Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Suburban Southern Belle

Yay! The first outfit post of *toots a melody out of my own horn* jk xD I'm just so pumped because never in my life would I have thought that I could have my own website or blog or all you wonderful supporters. I am so grateful that so many of you read my posts so closely and write comments that absolutely make my day. Giant panda hugs for my lovelies! ♥

Yesterday I woke up terribly late, even for a habitually nocturnal person. I had promised an outfit post so I wasn't going to let myself or you guys down! I ran outside with my equipment and tried shooting in the sunlight while avoiding nasty shadows. The usual shady spot in front of my garage is too dark at around 6 PM so I tried many different places along my street for lighting. This explains all the different backdrops.

I wanted to do a cute Western look inspired by all the kawaii models in Popteen magazine earlier this summer. Chambray/denim shirt, white skirt with brown belt, cowboy boots, curly hair, cowboy hat. Unfortunately I had only half of the materials so I decided to revamp the look into more of an "urban cowgirl" outfit. Instead of ankle cowboy boots, I had brown peeptoe wedges (that fit like true 5's) from my outlet mall Payless stop. No cowboy hat but I recycled my big white floppy sunhat from my sailor dress outfit. The chambray-ish shirt I purchased at Forever 21 this weekend for $17.80 (is it just me or are they getting SO much more expensive!?) and the skirt at rue21 in the outlet mall for $21.99. The sales associate helped me grab this last Medium off the top hook after giving me a look that said "Girl, how you gonna wear a Medium..." Fortunately this belt is very, very adjustable and I tightened it a lot for the perfect fit : ) Since I didn't try out this chambray-ish shirt inside the store, I felt a little uneasy. I think it could work for casual wear because it's super long and has a tie attached that I can bring around to the front. I would wear this top with chunky accessories and black leggings or skinny jeans. Remix, remix! I like the ruched shoulder detail because it makes such a masculine style more feminine and gives my frame a little more "oomph" to balance things out.

The only thing I'm missing is a giant red beat-up pickup truck. I'm trying to break this bad habit of fashioning an outfit in my head and then going to buy pieces - I feel like my life has become a daily dose of costume party haha. For makeup I curled bits of my hair and tried to curl others pieces with my straightener but both failed. I spritzed in some 4-year-old Garnier Fructis shake effect gel (gross, I know) and scrunched my ends and flipped my hair around like a rockstar until I got a nice volumized crazy curl going on. I was sweating so much I'm pretty sure half my foundation melted. A bronze eyeshadow and bronzer instead of blush created a kind of dirty look that I liked. It feels like I just went out and drove a tractor or chased some tumbleweed. It's so funny because even when I lived in Oklahoma for 5 years, I never embraced the suburban cowgirl look. In my town, most of the kids were very prep but broke out the cowboy boots and oftentimes owned family ranches.

An interesting challenge: I have been waiting for ELF to restock a lot of items I've been wanting to try for a long time and I placed an order last night for $23 worth of makeup. I nabbed a Lilac and Mint Polish, several of the new shimmer eyeliners, and all the new $1 lipsticks to try, along with the long-awaited hot pink Studio blush (not even the full list). I realize that though each item is cheap, I have shoeboxes and shoeboxes full of ELF things and I actually probably use 0-7 of those items on a daily basis. My dad still is paranoid about anything technology related so he won't give me bank info to set up a Paypal account so I think I'm going to have to get rid of my makeup the hard way - any suggestions? Would you be comfortable mailing money in an envelope and receiving a big box of goodies in return? I wonder how blog sales get by without Paypal xD

Point is, I am going on a makeup-up ban UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR. Yes! Until January 1, 2011! I figure I have wayyy too many things already and I simply don't use them as much as I should. Eye makeup actually severely bothers my eyes during the day because I tear up and get bloodshot awesomeness going on with too much shadow on (and can't rub my eyes in fear of becoming the shimmer fairy). I love pandas, but the ring of death (aka your eyeliner melted and now you look like an emo kid during training) is not hot in any shape or form. So why do I keep spending money on it!? This is going to be crazy hard. I'm going to allow myself a trip to Walgreens to pick up some Wet n Wild items I have been wanting all summer and some gifts for lovely girls and that's it. The main challenge is avoiding the hype. I almost fell prey to the UD Naked Palette but in all honesty I wouldn't even use it that often and $44 is better spent on food and clothes xD

