Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Hold on to that feelin*

Hey there, loves.  How's your hump day going?  This week has been one of the s l o w e s t of my life.  It always feels like that right after a week off, I think.  Anyway, I've got a treat for you today...an EOTD!  But first, my OOTD (well, more like outfit of yesterday...I'm being a little delayed).

OOTD~

I'd like to start by saying this:  I swear to God, I did not wear all this purple because it's Justin Bieber's birthday. I honestly did not know it was Justin Bieber's birthday until 6th period.  I don't care about Justin Bieber.  I don't hate him, I don't love him...I'm indifferent.  I am definitely NOT a fangirl.  With that disclaimer, we can get started.
So I started with a ruffled purple cardigan over a darker purple tank top.  My cardigan was lighter than the one pictured and my tank top was darker. The contrast is extremely necessary.  I put Hydraulic skinny jeans.  Mine are medium wash, but I think just about any shade of blue will work, depending on whether you want the outfit to be light and airy (light wash), casual (medium wash), or more formal (dark wash).  It's up you, dear readers.  And then I pulled on my UGGs and my pearl cluster necklace, which has become my go-to necklace because I broke my bird necklace.  I will try to fix it, because I dearly love that birdie necklace.  Pray for me, dears.

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EOTD~
It's been awhile since I posted one of these, so I hope you like it.  It's very feminine, and although I didn't use the Maybelline quad in the picture, that would work perfectly.  Here ya go!
  1. Prime eyes with whatever you normally use.  I use liquid concealer, but it's up to you.
  2. Using a small shadow brush, apply a creamy white to the inner corner and inner third of your eyelid.  
  3. Using the other side of the same brush, pat a lavender shadow over the middle third, blending it into the white.
  4. Using either a crease brush or a shadow brush, put a darker purple shadow in your outer V and drag some of the purple along your lower lashline.
  5. Use a blending brush to soften the edges.
Finish up with some mascara, and you're done.

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How do you feel about wearing purple?  It's actually a very significant color (Justin Bieber, gay pride...)

Love, Lex.

{ Happy Dr. Seuss Day! }

someday, I'll be livin' in a big ol' city*

I'm super super sorry that I haven't posted in a while, but I was super super busy.  Do I sound super super cheery?  Don't ask me why, cuz I honestly don't know.
Anyway, I thought I'd take a break from the princess outfits, and give you a real OOTD, so here it is.

OOTD~


So I got this cobalt blue dolman from 2b bebe when I went to Woodbury Commons over my President's Week Break (I'll eventually post that haul later.  Since it's outlets, it's hard to find pictures online, which means I'm gonna have to take them on my own, which means it's going to take awhile.).  Anyway, I decided to wear it because it's really soft and flowy and I love it.  And I paired it with my acid wash skinnies from PacSun, but I think any gray skinny jeans would work.  I topped it off with my pearl cluster necklace from Wet Seal and my BRAND NEW UGGS.  Also bought from Woodbury Commons.  I love love love the feeling of new UGGs, when the fur on the inside is so soft and fluffy and untouched.  Oh, I could write a poem about it.  I quickly smudged my Binge 24/7 Pencil around my eyes, and that was it.  And when I wore this (yesterday) it actually did rain, by the way.

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So, my lovelies, tell me what you think.  You know I love to hear it.  Do you like outlet shopping?

Love, Lex.

{ Happy Pig Day! }

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

there's someone there to say hello*

I went to see Gnomeo & Juliet today.  It's kind of a father/daughter tradition, we go out to see all those cheesy animated movies.  It was cute, kinda funny, but I wouldn't recommend it.  Then, we went to Salah Edin.  It's this little restaurant in Paterson.  From the outside, it looks like another Arabic sandwich shop,but when you go to the back, it's a quiet little restaurant with the best shawarma sandwiches.  If you don't know what shawarma is, it's basically a pita wrapped around sliced tomato, onion, pickle, and lettuce with meat (either chicken, beef, lamb, or veal) and sauce.  My dad grew up in Saudi Arabia, so he's used to this kind of food.  This restaurant is also super cheap, but the food is great quality.  We got falafel, hummus, pita, 3 shawarma, and 3 drinks all for $20.  I knew we'd be walking around outside and it's cold (we just got more snow last night) so I came up with this super cozy outfit.

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Outfit~

I started with gray tights.  But these aren't your average tights.  These are tights made for athletes who are running outside in winter.  So they're thicker, warmer and more comfortable than most tights, but they still look cute.  To brighten up all the grays, I added a blue burnout tank from Delia's.  Over that, I threw on my favorite gray cardigan from Love Culture and a silver owl necklace (also Love Culture--love that store).  To get even more warmth, I pulled on knee-high black chevron socks and then gray suede boots.  I promise, you'll be warm in this outfit.

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What do you wear when you want to be warm and cute?  Let me know in the comments!

Love, Lex.

{ Happy Margarita Day! }

Monday, February 21, 2011

Inspired By ... Jasmine!


