Shopping Diary - April Edition

April was a pretty epic shopping month! With the launch of a few collections, the shopping gods have kept me busy. Gods be good!

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I stumbled upon the Jasmine Collection by Sephora while I was in Downtown Disney in Anaheim. I immediately fell in love with the compact and shimmery perfume powder.
:: Jasmine Collection by Sephora ::

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Remember when I went to IFBcon in February? Fibi & Clo gave each attendee free sandals! Unfortunately for me, they were out of my size, but were so generous to send two pairs to me directly, and I couldn’t be more pleased. They are even more gorgeous in person and I can’t wait to wear them out this summer. Note: Follow the size recommendations on the site; the Black Cascade (left) fits small, so I sized up to a 7 and they fit great. For the Positano (right), if you’re a half size, go down.
:: Black Cascade Sandals :: Positano Sandals ::

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Since I’m too frugal to ever pay retail at Anthropologie, I always make a beeline to the sale rack. As soon as I saw this skirt and blouse, I fell in love! I headed to H&M’s sale section afterwards and picked up some seriously cute hair clips for $1 a piece!
:: Byron Lars Beauty Mark Portrait Collar Blouse :: Maeve Songbird Circle Skirt ::

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As soon as Micheline announced the filming of her makeup & hair tutorial DVD, I’ve been waiting with bated breath for it to come out. When she announced it was available online for pre-order, I got on it like white on rice. I can’t wait to watch it!
:: Micheline Pitt Modern Pinup Makeup & Hair DVD ::

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When Kate Young for Target hit stores, I made the early morning trek to Target like I normally do to check out the collection. Overall I’m underwhelmed and the price points seemed too high for the quality. However, the red pumps, and red cocktail dress are amazing and worth every penny!
:: Kate Young for Target Collection ::

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Every year H&M outdoes themselves with their exclusive Conscious Collection. When I saw this number in their lookbook, I knew I had to have it. Unfortutnately I wasn’t able to make it to LA where the collection was for sale in Southern California, so an amazing friend picked it up for me. Pro-tip: I’m 5’2” and the dress is clearly way too long in the back; since hemming it up will ruin the embroidery at the bottom, I will bustle the back in true Victorian fashion. +1 to fashion ingenuity!
:: H&M Conscious Collection 2013 Mesh and Embroidered Dress ::

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I foolishly missed out on the collection from last year, so I knew I had to jump on it this time before it sold out. The compact is fun and the lip color, rouge, and nail polish are the perfect retro pink to channel your inner Betty.
:: Leopard Cat Hat with Leather Bow :: Nautical Cat Hat (sold out) :: Tuxedo Cat Hat (sold out) ::

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My friend and partner in crime, Erin, introduced me to Shoes of Prey, and that’s all it took for me to fall into the rabbit hole of custom shoe designing. After spending 3 hours straight designing shoes, I made these, which are inspired by vintage Joseph LaRose oxford pumps. The shoes fit perfectly! The fit, the color, the materials are all amazing. The listed turnaround time is 3 - 4 weeks, but I received them in 2 weeks in the beautiful packaging you see above. It is a pretty penny, but worth every single one!
:: Custom Oxford Pumps from Shoes of Prey ::

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Found this lipstick at my Sephora in JCP on sale for only $8! It’s a shimmery orange/coral (despite how pink it looks in the photo). The pigmentation is great and moisturizes as well.
:: Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick in Coral Castle ::

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Who knew that I would be obsessed with rubber shoes? I headed straight to Forever 21 as soon as the Melissa x Forever 21 collection hit stores and picked up these totes adorbs black flat sandals. Faux rubber pyramid studs ftw!
:: Mel for Forever 21 Studded Sandals in Black ::

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The Urban Outfitters sale rack never disappoints, so I did some pillaging and came out with a couple of cardigans and an earring set. My poor black cardigan I’ve had for years has finally went to wardrobe heaven, so I had to find its replacement. The floral cardigan is less of a necessity, but it’s perfect for Spring, so I couldn’t say no!
:: NYX Tango Bronzing Stick in Merengue Flush :: NYX Tango Bronzing Powder in Tribal Odyssey ::

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Target’s newest collaboration was under the radar, but don’t let the quiet launch fool you. These scarves, designed by artist Vera Neumann are perfect for Spring and Summer. Don’t they remind you of vintage scarves?
:: Vera for Target Collection ::

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This gorgeous dress comes in 4 different colors and I was so surprised to see it on clearance. It looks and feels expensive, and it’s perfect for an upcoming evening wedding or party. I love the lace detail, and naturally, they go perfectly with my Louboutins!
:: Kate Spade ‘Live Colorfully’ eau de parfum (Nordstrom Exclusive) ::

Did you have any favorite finds recently? Share in the comments below!


