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: Brights and Stripes

I know my last OOTD post was more boring than usual, so hopefully, today’s will sort of compensate for that. So this weekend, it got pretty cold. Luckily, it would warm up by mid day, so it wasn’t so bad. With this weekend weather in mind, I decided to pick something that would be warm enough for the cool morning weather, but wouldn’t be too unbearable for the afternoon heat.

(Sorry for the yellow lighting!)

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What I’m Wearing:

  • Shirt- Gilly Hicks
  • Pants- Old Navy
  • Jacket- Abercrombie
  • Flats- Lucky Brand from Off 5th: Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Watch- Michael Kors from Macy’s

Normally, I would have thrown on a pair of regular denim skinnies, but since they just came out of the wash, I didn’t feel like squeezing in to them this morning. Instead, I opted for some color pants. Since my corals pants are so loud, I toned everything else down. I went for a neutral striped shirt and my cropped, wannabe leather jacket.

So that’s it for this quick update! If you like the colored pants trend, like this post and I’ll try to include them in more of my OOTDs.

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their day, and if I don’t post anymore this week, the rest of their week!

~Melissa

Manicure Monday

For this weeks Manicure Monday, I was inspired by this Gilly Hicks bag.

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I tried to create the look by creating the same colors, but it came out awful, so I just took all the polish off. Instead I just decided to do a simple ombre with the colors I already had. This is the finished look!

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The products I used were:

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A makeup sponge, OPI No Spain No Gain, NYC Fuchsia Shock Creme, and a Love & Beauty polish that came in a trio for Breast Cancer Awareness

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Nail polish remover, a Q-tip, and a synthetic makeup brush (optional).

All I did was paint a stripe of each polish on the sponge and dabbed it on my nails. 

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The colors go lightest to darkest and I dabbed the darkest color to the base of my nail.

I made sure that my stripes overlapped a little so it would create a more natural transition. Also, make sure that your sponge is flat, not smashed together like mine. I took this picture after I did my nails, so my sponge is all messed up because I tried to clean it. If anyone has any tips for cleaning nail polish off of makeup sponges, please let me know!

Obviously, this is bound to get messy, so I cleaned the sides of my fingers with nail polish remover with my My Glam concealer brush. After that, I also used the Q-tip to get rid of any polish that was more stubborn. To clean my makeup brush, I took a paper towel and folded it a couple of times. Then I poured some nail polish remover in to it and brushed it back and forth on the towel.

So that’s all for this week’s Manicure Monday, sorry it was late! I hope you enjoyed this post!

~Melissa

Gilly Hicks and Old Navy Haul

On Sunday, before going to see Demi at the rodeo, I went to the Galleria with my cousin to make some returns. We went to Old Navy and Gilly Hicks.

At Old Navy, they had a 30% off sale (on certain items) and I believe she also got an extra $15 off off of a purchase of $50 or more. She ended up getting me two things:

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Baseball Shirt $7.50 each for two or more; normally $12.50 each

They had this shirt in a few colors. They had different sleeve and stripe color combos. They also had colored sleeves with plain bodies.

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Polka Dot Rock Star Jeans on sale for $8.99! They were originally $34.50.

I may return these. I’m not really sure. I got these in a 4 because that was the only size they have, but I normally wear a 2. They are kinda baggy around my knees. Who know? Maybe I’ll cut them.

Next, I returned 2 items and then picked up a few more from Gilly Hicks. They also had a sale and I also had a 20% off coupon and tons of store credit.

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A white tank top with lace detailing on the back. On sale for $12.00, I got it for $9.60, originally $17.50

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Racerback and lace detailing

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2 bralettes on sale for $15.00 each, I got them for $12.00, originally $15.50

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These are also racerback. I got them in a medium so that I would still be able to wear a bra with them.

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Floral detailing

They had these bralettes in a few colors. They had white, turquoise, navy, lavender  and maybe neon green along with some others. They also had neon bralettes that were a different style. I might return these too. I like them, but I’m honestly not sure when I’d wear them. If anyone has any tips on how they would style these, let me know!

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Chunky knit sweater originally $39.50, on sale for $25.00, I paid $20.00

 I really like this sweater. It’s really oversized, so I got mine in a xs. At first I was worried because I thought that the bagginess would highlight how broad that I am and that I would look stupid, but it doesn’t look too bad. Also, since it’s knit, it has a bunch of holes in it, which I like. I’ll be able to wear this over tanks and shoulder bearing shirts at school so that I stay in “dress code” without having to worry about getting too hot.

So that’s it for this post, nothing too exciting. For those of you that are out for spring break, I hope you enjoy your week off and for those no longer in school, I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! Since I have the week off, I’ll try to get 3-4 posts put out!

~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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Floral Lace

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