What's The Scoop at Walmart

There are so many new collaboration lines being released by big retailers like HM, Target and now Walmart! I was introduced to the Scoop brand by seeing ads on my Instagram feed and a few of my blogger friends in NYC attended a launch event for the collaboration. I was super intrigued by how quality the items looked just from seeing it online and had to do more research to see if it was worth a purchase!

Walmart is truly trying to make make strides in the fashion realm so that they are a fashion destination for the masses. Earlier this month they announced the relaunch of the private brand Scoop  geared toward the fashion forward customer. Previously Scoop was a legendary fashion boutique that was the go to spot to find up-and-coming designers or key pieces for your look.

The Scoop brand for Walmart offers a curated collection of more than a 100 trendy pieces that are affordable and size inclusive. The price range for this collection is $15 to $65, not too shabby.










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Save $ or Splurge $$$ Morphe Brushes

Makeup brushes make or break your makeup application. You most definitely need quality tools to get that flawless beat. Finding super inexpensive high-quality brushes are hard to come by. Outside of E.L.F., I don't know many brands that have good quality brushes at a cheap price. Well not until I came across Beili. I found out about the brand through a twitter thread and they were being compared to Morphe's brushes. And because I love a good beauty dupe I had to see for my self. So, I ordered a few brushes that I have the Morphe comparable, along with a couple others. Long story short, I probably won't be purchasing Morphe brushes any longer. Both brands have synthetic hair bristles and similar shapes throughout the range, and they both provide a flawless application. The only difference is Beili's brushes have a shorter handle, but I actually prefer that. Oh and the price, how could I forget. Beili is about a fourth cheaper than Morphe which makes it a winner in my book. 

Below are the Beili brushes that I ordered that have Morphe dupes. I also ordered 804 (my new favorite foundation brush) and 805 (great for bronzer). If you love Morphe's brushes then you'll definitely love these. 

Splurge: Morphe Brushes
E48, E4, E7, E63, E41

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Labor Day 2019 Sales & Deals

Today is Labor Day and we hope you all are enjoying your day off (hopefully you are off). Holidays are the best times to shop because SALES! Here is a list of sales and promotions for the Labor Day. Before you shop click here to sign up for Ebates and get cash back and coupons when you shop!

ALDO: Get 40% Off Your 2nd Item
Amiclubwear: 60% Off Sitewide Sale. Promo Code: LABOR60
ASOS: Get 20% Off For Labor Day: Promo Code:20HUN
Banana Republic Factory: 50-70% Off Entire Site & Store
Banana Republic: 40% Off Everything

Barney's Warehouse: 30% Off Select Items Sitewide
Bloomingdale’s: BIG BROWN BAG SALE! Save from 40-75%
BooHoo: 60% Off Everything

ColourPop: 25% Off Sitewide
Cotton On: 30-50% Off
Ego Shoes: 30% Off Everything
Express: 40% Off Everything
Fashion Nova: 30% Off Sitewide
Flashybox: Take 25% Off Everything
Forever 21: 30% Off Everything
Gap: 40% Off Everything 
Gap Factory Outlet: 40-70% Off Everything
H&M: 10-30% Off + Free Shipping
J.Crew Factory: 50% Off Everything
JcPenny: Extra 15-25% Off, Online Only.  
Lord & Taylor: Up To 40% Off Sitewide
Macy's: 25-50% Off + Extra 15-20% With Code: WKND
Mango Outlet: Extra 30% Off When Buying 3 Or More Pieces
Miss Guided: 50% Off Everything. Promo Code: LDAY50
Miss Lola: 30% Off Entire Site: Promo Code: LABORDAY
Nasty Gal: Score 60% Off Everything
Neiman Marcus Last Call: Extra 40% Off Everything
Nine West: Extra 50% Off Best Sellers
Nordstrom: Save Up To 40% Off
Nordstrom Rack: Extra 25% Off Clearance
Old Navy: 50% Off All Dresses, Jeans and Tees
PrettyLittleThing: 50% Off Everything. Promo Code: TREAT50
Public Desire: 30% Off Everything. Promo Code: LABOR30
Saks Off Fifth: Take An Extra 50% Off Clearance
Simmi: 20% Off Everything. Promo Code: SEPTEMBER
Steve Madden: Take 20-25% Off. Promo Code: LABORDAY
Uniqlo: Free Shipping On All Orders
Urban Outfitters: Take An Extra 40% Off All Sale Items 
Windsor: 20% Off Regular Priced Items, Online Only. Promo Code: LABORDAY

