Get Packing For a Weekend Getaway + Joules Goodie Box Giveaway

Weekend Getaway Essentials from Joules

Now that the weather is getting better and Spring is really blooming, I’ve been itching to have a short weekend getaway. While I haven’t quite decided where to go yet, I’m thinking nature and close proximity to a body of water (think lake or beach) will be a requirement.

One thing for sure is that the getaway will also be a perfect excuse to shop for some vacay-essentials, and I’ve got my eyes on Joules Clothing’s Vacation Shop. Truthfully I will totally look for any excuse to shop, but your homegirl just can’t help herself!
Here are just a few Joules item that are in getaway must-have list:
 ♥ Creme Floral Shirt
 ♥ French Navy Bouquet Bikini
 ♥ Tilby Hat
 ♥ Mid Blue Stripe Jersey Coverup
 ♥ Tan Loafers
 ♥ Pink Canvasbag
 ♥ Indigo Check Shorts
 ♥ Meadow Green ShIRT

Now you didn’t think I was going to let a Friday pass by without doing a giveaway, did you?
Weekend Getaway Essentials from Joules
Well of course not! Three lucky readers will receive Bath & Shower goodie boxes, courtesy of Joules Clothing. These quartet of beauty products will be the perfect accompaniment to your weekend getaway, no matter what your destination is.
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Recipe: Rose Water Madeleines

Who loves butter cookies aka Madeleines — (hand raised) ME, ME! It’s basically the perfect dessert, as it is a cookie and a cake all in one (hello, fat kid heaven). This recipe was concocted after I accidentally purchased rose water in bulk from Amazon. YES, I know what you’re thinking … HOW DOES THAT EVEN HAPPEN? Well it’s because I didn’t read the description, that’s right, I’m one of the people who purchase by picture (cause who doesn’t). So instead of only one bottle I now have three, which means: prepare yourself for recipes galore using rose water (ching)!

Keep reading for my rose water madeleines recipe!

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In The Nude

American Apparel Sleeveless Lace Chiffon Dress

This über-girly outfit definitely is a departure from my boyish grunge look last Tuesday. What can I say? I’m an equal opportunity stylist!
While I’m usually a fan of color, I thought it would be fun to go (almost) entirely nude this time. However, just because I’m going nude doesn’t mean it should be plain or boring — and nothing cures plain and boring like a pair of Leia-style double sock bun. Tack on a fuzzy wine clutch plus matching lipstick, and I’m ready to hit the town…in the nude!

Outfit Combo: sleeveless lace chiffon dress from American Apparel, ‘Clemence Minaudiere’ clutch from Pour La Victoire, leather rockstud pumps from Valentino.

American Apparel Sleeveless Lace Chiffon Dress

American Apparel Sleeveless Lace Chiffon Dress

American Apparel Sleeveless Lace Chiffon Dress

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Color

A few things to say about this post: one, I’m so HAPPY the weather has finally taken a turn for the sun, the Spring sun; and two, I need some color on my legs STAT. The endless winter and rando snow flurries well into Spring time has taken a toll on my skin. It’s dry and pale … operation sun kissed glow is in full effect.

Outfit Combo: top: J.Crew chambray top (similar here, here, and here), bottom: Asos leather shorts (similar here and here), flats: B Brian Atwood smoking slippers (similar here and here) and sunnies: Ray-Ban Original Aviators (on sale)

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Boyish Grunge

American Apparel Denim Shortalls

The weather this past weekend has been the best so far this year. I almost couldn’t believe it, if it wasn’t for my errand trip earlier in the morning. My usual modus operandi for figuring out what to wear is to look outside the window and see what people in the streets have on. Seeing a whole lot of jackets on the street, I quickly grabbed my hoodie before heading out to run errands. Yeah, it took less five minutes before I got hot and sweaty walking around.

