Never Say Never!

Can you recall a time where you said you would never wear something like that?

I remember all that time and laugh while shaking my head side-to-side in disbelief. I remember how not even a year ago I said that I would NEVER wear white pants or long pencil skirts. It’s funny how these items made their way into my closet. So what changed?

I began this fashion blog in order to give some outfit inspiration and talk about things relative in the fashion world that I hope is relateable and/or enjoyable to read.

Today I am going to show you some photos I took earlier today where I am wearing a long pencil skirt that I thought I would never, ever wear. So here it goes!

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Everything in this outfit are all things that I said I would never wear!

Starting from the shoes, I remember how I said I would never wear shoes that showed my toes. I used to be self-conscious about my toes because of how little they were. My pinky toe is so small, the nail looks like it’s hardly there when I cut my nails!

The skirt, as I mentioned earlier, was that long pencil skirt that I said I would never wear yet this snakeskin one from Boohoo is my favorite! I love skirts, but long length skirts and dresses always intimidated me because I am a short person (5 ft. 2 in) and I felt that I could not pull it off. I think this skirt is very figure flattering and I am really thinking of getting another skirt like this.

The top is a band top! I LOVE band shirts, but I recall a time where I only wanted to wear a band shirt if it was a t-shirt. I used to hate tank tops. I didn’t want to be showing my arms. I had twig arms my whole life and I felt weak. I wouldn’t leave the house in a tank top or in a sleeveless blouse because I didn’t like the way my arms looked.

The choker necklace is also something I thought I wouldn’t wear. I always thought that it looked like a had a collar like my pet cat or something, but the choker necklaces I am seeing everywhere are so cute! I’m obsessed!

Never say never to things without giving them a try. You’ll be surprised to see what actually looks good on you! Keep an open mind and stay stylish! 😉

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5 Makeup Products I Cannot Live Without

Welcome back everyone! So sorry I did not post my blog last night. I woke up in a panic when I realized that I did not make a post. I am going to continue on with tonight’s intended blog which is 5 makeup products I cannot live without!

5. Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation

Rimmel London Foundation

I really like this foundation because it doesn’t make my skin look cakey when I put it on. I naturally have oily skin and this foundation helps my complexion look smooth and matte all day. With normal foundation, my skin will look shiny by the middle of the day which is very annoying when I am planning on doing a photo shoot. The only time that I can wear a foundation that is no matte is during the winter. I think it’s really important to change up your foundation when the seasons change because your skin reacts differently to different climates.

 

4. Too Faced Blushes

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I really love these blushes by Too Faced thank to my mom who introduced me to them. The ones that I own are Baby Love and Love Hangover and I really love how pigmented they are. I love that Baby Love is more natural and is a nude pink that suits my skin tone and how Love Hangover gives me a pop of color that I need when I keep the rest of my makeup looking simple. I think these blushes can flatter anyone.

3. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liners

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I needed to train myself on how to use liquid liner.  Before using liquid liner, I strictly used pencil. I began seeing how a lot of girls did winged eyeliner and I really wanted to give it a try. This eyeliner by Stila makes applying liquid liner so easy! The skinny pointed tip helps you draw winged eyeliner steadily and these eyeliners come in different colors. I really like the dark blue one even though I use black the most. One day I will have all the colors!

2. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Liquid Lipstick

L'oreal Paris Infallible Pro-matte liquid lipstick

I am a lipstick junkie. I can never go a day without wearing it! Although my favorite lip color to wear is red, I have also grown very fond of wearing muave pink and nude colored lipstick. These lipsticks by L’Oreal are so great! They stay on all day and the color does not fade on you. I will say, that if you are not used to matte lipstick, that this may not be the lipstick for you. These lipsticks are intense in the sense that they stay on for long periods of time. With that said, these can be very hard to take off if you do not have proper makeup remover. Soap and water will not cut it! But if you love matte lipstick like me…I recommend these! The shade that I own is called ‘Cowboy.’

1. L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara

I cannot live without lipstick. But I also cannot live without mascara! Honestly, lipstick and mascara are all I need!

So I heard of this mascara by YouTube Beauty guru, Carli Bybel!

Loreal Telescopic Mascara

This mascara is a lengthening mascara which is something that I prefer over a mascara that volumizes and I love this mascara because it makes my lashes super long without my ever having to worry about false lashes. I have tried many mascaras, but this one really lengthens my lashes and opens my eyes up. I have even tried the Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ mascara and not even that mascara has worked wonders on my eyes like Telescopic does.

