Tuesday, February 28, 2017

HUGE Spring Sale - Up to 25% Off!

Today is the start of the Shopbop Spring Sale where you can save up to 25% off on major designers including Tory Burch, Marysia swim & more. This is a tiered sale, meaning the more money you spend, the more you save. Here are the details, or click here to read more about it on their website:

Use code GOBIG17 for:
15% off orders of $200
20% off orders of $500
25% off orders of $800

Today I'm rounding up my favorites from the sale. Just a warning: items in this sale usually go FAST! So if something is available in your size, it's better to purchase now (and you can always return later if it doesn't fit!). Scroll down to the bottom of the post to see which items I'm buying!

The entire selection of SUNDRESS tassel coverups is included in the sale!

You can see everything included in the sale here! :) I'm linking up some really cute stuff in the widget below, too.

Happy shopping!!


Monday, February 27, 2017

The "It" Dress for Spring that's Less Than $50

pink camisole dress (comes in other colors & less than $50!)
YSL lipstick // Celine aviators, similar HERE

Good morning and happy Monday, friends! This camisole dress is one of my favorite styles for spring because it's so classic and very versatile. You can layer a cardigan over it or wear it on it's own, and it comes in multiple colors. It's also lined so you don't have to worry about wearing a slip! The best thing about it, though, is the price tag - you really can't beat the quality for less than $50. I also own last year's version in a pretty blue color.... 

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Did everyone have a good weekend? Mine was good and extra relaxing! Chris and I made spicy chicken chili at home on Friday night, and then Saturday night had a double date with some new friends in Winston. It's so crazy how much my life has changed since five years ago - now I'm at home and in bed by 10 pm on the weekends!



Friday, February 24, 2017

Book Review, Round Three!

Happy Friday, everyone!! After mentioning that I read a really good book the other day, I had a lot of requests for a book review. I was actually surprised to realize that I've read quite a few since my last book review - and most of them are so good I couldn't them down. Right now I'm mainly interested in psychological thrillers, but there is a romance thrown in there! If you want to read my other book reviews, you can catch them HERE & HERE

1. THE RIVER AT NIGHT by Erica Ferencik 
This is the book I just finished - I started it at night and then finished it the next morning. It pulls you in right from the beginning, I literally couldn't put it down!! The main character, Winifred, is planning a reunion and getaway with her three best friends since childhood. The four women choose to go hiking and white water rafting in a remote area of Maine - and what starts out as a fun, invigorating trip quickly turns into a nightmare. I don't want to say any more than that - but I will say that this book makes me TERRIFIED to ever go camping again!!!! 

2. BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP by S.J. Watson
This one was really good!! This is also a psychological thriller with a HUGE twist at the end. The protagonist, Christine, has amnesia from a brain trauma, and wakes up every morning with her memory wiped clean. She finds that she is able to make new memories throughout the day, but her brain erases them while she sleeps (I don't think this type of amnesia really exists in real life, but I was willing to accept it for the sake of the story). Christine begins to keep a journal to help your remember things, and soon suspects that some people around her aren't telling her the full truth. 

3. NEVER ALONE by Elizabeth Haynes
Elizabeth Haynes is one of my favorite authors, so when I found out she had written a new book, I was all over it! Sarah Carpenter, the protagonist, lives in an isolated farmhouse in North Yorkshire. Her husband recently passed away and her two children are out of the house, so when an old acquaintance of hers, Aiden, needs somewhere to stay, Sarah offers the guest cottage to him. There's a budding romance between Sarah and Aiden, but when Sarah finds herself in great danger, she doesn't know if she can trust him. I will say that this entire book kept me on my toes trying to figure out what was happening; however, I didn't LOVE the ending. It was still a great read, though. 

4. SAFE WITH ME by K.L. Slater
The description of this book sounds like it would be amazing and very similar to Gone Girl or Girl on the Train, however I didn't enjoy it nearly as much. The protagonist, Anna, lives a solitary existence, taking solace in order and routine. One day she witnesses a car accident and recognizes the driver as a woman who ruined her life a long time ago. As Anna becomes obsessed with finding the driver of the car, her own secrets start to unravel, and she becomes creepily obsessed with the man injured in the accident. The whole book was completely unrealistic, and Anna is CRAZY - I hated her by the end of the book, but I kept reading just to find out the ending. In conclusion, I would recommend skipping this one. It's not worth the read!

I read this one back in November and it's one of my favorite book I've ever read, to date. I couldn't read another book for a whole month afterwards because nothing compared to it! Although this thriller is somewhat action-driven, it has a creepily calm atmosphere that is meant to deceive the reader in the beginning. Jack and Grace look like the perfect couple from the outside: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. At first they appear to be madly in love, but very quickly the readers realizes that something in their relationship is very, very wrong. I don't want to say any more that that because I don't want to ruin it for y'all! Part of the reason this book is so terrifying is because it's not far-fetched, it could actually happen. If you read one book from this blog post, READ THIS ONE! 

6. THE GIRL BEFORE by Rena Olsen
Clara Lawson is torn from her life in an instant - her home is invaded by armed men and she finds herself separated from her beloved husband and daughters. The last thing her husband yells at her is to, "say nothing." It took me a while to realize what this book was really about: human trafficking.  The subject matter is difficult, disturbing and uncomfortable, however the novel is so well-written and you're 100% on Clara's side throughout the whole story. The characterizations are rich and full, you feel like you know the characters in real life. And just a warning: this book is not for the faint of heart, there are some scenes of sexual violence. All in all, I thought it was an amazing book.

