OOTD | The Elephant Dress

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OOTD: Tunic Dress – The Elephant Pants ( sold out since they were on Shark Tank, but many other similar pieces sold on their site https://www.theelephantpants.com )

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Texas can’t make up its mind on whether winter is done. These pictures are actually from a few weeks ago, when we went to Rockwall, and it was summer weather, up in the high 70’s, low 80’s  (okay, I know that’s not summer for Texas, but for a native Pennsylvanian, that’s summer!). But of course, now in March, it’s back down in the 40’s. Makes a lot of sense, eh?

This tunic dress was so perfect for the breezy cool wind on that hot day, though. I can’t wait to wear it more often! And yes, The Elephant Pants just appeared on Shark Tank a week ago, and no, I didn’t  buy this dress because of Shark Tank! I actually heard about this company through a friend, and I fell in love with their designs. Most of the clothes they sell is very colorful, but I opted for this dress because it would match more accessories. The material is well-made, and part of the profits for this dress are donated to help elephants in need in Thailand. It’s also perfect for the relentless Texas sun because it covers a lot of skin (hence less burning) and is still very breezy and breathable.

Lately, I’ve been trying to organize my life and try to be at peace with myself, and one of the things I decided to do was to take up a capsule wardrobe.  Essentially, a capsule wardrobe is a wardrobe made for a season that is only the best pieces that you would always wear, the ones that give you confidence when you wear them. Think about it, how many times do you put on an outfit in a rush and then when you get out of the house, you just feel like shit because it wasn’t the greatest combination or you’re wearing something that makes you feel insecure? The capsule wardrobe prevents those situations. You should be able to pull out any outfit and have it match and feel confident. This means buying things that fit your personal style, buying things that you will actually use, and also things that are of high quality.

For the next few posts, I will be featuring my capsule wardrobe. I threw out almost everything (ok, I donated it), and started over. This dress was one of the first pieces in the wardrobe for Spring/Summer.

What do you think of the concept of the capsule wardrobe? Be sure to check out the colorful and beautiful pieces from The Elephant Pants!

 

xo Nicoco

Valentine’s OOTD: Flower Among the Wilted

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OOTD: Floral Dress – Forever 21 | Bag – Coach | Bracelet – Amazon | Shoes – Naturalizer

I kind of suck at being a blogger sometimes because technically, I should be providing some helpful advice about Valentine’s Day. However, I guess I’m not, because this post ends up going up practically on Valentine’s Day.

Florals are what I think of when I think of a Valentine’s Day outfit. But of course, it’s February, and while Dallas has been pretty temperate, all of the plants are still dead. So in a way, I was definitely the most colorful part of the shoot for this OOTD. Also, right now Forever 21 Valentine’s Sale is going on for 20% Off All Dresses! (2/9-2/14)

I could tell you that wearing a cute outfit and doing different make up will make your day more special, but in the end, it’s really about your mindset of your relationship. When you’re in a long-term relationship, you tend to overlook these things. Yeah, you might do romantic things together on these types of holidays, but if you think about it, you could be doing these things everyday. And before, at one point, maybe you were doing these things everyday.

It’s the honeymoon phase. You are conscious of the work you need to put into the relationship to win your significant other over. You are infatuated with the other person. You do absolutely everything together.

And for me personally, my husband and I were in a pretty long honeymoon phase. I’m sure people assumed once things cooled down we would be divorced since we were married young. And marriage is a challenge….but what I’ve noticed is that the love evolves.

It starts out as a crush, right? Then an infatuation. Then as time goes by, years pass and the love ferments, like a good wine, into something deeper, richer, and more like a family element that you don’t have in the beginning. You are in love with every part of them, but more now so in a way that you would show it in subtle ways. Love is now doing the dishes, canceling a work meeting to be with them, decorating a plate of food for them before it’s served. It’s staying up late talking them through their problems, learning to accept their faults, changing yourself to become a better person for them. Learning how to inspire each other.

And if you are single on Valentine’s Day, just be comfortable in your own skin, knowing that you are working on yourself. I think even for people in relationships, that is good to remember. If you’re not good to yourself, you won’t be able to make someone else as happy as you could.

I guess that could translate into dressing yourself well, couldn’t it? So dress well, eat well, and spark your confidence, not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day, whether you are single or in a relationship.

