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Girls Spring Dresses

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

After 7 years of fertility issues we really had no preference when it came to genders,  but when we found out we were having twin girls the dress dreams began flooding in!!!

This year, I’m lucky to have the most adorable hand-me-down dresses, but that didn’t stop me from looking anyhow! Dress No.1 below comes in both baby blue and pink, to DIE for for twin girls don’t you think? Originally priced at $44 it was a “no way”, but now it’s on sale for $33 (HERE) and was as low as $26 on Ralph Lauren this week.

Which has me asking the question: what is your price point for dresses? Or any clothing items for your children for that matter?

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Dresses 2,3 and 4 are ALL UNDER $25! Which I think is pretty amazing. What do you guys think?

(No.1: $33.75 HERE, No.2: $16.87 HERE, No.3: $23.99 HERE, No.4: $24.99 HERE)

Please share your tips and tricks!

Twinkle Toes

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Christmas is the one time of year I like my nails manicured. Usually I am way too rough to expect my nails to be perfect for more than a day, but something about having them pretty for Christmas day makes the day even a little more special and helps me feel a little put together when I’m lounging around my pajamas and no make up.

boxwoodclippings_sally hansen golden rule nail polishI recently found this Sally Hansen color ‘Golden Rule’ at Target. It reminds me of my glitter champagne baubles on the tree and thought I should give it a try. It is so sparkly, dries fast and is very long-wearing, making this perfect for my Christmas 2013 twinkle toes :)

I’ve never had glitter nails done professionally, but I think two coats of ‘Golden Rule’ looks pretty great and is so much cheaper than the professional version too!

What will your nails be wearing this Christmas?


Worth the Splurge: Clarins Bath Tonic

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

We are always trying hard to stretch our pennies and try our best to live frugal lives. However, we started our worth the splurge feature for when we need to share something really, really amazing. Drum roll please….

boxwoodclippings_clarins tonicClarins Bath Tonic

I was a little skeptical when my Mum showed this bottle to me and said it was worth its weight in gold. $30 for a shower gel, c’mon. One shower later and I was sold!

Just a pea-size of this heavenly essential oil concentrate will melt away all the worries of the world, and apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so. I had to look long and hard to find it. Nordstrom has discontinued it and Saks even has a limit on how much you can buy.

Prepare to be amazed at how this will rinse away all your holiday stress!!! This would also make the most amazing present for Christmas.

Sign up for Saks email and receive 10% off your first purchase. Also, free shipping and returns with code: HOLIDAY.

If you need more gift ideas, check out all of our stocking ideas for her, him and the kids.

Holler Dollar: Trader Joe’s Soap

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

I think I have found the best holler dollar around… Trader Joe’s Oatmeal and Honey Soap. This pure vegetable soap with no harsh chemicals smells of milky cinnamon, helping me feel very fall-y and melting my daily stressors away at the same time. It’s creamy texture makes it perfect to sub for shaving cream and leaves my skin clean and soft.

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I am planning to wrap these up in fabric and give them as gifts for Christmas this year, which I am really excited about. At $1.69 for a two pack, they work out to be only $.85 each! I can’t wait for everyone to try them.

Read more about this soap HERE. Thanks Trader Joe’s, you really are my favorite!!

Holler Dollar: V05 Shampoo + Conditioner

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

For those of you with thin straight hair, this Holler Dollar is for you! Introducing my favorite shampoo + conditioner V05′s Extra Body Combo…
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Unfortunately or fortunately for me expensive shampoo’s and conditioner’s  take all the life out of my hair making it more limp and almost impossible to even tie in a pony. My hair is naturally very soft and silky which is usually not something to complain about, but sometimes it’s maddening  to work with.

By much experiment, I’ve found the ‘cheaper’ shampoo’s on the market to be better for my hair, they actually give my hair some volume without weighing it down and yes it’s a major HOLLER that my favorite turn’s out to be only a $1 or under if on sale.

Do you have favorite beauty products for around a buck? Do share!

