Hello, and welcome to NOVEMBER!! Holy cow this year is flying by! I would seriously love to just stop and catch my breath, but unfortunately this month will be even busier with a 4-day weekend/vacation in Monterey where I'll also be participating in a 5K (which I have NOT trained for AT ALL, and will probably DROP DEAD during the course of, just FYI), NaNoWriMo, and some bedroom remodelling/painting over Thanksgiving weekend. Sheesh! I'm exhausted just thinking about it all!
Anyway, before I dive headfirst into the madness that will be the next 30 days of my life, let me share a few of my favourite things from October. Enjoy!
Cosmetics: I started using Maybellene Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara in Soft Brown this past month, and really really like it! Yes, I was super excited about the at-home brow tinting kit I'd been using since last July, because it was easy and saved me a couple steps in the morning, but I found this product just about the time I was ready to tint my brows again, and found the Brow Drama applied really easily and quickly, made my brows slightly darker (but not too dark), appear a little thicker, and even disguised my grey eyebrow hairs (SO embarrassed to admit I even HAVE grey eyebrow hairs, but hey, there ya go, full disclosure!). That's not something I was able to do with a simple eyebrow pencil, so, yeah, I'm impressed!
Recently I dug out a bunch of autumn-coloured nail polishes I've been saving just for this time of year, and had two in particular I really liked. The first is one of my all-time faves: a limited edition Cover Girl 3-in-1 polish in Autumn Flame. I bought this at an Ulta store in Costa Mesa many, many, MANY years ago, and have been hoarding it ever since. Seriously, I only use it once a year, and even then, only once or twice because I can't find it anymore, and I love it!
My second favourite autumn colour is one I bought a few months ago: Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant Glosstinis in Inferno. I believe this was a special edition to go with the Hunger Games movie that was released earlier this year, but it's a perfect colour for fall, so I saved it, cause it's a really teeny tiny bottle.
So, I've been using the Urban Decay's eye shadows I bought recently at Ulta (in Sin, Lost, and Virgin) all month, and I love them! I know I stayed in my comfort zone and ended up choosing similar colours to my favourite CoverGirl eyeshadow trio (Cafe au Lait), which is basically some tan/brown/nudes. The Urban Decay ones are a bit bolder than the CG's and are a bit sparkly, glittery, gah, I don't know exactly what, but no matter how careful I am, or how hard I tap off the excess shadow, I always end up with a lot of sparkle-glitterness on my nose and cheeks, which is cute when you're five, but is a bit annoying when you're a few years older (heh) ...
However ... that brings me to my ...
Fave Beauty Tip of the Month: My cousin-in-law, Jocelyn from BootCampBeauty.com recently gave me some great advice about this very problem. She told me she found it helpful to put on the eye make up first, THEN the foundation, blush, and finishing powder. I tried it, and voila! No more unwanted glitter on my face! Yay! Thanks, Joceclyn, you rock! (Seriously, go check out her YouTube channel, Boot Camp Beauty Tips!)
Fashion: I did some shopping over the past couple months, and ended up with some really cute new things. Unfortunately I haven't been photographing my Outfit of the Day very often, because it's so dark in the morning when I'm getting ready for work that even with my bedroom light and the hall light on, it's hard to get a good picture of the clothes. I haven't figured out what I'm going to do about that just yet, so, stay tuned, I guess. I did, however, just do a shoe unboxing post, so you can go check that out if you're so inclined!
Music: I don't remember what ad it's been playing on, but I've been enjoying the revival of Andrew W.K.'s song Party Hard - just as much head-banging fun as I remember! Also, just discovered a super cool new violinist, Lindsey Sterling, through nerdist.com.Vanessa-Mae will always be my all-time fave, but this chick's talented!
So that's it! What were some of your favourite things from the month of October? Let me know in the comments!
By the way, sorry I don't have any pictures - my iPhone is basically full and won't let me take any more pics, and my regular camera is having issues with memory cards. Hopefully I'll be able to fix one or both problems soon! Have a great November, everyone! Cheers!
So, I went a bit nuts lately and bought a bunch of shoes from ModCloth.com. Originally there was just one pair I was going to buy, but then I found another, and another, and pretty soon, I'd purchased four pair of shoes!! Granted I could've bought TONS more, but I held back. Just a little.
Anyway, here's what I got:
This first pair is just a simple pair of black suede, open-sided, pointy-toed flats by Breckelle's which will be perfect for work. In fact, I've already worn these once, and they were quite comfortable and looked great with my black cigarette pants and peplum top! If you've shopped ModCloth before you know they give their items cute, fun, quirky names. These shoes are called Navigating the Neighbourhood.
The next pair of shoes are from Jeffrey Campbell (so it says on the inside of the shoe) but came in this super girly decorated box. Even the inside of the box was decorated with little smiling, prancing unicorns as well as a letter from Chloe. I'm not sure who Chloe is, or if she works for Jeffrey Campbell, but who cares, whatever, check out the shoes: THEY LOOK LIKE PENCILS!!! Sorry to be all shouty, but OMG, totes adorbs! They're even called Pencil Me In!
