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Sales » H&M Labor Day Deals from $4.95

by dietingfashion on August 29, 2014

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ASOS Crepe Balzer Slim Lapel (here), Ann Taylor Loft 3/4 Sleeve Sweater (last season), H&M Loose Fit Pants in sz 8 (here),

Ann Taylor Patent Perfect Pumps (old, similar here), Jewelmint necklace (old), LC Lauren Conrad bracelets (here)

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My first experience shopping at H&M was in New York at its flagship store near Times Square. I remember perusing the store being completely overwhelmed. I purchased a striped white blazer that I frequently wore through my college years. There was no H&M in the south at the time. Thank goodness this has changed and now there’s 2 H&M stores in Houston and online shopping (my preferred method of shopping).

I like to add items to my shopping cart that interests me. This Loose Fit Pants in Leopard print caught my eye. When I received it, WOW. It blew my mind. It’s lightweight, with an elastic waistband, and it’s got POCKETS. It’s pretty much perfect for the transition from Summer to Fall. Unfortunately, it’s not on sale this Labor Day. But I will leave you with some items down below that are on sale or priced pretty nicely.

Other Labor Day sales are listed down below:

Baublebar: Labor Day Sale! Jewelry Styles Starting at 50% Off! Now – 9/1
 
Sephora: Summer Sendoff Sale! Get up to 75% off hot summer favorites
 
Tibi: 20% off a curated edit of fall styles. // Code: hellofall. Dates valid: 8/26-9/2 @ 11pm ET
 
French Connection: All SALE dresses are now at $69.99. All orders $150+ receive free US ground shipping. // Code W14SHIP.
 
LOFT: 50% off Select Full Price Styles and 50% off Sale Styles. Shop from 8/28 12a EST – 9/1 11:59p EST
 
Too Faced: Up to 70% off Too Faced cosmetics! Valid 8/27/14 – 9/3/14.
 
Stella & Dot: Extra 25% off all sale items. Valid 8/26 - 9/2, 9pm PST
 
Anthropologie: Extra 20% off sale items! Over 600 styles added. Ends 9/1
 
J.Crew40% off Final Sale with Free shipping on orders over $100. Free Shipping on all orders on labor day (8/29-8/31).
 
Old Navy: 40% off entire store! Valid 8/29 – 9/1
 
TargetSave up to 25% off select Home, Outdoor and more, valid 8/31-9/1
 
Birchbox50 extra Birchbox Points with $35+ purchase form our shop // Code: WEEKEND50 Dates: 8/28-9/2

I wish everyone a great Labor Day weekend. What will you be doing this weekend?

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Shopping » Zara Autumn 2014 Picks

by dietingfashion on August 26, 2014

I did not pick up anything during Zara’s bi-annual sale. I’m not a sale person – meaning I don’t go crazy and wait for a sale to happen. (Doesn’t mean, I don’t try and wait for a sale. I tend to buy and then the very next week there’s a sale.)

I was able to pick up some things in the Autumn 2014 collection that just began to pop up online. Some items caught my eye in a big way that I bit the bullet and way overindulged my shopping addiction. Unfortunately some items will be returned due to just bad sizing.

What I Kept
zara-blazer-zips

149.00 USD
This blazer is a polyester blend jacket with double zips as pockets on both sides. Unfortunately the pockets are fake. Otherwise, I purchased a Medium and it fit very well. It’s got padded shoulders that gives me a lift and I love the draped collar. The draped collar creates a relaxed yet polished look that I really like.

zara-pleated

39.90 USD
The hunter green color is absolutely beautiful for fall. The pleated details of the hem and bell sleeves are so feminine. The only problem I had with this top is the button loop closure in the back. It is tiny and so hard to button. But it’s an easy fix – just add a bigger/loose button loop. I didn’t even have a problem that this is a crop top. I purchased a Medium and it fit really well. The Medium is very true to size for me. It is a Zara slim fit at the torso.

zara-slipons

59.90 USD
I began to love these loafers/moccasins type shoes recently after over-wearing my heels for months and months. My feet were in bad shape. (Feet cramping up when wearing or not wearing heels). I pulled out my Shoemint rose gold loafers but the soles are a little rough on my arch. I fell in love with these Zara slip ons and they are so comfortable. The toe box is a little snug and my big toe indents through the top. Otherwise very roomy and comfy.

zara-weave-1

49.90 USD
This is a textured animal print that is lightweight with a flirty peplum hem. It is so cute. The back is a 4 button closure which I don’t even open. The neck opening is large enough to slip over your head. I first purchased a Medium – my usual size. But Medium was hanging on me. Small fit a lot better. So purchase a size down. Check out some more pics of this Weave Animal Print Top below.

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What I Did NOT Keep

zara-boot-2

159.00 USD
I really wanted to love these almost knee high boots. They are super tight! I am a 7.5 and the heels fit but getting my feet into the boot was damn fucking hard. There is hardly a stretch to the shaft. The heel is supposed to be 3.35″ as stated online but to me it was 3.5″ high, shaft is 13″ high but the opening is only 4″ width (with no to very little stretch). Such a shame because it’s a beautiful boot. I personally do like the contrast of the leather heel and the faux leather shaft.

zara-silk-1

79.90 USD
Beautiful romantic top and it’s SILK! But it has an odd seam down the middle of the shirt. Go to Zara.com and zoom into the image. Zara tries to filter the seam out, but the zoomed photo you can see it. Another problem, the under side of the shirt is a half inch seam allowance on both sides. Therefore, the sheerness of the shirt makes the one inch of fabric exposed. BOO to Zara to filter the seam/fabric from the online images! I purchased a Medium but it is too large. The tulip/dolphin hem is awful and unflattering. Order a size down if you’re interested. Very awkward blouse.
Any picks or skips that you would like to share?
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Beach Affair » Dream Wedding Challenge

by dietingfashion on August 11, 2014

Beach Affair

I was contacted by Lover.ly, a website showcasing all things Wedding! It is such a beautiful site, filled with all the things a bride-to-be would need to plan her wedding. Lover.ly also has the option to shop for dresses, shoes, veils – you name it- right in the comfort of your home.

