Friday, August 30, 2013

IFB Project #110: Fall Boots

Fall is my favorite time of year, and boots are my all time favorite things to wear. There is something about boots everywhere I go, that I feel compelled to buy them all. Unfortunately, my budget does not allow for such grand splurges, so I usually stalk my local Target and XXI, patiently waiting on the fall boots to fill the clearance racks, so that I can snag a few pair at a nice price and hang on to them for the next fall. 

But, that's not to say a girl can't dream right? So, I want to partake in my first ever IFB Project and present some of my fall boot lusts, musts and of course, some splurges!

Ankle Boots:

Wedge Boots:

Da Viccino Mona - $43.45

Tall Boots:

Equestrian Riding Boots - $39.80

Combat Boots:

Well, ladies and gents, that's a wrap! How do you all prepare for the fall? Do you like boots? If so, what's your favorite style? Ankle, Wedge, Tall, Combat? If you are a HeartIFB member, feel free to friend me so we can connect! 

If you leave a comment, make sure you leave your URL so I can stop by and say hello!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Review: OLIV Clothing

I wanted to spotlight this great up and coming clothing brand, OLIV  and write up a review of their #2000 and #3000 collection for you all! 

OLIV was founded in April 2013 and is based in India. The company is run by Kanupriya Malik, Ashna Gupta, and Ashwinder Khurana. Together with their obsession over design, customer service, affordable price-point and product quality, you get their signature OLIV look. 

On top of that, OLIV offers free shipping across all cities in India and guarantees the product to reach you within 5-7 days of your order. No word on US availability yet, but as I become aware of developments, you all will too!

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Since their current tag line is "Classy, Sexy, Sassy, Party, Office, Daily. OLIV has it all." I thought, what better way to showcase these collections, then by choosing one garment for each adjective! (based on my personal style, of course) I decided to combine the sexy and sassy description, since those two thing usually compliment each other. It was so hard to only choose 5 out of the 31 beautiful pieces in these collections. 

{Note: rs. #### is the cost in Indian Rupees. I have also converted it to $, to give you an idea of price}
Classy: #3011 // rs. 1800 (est. $28.52)
Black Lycra & Lace Top
    I chose this as my "classy" selection because I feel that black is always classy, but the subtle lace at the top, with the sweetheart outline, along with the panel in the back keeps this item modest, with a modern adaptation.

Sexy/Sassy: #2010 // rs. 2400 (est. $38.02)
Yellow & Black Peplum Top with Mesh Inserts

   This Peplum top is so much fun! The sunny sleeveless peplum offers a subtle yet sexy vibe that could work for a night on the town, but throw on a tailored blazer and you're ready for work!

Party: #3002 // rs. 2500 (est. $39.61)
Black Lycra and Gold Sequin Dress
    This beauty comes in two options, a side slit, and this front slit. This item immediately sang out "Party Time!" to me. You could wear this to a company party, new years eve, or even just a girls night out!

Office: #3005 // rs. 1600 (est. $25.35)
White Shirt with Neon Insert
    Office wear with a twist! There's no need to wear totally boring basics to work. This neon panel give this simple button down a fun, updated flair.

Daily: #2014 // rs. 2700 (est. $42.78)
Black Jersey Bodice and Neon Orange Skirt Maxi

    I'm pretty confident this Maxi Skirt speaks for itself. Maxi's are my all time favorite things to wear, and I would wear one every day if I could, which is why I chose this as my "daily" selection! I adore this bright orange color, it looks so versatile and I could see myself wearing this in a number of different ways, through the seasons.

   I'm honored and delighted to have been able to write this review. I can't wait for the inevitable expansion of this brand, so that I can get my hands on a few of these unique and gorgeous pieces! 

Let's talk about it!: What was your favorite out of the 5 pieces I chose? What pieces from the #2000 and #3000 collections would you choose for these categories? Any items that just really struck your fancy? Let me know in the comments below, and when you're done, be sure to hop on over to the OLIV Facebook Page and give them a like to stay up to date on upcoming collections!