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Target's 20th Anniversary Collection

If you haven't heard already, Target is reproducing over 300 items from it's past designer collaborations to celebrate their 20th Anniversary of Design. This huge announcement came about two weeks ago via Instagram and a new Instagram account named @Target20.
Like most of you I am super excited about this Anniversary collection because there were times that I missed out on certain collaborations because they sold out instantly upon being released. This past Thursday Target released the lookbook of items that will be apart of the Anniversary collection. The upcoming collection will be released on September $7-$160 and will include collaborations with Zac Posen, Phillip Lim and Lilly Pulitzer to name a few. Some of the items that will be up for grabs will be anywhere from homeware to children's apparel. One thing that I am pretty sad about is that the Victoria Beckham line wasn't included but I guess it's better for our pockets.

Check out the lookbook: Target 20 Anniversary Collection

P.S. Want to know which stores in your City/State will be carrying which lines? Click Here! What items are on your list to buy? Let us know in the comments.

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The Look for Less: Sophia Webster Rosalind

This shoe is perfect for that special occasion. It's a sophisticated multi-strap sandal embellished with stunning crystal beaded heel. I found this shoe as I was helping my cousin to-be look for a wedding shoe. It's the perfect blend of a class and glam. Now, for a wedding a shoe the price isn't bad. But for those of us who just want something cute to wear you may want to check out this look for less. 




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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019 Top Picks Under $100

It's that time of the year for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This is your opportunity to save big on brand new fall arrivals. All the other store have sales at the end of the season, but the Anniversary Sale is the best time to get the new seasons must have on sale. Shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale now through August 4th! Take a look at our top picks under $100!

Clothes
Shoes
Accessories 
Beauty

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20 Sunglasses Under $20



I am the shade queen and I own upwards of 30+ pairs of sunglasses. I am so happy that it's finally starting to get warm and sunny here in LA and with that being said I am sharing 20 Sunglasses under $20. Just to get your sunglasses collection right for the rest of the Summer!

I usually get the majority of my sunglasses from Forever 21, Aliexpress or Santee Alley here in LA. But each vendor pretty much sells the same items. Take a look at 20 Shades Under $20!


Fourth Of July 2019 Sales & Deals

Another holiday = more sales! Take advantage of some of the 4th of July sales posted below. Have a great and safe holiday. Sign up for Ebates or Dosh and get cash back and coupons when you shop!

ALDO: 50% Off Original Price On All Sale
Amiclubwear: 60% Off The Entire Website. 
ASOS: Get 20% Off Everything. Promo Code: HAPPYJULY4TH
Banana Republic Factory: 60% Off Entire Site.
Banana Republic: 40-50% Off Select Styles. 
BH Cosmetics: 50% Off Sitewide. 
BooHoo: 60% Off Everything, Today ONLY! 
ColourPop: 25% Off Sitewide. 
Cotton On: 30% Off Summer Styles
CoverFX: 20% Off Best Sellers. Promo Code: FIREWORKS
Ego Shoes: Take 20% Off Everything.
Fashion Nova: 40% Off All Dresses, Tops, Swim, Bottoms, Sandals and Rompers.
Flashybox: 30% OFF Shoes. Promo code: JULY30
Forever 21: Extra 50% Off Sale.
Gap: Extra 50% Off Markdowns
Gap Factory Outlet: Extra 40% Off Clearance
H&M: Extra 20% Off Sale. Promo Code: 3397
J.Crew Factory: Take 60-70% Off Sitewide
JcPenny: Extra 25-30% Off Sitewide. Promo Code: JULY4
Lord & Taylor: 20% Off Storewide: Promo Code: JULY
Macy's: Extra 10-20% Off. Promo Code: FOURTH
Madewell: 25% Off Summer Must Haves
Mango Outlet: Get 25% Off When You Buy 3 Or More Items. 
Miss Guided: Take 51% Off. Promo Code: JULY4
Miss Lola: Take 30% Off The Entire Site. Promo Code: GETLIT
Nasty Gal: 60% Off Everything, Even Sale. 
Neiman Marcus Last Call: Extra 60-75% Off Clearance. 
Old Navy: Up To 60% Off Everything. 
PrettyLittleThing: 50% Off Everything. Promo Code: YAY50
Public Desire: 25% Off Everything. Promo Code: GET25
Saks Off Fifth: BOGO 40% Off Clearance. Promo Code: FIREWORKS
SheIn: Select Items 60% Off.
Simmi: 25% Off Everything. Promo Code: SEEINGSTARS
Steve Madden: Take 20-25% Off Sitewide
Urban Outfitters: BOGO 50% Off Today,  OnlineOnly!

