Summer Patterns

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Lately I’ve been into drawing patterns and greenhouses. I’d love to design home accesories, t shirts, and dresses with these designs. Although summer is not my favorite season, I love the lush plants that bloom this time of year and I’m inspired by them. 💚

July Ipsy Glam Bag Review

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July Glam Bag. All photos in the post are from Ipsy.com.

The July bag is super cute and reminds me of a pool sparking in the sun. It’s got a fun holographic shift too. I’m sure it’ll be used as another makeup bag to throw in my purse for my endless stash.

I have to say though, this month’s bag isn’t among my favorite glam bags, though I did receive a couple products I liked a lot, the reason being that I seem to be getting the same types of products repeatedly and can’t seem to use them all up and would like more variety. I will change my preferences overall, but still, opening my Ipsy bag every month is still something I look forward to.

Dr. Lipp’s Original Nipple Balm (**4 Out of 5**)

Though you can totally use this to hydrate sore or dry nips, I haven’t used the balm for this purpose as I’ve been slathering it on my eternally dry lips ever since I opened my bag. According to Ipsy’s description, moms and runners need extra hydration on the nipples, but you can also use it as lotion, to shape the brows or men can even use it to shape their mustache, so if you hate it, give it to your bf or friend if he’s got one.

There are a few other uses they suggest. I love how creamy and hydrating it is though it is a bit creepy that the wax it’s made of comes from the glands of domestic sheep as noted in its description on Ipsy. At least it’s cruelty free but I was happier about it before I found that out. Beeswax is a commonly used product so I don’t know, maybe it’s not so weird? What do you think?

Tapered Blending Brush by Elizabeth Mott (**5 out of 5**

This is by far my favorite item out of the bag. I absolutely love getting brushes in my Ipsy bag, especially high end ones, as it makes the ten dollars I’m paying totally worth it and then some. (This one retails for $16 so yay!) Even if the rest of the bag sucks, brushes always make up for it. This one is an amazing blending brush, which you can never have too many of. You can also use it to contour your nose, which I’m going to try next.

Eyeko Skinny Travel Size Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black (**4 Out of 5**)

As I’ve noted before, I don’t really use eyeliner anymore so I don’t have a use for this unless I’m doing a glam look once in a while. I’ve received so many from Ipsy, I really don’t need another one. I used to do cat eyes like every day in high school so maybe I’ll recreate some of my teenage looks. I like the brush, as it’s nice for making a precise line. I also like that the ingredients are nourishing to the eyelids, as noted in Josh’s description:

“It’s made with nutrient-rich algae extract that helps hydrate and soften the delicate skin on your lids and gives it a smooth, glossy finish.”

It also notes that Alexa Chung loves this product and is a spokeswoman for the brand so that’s awesome, as who doesn’t love her? She’s hella cool.

Coconut Blush Duo in Beaming and Tender heart (**5 Out of 5 Stars**)

I love that this blush duo is infused with coconut (I love everything coconut) and that this brand is vegan, cruelty free, and owned by women. I’ve tried their foundation and liked it for a no fuss no makeup makeup day. I wasn’t too thrilled with the eyeshadow I received in a different Ipsy bag by Pacifica, as the colors were just not my cup of tea. Regardless, I absolutely loved this blush and bronzer duo as both tones are absolutely stunning, creamy, and totally colors and formulas I gravitate towards.

I’ve received so many blushes I love from Ipsy, I wish I’d get more eyeshadows, primers, and lipsticks. Regardles, I’m thrilled to try this as I know I’ll be using it a ton.

Pureheals’ Black Charcoal Peel Off Mask (**5 Out of 5**)

I absolutely love charcoal for purifying the skin. I have another mask from CVS that’s practically identical to this K Beauty one so it’s not anything I haven’t tried before but it did the job and performed as well as Ipsy claimed it would. I’ll definitely use this up quick in these hot LA months when I need extra pore cleansing, and have been using this type of mask regularly anyway as I have super oily acne prone skin.

Though I absolutely love the blending brush, the lip balm, and the blush, I wouldn’t mind getting more face products, lipsticks, and eyeshadows, as I’ve gotten a ton of eyeliners and blushes. Still, overall, I still think Ipsy is a worth it for a true makeup lover. This month, the brush was my fave and made it worth it.

What did you get in your bag? Was it something you will use? Did you love it? Hate it?

