Tuesday, May 29, 2012

At first sight and its real




This is the kind of dress that you fall in love with at first sight, which is exactly what happened when I saw it.

Its also the kind of dress that makes you not want to eat for two days before wearing it, or at least for the few hours that you'll be wearing it and for the hours before you wear it. Which means when I wore this lovely dress for the DSW Premier Party last week, I had absolutely no food in my stomach. And having no food in your stomach when your faced with endless mimosas is well, at bit tricky.

But I love this dress. And will forever love it no matter how little I have to eat to feel comfortable wearing it.




I do have a bit of a confession to make though. I did not arrive at the DSW party wearing these shoes. In fact, I was wearing the opposite of these shoes. A pair of chucks. :X I mean, in my defense, I was going to be shopping all over San Francisco afterwards! Heels, as much as I love them, would not be appropriate. I found these wedges at the party and immediately walked out to Union Square, handed Anna the camera, and started working on outfit photos! How could I not? The dress is fantastic! And the shoes? On the shoes...

Well even the sales associate (male sales associate) said, in a rather impressive completely straight manner, said these wedges were fantastic. Plus they matched my outfit--instant photoshoot! (Also helps to have friends that blog and understand your compulsive need to photograph your life).

I used her as a model to take a couple of test shots. She looks pretty fantastic huh? I think she needs to add fashion blogging in addition to cupcakes to her list!



(on me)
H&M Dress
Jessica Simpson Cocoa Wedge
Coach Sunglasses

(on Anna)
H&M Fashion Star Top
H&M Shorts
PacSun Flats
Cotton On Sunnies


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Friday, May 25, 2012

Got my hands up, they're playing my song! It's a party...




AT DSW!!!

Hells yeah! I can't even tell you how great it feels to get an email like this after a hellish month. Oh, I just about fell out of my chair.

Even though it meant I would have to wake up at like 8 AM on Sunday and drive up to San Francisco (which is like 60 miles away from where I live) the same day as Bay to Breakers and a Giants game, nothing was going to stop me from going.

Plus, hello? Do you see what is on the invite? QUADRUPLE point people. My forever long destiny of becoming a Premier member is now within my grasp. It will happen this year. It will. Trust.



Plus it gave me an excuse to hang out with my favorite cupcake blogger, Anna, and spend the rest of the day shopping all over SF. Like seriously all over, I could barely walk the next day.

DSW actually moved a while ago, but I hadn't had a chance to check out the new location yet. I peeked in once, since its next to my favorite brunch spot, but BF was with me at the time and out of sheer fear of his life, quickly dragged me away. I don't blame him. Its four floors. Four. Full of shoes, shoes, and MORE shoes. Oh, and bags and socks, too.

But who cares about shoes when you're faced with an endless sea of shoes.






Wouldn't be a party without Jeffrey Campbell there right?



Or a DJ of course! And some SF based bloggers! I did promise you bloggers didn't I?

And no, I didn't mean Anna and I. The DSW Premier Party was actually hosted by Britt + Whit! They are both, like seriously tall, by the way. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to snap a picture of/with them. They left before I could get a chance, but that may have been due to the severe shoe-straction I was experiencing.

Right when we walked in the door, we greeted by beautiful House of Harlow shoes and a sales associate handing us one of those awesome DSW totes. I started off with like three or four pairs and had to grab an extra bag! It was almost impossible to decide which ones to take home. It didn't help that DSW was serving us endless mimosas and pastries the entire time. Who was in a hurry to leave when we had food and drinks and shoes all in one building?

We seriously combed through every single row of every single floor to make sure we didn't miss anything good. I also managed to spill mimosa on my white dress within 10 seconds of being handed a glass. Its a wonder I'm able to function in heels at all.



Being vain and trying on some wedges...



With my favorite person. (Nice stripper heels Anna).



We got some goodie bags too. A coupon to use for next month, some delicious popcorn and a...




SHOELOVER MUG. So awesome. We walked away a few dollars lighter, a few points heavier, and some shoe love in our hearts.

Thanks again DSW! I had a great time!

Curious to know what shoes I ended up walking out with? Just gotta wait until the next post! Couldn't make a trip up to the city without an outfit shoot right? ;)

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Still stuck in that time when we called it love




Oh hi.

It's been a while hasn't it?

I contemplated putting the blog on a hiatus, but with the Bloom program picking up, and the fact that I really love this blog.. I'm trying to make it work. It just might mean less frequent posts for now. I hope you guys are OK with that. I miss you guys. I really do! I have so many ideas in my head, I just don't have the time. I need a time turner I tell you. That would make my life so much easier!

