Sale Alert!

J. Crew Factory is having an in store 40-60% off sale now through Sunday! For those that live close to Chattanooga, TN, and Leeds, AL, they have stores located in each city. There is also a 30% off online sale going on now! They are always having the best sales. Never pay full price at the Factory because, more than likely, the piece your coveting will be on sale sooner or later. Here are some of the things we’re loving:

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*pictures from J. Crew Factory

February Favorites

Lily and I ventured out a tad today. She is anti-snow and after our third snow day, I am too. It is nice having a break from school, but I am ready to get back to my students and a day-to-day schedule. Very thankful for this time, though!

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~Ashley

I did not go out into the snow this time. But,  I took several pictures of my dog enjoying the snow from far away. He loved it. I, on the other hand, enjoyed the snow from the comfort of my couch. The time off has been nice; however, I am ready to get back to a daily routine and my students. I think they have forgotten what I look like! Plus, it will be nice to have a reason to put on real pants again.

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~Jess


Jess’s Favorites

Maybooks

I first heard of Maybooks a few months ago after viewing The College Prepster’s blog. She mentioned how she uses them for notes, so I had to go check them out. Maybooks are small, simplistic notebooks to help keep you organized. What’s great about them is you can personalize them, as well as, choose from different formats to fit your needs. They have tons of templates, color schemes, and monogramming to choose from, so the possibilities are endless. Maybook formats include regular notebooks, academic agendas, budget planners, meal planners, and even coloring books for the kids! They also came out with stationery. You can order you own personalized notecards, or you can buy single cards for the holidays! I personally have the notebook and budget planner. They usually run around $19, give or take a few bucks depending on the type of book you choose. However, they do have sales on occasion, so you could catch it on the cheap! Below is the academic agenda, notebook, and budget planner with pictures of the insides, respectively.

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Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette by Urban Decay

I wrote yesterday how I love Mindy Kaling and her work. She actually used to have a website where she posted products she loved and wrote about them (it’s still there but the products are gone). I was obsessed. I am not ashamed to say that I have bought at least two things because they had her backing. One item was an all-pink Adidas running shoes and the other was the Naked Eyeshadow Palette. Now, when I used to buy my shadow, I would only buy single colors. I never really understood why I would need that many colors in one palette. Well, one explanation from Mindy and I just knew I had to have it. You can create many looks from the shades and they all go together so well. Plus, when you travel, you have the colors all in one compact. My mom actually surprised me with the Naked 2 one Christmas and I absolutely love it. I will probably never go back to buying single colors. I have had the Naked 2 for about two years now. I know there is controversy over how long a person should keep certain makeup products; however, I wear contacts and have super sensitive skin, and I have not had any problems with this makeup. However, I have had to buy a single shade from Urban Decay to replace a brown color that I use all of the time. I tend to stick with neutral shades when I do my eyes, and this palette has the prettiest shades of brown and grey! My sister bought me the Naked 3 for Christmas last year and it has just as equally pretty shades of pink! This palette runs for $54 at Sephora and the Urban Decay website. I know this seems exorbitant, but I think how long it lasts and the color options make up for it.

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Ashley’s Favorites

Fitbit

 My absolute favorite thing right now is my Fitbit Charge that I got for Christmas from my awesome boyfriend! Like, I can’t leave the house without wearing it. The only time I take it off is to bathe. It keeps up with the steps you take, calories burned, distance, and floors climbed. It also has the date and time, so I rarely wear a watch anymore. Plus, it has caller ID! It will vibrate and show the caller’s name or number! All you do is download the (free) Fitbit app, and it will sync everything to your phone. The app keeps up with your sleep activity, active minutes, and you can even add in your calorie intake, start a food plan AND connect with friends who have a Fitbit as well! The possibilities are endless! My students at school are always asking me, “How many steps have you taken today? How many miles have you gone so far today?” It’s pretty amazing at the number of steps I take just at school. They always like to hear my stats. 

Now, you do need to know that if you are on a treadmill, or a machine that you need to hold on to while being active, the Fitbit will not keep up with your stats (learned that from a fellow friend who also has a Fitbit). However, all you have to do is attach it to your shoe. So, when I go to my spin class, I simply clasp it through one of my velcro straps on my spin shoes and ta-da! I’m good to go! To make things even better, I posted a link below that shows ways of how to earn some money just for having a Fitbit or any other activity tracker device! You’re welcome! 

http://www.pennypinchinmom.com/make-money-fit-bit-activity-tracker/

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Seriously my best friend. Can’t live without it. This thing has changed my life (well, mostly my hair). Curling irons worked “okay” on my hair, but, ironically, the curls would never hold when I used one. My hair is naturally curly. I’ve always hated it. Anyone else out there with naturally curly hair will understand. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked, “Is your hair naturally curly?” or my fave, “Do you have a brush I could use?” The answers are: “unfortunately, yes.” and “nope, never really had a reason to own one.” Can you imagine what a bunch of curls would look like if you took a brush to them?! Well, it wouldn’t be very attractive I’ll tell you that. I think the saying, “people always want what they can’t have” went very well for my hair. People always seem to want my curly hair but I want their straight hair! Well, now that my wand is in my life, I can say that the saying no longer applies to me. Oh, AND mine isn’t even a big expensive one. Mine was actually my sister’s that she let me use one time, and I just never gave it back. Pretty sure it came from Wal-mart. It’s at least a couple years old and still going strong! Hail to the wand! 🙌Here she is! It comes with a glove but I only used it maybe twice. I’ve only burned myself maybe once. I’m a pro now.

