Suave + Keratin Product Reveiw

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hey, I have a new product to share with you! Well, not that new, but I just discovered it a few weeks ago and I wanted to try it before I told you about it. Back in September I shared my thoughts about Suave's New Dry Shampoo. I use dry shampoo pretty regularly, seeing how my olive complexion gets oily quick. While perusing the beauty department at Target I notice that Suave has come out with a whole new line containing Keratin.

Simply put, Keratin is a protein that restores and helps prevent damaged hair. My girlfriend got me to start using it about a year ago but it's really expensive. I was desperate to get my hair healthy again so I forked out the big bucks!

So, getting to my point... I was really excited to see a budget brand introducing Keratin into their products for us Thrifty gals! Since I knew that I loved Suave's original dry shampoo I had no doubts I would like the one with added Keratin. I also picked up Suave's leave-in conditioner with Keratin.

Here is the whole collection. I am interested in trying all of these new products!!


This is what the Dry Shampoo looks like! The scent is slightly different than the original one. This one smells kinda like hair spray, but not bad. I really like the way it works, it soaks up and prevents oil in my tresses.

This is the Leave-In Conditioner and Heat Protector I picked up as well! I really love this product so far, it leaves my hair feeling super silky. I liked it so much I gave my bottle to my mom and went and bought me some more!! I believe everything in this line is under $5 (don't quote me). I know the two products I bought were both under $4 at Target.

Please let me know if you like these too? I am going to try all the other products as well, but wanted to start with these two :)

Painted Glass

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Okay, Okay, I have kept you at bay for over a week now.... I shall reveal where my hubs and I ended up last Saturday night. I apologize for hyping it up so much, it will probably be lack luster ;)

....After we left Dana Point, we continued south. By this time I knew he was taking me to San Diego, because my passport expired and we couldn't go to Mexico :D He ended up taking me to downtown San Diego, shockingly, I'd never been there. We drove around looking at the cool buildings and found this awesome art piece. I made him stop so we could shoot my last outfit there.

This little number cost me just under $50!!

Brand: Lush
Purchase Price: $5.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (LA)
Suggested Retail: $42.00


I was so excited when I found pockets!!
The ring was $1 at some random store and the Earrings are just cheap studs from Forever 21 :)

Brand: unknown
Purchase Price: $7.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (LA)
Suggested Retail: Unknown, but it is very well made, not cheap in the slightest

Brand: Juicy Couture
Purchase Price: $20.00 (it came
with 3 charms that I took off)
Purchased From: The Goodwill (LA)
Suggested Retail: With the three charms it would easily
cost $120.. the chain by itself estimated $80.00

Brand: Dolce Vita
Purchase Price: $9.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill (LA)
Suggested Retail: Roughly $100

When we left downtown, he took me to Mission Beach, another place I have never been! He had made reservations for dinner at a restaurant right on the beach..... It was so sweet, until we found out it was more of a college bar than a restaurant. There was a door guy who looked like he TiVo's Jersey Shore and a beer pong table set up, it's not exactly how we envisioned our evening :D Luckily, my husband married a very easy going gal, we took one look at each other and headed for the car! We drove around looking for another place to eat. My husband was really defeated, because he had tried so hard to make the day so romantic and thoughtful. I finally convinced him to go to Denny's and we had a spectacularly thrifty meal!! Totally up my ally :) Some girls may not find this romantic in the slightest, but that's how we roll ;)

DIY Colorblock Flats

Friday, February 24, 2012

I don't know if it is just me, but I feel like I have been seeing color blocked flats all over! I feel like every brand, at every price point is doing it. If you're confused by this newly coined term "color block" it simply means pairing multiple colors together, usually in large geometric shapes. In the past year it has been mostly used when referring to clothing. The trend started around last spring and focused on bright colored tops and bright contrasting pants/skirts. The trend has evolved into using multiple contrasting colors in squares, blocks, or lines within a single garment. Most recently this trend it has made it's way into shoes.

Personally, I would not have classified these flats using the term "color blocking"... but I'm not Anna Wintour so no one cares about my opinion ;D Despite my sentiments on the name, I still love these flats! As soon as I saw them my first thought was, I want some. My second thought, how can I make some. I have been mulling over the idea in my head for weeks now and finally came up with, what I think is a genius Idea....

The Inspiration
(Various Brands)

The Back Story

.... So as I was trying to figure out the best way to attack this project, I kept thinking of how hard it was going to be to find good metallic paint. I wanted paint that looked like real gold or chrome and I just wasn't able to find something that achieved the liquid lusciousness I desired. I will not go into detail about how my crazy brain arrived at this concept, but I figured out I could use modeling paint. When I was little my brother used to put together model cars and he used specific paint so they would look like real metal. I decided that would be how I got my desired effect for these shoes. I have no past experience with this paint, I have never worked with it and I'm pretty sure it's unheard of to use on clothing and shoes. But, that's kinda my thing... I like uncharted waters :D

The Execution

I bought these adorable leopard flats last year at Target. They were on clearance for $2!!
Initially I wanted to use solid colored flats... But I haven't been able to find any cheap enough. I thought the leopard print would do the job equally.

The Supplies: (Top) A oval Tupperware lid (you could use a compass... but I'm kinda ghetto like that). (Bottom) This is the model paint I used. I bought mine at Michael's Craft store. I also picked up some paint thinner just to clean my brushes since the paint is not a water base.

