Tory Burch for Fitbit

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Last Christmas I was really having an intense internal debate with myself as to whether I wanted to get a Fitbit or not. I did a lot of research and decided that for the time, I was ok without one, but I’m seeing more and more people around me with them, and it’s giving me a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out if you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years) and have recently been considering buying one again. I could probably just steal my mom’s though since I’m willing to bet $100 hers is sitting on her bathroom vanity, and has been ever since she got it for Christmas.

The point of these little guys is to help you stay active. Count your steps, track your calories, track your sleep, all that fun stuff. It syncs with some specific wireless scales, which is honestly the thing that I was most intrigued about when I was doing my research. Step on the scale and it automatically records your weight to whatever app you have connected to it. Pretty cray. You can also sync it up with your Walgreens Balance Rewards account and get BR points just for walking, how awesome is that?!

But the reason that this post is happening is because Fitbit really isn’t the most attractive product for a lady who likes to hit the town. A bulky plastic band on your wrist isn’t the classiest of fashion accessories when you’re out at a fancier event. So of course, leave it to Tory Burch to solve this problem. My aunt posted on my Facebook about it earlier this week, and then I got an email from Fitbit announcing the collab about 5 minute later, and then it was all over the internets the rest of the day. Points to my aunt for being ahead of the crowd.

Anyway, they’ve designed two equally cute Fitbit covers (navy and pink) to really jazz up your tracker. But on top of that, they’ve created a gold cuff that is seriously to die for. Though for $195 I don’t think I’ll be grabbing one anytime soon, especially seeing as I don’t even have the actual Fitbit yet.

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And now for the Pièce de résistance, a golden pendant necklace. This is just taking it to a whole new level, who woulda thought you could wear your fitness tracker around your neck instead of around your wrist!? Genius people, genius. Everything is still on pre-order, but I think that I’m likely going to be getting myself a Fitbit so that come Christmas this year, I’ll have the perfect gift to ask for. I need that cufffffff. Someone get me that cuff.

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Do you use a Fitbit? What’s the best part? Or maybe you use a different fitness tracker, what kind? Would you buy one of these trendy covers or is it an unnecessary expense? Let me know in the comments below!

L

Beauty Basics for Summer

Hi friends! Summer is in full swing, and with a new season usually comes a new beauty routine. Keyword, usually. I basically keep up with the same routine all year long because I love what I wear and I never want to change it. So this is really just my year round beauty basics, deal with it.

You may notice that there isn’t a mascara on here. I decided not to add it to the list because in my 12 years of wearing makeup, I really haven’t settled on one that I love the most. I jump around from brand to brand, trying out new things and loving them, but then finding an issue with it down the line. I just can’t give you one that I die for, so unfortunately, it’s not included, but mascara is always a staple. Ok, now let’s get down to it!

Summer Beauty basics

Revlon Just BittenKissable Balm Stain – I just love these guys. They’re very similar to the Clinique Chubby Sticks, but way cheaper. They retail for less than $7 and you can easily grab them at the drugstore. I’ve got a handful of them because the colors are great but they’re not so opaque that it looks like an actual lipstick. So they add a hint of color and double as a moisturizer, perfect for summer or winter when the cold chaps those kissers.

Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder – This cute little bronzer is by far my favorite bronzer. I’ve switched between this and a NARS bronzer but continue coming back to this one. I like the compactness of the packaging, and also the little brush is perfect for highlighting cheekbones and your temple. And it’s the perfect shade  to provide a sun-kissed glow.

Benefit Brow Zings – This is the one product in my makeup bag that I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT. I discovered it probably three years ago when I got my brows done for the first time at the Brow Bar at the Macy’s Watertower. My eyes were completely opened to the whole idea of filling in brows. It comes with two tiny brushes, a mini tweezer set and one side is a wax, the other side is a powder. Brow Zings make it so simple to quickly and efficiently fill in your brows, and comes in three (I think) different shades. It literally makes so much of a difference, the number of compliments I’ve gotten on my brows is crazy. When I look at pictures of myself from before I discovered this, I actually cringe.

Benefit’s They’re Real! Push-Up Liner – This baby is new in my life (along with everyone else’s) and it’s my new crush. It’s a gel liner that comes out of a pointed rubber tip and flows out perfectly, hugging the lash line the whole way. It honestly is a life changer in terms of the cat eye, making it almost impossible to ef up. Before I bought this one a few weeks ago, my liner was always uneven and I’d given up on it ever being equal, but the day is here people, the day is here!

Benefit’s The POREfessional – Another lifesaver, this primer is a godsend for people with visible pores like myself. Pores suck and there’s just nothing you can do. Well, I mean, you can exfoliate, but that only helps so much. But this stuff is like a silky serum of mystery. A little bit goes a long way, put on before your foundation and your pores are instantly minimized, if not totally erased! Plus it lasts all day! High fives all around!

