American Eagle

When life gives you lemons…

I first learned of ILYMIX when I came about their account on Instagram, and was drawn to their pictures of beautiful, bold statement necklaces and earrings.  This one in particular stood out to me: it’s bright, fun, and kind of reminds me of something Kate Spade would release.  I love the adorable lemons and lemon slices paired with starfishes and pearls (I mean, it pretty much screams Summer).

I paired mine with a J.Crew Factory sweater, American Eagle jeggings, and Payless Shoe Source pumps (shown below).


I definitely recommend checking out ILYMIX.  Their products are reasonably priced, ship quickly, and are of good quality.  There are tons of other items on my wishlist, from sunglasses, to scarves, to bracelets (and how cute is this watermelon clutch!?).  If you’re interested in making a purchase, ILYMIX has generously offered to give my readers 20% off your purchase: just use the code Elyse20.  Happy shopping!

*Note: Necklace provided for consideration.  All thoughts and opinions are honest and are my own.

January/February Favourites!

Jan-Feb 2015 Faves

I can barely fathom that it’s already March…where did January and February go?!  Wherever it went, it did leave me with some awesome new favourites to share with you.  Let’s get started!

1. American Eagle AEO Soft & Sexy Jegging V-Neck T-Shirt

I know what you’re thinking: Elyse, a t-shirt is a t-shirt.  But trust me, these shirts are perfection.  Part of AE’s new collection, these tees are the perfect length, are extremely soft and silky, are tagless, and come out good-as-new when washing.  I purchased my v-neck in black, (they are available in other colours), and the “Soft & Sexy” line also includes other styles (muscle tees, baseball tees, zip ups, and more!).

2. Arm & Hammer Pro Sensitive Whitening Toothpaste

For me, a good toothpaste is hard to find.  Sometimes I don’t like the texture, sometimes I don’t care for the taste, and sometimes I’m just not happy with the results. But for me, this toothpaste has it all: sensitivity protection, whitening, and a great “clean” feeling after you use it.  I’m especially impressed with its whitening ability, and noticed a significant difference after just a few days of use.

3. Tetley Chai Tea

I tried this tea after I found it in my pantry on a day when my go-to, Orange Pekoe, had run out.  When it comes to home-brewed tea, this is definitely one of my new front-runners.  A combination of, “cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, star anise and cloves”, I find it to be extremely smooth tasting and aromatic (just smelling it calms me down at the end of the day).

4. MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in “Hip ‘n’ Happy”

Lip pencils have become one of my favourite beauty products as of late (check out my Valentine’s day post here).  I was introduced to this MAC classic when I went to pick up the new Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick and Tinted Lipglass.  The makeup artist at the MAC counter was wearing a gorgeous colour on her lips, and she informed me that it was actually this lip pencil underneath the Miley lipglass.  She had received so many compliments on her lip combo, that her store at the mall (and the MAC counter in The Bay) were all sold out.  So, three MAC counters later, I now own and love this lip pencil.  Wear it on its own, with a lipstick, or under a gloss.  Any which way, you’re sure to love it too!

5. Aldo Accessories “Olaoviel” Necklace

Aldo Accessories is one of my favourite stores, and I frequent it often to check out their sale section (usually buy one, get one free).  This fun statement necklace, made of multifaceted black rings woven into braided black fabric, is perfect for jazzing up the neckline of a simple crew neck tee (or LBD).

6. Aveeno Fresh Essentials Daily Exfoliating Scrub

I’ve already raved about this product in my previous post: a review of the Aveeno Fresh Essentials line.  So to summarize, this scrub: a) smells amazing, b) feels awesome on your skin, and c) works like a charm.  Highly recommend!

  “Spring is when life’s alive in everything” ~Christina Rossetti

WhatDidSheFind Gift Guide: Day Thirty (Giveaway!)

Holiday Gift Guide Day 30

This past summer I discovered RumbaTime, a brand of fun, affordable watches and accessories.  One of my favourites, is their Orchard Gem Collection of watches, which retail for around $45.00 US each, and can be purchased online or at Indigo in Canada.  These watches are perfect for wearing alone, or layering with other bracelets (hello, arm party!).  The band is silicon and is adjustable (one-size-fits-all), and the rose gold face is 35mm wide, and is water resistant up to 99 feet.  These watches are the perfect combination of functionality and fashion.      

