Friday, May 24, 2013

Fairytale Friday: The Little Mermaid

Sorry for the late post, guys, but hey, at least it's on the correct day, right? This week's post intimidated me quite a bit. I babysit for a girl who thinks that Ariel walks on water (haha, see what I did there?) and  for some reason it was already difficult to put things together this week. Please be sure to let me know what you thought!
The two photos I worked from for inspiration.

Top- Victoria's Secret PINK | Shorts- Patagonia | Bralette- Victoria's Secret PINK | Backpack- Missguided | Necklace- Forzieri | Bracelet - | Shoes- L'autre chose

I absolutely loved the little fork bracelet. How perfect is it, right?!

This was definitely the hardest of all the princess looks I've done so far. I'm not sure why, but Ariel's human self just completely stumped me. Hopefully I'm not too far off...

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Instagram Life #3

OOTD - My 'every day' makeup - My first Razzleberry Peace Tea!
Rompers are the best - #mylife - OOTD featuring my DIY American Flag shorts
I was going to die - The Beauty Crush in TIME (and subscribing to my Youtube!) - the prettiest cat we found a home for
My makeup from prom - cuddling - my new favorite necklace in two OOTDS!

I feel like a default to these posts every time life gets busy and hectic and I'm not sure what else to post, but there is always positive feedback, so I'm just going to keep doing it! Life has just been BOOM-BOOM-BOOM one thing right after the next lately, and it's not slowing down. Weddings, work, vacation, it's all just piling up! I'm sure you all can relate. Hopefully I'll have some time to breathe in the next couple days, and there will be a proper post soon. Ta-ta for now!

(I really need a different ending. I don't want to sound like Tigger)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Fairytale Friday: Cinderella

(So sorry everyone! This was scheduled to post on Friday morning since I went out of town, but for some reason it didn't. I should look into the meantime, enjoy this belated post.)

For this weeks Fairytale Friday post, I've made two looks specifically based off of Cinderella's two looks in her movie: her working outfit (below) and her princess ball gown. I'm so happy that clear shoes have really started to make an appearance this season because it fits PERFECTLY with Cinderella's gown inspiration! 


Shirt- JCrew | Shorts- MatchesFashion | Shoes- Kate Spade | Earrings- Marc Jacobs | Lipstick- YSL "Rouge Pur Couture" 

Somehow Cinderella got real preppy real fast, haha. It just sort of flowed and I didn't bother fighting it. Plus, I'm not sure if it's the summer vibes or if I've been watching too much sarahbelle93x on Youtube, but I've been lusting after some crazy preppy items lately (ie JCrew). This is also the most designer heavy look I've EVER put together. So please don't come at me with your torches and pitchforks for creating a thousand dollar outfit.

I added a hint of sparkle on the collar of the shirt and in the jewelry as a preview of what was to come...

It's just...beautiful. That's all I really have to say. I love it so much. The pattern on the dress is reminiscent of the sparkles and glitter and magic of her transformation and then the jewels just add to the absolute glamour. I just wish I owned all of this so I could wear it every day.

Ok maybe not since that would be weird. But you get my drift.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Lust List #4

Mint Bralette- Victoria's Secret
Nude Blazer- Romwe
Blush maxi dress- MissSelfridge
Black maxi dress- River Island
Watch- Michael Kors
Bow flip flops- Ted Baker
Pleated shorts- Oasis
White/black skinnies- TopShop
Benefit's "Watts Up" highlighter
Jelly sandals- JuJu's

I know that I would normally commentate on the item's I've chosen for this edition of the "Lust List", but I just don't seem to have the spirit in me. My current job is sucking the life out of me day by day, and I didn't get the new job I had interviewed for. I also had to give up this little cat who has wandered on to our back porch, and while I know I couldn't have taken care of her for much longer (she was very pregnant), it's still sad to see an animal go. I really only made this post in an effort to cheer myself up by looking at pretty things. What's on your summer wish list?

