Summer Night In: Create, Read, Apply, and Wear

Hiya!

I was reading one of my favorite blogs and I saw a post that was really cool and fun to read as a viewer and a blogger.  It seemed like a lot of fun, but finding the time to do it was very hard.  I know it’s summer and I should have all the time in the world, but I just don’t.  Anyway, the post was a “Girls’/Summer Night In,”  which could easily be a tag, as it’s very fun to do and customize.  So I present to you…  My summer night in!

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To Wear: PJ Top (Forever 21 Girls)//PJ Bottoms (xhilaration)

While I’m rocking out to some of my favorite songs I like to be nice and comfortable so I put on my loosest attire… Pajamas!  The shirt is not actually from Los Angeles, though I have been there, and I miss the hot weather.  It’s actually a really loose t-shirt. Cute, right?  The pants are absolutely adorable, I mean come on, there’s polka dots.  Plus, they’re cotton, so it’s perfect for cooler summer nights.

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To Apply: Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser//3-in-1 Acne Treatment//Acne Defense Face Lotion//Oil-Free Moisture//Power-Cream Wash//Baby Lips Sunscreen//EOS Passion Fruit Lip Balm

I have quite an intense skin care routine.  It involves quite a variety of masks, moisturizers, facial washes, lotions, and lip balms.  Right now I really like the Baby Lips Sunscreen Chap Sticks.  They’re perfect for the pool.  But when I’m not using that I’ve been loving my EOS Passion Fruit Lip Balm.  Trust me, they may be expensive, but they’re worth every penny.  To keep my face soft and acne free I really enjoy the Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Set.  It really does do everything it says.

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To Do: Strathmore Sketchbook//Sharpie Fine Point//Bic Mark It Ultra Fine Point

I’ve been seeing these quote/lyric art pictures all over the internet now, and I decided to try some of my own.  I used my fancy smancy sketchbook from Christmas, and used the words from songs I’ve been loving.  And of course, you can’t use just any markers.  I had to use my favorite Bic markers.  They have a super thin point, perfect for drawing and outlining, making them my favorite markers ever.  And when I get tired of that I like to use transparent pictures and banners from Tumblr to make collages.  That’s how I made my header and the picture above.

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 To Read: The Fabulous Girls’ Book//Twelve O’ Clocke

I’ve always loved this book, even though I got it for Christmas when I was younger.  Maybe 2 or 3 years ago.  It has a bunch of DIYs, crafts, style tips, and advice.  It’s a fun read if you’re looking for something to do on a lazy Sunday.  It even has projects for a girls’ night in.  But if I’m not in a book reading mood, I like to read blogs.  Particularly Gabrielle Noone’s Twelve O’ Clocke.  It’s what inspired me to start embroidering.  If you’d like to see a post about that, comment below.

See you soon!

-Nyah

 

 

 

Midnight Hot Chocolate Runs

Somehow every night I end up the last one awake, and it makes no sense, because I can go to bed at 1:30 (thanks to watching my new favorite 8-season TV show Bones, on Netflix) and still get up at 9:30.  Which is really weird because it’s summer and I don’t have to wake up early, but I did anyway.

That’s pretty off topic.  So I go downstairs, running as fast as I can, because I watch so many murder investigation shows, that walking alone at night scares me.  Especially since the ceiling lights went out in my room, so I have to get that fixed.
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And I don’t know how to use my mom’s K-cup, fancy coffee machine, you know what I’m talking, about, the one everyone has.  Well she didn’t teach me how to use that, and I would get in a lot of trouble if I broke it, so I use the old-fashioned method, of a microwave, and some water, and a little package of powdered hot chocolate that you rip open.

Then you’re gonna think I’m weird if you don’t already, but I put cinnamon in my hot chocolate, because it just smells like Christmas. And yes, I know Christmas doesn’t have a set smell, but it just smells like really wintery, and Christmassy, and holiday timey.

