Sweater Dress Outfit of the Day

Fashion, Minimalism, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

I know this isn’t even the day that I should be posting about an outfit of the day, but I thought since I haven’t in a bit…today is a good day! I’m sure I’ve mentioned before how BIG I am on wearing sweater dresses, but if I haven’t then now you all know!

IMG_8991I really could live in a sweater dress and I’m honestly not sure why I don’t have more. I think all my wardrobe really needs are some nice sleek to the knee boots to really take my outfits (mainly sweater dresses) to their limit. I have really narrow calves so if anyone is in the same boat as me and has found some boots that actually fit then please leave a comment!

Anywho, if you’ve been reading, you’ve seen this sweater dress in a post before. I purchased this bad boy from & Other Stories and I cannot get enough. It is a bit short, but that’s kind of what I like about it. Actually, I’m just a big fan of short dresses period.

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My Madewell “Coatigan” is back out again and I get extremely excited to wear it. In my opinion, the sweater coat works well with this dress due to the different lengths. I normally don’t like to mix oversized with oversized, but in this instance, it does work pretty well. If only I had some sleek to the knee boots though…*sigh.*

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That’s my outfit for today. I don’t know if you guys like it, but I’m obsessed. Again, if there are any recommendations for some sleek to the knee boots that fit narrow calves, leave a comment! Toodles!

Chelsikay

 

Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer

Beauty, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Uncategorized

Hello there, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving or a great day off this year! I know it’s Friday and I’m posting off schedule (gasp) but I don’t usually post on holidays where I’m spending time with family. I thought this post would be a great follow up to my last post about shopping mindfully. If you haven’t read about that yet, go ahead and check it out!

Recently, I purchased my first luxury makeup item. In the past, I have used Tom Ford makeup, but I didn’t purchase that myself. Now, this really wasn’t a huge purchase or anything because it’s definitely just a concealer, but it’s a huge step up from what I normally use.

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During Sephora’s yearly VIB sale, I decided it would be a good time to buy the Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer. I mean I had to put that 20% off sale to good use right? Concealer is the only makeup item that I haven’t found a holy grail in, so I figured I’d try the Dior out.

fullsizeoutput_41eI’ve always had trouble picking out a concealer in the past because I usually buy the wrong color or I experience some irritation. I know there are a million different concealers out there that I could have chosen from, but honestly, I really wanted to buy a designer/luxury brand this time.

IMG_8950Needless to say, I LOVE this concealer, as I do most of the items that I tend to purchase and blog about on here. The best thing about this concealer, in my opinion, is that the applicator is a wand! This is a huge win for me because I am not a fan of squeeze applicators at all.

Also, the consistency is creamy and you don’t really need a lot at all. I can wear it all day without any creasing and of course, the tube it comes in is absolutely gorgeous! I can’t exactly go into too much detail about a concealer, but I do really like it so far. I’m not sure if it’ll be my holy grail, but we’ll just have to see and experiment with others to find out. IMG_8956

I hope this was a good read for you guys. I am a little foggy due to being in a serious food coma right now, so I hope this post made any kind of sense. Thanks for reading as always,

ChelsiKay

Fall & Winter Capsule Wardrobe

Fashion, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

So, it’s about that time of year again…actually it’s past that time of year but better late than never! I didn’t do a capsule wardrobe for the summer because I found it to be too tedious. However, I did do a capsule wardrobe for the fall and the winter! Just a heads up, all of the garments that are seen are not all of the garments that I have, but the main clothes that I wear on a daily basis. I have also divided my wardrobe into three separate capsules which I will go into more detail about later. Lastly, I am still adding to my wardrobe slowly, but surely.

The majority of main capsule tops are sweaters. It’s a no-brainer that it can get cold out and you need some nice comfy and cozy sweaters to bundle up in. The rest of my pieces such as my chambray shirt and the graphic tee, I layer with cardigans, jackets, and/or scarves.

 

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Surprisingly, I only own three pairs of jeans (for fall/winter), which I think is plenty! I tend to wear my Lucky Brand jeans and my leggings at least 2-3 times a week. I’m working on adding some more dresses to my wardrobe, but I am super picky about the style of dress that I wear. For now, I own and wear two sweater dresses that I absolutely adore. I think I’ll be okay adding two more really good quality dresses here soon.

