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Month: November, 2014

Black Friday Favorites

by christinamdick

Here are a few fun things I spotted this Black Friday.

I’ve been wanting one of these little fur infinity scarves. I picked this one up at American Eagle after trying on a couple of pairs of ripped jeans and finally deciding I’m too old for them.

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 The LOFT I went to on Friday didn’t have a lot in stock, but I saw these things online.

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1. Colorblock mock neck pullover

2. Crystal Cuff Earrings

3. Black and crystal gem cuff earrings

4. Crystal cluster fan earrings

5. Pearlized Front-Back Stud Earrings

I also loved this coat, but I already have four white coats and needed to draw a line.

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Everlane was doing a Black Friday donation promotion, and since my friend Corey mentioned she loves the, I decided to try the V neck and U neck versions (in white, obviously). I splurged on this Vince tee last month, but it already got a hole in it so I’m returning it and back to trying out other brands.

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I’ve been seeing a lot about these over the knee flat, black boots (see here and here). These ones are from Nordstrom.

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I usually wear Stila beso when I want a red lip, but it’s super drying. I’m going to try out this NARS Matte Velvet Lip Pencil in Cruella, a scarlet (blue-toned) red.

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This little Tocca set was one of Sephora’s limited edition gifts for the holidays, so I ordered a couple to give away. s1650274-main-hero-300

I bought some backups of this candle last year, so I didn’t pick up any new ones yesterday but I wanted to mention that this is my favorite Christmas candle. The Bath and Body Works candles are my favorite (Mahogany Teakwood, specifically), and I love the Fresh Balsam for the holidays. I’ve already been burning a few from my stash for the past few weeks. 
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Always get these candles when they’re 2 for $22 and use a $10 off $30 coupon OR the 20% off. (unless they’re on an even better sale). I also put up my Christmas tree, and my kitty was pretty curious about it (the top part turned on a little while later).

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Work It Out

by christinamdick

Here’s what I like to wear when I’m working out.

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1. Super Fun Yoga Pants: Definitely the most fun thing in my workout wardrobe AND these feel so cool! I always get compliments when I wear these.

2. Reusable Shopping Tote: How cute is this?! I use this  to carry my clothes in  my car when I don’t have time to go home and change in between work and class.

3. Nike Favorite Sports Bra: This is my favorite sports bra. I have it in black and in pink.

4. Nike Dual Fusion Lite: I actually found these when Kohl’s posted them on Instagram. I’m wearing them here with some fun pants I got from my yoga studio.

Here are a few of my other favorites:

 I got this jacket in my never ending quest to dress like Olivia Pope. I also love the pants in this picture. They’re from the Gap outlet and they have a double seam on the inner thigh that’s super flattering. I don’t think you can shop the outlet online, but these seem similar.

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The lovely, lovely Amy gifted me these Super Fun Yoga Pants by Teeki. They’re made from recycled plastic bottles! She stopped by the office let me try on a bunch of different styles. (My friend Megan’s review of them is spot on)

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Here they are in action. My barre teacher was wearing the same ones!

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And here they are in serious action.

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I’m wearing my favorite tank in this picture. It was called the Nike G87 but now I think it’s called the knockout tank? I have it in black, white and mint. It’s so, so soft.

My friend Liz raves about the wonder unders from Lululemon. I still haven’t tried those but I always wander into the store to see what new things they have. I finally caved when I saw this Free To Be Wild sports bra.

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Update: It’s now out of stock (boo),  but I got the Free to Be bra in white and I love that one too.

I also found this tank and the neckline reminded me of this dress, so I picked it up too.

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My favorite places to work out are Richmond Barre, Hot house Yoga and Gymquest Gymnastics (they have an adult tumbling class on Sundays at noon that I go to with my friends). I pretty much wear the same thing no matter which I’m going to, but the sweat wicking clothes are definitely my favorite for yoga. But, sometimes workout wear ends up just being lounge wear. Here are a few of my favorite things for hanging around the house or running errands.

Update: How could I forget to mention Marshalls/TJ Maxx. These are some of the BEST places to get workout gear. I can’t really link to anything from there because you never know which stores have what and when, but I love stopping in here for deals. I have picked up a few of these Nike “Favorites” tanks there and and my latest find was a pair of stirrup leggings that I LOVE for barre class (similar here and here).

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Loving (faux) Leather

by christinamdick

I’ve been loving all the new faux leather stuff coming out this fall. I saw this cute faux leather sleeve blazer from Forever21.

