Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Etsy Find - Letterpress Stationary

There is a great Heartsy deal today for an Etsy seller, Ari Press, who does amazing letterpress stationary. I definitely just ordered this deal - for $12 you get a $30 credit to her shop. I can't wait to order some fun stationary. Here are some of my favorites...

Monday, June 27, 2011

Favorite Thing #223 - Tan Towels

I don't know about you ladies but I hate that in the summer time my legs don't keep my tan as much as the rest of my body since I'm constantly shaving my legs. To remedy this, I like to use Favorite Thing #223 - Tan Towel half body application. It's a really easy way to apply self tanner with no mess. It comes with individually packaged 7 in. x 9 in. towelettes featuring a concentrated self-tan formula. Just open up the towelette, apply to the area and within 2-4 hours your tan will start to appear. It looks very natural and no streaking. Just be careful around ankles and wrists. And of course like with an self tanner...don't forget to wash your hands afterwards!!!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Last of the Closet Clean Out - Dresses and Random Stuff

I just put up the last of the items. Lots of dresses this go around a few other random items. You can check everything out here. It feels so good to have purged!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Summer Closet Clean Out Part 3 - Tops!

My closet is almost looking like this! :) Here's part three of my closet clean out...lots of tops! Tank tops, blazers, etc. Variety of brands too J.Crew, Banana Republic, LOFT and Ella Moss. Check out the goods here.

Anthropologie One Piece = FAIL!

Anthropologie at ShopStyle

I posted about this bathing suit a couple months ago because I was on the hunt for a one piece bathing suit. I finally pulled the trigger with my bday 15% and go the suit. It arrived the other day and I was soooo excited and then when I tried it on I was soooo not. The bathing suit did not flatter my short torso was very low cut which defeats the purpose of me getting a once piece so I can play with my nieces and nephew in the pool.

J.Crew at ShopStyle

So I've adopted for this tankini in black from J.Crew...I got different bottoms then shown here, just a basic brief. I ordered this one and the small was too big (they definitely must have changed their bikini sizes because I should be a small). I've sent it back for an XS and really hope it fits. Fingers crossed.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thrifty Thursday - Heartsy

It's been a while since I've done a Thrifty Thursday post but as soon as I found Thank you SOOO much to Ann at It's the Little Things for blogging about this thrifty find - Heartsy. Consider Heartsy a Groupon style site for Etsy. Each day there are several Etsy boutiques or other Etsy like vendors offering discounted coupons for their products. I'm so excited about this site because I love shopping at Etsy and this will expose me to soo many more fun sellers! I definitely recommend you sign up for the daily emails.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Product Review and Favorite Thing #222 - Urban Decay Naked Palette

Urban Decay at ShopStyle

I bought the very popular Urban Decay Naked palette about six weeks ago and had share how much I love it. It really is the perfect eye shadow palette. I travel a ton and this is perfect to throw in my makeup bag because it's all I need. My favorite shadows are Virgin (nude satin), Sin (champagne shimmer), side car (beige sparkle), Darkhorse (bronze-plum shimmer), toasted (taupe-bronze) and Hustle (mocha shimmer). I will probably end up buying full sizes of some of these so that I can keep my palette for travel. As far as the other items that come with the palette, I'm not a huge fan of the brush (I prefer my Bobbi Brown and MAC brushes) and I'd rather use a different Urban Decay primer (Favorite Thing #197). I definitely recommend this palette...totally worth the $48 price tag!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

How can you not vote for this adorable guy?!?!

Please vote for my friend's adorable little boy Connor in the Parents magazine "See Your Kid on the Cover" contest. Really appreciate it! You can vote here before June 26.

Favorite Thing #221 - Vintage Cotton V-Neck Tee

J.Crew at ShopStyle

I've become slightly obsessed with J.Crew's vintage cotton v-neck tee and it's about time I declared them a favorite thing because I have them in about ten different colors. They fit so amazingly well and can be dressed up or dressed down. I wear them to work, a casual night out or just around the house. Follow me on Twitter (@xtinafavthings) and you are bound to see them in my OOTD tweets. I stalk the J.Crew sale sight and pounce as soon as they go on sale. There are multiple colors on sale now plus 30% off sale items with code MUST HAVE.

Monday, June 20, 2011

A New Look!

What do you think of my new look?!?! I wanted a clean, fresh, chic look and I got it thanks to Danielle at Just Dandy! Thank you thank you thank you!!!! I absolutely love it.

Super Cute J.Crew 30% off!

J.Crew at ShopStyle

I had to share this adorable dress from J.Crew that is on sale plus 30% off!!! I own it and it's the perfect dress this season. So comfy and works for almost any occasion. Just enter MUST HAVE at check out for the 30% off.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I want to hear from you!

I'm in the process of updating my blog and I want to hear from you. What don't I blog enough about? What are some of the topics you want me to keep blogging about? I don't share too much about my personal life, so now is your chance...what do you want to know about me?