 

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I thought I would save my work and “going out” capsule for another post. Most of my work capsule includes some of the same items and my going out capsule is still a work in progress.

I stated earlier that these are just the clothes that I wear the most out of my wardrobe during this time of the year. The more I do capsules, the less clothing I buy every year. Many of the items seen above have been apart of my wardrobe for 3-4 years. However, I like to have options so that I don’t get sick of wearing the same thing over and over again.

Hopefully, this post made some sense to you all because I know I somewhat complicated the whole point of a capsule wardrobe. I’ve just been doing what works for me and I’m pretty happy with it!

Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

A Post about LOFT

Fashion, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

Ok, so I probably won’t be posting Fashion Fridays anymore because I recently started working a new job that is going to be taking a little bit more of my time than normal. My blogging schedule will now be Tuesday, Thursday and maybe Saturday.

Today I’m going to do a fashion post in place of Fashion Fridays and then follow up with another fashion post on Saturday kicking off Style Saturdays. What can I say…I love alliterations!

Today I want to briefly talk about Loft and how obsessed I am with their sweaters. They never fail to have really funky, colorful and comfy sweaters in their stores and online. They keep up with the trends, but always have their own spin on their items. As most of you know I’m still on my slow fashion journey until the end of the year and it just so happens that Loft falls right within my parameters!

I wrote a post not too long ago talking about stores that have great quality clothing but won’t break your bank. Loft also falls into that category of mid-range priced items.

Anywho, I recently purchased some items from Loft and I was able to use one of my friend’s employee discounts. Yay for connections!

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I’ve really been feeling velvet for about three years now and lately, I’ve actually been purchasing it. I got my hands on some velvet pants that I’ll mainly be wearing to work most likely. Those will be featured in a different post somewhere down the road. On my first day of my new job, I wore leggings and this very cute velvet top that has a Victorian neckline. I wasn’t sure how flattering it would be, but I LOVE! My job doesn’t require me to dress super business-y, but I would still like to keep it pretty professional. I thought the top was perfectly paired with my leggings and Lucky Brand ballet flats.

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The next item, which will probably end up being a fall favorite, is this mustard-colored sweater. I’ve never worn mustard before, but it is a very flattering color for all different skin tones. I also really love the trapeze cut of this sweater and the small bishop sleeves as well. I normally don’t go for this kind of cut or sleeve, but since it was this color and a better quality – I went for it.

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The reason I didn’t picture the velvet pants yet is that I haven’t figured out what to wear them with just yet. Leave me a comment and tell me how you would wear gray velvet pants.

Thanks for reading. Check back on Thursday!

ChelsiKay

Sweater Dresses for Fall

Fashion, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style, Uncategorized

Once again, welcome back to Fashion Fridays. Today’s Fashion Friday will be a little bit different than my normal outfit share. Today I’m just going to show you all this recent purchase that I think is an amazing addition to my fall/winter capsule and my wardrobe in general.

The other day, I was on the hunt for sweater dresses. There are SO many options out there right now due to the current season being fall. Now, I didn’t want to be too cheap about my choice because I would want my dresses to last me a few years; not just a season. I ended up deciding on two sweater dresses – one for now, one for later.

The sweater dress, for now, is a nice soft lighter sweater material that is perfect for those cool to warm to cool days. The sweater dress for later is a cashmere turtleneck option that is pretty much guaranteed to keep me warm during the cold winter.  I was thinking of even adding another heavier knit option just to have another extra option. We will see about that though.

fullsizeoutput_40a.jpegMy first dress I bought right away because I was near the store & Other Stories that day. They have an amazing collection of sweater dresses both in-store and online. I ended up with a black sweater dress with one single white stripe across the sleeves and bodice. This dress screams “me!

I knew this was a good purchase of $85 because I began to daydream of the different ways I was going to wear this dress. This is why I love fall. You can buy such a simple item and layer it in so many different ways as well as change from sneakers to boots and your outfit is different every time.

