March 28, 2014

Outfit: Jean Shirt and Leggings as Pants.





Photos by Leo Petriu
cap: Wet Seal
sunglasses: Romania
earrings: Icing 
denim shirt: Forever 21
belt: thrifted
bag: Romania
leggings: Body Basics
loafers: Charlotte Russe

Just a quick casual wear post! Wearing leggings as pants always seems to be controversial among the body-shaming Facebook masses, but that shouldn't stop you from wearing what you find comfortable. This outfit is perfect for running late coffee dates during the transitional spring weather. It even looks like actual time was put into it, when in reality, it's just throwing together the most basic pieces in one's closet. My absolute favorite is the bag, which I borrowed from my mother. It's just such a great everyday bag that goes well with anything and everything, but mommy refuses to share. I still have two days until I go back to school, so continuous puppy eyes treatment will occur. If you've got it, flaunt it, I suppose. Wish me luck!

Thank you for stopping by! :)



March 25, 2014

Outfit: High-Waisted Pants and Sequin Crop Top.





Photos by Aidan Bradbury-Aranda
earrings: Icing 
necklace: Icing
blazer: thrifted
crop top: Wet Seal
clutch: thrifted
pants: Forever21
heels: BCBG Girls



Since I spend my life running between classes, work, and the gym, dressing up doesn't happen nearly as often as it should. I crave the high school days when I could walk around in my high heels without murdering my feet and dress up just because I could. Of course people still do that on college campuses, but I'll admit I do judge those girls that walk the campus length in high heels (only because I'm jealous of their mad skills).

Since my boyfriend was in town for his spring break, I jumped at the opportunity to dress up for our semi-fancy dinner date. We went out for cheese fondue and dessert, so that called for some really classy sparkly crop top action. While the usual fancy girl uniform consists of a nice dress, crop tops let you get away with wearing pants on a night out, while still allowing for that sexy feminine look through their body hugging form.

Crop tops are incredibly versatile pieces, so there's no wonder they're still in high demand among college students. Even though it is sparkly, my top could easily be recycled for a more casual outfit featuring high waisted jeans, a pair of Converse, a cardi, and a backpack. A lot of stores, such as Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, and Wet Seal, have a variety of crop tops on sale for under $10, so they're definitely a steal. I got a basic blue one at Wet Seal for $3, and I cannot wait to style it and share it with you guys. The possibilities are endless.

Thank you so much for stopping by! :)

March 20, 2014

Outfit: Printed Shorts and Long Sleeves.








Photos by Aidan Bradbury-Aranda
bow: Icing
earrings: Charlotte Russe
necklace: Rue21
long sleeve: New York and Company
bag: thrifted
shorts: Wet Seal


There is a huge problem with the current weather in Las Cruces- always too hot, always too windy. For the most part, you can't win. Luckily, my temperature tolerance is different for different body parts. In high school I wore short shorts when it was below freezing point and people questioned my sanity, but unless I had at least 3 layers and a jacket on top, I couldn't walk out of the house. Well, I think I've finally found my solution- heavy top, airy bottom!

The printed shorts are some of my favorites because of all the pairing options- any of the print colors are free game for the top! Ah, the possibilities! Here is a previous (much more colorful) look with the same shorts. The safest bet with these would be to keep your upper half monochrome (as I've done in both outfits), but for a more daring look, stick to smaller prints and at most two colors, preferably from the same color family as the shorts. And for those of us that are on the shorter side, a sturdy, chunky wedge is always a good choice.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy spring! :)

March 18, 2014

Outfit: Bow Detail Dress.







Photos by Aidan Bradbury-Aranda
bow: Icing
earrings: thrifted
necklace: Rue21
dress: Hello Glam boutique (closed)
backpack: Mossimo (Target)
cardigan: Zara
sandals: Charlotte Russe

Though I still have a long 3 day ways to go, my mind is already set on spring break. This past weekend has been long, lazy, and beautiful, so having to return back to the reality of school is just not very fun. Since my boyfriend/photographer is on spring break, he came to visit me for a few days, and we've just dedicated his entire visit to relaxing and cuddling. For the most part, we watched Law and Order: SVU and Pinky and the Brain. If you've never watched Pinky and the Brain, or watched it when you were really young, you need to Amazon Prime it right now. The one-liners and references are pure gold. On Sunday we went to Riverbend Hot Springs, in Truth or Consequences and rented out a private spring for an hour. It was the most relaxing experience! Such a great value! Other than that, we pigged out on Nutella. Nothing new there.

Since the weather was nice, I was able to bust out my more summery attire. At the top of my 'to wear' list is this adorable number purchased from a former online boutique called Hello Glam. Sadly, it closed down in 2013, but to my knowledge, their merchandise was brought in from the LA Fashion District.  I'm a huge fan of this dress' color palette (neon color-block, but not tiring to the eye), length (school and work appropriate, but still something I would wear on a date), and basic bow detail (the punch in an otherwise simple dress). Lately, I've been enjoying stocking up on basic pieces with a twist, so this dress has perfectly fit in with my new hobby.