There you have it guys, the 5 makeup products I cannot live without! I use these products daily and they have really worked for me and if you give them a try, I hope they work for you too! I will talk to you all more tomorrow.

Stay stylish!

 

 

Why Red Is My Favorite Color

I am uncertain if us girls ever remember the first time we really felt beautiful. I was watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air this morning and they were showing the episode where Ashley is about to have her first year in high school Carlton and Will. Will allows her to hang out with him and his friends until she makes friends of her own. Ashley then notices how Will and his friends looked at girls and how they would rate them on their looks from a scale of 1 thru 10. This makes Ashley begin to look at herself and change in order to get this sort of attention from boys as well. The point of me bringing this up is because I remember feeling just like Ashley. Feeling like every other girl was prettier or more desirable and likeable. Just like Ashley did, I begin to dress a certain way and put myself through so much just to feel pretty.

I was Ashley’s age when I went to the mall and bought myself clothes. I had saved some birthday money and went to the mall and told myself that I couldn’t be beating myself up over not being the tallest, or the smartest, or the one with the nice boobs, or with the flawless complexion, or a size 2 and so forth and that I had to just work with what God gave me.

Although red is a color I’ve always been drawn to, I fell in love with the color when I found myself inside Charlotte Russe trying on this red blouse and stared at myself in the mirror for a long time. I actually felt beautiful. This color looked great on me! I got a taste if confidence and self-acceptance.

At that moment, I knew that I wanted the color red to be on mt quinceanera dress. I knew that I wanted to one day dye my hair red. I bought red lipstick which became a part of my identity. I now have so many red clothing ij my closet and have even earned myself the nickname “red” at work because of my red hair and the fact that every outfit I wear has something red on it. Even my iPod is red!!!

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I love this color because it makes me feel beautiful, confident, empowered and unstoppable. The color itself is bold and makes its presence known and I love it! Red will always be my favorite color. What is your favorite color and why? Love yourself and stay stylish.

 

I Felt Fancy Today

So as many of you know, I am all about saving money and really working hard for your to earn your paycheck. I always buy things that are at discounted prices and never really buy anything regular priced anymore!

Makeup is a bit of a different story.

There is still a lot of good deals out there, and I know what I like to splurge on which is lipstick, but today, I bought something that I did not originally plan on buying, and although I was hesitant to swipe my card, I am so happy to say that I now have YouTube star Carli Bybel’s beauty palette in my possession! I cannot get over how gorgeous the shades are and I am very eager to try it out. For those of you who do not know who Carli is, she is a makeup artist who does beauty videos for hair and makeup and is also a fashionista. She is also one of the most gorgeous people I’ve ever seen!

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She is photographed here while holding her beauty palette and I really cannot believe that I own her product now. I am blesses that I was able to afford this palette and with everything that I spend money on, I know that the money used does not fall from the sky, although that would be nice!

I am going to be wearing her palette the remainder of this week and I will only be showing pictures of how it comes out on my Instagram account. If you would like to see the way these eye shadows, highlighters, and bronzers come out, find me on Instagram and give me a follow!

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If you are wondering why I placed the Telescopic mascara by Loreal, it is because Carli was the one who introduced me to this mascara and it is the best mascara EVER!

I am going to go to bed early tonight so that tomorrow can just come already and I can give this beautiful palette a try! HURRY UP MORNING!!! Also, I want to make sure everyone understands that it is okay to treat yourself to a regular priced item that you really, really want. Do not feel guilty for doing this once in a while!

Stay Stylish my friends 😉

 

 

 

Ready For Fall

I just finished my first week of the fall semester and I am both excited and overwhelmed. I cannot stand the first day where either you are put in the spot to talk about yourself or you have to listen to your professor overwhelm you with their syllabi of what you are expected to do for the entire semester, all crammed into one class. I really cannot stand talking about myself, but I do love hearing about what other people have to say. I often see that people will post things saying, “Good-bye Summer,” or “Summer is over,” and being super bummed out about going back to school. Well I am here to tell you that I love summer too, but I am also that nerdy person who actually looks forward to going back to school and saying, good-bye summer and hello fall! I was that odd kid who couldn’t wait for summer to be over so I could learn more.