Happy Love Day!

Nicoco

 

Monthly Favorites: January 2017

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January is pretty much over, and I can’t believe how fast 2017 is already going by! It’s kind of scary that I can go out in shorts already (but this is Texas…). I discovered and re-discovered a lot of great products this month that I wanted to share! So many are famous, but famous for a reason.

Sunday Riley Tidal Moisturizer

I got this little sample at Sephora when I was buying a lipstick (of course I was!) and I have been loving it! It goes on watery but dries almost matte on the skin, locking in the moisture and also controlling oil at the same time. I have extremely oily skin, and I can use this without a problem. It also has brightening properties, which is great for acne scarring.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

I have been having some major breakouts since I have been off the pill and spironolactone, so for spot treatment I have been using this! It must be used at night since it dries on quite crusty and pink (oh yeah how gross is that) but when morning comes, the paupules will be dried out and shrunken! I have found that this doesn’t really work for cystic acne, but it does work great for whiteheads and paupules.

Laura Mercier Setting Powder

OMG. This stuff really does get rid of pores (at least for the time you have your make-up on)! The trick is to use a buffing brush or a powder puff to apply this instead of a fluffy brush. It really sets base make up better than any other powder I’ve used. The hype is REAL.

Hada Labo Whitening Lotion

I actually used to use this a few years ago when I was trying to diminish acne scars, and since I had the terrible breakouts near the end of 2016, I decided this was probably a good idea to help with the scarring that had occured. In just the few weeks I’ve been using it, my scars have lightened! It’s a great addition to my skin care routine.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

Another hyped product, this facial spray is great for a setting spray after make up, and it’s also very matteifying to use right after moisturizer. The bottle even says you can use it on your hair, but I just stick to my face. I have a feeling I’m going to be loving this in summer time the most.

Benefit Gimme Brow Gel Tint

After I got my brows waxed for the first time at Miniluxe Salon, I decided to do away with pencil brow products and find something more natural. In Asia, tinted brow gels are very popular, and Benefit’s Gimme Brow tinted gel got great reviews. This is the mini size in the shade 3, and it goes perfectly with my hair color and skin tone. It comes out at a warm medium brown color. I love the fact that Benefit’s products usually come in a travel mini size because not only can you carry around your fav make up products in your purse, but also you can try it at a fraction of the cost before you commit to the bigger size. I can say with confidence that I am definitely buying the full size of this product!

Dr. Jart Black Label BB Cream

Dr. Jart BB Cream is one of the few that provide almost full coverage without looking too cakey like some foundations would. I always trust the Korean brands over the American BB Creams because the American brands I’ve tried are more like tinted moisturizers. This one in particular is for acne prone skin. I don’t get very oily while wearing this with a primer and a setting powder. This is one of those perfect, everyday base make up items.

Hourglass Viel Primer

Speaking of primers! This primer is yet ANOTHER hyped product. But, it’s sooo good for oily skin. I have super super SUPER oily skin ever since I got off all of my meds, and this is great! I would say, however, that a good affordable dupe for this product is the Rimmel Stay Matte primer.

Dior Rouge Bal

I did a full review on this product earlier this month. This is one of my holy grail lipsticks. I may have a lot of lipsticks, but there are only a few I can actually wear everyday, not for a shoot, because my lips are dry and I can’t use most lip balms (I break out). This is a light pinky nude shade that looks innocent with a little blush on the cheeks.

Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo Seeker

I actually picked this up at Sephora while I was there to get the Veil Primer mentioned above, and I’m really glad I did. This is a very easy color, and the formula is creamy and a bit sheer. But best of all, even though this is close to a tinted lip balm, it doesn’t break me out like most do! Fingers crossed!

Chanel Rouge Coco Cecile

This is another everyday lipstick. It actually matches so well with my lips that the only thing it adds is the shimmer. I think it’s great for a no make up make up look.

MAC Fast Play

I was looking for a reddish version of the other shade by MAC called Cosmo, and this is definitely it. The formula is also an amplified finish, and it is similar to Cosmo, but less pink and more on the red side. When swatches on the hand, it looks muavey, but when I wear this on my lips it looks like a perfect red on me. I really don’t understand!  XD

 

I think I went a little product crazy this month, which is really ironic because I was hoping to be better with my spending habits this year, but it also ties into my other resolution, which was to clear up my skin. Most of these are skincare products, right?! Anyway, I hope to do full reviews of the products mentioned today. On to February!

