Ten Things To Do This Summer

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  1. Take a day trip to explore another city.
  2. Check out a garage sale (You never know what you’ll find). Here is a garage sale finder to see which sales are close by.
  3. Go to a scenic area and have a photo shoot (New profile picture anyone?)
  4. Try something new for girls night (Try an Escape room, cat café, painting with a twist, or zumba class).
  5. Host a makeup swap with friends (What better way to try a new palette without having to buy it!).
  6. Find a free concert (My college and hometown both have free concert series, so check your area!).
  7. Check out a Farmer’s Market (Even if you don’t buy any fruit or veggies, the Dallas Farmer’s Market has so many free samples of the best tasting produce).
  8. Try thrifting (You can repurpose items if you can sew, or just find cute pieces. I’ve found Lily Pulitzer and JCrew, so you never know). Here is a thrift store finder, so you can see which stores are in your area.
  9. Reconnect with friends you haven’t talked to in awhile.
  10. Check out a Comedy Club (My mom saw Ellen when she went in her 20s. Check the age limits because most clubs you have to be 21).

 

Life Update

 

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Finals are done! I finished Thursday and I could not be happier! To say a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders is an understatement and I’m pretty sure I will come out with an all A semester. I have this awesome week off and then start a two week summer intensive broadcast class. I will be filming, editing and reporting a video a day for 12 days Monday-Saturday. I’m telling you this because I will probably take about a two week break before I get back to blogging. I wish I had the energy to do it all, but once I finish my class and start my summer internship and online classes, I will get back to my schedule. I just wanted to make sure you didn’t think I disappeared from the blogasphere! Have you finished finals? How is your summer going to look?

Savings Spotlight: Kate Spade

Today I’m going to introduce a new series called the Savings Spotlight. I recently found some gems at a great deal and realized my readers must know about some of my favorite stores to find a bargain. Today I’m going to be talking about how I found Kate Spade at a discount!

So, you may be wondering where I find all of the gems pictured below and the answer is TJ Maxx! I was shocked each time to find these knick-knacks at a fraction of the cost! If you want to know what deals people are finding, always check #TJMAXX. I haven’t found it yet, but some people are spotting Kate Spade bow belts! I have three that I love and I found they really spice up any outfit. I’ve seen purses at TJ Maxx, but I have so many that I don’t need another pink Kate Spade, which I like to think is my signature bag. Don’t forget to check the jewelry section, as you can see this watch below that I spotted! If you’re wanting a discount on clothing, check your nearest outlet where I find my purses and the two dresses I own by Kate for 50-60% off of the retail price. Some pieces are barely a season old!

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What treasures have you found at TJ Maxx?

What to Wear for an Interview

Over Spring Break I had my interview for my first internship! Luckily, I got it and am counting down the days until I start (life of a video/broadcast nerd). I really believe that what you wear can help an employer form that crucial first impression as soon as you make eye contact. Here is the outfit that I wore, which I’m absolutely in love with. I was able to feel comfortable and confident as I walked into my panel interview.

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What I wore:

  • This dress is a recent purchase and is a J.CREW Factory favorite! The Kelly green is a beautiful pop of color, but isn’t over the top. J.CREW Factory is already discounted from the regular J.CREW and they have a lot of flash-sales that can cut the price even further!
  • This blazer is also a recent purchase from the Limited outlet, which was having a 60% off sale. Being short, it’s hard to find blazers that fit in the sleeves and waist. This is the perfect navy blazer that you can wear in the office or prep up an already classic weekend look.
  • My necklace is also J.CREW Factory. I got this a few birthday’s ago and luckily it’s still available!
  • These loafers are the most budget friendly piece of my outfit and they came from Target! They are so comfortable and a nice alternative to the flat.

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Did I mention it was sunny when I took these pictures?

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Oh and windy, it was just that kind of day!

I would love to hear what your go to office outfits are! I’m starting to build the ever important professional wardrobe.

How to Spring Clean your Closet

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This is the current picture of my closet in my apartment. It may look stuffed, but this is one of the main areas I have for storage. As you may have noticed by my suitcase, laundry hamper, studio lights and dish boxes. After organizing and doing a general Spring cleaning of my closet, I decided to share with you some helpful tips I learned along the way.

  • Don’t have “chill clothes”– I found this tip extremely helpful after reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up. We all have those pieces that we don’t love,  yet don’t want to get rid of that become workout or around the house clothing. I’m not saying you shouldn’t keep a pair of paint clothes, but don’t let a drawer overflow with clothes you don’t even want to wear out of the house. Also, don’t have things with stains or holes. I had a drawer full of undergarments that had a bad run-in with bleach (Good Job Kristen), and I still kept them! Needless to say, I felt like a million bucks when I replaced them.

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  • Try on everything/Take pictures– Whenever I go through my closet, I inevitably have a few pieces that I always reach for that aren’t very flattering. By trying on your clothes, you might find something you wanted to give away looks amazing on you and your go to outfit isn’t that special. If you’re on the fence on a particular item, try taking a picture in front of a full-length mirror. Everything seems to photograph differently than in person, and this guarantees you’ll look fabulous in every photo and can easily tell if the garment is flattering.

