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Shopbop 25% Off Sale

April 5, 2016

Hi! Despite the heartbreaking loss of our beloved Tar Heels, Wilson and I are surviving. I’m surviving because I’m eating some particularly delicious oatmeal, Wilson is surviving by most likely having a nip or two before lunch. 

But do not despair fellow Tar Heel fans — Shopbop’s annual Friends and Family sale is here! 25% off almost everything with the promo code INTHEFAM. Here are some other affordable fitted wardrobes in London.

Here’s some of my favorite things:


Shopbop Sale

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There’s some really great stuff in this sale so poke around on your lunch break. You could find just what you need to brighten your spirits and your wardrobe.

Fashion and Beauty

Sunglasses Under $100 For Him

April 21, 2015

As a follow up to last week’s post about women’s sunglasses, I thought it might be helpful to offer some men’s sunglasses options too that are under $100. In the event anyone lost their significant other’s sunglasses(es) also. 

A lot of men’s sunglasses are, well, ugly. Really ugly, actually. I had to coax Wilson for far too long to stop wearing Costas like these that made him look like a big-headed beetle. Sorry Wilson. Those types of sunglasses were perfect for the aspiring 18-year-old fratstar freshman trying to pick up the ladies, but alas, those times have come and gone and the big-headed beetle sunglasses trend has gone with it.

Yes Wilson, you still can wear those Costas on your fishing trips. So long as I am not there to see them, you are good to go. 

Yes that means I won’t go fishing with you. 


Men's Sunglasses Under $100


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Each of these pairs is very man-stylish and versatile and $100 or less. Men, go nuts.
Fashion and Beauty

Sunglasses Under $100 For Her

April 15, 2015

Last year I lost 5 different pairs of sunglasses.

Yes, five.pairs. Bad.anna.

Three pairs were mine, two were Wilson’s. I wore his Ray Bans from time to time. You can imagine Wilson’s delight that, after losing three pairs of my own sunglasses, I then lost two pairs of his. Winner. Our conversation when I told him about losing his sunglasses(es) went a little something like this:

Me: I have bad news.

Wilson: What? What’s the matter?

Me: I lost your sunglasses.

Wilson:What!! Which pair?

Me: Both pairs.


Me: Fraid so.


Me: Well, I thought I had them in my bag, but I actually didn’t, and I think I put them down somewhere, but I was drinking and I don’t really remember and I’m really sorry. And you said you wanted new ones anyway. Right?

Wilson: Anna, do you know how much money you’ve wasted by losing all of those sunglasses?

Me: Yea I think I have it totaled up and it’s kind of a lot.


Me: Oopsies.

So because I am banned from buying expensive sunglasses anymore, below are 10 options that are all below $100 in case any of you are like me and are fantastic at losing sunglasses. My bad. 


Women's Sunglasses Under $100


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3, 4 and 10 are my favorites — they are pretty funky. And, thank goodness, not too expensive, either. Phew. 

Don’t forget to enter my Beautycounter giveaway before tomorrow — enter to win a free Tint Skin! The product is really great, I promise you will not be disappointed. #sstapproved

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Fashion and Beauty

How to Dress Like Spring When It’s Still Cold

February 27, 2015

I think we can all agree that winter is bad and we are sick of it and it sucks and we hate it and it’s awful and we wish it would go away. Winter is like that obnoxious third cousin that always tries to hug you when all you want him/her to do is just get the f off of you. Shoo. 

One easy way to beat the winter blues is simply dress like it’s spring, but with cold weather clothing. Straight brill. And dressing for spring can be easy on the wallet, too — I’ve pulled together a springy outfit below and all of these pieces are $70 or less.


Spring Style for Cold Weather


hat / lipstick/ scarf / jeans / sweater / necklace / sunglasses / ringwedges


As previously determined here on SST, white pants are no longer just for the spring and summer months — they are a year-round staple. Wilson, you’re welcome. Pairing these white jeans with the peep toe booties and a neutral sweater is a fresh take on dressing warmly yet with spring on the brain. And nothing says I’m loud, proud, and over winter like a bold red lip. Right? 


TGIF peeps, I’ll be toasting you tonight. Or in an hour. 
Fashion and Beauty

Spring Things and Trends x2

March 14, 2014

It’s Friday and all I want is for the weather to be a sultry 80 degrees and to go to a fabulous brunch with my sissy for her birthday. Happy Birthday Laurie! Alas, that is simply not the case. A friend in Philly informed me that it will be in the 20s this weekend, so I really have no room to complain.

Like everyone else I’ve got some serious spring fever. The warmer temperatures are playing a Monica Lewinsky-style game of seduction with me and I don’t like it one bit. Remember when she started designing handbags?!

