Monday, September 30, 2013

Hair Product Haul

Lots of new hair products here as well as a mascara!  I swear it seems like I always run out of my hair products at the same time.  I am also in need of a new bottle of mousse but I still haven't had a chance to get out to Sally Beauty Supply to restock on my favorite.  Here's what I bought.

1. Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner - I've bought this tons of times over the last fifteen years.  It's a stand by conditioner that I use about once or twice a week.
2. John Frieda Frizz-Ease Straight Fixation - This is a great, inexpensive and non-greasy heat protectant that helps keep my hair straight.  I love this stuff and have been using it for over a year now.
3. Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave In Conditioner - I don't think I've ever tried this before but I couldn't find my old standby, Suave Keratin Infusion Leave In Conditioner.  I've tried looking at several different stores and just decided to give up and try this one instead.  We'll see how it goes.
4. Wet N Wild Mega Plump Mascara - I've used a few tubes of this now.  I like that it removes easily with these and doesn't flake off onto my face.  I really like the formula.

Saturday, September 28, 2013


I have another Outfits of the Week post and boy was it a crazy week!  Somehow this week was even busier than last week and I worked an absurd amount of hours.  The plus side is that I left it all at work when I finally went home on Friday so I plan on spending this weekend doing zero work and doing only the things that make me happy.  I hope you will forgive me for the fact that my hair and makeup look like a hot mess in all of these photos but I'm sure you've all had weeks like this too.

I swear I did not show up to work with my hair and makeup looking like this!  I took these photos (as well as Tuesday's) on Sunday afternoon because I knew I was going to be busy this week.  Monday evening was family night at my school so I ended up working from 6:45 A.M. until 7:30 P.M.  By the time I got home, I was too exhausted to retake pictures and I looked like a nightmare anyway.  Luckily, this outfit was practical and comfortable for what was pretty much a thirteen hour day.

- black paisley button down from Kohl's
- teal and earth tones necklace (I've had it for years & don't remember where I bought it.)
- olive cropped pants from J.C. Penney
- black bow flats from Bass Outlet

After Monday, I was exhausted on Tuesday.  I had a parent conference that morning and despite several cups of coffee, I was dragging all day.  By the end of the day, I was spent.  I left work at 3:30 with the intention of trying to get caught up on a class I have to take for work but by the time I ran all the errands I had to do, it was pretty late and I couldn't even concentrate to write the three papers I had to turn in by mid-October.

- fuchsia sleeveless button down from Goodwill, Banana Republic brand
- white 3/4 cardigan from Target
- khaki pencil skirt from Target
- faux pearl and chain necklace from Body Central Outlet
- wide brown stretch belt from Charlotte Russe
- brown knot flats from Rack Room Shoes

This was another long day at work from 6:45 A.M. to 4:45 P.M.  My team of teachers met after school today to plan out the next few weeks of instruction.  Still didn't get a chance to work on those papers.  I really wanted to get them out of the way because I start tutoring in a few weeks and there is no way I can teach, tutor, and take a class all at once.  I also spent a good chunk of the morning working on a grant so that the teachers on my grade level can buy iPads.  My grade level is trying to find a way to get an iPad into the hand of every child and teacher so we're trying to find creative ways to write grants, do fundraisers  and otherwise raise the money for the iPads that won't be paid for by our district.  The things we do for these kids!  I just hope they appreciate it.

Also, I don't know what happened but when I uploaded these outfit photos to Blogger, it changed the colors.  These pants are actually very black, not gray.  And the flats are a little darker.  I plan on donating these pants anyway.  I wore them for the first time on Wednesday, after buying them last week for $8 and taking in the waist.  It turns out they are incredibly uncomfortable!  They have no stretch at all and I guess I have big calves because they were so tight from the knees down that I thought if I bent over, they would rip to shreds like I was the hulk.  I made it through the day without popping any seams but I will never wear this torturous pants again.  Grrr.

- polka dot button down from Loft Outlet
- sparrow necklace (I've had it for years & don't remember where I bought it.)
- black cropped pants from J.C. Penney
- hot pink faux suede flats from Body Central

Since I worked extra hours with my boss last Friday, I was allowed to wear jeans today.  I tried to still keep it professional with a blazer and I was glad I wore it because Thursday turned out to be a cooler day here in Florida, barely making it into the 80s!  That's pretty comfortable for us.  This was another long day for me though.  I got to work early to finish up the grant application and stayed late to finally get some work done for my class.  A ten hour day.  (Outfit inspiration photo)

- white 3/4 camp shirt from Kohl's
- black pinstripe blazer from Goodwill, Ann Taylor brand
- yellow bubble necklace from Charlotte Russe
- dark wash bootcut jeans from Loft Outlet
- black bow flats from Bass Outlet

Once again, I went into work way early Friday morning (notice a theme here?) so I could work on the last two assignments for my class.  I finally got everything finished!  Then there was some issues with students I had to handle after school and by the time I got out of work to start my weekend, I was ready for some retail therapy!  I'll have a separate post for that but I thought to finish off this post, I would add up all the hours I worked this week, just to put a numerical value to how much time I actually spent there, not including the hour I spend in the car each day.

