The global tag starts below The Classic Brunette: March 2017

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 | Colorful Pom Pom ClutchTurquoise 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?

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Two Ways To Wear: Espadrille Wedges

Espadrille WedgesStrappy T-Shirt (c/o Tobi) | Black Jeans | Bag (similar) | Gold Spiked Bracelet, Pink Beaded Bracelet (use code SAMIMAST15 for 15% off) | Sunglasses | Monogram Necklace

This week has been a little rough! I recently started my new internship which I am loving, but now I'm left with next to no free time during the week. I also am finally getting over the cold that I had, so hopefully things will be better now that I can fully settle in to my new schedule. Since things have been picking up for me recently, I'm obviously excited for spring break which is coming up soon! I have something extra exciting coming up right around then as well, which I'll be sharing with you soon enough!

So in the free time that I do have, I've been trying to focus more on my blog and making extra effort to have more outfit posts! I was excited to write this post because these espadrille wedges have been EVERYWHERE lately. I mentioned them in my 5 Current Favorites post, and thought it would be fun to style them in today's post. This first outfit is perfect when you want to dress up a casual outfit. I love this criss cross top, because it's simple enough that I can wear it with pretty much anything in my closet but the strappy detail makes it so much more fun than a regular t-shirt! I wanted to keep the focus on the shoes, so I kept the rest of the outfit pretty neutral. Neutrals are always so easy to throw together, something I always love when it comes to putting together outfits! This type of look would also be fun if you were to add a pop of color with a bright purse or trendy pair of sunglasses.

Espadrille Wedges | Chambray Dress (c/o Tobi) | Monogram Necklace | Bracelets: 1 2 3

This second outfit is definitely my favorite of the two! These wedges do amazing things for your legs (seriously I was gasping at how good my calves looked in these photos!) and they're just begging for them to be shown off in a dress. I'm kind of obsessing over this chambray one from Tobi since it's so perfect for spring. Off the shoulder tops and dresses are still on trend this upcoming season, and these tie sleeves are adorable!

Which outfit is your favorite?

Monday, March 6, 2017

50 Facts About Me

Hello friends, I hope your week is off to a good start! Today I wanted to do a fun introductory post since there are so many new readers here lately that probably don't know a lot about me! A friend of mine just did this on her blog (Cristina from Cristina Was Here) and I thought it was the perfect way to get acquainted with all of you. Whether you're new to The Classic Brunette or have been reading here for a while I hope you can learn something new and relatable about me!

1. I have an older sister named Melissa and we ALWAYS get asked if we're twins. Literally I don't think there's been a time when we've been together in the past few years where we haven't been asked that. 

2. I had scoliosis back surgery the summer before I entered my freshman year of high school. So I now have two rods in my back and a long scar all the way down my spine.

3. I don't really have a favorite color. In the past every time someone asked me what it was I would say something different. Now I normally stick with gold or blush pink because those are the closest. 

4. I am a huge Adam Sandler fan. I have a few of his movie collections and people say I'm weird for it. But don't get me wrong, I know he isn't great in everything! (Hello, have you seen the disaster that was Jack and Jill??)

5. If I'm at a restaurant I will most likely order a Diet Coke. I'm trying to get rid of my addiction to it, but so far it's not working.

6. My favorite artist is a band called The Maine who I've been listening to since I was in middle school. I've seen them in concert and met them twice.

7. Close behind them are (in no particular order) John Mayer, Elvis Presley, One Direction, Michael Buble, and Justin Timberlake.

8. I'm kind of obsessed with throw pillows. I currently have 10 in my bedroom.

9. My favorite Disney movie is Hercules, however my favorite Disney character is Peter Pan.

10. When I was younger I took jazz and tap classes, and I will be the first to admit that I have absolutely no rhythm. (There are home videos to prove this.)

11. I was in musicals all throughout middle school. These are the ones I was in: The Music Man, Beauty & The Beast, Fiddler on the Roof, and Guys & Dolls.

12. In high school I was on the varsity tennis team, although I wasn't all that good in my opinion.

13. I am an expert at solving riddles.

14. My first real concert (and I say this because technically my first concert overall was Barney & Friends...) was Hilary Duff. She was my idol when I was growing up. I had a bunch of Lizzie McGuire posters, a Lizzie McGuire backpack, and all her CD's. 

15. My favorite movie of all time is Bride Wars, although I really only watch it now when I'm in need of some feel good emotions.

16. I have a lot of fears, although my worst ones are ketchup and the ocean. When I was younger I couldn't even touch ketchup bottles I was so grossed out by them. To this day I can barely touch pictures of the ocean/bodies of water because it freaks me out. (I know.)

17. My mom's side of the family is english and every time I tell someone that my mom is from there they ask if she has an accent. The answer is no since she moved when she was younger, however my grandma did! 

18. Speaking of my grandma, my family says I act just like her. I think it's because we both have the same level of stubbornness. It's one of my favorite things when someone says we're a lot alike. 

19. My favorite city in the entire world is Rome. Although I could never live there because I would probably get tired of Italian food. This happened when I studied abroad there for two weeks and was craving anything but pasta after one week. 

