Monday, June 26, 2017

Jean Jacket & A Belated Birthday Outfit

This month whipped on by, along with my birthday. It was at the very beginning of the month and between the new job, the move, the social dates and my trip to the beach; it got washed over. 

My support team in the city couldn't be stronger. Though it's been through a lot of trial, especially in the past 6 month to a year, my true friends are real. They can be honest, they know and love love and we bring a mutual quality to one another's lives. We don't take each other for granted or walk over one another or compete, which is a beautiful kind of love. Isn't it? 

To adorn your friends with so much respect, you know when to step down or step up? Which is why I called up one of my best friends, K, the Saturday before my birthday. You see, nothing was planned. The very last thing my mind could think about was organizing my own birthday. The fact of the matter was, one should not be alone on ones birthday. No matter what. With this in mind, my request was simple: nothing flashy, crazy or insane. Perhaps burgers or tacos. When your in your early thirties and it's your birthday, one must also 'Treat Yo Self'.


This is the outfit for work. There was a wardrobe change later in the evening for my Friend-Date night. This outfit was all comfort. It could have been trendy and tight and wildly UNcomfortable but at the last minute, my mind chose happiness. 

This terrifically easy to throw on razor-back dress is from Marshall's. It cost less than twenty bucks and it fits like a glove. It has a slight high-low for us petite ladies. My 5'3 booty decided to go with gladiator flat sandals which are embarrassingly old, worn and perfect. However, should be replaced. The denim jacket is from Old Navy, via Thrift Store. One of my favorite purchases. 

This post makes me want to wear this outfit all over again! 

 Black Dress - Marshall's (similar) // Jean Jacket - Old Navy, via thrift story (similar) // Gladiator Sandals - Ann Taylor // Black Bag - Gift from Bellevue Fashion Show // Necklace - Forever21 (old) // Sunglasses: BP, Nordstrom

P.S. Please excuse my project sneak peaks! 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Boyfriend Jeans and Comfort

Hello Non-Judgemental Friends!

As you can see - still fixing up the place and it's now in the final stages. Almost everything has a place and 2/5 of my crafts have been completed. My apartment officially has a lovely functional kitchen, a semi-decorate bathroom and all of my necklaces has been organized. It's been wonderfully relaxing and de-stressing coming home and having if feel like an actual home.

The plants are bright and green in the window sills and my table. My art has been places where it will eventually get hung. Jackets and work bags on the sofa til the hall closet has enough hangers and organization, bills on the table. It's been such a comfort pulling my life together, seeing it all in one place and making it 100% my own. In all honesty, this is the happiest my life has been in 2 full long years. More of that later. That'll be a whole other post. Promise.  

Boyfriend Jeans - Caslon (similar) // Black Top - via Marshall's (similar) // Black Pumps - 
Nine West // Eyeshadow - Tarte Matte Palette // Matte Liquid Lip - Anastasia Beverly Hills, Crush  

To no one surprise here, I'm wearing my favorite black pumps again. Every time my OOTD posts have these pumps, all my mind goes to is that article of the press harassing Chelsea Clinton of her well worn comfortable pumps. This is my case as well. To add to that, they go with everything. Everything.

Now, what should come as a surprise are the boyfriend jeans. Never in my life would've imagined myself in a pair of boyfriend jeans. There were a lot of reservations: they'll make me look chubby, they won't be flattering, woman like Katie Holmes and Rachel Bilson can pull those off - not you. Well, all things considered, my thoughts were falsified the moment they jeans slipped on.

Let's start with the number one selling point - comfort. Holy guac and chips! These jeans are my dream pants. These jeans sell themselves. Not only are they easy to throw on, easy to walk in, talk in, my stylish in and feel fantastic but they were also on sale. Of course, these Caslon's are sold out now but the brand is my personal recommendation for boyfriend jeans.

They also carry plus size, which make it even easier to support them.

My top is from Marshall's! Black tops forever, my lovelies. Honestly, black tops can go with anything. My closet has 8 of them and it still doesn't seem like enough.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Magenta Topsey Turvey Life

Looking at these pictures is almost cringe worthy. To you, you probably see my outfit and are trying to scope out my old shared apartment. To me, all I see is how tired I look from staying up too late and packing. This is very similar to my last WIW post with my day 4 twisty hair. Though, I'm on day 2 hair here. It's amazing to see how quickly I have changed from just dealing with the day to day to loving every second or every minute of everyday. Even the times of frustration - I'm happy.

