Friday, September 27, 2013

Tonight We RISE!

Earlier this month as a birthday present to myself I went to the Carnival of Madness concert featuring We As Human, In This Moment, Skillet, Papa Roach and Shinedown. I can say it was a truly memorable experience. The down and upside to it was that it rained like crazy and I got completely soaked! The other downside was that we had two severe thunderstorm warnings and a flash flood warning and they had to pause the concert after Papa Roach - it was just that bad.

Since the Shinedown was postponed I actually ended up leaving before they hit the stage. I was starting to get the sniffles and it was only a matter of time before I'd start getting sick. I did really want to see them, but maybe another time.

I was up on the front row in the pit area so I got to see everything up close and it was great! I met some really nice people there and had some great conversation with a couple that was standing next to me.

This outfit is inspired by the experience. I bought a Skillet right before I left and it fits right into my wardrobe. Below the fashion are some photos I took with my iPhone 5 before the weather got to o bad.


 
 
 
 
 
|| Bomber Jacket: Forever 21 | Skillet Tour Tee | Black Disco Pants: American Apparel | Rocking Horse Shoes | Gold Bracelets: A mix new and vintage ||
 

 
 
 
We As Human!!

 
 
 
 
In This Moment!!

 
 
 
 
SKILLET!!!!
 




Papa Roach!!! (This is one of my favorite pictures taken because the lighting is amazing! I didn't alter the coloring of this picture at all.)




My favorite part of the concert happened earlier in the day. I had the opportunity to meet and greet with Skillet! I love being able to meet bands and walk away still loving them because they are very kind and very silly.


 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

On the Town

As much as I would like it to be more Fall-ish where I am, right now I'll have to be happy with the weather still in the 70s and 80s. So I'll embrace my so far warm Fall and sneak in a few more summer inspired looks.

This look is fun and plays a little with color. I love to mix and match and have fun with things not being too matchy matchy. The purple seems to balance the neon but still has an edge.



 

 
 
|| Neon Leopard tunic: Forever 21 | PVC Leggings: Express | Booties: Michael Shannon | Purple Clutch: Old Navy | Silver Bracelets: H&M ||
 
 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fall Plaid and Overalls

Fall is here and it is time to start transition some of my summer pieces to cooler weather. Even though it will be awhile before it gets chilly where I am, it doesn't mean that I can't get started in playing up my fall wardrobe. I absolutely love the short and long overalls, so here is an outfit dedicated to the shorts.

So I couldn't decided which look I liked more. Even thought the subtle difference lies in the shoes, sometimes the little things make a difference.



 
(With knee high socks & 1460 Docs)

 
(With Cut-Out booties)
 
|| Plaid shirt: Wet Seal (it's been a few years) | Overalls: LEI | Beanie: Urban Outfitters | Sunglasses: Charming Charlie | Earrings: Kohl's | Lipstick: H&M "Wild Thing" | (Top Pic: Over the knee socks: Hot Topic | Docs: Online) (Bottom Pic: Cut-Out Boots: Call it Spring (JC Penney)) ||
 
 
Which do you like?
 


Monday, September 23, 2013

Fall is Here! - My Birthday Weekend

Happy first full day of Fall! So as you all can tell I've been busy over the weekend since I hadn't posted anything recently. Have no fear, I was just celebrating my birthday the ENTIRE weekend, (even though my birthday was Friday). Here are some highlights of the what I did!




I decided to do my nails. The nail polish was a gift from my mom, but the rest was all me. Props to those that are true nail artist because this takes work!

And there is my tattoo. I actually did this on my birthday after having lunch with my friend. It hurt of course but now I barely feel it. Since it's on my right arm, it only stings if I bend too quickly, but my tattoo artist Jason Hassel did such an amazing job!


 
 
Of course my birthday wouldn't be complete without doing a little shopping. All of these will be in upcoming posts, but here is a preview in the meantime...
 
 

 
 
It's fall so sweaters and cardigans are truly in order! And as you can tell, I absolutely love graphic Intarsia sweaters especially the ones that remind me of Bill Cosby's from back in the 80s.
 


 
This last piece I actually found at a vintage shop. I saw it tried it on and knew it had my name on it!
 
And no birthday is complete without an amazing dinner! Any food Asian inspired and I'm there! I wish I didn't have to travel so far to get this!
 



 
(By the way as I post this, it's making me incredibly hungry!)
 
 
All in all I had a great birthday and thanks to everyone that gave me a shout out either via text or on Facebook.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Casual Cool in Heels

No matter what they say, you can be comfortable in heels, especially platforms! I love this look because it's no fuss, fashionable, and I'm rocking shoes knowing that my feet won't kill me later! Despite them being a total of 9 inches tall, they are one of my go-to shoes for sky high fun.


