Blogger On A Budget Part II – Summer To Fall Transition

The transition from Summer to Fall  is the absolute worst.

Perhaps its just me, but once those leaves start to change I know I am going to start each morning with about 4 layers on because I am cold. Then by midafternoon I am ready to peel of my Tuesday Zebra print blouse. Confused by the Zebra print blouse reference? Go here and read up, I promise you will be entertained!

But the upside to this problem is being able to take your favorite summer looks and turn them in to your fall favorites!  Does that read as cheesy as it sounds in my head? Sure does.

Moving on.

This is also something you can do if you are like me, and have limited $$$ because you spent it all buying anything velvet (it’s going to be BIG this season) and you need a fresh new fall look.

This denim jumpsuit is my FAVORITE. It is lightweight, comfortable, and the length is perfect. Full length jumpsuits can be hard for me because I’m too short for long length pants but to tall for regular length pants. Yep folks I had one eyebrow growing up and I have yet to grow out of “my awkward height stage.” #36yearoldproblems

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Need I explain the cardigan?  It’s fall and the first thing I do when the fall season hits is break out last season cardi’s then buy about 10 more. Because what is fall without cardigans, pumpkin spice lattes, and basic blogger pictures in cardigans…holding pumpkin spice lattes.

Anyway, per usual this post went many directions so I think this would be a great place to stop. I encourage you to go find that perfect summer piece and make into a fall season staple. I promise it will be life changing. Or at least save you a little bit of $$$ 🙂

PEACE, LOVE AND BASICNESS

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My Favorite Things Make-up Series Part III – Power Of The Eyebrow

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This is the third installment of, My Favorite Things Make-up Series, and we are going to discuss the importance of having a FIERCE set of eyebrows!

Some of the best advice I ever got was to NEVER underestimate the power of an eyebrow. Or maybe it was to never trust someone with bad eyebrows. Perhaps I should take that last bit of advice personally as for much of my childhood I only had one eyebrow. Shout out to Main Street Styles in Ansley for lettin’ me in on a little secret called WAXING! If it hadn’t been for those ladies I could be 36 years old with one eyebrow living in a one bedroom apartment filled with New Kids On the Block memorabilia.

Moving on.

My eyebrows have been through several different stages. The “skinny” stage of the 90s where my eyebrows looked like sperm. The “money saving” stage of college where I thought I could wax my own eyebrows. That stage ended with only one surviving eyebrow and about 4 weeks spent in seclusion.

I am happy to report I now have what only I can consider “adult” eyebrows. This is due in large part because I met Nicole, at Tranquility Salon and Spa in Lincoln. Better known as the, “eyebrow whisperer.” She gives life to sad eyebrows, so make an appointment, and the trip to see her. Your eyebrows will thank you. Seriously, they whisper in their little eyebrow voices, “thank you for taking me to Nicole….”

ANYWAY enough about that, and more about my favorite products for….you guessed it….eyebrows!  I have tried all these products and I love all of them. I highly recommend trying them all to find your favorite!

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Powder Duo

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This product is perfect if you are an “in between” shade when it comes to eyebrow color. You can use one of two shades, or both! It’s lightweight, sheer to medium coverage and smudge-proof.

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Okay, we have ALL seen this product on social media somewhere. If you haven’t…google it. I bet even after what I say you will be skeptical. But I’m telling you, this is a GOOD product! First, a little bit goes a long way. Second, an eyebrow brush is necessary with this product. It dries SUPER fast so you need to make sure you comb through your eyebrows as you apply. This product is waterproof, smudge-proof, and transfer-proof. Oh…and it will last up to 3 DAYS!! Seriously, it does last that long so if you are looking for long wearing this product is your ticket!

Maybelline – Brow Define Fill Duo

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This is by far, my favorite eyebrow product. On one end you have a pencil, on the other you have a filling power with a sponge like tip for blending. I have tried many eyebrow products and I can 100% say I will not stray from this one. It doesn’t transfer, is long wearing, and the color matches perfectly. The price isn’t too bad either!

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Clear Brow Gel

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If your eyebrows are anything like mine, they need tamed. This is the perfect product to do just that! It is a clear gel that is good for all hair colors. It sets, defines, and hold brows in place all day long!