Friday, May 10, 2013

Fairytale Friday: Snow White

One of my friends is in DisneyWorld right now and I could not be more jealous. I went last summer for the first time and it only solidified my desire to be a Disney princess even further. Since I'm stuck in the Midwest for now, however, I thought I might spread a little Disney magic on Fridays from now on by creating outfits that resemble the different princesses! Since she is the very first, it seemed only appropriate to start with the classic Snow White.

Shirt- Modcloth | Cardigan- Madewell | Bracelet- Farfetch | Shorts- River Island | Boots- Newlook | Necklace- Kate Spade | Earrings- Forzieri | Bag- Nica

Top- Stella McCartney | Skirt- River Island | Shoes- Moschino | Clutch- Acne Studio | Sunglasses- Acne Studio | Bracelet- Stella & Dot

I had WAY too much fun with this to just stop at one. They both have different vibes to them, as well, so it's not like I wasted my time ;) So let me know, which is your favorite? Who should I use for inspiration next week!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Goo Hoarding and Mini Reviews

I had no idea when I started this that it would end up like this. I didn't mean for it to happen, I promise. It just sort of...did. It's no one's fault, I just couldn't resist. It was too tempting and made me so happy...

That's right. I'm talking about lipstick.

Over the last few months, I have become quite the "goo hoarder" (a la Jenna Marbles). If a new line of lip colors comes out, I have to try them. If new colors for certain lines come out, I have to try them. It's like an addiction, and my sweet sweet love affair with lip products has lead me to acquire these beauts recently.

From left to right: Maybelline Vivid lipstick "Vibrant Mandarin", Elizabeth Arden "Neoclassical Coral", Wet n Wild "Just Peachy", Wet n Wild "Think Pink", and L'oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain "Rose On and On"

Vibrant Mandarin - Neoclassical Coral - Just Peachy - Rose On and On - Think Pink

I am absolutely a die-hard fan of the Vivid lipsticks. They have amazing color pay off, they last forever, and they're non-drying! The Elizabeth Arden lipstick I bought brand new from a resale store for 75 cents...what! Yeah, I know. The color is actually very similar to the Maybelline lipstick just slightly glossier and brighter.

The Wet n Wild matte formula lipsticks very pleasantly surprised me. Way back in the "dark times" before I discovered the wonders of makeup, I bought a Wet n Wild bright red lipstick for $1.99 just to wear red lipstick haha. It was a total failure. It wore off in about 10 minutes, got patchy, and the color just looked cheap. So I wasn't expecting much from these, but I'd heard a lot of good things about them recently and for $1.99, I thought I could give them a whirl and I'm glad I did! They lasted a fairly decent time and were not horribly drying for a matte formula.

I have to say that out of this bunch, my favorite has to be Rose On and On. Not necessarily for the color (although it IS a very pretty pink), but for the formula and the applicator. The color gets a bit more raspberry on the lips, but MY GOODNESS, it applies like a dream. Almost like putting water on your lips. It's that smooth. It soaks into your lips to create a stain effect while still retaining a slight sheen, and  the applicator is so soft and silky that I just wanted to keep applying it. All I can say is that you'll probably be seeing a collection of these in a post sometime in the near future...


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Monday, May 6, 2013

100 Subscriber Giveaway!

THE GIVEAWAY IS HERE! As a huge thank you to everyone subscribed to this blog, I'm hosting a giveaway! I announced this on my twitter and Facebook yesterday and asked for suggestions on what you all would like. Sadly, no one responded so I just had to grasp of straws here. Hopefully I didn't do too badly!

There are three "categories", the first being Bath and Body Works travel size lotions! I thought my international girls would appreciate this (yes, the giveaway is international!). The scents are "Paris Amour", "Honey Sweetheart", and "Be Enchanted". These are all personal favorites of mine so I wanted to share the love!