Next is a pair of black flats with Sugar Skulls which will be perfect for Halloween, but I plan to wear them periodically even afterwards. (Maybe. Perhaps I'll store them and just wear them once or twice a year like I do my Christmas shoes! More room in my closet for another pair of shoes!!) These are from T.U.K. and are called Skull Pride. I wore these to work once already as well, and they were quite comfy and looked super cute with a maxi skirt!
And, finally, the shoes that started it all: Edgy Yet Adorable. (Why they don't have a better name, I'll never know, because seriously if you browse the shoes (or anything) at ModCloth, most of the names are super cute and/or fun, and I just don't think the name matches the shoes.) These funky black Mary Janes are by Anarchic by T.U.K. and I cannot wait to wear them! They were actually out of stock the first time I saw them on the website, but I put my name on the waiting list, and just a couple weeks later, they were available. I mention that becasue I see they're out of stock again, but don't dispair! They might be able to get a pair for you if you really want them! (And I know you do!)
And here they are all in a row! Just for reference, all the shoes are a size 10 regular. I can sometimes get away with a 9.5 if it's a wide width, but a) most of these didn't come in half sizes, and b) I didn't want to buy two pair of the same shoe to try on and then have to send one back. The box was already ginormous!
I hope you enjoyed my shoe haul, and I hope you'll visit ModCloth.com yourself to hunt down some fun, funky, unique items for yourself! Stay tuned for a new Ulta haul coming soon! Cheers!
It's been a while since I posted monthly resolutions, so I thought I'd give June a try! (Ha! I accidently typed "tri" instead of "try" the first time; might I have a "tri" on the brain?!?) Anyway, while I've accomplished a few of the goals I've set for myself recently, I'm still struggling in others, and will give it the old college try again this month.
First and foremost: I must. drink. more. water!!! I did very poorly with my water challenge last month, and really need to do better, so I'm trying again: drink a minimum of 6 glasses of water per day, preferably 8.
Second: walk more. While I participated in and completed a 5k this past weekend, I could really use more training before my next one. And the one after that. Also, now that the weather's better and I'm feeling better, I just really need to get out more!
Third: Wear more skirts and dresses. I tend to wear a lot of pants despite acutally owning several really nice dresses from IGIGI and Torrid, but this summer I want to branch out and try something different. To that end, I actually just purchased these three outfits to add to my collection (photos property of IGIGI, ganked from Pinterest):
This year's IGIGI fashion event at Weetacon was simply amazing! For the past several years IGIGI has provided some of us with one garment of our choice off the website to model at the Weetacon IGIGI Fashion Show. It's a really fun event, and we get to keep the item provided to us in exchange for posting photos of ourselves wearing the garment, as well as our honest review of it. This year, IGIGI upped the ante and gave us not one but TWO items to wear and review! Also this year, we did things a bit differently: instead of having one big fashion show, we wore our garments during several key points during the weekend, and had a couple really fun fashion shoots! Photos were posted to Twitter, Instagram, and other social media outlets using the tags #IGIGIWeetacon, #IGIGIbyYuliaRaquel and #IGIGI.
Okay, enough introduction, on to the reviews, but ... first things first:
DISCLAIMER: Both dresses discussed in this entry were provided to me for review purposes by IGIGI. The content of this entry was not dictated by IGIGI and I get to keep the dresses for my personal use.
The first dress I wore was the Isadora. I loved this dress the moment I saw it on the IGIGI.com website and I was thrilled it would be one of the two dresses I would get to model. The Isadora is just as lovely in person as it is online, and it fit me pretty well. I got it in size 14/16, as I'm usually a size 14 or XL on top and size 18 on the bottom (a Triangle according to the website). The stretchy jersey fabric on the top made it easy to get on and off, and it packs wonderfully! Very little pressing required. It was a little big in the bust, but fit my larger arms perfectly. The full chiffon skirt is very flattering on me; I liked that it was a bit longer than most dresses - about calf-length - since I'm not very comfortable showing off my legs, and it's lined, so I didn't need a slip. The bright red rose pattern is very pretty, and was one of the selling points for me. The Isadora dress has a fairly deep V-neckline, and when I wear it to work I will add a lace chemise under it, but the evening I wore it out to the Black and Tan, I decided not to be so modest. The neckline has some added elastic in it (Elastane, according to the website), so I was able to adjust it to show just enough cleavage with out being uncomfortable or feeling too exposed. I paired the Isadora dress with a pair of black wedge heels, a faux-jet purse and crystal cross necklace. It retails fro $140.00, and I feel that is a very fair price for such a beautiful, flattering, comfortable dress.
(And, for the record, no, I'm not pregnant, it's just an unfortunate hand placement on my part!)
My next dress is the gorgeous Francesca dress in dark currant. This colour is really beautiful, and the fit, again, was great! The stretchy poly fabric draped perfectly over my curves, and the mid-calf-length full skirt is very flattering. Like the Isadora, the Francesca has the 3/4 length sleeves, V-neck with Elastane, so it can be worn with or without a chemise, and is fully lined - all pluses in my book! I wore this dress (also in size 14/16) out to dinner at Hinterland, but unfortunately the setting wasn't photo-friendly, so I wore it again during the Weetacon Closing Ceremonies Sunday morning, and was able to get some great pictures from Wendy. The Francesca dress in dark currant retails for $160. 00, which I think is a fair price for this very beautiful, versatle, and comfortable dress. I can easily wear this dress to the office, out to dinner or even dancing!
