November 2016 - Sensible Stylista

Editorial: Bullet with Butterfly Wings

Yay! It's time for another fabulous editorial on SS.  Today's look is hella fancy because, well, I felt like getting dolled up for you guys.  I decided to play around with metallics for my latest since I'm a fan of all things shiny, ha. I centered my OOTN around an old dress that I got from Diva NY a few years back.  I seriously need to hit them up again because their clothing was super cute!  Oh how I envy you NY-ers.  I'll have to make a trip up soon!
Anywho, I paired my dress with a BAMF moto jacket (featured here not too long ago) and accessorized with killer heels and a fierce choker.  I can't get enough of chokers as of late, and my go-to jewelry store, JWholesale, has the most a-ma-zing selection.  I recently got a big shipment in the mail, and I seriously love everything.  If you're looking for solid jewelry on the cheap, you need to check them out STAT!  Trust me, you won't be disappointed.
A closer look at my necklace!  How do you guys feel about the whole choker trend - is it a do or a don't?  And on that note, what kind of jewelry do you prefer: dainty or bold?
 Other fabulous cocktail dresses I NEED:

 Choker:  c/o Jwholesale || Dress:  Diva NY || Jacket:  BCBG || Bag:  YSL || Shoes:  Castro
Shot by the amazingly talented Jared Wolfe!

November Fitness Updates + Workout Playlist

It's time for my November workout playlist!  Y'all enjoyed my 90's throwback so much that I decided to do one in honor of 00's pop music.  Also, I wanted to update you guys on my fitness progress.  I've been pretty good this month = I've been working out daily (usually at night but I need to start squeezing them in the early morning).  I've been running or ellipticaling 4-5 miles every day + doing a ton of squats, lunges, and other strength exercises.  I also got my T25 DVD set in the mail last week (I used to stream them) so I've been doing that daily as well.  If I'm crunched for time, I skip the extra cardio since T25 gets the job done.  
I've also been a stickler with food. I've been living on black bean burgers (with whole wheat buns of course), bowls of 100% whole wheat pasta in marinara sauce, and egg white omelettes loaded with veggies.  I've been into making smoothies a bunch, too!  I'm going to write a more detailed post on my diet later this month so keep an eye out!  What have you guys been doing to stay in shape this month?  

Find of the Day: The Khaki Mini ($34.99)

Alright guys, I'm excited to share yet another fab find with y'all!  I centered today's OOTD around my new Metisu mini. This skirt is ridiculously adorbs! I mean, look at that side slit - how could you NOT adore this piece!  I'm loving the trendy but minimalistic design.  The quality's comparable to that of H&M, and in case you were wondering, the fabric's legit.  Made of 100% nylon, it has a zipper back and a bowknot waist.  Note:  contrary to their description, this does NOT run true to size - I usually wear size XS/S, but I had to get a M - so double-check your measurements.  
Run, Sensible Stylista, run!  Sorry (not sorry), I'm a nerd, BUT now that I got that out of the way, let's move on, ha. I styled my skirt with a warm printed sweater and threw on over-the-knee boots for a cozy fall look.  Can we just take a second and bask in the greatness that is Stuart Weitzman? These def. cost me a freakin' arm and leg, but they were worth every penny.  I'm actually thinking about getting another pair in grey or taupe.  What do you guys think?  BTW, I'm going to link more affordable OTK boots below so make sure y'all get your scroll on.
As promised, here are other fabulous options all under $100!

Top:  Design History || Skirt:  c/o Metisu || Boots:  Stuart Weitzman || Bag:  Ferragamo 
Shot by the amazingly talented Sung Shin.  Oh, and in case you're wondering why I look hella awkward here, it's because I was caught mid-twirl. Ha! Yay for twirling fails.

