year!
  • LOFT // 50% off sale // Earn $25 LOFT Cash for every $50 you spend
  • Nine West // BOGO 50% off
  • Old Navy // Pre-fall sale up to 50% off everything // Take 25% off purchase of $75+ w/ code: ENJOY
  • Ulta // $3.50 off $10 purchase w/ code: 307393

xx S

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Jergens x Rory Beca Instant Sun Kit

Rory Beca x Jergens Collaboration (2 of 10)

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Dress & Bag: Jergens x Rory Beca Instant Sun Kit | Jean Jacket: J.Crew Factory | Shoes: Old Navy (similar) | Sunnies: Fantaseyes | Bracelets: c/o Kendra Scott, Baublebar, Baublebar (on sale for $16!)

I’m all about a cute little gimmick. Throw in a gift with purchase, make it into a little matched set, I’m sold. Last month I fell in love with this adorable little collab between Rory Beca (one of my fave girly contemporary brands) and Jergens (the go-to for faux bronzing!). I was supposed to receive the Instant Sun Kit before the cruise, but it didn’t arrive until I had already left, so it didn’t come with. Wah. Either way, I’ve worn it a few times in the last month and absolutely love it! The silhouette is super flattering and comfy, and I love the slightly sexy open back detail! I decided to keep the look casual by pairing it with a jean jacket (because you KNOW in Miami it’s sweltering outside and then arctic indoors!) and a pair of easy little white sneakers.

The Jergens x Rory Beca Instant Sun Kit is a $150 set you can order on the Rory Beca website and includes this adorable halter dress, matching reusable tote, and set of Jergens Instant Sunless Tanners! (Tan Extender, Color Primer and Instant Sun!) It’s the perfect kit for a vacay, or to help you get and keep a summer-ready faux glow. I don’t know about you, but I definitely need the help going into fall! Check it out below and tell me what you think in the comments!


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Photos by Hana Espinosa from A Head Over Heels (her blog is launching soon, you should absolutely check it out!)

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Case of the Mondays

Romwe Blue Off the Shoulder Dress (4 of 9)

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 Dress : Romwe (ON SALE for only $15!) | Bag: c/o Vera Bradley | Shoes: Jessica Simpson (sold out, similar) | Bracelets: c/o Kendra Scott, Baublebar, Baublebar (on sale for $16!)

Happy Monday!! I personally love Monday. I know some people really hate it, and when I had a traditional job, I did too. Now that I work from home/for myself, I really love it. I feel like it’s a great day to get organized. make plans, and tackle the week. Lately, I’ve felt kind of disorganized and scattered, so I’ve really looked forward to Mondays to sort of reset the clock, get back on track, and focus on what’s important. I get SO distracted by social media, online shopping (in the name of “research” of course!) and BUZZFEED. Starting off the week by making lists and setting some goals is the ONLY way I can make it through.

Seguing from Monday Blues to this Little Blue Dress… you may have spotted it on Instagram a few weeks ago. I hadn’t gotten around to shooting it for the blog, but wore it over the weekend when we went up to Tallahassee to move my sister Megan into her dorm at FSU for fall semester! She went up for summer, as I’ve mentioned before, and this time around, I wasn’t going to go up for the move, but decided last minute to go  help out. I always loving visiting Tally- it’s definitely a second home! Megan is following in big sis’ footsteps and majoring in Merchandising, so I was really excited to go up and show her around.

I LOVE this dress. It’s so flirty and fun! I wore it to the RewardStyle Master Class a few weeks ago and got SO many compliments! Plus- it’s only $15 and you can NOT beat that! It’s comfortable and easy and I love the bold cobalt color. I styled it with a basic nude strappy sandal and clutch, but I think it’d be great paired with some leopard or maybe a hot pink!

