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.


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.


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.


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?


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.



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.


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.


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.


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!


Fall Haul (Pt. 2)

Everyone, I have a confession to make. I am a shopaholic.

I know. Who would’ve guessed? Well, probably my boyfriend.

Last Monday I showed you some new pieces I bought over the weekend. Wednesday I showed you some looks from a new eyeshadow palette I got. And Friday I was sick… but here we are Monday and as promised, I have Part 2 of my Fall Haul ready to go for y’all. Brace yourself. This is one of my best shoots yet.

This haul was created to highlight the new items I bought from Forever 21. Unfortunately, this post is not sponsored.

Starry Day:

Yellow, we meet again. And I see you brought your old pals mom jeans and ankle booties. How clever of you.

This color yellow is a more vibrant hue than I would normally shoot for. But as soon as I laid eyes on it, I fell for the stars. It was unique. It was dramatic. And it’s super soft.

The purple boots balance this look perfectly. This is an ideal example of how contrasting colors can really bring an outfit together. The top and the jeans are both from Forever 21. I’m back on my high waisted craze.

Queen B:

Queen of damn near everything and it’s about time y’all recognize. You all saw this killer crop top in my last Haul post because I just got it. I saw the fishnets online and immediately thought of this top and thus the outfit was born.

Fishnets were really trending starting in the spring, and over the summer. However, I’m FINALLY jumping on the band wagon, just as everyone else is hopping off. I do not mind that at all. The fishnets look so good under these jeans, the crop top lets them peep through on my midsection, and your girl slays. As usual.

This look totally gives me 90’s grunge mixed with modern high end style vibes. It’s the fishnets combined with the GUCCI rip off and the heels that do the trick. I’m in awe. This was definitely one of my favorite outfits.

As the weather slowly changes from scorching hot to mildly chilling, a look like this is perfect to transfer from day to night. The crop top is not too much, the jeans are loose fitting, and the entire fit is comfy. Ahhhhhhh!!! I need more cropped hoodies!

Vintage Babe:

Vintage has never been a style I go for. It just wasn’t anything I was into. I loved grunge and girly things in high school, but slowly I find myself bouncing between vintage and streetwear looks, or mix matching the two. For the look above, I kept the fishnets on, changed into my HUF shirt that I also got last weekend, and changed my jeans….

LOOK AT THESE JEANS!!! You can see from my face how comfy they are. They’re two toned, the left leg being the medium wash and the right leg being the light wash. I admire these jeans.

The reason this look reads as vintage is because I get the vision of a mom taking two completely different colored jeans, having to sew them together and hand them down for their kid. I love it. A piece like this would usually be completely out of my comfort zone, but I’m into it.

If pants aren’t your thing, F21 has a skirt and I believe a jacket version just like these. I hope these become a major trend. Go get your piece for they’re all gone.

Moto Baddie:

I am warning y’all right now, do not sleep on me this season.

Red and yellow are calling my name, but burnt orange will always be my fave. The jacket, the jeans, the boots, I got it all honey. You need it too.

The jacket is the Red Moto jacket from Forever 21. Every girl deserves a nice faux leather jacket, and while it used to be that black was the staple, I am living for this red one. Dare to stand out my ladies.

I used my hand painted boots to bring this look together. If you love these booties as much as me, fear not, they will soon be up for sale on my Depop. I got you covered, don’t worry.

Thank you for reading. I hope you loved this post as much as I loved putting it together for y’all. Shoutout to Cassidy for taking these super awesome photos for me.

If you’re enjoying these hauls/ mini lookbooks, let me know. They’re one of my favorite things to do. Let these looks inspire you this season. I’d love to see any recreations you come up with.

Until next time,

Emma Katy

Fall Haul 

Recently I have been on the no spending game. Like maybe I bought food and school supplies, but I NEED those things. So for a few months it was “no new clothes”, “no new makeup”, and it was also closet purging time. So I ended up with literally nothing. I didn’t have any new looks to show y’all because I had no new clothes, and most importantly, no inspiration. Well last week, I said “you know what, I deserve to let loose.” And I took myself on a shopping spree. Today’s post is Part. 1 of 2. The next part will come next Monday.

This adorable mustard shirt I got at Pacsun. I love the color, which I never thought I would. I hatteedd, I mean absolutely despised the color yellow, but it’s hitting me hard this season. The little pocket in the front is cute, even if I’ll never use it.

Shirts like these I don’t usually go for because they’re just plain. I’m more drawn to graphic tees because I feel it is so much easier to translate your true self when wearing them. But a shirt like this is good for layering, which will be a must(ard) this season.

The next thing is probably my fav:

This is the only Huf shirt I own. The pale pink and light brown are just so cute. I saw this shirt and instantly imagined it tucked into high waisted jeans and I said “yep, need it.” But then I put it on and realized it could just as easily speak for itself. The only thing I wish is that the bold neckline was repeated on the sleeves and hem. But I’m still in awe for this top.

I mean look at it. Is it vintage? Is it modern? I can’t tell. I don’t care. It’s my new staple. That’s for dang sure.

But in case anyone forgot I was a 90’s girl:

“Mamaaaaaaaaa, ooooooohhhoooo, I don’t wannaaaa diieeee”

I know this isn’t Queen band merch, but that’s all I can think of when I see this crop top.

I’m almost positive this is a GUCCI design knock off, but I prefer this. The red stripes against the white instantly reminds me of 90’s fashion for some reason. I actually saw this in the window display, ran back into the store to get it, and left. I needed it. How else would everyone know I’m royalty? You gotta tell em.

My new car is turning me into a new person. You can see my attitude through my pictures. It’s gotten out of hand.

If you follow me on Instagram (Emmakaty_), you would’ve seen this cute little piece down below.

Just your local cool girl doing the same pose but from two different angles. I’m a creature of habit, what can I say? This jacket was actually 50% off, so I think it came in at an astounding $8.50!! How insane is that? It’s velvet AND embroidered. And pink. When do I wear pink???

I love this jacket. Bombers and motos are so in for fall every year. Velvet is still going strong, and I have a feeling it will stay that way all the way up into the holidays. New color trends: mustard, orange, denim, and browns. But there’s one more trend I have for yall:

I don’t remember what on the ground was so interesting.

I’m telling y’all right now, don’t sleep on me. I’m really feeling this season. Follow me on twitter  (Jesuisart) or whatever you gotta do to keep up with my #ootd.

The burnt orange in this shirt is just perfect. It’s so vibrant and noticeable.

It’s really easy to make a statement outfit with this shirt alone. I’m in love. Tie Dye is gonna be in y’all. You heard it here first.

Make these looks yourself:

Huf: Pacsun(mens)/ Mustard shirt: Pacsun(mens) Tie-Dye: Pacsun (mens)

Queen: Agaci

Jacket: Papaya 50% ENTIRE STOCK RN. 

Photo credit: My amazing boyfriend Dakota <3


Emma Katy