11.08.2011

Spazmatics

I wore this to an 80's cover band show a couple weekends ago. If only I had an amazing statement necklace to go with this outfit :(

Top: H&M
Skirt: Forever 21
Heels: Christian Louboutin New Simple Pump
Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff MAC
Necklace: Tiffany & Co




P.S. To the forty-something year olds who were sloppily wasted and spilling drinks/ stumbling into people while flailing around.. I mean "dancing" 80's style, you aren't reliving your youth. Don't ruin the show for everyone else!

10.08.2011

Review: Celeb - The Celebrity Style Shop

I was contacted by Narelle from Celeb - The Celebrity Style Shop to review a few pieces from her clothing line.

This clothing line takes inspirations from high end designers and celebrities and provides an affordable interpretation of it. I was intrigued by the feminine silhouettes and ladylike style.

I am very grateful to Narelle for being patient with me and understanding my busy work schedule. This review is long overdue!

Alexander McQueen Inspired


Starting off with my favorite piece, this asymmetric zip dress makes me feel so feminine and svelte. Michael also likes this dress ;)
I'm wearing this in a small. It is curve hugging and skin clinging. Double lined with a thick upper fabric.



Britney Spears Inspired


This is my second favorite item. Although singly lined, the fabric is thick. This one isn't as form fitting (I'm wearing a small as well) but still fits well. The ruffles on the shoulder are a little overwhelming but I still like it!



Hayden Panettiere Inspired


Silky material. The belt is from another dress but thought it would go well with the dress. I would definitely recommend wearing a slip underneath this if worn as a dress. Or it can be tucked into a skirt.



Kim Kardashian Inspired


Made of a silky material. I like the cute and drape of this dress. However, the color isn't my taste. I will be doing a giveaway on this dress at some point so keep an eye out for that if you like it!



Modcloth Inspired


I think I would enjoy this dress is it were in my size but I received it in a medium which was a little more roomy than desired. The fabric feels like a thick cotton. I love the retro feel of the dress. This one will also be a part of a giveaway, so stay tuned for it!



Overall, these clothes are extremely well-made with quality-feeling fabric. Of all the items, I would have bought on my own the first dress. I hope you found my review helpful and informative!

*These products were sent to be for review. I am not being compensated in any other way to publish this review. My review is based purely on my own independent judgment and observation.

9.30.2011

Review: FeatherYourself Feather Hair Extensions

I was approached by FeatherYourself to do a review over their do-it-yourself feather extensions.

I personally haven't liked the feather extension trend. It just isn't my style and it wouldn't be very professional for me to wear feathers in my hair. (This is just my own opinion)

However, I was really excited to try out the do-it-yourself feather extensions because I have friends who like feather extensions and will pay over $100 to get them put in at a salon.

I like that if you are on the fence on getting professional feather extensions, FeatherYourself gives you an affordable option to try feather extensions. Also, if you're like me, a young professional, and are unable to wear them on a daily basis but want feather extensions on the weekends, this would be a great option.

I found placing the extensions into my hair very simple. I followed this video and was able to apply the feather extensions after a few tries. The hardest part for me was pulling my hair through the microbead. I only wore it for a few hours and the extensions stayed in place.

Overall, I was impressed by the ease of application. If you've ever been interested in feather extensions but don't want to pay the hefty salon price, I would highly recommend giving FeatherYourself a try! Feathers, microbead and threading tool costs about $40.


9.18.2011

So Lady Like

I can predict that Essie's Lady Like will be a fall fave for me! This reminds me of Eyeko's Posh nail polish but with more of a mauve tone to it.




P.S. I posted this with the Blogger app on my Android phone, yipppeeeee for fast posting on the go :)

9.02.2011

I'm 23!

Long time no blog... again.

I turned 23 at the end of July. A couple of new changes that have happened are I cut about 4" of my hair off and....

I now own a pair of Christian Louboutin heels :)

Mike bought me the Christian Louboutin Simple 85 Patent Pumps (buy here) at first. I originally wanted the Simple 100s but they were completely unavailable in my size *sad face* I wanted a pair that was fairly practical. However, the Simple 85s are just too short.



I took the Simple 85s out for a "test drive" in Uptown Dallas. My makeup for the night was my Kim K Smokey look.


My outfit: Dress - c/o Hot Miami Styles (old)



I decided that the Simple 85s were not THE shoe for me, especially being my first pair of Loubies. I wanted to have a pair that I adored. Also, the toe box on this pair is super narrow. My feet hurt like no other after the night.

I highly recommend purchasing shoes, especially Louboutins, from Nordstroms. I explained my situation to the salon shoes representative and they exchanged them for another pair (I paid the difference obviously). I decided on the Christian Louboutin New Simple Pump (buy here) and am very satisfied :) Thank you babe!



My outfit: Top - Windsor, Skirt - borrowed from a friend, Clutch - Rebecca Minkoff MAC


Birthday shoes :)


I hope y'all are doing well! Happy Labor Day!

