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Sunday Secrets - Behind the Filter

Two weeks ago I posted a "Sunday Secrets" post giving a little insight on the real me vs the social media me and I really enjoyed it and decided to try making it a regular thing. When I first started blogged it was mostly just a journal about my life I shared with my facebook friends filled my thoughts and personal rants. Since "cleaning up" my posts earlier this year I realized that I've missed having that outlet and I've worried that in only talking about this beauty product or that outfit I might be too shallow and it's ok to be a little bit real online sometimes. So today I'm taking about my life behind the instagram filtered lens.

Instagram filtered version of me  Latley I've been a little overwhelmed by adulting. I don't remember my parents ever acting like just being an adult is hard. I was too young to remember much from when my paternal grandfather died but I do remember my maternal grandparents dying within a year of each other a…

Ipsy Ocotber 2017

I thought I had unsubscribed from Ipsy but apparently I just skipped last month so yesterday I had the unexpected surprise of an ipsy bag in the mail. The October bag is really cute and I will absolutely use this as my purse makeup bag. As for the products I have mixed feelings, here's what's inside:   Marc Anthony True Professional  Hydrating Coconut Oil $11.80 I usually don't use a oil in my hair but my ends have been kinda dry and frizzy lately so I figured hey why not. I was pleasantly surprised how this didn't make my hair feel greasy or weighted down and it did make the ends smoother so it's something I would consider purchasing in the future. I do wish it came in different scents, this one smells beachy which is nice but this time of year I'd prefer a less tropical scent.
Dermelect Nail Polish $12 I'm not even going to link to this product I thought it was that awful. I personally am not a fan of the shade but that aside the formula had an awful app…

Nordstrom Rack Memphis

Last week was a big week for Memphis shoppers - our very own Nordstrom Rack opened! I like Nordstrom Rack, it's one of my favorite places to shop online, so I was excited to hear that we were getting one in Memphis.


When visiting the new store I was surprised at how much it reminded me of a TJ Maxx. The home section is much smaller, the shoe section much larger and there's no jewelry case but otherwise it's similar in size, layout and merchandise. One difference I appreciate is that the purse and clothing sections are separated out by designer - so if for example you're looking to buy a Tory Burch bag you don't have to look through all of the bags - they are organized together. Shoes are not separated by specific designer but they are in two areas - regular and designer, which seemed to be shoes over $150 a pair. Super small home section Women's clothing Purses! I really want one of these Rebecca Minkoff bags Pretty earrings For plus sizes I'm torn on ho…

Mommy Lhey Little Bits July and August

I've been terrible about sharing my Little Bits boxes lately, which is really crappy of me because they are so beautiful and definitely deserve to be shared. Each kit comes with patterned papers (double sided), a pouch, notebook, pen, stickers, decorative paper clip, die cuts, washi tape, sequins, sticky notes, clear stamps, a planner charm and bookmarks or dashboards. Trust me, it's a big bang for your buck. To me there's two things that really make the Mommy Lhey kit stand out - while each planner designer is going to have their own aesthetic some tend to follow the same theme every month and it gets well - boring. June had a cactus theme, July is florals and pretty dresses, August does have some floral but has a much sassier feel and September is going to be woodland animals; it's always fun and exciting to see what the theme will be each month and I love that Mommy Lhey releases the theme before the sign up dates so you can decide if it's for you or not. The …

Closet Maekover Process

As I've been posting about my closet makeover this year I've had several people comment how it's a project they'd be interested in too so I thought I'd talk a little bit about my process.

The first step like anything in life is deciding to make a change (ok that sounds a bit dramatic I'll admit - just to be clear we're talking clothes and not my struggle with drugs and alcohol) beyond that I think there's several different ways to approach it but for me one of the first things I did was to clear out the clutter so I could take inventory of what I have. Anything I didn't realistically see myself wearing in the next year and didn't have extreme sentimental value was bagged up and donated. Anything that didn't currently fit but I would consider wearing again if it did was put into Rubbermaid storage bins - this left only the items that currently fit and matching my current taste and then when I separated out the spring summer from the winter fa…

Mandysue vs Amanda

Latley I've been getting a little weary with social media, I think there's a lot of pressure to be real and authentic but also really great. Social media sometimes can be a highlight reel of our lives or even an alternative or wishful version of ourselves. For example, nobody in real life calls me Mandysue - it's a cutesy southernized version of my first and middle name - Amanda Susan. On Facebook I typically don't talk about work but the rest of my life I'm pretty open about - Instagram however I stick to very surface level stuff.