I actually first discovered RumbaTime watches at American Eagle Outfitters (RumbaTime did a line of watches exclusively for AE).  Love at first sight, I purchased three of them in the Orchard Gem style: 2 for me, and 1 to give away.  So, as a thank-you to all of you who have taken the time to read my Gift Guide entries over the last 30 days, I’m giving away the limited edition RumbaTime for American Eagle Outfitters watch shown above (on the left).

To enter, all you need to do is follow this blog: WhatDidSheFind (you can find the “subscribe” button on the right-hand side of the page on a desktop computer, or at the bottom on a mobile device), and comment below letting me know what day of the gift guide was your favourite.  The giveaway will close on Monday, December 22nd at 8:00pm, and is open to residents of Canada and the United States.

I hope you enjoyed this year’s gift guide, and maybe even used some of ideas for your friends and loved ones.  Wishing you a very happy holiday!

Previous Days:

Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, Day Five, Day Six, Day Seven, Day Eight, Day Nine,Day Ten, Day Eleven, Day Twelve, Day Thirteen, Day Fourteen, Day Fifteen, Day Sixteen, Day Seventeen, Day Eighteen, Day Nineteen, Day Twenty, Day Twenty-One, Day Twenty-Two, Day Twenty-Three, Day Twenty-Four, Day Twenty-Five, Day Twenty-Six, Day Twenty-Seven,Twenty-Eight, Day Twenty-Nine

 

Instagram Loop Giveaway! 9 Bloggers. 9 Prizes.

Loop Giveaway

Remember the blanket scarves I mentioned on Day Eighteen of my gift guide?  Here’s your chance to win one!  I’ve teamed up with 8 other awesome bloggers to give away some of our favourite things: that means you have 9 chances to win!  I’ll be giving away the American Eagle Blanket Scarf in “Buff” (shown above)!
Steps to enter are as follows:
1. Follow @elyse270 on Instagram.
2. Like the giveaway photo.
3. Comment below the photo, answering the following: “What is the most thoughtful gift you’ve ever received?”.  This is how I’ll know you’ve entered.  Tag a friend for a bonus entry!
4. Tap the photo to see where you go next.  In order to qualify you must follow each of the bloggers involved.
I will pick a name randomly from those who have entered. The contest runs for 48 hours and will begin Tuesday, December 16th at 8:00pm EST (and end Thurs at 8 PM EST).

WhatDidSheFind Gift Guide: Day Eighteen

Photos and logo from AE.com

Photos and logo from AE.com

One of this season’s hottest trends, the blanket scarf, is a fashion piece that works double-time.  Wear it around your neck for a comfy-cozy look, or open it up and use it as a blanket when you catch a case of the winter chills.  Many stores are creating their own signature patterns and colours, and some of my favourites can be found at American Eagle/Aerie.  Shown above (from left to right) are “Holiday Red”, “Buff” (I purchased this one), and “Royal Navy”.  These scarves are 100% acrylic, super-soft, and are extremely billowy and voluminous: they measure 59 X 59 inches!  You can purchase these online (however they sell out fast!), or in-store (I’ve seen them in quite a few) from American Eagle or Aerie on sale for around $25.00.  Pair one of these with a cute mug and some cozy socks, and you’ve got the perfect gift!

Previous Days:

Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four, Day Five, Day Six, Day Seven, Day Eight, Day Nine,Day Ten, Day Eleven, Day Twelve, Day Thirteen, Day Fourteen, Day Fifteen, Day Sixteen, Day Seventeen

 

September/October Favourites

September October Favourites

While I much prefer the heat of Summer over the brisk Fall we’ve been having, September and October did at least mark the discovery of a few new holy-grail beauty and fashion items.  Let’s get started!

