Get off of my cloud

Something about this new short hairdo and my now shorter bangs (hello world, I can see you again!) PLUS the fact that I broke my old sun glasses at the river last weekend, forcing me to rediscover my old Raybans, gives me the urge to dress with a bit more of an old school feel! I’m celebrating that I can wear this skirt again (I’ll touch more on that in my next post) with this striped top and skirt combination that I’m liking because typically when I wear this top, it’s very nautical, and this time it’s not!

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Top: Zara, old. Skirt: Elizabeth and James, from Nordstrom rack (similar one here). Shoes: YSL wedges from Rose Bowl Flea Market. Glasses: Rayban vintage thrifted.

Now I’m REALLY motivated to look for vintage dresses and skirts to play up my rediscovered joy for the retro look.

Photos by Jorge Novoa

A new ‘do

I recently re-saw a picture of myself when I had a short, chin length bob haircut a few years back and it got me thinking about the changes my hair (and everyone else’s hair) has gone through.

I’ve had this thing since about high school where I’ve let my hair grow super long, then I get sick of it and chop it all off. I immediately regret it, and begin the growing out process again. I’m on my fourth year of growing out the bob haircut pictured above. Even that went through some reincarnations.

Here I am at my blondest ever, but it only lasted about two months because the color turned brassy very quickly.

I then grew it out a little bit more, went coppery, and let the bangs grow too.

I was even doing the ombre thing before it was cool

And just kind of let it grow out and get to my natural darker color from then on out.

And longer and longer, sometimes darker and darker

Stopping for bangs sometimes in between

I’ve more or less spent the last two years in this stage of long brown/auburn hair, sometimes with bangs, sometimes without

I’m pretty sure it’s the Leo in me that’s so obsessed with my hair (it’s our “mane”) and I really feel like I need a big change. My brain keeps telling me to cut it short again. But I’m enjoying the idea more of going very light with long hair, but my concerns are would I look good blond and can I afford the upkeep that someone with dark hair has to pay to be blonder? Maybe the haircut route should be the one I take after all? I mean, I do have a lifetime to grow it long again. I feel like everyone with long hair is giving up and just coloring the ends of their hair with the ombre trend, I don’t want to go that way.

Any other leo’s or hair sympathizers out there than can share how they feel? (it’s one of the few vanities about myself that I allow). See my Girls With Long Hair board on Pinterest to see how much I dream about long hair.

Stripes and dots

I have a problem. When ever I wear something dotty (or something black and white), I immediately run to put this sweater on . And now, what perfect thing to wear it with! A dotty dress my mom made for me recently after I showed her a dotty dress at Jcrew.

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Sweater: Forever 21, borrowed from sister, never returned. Dress: custom made by my mom. Leggings: Uniqlo. Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent wedges from Buffalo Exchange Las Vegas, Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs heart watch from Fossil Outlet Las Vegas. Belt: Vintage from another dress.

Not sure why I added the purple belt. In fact, I had a belt with polka dots to match the dress, but the purple belt just felt better for some reason.

You can also see that I cut my bangs again (myself, with my own scissors). After two weeks, they already had grown over my eyebrows. Is there some sort of magic that makes bangs grow faster than the rest of your head?!

Ps. can you spy Dot  the kitty in the photos? 🙂

Drugstore lipstick love: summer on your lips

makeup for the masses

It’s been a while since I’ve done a makeup post, and as the summer has approached, I thought this would be the perfect time to. (You can see my few other makeup posts HERE).

What I’ve had on my mind (I guess you can say on my mouth) are bright lipsticks that give a great touch of color to any outfit – from work, dinner, dates, etc… from the laziest to the most dressed up outfit. I wouldn’t even begin to be able to explain how the older I get, the more I want to wear lipsticks! The colors I have here are all brands that you should be able to find at your local drugstores, Target, Ulta, or the such. I will say right off the bat that I’ve fallen deeply in love with the L’oreal Infallible lipstick line. If you’re looking for a super long lasting lipstick that keeps its rich color, look no further (and they’re not paying me to say this).

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter 010 Raspberry Pie – my sister Diana just gave me this as a gift, and I’m already loving it. It’s a nice sheer berry color like my other Lancome lipstick that broke. This may be the gateway into trying the other colors.
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L’oreal Infallible 227 Eternal Rose – This has been my almost every day color now. I wear it to work most days, I put it on in the morning and it’s still on in the afternoon when I leave after hours of working, breakfast, lunch, etc. That is a winner in my book.
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L’oreal Infallible 421 Charismatic Coral – And for those days that I don’t want to be as muted as the above color, I turn to this one. It has a hints of pink and orange that works with many of my work days and regular nights.
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Revlon Super Lustrous 435 Love that Pink – I love this pink that can give a pink pout and if you really layer it on, it can look almost neon. Definitely not for work, but more for hanging out on the weekend .
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L’oreal Infallible 714 Blazing Sangria – this may just be the most perfect name for a lipstick. The color is rich and a little dark. This is my date night go to color. And once the color settles on your lips, it won’t smear onto your significant others’ mouth 🙂
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L’oreal Infallible 312 Ravishing Red – this is a lovely bright red that has some sparkle in it. It’s also almost the color of blood, it reminds me of Snow White.
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Here are the color’s in the same order I posted them (looks like I’m gonna have to get another tube of Eternal Rose soon).
Lipsticks of the month

And how awesome are the L’oreal imprints on the lipsticks?

You don’t need to spend a small fortune to get a new lipstick – I like visiting Ulta where I can try on several colors. And now that I know a line I really like, it’s easier to pick a brand.

Are there any colors or brands of lipsticks that are on your radar for summer?

Ps. How do you like that the bangs I cut a month ago have already grown over my eyebrows?!