red and black

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If spring ever decides to conclusively settle in DC I look forward to more outfits like these: jackets that don't cover my entire body, single layer shirts, and pants that aren't made of wool.

Who's with me?!
Jacket & Pants: Banana Republic ~ Top: ASOS ~ Shoes: Nine West (thrifted) ~ Bag: H&M

the best surprise

It might have snowed in DC yesterday, but a couple weekends ago it was practically blissful outside. To take advantage of the weather I coerced a friend of mine into walking around Del Ray - a cutesy little neighborhood in Alexandria, VA that hasn't yet been taken over by tourists.

I loved getting a more in depth feel for the community, and in addition to wine tasting and excellent gluten-free macaroons, I also found the best summer purse in a garden/gift store for only $10! Since the store owner thought it matched my outfit so well she almost forgot to charge me for it, I figured it was only right to take pictures with it too.

Blazer: J.Crew Factory (similar) ~ Top: The Limited ~ Skirt: eShakti ~ Shoes: Nine West ~ Purse: Thrifted

a great go-to

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With or without lashes, this is a look I love to wear on an almost everyday basis. The light makes this look slightly more pinky-neutral than I think it comes across in real life, the liner and Kalahari shadow are technically more purple than not, but it's still beautiful. It's just a little dramatic and without the lashes perfectly appropriate for work or whatever else you're doing with your day.

Products Used:
~~LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer
~~Sephora Flashy Liner in 03 flashy mauve
~~NARS eyeshadow in Kalahari
~~It's Judy Time Palette - light brown, dark brown, mid-tone reddish brown eyeshadows
~~It's Judy Time Palette - highlight eyeshadow (brow brown, inner corners of the eye)
~~L'Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner
~~Benefit They're Real Mascara
~~Marlliss Corner lashes

finding inspiration

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I've been wandering around the blogosphere lately and one person I just couldn't look away from was Cupcake's Clothes. I don't know if I love anything as much as she loves pastels, lol, but I admire the clarity of her vision and commitment to what works for her (and how much of her wardrobe is handmade by her!). Taking her palette as a spring board I put this look together even though it's not what I'm used to it was a lot of fun to wear. More pastels please!

(Oh and my shirt has little hot air balloons on it! I got it recently at Target but can't find it online - it's surprisingly comfy and I'm thinking about attempting to find them in other patterns!)

Sweater: J.Crew (also worn here) ~ Top: Target ~ Jeans: Gap Outlet ~ Shoes: Gap Outlet ~ Bag: Urban Outfitters

still green and mustard

When I saw that this week's "What to Wear" theme was everyone's favorite cardigan I knew that there was really only one piece I could pick. I have plenty of cardigans, I'm a layering girl at heart you see, and those things are my bread and butter. But it's my latest sweater acquisition, the mustard cardigan from Anthrolopologie, that's wormed itself to the top of the pile.

I love the mustard color, it's proven to be incredibly versatile for a variety of work and life pairings, and here's just one casual way to wear it. Though looking back at these pictures I see I've somehow managed to still be wearing green and mustard...

Eh, whatever. Life's short and sometimes tried and true are what you go with :). Don't forget to check out Gypsy in Jasper tomorrow for the other awesome looks!

Jacket: American Eagle ~Top: J.Crew ~ Sweater: Anthropologie (also worn here) ~ Jeans: Levi's ~ Boots: Bandolino ~ Bag: H&M

I need smaller brushes

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If I'm going to keep doing these sorts of things then I've got to get my hands on some finer eye liner brushes. And a variety of different sizes in rhinestones too. #howdiditcometothis?

(Also I can't list what I used for this look because it felt like practically every eyeshadow palette I owned. I did follow these instructions though so I urge you to tackle it yourself if you're interested!)

taking a moment

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What's that saying again? That I'm "all up in my feelings"? I think that's it anyway and right now it's the perfect descriptor for how I feel. Guys, SAILOR MOON IS COMING BACK.

Did you hear me? SAILOR MOON IS COMING BACK TO TELEVISION (or at least to some other screening medium near you) SOON. There may or may not have been some squealing of joy going on at work when I found this out, because this is my childhood  brought back to life. I loved this show. I remember coming home after school and catching the end of Bananas in Pajamas before it came on (or waking up extra early Saturday morning to watch it again). Even dubbed, the story and soundtrack caught my attention and both still stick with me today.

(Why yes, I DO own all three movies (subtitled) on VHS.)

Let us all rejoice, friends, in the knowledge that for a multitude of reasons, this July is going to be AWESOME.

thinking ahead

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It seems to me that little by little, DC is starting to feel a bit more like Spring. Finally. Last week was a bit cold for bare legs (I'm keeping my fingers crossed though!), but I figured polka dot heels would do the trick and bring me closer all on their own. And they did a very admirable job :).

Happy Friday! 

Top: The Limited ~ Skirt: ASOS (same skirt in coral and black) ~ Tights: Target ~ Shoes: Nine West (via DSW) ~ Belt: Hong Kong

just pink

Thankfully there isn't snow on the ground right now, but I couldn't let the Winter pass without putting up a post featuring one of my favorite layering looks. I'm not sure what it is about me and pink but these two pieces together just make me happy (and the pants are super comfortable!).

