Friday, April 30, 2010

Lovely Finds: Shoes Galore!

{Gold wedges - Bally; Gold flats - Guess; Black strappy booties - Franco Sarto}

1 in 10 visits. That's the odds of me actually finding something when I visit Nordstrom Rack. Today, I took a PTO day from work and decided to go shopping! After a pretty unsuccessful time at Ala Moana, I meandered over to Nordstrom Rack. What a great idea that was!

First, I stumbled upon these super cute suede buckle booties by Franco Sarto....for $40! Despite their appearance, these are pretty versatile shoes and will be perfect to wear to work with a black pencil skirt or on the weekends with skinny jeans.

Then I found these light gold flats with a slight wedge heel from Guess...for $40! Ever since my favorite pair of gold flats got ruined in the rain while on vacation in NYC, I've been searching for a cute, comfortable replacement.  The small heel on these flats definitely make it a lot more padded and comfortable to wear.

And finally, the best shoe deal I have ever scored! I was walking in the "designer" section of the shoe area and saw these dark gold, almost bronze peep toe shoes by Bally sitting on the shelf. Since I love to wear peep toe shoes and am a sucker for shiny objects, I picked them up, turned them over...and saw the price was $80. What? I checked again, thinking I missed the 1 before the 80. Nope, it was $80! I tried them on excitedly and they fit perfectly! Definitely the best shoe deal I have ever scored! Woo hoo! What an awesome way to kick off the weekend! =)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Lovely Beauty: Shu Uemura

I have been in the market for a new blush since my go-to blush, Nars (Orgasm), has dwindled down to just the edges of the container. I was also looking forward to being a bit more adventurous with cheek color after being inspired by my super-cute hair stylist who adorns her cheeks with a bright pink hue. So while waiting for my eyebrow pencil (I cannot live without this eyebrow pencil, it turns my thin colorless wisps into half-decent brows! I've actually gotten compliments on my eyebrows, so I know it works wonders) to be sharpened at my local Shu Uemura retail store, I played with all the pretty blushes and stumbled across this perfect pearly peachy blush. The pigment is quite intense and with just a couple sweeps across my cheek I have a new bright and happy face that shouts "it's spring!" :)

glow on blush - p45 - pearl vivid peach - warm undertone

side note: I have to mention how my love affair with Shu Uemura started, with their famous gold eyelash curler of course! If you do not have one, go out and buy one immediately!

So... I'm gushing to H about how much i LOVE my new blush when she blindsides me with this horrible news!

I was ready to go out and buy several reserves of my beauty staples, but it appears (for now) that they plan to continue online sales in the U.S. whew! I'm still extremely saddened by the news, especially in the wake of another of my cosmetic favorites, Prescriptives, exit a few months back. What has the world come to?! I realize this shouldn't be so high on my priority list... but this bad economy is really taking a toll on my makeup bag!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Lovely Outfits: Urban Cowboy

{shirt: Saks Off Fifth, Skirt: JCrew, Booties: Banana Republic}

By no means do I fancy plaid shirts. I don't think I've even worn a plaid shirt since the 6th grade. But I am in love with this black & cream linen button down from Saks Off Fifth. The linen makes the shirt soft and moveable...not stiff like a lot of button down work shirts. And the black and cream doesn't scream 'lumberjack!' like some of the other plaid shirts I've seen in stores. This morning my male coworker looked at me and said 'you look like an urban cowboy.' I think I'll take that as a compliment.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Obsessions: more dress love

1.  A Common Thread Racer back dress with Lace, $274
2.  Nanette Lepore Lovina Beach Dress, $348 on sale for $243
3.  Myne Maddy Dress, $265
4.  Rag & Bone Field Dress, $325 on sale for $227.50
5.  Shoshanna Combo Sheath Dress, $340 on sale for $102
6.  Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent One Should Lace Dress, $350
7.  Velvet Jennica Dress, $130
8.  Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Dress, $295 on sale for $147.50