Monday, January 26, 2015

Literary Love

I have fallen head over heels in love. With my local public library.

It's the same library I went to when I was in middle and high school. (I was totally the kid who said I would never live in my hometown after graduation and now work ten minutes from the area I grew up in. And I love it.) But, the library ended up being so much better than what I remembered.

I've always loved to read. I went back to my old stomping grounds early last week on a lunch break. I was feeling a lot of guilt about how much I was spending on books. It was getting pretty bad for my budget.

I walked in expecting the same building I knew a decade ago. Not only did the building get a facelift (including a drive-thru return window), but I can put holds on books from my phone, (I may have abused this privilege and picked up almost 40 books... in a week, eek! With great power guys...) borrow classic DVDs (The Philadelphia Story kicked off my Katharine Hepburn marathon this past weekend), and even get access to audio books. It's kind of amazing.

If you haven't checked out your local public library lately, it's worth the trip! At a minimum, at least visit their website! 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Missing in Action

I blame online sales, Mr. Kiss and Tell (which was great), and one very big change in my personal life... This past week just flew by. I'll be back bright-eyed and bushy-tailed with a new entry on Monday morning!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Woman Crush Wednesday: Elise Stefanik

"I think that's where being young is a strength, because I bring, I hope, a sunny side of optimism to Congress, and a willingness to work with people. I hope I'm not frustrated after the next two years," she said, laughing.

Last Tuesday, at 30 years old, Ms. Elise Stefanik became the youngest congresswoman in history. She represents upstate New York, is described as a rising star in the Republican party, and is often mistaken for a wife or staff member, as opposed to a member of Congress. Regardless of your political affiliations, it's refreshing to witness another crack in the glass ceiling and I'm excited to see what she accomplishes over the next few years. Onward and upward.

A Kick-Ass Red Lipstick and My Other Sale Picks from Beauty Brands

My biggest beauty secret isn't one single product. In reality, there are no miracle products, though some holy grails come close. My biggest beauty secret is where I shop. I like Ulta and Sephora, but I love Beauty Brands. (Holla if you got the 10 Things I Hate About You reference.) They have The. Best. Sales. Regardless if you're looking for a new shampoo, a kick-ass red lipstick, or new lotion, Beauty Brands has you covered. And it's probably on sale.

My picks from their current, amazing sale include the re-introduced TIGI Honey and Oatmeal line. This line is the absolute best I've ever tried. I've tried so many different lines and brands over the years, but until the line was discontinued a few years back (le sigh, those were hard times), it was like the best friend you lose touch with, but then when you finally see each other again, you pick right back up and it's like you never spent a hot minute apart. Or that one boyfriend your roommate always went back to. The point I'm trying to make, is that it's dependable and I always fell back on it. Now that TIGI has brought the line back, know that I've ordered both the shampoo and conditioner. Probably more than a few bottles since it's on sale for $12.99. And I'm counting down the hours until it's delivered. There's also this funny little review posted on Ulta. Good cat sold separately.

If you're still looking for your perfect kick-ass red (pink, coral, or nude) lipstick, my pick is DuWop's Private Lipstick, which is currently on sale for $5.50 (the MakeupAlley reviews are on point). In fact, everything DuWop is 75% off. This never happens. I'm thinking Beauty Brands won't be carrying DuWop going forward, but that's not stopping me from loading up on Lip Venom, Blushbooster, and Venom Gloss.

For my final picks, I was introduced to H2O Plus last month and I love their body butter! I took a chance, mainly because the $6 sale is hard to beat, on their Toffee Cream Duo (the description makes my mouth water) which includes a 16 oz shower gel and a 16 oz lotion. I'm hoping the lotion is a lighter version of the body butter. Because I need that in my life. I also needed new hand lotion for my desk at work, so I also grabbed their Clean and Comfy Softening Hand Care Set and the Bliss Mistletoe Gems set, which is also marked down to $6 and includes not only a mini Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream (perfect to throw in your bag), but also a full size Fabulous Lip Balm (which usually goes for $16 by itself and is kind of amazing).

Beauty Brands is always adding new brands to their lineup and opening new stores. I've only shopped online, but they are by far, my favorite place to find beauty steals!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Cure for the Mondays: J. Crew Factory Sale


Got a case of the Mondays? I've got your cure! J. Crew Factory is having an amazing online sale today only! Use code HELLO to get an extra 30% off full-priced items and 40% off clearance items, along with free shipping (no minimum)! I scored everything above for less than $50!

Happy shopping y'all! 

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