7.16.2011

It's Hot Out

It's been nearly 2 weeks of over 100 degree weather in Dallas. It is HOT out. As you can see from my outfit pics, I was miserable (& the sun was shining right in my eyes... note to self - no pics in that area during mid-afternoon!). Don't mind the face. I really was having a good day!

Where's Juicy? :)



[Tunic - Gap (super old) Linen Shorts & Headband - Forever 21 Belt - American Apparel Wedges - Seychelles "Harlow" (buy here) Bag - Rebecca Minkoff MAC]

Hoping y'all are enjoying cooler weather! Send a cold front my way please.

Much Love,
Stephie

6.30.2011

Makeup Tutorial: Matte Smokey Eyes

Guess who posted a new tutorial..... ME!

I am very very thankful for my friends and supporters who gave me encouragement after this post. I have been needing to edit this tutorial for over a month now & finally got the motivation to do it. This look is from a night out I had with some (then) friends which you can see here.



Products Used:

FACE
DiorSkin Nude Skin Perfecting Concealer - 002 Beige
*TEMPTU Foundation - 007 Natural
MAC MSF Natural - Medium Plus w/ MAC Kabuki Brush
MAC Sculpt Powder
MAC Prism Blush

EYES
UDPP Sin
MAC Blackground Paint Pot
MAC Smoking e/s (LE) - lid w/ 239 brush
MAC Tete-a-Tint e/s - crease w/ 242 brush
MAC Handwritten e/s - lower lashline w/ 219 brush
MAC Carbon e/s - outer v w/ 217 brush
MAC Porcelaine/Browning Brow Shader
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Shiseido Mascara Base
Shiseido Lasting Lift Mascara
Red Cherry Falsies #15

LIPS
MAC Modesty Lipstick




This last one was after dinner but you can see the shadows are still holding strong :)


This was my first time doing a voiceover tutorial. What do y'all think? Do you like voiceovers or would you rather I talk through the tutorial?

XO,
Stephie

6.21.2011

FOTD: Feels Like Summer

I took these pictures a month or so ago and am just putting them up. I used a 25mm clipless curling wand by Sedu Revolution courtesy of Folica.com I can't wait to share a tutorial on this hairstyle.

My makeup is fairly simple. I don't remember exactly what I used but I did use my favorite (and limited edition) lipstick, MAC Love, Henri.

Off the shoulder dress is courtesy of ModaXpress





XO,
Stephie

6.20.2011

Dealing with the Negative.

Hi there!

I know some of y'all have noticed my recent 6 month hiatus from YouTube and the blogging community. Not a complete hiatus as I've posted a few things here and there, but definitely not a regular appearance.

I had a little Twitter conversation with another blogger and previous YouTuber about why I wasn't making videos anymore or posting a lot on my blog.

I can't even explain to y'all how many times I have thoughts on various videos I want to make and post or blog entries I'd like to make. But in the end, I lack the motivation. I know exactly where my lack of motivation stems from. Negativity.

Some people don't realize that people who blog or post YouTube videos are real people with feelings. Or these people think that because they're hidden behind a computer screen they can go about putting others down and making something that brings joy to others seem like a wasted effort.

I have a lot of other important things going on in life and don't need the extra negativity to throw me off.

I truly enjoy blogging and creating videos. My field of work leaves little aesthetic outlet so I like to express myself through my blog and YouTube. I admit, I've taken the words of a few mean-spirited people to heart and it just discouraged me from putting myself out on the internet again.

I give myself pep talks and have decided to monitor the comments that are posted to my blog and videos. Since it is my little piece of the internet, I do have the right to allow certain communications and not others. I do think this is a good step in the right direction and gives me a sense of control.

So my fellow bloggers and YouTubers, how do y'all deal with the negativity?

6.15.2011

Rebecca Minkoff MAC (Morning After Clutch) Sale!!

Hey y'all!

Just wanted to quickly share a sale that's going on at Rebecca Minkoff's website! I've been eyeing her MAC bags after seeing them on another blogger, Keiko Lynn. I've had the sale page open and keep refreshing it because she's adding more and more colors of MAC clutches (as well as other bags) all the time. So you have to be quick otherwise the color you want will sell out. I ordered mine in Bone. They're originally priced at $295 and are on sale for $182 with free shipping! So if you've been wanting one, I'd highly recommend checking out the sale.

(pictures are from rebeccaminkoff.com)




I can't wait until it arrives so I can share a review on it :)

XO,
Stephie

5.13.2011

Nighttime Swagger

This past weekend my really good gal pal came in from out of town. It sucks that she moved away for work, but at least she still comes to visit quite a bit! With my hectic work schedule (busy season is not over for me *sigh*) & frugal state of mind, I didn't go out to buy a new outfit for going out. I have been using my budgeted "clothes" money on work items and casual wear.

