What’s new: Revisting The Posh Peach!

     Hey guys! I know I did a what’s new on the Posh Peach a little more recently than most! But, proximity really makes it a consistent target for me. There’s going to be a what’s new on Lizard Thicket and Sassy and Southern, here very shortly! Maybe I’ll even visit The Blushing Brunette again. Who knows? I’m planning a whirlwind Weekend of content leading up to the Masquerade

     As usual, I’ll display my runners up and then save the victor for last! Because, there is a victor. I only did three full outfits for this post, so it should be a somewhat quick one!

     The Posh Peach has some amazing bell bottoms, and you guys know I love me some flare. I’m also a big fan of oversized sweaters. So this outfit is way  up my alley. These sunny yellow bell bottoms were on their new arrivals rack, and as luck would have it, they had some in my size. To my great pleasure, they’re not your typical button up pants. They have a wide elastic band in the waist and the fabric itself has a nice amount of give. 

     I paired this with a pastel large pink sweater. I’ll be honest with you, I love love love this sweater. It’s so soft and light, it’s perfect for the fall. I really liked it with these pants.

 

     This next one is a little out there, I found a Kimono and some white bell bottoms. The white ones, I had seen on their site and subsequently got obsessed with. I love the flare leg and the fit. The only thing I didn’t love was the kimono. I tried three different ways to wear this thing, and while I think it looked okay I don’t think it was something that really suited me. It was super comfy though. And had I been able to make it work for it, it would have been my choice.

 

                                                                    

   Neither of those looked quite right, and I wasn’t in love with the Kimono alone. So this was definitely a hard pass for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving on to the winner and runner-upin one! I found this adorable dress on their rack outside, I knew I had to layer it. But with what? I scoured the racks inside to find a viable option and landed on this starry shirt. It fit comfortably, but too comfortably. It was a little bigger and less flattering than I felt like it should have been with this dress. 

     Disheartened, I had an idea. That pink sweater that I love so much. So I gave that a go. It works! I think this is my perfect fall outfit. Just throw on some grey tights and maybe white flats, and you’re good to go! It’s a little oversized, but that just adds some charm. It’s cute, feminine and (best of all) modest.

     This outfit now sits in my house, waiting for the temperature to dip into the 60s, so I can break it out. Speaking of the temperature dipping, I did get one more thing. Though on a separate trip. Really, I didn’t want to leave you with just 3 measley outfits, y’know? I made my way to the Posh Peach while on my lunch break, which may have been a lapse of judgment, honestly. Since I’m on the lookout for that new Anastasia Palette that I’m dying for. 

     But, go in I did and I found something. Well, some things. I  found a front tie purple shirt that I loved, and I had found this really cozy cardigan. Though it’s technically a S/M, it fits larger. I think it might be warmer than my usual black coat, actually. The moment I found it on the rack, I knew I’d love it if I tried it on. I tried to put it back, I really did. But there was a voice whispering to me, “it’s the last one, so it’ll be 20% off“. And that did it. With that thought, I took it to the dressing room and tried it on. 

 It’s generally more color that I usually go for. But, guys, I’m feeling it. I’m kind of obsessed. At the point, it was the sweater or the shirt. At $19 dollars for the shirt and the somewhat heftier tag on the sweater, I could only get one. I asked the cashier up front if they were going to get any more of these cardigans, in a last ditch effort to have some self-control, and she responded with “Most likely not”. So… The sweater won, due to it’s amazing versatility. I can wear this with (almost) anything and it would add a cute, quirky energy that I’m kind of living for.

 

Unboxing; This Box is a Birch

      Hey, there guys! I finally got my Birchbox a little bit late! This one was for the month of September, and this was another case where I thought I had signed up too late to get the goods. It’s okay! Any goodies are good goodies, right? Especially where makeup is concerned! 

     If you’re not familiar, Birchbox is another monthly beauty box service, like Ipsy. Unlike Ipsy, Birchbox doesn’t provide a cute or fashionable makeup bag for your purse, they give you a colorful box instead. I did test everything, so let’s have a look!

     At first, I was completely underwhelmed by this delivery. It was a real rollercoaster. I was excited to get the package but once I opened it, I was hit with an “oh, is that it?”.  What we have here is, from right to left, leave in conditioner, Arrow color enhancing balm, Collagen eye pads, Mac 3D mascara and dry shampoo.

     If you’re saying “Is that it?”, believe me, I totally shared that sentiment until I starting playing with it. The first thing I broke into was the M.A.Cscara. It took two applications to get some decent length from it, but true to the advertising my lashes weren’t clumpy. It provided some nice lift and in no way weighed my lashes down. I give this product a 4/5 because it could have been a little more pigmented.

     That color enhancing balm from Arrow, is really an understated thing that had me a little disappointed. I did put it on and got some subtle shine and it did bring out the pink in my lips a little more. It kind of makes them pop. I will say that it doesn’t really smell like much, which was a disappointment. Because, I really like scented balms, but I can live without scent. I think this may be a staple in my purse soon, just because you can never have too many balms. I’d rate this a 4/5 too, I’m detracting a point for scent because that irks me just a little.

