Friday, July 21, 2017

How to find your personal style


Hey Lovelies, today's new post is about how to find your personal style! It's safe to say that as humans we naturally evolve and with that so does our style. The struggle for me in finding my personal style was too real and through many trials, I was finally able to come up with my very own personal style. So, today I'm am going to share with you a few tips and tricks to finding your own personal style.

1. Look for outfit inspiration.

My number one tip is to look for outfit inspiration. Outfit inspiration is so important, especially when it comes to figuring out what your personal style is. It's also great for becoming more in tune with how to style clothing and how to put outfits together that you may have not really thought about putting together before. You can get loads of outfit inspiration from Pinterest, Instagram, style bloggers, Tumblr, your favorite celebrities, and even your own city streets. Fashion is something that's all around us, and when you travel you can definitely see the different types of style from one place to the other. In finding your personal style or when you feel like you have nothing to wear, go for one of your outfit inspiration looks and create a similar look with clothing pieces you already have right in your closet. However, I'm always stressing this and it's the fact that it's only inspiration, so, you could take an outfit and be inspired but, always remember to make it your own because that is the for sure way to define your very own personal style. 

Who is your style icon? Try to find a couple of different style icons that you admire. It could even be someone with a similar look and body shape to you because this could mean that whatever they wear would probably look good on you too because you have the same hair color, skin tone or body type. So, find someone who has a personal style that resonates with you. Then, take inspiration from them when curating your own looks and defining your personal style.

My style icons are Zendaya, Rihanna, Talia Richelieu (@taliacupcake on Instagram), and Kelsey Simone just because I love how they pair contemporary clothing pieces, high fashion pieces, and street wear into one cohesive look. On the other hand, I admire Audrey Hepburn and her style, it's so classic and there's just something about her style that I adore and draw inspiration from as well.

2. Build a wardrobe of basics.

Start out by building a wardrobe of basics, because it'll be the foundation of all your looks. Once you've built a wardrobe of basic pieces, incorporate trendy pieces to your wardrobe. Trends are great, but they shouldn't be your entire look, so, switch it up by mixing up your basic clothing pieces with trendy clothing pieces to create a look. Solely pairing trendy pieces with other trendy pieces will clash and only shows you know how to follow the latest fashion trends, which doesn't help define your personal style.


3. Experiment with clothing.

Go check out stores or boutiques and just try on clothes and different styles and find what fits you best. Work with trends and experiment with different types of clothing and styles to figure out what does and doesn't work for you. This is the best way to help you define your personal style as it's a way of really discovering what you like to wear, what looks good on you (colors and style wise) and what fits your body best. 

4. Create a style mood board.

Now, this may be a little extra, but it could really help some people define their personal style. Once you've found a style icon(s) that really resonates with you and some outfit inspirations you can do one of two things: print the different looks you love and cut them out and place them on a board and create a physical mood board or you can create one online using Pinterest to pin your favorite looks online. This is a great way to encapsulate your personal style visually and always remain inspired.


5. Confidence is everything.

The greatest accessory of any outfit is confidence. You can wear any trendy outfit and all, but when you're not feeling yourself in that outfit it'll definitely show. No matter how cheesy it may sound, confidence is what makes or breaks an outfit. For example, there are times when even Rihanna can wear what some people would consider the ugliest thing, however, because she's confident in her outfit it definitely shows and she continues to serve looks no matter what it is she is wearing because she's confident and happy in her outfit. If you wear something and you don't like it no matter how trendy it is, it shows hunty. So, wear something you love and that you're comfortable in because when you're confident in your outfit it'll show and you'll just continue serving all the looks.

6. Just because it's not "in style" doesn't mean it shouldn't be your style.

Who cares if a certain outfit or clothing item isn't "in style" anymore? If you like the style of something that's not so much "in style" anymore and know you look good, then rock that look. Wear what you want because it makes you look and feel good, because if it makes you happy it'll show and you'll always look good regardless of if it's "out of style". Plus, being off trend makes you different and unique from the crowd and also adds character. So, never be afraid of being "out of style" because let's get real, so many old fashion classics, silhouettes, and styles of the past are making their comeback.

7. Purchase more of what you like.

If you find clothing pieces you like, don't be afraid to buy a couple more variations of those clothing pieces. I, for one, love off the shoulder tops, slips/lace tops over basic shirts, chokers, and denim jackets/clothing pieces and I tend to get different variations of each when building my wardrobe with clothing pieces that I genuinely like and will continue to wear even when they may become "out of style". That's because those clothing pieces and/or accessories are cute to me, and I'm confident when wearing them and I'll still be poppin' wearing the same things in the future. So, buy things you truly like to wear, in order to build your wardrobe with clothing pieces that truly define your style, because it's likely you'll wear those things time and time again.

