Makeup Tips and Crazy Tricks

Can I just start off this post by saying I am not the best at makeup! I definitely have more learning to do and I have two go-to looks: day and night. So because of that, I thought I would share a few things I’ve learned, heard of, and what I have read from YOU through Instagram questions.

Also, just another reminder of how amazing and talented my childhood friends are! My friend Raeann brought in her whole set up to shoot these amazing pictures for me and my best friend Sara did my makeup! It’s a yellow glossy lid that I still cannot get over! If you are in need of a photographer or makeup artist in the SA area, I’ll give you their info!

Makeup Tips :

  • Match your foundation to your overall body tone! Not the color of your face
  • Don’t use foundation powder to set makeup, that’s what setting powder is for and yes there is a difference
  • Contour based on your face shape, not just where most people like to contour
  • Use a green color corrector to cancel out breakouts
  • Lip gloss only lasts about a year before expiring!
  • Use a wet brow brush to clean up lip liner

Crazy Tricks

(These are things I have heard from you all through Instagram stories so I may not try them all… okay for sure one of them and you’ll know which one!)

  • Shave with Olive Oil : it apparently leaves your skin silky smooth when the oil dries
  • Rub a lemon on your underarms, knees, and elbows to reduce darkness
  • If you do not have makeup remover, use cream (unscented is better for no irritation)
  • Wrapping plastic wrap around your waist at night will help you lose water weight in your tummy
  • Use a dry toothbrush to exfoliate your lips
  • Rubbing baby pee on your face reduces pimples.. this is the one to not try

Top : Michael Stars // Leggings : Femme Lux // Shoes : Steve Madden

 

Where I Shop

I always get asked about new boutiques and places to shop so I thought I would compile a quick list of places where I get my favorite pieces. I really do shop around everywhere, but depending on the piece I want I will go to different places. If I have a piece in mind, I will go to different places to see if they have something similar, or if it is trendy I have my go-to places! Also if I do not have any idea of what to shoot and just want to try to find a brand new piece I also have my go-to places to shop as well!

I usually like to online shop because the sites I visit most often are not usually found at my local mall. Some of them of course are, but I also just think it’s so much easier! I hardly go to the mall to shop unless I know the store has a piece I really want so I go and see it and try it on in person. I have gotten pretty good at focusing in on materials, reading size dimensions and concluding what will work for me and what will not based on the information provided when I online shop.

I actually got this outfit half online half in person. I was looking for last minute Festival Style pieces and festival or not I am a sucker for fringe. This dress is actually from Forever 21 which is where I go to get my trendy pieces. When I am looking for a piece that is fun and lower cost, or pieces that I really like because they are trendy but I may not wear in a few months, Forever 21 is my go-to! That being said, I would consider this dress a staple dress because it is a LBD and I know I will be wearing it for a while!

Showpo is a great place to shop for cute pieces no matter your size! The pieces always fit well and are girly and fun! Definitely, a must when you are just shopping around for weekend wear!

Verge Girl and Princess Polly seem to be on the same wavelength. I am OBSESSED with their pieces and this is where I shop when I want to shoot something new but I do not have a piece in mind. The pieces are always feminine and sweet and so my style!

The ‘sweet girls’ boutique is none other than Lulu’s of course! This is a must for a sweet Sunday dress or a cute vacation outfit! Also, their shoes and accessories are mostly why I shop here!

When I am looking for something cool and fresh, I shop Asos. The prices range but when you really spend some time on the site there are tons and tons of great finds! For petite friends like me (or even my tall gals) there are subsections for you to shop your size too!

Higher End

Give me all the Lace, Frills and sweet prints brought to you by For Love & Lemons! These pieces are more special occasion pieces but they are so fun and ideal for when I am shooting!

Reformation has great basics and vintage vibes. I found a jacket there once that I just will never be able to live without!

Now I know everyone knows about this one, but for a sleek look, I shop Revolve. You really just need a piece or two to create a killer look, but I mean I would also be elated if my entire closet was made up of Revolve! (What a dream)

Hat : (similar) // Dress : Forever 21 (similar) // Necklace : Sterling Forever

 

Femme Luxe Review

One of my favorite part about being a blogger is working with brands! I never just take any brand collabs. I always look into the products, see if it is something I would actually wear and if my followers would like to see it or purchase it! I got the chance to review some clothing from Femme Luxe and so I wanted to share what I thought about the pieces as well as how they feel and price ranges!

Let’s start with this Shirt Dress! Keep in mind I am a 5’0 103 pound girl who likes to wear oversized tees. So naturally, I ordered a medium. While it looks really good and worked well, I really should have gone with a small because it was already oversized. That was just a mess up on my part. Femme Luxe knows exactly how their customers want their pieces! Rather than the size, I loved the shirt dress and how comfy and easy it was to just throw on and leave the house. I paired it with these purple shoes to bring out the blue in the shirt. Also how cool is the graphic?