     I think I’ll combine the Shampoo and leave in conditioner here. The dry shampoo smells really good, I sprayed it on my roots from the recommended 8 inches and brushed it through. My hair’s on day 2, so I’m due for a wash. This did bring some life back to my hair, so I may be using it in travel emergencies when we find ourselves on the road. On another plus, both of these are the perfect travel size to keep stashed in my purse! Score! This conditioner honestly smells so good, the closest I can get is Vanilla which is great. I can’t wait to break this out during a vacation. I’d rate these at a 5/5.

     The last thing in this box was the Collagen Mask from Wilma Schumann. I’ve never used any Collagen items before now, so I wasn’t sure what to do. I slapped these under my eyes at the end of the day and I felt them working almost immediately. At first, I thought it was burning, but what was happening was an intense cooling and hydrating effect. I kept them there for the recommended 20 minutes (I think). When I took it off, I honestly didn’t notice any real difference. I’m wondering if maybe it takes multiple applications to see results? I’d rate this a 4.5/5, I’m not sure if it even did what it was supposed to but I felt dang fancy using these.

    I think out of this box, I’d be most likely to stock up on the leave in conditioner, just because of the way it smells. While I liked the mascara, I don’t like it enough to spend 24 dollars on it. My Rimmel London ScandalEyes treats me just as well at a fraction of the price.

  If I had to give this box a rating in its entirety, I’d give it a 4.5/5 for looking pretty underwhelming but overall performing remarkably. I really enjoyed everything in this box and I can’t wait for the next one to come in!

     

  

Hometown Cravings; Wheely’s Rave!

Coffee; White Mocha Caramel
Shop; Wheely’s
City; Columbus, GA
 
     Hey Guys! I know we’ve deviated a little from the content you’re used to! It’s been crazy over here in my neck of the woods. I wanted to get out there and bring you a coffee related post, since it’s been a little while. I’ll get there with this balance stuff, I promise!
 
     I did a bad thing and discovered that I could get coffee delivered to me at work when I’m too lazy to actually walk anywhere, which is more often than not the case. Sadly though, my options are a little limited. I’m sure you guys may (or may not) remember the post I did on Wheely’s a couple months ago. I wasn’t too hot on it, and I haven’t been. Luckily they seem to be great sports and totally aware that you can’t please everyone all the time
 
     I didn’t take that as a “I won’t be back” sort of thing, but rather “I will find something that I like” situation. And I finally did! I was at work, far too lazy to be bothered to go somewhere close by. Can’t someone bring me coffee? After checking GrubHub I found that, yes, someone can bring me coffee. I was a little disappointed that the only coffee I could get delivered was Wheely’s, based on my past experience. But, I decided to take another chance since it had been a while and opted to get it delivered in an hour or so.
 
     I was banking on the coffee not impressing and also not filling me up for lunch, so I ordered a danish too. I sat and waited- I was hungry and I really wanted my coffee. A little while later, I get a phone call from Wheely’s telling me that they didn’t have any danishes today and that they could replace them with muffins. I decided to take it in stride and opt for muffins. 
 
     When my totally nutritious lunch got to me, I found that they had left me a note on the box! 
 
      Aside from that, on the inside of the box was a free coffee card that I can redeem next time I go in! I’m pretty psyched. The only thing better than coffee is free coffee. Speaking of Coffee, they got it right this time! I think I’m picking up that I pretty much have to stir all the coffee I get before I drink it. This especially makes sense here because it’s about a 15 minutes drive from Wheely’s to my work. 
 
     My Mocha was very mellow, with a subtle nuttiness that lingered on the tongue. It really smelled fantastic and rich, with an innate bitterness. The coffee itself had some subtle bite to it with complimenting acidity to the sweetness of the mocha. Somehow my first impression was that it reminded me of Coconut milk. I’m not sure how that even makes sense in this context. 
 
    I was very pleased with this drink and I’ll make it a mission to find more things to like from Wheely’s, because I’m beginning to think they just simply do better at certain things. Or maybe, like with Fountain City, it’s all in the Barista. After all, I do seem to have my favorite Baristas when I frequent places. It’s only natural!
 
    For the curious, the muffins were muffins. They certainly weren’t My Favorite Muffin level, but they weren’t terrible by any stretch. I enjoyed them immensely, and would have enjoyed them even more if I had some milk to have with them. You really can’t go wrong with blueberry muffins, especially not when they come with free coffee!
 
    I’ll rate this experience with Wheely’s a: 

     /5

     
      I feel like they deserve a good rating this time, due to doing great with the coffee, having fantastic service and that note somehow melted my heart!

It’s October, and you know what that means; Barktoberfest!

    Hey guys! No, that’s not a typo. Barktoberfest was held by a local animal shelter, Animal Ark, and featured German Beer, Vendors, Costume Festivities for babies with 2 and 4 legs and free adoptions! The latter wasn’t something I could jump on, personally, but I’m super happy for those who were able to add a new pet to their family!

Animal Ark Food Tent
The Food tent from Barktoberfest and the guys from Maltitude! Credit to Animal Ark for the photos!

