Sheer Genius

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One of my all-time favorite trends is lace. This delicately textured fabric never fails to add a touch of femininity to even the grungiest of outfits. I am happy to say that after some not-so-extensive research, I discovered lace to be an expected returning trend for fall 2010.

white tank: Banana Republic gift from Mom //lace tank: Nordstrom Rack, Love On A Hanger $13 SALE //cardigan: Nordstrom B.P. $24 SALE // nailpolish: Petities in 'Cabernet' gift from Roommate


Fall 2010: Fashion Report

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Expected trends for Fall 2010:

1. Military jackets
2. Lace
3. Velvet clothing
4. Leather jackets
5. White tights
6. "Conservative Glamour"- this trend was inspired by the recession. It is described as simple with subtle "bling".
7. "Great Outdoors"- worker boots, and fur lined vests are just two of the many items that go with this trend. The color palette includes forest green, and many muted browns.
8. Bohemian- white, lace, and anything flowy.
9. The 70's Are Back- nude accessories, tan trousers.
10. Cut out clothing

The list goes on...

Sources:
Fashion Rising
Harper's Bazaar
Elle

Tutorial: How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

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What you will need: baby shampoo ($2), a sink, and a washcloth/towel.

1. Run brush under sink to slightly dampen bristles.
2. Squeeze a pea-sized amount of baby shampoo onto your brush. Depending on the size of the brush, the amount of shampoo needed will vary. Remember, less is more. With my largest brush (Bare Minerals 'Kabuki' brush), I use a dime-sized amount of soap.
3. Work shampoo into bristles to create a light foam.
4. Rinse until water running off of bristles is clear.
5. Place brush on washcloth/towel to dry.

Be careful to avoid getting the part of the brush where the handle and bristles meet wet. This can cause the glue to wash away and as a result, the bristles will begin to fall out.





The Saltwater Room

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t-shirt: Urban Outfitters $25 SALE //jeggings: Nordstrom Rack, Jalate $16 SALE

This week's list for MUSIC MONDAY!
1. 'Love and Affection' Neon Trees
2. 'Runaway Train' Soul Asylum
3. 'If I Ever Leave This World Alive' Flogging Molly
4. 'The Saltwater Room' Owl City
5. I couldn't find a 5th song...recommendations are welcome! I am always looking for new music.

Jewelry: Basic Staples

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A great way to save money is to purchase staple items. The term 'staple' ultimately defines a necessary, or basic item. When it comes to jewelry, I believe that there are 3 pieces every girl should own.

1. The statement necklace can turn any outfit from glum to glam.
2. The chain and pendant necklace is excellent for discretely adding a touch of sparkle to any outfit.
3. Pearls can give your outfit a classy vibe with little effort. Opt for faux pearls to save $!



statement necklace :Nordstrom B.P. $12 //pendant necklace: Juicy Couture (gift from my friend K) //pearls: gift from Grandma

P.s, Love free stuff? Enter Jasmine's MAC nailpolish giveaway!

Here We Go Again

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This week's list for Music Monday:
1. 'Caught Up In The Cycle' Nights & Weekends
2. 'Club Love' Usher ft Taylor Swift
3. 'Happily Ever After' He Is We
4. 'In-N-Out' We The Kings
5. 'Animal' Neon Trees (Recommended by Audrey J.! Check out her blog: She's Got A Ticket To Ride)

Secret Weapon

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A hairstyle that has never failed me, even on a bad hair day, is the ponytail. Whether it is with bangs, a bow, or to the side, this hair style is guaranteed to be fail-proof.

Electric Blue

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I have been a fan of the color electric blue for quite some time now. While I admire the way it glows in the light, the best thing about it has to be its ability to compliment any skin tone. This magnificent shade of blue is also appropriate enough to be worn on any occasion during any given season, making it extremely versatile. Is there a color you really love to wear that makes you feel radiant and confident?

P.s, did any of you lovely bloggers watch the finale of The Hills? What did you think of it? Although I was not impressed by this last episode, I can still say that I will be missing the show. It was a great series, especially for fashion inspiration and eye candy (Brody :))!


dress: F21 $12 //cardigan: Nordstrom B.P. $25 SALE //necklace: Nordstrom B.P. $15 //Belt: Banana Republic, Mom's closet

Well, That Was Easy

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I have never had a "plan of attack" when it came to approaching sales. This weekend, Nordstrom will be holding their annual Anniversary Sale --a gigantic sale where almost everything in the store gets reduced temporarily. To prevent making unnecessary purchases as I have done in the past years, I'm going to attempt to make a list of the things I plan on buying...a very vague list of course.

P.s, Who watched the finale of The Hills?!

The City

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This week's playist for MUSIC MONDAY:
1. 'Feel It In My Bones' DJ Tiesto ft Tegan and Sara
2. 'Fireflies' Ron Pope
3. 'Jesse's Girl' Rick Springfield
4. 'Parentheses' The Blow
5. 'She's Beautiful' Mark Wagner

Summer Beauty Essentials

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1. Banana Boat Deep Tanning SPF 8 Lotion with Green Tea $10
2. Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base SPF 15 $17.50 -green tint instantly reduces redness
3. Sinful Colors Nail Color in 'Thimbleberry' $2
4. Softlips lip protectant/sunscreen SPF 20 2 for ~$4

Fields Of Gold

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I've been experimenting a lot with accessories and different nailposh colors lately. My friend R got me this necklace a few months back for my 21st birthday. There are supposed to be 3 strands of beads on it, but the third strand broke the first time I put the necklace on. :( She has been pushing me to return it, but it's too gorgeous to let go. That's the thing about necklaces from Urban Outfitters. They're pretty, but not the best quality. I still love them though!

As for the nailpolish, I was at the mall 2 weeks ago looking for a good glitter polish. I decided try Sephora because all of the other stores either had pricy brands like OPI and Essie, or were not up to par. I stumbled upon The Only Gold For Me, a gold glitter polish with hexagon shaped glitter. I decided to test it on my thumb nail and from there, it was instant love. I wasn't about to pay $9 for glitter polish, so I decided that I could live without it. To my surprise, two weeks later, it has maintained the same appearance that it had when I first applied it. Sephora, you are convincing me more and more to purchase this polish. I might just have to get it. Do you guys think it's worth it?


lace tank: Old Navy $8 SALE //loose fit tank: Victoria's Secret Pink Collection 2 for $18? (can't remember) //shorts: American Eagle ~$20 SALE //necklace: Urban Outfitters, birthday gift from a friend $28 //nailpolish: China Glaze in For Audrey $6 SALE, Sephora Only Gold For Me $9 (sampled in store)

Music Monday

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I hope everyone had a safe, fun, and eventful Independence Day. It's time for MUSIC MONDAY!
1. 'A Drop In The Ocean' Ron Pope
2. 'Into Your Arms' The Maine
3. 'Break Your Heart' Taio Cruz and Ludacris
4. 'Cousins' Vampire Weekend
5. 'Love The Way You Lie' Rhianna and Eminem

Question of the moment: What is your favorite food? It's always interesting to hear what everybody likes to eat.
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Dreamboats

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As I put together this post, I am watching Coyote Ugly. I couldn't help but to remember all the times I watched this movie as a kid with my neighbor, and how I thought of Adam Garcia as such a dreamboat. Some other celebrities I had secret crushes on as a tween were Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Erik von Detten, and Taylor Hanson of The Hansons. Those were the days. Who were your celebrity crushes as a kid?


top: Blue Heaven, gifted from a friend //necklace: Urban Outfitters $9.99 SALE //shorts: Old Navy $15 SALE

{Gary says hello}

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