Black Friday Sales

Usually I never participate in black Friday shopping mostly because people tend to get too crazy. I hate people pushing and fighting over items so I do anything to avoid that.

This year I got a little taste of the madness when I waited with my boyfriend yesterday at Best Buy. People were so rude and the amount of people who were frustrated about finding their TV was astonishing.

So as I woke up this morning I saw a few deals that you can get at the comfort of your own home. Some of my favorite brands like Kate Spade had over 75% off bags and wallets.

Here are some items that caught my attention! Happy shopping my dear friends may the markdowns be in your favor.

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Style File: Monica Rose

Since starting my 30 day closet challenge I have been memorized by clothes.

One stylist I have always admired is Monica Rose. Her sense of style would be described as edgy feminist. It was after seeing how she styles her clients that I obvious fell in love with the way she puts together an outfit.

Monica Rose opens up her LA studio to share her personal style. :

Photo Source: Bazaar

Some of her A-list clients include Chrissy Tegien, the Jenners, Gigi Hadid,  the Kardashians, and much more.

Here are some of my favorite looks she has created.

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Monthly Detox

Do you ever start the month with the thought of a fresh start.

Well last month I was doing some research on gaining mental clarity. One article popped up that was really intriguing, it was called the 30-Day Minimalism Challenge. She created a calendar of things to do to keep you in a clear mind set.

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I had to share it with you because I read the challenges and felt so inspired to follow her movement. So far I have managed to stay on top of each activity and it really has changed my mindset.

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Another challenge that got my attention is the 30-Day Closet Confidence Challenge. The one thing that I always have a hard time doing is keeping my closet organize throughout the week. Since my closet is never organized, I always find it hard in the morning to get ready. I usually throw on a tee, sweater, and jeans. But as I kept reading the article it turned into a different challenge than I thought. Which was about developing confidence through your clothes. She gives you small assignments throughout the month that forces you to get creative with what is in your closet. So I felt why not join this challenge too.

I hope this inspires you as much as it did for me. Nothing sounds better then to detox your mind and start this month off on a fresh start.

Love,

Erika

 

June Sephora Play Review

Every month my play box comes I can’t help but get that fuzzy feeling.

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This month the theme was Minimalist. Which I thought was perfect for the summer. They gave you so many amazing products that I had no idea where to start.

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1. Tocca Florence: This perfume reminded me of cucumber mist. Personally that scent never mixes well with my body chemistry and causes it to smell like baby powder. I know that if I give it to my mom it will sit well with her and give her that slight mist smell.

2. Bumble and bumble Don’t Blow It: It completely tames this crazy mane of mine. Usually I can never leave the house without blow drying it and styling it. I have to do this otherwise my hair will decide for me what kind of mood it’s in. So my mind was blown that this Bumble and bumble product tames my volume  and fizz. I have used this product twice already and I’m in love! I already know that this will be a summer favorite.

3. tarte Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30: This is a perfect way to introduce sunscreen into your daily routine. I know that putting on that extra SPF can be hard to not only to remember but to actually want to do it. I always heard from friends that they never put on sunscreen because they could never get past the smell. Well the good news is that this sunscreen smells amazing. It doesn’t at all remind me of the typical sunscreen that you would dread putting on at the beach. Another plus is that doesn’t leave your skin feeling gross and greasy, which is a big deal for me since I have oily skin.

4. bareMinerals bareSkin® Sheer Sun™ Serum Bronzer: I had never used a bronzer before so I found myself reading the Sephora June Play pamphlet. They said that the best way to introduce this is just by mixing a few drops with your foundation. So as I applied it I started to get that beautiful sun kissed beach look. But be very careful on how many drops you add because a little goes a long way.

5. BECCA Backlight Priming Filter: This is another great product to mix with your foundation. Since I have oily skin my desire for luminous products I would say is very low. But this product does it so faintly that it gives you a beautiful dewy (but not oily) glow. This product doesn’t have any glitter or shimmer in it which is great, but has a sheen that makes my skin look healthy. It has a slight smell that kind of smells like lemon tarts (which I’m not complaining about) but it doesn’t leave your face smelling that way all day.

6. Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara: I have tried out this mascara before and had a love, hate relationship with it. I have very straight and long eyelashes so getting them to stay up and keep their curl is mission impossible. So in a way this product did help them lift a little but it didn’t create a “They’re Real!” moment. My only problem was that the wand would cause so many clumps whenever I would get ready to use it. Since it did that a lot my mascara ended up drying out.

All in all I loved my box for this month. I think what I love most about this monthly subscription is that it teaches me so much about makeup. I learn how to apply it properly, what works well for me and most importantly it reminds me to have fun with it. I hope you all enjoy my review for this month. Feel free to comment below your favorite product this week or which ones you are curious about. Any shares and likes are appreciated.

Love,

Erika

 

Summer Soludos Ipanema Espadrilles

Every morning I go through my personal emails and read some articles. I always like staying up to date with everything and find out things that are trending. So yesterday I came across a really cool article.

The article I was reading was from Refinery 29. It talked about making this summer fun with a DIY project that can’t go wrong. The creators from Wool and the Gang  joined creative forces with the brand Soludos.

What you probably don’t know is that Wool and the Gang is a company that prides themselves with selling recycled wool. They are also such a unique company because they are all about teaching you how to make things yourself. Which to me sounds freaken amazing. Since I come from American Apparel I know how much that means to people. When I read their story on how they grew as a company I knew that I had to support them. “We’ve all done it, purchased low quality, cheap fast fashion made in factories abroad and wondered “how do they make it so cheap?” The reality is not good. There has to be a better way to produce, one that allows us to wear with pride and sleep soundly. So Wool and the Gang was born — pioneering fashion production that’s made in a sustainable way, bringing back knitting as a viable means of production for generations to come.” To read more about this company you can check them out in this link.

As for Soludos they are a well known brand known for their summer sandals. Once you go on their website you are going to want a pair of everything. So I had to stop that thought midway because of their prices. But the quality of the shoe is worth it.

So when I saw that the article mentioned that the price for these shoes are 45-55 dollars I went straight to their site. To my surprise the Wool and the Gang were sold out of all colors in my size. As I was accepting the fact that I missed my opportunity to get them I saw a note at the bottom of the website. It said that if they were sold out in your color to go to the Soludos website and check with them as well. Thank the universe that I saw that because they did have my size, well at least in black they did. I automatically pulled out my card and placed my order.

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to get them in the mail! I really want to make my own summer sandals. I promise once I get them you’ll be the first to know.

Hope the rest of your day goes great!

Erika

Yelping Through the Decades

I got invited to attend a Yelp Elite event with my boyfriend last week.

Let me just say that Yelp events are never boring or dull. I always leave with an amazing experience and new information. Whether it be a new vendor that I fell in love with or just discovering new things that I like.

This event was called Yelping through the Decades. On the invite it said to dress up in your favorite decade or festive attire. My boyfriend and I decided last minute to take the 50’s decade. We put on our greaser gear on and boom we were off.

It was held in King Richard’s  Antique Center in Whitter, CA. This was the most amazing antique place I have ever been to. They had a bunch of modern furniture and even some ugly Christmas sweaters on display.

What surprised me the most is how festive the whole store was. When you walked in there was carolers singing away and they were so cute!

I have never experienced carolers so, I was trying my hardest to keep my cool. When you checked in you donation $10 each. All the money went towards the Ozzy Foundation (which is for animals). In return you got to sample a lot of amazing food, take photos and even get a pet toy.

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We had these mouth watering oysters from Maine and New York. They were so good we came back three times.

They had a Pin Up Cakes and their chocolate peanut butter macaroon were out of this world. They basically melted in your mouth.

Califia Farms was there passing out spiked drinks and yes their eggnog would knock your socks off.

If you a big fan of Jello Shots then you should check out Ludlows Cocktail Jelly Shots. *They are REALLY strong.

