Sunday, October 12, 2014

LBD: Day to Night

Hey y'all! It's no secret that a little black dress is an absolute necessity in any fashionista's wardrobe. What's better than an LBD that you can wear for daytime or nighttime without looking too overdone?! I recently found this beautiful dress at a vintage shop in Los Angeles. I was drawn to it because of the little pockets, the length, the sleeves, and the white details. It's the perfect dress to transition into fall. I paired it with red pointy heels to add a pop of color. The heels make the dress look elegant and classy. They also give it an edgy vibe. The shoes always make an outfit and there is no way this dress would look half as good if it were paired with flats. I always like to pair dresses that are above the knee with a little heel for daytime. The right heel can elongate the legs and make you look tall, confident, and poised. For nighttime, I went a little edgier with my shoe choice. Fall is the perfect time to whip out the thigh high boots! Thigh high boots can be tricky to style since you have to know what to pair them with to make your outfit look just the right amount of sexy (and so you don't end up looking tacky). I decided to pair them with this dress because although the dress is short, it is still very modest on top. The dress paired with the boots is a classy and sexy mix, and is very 60's mod (which I'm obsessed with). 







Outfit Details:

Dress-Vintage-Ann Tjian for KENAR Petite Shop Similar Style Here!
Red Heels-Nine West Shop Similar Style Here!
Black Thigh High Boots- Nine West Shop Similar Style Here!

*Tip For The Road: I HIGHLY recommend vintage shopping if you are looking for a little black dress. There are sooooo many dresses that are from different time periods that will look awesome when they are incorporated with shoes and accessories you already own…AND no one else will have the same dress!

Xo,

Christina

Simply Cali Chic


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Fashion-Jewel Tones

Fall is without a doubt my favorite season for fashion. I was so excited for the first day of fall to come because I was waiting for the perfect occasion to wear all my jewel toned clothes. I came across the cranberry colored hat during the summer and immediately knew I was going to pair it with my cranberry colored boots. Since I was going with the whole cranberry theme, I decided to match my lipstick to my hat and boots as well. I chose to pair all my cranberry accessories with this blue sweater dress. I love sweater dresses for fall because of how soft, comfy, and versatile they are. I have styled this particular dress a million ways in the past. I love how it is simple and will never go out of style. It is the perfect length for a dressy daytime event and can be transformed into a killer nighttime outfit with a statement necklace, a clutch, and some heels.




Outfit Details:

Hat-Forever 21
Sweater Dress: Xhilaration (Target)
Boots: Bakers
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

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Many more fall looks to come! Stay tuned! :)

Xo,

Christina

Simply Cali Chic

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mini Drugstore Beauty Haul!

I love finding great quality drugstore beauty products and Milani Cosmetics has never let me down. I recently stocked up on some goodies and I'm very excited to give my two cents on how they have been working for me. I have a very simple makeup routine that I have shared previously but after trying some of these products I think I'm going to have to do an updated one soon! I'm very impressed with how easy these products are to use and the results they are giving me in half the time of some of the other products I've used!




The Products!

The products I used for this makeup look were The Milani Shadow Eyez Eyeshadow Pencil in "Almond Cream," Milani's Runway Lashes Instant Volume Mascara, Milani's Baked Blush in "Luminoso," Milani's Anti-Feathering Transparent Lipliner, and Milani's Lipstick in #26-Nude Creme. 

I love the eyeshadow pencil because it makes it so much easier to apply eyeshadow and there's no need to reapply throughout the day since it lasts up to 12 hours. The color is perfect as a base for any eyeshadow. It instantly brightens up the eyes and looks very natural-and it doesn't crease!

This mascara is my new favorite. I think I might like it better than Loreal Telescopic which I have been using FOREVER. This mascara made my lashes look sooo thick and full with just a couple of coats.
They looked like false lashes! 

The blush is a gorgeous coral color which I love because it doesn't look obvious that you're wearing blush. It has a gold shimmery undertone which gives your face a luminous glow. 

I finished off the look with the transparent lipliner which is what I always do before applying lipstick so it doesn't get all over the place. Usually I like to use a lipliner that is closest to my natural lip color but in this case, since the lipstick is nude, using a pink or mauve lipliner wouldn't have looked right. So this transparent lipliner was perfect to use with the lipstick. 

