IKEA haul!

With the acquisition of a new home comes the acquisition of things to fill it. For about two years now, IKEA has become our go-to for furniture, home goods, and even snacks, if we’re being honest. So, it was a no-brainer that when we made the move to North Buffalo, a trip to Canada to the Burlington IKEA would be made. This, I would say, was our most successful trip yet, as we went in prepared with a list in hand, and didn’t make too many irrational purchases [although naturally, some had to be made, right?]. If you’re interested in seeing what we got on our most recent trip, the remainder of this post is for you!

DISCLAIMER:  While most of our purchases are already assembled and placed, we are still in the process of perfecting our home. What this means is that once we finally get everything situated, more detailed posts are to come describing and showing our new home. Until then, you’ll see our purchases via the IKEA website!

INGATORP Drop-Leaf Table | Black-Brown | $159.00 CAD

Buying a kitchen table was one of the main reasons we wanted to make this trip to IKEA, as the one we had previously no longer was able to be used in our new place. The table we ended up with ended up being completely different than the one we thought we’d like – online shopping/browsing isn’t always what it seems! We landed upon this table that fits perfectly as a two-seater in our kitchen, but also has two drop-leaves, making it able to seat four for when we have company over. You can find this item here.

STEFAN Dining Chair | Black-Brown | $25.00 CAD

To go along with our kitchen table, we picked up four dining chairs! You can find this item here.

MALM 6-Drawer Chest | White | $149.00 CAD

Another main reason for this voyage was to get a dresser for all of my clothes. I didn’t bring any of my furniture with me on this move, and decided to start completely fresh. We picked up the 4-drawer version of this exact dresser a year ago when my boyfriend was looking for a new one. It comes in a multitude of colors, styles, sizes, etc. and is extremely easy to assemble! You can find this item here.

POÄNG Armchair with Lysed Gray Cover | Black-Brown | $129.00 CAD

Another item on our list was to look for another seat for our living area, as our KIVIK sofa can really only fit three people. My boyfriend adored this chair and had been talking about it for years, and when we realized it would fit perfectly in the corner we had in mind for another chair, it was almost a no-brainer that we had to get it. This chair comes in a variety of frame colors, as well as cushion covers, making it versatile to fit any home. Another added bonus? It is beyond comfortable! It’s definitely deceiving to the eye. You can find this item here.

PINNING Bench with Shoe Storage | Black | $59.99 CAD

In the entry of our home, we created a mini faux mud room to store some shoes and coats. To make this dream a reality, we picked up this bench that perfectly matches the rest of our home, provides another place to sit, and stores shoes. Honestly, what more could you ask for? You can find this item here.

PINNING Rack with 3 Hooks | Black | $24.99 CAD

Another addition to the faux mud room is a coat hook/rack. You can find this item here.

EKBY HEMNES + EKBY VALTER Wall Shelf | Black | $18.99 CAD

And to finish off our faux mud room, we purchased a shelf to go above the coat rack for some extra storage and to add a little more of a homey feel. Whether it’s to store hats, or another place for home décor, we don’t quite know yet, but I am sure we will figure it out. You can find this item here.

MOSSLANDA Picture Ledge | White | $9.99 CAD

We picked this up to decorate our bedroom! You can find this item here.

KUGGIS Box with Lid | White | $5.99 CAD

Who doesn’t need some extra storage? You can find this item here.

SOCKERBIT Box | White | $1.99 CAD

These fit perfectly inside our linen closet to organize toiletries and other items that would essentially clutter up a shelf. They are perfect! You can find this item here.

FEJKA Artificial Potted Plant | Thyme | $6.99 CAD

Was this necessary? No, definitely not. But it was just too cute! You can find this item here.

BUMERANG Pant Hanger | Natural | $0.99 CAD

Perfect for dress pants, you can’t go wrong with these hangers! You can find this item here.

FNISS Trash Can | Black | $1.75 CAD

An office essential! You can find this item here.

We also picked up some succulents and other plans that you obviously cannot find or purchase on their website. The selection is the best!

What do you think? Did we pick up some good stuff? I’d love to hear your opinion! xoxo.

Unplanned Target haul

To be completely honest, I could probably do unplanned Target hauls at least once a week. Every time you enter those doors, it seems like a million items end up in your cart without even thinking twice about them, and sooner or later, you are sucked in and $500 poorer. I don’t know what it is, but I know everyone out there can relate. Don’t even try to deny it.

