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.

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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

OOTD: Brights and Stripes Take 2

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What I’m Wearing:

  • Top- Forever 21
  • Pants- Old Navy Rockstar Jeans
  • Flats- Lucky Brand from Off 5th: Saks Fifth Avenue (obviously my go-to shoes)
  • Watch- Michael Kors from Macy’s

I actually wore this outfit last week but haven’t had time to create a post about it. It started because I was going through my closet and pulled out this top from Forever. I decided to wear this top because I’ve had it for a while, and I’ve only worn it a handful of times. I think the reason I never wore it that often was because it was so long. It even came with the belt/tie thingy, but I always thought the loops were too low. After that, I decided to wear these pants because the hole in my fav. jeans is getting kinda big and so I have to work my other pants in to rotation.

So, I’m going to be honest, I was really skeptical about wearing this outfit. I’m not really sure what the reason for this skepticism was, but it was there. I guess it was because I’ve never worn them (the pants and the top) together at once. Or it could have been that I’ve never worn the shirt with the belt that is included. Maybe it was because I rolled the pants up. Idk. Whatever the reason was, I was terrified about wearing it to school. I asked both the BFF and my mom if I looked stupid and they said no, but my fears still weren’t cast aside. Even though I had my doubts, I wore it to school anyways and kept saying to myself “Stop being so stupid. No one looks at you.”

Unfortunately, as I was walking in to the building, I passed by two girls who were laughing and said something along the lines of “I like that outfit.” Of course this could have been completely innocent or about someone else, but I got super paranoid. For the rest of the day, I felt like everyone was criticizing me because that’s just what people in high school do. But whatever, I made it through the day, which is all that matters.

So that’s it for this OOTD and little rant/story telling (?). Thanks for stopping by!

Do you ever feel weird about wearing certain outfit? Do you wear it anyways cuz “I do want I waannt” or do you take them off and go for something more simple?

~Melissa