Thursday, December 26, 2013

My Day-After Christmas Haul

Hello Readers ! 

For me personally, the best day to go shopping is bright and early on Black Friday & the day after Christmas.  My mother & myself both woke up at 6 am on December 26 to get to the Palisades by  7:15.  I really love the Palisades it has all my favorite stores and I always find great deals when I'm there. 

The first store we went to was Lord & Taylor's. They were giving away $20 gift cards at the door & they sent me one in the mail.  I ended up getting 3 of these gift certificates AND they had an extra 20% off sale & clearance. 

The first thing I purchased were a Bandolino boots in black with a little wedge and the best part about them is that they fit my calves ! YAY ! They were orignally $150 were 40% off with an additional 20% subtract the $20 so I paid around $66 for them for a total savings of about $84.

L&T's was also having this amazing handbag sale. A lot of designer bags like Michael Kors & Marc Jacobs were 50% off and were even marked even more.  I purchased a gorgeous Michael Kors bag, its black patent leather with silver embellishments.  It was orignally $298 marked down to $223 with 50% off of that price which brought it down to $111.50 and with the $20 gift card I got it for $91. BARGAIN ! 

The Gap was having this winter clearance sale where almost the whole store was up to 60% off.  I have never been one to wear bold animal print sweaters so the 2 sweaters I purchased were perfect for me ! I scored both of themfor $20! They were both orignally $44 each, so that was an amazing deal.  

I was always a big fan of American Eagle, I think they have the cutest things especially their Aerie brand.  For the most part, they also have really good deals around holidays, so for $20 I purchased a beige sparkly thermal which is great for layering and a short sleeve shirt, which would make a good coverup when you go to the beach (and for $10 I really couldn't leave it behind). Aerie was also having their semi-annual sale, so I purchased some undies which I don't think you need to see, lol.  

I also went to Pandora, they were having a spend $100 get a bracelet for free, which is around $65. I didn't take advantage of that sale, so I purchased this lovely ring instead. I think its so dainty and beautiful and perfect for me.  This and the items I purchased from MAC were the only things I purchased that were full priced. 

I stopped by the MAC counter in Macy's since I knew the Magnetic Nudes collection would be released. I only purchased 2 items from the collection, it was the Morning Rose lipstick and Steel Kiss lipglass, both are very beautiful colors.  I was also in need of a red lipstick and a lip liner to go with it, I purchased Russian Red, one of Madonna's favorite lipsticks in the 80's during her Like A Virgin tour.  To accompany this gorgeous red, the MUA at the counter recommended their "Brick" lipliner which goes perfect with the lipstick. 

After our trip to the Palisades, we went to the Gap Outlet which opened a few months ago by my home and I purchased a couple of things for under $40 ! For $38 I purchased a pair of jeans, a plaid button down, a pair of velor pants, and 6 pairs of socks.  The retail price of all these items would have been around $160, and with all the sales that were going on I didn't even pay half of that. 

I hope you enjoyed this haul & I can't wait to share my other purchases with you guys in the near future.  

Thank for reading ! 


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Guess Who's Back !


I'm so happy to be finally in the mood to start blogging again.  At first I was super busy with school and now with the semester coming to an end, I'm going to have a lot more free time.  But aside from being busy with school work, I was feeling discouraged and was questioning whether or not to keep on with The Amanda Diaries.  I then saw that there were people still coming and reading what I had posted months ago and I felt so much better knowing that there are people that stop what they're doing and look even if its for 5 minutes.  

I made TAD for myself, as some creative outlet. This is where I could be myself and share all the things I love and enjoy.  I hope along the way I could let people into my mind and see things through my eyes.  

Which leads me to my next point, I would like to start doing more personal post after the new year.  If there is anything you would want me to write about pertaining not just to beauty, email me at or use #askAmandaA on twitter.  I will post new things after my semester is over in about 2 weeks or so.  If you would want to see any specific post, please leave them in the comment section below. 

Thanks reading !