Thursday, August 14, 2014

Altuzarra for Target Lookbook is here!!!


"Seductiveness and sexiness." Not what typically comes to mind when you think about your next trip to Target. This is exactly what Altuzarra is bringing to his collaboration with Target & Net-A-Porter this September. This collection is definitely more sophisticated and fine tuned than many other previous Target collabs. I'm excited to see and try it all in person.


A 50 piece collection ranging from $19-$90. Here's the link to a look book posted by Harpers Bazaar. And another that has the individual pieces, not being modeled, on Refinery 29. And the Lucky look book for all the prices.

These are the few that I'm pretty blown away by...


I'm already in love with two pieces. The fringe scarf and the sweater are my must-haves, while the others are gorgeous to look at. I mean Hellooooo boots! Impractical for what I do, which is bake, blog and extreme shop ;), so I'm probably not getting those, but holy chic are they tempting. That blouse is also pretty darn fab, so I may be holding out on a few items once they hit the sale rack.

What do you think of the look book and my picks?
Any items going on your list?
And most importantly, will you be shopping come Sept 14?

Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter as I have been shopping these collaborations for years and can update you when the launch goes live. I will be posting on Sept 14th my "Playing Dress Up" post where I try on the collection pieces and give you a detailed review on fit and quality.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Christian Louboutin Rouge

Dangerous, sexy, luxurious. What I am about to show you is not for the faint at heart. So let it be still.
Christian Louboutin just launched his latest creation and it's not shoes! 
On Wednesday at Nordstrom it was a feast for the eyes.
ROUGE Louboutin is the very first nail polish (out of 30) to be released from the coveted designer nail polish collection. And as a nail polish fanatic & a sucker for packaging, I just had to have one. It's no bargain price at $50, but I'm taking it as a sign that I received my Nordstrom note of $20 that same day of the launch. Naturally, I used it towards my purchase, making it $30, no brainer for a collectible and swoon-worthy color of the Louboutin red sole.
The product is said to take 22 weeks to complete!
"Rouge Louboutin… a timeless, vibrant red suited to any skin tone. A true objet d’art of a dramatic 8-inch height inspired by the tallest heel Christian Louboutin ever created- the Ballerina Ultima. The iconic Rouge is encased in a faceted, weighted glass bottle with an unique ombré effect. The tall slender cap, inspired by calligraphy, turns the application into a luxurious experience, inviting women to take their time. The custom-designed, patented triangular brush picks up the right amount of formula, without air bubbles, to deliver flawless, chip-resistant coverage. A highly pigmented, super glossy formula delivers in just two coats the effect of 20 layers of traditional lacquer. Enclosed in a patent leather like finish presentation box with a red reveal." (christianlouboutin.com)
Fascinating and faceted glass crystal.

Did you know Christian Louboutin painted his first red sole with red nail polish?!
“The red sole was born from red nail polish. I am giving back to nails what the shoe took from the nails many years ago.”
The lacquer is a very striking red, and yes a one coat wonder. No need for a topcoat this patent leather-esque finish is just the perfect amount of shine. The handle had me worried since it is quite long, but it is surprisingly easy to work with. I enjoyed having the smaller brush, it made me take my time swiping on the polish so I was more careful, leaving a flawless look overall. No bubbles, no smudges. The texture even feels like patent leather. While there may be dupes out there (RiRi Woo by M.A.C is said to be comparable, although I haven't tried it myself) you are really paying for this extravagant bottle, it's a work of art and looks great on any vanity table. It's got some weight, made of glass and 4oz full of polish. And if you are the proud owner of your own red soled shoe, well this is the exact match to cover up scuffs.
One coat, no gloss, with a base coat. I'll update you when it chips!

Patent on Patent. 

A splurge that's worth it for any Louboutin enthusiast or fashion lover. 
It will last me forever and truly my most favorite red ever.

While I post mainly bargains, this is an exception and I got a "deal."
Sometimes with all that savings you just need to treat yo self. ;)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Target: New Arrivals & Fashionable Scores!



Target has some fashionable new arrivals and clearance! 
Not to mention coupons...which means new arrivals at sale prices. 
We LOVE that.
Don't miss out this week or if you are shopping over the weekend. 
Be sure to add the 25% off Women's Apparel & Swim Cartwheel App Coupon to your barcode! 

Here's what I went home with using my Cartwheel coupon.


Cute shirt dresses are originally $19.99 but with the coupon it's $14.99. 
Print pullovers like this adorably sweet donut top were $22.99 now with the coupon it's $17.24.
Here's all the totes adorbs pullovers that just arrived in store!
mmmm donuts.
J'adore-able ;)
Bah bah black sheep.

A transitional romper to wear into fall.
I love the raspberry color. 
Wear it now with strappy sandals and a fedora, 
later with tights, ankle boots and a green military vest.
Shirt dresses like the one I tried on in the first picture.
Comes in cobalt, black, gray, striped teal & red.
Feminine light dresses. 
Great for layering in the fall with boots, tights and sweaters.
Cute juniors fashion dresses!

