Morning & Night Routine Buys

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Not going to lie, when it comes to a morning or night routine I’m not that great. Not until college did I start using face moisturizer, I only owned a straightener and looking back at it, my poor eye brows were failing at everything. So much changes in the makeup and skincare scene that I just can’t keep up. And to be honest, I don’t really care that much. Until I’m making a pretty penny and I can fit in a “makeup” budget, then what’s up Walmart!!!! Kind of kidding, I get some stuff at Ulta or Target… tiny bit classier.

I’ve tried new things here and there (rashes or something terrible happen on occasion) but I’ve finally nailed down a pretty good routine that I’ve been enjoying. Here is my advice (take it for what it’s worth) on my morning & evening routine buys:

Morning & Night Routines

 

1. Find a good makeup remover

The blue package Neutrogena make-up towelettes are the greatest things since sliced bread. I’ve tried a few variations of generic brand versions and they do.not.do.the.same.thing. As much as you want to think the 2 buck cheaper version is worth it, it’s not. Neutrogena’s are the softest on my face. They leave a slightly wet feeling at first and then dry out… best feeling ever! Other variations will leave my under eyes DRIER THEN A SLICE OF PEPPERONI IN THE DESERT. And these are the best for any lazy girl out there… there’s a little bit in all of us so don’t roll your eyes. I’ve also tried out Clinique’s remover as well. A tad more ‘greasy’ but also a nice option if you want to switch things up.

2. Moisturizer will be your next best friend

That is, if it’s not already. My friend Bri used moisturizer in college after every shower and then again every morning. I finally was like what are you putting on your face? Can I try some? Cue the singing angels. I didn’t know your face wasn’t suppose to feel tight.. like all the time. She used Olay so therefor I used Olay. Ever since I have not deviated from this plan, if anything I’ve changed to a different option within the brand. Also, highly suggest one that has SPF in it! Not fun looking like a leather purse face in 15 years. I use the Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer: Normal and it has SPF 15. I don’t use anything fancy, I use what works for me.

3. Eye shadow is the cheap girls guide to killer brows

Naked Palette

I’m obsessed with Elvis Duran in the morning show! And about a year ago now, Bobbi Brown was on there giving advice and accepting callers. She said that if you have light eye brows or are just getting into brow shading, try using a light brown eye shadow and brow brush. I literally was like PEOPLE WILL KNOW, THEY WILL JUST KNOW. But I said f*ck it and and gave it a go anyway. I started out with some light shading because I get way to nervous with any big change. But now I’ve gotten a bit more daring and actually shape and color in my brows EVERYDAY NOW. Never thought I could committed to something/anything everyday!! Lol. But in reality it completely makes me look my age and it gives my face so much more umfph! I use the color ‘Tease’ in my Naked 2 Palette. It’s perfect for me and my hair color! Might venture out soon and try an actual brow pencil/gel but we’ll see.

4. Don’t forget your Face Masks

When Face Masks

On the cheap girl theme, face masks are so great if actual facials are not in your financial future (fingers crossed for one day!). I recently tried out When Face Masks and they are so awesome! Not only is the packaging enough to sell me, but they are in my budget! At $7 each they are perfect for a girls night or something super easy to add to your week or monthly routine. When uses all natural bio-cellulose sheets that just lay on your face (with the funny eye and mouth holes). They are SO soft and and gentle enough that they can be used on burn patience. So, anyone who has SUPER sensitive skin you’ve gotta give them a try! They are at Sephora, Ulta, Anthropologie, BirchBox and more… all the places you frequently visit :) These masks are no joke the softest and most delightful things I’ve put on my face. They are SO much better then any type of cream or face gel I’ve ever tried.

