Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Button My Button

I've officially decided that button downs are kinda my thing. I've been reading a lot of posts about personal style on Into Mind, which I highly recommend by the way, and it has really got me into redefining and refining my style and figuring out what works and what doesn't work for me. I'm all about being simple and put together. A white button down works for every occasion and can be paired with anything. I picked up this loose and breezy button down from H&M over spring break and I've been resisting myself from wearing it almost every single day. Luckily, I also picked up this gingham (swoon) button down the other day which will be on rotation until the weather gets ungodly hot.

 Shirt: H&M >> Jeans: Hollister >> Shoes: H&M >> Rings: H&M >> Watch: c/o Urban Peach

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spotlight: Yellow House Handmade

Although i'm a huge fan of statement jewelry, I also have a soft spot for simple, dainty pieces. Because my brother and I are basically the same person, and he knows me so well, he bought me a necklace from Yellow House Handmade and I've been in love ever since! The one I have is the gold feather on a neon yellow cord, and I love how delicate it is while packing a pop of color. I'd have to say my favorite part about YHH is the packaging. Each necklace, which can also be worn as a bracelet, comes on kraft card stock with a witty saying, and also comes with a bright envelope, making these super easy to give as gifts! YHH prices are very reasonable, and I love that all the items are actually handmade by Erin, the owner. 

Make sure to check out all the other awesome things on Yellow House Handmade!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I'm Awesome.

You wanna know what really sucks?

Being denied the internship that you spent almost three months getting super excited about. 

I applied for an internship  that would have me working with a local nonprofit for eight weeks over the summer. My summer break is only eight weeks, but I was super excited to be able to do something useful with my time, rather than spend everyday at home. I applied last minute because I didn't know about it until a week before applications were due, but I felt super confident that I would get it. So when I got an email telling me that  I wasn't what they're were looking for, I was devastated. And when I say devastated, I mean like crying in bed at 8pm on a friday night kinda devastated. I felt like I wasn't good enough, and I realized that waiting for college letters next winter is gonna be hell if I'm gonna tear myself up every time I get rejected. And as I laid in bed, I tried to think of all the things I did wrong, and then I realized that I'm kinda sorta really awesome.

Just because I wasn't what they were looking for does not mean that I am a spec of dirt. 
The fact that someone else cannot comprehend my worth, does not mean that I'm worthless.

I am an intelligent, creative, innovative human being, and you can bet your bottom dollar that I am going places.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

This Is A Post


Like seriously, I'm so over cold weather. I'm excited to be able to break out lightweight tees and shorts again. Also, the abundance of sunshine is really helping out my mood. Finally in the homestretch and I only have about 7 weeks of school left, my horrible 11am-2pm SAT prep class is almost over, going to see Vampire Weekend (and possibly Haim) later this month, and like is just really good right now-- except for the fact that I was denied the internship I applied for, but that's another post.

Shirt, Pants, Bag: H&M >> Shoes: Gap >> Necklace: Yellow House Handmade >> Watch: c/o Urban Peach

Monday, April 7, 2014

Everyday Makeup Products

 I found this cute little bag in the dollar section at Target. It also came with a smaller pouch which I use for miscellaneous items in my backpack. I like the vivid colors, and the fact that the inside is lined makes it a perfect makeup bag!
 I've have pretty good skin, and can get away with not wearing much face makeup. Concealer is a must because I never sleep enough. I bought the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Cafe as a birthday present to myself, and I've been using it for the past few months. It's a bit pricey, but it looks natural, and really brightens my under eyes. I'll occasionally use a powder on days where I want to look extra nice. I've been using my Mom's MAC Studio Fix Powder in NC45, it's getting to be a bit to light for me, but it works for those days when I want some extra coverage. Last would have to be my MAC Blush in Fever. I picked this up over the summer and it really adds more dimension and color to my face.
I keep my eyes super simple and usually stick to winged eyeliner, some mascara, and a swipe of eyeshadow when I'm feeling fancy. MAC Showstopper Eyeshadow (limited edition) works well as an eyebrow color, and also works for a lazy girl smoky eye. I sweep a bit of this on the outer corner of my lid when I want something a bit more intense. I've been using the Great Lash mascara for a bit, and while it's not the best I've used, it still works pretty well. My eyelashes are super curly (and not in a good way) that I mainly use mascara to make my lashes look darker, rather than to add length of volume. I've yet to find the perfect felt tip eyeliner, but I've been using the Jordana Fabuliner. It works okay, but I wish it was more pigmented.
Last would be lips! My lips have little color and are always dry, so lip products have quickly become my favorite makeup item. I hate hate hate wearing lipgloss, so I stick to lipstick and chapstick. Relvon's lipstick in Abstract Orange is my go-to for everyday. It's an orange-red with a bit of shimmer, and it helps to warm up my face without making my teeth look too yellow. I love the Sephora Color Lip Last in Royal Raspberry (review here). I either apply a tiny bit and mix it with chapstick for a sheer wash of color, or I'll slather my lips with this bright fuchsia hue to make a statement. I've also been using the Nivea kiss of cherry chapstick, and while I like the red tint it has, it isn't very moisturizing.

That's all I use to look semi-decent in the morning! I love the idea of a minimal beauty routine, and this post from Into Mind is incredibly helpful. Are you more of a beauty junkie, or a minimalistic kind of gal?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spotlight: Statement Necklaces

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If there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I love statement necklaces. The bigger, the flashier, the more obnoxious, the better. Most of my outfits are centered around jeans and a simple tee, so statement necklaces really take a basic look from "I just rolled outta bed" to "Oh hey, look at this flashy necklace, I have style" (example here). I get most of my necklaces from H&M or Forever 21, but there are plenty of online boutiques and Etsy shops where you can get some funky and unique pieces for a reasonable price.

Above are some necklaces that have really caught my eye, which style is your favorite?

Monday, March 24, 2014

I'm a Terrible Blogger

Oh hello internets, it is I, Toyosi, the worst blogger in the world. The one who claims to be determined to post at least twice a week, and then disappears for days with no notice. I could go on a full out vent, but that never makes anything better. All I'm gonna say is that I still like blogging, I'll post when I can, and a gold chain makes a boring and basic outfit 100x better.

 Cardi: H&M (boys section) >> Top: Gap >> Jeans: Hollister >> Shoes: Converse >> Chain: c/o Kiecap