My second look was this ribbed loungewear set. I have seriously been wanting one of these sets because they are on trend and so comfy! This is so something you can wear at home and out for the day and look so cool without even trying. Of course, I had to be basic and pair it with my oversized sneakers. But let me tell you again Femme Luxe knows what their customers like because this set is not tight, but fits well in all the right places! Also, the high neckline is perfect for cool summer nights. Whether I am in LA or Texas, the weather is never that cold, so I was really excited when I realized how thin this material was! Such a cool set you’ll definitely be seeing on my stories.

This all-black look was so HOT HOT HOT! I requested the Corset top and the Vinyl Trousers separately but when they came in I just had to pair them together!

So first the corset! Truly hugs you and holds you in. However, I would say to get your regular size because even though it is a bit snug that’s what a corset is for! There is some stretch in the back so you won’t totally suffocate and you will look super hot! The top had a bit of a pattern that resembled a snake type print but was very subtle and I loved it because had it not had that pattern I probably would not have worn it with the vinyl pants. There needed to be some kind of separation of the types of blacks I was wearing! I would definitely wear this with some jeans and heels for a chill night out.

On to the vinyl pants! I have seriously been wanting these for so long! I thought they would be perfect for nights out with heels or hanging out with friends and pairing them with my oversized “dad” sneakers. One thing I just have to mention though? They will make your legs super sweaty! I think this is a good/bad thing because 1. eww when you finally take them off (wipe them down well and air dry) but 2. if you are like me and weight conscious you are definitely losing water weight! But I have another pair of faux leather pants that make me sweat as well (again eww) so I think it’s just something you have to be aware of when it comes to the materials. Another good thing about these trousers is that they are shaped to give you shape! They are tighter around your calves which is perfect because you don’t want these in straight leg, and then cinches in at the waist to give you an hourglass look!

So for a quick overview on the Femme Luxe site, all of the pieces are so inexpensive so if you are looking for a trendy site I would look here! The pieces are so chic and super inexpensive. They have pretty good quality and are made for girls of different sizes! I would say there are slight differences in the pictures and the product like I did not see the patter of the corset in the close-up and the shirt dress looked more like a sweater to me in the picture. However, you get what you see and for being so inexpensive, it’s definitely a great place to shop!

 

 

Vogue’s 73 Questions

I got the idea to do this from another blog post I saw! Hope you like!

1. ON A SCALE OF 1-10, HOW EXCITED ARE YOU ABOUT LIFE RIGHT NOW?

Probably a 7, I’m excited about what is to come!

2. WHAT’S THE MOST OVER-RATED FOOD TREND?

I don’t really keep up with food trends, fashion ones only.

3. WHAT’S YOUR WAKE-UP RITUAL?

Drink a glass of cold water, use my jade roller and plan my day.

4. WHAT’S THE BEST WORST MOVIE YOU LOVE TO WATCH?

I’m not that much into movies. Romy and Michelle was pretty good.

5. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF DAY?

The evening has always been my favorite!

6. DREAM COUNTRY TO VISIT?

I’ve always wanted to go to Greece!

7. VINTAGE OR NEW?

Vintage is the best when you find the perfect piece!

8. STYLE ICON?

There are so many! I guess right now it would be Tezza!

9. WHAT’S ONE INGREDIENT YOU PUT IN EVERYTHING?

Olive oil is my go-to

10. WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST FEAR IN LIFE?

Doctors! They give me the worst anxiety I’ve ever had in my life!

11.  WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT TV OBSESSION?

I watch every episode of Grey’s and This Is Us

12. FAVORITE APP?

Social media is my go-to, so Instagram.

13. MOST ADVENTUROUS THING YOU’VE DONE IN YOUR LIFE?

Off the top of my head just flown in a helicopter. I really want to go sky diving eventually!

14. HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS?

Bubbly, Opinionated, Interested

15. FAVORITE PIECE OF CLOTHING YOU OWN?

Right now it’s my dad’s denim jacket that is oversized on me!

16. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU WISH YOU KNEW IN HIGH SCHOOL?

You’re gonna miss this and talk to more people.

17. WHAT’S INSPIRING YOU IN LIFE RIGHT NOW?

My blog. My ideas for expanding this and creating something new and brillant.

18. A BOOK THAT EVERYONE SHOULD READ?

Does Vogue count? Lol I’m a magazine fanatic!

19. BEST WAY TO TAKE A REST/DECOMPRESS?

Binge watch a Netflix show, take a bath and put on a facemask.

