The Perfect Casual Outfit for a Cool Summer Evening



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Today is officially the FIRST DAY OF SUMMER 2013! Woohoo! Today is also the first day I feel fully recovered from from a severe cold, which I've had for over two, long, excruciating weeks! Whew! Suffice to say, I'm super excited that Summer is finally here! Basking in the sun, lounging by rooftop pools, Lana Del Rey turned up in my headphones, tropical drinks, and sexy Summer Nights . . . BLISS!

To kick off the first day of Summer, I wanted to share this super cute Spring-to-Summer look perfect for the current transitioning weather. For a casual evening out on the town or a nice dinner date, my ideal go-to attire is a loose-fitting sweater (or blouse) and a pair of dressy shorts. Ditch the jacket and the pants, because this outfit is all you'll need to keep warm when the weather starts coolin' up, but not too warm to where you'll feel stuffy. Plus, a little leg action can't hurt either, right ladies? *wink-wink*

Check out outfit & makeup details down below!



Wearing:

Taupe & Silver Sweater - Forever XXI (sold out, similar below)
Metallic Silver Shorts - Forever XXI (sold out, similar below)
Silver Glitter Platform Heels - Dolce Vita (sold out, similar below)
Rose Gold Earrings & Necklace - Forever XXI
Gold Cell Phone Case - RIGHT HERE
Transulenct Satchel Purse - Forever XXI sold out)

Makeup:

Foundation - Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk (My color is 5.75)
Powder - Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Powder
Blush - Nars Orgasm
Bronzer - Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna
Highlighter - Nars Albatross
Lipliner - Rimmel Tiramisu
Lipstick - OCC Lip Tar in HUSH
Eyeshadow - Naked 2 Palette + OCC Cosmetic Glitter in Silver

How to be a THUG in 10 Easy Steps: Musique Muse - Fashion Homage to Tupac Shakur



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In honor of one of the most influential rap artists of all time, (and one of my most favorite people that I've ever met) I am going to dedicate this Musique Muse Blog Segment to Tupac Shakur, with the hopes of inspiring you ALL to embrace your own inner 'THUG' and let your truest self shine through!

'2Pac' was a man that unabashedly bared his old soul not only in his body of musical work, but through his extensive interviews and writings. He was an outspoken advocate for the poor and underdogs around the world. He was a poet, actor, artist, and revolutionary. The below post is inspired by actual quotes spoken from Tupac, with my own interpretation on how YOU can be a THUG in 10 Easy Steps!

T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E  is an acronym for: The Hate You Give Little Infants F*cks Everyone. No, it doesn't mean you have to be a gangsta or promote violence. Being a Thug is about standing up for yourself, standing up for what's right, and promoting self-empowerment.

Photos, + Outfit and Makeup Details down below!


How To Be a Thug in 10 Easy Steps

Inspired by the Philosophy of Tupac Shakur


1. STOP LISTENING TO NEGATIVE PEOPLE: No matter what you try to do in life, there is always going to be that one negative person that will work tirelessly to perpetuate negativity and bring you down. Whether the hate comes from your so-called friends, family, or coworkers, just understand their negativity derives from their own self-esteem issues. Stand up for yourself and let them know that you're not going to tolerate it. If they don't respect you, eliminate them from your life! Discern the difference between those that come from a sincere place and try to offer constructive criticism, verses someone who wants to judge and persecute you for living the quality life that you desire to attain for yourself. A real Thug doesn't waste time tryin' to be a people-pleaser. Keep your head up and your middle finger higher!

“Only God Can Judge Me. That which does not kill me can only make me stronger. I don't see why everybody feel as though that they gotta tell me how to live my life.” - 2Pac

2. BE CAREFUL WHO YOU TRUST: Develop a keen sense of intuition and beware of a wolf in sheep's clothing. Trust is earned, not given. Pay attention to those 'red flags' that people give you and use that as a warning sign. Assume nothing, question everything. 
“Watch for phonies, keep your enemies close n*gga watch your homies.” - 2Pac

3. UTILIZE RESOURCES: Don't make excuses for yourself as to why you aren't successful. We live in the age of the Internet and smart phones, so there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't be able to excel intellectually and professionally. If you want to be successful, surround yourself with other successful people. Pick their brains. Ask questions. Research. Tap into all your available resources.

“Even the genius ask questions.” -2Pac

4. EVOLVE OR DIE: Educate yourself in philosophy, and work to attain enlightenment. Turn off the 'Reality TV' shows once and a while to READ a good book. If the dynamic of your personal relationships begin to change, take the necessary action to seek resolution and evolve with your partner. If you're stuck in a job that doesn't allow room for growth, consider finding a new job or speak to your boss. Be your own advocate, always. Change your narrow-minded way of thinking, be open to accepting new ideas and change. You'll live a more enriching life because of it.
“I want to grow. I want to be better. You Grow. We all grow. We're made to grow. You either evolve or you disappear.” - 2Pac