And for women too!
This is my favorite dress at Target right now. A belted denim shirt dress. The quality is very nice and the perfect denim blue wash. And they actually made a story with it, the merchandising is great at this brand new Target I went to.
New printed button downs like this duck graphic.
Back to school backpacks!
Can't go wrong with a cat print.
Or a fox print. 
I showed you this in a previous post and I still cant get over its cuteness.

There's a few random clearance items too like these chalkboard bubbles.
Cute idea for your office, wedding photo booth or for vendors to market on Instagram!

Back to fashion though.
Sailboat blouse for $13.98 on clearance!

TONS of clearance shoes ladies. From sandals to flats.
Pink wedges for $10.98!
One of my faves
Now $13.98

Price cuts in home!
My favorite candy shop candles and scents are now $9.99.
Cotton Candy is my choice.
And if you missed grabbing some Poppytalk items, now is a good time to get them on clearance. 
This candelabra for $10!


I may have stopped shopping at Target for two weeks due to work, cupcake events and classes,
 but when I go shopping I mean business :D

What's your favorite find at Target right now?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag July 2014


The July Ipsy Glam Bag is themed "Sensationally Sunkissed." 
Basically almost everything is summer time friendly! The Bag itself is super cute with it's pink scallops and it's waterproof. The perfect makeup bag for your beach bag.


Let's take a closer look at the contents shall we?


1. Models Own Nail Polish in Red Sea. It's a full size topcoat with a sheer red tint. The glistening topcoat glimmers in the light. The hand cut glitters retract the light. It's pretty cool.

2. bareMinerals 5-in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF15. ***Coming up for air. That was a mouthful, which is why I sat staring at this product for a few minutes just trying to figure it out. I proceeded to put it on my eyelids not quite knowing what it was. It's kind of a primer...a bb eyeshadow-Nm, I'm still confused. I received Barely Nude and just like the name suggest it was barely nude....It was way to dark for my eyelids giving it like a black eye effect. OK obviously not the look I was going for. Suitable for a base, and the formula was workable.

3. Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 08. It's a natural, organic tanning oil with SPF. I was put off at first, since I'm not trying to attract skin cancer. But with the minimal SPF I think I'll try a quick leg tan on the patio and then run back inside the cave (house), hiss hiss!

4. Lord & Berry Kajal Stick. It's a kohl eye pencil in a rich creamy black. I love the intense black, but I didn't like the sample size...it was like waaaay mini sized, like the size of my thumb. I tried it without primer, fail. It immediately smudged and creased all over my eye.

5. Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment. This super mini sample contains glycolic and salicylic acid, good for clearing up blemishes but too harsh for my skin since I'm using retin-a right now. Unfortunately I won't be able to test this one.



Overall, I'm sad to say I'm not too impressed with this months bag. I had a good run from Feb-June, with only two disappointing bags such as this month and Jan. I think what did it was the small sample sizes. Usually Ipsy hooks it up. But the pencil eye liner is so tiny it's not going to last more than a few shavings, with previous pencils I received full sized products!

 I did really like the bag and the nail polish and I will try the spray soon. On another good note, a lot of other Ipsy subscribers got great bags, you should search them on insta, I was so jelly.

If you'd like to sign up for 4-5 beauty products a month for $10 use the link here-->http://www.ipsy.com/r/1pce

What did you guys think of this month's bag?


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Chrome Girls Nails: All the Colors you need for Summer!

I seriously can't get enough Vegan and 5 Free nail polishes. I love that it's animal friendly, no animal by products are used in the ingredients and free of all those chemicals and toxins. Who knew nail polish could be so complicated right? But really girls, there are a lot of vegan/5 free brands out there right now, even on the cheap, so there's not much of an excuse not to use them!
I know I'm getting all hippie on you, let's just cut away to the newest brand I've tried as of late. Chrome Girl nails is simply awesome. And I'm not just saying that because I got the Spring/Summer 2014 collection for freesies. ;) I  like to go into this with an open mind and honest opinion for my readers and myself. I must say I am overall impressed with the formula (the blue tones and tan being the best application) and quick dry speed! Read on for my ratings on each color.


Summer Storm
5 out 5 stars. A denim navy blue with almost a hazy gray affect, it's perfect for the bay area gloomy summer we are having right now. This is my fave shade out of the collection. Easy to apply, one stroke wonder, dried quickly without a smudge!


Beach Undies
5 out of 5 stars. A bright lime green, reminds me of Nickelodeon slime, hey it's a compliment! I have no color like this in my own personal collection so it's a nice change of pace, fun and silly. The hubby liked it best, lol. Rich intense color, Two coats, dried fast.


Makin' Waves
5 out of 5 stars. A bright brilliant metallic blue. A vacation in a bottle. As mesmerizing as watching the ocean wave, you wont be able to take your eyes off the glimmering silver metallics. This was a one coat wonder- I did add two coats because I was curious as to how blue it would get. Def, better with two coats and dried fast.

