Monday, April 30, 2012

floral [trend]

Luciana Scarabello with her design at H&M
I'm not a huge fan of floral prints but I absolutely adore this dress designed by Luciana Scarabello. H&M purchased it from Luciana during episode 7 of Fashion Star. Apparently the rest of the country adored it too because it sold out the night of the show! It's been about a week since the show and H&M hasn't restocked but I'm hoping they do so soon! Until then, here are a few floral prints that I've been eyeing..

ASOS Pencil Dress
Banana Republic Linda Floral Dress
Forever 21 Floral Dress
ASOS Pencil Skirt
Have you made a Fashion Star purchase? If so, I want to hear all about it!

march 2012 birchbox [review]

Sorry this is a little late! As you know, I'm the opposite of a beauty expert so it took me a while to try these things :)

This March I finally received my first Birchbox! I was pleasantly surprised. My only complaint is that I had to research how to use each product. For people like me, who know zero about beauty products, a description of "this oil smells really good" is not going to do it. What do I use it for? When do I use it? How often do I use it? Fortunately, the product descriptions on the Birchbox website are much more descriptive and helpful but don't count on any help from the box itself.

And now for the goodies! Drum roll please...

Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint: $38
Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint
How it works according to Birchbox: The formula has light-diffusing minerals, which give skin a soft glow and also smooth over any fine lines. Antioxidants like ginseng and gingko biloba leaf extract help improve skin, and SPF 20 wards off UVA and UVB rays.
How it works according to me: I am not used to wearing much makeup on my skin. I also live in a very humid environment (Hawaii). That being said, my face felt sticky and dirty (for lack of a better word) while wearing this. However, it did get the job done. My skin looked smooth and it evened up my skin tone. 
Buy the Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint here.

Orifluido Elixir: $29.99
Orofluido Elixir
How it works according to BirchboxThis serum relies on a triple-treat of standout oils: argan oil strengthens strands; linseed oil smoothes cuticles to leave hair shiny; and Cyperus oil fortifies and boosts manageability.
How it works according to me: I love this stuff! I've used argan oil before and I'd say they've all worked about the same for me. It helps with fly-aways and frizziness and smells delightful. I'll definitely be using more of this.
Buy the Orofluido Elixir here.

One Love Organics Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm: $68
One Love Organics Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm
How it works according to BirchboxSimplify your beauty routine with this all-natural balm. Pure virgin coconut and sweet soy oils remove dirt and makeup, while mango seed butter increases the formula’s hydrating powers. The thick, waterless formula simultaneously acts as a moisturizer for your face and body, delivering you from dryness anywhere it strikes.
How it works according to me: This is a pretty cool product. You can use it to moisturize and cleanse. It's not my favorite to use on my face because it does feel a bit oily, but I like it on dry spots on my body. It also seems like it will last a while so I think it's worth the price. I'll probably be able to use my sample jar for a good amount of time.
Buy the One Love Organics Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm here.

Tea Forte skin-smart Teas
Tea Forte skin-smart Teas
How it works according to Birchbox: Tea Forté’s® intelligent green tea blends boost the health of your skin by clearing toxins out of your system, which helps ward off the signs of aging. Lychee Coconut is a fruity white tea blend designed to help your body ward off harmful free radicals. Honey Yuzu is designed to help your skin renew itself and increase elastin levels with yuzu, a revered Asian citrus fruit known for its high concentration of vitamin C. Cucumber Mint is laced with the subtle sweetness of blueberries and encourages your skin to firm up by boosting collagen production. The nuttiest of the bunch, Cherry Marzipan features the toasted goodness of almonds, plus antioxidant-rich acerola cherries, to reverse the look of fine lines and wrinkles. What’s more, our favorite celebrity nutritionist Dr. Oz calls it “dessert in a mug.”
How it works according to me: I'm not a fan of tea but a friend of mine said these were yummy!
Shop for Tea Forte here.

Color Club Neon Polish: $8 each
Color Club Neon Polish
How it works according to BirchboxEach shade evokes a memorable element from the 1960s. Jackie Oh! is an intense bubblegum pink worthy of a leading lady. Lava Lamp is a fluorescent orange, and Peace Out Purple rocks our world with intense fuchsia undertones. Chelsea Girl is an electric blue Nico would have loved; Almost Famous is an attention-grabbing yellow; and Mrs. Robinson is a purplish magenta shade. The coolest of the bunch, Age of Aquarius is a greenish turquoise.
How it works according to me: I received the Age of Aquarius shade. The color is beautiful and the consistency is just right. My problem was that it chipped very easily. 

Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien
Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien
How it works according to BirchboxThe ideal warm weather scent, Eau d’Hadrien is a symphony of glistening, refreshing citrus notes orchestrated through the Sicilian lemon.
How it works according to me: The smell is a bit too citrus for my taste.
Buy the Annick Goutal perfume here.

That's all for March! What did you get in your March box? 

Not a Birchbox member yet? JOIN HERE.

linzgutz giveaway winner

Congratulations to Suz StephensonLindsey will contact you so that you can pick your pretty little bracelet!

THANK YOU to everyone who entered! Be sure to follow LinzGutz on Twitter and check out all of her beautiful jewelry at her Etsy shop! Like this bracelet called the Jessica Dark Blue Sea Gold Bracelet. Lindsey named it after me because I was the first to purchase it and it's my absolute favorite!!! For only $25- it's a steal!

