Summertime Sadness

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I will be doing posts like these for a while since my sister has stolen my tripod and since the impossible selfless I tried to take with my camera were awkward – I mean hey, no one wants to see up your nose, Alize! Plus, this is easier. And, strangers don’t think I’m just vain. Eh.

But, back to the point – meet my favorite summer dress of this year from American Apparel. I practically wore it everyday – don’t judge me! – since it was so comfortable, easy, and bright! But, since fall is fast approaching, I wondered what to do…

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Taming the Mane Attempt: Drybar Smooth Operatorn Flat Iron

I would just like to start off this post with a big thank you to all of you that had messaged/commented to tell me how much you enjoyed my blog and encouraged me to continue posting! Thank you so much!! I promise I will get off my ass and make you proud.

That being said, I will begin by informing you the death of my last straightener. Silly me thought, “Hey, what’s the worse that could happen?!” as I plugged my straightener into the outlet converter during my stay in Beijing, China. Little did I know, the directions – that I had refused to read – specifically stated “No straighteners or curling irons.” Luckily, there were only a few sparks before my “quick superhuman” reflexes kicked in. Lesson: read the instructions.

After a month or two of unruly hair, I randomly found myself at Sephora looking for a replacement. Of course, I had done no prior research and was attracted to the brightest one with the pretty packaging. I present the Drybar Smooth Operator Flat Iron!

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Pecan Festival Finds: Lindsay Designs

The best part of going to festivals is the little charming finds you happen to stumble upon! I, for one, am drawn to the jewelry vendors and have been left behind by my friends many times because of it! Earlier in the day we grabbed brunch on 6th street and happened to stubble upon the Pecan Festival a block away! Naturally, our legs just started moving towards the music, delicious smelling food, and all of the other fun festivities! My favorite vendor of the day: Lindsay Designs. All of her jewelry is beautifully crafted with glass. Did I mention the colors? Oh my god, all of the colors of her jewelry were vibrant and gorgeous! Unfortunately, I went for something more neutral (but still beautiful!) bracelet since my wardrobe can be described as an exploded rainbow. However, I swore I will come back for more colorful pieces soon enough! I want it all!

Here are some pictures of pieces she has posted on her website!

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Grace & Lace

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The other night, as I was cozying up in my bed, I decided to watch some Shark Tank. I may or may not have a little obsession with the show. I mean it only took me 3 days to watch all the seasons….no obsession here, right? Well one of the entrepreneurs that came in was the founders of Grace & Lace! The company is particularly known for its adorable socks that stick out of your boots that was made famous by Pinterest. All of their stuff highlighted on the show was so cute, so I decided to check out their website! I, of course, couldn’t resist to purchase a few things…so I present to you my purchases!

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March Wishes + SXSW Renegade Craft Fair

It’s that time again: my monthly wishes! I suppose this will have to fill my shopping void considering the fact that I should really save money for my study abroad trip to Beijing (keep you posted!). Also, I am working on updating the look of the blog so bear with me and I hope you guys like it! So, this past week was SXSW in good ol’ Austin, TX. One of the things I checked out was the Renegade Craft Fair at the Palmer Event Center. Needless to say, I had to buy a few things. What I love was how unique everything was. Here is a picture of my purchases I had posted on instagram:

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I clearly was drawn to colorful things. If you would like more information on these items in particular, feel free to ask! Since I loved meeting/checking out the vendors so much, I thought I’d dedicate my March Wishes to them. Here are some things I looked at but contained myself/still want.

Monthly Wish Lists

Here is also a list of all the vendors and their websites if you would like to check them out. Enjoy!

Also, I would like to thank Hillary McDaniels from Lucky Mag on featuring me on her “10 Austin-Based Bloggers You Ought To Know.” You guys should check it out to discover some other local bloggers! :)

Battle of the Gladiators

I know that gladiator sandals have been out for a while now. I always liked how they looked, but I was never infatuated enough to pursue a purchase. Seasons have passed when I finally stumbled upon a pair on Instagram that I could not stop staring at it in awe.

Meet: The Stuart Weitzman Sandal

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These gladiators are at priced at $398, which can make any grown girl cry. I eventually caved in like I always do (oi.) and placed an order for size 5.5 (I know, my feet are so stinkin’ small!). However, I also shopped around for some cheaper substitutes which turns out to be around half the price.

Meet its contender: Vince Camuto Jamon

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I particularly love the Vince Camuto Brand. It’s the first brand I start looking at in the Dillard’s shoe department. Other than me being brand loyal, I chose these for its more classic look. Priced at $179, I did not think it was a bad deal!

Here are some rough pictures of them on:

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The first two are of the Stuart Weitzman Gladiators, and the second two are of the Vince Camuto Jamon Gladiators. The Stuart Weiztman Gladiators are made of elastic stripes so they fit around my calves a lot better. As you can see from the third  pictures, the Vince Camuto Jamon were a little loose on my calves and were actually a little big in general for a 5.5. After trying them both on, I declared the Stuart Weitzman Gladiators as the winner and am keeping them! And, yes. My wallet is crying. Worth. Luckily, the Vince Camuto fits my sister perfectly, so I did not have to return them! She normally wears a size 6. So if you are looking at these, I would try half a size down.

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Here is an instagram post I took when I first got them! I figured it would give you guys a better idea of the height! There are also a few more affordable options that I could have looked into. But these were already in my possession so why complicate things? And, it may have something to do with me being guilty of not returning things when I say I will…. Acceptance.

Thanks for stopping by! I know I’ve still been bad at keeping up with my posts, but I hope you bear with me for I am slowly getting back into my groove.

Here are the links of where you can buy them & other additional options:

Stuart Weitzman (Also comes in Cava, a Gold, & Truffle, a Tan Brown, $398)

Vince Camuto Jamon (Also comes in Black, $178.95)

Sam Edelman Bryant Sandal (Comes in Black & Saddle, a Sand Brown, $189.95)

Steve Madden (Comes in Black & Platinum, $99.95)