Worth the Splurge: Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzer

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

One of Em’s friends we suggested we do a “worth the splurge” post every-now-and-then, we loved the idea (thanks Bethany), so here we are our first recommended splurge…


This Guerlain’s bronzer was recommended to us when Mum was shopping for a new bronzer, we were sold on the spot which doesn’t happen very often! I’m not kidding when I say, I actually went to the ladies while Mum was trying some on and when I got back my mother looked more fresh and beautiful than when I left. I had to try some for myself, and also instantly feel in love.

$51 is way more than I usually pay for a bronzer, but our generous mummy surprised us with our own…naughty woman!

We each got matched to our shade, and surprisingly I wasn’t the lightest! Mine is 04 Sun Blondes, shown here…

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We’ve had no buyers remorse as this baby has us looking radiant all day. Can you see the difference?

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(It’s even better in person:)

Usually bronzers last at least a year so we figured it’s actually quite cheap when you divide $51 into 365!

Also, (as mentioned before) we LOVE shopping at Nordstrom, especially with new expensive products it’s great to have the guarantee that we can return it at any time if we’re not happy.

On that note, have you local readers been noticing how Fashion Places’s Nordstrom has not been so great lately? We’ve totally switched to City Creek, way better customer service.

Anyhow…do you guys have any splurges we need to know about, do tell?!

NYC Prospect Park Pink Nail Polish

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Come spring I am dying to pull out my pink and coral clothes from closet hibernation. The same holds true for my toes! I have been obsessed with NYC’s Prospect Park Pink for the past few weeks.

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It’s the perfect blend of peachy pink and has my toesies excited for the months ahead. It dries in a rapid 60 seconds and cost only $1.99 at Target!

What colors do you gravitate toward this time of year?

Beauty: Mane n’ Tail Shampoo

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

I’m always on the hunt for great beauty products that won’t break the bank. When I notice someone’s pearly whites or luscious locks you bet I’m the first to ask what they use. My brothers are no exception to this, and last year I noticed Luke’s head full of curls looking a little fuller and bouncier. Luke shared his secret of this product for taming his curls:

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Yes, it can be used on our horsey friends, but is also fantastic for any hair type. I am in love with this product! I use it as a clarifying shampoo about once a week. It strips product build-up, brings body and life back to my hair and really does result in “shiny, manageable hair”. If you want your mane to look and feel like a superstar, you need to give it a try.

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Pick up a bottle of Mane n’ Tail on sale right now at Rite-Aid. You can also find it at Walgreens and Sally’s. Thanks for the beauty tip Lukey!

What is your favorite hair product?

Target Tuesday: Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

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Threshold ombre throw pillow $14.99

Red stipe pillow $19.99

Essie really red nail polish $7.79

Red ikat pouf $39.99

Huffy men’s cruiser $119.99

A favorite red notebook $2.99

Today we are hitting up Target with our sister, Helen who flew in town for a long weekend.  You can always rely on Target to hit the bulls-eye with Target-red Valentine’s loot! What are you loving at Target right now?

A Survivor’s Guide to January

Monday, January 28th, 2013

My goodness, I don’t usually get the ‘Winter Blues’, but this year I’m praying Spring shows her face early this year. Here are a few things that I’ve been loving this month, simple necessities to see me through.

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1. Nightly bath with gorgeous products: to warm up and relax

2. A cozy book: to take me somewhere else

3. Fluffy slippers: to keep me snug

4. Enticing Drama’s: to help entertain

5. Green smoothies: to make up for all the carbs!

What are your survival secrets?

Holler Dollar: Best Tweezers Ever!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

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We haven’t done a holler dollar in over a month, have you guys noticed that many stores have upped their prices in their dollar sections? We’re not impressed.

However I eventually found a good buck to blog about…these Sally Hansen ‘Little Details’ tweezers have been my fave for years, but I’ve recently had a hard time finding them in my usual stores. I was ridiculously excited when I found them at the Dollar Tree, and for only a dollar…holler! (Usually $4)

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These are a must for any makeup bag and possibly the best dollar you’ll ever spend!

