SO. I don’t know where it came from. But my birthday is only a week and a half away. It took forever for my 21st birthday to get here, and now it’s so close, I can almost taste the alcohol on my own breath. Ew. That was gross.
ANYWAYYY. I was supposed to take a road trip to see my lovely California friends, including my best, but unfortunately, I’ve decided to do it big in Arizona.
I’m a little nervous for the occasion, but excited nonetheless. It’s about freakin’ time.
I’ve been doing a little online window shopping to get some ideas for my birthday ensemble. But I’ve been having some trouble. I need something REALLY special, something that stands out. I have a few dresses in my closet for the weekend of my birthday, but I don’t have anything exciting enough to wear on the night of my 21st.
Here’s what I’ve found so far:
I always love Forever21. I can find literally anything there for really affordable prices. And broke college students like me, love the word ‘cheap.’ I like the color of this dress, and the one shoulder. I’m obviously gonna freeze my butt off no matter what I wear but I might as well look good doing it. I like this dress, but I think I could do better.
Another Forever21 find, but again, it’s a little simple for such a special occasion. I like to get super hyped about any of my birthdays, but come on! This is my 21st. It’s gonna be big! I like the lace cut out on this dress, but I still think I could find something more special….
Modcloth has always been my number one stop for party dresses! They’re a little more pricey, but the quality of their clothing is great! And they have adorable stuff. I’m afraid this one may be a little too light for my complexion, but I LOVE the style. Super sexyyyy.
For some reason, I’m really into the color teal right now. It’s always a good color on me, especially with my bluish green eyes, dark hair, and porcelain skin. Another one shouldered look, and I’m diggin the lace! If only the dress was still in stock… 😦
Another Modcloth find, and another one shoulder style. I love the style of this dress, and the color’s adorable, but is it really birthday worthy? Hm… I think I’m gonna have to do a little more shopping for this occasion.
I’ll keep y’all posted. 🙂
Okay so we’re gonna rewind a little bit once again.
Flash back to December of 2011. A friend of mine, Iris, asked me to take a shopping trip with her for a winter photo shoot she had planned, and she wanted me to help her pick out some cute outfits.
We got a bit of a late start, and I told her I wanted to stop by Plato’s Closet before heading to the mall, so we could find me a new pair of jeans. My favorite Guess pair were rapidly unraveling, and I wanted to get a pair to tide me over until after Christmas, when I could afford to buy a brand new pair.
When we arrived at the Plato’s parking lot, we noticed a nail salon, and decided we wanted to get our nails did. She offered to pay for mine, in exchange for helping her out (how sweet, right?!?). I got the gels (FINALLY!!!). And we socialized a bit with the owner of the salon and his family.
The owner gave me $5.00 off and they lasted for a little over a week (not great, but normally, my nails only last a few days). And I absolutely LOVED the gel. My nails felt soooo much stronger, and it wasn’t like acrylics at all. I will definitely be doing gels again, if I ever get my credit card paid off.
So after getting our nails didddd, we went into Plato’s Closet, searching for jeans, and coming out with nothing near just jeans.
Iris ended up getting all her stuff at Plato’s, spending only a fraction of what she would have, had she bought brand new. She got everything from jackets, to sweater dresses, to boots, to a new purse. She did awesome!
And while I intended to get jeans, I ended up buying a few items… that were not, in fact, jeans.
I spent maybeeeee $60.00 total. Which I really didn’t haveeee, but I bought a bunch of awesome items. Forgive me, I don’t have exact prices or pictures, considering Plato’s doesn’t have an online store, and they’re all previously owned articles of clothing. But I found some pictures and estimated pricing:
This is pretty close to the blazer I bought (and I had been wanting a blazer for FOREVER). I spent maybeeee $15.00 on it, and it’s in great condition. I roll the sleeves up, and there’s a black and white striped lining, super cute.
I couldn’t for the life of me find a price on this beauty. But this is the vest I bought, for $4.00! Holy cow. I was innnnn love. I wore it on New Years underneath my blazer, with gray nail polish and my lovely gray boots.
