Tuesday, July 29, 2014

National Lipstick Day

Top - H&M, Skirt - Target, Shoes - Matty's (DSW)
Lipstick - M.A.C  in M.A.C Red

Happy National Lipstick Day!  Otherwise known as for me, everyday.  I will say though, everyone keeps referring to it as "National" Lipstick Day, when I've seen people from all over the world saying that.  So shouldn't it actually be referred to as "International" Lipstick Day?
I celebrated National Lipstick Day by wearing my absolute favorite lipstick: M.A.C's M.A.C Red.  I wanted the lipstick to pop against what I was wearing, so I decided to go very monochromatic.  I paired my new polka dot button-up with my neoprene skirt and my new shoes from DSW.  
After putting this look together, I felt that it actually looked very Portland.  While I was at the Summer Studio in Portland, I noticed that a lot of the people there dressed very similar to this.  Apparently it has rubbed off on me.

Once again, Happy (Inter)National Lipstick Day!  Did you celebrate by wearing your favorite lipstick?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Playing with Proportions

Blazer - Forever 21, Tee - Primark, Skirt - Target, Shoes - Converse

After eyeing this for a while, I finally decided to get this blazer from Forever 21.  I first spotted this on the site months ago and was able to try it on when I was in Denver.  I was going to get it then, but I then remembered that I still had credit on my Forever 21 online gift card all the way back from my birthday.  I kept forgetting to get it, but after my trip to Portland I finally remembered to buy it!  I'm so happy I finally got it; I love the oversized quality to it, along with its tailored, menswear characteristic.  
I styled this blazer with my oxblood skirt because I loved how much the two colors contrasted with each other.  Another thing I liked about these two pieces together, are the proportions with each other.  The length of the blazer is practically as long as the skirt itself.  I knew that the shirt I wanted to wear with it needed some white in it.  I decided that this black and white striped tee was perfect because it brought in some pattern.  I then added my Converse because I felt that it made the look more casual.  Finally, the neighborhood cat decided that he would add himself to the pictures for a final touch.  (I still don't know his name, but I hope I find it out soon because he's been spending more and more time with me.) 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dreaming of Chanel

Shirt - DIY, Jeans - Simply Vera Vera Wang, Bucket Bag - asos, Shoes - Matty's, Rings - H&M, Cuff - unknown brand
Lipstick - Chanel Rouge Allure in Extatique 94

I started this outfit around my new shoes from DSW.  I'm so in love with them, and they are actually comfortable.  I saw a woman wearing them at the MAC counter in the Seattle Nordstrom.  I casually complemented her shoes when we started a small conversation which included where she bought her wonderful shoes: DSW.  I love DSW, but not having one in the entire state where I live is disappointing, so I ended up ordering them from the website.  (Thank you nice woman from Nordstrom for telling me where you bought your shoes; I love them.)
I think I was instantly attracted to these shoes for many reasons, but one of the reasons is that I feel that these have a strong resemblance to the Chanel FW 2013 boots, take a look:

 (Photo from chikoshoes.com)

What do you think?  No?  Just me?  Okay.  

Since I was thinking about Chanel with my boots, I decided to theme the rest of my outfit around Chanel.  Along with my boots I wore my Karl Who? tee, some black skinnies, my bucket bag that has Chanel-esque quilting and chain, some gold accessories,  and finally my actual Chanel lipstick.

Someday I'll have actual Chanel to wear.  Someday that Chanel Le Boy bag will be mine.  But today?  Today is a fine day for Chanel lipstick.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

