May 2014 - Sensible Stylista

Dancing in the Moonlight

Super excited to feature this Velvet Heart dress again on the blog - I featured it HERE way back in the day.  I'm such a fan of their designs.  Their clothing is so sophisticated!  I always look and feel polished when I wear their garb.  Anywho, I'll be featuring a bunch of their clothing in the near future AND hosting a giveaway with them soon so keep an eye out!  
A closer look at my outfit!  Isn't my bling fab?  If you're interested, it's on sale for $37 at Benevolent Jewels.  The quality is mad legit so I'd get on that STAT.
My dress sans jacket...
Dress:  c/o Velvet Heart
Bag:  c/o LucyMint ($32.99)
Necklace:  c/o Benevolent Jewels ($37.80)
Shoes:  Nine West Factory Outlet
Jacket:  c/o Charlotte Russe (similar)

I Write Sins Not Tragedies

Isn't this maxi dress amazing?  Yeah, I'm SUPER stoked to partner up with Kuriel for today's post. If you're interested in this piece, clicky HERE - FYI:  It's on sale for $18.50! But seriously, they have an amazing online selection frealz.  Trust me when I say their collection is ridiculously cute.  I'll be sharing some of my favorite picks with you guys below so make sure ya'll scroll down.  OH, and did I mention that their shipping is free within the US?  AND they offer free returns in the US if items are postmarked within 7 days. HELL yes.  All you guys have to do is contact them for a return label.  
A closer look at details as always.  Check out the crochet handiwork - SO perfect for summer.  I feel like this dress could double as a beach cover-up. OH, and make sure to check out my bling from Charlotte Russe.  Their jewelry is so legit - this bracelet is def. fierce.

Dress:  c/o Kuriel
Bracelet:  c/o Charlotte Russe (similar)
Bag:  c/o Accessory Mercado ($55)
Shoes:  c/o Deb ($25.83)

Some of my favorite Kuriel picks as promised above.  Their stuff is affordable AND on point.  Yeah, you're welcome in advance, hardy har har!

May Beauty Review

1.  Commodity Goods:  Mimosa Perfume - I reviewed this company way back in the day - clicky HERE for the aforementioned post - but I gots to shout them out again.  Their fragrances are seriously magical.  I can't recommend them enough.  If you're looking for a new scent, you HAVE to check them out.  They're expensive but a little goes a long way (and they last all day).  Mimosa's my personal favorite!   
 2.  Yu-Be: Moisturizing Skin Cream - On a more positive note, this cream is AMAZING.  It's the best intensive moisturizer I've ever used.  It seriously took care of my crackled hands OVERNIGHT.  I do have to warn you guys though, if you're sensitive to smells (think Tiger Balm), this product may not be right for you.  Although I actually like the scent - maybe I'm a masochist? Haha. FYI:  A little on the pricy side ($25) but totally worth it!
3.  Mario Badescu:  Protein Night Cream - I'm OBSESSED with this night cream.  I make sure to use it before I sleep, and I wake up with silky smooth skin.  Oh Mario Badescu, I am now a huge fan!  I swore them off a while back because I had a really bad experience with their Drying Lotion, but I'm over it because their facial moisturizers are legit! Oh, and their pricing is reasonable too - $20.

Lace-Up Gladiator Heels

Maxi dresses FTW!  I'm seriously loving this piece from be happy live pink.  The asymmetrical cut is beyond cute, and I feel so trendy wearing it.  Plus, it's REALLY comfy!  If you're interested in buying this dress, use code STYLISTA to get an extra 20% off.  
Anywho, since I went easy on the accessories, I went all out on my shoes!  These gladiator sandals are totes fab - love the cut outs.  If you're looking to dabble in the trend, check these kicks out!  These babies are sexy as hell yet mad affordable.
How do you guys feel about the gladiator trend?  Is it a do or a don't? FYI:  scroll down below to see more of my fave gladiator picks...
Sandals:  c/o Deb ($32.13)
Maxi:  c/o be happy live pink ($49.95)
Bag:  Vintage Bally - gifted
Necklace:  Gorjana - old

