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

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

Post Christmas and New Year’s Haul

Hi!! So I know that I haven’t created many posts that I said I might in here, but I finally got around to doing my first Manicure Monday, so I’m making progress!

On another note, I hope that everyone is enjoying the new year so far, and that school/work hasn’t already managed to stress ya’ll out! So far, school hasn’t been too bad for me, but I know it’s only a short matter of time until things get really hectic. With that in mind, I decided that, while I had some free time, I was going to post my post holidays haul. I ended up getting some stuff from Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, Sephora, Gilly Hicks, and American Eagle.

First, I’ll start off with the items that I got from Forever. To be honest, I’m not really sure how I feel about the store anymore. Whenever I stop by the mall, I always make a trip there, but I find that I either walk out empty handed or only with jewelry and other beauty stuff. I rarely purchase clothes. I think the reason for this is that going there is too much for me. With so many sections that all focus on different styles, I think I get overwhelmed. Also, I find that the things I do like are not as affordable as you would think, especially since I wouldn’t say that Forever clothes are of the highest quality. On top of that, they have the worst return policy. With all that being said, the items I ended up purchasing were necklaces at $4.80 each.

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 Next, I got 2 shirts and 2 jewelry pieces from Charlotte Russe. Both the shirts I ended up getting were on sale (the denim one was $15 and the patterned one was $10), and the jewelry was 2 for $10. After shopping here shortly after going to Forever, I feel like I like C.R. more. Yes, they don’t have as much variety, and yes it’s basically like Forever and Wet Seal and Agaci and Shasa, but they offer more discounts. Not only do they offer 10% off your purchase when you sign up for their text messages, but they also offer 10% off all purchases if you’re either a student or a part of the military! I think that great, because they are really supporting the demographics that shop there, and who doesn’t like t0 save money? On top of that, they let you return jewelry that may have been pulse purchases and have a normal return policy of 30 days.

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I’ll be the first to admit that I was slow on the denim trend, so if you’re like me, head over to C.R. because you should be able to find some affordable tops for $10-15 with an additional 10% off!

When I sent to Sephora, I only purchased one item, but I also received another one with 100 Beauty Insider Points. I bought the Clarisonic Replacement Heads Twin- Pack. I picked Deep Pore Cleansing Brush for $40. Before this one, I had the Normal one, and that one was pretty soft. This one is a bit more rough and abrasive, but that is to be expected. Some people may be worried about if this is too rough to use daily, and for me, I find that using it once a night, is fine for my skin. The item that I got with my points was a mini Clinique Acne Solutions set. This set included a cleansing bar for face and body, a clarifying lotion, and an oil free clearing moisturizer.

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I’ve been obsessed with knit sweaters lately. Like super obsessed. I also love the baggy slouchy look, but unfortunately it doesn’t always work out for me because I’m too broad. Despite that, when I went to Gilly Hicks (my future summer job :P) for their semi annual sale, I saw these cute, long knit sweaters. Unfortunately, they were more than I was willing to pay, but my cousin stopped by the next week and said that everything in the store was 25% off. The sweaters we wanted were originally $44.50, but my cousin said that she ended up paying around $20, which isn’t as bad (I’m not sure why they were $20; I’m aware that that is more than 25% off). Anyways, I love this sweater. I got a size small but I’m not sure if an x-small would have been better because it’s sorta long. It hits me at about mid thigh, but I’m only 4’11.75″.

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Lastly, I went to American Eagle where I think I made my favorite purchase! The only reason I walked in the store was because I still had a gift card from last Christmas and they were having a 50% off sale. I never really get anything there because I feel like the clothes aren’t worth the price, but, I always look at the sale section. I usually never see anything I’m crazy about, but this time was different. When I walked in, I immediately saw a really cute shirt. I looked at the price tag and saw that it was on sale. I was ecstatic because it was priced at $24.99 with an additional 50% off. Before I actually got in line, I wanted to double check the price, and unfortunately, the extra 50% didn’t apply to it. At first, I was bummed out and put the shirt back, but once my mom got to the store I showed it to her and she convinced me to try it on, saying that the price wasn’t too bad. After trying it on, I was sold. With the gift card, I only had to pay like $2 extra, so I was okay with that since I figured I most likely wouldn’t have used the gift card on anything else.

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So, if you’re still with me, I hope you enjoyed this post. Sorry it’s so wordy; when I type, I tend to write like a talk, so there’s a lot of extra fluff in there. Anyways, if you’ve made any purchases this year, feel free to let me know in the comments; I would love to hear about things you got!

~ Melissa