High Five For Friday: Halloween Fun

Happy Halloween Everyone! It’s been an exciting and busy week.

1. Outlet Mall Shopping With My Mom

After work on Monday my mom and I decided to get some retail therapy in. We drove about an hour away to Birch Run; this great outlet mall. I only went into one store… Ann Taylor. I spent quite a bit in there, so I stopped myself from going in anywhere else. I got this great leather jacket for $55, a pair of green skinnies for $4 and a green tank for $8. Not too shabby.


2. Lunch with my Granny

On Tuesday my grandma and grandpa both had doctor appointments. So my mom took my grandpa and I took my grandma. We also went grocery shopping and then to lunch. Isn’t she adorable? We went to Athena’s Greek Diner… which is my new favorite place. So good.

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3. Halloween Costumes

I’ve been working on finishing up my costumes this week. I love halloween. I really, really do. I love dressing up. This year we’re going to 3 Halloween events and I’ve got 3 costumes, Lady Liberty, a Price is Right contestant and Mary Poppins. I’m excited.

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4. Passing out Candy & Parties

Today is the first time I’ll be passing out candy in my own place. It’s my first halloween in a non-apartment by myself. I’m so psyched. Then we’ve got the parties… last night Ivan and I went to my friend Brad’s halloween party, tonight we’re doing the Downtown Lansing Bar Crawl and then tomorrow we’re going to the MSU Law School Party. I just love Halloween :)

5. PS Print Contest

Today is the FINAL voting day for The PS Print Holiday Card Contest. I’m excited to see what place I end up with :) If you’d like to vote, you can here.


Today I am linking up with:

The Lauren Elizabeth for H54F & Heleneinbetween for #blogtober14


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Thrifty Threads Thursday: The One With Sarah’s Boots


Polka Dot Blouse – Forever 21 – (thrifted) – $3.99
Black Skirt (thrifted) – $3.99
Belt (thrifted) – $1
Boots (Dirty Laundry) – $41
Outfit Total: $49.98

This one barely fits under the $50 outfit mark, but it’s because of the boots. Oh how I love the boots. Guys, let me tell you about the boots. You know that episode of Friends, “The One With Monica’s Boots”? Where she buys these super expensive, yet incredible boots and she justifies it by saying she’ll wear them ALL THE TIME? That’s how I feel about these boots. Not that they are insanely expensive, but that they’ll never come off my feet.

The first day I wore them they started to hurt my feet a little and I had a Monica Geller flashback. But, I am stubborn and kept wearing them and now I am completely in love with them. They are fitted rain boots, which I’m really digging. It’s been cold and rainy here lately and I’ve been wearing them everyday.


Penniless Socialite for Look What I Got
Mix Match Fashion for What I Wore to Work
The Daily Tay & Helene in Between for Blogtober#14
Thrifting Diva for Thrift Sisters Link Up

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Tailgating Fashion with Fanatics.com

Tailgating is a big deal around here. Even if you don’t like football, I’d suggest trying it. With good food, drinks, sunshine, friends and games, there’s a lot to love. We tailgate every weekend for MSU football. I love putting together cute outfits to support the team and show my Spartan Pride.

I was contacted by Fanatics.com with a challenge last week. I was asked to put together a cute tailgating ensemble using one of their ladies NFL jerseys. I of course jumped at the chance. I’ve had my eye on a MSU one for a while, so I’ve thought about how I’d style it in the past.

I could choose any NFL team I wanted, so I of course went with the Lions. Show that Detroit pride folks. I wanted to keep it simple, girly and cute. I also went light on the accessories, because you don’t want to be carting around a lot of stuff during a game.


Jersey | Pants | Bow | Shoes | Bag

You can get a ladies jersey for your favorite NFL team at Fanatics.com. They also have lots of accessories and clothing items for all of your favorite teams (NBA, NFL, MLB, NFL, College, etc.). Check em out!

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Budget-Buster: Why I Cut the Cable Cord

I’ve always been a huge fan of tv. I’ll admit it, I’ve always been one to sit in front of the tv for hours on end. I’ll watch pretty must anything. Judge Judy, Bride TV on TLC, Spike TV… anything will do.

However, being young and broke, I simply can’t justify paying for cable. I decided that all I really needed was internet. And you know what? I was right. There is rarely something that I can’t watch online or through local tv stations.