Sometimes when I wanna get really fancy I’ll sneak around like a ninja in the kitchen, to find cinnamon sticks.  I don’t do it too often, because I don’t really end up doing anything with them.  They kinda just sit there for photo taking opportunities, to make me look all fancy smancy.  Also, it wasn’t really midnight, it was like 10 o’clock, but midnight hot chocolate sounds a lot better than 10 o’ clock hot chocolate runs.  So…  Um…. I kinda lied, but 10:30ish is around midnight.  Not really, but whatever.
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So yeah, it always starts out like that, with me just sitting in my bed reading a book, or watching Netflix, wondering how I’m ever going to get through 8 seasons of 45 minute episodes before the summer is over.  And that was the book I just got that day, “Paper Towns” by John Green, he’s
also the guy that wrote the “Fault in Our Stars,” which was totally over-rated, but that’s for another time.

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So I just keep drinking and drinking, because I’m not one of those people who likes ‘cold chocolate.’  Yet, I really hate burning my tongue, so I get some crushed ice out of our water, ice, fridge, dispenser thing, and dump that in the mug before I drink it.  That’s so I can repeatedly sip, without repeatedly burning my tongue.

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And by the end of the night, there’s always a ton of marshmallows left because instead of getting the mini fake marshmallow things my dad brings home from work, I get real marshmallows, and they don’t really dissolve in warm beverages, like the fake ones do.

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I quite enjoy my bug mowl, mowl bug, mug bowl, I can’t talk today, it has little dogs on it, and I have ones with cats too.  It’s really big and shallow, but it’s really wide, so it’s like a combination 2-in-1 thing.  So tell me if you have midnight snacks, or hot chocolate runs, or coffee runs.  They’re probably really bad  unless you need to stay awake.  Tell me what you are doing at midnight or right before you go to bed.

-XO Style Stalker

 

 

Important Update! Warning: This Contains a Lot of Rambling, and Teen (?!?!) Angst

Right now I’m sitting in my closet, on the floor, half in tears, because I can not figure out what to wear, or what to write, and that is LITERALLY the most stressful thing in the world for a TECHNICALLY-NOT-A-TEENAGER with a blog.  Oh, and guess what else?!?!  To add to all that, IT’S ALL MY FAULT! Continue reading

Steal her Style Ariana Grande pt. 2

Last summer I was introduced to a darling little site called ‘Steal her Style.’  It’s pretty much what’d you’d expect, so there’s no need to explain.  But it’s really fun to look at when you’re crushing on a celebrities wardrobe.

That’s when Ariana Grande comes in.  While she also has some ridiculously crazy outfits, which celebrities don’t?  But most of the time her clothes are actually quite cute.  So, I tried to pick out some pictures you can actually try to recreate.  Not her footy pajamas ( which you should honestly never wear out the house), and other things like that.

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All photos came from Steal her Style.  I don’t own any of the pictures above or below.

Ariana has somewhat lost the nerdy style she had last summer, but she’s a LOT more famous now, so it make sense.  I really do love the dress, which seems just a teeny weeny bit geeky, and the simplicity, yet creativeness of this outfit.

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Usually I’ve been told to never wear all black.  I do it anyway, but usually I add colorful jewelry to tone it down.  Or is it up?  Back to the point, I didn’t think it was possible to look girly in all black, but apparently it is.

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Instead of nerdy, I think Ariana Grande has a more vintage/retro style going on.  In black and white this whole thing seems to be happening in the poodle skirt time period. And if you know even the slightest things about me, you’d know I love and cannot resist polka dots.  So that pretty much explains just about everything.

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Once again, more nostalgia for me.  I’ve always loved platform boots, but I would have never thought of wearing it with a sweater.  Let alone a sweater dress.  But I guess that’s Ariana Grande for you.  She must think pants are over-rated.

