Lilly Pulitzer For Target Fiasco

20 Apr

So as most of you have figured out by today and others months ago, Lilly Pulitzer has collabed with Target. For those of you who don’t know about the brand just think of preppy, vibrant, classy resort wear. Just a little history lesson for you, Lilly lived in Palm Springs and opened an orange juice stand In her 20s. Cutting, peeling and juicing oranges can be messy, so she started to design printed shift dresses to hide the juice stains (legend has it) and thus the brand was born. (Neat huh?) 

  

For some the brand collaborating with Target is a hit, for others..eh not so much. The naysayers are completely against it saying that Lilly is turning over in her grave. Hateful tweets have swarmed the Twitter world and it is NOT pretty. From reading all the tweets you can come to the conclusion that her customers (pre collab), are worried it will “cheapen” the brand, and lower price points mean that “basics” have access to the line now. Me personally, I do not own a single garment from Lilly Pulitzer because it’s just not in my price point. People in my target market or demographical region aren’t very familiar with the brand at all. I’m excited to see the line come to Target! Over 200 pieces from apparel to home decor, will range from $2 to $150. Plus with the weather breaking, it’s here just in time to spruce up your closet and your home for the Spring and Summer months to come.

I love when popular, well known, brand names extend their lines, it’s always a success. Alexander Wang with H&M, Prabal Gurung with MAC, and even Barbie with Forever 21. Come on now, you know you had to do a double take when you saw the Barbie tank top that said “I woke up like this” with her two friends next to her looking fierce. Ha! But my point is that brand extensions aren’t always a bad thing, some designers just want to dabble in a different target market sometimes to see how well it’ll do. Yes it’s very risky because if it all goes left it can ruin or dilute the image of the company. However majority of the time it’s a hit, resulting in and the website crashing, then everything is sold out.  So what does that tell you?

  I’m all for Lilly Pulitzer x Target and you should be too. Visit Refinery29.com for more deets on the tweets.

The Lug Sole

12 Apr

The 90’s are totally making their way back into shoe trends for the spring with lug sole shoes. This thick, chunky sole isn’t just for hiking anymore, its popping up on runways and on the feet of women from sporty to chic.

There are some pros and cons of the lug sole however, some might not like the chunkiness, or the additional weight it brings to the shoe, but on the bright side its slip resistant, provides great traction and stability. Personally, I do love the trend, just not on me. I’m already 5’9″ and don’t want to seem any taller. But for shorter gals out there I say go for it, especially if you are looking to add some height. You’ll be sure to elevate.

 

I found these on a website called Wheretoget.it, this is a great site to find looks and items that’s been seen on celebs, shows and social media. It’s very similar to The Hunt. Click the pic for more info. 

Wardrobe Necessity: The Leather Jacket

8 Apr

As the Winter days were finally coming to an end a couple of weeks ago, I finally decided to start my hunt for the perfect leather jacket. Late, I know. Looking at all the different varieties on the web was cool and all but there’s nothing like physically walking into a store and trying it on. (There are just somethings you cannot buy online without worrying about how it’ll fit.)

Now when I say I went on a hunt, I went on a hunt. I tried three different malls and finally found the perfect one as I was just about to give up. Wandering into American Eagle with the look of defeat, I rummaged through the racks to find not one leather jacket. The store manager could tell I was on a serious mission and asked if I needed help. I told him what I needed and went to the back. I prayed that this jacket wasn’t two things: hideous and/or super expensive.  He came back and said this was the last one and it was on clearance! *cue the choir of angels*  It was perfect! 

So I scored this baby for just $35, originally priced at $99.95 .

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Having a chic leather jacket is a staple that everyone must have in their closet. Most important factor of having one is to give your wardrobe some versatility. Here are some ways you can take your jacket from day to night..

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Left Outfit:
Dress – Charlotte Russe
Accessories- Forever 21

Right Outfit:
Shirt – my mom’s old threads
Pants – Forever 21
Bracelets – Alex and Ani

Coachella Is Among Us

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Spring is finally here, and when the weather gets warmer, hems get a little shorter. It also reigns in festival season ! For those of you lucky folks who are heading out to Cali within the next few days for the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival, keep reading for some boho looks you’re bound to see.

