Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Kiss InstaWave for the Perfect One Touch Hairdo to Ring in the New Year!

I recently was given the KISS InstaWave curler for review and thought New Years would be the perfect timing to try it since we all want to end the year of with a banging new hairdo right?

This is crazy looking but it's pretty cool. Now, I was totally skeptical going into this, I usually stick to my wand curlers but this was too intriguing not to try. Don't be scared, it's actually really easy to use.

"No longer do we need a professional to style our hair to perfection. Instantly create beautiful, long-lasting curls with just the touch of a button with the KISS InstaWave, a fully automatic tangle-free curler. " Kiss InsaWave.

  • KISS InstaWave is a fully automatic tangle-free curler that instantly creates beautiful curls
  • Easy for anyone to use, from any angle, with any hand
  • Features a Curl Dial with left/right curl directions
  • Automatically shuts off after 90 minutes
  • 2 heat settings with a low/high switch with maximum temperature of 420

It took me a good minute or two just staring at this thing, like, "what am I supposed to do with this now?" So I busted out the directions it came with and gave it a try.

To be honest it was awkward at first not knowing what I was doing, but halfway through curling I started getting the hang of it. The curler gave a lot of bounce and held throughout the whole day which was surprising!

After a few uses I learned that I like to keep my hair around the barrel no longer than 10 secs, since I like a looser curl. But you can hold longer for tighter curls.

Another note, this curler is fantastic for keeping one hand free, and I think it would be beneficial for someone with certain medical conditions with their hands also, it's light and easy to use. A down point is that it curls better with less hair, too much hair in the curl dial and it won't stay put around the barrel.

I've been switching between this curler and my clamp-less wand, I still gravitate towards the latter, but if it's going to be a long day of work I'll choose InstaWave instead.

Image from Etsy. Too funny!
Good News for those of us with a little bit of will automatically shut off after 90 mins! PHEW, you can "forget" to turn off your curling iron, lol, but if you're like me you probably won't since you checked 5x's before leaving the house.

You can buy it at Ulta, it's reasonable-ish ($59) but I would try it out with one of the weekly coupons. ;)

I hope you all have the most spectacular hairstyle planned for tonight! Happy New Year everyone!

*I was given this product to review through BrandBacker & KISS. All opinions are always my own. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Target Beauty Boxes for Cyber Monday!

Count them, THREE Target Beauty Boxes, from $5 to $10 Each and Free Shipping! 
Get them while you can online! Choose from Natural, Hers and His, or get all 3. ;)

Live Links: 
For Him $5 ($20 Value)

Happy (Cyber) Monday Indeed!

Monday, November 24, 2014

My Favorite Black Friday Fashion & Beauty Deals All In One Shopable List!

It's that time of year again shopaholics! You know me, I love to share a good deal and have been creating these lists with shopping links for you every year, so here's another one!
Black Friday deals have already begun so get started shopping early before they sell out.

Ulta Beauty (see list below for shopping details), Tulle Jasmine Cape $21.25 (Was $60),
ASOS Wrap Scarfs $26!

And my favorite sale, the Kate Spade Surprise Sale!
These are all under $30.

Don't miss out on this great deal either!
This week be sure to grab an Allure Beauty Box for $44.95 plus shipping ($10)!

I got this last year and it was like Christmas in a box.
So many good beauty products this time around too if you are into moisturizers/skin care.
These sell out FAST so go to this website here --> on November 25 12:01PM EST.

Now to the LIST! All links are shop-able.
I will update as the more deals appear and change throughout the week.
So keep coming back to check! And for more great Black Friday deals see Tracy's Notebook of Style!

PRE Black Friday & Black Friday Deals:

ASOS  50% off cozy clothing, from capes to wraps, to cute chunky boots! Free shipping. Deal Ends Cyber Monday.

Calypso St. Barth 30% off select styles use code Enjoy30. And take an EXTRA 40% or 50% off off Sale prices.

C.Wonder 40% off EVERYTHING. In-stores & Online through Monday.

Express 50% off EVERYTHING in-store and online with Free Shipping. Starts midnight tonight & 11/25-28.

Forever 21 7 days of Pre Black Friday Deals. Each day a new deal! AND free shipping with orders $30+

H&M Black Friday Daily Deals, New deals added every day up to 70% off!  Add code 2695 at checkout for free shipping on all orders over $50.