7. CRAVING // OBSESSION // POSSESSION (The Steel Brothers Saga) by Helen Hardt
I read these books on a whim while I was in Lake Tahoe because they were featured on my iBooks app and they were really cheap! These books are not for everyone, however, if you liked "Fifty Shades of Grey" then you will LOVE these books! They're just like the Fifty Shades series, except they're set in Texas and have a very southern, country feel to them. The story is pretty brilliant (mainly romance, but there are some darker themes of sexual abuse) and the chemistry between Jade and Talon is unparalleled.

Okay, that's it guys! If you have any book recommendations I'd love to hear them! Let me know in the comments! You can check out my other book reviews HERE & HERE.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Where to Buy Designer Handbags for Less

Outfit details: eyelet top // jeans // pink earrings // studded sandals

I get a lot of emails from you guys about where to find designer handbags for less. The website Trendlee carries thousands of gently used, pre-owned designer handbags that are 100% guaranteed authentic - like the gorgeous Saint Laurent Sac de Jour that I'm carrying in these photos! If you want the exact one I'm wearing, it's available on Trendlee's website for purchase :) The website goes into great detail about each bag's condition so you know exactly what you're purchasing. 

I also put together a list of my favorite designer handbags for Spring on their website! There's a mix of vintage finds and handbags from the latest collections. Andddd you can get a 5% discount when you use the code CURLSNPEARLS at checkout!

On another note, it is supposed to be sunny and 75 today and tomorrow. I'm in HEAVEN! xoxo


*Thanks to Trendlee for sponsoring this post

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ruffle Sleeve Top for $35

First of all, how cute are these booties and handbag by Sole Society? They're the perfect transition pieces for months like February and March, since it's not quite spring yet. I love the handbag in particular because it looks so similar to a designer version you've probably seen (yet it's thousands of dollars less). It comes in two other colors! I also love the cute ruffle tee I have on in these photos... for $35, you really can't beat it! It's very well-made, comes in white, and is also very work-appropriate (it would be cute with a skirt!).

I can't believe it's only Wednesday... this week is passing by so slow, and it's supposed to rain all day! Get me to the weekend!!!! :)


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Cutest Trend for Spring that's Under $50

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight

One of my favorite trends for spring (if you haven't already noticed!) is blue and white. I am crazy obsessed - I want blue and white EVERYTHING! Not only does this trend remind me of the Greek Isles, but it's insanely affordable too... all of the products above are right at or less than $50. I am particularly crushing on this crisp white bow back top  and this blue and white striped dress. I may or may not have ordered them for myself. I would pair all of these looks with neutral accessories - blue and white looks great with cognac! Which product is your fave?!

P.S. Thanks to everyone on your book recommendations on this blog post! I found a REALLY GOOD thriller and read it all in one night/morning. I can do another book review post if you guys are interested!


Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, everyone!! I'm happy that it's almost the weekend, but this has also been a really good week at home (very happy and productive!). I've been trying out some new products over the last couple of weeks that I really love, so I figured it was time for a new "Friday Favorites" post. Let me know if you have a new favorite product in the comments section!

Let's start with makeup first! I have been loving this new foundation from It Cosmetics. It's technically not a powder (it has a cream consistency), and it's infused with full coverage pigments and SPF 50+ UVA/UVB sunscreen. I know it's technically still winter, but this foundation will be brilliant in the spring and summer months when you want a little more coverage and more SPF! Each compact also comes with a sponge, so it's easy to throw in your purse and touch up your makeup on the go. I have been wearing the shade "medium" to match my skin after getting some sun last week in Mexico. It also stays matte and lasts all day long!! 

Some other makeup products that I've been loving (you may have seen these on my snapchat!) are from the First Aid Beauty line: these face wipes and this priming moisturizer. I love how they're both "tropical" themed - I took both of them to Mexico last week and both products are almost empty now!

Let's talk about the caffeine face wipes: I have been using them every morning when I wake up before I apply my makeup, and they work WONDERS for tired skin. The wipes remove excess oil, dirt, and any makeup leftover from washing your face the night before, and they contain caffeine from matcha green tea to literally revive your skin. They truly work. I am obsessed. 

 I also really like this coconut smoothie face primer because, um, doesn't it just sound awesome?!? It's a moisturizer and primer all in one. It feels lightweight, absorbs quickly and lasts all day. It makes your skin look glowy and plump. I have been using it every morning, with and without makeup.  

Alright this next one is my favorite but maybe I'm just a nerd :) I have been looking for a professional steamer for a while and after reading lots of reviews I finally ordered this pink one from Amazon (if you don't like pink, it also comes in other colors!!). I am constantly getting new clothes in and needing to steam them for photos, so this thing is AMAZING. It has a built-in hanging rack for your clothes and holds enough water for 1.5 hours of steaming! I bought the plastic steam head and not the metal one, because the reviews said the metal one gets really hot. I will never use an ironing board ever again. *Hands up emoji*

(Also if you're in the market for a portable steamer, my friend Krista got me this one and it's also amazing - I bring it on every trip!)


Okay next up, Tory Burch has really been killin' it with her spring line this year. I have bought several things from her line but these are two of my favorites! This crossbody bag is the perfect size and also the perfect neutral: it has two zippered compartments with plenty of room for my phone, keys, lipstick, etc. I wore it in this blog post if you want to see the size on my body. I'm head over heels in love with the design/shape and pretty much everything about it.

Secondly, these sandals. They're SO fun and fresh for spring! When you have them on, you can't tell that the bottoms are pink, and the pink/red logo really stands out. I wore them with jeans shorts and with an all white outfit in Mexico! 

And finalllllyyyyy, one of my favorite jewelry retailers is having their huge Semi-Annual Sale! These tassel earrings were my absolute favorite purchase last year, and they're marked down to $22 right now (plus they have a ton of other great markdowns). See everything on sale here.  

I'd love to hear your favorites from this week! Happy Friday everyone!