Sequin Gowns & Mermaid Crowns

Monday, September 11, 2017

A Thought About Jeans

So I went shopping yesterday looking for some basic pieces for work. I am in need of jeans, which is and always has been, a nightmare for me. I thought it would be easier to find clothes now that I am averaging around a size 12 and it has been, but not for jeans.

Jeans are a curvy girl's worst nightmare.   Although there are many brands that include "plus sizes," they simply aren't cut to fit a curvy figure. Being a somewhat in between size, I find that straight size lines that go up to a 12 or 14 are too straight through the hips and strictly plus size lines are too loose in the bottom. (Don't even get me started on plus sized tops that find the need to accommodate a DDD bust in a 1x top...) On top of everything this endless hunt requires, now we also have to deal with misleading style names.

I want to point out that I really like Joe's jeans as a brand. I love the styles, the quality and the overall feel of the jeans they produce and have sung their praises to many a customer. However, I have yet to find a pair that actually fits me. The brand goes up to a 32 waist, which I would say I usually wear a 32 or 34. When I came across a pair called the "booty fit," I thought I may have finally found my match. Now I did realize "booty" could have referred to the somewhat bootcut leg, but I figured since it was the booty fit and not booty cut, that the fit was designed for a girl with hips and thighs.

Fade out to the fitting room: me with my "booty" jeans not even making it past my knees. I couldn't even tell if they would fit on the booty. These jeans had zero, and I mean ZERO, stretch or any kind of Lycra. So apparently I was totally wrong about it being a curvier cut. Like I wasn't already frustrated, now I'm disappointed. Apparently not only am I not skinny enough for Joe's but I'm also too shapely? 🙄

I am still trying to wrap my mind around why so many brands are catering to skinny, curveless women when, in reality, they are the minority. I've realized that even if I lost enough weight to get to a size 6, I would still struggle. The fat may melt away, but the Puerto Rican thighs and booty are forever.

If I never get the opportunity to design my own line, I ask that someone please fix this problem! At least refrain from using misleading style names that make me feel like I'm not good enough to wear your clothes. *Mic drop*

XO, Briana

Monday, September 4, 2017

Instagram Wish List

For a while now I've been collecting some things on my Instagram saves that I've been obsessing over. Basically, its a wish list of things I most likely will never get my hands on. Either way, it doesn't cost anything to admire them from afar (sigh..) So here are my favorites! Maybe some of them will make it onto my Christmas list! ;)

Mermaid Goodies from Sincerely Sweet Boutique

You could probably pick something from this website with your eyes closed and I'd probably love it! This place has the biggest selection of mermaid goodies that I've found so far. They've got everything from bathing suits, to seashell compacts, to mermaid tarot cards! I'm in serious need. Plus, as I've featured above, there's even something super cute for blind mermaids like me! LOL.

Handmade Batik Clothing

Batik is a hand dying technique that is native to Indonesia and it is absolutely a work of art! Jenny Handmade Batik has been on my radar for a while and she creates some seriously gorgeous pieces! I've saved quite a few favorites, but this one was my most recent! I love the mudras on this cute little crop top!

The Jungalow Stationary

First off, let me say that I absolutely love everything that Justina Blakeney and company produce from their uber creative noggins. Like, who wouldn't want to spend all of their time in THIS room?! Decor aside, they just recently came out with this adorable stationary collection and let me just say, I need those palm leaf notebooks in my life!

Aloha Charm Necklace

I've had my eye on this baby for a while and it will be mine someday soon! I just love the meaning of aloha and how delicate and pretty this is! I hunted extensively for something similar but a little less expensive, but this one from Love Me Knots Hawaii is the clear winner. It's handmade in Hawaii with 14k gold and pink coral. So unique! Plus you also have the option to customize these necklaces with whatever you want them to say!

Pacifica Crystal Line

The vegan, cruelty-free makeup and skincare company Pacifica has recently released a whole collection of crystal based products. How cool?! I found this picture from @bbcbeautyblogs on Instagram but this is only a few things that they have to offer.  One thing I found extra cool was the roller ball perfumes! Each scent targets a particular vibe like happiness or romance and are made in small batches with the crystal inside for maximum effect!

Island Style by Colleen Wilcox Art

Well, if you didn't know I was in love with this lovely wahine's art by now, you haven't been paying attention! I just adore the tropical themes, the bright colors and the unique way she puts it all together! I would kill to have this beauty hanging in my room right now, but I'll probably have to settle for the print. This particular one that she is holding is a giclee canvas print, which is a special, limited edition, high quality print on wrapped canvas.

Isla + Mar Hand Painted Hats

It was love at first sight with this palm leaf, painted hat. I find myself constantly double tapping on every hat and bag on their Instagram. Like many things that come from Miami, it just gives off that laid back, beach life vibe that I love oh so much. Plus, I'm pretty sure this one would go with just about anything!!

That's all for now! I could go on for days about the super cool things I find on IG, but I'll save some of those for another post!

XO, Briana

Saturday, August 12, 2017

HASK Charcoal Purifying Dry Shampoo

Wow, the past few months sure did fly by fast!! I may not have posted much on here, but I've been working on testing out quite a few awesome products for you guys! So make sure to keep an eye out for more noise from me!

To kick off all of the amazing reviews I have coming, I recently received one of my favorite products to test out: DRY SHAMPOO!

In my personal opinion, every girl needs some dry shampoo in her hair arsenal, as it is a gift from the beauty gods. Especially if you have hair like me, that is dry on the ends and leaning toward greasy at the roots, dry shampoo is basically a miracle in a bottle.

Now I've tried a lot of different ones and have my favorites, but as you well know, I'm always looking for the next best thing! And this new line from HASK is definitely some good competition!

HASK has just released four, count 'em, FOUR new dry shampoos all with different active ingredients. You can check out the whole collection here, which is also conveniently available at Ulta! (Yay!)

I decided I wanted to go for the charcoal one. I feel like I constantly see beauty gurus raving about the benefits of charcoal everything so I wanted to get in on the action. The HASK Charcoal Purifying Dry Shampoo uses charcoal infused rice to quickly absorb excess oil. Plus, the citrus scent is pretty nice too. It's not my favorite, but I'm not exactly mad at it. However, I do love the fact that it is free of all sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten and artificial colors.

In review, I actually very much like this product! It works well to take away my greasy roots after not washing for two or even three days. It also gives me some extra volume, which is always nice since oils tend to weigh down my hair. It does give off a white cast, as most dry shampoos do, but not as much as some others I've tried. But it's also very easy to get rid of! In the past I have found myself rubbing my head for a ridiculously long time trying to get rid of my "old lady hair," but not with this one!
What stands out to me most about this particular dry shampoo is that it is very lightweight. I doesn't make me feel like I'm putting a crap ton of product in my hair. It feels natural and comfortable while still doing its job! I will note that it's great for when you experience a little bit of greasiness but I wouldn't use it for a heavy duty job haha.

I would 100% recommend this entire line! I honestly want to try them all, since they're great quality and still affordable (since I go through an embarrassing about of dry shampoo.) Plus, the convenience of being able to grab a bottle while I'm spending half of my pay check at Ulta is wonderful!

So much thanks to HASK for letting me try another of your awesome products (and for the super cute tote bag too!)

What are your favorite dry shampoos? Have you tried any other HASK products? Let me know in the comments below!

XO, Briana

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