- green plaid button down from Goodwill, American Eagle brand
- straight leg jeans from Walmart
- cognac belt from Walmart
- honey bow flats from Bass Outlet

Monday: 12 hours, 45 minutes
Tuesday: 8 hours, 45 minutes
Wednesday: 10 hours
Thursday: 10 hours
Friday: 10 hours

And the total comes to: 51 hours and 30 minutes.  With exactly $0 of overtime because I'm on salary.  :(  At least I start tutoring in a few weeks so then I'll be paid for my extra hours two days a week.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Clothing Haul

This weekend a few friends and I did some Goodwill shopping and then moved on to the outlet mall next to my house.  Also, last weekend hubby and I stopped over at Kohl's so I included the one item I got there in this haul too.  Let's start with that.

Sonoma Petite Slubbed Sweater in Burnt Olive, Kohl's $21
I bought this great 3/4 length sweater at Kohl's on sale for $21.00.  This sweater is perfect for fall and winter in Florida's warm climate.  In fall, I can wear it alone and in the winter, I can wear a long sleeve button down under it.  I've found it's the perfect length to wear the button down with the collar out and the sleeves cuffed over the sleeves of the sweater.  I love the color and it really makes my green eyes pop.  I think I'll be getting a lot of wear out of this sweater.

Gray chinos, Goodwill $4

Next, I'll share what I got at Goodwill.  Last week when hubby and I went, I was on the lookout for a pair of pants that fit me through the hips and thighs but had the awkward butt gap caused by the waist being too big.  I found a pair of gray chinos that turned out to be this men's pair from Kohl's.  I wanted to use them to experiment and see if I could learn how to take in the waist on a pair of pants.  I have lots of pants that need this done but I didn't want to try it on a pair of pants that I had paid full price for, just in case it didn't go well.  It was a learning experience but I figured it out and I've been busy ever since making lots of alterations to other pairs of pants.  This pair only set me back $4, so I didn't have a lot invested in case the experiment went bad.

Green plaid button down, Goodwill $4

When I went to Goodwill on Friday with my friends, I found two awesome pieces.  The first is a 3/4 green plaid button down shirt from American Eagle Outfitters.  I paid only $4 for this shirt and it seems brand new to me.  And even though it wasn't petite size, this fellow fit me like a glove!  I love the color and the quality.

black pinstripe blazer, Goodwill $6

I also found this amazing petite size Ann Taylor blazer at Goodwill.  The sleeves are 3/4 length (Did you notice I love 3/4 length sleeves?) and I also love the elongating pinstripes.  Once again, this piece fits me extremely well and is practically brand new.  And the price?  Only $6!

hot pink ballet flats, Body Central $9.90

My two friends found even more amazing stuff than I did at Goodwill but after that, we decided we still wanted to do a bit more shopping so we went over to the outlet mall.  To be honest, after paying Goodwill prices, everything at the outlet seemed a little pricey to us but I finally found one of the items that has been on my wishlist for ages, a pair of hot pink flats!  I found these faux suede flats at Body Central for $9.90.  They only came in full sizes so I had to buy them a little large but that means I'll have plenty of room for insoles since they are really thin and have little support.

So after introducing my two friends to the awesome local Goodwill in my town, they were thrilled to find a place that sells such amazing clothes for a great price.  You have to really look for awhile and invest a lot of time and effort and you have to try everything on because sometimes the sizes turn out to be totally wrong, but I love the hunt and the reward when I do find something amazing, inexpensive, and that fits me well.  Does anyone else out there enjoy thrift shopping?  I think it depends a lot on the quality of merchandise because when I first lived in Florida, the Goodwill by me was terrible.  But I've found my local one now is amazing and I love finding a great treasure there for a great price.

Saturday, September 21, 2013


This has been a super busy week, including working from 6:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. on Thursday.  The fifth grade classes at my school were all way over our projected amounts of students this year so this week we finally were able to hire another teacher and it took quite a lot of extra hours on behalf of my team to get everything prepared for her and the kids.  Then Friday, a few colleagues and myself went on a visit to a school an hour away to observe their ipad implementation class and went shopping afterwards.  It was a great way to relax after a long week.  Too bad next week is looking like it will be just as busy.

