Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tribal and Neon

These pants aren't the sort of thing that are to everyone's tastes, but that's what makes fashion so fun, right? I snagged these from a thrift store for $2.99 (actually, less than that because they were 25% off!) and they were so unique and interesting that for so cheap, I couldn't pass them up. 

They fit sort of like harem pants in that they taper at the bottom, but I think they might be looser still than the average harem pants. I'm not sure, since I've never owned any though. Have you? And with such a crazy bold print, I stuck to a black turtleneck tank top (which are strange if you think about it. Keep your neck warm but not your arms? Anyway...) and these black suede flatform/wedge love child shoes. They're by Michael Kors and I scored these in the same trip as these pants!

Also, I'd like to apologize for how orange I look in these photos. I had to take them inside because we got new neighbors and they've been working non-stop on their yard all day and I didn't want to freak them out by being the weird girl taking photos of herself!

(Woah, my bun went all crazy on me there!)

After I put all these items together, I realized they were all thrifted! Sorry, guys!

Also, I finally got my Blog Sale page up and running! If you click the "Shop My Closet" link at the top of the page, it will take you to all the items from my closet that I just don't wear anymore or that are just taking up space! I have only about half of it all up right now, so be sure to check back tomorrow because I'll be updating again then!

Dont' forget to find me everywhere else!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Review: Victoria's Secret Shiny Kiss Lipgloss

I'm not 100% sure how these came into my possession. I came home from my boyfriend's to find them laying on the table, and my mom asking me "hey, you want these?". I know she didn't go out and buy them (she's always too afraid of buying the wrong thing), so my guess is that someone gave them to her? Oh well, either way, it's fun (and free!) for me to review!

(Ignore the weird little face hairs. I just put on foundation so they were all sticking up. I don't have a beard, I swear)

The first color, "Taffy Go Lucky", is a vibrant Barbie jelly pink with teeny gold glitters. In this picture you can really see them on my lips, but in a normal mirror they were almost invisible. I think this color would look really nice over a similarly colored lipstick. The opacity is probably a 3/10. If you lay it on thick you might get a more solid color, but it's still a gloss and very sheer.

The second color, "Strawberry Fizz", made me nervous when I first saw it. It's so glittery and metallic looking that I couldn't get passed that it looked like something a middle school girl discovering makeup would pick out. Still, I forged ahead to be happily surprised. It's definitely glittery, but not at all frosty or metallic, and it gives an almost invisible peachy glow to the lips. Very subtle, but still pretty. The opacity is a 1/10. Pretty much completely sheer with only the TINIEST color pay off.

The formula lives up to it's name of being extra shiny, and it wasn't quite as sticky as I remember Victoria's Secret lipgloss being. I haven't had any since early high school, so I'm sure they've changed the formula since then. The smell was QUITE enticing, and the packaging says "flavored gloss" but it wasn't very tasteful. It was more scented than anything.

Overall, I wouldn't go out and buy these, but it has reopened my mind to the world of VS Lipgloss, so perhaps I might wander in and give their less glittery glosses a shot.

Dont' forget to find me everywhere else!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Butterfly Clips

I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the things we rocked "back in the day". This is going to be a new Thursday weekly post where I get nostalgic about the stuff I wore as a kid (and in some cases regret wearing at all). Week 1? Butterfly clips!

Had I had a guinea pig, I would have done this.

If you were a girl in the 90s/early 2000s, you already know all about these. Amanda Bynes wore them on her show "The Amanda Show", the Olsen twins wore them in their movies, and they were dirt cheap at Wal-Mart. Being colorful and easy to use catapulted these strange little clips to a near cult status with little girls. 

I remember have an entire drawer just filled with every variety of these: solid, transparent, glitter, metallic, pastel, neon, and every category came in every color of the rainbow plus some. They never did really work well for me, though, because my hair is so thick and my curls didn't like to fit in the little tiny teeth of the clips (maybe this is where my battle with my hair began). 

I think the worst thing about these little menaces was just how SHARP they were! Drop one of these babies on the floor and forget to pick it up and you're looking at a screaming third grader in the middle of the night. I guess that's one way to keep them from getting into the cookies in the middle of the night...

Do you remember wearing these? Do you remember any celebrities rocking them as well?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Great Legging Debate

Regardless of where you stand on the issue, you know exactly what I'm talking about: the constant debate about whether or not leggings are pants or not. They're a staple for just about every high school and college girl who can't force herself to fight with jeans in the morning, but also doesn't want to look like a slob wearing sweatpants. Having said that, there are so many chic options that it's almost just as much effort to come up with an outfit with leggings

Still in that same demographic are the girls who kick and scream and proclaim to the world that leggings are indeed NOT pants and should only be worn with dresses, tunics, and the like. It's safe to say this isn't a topic the people of the fashion world (and even those outside it!) seem to be indifferent on. 

Through careful research via the Internet and polling (mostly of my fellow female college friends), I've come up with arguments for both sides, and then also guidelines that spring from these arguments.

For Leggings As Pants
The first major argument from many a fashionista is that there are so many types of leggings that it's almost a crime to rule them out. Matte, metallic, liquid, shiny, leather, cotton, the list goes on! If you're constricted to jeans and pants, the options are significantly reduced and all sorts of possibilities are eliminated. 

