Friday, June 30, 2017

My Multichrome Collection Grows

Some of you may remember my post from a few months ago where my love for multichrome nail polishes began to translate into clothing and accessories too. I found some really gorgeous pieces that I love.

Wearing these color shifting items makes me happy and covering otherwise ordinary items in a multichrome finish makes them exciting!

I've added a few more pieces to my collection recently that I wanted to share with you. First up this stunning stone pendant. I got it on for just a couple dollars and and it's absolutely stunning!

Also ordered from Wish, made by Born Pretty Store are these fabulous nail tools, both functional and mesmerizing. They seem sturdy and serve their nail care purposes well.

Finally, my super sweet hubby got me these multiple fidget spinners. I care nothing about the trend but I do love how these look!

Do you have a unique theme or collection of items? Have you spotted any multichrome items that I need in my life?

Thursday, June 29, 2017

NOTD: Summer Neon & Leopard

2 coats Finger Paints Paper Machè with a coat of LA Colors Flicker and accent of two coats Dainty Digits Drop The Ball.

Beat The Heat: Cooling Beauty Products

The mercury has been steadily rising in my neck of the woods and I'm looking for creative ways to find relief.

I had received this Masque Bar Soothing Sheet Mask in my last Target beauty box so I stuck it in the fridge and wore it on a particularly warm day. After the initial cold shock it felt great and smelled wonderfully fresh too. Per instructions I wore it for 20 minutes while I watch half an episode of ER. It did make my face feel wonderfully revived and refreshed. I really enjoyed this mask and would repurchase it.

I also love these refresher sprays from one of my favorite indie brands, Haus of Gloi. They've lived in my fridge since last summer and I take one out and spritz it on my wrists, arms and neck whenever I want a cool pick me up. They have pleasant, light fragrances.

Another cooling product I loved was this cooling aloe gel lotion from Bath & Body Works, but I only had a travel sized tube and used it all up last summer. If I could find more I would snap it up. Not only was it wonderfully soothing and moisturizing but it came in one of my favorite BBW scents Oahu Coconut Sunset.
So you have any favorite beauty products you like to use during summer?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

OOTD: Styling A Lularoe Cassie Skirt

Pencil skirts are fabulous, but not everyone may like having their...ahem...assets on display. I'm personally fine with the rear view but I don't really love my mid-section so the key for me to wearing a fitted skirt or pant is to wear a looser top. By "looser" I don't mean baggy to the point of looking ill fitting. Go for a drapey/flowy top that skims the curves but still looks put together. This drapey tee is great to pair with a pencil skirt for a more casual summer look. If you wish to dress up your pencil skirt, try a peplum blouse or an untucked button up shirt with a sweater or cardigan.
Tee: Old Navy
Skirt: Lularoe Cassie
Sandals: Target 
Bag: Forever 21
Necklace: old

I posted this outfit in a few fashion forums and got many questions about whether plus size ladies can wear pencil skirts. Absolutely anyone can! It all depends on what you feel comfortable in and how you style it. I encourage anyone to give a style of garment they're not sure about a try before dismissing it as something they "can't wear." Bring a couple different styles of tops in your bag and try them on with a pencil skirt at a department store or with a Lularoe consultant and see if you find a top and bottom combo that you like on yourself. Trying new things is one of the most fun parts about developing personal style!

I have several pencil skirts of different brands, but if you are specifically interested in the fit of the Lularoe Cassie pencil skirt, here are some helpful sizing charts.

Irregardless of your, size, height, or shape, you can rock any outfit by being confident in yourself and feeling good in what you wear. Life's too short to wear clothes you don't love!

Reader Question Answered: Favorite Indie Polishes

Our next reader question comes from the lovely Julie.
"If you could only keep three indie brand nail polishes in your stash what would they be?"

This is a really tough question; it's like having 369 children and trying to pick your favorite. Haha, no, but really I do love my indies and it wasn't easy to pick a few that I couldn't live without.
My most favorite polish finish is holo; I just love how brilliantly they sparkle. If I had to pick one holo it would be Cupcake Polish's Water You Doing? It checks all the boxes; a smooth one coater, one of my favorite colors and absolutely gorgeous!
This stunner is currently available on Cupcake's website for $13 if you would like to make it yours.

My next choice is a colorful multichrome finish as I'm obsessed with all things multichrome. Pop Polish's Slick Like That. Another great formula and oh so shifty! Available on Etsy for $12.

My favorites list wouldn't be complete without a gorgeous transforming polish topper. Toppers, or polishes meant to be worn over other polishes,  come in many different types but always add pizazz to any manicure. One of my favorite toppers is opalescent. This is Emily De Molly's All The Feelings. Here it is worn over a purple polish. Currently available on their site for the bargain price of $9.

Do any of these polishes catch your eye? Do you have any favorite indie polishes?
Would you like to see your question answered? Please share it in the comments below!

Monday, June 26, 2017

NOTD: Cupcake & Polka Dots

2 coats of Cupcake Berry Good Looking with dots of OPI Super Cute in Pink, Lucky Lavender and Model City Glisten.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Clothing Haul: Lularoe

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Lularoe or any of it's consultants. All opinions expressed are my own and all clothing shown was purchased by me.

Perhaps you've seen some crazy printed leggings or comfy dresses popping up in your Facebook adds or inundating Instagram and Twitter. Chances are these whimsical clothing items are from the wildly popular brand Lularoe.