I've had this dress for quite a while now, from this post last October, that still hasn't seen the light of day. It's not seen the light since the asymmetrical side droops down in the most inappropriate kind of way. Luckily, I bought some Hollywood Magic Tape from a store a few months ago and had the chance to try it out. It worked like a charm!

Also, the nude pumps I'm wearing are from Forever 21 that I bought last year around September-ish that I've NEVER worn! I'm so bad sometimes! So I am determined to "shop" my closet more often! These aren't the nude pump but they'll do (and at a price point of $20, can't beat that for a night out).

I recorded a makeup tutorial on this look so I'll be editing that over the weekend!

Dress: Lulus.com
Pumps: Forever 21
Belt: Forever 21
Necklace & Bracelet: Tiffany and Co.







Here's an obligatory bluebonnets picture Mike and I took in March :)



XO,
Stephie

4.10.2011

Beaches & Birthdays

Hi y'all!

A couple weekends ago, Mike and I took a trip down to the southern part of Texas to enjoy a little beach time. While the beaches in Texas are not as large or pretty as in California, we still had a pretty good time. It was such a short trip, we plan on heading back there in a couple of months.


We had to drop Juicy off at a pet resort. We were so nervous because it was our first time leaving her alone with either Mike or myself to be with her. After looking over the reviews on Yelp, we chose Pet Resort Dallas. They did a great job and we even got to watch her play over monitors. I'd highly recommend them for those in the Dallas area!


Mike found a jellyfish washed ashore!



We chose to spend time at Port Aransas, TX. We had to take a ferry to get to the island, but I think it can be accessed by a highway too. It wasn't a bad time. I had a migraine for a little which wasn't fun but the beach was clean & even allowed dogs on leashes. We're going to bring Juicy down with us the next time.


VS Biofit top - Buy here
VS Low rise bottoms - Buy similar here

*Please excuse my weirdo face, only pic we got that showed the bikini well* I have to take a moment to say how IMPRESSED I am with Victoria's Secret customer service. Our trip was extremely unexpected so I ordered a bikini. It arrived 2 days before our trip but it was the wrong bikini and had odd blotches on it. I called them up and they sent me over another top and bottom and sent it over Express mail without an extra charge. I got it the night before we left and just have to mail the other bikini back within 30 days to avoid charges. So impressed!!!


Mike found me some seashells :)


Mike being silly lol


Mike got some intense sun on the way down since he insisted on having the top down on the convertible... not to mention that he's already got a golfer's tan lol


In our hotel on the Riverwalk in San Antonio.


April 9th was Mike's 28th birthday. We went to our fave sushi place in Arlington, Sushi Domo. This is my fave roll, spicy tuna with cream cheese.



Mike loves the volcano roll... probably because it's on fire.... boys..


Mike's birthday cake. My man's 28! :)



Hope y'all had a great weekend!

XO,
Stephie

3.23.2011

Where Have I Been?

Hey y'all!

Long time no blog! How are y’all doing? I’ve missed y’all so much!

For me, I am finally calming down. I graduated college in December and started my career with one of the Big 4 accounting firms. Basically what I do for a living is ensure that the financial statements and information that companies release are properly reflecting their financial position (aka external auditor). So when I started with the firm, it was during our busy season. Needless to say, it’s been a hectic season. I spend about 6-7 weeks traveling to New Mexico for a client. I got to fly home most weekends except for the last to weekends where I had to stay out there for 15 days. It was definitely a learning experience. I basically lived out of my suitcase for a month and a half. It was so surreal to come home. Home is where the heart is :)

I graduated! I am wearing my Kim K inspired makeup look.


My huge family!


My sister, Ashley, and me. In case y’all didn’t know, I have a sister. She’s 11 months older than me. 10 days out of the year, we’re the “same” age. She lives back in LA with her hubby. I hadn’t seen her in nearly 2 years!


Good times with my family. Playing Cranium! So fun!


NYE 2011!


Mike and me in our new but used Honda S2000! He’s been wanting that car for quite a while, so when we got a nice refund from taxes, we helped us it for our down payment. I have to admit, it kinda broke my heart to part with the money. I was hoping to save some, indulge a little, buy more work clothes, etc. But it was worth it. Only thing is when we go out, he wants the top down but HELLO! My hair! & falsies! Haha, y’all understand right?


Out for dinner for a friend’s birthday. I really liked the makeup I put on that night.


A better view of our car.


Excited to be home :)


A couple things I'm planning in life and professionally:
- Preparing to take the CPA exam. For any of y'all who have taken the CPA exam, any suggestions for someone just starting out?
- Dental insurance! I'm so excited. I'm in the search for a good orthodontist. I have a consultation later this week for Invisalign. I'm really hoping I can get them rather than metal braces!

I’m taking some PTO tomorrow and Friday, so I am going to film a video or two. Any
suggestions?

I'll be "seeing" y'all more :)

XO,
Stephie
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