I have a subscription to netflix and amazon prime, so I have access to a ton of tv shows and movies. Amazon now has a ton of HBO content and netflix how has content from the food network. I also use hulu a lot to stream current shows. I just went ahead and plugged my old desktop computer into my HDTV and that allows me to literally stream whatever I want. I have a wireless keyboard and mouse that I keep on the lower shelf of the coffee table to control things. I also went and bought an atenna at best buy and I get about 20 local channels, including abc, nbc, cbs, fox, ion, pbs, wkar and a bunch of random channels.



If you are super lucky, you might even be able to “borrow” someones cable login. My parents still pay for cable and they allow me to login to their online account and stream content that way. I know that AT&T and Comcast both offer online streaming of live tv as well as access to “onDemand” content. If you don’t know someone who has a login, you can also get “internet + streaming tv” from comcast. This includes internet and a variety of channels… including HBO.

Now of course, sometimes things get fuzzy or the streaming is slow, but it’s something that I live with. I’ve saving about $80 a month by cutting the cord. For me, that’s completely worth it.

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A green & White Weekend

This weekend was all about Spartan Pride in East Lansing. We kicked off Friday night with Midnight Madness at the Breslin Center. Midnight Madness is like a giant pep rally for Spartan Fans to jumpstart the basketball season at State. Both the mens and womens teams are introduced, prizes are given out and you can get autographs from the team.


We didn’t stay the entire night, but we stayed through all the introductions. Tom Izzo (the mens coach) is kind of a big deal around here. He’s a local legend and he (and Susie Merchant) always come out in a fun way. Tom came out dressed as a member of the band KISS and Susie came out as Beyonce. It was pretty hilarious and shocking.

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The band, cheerleaders and dance team were also on hand they put on quite a show as well.


Then Saturday, it was the U of M / MSU Game. I’m sure all instate rivalries are a big deal and it’s no different in the mitten. We began the tailgating day at about 9:30 and went right on through the game. So we were there from about 9:30-8pm. Ivan and my dad took my parents game tickets and attended the game, while my mom and I hung out at the tailgate. That got a little crazy. The wind was ridiculous on Saturday and it ended up bending the tent support bar. We had to take everything down while the wind was going insane… it was quite the stressful situation. We had a good time though.

IMG_4776 IMG_4777I also got to debut my new Rain boots. I’m quite proud of them. They are fitted and not loose around my calves. Love it.

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My Top 10 Drugstore Health & Beauty Products

If you’ve read my blog before, I’m sure you know that I’m all about saving money. I’m not one to spend a lot of money of things, which includes my beauty routine. For the most part, I keep my look very simple and I use the same products over and over again. Once I find something that works for me, I stick to it. Here are my favorite drugstore beauty & health products (in no particular order).

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1. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector SPF 30

I’ve been using the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream since it first came on the market… a year ago (?). When these BB Creams first became a “thing” in the U.S. I tried a few different brands and ended up with the Maybelline. I have dry skin, pale skin and this cream works wonders. It moisturizes my face, gives me light SPF protection and brightens/evens out my skin. It’s not a miracle worker and its not a foundation, so if you have problem spots, I’d still recommend using some sort of foundation. But, I don’t wear heavy makeup and this is perfect for me. My skin can still breathe under it and I don’t feel like I’m wearing makeup at all.

2. Jergens Ultra Healing Lotion

Like I said above, my skin is rather dry. I’ve bounced around between a few different lotions, but this one is easily my favorite. It makes my skin incredibly soft and it lasts throughout the day. Can’t beat that.

3. Maybelline The Falsies Volum’Express Mascara (Waterproof), 291, Very Black

Use this pretty much everyday. I have very light, short eyelashes and this mascara makes them look pretty damn thick. It has a curved brush, which sort of works, but I curl them anyways. The mascara lasts all day and doesn’t smudge. Which is a big deal for me. I only ever wear mascara on my upper lashes, yet somehow I ALWAYS end up with smudges under my eyes with other mascaras. Not with this one. I use a brown maybelline mascara every once in a while, but I prefer the dark black.

4. Clear Scalp & Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner

Although my skin is dry, my hair gets greasy fast. I have to wash my hair everyday, which can make the ends dry and brittle. This shampoo doesn’t weigh my thin, fine hair down and it keeps my hair pretty soft, even when washing it everyday. It’s the best drugstore brand that I’ve tried and I’ve been using it for quite a while now.

