NEW makeup loves!

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I feel like I haven’t done a post like this in a while and I have had quite my fair share of trips to Ulta, Sephora and Mac lately so I feel like this post warrants them! 😏

So I recently got some Mac goodies and the only Mac stuff I had before was my strobe cream and a lip stick that I didn’t even buy there because I never have good luck with that store.  I always find the sales people to be rude and/or ignore me! I may walk in with no makeup but that sure doesn’t mean I don’t know my stuff.  I went to the store with my friend and there was some stuff I’ve been wanting and the sales people were decently friendly…. and before you know it I’m buying a bunch of stuff.  Sucker.

Mac creme color base in ‘improper copper.’ This is the prettiest peachy/ cooper/ gold cream highlighter, eyeshadow base and blush.  I wanted to try Mac shell which has been deemed the OG highlighter by tons of beauty gurus but the color is more icy and I love a gold highlighter. It’s super dewy looking which I love and it’ll look great as a highlighter and it’ll pop if you use it as a base and add a powder over it, holy molyyyy.  They were out of the compact so I got the single and a palette.  Excited to start my own palette!

Mac skin finish in ‘oh darling.’ This is the most gorgeous golden highlight.  I swatched it at the store, didn’t get it since got the creme highlighter and then went back the next day to buy it.   Shameful but it’s so pretty and big!

Mac mineralize blush in ‘warm soul.‘  People rave about this blush!  I love nude, sheer blushes and this is the prettiest nude, peach color thats sheer with shimmer. So up my alley and so, so pretty. I don’t have anything like this so I’m super excited to have it.

Mac lipstick in Fresh brew.  This is a cooler tone nude which usually look gross on me but this is a sheer/luster finish so it’s a great nude color with the color of my lips! I dabbled with the taupe/ grey, dead girl lip for a little bit and I’m too yellow for it to sort of even look good but this lipstick is the closest I’ll get to the look w/o looking sickly! 🙂 win, win! I really like my Mac lipstick and they’re $17 and come in so many colors so I will def be picking up more!

Sidetone: Usually if you’re yellow or have warm toned skin you should go for warm tone colors, if you’re pale, have pink or cool toned skin then you should opt for cooler tone colors.  Here’s a guide!   Makeup is fun and if you love it rock and don’t listen!  But I tend to opt for warm tone colors because they look most flattering.

Brazilian Kiss lip balm. This smells like the Brazilian bum bum cream and body mist so it’s super yummy. It keeps my lips soft and I haven’t had a bad reaction to it. I really like the fat tube for application! It’s not super glossy and it sort of melts into your lips and feels like you aren’t wearing anything.  It’s more like chapstick (not aquaphor) consistency if that makes sense.

Tarte Shape Tape concealer in light medium.  This concealer lives up to the hype! It’s super pigmented and it reminds me of the Nars creamy concealer that I love but a more creamy/ pigmented version. I only use this concealer to cover a big blemish, a particularly red area or my under eyes if they’re bad. It’s pretty heavy and I want to look like I’m not wearing makeup so I use it very sparingly and really buff it out.  It works well for me that way and I really like it! I’m gonna do a instagram post on the color comparison with Nars custard. I feel like everyone is Nars custard so it will be helpful!

St. Tropez gradual tan moisturizer. This stuff is amazing. It’s a moisturizer that gradually tans your face with each use!  It’s gentle and my sensitive rash prone skin had no issues.  I use it every other day to keep tan and it makes my skin feel soft and moisturized.  I like a cream that will sit on the face and slowly absorb and that is this cream.  The only downfall is the smell. It has the wet cracker, fake tan smell. I have the strongest sense of smell and I suck it up because I want to be tan w/o getting spots or sun damage to my face!  It’s better once you put it on and the smell sort of fades away.

Flower Bomb perfume. I LOVE this perfume! It’s one of my all time favorites and if someone in the room has it on, I’m gonna knows! It’s the perfect balance of sweet but sexy and sophisticated. Naturally this is like my 4th bottle.  I found this in the Costco beauty section for $50.  Literally insane because if you like Flowerbomb you know it’s pricey.  The Costco beauty section is a hidden gem!!!! Last time I went they had a variety of different high end perfumes, like Daisy and Flowerbomb and Laura Mercier translucent powder. The Costco website and the beauty aisle at the store…. don’t sleep on them!