Find of the Day: The Frill Tank ($15.50)

Sharing yet another fabulous find with you guys today on SS!  This adorable tank top is currently available on ASOS for $15.50 (it was originally $38).  Made of a stretchy woven fabric, this top's super flattering and comfortable.  If you're a fan of frills, this tank is an absolute must-have.  I'm wearing a size 4, and it fits me perfectly.  I'd say it's roughly equivalent to a US small.  FYI:  European sizing is different so make sure you double check your measurements, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
For today's OOTD, I paired the aforementioned tank with fun skinnies! I don't know if you guys remember, but I covered Joe's Jeans' Denim event a while back on SS.  They had a bunch of different DIY options available (ripping, embroidering, etc.), but I just went with paint for funsies.  What do you guys think of them - yah or nah?  Would you wear these jeans?
Other cute frilly options for your browsing pleasure:
Jeans:  c/o Joe's Jeans || Top:  ASOS ($15.50) || Jacket:  Ann Taylor Factory Outlet || Bag:  Chanel
Shot by the fabulous Sung Shin.

Sensible Stylista x Capolavori: Win Any of These Gorg Earrings!

I'm beyond pumped to partner up with Capolavori today on SS for a fabulous giveaway.  One VERY lucky winner will score earrings of his or her choice from the lovely selection pictured below!  Now, there are a number of marketplaces that sell artisanal goods, but none of them can assure the quality of their products.  The fine folks at Capolavori however have a direct relationship with the artisans themselves, so they can guarantee quality since they're buying pieces straight from the source and personally sending them to their final destinations!

If you're looking for serious craftsmanship straight from the artisan's workshop, hit up Capolavori stat. They sell everything from jewelry to bags to home decor.  Oh, and did I mention that each product is HAND-MADE? Yeah, nothing's mass produced so you're getting a totally unique item each and every time you shop their site.  They're the perfect place to buy gifts for your family & friends (...or you, if you want to treat yoself) this holiday season!

As always, entering is simple!  All you have to do is follow Capolavori on instagram via rafflecopter below.  There are also several bonus entries available to up your chances of winning!  Good luck, guys.  This giveaway ends on Dec. 1st and is open to residents of the US.

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Editorial: Shades of Grey

Excited to share yet another classy editorial with you guys!  I'm partnering up with the fabulous Jared Wolfe again on SS for today's latest.  We took these shots a while back at Strathmore Mansion - if you missed our other collabs, no worries!  You can check them all out here: "In Search of an Emerald Sky" and "Dress to Impress."
For today's post, I wore a super affordable maxi dress courtesy of Amiclubwear.  I wanted to fancy things up so I accessorized with a bold statement necklace and threw on gold heels to match.  
Other fabulous maxi dresses (varying price points):

Heels:  Wild Diva || Dress:  c/o Amiclubwear || Necklace:  JWholesale

My Everyday Make-up Essentials

Alright everyone, today's post is all about beauty. I've gotten a lot of emails from you guys asking about my favorite products so I thought it'd be good to share my everyday makeup essentials with y'all.  I've used many of these for years now, and I swear by them!  Sooo, without further ado, let's get to it:
My brow game is strong:

1.  L'oreal Brow Stylist Prep & Shape Pro Kit in Light to Medium ($14.99):  This product is an absolute must-have in my book.  Groomed brows ooze polish so I always make sure to take care of 'em.  With this kit, it takes less than 2 minutes.  I brush them quickly before shaping them with wax, then fill them in with eyebrow powder.
2.  Smashbox Brow Tech Shaping Powder in Taupe ($25):  After using my L'oreal kit to give my brows a solid base, I fill in sparse areas with this procut.  The applicator's hella easy to control so shaping's a breeze.  

