Love River Island <3

River Isalnd is definitely my favorite brand out there. I enjoy how they mix the different patterns and come up with a brilliant piece. I own a few of their pieces, and I would like to add these babies to my closet. The print T’s are so in now. They would look great paired with a blazer, some skinny jeans, and a wedge. The peplum top is everywhere these days. I love how it is sleeveless. That dress.. Oh that dress is beautiful. It combines my two favorite prints: leopard & houndstooth. I l Love River Island &lt;3
I own a similar dress; however it is sleeveles, and let me tell you, it hugs the body in the right spots and accentuates your curves. The perfect fit for me!

River island dress
$56 – riverisland.com

River island
$40 – riverisland.com

River Island print tee
$32 – riverisland.com

River Island tiger tank
$32 – riverisland.com

River island
$29 – riverisland.com

River Island print tee
$25 – riverisland.com

River Island leather jacket
$120 – riverisland.com

River Island padded jacket
$95 – riverisland.com

NARS Cosmetics eyeshadow
saksfifthavenue.com

Nail polish
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Printed Leggings and Jeggings!

One of the things I am looking forward in the fall is this Printed leggings/jeggings trend! I get so sad when I think of how the summer is ending so soon, I mean where the heck did it go? That’s the reason I always rely on fashion, beacuase no matter how sad I get, or how much the weather tries to put me down, trends that are fun as this will always bring me back to the summer’s happy bright mood. Bring it on!
Printed Leggings and Jeggings!

Skinny legging
urbanoutfitters.com

BDG slim fit pants
urbanoutfitters.com

BDG high rise legging
urbanoutfitters.com

BDG slimming legging
urbanoutfitters.com

BDG high rise legging
urbanoutfitters.com

Inspire me!

A couple of inspirations for today

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Evil eye symbols are something I grew up with, it is part of my culture! Lately, it became very popular and almost everyone around the globe owns an evil eye piece or has seen it in some piece of art. I personally own a few pieces. I will be listing new jewelry pieces featuring the Evil Eye to my Etsy store within the next month. Stay Tuned!

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Image from Zhush – click me ^

I am loving the color combo in this picture. Purple has been one of my top favorite colors. I love the paint color and how it is accented with the deep turquoise sofa, while both colors are brought together in that tufted ottaman. Briliant!

Obsessed with..

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I recently bought 3 amazing items from Zara. Oh Em Gee, I cannot get over my neon blazer!
I am sure this particular piece will be worn to death. Oh, and those heels I got, I cannot get over them either. They are very feminine, yet edgy. They are very sexy!

Take an advice from me, and run to Zara. They have the most amazing pieces for this summer!

Arki

Chanel Jumbo

So I have been dreaming of owning one of the Chanel Jumbo Flap bags for the longest time; however, it seems like I can never afford its price tag. But, it is ok, I will keep on dreaming till I get my hands on one. It is bound to happen one day! [stay positive 🙂 ].

In the meantime, while I am daydreaming about my Chanel bag, I came across these gorgeous bags from Kate Spade! Those bags are gorgeous. Oh My!

 

 

 

Click on me to find me.
 
They are even more beautiful in person. Here’s a couple pictures:

I absolutely love the quilted design, well maybe because it reminds me of my dear Chanel bag, but without the price tag.

I also came across this gorgeous Vince Camuto bag. The color is so beautiful. I have been obsessed with this green color lately.

And now, one of the second most favorite bag which comes after my beloved Chanel is this Marc Jacobs Stam Quilted Satchel. Oh Em Gee, it is so gorgeous! And, Yes, of course, the quilted design again!

Now, until I can get my hand on all these gorgeous bags, I will stick around with this bag I got at Marshalls for only $20.00 🙂

 

Happy Friday!

Arki

A new Love!

I think I just discovered a new love! I am drooling over Deux Lux bags. Oh Em Gee!

They are the cutest bags I have ever seen. The colors, the designs, the patterns, the fun details, and the quality all are just so wonderful!

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The hardest part is going to be me trying to decide which color combo I love the most.. Ahhh it is going to be so hard!

Boy do they have an eye for color and details. I am so in love!

