Monday, October 13, 2014

OOTD: Brunch Heroine

I went to brunch with my BFF recently and it's rare that I ever have someone who can photograph me since most of the time I can only take mirror selfies! This OOTD is pretty casual and comfy - just jeans, a 3/4 sleeve shirt and the aldo pump wedges that I love! It's just starting to cool down here in Phoenix, but it's still pretty hot during the day! (Still hitting low 90s at times!) I can't wait for the cool fall weather to come through but I am dreading the desert winter. I know, I know, it's not as bad as somewhere that snows but I am an island girl through and through.

TOP: olive Wet Seal 3/4 sleeve shirt, white Forever 21 cami
BOTTOMS: Abercrombie & Fitch skinny jeans
SHOES: black/tan Aldo wedge pumps
ACCESSORIES: brown leather/rose gold Michael Kors Slim Runway watch, monogram Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM

I know lately it's been mostly OOTDs and to be honest they're the easiest to do because I pretty much just rotate between natural browns or smokey eyes nowadays but I do wanna start shopping my stash and reviewing all the stuff that's just sitting there! But here's a little lip swatch of MAC's Heroine Lipstick over MAC's Boldly Bare lipliner. Heroine is a permanent color but they recently promoted it with The Matte Collection. I can't get over how expensive MAC lipsticks are now! Seriously, the last time I bought a MAC lipstick it was $14 and that was a few years ago! But I do love those little black bullets and vanilla scented wax so I guess I'll just have to be pickier with which ones I get!

Upping My Wrist Game

I've never really been a watch person but I've been kind of obsessed with the Michael Kors slim runway face so when I saw these on sale a few months ago (for 1/3rd the original price!) I couldn't pass it up. I seriously got all 3 of these for less than the price of one. I love the minimalist look of the Slim Runway and how flat the face is.



Left to right is the brown leather/rose gold double strap Michael Kors Slim Runway, silver/gold Skagen mesh bracelet watch, and white leather/gold Michael Kors Slim Runway watch. I swear the Skagen is a mens bracelet but the saleswoman didn't say anything to me about it! But most of their watches look unisex to me and I prefer a bigger face than the women's watches - plus it was only $30 so how could I be wrong?!

The Skagen watch clip is kind of finnicky and kind of annoyed me to put on at first. You have to hook the bottom clasp, close that and then close the top clasp and for some reason it always felt like it was going to fall off or it would kind of pop open. I think I figured it out so it closes fine, now. I do like that I can adjust the size of the strap without having to bring it in somewhere to get the links taken off. To be honest, I don't know if I would purchase another Skagen watch but the price is reasonable and I think their style is pretty classic. They had one watch that looked similar to mine that was titanium - it was as light as air! Mine is stainless steel and my other MK watch is pretty heavy so it didn't phase me.

I absolutely love both the MK watches I got, though. They're casual and I can mix and match with a lot of outfits. I'm just a little worried about the white leather getting dirty but it's been more than a month and it seems fine to me! The white has been my favorite though, it's been featured in my last two OOTDs (Sunday Best & Wine Tasting) I do want an all gold watch next but I think these three will hold me off watch shopping for a while!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

OOTD: Temecula Wine Tasting

Last weekend I made a spontaneous trip out to Southern California to visit some friends and since Temecula has a ton of wineries around, we spent one afternoon wine tasting at South Coast and Belle Vista wineries. I'm totally still obsessed with the way my Arden B maxi skirt fits and even though it was kind of hot that weekend, I still felt comfortable.

TOP: black/white Charlotte Russe tribal print off shoulder crop top BOTTOMS: navy blue Arden B maxi skirt SHOES: dark brown Michael Kors Bridget thong ACCESSORIES: black braided belt, white leather/gold Michael Kors slim runway watch, black Saffiano leather Michael Kors clutch, Shane Co pearl studs



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

OOTD & FOTD: Sunday Best

I'm trying to enjoy as much of the fall Arizona weather before it starts getting desert cold and I need to be bundled up again. I don't know if I'm the only girl who struggles with having a small top and a medium bottom but it kind of sucks dress shopping sometimes because the small can be too short and the medium can be too big in the boob area! I got this dress at Fashion Q - one of those cheaper quality Forever 21 wanna-be stores - and had yet to wear it so I thought it would be cute for church this past Sunday. [FYI this is a Medium if you can't tell by the top!]


DRESS: Fashion Q SHOES: brown Michael Kors Bridget thong ACCESSORIES brown belt, Michael Kors slim runway white/gold leather watch, Tiffany & Co Elsa Peretti cross necklace


As you can tell, I finally brought out my old Sony point and shoot camera and even though the camera is years old the picture quality is so much better! I managed to take a FOTD, too, even though I was totally having a bad bangs day. Like I said in my last make up post, I've been trying to shop my stash and I found an old favorite, MAC Viva Glam Cyndi, from the Viva Glam x Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper campaign they had a while back. If you don't know, proceeds from the MAC Viva Glam lipsticks and lipglosses go towards helping people living with or affected by AIDs. I've always loved this color, it's a light coral that's not too bright for everyday use. As for the rest of the FOTD, I've been trying to make use of the many neutral/brown shadows that I have in my collection!


