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Weekend Girls Trip/Random Ramblings

As I mentioned in my last AFTF, I took a little road trip this weekend to the lovely town of Pittsburgh (Steelers fans, aside…) to visit my homegirl Jess.  I was supposed to go that way for a work meeting, but it got moved to another week and instead of canceling at the last minute, I decided to make the trek simply for pleasure instead of business.

I knew it would be a great trip, because Jess is one of those people who I just naturally have a great time with.  And as someone who is pretty much never in the market for new friends (I have a hard enough time keeping in touch with the few I have…), that’s a rare occurence.  And as I’d hoped, I even got to spend a little QT with the adorable Lacy (Jess’ cousin) who I also immediately loved, and not just because we share 99% of the same wardrobe.  As requested, they took me to the much-tweeted-and-instagrammed-about Chica Loco Tacos, where we swooned over the best freaking queso I’ve ever had, and shopped our little hearts out in the adorable Shadyside.

chica loco tacos

Jess and I managed to have ourselves quite the little makeup party Saturday morning, reminding me yet again the sadness that I endure by never having had a sister.

makeup party

Just imagine all the wonderful things you could borrow/steal from one another!  Clothes. makeup, boys, attention… the list is really endless.

As anticipated, I didn’t do much shopping for others, but did manage to finally purchase my first pair of Wunder Unders. (Happy early birthday to meeee!)  I also went a little crazy in Sephora, buying two Laura Mercier products that I’d been lusting after the last few weeks.  (I seriously need to stop it with the YouTube beauty videos, it is not doing great things for my wallet or the ever-shrinking amount of free space left in my makeup drawer.)  And please don’t get the wrong idea here- I am in no way in a position to be blowing money on fancy makeup, but I tend to get a little loose in the purse strings around the holidays… But other than that, I scored an adorable Rachel Roy dress in Macy’s for next-to-nothing and so it was a pretty successful trip on the shopping front.  I did pick up a few gift sets at Trader Joe’s, but I can’t discuss these things because some of the recipients may be reading… but just know that I’ve been on a diet of Speculoos candy bars and kale spinach dip for the last 2 days as a direct result of said TJ’s trip.

Back to the topic of beauty videos, I’ve actually been toying with the idea of doing a vlog about some of the most recent things I’ve bought, but I’m one part unsure if it would be all that interesting, and two parts terrified.  I always love seeing what beauty products other people are using/buying, but don’t really know if mine would be all that video-worthy.  Anyways, I’ll keep stewing about it for a few days and see if I get the time or the balls to actually do it.

On a random purchase-related note, I did pick up a few things from the Neiman Marcus collection for Target, but have decided to return all of it. Having said that, I’m 99% sure there’s a photo of me somewhere in Target’s customer service area, depicting me as a repeat returner.  I swear they see me coming from a mile away…  It’s kind of a problem.

Well I hope you all had lovely weekends, and here’s to a speedy work week!


Lust List

Perhaps a more appropriate name for this post would be:

“Things I really really want but no way in hell can afford.”
Just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Also I may have just checked, re-checked, then triple checked my bank account juuuust to make sure I didn’t accidentally misplace, oh say, $1000.  Sigh.  Still empty.

Despite probably having to sell plasma or play my guitar on the street corner to even afford one of these items, I present to you:

My Fall 2011 Lust List:

Let’s do this.

1.  Lace-up ankle booties


Not only am I 99% sure my American Girls Doll had these exact shoes (perhaps with a tad smaller heel), but just the sight of them makes me want to re-watch the entire Anne of Green Gables series and say pretentious things in an old school house building.  These paired with a longer-length full a-line skirt and a pair of bright, patterned tights would be super chic.  Loves.

2.  And speaking of skirts…

Teal the Deal Skirt

Not only do I love the color of this skirt (teal is one of the on-trend colors this fall), but I adore the fullness of it.  It feels really Mad Men and whimsical, and is long enough to wear to work, which at my ripe old age of 28 is a huge bonus when buying apparel these days.   Also… it’s only $29.99.  I could just eat Ramen for a week and totally budget for this one.

3.  Red Skinny Cords

Vintage matchstick cord

From J. Crew

I love that brightly-colored corduroy and denim are so popular right now, and I’ve been praying every night that the Pants Fairy send me a cherry red pair.  And world peace.  However I suspect the Pants Fairy doesn’t have a lot to do with that one… She can put a word in for me with the Peace Fairy.

