Labor Day Sales List | 2015

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Labor day sales 2015

Ahhh one of the  most coveted sales weekends of the year. Major sales all around! Too bad I’m broke as a joke so my purchasing will be at an all time low this sale (#helpmeimpoor). But here is a list of some sales you need to check out…

Express – 40% off jeans (highly suggest picking some up), dress, & select tops

Banana Republic – 40% off ENTIRE purchase (loving this, this & these in blue)

Asos – 10% off ENTIRE site (loving these boots)

Old Navy – Entire store practically on sale – online only extra 15% off purchase (cheaper version of Banana Parka)

Loft – 30% off new arrivals & 50% off summer styles (fav shirt EVER)

GiGi New York – free personalization/monogramming + free shipping over $100

Lord & Taylor – sales all throughout the store, 20% off reg price, 25% off sale (get these EARLY)

Gap – up to 40% off everything online & 20% off purchase (NEED THIS)

VS – 7 for 27 panties

Kate Spade – 25% off sale items (so cute,  great deal)

Nordstrom – up to 40% off clearance items (best boots ever, INSANE deal on this leather jacket)

Bath & Body TODAY ONLY  – $12 3 wick candles – stock up for winter!!

H&M – 20% off $50+ purchase in store (love this blazer & this vest)

Abercrombie & Fitch – 40% off ENTIRE store (love this sweater, this plaid, & all these leggings)

Enjoy the long weekend!!

A Man Post

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Men. The ultimate creatures. LOL. They do so many strange things that we, women, would never understand. One thing that comes to mind is the idea of wearing ‘shorts’ under your pants as ‘underwear’. Ladies can we all agree they make the best PJ shorts?! But really, I cannot image what it’s like to wear something so loose under your clothes. I’m going to go into a bit of detail here, so mom, you can stop or continue reading at your own risk.

My amazing man bunning BF is a boxer wearer. Like I said doubles as fantastic PJ shorts. He constantly has this bunch of fabric up around his pant line. I mean what guy really doesn’t? Oh this guy probably doesn’t….

male underwear





ANYWAYS. I know having a good pair of underwear on literally sets your day up for success. Everyone has that few pairs that either give you a wedgie WITH EVERY STEP, or the ones that slide up your back and make you look like a whore when you bent over, or the worst thing ever possible… the frontal wedgie pair. HOW IS IT POSSIBLE?! Well, having a good pair on (if you get lucky that morning) is like having a good hair day! A few weekends ago me & John attended my friends wedding! We were having a fantastic hair and underwear day :) We had some free time in-between wedding and reception so we had a little photo shoot.

John model 1


john model 2


Alyssas wedding us

I’ll share my outfit attire and dress details in a post soon! This is about my man here :)

I will say John has a fantastic sense of style. He LOVES dressing up and picking out fun blazers & crazy socks but then comes in my work… the finishing touches. We make a great team! Like I said, a lot goes into a casual night style outfit (John has perfected it). Everything from hairstyle to shirt color to underwear and socks – he kills it. Here is a style board to give you some ideas if you suck at life-

Mens night outfit

To start – you need good underwear. Yes, you can buy underwear anywhere but I highly suggest checking out Tommy John. It’s always awesome to hear about new brands. John loves finding out new brands because he knows before anyone else. Man after my own heart. Well, they have a bunch of underwear options but the cotton truck is the one that John keeps coming back to on the site (he suggests he should model LOL). They look perfect for a night out on the town and fit the bill for maybe some after party hours… heheh :)

After the underwear comes the pants. Skinny dark jeans are a staple. Just like us ladies! I like Gap or Banana jeans because the quality is always there. John is into the bottom cuff so it may be worth looking into a length a tad longer to compensate. Khaki’s are also a greta option. I’d stick to straight or skinny leg! Khaki’s might work better for a slight more dressy occasion. (DONT FORGET TO IRON THEM COUGH JOHN COUGH)

Underwear check. Pants check. Now shirt! This is alwayssss a topic for debate with us. Do you stick with a classic or go with a print. We always end up going with a print!! Checkers or a decent stripe mostly but feel free to step outside your comfort zone. Just be careful when it comes to putting a tie with it… recently for John, the bold pattern with a blazer/suit jacket is doing the job perfectly – no tie!

