“Should I or Shouldn’t I?”

There comes a time when a fashionista has to make a very important decision. A decision that involves life or death, richer or poorer and full or hungry, all leading up to the thought of: “should I buy or shouldn’t I buy?”

Right now, I’m at a loss for words. I spent the last few days savoring over the cutest pair of denim booties from one of my favorite online retailers, only to realize that I was wasting my time. I never bought the boots! All those man hours spent searching the website, checking to see if the online retailer had my shoe size, zooming in on every picture and focusing on every angle, thinking about ways to wear the booties, looking at how I would incorporate them into my outfits and eyeballing every detail that the booties had to offer. Guys, here me out here though. It wasn’t completely a waste of time because I learned something very important in the end analysis. I learned that there’s a time and place for everything, even when it comes to purchasing items.

Right now, I’m in college. I have to think about a new semester of course fees, buying books, and other costly essentials a college student endures. Before I can think about buying super cute booties, I need to look at the bigger picture and put money into things that are going to help me succeed. I have my whole life to buy different fashion accessories. Focusing on the present and getting my degree is what’s at the top of my priorities. Don’t get me wrong, the booties would have totally complimented me and would help make any of my outfits that much cuter, but there will be others.

When it came to making my decision; “should I or shouldn’t I buy the booties?” I almost lost myself and was about to cave in. But then I thought, this is my moment to be strong. I am going to save my money for school, and if the booties are meant to be, maybe I will have some spare cash in the future to spend on and I will think of those babies. Until then, I’m going to focus on building my empire, starting with my education.

Holiday Advent Adventure

NYX “Box of Goodies”

‘Tis the season for hot chocolate, candy canes, holiday music, and advent calendars! Count down to the holidays with a beauty advent calendar. NYX’s “Box of Goodies” advent calendar, to be exact.

I first saw the NYX “Box of Goodies” advent calendar in ULTA’s weekly catalogue. The Black Friday edition catalogue. Right when I saw it, I knew I had to have it!

It was the day after Black Friday. I drove right up to my nearest ULTA and picked up the “Box of Goodies.” ULTA had quite a few left at the time. It retailed for $50, but was on sale for $25.

As I entered ULTA, I saw the calendars on display in one of the shelves right between the skincare and fragrance products. I went back to my house and pulled my advent calendar out of my bright plastic orange ULTA shopping bag. Here’s what I had experienced…

First, I acknowledged the boxing of the calendar and made some distinctions… The advent calendar is folded into a box. The detail of the box is very pretty and sultry. When you open the box, you can see that it lays vertically. The inside of the calendar has a light pink shade of black lace with flowers and leaves swirled around the area. Each side of the calendar has 12 pockets. The outside of the box is black and has pink lace wrapped around it. The front of the box explains what is in the advent calendar. The back of the box shows the exact colors and names of each item you find within the calendar.

Content in Advent Calendar

Then, I investigated the products that the calendar entails… The calendar contains 12 limited edition eyeshadows and 12 Lip Lingerie lipsticks. As I opened each cut-out by numerical order, starting with number 23, I realized that the eyeshadows and lipsticks coordinate with each other. When I opened number 23, I found an eyeshadow in the shade “Honeymoon.” Next, I opened number 22 and found a lipstick named “Honeymoon.” Is it more than a coincidence that the shades of the lipstick and eyeshadow have the same name? I think not. So, then I opened number 21, which was an eyeshadow named “Teddy.” Next, was a lipstick in number 20, named “Teddy.” The shades of the lipsticks and eyeshadows of the same name match each other. “Ruffle Trim” eyeshadow has a very similar color to the lipstick in “Ruffle Trim.” Next, I noticed that every other box has a lipstick. For example, I started off with number 23, which had an eyeshadow in it. Then, number 22 had a lipstick in it. Next, number 21 had an eyeshadow in it and number 20 had a lipstick in it, and so on.

