Flamingo’s Top Four-January

Hello lovelies! Let’s take a moment to celebrate the end of the first month of 2018! I’m pretty sure everyone thinks January feels like two months in one, but regardless January was a great month. If you’re interested in reading the more personal side of my January recap, then head on over to my last post. Today, we are focusing on fashion and a few of my favorite things from this past month.

1. Dark Wash Jeans

I finally found the PERFECT pair of plain, dark wash jeans. These jeans are simple and have no distressing, so they are appropriate for a wide range of occasions. I’ve worn them nonstop this month, and they’ve quickly became my staple dark wash denim. They look lovely with fancy fur, but also pair well will casual outfits like this tee and cardi combo below! Unfortunately, the only size left is a 26, but Gap has quite a few pairs that are similar.

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2. Black Fur Jacket

Yep, I bought more fur! It’s an obsession that I doubt will be going away anytime soon. I couldn’t resist because it was on sale for about $100 off. Fur is great for adding a statement piece to a basic outfit. I’ve worn this jacket with leggings, a white tee, and rose gold sneakers for a chic, athlesiure look. This item is on sale and in stock in an XS and S, and comes in pink as well. Head on over to Gap because their winter sale is too good to resist!

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3. Rose Gold Hoops

One of my favorite accessories to pair with a black fur jacket is rose gold hoop earrings. I got this pair from Macy’s awhile ago, but the only come in gold now. Honestly, I’m dying for any kind of hoop earring right now, and there is less expensive rose gold pairs at Macy’s that are just as darling. The hoop earring, especially big pairs, are having quite the moment in the fashion scene right now!

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4. Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream

I’m a fan of moisturizing lipsticks, and I love them even more if they are super pigmented. I found the Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream in the shade Double Bubble at Marshalls the other week, and picked it up to test it out. I totally regret not picking up the nude shade they had there as well because I love this product so much. Not only is it buttery smooth, it has an amazing color pay off and wears really well. It doesn’t look like Sephora carries the product at all, and Ulta doesn’t carry the exact shade. I did find it on Amazon for $15 if you’re interested in Double Bubble, but there is other gorgeous shades at Ulta worth checking out!

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I’m so ready to take on February, find new products and clothing, and share them with you next month! Follow my Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest to find out when I upload my next Flamingo’s Top Four.

Flamingo’s Top 4- December

Hello lovelies! This FT4 is a little bit late because of the holidays, but I’m posting it anyways! It was super hard to narrow down four things from December that I absolutely loved because I received a lot of cool things for Christmas. Nevertheless, I narrowed my list down to these four fashion related things that I have been loving!

1. Kate Spade “She”

I had this book on my Christmas list with the intention to only have it for display. I started to look at the pretty pictures within it, and found myself deep in the stories in the book. It’s filled with short biographies of inspiring women from all backgrounds. Some focus on women of fashion, and some on women who sought to change the world. I’m not much of a reader anymore, but this book was so good!

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2. Kate Spade Cameron Street Tote

I love the design and quality of Kate Spade bags, so it only made sense to get a KS tote. I did a little research and read a ton of reviews before I decided to put this bag on my Christmas list. Since I’m taking a college credit class on campus this upcoming semester, and I’ll be attending college in the fall, I knew I needed a heavy duty tote to keep my books in. This KS tote is great quality, fits my binder, 15in laptop, and several notebooks in it all at once! Plus, it’s absolutely adorable, just like everything else created by the Kate Spade brand.

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3. Rose Gold Tretorns

I showcased these shiny sneaks a few posts back when I first got them, and I’ve barely taken them off. I love pairing them with black jeans and a sweater for a edgier look. They are the perfect casual statement shoe, and are very comfortable.

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4. Buxom Lip Gloss

I feel naked without any lip product on, but sometimes I just don’t want to wear anything on my lips. I got this Buxom lip gloss from Sephora and it’s perfect for a natural look. It smells and feels like it has peppermint in it, and it only has a little bit of pinky-nude color to it. I like to layer it over other lipsticks as well to add a little bit of shimmer! The shade I have is Dolly.

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18 All-Time Favorite Fashion & Beauty Essentials

Hello friends! Going along with my eighteenth birthday theme I thought I’d share my all-time favorite fashion and beauty essentials. Some of these I don’t wear/use daily, but I’m always going back to them! These aren’t in any particular order, just separated by categories.

1. Estee Lauder Double Wear

I’ve tried SO many foundations, drugstore and high-end. I’ve never found a foundation quite as good as Estee Lauder Double Wear. My face is covered in acne scares and dark spots, and DW is the only foundation I have found to cover them without it being cakey. It doesn’t slip and slide even on my skin’s most oily days. Estee Lauder is truly worth the money!

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2. Sigma F80 Brush

I was doubtful that the Sigma F80 brush would really make a difference in the coverage and longevity of my Estee Lauder Double Wear, but it totally does. I used to use a Beauty Blender, but got this brush last Christmas. It was clear from the first application that the coverage was much fuller, and after a few days of use I could tell it made my foundation was lasting WAY longer. Again, it’s just one of those products that’s well worth the money.

