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Mixed Metals, Amanda Bynes &… Albert Einstein?

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Top: 3.1 Philip Lim (sold out) similar | Jeans: J Brand (sold out) similar | Sandals: Kate Spade (different color here) | Tote: Street Level | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Watch: Micheal Kors (love this!) | Rings: Gifted | Earrings: Towne & Reese (sold out) similar

So in my last post here I delved into my issues with mixed metals. “Ahhh! It doesn’t match perfectly!” “It doesn’t really go together!” “Silver was sooo 2002! Why is it coming back?” The answer to that rhetorical question? To ruin my life apparently. But really, mixing metals isn’t rocket science. I just made it out to be. Sure, it may have taken some adjusting at first but I’ve since changed my tune and think it can add interest and even look effortlessly cool when you do it right. Lately, I’m wanting to be less perfectionist Justine and more free spirit Justine. I’ll let you know how that goes because it’s still currently a constant tug of war between the two.

I’ve noticed that when I’m being indecisive, I end up over-thinking so much that I’m unable make a decision at all. It’s like my mind shuts down and refuses to take in any more information from being over-processed. Well, the same goes for outfits. When I over-think it, it never ends up looking the way I want it. For example, I’ve had this blouse hanging in my closet, waiting to be taken out to a night on the town. But woe is me, I haven’t been able to find “the perfect outfit” to complete it. However, when I was pulling together outfit ideas for this post, I literally grabbed whatever looked remotely acceptable and crossed my fingers it turned out. You know what I’ve realized? The best outfits are continually the ones I throw together when I’m in a rush and running out the door. The ones that I spend less time analyzing, trying to coordinate every tiny detail, are usually the ones that I think turn out the best in the end.

The same thing applies to my hair. Seriously, I always create my best top knots, buns or pony-tails when I’m not making a conscious effort to look perfect! Then when I go to re-create it later, gone. Takes 93,940,235 tries and I still can’t get it to look the way I did when I put it up in under 10 seconds the previous time. But I suppose that’s the way life works. Sometimes you have to just, “let the chips fall where they may.”

And yes. That is a direct quote from Amanda Bynes in She’s The Man. Speaking of Miss Bynes, what in the world is up with her these days? It makes me really sad actually, because I sincerely thought she would end up differently. She was (is?) clever, funny and seemingly uncaring of anyone else’s opinions of her, and I liked that. But now, just scrolling through a few of her tweets will have you convinced something in her brain has become discombobulated. Much like mine when trying too hard to force the “perfect” outfit. What is perfect anyway? What does it even mean to be “perfect”? The definition of perfection in my dictionary reads much like a warning label: “An unattainable goal that will cause complete and total annihilation of self if attempted. May cause permanent damage of brain cells. Do not try this at home.”

Interestingly enough, Amanda just tweeted this quote by Albert Einstein, “The true definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” I hear ya sister. I think the definition of insanity fits in with my definition of perfection. Maybe they should be synonyms. Maybe they already are.

Whatever. All I know is there’s some weird parallel going on here with Amanda, Einstein and talking about brains. I don’t even know how that happened…

xx

Justine

Oxblood Accents


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Can I get a what what for all the other 90’s babies out there? This print of this dress screamed 1994 to me for some reason and I can very much dig that. In fact, that’s the main reason I liked it. How crazy is it that 90’s fashion is coming back? My girl Katy Perry can be seen rocking the living daylights out of it like no one else. She basically hits everything out of the park when she does it, but what’s new? I bow down to K not Bey. #sorrynotsorry.

I decided to add an oxblood lightweight cardigan and burgundy felt fedora to contrast the dark navy dress and play up the maroon in the floral print. Plus it’s ONLY 90 degrees in Arizona so that means it’s time for layers guys! (insert heavy sarcasm here) As we were snapping pics my two layers became blankets of death so technically it’s still not acceptable but I gave it the old try so hat’s off to me right? (pun totally intended)

This faux leather tote is totally amazing and best of all completely affordable! It’s reversible and has a wristlet attached inside. I will probably use it on the gold side more, but it’s nice to know I have the option of using the cognac color as well!

