Back to School (Winter) Haul

Back to School (Winter) Haul

I think one of my favorite parts of going to school is the urge to shop for it. In high school, it was a little harder to find clothes that fit the “norm” and to venture out of your comfort zone. Now that I’m in college though, and the new semester means new classes which therefore means new faces, and also it’s a new year, I get to do whatever I want. The beauty of being in college is getting to look cute with no one yelling at you about the dress code. I decided that I needed to splurge on myself for once and invest in some new things. I thought it’d be fun to share what I got.

Books:

I am using the same notebooks I did as last semester to save money. What I did was tape on a piece of paper telling me what subject that notebook was dedicated too. It was easy to remove, and now I have 5 used notebooks ready to be filled with knowledge. I did, however, get some fun books to read, as a nice break from college life.

As you know (from my resolutions post), I wanted to read more this year. I set a personal goal of reading 24 books this year and have so far read 4. Yesterday, Dakota and I went back to Barnes and Noble to pick up some more. For those of you who don’t know, I just started the Harry Potter series and I think it’s safe to call me obsessed. I picked up HP 2&3 and I also got a little poetry book for in-between.

Emily Dickinson book

I’ve heard a lot about Emily Dickinson’s work and figured I should read up on some of it. I found this cute little collection on sale. I’m already halfway through the second HP book, so I’m betting I’ll get to her poetry pretty quick.

Makeup:

For Christmas, I got some Sephora gift cards. I am not done with my makeup shopping yet because I still have an Ulta card I can use, but my Sephora cards went quickly.  I’m thinking I’ll use the Ulta cards for skincare products but I’m not sure yet.

Here’s what I got from Sephora:

The first thing I’m excited about is the ABH Modern Renaissance palette. Yes ladies and gentlemen, I FINALLY picked up this palette after months of waiting. It has been a lifetime, but here it is, fresh and ready to be used. I’m excited for these colors because I feel like they will work year around. They may even be useful for some Valentine looks (wink wink).

I also can’t wait to try out the ABH Brow Wiz. I hope its the right color because I was going to get a different shade and they were out of it. So this one is “dark brown”. I figure I can start with a light hand and work my way into using this product. I hear so many good things.

Next, I picked up this Tarte foundation. I know I’ve been talking endlessly about the SHape Tape concealer because I still have yet to use it, but this was the only Tarte concealer I could find. I don’t know if they were out, or I just wasn’t looking hard enough, I honestly don’t know. I used this concealer for the first time today and I liked it. I was difficult to blend out with a brush, so I will probably swap out my face expert brush for the Beauty Blender sponge my aunt got me. I think that will work better. I also think this concealer wears better than the Maybelline Fit Me concealer I was using.

I also thought I’d try out a different blush. I received a few Tarte blushes and I just honestly don’t care much for blush. I have a naturally flushed face, and I like to cover that up with concealer. So to me, it never made any sense for me to cover up my redness just to reapply it. However, I have a friend that once told me she found a beautiful NARS blush and loved it. I found this shade and decided it would look the most romantic on my cheeks. I hope I get good use out of it.

I made the decision that it was time to find a new everyday lip color. I usually stick to dark nudes because I feel they always look good, but I wanted to try something a little lighter. It’s hard for me to always venture out of my comfort zone with lip colors because they’re the most noticeable thing. My friend got me the shade “lolita” from Kat Von D awhile ago and I’ve loved it ever since. When I went to Sephora I found myself drawn to the Kat Von D section and figured “I like the first one so I’ll probably like the second one”. This is “lolita 2”. I haven’t tried it on yet so I hope it’s beautiful. Cross your fingers.

Perhaps the products I’m most thrilled over are the ones I got from Fenty Beauty. With my gift cards I figured I’d never have the money to try these out again so I should do it now. I got her matte skin stick in the shade fair. It’s a stick skin corrector that I used today as foundation. I usually always go for liquid foundations which is really stupid because I loathe liquid foundations. I applied this over the Tarte concealer and found a medium-sheer coverage. I liked this a lot. It’s going to be included in my makeup routine for sure.

