OOTD: Starbucks/Book Run and Book Haul

Happy late New Year’s everyone! As a New Year’s resolution intention, I’m hoping to get back to blogging, book reading, and beauty things. Since I’m going to be a SECOND SEMESTER SENIOR, I’m looking forward to having more free time. Unfortunately, only time will tell. BUT! Because I have 3 more days of freedom until I have to return to the hell that is school, I going to try to crank out some new posts- starting with an OOTD.

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Bear with me and my mirror selfies. Hopefully one day this will change :/

What I’m Wearing:

  • Shirt- American Eagle
  • Jeans- Super Stretch Skinny American Eagle
  • Jacket- Abercrombie
  • Scarf- American Eagle
  • Flats- Lucky Brand from Off 5th: Saks Fifth Avenue

In case you can’t tell, I’ve recently fallen in love with AEO. When the store first opened up, I wasn’t to crazy about it, but now, it seems to be the only place I want to shop.

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On My Face:

  • Face: E.L.F Tinted Moisturizer / Em Michelle Phan Shade Play Concealer Palette / Pixi Summertime Bronzer
  • Brows: Chella Brow Pencil and Gel
  • Eyes: Be a Bombshell Onyx Liner / DiorShow Lash Primer / Fairydrops Scandal Queen Mascara / Em Michelle Phan Ro’s Gold Waterliner
  • Cheeks: Nars Orgasm Blush
  • Lips: Em Michelle Phan Creamy Color Lipstick in Misty Mauve

Book Haul

I’ve been reading a lot during my winter break, and it’s made me SO happy. I haven’t been able to read for pleasure in what feels like ages. Though, I don’t have many more free days, I still went a little crazy and have a bunch of books to sitting on my table. These books include:

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  1. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  2. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  3. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  4. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater*
  5. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare*
  6. Pivot Point by Kasie West
  7. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

On top of those books, I also have quite a few e-books to read:

  1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell*
  2. Legend by Marie Lu
  3. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness*
  4. Rebel Heart by Moira Young

*Denotes the books I’ve started. I have two, TWO chapters left of Clockwork Prince but I refuse to finish it because I can’t handle what I think is going to happen. 

If you’ve read any of these books, please feel free to share your thoughts and give suggestions! I’m always looking for new stuff to read even though there’s so many books and so little time.

I apologize for not updating for so long, but I am working on making up for it! If you’re on a break/vacation, I hope you’re enjoying the time off! What are your New Year’s intentions? Post them below!

♡ Melissa

OOTD: Last Day of School and Lunch Date in Chinatown

Today was another hot day, so I wore a dress. I don’t have many summer dresses, and of the ones I do have, they don’t get much use. I’m trying to change that, so I’ll probably be wearing them more frequently.

After my physics final, my friends and I drove to Star Snow Ice and ate lunch there. I got the chicken teriyaki, which has pretty large. I also got a regular milk tea without tapioca. I’ve had better milk tea, at Lollicup, when it was still in business, but it wasn’t too bad. In general, the food wasn’t too bad; it was dirt cheap, like $6.oo!

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What I’m Wearing:

  • Dress- American Rag from Macy’s
  • Cardigan- Gilly Hicks
  • Purse- Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Canvas Cross Body
  • Flats- Lucky Brand from Off 5th: Saks Fifth Avenue

Makeup:

  • Face-  Pixi Flawless and Poreless Primer, Dr. Jart Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm, Almay Clear Complexion Concealer in 300 Medium, Urban Decay De Slick Setting Spray
  • Brows- NYC Brow Pencil in Dark Brown, Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel
  •  Eyes- Almay Bright Eyes Concealer, Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperlight, Mirabella Eye Primer, Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner in 2L, DiorShow primer, Fairydrops Scandal Queen Mascara

Hair:

  • Conair You Curl Tourmaline Wand (Day 2 Hair)

So that’s it for this OOTD! I hope you enjoyed it and that you have a great weekend!

OOTD: Vintage Florals

Yesterday, my friends and I went to see Iron Man 3. When went to the Palladium, which is theatre that was recently built. It’s not a typical movie theatre- it’s Greek and they sell gyros there. They also have a small bowling alley and multiple gelato machines with a dessert counter thing. It’s huge. Even the bathrooms are nice. They remind me of bathrooms at a nice hotel and they have INDIVIDUAL hand sanitizer dispensers in each stall! They also have something called D-Box. Tbh, I don’t really understand what it is, I just know it’s expensive- $18.50 a ticket! We didn’t go bowling or try any of the food, but the movie itself was surprisingly cheap. It was $7.50 for 3D.

Anyways, even though I didn’t have school, I woke up super early. That meant I had a lot of time on my hands and just decided to dress up. I actually hate wearing pants, so I ended up wearing a dress that day.