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5. Don’t pay over $100 for any hair tool

If you think that a nice hair tool is only available at a high price point, you are incredibly wrong. I use a 1990’s curling iron and a straightener from Walmart. My lovely beachy waves are created by a cheap curling iron that gets wicked hot and is a normal shape. No need for these INSANELY shaped wands or whatever, just go basic and go middle of the road price wise. I do my beachy waves in about 15-20 mins in the morning and I hold them in for no longer than 8 seconds each. There are tons of Youtube videos out there to help, but the more you think about it the more you’ll look like Shirley Temple. I don’t think I will ever pay over $100 for any of my hair tools unless it somehow wins me a date with Derek Jeter

 

Like I said in the beginning, I’m no professional when it comes to any of this. But no one has said I look that ugly so I must know kind of what I’m talking about! Everyone has their own go-to’s but sometimes the budget doesn’t allow for $20 mascara so knowing what else is out there can be helpful! I just cannot wait for the sun to finally come out so I can get a tan and get darker foundation…

Funny Mascara Gif

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Dry Skin? Derma e Review!

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The winter months can be so hard on our skin, especially living up here in the tundra Upstate, NY. I actually have terrible skin problems in the changing months… aka right about now. This includes but is not limited to elbows so dry they are actually a cut, dry feet to the point where my sock get stuck on, and lastly confetti in my hair: dandruff. I have been battling the worst dandruff the past few months but THANKFULLY it’s just getting better now.

 

A few year ago John was having some skin problems so after a handful of doctor visits he found out he had Eczema. He had wicked dry skin patches on his eye lids, chest and inner arm. It was so irritating for him itchy, flacking and, the worst, the redness. I don’t think it would have bothered him as much if it wasn’t on his face. Strange enough, it was just the eye lids. He was prescribed some sort of steroid cream that he still has to this day for when anything gets dry. Some people will have this so bad their entire life while others will have it seasonally or randomly. Psoriasis is kind of the same way but something a bit different. A friend of mine has Psoriasis and she did SO much to try and treat it but it’s just something you have to live with. We all probably remember the episode Kim K found out she had Psoriasis (the world ended) but it’s a real thing that effects so many people!

Kim K psoriasis

After talking to a friend at work about this new brand I was trying out, she told me that it’s one of the only brands she has switched to and liked! So I knew I was in for something good. The brand is called derma e, a vitamin-rich, high performance antioxidant skincare product line. Always being aware, derma e also adheres to the highest ethical standards when it comes to animal welfare and our impact on the planet (woohoo!!).

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I obviously tried out the Shampoo and Conditioner first,  and it was an interesting experience compared to other “dandruff shampoos”. I have to say this shampoo smelled like Listerine for your hair!! In a good way!  It was a cool and refreshing smell that felt great when washed in – same for the condition. I used about the same amount I would with any other shampoo and conditioner. I have had dandruff shampoos leave a terrible grease feeling at the top of my head after washing. Not with derma e. It was soooo nice to dry my hair and see it voluptuous at the end, not flat!

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Next was the Psorzema Cremé. The Creme is perfect for dry skin, eczema or psoriasis problems! I have THE WORST dry elbows no matter how much I moisturize but after putting on the Creme the visible dryness was gone (the ugliest part) and they felt quite clean and fresh. The Creme is a bit thicker then your normal lotion or hydrating lotion. Which if it’s think, then I know it’s gotta be doing something! I will say the smell of the Creme is a bit “dull”. Not much pretty fragrance to it but if you live with or know anyone with eczema you know you can’t have fragrance filled ANYTHING. Dry sheets included (and no it doesn’t make me mad……..). To learn more about the product check out a helpful video here!

 

Overall reviewing derma e was just a great experience. When you have dandruff/dry skin & eczema in the same household it’s hard to find something that works for both of you. I look forward to adding these products into our routine! So, since derma e rocks they are letting me give the first 10 of my readers and friends 3 FREE foil packs of the Psorzema Creme! Go thru this link and sign up :) It can be for you or someone you know how suffers from dry skin. How awesome is that!?

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Everyone have a lovely week! The nice weather is finally coming, I hope!!

++This post was sponsored by BrandBacker but the above opinion is my own.++

 

Something New – PCA Skin Revitalizing Eye Gel!

