February 10, 2018

Thift Haul // $5 Bag Sale


 


Today's post comes to you in the form of a video.

I love sharing the treasures I find at thrift stores. This trip I was particularly lucky, as my mom and I accidentally came across a local thrift store having a $5 bag sale. We decided to check it out and to our surprise, it was a really great place and we managed to fill up two paper bags with clothes. I definitely plan on going back, as their regular prices were also pretty decent; most pieces were $3-$5. Plus, I always feel good about supporting local mom-and-pop thrift stores.

I hope you enjoy the video! Let me know which piece is your favorite in the comments!

February 8, 2018

Kawaii Decora Inspired Makeup Look



With the early morning sunlight coming through my windows, I set out to make myself as KAWAII as possible! Inspired by one of my favorite styles ever, decora, I wanted to try translating that style into one for people with bald heads. (Because you are just as cute with or without hair!)

If you are unfamiliar with the style decora, don’t be alarmed, most people are. It is a fairly new Japanese street style known for its excess of cute (kawaii) accessories, usually in the color pink. I have been enamored with this style since high school when I discovered it online. It is unlike any other style I have seen and I imagine it’s one that you will either love or hate. I highly suggest you look it up if you are interested. There is so much great inspiration on the web. Early 2000’s me was in heaven scrolling through Google to look at all the cuties with dozens of clips in their hair.


Without hair, my goal was to emulate the excess of accessories by gluing gems and cabochons to my face. I have a bag full of exactly those things, which I used to create this kawaii look. I kept my makeup minimal, using mostly blush and white eyeliner, as well as making little wings. I wanted this look to be as genuinely decora as possible for an American with a shaved head.



What do you think? Is this look a bit too much for you? Or are you inspired by decora’s crazy and cute style like me?  Let me know what you think!

February 6, 2018

What I Learned From Shaving My Head




1. Shaving my head was like temporarily losing a piece of my identity. Hair is such an integral part of our physical identities, and to just no longer have it felt strange, to say the least. I found myself questioning not only my relationship with hair, but also who I am as a person. In the end, I think shaving my head was such an important thing for me to do. It allowed me to explore my identity as a non-binary person and as a creative.

2. I discovered who truly supports me. Although shaving my head was a long time coming, I was still nervous about it. Posting pictures online was inevitable, but the support I received from it was not at all expected. A lot of my mutuals complimented my new look, as well as several strangers. I was surprised but so grateful for all the love I have in my life, even just from those who follow me online.

3. On the other hand, my mom gave me a lot of shit for doing it. It has been her mission, since I first shaved my head, to make sure I know that I look like I’ve had cancer, and that people will assume that. While I appreciate her honesty, I wish she just wouldn’t care so much about how I look. Also, fuck anyone who thinks I’m bald because of cancer. Just because I appear more feminine doesn’t mean I’m a girl. And even if I were a girl, it doesn’t mean being bald is not okay. Girls look bomb with shaved heads!

4. I have a nicely shaped head. For real! I might look like an egg, but at least I’m a cute egg. Also, I noticed that my hairline is totally unique. It looks like the edge of my hair is in a scalloped pattern, which is weird but also pretty cool. 

5. Fighting back the harsh words of the people I love is the hardest part of doing anything out of the ordinary in regards to my physical appearance. It straight up pisses me off that people care so much about what I’m doing with my body. It’s none of their concern, as long as I’m not hurting myself. I’ve gained strength from doing this- from being myself and experimenting with my looks and subsequently my personal identity. Hair is just hair; it grows back. Whereas the things I’ve learned from this have empowered me to not give a fuck what people think and to work towards looking how I want to look as a non-binary person.

February 4, 2018

Rose Gold Valentine's Makeup



Two colors that I always gravitate towards in makeup are pink and gold. In today’s post, I decided to combine them to create a warm look, perfect for Valentine’s Day. It’s a very blush-heavy look, as I use it not only for the cheeks, but also the eyeshadow. I focused around the inner corner of the eyes, a trend that is very in this year. Using only a few supplies, this is an easy and pretty look to create.

xoxo



Instead of contouring, we’re going in with a dark rose pink blush above the cheekbones and on the temples, blending out well into the skin. I find that every time I do this it warms my face up and gives me a bit of a summery glow.


