Target bathing suit must haves!

Anyone else last minute packers for trips? Anyone else forget the most important things you need for a trip when you procrastinate to the last minute? Just me. Ok.

On our trip at the beginning of the month I waited until seriously the last minute (ten minutes before I had to leave), but I was proud of myself because for the first time I made piles of the necessary items all over my living room. I would just put the piles of things in my suitcase when I woke up. Great in theory, terribly executed. I was so tired that I rushed and forgot probably the most important pile. The one containing my bathing suit, flat iron, false eyelashes, heels, and my Ipad. Why all of my most important things were in one pile you may ask? BECAUSE I DIDNT WANT TO FORGET ANY OF IT SO I PUT IT TOGETHER.

To say I was distraught is an understatement but I rolled with the punches and when I got to Florida I took a trip to my second home… TARGET.

To my delight, my sisters also forgot some pretty major things so they tagged along with me. And to make the situation even better… THEY WERE HAVING A SALE ON SWIMSUITS!

I grabbed a super cute mauvish pink one piece (still not super sure if I’m in love with it) and the most fun metallic pink top that I paired with black bikini bottoms.

Hope couldn’t pass up that green suit that you have seen several times on our Insta and Noelle snagged a pink multicolor stripped one piece.

I was planning on sharing about Target swim once it got a little warmer here in Pittsburgh but RIGHT NOW they are having a buy one get one 50% off deal that is too good to pass up.

Here are the ones we got and the ones that are on our wish list this week!

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WANT LIST

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Marshall’s Finds: Anastasia Beverly Hills Products

A big part of our wardrobes, house decor, skin care, and makeup comes from our favorite store ever… Marshall’s. So we thought why not devote a whole entire section of our blog to the amazing things we find there and to also give you tips for when shopping here.

To start it off we are going to show you our latest “score”. We hit the jackpot and scored some stunning Anastasia Beverly Hills products.

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Some of my favorite brands I’ve found there was Kat Von D, Marc Jacobs, Lorac, and Bite. These Anastasia pieces however rank number one.

I walked into the area and found one of the single eyeshadows laying on top of a bath bomb display and knew I had to go on a hunt for more.

When I found some more it was like the heavens opened and angels were singing. There were concealer pots (sadly two shades too dark), cream contour kits, several eyeshadow single pans, lip glosses, liquid lipsticks, and eyeliners. Cue the excitement.

I combed through what was there and settled on a Punchy Red Lipgloss (normally $16 on sale for $6.99!!!!) and the 10k eyeshadow (normally $12 on sale for $3.99!!!).

I then found the most amazing camel colored pair of sunglasses from Banana Republic (normally $75) for only $12!

When I finally got to the checkout I found an even bigger selection of Anastasia goods and that’s when I found the Denim Smokey eyeshadow and my NEW FAVORITE liquid lipstick, Spicy!

TIPS:

1. When shopping at Marshall’s make sure you have your phone and PRICE MATCH ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING. Just because it is at Marshall’s doesn’t mean it is that much cheaper than another store (I’ve found some things that were actually cheaper outside of Marshall’s).

2. When shopping makeup or skincare make sure that it wasn’t previously used or tested. The eyeshadows that I got had no finger marks in them and the lipgloss and liquid lipstick had the original sticker seals on the boxes. And always sanitize the top of makeup before using it (easy as wiping the top layer off).

3. Don’t run past what they have available along the shelves in the checkout. That’s where I truly find the best gems. My store always has stunning OPI polishes, unique coffees, the cutest stationery, and where I found a lot more Anastasia Beverly Hills makeup.

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Wearing Spicy here!

Hope this helps on your next Marshall’s trip!

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The Perfect Embroidered Bell Sleeve Sweater

Zero degree weather sounds like the perfect time to venture out into the snow and take engagement pics right? At least that’s what my fiance and I thought today as we headed to our local park to snap a few pics for our save the dates.

This isn’t the first time we tried to get a few engagement pictures. A few months ago Hope, Ethan, and I tried to take some around the city. As soon as we picked up Hope from work, the skies opened and it rained (more like monsoon-ed) for literally the rest of the day.

A few months passed, the holidays came and went, and it was once again time to try and take some pics. We once again picked a *lovely* day to head out into the elements at the “golden hour” to accomplish this.

With it being so cold and wet outside, I had to pick an outfit that would hold up to the weather. This sweater was the perfect match.

It was warm, the sleeves are the perfect bell shape, and the embroidery added just enough detail with out going overboard.

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After the pics, Ethan and I participated in a little Taco Tuesday and had a few apple margs to warm ourselves up!

This sweater was a gift for Christmas, but I found it online here:

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Easy Pom Pom Hat DIY

Who doesn’t love a super cute pom pom hat in the winter or a super simple DIY (and if you don’t love either, lets just pretend you do for this posts sake). I am guilty of wanting every pom pom, tassel, rhinestone and pearl embellished beanie I come across recently. My pockets however are not as happy with them as I am. Especially when the latest added to my “want list” comes in at over $200… Yes $245 (to be exact) for one hat.

