Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Second Star to the Right and Straight on 'Til Morning

My room has had the same furniture, bedding, curtains, and lamps since I was about seven. Come to think of it seven was a pretty big year for me. Oh 1995 how I miss you! Anyway, my mom had all of my bedding made for me by a seamstress so it cost her quite a lot, and no one else has mine. I don't have the heart to get rid of this stuff and I also have no way of replacing it, so I've just tried to make it as me/grown up as possible. (Kind of hard to do when your room looks like a tea party) It kind of makes me think of Peter Pan. It's one of my favorite books and I really have never wanted to grow up. I even have a few little knickknacks that allude to my love of the story- like a tiny pirate ship for holding necklace charms, and a small pale blue ring box that looks like it's made of coral to represent the mermaids.

I believe a girl's room can reveal a lot about her. It's a glimpse into her entire microcosm. So, I suppose that means this is a rather personal post. Oh well. Here goes :] 

On the other side table, I have my favorite picture of Mark and I together. The pink orchids were actually featured in this post. It's one of my favorite pictures that I've taken. 
I used to have this horrible standard lamp thing that just came with our house. I hated it. I've always thought chandeliers belong in bedrooms. I couldn't afford a really big grand one, but this one was just as elegant and only about $30 at Home Depot. Adding the ceiling medallion made a huge difference. It's styrofoam and WAY cheaper than a wooden one. 

I'm a bit of a Francophile, hence the Eiffel Tower picture hanging on my wall. It used to be this embarrassing portrait of me. I finally got my mom to put it somewhere else (a closet, thank heavens) and let me put up whatever I wanted. (She has some control issues) 
"A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future" Coco Chanel
I wouldn't go that far, but perfume for me is HUGE.
Arrrgghh matey! This is that little pirate ship I was telling you about :]

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Just say yes

 It just started getting a little bit cooler here in Florida, and I (of course) jumped at the opportunity to layer. It's always cool in the morning then unbearably hot by midday! Layering here is a bit trickier than in most places I think. At least in places where it stays cold you know you have to wear a lot of clothes to stay warm and that't the end of it. In Florida, it varies. You have to consider how cloudy it is, how windy it is, where you're going to be, if it's raining- ugh! It's a bit overwhelming. What I like to do is to forget all about fall/winter clothes altogether. I wear my spring/summer clothes underneath and just pile some nice sweaters over top. :p I keep closed toed shoes though because sandals are pretty impractical if it's cool. No one likes cold feet! Today, I wore a tube top I bought years ago and layered two cardigans over that. Kept me warm and it was easy to stuff one of the cardigans in my tote once it got too warm.

Outfit details:
Jeans: Guess 
Tube top: American Eagle
Striped cardigan: Marshalls
Blue cardigan: target
Bow belt: anthropologie
Headband: Anthropologie
Key Necklace: Forever 21
Flats: Jimmy Choo

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Holiday Inspiration

When I was about ten years old, my mom took me to this great craft store called Diamonds. It was literally craft heaven. It had tons of glitter, styrofoam shapes of all sizes, colorful fabrics- the works. On that day, we weren't there for crafts though. We were there because they offered this nifty service where they make custom christmas ornaments. My mom had ordered tons of golden orbs, deep red light bulb shaped ornaments covered in sumptuous fabrics, red and gold bows- the most beautiful ornaments I had ever seen- and we were there to pick them up. I've been so proud of our Christmas tree ever since. I think she picked such beautiful colors and shapes that will always be beautiful. It's been 13 years since then, and they still look great to me. Yesterday, we put up our tree and as I found the perfect spots to place the glittering baubles; I was inspired to do something Christmassy to my nails.  

This is what you'll need. 

1.Start with your favorite shade of red
2. Make a tic-tac-toe pattern in black. For the horizontal stripes, keep the brush still and move the nail instead. (This keeps them straight!)
3. Make the same in pattern in white to the left and below the black stripes
4. Make the tic tac toe pattern again in green glitter to the right and above the black pattern. 
5. Make a plus sign through the middle with gold glitter
6. Clean up the edges with a q-tip dipped in polish remover
7. Apply top coat and cuticle oil 

You can do this plaid nail design with any other colors to create an entirely different look. I myself have always associated the holidays with plaids. So, it seemed only natural to do a plaid accent nail in festive colors. I hope you enjoyed this!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Peter Pan Collars

There are few things in this world that I love more than a peter pan collar.  I make no secret of my intense love for them. I feel like they impart a certain sophisticated sweetness to absolutely any outfit. It's a wonderful way to make a tough outfit very feminine again. Much like the juxtaposition of a leather jacket over a sweet, lacy dress. Now, thanks to Etsy's luminia, you can put a peter pan collar on anything! Detachable peter pan collars. Yes, you read that right. There are a few sellers of these on Etsy, but this is seriously the best quality I've seen (and I've spent many a night perusing Etsy trying to find the very best ones!) Not only are they detachable, they come in a variety of beautiful colors, and you can even find them with different types of bows, no bows, whatever you like!

These are two I plan on buying (I want them all, seriously) as soon as I have enough money. I do pretty much bake/sell cookies to keep myself afloat nowadays so that could take a while. Still, these shall be mine!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Oh Poor Atlas...

 I only ever seem to be making silly faces and awkward gestures when I'm taking outfit pictures. Bear with me you guys. Anywho, I decided today was a good day to braid my hair into something fun and different. It'll be curly again tomorrow, just in case you were interested! I wasn't quite sure what outfit would go best with this hair style, but my mind did jump to white dresses like Grecian goddesses and such; I just thought that would be such an obvious and literal translation. There's no fun in literal and obvious! Something romantic like this just seemed more appropriate. I didn't get any good shots of the shirt I wore, but it actually has this beautiful beaded butterfly detail in the bust. It makes me feel special whenever I swear it. Then of course, there's my new trusty anthro cardigan that is a dream to wear. 
Outfit details: 
Pants: Nordstrom
Top: Wet Seal
Cardigan: Anthropologie
Peacock Fascinator: Urban Outfitters
Necklace: Childhood gift from mom
Flats: Coach

♫ What the Water Gave Me- Florence + the Machine 

Monday, November 14, 2011

My Own Secret Ceremonials

Yes, my hair is straight. No this will not be a regular occurrence. 
It's still summer here, but with the loveliest breeze. Of course, I'm wearing shorts underneath this skirt to avoid exposing my lady bits. I love combining unexpected patterns like this seersucker skirt and the bright pink shirt that has what I believe to be cherry blossom petals on it. It's the most flattering t-shirt type shirt I have. I remember buying it many years ago with Yvy at Urban Outfitters on a Black Friday very early in the morning. It was both my first and probably my last Black Friday experience. I hate the stress and the lines of it all. Most of the time the deals aren't even that great. I'd much rather shop online. If I hate it, I send it back and it's okay because I got it on sale anyway, right? 

On a totally different note, i've had Florence + the Machine's Ceremonials album on REPEAT. I still love Lungs the most, but Ceremonials is pretty awesome as well. I mean it's Florence Welch. She is my goddess-sharing a spot only with JK Rowling. Always the English, those genius people! It's almost unfair. They're extremely polite, intelligent, the boys are attractive as hell (and even if they're not- that accent! /swoon) And just look at all the amazing artists from there. Can I please be an honorary British person?

Outfit Details: 
Top: Urban Outfitters
Skirt: American Eagle via Marshalls
Flats: Coach
Watch: Michael Kors

Sunday, November 13, 2011

glitz and glitter!

(left to right) Plum Black Chelsea polish + Donmar Overglaze Topcoat + A-Ha! Moment 
Plum Black Chelsea + Donmar Overglaze Topcoat

I've been terribly sick for about two weeks. Being diabetic means colds last much longer for me than most people. I am just beginning to feel better though and of course, my mom takes that opportunity to have me accompany her to the mall. I was in Sephora yesterday, and the looks they have up for the holidays are absolutely breathtaking. It's a very ethereal angelic look. I love the hair and the bold red lip, the luminous skin- it's pretty much perfect! I was also inspired by this great set of polishes. Sephora always has something cool going on in terms of nail art/colors (which I LOVE). I've been dying to try white nail polish. I had never worn the color before now, and I must say I love it especially with this little glittery topcoat that came with the set I purchased (photo above). 
To achieve this look:
Step 1 Prep- Gently remove dry, flaky skin with a lip exfoliator, then condition with Dior Addict Lip Glow
Step 2 Prime-Pat a small amount of Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer onto your lips- it provides a base for your lip color so it lasts longer
Step 3 Line- Outline your mouth with a clear lipliner- Make Up Forever Lip Line Perfection. It prevents color from fading or bleeding
Step 4 Layer-Apply Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl with the Sephora Collection Pro Square Retractable Lip Brush #60 for ultimate precision
Step 5 Perfect- Trace the outer edges of your lips with a highlighting concealer Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat- then blend
Step 6 Enhance- Balance the look and add radiance to your skin by blending a small amount of luminizer- Benefit High Beam- on your cheekbones, just above the brow, and a dot right above your upper lip.

These are just the directions that Sephora wrote out for us commoners in their little how-to pamphlet, but most of us can't afford to buy all these specific products for one look! So feel free to replace most of these products with things you might already have. This is my translation of the same directions!

Step one: Lip exfoliator?! Sugar is the best scrub on the planet and its not as abrasive as salt. Rub a little sugar on wet lips and you're good to go! Dior what?! put some Chapstick on. That's all you need.
Step two: You may not have a lip primer, but you probably have a little powder right? Pat some of your foundation on your lips over your chapstick. It's a great primer!
Step three: Use a lip liner. One that matches your lip color or a nude one that blends perfectly with your lips. Most people already have this. If you don't, just buy a drugstore one.
Step four: Put your lipstick on. Pick a nice bright red that goes well with your skin.
Step five:  Dab just a touch of concealer on the outer edges of your lips, and blend
Step six: If you don't have a luminizer, a shimmery translucent eye shadow will work just fine. I have a sample size bottle of High Beam, and it's actually pretty good. It's a bit pricey though 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cozy Slippers and a Cup of Advice

I know it's been almost a week since my last post. I've been swamped with organic chemistry and microbiology :[ There is also something very exciting on the horizon! I'm not allowed to tell anyone what it is or even give any hints; but suffice it to say that this opportunity could radically change my life!

On another note, these new slippers from Anthropologie are absolutely dreamy. These are on my Christmas list as of right now! I'm leaning towards those sweet yellow ones, but it's so hard to decide. Why does everything in this store have to be so beautiful (and expensive)?

These are sure to keep your piggies warm through the cold winter months 

I think what really has me sold on these is the quality. If I find something I think is beautiful, but it looks cheap or like it will fall apart, I won't buy it. Even fake jewelry is something to be careful with. I'm no millionaire, so I can't buy tons of gold and diamonds, but I do try to avoid metals that I know will smell bad. Seriously, sniff your fakes before you buy them. Sometimes a little listerine bath will fix it, but not always. After a while, your skin will start to smell like that and whatever money you've invested in perfume is out the window. 

A good example of low quality clothing is Forever 21. Sorry ladies, this store has nothing but ill fitting crap that falls apart after a few washes. I know people who dry clean this stuff so it'll last longer. It's smarter to save your pennies and buy something that will last forever or at least a few years! I'm not saying don't shop there! I just think that store is best for trying out new trends and such. A while ago sequins were everywhere and all the girls wanted to bedazzle their butts, but these trends fade. It wouldn't be smart to buy a $2,000 sequined purse, but if you find something similar at Forever 21 for $14.95, you can still be a part of this trend (whatever it happens to be at the moment) without being irresponsible. Siriusly (haha Harry Potter reference :p), even if i was a billionaire I wouldn't buy very trendy things at a high price. If you're going to toss it, don't invest. If it's classic, timeless, and you can get a lot out of it, I say SPEND (within your means please)! 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

I was a cloud today

I really wanted to wear my new anthro cardigan and honestly, the moment I saw it in the store I pictured myself wearing it with this lace t-shirt. However, this shirt is very long and has a beautiful scallop detail at the bottom. I was sad to have to tuck it in, but i just don't enjoy wearing pants as much a I love wearing skirts. Particularly with all this 80 something degree weather, despite the pleasant breezes we've had. That's fall in Miami. You get the same temperatures and humidity of summer, but with a lovely breeze added in. This felt very light and romantic. Just cozy enough to welcome November, but practical enough for this heat. It'll be a while before I start wearing dark colors (if at all). I'm not against the deeper palette of fall/winter, but I'm so attracted to spring/summer colors that I rarely ever buy anything dark. There are almost no chunky knits in my closet; and try as I might I have tons of blue in every shade. I've always said I don't have a favorite color. I love different colors for different things. I love white for its versatility, but I think I'm most attracted to shades of blue for my clothes. I like the way they look against my skin, the way they relax the eye. It's just pleasant overall. 

Outfit details:
Top: Anthropologie
Cardigan: Anthropologie
Belt: Anthropologie
Skirt: thrifted
Shoes: Coach
Necklace: It's a Stitch via etsy