The Classic Brunette

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Spring Wishlist $25 And Under

Beach Babe ClutchPink Pom Pom Dress | Teal Ombre Earrings | Blush Tassel/Crystal Earrings | Dusty Rose Tassel EarringsFlute Sleeve Open Back Top | Black & White Striped Ruffle Top | Distressed Denim Shorts | Rose Gold Tote | Turquoise Seaglass Necklace | Denim Pom Pom Top | White Pom Pom Trim Bell Sleeve Top | Flamingo Clutch | Striped Bell Sleeve Top | Fringe Pom Sandals | Blue One Shoulder Ruffle Dress | Lemon Crossbody | Pink Espadrilles | Basic Brown Sandal | Ombre Pink Drop Earrings |

Spring is finally here! I know, technically its been here for like two weeks already, but I'm finally just starting to believe it. The weather has been so nice these past few days, and I've been breaking out all the off the shoulder tops and sandals! Spring is always my favorite season in terms of fun fashion, because it's always full of bright colors and fun accessories. But like anyone else in college, I don't exactly have the budget to be spending a lot on clothes. So I've rounded up all my favorite clothes and accessories that are $25 and under so that you can have all the fun of spring trends without breaking the bank!

One of my favorite items that I found is this pink lace pom pom dress for only $24! I think this dress might be my favorite dress of the season, because it's so fun and feminine. And for the price I'm not afraid to buy a trendy piece like this, however I think that the pom poms are pretty subtle anyway. I'm so excited to add this to my closet.Speaking of pom poms I was also thrilled when I saw this white bell sleeved top with colorful pom poms! With the bell sleeves and the off the shoulder details, this is going to be such a great blouse for the warmer months. I'm thinking this top would be great for a beach day if you paired it with denim shorts.

I've also been obsessed with Baublebar's new line at Target! Their accessories are so pretty, and way less expensive than the stuff from the Baublebar website. I picked out a few favorites like these Teal Ombre Earrings that are so perfect for spring.

What are your favorite trends for spring?

Monday, March 27, 2017

VII Code Oxygen Eye Mask Review

Am I the only college student who doesn't get enough sleep? I'm laughing just writing that question, because of course I'm not! I think one of the worst things for my beauty routine is my lack of adequate sleep. If I'm not up working on school stuff, I'm editing photos or writing blog posts. All these long nights constantly leave me with bags or dark circles. If you've ever had dark circles, you know just how hard they are to get rid of!

I was given the opportunity to test out this overnight oxygen eye mask from VII Code and I've found that it is a great treatment for my dark circles! This mask is an 8 hour overnight treatment, which is something that I haven't seen with any other sheet mask. It's a gel based mask which makes for a very nice cooling effect when you put it on. Although I guess you could wear the mask during the day if you're planning on having an 8 hour long at home spa day, it's easiest just to wear the mask overnight and let it do its magic. It's as easy as putting on the mask and going to sleep, literally. The gel is sticky, so it's best to get the positioning right on the first try (so you don't waste any of the serum), however I didn't have any issues with repositioning if I put them on wrong.

Since I have sensitive eyes, the mask was a little uncomfortable at first because I wasn't used to the cooling effect of the gel. However after about a half hour my face/eyes adjusted to having it on and I actually found the gel to be pretty soothing as I fell asleep. You're supposed to start seeing results after a full treatment of the mask which is 2/3 times a week for three boxes worth, however I've seen results after my first use! Obviously my circles didn't completely disappear, but the area underneath my eyes was less sunken in and a little brighter after one night with the mask on.

Although I'm hoping to fix my sleeping habits and fix my dark eye circles on a more permanent level, I think this eye mask will do the trick for now!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Grad Announcement Photos And Grad Gift Guide With Minted

As if I haven't said it enough on the blog, I'm graduating from college this semester! I took these graduation announcement photos last week before my spring break (which I'm on right now, hallelujah!) and I am so happy with how they turned out. Also, since she doesn't get enough credit, let me just shout out my best friend/roommate/TCB photographer Steph for always being there to shoot with me! Especially for this shoot since I made her get up before 7am... You're the best, Steph!

I'm thrilled, terrified, and just plain in awe that I'm already graduating (more about my thoughts on that in this post). Only a few more months and I'll be done with school! Seriously this past year has flown by, and although I'm sad I'll be done with college, at the same time I'm SO excited to graduate! I'll be sharing the final grad announcement design once I get them in the mail, but until then I'll just be admiring my photos, haha!