After a few minutes of sadness and FOMO over this hat, I decided to do the next best thing. I’d make it myself.

This DIY will take you under 15 minutes and will make you feel super cute while you are staying warm this winter!

What you’ll need:

  • One plain beanie (your color choice)
  • Two fur pom poms (we bought two fur pom pom key chains and took the chains off)
  • Color coordinating string
  • A sewing needle

Directions:

  1. Figure out where you want to place your fur pom poms and mark it on your hat.
  2. String your sewing needle and start from the inside of the hat. To make sure that your thread does not come loose, I like to bring my needle back into the inside of the hat and tie a knot with my working string and the ends.
  3. I then bring the needle back to the outside of the hat and I attach the pom pom so that it is firm in place and does not feel too loose.
  4. When it feels secure enough for my liking, I bring my needle back into the inside of the hat and I tie it off with the ends of the string that are inside.
  5. Repeat on the other side and DONE!

I am super happy with the finished product and I can’t wait to make more!

As always,

Blogmas Days 4-6: Easy Holiday Party Treat!

Raise your hand if you look forward to the sweets and drinks at holiday parties the most. All of us are guilty of piling our plates with cookies, toffee, barks, and more at our family holiday parties. Add a few fun drinks and we are in a food coma for the rest of the night… And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

So for this Blogmas post we are sharing with you our absolute favorite holiday treat!



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Anyone here ever have saltine toffee? Our Gigi has made it so many times over the years, but this is the first time we took a turn at making it and you know what…. IT WAS AMAZING!

Her recipe called for saltines, semi-sweet chocolate, butter, and light brown sugar. We kept the same idea, but switched a few things up. Here is what you need to recreate our Christmas Bark!

Ingredients|

  • 1 sleeve of saltine crackers
  • 2 sticks of salted butter
  • A bag of dark chocolate chips
  • 1 packed cup of DARK brown sugar
  • Coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite nuts

Directions|

Step 1| Line cookie sheet completely with foil and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

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Step 2| Place two stick of butter and your brown sugar into a large sauce pan and stir. Once the sugar is dissolved, bring your mixture to a boil and let it boil for three minutes (do not stir it for this time). While your toffee is boiling, line your cookie sheet with saltine crackers. Leave the crackers whole!

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Step 3| After three minutes, pour your toffee over your saltine crackers and spread it to the edges.

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Step 4| Place your tray into the oven and bake for four minutes. When the time is up, be EXTREMELY careful taking your tray out of the oven.

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Step 5| As soon as you take your tray out of the oven, sprinkle your chocolate chips over the top and let sit for about two minutes. Do not melt your chocolate chips and try to spread it over the top that way. It will leave you with a mess. After the two minutes are up, take a small spatula and spread the chocolate over the toffee.

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Step 6| Once your chocolate is spread out, sprinkle your coarse salt over the top and finish it off with your chopped nuts!

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Step 7| Let your bark chill in the fridge for an hour and then cut it into squares!

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This bark is not only perfect for your holiday parties, but it also is perfect for gifting to your coworkers, your nail girl, your tan artist, and more!

As always,

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Blogmas Days 1-3: Christmas on a budget at Marshall’s

If you are anything like us, you are always on the hunt for a good deal. Whether it is your favorite makeup brand at a discount or a dupe for this season’s latest fashions, we are always roaming the aisles of our favorite stores looking for the best sales.

This holiday season is no different.

For days 1 – 3 of “Four of a Kind Diaries Blogmas” we are giving you our Christmas on a Budget list from Marshall’s.

We spend more time in Marshall’s than we do at home sometimes so it was so easy to round up a few reasons why Christmas shopping there is painless and headache free, how to spot the best deals, and what to get each person in your life!



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On top of having the best gifts, Marshall’s also has the cutest and most unique Christmas decorations (like these frosted tress and glass candle holders).

Before we show you the best gifts we have found at Marshall’s, we want to give you a few tips to follow to make sure you are getting the best deals and good purchases.

  1. You may think that since Marshall’s is a discounted store that everything there is so much cheaper than anywhere else. This is not always the case. Sometimes there are things that are either just a little cheaper or exactly the same price. I always make sure I have my phone on me and I do a quick search on the product. It makes shopping a little longer, but totally worth it.
  2. Marshall’s has a vast array of makeup products ranging from high end to drugstore. Before I put anything in my cart, I make sure that these products were not previously tested. I make sure the lipsticks weren’t swatched, that eye shadow palettes don’t have marks on them, etc. The easiest way to do this is to only buy products that have the protective seals on them.
  3. If there is a brand there that I have never heard of, I always do a little search to see what their prices usually are.


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MARSHALL’S GIFT GUIDES

Gifts for the beauty lover|Marshall’s has so much to offer and makeup is definitely one of the things we are constantly getting from there. From skincare to glitter shadows, there is something there for everyone. Here are a few things that we found recently at Marshall’s that make the perfect gifts.

