Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Who Would Wear That: #10


"Who Would Wear That?" is a post series I started in which I investigate online retailers to find pieces that I think should never be worn... ever. You can check out the other posts here. 
 
Disclaimer: These posts are for entertainment only. I am not trying to offend anyone. If you have any of these pieces in your closet don't let me stop you from wearing them, this is just my opinion. These items are from NastyGal.com, enjoy!

Nasty Gal Slick Me Up Trouser - What's New
 
You know what these pants remind me of? The "faux leather" pants that someone tries to make out of garbage bags every single season for the unconventional materials challenge of Project Runway. The truly unfortunate thing is that no garbage bags were used in the making of these pants and they still look like a garbage bag.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Makeup Tutorial: Homecoming Makeup using the Urban Decay Naked Palette


Today I have a makeup tutorial that is perfect for those of you who don't know what you're doing for your homecoming makeup yet or even if you're not going to homecoming it's a really fun easy look.


 
Here's the link to watch it on Youtube if it doesn't show up here...
 
 
Products Used....
Benefit Stay Don't Stray Eye Primer
Urban Decay Naked Palette
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Charcoal
NYX Liquid Crystal Liner in Crystal Silk
Make Up Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara
L'Oreal Silkissime Highlighter
L'Oreal Brow Stylist Sculptor in Blond
Benefit Rockateur Blush
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
 
 

 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Maximize Your Wardrobe: 5 Ways to Wear a Skater Dress

Having a great sense of style doesn't require a lot of clothes, but rather the knowledge of how to get as many looks as possible out of the pieces you do own. Today I have some ideas for different ways to wear a basic skater style dress that are really popular right now....
 
Tip 1 (Looks 1+2): A dress is not just a dress...
When you look at your dress as not only a dress, but a skirt and top as well, you instantly multiply your outfit possibilities.
 

Here I paired my dress with a basic blue top and now it looks like I have a heart print mini-skirt.

 
Layering a skirt over your dress makes it look like you have a heart print top and breaks up your look. Throw on a jacket when the weather gets cooler.
 
 
Tip 2 (Looks 3+4): Don't Be Afraid of Mixing Prints...
If you haven't checked out my post on mixing patterns in your outfits you can check it out here for more details on how to mix prints. Not being afraid to mix prints allows you to layer lots of different things over even a patterned dress.
 
 
If you've been reading my blog for a while you probably know that I have a serious love for leopard print and basically consider it a neutral. Since it's technically a print though, a belt is a great way to mix in a print in a small dose.
 
 
If you're a little more daring with your print mixing, throw a flannel over your dress for a fun casual look.
 
Tip 3 (Look 5): Know Thy Layers...
In my opinion Fall/Winter is the best time to maximize your wardrobe because you can layer on lots of clothes without dying of heatstroke (okay that's probably a bit dramatic, but you never know what a chunky knit sweater could do to you in the summer :)).
 
 
One of my favorite layering combos is a denim vest over a cardigan.
 
 
I hope that these tips and outfits gave you some ideas to create looks with your skater dress. (And if you don't have one, you probably want one now don't you? :)) If you create an outfit inspired by this post be sure to take a picture and tag me in it so I can see it, @mogirl97 on Instagram and @XOXOMotheblog on Twitter
 
Shout out to my little brother Tyler who took the pictures for this post and our neighbor's shed which provided a nice background :)

Most of the jewelry featured in this post is Cookie Lee and can be found here.
 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

What's on my "To Read Next" List?

One of the prompts for this weeks writing workshop at Mama Kat's is to share what the next 6 books on your "to read" list it. Currently I'm working on reading the Paige Alder Series by Erynn Mangum, which is super funny and relatable. Once I'm finished with this series (I'm on the second of three) here are the next 6 on my list...

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16068905-fangirl?from_search=true
1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: This novel is about a girl who is a total fangirl for a certain book character and uses his fictional world as a way to escape from her not-so-thrilling reality. The story documents her journey of learning to write her own story for her life instead of being stuck in a fictional world.  A lot of people have been talking about this one and I thought I would see what all the hype's about.