Onto the blazer. As many of you know, Lord & Taylor is my place so we always check there for sales and deals!! Check there blazers page or even look into the sweaters. Mens Forever 21 is always a fantastic place to check – and its cheap (holler for a dollar). Another option is a killer sweater. It does more than a blazer sometimes, especially in the winter/spring!

shoe ee card

Shoes are do or die. Quick story – when I first met John working at Old Navy he was wearing these TERRIBLE Nike skate shoes. I loved everything about him until I saw the shoes. And, I literally thought omg idk if I can get over those shoes. Well, I did. And the story continues :). Okay, shoes. I’m a big fan of wingtips and so is John. He has a few pairs, different colors and styles. The style I’m currently loving and I know he is too is Cole Haan’s Wing Oxford sneaker shoes.  They F*^$!ing rock!

Then comes accessories. Do what you need. Don’t overdo it. A watch is always professional and bracelets can do some great things. Girls you know how to dress and accessorize make sure your man gets it too. Also if you are transitioning from day to night throw your sunglasses on your shirt or in the top pocket of your blazer :)


There you have it folks! Dress your men well and everything else in life will follow. SO John just literally threw a shoe across the living room and PERFECTLY nailed the glass of water on the table. I need to go use a few profanities and grab some towels.


Loft Friends and Family Style Event

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Loft Event 3 edit

I’m just going to say that it pays to know people. If you are like me, you probably know a few managers or associates at your favorite stores. Don’t be embarrassed, it’s something to be proud of!! I mean how do people think you get all the amazing outfits your do… DUH pre-sale-secrets!! Well, this past weekend a friend at works wife had a Style Event at the Loft! She’s the manager at the store here in Syracuse and let me tell you — They had such a fun style event for their Friends & Family Sale (40% OFF) Sunday morning before the store opened at 11 (Panera bagels included helloooo)!

I have been on a crazy Loft binge lately. Their tops and shorts and petty much everything just fit perfect and are exactly what I’m looking for. I’ve gotten nonstop complements on these shorts. Actually wish I bought like 2 pairs of them in each color. None the less, when I got a Facebook invite for this little shingding I had to commit. I’m in need of lightweight fall tops so I figured this was a perfect time/sale to find a few new fall staples!

Here is what I walked (more like joy skipped) away with…

loft Collage 1 loft Collage 2


Dolman Stripe Top & Black Top

(HIGHLY suggest these – easily the greatest tee I’ve put on ever)

This adorable Tassel Scarf.

This perfect Cardigan, in tan. (ON SALE)

These Stud Earrings.

This Slouchy Tee.

& another casual top that’s not on the site yet!

Ready for the greatest part…. drumroll PLEASE



#winner #winning #Iloveshopping

Calm down. I know you are excited for me!! lol. Here are a few pics from the event!

Loft Event 2

Loft Event 4

Loft Event 5

Loft Event 6

Since the event conveniently ended at 11 me and a few friends headed over to Cantina Laredo for some brunch! Complementary mimosa or bloody mary with brunch and only 2 bucks after that — we were on that like white on rice.

Loft Event 7

Loft Event 8

Loft Event 9

Loft Event 10

Jalepeno eggs with avocado & cheese, cheesy potatoes & some amazing cinnamon sugar fruit cup tortilla. AMAZING.


I hope everyone had a great weekend! We are in the midst of like four 90 degree days so I’ll be hibernating in the bedroom where the AC unit is located.



8 Photos of Happiness

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A fabulous friend of mine over at Raebyday nominated POL for the 8 Photos of Happiness Tag put on by Ariel’s Little Corner of the Internet!! Thanks Britt & Cara! Well, happiness means all sorts of things. There are the true life’s happiness photos and then there are the I-love-to-shop photos of happiness. I’m going to show off a mix of both because both scenarios motivate me to live life to fullest.

fam photo vacation

1. Family – My first photo of this challenge is the best family photo we have ever taken!! This, no joke, was my first real vacation. 1 week in the Caribbean. IT ROCKED. But this just reminds me of pure happiness.

