Why I never pay full price at Loft (or their affiliated stores)

     I am a Loft Inc. gal at heart. I worked at a Loft store while in college and boy oh boy was it hard trying not to shop for myself especially when I received their wonderful 50 % off employee discount. There was always some piece or accessory I wanted, but I digress!

    Loft and their affiliated stores, Ann Taylor and Lou and Grey have absolutely wonderful sales! Unless its a fashion emergency, you've got the cash and you wanna treat yo' self would I ever recommend buying something at full price. They generally have 30- 40% off everything in the store and also have an amazing sales/final sale rack to keep you busy scouting for what you're looking for! I'm not one to sign up for e-mails but I genuinely feel theirs are the best to receive because of their continual in store and also, amazing online sales. 

     I'll keep it real ladies, there were (and still are) months where my budget for splurging on myself (for wanted) not needed clothing purchases was $25 and I could come out like a bandit with 2-3 amazing pieces!

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OG price: $69.50    Bev the bandit: $6.50

 

    I'd been wanting to buy something small for my mom and literally had $10.02 on a Loft gift card balance. In case you didn't know you can use that gift card at Ann Taylor and Lou and Grey stores and online-wahoo! One of my favorite bloggers posted about this super cute Lou and Grey Poncho Hoodie. I didn't run to snag one because I'm over trying and buying non-maternity pieces. I am so glad I stumbled across this because even though they didn't have it in my size they had it in another which I think will work for my mom. Sshhh don't tell her I just bought it for her for Valentine's Day. 

Here is a quick view of the poncho hoodie- last I checked it was available in size M/L, check out their size chart for more info. This could be a great early-on time gift for a loved one for Valentine's Day! My order is set to arrive to my mom by February 13th!

**P.s. I don't know what it is, but I've got all the feels (lovey dovey) feels after seeing my Lily girl's face this week at the anatomy scan. I am so overwhelmed with love for our little girl I haven't met yet. That got me thinking about how special mine and my mom's relationship is and it just made me want to do something special for my momma this Valentine's Day!**

I hope you're able to share the love to those babes closest to you this Valentine's Day! Do you have any fun and exciting plans in the works? I'd love to hear about them!

Clinique 8 minute make-up routine

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Hi there! I'm not a makeup guru by any means- I'm more of the 8 minute make-up face kind of gal. I pride myself in being able to get ready in less than eight minutes (especially when my foundation doesn't end up ruining my outfit). I love a soft and natural look (as does my husband, Bryan). Here is a quick look at my favorite products... which I use daily.

     Since I know many of you are busy mommas, college students, and young professionals the images posted are linked for an easy purchase from Amazon (our favorite place to shop- from the comfort of our cozy couch/bed, am I right!?)

I love Clinique products especially because of my sensitive and oily skin. It is the only product line I've tried that I have not broken out in hives to (yeah, its that intense). Below is my daily routine!


Generally after moisturizing with coconut oil (any organic and even generic brand is fine) since the air is so dry here in Utah. Then I start with Clinique's Even Better Foundation, I generally use the shade, Cream Chaios 04 during the fall/winter months and ask a consultant to match me with the right shade during the summer (I don't remember which shade I use in the summer). I prefer going to a Clinique shop within a mall's department store because I've experienced great customer service, generally end up being able to save due to their discounts, and because I can gain Clinique Smart Rewards points for every dollar I spend.


I'm not one to contour or use brushes (due to past allergic reactions) so I love using the Chubby Stick Cheek Color Balm in the shade, Roly Posy Rosy. I find it lasts me all day and I only touch up when I'm going out in the late evening for dinner or a special event. Last time I checked it was only $8.50 on Amazon prime. 


Oh my goodness, if I could beg you to try just two products, together, it would be the Even Better Foundation AND any of their Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes shades. My eye shadow looks the same at 11 o'clock at night as it did at 6:30 am when I applied it.

I cannot rave about their Shadow Tints enough. In the summer (well, almost all year round) I use their #07 shade, Pink and Plenty. 


Here are two of my favorites...

Lavish Lilac- It's actually a very light purple despite how it's photographed on amazon, you can visit Clinique's website to see the true color

 

 

 

Portly Plum- A dark purple. I love to mix this and Lavish Lilac for a beautiful smokey eye which I think looks great for brown eyed gals!

 

 


I love the Quickliner for Eyes (eye liner) in the Violet (purple) and I have the same feedback to share about it as I did with the shadow tint for eyes, stays all-day-long! 

 


    I haven't dabbled with their mascara samples because anything else I've tried makes my lashes "fall down" they just go back to their normal shape, straight (ugh!) but I'm sure their mascara option(s) are absolutely wonderful and I'll likely be trying that soon!

I would love to learn how to really master having amazing eye brows but I haven't put time into it yet, either!

I love, love, love Clinique make-up products and hope they work for you! If there's something you love that's not listed here feel free to comment here on the blog, Facebook or Instagram page. I'm always up for trying something new from Clinique!

When your world isn’t filled with Christmas Crazy

    What do you do in the stillness? In the quiet place where time, time and more time meet in every nook and crannie of your life? 

     While most of the world spins into Christmas crazy...what do you do when yours has slowed down or even stopped? Stopped, stopped maybe physically, emotionally, or socially? Does the time go by in a slightly kind-er pace because you anticipated it? Not necessarily. Are you wishing for the Becky’s kind of business? Sometimes I do. What if we don’t have to?

    And what do you do once you have nothing in your hands except bittersweet time? What does it look like to embrace stillness? Is it the obvious reading a book or doing that thing you swore you would do when you had time? Would you, could you reach out to do that one thing with Jesus, for you that you’ve been putting off? Can you rest— truly rest and be still in His presence or does Instagram pull and thrill to compare and compete?

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    Can you learn to embrace the quiet and slow pace of life and not feel, what’s the word: guilty?  It’s hard, you can, with Jesus to abide and be found in Him.

    It’s a beautiful thing to embrace a slow and steady- yet unsteady, awkward season- whether it be weeks or possibly months. Whether you’re staring at the ceiling or a wall, being still doesn’t make you small. Being  still and being at peace with it is strength beyond measure- and can usher in a season of gratitude beyond compare. Not out of what isn’t there, what is there, Who wants to meet you there. 

    

Ways to save on Christmas gifts!

The Christmas season can be really hectic and you may find yourself running to and from various stores to search for specific gifts. If you do have some time on your hands and a little bit of patience here are a few ways to save on gifts this Christmas.

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1. Make the magic happen

For you risk taker and experienced or even not so experienced craft lovers- consider making Christmas gifts for your family and friends! With so many DIY websites, blog posts, and yes Pinterest there are lots of resources that can walk you through how to make project in 15 minutes or less! It doesn't have to be elaborate, it is the thought that counts right. (Yeah, I know, and so does the execution...of the project, silly!).

2. Search and save

A gift there today will likely be there tomorrow. Don't feel like you have to jump on the very first present you see in the store. Don't be afraid to scout around for a better deal. For example, a certain gift I'm looking for would cost more at Cabela's and Dick's Sporting Goods than it would at a local outdoorsy store like Sportsman's Warehouse here in town :) There will constantly be deals and don't be afraid to take the extra three minutes to sign up for a rewards card (if they offer one) especially as it will generally help you start saving right away!

3. Split and save

There is generally that one family member who can be quite particular about their wishlist and shall we say, has expensive taste! Not to worry, if that's your dad or mom and you have siblings or an awesome aunt or uncle- see if one or maybe a few others would like to pitch in on a gift(s). 

I know this was a super quick post, with all the holiday rush I figured that might be best. Enjoy your shopping...and saving!