5. Suave Dry Shampoo

I’ve tried a number of dry shampoos. Like I said before, my hair gets greasy so freaking fast. I should wash my hair everyday, but sometimes that’s just not feasible. Sometimes I just don’t have time to wash, dry and then style my hair everyday. I had been using Batiste and/or Psssst! dry shampoo, but one day my grocery store was out of BOTH and all they had were Suave and Tresemme. Tresemme was the first dry shampoo I had ever tried and I hated it. I’ll never buy it again. So Suave it was. Let me tell you what. It’s just as good, if not better than the other brands. Plus, its like $2.50 a bottle. The smell isn’t overpowering AND I don’t get the white skunk stripes I normally get with the other brands. I’ve now a Suave girl.

6. Burts Bees Lip Balm

I’ve been using Burts Bees since middle school. I don’t buy anything else. I love the little, what would you call it, sting(?) you get when you apply it. It doesn’t hurt, but it just feels like it’s doing something. No matter how chapped my lips are the burts bees makes them soft and smooth.

7. Suave Naturals Body Wash, Creamy Milk & Honey Splash

Okay, Suave again. For the longest time I turned my nose up at Suave products. Which is ridiculous. I always buy drugstore brand things, so it really doesn’t make any sense. I’ve also tried out their Keratin line, but that doesn’t work on my hair. My hair is too thin and fine for it… it just makes it heavy and greasy. This body wash though? Amazing. It’s really creamy and feels great going on and it smells amazing. The smells stays on my skin too; it’s faint, but it’s there. I buy this body wash, every single time.


8. Garnier Fructis Style De-Constructed Texture Tease Dry Touch Finish Spray

This is a new-to-me product. I just bought it for the first time last week. I’ve heard great things about it, but I just never have good luck with these sort of things. They always either weigh my hair down, turn my hair into a tangled mess or simply don’t work. This, actually works. Crazy, huh? It gives my hair volume and it actually holds. I use quite a bit in my hair, but it doesn’t look like it. You can’t see it, it doesn’t look greasy or brittle. Plus, you can find it for $3.50. I purchased mine at Meijer, but I’ve also seen it at this price at Walmart & Target. Rite Aid had it for $6.99.

9. Maybelline Sunlit Bronze Modern Metallics

I use this eyeshadow everyday. I’ve used it for years now. I have really pale skin and I like to have my makeup look subtle. I can achieve this perfectly with this palette. I can also layer it up and create a darker evening look when I want to. It’s the only eye shadow I ever use.

10. NYC High Definition Liquid Eyeliner, 889 Extra Black

So NYC. NYC reminds me of wet n’wild, which reminds me of my childhood. I was an ice skater when I was really little and we used to wear Wet n’Wild for the competitions. It was bold, bright and cheap. Here’s the thing about eyeliner. I suck at eyeliner. I cannot put it on straight for the life of me. I’ve tried the pencils, I’ve tried the fancy brushes.. I just can’t do it. Then I found an ELF eyeliner pen that was incredibly easy to use. I could make a relatively even line without too much hassle. The problem was, it gave me eye styes. Which, is basically like a pimple on the edge of your eyelid. It’s an infection of the hair follicle. They’re gross. So obviously, I couldn’t keep using that. I looked everywhere for a comparable product, but no one had the marker like product. Finally I found an NYC version. I was skeptical, because I’ve only ever purchased their nail polishes, but I gave it a try.

Guys, it’s fantastic. It’s easy to apply and easy to remove. If I mess up, I can quickly sort of smudge it out before it dries without starting over. I don’t wear eyeliner everyday, but when I do, I always use this.


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My Favorite Book of All Time

I read a lot. Before I started Midwest Darling, I blogged at “That Bookish Girl” where I reviewed books. I’d read at least 100 books a year. So of course, I have many favorites.


The Virgin Suicides. Guys, I love this book. I’ve read it over and over and over again. It’s heartbreaking, but it’s beautiful. A true classic.


Spider’s Bite was the first Urban Fantasy I ever read. I remember picking it up at Barnes & Noble one day when my day took me shopping. After reading this book, I was hooked.

annaAnna Dressed in Blood is one of my favorites. I love this author and the storyline is so unique. It’s dark, gritty and exciting. I’d definitely recommend it.

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