4. A Stand Out Swing Jacket

Ascot Swing Coat


The color… the bow… the nod to mod… there isn’t one thing about this jacket that doesn’t make me a little bit giddy.  I would probably put my hair up in a ginormous bun, throw on some ridiculous over-sized sunglasses, and march up and down the city streets like Audrey Hepburn.   Why must you torture me with your out-of-reach prices, Anthro?  WHY??

And last but not least…

5.  Flowy 70’s Style Peasant Blouses

Forever 21

I mean who doesn’t love a good flowy top when they’re having a “fat day”?  Big salad?  Not today, friends.  Pass the pizza.  It’s like wearing stretch pants to a buffet.  Except with lace, and much more refined.
I love the femininity and effortlessness of 70’s BoHo style, but always make sure to ask myself one very important question before I leave the house: “Do I look like Mary Kate Olsen?  No?  K, I’m good.”  (Thanks to Megan for that link).

Well there you have it.  All the things I will inevitably drool over for the next few weeks until I break down and charge at least one or two of them, and then swear I’m going to chop my credit cards into little bitty pieces.  Otherwise I do accept gifts in the form of any of the items listed above, preferably size M.  Have I told you lately how gorgeous you are? 

Tell me… what is the one item you’d buy to add to your wardrobe right now if you could?


Shopping Tendencies Exposed

There are a few things I have learned about myself through my shopping habits, most of which convey that I indeed have a problem.  Let’s take a look, shall we?

1.  Every week I check the sales at Anthropologie with bated breath and proceed to fill up my imaginary shopping cart.  By that I mean I actually fill up my shopping cart with an array of items, ranging anywhere from adorable dresses to whimsical and completely unnecessary  cutlery.  Rarely do I actually purchase any of these items, unless it’s something I’ve been sale-stalking for months and purchase out of fear that it will go out of stock within 20 seconds of going on sale.  (You Anthro shoppers are quick!)  I also do this at other stores such as J. Crew, Victoria’s Secret, GAP and   You should know that my finances in no way support my fictitious shopping sprees, but it just feels good to pretend like I could own them if I reaaally wanted to.  Any by that I mean, I would probably have to sell some organs.

Nope, still can't afford it.

2.  There are some stores that once entered, there is 0% chance I’m making it out of there spending less than $100.  These stores include (but are not limited to):  Tarjay (aka Target), Ulta (or Sephora when I’m in the “big city”), Anthropologie (see above), most grocery stores and more often than not, T.J. Maxx.  What happens to me in there?  It’s like in Vegas when they pump oxygen so you gamble more, they must be fumigating these places with some magical elixir that hits the spending nerve.  I turn into a child in the candy aisle, filled with thoughts of “Ohhh I need this!” or “Ahh I want that!” and “oh oh, I’ve been looking for these!”  It’s quite a scene.  Case and point: I went to Ulta with one thing in mind.  I am in a wedding this weekend and I need a tan, badly.  I’ve heard great things about (embarrassingly enough) the Kardashian self-tanner.  Yet somehow, I wandered out with a bag full of booty of which included multiple hair products and OPI’s new “Shattered” nail polish.  Dude…how old am I?  …It is kind of awesome though.

OPI Katy Perry Collection Nail Lacquer, Black Shatter

3.  When I go shopping with other people and on the VERY rare occasion don’t purchase anything, they ask me what’s wrong.  Like, several times. 

Glamour Self Tanning Gel

4.  I buy a new outfit for every. single. occasion.  God forbid someone see me wear the same dress twice.  Who would even notice?  (But you know… the pictures could end up on Facebook, and people with think OMG Look at Jess rocking that same outfit from 8 months ago!  What is wrong with her??)  The horror.  Half the time these days I can’t remember what I wore a week ago, and last time I checked there wasn’t a swarm of paparazzi following me around town.  I think I can give myself a little more wiggle room in the repeat outfit area.  But then there’s that party coming up and I really don’t have a single thing to wear….  quick, someone hide the credit cards.

5.  I actually find things I don’t remember buying.  Chances are I bought it, wore it once, decided I didn’t like it that much and stuffed it in a duffel bag under the bikinis from high school that I’ll never wear again.  And then one day, when I feel like torturing myself, I’ll rifle through my bathing suits and discover a top that was once loved and casually thrown to the side.  It’s full on clothing abuse, I’ll tell you.  I should mention that I have been working on that, and I now donate these items rather than bury them in the closet, I’m not a complete jerk.

What are your shopping habits?  Are there any stores where you always overspend?  Am I the only crazy one??

PS- anyone interested in a review of the Kardashian tanner?


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