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What I’m Wearing:

  • Dress- Mine… from Marshalls
  • Belt- Charlotte Russe
  • Purse- Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Cross Body
  • Watch- Michael Kors from Macy’s
  • No shoes, I didn’t have shoes that matched, so it kinda ruined the outfit

Makeup:

  • Face-  Pixi Flawless and Poreless Primer, Dr. Jart Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm, Almay Clear Complexion Concealer in 300 Medium, Urban Decay De Slick Setting Spray
  • Brows- NYC Brow Pencil in Dark Brown, Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel
  •  Eyes- Almay Bright Eyes Concealer, Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperlight, Mirabella Eye Primer, Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner in 2L, DiorShow primer, Fairydrops Scandal Queen Mascara
  • Lips- Urban Decay Lip Junkie Gloss in Naked

Hair:

  • Conair You Curl Tourmaline Wand

That was just a quick update! I hope you all enjoyed it!

~Melissa

Kris Bistro Experience and OOTD: Mother’s Day 2013

Every year for Mother’s Day, my family along with my aunt’s family go out to a nicer place for brunch. Before, we’ve gone to the Omni and other like places, but this year we tried something a little different. This year, we went to Kris Bistro. I’ve never been before and I thought the concept of it was pretty cool. So in case you don’t know, Kris Bistro is a restaurant and a culinary school. The culinary students are the ones preparing the food, which I guess is supposed to be like French cuisine.

It’s actually pretty funny, the outside of the building is kinda shady, but the inside is nice. The way that the restaurant was set up for today was that they provided a preset menu. They then had the dishes placed at different “stations.” Besides that, they also had a la carte omelettes and mac and cheese and chicken tenders for kids. I took pictures of everything except the mac and cheese and chicken tenders.

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This is something different for my family because we’re not used to the tiny portions. Though they were small, it was surprisingly filling. I enjoyed most of the food, my favorites being the Grilled Hangar Steak, the French Oyster Nacho, and the Créme Brûlée French Toast. Even my mom liked the food, which is saying something since she is the pickiest person known to man.

So now that I’m done talking about the restaurant, I’ll get on to the outfit.

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Sorry for this super awks pic, I don’t have anyone to take them for me.

What I’m Wearing:

  • Dress- Fire Los Angeles from Marshalls
  • Belt- Forever 21
  • Shoes- American Eagle from Payless

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I hate flash photography… My liner looks crazy, but I have stupid eyelids that are uneven :/

Makeup:

  • Face- Diorskin Nude Foundation in 030 Beige, Almay Clear Complexion Concealer in 300 Medium
  • Brows- NYC Brow Pencil in Dark Brown, Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel
  • Eyeshadows- Flower Créme Eyeshadow in Mum’s the Word, Urban Decay’s Chopper, Foxy, Bootycall, and Deeper, L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush, MicaBeauty Shimmer Powder in Earth, and the third color from the Maybelline Trio in Bronze Haze
  • Eyeliner- Be a Bombshell felt tip liner in Onyx
  • Lashes- DiorShow primer and Flower Zoom-In Ultimate Mascara
  •  Lips- L’Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Endless Red

If you’re still with me, I hope you enjoyed this post! I know this one quite long in comparison to my other OOTDs. For you mothers out there, I hope you had a great Mother’s Day!

How was your Mother’s Day? Did you do anything special?

~Melissa

OOTN: Graduation Dinner at Ciao Bello

My cousin just finished college and she had a graduation dinner. It was at Ciao Bello, which I had never been to, but I was told that casual attire was allowed. This meant that I could wear jeans. I also wanted to wear one of my new tops, so I asked my mom and she picked the red one.

Polka Dot Peplum

Florals

What I’m Wearing:

  • Blouse- Monteau from Marshalls
  • Jeans- Gap Always Skinny Jeans
  • Shoes- b.o.c flats from Famous Footwear
  • Earrings- Findingbeads on Ebay
  • Watch- Michael Kors from Macy’s

Since dolka dots and florals are really in this season, I decided to combine the two. I also wanted accessories that would be cohesive with my rose gold watch since I don’t own any actual rose gold jewelry. The earrings that I got from Ebay, which are white and gold, were only like $1.99! How crazy is that? I actually my order of jewelry a while ago, and planned on making a post, but never did. If you would like to see a haul of the items I purchased and would like to know about my overal experience with it, please comment below! Also, if you would so check out some cheap, cute jewelry, check out findingbeads on Ebay! *Note: This is not being sponsored. I just think that while there were some mistakes made, they have great customer service and are willing to take care of anything to make sure you’re happy!

