This is just a short video of my night time routine for cleaning my face. If you wear make up most of the week I recommend a routine like this every night.

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The Doomed Finances: Paying For Unworn Pieces

doomed financesSo what are doomed finances? Well, look in your closet and count up the items with tags on it and the total price you spent on everything. Those are your doomed finances. The money sitting in your closet, under your bed and in your dressers collecting dust and never going in your pocket. Come on admit it, you have a few things in your closet that you didn’t forget about, but couldn’t quite work out. I am guilty of this…more than once. So how do you avoid spending money on your unworn pieces? Well that is hard to say, we try newest fashion, we want the latest trends but we can’t predict what will work with our style. In the game of fashion, we win some and we lose some. What one girl pulls off, I my not wear so well, and vice versa. I wear a lot of things that compliment my long legs, if your shorter, then you might not have the same results. The big thing here is style, we all have individual styles and it is because we found something that works and we are confident in that style. If you are shopping for others, but puttig it in your own closet, you will find that you accumulate a lot of doomed finances. I found that reselling those items with yard sales, or one of the stores that buy likely worn clothes can bring some of those $ back in your pocket. Don’t be ashamed of it, we want to take risk and go outside our normal routine, but sometimes…its better to be safe with funds, than sorry with a lighter pocket-book.

Outfit Of The Day: Pretty In A Touch Of Pink

ootdI think the one thing I love about having your own style is that you can be unorthodox. You can like things that are in season or trending but you can that that piece and make it your own. I am really liking some of these wedge sneakers that have been coming out and I purchased some from a new store that I am in love with now. I am always looking for new websites to shop on and I have a list that will be in review this coming weekend for you all. But back to my outfit. So I purchased some blush colored wedges and when I go them I didnt know what to wear with them. They are this really awkward color and I didnt think I would be able to pull them off. But I had these really fun pants and an oversized cropped sweater that I thought looked really adorable with it. I threw on a scarf last minute that had all the colors of the outfit in it and a large pink purse and walked out the door. Rock it according to your style.

Blush Wedge Sneakers, UrbanOG.com (Orig. $33.40, paid $28.00)
Shimmer Brown Pants, Wetseal.com (Orig. $24.90, paid $9.90)
Oversized Cropped Sweater, Wetseal.com (Orig. $18.99, paid $7.60)

Elle’s Diary: Insecurities Unfiltered

DSC00059 We all want to be called beautiful. We all have one time admired someone and wished we could look like them. I was left speechless the other day when asked “how do you get over your insecurities?”. Had I fooled others so well into believing that I was secure with myself?? I would like to believe I am the most insecure of the bunch. I have such a ridiculous routine for getting ready for the day and for going to bed. I work hard to keep my skin and hair together just to pack on make up and styling products. I remember when Brooke Shields said “I wish I looked like Brooke Shields in real life”, pointing out that even those we admire are not perfect. So when my friend asked me, “how do you get over your insecurites?”, I told her, “we don’t, we just own them.” I remember counting out everything I hated about myself and maybe finding one or two things that were just mediocre, not okay, just mediocre.
Doesn’t everyone have insecurities? I think about how I would watch Kimora Lee Simmons show, “Life in the Fab Lane”, I loooooooooove Kimora!!, and she wanted to go on diets, she would only let them shoot her from certain angles, I mean the works. Thinking back to it now, this woman who I idolize wasn’t perfect, and she displayed it for the world to see. She has been in the fashion world for over a decade and never let her insecurities hold her back. So why should we? If we recognize that we were meant to look and be different from one another then we could surely find the beauty within ourselves.
Of course we want to look like people in the magazines because they are called beautiful…But by whos stanards? Not every girl looks like the women in the magazine, but that doesnt make them unattractive. I definitely dont look like the Elle thats walking around on a given day. That takes some work. Lol. But when its time for me to stop playing dress up at the end of the day and take everything off, Im not unhappy with who the person is staring at me in the mirror. I use to critize myself, and we are our own worse enemies when it comes to this, but now Im kind of like, yeesh you look like your twelve. That is as bad as it gets, I really think I look like some little preteen instead of a twenty two year old. Pathetic right?
But look into what is making you insecure. Is it that your hair isnt long? Do you not have a small button nose. Are you a little larger than some people? Do you not have pretty colored eyes? There are so many combinations of faces that trying to keep up with an ideal look would be over and obsolete just as fast as you can put in your colored contacts. Theres always going to be someone prettier than the pretty girl. We cant keep up. But when you can embrace that and compliment another person and mean it, then you have taken a big step. The hardest thing for women and their insecurities is not judging someone else solely because we want what they have.
So how did I get over my insecurities? I havent…But in this busy life I had to realize, I only get this one chance to live it. And as put together as I look we should never judge a book by its cover. I’ve been called names, still am called names; been called crazy a couple of times, but I admit I am; I was told two days before Valentine’s day that he wanted something serious….just not with me; Im skinny; I never smile with teeth because of my gap and my nose…Get the point?? I could sit here and tell you how un-perfect I am or what flaws I have OR I can get up from my bed every morning, look in the mirror, wink at that girl looking back, put on some amazing shoes and walk out into the world. You might cry a little but heck you might laugh more, so live either way. I got 99 flaws but my life aint one, it was meant to be. 🙂 Dedicated to S. I love you, flaws and all.

Spring Break Countdown (20 days): Dusting Off The Swimsuits

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Going to a destination hot spot for spring break. Weeeeelll, its time to dust off those swimsuits. Don’t have any, well its time for you to go shopping. Swim suits are the most expensive prices at the start of the season. Why? The excitement of the season, of course. Women instantly see the swim suits come out and want to start preparing. Believe it or not but tons of stores revenues come at this time of the year when college students are planning spring break. So how can you get a fabulous swimsuit without paying a hefty cost? I can definitely say that my dream swim suit would come from Victoria’s Secret, hands down. Of course when I saw that the bikini top that I wanted was $98 dollars, my hands went up, sigh. But we want to look fabulous, we have eaten right, we have done our squats and we are doing everything in our budget to make our skin look fabulous. We all want a fabulous swim suit to match. Where did this take me…one of my favorites sites for shoes. I used Amiclubwear.com numerous times to buy my heels and boots, so when I went on their I never thought that I would end up with my spring break swim suit. The colors, the patterns, that lace, the jewels, they had any and everything for what ever you were looking for. I was in heaven. I ended up with a cheetah print suit with embellished top. So amazing and with an additional 40% off, it didn’t take long for me to hit purchase. My suit came to $26 and to have exactly what I wanted it was worth every penny. Dont be afraid to pull out all your old suits also, mix and match tops and bottoms, or wear a different one every day your vacationing, the possibilities are endless. This site always has a coupon available at checkout and when your on next vacation rock it to the fullest. Fabulous and affordable all on your dime with Elle Woods. Happy shopping.