So when I came back out later that day, I knew better to put on a sleeveless shirt and denim shortalls instead. Looking mighty 90s in my boyish grunge look, I might add. Boy, do I feel sorry for the suckers walking around, looking uncomfortable in their sweaters. Hope the weather stays this great because I’m definitely ready to retire my sweaters until next fall!

Outfit Combo: Denim short-all from American Apparel, sleeveless lawn button-up from American Apparel, sunglasses from ASOS, boots from Dolce Vita.

American Apparel Denim Short-alls

American Apparel Denim Short-alls

Also, for those of you blogger buddies out there, did you know that its Monday Bloom Link up day at DC in Style‘s blog today? Mosey over there and check it out!

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Giveaway Friday: ModCloth Gift Card

Win $50 gift card to ModCloth

It’s time for Giveaway Friday again — and boy, do we have got a good one for you guys today. One lucky winner will win a $50 gift card to one of my favorite store, ModCloth. What will this gift card get you at ModCloth? Oodles of cute goodies, of course! Here are some of faves:
 ♥ Stylish Solution Sandal
 ♥ To the Salon Top
 ♥ Sunday Branch Wallet
 ♥ Catch My Shift Dress
 ♥ Tall I Could Ever Need Top
 ♥ Oh Koi Necklace
 ♥ Purr-fect Vision Top
 ♥ All Over the Lace Flat

And we also have good news for our non-US readers: ModCloth ships to 51 countries worldwide, so you can join this giveaway too!

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Schoolboy Vest

American Apparel Schoolboy Vest & JCrew Dress

This JCrew denim dress is one of my fave and is definitely on the wardrobe repeat list. Although wearing the same dress can get kind of boring so I gotta mix it up somehow. Like breaking the dress-up with my American Apparel schoolboy vest. As the name suggest, I totally grabbed this from the men’s section of the store. But ain’t nothing wrong with borrowing from the other side of the closet once in a while.

Outfit Combo: schoolboy vest from American Apparel, dress from J Crew (find similar here and here), tights from Spanx, watch from Kate Spade, stud bottom backpack from Deena & Ozzy (find similar here and here), boots from Dolce Vita.

American Apparel Schoolboy Vest & JCrew Dress

American Apparel Schoolboy Vest & JCrew Dress

American Apparel Schoolboy Vest & JCrew Dress

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Waterproof Your Style

So the saying goes: “April showers brings May flowers.” While those flowers may be pretty, getting caught unprepared in a rain shower sure isn’t. Well lucky you, we got some picks to make sure that you (and your stuff) is waterproofed against the sometimes unpredictable Spring showers — all without sacrificing one drop of style.
For a bonus, we’ll even throw in a waterproof watch. Uh huh, that’s right!

(listed in clockwise order, starting from top left):
Transparent Trench Coat from Wanda Nylon
Printed Umbrella from Moschino
Buckled Rain Boot from Burberry London
Little America Mid-Volume from Herschel Supply Co.
Callicarpa from Swatch

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Florals & Ivy

Yumi Kim dress & Zara blazer

This past weekend was particularly exciting for me, because it was the first time I could really wear my floral dresses without freezing to death. The day was a tad windy, so I still had to pair the outfit with a blazer. But it’s all good — I needed something to round out my outfit anyway.

Speaking of, you guys may notice that there’s a knot on the bottom of my dress. This Yumi Kim beauty is actually a maxi, a style which unfortunately are usually not cut for shorty pants like me. Since I was planning on doing quite a bit of walking that day, ain’t no way I was going to wear heels. So what’s a girl to do? Magic the maxi dress into a midi, with the help of a knot and a safety pin, of course!

Outfit Combo: dress from Yumi Kim (find similar here and here), blazer from Zara, flats from Michael Kors (find similar here), sunglasses from Alter, necklace from Gorjana Griffin watch from Kate Spade .

Yumi Kim dress & Zara blazer

Yumi Kim dress & Zara blazer

Yumi Kim dress & Zara blazer

If you’re wondering how I get my bun so full, keep reading on beacuse I got the video tutorial handy for ya!