After trying out the colors and checking out the packaging, I have to say I think NYX’s “Box of Goodies’ advent calendar is the cutest! The joy and excitement of carefully opening each “day” in the advent calendar makes for a fun little surprise. If it’s still on sale, I would suggest purchasing it. A normal sized NYX ‘Lip Lingerie” liquid lipstick runs for $7. This box gives you a smaller version of every color available in the “Lip Lingerie” collection, plus 12 limited edition matching eyeshadows. It’s truly a treat!

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“Go, Fight, Win!”

Stickers and Cute Tops

Stickers and Cute Tops

It’s officially tailgate season! Time to throw on your cutest school spirit wear. Tailgates are all about spending good times with friends, eating food, drinking beverages and most importantly, repping your school in the cutest outfit. So, get ready to “rep, rep, represent your school!” Here are a few ways to show some school spirit.

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“Rep, rep, representin'”

Coordinate the outfit around a cute top that features your school, whether it be the mascot, the name of the school, or just the school’s colors in general. Pair the cute top with some cut-offs, jeans or leggings, depending on the weather. Keep the bottoms neutral so that you can later accessorize, and not overdo it on school spirit. If you decide to wear cut-offs due to warmer weather, try pairing them with gladiator sandals or tennis shoes. The gladiator sandals add fierceness to the outfit. Whereas, tennis shoes add laid-back, chill vibes to the look. When wearing jeans or leggings, pair them with over the knee boots for cooler weather. Over the knee boots accentuate the legs and keeps you feeling warm while socializing with friends and cheering your team on in the stands.

Top everything off with some accessories. Try wearing the same shade of lipstick as your school’s colors to enhance the spirit and make the outfit pop. Cute stickers and face and body glitter amp up the school spirit to any outfit and adds some flair. Snapbacks and hats allow for some shade from the sun and add that extra sporty touch to the ensemble.When it comes to repping your school in spirit wear, it’s all about being confident and having fun. Spirit wear should be comfortable and chic, yet sporty and flirty. Just have fun with it. We came to win, so why not show off them threads and stand loud and proud for your school.

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Shoulder Love

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Enjoying the great outdoors in a cute ensemble.

Spread the shoulder love! “Off the shoulder” tops are making waves and providing views of various collarbones and shoulders. “Off the shoulder” tops are very versatile. They can be worn for just about any occasion and can be worn during any season, depending on how you wear them. Here are a few suggestions on how these delectable tops can be accustomed to your wardrobe.
Showing some Shoulder Love in an "Off the Shoulder" Dress.

Showing some Shoulder Love in an “Off the Shoulder” Romper.

Try pairing an “off the shoulder” crop top with jeans and any kind of shoes. The balance between the laidback vibes from the jeans and the cute and sweet vibes from the top will make the outfit look relaxed and desirable for any chill occasion.

Cut-offs with gladiator sandals and an “off the shoulder” crop top looks adorable! When pairing cut-offs and a crop top, you get a chance to show off your figure. The crop top accentuates your waist and shows off those chiseled collarbones and toned shoulders. Whereas, the cut-offs make way to show off legs and design of the gladiator sandals. Adding gladiator sandals to the outfit, gives the whole ensemble some character.

Cut-offs and gladiator sandals, with an "off the shoulder" crop top.

An “off the shoulder” crop top, cut-offs, and gladiator sandals.

If you’re not feelin’ a cropped “off the shoulder” top, try wearing a regular shoulder baring top with some leggings and some boots for those upcoming chilly days.

Another alternative to an “off the shoulder” top would be a dress. “Off the shoulder” dresses look cutest with heels or knee high boots. Try pairing a dress with some strappy heels or suede knee high boots and a cute leather purse for that balance of chicness and sophistication.

“Off the shoulder” tops are flattering and chic, they accentuate shoulders and collarbones in a stylish way. Whether it be for a casual outing or an elegant dinner, “off the shoulder” tops can be worn anytime.