A few people have asked me about ordering from websites like Romwe and Shein. I was hesitant at first, but had a great experience ordering from Romwe. (They’re both owned by Shein!) I placed a pretty large order and returned a couple of things I didn’t like (one item I ordered didn’t really look like the picture, and the other just didn’t fit me right) and I had no problem returning and being reimbursed. Quality depends on the item.. this dress, I didn’t feel the quality was AMAZING, but the dress was cute, it didn’t look supercheap, and it was SO affordable… but, I ordered this white buttown down blouse and thought the quality was great! I think it really is a case of trial and error. I also highly recommend paying CLOSE attention to the sizing for each item. The measurements are listed in cm, just google a cm-inches converter and use that as a reference. Some things I ordered in a large, some things in a small! This dress I ordered in a small, btw. So, I’d definitely recommend it…I’m placing another order now and I’ll share my finds on the blog soon!

A word about the clutch– I LOVE IT. It was a gift during SBSCon and I LOVE it… the new, grown up Vera Bradley is so chic and polished. The clutch comes with a really sturdy gold chain, which I sometimes tuck into the bag or pull out depending on what I’m doing. It’s super roomy, the leather is beautiful and the blush is so pretty and perfect.

Thanks so much for reading! Check out the look below and tell me what you think in the comments.

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Obsessed: ASOS ‘Lana’ Lace Up Flats

Mark my words- pointy toe lace up flats are the gladiator sandal of the fall. They’ve been popping up in my Instagram feed nonstop lately and I just… NEED a pair. They’re a great way to give your ripped jeans some polish and dress them up a touch, while still staying comfy and casual. They’re a great summer to fall transitional piece, no doubt about it.

Topshop has a great pair and Loeffler Randall makes an amazing printed pair that’s a tad on the pricier side, but the style that caught my eye is only $50 and available at ASOS.

Debating now which pair to buy, so help a girl out. I’m loving the red or cobalt for a fun pop of color, but the black is so versatile and goes with everything. What do you think? Tell me in the comments! (Oh- and I’m thinking I may snag the leopard Topshop pair too… leopard is definitely a neutral!)

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All White: Tassel Top & Skinny Jeans

Mint Julep Boutique top, Gap jeans, Lilly Pulitzer Clutch, Zara heels, Baublebar tassel earrings (4 of 9)

Top: c/o Mint Julep Boutique (sold out, similar, similar) | Jeans: Gap | Earrings: Baublebar | Clutch: c/o Lilly Pulitzer | Shoes: Zara (old, similar) | Bracelets: Baublebar, Baublebar, Kendra Scott   Nail Polish: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Tidal Wave | Mascara: Physican’s Formula Lash Transformation Eyebooster

I feel like today’s look is a little bit different for me, but I love it! When the girls at The Mint Julep Boutique sent over this gorgeous white top, I was so excited to wear it! I received it right before a trip and just threw it in my bag, excited to wear it on vacay. When I finally pulled it out of my suitcase, I was so disappointed that I hadn’t noticed how sheer it was before packing it away! (Not a problem, but definitely requires the proper undergarment, which I had totally NOT packed.) Sadly, by the time I got around to shooting it for the blog (I wore it to my grandpa’s house for his 80th bday last week!) it’s no longer available online to purchase! Wah. THE WORST. But, I linked to a couple of similar tops. This one is particular is perf!

If you’ve never checked out The Mint Julep boutique, you must. The Mint Girls are so sweet and fab! (Remember this little cardi??? Still a fave!) The shop is super affordable and chock full of pretty dresses for all occasions, great quality basics, and fun trend pieces. I especially love their curated Game Day section! So much cute garnet for FSU game days! (Like, how adorable is this little dress??) Ordering from them is a breeze, and your package is so cute and printed with quirky little sayings.

So on to this look. If you follow along on Instagram, you may have peeped the outfit I wore to my grandpa’s 80th birthday party on Saturday. I’m obsessed with the scallop skirt and scallop tank I wore! Basically living in both pieces. Thinking of scooping up the skirt in white and gray/white stripe too! Can’t get enough. But, before his party, we went over to see him last week on his actual bday and I wore this all white look. It’s late summer and I’ve never really worn head to toe white before, so I thought this was the perfect chance! I had a genius brainstorm of wearing this white top with a cute little suede skirt like this for a boho 70s vibe. (SO huge for fall!) But for now, summer whites it is! I paired the look with a nude ankle strap heel and these pretties from Baublebar, that I’m basically obsessed with.

