Category Archives: Girly Girl

Win Your Bracket and Look Good Doing It

First of all, this is not the subject of this post, but The Hunger Games movie was sooo good. Besides the expected fact that they had to cut it down into a 2 hour theatrical performance, it was seriously really great. They captured every image while reading the books so perfectly, and the young actors and actresses were top notch. I especially enjoyed the fact that when a Twilight preview came on before the movie, the hardcore Hunger Games fans laughed. Yep, I definitely was were I belonged ūüôā

So, I have a fashion dilemma, and as usual, decided to research the subject on the Internet, but came up short (no pun intended for those of you who know me). The issue is my team is still in the NCAA Tournament (GO CATS!), but what do you wear when you’re going to a restaurant or bar to cheer on your team?

As I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, I’m not really a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl. Tailgating during football season is a bit easier – it’s the South, so many girls are dressed in super cute skirts, dresses, etc and they don’t look out of place; until November, that is. Even then, you sport that blue and white with a classy shirt, cute scarf, peacoat, etc. No t-shirts here.

But basketball season is a different animal. Hanging out in a low-key bar is a little different than hanging out at Commonwealth Stadium. Plus, we’re grown ups now. So, what is a post-grad to do? As usual, I’m here to answer that.

  • Option¬†1: vintage tee, cardigan, cropped pants, ballet flats: This is a casual approach, but will not leave you feeling frumpy in the slightest. Accessorize with some pearls and oversized handbag.
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  • Option 2: V-neck (in school colors), jeans, lightweight scarf, blazer depending on weather, and Sperrys or boots: Again, this is really casual, but the scarf adds a bit of class.
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  • Option 3: Button down shirt (in school colors), jeans or shorts, Sperrys, boots or ballet flats: I love this option because in really any situation, it works!
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  • Option 4: Casual dress; or skirt with white tee: A really casual dress may work if you’re going to be outside or to a fancier destination than the neighborhood bar. Pairing a high-waisted skirt with a t-shirt dresses it down quite a bit. Add boots!

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Whatever you wear, have a smile on your face, cheer your lungs out, and HAVE FUN!

Warm Weather Beauty Q&A

Well, I guess I should apologize for a) my last post being on February 22nd and b) the fact that I didn’t even post New Music Thursdays the past couple of weeks. Shame on me! Truthfully, it’s been a very eventful 2 weeks with a promotion for me (yay!) and a full scholarship for my boyfriend to go to grad school (double yay!). That doesn’t leave a lot of time for blog writing.

Thankfully, we all survived the tornadoes in Kentucky last Friday and the random snow storm on Monday. Now it’s Wednesday with a high of 70. As we Kentuckians say, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes!”

Not only do I ADORE¬†today’s forecast, but¬†it gets me pumped for the upcoming spring/summer season.¬†I’ve noticed a lot of questions on beauty and fashion¬†forums lately, and thought I would address some of them. Bear with me – these are kind of random, but all equally important!

Q: When should I put away those winter boots?

A: It really depends on the kind of boots! Are they Uggs? They should have been put away a long time ago ūüôā Otherwise, if they are leather boots, you can really keep wearing them into the Spring months with skirts or dresses. I have two pair of leather boots that I wear constantly with skinny jeans, which I will probably stop doing some time this month. I will continue to wear my boots, especially the ones that are semi-cowboy looking. A dress with cowboy boots is a super popular combination in the summer months. So, the short answer is, whenever you feel comfortable!

Q: I hate going to the pool, lake or beach with tons of makeup on. Is there a solution for this?

A: Of course! I hate that too. The trick is to find a great tinted moisturizer. Laura Mercier makes one that is supposed to be the best on the market. It’s a little pricey though, so if this is out of your budget, try Jane’s tinted moisturizer. It works really well! It will even out your skin, but it feels just like lotion. The VERY important part is finding one that has SPF in it. Make sure you still use primer first! You don’t want it to come off while you’re lounging in the water. Also, if you want something on your lips with staying power, try a lip stain. I got one¬†the¬†CoverGirl Outlast Lip Stain at a¬†drugstore on a whim, and it actually works really well! Anything else you use, i.e. mascara or eye liner, just make sure it’s of the waterproof variety.

Q: The most unattractive look in the warm weather is when I’m pouring with sweat. Any tips for hot summer nights?

A: Just don’t go out?? HAHA, you all know I can’t be serious. If you’re going to be outside all night, a few things you will need to remember. Number one, this is your excuse to wear as little clothing as possible. I don’t condone skankiness, but a short, strapless dress or shorts and a tank are really¬†your best bet! Secondly, even if you’re just bringing your clutch/wristlet with you, definitely pack your handy tinted moisturizer, powder,¬†eyeliner¬†and mascara for touch ups. You should also invest in some of those oil blotting sheets! They work for sweat, too. Don’t forget the mini deoderant!¬†Lastly, wear your hair UP! I know, sounds crazy as most women in their 20s prefer letting their locks flow freely, but there are some super cute updos on Pinterest. Don’t be afraid to try them out!

Other questions? Let me know!

Bag Borrow or Steal

Ever wanted a designer handbag? (you: DUH) Ever wanted a designer purse but do not want to pay hundreds of dollars? (you: OBVIOUSLY!)

I have the solution! Bag Borrow or Steal lets you borrow, yes, BORROW, designer purses for anywhere from $10/week to $1600/week. There are a couple other websites out there like this, but none with as great of a selection as BBS.

