Saturday, February 28, 2015

February Favorites


The last of the winter months flew by and I can't believe that we're heading into March! I've gathered together quite a few bits of beauty, skincare, and even an accessory that I loved throughout February. From flawless, natural skin to sheeny eyes and loads of lashes, this month was a good'un.

My go-to base this month was the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Punjab blended in with a damp Beauty Blender and some Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC3 patted on any spots or redness. The combination of the beauty blender and the skin products create a natural yet full coverage base that feels lightweight and doesn't look cakey at all. On the eyes, I was loving a slightly golden sheen on the eyes with a hint of camel in the crease. I've been toning back on the dark smoky eye and have opted for lighter, more natural shadows. My cousin gave me this beautiful Bare Minerals READY Convertible Eyeshadow Palette for Christmas which allows the user to pop out a three-pan palette and push her desired shades in each slot. The shadow I was loving the most this month was the middle golden shade called Hot Commodity. It's really pigmented, lasts all day on the eyes, and looks wonderful against a tan. Lashings of mascara against the gold shadow was a must and for voluminized and lengthened lashes, I reached for the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara in Black. The mascara is pitch black, makes my eyelashes look huge and doesn't flake off. It's definitely a winner in my book. For skincare, I loved the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream for the dry patches on my elbows and knees. This moisturizer can be used on both the face and body and doesn't have any scents. It does exactly what it says on the tube by hydrating all of my dry skin areas and doesn't irritate my body. Last up is my newest accessory favorite in the form of the DvF Riley Sunglasses, which are huge and cover nearly my whole face! The tortoise shell design allows the glasses to match any outfit and they protect my eyes from harmful UVA/UVB rays while looking stylish at the same time. They cost a pretty penny, but they're the perfect accessory for the spring and summer time.

Friday, February 27, 2015

5 Things

1. J. Crew spring arrivals


2. Baylor's (hopeful) next starting QB


3. A beautiful striped tee


4. Backyard parties


5. Hawaiian food at my last Ho‘olaule‘a

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Shirley Temple


Growing up, I always had thick locks of curls cascading around my face and down my back. I always disliked my curls because they made me look different from the other girls in my classes. I started straightening, curling, and doing all kinds of damaging styling to my brown tendrils until they ultimately started falling flat. The damage was so bad that I had to cut off most of my locks to have a fresh start with healthier, yet straight/wavy pieces. I recently cut my hair and have been leaving it natural and my Shirley Temple-esque curls have come back to their original form! I've been braiding my bangs and pinning them back and letting my ringlets shine through!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Silas

Source: ESPN

The character disparity between a good guy and a bad guy is prevalent in the world of sports and especially in football. There are those like Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel who prove to the world that horrible people are rewarded despite their devious actions and then there are those like Silas Nacita who are brutally punished for making a mistake.

Silas Nacita is one of the best people I know. I've never met him personally but I have experienced first-hand how thoughtful, generous, and kind he is as a person and an athlete. If you don't know who I'm talking about, Silas was an RB for Baylor and was a walk-on during the 2014 season. After family issues at home, Silas became a homeless teen who worked multiple jobs and took online classes at his local community college in order to try and achieve his goal of becoming the Baylor University football playmaker. After one year of sleeping in ditches, on friends' couches, and in parks, earning a 4.1 as his final GPA, and receiving an academic scholarship, Silas finally reached his goal and joined the Baylor football team as a sophomore. During the season as a backup, he rushed for three touchdowns and earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 Honors. I've enjoyed reading his tweets and watching him interact with fans on a daily basis through social media. There aren't many athletes (heading toward a professional career) who take the time to hang out with and really talk to the people who root them on every week. Silas set up weekly bible studies at his apartment on campus for anyone who wanted to join him, took pictures with each and every fan he encountered, spread his passion for his faith, and became an icon for the team when a fan's phone autocorrected his name from Silas Nacita to "Salsa Nacho". 

Unfortunately, Silas was released from the Baylor football team before Spring practices began. He tweeted a lengthy note about his receiving "impermissible benefits" while he was homeless last year and stated that the NCAA ruled him ineligible.



After hours of backlash from fans toward the NCAA, the association stated that they never ruled Silas ineligible, causing confusion from all sides of the argument. Ian McCaw, Baylor AD's comment on Silas at a press conference also stirred up frustration from fans because of the lack of clarity.

