Unboxing; This Box is a Birch

      Hey, there guys! I finally got my Birchbox a little bit late! This one was for the month of September, and this was another case where I thought I had signed up too late to get the goods. It’s okay! Any goodies are good goodies, right? Especially where makeup is concerned! 

     If you’re not familiar, Birchbox is another monthly beauty box service, like Ipsy. Unlike Ipsy, Birchbox doesn’t provide a cute or fashionable makeup bag for your purse, they give you a colorful box instead. I did test everything, so let’s have a look!

     At first, I was completely underwhelmed by this delivery. It was a real rollercoaster. I was excited to get the package but once I opened it, I was hit with an “oh, is that it?”.  What we have here is, from right to left, leave in conditioner, Arrow color enhancing balm, Collagen eye pads, Mac 3D mascara and dry shampoo.

     If you’re saying “Is that it?”, believe me, I totally shared that sentiment until I starting playing with it. The first thing I broke into was the M.A.Cscara. It took two applications to get some decent length from it, but true to the advertising my lashes weren’t clumpy. It provided some nice lift and in no way weighed my lashes down. I give this product a 4/5 because it could have been a little more pigmented.

     That color enhancing balm from Arrow, is really an understated thing that had me a little disappointed. I did put it on and got some subtle shine and it did bring out the pink in my lips a little more. It kind of makes them pop. I will say that it doesn’t really smell like much, which was a disappointment. Because, I really like scented balms, but I can live without scent. I think this may be a staple in my purse soon, just because you can never have too many balms. I’d rate this a 4/5 too, I’m detracting a point for scent because that irks me just a little.

     I think I’ll combine the Shampoo and leave in conditioner here. The dry shampoo smells really good, I sprayed it on my roots from the recommended 8 inches and brushed it through. My hair’s on day 2, so I’m due for a wash. This did bring some life back to my hair, so I may be using it in travel emergencies when we find ourselves on the road. On another plus, both of these are the perfect travel size to keep stashed in my purse! Score! This conditioner honestly smells so good, the closest I can get is Vanilla which is great. I can’t wait to break this out during a vacation. I’d rate these at a 5/5.

     The last thing in this box was the Collagen Mask from Wilma Schumann. I’ve never used any Collagen items before now, so I wasn’t sure what to do. I slapped these under my eyes at the end of the day and I felt them working almost immediately. At first, I thought it was burning, but what was happening was an intense cooling and hydrating effect. I kept them there for the recommended 20 minutes (I think). When I took it off, I honestly didn’t notice any real difference. I’m wondering if maybe it takes multiple applications to see results? I’d rate this a 4.5/5, I’m not sure if it even did what it was supposed to but I felt dang fancy using these.

    I think out of this box, I’d be most likely to stock up on the leave in conditioner, just because of the way it smells. While I liked the mascara, I don’t like it enough to spend 24 dollars on it. My Rimmel London ScandalEyes treats me just as well at a fraction of the price.

  If I had to give this box a rating in its entirety, I’d give it a 4.5/5 for looking pretty underwhelming but overall performing remarkably. I really enjoyed everything in this box and I can’t wait for the next one to come in!

     

  

Unboxing; Ipsy With Me

Unboxing; Ipsy With Me

Who doesn’t love monthly presents? Pretty dang affordable gifts to yourself that you get on a monthly basis? I know that I’m definitely among that number. Guys, I love month subscription boxes. I like when their makeup, geek culture, treats… Currently, I really want one that’s clothing, but I don’t know if I can trust myself to return the items I don’t want. The moment I’m able though, I totally intend to get Stitch Fix. Right now though, I’m only subscribed to makeup boxes. Birchbox, Ipsy, Lip Monthly and Sephora Play. Well…. Lip Monthly I’m just doing a trial run this month. But for sure I’m all on board with the other three. 

     I wasn’t going to sub to the makeup boxes again because I had stopped doing any makeup at all. Now I’m starting to get back into it in a big way, I figured ‘why not?’ But I wasn’t sold on it until I saw September’s Ipsy bag. Just… it’s so unbelievably cute. I caved and subscribed but Ipsy had told me it was too late to get the bag I wanted.

     Lucky me when I got the email letting me know it had shipped! This bag is pretty awesome, guys. Not the best, really, but I did get a really nice blending brush. The first thing I noticed when opening my bag was this amazing quote. I love it and immediately stuck it on Instagram.

Moving on the meat of the bag…

Two sheet face masks! I’m so excited! I really love masks and I’m just starting to amass a huge collection of them in my miscellaneous makeup drawer. I usually prefer mud masks because the sheets are a little hard to match to my face and keep them there. Preference aside, I’m pretty hype to use these!

       

When I saw this on the Ipsy app, I wasn’t too excited. Pinks are generally a bad color on me. Seeing it in person is a little different, it looks soft enough to be passable. That apparently doesn’t concern me too much, because I just bought the Norvina palette which has a few shimmery pinks that I quite like. I’ll do a tester of it and hope for the best!

This. I don’t think I like this. The Thank Me Later primer is definitely not an item I intend to purchase. I feel like it goes on with an oily texture and then dries to a powder. My fingers felt incredibly greasy after using this. I may give it another chance and see how it goes, but as of right this moment, I don’t think that I like this. If it works for you, great!

Ipsy has spoken, and they want me to use TreStique- I’m not offended. I actually really like these. They sent me one ages ago and I still use it. They have such a great, smooth formula and the pigmentation is lovely. The color doesn’t last super long, but that’s okay because it’s so small that I don’t mind carrying it with me to do touch ups if needed. 

Check out that brush! Isn’t it adorable? I haven’t tried it quite yet, beyond blending shadows on my wrists. It’s super soft and flexible. It does its job well so far. The fact that it’s DC-related with the Harley Quinn diamonds doesn’t matter much to me beyond aesthetics.