Kate Spade New York BF Surprise sale up to 75% off! 3 days only, starts 11/26. 

Kate Spade Saturday 30% off Full Price items w/code DEALME and Free Shipping. 

Kohl's Over 500 deals start online NOW! Free shipping over $50 and get $15 Kohl's cash for every $50 spent. 15% off savings pass w/code YES2SAVINGS until Nov 30.

LuLu's Up to 40% off online with FREE shipping on Black Friday! Mystery code revealed on BF. $35 off $150 w/code 35150.

Marc Jacobs Beauty: #BlacquerFriday make sure to shop their deal on 11/28!

Mod Cloth 50% off "Seize the Deal" every day a brand new batch of sale items to choose from until BF.

Sephora $10 Beauty Deals on 11/28, to view deal sneak peaks follow Sephora on Instagram on 11/26 and get prepared to shop!

Target Deals start Wednesday in-store & online, 40% off ALL women's (men's, kids and baby) apparel, $18 riding boots! Check out the BF ad--->Black Friday Ad

Tulle Through the 28th head on over to Tulle for cute clothes and a sitewide 50% off sale!  Use code: TGIB2014.

Ulta Beauty Deals start Thursday night in-store at 8pm and online at 7pm.
Use your $5 off $10 Coupon through the 26th.
See the bf deals here-->

Uniqlo Holiday Promotions daily and free shipping!

Urban Outfitters Lot's of great deals that have already started from women's clothing to home decor, and shipping is $4.95 under $50.

Have fun shopaholics, be safe (preferably shop online to save time and stress) and have a very Happy Thanksgiving filled with lot's of treats! xo-Franci

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Casual Chic Picks Under $32: Piperlime Take an EXTRA 40% off Final Sale!

I tried my hardest to ignore the Piperlime sale email alerts, but I gave in finally. Today is the last day of the sale and there's A LOT of cute things left to keep you casual chic though the season.

The deal is, you can take 30% off sale items AND you can take an extra 40% off final sale items! I stayed focus and only looked at final sale because I want the good deal. But choose carefully and make sure you are familiar with the brands and sizes because there are no returns on final sale (obvi).

I shopped this deal before and was happy with my purchases.

Here are my picks and a few designer pieces that are UNDER $32! 

JOA Checkered Sweater: $32.98 Was $84
Skies are Blue Sporty Striped Bomber: $29.98 Was $98
Piperlime Jewel Neck Baseball Tee: $17.98 Was $74
Free People Low Rise Boyfriend Jean: $29.98 Was $128
DV Dolce Vita Leopard Calf Hair Pump: $23.98 Was $80
Hive & Honey Chambray Soft Pant: $26.98 Was $89

Shop them all here: Piperlime Final Sale
Use Code: ExtraExtra

My favorite part of dressing casual is adding a pump for instant chic, and if it's leopard print even better! And those Free People Jeans for $29? #Nobrainer! So go check out the sale before it's too late! Deal ends tonight.

What's your go to casual chic outfit?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kate Spade New York x Gap Kids...and maybe ADULTS!?!

Have kids? Still a kid at heart? ;)

Kate Spade New York & Jack Spade (for the boys) teamed up with Gap Kids and the collection is amazing. Many of the designs are surprisingly similar to many of the ones offered for adult women at their boutiques. Now I know it says for kids BUT, I'm not kidding, many of these things us ladies can pull off (sizes up to xxl) and at a great prices at that. The tote bag below is a fairly large size for a kid, just saying! Hop on it ladies!

If you happen to have kids, by all means spoil away and um, maybe borrow them too...

See what I mean? I would totally get the mittens ($24.95), these were sold at KSNY boutiques just a year ago! The glasses ($24.95) were also made as an adult version just this past spring. And bags (like this tote for $60) and cellphone covers ($40), ageless.

Shop them here: KSNY Gap Kids

Friday, October 17, 2014

This is BIG! Kate Spade New York 30% off Sale!

I'm such a Kate Spade addict. But I like my goods on sale though! And with a little insider tip (a few days before the event) that the 30% off friends and family sale was approaching I quickly scoped out the options online & in-store. 

