Shopping

Amazing Dollar Tree Finds (8/7/2018)

Hey everyone! I recently went to the Dollar Tree to shop around and I found a ton of amazing products there that are worth the buy. I was super happy with this trip and I wanted to honestly buy everything. Sometimes the Dollar Tree is a hit or miss and this time it was definitely a hit. I went around the store and took pictures of some items I thought were a good purchase!

I thought these candle holders were a very fun and cute purchase! They could spruce up any decor and it wouldn’t seem like these were from the dollar store. I love the gold one!

Next are these super cute fashionable candles! These would be cute being put on display in your bedroom or it would be very nice to give these as a gift! They also smell very good!

I usually don’t spend too long in the picture frame area but I saw these two boxy frames that I thought would be such a cute gift idea! They don’t look or feel cheap and they would definitely look cute on display!

Another gift idea I thought was cute were these fragrance sachets! I’ve seen fragrance sachets in stores like Francesca’s, Bed Bath And Beyond, and Target. They smell very nice and definitely don’t look cheap.

I thought this hanging love story sign is cute as an anniversary gift or a Valentine’s Day Gift for your significant other. I also really liked the decorative drawers beneath the sign. They would be perfect to store lipsticks, hair ties and jewelry!

These fake cotton plants are very chic and rustic. I’ve seen these being sold at stores like Home Goods, Pottery Barn and Hobby Lobby. They are usually very expensive but this is only $1 and it looks just as good as the ones from higher end stores! I feel a DIY coming on!

I love when the Dollar Tree sells acrylic holders. I have a few of these myself to hold eyeliners and other products! They are very good quality and can be given as gifts too!

Of course I found some good makeup from the Dollar Tree. Sometimes they have name brand items and sometimes they only have normal Dollar Tree makeup. But when I went recently I found some great stuff! First off I found a Liquid Lipstick from Melani. I then found some Wet N’ Wild Brushes, they had a ton of different kinds of brushes I would think it could be an affordable gift. They also had Wet N’ Wild single eyeshadow shades as well as lipsticks (which are surprisingly good quality)! They had Elf Lip Lacquer, I’ve seen Elf at my Dollar Tree many times and although Elf is already affordable, most items that I find at the Dollar Tree are over $1 so you are still saving money. Lastly for makeup, there was Palmers Coconut Oil Lip Balm which is a great chapstick!

I also found some great nail polish at the Dollar Tree. I found some pretty shades of Sinful Colors, KISS and Wet N’ Wild which are pretty good polishes!

Something extremely cool that I found, especially if you are into DIY’s, are these Comfort Colors t-shirts! They had normal shirts and shirts with pockets in all different colors and sizes! It’s definitely a good purchase since you’d otherwise spend almost $4 on a shirt somewhere else!

I also found that the Dollar Tree sells no show socks and other good quality socks. No show socks can get very expensive and these are only $1! It’s definitely a good purchase especially since socks come and go so often.

I found this loofah set which I thought would be perfect as a gift for someone or to have in your bathroom. It’s worth it to get a pack of loofahs because if you aren’t cleaning your loofah once a week then you should be changing it to a new one once a week.

I found some very cute hair clips that I am totally in love with! I don’t have a ton of hair clips but I felt that I should get some and these were great quality and super chic!

My bobby pins are always getting lost and I run through them like crazy! I found some Goody bobby pins for $1 which is a good deal, the dollar store also sells a 100-pack Of their own brand of bobby pin.

I also found the hair donut for $1 which is good if you wanted to do a sock bun! It could also be a great gift for someone. They even have it in all hair shades from blonde to brown to black!

I found 2 scunci hair products there which is a steal! I found a pack of scrunchies which are coming back in style, and I also found a pack of regular elastics that come with a spiral twister hair tie! This is great for a stocking stuffer type of gift or just to have for yourself!