1. The Body Shop Colour Crush Nail Polish in “Almond Kiss”

The Body Shop’s newly released nail polishes can definitely play in the big-leagues.  Their polish applies easily and evenly, dries fast, and has impressive wear-time.  I especially love the colour “Almond Kiss”, which is the perfect neutral for pairing with your every day work-and-play attire.  Other favourites?  The colour “The Body Shop Green”, (an ode to the colour of their logo), and “Crazy for Blue”, a gorgeous, glossy navy.

2. Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Fast Dry Nail Color in “Cleary Quick”

I always find waiting for nail polish to dry so inconvenient; there are a million other things I’d rather be doing.  That’s way this product has become a staple in my nail polish routine.  Paired with The Body Shop polish above, my nails were fully dry in about 10 minutes, and lasted upwards of 8 days with little to no chips (which speaks to the quality of both this top coat, and the nail polish above). It’s also extremely affordable, and can be purchased for around $4.00 a bottle at Wal-Mart.

3. American Eagle AEO Denim Vested Hoodie

This jacket has been a part of American Eagle’s line for the past few seasons (and has come in other colours as well).  I toyed with buying it in the Spring, but finally purchased it at the end of Summer.  I wasn’t 100% sure that I’d get the wear out of it that I’d like to, but I was wrong.  This jacket is extremely versatile (not to mention super comfortable).  I’ve most recently paired it with a black t-shirt dress, and also with leggings (which you can see in this post, and on Instagram here).  American Eagle offers great sales fairly often (usually around 40% off with free shipping), so be sure to sign up for email notifications!

4. Urban Decay Naked2 Basics

If you invest in one pallet, this should be it.  The eyeshadows are perfection: thick, creamy application, and beautiful tone and pigmentation.  All you need to create a subtle day-look, or evening smokey-eye drama is in this 6-eye shadow pallet.  My favourite colours are “Stark” and “Cover”, which give eyes a “no-makeup” makeup look.  All you need to do is add a little bit of “Undone” to the outer corners of your eye, and your ready for after-work cocktails or a night on the town!

5. NARS Audacious Lipstick in “Audrey”

Newly released by NARS, these lipsticks are flying off the shelves, and all with good reason.  Beautiful pigmentation and smooth application, one swipe is all it takes to obtain long-lasting lips that are sure to make a statement.  The luxe packaging also includes a magnetic-closure lid.  The colour I’ve been loving? Audrey: described on the Sephora website as “red currant”.  In the tube, this colour looks like a darker-toned red, but on the lips, it’s much more like a rich berry or wine tone.  I wore this to a recent event (where food and drink were involved), and never needed to reapply throughout the night.  You can check out a picture of me wearing this on Instagram, here.

6.  Minicci (Payless Shoe Source) Ultra Low No-Show Socks

Time for some real-talk: the truth is, that every time you wear your favourite heels without socks or pantyhose, the dead skin and bacteria left behind (gross, I know) is there permanently.  Shoe cleaners and sprays will help mask any build-up or scent, but the bacteria will always remain.  An easy way to prevent this is by wearing these no-show socks from Payless.  A pair will run you around $3.00 (they come in nude and black), and will help ensure your new shoes stay fresh for many walks and dances to come!

 

What have you been loving? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

 

How I Style: Statement Necklaces

Statement Necklace

It’s no secret that statement necklaces are a wardrobe staple of mine.  T-shirts, dresses, sweatshirts: necklines just look that much better with a gorgeous, sparkly piece around them.  What I also love about a good statement necklace, is its versatility: work, date night or a lazy Sunday, there’s one for every possible occasion.

Enter the stunner featured in the pictures below, from Cards and Presents in Toronto (check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).  I highly recommend this necklace: it is of great quality and has a strong lobster-clasp closure.  This beauty (in my favourite colour) retails for $20.00 Cdn +tax, and can be purchased in-person at Cards and Presents’ location in Toronto (245 Queen Street West; you can’t miss the pink storefront!).  Or, you can purchase it from their new online store, which launched October 1st (don’t you just love being able to shop in your yoga pants?!).  Use code “CANSHIP” for free shipping within Canada until November 15th!

Check out the different ways I like to wear this necklace below, and visit me on Instagram at  @elyse270 to see some additional pics.  Let’s get started!