This was one of the only pictures of me that night. Wasn’t the greatest night ever, but hey, I looked pretty cute 😀
I also purchased a top similar to this one! The whole back is lace, the front is plain white. It was super cheap…maybe $5.00. I wear it alllll the time, even though it’s a tad bit big for me.
This is most definitely not the hoodie I bought, even though it’s adorable. Mine is from Forever21 originilly, and the stripes are smaler, and it doesn’t have the black on the bottom or the sleeves. It’s so adorable, and I love a good hoodie. Wear it all the time, and I can’t imagine I spent more than $20.00 for it.
And last, but not least, I bought the shirt I’m wearing underneath my leather jacket. For like $5.00. It’s a tank, from Forever21, of course. And I LOVE it.
As you can see, I did pretty good considering I probably shouldn’t have spent ANYTHING. I never knew I could bargain shop so well; usually I just buy it if I like it, even if it’s full price, and the price is ridiculous. But I was pretty dang proud of myself after our little trip to Plato’s.
Happy December everyone! I can’t believe how fast this year FLEW by!… Did I blink? Christmas is right around the corner, and as always, I’m nowhere near prepared!
I’ve been working on my presents for other people. And I’ve decided to make this Christmas a little more creative. I can’t say much more, but for the people I love, I’ll be putting together something very special. After the holidays pass, I’ll gladly post their gifts, but until then…it’s a big secret!
My family has been asking for a wishlist for several weeks now. I don’t expect any gifts this year; I’d much prefer to spend time with my loved ones. But here are some unrealistic items on my fantasy wish list. If only….
I’m a sucker for bows. When I saw these online, I was immediately SOLD. Love them.
I’ve been wanting a NICE leather jeacket for a while.. probably something like two years. But I’ve never wanted to spend the money. I looked at Bebe a few years ago, and fell in love with one, but couldn’t make myself spend the money…. surprisingly. But I do love this jacket! I love that it’s cropped. Leather jackets are sexxyyyy.
So lately, I’ve been attempting to watch football on Sundays with my “manfriend” Eddie. I told him, it’s time to buy me a jersey. I figured I could rock a Cardinals jersey, ’cause duhhh, I’m from AZ. He wants me to sport a Lions jersey, because he’s from Detroit. I said “fat chanceeee bud!” Cross your fingers; hopefully he’ll get me the black one (;
I’m also in DIRE need of a new coat. I somehow lost my favorite one in the move, and it’s starting to get really super cold, and I’m gonna need a new one. Mom, Dad…. Make it happen? Ha, just kidding. But really….
I looked down at my jeans the other day while I was at work, and realized they’re pretttyyyy faded. I love Guess jeans, and I plan to make these mine, even if they’re not under the tree this year.
I had to do a little research for this item. I’ve been wanting to rock my glasses more often, but mine are old and beat up to the maxxxx, so I want a new pair that I’d feel confident rocking every once in awhile. These are Guess, and I found them discounted at Frames Direct. LOVEEE.
I was also browsing the Guess website to find a new watch, because mine’s broken. I found this one. SO CUTE. For some reason, I’ve been obsessed with leopard lately, and while this may not be a WATCH watch, it’s definitely ADORABLE.
I also loved this watch. Buy it for me? (:
This is my FAVORITE scent right now. And I’m out. ): I need a new bottle ASAP, and I’m really sick of buying the small bottleeee, so let’s get the big one this time, yeah?
Okay; yes, I realize this may be completely out of the question. But I saw it, and am in love with it. It’s a Betsey Johnson, and lately, I’ve been seeing her stuff everywhere. I feel like it’s calling my name. “Kevennnn, you want to buyyyyy meee.” Shut up Betsey, I’m broke. This would look so good in a box, tied with a big red bow. MMMMM.
