January Favorites

Because I like to like things, here are some things that I liked a lot last month!

♥Products Mentioned:♥
Revlon ColorStay Foundation
elf Smudge Pots in Wine Not, Poppin’ Party, and Back to Basics
NARS Lip Pencils in Rikugien and Cruella
Side-Tassel Chunky Hell Booties
American Flag Beanie
Blanket Scarf
Pocky
The Amazing Book is Not on Fire
Troye Sivan “Blue Neighborhood”

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Mini Clothing Haul

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It’s almost time for me to start a new school year and for me, this means starting college. Yay for trying new things! In the spirit of trying new things, and because my mom has recently heavily implied that my clothes all look terrible, I did a bit of light shopping and decided to try my hand at a clothing haul. Ordinarily I don’t do these types of posts because I’m generally not a person who purchases mass amounts of clothing over short stretches of time, but I’ve recently acquired a few new pieces within the past couple of months (a few of which you may have seen in previous posts) so I thought “why not?”

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Blouse: CATO Fashions – Regular Price: $19.99; Sale Price: $5.99

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Black Teardrop Necklace: Wet Seal – Regular Price: $8.50; Sale Price: $2.50

Owl Earrings: CATO Fashions – Regular Price: $3.99; Sale Price: $1.99

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Studded T-Shirt: CATO Fashions – Regular Price: $17.99; Sale Price: $4.99

White Necklace: Wet Seal – Regular Price: $8.50

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Floral Skirt: Wet Seal (I don’t remember the price of this skirt but it was on sale and is no longer being carried)

All of these items were purchased either on sale or when the store was running a promotional deal (such as my necklaces which I bought during a buy one get one 70% off sale and my skirt which was already on sale and they were having an extra 60% off clearance items sale). If you like cheap clothes I recommend signing up for Wet Seals mailing list to get 10% off your first purchase and also hear about all these cool deals. And also, if you guys are into the haul posts, then you should totally check out my tumblr because I plan to post and office supply haul and possibly a dorm haul on their soon.

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Bad Idea Sundays

Yesterday I had the very lovely opportunity to experience terror that is going shopping on the Sunday before Christmas. It nearly scared the procrastination out of me. On the bright side, I did get a baked potato and a nice trip to Cinnabon for my troubles. 🙂

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Sweater: heart n crush; Coat: new look (Rainbow); Jeans: CATO; Shoes: ? (Goodwill); Necklace: Etsy
Sweater: heart n crush; Coat: new look (Rainbow); Jeans: CATO; Shoes: ? (Goodwill); Necklace: Etsy

I’m Kind of, Like, Obsessed

Hello lovelies! I know I’ve been away for a while and I apologize for that. My life has basically consisted of getting ready for the new school year (i.e. I’ve spent all summer procrastinating on the assignments I was supposed to do and am now hurrying to get them done). In the midst of all the stress, I’ve basically been inside, chilling with the air conditioning on, which means that most of my outfits weren’t worthy of being shared. There has been one high note to all of this back to school mayhem: back to school shopping! I don’t really shop for back to school clothes (I go to school in the summer, and already bought some new summer clothes so I wait until fall to get my shop on), but I do love to shop for supplies. My main focus at the moment has been, as you may have guessed, backpacks. My backpack just came in the mail today, but I thought I would show you all the other bags that I found drool worthy while shopping!

1) Traveler Tribal Pattern Backpack

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2) Castelvisconti Backpack

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3) Aldo Cuardullo Spotty Canvas Backpack

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4) Mossimo Supply Co. American Flag Backpack

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5) Bank Floral Backpack

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Which bag do you guys like the best?

Shortall Summer

As you guys may have seen in my last post I am officially an owner of my very own pair of shortalls. Its actually a surprise to me that I enjoy them, seeing as I despise wearing shorts, but I’ve fallen in love. Last year when I first saw overalls becoming ‘chic’ I was enamored but afraid to venture into that territory for fear of looking like a child, which isn’t that difficult for me. This summer, I allowed my curiosity to get the better of me and the result is my happiness.

