[Ho Ho Haul] It’s a Digital Christmas!

     Hey guys! Before we dive into this Haul, I hope you had a great Christmas, if you celebrate. Alternately, if you’re one of my witchy brothers or sisters, I hope you had a festive Yule! My friend and I made some Wassail Cider and did some divination to break in our new decks. Not a bad way to spend Yule for my first Sabbat with another actual Pagan. 

    If anyone was curious about the life event that occurred last week, it was my Marriage. We had a small ceremony with those who were able to make it on such short notice. If you’re reading this, and you’re my family or just plain couldn’t make it, don’t fret! We’re holding another Ceremony down the road, the one we really want. We were just ready to go ahead and get the actual official stuff out of the way, since we’ve been trying for almost 2 years. 

   

     Neither of those topics is what this post is about though! I don’t know why, but in true blogger fashion I feel compelled to show you my haul from the Holidays… Haulidays. My haul was almost entirely digital this year, due to the aforementioned lack of planning on my part. I decided on Christmas Eve to put up the tree, and tried to go to Walmart to do some very last minute shopping but was advised strongly against it.

       I’m going to split this haul into different sections. The first one is going to be your ‘normal’ miscellaneous stuff, and the second one is more witchy stuff.

Haul; The Miscellaneous:

     We R Memory Keepers, Foil Quill

     This was something I found like 2 days ago. I was intrigued. I can foil things? Without a machine? I can just write on stuff and it’ll be foiled? I can already tell you that I have plans to foil. my. life. I’m going to draw on everything I can with these things and as an added bonus, it was a heck of a bargain. This kit retails for $100 on the We R Memory Keepers site, and I got it for $30. (I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t also use this for witchy stuff though…)

 

   Toy Hammock

     You might not know this about me, but I’m an actual child. My room where all of my witchy things are, also houses my makeup station and all of my stuffed animals. Last night, I got a wild hair to go ahead and organize my room. I have this urge to expand my current witchy corner, and to do so I needed to move all of the furniture around. Now the bed is in the perfect place to watch TV, and I can pull out the second bed pretty easily too. Now all I need is to organize these stuffed animals.

     Hanging Organizer

     I don’t know if this one needs a photo demonstration, do you guys know those hanging things? They’re mesh tubes with different compartments and they can hang from a rod or the ceiling. I got one of those too. You guys may not remember the time my Husband held this elaborate scavenger hunt that included little bears and candies, but my bed does. And so do the multiple small bears on my bed. I figured, some of my stuffed animals are of the smaller sizes, and I didn’t want them getting crushed by the big bears and stuff. 

    Re-haul itemNorvina Pro Palette Mini V. 1

    I got this the day before my wedding, because I fell madly in love with the shade in the middle. There’s something about a warm glitter that steals my heart, and I adore that shimmer in the middle of the top row. I will shamefully admit that I lost this a couple days ago, and have since repurchased it (because Christmas). I couldn’t bear the thought of being without it and I do hope that I find it so I have two of these! Sadly, they are limited edition and it wouldn’t suck too bad to have multiples of something that I like this much. 

 

 

Haul; The Witchening:

    As it would turn out, this haul is primarily witchy things. So there’s that. I genuinely thought I had gotten more… not-witchy stuff. Guess I was misremembering? I’m not mad about it at all!

      Favorite Haul ItemWhite LED Herb Planter

     I was super excited for this first item. I’ll preface this by saying that I have absolutely no green thumb. At all. I do not have a gift with plants, I don’t know what they need or how to grow them. But I’m about to find out. I’ve developed a sudden interest in growing my own herbs, like Rosemary, Sage, or Mint. Also, no lie, I want a succulent. 

    I also feel the growing need to incorporate living things on my altar, like plants, for instance. I’m getting more interested in Green Witchery and I figured it would make more sense for me to grow my own herbs rather than keep buying them. Hopefully soon I can convince my husband to allow a fish… I would love a betta by my altar.

 

  Favorite Oracle Deck from this Haul Moonology Oracle Deck

    For someone who claims to not really get Oracle decks, I sure have a fair number of them in my arsenal. I blame the moon. Literally. The Oracle decks I’ve gotten focus on the moon, like this one and the next item on this list. This particular deck, I like quite a bit. Despite my initial impressions off of the back of the box, I don’t find the art sparse or displeasing in the least. Alongside this deck, I also got a journal to use exclusively for tarot, and a pendulum from the local witchy shop. (And a desert rose!)

