Back at it with another post on the blog. This past week has been life changing (which I’ll touch on at another time). I’ve been shopping quite a bit over the last few weeks and so it’s time for a haul. I love clearance racks and finding deals and I don’t see the harm in sharing what I find.
As always, be sure to click the links throughout this post for related posts and links to purchase items/similar styles featured.
Although Fall doesn’t officially start until September 23rd which means there’s a good two weeks left of Summer, I wanted to share my Summer favorites from music to YouTubers, my top 3 planner layouts and my latest TV obsessions. Be sure to check out both my May & June favorites and my 2014 Summer favs below:
So I wanted to break up my favorites month by month, but since I never got around to doing one for July I figured I’d combine the two. Starting off with music there’s not much that caught my attention. Of course I have my Summer Vibes playlist, but as for songs that have been on rotation there’s nothing really new. I have been loving:
Walk the Moon, ‘Shut Up & Dance’
Drake, ‘Back to Back’
The Weeknd, ‘Can’t Feel My Face’
Mark Ronson x Bruno Mars, ‘Uptown Funk’
Fifth Harmony x Kid Ink, ‘Worth It’
The beef between Drake and Meek Mill (read my reaction HERE) was quite entertaining and I’ve been debating on whether I want to spill my dislike on “Omeeka.” Maybe. Moving on, enjoy my Summer Vibes playlist below:
Next up, YouTube! I’ve really enjoyed making videos this Summer and it’s fun when I can just turn on the camera and share whatever with the world. It’s really fun for me. My goal between for the remainder of the year is to add more vlogging. As for my favorite YouTubers, I have quite a list, but I’ve narrowed it down and noted what I watch each YouTuber for:
So since I’ve been making at least ONE YouTube video a week, I have fallen in love with my planner again throughout August. During the end of July, I really wasn’t into my planner spreads. Then I started to use the Darice sticker books that I had purhcased from Michaels and I’m in love all over again. I’ll be sharing all of my planner layouts on my Instagram, but here are my top 3 of the Summer. Click each pic to go directly to that particular Plan With Me. Also be enjoy my planner playlist below:
Lastly, I have a new TV obsession. In June it was Hawaii Five-0 that I discovered on Netflix and binge watched over the course of two weeks. Since I’ve made the switch from Comcast to Fios, I have a new found love for HGTV. In particular, “Love it or List It,” “Flip or Flop,” and “Property Brothers.” I’ve always had a thing for people fixing up houses and the design of it all, but now I’m on this kick and those three are my new craze.
I’m so excited Fall is almost here because I am more than ready for Shonda Rhimes Thursdays and my crime shows like Criminal Minds, the second season of NCIS: New Orleans, and of course Hawaii Five-0. I’m also looking forward to Modern Family and Blackish. Lastly, I hope Scream Queens will be good.
Ok so getting into this months favorites there are a few Apps that I wanted to share. Two are games and the other is a picture editing app. So first up, the two games are Languinis and ToyBlast. I heard of Languinis from one of my favorite YouTubers, Kayla Lashe (akaydoll), and it’s a mix of bejeweled and the typical word games that continue to reinvent themselves. You match up colors to reveal letters and you make words to meet the challenges of each level.
While I was obsessed with Languins the first half of June, my obsession with ToyBlast is insane. I’ve seen a lot of YouTubers talk about it, but first heard about it in a video from Sarah Rae Vargas. In the game you get to match up the colored blocks, but when you match up a certain number of blocks you can get a rocket, bomb, or cube which helps to win each level. It’s pretty addicting. I don’t stay hooked on games often and I was hooked on Soda Crush for a while, but this is by far my favorite.
Moving on to Netflix. I’ve starting watching NCIS, yes I know I’m so late as the show is in season 13. Hey I’ve watched Criminal Minds all on Netflix, NCIS looks to be a keeper. In the span of two weeks I’ve watched my latest favorite show that I can’t wait to add to my fall watch list, Hawaii Five-0. McGarret is not only hot, but I’m just in love with the personality of the character. If you’re into action, shooting, blood, and unnecessary antics, this show is for you.Such a good series and I really hope it can stick around past season 6. The new season will debut this fall beginning September 25th on CBS.
As for my fashion favorites I’ve been loving maxi dresses simply because they’re so effortless. I’ve also been loving my latest treasures from H&M, my statement necklaces and midi rings. Lastly, my sandals from Old Navy have become a daily staple. I wish I would’ve purchased them in different colors. Check out the related posts below:
I kept telling myself that I wasn’t going to shop before I went on vacation, yet I walked into H&M and they were having a sale. I didn’t pick up much and all items that I will show were under $100, but seriously, no more shopping until vacation.
