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Fashion Inspiration: Dior’s Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet Fragrance

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Miss Dior blooming bouquet fragrance ad
Photo Courtesy of Dior

Blooming Bouquet – a  lovely pink eau de toilette in a sweet bow-accented bottle – is Dior’s newest Miss Dior fragrance. Designed to be light, sparkling, and a little flirtatious, it’s a floral scent featuring notes of Italian mandarin essence, pink peony, and white musk. Its effortless elegance gives it a very Parisian feel, so it’s the perfect scent if you adore chic French style.

To see what I mean, check out Dior’s Blooming Bouquet commercial featuring Natalie Portman:

This floral scent, its bottle, and Dior’s ad campaigns instantly inspired me to put together two outfits that would pair perfectly with Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet:

Outfit #1

Miss dior graphic tee scalloped shorts
Product Info: Shirt, Shorts, Bag, Sandals, Bangles | Hair Photo: ELLE

This casual yet glam daytime ensemble is perfect for a bit of weekend shopping or sightseeing. I love this outfit’s color combo of pink, gold, white, and black, which I think has a very elegant, feminine, and French feel. Start by pairing a cute white graphic tee with black scalloped shorts, then slip on some gold gladiator sandals. Accessorize with decorative gold bangles and a pink crossbody bag. Style your hair in a simple but romantic side braid for the finishing touch.

Outfit #2

Miss dior rose print dress
Product Info: Dress, Heels, Necklace, Clutch, Rings | Hair Photo: ELLE

This is a more formal look that would work perfectly for a wedding, garden party, fancy brunch, or romantic date. The rose print dress hints at Miss Dior’s floral scent, and pairs perfectly with chic, feminine pink wedge heels. A jeweled statement necklace and gold rings add some glamour, and a twisted, slightly-messy updo gives it that undone-yet-polished Parisian look. Be sure to grab a simple white clutch for your essentials as you head out the door.

Thoughts?

Have you tried Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet? Which look is your favorite? What do you think of the ad campaign? Let us know in the comments!

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Celebrity Street Style of the Week: Ashley Greene, Keke Palmer, & Jessica Alba

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Celebrity Street Style of the Week: Ashley Greene, Keke Palmer, and Jessica Alba

Every week, I scour the web to find inspiring outfits on your favorite celebs and help you recreate their looks! This week, I was inspired by Ashley Greene, Keke Palmer, and Jessica Alba’s street style. Read on to see how you can get their looks for yourself.

Look 1: Ashley Greene’s Printed Palazzo Pants

Ashley Greene wearing printed palazzo pants and an aqua blue top
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Actress Ashley Greene embraced summer’s trend of printed (and colorful) wide-leg pants by pairing hers with a bright sleeveless top, chunky heels, and a cool handbag. Palazzo pants are a total throwback trend that bring back ’60s and ’70s style in a fun way.

As Ashley proves here, bold printed palazzo pants look fab when paired with a tank or crop top; we think they also make for a good beach or pool cover-up!

Outfit Inspired by Ashley

Ashley Greene Outfit
Pants, Top, Shoes, Bag

Ashley’s look is stylish and eye-catching – perfect for those who aren’t afraid to step outside the box and go bold! However, in this recreation, I toned down the outfit’s color scheme a bit to make it more wearable. These printed palazzo pants have a more neutral color scheme, while the square-shaped crop top brings out the burgundy hue in the pants.

Because this outfit has a retro vibe, play it up with a fringed bag and wooden platform wedges. This outfit is especially chic for a night out, but is also fun option for a vacation or beach-y locale.

Look 2: Keke Palmer’s Black & White Ensemble

Keke Palmer wearing a black and white striped dress and Converse
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Keke Palmer was all smiles in this black-and-white combo: a striped mini dress and Converse sneakers, along with a black crossbody bag. Keke’s look is cute and on-trend with a put-together yet comfy vibe.

