Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Treasure Hunter

Outfit Details:
black lace button up - Century 21
Milly dress - Century 21
Rebecca Minkoff Boy Toy Satchel - c/o Rebecca Minkoff
Jeffrey Campbell heels - Century 21

Gee, do you think I took a trip to Century 21? I actually forgot to post these photos before I left for Florida, so they're a little old. I love all of my bargain stores - Century 21, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Loehmanns - and even the sites (Gilt...and coupon sites for extra discounts). People often tell me they never have any luck at stores like this, which doesn't really surprise me. If you're a skimmer and not a hunter, you might overlook the treasures. It's the same way with thrifting. You can't just walk in and glance over the racks. You have to dedicate a set amount of time and go through every piece. In my opinion, it's worth the search. I got these shoes for $15 and the shirt was even less. The dress was over 70% off. I walked out with two bags full of stuff and spent less than I would even if I just bought the shoes full price. Worth it!

p.s. Speaking of good bargains, if you're as big of a fan of Rebecca Minkoff as I am, now is the time to make a purchase! They're having their Endless Summer Sale with major price reductions (up to 50% off) on bags, apparel and shoes. Also follow their twitter for extra discount codes!! They're tweeting discount codes throughout the whole sale.

p.p.s. This is NOT sponsored by Rebecca Minkoff and they did NOT ask me to post about this. I'm just sharing with you because it's a good sale!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

phone tag

Outfit Details:
striped sweater - H&M
leopard button up - thrifted
wide leg pants - c/o Gap and Lookbook
Coach classic shoulder bag - c/o Coach
Seychelles Chant heels - c/o Seychelles
bracelets - Nine West

At this point, I'm really just messing with Kim. As you may recall, my dear friend hates leopard print. After yesterday's spotted outfit post, she actually sent me a text that said, "F***ing leopard print Keiko da**it" - just like that. She was apparently so angry, she forgot to use punctuation.

Now, I love my Kimberly but I also like to push her buttons. It's just what we do (in good fun, of course). So, Kimberly, this post is for you. I was originally wearing a black button up but would have been remiss to overlook this opportunity to mess with you. Leopard, leopard, leopard! :)

p.s. This isn't a great "after" picture of my hair (full update later) but this is my new color and slightly updated cut. Subtle changes can make a big difference!

Win an Ali Ro dress!

Today's giveaway is courtesy of Ali Ro, who is offering one of my lucky readers their Black Clover Bow Dress!

To enter, simply sign up for their newsletter by entering your email address here. That's all! No comments required - just sign up!

Entries will be accepted until 9 pm EST Friday, September 9th. A winner will be chosen at random and announced in this post. Good luck!

The winner is Denae.

Monday, August 29, 2011


Outfit Details:
hat - Gap
ADAM blazer - Gilt
Equipment blouse (similar one here)- purchased with gift card c/o Loehmanns
lovely wave shorts - Queen's Wardrobe
Romance boots - c/o Seychelles
bracelets - Nine West
Boxy leather tote - c/o Foley + Corinna
glasses - Ray-Ban
lipstick - MAC pro longwear lipcreme in Unlimited

I took these pictures right before I headed off to Arrojo Studio for cut and color. I let my hair air dry for maximum "this is what you're working with" effect - what a hot mess. It was maybe three or four different colors - what was going on? I stopped coloring my hair a long time ago and never corrected the rest. Look how disgruntled I look in that first photo. Don't let that happen to you.

I'll show you the after pictures, tomorrow. I'm super happy with it! It's a subtle change, which is exactly what I asked for.

In the meantime, I wanted to check in with all of you and see how you fared through the weather. We got lucky in our neighborhood - just a few trees down and temporary outages. I know a lot of people weren't quite as lucky in other states...hope you all are safe and dry.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Rock you like a hurricane

Outfit Details:
Sheer feather cardi - c/o Simply Audrey
top - Forever 21
vintage Coach belt - thrifted
denim shorts - H&M
lipstick - MAC Please Me

As a Floridian who has lived through more hurricanes, tropical storms and tornados than I can even count, I am less than thrilled about this Hurricane Irene business. I think I'm more nervous about this one than I ever was in Florida. We, for the most part, were prepared for the hurricanes in South Florida. We boarded up all of the windows, had gallons and gallons of water and flashlights for days, took the horses to a concrete barn on the racetrack and "hunkered down," as the news anchors loved to say. I slept in the bathtub of my grandma's house during Hurricane Andrew. It was normal for us to do such things during Hurricane Season. We would be without electricity for days or sometimes (in the case of Hurricane Charley) weeks. But we were prepared for that business. Heck, I was even outside during two tornadoes that touched down on the ranch and wrecked the place.

Here, we're a little more vulnerable. No one has storm shutters or boarded up windows and the stores are already out of supplies. Everyone relies on mass transit, which is shutting down tomorrow and could very well stay that way if there is a lot of damage. There's a good chance it won't be that bad (fingers crossed) but I'm just a little worried about how unprepared everyone is - including us. I'm contemplating packing up the kitties and pup and going on a little road trip. But where should we go?