I also wanted to take this opportunity to share some of my favorite gifts for grads, as the time before graduation will definitely pass faster than you think! I've collaborated with Minted to bring you some great gifts for the grads in your life to help them either start their new 'adult' life or to help them create special memories of college. It may seem a little early to be sharing graduation gifts, but I just want to make sure that if you order something more personalized, it will allow enough time to be delivered! I've gathered a few of my favorite picks below!
Gold Foil Wall Art | Rosé Print | Class of 2017 Photo Art | Gold Graduate Print | Cinque Terre Print | Personalized Pink Lace Stationary | Personalized Gold Pattern Stationary | Abstract Painting Print |

Minted has a huge variety of prints and art pieces that are the perfect gift to give a grad to start their new adult life! Many students move into their first "real" places after graduating, so offering a beautiful art print is a great way to help them get started! You can choose from something sophisticated like an abstract painting, or go with something more fun and whimsical like this Rosé print (my personal fave!). Or you can go with a more personalized piece like a gold foil city map. There are tons of cities to choose from, and if your grad has a connection to a certain city, I think that would be such a sweet gift to give. I ordered a New Orleans map for myself because the city has been a huge part of my college memories! I studied 'abroad' there for a few weeks during my sophomore year, and am writing my senior thesis on New Orleans Voodoo, so I wanted to commemorate my love for the city in some way.

Speaking of memorable places, if your grad is more into photographs you can gift them a beautiful photo of their favorite place. For example if they studied abroad in Italy they might enjoy a photo of the Cinque Terre coastline (above) or a photo of a beautiful town in Tuscany. Another great option is to give a photo of the grad, or even form photos into a memorable piece of art like the Class of 2017 one above! If art or photography aren't your grad's thing, stationary is another great gift that they probably won't think to buy for themselves!

Do you have a grad in your life?

This post was not monetarily sponsored by Minted, however I did receive free product in exchange for posting my honest opinions!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Introducing Khaleesi...

Here she is! The newest little addition to my household is finally here, and to say I'm obsessed with this little cutie is an understatement. Khaleesi (her name, and yes it's from Game of Thrones 😉 ) is a blue merle australian shepherd puppy and is a little over 2 months old. Although she's my roommate's dog, I've definitely had a lot of the responsibility for her these past few days! But my roommate gets overnight duty where she deals with the crying, so I'm thankful I don't have to deal with that. I just get all the play time, cuddles, and the occasional bathroom mess. 

Sometimes I just catch myself staring at her because she's too cute to even be real! But then she reminds me of her flaws when she pees on the floor, potty training is very difficult, haha! In the end though she is so worth all the trouble, and is the most cuddly pup you will ever meet. She is so sweet, barely makes a peep unless she's playing tug of war, and loves to be held. It's so funny to watch her bounce around, chew on her toys, and then slump over into a nap (did I mention she LOVES to nap??) My favorite thing though is to watch her go upstairs, because she gets so confused as how to get down! 

Australian Sheperds are super smart dogs, so training has already been pretty easy for her as well. She's very good at 'sit' and is slowly recognizing her name. Now if only she could learn where to go to the bathroom...

Do you have a pet? Did you ever potty train a puppy? If so I would love any tricks and tips!! Also you can follow Khaleesi on Instagram if you want to keep updated with tons of cute photos!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Instagram Lately

Hope you're all having a great Monday! This Instagram roundup is long overdue, and is coming at a great time because just came out with their new app that makes it SO much easier to shop my Instagrams! I for one am not a fan of getting emails from (anyone else hate extra emails?) so being able to screenshot images and have them all saved in one app is great. You can download the app here, sign up, and screenshot away! I included some simple instructions below just in case you're still confused!
I've been using the app myself (because I too shop via Instagram sometimes, haha!) and I love that everything is in one place. It makes things so much easier, and it really doesn't take much effort on my part to screenshot an image! It's also easier for me because my phone is a HOT MESS. I have so many photos of random things, and I used to just screenshot photos from Instagram that I loved and wanted to save for later, but would never be able to find them with how many images I have. So this is also just incredibly convenient if you're like me. If you've downloaded the app let me know what you think of it! Okay, now onto the actual Insta photos!

 Outfit post for this photo HERE

Shoes [Shade: Taupe]

Top | Jeans | Monogram Necklace | Bracelets (currently all on sale!!): 1 2 3 (use code SAMIMAST15 for 15% off)

What would you like to see more of on my Instagram?
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