The sale officially begins today and ends this Sunday and is at all Kate Spade New York stores, including the outlet and KS Saturday. 

I personally am interested in what the outlet has right now, so I may be making a visit this weekend. Check me out on Instagram in case I find some good sale items @TheFashionPalate. 

Here are some of my affordable picks (almost all under $28!) that are online right now, sale price highlighted. Use Code: F14FFUS for 30% off discount if shopping online.

1. The Perfect Pair Shoe Bag $18, Now $12.60.
3. Places to Go People To See Coffee Table Book $40, Now $28.
6. Literary glasses pencil pouch set includes 2 pencils, pencil sharpener and eraser $30, Now $21.

I was sitting down last evening in the KS boutique and opened the newest Kate Spade coffee book table "Places to Go People to See" it's beautiful!

Have a good weekend and happy sale shopping!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Outrage Fashion Statement Jewelry MAJOR SALE!

I'm bummed that Outrage Fashion is going out of business. Last fall they sent me the most beautiful necklace to review, the necklace I got was such a stunning piece. See that post here.

There's at least some good news for you guys, they are having a going out of business sale RIGHT NOW. The prices are unheard of in boutiques for these pieces. Elaborate rhinestone necklaces are all $10! All Bracelets are $8, All earrings are $5. They even have $15 shoes and $20 clutches. Be sure to check them out before they sell out. These would make fantastic gifts for Christmas and Birthdays ahead!

My pick is this Art Deco teal and cream necklace. It reminds me of the Kate Spade NY art deco necklace that's in stores right now.

Shopping Links:
Barbara Necklace $10 was $28
Spears Earrings $5 was $30
Beckham Bracelet $8 was $38

Friday, October 10, 2014

Hello Fall Sales!!! All the Columbus Day Deals that You Need to Shop!

Fall Sales have already started! Now we just got to wait for the real fall weather... Make sure to check out all the latest Columbus Day Sales on my list below. You don't want to miss a good deal ;)

Here are a few of my favorite steals for the long weekend!
Forever 21 Hello Cuff NOW $2.99
Banana Republic Gemma Chevron Wrap dress for $40! Was $98.
H&M Ankle Boots $20, Was $49.95. Also in brown.
Urban Outfitters Cloche wool hat for $29.99. Was $45.

Columbus Day Sales: 
American Eagle 25% off. Use code: 66Q849J1

Calvin Klein Outlet 50% off.

Cost Plus World Market Save an extra 25% off with coupon code: FAFSAVE

C.Wonder Extra 50% off sale items! And $5 shipping (that's rare for c.wonder!).

Banana Republic 40% off your purchase until 10/13! Use code: BRWEEKEND

Bloomingdales Save 25-50% off already reduced items.

Express  All sweaters 40% off, outerwear 30% off. And $25 off $75, with code 1870.

Forever21 Addtl 30% off clearance. Use code: Take30.

H&M Up to 60% off sale!

J.Crew 30% off full price, 40% off clearance priced. Online use code: WEEKENDPLANS
Today only Free Shipping!

J.Crew Outlet 50% off and free shipping! Prices as marked online.

Kohl's Take an extra 20% off. Use code: FABFAM20 or coupon. Plus get $10 Kohl's Cash for every $50 spent.

Old Navy Everything up to 50% off.

Piperlime 20% off your purchase. Use code: Fall20

Target: Altuzarra for Target is on clearance! Up to 50% off at most stores!

TOMS up to 45% off sale until 10/17. Free shipping over $25

Urban Outfitters take an extra 50% off all sale items.

Have a happy weekend friends!
Follow me on Instagram for up to the moment deals: @thefashionpalate.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Beauty Review: Billion Dollar Brows at Kohl's!

I got my hands on a  fabulous beauty brow set available exclusively at Kohl's and had to share the deets with you guys! I was actually sent the Billion Dollar Brows Best Sellers Kit to review before it was available to order or shop at Kohl's.

And I'm happy to tell you that it is super affordable and pretty darn amazing.

"We believe that beautiful brows are a right, not a privilege. Our products are priced fairly so that you don’t have to break the bank to have Billion Dollar Brows."-BDB

And you know me, I like a good deal. What you are getting is 4 (5 if you count the double sided pencil) full sized products for only $34.99! Total steal.

