I recently came across this article in Business Insider, about the 50 Brands that young women love the most. When you keep reading you will realize by brands they really mean Brands, not just clothing, its everything. Goldman Sachs and Teen Vogue joined forces to poll over 1,200 Teen Vogue 'It Girls' on somewhere around 350 brands, based on awareness, favorability and word of mouth. Which is an important part of the social media world we live in today, brands make it or break it when it comes to social media.
"Millennials — those born between 1980 and 2000 — will therefore be more "discriminating shoppers," and brands will have to compete more heavily in terms of product and messaging"
One thing I do think is how mind blowing it is the amount of much buying power our 'Millennials' generation has, the fact that our generation will compare and contrast, and shop until we find the right item, not just because of the label on the tag, that fact alone makes us that much more powerful, and I do think most brands need to recognize that. As a generation we are changing the ways of the world, brands used to be able to do whatever they wanted, and people would buy because of the name on the tag, now us girls, and guys, will shop around, educate ourselves, and go online and weigh the pro's and con's of what we are getting, and what other brands that are sell the same exact thing for less have to offer. The article also threw in the fact that we have less money than the baby boomer generation, and are more likely to use credit cards...uhhh so true...hashtag guilty.
While I am not overly surprised at the results below and I probably could have rattled off a handful of these, maybe not in the correct order, but close enough. Not to mention a lot of my personal favorites are on here as well. Take a peek; do you agree?
Top 50 Brands:
1. Forever 21
2. Victoria's Secret
3. PINK Victoria's Secret
8. Urban Outfitters
9. MAC cosmetics
10. Bath & Body Works
15. Louis Vuitton
20. Marc Jacobs
22. American Eagle Outfitters
24. Burt's Bees
26. Michael Kors
31. Juicy Couture
32. Tiffany & Co.
33. Toms Shoes
34. Vera Wang
35. Free People
37. Urban Decay
38. Sally Hansen
40. Kate Spade
43. Ralph Lauren
47. Jimmy Choo
50. Dolce & Gabbana
Friday, October 25, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
I spent part of my weekend this weekend in Connecticut, my husband, (eek!) had to work all weekend, so I went home to CT to play in my high school alumni field hockey game, man it has been a long time since I was in high school, anyways...after I did some shopping with my mom. She picked up a new purse from Michael Kors, that she has been wanting for a long time. We also picked up some new beauty products.I have been quite out of the loop with my wedding blinders on, so now I have a lot of catching up to do. All these items I have been eyeing for a while, especially now that I have had some time on my hands to watch some of my favorite youtube gurus and catch up on some of my favorite blogs.
These are the items I brought home with me, A new Beauty Blender, aka the life changer, I have heard this little piece of foam will change your make up life, I have tried a knock off version, not so good, so hopefully this little lovely does it for me. Essie nail polish in, Ballet Slippers - Mac Concealer palate, in light - Mac Lipsick in Rebel - Lipliner in Nightmoth and Benefit Cosmetics - POREfressional Primer.
Benefit Cosmetics - The POREfessional primer, says it reduces the appearance of pores. I have tried a bunch a primers in the past, but none have really gotten me hooked. I have been hearing a lot about this benefit one, and figured I would give it a try, especially in the fall and winter months, I tend to wear heaver make up, or just makeup in general.
These two lip items were my most coveted, I can not wait to try an ombre lip with these.
Mac Rebel Lipsick with Nighmoth Lipliner. I have seen a few toutorials with these two colors and I am really loving the look they give, and the option you have. We will see how it goes.
I have a lot more catching up to do, but these make me feel a little better, I am not officaly back in the loop, now I just need to clean out all of my closets, and get my wardrobe back in order, I currently only have new items in white...hrmph
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
You all know how I feel about my candles. Seen here, here, here, and ummm here. Woopsies! Well with the wedding and all I had going on this summer I was slacking in the candle space, I had some leftovers that I burnt up during the summer, which ended up being a good thing, its a great feeling to burn up a candle! My large stash quickly diminished to close to nothing! I had received the cutest gift basket from one of my bridesmaids for my bachelorette party, and it included an Autumn bath and body works candle, clearly she knows me well. Luckily Columbus day was right around the corner and I knew there had to be a deal, so I headed to Bath and Body works, to pick up some more Autumn candles, because man they smelled amazing. I ended up with six candles, two autumn candles, and four other wonderful fall scents!
You know I couldn't leave the store with just one candle. They were two for $22, or $11 a peice, usually they are $20 each. The scents I picked up were, Leaves, an oldie but goodie, Sweater Weather, Harvest Gathering, and Flannel. I figured by the time I got through all of these, the flannel would be a good crossover fall to winter scent. I am loving the new gold tops they use with the white barn collection, I think all of the jars should go to that.
The only downfall of bath and body works candles is that they burn really quickly, but they are so pungent, it is worth it, the scents they have come out with lately are just too good to not buy. A little trick I use on these candles is cutting the wick down after each burn, I was told it makes the candle burn slower, I'm not sure how good it works, but it makes me feel better.
What are your favorite fall scents? I am always in the market for something new!
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
I had some free time on my hands this weekend, and I came across this super budget friendly face mask, for me it was FREE, seeing as I had every item already in my pantry. The mask itself was a total of four ingredients. Honey, Sugar, Lemon, and Coconut Oil (or Olive Oil)
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tbsp Honey
1 tbsp Coconut oil
Contains, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, which is great for exfoliation, it is also a natural estringent and tightens pores. Along with other perks that you most likely already know, Vitamin C, which helps to even out skin tones, and lighten dark spots.
Antibacterial properties, helps to keep skin hydrated (natural humectant), and a natural source of antioxidants.
The original recipe for this face scrub called for organic, raw, aka expensive honey,
but I just used the honey I had in my pantry, and it worked like a charm.
Natural exfoliant, which help remove dead skin cells
Pretty much the holy grail of skin and hair care, not to mention other health benefits. Extremely hydrating, antibacterial and anti-fungal, and smells amazing.
All you do is mix all ingredients together, with a spoon, adding additional pure white sugar, if you feel the sugar in the raw will be too tough on your face. massage onto your face in upward circular motions, you can also run this over your lips to get dry skin off, don't worry about getting it in your mouth, its pretty tasty. Then grab a magazine, do some cleaning, or dishes, you want to leave the mask on for 15-20min. Then gently rinse off with warm water. If you have leftovers you can use this mask on the back of your hands, elbows, knees or anywhere on your body. I put mine in a small tupperware, so I just put the top on and saved it for later this week, I would do this mask 2-3 times a week. Why not, its cheap!
Don't mind my adorable and blurry phone selfie. I though this mask would be super sticky and make a mess, with the honey, but it wasn't at all. It made my skin smooth like a babies bum! I also like the idea of no chemicals, its all natural, so how bad could it be, sometimes masks with too much moisture make me break out, I don't have that feeling about this mask at all!
Take time to pamper yourself this week!
Take time to pamper yourself this week!
Monday, October 21, 2013
Ok, so this is a little more than just this weekend, but I have been MIA for so long, I figured I would just give you a snapshot of what my life has consisted of since becoming a Mrs. I will be sure to give you a wedding update, more to come on that later.
Enjoying New England's Fall Scenery
Making Homemade Pasta
First Atempt at Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta
Used This Recipe
Going Apple Picking and Drinking Fresh Pressed Apple Cider. Here
Since becoming a Mrs. I have just been enjoying some quiet time, partaking in some of my favorite fall activities, working on my cooking skills like a good wife, and thinking up what my next project is going to be, hmm any suggestions!?