As Seen on Pinterest: Last Minute Fall Decorations

So, you have friends and family coming over but have been caught up in all the food preparations that you completely forgot about decorating. Lucky for you, I got some quick fixes that will help spice up your home for under $20.

While searching across pinterest, I found a few inspirations that I knew I had to try so I got together with a friend of mine, Marissa, and we got crafting.

This first project is a fun fall inspired wreath that can even be used up until the end of the year!

Here's what you'll need:

-Some loose leaves
-Pinecones of varying sizes
-Some pieces that will add additional colors (fake apples, berries, etc)
-Metallic (there is a typo on my gif, I know!) or white paint
-Twig Wreath
-Burlap Ribbon
-Hot glue gun or super glue

All together, these supplies were a little under $12 with the wreath being the priciest item at a whopping $4. I was able to find some of the additional decoration pieces near the wreath aisle at my local Michaels for around $1 each. I was able to use some of the leaves from a different decoration piece I already owned to save a bit of money.

The paint can be used to coat the pinecones since it could blend well into the wreath otherwise. I recommend using a sponge for the best effect but a brush or your fingers will work just as well.

Once you have all the pieces, lay them out how you would like before glueing them down. This prevents any placement problems you may run into if you just randomly start gluing pieces down. Although it is optional, I used a burlap ribbon on my wreath, but you can use any type of ribbon or opt out entirely. Once assembled, glue and you are done!

If you have random decorations lying around you may be able to up cycle it to something similar too!

This jar decoration is by far the easiest thing to create!

 Here is what you will need for this:
-Mason jar
-Ribbon or twine
-Scrapbook glitter paper

The total cost of this was only $4 since we were able to use some remaining pieces from the wreath to make this. You may even have a lot of this stuff lying around too, so feel free to use that!

First things first, I cut out a strip of the burlap to wrap around the jar. I left about 1/4 inch in excess to glue the ends together rather than gluing the burlap directly onto the jar in case we wanted to reuse the jar for any reason. This allows us to slide the burlap on and off with ease. With the scrapbook paper, I followed the same process as before except I made the width a bit smaller so the burlap can peak through. You can leave it at that, but I wanted to add a bit of color so I wrapped a bit of twine around a few times and tied a bow towards the front.

You can really fill this up with anything from tea candles to pinecones, like I did which can have your how smelling yummy!

Review: Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip

First off, let me start off by saying how excited I was for this opportunity to finally write about Colourpop! They have been all over social media and I have heard nothing but great things. I got a packet of Colourpop Ultra Matte Lippies in the mail the other day and thought I would write a blog on my first impressions and to see how well they last during the day. I love a matte lip so this is definitely something I needed to get my hands on.

The packaging itself is very classic and minimal, which I love. If you order directly from the seller, they even take the time to write you a personal note, which I always find extremely considerate and makes you feel like you are getting the best service (which you are!). Before I get carried away, let me tell you readers the VALUE you are getting with these bad boys. Each one of these is a whopping $6 USD. Yup, that's right, $6. If that isn't incredible, I don't know what is. 

As for the application, it is very similar to many other liquid lipsticks. Very wet during when first applied and sticky as it sets. When this lipstick sets, not only is it extremely matte, but it feels weightless, as though nothing is even on the lips (picture of lipstick freshly applied above). I decided that if I was going to review this lipstick, might as well put it to the test, so off I went to eat a large buttery italian meal, shop the nearby promenade and some froyo. At the end of the day, I had worn this lipstick for around 7 hours without touching up.

Shown above is what the lipstick looked like after around 7 hours of wear. That is incredible! Aside from flaking towards the center and corners of my lips, the lipstick stayed on great. There also is some transfer if you rub your lips! To touch the lipstick up, I layered a second coat and got some balling/flaking, so I recommend removing the old lipstick and reapplying a fresh coat. Towards the end of the day, my lips were a bit on the dry side but nothing too unbearable. 

Overall this product is a MUST-HAVE! With this price, you can't pass it up.
A definite 5/5!

The color worn on my lips is Trap.