I’d probably rate this bag a…

3/5

Really, I can’t give it higher based on the fact that they missed their marks with the colors for the most part. I prefer nudes, browns and a few bold colors here and there. I generally reach for red lipsticks rather than pink. So while this lippy is cute, it’s not really all the way up my alley. It’s not a bad bag, I just didn’t jive with their color choices.They weren’t far off their mark.

I hope they get closer next month!

Shop Event; Clothes Mentor Grab Bag Treasure!

     Hey guys! I have a serious addiction to retail therapy lately. I spent my week gathering a tiny (but moderately expensive) cosmetics haul as well as some light shopping for lace garments. I’ve been super into lace for the last month or so, and I have no idea what happened. To round off my week, and possibly month of spending, I attended the Grab Bag event at Clothes Mentor. 

     A lot of people had the same idea and showed up before they opened to get first dibs on the incredible deals they had hanging out on the sidewalk. The picture below should give you a little glimpse of what was going on when I shoved my bags into my car. There were boxes and shoes lined up against the outer wall, and 5 long tables covered in clothes that had been rifled through by the curious.

     If you don’t follow Clothes Mentor on Instagram or live locally, the event was basically stuffing a bag with as much as you can and if it fits you’re good. Each bag cost 20 dollars, or 21.50 if you used your card. I had the notion to get two bags, which worked out great for me.  My curiousity did get the best of me, so I did go inside and do some more damage, since I was searching for my Masquerade dress! I ended up not finding my dress there, but just look at all of this loot!

Clothes Mentor Haul
In total I spent 80 bucks- one item alone made up the majority of that. Score!

     I managed to make at least 3 cohesive outfits- the rest is just kind of incomplete. Before we get to it, I want to note that I picked all of this without trying it on. It’s pure luck that some of this fits, because some items didn’t even have a size on it. With that being said, let’s dive in! I’ll start with my favorite outfit that I put together

     Seriously, guys. I was so hyped to find these shoes. They’ve been sitting at Clothes Mentor for a few months at least. They were about 16 dollars, if memory serves. So getting to throw them in my grab bag was so welcome, since apparently, I don’t like to spend that much on a single item (makeup evidently not included in that).

    I just love the little skinny heel and the combination of houndstooth and florals. I wasn’t initially sure what to pair with these shoes since they already have a lot going on. And, seriously, whoever thought of pairing houndstooth and floral? They’re weird, but I love them.

     I paired the shoes with a chocolate skirt, purple droop-neck striped tank, and champagne infinity scarf. I can totally see this outfit pretty much anywhere. It would especially be at-home at a cafe. I will admit that the shoes are a little weird to walk in, but that aside I adore them.

     As much as these patterns don’t really mesh, I think they somehow go together pretty well. I can’t wait to wear this to a bookstore, cafe or a casual date! I wish I could wear it to work but unfortunately, I don’t think it would be quite work-appropriate.

 

     This next outfit I wasn’t totally sold on once I put it together. That was at least until I throw on the Mossimo grey striped sweater, turquoise mini-skirt, Talbot’s pink tee and my wedges that I got for 16 bucks (and 20% off). I’m really feeling the way these colors work together. 

     The skirt makes this outfit a contender for a bar outfit, or going out drinking with my Fiance`. I’d probably wear the heck out of this with some tights! As everyone probably knows by now, especially if you’ve been following Instagram, I’m crazy for tights! They can pretty much make any outfit about 60% more modest.  

    The worst part about this, is that it’s not something I can wear out in the coming seasons. That’s far too much leg for the cooler weather, y’know? My heart breaks for you, turquoise skirt. You’ll be packed into the closet, out of sight but not out of mind. I’ll try not to forget about you.

     Alright, we’re two down! So far, it’s been stuff I was just kind of haphazardly put together. The rest is dresses, and pretty much fleshed out.

     Like I’ve mentioned on Instagram, I’ve been completely obsessed with lace. Case in point right there in that slideshow. Today I skipped out of my shopping trip with 4 lace dresses and one item that was just accented with lace. 

    That first item is really similar to a floor-length lace dress I found at Ross. It has similar pleats to this one. It gives it a fantastic twirl, guys. I can see this with some nude heels and pearls. Really class it up, y’know? This is lace we’re talking about. Really that sentiment would work with both dresses up there. 

     I can also see turquoise working well, but it would have to be pumps. That would steer it more to the cute side, or you could go with red and lean more into the vixen aesthetic. With turquoise, I don’t see why pearls wouldn’t work, just as well as with the nude heels. But with red, I’d say more a choker and hoops. With the right accessories, lace can go from chaste, to seductive to flat-out edgy.

    Lace also has an elegant and refined side! I’m sure you already know that, though. Just look at that dress!

     When I shoved it in my bag, there was a tag that valued it at 50 dollars. These shoes, based on the quality, would range from 14-22 dollars. I don’t know about you, but I’d consider my trip a huge success so far. This one item, was valued over half of the total amount spent on my shopping spree.

      If I didn’t already have my Wine Women and Shoes dress chosen, this would have been my choice! With a pair of silvery, subtly glittery tights, this would make a gorgeous fashion show outfit! Classy and understated with a shimmery eyeshadow and nude lip.

    I can see this with a really sleek, straight hairstyle. For jewelry, I’d probably go with silver to keep some cohesion in the shiny bits. I mean, who knows, I may go with this. But I may stick with my emerald green number once I nail down shoes, accessories and makeup.

     For this next dress, I had forgotten that I grabbed it. I think I thought I had stuck it back on the table. I guess I’m not too sad about this. This dress is adorable!