   

 

Walking up to Barktoberfest was exciting for us, and especially Java. There were loads of dogs everywhere and some were in costume, all geared up for the costume contest! If you’ve been following us on Instagram, you may have seen the costume that Java picked for the contest. The heat was intense, so I didn’t put it on her until right before she was called to the stage. Right before she was called, we saw that she had a twin.

Twins
Java and her friend Moose!

Unfortunately, neither of these completely deserving puppies won, but before we spoil some of the other great costumes we saw, I want to give shoutouts to a couple of the vendors with some great wares! The two most notable to me were puppy pastries and a lovely lady selling ceramics, canvases and vases.

      The collage may make it hard to read the sign, but those yummy looking dog treats are from Lucky Puppy Pastries, they don’t have a physical location where they conduct business but you can place orders to have them delivered for your furry family members! I know that lower picture looks like chocolate, but it’s 100% dog friendly and is too decadent for everyday rewards. Check out his facebook page if you want to place a custom order! They definitely had Java’s seal of approval.

     

       That little 5×5 canvas was too cute for me to leave behind. That’s from Lea’s Crafty Creations, who doesn’t appear to be doing crafts anymore on facebook. You can still check out the work she still has posted! I really wanted to get two of her canvases, that one above and a witch cat. I loved the super Autumn colors she chose! Sadly, I did have to make up my mind on what I brought home. I did select that one above, just because I loved it for its simplicity and minimalism. It has found a home in my room, currently! It sits on one of my tables, but it will soon find a home on my wall!

     We didn’t sample the German Brats, sadly, due to the price but we did win a Lemon Cake in a Cake Walk that my lovely life-partner participated in. With as uncharacteristically hot as it was that day, I carried Java’s costume around. It was much too hot to put it on her. I don’t know why she picked it, especially since she had a twin. Didn’t she think that maybe someone would want to be cute?

     There were so many great costumes! I think my favorite besides Java was a Rottweiler dressed up like a Ghostbuster, he had a little toy car that a toddler was “driving” and I thought it was so creative! 

The costumes!

      I put Java first in the collage, because she’s always number one to me. There were so many great, creative costumes and some valiant attempts at victory. In the end, there were only three winners. The cutest, most creative, and creepiest. I hope you’ll forgive me that I can’t recall who won which category. Next year, I’ll choose Java’s costume. I was really wanting one of the prizes, they looked pretty packed!

      Even though Java didn’t win, and we weren’t able to try any of the German foods they were selling, we did have fun. Java ate her treats once we got home, for a late birthday celebration. She’s currently tuckered out from the heat, but happy to have made friends. I’d give Animal Ark’s Barktoberfest a 

/5

I can’t give it a higher rating due to lack of diversity in attractions. We did enjoy ourselves, but there was little to do to distract ourselves from the heat. I hope to go back next year and see more vendors and even more costumes!

 

 

 

Unboxing; Ipsy With Me

Unboxing; Ipsy With Me

Who doesn’t love monthly presents? Pretty dang affordable gifts to yourself that you get on a monthly basis? I know that I’m definitely among that number. Guys, I love month subscription boxes. I like when their makeup, geek culture, treats… Currently, I really want one that’s clothing, but I don’t know if I can trust myself to return the items I don’t want. The moment I’m able though, I totally intend to get Stitch Fix. Right now though, I’m only subscribed to makeup boxes. Birchbox, Ipsy, Lip Monthly and Sephora Play. Well…. Lip Monthly I’m just doing a trial run this month. But for sure I’m all on board with the other three. 

     I wasn’t going to sub to the makeup boxes again because I had stopped doing any makeup at all. Now I’m starting to get back into it in a big way, I figured ‘why not?’ But I wasn’t sold on it until I saw September’s Ipsy bag. Just… it’s so unbelievably cute. I caved and subscribed but Ipsy had told me it was too late to get the bag I wanted.

     Lucky me when I got the email letting me know it had shipped! This bag is pretty awesome, guys. Not the best, really, but I did get a really nice blending brush. The first thing I noticed when opening my bag was this amazing quote. I love it and immediately stuck it on Instagram.

Moving on the meat of the bag…

Two sheet face masks! I’m so excited! I really love masks and I’m just starting to amass a huge collection of them in my miscellaneous makeup drawer. I usually prefer mud masks because the sheets are a little hard to match to my face and keep them there. Preference aside, I’m pretty hype to use these!

       

When I saw this on the Ipsy app, I wasn’t too excited. Pinks are generally a bad color on me. Seeing it in person is a little different, it looks soft enough to be passable. That apparently doesn’t concern me too much, because I just bought the Norvina palette which has a few shimmery pinks that I quite like. I’ll do a tester of it and hope for the best!

This. I don’t think I like this. The Thank Me Later primer is definitely not an item I intend to purchase. I feel like it goes on with an oily texture and then dries to a powder. My fingers felt incredibly greasy after using this. I may give it another chance and see how it goes, but as of right this moment, I don’t think that I like this. If it works for you, great!

