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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Links to my latest Shoes






Purchased sometime last year, it's no wonder these rosy velvet wonders remain a popular AND still available item at ZARA. The perfect bootie that easily went from Fall to Winter to Spring! $49.99 and at last check, all sizes are available. 

True to size. I'm typically a 7, so in ZARA lingo, that means I always buy the 6 1/2.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

Nope. Not Stella. Not $900+ Because let's face it. While these stacked puppies are deliciously fun, they are super trendy. And come next year, maybe even next season, I might not be so into this look anymore. Not to mention, $900 for shoes? Woof. Love you Stella, maybe in my next life though baby.

So, at SheIN I scooped these for $37. SOLD. Done and Done. True to size. I'm a 7 and the 37 fits fine.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!









Okay...so basically once I discovered those flatforms on SheIN, I couldn't help but snag these rosy-pink, velvetty, faux-fur lined loafer slippers. Because these were only $33. I have no self-control at these prices. These are not GUCCI honey. And I do not care. Once again, $900+ for slippers? Not worth it, even if I could....and if the GUCCI gods ever read this they're going to tell me to fuck off.

Anywho, these not gucci's are soft, comfy and I haven't taken them off. Yes, these are coming from somewhere in China. God only knows how they were made. And yes, they smell funny out of the box...lol...but guess what? I kinda just don't care. There's honesty for you. If the shoes truly sucked, I wouldn't bother showing them to you or linking them here. Once again, true to size. I am wearing a 37.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Me. No makeup. In my bathroom. Talking to you!

OK. So, here I am coming at you raw. Not a stitch of makeup on and giving you some real talk on what's really inside my medicine cabinet...my lotions & potions of course! Watch me gab about what I use on the daily in the vids below and then easily SHOP any of the mentioned products below!





STAY TUNED.....THIS WAS PART 1....PART 2 WILL WRAP UP MY FACIAL FAVORITES.


SCROLL DOWN TO SHOP...








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PRODUCTS MENTIONED IN THE VIDEOS ABOVE:

- Lancome Beauty Sleep Perfector CLICK HERE!

- Dior Hydra Life Pro-Youth Silk Creme CLICK HERE!

- Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask CLICK HERE!

- Aveda Tulasara Overnight Wedding Masque(s) CLICK HERE & HERE!

- LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask CLICK HERE!





DISCLAIMER:
Some products I have received c/o.
ALL thoughts & opinions are mine.

Sponsored in part by
Bloomingdale's
and
Aveda


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Lounge wear








I recently discovered this particular line being sold exclusively through online retailer ASOS. Micha Lounge. And if the photos don't do this perfect coordinate set justice, let me reinforce how cozy this is. So chic, right? I mean this is definitely the kind of casual you can sign me up for. 

You can SHOP MICHA LOUNGE BY CLICKING HERE

They have an effortless casual style with no piece really going over $60. The navy set I got above was only about $36 total. Make sure you scan the sale section! Because this was a total steal. I want every piece.

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Links to SHOP the rest of my outfit:

- Torregrossa 'Brooklyn' bag CLICK HERE!

- Kendra Phillip 'Piper Shackle' gold cuff CLICK HERE!
[sold out in the gold. link is to the silver version]

- Le Specs 'Prince' blue mirrored aviators CLICK HERE!
[no longer avails at Bloomies in le bleu but the link is to the gold pair, which I also have!]

- Puma sneaks from Marshalls.


Have fun shopping! Treat yo'self!
XO


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Monday, February 20, 2017

What's up with ThredUP


Okay. Think Crossroads Trading Company, but online. Exact same model. A place where you can shop second-hand clothes and sell your own duds, but online. And in theory, the preferred way of doing things, right? If there's another, easier option [where I don't have to drag my own shit to a store to wait 45 minutes up to an hour and a half for my things to be sorted] you would think I'd be all over it.

I have not shopped at ThredUP. I don't shop at Crossroads Trading Co. either. For me, the idea is to make extra cash, fast. And that's why I like selling to Crossroads. I steer clear of temptations to buy anything at Crossroads because I'm there to make money, not squander it.....ok, truth is obviously I have my eyes on a sale somewhere else so you know, gotta stick to the plan! 

When I was in college at Arizona State, I sold my Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters clothes to a fun place in Tempe called Buffalo Exchange. Some of you guys know about Buffalo. They're nationwide. Those were the days. Piling into the car with your girlfriends, loads of outfits you've probably worn once or twice, and then heaving it all onto the counter at Buffalo. Because, we had to make money to go out that weekend. Duh. Money for new Forever 21 tops and Urban Outfitter jeans and beer.

So, I'm no stranger to the selling second-hand clothing process. When I was 20, my clothes were cheap. I didn't expect to get much from Buffalo in those days. My expectations were formed early, and I knew not to expect much. 

