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N.Y.E.

So I'm in a slight panic about what to wear for New Year's Eve. I think I might wear cropped cuffed dark denim jeans with these shoes but I'm still at a loss for a cute top idea. I have a slinky blue tank I bought from Express that I might wear but I need a cute cardigan for it. If all else fails, I have my Maggy London v-neck little black dress that I can wear.

Choices, choices, choices. I might have to take a trip to H&M on my lunch break to see if I can come up with anything there!

Essential deal.

So I haven't bought anything "designer" in a long time but I happened to find a Kors Michael Kors black hooded jacket on clearance for under $20! The knit is not too heavy as opposed to a sweatshirt material. Besides, anything resembling a black hoodie is an essential in my book!

I'm looking forward to having this Friday off work... ChicArmoire, let me know if you'd possibly want to go get coffee?

Merry Christmas to me!

Merry christmas and happy holidays to all of my readers! I know it's been quite a few weeks since I've posted but with finishing up the end of the semester and surviving retail life during the holiday season, I haven't had much time. So here I am fulfilling family obligations of general chitter-chatter and blogging simulataneously on my iBook.

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This past week I decided to treat myself to a couple new goodies as Christmas gifts to myself.

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Steve Madden 'Seattle' Flat

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Urban Outfitters Charm Necklace

Dad got me a Target giftcard for Christmas and I've got some cash that's already burning a hole in my pocket from various relatives! I've gotten some beauty goodies as well including a pomegranate body balm, Suave Whipped Cocoa Body Wash, as well as Victoria's Secret Garden Collection Vanilla Lace Spray Eau de Toilette and Ultra-Moisturizing Hand And Body Cream. I also got a ton of socks because Christmas in my house is all about socks! Mom did get me this totally cute shopping bag charm with "<3 To Shop" on it for my charm bracelet. Overall, I'm delighted with my gifts and recent purchases!

I'm looking forward to going back to work tomorrow to get out of the house. The usual family drama issues have ensued.

A Not-So-Good Mascara Review

In the back of my mind, I always feel bad about giving bad beauty product reviews but then I remind myself that as a beauty and fashion blogger that it's part of the job description at times!

I loved the products I received in my DuWop giveaway from Beauty Addict Mag except their Lash Lacquer. The concept is a double-ended mascara with buildable coverage and a top coat to seal it. I've tried the past few days to use it and it smudges every time I use it and it doesn't make my lashes thick enough. I even attempted to use the lacquer portion on top of my Maybelline Full 'n Soft but that wasn't a fab idea either.

So my freebie is going in the trashcan... I'm too busy to constantly check to see if my mascara has smudged and that I've got 'coon eyes going on!

I ended up keeping the Old Navy skinny jeans because I can get a lot of mileage out of them with heels or cuffed with flats and after scouring the mall, I'm having a harder time finding what I want! I have tried on these Fire skinny jeans and I love them but then I'd have to deal with getting them hemmed. I know it's not that big of a deal to get them hemmed but I'm all about instant gratification when it comes down to shopping sometimes.

I hope all of you have a fabulous weekend! I'm headed to the Grand Illumination this evening and then the First Fridays art walk! I picked up this cute striped sweater by Love By Design at Dots the other day! The black and white striped sweater paired with leggings in the center of the page looks like the one I picked!