Friday, July 31, 2015

Recipe: Crockpot Coconut Chicken Curry

Homemade, served with rice and (store bought) naan. Turned out wonderfully; very similar to the chicken curry from my favorite Indian restaurant!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NOTD: Opal Nails

Opalescent NOTD matches my opal ring! Nails are Kiss french tip white, Chanel Intermezzo, and Revlon Cosmic Flakes with Ulta base and X-dry top coat.

OOTD: Blue Always Looks Good

Inspired by this Instagram look.


Dress: F21
Bag, sandals: Payless
Necklace: thrifted 
Earrings: Target 

Monday, July 27, 2015

OOTD: Coral, Stripes, Lace

Inspired by this Instagram look.


Tee: ON, flea market 
Shorts: Family Clothes 
Bag: Payless
Sandals: Walmart 
Necklace: F21, flea market 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hot Deal: Free Coconut Oil & $15 Credit From Thrive Market

If you've never seen this site before, Thrive offers discounted natural/organic/fair trade products for home, bath & body, food, baby, and much more! 

New members receive a special promtion where they get a free 1 month trial, free jar of coconut oil, and $15 shopping credit to use on other products! Just cancel the subscription before your month is up and after your items have shipped to avoid paying the $59.99 yearly membership fee.

If you'd like to join, please sign up with my referral link and then follow these instructions:

After you have created a new account with the link above, visit to get your free items.
I got some great brand name beauty and household products!

Hot Deal: Free $50 In Clothes At

I just placed this order at and only paid sales tax!

Sign up using my referral link (you and I will each get $15 credit) and then follow these instructions.

IMPORTANT: You must use referral link in order to get the Free $15 sharing credit
Important: If you are on mobile, make sure to scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “View Full Site” to see desktop view. This offer does not work from the mobile view.
Click on “Join/Sign In” from the top yellow bar.  Create an account. This will give you $15 credit
Create a “Collection” to get an additional $10 Off. Do this: Click on “Collections” from top menu, then click on “+New Collection”. Then look for the pink button “Create a Collection” on left hand side, then follow steps to create a collection. A Collection is just a short cut to common searches you do.
Then click here to start browsing. Add $50 or more items to your cart
Use promo code BACKTOSCHOOLA at checkout to take 50% off your total. So if your total is $50, it should drop to $25.
Checkout and you will see $25 taken out from the total if you created a collection. Or $15 credit without collection creation

Please note that the $15 Free credit is for new members only. And it will not work for multiple members sharing the same computer. If you are an existing member, you can still take advantage of the 50% off and $10 Free Credit for creating a collection.

If you’re not familiar, Schoola donates 40% of sales to support schools. It’s an online consignment store that sells gently used name brand clothing, shoes, bags for toddlers, kids, and event adults. To find the adult sizes, to under Girls 13+ or Boys 13+.  I love that this is a great cause and everyone wins.

Additionally, you can create create your own referral link once you are a member. Refer friends and family to the site. Your friends can get a Free $15 new member credit and you get a $15 credit.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

NOTD: Neon Watermelon

Hi Readers! This is my first real attempt at nail art. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. It was freehand, but the lines would have been much cleaner if I'd had the nail brushes and dotting tools I'm waiting on in the mail. Ulta base coat, 1 coat of Kiss french tip, 2 coats SG Cool, 2 coat stripes of SG Peace, dots of Ulta Little Black Dress, Ulta x-dry top coat. Took an hour.
Based on this tutorial.


Recipe: Thai Tom Yum Soup

Super easy guys; takes 10 minutes and is delicious!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

OOTD: Colorful Floral

Inspired by this Instagram look.


Dress: F21
Bag: thrifted
Shoes: Arizona @ JCP, thrifted 
Earrings: Walmart 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NOTD: Sally Girl Cool and Jamberry Leopard

Was sent a free sample of Jamberry. The only unfortunate part was the sample was too small to fit any of my fingers except my pinky, and I didn't really want a leopard pinky accent, lol. I ended up applying it to my ring finger and trying to paint a polish border around it; meh. I tried to follow the application directions to the letter, except that you have to heat them before applying and I don't have a hand dryer or hair dryer, so I ended up sticking them in the microwave for 20 seconds. I'm glad it worked and they didn't melt, haha! They were pretty easy to apply and I would use them again if I had the right sizes. Excited to see how long they last as opposed to regular polish. The pink np is Sally Girl Cool. Love the color but the formula is so weird. It dries way too quickly so it smudges and lumps while you're still painting the nail. This is with 2 coats, Ulta base and x-dry top coat.

