Shiny + Jumpsuit

Shiny + Jumpsuit

  Monday blues!  But not the sad kind, the really, really, REALLY happy to have this killer vintage jumpsuit kind.  Also really happy to pair it with a killer Wessley NYC bucket bag and some shiny shoes!  With a monday like that, how could you be upset?  Jumpsuits are such an easy wardrobe options, even easier than a matching set, since there is only one thing to put on.  Maybe it’s lazy, maybe it’s not, but I know for sure this is what they call love.  Happy Monday!    ...
Lip Stain Testing? Done.

Lip Stain Testing? Done.

In my search for anything but lipstick, because for some reason lipstick drives me nuts, I have come across many a lip stain.  Almost every makeup brand out there has some sort of long lasting or stain lip color, but what actually works?  I decided to test the three main kinds found at drugstores: the marker stain, glossy stain, and a lip balm type stain.  I grabbed one of each, and I was on my way!  For each test I wore the stain for at least four hours, none of them lasted any longer than that. Marker type stain: CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain in Scarlet Pucker Pros: no fuss after it had dried, vibrant color Cons: can’t mess up during application, only lasted one hour, made lips look dried out and cracked after initial application, flaked off into teeth after a couple of hours *On a different occasion I tried adding lip gloss and chapstick over this to help with the dried out look, I found it just makes it flake off faster, so that was no good!   Balm type stain:  Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic Pros: easy to apply, kept lips moisturized for a couple of hours, didn’t flake off, wore off evenly Cons: color wasn’t as vibrant as the others   Glossy type stain: L’Oréal Color Riche Wet Shine Stain in Endless Red Pros: super glossy, wore out fairly evenly, lips felt moisturized, shine lasted almost the full four hours, very vivid color Cons: very sticky, did seem to flake color into my teeth a tiny bit, a little difficult to get on  ...
Suburbia! Or not.

Suburbia! Or not.

With a slight nod to the 90’s and this post, I give you:  Sweet Docs and a flannel tied smack dab around my middle section.  The perfect transition outfit!  A dress light enough for summer-like days and something warm to throw on for cooler fall nights. In exploring my neighborhood, I came upon this cute little fence and door down the street.  One of the things I love about the area I live in is that every house presents something different.  There isn’t any of that great American suburbia around these parts!  Even though I dropped down in the center of all that America stands for, this neighborhood doesn’t exemplify it at all, in the best of ways.  Although this specific fence and door combo keeps you from seeing the home behind it, it gives something to the imagination.  What color is the house behind?  Who lives there?  Do they mow their lawn on a regular basis?  The world may never know. Dress: H&M // Flannel: Diesel Black Gold // Boots: Dr. Martens, similar here // Lipstick: Lipstick Queen Butterfly Ball in Goodbye (My go to!)...
Within walking distance.

Within walking distance.

Life has thrown me a couple of curve balls as of late, but I am back and have found myself living within walking distance of the Walk of Fame.  So, what have I been up to besides unpacking and tanning myself on various LA beaches?  Well, frequenting Trader Joe’s enough to learn some employee’s names and braving IKEA on more than one Saturday have taken up quite a bit of my time.  Incessantly staring at Audrey Hepburn’s star, (hoping maybe it smells like her, or something else creepy) and gawking over glitter-laden streets pretty much fill the rest. While the actual move from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles went well, and I am definitely adjusting well to the warmer weather, there have been a few speed bumps within the journey.  The difference in real life and living in LA LA land is that when life kicks you in the shin in LA, you can just go play scratch and sniff along the Walk of Fame.  In general, it mostly smells like urine, but every once in a while you get something more… more like what you think Audrey may have smelled like, and you go about your day feeling much better.  So, thank you, star struck tourists, for bringing enough perfume on your vacations to brighten the rough days. Also within walking distance of my house is this beautiful piece of work, Run Boy, based on one of the scenes from “Iron” by Woodkid.  Feast your eyes:   Collared Gold Sweater: H&M // Leather Wrap Skirt: Vintage // Fuchsia booties: Urban Outfitters // Sunglasses: H&M // Lipstick: Lipstick...
Pretties

Pretties

The mini version of me absolutely refused to wear pants.  I have three brothers and they always wore pants, so in my head, pants were for boys (despite my mother’s attempts to convince otherwise).  I wanted a dress with a big fat bow upon my head of long curly hair every single day.  Although the boys obviously didn’t know how to dress, they could still have fun, and I wanted in on it too.  The solution?  Pretties.  What are pretties?  Well bloomers, that’s it really!  I couldn’t have my cute floral undies showing all over town!  All I needed to be happy were pink sponge curlers, a dress with a bow to match, and my pretties. Weird how things go full circle, especially this one.  All I really want now is for someone to put pink curlers in my hair and give me a dress every day with a bow to match!  I don’t see that coming any time soon, but these pretties will certainly do!  This suit set started out as some sort of gaucho pants and a top with MASSIVE shoulder pads.  I, for some reason, was attracted to it, but it definitely needed an update.  Some elastic band and two shoulder tucks later… PRETTIES!  (With a suit top to match!) This outfit is definitely getting me into the fall state of mind.  Along with dreaming of chai tea, i have been building an arsenal of matching sets, such as the one above, to get me through the transition.  I am also overly excited to break out more dark lipsticks.  Although some summer outfits call for pitchy...