"Silas Nacita will not be a part of the football program moving forward due to rules violations that impact his eligibility. We appreciate his contributions to Baylor football and wish him well as he completes his studies," -Ian McCaw. Coach Art Briles also offered his opinion saying that the football program itself has no problem with Silas and that he and the rest of the team would be willing to welcome him back with open arms if his eligibility is renewed. 

Sadly, Silas revealed in another tweet that he made a mistake by accepting the housing offer from his family friend and should have listened to the Baylor compliance office when they warned him about receiving benefits. Ultimately, his eligibility was taken away by Baylor compliance in order to protect the team from any NCAA backlash.


Silas made a mistake and he is currently taking full responsibility for his actions. Should he have accepted the so called "impermissible benefits?" Probably not. However, he was a struggling homeless kid trying to pave his own way into college football. Unlike the Jameis's and the Johnny's, Silas is truly a wonderful person. He hasn't robbed, assaulted, raped, or violated anyone like other athletes have and yet, his dream has been taken away after years of hard work. 

I feel so horrible for Silas and I truly wish him the best. I know that he is a fantastic person and athlete and that this situation will probably turn in to something good for him in the end. I'm rooting for you, Silas!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Nude


When it comes to shoes, I know exactly what I like. A good two-three inch heel, pointed toe, leather/suede are the attributes in my heel of choice. I spotted this pair at Nine West the other day and instantly fell in love. I have an identical pair in black which is stylish and feels like I'm walking in flats. I love this nude pair because it closely matches my skintone and dresses up any outfit I'm sporting. I highly recommend this stacked heel for added comfort and ease!

Monday, February 23, 2015

The 2015 Oscars Fashion Favorites

From the glitzy gowns to the (sometimes interesting) acceptance speeches, the Oscars is hands down the most exciting night in cinematography each year. Both the female and male actors always look stunning and this year was no different. I picked a handful (or two) of my favorite looks from the night and hopefully you all liked them too! Now back to watching Lady Gaga's incredible performance from The Sound of Music...

Emma Stone in Elie Saab


Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent


Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford


Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph & Russo


Sienna Miller in Oscar de la Renta


Keira Knightley in Valentino


Kerry Washington in Miu Miu


Lupita Nyong'o in Calvin Klein


Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab


Dakota Johnson in Saint Laurent

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Fresh White


As spring rolls around, I'm tossing out the old and bringing the new with fresh colors and prints for my wardrobe. The (arguably) most exciting recent purchase is this white leather handbag from Kate Spade. As soon as I walked in to the store, I spotted this bright beauty on a shelf and I knew that this would be the perfect purse for spring. There are two slots in the bag and one zippered section to keep important items secure and a metal closure on the strap. Although it's white and can get easily dirty, I fell in love with this beautiful new accessory and I know it'll be the shining star of my spring wardrobe!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lime and Denim





Although I love to shop at the department stores, (ie: Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, etc.) I love a good bargain especially when it comes to clothing. Last weekend I stopped by Old Navy to check out their sale items and found a couple of pieces that I instantly fell in love with. The lime green striped tee is almost identical to one by Heidi Merrick (but for a much cheaper price) and is so comfortable. I usually wouldn't go for a lime green top, but it looked really cute and spring/summer ready when paired with these beautiful boyfriend shorts. This outfit is affordable and on-trend and Old Navy really hit it out of the park.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Golden



Rebecca Taylor dress (old, similar here), Harlowe and Graham coat, Daniel Wellington watch

As I was digging through my brain for something to write about today, I remembered that I still have a small stash of photos from my trip to San Francisco back in the summer of 2014. These outfit photos were especially in the forefront of my mind because they were supposed to be a couple of "senior portraits" for this year. The quality isn't as stunning as I hoped, but a good look at a favorite outfit of mine is always fun! I wore this amazing blue Rebecca Taylor dress (which I actually wore to prom) to a dinner at Gary Danko restaurant in the Bay Area. A black coat thrown over the dress and my favorite black watch and my fancy SF outfit was sorted.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Blue Oboe








I'm a sucker for a good piece of denim clothing whether it be jeans, a lightweight top, or a structured shift. This one from Topshop is a casual take on the classic shift dress, which can be dressed up or down. I would normally pair it with my favorite black Nike Free's but in this case, I went for a more styled up outfit. I threw my Oboe in the mix because I've been practicing and playing it every day for the past two months and I can't get enough of it. I thought the black instrument frame matched with my DW watch would set up nicely against the blue dress and cerulean wall.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Noelle Listens | February 2015


I'm bringing back my monthly playlist for 2015 and February is sure to be a good 'un! I've discovered new songs and artists and have refreshed my music taste with some old favorites as well. Making a playlist for each month on Spotify has helped me to keep track of my picks and what I've been loving.

