Anyway, here's my price list (though it's not accurate due to the whole missing pants issue, and as you can see, those pants were the bulk of the cost):
My latest box from Material World has arrived! The video went up a little later today because I was out of the house (aka away from wifi) so I couldn't even start uploading until the afternoon. This video runs a little longer because I try on every single item, and I do have an update regarding the missing Isabel Marant pants that I was very disappointed to have not received in my box to try on (they were high-waisted pants with buttons in a sailor-esque nautical style that I definitely would have bought so long as they fit me well enough). Here's my box:
I did get a hold of customer service. It was not an ideal customer service experience as I believe the company outsources it to a third party call center/ chat desk, but I was NOT charged $150 for the missing pants. I did have to take several photos with the Material World tags visible on my items to prove I didn't get the pants, and it was all rather annoying because I had to do my online checkout without them adjusting my cart/invoice on their end, and just have blind faith it would be taken care of... but it was. No extra charges, and any inventory or tagging issues on their end is on them, not me. Phew. That could have been a very expensive error they could have tried to make me liable for!
Anyway, here's my price list (though it's not accurate due to the whole missing pants issue, and as you can see, those pants were the bulk of the cost):
With the amount of new readers that are here, I wanted to share one of my older videos about how to change up how you your basic black pencil skirt, with things you probably already own. Far too often, I see people wearing them exactly as expected: in a very corporate/business get up. Pencil skirts are so much more versatile than that. (And even more so if you step away from black!) And no, you don't have to be 5ft-nothing, and a size 0 to wear any of the things I feature in my videos by the way, though if you ARE short, I recommend high-waisted pencil skirts that hit right at the knee, not above, but you can get away with slightly below the knee, but not much. If you're apple-shaped or just built a little thicker in the waist and think that pencil skirts won't flatter you, 1). you're wrong, and 2). you can always opt for some waist-cinching shapewear if you really want to create the illusion of a waspy little waist (but really, you don't have to).
I'll have a new video up tomorrow (spoiler alert: I'm trying on a bunch of designer clothes, some of it more ridiculous than others... "Ebenezer Scrooge" came to mind with one of the tops). See you later!
I frequent various parts of California more than I want to admit, and although San Francisco is the bulk of it, Los Angeles is a close second (and I have another LA trip coming up soon). SoCal has a very different vibe from my soggy corner of the country (I live in the Seattle area), and this pencil skirt I picked up in Korea Town is my absolute favorite, and just feeeeeels like LA to me.
Also, even if you're not Korean or speak zero Korean, you need to hit up K-Town, if for nothing but the food alone. Then, if you've got money burning a hole in your pocket, hit up some hole-in-the-wall boutiques (which is where I bought my skirt). I definitely paid a pretty penny for that skirt (I can hear my mom muttering under her breath that I was stupid for not haggling), but I love it so much and wear it so often that I definitely am getting my money's worth.
But if you're on a budget, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in downtown LA has a pretty sweet thrift shop that helps support the school and the students. There was nothing gross, smelly, or out of style there, probably because fashion students aren't going to let that kind of garbage slide in. They even have some designer items there too. It's definitely worth checking out, and I hit it up every time I'm in LA.
Here's my outfit breakdown:
First off, minus 8 billion points for my Ipsy Glam Bag actually getting lost in transit, with 9 days of ZERO tracking information, before finally arriving to me. Ipsy's customer service, as always, was NOT helpful. DHL is absolute garbage and I'm at the point where I don't think I will shop at any retailer that uses them for their shipping. Yes, that means I might have to cancel a WHOLE lot of my cheaper subscriptions, but I don't think the stress levels and missing items and 3 week shipping times are worth the low price at this point.
Anyway, here are my two comparable $10 beauty boxes. If you want to check out my Ipsy Glam Bag PLUS, which is $25 and only FULL-SIZE products, here is Box #1 (I showed all 3 of my subscriptions in that video), and Box #2 (also with add-ons because they get with those add-ons EVERY TIME). I wish Sephora PLAY! had the option to pay for additional discounted items to be thrown in my box!
Here is an itemized list of what I received in my Sephora PLAY! box (which arrived a full week before my Ipsy Glam Bag, if that sort of thing matters to you):
You think anyone has noticed that this isn't really a belt or suspenders? Or that there might be a whip and ball gag in my purse?
I am a big fan of unconventional accessorizing, and my leather harness from Altur.co is one of my favorite irreverent ways to stylize a white button-up, or a plain white tee (I featured it in this older video about how to dress up a plain white tee and jeans, HERE).