Eyes are the windows to the soul:

1.  Estee Lauder Artist's Eye Pencil in Softsmudge Black ($24):  I've been using this liner for years!  I like to line the bottom of my eyes with it first before tackling my lids.   I always go bold on top, but I STILL don't feel comfortable just going for it with liquid liner so I sketch out my lines in advance to make sure everything's straight and even.  That way, I can "correct" whatever goes wrong easily.
2.  e.l.f. Intense Ink Eyeliner ($3.90):  Hands down my favorite liquid liner - it works super well, and it's hella affordable.  The applicator's really easy to use so it takes less than 3 minutes to execute.  If you're a fan of cat eye or dramatic eyeliner, you'll want to pick this up STAT.
3.  Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara ($23):  Get serious volume without clumping!  Slowly coat each and every lash and experiment with layering if you're looking to up your eye game.
4.  Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler ($25):  The best lash curler you'll ever use!  Many use it pre-mascara, but I like to curl them after application - just make sure your lashes are completely dry before getting your curl on.  Simply place it as close to your eyelid as possible (without pinching your skin) and gently press.  Hold for 5-10 seconds and work outwards for perfect peepers.
Getting flawless skin:

1.  Nars Blush in Orgasm ($30):  I own SO many blushes, but this baby's my go-to - it's an oldie but a goodie for sure. The peachy pink shade has just the right amount of shimmer, and I love its natural finish.
2.  Anastasia Contour Kit ($40):  This kit's pricy, but it's worth every penny IMHO.  Sculpt your features with ease with these 6 beautiful + blendable shades.  There are two kits available:  light to medium & medium to tan.  I own the former, and the colors complement my asian skin tone perfectly.  Havana's my favorite bronzer, but if I'm in the mood for something more subtle, I go with Fawn.  Banana's the perfect highlighter, and Vanilla + Sand help mask zits and/or red marks.
3.  e.l.f. Brushes:  Obsessed with these brushes!  I own several of 'em, but my favorites include:  the small tapered brush (for foundation + highlighter), the stipple brush (for bronzer), and the powder brush (for blush).  
4.  NYX Concealer ($4.99): This has been a staple in my beauty routine for years now.  It's honestly one of the best concealers I've ever used!  I don't like wearing a full face of makeup on the daily so I mask my imperfections with a swipe of this.  It's easy to blend, lasts all day long, and is super affordable so it's a must-have in my book.

Totally kissable lips:

1.  Vaseline ($4.49):  As much as I love fancy moisturizing lippies, nothing hydrates my pucker more than a tub of vaseline.  I always make sure to slather some on before bedtime!
2a.  Mac Lip Pencil in Spice ($17.50):  Alright, so these next three go hand-in-hand because their colors work SO well together.  As I'm sure many of you know, I'm all about nude lips.  I like experimenting with different shades for special occasions, but this is def. my go-to everyday color.  I start by lining my cupid's bow.  Do NOT try to execute this in one stroke - I've found that small dashes work best.  I then carefully overdraw my lower lip to create the illusion of a fuller pout.
2b.  Kate Moss for Rimmel London Lipstick No. 47 ($4.97):  After errthang, I fill in my lined lips with this lipstick!  I seriously can't get enough of this lipstick.  The lasting power's impressive, and it keeps my mouth hydrated throughout the day.
2c.  Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Chihuahua ($21):  If I want to step things up a notch and add intensity, I layer a bit of this matte gloss on top!  
3.  NYX Mega Shine Lip Glosses ($4.99):  I own a bunch of these glosses, and they're literally the BEST because they're hella affordable and look super pretty.  Sweetheart and Pink Frost are my favorite colors!  If you're looking to experiment with new lippies, I highly suggest checking these babies out at your local Ulta.  You're welcome in advance.

What are some of your everyday makeup essentials?  Do you guys use any of these items? If yes, which ones? Leave me a comment below! I'd love to hear from y'all.  