Of course I found the rubber band elastics which are great hair elastics and they are super cheap for 500 of them! I use these for braids, and half up half down hairstyles. They are really good if you have thin hair!

This Dollar Tree Trip had my DIY senses tingling. I found these really adorable plain to-go coffee mugs and you could definitely decorate these with a decal, sharpie paint markers and the list goes on! Such a cute buy!

I also found insulated tumbler to-go cups which were super cute! They usually have these in all different colors but I could only find bright green ones. These could also be DIY’ed and personalized!

Cups and cups galore! I found really chic glass mugs and these cute gray glass mugs which can be DIY’ed but can also be used for your home cupboard. They don’t look cheap, these are good quality!

I found super cute silver serving trays which can be used for decor, to serve food, or to put products on! I’ve used them before and they are very nice for the price.

I had also found these super cute coasters that have little graphic sayings on them! They are good quality coasters which usually would cost a fortune but these are only $1!

Moving more towards kitchen accessories, there is a paper towel holder. These holders can be extremely expensive but this one is only $1! This would be great for someone moving into their own house, apartment or college dorm!

I found these super cute rose gold mermaid tail nail clippers! These would be cute as a stocking stuffer type of gift or even for yourself! I’m obsessed especially because it looks like it would be from Forever 21, Charolette Russe or Icing!

I also found some cute tassel key chains which would be super cute as gifts and to put on your keys or backpack! They are good quality and I almost purchased them!

Lastly I found these super cute stationary stickers which would look super cute to decorate a binder, notebook, or even a cork board with! I thought they were super chic!

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content! Comment down below what you think is the best deal out of everything I shared with you all!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Best Birthday Freebies And Deals (8/5/2018)

Tis’ the season to sing happy birthday to me! It’s my birthday on August 11th and I’m turning 21! For this post I’m going to be telling you all about the astronomical amount of opportunities you can have for freebies and great deals you get for your birthday! This is everything I am signed up for!

Applebee’s

Sign up to get a free appetizer once you sign up and get a free dessert on your birthday.

ASOS

Get 10% off your purchase when you sign up for ASOS.

Bareminerals

Get a free product from Bareminerals when you sign up for their fab membership

Chili’s

Get a free dessert on your birthday at Chili’s when you sign up for an account!

Cinnabon

Get a free 4-ct of mini Cinnabons when you sign up for an account and get a special treat on your birthday!

Cold Stone Creamery

Buy one get one ice cream at Cold Stone when you join My Cold Stone Club.

Disney

Get 20% off a shopDisney Purchase when you sign up for an account!

DSW

Get $5 rewards on your birthday when you sign up for DSW VIP.

Dairy Queen

Buy one get one small Blizzard at DQ when you sign up for Blizzard Fan Club.

Dunkin’ Donuts

When you join DD Perks you will get a free drink at sign up and a free beverage for your birthday!

Estée Lauder

Get 15% off an online purchase for your birthday when you join the estee e-list.

Houlihans

Get a complimentary entree up to $15 with a purchase of a second entree and a free dessert when you sign up for a Houlihans account.

IHOP

Get a free stack of signature pancakes when you sign up for an IHOP Pancake Revolution account.

Jersey Mike’s Subs

Sign up for Jersey Mike’s Subs account and get a free sub and 22 oz. soda on your birthday!

Kate Spade

Get a free Kate Spade pin at any Kate Spade store during the August month. You will get notified every month if you sign up for email showing you the pin and the nearest shop to you.

Kohl’s

Get 50 bonus points added to your account when you sign up for a Kohl’s account!

Medieval Times

Get free admission for Medieval Times for your birthday when you sign up for their account.

Moe’s Southwest Grill

Get a free burrito for your birthday when you sign up for a Moe’s account!

Pura Vida Bracelets

Joining Pura Vida Bracelets with an account allows you to get a deal of 50% off $30 or more!

Redbox

Get a free movie rental from Redbox when you sign up for Redbox Perks and get a free movie rental for your birthday.

