Deal Divas' Favorite Things: Keeley
I had a hard time coming up with my favorite things because I'm really haphazard about what I actually pay attention to brand-wise that's worth mentioning. I still swear by Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers because hello, cheap. I buy whatever moisturizer is on sale at Target. When it comes to clothes, I don't discriminate against any store's clearance rack. I welcome them all with open arms (and occasionally an open wallet).
So I had to think long and hard about my actual favorite things other than just "purses! shoes! scarves! earrings!" because that's not very helpful. And by "think long and hard" I mean look at pretty things online for inspiration. Real tough. So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite things. Blue satin sashes not included.
Essie nail polish, $8.59
I love painting my nails but I never did it that often because while I hate when they get chippy, I'm also really good at getting distracted and leaving the chipped polish on forever. Not very professional looking, or cute. But somehow, magically, Essie polish stays nice for much longer than any other polish I've tried. I cringed the first time I forked over $8 for a bottle of nail polish, but now I swear by it.
I also cringed the first time I forked over $24 for an eyeshadow palette, but same thing, it worked so well for me that now it's the only brand I bother to buy. I like the way the color goes on, not too cakey. And I like the range of colors and the combos they put together. And the back of each palette lays out very clear instructions about which shade to put where on your eye to get a day or night look. (My favorite is the Eternally Purple combo.) They really couldn't have made it any easier. It's basically paint-by-numbers for your face.
Lulu's has really good sales. I've gotten great skirts, tops and handbags from them, but I really love them for jewelry. Cheap, cute, sparkly, great for a night out jewelry. The fact that the cuff calls to mind the current Hunger Games sequel is just an added bonus. It would've looked awesome with one of Katniss's Victory Tour Capitol looks.
I got this book for Christmas a few years ago, and found it really helpful. I'm a pretty faithful What I Wore blog reader, so the book seemed like a natural extension. The illustrations in the book are really pretty and it's a good guide if you want to take a step back from your closet and look at it with fresh eyes. Plus I just really like reading fashion-related books. The Fashion File: Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men by Janie Bryant with Monica Corcoran Harel (hard cover, gorgeous pictures, $18) was a close second.
Definitely a splurge. Well worth it, because their pieces are so well made and unique, but a splurge none the less. I knew about Eugenia Woods but hadn't really gone in the store they had on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg for budgety reasons. Why fall in love with something I couldn't afford? But then I ventured out on Small Business Saturday last year and stumbled into the store. I fell deeply in love with a clutch made out of an old ham bag. I got it for about $60 on sale. Still very much a splurge for me, but I abstained from shopping for a while after I bought it, and like I said, it's so well made, and I've brought it with me a lot to parties, date nights, at weddings, etc. So I definitely don't regret the purchase.
What are some of your faves? Pictures are always appreciated! @dealdivas on Twitter, and #dealdivasfavoritethings on Instagram. If you look closely, you'll probably spy another pic of my beloved ham bag.