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When it comes to makeup, I wont lie, I don’t know much. It took me quite some time to figure out what I was doing and what looked good on me (I’m still learning)! When it comes to skincare, I still don’t know much either but, I know how much more important skincare is then makeup.

PCA Skin

 

I was never good about taking my makeup off until college (have to get that party girl makeup off somehow!). I luckily found make-up remover clothes (because anything more then that is too time consuming and I’d fall off the wagon). Well, I was looking to expand my current skincare routine and step it up as I’m about to be 25! I recently tried out a product from PCA Skin © and have to tell everyone about it! I thought when my mom used eye cream it meant that she had too many wrinkles (sorry mom, I didn’t know) but in actuality she was taking precaution and helping PREVENT wrinkles! PCA Skin Ideal Complex Revitalizing Eye Gel is a super easy step to add to any morning or night face routine. I first used it in the morning after putting on my daily moisturizer. I actually think that may have been a not-so-great move because my eyes were a tad irritated as the area around my eyes, I have found, is extremely sensitive.  It recommends to use it with a clean face after washing, so I would follow that directly.

PCA Skin

The gel is a whitish, clear color that goes on ever so smoothly. You don’t need anything more then two small drops! A lot goes along way and along way saves you money :) I applied it to my entire eye area – under eyes, sides, and eye lid. I was very careful not to get too close to my lashes and under eye because of my known sensitivity. I was really impressed with the smoothness and lightweight feel of the gel when applied. We all know some products go on and they just feel tacky or don’t feel blended enough, and that just sucks. This was not the case for the Revitalizing Eye Gel.

 

After a week the gel is said to strengthen, firm and lift all areas around the eye. Sign me up right?! The product is recommended for all skin types and uses the latest science in formulation. It can be scary to steer from your normal products but it’s fun to see what other products can do for you! PCA Skin has so many other products from anti aging serums to men’s skin products. Not until looking at their site did I know how professional their products are. They have a really great blog that explains a lot of skincare problems I don’t understand that I should learn more about. Check that out here because I know I can’t be the only one!

PCA Skin

Overall, I’m glad I tried something new. The slight irritation I had is a bit worrisome but it very well could have been the moisturizer or the new pup too! I’m actually allergic to dogs that shed but nothing an allergy pill can’t fix :) Anyway, you can take a look at PCA Skin products online or you can look and see if they are available near you. Very impressed to see doctor locations on the locator list, definitely added more professionalism to their products.

 

They are offering something special for my friends and readers! PCA Skin is proving FREE shipping on any order with the code “BRANDBACKER”. Who doesn’t love that :)

PCA Skin

Enjoy this beautiful month of May!!

 

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Weekly Links & Weekend Deals

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I really love how Running with Spoons does a weekly “link love”! I always find myself clicking away at some really cool shit. So, I’m gonna give it a whirl and showcase some really cool stuff I’ve found or saw throughout the week!

If you go over to Running with Spoons, you’ll see she has links for a few categories like fitness, food, and blogging. I’m going to pick a few fun topics every week. It will most likely change (because sometimes cool stuff doesn’t have a category) for the first few times as I get my shit in order.

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-Food & Drink-

Strawberry Moscow Mule Recipe – Found the perfect recipe after drooling over the one I had at Gordon Biersch last weekend! Now I just need to ask where the F*#^ is spring?!?!

Slow Cooker Spin Dip – If you know me, you know I can pound a bowl of Spin Artichoke dip to my face, easily. This is perfect for some NCAA parties or a girls night.

-Beauty-

Contouring for Beginners Tutorial – Such a great, easy tutorial! She uses some pricey make-up but I’m sure it’s easy to find cheaper alternatives at the drugstore or Ulta.

-Life-

RocksBox – I have been seeing this all over the inter-webs!! I think I need to do it. I mean what bad could really happen…. :)

Mario & Luigi Coming to your Smart Phone – This is beyond exciting!! It will not be the original Mario (slightly disappointing) but I’m sure they will not let us down.

