Tuesday, August 19, 2014

'Scuse Me While I Kiss The Sky


We've got a few new things in this post. First off, I'm currently at my Dad's house and decided to take pictures here on this trip. I'm not sure why I don't shoot here more often. The pictures always come out very nice. You might also be able to catch me using a camera remote. I bought one thinking it would help me catch different shots and make everything go a little faster, especially when I'm busy at school. I think it'll be most useful with more detailed pictures. 
Beyond that, everything is very relaxed at the moment. The weather has decided to cool off, so I get to start layering again. I have to say, this purple shirt is one of my favorite pieces. It's great for summer since it is so light, but also works well with many layers in the winter. 
Though I'm not entirely in love with the summer, I could do with a few more hot days. Either way, I hope you have a great summer week. 


both shirts: H&M shorts: Forever21 sandals: Francesca's Collection





Friday, August 15, 2014

Spectacles

Hello! I finally got to buy a pair of Warby Parker glasses. Warby Parker has become quite popular recently and rightfully so. They have a fair variety of unique optical and sun glasses, for every pair that is purchased they donate one to someone in need, and they've begun to collaborate with various celebrities. Not to mention each glass has an awesome name that has me making references like crazy. And the biggest plus goes to the fact that most of the glasses only cost $95 including the lenses.
After the jump you can read about my experience with their free (yes free) home try-on program and more pictures of the frames I chose. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Cool Down

Summer is starting to wind down so my days have been filled with making sure everything is ready for me to move back to school and hanging out with my friends before they leave. The fun part is the latter  and that frequently means pool time. So, here's some of my essentials for a day spent swimming.


1. Victoria's Secret bathing suit: This suit has lasted me a couple of years now and hasn't worn down at all. Plus, it's the two things every bathing suit should be in my mind - Bright and comfy.
2. Blistex Fruit Smoothie and Nivea Kiss of Recovery chapstick: It's important to keep your lips safe from the sun and chapstick with some SPF is the way to go. Fruity for a nice flavor or medicated if you're extra cautious. 
3. Maybelline Big Eyes mascara: I keep my makeup to a minimum because I don't want to be worrying about it when I could be having fun. To me that means piling on the waterproof mascara.
4. Jamie McGuire's Red Hill: A book is never amiss poolside or at the beach. I'm currently reading this one. It's an easy read but super captivating - perfect for Summer. 
5. Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask: Between the sun, chlorine, and salt water hair can get super damaged, so it's important to treat your hair. I'm currently using this hair mask and it is super hydrating and makes my curls quite soft. 
6. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer sunscreen: Last but most important - sunscreen goes with me everywhere during the summer. I particularly like this one because the spray is really easy to use and it dries really quickly. That means no gross sticky feeling. 


This time I opted to wear this pair of ASOS dungarees as a cover up. They're cute and easy which makes them a good cover up. They also transition well as the day goes on if you switch out a bathing suit for shirt. 
Hope you have a good swim!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Force Is Strong With These Shoes


I am so excited to finally be making a post about these shoes. When I first heard about the collaboration between Vans and Star Wars on Tumblr I immediately knew I wanted a pair. I have never owned a pair of Vans in my life (it just wasn't my scene in high school) but they seem like a pretty good idea, especially now that I walk most places. Out of all the designs they had a opted to get the Aloha Yoda one. I was drawn to these because of its really feminine floral print and the image of Yoda peeking out is subtle and cute. Sometimes with geekery I like to go more subtle because it makes it a little easier to incorporate into my wardrobe, but they did bring out some bolder shoes as well that you can check out here. They also released some really backpacks and hats as well.



Can we talk about this box for a minute: I have never gotten any box so beautiful and well thought out. I think this is one I'll have to keep around because it is just too cool.



nail polish: Essie in Turquoise and Caicos   

That awesome tag above comes on the shoe when you purchase it. Below I styled the shoes will a plain outfit. I wanted all the attention to be on them, but they basically go with all of my summer clothes. 

shirt and shorts: Forever 21 socks: Target 




Hope you're having a great week! 
Jasmine 

PS: Yes, against my better judgement I straightened my hair and I've learned my hair has gotten quite long and humidity does not lighten for anyone.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fancy


It's gotten to that point in Summer where I constantly miss layers and straightening my hair. Alas, I still have a month to go of some serious heat and thunderstorms. Looks like I just have to embrace the frizz and lack of sweaters.

 tank top: Forever 21 shorts: H&M





bracelet and midi ring: H&M eye ring: Urban Outfitters 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell Review


I feel like every summer I read a book that really sticks with me and gives me a strong urge to tell everyone about it. It's not like the books I read every other time of the year aren't amazing (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series was phenomenal! I'm so sad I finished it), but there's just something about July that makes me want to do a book review so here we go.
I first heard about Eleanor & Park on tumblr and after a quick look at the description on amazon it was added to my reading list. I picked it up in Barnes and Noble and got the Exclusive Collector's Edition because they were both the same price so why not.  When I opened it up to start it I was so thankful I got this version because the illustrations are beautiful.
I was rather nervous to start reading the book. I haven't read a young adult book in a couple of years, much less a romance novel, and I really didn't want to be disappointed. Rowell's popular book at the moment Fangirl has been highly discussed recently and had heard good things about it from the internet and my friends. Despite this, I was still apprehensive. It is really hard to depict a true teenager and even harder a fangirl/boy. There's just too many stereotypes thrown around that people rely on. Thankfully my nerves were not needed. 
The story follows the two main characters, Eleanor and Park, and how their relationship develops. I could summarize, but I'm just going to focus on why I liked this book so much. First off, the characterization of Eleanor and Park is very well done.The inconsistencies and overdramatic elements of being a teenager are just right. You see these in both of them as well as their own elements that make up their personality. Though you a rooting for them you are still able to see their faults and the mistakes each of them make in handling the events in the book. I also loved the progression of their relationship. It was much slower than other young adult books I've read *cough* Twilight *cough* and the rise and falls of their relationship were always there. The atmosphere was never blissfully perfect. All of these parts worked well together to make the story very believable and realistic. 
And, as if all of what was previously mentioned was not enough, Rowell delightfully tosses in references to comic books and 80's music and movies which easily got me fangirling as I was reading. 
All in all, a fantastic book that is now one I will force everyone around me to read.

If you want to see a few of my favorite quotes from my book they will be posted on my Tumblr
Happy reading!

My nail polish is OPI's "A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find" 


Monday, July 21, 2014

Parent Approved


From a young age my parents instilled in me a love for classic 80's movies. They were the movies that they watched when they were teenagers, and the ones I was sometimes forced to watch as a kid. Despite the required viewing, I love them so much that I now force my friends to watch them. It's important to enlighten those who are ignorant to the awesomeness. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw this tee in Forever21. My venture into wearing men's graphic tee has been super successful. Though I have a more petite frame my torso is long and my shoulders are broad and mens tees accommodate this easily. That makes for a shirt I love that is also parent approved. 

 tee: Forever21 Men's shorts and bag: H&M sandals: Francesca Collection