Current Hairspiration

Something unfortunate almost happened this past week. I once again thought about growing out my pixie.

It’s like a cycle. Every other year, I start to get annoyed with my hair and the lack of what I can do with it so to speak. And like usual, once this thought hits me, I remember that I am currently living in the humid Gulf Coast region of Texas and that my thick hair and humidity have never gotten along. Also, I feel if I were to abandon my pixie i’d also abandon a part of myself.

As melodramatic as that sounds (Gosh, Christen…it’s just hair!), it’s true. I’ve had a pixie for going on five years now and it’s really come to represent who I am. A little quirky and a little carefree with some class thrown in.

-C

 

(All images can be found here)

Home Envy: Pink Walls

Blush has officially become the new “it” neutral in my book. Not only can it be on my nails, my lips, and in my closet but also on my walls! Well not my walls per se but it could if I owned a home.

I honestly do love how it not only has become a neutral, as it compliments such a range of shades but also modernizes a room. Of course, it also makes a space feel a bit more feminine as well as airy and crisp.

So, verdict time. Yay or nay to pink walls?

-C

 

(Original photos can be found on my Pinterest board here)

January’s Beauty Haul

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I’ve always been interested in makeup since I was in high school, but I never had really gotten to the point of wanting to explore various brands and techniques until I met my college roommate Claire. Now, I will more than likely never be as passionate about makeup as some, but I am really starting to appreciate the look of a product and seeing how it can help boost a person’s mood that day.

I won’t ever be one to tell someone they have to wear makeup to look and feel good because to each their own. However, sometimes a swipe of mascara or lipstick or freshly painted nails can really do the trick in boosting those endorphins (sorry exercise, you’re not the only one to do that).

And with that, I will be making beauty posts more frequently that include my most recent purchases along with beauty fads I love currently.

Happy FriYay!

-C

 

  1. (Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Perfume, $60 for 1 oz. at Sephora)  Back in November, I got a free sample of this perfume at Sephora to see how it would smell on me not just on the store but outside of it as well. I ended up having to use it so sparingly towards the end as I just loved the sweet yet musky smell so much. With notes of Vanilla, Violet, and Sandalwood, this scent has become my go to for the cooler months and nights out.
  2. (Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette, $55 at Sephora) I have always been a fan of taupe and purple colored eyeshadows. They work wonderfully with my hazel eyes as the shades bring out the flecks of gold or even make the green in them pop more so. With this palette, I love how easy it is to blend the shadows. There’s also a great selection of matte shadows in the palette as well as shimmery shadows, which can sometimes be hard to find.
  3. (Formula X #ColorCurators: Song of Style Edition Nail Polish in A Girl’s Best Friend, $12.50 at Sephora) I love how easy Formula X’s nail polishes go on and how long they last. Put on two coats and you’re good for a week at least. The colors for this particular collaboration are also extremely wearable and I especially love A Girl’s Best Friend. The blush shade can work with your F/W outfits as well as your S/S ones.
  4. (Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, $26 at Sephora) When it comes to mascara, I generally stick to one and never really branch out. For years I’ve been using Benefit’s They’re Real! Lengthening & Voluminizing Mascara. As much as I loved it, I would still have clumping issues so I then switched to Clinique’s High Impact Mascara where I still would get lashes clumping. Recently, though, I got this Marc Jacobs mascara as an awards freebie from Sephora and instantly loved it after the first use. It defines my lashes so well and truly lengthens them, which other mascaras have never been able to do. I also have had no clumping issues after having used it for a week or so–yay!

Adele Carpool Karoake

I won’t lie, I had yet to see any of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke skits (?) until someone posted this one a few days ago.

I have now watched all of them but this is one is still my favorite. The playful humor and banter is great but of course, it’s Adele’s voice that tops the rest of them. Of course she can sing her own songs, but even when “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls came on there was just so much energy to where you can’t stop watching. And if you’re not living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard that Nicki Minaj even gave Adele props for rapping her verse in Kanye West’s “Monster”as seen here.

Also, thoughts on who could be in Adele’s “squad”?

