Today, what do you know it, marks National Carousel Day. For someone like me, any reason to be a little more whimsical will always be welcomed. So besides sharing my outfit details today, I thought I'd share a little more about me too!
I'm going for some shock and awe value here, so I'm going to start with despite running a lifestyle blog which focuses largely on girly things, my primary interests have long been inappropriate humor, video games, football, and food. Writing about the girlier side of things is actually a pretty big challenge for me.
The TV shows I watch are few and far between; I do not netflix and chill. I just finished watching WWE's Payperview event this weekend, and the only reality TV I really enjoy is FOOTBALL. I'm hopelessly clueless about what color is the new black or making murderers.
I'll happily watch football all week long, and I'm almost positive seasonal depression is real because I get that when the season ends.
I own the all white limited edition Xbox One and PS4, and I fondly joke that they're the white family I always knew I'd have.
I'm a dancer but am notoriously uncoordinated and find trying to be sexy awkwardly humorous. I laugh at really weird times, and I can't maintain the elusive resting bitch face that makes ice-in-your-veins babes so cool these days.
I don't actually think I'll ever be cool because I like puns too much. That and I have a long running list of popular things I kind of hate: dad bods, selfies, juice cleanses, tattoos that "mean" something, saying bae, pinterest, the bachelor, hair spray....
So, why the blog? I've been trying to embrace the girlier side of me. I still love to cook, look nice, and a great designer handbag. It's all about balance and challenging myself. For a long time, my interest seem to have impeded my ability to make friends or be in with the "cool girls," but I refuse to let who I really am stop me now.
So, here I am.
I may never outgrow cartoons, games, puns, or your 14 year old sister, but I'm here to prove that not growing up has its perks, and it can be done in style too!
Thanks again for stopping by!
- M C
In case you don't know, let me tell you what my life with food is like. Comments like, "Michelle will eat that," and "where do you put all that?" are the norm around the table. One day, I ate a whole pizza when the Cowboys were playing. They won; so, for the rest of the season, I attempted to eat a whole pizza every time they had a game. Yes, when it comes to food, I basically throw caution to the wind and hope for the best.
Even so, I would classify my relationship with food as healthy, at least in the sense that I eat it for deliciousness, not happiness. I don't obsess over my body size or a number on a scale, but I am noticing that with different fitness goals, certain foods do more good than others. I'd read articles about being skinny-fat and wondered if maybe that was me. I began to think about becoming healthier. I began to think about cardio and knew dark times were upon us.
Though Asians remain mystical beings who age in astonishing fashion, even I can't deny that as the years go by, my fitness needs have changed. Much like the high school genius who never studied that began to flounder when it came to hard work in college, my system also took a shock when my super-metabolism started to slow. Most of my life, I was heavily active, from weight training to dance, to whatever new thing I could try. I was also blessed with a ridiculously fast metabolism that allowed me to basically eat whatever I wanted. This fueled my McDonalds-based life style and what I came to call my chicken nugget abs (abs masked by yet mysteriously formed by a steady supply of mcnuggets).
As my activity levels slowed and my eating habits stayed the same, I realized I needed to get back in the gym. I tried running and convinced myself I liked it from time to time, but it's strength training that will always have my heart. Some friends from back home have been on cross fit kicks, so when a groupon came out for a cross-fit near me, I had to try it out. I'm a few weeks in now, and in a serious love/hate relationship.
For anyone who's ever tried it, let me know what you think. Any tips for not being the most sore human on the planet will also be well-received. Until then, wish me luck!
I'm sitting in my place, when I get the text to go to a happy hour. I look at myself.. my hair's in a bun, and I'm in work out clothes. "You've got ten minutes." Of course, there's nothing wrong with going exactly as I was, but it was the perfect opportunity to wear my new romper dress hybrid. This romper has pockets, y'all. It has bell-bottom, flowy legs. It has an open back. Plus, it's in the most comfy material ever and I can wear it with a bralette. Honestly, my romper, bralette combo was more comfortable and practical than my gym clothes. Now, if you aren't sold yet, did I forget to mention it was $19? Plus, I think my favorite thing about the romper is that it gives the illusion of a full outfit, but in reality eliminates having to actually put together a top and bottom piece. It's perfect for someone who has 10 minutes to get ready whether it be because of an impromptu happy hour or a love for sleeping in. What's your favorite fashion trend this summer? Mine is surely the romper, and I can't stop won't stop!