Fabric: Denim, Fringe, Crochet – as long as your are in any of these three you’ll blend right in

Forever 21 , Neiman Marcus Last Call, Missguided

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Accessories: Flower Crowns, Braid-Ins, Sunnies

Forever 21, Free People, Forever 21

Fab Find: I recently went into Icing and found pretty much the most Coachella worthy flower sunnies ever. Click me!  

Shoes: Gladiator Sandals, Fringed Boots, Anything Birkenstock inspired

Lulu’s , Forever 21, Go Jane

  

So by now you’ve pretty much got the idea of how to not stick out like a sore thumb at Coachella or at all during festival season. 

Hope this helps ! 

Glamour Dolls Makeup Review

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Hey guys! It’s been awhile I know, but I’m here today to bring you a review of a new line of makeup that I’ve fallen in LOVE with!

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A few months back I attended a fashion show with an old friend who happens to be apart of a new and upcoming cosmetic line called Glamour Dolls. I had the opportunity to meet the fabulous founder herself, Jessica Romano. Many of you may know her from the hit tv series Glam Fairy, from the Style Network. Well Jessica and her team have launched a line of great makeup that’s sure to have you looking amazing at a great, and affordable price.

Now when it comes to makeup I’m a girl who likes to be very subtle, but when I have those moments when I want to add pops of color this line is definitely the one I’ll forever go to. The range of versatility throughout this makeup is perfect for girls at either end of the spectrum ranging from barely there to va va voom!

Lip Creams- love these, gives the lip a nice matte finish, creamy application
Colors: Karma, Juicy Melons, Dolls Gone Wild

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Gloss Snob- gives the lip a bold and shiny look, with a smooth application
Colors: Topless,Barbie Doll Pink , Zombie Kiss

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Lip Gloss- typical lip gloss application but not sticky that’s a huge plus, super moisturizing
Colors: Wildflower, Naked Banana

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The line also comes equipped with a great variety of glitter eyeliners, pencil eyeliners, and tinted lip balms as well.

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Overall I can say I am an official fan of the Glamour Dolls line! I just about loved every single product I had the opportunity to try. I’d have to say my faves are: Zombie Kiss, Karma, and Naked Banana.

If you’d love to get your hand on these fab cosmetics visit their website at GlamourDollsMakeup.com or you can find them in Joyce Leslie store near you! ūüíč

Vamp Up Your Wardrobe for the Summer

21 Jun

Happy 1st day of Summer!

Now that its finally here, vamp up your closet with these hot trends you’re bound to see this season.

1. Crop Tops –¬†You’ve been working all winter just so you can look great for the summer… right? So why not show off that bare midriff!

 

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2. Sheer Elements – Lets thank Alexander Wang for setting this trend. Look for clothing that has sheer elements within them, whether its in the sleeve, an over lay on a maxi skirt, or on the bottom of an over sized or long-lined tee.

 

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3. Embellishments– Incorporate this look in a collar, maybe as an accent on a hat or purse even.

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4. Floral Print Sportswear РIts like preppy florals meet the basketball court, the baseball diamond, and the hockey arena. Dress this look up with a sexy pair of pumps or down with a cute studded fitted cap or beanie.

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These are just a few of my fav trends. Which ones will you be rocking this Summer?

DIY | No Sew Cardigan

10 Jun

Spring is coming to an end and Summer will be here in a few short weeks. Looking for quick and easy ways to spruce up your wardrobe? Check out this quick and easy DIY cardigan, best part about it… No sewing required!

Step 1: Find fabric, preferably a knit for stretch. Width wise any thing 60″+ works well. For the length, if you are looking for a short, just above the knee cardi,¬†go for 26″ or if you’d prefer something long and dramatic maybe 41″ works best. Also you’ll need a pair of scissors and a measuring tape.

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Step 2: After¬†making¬†sure your fabric is 60″ across, fold it in half. Measure 6 inches in from the fold and make a mark, and measure 5.5″ or 6″ down from the top of the fabric, and make another mark. This is for where you are going to cut out your arm holes.

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Step 3: At this time your marks should overlap or have a common center point. Find that center and cut a slit 8 inches long, then give it a nice tug and that’s it!