Mia me Steph

2. This is one of my grandmothers – we call her Mia! She didn’t want the age aspect associated with the term ‘grandma’. Understandable. This was taken on Steph’s Ball day a few years ago but it really is one of the happiest photos of the 3 of us! Everyone says I was a spitting image of her when I was younger.


graduation me & John

3. BOYFRIEND – Obviously he is included but this picture is literally one of my favorites. Not only because we look good AF but I accomplished so much that day. Graduating college. I was the first grandchild on both sides of my family to do so and I am so glad he was by my side for it. #proudofmyself #Phins


me and kelc prom

4. BFF – This picture will go down as one of the best candids of all time. Kelcey has been my best friend since second grade when I approached her in my short sleeve purple turtleneck shirt. I can’t even type that without laughing! But we have been through practically everything together and I think this pictures exemplifies our friendship. This candid was taken on Prom when our bus driver slammed on the breaks while we were posing for a picture and a friend of mine snapped the photo. Hands down one of my favorite pictures of all time.


Patches Good Morning5. Patches – Patches is my baby. He has my heart. We have a very weird connection that I would not change for anything in the world. He is currently 16 years old and it pains me to see him grow old but we have literally had the most BADASS life together. He is the happiness dog and his happiness & joy makes me happy every time I walk in the door. My entire phone is filled with pictures of him but especially I love when my mom would send me these pictures of him holding up love notes :)


me outside stat

6. New York Yankees/Derek Jeter – if you know me even alittleeee bit you know I’m a die hard Jeter fan. The Yankees literally put so much happiness into my life throughout the past 15 years! There is nothing in the world that compares to walking into The Stadium – and nothing compares to seeing Jeter’s last game.


me tina Disney

7. DISNEY – Okay, I’ve only been to Disney once… and this was it. It was literally the happiest, most fun day ever!! They literally say its the happiest place on earth – and they ain’t lieeeee’nnn. And I got to spend the day with one of my favorite friends, TINA. We need to go back and I need to purchase another $10 Mickey balloon :)


PicMonkey Friends Collage

8. Friends – I have no clue where I’d be without these people (and more!). They bring true happiness to my life and I hope I do the same to theirs. I love them all so very much.


To zee nominees…






If you lovely ladies decide to participate, just follow the steps below.

1. Post your 8 photos of happiness.
2. Thank your nominator and provide a link to their blog.
3. Link to the creator of this event, Ariel’s Little Corner of the Internet.
4. Nominate some of your favorite bloggers to participate :)




Shopping Addict | #Nsale

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Nsale closet pic

Some people have problems going to bed at night and some people have problems not buying something when there is a sale. That’s me – the sale part (I sleep at least 9 hours every night). I have been trying a lot more decently to hold back on purchasing as I’m attempting to pay down my L&T card – don’t worry it’s nothing outrageous. I am also try to save up for a few other things coming up :)


Well, like twice a year the yee ole Nordstroms (queue the britsh accent) has thy anniversary sale. A girl can’t resist looking or making a list of the things she wants/might need. First off, I have no freaking clue how some of these bloggers buy the things they do, and at scale. My lists are pretty much I-want-this lists but to some bloggers it’s a receipt. CRAZY. I wish that was me but it’s not. Womp Womp.


Anyway, I have been on the search for a new bag for months. I’m having one of those buyers guilt moments where I don’t wanna spend all that money but I reallllly, realllllyy want it, so I can’t stop talking about it kinda things. Enter the bucket bag. My dream bucket bag is actually on sale for $227 but after personalization and the shipping cost that must include 4 nearly naked men, dressed in Egyptian pharaoh outfits, carrying the purse to my house on a golden cushion covered with sheer majestic curtains raised above their heads, it ends up close to 300 bucks! That is a student loan payment or a car payment. SO that’s where my dilemma lays. Behold this lovely bag apart of the Nordstroms Sale! $32 bucks… it’s not exactly like the other one but for 32 bucks I think it’s worth trying out.  Check it out in black here!


Nordstrom Sale Picks


Everything else is a decent deal! The earrings are fantastic. I bought the multi color festive ones over the winter for Christmas & New Years – received tons of complements. The gold are classic and the perfect size to spice up an outfit. That Marc Jacobs is perfection…but again that buyers guilt lurks in the background.


