October 28, 2011

I'm Just Sayin'... Halloween Costumes

Even adults or "big kids" without children can enjoy Halloween, but costume preferences change a bit as one gets older. Often store-bought costumes look weak and of poor quality. Lately though create-your-own costumes have been gaining popularity in costume stores for their adaptability and budget-friendly prices.

This year I was a bunny for a Halloween party the Argentine Tango club had at my school (apologies for the lighting in the pictures, the room was lit red for added "creepiness"):


My "costume" consisted of ears, a bow tie, tux sleeves, and a bunny tail. I simply added shoes and a dress to complete the look. I could have used some face paint to make it come to life even more, but chose to save my face of any possible horrible breakouts.


There was another bunny at the party! But clearly she was the evil bunny while I was the angelic bunny! (Just kidding) I saw her "bunny parts" at Target for $8 regular price! - SUPER deal! I heart Target.


Lots of people created their own costumes much like I did. Here's a butterfly and a ladybug below!



Our amazingly talented tango instructor front and center! There I am dancing with Mario (Wario to the left of us) who made me laugh with his huge belly and mustache!


Last year my sister Yeny and I dressed up as a bunny (she's wearing the same costume I wore this year) and cat. I love that with these make-your-own costumes you can dress however you want, even comfortable and casual like we did! I got both costumes for $5 each on clearance at Claire's in the mall on Halloween day. It was pure coincidence that I found them, I was in the mall for something else!


As I mentioned before, Target is a great place for cheap but great create-your-own costumes like these. This Halloween, show off your style with some simple costumes. I mean, I'm just sayin'....

October 26, 2011

Quick Transitions


Let me introduce to you the extremely versatile maxi dress. 

  
Strapless dresses like this one (sometimes even those with straps) can be worn as they are or...


...can be folded and worn as a maxi skirt. But wait! There's more!

  
If you're wanting to show some leg but love the look of your maxi dress, don't waste your money on the tailored version! Start by tying a knot...

...tuck it in and poof that spot out a bit... 

...and voila! You can go from classy to party in seconds!

Outfit details
Dress: Forever 21 ($15)
Shirt: Express
Scarf: Ethiopia (yes, the country/gift)
Bracelet: gift from mom
Shoes: Nine West

Hope you enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed creating it! I've seen many creative ideas around the web about re-visioning clothing items, especially dresses. Plenty share that dresses can turn into skirts, but I've yet to come across anyone who has shortened maxi dresses. Doubt I'm the first to discover this, but just wanted a few more to "discover" it as well. I wore one of these looks that day, which one do you think it was?

October 23, 2011

I'm Back






Outfit details
Top: American Eagle ($25/$30)
Vest: Wet Seal
Jeans: Refuge from Charlotte Russe ($10)
Shoes: Clarks
Earrings: Charlotte Russe (2 for $8)
Bracelet(choker): American Eagle ($5/$12)
Chihuahua Necklace: Gift from mom

Haven't purposefully been neglectful of the blog. I've lost internet connection at home as it tends to happen and will be without it for some time. Even now I'm updating while in the local bookstore. Look for more to come and last week's "I'm Just Sayin'..." to be this Friday. 

Vests are a great way to give a different vibe to any outfit. I once had an obsession with vests and bought a few different styles, but you really only need one that will go with pretty much everything like this black one. Forgot the price for this vest, but I got it especially cheap because it had two missing buttons. I removed the third, bought three others, and sewed them on. I ended up liking the three buttons I bought more!

Till next time, hopefully it's soon!

October 17, 2011

Tripi


Young Tripi
Once when I was a little girl and we didn't really get along, a huge pit bull that lived behind our backyard jumped the fence while I was raking the leaves. It was autumn and raking the leaves was my favorite. The colors of the leaves are a beauty that grace Florida late into the season. Screaming and frozen from fear of the ferocious dog I was always apprehensive of, I remember only two flashes of color: black and white. This little chihuahua puppy ran between us, barking and growling, showing her sharp little teeth. This little chihuahua puppy that fit in the palms of my child-hands, she frightened that large pit bull that was larger than my seven years.

