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A Week of Pinterest-Inspired Outfits!

When I first obtained my Pinterest account, I never imagined that I would visit the “Women’s Fashion” section very often (read: ever) but now it’s one of my favorite categories!

Besides gaining style ideas from fellow bloggers,  Pinterest is the best source of endless inspiration.

And do you know what I love even more than being inspired? A challenge! So this week (well, four days since Labor Day was all about bum couture), I’m challenging myself to dig into my closet (since I’m on a September spending ban) and put together four Pinterest-inspired outfits!

Day one is from Bekah and her blog Matters of Merrymaking (must-read)!

The inspiration: 

 

My interpretation: 

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 Scarf: Target // Chambray Top: Target // Polka Dot Midi Skirt: Etsy // Belt: Savers // Flats: Payless

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I would have never thought to pair the leopard and polka dots together, but I LOVE the results! The brown in the scarf matches well with the brown belt. Pattern mixing at its finest.

Have you ever created a Pinterest-inspired look? Where do you get outfit inspiration from?

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Update: How I Will Save in 2014

I announced back in February that  my theme for 2014 is “saving.”

So how am I doing? Here’s the progress I’ve made so far on my three goals:

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1. Project Use Up

I’ve posted several updates on my Project Use Up progress and I recently beat last year’s total of 104 products! As of August, I’ve used up 111 products and I’m on track to continue.

The most important benefits:

  • Actually using up what I already have! It’s an amazing feeling to finish something you’ve been using for a few months.
  • Preventing me from buying junk I don’t need, therefore allowing me to save for what I really do need!

P.S. Feel free to still join in! Leave a comment below if you’re with me, and if you share on social media, use hashtag #projectuseup 

2. Thrifty Threads 365

A challenge started by Patrice from Looking Fly on a Dime, she (and all those who want to participate) commits to only thrift shopping for 365 days. As she says on her blog:

“This challenge isn’t solely about saving money, but showing firsthand that “your style is never determined by your wallet” and your fashion is only limited to your imagination.”

In the spirit of full disclosure, there is only one word to describe my #ThriftyThreads365 goal:

pitiful.

Have I browsed and bought from thrift stores more than ever before in 2014? You betcha. But have I also made purchases at Kohl’s and JC Penney? Absolutely.

I can’t resist the siren song of a 30% off coupon and Kohl’s cash. Where else can you get that type of deal?! Nowhere, I tell you.

But for the remainder of 2014, I will try my best to only shop at thrift stores, consignment shops and the like. Plus, there’s really not much I need when it comes to my wardrobe, which brings me to my third goal…

3. Fiscal Fast (30-Day No-Spend Challenge)

I successfully completed a Fiscal Fast in February (shortest month of the year, holla!) and you can read all about that here.

And since I’m an overachiever, I plan on completing a second spending ban during the month of September. I vow not to buy anything unnecessary to living in September.

Benefits:

  • Saving money!
  • Time. Time to declutter and donate what I don’t need, time to “finish those annoying unfinished projects” and time to focus on what’s important.

 

I’ve pretty proud of what I’ve accomplished so far in 2014, and I’m still pumped to continue saving instead of spending!

 

Have you made any saving goals in 2014? Are you making progress? 

 


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Mad about Plaid! #ThriftStyleThursday

Do you deem certain patterns very “you”? That’s what plaid is for me. Aside from my #1 favorite pattern (polka dots), plaid is a classic that just won’t quit.

For today’s Mad About Plaid theme, I’m hittin ya with a double dose of the classic pattern in the form of a scarf (borrowed from my sister. That counts as thrifted, right?!) and a plaid shirtdress from thredUP.

P.S. I could not be more ready for fall. Can you tell?

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L.L. Bean Plaid Shirtdress from thredUP // Scarf borrowed from sister // Sonoma Leggings from Kohl’s // L.L. Bean Bean Boots

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Check out the other fabulous plaid looks:

Buttons and Birdcages // Spoolish // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J // Confessions of a Refashionista // Alligator Toe // Eclecticity // Being Zhenya // Erika’s Style Diary // Sistas From Cali // Bethie the Boo // Lipstick and Yarn // Nuttier Than Nutella // That Cheap B**** // Slight Impression


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#MonthlyMani: Romance in Bloom

Romance in Bloom

Cue the awww’s because the fabulous #MonthlyMani girls and myself are celebrating National Romance Awareness month with the theme of “Romance in Bloom!”

I immediately thought of pinks, reds and creams as my color inspiration for this month’s theme, so I scoured Pinterest seeking the simplest yet most unique manicure I could create with that trio of colors.

