Tuesday, 29 May 2012

the old navy maxi skirt

No, I didn't borrow this skirt from the crazy lady who sells homemade jam on the side of the road. I got it from Old Navy! Basically the same thing? You decide.

This is the maxi skirt that I ordered online a couple of weeks ago. When it first arrived I thought it might be a little too hippie-looking, but now I realize that that was complete and utter nonsense. [So much emotional growth in the span of two days.]

I like to think that this skirt falls more under the category of too-cool-for-school-laid-back-summer-attire. Even still, I won't be pairing it with a flowy top or a headband made of daises anytime soon. That would be asking for a one way ticket into halloween costume territory, and what a dangerous territory that is.

t-shirt: joe
maxi skirt: old navy
crossbody bag: bentley
gladiator sandals: ebay
I haven't exactly been keeping my new found love for maxi length dresses/skirts a secret, [exhibit a, exhibit b] but I can't resist gushing about how comfortable they are. They've been around for so long that everyone and their grandmother has owned one, and I'm the biggest dummy for overlooking them all this time.

It's like a person who has been communicating with smoke signals for their entire life and then someone throws an iPhone at their face. [That's a made-for-TV movie just waiting to happen.]
And then there's the trusty crossbody bag that I can't stop taking everywhere. We're total BFFs.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

maxi you later, alligator

It's time to break out the maxi dresses. (Or the ultimate-comfort-stretch-tube dresses as they are known around my apartment by me.) This striped one is neat because it's simple enough to make cardigan coordinating really easy. Wait, judging something on its cardigan pairing potential isn't an actual thing? Noted.

Maxi dresses also rid the impossible feat of matching shirts to pants. (Wow what a chore.) I'm also hoping that with a little handiwork and clever tucking, I'll be able to wear this dress as a skirt too.
cardigan: gap
maxi dress: joe
bangle bracelets: claire's
bow bracelet: jacob
flip flops: walmart

Last January I went through a sandal purging phase in which I threw out every old pair. I thought nothing of it until a week ago when I realized that I had no warm-weather shoes and proceeded to panic. Which led to the hasty purchase of these dull flip flops for $3.50. Problem temporarily solved.

Overall, an ideal world would be one where we could all wear a maxi dress every day. But then I would never get anything accomplished. They make me want to roll around on the floor and have a Harry Potter marathon. Most likely at the same time.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

10 cute dresses for under $50

10 Cute Dresses Under $50
coral striped dress: bank $48, cerulean lace dress: rare london $39, peach polka dot dress: bank $48, pale apricot dress: romwe $47,
green dress: oasap $43, lilac lace dress: oasap $44, light blue floral dress: dorothy perkins $45, hot pink dress: h&m $24,
yellow circle dress: river island $40, dark blue floral dress: h&m $24

Get out of my dreams and into my shopping basket.

Friday, 18 May 2012

faux leather friend

I bought a jacket even though it's totally not the right season to be buying a jacket. However this is also the time when most of them are on sale, and anytime is the right time when something is on sale. (That sounds dangerously close to something out of Confessions of a Shopaholic.)
So there were two stupid moves that led to my desperate need for/the purchase of this jacket.

Stupid move number one: I sold my previous spring jacket on ebay.
Stupid move number two: I never replaced it.

Move over Stephen Hawking, genius at work over here!

Add those two stupid moves together plus the fact that it's still cold and windy outside, and Houston we have a problem. The good news is that this jacket was only $19. The bad news is that it won't be worn all that much yet. [Because this is Earth, not Pluto, and it's about to get really hot out.] But even more good news would be that when autumn arrives I'll be prepared.

Welcome to the family super cheap faux leather jacket. I promise not to sell you.
jacket: walmart
scarf: suzy sheir
dress: miss selfridge
shoes: miss selfridge

In random news, I'm almost finished reading A Game of Thrones! So far my verdict is that it's amazing! It has been a while since I've branched out from the YA genre of books and I feel so adult. (Which is totally something an adult would say.) A Game of Thrones is a wonderful example of great storytelling and incredibly well-developed characters. On top of that, each chapter is written from the point of view of a varying character; a feature that I haven't liked in other books but adore in this one. Once I finish reading it I'm going to start reading A Clash of Kings, and start watching the first season of the show. Let's hope this obsession lasts.