Rent The Runway

Get a free $25 towards any item on Rent The Runway for your birthday.

Rita’s

Get a free regular italian ice for your birthday when you sign up for a Rita’s account!

Sephora

Get a free birthday gift of products from Sephora when you sign up to be a BeautyInsider.

Too Faced

Get a free makeup bag with any $50 purchase when you sign up for an account with Too Faced.

Ulta

Get a free birthday gift of products at Ulta when you sign up for Ultimate Rewards.

Wawa

Joining Wawa Rewards scores you a free drink for your birthday!

These are the freebies and deals available for your birthday! I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content. Comment down below any other birthday freebies or deals you know about!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

My Favorite Boutique: Island Gypsy (7/11/2018)

Hey guys! On this blog we talk a lot about chain shops and I wanted to go beyond a chain store today and talk about a boutique that I love. There will be more posts like this, discussing boutiques I visit and love, to come!

My ultimate favorite boutique is Island Gypsy. This boutique can be found in Lavallette, Long Beach Island and Ocean City which are all major shore cities in New Jersey. So when people talk about the “Jersey Shore”, these are the places they mean! Island Gypsy is a very shabby chic, bohemian type store. I love the look of both the outside and the inside of the store.

I go to the Island Gypsy in Lavallette, NJ where there is a strip of different stores, restaurants and boutiques. So, I like to dress up a little bit for the occasion because we will be walking around the town and usually we go out to eat after. This trip I wore a tan dress from Forever 21, a blue wide brim fedora from Charolette Russe, and a pair of jean mules from ALDOs shoes. I did my makeup with the Life’s A Festival palette from Too Faced. I took a transition cream shade from a different palette but I then took the shade Desert Vibes from the Too Faced palette and blended this burnt orange shade into the crease. I then did a spotlight eyeshadow look by applying the peachy shimmer shade Euphoric to this middle of my lid. I then applied a Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in the shade Leo to my lips.

I tried on a couple of outfits while I was at Island Gypsy to kind of give you all an idea of the clothes they sell there. Also, I tried on clothes because I was looking for something to buy! The clothing at the store as well as the accessories are all very good quality. Nothing seems cheaply made and the price points seem fair. At this store you will find a lot of trending clothes as well, so it’s almost like a one-stop-shop if you are looking for something cute and trendy.

I would be content with having more than half of this store as my closet. Everything is very much my style at this boutique, there is not one time I went into this shop and left without purchasing something. I had to restrain myself from picking up almost everything because I love the clothes that much. This fedora was one of those things!

There are also a lot of boutiques that I’ve been to that are way overpriced. Some of these boutiques charge crazy amounts of money for something that can be purchased cheaper somewhere else. But when it comes to Island Gypsy everything is generally affordable. My purchase was only $36 which is cheap for a boutique price. Everything is around $25-60.

Side note: I’m really thankful for Ryan and everything he does because he paid for my purchase as a gift. He wanted to get me something because I got mouth surgery and was really strong during it. I have a fear of the dentist and being put under anesthesia so I had to deal with two fears at once (I got all four of my wisdom teeth out)! Luckily for me, I picked out something that was cheaper so now he is going to take me to get my hair/nails done too!

I got a really cute tie-up, dark denim skirt from Island Gypsy. It only costed $36 and I’m in love with it! I can’t wait to pair this skirt with outfits.

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-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Etsy Shop Review: Stylish Bride Accessories (6/30/2018)

Hey beauties! I really wanted to write another Etsy Shop Review for the third time this month (I’m really on a roll with these). If you have read my previous Etsy Shop Review posts you know that I love doing these because I like to shine a light on Etsy Shops that I’ve had great experiences purchasing from. This time I’m reviewing the Etsy Shop Stylish Bride Accessories.

