Thursday, January 27, 2011

List: How an iPod Touch Will Help You Style-Wise

Oh hey there, stranger, remember me?  Midterms are finally over, so I'm back!  I was trying to cram in some last -minute studying this morning, so I don't have any good looks to post today (but in case you were wondering, I've got on black skinny jeans and my favorite blue tshirt along with some simple black liner).  Instead, I came up with this list.

~How an iPod Touch (or any smartphone) Will Help You Style-Wise~

ChicFeed, one of my favorite apps.  ChicFeed is a blog that features pictures (just pictures) from a bunch of different fashion blogs (The Sartorialist, Face Hunter, Jak And Jill Blog, Cherry Blossom Girl, LookBook, and altamira).  I like to scroll through it for fashion inspiration, and screenshot the looks I like.  I've even made some outfits modeled after the looks I've seen!


YouTube.  Ahhh, youtube.  How I love thee youtube.  It's an endless resource of nail, hair, and makeup tutorials.  I search for potential looks while I'm getting dressed and eating breakfast, favorite the ones I like, then replay them while I'm doing my makeup.  I've found some really easy nail art designs and hair how-tos too.


Blog/Magazine Apps like PopSugar, Glamour, and Beauty Grub bring you fashion and beauty inspiration in the palm of your hand!  (Do I sound like a commercial?)  This way you can catch up on your reading while on the go.


Glamzy!  Ever done a makeup look that looked great on you, but then forgot what you did later?  This little app lets you create looks on blank face charts and save them to your device.  It's like Paint, but for makeup!  It's got tons of eye, lip, and cheek colors and you can zoom and blend to your heart's content.


TotalBeauty Reviews.  It's the same reviews you see on TotalBeauty.com, but delivered on your iPod.  So next time you're in the beauty aisle, wondering whether that gorgeous new lipgloss is worth it, you can check this handy little app and see what others have to say about it.  


Wet Seal iRunway, another favorite.  This app features outfits from The Runway on Wet Seal.  These are outfits made by other shoppers using Wet Seal clothes.  You can copy these looks or just use them as inspiration.  Either way, I love Wet Seal and I love this app :)


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And, a little bonus:
~Apps I'd Like To See~

- Polyvore
- something like the TotalBeauty app, but with swatches
- a free color wheel app, with color combinations that work well together

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What are your favorite apps?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Quick Update

I hate to say this, but I may have to put a hold on this blog for the next two weeks.  I have a big ol' term paper to write, plus midterms, and I just don't have the time right now.  I'm so very sorry, but I promise I'll start again after midterms.  See you soon!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Awkward and Awesome Thursday!

I lalalalove Sydney from The Daybook.  Her blog is fashion and funny all rolled into one.  And she does this cute little weekly special called Awkward and Awesome Thursday, and it makes me laugh every week, so I thought I'd share my Awkward and Awesomes :)

Awkward
  • When the room is completely silent.  And then you get the sniffles.  And you just have to sniff, or that glob of snot is gonna be running down your face.  And you try to do it as quietly as possible.  But of course it comes out as loud as a bomb explosion.  And everyone in the room pops their head up and turns to you.  And you try to look down like you have no idea what just happened.  But everyone else knows it was you.  
  • When you're waiting for a friend at their locker, and you're kinda just standing there in the middle of the hallway while people are trying to get around you, but most of the time, they just end up bumping into you.
  • Trying to carry on a conversation with someone while walking down a narrow hallway/sidewalk so that the other person is behind you.  You basically have two options at this point:  turn your head sideways so you're somewhat angled towards the person, and walk with your sideways head , or keep your head forward so everyone else thinks you're talking to yourself.  Awkward either way.
  • Zoning out, then ending up staring at someone for a really long time, to the point that they start wondering why the hell you're staring at them.  
  • Remembering something really funny that happened earlier, then busting out laughing about it, and everyone around you just stares at you, like why is she laughing?
  • When some idiot decides to pull the fire alarm in the middle of lunch and you have to walk outside and stand in line in the freezing cold while holding the giant poster paper that you were on your way to your locker with.  (This one was actually my friend).
  • Watching TV with your younger sister who hasn't gotten her period yet when a tampon commercial comes on and she asks you what a tampon is.
  • A paper cut on your nose.
Awesome
  • Soft flannel comforters that make you never want to leave your bed.
  • Blue Bunny ice cream.  So creeammmyyy.
  • Purple pens.  It makes taking notes a lil bit less boring.
  • Kickboxing.  You get a workout, and it really helps you get your anger out.
  • Orange juice.  It's healthy and bright and tangy and delicious and its like...a smile, in liquid form :)
  • Earrings that jingle when you turn your head.  Not in that obnoxious clanging way, but in that light little tinkly way.
  • That one pair of sweatpants that's so perfectly baggy and oh-so-soft that you want to wear them everywhere even if you look like a dude.

