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Monday, March 2

My Life is Average Mondays: Busy Season

I haven't talked about my job a ton on this blog but it's definitely the reason why I took a mini hiatus. There's something I have in my profession called a Busy Season. It's exactly the same thing that restaurants have during Valentine's Day, malls have during Black Friday and students have right before finals. 

Despite working a lot though, I've had a great time these past 2 months. I helped handle a really large project and managed people both above and below me. On top of it all, all of my efforts were recognized by all members of the team... what more could a girl ask for? 

Well, maybe a little time to do laundry. I'm kidding. Kind of kidding. Either way, after busy season, I always enter a time when I want to "reclaim" my life. 

Cue unrelated pretty picture: 

via tumblr

Monday, January 12

Happy New Year: What I Would Have Worn + Discount Code!

I hope everyone's had a very happy new year and that you've still kept your new resolutions if you made any.

As for me, I had a lovely little holiday season and got sick towards the end. I was sick at the same time last year, so it wasn't terribly unexpected. Now I'm heading into a fairly busy time at work... don't be surprised if you don't hear from me for a few months! 

Since I was sick during New Year's Eve, though, I couldn't wear out my lovely dress! 

Tights: Forever 21 (Old)
Boots: Ross ($21.56)

Now please indulge me as I share a little about the dress. It retails for almost $150, which is NO small sum to pay for a casual party dress. On top of it, I wasn't really sure what to expect. Not everyone looks good in bandage dresses! As you may have possibly guessed though, the reason I'm writing this post is that I was pleasantly surprised. 

The dress certainly has quality--it's very heavy and will NOT fall apart on you. Secondly, ... well, look at me! Trust me when I say that the dress really sucks me in, especially in the tummy area which I always struggle with when wearing form fitting clothing. The feel of the dress reminds me a lot of shapewear, but still breathable and comfortable. Overall, I'd absolutely order from them again, especially if I'm doing something like a Vegas trip. They also have some pretty cool looking leggings and swimwear

Finally, you can use the code SEVEN15 to get 15% off at the Kewl Shop

Monday, December 15

Maybelline Stormy Sahara Lipstick Review

Let me be the first to say that lipsticks are dangerous. I was never into lipsticks because most of them would eventually wear off, but now that I've found about about stains and long lasting lip products, I'm obsessed. My collection expanded from the one that I've had for many years to 5. I know that's just a haul's worth to a lot of you girls, but for someone who keeps a modest makeup collection, it's a lot. 

Most of the colors I have are pretty vibrant--bold reds, bright pinks and corals, dark berries. However, when I saw a ton of reviews go up for the Maybelline Buff's Collection, I grew intrigued. I still didn't have a "My Lips But Better" shade. 

Enter Stormy Sahara. This shade is quite nude against my lips. I don't have to think about what colors I'm wearing or apply it carefully in a mirror. However, I don't think this is the right nude for me or the particular pigment of my lips. I might venture out to try something else in the line! I most use it now to "nude out" some of my other lipsticks since it's so moisturizing. 

Do you have a "my lips but better" shade to recommend?

Monday, December 8

Breakfast at Maya's Farms

With the organic craze sweeping the country, I'm sure that you've heard of, if not attended, a few farmer's markets. These farmer's markets sell food grown from local farms, but haven't you ever wondered where these so called "local" farms are located? Driving around my city, I've certainly not seen much farming that isn't citrus or cotton! However, after being told about Breakfast at Maya's Farms, I instantly recognized the name as a frequent Farmer's Market Vendor. Following the directions, I found that this beautiful farm was only 15 minutes away from my house. I've always been a city girl, but being on this farm made me wish (just for a few minutes before the allergies started) that I was a farm girl. 

Beyond these photos, I didn't really visit the farm, so let me dive into the food! I got a chicken salad sandwich (my new favorite sandwich) and it was amazing. They even presented it in a lovely picnic basket. 

I absolutely love this atmosphere for breakfast or lunch. It's relaxing and quiet... makes me feel like I've slipped away on a vacation somewhere!

Are you more comfortable in the city or in the country? 

Monday, December 1

Obsessed with Nordstrom's Halogen!

I hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving! Did anyone go shopping over weekend? 

I didn't, but only because I'm pretty scared of being trampled. Today, I wanted to share a clothing line that I'm pretty in love with--Halogen. I'm not sure why, but I'm ALL over their business clothes. I've heard about how comfortable their pencil skirts are for a long time, but as it appears, the rest of the line is great as well. In fact, I constantly go online just to see if anything else/new is on sale. 

The cardigan pictured below is from that line, it's very soft and lovely! 

Dress: Banana Republic (Old) 
Cardigan: Halogen ($30.82)

Where else do you guys get work clothes? 
Other than the Banana Republic/Loft/JCrew?

Monday, November 24

Noteworthy Pictures 3

Every once in a while, I like to look though my twitter picture feed to find little moments here and there I didn't post on the blog. Sometimes, it's not worthy of an entire post to itself; other times, it's just a bit too miscellaneous. This collection basically goes through from April to November of 2014.  Follow me on twitter at @seven_percent.

First up, I went to this event in April called Feast on the Street. Essentially, it was a food truck festival. One of the notable features of this event is the tables set down in the middle of the street. It was several blocks long! 

While there, I got to try out a dish from the famed food truck, Maine Lobster Lady. 

I also had the opportunity to try this random Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich at TGI Fridays... take a look at how big the strawberry is for size comparison. 

I love food... but I especially love food that looks pretty. Like this doughnut hole I paired with a doughnut. 

I went to a few places in the second part of this year. Lake Tahoe (seen below) and Chicago (post to come!)

Monday, November 3

OVERHYPED?! - John Frieda Frizz Ease Hair Serum Review

I buy most of my products based on reviews given by other bloggers. You know those items that everyone seems to love? That's what I go for. Now, skin types, hair types and personal needs are different between everyone, so some things that are highly rated may seem overrated to you if it doesn't work as well. For these types of items, I'll label them "OVERHYPED?!". I'll try out those things that you've heard of a million times and tell you if it did, or did not work for me. Hopefully it'll spur some discussion!

Let's start with the John Frieda Frizz Ease Hair Serum! I wanted this to tame and protect my hair when curling. 

The smell is amazing. I think it does protect my hair without making it greasy but I wouldn't say it's a miracle product. I like using this before I curl or straighten my hair. It definitely prevents from the dryness that I experience if I did not use this. 

What will you use to condition your hair in the cold winter months to come?