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3. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer

Yet another product I doubted would make a difference in my makeup routine, but boy was I wrong. I don’t have awful dark circles under my eyes because I am pretty well rested, but this concealer does help brighten and make me look more awake. I use the lightest shade because I really want to add some dimension to my face. Besides using it under my eye, I do a quick line down my nose, a triangle on my lower forehead, a circle on my chin, and a dot on my cupid’s bow. I find that this makes me look more alive and youthful. Plus, this isn’t an expensive product what-so-ever!

5. Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue

I can’t say enough that my skin is SO oily. One product that did help a lot with my oily t-zone is the Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue primer. It not only stops my skin from getting oily a few hours into the day, but helps my foundation stay in place for a LONG time. This has to be the best primer out on the market for oily skin!

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6. Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner

I honestly just started using this product again last week after using an eyeliner by Loreal. I cannot believe I stopped using it because it is so pigmented. This eyeliner is great for giving a really thin line and a sharp wing. I can usually make the perfect wing on the first try. I like to get ready under 45 minutes in the mornings, so an eyeliner that is easy and quick to use is necessary!

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7. The Perfect Lippie

This isn’t really a specific favorite, but I do think wearing at least a lip tint completes any look. For me, having pale lips makes me look drained and sickly. Adding a peachy lip gloss like Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Peach Daiquiri can help add a little color and shine to make you look more put together.

8. Coconut Oil

You’ve probably heard before that coconut oil can be used for about anything, and that’s the truth. I mainly use it for washing my face at night. I know I just said a million times that my skin is super oily, but surprisingly coconut oil helps control my oiliness. Since I spend A LOT of time in the pool, the chlorine dries out my skin and then it starts to overproduce oil. If I use coconut oil as my face wash, it adds the oil back to my skin and stops the overproduction. It’s great at taking off makeup, and it is SO cheap.

9. Apple Cider Vinegar

Yes, I use apple cider vinegar as a toner, but don’t assume I’m crazy just yet. I mentioned earlier how bad my acne scarring is, and this product has helped immensely. It helps to lighten the scarring and dries out any active pimples. It is drying, so using an oil like coconut oil with it can help moisturize.

10. Tea Tree Oil

This is the last of the three natural products I use on my skin. I mix this with my moisturizer or serum to help soothe my skin. It helps with active pimples and scarring as well. I’ve used it on bug bites too and they go away almost instantly. This is another cheap product that I don’t think I could live without!

11. Spanx

I think a lot of teenage girls are afraid of spanx for some reason, and they shouldn’t be. I have a million pairs of spanx for wearing under tight or loose dresses. The main thing I love spanx for is tucking in shirts. This hack truly changed my life because I wear loose blouses a lot. I tuck my shirt into a pair of tight spanx so when I lift my arms, my shirt doesn’t fly out of my bottoms or become messily tucked in. Remember the Old Navy skirts from my Styling Suede Skirts post? I was totally using this hack in both looks.

12. A Good Pair Of Dark Wash Jeans

Have I preached enough that dark wash jeans are a necessary component to any wardrobe? Dark wash is the most classic wash, and they’re so easy to style. I’ve always been a fan of Gap jeans. They’re my all-time favorite, and I’ve been wearing the same pair since my freshman year. I’ve linked a similar pair here.

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13. A White Blouse

It wouldn’t be a favorites post unless I mentioned a white blouse. I won’t ramble on about it for too long, but they’re seriously so versatile. Wear it with jeans and flats for a casual look or pair it with a pencil skirt and blazer for work attire. It has to be the staple pieces of all staple pieces for me!

14. A Seersucker dress

Lauren James has the most gorgeous seersucker dresses that are perfect for any occasion. I have the Landry, and have my eye on the Emerson. If it isn’t in your budget, don’t fret! Lauren James has a Pink Friday sale once a year where you can get the dresses for MUCH cheaper. It’s best to buy early on during the sale because popular colors go relatively quickly.

15. A Jean Jacket

Perfect for summer, winter, spring, and fall, a quality jean jacket is easy to throw on with any outfit. My personal favorite jean jacket outfit is a white tee, leggings, and, of course, a jean jacket!  Throw on some cute tennis shoes and you’re on your way.

16. A Peacoat

This is a pricier item, but I promise it’s worth it. Peacoats are so classic and great to have in your wardrobe for events where you need to be a little more dressed up. I have a navy peacoat because that’s the traditional color, but I’d love to get a pink or gray one. Mine is from Gap, but Old Navy has an inexpensive alternative. Plus, it comes in five different colors!

17. Pearl Earrings

Another classic piece, shocker! But seriously, pearl earrings are a must-have for preppy girls. They’re perfect for everyday wear, and great for all ages. I have a pair of Kate Spade reversible pearl earrings, so they have a giant pink pearl on one side and a rose gold bow on the other (no longer available!). These aren’t as classic as regular pearl earrings, but I absolutely love them. It’s totally up to you and your budget to decide how much you want to spend since you can get faux pearls for pretty cheap!