Book Review: Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella

It's summer time which means I'm reading a ton. I've already finished two books and I'm half way through my second. I'm a huge fan of her Shopaholic series so I decided to read one of her other books. So the first review of the summer is Sophie Kinsella's Remember Me. This was an easy "beach" read. The premise, a woman awakens with amnesia, hooked me right away. Parts of the book were just laugh out loud funny. For me this was the perfect summer book because it's doesn't stretch your brain too much and it's very entertaining. Here's a quick blurb about the plot of the book -

Lexi wakes up in hospital after a car accident. She's lost all memory of the last three years and is amazed at how her life has changed: suddenly she's married to a gorgeous guy, she's running her department at work and on paper her life suddenly seems perfect. But slowly she starts to realize that things are not quite as wonderful as they initially appeared to be. For starters, her best friends seem to have distanced themselves from her. And her husband Eric doesn't really seem to be her type.

Next review - True Colors by Kristin Hannah

Currently Reading - A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Summer Closet Clean Out Part 2 - Bottoms

I've posted more items. This time a bunch of skirts and pants. You can find them here. The first round of my items will end tomorrow. I hope that after all this clean out my closet will look nice and neat like this one and not busting at the seams with clothes I don't wear.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Rehearsal Dinner Dress and Shoes...check!

My little brother is getting married in September and I haven't bought a new dress in a while...our summers of weddings have slowed I was excited to find something fun for the occasion. I hadn't planned on looking until later in the summer but I stumbled upon a dress that I had to get. I found this dress at the J.Crew Factory store in CT. It's part of the J.Crew collection (I guess only some of the factory stores carry this line) and they call it the Blue Martini. I love the colors and the style looks great on me. The best part was it was 30% off!!! Unfortunately, they didn't have my size so they ordered one from another store and it arrived over the weekend! I'm so happy with it. I have to get it taken in a little in the waist and the straps need shorten but other than that it's perfect. Here's a full length photo.

And these are the fabulous shoes I found at the Off Fifth Saks outlet that I will be wearing as well. These fabulous brown, bow pumps were also on sale...40% off! Now I just need to decide how I'm going to accessorize it!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Loving this..

Anthropologie at ShopStyle

I'm absolutely loving this top from Anthropologie. I think it might have to be a Happy Birthday to me present. Anyone seen or tried it on IRL? It would be the perfect top for our fall trip to Italy...don't you think? :)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Summer Closet Cleanout Part One!

It's time for summer closet clean out part 1. Check out my ebay listings here. All sorts of stuff - jewelry, J.Crew and Banana Republic clothes, cocktail dresses and more. Email or tweet me with any questions.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Last weekend in CT

This past weekend was my last visit to CT. Hubby surprised me with a trip to the beach and outlet shopping to follow. :) Does he know me or what? We spent most of the day lounging and reading. It was so relaxing and peaceful. Outlet shopping was successful too. A pair of fab shoes from Off 5th, new Marc Jacobs sunglasses and a dress for my brother's rehearsal dinner. Pictures of those to come soon.

Only one more month till my Hubby comes home for good. I can't wait to finally be back to a normal schedule.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

OOTD with my new Brooks Brothers Tunic

I saw this cute tunic at the Brooks Brothers at National Airport during one of my many visits there the past couple of months and I'm so glad I did. I absolutely love it. I paired it with my J.Crew pixie pants but it will also work with skinny jeans, white pants, etc. It's a great purple/pink color and light weight enough that I'm not sweating in the DC humidity. It also comes in navy.

I'm going to try and be better about posting more OOTD on Twitter and here. I've created a new Twitter linked to this blog so if you've been following me on my old hand or if you don't already follow me on Twitter, please do @xtinafavthings.

Friday, June 3, 2011


My birthday is coming up and Hubby asked me what I wanted. I've been thinking about getting the Kindle but I don't know if I want to make the switch. I really like the touch and feel of books, reading them by the pool or at the beach. Need your advice as to whether or not I should switch. Do you use a Kindle and love it?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Favorite Thing #220 - Skinny Girl Margarita

This weekend my girlfriend introduced me to Skinny Girl Margarita and it instantly became my favorite drink for the summer. It's so refreshing and exactly what I want on a hot day. It's the perfect low calorie cocktail during bikini season. The drink is a little strong so I put in a little Sprite/7-up to cut it...that and a squeeze of lime and it's good to go. In the DC area it's a hard drink to find so I definitely plan on stocking up when I can find it. This summer you can find me on my deck enjoying a glass...or two. :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New Favorite Designer - White + Warren

I've become a big fan of White + Warren clothing. It's so simple and chic. Below are a couple of my recent purchases.

Got this super comfy wrap sweater from Piperlime. I wore it the other weekend when I was in CT.
Got this at a local boutique Emily Grace. It's simple tan tank that I will wear on it's own once I get a little more color.

White + Warren at ShopStyle

I really really want this sweater but they don't have my size. :(


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