Blunt Hair

A little hair inspo. I’ve been in a hair funk – tired of my natural curls and weird boxy shape. Ennui. I’m contemplating a simple trim for added health for my bouncy coils or transforming my entire look with a blunt cut & straightening my hair more. These pictures are intensifying the latter…

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Yay or nay?

and remember: ”Life is either a daring adventure, or it is nothing.” – Helen Keller

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Let’s Face It

Let's Face It

Let’s talk beauty for a change. Lately, these are some of my favorite products! (click for higher res)

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I’ve never been one to prep my skin and use primer, but I started realizing that my makeup had zero longevity and would crease easily. NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer in Clear is an awesome, inexpensive silky primer that does the job.

I’ve replaced caking up my face with powdery foundations in exchange for a tinted moisturizer. I use Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Medium/Deep, and I literally get compliments for days! I love the dewy glow and sheer coverage, plus the protection from the SPF 30.

I got this C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve as a Christmas gift and boy, do I love it! I always keep this little baby handy in my coat pocket or purse to ease chapped lips and always keep them moisturized.

When I’m on the go and don’t have the time to fully apply lipstick, these NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams come in handy. I typically have these tubes in my purse at all times. They’re so soft and buttery and I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t love a matte finish? Abu Dhabi (nude shade) and Monte Carlo (red shade) are my favorites at the moment!

But before applying lip products, I use Shea Moisture Argan Oil & Raw Shea Hand & Body Scrub. Yes, I know the title says it’s for your skin, but I also use it every other day (especially during the winter) on my lips! To achieve a soft, exfoliated pout, I scoop a pea size and scrub my lips until all the grains have smoothed out, rinse with warm water, then pat dry with a towel. It tastes so yummy! And, of course, I also use it on my body, leaving my skin soft and moisturized. It’s bliss in a jar! :)

Lately, I’ve been ditching eyeliner for a more natural look. A little BB cream and mascara go a long way – sometimes less is more. But to still make my eyes pop, I apply Rimmel London Volumeflash Scandal Eyes Mascara in Black to thicken and elongate my lashes *bats eyes*.

What are some of your holy grail beauty products?

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Flight

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Back at it in my uniform: a midi/pencil skirt with either a crop top or tucked in tee. I borrowed this flight jacket from one of my guy friends. There’s something about fusing menswear with your own daily femme wardrobe. I might try to steal this jacket as a permanent item in my closet…

Mesh Tee & Faux Leather Skirt – Nasty Gal: buy here & here // BCBG Suede Heels c/o DSW // Members Only Flight Jacket

and remember: ”When nobody else celebrates you, learn to celebrate yourself. When nobody else compliments you, then compliment yourself. It’s not up to other people to keep you encouraged. It’s up to you. Encouragement should come from the inside.” – Joel Osteen

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True Blue

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I won’t get started on thrifting (because I’ll never stop blabbing), but instead I’ll let this fab silk Donna Karen blazer I scored do the talking. I wore this two weeks ago on one of those rare mild days. The blazer is about 3 sizes too big, but the texture, fit, and deep navy hue is so gorgeous I couldn’t resist. I decided to style it buttoned up sans shirt, because why not.

Donna Karen Silk Blazer: thrifted // BDG White Denim: buy here // Sigerson Morrison Lucite Heels: buy here // Zara Rings

and remember: “Break all the fucking rules.” I’ve had this quote as my iPhone wallpaper for a while now. Feel free to challenge authority. norms. conventions. You never know unless you take risks.

#StayGolden ♥

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Denim

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Here’s a super femme outfit I wore this weekend to bask in the 50 degree weather. I’m so over this winter, so you can imagine my excitement when I realized I didn’t have to bundle up! (I’m ready to tuck my coats in the back of my closet and bury my scarves & gloves deep in my drawers.) I stuck to my uniform of a high waisted pencil skirt and paired it with a men’s denim button-up, added an oversized vintage belt and lace-up ‘fuck me pumps‘ (yeah, they make your confidence level go from zero to 100 in a split second).

Levi’s Men’s Denim Shirt (similar: here) // ASOS Petite Exclusive Patent Pencil Skirt: buy here // Vintage Escada Suede Belt // Zara Lace Up Boots (similar: here & there)

…and remember: “Your ability to attract goodness, wholeness, is most powerful when you recognize it and hope to attract it within yourself first. If you want more fulfilling relationships, be full yourself. Be full of love. Be full love respect. Be full of loyalty. You can’t attract what you don’t have. Whole attracts whole. Love attracts love.” (adapted from here)

#StayGolden ♥

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Dotted Lines

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For all my NYC residents, it’s safe to say that this past weekend gave everyone an excuse to enjoy temperatures that weren’t in the single digits. I decided to drive over to the Long Island City Piers, enjoy an all you can eat Asian bistro for lunch/dinner (linner?) & end my night at the Brooklyn Museum, which hosted it’s Target First Saturdays (free admission! click here).

