Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Oh My Love, I've Been Denied It

Lemon Yellow Wool Cardigan - Old Navy ($5?)
Grey Pinstripe Sheath - Merona, Goodwill ($2)
Grey Suede Flats - Old Navy ($10)

Apologies for the dark, nighttime photo, but my last class ends at 8 pm on Wednesday so it's really my only option. Ideally, I should take my photo in the morning before I leave but 99% of the time I'm running late so it's just not likely. Now that I'm done making excuses, here is round two of yellow in my Color Rotation. This sweater is really bright. Like, so bright that when I wear it people often stare at me. Still, it was a yellow day so I was going to make it work. Honestly, I barely wanted to leave my house today (colds are lame!), but since I had to go to work I chose a simple outfit. I've always loved the combo of grey and yellow, so I opted for the subdued sheath and flats to counteract the lemony sweater. Success or not, it got me out the door in a timely fashion and was comfy.

This is the only picture you're getting tonight because all the other ones I took truly showcased how tired I am. Nevertheless, I have a bit of exciting news. I'm going to Hawaii! Not any time soon, mind you (August 8-25, to be exact), but I just bought my airplane ticket so I am super excited already. I've never been before, so I'm going to visit my friends who just moved to Kauai last January. Nothing like a vacation where you don't have to pay for a hotel, right? I know it's a bit early to discuss summer vacations like mine, but are any of you going someplace on vacation soon? Or do you have any Hawaii recommendations? Let me know!

"Unrequited Love" - Lykke Li

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Don't Look At Me, I'm A Tragedy

Swiss Dot Blouse - Charlotte Russe ($5?)
Peach Pencil Skirt - Vintage, Goodwill ($2)
White Patent Sandals - Predictions, Payless ($7)

It's official: I am sick. No amount of Robitussin to-go could prevent this cold from settling down on me. But I will acknowledge the positives. At least I don't have a sore throat, and my coughing is pretty minimal. Despite my sickness, I did try to be a functioning member of society for at least half the day, and this is what I wore while I did that.

So here we have the only other piece of clothing I own that is orange (in keeping with my Color Rotation schedule). You may remember last week's orange-ish dress. This is my peach pencil skirt. I love it and have worn it many times, so it's pretty self-explanatory. I did feel kind of blah this morning, but the orange was kind of a way to cheer myself up. As was the awesome sunny weather we had. It's supposed to be 80 degrees by Thursday. Hopefully I'm over this cold by then because there really is nothing worse than being sick when the weather is perfect.

"Don't Look At Me" - Rooney

Monday, March 28, 2011

I Thought I Couldn't Do This Without You

Oh man. The last five days have really been a blur. Hence, the long blog absence. But don't think that just because I've been MIA that I've been neglecting my Color Rotation duties. Never may that be so! I've just been super busy, and, to top it all off, I just may be getting sick. But I'm fighting it valiantly (vitamin c and Robitussin DM around the clock!), so we'll see if I can cut it off at the pass, so to speak.

So here's the picture heavy recap of what I've been doing sartorially for the past few days. First, there was purple:
Purple Knit Sweater Dress - Merona, Target ($6)
Gold Rose Necklace - Forever 21 ($2)
Purple Leather Belt - Vintage, South Street Thrift Center ($2)
Sheer Black Dot Tights - Target ($3?)
Black Lace-up Boots - Dolce Vita for Target ($26)

I wore this to work on Thursday. It was a long day as usual, so I wanted to be comfy and warm. What says that better than a sweater dress, tights and boots? I've had this dress for a while, and I've worn it at least half a dozen times, but this is its first blog appearance. It's super versatile and I love the plum color and cable knit.

Then there was pink:
Off White Wool Cardigan - The Limited via Goodwill ($6)
Pink Tiered Dress - Merona, Target ($6)
Nude Leather Platform Heels - Chinese Laundry, Fallas Paredes ($10)

If you've followed this blog for a while, you may remember that I bought this dress for my friend's wedding last summer. I never wore it again because I wanted to save it for another special occasion. This past weekend I had a 2-day religious convention of sorts, so I wore this on Saturday. The melon-y pink color is so fun, as is the ruffly skirt. I kind of felt like a frothy dessert. But in a good way :) And the shoes - I cannot say enough good things about these shoes. I was on my feet for hours in the them and they are so comfortable. I could walk in them for days!

