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College Fashion week with Primark & Fall shopping haul

*This is a sponsored post with Primark. All opinions are my own*

Photography: Pixel Moving Company

This was my first time attending College Fashion week here in Boston and it was a fun experience to be around the sponsors and meet some new blogger friends. I wish I had the opportunity to do this when I was in college because I was able to speak with the students about their dreams and what inspires them when it comes to fashion. It’s always interesting to hear another students perspective on school, especially if they’re younger than you.

I was so excited to partner with College Fashion Weeks sponsor Primark! When Primark arrived in the U.S I was there on opening night. The clothing is so affordable and trendy. Every time I step in the store there’s something new on the racks.  I have such a hard time with clothes ripping in the washing machine and nothing from Primark has been destroyed yet (knock on wood)!!  I wanted to put together a fall fashion haul and show you what I picked up this season. Primark has a vast collection of new arrivals right now so this is a great opportunity to add some new pieces to your wardrobe.

The best thing about this store is that you’re not breaking the bank on clothing. Anytime you see someone leaving the store they have multiple bags in their hands. Seriously, you can’t leave with just one bag. This fall I’m going for very light colors and not the typical dark hues. I purchased a pink cardigan and a chunky blue sweater so far. I still have money left on my gift card so I will be going back to get more. All of the images below are similar to my Primark options. Shop away!

 

Mornings with McCafé Espresso

*This is a sponsored post with McDonald’s*

 

Photography: Pixel Moving Company 

I start every morning with coffee because it’s the easiest way for me to wake up. I start my coffee pot in the morning before my shower so when I get out my kitchen is filled with the scent. Some days I need an extra kick so I’ll get something with a ton of espresso in it. That instantly wakes me up and I’m good to go for the rest of the day.  Coffee and espresso just work better for me in the mornings (sorry tea lovers).  McDonald’s is relaunching the McCafé experience with new café-quality espresso beverages which includes

Caramel Macchiato

Cappuccino

Americano

Pumpkin Spice Latte (for a limited time only)

To celebrate this relaunch, McDonald’s is offering any small McCafé beverage for $2 (limited time only). You can also get any size hot or medium iced McCafé coffee or just $1! Now you can start each morning with a delicious and affordable drink without spending a lot of money. In my last post about saving money I talked about buying coffee everyday and how that can burn a hole in your pocket but with a deal like this it’s such a steal. What are you waiting for? Go to McDonald’s!!!

 

Thrifting with Savers

I was provided compensation to shop at a Local Savers store. All opinions are my own*

Thrifting is a fun and I will always take the opportunity to shop for great clothes at discounted prices. Savers recently released its 2017 State of Reuse report examining perceptions around clothing consumption and reuse. 63% of Boston respondents admitted that they still throw their clothes away in the trash. Which is 9% higher than the national average. That blows my mind! Unless the clothing is destroyed you should always donate! My boyfriend and I just dropped off a ton of old clothes and bags to Savers recently. The sidewalk outside of the store was filled with donations.

Donating is a great way to give back to your community. You can always help a family in need. I bought these two dresses and this white top at savers and I spent about $25. What are some of your favorite stores to thrift shop at?  Let me know in the comments below!

Signature crafted event

I received compensation from McDonald’s in exchange for writing this review. This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

I’m a HUGE foodie so I was excited to attend an event at Mcdonald’s to try the new signature crafted sandwiches. Sorry in advance to my healthy friends but I love McDonald’s! When I was in school I would go to McDonald’s just to grab an Oreo Mcflurry. We started the event with a mini tour of the Kitchen with Chef Mike who came to visit from Chicago. He made each sandwich from scratch and all of the ingredients are fresh every single day. The three sandwiches that were offered were Maple Bacon Dijon, Pico Guacamole, and Sweet BBQ Bacon.

I ordered the Sweet BBQ Bacon sandwich with crispy buttermilk chicken. I don’t like BBQ sauce on my sandwiches but this BBQ sauce was tangy and sweet. The perfect addition to the sandwich. Along with these signature crafted sandwiches, McDonald’s is offering new “Just For You” customer experiences at select stores. As of May 5th, 11 stores currently have table service, touchscreen self-order kiosks, or mobile pay options. We ended the night with the ladies of Sip and Script and I learned some basic calligraphy tips. I wasn’t the best but it was such a fun activity to end with. Check out their event page to see what’s coming up on the schedule.

Getting ready with Harry’s

It can take me over an hour to get ready and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I wake up, shower, make coffee, do my hair, brush my teeth and all that good stuff. I have a strict morning routine I need to stick to and if I skip one step my whole day is off. One routine that’s very important to me is shaving my legs and finding the right razor is so difficult. I have sensitive skin so scented razors and shave gels make me break out and the cheap bulk pack of razors DO NOT work at all.