 

     I usually don’t like floral patterns, but I thought that this dress went fantastic with the wedges. It’s black which is way up my alley, even though I’m trying to incorporate more colors into my somewhat substantial wardrobe. I feel like I’m doing so much better with adding some colors. This is a great spring dress, on the occasional warm day. It can pass as business casual, too. It’s versatile and cute. I want to say this is a lucky find!

     I’m super hype about this next find! I have a soft spot for sweater dresses, really. I think they’re so timeless. There’s something so cute and stylish about them. This one especially. I think this entire ensemble is perfect for the fall. The quarter sleeves and lace are great for about 60 or 70 degrees. I can see this being totally at home at a little hole-in-the-wall cafe or a college campus. 

     So, on my hunt for a masquerade dress, I thought I got lucky and found one for my bag. I picked up a pile of lace, that I quickly figured out was a hi-low dress. Score! I was excited, but it didn’t have a size on it. After putting it on, my bet is on a modern 10, since the waist droops. I’ll probably have to use a belt with this to cinch in the waist. I also want to put some tulle on the inside of the skirt to give it some body and shape.

    One of the last things I brought home with me was another sweater dress, this one in mauve. I like the cut out on the chest and the wideness of the skirt. I feel like I’ll be pairing this with my grey tights and trusty brown boots. It’s a great fall and (temeperate) winter dress. I’m looking forward to wearing this the most, I think. It’s such a pretty color! 

     The legit last things that crept into my bag was a couple pairs of workout pants (one of which was galaxy print!), a cable-knit thick sweater-shirt thing and a long mid-calf grey sweater dress. That one was particularly not very cute, but I just got it for comfort. My long, expensive weekend ended with going to Dillards to scope out dresses and stopping by Sephora. 

     My Cosmetics post is coming a little later!

     I think for my rating of Clothes Mentors Grab Bag event, I’d give it a pretty solid rating.

/5

     That seems fair enough. I don’t feel like I can rate it higher, due to it being a general sort of shopping event. I don’t know if it was exceptional, but I did get some exceptional deals! In all, I got 3 pairs of shoes (12-16 dollars a piece), 7 dresses (at least 12 bucks apiece, one valued at 50) 1 scarf, 2 workout pants, 2 skirts, and 3 shirts. I spent less than 100 and left with a fair bit of stuff. 

 Thank you for the swag Clothes Mentor!

Fashionable Findings; Francesca’s Debut! (mini-haul!)

     Hey guys! I must confess something. I’ve been sitting on the knowledge that Francesca’s exists for a few months, and have yet to do something about it. This weekend, I cracked. Hard. I got an email that I could come in and get a freebie (which is one “F” word that I love). I did make my way into their adorable shop on the last day to get my goodie, which was either a candle or bath fizzer.

     Before making my way to the counter to redeem my email, I made the grievous error of perusing the shelves. They had some adorable unicorn planners, which, had they not started in July would have gone home with me. They had a gorgeous kimono, which didn’t go with any of my items or anything in my current wardrobe. I would love to link it for you, but I’m not seeing it on their site.

     When I saw the display for the shorts, I immediately knew that I wanted a pair. I needed a pair; I absolutely had to have one. After trying probably 5 pairs of shorts and not liking them with any of the tops I was selected- I did end up leaving with 3 items in total. I do want to share some knowledge that you may find useful- they have 10 dollar shorts and cover-ups right now. Use that how you will- they have some insanely cute distressed shorts with lace detailing and some with a slightly bleached look. I wasn’t lucky enough to be able to get the lace ones, maybe you will be!

       On the rack, I did also find a cute cover-up that would have made a nice tank, but I passed up on it due to not knowing when my wedding is going to be. Initially tried a pair of lace shorts, but on finding that they didn’t fit I started my hunt for one that did. Francesca’s sizing is a bit odd to me, but I did end up finding shorts that fit. The only pair in my size- no joke. 

     Sadly (for me) I wasn’t able to snag the dainty lace detailed shorts. But, I was able to find these adorable subtly bleached and distressed shorts with darker detailing. These are just so cute and comfy! I’m a little miffed that I found them at the end of Summer. I have a feeling I won’t be able to enjoy these for very long this year. 

     Lucky me that these go perfect with the aesthetic of my Festival shirt from Plato’s Closet! I’ve been aching for another thing to pair with that tank! Now if only I could wear it to an actual festival, that would be way too perfect.

     This second thing, I almost passed up on. I wasn’t planning to do too much shopping, it was supposed to be an introductory post for Francesca’s, after all. Initially I thought this was a dress, and that was way too cute (but a bit short for my taste). Imagine my surprise when I found that it was a flippin’ romper. Guys. I love rompers- though, with how tall I am it’s hard to find some that cover enough to maintain my modest style.

    This mint green look is perfect for the Spring and Summer. I can’t wait for the right season to roll around for me to sport this. Look at this lace, and the off-shoulder band. This color is so cheerful and full of energy. I was dead-set on getting it and there was no way I could tell myself ‘no’ after learning it was a romper.

mint green romper from Franceca's
The first picture up from the new house! I installed (nailed to the door) a full-length mirror. I should have gone with a different color in retrospect.

   My last find was really an afterthought- though I think I really love it. It’s great to wear to work to break up my parade of dark clothes. Francesca’s has a great deal going on right now! You can buy a clearance dress and get one for 10 dollars. I almost declined, but my need for more colors drowned out my reason. I made my way to the rack hesitantly. All I had to do was make sure to find something of equal or lesser value (that’s the caveat, right?). I eventually landed on this lacy blue dress and a little black number to try on.

    The black one had me feeling (and looking) a little frumpy. But, once I got this  dress on, I knew it was the one. It fits great and is just my size. The lace is cute and dainty, with a nice swish. The color is one that doesn’t appear in my wardrobe very often, for some reason. My only gripe is the high neckline, which I ordinarily don’t go for. When something fits so nicely though, I’m willing to overlook a usual preference.