Sunday was supposed to be my print day and I did wear a lovely leopard print dress from Zara, but I was an epic failure and did not take any outfit photos! :( So today I incorporated both red (since that's today's official color) and leopard (my print of choice) into my Monday morning work outfit:
Black Silky Button-down - Apt. 9, Kohl's ($0.75)
Red Skinny Jeans - Bulldog, PacSun ($5?)
Suede Leopard Print Heels - Deena & Ozzy, Urban Outfitters ($10)

Notice how all the fashion mags and blogs are all about red pants lately? Well, I've had these pants for years (I had an emo kid phase), and while I would've liked to pair them with a beige blouse, this black one had to suffice. I think other bloggers (see: Kendi or Jentine) have done much classier versions, but it's Monday, I had very little sleep and a sore throat. So bear with me please. I'm not sure how my students felt about the red pants either, but whatevs. I'll do me, and they can do them, right?

And scene. So that wraps up everything I've neglected to post for the last few days, and if you managed to make it to the end of this post I thank you graciously :) Hope Monday is treating you a bit better than it's treating me!

"Rome" - Phoenix

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

There's A Place For Me Somewhere Out There

Waterfall Crochet Cardigan - Old Navy ($7)
Blue Abstract-print Dress - Merona via Goodwill ($2)
Purple Polka-dot Tights - Gift from sister
Brown Leather Riding Boots - Vintage Ralph Lauren, Goodwill ($10)

And by a place for me, I mean my pillow and bed because this was pretty much the longest day ever. I left my house at 7 am and didn't get back from work until 8 pm tonight. Insane. But my loyalty to the Color Rotation gave me the motivation to still take outfit pictures despite my fatigue.

More rain plagued us today, so this ensemble also included my blue trench coat, but I figured wearing it would obscure the rest of my very colorful outfit. Officially, today's color is blue, but I mixed it up with a little purple. I was too tired to do any detail shots, but can you see my tights? They are a little zany. The last time I wore these was a couple years ago (seen here), and even though I love them I've just never been able to find another appropriate way to wear them. But I just went for it today and ultimately I think it worked.
(Excuse the shiny forehead!)

Can you believe it's only Wednesday? I kind of fell like this week is dragging on. However, I think not getting a full night's sleep for the past 3 days is playing a part in those feelings as well. On the bright side, only 2 more days till the weekend! Woo hoo! And I've got big plans over the weekend. Plans that involve me finally getting to wear some new dresses I've been hoarding for a couple months. Stay tuned :)

"Poppin' Champagne" - All Time Low

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Vuelveme Loca (Drive Me Crazy)

Green Tortoise Sunglasses - Ray-ban New Wayfarer
Red Corduroy Trench Coat - Mossimo, Target
Black Silk Blouse - Apt. 9, Kohl's ($0.75 with coupon)
Green Pencil Skirt - Ann Taylor, Goodwill ($2)
Black Wedge Booties - Forever 21 ($30)

No rain today! Just a lovely, crisp spring day. Lately, I have adopted another health resolution: I have vowed to no longer buy candy. This might not seem amazing to you, but I am HUGE candy lover. Not chocolate, candy. In fact, strangely enough, I'm not even really a big fan of chocolate. But I do love fruity candy a la gummy bears, licorice, Skittles and the like. However, I've finally reached the point where I've decided to be a grown-up and limit my sugar intake for the sake of my teeth and my waist line.

