Blog Makeover + First PopBasic Purchase!

Hmmm…things look…different around here, right? I have to admit I am pretty nervous about my blog’s makeover, which I know is super silly. It took me hours to find a layout I liked. I wanted to do something glamorous and holiday-themed, without being too over the top! Do you like it???

In other news, I ordered my first PopBasic collection yesterday! PopBasic sells micro collections of fashion items featuring “limited edition, high quality basics and trend pieces.” The nice thing about these items is that, as the name indicates, they’re basic enough that they will likely compliment many other items in your closet! At the same time, they almost always sell out of their collections in a short time period. They’re so popular that they “open” at a specific date and time, with many fashion enthusiasts marking their calendars so as not to miss out! This is not a subscription service, it’s a one time set purchase. You will not be automatically enrolled to receive the next set.

Amelie Collection – $70

1d18e9e56ae5c225f634d847a8190b5d_650pxI ordered the “Amelie Collection,” released yesterday at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST). This set features the:

  • Le Breton dress (RRP $70) – A fun twist on our classic Le Breton. We’ve taken it out for a spin, added pockets and adjusted the sleeves to a 3/4 (really 1/2) length for transitional dressing.
  • Silver tube necklace (RRP $25) – For those days when you’re after that perfectly simple, yet delicate accessory. Wear on its own or layered with another chain. Alloy, silver plated.
  • Infinity knot bracelet (RRP $20) – Whether worn on its own, or stacked with other pretty pieces, our Infinity Knot Bracelet will be a lovely addition to your collection. 

8f6663fea96200ecaa1e205a5e341157_650pxSince this was my first purchase, I got $15 off (You can too! Just click here!) the purchase price of $70. Some of their collections push $80-100, so I waited for one I really loved to use my $15 off.

I can’t wait to get it in the mail! I already know exactly when I’m going to wear this for the first time–at the airport on my way to Cancun in a few weeks 🙂 It’ll be a nice transition piece (as indicated) from the freezing temps in Ohio to the 70’s and 80’s (hopefully!) in Mexico! I’ll instagram some pics from the airport and trip, so be sure to follow me on instagram!

7a10dd338f31fa9cce6c625ff0b81e78_650pxI also have some super amazing giveaways (yes, that means more than one!) planned for the Holidays, so press the “Follow” button so you won’t miss out!

XO Ali

100th Post: My Favorite Looks

I can’t believe this is my 100th post! I was looking back through all my posts since the beginning, and I definitely picked up the pace in 2014. I will work my hardest on providing more interesting and insightful posts for your viewing. Thank you so much for following along ❤

It’s awards season, and it’s time for the selection of my favorite looks I’ve posted for the past year! I thought it’d be fun to list a variety of outfits throughout the no-new-clothes challenge, especially for new readers 🙂 There were some hits and some serious misses, but I’ve pulled together a few of my favorite outfits (and linked them up to their original posts).

Best in Show

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Yellow lace dress: Target | Green cardi w/ black trim: H&M | Black fringe booties: Target | Chain necklace: Forever 21

I absolutely love this outfit. I started really experimenting with colors here. I would usually pick one focal piece and find accessories or neutral tones to compliment it, but this outfit just came together and is hands down my favorite outfit I’ve recorded over the year. My eclectic college fashion is shining through in this dress + boots combo.


Best Use of a Bow Tie (Tied…No Pun Intended)

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Cream-colored sweater: Forever 21 | Burgundy bow-tie shirt: Forever 21 | Gray skinnies: Delia’s | Burgundy suede wedges: Forever 21

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Pink cardigan: Maurice’s | White bow-tie shirt: Forever 21 | Gray jeggings: Reitman’s | Black flats: Target


 Best Accessorized Outfit: Leopard + Red

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Leopard-print sweater: Forever 21 | Lips: Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple | Gold nail: Ruby Wing Color Changing Polish

20140203-223202.jpgBracelet: Ann Taylor


Best Costume/Dress-Up: Park Bom

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Black faux leather jacket: Target | Cherry blossom dress: Forever 21 | Gold wedge sneakers: Amazon | Wig: eBay | Circle lenses: Pinky Paradise

20131105-185555.jpgMy favorite part about this outfit is a tie between the dress (I’m obsessed with cherry blossoms) or the circle lenses (hello, big eyes!).


Best Surprise Combo: Yellow + Gray

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Gray cardigan: Target | Yellow blouse w/ eyelet collar: Forever 21 | Black skirt: Forever 21 | Black heels: Target

This particular outfit was very influenced by Louis Vuitton (see post). I have since sold the blouse because it was 3 sizes too big, and this is the only way I could disguise it (not versatile enough).