     This is perfect for work, picnic, date or just going to a fair or something. It’s a versatile dress that can pretty much be for anything if you accessorize. 

      My basic feeling about Francesca’s is that I love the variety. The bright, colorful clothing mixed in with knickknacks and notebooks, really matches what I love in a shop. Every time I’ve been there, the ladies have been fantastic and so encouraging to others who go there to peruse. I love hearing their cheery voices over the dressing room walls, “that looks great on you!”. 

     They really seem to know what they’re doing with their own style, too. They have a real grasp on layering, which admittedly is something I need to get better at. Every time I go in, there’s always something new to look at. 

     I will note that there seems to be a trend- they seem to regularly have Bachelorette party gifts and #Bride gear. It doesn’t appear that it’s there and is gone, they seem to have a rotating stock in it. So I recommend checking out Francesca’s if you or someone you know is a bride-to-be. I’ll definitely have to return to grab some party swag for me and the girls!

      I’ll definitely say that their price point a little on the mid-high side, as usual, nothing you wouldn’t expect from a boutique of this nature. It’s in tier with my favorite local boutique, The Posh Peach.

     They’re a little industrial in the interior design area- not all the way, but enough to be up my alley. It’s warm and welcoming with a great variety of items and looks and top-notch clearance. To close up this review, I’ll say I’d give it a….

/5

   We’re bringing back the rating system for boutiques with Francesca’s. I’m so pleased that I was able to actually bring something home with me this time. I’ve been in and out of here a few times over the course of the last 6 months and had to include them! If you guys head there, tag us on instagram so we can see your haul!

Beauty Debut! Makeup Sale Loot! (Haul!)

Beauty Debut! Makeup Sale Loot! (Haul!)

Hey guys! Welcome back to Java and Jeans, as you may have seen, I have plans to include Beauty here. Since I mentioned it, I’ve been wildly trying to figure out exactly how to go about that. I was told by a co-worker that there was a huge makeup wholesale sale coming to Columbus, hosted by this group! 

     The moment I got wind of it, I knew it was going to be my first adventure into adding beauty to the blog. I reached out to everyone I knew and dragged a good friend of mine out to enjoy it with me! 

    When we walked in, I knew the loot potential was through the roof. Guys. I have a little bit of an issue with self-control when in the face of cosmetics, which you can see by that preview image over there.

 I absolutely had to know how this wholesale makeup stacks up against my recently acquired brand names. We meandered around the giant conference room, taking in the huge selection of colors, palettes, kits and everything else you can imagine. Some of which, I had no idea how to use. One thing I ended up getting, I had no idea how to use at all., and it now lives in my bathroom taunting me for my ignorance.

 

Tease Me

     This first Palette had some fairly risque names, which makes sense based off the name of the palette. The Tease Me palette from Beauty Creations has some wonderful pigmentations and the shimmer shades are gorgeous and reflective. I can definitely see this as something that you would have to smoke out and mix with a matte to make it more relaxed. This slideshow has the palette in all its glory, along with the swatches I did. As you can see, they have lovely pigment. As for longevity, I can’t speak for that. Though I will definitely be testing these colors in more situations!

Rating; 4/5

    I really liked the pink packaging and I loved the aesthetic. While swatching, I did try to blend it on my arm and it blended nicely, so I’m excited to try this with a look. I don’t think I can give it a solid 5/5 due to my inexperience, in the future when I’m more knowledgeable I will amend it some way. But, for the current moment, I like this palette and would recommend it. The color selection is versatile for night or day!

 

Sugar Sweets

    This second Palette is the Sugar Sweets palette from Beauty Creations, also. All of my palettes are from this brand, because none of the other ones really spoke to me. I loved the name, and look at this container. It is the absolute cutest thing I’ve seen (makeup-wise) and I had to have it. I’m really feeling like this may be a knockoff of  Too Faced, though I’m not sure which palette. I don’t know enough to say for certain though. 

     I am pleased to announce that this palette performed very well! First, I threw on my primer, that small pot seen in that preview, and the subtle smokey eye I threw together lasted the entire day. This was also after spritzing it with my new setting spray. All in all, I’m pleased with the pigmentation of these colors.

Rating 4/5

I don’t know if I can justify giving this product a 5/5 rating so 4/5 is about the best I can do. I think it could improve in the blending department and maybe pigmentation could be a little better. In the end, I don’t know too much about makeup at this juncture, maybe I’ll re-rate it in the future and amend it one way or another.

 

BarelyNude2

This last palette appears to be trying to knockoff Urban Decay’s Naked line of palettes. I hate to say that it does not perform as admirably as the Sweets or Tease Me, as far as pigmentation. Even the paler colors from earlier showed up against my skin, and as you can see from the swatches in the slideshow below, these did not. 

    The darker shades do show up, which makes sense, but I’m super disappointed with those light nudes which are my go-to colors most of the time. To its credit, the palette does seem to be made of sturdy material and the brush looks to be useful. So it’s not a complete wash.

2.5/5

    Most of these points come from the construction of the palette itself. This thing feels nice and has a lovely weight to it. The mirror on the inside seems to be fair quality and the brush that’s included is very similar to the one included in the Naked palettes. The color being weak really docks the points a fair bit. 

My Lucky Day

The other items I grabbed on impulse from the wholesale makeup blowout, were

  1. a Twist-up Concealer- Strange barrel, but nothing too weird. I don’t think it works too well for an under-eye concealer, based off of my experience today. But it was decent for the whole whopping 4 dollars it cost. Also pictured, is a concealer tube with a built in brush (untested) and the primer I mentioned earlier. Honestly, the primer smells like the lip gloss that is included with children’s makeup kits, but seems to deliver well.
  2. The white bottle up above is the setting spray, I’ve never used it before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I gave it a chance after my friend tested it and gave it her seal of approval. I tested it today and my makeup didn’t move all day. This was 8 dollars well spent, as far as I’m concerned!
  3. These last couple items are that blending sponge and 5 lip treatments. I purchased the lip treatments to cross into 60 dollars so that I could spin their prize wheel.

