Jeans and a Teacup

Friday, April 17, 2015

Save Money - Rent Your Textbooks!

CampusBookRentals, Rent Textbooks

I'm not in college anymore but I cringe when I think about all the money I spent on textbooks that I no longer use. I have quite a few collecting dust on my bookshelves. I wish I had been able to rent my textbooks instead of buying them. Luckily for students in college NOW there's a site where you can do just that! lets you rent textbooks saving you 40-90% off bookstore prices! Other benefits include:

-free shipping both ways

-can highlight in the textbooks

-flexible renting periods

- option to buy book and only pay the difference

- 21 day worry free return policy if you change your mind

-a donation to Operation Smile with each textbook rented

The great thing about is their commitment to Operation Smile. Since 2011 has partnered with Operation Smile to provide life changing cleft lip  surgeries to children whose families can't afford it. In many parts of the world, children with cleft lip or palettes are too embarrassed to go out in public or go to school. It also has an effect on their speech and dental hygiene. Operation Smile is able to perform surgeries to fix cleft lips and palettes which drastically improves the child's quality of life. And a portion of proceeds from each book rented goes to this amazing organization!

Save money AND make a difference! 

If you would like more info just watch this short video below.


*This post is sponsored by but all opinions are my own. Seriously guys, I hope you take advantage of a site like this! I spent soooo much money on textbooks when I was in school. CampusBookRentals started in 2007 which is the year I graduated! So I didn't have this option when I was in school! 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Leather + Denim

Cognac Leather Jacket, double denim
Cognac Leather Jacket, Double Denim
Cognac Leather Jacket, Double Denim
Cognac Leather Jacket, Double Denim
Cognac Leather Jacket, Double Denim
Cognac Leather Jacket, Double Denim

Sorry for the radio silence the last couple of days. This has been my first week of "real" work and it's kicking my butt. Plus this weekend my husband was so busy that we didn't really get to take outfit pics. I also injured myself AGAIN on Saturday. While trying to open those annoying plastic seals on a drink with a knife (not a good idea) I stabbed my finger. I hit a nerve and now part of my left index finger is numb. I'm really bummed about it. I'm not sure if nerve damage ever heals - or it might take a really long time. My finger just feels really weird and tingly and I think about it all the time. You never really realize how much you use certain parts of your body until you injure it! 

Anyway! Back to the outfit! I've been thinking a lot about "simple" outfits lately. I love print mixing and statement pieces but sometimes I'm just not in the mood. It's easier to throw on a tee shirt and jeans. But even when I'm dressing comfortably I want to be stylish! Denim on denim is my go-to. I LOVE my chambray shirt. In fact, I've worn it so much it's starting to get holes. I need a replacement ASAP! Once you have a plain canvas (chambray shirt and denim jeans) it's easy to add a fun jacket or shoes and voila! You've got an outfit! 

This time I decided to bring out my leather jacket for the first time. I bought it last Fall but for some reason It just sat in my closet. Since this is my first "real" leather jacket I think I was just nervous to wear it...haha. Does anyone else do that with new clothes that you are really excited about? 

Outfit Details:
Jacket: Zara (similar)(similar in black)
Shirt: J.Crew Factory (similar)
Shoes: Steve Madden (similar)
Necklace: J.Crew (similar)

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

What's In My Purse #DASANIdrops

This post is sponsored by Dasani through Markerly but all opinions are my own!

I always love a "What's in my purse" post because I'm kinda nosey. Anyone else with me? So I thought I'd share what's in my purse as well as the one thing that I ALWAYS carry with me now. 

I try to only carry essentials with me - like a wallet, hand lotion, lipstick or lipgloss, perfume stick and sunnies. I change purses a lot so I don't like to have to switch over a lot of items. This roller perfume stick is really handy to keep in my purse since it doesn't leak! That way I'm always smelling good.  I HATE when my hands or lips feel dry so lotion + lipstick is a must. 

Dasani Drops -3

I also think hydration is EXTREMELY important so I'm always carrying a water bottle or my mason jar with me. The past couple of years I've had headaches and even started to pass out and have seizures. Yikes! I've gone to a doctor and had an MRI and nothing is wrong in my brain - thank goodness! It's actually just a dehydration problem. I'm not drinking enough water! 

Based on my weight I need to be drinking 64oz a day. That seems like a lot! I have a really hard time remembering to drink at least four 16 oz water bottles a day. So I've set alarms on my phone to remind me to drink a bottle about every 2 hours. It actually helps a lot! I don't wake up with headaches anymore and haven't passed out since I've started drinking more. 

But drinking water can get kind of bland - amiright? I would rather be drinking an iced latte. So when I was sent these Dasani Drops I was really excited to see if they tasted good. 

