Love my TOMS!

If you haven’t heard of TOMS yet I highly recommend checking them out. (They are currently offering free shipping on ALL orders!

The great thing about TOMS is that for every pair sold they donate a pair of shoes to children in need all over the world. The shoes can protect these children’s feet not only from cuts and scrapes, but also from infection and disease. Also, because children’s feet are constantly growing TOMS makes a point of donating a new pair of the shoes to the children after 6 months.

I learned about TOMS through my cousin. I was looking for a pair of comfortable shoes that would be appropriate for my job as a classroom music teacher. As much as I would have loved to wear a pair of cute heels with my outfit everyday it simply wouldn’t be practical for dancing and playing music games in the classroom all day.

I have two pairs so far, a pair of classics and a pair of ballet flats. You have seen my ballet flats in several posts now. I will wear the classics more in the fall. Here are some photos of me in my ballet flats.

If you’re looking at the ballet flats now is the time to jump! They seem to be going on a hiatus. There are only a few pairs left in the “last chance” section. Best of all TOMS is offering free shipping on all orders up until 8/27.

Shabby Apple’s Amazing Super Soft T-Shirt

Check out the t-shirt and earrings I just got from Shabby Apple.

T-shirt: Shabby Apple

Earrings: Shabby Apple

Necklace: Homemade by an aunt

Shorts: LOFT Outlet (Only available in store)

Shoes: TOMS Ballet Flats (This style seems to be taking a vacation.

A few are left in the last chance section)

I have never had a t-shirt this soft. It feels like silk against my skin. This is the Chatham Tee from Shabby Apple. Basics are a very important piece of my wardrobe. I tend to be warm all the time (even during the winter) so I like to layer with cardigans or accessories. It is a nice summer day today so I opted for accessories.

My earrings are also a pick from Shabby Apple. They are called the Pompeii Earrings. I love the intricate design. It reminds me of little leaves that have dried up after fall.

I discovered Shabby Apple through the blogosphere. So many bloggers were talking about them so I had to see what the hype was about. Now that I’ve got some of their items I can completely understand why they are such a beloved company. When my items arrived they were packaged very carefully. The earrings came in this cute little bag with the logo stamped on. When I opened the bag I saw they were also protected in a box with the logo stamped on it. When a company packs their items with so much care I know that they are truly aiming to deliver the best products to their customers.

For all of my readers who have sewing skills or are DIYer’s you should know Shabby Apple also has a “Practically Perfect” section with their sale items. They sell items that may be missing a button or have some other small imperfection at a discounted price. I am totally willing to sew on a button if it means saving money on an item.

Have you bought anything from Shabby Apple? What are your favorite items?

Quick Chip Fix

Today’s post is a short one, but I wanted to share my quick and easy chip fix for my polish.

 

Polish from base of nail to tip:

Julep Polish in Sandra/SpaRitual Polish in Looking Glass/SpaRitual Polish in Drop Dead Gorgeous.

 

The tips of my nail polish started to chip from all of the wear and tear I put them through. Rather than taking off my polish and starting from scratch, I decided to give them a quick fix. All it took was one coat of a deeper pink polish to not only fix the chips but also give the design a new look!

What do you do when your polish starts to chip? Do you touch it up or start from scratch?

Mindy

Julep Mystery Box!

Julep Mystery Box!

 

My Julep Mystery “It Girl” Box arrived yesterday afternoon and I was ecstatic when I saw what was inside!

 

How cute is this packaging? I felt like I was opening a present with all of the confetti and bright colored paper!

Left to right: Base coat, Rachel, Sandra, Jessica, Megan

Julep’s website said that each box would contain at least 2 bottles of nail polish and anywhere from $60 to $200 worth of product. My 5 bottles of polish have a value of $70 and it only cost me$19.99 for the box!

The colors I received were perfect. Rachel is a nice coppery brown shade, which will be great for fall, Sandra is a shimmery hot pink shade, Jessica is a very soft shade of baby blue, and Megan is a shimmery teal shade. I chose to wear the Megan shade first because I loved that it matched my computer case perfectly!

