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Don’t Fear the Reaper

Don't Fear the Reaper

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My Dream Closet

Chanel 2.55 ($4,400)

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Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 ($875)

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Burberry Brit Buckingham Classic Trench ($695)Image

Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM ($940)

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This LBD from Tahari ($368)

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Or this one ($348)

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and this Sheath Dress also from Tahari ($118)

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“Skinzee” jeans from Diesel ($198)

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Steve Madden Riding Boots ($160-190)

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Hunter Rain Boots ($135) CHECK!

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Burberry Scarf ($395)

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Theory Leather Jacket ($845)

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Well, a girl can dream, right?

xoxo,

Material Detox

Project Fail

Hi loves!

It’s been two weeks since my last post and I’ve missed you all so much!  Over the past two weeks, I’ve gotten my butt kicked by midterms and my body invaded by the flu virus (and I’m still recovering from both).  I’m really happy with the amount of entries I have in my giveaway and if you haven’t entered to win the Urban Decay Mariposa Palette yet, please do so right here.  Unfortunately it’s a U.S. only giveaway and ends March 31, 2013.

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Moving on, over the past couple weeks my determination to not buy any clothes this year has been broken down.  I haven’t bought any clothes yet but with Spring break coming up, I know I’m going to be wanting to add a few Spring and Summer pieces to my wardrobe.  I’m terribly sorry :(.

That being said, going almost three months without buying any clothes has not been easy.  I love fashion, although I would not call myself “trendy” or “fashionable”.  Most of my clothes are either black, grey, or white.  I have to say I actually love and prefer it this way because it’s easy to match my clothes and it makes my clothes last longer throughout the seasons.  I still do have a couple of statement pieces that stand out just for some variety.

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Also, I wouldn’t say I have a ton of clothes.  It’s definitely not as out of control as my makeup obsession.  I have about 3 good pairs of jeans (1 blue, 2 black) and about 4 pairs of pants that I love (2 white, 1 purple, 1 plaid).  I have a couple casual dresses and a couple skirts.  I do have a good number of tops from tees to sweaters but not anything truly “springy”.

Sites that I love looking at are gojane and francesca’s.  Here are a few pieces from these shops that I absolutely love(they are linked!):

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Francesca’s Montrose Mustache Scarf

 

 

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Francesca’s Maritza Colorblock Dress

 

 

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GoJane’s Two-Tone Collared Dress

 

 

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GoJane’s Graphic Bat Sweater

 

 

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Francesca’s Sylvan Grove Floral Skirt

 

 

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GoJane’s Zip-up Body Con Dress

I suppose I overdid it on the black and white so here are a few “statement” pieces that I’m also loving:

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Francesca’s Cape Town Floral Scarf

 

 

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GoJane’s Floral Print Skirt

These pieces are just for inspiration and I definitely can’t get them all.  I’m still going to try to keep my shopping to a minimum and only buy items that I truly love that will last me through the seasons, not just for a season.

What items do you like/dislike?  Comments wanted below!  🙂

<3,

Material Detox

Material Diet

I feel as though my “no spending for a year” is pretty similar to a diet- instead of food, it’s makeup and clothes!  Now, this is pretty tough, I have definitely cut my spending by a lot (more than half) since I started and my perspective has slowly changed as well.

I used to watch youtube “my makeup collection” videos and I used to be extremely jealous of all the makeup other people had.  Now, I’m not really jealous at all.  Sometimes too much is simply too much.  After seeing someone, I won’t name who, who had a whole cabinet devoted solely to lip products, I was really happy I didn’t have that much.  There were about 9 drawers full of lipstick, lipgloss, and lip treatments (and this was after she gave away 70% of her stuff).   Needless to say, maybe I am a bit jealous of her nicer items, but overall it just seemed a bit bizarre to have that many lip products.  I’m lucky if I get through 4-5 tubes a YEAR.  Compared to some, I have a reasonable amount, and by reasonable I mean ONE traincase of makeup, not completely filled up.  Still, that is too much to me because I hate throwing away makeup that I haven’t really used (that expired) because I was busy using all my other products.  By the end of this year my goal is to have 2-5 items of any “type” of product, i.e. foundation, powder, eyeshadow palettes, lip stick, lip gloss, or blush.

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Pretty much all my makeup (a few things are back in my bf’s apartment in Boston)

So I’ll be starting a “series” ( I don’t know what to call it) of what I do have, so yes, it is my own “makeup collection”.