Best Rediscovered Item: Floral Studded Blouse

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Floral/stud blouse: Forever 21 | Salmon-colored honeycomb sweater: I | Black skinnies: H&M | Burgundy suede wedges: Forever 21


Best New Item: Black Sheep Sweater

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Black Sheep Sweater: Forever 21 | Black skinnies: H&M | Black heels: Target | Pearl Headband: Forever 21

I have an upcoming post on any new items I acquired during my no-new-clothes challenge (sounds counter-intuitive) using funds I made selling clothes, and this piece tops the list out as my favorite.


Best Baby/Bridal Shower Outfit

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Royal blue/mint peplum dress: Forever 21 | Mint belt: Forever 21 | Mint watch: Charlotte Russe | Mint shoes: Macy’s (Nine West)


Best in Sports Luxe

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Neon yellow jacket: Brooks | Track pants: Adidas | Polka dot shoes: Keds

Okay, this is probably more sports than luxe, but it was the only picture I managed to capture of any kind of workout gear, and it really has become a comfortable staple. My favorite place to wear it? The airport on my way home (I like to dress up for the airport on my way to places, ha).


Best Feminine Look: This Dress

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Greige cardi: Forever 21 | Salmon-colored dress: H&M | Braided sandals: Aeropostale

Between the chiffon outer layer, the ruffles, and the pretty spring-color, this dress always makes me feel so feminine and pretty. It’s perfect to wear to work with a cardigan, or to wear out shopping on a hot summer day.


Best Modern-Day Professional Look

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Green cardi w/ black trim: H&M | Purple cutout tank: Forever 21 | Black pencil skirt: Charlotte Russe | Black heels: Target

This look, complete with a relaxed sock bun, is one of my favorite modern-day professional looks. The contrast between the bright green and the purple is blended together with matching earrings from Old Navy. The black trim on the cardigan pulls in the skirt and your basic set of black work pumps.

There are many other looks I liked and wanted to post, but I narrowed it down to these few.

What do you think of my selection? Do you agree/disagree? I’d love to have some feedback as well as some inspiration for what you would like to see in the future!

XO

Weekend Rewind + Beauty Giveaway Coming Tonight

Stay tuned for my very first worldwide BEAUTY GIVEAWAY opening tonight! Follow me now so you won’t miss it!

Good morning everyone! Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner!

To be honest, I’m a little surprised I even survived this past weekend. Friday was quite literally the worst night of my life. My dog was attacked by another dog in my neighborhood.

Yoshi (20 lbs) was meeting a husky (50-60 lbs), and I don’t know if the husky got spooked or what, but as soon as Yoshi was within reach, he chomped down on Yoshi’s snout, lifted him off the ground and started shaking him. I was screaming and picked Yoshi up while the other guy was using both hands to pry open his dog’s mouth. After what felt like eternity (probably 5-7 seconds), the husky released Yoshi’s snout and I made off like a bat out of Hell. I hugged him so tightly the whole walk (run) back to my apartment and immediately inspected him when I crossed the threshold. Nothing. No blood, no marks, his eyes were fine, nothing. In addition, he was acting fine. At this point, I became the definition of hysterical. I don’t think I’ve ever cried that hard. My baby was somehow okay 😥

IMG_9121He probably became the definition of spoiled at this point, because I was ready to give him whatever he wanted! I know it’s not the owners fault and I would never report it unless I knew the dog had this kind of repetitive behavior. But man, it was terrifying to go through. Luckily, he has acted like nothing ever happened.

The rest of my weekend was less eventful, but still tiring. I slept like a rock on Friday night (go figure), and then Ryan and I went for a swim at the Rec Center to prep for our triathlon this weekend. Did I mention this is the first time I’ve been in a pool since before I got LASIK back in December? Good thing my swim portion of my tri is only 250 yards and waist-deep! Haha

Sunday we biked 8.5 miles and only ran 2 because the heat and sun was making us both sick. The rest of the day was spent playing with Yoyo, updating my closet app, and binge-watching TV.

What a rollercoaster of physical and mental fatigue it was. But you know what? Everything is alright, today is a new day, this week is a new week! 😀

Today’s OOTD:

IMG_9182Cream-colored cardigan: Forever 21 | Pink/purple floral top: Old Navy | Eggplant-colored skinnies: H&M | Beige flats: Old Navy | Water-pail floral necklace: Forever 21

IMG_9176 laqa_liplube_menatour_900x900I also am wearing LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube in “Menatour” which I received in my Birchbox a couple months back 🙂 It’s a little more purple than it photographs. The texture is buttery smooth, without any runniness. It also has a faint mint smell on application.

Also, stay TUNED for details on my very first beauty GIVEAWAY. I promise, you will not want to miss it!

