Thriftin’

Recent finds at a thrift store in Richmond called The Clothes Rack located on Cary Street.  I’d say if you’re in the mood to meander and not in any sort of hurry, take advantage of that mood and go thrift or consignment store shopping!  Use that slow speed to your favor and take the time to look at everything.  I had no idea the shop I went into had such an assortment of books until I took the time to wander around the store and look at everything they had to offer.  It paid off well.  My total came out under $9.00.  I got five books, four side dish plates, and a bud vase.  You do the math.  Your calculations should lead you to =Cheap.  Never know what you’ll find if you don’t look!

I’ve already started reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, I was so excited to find it, and only for $1!!  The Lauren Conrad books were also a steal and they’ll be dandy for some light “girly” reading when I’m ready to take a break from the usual crime/murder genre I usually read from.  The side dishes are gold rimmed and the blue and white bud vase already stole a place in my heart and has made me quite happy.  I was very happy with my small haul of goodies.  I hope you have a great weekend!

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NYX Lip Cream Love

I just wanted to write a quick shout out to NYX for making such a wonderful product.  Consider this an awkward love letter.

I wanted to get a new lip product and I wandered into CVS aimlessly with nothing in mind other than getting a fun color and a convenient product.  I lucked upon the NYX section and I saw their lip cream.  Interest:  piqued.  The last time I purchased a lip product it was frosty.  It had sparkles that Edward Cullen would envy.  I’m more of a matte type of girl.  I really like balms more than lipsticks, as I usually only wear lipstick every once in a while.  I saw “soft matte” before the words lip cream.  So I thought, well, why not?  And I’m so glad I did.  I first purchased the color Toyko since it was a lighter pink and closer to a natural color.  I fell so head over heels for the rich pigment and luxurious smooth finish in such a convenient little easy to apply wand format.  I can’t say enough great things.  Wait, yes I can.  I ran out the very next day and purchased two more.  That’s love.

{Colors Left to Right on swatch: Tokyo, Amsterdam, Addis Ababa}

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{Makeup Bag was a special gift from a great friend for my birthday, she got it from Forever 21}

Shop til’ ye drop

One of my friends and I have been so looking forward to this moment for months.  The Kate Spade store in Richmond is finally open!  We planned a visit and we were not disappointed! ♠♠♠  Everything was cute, even down to the handheld mirror they have available for checking out yourself while trying on earrings.  The store was styled to perfection and the ladies working were to die for.  Such a 5 star experience.

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We came, we saw, we conquered! Celebrated and “cheers-d” with coffee after.  It was such a great day!  We also made a few other stops…

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All in all it was a great time!  We hit several shops and it looks like we did major damage, but most all of the bags we had only held one item.  We splurged without going too crazy, which is needed sometimes!  I found a Marc Jacobs bag that I lusted after and I tried on a few pairs of shorts in J Crew (I decided on the green floral pair on top – was on major sale! score!).  We indulged in cake pops from our favorite cupcake shoppe (Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe) and we soaked up all of the girly time we spent together.  I can definitely say bonding over a mutual love of Kate Spade ♠ is amazing!  Find your shopping soul mate and go window shopping with a coffee in hand!

(**Special thank you to my friend, Amanda, for letting me put her sweet face on here!)

I hope you savor the little moments in life!

♥xo Kathryn

Beachin’ J Crew

I am planning an end of summer beach trip so that I can take a few days to get back to my roots and get some sun on my skin before the crisp air settles in.  While I was looking at the J Crew Factory website I started thinking of all the things that a girl would need for a quick vacation near the salt water and sand.  Of course, they didn’t disappoint!