 
 
|| Beanie: Hot Topic | Moto Jacket: H&M | Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters | Earrings: Kohl's | Gray Ballet Shirt: Gap | Light Bullhead Skinny Jeans: PacSun | Boots: DIY Paint Splatter boots ||
 
 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

To The Fabric Store!

Most of the time when I make a mad dash to the fabric store (or any store), I like to dress very casual, especially if I'm only running out for a couple of things. When I am this basic, I love wearing a scarf that makes the outfit pop! Sometimes it's okay to look stylish without all the fuss.



 
|| Chambray Shirt: H&M | PVC Leggings: Express | Scarf: Target | | Earrings: Kohl's | Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters | Shoes: Bobs by Sketchers (in Black Glitter) ||
 
(Recycled bags are a great way to cut down on plastic bag overload!)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fierce Cat

I am all about sweater weather and I can hardly wait until it gets chilly enough to start wearing them. (Where I am the average temperature is still 80-90 degrees). Since leopard print is hot for the fall rocking this sweater makes complete sense. When it came to the "high-low" trend, (which is starting to run its course), sometimes it was tricky finding a decent shirt or sweater that wasn't too high in the front and too low in the back. Well, I have been fortunate so far in finding the right fit for my shape. The cool thing about this trend was that it worked well with my sort torso. So it doesn't really look any different on me than a normal sweater would...until I lift up my arms...

 

 
|| Sweater: H&M | Denim Jeans: H&M | Heels: Dollhouse "Gravity" | Quilted Bag: Alloy (from a past season) | Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters ||

 
|| Gold Necklace: Vintage - courtesy of my mom | Blue Jewels Necklace: Forever 21 | Earrings: ? ||

 
I totally love this ring. You can never go wrong with black and turquoise! I found this ring at a street festival last year.
 
 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sapphire and Scabb

This look is inspired by two things. The first is the sapphire trend for fall. Not only is it an amazing color but it is my birthstone! The second is based on the leggings. I saw an artist earlier this year and she was wearing these exact leggings. From the moment I saw them I loved them and when I hunted them down, it was truly a happy day. (Her last name is Scabbia so that is where the "Scabb" comes from).

The really neat thing about these leggings, besides the cool spikes on each side of the leg, are the hidden pockets. Leggings have been reinvented in many different ways since they returned to the fashion radar, but these are the only ones that I have seen and own that have working pockets. I've lucked up and found a pair of jeggings that have this, but most don't, they just have a faux pocket.



 
|| Sheer Sweater: H&M | Black Tank: Old Navy | Leggings: Lip Service | Booties: Michael Shannon | Earrings: Forever 21 | Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters ||
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
These leggings are very comfortable and totally command the attention of any outfit they're worn with.
 
 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Ring-tastic!

I love rings! They are one of the coolest accessories that add flare to any outfit and sometimes they steal the show! My preference is silver when it comes to jewelry, but gold sneaks in there every now and then!

Here are some of my favorites!

 
|| 3 Size ring set: H&M | Tiger Ring: Oka Jewelry | Nail Color: "After Glow" (Delia*s) ||
 

 
|| From L to R || Tribal Ring: H&M | Cut-Out Ring: Nasty Gal (no longer avail,) | Short Stack Ring: H&M | Spiked Ring: H&M ||


I really love these rings because they stand out without much effort! They all amazing. I can't wait to share more of my collection with you. Sometimes I wear just one and there are times when I throw all of them on!



Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Simply Refreshing: Blueberry Lemonade Smoothie

Seeing this in grocery store, I'd been wanting this to give it a try. Already being crazy in love with the Raspberry Lemonade for drinks and smoothies, I knew this had to be a great combination because sometimes I add blueberries, so this would save me an extra step when I don't have blueberries on hand.

This smoothie is really simple. I start out with little bit of crushed ice and I used my frozen fruit mix with strawberries, mango, pineapple and peaches. I add a little bit of sugar and a blast packet from Planet Smoothie for additional healthy goodness. My Blueberry Lemonade is my liquid. I blend until it's the consistency I like and then I have me a delicious smoothie.

I didn't really measure this one out because I have to make my smoothie based on the cup I mix it in, but I guarantee you can't mess this one up!



 
 
It turned out a really pretty salmon color. Did I mention it was really yummy?!
 


 
 
 
 
Happy Wednesday!!!
 
 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Disco Punk!

American Apparel Disco Pants are some of the most comfortable pants I own. They are lightweight and universal. I love them so much I decided to buy another pair. For the longest time I had a purple pair (Imperial Purple to be exact), but I'd been dying to get a black pair. They are chic and being able to dress these both up and down helps make them more wearable.