What are you looking forward to the most this week? XO

OOTD Catch-Up

I have not forgotten about my “No Outfit Repeats” challenge, I’ve just been forgetful to take pictures. I have been logging them in my app, however, so here are my outfits for the last couple weeks 🙂

IMG_8807Maxi-dress: Forever 21 | Cardigan: Mossimo (Target) | Sandals: Aeropostale

IMG_8808Dress: Old Navy | Nude pumps: Steve Madden (DSW)

IMG_8809Floral Dress: Target | Mint Heels: Nine West (Macy’s)

IMG_8810Leopard-print sweater: Forever 21 | Black pumps: Target | Khaki-green pants: H&M

IMG_8811Cream/teal/yellow dress: H&M | Booties: DSW | Navy/yellow dot cardigan: H&M

IMG_8812Navy cardigan: H&M | White/navy/pink print-dress: H&M | Navy loafers: DSW

IMG_8813Mint/pink argyle sweater: Forever 21 | Bow-heels: DSW | Khaki skinnies: H&M

IMG_8814Pink halter-dress: Old Navy | Beige cardigan: Forever 21 | Booties: DSW

IMG_8815Green cardi: Target | Bird-print skirt: Forever 21 | Navy flats: Target

I’m over a month into my challenge without having worn anything twice, but I’m starting to run out of options when it comes to work! We’ll see how much longer I can go…

XO Ali

OOTD Challenge + eShakti Giveaway Winners!

Gooooood afternoon everyone! I have a lot of posts coming up that I am super excited about, but I have some catching up to do first 🙂

As a few of you may have read, I have developed a few challenges for myself relating to this blog:

  • The main reason I started this blog was to document my journey of a year w/o buying any new clothes (see the About section)
  • I am currently making it more difficult for myself by seeing how long I can go without repeat-wearing an article of clothing (shoes don’t count since I don’t have a ton)! I started this mini challenge on June 23rd, so I’m almost a month in!

Here’s 5 more OOTD’s worth sharing:

IMG_8483Greige cardi w/ black trim: H&M | Black dress: Target | Black heels: Target

IMG_8500Black cardi: Forever 21 | Teal dress: Target | Yellow belt: Forever 21 | Black flats & Yellow Earrings: Target

IMG_8653Navy/white striped top: Old Navy | Yellow shorts: Forever 21 | Boat shoes: Sperry’s

IMG_8642My favorite look so far! 🙂

Pink cardi: Maurice’s | White bow-tie blouse & Pearl Headband: Forever 21 | Gray skinnies: Reitman’s | Black flats: Target

IMG_8651Purple sweater: H&M | Houndstooth-skirt w/ leather waist: Forever 21 | Black heels: Target


My next order of business is to announce the 2 winners for my very first giveaway! I was lucky enough to partner up with the online retailer, eShakti.com, who provided my followers w/ a chance to win one of two $25 gift cards to use on their website! The two lucky winners are:

  1. Michele E.
  2. Martina W.

These winners were picked by random draw through Rafflecopter’s website, using random.org. Thank you so much to everyone who participated. And special congrats to the two winners! 😀

I highly recommend using Rafflecopter for your giveaways, as it is free and very easy to use.

Have a lovely week! XO

 

OOTD: No Repeat Outfits

This is a teeny bit more complicated than I thought…not because I don’t have anything to wear, but it requires me having to mentally rewind first thing in the morning…

Did I wear that already?
I can’t remember.
I just want to be comfy today.
Dang it, I’ve already worn this!
*pulls out phone to check prior blog posts*

Regardless, it’s still a pretty fun challenge, just need to plan when I’m more alert 🙂 Here are some outfits from this week:

Monday:

IMG_8452White dress: Delia’s | Teal cardi: Charlotte Russe | Nude heels: DSW

Tuesday (yesterday):

IMG_8456Black cardi: Target? | Purple floral-dress: Old Navy | Black flats: Target

IMG_8462 IMG_8466I went straight out after work last night to celebrate our good friend Rachel’s departure to med school. She’s off to be a doctor and stuff 😛 Tequila and beer? Yes, please!

Wednesday (today)

IMG_8470(Sorry for the blurriness & the sad-attempt at a fishtail braid…I think my hair needs to grow out more before I can pull off that look)

Cardi: Target | Mint/cream striped top: Forever 21 | Brown dress pants: Target | Mint heels: Macy’s

Happy Hump Day! XO

<1 Week Left for My $25 eShakti Giveaway!

Don’t forget to enter my GIVEAWAY (you can tweet about it daily for extra points!) by clicking on the image below! WordPress won’t let me embed the giveaway, so you must follow the link:

GiveawayI’ve included some of my favorite pieces from eShakti, and this is just from the dresses section! Can you tell I’m a sucker for floral and bird prints?

You must comment with a link to an item on eShakti’s website that you like (you are not required to use the gift card on said item) 🙂

Good luck everyone!