What I Wore: Purple Lace

I want a proper domain for my blog (so that instead of .blogspot.com, it’s just .com) but some dude (or dudette) owns the name and isn’t listing it for sale even though no one is using the name! So that means I might have to change my blog name…sob. Just a heads up for y’all!

I bought this dress and shirt in J.Crew Factory a few weeks because it was on sale. No, I did not need it…at all. But the price was too good to pass up! You understand me, right?? I think I may be crossing the border of possible shopaholic to OMG SHIRA YOU’RE A LEGIT SHOPAHOLIC…. so I’m really going to try and limit purchases for the next…well, as long as I could. Ha ha. I’ll let you know how it goes:)

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Photos by Chani Shmookler Deutsch
Silk Shirt: J.Crew Factory (similar here and here), Dress: J.Crew Factory (gorgeous lace dresses herehereherehere, here and here), NecklaceJeweliq, Shoes: Michael Kors, DSW (similar here and here)

The Half Tuck In Blues and Greens

I’m on the fence about this outfit. In my head, it seemed really cute but actually seeing these photos and I’m not liking it as much as I thought it would. The bold colorblocking with the printed skirt might be a bit much for my comfort zone. What do you think?

Also, who noticed that I progressed to a half tuck? 🙂 I’m working my way slowly toward tucking shirts in all the way. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll tuck a shirt in completely!

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Photos by Chani Shmookler-Deutsch

Shirt:Ann Taylor on sale. SkirtAnn Taylor Shoes: Last Call Neiman Marcus, similar here (for good price!) Bracelets: J.Crew and Stella & Dot through Cathy (she’s so sweet!), Rings: J.Crew, similar Kate Spade here, Bag: Borrowed (you can find vintage station bags on Ebay and Etsy)

The Art Of The Tuck… Wearing Coral and Florals

I’ve never felt comfortable tucking in my shirts. It started in high school with my hideously unflattering pleated uniform with school rules requiring that the shirt must be tucked in at all times. Let’s just say that it wasn’t my best look (ha). I still feel extremely self conscious tucking in my shirts and if shirts don’t come in petite, they fall at my knees (well almost). I was considering getting the shirt tailored and cut when I decided to tie it at the waist instead. It instantly made me look more put together and neater. So this is as close to tucked in as I get! How do you all wear your shirts? 

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Photos by Chani Shmookler-Deutch (how amazing is she??)
ShirtGap SkirtBlank NYC ShoesJ.Crew Factory Bracelets: J.Crew, Stella&Dot, and JeweliqBow Ring: J.Crew, similar here and here Watch: Michael Kors, very similar here Bag: borrowed, similar here
Special thanks to Kelly Stahley who helped me resize my photos (she also designed my blog)!

Best of Beauty

Here are some of my favorite skincare and beauty products. I explain why below. 🙂
1. Urban Decay Half Baked Eyeshadow  is my favorite every day eye shadow; richly pigmented and love how it looks with blue eyes.
2. Mary Kay Acne Treatment Gel is the best benzyl peroxide product-at least for me. I gave up on benzyl peroxides because although they are so helpful for break outs, they’ve always completely dried up my skin and made it red and blotchy. For some reason, this is the only benzyl peroxide product that works without irritating and drying my skin. Thanks to Batsheva, Mary Kay beauty consultant, I discovered this product! You can buy products from Mary Kay through her here
3.Benefit Hoola Bronzer….finally a natural and beautiful bronzer without the fake looking shimmer and sparkles! It’s surprisingly hard to find a good bronzer without shimmer; when you want to look naturally tan, sparkles don’t usually get you there. 😉 I like Bobbi Brown bronzer (you can find it here) too but they don’t have the perfect shade for my skin tone.
 4.Mary Kay Nourishine Lip Gloss in Rock’n’Red is my alltime favorite lip gloss, also a recent discovery. The rock’n’red is the perfect red and it stays on longer than other lip glosses!
 5.Paula’s Choice Anti Aging Clear Skin Hydrator is perfect if you have combination (or oily) skin and want a light moisturizer without worrying it’ll cause break outs. It’s so lighweight and filled with fabulous ingredients.
6.Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush has a great, silky texture and comes in a lot of pretty shades. Again, I like this because I prefer not to have shimmer in my blush; I have Nars Orgasm if I’m in a sparkly mood.
7.Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Makeup is my favorite foundation besides Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation. I love it for every day use and only use the Make Up For Ever for the days I feel I have more to cover up.
 8.Neutrogena One Step Gentle Cleanser is the perfect, gentle cleanser for every day use. Don’t believe in false claims that expensive cleansers can impart antioxidants or clear your skin from acne. The amount of time it’s on your skin before you wash it off is not enough for the ingredients to penetrate. 

Outfit of the Day: Neon and Florals

I love wearing clothes that make me smile. This comfy neon top and the floral flats are definitely on the list! I don’t care that it’s still cold in New York; I am so done with cold weather and moving onto Spring regardless of if the weather here agrees with me or not. 🙂
Check out how my favorite bloggers wear neon here!

Photos by Chani Shmookler Deutch
Top: Forever 21 (here and similar here)
Skirt: Hard Tail (you can find it here)
Shoes: Madewell (similar here and love these)
Bag: Anthropologie (last year, loving this one and this one)
Earrings: Alexis Bittar from The Yellow Door 
(you can also find them here)
Necklace: Kate Spade (here)
Bracelets: Aldo (really similar here)
Rings: Banana Republic and J.Crew (similar here )

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