Christmas Beauty Shortcuts

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

The number one thing I hate about doing my nails is how long it take for them to dry. I can sit idle for hours and still manage to smudge the polish (Yes, Mum I’m applying thin coats). Who has time for that this time of year?

This is the number one reason I’ve been in love with OPI’s Opening Night Champagne for several years:

It applies ever so evenly and is hyper-pigmented with it’s metallic, shimmery champagne color that it only requires one thin coat of polish (you can even skip the base and top coat). Five minutes to dry and I’m out the door for all the Christmas festivities. Perfect…

WRONG, the color has been retired and can only be found in England for $30!!!

What the heck? So friends, I’m in the need of a new one-coat metallic beauty, and any beauty shortcut tips, please.

Anyone else running around like crazy with no time to curl their hair?

Packing Tip: Cosmetic Grab Bag

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

In my early 20′s I worked for Clinique in England. I LOVED that job, mostly because I LOVE the products and all the freebies I received. At the time I traveled quite a bit and often without much notice, and that’s when I came up with my ‘cosmetic grab bag’. It’s simply my soap bag ready to go at any moment.

Today it’s still one of my favorite packing tips. Just having it ready and handy has proved to be very useful and a real time saver. It’s especially nice to have all new products ready and waiting; and as you can see I like the travel sized items from Bath and Body Works which are often free with coupons. Sometimes I get really nerdy and try and colour coordinate all my products, but hey it’s fun and festive. :)



Salon Anxiety

Friday, October 12th, 2012

This week I visited the salon for some much needed hair care before the the lil’ bro’s upcoming nuptials.

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I realized while sitting in that spinny chair of horror that I would much rather be in a gynecologist office than be in that chair…

I realized that I felt this way for three reasons:

  • #1 I feel my hair is “my one true beauty”, and I am putting that into a 20-year old, stranger’s hands!
  • #2 I work at an infertility clinic, so going for a doctor’s visit is quite normal for me.
  • #3 I once left a popular salon paying over $100 with pink hair.

No, it wasn’t supposed to be pink! it was supposed to be like Rapunzel’s or Sleeping Beauty’s, not Katy Perrys and now as a result, when that little blue bowl of bleach comes closer to my locks my heartbeat starts to raise.

Luckily, this time I am in the clear. I was in skilled hands and it turned out beautiful. But probably when I go next, the stylist will be gone and I will be back to square one.

Does anyone else feel like this or do I need to be medicated?

Holler Dollar: Best Comb Ever!

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

I must say my mummy and sissies have locks to envy. But I’ve noticed this takes a little more work than my tie it in a elastic approach. They have a little touch up throughout the day with this little baby.

This detangles and volumes, without your hair becoming a nest. I’m a recent convert, and now that they’re in the $1 section at Target, you can be too…Holler!!!

Olay Moisturizer at Costco

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Living is a desert takes its toll on your skin. You need an effective moisturizer that can you can use generously without costing an arm and a leg. I haven’t been a 100% happy with my usual moisturizer so was ready for a change.

At Costco I noticed a 2-pack of 6.0 oz Olay complete moisturizer for sensitive skin and thought for $16.68 I would give it a try.

I couldn’t be happier with the change, so of course I had to blog about it!

It’s a fraction of the cost of my regular moisturizer when you compare price per ounce, and overall I am more satisfied. Lightweight moisture, without being greasy or sticky as well as a reasonable price is a winning combination for me.

Do you have a winning combo moisturizer that you can’t live without?

Ready for Fall

Friday, September 7th, 2012

It is finally getting cooler around here, and I am all ready for fall with my Old Navy leopard print scarf. It’s lightweight enough for hot days, but will be great for layering when temperatures plummet.
  I also splurged this week on a pedi with friends where I found this OPI color, ‘Over the Taupe’:

I am loving this medium-brown hue. I think it’s neutral enough to be a staple all winter long, and confident that it would look great on any skin tone. How are you getting ready for fall?

Beauty Tip: Baking Soda

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Pinterest is slowly making the world a better place one day at a time. As well as insane eye candy and creative inspiration, Pinterest has changed my life by learning to use this…

 …as a facial scrub!

