Monday, July 29, 2013

Jersey Shore, Here I Come!

Hi everyone! From this Wednesday until August 12th I will be on a family vacation and I'm not lugging my laptop around so I won't get to post anything:( But I can't wait for this trip! We are driving a few hours to San Francisco International Airport, then flying all the way to Philadelphia. I will be spending time in Philly, Delaware, Ocean City (Maryland), various beaches in New Jersey, Baltimore, Washington D.C, and NYC! I haven't been to the east coast since I was eight when I went to Disney World but that was nowhere near any of the places I'm visiting. All of my mom's side of the family lives there so I will get to see (and meet!) countless relatives. I last saw my grandma (lives in Florida) and great grandma (lives in Delaware) 7 years ago! I'm so excited I can hardly stand it! I will take dozens of pictures to share with you when I get back.

See you in two weeks!

Much love,

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

WOW: Weekly Obsession Wednesday

Sea, Air & Sun

WOW: Hancelscloset ( Turquoise Sundress Blue Day Dress- $39

I've been seeing coutless items that claim they are turquoise but are a washed out and faded color. Its a breath of fresh air to see a deep, beautiful, true turquoise. This is my week's obsession because of its gorgeous color and flowing fit. I am a huge fan of oversize shift dresses cinched at the waist by a belt or elastic. The sundress is from a seller on and is very versatile and affordable as well. A pearly marble bangle and a gold pendant and earings give it a dressier vibe. I also matched it with a faded clutch and the ever-stylish nude pumps.

Thank you for reading! Here is the link to this dress for sale on Etsy:

Thursday, July 18, 2013

WOW: Weekly Obsession Wednesday (Belated)

Embroidered Blouse

WOW: Joie Dolina Top- $158
I love the laid-back, effortless style of a peasant top. They are loose, breathable, and usually adorned with the cutest embroidery, buttons, etc. The orange accents stand out against the navy blue, and I love that combination of bright and dark. Simple white shorts and a nude clutch provide a touch of elegance and a backdrop for the statement wedge sandals.

You probably noticed today is not Wednesday. I apologize to my few precious followers who read my blog for bleating this post until today, just not enough time yesterday. But anyway, thanks for reading:)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

OOTD: Chevron Romper

I know I haven't posted and Outfit of the Day in a while, so here you go!

 This chevron romper screams summer to me. The bold print and golden yellow is absolutely fantastic. I love rompers for so many reasons. For one, you don't have to worry about finding matching bottoms or a top. Also the lightweight fabric and loose fit are perfect for a hot day. I accented it with a gold heirloom heart locket that originally belonged to my great grandmother and several string friendship anklets. And I topped it all off with a pair of comfy grey boat shoes.
Thanks for reading! <3 and by the way, rest in peace Talia Joy.


Monday, July 15, 2013

DIY: Makeup Organizer

Many believe all teenagers' bedrooms and bathrooms are constantly messy. I can tell you this is simply a stereotype because I am nearly 15 and thoroughly enjoy a clutter-free space. But no one would guess I am organized at the least by peeking in my makeup drawer. Until yesterday, that space was home to my everyday goop and glitter. It looked exactly like the pictures in those Where's Waldo? books. You try not to get distracted by those hundreds of little useless people running around (makeup products I don't need at the moment) while desperately searching for Waldo, or in this case, my favorite concealer or that one lip gloss. Thanks to the mother of all DIY projects (Pinterest) I found a cheap and easy way to store all my tubes, pots, compacts, and brushes. First, let me show my drawer before the organization revelation.

Now that's over with, say hello to my new foam board makeup container! 


Foam Board (I needed three 11"x14" boards, but it depends on how big you are planning to make it)
Glue or hot glue
Xacto knife (scissors aren't sharp enough for a clean cut)
Cutting board

First, cut out a bottom panel and four side panels with your xacto knife using measurements from inside the drawer. 

Then, I chose where I wanted the inner separators to be according to my various products and their quantity. I sketched them out on the bottom panel. After that, I began cutting out the inner panels to the desired width and the length from the sketch and glued them down. 

