Monday, November 23, 2015

A Family Affair

Don't worry, I'm not going to make posting cell phone OoTDs a regular thing but since I didn't have anything else to post today I thought I'd share my outfit from the summer. I'm already deep in the mourning stages of one of my favourite seasons and I found myself looking through all of my fond memories this past summer. I had so many exciting things to do and one of them was attending my cousin's wedding. I have an extremely large family so it never seems like its too long until someone is getting hitched again. I have a bit of a complicated relationship with my family. Whether it  be comparison being the killer, too many of us to feel like I can be that close with anyone or just straight up family frustrations coming to a boil. However, even if I go a few years being angry at the people I call family, I'm immediately reminded of why I love where I come from whenever we're all together. I'm immediately reminded of the reasons I'm so proudly Portuguese and so eager to talk about my crazy and eclectic family. Seeing any of them get married makes me choke up a little. I'm proud of them for finding love and happiness in their life.

Although I don't feel entirely comfortable sharing my *ahem* "unusual" style with my family, I cannot pass up the opportunity to dress in my best. Too much cleavage is a really big no, no for a lot of my family members but I've always danced to the beat of my own drum. As a young girl, I was very timid and shy. I kept to myself and certainly never dressed up. Ever. Sometimes I wonder what my family thinks of my caterpillar to butterfly transformation. I wonder if they're proud of me for overcoming years of self doubt and low self esteem. Maybe I'll never know. Anywho, enjoy these adorable photos of me and my cousin's daughter, Olivia. She's absolutely precious and always so sweet and kind!

Dress: eShakti
Shoes: Wal Mart
Earrings: Aldo

Thursday, November 19, 2015

1) Rebdolls "Hit the Runway" Dress
I'm fucking swooning so hard over this. Its black, its form fitting and look at those sleeves!!! I've also been dying to make a rebdolls purchase for ages now. Should I? Oh god, I should!!!

2) Too Faced Le Grand Ch√Ęteu
Can you NOT Too Faced? I really, really don't want to go broke this Christmas but you're making it really hard for me. This holiday addition set has my name written all over it.

3) Poutine
Who am I kidding? I want these every day of the week but damn could I ever go for a big bowl of poutine right now..

4) Too Faced Love Flush 
Too faced just knows what they're doing when it comes to packaging, don't they? Every damn thing they make gets me right in the aesthetic. I've heard these little blushes are pretty good too but I'm fairly certain I might want this purely for the looks

5) Instyler Rotating Iron
How the hell did I just hear about this magic??? I spent probably a full hour watching numerous people test out this curling iron on youtube and I'm floored. Do yourself a favour and google the hell outta this thing!

If you'd like to see more "things I want thursday" posts please do let me know in the comment below!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday, Monday

This weekend was a bit of a whirlwind for me, to say the least. I did a lot of soul searching, asked my some pretty serious questions and came up with a pretty serious response. I'm not happy about where my life is right now. I've neglected a lot of the things I love and care about and put a lot of my hobbies on the back burner. This blog used to be everything to me  Comparison and insecurities came into the mix and before I knew it, I had abandoned something I loved almost entirely. So, today was all about getting out of my comfort zone and into a routine again.

I'm not convinced I can pull of the half pony but kudos to me for trying, right? Its still kind of strange to just have my face out there, without hair to cover it. I've always been a tad bit insecure about the roundness of my face and my nose in general. I caved and took my hair down (hence the two different looks in these photos) but now that I look back, I'm kind of digging my hair half up. Which one do you prefer? Half up and completely down?

Top - Modcloth
Cardigan - Wal Mart
Skirt - Old Navy
Pantyhose - Wal Mart
Earrings - Shop Miss A
Shoes - Clothing Swap

Thursday, November 12, 2015

HUGE Shop Miss A Haul!!

