My First Baublebar Purchase

I’ve been following the affordable jewelry juggernaut for awhile, but hesitated from buying anything because I hadn’t bought a lot of jewelry from brands I had never seen in person. I finally caved and purchased one of their “Buried Baubles”, which is a piece they discount to $10 every Monday just for the day (they change the bauble each week).

Cute packaging, free shipping, and affordable. It’s definitely not super high quality, but I really can’t complain for the price. I think it’d be a great Christmas or birthday gift for a girlfriend who lives somewhere else.

Baublebar packaging and the gold chevron chain necklace:

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Have you bought anything from Baublebar? Let me know in the comments below!Β 

Short Hair Don’t Care

In less than an hour, over 1ft of hair was gone. The last time I had my hair cut was November 2013 (when I had my ombre done). I’ve been wanting to get my hair chopped for a few months, but kept putting it off because of how much the color cost me at that last appointment. I finally took the plunge and it feels FANTASTIC. Wash and dry is super quick and my natural waves don’t actually bother me with this length.

Thank you to Lisa Pomo for the cut. You can find her at Pitch Salon in San Francisco at: (415) 664-4800

Before (taken 2 weeks prior):

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You could make a wig out of this:

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After a wash: (no curler or straightener)

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Early Chistmas Present: Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5-Zip in Burgundy

I’ve wanted a Rebecca Minkoff purse for years now to use an everyday bag, but couldn’t justify the price for such a small bag on my broke student budget. I even bought a Mini M.A.C. in deep blue a couple years ago, but returned it after thinking long and hard about how many smaller purchases I could be making using the same amount. In comparison to other popular bag brands, the prices aren’t actually that steep, but I just kept hesitating at the time. Alas, I finally received it as an early Christmas present during Neiman Marcus’ online Black Friday sale ($195 USD down to $137).

I’m glad I waited because I’ve been really drawn to the sexy wine/burgundy color these days. Despite it being a smaller bag, it’s quite roomy and is able to fit my wallet, phone, and other accessories. I also love the softness and durability of the leather.

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The inside with my wallet and phone:

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BLOGGER HIGHLIGHT: Song of Style

I have been following Aimee Song, major fashion blogger and interior designer based in Los Angeles, for at least a year on social media and am impressed time and time again by her daring yet flirty sense of style. The colors and prints she chooses to mix are both surprising and undoubtedly flattering. She has become such a staple in the social media and fashion show scene that it is unsurprising I initially stumbled across her on the “explore” page on Instagram. Her and her sister/”songster”, Dani, both have major followings on the social media platform, with @songofstyle (Aimee) with over 1 million followers and @songdani (Dani) with over 300k. Her website presents photos of her sporting her fashion choices on her numerous trips around the world (yes, I am jealous).

Here are some of my favorite outfits from the http://www.songofstyle.com:

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PHOTOS OF AIMEE AT THIS YEAR’S NYFW S/S 2015: (Spot On)

Met Gala 2014: Faves (and Least Faves)

I haven’t posted in light-years, and with school being done and all it seemed obligatory that I sit down for a moment and compile a few photos of my personal best-dressed from this year’s Met Gala. Next to the Oscars and Grammy Awards, fashion’s brightest always seem to pull out all the stops at this star-studded event to make a statement. “White tie” was the theme for the night, which many of the attendees apparently took to mean Disney princess…

Best:

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Worst of the Night:

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Just had to share this because of my undying love for Reese Witherspoon:

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My Ombre Experience

I went through my phases of light brown to blonde highlights through high school then mainly stuck with dark hair through university, but like most women I really felt the need for significant change. When I saw a Groupon for popular Vancouver salon, Rain, I emailed to see if the $95 full highlights and cut deal could go toward an ombre treatment, and to my delight it did. Finally nearing end of semester I made an obligatory consultation with the salon, which was pretty eye-opening for me. Because my hair had L’oreal box colour in it the stylist explained that I would need to pay extra to take it out, and pay an additional amount for the entire ombre/balayage treatment because my hair is so long. I’m doing my best to sum it up, but there are a lot of technical terms involved that I still don’t have a full grasp on! Lesson learned is to not play around with store-bought colour if you’re planning on getting your hair professionally coloured! I ended up paying an extra $130, which I went ahead with since I was pretty set on this new look.

A few weeks later just after the last day of classes I went in for the transformation, which took a total of 3hrs (this is nothing compared to doing the 6hr Japanese hair straightening treatment that I’ve done a few times). By the end of it all, I was incredibly pleased. I absolutely love how the gradual look came out and am doubly happy that the blonde doesn’t look orange-y like some turn out. Thank you, Shannon!

Pictures are included below with a before picture for reference. What do you think?

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