 

Journal, deck and pendulum haul
Everything unpacked and chilling 🙂

 

     
The Queen of the Moon Oracle Deck

     This one I’m less sure about, honestly she hasn’t made an impression on me in the least. I think when I get back home today I’ll take another look at her. Honestly, I do seem to recall that the card stock was flimsy, so that’s a strike against this deck. I will say that the art is stunning... Which is what led me to impulse buy this one. 

 

Jewelry Items

   

     I grabbed a few jewelry items that I didn’t think warranted their own subheading. That triple moon pendant is just for me, the Labradorite bead is because I really want some Labradorite on my altar but can’t afford it from a shop. Labradorite and Flourite are usually pretty expensive, but I did get lucky and find some. The charms are for my spell vials on Etsy so I can make them all pretty and junk. All about that aesthetic. 

  Highly Anticipated haul item!   Mortar and Pestle

    On the heels of my Herb Garden dreams, I’ve been wanting a Mortal and Pestle for months. I managed to snag this nice looking ceramic one from ebay for $11 with a pentacle etched into it. I’m pretty thrilled with the find, since these babies run you about $24 dollars locally. For my altar, I need to expand and get a bigger table and larger shelf for my books, once I do I’ll be able to justify getting even a mini cauldron… which I anticipate using for primarily holding my Sage. 

    More Cards!

       The Wild Unknown deck is for my friend who mentioned she had been looking at this particular one a while back. If I know someone wants (or wanted) something, I’m hellbent to get it for them if I can. Why am I like this?  The The Witches’ Wisdom deck… is for me. I like anything to do with ‘Witches’  or the moon. And I really liked the art on these, so I sprung for them. For as low of a price as I got on these, I regret nothing for having them in this haul. 

       I think the other two decks were bought prior to Christmas, but  I want to include them here because it may have been just a couple days prior. The first one was the Ethereal Visions Illuminated tarot deck, and guys it’s beautiful. Every card has some gold detailing, which took my breath away when I ran through the cards for the first time. This deck has a very maternal energy to it, especially in the way it phrases things. I love it!

     The last deck I got was the Ostara tarot (Photo from HERE) and this one… I felt very called to. I was in the book store and just kept feeling pulled to the Metaphysical area. Once I picked up this deck, the feeling went away. Truthfully, I wasn’t set on this deck, despite liking the artwork. I wonder if there’s someone who’s going to need it in the future? Sometimes I feel like I’m called to items simply to pass them on, so I wonder if that’s why. The cards seem somewhat intuitive, but do not have clear demarcation of what suit or the numerical associations… which I guess counts as a con. To be fair though, it’s beautiful.

Final Haul Item
My first Witchy Mystery Box!
    Mystery Box!

    This last major thing I got for myself in this sizeable haul was a mystery box! I got the Medium one, and I’m super excited for it to get here. What is it about Mystery Boxes that I love? I buy a thing, but I don’t know what it is. The mystery makes it worth it to me. Like a makeup subscription box, I can’t explain it. I just love them. I basically told the shop to go wild with it, and I’ll be doing an unboxing post (possibly video) once it arrives!

     As you guys can tell, I kind of… lost my damn mind for the Holidays. I’m having a little trouble coming back down to earth, honestly. I’ve just felt so shoppy lately, and I need to get it back under control. With the whole big Hauliday gone and over with, what did you guys get from others or for yourselves? In the meantime, I’m going to wait for all of this stuff to get here. 

    ᕼᗩᑭᑭY ᑎEᗯ YEᗩᖇ!

[Haul] My Fabulous Black Friday Haul!

    Hey guys! I hope this Monday finds you all well (and not terribly broke, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming back-to-back). I know that Black Friday is the perfect time to not only make questionable choices, but also score some ah-mazing deals, I went out and did just that! 

Beauty Products

    My first steps into this (holiday?) event, was straight to Ulta. I promised myself I was there for lotion, but quickly broke that promise upon entering as I saw all of the Sale signs. I ran all over the store, careful not to trample the other guests, and found what I was low-key there for. Three words: Ten. Dollar. Mascara.

   I was hopeful that my recently discovered holy grail, lights camera lashes was apart of this promo. But it wasn’t- so I ended up grabbing Maneater and Troublemaker to test out. I had my arms full, but unfortunately was unable to actually drop the dough to get all that I wanted. I even had to leave a backup pair of Eyelure #005 lashes.