8. Don't put yourself in a "style bubble".

When it comes to defining your personal style that's unique to you don't feel pressured to put yourself in what I call a "style bubble". A style bubble is the idea that you belong in one of the following style groups: girly...preppy...androgynous...classy...the list goes on. For me and many other people, we're grabbing inspiration from all different types of styles and then curating our own looks.  I'm the type of person that's inspired by minimalist and contemporary outfits, classic styles and outfits of the sixties and nineties, and street style looks. I'm inspired by a wide range of styles and ideas and use that to curate my own personal style. So, don't feel pressured to conform to one set style, because it does hinder your ability to explore different outfits and figure out what you truly love style-wise. Not to say that you can't have a focal point of style inspiration, but do try and experiment with other clothing pieces and looks in order to find your personal style.


At the end of the day, curate looks to your liking to define your personal style and just keep on serving looks. 


Thanks so much for reading loves! Until next time for more in fashion.

Friday, July 7, 2017

40 Beauty Questions Tag


Hey Lovelies, today I thought it would be fun to switch it up and do a tag post. I went over on Twitter and asked what you'd like to see for this weeks post and the winning idea was the 40 Beauty Questions Tag! So, here it is...a little insight into my beauty routine and beauty-related favorites! 

Skincare

How many times do you wash your face daily?
For the most part, I like to wash my face twice a day. In the morning once I wake up and right before I go to bed because I'm not about to go lie on my pillow with all the possible oils that can accumulate throughout the day still on my face. You need to keep your skin fresh and glowing hunty and the only way to do that is by washing your face two times a day and keeping up a good routine. 
What skin type do you have?
My skin type is normal/combination skin.
What is your current facial wash?
Currently, I switch it up between using the Neutrogena facial cleansing formula and the Clean and Clear Morning Burst facial cleanser. 
Do you exfoliate?
Yes, I exfoliate two-three times a week in the mornings.
What brand do you use?
For everything in my skincare routine, I use products from Neutrogena and Clean and Clear and The Body Shop, as well as Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter.
Do you have freckles?
Nope.
Do you use eye cream?
Nope. However, I do use facial oils and serums from The Body Shop, along with Shea Moisture's Raw Shea Butter, that I also make sure to apply under and around the eyes to brighten up the under eye area and keep my skin glowing and moisturized throughout the day.
Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
Nope, so bless up to my parents for their genes and my mom for stressing the importance of skin care, great hygiene and so forth. 
Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?
Nope. 

Makeup

What foundation do you use?
I currently use the Maybelline Fit Me foundation.
How about concealer?
For concealer, I use the NYX full coverage concealer in caramel.
Do you know your undertone color?
Yeah, I have a warm undertone, which would mean like yellow, peachy or golden undertone colors.
What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I love how some of them can really open up your eyes and bring a whole look together. So, it's a yes to the fake lashes that look long, cute and fluttery that open up the eyes and a big no to the fake lashes that look like chunky bushes weighing your eyes down. 
Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?
Lmao nope, but I do now.
What brand of mascara do you use?
I use and love the Too Faced Cosmetics BTS mascara. 
Sephora or MAC?
Is that even a question? Sephora.
Do you have a MAC Pro-card?
Nope.
What makeup tools do you use in your make-up application?
The basic brushes for eyeshadow and highlight, an eyebrow brush, as well as a beauty blender to blend concealer and foundation. 
Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?
For the eyes, I like to use the NYX eyeshadow primer.
For the face?
I love using a light moisturizer before applying anything makeup-wise. I start by applying a light amount of the Vitamin E moisture cream and then apply the Vitamin C Glow-Boosting Moisturizer from The Body Shop.
What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?
I love the matte and shimmer eyeshadow palettes from e.l.f. and NYX. I adore any neutral, gold and pink shades for the eyes. 
Do you use a pencil or liquid eyeliner?
I switch it up between both when I feel like making a wing. 
How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
Not often, but then again I don't really like the look on me when it comes to lining my eyes with dark eyeliner because I think it makes my eyes look smaller. I like the look of brighter and bigger eyes, so I do without the eyeliner for the most part.
What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
I love them, they can really help enhance a dramatic eye look, if that's what you're going for.
Do you use mineral makeup?
I haven't really differentiated it from "regular" liquid makeup products because I just thought that technically most makeup would be considered "mineral" makeup because of the fact that they are made of the same elements.
What's your favorite lipstick?
Even though it's more of a fall/winter shade...currently, I'm using and loving the NYX extra creamy lipstick in Black Cherry.
How about lipgloss?
As for lipgloss, I use and love the Mentha Lip Tint in various shades.
What is your favorite blush to use?
I don't really use blush which may be weird and all...but I like the look of "Glowy and Dewy" skin, so the e.l.f. highlight and NYX 'Born to Glow' Liquid Illuminator are my absolute go-to.
Do you buy your makeup on eBay?
Nope. I don't really trust purchasing things like makeup and skincare stuff from there because stuff could end up being dupes and what-not. I like to shop from places like NYX, Ulta, e.l.f. and Sephora for my makeup products.
Do you like drugstore makeup?
Yeessss. NYX and e.l.f. are technically in that category to me because they are good quality makeup products for such reasonable prices.
Do you go to CCO's (cosmetic company outlets)?
No, have never been to one.
Did you ever consider taking makeup classes?
No, I'm not particularly serious about makeup to take classes. It's something I just learned to apply to my liking over time and eventually got a bit better at doing through switching up some things and constant repetition of certain looks.
Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
Not really, because I've applied it for awhile now...but I still haven't mastered applying perfect winged liner.
Name a makeup crime that you hate?
Oooohhh girrrrrlll. I'm going to name two because it's just something that needs to be addressed. 1) A really dark eyeshadow look and dark or red lipstick to go with it? It shouldn't be happening because it isn't cute. Pick one or the other, if you want to focus on the eyes, then make the eyes dramatic and keep the lips a nude or light pink shade. If you want to focus on a bold lip, the eyeshadow should remain neutral and light. 2) Eyeshadow shouldn't be applied with no smooth transition going on. Blend...blend...blend.
Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick, eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
In terms of eyeshadow, I love matte and shimmer looks in neutral and pink shades. As for lipstick, I like a mixture of both, I really like red and berry shades as well as some neutral ones.
Which celebrity always has great makeup?
Rihanna, Carli Bybel, and Selena Gomez, hands-down to me always have the best makeup looks.
If you could leave the house using just ONE makeup item, what would you use?
An eyebrow duo pencil all the freaking way.
Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
Totally, I've done so many times before. I don't wear much anyways, I just use a few products to create a simple "glowy and dewy" makeup look.
Do you think you look good even without makeup on?
I mean....yeah. I don't really have a problem with how I look without make on.
In your opinion what is the BEST makeup line?
I really can't pick just one...it's in between NYX, Benefit Cosmetics, and Too Faced Cosmetics.
What do you think of Makeup?
I think it's pretty cool,  and it's honestly like an art. You could go simple or go dramatic and completely transform into a totally different person. I mean, we've all seen the girls that could look thirteen without makeup on, and all of a sudden manage to look 20 with makeup on. In general, makeup also helps enhance facial features when applied properly.


