True Beauty Files: Baubles & Tips

June 18, 2012

Okay friends, I have a few fun tips and shops for you today:) You know, just some girlfriend chat..

Greens & Blues

{Top: J.Crew, Skirt: c/o Deloom, Necklace: ebay, clutch: F21, Shoes: H&M (similar), Bracelet: c/o Crafts and Love}

1) When I first laid eyes on the original bubble necklaces in J.Crew (even before they exploaded across the blogosphere), my heart fluttered. Since I rarely have a car payments worth of cash to drop, especially on a trend, I just admired from afar. Then a friend gave me the tip to look on ebay… Score. $15 for these knockoff beauts. As promised here, I wanted to share with you where to find them. Just search “J. Crew Bubble Necklaces” and it will pull up slews of them.

2) Raise your hand if you have paid more than $8 for a bottle of nailpolish? I admit I have, and unfortunately they chip just as easily as the next. I found this brand called Essence at Ulta. They are $1 mini bottles and work better than anything else I have! No joke. (Wearing above)

3) I could spend hours on etsy. I appreciate the creativity, love discovering unique finds, and love to support small businesses. I was thrilled to be introduced to Atlanta local, Courtney’s shop, Crafts and love. The style of her work is right up my alley, and the quality is just what you hope for when you order handmade. And best of all, the prices are affordable:)

Okay that’s all for now:) Have any fun ones to share?? I have a very cool giveaway going on tomorrow so stay tuned!

The True Beauty Files:
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“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.” 
~ Audrey Hepburn

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  • smart on the necklace!!!

    —- now I think you need to do a hair tutorial for us hair dumbos in the audience.

  • Completely agree about the necklace! Love the outfit!

    xx Amy

  • Another reason to love ebay! It’s all about the search ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Yeap the price of that necklace on ebay is crazy! don’t know how people still go full price on J.Crew! My nails chip with anything, after 2 days only!! Someone recommended using base and top coat, got to try that ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Yeap the price of that necklace on ebay is crazy! don’t know how people still go full price on J.Crew! My nails chip with anything, after 2 days only!! Someone recommended using base and top coat, got to try that ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I have THREE of those ebay ones. Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Love this look, especially the color in your top and your nails! Even the non-chip polish (expensive or otherwise) chips on me!

  • The necklace is awesome and it is great that you got it for such a good deal! You look great…that skirt is adorable.


  • i just bought a bubble necklace from ebay – I love it! and I love your yellow nails!! what a beautiful outfit!

  • Oooh, I wish I would have seen this post yesterday. I JUST bought one of these necklaces for $40 from an etsy-like shop owner. That price is amazing though. Maybe I’ll get one in a differenct color. Thanks so much for sharing a great find!

  • Great outfit! You have certainly inspired me to be a little more creative with my outfits!

  • I totally want a tutorial on your hair!

  • Love these tips!! I need to remember to check out Ebay more often, and the nail polish recommendation is truly appreciated. I love to paint my nails, and will continue to do so, despite the fact that they chip after a day. No joke. So $1 polish? Seems like a good plan ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for sharing!

  • Love the green color! And I will have to get that necklace! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • LOVE that essence brand at ulta! I have several shades of grey, and 2 kinds of lavender in that brand…it’s a great way to convince myself to try new colors for cheap! and you’re right–they last so much longer than other brands!!

  • Ooh thanks for the nail polish tip. I stopped buying OPI because I was paying like $8 a bottle and they chipped after two days. So frustrating!!! I’ll have to give this a try. And those bauble necklaces, LOVE!!!

  • I’m raising my hand for spending more than $8 on nailpolish! $1?? I must check that out! Great tips are so damn cute!

  • this outfit is great and thanks for the tips!!!

  • I can’t believe the price of the necklace and I’d be happy if I could get an OPI polish for 8$ – they’re 18$ in France!!
    Emma xx

  • I looked at these once but was nervous about ordering from China. I suppose everything comes from China these days and if you didn’t have any problems I better snatch one up!

  • I’m glad you love a good bargain too–I’ll definitely have to check out that nail polish, as well as the cheaper versions of the J. Crew necklace. And what a great outfit too, the print of your skirt is so pretty!

  • complete perfection! this ensemble is just so adorable. i love the green with the print with that adorable necklace…love, love, love! happy monday ๐Ÿ™‚ XO brynn

  • love your skirt and these pretty green combos.
    kw, ladiesinnavy

  • i have that exact necklace! i won it in a giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • That skirt is so cute! Love it.

  • I am going to start buying that $1 nail polish, thanks! Regarding people being afraid to buy from China: Scan through the feedback. I have had friends order wedding dresses for dirt cheap from China on Ebay and one had a positive experience and the other had a slightly positive experience.

    What I like: has cute really cheap jewelry. On etsy I like pinkquartzminerals for vegan mineral eyeshadow. Otherwise I buy non-fashion related stuff on etsy.

  • i LOVE that necklace!

  • thanks for sharing abt the polish.. the fiance will be very happy to hear it! LOL we were just discussing outrageous nail polish prices at the grocery store the other night (mostly him telling me i was not allowed to purchase $9 nail polish) ๐Ÿ˜€ xo

  • I love your tips and tricks! Etsy is my go-to place for buying gifts, and I always love learning about new shops! I actually just posted a summer gift guide from my favorite Etsy sellers today!

  • I think it’s high time for me to buy one of those necklaces! I’ve been staring at them (on eBay!) for weeks!

  • Great tips Anna. I had heard that elsewhere about the eBay baubles…I’m going to start hunting!

  • Great tip on the nail polish and fab necklace find! wow!
    Your whole outfit looks superb! xo

  • those are some great deals! where i live, i also know a few accessories shop that cost way less but In with the STYLE! haha! the whole outfit is just adorable.

  • You are so brilliant to go to ebay for the necklace! It’s so gorgeous and a great price. I love your combination of green and turquoise.

  • I’ve got that very same JCrew knock off necklace, I love it! I’d bought a red one from a shop and someone told me to look on ebay for more colours… $15 is great value and instantly dresses up a basic outfit. You look gorgeous, as always

  • oh that necklace! i want every color!!!

  • As much as that necklace is eye-popping, I can’t help but admire your skirT! I love it on you!!

  • amazing look as always and incredible tips. will definitely check out the nail polish and ebay ๐Ÿ˜‰
    missed your blog!!

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  • Hi Anna, thank you for being part of my link Party! It’s the first time i try this. I would prefer having images with each link, maybe next time i’ll figure out how to do it. Are you enjoying summer? The bubble necklace looks fantastic! I’ve seen it on J.Crew and loved it instantly. Will check out Ebay for this. Have a fabulous day!

  • love everything about this outfit Anna, you look flawless each week!! hope you guys had a great father’s day weekend!

  • Love that skirt..and the whole outfit, of course! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • super cute outfit!
    love the skirt so much.

    and *raises hand* GUILTY! i love Essie nailpolish and they are always $8+ I’m totally trying out this polish.

    Happy Tuesday Girly!

  • I don’t spend too much on costume trendy pieces either…if it is a bracelet I will have forever, I will splurge…but trendy..NO, I want affordable.

    YOu look so great in green lady…love this look.

  • You are too darling for words. And those shoes are TO DIE FOR. Cobalt wedges? Be still my heart.

  • My roommate and I ordered those necklaces and just can’t wait to get them in!! Now if only we can put together an outfit like you when we get them… ๐Ÿ™‚

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