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

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

My Favorite Things: Big Hair, Don’t Care

Big hair. I love it. You may say I want to marry it. And when IFB challenged us to post about our hair inspiration (also brought to you by Frederic Fekkai), I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

Big hair isn’t effortless. You have to tease your hair to high heaven, use copious amounts of hairspray, and be prepared to hit the ceiling of your car when you get in. But all of that doesn’t matter, because it’s a classic style that will never go out of style (at least to me).

So without further ado, I present to you, my hair inspirato board:

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How amazing are these styles? It’s almost as if you can’t tell which are modern, and which are from the past. What do you think? What’s your hair inspiration?

Until next time, stay cheeky!


Ann

IFBcon 2013 Recap!

Last week I made the trek from the West Coast to the Big Apple for the Independent Fashion Bloggers Conference. It was an incredible two days, where I gained an invaluable amount of knowledge, made new friends, and was surrounded by amazingly talented bloggers from all over the world.

I won’t go into the nitty gritty details, but you can read more about the conference on IFB’s site here.

The Conference:

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The vendors were amazing. Bare Escentuals had a beauty station where you could test out their new products from their new Remix collection, and even make up artists that were there all day to touch up your makeup.

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MailChimp had an adorable t-shirt decorating station where you could deck out a t-shirt with ribbons, studs, sequins, you name it. They even handed out super adorable knitted chimp hats.

Frederic Fekkai also had a presence with a hair station, where their amazingly capable stylists performed some TLC on your locks. Seeing that I left all my styling tools back in California, I had to take advantage.

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Alex and Ani also had a booth where they displayed their eco-friendly jewelry, and even had a fun photobooth that turned your portraits into a gif. Because I’m vain and just had my hair done at the Fekkai booth, I had to take a turn.

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The Swag:

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They did not skimp on the free goodies! At the end of the day we received a bag full of nifty items: bristle pad brush, a surprise from Baublebar, 2013 journals, the Diana Vreeland documentary, an iPhone case, NYX bronzer, and even more than I could fit in the picture. They even handed us a mystery Birchbox!

The best of all, makeup! At the Bare Escentuals booth, if you received a touch up from the artist you received the products for free. It’s a win-win!

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One of my favorite items in the gift bag were the TwistBands (you can buy them on Birchbox!). They are ponytail ties made from elastic trim that doesn’t pull. I love that they’re also super comfy to wear on your wrist when it’s not in your hair. So many colors!

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I’ve always wanted to try out Birchbox, and was so excited to get one for attending. The box and packaging are so cute, and I was pleased with what I received. I can’t wait to try everything!

The Bottom Line:

The IFB team did an amazing job putting on a huge event at a beautiful venue with insightful panelists and workshops. It was no small feat, so I hope they were able to kick up their feet with some champagne to celebrate a job well done. It was such an invaluable experience and I hope to come back next year.

I still have many more photos to share from my trip, so until next time…stay fabulous!


Ann

"My Favorite Things" Giveaway!

UPDATE: I’m happy to announce that the winner of the giveaway is Franci of The Fashion Palate! Congrats and thanks to everyone who entered! ♥

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I’m so excited to finally unveil my second giveaway! With Valentine’s Day coming around the corner, I want to give away some of my favorite beauty products!

Click above to learn how to enter (giveaway ends on 2/18)
Good luck!


Ann

Farewell, 2012!

Before I say goodbye to 2012, I wanted to look back on some of the amazing memories this year held for me.

This year I had many collaboration adventures including Jason Wu for Target, Marni for H&M, and CFDA for Neiman Marcus and Target to close out the year.

I made a new friend, Sam, and helped him revamp his wardrobe with just a few key pieces…and he’s still keeping it up!

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My beau and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary at PaleyFest in Beverly Hills to watch the panel of one of our favorite shows…Mad Men (and come on, I was in the same room as Jon Hamm…best anniversary ever!).