Nowadays, my wardrobe is slightly more sophisticated. But I still shop at Urban and I have loads of Tarjay. But I know better than to take those items to sell at Crossroads. Unless they're totally trendy. Their preference is contemporary designer and your shit better not look too used or don't bother. And that's actually why I always make good money at Crossroads because I take higher-end pieces that I'm just done with. They're generally like new. Or look like it. Easy sells. Good cash.

So, what's up with ThredUP? Basically I went online and signed up to receive a large bag from ThredUP that I filled and sent back to them. Note: You incur a $9.99 deduction from any future profits of sales to cover postage of that bag.

So, I filled her up and I filled her up. 10 lbs. to be exact. Granted, I sent them things that I just wanted to donate or maybe make a little something. These items were my Crossroads rejects. Meaning, Crossroads had passed on these pieces. Pieces like Free People velvet navy flares. Miu Miu earrings. Tahari sequin blazer, tags still attached. Zara velvet leggings. KORS sandals, never worn...you get the idea...some high-end and some not...like those cute Mossimo lace-up flats I wore once but just didn't feel comfortable in...sometimes it's hit or miss with the buyers at Crossroads too.

ThredUP has a system called "upfront payout". Cash for things they buy from you essentially "on the spot". They gave me a whole $8.90. Ew. Like tacky, no? I mean really. That barely pays for my Starbucks order. That amount was a $1 short of the $9.99 fee they charge for the bag that I filled up and sent to them. Which means I don't even get that $8.90. The best part?? Those supposed worthless items that were only "worth" $8? 3 of the 4 of them have already sold. Which means ThredUP definitely made back that $9.99 they're charging me. But I don't see what they made off those items that apparently were hot to trot...because they sold...and immediately. See the screen shot of my account details for yourself...

*note: they were Free People VELVET pants. As in something that would bring in more money because we all know velvet is what's up right now. They chose to refer to them as cords and cords they were not. See for yourself. Velvet or velvety, if you will. But not corduroy. 


So, once I got over the fact that they gave me less than $10 (correction, I don't get that $8.90). So, once I got over the fact that I got nothing up front, I took a gander at what they decided they could sell on consignment from my 10 lb. bag.


OKAY. This was basically my "whatever" moment. When you look at something or a situation and you're not impressed, but you're not unimpressed. So, you're just whatever. I felt defeated. And I was over it by this point. 

Moving on. You are paid via PayPal. Where you again incur another fee, although a small one. This process is almost like looking at your cell phone bill and looking at the fees breakdown. The state tax fee, the county tax fee, the city tax fee, the your eyes are blue tax fee...lol...so, you get paid via PayPal should that be what you opt for. However, there is a waiting period before you are able to transfer any profits you make. Just an FYI. 8 days I believe...good grief.



Please note that you can also choose to donate your items. ThredUP offers this option. However, as can be expeccted, if you have anything you really want back, should they choose not to sell it, you will incur a charge for anything you'd like returned. 

My advice? Do yourself a favor and don't send anything over to ThredUP that you might want back. It's seriously much more trouble than it's worth. But then again that is just my opinion.



If you're looking for instant gratification, this service is not for you. If you need money asap, get your bum to Crossroads. And make sure you give them something worth their time and yours. I mean you made the trek there after all. Time is money honey.

And since time is money, ThredUP is not the best choice. It took 2 weeks for the bag itself to even get to my house. And I live an hour away from the distribution center, here in the SF Bay Area. Right off the bat I was annoyed. When I sent the bag back and they got it, I got an email saying it would take a little over a month for it to be sorted. Yes. Over a month. Oh goodie. I'm in que...Super annoyed.

Then, when they finally sorted and came up with an $8 upfront payout, I was beyond annoyed. And that's okay. Because this was my first time learning their system. And while I'm not impressed, it's not the worst. I just have to learn to lower my expectations. Just as I did years ago with Buffalo Exchange. And then again with Crossroads. Don't give them anything you're going to cry over when they offer you $5 and you'll be okay. 

So to summarize, will I sell with ThredUP again? Probably. Not any time soon though, as the wait time is this company's worst attribute. 

Would I buy from ThredUP? Me personally, no. I refuse to buy things from the places I sell to because it's defeating my purpose for being there. Some people sell to trade, but I sell to take that cash and spend it elsewhere. 

Do I think Crossroads is worth the 45 minutes to an hour wait? I do now. Especially when you get cash in your hand after that wait. 2 hours out of my day compared to 2 months+ (remember, I now have to wait to see if the items they bought on consignment will sell. If they don't, I basically made nothing.) You noticed above that I got a payout for the one connsignment item that has sold. Nothing has sold since. And I've got 0 expectations. 

Disappointing eh?




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Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Valentine's from my Little Spoon & I



As a little Thank You from Betty and I, this Valentine's Day, I'm hosting a fun giveaway. You guys have been LOVING my partnership with Top Shelf Apparel & since you've been using my special code and shopping away....I've decided to do a Top Shelf Apparel giveaway!

I have to say Betty and I are LOVING the partnership with Top Shelf too...so many fun and cheeky tees, tanks and sweats to choose from. My favorite styles being the sponge fleece sweatshirts because they are SO soft and the doggy t-shirts. Everything is soft and well-made. And A+ customer service.