Most recently, I went to Target with my Mom, as she had to pick up some things, and of course, I ended up going a little overboard with my own purchases. Did I need everything that I bought? No the hell I did not. Did I get it anyway? Yes the hell I did. I did so much as laugh for the entirety of this trip because my Mom’s main goal of this Target run was to get stuff for Easter baskets [yes, we still celebrate Easter!] and made the comment, “I don’t want to get too much candy this year.” But, sooner or later she spent over $100 on bags of chocolate and jellybeans and baskets and other knickknacks for Easter. I told you, you can’t deny the spell Target casts on you. If you’re interested in seeing what I personally bought at Target, stick around, because the rest of this post is for you!

  • 2 Nerds Easter Rope [$1.00 each]
  • Nerds Bumpy Jelly Beans [$2.69]
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs [2 for $6.00 promotion]
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Pretzel Bits Eggs [2 for $6.00 promotion]
  • 2 Kinder Joy Eggs [$1.39 each]
  • Animal Adventure Puddle Jumper stuffed baby chick [$9.99]
  • Ferrero Eggs [$3.50]
  • Buzzy Grow Kit Farm Animal pig [$2.00]
  • 6 light up bunny batons [$1.00 each]
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli [$8.24]
  • Rose gold and silver Easter basket [$3.00]
  • La Croix Coconut Sparkling Water [$3.69]

As I am sure you can make by the contents of my cart, most of the items I bought were for an Easter basket! I was also extremely thrilled to snag the last copy of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda because I really want to read this book before I go and see the movie. The last copy in the store was tucked in the back of the book section, totally not where it was supposed to be. So, after being discouraged thinking they were completely sold out, I was so excited to find the final copy! I already started reading it and can’t wait to dive into my opinion on this book on the blog in the near future!

What are some things you’ve picked up at the store lately? xoxo.

Really, another Target haul?!

Yes, you read correct. Another Target haul.

This post is to make up for my lack-of blog post yesterday due to me finishing all of my school work late last night and into this morning for the rest of my life! What better way to celebrate the forever-end of school than waking up at 5:30am to finish up final assignments and taking yourself to Target at 8am to celebrate?! [If you think I am totally psychotic. . your answer is correct].

Truth be told, my Christmas shopping was done on Black Friday. However, I woke up this morning exhilarated by the fact that, “holy shit, it’s almost Christmas!” and was way too excited and overjoyed that it is the holidays that I couldn’t even contain myself. Honestly, as lame as it sounds, I felt like I was jumping out of my own skin and had to be a part of the Christmas shopping madness, even though I was done. This annoying over-excitement could be due to either the fact that I was up at 5:30am, or the fact that I used my free Starbucks drink on a venti Carmel Brulee latte.

Anyways, I went to Target on a mission to find things for a DIY gift [SPOILER ALERT: find this on the blog next week!!]. Naturally, I got all that I needed and then some – what is it about Target that just sucks you in and makes you think that you need stuff that doesn’t even logically belong in your life?!

If you are interested to see in what the heck I bought during this caffeinated Target blackout, scroll right on down because the remainder of this post is for you!

Grocery

  • Christmas Rice Krispies
  • Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Instant Coffee
  • Almond Breeze Vanilla Almond Milk
  • Kraft Marshmallows
  • Hershey’s Kisses (Milk Chocolate/White Chocolate Hugs, White Chocolate Candy Cane, Holiday Milk Chocolate x2, Milk Chocolate Santa Hat, Holiday Dark Chocolate Mint)

Health-Beauty-Cosmetics 

  • Up & Up Makeup Remover Wipes
  • Wet ‘n Wild Lipsticks x2
  • Maybelline Fit Me Foundation
  • e.l.f. Translucent Powder

Home

  • 12-pack Quart Size Mason Jars *on my way to the checkout, I saw the box was on sale and replaced the jars in my cart with the box for a way cheaper price*

Seasonal

  • Gift Tag Set
  • Stocking x2
  • Gift Bows
  • Blank Write and Tie Gift Tags

Stationary-Office

  • PaperMate Colored Marker Pens

Toys-Sporting Goods

  • My Little Pony Surprise Gift Bag
  • Disney Aurora Tsum Tsum
  • Lego Friends Building Set
  • Lego Ninjago Building Set

I was going to end this post by asking if you’ve been to Target this holiday season, but I already know the answer is yes. So, what are some things you’ve gotten?! xoxo.