2/3/4. Matched Series by Ally Conde: What can I say, I love the dystopian genre and this series is about a society where everyone is born with one person who is their ideal match or soul mate but as is customary of these dystopian novels, someone doesn't fit into the system and is born with two matches. You would think at this point I would get tired of books that follow this formula but here I am, still reading and enjoying them.

 
5. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso: A non-fiction book about how Sophia got her start selling vintage fashion on Ebay and grew her business into the popular online clothing store NastyGal. It also shares business tips for aspiring female entrepreneurs. As someone who wants to work in the fashion industry I thought this would be a good one to read.

 
6. Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw: A story about a young fashion blogger's eventful trip to New York City. I blog about fashion, I love NYC, this one seemed like a no-brainer :)

I think we can learn from this post that my skills in describing books leave something to be desired so I linked all the books Goodreads pages so you can read a better synopsis :) (Just click on the title) Have you read any of the books on my list? What are the next 6 books on your reading list? Leave a comment below, or if you're a fellow blogger, be sure to link up at Mama Kat's writing workshop :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#MyCosmoStyle A day in Vegas Challenge

I was challenged by Vegas.com to create a set of looks inspired by a day in Las Vegas (okay so I might have gone a little overboard and created like 2 days worth of looks but whatever... :)), particularly the Cosmopolitan Resort. I went on the website and checked out the list of restaurants and attractions, and looked at the pictures of the resort (which is gorgeous by the way) and these are the looks I came up with...

So my first collage here shows the outfit for on the plane and how it can transition to a casual lunch outfit once you arrive (might I suggest the Wicked Spoon which is a really delicious sounding brunch/lunch buffet that had me feeling quite hungry while reading the description :)) For the travel outfit I opted for comfy shoed like these cute sneakers which are a must have if you are running through an airport (trust me I have experience with chaotic airport experiences and sore feet are the last thing you want to be worrying about). The flannel will keep you warm on the plane and this cute leather backpack is perfect for stowing your in flight necessities. Add a few accessories and you'll be flying in style! To transition this basic jeans and tee look into the lunch outfit I added some fun printed heels and a statement necklace and swapped the backpack with a chic cross body.


This second collage features the perfect look for spending the day poolside (which being the mermaid I am is where I'd be all day. Seriously, you need to go on the site and check out these pools, they are amazing!) I love a cool kimono as a cover-up and gladiator sandals are a must have. Don't forget the sunglasses and floppy hat because sunburn is not the ideal accessory for this night look :) My evening look is perfect for dining at one of the many restaurants they have at the resort and they all sound delicious, especially Estiatorio Milos which serves Mediterranean style food. I would definitely be ordering some of that amazing sounding baklava for dessert. Anyway... I picked this pretty floral print blazer to add some much needed color to this simple and elegant lbd and accessorized it with some basic accessories which I also used in my second night time look. (It's always a good idea to pack accessories that can go with multiple outfits and you'll notice that a lot of the pieces are repeated throughout my outfits.
 
 
My final set of looks includes a more causal day-time outfit, perfect for hitting up some of the stores they have at the resort, and another nighttime look because there is still lots of restaurants to try or you could head to a musical performance at The Chelsea. The daytime look utilizes a lot of accessories from previous looks but pairs them with this cool black top and dark wash skinny jeans. The evening look also features accessories from the evening before's look but I paired them with this blue dress which has a really awesome looking print and got the stamp of approval from my little brother :)  
There you have it, my A day (or 2) in Las Vegas looks! Even if you're not heading to Vegas anytime soon I hope these looks gave you some inspiration for your own travels or even for a day at home. Let me know which one is your favorite in the comments section below :)
 
This post is inspired by the challenge from Vegas.com but I'm not being compensated in any way to endorse the Cosmopolitan or Vegas.com. Any opinions stated in this post are 100% my own as always!
 
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