Tripi scared that pit bull so much, just by showing her spunk, he kept himself backed up in a corner, tail between his legs while we had to call the neighbor to get him back.

She must have been about 4 here, I was in 6th grade. Along with my old parakeets.


On her 13th birthday
 Little Tripi emitted this large, courageous spirit throughout her life. She "rescued" my mom in a similar way (although, in the other dogs' defense, they came in peace). Tripi has been a little hero and loyal companion.



I think that what we will all miss most is coming home to this lovable face looking up at you. The way she would "talk" to us when we got home, jump up and scratch at our legs, always excited to see you home, and never letting it go unnoticed that you're finally back after being away for anywhere from days, hours, minutes, even just seconds. She was always glad to see you walk through that door again.

Two years ago
 When I open the door to her room now, she won't be there. But another door opened when she left today, a door in my heart where she will always stay.

Tripi had a severe uterine infection that was only curable through a surgery she most likely would not have survived. Other odds were against her and we couldn't let her continue to suffer so we put her down. While checking her the vet said her heart was strong, something incredible in a such a small dog at her age.

My heart will remain strong for you, my little baby girl.

Tripita Linda Lorenzo
(Aug. 1, 1997 - Oct. 17, 2011)

October 16, 2011

Review It: Neutrogena Sunblock

 
My Rating: 4.5/5
Cost: $10

This month has been heavy with schoolwork so please excuse the late review (normally on the 15 of the month). 

Ok, so you all must be thinking I'm an easy rater, but when I'm passionate about a product, I'm loyal to it. I gave this facial sunblock a 4.5/5 because I have been through a multitude of facial sunblocks. Other sunblocks have either left white streaks on my face that have been difficult to get rid of, have been greasy, or both. When I asked my dermatologist about it, without hesitation he immediately told me to use Neutrogena.

Encouraged by such a firm recommendation, I bought and have not looked back. My only complaint is that it still does leave white streaks but only if you don't blend it in well. If you blend it in well (can take practice to achieve) you shouldn't have this problem unless your face starts to sweat. Still, I've experienced worse with every facial sunblock I've tried. Facial sunblocks have to be made differently so they don't disrupt the more sensitive skin or damage the eyes. Perhaps that's why it seems to happen across the board. 

Neutrogena minimizes this problem though and has great advantages. It's not greasy. Looking through a regular store's beauty aisle, I could not find another facial sunblock that could stake the same claim. It's also easier to put on than most others I've tried. *Tip, don't rub it in too hard and use just a little more than you would expect in one area. Another plus, doesn't cause me breakouts. It's also a great primer for makeup. I've worn it with and without makeup and it hasn't failed me.

What you don't see. It has a high SPF, blocks both UVA and UVB rays (important!), any SPF will greatly aid in reducing wrinkles. Check out this "I'm Just Sayin'..." for more tips on fighting wrinkles. And yes, you still need SPF in autumn and winter - no matter how cold or cloudy it is outside! The sun's rays still penetrate and damage your skin.

October 14, 2011

Tripi the Fashionista!



Waking up from a nap - too cute!

Isn't she adorable?! School has me buried in papers at the moment so here is a quick post of my little Tripi being fashionable in the new sweater I knit her! It was a super quick and easy knit that took me about two movies. I made it only slightly smaller than the original pattern. This sweater fits her better than store-bought ones because it was made for her. Great idea for the doggie in your life. Winter is especially hard on little and old dogs - we all know Tripi is both!

For those concerned about the cone of shame around her, she needs it because otherwise she will bite her paws to the bone. Not that this has happened! We've taken her to the vet multiple times about it and no one can really figure it out other than that she may have allergies. Learn more about Tripi here!

October 11, 2011

Lucky





Outfit Details
Top: Forever 21 ($18)
Skirt: Express ($10/$60)
Shoes: Jeune & Jolie: par andre (gift from sister)
Belt: From Express top
Necklace: Chinatown, NY

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So school has been killer lately and I don't see it slowing down anytime soon. Whenever I intern, have a big presentation, or it's my first day at a job, I wear this jade necklace from my visit to Chinatown. I was told by a friend's father that the characters mean "lucky" so it has become my lucky charm. Hasn't failed me yet!