Only 273 of 11.57 Million Still Perfect – NO ONE, I mean no one in their right mind could have predicted the insane upsets on just the first day of the NCAA tourney. Those 273 had to have done it with their eyes closed.

Man Hacks the Entire Travel Industry – How in the world. Literally. Very interesting, crazy video on how he fly’s for free, gets his money back, and is a straight boss.

-Blogging-

Best Time to Post a Photo on Instagram – Really great info on the perfect timing for optimal likes. The bottom chart lets you change stats by days of the week.

Spring Blogging Prompts – This will be really helpful for me as I’m still learning!!

A Few Tips to Stay Organized – Simple, to the point tips that will are really helpful to note. Hoping to get on a better blogging schedule this spring.

Now here are some sales I don’t think you can miss!

Kate Spade Saturday – 50% off EVERYTHING

H&M – 20% off purchase ONLINE

Lord & Taylor – 20% off reg & sale. & buy more save more (shoes & sportswear)

Victoria Secret – 7 for 27 pantieeeesss

Gap – sign up for emails get 35% off purchase

The Grammys | Wardrobe Review

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The Grammys. Something I seriously thought had something to do with my Grandma when I was little. Well, last night was the night where all the musicians get together and sing and fake clap for the winner in their category.

 

I mean wouldn’t you be pissed?

 

I’m not hear to congratulate Sam Smith on 7 Grammys, I’m here to give you my opinion on the fashion.

Tay Swift

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PER.FECT.ION. This gown is tailored (pun intended) perfectly to her. The length, the shoes, basic hair… killed it.

Bey

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For starters she can do no wrong! Her first looks is brilliant. The deep V is always great when you have perky boobs. Her second look is just precious. Glitzy, glam, and short. And the shoes… be mine?

Gaga

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Again, the deep V. Beys boobs looked better. BUT Gaga looks normal and it’s wonderful!! Great look for her even though I’d bet 500 bucks she’s trying so hard to suck in in this pic.

Chrissy

Chrissy Teigen

She needs to be my friend. Dress looks great on her. LITTLE bit of under boob going on but hey could be a lot worse. Also obsessed with her hair – nothing crazy.

Gwen

grammy gwen

I freaking love a jumpsuit. She is totally working it. Well done Gwen, but not 100% sure if thats a nude underlay orrrr how’s that work…

Kat

grammy kat graham

I don’t really know who you are but DAMN. I love love love this look!! I haven’t been a fan of the leotard dress thing ever since Kris Jenner tried it out butttt this looks freaking phenomenal on her. #girlcrush

Giuliana

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I’m not sure. Like I said, mama loves a jumpsuit but I’m not sold on this one yet. She does have the figure so why not show it off.

Sia

grammy sia

What in God’s name. Patches was thrilled when I told him someone replicated his look at the Grammys…

Katy Perry

grammy kt perry

She’s looking goooood! Not in love with the length because it’s given a Cankle look but no one is perfect.

Big Sean & Arianna

grammy arianna big seanHer dress was beautiful. Would love for her to give up the pony tail. It’s been like 4 years. He looks good. Can’t go wrong with the all black suit.

Charlie XCX

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THIS IS TERRIFYING. Like someone let the psycho out of the circus. I also think my moms prom dress was that same material.

Rita Ora

grammy rita ora

Don’t understand peoples obsession with her. Looks like Liza Minnelli meet Miley Cyrus 2013. Dress is eh.

Miley

grammy miley

Speaking of Miley. Look at this chick getting her shit together!! Not bad Miley, not bad!

Nicki

grammy nicki

 

Well those are some fake ta-ta’s. I can’t stop staring. Dress looks pretty good on her but kinda looks like the left overs from Bey’s dress #2. lol. Her hair does look AMAZING.

Pharrell & Guest

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CAMEL TOE. Who thought someone would actually wear their BF’s Adidas sweats out of the house in the shoes from last night. And, a shorts suit? I’m confused.

Madonna

grammy madonna

 

I SERIOUSLY CAN’T. I know Deb is closing but I expected something a little fancier from Madonna. The DIY looking hat does just add that jazzy feel no one was looking for.

