Archive | February, 2013

The Perfect Shirt from Express!

28 Feb

I picked this little number up over the weekend and am obsessed with the chic studs, warm coral color, and the perfect relaxed fit of the Studded Portofino Shirt. It’s already a steal at just $49.90 – $59.90, but use “9072” code this week to get 15% off your whole purchase and free shipping! Also available in 16 other colors, I wish I could stock my closet with the entire rainbow!

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Perfect Swimsuits for Spring Break!

27 Feb

With my spring break trip to Cabo only 2 weeks away, I knew that when my mom came to visit this past weekend we needed to do some major swimsuit shopping! I’d never purchased swimsuits from Victoria’s Secret before, but after a lot of negative experiences trying to find the right bikini for my unusual size, I was so happy to finally find the perfect pieces there. The costumer service as well as the selection was fabulous, and the fit and materials are really high quality. With code SPRING13 this week, you can get $15, $30, or even $75 off your purchase depending on how much you spend, plus get an adorable striped duffel with the code GETAWAY when you spend $75+.  Take advantage of these great deals and stock up on cute swim basics :)

The Push-Up Triangle Top was so flattering and sweet, simple but perfect!

I also purchased the bandeau top. I never thought I could wear a strapless top but it was both cute and supportive :)

I also love all the fun tropical prints they have going on right now, definitely a must for the next vacation

These ruffles are so flirty and girly, and I’m really digging the aqua!

This neon paisley print is so fun!

Have you ever purchased a swimsuit from Victoria’s Secret? What did you think? Are you going on any beach vacations soon?

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Marchesa for JCP!

26 Feb

I love all these high end designer/department store collabs, and the new Georgina Chapman “Pearl” line for JCPenny does not disappoint! Georgina Chapman is the face behind haute couture line Marchesa, and also the wife of Harvey Weinstein (you know, the one who produced Silver Linings Playbook.) With almost all of the capsule collection priced under $200, this is the perfect place to find a sweet cocktail dress for that upcoming wedding or formal! Here are my top picks from the release:

These lace scalloped shorts are just $50!

This adorable LBD is business in the front but party in the back with a deep V and even a bow! $70.

I love this delicate pink number with the statement-making one shoulder rosettes. This would be a perfect choice for a spring wedding! $70.

I’m loving the retro vibe of this cap-sleeve number. Conservative and edgy all at once! $110.

And last but certainly not least, I’m loving this long organza dress. I have no idea what sort of occassion it’s appropriate for, but the delicate rosettes are darling! $250.

Will you be shopping the Georgina Chapman Pearl for JCP line? What are your favorite pieces? Are you excited about any of the other great designer collabs going on right now?

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Lilly Pulitzer Flash Sale on Rue La La!

19 Feb

Lilly Pulitzer gifts are making an appearance at steeply discounted prices on Rue La La today! Hurry up and get them before they’re gone – the sale only lasts 48 more hours!! Need an invite? Click here :)

Lilly Pulitzer 7 piece desk sets are only $29.90, originally $52. They include a fridge pad, a dry erase board, a photo album, a set of sticky notes, a note pad, a pocket book, and a journal! Available in multiple patterns this would make a lovely birthday present or Easter basket stuffer! I also think these would make cute grad school acceptance gifts ;)

The Lilly Pulitzer Neoprene Tech Cases are on sale for just $9.90! They are an absolute must for toting around your digital camera and these would look absolutely perfect on any spring break excursion. They’re available in a variety of patterns but I’m partial to these festive flamingos :)

Lilly Pulitzer Neoprene Ipad/Netbook Sleeves are down to $19.90 and are a very necessary accessory for work, school, or play! These also come in a plethora of patterns but I’m loving the preppy pink and green… if only I had an ipad to go with it!

Have you ordered anything from Rue La La before? Which Lilly Pulitzer items are your favorite?

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Spending Mardi Gras in New Orleans!

12 Feb

To celebrate Mardi Gras this year, three of my friends and I traveled to New Orleans for 5 days for an amazingly fun girls’ weekend! I hadn’t been to New Orleans since I was little, and I loved exploring the delicious food and unique culture of the city all while celebrating Mardi Gras. Here’s a little recap/rundown of the whirlwind trip:

We arrived Thursday afternoon and immediately dug into the wonderful food of New Orleans by enjoying a King Cake and some friend shrimp and oyster po’ boys.