And lastttt, but not least, I’ve been looking for some cute leather-looking black boots. I have gray ones, but I obviously need a pair of black ones, since that’s my favorite color. Loved these ones from Steve Madden. And with the leather jacket from Bebe? PERF.
Hello world! I have some VERY exciting news to share with you. My friend Mara is turning 21 this weekend, and we’re hitting up Vegas to celebrate! I don’t think Vegas is ready for us.
The last time I went to Vegas, I was 16, and obviously with Mara and her family. So I think it’s only appropriate that I go back with them! And this time, we’re legalllll!
So I’m planning, and trying to find my cheapest option. I’ll be heading there Friday morning, and coming back Saturday afternoon/evening, because I want some time to recover before Monday. I’m working on deciding whether to fly or drive, but at this point, driving seems like the cheaper option. I just don’t want to drive all the way there and back alone ):
I also need to find a dress for our crazy night out on Friday. So here’s what I’ve found so far:
Loooove the color of this, and I think it would look amazing on my fair skin, with my dark hair. And my nude pumpsssss. Ah I’m drooling.
I really like this dress as well. I’m sort of into the neutrals right now, and the gold metallic look is just delicious. I love that this is a dress, but it looks like a top and a skirt. I’m getting more excited every dress I see!
This isn’ttt my favorite, but I think it’d look great on, and black is pretty much my ‘go to’ color for any occasion.
Full price, this dress costs $360.00, but my coworker and friend Kaila turned me on to the website Rent the Runway. Basically, you get to rent a dress for events, so that you don’t pay a ridiculous price. I definitely can’t wait to try it out. And this dress is unlike anything I’ve seen; it’s unique, and adorable, and it might be ‘the one.’
Moreee metallics! I love the two tones on this dress. Full price, it’s $348.00, eh, I’ll just rent (;
More gold, duh.
This might be in the top 3. I LOVE this dress, and where better to wear it than in VEGAS?!? Glitter, glitter, glitter!!
Vegas, watch out for ussss; we’re about to take over the strip!
Okay. Lemme just telll you.. Having Saturdays off, is probably the best thing ever. Except for one thing….. It’s also the day after pay day. Which means it’s time to SPEND.
Let’s recap the last two Saturdays, (by the way, where the HECK did September go!??):
Saturday, September 24th, 2011:
I wanted to see a very close friend, Mara Ray. We decided to hit our favorite spot, Forever21. We’ve been going there for….welll forever. No pun intended. (;
I was a little hesitant at first… considering this place is probably the biggest reason for my shopping addiction… but I sure do love Forever21. For as long as I can remember, Mara and I have taken regular trips there. We used to go on a weekly basis. Favorite store ever.
So anyway… since I was so nervous, being that I hadn’t been there in so long (which would be basically torturing myself, considering I had to break my ridiculous bad habits)(ranting…), I made a promise to myself that I could not spend ANY money, except for on a Mango Chill smoothie from the cafe at Nordstrom… another of mine and Mara’s traditions. This was partially because I had pretty much no money from my paycheck that had I had only gotten a week before (….uh yeah). Ugh. And partially because I wanted to test my strength. See if I could actually go into Forever21, and NOT buy anything.
Side story: One time, I was on one of my weekly visits to Forever21, spending way too much money, for absolutely no reason. Probably charged to my credit card. Anyway, When I was at the register, the guy who rang me out, looked at my credit card, looked back and me and said “Keven? I recognize that name.. You come in here a lot, don’t you?” … Are you SERIOUS? You come in here so much, that they recognize the name on your credit card. Wow.
Back to Saturday… We walked in, and I fell in love all over again. We took our usual route, and circled the store. I loved so many things, and got tons of ideas for fall, but I didn’t pick anything up. I decided to not try anything on, because I knew I couldn’t buy it. And the weird thing is… I didn’t stress about it. I think I’m making some progress here!!
So here’s kind of a list of things I like for Fall, from Forever21:
This outfit was inspired by a picture of Jennifer Aniston, that I can’t find ANYWHERE, of course. But it’s adorable nonetheless.