When the Moose Come Calling

Today I have more of a life post rather than a fashion or style post.  I live in a place that I feel is just so beautiful.  At the same time, I can't wait to leave to go to a big city.  So it's times like this where I can really appreciate where I live, while I'm still here.
Last night I went "camping" with my aunt, uncle, and mom.  However my mom and I didn't spend the night for two reasons:  1) I'm really not a camping person, and 2) I haven't been sleeping well since my wisdom teeth surgery.  So, mainly because of reason number two, my mom and I just left the camp site in the evening while my aunt and uncle stayed the night.  We did the normal camping things, I would say: we ate dinner, we went down by the creek, we lit a fire and ate s'mores, and saw some wildlife.  The wildlife I normally see are chipmunks, squirrels, maybe a deer or two, but this time we saw moose.  Yes, moose. 
Let me say this, though I live in small town in the Rocky Mountains, seeing moose is not the norm.  I, in fact, have never seen a moose before let alone two!  Turns out all I needed to do was drive 45 minutes out of town to see some.  Seeing these moose was amazing because it was a mother and her child.  The baby moose was just so adorable and curious.  Both of them ended up walking directly into our campsite.  It was truly an amazing experience.
This next morning I woke with about a dozen mosquito bites, but eating those delicious s'mores and seeing those moose was definitely worth it. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Casual Summer

Dress - Monteau Los Angeles (TJ Maxx), Cardigan - Target, Bag - asos, Shoes - Converse

Just a short OOTD (outfit of the day) post today.  Well I should say "outfit of last week."  I wore this early last week before I had my wisdom teeth taken out.
It's a rather casual look.  It was incredibly hot that day so I tied my cardigan around my waist.  To keep it casual I just wore my Converse.  Finally I added one of my favorite bags: a white, faux leather, barrel bag from asos.  It's not the most practical bag (its clasp is a bit difficult to open and close), but I love it none the less.

I'm finally starting to feel better from my wisdom teeth surgery.  I think tomorrow I'll take pictures, and hopefully post, another OOTD.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Portland and Seattle Haul

I'm sure you notice that these items are laying on a bed, instead of me modeling them (with my amazing modeling skills) like on my last haul post.  Alas I would, but I just had my wisdom teeth removed.  If any of you have experienced getting your wisdom teeth removed, or are familiar with it at all, I'm sure you're aware of the side effect of "chipmunk cheeks" (the medical term for them, of course).  I decided that all of you didn't need to see my sad and puffy cheeks, so I decided to just display my haul on a bed instead.  That being said, let's begin.

H&M Rings and Midi Rings Set - 
I bought these at the H&M in Seattle.  While I was at the Summer Studio in Portland, there were a lot of girls in my class rocking midi rings.  When I saw this set at H&M I knew it was perfect because of it minimalist characteristics.  

Vintage Naturalizer Pumps -
I scored these at Red Light Clothing Exchange in Portland.  Portland is known for being a hipster haven.  And what is something that hipsters tend to love?  Vintage.  So it was not at all hard to find vintage shops there.  Red Light Clothing Exchange isn't technically a vintage store, rather more of a resale store with some vintage finds. 
I'm not exactly sure when these shoes are from; I would guess they are from the late 1960s to the early 1970s.  I don't know about you, but I have a surprising amount of trouble finding vintage shoes in my size.  I don't even have that large of feet (7 1/2 American).  I'm starting to think that women's feet are getting larger and wider as time goes on.  Because of this, I was ecstatic when I found a pair of cute, vintage shoes that actually fit!

H&M Spotted Button-up Crop Top - 
I purchased this at the H&M in Portland.  It's pretty basic, but I love everything about it: it's black and white, it buttons up, it has a nice collar, it's just a great summer basic.

H&M Très Mignon Jumper - 
Another thing from H&M?  Yep.  I just can't help it.  Coming from a place that doesn't have an H&M in it's entire state, whenever I see an H&M I must go in and browse (even if I had just been there a day or two before, in Portland).  When I told some of the girls from the Summer Studio that I came from a place that didn't have an H&M, a Forever 21, and very few vintage stores in my entire state, they about lost it.

Vintage Red Dress - 
I found this dress at House of Vintage in Portland.  Let me tell you something about that place, it is endless!  I got lost a bit inside because it is so huge.  The store had so many amazing items, clothing and more.  
The dress itself I would guess is from about the same time as the shoes, the late '60s to the early '70s.  It has a great A-line skirt, and I'm excited to wear it. 