20. I was born with red hair, which then turned blonde, and eventually turned into the brunette color I have now. Before I died my hair red (a few years ago) I had a small streak of blonde at the front of my hair that I was exceptionally proud of for some reason.

21. In elementary school my friends and I were so obsessed with high school musical that we coordinated a dance to "Bop to the Top" for the school's talent show. It involved black and white striped tops, black gaucho pants, and desk chairs to stand on.

22. I have a soft spot in my heart for Phil Collins, The Who, and Elvis because they were what I always listened to growing up. 

23. My favorite book is The Great Gatsby. The only thing I really liked about the new movie adaptation was Leonardo DiCaprio's portrayal of Gatsby.

24. I was/am so obsessed with Ancient Greece and Greek Mythology that I desperately wanted to learn ancient Greek. I settled for modern Greek and was learning it for a while in high school. I have the rosetta stone program for it and hope to get back into learning it after I graduate college. 

25. I believe black cats are lucky, and have only owned all black or mostly black cats.

26. The proudest I've ever been of myself was after the Cinque Terre hike I did in Italy. I was ill prepared since I wore a dress, didn't bring any water, and was wearing vans. It was a rough day and I was so glad I made it all the way through.

27. Ben Franklin is my favorite historical person. I have a sweatshirt that has "B. Frank" embroidered on the sleeve to represent my love for him.

28. I was a baby/toddler model. I had an ad on a bus, was on the cover of Mervyns (now out of business department store chain) magazine, and had many print ads. I would travel to San Francisco a lot for modeling jobs. The only thing I remember from those days was that there was a fountain of jean buttons at Levi's headquarters and every time I had a job there I would take some and give them to my mom. I still have all the buttons I took.

29. Speaking of stealing, I stole my favorite stuffed animal from my dentist's office when I was about 2. There was a playroom at the entrance which they kept filled with stuffed animals, and I just decided to take her one day. Her name is Jenna and she's a small giraffe.

30. Since it's relevant, giraffes are my favorite animal.

31. My initials are S. A. M. I think that's pretty cool.

32. When someone else is sick, I always end up catching it. Some of my friends joke that I spend more of my time being sick than being healthy.

33. I cannot stand bugs, but if there's one in the house I would rather have someone take it outside than kill it. 

34. I have been to 12 countries.

35. I believe that Boy Meets World is one of the best television shows to ever exist.

36. I am not good at riding bikes. Every time I try I end up injuring myself. 

37. I do not like the beach. This partially has to due with my fear of the ocean, but it's mostly because I cannot stand sand or accidentally touching washed up kelp. 

38. When I was deciding where to go to school I was between Chapman University (where I am), Boston University, and NYU. I would have 100% gone to NYU had I gotten into the program I wanted, however I was placed into another one. 

39. I have a weird obsession with the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Let's refer back to my love for all things Greek. 

40. Back to Greece, according to my ancestry DNA test that I recently took I am 11% Greek/Italian so I now obviously feel like my obsession is justified.

41. The movie theater is my happy place. It's my go to spot when I'm having a bad day or just want to have some alone time, and I really enjoy seeing movies by myself.

42. If you told me I had to choose between sweet or savory foods I would choose savory.

43. I've had the same roommate all throughout college. We've added and taken away others, but my freshman year roommate has been here all 4 years! This will be our last year together since she'll be leaving after graduation and I'll be staying another year in the area.

44. I will ALWAYS find the show Impractical Jokers funny. Even if I've seen the same episode multiple times.

45. One of my favorite movies when I was younger was The Little Vampire, and I still have the latin speech in the movie memorized.

46. I have a gigantic fear of public speaking. We have to give a presentation of our thesis for my major in a few weeks and I'm terrified.

47. I am a crazy cat lady. If I could I would adopt all the shelter cats and give them a home.

48. I don't call my sister by her actual name. I gave her the nickname Pa (pronounced Puh) after a series of other nicknames that let up to it. (Melissa -> Melippa -> Ipa -> Pa). My friends and sometimes my parents will call her Pa too. 

49. I've had a few different types of pets in my life. I've always had cats, but at times I've had a rat, fish, and hamsters. And if you count my roommate's dog, a dog haha.

50. I love filling out questionnaires, so much so that I used to fill them out for fun all the time. I also love reading other people's answers! 

If you relate to any of these I would love to know in the comments! Also tell me something about yourself, I want to know all about you! And if you have anything you're dying to know about me you can ask those questions in the comments too!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Shopbop Buy More, Save More Sale Picks

The Shopbop sale is on! This is one of my favorite retailers for splurge-worthy items, however they also have items at a variety of price points. Every item I've purchased from Shopbop has been great quality. One of my favorite things I bought recently was the top above which is so pretty and comfortable, and incredibly priced (only $51!) for its quality! The "Buy More, Save More" sale always comes around and I get so excited to stock up on a bunch of new items. This sale includes both items that are full price and from the sale section, and now is the perfect time to buy some great items for spring! Here's how this sale works: The name says it all, when you buy more, you save more! Once you've picked out all the items you want, enter GOBIG17 at checkout for 15% off orders of $200+, 20% off orders of $500+, and 25% off orders of $800+

I know there's so much to go through on Shopbop, so I've picked out my favorites below!






Let me know which items you're loving in the comments!
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