Shoe Haul: Alexander Wang, Forever 21

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I haven’t bought shoes in a while but lately I’ve been wanting to update my shoe wardrobe!

There are a lot of Zara heels with pointy stilettos out there in the blogosphere but when they were still on the Zara website I couldn’t throw the money down for them.  (They’re similar to the Alexander Wang Lovisa I think.) I found a nice pair on the Forever 21 website for under $30 with a real leather insole.  The also come in a nude color.  I was also looking at these color block heels and these Steve Madden-esque heels.  I figured for under $30 I won’t get too upset if I get tired of this style.

Forever 21 City-Chic D’Orsay Stilettos, $26.80

Buddy makes an appearance on the left 🙂  I bought these in a size 7 and they’re true to size.  My shoe purchases vary from 6.5 to 7 depending on the brand.

Next up is a mesh bootie from Forever 21 as well.  Unfortunately I just checked the site and they’re sold out now.  (Modeled after some BCBG and Reed Krakoff booties.)  Holly from Hollyannaeree wrote about these as well.

Mesh Paneled Peep Toe Booties, $32.80

And now for my favorite out of the bunch… I found these Alexander Wang “Liu” heels at Nordstrom Rack yesterday.  They also had this pink pair but it was a 37.5 and VERY painful off the bat.  I think this is the Alexander Wang Fabiana heels, but maybe somehow they lost their “cape?”

Both of these were on clearance for $150… the original price was $495, and after 70% off, they’re still $150 each (omg. still pretty expensive)

At first I thought they were REALLY strange looking.  But they started growing on me and I didn’t have the heart to put them back on the shelf.  Delicate yet substantial, classic yet unique.  I had a hard time with the Fabiana’s because the toe strap and the thin ankle strap didn’t hold in my feet very well as I walked.  And even on carpet my feet started to ache after a few minutes.  I guess it was also due to the fact that they were 37.5 too instead of a size 37.

The “shields” on this heel keep my foot in place while walking, and the insole is padded at the bottom.  Yay 🙂  They will probably hurt after a few hours but… they’re high heels and I think most heels will feel that way regardless. At least for me.

$150 is a bit steep for me but.. I’ll just think of it as an early birthday present to myself 🙂

Which is your favorite?

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Disney Mickey Mouse Nail Tutorial

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★ Materials:

Sinful Colors Black on Black http://amzn.to/1e2mhRW
OPI Alpine Snow http://amzn.to/15YSiHq
Revlon Red Hot Tamale http://amzn.to/125GUGg
Sally Hansen Iced Coffee http://amzn.to/14kqSJA
Revlon Metallic http://amzn.to/10qzMIc
Sinful Colors Queen of Beauty http://amzn.to/14FCH3v
Dotting Tools http://amzn.to/17pdMjf
CND Stickey Base Coat http://amzn.to/XBrttP
Seche Vite Topcoat http://amzn.to/Yb1697
TIP: Make sure to dry thoroughly between each coat :]
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Music: “Hikari,” Kingdom Hearts, Original Mickey Mouse Club

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FTC:
The OPI polish was provided by Luvocracy. Everything else was bought with my own money. I was not paid to make this video.

Our New Zealand/Fiji/Australia Trip! FIJI! (Part 4)

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[WARNING: PICTURE HEAVY POST]

Resort food was on heavy rotation during our Fiji vacation. Justin and I are coffee addicts so every morning we would get a “flat white” (Australian/New Zealand/Fiji coffee drink that’s similar to a latte) at the Pantry, the resident coffee shop.

Most days they’d provide free donuts with your coffee! Yum.

This was (sadly) the cheapest food you could get at the resorts. One slice of pizza = $3.85 USD at the time of this post.

It’s a good thing that apple soda isn’t sold everywhere in the USA… or else I’d be drinking a LOT of soda.  This variety is made in New Zealand:

We also tried out the Fiji Hard Rock Cafe by the port… it was alright. It looked better than it tasted, honestly. Too bad.

Garlic naan pizza:

Chicken satay skewers:

The tap water isn’t safe to drink so Fiji water is prevalent there. Prices are expensive.. pretty similar to the price in the USA, actually.

Coral Cats Catamaran Cruise!

We booked the Coral Cats catamaran cruise at the hotel lobby and luckily there were only 8 passengers booked that day, including us.

They had giant bean bags for lounging and taking naps… genius idea.

We visited another island resort (I forgot the name unfortunately) for lunch and a nice stroll.

Coral farming by the dock:

One of the crew climbed a coconut tree and grabbed some for us to drink:

After lunch, it was time to go snorkeling!

We also visited this tiny little sandbar in the middle of nowhere.  Beautiful.

On the long journey back to the resort, the crew entertained the guests by weaving palm fronds into little gifts:

The day trip was very intimate we had an amazing time…. Sigh. I wish I could go  back.

Easy Palm Tree Nails.. Using A Toothpick!

★ Materials:
China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle http://amzn.to/10b0BlM
OPI Alpine Snow http://amzn.to/15YSiHq
Revlon Gold Rush http://amzn.to/15aoRmU
Nicole by OPI Kissed at Midnight http://amzn.to/15AGOKr
Toothpicks
Aluminum Foil
Seche Clear Base Coat http://amzn.to/15aoUz7
Seche Vite Top Coat http://amzn.to/Yb1697

TIP: Make sure to dry thoroughly between each coat :]

 

I originally tried doing this tutorial with brushes.. and ultimately failed.  Surprisingly, toothpicks are much easier to use!  I didn’t include a “what if I want a different look” section for this video because I honestly didn’t know if I wanted to change up the tree colors 🙂

 

Nail Favorites & a Luvocracy Giveaway! (USA only)

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USA Residents only (Luvocracy only ships to the USA)

Watch until the end of the video to find out how you can win $50 worth of nail goodies from Luvocracy!

This giveaway is for USA residents only, because they only ship to the US.   My next giveaway will be an international one, so don’t worry!

Here are my favorite nail products!  Some of you asked what I would recommend for those just starting with nail art.    I have a lot of nail polish and tools but here’s what I recommend for those of you just starting out.

Luvocracy contacted me to sponsor a sweet giveaway for my viewers!

I have my own little nail shop on Luvocracy, which is a site similar to Pinterest, but the difference is you can shop directly from the site (and you can curate products from any shopping site, even from Amazon ), and check out using one shopping cart.

Any available promo discounts will be applied & if Luvocracy finds an item at a better price, they’ll refund you the difference!    They will also help with returns as well.

★ NAIL FAVORITES! ★

♡ If I had to choose ONLY 4 polishes: ♡
China Glaze Too Yacht to Handle
China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy
Milani Gold
OPI Alpine Snow

♡ Nail Tools: ♡
Sephora Nail Art Set
Konad Stamper & Scraper
Shany Nail Art Plates Set
Konad Polish in White

♡ Nail Care: ♡
CND Stickey Base Coat
Seche Vite Topcoat
OPI Nail Envy for Sensitive Nails
Zoya Remove

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The giveaway ends Friday, July 21st. Winner will be announced on my YouTube channel on July 22nd, and Luvocracy will also contact the winner.