Iggy

grammy iggy2 words – White Chicks.

Rihanna

grammy rhi 2The dress everyone is talking about. I love pink & I love poofy BUT this is just way way way way too much. The top looks way to small & her hair is missing a few cans of hair spray. If I was her I would have most definitely wore Uggs underneath that though.

The West’s

grammy kim kanyeOkay. The dress robe has grown on me. The only thing I think went wrong was those bedazzled front pockets. Ripe those off and I might have enjoyed it more. BTW I wanted to cut my hair like this SO when I do, just know I didn’t do it to copy her. She was copying me 😛

 

Overall, Tswift takes the cake for me. Then Kat Graham. Then Bey.

What did you all think of the Kanye, Sir Paul & Rihanna’s performance?

(I think it was amazing!)

What’s next? The Oscars? Bring it Leo :)

 

PS I’m about to start doing this every morning in the mirror. #FIERCE

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 All pictures where taken from E Online, Daily News & US Magazine.

Fall Sales This Weekend!

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I went and did alittle shopping yesterday. Ended up at the mall for 3 hours, by myself, starving. I sometimes like to go shopping along and then sometimes don’t. Yesterday I couldn’t decide on anything for the life of me. I was sending people photos, asking my mom for comments, and talking the sales ladies ears off. (Side note – some of these new sales ladies are BITCHES. Like say hello and help me out. I worked retail my whole life and when someone was indecisive I wasn’t leaving their side. UGH!) Anyway, I got a few cute things on a great sale.

Lord & Taylors Friends & Family is going on from now until the 26th. MY FAV SALE. I coulda went to town and probably maxed out my card but I had to pump the breaks. Couldn’t find a bag I reallllly wanted. Couldn’t decide on boots. Couldn’t decide on a winter coat. Then found a SUPER cute pair of booties but was turned off because they had ZERO traction on the sole!! In a Syracuse winter you cannot be messing around with shoes with no traction. So then I ventured out into the mall. Dsw – nothing Saks off 5th – nothing Steve Madden outlet – EVERYTHING!

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I found sooo many awesome shoes/boots/flats there! The best part of the whole thing was my sales girl. I don’t think she said her name but she did tell me she loves potatoes. LOL I told her I was on the verge of becoming hangry and she said she was alright because she just had some potatoes she made with some seasoning. I wish someone was there to hear it because it was the funniest shit ever!!! She killed me, she was great though, and I will probably go back to her again. I ended up leaving with a pair of sale shoes I got for 30 BUCKS! STEAL! I do have my eye on these babies I will probably end up getting next weekend…

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They are 100 bucks but hoping maybe next weekend they’ll have a sale…if not, they may be mine anyway :)

So, here are this weekend sales you cannot miss!!

+ Lord & Taylor Friends & Family – 25% off everything (Except Marc Jacobs and a few others)
+ Kate Spade Friends & Family – 30% off everything! (code – F14FFUS)
+ Victoria Secret – 20% off single item!
+ Loft – 40% of sweaters & tops
+ The Limited – 15% off Scandal collection (IN LOVE)

 

Enjoy and go get’em ladiessss!!

Fall Wish List

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Okay, here we go. It’s officially fall here in the wonderful upstate NY. It should be snowing in about 13.9 days. Just kiddinggg. But, if it does snow in 13 days everyone who reads this owes me 20 bucks LOL :) I know I never got to doing a summer recap part 2… maybe I’ll through some stuff into a TBT post soon to showcase a few more fun things that had happened! Moving on into fall, I would like to showcase all the things that I want that I will probably will never have :( Very sad I KNOW.