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Be sure to pull on the raw edges of your fabric. This way the ends curl for a nice finish.

Style tip: Pair with a belt just around the waist for a nice gathered look.

BATOKO Blogger Giveaway Entry

22 May

Eyebrows are life! Every girls knows that. When the brows are off, then the look just isn’t complete. Come on ladies you know when you finally get your eyebrows done, whether you prefer waxing or threading, once you leave that salon you feel like a whole new person! Am I right or am I right?

In addition to that I found the cutest tee, the “It’s Not You, It’s Your Eyebrows” t-shirt can be found at Batoko.com. The site is UK based so all prices are in GPB, but there is a currency converter so the USD price is $35.48

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How to style this shirt? Good thing its a simple black and white screen print shirt, which means it can be styled a number of ways!

Look #1: (Compton Kid)  Eyebrows Shirt, Red and Black Lumber Jack Flannel tied at the Waist, Black Disco leggings, Black combat boots, Black leather vest or jacket, topped of with a black beanie

Look #2: (Urban Chic) Eyebrows Shirt, Acid wash boyfriend jeans, Open Toe heel w/ and ankle strap, topped of with a black floppy sun hat

Look #3: ( Free Spirit) Eyebrows Shirt, High Waist Denim Shorts, Fringed Cardi, Gladiator Sandals, Flower Crown

Have fun with this top! Dress it up, dress it down, its versatile and that what I love about it. I’d suggest wearing this top when you want to make or statement or if you secretly want to tell someone to get those brows in check. Haha!

 

Thanks for reading.

 

 

DIY Mirrored Collar

9 Jan

Hey guys, 

Today I’m back with my first DIY post! This one is about how I created this awesome collar, using some old CDs I found lying around my house.¬†

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This is such a quick and easy DIY to do. It’ll be sure to bring some life back into those old button up shirts.

So the things I used for this DIY are: 

– Old button up shirt

– A container

– Glue

– Scissors

– 1-2 CDs depending on how much of the collar you want to cover

– A letter opener or a stick of some sort
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First you’ll want to boil some water, then pour it into your container.

Then add the CDs in, letting them sit for 2-5 minutes. After the time has elapsed, remove the CDs with the stick and dry them off.

After cooling you want to separate the CD into half by using your scissors to cut a tiny slit, then using your nail to separate the two pieces.

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You should now have 2 reflective pieces, with one being more transparent than the other. Depending on which disc you use, paint a coat of Mod Podge, or spray a clear sealant before cutting out the shapes. This would help with the chipping and flaking that can occur over time. If you forget this step like I did. You can paint your pieces with a clear nail polish after you cut out the shapes.

Once the cutting is complete, glue the pieces to the collar in any layout you want. Make sure you press firmly on the collar to ensure the pieces will stick.

Leaving the collar to dry after an hour or so you should have something similar to this:

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Happy DIY-ing!

If you need a better visual feel free to watch my video for this project on my YouTube channel here.

My Favorite Things

4 Jan

Hey guys! 

Just telling you all to head over to my YouTube channel to check out my new video on my 10 Favorite Things! Its just a little speil about the essential products that I use in my everyday life.

1. Keri Lotion with Shea Butter or the Regular kind – leaves skin feeling moisturized all day
2. Petroleum Jelly or Vaseline – great skin protectant
3. Dove Go Sleeveless Deodorant Beauty Finish scent – keeps you dry for 48hrs & smells great
4. Rio Rumberry Body Spray by Bath and Body Works (purchased off ebay) – smells like Island Kiss
5. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation # 355 Coconut – don’t apply too much it can make you look orange, but blends great
6. Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder # 355 Coconut – applicator breaks away easily, find a backup
7. Rimmel London Exaggerate Waterproof Eyeliner # 216 Noir – its perfect!
8. VS Pink Lotion Pretty & Pure – smells lovely
9. Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Shampoo – new product for me smells great
10. Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner Рkeeps hair soft and smooth, make this into a leave in! 

I wont always have a favorites video because I’m really skeptical about trying new products unless I do a lot of research on them before hand. But if you have any recommendations on products that you think I should try feel free to let me know.¬†

Click me for the video.

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