Not Just Another Black Dress

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

My Outfit - dress: ASOS || sandals: ASOS || earrings: Madewell

Natalie's Outfit - dress: Forever21 || boots: Doc Marten

Hello hello! Since the weather is warming up, it is highly likely for you to see me strolling out about in a dress. I love dresses, they are so comfortable, simple, and chic. This is something that I've been trying to adopt into my daily wardrobe for quite sometime.

This past weekend I had a couple of events happening in one day and I didn't have time to change in between. I opted to find an outfit that was easy and versatile for any occasion and the dress I am wearing above in my photos IS PERFECT for that! It is simple yet made a statement. I love black dresses and honestly to me none of them are alike, but this one so far has to be one of my favorites.

My sister, Natalie, spent most of the day with me Saturday and she wore her favorite black wrap dress. We clearly had a theme going.

All in all, my goal is to start looking for more pieces like the one's we are wearing above, especially one's that actually fit correctly. Fit is very important. Anyway, I'm going to keep this post short.

This weekend is going to be beautiful in Boston and New York. I'm only mentioning New York because I will be there for Memorial Day! I'm excited to explore and hopefully feel inspired by the street style in Brooklyn (which is where I will be for most of my trip). I'm also hoping to sneak in some thrift shopping *fingers crossed*.

Oh, and also I got a job...but I'll discuss more about that later ;) Until next time...have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!

xx Aline

NARS Summer 2016 Collection Beauty Review

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hello all! Recently, I decided to treat myself to some items from Sephora to expand my already somewhat large makeup collection, but the more the merrier right? This will be my first beauty review and I am very excited.

NARS is one of my favorite brands of makeup. I tend to steer towards their lipstick, and for anyone who knows me really well I'm all about lipstick. When I saw the NARS Summer 2016 collection I fell in love! I typically don't go for limited edition items because well...when you run out of the product then what? But these spoke to me.

The collection consists of four Dual Intensity Eyeshadows, two Dual Intensity Blushes, and four Lip Covers (liquid lipsticks). Sephora only has three of the lip covers and the other one you can purchase directly on the NARS website.

There is a beautiful variety of eyeshadows, but I purchased the lightest color. BORING! I know. But I have been looking for a color like this for a little while, and I love the formula.

Alright so I'm just going to dive in.

Swatching and actually getting the color to show up the way it looks in real life is really hard. I tried. Really hard. The dual intensity eyeshadow that I purchased is called Topless. I hope you can kind of get the gist of the color, but it is a shimmery cream shade. It applies pretty sheer, but you can build it up. It is perfect for highlighting the brow bone, but I also like it on the lid. To give you an idea of how I wear it, I usually place a dark brown in the crease and use this color to highlight my lid. I think it is a great color for an easy neutral look for the summer,

You can purchase Topless on Sephora for $29

For the lip cover swatches...I used my sisters hand as a model. So thank you Natalie.

Alright, the first one is called Get Dirty, which happens to be my favorite. The lip covers are all liquid lipsticks by NARS and do not dry matte, but have great staying power! This one is a beautiful, neutral dusty rose color. It looks sort of peachy too, but in a like hip 90s way. Does this make sense? I feel like there are many lip colors this color because I think it's pretty trendy. The coverage of this color is very pigmented and it fades gracefully. I wore it out, ate a meal, and didn't have to reapply because it still looked great! I think this color universally would look amazing on any skin tone.

You can purchase Get Dirty at Sephora for $28

This lip cover is called Overheated. Now when I swatched this color and compared it to Get Dirty, in the photos they look pretty similar. I knew that may be a problem, but when I tested the color out on myself it actually looked like a light mocha. I'm not used to wearing browns, and I was pretty skeptical about this color washing me out. It didn't though. It's darker and definitely meant to be worn with a tan, and it is a part of the the SUMMER 2016 COLLECTION. The color is also very pigmented and really only needs one swipe of application, but because the color looked so dark on me I blotted it a little and it gave it a subtle matte finish, which I also like.

You can purchase Overheated at Sephora for $29

This last lip cover I have to share is called Do Not Disturb. It is a beautiful orange red PERFECT for the summer time. I tend to wear a lot of blue reds or darker reds and I get nervous around colors like this, but I love it. This shade is amazing! It is a very vivid color, but honestly is the perfect pop of color for the summer time. I wore this out over the weekend to a Boston Bloggers event actually and it lasted all day. Obviously this color doesn't fade that gracefully, but it sure has some staying power.

You can purchase Do Not Disturb on the Sephora site for $29

I also believe all these items are available in store, but I would snag them as soon as possible because who knows - they might run out.

And this concludes my first beauty review! Practice makes perfect right? I'm hoping to do more of these and review some skin care items as well. Also check out my Instagram for any style and beauty updates. Until next time!

xx Aline

Tulips and a Bum Knee

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Hi friends, it has been a while. I have been feeling slightly uninspired to write or post anything as of late. The past month has been a little rough, but last week I went out with a couple of my friends (I want to call them my glam squad - shout out to Krista and Julia -with the bum knee) to shoot my outfit. I have been looking for a new photographer only because my sister has been so swamped with school and what not that she has no time for me...

Anyway I have been lucky enough to have Julia as my lovely friend who seemed super excited to shoot my outfit. She honestly was so great! She got a bum knee while trying to take photos of me #dedication. We went to the Boston Commons and shot in front of a willow tree and tulips. You're not supposed to sit on the grass, but you know we're rebellious so we did...

To give you an idea of what kind of model I am - 99% of the time I am incredibly awkward. I move around too much and I'm really goofy. Julia was very good at giving direction like telling me to pretend I'm in the show One Tree Hill among other hilariously amazing things. I just need to be better at looking fierce so I'm working on it.

Last Friday, my good friend Krista, who was also with us, got a pixie cut and she looks like a model there's no denying it. Julia and I went with her for moral support. And when you look through these photos you will see that the pixie cut is meant for HER!

Anyway all in all it was so much fun...but it got super cold. We made a pit stop at Sephora and I got to meet Keytar Bear too. For those of you not from Boston I guess he's just some pretty cool dude who dresses up in a bear costume and plays the keytar around the city. He asked me to help him button his shirt. Clearly he could tell that I have an eye for fashion and that I'm very good at buttoning things. I see you Keytar Bear with your cheetah print top. ;)

Though I've been feeling uninspired, I've actually started baking more...WHILE
LOOKING FOR JOBS. STOP WORRYING! I may do a post about baking...We shall see...I'm going to keep this post brief, but I have a lot of good news to share so keep an eye out for that. Oh and check out the photos below!

Until next time,
xx Aline


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