Oh- one last thing. HOW AMAZING is the Physician’s Formula Lash Transformation Eyebooster mascara?!??! I’m going to do a post about it this week. But seriously. SO GOOD.

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Links I Loved This Week & Weekend Sale Codes

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Happy Fri-YAY! It’s the weekend and I’m so ready… not that I’m taking a break. I’m working through the weekend trying to get my new and improved site up and running! That’s right- I’ve been working on a re-design guys! I’m SO excited for you to see what I’ve been working on. (By the way- what would YOU want to see on the new site? What features, posts, stories, etc?? Let me know in the comments or send me an email!!) I’m really aiming to re-launch next week. Stay tuned.

My grandpa’s 80th bday was yesterday and we’re throwing him a surprise party tomorrow. I’m excited that we’ll get to do that for him, but to be honest… he has Lewy Body Dementia and we’re not really sure how many more bdays he’s got, so we’re making it a good one.

Next week I have a ton of meetings going on, PLUS my sister Megan is headed back to FSU for fall semester. Wah. I’m also working on some fun collabs that will be coming up soon on the blog. Keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, on to my fave links and SALES! xx

  • How to Cover Up a Pimple – The Beauty Department: Seriously, I have THE biggest pimple this week! It seemingly sprang up overnight on my chin. THE WORST. I’ve really struggled with covering it up; I feel like everything I do just makes it WORSE. This tutorial is super helpful, and the pimple DISAPPEARS. Whew. (By the way, I’ve been using Dermalogica’s ‘Breakout Control’ this week and it’s done wonders for drying it up and shrinking it!)
  • Have it in my mind that I NEED a pair of cobalt pumps. These are $19.90, and look SUPER luxe… so I may just HAVE to buy them.
  • 10 Films Every Fashion Girl Should See – The Zoe Report: I’ve done my own list of fashion films that you should DEFINITELY check out, but I love this list from The Zoe Report!
  • JUST got this bracelet from Baublebar and am OBSESSED. New arm party fixture.
  • People Stylewatch Relaunches With a Focus on Shopping and Street StyleFashionista: People Stylewatch has always been my favorite magazine. Inspiring street style images, affordable fashion finds, and great shopping pages… all of my favorite things! The September issue is a brand new, redesigned one… and I can’t wait to get my hands on one! I was a subscriber but, sadly, my subscription JUST lapsed. Ugh. Can’t wait to check it out! In the meantime, I’m loving The Outfit, Stylewatch’s companion site. Check it out for blogger inspo and  more.
  • Oh em gee. I just binge watched You’re the Worst on Hulu… it’s SO good. Think of it as a mashup of Trainwreck, Happy Endings and Girls. You MUST watch.
  • Will Target’s Newest Everything-and-More Collab Be As Successful As the Missoni One? – Refinery 29What do you think of Target’s newest collab?? I’m personally not thrilled with it, it’s just not my aesthetic. A couple of pieces did catch my eye, but I think I’ll probably sit this one out. Will you shop it?

SALES

  • Ann Taylor // Extra 50% off sale styles
  • Banana Republic // 40% off select styles + extra 40% off sale styles w/ code: BRSAVE
  • BaubleBar // Sales all week to celebrate the founders’ bdays! Today: Buried Bauble Blowout ($10-20 for select styles!)
  • Express  // 40% off women’s jeans
  • Gap: // 40% off purchase of $125+, 30% off purchase of $100+ w/ code: COOLER
  • J. Crew // 30% off purchase of $200+, 25% off purchase of $100+ w/ code: SHOPMORE
  • J. Crew Factory // 30% off new arrivals
  • LOFT // Friends + Family sale, 40% off everything
  • Madewell // 39% off all sale styles w/ code: SPLASH30
  • Nine West // Extra 30% off all clearance
  • Old Navy // 20% off your order, 30% off dresses, 30% off clearance w/ code: THREEBIE
  • Sole Society // 50% off summer hats + scarves
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