Black friday part one!
Isn’t it beautiful?

    The rest of my trip at Ulta for Thanksgiving’s early shopping, was Laura Gellar Highlighter, and Urban Decay’s Petite Heat Palette. I also managed to get my hands on apparently, the last James Charles x Morphe palette that they had. I’m pretty sister shook that they even had it, since the app told it was out of stock.

   And you guys know, I couldn’t just leave it a one day thing, I went back Friday to see what was left and managed to snag the Tarte Life of the Party clutch for 20 dollars. I got one more thing from Ulta this year that I had been dying for! The Dream Glow Palette from Anastasia. I adore the microglittery, ethereal look that these hi-lighters have, and I had to have them since they were 45%-ish off.

Black friday part two!
Because I don’t know how to stop…

   Since I really like a deal, I took myself over to TJ Maxx and continued my hunt. I came across two Cargo Palettes, both of which I’ve heard great things about, All that Glitters and Wanderlust. I’m pretty sure I have some of the colors duped in my current dragon’s hoard, so I’ll probably be doing a comparison.

   The last thing from Friday was a 4 pack of Anastasia lippies in different berry pink hues- I’ve been wanting more pinks since I more or less default to reds and deep colors. 

Anastasia Swatches
A little pink for my taste, but I kinda like it.

 

    Then, because, I’m not kidding, I don’t know when to stop. I took myself to the mall on Saturday. You probably know where this is going by now, but I didn’t. I had it in my head to grab some work-appropriate clothes. Instead, I got sidetracked by lots of makeup. Again. I meandered into Sephora, and grabbed yet another Glitter Flip for my growing stash, and the Becca Glow and Primer kit.

   When I walked by Bath and Body Works, I saw that there was another sale. Every body mist was $5.50. Are you kidding me? I love body spray. So, I grabbed a few!

Black Friday Body Mist
My favorite of these is the Hot Cocoa- it literally is such a warm scent! 

    After wandering around looking for clothes (cheap ones) I was unimpressed and made my way back to the car. First, I noticed an Anastasia Vanilla Lip Gloss (in Luna), at Dillard’s. I swear, I wasn’t really looking, but it kind of jumped out at me.

Mall Friday Mall feat Java
My Mall Loot- featuring Java!

    I love vanilla- so I needed it. I began the treacherous walk through Dillards… Again.  And toward my car. I was rushing by the M.A.C. counter with my will starting to waver. You know? I’ve never really looked at M.A.C. products? I always kind of associated it with the… elderly? Somehow? I don’t get the association- but I had it. A worker came up and let me know that if I needed help, just to ask and I felt obligated to at least look (or pretend to). I pretended too hard and found this gorgeous liquid lip gloss in the shade ‘it’s just candy“. Of course, it’s a red.

    Then I found this amazing liquid eyeshadow in diamond crumblesGuys. Guys. Guys. It reminds me of unicorns. Of course, I swatched it. I loved it. I brought it home. 

    Even more stuff in tow. I was in the home stretch. On my way through JC Penny, when I found two more things. A makeup caddy and a cup. Each for 5 dollars. I gotta organize this stuff, y’know?

 

Fashion

Since I kind of went a little trigger happy with the beauty aspect of my haul, that left me with limited room to splurge on the fashion side. I did drag myself into the Posh Peach on Saturday to see what they had going on. Though Black Friday is technically over, they have their 20% on the entire store still, as well as adorable cookies.

Posh Peach Cookies for Black Friday
Yum!

    Walking into their shop is a dilemma for me, almost immediately. I pretty much love everything I lay my hands on. To my surprise, I found another rainbow cardigan, this one fuzzy and warm feeling. I almost bought that on principle, who doesn’t love a good rainbow cardigan? I meandered over to their Last Ones rack and found this adorable ombre` sweater dress in pastels. I don’t have anything similar, so I opted for it.  Since I had to spend 50 dollars, I decided to pair it with a pair of mildly cat-eye sunnies. I think I’ll match this up with my neutral brown booties from Clothes Mentor!

    Since I spent just over 50 dollars at the Posh Peach, I got to pop a balloon. Again, I got the 20% off coupon, which went straight into my wallet for next time. I think I’ll use that on that rainbow cardigan if it’s there next time!

Announcement

I have some big plans in regards to some of this loot- be on the lookout for an update on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram! I don’t want to say too much here until I’ve figured a little more out, but suffice to say, I’m both nervous and excited!