If you haven't shopped yet, check out the S H O P tab up at the top of my site and you'll be linked to my favorite Top Shelf Apparel pieces. And do not forget to enter CODE: SHOPSAVESEQUIN at checkout to get 20% OFF your entire purchase!

So, with all that said, Betty and I are GIVING AWAY (1) Little Spoon red flowy tank top (sold out) size small (1) Little Spoon red cheekie undie $12 size small (1) Little Spoon red boyfriend brief $14 size small




3 items total in the giveaway. Each piece is red and size small. No substitutions can be made as this is a Valentine's specific giveaway. So, enter to win this cute set for yourself or as a gift for a friend! USA entrants only please.


ENTER GIVEAWAY BELOW. BEST OF LUCK & HAPPY VALENTINE'S! 

XoXo


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Something new from L'Oréal



I love trying out NEW stuff! Lucky me, Influenster & L'Oréal sent goodies for my hair to test and give my unaltered opinion. And I have to say, we have a winner with the Color Vibrancy Intensive system. 

My favorite product being that repair mask. No overpowering scents. Almost like a hint of oatmeal...I almost want to eat it. And that's a little weird but it leaves my hair crazy soft. That's what's important. Because my hair is OVER-processed. Been using this system for about 3 weeks....so far? So, so good. 


Prices? Best ones found at Target, so I've linked the 3 products below to easily shop. 

Happy Shopping & Saving!

HAIR MASK $5.99 - CLICK HERE!
SHAMPOO $3.99 - CLICK HERE!
CONDITIONER $3.99 - CLICK HERE!










THIS POST HAS BEEN SPONSORED BY
INFLUENSTER & L'Oréal

ALL THOUGHTS & OPINIONS ARE MINE.


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Ugh.

I debated on whether or not to publish this post to the site. I like to keep things positive and generally, that's not a problem. I rarely encounter problematic collaborations. My sponsors are usually pretty cool people behind some great brands.

Recently you may have seen various sponsored posts by a brand/store called "Military Hippie". These posts were scattered all throughout my various social media channels. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr. With the usual heavy emphasis on Instagram. Military Hippie so generously sent over 3 items I picked out from their website (as is a typical part for some collaborations) and by all appearances, everything seemed okay. Nothing out of the ordinary. And I styled the 2 sweaters and pink puffer jacket I received...



The box I got from them was normal. Nice packaging. I initially thought the sweaters were decent, especially the grey one which I have been wearing a lot in fact. I thought it odd they lacked tags. But dismissed this. I did think that the puffer jacket was unexpectedly light, iffy zipper and in all honesty seemed very cheap. I had to go back to the website to re-check the price on the puffer and I was shocked...it was originally listed for $199. Whoa. Don't get me wrong. I like it. I think it's cute. BUT. $199? No honey. Just no. It looks cute on me. It kept me warm. But...I'm totally mystified on the original price (it's currently on sale). Honestly, you get better quality at Target for a hell of a lot less. 

The 2 sweaters they sent worked out. l like the grey. And I've worn it a lot these past few chilly weeks.

So, let's get to the point of this post. It was brought to my attention by multiple people, specifically disgruntled Military Hippie customers, that Military Hippie is just crap...for lack of a better word.

A friend of mine said she purchased the same grey sweater I got and [she likes it too]...but she said the customer service was awful, as in no immediate attention to her emails. And when they finally did respond to her, they said they needed to have the sweater "re-cut" or something like that...don't quote me on that, but you get the idea. I should have taken that as an omen...

Because I too wound up waiting around for email responses. And mind you, we were supposed to be working together. I was less than thrilled when they violated my copyright (by posting one of my photos in their sweater, and not attributing the photo in any way back to me or the website). As it was a copyright violation, Instagram removed the photos promptly from their Instagram. Please Note: I did try to contact them about not properly citing me in my work before I contacted Instagram about the copyright issue.

I won't go into the details of the silly responses I eventually received from Military Hippie. Suffice to say I dropped communication because it was simply a big waste of my time...and more importantly yours. My readers. Who count on me and who I am not in the business of misleading. And I felt I had inadvertently misled readers and shoppers. I was misled too. And so here is this post. To clear the air. To be perfectly honest. 

I've been receiving angry posts on Facebook about how the company is just "crap". That their clothes are terrible and that their customer service is generally unresponsive. My website's Facebook page has come under a barrage of commentary in part because Military Hippie has shut down the option for commentary/reviews on THEIR Facebook page. And if that isn't a telling sign, I don't know what is. And also in part because of my brief affiliation, styling the pieces they sent me.

*I had not previously heard of Military Hippie prior to them contacting me.

So, in the end, I will still wear the things they sent to me? Probably. Do I like them? Mostly. Do I love them? Nope. Do I think they are worth their original price tags? No. Would I shop there? What do you think?





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ALL THOUGHTS & OPINIONS ARE DEFINITELY MINE.
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