Over spring break, I broke my spending ban (oops!) and bought quite a few items. I do think that I got some great bargains, however, and I'm really happy with everything I purchased!
Forever21 Everyday Maxi Dress ($9.80)
Forever21 Rose Petal Nail Polish ($2.80)
For clothing, I went to Forever21 and went away with the three items I initially brought in to the dressing room. That's the first time shopping has ever been that easy! I initially went in to the shop to check out their camis, since I needed a replacement black one, but I couldn't help but look around. I also picked up a maroon maxi dress, since I didn't own one, and a cute striped crop top. I always found I didn't like how maxi dresses looked on me, but I think part of it was not being completely happy with my body. The dress fits really wonderfully as well, which helps. I've wanted a crop top for a while and the striped one just called to me. I've already worn it with shorts and it looks great. I can't wait to wear it with my disco pants and some skirts!
I also bought a pair of high-waisted jean shorts (which used to be pants) from Salvation Army. I was super proud of my DIY result, as it kept me from spending about $60 on shorts from American Apparel! I wasn't able to take a photo of those, however, but I'm sure they'll be in an outfit post soon enough. Another DIY I achieved was I finally got around to altering a striped shirt that used to belong to my dad. I wanted to cut off the mock turtleneck for a while, but never got around to it. I finally cut the neck and the sleeves off to make a nice slouchy shirt. It's a little long, but we'll see how it'll work out with my new love of high-waisted bottoms. Maybe I'll finally get the tuck-in-front method down!
For beauty, I had wanted to check out The Body Shop's perfume lines for a while and give them a little sniff, so I went in with a friend to smell them all. I was torn between the new Smoky Rose and Libertine, but in the end I chose Libertine for it's musky sweetness. I've been absolutely enjoying wearing it so far and I plan to do a little post on it in a while. It's amazing! The Body Shop was also doing a buy 2 get 2 sale, so my friend Celina got a body mist as well and we each got a free item! I chose the mango eau de toilette because I wanted to try something fruity in contrast to the musk of the parfum, and I love the mango scent. I can't wait to try it once it gets a little warmer!
I also stopped in to e.l.f. as my friend Anna wanted a little coaching on what brushes she should buy (and it was right next to The Body Shop). I restrained myself for the most part, but I bought an eyelash curler since I don't own one. I know a lot of people say that this is one of those items where you should buy expensive one, but I don't even know if I'll end up using it that often, and I don't have unlimited spending money. I also tried one of their lipsticks as I've heard good things, but it was awful!! It broke in the tube as soon as I went to apply, and the color is sheer and hard to apply. Maybe it'll work as more of a wash of color once the summer months arrive, but I have a feeling I won't get much use out of it. Whelp! At least it was only a dollar. While in Forever21, I also purchased a nail polish at the register as an impulse buy. It's not great, but it's not awful either.
Overall, I'm really happy!! I'm basically done with purchases for a while, though I was thinking about buying a new dress for my Thesis show in May. And maybe a MAC lipstick? I went in to the MAC store for the first time and fell in love. Help! They're so gorgeous and they smell so good, which is so important to me. Maybe as a treat?