Jessica Dark Blue Sea Gold Bracelet: $25
Purchase here.

Have a great week and stay tuned for more giveaways! xo

Monday, April 23, 2012

linzgutz [giveaway!]

Most of you know by now that I'm obsessed with LinzGutz Jewelry by Lindsey Gutierrez. Each of her pieces are unique, beautiful, affordable, and so on point with each season's trends. The cherry on top is that Lindsey is awesome! She appreciates her customers in a way that makes you want to keep going back. I just adore her! And I know you will too :)

I'm so excited that Lindsey and I have teamed up together to bring you guys a giveaway! The winner will get to choose one of these fabulous bracelets:

Aqua Blue Sea & Gold Bracelet

Gold Chain Bracelet

Black Chain Link Bracelet (with gold or silver clasp)


1. Visit the LinzGutz Etsy shop at and comment on this post telling us what your favorite LinzGutz piece is. (include a way to contact you!)


1. FOLLOW this blog via GFC (use the google friend connect button in the right column or click follow on the top left of this page. you can sign up with your twitter account if you aren't a google member!) for one extra entry
2. FOLLOW @linzgutz on Twitter for one extra entry
3. FOLLOW @linzgutz on InstaGram for one extra entry
4. LIKE LinzGutz on Facebook for one extra entry
5. TWEET about this giveaway for one extra entry
6. ADD the LinzGutz shop to your favorites on Etsy for one extra entry

For each extra entry, leave a separate comment telling me that you did so. 

That's SEVEN chances to win!

The winner will be announced via twitter on Monday, April 30th.

Good luck and don't forget to tell your friends! xo

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

tribal bib necklace [lily dawson designs]

Ok y'all. I am hardcore obsessing over this necklace by Lily Dawson Designs. Someone give me a good reason to buy it!

Tribal Bib Necklace: $75 by Lily Dawson Designs on Etsy

Tribal Bib Necklace: $75 by Lily Dawson Designs on Etsy 

Tribal Bib Necklace: $75 by Lily Dawson Designs on Etsy

Isn't it gorgeous?! The details and the quality look so amazing. Here are other Lily Dawson pieces that I'm craving!:

Leather Link Bracelet by Lily Dawson Designs: $15 each
Braided Leather Bracelet by Lily Dawson Designs: $25 each

Shop more of Lily Dawson Designs at: 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

30 under 30 [spring]

As a 20-something living in Hawaii (and who loves to shop and eat... a lot), my budget isn't always on my side. Here's a list that I put together of 30 things that won't empty your wallets this season. All are under $30 and I'm drooling over each of them!

Adjustable Braided Leather Bracelet by Lily Dawson Designs on Etsy: $25 each
Buy it here.
Sophia Magenta Quartz Bracelet by LinzGutz on Etsy: $25
Buy it here.
Hermosa Hi/Lo Gauzy Sweater in Navy at Bamboo Sky: $30
Buy it here.
SOLO Pink/White Wood by Ginger 13: $24
Buy it here.
Tribal Shell Stud Earrings by RockaBella Jewels: $25
Buy it here.
T-Shirt with Crossover Back at Zara: $19.90
Buy it here.
Large Basket at Zara: $29.90
Buy it here.
Two Tone Wide Brim Hat at Zara: $25.90
Buy it here.
Rosebury by 31Bits: $24
Buy it here.
Prim Rose by 31Bits: $24
Buy it here.
The Ariel Necklace by Christina M Boutique on Etsy: $30
Buy it here.
Tiny Turquoise Faceted Square Studs by Ayiana Jewelry on Etsy: $5
Buy it here.
Vine Monogram Acrylic Necklace by Elizajay Charm on Etsy: $28.95
Buy it here.
Faux Leather Canvas Pouch by Madison Elizabeth Co. on Etsy: $18
Buy it here.
Latice Double Wrap Bracelets by Helloberry Inc on Etsy: $18 each
Buy it here.
True Love Ring by Amy Cornwell: $27.50
By it here.
Mossimo's Belted Dress: $24.99
Buy it here.
Lavender Rose Romper at Cottage by the Sea: $28
By it here.
Atomic Strands Bracelet at Anthropologie: $15
Buy it here.
BDG Printed Shirttail Scoop Tank at Urban Outfitters: $18
Buy it here.
Kimchi Blue Peeptoe Skimmer at Urban Outfitters:  $29
Buy it here.
Stackable Initial Ring at Urban Outfitters: $8
Buy it here.
Risky Business Sunglasses at Urban Outfitters: $12
Buy it here.
Hometown Love Post Earring: $16
Buy it here.
Ornate Lace Dress at Forever 21: $22.80
Buy it here.
Colorblock Linen-blend Dress at Forever 21: $19.59
Buy it here.
Floral Chiffon Shirt Dress at Express: $29.99
Buy it here.
Come Sail Away Skirt by Francesca's Collections: $28
Buy it here.
Pyramid Stretch Bracelet by J.Crew: $29.50
Buy it here.
Z Designs Turquoise Spike Pendant Necklace: $26
Buy it here.

Happy Shopping! :)