Top: The Limited ~ Sweater: Gap ~ Pants: Gap Outlet ~ Boots: Bandolino ~ Bag: Target

conversation with myself

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Let's do something different today

Different? How different?

Different! Glitter! Shine! Maybe even a cut crease! The world is your oyster!

The world is my oyster? That's not what that sounds like. That sounds like the world is a big bag of self-imposed aggravation.

Don't be such a Debbie Downer! It'll be great.

Uh huh. Ok. We'll see. The feeling I'm having right now doesn't exactly say 'great'. Why am I doing this again?

Personal growth?

Yeah, right.

Products Used:
~~Stila "makalu" eyeshadow (matte black)
~~Ebay 120 Eyshadow Palette - hot pink eyeshadow
~~MAC "Soft Brown" eyeshadow
~~MAC antique gold glitter
~~Inglot white matte eyeshadow
~~Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in "Black Ink"
~~Sephora Kohl Eyeliner in "keep black
~~Benefit They're Real Mascara
~~Ebay False Lashes

fitting room randomness: Anthropologie & Banana Republic

Bored over the weekend I wandered in to Anthropologie and Banana Republic to see if they'd gotten in any new Spring stuff. There were a few cute things at both places but here's a closer look at what I tried on:

Linnea Blouse, $88, Size M
Love the stretchy textured fabric and the fun juxtaposition of the floral along the bottom. Perfect for Spring and even though I'm not 100% sold on the shape of the sleeves I still think it's really pretty. 

Geojacquard Dress, $168, Size 14
Love the print, love the shape, don't love the absolute LACK of any stretch. This fit a bit small in my opinion and the boobs got a little pancake-y as a result (plus breathing was an issue, lol).

Vernalis Maxi Dress, $198, Size 14
I thought the pattern of this dress was beautiful on the hanger but pretty blah on me. Also the size 14 was a little big and tended to slide down, so if I really expected to wear this out in public I'd have to get a 12.

Banana Republic
Blue Dropped Waist Dress, $11.97 (final sale, in-store), Size 14
(not available online)
I have no idea what made me try on this dress other than the fact it was cheap as hell. I actually really love the color and drop waist (SHOCKER) and when I got home I tried it on under skirts and it looked great.

Striped Ponte V-Back Dress, $10.97 (final sale, in-store), Size14
Another dress that might typically be unexciting in life but is super useful for all sorts of work or other professional functions. I can also layer button downs or turtlenecks underneath for a different effect. 

Striped Floral Fit And Flare Dress Riviera Blue, $140, Size 14
(not available online)
Um this dress is awesome guys. AWE. SOME. Unfortunately it also seems to be super sold out or not available online right now but if you can find it in store I highly recommend trying it on. The fabric is stiff enough to hold its shape (& kinda your shape at that) without being uncomfortable. I think it's going to be a great life/work dress for this Spring and Summer. If I can find it on sale...

95% Thrifted

So for Nicole's latest What to Wear post the goal was 100% thrifted. Now I really wanted to go for this, but after taking a close look at my wardrobe I realized that I was missing kind of an important piece to make that happen: a thrifted top.

In my opinion, for my body and style, DC is just not a great thrifting city. It's hard to find options that aren't overpriced or too small or just wrong enough for me style wise to be impractical purchasing. I've managed to happen upon a few gems over the years though, so I thought that even if I couldn't make an outfit I could at least showcase the ones that have appeared on the blog!

Definitely don't miss out on the links post tomorrow - I'm sure those ladies are going to have some great (& 100% thrifted) outfits to share!

Trench: Jones New York ~ Shoes: Nine West ~ Skirt: H&M

drugstore haul: lip colors!

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I'll let you in on a little secret: I love pink and red lipstick. Love. Like, it's hard to find another color in my stash (at least in any quantity), and despite my healthy collection I still find myself lusting after the next big thing.

Lately, between the Makeup and Beauty Blog and Alle over at xoVain, I have been introduced to quite a few new products and I thought I'd share some swatches! At some point, hopefully, Winter will have to end and I think any and all of these colors would be great for Spring/Summer.

Revlon Lip Butter in "Raspberry Pie"
I was on the fence about this color because the initial swatches made it appear that the lipstick was too sheer for my liking, but it's a great highly pigmented almost fluorescent pink. Love the textures but I haven't worn it long enough to comment on longevity.

Revlon Colorbust Matte Balm in "Standout"
A very close dupe to the one Tarte Lip Surgence lipstick I own, the twist up applicator is makes applying a breeze and the minty flavor/scent is refreshing. A beautiful red with blue undertones, I would say in real life it's slightly darker on me than the picture I captured here. 

Milani Power Lip Lasting & Moisturizing Gloss Stain in "Cabaret Blend"
A surprise win! I don't tend to enjoy deeper wine-ier pinks but this color is easy to apply (this has a brush trip similar to Stila glosses) and stays on forever. Towards the end of the day I can get a little bit of dryness on the inside rim of my lips but it's not visible and the product leaves behind a nice even stain.

Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color in "Pink Rave"

A satiny matte bubblegum pink color. The applicator's a little strange, it has a firm sponge tip that's flat on both sides, but the formula is scentless and incredibly smooth (with no stickiness at all!).

That's all for now but if there's anything you want to know more about just let me know in the comments!