Flat Black Ankle Boots

I had a gift card to Barney’s and was almost positive I’d redeem it for work tops, which I desperately need (post on this coming tomorrow). I ultimately ended up purchasing my new favorite shoes of all time.

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Barneys New York CO-OP Round Toe Slip-On Shoe Boot $350

They are comfortable enough to run around in all day and can easily be worn with practically any outfit you put together – dress pants, jeans, dresses, etc. Expect me to be wearing these the next time you see me.

Less expensive options:

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Reiss Lara Black Flat Suede Ankle Boots $285

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See by Chloe Mini Flat Pixie Boots $355.49 $167.76

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Steve Madden ‘Prizzze’ Boot $99.95

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Chinese Laundry Britt Boots $89 $49.99

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Pacsun Qupid Tinsley Booties $39.50

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Splurging On Sheets

I have used my childhood sheets ever since I moved to L.A. five and a half years ago. I’m definitely at the stage of my life where I can justify a worth while purchase every now and then because I know I’ll take care of them and make them last… unlike when I moved to L.A., where priorities were staying out until 3 a.m. and learning the verses to every top 40 song on the radio.

I still listen to 102.7 with Ryan Seacrest, but the days of crashing on my best friend’s couch have unfortunately come to an end.

Jumping to the point, these sheets are amazing (I have them in Mercury):

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Macy’s Hotel Collection Bedding, 800 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Sheets $220 Fitted Sheet, $220 Flat Sheet, $120 Pillowcases

I don’t like Flat Sheets, so went with this blanket instead, which I LOVE (in white):

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Macy’s Hotel Collection Cotton Blanket $135 $80.99 (on sale)

*All prices for Queen size bedding

Nespresso: Delonghi Lattissima Plus

I sometimes wonder where my love of coffee came from. I certainly wanted it before I had ever tasted it, probably because I thought it looked so chic when my Mom would wake up early and sip from an oversized mug every morning. My Dad used to tell me I couldn’t have it until I was 16, mainly because it “stunts your growth”, which was an argument that didn’t go far, as he was talking to a thirteen year old who was the tallest in her class… and taller than most boys her age, as well as boys three years older than her. In fact, stunting my growth sounded like the exact thing I needed.

Long story short, on my sixteenth birthday, my Dad and I woke up early to enjoy a Starbucks drink of my choice before school. He drove me there, like he did everyday, beaming with excitement. We walked in the door and the barista blurted out, “Morning, Taylor! Want the regular?”. My Dad is still recuperating from the disappointment I caused him that day.

Flash forward to this Christmas, when I received the coveted Nespresso Delonghi Lattissima Plus. Hands down – changed my life. Not only in the improving my morning routine kind of way, but also in the ‘Oh My God – I’m on my fifth latte and can’t stop’ kinda situation. I’m learning to control it. In any case, it’s a great buy.

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Nespresso Delonghi Lattissima Plus $399.95

I’ve been enjoying coffee’s, latte’s and espresso’s with these clear mugs:

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Crate & Barrel Cafe Mug $3.95

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Crate & Barrel 12 oz. Tumbler $9.95

bodum-pavina-espresso-cup

 

Crate & Barrel Espresso Cup $7.50

Influenster’s Holiday VoxBox

For the past month, I’ve been reviewing products sent to me from Influenster, a site anyone can join in order to be considered for their seasonal “VoxBox” based on your social presence. I was excited to be included in their Holiday giveaway and would definitely encourage anyone interested to give it a try – it can’t hurt!  Although, you should know that in order to be considered for any future boxes, there are thing (fun things) you have to do in order to stay qualified. I like these because most of the beauty subscriptions I get are limiting in the sense that they only work with certain vendors and they are obviously mostly hair/skin products, whereas Influenster works with a lot of lifestyle brands as well. Check out my reviews below!

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HOLIDAY VOX BOX:

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NYC New York Liquid Color Lipshine $2.49

I received this sample in ‘Nude York City’, a fairly deep neutral color that borderlines on brown.  The shade wasn’t right for me and the smell brought me back to my sixth grade obsession with lip smackers, but for $2.49, it’s totally worth stocking up on some bolder colors for lipstick topcoat.  I like ‘Fashion Avenue Fuchsia’ and ‘Prospect Pink’.

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Kiss Nail Dress $6.99

*Use code voxboxhol for 50% off and free shipping

I love an accent nail and there’s no easier way to get it than using a nail sticker.  I got the leopard pattern, but love some of their more feminine prints like the flowers and gold embellishments. They come with 28 strips, so they last a while, especially if you’re not applying them to all 10 fingers.

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Goody Quikstyle Brush $11.99

My favorite item in the box! My hair is really temperamental and because it’s so thick and curly, most products that promote faster drying time double the volume of my hair and leave me with a frizzy mess. I was SO pleasantly surprised to see that this brush didn’t and actually did take the excess moisture out of my hair without any negative side affects. I like using it right out of the shower and then air drying or using it while blow drying (takes about 10 mins less time than usual), followed by straightening.

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Quaker Real Medley Oatmeal + $24.74/12 pack

I’m usually rushing in the morning, so I’m always eager to try something that starts my day off right, meaning healthy and delicious. These are SO easy to make – you fill with water and microwave for 45 seconds, then stir and let sit for 1 minute and have real chunks of fruit/oats in them. I tried ‘Cherry Pistachio’ and since I’m not really a fan of either of those, I didn’t love it, however their other flavors sound really good (Apple Walnut, Peach Almond, Summer Berry), so I’m definitely buying again!

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Montagne Jeunesse Fruit Smoothie Face Mask $1.50

I was really optimistic about this sample. Maybe because the thought of finding a mask for under $2 would be thrilling, but I didn’t have a good experience with it. The smell was a little artificial and although I liked the thickness and hold after 10 minutes, I took the mask off to find a bright red face. I usually don’t have strange reactions to these types of things, so it was a little alarming. Some of their other masks, containing avocado and less harsh ingredients may be in my future, but I definitely won’t try the brand again without testing it on a small area first.

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SoleSociety approx $50-100 depending on style

*Use code influenster25 for $25 off 1st purchase through Jan 31st

I have mixed feeling about this site. Mostly because I don’t really trust the fit and materials. I think you can score every once and a while, but you have to know, most of the time, you get what you pay for. I wouldn’t buy a solid leather or patent leather from this site without really examining and looking for reviews on those particular shoes because they can definitely come looking cheap, but I think if you’re careful and pick something without studs (they’ll probably fall off), $25 isn’t bad for a pair of flats or simple booties.

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EBOOST $28/20 packets

I really don’t like most powdered energy supplements, but definitely realize flavor has a lot to do with it.  I tested Pink Lemonade and thought it tasted more like medicine (Airbourne specifically) than a refreshing drink. I tried adding more water, but couldn’t even get through half of it. Other flavors are Orange and Acai Pomegranate.