4 Fashion and Beauty Trends to Try

It’s well documented that I love fashion and beauty and that’s where the Glitz and the Glam of this blog come from! But as much as I love putting outfits together and trying new beauty products, there are certain trends that I have yet to master. Here are some of my current favorite trends that I’m looking to incorporate into my style.

The Cat Eye

Subtle Cat Eye

The feline flick has always seemed so difficult to me. I am great with pencil liner, can do gel liner even on a moving train and can handle the liquid in felt tip pen. But the full-on liquid liner? It makes me a little scared! I absolutely love how liquid liner looks on the eyes and how it has such incredible staying power, so I recently purchased the Pixi Liquid Liner pen to give it a try. Lining my eyes wasn’t too difficult, but when it came time for the elusive flick, my hand practically started shaking! I have watched numerous tutorials on YouTube and read posts about it, but currently it is still out of reach. I’m determined to master it though and you can expect to see pictures when I do!

Soft Curly Waves

Perfect waves

It seems like everyone is a pro at wielding their curling irons these days and somehow I missed the memo! My hair is naturally curly but I’ve been straightening it since I was in 7th grade. But curling it? It’s another story. Much like the cat eye, I’ve watched a few tutorials on how to get that perfect soft curl, but have been unable to do it! It also doesn’t help that despite my hair having a curly texture, it does not want to hold a curl! I think the secret here might be in both the products and techniques so I’m going to start practicing!

Skinny Pant-Ankle Boot Combo

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I absolutely love the skinny jean and ankle boot combo that everyone is wearing these days, especially in the Bay Area. It’s a slight departure from my usual style but I think it looks so effortless and cool and perfect for anything from running errands to a night on the town. I think it all starts with the perfect pair of boots, so I’m currently on the hunt! And of course, Miranda Kerr (above) could make any trend look amazing!

Crop Top-High Waisted Skirt Combo

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At first it seemed like the crop top was going to be a fleeting trend and I’ll admit that I rejected it in the beginning because it reminded me of the 90s when we all wore belly baring shirts. But the crop top of the past few years is so chic and I love that just a sliver of skin shows due to the high waisted skirt! I especially love Reese Witherspoon’s look where it’s just a hint of skin through the cutouts and am hoping to try it before summer ends!

Questions:

-What fashion or beauty trends would you like to master?

-Have any tips for me for mastering the above?

What to Wear Wednesday: LBD

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all are having a wonderful week so far. It’s finally warming up in San Francisco which is a nice change. I couldn’t be more ready for wedges and sandals and flirty dresses and skirts. I’ve been trying to “shop my closet” but of course I ultimately am also craving new things. But I’ll have to do a separate post on that! Today let’s talk about the lbd- or little black dress. It’s classic and timeless and something everyone should have at least one of in your closet. As Karl Lagerfeld said “One is never overdressed or underdressed with a little black dress.” It truly is a fashion staple and works for every occasion  I think it’s important to actually have a few little black dresses in your closet- something you can grab and you know it will work.

The dress below is one such dress. I’ve had it for years but despite it’s age, it still works. It’s a great thick material that hangs just right, is fun and flirty while still being understated and demure which is why I knew it would be perfect for my Grandma’s 88th birthday celebration that you saw a sneak peek of earlier. To accent my dress I kept my accessories and shoes simple and went for a dark lip and a bright nail for a little pop.

Dress: Banana Republic, Shoes: Nine West, Bracelet: Forever 21

Dress: Banana Republic, Shoes: Nine West, Bracelet: Forever 21

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Dress: Mango // French Connection

 

Questions:

-Do you have the perfect LBD in your closet?

What to Wear Wednesday: Neon and Neutrals

Hi lovelies! I hope that you are all having a lovely week so far! I woke up this morning and swore it was Thursday so I’m having a bit of a difficult time adjusting. Hopefully as the day goes on I’ll get more acquainted with the right day of the week ;) Of course I’m already looking forward to the weekend where I plan to do a little shopping! With my brother’s wedding right around the corner, I need to get shoes to go with bridesmaids dress and a dress for the rehearsal dinner! Finding the perfect dress for the rehearsal is proving slightly difficult as it needs to be conservative enough to wear in the church but still fun and cocktail appropriate! If anyone has suggestions, I’m all ears!

In the meantime though, I thought I’d fill you in on the details of the dress I wore to the most recent bridal shower. In addition to celebrating my brother’s beautiful bride-to-be, I have loved finding the perfect feminine dresses for the bridal showers. For this one, I turned to LOFT who never lets me down. I spotted this dress online actually and was immediately lusting after it but when I saw it in person, I knew it had to be mine. To make matters even better, they were having a 40% off sale that day (LOFT always has amazing sales) so the dress was in my hot little hands immediately after entering the store. What I loved so much about the dress is that it combines neutrals with the neon pink for an unexpected pop. In fact, I love this combo so much that I foresee creating it in future outfits as well!