Silver is having a bit of a comeback since it too was a thing of the 90’s. But to be completely honest, I’m not totally happy about it because I have SO MUCH GOLD jewelry I’m not ready to part with! Or maybe that’s the OCD in me talking. She’s cringing and shaking her head in disapproval because it doesn’t match PERFECTLY. So right now I’m jumping on the mixing metals bandwagon to smooth my transition from gold back… to… silver? Ugh. I’m just not ready to give up the gold 100% yet, okay? I mean, I’ve mixed metals before but it was child’s play because I was only mixing gold and rose gold. But I’m listening to the free spirit in me instead and she’s all about the big doin’s. I think it worked out pretty well. What do you think?

xx

Justine

 

September Favorites

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Purse: Alexander Wang | Headphones: Beats by Dr. Dre | Hat: Phase 3 | Sunglasses: Quay | Wallet: Marc Jacobs Travel Wallet (sold out) similar | Makeup: Urban Decay ‘VICE 3’ |  Urban Decay ‘Illuminated’ | Lipstick: Mac ‘Myth, Mac ‘Rebel’, Too Faced ‘Melted Fuchsia | LipBalm: Dr. Hauschka Lip Care Stick | Face Cream: Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream | Perfume: Tom Ford ‘Tobacco Vanille’Hair Ties |

My September favorites… where should I begin? There is a plethora of them to choose from and all are winners in my opinion! Let’s get this party started.

ON MY LIPS

First, there is the tried and true MAC lipsticks. Myth is one of my all time favorites and I love that you can wear it alone or over other lipsticks. Rebel is a newer one to me but perfect for fall! The color is the prettiest shade of deep reddish purple.

I believe I have already mentioned how much I adore the Too Faced Melted Fuchsia! It goes on perfect and lasts a long time.

I can’t forget the lip balm that I put on before my lipsticks! It’s the most important step if you ask me. It has a refreshing scent and quenches my parched, Arizona lips.

ON MY SKIN

For that illuminated look I have started using the Urban Decay Naked Illuminated. I tend to apply it to my décolletage more than my face, but it enhances your already beautiful skin.

If your wondering what is that crinkly tube of cream… I am not ashamed it’s obviously used because it is literally THE BEST face cream I have ever tried. I love the rose scent and the rich consistency so a little goes a long way. This tube has lasted me several months. I put this on before I apply my makeup and it makes my skin smell like fresh cut roses. If Jennifer Lopez uses it then you better believe that I will be too!

ON MY EYES

So here’s the thing, I simply can’t get enough of eyeshadow palettes! The idea that you get so many gorgeous colors in one compact palette sings to my soul. I already have the ‘Vice 2’ palette and couldn’t wait until I could get my hands on this little magnificent piece of art.

I’ve also already talked about these sunglasses from Quay. But just to reiterate, they’re super affordable and come in such a wide variety styles! They’re too good of a bargain to pass up on.

ON MY HEAD

I’m new to the hat arena. Solely because my head is on the smaller size and finding a floppy that didn’t look ridiculous on me was unbelievably difficult. The struggle is real. This one is was on the smaller side, so I can pull it off without looking like a child playing dress up. (YAY!)

BEATS! I’m a little late to the party with these but now that I have them can I just say, I GET IT. My music sounds crystal clear, like I’m attending a private concert.

Do you see those sparkly things laying around? Those would be my hair ties that I use every day. No joke. EVERY. DAY. They don’t leave creases in your hair and they come in so many bright colors and patterns I’m like a kid in a candy store.

ON MY SKIN

TOM FORD … the end. But really though, I have no words for this perfume and othing compares. The notes of ginger, tobacco leaves, clove, fruit wood sap, and vanilla, make the smell distinct, warm, and smooth.

