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Monday, July 30, 2018

Everyday Fall Fashion

This post is sponsored by Kohl's. I was paid for this post and received the included clothes as compensation. As always all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that support The Classic Brunette!

Is anyone else sick of this heat? I feel like I'm always waiting for summer to roll around when it's cold, but once it gets here I want nothing to do with it, haha! Fall is my favorite season, so I can't wait for the leaves to start changing, the weather to cool down, and of course to pull out all my favorite fall outfits. After spending a good amount during the summer season, I'm definitely going back to my roots and doing some affordable shopping this season! Kohl's has been a family favorite of mine since I was young with my mom taking my sister and I there every season to pick up both basics and trendy pieces. Today I'll be sharing three different looks from Kohl's juniors section that are just perfect for the transitional and fall weather!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

My Current Favorite Face Masks

Wow it feels like it's been so long since I've posted about beauty! Lately my routine has been minimal at best, opting for just a touch of mascara and filled brows or a light foundation look. I haven't been bothered to do more since I've been in the apartment and avoiding the heat for the most part! But I have been upping my skincare game more recently due to a number of reasons, that means new products and reviews to share with you all though! It's been a while since I shared my favorite face masks, and lately I've been using so many that I feel like I just have to share what's been working for me. I'm covering a lot of different skincare needs with these masks, so whatever issue you're attempting to resolve, I probably have a mask for you!

The masks I'm sharing all vary in what they do and how much they cost, but each of them has worked wonders for me! I've noticed this year that my skin has actually gotten less sensitive, so just remember things that may not give me a reaction might affect your skin in a different way. So always test the mask on your hand before placing it on your face!

Let's start off with the cheapest masks! I never judge a mask on its price, because even the cheapest of masks can be incredible and the most expensive a dud. These masks from Sephora may not be pricey, but the results are always amazing. I've been using these masks for a few years now and keep coming back to them. The green tea mask is my go-to when I'm feeling a breakout coming on or when I feel like my skin is getting too oily. It simmers down my acne spots, drys them out just enough, and clears my face faster than any other acne mask I've tried.

I can't ever have enough lip masks! I've tried and loved a few, but this one is always my #1. I have notoriously dry and chapped lips, chapstick is essentially my best friend. On the days where my lips are feeling extra dehydrated and rough, I bust out this mask for some much needed love and moisture. At only $3 it's barely a splurge and always does the trick. My mouth is always smoother, softer, and extra moisturized after using this mask.

Ah how I love Origins! They're one of my favorite skincare brands, and they always have the best masks! I was recently sent this one along with the same mask but for oily skin (this one is for normal/dry) and am obsessed with it. It's a charcoal mask infused with honey, and it literally looks golden when you put it on. I tested this mask and shared it on my Instagram stories (check there often for new products and other fun posts!) and had my best friend test out the oily skin version. The mask worked super well for cleaning out my pores, and didn't dry out my skin in the process! Such a blessing that a charcoal mask isn't drying!! My best friend used the original charcoal mask (without honey) and said it did a great job clearing her clogged pores as well, and definitely recommends it for those looking for something that makes your skin feel fresh again.

I've had a huge pile of these STARSKIN sheet masks sitting in my mask drawer for months now, and have only recently pulled them out. I purchased this set (currently on sale!) and have tried a good amount of them already. The two above I haven't tried, however I already used the ones I want to talk about! As I mentioned, I typically have dry skin, so moisturizing masks are what I gravitate towards when searching for something new to try. STARSKIN's Red Carpet Ready Mask gives a great amount of hydration and smooths my skin for the rest of the day. My second recommendation from them is the Eye Catcher smoothing mask which has really helped to blend out those fine lines around my eyes. Although I'm still young, it's never too early to start fighting off fine lines and wrinkles! This mask is one of the few where I've actually seen a difference in my lines after taking off a mask.

