Thursday, April 17, 2014

Preparations...

I know spring has only just arrived but the warmer seasons sort of blur together here in Hawaii. So basically... Summer comes early. Hopefully that was a good enough reason to get started on my pre-summer shopping.


Bikini (HERE) | Bandeau (SIMILAR) | V Neck (HERE

I originally put in an order with a different bikini top that was floral and strapless and the back of it was incredible... Sadly, I mixed up the shipping address with my billing address and I had to cancel the order. When I went back to re-order all of the smalls were sold out! Just my luck! Ugh! 

Anyway, I had to settle with this top instead and I was pleasantly surprised. Reminds me of an ikat print of some sort. It's not pink in real life though... More of a bright tangerine/coral/orange color. It does weird things to the camera. I'm a 32B (itty bitty titty committee) and the small fits perfectly. 

The only reason why I put in the order was for the bikini top but with the shipping being $10 that would be dumb so I quickly threw in a white v neck (large) into my basket as well as this black bandeau (small). 

Shorts (HERE) | Shorts (HERE) | Jeans (HERE)
As usual, Hollister was having some sort of promotion and this one one happened to be jeans for $25 + free shipping with a jean purchase. I ended up getting these light wash boot cut and two pairs of shorts which were on sale. 

I'm pretty happy with everything but I admit... The light wash shorts ended up being REALLY short so I need to tug them down a bit. I also needed to trim the fringe. 

The only complaint I have is that the shipping takes so dang long. I ordered it on the 28 of last month and only got it this Monday... I think it has to do with the free shipping option of whatever. 


Lastly was this baby... This was definitely my "big" purchase.

On Kauai we don't really buy our bikini's in box stores or anything, but we support the local businesses who import their bikini's from brazil and other places. The cuts are a lot tinier than those you see on the mainland but that doesn't mean that the prices are any cheaper. 

My friend and I went on a coffee date down in Hanalei and that is where most of the suits are sold. We went to a couple of the surfshops and a beach boutique, and I found this glorious one piece. My heart broke in a million pieces once I saw the $200 price tag. I then sort of slumped out of the shop and we were on our way. 

After browsing through some racks at another surfshop, I spotted this suit but in a lovely seashell pink color. And then I nearly shrieked when I saw it in black. The price was a hefty $140 but I could totally justify that rather than $200. I waited a week so I could save up for it and then went back and bought it. I figured I would wear it a lot and definitely get some good use out of it. 

I tried it out for the first time yesterday and it really is a lovely suit. The material is so soft and the gold detailing is beautiful.


Anyway, definitely not much but it's a start! Have you gotten around to preparing your summer wardrobe?


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Outfit | Southside












I have these days where I just want to leave town and apparently Sunday was one of those days. Instead of going across the world I had to settle for just going to the other side of the island. I basically played tourist that entire afternoon. The sun had finally come out to play and even though I hate getting tan (even though I am already super tan), I can't deny that the vitamin D felt amazing on my skin. Along with the sun came the wind, and the wind was insanely strong.

For lunch we stopped at this little grocery store called Living Foods Market and ordered an ahi wrap. The wind was so bad we actually switched tables and sat on the other side of the building. I also had to resort to putting up my hair because it was getting everywhere. 

My outfit was pretty casual. I actually ate lunch twice (brunch and then lunch a few hours later... Yea... I am kind of a fatty) and in the morning on the way to bakery and brunch with a friend it was kind of cold so I threw on this incredibly comfy knit sweater. The pairing with the top looks kind of funky on camera for some reason (I think because the tank looks more blue that it actually is...) but I received quite a few compliments stating that "looked nice today". Weird because I literally rolled out of bed, jammed out to punk rock music and then headed towards the direction of food. 

I used the cardigan all morning and then when it warmed up around noon I ended up not grabbing it again until evening rolled around. 


Tank: Billabong | Bandeau: Forever21 | Shorts: Hollister | Cardigan: O'Neil | Bag: HOBO 

I actually forgot about this "Mermaid at (heart)" tank up until last week. Out of nowhere it popped into my mind and I literally leaped out of my seat and ran to my closet because I hadn't seen it in a while. To my dismay, I couldn't find it and after panicking for a little I remembered that tops like this slip off my hangers all the time. Sure enough, I pushed everything aside and there it was... All crumpled up.



Thank you so much for stopping by and definitely let me know if you have gone on any out of town adventures recently... I definitely am curious to know!



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Outfit | Festival Season



Muscle Tee & Bag: Brandy Melville | Shorts & Bandeau: Forever21 | Headband: Claire's 
It saddens me to say that I am not partying at coachella nor any other sort of music festival, so I thought that if I broke out some earth tones and fringe it might keep my heart content... For now.