On the lids I’m using a soft, slightly pearly pink eyeshadow all over, as well as to blend out the darker pink. For the darker pink, we’re going in with that same blush in the inner corner, and lightly fading out as we work our way upwards.



I’m adding a darker, redder pink in the inner corner and blending it out, kind of like what one would typically do in the crease. I like to think of this as a backwards eye look because of that.


I’m going in with my gold- the infamous shade Half Baked from the Urban Decay Naked Palette- on the bottom half of the inner corner and working downwards. This color is still a personal favorite of mine that I use in countless looks.


After that, I’ll throw on some golden highlighter, mostly above the blush and on the tip of my nose. I’ll follow that with a little wing in a soft grey or brown color, and apply some dark red mascara to my lashes.


For the lips, I’ll take the NYX lipstick in the shade Tea Rose, and blend it out with my finger, giving it a soft and matte texture.



Filling in my brows will complete the look! It’s a simple one, but I really enjoyed trying out an inner corner focused eye. I honestly felt like a glowing pink cherub when I did this makeup. Perhaps you will feel the same if you give this look a try!! hehehe

xoxo


February 2, 2018

3 Trends to Try This Spring

Today felt like spring. The air smelled of dirt and sunshine, despite the temperature never reaching 40 degrees. I am yearning for the warmer weather, the flower blooms and muddy walkways. I am also so ready for this spring’s trends. There are some great ones this year, but these three stood out to me the most. I am repeatedly seeing them on the runway and in magazines. It’s was like a treasure hunt, searching for the best examples I could find of each. I even searched my own room for examples, to throw in a bit of my own personal style.

These trends are easy to find, and easy to incorporate into your wardrobe. You might even have some trendy pieces hidden away in your closet already. As my wardrobe is still just a baby, I plan on scouring thrift stores to find some vintage versions of them. Keep in mind that while trends are fun, it’s important to never lose sight of your personal style and aesthetic when shopping. Now let’s get onto the style inspiration!



Plaid

 





Plaid is a classic, well-loved pattern. It can be worn throughout the year in various colors and prints, making it accessible to almost any style of clothing. This spring, plaid is everywhere- on dresses, pants, shirts, shoes and jackets. Most notably, different prints are combined together to create unique outfits. Personally, if I’m going to wear plaid, it’s going to mixed with other plaids or stripes, which is exactly what this trend emphasizes.


Bold Florals

 






Even if you know nothing about fashion, it should come as no surprise to you that florals are in for spring. While they are nothing new, this year’s florals stand out. They are bold, in your face designs, reminiscent of 60’s patterns. I am a huge fan of this trend, and definitely plan on trying to thrift some “ugly” floral pieces.


Long Layers

 







As I explore more androgynous fashion, long layers seem to be where it’s at. I’m working at incorporating more of it into my style, and the runway has been a great inspiration for that. However, right now my biggest layering inspiration comes from @japanese_trash on Instagram. Depending on the pieces styled, long layers can give an ethereal, feminine vibe, or a more natural and androgynous look.



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I hope enjoyed exploring three of this spring's trends. I would love to know which one is your favorite! Let's chat about fashion in the comments.

January 31, 2018

Lilacs in the Forest // Outfit of the Day



I definitely didn’t expect that styling outfits to go with my newly shaved head would be as hard as it is. All my looks are now required to have a bit of an edge to them- a sort of classy punk feel. I’m really digging that style, but a lot of my more feminine shirts have been left by the wayside because of it. It’s only a matter of time, however, before my hair starts growing back in. It’s already longer now, as I write this, than it was in these pictures.


I really love this simple outfit I put together. The Eddie Bauer shirt was thrifted, as were my black boots, which I gushed about in my "January Faves" post. I borrowed the purple bandana from my mom, making me think that I need to get a couple of my own bandanas. They look super cool on my shaved head. The day was warm enough to allow capris, but I added some thick plaid socks just in case. I'm also really digging my pink framed glasses with the shaved head. What do you think?

January 29, 2018

January Faves


January both flew by and moved slowly, which just doesn’t seem possible. It feels like the month just started, yet New Year’s Day was so long ago. As I settle into blogging on the regular, I’ve decided to start a “monthly favorites” series. It is a classic post that documents one’s favorite things each month. I’m excited to share what I’ve been into this January.