The next category is beauty/makeup, and I wanted this to be summer/spring themed so I bought some Aveeno facial sublock for underneath your makeup this summer! There is also a "Peach Kiss" Maybelline Baby Lips and a L'oreal False Fiber lashes mascara in "black lacquer".

The last category is nail polish, and there are three Essie polishes! The first is a florescent orange called "Bazooka", a milky pink white called "A-Dora-Ball", and an Essie Lux-Effect glitter polish called "A Cut Above".

So now onto how you can win/rules!

To win, you must...
1. Be subscribed to this blog.
2. Comment below with what is your favorite item(s) listed above and what fun summer plans you have!

You can earn extra entries by...

Sunday, May 5, 2013

What's On My iPhone? Tag

I saw someone that I really enjoy write this post on her blog and I thought "hmm, it's been a while since I've made a post about myself/lifestyle". I'm not entirely sure what the "questions" for this tag are, because even after some Internet sleuthing I still couldn't get a definitive list. Everyone just seems to be listing their apps, wallpaper, favorite things, etc. Therefor, I'm going to try to create some actual questions to keep this more organized.

1. Q. What is your wallpaper? 
A. Normally it would be of my boyfriend, but I couldn't help myself when I found this babushka pug. And she's gardening! Perfect for spring!

2. Q. What apps do you have organized into groups on your first page?
A. Utilities: Clock, Calculator, Compass, Voice Control, Stocks, and that silly passbook thing
Social Media: Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter (Unfollow), Vine, and Youtube
Photography: Instagram, PicCollage, PicFX, Aviary, Meme Generator, and Whitagram

3. Q. What's in your bottom bar?
A. Phone, Mail, Safari, and Music

4. Q. What are your most used apps on your front page?
A. Definitely Messaging (duh), Photos, Twitter, Instagram, Google Maps, and Couple (a messaging/photo sharing/calendar type app for couples that is especially great for long distance couples like Tyler and I).

5. Q. What apps do you have grouped on your second page?
A. Never Used: Videos and Reminders
Games: Minesweeper, TapOut, Fruit Ninja, Game Center, Falldown, TextTwist, Family Feud & Friends, Techno Kitten, Words with Friends, What's the Word, Ruzzle, and The Heist
Music: Pandora, iHeartRadio,, and Spotify
Health: MyFitnessPal and Hydrate

6. Q. What are your most used apps on your second page?
Virtual Wallet (my bank's iPhone app), Pandora,, and a couple of the games, I suppose. I used to be addicted to Family Feud and Ruzzle but those have kind of fallen off my radar lately.

7. Q. Where can we find you?
A. All over the place! I'll leave screenshots of my most used social media apps with my information before so you can feel free to like, subscribe, follow, or whatever the appropriate noun would be for that site :)

Instagram: @katiegassmann
Twitter: @styleduckling

So thanks for reading this. I've been thinking about filming the "50 Random Things About Me" tag for Youtube since I haven't filmed ANY "get to know me" type of videos yet. Is that something anyone would be interested in? Let me know in the comment if you would be and also what your favorite apps are and how you organize them!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

I'm Jelly of Your Jellies!

This is sort of like the Throwback Thursday post that I missed on Thursday (oops!), but I can't get enough of the jelly shoes! These were really big in the 90s and I remember having a pair of jelly flip flops that you couldn't get me out of until I was about 8. Now they're back! These are sold by a UK company called JuJu and they're sold in all types of stores, mostly in the UK though so when I order them (when, not if!) they will be direct from the UK! The cheapest pair I found was on BANK Fashion for about $24 (16 pounds from the UK) and they're only charging 4.99 for international shipping! Steal! 

There are two heel heights for this style. The low heel (the ones I'm getting) are called the "Maxi" and the heeled pair is called the "Babe". I'm so beyond excited. I know some people will hate these since they're SO 90s, but what do you think? I can't wait to live in them this summer with some cute frilly socks!