Right now they have an amazing deal on Refinery29. You can get $120 worth of shopping when you only pay $60! YES I love deals. It justifies my spending, or at least I’d love to think that it does.

Happy Shopping!

Arki

Designer of the week: Dannijo

If you haven’t gotten the hint from my previous post, Dannijo is the designer of this week. It is founded by sisters Danielle and Jodie Snyder in 2008, and hand-made in New York! They have amazing designs that I am absolutely in love with. Their recent collection, Mr. Dannijo, a collaboration with Man Repeller, is definitely my favorite.

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Click me to find me.. 

It is finally Friday!

Arki

Bustier

A bustier is one of the many clothing articles you need to own, especially for this summer. It is everywhere!

I mean, what a better piece can a girl own? No matter how edgy the piece is, it screams feminine when put on, especially with a high waisted bottom!

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Click me to find me.. 

Ladies, take your bustiers out and flaunt those curves.

Denim storage

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I think I just figured the best economical way to store my jeans. I rolled each one and stacked it in this pretty pink storage box from ikea!
So far I love it!
There is no mess as long as you know which pants your going for and you put it in a place where you can reach easily 🙂

Less maintenance = happy me!

Arki

Smackdown. MYGlam bag vs. BirchBox for March

This post will be direct and straight to the point. What I received from both subscriptions for the month of March and what I liked the most.

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Let’s start with MYGlam bag. I received it on March 11th, and here is the product breakdown:

As always, a cute mini makeup bag.

Pur-lisse Pur-Protect SPF30 Essential Daily Moisturizer.

Murad Eye Life Perfector.

DermStore $25 gift card.

Pur-lisse Pur-Lip Comfort Daily Lip Nourisher.

Keracolor Color Enhancing Leave-in treatment.

MyGlam Classic Crease Brush & Case.

What I like:

The Pur-Lisse lip nourisher & the crease brush. The other items will be used only once and normally they don’t capture my attention. Rarely could you judge a product from using it once!

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let’s move onto the Birchbox for this month. I received it today, March 12th. Here is the product breakdown:

Color club nail Lacquer in Age of Aquarius.

Harvey Prince Yogini perfume.

Juice Beauty blemish Clearing Cleanser.

Lulu Organics Lavender + Clay Sage Hair Powder

Stila Smokey Eye Card

Tea Forte Skin Smart Teas

What I like:

I am actually very excited to try all these samples from Birchbox. The sample sizes I received are very decent and way better than the MYGlam samples for this month. Now, it’s already spring and it is the time to start taking care of toning and cleansing your body; therefore, I am excited to be trying the Tea Forte packets. I received three flavors: Cucumber Mint, Honey Yuzu, and Cherry Marzipan. They all sound delicious. Oh how much I love tea!

Also, I am always down to trying new dry shampoos, this one smells delicious. The nail polish color is so pretty and perfect for the spring. The Yogini scent is very relaxing and the blemish cleaner is going to be very handy.

Bottom Line, who is the winner in my eyes for this month?

BirchBox is.

Arki

DIY Vintage Chanel Inspired Earings

I don’t know about you, but Chanel is my favorite designer. Their vintage jewelry are super glamourous, super gorgeous, and super expensive! Every time I see a pair online, I start drooling over it and day dreaming about it.

Today, I felt very crafty and went to both Michael’s and Jo-ann Fabrics. I was just wandering around their isles, and hoping for ideas and inspirations to pop out… and there it was.. the best looking buttons I have seen a while. They looked so fab and vintage inspired. They desperately needed to be more than just buttons. they wanted to be statement pieces, they wanted to be noticed, and most importantly, they wanted me to make them into beautiful stud earrings!

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Revamping them into earrings was so easy!

What you need:

1. a pair of cute buttons

2. A metal/plastic cutter

3. Brass Earrings’ backings

4. Hot glue gun + Glue Stick

Follow these easy steps:

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1. Remove the little loop-hole from the back of the button.

2. Add a dot of the hot glue in the center of the button (Where the loop-hole used to be).

3. Immediately, place the earring’s backing in the center on top of the glue, wait a few seconds, and Viola!

It cost me less than $5.00, aren’t they gorgeous?

 

 

happy Crafty Day!