Crisp Leaves

Fall has officially arrived for those of us living in the valley of California (as I write this, The Valley from Eisley pops into my head). Rain is also becoming a regular thing, although I would like to thank good ol' El Nino for that. With the rain comes chillier weather and cozy sweaters, so here I present to you my first fall outfit of 2015! I have been straying away from ootds for awhile, mainly because I don't want it to be my priority for this blog, but it is still something I love to incorporate! 

I went on an early lunch with Justin this afternoon and afterwards we decided to walk it off a bit at the park nearby. Not only was the weather was perfect, but the lighting was amazing so I knew I had to take a few pictures. Enjoy!

hat// poshmark market
necklaces// f21
cardigan//urban similar
jeans//gap 1969
boots//steve madden


Bon Look Lift Review

Most of you know that I wear glasses, but you probably don't know that I have been wearing glasses since I was 9 years old. So that means for a little over half of my life, I have had two pieces of glass attached to my face to be able to see anything. At first, glasses were a chore and I was embarrassed of wearing them since most kids around that age didn't wear glasses, but as I grew older I started to appreciate them and even incorporate them into my outfits. I always needed new glasses every year because my vision was deteriorating quite quickly for whatever reason so that required me to visit my eye doctor frequently, which if you didn't know, can be upwards of around 200-300$ for everything. Spending an average of 200$ every year for 12 years is a lot of money. 2400$ to be specific, if you didn't feel like doing the math. That is a lot of money. I had a family member tell me about how they had a good experience ordering a pair of glasses through an online retailer which sparked my interest and that is how I came across a site named Bon Look.

Bon Look is an online glasses retailer that sells prescription glasses and sunglasses (they also sell them without any prescription, if you are interested). The great thing about Bon Look is that they are a fraction of what I have to pay at my doctors office and have great stylish options to choose from, all from the comfort of home. Although there are no free at home try-ons like competitor Warby Parker, Bon Look offers a 30 money back guarantee if you aren't happy for any reason, which is pretty much an at home try-on if you ask me! Another great thing about Bon Look is that they give amazing coupon deals, so be sure to check on that.

After searching youtube and online reviews I gravitated towards the "Lift" model, which is a classic wire/acetate plastic combination that flatters many face shapes. I was actually quite nervous because I have quite a large square face so I was expecting these lenses to be rather small, but they fit beautifully and aren't all that heavy. The neutral color of the frame allows versatility with my outfits so I can wear pretty much anything with these and still look rather chic. The glasses come in a very sophisticated white carrier with an included lens wipe for easy clean up.

Over all, I paid 75$ flat for these lenses and I LOVE them. I have never been more happy with a pair of glasses and would definitely recommend them. Especially with their 30 day money back guarantee, you really can't go wrong!

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Nothing feels better (literally) than having new underwear. After doing a bit of research online I found out about this unique subscription service that sends you a few pairs of new underwear every month for a low price of $13.99USD! If you're like me, you tend to stock up on those Target 5 for 20 deals all the time, but sometimes its nice to explore other options. Sorry Target, but you're just not cutting it anymore.

Splendies give you a few different options to choose from depending on what kind of underwear you prefer. They give you an option for all thongs, all full coverage and a mixture of both! You can also switch up your preferences every month, in case you decide you want something different. I've already received my second months pair and I am in love. The patterns are so fun and they are super comfortable, so definitely check them out if you're looking for a few unique pair of undies. Plus you can cancel the subscription whenever you like, so there is no pressure to continue whatsoever!

You can get your first month $4 off by using the code "Splendies" at check out. 

Liebster Award 2015

I am supper happy to be nominated today for the Liebster Award by the beautiful Kristen from Elizabeth, Marie and Me. I have been following Kristen on Instagram since the creation of my own instagram page a few months back and she has been such an inspiration to me. Her pictures and style creations are amazing, so I suggest everyone to take a look at her blog if you haven't done so already.

The Liebster Award is an award (or tag) presented to other bloggers as a sign of appreciation to them and to help expose their blog for other viewers of bloggers to see(or if you just love them and want everyone to know about it)! I personally think this is a very fun and cute idea!