 

Nicoco

Dallasite: Yelp Elite Happy Hour Event at Eureka! Dallas

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Yelp Dallas hosted their first restaurant event this past week. It was a happy hour at the gourmet burger joint, Eureka! in West Village Dallas. 

Eureka! is a chain that is located mainly in California, but also has a location here in Dallas. For this particular event, the menu was some of their famous starters as well as beers, wine, and their Moscow Mule.

Yelp Staff was kind as always, and it was great to see friends from Yelp and meet new people. I think the reason I love being Elite is because it forces my introverted self to go out and be social and learn new things about people I meet.

Their riblets were pretty good! 

Corn dog lollipops are a great appetizer to share with the group! The mustard sauce that came with it complimented it well.

And yes… they had brussels sprouts! They were actually really good. Kinda tricked me for a moment, made me think I was eating healthy.

Apparently these were beer fries! They were delicious and did go well with my drink.

I ordered wine the first time around and that didn’t go with any of the food, honestly. But this! This is their Moscow Mule and it went so well with everything, I wish I’d just ordered two of these!


We actually forgot to bring cash to tip the servers, so we ordered an apple crisp with ice cream, and it definitely topped off the night. It was the taste of homemade pie with ice cream. 

If you’re in the area, check out this gourmet burger joint! As you can see, they have a lot more than just burgers. I’m grateful to be a part of this event with Yelp Dallas. I was able to experience Eureka’s best! Here is their Yelp Page for reference.

Oversized Sweater Weather

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OOTD: Taupe Oversized Sweater – H&M | Velvet Skirt – Zara Kids | Boots – A.N.A. | Crossbody Nude Purse – Coach

The weather has been grey and rainy, but with this oversized sweater, I’m prepared to stay cozy! I think this looks a little schoolgirl again… maybe I have an obsession? This H&M sweater was actually a last deal steal, but here is a similar version here. Oversized clothing is great because you can layer it with other pieces, but it’s also a win for me because I’m still not at my fit version of myself… so it can hide a lot! Do I have a pot belly under this sweater? Maybe. Am I wearing a shirt underneath it? Who knows.

It’s hard to stay on top of the “winter” trends here in Dallas because the weather is constantly switching between spring and winter lately. Yesterday I walked out of my house in a full on winter outfit complete with boots to find it was 70 degrees outside. Today I walked out in flats and it was back into winter mode and I tearfully regretted my outfit decisions all day at the office while wrapped up in a blanket. 

Either way, I’m going to keep wearing the sweaters until it’s too hot, because they really help me stay comfortable!

Nicoco

Dallasite: MiniLux Highland Park Yelp Elite Event

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Yelp Dallas has started their 2017 Elite events! There was actually an event before this, but I couldn’t attend due to a clash in schedules. This particular event was at Minluxe in Highland Park, Dallas, TX.


Miniluxe is a high-end nail and waxing salon, first starting in Boston, MA. In recent years they have expanded and there are five locations in the Dallas area so far. 


Miniluxe sets themselves apart from the usual market by being extremely sterile. Everything used on customers are sanitized using advanced techniques in their Clean Lab. They are also very customer service oriented and go out of their way to make each guest feel at home. 
 

At the Yelp Elite Event, they were offering color refreshes on nails and toes, facial waxes, and massages. Since I have on Nexgen nails, I couldn’t take advantage of their nail services, but I did do my first ever eyebrow wax, and now I’m not sure if I can go on without doing it again (pictures will come in later posts… muahaha). I’m considering having my Nexgen removed and having a Miniluxe manicure. The true test to see if I have cured my dermatophagia. If you’re not familiar with dermatophagia, please check out my article on it published on The Mighty.


Overall, it was a great way to kick off 2017 Yelp Dallas, and I can’t wait to visit the Miniluxe Salon in my area of Dallas.

Nicoco

OOTD: Nude Cocktail Dress

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OOTD: Dress – Windsor | Necklace – Target | Cat Headband – Charlotte Russe

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I originally bought this dress for a Yelp Elite event back in November. I remember having no idea what to what to wear to a cocktail party and trying to find a dress last minute. And let me tell you, it is hard to find a cocktail dress that doesn’t have spaghetti straps, require a strapless bra, or have a shiner finish on the material. I just couldn’t do the spaghetti strap with a strapless bra thing because it was cold and I didn’t want to also have to go out and buy a strapless bra. And let’s be totally honest here… it’s winter and I have flabby arms!

