High Five for Friday

TGIF!  Grad school started back this week, so life has been a little hectic.  Oh well, full speed ahead!  Let’s recap this past week:

1.  As mentioned grad school started back–I have officially had my LAST 1st day of school ever.  By the time I finish my MBA in December, I will be have 9.5 years of post-secondary education.  I never planned to do that (or have this many degrees), but God has blessed me to be well-educated!

2. Ok [confession time], who shopped the After Party Sale this week?!  I am a newbie to Lillie Pulitzer, but I love it!  The few items I have came from Clothes Mentor because I refuse to pay that much for stuff.  Enter the After Party Sale–I was able to pick up 2 dresses at some seriously great prices!

Speaking of Lilly, I stopped by the Front Porch last night.  They always have excellent coupons, so I got this Lilly Pulitzer agenda and a Puj faucet cover for the bathtub–clearly, I was in an elephant kind of mood:)

Puj Faucet Cover (reg. $10.99, on sale $6; online for $9.99 here)
Lilly Pulitzer Agenda in Tusk in the Sun (reg $22, with coupon $17.60)

3. I went back home to visit last weekend.  I got to catch up with some good friends, eat at some of my favorite places, and we even tried out Bingo.  My friends and I were very disappointed, however, that we got there too late to play the paper game with the neon-colored daubers.  Evidently, you can play Bingo on a machine now and it’s all automated:(

It was $10 to play all the different games going on that night–not too bad for a couple of hours
cracking up with friends!

4.  My cute infinity scarf from Mimi’s Monograms finally came in!  It was on backorder, but shipped super quick once Mimi was done with it.  I know I live in Kentucky and it’s still summer, but I had to wear it to work today, because it was just too cute!  My office stays pretty cold, after all.  Stay tuned–I’ll have a blog post soon about how I wore it today, while also giving some pointers on pattern mixing!

Scarf, $12.99. Add monogram, $7. Use code CRYSTAL15 for an extra 15% off.
Total: $16.99

5(a).  Since I said goodbye to Birchbox, I cashed out all of my points.  I had 400 points, which was equal to $40 in FREE products.  I picked up 2 of the new Benefit’s They’re Real Push-up Liner (see my thoughts here) and Benefit’s Boi-ing Concealer.  Since I spent over $35, I got a mystery sample pack for free ($10 value).  I also used a coupon code (WELCOMEOFFER20) for 20% off $25+.  I scored $78 in products for only $14.40!

5(b).  I also received my 1st Ipsy Glam Bag, which is the subscription service I switched to (read about what Ipsy is and why I switch here).  I’m already in love!

How’s YOUR week been?  Find any good deals?  Have something totally awesome happen? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. 8.22.14

    I love your scarf and I can't wait for my Ipsy bag!

  2. 8.22.14

    I LOVE Bingo!! Never heard of the automated kind… it sounded like a great time regardless. Hope you have a fun weekend & good luck with the start of the semester.

  3. 8.22.14
    Caitlin said:

    I've always loved the Lilly Pulitzer but I've never bought anything because of the price! Sad I missed the sale. I will have to keep an eye out for next time.

    Have a good weekend!

  4. 8.22.14

    What, Bingo is automated now?! That's crazy. You know how much I love that monogrammed scarf, and major score to you for scoring all those Birchbox goodies for a great price. Have a great weekend!

  5. 8.22.14

    Cute monogram clutch! Love the Lily agenda too!

    Have a great weekend!


  6. 8.22.14

    I LOVE ipsy! This August bag was my 3rd so far and it is beyond better than Birchbox in my opinion. Glad you're enjoying it as well!


  7. 8.22.14

    Congratulations on the last semester! That's such an amazing accomplishment! I'm already in Fall mode, mentally, so I'm with you on just wanting to wear scarves now. Have a great weekend!

    Katie @ Cup of Tea

  8. 8.22.14
    Krissy S said:

    I received the same items in my ipsy bag! I'm loving the mascara!
    xo Krissy @ Sneakers and Sequins

  9. 8.23.14

    Yay for beauty goodies! Happy Friday!

  10. 8.23.14

    Thanks, Della! I'm excited to see what you get! Will your 1st bag be the September one?

  11. 8.23.14

    With this one, Whitney, there are 72 cards on the machine per game! It was fun. Thanks! I hope you have a good weekend too:)

  12. 8.23.14

    Caitlin, you should try your local resale shops–I got a dress at Clothes Mentor for only $20! You should check and see if they have a location near you. I think Dillard's also has some good sales on Lilly sometimes, but my local Dillards doesn't carry the brand:( Hope you have a good weekend too!

  13. 8.23.14

    Right?! We were seriously disappointed. I hope you get in on the scarf deal! It's the cheapest pricing I've came across on them. You should give the Benefit brand a try. I did just recently and I'm in love! Hope you have a great weekend as well!

  14. 8.23.14

    Thanks, girl! I'm looking forward to your guest post next week! Hope you have a great weekend too!

  15. 8.23.14

    It was a tough decision to make, but I'm glad I made the switch! It just seems more fun to me!

  16. 8.23.14

    Thanks–I can't believe I've finally made it! What was I thinking with all this schooling?lol I don't know if you like B&BW, but they're bringing out all of their fall scents, including body care, on Sept. 4! I can't wait. They're making the Pumpkin Pecan Waffles scent in body care now:) I'm going to have to pick up some body lotion and shower gel in it. Have a great weekend too!

  17. 8.23.14

    So did you ever try Birchbox? If so, what do you think comparison-wise?

  18. 8.23.14

    Becky, always yay for beauty goodies!lol Happy Saturday!

  19. 8.23.14
    Penny said:

    I'm with Birchbox right now and have been thinking about switching to Ispy. Thanks for the blogs — glad to hear your thoughts.
    Penny @ pennyspassion.blogspot.com

  20. 8.24.14

    Penny, I would definitely at least try Ipsy if you're more interested in makeup than hair or skin care. I will miss Birchbox, but I just won't pay for both at the same time. Thanks for stopping buy!