Aug 23, 2014

Lace Overlay

Kate Spade Lace Dress

Rocksbox Earring Review

Kate Spade Bow Belt

Kate Spade Black and White Lace Dress

Rocksbox Belt Bracelet

Steve Madden Nude Heels

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Pleated Cardigan Merona (similar here) | Black and White Overlay Lace Dress and Orange Bow Belt Kate Spade (similar dress here and exact belt here| Legacy Black Satchel JUSTFAB! | Buckle Down Bracelet in Gold Urban Gem |  Malachite Pyramid Luxe Stud Earrings Isharya rented via Rocksbox (similar here) | Nude Unityy Heels Steve Madden (similar here)
Kate Spade is one of my favorite designers, and if I had no other responsibilities, my closet would be full of Kate Spade clothes and accessories. Luckily, I love to shop at Crossroads Trading Co. and I was very lucky to spot this black and white lace overlay shift dress. I love going through racks of clothes and finding hidden gems like this, but every now and then I like to shop for gently used items online. 

My online thrift shopping has recently been enabled by thredUP. This Kate Spade bow belt was one of my first finds on the app brand new with tags. You can shop by designer or style for Women's, Juniors, and Kids clothes either on their website or from the app. What is also great is you can sell your clothes through their site by ordering a clean out bag. I haven't tried selling my clothes this way yet, but I love the items I have found so far on the app. I'll keep you posted with more gems that I find there and if I decide to try selling any items.

Speaking of gems, I have also been pretty obsessed with Rocksbox. The earrings my stylist sent me were gorgeous and I envisioned pairing them with the orange belt. I think my look has just the right amount of color with the classic black and white dress and I love being able to experiment with the jewelry. I ended up buying the buckle bracelet. Currently Rocksbox is giving the first month free, so if you are interested in joining use my referral link here to take advantage of that offer.

Hope you are having a great weekend so far!

Aug 18, 2014

"Up All Night" Make Up by One Direction Review

One Direction Makeup Collection

Up All Night One Direction

Up All Night One Direction Make Up Tin

One Direction Makeup Review

#thelookscollection

Makeup by One Direction

#makeupby1D

Beauty Blogger

Disclosure: I received makeup to sample from BrandBacker and Markwins International, but all opinions are my own.

I recently began experimenting with beauty products, so when I was given the opportunity to try out a new makeup collection by One Direction, I had mixed feelings about using it. I was psyched to try out new makeup, but what would a boy band know about makeup? Well, that question made me ask Google and I found out they already had makeup out as well as perfume, so this isn't the boy band's first time venturing into the world of beauty. (I will come out and admit right off the bat that I have listened to a few of One Direction's songs, but I don't even know all of their names except Harry Styles, because come on, who doesn't know Harry Styles?)

The makeup came in a collectible tin, and there are 3 available named after their albums. I was sent the "Up All Night" Looks Tin and it has a removable plastic sleeve with the boy band and their signatures.  The "Up All Night" tin came with: the Little Black Dress mascara, Na Na Na teal nail polish, Taken pink liquilights glow gloss, I Should Have Kissed You lipstick, Stand Up Navy eye & body crayon, 5 eye shadow palette with colors More Than This, Save You Tonight, Up All Night, Gotta Be You and Another World. The set also included One Direction doodle stencils.  

My first impression of the kit was that it featured really bright, make up colors that are fun, but not what I am used to wearing everyday. I like to have fun with my clothes at work, but makeup is an accessory that I never want to have too much of. Some of the colors on the eye shadow palette as well as the lip colors seem like they are more appropriate to wear to go out at night, but I was able to incorporate a few of the eye shadow colors for everyday wear. They lasted all day, especially a few of the ones I tried with sparkle.  liked that I could wear the Little Black Dress mascara everyday. My eyelashes are pretty long and the mascara adds just the right amount of definition and gave the right amount of volume. It earned extra points for being fairly easy to remove at the end of the day too.

Out of all the items in the set, my favorite was the mermaid teal-green nail polish named Na Na Na. I shared a photo yesterday on instagram showing off the pretty color that this nail polish. I needed to apply 3 coats because it was slightly thinner than other polishes, but it dried really fast. I loved the color and experienced no chipping on the first day I had it on. 

The eyeliner was new for me, having only used liquid before. I had never seen a big crayon like the one in this kit before either, but I like that it is versatile and can be used on your body as well or as a dark shadow. The color is very rich and bold, and I wore it a few times for attention on my eyes. I am not sure if I would ever use the doodle stencils on myself with this body crayon, but it might be fun to try them out with my 9 year old niece. 

I was a little overwhelmed by the lipstick and liquilights glow gloss in the set. At first I was in love with how girly the colors were. Now in retrospect, I would have preferred the "Midnight Memories" tin only because of the more classic red lip colors. The Should Have Kissed You lipstick was a little too pale for my skin tone, and was not as smooth too apply nor long-lasting. The Taken liquilights glow gloss is very intense. It is easy to apply and is sickeningly sweet. It is practically liquid sugar on your lips. The sweet smell was a little too overwhelming at one point to me, but the color was great and it took awhile for it to fade. I might want to try out the two lip products together to decide whether I like them or not, but out off all the items I did not like the lipstick too much.

Overall, I would rate this makeup set as 3 out of 5. It is in a reusable collector's tin, has products with clever names based on song titles ( or so I am told), and features some pretty trendy colors. It would make a great gift for any One Direction fan, but would not be ideal for someone who prefers subtler makeup. If you'd like to get your hands on a set, here are the scheduled released dates for participating department stores:

Macy's - August 11th
Stage Stores - August 25th
Dillards - August 25th
Beauty Brands - August 25th
Lord and Taylor - August 25th

You can also like this Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection for more news and other makeup tutorials as well as announcements for when they are available at other stores. If you happen to snatch up one of these limited edition tins, don't forget to share your beauty looks with the hashtags: #thelookscollection #makeup1D and #markwins so other 1D fans can discover this makeup set.

Hope you enjoyed my review and until next time,

Aug 12, 2014

Breezy Blue

Fashion Blogger

Pink and Blue

Brights and Whites

LE TOTE Bracelet

Style Blogger

BCBG Generation Top

LE TOTE Review
Pink Jacket and Multi-Chain Necklace Forever 21 | Blue Asymetrical Top BCBG Generation (similar) and Bracelet c/o LE TOTE | White Skinny Jeans 7 For All Mankind (here) | Ring Crush on College | Silver Sedaraby d'Orsay Heels Manolo Blahnik (here) | Voyager Satchel JUST FAB! | Lipstick - Le Rouge 205 Fuchsia Irresistible Givenchy (here)
Some days the wind is just stronger than the sunny,warm weather when you live in the Bay Area, and picks up around the time you decide you want to take your outfit photo. Regardless of how windy it can be, my hair and I will try to work with the wind enough to get a good shot.

This summer I've played around more with bright colors, and I was really excited to try out this blue asymmetrical top c/o LE TOTE. It's a pretty turquoise, asymmetrical, and has these interesting cut-outs. Not something I would have found on my own, so I am lucky I have a fun stylist at LE TOTE picking out interesting pieces for me. It was the perfect material to wear for a windy/warm day, and the shape of it comes to life thanks to the wind. My white jeans are a Crossroads Trading Co. find, and when I spotted them last year I knew they would be perfect for summer days. I am a little surprised that summer is almost over, and I'll have to go back wearing darker bottoms.  It makes me want to wear them as much as I can before the month ends, but I know I will just stick to dark bottoms because I am always afraid of getting that one noticeable stain on the day you decide to wear them. I'll have to really convince myself they won't get dirty to bravely wear them again (even though they are so comfortable!) Stay tuned to see if I decide to wear these again before I wait another year.

Hope you are having a great week and stay tuned for my first makeup review coming soon,