What I got for my birthday

I love my birthday.  It’s just a day that I treat as just for myself.  Most of the time, I spend it alone.  I spend it going to get a free meal and going to pick up my free gifts from Sephora and Ulta.  I also go shopping to use my birthday  discounts from stores like Torrid and Lane Bryant.  It’s always a great day.  So I decided to share my spoils.

Now, I have to say that I’m not HUGE on getting gifts from family and friends anymore.  I am always very appreciative if I do get gifts, but it’s nothing that I expect anymore.  But being the shopaholic that I am, I do enjoy the occasional gift card that I get to help me get something that I have been eyeing for a while.  So…below is the list of what I got.

Glamour x Lane Bryant Bomber jacket – I have wanted this jacket the moment I saw it.  It is now on clearance and luckily my size was still available.  I purchased this with a birthday gift card. I absolutely love the embroidered image on the back.  I have to admit that it is a very short jacket.  I usually like them a little longer to cover my butt.

Denim jacket by Lane Bryant.  This isn’t anything that I was clamoring over, but Lane Bryant was have a buy one, get one free sale on their clearance items, so why not get a new denim jacket for fall!  I got this as the 2nd item when I purchased the pink jacket.

My free gift from Ulta this year was a NYX eyeshadow pallet.  Very pretty colors in it.

My free gift from Sephora is Caudalie skin care set.  It has VinoSouce Moisturizing sorbet and Vinoperfect Radiance serum.

While I was in Sephora, I saw the Sephora Favorites Skin Super Foods.  I’m so excited about this one.  Look at the fantastic stuff that is in this box set.  I cannot wait to try the Tata Harper, Farmacy, and Boscia products.

I have been looking for some nice pins/brooches to go on my shirts.  My best friend got me some Chanel inspired pins from a local boutique called Little Red Bird Gifts.  I can’t wait to wear them.  She also got me some lotion that is made locally as well.  The brand is called 1818 Farms and it was started in Mooresville, AL.

Finally, I received a cute striped tee with Viva La Brunch on it. It is super cute and I love the cuffed sleeves.

I had a great day and was fortunate enough to receive some great gifts. How do you usually celebrate your birthday?

Talk to you all soon!

 

 

 

 

 

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My Fall/Winter handbag

As the summer is winding down, I am preparing to put away my summer handbag and pull out my winter ones.  As I was going through some previous posts, I realized that I did a post on two summer bags, but none on my winter bags.  I was thinking of one bag in particular because it has been my favorite since I purchased it over a year ago.

My staple winter bag is the ZAC Zac Posen Daphne Barrel Satchel.  I fell in love with this purse the moment I laid eyes on it.  Now, I rarely purchase anything full price so at the time that I saw it, it was already on a pretty good discount.  I purchased mine at Saks Off Fifth for about 1/2 price.  I originally saw it in one of the stores I frequent in Georgia, but did not buy it because I wanted to walk away from it and see if I still wanted it a week or so later.  I walked away from it twice, but could not get it off my mind so decided to bite the bullet and get it.  Guess what?  It was sold out at my store!  So I chalked it up as a loss because of my slow response.  About a month or so later, I was on vacation in Florida and went outlet shopping there.  Low and behold…there was my bag in a Saks there.  I didn’t mess around.  I scooped it up then and there and purchased it.  I have not regret my decision.

Anyway, about the bag.  It is a very structured handbag, so it is not the easiest to get into.  I like that though since I rarely zip up my bags.  Because it is so structured and the opening so tight, it keeps everything safe from spilling out when I don’t close it all the way.  It also has my favorite feature on a handbag which is pockets on each side.  I love to be able to put my cell phone in these pockets for easy access.  It has a pocket on the front, which is convenient for throwing change in, but I don’t use this pocket as much as the sides.  I also love the gold hardware.  I am normally a silver hardware/accessory person, but the gold against the black really stands out and make the bag look luxurious.  It also has the gold hardware on the bottom to allow the bag to stand up, which is another favorite feature of mine.

As you can see in the picture, this year, I have done the latest trend which is wrapping one of my handles with a scare.  I love it. It gives it a little something different this year.  I always get compliments on this bag which is always a bonus to me.  Unfortunately, this purse is probably no longer available, but I wanted to share it anyway.  What is your favorite winter handbag?

Talk to you all soon…..