The priciest mask of the bunch, but don't worry y'all I think it is definitely worth it!! I was sent this in a PR box recently and wasn't sure how I would feel about an at-home facial type mask. Would it do the same work as a regular facial? Would it hurt since it's shedding my dead skin cells? Well let me tell you, this is the best facial I've ever done and I will be using this mask in my skincare routine indefinitely. I love how this mask makes my skin look and feel, I do honestly feel like I get all the benefits of a facial, without the pain and irritation of someone picking at every flaw on your face. Does it clear out the incredibly deep pores, acne, etc? No, but it does clear off a layer of cells and dead skin to give you a refreshed, clean, and renewed face. It gently exfoliates and provides just enough oomph to get all the bad stuff out. My face did get a little dry when I took the mask off, but I used two tiny drops of Drunk Elephant's Virgin Marula Facial Oil to re-hydrate and I swear I had the best skin of my life. My skin had never felt so soft! I highly highly HIGHLY recommend this duo to anyone who is looking for that 'perfect' mask to change the life and quality of your skin. 

Have you tried any masks that you love lately? I'm always looking for new recommendations!

Monday, July 23, 2018

5 Ways To Clear Your Head And Get Inspired

It's the middle of summer, about the time where I start to get in a bit of a funk. Have I spent my summer wisely? Why haven't I traveled more? Should I be sleeping in this late every day? You know what I mean, right? This summertime blues gets me seemingly every year and I always feel like I need to clear the cache on my life, if only that were a really thing! This time always makes me feel slightly uninspired and just out of wack, so I thought maybe some of you were feeling the same way. Here are a few ways that I jumpstart the end of summer with a clear head.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

My Most Recent New Orleans Trip

A few weeks ago I traveled to New Orleans for the third time! This was actually my first time traveling their during the summer, so I definitely got to understand the heat and humidity of the South! To be honest, it wasn't at all as bad as I was expecting. I actually kind of enjoyed it, maybe that's just me missing the sun since moving to Seattle! I was there accompanying my best friend and roommate Steph to the National Athletic Training conference, and surprisingly there were so many college friends that went as well! It turned out to be such a fun trip, and slightly different from the times I went before.

If you haven't already, check out my full New Orleans travel guide, because I'll mostly be doing a recap rather than a guide in this post! But the guide has SO MUCH INFO and I literally share it with everyone who talks about visiting! It's got places to stay, things to do, things to eat and drink, excursions, and more! Okay enough on that, here's what I got into on this visit!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Purchases And Try On Reviews!

Just like me, I'm sure you're slightly sick of hearing about the NSale, but I promise this is my last blog post about it! I made my purchases the first day of the sale and wanted to share them, their fit, and a few ways to style some of the items together. Although I did buy a good amount of items, I made sure that most of them could be work together or with other things in my closet. There's nothing I hate more than buying something and only wearing it by itself or in one way. The Anniversary Sale is mostly fall items, and the majority of my purchases were sweaters! I had my eye on a few pairs of booties and pants, but the booties weren't what I was looking for and none of the pants I tried on "wowed" me. So, if you're looking to purchase some awesome sweaters for great deals, make sure to keep reading! The best part is that everything but one item was under $50!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

My Picks for the #NSale By Category AND Budget!

Today is the day! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale just went live for Early Access and I luckily had the chance to get a preview of the items so I you don't have to search! This post might be a bit overwhelming, but I wanted to do my best to give you a ton of options according to both category and price. There are so many amazing items in this sale that I'm having a difficult time deciding what I want to purchase! I'll actually be making a trip to the store in person this morning and hopefully getting everything on my wishlist. Once I've made my purchases I'll be sharing my thoughts on those items! For now, here are my best picks from the sale!

