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Monday, May 29, 2017

My Last Post As An Official College Blogger

As some of you may know, I've been pretty busy recently. So busy that I missed a whole week of blogging! Last weekend I graduated college and that took up pretty much all of my free time. The whole weekend pretty much went by in a blur as it was spent with friends and family celebrating. I decided that it was important to not stress about providing blog posts for that week as I wanted to focus all my attention on this once in a lifetime event.

I went to two graduation events during the week/weekend: the Baccalaureate Service and my actual graduation! The Baccalaureate Service is something hosted by my school's interfaith center and the guest speaker this year was Justin Baldoni from the tv show Jane The Virgin! I'm a huge fan of the show so immediately after I saw that he was the speaker I reserved my tickets. I wasn't sure exactly what the event would be like, but I figured it was all worth it to see Justin Baldoni who is such an inspirational person outside of his show. I realized during the event that it was pretty religious (hence the phrase 'interfaith service'...) and even though I'm not really a religious person it was a nice break from all the graduation chaos. Justin's talk didn't focus on religion as much, but rather failure and realizing that there's more to life than being perfect. He spoke about being a good person and how that is the most important thing you can do for the world. Of course it was a little more eloquent than that, but those were his main points! Justin is literally such a beacon of light and his words were super inspiring.

Literally his inner light was so bright that all my photos with him were so overexposed that I had to change them to black and white, haha!

My graduation was a few days after and was surprisingly quick! My college's ceremony was at 8am on Sunday and although it was rough getting up early, I'm glad we skipped the heat! I want to say the ceremony lasted about an hour and a half, and then I went to one of the main lawns on campus and took photos with some friends and professors! Below are my best friend/roommate and then one of my favorite professors!

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Anyhoo, the main point of this post is to point out the obvious...that I'm no longer a college blogger. *sad face* So this is my last official post as a true college blogger. (Even though technically I'm already a graduate, but we'll just push that little fact to the side for now...) Of course that doesn't mean that I'll stop talking about college things altogether, but like I've been trying to do these past few months, I will be transitioning more into a full fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog. I'll still be writing college themed posts when they come to mind, but I just wanted to give you all a heads up!

Hope you all are having a great Memorial Day Weekend and are spending time with family and remembering those that have served and sacrificed for our country! 

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!

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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!

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