I was given 3 images of possible wedding locations and to style a wedding dress from Lover.ly to that setting. I chose the Beach Affair setting image as shown above.

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The picture inspired me so much with it’s sea blue waters that I can imagine myself attending such a calm yet celebratory wedding along the beach. My personal style definitely pushed me into choosing a very minimalistic dress. I prefer a short and spunky looking dress for a Beach Affair wedding because of the laid back setting yet beautifully detailed similar to the rosettes on the dress. I imagine the bride who got married on a beach is carefree, low maintenance and a true romantic. She would probably be more focused on the decor, mood and how entertaining it would be. And I think that is why the bride would rather utilize accessories as accent pieces such as the embellished wedges (instead of pumps so she can walk on the sand easier), her jewelry and her bouquet. She would keep her dress to a minimum – it’s up to the little details to make a big impact.

Thank you Lover.ly for the opportunity. To readers, check out lover.ly’s dress shop at here, even if you’re not planning a wedding. It’s wonderful to just indulge in a bit of fantasy once in a while.

Have you shopped at lover.ly? Comment down below with your thoughts.

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Beauty » Sephora Beauty Insider 2-4X Points Event

by dietingfashion on August 10, 2014

YAY! I finally reached VIB status! Thank you, Thank you Sephora for the Beauty Insider up to 4X points event. I had 848 points but needed 192 more points to receive VIB. I had 11 products in my shopping cart = over $300 in beauty products. I was waiting for a sale event or something to push me to press SUBMIT.

Well this event was the incentive I was looking for and now I have 1820 Insider Points! Woohoo.

What does that mean?

1. Better Samples with purchases

2. 10% off my next Sephora purchase

3. VIB only sales

Take advantage of Sephora’s Summer Surge to boost your Beauty Insider points and unlock specials galore. The Event ends August 10th at 11:59PM PST. No code needed.

Need some ideas what to get? This is what I got.

Benefit Cosmetics CORALista Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Clarisonic Mia2(TM) Skin Cleansing System Seabreeze Tarte Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette
Stila Stila Sun Bronzing Powder Shade 1 Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Share with me what you got down below in the comments.

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Summer Faves» Beauty Products

by dietingfashion on July 28, 2014

summer beauty faves1. John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Shampoo and John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Hair Conditioner, 2. Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer, 3. Etude House Sweet Recipe Dear My Jelly Lips-talk #JPK004 Grapefruit Orange, 4. Salux Nylon Japanese Beauty Skin Bath Wash Cloth/towel, 5. NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo Orgasm/ Laguna Mini 0.17 oz

After giving birth almost 18 months ago, my hair has really taken a big hit. During pregnancy, my hair and my skin were the beauty rewards! But post partum, WOW! Talk about losing hair and acne breakouts. While my hormones were maniacally rampant, I was looking for a good shampoo and conditioner to help ease the sudden flakes and hair loss. For a while, I stuck with Herbal Essence, my pre-pregnancy shampoo and conditioner. But my head began to flake so badly, I had to shower every day to feel clean! Luckily, a quick peruse through Sam’s Club, John Freida Luxurious Volume line caught my eye. What a difference this line has made to my hair. Healthier, shinier, and less maintenance! No more flakes and no more of that dirty itch the very next day.

With my breakouts (usually on my chin area), I finally decided to look for a concealer. I don’t like those with a tube and a wand. I just don’t. So a quick trip to Walgreens and a $5 rewards coupon in hand, I purchased the Maybelle Age Rewind Concealer. It’s so cool looking to me. Twist and apply. So easy. It’s great for covering under eye circles – New mom trick.

Etude House – need I say more? The ever expanding Jelly Lips line is crazy! I have purchased 6 lipsticks, but my favorite is JPK004 Grapefruit Orange. It looks mighty intimidating but on lips the orange turns pink. Apply layers to create a deeper pink. The only complaint I have is it does not last long – 1 -2 hours max on me. All depends on if I’m eating or if my lips are chapped.

Years ago, a friend gave me a Korean wash cloth she purchased at the Dollar Store. I have to say the Salux wash cloths are beyond superb. It’s a higher quality cloth – thicker and more exfoliating. Highly recommended to wash away the Texas ick that comes with summertime.

Lastly, I am not a tanner. I am a pale looking Asian chick. Bronzer is a life saver for me. I have been using Nars blush and bronzer duo for years. It’s my only bronzer – my go to color Laguna for that sunkissed look. Nars Orgasm blush is not my favorite blush but I like it for summer because of the coral hint it gives my cheeks instead of a powdery pink like the Benefit Dandelion that I use for the wintertime.

Comment below and tell me which beauty favorite you look forward to using. And thanks in advance for clicking on my links which could allow me to keep this blog up and running!

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