Shall we talk clothes? My new favorite tank is from Target! Love me some Target, y'all. My blazer is thrifted from a Value Village. An amazing find since it's an Anthro/Urban brand. My black pants are so slimming. Bless you, slimming pants, bless. Those are my Calvin Klein's again. I regret not picking up another pair of those. No joke - Costco buy. Lastly, you know, my all time favorite suede booties from London. I have so many WIWs with these boots. If you want to check them out, here are a few:  

Top: Target (similar) // Blazer: via Value Village, Silence & Noise (similar) // Black Pants: Calvin Klein Skinnys (similar) // Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (similar) // Booties: via London, The Office 

It's a guarantee that I'll be wearing these booties again come fall. In the meantime, I took them to the cobbler yesterday to get new bottoms put on them. They were kind enough to weather proof them as well. Now is the perfect time to visit the cobbler for all of your winter wear. This way you're prepared when the rainy season comes right back around!

This summer is already packed with fun activities. It's going to be a great ride.

Have an amazing day, friends!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

First Outfit, New Apartment!

First “Outfit of the Day” in my new apartment! It’s been a busy-busy time getting my place set up and prepared. My first weekend with all of my stuff moved in, I went to the beach. I don’t know how I wasn’t more stressed out. The mess and clutter was driving me insane. I watched ‘Minimalism’, a documentary on Netflix, and two shows on hoarding.

After throwing away more of my life, life I didn’t want and wanted to move passed, I was seeing the light in this moment. I decided to refigure all of my ikea furniture. I will have a few posts on this because I haven’t started two of them. One is fully complete! Slowly but surely, this turtle will finish the race.

The clutter could drive anyone mad, while moving. After work, everyday, there was some project that needed to be worked on. Moving some pieces into storage for my sister, painting, salvation army runs, trips to the hardware store or Lowe's. Endless.

My outfit was pretty simple. It was the first nice day in Seattle where the weather wasn’t working against us. Everyone was in spring/summer wear. My skirt is an easy throw on. It goes well wth black, white, the basic colors. Strangely enough, it also pairs well with other patterns. I’ll make a point to get an OOTD to show that. Though the skirt is old, it never fails to get compliments. It stands the test of time for fashion. Plus, the best part - comfort. I can eat anything I want in this skirt. Who can complain about that?

Top: Target - Black v-neck //Skirt: The Loft (old) // Flats: Tahari // 
Necklace: Gorjana // Lipstick: Anastasia Beverly Hills - Kathryn 

Shoes are my all time favorite flats. I wish I had bought another pair of them but, alas, didn’t know it would be love. I’m currently on the hunt for a few new pairs for this summer. If anyone has recommendations, please reach out!

 Lipstick (promised I would let you know!) is, yet again, Anastasia Beverly Hills in Katheryn. Majority of my outfits are complimented by my everyday perfume: Florence, by Tocca.

Truly can’t believe it’s been a whole month in my place already! It’s really coming along. It’ll be fun to show you before and afters!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Red Lips and Gold Snakes

One of my favorite outfits is being brought to you by a trip to Nordstrom and the thrift store. This top is my go-to whenever I feel bloated or uncomfortable. It hides everything and is insanely roomy and makes me happy. That's it. End of post. 

Seriously though, it's the greatest and almost the same colors as my eyes. It's paired with my go to Banana jeans, a Kut from the Kloth faux leather blazer (that I got at the thrift store. Score!), my fave nude pumps and child-approved gold snake necklace. It's not child safe but one of my friend's kids is obsessed with it and called me "cool" because he liked the ruby eyes. 

As for make-up, which I am going to try and talk more about, I am wearing eyeshadows from my Tarte palette. I'm also wearing Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Matte lip in Kathryn. I darker shade for Spring but I think it balanced the look because of my light shoes.  