This outfit I decided to dress them down, but it doesn't make them any less amazing. Pairing them with a plaid shirt and a beanie this outfit is very casual cool.



 
 

 
|| Beanie: Urban Outfitters (Guys) | Earrings & Necklace: Forever 21 | Plaid Shirt & Bracelets: H&M Lipstick: "Wild Thing" H&M | Disco Pants: American Apparel | Shoes: Call it Spring  (JC Penney) ||

 



Monday, September 9, 2013

One Colorful Tiger!

I've been loving my overalls and continue to find ways to wear them. As the cooler weather continues to slowly creep in, I'm starting to pull out my light sweaters. Where I live it's still anywhere from 80-90 degrees so it will be awhile until I can really let my fall colors show. I've been able to sneak in a few pictures with some of my sweaters and I hope that I can continue to embrace my fall style.

My favorite animal is the tiger and in the past year it has been a huge trend. Although I haven't really loaded up my closet with it, I still wanted to get a sweater and just my luck I found this one!




 
|| Beanie: Urban Outfitters (Guys) | Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters | Tiger Sweater: Kohl's | Overalls: LEI | Boots: DIY - you can find the how to here ||
 
 



Two 5 Minute DIYs!

I was in the fabric store not too long ago and I went browsing the isle with the trims. Sometimes I can find cool ways to use trims, and they come out to be way cheaper to use in creating accessories than just going out to purchase them.

I love to wear headbands and I remember when the bra strap looking headbands were in. I loved them because they are fairly thin and made my hair look chic. In more recent years, the flat elastic headbands and hair ties have become an essential. If you are look for a simple way to recreating one of these, see how I made one in less than 5 minutes, for less than $5.00!


DIY 1: The Elastic Headband


So the first thing is to find an elastic piece in the store and measure some of it around your head, leaving a couple inches extra. Because it is elastic, make sure that where ever you get it from that it is secured with tape on both ends - it will ravel if it stays uncovered. It's usually measured by the yard and this trim I used was about $5/yd. Since I didn't need anywhere near than my total cost for this ended up being about $2 - what a steal!


 
Here is what I used:
 
- Elastic: Any type of elastic will work, but just make sure it is flat.
- Scissors
- Lighter (Always use caution when using fire!)
- Measuring tape or ruler (not picture).
 
 

 
Step 1: Take your scissors and cut just at the tape marking.

 
 
Step 2: Very carefully take your lighter and slowly singe both ends of the elastic. This will permanently seal them so they won't unravel. The key to this is holding the flame close enough to melt it, but far enough that it will only touch the edges.
 

 
Step 3: After a about 8-10 seconds, test the edge to make sure you did both edges entirely.


 
Step 4: Using a measuring tape, I measured about 2 inches from the edge. Where my left thumb is on the elastic is where I'll tie the knot.

 
Step 5: Tie the knot and pull it tight to secure it in place and you're done!
 
 
 
 
DIY 2: The Big Chain Link Necklace
 
With these DIY I was pretty shocked to find this trim by Project Runway. I've been on the hunt for a decent chunky chain to make a necklace out of but had no such luck. I even checked the hardware store and it was either too heavy or the links were too tiny. I strongly debated buying one of these necklaces that can retail for about $25.00 and up, until I found this.
 
The best part about this is that it's super light and adjustable. You'd never guess that this was plastic! The ultimate part of this was it takes less than 2 minutes to make and can cost about $10.00 or less (if you have a coupon)!
 

 So this is the trim. Isn't it so stylish! I was so excited when I have found this you have no idea!

 
Don't be scared about how this would be measured. When I first saw this trim I did think it would have to be cut with link cutters. To my surprise and the lady at the cutting table it is easily pulled apart!

 
 
Step 1: Find out how long you want the necklace to be. I got the trim a little longer so I can play around with adjusting it. (I measured it around my neck before leaving the store and had the lady unlink it where I marked it with my hand.) Now find the ends of the trim and secure them in your hands. This next part is really, really hard...

Step 3: Snap it together! Depending on your links, I had to find to links that were willing to pull apart and be put back together, But other than that, it's done! You can also wait to put it together right as you are getting ready to head out. 



Here is what it was looks like all linked together!

 
 
Here is an optional step...
 
 
 If you want to remember the 2 links where you snapped the necklace together, you can paint the tips with nail polish on one side and they'll easily be disguised in the necklace once it's flipped polish side down.
 
So here they are! Two crazy simple, quick, and inexpensive DIYs that will make you fly and fashionable!