My Favorite Mascaras

Hey everyone! Sorry I have not posted in awhile. I have been really busy since graduating. I have some exciting news though! I finally got a new camera and created a YouTube channel, caterpillartobutterfly so I have embedded my latest video below! This post is about my favorite mascaras at the moment. The MILK mascara was sent to me for free for testing purposes by Influenster. Hope you like it and don’t forget to subscribe to my new channel ūüėČ

To watch the video in fullscreen, scroll over where it says youtube and click “watch on youtube.”

Risky Business

I call this outfit¬†risky business¬†because there is a classy business feel to it with a hint of risk! Don’t get me wrong though…this is definitely NOT the outfit to wear to a business meeting or to work (unless you work in a really chill and trendy environment perhaps). This is a great outfit for dinner or cocktails with the girls when you want to look sophisticated but also flirty!

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OUTFIT DETAILS:

Top: I found this Lavender Velvet Babydoll V-Neck Tank at the cutest boutique Polished ! Although this top is no longer available, I highly recommend you check out the website because there are tons of cute clothes you will not be able to find anywhere else!

Jeans: Petite Mid-Rise Black Jean Leggings from Express for $79.99. I got them for 30% off at the time. Always check for deals!! Right now, Express has a buy 1, get 1 $29.90 deal. For all of you short people out there, these petite jeans are LIFE SAVORS because you do not have to pay to get them hemmed…you’re welcome.

Black Cardigan: You can pair this outfit with any simple black cardigan. I bought mine a couple years ago at Nordstrom for about $20.

Heels: These strappy BCBG Generation heels are an oldie but a goodie! A bonus is that they are very comfortable and easy to walk in too! For a similar look, click on the links below.

Caparros Women’s Kalista Embellished Satin Pointed Toe Pumps. Originally $95 but are 40% off right now for $57 at Bloomingdales!

Athena Alexander Monett Strappy Pump for $84.95 at Nordstrom.

Lace-Up Block Heel Pumps. Originally $32.99 but are on sale right now for $16.49 at Charlotte Russe.

LifeStride Seamless for $59.99 at Zappos.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Happy Spring cleaning everyone! It is time to put away the winter clothes and reorganize your closets! BUT FIRST, before saying goodbye to winter for good, I’d like to share with you one of my favorite winter outfits. After, I will share with you some essentials that get me through the Spring season!

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As you can see, I love a pretty pop of red! I wore this outfit to my birthday dinner with the family.

I got the blouse from Bloomingdales on sale for $82.60. I know it is still a little pricey but it was originally $118. You can shop this Karen Kane Sparkle Trim Bell Sleeve blouse at bloomies right now on sale for $88.50 (25% off).

The white fur coat is my moms so bless her soul for letting me borrow it so I could feel extra chic on my birthday! I am assuming the fur coat was WAY over my budget so shop these white fur coats instead that won’t break your bank account!!

Linza Faux Fur Jacket at Fashionnova for $39.99

Irene Faux Fur Hooded Jacket at Fashionnova for $49.99

(You can definitely get these cheaper at Fashionnova because there are always sales and promo codes you can use).

The Fur Vault Rex Rabbit Fur Bolero at Macy’s on sale right now for $715 plus an extra 20% off with the code: SALE, which brings you to a total of $572!! This is a steal only because the original price is $1,795!!! Obviously this is the most expensive option but is the best option if you are looking for a real fur coat that is somewhat affordable cause real fur is expensive. Always keep a look out for deals like these when trying to buy a special pricey item. Sale ends April 8th!

Jeans: DL 1961 Florence Instasculpt skinny jeans in Neptune for $178 (I got these on sale for $99).

My bag and shoes are my favorite part of this outfit! My Christian Louboutins were a gift from my Aunt for my 21st birthday and I actually cried tears of joy when she gave them to me. They were limited edition at the time so I am not sure if stores still have them, they are a bit of a tricky find!! They are not the most comfortable but beauty is pain, am I right ladies?? I would only recommend wearing these to occasions where most of the time you will be sitting…a nice dinner party perhaps??

I got my Alma Louis Vuitton bag at the flagship store in Paris with my birthday money while I was abroad two years ago. If you plan on buying something Louis Vuitton and you are in Paris, I highly recommend you buy it there because the prices are significantly lower! Just don’t forget the VAT tax!

NOW FOR SOME SPRING ESSENTIALS THAT GET ME THROUGH THE SEASON:

  1. Coffee is a must year round but my skinny iced vanilla lattes with almond milk from Starbucks keep me sane throughout the Spring. If you are trying to be extra healthy, then ask for the sugar free vanilla syrup. I promise you it tastes just as delicious! 15985863205_c858c5a134_b
  2.  Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in the color- Sparkling Bellini ($30 at Ulta). I love this blush for the spring because it brings out more peachy tones with the perfect hint of sparkle, making this the perfect blush to go with brighter colors! unnamed-37
  3. Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eye Palette¬†¬†, which is a bit tricky to find at the moment but you can get it on sale now at Nordstrom Rack for $33.97 instead of $55. I use this palette much more in the Spring and Summer because of all the bright colors. I enjoy playing around with the colors to make some fun looks.¬† Below are two looks I completed with this palette and the blush. Also, sorry the palette on the outside looks a little beat up…I should probably stop throwing my palettes around.¬†unnamed-33unnamed-38
  4. unnamed-35unnamed-36unnamed-34unnamed-26unnamed-30There are so many other things I love for the Spring but I will save those for a different post since this one is a bit on the longer side. What are some of your Spring essentials?! Comment below.

