Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Hitting the Streets: Street Style Inspiration!

     Hello lovelies! Today I wanted to do a street style post because I personally get inspired by outfits that I see on blogs, Instagram feeds, and websites like lookbook.nu. Right now my style is super casual and I'm not into dressing up except for the occasional day where I want to put a little more effort into my outfits. The photos below are ensembles that are currently inspiring me for these winter months. 

I love this sweater and the shoes in this photo. Aztec/tribal patterns are always nice to wear and the fact that this sweater is black and white makes it so the pattern isn't too loud. The shoes also look amazing and although I'm into sneakers and boots at the moment, I would love to wear these shoes.

This outfit is probably the epitome of my style at the moment, although not as strong. My version of this outfit would be a black beanie, baggy sweater, sporty jacket, black jeans and sneakers. I really love the idea of a casual outfit that still looks put together and can still exude style without looking too sloppy.

This would be how I would dress if I decided to put more effort into my outfit. I especially love the black-and-white checkered scarf. I really love the idea of plaid and checkers in general, haha. It adds a statement piece to the ensemble and pulls it all together. Plus, plaid seems to be turning into a classic trend, sort of like the LBD, denim jeans, and white button-downs.

This is also another example of one of the ways I would dress from day to day if I wasn't wearing a more casual outfit. It's sort of the halfway point between my casual and dressier outfits. I would definitely wear this on a day to school where I just want to look more put together but don't want to go all out, minus the hat because I don't wear hats too often besides beanies, haha.

This is a dressy casual outfit that incorporates a lot of classic pieces that keeps the outfit super put together and clean. The only things that make this outfit kind of casual are the beanie and the jacket. This photo is an example of how I'd like to be able to dress up in the future when I ca afford pieces like this.

     So there you go! These are some of the outfits that have been inspiring me recently and maybe they can inspire you too. Thanks so much for reading and I'll see you lovelies tomorrow!

Annie ♥

Monday, December 8, 2014

Makeup Monday: Glowing from Within~

     Hello lovelies, welcome back to Makeup Monday! The trend I want to talk to you about today is glowing makeup. This has been a trend in recent seasons, especially during the summertime when everyone's trying to achieve that natural dewy look. Well, it's still a trend now and here's how you can get it.

     I don't personally wear highlighter myself because I have oily skin and that would only accentuate the oiliness on my skin, but I would probably want to wear it on days where I look tired or on special occasions. Below, I found a chart that shows the best places to wear highlighter.

     So as you can see, the best areas to place highlighter would be on the highest points of your face, such as the temples, above your cheekbones, your chin, bridge of the nose, and even your cupid's bow and the inner corner of your eyes as well as right underneath your brow bone. Think of your face as a drawing. Where would you place the shadows and where would you highlight? Sunlight hits the highest points of your face first, so that's why highlighting gives you such a fresh, glowing look. Here are some photos that show that.

     Highlighting is a great way to add light to your face, which will make your skin look more alive and will make you look more awake and youthful. You do have to make sure you don't overdo it though, or else you might end up looking a bit too bright which will look unnatural. Highlighter should just be used to add a natural glow to your face on the places where light usually hits your skin.

     When I do want to highlight, I use NYX's roll on shimmer in Nude. I originally bought this for my first rave so I could look sparkly (haha) and I planned to return it but it turns out that it gives more of a natural shimmer and after a few more uses, I started liking it more and decided to keep it. It doesn't give a strong highlight (you would need an actual highlighter product for that, haha) but it gives a natural sheen that I really like. You can't see the sparkles either unless you look closely. It's perfect for eyes, face, and body since it's a roll-on product. I usually just apply it to the top of my cheekbones and I also like using it as an eyeshadow. 

     Overall, it looks like this trend is here to stay for a while longer and I think it's nice, as long as you don't overdo it. Give it a try to give your face a glow during this holiday season and during these winter months when your skin might look more dull. 

Annie ♥

Friday, December 5, 2014

Playing Catch-Up: Instagram Lately!

     Hello lovelies! Today at the end of this week's series of playing catch-up, I just wanted to bring you all up to date on what's been on my Instagram lately.

     This is from when I went to Disneyland. I really wanted to take a picture on Main St. and totally pestered my friend into taking this picture for me, haha. It came out how I wanted it to look though, even if I had to look a little ridiculous posing for a few seconds, haha.

This photo is from California Adventures and I was doing a sort of throwback to how I had gone a week before. This picture came out so nice I didn't even have to use a filter. I especially like how the clouds look dark and a bit ominous and contrast against the ferris wheel and the other lights illuminating the park. It sort of goes with the theory that I mentioned in my Disneyland post that you can sometimes go to Disneyland in order to get away from your problems and escape for a day.

     I took this picture on my last night at home with my family during Thanksgiving Break. It's actually part of the front yard of my house and I think it looks so cute this year. Being away from home for 3 months made me feel more appreciative of my family and to be more grateful for homecooked meals and everything else they did when I was busy going to school. It's pretty hard balancing school, extracurriculars, having a social life, and then doing chores on top of that so I'm thankful for everything that they've done.

     This last photo is a selfie of my new hair! I was actually debating on whether or not to get this haircut for about a month before I made my decision because I was a bit scared. I've probably had bangs 2 or 3 times before this and it wasn't necessarily the most flattering hairstyle on me, but it's always what I end up doing when I want a drastic change and I don't want to chop my hair off or dye it. However, since the last time I've had bangs, I would say my face shape has changed and my hair got long enough for bangs to look flattering on me.
     So after much debate with myself and looking up countless photos/doing research on which type of bangs would flatter me the most, I went home for Thanksgiving break and took the plunge. And I couldn't be happier! Granted, it is a little difficult to get used to and I know it's a commitment, but I actually really like it. Bangs aren't really a trend right now because messy, natural long hair is still a thing but it's kind of nice looking different. The only thing I don't really enjoy about bangs is that it makes your hair high maintenance with the blow-drying and it requires you (in my opinion) to be a little more done up with your makeup. For me, I feel like I need to define my cheekbones more and have stronger eye makeup since bangs draw more attention to your eyes and defining my cheekbones help with slimming my face. However, I get to skip my eyebrows if I want, which is kind of nice, haha. Overall, my new bangs have taken some getting used to but I think it was a good idea to get them.

      So that's what's been on my Instagram Lately! I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I'll see you lovelies next week!

Annie ♥

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Playing Catch-Up: A Day at Disneyland!

     Hello lovelies, on today's catch-up post, I want to share a really nice experience I had at my second time ever at...Disneyland!

     This was the second time I got to visit Disneyland and the first time I got to see California Adventures. I feel like I always have fun at Disneyland; it really does feel like a vacation in a way because of the atmosphere and how beautiful everything is. For a day, you get to be sucked into another world and pretend your problems don't exist, which is nice. And the lines don't seem as bad as long as you go with your friends, haha. On this day, I went on California Screamin', this Toy Story ride, Space Mountain, It's a Small World, Matterhorn, Indiana Jones, and probably a couple other rides that I can't remember. I tried Dole Whip for the first time and split a calm chowder with a friend. We watched the fireworks show and got to pretend it was snowing when really it was fake and probably resembled something more like soap bubbles, haha. We walked through the "castle" and walked through the story of Aurora. It honestly was a really fun day and I'm so glad I got to go. Here are some photos I took!

     So there you go, another catch-up post from me. Hope you enjoyed looking through it and I'll see you lovelies tomorrow!

Annie ♥