The nude lipstick has just the right amount of a pale pink undertone to it. The color is so versatile and classic that it can go with so many different eyeshadow looks. Just like clothes, it's always important to have staple pieces (and staple lip products!)

Shop the Products Here:






It's always a good day when you find good quality products that you can add to your makeup collection that are very inexpensive. I always find myself trying out Milani products when I need to switch up my beauty routine because they have a huge variety of products (and my favorite lipsticks ever) and there's always something new to try!

Xo,

Christina 

Simply Cali Chic

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Daytime Chic

With summer winding down it's almost time to bring out the earth and jewel toned clothes. Not just yet though! I'm still taking advantage of my favorite summer trends. One of them being the knee length body con dress. This style has been seen on different celebrities all summer long and I was hesitant to try the look at first since I always thought because I was on the petite side the dress would make me look shorter. I was wrong. I found this dress recently at TJ Maxx and the print was the first thing to catch my eye. The print on this dress is fun and the dress overall is very flattering. I love how this dress was reasonably priced and the material was not cheap. I have seen this style of dress before and did not buy it because the material was so cheap and did nothing for my body shape. This dress is structured enough and the material is thick enough where it is still comfortable while at the same time showing off your curves. I paired the dress with simple nude pointy heels to keep the look classy and sophisticated.




                                                                   Outfit Details:
There's no need to put away the summer clothes just yet! After trying out the body con dress trend I'm giving it a thumbs up. I love how pairing it with the perfect neutral heel can make the whole look polished and put together as well as glam and sexy. This dress can easily be worn for a nighttime look with bolder heels. I see myself pairing this dress with orange heels or even yellow ones. Body con dresses are a great investment because they can be worn year round and incorporated with summer and fall pieces including summer hats and trench coats. Splurging on a good quality body con dress is a smart idea for anyone who wants to reuse it for different occasions throughout the year :)


Xo,

Christina

Simply Cali Chic



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Celebrity Inspired Look-Denim on Denim

Tabloids are my guilty pleasure because I love seeing the paparrazzi pictures and finding inspiration in the outfits I see some celebrities wear. I own several denim pieces and once I saw Kim Kardashian's photo wearing an oversized denim shirt with a distressed denim skirt, I realized I had the same pieces in my wardrobe and could recreate the look for less! The top I am wearing is from a thrift store and is a men's chambray top from Levi's. It is one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe because it is oversized, comfortable, and you can dress it up or down. I've worn this top with distressed skinny jeans and heels or leggings and boots. I also love how you can wear it during the summer and the winter. The distressed denim skirt from Forever 21 has quickly become another favorite piece because I can wear it with endless crop tops and a denim pencil skirt looks just the right amount of casual and dressy. This trend has been spotted on Beyonce, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian to name a few. The heels are also thrifted and are from Bakers. I love the gold chain detail and how they make the outfit more elegant. I switched up the heels a bit from the ones Kim is wearing in her paparrazzi photo since I wanted to add a little glam touch to the outfit. Lastly, my sunglasses are from TJ Maxx and were a whopping $4.99! You don't have to break the bank to look like a celebrity. Just be smart about what you're buying, make sure all the items can be worn different ways, and WORK IT! :)








                           

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* I kept my makeup and hair simple for this look. I added some curls using my GMJ Flat Iron/Curling Wand Combo. I love how the curls last all day and give me volume and an effortless tousled look. Check out the GMJ website for more info! www.facebook.com/GMJBeautyHair & use promo code "my 334" for 20% off any hairstyling tool!

Tabloids aren't only for juicy gossip, they are also a place to find fashion inspiration. You don't have to be a celebrity to look like a million bucks!

Xo,

Christina

Simply Cali Chic 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Back to School Beauty Routine!

With summer ending and school starting again on Monday I'm going to have a lot less time to spend on my morning beauty routine. I've been wearing just the necessities for the past couple of weeks and I'm loving it. I'm done with my makeup in less than 10 minutes and I still feel fresh faced and well put together. A little really does go a long way. Aint nobody got time to be spending forever putting on makeup before school! I'm so excited to share the products I've been hooked on lately :)


 5 STEPS TO A FLAWLESS FACE IN LESS THAN 10 MINUTES:

Step 1: Start off with a clean face. I use Cerave to wash my face and then use rose water as a toner immediately with a cotton round. I apply Trader Joe's Facial Serum as a primer right after.

