Tuesday, May 22, 2012

TheLookBag Review + New Do + Giveaway Winner!

Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening, 
whenever this may meet you hope it's great! :)
I'm quickly typing as I still need to get ready for work this A.M. and I must get this post out today.

My past week in photos:

Right. Went to scour the racks at Marshall's to find a dress and ran into Michael Kors.
Middle. Yummy Margherita Pizza from the Caf at work
Left. My 2nd Month getting a package from TheLookBag

Speaking of TheLookBag, 
I figured I'd show you just what came inside this month. For those of you who aren't familiar with the program. It's similar to Birchbox and lot of the other beauty samples programs. You pay a monthly fee of $10, and each month you receive about 5 "luxury" beauty samples.
The Look Store is a new celebrity and beauty e-commerce site founded by Alan Mruvka, who started the E! Entertainment channel.
What drew me into this, however, was Damone Roberts, the celebrity eyebrow guru who picks out what goes into the bags each month. 

This month included:
(From Top Left Clockwise) 
1. Kelly Teergarden Organics Vitality Eye Cream
2. The New Black Nail Polish in 2 Summer Shades
3. Loreal Eye Shadow 
4. Naked Princess Lip Gloss in four shades
5. Erno Laszlo skincare regimen

My Fave had to be the polish. I immediately painted my puppies with the coral shade. 

If you follow me on Instagram (lovelyladyjb1) you would have noticed I dyed my hair!! 
I officially love it. I took the plunge, it was scary. I've never colored my hair before. My sister told me once you color you'll never go back. I believe it. I'm already thinking about my next move. Ha! 

And last but certainly not least, the winner of my giveaway last week is...
 MissRockwell @ Thrifty and Shameless! 
MissRockwell, please contact me with your information so that I can get the giftcard to you!

That's all for now.. Happy Tuesday Loves.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

OOTD : Nordstrom Striped Blazer, F21 Distressed Denim

Ok. So, I totally didn't make it to the fashion show I was raving about the other day. Long story short, I had nothing to wear. I told you guys about my frequent annoyances of going into my closet and coming out with ZILCH.
Well that was kinda the case... I skidaddled Marshall's to see what I could find. Got half way through the store and couldn't hold my arms up anymore, because they had SO MANY great summer finds!
 When I finally got to the fitting room, I tried everything on.. Only to not find anything to wear. 
Back to Square One, and at this point it was 6:30pm. (It started at 6)
So, that's my excuse story.
Blue + White Striped Blazer - Nordstrom's Rack
White Burnout Tee - The Buckle
Light Denim Distressed Jeans - Forever 21
Blue Sandal Wedges - DSW
Gold Chain Necklace - Heartbreaker
Bangles - H&M, Len Druskin 
(in case you don't know I am obsessed with these..)

I'm really trying to get a hold of my blog again, as well as juggling work, and personal life. It's hard! For all of you bloggers out there juggling more than I do - KUDOS!
What are your tips and tricks? Do Tell.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Sunny Saturday - Thrive Fashion House Event!

Hello Weekend. :)
I've been longing to see your pretty face...

I've got a few things planned for the next couple of days, and I'm thrilled to do them. This excitement stems for the decent weather we have been having lately. What's really funny is (not really that funny) the last few weeks the weather has been gorgeous Monday - Thursday

Come Friday - Sunday we see rain
So when the sun is out and shining this weekend, I'm going to enjoy it!!
On top of that tomorrow is Mother's Day, and I will be doing a special post for my mom tomorrow along with other festivities :) Can't wait! 

 Tan Jacket - Nordstrom's Rack
Pink Tank - Heartbreaker (?)
Blue Denim Jeans - Forever 21
Coral Wedges - Heartbreaker
Aztec Print Tote - Aerie

As for tonight, on behalf of my blog, I was invited to Thrive Fashion House's Fashion Show

Thrive Fashion House is a brand new up and coming Minneapolis based fashion company.  Their Team is comprised of fashion experts who are passionate about the vast world of styling, design, and wearable aesthetics.  They are fashion forward, meticulous about the details, and experienced.  
 Please feel free to visit http://thrivefashionhouse.com/ 

I'll be giving you all the dish on the event and my review on things after the show! As for now, I have to find something to wear to this -__- . 