- maroon chiffon henley from Kohl's
- gold leaf pendant necklace from Charlotte Russe
- gray chinos from Goodwill (brand is from Kohl's)
- leopard print flats

I bought these gray chinos from Goodwill with the intention of using them as Guinea pig pants to see if I could learn to take pants in at the waist.  The experiment went well and I ended up really liking the pants!  I have several other pants that will be needing taken in too but let me tell you how much more comfortable it was to wear a pair of pants that I wasn't hiking up all day!  Who knew?

- pink camp shirt from Ann Taylor Outlet
- cognac belt from
- yellow and pink skirt, made by me
- honey bow flats from Bass Outlet

This is definitely a summery outfit in my book!  Which worked out because the weather here in Florida is still quite hot.  I love the pink and yellow combination.  It's a little unexpected and a lot fun.

- burnt olive sweater from Kohl's
- straight leg jeans from Walmart
- beige faceted teardrop necklace from Body Central Outlet
- black bow flats from Bass Outlet

(Since I had to dress up for Friday at work, I was allowed to wear jeans Wednesday.)  I'm so jealous of people who are enjoying cooler fall weather right now.  I decided to wear some fall transitional outfits and just pretend it's fall, since the first actual day of autumn is tomorrow.  Here I'm wearing a 3/4 length green sweater, perfect fall color in my book.  It's not full length so it's great for Florida and even in the winter, I can wear a longsleeve button down under it.  I think I'll get a lot of use out of this top.

- red, white, and blue scarf, gift from a student
- white popover 3/4 tee from Bealls Outlet
- dark wash jeggings from Walmart
- red bow flats from Bass Outlet

This outfit was inspired by this pin.  As I said above, a student gave me this scarf as a gift.  I've never worn it until now but it's another great piece to transition into fall because the fabric is really light weight so it's not too hot.  I'm just not really crazy about the colors and print on it but it matched my red flats so I went with it.  (Half day with kids this day, so I was allowed to wear jeans again!)

- floral chiffon henley from Kohl's
- moss pencil skirt from Kohl's
- cognac triple loop belt from Walmart
- honey bow flats from Bass Outlet

This is what I wore for my super long day on Friday.  I worked for the half the day as usual in my classroom.  Then three representatives from my school and I went to a school south of us to check out their technology program.  It was awesome!  Afterwards, we went shopping at my local Goodwill (and found some awesome finds) and then to the outlet mall.  Don't worry, I'll share the haul in a later post.  I'd never thought to wear this shirt with this skirt until I was searching Pinterest to get ideas on new ways to wear it.  I found this pin, this pin, this pin, this pin, and this pin and finally I began thinking, "If only I have a floral top with green leaves on it to wear with this skirt".  Then I remembered that I did!  And I really liked the way it turned out.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Copycat Nails

Ever since I first saw this pin, I've been in love with this look and have wanted to recreate it with my own version.  When I was at Target this week, I went looking for a silver glitter nail polish to fill the void in my collection.  The only one they had in stock was from Essie and it was over $7, which I just couldn't justify paying just for one nail look.  So I looked in my own collection and found that while it's not a glitter polish, Celeb City was just silver and shimmery enough to give the same effect without having to scrub glitter off my nails afterward.  While my polishes aren't exactly the same as the original, I still love the effect it gave anyway!

After applying a base coat, I applied two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Bubblegum Pink to all of my nails except my ring finger on both hands.  On my ring finger, I did two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Celeb City.  I finished it all off with a top coat.  Don't mind my messiness... I didn't clean up my cuticles before I took these photos.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Buy This Lotion, Not That

Since it's been so hot here in Florida and I have to take my students outside for recess, I've been wearing a lot of skirts lately.  That also means I've been shaving my legs a lot lately, leading to dry skin.  To solve this problem, a few weeks ago I purchased Valu Time Sugar Pea Hand & Body Moisturizing Cream from my local Winn Dixie grocery store.  Which ended up with me giving that junk away to a student and instead purchasing Bodycology Toasted Vanilla Sugar Nourishing Body Cream from Target.

What was wrong with Valu Time?
Oh, so many things were wrong with this cheap lotion.  The first was the scent.  I couldn't even tell that this cream was scented.  You really can't smell anything at all.  Meanwhile, Bodycology clearly has a warm, cozy vanilla scent that lasts for quite some time.

