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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Plans (For My Wallet) 2011 ed.

I can't believe this is the third year I've done this post! Time flies! This summer I'm trying to cut back on the crazy spending, so my plans aren't quite as lofty as they usually are. 

First, I want to get my hair colored (a la the Kim Kardashian pic above) and I am dire need of a MacBook. Second, I'd really love to take Nikki out for some Mommy/Son adventures, like the beach or aquarium. As for girly, material things, I'd like to get a new perfume (I have my nose on LIV GRN's Natural Eau De Parfum) and the Michael Kors Hamilton tote bag in Luggage with silver hardware. And last but not least, I plan on getting in some quality time with friends (preferably over delicious margaritas).

**What are your summer plans??

Friday, June 17, 2011

What To Wear: Summer Festival

Heading to a music festival this summer? Here's my take on proper Day to Night attire:

Tank, Sass & Bide
Shorts, H&M
*Bag, All Saints
Headband, swell.com
Bracelets, Miss Selfridge
Sunglasses, Dolce and Gabbana
Rain Boots, Kamik
Sweatshirt, Wildfox Couture
Skinnies, Lee

*With a roomy enough bag you can bring along a change of clothes if it gets chilly at night. I suggest a baggy sweatshirt to throw over your tank and a pair of skinny jeans to tuck into your boots.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Have Ya Joined JewelMint Yet??

I know I've already blogged about Kate Bosworth's jewelry club JewelMint, but I'm still loving it! I've been a member since March and have been 100% satisfied with my membership. For those of you who haven't joined yet and want to know what type of jewelry you can expect, here are three of my purchases:

Sweetheart Ring

This is the first piece of jewelry I ordered from the site. I think it's really unique. I love that it looks like two separate bands being held together by the heart and the little rhinestone details are so unexpected.

Versailles Earrings

I missed out on these gorgeous earrings the first time they were released, but thankfully the website brought them back last week due to popular demand. I have an all lace, cream, one-shoulder dress that was made to be paired with these earrings! 

Metal Mosaic Ring

I'm a sucker for a good statement ring. This picture doesn't really do it justice, it's truly a wearable piece of modern art. I love the drama of the squares' varying heights and how it looks handmade.

P.S. - The boxes the jewelry come in are almost as pretty as the jewelry!

Click the link to sign up: http://jmnt.me/giiJ4X

**I looked around the web for a coupon code you all could use & I'm pretty sure "WELCOME50" should still work for 50% your first purchase.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Request: 2011 Prom Looks

This post is for "thefirstgoldengirl" of Curious Leo. She requested a Prom themed What To Wear so I've styled a couple of looks for her:

Dress, H&M
Jewelry, Nordstrom
Clutch, endless.com
Heels, Nine West

Dress, pacificplex.com
Clutch, River Island
Ring, Dorothy Perkins 
Earrings, Max & Chloe
Heels, dressrail.com

As always, if you have any styling requests, feel free to email me through the Contact Info tab on the top of the page.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

What To Wear: Memorial Day BBQ

As usual, I don't have any Memorial Day plans this year other than hangin' around the house with Jason & Nikki but if I happen to get a last minute invite to a backyard BBQ... I'd wear something along these lines:

Dress, Calypso St. Barth for Target
Earrings, Old Navy
Tote, Calypso St. Barth for Target
Espadrilles, Aldo

Total Cost: $140

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

This Year, Treat Mom To Lush Lashes - LiLash BOGOHO Coupon!

I know it's been a while since I mentioned my Holy Grail lash stimulator, LiLash, but I've been waiting for them to release another coupon code.

In honor of Mother's Day this week, they're offering their customers a $70 savings! Just use the code "MOM11" upon checkout & receive 50% off your 2nd tube! 

*Valid thru 5/5, 11:59pm PST.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

What To Pack: Packing Light

Next Tuesday I'll be embarking on a 4 day, 3 night adventure to Atlanta & New Orleans to visit my BFF Kimberly & take a road trip to see one of my favorite bands Mumford & Sons! I'm only bringing a carry-on suitcase & my handbag, so I've gotta pack light.

Here's my game plan:

Jovovich-Hawk for Target floral dress
Jovovich-Hawk for Target polka dot dress
Tucker for Target floral dress
Rodarte for Target lace print tunic
Cognac boots from Target
Black boots from Torrid

I'll try to take some OOTD shots while I'm there so you guys can see my looks in action! In the meantime, any tips on packing light??