So how does it work? Well, first¬†you sign up to be a member.¬†Then you spend¬†a few minutes/hours¬†browsing online for the guaranteed authentic¬†handbag¬† you want and can afford. Many of them have waitlists, but don’t worry – if you have a membership, it won’t be long until you get the purse you want. Or you can browse by purses that are currently available so that it’s shipped immediately. After you’ve chosen the purse you’d like to borrow, you select your payment plan. You can borrow for a week, a month, or 3 months at a time. The longer you borrow, the cheaper the price. Your week or month begins when your item is delivered.¬†When BBS ships you your purse, it will be clean and in good condition. And if it isn’t, you can send it back for a refund!

If you decide you want to keep your item, that may or may not be possible. BBS has a separate website called BBS Private Sale which sells designer bags for relatively cheap. Your item may be available on BBS Private Sale, but if it isn’t, you’ll just have to keep renting! It also may be possible to call customer service and try to talk them into selling you that item. If there’s not a waiting list, maybe they’ll consider it!

Now, let’s be realistic in that you’re not going to be able to borrow a Chanel or Louis Vuitton for $10/week. The $10/week items are usually Coach, Michael by Michael Kors, Furla, Tory Burch, Juicy Couture, and Kate Spade. However, if you want to treat yourself a little, you could borrow a Chanel, Valentino, Chloe or Gucci for around $70/week. Hermes bags as well as the vintage couture¬†pieces are the ones that are going to cost hundreds – if not thousands – per week.

What’s even better is that BBS recently changed their policy so that 1. Membership is totally free 2. Shipping, both borrowing and returning, is free. 3. Insurance is included.

BBS also lets you borrow designer jewelry, sunglasses and other accessories for your special occasions.

How do I know all of this? Well, I’m a member of course! I received my first handbag yesterday. It’s a little springy, but I absolutely adore it. And at $12/week or $35/month, it’s something I can afford ūüôā¬† So cute, right?!

Jason Wu for Target

Remember when I posted about Missoni for Target way back when? Well, since I didn’t get to jump on that bandwagon (still bitter), I am looking forward to Jason Wu’s Spring¬†collection, which will be¬†hitting Target stores this weekend!

While many designers (Missoni, Versace for H&M) just imitated their regular collections by substituting lower quality fabrics, Jason Wu created a completely new collection for Target. You’ve probably seen the adorable commercial with the cat by now, showing us that the line is all about fun, flirty, and even slightly mischievious pieces ranging from $19.99 to $59.99.

I got my hands on some of the lookbook images, and let me just say, Target may become my new favorite store for the next month or so. Here are some of my favorite pieces. Get them before they’re gone!

15 Things White Girls Love To Do on Facebook

I am super busy at work this week and have been staying late¬†pretty much every night,¬†so I think this will hold you over, at least for today. Thanks to Mary, whom I have no direct contact with, for making me laugh so hard that I peed a little. Okay, that’s gross and didn’t really happen, but seriously, this is hilarious. And so unbelievably true. I’m probably guilty of most of these at one point of¬†another(except the whole ranting on Facebook about Facebook thing, that’s where I draw the line), much¬†like Mary so honestly admits at the¬†end of her list.

Enjoy!

15 Things White Girls Love To Do on Facebook.

Finally, my lazy cooking pays off.

So sorry for the hiatus. I caught a nasty little fever bug over the weekend and spent most¬†of it feeling incredibly sorry for myself. Yes, I am one of those ūüôā

I realize that my blog as of late has been a compilation of other blogs/websites, but I feel like sharing these tools with my readers is very important. So, with the promise of an original post tomorrow or the next day, can we stick this one out? Great, thanks for your cooperation!

Have you heard of Crock Pot Girls? If you haven’t, you will! Go to¬†their website¬†and¬†peruse immediately! Actually…hold off on that until¬†you’ve finished reading this.

While I find a gazillion recipes I want to try¬†in the midst of¬†perusing Pinterest, they all seem really, really complicated and time consuming. And, if I’m being completely honest with myself, I’m a lazy cook. I don’t want to spend hours chopping or preparing, nor do I have the time. And even if I did have the time, I’d have much more fun on Pinterest. Is this a vicious cycle? Yes. I recognize it, and I’m doing everything in my power to overcome it.

For years, the solution to the busy-woman-who-doesn’t-have-time-to-cook-a-complicated-meal syndrome has been the holy Crock Pot. Have you ever had anything horrible after leaving it in a slow cooker for hours? No. In fact, you could probably mix blue cheese, M&Ms, ketchup, and onions and it would be a tasty meal, although I don’t recommend that exact combination.

This is where the Crock Pot Girls are genius! They have compiled dozens of easy peasy recipes for the slow cooker (you don’t need¬†it to be Crock Pot brand for the recipe to work, in case any of you were confused :-P)¬†and even have tips & tricks and a blog to boot. I’ve tried a few, and let me tell you, I’ve yet to go wrong. The french dip au jus sandwiches were a hit with my boyfriend, and I loved the chicken enchilada recipe. Of course, I still skip the recipes that call for 25 ingredients, but if you’re into that, I’m sure those are just as delicious.

So, what’s your mission now that I’m done with my rant? Yes, that’s right, go check it out. Go go go!

P.S. Make sure you let me know if you try any of their recipes! I’ll try to post a picture next time I do.