 

Summer 2019 Must Haves Under $50


Friday marked the first official of summer. After a week's worth of rain to usher spring out here in the DC area, summer is here and ready to show us a good time Make sure your summer closet is filled with the season's must haves. While you are at it, check out my spring must have post; all of those items are essential for the summer too. 

1. Beachwear

2. Camisole Tops

3. Biker Shorts

4. Strappy Sandals

5. Sporty Sandals


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What's The TREND? Cowl Neck


It's the return of the cowl neck. The 90s style made a come back on the runway and in fast fashion. You can't shop at any store these days without stumbling upon the trend. I remember wearing cowl neck tops in the early 2000s; it always made me feel real adultish. Classic and feminine, the bust-enhancing draped neckline adds glamour to tops, jumpsuits, slip dresses and gowns. Scroll down and shop my favorite cowl neck pieces. 

Amazon Swimsuits $25 and Under

Amazon is one of my favorite online retailers. I order everything from there. Probably get at minimum 5 packages per week from them. I was talking to my blogger friend, Yasmine (go check out her swim lookbook) via Instagram and complimenting her on her swimsuit. She told me it was from Amazon and I stated how it was my go-to for swimwear. She said that it was her first time ordering a swimsuit from Amazon and how she slept on them. That convo prompted me to do this post featuring swimwear I've purchased and other cute suits I have my eye on. 


Now shopping on Amazon can be tricky. It's easy to be a victim of "what I ordered vs what I got". There are shady sellers on there and Amazon doesn't do much to stop them. But there are some gems. Never order anything with less than 3.5 stars and 50 reviews. 3.5 stars may seem low but you have to account for the people who leave bad reviews for things that have nothing to do with the product. When I order any clothing item I go through the customer images, that always helps me with sizing. You get the real tea on the items by looking at the pictures. Follow these tips and you'll be a pro at shopping on Amazon. 



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Frugal Shopaholics Take Greece

It all started with a flight deal.  Last August, Emirates airline had a deal for a nonstop flight from Newark to Athens for  $389.  (If you follow us on Instagram you may have seen it our story) Usually, I don't like to travel from airports outside the DC area but this was too good of a deal to pass up. The same deal came up last year but we missed it. This year we weren't passing on a trip to Greece.  Myself along with a few other friends hopped on the deal. We booked the latest possible dates for the deal to make sure we had some good weather. The best time to visit is Greece is late spring, early summer or fall. Avoid August at all costs, prices are high and there are hordes of tourists. At the time Derria was moving so booking a flight wasn't on her radar. But she has the ability to fly standby so we knew she would make it.  

We knew we weren't staying in Athens and that we wanted to island hop. So we decided on Santorini and Mykonos. The good thing is that flying within Europe is relatively cheap. We flew Olympic Air from Athens to Santorini for $48 on Tuesday evening, Friday afternoon we took the SeaJets ferry to Mykonos for  $61, then we flew back to Athens on Sunday afternoon for $90. Prices would have been better had we booked earlier but I kind of procrastinated with the planning.  