 

When doesn’t Ulta Beauty drain my bank account?. . a memoir

I will start off this post by saying that technically I didn’t go into Ulta to shop for myself. However, some of the deals on Black Friday were a teensy bit too good for me to pass up and naturally, I had to make a purchase.

It is no secret to anyone on this blog that I have a new-found love for makeup. While I rarely wear makeup Monday thru Friday thanks to my often increased levels of sweat at my job, I am no stranger to it on the weekends, or even to evening events, dates, whenever I want to feel good about myself, etc.

Fast forward to the information that actually matters.. my Ulta shopping haul. I will make it known right here and now that until I got to the cashwrap and saw the massive display of Morphe Cosmetics, I only had one thing in my shopping bag. But, thanks to some peer pressure from my boyfriend to “treat myself on your first Black Friday,” here we are with enough makeup to do a mini-store haul.

Item #1: Smashbox Studio to Go Eyes 

This $10 bundle was way too good to pass up, mostly because never in my life have I tried anything from Smashbox, but also because getting a $27 value for $10 is incredible. In this mini bundle, you receive a 0.06oz Photo Op Eye Shadow Single in the shade Nude, as well as a 0.02oz Deluxe Size Always on Gel Liner in Fishnet (black). Since I bought this bundle, I have worn this on my eyes every single day. The shadow goes on so smoothly and is so pigmented, and the liner is absolutely to die for – they weren’t kidding when they said it was weightless. I am looking forward to purchasing, for sure, the gel liner in full-size once this mini runs out!

Item #2 : NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream 3 Piece Set

NYX SOFT MATTE LIP CREAM IS MY FAVORITE LIP PRODUCT TO DATE. Did I need the unnecessary caps lock? Yes, yes I did because I need to get the point across to you that not only is this product super affordable, but it stays on all day, feels weightless as ever, and the colors are so pigmented that you feel as if you are wearing a high-end lip product. This bundle was $12, saving $6 from its’ $18 value. Ulta had a wide array of trios available, but my eye went directly to the one I purchased as every single shade of these 0.27oz lippies were new! Austin (a pink shade), Los Angeles (a brown shade), and Warsaw (a purple shade), are all everyday-appropriate and products that I will for sure grab for when I go to complete my look.

Item #3 and #4: Morphe 25A Copper Spice and 25B Bronzed Mocha Eyeshadow Palettes 

I combined these two items together solely for the fact that what I say about one will directly mimic the other. The Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette was the first product I’ve ever purchased from this brand and, I swear to you on my life, that I have never reached for another eyeshadow palette ever again. Every other palette I own has been pushed aside or tucked away in makeup storage due to their sub-par quality as compared to Morphe’s pigment, bendability, and creamy color. So, much to my [pleasant] surprise, when I saw Morphe at the cashwrap, it all went down. I picked up these two eyeshadow palettes for a discounted price of $12 a piece. I fell head-over-heels in love with these palettes. The 25A Copper Spice Eyeshadow Palette (top photo) ranges from deep browns and spicy cream shades to fiery metallic and shimmery taupe shades. This palette is perfect for either an extremely neutral to an all out smoky look. The 25B Bronzed Mocha Eyeshadow Palette (bottom photo) ranges from glimmering bronze shades to rich mocha and burgundy shades while having the perfect balance of matte and shimmer. This wide range allows for looks that fit perfectly for any occasion or any lifestyle.

What are some of your most-recent makeup finds? xoxo.

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Find the products mentioned below:

  • Smashbox Studio to Go Eyes: http://www.ulta.com/studio-go-eyes?productId=xlsImpprod17191209
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream 3 Piece Set: http://www.ulta.com/soft-matte-lip-cream-set?productId=xlsImpprod17031155#
  • Morphe 25A Copper Spice Eyeshadow Palette: http://www.ulta.com/25a-copper-spice-eyeshadow-palette?productId=xlsImpprod17081137
  • Morphe 25B Bronzed Mocha Eyeshadow Palette: http://www.ulta.com/25b-bronzed-mocha-eyeshadow-palette?productId=xlsImpprod17081139

 

What’s in my bag? | Volume II

All bag carriers, unite!

I know, I know. You’re probably all thinking, *really, another bag haul.. didn’t she just do this?* The answer: a month ago, yes. But a lot changes in a month [bag included], and I figured it was time for you to see the unnecessary crap I am carrying in my bag this month! So stick around – it’s gonna be a great time!