Dress: LOFT, Shoes: Nine West, Bracelet: Forever 21, Ring: David Yurman

Dress: LOFT, Shoes: Nine West, Bracelet: Forever 21, Ring: David Yurman

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Dress: LOFT

Shoes: Nine West // House of Harlow

Bracelet: Forever 21 // Betsey Johnson

 

Questions: 

-What are some of your favorite color combos?

What to Wear Wednesday: Selfie Snaps

Hi lovelies! Happy Wednesday! I hope that your week is going well and that the lucky few of you who are on spring break right now are enjoying it to the fullest! Although I’ve been acting like spring is in the air, it’s actually been quite cold in SF the past few days and now I’ve found myself back in tights and boots…ugh. But hopefully this is the last of it because I have too many pastels and dresses just waiting to be worn! For my What to Wear Wednesday posts I try and make them look more fashion-blogger by doing little photo shoots so the picture looks nice. But let’s face it, I’m not a full time blogger so many days outfit posts just don’t happen. When that’s the case, I sometimes have a slightly embarrassing habit of taking pictures in the mirror. Sometimes I’ll send them to friends to show them what I’m wearing to an event or on a date and sometimes, I have them just for me. They are a great way to see how an outfit photographs and for me to remember what I’m wearing. So I thought it would be fun today to show you some of the outfits you haven’t seen before that I’ve been wearing! This is also proof that I don’t always have my hair down and straight!

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Dress: BCBGeneration, Shoes: Target, Necklace: Juicy Couture

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Shirt: H&M, Skirt: Target, Necklace: LOFT, Shoes: Nine West

 

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Sweater: LOFT, Tank: Heritage 1981, Pants: LOFT, Shoes: Target

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Dress: Target, Heels: Nine West, Bracelet: LOFT

Shirt: Gap, Jeans: LOFT, Boots: Coach

Shirt: Gap, Jeans: LOFT, Boots: Coach

Questions:

-Do you ever take “selfie” shots?

What to Wear Wednesday: Ladylike Lace

Hi lovelies! I hope that you are all having a wonderful week so far! Thank you all so much for your support for my People.com contest, you are seriously the best and I’m so lucky to have such wonderful friends and readers. Even if I don’t get it, it was a fun opportunity and hey, if anything, I have a screenshot of myself on People.com. That’s pretty cool in my book.

So many of you asked about the coral dress I wore to my future sister-in-law’s bridal shower that I thought it deserved it’s own post! I originally spotted this dress on another blogger named Emily aka Cupcakes and Cashmere and thought it looked so perfect for a shower. Given that I was really sick for the few weeks leading up to the shower, I also couldn’t go out and go shopping, so I took a chance and ordered it online but not before tweeting with Emily to ask about the sizing. (Quick sidebar: I LOVE it when fellow bloggers and companies answer questions like this on Twitter. It makes the online ordering process so much easier and makes you feel like a valued reader/consumer. AKA It’s cool.) Anyway, Emily let me know that it runs a little on the small side which was helpful since I knew I wouldn’t have time to exchange for a different size if it didn’t fit.

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I’m not sure why my legs look like two different colors–I promise it was not a spray-tan gone wrong!

What’s also fun about this very ladylike dress is that it has a little twist when you turn around. The little cutout provides an element of surprise but it’s fairly small so it remains demure enough to match the rest of the dress. Also, what I love is the placement of the cutout. Too often, back cutouts make it impossible to wear a bra but this one is low enough that it still works.

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I decided to pair my dress with simple pearls to really up the ladylike vibe for the shower and a pair of nude shoes. Days before the shower I realized in a panic that my favorite nude pumps had seen better days and that the nail was coming through the heel. Does anyone else have this problem? I guess when I strut I’m really hard on my heels! ;) Anyway, it gave me a chance to find a new pair but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money and was in a serious time crunch. Enter: Ross. I stopped in one evening and saw these perfect heels just waiting for me! All in all, I’m really happy with how the outfit came together and can’t wait to wear this dress again soon!

Shop the Look

Dress: Dolce Vita (my dress!) // Lily Rose at Kohls

Necklace: Bloomingdales // Lauren by Ralph Lauren

Heels: MICHAEL Michael Kors // BCBGeneration

Questions:

-What’s your favorite ladylike look?

-Are you hard on your shoes too? Dying to know that I’m not alone here…

What to Wear Wednesday: ’80s Style

Hi lovelies! Thanks for your kind words about how I’ve been feeling. I am definitely on the mend and despite dealing with some pain, and am happily feeling stronger each and every day. I’m so lucky that through all of this, I have such an amazing support team. I have been blessed with an incredible family and it is through their help and prayers, that I credit my improvement with!