OOTD: Pretty In Pineapple

Dress: Walmart 
Bag, sandals: Payless
Earrings: Target

Monday, July 20, 2015

Recent Purchases

My Walmart and Target beauty boxes arrived today!
Really good deals for $5 each; way better than those pricy subscription boxes. There's nothing I wouldn't use, and many of the items are full size!
I also purchased these sandals and bag from Payless. The sandals were on sale for $19.99 from $34.99 and the bag only 
$8 from $24.99, on clearance with 20% off coupon!

Recipe: Prosciutto and Olive Spaghetti

OOTD: Cute Owl

Bag: F21
Everything else: Walmart 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

NOTD: Zoya & Mermaid Hues

Sooo happy with how this turned out! Zoya Zuza with Ulta top & base coat and accent nail of WnW I Need a Refresh-mint with Sally Girl Flash. For fun my real tattoo and my faux tat courtesy of the Divergent Blu-ray. :)

OOTD: Blue Ikat

Inspired by this Instagram look.


Top: Lane Bryant
Skirt: thrifted 
Sandals, earrings: Walmart 
Bag: Family Clothes

Friday, July 17, 2015

Nail Gadgets from

Brushes & dotting tools, tape, cuticle clean up pen, and a bottle holder! This stuff is all from China, a site called All for $6 plus $4 shipping! This is my first time ordering nail products from them but I've ordered jewelry and accessories from them and been satisfied. Some of it's not the best quality but they have a huge selection of inexpensive stuff. I'll review them when they arrive.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thoughts On Zoya Order

They finally arrived over 2 weeks later. I've gotten stuff from China faster, lol! But they are GLORIOUS! 

There is not a dud in the bunch! The only ones that will even need two coats are Kissy and maybe Trixie. Left hand is Reece pinky, Tinsley ring, Kissy middle, Zuza index, Hazel thumb. Right hand is Trixie pinky, ELF Metal Madness ring, SG Flash middle, Maybelline X Marks The Spot ring, SG Bikini thumb.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Thoughts on Clinique & E.L.F. Orders

I know E.L.F. np formula can be so so, but this "Mystery Collection" intrigued me. They look a bit different irl than they did online, but I'll reserve judgment til I use them. (My pic top right, stock pic bottom right.) For $3 I'm not complaining, and they sent me 2 free lip glosses plus free shipping!

Clinique: Great deal for $5! I'm happy with everything; this was a great way to sample their otherwise $$ products.
Not as good of a deal but their current promo is 2 freebies w/any $30 purchase and free shipping, code DUO.

Monday, July 13, 2015

OOTD: Black & Jewel Tones

Inspired by this pin.


Cardigan: J Crew, Thredup
Tank: Lane Bryant
Shorts, sandals, earrings: Walmart 

Product Review: Secret Outlast Completely Clean Clear Gel Deodorant

I received a free sample of this deodorant in exchange for my honest review. 
I was pleasantly surprised by this product. I had tried Secret deodorant many years ago and remember having an unfavorable opinion of its texture and odor fighting capabilities.
I was unsure as to whether I'd like this product, but wore it all day yesterday, mostly outdoors in 90° heat and I stayed odor free and noticeably dryer than some previous brands I've tried. Either my body chemistry has changed over the years, making me more compatible with this brand, or they have vastly improved their product. Either way, it's nice to know I don't have to dismiss Secret any longer.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Deal Alert: $5 Off Divergent Blu-ray currently has a $5 off coupon for the Divergent Blu-ray. Between the coupon and a gift card I spent less than $5 to get this movie. Head over there and print yours out now!

Recent Sale Hauls

Finally got a Watermelon Lemonade candle! Also got Istanbul, 2 for $24 and the travel sized Pink Lemonade Fizz. Used $10 off $30 coupon; spent $20, saved $30. Got the Iced Coolada lotion free w/coupon.

Lane Bryant's tanks and camis are on sale for $7.99 each, among other things. Plus I had a $10 off mobile coupon so I only paid $6.46 and saved over $58! Their original prices were ridiculous for a couple of cotton tanks.