Here's some examples of how the Instagram version of myself is a little different than the in real life version :

Mandysue - wears heels with every outfit
Amanda - wears flats most days because she's not the type to grin and bear achy feet

Mandysue - always wears makeup
Amanda - has been know to occasionally show up at work with no makeup and damp hair pulled up

Mandysue - has a clean, clutter free living room
Amanda - pulled out…

Closet Crisis September Update

Last December I posted about my closet crisis - yes I know my life is full of first world problems. Since there's only one quarter left in the year I think I owe a little update as far as how that is going. When I first started this project I put together this list of investment pieces, right now I have 5-ish. 1. One great little black dress $250 2. A white wrap shirt $200 3. A camel colored cashmere sweater $100 4. Tan pencil skirt $100 5. Denim skirt $100 6. Sequin skirt $50 7. Solid colored blouses (ideally four but I'd be happy with 3 if needed for my budget) $300 8. Gold wedges $100 9. Black pumps $100 10. Nude Pumps $100 11. Cowboy boots $300 12. Fur stole $300 1. LBD One great little black dress is harder than it sounds. First off, everyone has their version of a black dress. Also, even in the south a dress that's great for fall / winter isn't so great for spring / summer so I amended that a little bit to find a fall / winter and spring / summer dress. Honest…

Sephora Play September 2017

I recently decided to stop my Ipsy subscription so now Sephora Play is my only beauty sample box each month. I still enjoy getting beauty samples but I just don't need that many. Here's what inside this month:
DevaCurl Melt into Moisture Conditioning Treatment $36
This smells so nice and has a good thick formula, I like this better than the last conditioning treatment I received. I typically use a salt shampoo once a week and then use a conditioning treatment and I wouldn't mind switching to this one. Benefit Gimme Brow $24
I naturally have thick brows so I don't regularly use brow products but it is nice to make them look a little more polished. Stilla Stay All Day Eyeliner $22 This eyeliner goes on super thin and has good staying power. I like marker style liner but I prefer a bit thicker of a tip, I had a hard time keeping such a thin line steady. Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour $28 I really like the color -happy, it's a pinkish red and I really like the …

Beg and Borrow Apparel

Last spring I featured Beg + Borrow in my Memphis Fashion Week coverage and I knew I wanted to get something as soon as I saw it.  Beg + Borrow is a Memphis Fashion brand featuring custom shirts and shirt dresses for women. Who doesn't love a good shirt dress? They're comfortable, versatile and give an effortless chic style. Back in April I was just starting to focus on paring down my closet and knew that this would make a great piece to own - plus each dress is custom, how fun is that? Beg + Borrow creator Monte Stewart is really great to work with and the process was much easier than I expected it to be. My biggest motivator in getting a Beg + Borrow dress is accommodating my large chest - I have very few off the rack button up items because typically when they fit everywhere else they are subject to buttons popping open on the chest - and length, because it's hard being a 5'10 girl in a 5'6 world y'all. After a few emails back and forth I met with Monte at…

Lancer The Method Review

As a teen I never broke out but in college and my adult life it was a completely different story. Then when I turned 33 it seemed like that was going to be the magic age where the adult acne stopped, and for the most part it has but now I get some pesky flair ups during my period - I hate this because well duh, don't we all hate acne? But also I feel like I might as well be wearing a giant neo sign that says HEY, I"M ON MY PERIORD Y'ALL! Not that having a period is weird or anything to be ashamed of but it feels so personal and the rest of the world knowing exactly what is going on with my body just bothers me. Point being, I'm always on the look out for ways to deal with this little monthly annoyances. Lucky for me right as my last cycle was ending and I had one stubborn spot in particular to deal with The Method arrived. This skin care routine is a three step process meant to be used together. and for the past few weeks I have been following the daily routine.

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Fall Fashion 2017

Ok, so I know once labor day passes we get all excited and consider it fall but officially it starts this Friday. Right now here in the south mother nature still hasn't made up her mind - we've had beautiful days in the 70s and chilly nights but we still get some days in the 90s too. It makes fall fashion a wee bit difficult so I find myself waiting until Thanksgiving weekend before I even think about busting out a sweater. Luckily this year a lot of the trends can work for this it's fall but it doesn't really feel like it weather. I think it is important for any fashionista to think about what trends he or she would like to incorporate into their style for the current season. Fashion is after all supposed to be a form of expression so it never makes sense to me to wear something just because it's "in". For example camo is big this year, but it's not my style and not something you'll ever see me in. However, there's a lot of trends this year…