Goddangit, I moved out of Florida and the hurricanes followed me. Sorry, New York! It's all my fault!

p.s It bothers me, just as much as it probably bothers you, that I'm touching my hair in every picture. Sooo annoying.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

coming through the haze

Outfit Details:
leopard blouse - thrifted
vintage belt, rings and necklace - gifts from my mom
skirt - bought it at Threadsence but they seem to be sold out:(
Jeffrey Campbell peep toe heels - Century 21
glasses - Ray-Ban
Foley + Corinna boxy tote - c/o Foley + Corinna
lipstick - MAC Viva Glam (every penny goes to MAC AIDS Fund)

I've always loved leopard print but I've been wearing (and buying) even more of it, lately. I can just see Kim gagging a little, because she hates leopard print - and all animal prints. She thinks they're tacky. But this is coming from a girl who loves her glitter, rainbows and tiaras all at once and in large quantities, so we'll call it a wash. Tacky one and tacky two; I guess that's why we make such great friends.

Leopard print always reminds me of Peggy Bundy, in the best way. I always loved that lady. I love her even more on Sons of Anarchy. Who knew Peggy Bundy would turn out to be so bad-a**?!

p.s. Whit from Britt+Whit recently wore the same skirt. See how she styled hers here!

Threadsence Giveaway!

Today's giveaway is courtesy of Threadsence, who is offering one of my lucky readers a $75 credit to their online shop in celebration of The New Girl Lookbook launch.

To enter, simply visit Threadsence and leave a comment below with your key back to school/Fall item from their site!

Bonus entries for the following (must notify in a new comment for each additional entry):
- Follow Threadsence on Twitter
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Entries will be accepted until 9 pm EST Thursday, September 1st. A winner will be chosen at random and announced on the Threadsence Facebook wall. Good luck!

The winner is Kaitlyn.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

apples to apples

Outfit Details:
polka dot blouse - thrifted
ADAM chiffon and lace maxi skirt - c/o ADAM
rings - Forever 21 and street vendor
cuff - LOFT
lipstick - MAC Russian Red

I enjoyed this skirt very much while it was in my possession, but as soon as my mom tried it on, I knew it was really hers. Lady knows how to rock a maxi skirt. I was excited to finally be able to give something to her, because you might have noticed that almost all of my vintage accessories have been gifts from my mom. We may not look anything alike but I suppose the apple really doesn't fall far from the tree.

(We also have the same temper!)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Makeup Monday: Steely Nuance

While in San Diego for the CVS Beauty Club luncheon with the rest of the Beauty Board, I had a chance to check out Salma Hayek's new CVS/Pharmacy exclusive line, Nuance. That was a little while back, so you might have already heard about this. Why didn't I break the news earlier? Because I won't ever recommend anything without testing it out on myself, first. I wanted to make sure I actually liked these products before even suggesting you try them out. Now, to be fair, this is a *huge* collection (over 100 products) and I've only tried out a fraction of those - so I can only attest to the quality of what I've sampled.

Here, I created a look with some of my favorites in the collection. I used the directions straight off the box of the Nuance smokey eyes quad and added in a couple of my own steps, because you know I don't wear my eyeshadow without a base underneath. It keeps your eyeshadow in place and makes the colors pop. After hours of wear, I had no creasing. Don't skip this step!

Keep reading after the jump for the step by step tutorial:

Monday, August 22, 2011

Rain Check

I ran a little short on time, today, so Makeup Monday has been pushed back to Tuesday. Check back tomorrow morning for a new tutorial!

p.s. In case you're wondering, the lipstick I'm wearing in this picture is MAC Vegas Volt. I spotted it on Kim from Eat.Sleep.Wear. and immediately went out and bought it!

tiny creatures

Outfit #1 Details:
Ali Ro Anorak - gift from the Ali Ro shoot
blouse - Threadsence
skirt - Forever 21
bag - c/o Coach
Mother of Pearl heels - c/o Seychelles
glasses - Ray-Ban

Outfit #2 Details:
Ali Ro Anorak - gift from the Ali Ro shoot
shirt - Forever 21
jeans - c/o Tory Burch
Acorn trinket flats - c/o Anthropologie 
vintage scarf - gift from my mom (tutorial here
Rachel Roy Japan Tote (all net proceeds go to Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief)

This anorak was a parting gift from our Ali Ro shoot - each of us picked out our favorite color. Even though it was too hot to wear it at first, it has since saved me from all of the rainy weather we've been experiencing. It also made for a great airport outfit topper, which is where I was headed in the second set of pictures (and also why little niece Roxy Mae was hanging onto me). What I should have documented was the hidden hood inside of the collar - which has come in handy more than a few times - but I often get distracted by tiny, adorable creatures and can't seem to resist the urge to pick them up: