Palazzos + Sunnies

Fashion

Finally, the weather is hot in Houston, as it should be in the springtime. I went on a lunch date with a blogger friend at Jinya Ramen Bar and we ended up taking a stroll around the River Oaks District after. It was sweltering hot, but I still wanted to dress cute for our date, so I’ve put together a look that’s lightweight and super stylish. I’m obsessed with these floral pants from the Rainbow Shop, which has now become my go-to for palazzos.

To all my women traveling in the summer, these light and airy pants are perfect for you! Not to mention, they would look great for a day at the beach.

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Olive has just become my new favorite color. The gorgeous earthy color goes perfectly with the floral theme, not to mention you can pair it with all neutral colored pants.

TOP: Ribbed Turtle Neck Sweater from H&M

SCARF: Viscose Crinkle Hijabs from Ali Express

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I’m obsessed with this ring bracelet from Charlotte Russe. It gives this outfit the extra flare it needs, and goes so well with my golden sunnies.

BRACELET: Grand Gestures from JustFab

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SHADES: BSX Eyewear from Giordano

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Champagne satin pumps were the elegant touch this outfit needed. Since I wore pinks and greens, I decided to go with nude pumps to tie it all together.

PANTS: Floral Split Leg Palazzo Pants from Rainbow Shops

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HEELS: Champagne Crystal Satin Pumps from Nina Shoes

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Your Austin Food Guide

Lifestyle

Recently, I spent a long weekend in Austin, TX with friends and had a spectacular time trying the best food places and most famous tourist attractions. Our main purpose of going to Austin was to attend a conference, but we tried cramming in whatever we could when we had spare time. And trust me, we sure got hungry.

Halal Bros.

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You must have heard of the famous Halal Bros. that got its start in Brooklyn. They opened up another location on Guadalupe St. in Austin, and I have to say, it’s pretty darn good. They have amazing hummus, falafel, shawarma, gyro, and chicken over rice with a side of fresh salad. The picture above is of the combination plate. And don’t forget to ask for extra white sauce!

Gordough’s

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Gourmet + Doughnuts = Gourdough’s, get it? This little dessert truck is an Austin classic because of how crispy and delicious their donuts are. They have a variety of options on their menu, from The Nutty Valentine with strawberries and nutella, to Black Out with brownies, fudge and chocolate chips.

Lick Honest Ice Creams

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Lick Honest Ice creams has fun flavors on their menu like Horchata, and Roasted Beets and Fresh Mint. Ask for their waffle cone!

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What’s cooler than handcrafted gelato on a stick? Create your own popsicle or get a pre-existing combination from the menu and design it with sprinkles, coconut shavings, cotton candy, milk, dark, or white chocolate. Do it for the gram!

Austin Chai Wala

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If you’re on-the-go and looking for an Indian breakfast, this is your best option. Austin Chai Wala is a food truck that serves anything from samosas and kashmiri chai to nutella parathas.

Arpeggio Grill

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This may be a Mediterranean restaurant, but they are well known for their 30-inch halal pizzas. Yes, it’s bigger than your face.

Longhorn Chicken

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If you’re looking for food past midnight, this is the best place to get halal fried chicken and waffles.

Kylie Jenner Lip Kit Dupes

Beauty

In case you don’t know, I am kind of obsessed with Kylie Jenner’s lip kits. I have been trying to get my hands on them for a while now, but the moment I was about to hit “Checkout,” they were sold out. The colors are gorgeous and perfect for daily wear, parties, a night out with bae, clubbing, you name it. Her Metal Matte Lipsticks are to die for. If you can pull them off, hats off to you.

We all know these lip kits sell out in a flash and if you haven’t been able to snap one of them before they broke Google (unless you want to pay extra to buy these sold out and already overpriced lip products from Amazon or eBay), don’t worry. Here are some affordable spot-on similar dupes for every single lip kit to made do with till they are in stock again. Since pretty much everything looks good on Kylie Jenner, I tried to use photos of normal women of different skin tones to give you an idea of whether each shade looks good on you.

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Candy K

This shade is light pink with a few hints of brown, kind of like a rosy nude. Perfect for daily wear if you want an effortless look.

