Friday, August 30, 2013

My Intro to Topshop

Top: Topshop (old) | Skirt: (sold out on Topshop) Nordstrom  | Shoes: Kelsi Dagger |   Bag: (similar) ASOS|  Necklace: JewelMint 

First, I'd like to welcome you to the new and improved Dressing Room Diaries. I was starting to feel the need for a little upgrade as far as my layout was concerned. This is just a little more fresh and neat looking. And in my opinion, a little more fun. And we're all about fun here at Dressing Room Diaries. I may add to this over time, but for now, I am happy with it. I deleted my old social media icons, so for now, if you would like to follow me on social media, you can do so under my "Subscribe" tab towards the top of my page :) I am looking into getting new icons that will look cohesive with the new layout.

Ok, enough of the boring stuff. On to today's outfit...

Until maybe last year, Topshop was completely foreign to me. Then, they built one in Chicago, which is a few hours away from me, but I happened to be going there for a baseball game with my dad last summer. All I could think was "OMG TOPSHOOOOP!" I had seen this top on one of my favorite blogs and had to have it. I loved the fun, feminine silhouette, the flattering cut of the arm holes, the fabric, and high-ish neckline. 

So, upon arriving in Chicago, Padre and I had very little time to shop, eat, and find our way to the stadium. I actually didn't realize how far away this new Topshop was from where we got off of one of the trains. We started walking, and kept walking, and then walked some more... until I finally saw it in the distance. By then, Padre was so frustrated with me, I felt bad, so I tried to rush through the store, (because of course, he just had to wait outside.) The multi level store was so big, by the time I tracked the damn shirt down, I didn't want to take the time to try it on, so I just grabbed it off the rack and practically ran to checkout. (See, Padre can get a bit impatient.) I didn't even care if it looked good, because at that point, I figured, after all that work to get there, I had to get something. If I would have walked out of that store empty handed... well, I wouldn't be walking, let's just put it that way (I just want to clarify that my father has never physically abused me, just for the record.)

Well, it turns out, the top looked quite nice and was well worth the million mile trek. And here, I have paired it with another Topshop gem, which I recently acquired (online, no walking required.) I saw this printed tube skirt online and just thought it was the coolest thing. It was one of those things I looked at and assumed wouldn't work for me because of my vertical deficiency (see my post here) but, alas, I ordered it anyway, because I just thought it was so cool and unique. It must have recently sold out on Topshop's site, but they have it in a few sizes on Nordstrom's site, which is the one I linked to. Topshop has this in other prints. I really like the one with the ferris wheel! I love the look of a tight pencil skirt, and the fun print just gives it that extra bit of quirkiness I love so much. P.s. I adore the peplum top with the pencil skirt. I think it just looks so feminine, and dare I say... sexy? I also enjoy wearing the peplum with high waisted jeans and the skirt would also work with a button down shirt (I like mine tied at the waist.)


So, what do you guys think of the new layout? Btw if you are looking for a new layout and don't want to shell out the crazy cash for a custom one, just shoot me an email or leave a comment and I can send you a few of the links I have found in my hunt. Hope you've been having a great week! 

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Currently Craving: Blog Inspired Edition

There are a few blogs that I follow religiously and view as credible sources. When those bloggers rave about products, I feel like I need them. There's just something about staring longingly at products on a computer screen. I am a full on product junkie and for some reason, certain products just really call to me. Maybe it's the packaging or the promise of the perfect ___. The name, the ingredients, colors... Whatever it is, I'm a sucker for certain things (I think it's the packaging.) Here are a few items I have been crushing on via my favorite blogs. Incidentally, these products cannot be purchased from a local Sephora, Nordstrom, or Neiman Marcus (just online) which makes them even more enticing to me.

First up, Aesop products. I have seen these on many a blog, but as soon as Kate from Ghostparties and Laura from buy now, blog later both raved about them, I knew I was done for. I had to get my hands on some of these. The Fabulous Face Oil is supposed to nourish dry, dehydrated skin, while evening things out, and not leaving a greasy residue behind. It absorbs quickly and the packaging would look quite pretty in my bathroom.

The Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque is said to cleanse the skin of impurities, while decongesting pores and quickly diminishing breakouts. It leaves skin looking brighter and healthier without leaving the uncomfortable tight sensation which many masks (masques?) are known to cause. Sounds lovely to me.

Ever since I have taken an interest in skincare, I have realized that my dehydrated, cystic acne prone skin loves a good serum. I am in love with Caudalie's S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum (which I have recently repurchased) but you can never trial too many products, right? Aesop's Parsley Seed Antioxidant Serum is loaded with antioxidants to nourish the skin and shield it from outside aggressors. Also, being that these products are housed in brown glass bottles, they are protected from UV light, which allows them to use fewer preservatives. I really like their packaging. There is something very clinical and scientific looking about it, which possibly, is what leads me to believe this is a credible brand?

I first saw the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in a Pixiwoo video. I remember seeing the most lovely, naturally flushed cheeks I had ever seen. I clicked on the video only to find out what was used to create those beautiful cheeks. The thin, silicone formula is easy to blend and lasts "forever." The color is buildable and a little goes a long way. This has also graced the lovely faces of Lisa Eldridge and Kate of Gh0stparties.

For some reason, I have been really drawn to Jouer products lately (could be that "Jouer" translates to "to play.") I am particularly interested in the Matte Moisture Tint. Described as a "dewy matte," it disguises shadows and dark circles, conceals blemishes, all while allowing skin to breathe. The silky formula supposedly blends seamlessly while nourishing and evening out the skin. I have been looking for a lighter base, which will still cover my imperfections, and this might just be it!

I have been eyeing Lipstick Queen products for a while now. There's no doubt lipstick is my favorite, as I never really feel complete without it. And Lipstick Queen offers so many! the formulas and finishes all just look so nice. But, the one that really stands out is Hello Sailor, which is a navy blue, color changing lipstick with a twist. This actually turns the lips a deep berry tint with a slight hint  of blue. The blue tone is supposed to make the lips appear whiter. Being the coffee enthusiast that I am, that sounds quite lovely to me!

Last up is Sachajuan products. I have been getting into top of the line haircare lately, as nothing really seems to quite "work" on my hair. I need quite a bit of nourishing, frizz fighting, smoothing, shine, etc. I first saw Laura (buy now, blog later) post about the brand, and I was immediately enticed. Once again, I think it was packaging that reeled me in. The simple design aesthetic is something that looks very clinical (again) and non-gimmicky. Anyway, I have heard such good things about the Swedish brand, I had to try something. Well, I actually purchased the Hair Repair treatment, which after one use, made my hair feel stronger and smoother just out of the shower. This product uses Ocean Silk Technology (whatever the hell that is) to strengthen hair, reduce frizz, and add a silky shine. It also made my hair feel lighter, but I also thought it smelled a little perfumey. It wasn't necessarily unpleasant, just something to note. I also hear so many rave reviews about their Ocean Mist, which is a sea salt texturizing spray. I love me some beachy waves, and I always wonder if this would work for me on days when I straighten my hair, to give it some wave and body. These products are quite pricey, but haircare is something I like to splurge on, because, well... have you seen this mess I'm dealing with?

That's it for now, guys! Well there's always a ton of things I'm craving, but I can't go on all day, can I? Are there any products you are lusting after right now? Do you get sucked in by blog reviews the way I do? Are there any blogs you trust as credible sources that I should know about? Let me know in the comments! 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The D.I.Y Manicure

        Do it yourself, Manicure, Essie Nail Polish

I love to go to the salon to "get my nails did" as much as the next gal. However, I start to feel guilty for paying for services which could easily been done at home for free (or for the cost of a few products.)  Below are a few of the products which have worked their way into my routine. 

 First, I start by removing the old polish which has inevitably chipped like a mutha. Then, I file my nails into "squovals," which would be squared ovals. I am currently using just a run of the mill nail file, but I have been hearing really great things about the crystal nail files. I think I'll be looking into getting one of those sometime soon. Then, I smooth out the edges and buff my nails so they're lookin' kinda shiny. Next, I grab my Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle Remover, which I leave on for a minute or two. Then, I take a cuticle stick and gently push back my cuticles and rinse off the excess gel. 

After my cuticles are lookin' all nice and sweet, I apply a coat of my CND Stickey Base Coat. I got this because my nails were looking very dull and unhealthy. I have only used this a few times, but my nails seem to be looking shinier and healthier without nail polish. It also seems to make my manicure last a bit longer. 

For polish, I prefer Essie. I actually like the formula of other nail polishes more, but Essie has the best colors. They just seem to take so long to dry. Here, I used Chastity from Essie (which I ordered from eBay.) I start off with a thin coat and let it dry before adding another. If you just slap on thick coats of polish and don't let them dry in between, it will take forever to dry in the end. You will just end up smudging it and ruining the manicure. Also, I try to keep things neat and clean looking while I'm painting. I try to keep a little bit of distance between the nail and cuticle, so I'm not painting right over it. That looks sloppy. If I make a mistake and go over the edge, I either carefully scrape it off with another nail, or use a pointed Q-Tip dipped in nail polish remover to clean up all the edges. 