I love this top, it can be casual or elegant depending on what you wear with it and has super cute details. You'll probably see it around more often. It was already cinched at the waist but I feel it needs a thin belt. When you close a belt and it's still has plenty of length on it, don't leave it dangling on the side to bother your arm like I used to do. You can twist and wrap it around a bunch of different ways similar to what I did here.

Well, back to hitting the books! I have a midterm to study for and papers, papers, papers to write!

October 7, 2011

I'm Just Sayin'... Re-Accessorizing

Miss these segments? I'll admit, I did as I started typing the title. The polls resulted in 3/2 preferring these be once every two weeks. It's certainly a lot easier on me, these do take up some time. We'll see how it goes.

So for today's "I'm Just Sayin'..." let's rethink how accessories can be used. Give your creativity a small workout and consider some of the following:

Re-Accessorize... Necklaces
As worn here

 Here I simply wanted neutral accessories to accent my bright pink dress. Because I didn't have an appropriate necklace, I wore this green, floral necklace backwards to show the gold backside. And voila! A whole new necklace! It's a 2-in-1.

As worn here and here


Not everyday is a choker kinda day and sometimes you're not sure whether you'll actually be keen on wearing a choker if you buy it. For a bracelet, you can just twist it, fold it, and slip it on your wrist! Anyone else reminded of "Bop It?" You can do this with long necklaces as well.


Re-Accessorize...Bracelets


For a subtle bit of flair or to spice up an otherwise regular up-do, wrap a colorful bracelet around your ponytail! First use a small hair tie as close to your hair color as possible, then add the bracelet. I don't really see this being done so you'll be sure to get lots of compliments!


Re-Accessorize...
  • Put a ring through a chain and wear it as a necklace.
  • Slip a thin scarf through your pants' belt loops to wear it as a hip belt.
  • Tie a scarf on your purse handle to give it some life or so that it can hold the scarf for you while you wait for things to get chilly .
Hope this got you to thinking about how you can get more with less. I mean, I'm just sayin'....

October 5, 2011

Allergic to Paper




Outfit details
Dress: Charlotte Russe ($30)
Shoes: Clarks
Bracelet(choker): American Eagle ($5/$12)

I bought and wore this dress over the spring and summer when I went ga-ga over it. It has resulted to be very versatile. It is part three of four and I'm soooo excited to let you guys know what I mean. But I'll leave that for next week. Probably for Monday.

I wore this to my first day of tutoring last week and I'm enjoying being a tutor so far. I'm really just helping them out with their homework (any subject. Math haunts me yet again) and if they don't have anything I pull out my own work for them. My stuff is likely more demanding since I'm so used to making lessons for high schoolers. The kids I'm working with are middle schoolers by the way. The majority of them still look like little kids so it's adorable.

One of them keeps trying to get out of doing work by saying, "Oh, I'm allergic to paper." They're always bugging each other and trying to get you distracted. Too cute. I only see them once a week and I intern at a high school once a week as well.

October 3, 2011

Fall Semester



Outfit details
Dress: Forever 21 ($15)
Shirt: Abercrombie & Fitch
Sandals: ($10)
Bracelet: American Eagle ($5/$12)
Sunglasses: Icing ($7/$14)

So I wore this like a day or two before this mini cold front hit Florida. The highs and lows are like 86 and 64 degrees respectively! Usually it doesn't get chilly until Halloween. I can hear the Northerners scuff. But I digress. If I had waited a couple more days to wear this, I would have worn leggings with this outfit. Probably different shoes at that point too. I love wearing this dress despite it being super short because I feel so darn cute in it. When I first got it I thought it had no shape to it but it really does. It has a super cute neckline too so this shirt from A&F fits perfectly. 

The bracelet I'm wearing there is actually a choker I wore previously that I twisted once to fit my wrist. Try rethinking your accessories and wardrobe. Anyone else feel like "wardrobe" is a weird word? Anyone know "weird" is directly an Old English word, previously spelled "wyrd?" It's in Beowulf, look it up.

Enough literary lessons! Stick around for more tips on rethinking your accessories and clothes! Toodle loo! (psst - vote on the poll please!)
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