Tuesday, September 16, 2014

OOTD|Sun[flower] Kissed.

     Hello lovelies! Today I have an OOTD for you. This was one of my favorite outfits that I put together over the summer. It's casual but super cute at the same time and also really comfortable to wear.

     My top is from Kohl's. It has a black and white sunflower print and small cutouts at the sleeves (not visible in the photos). It has a high neckline and a slight high-low hemline. My shorts are from Target. They're high-waisted and have a faded American flag print on them. I especially like the stripes going down one side of the shorts. To top off the casualness/cuteness of the outfit, I added my white Converse.

     Other details that are kind of hard to see in my ensemble are my star necklace from Target (which I'm obsessed with at the moment), my earrings which are barely visible and from Forever 21, and my nail polish, which is a bright yellow called Mellow Yellow from Sally Hansen. This nail polish definitely adds a pop of color to your nails and a tan as well. I really like it because it's a great summer color (and since it's still pretty hot at least where I live, it's still a good color to wear!).







     So that's my OOTD! I hope you guys liked it and it would mean a lot if you could hype it on Lookbook! Thanks for reading & I'll see you lovelies tomorrow!

xoxo,
Annie ♥



Monday, September 15, 2014

Makeup Monday: All About the Brows!

     Hello lovelies! So sorry for the unexpected hiatus from this blog. It's been so crazy lately, but I won't talk about it. It's basically just school, going out with friends, and preparation for upcoming events, which meant long days, late nights, and no time to write any posts. I miss blogging so much though; it definitely kept me sane over the summer and I can't wait to get back on it now. Here's to hoping I can keep up with this!

     So this week, let's talk brows. In the last couple years or so, brows have become a trend of their own, with all those YouTube videos on how to shape them and all the different shapes your brows can have. According to the beauty gurus, the shape of your brows can change your whole look. Ooh, amazing huh? But it's true to an extent. Having your brows done does make for a cleaner look and can pull your face together. Nowadays, there are apparently so many different ways to do your brows, from leaving them naturally thick, to having that clean, shaped look, to having them shaped but natural looking. Here are some of the looks women are pulling off brows-wise.


Naturally Thicker

     If you've got naturally thicker brows, now's the time to embrace them! They're all the rage these days. Thicker eyebrows have the ability to make you look younger and frame the eyes, so if you've got baby blues, forest greens, hazy hazels, or bright browns as your eye shade, make them stand out even more with thicker eyebrows. If you don't have thicker eyebrows and you want to try them out, try using eyeshadow and an angled brush to create a fuller look. Of course, just because you're letting your brows grow out, that doesn't mean you don't have to go through maintenance. Make sure to trim and shape them every once in a while to keep them from getting too out of control.




The Clean Brow

     A recent trend that's come from the brow obsession is the "clean" brow. This is for the girls who want perfect looking eyebrows. They don't look as natural but they're great for those strong eye makeup looks such as the ones shown below. This look is more time consuming because it requires a lot more steps than just filling them in. Some of the products needed may be a brow pencil, brow powder/angled brow brush, a spoolie, concealer/concealer brush, and a brow gel. So if you're a low-maintenance girl or an on-the-go gal, this probably isn't for you. But if you're a person who loves your makeup, go for it!




Natural Brows

     On the opposite end of the spectrum where thick, defined brows are in, natural brows are just as popular. This brow look is easy to achieve for the most part because it requires minimal work on your brows and it's a very low maintenance look. This can be done with just a little brow powder/eyeshadow or a brow pencil. Just make sure to use a spoolie afterwards in order to brush through the brows and blend the powder/pencil strokes so that it looks as natural as possible. You can probably get away with less maintenance on shaping your brows, but it's always nice to have them shaped a little every week or so; that way, it won't be as much work later.




     Here are some other photos of other brow looks you can pull off. Remember, everyone has different brows so some looks will look better on some people than others. And don't be afraid to experiment; makeup is about having fun.









