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Trend Alert: Denim Vests

Now that the weather has been hitting the low to mid-60s, it’s time to toss aside our jackets and start thinking about more Spring-friendly outerwear. Reminiscent of the 80s, the fashion industry has been reviving the denim vest.

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Since a lot of my friends are metalheads, it’s not unusual for me to see them rocking theirs with all sorts of band patches and button pins. And that’s the beauty of this trend – you can be as creative as you want, and tailor it towards your own individual style. If you’re the arts and crafts type, or just plain adventurous, you can make it a DIY project. There are plenty of tutorials on the internet for refashioning denim: acid washing, cropping, lace paneling, and installing studs/spikes, just to name a few.

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DIY: Studded Lace Denim Vest [photo credit]

Since I prefer a little feminine touch to everything, I decided to purchase a embellished denim vest from Hong Kong on eBay. With its silver sequins, chains, rhinestones, and deconstruction, it was practically screaming my name. And for less than $15 with free shipping, I wasn’t going to pass it up. :P

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Personally, I have a rule when it comes to denim: Only one piece at a time. I’m not about that blue collar look, if you know what I mean. With that said, this trend makes a simple outfit look edgier. I can see it working well with black leggings and a casual t-shirt or tanktop, but wearing it over a colorful patterned dress or skirt this Spring is just as chic.

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Since the weather was gorgeous this past weekend, le boyfriend and I took a walk by the local marina before going out on a sushi date. Predictably, I brought my camera in hopes of finding an opportunity to snap some photos. I wore my new vest over a black maxi dress that I’ve had since high school.

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YesStyle Haul

Alright, so maybe this shouldn’t really be considered a “haul”. I only bought three items, after all! But do you guys remember the last time I made a post about YesStyle? I finally placed an order! Why? Because they were having sales (and items go out of stock really quickly), and a $5-off coupon code I found through a Google search softened the blow of their $10 shipping fee to the US. : )

Normally, I never buy clothes online. I prefer to fit them in person, especially with a less-than-standard body type like mine. But I found these styles to be universally flattering, and measurements are conveniently posted on the website for each item. Shipping from Hong Kong only took two days to arrive at my campus mail room. Additionally, each item was individually packed in plastic, and neatly folded. I found this very impressive. ; )

1) Daily Pink: Asymmetric Hem Tank Dress, in Black – $18.00 $14.40

When I first saw this dress on the website, I immediately wanted it. In black, of course! From the photos online, the white version looked too see-through. :'( It’s a very simple and versatile piece, though, that can be dressed up or down depending on what else you wear with it. The asymmetric hemline really got me hooked, too.

Of course, I’m not as petite as the model in the previous photo. (My dimensions are listed under my “About Me” for reference.) But it still fits me comfortably. I was actually afraid that the bust area would be too tight, but the material of the dress is made of surprisingly thick, opaque, and high quality cotton that allows enough stretch. Way better than anything similar I could find at H&M for the same price. :D Love it! <3

2) PUFFY: Tie-Waist Open Front Cardigan, in Almond – $22.00 $17.60

This cardigan is what I was excited for the most! All my other cover-ups are either black or dark grey, so finally having one in a soft nude would add more depth to my wardrobe. The color looks especially great and almost professional when paired with black. ;D

The outfit above is actually what I wore to my job interview today! :D The hem of the cardigan is longer in the front than in the back, and flows really prettily when you walk. The color is also true to the website photo – my room just has terrible lighting. :P The material is really soft and light, which is perfect for the upcoming warm weather! There is also a belt that comes with it, but I prefer to tie it behind me, since my waist isn’t very defined and the actual piece of clothing runs a tiny bit too large on me. The style is meant to be drapey anyway, so I honestly don’t mind. : )

3) 59th Street: Beads-Bow Elasticized Belt, in Black$12.00 $7.20
I’ve been wanting to buy a thick, black, bow belt for a really long time! But no stores near me seem to carry them anymore. :( Thankfully, I found this on the website and immediately added it to my shopping bag. I was most doubtful about this item, though, since I’m a little heavy around the middle and the model pictured in the photos is so skinny! I read that it was elasticized, though, so I wasn’t too worried. :P

The bow is adorable in real life, and doesn’t look cheaply made like the similar ones I saw in stores last Fall when they were still popular and in-season. It isn’t tight on me at all, and would look amazing with all my other dresses and tunic tops, but I still need to lose some stomach fat. >.<; Here’s me wearing it with a shirt I bought from American Eagle three years ago.

Overall, I’m more than satisfied with my purchase! :D Most of the items on YesStyle are very unique pieces that fit my style perfectly. I only bought three things, though, because I didn’t want to take a risk by buying too much from a website I’m ordering from for the first time. But this experience has definitely made me want to shop here again and again. I definitely recommend! <3

eBay Lashes

Have you ever felt that your eyelashes were never long, thick, or curled enough? I’ve been a little self-conscious of mine for a while now – I have naturally short, thin, and stick-straight Asian lashes. It was only last week that I decided to try out something new. I happened to stumble upon this YouTube video, and was instantly inspired to experiment with false eyelashes!

There are plenty of sellers on eBay that sell false lashes for VERY CHEAP. This is because they come straight from Hong Kong in bulk. I ordered 4 sets of 10 pairs (40 total) of synthetic Taiwanese eyelashes for only $1. Along with a shipping cost of under $5, it only cost me $6 to buy them. This is considered extremely inexpensive, since drugstore lashes run for about $4 for one pair. That said, these lashes only cost me $0.15 per pair. I love saving money! : )

Because they just arrived at my campus mail room today, I was so excited to open the package. They come in 4 boxes, one for each style. They arrived rather quickly, especially since it was shipped internationally – only about 7 business days. The boxes were a little beat up, and some pairs were kind of crumpled, but you can always straighten them out.

The first two boxes contain the more natural lashes, while the other two have the more dramatic ones. Until I get the hang of applying them quickly and precisely, I won’t dare wear them regularly so soon. XD But they’re very soft, great quality, and one pair can last me several wears. Here’s me trying out style #001, the first box. They make my eyes pop and look so much bigger! I’m very pleased. :D

Here’s me wearing #001 again, but cut in half and only applied to my outer lashes. They look much more natural this way.

Here are close-ups of the different styles:

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