The Classic Brunette: October 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Best Gifts For Your Sorority Little!

Long time, no talk! Hey lovelies I'm back from my little break. Midterms are (almost) over, and I'm ready to get back to my normal life, which includes blogging! Over the past few weeks I've had many things happen, and can't wait to share with you all. 

One of the things that happened was that I got a little in my sorority (I'm in Alpha Gamma Delta btw)! I never thought I would be super excited to be a big, because I didn't think I would find someone who I thought would get along with me so well. I was wrong. One of our new members is basically a carbon copy of me, we even have the same major, and with history that's something that doesn't normally happen, and we had class together so we were talking constantly. After lots of worrying whether someone else was going to take her, I got paired with her! And then the threat and stress of spoils week was upon me. 

My roommate also got a little, so we started crafting like crazy and making numerous trips to the dollar store to add more to our gifts. Our spoils week is 5 days long, so I started my gifts small and went progressively larger. I'll show you guys what I gave my little and then give you some more ideas at the end of the post!

Day 1 Theme: Holidays


I bought this ornament at the dollar store, and then decorated it with glitter! It was super easy to make, and easy to design with your own letters!


For each day I added a balloon with hints inside to help her guess who I am. Of course I lied on a few of them just to trick her... 

Other things I added to this day were a hat in the shape of a turkey (her favorite holiday is Thanksgiving!), a water bottle, a mason jar full of candy for Halloween, and a set of pearl earrings and necklace because they are Alpha Gamma Delta's "gem." 

Day 2 Theme: Alpha Gam Essentials


In Alpha Gam we have a thing called The Purpose, and it is basically how we have specific ways in which we try to lead our lives. I repurposed a frame that my big gave me, keeping the purpose that she made for me, and replacing the one in the frame with one I made for my little. I also passed down a set of rose pens that have been in my "family" to my little. Roses are Alpha Gam's flower, and I loved when my big gave them to me! I also gave her a cute little piggy bank to help her save money for the sorority's dues. My roommate and I also baked cookies in the shape of squirrels (AGD's mascot) and I also gave her a set of hair ties and sour candy!

Day 3 Theme: Girl's Night In


This is by far the easiest gift to get together for your little! Gather up some manicure and pedicure supplies, some apple cider, some magazines, your favorite movies (I gave her a four pack of rom coms that just happened to have two of my favorite movies in it! Bride Wars and What's Your Number!). Some of the items in my basket were also hints to who I am. I gave her a cat stuffed animal because I love cats, some British cookies because my mom is from England, some Starbucks because it has become an obsession ever since we got one on campus, and for the magazine I picked one with Emma Roberts on the cover because I've been obsessed with watching Scream Queens!

Day 4 Theme: Disney






It's an unspoken rule that if you go to Chapman, you have to love Disney. With it being 15 minutes from campus, it's kind of hard not to. I did most of my crafts for this day, and I have to say, I'm extremely proud of how these turned out! I'm thinking about making a separate post on a tutorial for the minnie mouse canvas, thoughts? I struggled on what to put my gifts in most of the week, but found this cute box at Ross for less than $5! Michaels was also having a sale on baskets, so the two baskets that I used for Day 3 and Day 5 were also less than $5! 

Day 5 Theme: Victorias Secret/Pink




I went all out on the last day with basically every pink thing that I could find. One of my little's favorite colors is pink, and thank god because I had already collected an obscene amount of stuff for that day. I made her a tie blanket (super easy Pinterest tutorial!), glitter letters, candles, lip balm, lotion, and lots more! Gathering gifts that are your littles favorite color is a simple way to make a themed basket!

Here are some other gift ideas that are perfect for your sorority little!




Also, don't forget to check out my post on Sorority Recruitment!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A Quick Post

I'm incredibly busy this week what with midterms and it being spoil week for my sorority, so I just wanted to apologize for not posting! I'm basically going to be taking this week off to get my life together haha. 

In the mean time, here are are a few cool links to keep you busy!






Also congratulations to Alyssa who won my giveaway! Woohoo! 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Kate Spade Sale

Kate Spade is one of my favorite designers, and right now they're having an extra 25% off sale on their existing sale items! 




The sale goes until October 12th! What are your favorites?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

How To Get Free Preppy Stickers + Giveaway

Have you ever looked at someone's laptop and noticed it was covered in super cute stickers? Ever wonder where they got those stickers? Well wonder no more! I did a little research, emailed a lot of people, and filled out a lot of requests, and have come up with a list of places that will send you some!



I've linked to each website's sticker request form if they have one, otherwise I've linked to the company's contact page! You don't have to send any self-addressed envelopes for these ones!

Makai Clothing (Email on the page)
Southernly Stated (Also use the code TheClassicBrunette10 to get 10% off!)

Some of these places I filled out sticker request forms, and others I simply emailed the company asking if they had some stickers so I could represent their company. I only asked companies that I was truly interested in their merchandise, because otherwise it's not really fair for the company to be giving you something. 

I'm going to help one of you get started on your collection by giving one of you a few of my own stickers! Just enter the giveaway below(US residents only)! The winner will be announced next Wednesday.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Show me where you put your new stickers by tagging me on Instagram @samimast

Monday, October 5, 2015

What's In My Makeup Bag




I've wanted to do one of these posts for a while. I love creeping on what other people have in their makeup bags, and I wanted to share mine. Go ahead, get your creep on. Makeup is something I love to experiment with, although I never seem to go that far out of my comfort zone. As I've said before, I don't really wear face makeup, just because when I do I always feel paranoid about clogging my pores. But what I do love are my mascaras (I swear I hoard them!) and any kind of lip product! I have more than this in my makeup bag, because I basically keep everything I own in there, but for this post I decided to show what I use the most. 

I put the Urban Decay Naked Palette first because I use it every single day, and second, I really just don't use any other eyeshadow...ever. That's how good it is. When I bought the palette it came with a tiny bottle of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer, and I obviously fell in love with that too. I don't always use it (mostly because I'm lazy), but when I do it makes my eyeshadow more pigmented and lasts longer!

Want to know the best drugstore mascara in the world? I've tried so many mascaras over the years, and nothing compares to Maybelline's Falsies Volume Mascara. I have pretty long lashes to begin with, but the formula in this mascara somehow makes them longer, and with more volume. It's called falsies for a reason! I absolutely love it, and couldn't recommend it more!

In my favorite Chapstick post I've talked about how much I love this Lemon Lip Balm, and I always have like 6 tubes of it at a time. I have a few other lip colors on here that are my go-to's when I want to add a little extra to my makeup look. NARS Heat Wave is one of my favorites; it's an orange-red that goes with everyone's skin tone (haven't seen it look bad on someone yet!), and is a good mix from your typical red lip. Sephora's birthday gift this year was a set of NARS lip pencils, and one of them is now my favorite neutral lip color! It's called Rikugien, and I always use it for when I'm off to class! And finally I have my favorite YSL Fuchsia lipstick!

I've been a little obsessed with doing my eyebrows lately, and in my Boxycharm a few months ago I received an eyebrow brush and this Brow Trio from Bodyography. I'm so in love with it it's insane. I use the darkest color, and it blends in perfectly to add shape and color to the places that need a little extra help. I use the brush to get a little on there (trust me, a little goes a long way here!) and basically draw what I want my eyebrow to look like. I didn't know how good my eyebrows could look until I used this! Another positive about this little trio, it can be used as both eyeshadow and eyeliner as well!

What are your makeup essentials that I should check out? Tell me in the comments!
 
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