11 Random Facts About Me:

1. I have a serious shoe addiction! Nothing finishes off an outfit better than a nice pair of shoes.

2. I am also a gamer! I grew up playing MMOs as young as the age of 9 years old. I've played everything from Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, Harvest Moon... You name it!

3. I am a serious nature junkie. Some prefer the beach or the city, but nothing makes me happier than a weekend out in the mountains enjoying a nice hike.

4. I am obsessed with indie drama films. A few of my recent favorites are "Me and Earl and The Dying Girl," "How I Live Now," and "Comet."

5. I have a closet flush every year or so! I get bored really easily with certain styles and tend to sell off quite a bit of my pieces to make room for new ones.

6. My current favorite online shops are Asos and Missguided. I am addicted! I check any new items weekly in case I don't miss anything. (get a life Dalisse, I know!)

7. I am a book hoarder. I read constantly and have built up quite a collection. My personal favorite genres are Historical Fiction and Fantasy.

8. I have two beautiful and extremely annoying kitties! My first is a ginormous  tabby and the other is a loopy bicolor Black and White kitty.

9. I really want to move out of California! As much as I love the state, I would love to travel to other areas in the west. Colorado or Oregon, anyone?

10. I wear glasses. I don't wear them all that often in photos, but in person, they are glued to my face. 

11. I can't smell! I was born with congenital anosmia and haven't been able to smell anything since birth.

Q and A:

1. What inspired you to start your blog?
I have always had a passion for writing but never really had anything to write about. As a kid I created tons of forums for people to get together to write about anything but I acquired the idea of a blog sometime in High School. I was always really shy and my blog allowed me to express myself when I was never able to do so verbally.

2.  Who is your favorite style icon?
I change my style quite a lot. Because of this I never really admire any one style icon for too long. In general, instagram and other bloggers are my biggest style inspiration. Whenever I see my style changing, there will always be others helping me find my way. 

3. Can you name two of your favorite bloggers and explain why they are your favorites?
I am a huge fan of Lydia from Fashion Influx. Her style is so contemporary and minimal and something about that is just so edgy. She can piece anything together and it just looks so effortless. She is a reminder that less is sometimes more.

Another blogger I've been following for awhile and LOVE is Olivia from What Olivia Did... She is just so cute and her photos are so beautiful. Her style is very quirky and she gives me a bit of courage to rock something quirky myself. 

4. What's the one wardrobe essential you can't live without?
MY SHOES! I am quite the shoeaholic. If there is anything that gives me confidence, it's a great pair of shoes. Soon enough, I'll need an entire room dedicated to my shoes.

5. How would you describe your blogging style?
I really strive to make my style conversational. I try to bring humor and a little bit of sarcasm to certain things because as much as I have a passion for blogging, nothing should ever be taken too seriously. My wardrobe style is constantly changing and that's how I plan on keeping it. One day you'll see me wearing some trousers and a sheer button up and the next day you'll see me wearing 3 inch platforms and a tiedye dress.

6. What is your greatest achievement outside of blogging?
I have finally been able to go back to school all on my own. I was never able to get any financial aid in the past and after working my bum off for the past few years, not only have I been able to purchase my own car, but I am able to fully fund my return to college. I am extremely proud of being able to do this all on my own.

7. What was the last book you read?
The last book I've read was Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Mass. It is the third installment to the Throne of Glass series and I am OBSESSED. I definitely recommend this book if you want to see

8. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I really want to travel to Colorado and Oregon and hopefully in the future Norway, Belgium and Iceland. Heck, why can't I travel everywhere?

9. Where do you see yourself in five years?
This question is very difficult to answer because plans change so easily. I'm not sure where I see myself, but I really hope that I am at least happy and doing something I enjoy doing.

10. What was the first movie or book that made an impact on your life? 
I think one particular movie that I remember the most as a child was Big Fish. It was the first movie I watched and was able to understand the deeper meaning behind it. Of course I balled my eyes out afterwards and appreciated my parents a ton more afterwards.