Once my paint job has mostly dried, I apply a coat of top coat. Now, I don't have one pictured for two reasons. One of them being that I could not locate the one I am currently using and the other reason is that I am not sure if I'm happy with it. I have been using the Seche Vite fast Dry Top Coat, which I loved at first, because of the beautiful, shiny finish it gives my manicure. It also does dry extremely fast, which is great, because I am forever smudging without it.  However, I don't feel like it has been making my manicures last any longer. It doesn't chip, it actually makes my nail polish peel off in big chunks. So, I am considering treating myself to the Dior Gel Top Coat, which is ridiculously overpriced, but looks lovely. 

After my nails dry, I just sit back and admire those muthas. Oh, also, I have to add rings. They just add such a nice final touch to my freshly manicured nails. I'm also enjoying Lush's Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter. It nicely moisturizes my cuticles and makes things look a bit healthier. 

Thanks for reading! What products do you rely on to get your nails in tip top shape? Or, do you prefer to go to the salon?  

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Animal Instinct

Up until maybe my 25th birthday, I always had such a disdain for animal prints. And that went for all animal prints. I did not discriminate. It was hatred for all animal prints. Well something happened on (or around) my 25th birthday. We'll call it a birthday miracle, shall we? 

Around the exact time I started listening to rap/hip hop, and R & B, I started noticing a few items here and there that I secretly loved. My guilty pleasures. My leopard spotted guilty pleasures. 

Let's roll back the figurative clock here and try to figure out my adolescent hatred for spots and stripes. Ok, growing up, I think I always associated animal prints with 90's movie strippers. What? We're being honest here. But really, I did. Until almost a year ago. I just always pictured fuzzy steering wheel covers in some 16 year old girl's Ford Escort or strippers wearing leopard print super short body con dresses with clear platform heels. 

(About to gas up my super cool, invisible car.) 

Well, fast forward to adulthood and now my perspective has changed. It may be due to all the super chic bloggers I have seen donning leopard prints in all sorts of fun, unique ways. It may be all the new merchandise that a stripper would never be caught wearing or owning. It may have been the tres chic cheetah print shorts I got from J Crew (J Crew can do no wrong. They also have a leopard iPhone case I'm about to order in the middle of typing this post.) Maybe something changed the day I laid eyes on my Franco Sarto leopard print wedges. 
Now, I'm wearing these leopard flats from Forever 21 pretty much every day. 

I love to work them in with chambray and jeans, or to add a little something to an all black outfit. Now, in my adulthood, I'm seeing animal prints (leopard and cheetah, I'm still completely anti zebra) as a chic, fun addition to an outfit, rather than a tacky train wreck stripper costume.  
Shirt: Madewell
Jeans: J Crew 
Shoes: Forever 21 
Necklace: Jewel Mint

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What do you guys think? Am I being too dramatic? How do you feel about animal prints? Is anyone a stripper who wants to call me out for being offensive? (Cause I have nothing against strippers, in fact, I probably think more highly of strippers than I do zebra print.) 

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Insta-Update #2

This week's Instagram was a bit food-centric with some selfies and some childhood reminiscing thrown in for good measure. 

1. I dug these old school IDs up during a marathon cleaning session. Oh that hair...

2. I wouldn't be a blogger without photographing my meals, now would I? Pad Pak, my favorite! 

3. My latest and greatest gaudy jewelery acquisition from Anthropologie.

4. During the aforementioned cleaning session, I attempted a makeup organization. I still have makeup bags full of lord only knows what. 

5. Gotta love a freshly cleaned desk. 

6. Mario fruit snacks... 'Nuff said.

7. Jimmy John's "unwich," in an attempt to eat healthier. 

8. More old school... Back when I used to wear candy necklaces. Oh boy. 

9. Bathroom selfie!

10. Always with the black and white stripes...

Thanks for tuning in to another addition of Insta-Updates! Follow me @dressingroomdiaries to keep Insta-Updated! 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The ( almost ) Perfect Dress

  French Connection Dress - On sale! $74.99   |   Anthropologie Necklace   |   Target Wedges   |   ASOS Bag

Trying on dresses can be a pain in the ass. Really. Either they are too long, too short, too billowy, or too tight. Often, while shopping, I will see something I really like and immediately dismiss it, because "Oh, I could never pull that off." Or, "That would just look weird on me." And I just move right along, casually glancing over my shoulder at the item, while a sad song plays in my head as I walk further and further away from my beloved garment I will never own. While all this might be a bit dramatic, it is kind of disappointing seeing something you just love, but you just know it's "not for you." What's the point in trying something on just to be let down when it inevitably looks stupid?

Well, on a semi recent shopping trip with my bestie, I saw this dress. I mean, THE DRESS. It was perfect; a little retro, a cute collar, a pretty color palette, a fun plaid print. I mean, this dress was unique and I loved it. The only problem was, it "would never look right on me." However, for some reason, this time... This time I ignored my inner skeptic and grabbed it off the rack. Heading into the fitting room, I had low expectations. This style, or shape of dress usually doesn't look right on my body type. And the length had this in-betweenishness about it that I didn't think would be flattering on me.