 

Casual Day Out On The Town

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Hey everyone! This is one of my all time favorite outfits because it’s a casual outfit that is both stylish and comfortable! I originally got this Ribbed Knit Slit Tunic top at BCBG but unfortunately they do not sell it anymore…HOWEVER, you can get it super cheap right now from Ebay or Jet.com. The top runs a little big so I would go a size down if you are in between sizes. I am wearing a size small but it’s a little big on me. Of course, I am wearing my DL 1961 Florence Instasculpt crop jeans in black, which are on sale right now in a blue wash at Macy’s for $79.99 but hurry because they are almost sold out! My booties are Vince Camuto and are an oldie but a goodie! The fringe adds a nice touch to them. The bag is from Florence, Italy. The choker is from my friend, Chelsea’s Etsy shop. She makes all her jewelry herself and they are adorable! Highly recommend you check out her jewelry at¬†Shellsea.co

Ebay links for the top: XS Currently 17.99 + 6.99 shipping L currently $14.99 + 6.99 shipping

Jet.com link: $20.97

Get them before they are gone!!

 

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Finesse Vox Box Unboxing

This is my first Vox Box from Influenster that I received complimentary for testing purposes! My camera is actually broken so the camera quality is horrible. I am planning on buying a new camera that takes high quality videos and pictures so if you have any suggestions on what to buy I would love to hear them! Hopefully by the next time I do a review, my video quality will be 1000x better ūüôā

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Also thought I would share with you a better picture of my new hair color and the adorable sweater that I am wearing!

I love this off the shoulder sweater! It is super simple but the design on the back adds a little something extra. I got this sweater as a gift and it was from TJMaxx!

Dress like a badass

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How amazing is this outfit?! This is the perfect look to go out to the bars, to the city, or if you just want to look like a badass. My leather jacket is from Florence, Italy but you can wear any leather jacket with this look! Click on the links to be directed to the tank, jeans, and booties!

Tank: Double Layer Satin Cami from Express. Originally $39.90 but I got it for 50% off!

Jeans: DL 1961 Florence Instasculpt Crop jeans in black (By the way I was wearing these in denim in my last post and they are on sale right now at Bloomingdales for $99 and are originally $178!!)

Scarf: I actually got this from the Juniors Nordstrom department a few years ago for around $20 and it looks exactly like an Alexander McQueen scarf which range from about $185 to $500.

Booties: Stuart Weitzman (For a cheaper alternative, check out Forever21 $35, Vince Camuto Destilly 2 Bootie $149.95, Naturalizer Westing Bootie originally $149.95-168.95 and are on sale for $118.26-119.16, New Steve Madden Brave Bootie $109.95

 

How to wear the same outfit in different ways

If you’re a broke college student like me with expensive taste then you know the struggle that comes with shopping. My tip to you is to STOP buying new clothes and to START buying more accessories! I am wearing the same black long sleeve sweater and jeans in every picture but the accessories are key to creating a new and fresh look!

All of these outfits posted below are great for dinner with the girls, a night out in the town, a date night, or even class if you want to spice it up a bit! Although, I would recommend wearing boots or something without a heel to class. Shoes and jewelry can either dress up or dress down your outfits so play around with what you have and see what new looks you can create with the same outfit!

You can get a cute black long sleeve sweater anywhere but mine is from free people. The jeans I am wearing are DL 1961 Florence Instasculpt crop jeans (tip to my fellow short friends out there: buy cropped jeans to save money on hemming jeans because they fit you to your ankle…you’re welcome). They are a tad bit pricey but are my favorite because they are so stretchy and comfortable. Of course, you can wear any pair of jeans! You can click on the images to see them larger!

 

Cheetah scarf: From South Moon Under $44 (For a cheaper alternative, check out Forever21 Leopard Print Wrap Scarf for $17.90 and other stores such as Kohls and TJMaxx).

Boots: Tori Burch Tall leather black boots (For a cheaper alternative, check out places such as DSW and Famous Footwear).

Jewelry: Tori burch bracelet and gold hoop earrings (I know you can’t see them), and rose gold/black Alex and Ani bracelets.

 

Coat: Calvin Klein (For a cheaper alternative, check out places such as Kohls, TJMaxx…or do what I do and keep an eye out for the sales at Bloomingdales!)

Fur vest: Aqua (For a cheaper alternative, check out Forever21 and Fashionnova)

Jewelry: Necklace is from Francesca’s…super cheap!

Bag: Leather/suede bag is from Florence, Italy but you can find similar trendy bags at places such as Bloomingdales, Macy’s, and Nordstrom!

Booties: Stolen from my moms closet so I am not entirely sure LOL… BUT you can find a cute pair of black booties literally anywhere from super cheap to really expensive so do what your little heart desires! (I honestly love ALDOS…I find that they always have cute black booties!)¬†

 

Scarf: Nordstrom juniors department $10

Jewelry: Tori burch silver hoop earrings (I know you can’t see them).

Booties: Stuart Weitzman red velvet booties…I got these for Christmas so trust me I know they are pricey! (For a cheaper alternative, check out Forever21 $35, Charlotte Russe $11.99, Express, and Joie saleema velvet block heel booties at bloomies- on sale right now for $174 and are originally $348…talk about a steal!!)