Hello! Hope you're all doing well and staying warm! For being spring, it sure is wintery here, which has been kind of a downer. To be honest, I haven't been feeling well lately, but doing a blog post will cheer me up. So let's get started!
Today is going to be a pretty random haul. I think I'm going to start calling my "purchases" "hauls" because that's what everyone else seems to do. To me, a haul has to be pretty huge, but I've seen videos/read blogs where people get like 4-5 things from two or three different stores and call it a haul so I feel like the definition of the word has broadened in the "blogosphere". There was a break in the weather recently where it was nice enough out for me to go walking, so I went to the mall and picked up a few things!
My first stop was Marshall's. Ever since my last trip there and my issues with the nylons, I've been a bit leery buying things from there. I'm also not the type of person to think that spending $30 on pants and having that be the clearance price is a super good deal. Haha, it's weird, my idea of what's expensive is so skewed; $40 on nail polish and nail polish accessories? Awesome! $10 for a pair of pants? ...maybe not. $36 BB Cream? Put that in my cart, please! $20 shoes? ...I don't know if I can afford that. It's super weird.
HOWEVER. Last time I went to Marshall's, I found these super cute, mint-colored skinny leg jeans. I needed these jeans, but when I went to try them on, they were one size to small, and the next size up that they had in stock was much too big. I needed these pants. I went on a crusade of sorts to find a nice pair of mint-colored skinny leg jeans and I just could not find a pair anywhere (well, technically I could, but not for a price I was willing to pay). I really want to expand my "bottoms" wardrobe from just jeans, and colored pants are pretty in right now and an easy transition. (Incidentally, Target carries a lot of different colors of "jeggings" right now and I'm thinking about picking some up. I know, I know, "jeggings" are pretty lame, but they're basically just thick, opaque, solid colored tights.) If you've read my past posts, you'll know I thought I snagged a cute pair of burgundy corduroy skinny leg jeans from H&M only to discover that they did not fit when I got home. I decided that I was going to get a pair of colored skinny leg jeans, mint or not, and I picked up these beauties:
I also decided to check out the sunglasses at Marshall's. I don't like spending a lot of money on sunglasses since I have a tendency to break them or scratch them badly or lose them, so I've always bought those cheap $4-5 pairs from Forever21 and the like. I read somewhere that a lot of those cheap sunglasses might actually be bad for your eyes because, even though they say 100% UV protection on them, you can't be guaranteed that they actually are, or that they are the "correct" type of UV protection. I guess the regulations on those kinds of things are a bit loose. A lot of the time, they only darken your vision, not actually protect it, so it's like a double whammy; you're not experiencing how bright it is so you open your eyes more and stay out longer, but you're letting in more UV damage because you're experiencing discomfort at the bright light, if that makes sense. I figured designer sunglasses that cost normally $20-$70 would have better and more consistent UV protection and that paying $10 for a pair of sunglasses that last a while is the same, if not better, than paying $4-5 for a pair that you have to replace more than once (I actually purchased the same pair of $4 sunglasses three times last summer because they kept breaking, so in total they were $12 sunglasses). After trying a whole bunch of different shades, I picked these out:
After Marshall's, I went to Michael's (there are oddly a lot of stores with first names...). I generally don't like Michael's craft stores; I think they're over priced, carry low quality goods, and have very limited stock, but it's worth stopping in there occasionally to catch things when they go on clearance. Which I did! I got some yarn that was clearanced out to a third of it's original price.
I also picked up some clearance Easter candy at Michael's.
After Michael's, I hit up Barnes and Nobel to get myself some magazines. I know I should really subscribe instead of buying them off the newsstand (seriously, for the price of two issues, you can get a year's worth. Delivered to your door, even!), but I don't know where we're going to be living in the next few months (our lease is coming up) and I hate the hassle of changing my delivery address.
I also picked up a novel from the B&N used section.
I also stopped by B&N on a separate shopping trip from a little later in the week and picked up a few more things.
Before I forget, Nail It! came with a little sample pack of nail decals!
On the way home, I went to a Sally Beauty Supply to pick up some nail art blanks (I've been using them to swatch nail polish colors for you guys) and to sign up for their discount card. It's $5 to join for the year, but you get a $5 coupon to use on your next visit, so I figured why not. I also picked up a nail art brush/dotting tool combo and some toe separators as well.
I actually stopped back in to Sally's recently to use my $5 coupon because they're having a "Buy 2 Get 1 Free" sale on their nail polishes. I was also having a pretty awful day, so I figured some nail polish would perk me up. I got three colors from China Glaze:
Here they are swatched for you:
I also bought these Orly brand french tip guides because they were on sale.
And here's some pretty awful nail art I did with my new polishes to try and cheer myself up!
I also stopped at our other mall this week since I had to go to Sephora to return the damaged products from my recent order. I didn't do much shopping since my husband and I were both tired, but I did get a chance to stop by Claire's and the import store.
Claire's was having one of their "sales" (they're not really sales if they're going on all time) on their hair products, and I have been looking for a hair doughnut since my hair is now long enough to put into a bun, so picked up a 2-pack as well as some cute hair ties.
At the import store, I picked up some candy!
Finally, to round out this random haul, I got some things from Target.
I also decided to give EOS lip balms another try.
Finally, I picked up some reinforcement stickers.
So that's all of my past week-week and a half's worth of shopping! I do also have some random Easter goodness to post! My husband and I were able to have a late Easter celebration with my parents this past weekend, and I came home with a lot of goodies!
Before I get to the candy I took home, I want to show off some candy I made. I wanted to make this for my family's Easter party, but I ended up just making it for my parents instead. I found a really easy recipe on Youtube for rainbow fudge. And when I say easy, I mean easy. Like, I'm almost embarrassed how easy it was, but it turned out really well. It tastes like milk candy, or as my dad put it, like vanilla ice cream.
AND HERE'S MY EASTER CANDY HAUL:
Thanks for reading! This got pretty long (I really need to do these more often and not let it all build up...) but I really appreciate you sticking around to finish it! <3!