Welcome to the second edition of my Inspired By Disney Princesses feature.  Today, I'm going to show you an outfit inspired by Jasmine from Aladdin.  Jasmine is the daughter of the Sultan of Agrabah.  As a princess, she is trapped behind the castle walls.  The sultan's evil advisor Jafar has hatched a plan to find a lamp with a genie that can grant him three wishes and make him the new sultan.  Jafar finds out that a peasant named Aladdin is the only one who can unlock the secret cave in which the lamp is hidden.  Jasmine, while disguised as a beggar, meets Aladdin and the two fall in love.  Jafar captures him against Jasmine's wishes.  Aladdin is tricked into finding the lamp in the cave, but ends up trapped inside of it.  Finding the Genie, Aladdin and his monkey trick the Genie into getting them out of the cave.  As his first wish, Aladdin wants to become a prince so that he can marry Jasmine.  The Genie makes him Prince Ali Ababwa and gives him a grand entrance into Agrabah.  Meanwhile, Jafar has come up with a new plan to be sultan:  all he has to do is marry Jasmine.  However, Aladdin has convinced the sultan that he will make a good husband for the princess.  He takes Jasmine on a magic carpet ride.  Jafar captures Aladdin and attempts to kill him by drowning him, but Genie saves him.  When he comes back, Sultan chooses Aladdin as Jasmine's husband instead of Jafar.  When Jafar sees the lamp sticking out of Aladdin's pocket, he realizes his secret and steals the lamp.  Jafar wishes himself to be sultan and banishes Aladdin.  However, Aladdin sneaks back into the palace and fights Jafar for the lamp.  He finally convinces Jafar to wish for himself to be a genie, sucking him back into the lamp.  Aladdin and Jasmine live happily ever after.

Outfit~

So here's the outfit I came up with.  I decided to go with a blue romper because it's comfortable, flowy, and it can be dressed up or down.  I added a black and gold statement necklace because the romper is completely plain.  I paired it with gold gladiator sandals and gold and turquoise earrings.  Next, I found a tiger bracelet, which is symbolic of Jasmine's pet tiger.  Black winged liner would complement this look perfectly, along with a sand-colored manicure.

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So, what do you think?  Would you wear a tiger head bracelet?

Love, Lex.


{Happy President's Day!}

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Inspired By...Belle!


Our first princess is Belle from Beauty and the Beast.  She lives in a small French village and is constantly tormented by an egotistical man named Gaston trying to win her affection.  One day, her father, Maurice gets lost in the woods and wanders into the Beast's castle.  The Beast finds him and throws him in the dungeon.  When Maurice doesn't return, Belle is worried and searches for him.  She finds her way to the castle and promises to stay in the castle instead of her father.  The Beast allows her to, and gives her a room.  She meets the servants, who are disguised as household objects.  Maurice returns to the village, asking for help to save his daughter.  The villagemen call him crazy, so he goes to search alone.  Belle finds out that her father is lost in the woods, and the Beast lets her go find him.  When she returns Maurice to the village, Gaston asks for her hand in marriage or else he will take her father to the asylum.  She refuses, telling him about the Beast.  Gaston convinces the village that the Beast is a threatening monster, and the go to kill him.  When they arrive, the Beast lets Gaston fight him because he doesn't think that he will ever see Belle again.  Gaston stabs the Beast just in time for Belle to arrive.  When Belle sees the Beast dying, she sobs, whispering that she loves him.  These words cure the Beast, lifting his curse.  He comes back to life, the servants become human again, the castle's beauty is restored, and the Beast turns into a handsome prince.  Him and Belle live happily ever after.

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~Outfit #1~

The first outfit is Belle's daytime wear.  She wears a white puff-sleeved shirt with a blue dress and a white apron as she goes through life in the village.  I swapped out the dress/shirt combo for trendy wide leg trouser jeans and a white eyelet tunic.  I paired it with suede platform pumps and a leather hobo bag (much more chic than Belle's basket!).  For the yes, I think a simple brown kohl pencil will work and throw on an Eiffel Tower necklace because she is French, after all.

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~Outfit #2~

The second outfit is based on Belle's gold ball gown.  It's a gorgeous tiered, off-shoulder dress.  I replaced it with a ruffled one-shoulder dress.  I wanted to go for a boho-y vibe with this outfit, so I added green suede wedges and brown accessories.  To emulate the symbolic rose, I chose dark pink nail polish and a matching lip stain.  Throw in a bronze smokey eye, and done.

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So, what do you think?  Do you like Belle's style?  Tell me in the comments!

Love, Lex.


{Happy Clam Chowder Day!}

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Inspired By the Disney Princesses

This is the start of my second InspiredBy series.  This one features the Disney Princesses:  Belle, Jasmine, Cinderella, Ariel, Snow White, and Aurora.  Growing up, I adored these girls.  My personal favorite was Ariel.  I guess I've always loved the ocean.  Every girl wants to wear a princess dress, but that's not always appropriate.  Instead, I'll be showing you modern outfits based on these lovely ladies.

Now tell me, who's your favorite Disney princess?

Love, Lex

{"Grenade" - Bruno Mars}

Friday, February 18, 2011

OOTD: Downward Dog


Hey there chicas!  Time for some yoga!
Just kidding, but here's a yogatastic outfit in case you do actually feel like finding your inner peace.  If not, it's still a pretty comfortable look.  You start with yoga pants (duh!) and a navy blue v-neck.  Next I threw on a bright blue striped scarf that was also super soft.  I matched my eyeliner to the scarf with Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in ELECTRIC.  And, of course, I pulled on my trusty UGGs before heading out the door.  You can add a coordinating cardigan if you're feeling a little chilly.  Other than that, you're done.
And you're also super comfortable.
And also completely ready in case you're in a life/death situation that involves yoga.

Love, Lex.

Mood: in pain (headache. ugh.)
Song: "If I Had You" - Adam Lambert