Lately, I’ve been suffering from sartorial ennui. Long story short, I am tired of the monotony and predictability that comes with winter season’s looks. I switched it up by pairing trousers (a very underrated item) with an oversized blazer that has gorgeous chiffon detailing on the back. Sometimes the most subtle combinations translate to a fabulous outfit. I love that these pieces aren’t necessarily body hugging, yet they create a nice silhouette and render sensual femininity.

Tahari Blazer // ASOS Skinny Pants with Polka Dot Mesh Insert // Steve Madden Nude Pumps (similar: here) // Purse – Nine West c/o Marshall’s // Lipstick – MAC ‘Diva’

Stay warm everyone! …and remember: “Don’t give anyone the authority to make you feel inferior.”

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Swoosh

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I was having a supremely lazy weekend that seeped into my Sunday attire. I opted for all white in the midst of winter for my off-duty fit, because, why not. It went perfectly with my new Nike Roshe Run kicks, which is indicative of my recent choice of footwear. Lately, I find myself reaching for any pair of my Nike sneakers rather than heels, which sometimes works out in my favor since it drives my motivation to hit the gym more often.

Forever 21 Waffle Knit Pullover // BDG White Jeans // Anne Klein Oversized Coat // Nike Roshe Run Premium – Nordstrom

and remember: “Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.” My interpretation? Ask yourself what makes you feel like you are alive. No, not what causes you to merely exist, but rather what makes you feel as though there is electricity coursing through your soul. Extinguish the negativity and hold on tight to your passion and the devoted loved ones that you can’t help but feel a powerful magnetism towards.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and is off to a productive week.

#StayGolden ♥

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Gilded Onyx

Happy New Year *pops bottle of champagne* !!!! Hope everyone rang in 2014 with loved ones, family & friends!

logo public

I’m proud to announce and finally publicize something that has been in the works for quite some time: my official logo (and website coming soon)! When I initially started my blog, I always had the intentions of taking it very far and creating a fashion hub – but at the time I was unsure how I’d execute that. While keeping consistent (sorta) with my blog, I’ve been working on the back-end of the official website with my very own URL. Everything is still in the works so I won’t show case anything yet, but I am proud to say I’ve streamlined all my social network channels to reflect my brand, vision, and logo.

I am truly motivated and inspired to keep pushing forward because of all those I’ve connected with via my blog. To me, it isn’t about the number of views, likes, reblogs, or comments; recognition doesn’t drive me. Rather, I am compelled by my eternal desire to create the person I want to be and to share my dream, with the hope that it impacts someone. Read.

On with the show… Here’s an outfit I wore last week to explore the High Line, grab lunch at Flor de Sol, and catch ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ (epic!).

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I will perpetually have an affinity for black & gold ensembles.

H&M Sweater Dress //  Zara Overcoat, Hat & Rings // BDG Thigh High Boots // Michael Kors Jet Set Tote

and remember: “Find what you love and let it kill you.”

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Midday

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In no particular order of preference, but GAHH! *love struck eyes*

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‘Tis the Season

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Let’s get into the holiday spirit with cropped fuzzy sweaters and tartan patterns! Nothing screams winter fever like this combination. As you may have noticed, I have an affinity for high waisted pencil/midi skirts paired with cropped tops. After playing around with different garments, I’ve realized what works for my body, what’s most flattering, and what I feel most comfortable in. I can wear pencil skirts for days.

Missguided L/S Cropped Jumper – Buy Here // Missguided Tartan Midi Pencil Skirt  - Buy Here // High Heel Lace-Up Boots – Zara (similar: here & there) // Necklace – Beacon’s Closet // Ring – Laila Rowe // Lipstick – MAC RiRi Woo

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Below I have five affordable outfit ideas for you to make an impression at your upcoming holiday gatherings & celebrations:

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1. Zara Long Jumpsuit with Low Neckline - Plunging necklines are sure to have jaws drop as you enter a room and have them still on the ground on your way out.
2. LULUS Exclusive Earth Angel Cutout Ivory Maxi Dress – Winter white! For a monochromatic look, pair with white heels, and dazzle with a bejeweled clutch & faux fur coat. This look is perfect for NYE or an upscale work party!
3. River Island Super Soft Sweater Dress c/o ASOS – Keep it cute and simple for a gathering at home with family. To finish off the look, wear with thigh high boots or animal print booties.
4. Helix Dress: Rose Gold Sequin c/o Nasty Gal – For a stunning look when the ball drops, rock nude or black strappy heels with chandelier earrings!
5. Missguided Kailla Plunge Neck Chiffon Playsuit – Complement this elegant chiffon playsuit with sparkly heels (here) and an updo hairstyle (knot bun or crown braid)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

#StayGolden ♥

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