 

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!

Java Jill’s Fantastic Fête

~*~ Birthday Pre-Party ~*~

    

We have a very special birthday post coming at you today! I turned 28 on the 20th and am not happy about it, truth be told. To ease my mood, we started celebrating early! My dear friend and our beloved fashion writer joined myself and my fiance’ for the festivities, most of which was of the consumable variety.

For dinner, we went to O’Charley’s again, and I was treated to their delectable garlic butter filet mignon, broccoli, and Caesar salad, for dessert we had their wonderfully filling and rich Caramel pie. For my drink, of course, I had the Cotton Candy Fizz. On a side note, would you believe that 3 Walmarts and a Target failed to have Cotton Candy so I can recreate this wonderful thing at home? I’m considering buying a cotton candy machine.

    

Jeans and I rounded off the day with some much needed retail therapy- we left H&M emptyhanded but I struck gold later on at Charlotte Russe when I found this amazing tulle skirt, that is already up on Instagram., I’m apparently cosplaying as a Tumblrette tomorrow- tiara and all. I also bought myself a birthday coloring book and sloth journal to keep track of ideas for future posts on the go because I greatly prefer to write ideas on paper. Behold!

 

I am so ready to find my holy grail satchel purse so  I can carry my multiple notebooks around!

 

~*~ Day (two) zero ~*~

   

On the big day, we took advantage of the many birthday offers I’ve gotten in my email over the past month. The first one was Ihop where I was treated to their delicious sweet cream crepes, unfortunately, I did have to tell them it was my birthday so we could get the pancakes, and they ended up coming to table and singing their birthday song (I didn’t know how to even react- just quietly pout and drink my splash berry). 

Jeans and I left there and headed to Plato’s Closet, where I continued my ill-fated search for the holy grail of satchels. My search was fruitless, but we did find some good deals that I couldn’t commit to. One was a 90 dollar bag with the price tag that was being sold for 16 dollars and the other what looked like a knockoff Versace. In the end, I walked out empty-handed and walked right into a Clothes Mentor which was amazing. I didn’t even know we had a place for affordable name brands. I have never seen so many expensive purses for my budget. I didn’t walk out empty-handed this time.

To be perfectly fair, I’m looking for a crossbody satchel to hold my sketchbook, sloth book and maybe my computer (the latter not totally needed, but would be enjoyed). I found a few cute Coach bags in my budget that checked off a few of my boxes, but not all. Is it still settling if it’s Coach? I ended up selecting this gorgeous mid-2000s Coach crossbody. Not really important, but the inside is really pretty pink, which was a box I didn’t know I needed to be checked. And, I may be a peasant but, I’m very impressed by the stanp of authenticity.

grey Coach crossbody bag
Thank you, Clothes Mentor for my first designer bag!

I did include in that picture the birthday gift that my fiance’ gave me this year- Superfight, it’s like Cards Against Humanity but with ridiculous superheroes. I highly recommend this game if you enjoy Cards Against Humanity or Apples to Apples. 

The Peachtree Mall has so many great stores with some amazing selections, but in comparison to Clothes Mentor, the selections fell flat. I guess after being around the high-quality items everything else felt lackluster, I guess I know where I’m shopping on the regular. We did get a good deal on this amazing lotion from Bath and Body Works from their new Water line that’s made with Hyaluronic Acid and is supposed to be great for dry skin- I can attest to that, because guys, my. hands. feel. awesome. 

The last leg of our day was to get dinner, which was unremarkable- but we did get Starbuck’s colored drinks- I got the Pink Drink, because my aesthetic for my birthday is Pretty Pretty Princess. Jeans got the Purple Drink.

I’ll do a brief review on the Pink Drink, but since it’s a bundled sort of review with the entire festivities. Honestly, this drink deserves a spot on my Summer Drink list and if that post hadn’t already gone up, I’d definitely add this. It’s amazingly refreshing and fruity. I felt like I was relaxing on some beach in Florida with this, really, it’s phenomenal. Fruity, light with a slight strawberry flavor underneath what I assume is the Acai. I may or may not be mildly obsessed with this.

Also, as a sort of debut for myself and my questionable fashion taste, a photo of us! As you can see we’re having a blast enjoying our pink and purple berry refreshers at one of the happiest places on earth!

Java and Jeans in their natural habitat
Your writers, Java and Jeans! My aesthetic today was pretty princess, apparently