OOTD: Winter Weekend

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OOTD: Top – Dress from Forever 21 that I cut into a shirt | Velvet skirt – Zara Kids | Leather-Tweed jacket – Forever 21 | Purse – London Fog

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It’s kind of sad that this is what I consider winter now. Just wait, in a few weeks when I’m back up North all bundled in a heavy jacket and earmuffs, scarf and gloves, I’ll be reminded what winter is really like. I featured this skirt last year, but at the time velvet was not trending as much as it is now, so I thought I would bring it back! I love how it becomes an accent piece, making any plain outfit more edgy. I’ve been trying to find more velvet pieces, but it seems that it is very much an accessory type of fashion (eg. hair pieces, hats, bags).

Just wanted to quickly share an outfit inspiration post. I am working on a much longer post which should be out by Tuesday. It’s skincare related, so be ready!

 

xo Nicoco

Tips for Oily Skin

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The forced daily routine: look at your face in the mirror, blot oil from your nose and forehead. Why is this happening? I only put on my make up about two hours ago! Wtf

Having oily skin is worse than having dry skin. Because you still have dry skin under all the sebum. And sometimes you think you have combination skin… on the same areas! Is it possible to be oily and dry at the same places?

Well, I won’t talk about all the science behind it all, because I’m sure you’ve heard all about why you have oily skin, but what you’d really like to do is know how to control it!  I know for myself, I have been trying to control my oily skin for years, and from many agonizing school and work days suffering from my trial and error, here are the top 5 things you can do to control your oily skin!

1. Stop Using Harsh Exfoliants

People with a normal skin type like to talk about how they are using St.Ives face scrub or this new coffee scrub or whatever. I personally used the Lush Herbalism face scrub. BAD IDEA, GUYS! Using scrubs like this on your face is a harsh exfoliant and will disrupt the skin’s pH levels the “mantle” on your skin. And when this happens, you overproduce oil! It was terrible. The first week I used it, my skin became oily within 30 minutes of washing it and putting on my normal make up. Do you know how annoying it is to blot your face every 30 minutes during a work day? So yes, don’t use harsh exfoliants.

So what do you use to exfoliate then? There are a few choices. There are chemical peels, which will exfoliate your skin without the friction. There is something called Japanese water jelly, which will pick up the dead skin on your face. And then there are micro scrubs you can get, which have an exfoliant so small that it will not disrupt the pH mantle.  What ever you do, do not get a face scrub!

2. Spray Your Setting Spray Before Putting on Makeup

This seems backwards, but if you do this, the oil will have a layer to be absorbed before the foundation! If you use a primer, it should go in this order: setting spray, primer, foundation, powder, setting spray. It makes the foundation lasts so much longer!

3. Use a Damp Beauty Blender to Pat on Your Setting Powder

By doing this, you will be super-setting the powder into your skin, which helps you stay matte longer. Even using a dry beauty blender works, but the damp one works even better. Just make sure to use a translucent powder, preferably one specially made for oil control.

4. Use a Moisturizer for Oily Skin

For the past few months, I’ve been using Desert Essence’s Oil Control Face Lotion, and it makes a huge difference when I use it compared to when I used regular moisturizers or sunscreens under make up. I think the witch hazel helps a lot in this particular lotion. Another one that was great on oily skin was Alba Botanica’s Green Tea moisturizer. As long as it is an oil-free moisturizer formulated for oily skin, it should help control the oil on your face during the day.

5. Be Aware of Acne-Causing Products

Oily skin is often over-producing sebum, causing clogged pores. This leads to acne-prone skin. Some products that might cause even more pore-clogging sebum are lip balms, balm tints, toothpastes containing Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, exfoliating scrubs, and a handful of other products. Do your research to be sure that what you are using is for sensitive skin. Destroying the skin mantle can turn your oily face into an even more oily and acne-ridden face.

These tips are all from personal experience. I am not a doctor or a dermatologist. But I have battled with oily skin and acne my entire adult life, and I understand the frustration. I am still searching for solutions for both oily skin and acne, so hopefully soon there will be a blog post showing that I have overcome it!

Good luck!

 

xo Nicoco

OOTD: Warmth of Dusk

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OOTD: Dress – H&M | Bag – Skinnydip London | Shoes – Predictions | Sunnies – Guess

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It’s cooled down significantly now, but this outfit coordinate was actually from a few weeks ago when it was still hot outside. Hence the short sleeves!