Ipsy has spoken, and they want me to use TreStique- I’m not offended. I actually really like these. They sent me one ages ago and I still use it. They have such a great, smooth formula and the pigmentation is lovely. The color doesn’t last super long, but that’s okay because it’s so small that I don’t mind carrying it with me to do touch ups if needed. 

Check out that brush! Isn’t it adorable? I haven’t tried it quite yet, beyond blending shadows on my wrists. It’s super soft and flexible. It does its job well so far. The fact that it’s DC-related with the Harley Quinn diamonds doesn’t matter much to me beyond aesthetics.

I’d probably rate this bag a…

3/5

Really, I can’t give it higher based on the fact that they missed their marks with the colors for the most part. I prefer nudes, browns and a few bold colors here and there. I generally reach for red lipsticks rather than pink. So while this lippy is cute, it’s not really all the way up my alley. It’s not a bad bag, I just didn’t jive with their color choices.They weren’t far off their mark.

I hope they get closer next month!

Shop Event; Clothes Mentor Grab Bag Treasure!

     Hey guys! I have a serious addiction to retail therapy lately. I spent my week gathering a tiny (but moderately expensive) cosmetics haul as well as some light shopping for lace garments. I’ve been super into lace for the last month or so, and I have no idea what happened. To round off my week, and possibly month of spending, I attended the Grab Bag event at Clothes Mentor. 

     A lot of people had the same idea and showed up before they opened to get first dibs on the incredible deals they had hanging out on the sidewalk. The picture below should give you a little glimpse of what was going on when I shoved my bags into my car. There were boxes and shoes lined up against the outer wall, and 5 long tables covered in clothes that had been rifled through by the curious.

     If you don’t follow Clothes Mentor on Instagram or live locally, the event was basically stuffing a bag with as much as you can and if it fits you’re good. Each bag cost 20 dollars, or 21.50 if you used your card. I had the notion to get two bags, which worked out great for me.  My curiousity did get the best of me, so I did go inside and do some more damage, since I was searching for my Masquerade dress! I ended up not finding my dress there, but just look at all of this loot!

Clothes Mentor Haul
In total I spent 80 bucks- one item alone made up the majority of that. Score!

     I managed to make at least 3 cohesive outfits- the rest is just kind of incomplete. Before we get to it, I want to note that I picked all of this without trying it on. It’s pure luck that some of this fits, because some items didn’t even have a size on it. With that being said, let’s dive in! I’ll start with my favorite outfit that I put together

     Seriously, guys. I was so hyped to find these shoes. They’ve been sitting at Clothes Mentor for a few months at least. They were about 16 dollars, if memory serves. So getting to throw them in my grab bag was so welcome, since apparently, I don’t like to spend that much on a single item (makeup evidently not included in that).

    I just love the little skinny heel and the combination of houndstooth and florals. I wasn’t initially sure what to pair with these shoes since they already have a lot going on. And, seriously, whoever thought of pairing houndstooth and floral? They’re weird, but I love them.

     I paired the shoes with a chocolate skirt, purple droop-neck striped tank, and champagne infinity scarf. I can totally see this outfit pretty much anywhere. It would especially be at-home at a cafe. I will admit that the shoes are a little weird to walk in, but that aside I adore them.

     As much as these patterns don’t really mesh, I think they somehow go together pretty well. I can’t wait to wear this to a bookstore, cafe or a casual date! I wish I could wear it to work but unfortunately, I don’t think it would be quite work-appropriate.

 

     This next outfit I wasn’t totally sold on once I put it together. That was at least until I throw on the Mossimo grey striped sweater, turquoise mini-skirt, Talbot’s pink tee and my wedges that I got for 16 bucks (and 20% off). I’m really feeling the way these colors work together. 

     The skirt makes this outfit a contender for a bar outfit, or going out drinking with my Fiance`. I’d probably wear the heck out of this with some tights! As everyone probably knows by now, especially if you’ve been following Instagram, I’m crazy for tights! They can pretty much make any outfit about 60% more modest.  

    The worst part about this, is that it’s not something I can wear out in the coming seasons. That’s far too much leg for the cooler weather, y’know? My heart breaks for you, turquoise skirt. You’ll be packed into the closet, out of sight but not out of mind. I’ll try not to forget about you.

     Alright, we’re two down! So far, it’s been stuff I was just kind of haphazardly put together. The rest is dresses, and pretty much fleshed out.

     Like I’ve mentioned on Instagram, I’ve been completely obsessed with lace. Case in point right there in that slideshow. Today I skipped out of my shopping trip with 4 lace dresses and one item that was just accented with lace. 

    That first item is really similar to a floor-length lace dress I found at Ross. It has similar pleats to this one. It gives it a fantastic twirl, guys. I can see this with some nude heels and pearls. Really class it up, y’know? This is lace we’re talking about. Really that sentiment would work with both dresses up there. 

     I can also see turquoise working well, but it would have to be pumps. That would steer it more to the cute side, or you could go with red and lean more into the vixen aesthetic. With turquoise, I don’t see why pearls wouldn’t work, just as well as with the nude heels. But with red, I’d say more a choker and hoops. With the right accessories, lace can go from chaste, to seductive to flat-out edgy.