And a few more things on my list for Fall from Forever21:
I love tights and socks for fall. It’s a great way to accessorize, and show off your legs, and keeps them warm! Excited to try this out!
Scarves are another accessory I LOVE for fall. I usually layer basic tops, and jackets, and mix and match with different bottoms, and then change it up with scarves.
Sweaters are great for winter in AZ, because it’s too warm to wear heavy jackets. I like to buy neutral colors, so that I can mix and match. And let’s face it, I pretty much always wear black, gray and white anyway.
I also love both of the above jackets; I’ve been wanting a denim one for so long, but I wanted it to be cropped, because I like the look of that better than a full length. FOUND IT!
I was so proud of myself for not spending any money! I’m glad I went, it felt good to be back “home” AKA the mall… and also was stress free, because I wasn’t spending money I knew I didn’t have.
Since it’s still triple digits most days here in AZ until mid October (ridiculous) it was completely irrational to buy anything, because I can’t wear it for another few weeks. But like I said, I got some great ideas!
Friday, September 30th, 2011:
Obviously, Friday does not equal Saturday, but since Friday was pay day, and I had plans with my coworker/work bestie, Joelle, I decided I had to have a new outfit for the night. Plus I was overdue to get my nails done.
I spent around $50, and bought the following items:
Red nail polish (for my toes), “Pink Slip” by Sally Hansen for my manicure, a gray top, and my perfume, “Go Couture Yourself” by Juicy.
And this was the finished product:
Saturday, October 1st, 2011:
I technically didn’t spend any money on Saturday. Just relaxed, and ran a few errands with my mom. I also tried out the news print nails, and they turned out GREAT:
Funny story: I had decided that since I had to work early the following morning, that I was going to stay in and get homework done, and possibly blog a bit. Joelle had texted me to ask if I wanted to go out with her, her boyfriend, and their friend. I politely decline, fully intending to actually finish my homework…
I went to my friend Jeremy’s apartment, because it’s a quiet place to work, with limited distractions. Or so I thought. Apparently, my guy friends, Jeremy, Pete and DJ decided they wanted to stop by our friend Delaney’s party. I was inclined to say yes, but I assured them that I wasn’t staying long.
We headed to Delaney’s and after hanging out in the basement for a bit, I decided to go outside and get some air, because it was a thousand degrees, from so many people being down in the basement. I made my way upstairs, and the first person I saw wassss…Joelle’s boyfriend. Uh oh. Caught up. Being a liar, and a horrible friend. Sorry again Joelle, but it definitely makes for a funny story. And seeing her, made my night!
My outfit for the night:
(Unfortunately, I didn’t get any good pictures, so this was an idea of what I wore).
So that’s been my past two weekends, and GUESS WHAT! I’m off again next Saturday, YESSS.
So, since you’re reading about things in my life that are so personal, I thought you should see firsthand what my style looks like. I set up a shoot with a friend, Jillian, to show off my personal style.
If I had to describe it, I’d say, for the most part, I’m a pretty casual girl. ESPECIALLY in the middle of Arizona’s summers. When it’s 115 degrees outside, I don’t care too much for packin on the layers. I keep it simple with tank tops and denim shorts. Most of the time I’m also rockin’ flip flops or my Converse.
This is a perfect example of my every day outfit.
TO GET THIS LOOK:
This next outfit is also very typical for my summer style. More denim shorts, and yet another tank. This is something I’d wear on a summer night, to a party, or just to hang out with the boys (on a typical summer night, you’d find me kickin’ it with some of my best friends, most of which are guys).
Notice the nail color; it’s the new one I bought, “Turned Up Turquoise” by OPI.
TO GET THIS LOOK:
By the way, I love stacked bracelets and rings; I’m not a huge accessories person, but I love the look of it. I find a lot of cute accessories at American Eagle. Their jewelry is to die for!
My nextttt outfit, is my summer sun dress. This is when I feel like dressing it up a bit, but still casual enough for comfort!