This is definitely a more street-friendly boho look (in my opinion) and probably isn't wild enough for something as giant as coachella but it did the trick for me.

For final touches I added this cute braided head band which I find quite demure and goes under the radar simply because it sort of blends in with my hair color but if you look closely it's kind of a nice surprise (in my opinion).

Do you adore festival season? Or more specifically do you love the festival fashion? (Personally, I think Vanessa Hudgens is the queen of coachella). Definitely let me know! 

Bracelets: DIY, Macy's, American Eagle | Ring: Forever21 | Nails: Essie Butler Please

Monday, April 7, 2014

Outfit | Casual Sunday Commute


Dress: Brandy Melville | Flannel: Forever21 | Boots: Gifted | Bag: HOBO

I feel like every time I turn around it's Sunday. Seriously this year is going by so fast, it's crazy. Today was rather laid back and uneventful. I started off my morning by wasting 30 minutes of my day waiting for my drink at Starbucks followed by church and a last minute shift at work. 

Moving on, I really need to get some sort of black bag because  I don't dig the color brown and black together. I am eyeing a couple but I recently just acquired this HOBO one a few months ago and spent a wee bit more on it than I like to say so alas, I'm waiting a couple more months until I can justify buying myself another purse. The struggle is most definitely real. 

Also, I wanted to ask you if you recommended any good drugstore concealers. I usually get the liquid ones from sephora just because they are nice to mix to my own shade and decent price, but they discontinued it I think and I got the pan version but it made me break out. Anyway, I'm on the market for a new concealer. I'm thinking about the Maybelline Fit Me but I'm just wondering if you guys had any recommendations.

Happy Sunday, everyone.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Monthly Favorites | March


Beauty


Victoria Secret's Hello Darling: I've actually been using this since February but forgot to include it in my monthly favorites post last month. I am so in love with this scent. I use it every day unless I'm going out at night or something. Not only is the bottle refreshing to look at, but the scent is also fresh which makes it perfect for spring. According to the bottle, it has notes of white nectar and peony. When you first spritz it, you get this amazingly fresh and light scent (peony I'm guessing) followed by this... Sort of warm sweet scent. It's really lovely. Next time you are in VS definitely head to the fragrances and get a whiff! 

Benefit Some Kind of a Gorgeous: This isn't a big favorite of mine, but I have found myself reaching for it when I go to tennis. I normally go bare face with a bit of sunscreen but lately my eyes have been looking so incredibly tired so I've been dabbing it under my eyes and in other problem areas. What I like about it is that it's so light so it doesn't feel like I'm wearing anything, and it seems to last long enough on my face. I wouldn't really recommend it as an everyday foundation/concealer (not sure what it is, actually), but it's really nice for those nights (or days) where you just took a shower, but then need to run to the grocery store or go to a late movie and you don't feel like going bare face and you are over re-applying your makeup. 

Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick #N9 (Copper Pink): I received this from Sephora as my birthday gift and although it isn't a color I would normally wear, I seriously love it. It's a prettier version of my lip color, if that makes sense... Lovely color. Nude with some warm dusty rose undertones. Very creamy, as well. 

Miscellaneous




Jewelry: These three bracelets came in a set but for some reason I always seem to grab for the silver bangles. As for rings I usually pair this heart ring with them. The ring itself isn't exactly my favorite but I like the way it fits and I love how I don't have to take it off when washing the dishes or getting my hands wet. Lastly in this jewelry category is this little box made to look like the skeleton of a sea urchin! Super cool! I don't keep much in it but it's so pretty to look at, plus it helps me keep track of my hair ties (to preserve them because I lose them all the time, I only have two out at a time). 

Pull & Bear Denim Button-Up: I waited long and hard for the right denim shirt... I wanted the right shade of blue, snap buttons, and a soft material. It took me a while to find it but I finally found this one when shopping in Jakarta. I wore it a ton last year but sort of let it rest during December and the beginning of 2014. Sometime this month I grabbed for it and apparently haven't let go since. If you don't have one of these in your wardrobe definitely add it to you wish list! They really give a cool and casual vibe to any outfit and are really comfortable! 


Music Favorites

1. Make Me Wanna Die by The Pretty Reckless

I first heard this song in a Victoria Secret advert a long time ago. I randomly thought about it earlier this month and added it to my playlist on Spotify and I listen to it non stop. It makes me feel so badass when I listen to it which I (((guess))) is a good thing? Maybe? No? Yes?

