Haul, Broken Ban & All – Fashion & Jewelry

I was supposed to be on a shopping ban through mid July but after about two weeks I gave up. Also the number one motivation for my ban was because I was supposed to be saving up for a trip to Chicago but we decided not to go anymore so I just threw the ban out the window. So of course in my typical shopping fashion, here are my buys for the month of July. I had to break up the haul into two parts, fashion & beauty. First up is Fashion and Jewelry.

I picked up some tanks for my boyfriend for summer.
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I picked up this lace type top from a local boutique
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I’ve actually been looking for more of a white damask top but everytime I find one it’s a cropped style so I went with this one because it doesn’t quite look like lace so its still nice and summery.

I picked up a few tanks.
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I’ve been really into cut out shoulders lately so I picked up four from Forever21 but the sheer ones were extremely inexpensive at $13.50 each!
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I got the sheer ones in nude, white, and black.

I also picked up two dresses, both around $12 each.
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I picked up two semi-sheer blouses from H&M in pink and leopard.
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I also picked up this cute white top from a boutique.
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I picked up some thrift store shorts for diy-ing.
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I got a really good deal on shoes as well!
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I got all of these plus another pair from Gap for under $13!

I also found my perfect pair of nude pumps!
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I have been searching for years now for a good pair that didn’t have an ugly front platform but that didn’t look like a work pair either.

I found some sandals from Target.
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Since it’s summer, I found some great deals on swimsuits as well.
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This set is from Target.

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These are all on sale from Old Navy.

That’s all for clothes and shoes. I did pick up a few accessories as well. First is this cute over the shoulder bag from Forever21.
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I just love this piece because it’s so simple and so chic.

Some jewelry from F21.
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And that’s it for the fashion part of the haul. It seems like a lot but I got almost all of it on sale or for really good prices!

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Outfits of the day & Looks of the day – July 2012

I’ve also been collecting outfit and look pictures on my phone for the month of July. I don’t really like to do collective look posts like this but I’ve discovered it’s harder to blog from my phone than I thought. I’ll try to remember what I wore in each set.

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top & jewelry from F21 / stila lip enamel in giggle

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Mac lipstick in Creme cup

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Nars eye duo in Charade

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Maybellene tattoo in bad to the bronze

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Mufe lipstick in 41

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outfit from F21 / Nars lipstick in Schiap

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top from a local boutique / shorts from hollister / jewelry F21

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Daily – 6/22 weekend boyfriends, sushi, zoo & more food!

This past weekend was my boyfriends birthday so we ate a lot! But more on that later. We planned a full day out at the zoo and lake.

We woke up early to go the zoo to beat the rush and I’m so glad we did! I’ve never been to this zoo before so I was really excited to see what the hype was all about. It cost us $42 to get in which is probably why I’ve never been there before. My normal zoo is free.
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We grabbed breakfast at MCDs which I hadn’t done in the longest time. It felt like a mini road trip eating mcd breakfast and driving out there with the wind in my hair!

Here’s what I wore.
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top f21 | shorts AE | shoes LA | bag h&m
On my face I used all waterproof/swim stuff so that it wont melt off or come off after swimming later. I used loreal volumnous, etude waterproof liner, stila lip stain, stila bronzing gel.

Here’s a shot of my favorite animals I saw at the zoo!
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That prairie dog was looking right at me!

After the zoo, we grabbed some food and also attended a graduation party.
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Later that night we went to grab some sushi and drinks.
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I had eaten so much already though that I couldn’t eat much sushi which is a shame since it’s so good!

I didn’t take as many pictures of the weekend as I could’ve mostly food so here is more from Sunday!
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This rice platter is so good!
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I ended the weekend eating yogurt with my mom and sisters and cousin.
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Daily – 6/18-21 Hair change, eating & badminton

I only captured two work outfits last week. First one is pretty simple and neutral.
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top & bottom F21 | cardi Banana Republic

And here’s the second one. This one has a bit more color.
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top H&m | skirt F21 | cardi F21

later on in the day I changed to this to be more casual but still cute.
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Last week I dyed my hair but it didn’t turn out light enough so I’m going to try again this week. Here’s a shot of it, you can’t tell so well.
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After it didn’t work out I did some googling and found this one which I will be using this week.
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It’s supposed to be high lift so it should get my hair a lot lighter.

My boyfriend and I went to applebees and did the two for $20 last week.
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I also did a bit of chicken cooking last week and it turned out great!
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It’s chicken and snow peas stir fried with a whole wheat pita.

I’m not a great cook but I certainly know my way around some thread and needle so I did some mending for my boyfriend.
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This is about the only homey thing I can do.

Last week there were two major storms and a lot of fallen trees. Here’s one I saw on my way to work.
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That’s not even the worst cause it was in someone’s yard. The worst are the ones on the street that you can’t drive around.