    Lace also has an elegant and refined side! I’m sure you already know that, though. Just look at that dress!

     When I shoved it in my bag, there was a tag that valued it at 50 dollars. These shoes, based on the quality, would range from 14-22 dollars. I don’t know about you, but I’d consider my trip a huge success so far. This one item, was valued over half of the total amount spent on my shopping spree.

      If I didn’t already have my Wine Women and Shoes dress chosen, this would have been my choice! With a pair of silvery, subtly glittery tights, this would make a gorgeous fashion show outfit! Classy and understated with a shimmery eyeshadow and nude lip.

    I can see this with a really sleek, straight hairstyle. For jewelry, I’d probably go with silver to keep some cohesion in the shiny bits. I mean, who knows, I may go with this. But I may stick with my emerald green number once I nail down shoes, accessories and makeup.

     For this next dress, I had forgotten that I grabbed it. I think I thought I had stuck it back on the table. I guess I’m not too sad about this. This dress is adorable!

 

     I usually don’t like floral patterns, but I thought that this dress went fantastic with the wedges. It’s black which is way up my alley, even though I’m trying to incorporate more colors into my somewhat substantial wardrobe. I feel like I’m doing so much better with adding some colors. This is a great spring dress, on the occasional warm day. It can pass as business casual, too. It’s versatile and cute. I want to say this is a lucky find!

     I’m super hype about this next find! I have a soft spot for sweater dresses, really. I think they’re so timeless. There’s something so cute and stylish about them. This one especially. I think this entire ensemble is perfect for the fall. The quarter sleeves and lace are great for about 60 or 70 degrees. I can see this being totally at home at a little hole-in-the-wall cafe or a college campus. 

     So, on my hunt for a masquerade dress, I thought I got lucky and found one for my bag. I picked up a pile of lace, that I quickly figured out was a hi-low dress. Score! I was excited, but it didn’t have a size on it. After putting it on, my bet is on a modern 10, since the waist droops. I’ll probably have to use a belt with this to cinch in the waist. I also want to put some tulle on the inside of the skirt to give it some body and shape.

    One of the last things I brought home with me was another sweater dress, this one in mauve. I like the cut out on the chest and the wideness of the skirt. I feel like I’ll be pairing this with my grey tights and trusty brown boots. It’s a great fall and (temeperate) winter dress. I’m looking forward to wearing this the most, I think. It’s such a pretty color! 

     The legit last things that crept into my bag was a couple pairs of workout pants (one of which was galaxy print!), a cable-knit thick sweater-shirt thing and a long mid-calf grey sweater dress. That one was particularly not very cute, but I just got it for comfort. My long, expensive weekend ended with going to Dillards to scope out dresses and stopping by Sephora. 

     My Cosmetics post is coming a little later!

     I think for my rating of Clothes Mentors Grab Bag event, I’d give it a pretty solid rating.

/5

     That seems fair enough. I don’t feel like I can rate it higher, due to it being a general sort of shopping event. I don’t know if it was exceptional, but I did get some exceptional deals! In all, I got 3 pairs of shoes (12-16 dollars a piece), 7 dresses (at least 12 bucks apiece, one valued at 50) 1 scarf, 2 workout pants, 2 skirts, and 3 shirts. I spent less than 100 and left with a fair bit of stuff. 

 Thank you for the swag Clothes Mentor!

Fashionable Findings; Francesca’s Debut! (mini-haul!)

     Hey guys! I must confess something. I’ve been sitting on the knowledge that Francesca’s exists for a few months, and have yet to do something about it. This weekend, I cracked. Hard. I got an email that I could come in and get a freebie (which is one “F” word that I love). I did make my way into their adorable shop on the last day to get my goodie, which was either a candle or bath fizzer.

     Before making my way to the counter to redeem my email, I made the grievous error of perusing the shelves. They had some adorable unicorn planners, which, had they not started in July would have gone home with me. They had a gorgeous kimono, which didn’t go with any of my items or anything in my current wardrobe. I would love to link it for you, but I’m not seeing it on their site.

     When I saw the display for the shorts, I immediately knew that I wanted a pair. I needed a pair; I absolutely had to have one. After trying probably 5 pairs of shorts and not liking them with any of the tops I was selected- I did end up leaving with 3 items in total. I do want to share some knowledge that you may find useful- they have 10 dollar shorts and cover-ups right now. Use that how you will- they have some insanely cute distressed shorts with lace detailing and some with a slightly bleached look. I wasn’t lucky enough to be able to get the lace ones, maybe you will be!

       On the rack, I did also find a cute cover-up that would have made a nice tank, but I passed up on it due to not knowing when my wedding is going to be. Initially tried a pair of lace shorts, but on finding that they didn’t fit I started my hunt for one that did. Francesca’s sizing is a bit odd to me, but I did end up finding shorts that fit. The only pair in my size- no joke. 

     Sadly (for me) I wasn’t able to snag the dainty lace detailed shorts. But, I was able to find these adorable subtly bleached and distressed shorts with darker detailing. These are just so cute and comfy! I’m a little miffed that I found them at the end of Summer. I have a feeling I won’t be able to enjoy these for very long this year. 

