I talk about the new iPhone 5C, Too Faced Palettes, and weird Tea addictions.
I talk about the new iPhone 5C, Too Faced Palettes, and weird Tea addictions.
I know this is more of a spring nail set- but I couldn’t help it, I just love girly colors. I got this done by my boyfriend’s cousin at Paul Mitchell the School of Fresno. The pink is a gel color from OPI (I honestly can’t remember what it was) and the glitter is “Ignite the Night” by Essie, which I just picked up at Ulta. (We put a gel top coat over it to see if we could make it extra shiny, it worked!)
I would definitely recommend picking up “Ignite the Night” by Essie to keep on hand as an accent nail color!
So, I’ve been wanting to do a new post for quite a while, something substantial. I finally decided I’ve been doing a lot of shopping and should do a back-to-college/high school shopping guide! I am personally a huge fan of black as a clothing color, year round. I know that that’s probably not appealing to a lot of people, but my skin physically does not tan, and light colored clothes do not flatter me in the least. However, I do like to add colorful and classic accessories, bright nail colors, and cute shoes to brighten up my outfits, as well as a few graphic shirts.
As most of you can probably relate, I don’t have a lock box at Gringott’s full of Galleons by which I can purchase massive amounts of shoes and accessories. I’m a sophomore in college with a 3-day a week job with a low yield, so this is my fashion on-a-budget advice for the rest of us lowly citizens.
Everyone hates pants, right? I do. Yet, it is expected of us that we wear them. Therefore, I have recommended some pairs of shorts and pants that not only look fashionable and will match nearly anything, but will also not make you cry when it’s time to check out.
I firmly believe that every girl should own the following items in the leg-covering category for school season.
As long as you have these basic things, you really are set in the pant area. Below I have some recommendations of where to find these things. If you’re into brand names, I would not suggest bothering getting a certain brand of pants, unless you love L.A. Idol, like I do. I like to have a few pairs of low-price jeans (Target is selling most of their denim for $8 right now) and one pair of high-end jeans. Usually Guess, Calvin Klein, or like right now, L.A. Idols. L.A. Idols are an adorable and more affordable replacement for Miss Me jeans which normally retail for $108+. L.A. Idols are rarely over $65, and you can usually get them for 20-30% off during boutique sales in your town. Well, now that I got off on that tangent, here are some photo examples of the cute bottoms you can find almost anywhere.
Starting from the upper left-to-right, there are L.A. Idol’s on the left, them some denim shorts (super cute) from Target. Next there’s a Target Maxi dress, a close-up of those beautiful LA idols, some JC Penny shorts in white (these are my ÜBER favorite. The denim is super heavy and they look so bright!) and lastly some Target skinnys and Wal Mart shorts with some cute little flag pocket thingies hang in’ out der fer youz.
Next is the shoes. Who doesn’t love shoes? I have about 25 pairs and I STILL feel like I have absolutely nothing. I would suggest that amongst your shoe collection to make sure you have a pair of super cute, good quality sandals (these ones are on sale for $15 at Kohl’s right now) and some cute running/athletic shoes. I like to have cute running shoes even though I don’t run, much less participate in athletic activity. I’m more of a get-nachos-and-not-sweat type. Thasss jus me dohh. I be lazy.
I am not going to go horribly in-depth into shirts, but I must recommend that you check TJ Maxx every other week for great new tops. I like to look at their display tops near the front, because they’re usually the cutest and the best quality. I think right now, the trend is long flowing tops with long necklaces to match. I’m more into light, simple jewelry, but I also love these looks. It’s also très nécessaire that you invest in a slouchy cardigan for those cold buildings, classrooms, or days at work or in the office. I suggest this one in the middle picture, from Maurices. I bought mine in a size 3X because I love the slouchiness, and I’m really more just like an X-Large. I always upsize my clothing also because I am forgetful about what I put in the wash, so if it gets dried, it’s no problemo.
I also must mention that you NEED, NEED, NEED a knee-length dress for school. You want something that can easily go from day to night without any problems, maybe with a simple amount of jewelry. I like to shop on debshops.com, ’cause they gots tons of cute stuff in EVERY SIZE. Fo’ real.