Every Teardrop is a Waterfall

Super excited to share today's post with you guys because this has been my favorite shoot to date. My photographer (aka my mom haha) and I decided to be more "adventurous" with our photoshoots!  What do you guys think?  Should I stick with my usual brick wall or venture out and experiment with different backgrounds?  
Anywho, I'm featuring a STUNNING dress from Charlotte Russe - so in love with the print! CR has such an amazing dress selection.  I highly recommend browsing their online collection - I guarantee you'll find at least one piece you'll absolutely LOVE!
Statement earrings FTW!  I'm such a fan of CR jewelry.  Their pieces are seriously legit.
Dress:  c/o Charlotte Russe
Earrings:  c/o Charlotte Russe
Bag:  c/o LucyMint ($32.99)
Shoes:  c/o Deb ($25.83)

The Reversible Tote

For today's post, I've featured a trendy look for you guys featuring a slew of new pieces.  I actually showcased this top in last week's "weekly roundup" as a sponsor must-have.  I stand by that statement %100.  This top only costs $8, and it's probably one of the cutest crop tops I've ever seen.  Ya'll need to get on this STAT.  It's available at Deb in three other colors as well!  Clicky HERE to purchase now...
I paired the cutout top with a gorgeous high-waisted skirt from Purbelle.  This stunning number is (unfortunately) no longer available online, but there are a bunch of other fab pieces available.  Make sure to check out their dresses in particular.  Oh, and FYI, size up. They tend to run small.
Top:  c/o Deb ($8.25)
Skirt:  c/o Purbelle
Bag:  c/o Accessory Mercado ($55)
Necklace:  Off Saks Fifth - old
Shoes:  c/o Aeropostale ($17.99)

Can't Remember to Forget You

Super excited to feature this STUNNING crochet maxi dress courtesy of Deb today.  I highly recommend purchasing this piece!  It's perfect for summer, and it's so beautifully made. Plus, it's currently on sale for $24.67.  FYI:  Also available in black.

I decided to stick with a neutral color palette for a clean look.  I paired the dress with a cream cardigan from JYJZ and accessorized with a pearl statement necklace!

A closer look at details!  If you're looking for new statement jewelry, make sure to check out Armed & Readi.  They have such a wonderful collection online.
Dress:  c/o Deb ($24.67)
Cardigan:  c/o JYJZ
Bag:  Coach Factory Outlet - old
Necklace:  c/o Armed & Readi ($30)
Shoes:  c/o Deb

Splurge vs. Save

Alright ya'll, for today's post I'll be sharing my favorite knock-offs with you guys.  Credit Card Insider asked me to blog about my fave looks-for-less, and I very happily obliged.  You guys know I'm all about the affordable choices (99% of the time, ha).  Anywho, I'll be sharing my three knock-off bags with you guys!

1.  Celine Trapeze Multicolor
LEFT ($2000+) / RIGHT ($52)

Sorry guys, I couldn't find the exact price for the designer version, but I know it's well over 2k. Anywho, I won this bag from TLNIQUE a while back.  She was hosting a giveaway with The Quiet Riot, and I was the lucky winner.  It probably looks familiar - I've styled it in several different outfit posts. HOWEVER, I think I have an even better option for you guys!  
Chicwish sells this exact knock-off HERE for only $61.97.  It's slightly more expensive than the one I'm carrying, but I think the quality is better - I had issues with the magnetic clasp on my QR version.  My beige bag from Chicwish has been amazing though!  I say spend a few more bucks to get the most bang for your buck.

2.  Phillip Lim Pashli Crossbody
LEFT ($750) / RIGHT ($32.99)

I've been DROOLING over this Pashli bag for MONTHS so when the gorgeous Elissa from LucyMint sent me this designer-inspired crossbody, I jumped for joy.  Seriously though, ha. I carry this bag everywhere.  It's one current faves!  See how often I've been featuring it? Anywho, clicky HERE to buy it yourself...

3.  Celine Trapeze Nude

Remember the nude trapeze I mentioned previously?  Yeah, here you go!  Isn't it FAB? Clicky HERE to purchase this baby from Chicwish.
I mean, look at this bag?  How could you NOT love it.  OH, and clicky HERE for my Ombre Maxi post.

What do you guys think about designer knock-offs?  Are looks-for-less a do or don't?


A Sky Full of Stars

My new top from Pin Up Darling - a fab, vintage-inspired, online boutique - is beyond cute!  I don't know if ya'll remember, but a while back I partnered up with them to style the most adorable bow sweater (clicky HERE to see).    
The cutout is sexy yet subtle, and the fit is SO flattering.  I styled the piece with a mini, but I think it'd also look amazing with skinny jeans!  Talk about versatility.  It transitions beautifully from day to night.  How would you guys style this?