A printed dress is a summer must-have, and Keke’s dress can be dressed up or down, which makes it a versatile pick that’s perfect for a hot day.

Outfit Inspired by Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer Outfit
Dress, Sneakers, Bag, Sunglasses

A black-and-white color scheme is a classic that will always be in style, and a striped mini dress is cute option for summer. A dress like this can be worn for day or night, but here we paired it with comfy Converse for a cool and casual daytime look.

Accessorize this easy-to-put-together ensemble with a black handbag – the gold studs on this one add a chic touch – and dark sunglasses in a unique shape.

Look 3: Jessica Alba’s Funky Yet Chic Look

Jessica Alba wearing jeans, a white blazer, printed blouse, and red shoes
Photo: Pacific Coast News

We can always count on Jessica Alba to be wear something totally fashion-forward and trendy, and she didn’t disappoint this week. She dressed up her ankle-length jeans with bold red flats, a funky blouse, a white blazer, and a color-blocked handbag.

Jessica’s look has a lot of colors going on, but they all come together to create a polished yet funky look that is a fun take on casual chic.

Outfit Inspired by Jessica

Jessica Alba Outfit
Blazer, Top, Jeans, Flats, Bag

Jessica’s outfit can be worn for a bunch of different scenarios, and, like Keke’s dress, it can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Start with summery ankle-length skinny jeans and a colorful printed blouse. A blazer pulls any outfit together, and the white color of Jessica’s adds another summer-appropriate touch.

For a more casual getup, go for some bright red flats, like Jessica; for a dressier ensemble, switch them out for heels. Play off the colors found throughout the look with a neutral-toned color-blocked handbag.

What do you think?

Which celebrity’s street style look is your favorite? Which outfit would you be most likely to wear? Leave a comment and let us know!

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3 High-End Makeup Products That Aren’t Worth the Splurge

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3 High-End Makeup Products That Aren't Worth It

Every time I go into Sephora, I kind of want everything. It’s all so beautiful and looks fantastic, which makes it super-easy to go over budget splurging on makeup!

As we’ve mentioned before, some high-end makeup products are worth the splurge, but unfortunately not all of those high-end products are worth the extra cash. For today’s post, I wanted to talk about several expensive beauty products that simply didn’t work for me.

Read on to learn about three high-end makeup products that went straight back to the store:

(Quick disclaimer: just because I’m telling you to avoid a product that you might already love doesn’t mean to stop purchasing it. It just didn’t work for me! Makeup is so subjective. As always, try something out! Who knows, it might work for you.)

Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner

Benefit They're Real push up liner
$24 at Sephora

This new, innovative “gel” eyeliner was extremely hyped-up at the beginning of the year. I, like everyone else, was excited to try it!

However, after I purchased this product, I was a little confused about how to use it. So, I went online to Sephora’s website to look at the reviews, which normally help me figure out how to use products, and they were no help. For me, the product looked “chunky” on my eyelid, and at times, actually fell off. It only applied smoothly if I applied a little heat to the product with my hairdryer.

The other thing I found strange: on their website, Benefit claims that “81% said it was waterproof.” Isn’t a product supposed to be either waterproof or not? It’s not supposed to be waterproof for some people and not waterproof for others. That struck me as weird, and definitely contributed to me returning this product.

Because of all the hype surrounding this product, I do feel like I’m missing something. Let me know if I’m not alone with this one. Also, if you have any awesome tips for applying this product, share them with me!

NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss

Nars larger than life lipgloss
$26 at Sephora

Let me start this one off by saying I hate sticky lip gloss! If I close my lips and can feel them sticking together, then I am grossed out and want that gloss off my lips immediately. This lip gloss by NARS is like that, so I was super disappointed! The colors are beautiful, and NARS normally doesn’t disappoint, but this product just didn’t do it for me.