Blazer: Kut from the Kloth (thrift find, almost identical, similar, cheaper) // Top: Pleione (old, similar) // Jeans: Banana Republic // Pumps: Nine West (in blue!) // Necklace: Forever21 (old, similar) // Lip: Anastasia Beverly Hills, Kathryn // Eyeshadow: Tarte Palette, Matte Palette

It's no surprise that these pump are going to be the next topic for this post. They've been posted many times before. My closet houses two pairs and I'm on the verge of buying a third because they give me height and make me stand up straight. They are by Nine West and are surprisingly pleasant for pumps. My testing has ranged from an 8 hour day to walking a quarter mile. They do the job and have held up nicely. There has yet to be an affordable pump that has topped these suckers.

Im in search for another pair of pumps. Let me know if you have suggestions!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

WIW: Old Style, New Gig, Hair Twist

It's a great day when you can go back through your photos and relive the first few days of your new job. You know how you felt: excited, a little nervous, on day 4 hair.

After a quarter bottle of a dry shampoo and some hair magic, I felt human again. I had been moving boxes every night into my new place, at this point. Packing in the mornings and toting my life in the evenings. A great work out but exhausting. I was too excited to even care.

For my outfit I wore my favorite slouchy cardigan that I bought from Nordstrom Rack. I'm surprised I don't have more WIWs with it. My last post wearing it is here. I honestly throw it on all the time! Over anything and everything.

My favorite white top from anthropologie, black pants from Calvin Klein, booties from The Office (which I picked up on my last trip to London) and my gold beaded bracelet (which was a gift from one of my best friends, A, when we were in Cancun).

I love looking through these old pics on my phone. I should catch up quickly. Gosh, I love that green cardi!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Nordstrom Mascara Madness May 2017

3 Clinique Mascaras with Free Cosmetic Gift Bag Behind it

If you haven't heard, last Saturday was Nordstrom's Mascara Madness event. It's a sale specifically for mascara. It's a BOGO of buy 2, get 1 free.

Why is this such a big deal? Glad you asked! The sale is on any mascara in Nordstrom stores and you can mix & match. Which means, luxe designer mascaras are for grabs. Yves Saint Laurent, anyone?

For my three, I decided to stretch my dollar and go for what I know I'm not allergic to: Clinique. Long story, short - I have sensitive eyes to mascara. Most mascara causes my eyes to burn and water, which ends up with streaks down my face. So I went safe but mixed it up a bit!

The universe has blessed me with long thick lashes, that I love. However, with mascara they pop! Mascara is my go-to before my door closes. It completes any look.

3 Clinique Mascaras with Open Boxes

Here's what I went with: 

Clinique High Impact Mascara - My go-to mascara. I've used this countless times and love it. Oil free and allergy-tested (like all Clinique's mascara products).
Clinique Chubby Lash Mascara - Key is in the brush. It's super volumizing and plumps lashes to make them "bodacious and bold".
Clinique Lash Power Mascara -  Tried this one out this morning. Description says it will last for 24 hours. I went 15 hours and I didn't have any residue under my eyes. Its a thin coat but it's definitely lengthening and it helped my eyes pop!

3 Clinique mascaras with free cosmetic bag and Nordstrom bag

For the record, I don't shop at the Clinique counter a lot. I'm a sephora gal through and through. It's my preference but mascara has been tricky lately. However, my experience was amazing. 

First off, there was hardly any advertising for this promotion. Which is slightly disappointing. I found out through a sales associate because I happened to be looking at shoes when I over heard her telling another customer. I went back later after finding out from a co-worker that you can have Nordstrom hold your choices and they will ring your card up on the day of the event. 

Naturally I went back to the counter, picked my choices, gave the woman my card and was informed that I could pick them up on Saturday or anytime after. Which worked out great because I was at the Oregon Coast this weekend. 

What I wasn't expecting was the extra cosmetics bag filled with goodies! Here's the stitch, if you spend $28 at the Clinique counter, you get $70 valued bag! 

Like - YASSS, please! 

The Free Clinique Bag is filled with the following: 
• Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent (2 oz.)
• Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser (1 oz.)
• Sculptwear Lift and Contour Serum for Face and Neck (0.27 oz.)
• Long Last Lipstick in Bamboo Pink (0.12 oz.)
• Quickliner for Eyes Intense in Intense Ebony (0.01 oz.)
• Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Jumbo Jet (0.28 oz.)
• Cosmetics Bag

Next time I find out they will be having this sale, I will scream it from the sky for you. It should be happening in November, I believe. TBD for more information!