From H&M I picked up 2 necklaces, 2 sets of midi rings, a purse, and the best buy of all, a scarf. The two necklaces I purchased were a total of $10, if purchased full price I would have spent $24.95. Awesome savings. As for the midi rings one set was $3.95 which I purchased of $1 and the other was $5.95 which I purchased for $3. The scarf was my favorite purchase of all as it was only $1. Yes, $1. It was originally $12.95, marked down to $7, then $3, and then $1. I couldn’t leave it behind and I can’t wait to style it in the fall. The only item I purchased full price was a purse that was $40. There was a similar style on sale for $20, but the olive green color I could not pass up. Hey, it’s okay to treat yourself every now and then and I’d rather purchase a bag I love then to settle for one I like. Check out the items below:
From Forever 21 I purchased a shirt, in one of my favorite colors, and I like to call it business in the front, party in the back. The shirt is so chic and although it has a huge slit in the back, it’s not much and it’s kind of a high-low, very slightly. Love, love, love this and it was only $12.95.
Lastly I picked up a pair of earrings from Aldo (pictured above). I went in to purchase my sister some things for her 8th Grade Dinner Dance and they were having a sale, buy 3 get 25% off. I picked up a pair of gold aztec type earring for $8.50, with the 25% off. In total I spent a little over $50 which was great considering one of the items I purchased was $40.
I can’t wait to style the pieces that I purchased and be on the lookout for future posts featuring these items. Check out my YouTube, LakiaBTV, and follow me on Instagram @ChaoticCritic.
HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SUMMER! I was actually pretty productive today as I have begun to plan an entrepreneurial series for the fall as well as a lot of DIYs coming this summer! I will keep you all posted, of course. Although it’s the first day of summer a lot of my staples are in the laundry so I had to pick through my closet for an outfit. Aside from my meeting I had a Panera lunch with my bestie as well as perusing AC Moore & Ikea. Be sure to stay tuned for details on the projects I’m working on. In the meantime, check it out below and click the links for similar items I could find.
I’ve been wanting to get back into reading and the eight books above are just a snippet of what I hope to read this summer. I’ve been having the Nice Girls’ Don’t Get the Corner Office on my shelf for nearly a year now yet I never picked it up to read it. I’ve also has Joyce Meyer’s, Battlefield of the Mind, yet I hadn’t read that one either. Those two are first up on my reading list. Welp, with this new mindset I have each one of these books adds a little something to the direction I’m going. As for The Fault in Our Stars, after watching COUNTLESS interviews about the movie it’s clear that it’s a must read and before I watch the movie I do want to read the book everyone has been raving about. Chicken Soup for the Soul books have always been a favorite of mine and I love that it’s a whole bunch of stories rolled into one book. This time around I’m reading about grieving and making the best out of a bad situation. I didn’t want to really read Steve Harvey’s Think Like a Man saga, but this one about success caught my eye. When it comes to love, I’ve been really wanting to read Manology and La La’s The Love Playbook. Let’s see how long it takes me to get throughout everything.
It’s been a month since I’ve done a Fashion Forward Friday segment and I thought it’d be perfect to show the pieces that I’ve added to my wardrobe for the Spring and give links to where I found them. A lot of these pieces are transitional as well and will work year round.
I headed over to Forever 21in hunt of some daisy printed clothing and I scored yet I didn’t buy every single daisy piece I saw.
Let’s start off with what I went to Forever 21 for initially for aside from Daisy’s, JEANS!
In the midst of moving and downsizing my closet I somehow lost/misplaced 3 pairs of my jeans. I knew I needed some other type of bottom aside from leggings so I picked up a dark wash and medium wash of jeans for only 9.80. You can check out the pricing of Forever 21+ jeans here. Be sure to check your local Forever21 as prices may be cheaper.
Next up were my skirts. I wanted to get a midi length skirt for business meetings and what not and I figured they’d be great staple additions to my wardrobe. Here are links to the 3 skirts I picked up:
My last stop in my mini shopping trip was to H&M. Sometimes I score in H&Mwith the sizing and sometimes I don’t. As soon as I walked in the store I came across these:
For $17.95 I couldn’t leave them behind. They are going to be a great addition to my wardrobe for Spring/Summer and are not too trendy to not fit in next Spring/Summer. I absolutely love these. Click here to see the H&M sandal options offered online.
Be sure to stay tuned for another Spring haul. I have a few more pieces I want to add to my wardrobe. Also stay tuned for more Fashion Forward Friday’s to see OOTDs with the pieces shown. Be sure to stay tuned next week for another |mini| spring haul.