A Morning at Clothes Mentor Wexford

All college girls love a great deal. Free pizza? I’m in. Even if it means attending a meeting for a club that I’m hardly a part of. I was beyond excited when Andrea from Clothes Mentor Wexford invited me to visit her store and shop around. Mention the words “J.Crew” and “Kate Spade” and “discounted” in the same sentence and I’ll try and be there as soon as I can.

Clothes Mentor focuses on buying gently used better brand-name fashions and accessories, and their selection is fantastic. Some of my favorite finds were pieces from J.Crew (shocker, right?), Kate Spade, and Banana Republic. Not to mention that everything in the store is in great condition. It’s perfect for college girls who want to incorporate trendy and high-end products into their wardrobes without having to deal with the prices that usually follow. Trends may come and go and wardrobes are always changing anyways, so why spend the full price when you can experience high-end resale? 

Andrea proposed that we try a challenge: to see how many fabulous outfits we could put together for about $100 — we ended up picking out 3 ensembles (dress, shoes, & accessories) that are perfect for spring events. 

Look #1: Little Black Nanette Lepore Dress


Guys, I am absolutely OBSESSED with this entire outfit. I actually ended up buying the dress and heels since it took me a little too long to stop twirling around in them. My go to trick for styling little black dresses has always been to incorporate a pop of red, usually with red lipstick and shoes. In this case I decided to switch up the pop by using a bold pattern in the same neutral color palette as the rest of the outfit with my choice of shoe.

The Betsey Johnson choker statement necklace was also a really bold move for me since I usually opt for simpler accessories with this kind of neckline. I loved how edgy and young it made the dress feel, while remaining extremely classy.

DressNanette Lepore – $45

Necklace : Betsy Johnson – $35

Shoes : Nine West – $24

(bonus: Dolce & Gabbana handbag)

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Total : $104 

Look #2: Blue & Yellow Eliza J


I fell in love with this dress from the second I walked into Clothes Mentor. I usually don’t opt for pieces that are incredibly bright, or yellow, but when in Rome, right? Inspired to create a look that was bold for spring, I contrasted a royal blue necklace and matching suede shoes against the lemon color (a little hard to see, sorry!) I also really loved the texture in the dress, which made it feel incredibly appropriate for spring and summer. I also fell in love with these heels, which have a navy pleather accent on the toe and felt like a modern take on a vintage design.

Dress: Eliza J – $14

Shoes: Ralph Lauren – $24

Neckace: Talbots – $10

Bracelet: Nordstrom (x2) – $6 each

(bonus: Lenvin handbag – $750

& Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses – $99) 

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Total: $60


 Look #3 – All Pink Kate Spade


My dream world is entirely Kate Spade everything. I seriously wish I had a lifestyle where I could wear their dresses everyday. I was so excited to have found this dress as it combines a few of my favorite things; Kate Spade, tweed, and the color pink. It reminds me of Elle Woods or Jackie O, and the second I tried it on I felt so chic. Adding all pink accessories, including the Kate Spade handbag made me feel like Barbie, and I loved every second of it. 

Dress: Kate Spade – $85

Heels (not pictured, but here): Julianne Hough – $24

Bracelet: Talbots – $12

(bonus: Kate Spade Handbag – $40)

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Total: $113


I ended up leaving with the Nanette Lepore dress, two pairs of heels and two bracelets for exactly $100! I was beyond excited, and can’t wait to style these pieces with my own wardrobe for you in the future!

For more information on Clothes Mentor Wexford, you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram, or visit their website at http://www.clothesmentor.com/stores/wexford/

Which was your favorite look? Let me know in the comment section below!
xoxo

ClaudiaG Spring & Summer Collection Event

Every woman loves a high-quality handbag. Throw in the words “sophisticated” and “handcrafted”, and you’ll garner more attention. ClaudiaG Collection, a brand of boutique-style, beautifully handcrafted handbags, versatile accessories and trendy jewelry, knows how to attract every type of woman. With clientele ranging from your style-savvy shopper to hardworking mom to even the business executive, they produce a quality product that can be appreciated by women of all walks of life. 

Their new Spring & Summer Collection is bold and bright, and it makes me want to pack up my bags, throw on a Lilly Pulitzer dress and travel to Palm Beach for a week or two. The collection is fresh and modern; incorporating it into your summer collection is a fun way to change up your everyday accessories. You’ll definitely see me toting my new bag around this spring break!

