Thursday, May 30, 2013

THE Bloglovin' Collective!

Welcome to the weekly Bloglovin' Collective party! 
There are many out there like it, but this is the Bloglovin' blog hop you do not want to miss.


and my co-hosts for the week:

Interested in co-hosting? Send an email to peacoatsnplaid(at)gmail(dot)com to get on the waiting list.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

In Clutches

 Clutches, clutches... oh how I love thee. Clutches are having a big moment right now, and honestly, it doesn't surprise me one bit. You see them all over the blogs, in the magazines, and runways. What used to be seen as more of an evening bag, is now an everyday, casual accessory. Plus, they have the added bonus of not adding a ton of weight on your shoulder. 

 A large shoulder bag would have killed the outfit pictured below. Certain outfits just call for a nice clutch. It looks more dainty and adds a bit of stylish elegance to an outfit. Though it should be noted, clutches can be worn with even the most casual of outfits. In fact, that is one of my favorite ways to wear them. 
Please excuse the doofy look on my face!

Another great thing about a clutch is that you can only carry as much as you can fit in a bag, which means eliminating unnecessary items you might otherwise be lugging around. I know one of my biggest annoyances is trying to sift through a huge million pound bag to find a lipstick or my keys, which are always hidden at the bottom. Also, some of the greatest clutches can be found at your local thrift store for just a few bucks! All but one of the clutches pictured here are vintage ones I found at various thrift stores.

So, if you're looking for an easy way to jazz up a casual button down with jeans, or need the perfect bag to go with your LBD, just grab a clutch, fill it with the essentials (lipstick, mirrored compact, money, license, keys... I think that covers it) and head out looking very chic and stylish!

Friday, May 24, 2013

A Million Ways to Maximize Your Maxi - Part 2: The Tee Shirt

Bracelet : Jewel Mint  |  Watch : Michael Kors 
Clutch :  Thrifted

David Bowie Tee  Shirt :  Ebay

Here's the second installment of my "A Million Ways to Maximize Your Maxi" series! I like pairing a maxi skirt with a simple tee shirt because it just looks casual and cool. I could have also chosen to wear some strappy wedge heels, which would have looked quite nice, but I opted for a pair of flat studded sandals to go along with that casual, cool vibe. 

I'm loving this Bowie tee I got recently! I can definitely see this being one of those shirts I just pretty much live in. One of those favorite shirts my friends and family are going to hold an intervention for me in order to get me to stop wearing it. Do you have one of those shirts?

What other ways would you like to see me wear this maxi? I have a few more ideas, but I would love to know your opinion! Also, you can check out part 1 of this series (The Chambray Shirt) here.

Don't forget to follow me so you can see the other parts of this series ;)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Outfit of the Day: Polka Dots and Bows

Polka dots again, huh? Bows again, huh? Yeah... yeah... Ok, I don't wear polka dots and bows THAT much... do I? Yeah, maybe sometimes it seems like most of my closet (and when I say closet, I mean the giant heap of laundry I usually dig through to put my outfits together) is made up of these two things. What's not to love? Polka dots add such a nice flair to an otherwise boring outfit, yet can still feel neutral and go with everything. And bows... well damnit, they're just freakin' cute. So here I am yet again in an outfit comprised of two of my favorite things: polka dots and bows. 

Bow front cardigan: Jessica Simpson | Polka dot blouse: J Crew
Shorts: Forever 21 | Shoes: J Lo | Bag: Forever 21 | Nails: Essie Bikini So Teeny  |  Lips: Maybelline Hot Plum

Are there any prints or themes that make frequent appearances in your wardrobe?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all had a great weekend!

Monday, May 13, 2013

See and Be Seen With Warby Parker- Part 1

 Warby Parker Home-Try-On Program

  So a while ago, there was a special on CBS about a company called Luxottica, who has basically monopolized the "eyewear" industry. As a self proclaimed brand whore (at the time) and someone who had just recently purchased a pair of Chanel glasses for a rather hefty price (in the neighborhood of $600) I was rather put off by this. Put off, because I realized that my beloved Chanel glasses were really not any better quality than the company's Vogue brand, which sells for far less. Once I realized my Chanel glasses were nothing more than a fashion statement comprised of the same plastic, screws, and glass as the brands that sell for less than $200, I resolved to be a little bit smarter about any future eyewear purchases.

Well, when I started looking into getting some prescription sunglasses and a new pair of eyeglasses, I remembered a company a friend had purchased glasses from for only $95. That's right, ninety-five dollars, no surprise charges for anti-reflective lenses or anything like that. Just $95, no taxes, fees, or shipping. Sunglasses are $150 for all but a few special pairs.

Ok, so not only are these a fraction of the price of the other brands, but they are just as stylish, or even more so. They are very current and have so much to choose from! They have something for everyone. Plus, with the Home-try-on program, you can pick five pairs to be sent to you to try for FREE. Didn't find any that worked for you? Send them back after five days and order five more. Don't want to order any (highly unlikely), simply don't order any. No big deal.

Not only are Warby Parker glasses a fraction of the price of the "designer" brands, but for every pair purchased, they give a pair of glasses to someone in need. Think the Toms of the eyewear industry. 

Alright, so I'll stop being a chatty Cathy and unveil the five pairs of sunglasses I chose to try!

My five pairs came nicely packaged in this box.