Chambray-ish ruched shoulder top, F21 (size S)
White doily skirt w/ brown belt, rue 21 (size M)
Brown peeptoe wedge, American Eagle for Payless (size 5)
White floppy sunhat, H&M
Little House on the Prairie Suburbia
Do you do-si-do?
This is my "look" every day living in Oklahoma - true windswept blown halfway across the parking lot
Am I smizing? Nah I just look like an angry cowgirl that just found out someone tipped all her cows hahaha
Camera facing the bright sunlight darkens everything :(
Love lens flare!
The shadows crawl, they prowl and prey
All over the still frames, devouring the day
Near the doggy "rest area" haha
And here's where I turn into a vampire ... these are completely unedited. My eyes turned red too! Camera must have an auto-vampire setting ... turn you super pale and then give you flaming red hair and eyes o_o At least I can still see myself in mirrors? Whew :D
These are back in the shade now. The first two are unedited and pretty dark so I brightened them up in Picnik (auto fix saturation, 25 saturation 20 temperature). It may look too reddish but I like how my chambray shirt brightened up a lot
I love these wedges! They're quite small for 5's so it's perfect for my narrow and teeny tiny feet. I might have to break them in with some baggy socks - I spy a future outfit coming up! They were originally $25 at Payless but since they had a BOGOHO deal, I got these babies for $12.50! They're really easy to walk in so I can strut in style without looking crazy in class. Love!
FOTD: Revlon Photo Ready Foundation in 04 Nude, ELF Studio Blush/Bronzer Duo (bronzer as blush), Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash, Wet n Wild Vanity E/S Palette (shimmery bronze shade), ELF Studio Creme Eyeliner in Black, Geo Nudy Brown contacts, Hair: Garnier Fructis shake effect gel
After sweating off half my makeup during the shoot xD This is my natural lip colour - absolutely nothing on them right now. Crazy pale, right?
I'm really sad thinking about this summer ending so quickly, but I'm ready to be back in the game and see all my friends at school again. I'm flying back to St. Louis Thursday morning so I will be packing like crazy. I have no idea how to fit my entire closet into a few suitcases! 95% of my luggage is always clothes - symptoms of the fashion-obsessed. I probably won't have the luxury to blog this thoroughly but I will try to keep taking outfit pictures : ) I will probably continue self-timing but also have my boyfriend spruce up his photography skills. That means ... playing with an SLR! xD I plan on making a lightbox and practicing taking photos of things other than my eye hahaha. Seize the day, pandalicious lovelies ♥


Anonymous August 25, 2010 at 1:42 AM   said...

Cute look Angie!! I havent worn my lace skirt out yet, i'll need to pair it up with a pretty shirt like yours! Love the big hat :D

Liana August 25, 2010 at 1:58 AM   said...

OMG angie this is my favorite look you've done so far!!! i absolutely looooooove this, from your outfit to your pics to your makeup, everything looks perfect! i love that white skirt and top, they look so good together! i really like that one picture with you crouched down and the sun is behind you but the rest of the pic is dark...model status! your makeup looks super good here too! haha, you use old products too? i thought i was the only one :P great job, are you gonna upload this to chictopia? this will definitely get you in the style gallery for sure! your pictures look super clear too! :) good luck with your makeup ban too, i'm kinda on one too-but not a clothing ban! :P

Exuvalia August 25, 2010 at 2:00 AM   said...

Aww man! Your outfit looks so Japanese-like. I've been looking for an outfit just like that. Anyway, you look great in that outfit! On a side note, congratulations on getting your domain. (:

Ping August 25, 2010 at 2:04 AM   said...

angie....i wanna call you panda sometimes...heehee bc of your love for pandas.
i'm in love with this outfit...from the hat, to the belt & they shoes (great accessories!). your pics are fun to look at as always.

Unknown August 25, 2010 at 2:19 AM   said...

Angie, you do the cutest themed looks! :D I love the Southern Belle idea... I MIGHT copy you and wear it to work tomm! I have a similar white skirt that I NEVER knew what to wear it with. You are so cute you don't need to constantly buy makeup! hehe :) Your accessories are by far the coolest thing.

I still can't find that floppy white hat at H&M. I went 3 times to look for it! I literally spent my whole summer looking for that one LOL I bet I'll find it in winter when there's no use for it :P

You should do the blog sale. I know lots of people who'd be interested! :)

Nikki August 25, 2010 at 2:52 AM   said...

I agree with Liana! This is my favorite look so far :D You look absolutely gorgeous! love the whole look! I am in love with poofy ruched sleeves! <333 I have a couple of those tops hehe! Anyways, keep on posting! I always love your fashion posts <3


Anonymous August 25, 2010 at 3:15 AM   said...

Love your theme and good luck with the makeup ban. I don't have enough makeup for a ban...but clothes definitely!

Also, have fun with the SLR, you already have great photos. I'm soo jealous! =)

PetiteXXS August 25, 2010 at 3:38 AM   said...