I stumbled upon this marble water manicure  on the Julep blog and tested it out. Unfortunately, I’m less than thrilled with the results. My mani is a far cry from the beautiful marbled effect in the tutorial, but I’m glad I stepped outside my manicure comfort zone this month :)

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The colors I used were:

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China Glaze “Mediterranean Charm” 

Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro “Posh Pink”

Sinful Colors “Easy Going” 

Fall in love with the other #MonthlyManis: 

Kristi from Alligator Toe
Piniel from Pins-Place
Lanerbell from Just the Polish
Jacki and Leslie from Sistas from Cali
Megan from Eclecticity
Marlena from Here, Pretty Kitty
Angie from hashtagRANDOM
Brooklyn from thesparklinprep
Tracy-Ann from Mint Statement


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I’ve Used Up 111 Products In 2014!

I don’t know what it is, but lately I’ve been finishing products left and right!

This year, my goal is to use up as many products as possible, and after this month’s total of 111, I just beat last year’s total of 104 products! Can I get a holla?!

On the other hand, I have bought several products but I still have not surpassed my goal of 10 or less products bought in 2014. Here’s what I bought so far:

I encourage you to still join in on Project Use Up! Leave a comment if you’d like to join in! Here’s products 89-111 that I used up:

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89. Alberto VO5 Island Coconut Moisturizing Shampoo

90. Bath & Body Works Winter Candy Apple Body Gel

91. Herbal Essences Body Burst Body Wash

92. Satin Care Sensitive Skin Shaving Cream

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93. Redken Blonde Glam Shampoo

94. Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil Conditioner

95. Organix Sunkissed Blonde Lemon Highlights Shampoo

96. Bath & Body Works Bali Mango Body Lotion (3 years old. Just finished. Feelin’ like a champ.)

97. Pantene Curl Defining Mousse

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98. True Blue Spa Bronzing Self-Tanning Lotion

99. True Blue Spa Malibu Smooth Body Scrub

100. True Blue Spa Malibu Radiance Whipped Body Cream

101. The Body Shop Tree Tree Skin Clearing Toner

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103. DevaCurl Light Defining Gel

104. Epielle Green Tea Cleansing Tissues

105. L’oreal OleoTherapy Deep Repair Mask

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106. Almond Sugar Scrub

107. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (NC15)

108. Essie “A French Affair” Nail Polish

109. CoverGirl Bombshell Volume Mascara (Hated this.)

110. Covergirl Professional Mascara

111. Bonne Bell LipLites in Cappuccino

 

Fellow Project Use Up participants: are you still making progress? Have you bought anything this year?


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What Can I Say? I’m a Rebel.

As much as I’d love to think so, I’m no rebel.

But I do have my moments of nonconformity, like pairing chambray with denim. Perhaps this tends to be considered a faux pas because it puts “denim” (aka chambray) and denim together.

My sister, Meg, insists that these pieces should only be worn separately, never together. She also refuses to use the word ‘chambray’ because it’s too ‘fancy’ yet she sings ‘Fancy‘ like it’s her job. But I digress.

There are simply no rules when it comes to style! So rather than avoid this pairing, I actually tend to gravitate toward light chambray and dark denim. Fashion rebels unite!

P.S. I dyed my hair this week! See ya blonde and hello brunette!

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Old Navy Chambray Shirt: Savers // Merona Jeggings: Target // Cutout booties: Old Navy // Red polka dot headband: Stolen from this dress 

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I didn’t mean to, but I think with the new dark hair, red lips and headband I come off looking very Snow White!  And I’m totally ok with that :)

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Check out my fellow sassy denim rebels this week!

Buttons and Birdcages // Spoolish // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J // Confessions of a Refashionista // Alligator Toe // Eclecticity // Being Zhenya // Erika’s Style Diary // Sistas From Cali // Bethie the Boo // Lipstick and Yarn // Nuttier Than Nutella // That Cheap B****


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Didn’t Buy These from eBay? You Probably Paid Too Much

As any penny-pinching gal knows, eBay is a goldmine for bargain treasures of all kinds. Specifically, beauty items (like the top three I mentioned in my Best Cheap Buys on eBay post).

And now I have two more gems to share that you should absolutely purchase from eBay for the best possible price!

Nail striping tape

Pro: I snagged 30 rolls of various colored nail striping tape for a mere $3.21! I’ve seen sets starting at 90 cents, so you too can pay a few bucks for 30 or more rolls of this fabulous tape.


Con: Mine came from Hong Kong so I had to wait about a month to receive my package. Totally worth the wait, though, because I can’t wait to try out some new manicures with these!

Metal Spiral Pins (aka imitation Goody Spin Pins) 

 

 

Pro: You know those genius spin pins that can help you create a flawless bun in seconds?! Well, I once had my very own set of name brand Goody Spin Pins and promptly lost them. So, I found the next best thing on eBay: 10-piece New Metal Spiral Spin Screw Pin Hair Clip Twist Barrettes. I paid $1.50 with free shipping! You cannot beat that! I’ve seen 2-packs of Spin Pins priced anywhere from $3-$7 at various stores.

Con: Just like the nail striping tape and so many other steals from eBay, these came from Hong Kong so the wait was about a month. But again, totally worth the wait!

 

Are there super cheap eBay beauty buys that I’ve yet to share?! Tell me all about it!

 

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