Brand new video!!!! Shop Miss A is a huge online dollar store with makeup, accessories, stationary, skincare products and more! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

October Blues

 I'm not entirely sure whats happening with me but suddenly (or slowly) I've drifted from my usual go-to style. Fashion and personal style is a bit weird like that. I've often said you can tell my mood from the way that I dress and this year certainly brings a different side out of me. I'm absolutely in love with this time of year but its so bittersweet to me. Once all the trees are officially bare and the sun starts setting around 5pm, my mood plummets. I'm certain I'm not the only one who gets this way. Its a constant battle every year to find new, healthy ways to deal with my fall/summer depression. 

This year I've been doing a fairly good job of pushing myself to stay productive. Getting up early and putting myself together with enough time to catch some sunshine has been extremely helpful. October brings me so much joy and sadness all at the same time. I struggle and I push forward and find my way through it. Fashion and blogging has been a God send in ways. I started this little blog about this time of year 5 years ago. I can hardly believe how quickly time has gone by and I often become nostalgic whenever the shorter days begin. It was this time 5 years ago that I started the most exciting, challenging and rewarding projects of my life.  Do you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder? What are ways you cope with the shorter, gloomier days?

Dress: Old Navy
Cardigan: Wal Mart
Pantyhose: Wal Mart
Belt: Asos
Boots: Mod Cloth

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Perfect Autumn day / Plus size OOTD!

If you didn't already know, I've been making a lot more youtube videos these days. It's been ages since I've done a video OoTD but this was so fun to make + edit. Now, if only I didn't lose so much quality after uploading to youtube :(

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Morale-Boosting Accessories

I had a pretty rough day last week. My skin was breaking out, none of my clothes were fitting right, and after a third attempt at doing my hair, I swept my split ends up into a ponytail and went about my moping. The day was just a perfect storm of self-doubt and confidence crushers.

I know that everyone has these days. You feel bad about yourself, and no amount of mantras or positive affirmations will snap you out of your funk. Deep down (hopefully), you know that your self-deprecating thoughts aren't true, but you still need some kind of confidence jolt to get you back to feeling like your beautiful and amazing self again. So what's a gal do to?

Personally, I chose to indulge in a few fall trends. Now, I didn't buy clothes. Like I said, I felt like everything looked terrible and the last place I wanted to be was a dressing room. Instead, I found a shopping loophole in a fashionable item that looks good on everyone despite their shape, size, complexion, or what have you—accessories.

Accessories look amazing on everyone. Buying a few can certainly fulfill your need for some retail therapy, and give you just the extra touch you need to spice up your look, and give you your groove back.

Here are a few trends you can replicate that will fit the season, and help ramp up your morale.

A Fringe Purse

This season's pieces bring heavy influence from the bohemian styles of the 1970s, and fringe is one of the most popular details to experience a resurgence. You can find fringe tassels on just about every piece of fashion you can think of, including my personal favourite, purses. A suede purse layered with fringe tassels looks great in classic shades of tan, brown, gray, and black. But you can also take advantage of some bolder colours like dark blue, purple, and even shades of red like the one featured here.

Fur and Fuzz

As you can see from what's being featured on this site, fur and fuzz are back in a big way. You can find these cozy, animal inspired accents on several fall shoe styles including pumps, loafers, and ankle boots—otherwise known as the official shoe of the season. You could go for a feathered lined counter or toe box covered in bushel of fuzzy brown—just have fun with it. Most styles use faux fur, but you might want to double check the material before you buy.

Tassel Earrings

I have to admit, when I first saw these earrings, I thought they looked like mini brooms hanging from your ears. But then I saw them in a more mild manner, like the ones in this post, and I've since fallen in love with the trend. If the large, wide tassels are a bit too dramatic for your taste, try a thinner pair with looser tassels. You can also opt for a pair with additional beaded or jeweled accents to make them look less broom-ish.

If you're having an off day, a few accessories might be just what you need to remind yourself how beautiful you really are. So search for what's in, splurge on what you like, and shop on!

(post written by Maddie Winters: a fashion and lifestyle blogger from Santa Barbara, CA. You can usually catch her walking the beach with her dog, Dibby, or checking out the local boutiques.)