The Valu Time lotion was extremely thin and runny.  It made it difficult to even get the lotion from the bottle to my hand to my legs without it running down my arm.  Gross.  However, the Bodycology was quite thick.  I could squeeze out the exact amount I wanted and get it onto my legs without any spilling.  I would say it's one of the thicker lotions I've come across and that makes for a great lotion for my legs.  You can see in the photos below how the Value Time seems to be oozing out of the bottle everywhere.

The lid for the Valu Time lotion is a screw off lid, which is an automatic inconvenience when you are dealing with a cream.  The Bodycology is a squeeze tube with an attached snap-open lid.  But Valu Time's lid coupled with the thin consistency create the perfect storm for a lotion explosion.  I open the lid, apply some to my hand and before I can ever get the lotion from my hand to my leg, more lotion is dripping out of the tube because it's so thin and I can't close the lid with lotion on my hands.  Messy and wasteful.

Also, the aesthetics of the Bodycology packaging is much more appealing.  The packaging is sleek, a little sexy, and very visually appealing.  Valu Time looks... cheap.  It reminds me of something you might buy at the dollar store or a flea market.

Price Per Ounce
In my opinion, this is the only area that Bodycology scores lower than Valu Time.  Valu Time is 7 ounces for $1, making the price per ounce $0.14.  Bodycology is 8 ounces for $3.99 at Target, so that makes the price per ounce $0.50.  However, to me the performance of the lotions makes them worth their respective prices.  Actually, I feel that Bodycology is worth way more than the low price point they charge for it.  Valu Time... not even worth one buck in my book.

Valu Time wasn't even worth the five minutes of effort it took to apply.  Five minutes after it dried, my skin was tight and dry again.  I couldn't even tell I had used lotion.  With the Bodycology, the moisture lasts a long time.  The next morning I could still tell that my legs were less dry and felt softer.  I've been pleasantly surprised time and time again at how long this lotion lasts.  I think this bottle made my third or fourth experience with this product.

Sum It Up
In summary, in my opinion you'd be wasting your money to even bother spending the $1 on Valu Time.  With as runny and thin as it is, you'll need twice as much and half of it will drip out of the bottle anyway.  Bodycology is better in every area except price.  Personally, I'd rather buck up three extra dollars to have a product that actually works - and works well.

And last, if anyone is interested in the ingredients for allergy or other reasons, I've included a photo of those below as well.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Outfits of the Week

- chambray camp shirt from Walmart
- white casual blazer from Bealls Outlet
- leopard print belt from Walmart
- olive cropped pants from J.C. Penney
- taupe bow wedges from Payless

Even though this outfit is pretty much all neutrals, I loved the way it turned out.  However, the chambray camp shirt is not petite size and it needs shortened and maybe taken it.  The fit isn't great but it's disguised here by tucking it in.  But because it doesn't quite fit right, it's rather uncomfortable so if I'm going to keep it, it definitely needs some alterations.

- orange plaid shirt from Kohl's
- orange pencil skirt from Target
- cognac belt from
- honey bow flats from Bass Outlet

I love this orange pencil skirt.  It's great with bright fun colors for summer or spring and would also work with browns or blacks for fall and winter.  Versatility, friends!  I love it.

- white 3/4 dress shirt from Kohl's
- black slacks from Bealls Outlet
- pink teardrop necklace from Target
- pink floral flats from Rue21

I actually didn't plan on wearing this outfit.  I was going to wear a skirt but then I was too tired to shave my legs so I had to throw together an outfit with pants at the last minute.  I decided to go with simple basics (white shirt, black pants) and add some style and fun with coordinating accessories.

- pink plaid shirt from Kohl's
- brown skinny belt from Kohl's (came free with a skirt)
- khaki skort from Kohl's
- brown knot flats from Rack Room Shoes

I just realized almost this entire outfit came from Kohl's.  I love me some Kohl's.  They have a great selection of petites and they always have rocking sales and clearance.

I guess I was feeling plaid shirts with solid skirts and coordinating belt/shoes this week.  It was a formula that worked out I guess.  Do you have any go to formulas for outfits?

- math team T-shirt, courtesy of the school I work at
- straight leg jeans from Walmart, rolled up
- silver sparkle T-strap sandals from Target

For the past few weeks, my students have been learning about two and three dimensional shapes in math class.  On Friday, they took the geometry test so I thought this geometry-themed T-shirt I had from coaching math team last year would be a fun choice that went with the test.  None of the kiddos noticed, but it made me smile as I passed the tests out.