2. Holiday/Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Greenday

Yet another song on my Spotify playlist. I rediscovered the American Idiot album by Greenday and this song (well... Two songs) stood out to me in particular. Holiday is really fun and upbeat and helps me get ready for the day, whereas the lyrics to Boulevard of Broken Dreams are actually quite amazing. 

3. All Too Well by Taylor Swift

I admit I'm not the biggest T-Swizzle fan in the entire world, I mainly just listen to her top hits or whatnot, but I finally got around to playing to her entire Red album and seriously she is so incredibly talented. The lyrics to this song in particular are flawless and just her wording (especially in the middle part) makes it kind of relatable like you can feel and see what is going on. Bravo, Taylor. 




Can't believe March is gone! We are already in our fourth month into the new year... Crazy! Anyway, that's it for my monthly favorites, definitely let me know if you have tried any of these products along with what you have been loving this month! I would love to know! 


Monday, March 31, 2014

Outfit | A World Alone





Sweater: Hollister | Bandeau: JW | Shorts: Bali | Boots: Gifted | Bag: HOBO | Sunnies: Vogue 

First off, ignore the title. I overdosed a bit on Lorde's album Pure Heroine on the way home. I decided to keep it though simply because I thought it described my day pretty well. 

Today started off well, I went to the bakery across the street and treated myself to a banana nut smoothie. It was incredibly stormy this morning so I put on this sweater and some pants but it cleared up considerably by 11:00. 

Thanks to busy friends, it looked like I would be spending the day alone. I finally decided to go see the 5:10 showing of Divergent just so I didn't spend the rest of the day/evening at home even though I had already seen it. I thought it would be awkward sitting by myself but actually in all honesty it wasn't that bad. It was nice not having someone whisper to you every ten minutes. If you guys haven't seen that movie isn't amazing! Four (the dude) is so incredibly hot I was crying the entire time (not really but still you catch my drift). Tris is the luckiest girl in the world. 

*Le sigh*

After throwing on my boots, I made sure I had my sunnies on just in case I saw someone I knew... I didn't want them asking questions as to why I was at the theatre on a Sunday night alone. fml.

Anyway, that was my Sunday. How was yours?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Everyday Makeup Routine

Benefit High Beam, They're Real Mascara, Hoola Bronzer | Maybelline The Rocket Mascara, Color Whisper in Orange Attitude | EcoTools Powder (?) Brush

Hi everyone! I thought I might switch it up today and do a quick beauty post concerning what I use when I get ready in the morning. 

First off... Let me explain about that really ugly concealer canister. I received that as a gift and it was a mineral concealer trio (not sure where it's from)... I had used most of it up so I knew I had to get more concealer. During the time I was on a neighboring island and I went into Sephora and ended up getting the Sephora Liquid Concealer (I don't think they sell it anymore??) and the nozzles on the concealers are really crappy and break off so you can't close it... So basically I just squeeze the product into the little concealer compartments and then I refill as needed. The poor container has been through hell... Literally. It's been thrown around, and even beaten with a hammer (I twisted it wrong and then the cap got stuck). However it's been with me for about three years now so props this little fella. The different shades really help me out actually because my skin color changes all the time depending on how much sun I get. 

This is the concealer I usually use but because I had forgotten it in my friends back last month I had rediscovered my Sonia Kashuk one (February Favorites) but for some reason for the past two weeks I have been reaching for this one instead of my Sonia one... Weird. 

Anyway, I usually start off with a freshly washed face and then I apply a bit of Cetaphil moisturizer. Afterwards I apply the concealer under my eyes, on the sides of my mouth (I have ugly veins there for some reason ew), on yet another vein by my eyebrow, and then on any blemishes I have. I then blend it out with my beauty blender except for the concealer under my eyes which I blend in with my ring finger. 

Afterwards I put on a bit of bronzer and then highlighter on my cheek bones and whatever is left on my fingers lightly goes on the bridge of my nose. 

For mascara I usually use They're Real by Benefit but it's drying up and semi finished but I love the way it separates my lashes so I still use it. Lately after I've applied that, I apply a mascara from Maybelline and I was never really that fond of layering mascaras but I have been doing it for about two weeks now and seriously the effect is amazing! 

Today I used this lovely orange color just for a little pop of color... I usually don't sport any lip color unless I actually have plans or I simply feel like putting something on. Maybe I'll do a post of my top favorite lip colors? Thoughts on this?

Definitely drop me a comment letting me know if you use any of these products and what steps or products you include in your own daily makeup routine! I am definitely interested to see what different products you all use.