I also didn’t care for the brush on this lipgloss. It’s tiny. It looks like NARS accidentally used a child-size brush, and it doesn’t make the application smooth. It takes a while to apply this gloss correctly. Regardless of the pretty color range, I can’t justify the $26 price tag. I’d much rather buy several lower-priced lip glosses that I love!

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System

Two faced better than false lashes lash extension system
$35 at Ulta

I received this product as a gift, so I definitely felt like I needed to give it a full go before deciding I didn’t like it. Too Faced makes amazing mascaras, so I thought that this one sounded perfect… at first. I love the look of false lashes, but there’s no way I’m putting those things on every day.

This mascara takes multiple steps to apply. First, you apply the mascara in the big gold tube, then you brush the nylon fibers in the white bottle over the mascara. After that, you apply another coat of the mascara in the gold tube over the nylon fibers, and then let it dry.

I don’t think this ever dried completely. It looks okay at best, and if you spend a ton of time on application, it can look better. However, it always looks clumpy, and it made my top and bottom lashes stick together. This mascara also flakes off, and takes FOREVER to remove… even with my Holy Grail Lancôme eye makeup remover. It’s just extremely sticky, and not comfortable to use, which made this mascara a miss for me.

What do you think?

What are some disappointing high-end makeup products you’ve tried? Have you tried any of these products? Would you like to see more posts like this? Remember to tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment!

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Fabulous Find of the Week: Forever 21 Polka Dot Shorts

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Polka dots are one of my favorite prints; there’s something just so fun and cheerful about them! So for this week’s Fabulous Find, I wanted to feature a pair of dotted shorts, and show you how to wear them for summer. These Forever 21 red polka dot shorts ring in at less than $11, which makes them super cute and super affordable.

Want to see what this Fab Find looks like? Scroll down to see the shorts, as well as three cute ways to style them this season:

The Shorts:

Forever 21 polka dot woven shorts
Polka Dot Woven Shorts in “Red/Cream” — $10.80 at Forever 21

Outfit Inspiration

If you like these cheap and chic shorts, then you’re going to love the outfits we put together for inspiration. Read on to find out three stylish ways to wear this week’s Fabulous Find:

Outfit #1: Retro Cool

Red polka dot shorts, chambray top, oxfords
Product Info: Shorts- Forever 21, Top- H&M, Sunglasses- ASOS, Shoes- Nordstrom, Earrings- Amazon

I’ve been obsessing over Taylor Swift’s street style lately, and this outfit was inspired in part by her chic, retro-inspired fashion sense. Start by pairing the shorts with a sleeveless chambray blouse for a breezy summertime ensemble. Perforated white oxfords are a quirky yet comfy touch, while cat-eye shades have a vintage look. For the finishing touch, accessorize with adorable gold arrow earrings.

Outfit #2: Edged Up Night Out

Red polka dot shorts, ruffle top, cut out pumps, moto jacket
Product Info: Shorts- Forever 21, Top- H&M, Jacket- ASOS, Lipgloss- NYX, Shoes- Nasty Gal, Rings- Nasty Gal

Rock these shorts on a night out on the town by wearing them with a chic tiered top. Toughen things up by throwing on a cropped moto jacket and cut-out pointy-toe pumps. Continue the edgy vibe with these silver rings, and apply a deep red matte lipgloss to complete the look.

Outfit #3: Trendy Meets Timeless

Red polka dot shorts, silk tee, mustard yellow sandals
Product Info: Shorts- Forever 21, Top- Uniqlo, Necklace- JewelIQ, Nail Polish- Essie, Shoes- Need Supply Co.

For this casual look, tuck a silk off-white tee into the shorts. These sandals are a comfy choice for summer, plus the mustard yellow hue adds a contrasting pop of color. Continue the stylish yet classic vibe with a tortoise shell statement necklace and a few coast of a dusty pink nail polish.

Your thoughts?

What do you think of this week’s Fabulous Find? Would you buy these Forever 21 shorts? Which look is your favorite? How would you wear polka dot shorts? Remember to leave a comment below and tell us what you think!

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