Styled for Spring

Spring is usually when everyone returns to wearing bright colors, but I thought it would be interesting to style some neutral looks! 

Jess Faux Suede Lace Up Skirt

This is perfect, since I've been feeling the urge to change up my style. I wanted to look online to find to some new stuff, because I don't really shop at any of the stores left in our mall. 

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One of the sites I checked out was tobi.com, and ended up liking a lot of the pieces. I never wear skirts, but I've been dying to get something lace up. That detail on a faux suede skirt was a must-have!

One Way Modal Surplice Tank

For my next look, I chose this black tank top that ties at the neck. It's loose-fitting which is perfect for hotter spring days like this one! 

My final and favorite look was this white romper outfit! It's light, neutral with a pop of color from these cute ombre sunnies, and it kept me cool for the rest of the day.


Outfit #1:

 Lace Up Skirt: c/o tobi.com | Sunglasses + Top: Charlotte Russe | Sandals: Express (old) | Clutch: Forever 21 (old).

 

Outfit #2:

 Surplice Tank: c/o tobi.com | Jeans + Sunglasses: Charlotte Russe | Clutch: Forever 21 (old). 

 

Outfit #3:

 Trapeze Romper c/o tobi.com | Bomber Jacket + Belt (old) + Sunglasses + Sandals: Charlotte Russe.

 

 Which outfit is your favorite? Are you sticking to bright colors for spring or would you try styling some neutral looks like these?


How to Shop for Other People

Which one is harder, shopping for yourself or other people? I say it depends on the occasion, but at the moment I like shopping for other people more. It's not hard, you just need to keep in mind the following tips and you'll be good to go next time!

Pay attention to their current style.

The last thing you want to do is spend your time and money on clothes that someone will never end up wearing! At some point, we've all had to pretend to like a bad gift. Don't let yourself be the reason for the lies! For example, If you've only seen your friend wearing black and white, don't go buying her a bunch of bold colorful prints. Trust me, she doesn't want that! Take note of the stores, brands, colors, and styles she's always wearing and go from there.


Shop for them not you.

Going off of my first tip, make sure you are shopping for them! Yes, you may think that faux leather skirt is cute, but if y'all don't have the same taste in clothes she probably won't like it. Unless she explicitly asks for a makeover or for you to pick out certain things don't go too far outside her current style when picking things out.


Ask for their clothing sizes.

Even if you buy something great as a gift it means nothing if it doesn't fit. Make sure you know the basic sizes (top, pants, dress, outerwear, and shoes) as well as measurements (bust, waist, hips) especially if you're shopping online. Keep in mind that sizes are not always the same at every store, so pay attention to the actual item an not just the number when selecting items.


Ask for Help.

This is important because most (especially older people) don't realize sizes do differ by store. For example, stores like Forever 21 sell their jeans by waist size instead of by the even number size chart like Charlotte Russe. Also, note that odd (usually junior's) and even (usually women's) numbered sizing is completely different. Do not try to put the numbers in order to guess the right size. For example, I wear a size 7 jeans, but I once received a birthday gift in a size 8.  They were way too big and ended up never being worn.


It's okay to ask for help.  Whether it's from someone who knows the person's style better than you or an in-store stylist who can help lead you in the right direction. Save yourself (and sales associate) the headache of having to do a return or exchange later. Or worse, having your gifts collecting dust in the back of someone's closet. Happy shopping!


What's in My IPSY Metropolis Glam Bag?

This year, I've decided to give subscription boxes a try. In 2016, I spent way too much money on hair, makeup, and beauty products that I ended up hating! I want to be able to test out new things to see if they are worth the hype, before paying full price.

So, this month I wanted to try the IPSY Glam Bag! I got 5 samples in this cute little makeup bag for only $10, which is great compared to some of the other boxes I've seen. The January 2017 bag theme is "Metropolis", a chic, city girl type of vibe. I like that each month has a theme, but everyone doesn't get the exact products. Check out the ones I got, and my thoughts on each item below!

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics - Coffee + Coconut Lip Scrub | Retail Price: $19

Pro: It smells like a Starbucks drink (try not to eat it)!

Con: The price. You could make a DIY scrub from items in your kitchen. 


Naked Cosmetics - Mica Pigment in Desert Sunset #02 | Retail Price: $14.99

Pro: It's a pretty, champagne color! 

Con: I wouldn't have bought for myself because I am terrible at doing eye shadow. However, you can mix the pigment with a clear top coat to create a metallic nail color and I definitely will be trying that out. Update: works great as a nail color. However, it works best if you apply a coat of regular polish as a base before applying.

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Crown Brush - Beaute Basics C405 Contour Blush Brush | Retail Price: $7.49

Pro: You can use it to apply your blush, contour, or highlight. It's soft and affordable, I'd recommend it! Update: I only recommend it for highlight and contour only.

Con: None

Ciaté London - GELOLOGY Top Coat | Retail Price $17

Pro: I love the packaging, the reflective silver bottle is so pretty! I will be using this to test out that metallic manicure I mentioned earlier. Update: Tested. Great top coat.

Con: The price. There are more affordable gel top coats.

Trust Fund Beauty - Lip Gloss in Blame Game (Limited Edition IPSY Design) | Retail Price $22

Pro: I love the color and consistency of the gloss. It works for my skin tone, so I don't have to wear a liner and it is not sticky!

Con: The price and slight cosmetic smell. NYX Butter Gloss is just as good, way cheaper and smells like dessert.


Some of the products are kind of pricey, but IPSY does give discount codes to use if you want to purchase from the brand's website. Also, you have opportunities to get reward points which can be redeemed to get a bonus sample in your bag. 

Overall, I am happy with the items in this month's bag and will definitely finish using the samples. I tried over $80 worth of products for only $10, so the subscription is definitely worth it!

Wardrobe Must-Haves (2017 Edition)

The point of personal style is to find items that you love to wear whether or not they are trending at the moment or liked by others. It's that certain style, color scheme, print, texture or brand that you always reach for that defines your style. Currently, I've been reaching for the following 5 things:


Faux Leather Jackets:

I love leather jackets now, but it's funny because when I was younger I hated them! I guess it was the style of jacket that I didn't like back when my parents tried to get me to wear them. However, I'm now obsessed with faux leather moto jackets. 

My favorite brand to shop: Bongo


Skinny Jeans:

Technically speaking, skinny jeans are not supposed to be ideal for my (triangle) body type. However, I can't bring myself to buy any bootcut or wide leg pants at the moment. That's one fashion rule I've never followed anyway.

My favorite brand to shop: Express

 


Tall Flat Boots:

I'm not particularly a heel-wearing girl and I'm also only 5'3 so this sound like a bad idea, but I don't care (I have a few tips about choosing/wearing over-the-knee boots if you're on the shorter side). Let me know if you would like to see a post on this!

My favorite brand to shop: Charlotte Russe


Draped Cardigans:

I'm obsessed with cardigans, and I don't really know why. It's just something about them that makes an outfit look better! I prefer the draped ones because they look more stylish in my opinion.

My favorite brand to shop: Charlotte Russe


Crossbody Bags:

I only carry a full-size handbag to work. Any other time, you see me with a small crossbody bag. It's so much easier, especially since I basically only need my phone, key, cards, lip gloss with me anyway.

My favorite brand to shop: Forever 21


So, what are your go-to items? Are there any pieces that go against the rules of your body type that you still love to wear anyway? Share them with me in the comments below!