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NYE Recap & Friday's Favorites

Happy New Year!

This week has been weird with NYE being smack dab in the middle of the week, no work yesterday but then right back to work today. Let's just say I'm ready for the weekend already and so happy it's Friday!

We went to a NYE party at a friend's house and it was a fun night with good friends, jello shots & delish food. But after working a long & stressful day I was ready to go home after the ball dropped and spend the rest of the night with Lola.

Joining the lovely Amanda for Friday's Favorites.

Favorite Sites: 
I'm loving that the weather has been in the 70s with beautiful sunsets at night. It must be a record high because wearing flip flops and shorts on Christmas day is not the norm!!

Favorite Recipe
Pumpkin soup by Sarah from Coffee & Glitter (recipe found here). Im a sucker for a good soup and might even attempt to make it this weekend if I have some extra time.

Favorite Product & Shopping Finds
These are some of my favorite items I scored in 2014 -- 50% off Bath & Body Works 3-wick candles this week (I've already stocked up) --  MK purse (in grey) -- TB sunglasses for my birthday -- Versace Bright Crystal (smells amazing) -- VS lace undies -- TRESemme Keratin Smooth hair products to control frizz and tame hair -- Smashbox concealer -- Tarte foundation (both provide excellent coverage) -- comfy PJs for lounging at home. 

Favorite Funny:

And of course my favorite baby girl, Lola.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Birthday Restaurant & Retail Love

Every year my inbox gets flooded about a week before my birthday with freebies and coupons from restaurants and retail stores. The majority of the restaurants send free dessert coupons which I rarely use but I wanted to share some of my favorite birthday freebies that you could receive by signing up to their mailing list. Now to decide which ones I want to use!!

$25 Gift Certificate from Texas de Brazil.

Free appetizer from P.F. Chang's.

$10 off from Victoria's Secret.

Free boneless or traditional wings from Buffalo Wild Wings.

$10 off from Bonefish Grill.

Free burger from Ruby Tuesday.

Free appetizer from Texas Roadhouse.

Free dessert from Outback.

Free mascara and lipstick from Sephora.

$10 off from Maggiano's Little Italy.

Last year I posted here about my retail and restaurant birthday freebies which, the majority, I also received this year.

What's your favorite birthday discounts or freebies?

Affordable Shopping Finds

It's finally starting to cool off here in Florida so I'm excited to whip out the cute sweaters and scarves!

Some fashion finds that I'm loving from Old Navy:

I already wrote about these Pixie pants last week (perfect for work) that I scored for $25 each and this comfy black peplum top.

And shopping finds that I'm loving from Kohl's:
My recent haul from Kohl's last weekend (my mother made me do it!) plus cute bow sweater from Lauren Conrad.

Where do you shop for affordable fall clothing?

Fall Scents & Savings

I caved and bought some pumpkin and fall scented candles yesterday from Bath & Body Works. It was hard to resist at 50% off plus I used a coupon code to receive an additional $10 off $30 or more. 

The code is SUNNY30 and is valid until September 30, 2014.

I chose the Pumpkin Sugared Doughnut and Pumpkin Pecan Waffles scents after reading different reviews and some of the more popular ones were already sold out. These are also great as gifts.

Alex and Ani Labor Day Special

Shop Eco-friendly fashion from the Alex and Ani store online.

 via instagram

I'm so infatuated with these bangles at the moment. Check some more styles of Alex and Ani charmed arms I posted about last week here.

eShakti Summer & Print Dresses

Hi everyone! 
Today I wanted to share a new online clothing store that contacted me recently to review their products. The cool thing is that they offer a wide range of sizes from 0 to 36W and their clothes are customizable. Their clothing comes in a variety of styles including feminine, boho chic, contempo, formal, casual, and so on.

I chose the tie-dye print cotton tank dress because it's colorful and the material is very thin and breathable for hot summer days in Florida. You can also customize the measurements and the length.

I'm no fashion blogger nor have a professional camera so forgive me if I look totally awkward and for the blurry photos.

This is a sponsored post by eShakti but all opinions and style choices below for summer are my own.  I was provided the above dress for free to share with my readers.

Some cute summer and print dresses from eShakti that I have my eye on: 

Check out eShakti for more dresses and cute offerings for sizes 0-36W. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

They've also been nice enough to give my readers a 10% off coupon code valid now until 09/09/2014. Coupon code = martinisbikinis

Code has to be entered in the 'promotion code' box
Code can be used any number of times until Sept 9th, 2014.
It can be used with other other promotional offers, gift coupons or gift card in the same order unless explicitly specified otherwise in the offer conditions.
The discount code is not applicable on clearance/sale items, gift cards and overstock categories.
Not applicable on previous purchases.

Tory Burch & Kate Spade Surprise Sales

Two of my favorite designers have popped up with surprise sales this week. How could they do this to me in the same week?!  With such huge savings it's quite impossible to completely avoid browsing the sales. I've already done some "window shopping" online and thankfully I don't see anything I really want or need from TB but did spot a few cute things from the KS sale that don't cost an arm and a leg.  