Happy spring, everybody! Thank you for stopping by!

March 12, 2014

Lifestyle: Midterm Check-In.

As busy college students, we often forget to thank our bodies and our minds for everything that they put up with on a daily basis. During midterm season, we ignore our need for relaxation, for relief, for love. Between pulling all-nighters and binge-watching Netflix shows, little time remains for us to untangle our thoughts.

Showing yourself a bit of love does not have to be a daunting, time-consuming task. In just a few minutes, you can procrastinate productively and give your mind a break academically. Here are some suggestions:

If you have 2 minutes...

make yourself some tea
Whatever mood you are in, there's a tea out there for you! 

If you have 5 minutes...

plan your next step
Write down the main tasks for the next day- seeing them on paper helps!

If you have 10 minutes...

pick out tomorrow's outfit/pack your supplies
You'll feel less guilty about hitting the snooze button the next day- and less likely to be late to class because of it!

If you have 15 minutes...

organize your workspace
By working in a clean environment, you will be able to focus more on the task than the mess around it.

If you have an hour...

go exercise
Yoga is a dream during stressed-out periods! 

I hope my midterm stress-relief tricks have inspired you to take a break and focus on loving yourself, even for a tiny minute. Good luck with everything, and thank you for stopping by! 













March 7, 2014

Outfit: Tropical Flowy Top.





Photos by Laura DeMouche
earrings: Forever21
necklace/bracelet: mother's
top: Wet Seal
jacket: Old Navy (purchased at Plato's Closet)
jeggings: LC by Lauren Conrad (purchased at Kohl's)
shoes: Dolce Vita (purchased at Plato's Closet)

I'm excited to finally getting around to posting these pictures! For as long as I can remember, I've been told that people view my style as colorful. You know when you're in a store and your friend gets something from the rack and just says 'this is SO you?' For me, people are always just grabbing the most colorful things they can get their hands on.

Though I personally believe I'm not there quite yet, it is where I hope to take my style at some point in time. One blogger whose style I hope to emulate is Wendy, who always manages to combine unexpected colors in a new, innovative way.

This top is by far the most tropically colorful thing I own, and it has waited way too long for a shot in my everyday life. I believe I bought it almost two years ago, maybe during one of those 5 for $20 deals that Wet Seal puts on every now and then. I originally purchased it with the intention of using it as a beach cover-up, but had I waited that long, I really wouldn't be getting my money's worth. I was also a bit intimidated by the silhouette, as it's not the most flattering on my curvy body type. By combining it with jeggings, the top proportionally hugs my frame rather than trapping me in it. As a basic rule, it's always a good idea to balance out silhouettes by contrasting them. Also, a large, flowy top calls for a bit of height in shoe choices, especially on shorter girls!

Thank you for stopping by :)

March 4, 2014

Lifestyle: Oscar Favorites.

Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein (Reuters)
Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace (Reuters)
Lupita Nyong'o in Prada (Reuters)

Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta (Reuters)
Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive (Reuters)
Giuliana Rancic in Paolo Sebastian (Getty Images)

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen (Reuters)
Charlize Theron in Dior (Reuters)
Olivia Wilde in Valenti (Reuters)

Though Leo didn't get his MUCH DESERVED Oscar for his stellar performance in The Wolf of Wall Street (seriously, the guy sticks a candle in places where candles shouldn't be), I still appreciated this year's Academy Awards (and so did the pizza guy who got $1,000 in tips and served Julia Roberts). 

For once, I had actually seen a decent amount of the nominated movies, so I felt like an informed citizen, rooting for my favorites (ah, the perks of dating a filmmaker!). I'll probably never get over Leo not winning that Oscar, but at least it led to some pretty great memes, such as this gem, borrowed from Twitter:


In terms of fashion, I think my biggest disappointment were the American Hustle ladies. With all the beautiful garments that graced their bodies throughout that entire movie, I just expected the same in real life, I suppose. Amy Adams' dress looked like the safest bet she could have possibly made, and Jennifer Lawrence's look felt like a deja-vu, a baby of her previous Oscars and Golden Globes dresses. 

My absolute favorite was Giuliana Rancic's Paolo Sebastian dress, which I would love to get my hands on, broken zipper and all. Cate Blanchett's Armani Prive gem was a close second, though it does not photograph to its full potential. Jennifer Garner's dress seems, in my opinion, severely underrated on best dressed lists, but I've never seen her looking more gorgeous than this! Oscar de la Renta is one of my favorite designers, and the dress has such an innocent, playful Gatsby feel to it! What a dream! My boyfriend was a fan of the Charlize dress, texting me something about how I'd look nice in it. Well, you never know where you might end up one day...

Thank you so much for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed the Oscars as much as lucky pizza guy did!