I love bar carts! I got John his bar cart at Marshalls but let me tell you they are not cheap! Not even at Marshalls so this is definitely something you should invest in a little. This gold one though is great and classic – I have seen it on tons of other blogs.


Alright so you probably think I’m confused and crazy for including winter boots on this list. But do you remember last year how EVERY STORE WAS SOLD OUT OF ANYTHING THAT WAS REMOTELY CLOSE TO THESE BOOTS?! Yeah, I do. SO they are on sale now people!! And they are freaking adorable. Legit might be buying winter/fall boots in the middle of July.


The Sale doesn’t go live until Friday the 17th (for normal, non-card holder folk). So get your credit cards ready and have a quick hand cause shit will go fast. Luckily this chick gets paid on Friday so we shall see where the wind blows…
paris taste gif

Back at it FOLKS

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I’m here now. I know you missed me and my misspelled words. Well, I came back to a lovely 108 spam messages. No thanks to the Stephen Curry jersey, the Michael Kors discounted site, the seo plug-ins, the kidney transplant (for real), or anything in Russian. Pretty amazing how that is someones job… so sorry for them.

It has been a few months since I’ve been here. I have people asking me where I have been so I guess this is the first time in my life I can say I’M BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Feels great. So cool.

Anyhow, things have been swell. Just had a lovely 4th of July weekend (sunset photo’s coming soon). I got to see some family friends and their ADORABLE LITTLE BABIES. 3.5 to be exact. 1 is due in the fall!

A few weeks ago we went to Detroit for John’s birthday and for Father’s Day! I fought off a few thugs, took down a cocaine ring, and sold john’s car for a Chrysler with pink 18’s & a whole street block. TOTALLY KIDDING. That woulda been kinda cool but none of it happened. Not even close.

This is what actually happened –

It was so nice to get away for the weekend & just hang out! Took 8 hours to get there but most definitely well worth it! The weekend before that was my BFF’s bridal shower!!!! It was a BEAUTIFUL shower. Amazing food (I mean amazing) and fantastic cocktails. And obviously a beautiful bride to be!!

Alyssa Shower 3

Alyssa Shower 2

Alyssa shower 1

Alyssa Shower 4

The perfect occasion to wear my Lilly for Target dress that I fought off a 12 year old for :)

Her wedding is coming up in August so look out for amazing pictures from the wedding.

Other than that I’ve been looking online at far to many things. Almost gave in and bought my self a Gigi New York bag but it didn’t happen. Someday soon she will be mine. In other fantastic news my BIRTHDAY IS SUNDAY. The month long festivities can begin now.

Don’t have much planed for the big 2-4 but we shall see where the week brings us. Last year I saw BEY in concert soooo ya know…

I have some fun sh*t in store for this here ole blog so stay tuned! PS go check out my friends new blog!!! It’s about her new puppy she’s about to bring home – follow her:)

Food Finds | Modern Malt

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MM eating 1.5

If it is not known yet then here you go – I’m a food addict. I could literally eat out every single day and not think twice. But for real, I could eat Chipotle like 5 times a week. Obviously that is not possible because I didn’t win the lottery and I would like to be skinny so as much as I’d love to do that I probably shouldn’t.

This past weekend (and a few weekends ago) we went to a somewhat new restaurant in downtown Cuse. It is actually directly across from my office (bad news). I had only been once before and John has been dying to go, so we did it! The place is called Modern Malt (follow their insta – it’s amazing). It’s a ‘diner’ that services breakfast all day AND has a FULL bar. I mean win-win right?

Let me just say that Saturday at 6:30 there was a 45 min wait. Worth it because I had the most amazing Moscow Mule. They make their own ginger beer and let me tell you it was perfection. John had one as well but his was made with Jack. Risky but it paid off.

Moscow Mules MM

John has an ongoing thing that dinner outings be the no phone zone. I get, I get it but sometimes I want to take pics of my food or look up how many movies Jack Black has been in. It’s like 50 plus if you are wondering. You probably weren’t.

So, I only got 1 pic of our food, the first time around. We got the Chicken and Waffles and the Hello Buffalo Poutine. AMAZINGNESS.