Monday, 14 May 2012

essie lady like

You know that one polish you always reach for when you're not sure what you should put on your nails? (Hopefully you said yes to that or this post is going nowhere.) Well in my case, Lady Like is that polish!

Lady Like is from Essie's Fall 2011 collection. (It's an oldie, but a goodie!) Described on Essie's website as "an elegant soft mauve," Lady Like is exactly that but with an extra touch of dusty purple and a generous amount of wonderfulness.

It applies smooth, has just the right amount of sheen, and is easily opaque with one coat. Which is splendid if you're in a rush and don't have time for two coats plus drying time. As for chipping, I leave it on 3-4 days with a top coat and it rises to the challenge. It's a fighter! Or the OPI top coat is. We may never know.

I may be crazy for the color and quality of Lady Like, but I'm even more so for its name. (Tsk tsk. So superficial.) But the name describes the shade to a tee. It's classic and sophisticated, yet feminine too. Sometimes a nail polish is ten times better when it has a clever and fitting name. Is that weird?

Stay classy Lady Like! I'm betting you will.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

happy mother's day!

Happy mother's day mom!
Thanks for raising me into the weirdo you see today haha.
I love you so much!

Friday, 11 May 2012

climbing trees and a farewell to boots

Really me? A dark chiffon shirt and boots? A black cardigan and scarf? Wait, those pants are black too! Seriously? This is how you dress for the moderately/kinda warm weather?

Well then, I'm kind of a poor excuse for someone who was excited for spring. But truth be told, it's still cold and the couple times I've worn shorts I've regretted it. The afternoon is usually sunny but then everything starts to take a turn for the worse, and it goes all Day After Tomorrow on us. Except it's worse because there's no Jake Gyllenhaal.

This may also be one of the last posts in which these boots are featured. But I'm not worried because this isn't the end of the line for them. They will be back. Or a better quality pair that closely resembles them will be back. Either or.

See you next autumn boots!
cardigan: smart set
scarf: suzy sheir
top: aerie by american eagle outfitters
pants: rw & co
boots: urban planet
purse: mia deluca for bentley

That brown crossbody bag has pretty much been glued to my side since it arrived in my life. I still can't believe how much it can hold. It's no Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. Clutch or anything, [someday my sweet, someday...] but it's sure doing an excellent job as my grab-and-go-walking-around-town bag.

That'll do purse, that'll do.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

{from day to night} maxi skirts and dresses

I fell in love with this particular maxi skirt after seeing it in a post on shut up i love that shirt on you. In fact I fell so much in love that I ended up ordering it. (Other reasons: Old Navy was having a big online sale, it was late at night, and I have little self control. Yeah, all of those.)

So in celebration of that little nocturnal shopping spree, here are a couple different ways in which maxi length skirts and dresses could be styled.
white top: monki, teal bracelet: bloomingdales, coral bracelet: h&m, mint clutch: fossil, mint strap sandals: wallis, maxi skirt: old navy, blazer: aritzia
grey tank: miss selfridge, neon pink necklace: asos, gold sequin clutch: etsy, gladiator sandals: bank

A causal white tee, layered bracelets, a clutch, and strappy sandals are the fundamental pieces in the first daytime outfit. These accessories are really simple, yet I think they work well with the skirt without being too matchy-matchy. Plus stacked bracelets are always great in the summer.

A general rule of thumb with maxis is to wear something fitted on top in order to offset the large amount of fabric on the bottom. But tucking any loose shirt into the waist of a maxi can still create balance, all while preventing the "bag lady" look. (I can't pull off the Mary-Kate.)

I've always liked the idea of pairing a blazer with a maxi skirt, but I was afraid it would look too boxy or formal. However, they ended up looking so cute together on Polyvore that it kind of happened anyway.

headband: debenhams, crochet cardigan: amazon, pink clutch: rebecca minkoff, patterned bangle: bloomingdales, wedges: h&m, maxi dress: quicksilver, jean jacket: madewell, rope bangle: monsoon, rock ring: bcbgeneration, knit scarf: monsoon, fringe bag: asos, bow sandals: abercrombie and fitch

This daytime look is bright. Sometimes it's just fun to wear a bunch of vibrant colors layered on top of one another, especially during spring and summer. (But what I'm loving most is the neon pink Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. Clutch. Oh la la!)

