Friday, October 28, 2016

Flirty Fall Essentials and Breast Cancer Awareness ft. Adore Me

Happy Friday, everyone! I can't believe October is already almost at its end and soon Thanksgiving will be on its way and then Christmas!

Today's post features Adore Me, a brand specializing in lingerie, sleepwear, and (most recently) activewear for every type of woman. They believe that every girl is beautiful and deserves to feel sexy everyday. One of their awesome reps asked me to showcase a few of my favorite pieces that I love to wear in the fall.

I'm not usually the type of girl who cares much about what kind of lingerie she's wearing. For me, comfort always comes first, but if it's cute or even a little sexy, it's a definite plus! But there's definitely nothing wrong with investing in some pretty lingerie that makes you feel beautiful (even if no one else can see it *wink*).

This fall, if I'm not working or studying, you can find me in bed, cozying up in my favorite leggings and a long sleeve shirt, with a cup of coffee and a good book in my hands.

I really love comfy bras that come in fun colors and pretty prints. I tend to wear a lot of neutrals and dark colors during the colder seasons, so wearing something bright and colorful underneath is sort of a little fun surprise just for me.

When it comes to my undies, I love anything that's comfortable enough to wear all day, but shapes my curves. One of my favorite pairs of panties happens to be stretchy enough for comfort but snug enough to smooth out those tummy rolls and the lacy design in the back serves to prevent any lines and makes you feel really sexy too.

In case you didn't know, the month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Did you know 40% of breast cancer cases are discovered when women find a lump? To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness, Adore Me created this awesome and adorable video about how to check your own breasts for signs of Breast Cancer.

If you get a chance, I hope you'll visit Adore Me's website. They have some really gorgeous lingerie sets and if you check out their Pinterest and Instagram, you can see some other awesome flat lays for inspiration. Their rep was so kind to share some promotional codes they currently have going on, so go ahead and treat yourself to a little something sexy just for you!

AUTUMN5 ($5 off one bra)
AUTUMN25 ($25 off 2 bras)
AUTUMN40 ($40 off 3 bras)

Be sure to let me know if you have any favorite lingerie pieces you love to wear especially in the fall and whether or not you're a pretty panty or beautiful bra addict :).

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

My Favorite Kinds of Books

Happy Hump Day, y'all. How's your week going? I finished most of my homework for the week and the only big assignment I need done by Sunday night is creating an outline for my final term paper. Writing papers is literally my least favorite thing about school, but I just need to really spend a good couple of hours just focused on this assignment so I can just get it over with! What was your least favorite thing about school?

Today, I wanted to keep my post simple and talk about something I love - books! If you don't already know, I was not an avid reader growing up. I was never interested in reading and as I got older, school sort of turned me off from reading for pleasure because I always had required readings for classes and I much preferred napping whenever I had any free time, haha! But since I started working in a library, I've been reading non-stop and I couldn't be any happier. So, I want to share with you the types of books that I personally enjoy reading.

1. Young Adult Fantasy/Urban Fantasy
I really love anything with a bit of magic or otherworldly qualities. I love both fantasy books that take place in other worlds as well as fantasy books that are meant to take place in our own world. These are the kinds of books that I love to get lost in and spend hours reading.

Some favorite titles that fall under this category are:

2. Romance & Sexy Books
It's honestly so weird how addicted I am to romance books because I'm not usually a huge fan of rom-com movies. I do love some romance movies/movies with romance in them, but something about romance novels just get to me and I can't get enough of them! Honestly, I love any books with romance in them. Most of the books I read - both adult and young adult - generally have love lines between characters which shape the story. But I do have a thing for really adorable adult romance novels as well as steamy ones too! These are the kinds of books I read super late at night and always revisit once in a while just to read my favorite parts.

Some notable favorites would be:

3. Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
I also really love reading mystery books late at night, especially when they're just so good you're hooked for the next couple of hours! Books that really keep me on the edge of my seat and constantly guessing just get under my skin. I really want to read more! I recently read The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins and am about to start Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl.

Some favorites are:

There are obviously all sorts of other books that fall under both these categories and others, but these three tend to be the ones I'm drawn to the most (especially if a book is any of these genres!). What are your favorite types of books to read/ do you have any recommendations for me? I'd really like to get into nonfiction books - especially celebrity memoirs or beauty books.

Keep having a lovely week, everyone!

Monday, October 24, 2016

A Few of my Favorite Things | #OOTD

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. I worked all day Saturday and it was a pretty average Sunday which consisted of church, nap time, and studying. While I was doing homework, though, I baked some chocolate chip pumpkin cookies with a recipe that I got from my high-school music teacher! They are so so yummy and I should have taken a photo of them before they were all gone! But there will be plenty of time for more cookies, of course.