 

The cashmere sweater dress that I want is from Everlane and retails at $155. So…I am definitely waiting on that one for awhile. If I do so happen to find a chunky knit sweater dress I will be sure to showcase it on here :).

That’s it for today! Talk to you guys next week!

ChelsiKay

IT Cosmetics’ CC Cream

Beauty, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, skincare, Uncategorized

Hello hello there! It feels like its been weeks since the last time I posted, but I know its only been about two days if that. Today I’m doing a quick review on a skincare/beauty/makeup product. You guys know how I love to keep it as simple as possible…even when I can go on a rant. Anyway, let’s get started.

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So I’ve been looking for a really good tinted moisturizer/BB cream/CC cream for a WHILE now. Pretty much, I’ve been looking for a foundation with a decent SPF in it. I’ve used Lancome Teint Idole before and I loved it. However, it oxidizes into an orange like color on my skin and I’m not a huge fan of that, to be honest. So I ran across IT Cosmetics’ CC Cream. I went for the illuminating formula because why not? Since I’m reviewing it you already know I like it! Here’s why:

  • Contains SPF 50
  • Has UVA & UVB protection
  • Is Full Coverage
  • Color Corrects (seriously!)
  • Is hydrating
  • Does not oxidize into a crazy color
  • It Glows!

Okay, so when I say it glows…it actually contains glitter or a glitter like substance. I love this because I tend to like satin finishes on my skin versus dewy or completely matte. Also, I’m heavy handed with the highlighter so during the day I don’t have to wear a highlighter now.

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Most foundations or tinted moisturizers with SPF have the tendency to oxidize in a really noticeable way. And if I mix my sunscreen with a foundation, there’s always a strange gray tint and my face gets oily halfway through the day. With this CC Cream, I don’t experience any of those things. I was also pretty shocked when I came home after a full day with this still on my face!

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I hope this CC cream continues to be great because I love it so much right now. It is basically the equivalent of my Becca Ever Matte Foundation but for the daytime. I’m in love. Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

A DIY Halloween Costume

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Tomorrow is Halloween you guys and I would be excited except I already partied over the weekend. I had my little fun, but now its time to get back to work and reality. I’m not one to buy a costume nor DIY this super intricate one either. My costumes tend to be pretty last minute and I almost always own the things that I need.

This year I went as a ninja…okay, a sexy ninja. I wasn’t really going for the typical sexy look, but hey it happens! So really all I did was wear my usual going out clothes which is high waisted leggings and a crop top – black of course. I went with a sleeveless turtleneck this time. I ordered a really cheap ($7) ski mask (2pack) off of Amazon and just wore the bottom part to cover my mouth and nose. You can also just tie a bandana or forgo both and wear a hoodie. The look is pretty much complete, but if you want to, you can cut some stockings into removable sleeves. I did this and I felt that it tied the costume together.

Of course, since my eyes were the only thing showing, I went really dark with my eye makeup. I used my brand new ABH Subculture palette and did a purple, rust, and dark brown smoky eye. I also twisted my hair into four flat twists because I felt that a fro or a puff would take away from the ninja-ness.

If you don’t want to be this sexy, you can always change up the costume however you want. I did plan on wearing another costume tomorrow if I were to attend a party. I was going to wear the same outfit sans ski mask and add a tutu. I would probably just wear a long sleeve shirt versus a crop top as well. Instant ballerina. I DIY my costumes every year and I just use clothes that I already wear!

I hope you all liked this post, thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

 

A Tourist in Spain Outfit of the Day

Fashion, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style, Uncategorized

Hola everyone, I know I’ve been gone for almost a week now and I apologize for that. However, I was on vacation in Spain enjoying myself. I was really hoping while I was there I’d get some good outfit pictures, but sadly I only got one decent outfit simply because the weather was ALL over the place.

The outfit I got all of the pictures of is super touristy and I LOVE it. I’m obsessed with the top and obviously my handy dandy boyfriend jeans. At the time I was in Seville and everyone was pretty dressed down including the locals, so why not follow suit?

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I didn’t pack any sandals, but I did pack some basic black flip flops that…somewhat worked with this outfit. You have to make it work when you have limited options though, so I did what I could.