Some of you might remember that I wore a variation of this outfit on vacation:
I know I skipped #22. There, I said it, and now let's move on.
Stitch Fix box #23! (Spoiler Alert: My daughter definitely decided that the jumpsuit is hers, so apparently I'm buying that item at least.)
Here is my price list so you can see how the cost breaks down. Normally there is a non-refundable $20 styling fee (though it gets credited toward any item you decide to purchase), but I have Stitch Fix's Yearly Style Pass so I don't have to worry about that. I can literally send back every single item and not lose out on fees if I truly just don't want a single thing. Here are the prices:
I maintain that black leather pants go with EVERYTHING and wear them in place of black leggings. Black leggings are fine if you're literally going on a run, or sleeping, or actually AT yoga, or you're a child.
At my age (which is 36), I just don't think I should wear them as pants. If YOU do, that's fine; don't let my judgey opinion about anything stop you! (Please please PLEASE make sure they're not transparent if you bend over. I don't need to see your flapjacks.)
For me, I prefer something a little more like actual real clothing, so I opt for leather pants with my oversized floral button-ups or big boxy sweaters or graphic tees, etc.
Leather pants do NOT need to be all hard and edgy and 70s Hair Band Rocker (please don't go for that look, it is NOT cool, it's just desperate). Just think of any outfit you'd normally grab your leggings to pair with, and switch those leggings out for leather pants (or faux leather) and your outfit has become INSTANTLY UPGRADED! Just choose pants that are still comfortable and fitted. Mine are a ponte knit with leather panels, and the leather pants I had before that were also ponte knit with faux leather paneling on the front. I don't actually recommend buying FULL leather pants, because those are 0% breathable and no one wants their fanny to feel that tropical.
What I wore:
New video out tomorrow! See you soon!
I feel ridiculous.
I've been reassured that I don't LOOK ridiculous, but that was from women in a Facebook group where we aren't allowed to be mean (which is synonymous with "honest" to most admins).
Maybe the fact that I have hooded eyelids and most of the color ends up retreating when my eyes are open, is what helps make this look not as ridiculous as it feels? (Also, we're going to ignore that flakey mascara. I threw it out immediately after applying as that dry flakiness is a sign that it's probably expired now).
I'm thinking that I might feel like this look is more wearable if I switch out the lipcolor for a sheer gloss, or something neutral. These colors are much louder than they appear in photographs! Neons have a strange tendency to photograph like pastels.
Maybe I just need to be brave and quit hiding behind my boring beige colors like "Wheat", "Au Naturale", "Birthday Suit", "Beigeoisie", "Dead Grass", "Cracker", "Left Butt-Cheek", "Builder-Grade Carpet Choices"... (I may have made up some of those).
Is naming makeup colors a job? Because I feel very qualified for it.
Surprise! A bonus video on this dreary, rainy Seattle Tuesday!
My FabFitFun box arrived, and I'm here to share its contents with you! I apologize ahead of time for even bringing diarrhea into the conversation. On an unrelated note, did you know I do all my videos in one take and refuse to edit them? Sometimes an F-bomb slips past. I'm just gangster like that.
This is my all-time favorite lifestyle/beauty box subscription. I unfortunately already sent out my max limit of Free Starter Boxes (which are like mini-FabFitFun teaser boxes, with 4-5 products), but I will give my blog readers first dibs for the Fall Box when those are available for me to send out. They are free, but you have to cover the shipping and handling, and they are popular and go faaaaaast. I had random Facebook friends begging for mine. I didn't realize people wanted them so badly, or I would have been more vigorous about sending them out this entire time! I've been letting mine go to waste!
Anyway, use a referral code if you know you want a full-size box, so you can knock $10 off the price. If you don't have a friend's, use mine HERE.
For discounts on all sorts of brands and products, I keep my codes on the side-bar underneath my little author blurb and social media shortcuts. Just scroll down.
See you tomorrow!
I received my Elizabeth and Clarke summer shipment! You can subscribe to receive 1-3 shirts, and I chose 2 this time around: the Unstainable Harper (left) and the Unstainable Maxwell (right). The third option was a grey t-shirt, which I almost purchased too because my sister would look great in it, but I'm not sure if she's ready to focus on herself yet or something as superficial as fashion right now (she's divorcing and I have a lot of dick jokes I'm holding off on making right now. I'll save them for the divorce party I'm going to throw her).