I'm not going crazy and completely eliminating it from my life though. My new resolution is that I am not allowed to purchase candy, but I can eat it if someone offers it to me or it just happens to be around. What can I say, it's a baby step. So far I've gone two weeks without falling off the wagon. A major success, in my book. I'm not going to lie - I have gone down the candy aisle a couple of times when I've run into the grocery store or Target, but I've managed to stay strong.
But enough about my juvenile eating habits. The Color Rotation continues today with the color green. Lest you think I'm cheating, this skirt is green, just an earthy military sort of green. I love this skirt because whenever I wear it I feel really professional. And the red jacket was sort of an afterthought. However, what I'm most thrilled about is my blouse I bought over the weekend. I'd been looking for a silk(ish) button-down for some time, and this one was exactly what I wanted. And with my Kohl's coupon it was basically free! Even though I personally hate Kohl's (I can never find anything there) they do have awesome coupons.
Have you found any good bargains lately? Please share :)

"Rabiosa" - Shakira feat. El Cata

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Places We Could Be Going Now

Tan Trench Coat (again!) - GAP ($20)
Chambray Shirt - GAP ($8?)
Yellow Striped Tee - Weavers, Ross years ago ($4?)
Navy Blue Cords - Old Navy ($7)
Yellow Jelly Flats - J. Crew via Goodwill ($7)

This morning brought round two of the torrential downpour, which is why I donned my trusty trench yet again. However, by the time I took these pictures after work (around 3:30-ish) it was bright and sunny. Go figure. At least it allowed me to take my outfit pictures without any fear of drowning ;)

Given that I took a little break from my Color Rotation duties last week, today is only day four for me. Any guesses on today's color? Why yellow, of course. Unlike orange, yellow does have a presence in my wardrobe, if only because I am huge fan of primary colors. Given the state of the weather, I opted for a more casual yellow ensemble since nobody wants to have to walk halfway across campus in rain and a fancy dress and heels.
While I thought I was being super smart wearing my jelly ballet flats in the rain, I learned the hard way that plastic flats are much different than plastic boots. For the 10 minutes I was actually out in pouring rain, my shoes got so soaked that they kept flopping off my feet. Suffice it to say, it was a very slow and awkward walk to my car for lunch. But once the rain stopped and the shoes dried everything was fine again. Lesson learned I suppose.

Want to know the highlight of my day? I found an awesome sequin-covered tank top at Ross for just $0.99! It's not exactly something I can wear everywhere, but for $1 I'll make it work. After all, sequins are never wrong in my book. Stay tuned for my green ensemble tomorrow!

"Lemon Love" - Aslyn

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Put A Smile On Your Face

Tan Trench Coat - GAP ($20)
Peach Pleated Silk Dress - Ross, years ago ($6)
Metallic Gold Pumps - Steve Madden, Burlington Coat Factory ($10)

So in theory, the beginning of Spring should be putting a smile on my face. However, we are having a torrential rain storm today. I thought it was supposed to be
April showers! Whatever the case, it was literally raining on my face (get it?) as I quickly took these pictures. Being that I was in danger of being soaked and my neighbors were no doubt questioning my sanity, I only took two shots and then made a run for it. And by it I mean my house and the pajamas that awaited me there.

Remember when I said I didn't own any orange clothing? I was pretty spot on. Wednesday night I started poring through my closet in search of anything orange that I could incorporate into an outfit for Thursday, and all I could find was the dress I wore today and a peach pencil skirt. The dress was much to fancy for work (where they already think I overdress), and I could think of no way to style the pencil skirt for the cool temps expected on Thursday. Thus, I shirked my Color Rotation duties Thursday, Friday and Saturday. But I'm starting anew today, so consider this my entry for orange.
In the meantime, I will definitely be on the lookout for vibrant orange clothes. Given my love for red, I'm surprised I have so little orange. And I think it's a flattering color for people of my complexion. Go figure. I am also on the lookout for some casual black wedge sandals. Something with substantial height, but not too trendy or dressy. And under $20. That's key. Any particular items you all have been looking out for lately?

"Smile" - Vitamin C

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Just One Thing Makes Me Forget

Animal Print Scarf - Gift
Red Cardigan - Moda International, Goodwill ($2)
White V-neck Tee - Old Navy ($4)
Black Knit Maxi Skirt - Vintage, Goodwill ($2)
Black Wedge Heels - Aerosoles, Kohl's ($7?)