Find of the Day: The Asymmetrical Mini Skirt ($24.99)

Pumped to share my latest bargain find with you guys today on SS.  If you're a fan of the menswear trend (or cute skirts in general), you'll fall head over heels in love with this piece.  Made of 90% polyester, the asymmetric hem + bowknot waist are on point.  The quality's comparable to Forever 21/H&M, which makes perfect sense for the price.
For today's post, I styled my new skirt with a loose knit and threw on patterned tights for personality - I kept everything super simple because I wanted my stockings to take centerstage. I'm such a huge fan of cute legwear. In fact, so much so that I have an entire pinterest board (called "All About Tights") dedicated to it.  How do you guys feel about tights - are they hot or not? Do you wear them often? If yes, where do you like to purchase them?
Other fabulous tights:

Tights:  Apt. 9 || Shoes:  Qupid || Bag:  Chanel || Skirt:  c/o Metisu || Top:  Aeropostale
Photos shot by Sung Shin.

Oozing Casual Vibes on the Daily

SO in love with my new sweater from Metisu!  I paired it with jeans and fun boots for an effortlessly stylish everyday look.  Where do you guys like to shop for casual clothing?  Some of my favorite places include Charlotte Russe, TJ Maxx, H&M and Last Call Neiman Marcus.
A closer look at my top + other fabulous sweater options for you guys:

I may or may not have a thing for animal print errthang.  Elevate your outfit tenfold with a pop of it! If you're feeling shy, start small - try wearing booties or a printed crossbody to add personality.

Top:  c/o Metisu || Jeans:  Stitch Fix || Boots:  Nine West || Bag:  Prada
Photos shot by the amazing Sung Shin.

Current Lustlist: Shopbop Dresses FTW

Currently obsessed with Alexis.  Established in 2008 by mother-daughter team Ana and Alexis Barbara, their line's all about high-end womenswear.  Their designs embrace all aspects of femininity, sophistication and elegance, andddd I seriously wish I could buy everything they sell. 

Unfortunately, my wallet won't allow that, but I figured I'd share my wishlist with you guys anyways. What pieces are you guys currently lusting for? Are you infatuated with any specific brands or designers at the moment?

Getting Holiday Ready: Outfit + Giveaway

Alright guys, I'm super excited to partner up with Single Edition Media today on SS to celebrate Katy Perry's new Mad Love fragrance.  For today's post, I styled a fabulous look inspired by the perfume in honor of the holidays!
Love, love, LOVE the perfume's packaging.  The glass design takes its cues from a classical round potion bottle that has been dipped in Cupid's favorite color, and his arrow is displayed prominently on the sleek neck of the bottle.  The front of features an embossed heart-shaped seal's inspired by the vintage wax seals from love letters, and the marbleized cap is the finishing touch.  

Isn't the pale pink color super pretty?  I decided to go with its color scheme for today's OOTD for funsies!  I centered everything around my new skirt from ASOS.  I'm beyond obsessed with its design!  If you're into high-waisted skirts, this piece is an absolute must-have.  The ruffles are ridonkulously cute, and the best part is that *drum roll, please* it's currently on sale for $22 (originally $73).
I styled it with a crop turtleneck and accessorized with my current favorite statement necklace from J Wholesale to elevate my style game.  Then, I threw on sky-high heels and carried my Ferragamo crossbody bag.  To finish things off, I sprayed a bit of KP's Mad Love on top!  I'm not usually a huge fan of celebrity perfumes, but this baby's a game changer.  The smell's sweet and fruity - if you feel like channeling your inner girly girl, give this a try. TIP: Spritz it onto your clothing for longer lasting power.  
Now, let me give you guys some background regarding the fragrance.  The House of Katy Perry has 3 Pillars:  Purr, Killer Queen, and Mad Potion - Mad Love is an extension of the Mad Potion franchise. The scent features the succulence of lady apple sorbet and mara strawberry blended to perfection with the freshness of delicious pink grapefruit.  Middle notes of peony petals, smooth sun-kissed jasmine, and the hypnotic pull of the bleeding heart flower to stimulate and captivate the senses.  Indulgent warmth builds in the background with the allure of coconut wood, skin musk, and ever so sensual sandalwood.  
A closer look at deets!  Have you guys scored any awesome bargain buys as of late?  If yes, make sure you fill me in by leaving a comment below.  I actually haven't gotten anything other than this skirt recently!  I've been trying to be good about saving $$$ especially since the holidays are coming up hella soon.  
Necklace:  c/o J Wholesale || Top:  Design History (similar) || Skirt:  ASOS || Shoes:  Aldo
Last but not least, one lucky winner will score KP's Mad Love fragrance - yay for free swag!  As always, rules are hella simple. All you have to do to enter is follow me on instagram via rafflecopter below.  There are also additional bonus entries available to up your chances of winning so make sure y'all take advantage. This contest is open internationally, and ends on 11/23.  Good luck, guys!  I'm sending positive vibes your way.  This post was sponsored by Single Edition Media, and photos were shot by the wonderful Sung Shin.  If you're looking to purchase this perfume for yourself or for a buddy this holiday season, it's available HERE for $19.99.
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My Nomtastic Emergen-C Smoothie Recipe