Dinner Modern Malt

The Hello Buffalo is literally life changing. This past Sunday we went and got it again!! But this time we went to town and tried out a few new things too.

Mimosa’s – check

MM mimosa


Strawberry Cheesecake STUFFED French Toast – check

MM cheesecake FT


Chocolate Chip Pancakes – Check

MM pancakes

Attempted Couple Photo’s – check

MM eating 3

MM eating 2

Modern Malt is a gold mine! You have to check it out but don’t forget to call ahead – so worth it!!

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.


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.


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.


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

All About the Leather

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You wish that was the leather I was talking about.

I’m on the search for a new spring bag. I’ve done some searching but cannot decide what I want!!

Do I wanna go bright or neutral? Tote size or satchel? Do I splurge a little or save (that is the real question)?


Spring Bags 2015

top: GigiNewYork | Kate Spade | DailyLook

Middle : Kate Spade Saturday | Marc By Marc Jacobs | Kate Spade Saturday

Bottom: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Coach | J Crew

All of them are pretty perfect. Picking a new bag is like picking out a car… it takes time & if there is no sale, what is the rush? I have really been itching to add a Marc Jacobs to my closet but there is NEVER a sale so I have such a hard time swiping my life away. BUT, it’s tax season and depending on the results, I may deserve it :)

Kate Spade Saturday is STILL having a 40% off everything sale. So $105 ish seems worth it!!

I’m also waiting for the Lord & Taylor friends & family sale for a hopeful 25% off a few of the bags above.

Everything ranges from $50-$400 so check them out if you’re in the same I-need-a-new-bag-this-winter-has-sucked-bag situation!


Little help here. What one do I need?

DailyLook Elite Box Review

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Have you all heard of DailyLook? If you haven’t you should go check them out and sign up for the Elite box!

If you are like me and love shopping this may be a bad decision LOL. Just kidding. It is so freaking fun to get a GIANT box of clothes set to our house (every month) to try on. The first 3 months are FO FREE. Normally it costs $20 a month to be sent but they do a free 3 month trial. There is nothing to lose folks… expect for your money hehe.

I unfortunately didn’t document the first box because I tore the shit open like a 5 year old on Christmas. Second time around, I took my time and had to show off the amazing things the stylist sent moiiii.


DailyLook elite review


1. Zipper Detail Cigarette Pants $55 (almost sold out)

2. DailyLook Twisted High Low Skirt $25

3. J.O.A. Two Tone Chunky Sweater $70 (almost sold out)

4. DailyLook Sydney Shirt $50

5. J.O.A. Classic Plaid Collar Coat $140

6. DailyLook Dolman Sleeve Knit Top $27

7. Stash Away Skinny Jeans $60

8. (not pictured) DailyLook Single Bar Necklace $19 (sold out but can pre order)


This time around I kept 2 items (cause this chick isn’t made of money). I pretty much LOVED everything I was sent. I loved the cigarette pants but I couldn’t get them past my thighs… ouch. “My hips don’t lie”

The high low skirt was really cute & I tried to make it work on my body but it showed off the booty a bit too much (watch out Kim K) lol.

The chunky sweater was to die forrrrr. It was softer than a baby’s bottom. In reality, I probably should have splurged and got it.

The Sydney shirt is the perfect classic blouse. Again, I should have got this but I recently bought a similar shirt. There’s an 80% chance I’ll end up buying this in the spring, though.

This plaid coat was so cool. It was a killer mix of a classic cut blazer & menswear-ish.

The Dolan Sleeve top is what I kept! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I’m currently debating about getting one in every color…..

The skinny jeans fit amazing except for the 6 inches of extra material at the bottom lol. #ShortPeopleProblems!

I’m obsessed with this Bar necklace! As soon as I opened the box it was a done deal. I highly suggest getting on the pre-order list. It is going to be a staple in my spring/summer tank top wardrobe.

bar necklace DL


So, if I haven’t sold you on the idea yet, go check them out!! There is nothing better then rushing home from work to a plethora of brand new clothes waiting for you to try on. It could be better than coming home to a man (sometimes lol). You can suggest what you want to see in your boxes, too! Anything from dressesshirtsaccessories or skirts. Needless to say, I’m in love with it.

PS It is still bloody cold in the Cuse.