Available for purchase now!

 Kit Includes:
 Brow Gel
Use this after your universal eye pencil, it seals in your look and doesn't flake.

 Brow Duo Pencil
Concealer & Highlighter
I LOVE this pencil. The concealer is perfect for touch ups and covering blemishes too. 
The Highlighter is the real highlight though, I love using a bit of it under my eyebrows to enhance the look.
 Smudge Brush
Used to blend with the Duo Pencil Highlighter end.
This is a great synthetic brush, I don't own one like it and it's perfect to blend in the highlighter under the brows.

Universal Eye Pencil
Twist up pencil on one end, blending eyebrow brush on the other. 
Not too dark, not too light. Very workable and can build up or play down depending on daytime or night looks. I like this option, since my Anastasia brow gel applies very heavily, while this one has a lighter touch so you don't end up looking overly made up.

A quick tutorial
From empty pocket brows to Billion Dollar Brows ;)
1,Before, 2.Pencil then brush, 3. set with Gel, 4. Highlight under the brow arc and proceed to blend with Smudge Brush, 5. After.

I have to tell you while I was skeptical that this stuff would even work at such a cheap price, (I've become less of a beauty brand snob the past year, it's amazing how overpriced and over hyped cosmetics can get!) I'm happy to report that this is a killer set. I've been wearing it every day the past week and actually like it more than my Anastasia Brow Gel and Benefit Brow Zing. It's the perfect combination of both brands, easy to work with and build up and really completes any daily face routine.


What do you think of Billion Dollar Brows best seller kit? Will you be picking one up on your next trip to Kohls?

Coupon: 15% off your purchase at Kohl's with code SEPTYES15

*This is a sponsored post, the kit was gifted to me from Billion Dollar Brows and BrandBacker. All opinions are purely my own.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Playing Dress Up: Elie Tahari for Kohl's DesigNation

Elie Tahari for Kohl's launched yesterday in-store & online. I was unable to make it to the store on Friday due to being called into work, hence the late post! :D So I went in this morning and there was still a ton of stuff left, like a ton, but that's very common for a Kohl's collab anyway. I was pleasantly surprised with the clothes, they really do look better on and the textures were overall very soft.

Check it out if you have a Kohl's nearby, and get 25% off for a limited time, 30% off if you have Kohl's card (lucky ducks). There's also a 15% off coupon floating around so get one of those too!

And without further adieu, here's my Playing Dress Up review:
For reference I am 5'3, and tried on XS and S when XS was not available, I will make note of that.
Prices are shown discounted first with the 25% off promo and then followed by original price.

1.) Mock Layer Sweater in Gray Combo- $48 ($64)
This is one of my top pieces, I only wish they had it available in the cream color. The sweater is soft and also a bit see through if you look at it up close, due to the sweater weave. The Chrysler building printed blouse is the perfect length underneath for wearing over leggings.

 2.) Mock Layer Sweater in Bright Cobalt Night $48 ($64)
      Styled over French Terry Jogger Pants $37.50 ($50)

I'm wearing a size Small in this one, you'll notice its a bit baggy in the arms, the XS fit better for me.
The joggers were also a Small and too loose, I think sizing down would help a lot but it depends on your style.

 3.) Drape Back Mixed Media Top in Blueberry Night. $36 ($48)

This top was very soft and stretchy, the layer panels are nice but too much $$ for such a simple top.

Oh and the back. It looks really weird on as well! I tried to take a picture but couldn't twist enough to take a back shot at it, too bad Kohl's doesn't have the dressing room mirrors that Target has. Anyways, it pokes outward...I don't get it.

4.) Taxi Georgette Top $40.50 ($54)

I like the graphic in theory, but I feel odd in it to be honest. The whole back and sleeves are sheer, so it doesn't have much give-like I'm afraid it could rip or snag. Is anyone else freaked out that theres taxi's driving out of your stomach? Just me? Otherwise great price on sale for an iconic piece.

5.) Open Work Chenille Sweater $48 ($64)

Cute but kind of awkward fitting. It feels like those knitted scarves you buy at your grandmas favorite holiday trade show, which is FINE, but seems hard to care for once you wash it. That's just my assumption. The back is fully opened, again I couldn't take a picture of it on. You can see through it, my nude tank doesn't look very chic underneath at all. On the fence about this one.