Anywho here is another selection of my favorite things for spring, a few of which are under $100. Give me a break. I’m a little hungover.


Bitches Be Brunchin'
Bitches Be Brunchin’ by annabjones featuring a flower arrangement


I love all of these things, especially that cute-ass swimsuit. No tan lines and a great print. It will be perfect on me when Wilson and I go boating this summer on his boat that never works. So really it will be perfect on me while I’m being towed in on his boat that never works. Corona Lights all around!

I’ve been lusting after that watch for some time. It has such a cute face. Unlike mine right now. Hello under eye circles, no one invited you to my Friday party. 

This CC cream is wonderful if you are looking for one — it’s SPF 30 and gives my face much-needed color and moisture in the AM. It’s also not too pricey compared to others.

I die for these crepe shorts! I’m fairly certain that my mother had a few similar pairs in the late 80s that were knee-length — she paired them with tights and Christmas sweaters and large gold jewelry. Her hair was so big and fluffy it could’ve qualified for its own zip code. Gotta love the 80s.

In other news, yesterday I was featured on Avelist’s blog as an expert. If I’m an expert, then we are all screwed. If you aren’t familiar with Avelist, it’s a fabulous new website for people to make lists — if you’ve been reading awhile you know my obsession with lists — for entertainment, information or anything really. The site is intuitive and easy to use, and allows me to satiate my OCD with organization so it is a world of fun for me. Even if you aren’t crazy like me you’ll still like it.

And for some more entertainment on this fine Friday — sun is shining, birds are chirping, pollen is beginning to ruin lives — you’ve got to check out these Instagram accounts. Wilson and I spent an hour last night looking at Tibby the Corgi and Esther the Wonder Pig. I feel like my life would be complete with Tibby and Esther as comrades.

AHH!! I want to eat him with a spoon.

AHHHHH! A pig in a bathtub! I’m never eating bacon again.

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Fashion and Beauty

Winter, Goodbye. We’re Done Here.

February 21, 2014

Yesterday was one of those fluke gorgeous days that give you a forgotten taste of what spring and summer are like — sweet memories of warm temperatures, bare feet and a cool cocktail. A perfect 71 degrees made for an incredible day and an even sweeter Tar Heel win last night. Go. Freakin. Heels. With the onset of balmy weather just around the corner — or so I hope — I’ve put together a little roundup of spring things I love for under $100 to beat my severe case of seasonal affected disorder. I’m so SAD.


Spring Hurry Up!
Spring Hurry Up! by anna-161 showing what to wear with wool scarves

1. This straw fedora is only $23 from Sole Society and perfect to prevent those wrinkles and cover up your bad hair day.

2. Basic aviator sunglasses that you won’t feel bad about when they get stuffed at the bottom of your beach bag. You know what I’m talking about.

3. Bobbi Brown lipgloss in Uber Pink … C’est parfait.

4. Love these sassy light pink heels, great for your Easter brunch or drinks with your gal pals. $42.

5. The silhouette of this dress is super sexy but offset by the more traditional florals — good combination of both. Don’t wear this to your Easter brunch.

6. This cuff is all sold out, but find a similar one here for $32. I may like the substitute even better.

7. I loveeee these sandals — such a pretty color of leather and very affordable at $41.

8. Perfect lightweight scarf to layer on when your office at work is determined to give you frostbite.

9. Bangles to bang around with. $40 and you receive 25% off when you buy two or more.

Seriously, thank goodness it’s Friday. I’m a much better version of myself on Fridays, much like I’m an incredible version of myself after a bottle of Veuve.

Fashion and Beauty

On Trend and Won’t Hurt Your Feet? Yes Please.

February 4, 2014

My mother is going to be so thrilled when she reads this post. Guess what is making an appearance as a trend for this spring? Mid-high heels. My mother is closing her eyes, raising her hands to the sky and shouting THANK THE LAWD! right now. She hates anything over a kitten heel. Don’t get too excited Ma — they still have to be around 2 to 2 1/2 inches to be in.

Here’s a great selection of mid-height heels that won’t kill your feet and are all under $100. Pain-free and guilt-free. 

Kiss Sky-High Heels Goodbye - For Now!
Kiss Sky-High Heels Goodbye – For Now! by anna-161 featuring aldo shoes


These heels are great for all occasions — from dressing up a pair of boyfriend jeans to accenting a cocktail dress at a wedding, these heels will guarantee an on-trend look without the OMG-I-EFFING-HATE-THESE-SHOES feeling at the end of the night. High fives for our low heels.