Everette  sunglasses in Gimlet Tortoise

I ordered five pairs of sunglasses and five pairs of optical glasses. Obviously, the home-try-on pairs come with non prescription lenses. It's just a really great way to try before you buy, and five days is a pretty generous amount of time to decide which you like best. It's a great way to be able to try on glasses without being bothered by overzealous sales associates trying to help you pick a pair (and trying to sway you to buy a pair you don't love.) Also, it's kind of nice to be able to take photos of yourself wearing the glasses and post them on various social media sites where you can receive feedback. The only negative thing I have to say about this experience is that some of the frames I wanted to try at home were unavailable, because they were all out with customers. So, I ended up not being able to try some of my first choices. 

Now, I think it's important to note that I am not receiving anything free in return for doing this post. No free glasses, no discounts. I did this post, because this is one of the few companies I really feel good about. I think there's just so many positive things to say about Warby Parker. I love all the stylish frames they offer, they don't try to slap you with hidden costs, they let you try their frames for free (they give you a return label and you just take it to a UPS store in the box it came in), and they give back to those in need. I wanted to share this with you  guys, because I know eyeglasses can be extremely expensive, especially if you don't have insurance. Warby Parker helps alleviate the stress of purchasing glasses by offering high quality, stylish frames at a fraction of the price of designer brands. 

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for Part 2, where I'll show the five pairs of eyeglasses I chose to try out and offer a few tips I have learned for picking the perfect pair! Which pair do you like best? I think I'll end up getting the Preston sunglasses! I thought they were the perfect size and shape for my basketball shaped
head :)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Prison Stripe Chic

Jeans: Rag and Bone
Top: Forever  21

I bought this top sort of on accident. See, I set out to find a cheap black and white striped shirt for my "parole party" (I am starting a new job next week and leaving my current department, which we often refer to as a prison.)So, a few of us went out last weekend and I wanted to wear prison stripes as a joke. Well, I found this top from Forever 21 for really cheap, like maybe $12. What I bought as a joke ended up being one of my favorite purchases of late. Its a cute peplum style that feels casual and easy, I can dress this up or down depending on the occasion. It is super comfortable and well, who doesn't love black and white stripes? 

I paired it with this statement necklace I got from Jeweliq, which is a really cool site with lots of cheapy fun, costume jewelery. You should really check it out if you haven't already. All the necklaces are only like $25! Not too shabby if you ask me! 

Necklace   from   Jeweliq

That's all I've got for you for today. I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and enjoyed great weather like I did! I finally got to dust off the bike and take it for a breezy, evening ride. Nothing better than a warm weather night!

Friday, May 3, 2013

April Favorites

Hi guys! I'm a wee bit late with my April Favorites, but I have been a little busy lately. You know how it is. Anyway, here are a few items I've rounded up that I just can't get enough of right now!


First, I want to talk about my new favorite base product in the whole wide world. I'll do a full post about this at another time, but you should just know that the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer is possibly the best makeup product to ever grace my face. I don't want to give too much away, or else there will be no point in reading my review later. This is on the fuller coverage end of the foundation spectrum, but not matte and drying like other full coverage foundations. It covers everything, but is so beautiful and luminous, I could just die. Ok, that's all I'm saying... for now ;)

Next up, a product I mix with my Kevyn Aucoin SSE, Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector in the shade Opal. This is a gorgeous highlighter that actually warms up my corpse skin! It gives me that ever so saught after "lit from within" glow. It's not actually "shimmery" like the name might have you believe. Well, actually, one time, I applied this to my face before my foundation, instead of mixing it in, and it did look pretty shimmery. So, I just mix a little in and BAM! Gorgeous, glowy, warm skin :)

Another product I have been loving on my face is Stila's Convertible Color in the shade Gladiola. I saw this on Essie Button's blog and just had to have it. At first, I wondered if this peachy, orangey, corally shade would look garish on my pale skin, but it actually looks lovely! It's perfect for Spring, and a nice change up from my usual bright pink cheeks. This blends beautifully (with the help of my Real Techniques Expert Face brush) and actually lasts quite a long time. I really only use this on my cheeks, as it looked a little odd on my lips (imagine a child with spaghetti sauce stained lips). 

Next, I have been all about the new Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara! You can read my full review with photos, here. This mascara gives me the prettiest, most fluttery, volumized lashes! They are nice and black, and the curl holds most of the day. Also, I have not noticed any smudging or budging :)

The nail polish gracing my nails through much of April was YSL's Jade Imperial. Now this is only a favorite because of the lovely grey/blue/green color. I am not, by any means, going to rave about the lasting power of this nail polish. It started chipping after maybe a day. Very disappointed by that aspect, seeing as this was probably $25, but the color is gorgeous! Also, I do like the packaging quite a bit. I think YSL products always feel pretty luxurious. Also, I like the wider brush of the YSL nail polishes (I only own two, both chip really easily). If I'm not mistaken, this one was limited edition.

Last, my favorite scent! Marc Jacobs Oh Lola is one of the sexiest scents I have ever experienced. It's one of those warm, flirtatious scents that just instantly makes you feel more confident. According to Sephora's site, it has notes of raspberry, vanilla, peony, pear, and cyclaman. Not too sure what cyclaman is, but it must smell damn good. I am getting to the bottom of the bottle and will I repurchase? Hell to the yeah! 


What products have you swooning right now? Have you used any of these? I'd love to know how they worked for you! 

Also, I don't think I have a link up yet, but if you'd like, you can follow Dressing Room Diaries on Facebook here! Or on Twitter @drssingrmdiary :) Thanks for reading! Hope you have the best weekend!