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Happy Thursday! Today I am bringing you a very exciting post on some of my favorite necklaces. I love gold jewelry with an elegant amount of shimmer. It’s amazing how a simple black tee can instantly look glam with some sparkle.

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Most days I am wearing a delicate necklace like this one HERE from Katie Dean Jewelry.

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This Fantasia necklace is $65 and worth every penny. I’ve received so many compliments on how pretty it is. This necklace really catches the light and is just a beautiful little bit of shimmery goodness.

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Next up is my Slim Bar Pendant necklace from Bauble Bar. You can find necklaces similar to this one in all different price ranges, spanning up to this 14k gold stunner from AUrate HERE. Their jewelry is dreamy.

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Last is my newest necklace, also from Bauble Bar. One of the reasons I love Bauble Bar so much is their rewards system. With a sale and my rewards I snagged this show-stopper for only $15. It’s on sale for $28 HERE. I was shocked how lightweight this necklace is and unlike some statement pieces, the elaborate design isn’t irritating on my sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin…you know.

That’s all I have to report. Frost Yourself.

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If you get this reference we are friends.

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Happy National Thrift Shop day, because apparently that’s a thing! I don’t know what I’d do without my planner, especially when it comes to informing me about very important national holidays.

Quite appropriately, last weekend I was at Le Thrift in Chicago and bought a dress, so I thought I’d share!

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This dress still had the tag on it from Anthropologie! There was a sale on summer clearance items, so this $88 came out to about $14. Sold.

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I was unsure how to style this when I bought it, but knew that I loved it and could figure it out later. My friend I was shopping with also told me I should do it and we all need an enabling friend in our life.

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I ended up layering the dress over a black dress from Target, which you can grab on sale here for less than $10. Since the lace dress is from a thrift store and I can’t link it for you, I tried to find something similar. This Free People dress is normally $88 and is on sale at Nordstrom right now for $52.80. I purchased the boots during the Anniversary Sale and absolutely love them. You can purchase them here.

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If you have other ideas for how to style this dress, I’d really love to hear. Beyond this outfit, I’m stumped. Hope you all have a thrifty day!

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Welcome to Wednesday, so we all know what that means. Shabby Apple was so kind and reached out to me asking if I wanted to try out one of their dresses. With wedding season coming up, shopping for some new dresses has been on my mind.

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I wanted to style this dress two different ways to show how you can wear it to something like a wedding and also for a date night. PLUS it’s on clearance right now.

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I paired this dress with Kate Spade earrings, nude heels, and a simple clutch. This material on this dress is so comfortable and the material has a bit of a stretch to it so you don’t feel constricted like you can in other formal dresses.

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For night, slip on a leather jacket, chunky necklace, and you’re good to go. To amp up your makeup, add another coat of mascara and a little extra eyeliner.

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Now for the GIVEAWAY! You can win a $25 gift card to Shabby Apple to put toward your next dress! This giveaway is being hosted on Instagram, so click here to enter.

  1. Follow me and @shabbyapple on Instagram
  2. Like the photo I posted
  3. Leave a comment telling me your favorite look from this blog post AND tag a friend.

That’s it! Thank you so much to my friend Alex of Alexandra Lee Photography for taking all of these gorgeous photos!

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Two years! I honestly thought when I started blogging it’d be a little stint but I’m proud to say I’ve stuck with it! I never thought I’d get so many amazing opportunities blogging or meet so many wonderful girls, but I’m grateful that I have. I wanted to celebrate BB’s birthday with a little photo shoot, and things didn’t exactly go according to plan. Let me explain:

I asked my boyfriend to take pictures for me this past weekend. He was busy, I was stressed, it wasn’t ideal timing. We finally got outside to take pictures when I realized like the space cadet that I am, I didn’t charge the camera. Now we were fighting the sunset and low battery. I’m not a camera whiz so it’s hard for me to direct him as the cameraman. He was trying his best, and I so appreciate that, but it wasn’t working. The worst part about creating something is having a vision and your project not coming out how you pictured it.

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Clearly, things weren’t going well. Then, something amazing happened. We found my friend Alex, a photographer, outside taking pictures for a project. Here’s what she saw:

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Ain’t he cute? Alex took over from here and captured some amazing shots:

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What a cute cupcake

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Outfit Details (they’re disappointing, I promise):

  • Scarf, sweater, and jeans: All Gap and all unavailable. Fun fact: that scarf is 5 years old and it is still my favorite. The jeans are a little newer, they’re called the Resolution. I can’t find them online but if they come back snag them up because they are crazy comfortable.
  • Shoes: Target, also very old. I could actually use some help, anyone have some ankle boots like this that they like?
  • Jacket: Now that I can link to! I LOVE this coat. It’s not super warm but is perfect for that awkward in-between seasons stage. For reference, I have this in a Large. Any bustier than me and this definitely won’t button

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Makeup Details (there’s a lot caked on there so I’ll stick to the highlights):

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I’ve learned a lot in my second year of blogging. Mainly, just have fun. There’s a lot I want to do still and more I want to create. BB is ready for a major facelift but I think that will have to wait until after graduation. If you want, you can check out my 5 Tips for Blogging here (I look like a baby in that post) and my tips for taking iPhone pictures here.

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So little blog, Happy Birthday.

Special thank you to the boyfriend for helping, Alex for her pictures, and Kaity for my hair!

Check out Alex’s Facebook here, blog here, and her new website here!

 

Happy Monday! Today I’m bringing you a very exciting review on the company and products provided by Choix! Choix is the “makeup counter delivered to you,” which is fitting because the French name translates to “Choice” in English.

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I love subscription boxes and have reviewed a few before, so I was very excited when Choix reached out and asked if I’d like to try out some new makeup. In a nutshell, Choix let’s you try samples of high-end makeup for $5 a sample (free shipping) and if you end up purchasing the product, that $5 goes toward the product. If you want monthly boxes, it costs $20 for 5 samples and you get to choose what you get every month, which is probably the biggest advantage to Choix over other boxes. For more information, you can read up on their rewards program and other details here.

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The Packaging: The mailing box was very sturdy, so I would imagine it’d be very hard for anything to break! Very impressed right of the bat!

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The Product: The products are repackaged into sample containers just like they would be at a makeup counter for you to try. I picked out some things I’ve always wanted to try (especially the Chanel foundation) but have always been too afraid to spend the money on. I’m one of those people who feels very guilty returning a product if I don’t like it (even though most stores allow you to), so I always like to be sure about a purchase before I make it.

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The Value: First, how cute does this look? Everything was secured down in the box along with some little tools. There’s definitely enough product in each to use once, probably more.

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Here’s an up-close look at the products so you can see what you’re getting. I think I’ll be able to use all of the samples multiple times, except for the Chanel bronzer. I put the samples next to some more commonly known products for scale (the eyeshadow is Urban Decay).

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Final Thoughts: So, do I think Choix is worth the price? Yes!

I think the ideal customer for Choix is…

  • Someone who doesn’t live around a department store and can’t otherwise try samples of these products (I don’t live close to a major department store to try many of the high-end brands Choix offers)
  • Someone just getting into makeup
  • Someone who wants to give a great gift

I don’t see myself getting a box every month, but I would definitely get a Choix box if I had a wedding or big event so I could have a full face of crazy expensive makeup for only $20!

Thank you to Ellie and the Choix team for the box! Head on over to their website to drool over some Chanel, Dior, Bobbi Brown, Nars…you get the picture!