I know I’ve talked about this before, but do you ever feel like the sunsets hold so much meaning in our lives? It’s the small window of time before night falls, before the mind is consumed with thoughts, when the world is silent, if only for a moment. Especially here in Carrollton DART train station, it looks like the ends of the Earth at dusk.

It symbolizes the “drop,” where we fall in between what is real and what is not. The place in between reality and fabrications of the mind. For a lot of people, their mind is awake the most when the world is quieter, which is usually at night. For myself, I slip into a false sense of reality at night sometimes. There is something about the setting sun that makes you appreciate all that is around you, and you start to believe that maybe the world is a beautiful place, as is the world inside your mind.

In the same way, it is important to appreciate the moments of beauty. It reminds you why you are living, at the most basic level. I think a great example of someone who does this everyday is my mother. She lives at her own pace, admiring all around her. You wouldn’t know unless you asked, but she does take in everything and finds joy in the simple moments of beauty that this world has to offer. You can actually find pieces of her world on her Instagram account @m.imee.

These pictures were right before the sun set over Dallas area. My outfit is inspired by the knee socks, as I try to incorporate them as much as I can. But I think the warmth of the setting sun was the star of these photos. It brings out the best in everyone.

Make sure not to miss the sunsets nowadays as the days are getting shorter!

 

xo Nicoco

OOTD: Slowing Down

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OOTD: Top – Forever 21 | Oversweater – Mudd | Skirt – Zara Kids | Shoes – Forever 21 | Bag – Thrifted | Scarf – Calvin Klein

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past year, it’s how wrong I was about myself. All my life I thought I wanted to live in the city. I was attracted to the idea of a place full of noise, full of activity, things to do, people to meet, places to go. A place where there was always one thing after another, like a never ending list, but more like a web of ideas, stringing towards the next idea, the next trends, the new big things. I thought I loved innovation, competition, and would fit in better in a fast-paced life, away from the nature, away from the simple life. I wanted dynamics that did not exist in the small town I lived.

I remember as a child, I was the one girl with the long twisted and un-brushed hair who picked up insects and studied leaves. I carried a journal out into the woods, and was fascinated by the small, tangible things of the earth. I often found myself lost in thought, dreaming about the places that I would explore, the world that opened its arms for me, calling me to discover the history, the stories, and the art of the nature, the civilizations, and the lost voices of the past. I liked to watch the weather and understand how it changed the nature around me. I was sometimes seen as a scatterbrained, slow girl. But really, I was intaking everything around me. Living half in the moment, half in my imagination.

It became lost when I grew older and chose to follow others. But now I see, I am still a girl who appreciates the small moments that other might think are insignificant. I like to write while in nature. I like to wander. I am a mori girl at heart.

Mori girl is a way of life. It was first recognized as a type of fashion in Japan in 2007, but it exists in many cultures before this. Mori means forest, so essentially, a mori girl is a girl who wanders the forests. She dresses in a particular fashion, mostly dresses, skirts, and with layers. Earthy tones and natural fabrics. She has somewhat unruly hair, sometimes tamed into braids. She is lost in thought about nature, history, and being content. She appreciates every moment in life, taking life slower than the fast-paced ways of modern society.

While I think that I am a mori girl as far as a way of thinking, I don’t think I can completely confine my style to mori girl standards. They tend to wear oversized clothes, many layers, and always skirts and dresses. After dressing this way today, I realize, that while I do love a-line skirts and oversized sweaters, I could not wear this everyday, just because I want to have form-fitting clothes.

I think if anything, mori style is a reminder to slow down, be comfortable, and appreciate all that you have around you.

 

xo Nicoco

Dressing Up for Yourself

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OOTD: Top – Target | Jeans – Forever 21 | Bag – Zara

 

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This is a blog of a girl who is learning to pick up the pieces in a world of shattered dreams. The skewed perspectives of what was once reality, but sadly only in the mind. Trying to figure out how to not feel empty with human interaction when the picture of it was so much more alive in her head. Interpreting what it means to express oneself in a decent manner. Finding happiness in the smallest of actions, meaning in the most fleeting of moments, and understanding behind other’s actions as well as oneself.