I used the lid and made a half circle on the tip of the shoe. I used chalk to mark it off because I find it is easier to clean off if you make a mistake
Both of my toes marked off where I will paint..
I just jumped in and started painting.... didn't even test it first.
I was hoping for the best :D
I also wanted to paint a strip of gold on the heel. I saw a pair of Prada flats with a similar design...
The back when I was done painting!! The lines aren't crooked, the shoes are just lumpy.

The view from the front!

I am so pleased with myself!! They came out exactly how I wanted them!!

Worked like a charm!!

What do you think?? I can't wait to wear them :)

Party Rock

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

If you read my last post, you will know, last Saturday my husband kidnapped me and drove me all over Southern California. I thought the day was going to be for taking blog photos but he ended up planning a mystery date for me (he's kinda sweet). Our first stop was in Santa Ana (to pee) not part of the big picture, but we did end up taking the photos in the post below this one. The next stop was in Dana Point, CA. When we got out of the car my husband grabbed a picnic basket filled with salami, cheese, crackers and wine. I had no idea he had planned this and it was super romantic of him! While on the beach, we seized an opportunity to take some more photos for my blog :) Why is my post titled "party rock," you ask? Well my husband made me listen to LMFAO the whole trip... needless to say I do not want to hear the words "sexy and I know it" anytime soon :D

It was such a gorgeous day and the perfect setting to show off my new kimono sun dress. This outfit cost a total of $43.50!!

Brand: Eight Sixty
Purchase Price: $4.50
Purchased From: The Goodwill
Suggested Retail: $88.00

Brand: Unknown
Purchase Price: $2.50
Purchased From: Target
Suggested Retail: A lot more than two bucks!

Brand: Charlotte Russe & Thrifted
Purchase Price: $12 for all
Purchased From: Charlotte Russe & The Goodwill
Suggested Retail: unknown

Brand: Charlotte Russe
Purchase Price: $5.00
Purchased From: Charlotte Russe
Suggested Retail: $8.00

Brand: Glaze
Purchase Price: $14.30
Purchased From: Go
Suggested Retail: Well Steve Madden makes the same pair for $50.00
**Here's another post about these sandals:**

Brand: Charlotte Russe
Purchase Price: $5.00
Purchased From: Charlotte Russe
Suggested Retail: $6-$8

After our little picnic, we hit the road again... be sure to come back and see where our journey ended :)

Feelin' Girly

Sunday, February 19, 2012

So yesterday started out like a fairly normal Saturday. I got up, my husband asked me if I wanted to take any photos for my blog...

(Side Note: I have to take multiple style pictures on the weekend, because my photographer/husband works 60 hour work weeks and is not available on a daily basis)

I got a few outfits ready, and we decided to head towards China town for some cool scenery. My husband then started driving south on the freeway (the opposite direction of where we were supposed to go). He kept me confused for a good 20 minutes telling me he wanted to find some place we've never shot before. By the time we hit Anaheim, I knew he was up to something. He refused to tell me where we were going and told me to stop asking so many questions :D I'm a bit of a control freak, so I get anxious when I do not have full disclosure. 

I made him pull over in Santa Ana so I could at least use a potty. The downtown area was really quaint, so we decided to shoot my first outfit there. This outfit is really girly and playful. I love the lacey top and ruffled skirt. The windy day provided a good opportunity to show off the movement of the material. This look cost just under $32 Bucks!!

After we shot these I was no closer to knowing where we were going, but I put on my next outfit and hoped for the best!

{Asymmetrical Skirt}
Brand: Design by Ava
Purchase Price:$4.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill
Suggested Retail:Unknown

{Lace Top}
Brand: Unknown
Purchase Price: $5.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill
Suggested Retail: Unknown

Brand: Charlotte Russe
Purchase Price: $5.00
Purchased From: Charlotte Russe
Suggested Retail:$8.00

Brand: Unknown
Purchase Price: $1.69
Purchased From: eBay
Suggested Retail: unknown
*Get Your Own Here

Brand:Charlotte Russe
Purchase Price:$4.00
Purchased From:Charlotte Russe
Suggested Retail:$6.00

{Slingback Pumps}
Brand: Go Max
Purchase Price: $9.99
Purchased From: The Goodwill
Suggested Retail:$40.00

Weekly Thrift Recap

Friday, February 17, 2012

I have been on a bit of a dry spell lately. I think in the last three weeks my "awesome" finds at thrift stores has diminished by 60%. I don't want to blame the thrift store merchandise, I think I have just been unlucky, or at least more scrupulous with my purchases. I also do not think I have been "feeling it." If you don't know what I'm talking about, there is a specific mind set I have to be in to, to shop. When I'm feeling blah... my inner genius does not make an appearance.

This week though, I think Stella got her groove back! I am still being very picky about what I actually purchase, but some gems you can't leave behind! I wanted to share this week's finds with you :) I will style them in future posts, but for now, here they are in all their glory!!

1. Karen Millen Jeans
(retails for $110.00)

2. Go Max Sling Backs
(retails for $40.00)

3. Fornarina Sweater
(retails for $65.00)

4. Hobo Cognac Clutch
(retails for $100.00)

5. Perlina Wallet
(retails for $70.00)

6. Design by Ava Mullet Skirt

(Unknown Retail)

7. H&M Sweater
(retails for $24.95)

8. Eight-Sixty Kimono Dress

(retails for $88.00)

P.S. are you planning on thrifting this weekend?