     Lucky me that these go perfect with the aesthetic of my Festival shirt from Plato’s Closet! I’ve been aching for another thing to pair with that tank! Now if only I could wear it to an actual festival, that would be way too perfect.

     This second thing, I almost passed up on. I wasn’t planning to do too much shopping, it was supposed to be an introductory post for Francesca’s, after all. Initially I thought this was a dress, and that was way too cute (but a bit short for my taste). Imagine my surprise when I found that it was a flippin’ romper. Guys. I love rompers- though, with how tall I am it’s hard to find some that cover enough to maintain my modest style.

    This mint green look is perfect for the Spring and Summer. I can’t wait for the right season to roll around for me to sport this. Look at this lace, and the off-shoulder band. This color is so cheerful and full of energy. I was dead-set on getting it and there was no way I could tell myself ‘no’ after learning it was a romper.

mint green romper from Franceca's
The first picture up from the new house! I installed (nailed to the door) a full-length mirror. I should have gone with a different color in retrospect.

   My last find was really an afterthought- though I think I really love it. It’s great to wear to work to break up my parade of dark clothes. Francesca’s has a great deal going on right now! You can buy a clearance dress and get one for 10 dollars. I almost declined, but my need for more colors drowned out my reason. I made my way to the rack hesitantly. All I had to do was make sure to find something of equal or lesser value (that’s the caveat, right?). I eventually landed on this lacy blue dress and a little black number to try on.

    The black one had me feeling (and looking) a little frumpy. But, once I got this  dress on, I knew it was the one. It fits great and is just my size. The lace is cute and dainty, with a nice swish. The color is one that doesn’t appear in my wardrobe very often, for some reason. My only gripe is the high neckline, which I ordinarily don’t go for. When something fits so nicely though, I’m willing to overlook a usual preference.

     This is perfect for work, picnic, date or just going to a fair or something. It’s a versatile dress that can pretty much be for anything if you accessorize. 

      My basic feeling about Francesca’s is that I love the variety. The bright, colorful clothing mixed in with knickknacks and notebooks, really matches what I love in a shop. Every time I’ve been there, the ladies have been fantastic and so encouraging to others who go there to peruse. I love hearing their cheery voices over the dressing room walls, “that looks great on you!”. 

     They really seem to know what they’re doing with their own style, too. They have a real grasp on layering, which admittedly is something I need to get better at. Every time I go in, there’s always something new to look at. 

     I will note that there seems to be a trend- they seem to regularly have Bachelorette party gifts and #Bride gear. It doesn’t appear that it’s there and is gone, they seem to have a rotating stock in it. So I recommend checking out Francesca’s if you or someone you know is a bride-to-be. I’ll definitely have to return to grab some party swag for me and the girls!

      I’ll definitely say that their price point a little on the mid-high side, as usual, nothing you wouldn’t expect from a boutique of this nature. It’s in tier with my favorite local boutique, The Posh Peach.

     They’re a little industrial in the interior design area- not all the way, but enough to be up my alley. It’s warm and welcoming with a great variety of items and looks and top-notch clearance. To close up this review, I’ll say I’d give it a….

/5

   We’re bringing back the rating system for boutiques with Francesca’s. I’m so pleased that I was able to actually bring something home with me this time. I’ve been in and out of here a few times over the course of the last 6 months and had to include them! If you guys head there, tag us on instagram so we can see your haul!

Hometown Cravings; Makeshift S’mores!

City: Columbus, GA
Stop: Origin Coffee
Drink: Maple spice,  Spiced brown sugar, Toasted marshmallow
 
     Hey everyone! I’m bringing in the new week with a new favorite flavor from- you guessed it- Origin Coffee. I may or may not be completely enamored with them. The workers there are more than happy to work with me as I hardly ever get the same flavor twice. They have been fantastic sports, so I have to give them props! Seriously, they’re just wonderful and I can’t hype them enough.
 
     I was going for a less cohesive S’mores flavor with this combination and I really thought that the spice would harken to the best season as it’s lurking right around the corner. Honestly, I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve really gotten to where I’m feeling some spiced flavors lately. I even found myself enjoying a pumpkin spice variant that I’ll be rounding up in a list for you guys in about 3 weeks or so. 
 
      Forgive me if this particular review portion is a bit on the short side, but I’ll get right to it! My little S’mores variant has some very subtle tones. Despite the majority being spiced, the drink comes across as creamy and soft. Toasted Marshmallow was a good choice for this instant fall favorite.
 
     The predominant flavor is the marshmallow with the maple as a quiet undertone. Which is a shame, because evidently I really dig maple flavoring. I had a fantastic maple milkshake with espresso in it from Macon and I think I’m hunting for something like that close to home. Sadly, I didn’t have the blog quite yet so no write up exists on that- but one day (hopefully soon!). The brown sugar is a very mellow flavor that adds some nostalgia somehow. It reminds me of the smell of the family home while the food was being prepped and everyone was starving. 
 