20. FAVORITE PLACE TO VIEW ART?

LACMA of course!

21. WHO’S SOMEONE YOU WOULD WANT TO HAVE COFFEE WITH?

Kourtney Kardashian. She seems so down to Earth.

22. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU LOSE ALL THE TIME?

My phone charger, its the worst!

23. BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER GIVEN?

Hmmm.. I’m the worst at gifts. I gave my cousin a ring holder recently to keep her mom’s rings on since she recently passed.

24.  BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

My boyfriend at the time bought me a star for Valentine’s day. I cried.

25. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOARD GAME?

Chess. I like the challenge.

26. BLOW-DRY OR AIR-DRY?

Air-dry. It’s healthier.

27. COFFEE OR TEA?

Green tea

28. SUMMER OR WINTER?

As of now Summer

29.  YOU ARE STUCK ON AN ISLAND, YOU CAN PICK ONE FOOD TO EAT FOREVER WITHOUT GETTING TIRED OF IT, WHAT WOULD YOU EAT?

Buttered pasta

30. A DESSERT YOU DON’T LIKE?

Lemon Meringue Pie

31. WHO IS YOUR CELEBRITY LOOK ALIKE?

I don’t think I have one! I’ve been told I like to dress like Kourtney K though.

32. BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO YOU TODAY?

I took the best nap!

33. WORST THING TO HAPPEN TO YOU TODAY?

My friend’s canceled on going out

34. BEST COMPLIMENT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

That I look like Kourtney Kardashian. Lol I swear I’m not obsessed/

35. WHAT FLAVOR OF ICE CREAM IS MOST UNDERRATED?

Plain Vanilla

36. YOUR AFFIRMATION FOR TODAY?

You got this!

37. WHAT SHOW WOULD YOU LOVE TO MAKE A CAMEO IN?

The comedy show Mom. It’s so funny!

38. DIAMONDS OR PEARLS?

Super hard one! Pearls.

39. WHAT’S YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?

Britney Spears pre-melt down

40. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DATE NIGHT ACTIVITY?

Getting super dressed up and going for a nice dinner.

41. BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED?

“Don’t be scared”

42. MUST HAVE CLOTHING ITEM EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE?

A flattering pair of dark wash denim jeans

43. SECRET TALENT?

I can shake my eye pupils

44. IF YOU HAD A TATTOO, WHERE WOULD IT BE?

A tattoo on my side ribs

45. GIRL CRUSH?

Hailey Bieber right now.

46. HOW YOU KNOW YOU’RE IN LOVE?

I get butterflies in my tummy and a funny feeling in my hands.

47. SONG YOU CAN LISTEN TO ON REPEAT?

3rd Gear & 17 by Aaron Watson

48. WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT AT THIS TIME IN YOUR LIFE?

Living in California and getting a job I really like.

49. IF YOU COULD SWITCH LIVES WITH SOMEONE FOR A DAY WHO WOULD IT BE?

Arianna Grande!

50. FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME?

Again, I’m not much of a movie person!

51. WHO SHOULD EVERYONE BE FOLLOWING ON INSTAGRAM?

Me of course! @briana.nicole03

52. WHO IS THE LAST PERSON YOU TEXTED?

My dad

53. WHAT COLOR DRESS DID YOU WEAR TO YOUR PROM?

The first prom was a cream one-shoulder dress, the second was a strapless pink ombre dress, last was a light pink embellished dress

54. WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?

The Girls by Emma Cline

55. WHAT’S A REGULAR BREAKFAST FOR YOU?

One egg sunny side up with turkey and honey on wheat toast

56. WHAT’S YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON BEAUTY?

It truly is in the eye of the beholder

57. MUST HAVE BEAUTY PRODUCT?

Better Than Sex Mascara

58. WHAT’S YOUR SECRET TO A GREAT PHOTOGRAPH?

Being happy with your outfit, hair and makeup!

60. BEST CONCERT YOU’VE EVER BEEN TO?

Cody Johnson hands down!

61. BEST SONG TO SING IN THE SHOWER?

Firework by Katy Perry HAHA!

62. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

Fun, Flirty, and Feminine!

63. WHAT PERSON’S CLOSET WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO RAID?

Danielle Bernstein

64. WHAT’S SOMETHING ONLY A FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I try to eat clean as much as possible!

65. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU’RE NOT MISSING RIGHT NOW?

The rain!

66. WHERE DID YOU GO ON YOUR LAST GIRLS TRIP?

Dallas for my birthday!

67. DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A HASHTAG?

#Loved

68. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CANDY?

Resses!

69. WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO MOST?

My parents of course!

70. WHAT’S A GOOD RULE YOU’VE LEARNED FROM YOUR PARENTS?

You have to work for what you want

71. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS?

Married, doing something that makes me happy with two dogs and a little one!

72. IN GENERAL, WHEN DO YOU FEEL THE MOST BEAUTIFUL?

Right before I go out!

73. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR?

Being a good person and being creative.

Top : Nasty Gal // Jeans : Revice // Hair Clips : Target // Shoes : Charlotte Russe (similar) (similar)

Spring Look Book

I decided to create a quick video of a few looks that would be fun for Spring! These are looks that I liked, but they did not make it to the blog. I am kind of picky when it comes to clothes and even more picky when it comes to content.

I am trying to mix up my content and I put a few previews of these looks on my Instagram but I linked the full video here! I like how it came out, and while I still have more work to do on videos, I am thinking I am going to try to keep them coming here and there! Let me know what you think and if you’d like to see more quick clips!

ALSO, excuse the wrinkles, all of the travel has really gotten to my clothes and the material is so delicate I would rather take it to the cleaners (or let my mom do it tbh)

Outfit 1

Dress (similar) // Top : Forever 21 // Shoes : (similar) // Belt : Pretty Little Thing // Hat : Target

 

 

 

 

 

Outfit 2

Shirt : Free People // Jeans : Free People

 

 

 

 

 

Outfit 3

Dress : Free People // Shoes : Charlotte Russe (similar) (similar) // Jacket : (similar) (similar)

Styling A Graphic Tee

I have seen graphic tees all over my Instagram recently and I just had to hop on that bandwagon! I found a similar Andy Warhol tee at the Melrose Trading post, perfectly worn in and with the perfect amount of pink.. but there was one problem.. it was over $100. I was not willing to pay for a tee that I would not be wearing super often and I knew I could make myself. So I emailed this picture to my mom and had her print it on transfer paper and she ironed it on to a shirt from the store. Much cheaper and same Andy Warhol painted top of my own!

If that was not enough of a task, I actually edited this picture from the internet to add more pink and purples to match my feed! IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS. When I was done I had to pair it with these purple Steve Madden heels and I fell in love with this look! Something so different and so cool!

I recently took a poll on my Instagram story asking which shorts I should buy and it was between these and plain black lace-up shorts (imagine these without the stars). The plain black ones actually won but my heart was already set on these! I couldn’t be happier with my purchase and I love wearing these just for fun.

My Tips for Styling a Graphic Tee

Keep a color scheme! Add a simple white tee with red lettering and a bright red lip for a pop of color!

A graphic tee tucked into comfy fitting shorts or jeans are a great staple

Cuff your sleeves on your graphic tee for a cool look… I do this a lot actually and iron the cuff so it stays

Find one with a cool saying! The image does not have to take up all of your shirt for it to count

Size up and wear your tee with a comfy cardigan and leggings for a cozier look!

Graphic tees are one of the new staple pieces, get two or three and hang on to them until the trend dies out because this one will definitely be back!

Do you have a favorite graphic tee you love to wear?

Top : (similar) (similar) // Shorts : Princess Polly (shorts from my Insta story) // Shoes : Steve Madden

 

California Update + Outfit Details

I have come to realize that not many people know what I am doing up here in California since I moved back after the holidays. Everything is kinda rocky but that is due to me figuring out exactly what I want to do with my life. I know I want to try to pursue PR since that is what I majored in and I want to stretch out my time here in Los Angeles, but I also am not sure if I want to stay here for a long time. I think it really depends on if I find a job I really enjoy. I know work is work, but I do not see the point of working somewhere I do not love and being away from my friends and family for no reason. Yes, the opportunities are a bit better here in Los Angeles blog-wise, but I’m not sure if the pros outweigh the cons quite yet.

What I do know for sure is I will be staying here until the end of March. I have two internships right now that I really wanted because they are giving me experience in positions I have never had before and I am excited for the growth in their fields. The first one is at a PR showroom which is a totally different type of PR than what I have been doing at previous internships! I really like working with fashion and name brands so I definitely wanted hands-on experience with this. Also, I feel like I could not apply for a job at a PR showroom without experience and now I have that!

The second internship is with a high-end magazine! I was not too sure about this position at first but the more I heard about it the more interested I became. It was described to me as “reverse PR” where the agencies come to you and you reach out to them for their clients to be featured. Not only am I doing this but I also get to experience putting together the magazine and all of the segments that go with it! Such a cool experience to have! More updates soon to come on both internships!

Okay on to the look! I have had this skirt now for a few months and have yet to style it! I finally figured I would keep it simple and a bit chic. I love playing around with my style and wearing pieces that are different and bold. This lace up skirt has the best details that are simple but stand out. Just my style! This is perfect for going out and wearing with a black bodysuit!

Skirt : (similar) // Top : Forever 21