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Stila Magnificent Metal in ‘kitten karma.’ Pure glitter for your face? This stuff is heart eyes. It has a little bit of fall out if you pile it on; you can add a lot or go easy but either way its a gorgeous pop of glitter! The applicator is great and I think for glitter eyeshadow it’s very good!  You get fallout with regular eyeshadow so there is going to be some with chunky glitter! This a rose gold color and theres a bunch of other colors but I’m a neturals girl.  I want to wear this with dewy skin, tan skin and nothing else!

Laura Mercier eyeshadow stick in copper.  I watch Sarah Gray’s youtube videos and she used the moonlight shade in a tutorial and it was gorgeous and I needed it! Moonlight is a more taupe, dark good color.  I got copper which is a metallic rose gold /cooper color… duh.  I wear it as eyeliner and then rub some on the lid and it’s so pretty and easy.  It’s very minimal eye makeup that lasts all day and gives a gorgeous pop to brown eyes.

Supergoop SPF setting spray. I have been searching for an SPF setting spray and this one is great.  I’ve tried the Coola one – it smells like pure chemicals and is drying.  The Pixi one contains sunscreen so it squirts out white drops of sunscreen which will ruin your makeup.  It’s so not a setting spray.  I don’t like the texture of sunscreen and this is a great way to protect your skin without ruining your makeup, smelling like chemicals or feeling sticky.

Sephora Haul!

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We are long overdo for a beauty post!  I got some stuff from Sephora then I ordered a package online because the point rewards are insane rn. (This is what I grabbed.)  I wanted to wait till I had everything to show you!

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I had like 700 points so I stalked up on the point rewards because they were so good!

I got the Sunday Riley UFO oil which I had a sample of and have been loving! I got a big zit on my forehead and it’s been helping that and the pores around my noses that are always clogged.  Everything feels smoother.

Cover FX drops in moonstone. I’ve always wanted these highlighter drops so this is a perfect little sample to have.  I feel like it’ll fill my want and last a while.

Anastasia clear brow gel. I just started doing my brows and I wanted a clear brow gel because I’m legit scared of my face when I use a tinted one.  I have thick brows so they don’t need to be darker, just kept in place.

I also got a mini sample of the Kat Von D sinner perfume w/ one of the promo codes. It’s tiny but it has a spray which I LOVE way more then roller balls.  It’s perfect to keep in your purse or car.  Smell wise I like it but don’t love it. I expected sinner to be more musky and warm.  Almost like sexy and dark smelling if that makes sense.  It’s more flowery and bright.

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Supergoop SPF 50 setting spray.  I don’t like the feeling or smell of wearing sunscreen but it’s super important!  This is a setting spray with SPF so you just do your makeup as you normally would and spray this after to set and protect your face from the sun.  I’ll use this at school when I’m outside walking to class.  It’s honestly so smart and perfect.

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Sol De Janiero Brazilian Crush Body Mist! This stuff smells so, so good!  It’s a sweet toasted almond sort of smell and I love warm scents that aren’t too sweet.  I like wearing body mists in the summer and when I go to class because they’re casual and light and I ALWAYS have some type of perfume or body mist on. ALWAYS.  I will look like a bum but 100% will have perfume on.  I have the best sense of smell so I’m obsessed with anything that has a scent.  I ordered the baby version since I want to get new perfume when I get to school in a few weeks. I don’t like to travel with big glass perfume bottles and I love that this is plastic and perfect for travel!

Laura Mercier eyeshadow stick in copper.  I wish I got this sooner! It has the staying power of an eyeshadow pot but applies like a fat eye liner which makes it super easy to use.  This is the prettiest, brightest rose gold color and I love lining my bottom lash line and rubbing it across my eyelid.  So easy, so pretty and it makes brown eyes pop, thats hard friends.

Ouai haircare smoothing spray.  I love a leave in conditioner spray that de frizzes and protects against heat.  They’re easy and you don’t get product on your hands. 😊 I continue to want to try different Ouai products and while this is super new I have heard good things.

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Glow recipe watermelon glow sleeping mask. I have heard so many good things about this!  Its a watermelon scented, jelly mask that comes with the cutest little spoon to apply it to your face… as if you didn’t need more reason to buy it!   You have the option to wear it to sleep or wash it off after 10 but it basically hydrates, smoothes and plumps the skin! You’re supposed to wake up with the softest, glowiest skin and I’m like sign me up. ( I made my own word also)  I have it on my face as I’m typing this so I will report back on how it works. It gets an A+ for smell because it smells like a perfect watermelon.

