Instagram Recap + A Tory Burch Giveaway

Last week’s Instagram recap went over so well with you all that I decided to do another one again this week!  Here are a few of my favorite moments from this past week:

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Details: Sunnies, Emblem Eyewear // To-do list pad, Thyme is Honey // Notepad, Kate Spade // Bag, Louis Vuitton // Lipstick, YSL

I found some new ‘to-do’ lists that I love!  They even help you track how many glasses of water you have had in a day.  Here is a close up of the pad pictured above:

todolistPhoto:  Thyme is Honey (click on picture or here to link to Etsy site)

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I got my very first facial ever!!  It was rather nice.  More details to come on the where and when, including details on products they used on my face.  In short, it was divine and I want more.  Also, please excuse the lack of makeup and filter here, haha!

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Details: Pendant necklace, Cayetano Legacy // Stackable Bracelets, Ellie’s Sparkles // Sunnies, Emblem Eyewear

I got some new jewelry!  Agate stones on a pendant neckalce and a gorgeous stack of baubles. ❤

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And finally, La Croix.  My new drink of choice.  The peach-pear and lime flavors are my favorites, but orange isn’t so bad either. 🙂

More to come this later this week, but for now, hope you enjoyed this week’s recap!  What did you think??  Any recommendations for facials – for example, frequency, location, products, etc??  I’m a facial newbie, but I think there may be more in my future after this first experience!!

Also, I’ve joined a group of bloggers for a fun Tory Burch giveaway.  See below for details.  Wish I could enter the giveaway myself because the gifts are to die for!!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

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The Mani-Cure

Disclaimer:  The following post is, much like the current state of my life, a bit disjointed.  So, I ask you to bear with me just this one time.

As some of my readers know, I lost my beloved Vienna just yesterday.  The title of this post therefore stems from a emotionally-exhausted attempt to seek some comfort, a ‘cure’ if you will, from something as simple as a ‘mani’cure.

My Beloved Dog, Vienna:

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She was a sweet, sweet dog.  Loved to chase after squirrels.  Had an insatiable appetite. Loved to burrow under a doggie blanket before falling asleep in her doggie bed at night.  Loved us unconditionally.  Sigh, so difficult to write this just a day later.

Not skipping a beat, off to work I went today.  The morning was tough, but I managed to check some things off my list.  As lunch time approached, the tears were starting to overwhelm me.  Hoping to find something to take my mind off of the sadness, I left my office for a lunch break away from my desk.

There are usually two things that can make me feel comforted when away from my loved ones: a mani with a manicurist who is a good listener and comfort food…Mexican.

So, off to lunch I went.  In one hour, I managed to drive to the restaurant, eat my food (I ate it too fast to capture a picture of it, oops!), get my nails done, and drive back to my office. Pretty impressive, right?  I thought so!  Efficiency at its best. 🙂

Post-mani:

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Often a manicure will eat up a large chunk of time, but over time and after numerous smudged manicures, I have identified two items that make for quick-drying, long-lasting, glossy manicure.

The first is this Deborah Lippman ‘It’s Raining Men’ polish:

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Or, another favorite, Sinful ‘Ruby Ruby’ polish:

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…and the second, a coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri:

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That’s it.  The no-nonsense mani for the working, professional woman.  The red hues described are not obnoxious and the SH Insta-Dri dries in literally 5-7 minutes!!  The SH Insta-Dri I totally recommend.  In fact, I suggest you hop in your car after reading this post, and run to the drugstore to buy one for yourself!  I joke, I joke. Seriously, though, finish reading my post. 😉

So, much like Elle Woods (yes, that’s a Legally Blonde reference), I too sought a ‘Mani-Cure’ for my bad-day woes.

But, was I cured of my doggie-blues?  Not quite unfortunately.

Grieving, from what I am gathering, is not a one-day experience; even when grieving over a pet.  Although I felt momentarily happy, I kept thinking of Vienna. For example, how I will miss hearing her nails on our wood floors at home, despite how much it sometimes irked me to hear them at 6am when she would rush to our room to alert us that the sun was out and she needed to be fed.

Also hard, is explaining to my four-year old where his doggie is now.  Of course we explained that she is now in heaven.  We pointed to the sky in an attempt to explain where heaven is.  Thinking we had appeased his intrigue of heaven, we left the subject alone only to be confronted with, “Mommy, but I still want my Vienna,” when we tucked him in at night.  Followed by, “Vienna is going to be scared in the sky because it’s dark now”.  “What if the lightning and thunder hurt her??”

