February Favorites

If you follow my @RefinedRedheadBlog Instagram account, you know what this blog post is all about. If not, (1) go give it a follow and (2) let me enlighten you — I decided to start doing a monthly ‘favorites’ post after creating a poll for my Instagram followers to take part in. The monthly recap will overview some of the clothing items and home items I bought over the course of the previous four weeks, new discoveries (local restaurants, products, etc.), and/or tips in one convenient location.

Starting with this sleek navy and red polka dot wrap dress I found at TJ Maxx! Best news? It’s still available online for purchase and it comes in two different colors…can you say ‘winning’? I struggle with finding moderate, trendy work dresses that come in my size without having to pay $30-$40 extra in alterations. With that being said, I was elated to discover this dress fit like a glove when I tried it on // I’m 5’5″ and wearing an XS

SHOP:Polka Dot Faux Wrap Dress by Catherine Malandrino from TJ Maxx for $24.99 in black and white AND here in navy and red (as pictured)

Let’s face it — I periodically get oil zits that blatantly stink unless you catch them early. They are a nuance, undeniably painful and bright red and are extremely hard to cover up with make-up! My trick for these and any blemish that arises is (1) rub it with an ice cube for a bit (2) apply tea tree oil. You can buy tea tree oil at any local drug store, The Body Shop brand pictured below is from Ulta, only $10! The Body Shop brand also has face wash, toning cleanser, lotion, and masks.Then, there’s my allout camo workout gear I discovered at TJ Maxx this month! They’re from Jessica Simpson’s “The Warm-Up” line and I’m obsessed. The leggings have ripped out spots that stretch along the thigh and knee area with mesh lining underneath and the sports bra has a criss crossed back that’s too fun to pass up! Unfortunately, I was unable to still find the items online, but you may still be able to find them in store (not pictured, a matching jacket). Similar camo leggings: HERE!Next up on the favorites list from this month…

If you live in or around Madison, you need to hit up Saints Juice Company. They’re located on Williamson Street, making a variety of fresh, natural juices on the daily with NO ADDED SUGAR. Repeat, no added sugar. So far, my favorites are the Exorcist (lemon, activated charcoal, agave, and filtered water) — great for detoxing, and the Prophe-See (carrot, apple, lemon, and ginger) sweet, but tart and full of vitamins and antioxidants!In the midst of shopping for a coworker’s birthday outfit, I came across this $7 clearance sweater find at H&M! Pro-shopping tip: stores are currently switching out winter merchandise for Spring items. With that being said, it’s a great time to snag sweaters, long sleeved tops, and even jackets at a discounted price to save for next Winter!I also bought an “I Am The Storm” tank top, supporting the ever so inspiring and outspoken, Miss America 2013, Mallory Hagan in the midst of the news regarding the precious Miss America Organization’s leadership and the atrocious comments made about Hagan and other motivated, determined, compassionate women during their reigns. The fact of the matter? There’s no stopping a group of driven, accomplished, talented women on a mission to make a difference; there’s no weathering the storm. You can buy your own tank, t-shirt, or sweatshirt and support the cause (and scholarship) too! #MissAmericaStrong  #IAmTheStorm

Finally, I snatched some bright, floral Threshold throw pillows for my couch at Target this past week. About a month ago I found large white Ralph Lauren pillows at HomeGoods and got those as a ‘base’ knowing I could add different accent pillows to them to correspond with the season and/or holiday. Aren’t they cute?! // Shop floral Threshold Pillows from Target, $19.99.Here’s to hoping the weather in Wisconsin depicts the brightness and life these pillows exude sooner rather than later! Happy March my friends!

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