     Now that we’re onto the prize wheel- after I was told that my purchase was 5 dollars short from spinning the wheel, I hurriedly searched for something to total that extra 5. It took me only a second of internal debate on whether or not it was necessary to spend 60 dollars. In the end, I decided why would I come here if I’m not going to experience it? 

     I threw those 5 lip treatment tubes on the counter and handed over the payment, with that I made my way to the wheel and uncertainly flicked it. I didn’t do well, it moved three spaces and came to a stop on Eye Shadow. Not the best, I thought, but I’ll take it. It’s a win, so it works. The cashier called out to me to go ahead and spin it- this bolstered my confidence so I gave it a decent spin. This time….

     It stopped on Jack-Pot. But only just. If I’d have spun it just a little harder, it would have rocketed past the Jack-Pot and most likely right back to the eye shadow.

    What happened next was surreal- the gentleman at the table behind me shouted Jackpot, the woman behind by the register doubled down on his cry. A voice floated over the crowd in an echo of the people behind me. I was confused, and startled. Are they giving me my money back? After what felt like a few minutes, but was actually probably less than a minute, a man approached with this expensive looking gold box. 

     I did find the product on their manufacturers web page just now, and I just had a heart attack. Click here to see the store page of Jewels Cosmetics, this item specifically. That cost- are you telling me that I spent 60 bucks to win a $600 dollar item? I guess it really was my lucky day.

   After that reveal, I’m honestly not sure what to say. I’m surprised! Why is that so expensive? What does it do? As Grav3yardgirl asks, does this thing really work? My big question is, what situation is important enough to use this? At what point can I justify slathering a product that is half a grand on my face? Is there even a time where that’s appropriate? Literally, the only thing I can think of that would do the price point justice is the night before my wedding.

     

 

 

Consensus!

   I had a blast at this Sale. And really, where there’s great prices and lots of makeup, how could I possibly be sad? In the end, it was a surprising and worthwhile experience. The event was a little more cramped than I expected, with the tables set up in a maze-like formation that funneled us to the checkout line, before we were ready. The workers there were lovely and  I would definitely recommend checking them out if they’re in your area. Follow their facebook page linked in the first paragraph to keep on top of their stops!

 

What’s New: Posh Peach Edition

 
       Hi guys! Welcome to another What’s New adventure! I went to the Posh Peach after work because it’s been far too long since I’ve visited these lovely ladies. Walking in was a like a breath of fresh air, I didn’t realize how much I missed it- I was immediately reminded that I love their whole collection. I was so excited to see what new goodies they had for me today!
 
    My sheer excitement really made selecting pieces extremely difficult. I did eventually narrow it down to 4 main pieces. I selected 3 dresses and a somehow pirate reminiscent romper. They were all in the expected budget of between 20-50 dollars, not a bad price for the quality! The hard part was selecting the item that I would take home with me!
 
Posh Peach Romper
Burgundy Romper with a mild Pirate Aesthetic.
      The first style I threw on was this red, vertically striped romper. It was priced at 40-ish dollars, if I remember correctly and I see it being super cute with a cardigan and some gold accent jewelry. For shoes, I’m thinking sandals- most likely gold flats. I feel like the fabric may be a bit thick for hanging out in direct sunlight, but maybe I’m just too pale for that anyway. I’d probably pair it with a white headband to add some contrast. All in all, I do get a strange pirate aesthetic, which I’m really living for!
      I really like this for a super casual and fun look! You can take it all the way to the pirate side with a gold dangly, gypsy-inspired headband and gold jewelry, if that feeling moves you!
 
Bella Ruffled Metallic Leather Sandal  

Posh Peach Edgy Denim Dress 

The second item, and one of my two top picks for this post, was this adorable denim dress. It topped out at 48 dollars, being one of the highest priced item from this list. I loved the color, being denim with a hint of gunmetal grey. I loved the subtly edgy look of this dress- it made me want to find some distressed tights and black knee-high boots to complete the look. I’m feeling a small clutch for this dress, because it’s absolutely perfect for going to the club or just out with the girls. When I was wearing it, I really wanted to don some black eyeliner in place of my neutral makeup of the day. Seriously though, this dress was too cute and I was absolutely torn about taking this one home with me. Until of the next items.
 
       I feel like the name of the dress being “edgy” really lent the feeling of wanting to edge it up and made me feel like I was in high school again, a slightly welcome feeling in contrast to this terrible adult feeling I have recently.
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Posh Peach Romantic Juliet Pairing

This third style was, strangely, juliet feeling. When I saw the two pieces separately, I knew immediately that I wanted them together. Whether or not they quite fit stylistically speaking, is another thing. 

This white-on-white look felt so romantic to me- something about it screamed a romeo and juliet feel. I kind of began to regret my black hair with this, because I see it with a blond crown-braid and night dewy makeup. I’m feeling some nude tights and nothing would be more perfect than white pumps. For accessories, I’m feeling a silver choker and some pastel dangle earrings. The dress was a clearance item, and was 20 dollars. I can’t recall how much the Kimono was- it was a last chance item, so if you like it, head on over to the Posh Peach to grab this elegant piece!
 
