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Things I’m Loving & Things I’m Coveting

7 May

Express Reversible V-Neck Cami, Mightiest Maraschino Clinique Chubby Stick, Linea Pelle Grayson Bar Crossbody, Fossil Mint CelineYou know those people who listen to their new favorite song on repeat until everyone around them starts to hate that song? Do they drive you crazy? Well I have a confession. I’m one of those people. I’ll listen to a song on repeat until I know all the words and then a bunch of times afterward. And when I’m done with that, I don’t dump it and move on to the next song, no, that song then goes into regular rotation along with the other songs that I obsessed about once upon a time.

And it’s not just with songs. It’s the same whenever I discover something new that I love. And since I’ve been obsessing about these things for a while now, I thought it was time to share these with all of you.

Express Reversible V-Neck Tank
I’m completely in love with this reversible tank from Express. It’s such a versatile piece, and the fact that it’s reversible makes it even more so. It’s a perfect staple piece that anyone could use in their wardrobe, and the fact that it’s both a neutral and a bright in one makes it even better. Especially with the weather warming up I’ve found myself gravitating to it more and more. It looks great tucked or untucked, and both colors work well in my wardrobe. I’m considering picking up 2 more in different colors.

Mightiest Maraschino Clinique Chubby Stick
I found the Clinique Chubby Stick in a friend’s makeup bag, and after trying it on, instantly knew I needed one of my own. It’s a lipstick/lip balm/lip gloss hybrid that takes the best parts of all three and fuses them together. The red is vibrant and bold, but since it’s slightly sheer, it looks more casual than a typical red lip and works for any occasion. And the fact that it’s moisturizing is definitely a plus.

And the Stila Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Pen. Apparently I’m the last person to get on this bandwagon; pretty much every one of my friends had one of these before I did. And after using their pencils a few times, I knew that my eyeliner just wasn’t going to cut it anymore. I normally use Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner, and I do still like it, but there’s something just so pretty about the clean and sharp lines of a liquid eyeliner, and this one makes it so easy to do it neatly.

And now a few things that I’m obsessing about that I don’t actually own…well at least not yet.

Mint Face Fossil Celine
When I saw this watch for the first time, my heart may have stopped for a second. The mint. It has a mint face! And I’d been thinking about getting a gold watch for some time now. But then I saw it was rose gold and my excitement waned a little. I’m not a huge fan of how rose gold looks on my skin tone. I don’t feel like it pops enough. But I love this watch. And I’ve been staring at pictures of it online. So I think I might try it on and see how it looks on me and then see if I still want it as bad.

Linea Pelle Grayson Bar Bag
And then there’s this Linea Pelle bag. I’m normally a clutch girl, but I’ve recently rediscovered how convenient crossbody bags are. This bag is the perfect hybrid between the two and I love the unique design. And the blue color is would work well with my wardrobe. So now it’s just a matter of waiting for the next sale, if I can wait that long that is.


Back in Color

6 May

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Top: Cotton On (similar)
Shorts: American Eagle
Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar)
Sunglasses: c/o ZeroUV

While black and white was fun for a while, I was starting to miss color. So I donned this bright yellow-green sweater, and paired it with a bright red lip. The mesh makes it perfect for spring because it adds that extra layer, but it isn’t too warm.

When it’s warmer, I typically push up the sleeves of any sweater and jacket that I wear, but here the sleeves felt too bulky when I tried doing that. So instead I cuffed the sleeves a few times before pushing them up.

Tip: If where a shirt ends lines up where the sleeves end, you’ll have a straight line running across your midsection, which isn’t always the most flattering. To avoid this, push up your sleeves when you leave a longer shirt untucked, or leave them alone when you do tuck in.

Here I could have pushed my sleeves up a little for a more flattering look overall.

And how fun are these sunglasses? The perfectly round lenses make me feel a little like I’ve got alien eyes and that’s always fun. Also the detail on the side is so pretty that I feel like I need to have my hair up whenever I wear them.

Experiment in Dyeing: A review of RIT and iDye Poly Dyes

22 Apr

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Top: Charlotte Russe (similar)
Skirt: DIY (similar/similar)
Shoes: Steve Madden
Bracelet: Anna and Ava
Bag: Dooney and Bourke
Earrings: c/o Jami
Sunglasses: c/o ZeroUV

Recognize this skirt? How about if I told you that it used to be a different color?

I completely love this skirt to pieces, so I was heartbroken when I spilled on it and I couldn’t get the stain out, no matter what I tried. So I decided to try something I hadn’t before; I thought that I’d try to dye it. I picked up a box of RIT dye in purple and hoped to get it to a radiant orchid color.