Arki

Today’s Hautelook Deal

Hautelook has some amazing deals once in a while. What caught my attention today is this Case-Mate Cross-Body bag. It fits all your necessities for a night out in the town. I love how it has a designated pocket for the cellphone. It will fit my IPhone perfectly. In addition, it can be worn as a clutch!

Plus the color blocking on these babies is super cute. I love all those colors, it’s a hard decision to pick just one!

Recommendation: If interested, get it before they sell out.

Cruising..

A couple weeks more and the hubby and I will be on a cruise to the Bahamas. How exciting! All I could think of now is the sun, the beach, the sand, the sunny skies, the relaxation,  and the delicious food.

I am preparing my outfits now since it is getting closer and closer 😀

these few pieces will be great for lounging around and touring the tiny streets of the islands.

 

Arki

 

 

Edgy meets feminine outfit of the day

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I’ve been experimenting with different trends lately. There are some trends out there that I don’t necessarily love, but for the sake of change, I try to give them a shot. I fell in love with this sheer maxi skirt. Although, I usually stay away from maxi and flowy skirts [I am short], this one caught my attention. I absolutely love leopard print, and I lately haven’t given it any attention. I wanted to make-up with it today and wear it out!

Here are the details:
Top from H&M, leather jacket from Forever21, flats from TJMaxx, belt from Forever21, skirt from Lulu’s, chains from Arki Jewelry, bracelet from Target, ring from Hautelook.

Gold Digger

I used to hate gold tone accessories. In a fact, I didn’t own any piece of jewelry in gold tone. I always thought it was for older women and never got to like it. However, for the past couple seasons, gold tones started attracting me more and more everyday.

Now, I am totally obsessed with gold tones. I do not wear silver toned jewelry as much anymore! Actually, many times I find myself not wearing my wedding band & engagement ring simply because it doesn’t match!

Since I have olive skin tone, I love how the gold accessories compliment my skin. Here are some beautiful pieces I came across. My wishlist keeps expanding everyday. My wallet and I are in a huge trouble!

 

Click on me for more details and where to find these pieces.

The New Clutch

One trend I am absolutely loving this season is the Box Clutch.

Now, we girls tend to love our enormous bags where we carry all our life in. It doesn’t matter how many promises you make, to yourself,  not to carry your whole closet in there, somehow someway it ends up happening. Huge bags are so fabulous, but they are not too fab when you are trying to find your car keys that get  stashed, all the way at the bottom of the bag, with load and loads of unnecessary items on top!

Other time, logging that huge bag with you while shopping, walking around, even a night out with the friends can become very tedious. With all what’s in it, you will probably feel like you are working out your arm muscles. Seriously, many times,  this huge bag can become a substitute for an 8 pounds dumbbells, if not heavier.

The perfect solution to all this trouble is the new box clutch. They come in different sizes, styles, with and without shoulder straps, cross body strap, etc. Bottom line, you can find one that fits your style and purpose. These fabulous clutches carry the necessary items you would normally NEED. There will no room for all that extra “crap”. This is perfect for a night out, clubbing, a dinner, or even shopping. All you need in life in your credit card, a few dollars just in case, your phone, and lipstick for touch ups. We tend to over exaggerate and think we need a whole lot more, but trust me, that’s all what we need.

Here are a few clutches I fell in love with:

Click me for more details, and to find out where to find me.

Mid Way Through Outfit of the Day

It is Wednesday everybody! What that means? The weekend is two days away 🙂

Since these posts seem to be the most popular, I decided to share my outfit with you for the second day in the row. Disclaimer: the skirt might be too short for such a “conservative” environment, but I am still in my twenties and eventually, one day, the co-workers around me will either get used to it, or even retire! Having a huge age gap, between co-workers, creates such a difficulty especially when it comes to fashion. Anyways, here is what I wore to work today:

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Bag from Asos.com, Bracelets from H&M, Blanc Bomb Ring by JewelMint, Chain from my Etsy Store, Coat from a small Boutique, Cardigan from Forever21, Top from UrbanOutfitters, Skirt from UrbanOutfitters, Flats from TJMaxx.

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Happy Wednesday!