But enough whining from me. There are more positive things in life to focus on!

Like the fact that the sun's been out for a solid month now? And I've had to wear jeans like all of twice in the past month? Yeah I'm a happy camper. I'm also starting to really get into neons. Mostly neon yellow. Its the most subtle on a sheer fabrics I think. It really adds a nice subtle glow to your outfit.

This shirt isn't super highlighter yellow, but it was my stepping stone piece. I really love the boxyness of it. It gives me absolutely n so shape, but because its cropped it has great movement when I walk.

And movement is always key.



Actually I think everything about this outfit is pretty fantastic. They've all become staple items in my upcoming spring to summer wardrobe. You'll be seeing a lot more of this necklace. I swear it goes with everything.



And so does this bag. Helps that it was on clearance at Target for like five bucks. If you've never tried out a Target bag, I really recommend it. They last surprisingly long. I have yet to have one rip on me. Which is great because I don't seem to want to use any other kind of bag now but a crossbody. I'm still looking for that one though. Y'know the one. The one that makes your heart stop and you just have to have it? I'm willing to spend the dough, it just hasn't entered into my heart yet.

So for now, these adorable, super affordable Target bags will have to do!



On another note.. Meet my first Shoeternity by Bakers heels! I got them a while back when I won Look of the Week on Shoeternity. I've been waiting for the sun to come out to have a real excuse to wear them. They're super comfortable. I've walked around in them all day and didn't get any blisters. Good job Bakers! These are fantastic.

Bf's headed off to China again soon, which hopefully means I can get some blog posts lined up to catch up on everything that you guys have been missing! I do have a great post lined up for tomorrow though. It involves some bloggers and some shoes..

Stay tuned! ;)


Foreign Exchange Top
Target Shorts (similar)
Bakers Robin Heels
Target Crossbody
New York & Company Necklace (similar)
Marc by Marc Jacobs Aviators


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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Alchimie Forever Brightening Mask




My life has been a bit stressful lately. Mostly because work has been taking up most of my time and energy and I haven't been able to dedicate myself to things I really enjoy and need (like working out and blogging, and of course Bf!). I keep waiting for things to balance out, but its been over a month now, and I'm not sure there's end in sight.

How do you guys handle stress? Do you ever notice the physical consequences of being stressed out? Stress can really wreck havoc on your skin. Breakouts, premature wrinkling and dull skin. Once you get our life back under control, how do you get your skin under control?

That's where Alchimie Forever steps in.

Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask promises to brighten your skin, deeply moisturize your complexion, and fight against premature aging. An added plus? This mask is friendly for all skin types and is gluten free and vegan friendly.

The texture of the mask is very light and airy. This mask will not harden as you wear it, so you'll need to be careful. The product is super easy to apply and spreads evenly over your skin. It almost blends into your skin tone, with just a bit of a shimmery overlay.




The Good? This product works well. The results aren't super noticeable right away, not after one application, in any case. The picture below is the before.


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This is immediately after one use of the mask.



As you can see there isn't much of a difference. The skin is just a bit brighter, but over the course of the week I noticed my complexion was smoother and vibrant. I've cut down the amount of the foundation I normally use this week. My skin is also a little less shiny. I think with repeated use this mask can really benefit your skin tone.

The Bad? This product has a very strong smell to it. It'll hit you immediately after opening the container. If you are sensitive to strong floral scents, this may not work for you. After wearing the mask for a few minutes my senses felt overwhelmed and I started to develop a headache. The headache only worsen as I kept it on for the full 20 minute duration. I ended up with such a bad headache afterwards that I considered completely discontinuing use, but am currently debating because of the change in my skin tone this past week.

If the smell doesn't bother you or you think you can handle the headache that come with it then, I think this would be a good product for you. Its a bit on the expensive side at $60 a container, but you don't need to use a whole lot per application, so it should last you a while.

If your interested, you can find the product at Bloom.com. And as always, Bloom offers a 365 day guarantee! Bloom will be holding a Q&A session on Thursday, May 24 at noon and 8:00 PM CST. It'll be a great opportunity to talk to other Bloom Ambassadors and to get any questions you might have answered.

UPDATE: It must've been an off day for me when I first tried this mask out. The second time I used it, the smell was not as strong and didn't bother me as much. No headache afterwards too! I've been minimal make up all week because my skin just looks fantastic!