EYES
  • MAC Painterly paint pot all over lid as base
  • MAC Bamboo eyeshadow as highlight
  • MAC Patina eyeshadow all over lid
  • MAC Cork eyeshadow to blend out crease
  • MAC Smut eyeshadow on outer v
  • MAC Nightfish fluidline
  • Stila Smudge Stick in Onyx on waterline
  • YSL Faux Cils mascara in black
FACE
  • MAC Mineralize Satin Finish foundation in NC44
  • MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Dark Tan
  • Too Faced bronzer/highlight duo in Chocolate Soleil / Candlelight
  • MAC blush in X-Rocks
LIPS
  • MAC Viva Glam Cyndi lipstick

Sunday, September 28, 2014

OOTD: Classy Chic

I went to D'Vine Wine Bar & Bistro with a few of my friends and it's been a while since I've had a chance to really dress up. I don't know if it's a girl thing, always wanting to get dolled up but I swear it hasn't changed for me - I've wanted to dress up since I was 5 and now I'm 25! I'm still debating if I should walk around with my old point and shoot camera since my iPhone pictures are always so grainy, but I absolutely loved this outfit.


TOP: black Charlotte Russe mesh yolk crop top BOTTOM: tan Forever 21 midi skirt SHOES: black Anne Michelle heels ACCESSORIES: brown belt, monogram Louis Vuitton Eva clutch

Thursday, September 25, 2014

OOTD: Yappie Life

I've watched this video about the 18 Types of Asian Girls by the Fung Bros on YouTube several times and it's funny how every time I watch it with other people they immediately turn to look at me when they introduce #3: The Yappie Asian Girl. A yappie is what they call the "young Asian professional" - kind of a play off of the word "yuppie". If I'm completely honest, I love being the yappie girl and take a lot of pride in the fact that I worked hard to be where I'm at. But seriously. They described me to a T!

I recently made a year at my current job and we just so happened to have a team meeting at one of the hotels in town and I'll take any excuse to dress up! There's something empowering about dressing up in business casual, especially since I'm usual more casual than business most days and I don't think that you can ever go wrong with a pencil skirt for work - so long as it's the right length! I've had this pencil skirt since I was in college (hey, it still fits!) and while it's kind of on the shorter side for work, I think the tan/khaki color definitely makes it a little more casual. I'm still trying to figure out how to take better pictures - any tips are welcome! - but the grainy iPhone 5 camera will just have to do for now.


TOP: gray Forever 21 cami, charcoal H&M cardigan BOTTOM: khaki Forever 21 pencil skirt SHOES: dark brown Mossimo pumps ACCESSORIES: brown belt

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NARS Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil

I have a ton of makeup that I never use, so instead of always going out to buy the latest LE MAC collection (like I used to) I started shopping my own stash. Seriously. I have enough makeup (or eyeshadow at least) to last me well into my thirties - it's pretty ridiculous! One of the things I've been loving lately is the NARS Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil that was part of a Sephora Beauty Insiders reward I got a few months back. It's a sample sized pencil but it's definitely got enough product to last me a while. Lately, I've been obsessed with deep vampy lip colors but you can never go wrong with a MLBB (My Lips But Better) color like this one.

My lips are always dry - no matter how much water I drink a day - so I'm constantly applying chapstick throughout the day just to be comfortable. I was surprised at how comfortable this lip pencil is on my lips and how long it lasts (about half the work day). It starts off with a satin finish (of course) but as the day goes on it dries a little into a semi-matte finish. It's moisturizing enough for me where I don't feel the need to re-apply all the time (I do one reapplication after lunch, of course). The swatches on the right is MAC Lightly Ripe (L) (my go-to MLBB lippie right now) on top and NARS Rikugien on the bottom. Rikugien is more on the rosy side but either way it's a great every day color for me.

For $25 a pop at Sephora though, I have to say I honestly wouldn't purchase it. NARS is a high end cosmetic, but it's more of a nice to have rather than a must-have and I'd rather invest the $25 in a NARS blush. (P.S. did you know they're $30 now?! I've been so out of the loop!) Fun fact Rikugi-en is a park in Tokyo, Japan and it means "garden of the Six Principles of Poetry" according to wikipedia. Wonder if those NARSissists knew that when they named it. With that I'll leave you with a selfie using the lip pencil. I definitely need to start using my point and shoot camera as opposed to my iPhone front camera.

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