5. STAY POSITIVE: Yeah, I get it—Sometimes it's easier said than done. But, I promise you, the minute you allow darkness to creep into your brain, everything will only get worse. Attitude is EVERYTHING! I cannot stress this enough! Charles R. Swindoll once said: "The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church.... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes." So SMILE through the BULLSHIT, and you WILL be alright!
“Whatever you see you gotta keep a sense of humor; you gotta be able to smile through all the bullshit.” -2Pac

6. NEVER STOP DREAMING: No matter where you come from, your age, economic status, or cultural background . . . NEVER stop dreaming! BE A VISIONARY! Dream of the person you'd like to evolve into, dream for your family, dream of your success, and once you have a clear picture of what your dreams are, do whatever it takes to ACHIEVE them! . . . Believe, Achieve, Receive!
“During your life, never stop dreaming. No one can take away your dreams.”  -2Pac

7. STAY STRONG: Life is always going to be filled with challenges and adversity, but it's how we maneuver through it and triumph, that of which will determine our legacy. Its okay to experience vulnerable moments, but own your pain and use it to overcome obstacles. Greatness comes from perseverance. You are stronger than you realize. I promise.
“As wars come and go, my soldier stays eternal.” -2Pac

8. KNOW WHEN TO LET GO: Don't hang onto sh*t because you fear change. Don't hang onto someone you don't love because you're used to them. Don't kick yourself in the ass repeatedly over a mistake you've made. Forgive yourself and know when it's time to LET GO. Have the courage to step out of your comfort zone and put your mental stability first.
“You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could've, would've happened... or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the fuck on.” -2Pac

9. HAVE FAITH: Believe in yourself. Believe in your abilities, believe in your talent and skill. You don't have to be religious to have a sense of spiritual depth. Handle what's in front of you. Take things one step at a time. Have faith that the darkness will pass. Obstacles are an opportunity to consciously choose faith over fear. Keep Moving Forward and hold on tight to your faith.
“I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there's a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up... and handle it.” -2Pac

10. NEVER GIVE UP: Don't you dare give up on yourself. F*ck what people say. Don't even listen to those negative voices inside your head. Don't give into your fears. Don't doubt yourself. You must believe that you are put here on this earth for a reason. You are not your past, so don't dwell in the darkness. Don't let anyone or anything EVER kill your soul.
“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive.”

And remember, "Tupac cares, if don't nobody else care" . . . (and I care too!)'

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What I Wore:

Tupac Shirt - Forever XXI (sold out, similar below)
Satin Jog Pants - Forever XXI
Sneaker Wedges - Online
Sunglasses - Linda Farrow for Alexander Wang
Chain Necklace - Forever XXI
Cross Earrings - Forever XXI
Scorpion Bracelet - Here 

Makeup: 

Eyeliner - Teddy MAC
Mascara - Maybelline Rocket
Eyeshadow - Naked 2 Pallet
Blush - Laura Geller Blush-N-Brighten in Sunswept
Highlighter - Nars Albatross 
Foundation - L'oreal Lumi
Powder - Makeup Forever HD
Lipstick - NYX Pure Nude
Lipliner - NYX Natural

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Easy Flower Crown Headband DIY Tutorial Inspired By Lana Del Rey



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If you've been keeping up with my Blog, you will have already discovered that I consider Lana Del Rey a Fashion Icon. So, it's no surprise that I would whip up a quick Fashion Tutorial, recreating a lovely Floral Headband that you all could make to wear on the Crown of your pretty lil' heads! And, the BEST part of this DIY . . . You can get EVERYTHING from the DOLLAR STORE! Woohoo! One Flower Crown literally cost me only $3 to make, (minus the glue gun I already owned). A much more affordable option than what many online retail stores are charging, which is well over $30-$80! Way overpriced, if you ask me!

This tutorial is so easy, and only takes a few minutes. Throw on some Lana Del Rey music to get you in a whimsical mood, and have a go at it! This is PERFECT Spring/Summer Accessory to dress up your outfit! The possibilities are endless . . . Go BOLD like me, and use large flowers, or for something more subtle, you can choose smaller flowers. Be sure to link me to photos of YOUR own handmade floral crowns in the comments section, I'd love to see your beautiful creations!

(scroll down for step-by-step instruction, plus makeup and outfit details down below!)

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Materials:

  • Fake Flowers from Craft Store or Dollar Store (I purchased mine from the '99Cents Only Store')
  • Comfortable Fitting Headbands (I prefer the ones with Fabric, as they are softer on my ole noggin')
  • Glue Gun
  • And some Lana Del Rey Music (Optional, but highly recommended!)

Easy Tutorial: 

Step 1. Gather Your Faux Flowers and decide which ones you would like to use. I chose feminine pink roses with some white flowers. 

Step 2. Plug your glue gun in and make sure you have some extra glue sticks handy nearby, just in case you need a few extra. This project required only one glue stick per headband. For some reason, the dollar store didn't sell plain fabric-covered headbands, so while my glue gun was heating up, I pulled off the corny doily things that my headbands already had attached to them. 

Step 3. Pull off the tops of the flowers from the green plastic stems. Most fake flowers are made to easily pop off their stems with ease with a lil' pull. 