Also loving the idea of wedges with this outfit. They are so feminine, and they can literally take your outfit to new heights. (So cheesy.)

The evening accessories are darker and more muted. Well, in comparison to the daytime neon shades they are. It's my hope that these subdued hues help the bright dress transition seamlessly into nighttime wear.

There's also a lot more texture within the second look generating visual interest and depth. The fringe of the bag, the jaggedness of the ring, and the chunky knit of the scarf all contribute to create an eye-catching, unique look. As least I hope they do.


That's everything! Now if only I could get all these pieces to go from my computer screen, immediately into my closet.

Someone should invent a way to do that.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

the april luxe box

Well, well, well. Look who finally showed up. No phone call? No note? I was worried sick. Well not really, but it sure feels weird to be writing about the April Luxe Box in May. I really like to be on time with these things, but I guess the boxes must have been shipped out a little later than usual. Alas we must power through.

Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Shampoo and Conditioner
These are probably the least exciting things in the box. I've never really liked Pantene hair products, but I'm more than willing to give these a try because they're from the new Aqua Light line. These products claim to achieve weightlessness by using water-soluble components.

So hopefully they work out because Pantene isn't the most glamourous brand in the world. But I guess it's pretty nifty to have the opportunity to try new products before they hit the shelves.

Valentina Perfume Sample
Another perfume sample! They're sending more then I'm able to get through. Not that I'm complaining. I absolutely love keeping an extra one in my purse, and thanks to Luxe Box I'll always be stocked up. Apparently you can get them for free at department stores, but I've always been to nervous to ask.

Valentina smells kind of florally and earthy at the same time. Maybe fruity as well? Hmmm it's hard to describe.

Well now that the colossal disaster of describing the scent is over, I can mention the coolest part: this sample is in a rollerball vial. Thumbs up for convenience!

China Glaze Liquid Crystal
This product is by far my favorite thing in the box. But you know me, I'm always delighted whenever nail polish is involved.

Plus China Glaze is my absolute favorite polish brand, so naturally I was happier than a bird with a french fry when I saw that this was included. And it also just happens to be my most-loved kind of shade: multicolored and crammed with glitter. Perfection lives in this bottle.

Philosophy Brightening Peel
The only other Philosophy product I've ever tried was their Vanilla Birthday Cake Body Wash. I received it for free at Sephora sometime around my birthday. Seven months later and I'm still carefully rationing it. That can only mean two things: the product is really good, and I can't afford to buy another one.

Such will probably be the case with this brightening peel, and unfortunately the package says it only contains one wipe. Maybe I'll cut it in half or something.

See you later this month future May Luxe Box!

Saturday, 5 May 2012

rain gear is fun gear

Rain is here, and it's time to adapt. And I will adapt the only way I know how. By cowering in my rubber boots and sulking underneath my polka dot umbrella. Because apparently April showers just bring even more May showers.

Thankfully today those showers happened to be light and sporadic. Even so, I've never been one to pass up an opportunity to put on rain boots and panic about the weather. I was probably over equipped but you never know when a small drizzle of rain could turn into a gigantic hurricane*!

dress: local shop; era brand
coat: sirens
tights: old navy
rain boots: soft moc
umbrella: university bookstore

*Almost never.
I mean just look at that foreboding and gloomy sky. Where is that damn sun when you need it? Oh and in relatively happier news, my April Luxe Box arrived. Kinda cool.
I might as well make a holster for my umbrella since that thing will be like an extension of my arm for the next little bit.
One must always be crazy prepared.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

nicole by OPI "baby" blue and revlon blue mosaic

Today I was buying vintage sewing patterns from a local thrift store to sell on eBay, [as crazy people do] and the cashier actually complimented this combination of polish. Thank you kind stranger!

What a dynamic blue duo. "Baby" Blue is brought to us from the Nicole by OPI Justin Bieber collection. This is a weird polish because it looks so innocent and pale in the bottle, but when it's dried on your nails it's like, "I'm going to be super vibrant." Well played Justin Bieber, well played.

Blue Mosaic is from the Revlon Gucci Westman collection and has been raved before on this blog. This polish looks like the ocean if the ocean was made of glitter. I bet the fish would love that and it totally wouldn't kill them at all.

Cue the JB love ballad, because these two were meant to be.