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This summer I started working with amazing friends and designers, Fleet Collection, as their Community Marketing Director. I am thankful everyday for the opportunity to work these amazing ladies and can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for us!

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I also had the honor of being the hair model (not once, but twice!) for the fabulous Tara Alexander! The Pinup Girl Grand Opening was such an amazing experience, and I had a blast! As a heads up, if you missed out on Tara’s hairstyling class in October, she has another one coming up in February!

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I crossed 3 items off my bucket list: spent my birthday on a boat, received my first Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, and bought my first pair of Louboutins!

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And last, but not least, I closed out the year by finding my dream Jason Wu dress at Nordstrom Rack! I wore it to a holiday party and didn’t want to take it off!

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Here’s to 2012 being a fabulous year…and to 2013 being glamorous!


Ann

Tara’s Hairstyling Class hosted by Pinup Girl Boutique!

Last month I had the honor of being Tara Alexander’s hair model (again) for her pinup hairstyling class at Pinup Girl Boutique in Burbank! As always, I had a fabulous time and also had some quality shopping time at the boutique :P.

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Early morning drive from OC to Burbank! Wearing my teal vintage mod dress for the occasion.

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Wardrobe change! The girls at the boutique were sweet enough to let me wear one of their dresses for the class, so I chose the Kristina Dress from Laura Byrne’s Black Label collection (naturally I bought it because I didn’t want to take it off!).

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After Tara works her magic on me…big 60s sexpot hair!

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Obligatory selfie phone photo of us after a long day. Love her!

If you missed out on her class last month, she’s teaching another one in Orange County on Sunday, November 25th. Go to the class’ event page for more information!

Until next time, stay cheeky!


Ann

Benefit “Watt’s Up” - Review

Many moons ago I received a sample of Benefit’s High Beam and used it almost everyday. I really love the satiny pink color, but the problem was my face would look incredibly shiny after a few hours (rather than luminescent).

So after another failed attempt at using Sephora + Pantone’s illuminating primer (which was the worst culprit of oiliness of them all), I made a trip to Sephora to buy Watt’s Up at the behest of my friend.

Let’s start with the obvious: the packaging is SUPER cute. Benefit knows the way to my heart with pretty presentation, so they score brownie points there.

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How does it work?
The top of the tube is where the highlighter cream is, and the bottom is a smudge applicator at the bottom. You glide it across your cheek and brow bones, then sculpt with the applicator.

The cream is a champagne highlight, which I prefer over High Beam’s pink satin color, because I find Watt’s Up color more wearable for everyday. It has the perfect luminosity and looks amazing in photos when the lights hit it just right! A couple tips to enhance the highlighter’s effect: The first time I used it, I tried sculpting with the applicator, and found it a bit cumbersome to use. I found it stiff and difficult to work with, so I switched to a wedge which I used to gently blend (rather than sculpt). This will create a softer glow that is easier to wear everyday.

Secondly, if wearing with blush: apply the highlighter on your cheeks first, blend with sponge, then sweep blush over it. Blending will make it look softer, and the powder will set the cream…bonus!

Bottom Line

As my friend testified, this highlighter doesn’t make me shiny and oily! I am so pleased and can’t go a day without wearing it. Even on my natural face days I will still swipe a little Watt’s Up across my cheeks for a little lift. Thanks Benefit, for making a highlighter that doesn’t make my nose an oily mess!

Hope you found this review helpful, and until next time, stay cheeky!


Ann

MAC Holiday 2012 Collections

I am so smitten with MAC’s holiday collections this year!

The “Making Pretty” collection features two lipsticks, pressed power, loose powder, and a brush set. I love the dusty pink shagreen cases with the gold bow. I am going to add these to my Christmas wishlist immediately!

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The “Guilty Passions Collection” features mini kits and showcase bolder colors for the lips and eyes.

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Photos Courtesy of Beautezine


Ann