Sunday, April 15, 2018

sunglasses at Nordstrom Rack

Besides shoes, I'd say sunglasses are my favorite accessory. I haven't always been able to wear them #glasseskid, but once I got contacts, the first thing I did was buy my favorite Rayban's. I still wear them and love them! I have both inexpensive and expensive pairs and while it would amazing to be able to buy designer sunnies all the time... I can't. But until I can, I either like to find similar for less or other ways to buy them. I've started going to Nordstrom Rack and finding the best options! I've seen Karen Walker, Tory Burch, Sunday Somewhere, Rayban, Kate Spade. 

Also, while I mostly pop in there to browse the sunglasses and see if there's any good basics, they often have tee's from Madewell and good jeans! I've found some of the best shoes, too! I left with a huge bag of way more than I planned, like these sandals! Despite living in Florida, I never have enough sandals, so I picked these up, they're 1.State, a brand I love and they're so comfy.

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I couldn't link my exact sunnies, but I compiled 5 favorite pairs that I'm loving right now! The Quay's [ #3 ] have actually been on my wishlist, so I might go ahead and get those and Linda Farrow is one of my fave designer's for sunglasses! How cute are they?!

1. Rayban's | 2. Sunday Somewhere [ similar to mine! ] | 3. Quay's [ love these! ] |
4. Linda Farrow [ dreamy ] | 5. Linda Farrow [ also obsessed with! ]

Monday, April 9, 2018

products I hated #1

I've been trying a lot of new products lately and some have been amazing purchases and some have not. For the most part, the products themselves are great and highly recommended, but I have highly sensitive skin, like I mentioned here in my first skincare post, and a lot of products won't work for me. If they have a scent or if they're too strong, chances are my skin's going to react. I've also been paying more attention to ingredients. There's so many bad / cancer causing ingredients in skincare and makeup and those things can impact your skin.

I'm not sharing these to complain, because honestly I wanted to love them. But if someone else with skin who hates nearly everything, reads this and finds it helpful, then good, because it has taken me forever to find a routine I'm comfortable and it's still a work in progress. I'm going to share the products I've been loving soon!

The products:

I wanted to love this because it smells really amazing, but I don't think it was strong enough for my hair. I have super thick, curly hair and I only wash it twice a week, so I need a dry shampoo that will actually revive it and make it smell good. This one felt like I was just misting my hair. However, I just started using the clarifying shampoo and I really like it!

I bought a Drunk Elephant sample kit at Sephora during Christmas and the packaging is amazing. However I was breaking out when I wanted to try this and my breakouts continued to get worse as I used this. 

I would have repurchased this had I been able to use it because it's so light and soft on the skin. It essentially was like putting whipped cream on your skin and a little went a long way.

 I had never tried an oil before, I thought I might like this as I have dry skin, but I think trying the serum, moisturizer and oil all at once was way too much at once and while they came as a set, they felt gentle putting on my skin, but it was a lot for my skin.

I have to have a toner. I could use the most effective products and without a toner, they would be useless. I tried this Darphin Toner and it was really nice because it didn't smell like alcohol and it made my skin feel hydrated and soft. However, I broke out even worse, I think it was from the scent. I would recommend this product, though because it wasn't drying and it leaves your skin feeling super soft!

This was the biggest disappointment. I wanted this to work and for my skin to accept this, but the subtle floral scent is what made it a fail. There's such a pattern here. I essentially can't use anything on my skin. But this moisturizer was cooling and hydrating [ something I always look for! ] and I know a lot of people recommend Tula!

I genuinely do not like this product. The wand is huge. It makes a mess. Product was everywhere and it didn't compare to Benefit Gimme Brow. If I switch to a drug store product, it has to at least be comparable to the premier brand for me to keep using it and I couldn't keep using this. I switched to Soap and Glory's and I love it!  

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

floral drop waist dress

This floral dress was one of my J.Crew Factory purchases. I've always liked drop waist dresses, the ruffle at the bottom is so fun and this particular dress is good for work, but super cute and relaxed for a weekend outing, too! Looking in my closet, almost all the print is stripes, but I really like this floral, the bright jewel tones pop against the black and I loved pairing it with black and dark green! Pairing black and another dark color, like navy or dark green, is a really great way to add slight juxtaposition. They go together, but there's a slight variation and it's softer than all black everything.

For the dress, I went with my usual size, xs, and there was plenty of room. The length was also perfect! Sometimes I'll size up to add length and it wasn't needed with this dress. 

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Monday, April 2, 2018

favorite trend: hoop earrings

Normally, if I decide to wear earrings I would only wear studs. I have a lot of hair and you either couldn't really see the earrings anyway or they would get caught in my hair... Half the time, I would keep my favorite pearls or tiny emerald studs in all the time and only switch them out when I wanted a change.