If you have had your head ostriched in the sand and have no idea what I'm talking about, Lularoe (LLR) is a four year old brand started by a Mormon entrepreneur looking to provide modest, comfortable, stylish clothing that "empowers" women. For more on the history of the company and how to shop for LLR products, check out this handy dandy BuzzFeed  article.

Lularoe has been on my peripheries for several months now but being the perennial bargain shopper (aka cheapskate) I wasn't interested in paying $25 for a pair of leggings when I could pick some up for $5 at Walmart.

But the more I started to see about Lularoe the more it intrigued me. They aren't just leggings; they offer over a dozen different styles including dresses, skirts, tops, cardigans and vests, as well as several mini me items for the kiddos. The even have a couple of t-shirt styles geared towards men. What really interested me about LLR is I thought the styles were very cute and similar to a lot of what I already wear, such as fit & flare dresses and drapey tops, but in the widest array of colors and prints you could imagine. Admittedly, some of them are ugly or downright laughable (there was the instance of one of their blouses called the Irma infamously becoming known as the "Turdma" due to an unfortunate looking pine cone print.) My addictive heart also skipped a beat when I learned the brand has an intense cult following and a huge online community. When I throw myself into a hobby; i.e. wax, bath & body, nail polish, etc. I love to wallow in it for hours on end and discuss the product with others who are just as obsessed with it as I am. 

I soon realized I discovered Lularoe at a rather tumultuous time though, because the brand isn't all rainbows and unicorns anymore; there are starting to become as many haters as there are diehard koolaid drinkers; and many customers and even brand consultants are defecting. This is due in large part to the company seeming to go downhill in recent months, both in how they treat their consultants and customers, and in product quality. You need only Google Lularoe to see that right up there with the pictures of colorful outfits are also testimonials from disgruntled sales people going out of business because of policy changes and shabby treatment from LLR, and angry customers wondering why their leggings are "ripping like wet toilet paper," and their clothes are fading and pilling like crazy. From what I gather the general consensus is that items from the first couple years ago seem to be of much better quality than the recent collections. It's such a shame to see that a company that rose to great popularity so quickly seems to have stopped giving a crap about all the small business owners and customers that got it there.

With this in mind but still wanting to try the cute and comfy looking clothes but not support the greedy company, I have only been buying LLR products from Facebook groups dedicated to help the consultants that are going out of business (GOOB) and need to liquidate the inventory that they already paid for. It's a win win because I get a great discount on this otherwise pricey brand and the poor consultants recoup some of their investment. I also bought a few items on Ebay from people reselling their LLR, but you will never see me paying $25 for leggings or $65 for a dress at someone's at home "pop up party."
Here is the Lularoe pricing guide and you can see that the items have quite a bit of mark up. I like to try to pay wholesale in the GOOB groups or less on Ebay.

But regardless of what you think of the LLR brand, here's the fun part: wearing and styling the clothes! Are they ugly? I guess it's subjective but I'm pretty happy with the pieces I've received, so far I have 3 pairs of leggings in various prints (they do make solids too but are considered more rare "unicorn" items,) and a cute polka dot "Cassie" pencil skirt.
I just wore my first Lularoe leggings outfit today and I have to say they really ARE that comfortable. Very soft yet breathable with a high non-elastic waistband that doesn't roll down or dig in and cause muffin top. They are more comfortable than all my other leggings and I have quite a few pairs. No problems with holes or pilling to report yet.
I thought I was crazy for buying leggings in the middle of the summer but I saw a pin on Pinterest about how you can pull them up and fold them over to make capri leggings so I thought I'd give it a try. 

They are surprisingly comfortable in today's 103° heat, probably even more so than capri pants because you don't have an uncomfortable button and zipper waistband. I didn't sweat excessively either.
I like how I can still incorporate bold printed leggings in with my regular wardrobe since I have a lot of solid color dresses and tops.

So far I have the 3 leggings and a Cassie skirt, along with an Irma top, Nicole dress,  maxi skirt and Azure skirt in the mail! Comfiest addiction ever, lol. But I fear I will soon have to curb my LLR shopping or risk going broke, even at the discount prices!

Fortunately the pieces I've bought are very versatile and I look forward to showing you all the outfits incorporating Lularoe that I come up with!

Have you ever tried or are you interested in trying Lularoe clothes? If you think they have nothing for you, look up the different styles; I dare you! They are a size inclusive brand ranging from XXS to 3XL and I've seen ladies of all ages and walks of life rocking LLR. Just do a little research first to make sure you're getting a decent quality item at a fair price.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

NOTD: Pineapple Nail Art

I'm still hating the heat but I do love me some bright summer colors and pineapple nail art.
I've adapted to doing manis earlier in the day which is not my favorite because I'm not much of a morning person. The sacrifices we make for our art, haha.
Fortunately no more heat casualties since I temporarily rehomed my polishes.
Also glad temps will be in the 90's next week instead of 105-110.

Anyway, I love this mani and it makes me happy! The polishes are all wonderful smooth formulas. Gold is Zoya Tomoko, coral is NWP Watermelon Bubblegum, blue is OPI Sailing & Nailing It, Yellow is SC Bananappeal, green is OPI I'm Soooo Swamped. The nail art was really easy to do, I just painted on diagonal stripes in a hash mark pattern with an art brush and added a little green at the top for the pineapple leaves.