And despite the box saying clearly that the dye wasn’t recommended on 100% polyester, I tried it anyway. Lesson in following directions. After almost an hour I ended up with a still mostly pink skirt with lavender blotches all over.

Luckily I was able to find some iDye Poly at Joanns, which is meant specifically for polyester fabrics, and it worked amazingly well. The color was absorbed almost instantaneously, and all the stains (both the initial ones, and the ones I created by attempting to dye with the wrong kind of dye) disappeared. So while my skirt may not be Radiant Orchid, I’m completely in love with the vibrant purple color and am so glad I can keep wearing it.

Spring is Officially Here!

29 Mar

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Top: Express
Jeans: Forever 21
Necklace: c/o Majestical Jewelry*
Shoes: Unknown

Just after I was complaining about not having any green in my wardrobe, Majestical Jewelry sent me this gorgeous necklace to feature. Perfect timing right? And even more so because it’s officially spring and I really wanted to go with a bright and colorful look to celebrate the start of this fun season.

I’ve found that cheaping out on costume jewelry sometimes means you get stuff that you can only wear once or twice before the metal plating wears off and the base metal turns your skin green, but sometimes investing in something more expensive seems unpractical in the case of more trendy jewelry that you might not wear nearly as often.

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For costume jewelry, Majestical’s pieces seem to be the perfect balance. They’re at a great price point, the pieces feel like great quality, and they have a fantastic selection of very current pieces. Also they really pay attention to the little details. The packaging is great and each necklace includes a matching pair of earrings.

Here I paired the elegant green necklace with a drapey fuschia top and bright pants that are somewhere between mint and spring green (what would you call that color?), and I love the mixture of vivid colors. How are you celebrating the start of spring?

*product courtesy of Majestical Jewelry, opinions all my own

St. Patty’s Day Pink?

17 Mar

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Shirt: Express
Skirt: Forever 21
Cardigan: Forever 21 (similar)
Shoes: Abella (via DSW)

So I took these pictures late yesterday and completely forgot that today was St. Patrick’s Day so no green featured in this outfit. And also since my one green shirt was ruined at our St. Patrick’s Day party on Saturday, I’m not wearing green now either, which is OK because since this is online no one can pinch me.

So here’s my loud rebellion against being required to wear green for a day (actually I really love any sort of holiday, St. Patrick’s Day included, and I especially love taking the opportunity to dress up according to a theme, but I guess I just really don’t own much green).

Also this shirt is reversible which is really awesome. I love cool details like reversible clothing, almost invisible side-seam pockets, and bright colored or printed linings in bags.

Pop of Yellow

22 Oct

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T-shirt: Target
Cardigan: Old Navy
Jeans: 7 for All Mankind
Shoes: Betsyville via JCPenney
Watch: Micheal Kors
Sunglasses: Armani Exchange

For those who aren’t huge colored jeans people, this post is for you. I love colored jeans because you can add a big pop of color to a relatively neutral outfit, or build a more unique color scheme that you may not have been able to do otherwise. Just switch out your traditional blue denim for something colored and I guarantee you’ll fall in love with it.

I also love these flats I’m wearing. I was so sad to find that Betsy Johnson went out of business because her pieces are so fun, but thankfully she’s still doing her store lines.

Why Wear a Vest?

24 Apr

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T-shirt : Target

Necklace : Forever 21 (similar)

Shorts : American Eagle (similar)

Vest : Unknown (similar)

Shoes : Kenneth Cole Reaction

For the longest time, I didn’t understand the appeal of vests. Especially the big puffy ones. Why would someone want the warmest part of their body warmer but not want to cover up their arms? It made no sense to me.

While I still don’t understand the appeal of thick bulky vests, I think the lighter ones are great layering pieces. Think of them like an airy cotton scarf: they  don’t offer much warmth, but they add an interesting detail to an outfit. While I’m still on the hunt for the perfect denim vest, I’m enjoying styling this crochet back vest in different ways.

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It was in the mid-80s here yesterday, so I wanted an outfit that I wouldn’t melt in, but at the same time I didn’t want to just throw on a t-shirt and shorts. I think this was a great was a great compromise, and a perfect way to wear a vest.

Tip : Don’t overwork any outfit with a vest, especially if you’re using a vest with a lot of detail work like this one.Use it as the focal point of your outfit and then add a few other little pops.

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I wish I’d gotten a good shot of the back of the vest, but it’s this really pretty crochet lace that really pops with the teal peaking out from underneath.