Arki

2012 Spring Trends

We all can feel the spring approaching. As I was driving to work this morning, I noticed how it wasn’t as dark anymore. The sun actually came out earlier than what it had been doing for the past few months. This observation instantly drew a smile on my face and lifted my mood (I am sure we all can agree that driving to work, at 6am in the morning, is not the ideal thing to do!).

Spring is my favorite season of all, especially when you live in Virginia. Virginia has one of the worst winters (well not this year, at least we haven’t seen anything yet), and it has one of those nasty hot and sticky humid summers; therefore, spring and fall are the best seasons in this state. However, spring always wins!

Spring = bright sunny skies + a nice breeze + Easter + Blooms + Cherry Blossom in DC + My Birthday! On top of all that, this year Spring 2012 means Pastel colors + Neon colors+ A-symmetrical skirts + Spikes and studs + Chunky Chain Accessories + tiny jewelry pieces + Brogue shoes + loafers + and another trend that is going to help us transition from winter to Spring and stick with us for a while is the Ankle Boot!

Here are a few ankles boots that you can put your hands on. I have 1, 2, 3 as my favorites. I think they would look extra cute with a bodycon mini neon skirt, a flowy pastel sheer shirt, a couple layers of chain necklaces, a stackable rings, and finally a subtle eye look with a bold lip color!

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Happy Spring!

ArKi

Must Haves

Here are few of the pieces I would like to own before the spring. You can see it has most of my current obsessions: neon colors, spikes, rhinestones, chains, yellow, animal prints, cuffs, and finally one of my favorite jewelry designers Iosselliani. [click on the board to get directed to the different pieces]

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Indulge Yourself in Sweetness..

Last weekend, I hosted a spa party for my girls. A skin analyst specialist was there featuring an amazing machine that analyzes up to three layers of the skin. Through that machine, you get to know your skin better, learn where your trouble spots are, get educated on their condition, and get help and recommendations for treating them.

Many of the girls learn that their skin wasn’t actually the type they’ve always thought it was. For example, my sister had always the impression that her skin was oily to combination. However, it turned out that her skin is Normal to dry! They were all impressed with the machine and the products that were promoted. A few things I love about their products: they are all natural, cruelty free, work amazingly, and are made in the United States. [I will have more in depth review on the products]

One tip I need to share with you here is, Please Use Sunscreen Every Day of Your Life! This small step can save you so much in the future. Sunscreen now = Less Wrinkles in the future. Trust me!

Other than impressing my guests with the special facial treatments, they were all in love with the other treats. Dessert. Something you need to know about me is that I absolutely LOVE Red Velvet! That weekend was the one following Valentine’s Day, so what a better way to celebrate than having Red Velvet treats everywhere?

I love decorating; therefore, I enjoyed making a cute display out of those delicious treats. I got so many compliments on the dessert and the food. It always feels good when you leave a great impression on others. These little things make you, and the others around you, so Happy.

The menu was:

Red Velvet mini cups

Strawberry Dipped in Chocolate

Pink Champagne

Vitamin Shots

Avocado Cherry Tomato Salad

Caesar Salad

Margarita Pizza

Wings

[My family owns a few pizzerias; therefore, our guests always request having pizza and wings at our parties, because they are that delicious]

The day went by fast and everyone enjoyed their time. It was great having the girls over. I haven’t hung out with them since my wedding. We had a fantastic day together and hopefully will be planning another get together soon.

Seriously, what’s a better day than relaxing, sipping champagne, and indulging in deliciousness?

I cannot get over the Red Velvet!

ArKI

MyGlam February

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As promised, here is what I got in MyGlam bag for this month.
1. Cute Hot pink makeup bag.
2. Freeman Enzyme Mask.
3. Premier Moisture Complex & Instant Stretching and Revitalizing Mask.
4. Full size NYX Roll on Shimmer in Light blue.
5. X Out Shine Control.
6. $100 Gift Certificate to NUME.
7. Finally two Ghirardelli chocolate as a valentines treat.

Pretty good selection I think. I haven’t checked NUME website yet and I haven’t heard about it before. I will keep you posted of how I use the $100 gift certificate I got.

