On a scale of 1-10, how pretentious is it of me to want the cutest carry-on travel pieces on every plane I board? Don’t answer that *lol*
Honestly, I could care less about how beaten up my checked baggage is, but I love having cute carry-on bags. I also have a tendency to push the limit when it comes to what I can carry on. I usually board with a copper coloured roller bag, a gold mini over the shoulder duffle and my handbag kinda tucked away behind the duffle ( which obviously counts as the 1 personal item already…oops.) This bag right here has now added an extra sneaky factor as you don’t really see it coming when it’s worn on the back *insert evil laughter.* Man I sound SO corrupt right now. I am a clothing hoarder in recovery ok, it takes time people, work with me!
My school days are over now, however, had I still been in school I would definitely pretend that I could fit all my books in here just so I could have one of those chic hallway moments from one of my favourite movies in life, Clueless.
This bag is seriously so cute. If you’re into the art field at all and you need to carry around a small portfolio and want to look chic with some personality and the same time, this is for you! Business at the front, practicality at the back ( backpacks = freedom ) any bag that allows me to have free hands to text, eat, or hug, is a good time.
This bag is Vegan leather and very affordable at $60. It also comes in black, you can shop the look HERE
Full Outfit Details : Top Forever 21 ( few months old ) , Leggings ASOS.com ( few years old ) , Shoes Ivanka Trump ( recently at ROSS stores)
Hair : Of course I have not straightened my hair ladies! I am all about keeping my curls healthy, this is actually a wig from Freetress called
“Spring Blossom” in colour 1B, it’s a fun harmless way to switch up your look 😉 Shop the look HERE
( If you want to see this wig review on my channel click HERE )
Thanks to LANY handbags for gifting me with their “Let’s Twist Again Backpack”
In a world of chaos, tragedies, and despair, there comes a place of sanctuary called, the beauty aisle. If you are fortunate enough to live in close proximity to Ulta Beauty, you get to experience a supersized beauty aisle ( it’s like ordering a yummy supersized combo and then getting MORE without the calories of french fries etc. )
Because a million different shades of “the red lip” isn’t exciting enough, the beauty world loves to introduce new trends. This summer was all about “strobing” which was arguably just highlighting but given a new name ( everyone deserves a second chance at life no? ) I personally love to look like a human disco ball, and while my tone may sound a tad sarcastic, I promise you, I am very serious.
In this post I will feature another beauty trend which is, “The Velvet Lip.” I teamed up with People StyleWatch Magazine & Ulta Beauty for this post, to show you how I create and style my ” Velvet Lip. “
Speaking of People StyleWatch Magazine, in case you missed it, your girl (me) was in the May issue this year and I am still pinching myself!
Now on to the task at hand! How do I create and style my velvet lip look? Here’s how…
My first look is of course the classic red velvet look ( who else wants a cupcake after reading that? ) To begin, I lined my lips with a NYX lip liner in “plush red” so that the products would last longer on my lips and the colour would also add some intensity ( it’s all about the drama! ) Next up, I applied the Rimmel London Show Off Matte Lip Velvet in “”Orange-ology.” Because the velvet lip is all about achieving a textured look, I chose to add some Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder to take away any remaining sheen. This is a great tip for achieving a matte lip look no matter the product you choose. Simply place some tissue on your lips ( try not to use one that will leave little white fluffs on your lips, you don’t want to look like you were wrestling Homer Simpson over some powdered donuts 😉 ) Next, take some pressed powder and simply brush and press over your lips using the tissue as a slight barrier. After mattifying my lips, I finished off with another NYX lip liner in ” deep purple ” to line my lips for added dimension.
LOOK # 1 : RED VELVET LIP X MENSWEAR TREND
Keeping with the theme of a trendy lip, I decided to pair up my favourite velvet lip looks with my favourite style trends. This look is all about the menswear trend. This dress gives the look of a traditional men’s suit with the structured lapels, while bringing in feminine details like a gold side zipper and of course the thigh slit. I love the contrast of a menswear feel with a bold red lip, it is a classic look that never fails.
Dress : Altuzarra x Target Shoes : Ivanka Trump
Look # 2
For my second look I really wanted to go with the 90s brown lip that is going to be huge this fall. I love that we are seeing colours like brown and purple becoming more common amongst many brands. Brown in particular, looks amazing on so many different skintones, its just about selecting the hue to best suit you. For this look, I wanted the lips to really stand out from the outfit, ( which is already very busy ) so I went with a true matte look and skipped any ombre lining at the end. I started with the NYX Lip Liner in ” brown” all over my lips, which is actually a lovely look in itself, but to take it up a notch, I added the NYX Matte Lipstick in “Maison.” I love the formula of these lipsticks as they aren’t super drying! Just because we are going for a velvet lip, doesn’t mean it has to feel like velcro right?
Look # 2 90S BROWN VELVET X METALLIC TREND
Another trend that I absolutely love is the metallic trend. If you follow me on instagram @charmsie this should come as no surprise to you, check out one of my very favourite metallic outfits right HERE ( and then come back…i’ll wait. ) Because this look already has so much going on with the textured sequins plus the metallic shine of course, the velvet matte lip actually balances the look off really well. The subtle brown tones in the bronzed top also really plays up the lip look.
Top : Barbados Boutique Skirt : Target Shoes : Asos
Look # 3
For my last look I went with another bold favourite, a violet velvet lip. I love the purple lip trend but I am not crazy about the look in a satin or glossy finish ( on me. ) I think the velvet texture makes this bold hue a bit more wearable. Similar to the brown lip, I first lined my lips with the NYX lipliner in “deep purple.” This is important for this look as the purple shade is much more intense when it is layered on-top of a lip liner first. Next, I added this gorgeous Lorac PRO Matte Lip Colour in “violet.” This product feels amazing on the lips! I definitely plan on purchasing more colours.