OOTD/FOTD/NOTD: Purple Thursday

Happy Thursday, lovelies!  I'll be posting my weekly TILT later, but for now I wanted to show you my outfit.  It was another one of those cozy chic kinda looks, and I was warm and comfortable all day!  I paired my favorite cardigan--the gray one from Love Culture, with some basic black leggings.  Mine are opaque and I think they're thicker than most.  They're the cotton kind--not that shiny fabric.  I added a soft heather purple tank top from Gap with lace trim.  This one is close to it, but the lace trim on mine is cream-colored.  I tucked my leggings into my UGGs to stay warm, and tossed on a long necklace to jazz it up a lil' bit.


EOTD:  Purple Smoke
This look is pretty bright and quite shimmery.  You could tone it down with a matte purple, or switch out the dark purple for a more lavenderish color, but here's what I did.

  1. Prime the lid as you usually would.  I use CoverGirl TRUconceal (1).
  2. Using a small eyeshadow brush (2), cover the lid with a shimmery pearl shadow (3).
  3. Using an angled crease brush (4), create an outer V with a dark purple shadow (5).  This one from the Shany palette is a very deep, vivid, pure purple.
  4. Pick up some lighter purple (6) with the other side of the small eyeshadow brush (2) and use it to blend the dark purple with the pearl.
  5. Line the lower waterline with a black pencil (7).
  6. Using a smudge brush (8), drag some dark purple (5) along the outside third of your lower lashline, connecting it to the outer V.
  7. Clean the smudge brush (8), and use it to apply the shimmery purple (3) to your tear duct.
I actually forgot mascara and didn't feel like lip gloss (don't ask me why...I just wasn't feelin' it), but you could add that if you want.

NOTD:  The DVD that Blue Me Away!
I did a subtle sponge gradient yesterday (we had a snow day).  I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Blue Me Away! as the base and sponged on Sally Hansen HD in DVD on the tips.  It came out gorgeous and was very easy.  I'll post the tutorial and some pictures tomorrow probably.

What I'm Feeling:  gloomy...our house is so bare since we took down all the Christmas decorations yesterday.  It's kinda depressing :(
What I'm Hearing:  the heat blasting cuz baby, it's cold outside!


    Wednesday, January 12, 2011

    Mini-Haul/Outfit Idea: Blue & White

    Oh god, I haven't posted in like...a week.  I've been busy...and procrastinating.  So to make up for it, I'm giving you dolls an outfit idea to go with my mini-haul!
    I've been searching for a wool coat for awhile.  I had a black North Face and a black bomber from Delia's, so I've been looking for something a little bit brighter.  I originally wanted to get a white/cream-colored one, but I realized that would get dirty too easily, so I decided to get a blue coat instead.  On Sunday, I headed over to Burlington Coat Factory.  After searching through the racks, I finally found the perfect one.  It was the Maralyn & Me Short Woolen Peacoat with Four Pockets (the blue coat in the picture).  It fits me perfectly, and is absolutely amazing.
    After that, I was at Ski Barn because my sister needed new ski pants.  While waiting for her to try them on, I started playing around with hats.  There was this insane blue suede one with white fur all over it, and ear flaps, and huge pom poms coming down from it.  But I realized I would never wear that, so I got the sensible white Dakine hat instead.
    That's it for my mini-haul (yeah, it was a really mini-haul).  I put together a preppy-cozy kinda outfit using the coat and hat.  I added a white long-sleeved Abercrombie v-neck tucked into a blue floral skirt from Mandee. Wear it with opaque black tights for warmth and black suede boots for warmth.  I chose over-the-knee heeled ones to keep it fresh and trendy, but your favorite black boots would work.
    What coat are you rockin' this season?

    Thursday, January 6, 2011

    Things I Love Thursday, Vol. 2

    Things I Love Thursday, Vol. 2
    It's that time of week again, lovelies: Things I Love Thursday!  I love...