It’s hard to find meaning in a life you don’t enjoy. It takes a lot of discipline to change it and steer it towards something you do like. Finding those pockets of escapism helps along the way. One of the things that keeps me going is trying to be the best version of myself. Trying to keep up with health while still enjoying myself, wearing outfits that make me feel confident without breaking the bank, and continuously finding the best beauty products to help my skin and hair.

Work is one of those unavoidable situations where it’s hard to find motivation to dress nicely. But I’ve found that if you let yourself go at work and don’t at least dress up for yourself, your attitude will follow. You will feel less than what you are. You will perform less than your potential. Your confidence is more likely to sway and start a spiral of depression. It sounds silly, but dressing up for yourself is important. You have to make yourself understand that you are worth it, you are successful, and you deserve to show up looking the best that you are.

It doesn’t have to be the most expensive outfit, or the most done-up makeup. But what it does have to be is genuinely what makes you happy, within dress code of course. I see a lot of offices going to a casual office dress code, and so many women letting themselves wear just a printed t-shirt. If you work in an office, don’t lose yourself in the routine. Take time to take care of yourself. Take time to treat yourself. And most of all, don’t let it take away your confidence.

 

Nicoco

PS. For a limited time, Forever 21 is having their 50% off winter sale! It’s ending in 3 days, so shop early to get the best deals!
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OOTD: I’m (Not) Hungry

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OOTD:

Graphic Tee – Women Who Love Wine | Denim Chambray – Fiore | Skirt- American Eagle | Boots – Forever 21 | Purse – Calvin Klein | Gold Choker – Charmed Coast Jewelry

 

After having an absolutely delicious brunch at the Maple Leaf Diner in North Dallas, a great recommendation from Best Food Dallas, I feel that it is only appropriate to show off this outfit I wore today. This t-shirt describes my daily struggle between wanting to eat good food and trying to stay healthy. I’ve come to find that some sort of moderation is the key to it, but still, living in Dallas, it’s pretty hard to resist the temptations.

I love the Women Who Love Wine online shop because they have so many relatable tops. I can totally agree with some of their newest shirts that read “Married to Mimosas,” “Kitties and Cabernet.” Their Instagram page  is also a great place to find new memes, so that’s always a plus. Their sizes do run small, IMO, because I ordered a small and ended up exchanging it for a large, but I was so grateful the shop owners were very helpful and speedy with that process. 

I paired this t-shirt with a floral skirt, and a denim chambray, because denim + florals = perfect combo. And I’m attempting to wear these Forever 21 ankle boots even though its still 80 degrees out today, which is sadly the lowest temperature it’s been lately. It’s like a never ending summer, which is actually quite annoying because now how am I supposed to show off my cute earmuffs or my gigantic wooly scarf?!

Anyone living in a warm climate, what do you do when the rest of the world is moving into cute parkas, furry boots, yoga pants, leg warmers, and posting pictures of selfies with hot chocolate, leaves and barren trees? I never thought I’d be feeling left out, but here I am trying to wear boots in 80 degrees. #TexasProbs

Wishing y’all a great week…. and a temperate one, too!

xo Nicoco

YSL Lipsticks | Swatches and Review

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Yves Saint Laurent: the perfect picture of elegance. Especially the lipsticks. I remember seeing just the packaging for the rouge volupte shine lipsticks in YouTube room tour videos and in stores and thinking that it was the perfect tube of lipstick. The swatches in videos and on Pinterest and on the blogs were very vibrant and glossy-looking. I wanted at least one.

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But of course, at around $40 each, it is a pretty steep investment. I needed to do some research. This included hundreds of swatch videos, and going back and forth in my mind on whether to get a nude lipstick or a vibrant one. I ended up choosing the nude, because I was very into nude lipsticks at the time (I swear I have like ten of almost the same color in my MAC lipsticks).

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Now after several purchases, I have three nude colors and three vibrant colors, and I go through phases on whether I want to wear something bright or nude on my lips. I’m totally hooked on the brand, but I still think I haven’t found the “perfect color,” if there is such a thing.

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The one thing about these lipsticks is the color is not true to what it looks like in pictures. This is one of those things where you need to go in the store and try it yourself because every time I read reviews like this, my lips look different with the lipstick at the store than the person online. They are not true to color like most of the MAC lipsticks are. That being said, please use this review to determine a color you like and then go in store to see if it suits you. I don’t recommend ordering online for this reason.