**All photos are the property of OLIV. I did not take these photos, or model any articles of clothing. This is not a sponsored review and I am not directly affiliated in any way, shape or form with OLIV or any other product or brand named above. **

Monday, August 19, 2013

Motivation Monday: Staying Positive + Giving Back

Here are 5 happy/pretty quotes/photos to help you get through your week and stay inspired/motivated in whatever you do! 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Ipsy Glam Bag Review: "Glamour Academy"

If this is your first time on our blog, WELCOME, and you should know that I ADORE the Ipsy Glam Bag Subscription service. If you've been here before, just skip on down to the overview and welcome back! 

Ipsy was founded by YouTube guru, Michelle Phan. Once you sign up, you take a beauty quiz, and each month Michelle and her stylists select products for you to enjoy! It's that simple!

The best part? It's only $10.00 a month! $10.00!!!!

So, read on ahead and if you feel like Ipsy is something you'd like to try, there will be links with information at the bottom for you!
Now, onto the review...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Phillip Lim for Target - Favorite Picks!

It has become somewhat of a ritual for me, I stalk the Target Style Facebook page, and wait for the latest designer collection to be announced.

When I saw the Phillip Lim  for Target: Lookbook, I thought to myself, Target has done it again! I was in love with the recent Prabal Gurung collection but surprisingly less than thrilled with the Kate Young collaboration. So I knew I had a 50/50 shot at this one!

The collection, available September 15th, focuses on lots of navy and black, in classic silhouettes. (trench coat, LBD) However, there are some pops of emerald, among other colors, and even a bright orange and blue leopard print to keep us on our toes! 

Mostly, I feel, that the collection is clean, timeless and will be versatile through many more seasons. Phillip Lim is a recent favorite designer of mine, since I saw the preview for his Women's Resort 2014 Collection. (orange pants!) 

With all that said, there are a few pieces that really catch my eye:

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Hello out there in the blogosphere!

We are back and hope you guys are still with us out there. We are excited to return to blogging and hope we can continue to grow and make connections with all of you other beautiful,  talented folk out there in cyber space.

Look for some minor changes around the site and be sure to keep an eye out for my latest Ipsy bag review! 

As always, thanks for reading, we appreciate every view and comment.

-Jessica & Marina

Friday, June 14, 2013

First Look: "From The Lab" Subscription Box

I know, I know. I have been completely lacking in the blogging department. I'm not going to give you any excuses, I just haven't felt focused and have been trying to re-structure and organize my life. I am actually in the process of outlining what i've been doing and hope to share it with you all soon!

In the meantime, I beg your forgiveness and hope you like this review/first impression/subscription book look!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Looks We Love: White Hair

As I've already confessed, I'm addicted to changing my hair, specifically dyeing it.

Maybe it's my love affair with all things Daenerys Targaryen but I've been borderline obsessed with white hair lately.

I think it is so striking and unique on almost every single person I've seen it on. 

So, I've decided I will be calling up my hair-dresser pretty soon and making myself an appointment! If I knew I could do it at home without my hair falling out, I totally would. But, since I have such dark hair It's probably better to let a professional handle it.

What do you all think about this bold hair statement? What's the bravest hair decision you've ever tried, or wanted to try? 

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Review: Maybelline Color Tattoo

First, PLEASE vote for me in the Karmaloop Modeling Contest! Winners announced 06/06/2013! If I win I will do a giveaway of some KL swag! ;) thanks so much!!

Okay, okay. I know, I know. Let me just dust off this keyboard and monitor and get back to blogging!

Seriously though, I'm sorry for being MIA since the giveaway announcement. I started to get a little overwhelmed by the blog/youtube/instagram/keek etc, etc... 

I was feeling more like a 2nd job than something fun and therapeutic. Now that I've worked out the kinks, it's time to get back to business!

Now, I realize that i'm probably a little late to the "Color Tattoo Cruise Ship", but better late than never, right?

I've been eyeing these babies in Walgreens for months. Finally, they had another Buy One, Get one 1/2 off sale, so i decided why not? It's basically like buy 3, get one free. So I talked myself into it. (I didn't need a lot of convincing...)

They are regular priced $6.99ea. I would have paid around $30, but instead I paid around $22 (after taxes). I also gained enough points to redeem $5, so i'll be getting a 5th one for around $2!