Ann

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Shopping Diary - March Edition

New Comics Wednesday - The Women of Game of Thrones

After Sunday’s epic episode, it feels appropriate to write this week’s installment of “New Comics Wednesday” about the bad-ass ladies of Game of Thrones. For the sake of keeping this post from being a novella, I present to you, accessories fit for a Khaleesi, and other ball busting dames of the Realm.

Brienne of Tarth

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This Opening Armor Ring, is a subtle nod to our noble knight (and you can wear it three ways!).

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Cersei Lannister

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Channel your inner Queen Regent by donning wide leather belt with a flowing maxi dress.

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Arya Stark

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Stick ‘em with the pointy end.

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Daenerys Targaryen

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Last, but certainly not least, the Mother of Dragons. We’ve seen her go from meek to bonafide BAMF, and her accessories are no exception. I, for one, welcome our Stormborn overlord.

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Until next time, stay cheeky!


Ann

New Comics Wednesday - Silk Spectre I / The Watchmen

Last Saturday I went to WonderCon in Anaheim, and feel it’s fitting to start the first installment of New Comics Wednesday this week! I’m inspired by the cosplayers of the con, and decided to write about my own favorite comic heroine, Sally Jupiter (also known as Silk Spectre I) from The Watchmen.

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I admit that I adore the styling of Sally Jupiter in the movie over the comic. The costume designer did a phenomenal job styling her as a 1940s pinup, with her costume inspired by vintage lingerie. She’s sexy, kicks ass (literally), and fights crime, all while sporting victory rolls. What’s not to love?

Besides her stunning style, her character plays a pivotal role in the story. She offers a complex female point of view in a heavily male oriented environment. Under the glitz and glamour of her hero status and adoration of men everywhere, she is a complicated and deeply troubled character. If you’re a fan of dark superhero movies like The Dark Knight, Kick-Ass, and Sin City, you’ll love the comic and movie.

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Want to achieve your own Sally Jupiter look? If you want to channel your inner pinup heroine, check out Holly Messinger’s amazing Silk Spectre costume (she made the one yours truly wore at last year’s Comic Con). To learn how to style those fabulous victory rolls, check out this tutorial. You can also use my Silk Spectre I makeup tutorial to get her 1940s look.

If you’re looking to do a not-so-literal version of Silk Spectre, here are some vintage and easy to wear options that are just as gorgeous.

Pair the dress with black kitten pumps and rhinestone jewelry, and voila, you’re ready to fight crime hit the town!

Do you prefer the comic or movie version of Silk Spectre I? Why, and could they have done something differently in the movie? Feel free to comment below, I’d love to know!

Until next time, stay cheeky!


Ann

Shopping Diary - March Edition (with pictures!)

So I’ve been told that I’m a shopping addict expert, so I figured I should spread the love about my favorite haunts. I rarely purchase anything at full price, so I’m always on the hunt for a good sale (and who doesn’t love sales?).

I record most of my retail exploits on the Instagrams, but I love the idea of having a monthly shopping diary where I can spread the love and write mini-reviews.

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:: Duro Olowu for JCPenney Leaf Print Skirt ::

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As soon as Georgina Chapman’s (of Marchesa fame) evening wear collection appeared on JCPenney floors, I had to check it out in person. I’ve always wanted a mermaid dress and this is PERFECTION. The bodice is gorgeous, and I feel so feminine in it. Note: It seems like the sizing runs about one size small. Normally a 6/8 in evening wear, and had to go up to a 10 for it to fit comfortably in the bust.
:: Pearl by Georgina Chapman of Marchesa Lace Mermaid Dress ::

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This is one of my proudest finds: a Kate Spade dress hiding in the clearance rack at Marshall’s! I’ve always wanted a Kate Spade dress, and this couldn’t have been a better way to start my collection.
:: Kate Spade New York Kerrigan Dress ::

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The Sephora inside my local JCPenney’s has AMAZING sales, and they had some pretty awesome stuff for 70% off, and I received a free Buxom bronzer kit with my purchase…so it’s a win-win!
:: Sephora + Pantone Universe Alchemy Of Color Eye Shadow Palette :: Sephora + Pantone Universe Transforming Lip Gloss :: Sephora by O.P.I. Nail Color in Is She for Reel? :: Sephora Moisturizing Bronzing Body Lotion :: Lancome In Love with Red Lipstick and Nail Color Duo :: Sephora Pro Lesson Palette, Green Eyes ::

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My neighbor is a professional garage saler (yes, that’s word, I swear!), and I popped over to see her wares. She showed me her stash of gorgeous vintage jewelry and scarves, and naturally, I couldn’t resist, so I bought all my favorites for only $14. Not bad if I say so myself.