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Alright guys, it's getting colder out - winter's a' coming which means we need to take extra good care of our bodies!  Since I work with little kids a lot, I go out of my way to stay on top of all my supplements.  I tend to get sick often so vitamin C's an absolute must in my book - I take Emergen-C to support my healthy lifestyle.  I feel more refreshed taking it during the winter months, which brings me to today's post. I'll be sharing my favorite Emergen-C smoothie recipe with you guys.
My drink's super easy to make because it only has 4 ingredients.  Simply take 1 super ripe banana, 1 cup of skim milk, 2 teaspoons of honey, 1 packet of Emergen-C Super Orange and blend it all together.  If you want something sweeter, just throw in more honey.  Maple syrup works, too!
For those of you interested, Emergen-C is available at Walgreens!  There are over 20 flavors so you guys have several options to choose from.  Have you guys tried it? If yes, what's your favorite flavor? Mine's Super Orange. 
How do you guys stay healthy during the wintertime?  Do you take supplements?  Oh and BTW, if this recipe didn't tickle your fancy, you can try the different ones here.  I've tried several of these, and they're all good.  I especially liked Eye-Popping Popsicles and Smooth Raz.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Menswear Inspired Vibes

Re-featuring my fave faux-leather skirt again on SS for today's OOTD.  As you all know, I'm big on re-styling pieces because, well, it's the practical thing to do, ha.  So, for my latest, I threw together a casual menswear-inspired look.  
I paired my skirt with a cropped turtleneck and wore a tweed vest on top for a cozy, fall-friendly vibe. I wanted to keep things simple so I skipped jewelry all together, but I carried my Ferragamo crossbody as an accent accessory - it's surprisingly bold in person!
Droolworthy menswear-inspired designer garb:

Skirt:  Banana Republic Factory Outlet (similar) || Vest:  Banana Republic Factory Outlet (similar) || Top:  Design History (similar) || Shoes:  c/o Castro || Bag:  Ferragamo
Photos by the incredible Liz + John from Armato Photography.

Editorial: In Search of an Emerald Sky

Feeling straight up regal today on SS!  I centered my latest post around my new formal dress courtesy of Amiclubwear.  I've always been a huge fan of velvet so it was pretty much love at first sight.  On top of it all, it's apparently making a comeback this fall.  I'm sure you all have already seen the standard velvet-dress-over-a-white-tee combo.  What do you guys think of the trend - yah or nah? Would YOU give it a shot?
Other fabulous velvet dresses:

Anywho, I decided to go all out and accessorize with fancy statement jewelry and killer heels for today's post.  If you're looking for legit costume jewelry,  you need to hit up J Wholesale STAT.  I pretty much get all my baubles from them.  They carry a bajillion designs so there's something for everyone at super affordable prices.
Dress:  c/o Amiclubwear || Shoes:  Wild Diva (similar) || Necklace:  c/o J Wholesale
 Shot by the amazing Jared Wolfe.