Yesterday we picked up this cleanser from Glamglow and this Lorac eye shadow palette for under $20.

Who doesn’t love getting the gift of flawless skin? These bareMinerals products are aimed at perfecting your complexion and are seriously discounted. The larger sets were 75% off and the serum bronzer was half of the original price. Why pick one when you can get it all and put Santa’s gifts to shame.

If the beauty lover in your life has every piece of makeup imaginable, then look into one of these skincare sets. Lotions, serums, and masks make up some of our favorites from The Body Shop and Philosophy.

After the endless holiday parties they will be attending with a full face of makeup, these products will be a heaven sent. These Glamglow products were over 50%.

Gifts for the shoe lover| Who doesn’t love a good pair of shoes? Whether your shoe lover is obsessed with this seasons cult favorite slide on loafers or they are more into the comfort of a good tennis shoe, Marshall’s has you covered. Here are a few that I found this weekend that would make the perfect gift.

These Marc Fisher boots are the perfect winter white and were under $30, these blush ankle boots were under $20, these glitter black sock boots from Jessica Simpson were under $20 on sale, and these mint and gray Nikes were only $40!

Gifts for the new home owner| Some of my best friends have bought houses this year so I have decided to get them housewarming styled baskets for Christmas. Marshall’s has everything I am going to need to fill up these baskets and make them look and feel luxe.

Warm and cozy basket| For this basket I am going to buy a few candles from my favorite Marshall’s find Maker’s of Wax Goods, a Queen sized blanket from Tommy Hilfiger, and a few bags of seasonal coffees. 

New kitchen basket| For this one you could fill the basket with these Kate Spade dishes, a cute serving tray, or if you are feeling extra generous, this KitchenAid mixer that is always on every new homeowner’s list. 

The foodie basket| While I usually head to Marshall’s for clothes and shoes, I always find myself roaming the food aisles in the back of my store. There are always seasonings, oils, salts, sauces, and more that I have never seen before. So for the foodie in your life why not fill a basket with some of these unique flavors, like this Sriracha oil. Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Gifts for your favorite fashionista| From this season’s most popular chenille sweaters to camo backpacks and leather wristlets to faux fur vests and suede jackets, Marshall’s has something for every fashionista.

 

Gifts for the fitness fanatic|While I should be “shredding for the wedding”, I am enjoying every sugar cookie and home cooked meal that I can this holiday season. But your weight lifting bestie does not take a day off and Marshall’s has the perfect gifts that show how much you support their gym addiction (even if you don’t share it). Shaker bottles, water bottles, gym clothes, yoga mats, weights, and more.

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Gifts for your super professional and organized bestie|If your best friend is anything like me then they have dozens of notebooks and planners and they are always buying more. Every year I have at least three different planners and I wouldn’t change it for a thing. This weekend while I was at Marshall’s, I found the cutest notebooks, planners, office supplies, and desk decorations that would make your professional bestie, who is constantly building her empire, grin ear to ear.

 

What are some things you are picking up from Marshall’s this year for your favorite people? We’d love to see your finds!

As always,

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Our First Blogger Brunch!

Happy Sunday loves!

Last weekend all four of us finally had the opportunity to spend Sunday with each other. No homework, no work, no study groups, just a full day of sister bonding. Since the beginning of September, we all have been so busy with school, wedding planning, training for real estate (Hope is officially a licensed Realtor!!), and so much more that we haven’t spent more than a few hours together here or there.

We took full advantage of this day together and attended our first blogging event! Maranda (@marandaflamm on Insta!) extended the invite for us to join other amazing bloggers at Adda Coffeehouse in Shadyside for a morning of networking.

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The Space|

The event was in the back of Adda and Maranda made a pretty small space feel big! In the back there was a photo area complete with gold tassel streamer and big black balloons. There was also a rack full of clothes from The Trend (@thetrendpgh) in the back of the space.

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There were benches and a few tables set up in the space, which was perfect for networking with the other blogger babes that were there.

The Food|

In the front of the room there was a table chock full of goodies from Gluuteny Bakery (@gluutenybakery) and Threefifty Bakery (@threefiftypgh).

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What We Wore|

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Hope| Hope paired her orange floral mid-length dress with a cropped leather jacket and nude heels.

Sophia| Sophia wore her favorite pinstriped jumpsuit with a jean jacket and wedge heels.

Noelle| In true Noelle fashion, Noelle wore an all black outfit. A black mock neck dress with a coordinating black and white jacket. She finished the look with a pair of brown heels from Zara.

Moriah| Moriah wore a black and white polka dot, off the shoulder dress from Target. She finished the look with an emerald colored leather jacket from Forever 21 (only $22!!!).

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We can’t thank Maranda enough for her warm invite and being such a gracious host. We look forward to getting to brunch with this amazing group of girls more in the future.

As Always,

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