I was able to try the Dasani Drops in Strawberry Basil and Lime. They are both unsweetened and colorless. And to my surprise they contain only a few ingredients: water, natural flavors, citric acid, potassium benzoate and potassium sorbate. I always expect flavor enhancers to contain a lot of chemicals so I was glad that the ingredients list was short! 

To use: just add as many drops of the Dasani Drops to your water until you reach the right amount of flavor! 

#DasaniDrops, Flavored Water

I really like the flavor of the Strawberry Basil. It tasted like I had added slices of strawberries and fresh basil leaves to my water! I actually couldn't believe it. I was really surprised at how natural it tasted. I liked the Lime flavor too but it tasted like more of an artificial lime flavor to me.  

I'm really glad these drops are unsweetened. I don't like super sugary drinks so this allows me to add a little or a lot of sugar depending on my mood. I decided that I like the taste enough that I don't need to add sugar. It's a really refreshing taste and adds just enough flavor to make my water not so boring. I believe that some flavors of Dasani Drops are sweetened so if that's more your thing there are other flavor options! 

And the great thing is the Dasani Drops are portable! The lid snaps closed and they are small enough to carry around in your purse. So everytime I get tired of sipping on plain water I can add some drops of Strawberry Basil or Lime! 

#DasaniDrops, Flavored Water

You can find Dasani Drops at Target! Make sure to check your Target Cartwheel App for any discounts. (I actually use that app everytime I'm at Target and have saved over $35 so far!)

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Pink Floral Top

Joe Fresh Floral Top, Pink Floral Top
Joe Fresh Floral Top, Pink Floral Top
Joe Fresh Floral Top, Stella and Dot Rebel Cluster Necklace
Joe Fresh Floral Top, Pink Floral Top
History + Industry Bracelet, Joe Fresh Floral Top

I probably should have called this week "3 Ways to Wear the Stella and Dot Rebel Cluster Necklace" since I've worn it in every post this week. It's effortless necklace layering and you can also wear each one separately - super versatile! 

I did some shopping last weekend if you didn't notice and picked up this sheer floral tee. I was done shopping for the day but said to myself "I'll just walk through the Joe Fresh section to see if there's anything new". Well, I found this tee and couldn't resist picking it up. I didn't even try it on which is unlike me. But I'm really happy with the purchase and I'm sure I'll wear it a lot this spring and summer. 

I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to wear my new History + Industry bracelet. Check out this online jewelry boutique for unique, one of a kind creations! I have three necklaces so far and I scoop up a new piece every time there's a sale. 

Outfit Details:
Top: Joe Fresh via JCP (or here)
Sandals: ShoeMint
Necklace: Stella and Dot
Bracelet: History+Industry (on sale!)

Speaking of cute online jewelry boutiques - have you heard of InfinEight? Mima runs this Etsy shop from Ontario, Canada. Her shop is full of handmade items in geometric designs of brass, wood and silver elements. Check out the amazing designs below! 
I have a couple of InfinEight necklaces and they are well made and really versatile. You can see me wear them here!
 InfinEIght, Etsy, Handmade Jewelry

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Blush Pleated Skirt

Textured Sweatshirt Tweed Skirt
Textured Sweatshirt Pleated Skirt - 3
Textured Sweatshirt Pleated Skirt - 4
Textured Sweatshirt Pleated Skirt - 5
Textured Sweatshirt Pleated Skirt - 2

It's been an interesting week so far. I dropped a plate on my toe on Tuesday and got huge cut. So I'm limping around at the moment and can't wear any of my cute shoes! haha... But yeah, that was not fun. I'm very squeamish and pass out when I see blood so I was a little worried I wasn't going to make it since I was home by myself! But luckily I have a husband who knows how to take care of me and brought home bandages and fixed me up when he got home. I went and got a tetanus shot yesterday too so now my arm AND my foot are really sore. Yay. 

These photos were taken before my injury - look at that nice right toe! *sigh* I picked up this pink tweed sweatshirt over the weekend on sale for $7. I actually saw this top on an acquaintance and thought it was really cute. I didn't ask her where it was from but then I saw it on sale at H&M I couldn't resist getting it. Do you think it's a fax pas to buy items that your friends (or people you know) have? 

I knew this sweatshirt would be perfect with my blush pleated skirt. If there is one item you should put on your spring wish list it's a blush skirt. I bought this skirt maybe two years ago and it's one of the best clothing choices I've made. It goes with everything, it can be dressed up or down, and it's super comfortable. And I swear midi skirts can look good on anyone - even if you are are on the shorter side. Look for a skirt that hits just below your knee and add a pair of strappy heels to elongate your leg! 

Outfit Details:
Sweatshirt: H&M (similar)
Skirt: H&M (similar- hopefully it will come back in stock!)(similar)
Sandals: ShoeMint
Necklace: Stella and Dot
Bracelet: Stella and Dot

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