Day two of Color Rotation: Red! I own a lot of red clothes, but figured I'd start off with the champion of my closet - the red cardigan. I wear this almost every week, as you can tell from my outfit posts. It's so versatile since it can add a dash of color and excitement to pretty much any outfit. Today I styled it down, however, by just pairing it with my maxi skirt and a scarf.

Speaking of my scarf, there's something I love about the combination of red and animal print. They just complement each other, which is why I opted to wear this scarf with it's half-leopard, half-zebra print motif. A winning combo, if I do say so.
I've also had this maxi skirt for some time, but this is its first official blog appearance. My mom thrifted it for me, and it is by far my favorite maxi skirt. It's made of this lovely thick knit that is so comfy I feel like I'm wearing sweatpants, but still look like I put thought into getting dressed. Pretty much everything I'd ever want from an outfit ;)

Even though this is only my second installment in my color rotation series, I am already loving it because it forces me to think about what I'm going to wear each day ahead of time. And with my outfit already picked out for the next day, it really cuts down on the time it takes me to get ready time in the morning. Which means more time to sleep! Always a good thing in my book.

"Red Red Wine" - UB40

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Let 'Em Know You Here

Pink Cardigan - Gap ($15)
Floral Print Tank - H&M ($5)
Blue Pencil Skirt - Vintage, South Street Thrift Center ($3?)
Black T-strap Peep-toe Flats - Wanted, Ross ($6)

It's official: this is day one of the Color Rotation challenge, brought to you by Colleen of Scrap and Run. I am certain that being forced to wear a different color every day will force me to use items in my closet that often get neglected in favor of my black or grey or white pieces. I've even opted to copy the color order Colleen is using for the sake of simplicity.

Today's color was (obviously) pink. While Colleen opted for a more subdued pink, I just went for it with my extra bright sweater. You may recognize it from this post. I told you I'd be making this my new go-to cardigan! I'm very interested in seeing how long I can keep this Color Rotation going. Ideally, I'd love to go until I run out of different pieces in each color. We'll see how it goes.

Tomorrow is red, so that will be pretty easy given my penchant for wearing red. It's Thursday's orange that I am most concerned about. I don't even think I own any orange. I guess I'll have to get creative ;)

"The Show Goes On" - Lupe Fiasco

Monday, March 14, 2011

I've Had The Time Of My Life

Black Cardigan - Mom's
Pink Tiger-Striped Tank Top - Zac Posen for Target ($4)
Red Knit Pencil Skirt - Forever 21 ($4)
Mint Green Canvas Pumps - Cooperative, Urban Outfitters ($15)

Hi all! I was coming down off the high of a really great weekend, so today was a particularly unbearable Monday. I was just so tired. I mean, I could barely keep me eyes during my afternoon class. Not very good given that I was supposed to be instructing students. Nevertheless, I'm feeling much better post-Pilates and Zumba, so I have high hopes for tomorrow.

Anybody do anything fun over the weekend? My weekend pretty much consisted of eating a lot and hanging with friends - perfect, no? Friday night I flaked on the gym and instead went to an AWESOME italian restaurant with my friend N, her husband and their little son. If I could eat pasta and gelato everyday, I would. And I would never be sick of it. Saturday I slept in (also AWESOME) and spent the afternoon baby shower shopping. I love little baby clothes! So adorable.
Then Sunday I hit up Amoeba Records with some friends. I could spend days looking through cds (and spend most of my paycheck if I'm not careful). I narrowed down my many selections to Rooney's Eureka, Mayer Hawthorne's A Strange Arrangement, The Like's Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking?, Ozomatli's Fire Away and Lupe Fiasco's Lasers. All for under $40! If I'm being really diligent I may do a CD review post soon, but I make no promises. And of course, no trip to Amoeba is complete without a stop at The Waffle on Sunset for Red Velvet Waffles. So. Good.