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And here’s  LOFT’s version:

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I picked up a similar pair in vegan leather from Blank NYC last year. I think these are the ones, but if you search “Blank spray on vegan,” there are several similar pairs.

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I have a peplum faux leather jacket from Forever21 that I LOVE. It’s not available online anymore, but I’m wearing it here. This one from French Connection is pretty fabulous too.

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Beauty Gift Ideas

by christinamdick

‘Tis the season! Here are a few of my favorite beauty gifts.

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1. Peter Thomas Roth Skintastic Mask Magic: I have the rose gel mask that I love to layer over my moisturizer and sleep in when my skin feels dry and a mini cucumber mask that I use when my skin is red and irritated. I haven’t tried the pumpkin mask but I’m a big fan of using enzyme masks to exfoliate verses scrubs. This also comes in a mini version for $20. Stocking stuffer? I also love this rose set!

2. Deborah Lippmann Dance Music: I bought one of these little sets from my friend Liz last year for Christmas, and another one for myself. The polishes are mini-sized and the little pouch is so cute.

3. Fresh The Mask Bar: I have the black tea mask and have always wanted to try the rose. Such a nice little set.

4. Chanel Le Naturel Travel Set: This has the Les Beiges power that I love, and I just thought it would make a really nice gift with the little bag and gloss.

5. YSL Love and Laquer Reds set: This is perfect for someone who loves wearing a bold, red lip.

6. Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Honey Bath: I’ve always wanted to try this. I love the smell of the pistachio bath products from her too.

7. REN Refresh Your Radiance Set: The glycolic lactic mask is really nice and this holiday set is the same price so you’re essentially getting the other mini products for free. (I talk about it in more detail here).

8. Sephora scent samplers: This is my favorite gift to give. There are several options for men and women (see here). Basically, the box is filled with either tiny bottles or tiny samples of several perfumes. Then, you also get a voucher to redeem for a full size of any of the fragrances in the box. This way, whoever you give the gift to gets to pick their own favorite. Depending on the one you choose, this set also sometimes works out to be cheaper than if you bought just the specific. For example, this set is $60, and contains the super popular Chloe fragrance. The 1oz Chloe bottle is $75, so the kit would be saving you $15.

9. Philosophy I think You Are Wonderful Set. I saw this when I was browsing at Norstrom and think it’s the sweetest. The scent is amazing and it’s such a nice little message.

I also love this.

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlights: I have the full size in pearl and love the idea of this mini set.

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Leather Pencil Skirt

by christinamdick

I just picked up this leather pencil skirt from the Ann Taylor Flash Sale (still going on!) after bring inspired by the PhotoDannyFoto post here. I met her at the Virginia Bloggers brunch this past weekend. So sweet! Here’s is from Zara but I chose the Ann Taylor one because I’m familiar with their sizing and I’ve never bought anything from Zara before.

imageService (13)I totally still want the clutch that’s pictured with the skirt.  (Remember when I mentioned it here). It’s not available online, but I tried the “Find In Store” feature and it looks like a couple of stores in New York still have it in stock.

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Athletic Track Jacket

by christinamdick

I’m working on putting together a post about my favorite workout pieces and I came across this jacket from Forever21. I love jackets like this. The ruching is always flattering. Have you tried their workout stuff before? Any good?

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October Favorites

by christinamdick

Here are a few things I reached for a lot last month:

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1. NARS Lip Gloss in turkish Delight: My favorite lip glosses are the BUXOM ones but I’ve saw this on so many blogs that I wanted to try it. It’s a nice, soft pink color. It’s not too thick and doesn’t have much of a scent.

2. Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in Brown Black: I switched to this from Smashbox’s brow tech trio because I heard this was waterproof. I like that it’s one step and I don’t have to mix powder with wax like I did with the Smashbox, and I think the staying power is a little better.

3. YSL Fusion Ink Foundation: This foundation is a dream. It took a little getting used to and brush switching but I’ve been reaching for this every day. I recommend using a flat foundation brush (I use this one) and gently gliding this on, verses buffing it in. (Which is what I do with the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation – my all-tine favorite).   It makes your skin a little matte, but not so much that you look too made up.

4. Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum: I LOVE this. It’s been making my skin so soft and I already know I’ll be picking up another when it runs out. This is the best serum I’ve ever tried.

5. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Color SPF 15: I got this in shade 30 (I shade darker than my skin tone) so I could use it to add a little color to my face. I love the packaging and the way it smells.

 6. Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream: I got a sample of this with a Sephora order. I’ve been using it all month. It’s super gentle and I love the texture.

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