     Honestly, this was going to be featured on my list coming up in a few weeks. But I think they have something planned, so I would hate to feature something and then have it be completely overshadowed. If you’re local, I definitely suggest keeping an eye out for any Halloween themed goodies from the good folks over at Origin Coffee!
 

Taste; /5

I would love to give this a 5/5, but I was a tiny bit bummed about the maple not making more of an appearance. It’s a phenomenal drink that is perfect for the fall and I feel like the hot variant would be fantastic for the winter. I’m thinking a liquid version of roasting marshmallows at the fireplace. It’s definitely one I’m going to have get again (and again!).
 

Updates

     These next couple of months are going to be pretty eventful here at JnJ, I have a lot of good stuff planned (some more pricey than others). We have some fresh beauty content coming, some What’s New(s) and I’m thinking of slightly deviating from our regular content for the month of October and then really crank it up for the week before Halloween. 

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Branded; JnJ’s first Promobox!

Guys, I’m going to cut right to the chase! I’m excited. I was recently told about the Promo Box from Vistaprint by our baker friends over at Petite Sweets N Treats. I then promptly forgot about it. I did sign up eventually, and my first box was 5 bucks! All future ones will top out at about 25 dollars a month- a little heftier than most subscriptions I try by about 3 times.

     But, guys, you can’t beat the feeling of getting merch with your own logo on it. There’s something that feels so good about that. Without further ado, let’s get to the box!

For my first Promo Box, I’m impressed! Check out that handwritten note! It really made it feel personal, almost like a Christmas gift from a friend. 

    The items included in this box were some fairly sizable note cards with envelopes included, that I at first mislabeled as postcards. I’m not sure what to do with this, maybe wedding invitations?

I also got a sheet of small stickers that I plan to use randomly on stationary- or on my planning notebook. I love these stickers, guys.

The first thing that really had me so incredibly happy was the pen. I love having this pen clipped on my bag. It gives me a little bit of pride when I take it out and sign receipts at coffee shops or where ever I happen to be.

   The ink is similar to a gel pen, with great flow and nice jet ink. It doesn’t bleed through my notebook paper and feels fairly sturdy. This pen can keep up with my adventures and seems to have a nice capacity as far as ink goes. 

You can see in that picture that I also got the business cards that I had professionally designed by the good folks over there at Vista Print. I know they didn’t come in the box, but I saw no point in creating a post for my business cards alone. Since they arrived on the same day, it made sense to include them here. I love them. They’re adorable, and I love the use of the logo on the side. They’re kind of muted in color, and I feel like they compliment the brightness of the site itself. 

I wanted to wait a moment to show you guys this amazing last item. This shirt branded with our official redesigned logo! (feat. my new haircut from Miss Chasity at Ulta!) This shirt is so comfortable, and I’m loving the subtle coloration of the logo and how it’s not overpowering on the white. The only thing I would change about this, is maybe make the neckline a little lower. 

     I don’t generally go for shirts that are plain T-necks, just due to not liking the feel of something around my neck like that. I did wear this outfit to the Blowout Makeup Sale, because I just couldn’t wait to rep the blog and pass out the new business cards! So, in the end, the neck on this shirt didn’t bother me too much.

     

Consensus

   The Promo Box was 100% worth it, especially since it was $5. I don’t have anything negative to say in regards to this box. All of the pieces worked so well together and the shirt was incredibly comfortable. Really, it was deceptively soft for the style of shirt.

     I was expecting a cheaply made, scratchy T-shirt when I saw it, but what I got was premium feeling soft knit shirt. This can pass as pajamas! I can’t wait to use those stickers everywhere!

Thank you so much, Jack!

 

Beauty Debut! Makeup Sale Loot! (Haul!)

Beauty Debut! Makeup Sale Loot! (Haul!)

Hey guys! Welcome back to Java and Jeans, as you may have seen, I have plans to include Beauty here. Since I mentioned it, I’ve been wildly trying to figure out exactly how to go about that. I was told by a co-worker that there was a huge makeup wholesale sale coming to Columbus, hosted by this group! 

     The moment I got wind of it, I knew it was going to be my first adventure into adding beauty to the blog. I reached out to everyone I knew and dragged a good friend of mine out to enjoy it with me! 

    When we walked in, I knew the loot potential was through the roof. Guys. I have a little bit of an issue with self-control when in the face of cosmetics, which you can see by that preview image over there.

 I absolutely had to know how this wholesale makeup stacks up against my recently acquired brand names. We meandered around the giant conference room, taking in the huge selection of colors, palettes, kits and everything else you can imagine. Some of which, I had no idea how to use. One thing I ended up getting, I had no idea how to use at all., and it now lives in my bathroom taunting me for my ignorance.

 

Tease Me

     This first Palette had some fairly risque names, which makes sense based off the name of the palette. The Tease Me palette from Beauty Creations has some wonderful pigmentations and the shimmer shades are gorgeous and reflective. I can definitely see this as something that you would have to smoke out and mix with a matte to make it more relaxed. This slideshow has the palette in all its glory, along with the swatches I did. As you can see, they have lovely pigment. As for longevity, I can’t speak for that. Though I will definitely be testing these colors in more situations!