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My first YSL lippy purchase was a Rouge Volupte. It is the color “Ultimate Beige” #3, and it is a deep beige-pink. I remember at first I didn’t like the way it spread on my lips, but after I wore down the stick, it spread more evenly. The texture is creamy but not shiny. I think this shade has really grown on me and I would recommend this for autumn/winter.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine

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My second purchase was a Rouge Volupte Shine in the color “Corail Intuitive” #15. This one I don’t use often on my lips, because it is so light compared to my natural lip color. It’s a very light peach color that actually is a great blush for the cheek. So I’ve been using it as a blush. But for a person with less pigmented lips, this is a great coral peach lipstick with high shine.

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My third purchase was the color “Pink in Confidence” #8 in the Shines. This one I was expecting to be more pink on the lips, but for some reason comes out as a very sheer nude for me. It’s pretty much my lip color exactly. I have to wear a liner with this lipstick to make it look good, so I don’t find myself often carrying this one around unless I am really looking for a my lips but better shade and I don’t mind also taking my MAC lipliner with me.

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The forth lipstick I purchased was a bright and vibrant color in the shade “Orange Perfecto” #46, which is NOT orange at all. I love the color, but it is definitely a pink. It’s almost a hot pink color, a little more on the warm side.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Tint-in-Oil

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The YSL 2016 Holiday collection came out on the YSL website, and the color I ordered was “Red in Rebellion” #53, which to me, wasn’t very red. It was more pinky than red on my lips, which is why I do not recommend ordering online. You need to go in store to figure out what the real color will look like on the lips. Doesn’t it look totally pinky?!

YSL Rouge Pur Couture

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This formula is much like the satins of MAC. It can get a bit drying, but overall it is very creamy. If you have super dry lips, I would recommend getting a color that is similar to your lip color so it will fade well as it dries out. This is the color “Bois de Rose” #66, and it is very similar to my actual lip color, making it the perfect nude lip. This is definitely my favorite “my lips but better” lipstick. The packaging of this line is great because the tube also makes a good quick mirror.

YSL Volupte Sheer Candy

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These are supposed to be tinted balms, but honestly I use this as a hydrating lipstick. The color looks very subtle in the skin swatch, but on the lips, it appears more pigmented. I love this color “Sweet Fig,” #7, because its the only berry-autumn lipstick that won’t make me look ridiculous. I think this is much better than the Benefit Balm tints. Compared to those, this is definitely more pigmented.

Swatches

Overall, here is a comparison of the lipsticks mentioned above:

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From bottom to top:

Rouge Volupte #3 Ultimate Beige

Rouge Volupte Shine #15 Peach Passion

Rouge Volupte Shine #8 Pink in Confidence

Rouge Volupte Shine #46 Orange Perfecto

Rouge Volupte Shine Oil in Stick #53 Red in Rebellion

Rouge Pur Couture #66 Bois de Rose

Volupte Sheer Candy #7 Sweet Fig

Verdict

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Wearing Rouge Fur Couture “Bois de Rose”

Would I recommend these lipsticks? Yes, I think it is a great investment, and I like the formulas a lot better than all of my MAC lipsticks at the moment. I did try a few different ones not mentioned here, including the cream tint and the glossy tint, and they did not work out for me because of my dry lips, so I do not suggest buying those.

The packaging is beautiful, the colors are wide variety, and the formulas are good for dry lips. But remember, don’t take my word for it, go in store and swatch them yourself! Sephora and Nordstrom usually carry most of the full lines of lipsticks for YSL.

xo  Nicoco

OOTD: The World Doesn’t Stop for You

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Dress – Cotton On | Boots – Forever 21 | Purse – DKNY

As autumn finally settles in, I found a perfect autumn outfit that really suits my style of florals year round. To me, autumn always signified the death of the year, a depressing time, and as it is, it seems that the feelings of change and starting over are happening once again.
You may get close to people. Series of events, pulling your destiny together. You spend time with them and you take for granted the time you have each day. And one day, either you have to leave or they have to leave. You have dreams to pursue, they have life pulling them in another direction. True friendship is lasting, but it is painful when life takes you or them away to other endeavors.

It’s hard not to start thinking back and regretting all the times you took for granted. It’s also hard not to think about the future with a solemn aura because reality is hitting hard and you’re realizing that people must change, growth is required for life to be at its fullest. You can start to feel left behind when your friends are leaving on to bigger and better things, and you also can feel lost when you’re leaving to pursue something else away from all of your friends and everything you’ve known.

