Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Birthday Gift From Sephora & Nars

Hello!  I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  Today, I realized that I have officially made it to the six-month mark of blogging.  Whew!  That was not an easy feat.  Blogging has opened up a whole new world of friendships, creativity, and self-reliance for me.  Around this time last year, I remember asking myself if I was accomplishing the goals I had set out for myself in this lifetime.  I realized that I wasn't, but that I was the only one stopping myself!  That was a major revelation...a story for another day.  I always think of birthdays as a time to reflect on the year that has passed and also as a time to evaluate my life in a major way.   I also think of birthdays as bittersweet because with age (and wrinkles), also comes wisdom lol!  However, I realized that getting older doesn't have to be something you dread if you are constantly making positive changes in your life towards your goals and happiness.  How do you celebrate birthdays? 

 It's important to have something fun to look forward to on your birthday to celebrate as well!  So, you can imagine how excited I was when I received this birthday card from Sephora for being a Beauty Insider with a fabulous gift from Nars (with a purchase)!  Are you a Sephora Beauty Insider? 



Sephora Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Cruella Satin Lip Pencil Rikugien Birthday Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift



Sephora Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Cruella Satin Lip Pencil Rikugien Birthday Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift



Sephora Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Cruella Satin Lip Pencil Rikugien Birthday Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift



Sephora Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Cruella Satin Lip Pencil Rikugien Birthday Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift



Satin Lip Pencil In Rikugien (Top), Velvet Matte Lip Pencil In Cruella (Bottom)


Sephora Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Cruella Satin Lip Pencil Rikugien Birthday Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift
Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella (Top), Satin Lip Pencil In Rikugien (Bottom)


The store I selected to get my birthday gift from for being a Beauty Insider was the Sephora location at South Coast Plaza Mall.  I chose to shop at that location because of the great customer service I always receive.  There were a few other items I picked up while I was there (you have to purchase an item in order to receive your gift), and I will share a post about those items later on.  However, I am just thrilled about trying on these new Nars Lip Pencil colors in Cruella (Velvet Matte) and Rikugien (Satin) when I go out for dinner and dancing this weekend with my friends to celebrate!

A Special Thank You to Sephora and Nars for Making Birthdays Fun Again!

Hope you Make It a Great Week:)

XO Joanna 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

One-Shoulder Capelet Style Dress

Envy Beauty Studio Cynthia Jensen Eclectique Boutique Jade and Onyx Necklace Chanel Lip Gloss



eclectique boutique one shoulder dress jade and onyx necklace black belt michael kors studded heels zac posen python clutch




zac posen olive python print clutch one shoulder multi color floral print dress






black Michael Kors studded heels



eclectique boutique one shoulder dress jade and onyx necklace black belt michael kors studded heels zac posen python clutch




one shoulder dress jade and onyx necklace black belt michael kors studded heels zac posen python clutch


eclectique boutique one shoulder dress jade and onyx necklace black belt michael kors studded heels zac posen python clutch gucci sunglasses





eclectique boutique one shoulder dress jade and onyx necklace black belt michael kors studded heels zac posen python clutch gucci sunglasses

One-Shoulder DressSimilar Similar Similar Similar
Heels: Michael Kors Similar Similar Similar
Python Clutch: Zac Posen Similar Similar
Sunnies: Gucci
Makeup: Cynthia Jensen @ Envy Beauty Studio, Long Beach
Hair: Loryn Ruiz-Mendoza @ Envy Beauty Studio, Long Beach
Photography: Franz Swantko

Hello and Happy Thursday to You!  It's almost Friday people, so hang in there.  Summer is here, and it looks like dress season is in full swing!  Woo hoo:)  Do you like wearing dresses in warm weather or do you prefer shorts?  

It's been pretty warm here lately, so I like wearing mini dresses.  I especially like the one-shoulder style.  There is just something so sophisticated about that style that I love.  This is an old dress I have had for a while, but I just recently found all the right accessories like this awesome olive python clutch from Zac Posen, these shoes from Michael Kors to add some edge to it, and this necklace and bracelet combo in jade and onyx to wear with it.  I admit, this outfit is a little eclectic, but somehow I thought it all worked together. Actually, the boutique this necklace is from is called "Eclectique" and they sell a bit of decor, high-quality handmade jewelry pieces, and photography.  If you are ever in the Long Beach area, you should stop in and see this little gem.  
  

Style Tip: Belt voluminous dresses for a more fitted look, or let it loose if you want a flowy and comfortable feel.  Either way looks good in my opinion.  What do you think of one-shoulder dresses?  

Hope you have a great weekend!