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Love you all!

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Favorite Summer Day to Night Outfit: The Jumpsuit

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I’ve been looking for a solution to the day to night outfit conundrum. I’ve concluded that this summer, jumpsuits will be my best friend.

This one is from Forever 21 and it’s giving me Lucille Ball vibes. I am in love. I feel like the transparent sandals give it a modern vibe and I’m loving clear sandals right now.

Polka dot jumpsuit by Forever 21. $29.90.

I love that this jumpsuit has a pajama-just-woke-up-like-this feel as well and I’m all here for the pajama trend.

For $29.90 you can get tons of looks out it and dress it up or down.

Clear Strappy Heels. Forever 21. $24.

I’m also totally obsessed with these heels and want them in the other color they come in.

I think these are so cute paired with jumpsuits.

During the day you could totally pair this with sandals or espadrilles.

Black espadrilles by Asos. $22.

These by Asos are super cute.

Here are other ideas for jumpsuits that will take you from day to night :

Striped wide legged jumpsuit by Lulu’s. $57.

This would be adorable paired with both simple sandals as shown above or heels and dressier accessories.

Similarly, you could easily wear simple espadrilles with this jumpsuit, below, as well as high heels:

Plaid ruffled jumpsuit by Shein. $18.

I usually don’t like corset details, but I think it works and is super cute on this one. For the price, you can’t beat it.

I’m going to be wearing this trend all summer. Love it. What are you loving and wearing all summer?

Thanks for reading!

Love + light

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Inspired by Dreamy Luisa Beccaria’s SS18 Line

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I’m so into Luisa Beccaria’s gorgeous ethereal, and utterly dreamy SS18 line and I feel very drawn to its soft airy shapes and pretty pastels. It inspired this illustration above. I couldn’t think of a more spring/summer appropriate collection.

Luisa is my new favorite designer and I would get married in either of these two gowns above.

Festival Makeup: Glittery Crystal Teal, Cobalt, and Opal Look 

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If I could live at Coachella, I might. Music, fashion, an excuse to go all out with your outfit and makeup, Beyoncé, I mean.. What more could you ask for?! 

For my festival look I was inspired by desert tones, cacti, and starry skies. For those reasons, I used e.l.f’s Mad for Matte palette in Summer Breeze, Wet n Wild’s single eyeshadow in Bleached and Moonchild and Nyx’s Pigment, which is straight up glitter in peacock. 

Wet n Wild’s single glitter eyeshadow in Bleached. $1.48 at CVS, etc.

 Though my festival look may not be as outlandish as other you might’ve come across, I feel that it’s more important to consider what will outlast the heat best and go with the most outfits, thus being the most versatile yet festival-ready look I could muster. 

Nyx’s Pigment in Peacock. $6.49 Ulta, etc. 

I considered going the bejeweled third eye route but I’m not sure how well this would outlast the heat, though of course, it would surely make for good photos. 

I wanted to focus on implementing color and sparkle to the look becauseI was inspired by bright festival colors and the sunset and dusky summery tones of the desert and starry nights, so I went with teal and navy and lots of opalescent glitter. 

Wet n Wild’s single eyeshadow in Moonchild. $1.48 at CVS, etc.

I began by priming my lids with foundation, and used L’Oréal Pro-Matte founation. I normally don’t do this, and instead opt for either primer or an eyeshadow base, but I’ve seen others do this step, so I thought, why NOT? 

I was blown away by the Mad for Mattes palette. Its peachy shade is gorgeous and called out to me from the moment I saw it. I seriously love every shade in the palette and every one of them is creamy, blendable, and very useful. 

e.l.f’s Mad for Matte palette in Summer Breeze. $10 at Target, etc. 

I used the peachy apricot shade as my transition shade. I then dipped into my Lisa Frank bronzer to deepen up my crease and outer corner.

I patted the single glitter eyeshadow in Bleached on my entire lid. This has a sticky petroleum-jelly like consistency but is permeated with glitter in every way. The glitter is iridescent and reflects gold, blue, etc. I softened the edges of my crease and the transition between the glitter and warm tones with a gorgeous pinky peachy shade in an e.l.f Best Friend Eyeshadow duo called Peach Squad. 

e. l. f’s eyeshadow duo in Peach Squad. $3. Ulta, etc.