Rating; 4/5

    I really liked the pink packaging and I loved the aesthetic. While swatching, I did try to blend it on my arm and it blended nicely, so I’m excited to try this with a look. I don’t think I can give it a solid 5/5 due to my inexperience, in the future when I’m more knowledgeable I will amend it some way. But, for the current moment, I like this palette and would recommend it. The color selection is versatile for night or day!

 

Sugar Sweets

    This second Palette is the Sugar Sweets palette from Beauty Creations, also. All of my palettes are from this brand, because none of the other ones really spoke to me. I loved the name, and look at this container. It is the absolute cutest thing I’ve seen (makeup-wise) and I had to have it. I’m really feeling like this may be a knockoff of  Too Faced, though I’m not sure which palette. I don’t know enough to say for certain though. 

     I am pleased to announce that this palette performed very well! First, I threw on my primer, that small pot seen in that preview, and the subtle smokey eye I threw together lasted the entire day. This was also after spritzing it with my new setting spray. All in all, I’m pleased with the pigmentation of these colors.

Rating 4/5

I don’t know if I can justify giving this product a 5/5 rating so 4/5 is about the best I can do. I think it could improve in the blending department and maybe pigmentation could be a little better. In the end, I don’t know too much about makeup at this juncture, maybe I’ll re-rate it in the future and amend it one way or another.

 

BarelyNude2

This last palette appears to be trying to knockoff Urban Decay’s Naked line of palettes. I hate to say that it does not perform as admirably as the Sweets or Tease Me, as far as pigmentation. Even the paler colors from earlier showed up against my skin, and as you can see from the swatches in the slideshow below, these did not. 

    The darker shades do show up, which makes sense, but I’m super disappointed with those light nudes which are my go-to colors most of the time. To its credit, the palette does seem to be made of sturdy material and the brush looks to be useful. So it’s not a complete wash.

2.5/5

    Most of these points come from the construction of the palette itself. This thing feels nice and has a lovely weight to it. The mirror on the inside seems to be fair quality and the brush that’s included is very similar to the one included in the Naked palettes. The color being weak really docks the points a fair bit. 

My Lucky Day

The other items I grabbed on impulse from the wholesale makeup blowout, were

  1. a Twist-up Concealer- Strange barrel, but nothing too weird. I don’t think it works too well for an under-eye concealer, based off of my experience today. But it was decent for the whole whopping 4 dollars it cost. Also pictured, is a concealer tube with a built in brush (untested) and the primer I mentioned earlier. Honestly, the primer smells like the lip gloss that is included with children’s makeup kits, but seems to deliver well.
  2. The white bottle up above is the setting spray, I’ve never used it before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I gave it a chance after my friend tested it and gave it her seal of approval. I tested it today and my makeup didn’t move all day. This was 8 dollars well spent, as far as I’m concerned!
  3. These last couple items are that blending sponge and 5 lip treatments. I purchased the lip treatments to cross into 60 dollars so that I could spin their prize wheel.

     Now that we’re onto the prize wheel- after I was told that my purchase was 5 dollars short from spinning the wheel, I hurriedly searched for something to total that extra 5. It took me only a second of internal debate on whether or not it was necessary to spend 60 dollars. In the end, I decided why would I come here if I’m not going to experience it? 

     I threw those 5 lip treatment tubes on the counter and handed over the payment, with that I made my way to the wheel and uncertainly flicked it. I didn’t do well, it moved three spaces and came to a stop on Eye Shadow. Not the best, I thought, but I’ll take it. It’s a win, so it works. The cashier called out to me to go ahead and spin it- this bolstered my confidence so I gave it a decent spin. This time….

     It stopped on Jack-Pot. But only just. If I’d have spun it just a little harder, it would have rocketed past the Jack-Pot and most likely right back to the eye shadow.

    What happened next was surreal- the gentleman at the table behind me shouted Jackpot, the woman behind by the register doubled down on his cry. A voice floated over the crowd in an echo of the people behind me. I was confused, and startled. Are they giving me my money back? After what felt like a few minutes, but was actually probably less than a minute, a man approached with this expensive looking gold box. 

     I did find the product on their manufacturers web page just now, and I just had a heart attack. Click here to see the store page of Jewels Cosmetics, this item specifically. That cost- are you telling me that I spent 60 bucks to win a $600 dollar item? I guess it really was my lucky day.

   After that reveal, I’m honestly not sure what to say. I’m surprised! Why is that so expensive? What does it do? As Grav3yardgirl asks, does this thing really work? My big question is, what situation is important enough to use this? At what point can I justify slathering a product that is half a grand on my face? Is there even a time where that’s appropriate? Literally, the only thing I can think of that would do the price point justice is the night before my wedding.

     

 

 

Consensus!

   I had a blast at this Sale. And really, where there’s great prices and lots of makeup, how could I possibly be sad? In the end, it was a surprising and worthwhile experience. The event was a little more cramped than I expected, with the tables set up in a maze-like formation that funneled us to the checkout line, before we were ready. The workers there were lovely and  I would definitely recommend checking them out if they’re in your area. Follow their facebook page linked in the first paragraph to keep on top of their stops!