Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fashion Challenge: Dresses

One of my New Year's Resolutions was to wear more dresses since I always feel most comfortable in a shirt, cardigan, and jeans. I like the idea of dresses, but in the summertime my legs always feel so exposed and then in the winter I feel like it's too cold to wear dresses and skirts, even with thick tights. But I really, really want to get into the habit of wearing dresses and skirts more.

When I went to see Beauty and the Beast in 3D, I wore a blue dress and thick cableknit tights (with a cardigan, coat, and boots, of course). You can see a bit of the dress detailing here. I felt so proud of myself! Especially since it was freeze-your-ass-off cold that night.

Since I want to wear more dresses, I bought two new ones. A gray and burgandy-striped sweater dress on sale at Nordstrom, and a lacey bright red dress from Forever 21.

Here are some ways that I plan on wearing these dresses...

Sweater dress with black cableknit tights and boots.

Forever 21 brown slouchy boots.

With pink and white oxford flats.

Lacey red dress with cableknit tights.

A more casual look for class with a blue button up and Converse.

The back of the dress (from Forever 21). 

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Beauty Challenge: Lipstick

I'm joining Moorea Seal and participating in her I Wear My Confidence: The Lipstick Challenge!
What a fantastic idea! I think it takes a lot of confidence to wear a bright lip color,
so I'm all for showing that I have confidence in myself,
even on days when I need a little bit more of it.
As the saying goes, fake it till you make it.

This is perfect for me since one of my resolutions was to find my perfect red shade,
which I have yet to find, so instead I've been wearing lots of pink lipstick.

Wearing Ulta's lipstick in Hot Coral (208)

Wearing Ulta's lipstick in Red Haute (201)

Do you wear lipstick? Do you want to? Are you going to join the challenge?

Check out Moorea Seal's Etsy Shop!

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Gifts for Literary Geeks

Books can be tough to buy for someone because you never really know if someone will take to a book in the same way that you did. One person's favorite taped-together-from-reading-it-too-many-times book is another person's crooked table fixer.

So what do you give someone who is a self-proclaimed literary geek besides books? Anything book-related is perfect really. Or the fail-proof giftcard to a bookstore, but I think that's cheating. I've compiled a list of gifts that any lit geek would love to receive.

I'm a lit geek, too. *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*
Antique Book Necklace at Finest Imagery

Tome iPhone Case at Society6
(Or get it as a print, canvas, or computer skin. Same with the one below.)

Bookworm iPhone Case at Society 6

Go Away I'm Reading Mug at The Literary Gift Company

Pride and Prejudice Mug at Art Meets Matter

Wrap Up With A Good Book Scarf by Storiart (Etsy)

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Beauty Looks I Love

I wish I was a pro at doing my hair and make up, so that I could expertly do these looks below. I'll probably still give them a try and see how they turn out...

Black and neon nails

Dotted nails

 Colorwheel nails with gem

Pulled back little braids

Colorful fishtail braid

Messy bun with headband

Swept aside and pinned bangs

Three little buns

Thick winged eyeliner

Dark smokey eye

Which looks do you like? Any you're going to try out?

(Images via My Style Pill, Cary W, Relaxed, A Cup of Jo, BellaSugar, or unknown)

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