Shimmer Brush

Shimmer Brush

Here’s a little handy piece of fashion equipment you can’t go wrong with. This here is a shimmer brush. I threw away the box it came in long ago, so I’m not sure what brand it is. What I like about it, though, is the fact that it doesn’t leave a trail of glitter all over your arm like those glitter products I had as a kid. For the most part, it really doesn’t leave a whole lot of sparkle at all. All you have to do is unscrew the top, dip the brush in the glitter powder, and rub it all over your body to your heart’s content (really just your arms and neck). For this specific brush, I have to dab quite a lot of shimmer in order to create a noticeable effect. Which, in my opinion, is better than accidentally over-doing it with the sparkle.

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Starfish

Starfish

This is one of my favorite necklaces to wear in the summer. It was a gift from my mom, so I have no clue where it is from, or how much it cost. It’s so delicate and small, yet it speaks for itself with its intricate beading. Believe me when I say that it really adds a chic touch to a solid color v-neck or a simple sundress. The earrings that came with it are also a nice touch, but I generally like to wear the necklace on its own.

Early Morning at the Stables

Early Morning at the Stables

I don’t know about everyone else, but I get extremely self-conscious when it comes to taking photos of myself out in the open. I went to the horse stables early this morning with this intent, but I found it difficult to not concentrate on the people in near proximity to me. I kept wondering to myself if they could see me, and what they would think. When I was driving back home, I realized it wasn’t actually that big of a deal. This is something I want to do, so I’m going to do it. Yes, I’m trying to establish my own fashion blog, and yes, I am the model, deal with it.

Also, I know it’s obvious but I felt I should mention that I do edit my photos. Some people think that it’s false advertising to edit photos. I agree with that, but quite honestly, half of the fun in creating a fashion blog is the editing. So yes, this photo is edited. But hey, I think it looks a lot nicer and has a bit more character than the original. Especially if you don’t have a $5,000 camera.

Onto the outfit:
Dress & Belt – Bealls
Sun hat – G.H.Bass&Co.

Chunky Jewelry

Chunky Jewelry

As seen in my previous post, I got this necklace and earring set at Georgiou for a total of $22. Now, I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time finding chunky jewelry to match the clothing in my closet. To put it simply, I have never really liked the way large jewelry looks on me – I prefer simpler, dainty items. However, I think that this necklace is the perfect transition from dainty to chunky (if that makes sense).

For one thing, I think it looks a bit more classier than most chunky jewelry. The gold rimming around the stones tones down the loud colors, and the layout of the stones is simple and elegant. Also, I like that the earrings don’t necessarily match the necklace in shape and size. They only match in color, so as to both compliment and put more emphasis on the necklace. The necklace is definitely a statement piece. As seen in my previous post, it can be paired up with a simple sundress for a casual day out, or I feel it can be worn with a solid black maxi dress for a more formal night out.

La Jolla Spree

La Jolla Spree

Recently I was in La Jolla, CA, and if you have ever been there, you would know that there is great shopping downtown. Saving for school being my highest priority right now, I could not go crazy with the shopping. Me being a thrifty shopper, I still found a way to come home with something! The dress is from Ross (not from downtown, but in a different area of La Jolla) and I got it for a whopping $5.99. The necklace and earring set, however, I got from a store called Georgiou in downtown. It was $22, so that was my single splurge.

If you are ever in the area, I would recommend going to Georgiou. It is a little expensive, but they were having a buy one get one half off sale when I was there. They have very classy, yet casual clothing. I spent a lot of time in Francesca’s as well, but the prices could not satisfy my thrifty nature. A close-up of the necklace and earrings will come up soon.

Southwestern Style

Southwestern Style

Part 3 of Target haul. I have a confession to make: the only wallet I have ever bought for myself was from a garage sale – when I was still in elementary school. Sure, I’ve gotten wallets for Christmas, my birthday, etc., but I have always avoided the hassle of spending my own money on one. For the past couple of years, I have just been working through the same out-dated rotation of wallets strewn over my closet floor. But not anymore. Congratulations to myself, I have moved a step further in life.

This wallet was only $12.99, along with many other different types and styles of wallets at Target. I was drawn to the Southwestern style and design, which is generally rare for me even though I come across it all the time. And that is the end of the Target haul! Up next: La Jolla shopping haul (and maybe some vacation pictures).

The Power of Solids

The Power of Solids

Part 2 of Target haul. So, here’s the story: I spent roughly an hour tearing apart the already ransacked swim suit department at Target one day. It was nearly impossible to find both pieces to a bikini, much less anything that actually matched. I’ve really been into patterns lately, but nothing seemed to work. So, I forced myself to browse through the boring section at the back; and after trying on what I thought wasn’t worth the trouble, I soon discovered the value of solid colors.

For one thing, you really can’t go wrong with solids. You’re not going to stand out, but you’re also not going to get looks from people wondering who on earth picked out your swim suit. This pink bikini top may not have been displayed with the “popular” swim suits, in fact it was in the back with the “mom” swim suits (as I have come to know that area), but it had a much more flattering look than the push-up, polka-dot, lacy bikinis. Plus, this look will never go out of style; you can’t get any more basic than this. In addition, this top can be paired up with a number of bottoms to change up the look. For example, black, navy, white, or pink polka-dot bottoms would all work with this top.

After long consideration, I purchased this top, and this top only. (Did I mention how ridiculously soft it is?) So, moral of the story: don’t be afraid to stray away from the popular sections where swim suits are made more for display than for flattering the body.