Ok, so I unzipped this baby, stepped in, and asked the bestie to zip me up (yes, we just go into the same fitting room... don't judge us.) At first, it was a total disaster. "Come on, just suck in a little!" "I AM sucking in!!" "I think the zipper is about to break!" "Come on, we have to make it fit!"

And make it fit, we did. At first, I thought I wasn't filling it out in the chest region. I stood there staring for about five minutes before I decided that was just the way the dress was supposed to look , "because who's boobs go down that low anyway?" Once we decided I looked like a super cute 1950's housewife, I was convinced. It was the (almost) PERFECT dress.

Yes, I bought the dress. And I also learned a lesson. Whether you think something will look great on you or not, it is worth it to try anyway! The risk of being disappointed in the dress making me look like a frumpy dwarf was worth the feeling I had when I finally got that baby zipped up. It was a great relief to look and feel good in this dress I so desperately coveted. (Sure, I can barely breathe with it on due to the super stiff waistband, but I can deal with that.) So, ladies, get out there and take some fashion risks! You can thank me later :)

Has this ever happened to you? Or do you always just go for it? Let me know your thoughts!

P.s. I love that somebody found my blog by Googling "Prostitute Heels"...

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Currently Crushing On: Kate Spade

So you're probably getting sick of looking at these lists of things I wish to buy. I don't blame you, really. In all honestly, I attempted to take some outfit photos yesterday, but it just really wasn't working out. Do you ever try to take photos and then you look at them and realize that in 90% of them, you look like you're trying really hard to fart? Well, that was happening. And the wind was blowing my hair all over the place, and not in a sexy, Victoria's Secret model kind of way. No. This was quite the opposite, actually. 

So I figured I would share with you my current crush. And that happens to be all things Kate Spade. See, I was never much of a Kate Spade fan, until very recently, when I noticed all these super fun, quirky, adorable gems. Very expensive gems, that is. Ok, here they are!

4. Emma Book Clutch - $325
5. Grenada Flats - $258 
6. Audrina Flats - $238

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

August Lust List

So let's face it. The weather has been garbage lately. Gloomy, rainy days consisting of me sitting at home, shopping online. And when I say "shopping," I mean window shopping. Firefox window shopping to be exact. So, I have spent a ridiculous amount of time compiling wish lists of things I simply cannot afford all at once. Since I am quite generous, I am going to share with you a few of the web's most lovely offerings right now.

1. Here, J Crew has taken one of my favorite fashion items and embellished it with pretty, shiny gems. What more could I ask for? 

2. Topshop makes this skirt in a few different prints, but this one is my favorite. I love the nostalgic Drive In thing it's got going on. I plan on wearing this with a peplum top or a tied button down. 

3. I really love the colors in this Kate Spade tee. And I find the print quite unique and cute. 

4. Apparently I love me some printed tops. I am always a sucker for florals and I like that this looks like a dressy tee shirt. 

5. These loafers are super cute. I love bow ties and these have a sort of tuxedo thing happening. The whole range of Loly in the Sky loafers are cute and clever. Also, I love slip on shoes, because let's be real here. I'm quite lazy. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013


Hello and happy Sunday! Today, I thought I would share with you a few snaps I took over the month of July. Instead of just telling you what I've been up to, I figured I would just show you. 

Row 1 left: About to murder this crazy awesome looking crepe from What Crepe? I chose the "Build Your Own" option and my concoction consisted of Nutella, bananas (whenever I spell this word, I mentally sing the Gwen Stefani song to remember how many n's I need), graham cracker crust pieces, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream. Can I get an Amen? 

Row 1 right: This is a super classy photo I took in a bar bathroom in an attempt to show off my favorite heels by Kelsi Dagger. 

Row 2 left: Climbing on the hood of my car after the bar mentioned above ^ 

Row 2 middle: Showcasing my very first Pinkberry creation!

Row 2 right: My first experience with shellac. It looked gorgeous, but was a bitch to remove!

Row 3 left: Was having a decent hair day and wearing red lipstick. Why not take a bathroom selfie? 

Row 3 middle: Attending a baseball game with my dad!

Row 3 right: Every girl does this with her towel, post shower. 

Row 4 left: Essie's Chastity and some rings. 

Row 4 right: My lovely lady, Nicole on her 23rd birthday! 

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Top Zara Sale Picks Under $50

So the ever so chic Zara is having a nice, little sale right now and I thought I would share a few of my favorite items with you. Seeing as these items are well over 50% off, I consider this a damn good sale. I have already added a couple of them to my shopping cart :) Enjoy!