The products in this post were provided to me by Bloom.com for review. All opinions are of my own and have not been influenced by Bloom.com or LashFood in any matter. Please note that this post does contain referral links.


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Monday, May 21, 2012

Its a LashFood Extravaganza! Otherwise known as a Review




Happy Monday all! Truth be told, I think I'm speaking to you beyond the grave. I'm pretty sure the slow month of hell that work has put me through has left me for dead. Unfortunately, even in the after life I've been cursed with short, thin lashes. If you remember last month, I did a tutorial/review on Winks by Georgie - best false lashes ever. For people like me falsies are a must have. Even with a couple of coats of quality mascara, my lashes barely show up. Which is why I almost never wear mascara to begin with. That combined with the fact that most mascaras cause my little lashes to uncurl and then poke into my eyes (thank you monolid), I tend to stick with a heavy handed eyeliner instead.

But... That's all about to change.

For the past month I've been testing out the entire line (well most) of LashFood's conditioning products. If you haven't heard of LashFood, they're known for products that.. wait for it (total How I Met Your Mother moment here).. grow and strengthen your lashes.

Say what?

Is that even possible? Yes! Yes it is quite possible--and with no side effects. There are other lash products out there that can cause your lids to darken or hair to grow outside of the lash area (ew), but LashFood's conditioning line has none of that. Now, I do have to say that not all of the products worked out for me. Read on below to find out which ones were keepers and which ones I'll be passing over.

$80.00

When I first received this, I was honestly pretty skeptical. I've never really believed in these kind of products and had I not been sent one to try out, I probably would've never picked this up. I'm really glad that I was given a chance to review this now, because its completely changed my opinion.

LashFood's Nano-Peptide Eyelash Conditioner promises results in 3-6 weeks of daily use. I'm currently four weeks in and I've definitely noticed some results! The application is super quick and easy. The brush is similar one in a liquid eyeliner and the application is just about the same. Even better, you only need to apply the LashFood conditioner once a day, before bed. Which is great for me because I don't have time in the morning, nor would I even remember, to do this.



You can see in the photo below how much my lashes have changed in the past month. They started off pretty thin and short, and a bit sparse. My lashes grew in length before they grew in fullness. If you look at the photos between week one and 2.5, you'll see that they look pretty similar. I think by week one my lashes had grown as long as they were going to and from then all they've just been filling in. The difference is a bit subtle for me though, thanks to my monolid, and mostly noticeable from up close or when I curl my lashes. I feel like the lashes themselves have also gotten darker.



In terms of the side effects, I have yet to experience any. I think if your skin is a bit more on the sensitive side the formula of the conditioner may irritate. I noticed very mild stinging a little bit after application, but it would taper off after a few seconds.

I honestly think this product is really worth it. I wished it wasn't so expensive because I don't know what I'm going to do when I run out! I may have to go beg and barter on the street so I can pick up a new one. If you've ever been curious and have been wanting to try something like this out - do it. You'll see results, promise.

If the conditioner is a bit too much out of your price range though, LashFood has some other products that will help grow your lashes on a more affordable scale. LashFood recommends using these products (an eyeliner and mascara) in conjunction with the conditioner for maximum results, but I think if you're on a budget using these the eyeliner or mascara alone (or together) will still let you reach happy results.



$20.00



This stuff is seriously fantastic! And I'm not even talking about the lash growing formula. Just acting as mascara on its on its amazing. I'm not one to use mascara every day. My lids are a bit too oil (ew, TMI I know) and most of the time I end up with smudges under my eyes or it crumbles and irritates my contact lens. Or worse! Certain mascaras will even uncurl my lashes (not that they like to stay curled to begin with) and then just start poking my eyes.

Its all a rather huge ordeal that I can't stand for more than a few hours.

Which is why I always saved mascara for special occasions, and normally only used it with falsies. My friend Anna can't imagine a life with it, and I think after I've tried LashFood's Conditioning Drama Mascara, I can't either. Ever since I got it, I've seriously been using it every day. Its perfect as a daily. Not too dramatic but just enough to make your eyes pop in a natural way. The formula says smudge free, and I was a bit worried when I read that. Normally if I am able to make any kind of mascara work it needs to be waterproof, not smudge free. My eyes like to tear up at the slightest things, and you know what happens when you're not wearing waterproof mascara and you tear up? Yep. Drama for yo mama.