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick – I love this stuff. It’s become my go-to foundation because it’s really buildable and blendable, but doesn’t look cakey. Cakey makeup is the worrrrst. It’s got a gel formula in the center which I think is why it goes on so smoothly. I wear 310 when I just want an everyday look, but then I also have a 115 and a 340 if I’m highlighting and contouring (here’s a great video tutorial doing just that with this product). These are perfect for that technique because it’s so easy to just draw it on where you need it.

NARS Blush in Orgasm – I’ll start off by saying this blush has over 11,000 5-star reviews on Sephora’s website. If that doesn’t tell you it’s good, than I’m not sure that anything I have to say is going to change your mind. But Orgasm is just perfect for summer, and works with my skin tone year round,  in the summer when I’m tan and in the winter when I’m…not. And it’s got some real lasting power, good bang for  your buck.

So tell me, what’re YOUR summer beauty basics?

Weekend Links | 7.11.14

7.11 Weekend Links | Champagne and Chambray

Happy Free Slurpee Day everyone! That’s right, it’s 7/11 which means free 7-11 Slurpee’s for all!  If you don’t take advantage of this, shame on you! It’s once a year, have a slurpee! Plus it’s like kiddy sized so all you ladies “watching your figure” can splurge just this once.

Anyway, happy Friday! I took a half day from work because all of my family is in town from Toronto for my cousin’s grad party. Since most of my family lives in Canada, we really aren’t able to all get together very often anymore, what with jobs and no Christmas and Spring breaks because we’re like, old. Well, at least some of us are. But I took a half day so I could spend the day getting drunk with my aunts on Patron. I’m completely serious about this, I’ll prove it with pictures next week, stay tuned people. Snapchat friends, prepare yourself, because it seems that the only time I really feel compelled to snapchat is when I’m drunk. Or I forget to. So it’s actually a total toss up, is the suspense killing you yet?

I’ve also got a bachelorette party Saturday night, so its going to be a bear of a weekend. I’m scared. Someone send me a hangover care package for Sunday, when we’ll be doing city things with the fam and likely all want to just lay on a bench and cry/die. Send prayers.On that note, here are your weekend links!

Anthro is usually too expensive for my taste, but sometimes sale stuff ain’t so bad, like this cute mail holder. Plus it’s an extra 20% off right now with code BUZZ20, so it’s probs only like $5!

My mom sent me this awesome Kickstarter for a completely redesigned cooler and it’s The Coolest.

You in a wedding this year? Just be happy you’re not in this sociopath’s wedding! Look at this email she sent to her potential maids…cray cray!

LOFT has a 50% off ALL full price items flash sale happening, use code FLASH at checkout. Someone get me this.

Um, what? Why? I do not understand. This is NOT something I ever imagined would be a thing. And like, wouldn’t it be dark?

You can never have too many stackable bracelets, love this one from Whistles. They’ve got so much cute stuff, a lot of it pretty affordable too.

Thought bobby pins were just to secure those flyaways? Think again.

Since I posted about my summer reads earlier this week, I thought this list of the most popular books of the first half of 2014 was pretty interesting. Friggin Fault in our Stars…

And while we’re on the subject of books, the trailer for Wild is out. Looks pretty good to me, now I can’t wait to finish the book!

One more sale, Target has Black Friday in July happening, which is basically BOGO50 on everything. Get after it.

Last but not least, Emmy noms came out yesterday. Are your favorites on there? All my votes go to Breaking Bad and Fargo…and True Detective….and OITNB…and House of Cards. Maybe I watch too much TV?

Have a great weekend friends!
L

Etsy Shop to Know About: MofEHome

You Always Look So Cool via MaidservantOf

Ahh! You guys, I came across this Etsy shop this week and I’m dying. I feel like I need to order everything. The shop is called MofEHome, which stands for Maidservant of Encouragement. The artist behind all these fantastic pieces is Morgan Cecil and I already have a girl crush on her. I was so happy I found her shop.  And then all of a sudden I was even more happy because I discovered her OTHER Etsy shop, MaidservantOf, which has even more work. Most of her stuff is hand written quotes that are perfect for the home. My wallet is about to hate me because I’m pretty sure I’m going to order up one of each. Well, I won’t be that drastic, but basically I want them all. Below are some of my favorites. Make sure you check out both her shops because this stuff is just fantastic. I mean, all the pieces are screaming “I belong in your gallery wall if you ever get around to making one!”. One day gallery wall, one day. I PROMISE! Plus, on MaidservantOf she has a deal happening where when you buy 3 you get 2 free or if you’re not in the market for that many pieces, buy 2 get 1 free. Thanks lady!