However, on the clothes aspect of things, I really don’t have a lot, but still I don’t want to buy random stuff that I’ll only wear for a season just because I found it on sale (I want to find something on sale that is timeless :))  So I was thinking like a diet, maybe I can do one “cheat day” a month.  Obviously, I can’t just buy everything on that day (that would ruin the point of my project) but I can buy ONE item that cannot exceed in price over $50 that I can justify by using it for AT LEAST two years.  I feel by letting myself have one cheat item a month I will be less tempted to buy things and it can be a little “reward” for sticking to my plan.

What do you think?  Will this do more harm than good?

xoxo,

Material Detox

Butter me up!

Revlon lip butters!
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I know I’m probably late to the hype, and I can’t believe I haven’t talked about these before but I love revlon lip butters!  I have dry skin and my lips are usually chapped and to be honest, they look gross.  I have used so many lip balms/conditioners/butters and this product is by far my favorite.   The colors they offer are lovely and they leave my lips looking glossy and SMOOTH!  In fact not only do they look smoother, my lips have actually improved and have become softer overall!  Needless to say I bought a bunch last year so I probably don’t need any more for the rest of the year.
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Right now, I’ve been using “fig jam” which is a really pretty fall/winter color.  It’s a dark burgundy that is much more subtle than I thought it would be.
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My favorite color of all time is “sugar plum” and I’ve already been through 2 tubes of it!Revlon-Colorburst-Lip-Butter_Sugar-Plum
Of course the cons to the product is that it fades fast so I have to reapply often and there isn’t much product in each tube.  They’re a bit pricy as they go from about 7-10 dollars depending on where and when you buy it.
Have you tried revlon lip butters, if so what do you think of them?
Love,
Material Detox

So I Cheated…Kind-of

I promise I really did not mean to purchase anything today.  Today started off great with lunch with my boyfriend, my sister, her fiancé, who both live over in Cambridge.  We ate at a cute japanese restaurant and then took a little stroll on Newbury where we eventually said our good-byes and parted ways.  My boyfriend and I continued walking around and we ended up at the apple store and then we (okay, I begged) to check out the Marshalls on Boylston.

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So there I was at Marshalls (my guilty pleasure) and since I’ve been a little purse crazy lately I wanted to go check out what purses they were selling today on the 2nd floor.  So as my boyfriend and I boarded the escalator, I looked around and in the corner of my eye I noticed something that looked oddly familiar.  It was large, quilted, and red with gold metal accents.  I almost screamed and ran up the rest of the steps and picked up the purse from the rack.  In pristine condition, with the original Michael Kors tissue padding, was the Michael Kors Hamilton Stud Quilt Large North/South Tote, the exact same bag I blogged about just a couple days ago.  I looked around the rest of the racks and realized that this was the only one in the whole store.  I came across many other Michael Kors, mostly the outlet version Hamiltons in orange and gold (no thank you) and a hot pink satchel (also, no thank you).  So then I turned back to my coveted purse and inspected the bag and everything was in-tact, I even found a carefully folded, untouched dustbag tucked between the padding.  This is pretty exciting to me because if you have any experience with Marshalls, it’s pretty common for purses (even designer ones) to not have padding and they almost never come with a dust bag!  Finally, after I was satisfied with the state of the bag, I finally looked at the price-tag, the moment of truth.  I knew I was not going to pay for it if it was over the sale price on Zappos which is $314.99.  So I looked at the price and I was even more ecstatic!  It was not only less than the Zappos price, it was less than $300!  It was a reasonable $269.99!  It was $45 cheaper than Zappos and $178 off MSRP!  “But…wait!  I’m not supposed to buy CLOTHES this year!” a little voice inside my head told me.  Then another voice chimed in and told me “but a purse doesn’t really count as ‘clothes’ right?…right??”

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This small inner battle lasted a for a few more minutes and my boyfriend seeing me muttering to myself and making odd faces with pauses to admire the purse finally took the purse out of my hands!  I thought he would put an end to my misery and put the purse back on the rack, but instead he took it and went over to the home goods section.  Wait..what just happened?  I followed him and then he said it’s a really nice purse and he would buy it as a late Christmas present!  Again, I think I have the best. boyfriend. in. the. whole. entire. world!

So yes, I did get something new, and it’s not even the end of January yet and I’m sorry, but I love it!  Also, what came as a surprise to me is that the MK lock actually unlocks with the hidden key that pops out of the leather tab like thing hanging off the side!  You can unlock it and the purse expands which allows you to put a lot more stuff in the purse!  Also what I love about the quilted design is that it doesn’t get the “saggy” look that other Hamiltons are prone to.  Image

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I apologize for my failure, but…what do you think of the purse?  I’m the type to dress crazy bold and this purse was definitely up my alley!

xoxo,

Material Not-So Detox