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My Ulta Haul motto

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Vintage tee / Zara Shorts / Birkenstocks

My shirt says ‘Go for it’ which is exactly my attitude towards Ulta Hauls. Hahahah. I will gladly walk out with half of the store. I got a lot but the lady shoved it into the smallest bag like doesn’t she know the big bags make for better photos!?! PS if you look closely you can see all the swatches on my hand. Am I the only one?!

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Batiste Dry Shampoo in Bare. My 20th can, I use this stuff day and night. This scent smells like high end perfume! I am obsessed.

Clinique Take off the Day makeup remover. HOLY MOLY. Since using the waterproof L’oreal mascara, I’ve never been able to fully remove it from my lashes! I’ve tried washes, wipes and makeup remover.  This stuff finally did the job!  Its INSANELY good.  A little goes a long way and I 10/10 recommend it.

Dry Bar Triple Sec. I started using this again after I cut my hair and I love it for a beachy texture with my shorter hair. I love that it doesn’t make your hair feel sticky or tangled. Since its Drybar it smells dreamy and it works as a texture spray/dry shampoo/hair refresher! I use the Batiste solely as my dry shampoo for greasy roots and then this more so for texture, refresher and scent.

It’s a 10 miracle leave in.  I love leave in sprays and I have heard nothing but good things about this so I’m excited to try!

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze. I love using an eyeshadow pot because it’s stays put, is easy and is done with the swipe of a finger.  I have the Revlon version so I wanted to compare it to this one!  I really like a subtle smokey eye and I think this will be perfect and easy for the day!

NYX Plush Lip. I saw this on instagram and it’s basically a glossy lipstick and I’m always on the hunt for an easy gloss.  The color is a nude / pink and you can never have too many of those. 😉

For next time! I sprayed this Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess perfume on my shirt/ hair and I keep getting whiffs of it and I am OBSESSED.  It smells warm, sweet and sexy and I want it rn.

20+ best online shops for cute/trendy clothes!

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I love online shopping!! Especially for big stores like Forever 21 and Topshop because navigating the store is overwhelming and they’re usually messy and crowded.   I much prefer lying in bed with the tv on and browsing! I mostly online shop for dresses, rompers and going out clothes like bodysuits.  Being in college, I wear these pieces a lot and I don’t have to splurge on them because they’re trendy and aren’t pieces I’m going to be wearing a lot!   I have a list of stores that are always my go-to and are the perfect stop for all my clothing needs!

The one-stop shops: Buy jeans, t-shirts, bodysuits and date night dresses.

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This dress is from Asos.

ASOS.  Asos has lots of good stuff to pick from. It’s overwhelming how much they have! They do student discounts that you sign up for with your school email. It’s currently 20% off and they have everything from going out clothes to job clothes!

River Island.  This British based brand has a good variety of trendy clothes that will cover all your bases!

 

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Topshop Bodysuit

Topshop!  I love Topshop and if you’re not near one the website is great.  I prefer it!  It has a great variety of basics, festival clothes, dressier pieces and going out clothes that are always on trend. They have a 10% student discount if you show your ID.

Lulus. Cute, casual day time clothes!

 

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Forever 21 dress

Forever 21.  I have to add this to the list! It’s consistently stocked with trendy, cheap clothes that work for a number of different occasions.  Every girl owns something from Forever!

Loveculture. Similar to Forever 21. This website has super cute clothes for casual and going out situations!

Nastygal. Great day to night options and statement pieces. Nasty gal is little bit pricier but I like it personally because I think it’s a little bit more unique!

The party clothes: The go -to for bodysuits, body con and stuff that’ll make you look hot on the gram. 😉

 

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Pretty Little Thing Bodysuit

Pretty Little Thing.  This store is great for going out clothes! It’s super trendy and offers a great selection of bodysuits and bodycon dresses!  I describe it as the edgy, street, Kylie, Kim, Khloe, trendy sort of vibes/ looks.  Even if that isn’t what you like, they have a great selection of stuff that can work for a number of different styles!  They almost always have 40-50% off the whole website!  I’ve ordered from there and I was really impressed with what I got.  It just took a long time to get to me.

 

Missguided.  Again, this is a trendy shop with good going out clothes.  Think backless bodysuit.  Matching sets. Bodycon dresses. They have 40-50% off stewed often too!

Necessary Clothing.  Sexy, trendy clothing.  Very similar to Pretty Little Thing and Missguided. This is on the more casual side. Think cute instagram outfits!

Fashionnova.  Ahh. I’ve never ordered anything from here! It’s big on instagram and they definitely nail very trendy, sexy, going out clothes. This store is what instagram baddie outfits are made of.

The almost too good to be true. Like too cheap and too cute.