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After we checked into the hotel, we went out to the parade route. We enjoyed some hurricanes and watched a few parades, ending in the MUSES parade, which is known as the all women’s parade. It was so much fun and we made lots of new friends :)

 

Mardi GrasI made friends with this adorable french bulldog en route to a little parade snack

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During the parades, the people on the floats throw out beads, cups, stuffed animals, flasks, light up toys, and even more expensive items. We caught quite a few awesome things.
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If you’re planning a trip to Mardi Gras, it’s definitely not the week to go on a diet. Although we were definitely eating a lot, we also stayed at the Double Tree on Canal, which was the perfect location for walking to all of the best parade spots, Bourbon Street, Canal, The Flea Market, and many others.

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On Friday we walked through the French Market and square and saw tons of artists displaying their work and crafts. We had an amazing meal at The French Market Restaurant where we chowed down on fried crawfish tails, fried oysters, seafoodgumbo, and etouffe!

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Once I had my fill of sweet tea and crawdaddies, we took a private tour of M.S. Rau Antiques and wandered around the touristy sites on Bourbon Street.

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Friday night we had VIP tickets to sit in the stands for the Hermes parade. Stand tickets are a splurge but definitely worth it to avoid some of the more raucous crowds. We also had our fill of yummy pina coladas and daquiris at this parade.
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Saturday we spent the day exploring the Flea Market where there were some amazing finds, and we stopped for beignets at Cafe Du Monde. We had VIP tickets for the stands again for the Endymion Parade, which is pretty much the most amazing. It has twice as many floats as the rest, costs over $2 million, featured one whole float longer than a football field, and was presided over by Kelly Clarkson! After the parade we had VIP access to 2 balcony bars on Bourbon Street, and later met up with old friends at Pat O’Brien’s. Sunday was spent eating and recovering and packing up to leave early yesterday morning. We also took a drive through the 9th ward to see some of the remaining effects of Hurricane Katrina, as well as a new area there called the Musician’s Village. Overall it was an amazing trip and I can’t wait to go back and explore all the things I didn’t have a chance to do this time. If you’re planning to visit New Orleans, these sites are a must and you won’t be disappointed!

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Review + $100 FREE: Little Black Bag

4 Feb

Because I have been identified as an influential college student by Sumpto, I was selected to try Little Black Bag for free. I was not obligated in any way to write a review on my blog, but I loved it so much and was so impressed that I knew I had to share this amazing website with all of you! So what is Little Black Bag? It’s a kind of flash sale site (with a monthly subscription option too!) that features current season bags from designer brands like BCBGeneration and Badgley Mischka to Deux Lux and Steve Madden at up to 70% off retail. They also carry designer jewelry, beauty products, and home goods as well! The fun part is that after you select the item you want to buy, a personal stylist will select bonus merchandise between $25-$75 in value from the site to include with your purchase .

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Your bonus items are revealed to you online as soon as the purchase is complete, and you have several days to decide whether you want to keep the items or swap them with other users on the site. I initially purchased the Izzy + Ali Michelle Bucket Bag and was gifted the Geranium Bambi Stud Earrings and the Jardin Oval Ring, but through a series of trades ended up swapping my items for the Olivia + Joy Dynamo Double Handle Satchel and the Flea Market Girl Peace Sign Necklace. New items are added to the site almost every day, so each night I would check back to see if I wanted to swap for a new item that I loved more. I am obsessed with the two things I ended up with and loved using Little Black Bag!

Want to try it out for yourself and get a special code for up to $100 in bonus merchandise? All you have to do is sign up with Sumpto. It’s easy and free, and you’ll have access to this deal until Feb. 10! Here are a few other bags I’m currently loving from Little Black Bag:

Koret Snake Charmer tote, originally $135.

Pink Cosmo Studded Satchel, originally $70.

Penny Sue Foldable Florence Tote, originally $89.

What are your favorite items on Little Black Bag right now? Have you ever tried the site? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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