Saturday, June 21, 2014

a little bit of spritz.

My lovely storage station was a great find at TJ Maxx.
From left to right: Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea, Taylor Swift Wonderstruck, Katy Perry Meow!, Chloe Classique, Gilly Hicks Kissing Point, Britney Spears Believe, Juicy Couture Peace Love & Juicy Couture, Kim Kardashian Gold, Calvin Klein CK One Shock, Clinique Happy, Taylor Swift Enchanted Wonderstruck, Burberry Weekend
In the past few years, my interest in perfume has expanded dramatically. After going through two bottles of With Love by Hilary Duff, I decided it was time for a change (although I will still always love that scent). So I began to create the collection you see here before you. I have definitely found some winners, along with some that are just OK and that I will not be buying again. It's fun to switch up fragrances and experiment with different smells in order to find the one that is best suited to you.

Here's a rundown of the fragrances and my thoughts on each of them:

Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea
    It's not bad as far as inexpensive fragrances go. It kind of reminds me of a sour candy for some reason. It goes on sweet, don't get me wrong. Yet there is also a nice sour, or zingy smell to it. I only wear this one in spring and summer.

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck and Wonderstruck Enchanted
   I don't know about you, but the two TSwift perfumes in my collection smell remarkably similar. Perhaps the only difference is that the blue one is sweet and floral while the red one is sweet and fruity. This is likely not the best description of them, but it's the best I can do. I like them a lot and wear them all year round.

Katy Perry Meow!
    If you like sugary smells, go buy this one immediately. It is the sweetest fragrance I have found thus far, which is probably a good thing because I don't think I could handle anything stronger. I do like it though since it is an instant pick-me-up. This is also one I can wear throughout the year.

Chloe Classique
    As I was researching this post, I found that this perfume is now discontinued. This is sad, but understandable as many of the other Chloe perfumes easily trump this one. However, I like this one's heavier floral scent. It feels appropriate for special events and parties. Or for feeling glamorous whenever.

Gilly Hicks Kissing Point
    I doubt this perfume is still available in stores, although you could probably find it online. This is quite a heavy, musky perfume, but I like it. I would only wear it in fall or winter or at night. It definitely has a strong scent, so a few sprays go a long way.

Britney Spears Believe
   Looking back on it, I probably shouldn't have purchased such a large bottle of this stuff because it feels like I will never get through it. But it was on a great sale at TJ Maxx, so I couldn't pass it up. I love this perfume for summertime. It's so light and fresh and helps me feel ready for the day.

Juicy Couture Peace Love & Juicy Couture
   This perfume smells remarkably like grass. Not in a bad way of course. It just really smells like grass. There is a nice sweetness about it and so it works very well during the spring and summer. All in all, it has a very clean scent. And the bottle is gorgeous.

Kim Kardashian Gold
   I took a bottle of this with me when I went to Italy and used the whole thing up. I was so surprised by how good this smells. It seems like a combination of lime, coconut, and vanilla. I'm probably so impressed by this perfume because it reminds me of With Love by Hilary Duff. They are not the same at all, except for the vanilla notes and the slightly heavier quality. I love them both though and will continue to rely on them as standbys.

Calvin Klein CK One Shock
   Do you like lemonade? Then get this perfume. It smells fantastic and lasts for a really long time. It is sweet and sour at the same time. I just love it. The bottle is super cool too.

Clinique Happy
   So I know I only have a mini of this, but I've been through two minis before this one, so I feel like I can include it here. This perfume has somewhat of a cult following, and for good reason. It smells like fresh oranges and is absolutely perfect for spring and summer. Also, I have been complimented on this perfume more than I have on any other perfume I own. I don't know what to say, except that Clinique did a great job on this.

Burberry Weekend
   This perfume is the queen of sweet, fresh perfumes. It is so light and seems like it is on the verge of being vanilla-scented, although it doesn't get there completely. The name is apt; I love wearing it on the weekends, and in spring and summer more generally.



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

best of the reds.

The best of the reds
From left to right: Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Theodora, Maybelline ColorSensational Lip Color in 645 Red Revival, MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 10, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 01, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 11, and Clinique Quickliner for Lips in 35 Rich Red
You may have noticed that, in addition to being obsessed with leopard print, I am also a bit of a lipstick fanatic (see here and here). Red lipstick in particular is one of my absolute favorite makeup items. It has the power to instantly add glamour to any outfit. Recently I have collected quite a few reds that have become some of my go-to products. Here are the descriptions of each of them, as well as some tips and tricks that I have discovered along the way.

In order from left to right:

1. Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Theodora - $20
I got this when I purchased the limited edition Theodora palette that Urban Decay released for Oz the Great and Powerful. I liked the movie, but I loved the makeup even more. This shade is very similar to, if not an exact dupe of the F-Bomb shade in the normal Super-Saturated line. The color payoff is fantastic, but it does need to be reapplied after you eat. It is also quite sticky for a lip stain/lipstick hybrid.