H&M Black Midi Dress - 
Well, it's supposed to be a midi dress.  I'm that when it's on a six foot model it's a midi dress, but when it's on someone who's seven inches shorter than that it's practically a maxi dress.  I'm not really a maxi dress person, but I'm confident that I (*cough* my mom *cough*) can hem it and make it a better length.  Once it's hemmed, it will be a great item for fall and winter as its layering possibilities are endless.  Also I apologize for the photo of it.  I wish I could have gotten a better angle on it, but I just couldn't reach it.  It's also just a long black dress making it hard to see it's shape and details (luckily there really aren't any).

So what did you think of this haul post?  I would love to hear your feedback.  If you want to compare it to my last haul, here's the link.  Which haul post style do you like better?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

College Road Trip: Ellensburg, WA

Shirt - Target, Shorts - American Apparel, Cardigan - Target, Sandals - Prabal Gurung for Target, Bucket Bag - asos

A rather short, final post for my college road trip series.  The last college I visited on this trip was Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA.  I thought the campus was very nice and the woman in charge of the fashion department was also very nice and knowledgeable.  The fashion program also seemed to be quite nice (I am now realizing that I am saying everything is "nice").  On the other hand, the town of Ellensburg is extremely small, even smaller than where I live now.  Even though the town is about an hour away from Seattle, I just don't see myself being very happy if I lived there.  I want to get out of my small town, not move to a smaller one. 

The day I toured the campus was incredibly hot.  So I opted to wear sandals for a change.  That turned out to be a mistake.  I forgot that I had never really worn these before, and the fact that they are a half size smaller than I normally wear.  So by the end of the tour, my feet were killing me.  I ended up going back to my hotel in the middle of the day to change shoes.  However I did wear the same outfit the whole day.  Since it was so hot, I wore one of my favorite pairs of American Apparel high waisted shorts, a black and grey striped shirt, and a red cardigan tied around my waist (just in case it turned chilly).  When I arrived at the tour, they gave everyone name badges to wear and some other goody items.  After the tour, my mom and I stopped by the campus book store to pick up some school supplies (ugh, school already?).

Now I'm back home.  My haul post for this trip is on the way!

Monday, July 7, 2014

College Road Trip: Seattle

Coat - MK Michael Kors, Dress - Beige by eci, Boots - boohoo, Bucket Bag - asos

Hello again!  I hope everyone had a 4th of July (or if you don't celebrate it, I hope you had a nice weekend).  Well, after my class in Portland my mom and I drove up to Seattle.  Though our visit there was rather short, I love any chance I get to go to Seattle.  
I decided to wear one of my new-ish dresses.  Being in Seattle there was a very good chance of rain (which it, in fact, did), so I wore my red Michael Kors rain coat.  Since the coat is red with gold hardware, I paired my red with gold hardware ankle boots.  Even though it was a bit chilly while it what raining, before and after the rain the weather perfect (other than the wind near the pier as you can probably tell by my hair from the photos).
While in Seattle, I visited the Art Institute of Seattle campus.  My mom and I were supposed to go on the official tour of the campus, but the traffic from Portland wasn't great... and we got a bit lost finding the campus.  We ended up being 40 minutes late, but luckily the people at the campus are incredibly nice, and they gave us a private tour.  That campus is so beautiful.  It would be amazing to be able to go there, however the price tag is rather steep.  
After the tour my mom and I went for lunch.  My mom enjoyed salmon tacos because surprise, surprise we don't have many Pacific salmon in the land locked Rocky Mountains.  Then after lunch, we did one of my favorite things: shopping!  We stopped by some of my favorite places, H&M, City Target, and Nordstrom.  At Nordstrom I picked up that card which I have pictured above (if you follow me on instagram you've probably already seen this).  I just thought it was incredibly hilarious, yet still classic.
That weekend was also the weekend of Seattle's gay pride parade.  Though I wasn't able to see the parade on Sunday, the day before I was able to snap this photo of the pride flag on the top of the Starbucks building.  Maybe next year I'll be able to attend the parade.  
I was really only able to spend a day in downtown Seattle.  The next day my mom and I went to DSW and Ikea, two of my favorite stores that I only get to go to when I'm on vacation.  My favorite part about going to Ikea is eating in there cafe!  After going to those stores we left for Ellensburg, our final stop on my college road trip.
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