6.) Ombre Georgette Tunic Gray Combo $48 ($64)
      Paired with Textured Midi Skirt $40.50 ($54)

This is my other favorite piece, the skyline tunic. You can see it better in the next picture as I tucked it into the skirt so you can see how the skirt fits.

The skirt was surprisingly pretty and soft and stretchy, perfect for day to night as it will feel comfy after many meals throughout the day. I like the length too, I love a midi!

The tunic is so cool. I can imagine wearing it with my black wax denim or over faux leather leggings and belted.

7.) Ribbed Funnel Neck Sweater Blueberry $48 ($64)
     Styled over Ombre Georgette Tunic.

This sweater was also another surprise. The cut reminds me of Helmut Lang sweaters, cut shorter in the front and angled longer in the back. It looks pretty street styled over the tunic right?

The neck is kinda of awkward though for me, it may be because I haven't worn such a high neckline since who knows when.

8.) Faux Suede Motorcycle Jacket $75 ($100)
     Style over Ombre Georgette Tunic.

Wow you guys, this jacket is crazy amazing. It might just be the best Kohl's collab jacket ever. I was thinking this was going to be a let down in person, but it's legit. I love how soft it is. And the size is a Small, so definitely size up on this one. They fit tight.

 All zippered up over the tunic.

9.) Chenille Sheath Dress $58.50 ($78)

What a fantastic sweater bodycon dress. A long sleeve and midi length is totally A O K for my age and bay area weather. The blue print is very subtle as well, I believe it's another city print. Isn't it still kind of overpriced though?

10.) Mixed Media Sheath Dress $63 ($84)

Chic dress but too much going on for me. It zippers from the bottom almost all the way up to the hips. And the material is not very comfortable, felt stiff on. (Sorry for the annoying hints of yellow on the bottom of these two pics...that's due to my french fry case...oopsie!)

11.) Ombre Convertible Cardigan $68 ($88)
        Styled over previous Mixed Media Shift Dress.

The cardigan was just ok. It's very warm and has a detachable scarf that wraps around.  All I can say is ok.

Hope you found my review helpful! Did you shop Elie Tahari for Koh'ls yet? What was your favorite piece?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Elie Tahari for Kohls Designation: Shop Early!

This month is crazy for any designer collaboration lover. I mean I'm still putting things I tried and now NEED in my shopping cart from the Altuzarra for Target collab. Fast forward to this coming week, Helmut Lang for Uniqlo will be be emptying out my pockets...and then Thursday, Sept 26, Kohl's has to play with my heart and drop it's Elie Tahari collection after all this madness.

Kohl's has some great promos for the launch of collections as always so you won't have to be paying full price, but I might actually hold out for awhile to actually purchase anything. The clothes are always waaaay overpriced, and if you wait long enough you can find most items for some amazing deals.

Most importantly, Kohl's decided to launch SOME of the collection early as a presale (limited collection, 3 days only), so you can shop NOW! Use Code: YES2FAM for 20% off! Valid 9/18-21.

Here are my picks....Of the comfortable chic nature.

1. Ombre Georgette Tunic $64 ($51.20  after coupon)
2. Mock Layer Sweater $64 (see above)
3. Taxi Georgette Top $54 ($43.20 after coupon)

A long shirt blouse is a must this season, esp with this cool graphic. Layers are easily done with this sweater blouse combo and comes in three colors. Last but not least, who doesn't love a cool theme sweatshirt?

Will you be shopping this collection? Or are you holding out for one of the many other collabs?

Come back next week, I'll be "Playing Dress Up" and reviewing Elie Tahari on Friday!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Playing Dress Up: Altuzarra for Target

I skimmed the Altuzarra for Target collection online at midnight but I was determined to get whatever I liked in store. I had a feeling at the higher price point most of the items are at, that there would be a lot leftover. And there was, but that doesn't mean the collaboration wasn't fabulous, because I j'adored it!

Here's the line outside Target at 7:45am.
Pretty tame.

And the racks after my playing dress up and countless selfies in the dressing room.

Still pretty stocked and a lot to choose from.

And now the fun part! 
For reference I am 5'3 and tried on size 2 & XS, unless noted otherwise.

