Labor Day Deals + What I Bought

I was so excited to check out the newly re-opened Zara at the Galleria mall today, but I didn't end up buying anything for myself (more on that later).

I headed there around noon today when Harper went down for her nap and I visited the few stores I wanted to check out. While I love being able to try on clothes before I buy them, I don't really love shopping in malls anymore. These days, I'm doing most of my shopping online and dealing with the returns if items aren't what I expected or don't fit. 

I spent two hours checking out some stores and I came away with some fantastic items from Banana Republic which I'll share first. My entire purchase in-store was 40% off and you can get 40% off through tonight at midnight using code BRLABOR online.

This is one I'm still unsure about. On the right I'm wearing a size small and on the left a medium. I ended up getting the medium. I like the sleeve length and texture of this top. Let me know what you all think!
Next up is this must-have long sleeve tee. Oh my goodness it's so soft and stretchy. Highly recommend. I got a size small.

I also picked up a blue soft-wash oxford shirt. I got a medium as I liked the length, but I see they have it online in a size small tall, so I may order that to see if I like the fit better. You can see I layered it here with the striped tee from above.

I loved the print on this large checked plaid shirt. Black and white is classic. I want to layer this under a thin black sweater. I can't find this one online, but I LOVE this one that is very similar. This is also a medium.
I also picked up this charcoal-gray chambray-style shirt. I thought it would be good for layering and on its own for cooler weekends. This is a medium. Unfortunately I can't find it online.
This dress  is one I tried on but didn't buy. It was on sale too. Cute, but I passed.

I also went to LOFT and had the chance to try on one of the dresses from Lou & Grey that I shared in my post on Saturday. It's perfect! Great for casual summer days and will be great for our upcoming beach trip. I ended up getting the medium. The small fit too but I worried about it shrinking with how short it already is. Plus, I liked that it made it a little looser.

LOU & GREY SPACEDYE BLOUSON TANK DRESS

Now, before I get to the bad, let's start with the good. Zara expanded their Galleria store to include a kids and baby store upstairs and I couldn't be happier. I had seen the baby collection when I was in Toronto and was hoping we would get a kids/baby store too. I picked up a couple of things for Harper and I'm sure I will be getting many more there as time goes on because they have so many cute items.
Now to the not-so-good. I have always been a huge Zara fan, but their current offerings are not for me. I used to get a ton of clothes there and the last time I shopped there (in Toronto) I saw a ton of cute items, so I know this is just a fluke but I didn't like one item I tried on (everything felt shapeless). The fitting room lighting was also terrible, as you are about to witness...
Not good folks, not good. Maybe next time!

Before I go, here are two cute dresses I got for Harper at Baby Gap:
And lastly, I was running low on my beloved peony blush and picked up another. Thank you Bobbi Brown for making the greatest blush color in all of the land.

Hope your Labor Day was amazing!

Labor Day Sales + My Picks

Hello and happy Saturday! It's Labor Day sale time and I'm sharing with y'all below some of my favorite items from a few stores having great sales. I'm definitely picking up a few of these items for myself!

Today my friend texted me to let me know that Zara has finally re-opened in the Galleria mall and that they have a baby/kids section now which I'm thrilled about because their stuff is so adorable. Like seriouslythese dresses? This tee? Perfection. Zara was one of my favorite stores to shop at and I'm glad they renovated to make it two stories, because it was always so packed and busy that the shopping experience wasn't very enjoyable. 
LOFT
50% off Select Full Price Styles and 50% off Sale Styles. Shop from 8/28 12a EST - 9/1 11:59p EST
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Extra 20% off sale items! Over 600 styles added. Ends 9/1

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J.Crew
40% off Final Sale with Free shipping on orders over $100. 
Free Shipping on all orders on labor day (8/29-8/31).

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More sales are listed below. Happy shopping!

Labor Day Sale! Jewelry Styles Starting at 50% Off! Now - 9/1

40% off entire store! Valid 8/29 - 9/1

Get Prepped For Fall with 30% Off Full Price Items

25% off! // Code: laborday25

Recent Target Buys

I'm sorry I've been a little MIA from the blog this week. This past work week was so busy and next week is gearing up to be the same, so I took a little break.

I ended up going to Target tonight to buy a gift for a birthday party we're attending tomorrow and I thought I'd share some of my purchases. I love seeing what other people buy when they shop, so I hope you enjoy a peek into my cart!

You've probably seen these pants everywhere. Megan got them several weeks ago and I went to my Target and all they had left was an XS and XL. They must have re-stocked them because I was able to buy the medium today. I love these- soft and comfy! I always change into sweatpants after work and these will be perfect for that. I like that the top band folds down because it makes them fit nicer on me. 

This dress was one of the items I threw into my cart thinking "what the heck, why not?!" knowing I probably wouldn't end up buying it...but it looked so cute when I put it on that I couldn't pass it up.

I didn't end up buying these adorable leopard print pants because do I really need another pair of lounge pants (brain says no, heart says yes) but they were too cute not to share. #regrets

I purchased a few books for Harper's friend's birthday party and I couldn't resist getting these two for Harper. They're written by the same author as my beloved "It's time to sleep, my love" book so I knew I would love them…pretty sure Harper will too!

WARNING!!! Addicting product above! A co-worker turned me onto these and it's been love ever since. I often have a few (okay, a small handful) of these after dinner and it's the perfect thing to satisfy my sweet tooth without eating half a bag of miniature oreos.

I've been using Secret clinical strength for years, as well as Up&Up non-acetone nail polish remover. And, here's a confession: I pay $1 for the ELF lash curler so I can use the replacement inserts on my Shu Uemera lash curler. Cheap and effective.
Lastly, I picked up some Seventh Generation laundry detergent. I use tons of SG cleaning products in our home and absolutely love the brand. I usually use Tide free + clear for our entire family's laundry, but this was on sale and since I love the brand, I wanted to give it a try.

I hope you all have a great long weekend!

H-E-B Fall Beauty Picks

Though it's still over 90 degrees outside most days, it's safe to say that along with cooler temperatures, I'm craving a lot of other things fall brings--- like layering, coats, boots and bolder makeup looks.

I got to test out some of H-E-B's Fall Beauty Picks and I'm sharing with you the look I created. The products I was sent to try are:


After a long, hot and humid summer, hair rehab is a good idea. I applied this spray as the first product after I brushed out my freshly-washed and towel-dried hair. Then, I added my other usual styling products and blew it out as usual. I like that this protects and conditions my hair outside of the shower.
I used these metallic Revlon eye shadows to line my upper and lower lid- the lighter color for the lower lash line and the darker for the upper (the darker is called "Onyx," the lighter shade is "Gunmetal"). I used an angled eye shadow brush. I also added a black liner on my waterline and two coats of CoverGirl LashBlast mascara.
To complete this look, I used Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in a deep berry color. I always shy away from darker lips but I absolutely adored this shade. The best part is that if you rub it off, there's a great stain left so you can tone it up or down as you like. The color isn't as dark as it looks in the package---it leaves a beautiful berry stain that's perfect for fall after a summer of corals, nudes and pinks.
I also used L'oreal's Magic Lumi primer underneath my powder on my cheekbones and one line down my nose.  Unfortunately, Harper took the primer and hid it somewhere before I had the chance to take the product photos for this post, so I'm borrowing from this blog. I really hope I find it because it gives a nice glow to the skin.
One of my favorite things to do as fall begins is to start using deeper shades on my nails. OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark is a favorite of mine. I got to test out Sao Paulo Over There which is a pretty brown shade that reminds me of the way the leaves change color in the fall. I think it would complement a lot of skin tones.
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