After all the inner separators are glued down, glue down the side panels. I used some of my makeup products to actually hold all the panels upright while the glue dried overnight. In the morning, place all your product in the desired sections and ta-da! 

Thank you for reading! 


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

WOW: Weekly Obsession Wednesday

Golden Maxi DressWOW: Raxevsky Dominica Yellow Maxi Dress-$57

In the midst of summer, I've been searching for a staple maxi dress. I had to choose this golden gown as my weekly obsession. I matched it with a denim vest, fun platform sandals, leather purse, statement necklace, and aviators for a boho vibe.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Favorite Accessories

Just thought I would show off a few of my favorite accessories I own.

Print Sunglasses 

You glance at them and think what could I possibly wear with these? Believe it or not I can wear these shades with almost every outfit in my wardrobe. They were from PacSun for about $15, super comfortable and bring an extra detail to whatever you are wearing.

Elephant Bracelet: 

I got this at a little boutique in Mount Shasta City, California. I love that it has mixed metals so I can wear it with any other jewelry pieces. And elephants are fabulous, obviously.

 Heart Ring:

I was never a fan of rings until I went to a fair near my town and bought this for $5 there! It's small and noticeable without being bulky. The heart design is also adorable.

Thanks for reading! Hope you liked my picture edits:)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

WOW: Weekly Obsession Wednesday

So I've been thinking of ways to motivate myself to post on a regular basis. What I have come up with is Weekly Obsession Wednesday, or WOW posts. My goal is to show you my favorite article of clothing or accessory that I have seen all week. I'll give you a basic low-down of the item and create an outfit to match. Here it goes!

Grey Ruffles

WOW: CARLOS MIELE BEIGE Ruffled Dress- $330 

 I have fallen head over heels for this dress this week specifically because of its color. While on Polyvore trying to find shoes to match it, I first picked out a pair of black pumps. When those were next to it, the dress looked grey. But after I found a pair of deep plum strappy sandals I placed in the collage, the dress took on a violet tone right before my eyes. This really stuck out to me. The dress is also extremely versatile; it can be dressed up for a formal event or dressed down for a totally casual look. Last but not least, I love anything with ruffles.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

My Fashion Designs: Knit and Linen Dress

 As well as a fashion enthusiast and blogger, I also design and sew many of my own garments. Ive been a seamstress my entire life. I was introduced to a needle and thread at four years old and, thanks to my grandmother and great aunt, mastered the sewing machine by age six. I started making clothes for my American Girl Doll, after eying the expensive little dresses and such in the monthly catalog. I received my own sewing machine for my eighth birthday and have been using it since. It wasn't until I was eleven when I revisited my old hobby and began experimenting with clothes for myself. You could say I bit off more than I could chew when I attempted making a chiffon formal dress. Long story short, that ended in such frustration that I slammed the uncooperative mess of fabric into the garbage can. I learned that not every project will be a success. Slowly but surely with each new piece I was improving. My serger gifted to me last summer also helped. I can definitely say that this dress is my most successful project yet.

This is a strapless dress with a stretchy knit bodice and floral printed linen skirt.

 Like all of my designs, it started with a sketch. Recently I learned how to draw proportional human figures perfect for fashion sketches, but I'm still working on my sketching skills.

Then comes the actual sewing part. Honestly this was a pretty simple dress. I decided on something somewhat easy specifically because I wanted to put my new-found serging abilities to the test. The only difficulty I had was working with such a stretchy knit and the structure of the woven linen with no stretch at all.

Here is the finished product. Overall, it took about 6 hours to create for about $13 for supplies/ fabric. I would say that's a pretty good deal.

Thanks for reading!

Black and White: Day to Night

Black and White: Day to Night

I love color. But sometimes its best to avoid the vivid and bright to opt for a simple and elegant combination: black and white. I believe it is hands-down the most versatile combination there is. And, with this color scheme it's easy to show off multiple vibrant or statement accessories when you don't have to match them. Above are a few examples. 

Thanks for reading!