Fashion Under $50

Fashion Under $100

Accessories/Shoes Under $50

Accessories/Shoes Under $100

Beauty Under $50

Beauty $50+

Home Under $50

Home $50+

I'll be updating this post as the sale goes on with more things! Happy shopping everybody! :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

How To Find Your Perfect Pair Of Shoes

This post was sponsored by Shoes Of Prey, as always my opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support The Classic Brunette!
Oh I am so excited to be sharing this post with y'all today! I've been an admirer of Shoes of Prey for a long while now, so when they reached out for collaboration I said yes in a heartbeat! If you've never heard of Shoes of Prey, let me give you the quick rundown: they offer a wide variety of styles in all kinds of sizes and widths (US size 2-15 in regular, narrow, wide, and extra wide so everyone is included!) but the best part is that you can custom make your own perfect pair of shoes. HECK YES, right?! Was it anyone else's dream to get to make your own shoes and be the designer behind what your wear? Shoes of Prey lets you actually take control of all the details that go into your pair of shoes from the style, the colors, the material, everything! I was lucky enough to make two pairs of shoes, and I'm obsessed obsessed obsessed with both of them!

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Ultimate Guide To The Nordstrom Sale + Preview Item Favorites

Happy Monday everyone! Are you ready for another great sale? The Nordstrom Sale is coming up in a few days and I know everyone and their mother who blogs talks about this sale, but that just means that it's something important and worth taking a look into. Seriously it's considered one of the best sales of the summer, so there's a reason you've probably seen it on social media a ridiculous amount of times. Now, I've got all the info on the sale for you here so you can prioritize and set your alarms for the right times/days to be as prepared as possible!

The sale goes extremely fast, meaning people take this thing seriously. I'm not sure how it always gets so crazy, but it's like things start flying off the selves (or website, since the store is always too busy for me to shop there!) and people are out for blood. Okay, it's not that bad, but items really do disappear quickly so you have to act fast and plan your cart accordingly. "How am I going to get all the things I want before they sell out" you ask? That's where I come in! Now there's a few options for you out there, but really only one if you want to make sure you get early access.

The best way to get access to the sale and all the precious discounted items? Get a Nordstrom Card. Now I'm not one to push a credit card, and I don't get anything from it if you do, but since everything sells out insanely quickly it's really your only option to be there first! Although the sale runs from July 20th through August 5th, all cardholders get early access starting June 12th. I'm not saying that if you don't get a card you'll miss out on your favorite items, but it is definitely a possibility! Some items do get restocked before the regular sale dates, but many don't. So if you want to be sure about getting those items that you love, look into getting a card!

Next up in getting prepared, take a look at the preview catalog. There are WAYYY more things on sale than in this catalog, but this is what Nordstrom predicts to be some of the best sellers and best deals. So if you're eyeing something in this book, you gotta be quick!

Something I also do before the sale is make a little wish/need list of all the things I'm looking for. Most of the items in the sale are geared towards fall, so think booties, jeans, sweaters, coats. All staple and splurge pieces are fair game during the sale, so depending on your budget decide what you want to most spend your money on. I know I'm always looking for a great sweater (both everyday and bold!) and they are huge during this sale!

And now for some of my favorites from the preview catalog! Now big thing here is that if you visit any of these links right now the item will say sold out, that's because they technically aren't available yet. This will change once early access starts! Those of you who are cardholders can start placing orders on the 12th, and those of you that aren't can add these items to your cart and hope that they're still available once the 20th comes!

If you have any questions about the sale or just want to talk about all the cute items that will be on sale, write a comment or send me an email! Happy shopping, and don't forget to mark your calendars for the 12th or 20th!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Best of Fourth of July Sales (+ALL the codes you need!)

Happy almost 4th of July friends! I'm just starting to finalize plans with friends here in Seattle since everyone's schedules all got a bit rotated with everything going on! A friend from out of town is coming, one friend who was going to be out of town is now staying, and so things are turning out great after all! We'll probably be spending the night watching fireworks at one of the local parks and packing a picnic dinner, so super casual! As I've mentioned in past years the 4th has never been a huge holiday for me or my family, but it will be nice to go out and do something for a change. What's even better though are all the sales that are currently going on until (and even through) the holiday! I've picked out a few of my favorite items from all the sales below and also rounded up ALL the sales and the details as well so this can be your one stop sale shop! Enjoy!

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