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Designer looks for less | Save vs Splurge

I think we can all agree that designer items are a nice to have, but not necessarily in the budget, read - super expensive! The summer sunnies for less post was pretty well received so I thought I'd do another round with some shoes & purses (my favorite)! If it's a pair of jeans or a closet staple then I certainly don't mind paying a little more to have it for a long time, but when it comes to trendier pieces where I like the design, but don't want to spend a fortune for something that might not be "in style" in a year! 

I can't even get over how similar some of these pieces are! When I was putting the collage together I had a hard time figuring out which one was which at first glance!

  • I've really gotten into loafers and I love how clean it looks with a pair of skinny jeans. Gucci loafers come in at $650 vs a save option for $24! Of course it is slightly different with a pointed toe vs. rounded and the save option isn't real leather, but it's pretty close at first glance! I also really like these pink ones for $26 - actually ordered them so I hope they fit! 
  • If there was a shoe that I was seriously considering splurging on it would be these Gucci mules but at $795 I think I'll pass and opt for these metallic ones for $37!  I really hope they get restocked in my size in black because I know I'd get a ton of wear out of them! 
  • I had the hardest time telling the difference between these wedge espadrilles - if it wasn't in the correct column I don't think you'd be able to tell either! Biggest difference - price! One is $37 and one is $160
  • Scrolled through Instagram lately?! If so then you've probably seen the Cult Gaia bag because to be honest the price point isn't as high as other designer bags at $228, but this is definitely a trendier item and I'm not 100% sure how things don't fall out, but I found a dupe on Amazon for $63!
  • The Chole "Faye" handbag has been around for a couple of years now, but the price is STEEP and I'm not sure it's a forever bag for me so when I saw this almost identical dupe in a pretty grey I was pretty excited. I read the reviews and it says that the suede catches color pretty easily - so it would be smart to safe guard it like you would with suede shoes. 

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If you see me sporting any of the above, then you know it's the "save" option­čśé! What do you normally opt to splurge on vs. save? 

7 Date Ideas in the City | Series

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Happy Monday friends! Another wonderful summer weekend gone by way too fast, but I think we're being rewarded with amazing weather! This weekend gave me a great idea for the next part of my "Boston Series" with date ideas in the city! These are great if you live around Boston or if you're visiting for a weekend and looking for something fun to do with your significant other! Two previous series posts are Boston During the Day and Best Brunch Spots in Boston!
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Picnic in the Park || This one's easy! Get a pizza, pick up your favorite sandwich or you could even pick up sushi to go (my favorite) and eat it at the park! I really should get a picnic basket and try to make it a little bit more festive! My favorite parks for this are the public garden & anywhere on the esplanade! 
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South End Chocolate Tour || A couple years ago Gary & I took this tour and had the best afternoon walking and tasting chocolate from restaurants and stores in the South End. I did a full review that you could read here, but if you're a fan of chocolate and want to see one of the best neighborhoods in the city, then this is a fun afternoon! 
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Boston Wine Tour || Similar to the chocolate walking tour, we did a walking tour with City Wine Tours and had the best time in a smaller group setting. At the time there were only a couple of neighborhoods to choose from, but now they have so many other possibilities. We went with the Back Bay & were excited to learn that each stop had a little food for us to sample as well - probably smart you'd want to carb load us before sending us to the next stop! 
Paddle Boats on the Charles || If it's a nice day, the paddle boats are so much fun!! Pack some water because it's a workout!! Funny story for this little date that Gary planned - we were both pretty excited to get out there in the paddles and then I realized we had to paddle back - let's just say it took twice as long and poor Gary had more of a workout than he was expecting! 

Castle Island & the Beach || Since Boston is on the coast, we are surrounded by water, so when you want to head for the beach you can actually venture to South Boston's Castle Island which is a great little day date escape. Just keep in mind, it's a city beach so it's rocky! 

Blue Man Group || This show is worldwide now, but there is a set theater here in Boston where they perform and this is such a fun date night idea! Located in the theater district you could always have a dinner before the show! Fun tip - you can get reduced tickets for the day of the show at a couple of ticket booths in the city - one is in Faneuil Hall and the other is right next to the Boston Public Library, just go early in the day so that you can get tickets! 
Red Sox Game || So baseball is not even close to my favorite sport, but I'm always up for a date to Fenway Park! You don't even have to spent a ton on the tickets to get a good view, but you must get one of the Fenway Franks - they are specially made only for Fenway Park!