Shein. This store remakes trendy, expensive clothes and sells them for super cheap.  I haven’t ordered anything from here but I’ve heard from bloggers who have had good luck with it!  The clothes look like what you would find on the Revolve website honestly.  Super cute and trendy.  Not so sure about the quality.  I recommend that if you buy something, stick to the ones that are reviewed and backed up with pictures of the products from customers. It ships from China so I’ve heard that it takes a long time to get here.  I wouldn’t recommend shopping here if you’re going to want to return what you don’t want. It ships from China and won’t be worth it!

Romwe. Very similar to Shein.  Your first order is 60% off which is insane. This is super similar to Shein.  Remakes of expensive clothes that ships from China.  Amber from Barefootblonde.com got an order from Romwe and she was happy with what she received. If you want to return what you don’t like this is probably not the store for you because it ships from China.

Tobi.  Tobi sends out 50% off you entire order emails like it’s no ones business. My roommate loves to shop here!  The clothes are super cute and you can find stuff to wear to class or to a party.

The Higher Fashion Picks. 

Princess Polly. I LOVE this online store.  The pieces here are trendy, unique and not what you’re gonna find at every store.  Its Australian and a little bit more expensive then the other websites.  Like $60 for a romper.  Youtubers and bloggers have coupon codes for it that’ll bring the price down.  Legit every thing on the website is so cute.

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Zara top and shorts!

Zara.   Great for high fashion picks and runway dupes! If you saw an Alexander Wang top that you must have but don’t have $600 for, look here. You’ll be happily surprised.

Pixie Market. This stuff is what you’re going to be seeing on fashion girls. They dupe designer goods.  Think Chloe-esque tops and chic vacation wear for $100 that are still classic looking. Some more so than others.

If you want something high quality for a special occasion I love Shopbop and Revolve.  They have amazing selections with beautiful clothes that you’re gonna see on top bloggers and instagram girls!

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My new fave top and shoes!

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These silk camis are my new obsession!  They look good with so many different bottom/ sweater / jacket combinations and they can be dressed up or dressed down!  They’re honestly so versatile.  I love them with cut-offs for summer and I can dress them up with heels and a smokey eye when I go out.   They create the perfect base for a super easy go-to outfit!

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Top from Nordstrom sale, sold out 😦 but similar, here. / Shorts / Shoes

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So on to my shoooessssss! Meet my new favorite pair of summer sandals!  These are from Olive and June. It’s a nail salon in LA that does super cute manis.  (here’s mine)  I absolutely love these because they are pedicure friendly!  I’ve only ever worn rubber slippers to a pedicure so I really love how chic these are and how many outfits they’ll look amaze with.  They can be tied a number of different ways.  I’m excited to see how else I can tie them but I really love them the way I have them tied. They’re super comfy and they don’t need to retied constantly.  I went a good 7 hours before I retied them only because I was shoe shopping and trying stuff on. Hahahahaha, too typical.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Buys!

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a holiday for fashion bloggers.  I’m sure you’ve seen a ton of instagram posts and blogs posts about the sale! You either love it or are sick of it at this point.  In my humble opinion, I feel like the sale is so overhyped!   I feel like people just buy the stuff because it’s on sale, not because it’s actually what they truly want.  Maybe I’m guilty of that and fall for the hype, though! I’ll own it.. Its overhyped but I do get excited to shop it!  I love Nordstrom and this year I will say is the best luck I’ve ever had with the sale.  In years past I would go to shop the sale and would get sucked in into buying the full priced stuff!  I really love the stuff that I got and I know its 100% stuff I’m going to wear and love.

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Rag and Bone Tee / Zara Shorts / Catherine Malandrino shoes – similar

Looking down lovingly at my purchases!!

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I had really great luck with the BP shirts this year!  I got this navy off the shoulder one for $22!

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Okkkkk so I love cardigans like this.  I always find them at the Nordstrom sale! I got one last year during the sale that I wear a lot so I was happy to get another one.  This color reminds me of oatmeal! Theres a good selection of cardigans at the sale!   This one was $49 and is by Leith. I looveee / may need this one.

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I love this top!  Its BP, it was $22 aannnndddd I got it in all 3 colors!  Black, the white one I’m wearing in the previous picture and this really pretty emerald color.  I love these layered with a long cardigan and I know I can wear these tops with a bunch of different things! They’re a great staple piece.

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I’m obsessed with this bell sleeves sweater!  I want it to be cold so I can wear it! Haha. I love the grey and yellow color.  It also comes in a navy/white combo but thats too nautical for my taste.  Again this was BP and was $31.

