Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Look of the Day: Midi or Pencil?

It's probably supposed to be a pencil skirt, but I'm hecka short so it is a midi skirt on me.

...Hold on a sec. I was just reading about it on the JCPenney website and I guess it's meant to be long. Also, it's apparently convertible. You learn something new every day.

Anyway, I've been looking for a good skirt, and you know what? No one has a good selection! It's kind of strange. All the buyers opted for sun dresses this summer. I finally found a couple at Value Village this week, but honestly it's taken a couple months! Seems weird that a good skirt would be so hard to find. Especially jean skirts! Washes are weird, waists seem to come in only one size (not waist shaped), and they're all waaaay too short. The skirt I found is from the 80s, hits a couple inches above the knee, and has a huge bongo tab on the back. It'll have to do for now. I also found a white a-line skirt with lots of eyelets. It's cute.

What have you been on the hunt for this summer?

Vintage crop top (similar) - Bisou Bisou Convertible Skirt - Tocca Jewelry Black Tourmaline Necklace - Birkenstocks - Vintage Nordstrom Sunglasses 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Look of the Day: American Bohemian

 This outfit pretty much embodies everything I'm into this summer. Raw, organic, relaxed; anything that might be described in that way.

White dress? Check.
Denim? Check.
Natural/Hippie/Boho accessories? Check.
Birkenstocks? Check.

Ok, so I'm always into denim, but in the summer my preoccupation with it is twofold. It's perfect for Seattle, where it never gets unbearably hot (well, very rarely), looks crisp, unfussy and so cool with anything white.

I found the dress at Deseret Industries, which is a giant thrift store out here in the west. My mom is convinced it's a wedding dress from the early 1970s. That's certainly possible. It's was in fantastic shape, up until I took the sleeves off. They're were really puffy. Once I started ripping the seems, though, I realized that the sewing quality was much better than most vintage pieces. I can't tell you how many times I've put a shirt or dress back, because it's splitting at the shoulders or the armpit. The sleeves on this dress were attached with three different layers of stitching! I feel kind of bad about ruining all that hard work. The dress isn't ruined, though, so I guess it's okay. I had to buy white American Apparel hotpants to wear underneath. It's a touch see-through.

What are your favorite things to wear in the Summer?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Skincare: California Naturel Review

If you're a follower of the blog, you probably know I'm always going on about my sensitive skin. I'm forever on the lookout for gentle, natural brands that my skin will like. Just in time to address summer dryness, the lovely people at California Naturel offered to send me a selection of their plant & mineral based skincare products.

Like always, the packaging is what I noticed first. Colorful accents and embossing are such simple ways to make a product stand out.

A little about the company:
Based in California, duh. I really, really love that they are completely committed to making seriously all-natural skincare products. Everything is naturally scented, meaning they use plant extracts, and are free of parabens, sulfates, and synthetic chemicals. According to the site, they also pride themselves on being a socially responsible business. They also use a lot of organic ingredients. Each product has a different percentage of organic ingredients, so if you're curious, click the links below to learn more!

Here's what I got to try:

No complaints! Pretty gentle, and at least hasn't made my dry, itchy skin any worse. Great if you wear a lot of make-up. Damascus rose, palmarosa, and ylang-ylang oils are all beneficial and make it smell lovely!

This gentle face lotion smells very herby, which I love. It's exactly what my skin needs, too! Olive leaf and Crithmum Maritimum (fancy science name for sea fennel) are supposed to reduce inflammation and redness. It soaks in pretty quickly, which is nice when you're hurried in the mornings.

I'm not as crazy about this lotion's scent, but scent is in the nose of the beholder, so maybe you'll like it? If you're real concerned about protecting you skin, than this is the sunscreen you want! It's one of those physical sunscreens, so if you don't rub it in real well, you'll look pasty. Mixing it with the Nourishing Cream makes it a little easier to put on. The only complaint I have is that it turns yellow when it dries and I've stained a few shirts. If you plan on wearing a white collar of any kind, use a different sunscreen for the day.

I love this stuff, but I'm pretty into any and all lip products. Especially ones with SPF that taste like berries! It protects against both UVA and UVB, which is important since lips don't have their own natural protection. It goes on smooth and provides a long-lasting barrier against the elements. Great for the beach and won't make your milkshake taste like lipgloss. Well, unless you're drinking a McDonald's milkshake. I'm still bitter about the "improvements" they made to their recipe -_-

Overall Grade: 
Great company & great products!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Look of the Day: Dots & Denim

Catie Beatty, spots, Oasap, peplum, mom jeans, vintage, coach
Life has been so busy! I accepted a small promotion at work and, even though I'll still be part time, the training is pretty extensive. It also means my job will be moving to one of the other neighborhoods in Seattle. I nannied there for 4 years, so I'm pretty excited to be back in the old 'hood. It's a nice one; lots of great coffee shops (like the rest of Seattle), upscale gift shops, yet very family-oriented. And I'll be right next to Trader Joe's! I'll never run out of their coffee again!

In other news, I watched like seven hours of X-Files on Friday. It was my one day off.

Catie Beatty, spots, Oasap, peplum, mom jeans, vintage, coach

Catie Beatty, spots, Oasap, peplum, mom jeans, vintage, coach
Oasap let me pick out a few things from their Summer line and I was very excited when this dotted blouse arrived in the mail. I love how random the spots are. It's very fun to wear. I also ordered this sparkly, green and gold bracelet, but I' have had a chance to style it yet.