Top:  c/o Pin Up Darling ($28)
Skirt:  BCBGMaxAzria Factory Outlet
Ring:  c/o Rings and Tings 
Shoes:  Candie's via Kohl's - old
Bag:  Kate Spade - old
Blazer: H&M ($20)

PS.  Don't forget to check out my giveaway with Commodity Goods to win a fragrance of your choice ($108 value).  Clicky HERE to enter now because it ends tomorrow!

The Ombre Maxi

Dude, I'm wearing an ombre maxi.  Yes, an OMBRE maxi.  Two of my favorite things merged into one, ladies and gents!  This dress - courtesy of Pretty & Chic Boutique - is definitely one of my current faves.  I mean, can you really blame me?  Look at the print! AND OMG, IT'S SO COMFY!  If you'd like to get one yourself, clicky HERE.  
Details, details, details!  Isn't my new belt totes adorbs?  LOVE the multiple buckles so much!  FYI:  It's available in two other colors.
Necklace:  c/o Nashelle
Belt:  c/o Pretty & Chic Boutique ($18)
Dress:  c/o Pretty & Chic Boutique ($48)
Shoes:  c/o Aeropostale ($19.99)
Bag:  c/o Chicwish

Bandage Skirts During the Day: Do or Don't?

Who says you can't wear bandage skirts during the day?  It's all about balance baby.  At least in my opinion!  Pair it with a loose blouse on top and you're good to go!   What do you guys think? Are these babies a do or a don't during the daytime?
Dude, BCBG outlets are a dream in general but especially so during storewide sales!  I scour their clearance racks to take advantage of the extra discounts, haha.  I wish you guys could see me WERK.  I look like a crazy person sifting through their stacks!  Totally worth it though.  I got this skirt for $15.  Oh yes, you heard right. $15. 
Feelin' seriously classy in pearls again!  Clicky HERE to see how I styled them previously.  How do you guys like wearing pearls?  

Necklace:  c/o Accessory Concierge ($45)
Top:  c/o JYJZ SF
Bag:  Prada - gifted
Shoes:  Candie's via Kohl's - old
Skirt:  BCBGMaxAzria Factory Outlet

PS. Don't forget to enter my TWO giveaways!  Clicky HERE to win a $500 gift card to C. Wonder and HERE to win a fragrance of your choice from Commodity Goods ($109 value).  

Let's Get Fancy

ERMERGERD, neon!!!!  When Left on Houston sent me this beautiful cardigan, I just knew I had to pair it with my Rock & Republic pants, which BTW I found at Kohl's for $12.  I know.  Hashtag WINNING.  Anywho, ya'll need to check out LOH stat.  I featured them HERE a while back. Serious quality, errbody.  FYI:  Also available in gray.
A closer look at my tank from Velvet Heart.  Super classy, right?  A serious must-have in my opinion.  Oh,  and FYI, I'll be partnering up with them for a fab giveaway later this month!  WOOT!  
Oh, and if you love neon yellow as much as I do, make sure to scroll down below to see some drool-worthy picks!
A closer look at my phone case from Clique!  Super cute right?  If you're looking for new cases clicky HERE...

Bag:  c/o LucyMint ($32.99)
Pants:  Rock & Republic via Kohl's
Phone Case:  c/o Clique 
Top:  c/o Velvet Heart
Necklace:  J. Crew Factory Outlet
Cardigan:  c/o Left on Houston
Shoes:  c/o Deb

 Don't forget to enter my TWO giveaways!  Clicky HERE to win a $500 gift card to C. Wonder and HERE to win a fragrance of your choice from Commodity Goods ($109 value).  

My neon picks as promised!

The Pleated Skirt

Dude, Aero's spring collection is legit.  Isn't this skirt RIDICULOUSLY cute?  Yeah, I thought so too, ha!  ANYWHO, the floral print is on point and the pleats are beyond adorable.  Oh, and in case ya'll missed my previous post, I featured another FAB item from Aero a while back - clicky HERE to see.  FYI:  I've provided a bunch of my current fave skater skirts below so make sure to scroll down!
I can't recommend this skirt enough!  High quality for a SENSIBLE  price, ha!  What can I say?  I like to live up to my name.  
Oh, and here's a close up of my necklace!  If you're looking for unique jewelry, make sure to check out Nashelle Jewelry!
A closer look at details.  I spy a pair of valentino-inspired kicks *winks*  Thanks OASAP!  Way to make a baller look for less...

