The Classic Brunette: 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Ultimate Affordable Guide To The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

Apologies for the delay in posts, you'll see why I took a little break on Monday's post but long story short is that I graduated from college! I won't dwell too long on that here, because like I said there will be more on that in my next blog post. I decided to write this post on the Nordstrom sale first as I didn't want you all to miss out on the great deals! There are so many things that sell out at the sale if you don't start shopping within the first few days, and I wanted to gather all the good stuff in one place for you all!

I've chosen my overall favorites for each category below! Now go on and grab those deals!

Dresses, Rompers, & Jumpsuits (ALL UNDER $100!)
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Shop all dresses here:

Tops (ALL UNDER $50!)
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Shop all tops here:

Shoes (ALL UNDER $55!)
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Shop all shoes here:

Accessories (MOST UNDER $150!)
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Shop all accessories here:

Now remember the sale only goes until the 4th and things sell out quickly, so act fast! I would love to see what's on your wish list for this sale!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Couture Gift Collection

Phew! It has been a long week since I've had a new post up! As you probably assumed, I've been busy getting everything ready for my graduation coming up this Sunday. I decided to take a brief break from the blogging world just to make sure I have everything together for the big day! But don't worry I'm back and will be blogging as per usual from now on!

This weekend I came home and spent the weekend with my family for Mother's Day and it was nice to just relax and not think about anything for a few days! I'm lucky that this semester I don't have any 'real' finals to study for, I only have a few short papers to write. So I could afford to take these few days off! Also for all of you who are moms out there, I want to wish you all a belated happy Mother's Day! 

I know the holiday is over and the official 'gift-giving' time has passed, but I was just introduced to hands down THE BEST gift giving business. The Couture Gift Collection is an amazing luxury gift package service that makes shopping for your next gift fun, exciting, and so simple. Basically what every gifting experience should be! Each one of their gift packages is filled with goodies, including some designer brands like Kate Spade and Diptyque. There are so many types of baskets that they have available on their site from birthday and holiday packages to a little something "just because."
Each gift is curated specifically for each client, which makes it much more individualized and special. I love that Sharon, the owner of Couture Gift, and everyone at the company are so passionate about making a unique basket that fits the needs and style of the client! And from the package I received, I can 100% confirm that they are amazing at their jobs!

I opened up this basket and nearly screamed because of how perfect it was. I was actually jumping for joy because of my excitement and I hadn't even looked past the Diptyque mini candles. When I looked at each individual product in the package I just was over the moon. This is honestly one of the best things I have ever received in my life, and I want to order a million of these for everyone to make people understand my joy. Even though I photographed everything above I'll list everything I got in my package to make you understand how unbelievable this box is. A Kate Spade cosmetic bag, two small Kate Spade notebooks, two mini Diptique candles, a Voluspa candle, two geode/gem paperweights/decor pieces, a Fresh moisturizer cream, Sugarfina champagne bubbles gummies, a wildfox sleep mask, an original beauty blender, a Deborah Lippman nail polish, a Lavanila vanilla rollerball perfume, a set of Emi Jay hair ties, Frog Prince Blush from Lipstick Queen, and a gold lipstick from Lipstick Queen.Each item is so accurately in line with me and my aesthetic, and I'm convinced that there could not have been a more perfect package for me out there!

Like I said, I know Mother's Day just ended, but that doesn't mean it's time to stop giving gifts! There are always birthdays, holidays, and special occasions on the way and it's never too early to think about a fun little gift! Although Couture Gift loves to have a bit of time to prepare the ultimate gift experience, they're also available for same day turnaround if you ever get in a jam and need an amazing gift fast! As I explained earlier, they have a variety of gifts and products available on their site and they have gifts for men, women, and children and have a options to fit pretty much every budget. If a basket itself isn't what you're searching for, they also have a number of individual products on their site that you can purchase!

What would be in your dream Couture Gift Collection package?

I received free product from the Couture Gift Collection in exchange for posting my honest opinions! Thank you for supporting the brands that support The Classic Brunette!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Affordable Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day is less than two weeks away! These past few weeks have been moving so fast, so in a blink it will already be here! I wanted to put together some sweet gifts for all those loving mothers out there, just in case y'all aren't having any luck! Of course all mothers are different and won't appreciate the same things, but I searched around and hopefully one of these gifts will be the perfect surprise for your mom this year. :) 

I wanted to make sure that everyone could get their mother something perfect, so all these gifts are under $100, with most being WAY under that! The cute lemon tumbler is the cheapest thing in the bunch coming in at just over $12! Such a steal! I also love the idea of giving a gift set because it's a little more bang for your buck and your mom gets a little something extra than just one item. And who doesn't love multiple gifts? Also I couldn't resist putting that 'Best Mom Ever' desk sign, because it just so happens that I have one that says 'Ask Me About My Cats'. Obviously I'm a crazy cat lady, no surprise there. But when I saw it came in a more Mother's Day friendly option I went for it! 