And finally I ended my week with some hard core badminton and some bubble tea.
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I always get cappuccino and only once before has it failed me.


Daily – 6/14/12 OFTD, FOTD

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top, cardi, jewelry F21 | Pants Charlotte Russe

Here’s what I used for makeup today:
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And I have China Glaze for Audrey on my nails.
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And some bonus instagram shots:
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^current purse and wallet! All matchy matchy!


Daily – 6/13/12 Work & Hair Cuts

Here’s a quick outfit of the day, typical work wear.
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Sears tank | f21 cardi | target belt | skirt unknown
Mufe HD foundation in 125 | Maybellene color tattoo in bad to the bronze | Loreal Volumonous waterproof mascara

I took my dog to work so we can make her grooming appointment. They took an extra hour this time to groom her but she turned out great!
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And while she was being groomed, so were my nails.
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More on these guys later!


Recent Purchases – If only I can follow a ban

I picked up a few things this week, mainly makeup and accessories. I’ll start with the non makeup stuff and then move into beauty items.

First I picked up this pair of shoes from F21.
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It’s a lot more comfortable than it looks. Most of the shoe is on a platform and the arch is actually pretty low so I can see myself walking around on a night out with these.

I dropped by this boutique that uses the “always 50% off” gimmick not expecting to find anything and of course I walked out with my favorite buys of the week!
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I have been looking for sideways cross jewelry for so long! I’ve only been able to find it online on etsy and random european websites but finally I found some. My least favorite piece is the necklace because the cross is shaped a little oddly and it’s bigger than I like. I really love the dainty silver bracelet and how nicely it sits on my wrist. I can’t believe I found these in a local store!

Next I picked up a pair of sort of cat eye shapped sunglasses.
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I’ve now realized that aviator shaped frames fit my face best because of my high fat cheek bones. Big frames won’t sit on my face and instead make me look extra puffy.

From Forever21 I also picked up two bracelets and a necklace.
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I saw this pink chord bracelet online and almost ordered it but I didn’t and I was happy to find it in store. It’s less cute in person and I’m not huge on the actual material of the pink chord. It seems kind of weak.
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I picked up this gold pyramid/chain one because I think it’s so interesting. I love that it’s not all pyramid because it creates a different look and can stand alone better than a pyramid bracelet.
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And I just picked up this necklace because I loved how it looked with my outfit that day 🙂
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Now moving on to beauty related items.

I got two drug store pieces. First my boyfriend got me one of the new Revlon balm stains in Cherish.
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It’s a purply pink color and it feels like a balm. I don’t think it actually stains your lips though but it’s a nice color. For some reason it seems shimmery when I wear it.

I also picked up this new polish by Revlon in Smoldering.
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It’s silver with pink undertones. I wished it showed more pink but it’s still a nice color.

I picked up a piece from the Mac Beth Ditto collection and it’s of course the fushia lipstick in Dear Diary.
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I don’t love these pro long wear lip cremes as much as the regular lipsticks because these are really creamy. They remind me of the YSL Rouge Volupte where the product is not quite hard. It slides really easily and if you’re not careful you can swipe a chunk of lipstick off. The color though is amazing! It’s brighter than girl about town and more purple than NARS Schiap.

I also picked up a blush in Coy girl.
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It reminds me of NARS Mata Hari. It’s a blue tone purple and shows up really nicely on the cheeks.

I picked my my first ever Dazzleglass in Money Honey.
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It’s pink, red, and gold glitters. I love it over pink lipsticks!

And then I went to the outlet with my boyfriend and picked up a few more items. I got a lipglass in astro cool.
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It looks silver but it’s actually lavender tone with purple glitters. I just thought it was unique and interesting.

I picked up another lipglass in curvaceous.
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It’s a muavey grey pink.

I also got a sheen supreme in fashion city.
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This is a light orange coral color. It’s very nice on the lips and the color is really pretty for summer.

And then I picked up some other stuff. I got a tarte lipsurgence in charmed.
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It’s a bright bubblegum pink. It’s my first lipsurgence and I was actually inspired to try it because of my new revlon balm stain. It feels really good but I don’t like lip products that are more sheer and requires more coats. I really prefer lipstick products that are not too slippery.

I also got another MUFE in 18.
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I really like the formula on these. They’re not chunky and ultra creamy like the YSLs but they’re not as thick as MAC lipsticks. They’re a perfect formula. They are pigmented and the perfect creamy consistency.

And then I picked up a Jack black lip balm because I wanted something with spf to see if it will help my crazy dry lips.
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I got it in grapefruit and it smells so good!

Lastly, I picked up another balm with a gift card and a little bottle of moroccan oil to try on my ends.
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That’s it for my haul this time around.