I picked up "Painted Purple", "Bold Gold", "Pomegranate Punk" and "Ready, Set, Green!"

Here are some swatches...

-Color Payoff


Overall: 4/5 stars. 

I'm only deducting a star because it stains. I tried out a look with the gold last night and its still on, 24 hours later. At least the product lives up to its name! I'll probably be wearing these swatches tomorrow on my wrist at work.

What do you think? Have you tried the 24-hr color tattoos before? Can you suggest a 5th color for me to get? What are some other long lasting cream shadows that you like?

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ipsy Glam Bag: May 2013

Yay! It's time again for another IPSY Glam Bag review! 

FYI - If you're interested in joining IPSY, please use my special code here. I do get IPSY points, which I can redeem for fun stuff. You can get them too when your join and share your link with your friends and they join!

When I got my tracking code email this month I was very excited to find that we would be getting a bonus item! There is almost no situation where getting a bonus is bad, right? I was even more excited when I read the email and found out what it was! (don't worry, we'll get to that ::winwink::)

I tried to film a video for this, but I'm having issues getting the video converted into a format that I can edit, without it glitching up. I'm exploring different avenues but if you have any suggestions on programs you like to edit with please share!

This month we received 6 products, so let's jump right in!

Full Price: $8.00

I do love some Zoya nail polish! I was not/am not thrilled at the color for myself. I usually gravitate towards pinks, reds and neutrals, but i'm giving it an honest go and hoping it grows on me! The quality of Zoya is great and it's a popular brand.

Full Price: $4.85
Full 20 Concealer Pallete: $100.00

This was my most confusing item in the bag. I thought the color would be too light, but it's actually a perfect match. I think the "or" to this item was an Anastasia brow pencil and i would have much rather had that. The packaging is not meant for long-term and now I need to buy a free-style magnet palette, though, this may give me an excuse to by some MUG shadows!

Full Price: $24.00

I'm looking at this wondering, "Did they see me in my sundress over the weekend?" I am SO SO SO pale on my legs, and I'm actually pretty excited to try this product! I don't reach for them while i'm shopping for myself, because I'm afraid of looking like an oompa-loompa and waiting money. I'll probably be doing an update of this item.

Full Price: $29.00

I have heard SO many great things about NUME and even though I have short hair, I love serums and sprays and texturizers! I can't wait to give this a try as well.

Full Price: $15.00

I don't own any lipgloss. Wipe that shocked look off your face. This gloss smells like mixed berries and, even thought the name is "pink", it's really more of a deep cranberry mixed with a hint of cherry red. It's pretty gorgeous on!

BONUS TIME!!!!!!!!!!!

Full Price: $20.00

Are. You. Seeing. This?! THIS was our bonus for May! If you can't tell i'm freaking excited as hell-o! When I saw that this was the bonus product, I rushed to the Urban Decay website and was totally drawn to this color, Stargazer. It's described on the website as a "metallic lime-gold w/gold 3D sparkle" Could it be any more perfect? *sigh*

Total Product Value: $100.85!!!!
* = full sized product
**all products were full sized this month

As if you guys needed another reason to CLICK THIS LINK and join in on the IPSY phenomenon! Disclaimer: I did have to wait for two months on a waiting list for a spot, but as you can very well see, it's totally worth it!

Honestly, this bag pales in comparison to my first in April, but you should totally check out that post anyway! Also, a big congrats to Heather over at Reverie 17 for making the leap to IPSY. She credits my April bag post and I'm glad I could sway her!

Seriously, I hope you enjoyed this overview/review of my IPSY Glam Bag!

note: this post was not sponsored in any way, shape or form by any brand, company or product named in the above post! Thanks and have a great day!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Local Spotlight: ella + scott!

I did a "Local Spotlight" post last month, and since I want to try and single out one local place I love every month, I figured it's about time for another one!

This month, I want to talk about a local Boutique named ella + scott!  I adore this boutique! They have beautiful, timeless clothes, and the service is outstandingly friendly!

(Here is a little it about Ella + Scott, straight from their website:)

ella + scott opened it's doors in May 2011 because we couldn't hide our passion any longer. Now we get to celebrate a love for fashion and the spirit of style everyday.