2. Maybelline ColorSensational Lip Color in 645 Red Revival - $5-8
This was the first drugstore red that I purchased and I have to say that I have definitely gotten my money's worth. This is a bit of a darker red and looks quite glamorous on the lips. Before putting this on, you have to exfoliate and moisturize your lips, as the color clings to any flaky bits. Also, make sure to use lip liner beforehand unless you want the color to bleed halfway through the day. This one requires multiple reapplications.

3. MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo - $16
This is without a doubt my favorite red lipstick and likely my favorite lipstick ever. It is one of the most expensive brands in this selection, but it is the best in terms of quality. This lipstick is extremely matte. It has blue undertones and looks like the perfect classic red. Make sure to moisturize your lips beforehand so that they don't dry out later on in the day. This stuff lasts forever and doesn't even need a reapplication after eating. I will definitely buy a back-up when this tube reaches the bottom. Also, I love the vanilla scent.

4, 5, and 6. Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 10, 01, and 11 - $4.50-6
I'm doing these three together because they all have the same formulation. These all smell like fruit punch, which can be a bit overpowering at first. They are pretty similar to the Maybelline formula above, although they are slightly less creamy. Other than that, the lasting power is pretty much the same. Keep them in your purse during the day because you will need to reapply. Lip liner is essential. As for the colors, 10 is a light blue-red. 01 is a classic true red and quite similar in color to Red Revival above. 11 is the darkest of the three. While it does not get quite into burgundy-red territory, it comes pretty close.

7. Clinique Quickliner for Lips in 35 Rich Red - $15
Finally we come to my saving grace in the red lipstick department. I have pretty full lips and so my lipstick tends to fade or to bleed out if I don't use lip liner. This formula lasts forever and matches with all the reds I own. Also, I love the windup tube. It keeps the product clean and I don't have to worry about sharpening it.



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Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Members Only jacket, The Classic shirt, Zara pants, Rock & Republic flats, Forever 21 earrings, Urban Decay Venom lipstick

This month has been rough. I've had a ton of work to do and the blog has fallen behind a bit. No worries though! I have some fun posts planned for the weeks to come and I hope you all will stay tuned.

I took these photos on a relatively nice spring day. This outfit reminds me so much of my time in Italy.for a few reasons. First, I actually purchased the pants in Italy during one of my many trips to Zara. I was drawn in by the gorgeous hue and knew that they would be the perfect way to add a subtle dose of color to my wardrobe. Second, this jacket was a staple for me while I was living abroad. It is light enough for a cooler spring day and works well as a layer over lighter jackets and sweaters. Lately, these two pieces have become some closet essentials and I love reaching for them whenever I can't figure out what to wear.



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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

pattern play.

Betsey Johnson coat, TJ Maxx shirt, H&M pants, Claire's earrings, Michael Kors shoes

My obsession with printed and/or colored pants is still in full swing. These ones (last seen here) were an absolute score from H&M and have the ability to make pretty much anything look chic.  I love how cool they look with this coat.  The mixture of the two patterns is so much fun.  I lightened the outfit up with a white shirt and (of course) leopard boat shoes.



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Thursday, March 20, 2014

leopard and lace.

American Eagle coat, Zara dress, H&M tights, Jessica Simpson heels, Nine West gloves, Forever 21 scarf, Nine West earrings, MAC Ruby Woo lipstick

I figured it was about time to do another leopard-themed outfit. Honestly, if I could wear leopard every day, I probably would. This lovely dress is from a Zara that I stopped into while I was in Italy. Not only is the mixture of leopard and lace absolutely perfect, but so is the shift shape of the dress.  I love pairing shift dresses with rocking heels, and I think that these ones are the perfect match. The gold studs give these simple black booties an unexpected edge. This is definitely an outfit that I would not mind repeating.



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Thursday, March 13, 2014

spring and sun.

spring and sun.

spring and sun

Even though the the topsy-turvy weather prevents the snow from melting, I can still look forward to spring. Honestly, those beautiful sunny days can't come soon enough.  I'm ready to pack up the winter coats and pull on some shorts instead.  Spring fashion is more appealing than ever, with the abundance of florals and chic sandals.  Everything is just so pretty.  Springtime shopping, here I come!



Thursday, March 6, 2014


Forever 21 hat, Forever 21 jacket, TJ Maxx t-shirt, Forever 21 skirt, H&M tights, Bamboo flats, Homemade earrings, MAC Ruby Woo lipstick

"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" is perhaps one of my favorite movies of all time.  I could watch it on repeat and it would never get old.  So, when I saw this shirt in the guy's section of TJ Maxx, I knew I had to have it.  I love the idea of matching it with a punky, grungy outfit.  This jacket is an oldie but a goodie, while the hat is new and already much loved.  And of course, red lipstick is always the perfect way to add a bit of a punch.



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