LOOK # 3 VELVET VIOLET X SPORTS LUXE TREND
The last trend that I wanted to feature is the sports luxe trend. This trend takes sporty elements and works them into formal wear such as this mesh layered dress. I actually love this dress so much that I own it in white as well, but the black really makes this lip look pop! I found this dress on ASOS.com a couple years ago when the sports luxe trend became big again. This trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, mesh keeps resurfacing and I am loving it!
Dress : Asos Shoes : Kate Spade
I hope this post inspires you to work the velvet lip into your wardrobe!
Thanks to People StyleWatch x Ulta Beauty for sponsoring this post!
Charmaine aka “Charmsie”
So here’s the thing, I really try to stay on track with my “Thrift Whisperer” capabilities, however, I seem to run into a slight issue whenever I find amazing thrift and vintage finds, I want to keep them ALL. I purchased this vintage velvet mandarin collared traditional Chinese dress, knowing it was too small for me and I would “for sure” sell it on my website ( uploading new thrift pieces soon & possibly a closet sale this weekend. ) Quite honestly, the red velvet with the gold sequined floral embellishments haunted me and I felt determined to make it fit. After staring at it until it hurt, I decided to take some scissors and extend the side slits high enough so that my hips had a chance to live. There’s a little tip for you, if you can’t step into a dress because your hips don’t lie, try putting it on over your head instead and you might get lucky! So after cutting the slits up to my hip, I did just that. I now put this gorgeous dress on as if it’s a top and stop breathing ever so slightly to zip it up, which results in a super flat chest but who cares, look at it!! ( a flat chest isn’t a far stretch for me anyway let’s be honest )
Sometimes you just have to give in to a piece of clothing when it’s just that good, right?
I love the contrast of formal and casual so I decided to add the most casual thing ever other than perhaps some PJ bottoms, I threw on some ripped denim shorts ( which actually have a whole in the bum but nobody knows with my long “top” now do they? *evil laughter* lol )
I paired some strappy leather heels that I have had for about 6 years from ASOS.com, truly one of my favourite pairs of shoes. I also added my Mansur Gavriel bucket bag to keep some unity happening with the shoes just to make this entire look feel more “wearable.”
I hope this post encourages you to try something new, step out of your comfort zone and get creative with your wardrobe.
Whether you’re actively swimming or laying out like a mermaid, what you wear to the beach can be equally stylish regardless of your lifestyle. While there are actual brands that cater to the fashionistas who are mostly getting wet via an umbrella topped drink or tanning oil vs. saltwater, I like to think style & practicality can go hand in hand. In this post I will share some tips for finding unique & stylish swimwear, how to accessorize for the beach, and how to mix swimwear into your day & night looks to make the most of your money.
ASOS not only sells designer brands but they also have an in house brand, producing high style, reasonably priced pieces without sacrificing quality. ASOS also caters to a wider variety of sizes with their Petite and Curve lines.
Other places that provide high style and reasonable prices for swimwear include : Target (Better to shop in store vs online ) , Forever 21 ( Better online options at the beginning of the season ), Swimsuitsforall ( Online, Sizes 8-26 )
Below are some of my current fav picks from ASOS.COM as well as SWIMSUITSFORALL. I am really drawn to vibrant prints, retro styles, mesh, fringe, and strappy details right now as you will see in my fav picks below.
SWIMSUITSFORALL PICKS ( SIZE 8 – 26 )
When it comes to accessorizing your swimwear, there are so many ways to add to your look. If you’re most comfortable wearing a black swimsuit, there are still many ways to add some pop to your look. Cute sunglasses, body-chains, hats, bangles, and earrings, are great ways to bring some interest into your swim look. My best tip for jewelry, is to go for pieces that may look expensive on, but are actually dirt cheap! That way, if you go into saltwater or chlorine, you don’t have to worry too much, not to mention, you will feel a lot less worried losing a $2.50 Forever 21 bracelet in sand or the ocean vs. a $200 one.
Here are some examples of some cute, inexpensive pieces that can dress up your beach look. Take it from me ( recovering swimwear hoarder, ) you are also more likely to pack less swimwear for your vacay if you find simple ways to switch up your looks.
Gold Feather Earrings
Straw Boater Hat
Cat Eye Sunglasses
In addition to accessorizing your swimwear, another way to make the most of your money, especially when you LOVE a swimsuit but rarely have time for the beach or pool, is to simply wear it anyway! I absolutely love investing in chic full piece swimwear because of it’s versatility. You can easily wear a swimsuit the same way you would style a bodysuit or even a tank top. As pictured below, you can see how I styled a plunge neck halter swimsuit (an awesome B-Day gift! ) and I have attached a very similar look available to shop.
Now, if you’ve read this far into this post, odds are, you are a naughty naughty swimwear junkie like me!!! or you just like my company, aww the feeling is mutual!! LOL. I will now unleash some of my very favourite luxury and high end swimwear lines for you. If you are like me and appreciate looking at swimwear 365 days of the year, you’re going to want to follow this awesome Instagram account A BIKINI A DAY . Not only will you learn about various high end swimwear brands, but you’re also going to be motivated to do sit-ups when you see the gorgeous Co-Founders modeling various suits, it’s really a win win.
Here’s a peek at a few of my current favs:
I hope you enjoyed this swimwear post. Although the summer is winding down, I am sure many of you are already thinking about a warm winter getaway! Keep in mind, the end of a season always brings on the best sales. Although it is a bit like finding a needle in a haystack, if you are patient and really dig through various websites, you may just score some designer swimsuits at amazing prices! GOOD LUCK!
If you see any swimwear picks online that you want to share, Tweet ME! @misscharmsie