Oasap Flounce Dotted Blouse - Thrifted St. John's Bay jeans (similar) - vintage purse (similar) - Arizona Sneakers - Vintage Nordstrom sunglasses (similar)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Things: Current Favorites

Who know's what my favorite things will be next week, but here are my current obsessions:

I've just discovered JCPenney's shoe department. I'm impressed by both the selection and the ridiculously-low sale prices. These sandals are $13.99 right now! They're crazy comfortable, too.

Probably my biggest skin care splurge to date, but I've decided my beauty mantra is "Face and feet". I want to take good care of both, so while I have the money, I'm gonna do just that! Argan oil is kind of a miracle serum. It's soothed my itchy, irritated skin (too much make-up? Laundry detergent? Who knows). I use a drop on dry hair to enhance shine and tame flyaways, and it's also healed my split cuticles. Nuff said.

This lipstick is almost neon in real life. It looks much more sensible in the picture. I love it either way.

From The Confectionery in University Village. Just slightly fruity, soft, but not super gummy like a gum drop. They're quite pleasant. I had them at my wedding reception and they're one of the few things I paid full price for.

I bought this necklace off Chictopia a couple months ago. I wasn't sure how to style it at first, mostly because I find jewelry to be overwhelming. Now I've decided to just wear it with everything. Why not, right? It's a total conversation starter.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Looong Weekend: New York City

NYC, new york, sky scrapers, city scapeupper east side, nyc, new york, city scape
Last week, I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Manhattan.
Let's be honest, if I had a job set up -one that would provide enough for New York rents- I would move to that city in a heartbeat. Trevor would just have to deal.

city, nyc, bridge
 Driving into the city.

new york, city, apartment, paint, old

nyc, hearst tower, city life
In the shadow of Hearst Tower

new york, columbus circle, central park
 Ice cream at Columbus Circle.

My super cool room at Hudson Hotel. Really neat hotel, but if you ever stay there, make sure you ask to not be right over the courtyard, where sometimes drunk people are really loud at night.

new york city, taxi, yellow cab, city life
5th Avenue looking towards Bergdorf Goodman and Central Park

central park, horse, city, bird, pigeon
 Friends meeting for lunch

grand army plaza, new york, central park, statue, city
 Bling statue at Grand Army Plaza

central park, carriage, horse, stripes, street style, child, sundress, new york

new york, central park, hotel, luxury, city, photography
Kevin McCallister stayed here!!

carnegie hill, new york city, nyc, photography, windows, apartments
An apartment building in Carnegie Hill. I was on my way to the airport for the first time. I ended up volunteering my seat, so I didn't actually fly out till the next morning. Delta gave me a very generous travel voucher, though, so I'm hoping to head back for fashion week!

Mt. Rainier, airplane, photography, mountains, cascades, from the air
They sure don't have this in New York.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Long Weekend: Travel Necessities

Travel must-haves

Travel must-haves by fleur-d-elise featuring special occasion shoes

It's killing me that I can't talk about the reasons for my trip! It's not for a couple weeks, but it's a huge deal, so I'm preparing far in advance. I'm only going to be gone for 3 days, but the days are going to be long and packed with activity, so prep is important! Here are a few of the necessities I'll be packing.

1. A Trapeze Dress
The one I own is actually black and from H&M, but it's still the same idea. It's relaxed, comfortable and perfect for warm weather. Mine can be dressed up with pointed flats and French-y stripes or dressed down with a sunhat and sandals.

2. A cute set of travel containers
I'm perfectly happy with all the products I use at home, so why spend more on travel size versions? I'll just be packing them in these adorbs striped containers from Target.

3. Efficient Snack
I'm obsessed with these Luna Protein bars. They're soft and covered in delicious chocolate. Satisfying and high in hunger-curbing protein.

4. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye Stuff
Another product I'm in love with. I splurged with the help of a 20% off coupon. It works great, smells great and is small enough to take with me on the plan. The matching serum is also very nice, but I am not made of money.

5. Good reads
I really wish Tina Fey would write like 25 more books, and I really enjoyed Kelly Oxford's book, Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar. Now I'm gonna try Leandra Medine's book (cuz she's a genius) and hopefully Mindy Kaling's book, if the library gets it to me on time. Obviously, I really like it when funny women write books. What's your favorite genre?

6. Comfy shoes, duh.
Have I told you about my new Birks yet? Oh, I have? Well, let me tell you again. They're soooo comfortable and they'll be so easy to remove when I'm dealing with hell of earth- I mean airport security.

Stay tuned for more!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Look of the Day: Catie Colored

pale peach, vintage coach, Oasap, street style

This dress is like camo for me, especially against this apartment building. If only the shadows were more dappled, I would blend right in and my prey would never see me. Maybe I can find a dress without spots and then I would disappear! Even my hair is the same color, haha. My sister-in-law always calls it "Catie colored".

Having much more luck styling the Birks. They look so cute with short baby-doll dresses! It's a great outfit for summer, too.

Leopard Print Dress - Birkenstocks - Vintage Coach Bucket Bag (similar) - American Deadstock O'Malley Glasses
Blogging tips