Oh, and I forgot to mention the best part! These are all instant downloads! Which means all this awesomeness can be in your home within the hour! You’re downloading a high res jpeg that you can pop onto a zip drive and take over to your local FedEx Kinkos or print shop and have them print on whatever size you purchased. Boom, done. Ready to be framed and hung by the weekend, holla!

Chicago Ain't No Sissy Town via MofEHome

Don't Quit Your Day Dream via MofEHome

Lets Love Wildly via MofEHome

Home Is Whenever I'm With You via MaidservantOf It Has Always Been You via MaidservantOf

My Summer Reading and Some Goodreads

6 Reads for Summer | champagneandchambrayc.om

Goodreads

So for all you book lovers out there (or kindle lovers), there’s a site that you should know about. It’s called Goodreads. It’s basically Facebook for bookworms. You make a profile and catalog the books you’ve read, the books you’re reading and the books you’d like to read. You can write and read reviews, as well as join book clubs. They’ve got a system similar to Netflix in that it takes the books you’ve read and the ratings you’ve given them (1-5 stars) and spits out other books that you may enjoy. I love it. I think what I’d love more would be if more of my friends would adopt it, because then I can see what THEY think of a book I’m interested in reading. Stranger reviews are all well and good, but if you don’t know that person’s personality, it’s hard to know whether you would agree or disagree with their take on the story or characters. Regardless, it’s awesome in itself. Here’s a great article from The Atlantic if you want a bit more of a backstory on how Goodreads came to be.

Another fun thing about the site is that you can set up challenges. This year I set a goal of reading 20 books by Dec 31. Currently I’m on book number nine and the site has very politely informed me that I’m two books behind schedule. Go figure. I’m not worried though because I tend to whip through books when I’m on vacation, so I’ll catch up whenever said vacation occurs. But now I want to share the next few books on my summer reading list. Oh ps, if you want to see some past book selections check out this post and this post.

Summer Reading

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Wild by Cheryl Strayed | Currently reading this one, and I’m not too far into to it yet, but it’s a memoir about a woman who trekked the Pacific Crest Trail all by her lonesome. It’s gotten rave reviews all over the place, and was a Readers Choice winner back in 2012. Yes, I’m a little late to the party on this one, but that’s the great thing about books, they never go out of style!

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty | This actually probably won’t be next on the list because it doesn’t actually release until July 29th, but it’s on my list because I read The Husbands Secret last year on vacation and quite enjoyed it, and based on the very few critic reviews at this point, it’s even better. Murder mystery, yes please. Unfortunately,  I imagine it will be a little less scandalous than Gone Girl, but who knows!

Paper Towns by John Green | Ok, I’m going to be honest here and people are probably going to get all huffy with me, but whatever. I really didn’t see what was so great about his more recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s because you live under a rock. It’s a YA love story that has taken America by storm, and I honestly DO NOT UNDERSTAND. Sure, it was a good book, but it didn’t move me like other books have. It all just seemed very expected. And I know, it’s about kids with cancer falling in love, but like, I can’t just get all weepy because of that, the book just wasn’t that great and I’ll say it, it was somewhat boring. But alas, I’m going to give John Green another shot. A friend of mine whose favorite author is John Green said she’d suggested Paper Towns and Finding Alaska way before she’d suggest The Fault in Our Stars. I’m trusting you here Erica! It’s categorized as YA, but as most people have come to find, a lot of young adult books are perfectly readable as an actual adult. Or as close to that as I am.

The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls | One of my favorite books to date is The Glass Castle, a memoir by Jeanette Walls that describes her crazy, and often heartwrenching childhood being raised by an alcoholic father and a bipolar mother. It made me laugh and it made me cry and it was just perfect. She also wrote another memoir, Half Broke Horses, which I have yet to read. But The Silver Star is a novel about two sisters who must also deal with absent parents. I loved TGC so much that I’ve gotta give this a shot.

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes | I just finished Jojo’s last book, Me Before You and the more I think about it the more I realize how much I really did love it. One Plus One is apparently also an opposites-attract tale, and I can’t wait to read it. The thing that I found interesting about the last book was that because the author is British, so is everything else in the book. It’s fun to get a look at how they live over there, always drinking tea and a little out of touch.

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr | This list wouldn’t be complete without a WWII novel. I just love ’em so much, because while most are fiction, it’s not hard to believe that these stories were possible. It’s fun to be transported to another place and time that really did occur, and I know that may sound strange, seeing as it was a terrible time in this world’s history, but it’s also just so interesting and easy to connect with something you know was real. This novel has taken 10 years in the making, so I don’t expect anything but amazingness. A story of a blind French girl meeting a German boy during the war and trying to make it through.

What books do you have on your summer reading list? I’ve love to hear em, and if you’re on Goodreads, let’s be friends! And if you’re not on there already, sign up!

L