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


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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.


January 20, 2018

Three Spring 2018 Collections That I'm Loving

Now that I run this fashion blog and want to become a fashion stylist, keeping up with the fashion industry is a must. That means pouring over blogs, watching as many fashion videos on YouTube as I can, and looking at the latest runway shows to see what is trending this year. (Hint: I’m getting lots of western/pioneer vibes.) Because I’m so excited about this spring’s trends, I thought I would share my three favorite ready-to-wear collections. Let’s go!


Marni


One of my favorite trends for this year is long layers, which gives outfits a more androgynous feel. Marni does just that, by pairing oversized polos with baggy pants and long skirts. I’m very excited to try recreating some of these looks with thrift store finds.




Loewe


Loewe’s spring collection is giving me Little House on the Prairie mixed with 70’s boho vibes, and it makes me want to go exploring. With its muted colors and flowy silhouettes, I will be pulling inspiration from this collection all year long.


Ace & Jig



I never would have guessed I’d be so inspired by some southwestern and pioneer style clothing, but here we are. Ace & Jig’s collection has to be my number one fave. Between their color scheme, the way they layer pieces, and their beautiful woven fabrics, this is not only a collection, but a brand, that I have grown quite fond of since I started researching fashion on a daily basis.



Those are my top three favorite spring 2018 ready-to-wear collections. I've loved delving further into the world of fashion. Looking at different collections has helped me figure out styles and determine what I like. It's honestly a lot of fun to look for trends throughout them, too. Finding designers I like makes me feel more like a part of the fashion world. 

What is your favorite spring 2018 collection?

January 18, 2018

Redecorate Your Space With Things You Already Own

Because I was lucky enough to get a dresser for Christmas (no, I didn’t have a dresser prior), the entire dynamic of my room has changed. The dresser is now the focal piece, a title that formally went to the small bookcase by my bed. With my new addition, my room needed a little revamp. But with limited funds, I couldn’t afford to go buy new decor and storage pieces. Instead, I shopped my bedroom, rethinking storage containers and changing up my decor. I am more than pleased with my results, and I didn’t have to spend a cent. Here is how you can redecorate and reorganize your space using things that you already have in your house!


1. Use Unconventional Storage


I have three metal baskets around my room, two in green and one in blue. While two of them contain all of my journals, one has been floating around my room empty for the past several months. The idea didn’t come to me to put some stuffies in it until I realize that my frog and teddy matched my color scheme perfectly. Thus, they now live on my little bookcase, happily watching the world from my green basket. I also used a pink pot to hold my lotions, and a mug to hold my makeup brushes.


 

2. Keep Like Colors Together


Green and pink are my favorite colors, if you didn’t already know. Although I am pretty picky about them, I do like a lot of shades. In looking around my room at the decor I have, I noticed two shades that appear more than once- a bright Kelly green and a vibrant purple-toned pink. So what did I do? Collected my bright green and pink items and placed them all on my bookcase and bedside table. This way the area around my bed looks cohesive, and I can focus my baby pinks and darker greens around my dresser.


 

3. Treat Each Surface as a Blank Canvas


Along with keeping colors coordinated, I also stuck with the same feel for each surface of my room. While my small bookcase is bright and fun and holds some of my childhood items, my dresser is soft and mature, using plants and makeup as decor. If you are lucky enough to have one single style and one favorite color, this step will be easy because your entire room will match without you having to keep similar styles together.


4. Incorporate Things That Bring You Joy


With my Lisa Frank box on my bookcase and my favorite crystals scattered across my dresser, each surface has bits and pieces of things that bring me pure joy, without ruining the style. I found my crystals to go quite nicely with my various makeup and jewelry items. They all have a soft, sophisticated feel.



5. Have One Focal Point


For me, that’s my new dresser. But it can also be just about any piece of furniture or area of your room. It should be something that your eye is drawn to, whether because of the color, size or the way you decorated it. With my homemade poster above my dresser, your eye goes right up from the top of the dresser all the way to the ice-cream lights I have hanging above the poster.