This Etsy Shop specializes in hand making items like tulle skirts, lace crop tops, tulle dresses, satin dresses, flower crowns, sequin tops, velvet tops, plain tops and more. I had made a purchase from here for my 20th birthday last year and I am still in awe over how amazing my purchase turned out.

I got a handmade tulle skirt to wear for my 20th birthday party. I chose to have the skirt made in the sky blue color and I was so obsessed. This Etsy Shop really made my 20th birthday party special, and this skirt made me feel like a princess. I paired it with a white ruffled tube top from ASOS and a diamond crown necklace.

I was even obsessed with how great of quality this skirt was. The tulle wasn’t cheap and scratchy, it was the high end tulle that was soft. When I ordered this I had so many requests, questions and I needed it to get to me within two weeks time (which was definitely a challenge since it came from Ukraine and I live in the US). The woman who runs this shop was more than helpful, she answered all of my questions, listened to all of my requests and got it to me a few days before I needed it. The skirt costed $78 but it was well worth it.

I recommend checking out this Etsy Shop and if you are looking for a tulle skirt… this is definitely where to get one. Here is the link to the Etsy Shop: Stylish Bride Accessories Etsy Shop! I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content. Also, comment down below what item you like most from Stylish Bride Accessories Etsy Shop after checking it out!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Etsy Shop Review: Ali & Ariel (6/26/2018)

Hey beauties! I am back with another Etsy shop review! I love reviewing Etsy shops because I want to give you guys the scoop on the amazing shops I’ve purchased from on Etsy. Sharing the shops that have quality products and bring their shops to light is something that I enjoy doing and this time this shop is Ali & Ariel.

I have made a purchase from this shop and was very happy with what I received. Ali & Ariel carry a ton of sorority shirts, pants, hats and more that can be customized and also (for those not involved in a sorority) there are a ton of cute products not sorority related too! I want to share some of the shirts I am absolutely loving from this shop right now.

I am totally loving these shirts and I love that this Etsy Shop has a good mix of non-sorority shirts and sorority shirts! Everything is very affordable, most shirts are $24 plus shipping. These shirts are on my wishlist and I’m looking to purchase one of these soon!

From this shop I purchased a sorority shirt with white cacti drawings on it and in white script it says Zeta Tau Alpha. I am absolutely obsessed with this shirt. It has such a cute design and the shirt itself is great quality (it’s also super soft)! I usually have trouble with finding sorority shirts that I actually would want to wear in public as an outfit, I’m not big on wearing crazy graphic tees or letters everywhere but this is definitely a sorority shirt I can get away with wearing in public and still look stylish!

I really recommend checking out Ali & Ariel’s Etsy Shop and making a purchase from there, you will not be disappointed! Here is the link to the Etsy Shop: Ali & Ariel Etsy Shop! I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and comment down below what your favorite item is from the Ali & Ariel Etsy Shop after checking it out!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

BlushOnMe Poshmark Boutique Purchase (6/21/2018)

On Poshmark there is a feature where you can have your own online boutique and there are tons of Poshmark boutiques that have very cute stuff! I recently purchased from the Poshmark boutique BlushOnMe and wanted to review the boutique as well as show off the product I got!

This boutique has very cute products and is pretty affordable! The boutique is organized and has a good array of sizes. There are cute items like shoes, bags, shorts, pants, shirts and more. It’s definitely worth checking out! Here’s the link to the boutique: BlushOnMe Poshmark Boutique

On to the shoes that I got! I purchased the strappy platform heels in a taupe suede with the wood looking bottom. They are super cute and definitely run true to size. These shoes were $55 plus shipping.

As for the wear of the shoes, they are definitely comfortable and this partly has to do with how light they are. These heels are almost as light as Nike Air sneakers because the wood isn’t real. I’m thankful for the wood being fake because if he wood were real I would have to keep up with polishing the wood, and making sure the wood doesn’t chip. Also, if you’ve ever worn wood bottom shoes you know how ridiculously heavy they are. I see this as a positive especially since the shoes are comfortable and look great because of this. The suede is faux suede but it’s still soft and isn’t digging into my skin either. These shoes are super cute and I can’t wait to make my next purchase from the boutique!