1. Work

Feel like it just takes too much effort to stumble out of bed and get ready for work most mornings?  You can sleep in, put your hair in a ponytail, pop on a sparkly necklace, and you’re insta-glam. Problem solved.  Pair it with dress pants and a simple tee, and you’re good to go.

Outfit featured below:

Pants, Joe Fresh

Top, Gap

Shoes, Sears Canada

Sunglasses, Ray-Ban Aviators (featured throughout post)

Lipstick, The Body Shop Colour Crush in #205 (featured throughout post)

Nail Polish, Formula X in “X Heart Rouge” (featured throughout post)

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2. Weekend

When it comes to the weekend, I’m all about keeping my outfit simple and comfy.  I also love the idea of pairing a statement necklace with these comfier clothes; it makes you feel a little more put-together in your leggings or flowy maxi skirt.

Outfit featured below:

Skirt, Old Navy

Top, Joe Fresh

Belt, Danier

Shoes, Payless

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 3. A Night Out

To me, date night or a night out on the town is a fun event, and so I think your outfit should follow suit.  Now is the time to wear all the things you can’t wear to work on a daily basis: leggings, tighter fitting clothing, or denim.  It’s also the perfect opportunity to throw on a glitzy piece of statement jewelry, and hit the town!

Outfit featured below:

Leggings, Mark by Avon

Top, Bluenotes

Jacket, American Eagle

Shoes, Nine West

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Advertising Gets Real: #AerieREAL

*All photos courtesy of www.ae.com

*All photos courtesy of http://www.ae.com

Aerie (American Eagle’s lingerie and loungewear line) recently announced that they will no longer be retouching their models in an effort to encourage women to love their bodies, no matter what size or shape.  As part of this initiative, they have also invited women to tag their “real beauty” Twitter and Instagram pictures with the hashtag “#AerieREAL” (by doing so, you also have the chance to be featured on their website).

It is so refreshing to browse the Aerie website and find real, untouched women who are happy and confident, even with what some might see as “imperfections”.  At the end of the day, almost every woman has something about their body that makes them a little insecure, and so I find Aerie’s effort to allow women to identify with their models both impressive and liberating.  I truly hope that Aerie has kick-started a phenomenon that will have more and more companies following suit.

If you’re interested in learning more about their initiative, check it out here.  What are your thoughts on Aerie’s new campaign? Let me know, below!

January/February Favourites!

January-February Favourites

1. Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm

What I love about this lip balm is that it can be worn day or night.  Use it as a lip treatment while you sleep, or wear it to school or work in place of (or underneath) a lipstick or gloss.  The baby-pink tone flatters nearly every skin tone, and can be subtle or more intense depending on how much you apply.  The rose scent is pretty (not overpowering), the formula has SPF 10, and the packaging is chic and durable.  A little more expensive than your typical Chapstick, this balm is definitely worth the splurge (around $29.00).

2.  Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black

This is one of the best liquid liners I’ve ever used.  It provides rich, pigmented colour, a smooth application (no tugging), and has a tip that makes it easy to create both thick, thin, and cat-eye style lines (with a marker-style tip).  The waterproof formula ensures it stays in place throughout the day, but yet still washes off easily at night.

3.  JESSICA (by Sears) Women’s ‘Ibenawen’ Leather Platform-Heel Pump

For about 6 months, I was on the hunt for a pair of leather shoes that have leather insoles.  I was close to giving up, when I came across these pumps at Sears.  An extremely reasonable price for an all-leather shoe ($59.99), I picked up both the matte and patent black.  I was prepared to be uncomfortable the first day (as most leather shoes need time to stretch), but was surprised to find that they fit perfectly right from the start; no blisters, irritations, or soreness.  After about 2 weeks of wearing them, they still fit like a glove.  I also love that they are the perfect height.  They are tall enough to lengthen your legs (3.5 inches), but the platform makes them easy to walk in and adds extra comfort (the leather insoles are also cushioned).  Depending on the season, these shoes come in different colours (currently, I’m lusting over the “Cognac” pair).  I was lucky enough to find last season’s pairs in blue and beige, and got them for $23.00!