I love this shade and like the shadows in the made matte palette, it was creamy, blendable and dreamy as a crease shade. It lools much more salmon and pinkier n person than it does above, in my opinion. 

I then tapped some of the loose teal glitter pigment in Peacock from Nyx on my palm and grabbed some on a flat shader brush. I stuck it on to my lids pretty easily because the sticky Wet n Wild glitter was underneath.

Lastly lined my lower lashline with the cobalt blue single eyeshadow shade Moonchild by Wet n Wild and lined my water line with Nyx’s Faux Blacks Eyeliner in Blackberry.

I loved the final result and though it wasn’t exactly the looking I initially envisioned, I’m happy with it. 

Thanks so much for reading and I hope I helped inspire some festival / summery looks of your own. 😊🌵💞

Have a beautiful fun-filled weekend, whether you’re at Coachella or not. 😉💕

My 5 Essential Jackets for Spring 

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The checkered blazer

Paris Fashion Week. Spring 2018.

I’m eternally in love with a well fitting blazer, especially for spring. As a girl who’s constantly cold, I find that blazers don’t cut it in the winter for keeping me warm enough in the morning and at night, but they’re ideal in the spring. 

Plaid blazer by Fashion Nova. $24.98.

I’m in love with the plaid/checkered blazers I’ve been seeing on cool girls everywhere. 

Hermès Spring 2018.

I especially like them with t shirts, black pants, or distressed jeans or jean skirts. 

From cottonon.com. $59.95.

The classic denim jacket

Icon denim jacket by Gap. $69.95.

You just can’t go wrong with a classic denim jacket. You can throw one on over almost anything and tie an outfit together. I love denim period, and I think there’s something effortlessly cool about a nice denim jacket. It’s nice that most are 100% cotton as well, which keeps you cool and is way more breathable than gross polyester, rayon, etc.

Ex-boyfriend Trucker jacket by Dvf.com. $89.50.

I will only actually wear any iteration of these jackets if I find one that happens to be cotton and yeah I know, I seem exaggerated, but anything else will screw me in terms of sweat stains and BO, especially in LA’s warmer months. Sorry to get real with you, but part of fashion is dealing with our bodily concerns and issues as stylishly as possible. It sucks because that leaves out a ton of beautiful clothes, but denim jackets have never done me wrong. 
The army jacket

I wear army jackets during every season almost every day, not only because they’re cotton, but because they go with everything, keep me warm on cool mornings and nights, and are adorable. 

Army jacket by Madewell. Madewell.com. $88.50.

Though the awesome jacket above is $88.50, I found literally the same thing at Goodwill for $5 from Forever 21. Sometimes the hunt is worth it. 

Source: Superdry UK.

Honestly I’ll never get sick of these. I’ve been wearing them for months and I couldn’t be happier. I have around 5. As  a person who walks to work in the morning, and sometimes walks around at night, these are ideal. If you live somewhere colder or hotter than Los Angeles, these may be too light or too thick depending on where you are situated. 

Margaret Howell, a UK designer makes  gorgeous army coats. 

Margaret Howell. Spring 2018.

You don’t have to spend a lot to get a functional gorgeous army jacket that you’ll use time and time again though. As I’ve mentioned before, I highly suggest checking out your local thrift stores and then washing your finds sufficiently. 

These are super cute over floral dresses or little black dresses as shown above. 

The blazer with a pop of color

From shesawstyle.com.

When it comes to spring and summer, I like to go all out with my pops of color. Once again, we’ve seen plenty of brights and pastels on runways spring and summer. 

Victoria Beckham. Spring 2018.

For spring/summer 2018, I’d pair a neon, primary colored, or pastel blazer with a neutral or black romper or jumpsuit for a sexy yet put together look. 

Source: Pinterest

Of course an entire pastel suit is always a do and was all over 2018 runways. 

The lightweight trench coat

Valentino Spring 2018.

Though the trench coat has been done in every iteration imaginable, I’ll never stop loving the outerwear staple, and neither did designers for spring and summer 2018, apparently. It was redone and revamped, revealing intriguing results.

Chloé. Spring 2018.

I love the shape of a good classic trench coat, and your money will be well spent on either one of these or a revamped version.

Loewe. Spring 2018.

Thanks for reading! I hope you’re having a beautiful week and enjoying your spring so far. 