Hope you enjoyed this tag, now comment down below your thoughts on this question...if you could leave the house using only three makeup products what would you use?

Thanks so much for reading loves! Until next time for more in lifestyle.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Celebrity street-style looks for less! ft. (the queens) Rihanna, Zendaya, Selena Gomez & Skai Jackson


Hey Lovelies, from satin slips to distressed denim, to faux leather? These fashion-forward street style looks are taking up our city streets, and you could possibly snag a similar look...for less! I'm bringing you the latest street style looks worn by celebrities we all love, the Queens, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Zendaya and Skai Jackson...for less! 

Selena Gomez's street style look: modern vintage


In this look, Selena managed to add a modern twist to vintage pieces and I'm loving every bit of it because it's casual and cute but still makes a statement. The staples in this look for less includes a 1970's vintage ringer tee from Unique Vintage and a faux leather pinafore dress from Pretty Little Thing. Though she is wearing Gucci Ace Embroidered Leather Sneakers, not everyone has Gucci money, so the alternative to that are these white platform sneakers from H&M.

Rihanna's street style look: satin slip meets faux fur


Rihanna is the reigning queen when it comes to street style fashion. I adore how this featured look was put together from the rust satin slip dress paired with the faux fur jacket. To curate a similar look for less, you can find a similar and inexpensive slip dress from Missguided. To go with the rust satin slip, top it off with the Dorothy Perkins faux fur coat.  As a cheaper alternative for accessories, you could grab a pair of gray patent heels from Lulus and this blue baseball cap from GoJane.

Zendaya's satin look


Zendaya is truly glowing and serving looks in this rust satin slip dress...straight from her very own collection! Though she wore this look at an event, you can definitely take this look to the city streets. The rust satin slip dress featured, is part of her collection DAYABYZENDAYA which actually has a lot of fashion forward street style clothing pieces for affordable prices, so definitely check Zendaya's collection out! An inexpensive alternative to the boots she is wearing are these gray boots, which you can find at Steve Madden. Bring the look together by adding in some inexpensive jewelry, like the one featured above from Lulus. 

Skai Jackson's street style look: distressed denim


Skai is serving all looks in denim. Denim is definitely the biggest trend this season and Skai is styled in it in the best way possible. The look is simple, yet, fashion forward and you could inexpensively get the same items! The oversized denim jacket is from Zara and is paired with the distressed denim boots from GoJane. Keep it simple and cute by adding in your own jewelry, like these simple pearl earrings from Saksoff5th.



At the end of the day, you don't need a lot of money to mimic any of these looks. You can easily and inexpensively, mix and match staple pieces with basics and curate a look to your style and as always, keep serving looks hunty. ღ


The looks and clothing pieces featured can all be found at my Polyvore, misskouture.
If you'd like to see a "look for less" of another celebrity, comment down below who'd you like to see featured next.
Thanks so much for reading loves! Until next time for more in fashion.