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Fashion Vibin’

Fashion is like a window to one’s soul. As we choose outfits to wear and show off to the world, we are also choosing what vibes we want people to perceive us with. Fashion is all about expressing yourself. The moment you buy those brand new threads and wear them out and about, you are telling a story. You are telling the world who you are, where you came from, and where you are going. Every outfit has a story. Here is mine…

While thinking about what I want to wear for the day, I ask myself: “Do I want to feel strong? Do I want to feel girly and cute? Do I want to feel classy and sophisticated? Do I want to feel casual and relaxed? Or maybe I want to show off all these things at once” I think about where I came from, who I want to be, who I am, and what I want to be perceived with. We all have different sides to our personalities. We all have goals and dreams. A past, present and a future. “What part of my inner self do I want to present?”

As I think about it, wearing clothes is like wearing your heart on your sleeve, literally. Specific clothing articles represent key aspects of your heart’s desires, wants, needs, loves, and feelings.

When choosing my ootd, I try on a couple different things that suggest different vibes. For example, I try on things that show my athletic side, like tanks and leggings. Or, I’ll try on a dress to show off my girly side. Whatever I wake up to and feel comfortable in, I will wear for the day. Sometimes I will show off a mix of my personalities. For example, I will try on a tank with the leggings, but decide that I feel more comfortable in a skirt instead of leggings. Therefore, I’m mixing athletic and girly vibes, athletic from the tank and girly from the skirt.

Overall, ensemble vibin’ can be very broad, yet symbolizes specific aspects of an individual’s personality. When choosing different outfits to wear for the day, think about how you want to be characterized. Vibes are impressions. But, most importantly vibes tell a story. Happy ootd choosing!

Blue Pouty Craze

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick “Little Denim Dress”

Lately, it seems as though one of summer’s hottest beauty trends is a sky blue matte lip. Whether it be provided by Kylie Jenner’s Lip Kits or NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks, sky blue matte lips are on the rise. I have heard mixed reviews about the trend and decided to try it out. Here is how I first found out about the trend and my overall critique.

I first discovered the sky blue lip color from NYX because I follow them on Instagram. Then, through Snapchat, I saw that Kylie Jenner was launching “Skylie” a sky blue matte lip just before 4th of July weekend. When I first saw the products through social media, I thought, “Wow, that’s very bright, I wonder how I could pull this off.” I was skeptical about the whole thing because I had felt the brightness level of the blue was very high and it would be overpowering. I gave it more thought and was like, “You know what, let’s go for it… It’s summer time, I’m only young once, why not have a little fun!”

Yes, I’m still adjusting to my shopaholic ways and trying not to spend that much money. So I did a little research! I compared prices between Kylie Jenner’s “Skylie” Lip Kit and NYX’s “Little Denim Dress” Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick. Kylie’s runs around $29, whereas NYX’s is near $7. Which one sounds like a better deal, guys? Don’t get me wrong, Kylie’s lip kit includes both the lip liner and liquid lipstick, but better to save especially when you’re on a budget.

So, I went for NYX’s “Little Denim Dress” Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick. I drove down to my nearest ULTA and picked up one of two “Little Denim Dresses” that were available. When I first swatched the bright blue creamy lipstick onto the back of my hand, I thought, “ok, ok, this might actually work on me.” As it was drying on my hand, my interest grew more and more.

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Blue Lippies

I decided to try it out during 4th of July weekend. I was getting ready for the day’s festivities and pulled out my newest makeup hopeful, “Little Denim Dress.” I had made up my face with my usual makeup routine, which consisted of, face makeup (moisturizer, foundation, highlighter, bronzer, concealer, setting powder), eye makeup (eyeliner for the top and bottom, mascara), and primer water.

I began to swipe “Little Denim Dress” onto my lips, in front of a mirror. Indoors, the color looked surprisingly pretty, I looked awake, which was a plus, though a little bit on the costume side, but I thought the color could pass.  In broad daylight is where I really had my “wow” moment.

I had walked over to the window in my room, which provides natural sunlight, and looked at myself with a handheld mirror. It was then and there where I fell in love! The bright blue actually made my skin look so healthy and clear. My eyes had looked brighter and were sparkling with delight. In that moment, I just felt alive. I was impressed.

Overall, I’m a fan of the bright blue lip trend. Yes, it is out there and risky, but who doesn’t like a good showstopper? 

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