I haven't had a chance to wear the Maxwell yet, but I did wear the Harper to my son's graduation! His graduation ceremony every year is held in the Temple de Hirsh Sinai in the Capitol Hill area of downtown Seattle, and even though I'm not religious, I don't feel right being overly casual in any sort of a church or temple, so I classed it up a little for the event. (He attends Hamlin Robinson, a private school, so don't worry, no laws regarding separation of church and state were violated here).
I didn't tuck this in like the model for Elizabeth & Clarke because the waist line for my pants didn't quite hit in the right spot.
I'll share a photo the other shirt, the Maxwell, when I get a chance to wear it! It's navy, not black, and that's a basic color staple that I think my wardrobe could really use. Sometimes black is a little too formal and harsh for spring and summer looks. Navy is a universally flattering alternative.
My outfit breakdown:
See you tomorrow!
First off, I want to announce that I am 6 months in the clear with no cancerous or about-to-turn-cancerous cells. I haven't really kept anyone up to date on all of that, because honestly, it's boring. Just a whole lot of waiting, getting new samples sent to the lab, waiting for results, then waiting for the next checkup, to send off more samples to the lab, to wait for results, etc. I don't know at what point I'm considered to be medically all in the clear and officially "cured", but obviously this isn't going to be what kills me. I would LOVE to just be done with all the appointments and uncomfortable tests. There is no pain-free way to get cells from a cervix, especially after having to regrow it, ouch. I am still indignant over how I tested positive for 0 of the HPV strains associated with cancer. There is a myth that you can only get this if you are HPV positive, but my doctor says she is seeing more cases of HPV negative cervical cancer, so clearly, something new is causing these, but maybe I'm just being a conspiracy theorist and it's just genetic luck of the draw and I lost the coin flip. Even though there's zero family history of cervical cancer.
Anyway, on to other things that are way less important but still make me happy... Guess what came in the mail yesterday??? I literally changed my video-line-up to do this one today, because that's how excited I am about these palettes I ordered, and some of my friends wanted to make sure the colors were obnoxious enough. I mean BOLD enough. *cough*
If you're one of my Type 4 friends from DYT, and you only buy ONE palette, get the pink one.
If you don't mind having one or two useless colors (or you don't mind breaking a couple of color rules), then just splurge on all 3 like a total glutton, and know that I like your style.
Here are photographs of the palettes, close-up, to help you determine if you love them or REALLY love them. I took them both with and without flash, so you can see how they look under unnatural lighting as well as natural light:
The large, double-sided, hard-plastic (not cardboard) magnetic makeup palette that I use and have featured in several videos, is not only back in stock on Amazon, but has two more colors: Pink and also Pink!
Also, a respectful nod to the person who named these colors "Sorta Pink" and "Supersonic Punch". You deserve a raise.
These also come in basic black, cobalt blue, and a deep maroon, and you can check out all the colors HERE.
(Black is called "Singularity", blue is "Particle Accelerator", and maroon is "Praetorian", and seriously, I love the person who named these. I love them in ways that are probably immoral in the bible).
FYI, these normally don't stay in stock very long, and take ages to restock, so really, grab them while you can. Black is the color that goes out of stock first. Click on any of the colors or the images to go directly to the listing!
If you're wondering why I love magnetic palettes so much, here's an older video I did that shows how I was able to consolidate and organize my cosmetics once and for all (with this case in black), and also get extra use out of my lipsticks:
AAAAALLLLLL of my videos are on my YouTube channel, by the way, if you want to go check out some of the older content! (Extra hearts for subscribing!)
I usually upload a new video every Friday, though you also get to see that here in the blog post, but subscribers get earlier access to my videos simply because I literally have to upload there FIRST, before I can embed into my blog.
Speaking of which, tomorrow there will be a new video! See you tomorrow!
My second Ipsy Glam Bag Plus box has arrived! And this time, I actually received all of my items! This month featured a lot of items from the Tetris x Ipsy collection. Yes, Tetris as in the puzzle game, which made my geeky 80s heart happy, but then I realize it was really quite a stretch to try to link an 8-bit puzzle game from my childhood, to beauty products. Something about celebrating our different shapes and colors and unique beauty, blah blah blah. Quite a leap there, but I'm not complaining. I love puzzle games almost as much as I love RPGs. Let's combine TWO of my unrelated hobbies for no reason, woo-hoo!
If you're wondering what the major difference is between the Ipsy Glam Bag Plus and the Ipsy Glam Bag normal, they both come with 5 products (with the optoin to add additional items for a fee), but the Plus costs $25 instead of $10, and the Plus contains ONLY FULL-SIZE items, where as the normal bag contains mostly deluxe sample size products, with the occasional full-size product.