So I went out in a panic, last minute, to different stores all over the North Dallas area. I started out going to my regulars – Forever 21, H&M, Lulu’s, and even Victoria’s Secret (hey, sometimes you can wear lingerie as a dress!), but I couldn’t find anything that suited a cocktail party. It was crazy. I ended up dragging myself to the Galleria Mall in Addison, which I hate going to because the traffic is crazy in that area, to check out Papaya. And of course, there wasn’t anything even close to a cocktail attire there. Right when I was about to give up, I saw the store accross from Papaya: it was called Windsor. I was drawn to it because I saw some nice upscale-looking dresses in the window.

I thought, eh, why not, I’m giving up anyways, just go look. So I went in and it was crazy; there were so many nice dresses at affordable prices! Within the first ten minutes, I was in the dressing room with 7 dresses to try on. I almost bought two dresses, but decided that I would just go with the nude long sleeved one to see how the material held up. I bought a wine-colored velvet clutch from Windsor as well (not pictured), which I will definitely continue to use for formal events. It was literally the morning of the event, so I was super thankful that I was able to discover Windsor and find a great deal on a dress. 

It’s a between a mini and a midi length on my short body – I would say this is probably a mini on a normal to tall woman. I am 5’1″ and it comes right above the knee for me. This dress is made of a suede material and it has a giant gold zipper on the back that is not in-your-face, but just large enough to make a statement. It is a bit low cut in the front, but I think for a cocktail party or clubbing or something similar to those siuations, it is appropriate. The best parts about this dress are the long sleeves, comfortable material, and the fact that you don’t have to buy a special bra for this! 

The Yelp Elite event Cocktails for Charity was a success, and I felt confident in the dress. It was a really fun night! Hopefully I’ll have places to wear this dress in the future!

Nicoco

Dior Rouge Lipstick Swatches (555 Dolce Vita and 250 Bal)

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Dior Rouge lipstick is probably one of the holy grail lipsticks for dry lips, as is the Chanel Rouge Coco line and the YSL Volupte Shine. I actually found this lipstick in a Japanese magazine when I was looking for pinks. I had been wearing the MAC Cosmetics “Cosmo,” which is an amplified formula, but I wanted to find a similar shade in Dior, because the shade was so similar to my natural lip. I think I have finally found my “my lips but better” shade.

Dior Rouge Lipstick Swatches

Before I review, please note the following regarding my skin type:

Skin Shade: Fair

Skin Type: Oily

Acne: Prone to hormonal areas (jawline, chin, mouth)

Lip Color: Light Muave

Lip Type: Dry

Dior Rouge Bal Lipstick #250 Lip Swatch
Dior Rouge Lipstick Swatches

Dior Rouge in the color Bal #250 is my most recent “my lips but better” shade. It is very pink, more on the nude side than a true pink, but still very pink for most people. Since my natural lip color is more mauve than nude, it does come out to almost the same color as my lips. I think what makes Dior one of my favorites is the formulation. It is moisturizing, glides on smoothly, and best of all…. it fades well! I hate it when I have a great color on and it fades and suddenly I look like I woke up from a party the next morning, smudges all around the edges of my lips and the center chapped and bare. This one doesn’t do that.

Dior Rouge Dolce Vita #555 Lip Swatch

Dior Rouge Lipstick Swatches

Dolce Vita #555 is basically the darker, more vibrant pink version of Bal. Seriously, I first bought this lipstick thinking this would match my lips but nope, way too bright. I think anyone who wants to do the Korean styled lips could definitely use this color to pull it off. The formula is the same as Bal, and it does also fade well on my lip color.

One other thing I like about these lipsticks is the reapplication throughout the day is seamless. They fade after about three hours, but once reapplied, it does not dry or cake on the lips. I find that even just applying most of the color to the center part of my lips and blending it out with my finger is enough to give my lips a good amount of color because these are very pigmented.

Dior will definitely be in my top lipsticks for dry lips! Since I have dermatophagia, I still sometimes bite my lips and these still stay on through all of the abuse. That’s enough to get me hooked!