Adrian tells me I have something to wear in that closet of mine, but I beg to differ! 

Have you ever went to your closet saw so many items, but had absolutely nothing to wear? 
I'm sure you all have that problem, right?
Story of my life. 

Wish me luck, 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Got My Blue Shoes On + Giveaway!

Hey, Hey, Hey! 
We are more than halfway done with the week! Pat yourself on the back, for a job well done. We made it!
Also, thanks to all who participated in Monday's First You Choose!
It seems like you guys liked all of the looks but #2 & #3 with the black tights got the most votes! 

 I've finally got a treat for you!
Remember back at the beginning of the semester, 
where I was complaining about 
paying for textbooks?! ($$$$$)

 They are horribly expensive each semester. 
I don't understand  how they can charge an arm and a leg for textbooks and then update the textbook version each year! It's a stupid system, and I know all of you students out there can relate!

Thank goodness for textbook rentals! 
When I started searching the web for these, I ran into a number of sites, 
one of which was - www.CampusBookRentals.com ;
(I found books like this the same version that was offered at my school, but much more affordable!)

 Immediately, I returned $600 worth of books back to my schools bookstore, 
and ordered rentals online for under $200 for the semester! 

I saved SO much money, I went out and bought myself these pretty little blue shoes below...

Blue Scarf - Heartbreaker
Gold Necklace - Heartbreaker 
Tan T-shirt - Macy's
Distressed Light Denim Jeans - Love Culture
Blue Sandals - DSW
Handbag - My Mom :)

So, Guess What?...

I'm teaming up with CampusBookRentals.com to give
one lucky reader a $50 gift card to use on their site! 
You can use this for next semester's textbooks! :)

Here's why you should be renting textbooks from www.CampusBookRentals.com:

-#1 SAVE MONEY! You can save 40-90% off of bookstore prices!
-They offer free shipping both ways
-Treat the book like its yours during the semester, you can highlight in the textbooks
-They'll work with you by offering flexible renting periods
-Your money goes towards a great cause, they donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented!

Here's How you Enter:
1) Be a Follower of My Blog on GFC or Facebook!
2) Leave me a comment
That's All!! Good Luck! 
Giveaway will end 5/17/2012 at 12:00 AM. This giveaway is sponsored by CampusBookRentals.com. All opinions are my own.  Winner will be chosen using random.org

I'm linking up here

Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday Blues... You Choose #1

Happy Monday! :) 
(Yippee ... Shoot out the streamers, sound the horns..)

Do you ever buy a super cute top or dress, and struggle with what you should wear it with? We all do. I know I have things in my closet that still have the tags on them because every time I go to try it on, I can't figure out the right combo or I can't decide on how I want to wear it. 

I had this struggle with a cute new blue top/dress I found at Heartbreaker in my town. 
I LOVE it. 
But, I like to switch it up from time to time, and sometimes I need the help of others to inspire me. I want to get feedback from you guys and what you think, as well as how you would rock it.

Which brings me to a new feature on the blog:
You Choose Your Fave Look.

#1: Sweet and Sexy. 
Showing a bit of leg, with minimal accessories.

#2: Dazzling Diva
Armed with neck bling, I would rock this to work, or out for drinks...

#3 Sultry
Dolled up, but reserved. This braided belt adds a fun touch. This look could be rocked in all social situations. 

Sheer Blue Blouse/Dress - Heartbreaker
Black Jeggings - Heartbreaker
Accessories - Forever 21, Heartbreaker
Black Platform Sandals - Shopreflection.com

Vote and Choose your fave!
My Personal Favorite has to be Look #2. 
What's yours?