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As you know, Barbee Vintage and I joined forces in March where she offered you lovely folks 20% off your purchase in her Etsy shop. Of course I had to pick up some items myself and couldn’t resist this gorgeous sequined vintage top and gold Revlon compact. If you haven’t had a chance to check our her store, head over there now!
:: Vintage Cropped Top and Revlon Compact from Barbee Vintage ::

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I foolishly missed out on the collection from last year, so I knew I had to jump on it this time before it sold out. The compact is fun and the lip color, rouge, and nail polish are the perfect retro pink to channel your inner Betty.
:: Estée Lauder MadMen See-Thru Blush in Light Show :: Rich, Rich Lipstick in Pinkadelic :: Nail Lacquer in Pink Paisley ::

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I am a sucker for free gifts with purchase, so I stopped by the Estée Lauder counter at Macy’s to pick up a couple of eyeshadows, and received this amazing Lilly Pulitzer gift set! It comes with a limited edition make up bag, travel bottles, Lilly Pulitzer eyeshadow palette, lipstick, and face creams.
:: Estée Lauder + Lilly Pulitzer Macy’s Spring 2013 Gift Set with purchase ::

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I am loving our new arrivals at Fleet Collection, and had to get this dress. It fits amazing, and can pass as a true vintage dress. Isn’t the back just adorable?
:: Rococo Dress from Fleet Collection ::

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My enabler friend tipped me off about a sale at Madewell last week where their flats were going for $40! I’ve had my eye on their skimmer flats for months, and had to swing by to stock up. Who can be mad at genuine leather flats for half off?
:: The Ankle Strap Mini Wedge in Violet Haze :: The Sidewalk Skimmer in Patent Leather in Countess Rose :: The Sidewalk Skimmer in Suede in Crystal Blue :: The Sidewalk Skimmer in Suede in Gossamer Grey ::

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The Urban Outfitters sale rack never disappoints, so I did some pillaging and came out with a couple of cardigans and an earring set. My poor black cardigan I’ve had for years has finally went to wardrobe heaven, so I had to find its replacement. The floral cardigan is less of a necessity, but it’s perfect for Spring, so I couldn’t say no!
:: Floral Cardigan from Urban Outfitters :: Black Cardigan from Urban Outfitters :: Faceted Post Earring Set from Urban Outfitters ::

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A couple times a year, ModCloth offers a “Stylish Surprise” where you pay $15 to receive a random item. I decided to take a gamble and purchased 4, and these were what I received! I REALLY love the cape (and capes are my favorite!), but sadly the other 3 didn’t work on me, so I put them up for adoption in my shop closet.
:: Haute and About Dress :: Atmosphere of Influence Dress :: Because I Carrot Dress :: Chill Out and About Cape ::

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This gorgeous dress comes in 4 different colors and I was so surprised to see it on clearance. It looks and feels expensive, and it’s perfect for an upcoming evening wedding or party. I love the lace detail, and naturally, they go perfectly with my Louboutins!
:: Emma Crepe Dress in Black from Urban Outfitters ::

Did you have any favorite finds recently? Share in the comments below!


Ann

Spring Beauty: Paul & Joe Beaute

Thanks to Franci over at The Fashion Palate for a heads up, Paul & Joe’s limited edition beauty items are now available! Inspired by the carousels and spring hues of Paris, the packaging and products are downright adorable.

Happy shopping and stay cheeky!


Ann

H&M’s Conscious Partywear Collection

Not even a few days after Kate Young for Target’s look book was released, H&M released theirs for this Spring’s Conscious Collection.

You might remember last year’s Red Carpet collection, full of Oscar worthy pieces worn by actresses Michelle Williams and Amanda Seyfriend, to name a few. This year they’re ditching the Red Carpet and keeping it to the point: parties.

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Images courtesy of Vogue UK

I am floored by how gorgeous these dresses are. They are clearly inspired by the glamour of old Hollywood, but the haute couture you would see on a Paris runway.

Because the fashion gods are clearly against me, now we have two fabulous evening wear collections debuting in April, so now I must bide my wallet and battle myself with which items are going to win out.

Which collection are you looking forward to most, H&M’s or Target?

So until next time, stay cheeky!


Ann

New Comics Wednesday - An Introduction

Can you believe it’s been over a year and a half that I’ve been writing Tongue in Cheeky? This started as a little project where I could post about my favorite beauty products and fashion, which has evolved into a deep appreciation of my personal vintage inspired style.

As I wrote post after post, I knew something was missing: my voice. You guys know me as Ann, the Target addict, vintage lover, and mint green adorer. Thanks to a friend and Dean Street Society’s seminar about finding my niche, I had an “a-ha” moment - I didn’t incorporate one of my biggest passions: being a nerd. And I mean this in the truest sense. I have a cosmic tattoo inspired by The Jetsons and Futurama, and another tattoo inspired by my favorite video game, Portal. I spent the last 6 years of my life working in the video game industry, and I have been to San Diego Comic Con every year since 2005. But for some reason, I didn’t talk about it here.