I think it's also awesome to get mom something a little more on the practical side for Mothers Day. But I hate when practical leads to boring gifts that aren't really special for mom. Yes it's great when she asks for something she needs, like a new coffee maker for the house, but I like gifts to be a little more personal. I added some Nike sneakers to the list, because who isn't always wearing down their tennis shoes? And also a funny doormat that shows off some personality! Practical doesn't have to mean boring!!

What are you getting your mom for Mothers Day?

Monday, May 1, 2017

April Instagram Roundup

Happy May! Today is a special day for me as it's the day I turn in my senior thesis!! I've been working on this paper for about a year and a half now, and I can't believe it's finally done. I've finished at a little over 45 pages with tons of primary research and am so proud of it. For those of you who don't know, my thesis is about Voodoo in New Orleans and all the rumors about the famous Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau (yes, the character from American Horror Story) as well as her involvement in Catholicism. If that doesn't sound boring to you and you'd like to read it for yourself I would be happy to send it to you. Just shoot me an email! 

In other news, it's time for another Instagram roundup! Woohoo! I love sharing the details of my Instagram posts with y'all, especially the ones with tons of fashion or beauty details. I know some of you don't like to use or don't have it, so I always feel better about sharing everything here as well! 

Both dresses from Marshalls. Similar Pink Dress | Similar Blue Dress

A little blurry, but still worth the post! My sorority had it's annual IRD (International Reunion Day) this past weekend and it was so much fun! I got to hang out with alum, old friends, and current sisters.  Plus, we got free food which is always a plus! Pictured with me is my best friend, roommate, and blog photographer Steph. (P.S. We've known each other since the 3rd grade!)

Just daydreaming about Italy, as per usual.

This super cute spring dress is only $24! Can you believe it?! My favorite thing is the fun pom-poms!

I have been getting back into my reading routine lately and found THE BEST bookstore near my house! All books are only $1 and I've found so many gems including this one from Lauren Conrad!

I received these beauties from Influenster! Although I don't think I'll be wearing that silver lipgloss anytime soon (maybe Halloween?), I will definitely be using this palette regularly!

 Similar Blue Dress | Similar Bag | Daniel Wellington Watch (c/o) Get 15% off with my code SAMIMAST

More of this look will be shown on Instagram later this week! But I was obsessing over this detail shot!

 Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Lipsticks in shades Nuit & Jour, Caprice, Berry Noir, and Rose Lancome Matte

These Lancome lipsticks are so beautiful and the pigments are so strong! Plus they're pretty dang moisturizing, which makes them a winner in my book!

My little adorable easter puppy! If you're just as obsessed with Khaleesi as I am you can follow her on Instagram to see all the trouble she gets into!

 Full outfit post HERE | Free People Dress (c/o)

Honestly my favorite dress in my closet. It's beyond comfortable and is just so pretty!

Was so excited to test out this foundation from Clinique after it won best foundation and moisturizer in the College Fashionista Beauty Awards! 

 Full outfit post HERE | Free People Dress (c/o) | Similar Booties

Still obsessing over this dress from Free People! Don't you just love the embroidery detail?

I'm honestly surprised my whole feed hasn't turned into one big Khaleesi shrine. She is such a photogenic pup!

I love statement necklaces, especially when they're in such bold fun colors like this one from Stella & Dot!

I love this festival style dress from Free People. It's such a fun print for spring!

Hope you all have a fantastic Monday!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pink Lace Pom Pom Dress

Pom Pom Dress: SheIn (c/o) (only $24!!) | Watch: Daniel Wellington (c/o get 15% off with my code SAMIMAST) | Wedges: Nordstrom Rack (old), similar (under $45!) | Monogram Necklace: Baublebar | Nail Color: Essie Fiji

Hello and happy Thursday! Apologies for all the craziness this week! This post was supposed to go up on Monday but life got the best of me so I decided to take a break until today, hopefully you all can understand! My senior thesis is due on the 1st and I am scrambling to make sure I get to the required 50 pages and have been working my butt off trying to finish it. Once I turn it in I will hopefully have smooth sailing until graduation!

In other news, I just got this pink lace pom pom dress in from SheIn and I am loving it! I've had my eye on it for a while as I've seen other bloggers wearing it and I just loved the pom pom and lace details! I think it's the perfect spring dress and I can't wait to wear it to class and possibly even graduation. I know I already have a dress, but maybe this can be for my post-grad lunch?? I'll make it work. The fit is super flattering and I was extremely excited to see that the material, particularly in the arm area is super flowy, perfect if you're like me and love some extra room!

I also cannot get over the price of this beauty! Only $24? Seriously, it's a dream come true with my budget. And for those who are skeptical about the quality, let me assure you I would NEVER promote anything on my blog that I don't absolutely love. The quality is just as good as something you would find in the mall. It's very on par with Forever 21 quality, which for me has never done me wrong. It also comes with a built in lining, another plus! Also, my puppy attempted to chew through the pom poms when I was playing with her after shooting these photos and there were no holes or tears if that tells you anything about how strong the material is! 

I'm actually so impressed with the quality for the price, and will definitely be hitting SheIn up for some more cute pieces for spring! I have my eye on this pom pom blouse and this off the shoulder ruffle dress.