Lately, I've been loving hoop earrings. I've kinda started a small collection and I've been rotating them out with different outfits. While I'm partial to all the different sizes of hoops, the medium sized, chunky hoops have to be my favorite. Possibly because you can still see them even when my hair's down, but I also love throwing it up into a high pony tail and just having the earrings be my only accessory. They're the perfect statement piece anyway.

red flat drop hoop earrings | I love this pop of red! These are so fun and they're light weight, which is a necessity for me. I don't like anything too heavy or interfering.

crescent hoop earrings | I found these at Anthropologie and they are so pretty! They're really delicate and pretty!

gold flat hoop earrings | I probably wear these the most because they work with nearly every outfit and the gold is a really light shade and brushed texture. 

What trend are you loving?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

sweater blazer and j.crew wishlist

I'm really excited about these photos because of this location. I love pink buildings, I've collected photos and inspiration of them for years now and while I love colorful buildings in general, this particular shade of pink is so perfect. It feels kind of retro and I read that the location was designed by someone who wanted the area to feel like the Florida Gatsby. Davis Island is filled with colorful buildings and the houses are gorgeous! You have to drive over a bridge to get there and it sort of feels like you're going to a different world, but it's really fun to drive around. The hospital is right off the bridge, so that's so the most important part, but past that is filled with color and interesting architecture!

I got this sweater blazer from J.Crew Factory because I wanted a lighter blazer for Spring that would still be warm for the office. I love it, it's super comfy, the collar takes a bit of work to lay flat, but I think a steamer will help that. The retail version also looks amazing! I paired it with my paper bag pants and a t-shirt. I last wore the paperbag pants here and it was winter then. I think they can easily be styled for spring, too. I wore it with this striped t-shirt from Target. The light grey of the blazer also lightened the black in the pants and the print mixing makes it more fun. 

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Sidenote. I haven't shopped at J.Crew in years. I used to primarily have a closet full of the brand, but we just fell out of sorts through the years. I went on there recently and fell in love with a ton! I ordered a few things from J.Crew Factory [ like the blazer ] and placed a J.Crew order, too. I thought I'd share what I got and what I still want! 

1. flat drop-hoop earrings | I've been obsessed with hoops + the color red lately. Had to have these!
2. sam sunglasses | no surprise, but I really want a pair of red sunnies to add to my collection!
3. boxy striped t-shirt | my ideal fit in the best color + pattern.
4. short sleeve button up | such a pretty grey + it's silk, I got this on sale so it was seriously worth it!
5. denim shorts | finally found a pair I think I'll love!
6. rain jacket | going to Seattle in May, need a rain coat!
7. high tops | ordered these for sure. I love high tops!

Monday, March 26, 2018

twist back tee

happy monday!

If I could wear one outfit for the rest of my life and feel completely confident and put together in it, it would a variation of this. I've worn these jeans countless times on here and they are my fave. It's so funny that I was once hesitant to buy them because I never really preferred a light wash, but I love them and wear them with everything. Mine are sold out now, but Abercrombie brought back a similar pair and they're on sale now!

This twist back tee was one of Gap purchases from a couple of week's ago. I've been incorporating more basics that have something interesting about them into my closet. This tee is simple, but has a back detail that makes it really interesting. The material is so soft and I love the sleeve style. The whole tee just sits in a really flattering way. I also just ordered this shirt in grey to wear to work because it'll be so easy, but I think it'll be really great on weekends, too! Maybe with high-waisted denim?

I ordered these sandals from J.Crew factory and I highly recommend! Shoes have always been my favorite item to shop for, so I have a lot, but I didn't have a pair of neutral sandals in my collection! These have the tiniest heel and can be worn with nearly anything!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

red and white striped dress

Definitely one of my favorite outfit's ever? I've been eying this dress by Who What Wear for a couple of weeks and I didn't buy it right away. It went on sale at my store and I bought it right away. Shirt dresses are one of my favorite silhouettes and the red + white vertical stripes are amazing for spring. I love the classic Americana feel of red and white stripes and I feel like there's going be multiple variations of this pattern in my closet this spring and summer!

These white booties are dreamy. I've been wanting some for a while now and they were apart of the Gap sale! The 1960's is one of my favorite era's for fashion and while these are quite a gogo boot, I feel like there's something really retro about them. They're so versatile. I'm already planning to wear them with this dress and remember this skirt? How cute would they be paired with that skirt and a white tee for spring?!

I've been having so too much fun shopping for spring. It's so fresh and easy to buy for. I like being able to find one and done pieces, like a pretty dress that just requires a fun shoe and my favorite earrings! I've done a post on 5 Things for Spring and I'm going to do an update on what I've actually bought soon! 

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