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Yours truly cosplaying at San Diego Comic Con 2012 as Silk Spectre I

I kept my love for fashion separate from games and comics, because I didn’t think they mixed, and surely, you guys wouldn’t want to read about it, right? In a subculture plagued by the stereotype of socially awkward and terribly dressed dudes, how does a vintage loving, Louboutin-wearing gal get tangled up in this? So my mission, starting today, is to dispel the myth that all nerds are unfashionable.

So I proudly present to you, a new segment that I’ve affectionately named, “New Comics Wednesday” (disclaimer: I may deviate from comics from time to time, to talk about other nerd things that are near and dear to my heart). My goal is to cover my favorite fashion found in comics, video games, cartoons, and whatever else strikes my fancy.

I’m still prepping my first official “New Comics Wednesday” post, so until then, what are your favorite comics, cartoons, and games? Have you ever felt inspired by the fashion you’ve found within them?

Until next time, stay cheeky!


Ann

Collaboration Alert: Kate Young for Target

With Prabal Gurung for Target not even off the racks, Target has released the look book for their next collaboration with celebrity stylist Kate Young, which will hit stores on April 14th. She has styled the likes of Michelle Williams and Natalie Portman, and is taking a stab at designing for the first time.

Just in time for prom wedding season, the collection is chock full of pieces that are perfect for your next special event. As I was a bit underwhelmed by the Prabal collab, I’m happy to see some items that are right up my alley.

So enough of my yapping, here’s a sneak peek of some of my favorites! Prices range from $29.99 to $89.99, so there’s something for everyone’s budget.

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I am in love with the clutches, the shape and the starburst pendant is perfectly vintage, and the colors are amazing.

What are you most looking forward to? Is this collaboration a win or a dud? Post your comments below!

Until next time, stay cheeky!


Ann

Read All About It: ModCloth’s New Style Gallery

Until 7 AM PST on 3/18, ModCloth is inviting you to check out their brand new Style Gallery! Upload a photo, love images, and share looks that inspire the community throughout the week of 3/11-3/18. The image that gains the most “loves” will win the top prize of a $100 ModCloth gift card! But that’s not all, two random lovers of that winning image will also each score a $50 gift card. It’s a win-win!

A friend of mine, Pamada of just.pandippo is in second place, and is only 200 “loves” behind! Help a girl out, and you might win a $50 gift card yourself. The fashion gods will reward such kindness, I promise!

Stay cheeky!


Ann

To Warby, with Love

This weekend I made the trek up to West Hollywood to check out Warby Parker’s Class Trip. It’s an awesomely decked out school bus, loaded up with their classic frames.

If you haven’t heard of Warby Parker, here’s the Reader’s Digest version: Warby Parker sells prescription glasses and sunglasses. You can primarily purchase their styles online, with glasses as low as $95 (yes, that includes the prescription!). They’re able to keep their prices low due to small overhead and keeping the majority of their business online. Lastly, they also "Do Good": the “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair” program means that every pair of Warby glasses you buy, they provide a pair to someone in need (just think of TOMS shoes and you’re on the right track).

I’ve been needing a new pair of glasses, and after hearing Neil Blumenthal (their co-founder) speak at IFBCon, I knew I had to check them out in person. And lucky for me, the next stop after San Diego was LA.

After the hellish drive that is the 5 Freeway, I came upon the bus. WP is truly a benevolent company, because I was able to drive in and park in the lot, instead of having to search for street parking (thank you Based God!).

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I step onto the bus, and it’s like I’ve arrived at the holy grail of hipster-dom. Custom outfitted with wooden shelves that have every frame and color on display, and with mirrors strategically placed around the bus to check yourself out. It’s like stepping into a mobile glasses library.

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I tried on frame after frame, and something felt off…I hadn’t found the “one”. I become discouraged; and then I see them, almost as if a sign from the hipster gods themselves, the Sinclair. Classic lines and comes in 3 colors, I knew I found my mate.

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If you’re prepared and bring your prescription with you, they can fulfill your order right there (in your face LensCrafters!). If you’re like me, and have been putting off your eye exam, you can also use your visit as a showroom to try on the styles without having any unpleasant surprises by ordering online.

I haven’t purchased my glasses yet, but as soon as I make my way to the optometrist, you better believe those Sinclairs will be mine!

If you’re in the LA area, you can find the Magic School Warby Parker’s Class Trip Bus in West Hollywood until March 24th at 8201 W. 3rd Street.

Until next time, stay cheeky!


Ann