Chalking and Shopping

I love football season, but not for the reason you may think. A Saturday afternoon Buckeye game usually means fewer shoppers in the stores. This weekend I  pulled up to the Easton Town Center to find this…

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The annual Chalk Block brought out sightseers and shoppers. I hate dealing with crowds, but I quickly cheered up once I saw the pictures decorating the streets.

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After taking in the sights, I began my shopping adventure. Since it’s still my birthday month, I set out to buy some of my favorite things while staying within a budget. The first stop was at Sephora for some makeup and moisturizer.

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I use a tinted moisturizer from Nars in the color Martinique medium dark. I gives my face a light coverage and has sunscreen in it. The cost is $43.00. I also purchased a small bottle of Josie Moran argan oil. A half ounce is sixteen bucks. This product is what I consider the best argan oil on the market. It is one hundred percent pure, so a little goes a long way and this face moisturizer will for months.

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I also got a free gift for my birthday which made me feel better about having to pay full price for my purchases. I was overwhelmed to receive two Nars matte colored lip pencils. The red color is Cruella and the deep salmon color is Rikugien.

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My next stop was at Anthropologie for one of my favorite candles: Capri Blue Aloha Orchid candle. This scent is heavenly. A mixture of jasmine and gardenia. The medium size container is $14. The Volcano scent is also wonderful. It has a sugary orange tones.

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I love Lush but avoid the store in order to save my wallet. I decided to grab a couple of bath bombs for my relaxing Sunday baths. I got Dragon Egg which fizzles and fills the the room with a citrus smell. It’s $6.45. I got a butterball bomb which has a vanilla scent. It’s $4.95.

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The Body Shop called my name and I answered. I love their Exotic scented oil. It’s been my favorite for years. I like to burn it with Satsuma/Clementine. The bottles are six bucks a piece. But I hit the jackpot: buy two get one free. I chose Sandalwood and Ginger for my third bottle.

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I’m obsessed with body soap, especially all natural soaps. I peeked into the Celebrate Local store and these two soaps caught my eye. How can you go wrong with Lavender Orange and Rosemary Mint? Made here in Ohio. $6 a piece.

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I stopped by Hallmark for another free birthday gift. This is a cell phone caddy that doesn’t fit my phone. The free gift was a fail. So while I was there, I picked up a couple of Drizzle Melts. Hallmark has slashed the price fifty percent on them. I previously picked up a large supply,  but since they still had some left, I bought a more.

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Black Spiced Rum and Tennessee Whiskey and Sweet Tobacco. Not my favorite scents but they’ll be nice around the holidays. They were $1.87 each.

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Another obsession: lipgloss. I can never have enough. I went to Macy’s looking for a nice soft color that wasn’t too bold. Nothing at the Mac, Fashion Fair, Lancome, Chanel, or Estee Laude. I was at the point where I was almost willing to pay any price for that darn perfect lipgloss. Then I saw it. A huge 50% off sign. Could I …would I? Yes. I found two lovely Cargo lipglosses.

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Just a splash of color. Vienna is a magenta color and Belgium is the peachy-brown. Love them. And with the sale, they were eight bucks a piece. Yeah!. I couldn’t end my favorite things shopping spree without buying a piece of clothing.

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I found this cardigan at Ann Taylor Loft. It was marked down and then slashed an additional forty percent off. $22.00.

All that shopping made me hungry so I stopped by the Cheesecake Factory and got a slice of Chocolate Mousse cheesecake. Then I picked up the rest of my dinner from Whole Foods.

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Cheese pizza, grilled veggies, Joe’s bbq chips and a Fuzzy peach wine cooler to wash it all down. As I looked through the pictures I’d taken at the Chalk Block, one stood out to me.

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Pretty, peaceful, and pleasant…just like my day.

Stay blessed.

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