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IT Cosmetics No. 50 Serum Anti-Aging Collagen Veil Primer


I was lucky enough to start the year off with a few new beauty products, several of which I’ve been loving enough to consider favorites. First is the IT Cosmetics Primer, which I basically hi-jacked from my mom. It works as both a moisturizer and primer, though I usually put on a bit of moisturizer beneath it as my skin is very dry. I love how long-lasting my makeup becomes with the primer underneath. It makes my foundation look so much more natural. Plus, it smells like orange creamsicle.

NYX Epic Ink Liner


Another beauty favorite of mine has been the NYX Epic Ink Liner. With its brush tip, it goes on smoothly and creates sharp lines. In the month that I’ve been using it, it shows no signs of drying up at all. The only issue I have with it is that the ink tends to bubble up on the outside when it’s stored on its side. Other than that, I’ve really enjoyed playing with this liner and will definitely repurchase it in the future.

Wet n Wild Crease Brush


My final beauty fave came as a Christmas gift from my sister. Wet n Wild’s crease brush is the best blending brush I’ve ever used. Compared to some of the other, higher-end blending brushes I have, this one does the best job packing on and blending out eyeshadow. For a only a dollar, this brush is incredible.



With the new year came a small goal of expanding my music horizons. Each month I plan on exploring a few new-to-me artists, and this month I was not disappointed with my discoveries. I decided to look into the artist MØ, after hearing a couple of her more popular songs on the radio. Her electropop sound is upbeat and powerful, perfect for dancing to in the shower and singing to in car. A couple of my favorite songs by her are “Pilgrim”, “Kamikaze,” and “New Years Eve.”



Wild Belle


I came across Wild Belle while watching a thrifting video on YouTube. The duo’s sound is a little bit reggae, a little bit folksy, and a little bit alternative. The story their music paints is reminiscent of Lana Del Rey, but they definitely have an original sound that is distinctly theirs. I’ve been loving their first album, “Isles”, a whole lot.



Steve Madden Black Chelsea Boots


Not realizing that they were Steve Madden brand, I picked up these boots at the thrift store for $8. I had been searching for some basic black boots for months, so they were a super amazing find that I have been wearing almost constantly. I love how comfy and stylish they are- a true essential to my wardrobe


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The Decaf Doer’s Playbook


As I delve further into blogging, fashion, and business, there are so many resources that have been helping me out a lot, but none compare to the Decaf Doer’s Playbook. It is an online course run by Marissa Pane’, for anxious but ambitious entrepreneurs. It combines spirituality, self-help and business strategy, making it an incredible resource for anyone looking to improve not only their business but their life. The first journal prompt literally changed my life, no exaggeration.

If you are interested in joining in on this amazing course, you can learn more about it and sign up using my affiliate link!



The Fashion Hags Podcast


Okay, so I’m only on the third episode of this podcast, but I have been absolutely loving it. Not only is it an insight into the fashion world, but its three hosts are honest and entertaining. It has been perfect to listen to while I do the things in life that I don’t want to do- like wash the dishes and shower.

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That concludes my favorites for the month! I’m excited to be adding this series to my blog, and I hope you enjoy it. I would love to know what your fashion fave of the month has been. Feel free to leave a comment!


January 23, 2018

Baldy Bean // OOTD


I finally did it. I finally shaved my head. It was bound to happen eventually, as I'd been considering it on and off for months. The other night as I was giving myself a trim I decided to go for it. Shave it all off, start fresh, grow it out evenly. I'm currently on day two of being a baldy bean, and my hairs are super tiny and stiff, like sandpaper. It feels super weird and I entirely forget that I'm bald until every time I look in the mirror and am shocked all over again. 



Creating an outfit to fit my new hair was not an easy feat. I tried on close to a dozen different combinations of things, only really being set on the boots (my awesome new Steve Maddens from the thrift store). Black and white seemed to be the best color scheme to go with, along with some gold jewelry. It wasn't until looking at these photos again this morning that I realized my cheetah print shirt matches the color of my head perfectly.


It will be difficult to style more outfits around my new hair (or lack thereof) but I'm excited for the challenge and to be exploring my more edgy side. Plus, I'm looking forward to seeing it slowly grow out into a cute short haircut.