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi, $9

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Pasadena, $20

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Celebrity Skin, $21

Dolce K

This is light brown color, like the color of hot cocoa or coffee.

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ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips in Chi , $6

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow N Arrow , $20

True Brown

Exactly what it’s called: true brown. Basically, a rich chocolate color. If you are going for a bold look, this color is perfect for the fall.

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MAC Lipstick in Antique Velvet, $17

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Dominatrix, $18

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips in Limbo , $6

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Brooklyn, $20

Lime Crime Velvetine in Salem, $20

Posie K

A darker pink, with hints of light violet.

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 Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Marvelous Mauve, $14

 Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Soft Lilac, $20

 Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Mother, $20

Mary Jo K

Your classic red lipstick. Perfect for any occasion and it makes your teeth look as white as pearls.

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NYX Liquid Suede Lip Cream in Kitten Heels, $7

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw, $20

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red, $14

Lime Crime Velvetine Matte Lipstick in Reddest Red, $20

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips in Creeper, $6

Koko K

This light pink shade is a cute summer color for daily wear. I personally don’t think I can rock this one.

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ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips in Midi, $6

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in I’m Nude, $18

Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in TBT, $20

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Milkshake, $20

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This is the perfect orangey-red lipstick to add a pop of color to your look in the summer or spring. This one looks good on almost every skin tone.

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Colourpop Ultra Matte Lips in Succulent, $6

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Morocco, $7

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Persimmon, $20

Kourt K

This deep-purple shade is perfect for all skin tones and is great to wear in the winter or fall. It gives a vampy and sexy look.

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania, $6

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sad Girl, $20

Lime Crime Velvetine Matte Lipstick in Jinx, $20

Exposed

This is a lighter version of Kylie’s Dolce K. It is more of a beige color. I personally cannot pull this one off on my skin tone.

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ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips in Kae , $6

King K

Gold. Gold. Gold. Very bold and in-your-face, but oh-so gorgeous.

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 CoverGirl Colorlicious Lip Lava Lipgloss in Lava Glow, $8

Reign

This is a sparkly chocolate brown with undertones of pink and orange. This shade looks amazing on everyone and is perfect for parties.

 Milani Amore Mattallics in Materialistic, $9

Heir

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This is a lighter copper shade, and my second favorite after Reign.

Milani Amore Mattallics in Chromattic Addict, $9

Majesty

This is obviously the boldest color on the list. A metallic black with dark blue undertones.

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Baby Bat Beauty Metallic Lip Cream in Midnight, $12

Like Gloss

This one is basically a gloss version of Dolce K.

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Covergirl Colorlicious Lip Gloss in Melted Toffee, $6.60

Literally Gloss

This is a beautiful caramel colored lipgloss.

NYX Xtreme Glossy Lipcream in Skin Tone, $6

So Cute Gloss

This is basically the gloss version of Kylie’s Exposed.

Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquer in Nude Eclipse, $5.49

 

For more matte liquid lipstick swatches, check out my swatch video:

Flaunt Your Florals

Fashion

We’re three weeks into the spring season, yet somehow the weather just keeps getting colder, even in Texas. But that doesn’t mean you can’t dress cute while keeping warm. If you love florals, then you’re in luck. They are huge for this spring season! I like florals, but just subtle hints of floral embroidery here and there, or even floral lace patterns. After all, I am all about the minimalist approach.

Here’s a look you can achieve with a simple black/white collared top with floral design, and palazzos or high-waisted wide-leg pants with richer, warm springtime colors. I left the last few buttons of the top open for extra flare, and wore a black basic tee under it, which I tucked in.

If it’s cold enough where you live, you can even pair it with a floor length duster jacket, or a black trench coat.

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TOP: Stella Embroidered 3/4 Sleeve Shirt from Boohoo

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CHOKER: Faux Suede Choker from Forever 21

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EARRINGS: Hoop Earring Set from Forever 21

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PANTS: Tie Front Palazzo Pants from Rainbow Shops

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HEELS: Brash Suede Block Heels from Payless

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If you end up buying something similar, make sure to tag me in your pictures! I’d love to see how you style them.