Next you gots to have the accessories. Lots of them. Well, you don’t have to, no one is making you, but it is the key to having a beautiful wardrobe. I love small jewelry, and delicate things. I recently purchased some rings and necklaces from Claire’s, which were $5.50 each. They are so adorable. I also picked up a Lavender cross body bag from RELIC, which is pictured here with my Claire’s infinity ring. (The polish I’m wearing here is Lacey Lilac by Sally Hansen.) Also on the left is a super cute outfit I purchased COMPLETELY with Kohl’s cash- crop leggings and a white tank that says “Run Wild Forever” I think all of this was about $38, so, good deal. Basically I put this outfit together with the RELIC Bag and I think it’s SUPER cute.
So, back to shoes- I love boots. I think almost every girl does. I know my Pretty Little Liars addiction has caused me to become obsessed with riding boots. (I ❤ SPOBY). However, not all of us can afford those beautiful $500 Tori Burch boots, so I found a slight dupe from Guess that is available for purchase at Macy’s. I think they’re actually a lot cuter than the TB’s, but that’s just my opinion. These ones are only $99. You can also find riding boots easily for under $30, but they aren’t likely to last as long. It’s up to you, it’s just a staple that you may want to have when fall hits.
We are almost done! Another item you may want to have in your wardrobe is a good semi-formal or party dress. I love picking up semi-formal dresses whenever I see them, especially if they’re a great deal. I recently picked up these shapeless dresses from a small local boutique, and they were not only marked down, but buy one, get one free! I ended up getting them both for $24. It was pretty amazing. Buying dresses like this allows you to have a really versatile piece that you can wear anywhere.
Okay! LAST THING, I SWEAR.
ERMAGHERD MY FAVERITE
So anyways, I’ve been picking up some cute Summer-Fall transition nail colors. Right now for summer I love corals and lavenders, as well as mint green. (Candy Apple Mint by Essie). But for Fall-Winter, I like dark greens and blacks, as well as gunmetals and deep reds. Pictured here is my mini back to school collection for polishes. Ulta is having a deal right now where you spend $10 and get $3.50 off- not a bad coupon to use for a polish haul!
Well, that’s it for now. Happy hunting! Check back next week for a guide on school supplies and organization tips! Hope I inspired you ❤
So for July I finally found two great colors, and what do you know, they were a drug store brand! These two colors, Lacey Lilac (Left) and Coral Reef (right) are great and have the pigmentation of an Essie polish, but only cost about $3 each!
Definitely recommending them.
Also, I really want to try the 2013 Essie Wedding Collection.
So for my 19th birthday, I decided I wanted to host a Parisienne dinner. I also wanted to do this on a budget. With my birthday being just two days before Easter, I was able to find LOTS of pastel candies.
The trick to having a low-cost beautiful outdoor dinner is doing as much shopping as you possibly can at dollar stores. Dollar stores, such as the Dollar Tree chain, usually carry an entire spectrum of party supplies, usually going at 16 plates for a dollar. I would buy whatever you need times two, if you’ve found it at the dollar store. The dollar store has awesome things like plastic wine glasses, confetti, candy, gift bags, candles, beautiful multiple- time use candle dishes, table cloths, plates, napkins, eating utensils, and usually small things that can be handed out as favors. I went to an old party store in the Tower District of Fresno and picked up a box of 144 French flag toothpicks, perfect to be placed into the fruit for a cute decoration. At the end of the party, the only things that could not be found at the dollar store were the ingredients for the pasta and potato bar (neither of which were Parisian in the least) the fruit, and the sodas. Ice tea is very inexpensive and quick to make, and a very popular spring favorite. If you want to get fancy, mix Tazo Hibiscus passion tea with some agave sweetener and ice for a near Starbucks-passion tea replica.
We already had Christmas lights, and the most work for the party was cleaning up our backyard which is full of flowers and plants, and even a fountain. Luckily my dad was awesome enough to do all of that for me, cause he’s nice like that.
Owning a photography business, of course I wanted to have great party photos. With my dad’s help (he’s usually pretty creative) we came up with the idea of taking our old green metal garden arch and getting some dark green twist ties. We used these to attach pastel pink and purple balloons into a balloon arch that went over the top of the metal frame. Down the sides we used fake pastel blue, pink, and purple flowers that we had purchased in mass at the dollar store. We placed the arch against a highly vegetated section of the yard and put one of our old rustic bicycles in the background for vintage effect.