Together, we are working towards healing.  They – the experts and others – say that talking about it, writing about, etc., can be therapeutic.  Alas, this post, is an attempt to do just that; heal.  If anything, it helps me maintain a sense of normalcy for a few minutes out of the day, by telling you about how my ‘Mani-Cure’ temporarily helped to heal my emotional wounds.

We love you, Vienna (2007-2013).  Forever you will be the heartbeat at our feet.

The Postdoc Wears Prada

The truth is, I’m a label snob.  There I said it.

But…I have my reasons!!

  1. Often, designer labels are made with better quality materials, often have a better fit, but mostly, are simply more aesthetically pleasing.
  2. If you are a savvy shopper, you can usually get high-end, designer items at a cost similar to what you would pay for something that is not a designer item.  How, you ask??  Well, for one, if you shop online, ALWAYS look for coupons, discount codes, or promos.  You are guaranteed to usually get at least free shipping.  Some of my favorite sites to check for discounts are Google.com (duh!), retailmenot.com, ww.survivingthestores.com.  Perhaps I will compile a list soon if there is enough interest from you, the readers!
  3. If you are anti-online shopping and prefer to shop at the store, look for coupons in the mail, via email (sign up for their newsletters, or email promotions), or simply ask the cashier if they have any promotions going on, or if they happen to have any coupons available that you can use.  It happened to me before, and I was able to purchase a wool blazer from Banana Republic for $50 simply because I asked for coupon and they had one to give!
  4. Finally, as anybody who is close to me knows, I am the ultimate eBay seller, consigner, you name it.  If I am able, I will resell it!  And, the fact of the matter is, designer labels don’t depreciate in value as quickly, and have greater odds of reselling even when they do depreciate more than expected.

So, when able, I opt for designer labels over non-designer labels.

Take for example designer bags.  Have you searched eBay for either Chanel or Louis Vuitton bags?  Years after purchase (I’m talking years!  Sometimes decades!), these name brand bags will resell for 60-80% of the original price.  So let’s think of a purchase this way:

Say I buy a Louis Vuitton Bag (I am currently coveting a Speedy 30).

Current purchase price is $875 + tax, which in Jefferson County, Alabama brings the purchase price to $962.50.

Because big ticket items often require some budgeting, that often also means that you have had some time to plan and wait for the purchase of the item.  In my case, I have been planning for a few months now, and also know that within the month, will be traveling to California where sales tax will be 1% less.  That now brings my purchase price to $945 (money saved: $17.50).

Second, I am an American Express card holder.  With American Express, one can sign up for their rewards program, which awards you points for purchases made using your AmEx card.  Thanks to the frequent travel associated with my academic position (yay for conference travel and faculty interviews!!), I now have enough points to redeem for a $300 gift card to Saks Fifth Avenue.  There are Louis Vuitton Stores in select Saks Fifth Avenue locations, which DO accept Saks Fifth Avenue gift cards.  That now brings my purchase price to $645 (total money saved: $317.50).

Third, coupons come by way of store promotions, online promotions, or discount deals like those offered by Groupon.com or LivingSocial.com.  In my case, I was able to snag a Saks Fifth Avenue LivingSocial deal where I paid $20 for a $40 credit.  This can be applied to the purchase of my bag!  That now brings my purchase price to $605. ($625 if you think about the $20 I paid. Total money saved: $337.50).

Okay, so $625 is still a lot of money for a bag you say??  Well, let me turn you on to the idea of reselling your goods once you have gotten tired of them, or are looking to upgrade to something different.

If, after 1 month of carrying my bag, I decide I no longer want it, I resell it on eBay (or other venue for online resales, like Craigslist, Poshmark, etc).  LV Speedy 30’s are currently ranging in price between $650-$800, depending on how used the bag is.  Even if I were to sell it for $650, I still make $25 on the transaction!  That means I carried the bag I was coveting for as long as I wanted and still made money on it!  Seriously, you can’t tell me that isn’t amazing.  Really??!

And that, my friends, is how the Postdoc [is able to] Wear Prada. 😉

Travel with my current, and favorite, LV. :)

Travel with my current, and favorite, LV.