That’s it for this quick OOTN! It’s just about 1 A.M. now and I have to a busy day ahead of me tomorrow, so I’m going to call it night! I hope that everyone enjoys their Mother’s Day, and if you guys are interested (and probably even if you’re not) I’ll post an OOTD from my Mother’s Day brunch.

~Melissa

OOTD: May 11, 2013

So earlier today, I went to the mall to get a few Mother’s Day gifts- one for my mom and one for my aunt. I ended up purchasing this, so if you need a belated Mother’s Day gift, you should check it out. Anyways! I knew it was going to be hot today because my room was blazing and it reflects what it’s like outside since our AC is still broken. With that in mind, I decided to throw on a cool shirt and some shorts.

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What I’m Wearing:

  • Top- B-Jewel from Marshalls
  • Tank- Forever 21
  • Shorts- Union Bay form Macy’s
  • Shoes- “Vans” from Target

If you read my latest haul post, you’ve already seen this top. As for the shorts, I don’t wear these too often, but I thought that the coral would look really cute with the navy (see a different outfit with the same color combo here). I actually chose to wear these shoes because I need a pedicure xD If my toes were presentable, I would have worn flip flops. In the end, I’m happy that I wore these shoes. Obviously, they are more comfortable for walking, but besides that, I liked the overall look. While the top and shorts are fairly girly, I felt that the shoes added a little bit of that skater look to offset it. Idk if that made sense, but whatevs.

Anyways, that’s all of this OOTD! I hope you enjoy it!

~Melissa

Marshalls and T.J. Maxx Haul

Hey guys! Since we had half days a couple times this week due to standardized testing, I was able to go shopping for the first time in a while. I had been in the mood to go, so I asked my mom to take me to Marshalls. I wasn’t really expecting to get too much, but boy was I wrong. So first we went to Marshalls, and while I found some things, my mom didn’t, so she wanted to check out the newer T.J. Maxx near us.

In total, I got 5 pieces- 4 from Marshalls and 1 from T.J. Maxx.

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Marshalls

  • Sheer Navy Polka Dot Top by B-Jewel (12.99)

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The thing I really loved about this top was the floral detailing on the back. I have many shirts that are a similar style, but not one that combines both polka dots and florals.

  • Red and White Polka Dot Peplum Blouse by Monteau (12.99)

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When I first saw this top, I snatched it up right away. I thought it was so cute. Upon inspection, it looked like it would be a tighter top so I decided to try on a medium. When I tried it on, it looked a little off. When I asked my mom her opinion, she said it was okay, but I really wanted it, so I asked if she thought a size down would help. She told me to go for it and I was so happy I did. Getting a small really did help.

  • Creme Lace Floral Peplum Blouse by A Diva (19.99)

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This was actually a last minute purchase. I was heading to the checkout line, when I saw it and picked it up. Since we were getting ready to leave, I didn’t bother trying it on; I assumed it would fit. Unfortunately, it’s a little bigger than I would like, so I’ll most likely return it. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find it in a x-small because this is a very cute top. Since it’s lace (or whatever), it has a built in tank and a full zipper back.If they had it in an x-small, I would probably keep it. *Note: This top is more expensive than the rest because it’s from the missy section not juniors.

  • Black Lace Cutout Dress by  Fire Los Angeles (15.00)

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This dress was on sale and I absolutely love it. It was probably one of my favorite purchases. Normally, I try to avoid things that are cinched at the waist, since my waist is so short, but I loved the lace and the pockets so much that I thought I would give it a try. I was so happy I did! I love everything about this dress. The cinching fits fine, it’s the perfect length, and IT HAS POCKETS! It also has a really cute cutout in the back, which is something I wouldn’t normally be in to, but this one wasn’t too bad.

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  •  Black Lace Peplum Blouse by One Clothing (12.99)

Black Peplum

Since I already thought so much stuff at Marshalls, I didn’t expect to get anything at T.J. Maxx. I didn’t even plan on looking, but my mom went to look, so I did too. After browsing for a little while, I came across this baby. I was little apprehensive because it was a small, but I tried it on anyways. In the dressing room, I was pretty sad because I couldn’t even get the top all the way over my arms. Luckily, I noticed the side zipper and everything was okay. Unfortunately, this top is a little tight, it kinda rides up a little, but it’s pretty flattering and I couldn’t pass it up. It’s just so freakin cute. Also, the back is all lace, so obviously, you can see my bra. That’s the only true dilema. If anyone has any tips on what I should do, please let me know!

So that’s all for this haul! I figured I would try something a little different from laying all the clothes on the floor! I hope you liked this post and if you’re interested in either dolka dots, florals, peplum, or a combination of the three, I advise you to check out your local Marshalls/T.J. Maxx! I’m sure you’ll be able to find something.

What item did you like the most? Have you found anything cute at either of these stores lately?

~Melissa