ON MY ARM

The classic and durable Alexander Wang. I chose the bucket bag because I liked the look and it was different from my other handbag shapes. The paring of supple leather and rose gold hardware adds edginess and looks rad.

xx

Krystal

Hello Autumn

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I am currently crashing from the high of the Katy Perry concert last night. I was seriously on Cloud 9 the whole entire night. Let me just say, I have been in love with Katy since the first time I heard her song play on the radio. I knew the instant I heard her that she wasn’t going to be just a one-hit wonder, she was going to get big and fast! I saw her at Phooson in December 2008 and then two months later for her “Hello Katy” tour at the Marquee in February 2009. Tickets to Phooson were free and tickets at the Marquee were around $40. Crazy right? I didn’t go to her “California Dreams” tour in 2011 because I couldn’t get anyone to go with me and I didn’t want to spend $200+ for tickets. But I totally regret that and should have forced my husband to go with me! I went with Krystal to her “Prismatic World Tour” and we had so much fun! She put on such a good show and had so many different outfit changes and both of her opening acts, Ferras and Tegan and Sara, were amazing! Go check out our Instagram, @thedesertmermaids, for pictures from the night!

So remember how in this post I said I wasn’t really sure about my “Sweet Experience” MAC lipstick? Well consider my mind changed. For some reason I just wasn’t digging the way it looked on me. It clashed with my skin tone and made my lips look dry and was too sheer. But for some reason when I put it on with this post… it just worked! Maybe because I had a primer on underneath and I had on a different colored lipstick earlier that day? I’m not really sure but my opinion is a complete 180 from what it was before! It’s so weird how that happens but I’m glad the girls at the MAC counter convinced me not to return it because it was a limited edition and is now sold out everywhere!

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Photo via socialitelife.com

This hat totally makes me feel like Jessica Simpson. You know how they say if you have blonde hair you shouldn’t wear a cream/beige/camel colored hat? Well, I disagree! I think it looks gorgeous together. Yes, darker colors do pop better against lighter colors… but that doesn’t mean if you’re a blonde you can’t sport a beige hat! If it’s good enough for Jessica Simpson it’s good enough for me.

I am totally loving my hair right now. It’s so funny because people ask me, “Is your hair blue?” or “Is your hair grey?” I even was told I had unicorn hair which I’m pretty happy about. Basically it was purple, blue, grey, and platinum blonde somehow and I loved it! Now that the toner has washed out  it isn’t as purple/blue/gray anymore. It’s more of a platinum blonde! My hair has a mind of it’s own apparently! I have to give a shout out to my sister and stylist, Jessica, for working her magic on it!

xx

Justine

aka

KATY CAT FUREVER!

Brighten It Up

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Blazer: Truth and Pride (similar) |Blouse: Myne (similar) | Jeans: Joes (similar & on sale) | Shoes: Kurt Greiger (similar) | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Earrings: Baublebar  (similar) | Ring: Marcia Moran (similar) | Lipstick: MAC ‘Myth‘ & Lipliner: MAC ‘Whirl

Bright blazers are where it’s at. I own just about every color of the rainbow because I adore them so much! How is it possible the color of an article of clothing can boost your mood so drastically? Or am I the only one that feels that way? I also love the look of a structured blazer with some distressed jeans. The edginess of the denim counteracts the blazer and softens the look from formal to casual.

One of my absolute favorite brands for sunglasses are Ray Ban. I love the fit, colors and durability. Seriously. You could drop them 100x and they still won’t break. Trust me, I would know from previous experiences. I can’t say the same for my iPhone however. (May she rest in peace.) I have multiple styles of these sunnies, they never let me down!

You know what else you won’t be disappointed in? MAC ‘Myth’ Lipstick! This is the most versatile color. You can wear it alone or mix it with other lipsticks to make the your own unique shade! One of my favorites to mix it with is MAC ‘Viva Glam V’! MATCH MADE IN LIPSTICK HEAVEN!

xx

Krystal