But not with these. I may or may not have cried in these. Smudge proof? Ha! These are life proof baby. They last all day and even help keep the curl in your lashes - plus y'know grow them out - and washes off easily at night with a bit of soap and water.

Oh LashFood, where have you been all my life? At $20 a pop, its an excellent value considering most drugstore brands will run anywhere from $7-$12, and can they condition and grow your lashes too? I think not.

Well worth it if you ask me.

My only complaint is I do wish the applicator wand was smaller. I have some trouble getting to the outer corners without smearing everwhere--though this is a common issue with most mascaras and easily fixed if I use an external mini wand.

I highly recommend this either with the Conditioning formula or without. It'll do your lashes some good!



$20.00



So let me start off this review with a small disclaimer: I have never liked using liquid liners. It's not that I don't know how to use them. I actually used liquid liner for a couple of years before I discovered MAC's gel liners (my staple item), but they just don't work well with my eyes. I could go into all the reasons why I don't like them, but I won't. Just know that I don't and that this review is a bit biased because of that.

Unfortunately, LashFood's Liquid Eyeliner did nothing to change my opinion. Out of the three, this was really my least favorite. This type of product just doesn't work well for me in general, but in this particular case, it caused quite a bit of irritation with my skin. I don't recommend this if you are sensitive in the least. My eyes felt red and itchy all day. In fact, I think in the photo below you can see a bit of the redness showing through.

In terms of the application it was super easy. The brush is your standard liquid liner brush (just like the Conditioner), and the handle is well designed, giving you maximum control over your application. The product itself is a bit too liquidy and goes on very thin. I actually had to go over my line a few times to get an even coat going. And once it dried, that's when things got a bit weird.



AH! Its a ginormous eye! Actually its a ginormous panda eye. Freshly painted with LashFood's Liquid Liner. You can see that it dried really unevenly, almost like some of the product shrunk while it was drying. It was really strange and I didn't really have time to fix it, so I get to spend all day at work looking like that. Luckily mister monolid likes to eat eyeliner for breakfast, so I'm sure no one noticed. In any case, I've never seen liner do this before (and I'm fairly certain this wasn't a user error), and I think its due to the formula of the liner. Its definitely not your typical formula. It doesn't wash away easily with soap and water. It actually sort of rubbed away, sort of like peeling a bit of plastic from skin. Honestly, it was really strange.

The good part, is if this stuff does work well with your skin and you can get the application going well it will last you all day. No smudge, bleeding, running, disappearing. In that case, its really fantastic. How it looked when I applied it in the morning is how it looked before I took it off at night. I also love how absolutely pitch black it is in color. Its difficult to find anything that delivers that rich a shade of black. Too bad I'll have to pass on this product.

I can't really say I recommend it. I think if you're given a chance to try it, definitely try it, but make sure you can return it if it doesn't work out for you. Good thing Bloom has a 365 day guarantee! If you don't love it, feel free to return it!

Other than the liquid liner I really loved the LashFood products. The mascara has replaced all of my other mascaras and the conditioner has given me hope that I won't be stuck with short little stubby lashes forever. If you are interested in trying out any of these products, head over to Bloom.com right now to check them out. If you have any questions about LashFood products, the folks at Bloom will be holding a Q&A on their Facebook and Twitter pages on Wednesday, May 23rd at 12PM CDT & 8PM CDT.

The products in this post were provided to me by Bloom.com for review. All opinions are of my own and have not been influenced by Bloom.com or LashFood in any matter. Please note that this post does contain referral links.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Julep Maven Review





My first box from Julep Maven arrived this week! Very exciting stuff here, as nail polish should be. This is my first time trying out an "expensive" polish. Still not expensive as some of the polishes out there, but $14 a pop is fairly hefty for me.

In any case, since it cost all of a penny, it was a good opportunity to see what a $14 polish felt like. To be honest, a lot of times I don't see a difference between an $8 OPI polish or a $2 Sinful Color one, but this has varied between colors. On to the review...

The Good. Immediately I was impressed by how little polish I needed to apply. Actually, the correct impression would be slightly freaked out because the consistency of the polish is almost a bit runny and I galloped on way too much and created a rather uneven mess that had to be redone (think lots of bleed over into my cuticle). Once I got control of my over applying, I found the polish to be rather fantastic. They didn't streak very much, and in the case of the pink and purple shades the color pay off was amazing. I really only felt like I needed one coat to get the same color that you see in the bottle.



I used a layer of clear polish as my based coat to prevent the brighter colors from bleeding into my nails. The I put on one coat of each color (and I would tell you the colors but you'll see why I can't in the "The Bad"), and finished off with another layer of top coat.