     My only gripe was that it was a tiny bit transparent. That may have been because they didn’t quite have my size- I made it work, but it wouldn’t zip up. I think this dress requires a slip though, or to wear something neutral underneath.
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Posh Peach Boho Flowey dress
 
Now for the grand reveal- the item that stole my heart and my money! his last one had me completely obsessed- I immediately wanted to tear up because it was a little bit out of budget. But then I remembered something. I haven’t used the 20% coupon I got from their 4th Birthday Party. This dress is so, perfectly my aesthetic. Where the denim would make me feel like I was trying to be someone else. Someone edgier and all around cooler… or a person who goes out to clubs. This dress felt like I was being true to myself. The flowy bell sleeves- and perfect length felt so right. It was a whopping 43 dollars, or 35 dollars with my coupon (thanks, ladies!). 
 
      For accessories with this beautiful dress, I’d pair it with a flower crown (with white flowers!) and I feel like these boots work pretty well with the aesthetic. I can see it working great with longer more flowing hair, which means I have some time to wait! I sent a picture of this dress to my Fiance` and his comment that it “looks like me” pushed me to buy it. Instantly, I knew what I wanted to , and when it was in the bag and my rewards program was set up I was thrilled.
 
 
 
As usual, the Posh Peach thrilled me to no end. I absolutely adore so many of their styles and I’m always so happy to find my next addition! I literally rave about these beautiful people every time I visit them- my only complaint is that I can’t buy everything I like from them. And believe me, there’s a lot. They recently got in some Bamboo shoes, which is a brand that I love. I learned about this brand at Sassy and Southern, and they make some adorable shoes!
     
I’ll go ahead and cut this short here- suffice to say, they have some amazing selections that are fairly new. I definitely suggest looking around their gorgeous shop if you have the chance!

What’s New; Lizard Thicket Edition!

What’s new, guys? I’ve recently decided to hit some of our older locations and scout out new favorites that eluded me. I started this off by returning to Lizard Thicket, here in Columbus! I’ve spent a few days scouring their website to try to link you to the styles. Sadly, I wasn’t able to actually find anything online that I found.

Let’s get this show on the road with these four styles that I was enamored with!

Pool Party Prep!

    One of the first things I gravitated towards was this adorable Gingham wrap dress. I was a little worried about the front, because historically, I’m terrible with anything that wraps.  Imagine my joy on finding that the dress zips up the back.

    The fabric was nice and formfitting, with just a touch of texture that was more evident on my back. I really like the cut of this particular item. The little ruffles give it an air of cute femininity that just makes this the perfect item to be paired with some straw accessories.

     I’m feeling a straw bag, nothing seriously huge, but something small and portable like this, from Urban Outfitters. Since this is a perfect outfit for a day by the pool, you don’t want to forget your straw hat! This is a great dress to really lean into that summer aesthetic. I’ll go ahead and do a preview on some stylish summer accessories below! You can click those images below to visit the website!

 

Slide View: 2: Straw Ribbon-Trim Boater Hat Slide View: 5: Circle Straw Crossbody Bag Slide View: 2: Crap Eyewear The Love Tempo Sunglasses Slide View: 6: Swedish Hasbeens Kringlan Sandal

School Day Vibes!

This second style was a modest over-all dress, which is something I’m crazy about lately. These styles are just absolutely adorable and versatile and work well with stripes underneath or even a graphic tee. The closest I could find to this exact one is this, I paired it with this adorable crop top. 

This sort of thing always strikes me as school-clothes, probably in no small part because it was my favorite uniform when I was a child. Or at least close it- this is in a somewhat similar vein. Maybe that’s why I’m still insane about anything that looks like School Uniforms.

I really like the idea of leaning into the academic feeling with this style. I’m talking backpack purse, hi-socks and sneakers. In fact, might change the shirt for that… I’m feeling this one to lend a little more modesty to the look. Some accessories that I like with this are below! 

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Aim for the Stars!

The last time I went to Lizard Thicket I found this dress- at the time, it was a size too small and wouldn’t fit properly. I’m thrilled that I found it in my size this time (though truth be told, may still be a touch form fitting). To see some of the great things I found in one of my first solo boutique posts, click here!

love this dress. It’s so shiny and seems great for all of the exorbitant partying I… don’t do. In any event, I can see this as being a lively dress for a night out on the town with the girls or even a casual date night.

Maybe I want to lean into the sparkly bits too much, but I’m not sure if I’m feeling silver or gold for accessories. You know what? Gold. We have to break up that silver with some contrast. For this dress, I mostly stuck with the Lizard Thicket’s website to aid in finding accessories, since I like to roam around the internet on my search.

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                        color, Silver Faux Leather 

Honorable Mention:

Forever and a Day Dress

     I found a variant in this dress, it was absolutely adorable. The one I came across was yellow but was similar in every other way. I loved it. But to my sorrow, it didn’t fit me. I really, really wish I could find it on the site but it does seem to be missing some direct links in their catalog. 

     It would have been so fun to accessorize it with a lace and floral patterns, but I feel like any accessorization that I do would fall short in this case.

    Soon I’ll be returning to the Posh Peach, Sassy and Southern, Blushing Brunette to bring you their new styles!

Fashionable Findings: Dear Stella

Welcome to another Fashionable Find here on my home turf! I discovered a somewhat new boutique down on Whittelsey- Dear Stella. Dear Stella has been around for 4 years, but they have been at their current location for only 2 years. (Fun fact: they may have opened shortly before or after I first moved here!) They have an impressive selection of clothes and all of them are stylish and modest! Which, is right up my alley. 

When I walked in, I was greeted with a friendly “Welcome!” and an offer for help. She was incredibly patient with me skulking around taking photos of the shop. She was absolutely lovely! So I would like to commend her for being so enthusiastic when I approached her. It really helped me feel comfortable.

They have some gorgeous jewelry displayed in front of the door, I had to force myself not to examine it too closely lest I tried to buy some. I really liked how the accessories on display were both artful and simple. Jewelry like this can literally go with just about anything. I need to return for some accessories one of these days.

They have seating by the entrance, I can picture my fiance’ camping there if I had brought him. And I can’t say I’d blame him, because the chairs look comfortable. I almost decided to take a seat, but decided against it. What if it’s too comfortable?