11. What advice would you give someone who just started blogging?
It's a lot of hard work. I've seen many people start and give up, but let me just say right now... consistency and persistence is key. You can't do it because you want to be like someone else or you want to be known. You have to do it because it is something you love to do and something you are willing to work for. Don't be afraid to experiment and make friends. Having a supportive people around you really help as well.

Here are my 11  9 nominees:

You do not have to continue this, but I just want to give every one of you a sign of my appreciation. (Some of you are only on insta!) :)

1) Zahra at The Healthy Hijab

2) Emily at the Haus of Hounds
3) Kaci at @konekokaci on Insta
4) M at The Nail Biter
5) Jessica at I am Foxx Tailz
6) Ashton at Brain for a Blonde
7) Aya at Absolutely Aya
8) Nickie at Sweetie and Doll
9) Devinne at Mox and Socks
10 & 11) I have horrible memory so I leave it at 9.


Review/First Impressions: Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector

I have always been a bronzer girl for as long as I could remember but despite my obsession with face products, I never really thought about highlighters. After viewing countless of videos of highlighters and glowy skin, I still never really thought to apply it to my own face. For my sisters birthday, I had asked her about what she may have wanted as a gift and she said she really wanted the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Pressed Powder in Champagne Pop. I have actually heard of this brand before with their other shades (Moonstone etc) but when this particular shade actually arrived in the mail, I knew it was love at first sight. I quickly went online and ordered myself one and today I will be doing a little mini review/ first impressions!

The powder itself resembles a very fine shimmer shadow and is very pigmented. The swatch shown below is what it looks like on my skin, so you can truly see how pigmented it is. Of course if you are uncomfortable with its pigmentation, a fluffy brush or fan brush will easily blend it on the skin just as easily as it can be built up. The color is a very pale rose gold, so it tends to suit either tanned or olive complexions (feel free to wear it otherwise!). 

For the wear test, I decided I would try it for a full day at work to test its longevity on my cheek bones, nose and above my eyebrows. After around 3-4 hours I did notice a few shimmer bits around my arms and neck but nothing too messy. Around 5-6 hours later, the shimmer did lose its opacity, so I definitely needed to reapply. Overall, I have to say... I love this highlighter. It is buildable, and this particular shade is just so flattering on my olive skin that I can see myself using this on a regular basis. If you guys have been considering trying out Becca Pressed Powders, DO IT!

Overal Score: 9/10

Too Faced: Chocolate Soleil Review

I admit it... I am addicted to bronzer. It is almost impossible to leave the house without at least applying some to my cheeks. Why you ask? Because it looks absolutely amazing! Bronzer warms up the skin without the harmful effect of sunrays and you have the ability to bronze the skin selectively. Who wouldn't love that? When I saw myself running out of my shimmer bronzer from Sephora, I knew it was time to switch it up a bit and grab myself a matte replacement.

I have been eyeing Too Faced's bronzer in Chocolate Soleil for awhile now but I hesitated simply because I was unsure of wether to go down a shade to Milk Chocolate since I am actually quite pale (NC15/20). I went ahead and stuck with my gut on Chocolate Soleil and was happy I did. It is the perfect shade for my pale/medium skin and compliments my yellow tones wonderfully! I suggest if you are an NC/NW 15 or under, to go with the Milk Chocolate.

My first impressions of this bronzer was that it was not as orange I am used to! Although it does have a warmth to it, it is much more subdued that a lot of bronzers on the market today. The feel of the bronzer is very smooth but still a bit powdery. Definitely not a buttery smoothness that you would feel with extra fine pressed eyeshadows. or loose setting powders. Also, I have heard it smells like chocolate (I'm anosmic, kiddos)!!

When I first applied the powder to my face, it looked beautiful! It's very natural (and buildable) and it very blendable. There were no splotches of bronzer where it wouldn't blend, although a good brush can help with that. Over time though, it did seem to wear off a bit so a setting spray would be much needed, or perhaps a creme bronzer underneath.

Overall I give this product and 8.5/10 and I would definitely repurchase again!