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I was standing in front of a wall to the Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Cabelleria de Sevilla, which made the words on my shirt pop out!

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The crossbody bag that I wore throughout the whole trip is this nice gray B. Makowski bag that is literally bottomless. I can fit a small bottle of water, an umbrella, my passport and all of the regular makeup stuff I normally carry. I’m overlooking the Guadalquivir River in Sevilla.

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That is all for my post today. I’m so happy to be back and blogging. Next vacation I will probably blog because it doesn’t feel like work to me so why not? I hope you all enjoyed this outfit of the day post. Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

 

Fall Cleaning: The Vanity

Beauty, Decorating, diy, jewelry, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Uncategorized

Happy Wednesday everyone! I don’t know if you all knew this, but I’m sort of a messy person. I’m not at all a dirty person, but I’m pretty dang disorganized. Somehow, some way I always end up with clutter in places where there should not be…like my vanity. All those cosmetic organizers and it still manages to get cluttered. When this happens, I know it’s time to start over and rethink how I organize.

When it comes to my vanity, I have to start ALL the way over and even change out the drawer liner. I’m even thinking about creating my own storage container for it because it’s just so cluttered all the time. I’m not sure if the JerryBox is working out too well. The brushes always come flying out every time that I turn it to find what I’m looking for.

Anyway, so far I’ve cleared some space by purchasing a corner shelf on Amazon. The main reason I got this was that my perfume and nail polishes were being directly exposed to the sun and I think this affects the formulations…especially the nail polishes.

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The shelf is pretty sturdy and it already fits my room décor. However, it is kind of cheap and not the greatest quality but it works and I really like it. Also, my perfumes and nail polishes now have a nice home away from the direct sunlight.

I typed a lot of this earlier in the day and then made my way to AC Moore to see what I could find to change up my vanity situation. I picked up some construction paper as my drawer liner and tried to look for some sort of container that had drawers.I got home and purged everything I didn’t need and cleaned off everything I did need with baby wipes. Surprisingly, I didn’t dread doing any of this; in fact, I found it pretty cathartic.

I went with the dark orange construction paper because it screams fall and looks great under my acrylic containers. I also found a jewelry box that wasn’t being used and am now using that to store my favorite rollerballs, liquid lipsticks, and lipglosses. The jewelry box is a nice touch because it’s mirrored, I wish I would have thought of this sooner.

I didn’t realize this post was going to end up being all about my vanity so I’m going to have to divide these fall cleaning posts into parts now. So that is all for today you all! Thanks for reading as always!

ChelsiKay

 

OOTD: Happy Autumnal Equinox

Beauty, Fashion, Hair Care, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style, Uncategorized

Happy Autumnal Equinox everyone! You all should know by now that I’m happy because this means the hot gross weather will soon be gone! Seriously, I’m getting pretty tired of sweating in places I’d rather not be sweating!

Anywho, welcome back to Fashion Fridays! It seems like it’s been weeks since I’ve posted an outfit of the day but it’s only been just one week. It seems the last few times I have worn a picture worthy outfit I’ve been in Georgetown, D.C. I really love it there because it’s so cosmopolitan, but also so historic. If you ever find yourself in the Washington, D.C. area then definitely visit Georgetown.

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Remember a few posts back when I was speaking of future purchases? Well, I got my hands on that perfect American Apparel tee dress. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be wearing it A LOT. I can wear it out dancing, to happy hour, or just to the coffee shop to chill or work. When I wore it to Georgetown two days ago, I was just working in the coffee shop, so I dressed it down.

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I paired it with some super old booties from Forever 21. I’m in need of some casual flat ankle booties or at least I will be. I can feel these boots starting to wear at the soles and that just doesn’t seem safe.

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I also paired the dress with a denim jacket from Levi’s…at least I started off that way. Of course around noon, it got pretty hot out and the jacket had to come off. It was even a little hot for the dress considering it is all black. I may have to pull this back out on a cooler or even cloudier day for sure.

Oh, and my curls are twisted up into cute little twists. I decided to do this one day because I was so sick of styling my hair. I also didn’t want to add extensions so this was a great happy medium for me. What do you all think?

That’s all for today! Check back Monday for a new post!

ChelsiKay