Step 2: I apply less than a dime sized amount of the Garnier BB Cream to my hand and mix it with a tiny bit of the Heavenly Light Pink Illuminator by Philosophy. I use my ring finger to apply this to my face and use the ELF Cover Everything Concealer under my eyes and on any imperfections.

Step 3: I apply Sally Hansen Natural Beauty blush in the color "Poppy" to the apples of my cheeks.        
Step 4: I apply a light pink eyeshadow all over my lid and a copper color on my crease-from my VS Jet Setter Palette. I curl my lashes and apply a few coats of Loreal Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black.

Step 5: I apply lip balm to my lips, outline them with Tawny lipliner by Jordana Cosmetics and fill in the rest of my lips.

ALL DONE! No powder. No contouring. Just dewy skin, bright eyes, full lips, and a fresh face!




Shop the products!

This routine is so quick and it has been working wonderfully so far. I've gotten several compliments saying my skin looks "glowy" and people thinking the lipliner was my natural lip color! I love having light makeup on because it enhaces your natural beauty. Lighting during the daytime can be harsh and having a ton of makeup on (especially in hot LA weather) isn't a good idea in my opinion. I prefer to apply just what I need during the day and at night apply more product for a more dramatic look for a night out. This is why I always apply my makeup in layers and apply it a little at a time. You can always add more but it's so inconvenient to apply too much at the beginning and have to start all over again. Applying products with a light hand is always the way to go!

I swear by these products and this routine and I hope you incorporate some of them into your beauty routine :)

Xo,

Christina

Simply Cali Chic

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Sunflowers: Weekend #OOTD + Effortless Waves

Happy Sunday y'all! I love to dress up at least 6 days out of the week but Sundays are all about being comfy. I recently came across a black dressy tee with yellow sunflowers at TJ Maxx and fell in love. I immediately thought about all the different ways I could style it. I've previously worn this top with a black pencil skirt, a yellow pencil skirt, black skinny jeans, denim shorts, etc. I love tops like this because the material is very flowy and the colors can be styled so many different ways. I paired the top with my favorite boyfriend jeans from Forever 21. What I love about boyfriend jeans is that the denim looks distressed, but it's not too much. I also love how they fit perfectly and aren't too long. For petite girls it is often difficult to find boyfriend jeans that fit well, and Forever 21 has the best ones I've come across. These jeans can also be styled a million ways. I have previously styled them with sequined tops, crop tops, chambray tops, the list never ends! Finally, I found these amazing Shoedazzle shoes at a local thrift shop. I always seem to find the best heels at thrift shops. The key to finding great heels at thrift shops is to look at the quality of the shoes, think of the different pieces they can be paired with, and make sure the price is right!







                                                                     Outfit Details:

                                                          Top: Fun & Flirt (TJ Maxx)-Similar Style Found Here!

                                                          Boyfriend Jeans: Forever 21 Similar Style Found Here!
                                                       
                                                          Heels: Shoedazzle (Thrifted) Shop Similar Style Here!


                                                                       Hair Details:

                    *Since I have naturally wavy hair, I added a few curls using the GMJ Flat Iron/Curling Wand combo to add a few extra curls and to add more volume. I also used Argan Oil for added shine. I usually use Argan Oil for my skin, but I occasionally use it for my hair to get rid of fly aways and frizziness. It's a miracle worker!

                                                        Vibration Iron GM 3005: Shop Here!

                                                        Argan Oil: Shop Here!

To receive 20% off of the GMJ iron use code "my 334" & make sure to check out their Facebook page for other awesome hair styling tools! www.facebook.com/GMJBeautyHair.

                                            Hope you're having an amazing Sunday!

Xo, 

Christina

Simply Cali Chic

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Casual Weekend #OOTD + Beachy Waves!

Don't you love rediscovering pieces in your closet you forgot you had? I completely forgot about this blue tie dye kimono and after falling in love with it all over again, I decided to pair it with some other summer favorites for a day out in LA! You can never go wrong with a white tank, but this one in particular is different because it is more structured and similar to a corset. I went with distressed boyfriend jeans to give the look a more laidback vibe. I finished it off with neutral wedges with gold details to add height while still keeping the outfit very comfy.