Step 4. Once you have popped off each of your flowers from their stems, snip off that bit of excess stem with some scissors  Make sure you cut AWAY from your face, we wouldn't want one of those little plastic bits flying right into your eye! LOL! Be careful that you don't get too 'snip happy' by cutting off too much, it will cause your flower to fall apart. 

Step 5: Decide how you would like your floral arrangement before gluing. Lay everything out to give yourself an idea of how you would like your headband creation to look. 

Step 6: Once you've decided on how you'd like your headband to look, it's time to get gluing! The technique I used is squeeze a bit of the glue onto the headband first, then an additional dab directly onto the flower itself. Press and hold your flower down for several seconds until it appears dry. Be careful not to glop the glue on, the last thing you want is a gooey, hot mess! 

Hope you enjoyed this very quick and easy tutorial! If you have any questions, feel free to drop them down below in the comment box! XO!


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What I'm wearing:

White Skater Dress Sundress - My Mom Bought it at Some Boutique (similar below)
Pink Sneakers - Target 
Cross Palm Bracelet - (Lana wore EXACT one in her Ride video) Amazon
Bow Necklace - Forever XXI (sold out, similar below) 



Makeup:

Tear Duct - Nyx White Eyeliner 
Falsies - Ardell Lashes 
Eyeliner - Maybelline Eye Studio 
Eyeshadow - Naked 2 

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Clear Shoes - Seeing Right Through Your Sole



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I just recently posted THESE SHOES on my Instagram the other day, at which point, many fellow shoe lovers alike sent in a flurry of inquiries in both my Twitter DMs & Facebook inbox, asking me where I ordered these pretty babies . . . Well, ladies, I am never one to keep a fashion secret, after all, "Sharing is Caring!" The clear platform sandals were purchased from no other than Forever XXI from their new Capsule Collection, for only $34.80! Yowza-Wowza! *Does the happy dance!* Yes, these shoes were affordable, but they certainly aren't cheap, by no means


These adorable shoes also come in Ivory, which are absolutely divine & also on my list! They seem to be an affordable dupe for the Jeffery Campbell Soiree (also listed below). I almost ordered the Soiree's, until I stumbled upon the Forever XXI Jeffery Campbell is always worth paying the extra price, but after stumbling upon this dupe, I managed to save a few bucks for another scrumptious shoe purchase. Can't be mad at that, right? 

The obvious difference between the two pairs of shoes is the Soiree's have a thicker heel. I actually prefer the ones from Forever XXI, and they're absolutely comfortable! I typically wear a teeny size 5 shoe, but I got these in a 5 1/2 and they fit perfectly! I'm assuming you may want to consider a half size bigger if you have a wider foot, so your feet aren't crammed in the shoe with the plastic. 

Clear shoes . . . I Love you! Perfect for Spring 2013, and so incredibly versatile! You can dress 'em up or dress 'em down; However you choose to style them, they are a MUST HAVE for this season, which will carry you right on into summer!

 Denim cut-off shorts? - Check
Jeans? - Check 
☑ Sundresses? - Check
☑ Leggings? - Check
☑ Jumpsuits? - Check
☑ Check . . . Check . . . Check . . . CHECK!!! 

I've curated a few of my fave clear shoes down below for you to browse through at different price points—Shoe Porn at its finest! *grins* . . . Each and every single one of these shoes are something I would personally wear, and a few I have my eye on for my next future purchases! . . . 

Enjoy, ladies, ENJOY! 


Vintage Vixen: Pre-Spring Floral Shift Dress & Patented Pumps (OOTD)



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I feel most like myself when I am wearing winged-eyeliner, and fashion from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s period. It may have a lot to do with the fact that I was co-parented by my fashionable grandmother (R.I.P.) who nurtured me into appreciating those glamorously-classic eras. I was so enamored by my grandmother, who always managed to look so effortlessly chic on a tight budget. There's no doubt that I have inherited her frugal sense of shopping, whilst still managing to feel good about my purchases. It isn't always how much you spend, but how you style it, right ladies?

It's My Birthday, I'll Be Fly If I Want To! - Faux Fur & Ombré Sweater



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 "Go, Shawty, it's mah birthday! . . . Go shawty, it's mah birthday!" ♪ 

This post is about five days late, as I celebrated my birthday on January 5th, but who says I can't keep the party goin'? . . . Where are all my fellow feisty Capricorns at? Holla! 

Luxe Fashion Cinéma: LA Street Style - Combat Boots & Leather Jackets



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Los AngelesBright lights, big city — It's easy to get swallowed up by the fast-paced, full throttle madness of LA if you're fending for yourself out there all alone. This is where the support of close friends and family become so vital in your life, because without them, you're liable to lose your mind tryin' to survive the concrete jungles of LA. 

Friends? — Who can you trust in a land filled with vultures, hustlers, manipulators, and yes-men? . . . If you have been blessed to have at least one good friend in your life, hold on to them tight with all of your might! They are the ones that will lift you up, hold you down, tell-it-to-you-like-it-is, (whether you want to hear it or not) and cry with you when you are hurting like no other. 
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