There you have it! My favorite eyebrow products. I encourage you to discover the power of the “brow.” Or the power of two…whatever floats your boat!

PEACE, LOVE, AND BROWS!

 

 

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Living Your Best 90s Life

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If you keep up with me on Instagram, you probably know that as of late I have had an obsession with all things 90s. As far as clothing goes anyway. I feel like I need to write a guide to living your BEST 90s life. I would give anything to go back to the days of oversized flannel shirts, My-So-Called-Life because hello….Jared Leto IS A FOX, and Doc Martens. Perhaps I stumbled upon a book idea? Stay tuned!

Finding this flannel maxi skirt is probably the best thing that has happened to me in a while. Keep in mind I live in a small town, where nothing exciting ever happens, and the talk of the town is who Pearl’s date was to Bingo last week. Its riveting stuff I tell ya……..that Pearl, she sure does get around!

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Back to the skirt, I found this dream at Buckle, formerly The Buckle, formerly The Brass Buckle. If you are from Nebraska you will get it. I’m really not one to shop at (the) Buckle, I just feel old when I walk in that store…and the layering.  I mean, do they really think you need to wear that many items to make up an outfit?! I guess so.  If you like to do this, more power to you! I just prefer to wear one shirt at a time. #thatsjustmethough #doyou

OK BACK TO THE SKIRT! As I was saying, when I do shop there, I am never disappointed. Their Gimmicks line is my favorite, very boho and laided back, this skirt is from that very line and sings to my 90s soul. I paired it with a crop top from Nasty Gal, and of course my favorite chunky platform boots from H&M.

The 90s. Such a great time for fashion, teen melodramas, and Tiger Beat Magazine! I would go back in a heartbeat. Maybe not to live through my teen years again (I was super awkward, hard to believe I know…..#not), but to spend countless hours with my nose in the latest issue of Sassy while listening to EnVouge, and daydreaming about what it would be like to go on a date with Jared Leto. At 15 years old, I had my priorities straight….duh.

PEACE, LOVE, AND FLANNEL

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Fall Favorites From Express

So yesterday after I posted my shirt post……….wow..no judgment on the grammar please.

Anyway, I headed over to Express’s website and they are having a sale, 40% OFF EVERYTHING! Every, single, damn, thing is on sale. I took a moment to do a little happy dance, yes because of the sale OBVIOUSLY, but also because Alex will be out of town for work and I will be able to sneak whatever I buy into my closet and when he asks if it’s new I will respond, with a casual, “this old thing??? I have had it FOR AGES!” Trust me, dudes are never the wiser to what is new and what is not. (Here is to hoping today isn’t the day Alex decides to read my blog) Ladies, if any of you claim to not do this yourselves…I call BS.

Who wants to see a few things I ordered?????? Here ya go!

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Ok, perhaps I went a bit overboard…I mean who can say no to a blush velvet jumpsuit?? NOT THIS GIRL!!

After I was done shopping for myself, I found a few pieces I think are perfect for this fall season!

So do yourself a favor, head over to Express, shut off that little voice in your head that says, “you don’t need those thigh high boots,” and then go buy those thigh high boots!

PEACE, LOVE, AND SHOPPING!

 

 

About A Shirt

This Shirt.

I have been trying to come up with something witty to say about this top for a week now, and I must be honest, this has been the hardest top to really talk about.

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Now, if I asked my dad what he thought of this top, I am confident his response would be, “where is the rest of it?!” Oh Dale!! Never one to not have a clever comeback.

But honestly that is what I thought when I first saw this shirt on Nordstrom’s website. I’m not usually one to gravitate toward the one-shoulder look but there was just something about this particular piece that was screaming BUY ME! Who am I to not listen to that little shopping voice? So without hesitation I bought it. I like to live on the edge when it comes to shopping, buyer’s remorse…….WHAT’S THAT?!

About a week later the shirt arrived, and I immediately tried it on and, it didn’t look to bad. Wasn’t to sure how I would style it, but alas I hung it up and began brainstorming looks.

Here is what I came up with. I like this look but as soon as I saw the photos I felt like what this top needed to be paired with is wide leg, high-waisted, black trousers. So once again I went on the hunt and found a pair from Express…stay tuned for the follow-up to that purchase!

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PEACE, LOVE, AND SAY NO TO BUYER’S REMORES!

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