April showers bring May flowers…I hope. This rain is seriously killing me today. After a gorgeous week spent inside the office, I was so looking forward to getting outside this weekend. Instead, I’m testing out the new photo swap Snapchat filter to entertain myself. First world pains. The good news is that there are tons of sales this weekends as brands try to get you pumped for spring. Check out the best below:
I should start this post admitting that I’m no beauty expert. I typically put on some mascara and go. However, occasionally, I enjoy being a girly girl, and there’s no better time to stock up on makeup goodies than at Sephora’s sale. All Beauty Insiders get 10% off, and all VIBs and VIB Rouges get 15%! Scroll through below to see some of my favorites.
As much as I’d like to be in a springtime frame of mind, the forecast is looking a little bleak. We’re talking 45 degrees next week. Not cool. The only good thing about it is that I’ve been watching the prices of winter outwear online, and there are some incredible deals right now if you’re in the market. (If you’ve been thinking about getting into skiing – or you just want to go on a fun ski trip with your friends but actually stay in the spa – now is the time to buy!) Scroll through some of the best deals below, and I’ve also included links to some retailers who are offering 30-70% off!
MooseJaw – 20% off all items (including sale) with code YAY20
In case you’re curious what I ordered, I got the Patagonia Fitz Roy from Backcountry (45% off – best price online!) and paired it with the Patagonia Piolet (I got it 40% off at BackCountryEdge, but it’s no longer on sale; keep your eye out). I also ordered the Marmot Alpen Component Jacket (less than $200 with various promo codes they’re always offering!) to see which I liked best. While I certainly liked the price of the Marmot jacket, it wasn’t as warm as the Patagonia combo, and Patagonia’s warranty cannot be beat. To me, it was worth it to pay more, but it totally depends what you’re using it for. I wanted something for those days when it’s below 30 degrees and the wind blows right through you, but you may just want something for those 30-45 degree days when you’re running errands. Happy hunting!
As an obsessive planner, one of my favorite things to do before I take a trip is to Google what to pack for the destination. An adventurous trip to Costa Rica is obviously going to require different luggage than a relaxing trip to Riviera Maya or a cultural trip to Paris in springtime, which can kind of stress me out. I hate not having what I need. So to help ease your mind, I’ve compiled my complete list for Costa Rica.
Bug spray and sunscreen. The bugs are intense in rainforests like in Arenal National Park, and the sun is bright in beach towns like Tamarindo. (You’re super close to the equator, after all!) Because Costa Rica is super green and into saving the environment, they ask that you skip the DEET and other harsh chemicals. Also, even when you’re in the rainforest, make sure you have some kind of sunscreen on, because sunlight does peep through. Take it from me; I managed to get burnt on my shoulders!
I had a really tough time deciding between hiking shoes and water shoes. I knew I’d be hiking around Arenal and Monteverde, which would be arduous enough to demand hiking boots but wet enough for water shoes. I chose somewhere in the middle and went with Keens. They offered the perfect amount of protection from rocks while letting my feet dry in the sticky climate. Total lifesaver, and worth every penny. And don’t forget cute wedges and sandals for the beach and nights out!
We started in Arenal, spent a few days in Monteverde, and wrapped up in Tamarindo. Because of that, I needed versatile clothing that could handle everything from hiking and ziplining to lounging by the pool and grabbing drinks as the sunset on the ocean. For active days, I would definitely recommend some kind of performance clothing; whether you prefer Under Armour, Patagonia, or C9 is up to you. On days when we went hiking, I wore pants, and I’m really glad I did. The Boy was getting eaten alive on his lower legs + scratched up from the terrain, and I came out without a mark. Just make sure they’re lightweight enough that you can breathe, as it gets super hot.
A lightweight raincoat. You need one that is waterproof, not one that is water resistant. When it rains in the rainforest, it really rains! It doesn’t last very long, but I would have been drenched without my jacket. Also, for hiking, I opted to use a backpack instead of a carryall. It may not have been as cute, but it was much more efficient, and it was easy to hide under my jacket when it started to rain. A clutch or crossbody is great for nights out.
Don’t forget your camera! iPhones are completely inadequate for capturing images in the rainforest due to the lack of lighting, so make sure you invest in a decent camera to capture memories. I also ordered a waterproof casing for my camera. I wasn’t brave enough to submerge it underwater, but it was super handy and kept my camera safe when we got caught in storms (and also from all the dirt!).
I don’t know about y’all, but I do not appreciate losing an hour of sleep. A girl needs her beauty rest! However, I was awakened to an insane amount of emails alerting me of sales, so that softens the blow. Check out some of the bests below!
It’s no secret that I adore Lauren James. I have multiple dresses and their seersucker bow shorts, and I wear them as much as possible once Easter arrives. Their newest dress, The Landry, is at the top of my wish list for spring. I love the girly scalloped edges combined with pastel seersucker – so sweet! And how cute is this video of the dress?
Spring is just around the corner, and your favorite retailers are feeling it, too! Check out the best sales on cold-weather clothes for next year and new spring styles. Most sales end tomorrow, so don’t wait!
I know I’m super tardy to the party, but I’ve finally joined the Poshmark bandwagon. If you’re not already a member, I suggest signing up ASAP. It’s a site where you can sell your used clothing and jewelry to other prepsters, aka you can make money on all those clothes you’ve been neglecting in your closet. Which also means you can score really good deals on gently used clothes. Pus, with code JCYRG, you’ll get $10 off your first purchase. I was able to score a dress from B.B. Dakota that I’d been lusting over a few years ago for 70% off! No exaggeration.
Over the next few weeks, as part of my New Year’s resolution of getting organized, I’ll be putting clothes on sale. Most of what I’ve put on sale so far has been worn once or twice; it just doesn’t fit anymore, so lucky you! Please feel free to reach out with any questions, and I’m definitely willing to negotiate. Happy shopping!
I recently got the chance to review some pretty great products from CoverGirl thanks to Influenster. I’m pretty basic when it comes to makeup, but I love to try new products to share with you guys – especially those that help you stick to your budget, like CG.
Oh Sugar Lip Balm in Caramel – This color did not work for me. At all. I’m also not completely sold on the idea of tinted lip balms, either. I don’t think the colors ever last long enough. That said, I like how smooth it is and the level of coverage, so if tinted lip balms are your thing, this is definitely worth the $8.99 price tag.
TruNaked Eye Pallette – Love love loved this. I’m not a huge eyeshadow person, because it tends to rub off for me after a few hours. (Okay, that’s probably user error.) However, this stayed put through an entire night out filled with dancing. Plus, I like how it has all the complementary colors in one handy place; makes it easy for us lazy makeup girls. These shades not for you? They also offer several other options.
Plumpify Mascara – I’m a mascara snob. I think everyone is making insanely shapes brushes that don’t live up to the hype. However, I was very impressed with this mascara. It volumized just as well as my They’re Real, and it’s half the price.
I seriously cannot believe that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It feels like I just put my Christmas tree away. (Well, maybe I was a little behind!) Yikes. Well, whether you’re trying to drop some hints for your boyfriend or buying a gift for your friend’s anti-Valentine’s Day party, my pretty in pink gift guide has you covered. Is it just me, or does all this snow have you hoping for extra chocolate this year?