Romper: Forever 21
Cork Wedges: BCBG
Belt: Forever 21
Nails: Essie - coconut cove and bikini so teeny
I praise the romper for all the fun things it lets me do in style in the summer heat: it dresses me up, keeps me casual, and now helps me enjoy delicious slurpees!
Now that I finally live in a place that has a 7-Eleven, I had to check out their slurps! On July 11th, 7/11, the chains are giving out free small slurpees to their customers! I went ahead and tried the cherry mixed with sour patch kid raspberry, and it was DELICIOUS. Plus, it is the Slurpee's 50th birthday this week! Way to go slurp slurp, still killing the game after all these years!
LET ME KNOW if you try one and what other flavors I should be checking out!
DETAILS on THIS LOOK:
foundation- smashbox halo 4
contour - smashbox #shapematters
brows - anastasia beverly hills brow wiz in dark brown
eyeliner - Marc Jacobs black gel crayon
lips - colourpop matte more better
hilighter - becca champagne pop
brushes - sephora and lancome
primer - smashbox primer water
mascara - too faced better than sex black
nails - essie nail in coconut cove and set in stones
Just know I love you all, because changing outfits even one time, after getting my butt kicked this week in CrossFit was a whole new struggle. More on that later... Now, check out the fruits of my labor in this week's patriotic style guide!
Whether you're heading out for some fun in the sun, looking for a relaxing weekend, or heading out on the town, the 4th of July weekend is a staple in most all American's lives. My style guide covers casual, work attire, and day/evening looks, so you can pop something fun on and get out there and enjoy the long weekend.
It can be tempting to rush out and buy something new for every occasion, but this year, I am choosing to minimize my closet and find use for my current clothing items. What I found was a variety of versatile outfits, just waiting to be put together into patriotic ensembles.
I recommend a comfortable shoe if you'll be doing any all day excursions. My favorite pick is a metallic, silver loafer from Forever 21. The shoes are actually on sale for just $11 right now! Because I'm a silver gal when it comes to my accessories, I couldn't pass up an opportunity to wear a fun statement necklace too. This season I'm loving paddle and bib necklaces. My silver necklace, also from Forever 21 runs under $20.
With the white dress, I paired a nude peep toe heel, to add some drama. It is the dressiest of my looks, and honestly, I don't really need an excuse to wear heels. I snuck in a red cover-up, blue toe nails, and topped it off with my bib necklace to make it complete.
Another fancy look came through with a basic blue dress and red lip. This light-weight dress has been with me forever, and I love the ruffles and sheer but easy elegance it brings. Any lightweight dress with a wedge sandal and bright red lip won't steer you wrong this Independence Day!
My business casual look consists of high-rise royal blue shorts, stacks of silver bracelets, and a red button-up tank. I love mixing bright solid colors, and the easy answer for red, white, and blue in an outfit was a no-brainer.
A great casual look can also come in the form of a tied-up blouse and bright white shorts. My destructed denim shorts have that great frayed look along the edges and some worn-in holes on the leg. I chose metallic silver sunnies, shoes, and accessories to give it an extra pop. My Sam Edelman shoes were on super sale from Dillards when I got them, and they are so comfy, I would completely recommend them to anyone who's ever wondered about a pair!
For those all-day independence partiers, you have to consider the romper. When it comes to weekend fun and style, the romper covers it all. I chose a light denim romper with all silver accessories and a dark red lip. With rompers, a belt can really help to avoid the boxy look that can sometimes come with. This particular romper has thin straps, so I put a feminine lace white bralette underneath for extra detail. In whole, each of these looks cost less than $100, and are totally doable for any gal with even just one or two red, white, or blue items in her closet. What are you gearing up to wear? What style is your favorite?
Either way, stay safe and have fun out there friends!