Let It Ride by Greg Laswell


Runaway by the National


9 Crimes by Damien Rice


Funeral Dress by William Fitzsimmons


Lie to Me by Greg Laswell


Always You by Ingrid Michaelson


The Poet by Ryan Bingham


Odds of Being Alone by Trent Dabbs & Amy Stroup

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Primary



 



Spring is slowly approaching (although not according to Punxsutawnee Phil) and I've been inspired to reach for brighter pieces in my wardrobe. Instead of choosing from my rack of black and gray tees, I picked this lightweight cerulean cami and paired it with a fire engine red skirt. The outfit feels a lot more fresh than a simple tee and jeans and I can't wait to purchase more spring and summer appropriate clothes!

Monday, February 16, 2015

5 Things

1. Dinner party in Lanikai


2. Scout at eight months


3. Preview of a new fashion post


4. Good friends


5. Vietnamese food in town

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Chopped


After growing my hair out for the past six+ months, I decided to take the plunge and lop the lengths of it off yesterday. I used a layered lob as my inspiration and allowed my hairdresser to chop off half of my locks. In a feeble attempt to be brave and adventurous, I didn't really pay attention to the amount of hair I was leaving behind and had a bit of over dramatic, existential panic after I realized what I'd done to my head. I'm still getting used to my shorter 'do but I'm sure it will all be fine after I figure out how to style it!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Galentine's Day



Unlike many single people on February 14th, I get really excited about Valentine's Day, which I like to call "Galentine's" (giving a nod to my favorite gal Leslie Knope). Galentine's is all about spending time with the ladies in your life and the idea is very "girl power-ish". One of my favorite gal friends is Mik and we've been through a lot together throughout the past three years.

I love seeing people happy and full of love and my day is usually full of things to do to keep me productive. Today I started off with a 3.5 hour long rehearsal and got my hair chopped off (post coming tomorrow!) followed by a cozy night in with my favorite episodes of Parks and Recreation and a giant box of chocolates from the Honolulu Chocolate Company thanks to my dad. I had a great Galentine's Day and I hope you all did too!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Makeup Ft. Urban Decay Naked on the Run



Eye shadows L-R: Dive, Fix, Resist, Dare, Stun


I love a good palette and when it's loaded with different types of face and eye products, I'm sold. I was lucky to be gifted with the Urban Decay Naked On the Run Palette during Christmas time (thanks mom and dad!) and I was so excited to try it out. After nearly two months of testing, I've concluded that this is a wonderful eye, lip, and cheek palette for anyone who loves neutral shadows and all the necessary makeup items housed in one container. The shadows are extremely pigmented and blend really well. The cheek products are nice but they won't be perfect for everyone as there's only one shade of bronzer, blush, and highlight. Despite the lack of color selection, I'm in love with this palette. I love that it includes a full size of their popular Naked gloss and two oversized samples of the new Perversion Mascara and 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil. It's $54 and is perfect for gifting (especially for Valentine's Day!).

For a soft, glowing Valentine's Day look, I used four of the eyeshadows and all of the other products in the container. I started off with a lightweight base and concealer and filled in the sparse areas of my eyebrows. I primed my eyelids with a long-lasting primer and moved on to the shadows. I applied the shade Fix all over my crease to add some depth and dimension and a bit of Dare to make it darker. I pressed Dive across my lid to add some rosy color and sheen and added Stun to the outer corners for some extra smokiness. I then lined my upper waterline and lashline with the eye pencil in Stag and added lashings of Perversion Mascara in Black, which creates the most insane lashes. I brushed on a bit of the bronzer on the high points of my face and some of the blush on my cheeks. The highlight color was placed on the tops of my cheekbones and on my cupid's bow, and then I topped off my lips with some of the Naked lipgloss in Sesso. I straightened my bangs and left my hair naturally wavy so that the look would be soft and feminine for any activity on Valentine's Day!
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