XO Joanna  



Friday, July 10, 2015

A Touch of Gold

Gucci Sunglasses Costa Blanca Black and White Laser Cut Blouse Gold Link Necklace Black Free People Kick Flare Pull On Jeans Vintage Mens Inspired Gold and White Tip Balllet Flats with Chunk Heel Black and White Stiripes



Costa Blanca Black and White Laser Cut Blouse Gold Link Necklace Black Free People Kick Flare Pull On Jeans Vintage Mens Inspired Gold and White Tip Balllet Flats with Chunk Heel Black and White Stiripes



Black Free People Kick Flare Pull On Jeans Vintage mens inspired gold tip white ballet flat


Gucci Sunglasses Costa Blanca Black and White Laser Cut Blouse Gold Link Necklace Black Free People Kick Flare Pull On Jeans Vintage Mens Inspired Gold and White Tip Balllet Flats with Chunk Heel Black and White Stiripes


Costa Blanca Black and White Laser Cut Blouse Gold Link Necklace Black Free People Kick Flare Pull On Jeans Vintage Mens Inspired Gold and White Tip Balllet Flats with Chunk Heel Black and White Stiripes Furla Taupe Bag

Black and White Laser cut blouse vintage gold link necklace




Black Free People Pull On Kick Flare Jeans Vintage White with Gold Tip Ballet Mens-inspired loafers

Gucci Sunglasses Costa Blanca Black and White Laser Cut Blouse Gold Link Necklace Black Free People Kick Flare Pull On Jeans Vintage Mens Inspired Gold and White Tip Balllet Flats with Chunk Heel Black and White Stiripes
Blouse: Costa Blanca
Pants: Free People
Sunglasses: Gucci
Shoes: Vintage
Bag: Furla
Necklace: Vintage
Hair and Makeup: Francisco Estrada
Photography:Franz Swantko

Happy Friyay to you!  Hope you have a fun or productive weekend planned, or both.  Anything exciting going on?  As you can see, I am back with the striped decor.  Can you see how much I love this pattern?  I just love stripes.  They make me feel happy:)  How do you feel about stripes?

About this look...Uniquely cut lace patterns in clothing is a rare find.  Intricate laser cut and scalloped lace like the one on this blouse is something that I find so intriguing in clothing.  It really adds that "second look" factor to a basic black and white outfit.  I am also in love with scallop trims right now.  This blouse has both intricate laser cut lace and a scallop trim, so I feel like I really lucked out in finding this.  This blouse is something I have had for a while, but just recently, I decided to pull it out of my closet so I could style it with these gold accessories. Yay :)

Gold seemed like the right choice here to give it that pop it needed with the gold link necklace and these mens-inspired vintage white and gold tip ballet chunk-heel loafers.  I say mens-inspired, because they have the vintage spat look to them in the front. These are made of leather and were in perfect condition when I found them.  I needed an excuse to wear these lovely shoes, so here it is!  What do you think?

Style Tip: If you normally wear neutral colors, try on a touch of gold accents this weekend to make your outfit pop!

Hope you have a Wonderful Weekend:)

XO Joanna

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Freedom to Choose!

*This is a sponsored post and a dress was provided by eShakti.  However, all opinions are my own and I was not paid for a positive review.

eShakti Bebe Forever 21 Fourth of July red and white umbrella red shoes navy blue pin dot bustier dress red bead necklace


eShakti Bebe Forever 21 Fourth of July red and white umbrella red shoes navy blue pin dot bustier dress red bead necklace






eShakti Bebe Forever 21 Fourth of July red and white umbrella red shoes navy blue pin dot bustier dress red bead necklace

eShakti Bebe Forever 21 Fourth of July red and white umbrella red shoes navy blue pin dot bustier dress red bead necklace

eShakti Bebe Forever 21 Fourth of July red and white umbrella red shoes navy blue pin dot bustier dress red bead necklace
Dress: eShakti
Heels: Bebe
Umbrella: Forever 21
Hair: Angie Williams @ Flaunt Salon in Long Beach
Makeup: Elizabeth Jones @ No Labels Just Beauty
Photography: Franz Swantko


Happy 4th of July everyone!  What an appropriate post, just in time for the 4th!  "Freedom" is definitely a gift, and is something that we should celebrate with great joy.  What better way to celebrate, than with a dress from eShakti!

Recently, I was contacted by eShakti to write a review on a dress from their company.  However, they also offer: tops, pants, skirts, jumpsuits, shorts and special occasion dresses.  This company's slogan is  "We Design.  You Customize."  I prefer to call it "The Dream Dress Store" because only something this good could exist in your dreams right?  eShakti allows a shorty like me, the freedom to customize a dress in the perfect size and length according to my height and individual measurements.   They offer clothing from size 0-36W.  

Additionally, they offer customers the freedom to choose a customization option in regards to the length of the dress, the type of sleeves, and the necklines they desire.  Also, they have plenty of nice selections offered in classic and modern styles to suit your taste.  While scrolling through the choices, I had a difficult time deciding on which one I would pick because they had so many cute dresses to choose from!  If you have unusual sizing issues like myself, and have to get practically everything altered to fit just right, then this is definitely the online store for you.  I chose this dobby-dot print dress with a corseted top.  It arrived quickly and the material it is made out of is really soft and of high-quality fabric.  The stitching is sturdy, and as soon as I put it on, it fit my proportions perfectly!  I chose the length to the knee and kept the sleeves in the original design.  It came with a matching belt that you could tie at the waist, but I thought it looked better without it.  It also gave me the option to choose pockets with this dress, but I opted to have no pockets.  I liked having so many options in the ordering process.

I love my dress from eShakti!  It fits me perfectly:)  Thank you eShakti!  This will not be my last time ordering from here. 

I hope everyone has a fun and safe 4th of July!  Now go ahead and exercise your freedom to choose something "made perfectly just for you" from eShakti!

XO Joanna