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Searching

The sun finally came out BUT don’t let that fool you, it’s still chilly out there. Hopefully the weather warms up soon. I need to get some sun on my skin, my legs are lookin’ super casper white (I’M SERIOUS). Come on Spring weather just get here already … PLEASE!

Outfit Combo: top: H&M shirt and Zara blazer, bottom: rag & skinny stretch jeans (similar here), boots: Vince Camuto (similar style here) and sunnies: Ray-Ban Original Aviators (on sale)

Also, for those of you blogger buddies out there, did you know that its Monday Bloom Link up day at DC in Style‘s blog today? Mosey over there and check it out!

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Giveaway Friday: Mini Beauty Goodies

Update: Congratulations to Luna on winning this giveaway!
Didn’t win? Don’t worry — we got another giveaway going on to win $50 gift card to ModCloth.

Mini goodies giveaway

Sometimes good things comes in small packages — and for today’s Giveaway Friday we are giving away oodles of mini beauty goodies. Since these beauty cuties are perfect travel companions, of course we just gotta top off the giveaway with two travel pouches. The smaller travel pouch is perfect for keeping your essentials, like lipstick, easy to find in your purse. While the bigger travel pouch is see through and airport security ready (can you say amen to not messing around with ziploc bags).

Here’s the full list of the goodies the lucky winner will receive:

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Tomboy Casual

BCBG red dress

Sometimes I really feel like letting the inner tomboy out. Pairing my comfiest Rodarte hoodie and a baseball cap does just that. But, of course, I still have to add a little touch of girliness here and there with my studded Valentino bag and Ann Taylor hooker boots lace-up booties.

Outfit Combo: hoodie from Rodarte, faux leather jacket from Romeo & Juliet Couture, ultra stretch jeans from Uniqlo, lock calf-hair shoulder bag from Uniqlo, 9874 sunglasses from Emporio Armani, aixa lace-up booties from Ann Taylor, hat from J Crew.

BCBG red dress

BCBG red dress

BCBG red dress

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Recipe: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

One of the things that I do to torture myself when I’m hungry is troll Buzzfeed Food. Sometimes there are really good gems there, like when I found a list of recipes that only takes three ingredients. I’m all about lazy cooking, so of course I was super excited about trying out everything on the list, the first of them being Barefeet In The Kitchen‘s peanut butter cookie recipe.
But I thought I’d add my twist to it and pump up the decadence level by adding another ingredient: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!

Read on to find out how you can make (and be eating) these nom cookies in less than 30 minutes.

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Red in the Rain

BCBG red dress

This past weekend’s weather had me staying indoors most of the time. It may not be super cold anymore, but it was rainy and yucky. In gloomy weather days like these, I feel that I need to dress up in bold colors to brighten up the day.

Outfit Combo: dress from BCBG Max Azria, necklace from Kenneth Cole, pantyhose from Spanx, boots from Members Only.

BCBG red dress

BCBG red dress

Wanna learn how to do the braided headband? Keep reading on beacuse we got the video tutorial handy for ya!

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Giveaway Friday: Perfect Skin Beauty Pack

Update: Congratulations to Lynn F. on winning this giveaway!
Didn’t win? Don’t worry — we got another giveaway going on to win two travel pouches, chock full of mini beauty goodies.

Hydroxatone Anti-Acne CC Cream, KORA Organics Energizing Citrus Mist, Per-Fekt Beauty Skin Perfection Gel

Who wouldn’t want perfect skin (or as close to perfect as you can get). For our Giveaway Friday today, we are giving away three products that will help you get the best you:

Hydroxatone Anti-Acne CC Cream – I am one of those unfortunate souls that’s still fighting acne long after I passed my awkward teenage years, which is why I love this product. Not only does it mattifies and reduce redness, but it also has ingredients to help fight acne.
Per-Fekt Beauty Skin Perfection Gel (in Radiant) – for those days where your skin really isn’t cooperating and you need a little more cover-up help, this product will come to your rescue. Since it’s buildable, you can decide how much to put on and how much coverage to get.
KORA Organics Energizing Citrus Mist – Now that you’re looking gorgeous in you flawless skin, keep it fresh and supple by spritzing this energizing mist morning (and throughout the day to maintain make-up freshness).