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This shirt is perfect for me.  If you ask anyone I know, you’d find out that I almost never stop talking.  But if  had to give out 2nd place to nything in the outfit, it would have to be the bag.  I’d like it more in a darker pink color, instead of the almost cream, but overall it’s a really nice bag which would fit all the many things I ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO CARRY AROUND;)

-XO Style Stalker

Au Revoir,

Style Stalker

Bonobos Menswear*

So… My first brand collaboration… Not exactly what I expected, but I’ll go with the flow. Recently Bonobos, a men’s apparel brand contacted me and asked me to do a Summer Style post working around their newest collection of suits. At first I was hesitant, because this is primarily a girl’s blog, me being a girl and all, but I was so excited to finally get to work with a brand I agreed.

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I wasn’t quite sure what to do for this post, but I do love the Spangled brand, so I know I had to incorporate something from their collection in here too.  I present to you the “his and hers summer collection” featuring some jewelry from Tory Burch

How to Find the Perfect Fit

  • The shoulders should fit snuggly but not be too tight
  • If the shoulders fit anything else can be fixed
  • Cup the bottom of the suit with your arms at your side
  • Have a 1/4 of an inch of your shirt cuff showing

Limited Time Offer

If you know anyone who’s birthday is coming up, or you’re one of those early Christmas shoppers use the COUPON CODE NEWCUSTOMER20! 

-XO Style Stalker

10 Creative Things to Do With Extra or Unwanted Hangers You Never Would Have Thought Of

I know it may seem crazy you can have too many hangers and not enough clothes, because that rarely happens to me.  In fact, quite often it is the other way around, where I have too many clothes and not enough hangers or room in my closet.

But because there are some people who only buy the necessary, there might be a lot of extra plastic, wire, or maybe even for the luxurious fabric covered wire in your closet.  And since I’m always looking for DIYs, I thought I’d show you a few of the uses I’ve found for spare hangers.

1. Display Your Favorite Magazines

I know I have magazines I’ve love to have hanging in my room or maybe even in my closet.  This is especially helpful if you leave them open to your favorite outfit or makeup tutorials for when you just don’t have ANYTHING to wear (even when you most definitely do) for easy access and instant inspiration.

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2. Make a Scarf Display

I know they make hangers just for this, but who wants to spend money when you can make one yourself?!  These are cute, affordable, and nice enough to hang out in the open.

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Courtesy of meetmakelaugh.blogspot.com

3. Make a Jewelry Tree

I have a jewelry cake tier for rings and bracelets, and hooks on wooden letter spelling out my name for necklaces, but I certainly don’t have this.  Easy as pie, and as shown here, ready in 60 seconds, this is an easy project, for the “artistically challenged.”

Courtesy of scraphacker.com

Courtesy of scraphacker.com

 4. Display your Photos

This is another easy solution for your spare hangers.  This looks pretty minimalistic in the picture but depending on the hanger, pictures, and binder clips you use, you can make this as creative, or plain as you want.

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Courtesy of janmarcel.com

5. Make a Coat Rack

Another creative use from scraphacker.com, only this one is slightly more challenging (ok, a lot more challenging).  This is perfect for renovating your mudroom on a budget, and it looks really nice too.

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6.  Embrace your Inner Bookworm

Not everyone wants to take up tons of space with a fat, clunky bookcase, unlike me.  But there is a way to keep books in your life, and your room, long after school is out.  This easy book rack looks easy, and fun, perfect for me, because I have too many books, and not enough bookshelves.

Courtesy of scraphacker.com

Courtesy of scraphacker.com

7.  Organize your Shoe Collection

If you don’t already have your shoes on display like me, and really don’t have the space for it, then this may be the project for you.  From now on you can keep those skinny shoes (flats and flip flops) hanging on your extra hangers.

Courtesy of usefuldiy.com

Courtesy of usefuldiy.com

8. Make a Chandelier

While I do not need a chandelier, nor do I particularly want one, you might.  So enjoy this complex DIY for the experienced from scraphacker.com.

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9. Hang your Glasses

I can’t see well without glasses, which is the understatement of the year, so I guess you could say I have a lot.  Well, I used to.  But getting your prescription changed every time your vision gets worse I expensive, so I donated 3 pairs of glasses to children in need.  Now I have my nerdy glasses from Ray Ban, and some smaller ones from Converse.  But I’d love for everyone to see them while I sleep at night, because that’s pretty much the only time I take them off.  Don’t want to crash into walls or anything.

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10. Make a Ribbon Rack

I have lots of craft materials and ribbon is one of them.  I’d love the be able to take them out of the box I stuff them in.  Don’t worry, it’s a pretty fabric box.  Now I finally can.

Courtesy of scraphacker.com

Courtesy of scraphacker.com

I really don’t have room for all this on my walls, but I can’t choose just one.  Can you?  Tell me in the comments your favorite, or favorites;)

-XO Style Stalker

 

Help Wanted

I don’t really know what t call the situation I’m in.  I think you could call it blogger’s block.  I don’t know what to write, and when I do it seems really bad.  Plus, the only place I’m going to is to the gym and home, so it’s not like I have any reason to dress particularly inspiring.

If you have any preferences for types of posts, ideas for posts, or anything of the sort, leave a comment below.

-XO Style Stalker

 

Lessons from Lauren: How to Shop (Part 2)

Chere Readers,

I found the Lauren Conrad book my mother happened to buy a long time ago and thought I should do something on my blog with it.  I wanted it to be fairly simple and easy, and last for at least a week.  This actually lasted for months because I said I would continue it, but that never actually happened until now.  Here’s the first lesson.  What I happened to be doing is summing up the tips taught in this book and posting it here.

 

Disclaimer:  I take no credit for the lessons taught in this series.  All of these tips and tricks came from Lauren Conrad in Lauren Conrad Style.


Have a Plan

  • What you’re looking for
  • Where to look
  • What to wear when you shop

 

What to Wear

  • Comfy shoes
  • Skirt or dress (no jeans)
  • Tank top layer
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Shop alone so you are not influenced by someone else’s style and decisions.

Department Stores and Mass Chains

  1. Walk around the store
  2. Grab what caught your eye (instinct)
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Dressing Room

  • Bring many sizes
  • Appropriate order
  • Hardest pieces first (dresses & jeans)
  • Prioritize trying on favorites
  • Move to see how it feels
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Avoiding Impulses

  • When buying key pieces buy as much as you need (no regrets)
  • Lots of SMALL numbers=BIG number
  • “Do you really need it?”
  • Don’t buy because price is right
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terrycarney.com

Trend Testing

  • Before you splurge on trends test-drive it
  • Get budget friendly option (knock off)
  • If you LOVE it splurge

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What are your shopping tips?  Tell me in the comments!!!!

-XO Style Stalker

4 Things No One Tells You About Fashion Blogging

Everyone thinks fashion blogging is this great whirlwind of free stuff and guest appearances on talk shows.  Well guess what, it’s not.  No one ever tells you about the downsides to fashion blogging.  Well, no one but me.

No. 1

If you build it they may not come.  Just because you have unique content, helpful information, and outstanding pictures doesn’t mean you will be an overnight success.  Unless you are this blog, in which case you are VERY, very lucky.

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No. 2

No one wants to hear about you unless you show them an OOTD (Outfit of the Day).  People stay on your blog because they want advice, tips, and inspiration.  Most posts that are about what YOU want have a lower page view count.  Posts that relate to bloggers or help them have a MUCH higher view count.

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socialpositives.com


 

No. 3

It takes a lot more work than you think.  People think fashion blogging is super easy, take a picture of your outfit, write wear it came from, and create a catchy title.  EASY!  Except it requires so much more than that, quality time and effort to develop a following and figure out what people want from you.

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No. 4

There are always people who will grow faster than you, get more comments than you, spend so much less time, yet get so many more viewers.  You may write a lot more interesting content, but they just have a natural way with people.

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What’s one thing no one told you about fashion blogging?  Or any blogging in general?  Tell me in the comments!

-XO Style Stalker

 

Sophia Webster vs Nasty Gal

You know being a fashion blogger and all, I love designer clothes.  And bags.  And shoes.  And pretty much everything else they make.  But there’s no way I can afford all the things I swoon over!  But I can afford the knock-offs.

Sophia Webster.  You’d know I love her if you checked out my “Sophia Webster Obsession” post.  I’ve got it pretty bad.  But of course I could never afford her almost $500 bags.  At least not in this lifetime.  But this Nasty Gal knock-off is almost $50.  That’s a HUGE difference!

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The Audrey Hepburn Guide to Fashion (Part 1)

I already told those of you who read my first guide to fashion (Marilyn Monroe) what this was, and how I do it. Basically I take a picture of a fashion icon, and her clothes, then write a tip based on what she’s wearing.  In first person point of view of course.  This series will continue as long as I can think of tips.  Because my series posts were very popular.  But out of the three I’ve done(including this one) I’ve finished 2!  Technically that’s an F!  66%!  Whoops!  If you want me to do a guide to fashion from someone else, let me know in the comments please!

 

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Tip: (imagine this in a classy accent)

If a lady must travel to the beach it is not an excuse to dress anything less than fabulous.  There are cover-ups and sunglasses.  Hats and sunglasses.  Waterproof makeup and beach bags.  Dramatic makeup is always necessary, and the beach is not an exception.  I personally recommend dark eyelashes with lighter summer colors for the warmer months.  And of course, a floppy hat.  Those are always unavoidable at the coast.

How did I do?  Want any more guides to fashion?  Tell me in the comments!  You know you want to…

-XO Style Stalker

6 Ways to Set Yourself Up for Fashion Sucess (Forever 21+H&M Jewlery Haul)

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As of yesterday it became official I was addicted to shopping.  Especially online shopping.  The only downside is my secret stash of money is quickly disappearing.  Being fashionable is so hard, *wink* there are so many sacrifices one must make to achieve utter stylishness.  I happened to go to H&M and Forever 21 before I went to the gym today, so I got a few things…  Okay, maybe more than a few.

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Mustache Comb Necklace:  This is actually really simple, but I don’t have many silver necklaces.  Plus it came in a set with the jeweled lips necklace for $7.95, which is a pretty good price for 2 necklaces.

Jeweled Lips Necklace:  I like this because it’s weird.  No one else is ever going to find this piece, and if they do, they’re not going to buy it.  I’ll stand out at school, which is always a good thing.  I kind of think it’s great for Valentines Day, and would work with these outfits I created for the occasion.

Pearl and Flower Ring:  Once again another weird piece, which was kind of my goal.  That and buying the entire clearance section of H&M.  Only one of these was a success.  At first I didn’t even want this piece.  I had found a double ring that said LOVE, but it was too small.  And I had already gotten a ring stuck on my finger that day.

Pearl Bow Ring:  This one was a gift from my mom.  I was only looking at the clearance jewelry, you know I’m on a tight budget and all.  She asked me if I saw anything else, and I did, I just wasn’t willing to pay for it.  Anyway, I found this ring which I genuinely did like, and while not super crazy, still pretty and original.

Underground Neon NecklaceApparently neon clothing is very popular as shown in my neon in the winter OOTD.  I thought I’d take it a step further and get some neon jewelry.  The only downside is I have to layer this because it’s so long.  More sacrifices.

Set Sail Pendant NecklaceI saw this and instantly knew I had to have it.  Pendant necklaces aren’t generally wacky, but I liked this and can’t wait to wear it.  Probably for the 4th of July.

Knowing These 5 Secrets Will Make Painting Your Nails Super Easy

I am forever dreading the night before or morning of fancy events.  Not because I don’t like them, I mean who doesn’t like dressing up?!?!  No, I dread painting my nails.  The frustration it causes me is not worth the few days of color on my hands and feet, because truth be told, I don’t even look at it.  But there are ways to avoid some of the agony nail art causes you…

Tip #1: Brightening the Color

We’ve all had those times when the color of the nail polish bottle is so very pretty.  But once it actually hits your nail the color is dull and boring.  Say no more, I’ve got a trick for you!

It’s actually really easy to make your nail color pop, or even a tad bit lighter.  All it takes is one extra step. 

  1. Apply your base coat
  2. Paint your nails completely white
  3. Apply your nail color
  4. Apply your top coat

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Secret #2: Drying them Faster

I really hate waiting for my nails to dry.  Face it, we’ve all got better things to do.  If you’re tired of waiting around try this technique.

  1. Apply the base coat
  2. Apply the nail color
  3. Apply the top coat
  4. Soak your hands in ice water
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cosmopolitan.com

Secret #3: Getting Off Tough-to-Remove-Polish

We all know glitter nail polish is especially hard to get off.  With this secret, it’s no longer a problem.

  1. Soak a cotton pad/ball in nail polish remover
  2. Place it on your nail
  3. Wrap your nail and the cotton ball/pad with tinfoil
  4. Apply pressure to secure the tinfoil and cotton ball
  5. After about 5 minutes slide off the tinfoil and cotton ball/pad at the same time
  6. Voila!  Your glitter polish is gone

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Secret #4: Avoiding the Caps Drying Shut

It’s a tragedy when your favorite nail polish is impossible to open.  After you’ve asked the strongest people you know, proceed to this simple step.

  1. Take a cotton swab and dip it in petroleum jelly (Vaseline)
  2. Wipe a small amount along the top of the jar
  3. You’re Done!
cosmopolitan.com

cosmopolitan.com

Secret #5: DIY Matte Topcoat

I’ve been seeing matte nail art all over the internet now.  If you’re wondering how they did it, and don’t want to spend tons of money on this trend, try this!

  1. Pour a bit of clear topcoat into a bowl or on a plate
  2. Add a small amount of corn starch to it
  3. Mix these together
  4. Paint your nails as regular
  5. Paint this DIY topcoat over your nails
  6. Let dry, and enjoy your matte finish nails
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thecheesethief.com

Which secret are you looking forward to trying?  Which have you already tried?  Do YOU have any more nail secrets?  Honestly I’d love to hear them.  I’m always looking forward to making this ”chore” easier.

-XO Style Stalker

The Apple of My Eye

I’m kinda definitely in love with shopping right now.  It’s official, I am a shopaholic.  Right now it’s mainly jewelry I’m stalking.  But you never know, my obsessions could quickly grow to clothes and even shoes.  The only downside to this is my allowance is quickly disappearing.

I think it would be best for me and my money if I obsessed over things I can’t afford.  This way I am not even considering buying them. Actually, I am considering buying them, but I know it is never going to happen.  (Some are really big purchases for everyone, and some are just really expensive for people without a job, namely me.)  It’s essentially the same thing.

So I present to you, the apples of my eye(s).

Dr. Martens Vintage Rosy Softy Low Lace Boots  ($130)

Dr. Martens Vintage Rosy Softy Low Lace Boots
($130)

Sway Chic 'Treat Yo Self' Necklace ($14)

Sway Chic ‘Treat Yo Self’ Necklace ($14)

Sway Chic 'Jelly Bag-Baby Spice' ($32)

Sway Chic ‘Jelly Bag-Baby Spice’ ($32)

Sway Chic 'Neon Flux Statement Necklace' ($16)

Sway Chic ‘Neon Flux Statement Necklace’ ($16)

Choies 'Cherry Charm Necklace' ($14)

Choies ‘Cherry Charm Necklace’ ($14)

 

 

Choies 'Masquerade Mask Necklace' ($14)

Choies ‘Masquerade Mask Necklace’ ($14)

Choies 'Multicoloured Stripe Clutch Bag with Bow Lock Top'

Choies ‘Multicoloured Stripe Clutch Bag with Bow Lock Top’ ($50)

Choies 'Purple Backpack With Alloy Horse Decorate' ($40)

Choies ‘Purple Backpack With Alloy Horse Decorate’ ($40)

-XO Style Stalker