Chrome Girl Top Coat over Makin' Waves
I wanted to show you how this shade looked like with a top coat. It appeared more glossy and watery. I like it without personally, but if you like a higher gloss you should go with this. It's a fantastic topcoat and like the nail polishes it..surprise, surprise, dries unbelievably fast!


I Scream
3 out of 5 stars. I LOVE the color and the name. The formula unfortunately got streaky on me as you can see the lines and lumps above. Maybe it needs more wait time in between coats (this was 3 coats later), I was impatient and I had just applied nail polish remover so maybe that screwed it up.
I will have to give this another go, just to be fair.


Salty Kisses
4 out of 5 stars. A bit tricky like the other brights (the blue lacquers were the easiest to work with) it needs 2 or more coats for coverage. The color is a super bright coral and dries quick.


Tan Cheeks
5 out 5 stars. Cheeky name, perfect nude, like literally matches my skin tone. It's a suede tan, and perfect year round not just for the beach. One coat is perfect, dries quick and a runner up to Summer Storm. 

$12 a pop from ChromeGirl.

Have you tried Chrome Girl? Which shade is your fave?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Nordstrom Anni Sale (Early Access Cardholders Sale Starts Tomorrow!!!)


For those of you that are Nordstrom cardholders my favorite sale of the year starts tomorrow! The Nordstrom Anniversary sale early access is from July 10-17, so whip out that Nordy's card and get to the good stuff first with double the points. This is the sale to get all your fall trends discounted before they go back to regular price for the season. It may be 90 degrees out, but grab those leather boots, wax denim, fall sweaters now!

The Anni Sale will be open for non cardholders to shop beginning July 18th until August 4th.

You can also shop online too (Nordstom.com) if you can't make it early enough. I suggest buying online maybe even a few sizes if you unsure and then select pick up in-store, then you won't miss out on a great deal, AND you can return the extra size.

The lookbook is also up--> http://bit.ly/UULqeW

Here are a few of my picks for fall:

How lovely are the two looks from the lookbook? I'm thinking I need floral silky cami to go under my sweaters for fall too!

I'll add links when they go live. But for now here's what to look for.

1. BP Zip Detail Slouchy Satchel $38.90 (Orig $59)
2. Sam Edelman Palma Suede Sandal $99.90 (Orig $159.90)
A good shoe splurge is necessary for Fall.
3. Hudson Jeans Collette $119 (Orig $189) (This is when I buy my Hudson's about every two years, it's the perfect jean!)
4. M.A.C Look in a Box, All About Pink $39.50 ($72 Value.)
5. Bella J 'Charming Darling' Candle $20 (Orig. $25) (Has a hidden charm inside! Possible diamond!)
6. Elodie Shadow Stripe Double Breasted Coat (Juniors) $49.90 (Orig $76)
7. BP seamed Moto Legging $24.90 (Orig $38)


And one last style inspiration, I'm feeling the whole look on the right. 
I love the tartan sweater, that's actually going in my cart and the leggings are awesome.

Will you be shopping the Nordy's Anni Sale?
Follow me on Insta tomorrow @TheFashionPalate, I will share some more fall sale items!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Target, The Sale: 25% Xhilartion & More Deals!

Is it another week already? 
There's quite a few deals to stack in the Target women's department this week! 

25% off all Xhilaration women's apparel with Cartwheel App coupon. PLUS when you spend $30 in women's clothing you get $5 off with Target Coupon. *It's come to my attention that there is ONE more discount even better than that, $5 off $25 women's apparel purchase with a mobile coupon. You can get that one by texting OFFERS to 827-438.

Here are some cute & trendy items I found under $20 a piece.


1. Asymmetrical Jeweled Top on clearance $13.98 ($10.48)
2. Printed Soft Pant $19.99 ($15)
3. Cropped Zip Back Pineapple Tee $16.99 ($12.74)
4. Skater Skirt Printed $17.99 ($13.48)

More cute Xhilaration finds.


Another print version of the soft pant for $19.99! So cute, versatile, comfy chic and it has pockets.


Xhilaration on clearance, $12.48 striped body con dress. 
Get more bang for your buck with clearance finds. 


Cream day time boho, cream night time chic.


Really cute floral blouse $17.99, dressed up or down, worn under a blazer for work.


Perfect summer knit dress.


I found these blazer vests on clearance for $13.98! Super chic and can be worn in SO many ways, over a maxi dress, with jeans or matching tuxedo shorts. I got it in black, the white was too white for me and my mocha/chocolate addiction.


It's hard not to spend all day in Target, I found myself in the baby aisle..whaaaat?!?!? Not for any reason besides to show you the arrival of Jessica Alba's The Honest Company bath & body products. They smell so good too.

Sweet coupon deal if you're actually in the baby department for the right reasons!


And $6 wooden trays....because we love trays!


Don't forget the $1 off select magazine Target coupon!



 Have a great evening Target addicts!