GET THIS LOOK:
Uhm, I’m in love with that dress from Forever21. The tribal print is adorable, and honestly, I like it better than the one I’m wearing! What the heck? I might have to make it mine.
And last but not leastttt, my night out attire! This is what I originally intended to wear as my birthday dress, however, my birthday this year was freezing cold and rainy, so this was not the outfit I wore.
GET THIS LOOK:
Still counting down for pay day (Friday, please hurry the heck up!!), and I got my nails done yesterday. Smart, I know. But it was $17 for a fill, and my nails definitely needed it, and so did my stress level. I’m really diggin’ the whole one nail a different color trend; I was inspired by my best friend. I used a pink from OPI called “Elephantastic Pink,” and my ring finger on both hands is black. Back in the comfort zoneee. Loved the turquoise, but mannnnn, it was bright!
Today, I woke up super stressed. Went to school, had a test in my second class. After class, my best friend asked me to join her in taking her extremely old dog to the vet. I agreed, even though that vet’s office smells like wet dog. Gross. I met a puppy named Sugar; she was a German Shepard. She was THE coolest dog. I decided I’m going to own one. But that’s beside the point.
After leaving the vet, the smart thing to do would have been to go to the gym. Right?… Not my thought process. However, for once, it wasn’t MY idea to go to the mall. Jenn had mentioned she wanted to go to the mall, and I felt I’ve done a very good job lately exercising self control. AKA I haven’t stepped foot inside Forever21, or any store in the mall really, because I know I can’t do the damage I want to. It’s all about that forward progress. So I told her I’d join her. She even promised to buy me a new shirt. What a great best friend I have.
The mall had been screaming my name for months, and I was finally going to show her some attention.
Our first stop was Steve Madden. Ohhhh boy. I wasn’t intending to buy anything, but I saw some cute things for fall, and I always enjoy looking at a good pair of shoes!
With the black jeweled bow? Uhm… YES PLEASE. So cute.
Okay, so Jenn and I both LOVED these; super cute for fall. Skinny jeans. And they’re black… They’d match with EVERYTHING. Must have.
Next stop, we browsed through Arden B. Normally, this isn’t my “go to” store, because it’s a little on the pricey side, and a lot of their stuff is dressier. I’m normally a pretty casual person; don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to dress up. But for the most part, I’m rockin’ shorts and a tank top. I did find a few items for my wish list, though. Obviously.
$98.00…?!?! See what I mean? I loveeee the dress. But why am IIIII gonna buy a dress for a hundred buckkssss when I have nowhere to wear it. Love the color though. WAH. (I’m thinking I might be going through a gold phase…. normally I’m a silver person. hm.)
I also loveddd Arden B’s accessories. They had really cool hair stuff, like feather clips. We all know I loooove those feathers!
After Arden B, we made our way to my number one storeeeee, FOREVER21! I missed Forever so badly. I wanted to cry with joy and kissed the glittered floor when I walked in the double doors and saw the massive store in front of me. Okay, I’m taking it a little far here…. but you get the point. I was insanely happy. For some reason, though, I wasn’t focused at first. I thought I lost my groove. I couldn’t find anything in there, and after circling the store, I got frustrated. So, I stepped outside for a cigarette. (I know, I know… I said I was quitting. And I’m doing a horrible job. I even caved and bought a pack today…. nooooo). After my little break, I thought maybe it was just that I wasn’t meant to buy anything. But when I stepped back inside, I got my swag back. I started picking things up, found a dress I’ve been eyeing, and took four things to try on.
I liked this dress, but online it looks more pink, and in person it was more orange. Plus, I wasn’t sure where I’d wear it, so I decided it wasn’t a smart investment. (I think that shows some progress too! Woo hoo!!)
I especially liked it because it’s bright, and I love bright colors with my dark hair. ALSO, the slits in the side showed off my tattoo perfectly. So cute. But it can wait.