 

Fall Wish List
+ Steve Madden Boots. typical white girl necessity but COMMON they are needed.
+ Cranberry. I am alllll about the cranberry color this fall. From nail color to lip color it’s a great shade that adds alittle pop to any outfit.
+Flannels. Does there really need to be a comment for this one? PS I will probably be getting mine at F21 this year as I am poor.
+MK Orange Hamilton. This puppy is on sale at Lord & Taylor and is calling my name… Allie… Allieee.. bring me homeeee… See you heard it too!! Great color and can definitely be transferred between seasons.
+BCBG Gold Bracelet. Not many of you may know this but I worked at BCBG MaxAzria for about a year and therefor fell in love with everything outside my price range. I loveee this bracelet though and may have to go ham on it when L&T has the Friends & Family soon. Gold & silver pleaseeee.
+ Oliva Pope Trench for The Limited. This needs to be mine. I have never wanted a coat more in my life. Olivia has such amazing style on the show and it totally transcended into every Limited piece. I’m also a big fan of the regular length jacket, too.
+Kate Spade Earrings. You all know Kate Spade is my bitch and I love everything Kate Spade has. I currently have a yellow pair of these classics but I think I need a regular diamond-esk pair just because.
+Killin It Tee. I came across a killin it tee on a blog I found a few weeks ago (One in photo found here). I just don’t know if it’s my ego talking but I would wear this everyday if I could. Check out the site because they have some other really cool stuff!

 

Cannot wait to magically win the lotto so all of this can be mineee! hahah. Just remember coupons are your friend & always look online at other department stores because you never know what sale they are running. A great app I have that my girl Jhana over at Mermaids & Bandana’s showed me was Shopular!! #deals #deals #deals

 

Happy fall everyone and look out for my much anticipated Derek Jeter tribute post. Coming this week…

August Favorites!

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Cannot believe that August has come and gone! It’s crazy talk. Now it’s going to start snowing before you can even say I LOVE PUMPKIN EVERYTHING. Because that’s what comes out every girls mouth from September 1st onward. Before we starting jumping the gun, lets reminisce on August.

August Favorites
                                         

+ Starbucks Teavana Shaken tea Blackberry Lemonade Mojito. This shit is the bomb diggity. Could drink it all day long. It was my go too all of August for treat receipt 😉 Super Duper Pooper refreshing.
+ Lady A. Okay, I was (graciously) given free tickets to their show and let me tell you it was one of the best moments of the summer for me! Pics will soon follow. If you get the chance – GO! They put on an amazing show. PS the place that held the concert had $10 bottles of wine… UM YES.
+Free people shorts – I LOVE free people short. I own 3 pairs and they rock! They are sort of a high rise but not too tight so you have tons of shirt options to go with them. I actually got these specific ones for $15.99 I SWEAR! Lord & Taylor had them on a crazy sale a few weeks back. #summerstaple + Yoga Mat. I recently started doing yoga with my girl Lindsay. Don’t get me wrong, it is relaxing but holy crap I felt like I was in a cross fit class! Planks after planks into downward dog then another plank. I was freaking dying. It is an awesome thing to take up so I highly suggest trying it. I’m suppose to be in class now but I had to get 2 cavities filled and my face was freaking numb till about 10 mins ago.
+ Sephora Liquid Eyeliner. This shit is the real deal. I will not buy any other eyeliner ever again. It is perfection. It was a bit hard to get my hand to not stab me in the eye but with time it got better… buy it!
+ Olay Moisturizer. This is not only my summer go-to but my daily go-to. I don’t believe in $30-$40 moisturizer! It is all the same to me. For now, I’ll stick to my 6 dolla no holla, walmart moisturizer and have skin as soft as a baby’s bottom.
+Express denim. I haven’t tried jeans on in Express in…hmm.. about 10 years! I swear 10 years lol. As many of you probably know, Express had all their jeans on sale for 40 bucks. Cool, sign me up. So I went in there thinking I wouldn’t find anything. I tried on like 8 pairs of jeans and loved almost all of them!!! These zipper hem, skinny jeans were the winners and I still haven’t taken them off.  

August was quite the month. My friend got engaged, I went to 3 concerts, I went cliff jumping, John quit his part time job so now I can bug him allll weekend longggg & I spent way to much money on the stupidest thing…per usual.

Was your August as quick and bad ass too? Fair hole in face