Things To Know Before You Go 
  • If you are traveling in the off season make sure to bring a light jacket. It gets pretty cool at night. 
  • Pack comfortable shoes. There's a ton of walking uphill and on cobblestone so you need to make sure that your footwear is up to par.  Especially in Athens, I regret not wearing sneakers.
  • There is no Uber in Mykonos and Santorini. So if you are traveling in groups bigger than 3 have your Airbnb host or hotel arrange transportation to and from the airport or ferry. 
  • Be mindful of the 2 rules in Greece. 1. Don't drink the tap water.  2. Don't throw paper or sanitary products in the toilet. You have to throw it in the trash. 

Santorini
When visiting Santorini you should stay in one of the main towns, Fira (nightlife), Oia (romantic), or Imerovigli (quiet and romantic). We got an Airbnb in Fira cause we wanted to be near the nightlife. I found a very cute and affordable Airbnb for $168 per night. The place was newly renovated and it even has a rooftop terrace with a hot tub (that can be used as a mini pool) and cabana. It was perfect in the center of the city and was walking distance from everything in Fira. We arrived on Tuesday evening and got straight to the action. The area has tons of shops, restaurants, and bars within a short walk from our Airbnb. I would absolutely stay there again. I definitely recommend it for anyone wanting to stay in Fira. 


 


Since we weren't staying that long in Santorini spending big bucks on a hotel with an infinity pool wasn't really necessary. Unless you are on a baecation or staying for a longer period of time and will be lounging by the pool daily I don't recommend it. You can easily go to a pool bar at a local hotel for free or by meeting a food and beverage minimum from the bar. Wednesday, we spent the majority of it by the pool at the Belvedere Suites. The weather was perfect not a cloud in a sky. We ate, drank and drank some more. The food was good and the drinks were great. I had one of the best mojitos ever here.  There was no F&B minimum but we easily spent 50€ each. I found a couple other pool bars that allow guests, Buddha-Bar Beach in Imerovigli and Astarte Suites (F&B minimum 50€). Before you go to any of the pools make sure to call or email to ensure they can accommodate you. 

  

 Belvedere Suites Santorini  Pool 

On the walk to the Belvedere, we discovered a bunch of cute bars and restaurants. One that was recommended by several people was Argo Resturant. We ate there Wednesday night and it did not disappoint. Prices were affordable and the food was great. If you are in Santorini you have to eat here. Before or after dinner get drinks and watch the sunset at PK Cocktail Bar. The view is amazing. For good cheap eats, there was a 24-hour pizza shop right near our Airbnb called The Family. We ate there every night after the club. Pizza slices were 2.50€

Thursday while strolling through town we made a stop to get a fish pedicure. Stick your toes inside the tank and the tiny Garra Rufa fish will gently suck away the dead skin. It cost 10€ for 20 minutes. It felt a little funny but we enjoyed it. After that, we did a sailing tour around the volcano, red and white beaches, and hot springs. The tour cost 85 per person and included drinks and dinner. We had the opportunity of getting off and snorkeling and swimming to the hot springs but it was too cold. It was the sunset tour so the tour ended with the beautiful Santorini sunset.  To be honest we could have passed on this. It was very nice but the weather wasn't hot enough to thoroughly enjoy it. Maybe the morning cruise would have been a better idea. I wouldn't recommend unless it's super hot outside or you have extra days to spare. 


Club hopping is something we did every night. If you are looking for R&B/Hip-Hop music head to Town Club and Two Brothers. The clubs don't close until 6 or 7 am so there is no need to go early. Two Brothers was the group favorite. Drinks were pretty cheap and the music on point. 4€ shots and 5€ drinks were consumed in abundance. If you can't tell by now, we drinks! 

Friday before we headed to the next destination we took the city bus to Oia. The bus is very easy to navigate and cheap, only 1.80€ each way. Whereas a taxi can cost 20-30€. Oia is a very beautiful town. No wonder its a popular honeymoon spot. The views are beautiful and we got to see the popular Blue Domes. After that Derria headed to the airport to fly back home and we go on the ferry to Mykonos.   