Back To School Basics

For those of you who are aware of the comment American Apparel has made about their business, you know they are not doing too well. If you're an AA lover like me, this comes as both good and bad news because that means you're going to be getting awesome discounts, but you're probably never going to be able to buy anything else once everything has been sold. I, of course, have already been snagging up on the deals they've had and I recommend you do too! 

hat//poshmark market, similar
dress//american apparel

First Impressions/Review: Too Faced Born This Way

When I heard that Too Faced released a foundation, I was ecstatic. I did all the research I could beforehand and it seems as though everyone had nothing but good things to say, so of course I was quick to jump on this band wagon. I went to my local Ulta and grabbed up the shade Ivory. Before I purchased it, I made sure to swatch it on my wrist to let it set while I walked around the store. Around 30 minutes later, the swatch completely oxidized to a dark yellow/orange color. I decided to go ahead and purchase it anyway since I have previously read that it sets better with powder.

Now for the wear test! I included a set of my unedited skin including all acne scars and pores to show you guys how full coverage this foundation is. It claims to be medium/full coverage and definitely holds true to that. I used a rounded foundation brush to apply the foundation so that I had full control over the amount of makeup going on my skin. 
 First impressions: I was definitely impressed with the first application. I have extremely oily skin and my face felt very velvety and my pores even appeared smaller. After the second application, almost all my acne scars were covered and the finish was very natural. I would consider it a slightly matte/satin finish so it would assume it looks great on dry to normal skin. I went ahead and set my face with my usual powder and went out for the day.
 Above: 6 hours later, oils shown with flash photography. Click to enlarge for details.

After around 6-7 hours later, I noticed my face felt extremely dewy around my cheeks and extremely oily on my t-zone. The foundation on my nose seems to have seperated into patches and there was quite of bit of the product built up around my nose. Other than that, I was able to blot the excess oil away and repowder to last for another 2-3 hours.

Final thoughts: Overall, I give this foundation a 6.5/10. At first, I really enjoyed the finish and coverage of this foundation and the color was pretty much a perfect match for my skin. It shrunk the appearance of my pores and had a very natural look. Over time, my skin was beginning to seperate the foundation on certain areas of my t-zone and definitely needed to be retouched. I suggest people with normal to dry skin to use this foundation! For those of you who are like me and have oily skin, save your money and try something a little bit more long lasting and mattifying.


Festival Round 2

You're more likely to find me at a house show in San Francisco than Coachella but I love the 70s inspired fashion festivals are associated with. Of course there are extremities to everything but casual is always my go-to.

I especially love the button skirts that are currently trending because its something that really came out of nowhere. Where skater skirts once were, a-line button downs have now replaced. I'm not complaining either because I am 100% for this trend. I hope it never goes out of style because it is so flattering!

jacket/cherokee for kids
shoes/crown vintage

70's Festival Inspired

A few weeks ago, one of my favorite youtubers Brittany Balyn mentioned a site named Boohoo in one of her haul videos. I like to think of myself as someone who keeps up to date with all the upcoming online shopping sites but I had absolutely no idea about this site! I was absolutely in love! Although it focuses primarily on trends, it is extremely affordable and the quality is amazing. I definitely recommend you check it out and see for yourself. You definitely won't regret it (but your wallet might).

Also, you guys should take a gander on over to Urban Finesse LA. They are a new company based in LA and they have some really cute things for you Cali-loving beach goers. The accessories they have are super fun too! The bracelet I'm wearing in todays blogpost is only a sneak peak of what they have to offer, so definitely go give them some love and maybe even pick yourself up a thing or two.

hat/similar, similar
necklaces/dcauldron, AC Preorder

What's In My Carry-On

I actually don't travel much on planes, but I'm a frequent mountain/coast girl so I figured this would be a fun thing to do! This isn't necessarily what I bring every time, but it is definitely my reference list for when I ever decide to go anywhere.

If I plan on packing light or if I'm not staying somewhere long,  I usually opt out of bringing my laptop and take my Ipad instead. I also keep tons of books on my ipad, so I usually don't bring any books unless I happen to own the physical copy. I always bring my small essentials with me as well, such as hand sanitizer, earphones, lotion, lipstick/chapstick, lenswipes/wet wipes, snacks and of course perfume! I almost always bring my 3ds but I couldn't find that for the life of me.