     Hope you enjoyed today's Makeup Monday post! Thanks so much for reading and keep on the lookout for more posts since I'm going to be going back to my regular schedule of posting Mondays-Fridays! Hope you 're all having a lovely day and I'll see you all tomorrow!

xoxo,
Annie 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Style Inspiration: Back-to-School Outfits for High School!

     Hello lovelies! For today's post, we're going to talk back-to-school outfits. For a lot of us, we think of a new school year as a way to make an impression of the "new you." Maybe you cut or dyed your hair, maybe your style went from girly to grunge (or vice versa), maybe you lost weight and/or got super ripped, or maybe you've got a new makeup look to show off. Whatever it is, for some reason, we feel the need to dress up for the first day of school. And maybe the first week. And then we all go back to being lazy, or at least most of us do, for the rest of the year. So for those of you who are looking for inspiration on what to wear for your first day of school, here are some ideas!

Note: Many schools enforce dress code, so if you can't wear some of these outfits, don't break the school rules; just modify them. If you can't wear short shorts, wear jeans. If you can't wear a crop top, find a normal length shirt or high-waisted bottoms. These outfits are just for inspiration, you don't have to copy them. Feel free to add your own take on these outfits and be yourself!


You could wear a dress for your first day of school back if you feel like being dressy and girly. Of course, you should have a bigger bag or a backpack for school. And if your school doesn't allow you to wear sandals, you can switch them out for flats or sneakers.
I love this collage of outfits. I think all these tank tops are super cute and I love the shoes that go with all of them. Tank tops are loose, comfortable, and give off a carefree vibe that make you look like you didn't try too hard. If your school doesn't allow you to wear tank tops, you can wear a cardigan over them.


This shirt is pretty cool. Even though it has cutouts, it wouldn't break dress code because it's still a t-shirt style top and the belt and shorts together pull the outfit together while still looking casual.


This is a super cute ensemble, although it might be a little too revealing for some schools. I would like to wear this for my first day of school because I think it's sophisticated because of the form-fitting skirt and causal at the same time because of the cotton tank. You can always opt for a t-shirt and a longer skirt.



These two outfits are also a bit dressed up but casual as well. The denim tank paired with the black high-waisted shorts and flats are a classic look, while the white, flowy tank with floral shorts and Converse are a dressed-down outfit, yet still put together.


This is a perfect outfit for the first day of school if you're laidback and easygoing. It's a simple white tank with denim shorts and a necklace to spruce it up. It won't take too much effort to throw on in the morning so you'll be out the door quickly and on time for school.


These outfits are definitely for the girls who like to play dress-up. The blouses, skirts, dress, and oxfords scream preppy. Super adorable and put-together for the girls who like to put in a little more effort and are also the people who are most likely to continue dressing up throughout the school year. If I had this type of wardrobe, I'd dress up every day too.

This is what I mean abut the power of a cardigan. Since crop tops can be a bit revealing and high-waisted shorts might be a little too short, a cardigan can save your outfit from showing a little too much. Plus, they're perfect for schools that don't have super warm weather like California or other places. But you might have to wear longer shorts if your dress code is too strict.


These ensembles are also great for schools that start with cooler weather. The first outfit even layers a top, flannel, and cardigan. The second outfit warms up a crop top and circle skirt with a cardigan as well. Of course, if where you live is even colder, you can switch the shorts for jeans and add tights to your skirt.


These last outfits are classic and "tumblr-inspired" with high-waisted shorts and cardigans. They're good for weather that isn't too cold or warm since there aren't any heavy layers.



Need a video?

This is my current favorite back-to-school outfits video; I think every outfit is so perfect and wearable for school, so check it out!




     So that's it for my back-to-school inspired looks for high school! Remember that any of these outfits can be modified to fit your school's rules and you don't have to copy any of these outfits; they're just for inspiration. I hope you enjoyed reading this and I'll see you lovelies tomorrow for the next part of this series!

xoxo,
Annie ♥

Monday, August 11, 2014

Back to School Essentials Part 1: High School!