 As I had it in my kitchen cupboard I thought I would give it a try…

 All you do is simply make a paste out the baking soda and water and apply it in circular motions to your face. You can leave it on your face until it begins to tingle and then simply rinse off.

The results are smooth, silky fresh skin, equivalent to any face scrub I have tried.

It feels like the baking soda really getting into those pores, and leaves my skin silky clean. It is also the least expensive spa treatment I’ve ever tried, as well as being a little more ‘natural’ than chemicals, facials and peels.

In fact, I love it so much that I’ve ditched my regular body scrub and instead use baking soda on my feet, elbows and knees!

Do use baking soda for anything other than baking? Seriously what on earth would we do without Pinterest?!

Make-up on a Budget: Save $250+ a Year

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

In college I loved to buy make-up. I would eagerly await my paycheck so I could run to the MAC counter to pick up a new eye shadow.

Now that I’ve mostly figured out what make-up and application techniques works for me I don’t get all that excited to try something new, and the expense of buying products at the department store hurts. I would much rather be spending my money on a new throw pillow or candles than eye shadow.

I also feel that grocery store brand cosmetics have improved over the years. Maybe I wasn’t paying too much attention in the past, but now with my eyes open to store sales and manufacturers coupons I haven’t been able to resist the low prices on grocery store brand cosmetics.

Sometimes you will take a hit on a new product at the grocery store, you spend a few dollars and discover as soon as you open the product it won’t work. A bronzer that is grainy and orange, or an eyeliner pencil that wont even apply on your eyelid, what the heck?

However, more times than none I’ve found great comparables to my more expensive, department store brands and a few dollars lost on a bad product is outweighed by the savings. By switching just a few basics, I have saved over $250 dollars a year.

 Here are a few winners that are crazy good value in my book.

 #1 Cover Girl ConcealorCovergirl fresh complexion under-eye concealer

My Northern England genes have given me some major dark circles under my eyes. Concealor is the product I cannot live without. It has to be a miracle worker. I have tried every department store brand out there and this under $6 covergirl concealor is equal if not better than it’s competitors in coverage and quality.

#2 Rimmel London Blush

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Medium-toned skin needs high pigmented products especially in eyeshadow and blush. MAC used to be my number one choice for these. I have found blush to be the easiest thing to match at the grocery store, and this high pigment powder blush from Rimmel London for $4 creates a rosy and pretty glow.

#3 e.l.f. Golden Bronzer

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Wearing 100 spf daily leaves my skin a little ghost-like and some major bronzer is always needed. I am obsessed with this $3 e.l.f golden bronzer. It has the perfect combo of color and glow, not too orange or  shimmery creating a perfect sun-kissed look for summer.

 #4 Victoria Sectret Lip Gloss

Victoria Secret beauty rush lip gloss $5

This shiny lip gloss creates almost an identical look to Clinique’s Superbalm for a fraction of the cost. Only $5 when you buy four, it is great to have a few extra around the house for a perfect last minute gift.

The easiest way to transition from department store to grocery store to match your make-up before it runs out. Bring the product to the store and allow a little times going through different brands to find a close match. Don’t get disheartened if you don’t find a match, just keep the product in your purse for when you go to a different store that may carry different brands or have a wider selection.

Do you have any grocery store brand make up that you can’t live without? I would love to give them a try!

Cosmetic Tip: What to do with Cracked Makeup

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Don’t you just hate it when you see a tiny bit of silver packaging peak through your eye shadow or blush? It’s like the beginning of the end. Sometimes this happens sooner rather than later, but you always know what’s coming next: the cracks, the crumbles, and the mess. :(

At this stage, I’d just keep the fragile  product on my countertop instead of my usual bag, since I’m never ready to just throw the product away. But while witnessing Em put on her makeup one day I noticed she simply places her loose product in a ziplock bag, so it’s still handy to be on the go.

I’ve recently adopted this method myself. Just simply dip your brush into the bag, and apply the makeup as usual. Em thought this process was normal. I thought it was genius, and therefore deserved a blog post!

It makes me feel good to use up every speck product, especially with those pricey ones!