The bag:

YALUXE Women’s Vintage Style Soft Leather Work Tote Large Shoulder Bag | I got this handbag as a gift from my honey on our anniversary. I told him I had wanted a larger bag to carry all my things in for work that looked a little more professional, but wasn’t too expensive, as it gets shoved in a locker everyday. Low and behold, this bag has become the best thing ever. It holds everything I need, it’s stylish, comfortable. It’s great. Find it here.

What’s in it:

  • Kate Spade Cameron Street Lacey wallet | A repeat from last month, but this wallet is my ride or die.
  • Vera Bradley Breakaway Lanyard | Again, a repeat from last month, but how would I get myself into work without it?!
  •  Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Body Lotion in the scent Comfort | Hand creams are my absolute best friend when the weather gets cold and my hands get dry. I had a coupon for a free item *score* and was able to pick up this hand lotion a few weeks ago. Let me tell you, the name does not lie. The vanilla and patchouli mashup makes you feel as if you are wearing a giant sweater and getting the biggest hug. And your hands are left feeling so soft. Totally a 10/10 recommendation.
  • Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm | Shoutout to my Nana for this one, because she bought me two of these and they are my new obsession. For the last few weeks I have been battling a horrendous sinus/cold sickness, leaving my lips extra chapped due to not being able to breathe through my nose. This has been my lifesaver. Especially at night before I go to bed, it gives me that extra protection.
  • Gloves | For when the cold weather is really too much for me to handle at 8:45am when I am getting students off the bus.
  • Dayquil/Nyquil Combo Tablets | To assist with my aforementioned germiness.
  • e.l.f. Mattifying Setting Powder in the shade Translucent | A repeat from last month, this product has become my ride or die and has helped make me get some life back into my face mid-day.
  • Belvita Breakfast Biscuits | These have been my go-to when I don’t have enough time to make myself breakfast in the morning. I kid you not, literally every single flavor is so good that I never have a consistent one. But, also come in handy when I am left wishing I had an afternoon snack. A little snap of the fingers and *poof* my prayers are answered.
  •  Vaseline | To help with my super-chapped, red nose. Thanks, Kleenex.
  • A pen | For those moments I really need one.
  • Checkbook | To make me feel like I am a functioning adult.
  • Orbit gum | I should really buy stock with them.
  • Vera Bradley Soft Eyeglasses Case | To, you know, hold those things that make me able to see.
  • Asthma inhaler | For those moments that you take my breath away.
  • Keys | To be able to go into my house and lay in my bed, or go into my car and get the heck away.
  • iPhone | Duh.

What are some things you can’t leave the house with? xoxo.

Target haul!

Today I went a little too crazy at Target [as seen on Instagram]. Not that today was really any different from my usual Target run with getting more than I planned, but this time, overboard really is the only way to describe it. I ran in for two simple things: mascara and razors. What did I leave with? Well, stick around, and you’ll soon find out!

target

  • e.l.f. HD Powder in the shade sheer
  • e.l.f. Daily Brush Cleanser
  • e.l.f. Lip Primer & Plumper in the shade neutral/clear
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara in the shade blackest black
  • Crest White Strips
  • Razors
  • 6 pumpkin favor bags from the dollar spot
  • A pumpkin candy dish from the dollar spot
  • M&Ms White Pumpkin Pie candies
  • M&Ms Cookies & Scream candies
  • American Greetings Halloween sticker pack
  • 3 bags of “trick or treat” size candy bags

I purchased the same candy dish last year, but the ghost, with my boyfriend for his apartment. On one our most recent trips to Target together, we purchased, again, the same candy dish – this time the vampire. When I saw the pumpkin today, I knew I had to buy it for my mom, as she always keeps a candy dish out in the house.

Much to my surprise, the “trick or treat” size bags of Halloween candy were 40% off! It was a “today only” deal, so of course I had to buy more than one bag to ensure that my family and I had enough to pass out on Halloween, along with enough to bring my kiddos to school!

Perfectly enough, the little pumpkin favor bags [they had other patterns available] were only $1! They will be filled with the sticker sheets and candy for my students – cute, cheap, and easy! Every teacher’s dream!


Of course, every Target run is not complete without an iced beverage from Starbucks. This time, my second PSL of the season. How does one break the trend of being a “basic white girl” when everything fall is just soooo good?

Have you picked up anything good from Target recently? xoxo.