I hope this post reaches you in good spirits today. I am officially back to the blog business and must I say its quite refreshing! I adore all of your comments, welcoming me back and the patience you guys have had in my absence.

Enjoy your day! 


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Long Time Coming.


It has been forever since I have written to you all. Forever since I've sincerely had a heart to heart with you, or shared my most recent journeys. I've celebrated my 25th birthday, now a quarter of a century old and a bit wiser, so I think. 
However, the Hiatus Is over. 
At least for the next 3 months, I will be kicking back my feet after work.
Goodbye 30 page papers, all-nighters, and Finance exams. Hello blue skies, bikinis, and Mango Mojitos. 
It's officially May, which means flowers are blooming, and summer is near. I can smell the roses, behind all of the rain Minnesota has been given. 

And in case you forgot what I look like.. 
As it has been years since I've posted regularly, 

T h e r e    s h e     i s !

 Sheer Black Top - Len Druskin

I have some cool things in store for you this month:

-A giveaway for all of you students out there! 
So stay tuned for that this week.

-I'm on Instagram now, (follow me lovelyladyjb1

 - I'll also be posting a few times a week, like old times. ;*) I'm so happy to be back! 

- I'm planning on doing a vlog or two this month, so you can get to know me better! 

-Some fundraising for charity will be in the works and you will hear about that!

So, stay tuned for what May is offering here on my blog. I promise to keep you entertained through it all! 

Have a great day! :)

P.S. I'm linking up here and here today!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Nautical Notes

Happy Monday!

I hope you are all doing well, I have taken a short hiatus over the past few weeks, as I am sure you were all aware of. It doesn't look like it will get any easier to write within the next two weeks. I have a couple of things coming up!! 

First, It's my grandma's birthday today! Happy Birthday Grandma! So many years, so much wisdom!

Second, I have FINALS... my second to last set of these, finally. I will have one semester after this and super excited to be done with school... 

Third, It's my birthday next Monday! AND in perfect birthday girl fashion, I will be enjoying turning a quarter of a century! OMG, I am getting old guys!!

On to other things...
Black Blazer - H&M
Striped top - H&M
Denim jeans - Gap
Black Boots - Heartbreakers
Necklace - H&M
I know you haven't seen an outfit post in forever... Two weeks is a long time!! 

And I absolutely love this striped shirt I got from H&M, it was like $10! Which is definitely a steal! I have been on the search for very transformable items, that can double in the workplace, and are still appropriate. That's my challenge. The weather hasn't been working with us here, we have definitely been getting all of the showers April has to offer us. Which is good for our environment, so that's okay. 

I can't wait til my outfit posts can be summery again, with spring dresses, florals and bright prints... 

Until then, I will continue to keep dry the best way I know how...  wearing my rain-boots and jacket. :(

Enjoy your Monday!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Lack Thereof...

Happy MONDAY! 

Thanks for all your lovely posts last week.. Although, I didn't get too many responses to ideas for cooking (I'm assuming most of you find yourself in my shoes from time to time), 
I did get a couple of tricks that I will be taking into consideration. I finally cooked dinner this weekend, and tonight as well. 
We've got to stop eating out!

Anywho.. the title of this post relates to the fact that I have been trying to find a decent new pair of sandals for spring and I seriously have had no luck finding something I like!

Please explain. 
Am I supposed to wear boots in the spring/summer time or what? A lot of the styles just look old to me... nothing new.. OR is it just me?? Please share sites/brands with me, I am serious!

Below is what I have been running into:

I'm just not sure about most of these styles... I guess the sandal market this season is all about the wedges!! 
.......I have been finding very fashionable wedges that I love.. :)

I'll just prepare myself to be ready to work the heels/wedges!!

What do you think?? 
Have you been having the same troubles as me?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

HELP WANTED + What I'm Wearing Wednesday

Happy Hump Day!