Nicoco

OOTD: Timeless Florals

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Dress & Sweater cardigan: Forever 21 | Bag – Coach | Boots – Cliffs by White Mt. | Jacket – Urban Republic

Doesn’t it seem weird to talk about florals in winter? Well, as I was freezing my butt off for this shoot, I do believe that you can still pull off florals in colder weather, as long as you have a sweater, boots, and a jacket to wear over it outside, of course!

This look is inspired by the innocence of a school girl, the confidence of a city walker, and the dreamer of a summer-lover, and the practicality of the everyday woman. The dress and cardigan combo is a classic that won’t go out of style for years to come, and the boots and knee socks add a touch of winter to it. The nude cross body bag is a piece you will probably see a lot of in the coming OOTD posts, mostly because it’s become my everyday bag now. It’s the bag I’ve been wanting for so long! Perfect size, great color, and absolutely versatile with every outfit.

This shoot was done in Pennsylvania, actually in Harrisburg, the capitol. And I was so brave out in the cold weather, but for some reason now that I’m back in Dallas, I’m a wimp again and I’m not taking the weather well, even when its 40 F outside most of the time, which is not nearly as cold as it was that day. Speaking of PA, my lovely little sister did this shoot with me.

Nicoco

 

3CE x Lilymaymac Lipstick Swatches (908 Warm&Sweet and 119 Hold On)

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Near the end of 2016, famous Instagram model, Lily Macapinlac, AKA Lilymaymac, partnered with 3CE, a famous mid-brand of Korean cosmetics, to create a collection of Lilymaymac lipsticks. Lily is famous worldwide for her nude plump lip look. Today I have two of the three lipsticks to review: 908 Warm&Sweet and 119 Hold On.

3CE x Lilymaymac Lipstick Swatches 908 Warm&Sweet and 119 Hold On

Before I review, please note the following regarding my skin type:

Skin Shade: Fair

Skin Type: Oily

Acne: Prone to hormonal areas (jawline, chin, mouth)

Lip Color: Light Muave

Lip Type: Dry

 

Lilymaymac x 3CE Lipstick Swatches

3CE x Lilymaymac Lipstick Swatches 908 Warm&Sweet and 119 Hold On

As you can probably tell, the shades look so similar on my arm swatch. Because they are similar. Really, Hold On lipstick is probably just a bit lighter than Warm&Sweet. They do look different on the lips, however.

Lilymaymac x 3CE Lipstick 908 Warm&Sweet Lip Swatch

3CE x Lilymaymac Lipstick Swatches 908 Warm&Sweet and 119 Hold On

I really do love this color with my skin tone; it makes me glow! It is the perfect all year round color. The color is just between a brick red and a brown peach color. It is very similar to MAC Cosmetics’ Kinda Sexy. The problem with this lipstick for me is… it’s so matte. Even more matte than the MAC lipsticks. I can’t wear them because they dry so fast on my lips. They are super drying. However, if you can wear matte lipsticks, this color is amazing, so I would highly recommend trying it. Dry lips are a nope, though.

 

Lilymaymac x 3CE Lipstick 119 Hold On Lip Swatch

3CE x Lilymaymac Lipstick Swatches 908 Warm&Sweet and 119 Hold On

The formula problem is the same with this on, Hold On. It is super drying. However, the color is really sweet and I can see this being a favorite color. The color is similar to Velvet Teddy or Honey Love by MAC Cosmetics. I have been using this as a blush, actually.

The staying power seems pretty good, but when it faded on my dry lips, it exaggerated the cracks and built up to the sides of my lips and away from the middle. Not very sexy, eh?

The Lilymaymac x 3CE lipsticks are definitely for people who can use matte lipsticks. These are even more drying than some of the MAC matte lipstick, and those are pretty drying. Unfortunately, I cannot wear these two beautiful colors, 908 Warm&Sweet or 119 Hold On, even tho the colors go very nice with my skin tone and hair. I guess I’ll be using them as blushes for now. :/

I recommend ordering these from Ebay because when I first tried to order these on the StyleNanda website, the shipping to the USA is $20. That’s ridiculous! On Ebay, you can buy the lipstick and get free shipping and you’ll still have to wait the same amount of time.

Good Luck on your perfect lipstick hunt!

Nicoco