4. Buxom Full-On™ Lip Cream in “White Russian”

This lip gloss is creamy, shiny, and is the perfect pink tone.  It has a temporary plumping effect (with a slight cool, tingling sensation), but provides your lips with vitamins A and E to keep them soft and hydrated.  No shimmer or sparkle to be found in this gloss, which makes for a nice, clean finish to a smoky-eye or dramatic eye makeup look.

5. American Eagle Hi-Rise Jegging in “Clean Rinse”

For me, finding the perfect pair of jeans can seem next to impossible.  They’re either too short, too long, not the right shade of blue, don’t fit my waist properly, or most annoyingly: too low.   Luckily, more and more stores are offering higher-rise versions of their jeans, including American Eagle.  For these jeans, it was love at first try-on.  They are stretchy like a legging, a rich indigo blue that matches nearly everything (and have no feathering or pre-purchase rips), and are the perfect rise (just below the belly button).  I also love that they are skinnies, so they can be worn with heels or tucked into boots.  Interested? American Eagle always has great sales on, so be sure to follow them via email for updates on current promotions (up to 40% off and free shipping).

6.  Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Studs Kit

This fun set creates endless nail-art opportunities.  It includes 3 vials of studs (black, silver/metal, and clear), and also includes a handy nail-art pick up tool.  No glue necessary, simply apply the studs when polish becomes tacky (approximately 30 seconds after polishing), and then cover with a top coat.  This set is extremely affordable and  can make a plain polish seem that much more exciting (accent nail, anyone?).

Happy girls are the prettiest. ~Audrey Hepburn

Keep the Receipt! How your purchases can save you cash.

ReceiptsWe’ve all heard it before, the infamous, “would you like a copy of your receipt?” from the person behind the cash register.  If we say “yes”,  we either throw it away, or lose it in the abyss that is also known as our purse.  If we say “no”, it’s usually because we already know we won’t need it, or, because we don’t want our significant other to find the evidence (admit it, it’s the latter).

However, stores are starting to use receipts as a way to not only gain valuable feedback from their customers, but also to provide shoppers with discounts on future purchases (so now you just have to go back for that beautiful leather bag!).  I’ve touched briefly on this subject before, but today I wanted to share all the receipt-coupons that I use on a frequent basis (spreading the love, if you will).  Be sure to comment below if you know of any other great ones!  But first, a few quick rules to get us started:

1. Don’t Be Lazy!

The surveys usually only take 5 minutes of your time, and most of them are completely worth it.  What are you waiting for!?  Complete them as soon as you get home and put them in your wallet.  That way, you won’t be searching for it or wishing you’d brought it the next time.

2. Watch the Clock.

Some of the receipt coupons have expiry dates.  Make sure you’re using the ones that expire sooner, first.

3. Break it down.

Don’t be afraid to break down your purchases into multiple transactions.  If you have more than 1 receipt-coupon, and the store is willing to let you use them all, why wouldn’t you?!

4. Do the Math.

If the store is making you choose between a current promotion/other coupon and using your receipt-coupon, always do the math to see which one is the best deal.  Don’t waste your hard work!

Let the shopping begin:

Bath and Body Works $10.00 off your purchase of $30.00 or more (Note: when the large candles go on 2 for $30.00, you can now get 2 for $20.00 (or 4 for $30.00 using 2 coupons/transactions)!

La Senza– $10.00 off your purchase of $40.00 or more

Victoria’s Secret- $10.00 off your purchase of $60.00 or more

The Body Shop– $10.00 off your purchase of $40.00 or more

Payless Shoe Source– $4.00 off your next purchase of $10.00 or more

Old Navy– 15% off your next purchase (on randomly selected receipts)

The Gap 20% off your next purchase (on randomly selected receipts)

Banana Republic– 20% off one regularly priced item (on randomly selected receipts)

American Eagle-15% off your next purchase

Mark’s Work Warehouse-$10.00 off your next purchase of $40.00 or more

Globo Shoes– 10% off your next purchase

Aldo Shoes– 15% off your next purchase (aldoshoes.com/survey)

McDonalds– Free medium fries and a drink with your next sandwich purchase

Burger King-Free Whopper or chicken sandwich

Subway Sandwiches-Free cookie!

A penny saved is a penny earned.~Benjamin Franklin