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New Years Shopping Haul

So I’m mixing my New Year shopping haul with my TJ Maxx haul because honestly it was just a couple of days apart. I got a gift card from my step father for Christmas and because I haven’t been shopping for MYSELF in months. So I took the opportunity to spoil myself a bit before life gets crazy again.
I went to TJMaxx initially for accessories for work. Wearing all black can get boring but accessories are a great way to spice up an outfit. But when I saw that the accessories alone were almost $20 a piece, I threw that thought out the window. Instead I figured I get a few blouses for work instead. I don’t know about you guys but I just buy shirts I KNOW I like without trying them on. If it’s something in a style I don’t usually wear, then I’d try it on. But since that wasn’t the case on this trip, I just threw it into my bag. I ended up getting the wrong size in one blouse, even though it was in the medium section. The other blouse was more up my alley because it had cut out shoulders which I’m OBSESSED with as a style. When I put it on for work, I hated it because the sleeves were messed up as you can see in the picture. Instead of seeing this as wasted money, I’m just going to donate them. Someone else can probably use them better than I can.

Part of my New Years resolution’s is to plan my day’s better, so I took the opportunity to buy two planners. I bought one to stick into my purse for on the go and one for at home. I’m so obsessed with both of these because of the designs. My travel one is a coral peach with a gold “2017” on the front. It starts with a monthly calendar then moves on to the weekly calendar that has a larger section to write more in depth.My at home calendar has a marble print cover with gold lettering that spells out “two thousand seventeen”. This calendar follows the same layout as the travel one BUT it also has several pages in the back for notes. I love notes pages because sometimes I have plans that don’t have a certain date to them so I use these pages to keep them in mind when I’m working on my weekly or monthly schedule. The travel planner didn’t have a price sticker on it so I don’t remember the price but I’m sure it was nothing over $6.00. My at home planner was originally $12.00 but it was sold for $7.99. I honestly recommend everyone to get a planner because even if you feel like your life is in shambles, at least it’s organized shambles.


Of course I couldn’t leave TJMaxx without getting a bunch of mugs I DON’T need but very much wanted. Don’t judge me. It was bought with a gift card so it doesn’t count. I got a mug for my best friend because I saw it and it screamed her. I don’t know the price anymore because it was a gift and I ripped off the tag….I think. I knew she’d want this mug for her job so I had no problem getting it for her. It’s a pretty big mug that say’s “Hi. I’m a mermaid” in gold and turquoise lettering. Once you’re in the mug section, you can’t get out. I had to get a few for myself. I got a white mug with gold accents and a giant S in the middle. In case you didn’t know, my name is Stephany and it’s impossible to find things that spell my name the way I spell it OR I just never find a “s”. I save this mug for days I feel like being a true adult because it makes me feel classy and mature. Originally this mug was sold by the company Ciroa for $6.00 but I bought it for $3.99. Then I laid eyes on this little cute giraffe mug. I’ve been obsessed with giraffes since I was three years old and its an un-dying love that will never end. I love animal mugs because they’re so freaking cute but this giraffe captured my heart because he (yes I gave it a gender) looks so sassy. His facial expression is the best thing I’ve seen on a mug and I can’t help but feel emotionally attached to this mug. He’s originally $10.00 but I bought him for $5.99 and my soul. The last mug I got was this bright yellow mug that says in plain text “hello sunshine” in white. A few people called me sunshine growing up but they were my favorite people so that nickname means the world to me. I always liked to be someones sunshine on a cloudy day so I took that title very seriously. Even though this mug is plain, I love the little sun symbol inside the mug that appears after I finish my tea.


