Dressing On A Forever 21 Budget Without Looking 21

Welcome back to my new fashion series! Let me know below if you are enjoying this or what you would like to see added to it. 

This week I reused a lot of the same jewelry (something I often do). Due to lighting you can't see my mix of jewel tones in outfit three, but I did emerald, royal blue and gold jewelry. That was my favorite outfit!

Top: Lauren Conrad via Plato's Closet
Watch: Geneva via Kohl's
Jeans: Gap via Plato's Closet
Booties: Mootsie's Tootsies via Plato's Closet

Necklace: Target
Cardigan: Old Navy via Plato's Closet
Tank: Forever21
Pants: Worthington via JcPenney
Flats: Rocket Dog

Necklace: Target
Top: The Limited
Bracelet: Charlotte Russe
Pants: New York & Company
Pumps: Payless

Necklace: Forever 21
Shirt: American Eagle via Plato's Closet
Sweater: Gap via Plato's Closet
Watch: Geneva via Kohl's
Pants: New York & Company
Flats: Rocket Dog

Necklace: Forever 21
Button Down: New York & Company via eBay
Watch: Geneva via Kohl's
Skirt: Elevenless via eBay
Tights: Kohl's
Shoes: Wear Ever Bear Traps via Burlington Coat Factory

Scarf: Wal-Mart
Shirt: Target
Watch: Geneva via Kohl's
Pants: Gap via eBay
Pumps: Style & Co via Macy's


Guest Blogger: Annie of The Other Side of Gray

Today I have a fashion related guest post from Annie of The Other Side of Gray. I love reading her blog because her style is completely opposite of my own. I love how she mixes patterns (I'm too afraid to do that!) like she does in this guest post:

Blazer: J. Crew (here)
Shirt: Anthropologie Similar: here
Tee: Anthropologie Similar: here
Jeans: Gap Similar: here
Bag: Madewell Similar: here
Boots: Madewell Similar: here
Necklace: Baublebar (here)

Oh HEY everyone! I'm Annie and I blog over at The Other Side of Gray. I am SO excited to be guest posting for Arielle today. Doesn't she do the best product reviews and have such great hair and makeup tips? My blog is all about style...so I love reading hers to keep me from being clueless in those other areas :)

So I  thought I would share a little Spring inspired outfit with you guys today. Lately I've been wishing the warmer weather would hurry the heck up! I've already been eyeing those J.Crew and Madewell Spring 2013 collections (so dangerous) and drooling over the trends, patterns and colors. So when I find myself pining for sunny 60 degree weather and budding trees as opposed to snowy streets and freezing my butt off...I think the best thing to do is to throw on some fun colors and some floral print to get me through the dark, cold days. Because really, how can you not be happy wearing stripes, flowers and a blazer that looks orange but is supposed to be red?

Thanks for guest blogging, Annie! Be sure to stop by her blog and say hi!


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Review & Swatchfest: Lorac Pro Palette

Ok, so everyone and their mother have been talking about the Lorac Pro palette. I would go to Ulta, pick it up, walk around and put it back. This happened for months. Then, at the holidays I got a little extra cash that was given with the "you have to spend this on something you want, not bills." So, I finally picked it up. I now understand why everyone has been raving.

 The packaging is sleek and compact. It comes in a long, thin rectangle about the length of 1 1/2 iPhones. At $42, it seems like a splurge but there are 18 shades equaling about $2.33 a piece (a Lorac single retails for $19). The kit also comes with a mini of their primer, so it is a steal in the end.

What I absolutely adore about this palette is the fact that the top row are completely matte shades, while the bottom are shimmer. I'm also a huge fan of the color combination. For someone who has a lot of palettes, I feel this one actually had some colors I did not already own.

Each color is well pigmented, buttery and long lasting. My favorite shades are Champagne, Pewter and Garnet. They are to die for! The matte shades are also truly matte. Not one hint of glitter. Plus, that black is VERY black (you know sometimes black comes off grey, this one does not). What I'm not loving is the fallout. You must tap off the excess before applying to your eyes. Other than that, this palette is my new go to.

If you are new to high end brands or unsure where to begin, I would suggest the Lorac Pro Palette as your introduction. This is due to the quality, combination of matte and shimmer and the plethora of colors. 

You can see me using this palette in my Get Ready With Me video here (I used the colors Champagne, Pewter and Garnet).

You can find the Lorac Pro palette at Ulta or Sephora for $42.


Dressing on a Forever 21 Budget Without Looking 21

Welcome to a new series on Beauty by Arielle: Dressing on a Forever 21 budget without looking 21. In  this series, I will be showing what I wore on the weekends and to work. I rarely pay full price for items and 50-60% of pieces come from thrifting. I have struggled to build the I'm not a teenager but I'm not 50 wardrobe. Here is my best attempt at looking put together without bundles of cash.

Sorry for the poor lighting and coloring. It's the dead of winter in the midwest. I take photos before I leave for work at 6:45 AM. There's no sun yet! By the time I get home it's dark, too. 

Scarf: Wal-Mart
Sweater: Tommy Hilfiger via Plato's Closet
Watch: Geneva via Kohl's
Jeans: Old Navy
Boots: Fossil via Macy's

Necklace: Forever 21
Watch: Geneva via Kohl's
Sweater: Forever 21
Cami: New York & Company
Pants: GAP via Plato's Closet
Wedges: Mootsies Tootsies via Plato's Closet

Necklace: Forever 21
Watch: Geneva Kohl's
Button Down: Tommy Hilfiger via Plato's Closet
Sweater: Express via Plato's Closet
Pants: The Limited
Flats: Rocket Dog

Sweater: The Limited
Belt: Forever 21
Watch: Kohl's
Pants: New York & Company
Pumps: Rampage via eBay


Tutorial: Elegant Dotted Nail

I saw this gorgeous look on Pinterest and knew immediately I needed to recreate it. This design was inspired by, Pshiiit!

Watch my latest YouTube video to find out how to do this on your own nails!

Be sure to enjoy in HD! :)


Review & Swatchfest: Dior 5 Couleurs in Smoky Design

Dior 5 Couleurs in Smoky Design//$59//Sephora

I won this palette from Joanne of The Convenient Beauty's giveaway (see her guest post here). I have never had the pleasure of testing out a Dior product so I was excited to give this one whirl.

This is Dior's smoky palette. It includes a coal (top left), pearl grey (middle), silver (top right), white (bottom left) and a gel liner (bottom right):

While Dior is usually known for having great products, this palette was a dud for me. I love the top left (coal) and middle (pearl grey) color however, the white is translucent and the silver is straight glitter. I found the gel liner to be of poor quality. It was messy, streaky and creased within an hour. 

Even though there are two colors I enjoy, they are easily duped. The other three components are not useful. At $59 I expect much better quality.  

I read the reviews on Sephora and it sounds like some other reviewers had similar experiences. However, there was a lot of praise for the other color combination palettes. 

Having said that, I do appreciate the compact packaging of this palette. It makes for easy travel. The palette includes its own felt bag-a nice touch. Plus, there is a plastic insert to protect the gel liner from drying out.

Have you tried Dior products? What was your experience?