I hope those tips help you redecorate your room and spice up your surfaces! I had a lot of fun bringing pieces of myself to different parts of my room, and I am more than excited to finally own a dresser again, especially one so beautiful. If you would like to see a full tour of my decorated dresser, you can check out the video I made for my YouTube channel below.

January 16, 2018

Twenty-Six // OOTD


Today is my birthday! I've been on the earth for 26 years, which is pretty wild, to be honest. I've never been fond of my birthdays but it's something that's unavoidable. Instead of getting all existential in today's post, I'm bringing you a very special "outfit of the day". 


This past Sunday I went to lunch with my family to celebrate, and wore an outfit that I put together the night before. Like, literally put together. The shirt and skirt that I wore were made by yours truly. That isn't to say that I'm bragging at all. They are far from perfect and honestly I could have done better if I didn't decide to make everything right before bed. Nonetheless, I'm just proud of myself for actually following through and being (somewhat) patient in order to make both a skirt and matching shirt from scratch. 


I recently picked sewing back up for some unknown reason. I remembered watching this video on YouTube over a year ago, and figured I could do something similar with that tank top I picked up at the thrift store back in December. After making a couple crop tops, I aimed a bit higher and came out with this adorable circle skirt! Once that was finished, I knew I had to wear it to my birthday lunch, but of course I needed to make a matching shirt first.


I added a pretty floral shirt that I got for Christmas over top of it, and opted for tights since the weather has been super cold. Again, I went for my go-to brown booties, no surprise there. Confident in my (mostly) handmade outfit, I had a lovely birthday lunch. I even tried a new food-gumbo. It was pretty good! Although I have no plans for today, I do have a movie date with my girlfriend and an exciting thrifting adventure awaiting me this weekend!


January 13, 2018

NYX Cosmetics Haul & First Impressions


After needing a new liquid eyeliner for the longest time, I finally picked one up, along with a couple other little goodies. I decided to go with NYX Cosmetics, as they've very rarely let me down, and they are a cruelty-free brand. Thus, I bring you this blog's first haul!


Starting off with the reason for this entire order- the eyeliner. NYX's Epic Ink Liner, to be precise (pun intended). Unlike felt tip liners, this one is a brush tip, so it's built just like an artist's paintbrush. Because of this, the brush shouldn't dry out or retain eyeshadow residue the way felt tips tend to do. It also doesn't get gluey and stick to your lashes the way their regular liquid eyeliner does. I've already been loving this product, but the true test will be to see how long it lasts.


Next up we have the HD Studio Photogenic Concealer in the shade Alabaster. I've been in need of a concealer for approximately four or five years. Prior to this one, I would just use my foundation, but boy was I missing out. Although the formula is a bit thick, it blends out beautifully and covers up my dark circles like a dream. I tested it out on my tattoo and it did a pretty decent job for a concealer that doesn't claim to cover up tattoos. 


Now onto the fun, unnecessary products! For only a couple bucks, I picked up one of their Hot Singles eyeshadows in the color STFU, which is a bright yellow. Yellow is one of those colors that I wish I had on rare occasions, especially to go with purple. This one is pretty decent, though not as bright as I had hoped. With enough layers, the color builds nicely, but it is a bit shear for my liking. 


Finally, onto lip products. This one I just couldn't resist. After researching different NYX lip products, I found this amazing, unique color which is honestly one of my favorite colors ever. Plus, it looks super cool on. Just weird enough to scare my mom but still wearable enough for me to feel confident in it. It is the Cosmic Metals Lip Cream in the online exclusive color Extraterrestrial, a deep olive with silver. I'm in love with it, what can I say. 


Lastly, I picked up two of their Extra Creamy Round Lipsticks. They are super inexpensive, but such a great product. I got the colors B52 and Tea Rose. While they are both lovely, B52 is probably going to be my go-to lipstick from now on. 


That concludes my NYX haul! I hope you enjoyed it! I'm pretty happy with everything, and will continue to buy NYX products, as they are one of the best drugstore brands that don't test on animals. I'm honestly so excited to have a concealer and I can't wait to play around with everything further.

Which item was your favorite??