The last makeup item I got was a Fenty Beauty lipstick. I got the shade “spanked” after watching Kathleen Lights talk about it. I tried it on today and although I thought it was gorgeous, I wasn’t feeling myself in it. I think it’s sort of bold lip color because personally avoid reds. I’m going to ease my way into this shade.

Clothes:

Considering school starts tomorrow I did some last minute online shopping today. I wanted to only buy from one store so I stuck to the trusty Forever 21. I didn’t get too insane with any statement pieces because all these purchases are designated for school right?

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I got this super cute cropped sweater. I have a pair of high-waisted jeans already picked out to complete the look. This will be great for my those mornings I really don’t feel like getting too dressed up.

 

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Next is this super simple striped collar shirt. It’s is again cropped and easily styled, which I like. I think a piece like this is great for pairing with statement pieces to tone done the look and create a balanced composition.

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Next, I got both of these shirts because 1) I really like the button down detail, 2) they’re both basic AF and 3) they’ll look amazing with anything. I’m really into the basics right now, friends. Don’t judge me.

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So I took a look at my cart and realized that everything I picked out was grey or black. I needed to add a pop of color. I’m really into warm tones so I found this cheap t-shirt. I think this will be nicely paired with some dark pants. I know that when school starts I feel less like putting intricate outfits together and more like being comfortable while I sit through 1-hour classes.

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And Surprise!!! I bet you didn’t guess that the last thing in this haul was going to be grey! Well, it is. I have been desperately low on my supply of cardigans and I figured this neutral one would be perfect. It’s going to be cozy, soft, and comfy as I try not to fall asleep during accounting.

Along with these clothes, I also bought 3 pairs of classic black leggings. Leggings are good to wear under jeans for that extra layer of warmth so I will definitely be putting those to good use.

This is everything I bought so far (besides my textbooks and pens) to prepare myself for the hustle and bustle of the new semester. As I mentioned before, I’m going to be taking 15 hours so I’m hoping to still remain stylish while also filling my brain with knowledge.

As always, thank you for reading. Have a good night buddy!

 

Mini Winter Lookbook 2018

Mini Winter Lookbook 2018

Over the past weekend, my friend Chelsey (https://chelseynacole.wordpress.com/) and I took advantage of the nice weather we had for about 30 seconds to shoot a little winter lookbook for y’all. I feel like it’s been forever since the last time I did one of these, so I’m super excited to be creating outfits again. Let’s get into it.

Simple:

 

The first look I have is a bit on the laid-back-grungy-side. The over-sized button up with the deep purple hue brings that out in me. I wore a simple grey t-shirt underneath with some black skinny jeans and ankle boots. A look like this is perfect for those days you don’t feel like getting dressed, but know you would feel better trying a little bit. It was definitely the most comfortable of all these looks. This is something I wear on a regular basis throughout the winter.



Wintertime Sadness:

I don’t know what it is about this look that is so moody. The grey wall just feels like winter and the soft pink amps up the mellow vibes. What I did to create this was wear a monochromatic pink t-shirt dress with the same grey top as the first look. I tied the shirt in a knot to make the silhouette more chic. The thigh high socks are for warmth and as you can see the boots are versatile.

To me, this outfit has a very blurred line between soft grunge and sad prep? What I’m saying is, I don’t know who I am. And I feel like this look definitely reads that. Maybe that’s why I love it so much.

I hope I’ll be able to wear cute dresses like this again in the near future. We’ll see. With this weather being warm and cold, it’s hard to know what to dress like in the mornings. I am a huge fan of layering, and I would love to continue being bold with dresses this season.

Beige:

This look plays around a lot with neutrals. It has the neutral dress and shoes, the white socks, and the pale pink. I did the same thing with the prior look, where I threw a top over my dress. I like doing this to layer up and recreate a basic dress into a functional skirt. It keeps me warm while also letting me wear some of my favorite pieces. You could always throw on some cute tights underneath if the socks aren’t enough.



Overalls:

Are overalls still a thing? I don’t even care. This look gives me Nancy Wheeler inspiration. The stripes matched with overalls has and always will be a major mood. I’ve had these overalls for two years, and after being made fun of when I wore them the first time, I thought I’d put them up for good. But here we are, fresh into the new year, and I’m ready to venture out of my comfort zone again.