I hope this helps you guys out for the next time you go travelling somewhere! Enjoy. :)

Recycle, Reuse

I recently watched a documentary named "The True Cost" that explains the real story about what really goes on in the clothing/textile production. More than anything, it has made really research the companies I purchase from. I definitely encourage my fellow fashion bloggers to watch this documentary!

In today's outfit, I recycled old pieces from my wardrobe and dressed it up in a way I would have never previously used it before. By doing this, I feel as though I can really save myself money, but it also challenges myself creatively everyday by doing so. I hope you guys enjoy!

shoes/crown vintage


How to Wear Mom Jeans

The other day I went thrifting to score some great mom jeans I could make into some shorts. About 90% of the time I leave empty handed and slightly disappointed, but when I saw these babies peaking out of the vests section, I pounced. It is always very hard to find mom jeans that fit both my waist and my hips but I managed to find this beaut that fits my waist and had a bit of room for my hips! They definitely have that "boyfriend" jean look to them, which scared me a little because I have never styled boyfriend jeans before until now. Needless to say, I am in love. The comfort of these jeans are going to be hard to pass up in the future (I'm also too in love to cut them!).

Another thing I got as a deal was the gold detailed crop top which I saw in the sale section of a Nasty Gal down in Santa Monica. I loved this top. I didn't care if it was 40-50$ because it was absolutely beautiful. When I looked at the price, I was extremely overjoyed that it was only 20$ and even more ecstatic when it rang up 12$. This just goes to show that an item doesn't necessarily have to be expensive to be a quality or most favorited item.

necklace/f21 x a gift
top/nasty gal
bag/echo club house, similar


Goodbye Chicago

Recently I was able to visit Chicago to celebrate my 21st birthday. I was definitely not used to the heat and humidity which reflected on my wardrobe tremendously. Half the time I didn't even know what to wear! Because of that, I stuck with the basics and unfortunately wasn't able to shoot anything special. I figured I'd try to a little shoot before heading to the airport so you guys can at least see my Tuk Cloudscapes! I've been eyeing these bad boys for awhile and figured this would be the perfect trip to bust them out. Let me know what you think of my odd, yet super comfortable travel attire!



School's Out For Summer

I went thrift shopping in LA to find some things to add to my shop and managed to find some pretty great stuff! Normally, I'm not very lucky with my finds but I've learned to really be patient with thrifting and have been rewarded for it with some things you guys will really like!

I also have been really lucky with online shops too. I am never one to buy something full price... EVER. Same goes with this purse I managed to find for HALF the price with a coupon code on a different site. I will look for every possible site with the same/similar items and scavage across the internet for coupon codes until I'm able to pay the lowest possible price. I admit, I am a shopaholic but with an addiction like mine, you really do need to find ways to get the most out of your money. Stay tuned for a guide on that as well.

top//poshmark market
denim vest//f21

Off the Grid

After my seasonal Sheinside/Romwe/Choies haul, I came to find, as usual, 80% of the items I got didn't fit me. The dress I'm wearing currently was no exception. It was huge! The holes for the arms were way too small and my bust looked so unflattering. Also, it was about 8 inches too long on my short 5'2" self. I busted out my sewing machine and gave this dress a serious makeover and now it just happens to be one of my favorite dresses!

Also, I also am in LOVE basics now. I like having such minimal pieces together and pairing it with a bold lip or shoes to really make that look pop. Stay tuned because I have some really awesome stuff coming up!

hat/poshmark market

Into the Woods

It has been a scorching 100+ degrees in town and I guess you can say I've been in denial about it. Since the days have been longer, my timing on taking blog photos is all off as well. I have to plan for 8pm instead of the usual 5 or 6. I hope my suffering in this heat pays off and you guys enjoy todays outfit!

watch//anne klein
shoes//vintage, similar

Runnin' Dry

After running the streets of LA trying to find parking, we managed to get some great shots! Had a great time walking around and eating sweet desserts and enjoying the chilly weather. I may have broken my shoe, but hanging around some cool made it worth it.

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