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It Pays to be a Shopaholic

I have found the perfect reason to continue my shopping addiction. Statistics show…shopping is good for your health! According to the September 2011 issue of Women’s Health, women who shop more frequently may be prolonging their lives.

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New Finds

My mom and I seem to have an obsession with T.J. Maxx/Marshall’s. Honestly, where can you get better deals?! We went shopping the other day, but since I am on a budget once again, I didn’t buy anything, just browsed (I know, very hard to believe). Look at these fun new finds.

T.J. Maxx, Fashionista Cookie Cutters, $4.99

Now I’m about as un-domestic as it gets – really, don’t ask me to cook or clean because you’ll end up having to do it all over again – but these are adorable! They are cookie cutters made especially for a “fashionista.” The cookie cutter shapes include, a dress, a shirt, a bag, and a diamond ring. Right up my alley.

T.J. Maxx, Wooden Candle, $12.99

This is a really nice coffee table decoration, especially with the “going green” trend. The candle holder is made out of bits of wood, and all the candles are a simple white. Of course you could buy different colored tea lights and use those as well.

T.J. Maxx, "Flyaway" Top, $12.99

“Flyaway” (for lack of a better term) tops, are the trend in summer fashion. I wasn’t sure what I thought of this at first, but now I think I’m starting to like these types of tops. The baggier the better this summer, and really it makes for a more comfortable day. What I love about this top, is the material is a sort of mesh/light sweater material.


New Buys

I just recently bought two new dresses that I am so very excited about. The one dress is from LOFT (where else?) and I got an amazing deal on it. It was originally $79.50 but I purchased it for around $10.50 (30% of sale price). What a steal! Really, this made my day. I think I may have been born to shop. The other dress is from Vera Wang’s line at Kohl’s and it was also on sale for less than $20, with an original price of $68.

LOFT, Black Sweater Dress, $10.50

LOFT, Back of Black Sweater Dress

I have been looking for the perfect black sweater dress for YEARS – sadly, this is not even an exaggeration. There are some pieces of clothing, which I label “staple” pieces, and this is one of them. What I love so much about this dress (other than the amazing price) is that it is classy, yet can also be worn out. I also love the zipper on the back of the dress, which only reaches about mid-back. This makes the look a little more modern. There’s a quote from Coco Chanel that I always remember, “A woman without a little black dress has no future.”

Vera Wang, Spring Dress, Under $20

Vera Wang, Spring Dress Details

I am a big fan of Vera Wang’s designs because everything she makes is so in style, yet never too “out there.” It’s not too revealing, not too flaunty, but somehow catches your eye. I love this dress for these very reasons. First of all, I think the colors and designs are beautiful. The colors are very fall-like, yet the dress is more of a Spring/Summer dress. I also love the tiny details, like the ruffle down the front, the huge pockets, and the simple fabric-tie belt. Many times, the simpler the better.

My apologies for the strange lighting in the pictures…I have bright fluorescent lights.


Shopping Hiatus

I have been on a shopping hiatus for a couple weeks now (must save money)…I know, it’s horrible, but I have found a sneaky way to get around it. I am not allowed to purchase any clothing or shoes, which leaves me with shopping for food (not fun), or beauty products! While I would much rather buy clothes and shoes, and in large quantities of course, shopping for makeup and beauty-care products can also be fun. Here are some of my favorite new beauty purchases.

 

Maybelline Mineral Powder, $8.99, Participating drugstores and retailers

 

I am usually not a fan of powder makeup, until my friend introduced me to this new product. It is very light and works well to hide any imperfections. I would compare this product to one of my favorite brands Bare Minerals, just at a more affordable price. Since it is made out of minerals, it is much much better for your skin – watch out for anything with oils in it!

 

 

 

 

 

Suave Naturals, Mango Mandarin Body Lotion, $4.49, Participating drugstores and retailers

 

On a budget? Buy Suave. Suave products are so affordable and come in many delicious scents. I absolutely love scents. I probably could spend hours in Bath and Body Works just smelling all the products…actually I have… I have the travel size of this body lotion, which was a free item with one of my mom’s purchases (she gifted it to me 😉 ). The mango mandarin scent is just so refreshing and opens your senses – perfect for a dreary rainy day like today.

 

 

 

 

The Healing Garden, Anti-Wrinkle Cream, $7.50, Amazon.com

 

No, I do not yet have wrinkles, but don’t be so quick to judge – this product is amazing, and why not take early preventive steps? This cream will make your face feel like silk. The only problem, The Healing Garden Company went out of business, so the cream can only be bought on Amazon.com. Hurry up and buy yours before I buy up their stock! Actually, I also got this face cream from my mom when I visited my parents last weekend. Guess I really didn’t spend that much money on beauty products after all!