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Hump Day – Fun Day

Purse / Coin Purse / Flats / Puff
I love blogging, but during tax season it’s hard to put in the time.  Yes, blogging takes time.  You don’t just snap pictures and throw them up.  Even though when I am rushed I am guilty of doing.  I have to link my outfit items.  Write something meaningful for you to read.  I mean you don’t come here just to see what I am wearing.  Some of my readers are family members, other’s friends, and the rest of you are my fashion soul sisters.  I started this blog as an outlet for my fun fashion sense and budget shopping tip platform.  It has grown as I have over the years.  I have refined my style and changed what I like.  The older I get the more serious I want people to take me and I feel that starts with how I look.  I totally envy those women who get this figured out in their 20’s.  Hey better late than never though.  So on to fun things!  I have a very simple life (Work, School, Home, and back again), however there are times I do things fun and I enjoy sharing them with you.
Recent events:
Recently I have been getting out more.  Like this past weekend I took my mom shopping for new clothing.  Due to her Parkinson’s it’s hard for her to get undressed without help.  So I offered to take her.  I knew I would have more patience than her sweet husband, and we could spend time together.  Not to mention I am the first to say something doesn’t look good.  Gotta keep my momma looking good!  After shopping at Chico’s we hit up Trader Joe’s.  I love their flower options and the prices are Amazing!   I mean $5.99 for a big bouquet.  We ended the day grilling out with our men and playing Cards Against Humanity.  Saturday was also my Nephew’s 7th Birthday!  So it was great we were all together when my sister FaceTime’d me so I could see and chat with him.
 These are my favorite and go to items lately.  First let’s address my Jewelry – Kendra Scott.  I have seriously fallen in love with her jewelry and I have gotten it all on mark down (which helps!).  Because the items I purchase are on mark down it’s hard to find exact items online but I have tried.
Makeup:  My skin has changed and is now dry.  It use to be oily (sometimes very oily).  So naturally I needed to change my makeup and skin routine.  I searched and searched through the internet and blogs on suggestions for foundations and other products for dry skin.  I am not one who will spend money on a product I’m not sure will work.  It’s like wasting money to me because I am embarrassed to return an item after I used it.  Anyhow,  lately I have been loving Sephora (not to mention getting points by going through Ebates).  I ordered the Este Lauder (I’m a Creamy Tan) full coverage foundation and snagged their deal of the week a Clinic foundation stick.  With the Este Lauder I use a makeup sponge that’s damp to apply and then go behind with the Clinic stick to blend and lighten.  I opted for the tan Este Lauder because I knew Spring was coming and I tan so easily.
  My go to Highlighter, Blush, and Under Eye Concealer are all Becca.  A little goes a long way.  It’s defiantly worth the price!  My SIL actually suggested I try Becca when she and my Brother gave me a Sephora gift card for my birthday last year!  So glad I listened to her.  The makeup lasts all day and looks amazing!

If you have been reading a while you know my go to lipstick brand is MAC.  You can’t beat the pigment and all day wear.  Another “worth the price” item!  A guilty (inexpensive) pleasure are these Sephora Masks!  I stocked up when they had Buy 2 Get 1 Free.  These are the masks I took to my sister to help her feel pretty while in the hospital.  They are so easy to use….Just apply to a clean face (some are damp others dry face), then sit back and relax for 15 minutes.  When done remove and rub in the excess.  It’s the only way I can unwind and sit still for a minute.
I have seen this tank time and again on IG and it always looks so polished!  On a recent lunch break to Nordstrom (cause sometimes you need to get away) returning a dress I took a look at the clearance rack and found these pants (they are still full price online) and loved the look and feel of them.  As I wondered around the store some more I saw this tank on another marked down rack but it wasn’t my size.  The sales lady (which are always so helpful without being pushy) showed me where the current style were and helped me figure out what size I would be.  When I tried the top on with the pants I fell in love.  The day before I had picked up this jacket from TJ Maxx and I knew this would be an adorable outfit!  So I bit to bullet and spent more on a top than I normally would.  To be honest I am ready to purchase a second one because I love it so much!  It goes with so many things.  I paired the top with the jacket and some jeans when I took my mom shopping and I felt nice in the high end store.  Sometimes I feel like Julia Roberts in “Pretty Women” when I shop…..I may look like crap but I have money to spend. 
Up coming events
In two weeks I am attending a family baby shower.  Many of the women who will be there are friend’s of my Brother and Cousin, so they are like family as well.  The shower is in DC (my favorite place in the world!)  Let me back track a little – my Cousin and his wife are having the baby.  I grew up near DC and my Brother has so many friends in the area he is close with (my bother lives overseas now).  His friends welcomed my cousin when he moved there and have always been so welcoming to me when I visit.  They really are an amazing group of people.  The shower will be so fun!
Anyhow, I have been racking my brain trying to figure out what to wear.  I know I want to wear this new Jacket and Top I snagged at TJ Maxx.  It’s the bottom half I am struggling with.  Pants or Skirt?  If I do pants do I wear white jeans or dress slacks?  Sigh – being a fashion blogger doesn’t mean I know the right thing to wear to every event.  (items found in store only)
Any suggestions?????

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