Wednesday, January 30, 2013

favorite frugal finds : splendid boots

favorite frugal finds #2

Thanks to a seriously fantastic giveaway I won, I had a gift card to Shopbop. I had never gotten anything at there, so I was incredibly excited to choose something special. I wound up picking some really cute boots by Splendid.


They're the Long Beach Booties in latte if you want to get your own! Also adorable in black.



I'm having a little trouble styling them.. just not sure what to wear with them! Maybe skinny jeans? If you have any ideas, please leave me a comment!

Original Price $148.00
Sale Price $103.60
My Price $82.88 
(thanks to an additional 20% off)
That's 44% off!

Plus you can get 2% cash back from Ebates (please use my referral link if you need to sign up!). 


x Hilary




Saturday, January 26, 2013

favorite frugal finds : anthro perfume

If you've read, well, any of my posts, you know a few things about me...
1. I love to shop.
2. I am a poor graduate student.
3. Numbers 1 and 2 don't work very well together.
4. Because of number 3, it's important I score good deals. Always.
So I decided to start a new series that I will maybe try to continue. And with that, I introduce you to...

favorite frugal finds

So for my first entry in the series, we have a great find from Anthropologie. A few weeks ago, I stopped by a store in Houston and snagged this wonderful perfume... Hamarikyu Gardens by Marypierre.  


According to the website, this perfume is green tea-inspired, featuring sweetened lemon and bergamot zest, verbena and the softest amber. I love it because it's super fresh and light. It's fairly long-lasting, as well, and overall I'm so glad I found it!

So, what was my impressive discount?

Original Price $48.00
Sale Price $29.95
My Price $20.96 
(thanks to an additional 30% off!)
That's 56% off!

It's currently $29.95 on the website, but maybe you can still find it in stores if you're interested! I should've snagged a few for gifts, I think.

x Hilary


Friday, January 18, 2013

how to: filter blog comments & clear your inbox

Is your inbox filled with comments from your blog?
Well, aren't you popular.
I kid, I kid. It's a good problem to have, but it does mean it's hard to see other important email (like that overdue credit card bill... oops!). 
Here's how to fix your problem in a few easy steps.
**If you mess up, it's semi-easy to fix it! Just go to the little gear under your pretty picture (top right), click Settings, then go to the Filters tab and edit or delete the entire filter! You can also edit your labels by clicking on the down arrow when you hover over each (in the left hand column), then click edit or remove label.**

And that's it! Let me know if you have any questions. Hope this helps!

x Hilary

P.S. See any problems with the above tutorial? Did it work for you? Please leave me a comment!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

it's an honor just to be nominated

I won't lie to you, I love entering giveaways. I love getting things in the mail, and if they're free? Even better. So in the process of entering giveaways, I've wound up following a bunch of interesting bloggers on Twitter. It's always nice to interact with random people on the internet, right? Anyway, one of those bloggers is Rebekah at All That Glitters. She chose me (and several other bloggers) to pass on the "Liebster Award." It seems that it is kind of like those old Myspace surveys I used to love, so I decided to go ahead and do it because I just know that you, dear reader, are so interested in hearing about me.

Anyway, here we go. 

The Rules:
This award is given to new or up and coming bloggers who have less fewer than 200 followers (I'm sorry, the grammar queen in me had to fix that)...the award is then passed along to other bloggers in the same category to help spread the word and support one another.

1. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.
3. Choose 11 new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the award to and link them in your post.
4. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.
5. No tag backs.

Random Facts:
1. My favorite store is Fossil, but I probably have the most clothing from Urban Outfitters.
2. If I weren't pursuing a career in clinical psychology, I would be an event planner. (Slash open my own store with my photography, jewelry, garlands, and other artists' cute stuff slash have a super popular blog, of course.)
3. My lips are constantly chapped despite persistent lip balm application (why, lips, why?!).
4. I ran my first 5k last year.
5. I have an annual Halloween party. I think this year will be the 8th one!
6. I watch a lot of bad TV.
7. I can't walk in heels, and I love to wear boots.
8. The first time I saw snow on the ground, my brother and I tried to build a snowman. Unfortunately, we didn't know that you have to roll the snowball in the snow to make it bigger. (We were really little, okay?! And native Texans..)
9. At-home DDR was one of my favorite activities in middle school (and maybe high school... it was so long ago, it's hard to remember).
10. I went to Disney World during spring break my senior year of undergrad, and my friend Allie and I went on pretty much every ride (that we wanted to go on, anyway).
11. My boyfriend refuses to let me dress my cat Boudreaux (which didn't stop me from putting angel wings on him for Halloween). 

More Questions?!:
1. What is your favorite nail polish color? Metro Chic by OPI for Sephora.. it's kind of grayish purple.. and the shiny teal that's on my toes from my last pedicure!
2. What is your favorite season? Definitely fall.
3. Do you like Instagram or Pinterest better? Why? That's like apples and oranges.. I can't pick!
4. What was/is your favorite subject in school? I guess I liked language arts/English? In undergrad, I liked psychology obviously.
5. Lipgloss, lipstick, or neither? I'm just starting to get into wearing lip color! Right now it's mostly tinted balms.
6. What are your favorite types of blogs to read? Beauty, lifestyle, etc. I like fashion blogs the most, followed by lifestyle, I suppose?
7. What is your favorite pattern? (chevron, polka dots, etc.) Love polka dots.
8. Have you ever made anything from Pinterest? If so, what was it? I've made a bunch of recipes and a few crafts. You can see some of them on my tried and liked it board.
9. Would you rather drink coffee or tea? I don't really drink either. I love frappucinos from Starbucks and iced mochas. 
10. What is your all time favorite movie? My favorite used to be Garden State.. I like The Darjeeling Limited, Stupid, Crazy, Love, and The Brothers Bloom a lot, too! 
11. Do you watch reality TV? If so, what shows? I semi-hate to admit it, but I am addicted to The Bachelor franchise. It all started Ashley Hebert's season, when a guy my friend had dated briefly and that I had met was going on the show, and I wanted to see how he would do!

Your Questions:
1. What's your favorite restaurant?
2. What's your most used smartphone app?
3. Do you have a TV show you especially look forward to every week?
4. Have you ever responded to an ad on Craigslist?
5. What's your favorite recipe?
6. What's your favorite blog? (Not your own!)
7. Do you watch the Bachelor? Who's your favorite on this season?
8. Which state is your favorite?
9. What's your favorite beauty product?
10. Have you ever bought anything on Etsy? What was it?
11. Have you been overseas?

The Blogs:

And that's all I really feel like doing for now.. maybe I'll find some more later and update this!

x Hilary