New Year’s day I had planned to sleep but then had this sudden burst of energy and HAD to go shopping for myself. My boyfriend and I went to Sky view mall in College Point, NY and I was gravitated straight for food. But unfortunately they didn’t have a food court (the blasphemy) and I starved while shopping. I walked to Forever 21 and went straight to accessories since I wanted to build up my collection again AND needed some for my all black work outfits. I immediately picked up this silver statement piece that had a bunch of layers and tear drop pieces. It’s a bit heavy but perfect for my all black outfits. I love it with a turtle neck or a faux turtle neck top or dress. It’s perfect in the sense that you don’t need anything else to accessorize your outfit with. It’s also sold online as their Floral Statement Necklace and I got it for the same price, $14.90. My next accessory was this faux gold (because I like to switch) and it has these coins and purple beading. I love it because while it is simple, it does have enough detail to it to make a statement. This necklace was $7.90 and worth every penny. My next piece of jewelry was on clearance because the chain was “broken” but in reality it could easy be fixed. I bought this simple piece for $1.90. Have I take the time out to fix it? Nope. But it will be fixed dammit!

My favorite color in the world is Olive Green. I can’t live without it. I love it in every aspect possible. So of course I would buy two items of clothing in Olive green and fall in love with them. I bought a pair of French Terry sweats for $12.00 because I don’t really have sweats. I’ve always been a tights kind of girl if I’m looking for comfort at home but going to gym, I prefer tights to work out in and sweats for at home comfort. I picked out this pair that has a drop crotch that I’m not really comfortable with. I have a very small butt and I feel like drop crotches on girl sweats just emphasizes that and makes me awkwardly walk. So I looked online and realized these are one of those sweatpants that are to be worn fashionably with heels. I can’t pull of that look. 1. because I don’t want to. 2. I’m not THAT fashionably creative. What has this world come to that I can’t innocently buy regular sweatpants?

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Moving on to my favorite purchase! I’ve wanted a button down skirt for so long and since they were sold out of this burnt orange corduroy one in my size, I was so excited to see a faux suede one in my size AND OLIVE GREEN! I love this skirt, I an envision my life with this skirt. I can wear this casually with some Chuck’s or dress it up with thigh high boots. I bought this skirt for $14.90  but of course I had to look up and find this taupe color bodysuit in front of me. This bodysuit was a fitness goal purchase. Typically I hate body suits on my because it emphasizes every little roll and indent. But I loved this one so much that I decided to make it a fitness goal purchase. A fitness goal purchase is an article of clothing that you buy to motivate yourself to lose the weight you desire and just to push you more. This is the only article of clothing that I have associated with my fitness goal because I don’t want to over do it. I love the cut of this suit and I definitely hope to wear it this summer.

Finally my last purchase from forever 21 is one that I use everyday. I always make one last round of the store when I THINK I’m done shopping just to see if I missed something and boy did I! A couple of days before my shopping trip, my mother bought a suede jacket from TJMaxx in this camel brown color and I fell in love with it. I wanted one for myself but instead I just contemplated on how I can steal it. But I found the sister jacket in Forever 21 for just $25.00 in black. I seriously wear this jacket everyday. Surprisingly it’s been good to me this winter as far as keeping me warm. This jacket also came in grey and brown. By the way, is the color “grey” or “gray”? I like it with an “e” rather than the other way.

My last purchase of the day was at the Adidas store and I was obsessed. I haven’t bought new sneakers since 2015 (I think) and because I’ve been planning to be more active this year I figured it was overdue for a new pair. But then I saw a sign that said “extra 50% off red tag items” and just knew that I was leaving with two pairs. Both of these sneakers have cloud foam and are beyond comfortable. One pair I’ve been wearing a lot for the gym or just to walk around the neighborhood with is the Adidas Durama Women’s. I actually got these in an 8.5 even though I’m usually a 9 but the fit without being too small. These are super comfortable for working out and the mesh fabric makes them so breathable which helps when you’re at the gym. These weren’t red tagged but was discounted at $54.99 and are black and white. The other pair I got was red tagged and I bought them for $24.99. I’ve worn this once but because they are all white I decided to save it for the spring time. These are called the Adidas Neo Cloudfoam Xpressions for women and holy fuck the cushion on these babies. They have this tempurpedic cushion that gives you amazing arch support. I love them so much and they’re my greatest purchase. Definitely a must have. New Years was definitely done right and I’m glad I spoiled myself a little bit.

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