And the icing on the cake? I met my giant fangirl TV crush Nathan Fillion (if you don't know who he is, learn)! He was paying for parking just as me and my friend were walking to the structure, and was with his Castle co-star Jon Huertas. They were totally in a rush, but graciously shook our hands and he said we had "good taste" when I said we were huge fans. I died a little I was so happy. Makes me want to just hang around Hollywood all day to spot celebrities. If only :)

Any of you ever met a celeb crush? Were they nice or a bit of a letdown? Let me know in the comments!

"The Time (Dirty Bit)" - The Black Eyed Peas

Thursday, March 10, 2011

All That I Know Is I'm Breathing Now

Another Friday, another set of FBFF questions. Shout out to Katy of Modly Chic for generating some very thought-provoking questions for all of us FBFF ladies. This week's questions are all about finding balance as bloggers - fulfilling our blogging duties while not neglecting any other important parts of our lives. Since I follow a ton of very awesome and inspiring blogs, I know this can be a a difficult task for many bloggers out there.

When it comes to prioritizing your life, in what place does blogging fall?
If I’m honest, blogging is not really a priority in my life. It’s definitely something that I love to do, especially given my passion for clothes and shopping, but there are many other things in my life that push blogging to the bottom of the list. For example, though I don’t really discuss it since my blog is not a forum for preaching, I am extremely religious (a particularly strict form of Christianity) so my faith always comes first. I go to religious meetings two times a week, try to read the Bible and study daily,
and volunteer 15-20 hours a week to teach people about the Bible. Next, comes my secular work, which includes my telecommute job for a local doctor’s office and my English tutoring at a local community college. Then there’s my health regimen, which includes trips to the gym four days a week. Add my family and friends to the mix and you can see why blogging isn’t exactly my highest priority. Still, I love writing and fashion, and I did get my degree in Journalism, so if I could ever make a living blogging, I would gladly jump on the opportunity and eschew my other two jobs.

2. We all wish we had more free time to dedicate to blogging and all it entails. What are your tricks for taking advantage of the time you do have to be as productive as possible?

I think I’d do better if I had more tricks for using my time wisely. Sometimes (like right now, actually) if I have a slow class where the students don’t need a ton of help, I’ll open a word doc and start typing up a post in advance. Other than that, I generally just squeeze in the blogging whenever I can, which is why most of my posts go up after 11 pm ;)

3. Have you discovered any short-cuts that makes blogging easier or more time efficient?

Not at all, but I am definitely open to some if you’ve got any suggestions!

4. Do you have an editorial calendar or something similar that helps you plan ahead?

Again, no. I think if my site had a bit more traffic, or I had sponsors to drum up business for I’d be taking a more proactive approach and planning more. At this stage, my blog is more personal journal than business venture, so I’m kind of just in it for me and my handful of loyal readers. But who knows what the future will hold.

5. If time wasn’t an issue what you would be doing on your blog/for your blog that you aren’t doing now?

Well, I would certainly be posting regularly! As it is, I average about 3 posts a week, which is fine, but with more time I could post original content daily. I’d also spend more time reading and commenting on the blogs I follow. I would love to be more involved in the blogging community because it seems to generally be a pretty friendly and accepting place. Given the time, I would probably also try to develop more regular features on my blog focused on my other loves besides clothes, like music and books and film. I’m a huge entertainment junkie (at last count, I regularly watch 17 TV shows), so those things are another huge aspect of my life that isn’t really fairly represented in my blog. Ultimately, I’d just us the time to generate more original content that could appeal to my readers.

Can't wait to read what the rest of the FBFF ladies have to say on this topic. And if you're not a member, why not join the fun?

"Keep Breathing" - Ingrid Michaelson

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

We Can Leave If It Gets Too Crazy

Black Cardigan - Mom's
Cream Polka Dot Romper (worn as blouse) - H&M ($10)
Black Leather Belt - Vintage, South Street Thrift ($2)
Camel Silk Pencil Skirt - Vintage, free via Clothes Swap
Black Peep Toe Heels - Nine West, gift

Today was another Everybody, Everywear challenge day. The theme? Polka dots! I had a whole ensemble in mind, but could not for the life of me find my spotted cardigan this morning. my inability to find that sweater made me realize that I don't really have a lot of polka dotted clothes. Given how much I love the trend, I'm kind of surprised.