Blouse:  Madewell - old
Skirt:  c/o Aeropostale ($30)
Shoes:  c/o OASAP
Bag:  c/o LucyMint ($32.99)
Necklace:  c/o Nashelle

PS. Don't forget to enter my TWO giveaways!  Clicky HERE to win a $500 gift card to C. Wonder and HERE to win a fragrance of your choice from Commodity Goods ($109 value).  

My current fave skaters as promised above, all under $20 DUH!

Cut-outs FTW

Sooo I think I'm gonna start posting outfit pics on Sundays - I'll blast my weekly roundups in the early morn, and publish my OOTDs during the afternoon.  Let's see if I can keep it up, hardy har har.  
For today's post, I've featured a STUNNING dress from Charlotte Russe.  Cut-outs + Hi-low hem = Serious style *does happy dance*  I don't know what it is about hi-low hems.  They're just so goddess-y.  Talk about channeling my inner femininity!  I knew it was down there somewhere, ha. OH, and make sure you guys check out these Charlotte Russe coupon codes before shopping to save yourself some serious cash!
I paired the dress with an edgy moto jacket for funsies and jacked my mom's Christian Dior for the day!  To match the silver hardware, I accessorized with this fab necklace from Prima Donna!  FYI: This piece is also available in gold HERE.

 Jacket:  H&M - old
Dress:  Charlotte Russe
Necklace:  c/o Prima Donna ($12.99)
Bag:  Christian Dior - borrowed
Shoes:  Candie's via Kohl's - old

PS. Don't forget to enter my TWO giveaways!  Clicky HERE to win a $500 gift card to C. Wonder and HERE to win a fragrance of your choice from Commodity Goods ($109 value).  

The Zebra Blazer

I bought this polka dot tank at Forever 21 last year, and I still wear it all the time.  The top's super thin, so it's ideal for layering.  In addition, the black & white color combo = serious versatility.  I paired it with my zebra blazer for today's post.  TIP:  choose similar color schemes when mixing prints to avoid looking cray cray.
Isn't my new watch baller?  I got it customized at May28th.  I picked a polka dot background, but there are so many options available.  In fact, you can even upload your own IG/camera pics! Awesome, right?  I seriously thought about getting one of my maltese puppy, haha.  Maybe next time *grins*
On another note, buying this zebra blazer was such a good call!  I've been wearing it EVERYWHERE.    Make sure to scroll down below for some of my favorite blazer picks!

Tank:  Forever 21- old
Bag:  c/o LucyMint ($32.99)
Skinnies:  c/o Articles of Society ($54)
Watch:  c/o May28th ($44)
Blazer:  H&M ($20)
Shoes:  c/o Deb

Some of my current fave blazer picks:
Charlotte Russe Blazers · Asos Blazers · Forever 21 Blazers

PS.  Make sure to check out my Mother's Day Gift Guide HERE and enter the $500 gift card giveaway!

The Tiered Chiffon Dress

Alright guys, ya'll need to check out Aero STAT.  They have some seriously cute stuff available right now.  I mean, look at this dress?  Totes adorable.  Vibrant print + neon trim?  Hashtag winning.
SO in love with my new sunnies courtesy of C. Wonder!  I've always wanted white frames. Anywho, if you like these babies, you're in luck!  I'm currently hosting a giveaway with them, and one lucky winner will score a $500 gift card.  Clicky HERE to enter now.  Anywho, cool sunnies are a must! Scroll down below to see some cool options...

 Necklace:  c/o Kristin Perry Accessories
Sunnies:  c/o C. Wonder
Shoes:  c/o OASAP
Dress:  c/o Aeropostale ($29.75)
Bag:  c/o LucyMint ($32.99)

Super cute yet affordable sunnies for ya'll:

Commodity Goods Giveaway

WHOO! It's time for free swag.  For today's post, I've re-partnered (probably not a word, but whatevs) up with Commodity Goods for a sweet giveaway ($108 value).  I don't know if ya'll remember, but a while back I reviewed their fragrances - clicky HERE for the aforementioned post.  Anywho, one very lucky winner will score the whole commodity experience.  

So this is how it works:

1.  Commodity sends you a baller fitting kit with 10 different fragrances.  
2.  You try all of them and pick your fave/s - a lot harder than you'd think, ha.  
3.  If you're set on one, get a 100ml bottle.  If you can't decide, you get the trio.

This US giveaway is open until the 15th of May!  

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