The Tory Burch private sale is offering savings up to 70% sale now through Friday, August 15th.

Although I think Tory Burch regular priced purses and sandals are over priced, if you can get them on sale or at the outlets then sometimes it's worth it

I recently snagged this pair of TB Tora sandals from Neiman Marcus for $10 off (for signing up to their mailing list) plus free shipping and returns. I like this pewter color and think it will match and go well with most of my outfits.

The Kate Spade surprise sale is offering savings up to 75% off now until Thursday, August 14th at midnight with $5 shipping throughout the US.

I have my eye on a few small items that are pretty affordable compared to their larger purses. 

$39 (down from $78)

$29 (down from $78)

$76 (down from $178)

What do you think of these picks?

Do you prefer the wristlet or crossbody purse? 

Summer Rompers Under $25

The summer days are blazing here in Florida and rompers are perfect if you're looking for a light and breathable outfit. I've found so many cute yet affordable styles under $25 for those shopping on a budget, cause I know I'm always looking for great deals on clothing.

Rompers can also be dressed down with flats for casual day or dressed up with fancy accessories and heels for a night out.

I'm loving these comfy looks for summer days.

Summer Ulta Haul & Free Beauty Bag

I recently posted my beauty and skincare wishlist on the blog and finally took the plunge to purchase several items for my mid-year/summer Ulta haul.

Batiste XXL Plumping Powder - I'm still experimenting with this powder but so far so good. It gives your roots that extra boost but I think the XXL title might be a slight exaggeration. I'm not one that teases my hair but this powder would probably work really well for those that do.

Benefit's Agent Zero Shine - Love this so far! I apply a small amount on my T-zone half way through the day. It applies evenly over makeup or you can apply before makeup to prevent shine later in the day.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs - I used this over the weekend before I headed out to a party and it gave my legs a hint of extra color and some added glow. It was my first time using it so I was afraid of applying too much or making a huge mess. It's actually quite natural looking and I really like that it dries in a matter of seconds.

NYX Butter Lipstick - I really love the moisturizing texture of this lipstick and for $6 it's well worth the price. I wish I bought a slightly brighter color but it's cheap enough to purchase additional colors. 

China Glaze Nail polish - This nail polish is very comparable to Essie and OPI at a slightly cheaper price. I painted my toes with the turquoise color I purchased called "too yacht to handle". I love their vibrant colors for summer and so far it's lasted about a week with no chips. 

Philosophy's Pure & Wrinkle Free - I lucked out with the price of this set being the same price as an individual bottle of the Purity cleanser so I basically got the Miracle Worker moisturizer for free. I've started using the moisturizer every night after I shower. It's quite expensive to re-purchase so I'm curious to see if there's a noticeable difference in a couple months. I've been using the Purity cleanser for about 6 months now with my Clarisonic Mia and I love how gentle it is on my skin so I've kept it in my long-term skin regimen.

I also received this beauty bag stuffed full of goodies for spending over $60 at So many great samples to try.

From the beauty bag, I think I was most excited about trying out Too Faced's Better Than Sex mascara and the Mally's waterproof eyeliner in "Caribbean sea" color which is like an emerald green.

I tried out the eyeliner yesterday for work and really liked how smoothly it applied to my lower and upper eyes and the emerald green is a great compliment for my hazel eyes.

What makeup and beauty products are on your wishlist?

Do you recommend any products that are better or comparable to my picks?

What's in my Beach Bag & Summer Favorites

It's no secret my ideal weekend is spent either lounging at the pool or hanging out at the beach. My pool/beach bag remains packed at all times and ready to grab when we head out on the weekends.

Hat ~ Sunglasses ~ Chapstick ~ Kleenex ~ Hand Sanitizer ~ Towel ~ Sunblock ~ Tanning Oil ~ Dry Oil ~ Sunblock for the face ~ Beer koozies ~ iPod Speakers ~ Snacks

Some other summer essentials that may not be able to fit in my bag:

Always remember to load up on sunblock and drink lots of water!

What's your summertime favorites?

Blue Avenue Boutique by Jordon

Hope everyone had a great weekend!
I have the lovely lady behind the blog Love Always, Nancy J guest posting for me today! Seriously, Jordon is one of nicest bloggers I've come across and I love her new online boutique. I'm excited to wear my new coral dress while I'm in Punta Cana for a friend's wedding.


Hey y'all!
My name is Jordon and ramble over at Love Always, Nancy J.
Emily is gallivanting around the Dominican and I am sitting here dreaming of day drinking on the beach. Can you tell I am a little bitter?
I am a newlywed that hails from Nashville, TN and a firm believer that hair poofing should be considered an artform.
My husband is the man referred to as T and being married is the funnest adventure I have ever been on..

I recently opened an online women's boutique called, Blue Avenue.
This has been my labor of love and baby for a few months now. 
The store has been an absolute dream and I love seeing all my girls in their fabulous new Blue Avenue pieces!

Today only all Martinis & Bikini's followers will recieve 15% OFF their Blue Avenue purchase!
Use the code BIKINI at checkout and shop away my loves!
 Head over to my blog and say hello!