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Thursday Book Talk: Amy, Mindy, and Tina

If you were to randomly ask me, “If you had to choose, who would be your celebrity best friend?” I would say, “Obviously, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling.” DUH. I love these women. They are as smart as they are hilarious. So, I was super excited to read all of their books.

I currently finished reading Amy Poehler’s book, Yes Please. Let me tell you, I love Parks and Recreation. I literally have watched nothing but this show from Saturday until Tuesday night. Leslie Knope is the most awesome woman. She’s smart, has political savvy, and the most passionate friend. Amy dedicates part of her book to the Parks and Rec cast, which for me was great to read. She also offers life advice and details her personal life quite candidly. I will say Amy is not as like Leslie Knope as I would hope, but she is still awesome.

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My favorite out of the three is Mindy Kaling’s, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? This is a quick, fun read, where I found myself literally laughing out loud at some of the things she wrote. The whole book chronicles her early life to her time on The Office and after. She has this quick, dry humor that I admire and love so much. In her book, Mindy talks about “Best Friend Rights and Responsibilities,” which serves as a “best friend code of conduct.” One of her codes: “I will hate and re-like people for you. But you can’t get mad if I can’t keep track (Kaling 84).” Now, which one of us has not done this for a best friend at least once in his or her lifetime! I definitely recommend this read for any fan of The Office, The Mindy Project, or just dry humor in general.

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Tina Fey’s book, Bossypants, is the first one that I read out of the three several years ago, and it was more than I thought it would be. I must admit; I was not a big Tina Fey fan until I read her book. It completely changed my outlook on her. It included funny anecdotes of her life, which if memory serves me right, I found relatable. Like the others, she talks about her early life and how she got involved in comedy. Tina also goes into her life on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. One thing that sticks out to me is her passage on friendship with Amy Poehler (Amy also writes about Tina in her book). I love this friendship and how supportive they are of one another.

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Has anyone else read these three books? What did you think?

~Jess

I’m about to start reading Lena Dunham’s book, Not That Kind of Girl, or The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. What are your thoughts on these books?

Also, don’t forget to check out our book list!

Sale Alert!

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*picture taken from The College Prepster through pinterest

“As far as I’m concerned, leopard is a neutral” – Jenna Lyons, President and Executive Creative Director of J. Crew. According to Jenna, leopard print is an essential part of any wardrobe. I love adding leopard print pieces to my outfits.

Well coincidentally, I just stumbled across these fabulous leopard print rain boots from J. Crew! They are 40% off which makes them $36 (very budget friendly)! With all of the snow northern Alabamians got yesterday, we already have the perfect excuse for this purchase 😉 Happy shopping!

~Ashley

 

Other leopard print styles:

Splurge option: here, here, here, and here

Thrifty option: here, here, and here

Wednesday Wardrobe: Cozy Pajamas

A snow day with no snow. Every woman’s dream. Or at least, this woman’s dream. Personally, I have grown tired of the “devil’s dandruff” and am ready be in some warm sun.

Today, we decided to show how we do s(no)w day wear. Our “Wednesday Wardrobe” consists of the matching pajamas. I love these navy plaid pajamas from J.Crew Factory. My sister actually gave these to me for Christmas. I have never bought myself matching pajamas before, but these are the “bee’s knees.” They are really comfortable, and if I could wear them to work and get away with it I would.

Sorry for the lack of pajamas shown in the pic. One girl can only do so much.

Sorry for the lack of pajamas shown in the pic. One girl can only do so much.

Similar J.Crew Factory pajamas here.

P.S. even though they are kinda pricey on the website, the Factory is always having sales, and if you play your cards right, you can find a sale plus free shipping!

~Jess

Lily and I are waiting on the “Connecticut confetti” to get here! I’m staying in my new pj’s (that I got on clearance from Victoria’s Secret) all day. I also have my favorite (not coffee because I don’t drink it. It’s either full of tea or Pepsi most of the time. Weird, I know) mug from Anthropologie and my latest read, “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart. Throw in Pinterest and Netflix and it will be a good day!

Does it get any better than this?

Does it get any better than this?

Victoria’s Secret pajamas here.

~Ashley

For your amusement, please enjoy this SNL clip on last year’s “snowpocalypse.” It cracks us up every time.