Gary and I are always up for exploring, so I'm interested to know what you favorite thing to do on a date where you live? What about when you're on vacation? 
 

5 Shows You Should Watch This Summer

Happy Friday friends!! It was a pretty uneventful week around these parts - no events and nothing after work - so I finally feel caught up on life and shows!! I'm a huge fan of TV - it's the way I unwind and recharge and I've been doing a bit of that these last few weeks! I've already talked about Younger (it's on TV Land) a few times on the blog before - if you aren't watching, you really should be, it's hilarious and probably one of the best half hours on TV right now!! Here are some of my top picks for shows you should watch (and binge) on this summer!
 

Ballers (HBO) 

A friend of Gary's told him to watch Ballers and I'm so glad he did because we literally flew through the first two season's in one weekend #noshame. When a show is just a half hour, it's so easy to watch and fly through episodes! I think we picked the perfect time to get into this because the new season is premiering on July 23! If you liked The Rock before this show, then you'll love him after watching it. I was never a fan of Entourage and even though it's the same producers and even at times a similar premise, Ballers is so much better! Warning - it's a bit crude, but hey, it's HBO. 

VEEP (HBO)

We are so late to the party on this one!! VEEP is hilarious - there was actually a point this week when we watched an episode and I was crying from laughing so hard! It's so good and I can definitely understand why Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won so many awards for her portrayal of Vice President Selina Meyer. The characters in this show are incredibly funny - the delivery of the one liners in on par with the best SNL sketches! 

Bold Type (FreeForm)

Bold Type just premiered this past Tuesday on FreeForm and I'm hooked. It was a two hour premier and a show that I know I'll be watching all season (and hopefully for many more). It's a little bit how to lose a guy in 10 days - I swear there were actual sentences that were both in the movie and this show. It also has a little bit of a Devil Wears Prada vibe without the terrible boss! I am enthralled in these types of shows because they provide the best kind of entertainment. This little story has a little something to do with how the characters in the show might feel, I was walking to work on Thursday and this girl tripped on the sidewalk and fell - she quickly got up. She laughed it off and said something to the effect of - still learning to walk to work in these heels! I laughed and said - the trick is to wear flats to work and switch into your high heels at work! I remembered being that girl walking to work in my high heels and stumbling when a nice girl told me the exact same thing  - full circle friends! 

The OA (Netflix)

Normally if it has a supernatural, sci-fi tilt to it, I'm not into. BUT when so many people were saying how amazing The OA was, I decided to give it a try and Gary was so happy because he's totally into that sort of stuff. We were hooked within the first 10 minutes. Each episode is a commitment, the length varies from an hour to close to two hours - so you're in it to win it! What's amazing is the woman who is co-creator / writer on the show is also the main character Prairie. The first season is all about her return home after vanishing seven years ago - she has new abilities & recruits 5 very different people to help her with a secret mission. The minute you think you know what's happening, there will be a huge twist! Plain and simple, this show was amazing and it's been renewed for another season. 

Odd Mom Out (Bravo)

I've been watching Odd Mom Out since it came out a couple years ago. Jill Kargman the show creator and also the main "star" of Odd Mom Out has this incredible ability to take the most outrageous Upper East Side, New York Mom moments and make them relatable in a humorous way. I think the girl who plays her sister-in-law Brooke is such a standout character- she's just ludicrous, but her delivery is perfection! As much as this show is random, there is somewhat of a plot each season. 
Those are my picks for 5 shows you should watch this summer. What are you watching? 