The Only 3 New Accessories you Need for Spring & Summer 

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Disclaimer: this post isn’t sponsored by anyone, I just shop a lot. However (!);

As you might know, I’m all about reusing and recycling, and even though spring is upon is and summer is down the road, don’t feel like you have to go out and hunt down a whole new assortment of accessories, shoes, and outfits every time a new season rolls around. If you notice, fashion recycles looks and trends from season and decades past all the time. 

You really only need three to four new accessories every season. Here are my current favorites for spring / summer:

A CUTE HAT

Not only will a cute new hat protect your skin and guard your youth against the sun’s rays, but it can make or break an outfit. A floppy hat can take a blah outfit to another level. I’m all for the floppy hat, especially during sunnier days, which is every day during the summer in Southern California. This one below by Asos goes with everything. There are so many iterations of the floppy wide brimmed hat, but the Panama Hat is one of my faves. I like the ring on this one too, because I’m into rings lately for some reason. 

Felt Panama hat by Asos. $35.

If you’re into the super beachy cute straw ones with funny sayings, these below by Etsy shop Sprinkled with Pink are up your alley. You can customize the lettering too, which is awesome. 

Customizable beachy hat by Etsy shop Sprinkled with Pink. $19+

Newsboy/conductor/fishermen caps are my new thing. I find that they frame the face nicely and they’re just unexpected and cute. The one I’m wearing at the top of the page is by Urban Outfitters and I scored it for $6 because of my app and as it was already on sale for $10. It was one of my happiest moments last week. I’m not entirely sure why it’s $24.99 online though. I’d check your local UO if you want it. 

Striped Chambray Fishermen’s Hat by Urban Outfitters. $24.99 online.

It also comes in ivory, which I totally need.

SUNNIES THAT POP

Slim Retro Cat-Eye Sunglasses by Urban Outfitters. $16.

I’m so into translucent colored lenses on my sunnies lately. What they say about rose colored lenses isn’t so far off after all. 

Slim Retro Cat-Eye Sunglasses in pink. UO.

These are the same ones I’m wearing above. $16. UO.

I’m also into aviators with colored lenses as I think they add a sexy 70s vibe to spring/summer outfits. I wish I could splurge on Desi x Quay Sahara sunnies below. 

Desi X Quay Sahara aviator sunglasses. $65.

These below are too cute and a fraction of the cost. 

Aviators by Pretty Little Thing. $12.

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STATEMENT PURSE

When fashion people say ‘statement’ or ‘it’ purse I’m not sure if that’s just a marketing tactic, or if they actually attempt making statements with their purses, or consider some as fashionable as an ‘it girl’. Either way, I’m going with it for spring and summer. I’ve been into bright or pastel purses combined with neutrals, or vice versa as of late. 

Source: glowsly.com. The pastel bags were all over SS2018. Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Valentino. 

The purse below, by Chloé has been on my fantasy wish list forever. I think it may be where my obsession with rings started.

Faye medium leather and suede shoulder bag by Chloé. $1950. 

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This is literally one of my paychecks though, so every time I glance at the price my fashion daydreams float back to reality.

Aliexpress. $7.19.

This one above by Ali Express is $7.19 and honestly, the way I treat my everyday purses, I have no business spending more than this. I probably will splurge on the Faye bag by Chloé eventually, but I’ll probably store it on a velvet pedestal and take it out once a year.

Source: Getty images. 

The super cute pastel bag seen on the Adeam SS2018 runway is so easy to pair with any outfit and super spring-forward. It’d  perfect with a camel colored dress. Here are two affordable pastel bags below, by H&M, from their new spring line of purses.

Baby pink bucket bag by H&M. $35.

Shoulder bag in lilac by H&M. $18.

Another trend in bags I’ve been loving lately is the wicker bag, and even though this trend has been going strong for three Spring/Summer seasons, as noted in Refinery 29, I can’t stop fawning over how classic and summery they are. 

Straw Structured Crossbody Bag by UO. $49.

The one below by Etsy shop Lake of Life is adorable.

Wicker purse by Etsy shop Lake of Life. $25.33.

These bags make me want to go on a picnic on some idyllic hill with a checkered blanket. 

Wicker handbag by Zara. $45.90

I hope you find some hidden treasures in whatever you already have as well. I can bet that some of the outfits you’ve amassed are still trendy this season. What accessory are you crushing on?

Love you all!

Love & Light 💞💞⚡⚡