Tuesday, March 27, 2012

And there it goes again, bye, Spring!

Ah, leave it to Northeast to wreak havoc on your dreams of warm weather and finally being able to look a little more presentable again. Really, how cute can you look layered up in 3 jackets, 2 scarves, and a beanie with 3 leggings and fur boots on? Well, I never wore that much clothes, but I knew that I should have each time I stepped out to get to my car. With short hair, I knew that wearing a beanie will put me in danger of being confused as a boy, but I wore my beanies constantly because well 1. I didn't want to take care of my stubborn cowlick that is determined to be the hair death of me and 2. it's cold out. It's times like this that I actually miss being in the Southwest where the weather drops to 30 degrees for 2 weeks and call it winter and then heats back up to 115 degrees and say, "PSYCH! And you thought you were going to have a long winter... cute~" The irony is, I actually managed to put away most of my winter clothes away under the bed to make room in my TINY closet in my TINY room so all my clothes won't be squished. Just my luck.

So over the weekend, I got to go watch the Celtics game against the Wizards. (Go, Celtics!) Now, I'm not a big fan of watching basketball on TV (I'm more of a football fan), but watching it live, it changed my perspective a little. (Rondo, if you somehow run into this blog and read this comment, I would die, but still, I love you but you need to make more shots. I do realize that it's your job to make plays, but it broke my little heart watching you give away shots when you had so many good opportunities. Just saying, but still, you are my favorite player!) It was fun with all the people around you cheering and even if you were obnoxious with your comments, there were about 2,000 people who were more obnoxious than you and louder. Now, only if I can afford to go to more exciting games, and learn how to scream and cheer loudly, I would be set for watching sports.

And now onto the outfit that I wore on Saturday, only to step out and realize, I should have worn tights....

Dress: ADAM
Jacket: Kenneth Cole
Boots: Boutique 9

Actually, this is one of my first attempts at wearing colorful shoes. I usually go for the basics when I buy shoes: black, brown/nude, and white. But when I saw these babies on sale at Karmaloop, I knew that I had to snatch them up and learn how to incorporate it into my outfits. Actually, I had dreams of wearing them with shorts since the weather was actually warm when I purchased these, but whatever, I'll deal with another long weeks of cold weather.

But here is to the end of my long rant, and thanks for visiting!!!

Monday, March 19, 2012

OOTD and Nail DIY

Hey, all!

I'm just going to post a few outfits that I wore yesterday and today, and I figured I'd do a nail look that I finished earlier today.

Shirt: Romeo and Juliet Couture 
Jeans: Hudson 
Boots: Palladium

This is the look I wore yesterday. Figured I would embrace my inner Paul Buyan and rock the red plaid. But what makes this shirt a little more unique is the black dip dye detail at the bottom half of the shirt and the line of buttons at the back. So depending on how many buttons you decide to button up, it can look more fitted or loose.

Scarf: Zara
Shirt: A&F
Belt: Zara
Skirt: Victoria's secret

This is the outfit I wore earlier today. It is starting to get warm up here in the Northeast so figured I would rock an outfit that would not require me to wear a thick jacket.

I recently purchased the scarf not too long ago from Zara and have to admit that I'm in love with the quality and the look of the scarf! So far, Zara has not disappointed me!

So the following pictures shows somewhat how I did the gradient nails.

Materials: nail polish base, base nail polish color, 2 similar colors for gradient (you can use only 1 if you want to, but I used 2...), make up sponges (I cut these to a smaller size so I can dot more easily)

1. Prepare your nails by cutting nails, taking care of the cuticles, and the base coat.

2. Put your base color on all the nails you want to put gradient on. I used "Cab Fare" by SEPHORA by OPI for my base color.

3. Dab on the stronger color using the make up sponge at the tip of the nails. I used "Magic Bus" by Urban Decay. I dabbed the color from tip to the cuticle to make sure that the color is strongest at the tip of the nail. If it doesn't end up with perfect gradient, it's fine. I usually dab about 1/4 of the nail or about how much a french tip would end.

4. Dab on the 2nd gradient color using another make up sponge, same as above, from nail tip toward the cuticle. I used "What's Your Sign?" by SEPHORA by OPI. I usually dab from nail tip down about 1/2 way down the nail.

5. Apply top coat and you have your gradient nails!

I like to have 2 colors for gradient because I feel like that makes the gradient pop more especially if the gradient color is kind of light color.

Hopefully you enjoyed this short tutorial. Thanks for reading!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Faking Comfort

Hi, all!
I know that I have been bad at updating this little space of mine, but as mentioned before, it's kind of weird to have a schedule going when all you do all day is just study... but here is 2 looks that I have been kind of enjoying since I've been venturing out of the apartment to study... since the weather has warmed a bit here in the northeast, I've been ruling the comfy look with maxi skirts since I refuse to wear sweats as my comfy alternative...

Look #1:
Scarf: Alexander McQueen
Jean jacket: Banana republic (old)
Shirt: 7 for all mankind (old)
Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company
Skirt: Express
Shoes: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Look 2:
Shirt: American Eagle Outfitters
Jacket: Kenneth Cole
Skirt: Billabong
Shoes: Minnetonka
Bag: Wayuu Taya Foundation

Figured wearing maxi skirts is a good way of faking to the world that you actually still care about the way you look without sacrificing comfort.

Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Colored Denim

Hi, all!

I figured it was time for a long overdue update on this little blog... it's been crazy trying to get ready for the step, practicing for the real test via the school, and just having my life happen. The wedding came and went, but the trip was so brief and hectic that I had barely any time to take pictures and what not... so it's a little saddening that I was not able to capture any of the outfits and any pretty pictures of the bride. Not to mention all the wonderful food at the wedding! But all in all, I'm glad that my schedule has calmed down somewhat and I can update the blog a little more often and share new things that I was able to acquire since Christmas on!

So back onto the title of the post, colored denim. Currently the new thing in fashion is colored denim. While I have been seeing a lot of designer brands (J brand, Hudson, 7 for all mankind, etc.) have been shelling out a ton of beautifully colored denim, I didn't feel like shelling out $150+ for a single pair of jeans for the following reasons:

  1. As much as I love colorful things in my life, I don't see myself wearing these jeans in the long run... Knowing me, I will always fall back to my safety net of dark blue/black jeans.
  2. The new in colored denim are meant to be worn in skinny jeans style. I don't have skinny thighs like most models. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you see it), I played sports and danced all of my life and my thighs have accumulated its fair share of muscle and now, fat, making skinny jeans a little more difficult to wear. 
  3. I like to shop smart. If I can find good alternatives for a designer piece, I will purchase the alternate especially if it's more trendy. I will dig deep into my pockets and invest in nice classic designer pieces but I probably won't dig that deep into my pocket for trendy pieces until I'm not on student salary. 
So to complete my goal of buying trendy pieces but at fraction of the price, I shopped around. Two stores with the most vast colored denim collection were American Eagle Outfitters and Zara. 

Skinny jeans and legging from AEO                            Skinny jeans from Zara
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I liked jeans from both stores. As you can see above, both companies made vibrant and beautifully colored denims. Both companies also priced their jeans reasonably. AEO jeans are more consistent in style, fit, and quality. The only downfall is that their neon yellow jeans aren't really neon, but more dirty, muted neon yellow. But skinny jeans from AEO were thicker material with good stretch that fit my thick thighs well. For me, I feel like jeans that are made of thicker material help cover my crotch area and accommodate my thighs well. Since the pockets were also shallow, the pocket didn't show through.

Some of Zara jeans were similar to the ones I got from AEO. But depending on which style you got (the neon yellow and bright pink pants), they were made of material that was thinner and more papery if that makes sense. Maybe it is because it is an European company but I felt that the pants fit tighter around the thighs. Also, there were more discrepancies in sizing. The neon yellow and the pink jeans were at least one size smaller than the other jeans. But I did like that all of the jeans from Zara had zippers at the ankle.

In the pictures below, I will be comparing the colors of the jeans.

The left pair is from AEO and the right is from Zara. As you can see, the pair from AEO is a lot more muted  compared to the pair from Zara. While I loved the color from Zara, it fit at least one size smaller, which made me sad. It is also thinner and more papery, which isn't really my cup of tea when it comes to skinny jeans.

The pair from Zara is the closest in color I've seen to a true neon yellow similar to the ones from J. Crew. For a price at $79.99, it isn't bad, but just make sure to buy it at least a size bigger.

These are the two yellow denims from AEO and Zara. The left is from AEO priced at $44.50 and the right is from Zara priced at $59.90. The pair from AEO is more pastel yellow while the pair from Zara is warmer yellow. Both pairs fit similarly with similar feel. But as mentioned earlier, the pair from Zara seemed to fit a little tighter around the thighs. Since the pockets were deeper in the Zara pair, the pockets showed through the pants.

Depending on which color you prefer, you can't really go wrong.

The 1st pair on the left is from AEO and the other 3 pairs are from Zara. The pair from AEO is the most unique which is more of an old-fashioned rosy pink while the most right pair from Zara is the brightest at neon pink. For the middle pastel pink pairs from Zara, depending on which pair you purchased, it was either thicker and more stretchy, or thinner and papery. The thinner and papery pairs fit about one size smaller.

Depending on which colors you prefer, you have a pretty wide array of colors to choose from.

This picture shows 2 pairs of green jeans. The left pair is from Free People and the right is from Zara. The pair from Zara is actually more pastel mint color, but it looks more grey in the picture. But the pair from Free People is one of the most unique color green I've seen while researching for different colored denim. You can find them here. The waist on Free People seemed a little smaller and it is a stiffer pair of jeans, but with a unique color like these, I will sacrifice a little comfort.

Mind you, there are a lot of fabulous colored denim offered by many designer companies as you can find here. As a student, I just didn't feel like spending a ton of money on trendy jeans. If I were buy the pile of jeans that I bought from AEO from a designer company, I would have spent over $1,000 but via AEO using coupons (they usually have at least 15% off coupons via online shopping) and spent less than $250.

Hopefully this long review helped whoever was looking into purchasing colored denim. I still have some from Express and other companies that should be coming in soon that I will post a detailed review on.

Thanks for visiting!