-C

It’s A Fur Sure Thing

No matter what day and age it is, a fur (or faux fur) item will always be a statement piece. Whether it’s a coat, a stole, a purse, or a vest–it will garner attention as soon as you step out in it.

Fur coats always remind me of a particular photo of my dad’s mom where she wore a white Mink coat while watching Frank Sinatra perform in Las Vegas. To me, a woman wearing a fur coat always exuded sophistication and class (sans Cruella de Vil, of course…).

Lately, though, fur has reinvented itself. A blush colored fur stole is more common than not and the colors that fur is now dyed range from blues to reds to greens even.

Even with being such a fan of the classics, I love the new funky take on fur that’s been around for a while.

-C

 

(Photos are not mine; All of them and their sources can be found here)

Wednesday Want: UD Gwen Stefani Collection Lipstick

UD Gwen Stefani Collection Lipstick

It’s been awhile since I last wrote a Wednesday Want post, but I knew once I saw the UD Gwen Stefani Collection lipsticks I had to make a post about them.

They’re wonderfully priced below $20 at $18 which is a great price in comparison to other lipstick brands you’d find at Sephora or a department store. I also love the variety of colors, from a deep red to a more sheer nude. The sheer nude color, called Ex-Girlfriend, has to be my current favorite as I feel you can wear it for work or just out and about.

Unfortunately, Ex-Girlfiend and two other shades are out of stock at the moment but there are seven colors to choose from and those out of stock will be available again soon.

Best, 

C

My Top 10 Interview Pieces

Interviewing is a tough enough experience already without having to worry about your outfit. I have always worn a more classic silhouette with some modern touches as I work in a more conservative industry.

Obviously if you work in a less conservative industry you can mix it up a bit more, but I still believe when interviewing it’s best to stick to classics like a black blazer or sheath dress. Also, take note of your accessories and makeup. A bold lip or a chunky necklace is great on the weekend or for a night out, but not always the wisest choice when interviewing.

Again, you can always vary your look depending on the industry you are interviewing for, so know that there are no concrete pieces you “must” have. And of course just remember to wear something that you feel comfortable in as an interviewer will notice your comfort level right off the bat.

-C

 

Top 10 Interview Pieces-2016

  1. Alice + Olivia Pussy Bow Blouse ($165)
  2. J Crew Thompson Blazer in Black ($178)
  3. Sam Edelman Petty Booties ($135)
  4. Cardinal Trousers at Anthropologie ($148)
  5. Kate Spade Cedar Street Maise ($298)
  6. Lorgnon Necklace at Anthropologie ($48)
  7. Formula X Color Curators: Song of Style Edition Nail Polish in A Girl’s Best Friend ($12.50)
  8. Ann Taylor Perfect Shirt ($69.50)
  9. Cynthia Suede Pumps at Ann Taylor ($128)
  10. J Crew Herringbone Sheath Dress ($178)

 

*For those who are still currently attending a university, stores such as Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor LOFT, and J Crew offer student discounts if you show them your Student ID. When I was a student I’d ask any store if they offered a student discount, as they really do help on pieces with a higher price tag.

Wrapped Up in Color

As the owner of a shamrock green coat myself, I personally attest to the wonders of a statement coat. When it’s cold out people aren’t able to see that really cute dress you have on or what have you, but what they can see is your coat.

Sure, wearing a large piece of bright material can be scary. If that’s the case for you, choose a pastel colored coat or one with an interesting pattern. Just mixing it up from the basic black or grey coat will make you stand out from the crowd.

I mean, isn’t that what fashion is all about–being able to stand out in a crowd?

-C

 

(Photos are not my own; Originals can be found on my Sweet Style board)

Favorite 2015 Moments

From hiking in the Deschutes Basin to exploring the Painted Hills to graduating from the U.O. to visiting Glacier National Park to checking out Graffiti Park in Austin and the Co-Cathedral in Downtown Houston, 2015 was one memorable year.

As previously mentioned, it was personally a rough year but with all that I was able to do, I don’t regret a thing.

Here’s to 2016!

-C