Santorini Blue Domes


Mykonos
The best place to stay in Mykonos is Mykonos Town. Buses run regularly from the main beaches to and from Mykonos Town, so it’s easy to stay in one spot and enjoy the other. I found an Airbnb right in the middle of Mykonos Town for $156 per night. We were close to everything including the bakery that was right under us.  It was good for the 2 nights we stayed there. Idk If I would recommend for people staying a longer period of time. There are a number of steps getting into the apartment and inside, so if you have a lot of luggage beware. Plus the shower in the bathroom is super small and might be annoying after a few days. 

Once we got to Mykonos we settled in and then went to find food. Our host told us about Sakis Grill, a popular spot for cheap gyro spot.  Don't leave Greece without having a couple gyros. After that, we got lost in town, which was the perfect way to explore and find the best picturesque spots. After we found our way back to familiar territory we went to a couple cocktail bars. There are so many cute bars on the waterfront, stop at any of them and enjoy the view.  We stopped at Bao's Cocktail Bar and watched the sunset and then to Caprice. Both were super cute and had good cocktails. I love a good craft cocktail.  After walking and drinking we were hungry. Our host told us about Casa di Giorgio,  the best pasta and pizza place in Mykonos. We went there 2 nights in a row. It's a must-have, try anything with truffle you won't be disappointed. 

 



Mykonos is a party island. The city never sleeps. Every corner you turn there is a bar but by night they turn into clubs. We stumbled across a number of spots but we settled at Semeli the Bar both nights. They play Top 40 and R&B/Hip-Hop music. My GG Mayne and I spent a good chunk of money here but we had a good time! There is a good gyro spot at the end of the street perfect for drunken nights. 

Saturday was a beach day! It was hot and sunny, the perfect day for the beach. Everyone told us that Paradise Beach was the place to go for beach clubs. We caught the bus from Fabrika (bus station), 1.80€ each way.  The Paradise Beach bus runs every 30 mins and drops you off right in front of Paradise Beach and Tropicana Beach Club. Both clubs are right next to each other. Paradise has better drink specials but Tropicana has a better vibe plus they give out plenty of free shots.  We ended up lounging on the Tropicana side but once the parties started around 4pm we hopped back and forth until it was dark outside. We had a ball!!

Tropicana Beach Mykonos



Athens
Before we left Mykonos we booked the Athens Tiare Hotel on the Hotel Tonight app for $51. The app is clutch for deals on last-minute hotels. Use code CHAMILTON135 for $25 off your first booking when you spend $135+. The hotel was nice and clean plus it was right next to a metro stop which is how we got around. 

We only had 24 hours in Athens but it was enough time to see everything we wanted to. We purchased the multi-site pass that allows entry to the 7 historic sites for 30€. It is valid for 5 days but only once per site. The Acropolis only pass is 20€. (Students bring your ID for 50% off). Sunday we visited the Acropolis and Slopes, Olympieion, and Panathenaic Stadium (5€ entry fee, not included in the pass).  Getting to the Acropolis is a nice little hike, so wear comfortable shoes. 

Acroplois Olympieion

Panathenaic Stadium

That night we had dinner at the Skyfall Cocktail & Food Bar. It has a nice view of the Acropolis, good food and drinks but the service was meh however they made it up with free appetizers and shots.  

Skyfall Cocktail & Food Bar

Monday we did some souvenir shopping at Monastiraki Flea Market of Athens and visited Hadrian's Library which was in the same vicinity before heading to the airport. 

Monastiraki Flea Market of Athens Hadrian's Library

Overall, we had a great trip. Around $800 was spent on the flights, ferry, Airbnbs, and hotel. I'd say that is a steal.  If you are planning a trip to Greece I would suggest staying a minimum of 7 days. That's if you plan on visiting more that one island, 3 days per island is perfect. Hope you enjoyed this Greece overview and that this post makes you want to go.