Out of curiosity, I decided to apply two coats on my left hand.



Same procedure as the one above, except I used two coats of color instead of just the one. And as you can see there's really no difference between the two--at least in the case of bright colors. I shot a couple of close ups below (actually BF shot the close ups as last time I checked I did not have 3 hands).



This is a close up of the pink color. The bottom nail is the one with two coats. See? Couldn't tell the difference if I hadn't told you right?




This is a close up of the silver color--Heather. The bottom nail is the one with two coats and as you can see is quite a bit darker. The top nail is almost sheer, and truth be told, I prefer it to the two coated one.

Which leads me to...

The Bad. If you recall the first post I wrote, I was suppose to receive Fina (sky blue metallic), Nessa (yellow shimmer), and Sarah (sheer pink coral). That is definitely not what I got. Not even close actually. I received Heather, which is the silver metallic, and two polishes that weren't labeled with a name--a pink that could be described as coral and purple-ish fuchsia. And while I do love the two bright shades, I don't care too much for the silver metallic. It might be because its spring and I was looking forward to receiving spring colors. I've emailed Julep Maven and I'll let you guys know what they say. I'm only concerned because part of the way the program works is that they send you an email of what your box will contain and you have so many days to decide if you want to proceed with the month or skip it. I want to make sure that I'll always be receiving what's in the preview.

The Ugly. My horrible polish applying skills. :P

Aside from the unexpected colors, I was really happy with my welcome kit and would be open to other ones. At 19.99 a box, its really not that bad of a price. It comes out to about $6.67 a bottle - cheaper than OPI and China Glaze at regular price - and I think the quality in these may be better.

If you guys want to give it a try, the one cent promotion is still happening! Just head on over to Julep Maven (referral) and enter in the code SHAREONMAY.

And if you sign up, don't forget to let me know what you guys think as well!

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Friday, May 11, 2012

QuestHaven Fashions 30% Off


Hey! I didn't mean to totally drop off the face of the planet. Things have been a bit stressful lately so I had to take a step back from blogging. Hopefully it won't be for long.

I just wanted to pop in and tell you about a deal I found today. Its from a site I just discovered, and I've already received my first items from them so I feel good telling you about this. Don't worry I'll do my usual review post later, but this was too good not to tell you guys about!



Questhaven Fashions is similar to like Tobi or Modcloth, but on a much smaller scale. They're more of an up and coming business, but they sell a lot of similar kind of items. I'll go more into detail about them later, but for now you can save 30% off their entire site with code QUEST30. I'm not sure when this code expires so better get a move on it!

Couple of things that I got and will be reviewing later:



Avery Dress




Wendy Dress


And don't forget! Free shipping on orders over $75!

I can't tell you which dress I was more excited for. I'd been looking for this specific print on the Avery for a very long time now. The Wendy dress I actually found at SwayChic last year but I didn't buy it (mostly because it wasn't my size) and have been regretting it forever. I'm so glad they're in my possession now! I wasn't able to use the 30% off on that order, but be sure I'll be placing another one later today.

Happy Friday and Happy Shopping! Let me know if you get anything good.



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Thursday, May 3, 2012

I put her in the cone bra a long time before Madonna




Ever since I heard that there was going to be a Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the de Young Museum I wanted to go. I begged. I pleaded. I basically nagged BF until his ears bleed.

And finally... we went!

Now I suppose I could've made one of my rare female friends (ahem-anna) go with me, but BF gets into the deYoung for free! And since I'd already been to the deYoung with Chelle visited I didn't really want to pay again to see the same ol' stuff (which ends up we didn't even make it to the rest of the museum as BF was all museum'd out).

In any case, I'll stop boring you with my rabid rambling. I'm fairly sure none of this makes sense right now as my brain is just completely fried out from work. I can't tell you how amazing some of the stuff looks in person. If you have a chance to go, I really recommend it. The pictures below will only give you a glimpse, but you really need to be up-close (but don't touch) some of the textures of these pieces.

My personal favorite (and BF's too but for other reasons) was the laser cut skirt made from shark skin. Which, yes the animal lover in me argues that I shouldn't like it, but it was just too beautifully done not to appreciate.

I didn't want to overwhelm your browsers so the pictures below are in more of a thumbnail size (minus the full size ones of course), but you can click to see a bigger picture.















Quote by Jean Paul Gaultier about his teddy, Nana
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