The Big One-Eight

I have a day and a half left to be seventeen. For the past two years I have spent my birthday getting a mani-pedi, going to the Barney’s Warehouse sale, and spending the evening with my friends. It’s been a good routine, but three times isn’t the charm this year. The Barney’s sale is online (there is a physical sale, but it starts the day after my birthday, which is also the day I leave for college). So I will most likely be spending at least part of the day packing, and the other part of the day trying to figure out how to register to vote. Exciting, I know.

Anyway, I hate when you ask people what they want for their birthday and they say “I don’t know”, so here’s my birthday wishlist should you feel so inclined to get me a present. 😀

Free People Blue Velvet Chambray Buttondown $118

I wear my Madewell denim shirt, like, all the time (see it in action here, here, here, and here), so I know I would get a lot of use out of this one. It would be fun to change it up with a darker wash, plus I love the bib-like top and the velvet detail.

Zara High Heel Sandal with Ankle Strap $70

I saw these shoes on Carolina of Fashion Squad and loved them (see her posts featuring the shoes here and here). I have a few pairs of black heels already, but none of them are very college party appropriate. They are all either too uncomfortable to realistically spend more than five minutes in, have more of a job interview-height heel, or are a little too fancy. These have a high enough heel to be fun, but are also much more wearable because they have minimal contact with skin, especially around the heel, which makes them much more comfortable. They would look cute with any party dress and tights for a night out, or even with jeans and a fitted sweater for a day when I want to look more put-together.

Karla Deras x Roman Luxe Python Cuff Bracelet $77

I’m not as oh-my-god-I-need-that about this as much as the other items on the list, but I do think it’s really fun and cute and a great way to add umph to an outfit. Check out Karla’s fashion blog, Karla’s Closet, and the rest of her collection for Roman Luxe here.

Influence Leopard & Mesh Skater Dress $42

This is hands down my most wanted item on the list. I’ve had my eye on this dress forever, it’s so adorable. The black mesh panels tone down the leopard print, and the full skirt makes it effortlessly cute and feminine.

Mingle iPhone Case $35

How perfect is this iPhone case? I love the blurred gold sequins and the hint of light purple (my favorite color).

Or a Sephora gift card. I would always be happy with a Sephora gift card. What do you think of my birthday wishlist?

Sorry for the silence in the last week, I’ve been super busy trying to get everything I need for college. I will try as hard as I can to keep posting regularly but, you know, I am moving in four days.

Takes Two to Tango

In case you haven’t been following, I’m interning for Racked. They got a ton of samples last week and my boss told me to take whatever I want, so I went home with a bag full of Sephora swag. They had the Sephora + Pantone Universe collab, which I was actually really interested in and wanted to try out. In case you’re a little late to the party, Tangerine Tango has been the named color of the year by the experts over at Pantone, ’cause apparently picking a color once a year is a legit job. If you were one of those kindergarteners who considered it social suicide to confuse the yellow green crayola with the green yellow crayola, you have a bright future ahead of you. And since it takes two to tango, Pantone chose beauty powerhouse Sephora for a dance partner. Good choice.

I don’t understand how anyone is supposed to wear tangerine eyeliner, but other than that the collection is pretty awesome. My favorite piece by far is the lipstick.

I am not a lip product person. I was obsessed with Lip Smackers lip gloss as a fifth grader, but that’s about it. I’m not exactly low maintenance when it comes to makeup, but lip stuff just never really did it for me. But I can never turn down free makeup, so when I got home with all my goodies, I swiped on the stuff. And oh my god, I love it.

In a department store in Paris over spring break, my mom asked me to pick out a lipstick shade for her. I chose a bright pink that looked gorgeous on her. I never really got it when people said that lipstick can brighten up your whole face until I saw it on her. That’s what happened to me in my bathroom last week. I fell in love. I never thought I would sport orange lipstick on a near-daily basis, but it’s awesomeness took me by surprise. I think it works because the bright color contrasts my dark hair. I’ve been thinking about going lighter for a while now, but I might keep it dark just to be able to wear this all summer long. It does fade fast though, especially when eating, so sooner or later I’ll have to venture into the uncharted territories of lip liner, a product that just a few weeks ago I had rendered pointless. Any suggestions? Do you go bright and bold, or keep it natural? Next outfit post, I’ll model my new love.