Amazon Prime Day | What's in My Cart

I think at this point we are all sort of Amazon obsessed! Two day shipping and literally everything under the sun - I know I'm not the only that has "I'll check amazon" as one of my daily sayings! I wish I was kidding when I said that we get at least three amazon deliveries a week, but it's true and I know that we all appreciate the ease of shopping on there! It could be the most random thing in the world and they carry it. We have these special high efficiency light bulbs that the developer of our condo used and the only place that sells them at a decent price is Amazon!! Since the prime day sale is currently happening, which I know a lot of people were disappointed with last year...I wanted to give you a glimpse into my shopping cart - some items are part of the prime day sale and other's are just things we would get any way! 
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Packing Cubes || I have wanted to get packing cubes for the longest time - especially after seeing one of my friends incredible packing job using them! We have a trip in a few months and I am challenging myself to only bring a rolling carrying on - these will help! 
Bento Lunch Boxes || We have been meal prepping work lunches for a couple months now and our tupperware just isn't cutting it anymore! These make it easier to keep everything in it's own spot and I don't have to think about portion control! 
Arlo Camera System || This is all Gary! He's done his research on camera systems and really likes that these are wireless and have magnetic mounting!
Clean / Dirty Dishes || We actually already have this magnet and love it! It's so simple, but if you've ever asked are the dishes clean / dirty - then you need this! 
Coffee Table Books || I've read through the three coffee table books that we have so I'm ready to add another to the table and preferably one with a little bit of color! 
Essential Oils || I have a very simple diffuser that came with a couple starter oils, but I'm almost out and looking to up my essential oil game! The deal is actually incredible even without prime day - you get 6 oils with a value of $80 for only $15! 
Sojos Sunnies || Sunnies are one of the things that I purchase most often from Amazon - shared a few of my favorite in this post and I have these sunnies in rose gold already and really want a silver pair! 
What are your favorite things to buy on Amazon? Are you going to shop during Prime Day?

Best High End Mascara's

Hello and happy Monday friends! We enjoyed a little bit of everything this weekend - from a nice dinner at home (thank you Trader Joe's) to Escape the Room Boston with 8 of our friends to a leisurely Sunday strolling through the city - it was a perfect weekend! It was a lot of fun, but I didn't take as many photos as I would have liked so I thought I would change it up today and share my favorite high end mascara's!  I've blogged about lashes before and how I fake the false lashes look, but I wanted to share my favorite high end mascaras that help achieve those full lashes! 
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Givenchy Noir Interdit ($29) || Winner for having the most unique wand ever! The wand bends to a 90 degree angle and get's those hard to reach lashes towards the inner corner of your eyes. I will say this is a bit of a "wet" mascara so careful not to sneeze or you'll have a black eye to deal with, but all things considered, this is a great lengthening mascara!

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir ($26) || I think they named this mascara right by having "velvet" in the name! It's such a smooth mascara, but my only gripe is that you do need extra strength remover to get it all off your lashes and eyes - or else hello raccoon eyes! It has a similar wand to another mascara on the list, but gives you volume all on it's own, without the need of a lash primer! 

Monsieur Big Lancome ($25) || This is the newest mascara that I was sent from Influenster for testing and oh my gosh is it good! It's not yet available in stores, but I think it's going to be a big hit! It comes in a bigger tube with a really thick wand - if you aren't a fan of wet mascara's then you might not like this one, but it doesn't flake and doesn't leave your eye lashes looking clumpy! You get incredible lift, volume and length - a power mascara that does it all! 

DiorShow ($28.50) || DiorShow will always have a special place in my heart because I used it on my wedding day! Oh the volume you get with this mascara - it's one of, if not the best out there. Thick wand, nice consistency to the mascara that doesn't flake and doesn't give you spider like eyes  - it's one of my all time favorites! I find that I get the best volume with this mascara - it basically reaches my eyebrows! 

Better Than Sex  ($23) || I don't think this cult favorite needs any explanation, but similar to DiorShow this mascara packs a punch! I think the wand just might be my favorite because it goes from wide to thin back to wide and you are able to pick up all of your lashes in one swoop! I usually opt for the travel size in this because it's my favorite mascara to keep on hand at all times! 

Lancome Definicils ($27.50) || This mascara reminds me of my mom and sister which is probably why it's one of my favorites. It's one of the best lengthening mascara's out there in my opinion - I usually pair this with a bolder mascara when I need more lift in my lashes. If your lashes have a natural curl to them then I think this is the mascara to use / try because it will automatically lift them and bring out that natural curl. 
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There you have it - my favorite high end mascara's! I think a fun trick / strategy with lashes is to always use lash primer (this is the one I'm currently using) and then use one coat of a lengthening mascara and one coat of a volumizing mascara to get the double whammy! What's your favorite higher end mascara?