    • UTZ Organic Tortilla Chips.  These are the best tortilla chips I have ever had.  In my life.  Most of the brands I've tried are extremely salty, but these have the perfect amount of flavor and crunch.  And they're organic, which is good, right?
    • paint-splattered anything.  I just have a thing for paint-splattering.  I actually DIYed some gray paint-splattered shorts last summer using an old pair of gray skinny jeans, some fabric paint, and a few toothbrushes.  It's actually kinda therapeutic, whipping paint around.
    • Chapstick.  My school is really dry, to the point that my throat gets sore.  Chapstick is a life-saver (lip-saver?) because my lips are uber-sensitive.  
    • Big Time Rush.  You know that one TV show that you'd be really embarassed if someone saw you watching, yet you don't miss a single episode?  Come on, everybody has one.  Mine is Big Time Rush.  It's a show on Nickelodeon about these four guys who just happen to be best friends and just happen to amazing singers and just happen to be discovered by some huge record label.  Oh, and they all just happen to be kinda hot.  Logan is the brainiac with a polished style consisting mostly of blazers.  Kendall is the lead guy who constantly pulls the group together when they're feeling down with intense inspirational speeches.  Carlos is the slightly demented one who tends to break things and always wears a helmet to protect himself.  James is the self-obsessed, aspiring male model who will do anything to impress a girl.  As a band, they're slightly over-choreographed, but their songs are actually really good.  Wow...I can't believe I wrote an entire paragraph about that...
    • Drew Roy.  Hello, Gorgeous.  He's been on Hannah Montana and iCarly, and in both roles he played the hunky bad boy.  He kinda has that Chad Michael Murry squinty-eye thing going on, but he's pretty damn hot.  
    • Snuggies!  My best guy friend gave me the peace snuggie, and I've been wearing it 24/7.  I know it's like a huge joke, but it's also really soft and actually does keep you warm.  That Snuggie chick looks kinda funny next to Drew Roy, but...ILoveMySnuggie<3
    • NP Pretty Presto Set.  This is absolutely amazing.  The shadows are slightly shimmery, super flattering, and easily blendable.  The mini-sized mascara works as well as more expensive, full-sized brands.  And the lip gloss will work for any skin tone.  The only thing I can't say I love is the blush, because I'm just not a blush kinda girl.  I'll post a review soon.
    • Suede Boots.  Especially in the form of flat and slouchy.  I believe that every girl should own a pair of suede boots.  I have black ones, and I absolutely love them.  Suede is so soft and boots like these go with anything.
    • Turquoise.  Y'know, the color.  In clothes, nail polish, makeup, accessories...I don't think I've ever met a shade of turquoise that I haven't loved.  
    • Owl necklaces.  Any color, any kind.  Owls are just so adorable in necklace form.  I love these lil' guys.
    • "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" by Enrique Iglesias.  My current fave song.  I know it's completely edited, and I would never want to see this guy in concert, but I really like dance songs like this.  
    What are you lovin' this Thursday?

    FOTD: Smoky Blue

    Today, my outfit was another off-the-shoulder gray sweater with blue skinny jeans and UGGs.  I'm in a fashion rut.  Oh, and I was having one of the worst hair/makeup days, so I've decided to post my FOTD from yesterday.  It was a gorgeous, smoky, shimmery blue and I was so happy with the way it turned out because it's one of the most complicated looks I've done in a while.  I've got a Polyvore-aided tutorial for you, so get ready!

    1. Start with primed lids.  I use CoverGirl TRUconceal Concealer in shade 5, because it's too dark for me to use as a concealer and I didn't want it to go to waste.
    2. Using EcoTools shade brush, apply a medium, shimmery blue all over the lid, concentrating the color on the inner half.  I used shadows from my Shany Shimmer kit for this look, but you could use your own shadows.
    3. Using EcoTools crease brush, apply a dark, navyish, blue to your outer V.  Use a windshield-wiper motion to blend it in the crease.
    4. Using EcoTools smudge brush, apply a bright, shimmery blue to your inner V.
    5. Line your waterline with a deep black pencil.  My favorite eyeliner for the waterline is CoverGirl Liquiline Blast in Blackfire.  
    6. Line your lower lashline with UD 24/7 Eye Pencil in Binge.  Smudge with your finger, a Qtip, or a smudge brush (I used my EcoTools smudge brush).
    7. Apply a few swipes of mascara.  I used the mini one from my NP set.
    8. Apply a nude, shimmery gloss to your lips for that classic smoky eye/nude lips combo.  I used the NP set again.
    9. Clean up any excess with a Qtip.  
    There you have it.  I wore this to school, but if you applied the color heavily, it could work for nighttime too.

    Mood:  stressed
    Song:  Not Afraid ~ Eminem

      Wednesday, January 5, 2011

      OOTD: Gray Wednesday


      This outfit was comfortable in every way.  I started with a super-soft, off-the-shoulder gray sweater.  It has a splatter heart design on the front.  Mine was a birthday gift, so I can't find it online, but this one from Revolve is also really cute.  I love the crochet details.  I paired it with my favorite dark wash skinny jeans from American Eagle.  Finally, I accessorized with my white beret and chocolate UGGs.  There wasn't much color, so I did a bright eye, but I don't have time to post that now.  I'll try to do it later, because it came out really pretty.