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An adorable printed beach towel would come in handy for not only beach trips, but also for picnics and days spent reading in the park (it could be a city towel too!).  I could also see a need for some sunnies, dressy-yet-casual sandals for transitioning from beach to dinner on an outside patio, a cute bag to store sunscreen, lip balm, and the small necessities, and a fedora to coolly block the sun out of my eyes while giving me sweaty hat hair.  They also have the most amazing scalloped dress that would be so cute for a sunset seafood dinner.  Can’t you picture it?!  I can’t wait!  I haven’t been to the beach in so long, it’ll be a nice treat.  Did I miss anything else I would need?…

♥xo Kathryn

Little Finds

Recently Richmond had a lovely Saturday filled with great weather and I wanted to make sure that I was out and about to enjoy all of it.  While I was out I stopped by TJ Maxx and Ross to see what I could find to take home with me.  I was not disappointed at all.  Stores such as TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Ross are very hit-or-miss since the inventory fluctuates; you’re just never sure what they will have in store for you.  I was very glad I ventured out because I found a few great pieces that work well with my tastes. (I had been looking for a divided earring tray forEVER, and I was so happy to stumble upon one that was absolutely perfect!)

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I saw so many goodies that I wish I could have taken home with me, including a GORGEOUS Ralph Lauren bag and wallet.  I’m considering going on a treasure hunt to find them as a birthday present to myself, if they are still available – that’s the issue with these stores, better grab it while you can!  I also saw bright scarves, soft (and cute!) sheet sets, and lamps that would look great in my living room.  Ha!, let’s face it, I would have been content with taking most of the store home with me!

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My trip to Ross was a success since I was in the market for a comfortable dress.  Look at my new LBD!!

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Stretchy, comfortable, can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion, and is long and modest enough to wear to work.  I’d say that was a great purchase.

I love fun, successful, stress free shopping days that make you feel happy once you get home with your goodies.  I only grabbed items I fell in love with at the store and I didn’t spend much – another reason I LOVE TJ Maxx and Ross.

Enjoy your day!

♥xo Kathryn

Night Moves

The things I want to look at or buy upon walking into a store have made a shift over the last 5 years or so.  I’ve always wanted to have a cute apartment since I got my own back in Two-Thousand-I-Don’t-Want-To-Admit-How-Long-It’s-Been.  Let’s just say, for a few (ahem) years, I have been mildly interested in home furnishings, but it would always take a back seat to a bar tab and “going out” clothes.  Recently, however, I have gone to the home section of a store before even venturing through clothing.  Going out clothes have not been purchased in eons – the last time I “went out” it took me almost an hour to find something to wear that didn’t look like I’m a kindergarten teacher stepping out of Gap.  Now I won’t even buy a dress or skirt unless I can wear it to work (i.e. proper length).  I buy workout clothes.  I know.  I can’t even believe it myself.  Anywho, my point is, my interests have curved.  One of my newest loves:  PAJAMAS!  I have had a love affair with pajama pants and shorts for as long as I can remember, but now I really have gotten into matching pajama sets.  Stay with me, I know it sounds funny.

When I get home after work I can’t wait to wash my face, put my hair in a ponytail, and change into something comfortable.  Who says your comfortable clothes have to be drab?  I like my old T-shirts, but most of the time I’d like to be adorable.  (It’s a character flaw.)  Think of the things that you really need for comfort while sleeping as well.  T-shirts get too hot at night and with the tossing I do it feels like a baby monkey is choking me when I wear a crew neck to bed.  I like something breathable, and lightweight, also preferably not cloying.  Remember, I flip over a lot.  Here’s some of my recent favorites:

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(Victoria’s Secret sleepwear) – Can you tell I really love the lace details on the edges of the fabric?

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(J Crew Factory sleepwear)  – Tell me that red & white number isn’t to die for.  And red piping on a baby blue PJ set?  Adorable.

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(Nordstrom Rack sleepwear) – Once again, lace details on the edges of the fabric.  The pretty pastel colors and feminine pieces are classic.

Other favorite places to look for PJs are:  Old Navy, Forever 21, Etsy.

Sleep tight!

♥xo Kathryn