The thing to remember, the thing that should ground you, is that this is a form of grieving and it is also a form of comparing yourself to others. You can’t let it make you feel any less. Because you’ll stay friends, you’ll stay in touch. You’ll be on to new experiences, new wonderful people to meet. It’s hard to keep this in mind when you’re opening yourself up to someone and getting to know them and then your friendship is put to the test of distance.

My journey is far from over, and I really just have to keep reminding myself that fact.

x Nicoco

OOTD: That In Between Stage

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OOTD: Turtleneck – Target | Shorts – Mossimo | Bag – DKNY | Shoes – Coach | Watch – Apple

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It’s the time of year where the summer breezes are fading away and the crisp air fills the ground in the mornings. Then later in the day, the sun takes over and fills the atmosphere with the ghosts of summer, the warmth and the brightness that once was full and strong, but now weaker and softer, yet still enough to make you regret wearing a turtle neck.

Maybe that’s just Texas. I know up in my small hometown, it’s full on Autumn season, and for the first time in my life, I am truly jealous. I want to be able to wear knee socks, scarves, hats, parkas, boots and sweatshirts without feeling like a fool by the afternoon. It’s really that time here where you’ll find people walking around on the same day in shorts, t-shirt and sandals and others with boots and sweaters, and they’ll both just shrug and move on, as we are all confused about what season it is. I remember a year ago I moved here and was thrilled to have a sort of “extension” to the summer, but the reality was this is Texas fall, and the summer had already passed, just as it had when I left the North East.

I opted for a turtleneck with shorts. Weird maybe, but cute, yes! And I don’t mind being weird, because I already know that I am weird. Turtlenecks and high-waisted shorts have made somewhat of a comeback in the last few years. Things I wore as a young child in the 90’s are coming back. And I’m enjoying it (as long as the flat straight hair and the thin brows trends stay in the past!). High-waisted shorts also balance out my triangle shaped body, as my torso is longer than my stubby legs. I have really been dying to wear knee socks, so I threw them on with the outfit, and I’m glad I did, because it was quite cold this morning.

In other news, get ready to see tons of posts with braids, because I am back in full swing growing my hair. I’ll probably do a post about it once I get it back to where it was before. I’m currently doing Unicity Complete shakes, fish oil supplements, inversion method with castor oil and rosemary essential oil, and will be moving back into braids everyday to keep it damage-free. It’s kind of annoying to do this in between stage where I’m actively growing out my hair, especially since I’m also actively trying to lose weight, so it’s required a lot of patience. At least maybe I’ll finally be able to do a French braid someday!

Hope your autumn isn’t too awkward and you’ll be able to wear scarves soon!

Nicoco

Following Forever 21 into My Adulthood

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OOTD: Dress – Forever 21 | Cardigan – Forever 21 | Bag- London Fog | Shoes – Lifestride

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I was a small town girl, whether I like to believe it or not. I grew up half in Colorado Springs, CO, and half in Camp Hill, PA, just outside Harrisburg. I was always interested in cute but elegant fashion, but it seemed that we just didn’t have that style there in PA. I was a tween – just between the age of a kid and a teenager – and I found out the local mall was building a Forever 21 store.

Forever 21 was started in Los Angeles by two Korean Americans, Chang and Chang in 1984. It was originally started as a target to Korean Americans, and I think that is why I was very drawn to it. The styles are cute, but not childish. They have a huge selection of Asian-styled cute clothing, and many floral prints.

Forever 21 was since then my favorite store. It is affordable, cute, and best of all, has the widest variety of clothes of any other stores. I am now 25 years old, and still shopping there. This cute dress I have on today is an example of how they can make clothes very wearable, but still cute. It’s not a hassle to wear, like some clothes. The versatility is endless.

Over the past year of this blog, I have featured so many things from Forever 21, and it is because truly, they fit my way of life. It’s for the lazy girl who wants to still look put together. Perfect for an INFP!

This Columbus day, they are having some great deals through 10/10/16, and a BOGO sale ending on 10/9/16, which I will be sure not to miss! If you love Forever 21, be sure to check out their holiday sales, starting on 10/5/16!
Shop Forever 21: Columbus Day Deals (10/5-10/10)

Shop Forever 21: Buy One Get One Free (10/6-10/9) Use Code: BOGOFREE
Nicoco