All I own that has polka dots are two dresses, two rompers and the aforementioned cardigan. I already wore one of my polka dot dresses two weeks ago, and the other one was a bit to formal for today. So instead I had to settle for this ho-hum outfit where I refashioned my romper as a blouse. At least I put out the effort though, right?

Hope the week's treating you all good so far, and I can't wait to see how you worked the polka dots today!

Polka Dots | Everybody, Everywear

"The Spot" - Kelis

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Ink Of A Scholar

So I've kind of been reading up a storm lately. Therefore, in lieu of an outfit post, here is a text heavy book post! I have always been a major book lover. In fact, as a child I didn't really have toys, but I had a giant chest full of books. It was my favorite past time. When I was younger I was super serious and thought I was oh-so-smart, so I only read serious books. Things I thought smart people were expected to read. Some of it I loved (Dickens, Austen) and other bits I hated (Faulkner - no offense to any literati!)

Now that I'm older, however, I've opted to just read for me. I've got nobody to impress, so if I don't like a book I'll stop reading it. And I'll read the trashiest romance novels as much as the next girl. The last three books I've read are all pretty contemporary, and they are all films too! I've yet to watch the movies, but I can give you a review of the books.
In December I read Something Borrowed. It's pretty run-of-the-mill chick lit, but I really enjoyed it. The gist of the story is that a girl starts to have an affair with her best friend's fiance. Of course, the best friends are more frenemy than friends since the pretty engaged one has always put down the smarter but less stylish friend. While I can't really embrace the morality of the book, it was a page turner and kept me wanting to know what happened next.

There's even a sequel called Something Blue told from the perspective of the pretty-but-shallow friend, but I've yet to read that. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a light, easy romantic sort of read. And the movie (starring Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson as the leads) will be in theaters in a few months.
In January I read The Romantics. I had seen ads for the film version last December, but when I found out it was a book, I knew I'd have to read it first. Again, this was a pretty easy read. But I didn't really like it all. All of the characters were super whiny and highly unlikable. The premise is that a group of college friends are coming together for the wedding of the group's golden couple. Only the groom is not really in love with his fiance. He's in love with his fiance's best friend (also her maid of honor). I didn't realize it until just now, but it seems there's a running theme in my book choices!

While the premise itself was okay, the characters are all upper crust trust fund kids with problems that made me hate them more rather than sympathize. Plus, the dialogue is very self-reverential and a little too hipster intellectual for my tastes. I've yet to watch the movie, but my hopes are that I like it more than the novel. Chances are I will since it stars my fave actors Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel and Adam Brody.
Last month I read It's Kind of A Funny Story. This is actually a young adult novel, but I read it in preparation for seeing the film which stars Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts. It's about a teenage boy suffering from depression who decides to check himself into a psychiatric hospital after he becomes suicidal. Not exactly light-hearted fare, but since the protagonist is a 15-year-old boy the difficult subject matter is tackled from a very humorous perspective.

This book really impressed me. It's definitely written for a younger audience, but the themes it touches on are things we can all relate to and the main character is extremely sincere and likable. I liked this book so much, I'm thinking about reading some of the author's other works.

And that's that. Up next for me is David Nicholls One Day. I've got no clue what it's about, but I loved his book A Question of Attraction (also an excellent film starring James McAvoy), so I've got high hopes for this one. What about you all? Read anything good/awful lately?

"American Terrorist" - Lupe Fiasco feat. Matthew Santos

Saturday, March 5, 2011

All Eyes On Me When I Walk In

Pink/Black Sunglasses - Hurley (Free @ The Maine concert)
Magenta Fringed Scarf - Forever 21 ($4?)
Pink Cardigan - Gap ($15)
Pink Strapless Knit Dress - Mossimo, Target ($6)
Magenta Tights - Gift
Pink Patent Flats - Wanted, Ross ($6)

So I actually wore this outfit today. Like out in public and everything. Terrified? In fairness to me, it was for a pink themed baby shower, and there was a contest for who could wear the most pink. Any guesses who won? Me, of course!