Well what are you waiting for? Joining the giveaway is super duper easy through the handy Rafflecopter widget below. Go get ‘em! ☺

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Video: Easy Braided Headband Tutorial

As you can tell from my previous turban and sock bun tutorials, I’m a big fan of hairstyles that can extend you wash cycles. True story: over washing your hair is no bueno, and can lead to dry frizzed hair and split-ends. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Which is why I’m totally crazy for braided hairstyles, especially braided up-do’s.

The problem is, most braided hairstyle requires one to know how to french-braid, a skill I’ve only mastered as recently as last year. So I thought, there must be a way a girl can do a fancy braided do’ with no french-braiding required.
Thought of one I did, and I even got a video tutorial to share with you!

What did you think? Did you try it out? Let me know — I’d love to see any photos or videos.

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Cats N’ Buns

Opening Ceremony Cat Sweater

So after Monday’s weather debacle I decided to play it safe today and dress warmly in my good ol’ button-up and sweater combo. To balance out the bulkiness of my oversized sweater, I decided the perfect hair to go with this outfit is an equally voluminous and oversized sock-bun. I love me some big buns (plus I was too lazy to dry and curl my hair that moring lol).

Outfit Combo: sweater from Opening Ceremony, button-up shirt from American Apparel, skirt from Urban Outfitters, tights from Spanx, boots from Zara.

Opening Ceremony Cat Sweater

Opening Ceremony Cat Sweater

Opening Ceremony Cat Sweater

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Freezing in Florals

intimately Floral Printed Maxi by Free People

With it being officially spring and all, I was super excited to bust one of my recently purchased spring-y floral dresses. That is until I walked outside to the 27° weather. WTF weather? W-T-to-the-F?!?

This Free People floral printed maxi dress is truly a slip-dress. But one of the reason I got it, other than finding the pattern absolutely gorgeous, is that it’s substantial enough to be worn on its own. Well, apparently not on this blustery day… Even topping the combo off with a leather jacket was not enough to warm me up. So back into the apartment (and closet) I go to find something more reasonable to wear.

Needless to say, you’re going to be seeing this dress in a blog post again. Sans jacket. Photo taken on a much warmer day.

Outfit Combo: dress from Free People, tights from Spanx, pumps from Coach, sunglasses from ASOS, boots from Dolce Vita.

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Giveaway Friday: Dr. Brandt Beauty Bag

Update: Congratulations to Natalie C. on winning this giveaway!
Didn’t win? Don’t worry — we got another giveaway going on to win a perfect skin beauty pack.

Dr. Brandt Skincare's Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water and Pores No More Pore Refiner

So it’s another Friday and we’ve got another giveaway. You may noticed that we’ve had a giveaway every Friday for the past few weeks. Because we love our readers so much, Jess and I will be trying hard to keep this up for as long as we can. Today we are giving away a couple of goodies from Dr. Brandt Skincare:

Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water
Pores No More Pore Refiner

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Video: Sock Bun Tutorial

I guess I’m on a v-blogging roll because I have yet another video tutorial for you guys: the almighty sock bun. This is one of my favorite go-to hairstyle since it’s easy, versatile, and you guessed it, perfect for day-three hairs. You know what I’m talking about… Those days where you know you probably should wash your hair, but you woke up way too late to do it. That was yesterday (and today) for me. Thanks to this hairstyle you can be lazy AND look good. Now thats what I call a win-win!

Jess has done a up similar tutorial, but I do mine differently enough that I think it warrants another video. Here’s my version:

What did you think? Did you try it out? Let me know — I’d love to see any photos or videos.

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