Here is everything in my box and the items I decided to purchase as "add-ons". The Sunday Riley moisturizer by itself already made the box more than worth the $25.
For price point references, the full-size product add-ons (the additional Tetris x Ipsy eyeshadow palette and the Smashbox palette) are $12 each. Those Smashbox palettes are $29 at Sephora, so that's more than 50% off. The deluxe sample size products, like the Tetris x Ipsy mini lip balm, are only $3. So I am ALL ABOUT the add-ons. (You can only add 3 items max though).
I haven't quite made up my mind yet about the Ipsy Glam Bag Plus, as I like to give a subscription service 3 shipments to impress me, but so far, it seems like a pretty good deal! What do you think?
Neon is huge this season, and I know it's not for everyone, but if you've been following this blog for a while, you know that neon and I are besties who go way back (I do, after all, own every single satchel from Cambridge Satchel Company's fluorescent line).
I've also decided that skirts > shorts when it comes to staying cool in the summer, and am loving this crazy pattern that really doesn't even make sense but works anyway. It's two different animal prints, but geometric, but also fluorescent, and it's completely crazy and great.
Here is the full head-to-toe look:
I hope you're having a faaaaaabulous Monday everyone. (Why did that sound sarcastic even in written text?)
As you can see, Pride Month is in full swing, and I'm here to say that I 0% care who you choose to have sex with as long as the person is a consenting adult, and not a goat or something. Yeah, I'm looking at YOU, Arkansas. Speaking of which, did you know that Washington state recently hit #1 for goat-f*cking? That's a stat you now know. (I blame Eastern Washington.) I guess I can't really rag on the south for that anymore. THANKS EASTERN WASHINGTON GUYS.
So hey, as long as you aren't violating animals, we're good.
Here is my outfit (it's hard to see in the photo):
Do you have items in your closet that have great structure, style lines, and design... but are just the wrong color? Well, you have options! Today I'm showing you how easy it is to alter a leather accessory, like shoes, a purse, a belt... and the product I use also works for faux leather. (I'll link to my favorite brand of leather paint below the video).
In this video, I am painting a leather belt that I purchased for cheap from Thred Up.
The leather paint I use is Angelus, and I buy it off Amazon HERE (lots of color choices, including fluorescents).
I actually finished this project a couple of weeks ago, and the paint has held up well, as well as on all my other leather painting projects. I haven't had issues with color-transfer, but some people have said they have, which is why I mentioned it in the video. I think that properly and thoroughly stripping the leather so the paint adheres well is key in preventing that.
As always, I take weekends off from blogging, so I'll you all on Monday!
Does anything say "summer", "picnics", and "rosé" louder than a classic, striped shirt dress?
This is what I wore to my town's annual parade and festivities. I needed something lightweight, breathable, and that I could walk miles and miles in for hours in the sun.
Here is my outfit breakdown:
Remember that time I nearly ruined my Manolo Blahniks by painting them?
I wore these yesterday, and because this is a shade of yellow that will bore a hole in your retinas if you make direct eye contact, my shoes drew a LOT of attention, so I wanted to share my old post, sharing my near-disaster leather- painting-adventure.
The full blog post is HERE: Painting my Manolos and Other Things I Regret, and full of tips if you decide you want to alter a pair of your own shoes, and hopefully avoid my mistakes!
Also, here is the outfit I wore last night:
***NOTE: At the time of publishing this post, some of the items have gone out of stock***
Ugh. Where do I even start with this?
I am posting a very brutally honest review of this new lip color from the DYT store.
It's a sheer lipcolor, called "Sweet Brier".
First let's start with what that tube of lip color ACTUALLY looks like in real life, and me wearing it:
This is a look from last Thursday (so some of you may have already seen this if you're in the same Facebook groups as me). It was heavily inspired by my awesome eyeball scarf from Nuno, and from there, I paired it with classic silhouettes so I didn't look COMPLETELY insane. I did play with my eyeshadow color choices though! My palette definitely looks incongruent and awful, but honestly, it was not that bad. Weird colors can be surprisingly wearable! And you really should just be fearless and try new, strange combos. You might surprise yourself.
Here's a photo of the scarf fully unfolded (and it's only $38 FYI):
Tracy is a sometimes-working software engineer, all-the-time mother and wife, long-distance runner, biracial, shoe-loving, multi-lingual, world traveling, wannabe fashionista who drinks entirely too much coffee. She lives in the Seattle area and enjoys making babies and judging people.
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