I'm really wishing that fall would come to Florida but it doesn't look like it will be getting cool here anytime soon.  So I guess I'll still be wearing my sandals, skirts, and cropped pants while everyone else is rocking boots and scarves.  *Sigh* Times like this make me really miss living in Pennsylvania.  While everyone else is drinking their pumpkin spice lattes, I'll be sweating and drinking pumpkin spice frappuccinos.  Latte or frap, pumpkin coffee is still delicious to me.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

No More Ice Skating

I bought this pair of shoes from Stein Mart with a gift card back in April.  I haven't worn them even once.  Why?  There is virtually no tread whatsoever on the bottom of these shoes.

I was planning on wearing these to a friend's house for a birthday party a few weeks ago but when I put them on, I realized that trying to even walk on carpet with these wedges on was dangerous.  They are so slick it was like ice skating in them.  So I decided to wear another pair of shoes but decided it was high time to remedy the ice skating shoes problem.

The next day, I was at Target and I saw these non skid tread stickers.  You get two pairs in a pack for $2.99, a white pair and a black pair.  I peeled off the sticky back of the black ones and just stuck them right on my clean shoe bottoms.

And as easy as that, I had a pair of shoes I could actually wear!  No more ice skating for me!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hitting Pan

I've been hitting pan on more items than usual lately.  Maybe it's because I've been really good lately about not buying new makeup unless I actually need something.  I've been getting a lot of use out of the things I really like and I've been trying to use some of the items I haven't used in awhile too.  Between using favorites and shopping my stash more, I'm resisting the temptation to buy new stuff.  Go me!

Here's what I've hit pan on:
- e.l.f. Studio Blush in Candid Coral
- Benefitt Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer in 01 Light
- Too Faced Pink Leopard Bronzer (mini)
- NYX Eyeshadow Single in True Taupe
- Wet N Wild Eyeshadow Single in Brulee

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Glitter Nails

I've been spending way too much time on Pinterest lately (Anyone else have P.A.S., or Pinterest Addiction Syndrome?) which has created an unnatural hankering for glitter polish fingernails.  See herehere, here, and here.  When I went to recreate pink nails with a silver glitter accent nail, I realized I don't have a silver glitter.  Must remedy that soon!

Instead of pink with silver glitter, I just pulled out all my glittter polishes and let hubby pick one out for me.  He picked well!  This is a red holographic glitter.  Holographic meaning that in the right light, the glitter turns all rainbow fancy fabulous.  Hubby bought me this mini polish from Ulta for Christmas a few years ago in a holiday set.  The name is Tinseltown but I think it may have been limited edition.  I really had trouble capturing the real life beauty of the holographic bits of glitter so I just figured I'd include a million pictures and hope you get the idea. ;)

Monday, September 9, 2013

Clothing Haul

As I mentioned yesterday, I did a bit of shopping this weekend.  I finally ordered the $3 leopard scarf I've had my eye on at  I also picked up a few other random things.

Leopard Print Scarf from (click on photo for link)
This guy hasn't arrived yet, since I just ordered it a few days ago.  We'll see if it's as nice in person as it appears in the photo.  For $3, I'm willing to take the risk.
from Amazon
I found this great casual white blazer on the clearance rack at Bealls Outlet for half off.  Since I don't believe in that whole no white after Labor Day rule, I can definitely get some wear out of this guy.  And really, who made this silly rule when it's still going to feel like summer here in Florida for another two months at least?

Bealls Outlet
Next, I was on the hunt for some cropped pants for work.  I've been wearing my skirts a ton lately but I wanted some pants that I could wear while the weather is still warm.  (Because I'm lazy and don't want to shave my legs every day to wear a skirt since my hair grows like a beast.)  I found this really fun olive color on the clearance rack at J.C. Penney in my size only.  Destiny!  I thought because of the color they would transition well into "fall" here, since again, our actual fall season at the end of September will probably still be in the 80s.  When it actually does get cold, I can probably still wear these with boots too.  The only problem was with fit.  They fit through the hips and thighs but the waist is way too big, so I get that gap at the back.  Does anyone else have this problem?  I swear, 90% of pants I try on fit like this.  Grrr.  A belt works fine when the pants have belt loops but most of my work pants don't have them.  That leads to the next thing I bought.

J.C. Penney

I found these black cropped pants on the clearance rack too, for under $9.  They had the same problem, fitting through the widest part of me (hips & thighs) but too big at the waist.  Then I got a brilliant idea.  For only $9, I was totally willing to buy them, bring them home, and use them to experiment in taking in pants at the waist.  I've had this tutorial pinned for ages but I haven't been willing to completely rip apart any of the pants I already own, in case things don't turn out so well.  So I bought these pants specifically thinking I would use them to figure out how to do the alterations to take in the waist.  If it goes well, lots of my dress pants will be having surgery soon.

J.C. Penney

Please tell me I'm not alone in this problem.  Awkward butt gap, also known as A.B.G. ;)