I think my favorite thing about Dear Stella was the dressing rooms. They had trendy wallpaper and were huge, compared to dressing rooms I’m familiar with. I had room to stretch and put my purse and original outfit under the bench for the sake of pictures. I got a picture to show you how cute they are- but it doesn’t exactly speak to the size of it. It was nice and spacious. I also want to note that the mirror was flattering! I always sort of balk when I have to take photos in dressing rooms, but not here. The lighting combined with the large mirror was altogether favorable. 

Moving on from my impressions of the store itself, I did try on 5 different outfits. Four of them worked, and one didn’t. Sadly, they didn’t have my size. But, I do want to give this dress an honorable mention because it’s adorable and I can see it working famously for someone!

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Honestly, just look at that. It’s a gorgeous cream color, with a plunging back and that absolutely adorable bow. I would have loved to have found one that fit. Maybe one day! I’ll remain hopeful.

 

Moving on to the things that did fit, the moment I was in the dressing room I had to try this shirt. I’ve seen them all over Instagram and Pinterest, an I’m obsessed with the pastels and the little balls hanging from the fabric. Despite not being fitted the shirt does manage to be flattering. I love how the stripes do line up from the ruffle to the bodice. I hope to return to liberate this, especially. Because while I love all of the selections coming up, this shirt has a special place in my heart.

For a style with this, I can see it paired well with some 70’s bellbottoms and some fun chunky jewelry. I’m thinking really playing to the pastels and going with a slightly Harajuku aesthetic. I’d pair it with a pink bow in my hair and a pair of pastel platform sneakers. Really this shirt begs to have fun stylistically speaking. I get the urge to dress like a 12-year-old just looking at it!

The second item I tried on was this amazingly adorable two-piece checkered set. The moment I laid eyes on it I knew it was going to make it into this post for two reasons. The first of which being I loved the pop of color against the black and white. The second being that I’ve also seen so many of these two-piece sets on social p–media but never got occasion to try one on. I have to say, I understand the hype. They’re incredibly cute. Literally, my only gripe is that the fabric did seem a bit stiff right off the bat, but I can see a wash clearing up that issue.

To style this outfit, I’m picturing a playful hairstyle and some fairly simple jewelry to offset the pattern. I really like a choker with this, since the pattern is so loud you don’t want something disrupting that by dangling over it. I feel like some pink tassel earrings would complement this outfit nicely, too. And as far as the shoes go, I actually do like my converse with this. To be perfectly fair, I do kind of like my converse with everything. 

Dear Stella Dress

Number three was this adorable peach colored dress. This thing really gives me Nurse vibes. I honestly want to pair with it a white headband and some kneehigh socks. Maybe some pearl studs and a long pearl necklace to add a classical feeling. On that same aesthetic, this calls for white sneakers. I think this one may have been one size smaller than optimal for me, but it was still really cute. If I had brought it home with me, I’d have to hunt for a white cardigan, because the only thing I wasn’t feeling was the sleeves.

The fabric had very little give, but that only plays to the nurse vibes I get from it. This is one outfit that the converse just didn’t jive with… yet I didn’t take them off. Seriously, they may as well be apart of me by now. 

Dear Stella Dress

The final outfit I tried on today really feels like I ought to be on a cruise. It has to be intentional with the palm frond pattern. I can picture this billowing slightly in the sea breeze and I’m not going to lie to you, I almost tried to buy it. Unfortunately, I did decide to be responsible at the last minute, though. This is another thing my converse do not go with. This dress more calls for earthy toned leather sandals and gold jewelry. I found this amazing pair of palm tree hoops from forever 21 that I think would be fantastic when paired with this dress. While we’re accessorizing, I also actually really like this pendant, too. I almost want to say a ponytail with this, but I’m really on board with loose beachy waves. 

Apologies for not going into the makeup side, that’s something I’m taking some time to learn about at the moment and I would hate to give anyone some bad advice there. 

Closing Thoughts

 

Out of the 5 outfits I tried, the highest price was 68 dollars, if I recall correctly. This boutique has some wonderful stuff, though just a touch out of the price range that I try to stick in. The two-piece outfit was about 60 altogether, which is decent. I’d put Dear Stella at about a mid-range price point. Not unbelievably expensive, but not super cheap either. From the quality, I’d say it’s well worth it, honestly. 

I do recommend Dear Stella if you have some spending money that you can play with without guilt. You’ll find choices from staples to accent pieces with personality. They are definitely worth a look! 

Frugal Fashions: 3 Easy Summer Styles

Hey everyone! I’m back with another frugal fashion post to showcase some of my recent acquisitions. I’ve really had to tighten down on a somewhat restrictive budget, and I really try to keep my finds under 10 dollars for these posts. I’ll be compiling outfits in different ranges in the future!

I’m really quite thrilled with this particular post, and I feel like the things I found really speak to me. Two of them, I need to put some accessories with and I can’t quite make up my mind, but I’ll be sharing that too in the future! These finds come from a variety of stores, mostly thrift shops like Goodwill and Valley Rescue Mission, Plato’s Closet with one item originating from Forever 21! I was playing with a couple different styles and I’m really so thrilled with how they came together, so without further ado… Let’s get started!

Style one:

This style started with the skirt and the shoes, which I came across at one of the 2 Rescue Valley Missions that we have here. The skirt for some reason gives me tennis vibes, despite the floral pattern. Speaking of the floral, it’s proven difficult to pair. I spent an entire week hunting for a perfect shirt. The original shirt was striped, which is usually a no-no, I know. I still feel like it would have been salvageable if I’d found chunkier stripes.