     So it's that time of year again...*whispers* Back to school...Summer isn't even close to coming to an end  yet but your vacation is. And sadly we all have to head back to school. Unless you graduated college already, then you're pretty freaking lucky. I go back to school in exactly 2 weeks, and honestly I'm a little excited for it, but I'll tell you why next week when I do the college edition of this back-to-school series.

     So for the first part of this series, I thought I would begin with the essentials you're going to need for school this year, specifically high schoolers. I don't know about you, but shopping for school supplies is definitely a lot more fun than actually going to school. And because it's so much fun, we're susceptible to buying much more than we really need. So here's my list of the absolute essentials you should have when school starts.

Note: Depending on the school you go to, the list of school supplies are probably different and some schools probably make it mandatory to have certain items. But these are what I think are the basic necessary things you need for school.


Loose-leaf paper is probably one of the top things you need for school, for assignments and taking notes and whatever else you might need. Back-to-school sales can make loose-leaf paper as inexpensive as one or ten cents a pack.


  

Pencils and pens are pretty important for school. Don't you hate it when the same person is always asking to borrow a pencil or pen? Depending on your school, you can probably use mechanical pencils or you'll have to use wooden pencils. And the same goes with pens; depending on your school, you could probably use any pen or you might have to stick with one type of pen.


 Notebooks are a good idea if you don't want to use separate folders or binders. Notebooks are a lot more secure than folders since they usually hold loose paper and they're less bulkier than carrying separate binders. You'll be less likely to lose your papers and they'll be easier to carry. Also if you have some extra time on your hands, you can do cool DIY designs like these.





Don't forget a pencil pouch! There's plenty of styles to pick from to hold all your pens, pencils and other things. You can buy ones that go into binders or ones like these. You'll never forget your writing utensils as long as you don't forget to throw this in your bag.

You'll definitely need a binder or two for school, so why settle for the plain, solid-colored ones? I know in high school, everything seems to have to be on point, even your school supplies. So pick out something like these binders so you'll look cool and still have all your things. I personally do go for the plain, heavy duty ones because I can be boring like that sometimes, but I do love these binders. Depending on your school's requirements, you may have to have one or more binders for your class if they don't want you using notebooks. I like to use my binder to hold the most important things from every class. Let's just say that if I were to lose my binder, I'd probably panic because it'll have things like homework assignments, syllabi, etc. It's just my personal way of keeping things organized. Teachers may say they want you to use a 2 inch binder, but from my experience in high school, the largest size you'll ever need is a 1.5 inch binder.

Dividers are so helpful for school, especially the ones with pockets. They'll help you divide up your 5 or 6 classes you might have throughout the day and keep you organized. I still use mine now for college and I love them. You can keep your syllabi in there, homework assignments for each class, and handouts you might need to refer to later on in the year.



A planner is ideal for school to keep track of homework assignments, tests, and projects. Your school probably gives them out for free at the beginning of the year, but if not, there's plenty to choose from at school supply stores such as Office Max, Office Depot, Walmart, and Target.

In college, I've seen most people revert to backpacks because it's easier to hold everything especially since you're really on the go, but last time I checked, high schoolers still seem to like using bags. I like using bags from time to time as well since I still have a couple from high school. This one is from H & M and it is a bit of a mature taste, but this is what I liked in high school. I would love to own this bag as well. A bag or a backpack is perfect to throw all your stuff in as you go about your 6-hour school day.

     So what's optional? Highlighters, a mini stapler, index cards, a ruler, tabs, dividers, and the list goes on and on. You could bring these things if you want so you'll be extra prepared, but they're not necessary. A must though: WATER! I don't know why, but so many people never bring water to school. Hello? It's at least a 6 hour day, which is 6 hours that you won't have water with you unless you buy them at the snack bar at lunch or drink from the dirty water fountain. So bring your water and stay hydrated! :)

     So that's it for the first part of my series; I hope you all enjoyed it and it prepares you a little more for school, whether you're starting your first year of high school or going into your third. Thank you so much for reading and I'll see you tomorrow lovelies!

xoxo,
Annie ♥