So, there are my reviews, and I hope you enjoyed them! But,wait, don't go yet! As in previous years, there's a CONTEST!! And you, yes YOU, could win!
How to participate in the IGIGI Weetacon Giveaway: Go to the IGIGI website and pick out your ideal dress for a special occasion, important business meeting, date night or what have you. Then leave a comment on this review, telling us which garment YOU want and where you plan on wearing it. You can increase your chances of winning an IGIGI gift certificate by leaving comments on each of the other Weetacon IGIGI reviews at this page. Comments must be received by April 20 at midnight PST. Winners will be notified and announced on this page and the IGIGI at Weetacon 2014 page by April 25th.
One of the super-fun activities we had planned for Weetacon was an Igigi fashion show. Yes, we had a real live fashion show, and some of us - yours truly included! - got to be models and strut our stuff down the runway in gorgeous designer clothes much to the delight of our applauding, cheering fans, and the ever-voracious paparazzi.
Or, maybe the runway was really the Waterford Room at St. Brendan's Inn, and the cheering crowds and paparazzi were a bunch of our best friends who were armed with digital and/or camera phones. It was one of the two. But, the designer clothes? That was real! Our favourite plus-size fashion designer, Yuliya Raquel of Igigi , graciously supplied several beautiful dresses and outfits for us to wear and keep in return for our review of the items!
I guess this would be a perfect place for a general disclaimer that I totally stole from Suzanna (who apparently stole it from KarenD):
The jacket in this entry was provided to me for review purposes by Igigi. The content of this entry was not dictated by Igigi; I get to keep the jacket for my personal use.
I chose to model the Farrah Jacket in black, and paired it with a pink tank top and long, black skirt for the show. I'm not usually a jacket person, but I when I saw it on the website, I thought it was cute and would be good for work, and it turns out I was right on both counts! I went with my regular top size of 14/16 and it fit me pretty well - snug, but not too tight. I thought the sleeves were a bit short on me, but the stretchy jersey fabric allowed me to tug them up a bit, which I actually prefer to do with long sleeves anyway.
Normally I am not comfortable with short or cropped items on top and I prefer to have a tunic top or cardigan that is long enough to conceal my ample bottom. However, this jacket, with the cascading front detail, was just so adorable I decided to step out of my comfort zone and give the cropped style a try. It's fitted to the waist then flares a little bit on the hips which gave me more of an hourglass shape that was quite flattering. In the end, I was not self-conscious or uncomfortable wearing the jacket in public, and even got really wonderful compliments from a couple ladies at work!
This is a very versatile jacket that can be dressed up or down. I dressed it up for work with a light pink blouse and a pair of grey trousers, and I plan to dress it down with a pair of jeans and white tee-shirt for casual Friday. Just about any style of necklace - short or long, thin or chunky - would go with this jacket, but I probably wouldn't try a scarf with it. It goes very well with a lanyard and Official Work I.D. Badge, too, for what it's worth! I have a few floral pins I would like to try with it, too, to add a splash of colour.
Overall, I really like the Farrah Jacket and I'm sure I will get a lot of use out of it. The jersey fabric is stretchy and comfortable and also makes it perfect for folding and travelling. When I pulled it out of my suitcase after returning from Weetacon, I just put it right on a hanger and it was perfect - no pressing required! The jacket retails for $88.00, but is very well constructed (I've got a BS in Fashion Merchandising, so I know what I'm talking about! :-)) and I believe it will last for a long time, so long as I take care of it. This is only the second Igigi item I have (The other is a long-sleeve black tee-shirt with a fabric rose at the neckline. I don't remember the name, but I bought it after seeing KarenD wearing it during a previous Weetacon), but I may have to add one or two more items to my wardrobe after wearing the Farrah jacket and seeing the other ladies modelling some beautiful dresses at the Weetacon Igigi Fashion Show!
I apologize in advance for the poor quality of the photos I took of myself in the jacket, but you can still get an idea of how it fit on me.
And, here's a front and back shot of the jacket on the hanger as well as a close up of the lovely cascade detail on the front.
And now here's the best part: the CONTEST!!! Leave me a comment and good luck!
Want a chance to shop at Igigi on us? Just go to the Igigi website, pick out the garment you'd love to have for your very own and leave a comment here on this post, telling me exactly how you'd accessorize your new Igigi fashion and where you plan to wear it. One lucky commenter will receive a free $50 gift certificate. But wait, that's not all. Each of our Weetacon Igigi reviewers will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to Igigi, so you can enter by leaving one comment on each of those reviews too. Yes, you read this right: Weetacon and Igigi are giving away over $1000 in Igigi by Yuliya Raquel gift certificates! The only catch is that you must enter by May 15 and you can only enter once per review. Winners will be announced on Weetacon Igigi review page by May 18th.