Love the big floppy hat... totally reminds me of this Friends episode where Rachel was trying to work it (is my age showing yet? :P)

Good luck on the make-up ban! You sure are ambitious though... a whole 4 months?? I don't think I can do that and I don't even wear (much) make-up! :)

Unknown August 25, 2010 at 4:17 AM   said...

gorgeous hat! and the nudy lens looks great on you!

pearl August 25, 2010 at 4:21 AM   said...

pretty skirt and hat! love them much! anyway thanks for the congrats ^^ was wondering, would ya wanna exchange follows / links ? :) lemme know by leaving a comment! i'll follow back if i see yours :))


L4pinkpetal August 25, 2010 at 4:24 AM   said...

i love the skirt!! and you are absolutely gorgeous as always :)

pearl August 25, 2010 at 4:52 AM   said...

following ya back :D thanks babe ^^ heh. 5 more for ya to 200!! ;)


Sydney's Fashion Diary August 25, 2010 at 6:33 AM   said...

I am loving your outfit, Angie :) Very cute and girl. You always have so much fun taking blog pictures. Those contact lenses are adorable. Does ELF accept money order? If they do, you can mail in the money order. It's safer that way. Have a fabulous day!

Elle August 25, 2010 at 9:09 AM   said...

That hat is SOOO cute! I love your pictures as always, you always look like you have so much fun taking these pictures.

noone August 25, 2010 at 10:13 AM   said...

ohh I LOVE this outfit! from head to toe. love the shape of the hat, love the lace skirt and love the belt you got on! perrrrrfect for summer. and good luck on the make up ban, I gave myself the ban too, except buying black eyeliners, that seems to be the only think I finish using since I use it everyday

April August 25, 2010 at 10:13 AM   said...

You look FANTASTIC! This looks like an OnlyCuteStyle outfit! You should enter my giveaway by blogging. You look like the models in website. Soo cute! :)

Shanghainese Dumpling August 25, 2010 at 11:14 AM   said...

Hi Philla I a new follower to your blog, love your outfit post please do more!!! :)

♥Bunny♥ August 25, 2010 at 11:19 AM   said...

Gorgeous! Cute! Pretty! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Everything! I love this outfit (like I don't say that all the time??) hehe, I absolutely love the hat! Its so pretty and lady like!

Is it even safe to put money in an envelope?!

hehe, You should just set up a pay pal account and keep the money in there to buy stuff online :P Althought you said you won't spend... tempting tempting tempting? hehe

s August 25, 2010 at 1:42 PM   said...

Haha pretty much ditto to what everyone else said! Very cute I like it!

I'm with you on the makeup.. I own a small amount, but I only use one ELF palette and liner daily. 99% goes unused!

ssmall4 August 25, 2010 at 2:21 PM   said...

LOL.. vampire..too funny..Love this look!! That shirt pairs so well with that skirt, and your hat- oooohhh that wide brim has me smitten!

RUNWAY Blog August 25, 2010 at 4:15 PM   said...

You are so cute! <3
Lovely outfit and I love your header, of course.
The most blogger just post some pictures but you are also a good writer!

KittyBonkers August 25, 2010 at 5:32 PM   said...

Gah I always love your outfits and your photos make me smile you always look like you have fun!!

N-n-n-no make up till 2011 D: HOW WILL YOU SURVIVE. And I have never tried ELF stuff xD I wonder if its any good!!
My lips are kinda pale in colour too thats why I like tinted lipbalms!

And I am kinda tech-disabled buy my boyfriend teaches me about stuff :D I forgot to take many pictures today so my next blog is gonna have to be a proper one with actual PARAGRAPHS *gasps*

Have a nice day!

Kitty x

Libby August 25, 2010 at 5:44 PM   said...

You definitely hit the gyaru look that's been in the magazines right on the head! You have some serious vision girl! :D

Haha but believe me, none of the hicks here in Iowa dress half that awesome lol.

Unknown August 25, 2010 at 5:47 PM   said...

Awe....what a pretty southern belle you are!! I love love this outfit on you! It may be one of my favs so far!!!!

Are you taking pics now with your tripod?? :) They look great!

Sarah August 25, 2010 at 7:13 PM   said...

Howdy pard'ner! i love this look, you completely pull off the whole southern belle dealio. I love the poses you were striking in front of your garage, they had a lot of the southern 'tude in them. I realized that I've accumulated quite a load of makeup over the years too, but a majority of what I have are from free samples given to me by my aunt, so I have a ton of makeup that isn't right for me. I notice that I usually don't buy makeup unless I'm restocking on an item that I use everyday (since sephora is so darn expensive and I don't have any other place to buy makeup). And random observation the shadows in your photos are *super* long. Congrats on your URL! (End of ADD-filled comment)

Jen August 25, 2010 at 7:42 PM   said...

Love this look and always inspiring to see your lovely pictures! Thanks ^__^

Take care,
KK, xoxo

Karen August 25, 2010 at 9:30 PM   said...