What's on your spring wish list? Are you loving the pom pom trend as much as I am?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

10 Reasons To Be Happy

Have any of you watched 13 Reasons Why, the Netflix show that has gotten insanely popular since its release a few weeks ago? I read the book a long time ago (think 8th grade) and loved it, and was so excited there was going to be a TV show based on it! It sounds very strange to say that I love a show that talks about such serious subjects like suicide, but I think it's a great way to make people aware of what other people have going on in their lives. Anyway, if you haven't watched the show I highly recommend it!

But I wanted to take a second and share on the blog that I know life can get you down sometimes, but there are also so many reasons to be happy! I'm sharing 10 things that always make me happy because sometimes we all need reminders to love life!

1. Visiting with family and just enjoying their company

2. Having a cat cuddle up next to me and it starts purring

3. Going to the movie theater 

4. Having deep conversations with friends

5. Getting an A on a test I studied hard for

6. Long car rides listening to my favorite music

7. Starting a new novel

8. Walking around Target without a purpose

9. Singing along to Disney songs

10. Writing blog posts!

What are a few things that make you happy? Leave them in the comments!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Skincare And Relaxation With Boohoo + Soap & Glory

Life has seriously been crazy lately! I've had some late midterms, had to play catch-up with writing my thesis (due in two weeks, ah!), and a few other things on my plate that have left me with barely any time for myself. Now that a few of those obligations are ending, I can take some 'me' time, even if it's still limited. 

In those rare moments where I find myself able to pamper myself, I try to accomplish multiple things at once. For example I'll put on a hair mask and type up an essay or I'll take some time to go swimming but that will also be my break from studying. As a senior I have tons of things going on, especially in this month before graduation, so my time is precious! Thankfully Boohoo and Soap & Glory have been helping me find products that are great for my short moments of relaxation!

I think my favorite way to feel relaxed and pampered when I'm short on time is to moisturize and smell delicious. Both are accomplished with Soap & Glory's For Daily Youth Moisture Lotion and their Hand Food! I can't get enough of the moisture lotion since it smells like peaches and makes my face SO soft! And I always seem to have the driest hands on the planet, so the hand food is great to keep in my bag. Plus it doesn't hurt that it smells like marshmallows! Soap & Glory has actually been one of my favorite beauty brands since I discovered it in middle school, and it's been great for those 'treat your self' moments or spa-quality product use at home!

Boohoo was also nice enough to gift me this red scalloped bikini just in time for the warm weather, and I can't wait to start heading to the pool during my study breaks! We have one in our community that is less than a block away from my house, so it's so easy to pop on over for a quick swim, something I'm so thankful for! I sometimes have a difficult time committing to one swimsuit, which makes Boohoo one of my favorite places to buy swimwear! The prices are affordable, the pieces are trendy, and they have so many options!

I'm so excited to wear that bikini for summer and adopt these new beauty products from Soap & Glory into my routine!

Thank you to Boohoo + Soap & Glory for gifting me these products! Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Classic Brunette possible!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Free People Embroidered Spring Dress

Free People Perfectly Victorian Mini Dress in black
Free People Perfectly Victorian Mini Dress in black
Free People Perfectly Victorian Mini Dress in black
Free People Perfectly Victorian Mini Dress in black
Free People Perfectly Victorian Mini Dress in black
Free People Perfectly Victorian Mini Dress in black
Free People Perfectly Victorian Mini Dress in black
Free People Perfectly Victorian Mini Dress in black
Dress: Free People (c/o) | Booties: Forever 21 (old), similar | Monogram Necklace: Baublebar | Lip Color: YSL #52

Y'all I am living in this dress. I know I addressed that on Instagram the other day, but I just want to say it again because it's that true. I noticed this Free People dress last summer and I instantly knew it was going to be a winner. I think I'm going to pull out the big guns, people, and say that this dress is probably my favorite piece in my closet. *insert allll the jaw-drop emojis* But honestly, I think this is one of my favorite items I've ever owned. It's flattering, comfortable, and easy to throw on. Since it came in the mail I've probably worn it at least twice a week, and that's how you know I love something. If I'm willing to be a serious outfit repeater I have to be able to do it with something this cute, haha!

When I originally saw it I was worried it would be too short, as my legs are pretty long for my height. However it's the perfect length! Just short enough where it's flirty, but long enough that I'm not scared about flashing anyone on accident. I've been wearing it to class, to meetings with professors, to my internship, basically everywhere I've been the past few weeks! Another thing that I LOVE about this dress is the fact that it has a slip inside the dress so I don't have to worry about it being too sheer. For some reason extremely sheer clothing is a trend these days, but for people like me it's a nightmare. I'm not bold enough to wear sheer clothing, and I don't like getting that surprise when I put on a shirt and realize you can see through it. I will let the fashion adventurers take on that trend! 

I also think embroidery is going to get even trendier this season! I love the floral details stitched onto this dress, especially because the bright colors are a great contrast to the black. SO pretty! I've been seeing embroidered items everywhere lately from everything from classic white t-shirts to baseball caps to even denim jackets! I don't know about you, but I'm all for it!

What do you think about the embroidery trend? Also what do you think are going to be huge trends for spring and summer?

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