 

  • Keep Versatile pieces– If you want to get rid of something, just look around your closet and see if you can give it a new life by using it in a different way. Does the bottom of a blouse have lace that could double as a shirt extender? Could that sleeveless button up or short sleeve sweater be paired with a jean jacket to create a new look?

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  • Find Similar looks on Pinterest– Most people say that when they take an outfit idea from Pinterest, it doesn’t translate like in the photograph. That’s why I pin pieces that are very similar to pieces I already own. I may have gotten lucky and stumbled upon them or if I just got a jean vest I’ll type in the search, “How to style a jean vest?” Most likely you will be given endless options with a piece you already own.

 

  • Don’t save looks for a special occasion– This tip excludes formal dresses, but I once had a green shirt that I swore I would wear on St. Patrick’s Day. Spoiler, I never ended up wearing it year after year because I wanted to wear another, more stylish green outfit in my closet. If your only holding on to a piece for a holiday that you didn’t wear the previous season, then let it go! Holidays are special events, so wear clothing that make you feel like a million bucks.

 

  • Put a bin under your bed– This tip comes from DoItOnaDime and it’s genius! If you can’t decide whether to give up a garment, throw it in a tub under your bed and give yourself a month to wear anything in the tub. If you never go back to any of the items, you know they won’t be missed!

 

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  • Sell on Poshmark– Plato’s Closet never gave me much for my trendy clothes in great condition. Selling on Poshmark allows you to name your own prices. This app is great because they send you the shipping label and you can get credit toward new things of your own! They have Lily Pulitzer, JCrew, Forever 21 and hundreds of other brands. Sadly, they do take a 20% commission fee off your sale, but it’s calculated when you initially price it, so you can set it accordingly. If you want to earn $10 just for signing up, then try my code JMKBN.

 

It may sound like I’m advising you to keep things instead of getting rid of them. I believe in keeping clothes you will use, and always finding a new way to use a piece before giving it away or buying new. Have creativity with the pieces you truly love and discard the rest!

The idea for this post is from Shannon at Tommy John. I was approached with the idea for this post, which I loved! I didn’t receive any payment or free merchandise! I just wanted to make sure and disclose that to you! Happy cleaning!

My Beautycon Experience

10338879_1221608714516281_1417289716980850256_nI had been looking forward to this day for months, ever since I decided to buy a ticket. No matter how many vlogs I’d watched from last year, nothing could compare to what I was about to experience! We got off the train to get our tote bag that came free with the ticket (I got the hauler package) and wait in line for the doors to open. The breeze was about to blow me away and to say it was chilly is an understatement.

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Once the doors opened and we were scanned in, my shopping buddy/photographer/mom rushed inside with me. Moments before we were composing a game plan of which booths to hit up first. Once we saw the list, we were slightly disappointed because although there were 30 brands in attendance, it seemed half were hair care and the only high-end makeup retailer was Tarte. Later I found a booth that was filled with z-palettes, Ben Nye and Inglot. We booked it to Tarte first, and as you saw the salesclerks were very persuasive. Plus, their makeup looked amazing, so I believed anything they said…

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Once I bought the highlights of the trip, we made our way to other booths. Makeup artists were doing touchups and hair at every turn. Brands were shoving freebies in our faces, adding weight to our already heavy bags. Several brands like NYX and Garnier had vending machines with built in wifi! A staffer would take your picture and you would eagerly wait in line and get your photo all ready to post to Instagram or Twitter. At the front a staff member would give you a unique hashtag and as soon as you posted, the machine dispensed a freebie! It sounds as cool as it was!

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The QVC booth was also a highlight. As soon as we walked through we were handed water, a t-shirt, and a QVC gift card. We passed by a hairstylist and tanning area equipped with lotion and mits, to a photo op. After we took a picture a Wen representative gave us each TWO free bottles! Last in the booth was a makeup artist with IT Cosmetics CC Cream and Laura Gellar lip pencils at the ready. We wanted to buy the products, but they weren’t for sale. Perplexed, we made our way out only to be given gift bags with the makeup!

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Everyone was so nice and very excited to pass out as many freebies as possible! We did all this in the span of a few hours. The debate was whether to wait an hour for the panel of famous Youtubers to start. The place was getting crowded and we were pretty exhausted, so we vowed we would catch the panels next year. This was so worth it, and I can’t wait to go back next year.

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P.S. I just had to document my makeup! I’m wearing my trusty Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette.

Beautycon Haul

For the second post in my Beautycon series, I thought I’d show you what I actually bought! As you can tell by my last post, 80% of the things I acquired were free, and 20% I paid for. So let’s get on to the haul!

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Beautycon Sweatshirt:I haven’t taken off the world’s most cozy sweatshirt! I couldn’t resist this adorable sweatshirt, so no one will ever question if I went to Beautycon!

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Beautycon BFF Box: Even though this box was $40, it was well worth it! Bethany Mota curated this one of a kind box that was full of almost all full size products!