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As I was walking out I spotted this leather jacket and its my favorite thing I got!  Its by Blank NYC and it was such a steal.   I got it for $64 and I’m SO excited to wear it. It makes me feel more grown up, hahahahahah. So corny.

I also picked up this thermal for $24.  It reminds me of the Free People ones.  I’m excited to wear it with leggings in the winter!

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Tips for shopping at TJ Maxx!

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IMG_7322.PNGI love going to TJ Maxx and just browsing around the store.  Don’t get me wrong, Nordstrom will always be my fave but there is something to be said for looking around and finding hidden treasure for a good deal!  It’s one of my guilty pleasures that doesn’t even have to be guilty!

As of lately Marshalls and Tj Maxx have really stepped up there beauty sections!  I’ve seen Youtube videos and instagram posts about the high end beauty products people have found there!  I can attest to that because Tj Maxx is my GO – TO for St. Tropez self tanner.  It’s the best self tanner ever but it’s pricey!  I only get mine at Tj Maxx and it’s $7-12 depending on which one they have. It’s around $40 if you buy it full price!  I make a note to always pick some up if I see it just incase I never find it again.  I’ve also seen MAC, Too Faced, Bite Beauty Lancome, Stila, Smashbox and Kat Von D products there!

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Here’s my how-to for navigating around Tj Maxx!

  1. It’s gonna be hit or miss most of the time.  You may have a few misses before you get a hit but that’s sort of how it works.  This is why I like looking there for mostly beauty.  I’m usually not patient enough to look through clothes or even shoes but they’ll have racks of designer / contemporary clothing which is a good place to look without having to dig through a bunch of meh things.  I got a Rag and Bone v neck there for $20 and I wear it all the time!
  2. If you see something you want – buy it! It’s not gonna be there next time you go.
  3. You’re gonna have to dig through the makeup / beauty products.  Often times the good stuff will be the only one there.  Some of the makeup stuff you see will be obvious why its there.  I’m talking to the purple and orange MAC lip sticks I saw today. But you have to keep looking for the good one hiding in the madness!
  4. If you’re gonna buy something beauty, make sure it hasn’t been opened / tested or tampered with.  Sadly lots of the makeup there is tampered with, opened and used.
  5. It’s gonna be messy, honestly. You have to get over that.
  6. The brushes are a hidden gem! I find real techniques and eco tools for under $5! Those are great brushes that retail for $10 +.
  7. I like to look up the hashtags on instagram to see what people are finding so I get an idea of what to look for! I look at #tjmaxxfinds

I picked up a St. Tropez self tanner for $12, a Bite Beauty lip cream in Caramel for $6 and these Catherine Malandrino Slides during my last trip to Tj Maxx! Wish I could link them for you but it doesn’t work that way!  May your next TJ Maxx trip be a good one!

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Little Black Romper

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If you know me, you know I love a little black romper!  I almost prefer rompers over dresses because they’re usually more flattering on me and I feel free in them!  I’m a romper girl for sure and I have a collection of black ones all for different occasions.  Like a little black dress, they are a classic wardrobe staple that works for everything!

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Free People Romper / Cole Haan sandals. 

This is a Free People one I got last year. I can’t find it online but it’s called the “gallows” romper so you may have some luck in stores. I’ve rounded up some other ones I like!

This free people one. This Nordstrom BP one and this Nordstrom one. This forever 21 one.

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I want what she’s having…

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I love sneakers and at the moment, old school styles are really going strong.  I had a pink pair of Nike Cortez’s in 2nd grade and they’re back!  I love the full on red, white and blue, Forrest Gump Cortezs and the styling opportunities are endless.  They give a basic tee and shorts the kind of vibes I want!  Here is some inspo I’ve found on my favorite place, pinterest. 

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pic via Bisous Natasha

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Swapping out my leggings…

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Jeans are my struggle!! I love wearing leggings; black lulus to be specific.  I just love how they feel!  I wear jeans for special occasions and I’m facing the realization that I can’t wear leggings everyday unless I’m like a yoga instructor or something and I don’t even do yoga so I can’t be one and I can’t wear leggings 24/7!!!!!!  Is adulting not wearing leggings 24/7?! AHH.  In my quest to dress up more / not wear leggings I want cooler jeans.  These ones are classics but I want rips and laces and jewels and pom poms (not on the same pair) so this is a shopping opportunity. Lulus are 1st in my heart but I will broaden my horizon in favor of cool jeans. This starts now!

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top // jeans // fuzzy slides