My persona in school is very different than the person I am outside of school. I tend to be very serious and focused in school and most of the time I keep to myself. I would only speak if called upon or if participation was being counted as a percentage of my grade. On the other hand, if I am not in school, I am the complete opposite of the person I just described. I suddenly become a loud mouth who has an opinion on everything. I make my presence known everywhere I go instead of keeping to myself. And don’t even get me started on my vocabulary when not in student mode.

Anyways…

I am over the summer heat we have in Texas. Lately I have been enjoying the cool mornings where it is about 80 degrees with a cool breeze. The fact that 80 degree weather is considered cool to me, should tell you how hot it gets in my hometown. This leads me to the image above. I am holding a big bridal shower box over my head in order to shield my face from the sun. My mom thought it was too funny to not take a picture.

My favorite season is fall. I love the way that the leaves turn orange and red. I love that the weather is not too hot or cold. I love the fashion trends during this time! I am going to be going crazy with that. I also love the holidays that fall during this time such as Halloween and Thanksgiving. Oh, and pumpkin spice everything is the key to my heart.

Yes, during this time is school. Yes, I am going to have to be studying. Yes, I am completely aware of responsibilities during the fall season, but it is still my favorite.

I cannot wait to show you all some fall outfits I am planning on wearing this year. What season is your favorite?

Stay positive about going back to school and stay stylish!

 

 

The Colors Of My Closet

Do you tend to gravitate towards the same colors when it comes to clothing?

For a lot of women, it’s black because it is a neutral color that is easy to pair with anything and also gives women the look of appearing slimmer. Who doesn’t want that?

I am also someone who loves black clothing, but other than this color, my closet is made up of reds, pinks, and some blues. I have tons of dresses that are black and red. These two colors together are my weakness. I have so many black and red clothing that I have earned myself the nickname “Red” at work because I’m always wearing something red, and of course, my red hair! Red and pink are my favorite colors. Valentine’s Day is the best time of the year because these two colors are everywhere and I LOVE it!

I almost wore black and red today for my photo shoot, but I challenged myself to make things a little bit different. Instead of wearing black and red, I changed these two colors to pink and gray! Yes, I know they are the lighter colors of black and red.

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I loved this outfit so much and the colors took me outside my comfort zone! These colors looked really well together and I was pretty surprised how nice this outfit came out.

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Here were some things I did differently with today’s shoot that I normally don’t do….

For starters, I never trade black and red for a different look. Secondly, I never wear my caps backwards like this because I always felt silly wearing it like this. Lastly, I always photograph better on my “good side” which is my right side of the face, but I purposely looked the other way to see how my left side would be in photographs.

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This outfit has become one of my favorite outfits I’ve ever taken photographs in. I would’ve never gotten such an eye-opening experience or better feeling if I stuck to wearing my usual instead of breaking outside of my comfort zone. I guess what I am trying to say is to give other colors a chance. If you want to stick to black, that’s great, but try to add in a color you’re curious about and give it a try!

Be colorful and stay stylish!

National Thrift Store Day!

Instagram has made me aware that it is National Thrift Store Day today! I personally love to thrift shop and it has saved me a lot of money while also keeping me in style. Thrift Store finds have made their way to almost every single outfit that I wear. You can honestly find a ton of stuff at a thrift store and I really love the fact that when people compliment something I am wearing, that item or piece of apparel is almost always thrifted.

I have no shame in being a thrift store shopper. I am letting you guys know that I almost never buy anything regular priced when it comes to clothes, accessories and shoes. If thrift store shopping is absolutely not your thing, then I recommend that you find some re-sale stores in your area. Re-sale stores in my hometown are Plato’s Closet, Uptown Cheapskate and New To You. These stores buy and sell second-hand merchandise and these items that they buy and sell are usually name brand items!

If you are absolutely not a fan of second-hand clothing, shoes, accessories or anything like that, but still want to save money, I highly suggest saving money for those end of season sales. My favorite store to shop at when this happens is Dillards! I LOVE that store. If you do not want to wait until the end of the season to shop deals, log on to the store’s website and look at their sales and promotions to see if you get lucky!

I hope you guys are all having a great week and are completely aware that staying stylish does not have to be so pricey!

If you would like to see my top four favorite thrift store finds, starting with the frontal view of the summer dress I am wearing in the image below, please find me on Instagram @alamocitysara 🙂

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