  • Garnier Fructis-Root Amp Root Lifting Spray Moose (Think dry shampoo and texturizing spray in one!)
  • Maybelline- The falsies Push Up Drama Mascara
  • Essie nailpolish
  • Revlon-Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor
  • Minnie Mouse Tattoos
  • Minnie Mouse Sequin Ears
  • Colourpop highlight
  • Murad-Hydrating Toner sample
  • Soap & Glory- Hand Food in Original Pink Scent
  • Goal Digger Notebook
  • $20 off $50 purchase Nike giftcard
  • $20 off $50 purchase of Bethany Mota’s Aeropostale collection
  • $5 off Beauty Box for a friend

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Tarte Products: Let’s just say the employees at the counter were very persuasive… Plus, everything was $15 off the regular price.

  • Eyeshadow brush- $5
  • Foundation brush- $20
  • Tartlette in bloom palette- $30
  • Tartiest liquid lipstick-$15
  • Amazonian Clay blush in Dollface-$15
  • Amazonian Clay full coverage foundation- $25
  • Tartiest Mascara- NOT IN STORES YET $15

I know this is a huge haul, but I had Birthday cash and money from selling clothes at Plato’s Closet that I was itching to spend!

Beautycon Freebies

As many of you may know, I had the time of my life Saturday at Beautycon Dallas! I have so many things to share about my experience and the goodies I got, that I had to split it up into a three part series! Today is all about the freebies I got! I can honestly say I made up for the price of my ticket in free stuff, which is insane to think about! I got the hauler package (I’ll explain the benefits more in my experience post), but I got this adorable zip up tote that says Beautycon! Let me tell you, this thing was filled with goodies! By the end of the day I could barely carry all of the stuff because it got so heavy.

 

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What’s inside my bag:

To make it easier to view, I decided to split up my freebies into categories. All of these items came in the tote!

 

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Hair Care: All of the sponsors for the event contributed a product or two, which is why there are so many from Garnier! I’m equally excited about all of these products!

  • Garnier Fructis-Grow Strong Mask Fortifying Treatment
  • Not Your Mother’s- In a Heat Beat Blow Dry Accelerator
  • Eden Bodyworks- All Natural Cleansing CoWash
  • Garnier Fructis- 48H Ultra Strong Sheer Set Breathable Hold Hairspray

 

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Makeup:

  • Maybelline- 2 pack of Vivid Matte Lipstick (best nude ever!)
  • Lime Crime- Barbie pink gloss
  • NYX- Vivid Brights pink eyeliner
  • Tarte- Amazonian Clay Blush in Fearless
  • Coverfx- cream concealer samples
  • Coupons for Perfumania and Blushington

 

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Skincare:

  • Benzac Acne Solutions- Complete Acne Solution Regimen (3 steps)
  • Wildflowers- Deep Daily Cream Cleanser in Chamomile
  • Colgate- Optic White Platinum toothpaste
  • Garnier- SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water (Two were in the bag and one was at the booth for free!)

 

Did you think I was done?! Nope! The QVC area changed my life. I got all of these freebies just from that section and the ladies were so nice! They were curling hair with Conair tools and doing makeup! The Wen lady gave us two bottles and pumps and the Conair lady gave us this hot pink t-shirt! Then on the way out we got goody bags with the remaining products and a QVC giftcard!

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Items from QVC:

  • Wen-Cleansing Conditioner in Winter Cranberry Mint and Spring Gardenia Green Tea with pumps
  • Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting sample
  • SheaMoisture- Weightless Shampoo (oops I think that came from the tote!)
  • Julep- Konjac Sponge (exfoliating sponge that you can use with or without cleanser)
  • QVC giftcard
  • Conair t-shirt
  • Laura Geller- Love Me Dew Lip Crayon in Dragon Fruit Sobert
  • Mally- Eye shadow stick
  • It Cosmetics- Deluxe sample of CC cream
  • Scunci- 2 braided hairties

 

See I told you I had to have a separate post just for freebies! I can’t wait to try out all of these products, and when I do I’ll let you know what I think!

 

 

The Hashtag Code

As I was surfing Pinterest, which I find myself doing too often, I found this awesome  template! I would highly recommend checking out Amanda! She posts custom wallpapers, planning templates, and the hashtag code below. We both agree with the importance of integrity and honesty to our amazing readers. Since I’ve been getting some offers from various companies, I thought it was a great time to post! Stay tune to see some of the collaborations I’ve been working on!  Just in case you didn’t get my cleverness, OAU is short for Overdressed and Underbudget.

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What are your thoughts on the #HashTagcode?

Huge Announcement!

So, I may just have the most exciting announcement ever!

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I’m going to …….BEAUTYCON DALLAS!

Whenever I found out it was in Texas I knew I had to go! I decided about a month ago, but my tickets just came in and I’m giddy! It was meant to be when I realized it was on the first day of my Spring Break. Let me know if your coming because I would love to meet up! If you’re still questioning my excitement, just imagine me doing my happy dance! Now I just have to decide what to wear…

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