But before all of this happened, I went out for a fun night celebrating my friend Virginia’s birthday. She decided to do it ’80s style and we went to see the band Tainted Love. For those who haven’t heard of them, they are an ’80s cover band that is actually incredibly good. They play a lot in San Francisco (I actually saw them on NYE) but they also travel around as well. As an 1980s kid (ok, so I was born in ’87 so was technically an ’80s baby) so I’m a huge fan of ’80s music. I first discovered it in college actually when I became obsessed with Journey. I credit this to Fraternity exchanges when the DJs would always play “Don’t Stop Believing”, or other non-Journey classics like “Jesse’s Girl” and “Living on a Prayer.” And of course Madonna. Obviously. I always found myself singing these songs with my friends at the top of my lungs and they are some of my best memories from the dances. In my post-college years, when an ’80s song comes on and people are surprised that I know every word, I explain that they are my “end of the night songs.” So a whole night singing those songs with a live band with all my friends AND the opportunity to get dressed up? DONE.

I’ve always gotten really into dressing up for theme parties. Being in a sorority in college I had a LOT of opportunities to do so and get this- I used to sketch my potential costumes during class. (When I was little I wanted to be a fashion designer, so I guess a little part of that still remains.) Though I didn’t sketch this outfit, I did my research. I knew for my ’80s look I wanted to channel Madonna. And this is what I came up with…

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When it comes to shopping for costumes, Forever 21 is the best. Everything is cheap and they often have so many ridiculous items that are completely theme-party appropriate. All of the above (with the exception of my Nine West shoes) is from Forever 21! It took a little time to shop the store (and I felt about 10 years older than everyone there) and with the addition of cutting my t-shirt thanks to a Youtube video, the outfit came together pretty easily.

And of course, I have to show you some pictures of my gorgeous friends, rocking their neon looks:

Katie had amazing fishnet gloves and Biz was rocking the cutest legwarmers.

Katie had amazing fishnet gloves and Biz was rocking the cutest legwarmers.

The  3 Katies looking fantastic!

The 3 Katies looking fantastic!

Questions:

-Do you like theme parties? What’s your favorite theme? (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

-Have you ever seen an ’80s cover band?

 

Oscars Fashion

Hi lovelies, I’m back! It’s been quite a long time since I’ve popped up on GGG, and unfortunately, it’s because I’ve been very ill. February has been a rough month health wise and yet what I thought was bad, turned even worse last week. After numerous doctors appointments, more herbal supplements than I can count, we still don’t exactly know what was wrong with me. I’ll spare you all the details but it was probably the sickest I’ve been in my whole life. (And coming from me and many medical issues, that’s saying something.) But rather drone on and on about how bad I was feeling, I’d rather talk about something more fun… like Oscar dresses!

I thought that almost everyone looked phenomenal at the Oscars and loved that the ladies were embracing and embodying old Hollywood glamour. Here are my top pics…

Back in Black (and Silver)

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  • Sandra Bullock in Elie Saab Haute Couture: Though this silhouette and style are nothing new, Sandra looked absolutely perfect in this gorgeous gown. I love how she kept her hair sleek and simple and loved how only the bottom 1/3 of the gown was actually sheer making it a beautiful, tasteful choice.
  • Halle Berry in Versace: I’m not usually a huge fan of Halle’s red carpet choices but I’m loving this art deco dress. The vertical stripes are so on-trend and no one could pull off this dress like Halle Berry with her amazing figure.
  • Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan: I absolutely loved this dress and it’s a pattern that we haven’t really see before. I think the black band perfectly emphasizes her tiny waist and love that she kept her accessories simple (with George Clooney on your arm, what else do you need?)

But the most surprising and the winner in my book of the best silver look? None other than First Lady, Michelle Obama in a custom Naeem Khan gown.

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Perfectly Poufy

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  • Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta: If I were going to the Oscars, I would pick a gown just like this. It’s romantic and elegant while still being princessy at the same time.
  • Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture: Besides taking a tumble on her way to receive her Best Actress award, Lawrence looked beautiful in this blush colored dress with a major train that was both youthful and daring.
  • Jennifer Aniston in Valentino: This is a departure from Aniston’s usual red carpet attire and I loved it. I think she looked beautiful in this punchy red and the design is classic just like Aniston herself.

I also have to give a special shoutout to Les Miserables actress Samantha Barks, who looked flawless in this gorgeous gown and despite searching for quite some time, I can’t find the designer. Hope the details will come out soon!

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And the worst look of the evening? Goes to Real Housewife of Beverly Hills aka archnemesis of Leanne Rimes, Brandi Glanville. I’m not sure why she was at the Oscars or what stylist let her walk the red carpet in this…

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Questions:

-Did you watch the Oscars?

-Who was on your best and worst dressed list?