Playing Dress Up:

1.) Maxi Dress Swiss Dot. Black. $79.99

I'm crazy about this dress! Angeline Jolie meets Rachel Zoe, very boho glam! The dot print on top the sheer overlay is just beautiful. And the length, I'm petite and I can't believe I wouldn't have to tailor this dress if I bought it. This dress is off the charts.

altuzarra for target review black maxi dress

2.) Faux Fur Jacket. $69.99.

Straight up Real Housewives of New Jersey over here.
And I'm kind of loving it! :D
It's really warm and heavy too but not crazy bulky.

altuzarra for target faux fur coat

I was wearing the fur over this tuxedo dress. It had great details from the embroidery down to the gold side zipper. I believe this one was a size 4 (the only dress I tried that wasn't a 2), so I went up a size, it fits like a glove so keep that in mind. 

altuzarra for target review crane dress
  And a slit to boot.

4.) Velvet Blazer. Ruby Hill. $59.99.
5.)Velvet Tuxedo Ankle Pants. Ruby Hill. $39.99.

That 70s outfit.

altuzarra for target review velvet ruby hill blazer
I broke it up into piece by piece and also shown worn together.
Truth be told, I thought this was hideous when I saw it online and on some morning show. It doesn't read well on TV I think. But it's actually really really cute. I love a good blazer, and this is a fantastic one. Pockets are not functional though, but the velvet is very luxe and soft.
The pants are pretty cool too. I love the ankle fit. The problem is with the bunching in the crotch, it's kind of low rise too. I wish I tried on the black pair. And while it's a pretty unique outfit I can't get over the fact that I'm sort of channeling Zac Posen, right?

6.) Satin Dress Orchid Print. Purple. $49.99.

Beautiful color, nice dress in theory but this dress was a total fail. It's a non stretch material and not the same material of the long black stretchy orchid dress. It fit really odd on the top and was very tight, sizing up would not help because it gets loose in the shoulders.

I literally couldn't stretch my arms up any higher than this picture below.
It was opposite that classic moment in the movie the  Christmas Story, "I can't put my arms down!"
I can't put my arms up!

7.) Peasant Dress w/Embroidery. Ruby Hill. $54.99.

altuzarra for target ruby hill dress
And my most favorite dress! I love the color, I love the style, I love the pockets, the tassels, the sequins, the embroidery (breath-GASP!), IT'S REALLY GOOD.

8.) Sweater w/Crane Embroidery. $49.99.

My name is Franci and I'm a sweater-holic. And my real reason for shopping Altuzarra for Target this morning you ask? This sweater.  Its fabulous as far as sweaters go, and the gold cranes are magical (I can't prove that). I really like the material and stretchy softness. The long sleeves are perfect for long arms. I'm going to treasure it.

altuzarra for target crane sweater

9.) Orchid Print Sweater. $29.99.

This sweater completely surprised me. I thought the flower print would look really cheap and stiff in person, but it's very silky smooth and looks pretty. The price is right too.

10.) Over the Knee Boot. $79.99.

After I was done shopping I went to see what shoes were left, only the boots. So naturally I tried these heart breakers on. They are actually easy to walk in and comfortable. The bad news? Well I have a lack of calves unfortunately, so I couldn't fill it out. And it bunched at the ankles. 

11.) Faux Croc Belt. $29.99.
12.) Sheer Swiss Dot Scarf. $29.99.

I love the belt, it will accent many dresses, high waisted skirts, and trench coats.
The fringe scarf is a nice dose of boho-chic.
Overall, this has to be the most impressive collaboration at Target yet. The pictures online did no justice. In person it was impressive, beautiful and quality made (real embroidery, functional details from buttons, zippers to heavy weighted material) at least as much as Target can achieve at their price point. 

A lot of the items surpassed my expectations and surprised me. Some of my favorite pieces look like they could actually be from Nordstrom or even Altuzarra's designer line, no joke.

And like any collab addict, here's my haul. :)

What did you think of the collection?

Be sure to follow me on Instagram, I posted a few pics from this morning there too--> @TheFashionPalate.

And check out my friends Altuzarra for Target review on her blog too--> Tracy's Notebook of Style*Linking up with @sincerelyjennamarie