The dark denim overalls really set this look apart from other recreations. To make sure your figure still shows through, I like to wear a crop top underneath instead of a full t-shirt. I feel like the artist I am in this outfit. I honestly love this. I paired this look with my black faux leather booties.

Thanks for reading everybody. Chelsey and I had a lot of fun making this for you. I hope it inspires some look for y’all in the future.

5 Cozy Fall Fashion Essentials

5 Cozy Fall Fashion Essentials

Everybody knows that fall is the best time to dress for. The weather is getting colder, which means we have the freedom to wear cute articles of clothing and accessorize as we please. For today’s post I wanted to share with you all the items of clothing that I’ve started incorporating into my wardrobe for the fall time.

Boots:

What is fall without heeled boots? Boots spice up literally any outfit. You can wear them with dresses, pants, shorts, just any outfit you could think of. Ankle boots are my go-to footwear during this entire season, but there’s one pair in particular that I’m really loving lately:

These boots have been with me for two years now. You saw them in my Fall Haul (Pt. 2) matched with a gorgeous yellow sweater. Well, here they are again because they automatically Autumn-up anything. The heel is slightly higher than most of the boots I usually wear, which I like. They’re pointed toe as well, so they’re perfect for a witch’s costume, which I’m considering for this Halloween. These boots were made for walking (over fallen leaves of course).

Boots like these are simply a must-have. The heel, the pointed toe, and the color is just the epitome of what Autumn is all about. There are actually really comfortable too. They stretch to put on, so there’s no annoying zippers to mess around with. Click on the picture above to find a similar pair to these!

Cardigans:

Cardigans are so easy to throw on to elevate an outfit. I love over sized cardigans like the one pictured above. They’re so cozy for lounging around in the house to read a book, walking around shopping, or bundling up on the ride to school. I’ve had this one for some time now, but never got to put it to good use until recently due to the weather. I feel like fall isn’t really fall if you don’t feel the need to carry around a blanket like jacket or sweater. If you want a similar one (but in a burnt orange color), just click on the image right up there.

Thigh high socks:

Thigh high socks have been a staple for me these past few weeks. Honestly, I started wearing these because it’s that time of year again where I keep forgetting to shave my legs. There’s a good hack for you. If you forget one too many days of shaving but you really want to wear that dress, find some cute thigh high socks. They are such an essential this season because they make it so easy to keep wearing certain pieces such as dresses or shorts. They also help warm you up because if you wear tight skinny jeans (like me), you can easily pull these over them to add a little style and some extra coziness to your look.

Mittens:

My hands get so cold during this time of year that my fingers have actually turned blue before. I’ve decided to do my hands a favor and dig out a pair of gloves that I’ve been knowing I had but never put to use.

Mittens are like, the ultimate cozy accessory. There are so many cute ones out there at almost any store right now. I really like these plain white ones because they could match any outfit, but I’m looking to invest in some other pairs as well. I personally don’t like those mittens where the tips of the fingers are cut off. Like I get it, but I just always found them to be useless because that’s like, the coldest part of my hand. You can find them at Walmart or Target, but whatever you do, get yourself a pair.

High-waisted Sweatpants:

Ever since I found these high-waisted sweatpants I haven’t wanted to take them off. I’ve worn them 3 times since buying them like, last week. I can’t help it. They are honestly so comfy. They have the effortless cool vibes that joggers provide you, along with the flattering aspect of being high-waisted. To me personally, I didn’t like sweatpants because they don’t flatter my figure at all. Now that I’ve discovered these, I’m determined to start a collection. I got these cozy ones cheap at my local Walmart.

These are super easy to pair anything with. You could wear these with a sweater, t-shirt, tank top and cardigan, the opportunities are unless with this piece. Boots, running shoes, and VANS look amazing also. I’m looking to invest in more styles of the exact same pant, so let me know if you find any.

 

Well that’s all for this post, folks! I hope reading this keeps your fall vibes going. I love being comfy and cozy, which everyone should be. Until next time,