Let’s be honest ladies; high quality leather at an affordable price in any form is really hard to come by. The ClaudiaG Collection is the only brand in the direct sales industry offering a full and complete line of genuine leather handbags, all exquisitely designed in exclusive limited editions. Luckily for us Pittsburghers, ClaudiaG is launching its Spring & Summer Collection at an event at the Donegal Community Center (in Donegal) on Saturday, February 13th at 10 am. If you’re interested in joining an effortlessly chic and high quality bags and accessories family or even just want to learn more, Teresa Snyder, a ClaudiaG consultant, will be sharing how and why she personally got involved with the company, as well as showing off their new Spring & Summer Collection. 

Local ladies can register for the complimentary event, by visiting www.cgevolution.eventbrite.com. For more information about ClaudiaG, check out www.claudiagcollection.com. And, connect with the brand on Facebook,PinterestInstagram and Twitter.  


I hope to see you there! 

xoxo

Winter Beauty Essentials 2016

It’s no secret that I love all things beauty. I carry my Sephora VIB Rouge card proudly, and indulge in their products more frequently than I’d care to admit. I’m a huge fan of trying out new products and cult favorites alike. However, only a handful of those products end up being purchased again and again. All of the products mentioned today have worked their way into my heart (and makeup bag) and will definitely be purchased again.

Winter Beauty Essentials 2016

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask 10 Minute Fix: After hearing rave reviews of First Aid Beauty’s products, I figured that this winter would be the perfect time to try some new skincare products. I’m a huge advocate for having some down time with face masks (treat yo’self!) so this one was a no brainer. I’ve tried various oatmeal masks before, but they haven’t proven themselves to be ultra hydrating- which I need desperately. I slather this on 2-3 times a week as recommended, and the results are phenomenal. The dry dorm air is no match for the results from this product! Note: It’s usually a sin to leave your face mask on for longer than recommended, as it can significantly dry out your skin. I accidentally left this on for 45 minutes and had no problem!

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream: If you didn’t realize this in the blurb above, I’m a moisturizer buff. I’ve tried so many, and I usually fall back on my trusty Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion that my mom swears by. However, after a while it begins to feel like it leaves some slight residue, and I’m definitely not about that. I use the Ultra Repair Cream twice a day, and my skin feels better every time. The key is to let it soak in before you apply your makeup, which creates a fresher and healthier appearance. Of course, it pairs phenomenally with the Instant Oatmeal Mask.


It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product: One of my favorite bloggers, Sydney of Summer Wind Blog recommended this product to her followers on Snapchat over the summer. I trust anyone with phenomenal hair, so I immediately went out and bought a bunch of the it’s a 10 products that I had seen. I have incredibly thick and fine hair, so I go through products like my boyfriend goes through cinnamon rolls (& he eats at least 4 a sitting). I’ve tried a few leave-in conditioners in the past, but I’ve found that many left a slight residue, aka the most disgusting feeling. It smells phenomenal, and leaves my hair silky and shiny- an A+++ in my book. 


Prada Candy eau de parfum: My favorite perfume, hands down. I consider myself to be an innovator when it comes to perfumes; I love switching things up. My mom purchases me new perfumes for my birthday every year, and this was my absolute favorite coming into my sophomore year of college. With notes of caramel, musk, vanilla, and benzoin; it’s feminine and sophisticated without the overwhelming grandma-esque smell.


Benefit Cosmetics the POREfessional: Every girl needs a good primer. It creates a smooth base for your foundation and helps lengthen the longevity of your makeup. I’ve only tried a few, but I always come back to Benefit’s. The formula has a slight tendency to leave residue if you apply too much product, so a little goes a long way. My mom and I both swear by this product!


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette: I’ve been after an Hourglass palette for years. My sister gifted me this palette for Christmas this past year and it might’ve been my favorite present for the year. It contains 2 finishing powders, a highlight, 2 blushes and a bronzer. Don’t let the packaging fool you – the products aren’t as overwhelmingly sparkly as they appear. Each one leaves a dewy finish that lasts all day – it’s perfect to refresh your winter makeup routine!


tarte Tartlette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette: I gifted this to my mom for Mother’s Day a year or so ago, and she absolutely loved it. She decided to buy me one last summer, knowing how much I love tarte’s Amazonian Clay products. Matte eyeshadows are the key to my hart, especially when paired with winged eyeliner. The formula is creamy and blends really easily. The packaging is very thin and durable, without taking up a lot of space (Naked palettes- I’m looking at you!) which makes it perfect for your on the go travel bag.


Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita: Every single YouTuber & their mother raves about this lipstick, and usually in the shade Lolita. It was sold out of my local Sephora for a long time, and I was so lucky to get a hold of it at the end of last semester. It’s a darker mauve-y nude, which makes it perfect for every day wear. I sometimes layer on other lipsticks to give it a bolder effect, although I love the product as is. It applies like a lipgloss and dries extremely matte, so make sure to exfoliate your lips to avoid them drying out or appearing flaky!


Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara: I’m a huge fan of Benefit’s products, and to me, purchasing this mascara was a no-brainer. I’ve been on a huge mascara binge lately, and to be honest, this product is probably one of the best I’ve tried. I always make sure to curl my eyelashes, (I couldn’t live without my eyelash curler in my makeup bag) but it promises that you can skip the product and get the same effect. I also really like the formula, it goes on smoothly, even after it has dried out a little. My lashes have never looked longer!

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Concealer: I had tried their Ultra HD Foundation over the summer and instantly fell in love. Being pale, it’s really hard for me to find foundation and concealers that match my skin tone. I really like the consistency of this concealer- it’s full coverage, so a little goes a long way. The formula is thicker, but it proves to be best when buildable without looking cakey, which is perfect for every day use. For best results, set undereye concealer with translucent or yellow powder- it’ll last all day!

What are your favorite beauty obsessions? Let me know in the comment section so I can try them out!


xoxo

Brunching in the Blizzard

Much to everyone’s chagrin, Western Pennsylvania was hit with 1-3 feet of snow this weekend, leaving most of my fellow college students snowed in on campus. Don’t get me wrong: I love binge watching Netflix as much as the next girl, especially when curled up in pjs with a cup of tea, but my go-getter side prevents me from doing such for an entire weekend.

I’ve been planning a brunch date with my best friend Annie’s 21st birthday for what seems like months. We went to my absolute favorite spot for breakfast and dinner- the Kitchen on Main in Ligonier. I’ll be honest: I’ve always been an extremely picky eater, and finding things to eat for brunch when I was little was kinda difficult. My favorite thing to order for breakfast is the Joz E (pictured below!); an omelet with grilled shrimp, roasted corn salsa, pepperjack cheese, and avocado (my fav!). And if you need some recommendations for which homemade jam to get with your toast, my favorites are the peach moscato (AMAZING) & strawberry mango.

If you’ve been reading along for a while now then you probably understand my argument for navy as a neutral. I’m also a huge advocate for navy on black, although my grandma might argue that it is far too taboo to wear together. I’ve been loving this J.Crew wool blend turtleneck lately! (& it’s on sale for almost half off!) I’ll always opt for pieces that make me feel classic and chic, so pairing this sweater with my (absolute) favorite Calvin Klein trench was a no-brainer.

J.Crew Turtleneck  (on sale!) // Gigi Pants (winter wardrobe staple)

CK Trench Coat // Over-the-Knee Boots // Scarf (similar & on sale)

Sunglasses // Ring

 

 

Kat Von D’s Lolita Everlasting Liquid Lipstick has been on repeat lately as the perfect nude for winter. Any long-lasting lipstick with easy application that lasts for hours (even with eating and drinking) is a great product in my book. The color sells out pretty quickly, so if you want to order catch it while you can! I’ll be talking about my favorite winter beauty products in an upcoming post, but I couldn’t wait to talk about how much I love OPI’s Big Apple Red. The perfect red (lipstick, nail polish, shoes) is so hard to come by, especially when you’re pale enough that most reds make you feel like Snow White. It’s my new favorite mani/pedi color for winter!

 

 

Annie (& my parents) and I were so lucky to get brunch during Ligonier’s famous annual Ice Fest weekend. The sculptures are sponsored by local businesses and are absolutely amazing. Our favorites were the Giant Eagle Pineapple, the giraffe & this gorgeous ice throne. We just had to have our pictures taken in it!

Annie channeling her inner Elsa.

Also, I’d like to give major props to my fabulous mother for always being the best support system & photographer that a girl could ask for. Thanks Annie for capturing us in our natural habitat!

xoxo

 

Christmas Playlist

Christmas time is finally here! (a.k.a. my favorite time of the year). Scientists here at Pittsburgh & Pearls have allegedly compiled the perfect playlist for decking your dorm room, the halls; or just helping you get in the mood to put on your ugly sweater and chug some egg nog!

And as Buddy the Elf said… 

I’ll be updating the playlist throughout the season, so don’t forget to follow along on Spotify if you have an account! (and if not, I highly suggest getting one!)

Happy Listening!