Outfit Details:

Kimono Cover Up: Romeo & Juliet Couture-Found here!
White Tank: Unknown Brand-Shop Similar Style Here!
Distressed Boyfriend Jeans: Forever 21-Shop Similar Style Here!
Neutral Wedges: Dollhouse-Shop Similar Style Here!

Hair Details:

I used Marc Anthony Hair Care Dream Waves Beach Spray right after washing my hair to give my hair a tousled look. I scrunched it and waited for my hair to air dry and then used the GMJ Beauty Vibration Iron to add some curls throughout my hair to give it more volume and shine.

Shop the products here:

Vibration Iron GM 3005 -Also, make sure to check out their Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/GMJBeautyHair) and use code: my334 for a 20% discount on any hair styling tool!

Kimonos are a huge trend this summer and beachy waves are always appropriate! If you rediscover an item of clothing in your wardrobe you forgot about, think of new ways to incorporate it with pieces you wear regularly. The possibilities are endless!

Xo,

Christina

Simply Cali Chic


Thursday, July 31, 2014

What I Use to Achieve Soft Curls

Usually I love to leave my hair wavy and use Argan Oil to style it because using a flat iron or a curling iron would be too time consuming and I would not achieve the look I wanted. However, I recently found a Flat Iron/Curling Wand all in one that gives me the result I want without damaging my hair. I used the curling wand to add some volume to my hair. What I love about the wand is that it does not burn your hair and leaves it shinier than it was before. The flat iron has ceramic plates and vibrates when it straightens/curls your hair. This allows it to distribute the heat evenly throughout the hair and leaves it looking shiny and healthy. What I also love about this product is that it does not leave the hair looking pin straight and unnatural. It leaves it with a slight wave and it makes the hair feel soft. Here are a few pictures of my hair from this week after using the flat iron/curling wand :)












Flat Iron/Curling Want Info!

Name of the wand: Vibration Iron GM 3005

Personal Discount Code of 20%: my334

More Info at:

www.gmjbeauty.com
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I recommend using this product for a natural curl as well as to achieve straight hair that is shiny and healthy looking. I am not easily sold on hair styling products and this one impressed me. I look forward to trying out different looks with it in the near future!

Xo,

Christina

Simply Cali Chic

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lady in Lavender

I went to Vegas recently and brought my favorite dress along for the trip. The lavender dress I brought is my favorite because of the details of the dress, how it's form fitting, and of course, the color. I like how it's slightly different than a typical bandage dress. For a little cover up, I added a blush colored shawl. Lavender and blush are a gorgeous combination and are perfect summer colors. I love the elegance the shawl adds to the whole look. I finished the look with my go-to evening heels, my navy blue Steve Madden pumps :)




Outfit Details:
Dress-Unknown Brand Similar Style Found Here!
        Blush Shawl-H&M-Similar Style Found Here! & Here!
       Navy Pumps-Steve Madden Similar Style Found Here!

I hope this look inspired you to experiment with pastels this summer. The trend is here to stay. Get creative with how you style your pieces!

Xo,

Christina

   Simply Cali Chic

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Vintage Finds!

Today I came across some colorful vintage pieces and I am so excited to add them to my summer wardrobe. I love the yellow and royal blue combo for summer since both colors are very flattering for olive skin tones. The yellow crop top is knitted and the material is lightweight. The pants are my favorite part of this outfit. I have never tried printed jogger pants before but I knew right away that they would go perfectly with the yellow crop top and pretty much with any color crop top. I finished the look with navy blue heels to elongate my legs and make the outfit look more put together. I could also see myself styling this outfit with sandals for a day at the beach :)













































Outfit Details:

Yellow Crop Top-Unknown Brand Similar Style Found Here!
Royal Blue Printed Pants-Koret Petite Similar Style Found Here! & Here!
Heels-Steve Madden Similar Style Found Here!
Purse-Anne Klein Similar Style Found Here! & Here!

I hope you enjoyed this colorful look and are inspired to try new styles! I never in a million years thought I would add these printed pants to my wardrobe but now I think they are going to be one of my favorite summer pieces.

Xo,

Christina

Simply Cali Chic