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Yelp even managed to wow my boyfriend when he saw their Krave Beef Jerky sample tent. They had samples of all of there flavors.

I even fell in love with a new drink brand called Bai. Their drink have no sugar added. I love their Mango, Dragon Fruit and Pomegranate drink. Something that I thought was cute was that they had a photoshoot area to instagram your fun. When you included their hashtag your photo would get printed out.

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Here is some go the free alcohol we got to try. I am not a fan of beer but this cider beer was amazing. I could honest drink it and it feel like it isn’t a chore. After we picked up our feel beer the next booth gave us some free stackable wine. Heinek was offering free beer but since it is not my favorite I just passed.

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As for food they had Lahtt Sause there and they had their signature sauce and dumplings to try.The Pub at Chino Hills had some delicious pork belly they were giving out. Lava was also there with their handcrafted Bloody Mary mix. The famous Pink’s even gave out hotdogs. We chose their Chill Dogs.

All in all we had an amazing time. We got so many freebies and we were even featured on Yelp page.

 

To see more photos of the event click here

 

 

 

My Etsy Favorites

Everyday I get an email from Etsy about what is currently trending. I, of course cannot resist opening up each category and finding new things to like. If you are not already famailar with Etsy, it is a online store that connects you to small business owners.You can buy things that are unique like phone cases, craft supplies, shoes, jewelry, etc… Today I want to show you my top 10 Esty finds for the month.

  DubuDumo

These are adorable! The bottom only has 3/4 flaps, so taping it together is a bit tricky, but once finished… These are perfect foe myself and gift-giving!

Cat Sticky Note [ 5Types ] / Kitty Sticky Note / Bookmark

$3.50

 SavvieStudio

Since I grew up in the High Desert, I love cactus. This snazzy iphone case is an amazing DIY that you show off everyday. The case itself is very sturdy, which is why I love it. The silicon siding fits snugly around your phone and makes it shock resistant if ever dropped. The wood is sanded down and sealed to prevent scratches.

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$40.00

  BluntNeedle

If you love watercolor painting as much as I do, you should check out this shop. If you want something specific they take custom orders, so if there is a different style in mind feel free to ask.

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$4.09

 BaobapHandmade

These earrings are made to order. They are completely embroidered by hand onto black cotton fabric with %100 cotton DMC threads. They make great gifts!

Hand embroidered ' Mini Space' Earrings by İrem Yazıcı

$20.00

  iSkelterProducts

The Slate mobile lapdesk is cut from a block of pure, premium bamboo. It’s ultra lightweight, super strong, and it will absorb the heat from your laptop. The curves, air ventilation, and docking station are chiseled, hand-sanded, and polished to mirror the feeling of glass. A super thick and heavy duty mouse pad is installed and sits flush against the surface of the slate.

LapDesk SALE - Slate Mobile LapDesk - A perfect gift for anyone with a laptop - Your Essential Laptop Desk

$59.99

 TechTattz

Kitten USB Charger Decal Skin Wrap Sticker. Made out of vinyl so it makes it easier to put on and take off.

TechTattz Kitten USB Charger Decal Skin Wrap Sticker

$3.50

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Getting ready for going back to school. You should check out these illustrated, graphic notebooks. Each book has 48 inner pages, which are 80gsm recycled off-white paper and are left blank for writing or sketching.

Sketchbook / Notebook x 3 Pack - 'Wild Ideas'

$7.95

  FULLMOONJEWELLERY

I love jewelry that you can personalize. This cute stackable ring comes in silver, 14k Rose Gold and Gold.

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$15.00

  YeahBunny
Cute ” Dogs Attack ” – Frenchie, Pug pattern on a white cotton t-shirt. It is cut so that it is longer than the standard t-shirts.

$45.00

  BakuForestStudios

This necklace combines my two favorite things; cats and skeletons.”Perfect for Halloween, a vet, unusual jewelry lovers, morbid cat owners or anyone who likes wearing bones around their necks!”

$27.83

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