Thursday, March 24, 2011

March ShoeDazzle How-To: Matilda

I thought I would try something new on my blog by sharing how I plan on styling my monthly ShoeDazzle buys. I've seen this done on YouTube before & thought it was a cute idea. This month I ordered the Matilda motorcycle boot. I love the chain & buckle details!

Outfit #1:
I plan on pairing these boots with skinny jeans & a simple top for a summer concert.

Outfit #2:
I can also see myself wearing these with a feminine LBD on date night!

*Sign up for ShoeDazzle & SAVE 20% on your first purchase!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Saturday Night Special

Guns N Roses Tank, Amplified Clothing
Skinny Jeans, JBrand
Suede Slingbacks, Jessica Simpson
Quilted Bag, Marc Jacobs
Geometric Earrings, House of Harlow 1960

Monday, March 14, 2011

What To Wear: St. Patrick's Day

I have to work this St. Patrick's Day (I recently picked up a hostessing job at a local Italian restaurant), but if I could wear what I wanted, it'd be something like this:

Skull Top, E.VIL
Boyfriend Jeans, American Eagle
Strappy Wedges, Michael Antonio
Clover Earrings, Anya Jewels
Wooden Bangles, Forever21

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Freshen Up Your Style With JewelMint

Celeb-endorsed online shopping clubs are quickly becoming all the rage and while Kim Kardashian may have started it all with ShoeDazzle, Kate Bosworth is jumping on the bandwagon with her jewelry of the month society, JewelMint.

Started by Kate & her stylist Cher Coulter, the members-only site is filled with fun & funky earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets all priced at $29.99*. Here's a screen cap of my current showroom:

This is the third shopping club I've joined & I'm actually saving money! I've cut back my "in-person" shopping trips & limited myself to my beauty samples from Birchbox, a pair of shoes or a handbag from ShoeDazzle & a piece of jewelry from JewelMint. My total for the month is $80 -- I used to spend that in one store! Don't get me wrong, I still LOVE to go shopping, but I love getting pretty things in the mail every month even more!

*Join here & save 60% off one piece with the code "surveyfeb60"

Monday, February 28, 2011

Please Pause For A Brief Intermission...

I just wanted to write a quick post to let all of my amazing, dedicated followers that I may be a little slow with the blogging for a bit. I fear that my trusty MacBook may have gone to Apple heaven!

I have found an adorable & affordable netbook however, so rest assured that the hiatus shouldn't last long.

Crossing my fingers for the best!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What To Wear: South By Southwest

Sequin top, Edun
Studded jean shorts, Cosmic Denim 
Floral boots, Dr. Martens
Wallet, Balenciaga
Cuff bracelet, Dorothy Perkins
Double finger ring, Low Luv by Erin Wasson

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Love Samples? Join The Club!

I read about birchbox.com in a magazine the other day and couldn't wait to get on the computer to check it out. A club that delivers beauty samples to it's members every month? Count me in! Their motto is "Discover what you love and buy with confidence," which has been a personal shopping mantra of mine ever since the Great Foundation Debacle of 2002. (I really wish someone had told me that MAC foundations break you out before I spent $40 on one!)

Not only do I love samples because of their adorable, purse-friendly size, I love them because you get to try before you buy! Clearly, the people at Birchbox feel the same way. For just $10/month, you get to test-drive 4 to 5 beauty samples and if you decide to buy the full size product(s) from their site, you earn points towards further purchases. No more hounding the clerk at Sephora for a trial size of something you're unsure about, just check your mailbox!

Here are just some of the brands they carry:

Bare Minerals





Oscar Blandi


Too Faced


For all the details on how the club works, watch the video below.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I'm Baaaaack!!!

Happy New Year! 

Sorry for leaving you all for a while; I've been busy getting in shape and preparing for my new career as a cosmetologist. Dental Assisting school just wasn't girly enough for me! 

Don't worry, I'll be blogging regularly and starting up my YouTube channel again very soon. If anyone is interested in following me on my weight loss journey (30 lbs shed so far thanks to Dr. Atkins), I'm considering making a separate health/fitness blog.

Until next time, thank you all so much for sticking with Material Instinct & a huge "Hello" to all of my newest followers!

   Valerie Valentine