Recently I've bought several great items and I love them so much that I knew I had to share them with you guys. I also recently re-fell-in-love with Asos and bought a ton of items from them. Sprucing up my apartment has been a pretty big priority too, of late. I want it to feel like home instead of just another apartment and it's safe to say it's on its way. :) Aaaand my newfound skincare routine & products are the bomb. Whew. This post includes a lot... deep breaths. Happy shopping!
I've been on a Asos kick as of late. I've also been kind of worried about what I'm going to wear to all of the weddings we have coming up this year so I took matters into my own hands and snatched up some dresses. I bought this Asos black & white gingham dress for just $35 and am in love with it. It'll be perfect for any season and could wear it to a more casual wedding, get-together, or work. I bought this Asos black OTS dress for $23 (steal!) and could wear it anywhere.
I've also been on the lookout for a new pair of black pants that would be appropriate for work but also appropriate for other things and I found this perfect pair on - guess where - Asos. They're the perfect fit and true to size; I love the slouchy look to them. Also, I'm not that big into shorts, but in Kentucky you can't really wear pants in the summer unless you want to sweat to near death, so when I saw denim skirts come back in style I pounced. I bought this basic denim skirt on Asos and can't wait to wear it all summer. Oh, the middle school nostalgia.
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I have quite the obsession with anything & everything vintage. Every time I'm in my hometown, I either go with my dad or my mom to a vintage store or peddlers mall. We love it. About a month ago I went vintage shopping with my dad and bought a sander (hello DIY projects!) and some jars for my dresser to put little flowers in. My most recent purchase, however, is the most adorable chair. I got it at a store called Useful Things located in a little area called High Grove, Kentucky. The owners of the store go to estate sales all over the state and bring back some of the most unique items. Some they refurbish but some they sell as is. I bought the below chair for $29 - a steal! - and have since put it in the reading nook in my living room. Since this chair is probably one-of-a-kind at this point, you can find similar ones here & here.
In the past couple of weeks I've also depleted Home Goods' selection of sale items. I bought a set of yellow pillows for the couch (similar here), a tray for the coffee table (similar here), and a little set of faux flowers since I kill all the real ones (similar here). I'd also been looking for some coffee table books and snagged a couple good ones on Impressionism & Monet from Half Price Books at around the same time (check them out here & here). My house is finally coming together, guys!
In the past I haven't been big on skincare (don't hate me) but recently I got some samples from Clinique and absolutely love the way they make my face feel. I have weird skin (blemish-prone & dry) but when I added the skincare products my face cleared and continues to feel fresh.
I got into the habit of doing a skincare routine on most nights and start by using this Rinse-Off Foaming Facial Cleanser in the shower. It refreshes and makes my face feel brand new. Then, when my face is dried after I shower, I add Smart Night Custom-Repair Moisturizer that works overnight to moisturize and repair the day's damage. Lastly, I end with a mask called Moisture Surge Overnight Mask. It feels kind of like overkill when I initially put it on but when I wake up my face feels so clean and moisturized. It's crazy how different your skin can feel by just adding a few simple products.
I also recently bought E.L.F. face primer. I'm a cheapskate and wanted a primer but didn't want to spend too much money on it. Luckily, being a cheapskate paid off this time. I've spent tons of money on primers from Mary Kay or Clinique and they haven't lived up to the price tag. This E.L.F. Blemish Control Primer is actually awesome and super affordable at only $5.99 at Target. It helps my foundation last all day and I can honestly tell a difference when I wear it and when I don't. I also recently found out through one of my favorite bloggers, Fashion Veggie, that E.L.F. products are animal cruelty free, and include no animal byproducts. Score!
Lastly, with my surge in purchases I needed somewhere to put all of them. I picked up this adorable bicycle makeup bag from Target to hold all of my goodies and I'm obsessed with it.
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Needless to say, after the past couple of weeks of intense shopping, I'm broke. But my spring wardrobe is rounding out nicely (still have plans to buy more stuff, oops), my skincare routine has improved drastically, and my house actually feels like a home. Good stuff.
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