I ended up settling on an offwhite off-shoulder blouse from Forever 21, which I adore for their cute, trendy and affordable fashions. And, quick note off topic, they have the most adorable graphic tees and camis right now. I almost caved and bought this charming Boba Tee, but decided to be responsible.

The teal shoes are Dollhouse brand, which I’ve been looking at for years. I’m literally so excited to have some of their adorable shoes in my collection. The best thing about this outfit though is that this skirt is a Skort, and so has loads of modesty. It also has pockets, which I’m super pleased with.

This outfit will be paired with gold layered necklaces and hoop earrings. I really aim to play more into the cute vibe that’s coming from the shoes with this one. And, honestly, different shoes would also go great. Maybe some white sneakers? 

Style Two:

I haven’t shown it lately, but I love the hippie-boh aesthetic that I can never really dress for, but always wanted to. I actually thrifted this entire outfit, essentially. The shoes came from Target, and were gifted to me by the beautiful Sincerely Southern Belle, who you guys may recognize as our own Miss Jeans. 

The Festival tank and crochet vest came from Platos Closet and the skirt was liberated from Goodwill. This outfit is so free feeling and appropriately enough would be perfect for a day at the fair. I’m so excited to wear this out and about on an adventure. Looking at the lovely blues makes me feel like finding a fair on a pier, it’s a real shame there’s nothing like that here.

This is a style I really hope to lean into in the future and channel my inner Hippy. Maybe pair it with a leather headband and a necklace like this.

Style Three:

 

 

Lately, on the tails of that gorgeous bohemian style skirt, I’ve been on a boho kick. I’ve been obsessed with soft colors and that entire aesthetic. I was really going for something different with this outfit, and wasn’t expecting to fall in love with shorts. Honestly, I was aiming for another, shorter skirt but didn’t find one. I was striking out left and right on my search for another thing to add to this list, and had gotten my heart crushed by innumerable cute skirts.

Immediately, I was completely infatuated with this shirt- the soft teal and the cursive, just thrilled me. It feels like such a cheerful outfit, really. I paired this slightly rustic feeling, lace detailed shorts. Of course, I did also pair this outfit with my infamous converse. But, it would also work with some low wedges in light earthy tones. I can totally picture some pink accent jewelry with this one. Sadly, I didn’t find any that really spoke to the aesthetic. With a charming little style like this, I’d definitely accessorize with some natural stones. 

I just wanted to share some of my favorite new styles that I’ve found recently with my beautiful readers! I’ll be back with some other news and new styles in the next update to this series, until then, stay glam!

Fourth of July Mini Lookbook

Well now, isn’t this just a busy week? I figured I’d do a small lookbook to kind of introduce myself to that sort of thing- I’m still kind of finding out new things and trying to create a  steady stream of content on the post schedule I worked out (Monday and Thursday, for the curious). What better time to introduce a new avenue, than the Fourth of July? A time that practically begs for bright colors?

As it should definitely be evident by now, I’m very… budget. I like to find cute styles for very little. Partly due to financial constraints and partly due to my own frugality. My holiday fashions are no different, I aimed to get my outfits for no more than $10 or $15 and maintain that red, red and blue theme that is so recognized for this particular holiday. One or two times, I’ve gone over my self-imposed budget due to my need for footwear. But that’s a strike I’m willing to take.

The 2 days leading up to the fourth, I really tried to dress to the occasion. I had fun trying to make it as business-casual as I could, since the outfits started out as not-work-appropriate, and more suited to a day wandering around town. I want to say I did fairly well, since I didn’t get reprimanded. 

The first ensemble I sported was a simple red tee and a jean skirt, with some stylish turquoise accessories, that cost me 8 dollars total. This entire outfit was maybe 40 dollars, altogether, including the boots. I was informed by a coworker that the shirt came across as more orange-y, but I guess that’s okay, because it still got my point across. This entire outfit came from clothes mentor, here in Columbus. I may or may not have a somewhat unhealthy fixation with this place.

 

My second style choice was a more subdued look. I went with a pair of trusty blue jeans and a red-brown blouse, paired with a white undershirt. I kept with my turquoise jewelry, of course. When I got to work I was relieved when I saw that other people had the same idea and dressed more casually for our early taste of the weekend. Sadly, I couldn’t pair this with my signature converse, since tennis shoes and sneakers are generally frowned upon in a business casual environment. I feel like a nice pair of boots can dress up (almost) any outfit, so there’s that!

 

The day finally came! The fourth of July, a day known for gratuitous loud noises and delicious food. We were all primed to have guests over, but sadly… no one could make it. More food for us, I suppose. You can check the post where I shared the Very American Frappe I was trying to formulate for a little more on that! I selected a bright and decidedly not work-appropriate style for the (not so) big day!

Really want to preface this reveal with how excited I was about this outfit- we didn’t get to go to any events, which honestly bummed me out, but it was hard to be upset with this stunningly bright red (tube?) top. I was so in love with it, and definitely need to give props to Platos Closet for having just what I needed. You might recognize the crochet vest from my hippy ensemble, I thought it added a little something, to the also pre-posted light blue, lace embellished shorts.

Post-Fourth of July…

 

With that last bright outfit, my style went back to it’s regular subdued work attire. I do want to share this last outfit of the fourth of July week because I was just so hype.

The peplum style is one that speaks to my heart- since I learned what it was years ago, I fell in love. It’s so classy, charming and simple. Absolutely timeless. This last style didn’t quite get the picture it deserved, but I’ll keep trying and hopefully get one that I can share. Until then, however, this picture shows the simplicity of the style.

The week of the Fourth of July was a lot of fun for me to play with colors, and if it’s not obvious- that was a bit out of my comfort zone. Reds and whites are especially not a fixture in my wardrobe. But this week showed me one thing: maybe they should be. 

What did you sport for the Fourth? Feel free to comment or tag your Fourth of July ensembles, I’d love to see them!