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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As you can see, the packaging is well put together and was what drew my eyes. However, their “scientific” description of how this straightener is different is really generic and does not really add anything. Also, note that this straightener only has one temperature setting.

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The straightener comes in yellow (which is the primarily reason why I love it so much!) with a nice nonslip matte texture. There is a on and off switch with a blue slight that comes on when switched on. The size fits my small hands well, but then again I never had a problem with that in the first place.

And, what you all have been waiting for: the BEFORE.

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And, what you all have been waiting for: the AFTER.

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Overall: I really like it! I know, I know. I usually have dry hair since I often color it, refuse to skip a day of washing, and forget this little thing called deep conditioning. I found that this straightener did not dry my hair out as much or burned my hair like my other straightener did. I despise that burnt smell – it’s like the smell of a part of you dying. The straightener is a bit pricey and would be an investment at $125, so that’s the downside.

Addressing a concern: If you do read reviews and do your research beforehand (unlike someone…), then you would hear about the straightener dying quite earlier than expected. In fact, that happened to me two weeks after I had gotten mine. I figured out that it was the cord attached to the straightener. If you spin it around, you would get the blue light back. But, if you move it again in the slightest it would turn back off. Thought that may help those who are handy! But for those who are not, I’d really recommend getting it at Sephora or anywhere with an awesome exchange/return policy. Sephora exchanged it with no questions asked….as well as hushed me when I tried explaining why it was not working. “Girl, it just aint working. We will get you something that will!” Ooooooohhhh-kay! :)

Next time: I am so excited to have just purchased this so had to share a snippet immediately! The product was featured on Shark Tank – a show that I may or may not be a little obsessed with – and could be found at the Central Market!

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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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Here is the bracelet I purchased! Sorry, for the lighting….again. I always have the ingenious idea to take post pics at 11pm at night. Also, 3/4 light bulbs are out in pretty much everyone one of my lamp/fan in my apartment. My philosophy is as long as I can see!

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The bracelet was originally large, but she removed three links and it fit my wrist perfectly! You can visit her site here, which also has a link to her etsy shop!

Let me know if you have any questions & enjoy! :)

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!

Sorry for the photo quality! I just quickly took the pictures in my room; and my room has the worse lighting.

1. Linen Skip-Stitch Scarf in Lemon Lime ($36)

It’s so comfortable and light weight. This scarf is made for this Texas weather!

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2. Shorties ($37)

These are meant to be worn under shorts, giving any of your shorts that sweet lace detail!

They also come in gray and black.

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3. Lace Dress Extenders ($39)

The concept is pretty the same as the shorties from above, but you can add some lace detailing to any dress that you own!

It also comes in black!

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I’m really excited to put these babies to use! You can find these as well as other lovable finds on graceandlace.com!

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)

The Good: Yaby Liquid Foundation

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This month’s ipsy bag was disappointing. However, there was one saving grace: Yaby’s Liquid Foundation. I have extremely oily skin with large pores, so I have to be conscience of what I put on my face. I tend to avoid liquid foundations since I usually find them to be heavy, which would cause me to break out. I had turned to asian bb creams that I found to work well my skin (my favorite being Elisha Coy Always Triple BB Cream-would recommend!). I didn’t have much hope for the product as I was testing it on my wrist. My initial reaction was how light it was, how fast it dried, and how smooth it looked. The next day, I used it in place of my bb cream and fell in love! My skin looked so smooth and even, while keeping the oiliness level to a minimum. From my knowledge, the foundation is silicone based which I learned is really compatible for oily/sensitive/acne prone skin. I was also surprised on how short the ingredient list was. I saw no red flags that would typically cause me to break out. (Sorry for the blurriness below!)

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The Yaby brand is a brand founded by Liz Yu, who wanted to a more condensed make up kit for make up artists. As a result, you’ll find that the size that you can buy is pretty small. I decided to just stock up and buy a few.

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The color I received was bluff, and luckily it matched my skin perfectly.

Overall Experience: If you can’t tell, I pretty much dig this foundation and have currently added it as one of my staples. Switching from a bb cream that contained SPF, I needed to find a sunscreen that wouldn’t make my skin oily (which is tougher than you might think!). I am currently using Coola Matte Sunscreen, which does the job pretty well! You can look into the Yaby brand and foundation on their site here!

Let me know if you have any questions! I must say, I am glad to be back!

Until next time.

New Year, New Me

Howdy!

First off, I want to wish all you guys a belated happy new year! I apologize for not keeping up with the blog. I underestimated the time commitment to keep up with one.

This year I am going to make this blog what I need it to be so I can keep it going! I really love blogging and still want to share my clothes, shoes, make-up, and anything else that gets me so giddy. You know, the stuff that makes me NEED to get in contact with anyone and freak out about my wondrous finds. Previously, I always prepared for a photo shoot ahead of time and had a photographer take pics around town. However, everything I will be sharing this time around is going to be a little bit more raw. Pictures may me taken from my iPhone in the store or my sony camera in my bedroom floor. It may be taken in weird angles. Hey, it may just be a picture of my foot in the air showcasing a shoe with my dad eating potato chips in the background. In the end, I want to share my new found loves in whatever means that I can. Of course, I will still do photo shoots (just because they are so fun!). I have made it a new years resolution to be consistent on updating this blog. I sincerely thank you for all of those who have still followed me even when I have been inactive for a while. Happy 2014 and let’s make this year a great one!

I’ve been shopping online a lot these past couple of days so I will start by sharing my current wish list:

January 2014 wishlist