Tan Jacket - Nordstrom Rack
Orange Shirt - Nordstrom Rack
Lace Cami - Heartbreaker
Jeggings - Heartbreaker
Light Brown Sandals - Heartbreaker
Brown Jewelry - Forever21

Hey guys, sorry for the poor picture quality.. They just keep getting worse.. I have added a new camera to my wish list, as well as a new car >_<

A n y w a y , 
This week has been super busy as always.. Just trying to get back in the groove of things, work is starting to get a bit more busier and now its getting down to crunch time at school. Which means, I have no life during the week!! Which totally sucks, because I still have to find time to blog... Which is also a reason why you are getting this Wednesday post at 10:03 PM on Wednesday night... But please don't be mad!

BTW, if you didn't notice my feet are pretty much cropped out above, due to Adrian taking the photos, at first he tried to take it horizontal, and I explained I wanted my whole body in the photo and he still cut off my toes! MEN!  :)

I have also been slacking in cooking at home this week. To be completely honest I haven't cooked a home cooked meal in a couple of weeks.. I am sure Adrian is just loving it, ha! 
I need your help to all of you who have quick 30 minute meals.. (or less)
Please share some recipes with me!

 I would greatly appreciate it, I don't understand how some of you do work, school, and and take care of a family! I can hardly take care of myself! AND I also need some organization tips, its hard to keep on top of things when you are always running from one thing to the next.. 

Have a great day!

I'm linking up with:

pleated poppy


Monday, March 26, 2012

Weekend Fun...

Happy Monday!

white no sleeve button up - nordstrom's rack
burnt orange skinny's - heartbreaker
black peep toe sandals - shopreflection.com
bracelets and necklace - len druskin

I had an interesting weekend! It was filled with family and friends, so that's always great! My family all met up on Friday night for bowling to celebrate the March birthdays! It was fun hanging out with everyone and singing all the old songs that came on while we were there! :) 

Saturday, I woke up bright and early to take our car in to get fixed, and found out there was much more that needed to be fixed than expected! DON'T YOU HATE THAT? Ughh, $600 later.... I'll just leave it at that..
Me and Adrian went out for date night in Uptown at Chino Latino. 
Above is my Crack-Ho Mojito.
 It was pretty delish.

Sunday was filled with friends and laughs as we ventured out for Pho and Sunday funday in Uptown. We headed to a few stores and ended at Happy Hour. 
Overall, It was a pretty successful weekend. 

How was yours?

. . H a p p y   M o n d a y . .

- j.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Shoe Fetish..

Don't Judge...

But lately, I've been on a major spring shoe kick. 

In love with all the spring colors...
I can't seem to get enough... 
But, get this. I have yet to wear any of these shoes! Isn't that horrible? I always see super cute shoes online or on sale, etc.. And I buy.. Not wondering where or what will I wear them with.. 

I am pretty hopeful for this spring...

AND my new shoes! 

BTW, sorry for the short hiatus.. I have been so busy!

Hoping that you all have a great week!


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What I wore Wednesday: Blazer & Hyacinth

Happy Hump Day! 

First, I want to say thank you for all of your kind words that were given to me on my last post! I am doing much better, and love the support from all of my followers, family, and friends! 

I love you guys! :)

Grey Blazer - Nordstrom's Rack
Hyacinth button up - H&M
Distressed Denim - Levi's 
Nude Tank - ?
Nude Bow flats - H&M

This outfit is not actually what I wore, I put this together a week or so ago. And decided to show you all today! (Sorry, busy this week ) But the weather has been amazing here! Today up to 74! So I will be able to dish out some of the super cute things I have in store for spring. 

One of the spring color trends that I am really liking is the Hyacinth color trend. I love most shades of blue, as aqua/teal is my all time favorite color. Hyacinth is almost a mix in between blue and purple and I love the light and fresh color that it is. It can be paired with green, yellow, nude,
 and I love love love mint with this color!

I've found a few inspiration photos for Hyacinth this spring! :)
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So, What do you think? 
What are your spring must have colors!?

P.S. I'm linking up with these ladies:

pleated poppy