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Top: Mountain Lake (Goodwill); Shortalls: Xhilaration  (Goodwill); Shoes: ? (Goodwill); Necklace: Walmart
Top: Mountain Lake (Goodwill); Shortalls: Xhilaration
(Goodwill); Shoes: ? (Goodwill); Necklace: Walmart

 

While I may only own one pair of shortalls, my obsession has continued onto me looking at them on the internet and imagining what my life would be like in every pair. Here are my top 5:Shortalls Appreciation

1) Tribal Print Shortalls – $23

2) Topshop Paisley Shortalls – $40

3) Tinseltown Denim Short Overalls – $20

4) Boohoo Sienna Pinafore Dungaree Culottes – $24 (out of stock)

5) USA Flag Print Frayed Dungaree Playsuit – £25 ($38)

 

Let Us Conclude That I’ve Found Cosmic Love

I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve done a post about my fashion findings from the internet (insert a horrified gasp and head shake of disapproval here) and with my excitement over my upcoming trip to the fabulous Forever 21, I decided to make a post of my favorite things from their site. From this post you should be able to conclude that I am something of a masochist who loves to torture herself by spending hours looking at clothes that she most likely won’t by when she does finally go shopping.

Item #5: The Polka Dot Backpackf21 backpack

I’m generally not a backpack person (I go for cute tote bags and large purses when I’m at school), but occasionally I do find a backpack that strikes my fancy. Perhaps it was polka dot print or maybe it was the leather that caused my to become smitten for this bag; all I know is that this was love at first sight (and not in the tragic Romeo and Juliet “star-crossed lovers” way-except it kind of is because me and this bag will most likely never be together).

Item #4: Star Print Skinny Jeansf21 jeans

I’m not the most patriotic person on earth, but I do have a taste for printed jeans (especially of the white shapes on classic denim variety-though I’m sure you guys may have already picked up on that) which was enough for me to fall for the American flag print trend for denim from last summer. That being said, I was never fashion savvy enough to walk around in jeans that mimic the garnish on every American school’s flag pole, so star print jeans are a lovely compromise.

Item #3: Rosette Cluster Headwrapf21 headband

The only explanation for this is the fact that I love floral headbands and have a toxic relationship with the memories of my 12-year-old self who tried (and failed at) going through both an emo and gothic phase. What better way to celebrate that than with a this accessory that obviously is speaking to my soul?

Item #2: Pleated Straw Pork Pie Hatf21 hat

My classic fedora says “I’m to cool for school.” Unfortunately, I am in school (and loving it), so I need a hat that says “I’m educated with a laid back personality.” Of course, that last statement isn’t all that true (the laid back part is, not the one about whether or not I’m educated), but part of the fun of getting dressed is playing a bit of dress-up, yeah?

Item #1: The Celestial T-Shirt Dress of My Dreamsf21 dress

I like to think of this dress as my one true love. I’d write sonnets about this dress.I’d paint portraits of this dress to rival the Mona Lisa. I’d write Mariah Carey style ballads about this dress. I’d make crappy YouTube videos documenting my relationship with this dress with overly upbeat love songs from One Direction playing in the background. I’d make sure it knew that I will never love another dress as I love it. This dress, my friends, is the dress of my dreams.

Neon Green (With Envy)

I’ve been trying to do this new thing with my money lately called “saving” and did not realize until recently that I kind of suck at it. For instance, I remember walking into a store with my dad because he needed measuring tape and walking out with this post’s sweater. Later I went to Walmart for lasagna and walked out with a new box of vanilla chai tea despite the fact that I have 100 bags of various teas at home already. I envy those who can save money long term.100_0931

Hat: gifted; Coat: New Look; Sweater: Decoded; Jeans: CATO; Shoes: No Call (Shoe Show); Necklace: Etsy
Hat: gifted; Coat: New Look; Sweater: Decoded; Jeans: CATO; Shoes: No Call (Shoe Show); Necklace: Etsy

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I got 99 problems and, unfortunately, this sweater just so happens to be one.

 

Random Weekend

I’ve had a pretty busy time this January, starting with trying to figure out this whole “school” thing again (it only takes a couple of weeks to forget how much of a pain an education can be – that being said, I do enjoy learning.) Then, after only being back for about a week, I found out my regional HOSA competition was coming up, so I rushed to buy my very first suit (which will be seen in a later post.) The most spectacular news, though, is that I won 1st place in my event! So, I said to myself, ‘self, what is a better way to celebrate winning something for the first time in your life than to create a random weekend post?’ and my self said back ‘nothing.’ Thus here we are.

glove/mittens! my favorite things ever!
glove/mittens! my favorite things ever!