If you haven’t joined Poshmark and want to sign up feel free to use my referral code: STEPHRUSS0811 for a free $5 towards your first Poshmark purchase!

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-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Etsy Shop Review: Laurel + Olive (6/5/2018)

Hey beauties, I have been patiently waiting to write a review on an Etsy shop that I am totally obsessed with! The shop Laurel + Olive has the cutest graphic tees, crew necks, tanks, onesies, hats, pins, tumblers, makeup bags and more. I have already purchased three tank tops from this shop and no purchase has disappointed. These are amazing quality products and I recommend purchasing from this shop!

I ended up purchasing two light pink ZTA shirts and a rose pink shirt with my sorority’s founders on it. What I love most about this shop is that it doesn’t just have Greek life shirts, it also has Graphic tees anyone can wear!

Here are some shirts that I’m loving from this shop:

I recommend checking this shop out and treating yourself to something super cute: Laurel + Olive Etsy Shop

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-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

What Is EBates? (5/25/2018)

Have you ever wanted to get paid to shop? Well, EBates makes this possible for us shopaholics! You are actually paid cash back just for shopping. I posted earlier today about my online Zaful shopping experience. With that Zaful purchase I got 5% cash back, just because I made a purchase and bought something I needed. You can earn money by shopping too! I was just recently sent my first check from EBates for $12!

I made $12.32 from EBates. This is great because I can save all of the money in cash back for something special like spending money for vacation etc.! Even small amounts of money saved continuously will amount to a lot more.

I am so glad I signed up and you can too with my referral link and receive your first $10: https://go.ebat.es/R0vBjTESPM!

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-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

My Go-To Bridal Shower Gift (5/21/2018)

Bridal showers can be hard to shop for especially when you don’t know the person too well, or there is nothing left to get them on the registry. I have a go-to bridal shower gift that solves the problem of being empty handed. Plus, it’s inexpensive but still a great gift to get someone!

I always get them the Dailyware 6 uses cake dish. This is perfect because this cake dish can be used as multiple things like a bowl for punch, a vegetable plate, an hors d’oeuvres dish and a cake dish. This dish costs only $20 at Bed Bath and Beyond, and you can use a 20% off coupon (they always have these on their website). You can even bring it up a notch and also get them a basket full of baking pans and racks! Even though this might not be on their registry, this is a gift that anyone will come to appreciate because they will use it often.

I hope you enjoyed this post and comment below your go-to bridal shower gift!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Mother’s Day Deals (5/13/2018)

If you sign up for emails from stores you know there were tons of last minute deals going on today! Mother’s Day Deals were all the rage this morning when I woke up to over 80 notifications of sales that were happening! So what stores had cool deals for Mother’s Day?

Under Armor

Exercise clothes can get pretty expensive, but Under Armor had a 25% Off Deals this Mother’s Day.

Bath And Body Works

Bath and Body Works also had a great deal of $10 off $30. It’s a great deal especially because I can easily spend $30 in a Bath And Body Works!

Charolette Russe

Charolette Russe had a really cool deal today as well, where you can purchase beauty products or fragrance and get a free nail polish with your purchase! If I wasn’t busy, I totally would have went to the store and gotten that free nail polish!

H&M

H&M had 15-20-30% off both in-Store and online today! Also, if you purchased online you got free shipping!

New York Times

I know New York Times isn’t really a “store” but they did have a sale for Mother’s Day, where you could subscribe for 50% off.

Michael’s

Lastly, Michaels art supply store gave 30% off all regular price purchases for Mother’s Day which was valid in-store and online!

I hope you enjoyed going through some cool deals that are going on today, and if there is something you would like to use, feel free!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell