Summer is in full affect and it can be somewhat of a challenge to remain fashionable while trying to beat the heat. But have no fear my friends, because yours truly has crafted an outfit that is appropriate for this season. I wanted to give my shorts and sandals a day off, so I pulled out my white jeans and paired them with some heels (a decision I somewhat regretted later due to the blisters I received). Since I was feeling a little wild because I was hitting the city (more like a small town) I just HAD to wear my navy vest with gold buttons, which is still one of my favorite purchases to this day because I only paid thirteen dollars for it! The vest is a well crafted product and it has an expensive appearance, which was all achieved at a clearance price, does it really get any better?!? In an effort to break up the outfit, I slipped on a polyester burgundy tank underneath. Leopard heels spiced up the look and made for a nice statement piece that complimented the rest of the look. Although this look had more of a “nautical” feel to it, it is one of my favorite outfits from this summer! It had a very fresh feel to it and it demonstrates how you can still manage to layer even when it is eighty degrees outside, which adds dimensions to any outfit. This look can easily be recreated and reworked by simply changing up the color schemes and swapping out the vest for another layering piece such as a light cardigan or a kimono cardigan. Make sure to stay cool this summer and to stray away from the habit of wearing just shorts and tank tops (I have been known to fall a victim as well)!
Getting ready can be a long process (especially when you have a small attention span like yours truly) but it sure doesn’t have to be a painful one! Like many others, I listen to music while getting ready, and know that when I say listen, I really mean singing at the top of my lungs, while slowly putting on clothes, pretending that I can dance like Beyoncé around my room. It is truly a sight to see and I am glad that I don’t have too many mirrors. Regardless, I truly enjoy the process of getting ready, even if it takes me a “tad” longer. Therefore I figured that I would share my morning playlist with you for some morning inspiration! Caution: there is a lot of girl power and hip hop (my favorite things), throwbacks included. So check out the little playlist that I have included below and maybe add a few to your morning routine!
Although I am at heart a city girl, every year my family and I travel to our cabin in up north Michigan, and I absolutely love i!. It is nice to get away (like totally away, WiFi and service excluded) for a while and to spend some time outdoors and away from Netflix. It is rather secluded up where we go but we still visit the popular areas, such as Mackinac City, Rogers City, Ocqueoc Falls, etc. The trip this year was rather quick, but my entire family along with my friend, made sure to make the most of it by following my schedule (they may or may not have thought I was crazy). We even went parasailing, which was an incredible experience that I recommend that everyone tries at least once! The rest of the adventure was spent by the fire, sight seeing, and of course, eating pies. I had my new camera so ALL of the memories were captured thanks to yours truly. I waned to share some pictures of my traveling with you along with some of my laid back casual outfits. I packed fairly lightly and made sure to be simplistic, I mean the town does only consist of a gas station and one restaurant! However, being myself, I still spent some time packing my suitcase and choosing what to wear. The patriotic gear was a total must, along with my new favorite summer shades. Check out the pics below to see my up north chic, and to see some of the photos I took sightseeing! I made this post more of a travel based post, due to my attempt to add some more diversity to my blog while keeping fashion at the heart of it. Let me know if you like this post and if you would like to see more like this one!
Eyebrows. Eyebrows, the hair that rests right above your eyes. Everyone has a different texture, length, shape, color, etc, but why are we so incredibly obsessed with them?!? Simply because they can alter everything about a person (or as I like to think). The eyebrow craze of recent occurred primarily due to the emergence of Cara Delevingne into the spotlight, full eyebrows included. Since then eyebrows have never been looked at as “just eyebrows” again in this century. Take a look at this video that was put together by the lovely team at British Vogue that covers the history of those life altering arches!
P.S. My obsession with eyebrows is not going anywhere any time soon. I actually have developed a bad habit where I tend to just stare at people’s eyebrows when they’re talking to me and not listen. Oops.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America hosts the annual CFDA awards in New York City as a celebration of designers and those who wear and follow fashion religiously. Various branches of the industry are represented and various people are recognized. At this year’s awards, David Bowie was memorialized for being such an inspiration to the creative process behind the fashion, along with Prince for his fashionable contributions. The fashion was of course, quite the spectacle of last night’s event and primarily consisted of the coinciding colors of the event which was black, white and red, which my favorite looks of the evening consisted of. I may be impartial, being that I am currently listening to Beyoncé’s Lemonade album (if you haven’t listened/bought/obsessed yet you really should) but she was by far my best dressed. Her striped Givenchy suit paired with her “large” brimmed hat entirely made me fan girl. It showed how worthy she was of receiving the Fashion Icon Award because let’s face it, not too many people can rock that without looking like an imprisoned farmer. Check out my favorite looks below and let me know who your favorite was!
If you do not know who Taylor Hill is, you really should. She is one of the biggest models of the moment and let me start by saying that her eyebrows are indeed everything. I’ve been following Taylor for quite some time now and she has tripled in followers and is finally getting the attention that she rightfully deserves. She has also earned her wings by becoming a Victoria’s Secret Angel and has walked in several designer fashion shows season after season. Needless to say, I was ecstatic when I saw that she was featured on the first of British Vogue’s series of “In The Bag”. British Vogue showcases various celebrities and explores their bags to get an inside look into their lives. I’m enjoying their new YouTube series and wanted to share with you not only the first, but my favorite (duh, because it is Taylor)! Enjoy the “episode” and do not hate the contents of your bag too much for not being as fabulous as hers.
P.S. British Vogue if you’d like to look through my bag you will more than likely find chap stick (if I remember to grab it), an expired coupon and may have the occasional granola bar. I believe that I have enticed you thoroughly, and I will be awaiting an email.
We live in the age of social media along with our ever so fashionable celebrity counterparts. While they do make our amount of likes and followers seem minuscule, their accounts have such a large following for a reason. My favorite ones in particular, are the celebrities that showcase their luxurious fashion taste (or their stylists, which ever way you choose to look at it). It not only makes our own closets look like the clearance rack at Kohls, but it gives us some serious inspiration or shall I say depressing dreams. Therefore I have rounded up my top five favorite fashionistas on Instagram (bloggers excluded) so that you can make your feed a little more fash-tastic (more than likely the most cliché/ignorant word I have written on my blog). So check out some of my favorite posts from these “fashstagrams” (I’m doing it again, aren’t I?!?) and check out the rest of their feeds!
Let me begin with my personal favorite, Blake Lively! Her Instagram is filled with highlights from her incredible life and showcases her ever-so-perfect self. Her captions are equal parts genius and “on point” and she is an underrated Queen of Instagram. She always fills her posts with her exquisite couture style and often includes hilarious photos of herself. She is by far my favorite fashionista to follow and one of my ultimate celebrities to fan girl over.
Instagram handle: @blakelively
Over the past weekend both my friends and I had quite the glamorous evening. While it wasn’t the Met Gala (give me a few years) it was prom! This year’s prom was not as important for me because I am only a Junior, but you know me, I still brought my A-game. I have never been overly enthused by the sparkly, typical, prom dresses so I spiced it up a little bit. I wanted to create a look that was modern and fairly simplistic. The process all started when I did some online shopping (typical) and found a life-changing gold choker! I then scoured the lovely world wide web in the hopes of finding “the dress”. I ending up finding one that wouldn’t break the bank and one that I knew would fit me because I only went through ordering about 6 dresses online, all in which did not fit. So I found this tight little saucy gathered number and knew that we would get along well. With that the look was finally complete, so I then grabbed my gals and we headed out for an evening filled with high school glamour, food and good music. Side note: I felt like the red dancing emoji ALL night and I loved it. Anyways enjoy these pics of me and my squad at prom and let me know your thoughts about my look in the comments below! Beware photo quality varies depending on which of my somewhat technologically challenged parents were taking the pictures (in their defense it was a new camera and I still love them).
I have been tagged by the ever-so-lovely Ashlee of Ashlee Liz for the beauty tag! The beauty tag is simply one that a blogger starts and then selects other bloggers to answer the eight questions about beauty products. It is a fun little way to get both bloggers active and their audience! So let’s get right down to it and answer some hard-hitting beauty questions. Caution: I am in no way a beauty connoisseur, however, I do have some favorite products and overall opinions (per usual).
Ashlee’s beauty questions:
Would you rather play up your brows or your lips?
This is a tricky one! As you more than likely already know, I LOVE eyebrows and especially thick and full in appearance (hence my nice thick Italian ones). So I do love a strong brow! However lips are such a fun way to spice up any look. I’ll stop being all indecisive and conclude that I would rather…….play up my brows. Didn’t see that one coming did ya?!?
What is your favorite high-end brand?
Let us not forget that I am a seventeen year old girl with a part time job. This being said, I have bought some high end brands, but not too many because my funds are usually low and I am also more of an I’ll take this top over this eye shadow type of gal. However I do love BareMinerals and Benefit. Side note: I use Anastasia Beverley Hills eyebrow gel everyday for my eyebrows. They help keep them tame and fill in the sparse areas, definitely a brand I love.
What is your favorite drugstore brand?
My favorite drugstore brand is Maybelline. Because I’m not born with it, and their products are affordable and look nice on. I especially like their mascara, which in my opinion is the best out of the other drug store brands.
Believe it or not, the warm weather and sunshine is coming! If you live in Michigan like yours truly, then perhaps you are in denial. It is most definitely coming, and it is important to have some killer essentials to get you through the warm months. This time you will also not just be receiving my biased input, you will be receiving my entire blogging squad’s input! We have banded together in collaboration in an effort to put together some fun looks and also to support one another and broaden our audience across all of our blogs. Before I start with my individual look, I’d like to introduce you to the incredibly fabulous and successful women who are members of the squad!