That good style is all about how it makes you feel. Wearing an outfit that makes you feel amazing is the only way to wear any piece of clothing.

Let labels and price tags define great style. Whether an outfit cost you a thousand dollars or ten dollars, if it doesn't make you feel like a million bucks, it isn't worth buying.

Wear it. Rock it. When you find just the right style to fit you and your personality, you won't just want to wear it, you'll want to rock it, all day long. That's what fashion does to us and that's exactly what we want fashion to do for you.

Here are a few photos, courtesy of their Facebook Page:

Not a local? No problem! You can shop online too! The selection is not as wide as in-store, but you could have a little piece of ella + scott virtually anywhere! 

They are located at:
460 MLK Dr.
Beaumont, TX 77701
Monday-Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm

Find them online:

So, what are you waiting for? Check them and and, Wear it. Rock it!

FYI - We have 49 Facebook likes, 25 Blog followers and we just hit 3k views! We also have 2 YouTube subscribers! I want to take a minute to thank you all again for your love and support and to remind you that we are about to enter our 6th month of blogging and for that, we have a very special surprise planned for you all!

Note: this entry was not sponsored in any way, shape or form by any brand, company or item named or listed above. Thank you.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Our First YouTube Video!

So, it's sort of a historic day. I finally uploaded our very first YouTube video on our channel! It took me 2 weeks and 3 different programs before I finally found one that worked and was user friendly with enough editing options.

So, it's just a quick 34 second into video. There are a few things, looking back now, that I would probably edit/alter but I don't think it's too shabby for a beginner YouTuber!

Check it out and let me know what you think!

I was having some issues getting the thumbnail to be centered and even. Anyone have any insight for me on that?

Anyways, check out our channel and subscribe because now that I've gotten the hang of editing, there will be more videos soon!

Thanks for watching/reading!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Oh Deer: It's never too early to starting thinking about RenFest!

I have been in a total makeup mood lately! So, the Texas Renaissance Festival is around 5 months away and, since it's never too early (for me) to start planning my costume, I thought i'd share some of my progress with you all!

First, a short history!

So, my husband and I looooooove the Texas Renaissance Festival and try to go twice a year. One time as tourists in our everyday clothes, and another in costume! 

I adore Renaissance Faires. They let you transport yourself into this magical kingdom for a day, surrounded by lords and ladies, knights and monks. It's so much fun. 

Last year, I was a fairy:

And my very first year to go, 2008, we dressed up as Link and Zelda!

Ha! I felt like a total nerd and it was 100% worth it. We got a LOT of attention. We also went in 2009 as Link and Zelda again, skipped 2010 and didn't dress up in 2011. Soooooo, this year I want to created a satyr/faun/deer costume and started working on a makeup look,

Let me know what you all think! Would you like a video tutorial on this look?!

I'm not 100% happy with the look, and there are some things I want to change, but that's why it's a test run right?

Anyways, I'll be documenting my progress as it gets closer to October so I hope you guys will enjoy it! Do you guys like halloween, or renaissance festivals? Now, to scrub my face!

Thanks for reading! 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Two Eye Makeup Looks

So I've been playing around with looks and challenging myself to think outside the box when it comes to my makeup looks. I usually stick with the same 3-4 colors from my Naked pallet during the week, and give myself more creative freedom on weekends. Away from criticizing eyes. 

But, I figured, why the hell not?! So, behold my two latest makeup looks that I am brave enough and/or happy enough with to put on the world wide web! 

This first one is just something I was playing around with in my new NYX Wicked Dreams pallette. My husband really really liked this look. ;)

I've been loving all of the buzz from the MET Gala (my favorite fashion event) and Kristen Stewart's whole ensemble stood out to me. Especially her eye makeup. Feeling inspired, I brought out my pallette army and got to blending away. ;)

It didn't end up near as dark as I wanted, but i was still pleased with the color. Oh well, practice makes perfect, right?

Also, can anyone recommend a reliable waterproof kohl pencil? I've gone through the Rimmel and the Revlon, and they both give that uneven waterline coverage you see there. I've seen folks using gel liners, but that looks kind of scary! Maybe I need to give it a go though.

Anyways, let me know what you all thought. I've been bitten by the makeup bug the past few days! ;)