While all the pink is obviously overwhelming, taken individually, none of these pieces are particularly terrible. In fact, given all the splashes of hot pink present in Kate Spade's spring looks, I just might be right on trend. I especially love the pink cardigan. I just got it last week, and can totally see it becoming my new go to cardigan once it gets warmer. It's super soft and light enough to be a nice layering piece.
Next month there's another shower, but this time it'll be blue themed since it's a baby boy. I guess I better start getting my outfit together now ;)

"Pretty Girl Rock" - Keri Hilson

Friday, March 4, 2011

Don't You Bring Me Down Today

Today I dressed sort of like an old lady. Argyle sweater. Off white oxfords that sort of resembled orthopedic shoes. Scratch that - maybe I dressed more like an old man today. Whatever the case, I'll spare you any photos, and instead I'll focus on today's Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday topic. This week's topic is all about beauty, and while I don't really have a ton to say, maybe it'll help you get to know me a bit better.

1. What's your favorite drug store makeup product and your favorite higher-end product?

Beauty products and I don’t have a particularly long history. In fact, I can honestly say that I probably have only being wearing real makeup for less than a year. Other than being fixated on clothes, I was never interested in makeup as child or teen, so I never had any real use for it. In the past year, I became really good friends with a girl who always is made up immaculately. She has a 2 year-old son, but she always is in heels and has her makeup done perfectly. She inspired me to try a bit more in my day-to-day life, which brings me to my current status. I’ve kind of become obsessed with buying makeup (usually the cheap kind) and experimenting with different sorts of looks. While I might not wear most of it out (due to my line of work and personality), I am becoming a bit more dependent on some products.

So to answer the question (finally), my favorite drug store make-up product is Revlon Super Lustrous Crème Lipstick in Fleshtone. It’s creamy and the perfect nude shade to complement my skin without making me seem really “made up.” I swear by it and wear it most days.

I don’t really by any “higher end” products, so I can’t really answer that part. The most money I spend is probably on facial cleansers and foundation, but even then, I only get drugstore stuff that tops out around $10. I love Cetaphil oil-free facial wash and Noxema face wash. And finding foundation that actually matches my skin tone is a bit difficult, but recently I’ve grown attached to Covergirl Queen Collection liquid foundation in Warm Caramel. It blends seamlessly and doesn’t leave me looking like I am wearing a mask.

2. Is there one type of product that is your go-to, can't live without?

For sure! Hands down it would have to be Rosebud Salve. I have always (and will always) been addicted to lip balm and gloss. The day I discovered Rosebud Salve at Sephora, I knew I would never need another lip balm. It’s the perfect consistency, not too dry or too sticky. I use it at least half a dozen times a day and could never live without it. Kiehl's lip balm also is a close second to Rosebud Salve.

3. What's the best hair product you've ever used?

My hair (or really, African-American hair in general) is extremely thick and very temperamental. It doesn’t behave like the average person’s hair does. That being said thick and rich shampoo and conditioner is the key to making my hair reach its full potential. I am a huge fan of Dove Damage Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner. It really cleans and nourishes my hair and leaves it smelling great for a long time. I also depend heavily on Tresemme dry shampoo for normal/oily hair. After a workout (and lately I've been going 4 days a week!), if I can’t wash my hair, the dry shampoo really absorbs all the oil and helps me look half-way decent the next day. And this brand is pretty cheap at Target.

4. Fess up, what's the worst beauty look you've tried to rock and look back at now with a little shame or apprehension that you actually did that?

Like I said, I never really experimented with weird makeup or stuff like that when I was younger. I was very much an only lip gloss and mascara girl. Still, I have gone out with my hair looking less than stellar for a few school picture days. And I had some killer bushy eyebrows as a preteen (or maybe I still have them). I blame my mother for not taking me to get them waxed. It’s almost like she didn’t even care ;)

5. When it comes to beauty products, we all use the same basic products. What do you use that helps show off your personal flare and personality?