Happy Friday love<3
Arki

Outfit of the Day

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Its Wednesday and the weekend is almost here! Today I was in the fun and bright mood and this outfit was the outcome:
Faux fur vest from Forever21, Lime Yellow Green shirt from Forever21, black dressy pants from Express, leopard pointed toe heels from TJ Maxx, chain necklace from Arki Jewelry on Etsy, bracelet from Target, Huge love knot earrings from Asos, stackable pyramid rings from Shop Akira, and large clutch bag from Urban Outfitters.

Happy Wednesday loves,
ArKi

Blazer Love

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I have been obsessed with blazers lately. However, those two for to be my absolute favorites. They combine both my love for blazers and bright neon colors. I love everything about them: the color, the shoulder pads, the cut, and the hardware. I cannot wait to pair them with jeggings, cute shoes/ boots, a simple T shirt, and one of my jewelry pieces.

ArKi

Lips Stuffed in a Bag

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So how do you figure out your favorite lip products? Well, if you are like me, then you have tons and tons of lip products. I have some lipsticks that I forgot I have ever bought. So how do you get to figure out your favorite ones? Simply, by looking through your bags. Yup, it’s just that easy. Usually, the lipstick you like ends up in your bag. In my case, they end up piling in my bag(s). Today I was cleaning my bag and found 9 lip products, including one lipstick I thought I had lost!
Here is the list from left to right:
1. To The Future pro long wear lip cream by MAC.
2. Divine Divine 330 by Cover Girl.
3. Delish Regal 255 by Cover Girl.
4. Unending Kiss 112 by L’Oreal.
5. Tutti Frutti 015 Revlon Lip Butter.
6. Gumdrop 060 Revlon Lip Butter.
7. Lucky Lip Surgence by Tarte.
8. Antwerp 05 soft matte lip cream by NYX.
9. Finally, Pale Pink lip liner by NYX.

Happy Monday!
ArKi

February Birchbox

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Here is what I got in my Birchbox for this month.
1. Eye Rock designer eyeliner. I am pretty excited to try that. I will have a review on it soon.
2. Glow and Go Travel Puff self tanner.
3. Jouer luminizing moisture tint. Previously I received the clear moisturizer and I loved it. I am excited to use this one a well.
4. Dermalogica daily Microfoliant.
A couple cute other things:
1. Hot pink heart shaped nail filer.
2. A code to download a free track for Green River Ordinance. I’ve never heard of them before.

I cannot wait to receive my Glam bag and compare it to this.

Happy weekend everyone!
ArKi

Lips is Details

So here is a detailed post about those lip colors from the previous post.

Those three colors are:

Divine Divine 330 by Cover Girl

Gumdrop 060 by Revlon Color burst Lip Butter

Unending Kiss 112 by L’Oreal Infallible

These products are amazing. First of all, my absolute favorite is Divine Divine. Beside the gorgeous purplish pink color, it has a great staying power. By great, I mean 24 hours, I wake up sometimes in the morning and I can still see it on lips even after washing it off! I’ve always had that dilemma of my lips eating the lipstick. I’ve always struggled trying to find a lip product that would stay on my lips for at least an hour. Everything melts off or gets absorbed within a few minutes of applying it. Well, not this one! This lip product is absolutely AhMazing!

I currently own 3 colors from that line of Cover Girl. This weekend I am planning on visiting a drug store and purchasing a few more colors. I am not sure if it is advertised as a long lasting lip product, but it sure does work 100 times better than any other product that claims it has a long lasting power.

Now, the Revlon lip butter. Those are amazing as well. They do not have the same staying power as the Cover Girl product, and even though they are lip butters, they still stay on for quite a while and definitely longer than other brands I’ve tried. Not to mention, the color is super cute. Its almost as if its an icy pink color; however, it doesn’t wash you out. I have an olive skin tone and it looks gorgeous on!

Last but not least, the L’Oreal Unending Kiss. This is such a gorgeous nude color. It is definitely warm nude that doesn’t wash you out. Its staying power is not bad, however, it is a bit drying on my lips. Nonetheless, I love the color!

I hope you enjoyed my little review. I highly suggest checking out the Cover Girl line. It is fabulous!

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ArKi