I was offered product to try from Harry’s and I was really excited to get a new razor in my life.  Men have the best razors so I knew I wouldn’t regret using this. My legs were so soft after the first use it was unbelievable. I can’t even describe how amazing this razor is. I swear right after I felt my legs and I said WOW out loud in the shower to myself. Right now Harry’s is running a shave club free trial  you just have to cover shipping which is only $3. Seriously ladies!! TRY IT! Also, how cute is my pup Tiger!! He’s so photogenic!

In collaboration with Harry’s 

CapxTalk event

Thank you to Capital One for sponsoring this post

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a #CapXTalk event at the Capital One Back Bay Café. The panel, which focused on investing and impacting the community for good, united leaders from Harpoon Brewery, The Red Sox Foundation and Capital One to discuss how they’re not only giving back to their community but also, improving lives.

I’ve been using a Capital One savings account for about two years now, so I was excited to see what the Back Bay Café was all about. The Cafés popped up in Boston around two years ago and since then, Capital One has opened five locations across the city. Additionally, they recently announced that they will be expanding to Hingham, Lynnfield, and the Seaport in the coming months.

For those who might be unfamiliar with the Café concept, they provide a space where individuals can recharge their bank accounts, devices and lives while learning new ways to manage their finances, try out new digital and financial tools, use their fee-free ATMs, tap into free Wi-Fi, or simply grab a great cup of coffee. Personally, I always get excited for new innovative approaches when it comes to banking, and I love to see Capital One using innovative digital technology to connect with customers and make the banking experience easier.

One of my favorite new tools is the CashTapp ATM machine, which allows you to use your phone to withdraw cash, no pin or card needed. Additionally, Capital One allows you to manage your accounts by using the Amazon Alexa. Through the Amazon integration, you can ask Alexa to check your account balance and even pay your credit card bill!

I’m a huge advocate for Capital One and would definitely encourage you to check out their Cafés here in Boston. If you’re in the Harvard Square area, you can even book a 1:1 money coaching session at their Harvard Square Café.

 

Stocking Stuffer Ideas!

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Hi, Everyone! I’m excited about this post because I’m a huge fan of lip balm and I’m always looking for new brands to try. Now that December is here I’m anxiously waiting for Christmas presents and snow! Stocking stuffers are my favorite and this trio kit from Moroccan Magic is perfect for any beauty lover. My favorite scent is the Rose one and it stays on for a while which is perfect during the winter.

If you’re like me and constantly apply lip balm then buy some for yourself instead of putting the trio kit into someone else’s stocking. What do you guys like to buy for stocking stuffers?? It’s so hard to walk into stores and buy cute lotions and candles without buying some for yourself!! 🙁 Let me know where you like to shop and I’ll check it out. Thanks for reading!

Pajama Jumpsuit: Aerie (similar here, and here) Mug from Anthropologie

The Lip Balms were a gift from Moroccan Magic

Photography: Nick Carter

Gold pendant

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 I’m not afraid to say that I have trouble accessorizing at times. I tend to get bored with items quickly and they end up collecting dust in my jewelry box. I want to break out of the habit of buying jewelry and not wearing it. I’ve always had a thing for necklaces, especially gold necklaces. Gold looks so good on my skin tone and necklaces just make your look pop!

 This yellow gold arrow pendant  from Michael Hill the perfect addition to my new and improved jewelry collection. This necklace is a great gift for your girlfriend or wife if she likes minimal jewelry like I do. Michael Hill has a gorgeous jewelry collection at affordable prices. Now that the holidays are slowly creeping in, we need to start thinking about what to get our loved ones. Everyone loves jewelry! The 2016 holiday gift shop is now open so stop by the website and pick up some items.  I really like this heart pendant, and this rose gold/silver bracelet.

This post was sponsored by Michael Hill – I received the Arrow Pendant as a gift.

Boohoo City Guides

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  There’s so much to love about Boston! Born and raised a city girl, It’s exciting to see how much the city has changed over the years. So many new stores to shop at, restaurants to try, and boutiques to discover. There’s also a ton of new apartments popping up in the city and surrounding areas. People are finally starting to notice how exciting Boston is.My favorite time to be in the city is during the fall. The foliage here in the city and up north in New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont is so beautiful.  If you ever plan to visit Boston in the future I would be happy to share some recommendations.  I’m excited to have teamed up with Boohoo to create a Boston City Guide. I’m sharing my favorite go-to restaurants, parks, and neighborhood. Thank you Boohoo for letting me share my favorite parts of Boston with my readers!

 

1. What neighborhood should people visit and why?  

I’ve mentioned this a few times before in previous blog post but the South End is my favorite part of the city. It’s so relaxing and all of my favorite brunch spots are down there. The streets are filled with small boutiques too. If I ever had the chance to move to the South End I would in a heartbeat.

2. The best restaurant for foodies?  

Barcelona wine bar is one of my favorite places. The tapas are absolutely delicious! The Brookline location is gorgeous and more spacious.

3. Favorite park?

The Public Garden is my favorite park in the city. The city keeps it so clean and beautiful year round. It’s the perfect spot to sit and eat a quick breakfast and drink some coffee with friends.

Top, Bag, and shoes provided by Boohoo

This post was sponsored by Boohoo