Secondly, it's unfair to say that all leggings are thin and unsupportive and leave your backside looking like jello in pantyhose. There are more than a few pairs of quality leggings that provide enough support to be pulled off as pants, and when we get into jeggings its just a whole different world. With belt loops, pockets, and even zippers, it's hard to rule them out as pants. Unfortunately, I've witnessed more than a few thin pairs that barely qualified as tights, let alone a pair of pants. Proceed with caution when it comes to jeggings.

The last argument, and the most obvious to me, is that sometimes it's really hard to force yourself into anything more than a stretchy cotton-y pair of good leggings. 8 am tests, late nights studying for exams, and just general chilling about the house all seem like viable reasons to wear a pair of leggings with a big t-shirt and leather jacket to me. Even a sweatshirt and leggings is just sometimes all you can muster if it's the day after a long fight with the boyfriend that lasted until 3 am.

Against Leggings As Pants
The biggest argument is that there will always be those girls who abuse leggings as pants. There are a couple of ways to do this, both pretty bad.
The first is wearing leggings when it's not the best option. It's just a fact that people have different body types, and specifically there are those of us who have wider backsides than others. Naturally, this stretches the fabric more. This problem can easily be remedied by a thick pair of leggings, but there's always that girl who is completely clueless (or doesn't care) that everything is on display walking down the hallway. In addition, leggings that are less supportive or thinner can accentate, or at least do nothing to hide. cellulite and other lumps and bumps. While we can't all have the legs of a Victoria's Secret model (and that's ok!), it's just not a good idea to advertise it.

Second, a lot of girls see leggings as a copout. They can easily be abused and worn regularly and become equated to yoga pants or sweatpants. This isn't always the case, but it's a common opinion in the fashion world that yoga pants and sweatpants are reserved for days at home or emergency sick days. Some people also group leggings into this category, and if you've spent any time on a college campus it's easy to see why. It's hard to go a day without seeing at least a dozen girls wearing leggings, a hoodie, and Uggs. Like double bacon cheeseburgers, this is of course fine in moderation and as an indulgence, but when it becomes a uniform, that's when you're going to get a heart attack (ok, well you get what I'm trying to say).

At the end of all of this, it really appears to me that there isn't a right answer, and the rules are so blurred by other items: where to jeggings fall? What about skinny pants? Do yoga pants/running pants qualify as leggings or are they their own category? It's a tricky subject. However there are just some general rules that should be followed, and sticking to these guidelines will hopefully build you a solid argument against anyone bemoaning you for your wardrobe choices.

1. Make sure that your leggings are thick enough that your...*ahem* lady bits, won't be on display for anyone walking behind or in front of you. In addition, thick leggings are generally more supportive and help shape your backside and thighs better than the thinner variety. American Apparel makes all kinds of leggings that all seem to check out as safe. Though your wallet might cringe at the price tag now, I've had the same pair of Winter Leggings for almost two years and they're still going strong.

2. While it's still up for debate whether or not your behind needs to be covered, it's never ok to show off a potential camel toe. Make sure that your tops are long enough to cover that area (and maybe a little longer in case of wind gusts or requests for high-fives).

3. White/nude leggings are never ok. If I need to explain why then we have more work to be done than can be covered in a single blog post.

4. Know your body type. I'm not trying to alienate anyone, but if you know you're not comfortable with your shape or you wouldn't wear skinny jeans or other tight items, it might a good idea to keep the tops at a mid-thigh length so everything is covered. You don't want to look like anyone who could end up on "People of Wal-Mart" *shudder*

5. The safest outfits seem to be things like long button-ups or sweaters with riding boots or some chic ankle boots. While I'm personally not a fan of heels and leggings, I've seen it pulled off so don't be afraid to wear some cute summery wedges. *Disclaimer* Make sure to keep a friend close by. You don't want to end up looking like a cheap hooker.

6. Never, ever, EVER let your panty lines show. Ever.

So what do you think? Are you for or against wearing leggings as pants? Do you have any other guidelines for wearing leggings as pants?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Boyfriend Jeans and Crop Top

While I may not be able to take pictures, I do have a separate camera that I use for filming, which means I can still take OOTD videos!


Sunday, April 7, 2013

A Week In the Life

My new rook piercing! - I was having a good curl day ^_^ - preview from the Easter post!

Shameless selfie - delicious Starbucks and my new sunglasses - spoiled myself with a laptop sleeve ;)

TBT post from senior prom - first time trying the Green Tea Frapaccino- Tyler asking me to his prom <3

Tyler and me on our anniversary - my sister at the Melting Pot for her 16th birthday! - Shy Girl by MAC (and my latest obsession)

Sorry for being MIA! My camera died in the middle of taking pictures on Easter, and after I came home to try and find the charger I realized that I had no clue where it was! Consequently, I haven't been able to use my camera since then. Hopefully I'll find it soon!

In the mean time, here are a few snippets from my Instagram. I am always looking for ways to see more of my favorite internet people's lives, so if you feel so inclined as to follow me, please do! My username is @katiegassmann (the same as my twitter)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Newest Videos

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that I have a few new videos up on my Youtube channel because I know not everyone checks there regularly. I'm also putting up two new ones in the next couple days so I might post them here, but if I don't, my link is in the right hand side bar. Happy watching :)