Hey there, thanks for your kind comments on my FOTD! My goodness-- your outfit looks great! I wouldn't have known how to put together all the right piece for this cute Western-inspired look, props to you
& btw you have yourself a new follower ;)

Princess Feef August 26, 2010 at 5:25 AM   said...

super lovely look ,, i lovee it <3

Anonymous August 26, 2010 at 5:45 AM   said...

Cute outfit;)

☆RabbitoBonbon☆ August 26, 2010 at 8:09 AM   said...

Panda girl! Haha yup o(^-^o)
I guess it was just a bad dream though.. (> <;;)

PS. I love your cowgirl hat XDXD

Oreleona August 26, 2010 at 10:43 AM   said...

greatttt skirt! i need to get one of those and i love how ur eyes reflect in the sunlight!! <333

Hana Tralala August 26, 2010 at 11:59 AM   said...

congraaaaaats for the O.o i haven´t even relized it! i´m so happy that one of my blog-friends made it for the own web site...:))
and for the look....i was staring at the pictures for about a minute...i super mpressed...i mean...i´m going to fav. this one on chictopia...itÅ› super summery super girly...your right! the only thing you need is a giant truck! lol that would be super Vogue-kinda pictures :D so your mission is to go and find a truck! :) and it looks more feminine with wedges that it would look with the western booties :) so again...i love the look and i love the pictures :)

kayla marie August 26, 2010 at 12:55 PM   said...

nice post love your look.
visit my blog and let me know what you think, follow if you like :)

Ken August 26, 2010 at 8:09 PM   said...

yes those are my legs!

augustalolita August 26, 2010 at 10:39 PM   said...

beautiful photos!! your outfit is so adorable <3 i adore your lace skirt and hat!! and your hair is amazing-i love it!!!

StuddedLilly August 27, 2010 at 12:32 AM   said...

you look absolutely adorable! this reminds me alot of D&G cowgirl looks, love it! and speaking of pale lips..i actually want my lips to be paler so lipsticks can show better on them lol

Alan Li August 27, 2010 at 12:39 AM   said...

I'm loving the floppy hat and the denim shirt! Also, I'm really happy you are doing a st. ives mreview because I love their exfoliater wash and it is super affordable!

Diana Lien August 27, 2010 at 1:55 AM   said...

Very cute pictures! This outfit looks so fun! Makes me wanna go outside and skip around in the sunshine too! Hehe :)

hevn August 27, 2010 at 3:30 AM   said...

Dang it angie, now I want the skirt!! I want! It's so pretty, i must buy one if I ever come across it! Me likey the EOTD *nods head*

P.s: LMAO! Thankies, and what a surprise to win XD

KittyBonkers August 27, 2010 at 6:14 AM   said...

Sorry for commenting on this one again xD Just thought I would reply to your lovely comment on my blog!! <3

Thank you!! I love girly lacy things at the moment, they are just totally me, I think I finally found a style I will settle into that suits me!! And I was a bit weary of doing my nails like this but I just thought if I don't like it I can take it off and just dived right in there haha!! I love being a little bit creative with my nails!

Well I might try some ELF stuff at some point when I have the money xD And thats true, your purse will be happier! Spending money is indeed like a disease T_T I look on shops and think I want that but my purse can't take it!!

Kitty x

Dianaurora August 27, 2010 at 6:35 AM   said...

i love too much with your skirt ! and the hat made me want it! hihi

*nice outfit

Silkybow August 27, 2010 at 9:41 AM   said...

congrats on 200!
nice outfit :D and belt^^

Aney Mei August 27, 2010 at 10:57 AM   said...

Lovely outfit. I'm in love with that lace skirt! You pull the hat off so well. Such a feminine girly look that's perfect for the weather.

Nubia Mejia August 27, 2010 at 1:25 PM   said...

Congrats n the new domain! Great hair color dear and I love that skirt mixed with the top

bubblistyle August 28, 2010 at 3:47 PM   said...

hey i've tagged you over at my blog :)

Karen August 29, 2010 at 6:11 PM   said...

Hey Angie, thanks so much for subbing and joining my giveaway girl! Did you like archery when you tried it? It can be quite tricky :P

L'armadio del delitto August 29, 2010 at 7:34 PM   said...

I love your skirt and your make up looks great!

Libby August 29, 2010 at 10:09 PM   said...

Muahaha I tagged you! ^_^

~KawaiiParadise~ August 29, 2010 at 11:31 PM   said...

absolutely gorgeous! I love this photoshoot ^^. The vampire effect is awesome ^^
~XOXO Charlotte

Funny Love Quotes June 4, 2011 at 10:17 PM   said...

Very stylish outfit. Nice pictures.

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