First of all, apologies for going so long without posting anything. I’ve had a crazy exam filled couple of weeks and haven’t had time to procrastinate on WordPress like I usually do.

My busy schedule was actually why I was so excited to see the big reveal of the Target/Neiman Marcus/CFDA collaboration. Finally, after weeks of studying, something to look forward to. Something to make my weekend a little happier, right?

Wrong.

I was actually unpleasantly surprised to find that the majority of the collection, that was designed by fashion designers, wasn’t fashion at all.

Out of the 39 images released on Teen Vogue only 9 items were clothing. Another 7 were accessories. The rest of the items are mostly trinkets including but not limited to, a dog collar and leash from Oscar de la Renta ($39), cookie cutters from Band of Outsiders ($29), and a yoga mat from Diane von Furstenberg ($49).

As a regular Target costumer, I have to say that the items are not only somewhat useless, but seem over priced as well. Thirty dollars for a set of cookie cutters? Five HUNDRED dollars for a floral bike from Alice and Olivia? And another sixty dollars for a pink zebra print compact mirror from Judith Leiber … I repeat: pink zebra print. You have to be kidding me.

And what’s worse is that I only really liked three of the items from the clothes and accessories that were included. Most collaborators did stay true to their general asthetics, but seriously, what happened here? I love all of these designers, and yet it seems like their creativity turned in to half-ass-ery when it came to this collection.

Check out the images from the whole collection here and let me know what you think . Below are the items I liked and would consider purchasing: Oscar de la Renta Tote ($59), Lela Rose Top ($69), and Tracy Reese Top ($79).

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Here are a couple of pictures I took with Instagram while I was home the other weekend. My family went to Water Fire in Providence, which was really fun. You walk around the city while it is lit up by bonfires along the river, and it’s kind of like a little fair :). The human statues were probably my favorite part; their costumes were so beautiful!

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So awhile back I posted about Klout and how to get free samples or “perks” using your influence online. The first perk I signed up for was for a sample of the Essie Fall collection, and to be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I could have gotten anything from six full size bottles (as pictured on the website) to six packets of color to haphazardly squeeze onto one nail to test the color. Well today the results are in and … drum roll please … you get one free full size bottle! Apparently the color is assigned randomly because you aren’t given an option to choose, but I’m not complaining. I got a bottle of stylenomics, a deep emerald green and I can’t wait to try it!

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Have a great day!

And now for the legal disclosure:
“I was given a free product or sample because I’m a Klout influencer. I am under no obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. I get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company.”

After two long weeks of exams and a weekend home to recover, I felt like getting a little dressed up this morning. My latest primary blog for inspiration has been Chiara Ferragni’s The Blonde Salad, and I’m obsessed with her seemingly unlimited supply of arm candy. So, today I decided to dress up my new sweater (photo coming soon) with my own interpretation. The lobster bangle was purchased on a Hautelook jewelry blowout, and the pearl necklace that I wrapped around my wrist was a gift from last Christmas that my mom found on Rue La La (yay Mom!).

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Have a great Monday!

So one of my last posts took some inspiration for a DIY project from a piece on a new website I found (thanks to several tweets by Nina Garcia) called Bauble Bar. I checked it out and whoa Nelly, they have some great jewelry and even better prices. Plus you get $10 off your first order. Needless to say I ordered the following pair of amazing earrings:

And for only $22 with my $10 off!

They also use a points system like Sephora, except with every dollar you spend you get a point, and with every 10 points you get a dollar off a future purchase. I could get used to that … and of course this is another website that rewards you a $15 credit for inviting friends, so sign up using my personal invitation link here, invite your friends, and spread the savings!

The other website I discovered (through Belle and Clive) is Lot18. Think of a typical flash sale website, but for wine. I’m not quite 21 yet, but again I’m hoping to pass along the savings in the hopes of earning some credit for my birthday coming up =). Wouldn’t that be nice? I guess I’ll see if it works: invitation link here.

Have a savings-filled day!