      What I'm Feeling:  cozy :)
      What I'm Hearing:  Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)  ~ Enrique Iglesias feat. Ludacris & DJ Frank E

      Monday, January 3, 2011

      OOTD

      George Balanchine's The Nucracker
      TopHatShoesEarringsLeggingsRose Drawing
      Yesterday, we went to see The Nutcracker in New York City.  After that, we went out for BBQ at Southern Hospitality.  The ballet was amazing, and the food was awesome too.  The weather was pretty warm for a New York winter, so I was fine with just my Delia's bomber.

      OOTD:  The shirt and leggings combo was from Christmas (yes, I re-wear outfits!).  The leggings featured here are from Victoria's Secret, but mine were H&M.  I wore a white Minicci beret from Payless, but this one from Forever21 is pretty similar.  I absolutely lovelovelove these AE flats.  Actually, I love all AE flats, but these are especially my favorite.  It's like...silver glitter polish over black.  These adorable little rose earrings were part of a birthday gift last year.  They're also Forever21.

      My makeup was pretty boring, so I don't feel like posting that.  Adios!

      Giveaway Numero Tres


      You're not gonna believe this, but I found yet another giveaway for you dolls!
      This one is from Girly's Beauty, and it's jumbo-sized.
      The winner receives a makeup bag, Hard Candy nail polish set, Rimmel mascara, L'Oreal eyeshadow quad, Ms. Manicure nail kit, 2 lip creams, Love My Eyes eye pencil sharpener, and a makeup brush set (with a carrying case)!
      You can't possibly find a reason not to enter.  Seriously, try to.  I dare you.
      Check out Girly's Beauty for more information.  It ends January 9th.

      Another Giveaway!


      GuessWhat?!
      Another Giveaway!
      This one's from Click and Make-Up (I love that name, btw).
      Enter to win the Urban Decay Book of Shadows, Volume III.
      That's the NYC palette, and
      IT.
      LIGHTS.
      UP.
      The colors are absolutely gorgeous.
      This giveaway ends on January 6th at midnight, so hurry up and enter.
      What are you waiting for??  Click here to enter.

      Lipgloss and Leopard Print Giveaway!!

      GuessWhatGuessWhatGuessWhat?!
      Lipgloss and Leopard Print is doing a giveaway!  If you enter, you can receive a Barry M Nail Polish, a Sleek Eyeshadow Palette, and a Sleek Blusher.
      You get to choose which polish, palette, and blusher you want.
      How awesome is that?
      I'm thinkin' it's pretty damn awesome.
      This giveaway ends at midnight, tonight, so hurry up and enter!
      Check it out here for more information.

      Saturday, January 1, 2011

      OOTD/FOTD/NOTD: New Year's Eve


      Happy New Year Everyone!  My NYE was great, how was yours?  My best friend's family hosted a party.  First, we went bowling.  It sounds lame, I know, but it was actually really fun.  The bowling alley had all their lights flashing and music playing, and it was a blast even though I can't bowl for my life.  After that, we went to their house for the party and we hung out until it was time to watch the ball drop.  I attempted pool, which was...unpleasant.  And embarassing.  I actually wore 2 different outfits--one for the bowling part, then we went home so my mom could bake the cake that she was bringing, so I changed while she was baking.  The bowling outfit was pretty simple--gray yoga pants, a tiedye sweater over a navy blue v-neck, and UGGs.  I really liked my 2nd outfit/face, so I'll show you that one.

      OOTD:  This was a comfortable, yet stylish outfit (my favorite kind!).  I started with my two of my favorite pieces:  my AE skinny jeans and my Love Culture cardigan.  Under the cardigan I had this butterfly tank, also from American Eagle.  I actually found this at Marshall's.  I accessorized with a hat like this one from Forever21, but mine was from Payless.  I also had on a turquoise arrowhead necklace that my dad had brought me as a souvenir from his business trip to Texas.  This heart-shaped turquoise pendant is also really cute.  

      FOTD:  This was pretty simple, and I wore it for both the bowling and the party.  I used the Electric pencil from my UD Jackpot set on my upper lashline and my CoverGirl Liquiline Blast on my lower waterline.  I also  had on the mascara and lip gloss from the NP Set I got for Christmas.  

      NOTD:  the teal water marble that I did on Thursday with For Audrey & Cuckoo For This Color.  

      What did you do for New Year's Eve?  And what did you wear?

      P.S.  I finally figured out how to do text on Polyvore.  You like?