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my new oversized cardigan
my new oversized cardigan
I like the buttons on it a lot.
I like the buttons on it a lot.
my other new oversized cardigan
my other new oversized cardigan
my newest blazer
my newest blazer
the blazer my mother got me for christmas
the blazer my mother got me for christmas
i'm in love with the pockets
i’m in love with the pockets
new cuff
new cuff
winter nail polishes
winter nail polishes
my face with my new glasses
my face with my new glasses

Etsy Loves (Sweater Edition)

Seeing as I spent the last of my casual shopping money on tea yesterday, and have come to the conclusion that the rest of my funds must go to all of the various tests I plan to take this year, I’m going have to get back to fawning over items I can’t currently have. Now, I could do that in private, but such actions would make me into one of those pitiful people who waste all of their time feeling sorry for themselves for being broke. So, I’ll do it publicly in the form another Etsy post. Yay! I am officially a little less pathetic!

Item No. 1: Heart Sweater hand stenciled cream and black loose and drapey OOAK upcycled

Oooh! Upcycled (let’s take a moment to pretend I actually know what that word means)! Alas, it was only fitting that my Etsy Love post began with this heart sweater. I’m typically not the hugest fan of graphic sweaters (I usually gravitate towards striped sweaters or ones with an all over print), but it feels as if this sweater deserves to be paired with pastel skinny jeans and leopard print shoes. Of course, they won’t be my jeans or shoes, but hopefully this doll will find a stylish owner.

Item No. 2: AMAZING vintage La Vista Newspaper sweater paris Acrylic kitsch hipster geek geekery new york funky

Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. Friday. Every day! Forget the fact that the description of this item is unnecessarily (and quite ridiculously) long and let’s focus on the wonderful name of the newspaper on it. Newspaper! It’s a pretty quirky sweater though, so I’m not knocking ’em for their name choice.

Item No. 3: Unisex Deathly Hallows Harry Potter Sweater – Choose Size – MADE TO ORDER – American Apparel

I don’t need to give a real explanation for this sweater. Just look at it. That’s all the explanation that’s needed.

Item 4: Vintage 80s Rose Crop Top Sweater // Midnight Blues // V-back

The sad thing about this pick, is I already own a vintage style pastel pink floral sweater, yet seriously considered shelling out $13 for this. It would have made sense though. My sweater’s fitted. This sweater’s cropped. My sweater is a complete boat neck. This sweater has a V-back. My sweater has pink roses with green leaves. This sweater has pink roses with blue leaves. They’re McDonald’s. I’m McDowell’s. And, yes, that was a Coming to America reference.

Item No. 5: awesome 80’s oversized aztec print sweater

If you couldn’t already tell, I like sweaters that will make me feel like I got dressed for the wrong decade. While I may not like to use the word vintage in relation to my personal tastes, I will admit this sweater struck my fancy particularly for its 80’s-ness. Because who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned Aztec print that leaves you questioning whether or not that animal on your chest is a house cat, a lion, or snake?

What I Have Vs. What I Wish I Had

My wardrobe money has disappeared quite fast. Straight from my favorite purse, it has flown into the awesomeness that is TJ Maxx. I want to feel remorseful, but with all the nice things I now own, it’s kind of hard to do so. On the bright side, though, I did have enough left over to buy things from other non-TJ Maxx stores.

Peter Pan Collar Blouse: Miso via republic.co.uk for £20 (UK and select European Union countries only); Floral Skinnies: SO via khols.com for $20; Combat Boots: I don’t understand Amazon or foreign currencies and shipping policies…; Lace Maxi Skirt: SheInside (sold out); Bright Peplum Blouse: Anthropologie via anthropologie.com for $78

Vs.

Fun Denim Vest: Chicwish via chicwish.com for $43; Striped Tights: H&M via hm.com for $10; Quirky Animal Beanie: Dorothy Perkins via dorothyperkins.com for $21; Edgy Mini: H&M via hm.com for $24; Lace Dress: SheInside (sold out)

Based on everything I’ve got in here, I think I’m building my self up from an incredibly classy wardrobe (hence my new peter pan collar blouse). Next thing I know I’ll be sitting at Starbucks, french tip manicured fingers wrapped around a caramel frappuccino as I fawn over the style choices of Audrey Hepburn (who had been the inspiration for many of my hairstyles back when I had more length). I remember back when I used to be obsessed with being edgy. Now, I’m just one pearl necklace away from attempting vintage chic looks that will clash with the half of my wardrobe dedicated to my bohemian “lifestyle”. On the bright side, I’m the only one in my group of friends who knows what peplum is. 🙂