My typical makeup is pretty basic, so if anything, the one way I show a little flare in my day-to-day life is through nail polish.I don't focus on it much in my posts, but my nails are almost never the same. I'm kind of known in my circle of friends for wearing crazy nail polish and changing it at least once a week. I'll wear crazy bright colors, weird designs - pretty much anything goes. It's like my own little way of not conforming while still looking relatively normal for work ;)

"Beautiful" - Christina Aguilera

Thursday, March 3, 2011

In My Head I Paint A Picture

Floral Print Scarf - Divided, H&M ($7?)
Black Stone Cluster Necklace - Rampage, years ago ($2)
Light Wash Chambray Shirt - GAP ($8?)
Black Leather Pencil Skirt - GAP, Goodwill ($6)
Black Wedge Booties - Forever 21 ($25?)

So I'm going for a record two days in a row when my outfit has been inspired by another blogger. Today I had in mind an outfit the always stylish Krystal of This Time Tomorrow wore here. While I always love everything she wears, her outfits are usually a bit too bold (or impractical shoe-wise) for me to ever consider. Still, her combo of chambray shirt and leather skirt called out to me. Though two out of my three jobs don't allow me to wear denim, today I was on campus where even sweatpants (!!) are considered acceptable work attire, so I gave it a go.

Again, I had to make a few modifications to make the whole ensemble work for me: I don't have a full leather skirt, so I had to go with the pencil version. And while bare legs are great, it was too cold today for any of that (at least to me) so I added some opaque tights. Lastly, while I do own black platform pumps, they would not have been comfy enough for trekking around campus all day. Hence, the wedge booties. And the scarf kept my neck warm in the morning.
Changes aside, I love the juxtaposition of the casual chambray shirt and the edgier leather skirt. I'm pretty sure the students I work with thought I was severely overdressed, but if I can't dress up for work, when can I? I definitely felt polished and stylish so score one for Thursday!

"Valerie" - Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

We Shine Together

Navy Crocheted Drape Cardigan - Old Navy ($7.50)
Yellow Ruffle Yoke Blouse - Apostrophe, Sears ($3?)
Red Knit Pencil Skirt - Forever 21 ($4)
Red Fishnet Stockings - Xhiliration, Target (gift)
Brown Leather Riding Boots - Vintage Ralph Lauren, Goodwill ($10)

When I saw this post by Jentine over at my edit, I knew I'd be mimicking her ensemble. I've done the primary color bit before (see here and here), but I especially loved her addition of leopard print heels. Now I do own a pair of leopard heels and the necessary blue blazer, but today it was colder than I anticipated. Thus, I switched out the blazer for this drape-y sweater I just bought and had to replace the heels with boots, a warmer alternative. Turns out it's a good thing I did since it even started raining today, and I would have been freezing without my boots.

Still, even with my adjustments, I love the way the whole outfit came together. All my color was just what I needed to cheer up a pretty bland day. And I got the chance to bust out my red fishnets that I was given months ago, but never really found a use for. Until today, that is.
(Superhero Stance!)

In more interesting news, Colleen of Scrap and Run will be starting a Color Rotation Challenge on March 15, and I'm actually going to participate! Imagine me, actually being a participant. I know many bloggers have been all about the "30 for 30" lately, but I've been too chicken to commit myself to such an endeavor. But this Color Rotation seems like it would be much more feasible for me. If you want to know details about the challenge, be sure to check out Colleen's post about it here.

And I only found out about Colleen's challenge because I most recently joined the blogger group "Friend Beauty Friend Friday." The group, organized by Katy of Modly Chic fame, includes bloggers from all over the world, and every Friday we all post answers to a series of questions (on varied topics) that Katy chooses. I think it will definitely help me generate some more original content for my blog, and I look forward to meeting some more awesome bloggers. Look out for my first post this Friday!

"Umbrella" - Rihanna (but I was listening to the Marie Digby cover)


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