Today I'm sharing an outfit that has a lot of favorites in it for me. I am so in love with these taupe booties from Target (under $30) because they are pretty comfy and they seriously go with everything. I loved them so much that I got them in another color too. Also, I've been really drawn to wearing navy. Blue is definitely my favorite color, so I'm surprised I don't wear navy more often. You can see the navy pom pom on my purse too which is currently my go-to purse for going out and running errands. Also, be prepared to see a lot of Old Navy dresses this season (surprise, surprise, right?). I am currently in the Old Navy phase of my life in which literally all of my clothes are from there. When I was in college, most of my clothes were from Forever 21 and in high school, most of my clothes were from American Eagle. Anybody else go through phases like that? If so, where are the most of your clothes from these days?

Friday, October 21, 2016

First Impressions/Frugal Friday: The Katty Handbag by ALDO (Chanel GST Dupe)

Happy Friday, everyone! I was so stressed out this week because of all the homework and term project prepping I've had to do, but I got so much work done and I'm totally going to spend the day relaxing, reading, and baking chocolate chip pumpkin cookies (recipe from my high school choir teacher)! Be sure to let me know how you're spending your Friday and if you have any plans for the weekend.

In my most recent Wednesday Wishlist post, I had mentioned the Chanel GST as one of my dream handbags and that I had found a really good dupe for it.

First of all, I would like to say that I did NOT go looking for another bag. This purse is the definition of impulse buy!

The Chanel GST is a classic styled tote with two open compartments divided by a zip pocket. Because of its size and boxy shape, most GST lovers use the bag as an everyday purse or work bag. Whether you find one pre-loved or new, it looks like it'll cost you from anywhere between $1500 and $3500. 

The bag that I found is the Katty bag by ALDO and it retails at $60. On the US website, it comes in either Midnight Black (which is what I have) or Bone (a lovely creamy, beige color). When I looked at the Katty on the UK website, it came in another color or two with either silver or black hardware.

The main differences between the Katty & GST:

1. The Katty Bag is made of Synthetic Leather
2. The Katty Bag actually has one open compartment with a zip compartment on either side.
3. The Katty does not have a slip pocket on the exterior.
4. Because of the design, the chain handles on the Katty do not loop through the sides of the bag like the Chanel GST.

These are the only cons I have with this bag:

1. By itself, the bag is sort of heavy. It is probably because of the hardware and because of the way it's structured. Higher-end brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton do a really beautiful job of crafting handbags out of single pieces of material, so there aren't always too many seams. Lower-end bags tend to take pieces and sew them together, like the Katty bag.

2. The way the straps are attached to the bag make me a little nervous. Because of the way it is designed, the straps do not loop through the actual bag like on the Chanel. I was reading through reviews of this bag on the ALDO website, Amazon, and Zappos, and only one person had mentioned that within a month, one of the straps broke. Regardless of how much a bag costs, I take very good care of it, so I don't plan on stuffing this bag all the time.

I absolutely adore this bag just as much as I adore any leather bags I own. Below are photos of how I pack the bag.

As you can see, the majority of my belongings go in the middle compartment (makeup and feminine pouches, water bottle, book, pens, etc.)

I like to use the zipper compartments for valuables that I don't want easily seen. I keep my wallet in the zip pocket closest to my body.

And I keep my ray-bans and passport (for work and identification purposes) in the other zip pocket.

I have a regular sized iPad which can fit in here, but I do not generally carry it in my purses on a daily basis. With all of these things, the bag is pretty heavy. As I mentioned earlier, I'm afraid that the straps may not be strong enough to stuff this to the brim on a daily basis, so I try to avoid bringing unnecessary items with me if I plan on using it. But if you wanted to use this for work, it's up to you and it definitely has the space for whatever you need.

If you couldn't tell, I'm totally into this purse. I think it's so classy and pretty good quality for the price. I personally use it as a casual purse for going out or for work on days when I don't have a lot of extra things to carry (e.g. umbrella, extra pair of shoes, lots of books, etc.) since it is a slightly heavy bag and I'm afraid over-stuffing will damage it.

What do you think?? Is this a bag you might consider getting one day? I definitely have to do a post just dedicated to all my Chanel-inspired bags because I have accumulated quite a number of them and most of them are made of faux/vegan leather which is something I've come to really appreciate and purposefully look out for.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Holy Shift, it's back! | #OOTD

Old Navy Shift Dress (similar) | Bandolino Boots | ALDO Katty Bag
Payless Necklace (old) 

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Goodness, I just keep getting busier and busier! I have another funeral service to sing for this morning out of town, so I had to rearrange my work schedule a bit for the week. Just gotta go where the money takes me, I guess!

So, I'm totally an outfit repeater (as I'm sure we all are) and I don't always have new outfits to share because I just don't buy new clothes all the time. I showed pretty much the same exact outfit earlier this year in Februrary (Holy shift, that's cute | #OOTD) and it was totally my favorite outfit for the colder seasons! Once fall came around, I was so excited to wear it again. Obviously, I switched up my bag and I have this adorable burgundy pom pom keychain which just happened to match my dress.

If you have a post, link me to your favorite outfit from last fall or just let me know what your favorite pieces are to wear this time of year!