 

Another great thing about Julep polish is that it does not contain many of the harsh chemicals typically found in nail polishes. Julep’s website says, “Julep Nail Color is “4-free” and does not contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, or DBP. Our professional chip-resistant formulation is delivered via our exclusive flat brush with micro-frayed brush hairs.”

If Julep runs the Mystery Box special again I can assure you I will be first in line! 🙂

Did you order a mystery box? If so, what did you get inside? If not, do you think you’ll order one if they are offered in the future?

Mindy

Tea Time

Today’s post brings another amazing find from my double outlet trip a few weeks ago.

Dress: LOFT Outlet

I feel like I should be headed for a tea party in this colorful floral print reminiscent of a watercolor painting. This dress has a nice tailored shape and stunning colors. The beautiful ruffles and buttons at the top give it lovely detail.

Can you believe I only paid $12.77 for this dress?! This is another find from the LOFT Outlet. If you have a LOFT Outlet nearby I highly recommend making a trip. (LOFT Outlet clothing is exclusive to their outlet stores, the items aren’t on the LOFT website). The quality of their clothing is fantastic and the prices can’t be beat!

I am hoping to make another trip to the outlets soon. In my opinion, there is nothing more exciting on a shopping trip than finding high quality fashion at such a low price.

Where do you find your best clothing deals? Are you an outlet shopper too?

Enjoy your weekend!

Mindy

Tiny Polka Dots

I’m really loving my sale shorts from the LOFT Outlet. Today I paired them with this polka dot top.

 Top: Forever21 (Last season)

Shorts: LOFT Outlet

I got this top from Forever21. I’ve worn it many different ways. With jeans, shorts, skirts… it’s so versatile! I absolutely love Forever21 because their items are so reasonably price and yet they look so good.

The shorts I’m wearing have become a fabulous investment. I’ve already worn them several times, and if you remember, I bought them at a great price!

Click on the links below to check out all the different ways I’ve worn them so far!

Blue top

Tribal Print

Light Blue Floral

Do you have a favorite piece that you can never get enough of? How many different ways can you wear it?

I hope you’re all having a great week! It’s almost Friday! 🙂

Mindy

Beach Cover-up

This lovely beach cover-up is a gift from my mom.

Dress: My local Hallmark Store

Believe it or not she bought this dress at our local Hallmark Store for only $15! Our Hallmark has a corner of the store that looks like a little boutique. They sell dresses, handbags, sandals, tops, and more along with the usually cards and gifts.

The other interesting thing about this dress is that it is labeled “One size fits all”. The fabric is stretchy and the elastic waist has quite a bit of give. The fabric is incredibly soft and breathable.

I love this dress for any beach or lake trips. It is easy enough to throw on but also looks quite nice. I wouldn’t hesitate to stop at a casual restaurant for a meal after a day at the beach in this dress.The fabric won’t wrinkle if I toss it in a beach bag while I’m out in the sun. When I pull it out of the bag it looks just as good. I think it’s a great summer piece!

How do you cover up at the beach? Do you wear sundresses? Shorts?

Enjoy your afternoon!

Mindy

Cherry on Top

Today’s dress was purchased during the Forever21 sale I told you about last week.

Dress and belt: Forever21

I fell in love with this dress the second I spotted it. The price was perfect, only $14.80, plus it came with the belt I’m wearing. The best part of the dress was that it has pockets!!

I don’t know which brilliant designer recently decided that dresses should have pockets but they certainly have my respect. I have 2 other dresses with pockets and they are great. I don’t load them up or anything, but they are convenient. I usually toss my phone in the pocket. It is a nuisance to have to dig around in my purse for it when I’m off shopping or running errands. The pocket keeps it readily accessible.

Today I’m off for an acupuncture treatment then I’m spending a lazy day at home crocheting and reading a book. My crocheting project is kind of an obsession right now. Once it’s complete (I’m guessing a couple weeks from now) I’ll be sure to post pictures of it. It’s the biggest crochet project I’ve done so far.

I hope you are all having a good week so far! Halfway to the weekend! J

Mindy