I did end up buying (or Jenn ended up buying…) a cream sweatshirt that says “Be You” on the front, and a basic, black, form fitting, long sleeved dress to wear under it (neither of which I could find online, to show you). But I like the idea of wearing the two pieces together and rockin’ my converse, or separately for different occasions. The black dress would be especially good for mixing things up, ’cause you can dress it up, or down with the right accessories. That’s smart buying.
I decided at this point it was time to quit while I was ahead, and leave the mall. But the shopping didn’t end here.
Later tonight, I was at my friend Jeremy’s apartment. His roommate (and my friend) Pete wanted to run to Target to get a few random things. And even though I’d already been shopping for the day, I wanted to go with. HAA.
So, we got there, and Jenn and I immediately went off separately from the boys and did our own thing. We were headed to the clothing section when BAM!! we were hit in the face with another nail polish display. I’m tellin’ ya, they get me EVERY time.
I ended up finding a gold (it’s the new color) that I really liked, and picked it up with every intention of buying it. But then, I looked up to see the Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips by Sally Hansen. I’ve seen these before on people, SUCH a good idea. They’re strips of nail polish that you cut to fit your own nail, and they’re supposed to last much longer than polish. And I haven’t been able to find them anywhere. All of a sudden, here they were!
I wanted two. I really enjoyed the almost metallic looking “Raise A Glass” and “Misbehaved.” They were almost the same base color, and I wanted to do the whole, one nail different, but I didn’t want to pay like 10 bucks for each?! Are you kidding, that’s ridiculous…. So I settled on the “Misbehaved,” and opted to paint the rest of my nails black, (or maybe just one, I hadn’t decided…) and made my way to the checkout line.
But then, we ran into the accessories aisle. I found sunglasses I want. But at this point, I was getting tired, and hesitating buying the nail stuff, since I JUST got my nails done. So I set down the adorable orange glasses, and the nail stuff, and sulked out of Target. I will be back for you Sally Hansen. I must try this stick on nail polish.
So today was definitely an adventure. But I feel like I’ve made a lot of progress in terms of self control. I normally would be freaking out and buying everything, but I managed to leave content with two items, that are very versatile. I’m super stoked to wear this new outfit. Hopefully it’s cool enough one of these nights for a sweatshirt….. !
I’ve been obsessed with feathers for a very long time. I’ve always loved what they symbolize. There’s a lot of different meanings, however, my favorites are “flight,” and “new beginnings.”
Right now, in my life, it’s a period of transition. The word flight means a lot to me, just because I feel like now is when I’m taking off. I’m starting fresh; just moved into a new house, started school again, and started a new job. I also started this blog, so it’s a big time for me. The term “flight” really hits home. But enough about me!!
Feathers were really in this summer, and I have a feeling they’re not going out of style soon. Feathers have been printed all over clothing articles, appeared in hair styles, and were incorporated into accessories. Let’s just say I’m obsessed!!
Here’s a few feather inspired articles that I love!:
I don’t shop at Wetseal very often, but sometimes I’ll find something that I must have. The way I shop issss if I like something, I buy it (which is part of my problem). But at Wetseal, they usually have stuff on the cheaper side. Always a plus.
This shirt is adorable, but I’m not sure I could bring myself to spend that much on a top. Maybe one day!
Modcloth is one of my absolute favorite places to shop. They have a bunch of vintage inspired clothing. I love their dresses, and shoes. They also have the cutest stuff for apartments.
Another Modcloth find… I love the double ring thing. I have a ton!!
Loveee this necklace. Black, of course, but it would be super cute with a gray, loose fitting top.
This dress is to dieee for. Again from Modcloth. A little on the pricey side, but Modcloth carries higher quality clothing, so purchases from there can be investment pieces. A lot of their stuff is more on the mature side as well, so it’d be perfect for work.
Hair clips. With feathers. I’m obsessed.
This belt would be adorable to make any outfit a little more interesting. I love peacock feathers, and there’s a lot you could do with this belt!
I’m not saying farewell to the feather trend any time soon.