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18. A Good Bag

I’m using the term “good” loosely in this context because everyone has a different perception on a good quality bag. It doesn’t matter if you spend $1,000+ or less than $100, a good bag is a bag that makes you feel invincible. I truly believe with the right bag in my hand, I can accomplish anything. I couldn’t pick out of my bags one favorite, so let’s just say purses in general are my favorite!

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If I could pick only 18 beauty/fashion items to have, these would be it! I don’t mind spending a little extra money on these 18 things because I know it’s well worth it.

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Flamingo’s Top Four- May

Another month has past and the weather is seriously SO gorgeous here. The warm weather is making me super happy, so I picked favorites from this past month that are bright and cheery!

My first favorite this month is this hot pink bag I bought on sale from Kate Spade. It was originally $200 and I got it for $75, so it was a pretty good deal! I’m a sucker for hot pink this summer because it’s so bold and cheery. I’ve been wanting a bag this color, and this was just too good of a deal to pass up!

My next favorite is this pair of statement earrings from Prep Obsessed (similar pair here) that I’ve been featuring a lot in my recent social media posts. These are so fun and I love the various shades of pink. I style them with just about anything, but I really like them with an all white outfit because it adds a great touch of color!

For the past few summers, I’ve been living in high waisted bikinis. They are modest, comfortable, and super on trend. I’m obsessed with this pair because I LOVE stripes and I paired it with a scallop bikini for a little extra detail. The bottoms are from Old Navy and the scalloped top is from Target.

The final fashion piece I’ve been adoring is this straw hat from Old Navy that’s currently on sale. There isn’t really anything special about it, I just love big, floppy hats. It’s definitely an essential for the summer, as well as a great pair of shades!

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Flamingo’s Top Four: April

Another month has come and gone unexpectedly fast, so it is time for Flamingo’s Top Four (March Edition Here). This month I struggled to narrow it down to four items because I’ve found tons of goodies that I’m obsessed with. I finally have the list, and the items that haven’t made my top four will most likely make an appearance in future blog post! For now, this is what I really loved the month of April.

1. Statement Earrings

I chose to put statement earrings as number one because I love the very few pair I have so much! Specifically, I love this pair from Francesca’s with multicolored beads formed in a teardrop shape. Unfortunately, they aren’t displaying this pair online at the moment, but they have an amazing selection of similar styles. I typically wear pretty neutral outfits, so these earrings really add a much needed pop of color. Statement earrings with tassels and pom-poms seem to be huge this spring and I certainly will be adding more to my collection soon!IMG_6695IMG_6693

2. Raw Hem Jeans

Currently, I am obsessed with cropped, raw hem jeans because they pair so well with lace-up flats. I’ve posted several times about my favorite raw hem white jeans, but recently I took a pair of some old jeans and chopped a few inches off. I love how fun these are and they are a great style for the summer. Even though I made mine, you can find a great pair here.

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3. Rain boots

Ohio is experiencing lots of showers right now, but I’m content because I love rainy weather. Nothing is better than cuddling up on the couch and binge watching a great Netflix series. Even when I have to go out, I have the perfect rain gear to brave the storm! My favorite rainy day accessory is a good pair of rain boots, specifically Hunter rain boots. Hunter boots are totally worth the money and are the perfect shoes for any girl who lives where it pours a lot. It’s rare to find the tall gloss boots on sale, but I purchased mine for about $50 off around Christmas. The bows are by the brand Poppyclips and they are the perfect dainty accessory to put on the boots. To add a bright pop of color I threw on my favorite rain jacket from Charles River Apparel. I had my mom put on my monogram, but there are millions of monogram shops you can purchase similar jackets from.

4. Leather Tote Bag

My final favorite for April is this super cute, but functional tote bag. I’ve been wanting a leather tote for the longest time ever so that I could easily lug around all my school books easier. It’s thick straps make it extra durable so it’s great if I have to throw a ton of books in it. This one is by Steve Madden and I purchased it at Marshalls for $30.

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Flamingo’s Favorite Finds Under $20

The other day I was staring in my closet and I realized that for all the clothes I have, I’ve only paid half price for all of it. Nothing makes me feel better than knowing I’ve walked out of a store basically stealing the clothes because I got them for so cheap! Finding great clothes at an affordable price is pretty hard to do if you don’t know where and when to shop. I used to find myself with empty pockets because I’d spend too much on one item. I didn’t know how to find good pieces for a good price. I wanted a huge wardrobe filled with beautiful, luxe clothing, but unfortunately, that isn’t reality when you are a teenage girl. Now, I rarely buy full price clothing and wait till an item is thirty to forty percent off until I buy it. Luckily, I have mastered the skill of finding good clothing for cheap, so I figured I’d share it with you all.

Find #1

The Old Navy clearance section is the best place to find cute, discounted clothing. Online has a good selection, but from my experience, in-store has tons of on-trend, inexpensive pieces. I found this ruffled blouse there for FIVE dollars. Ruffles are big this season so I snagged it immediately. This piece is a fresh, new twist to a classic white blouse that every girl should own. I’ve found some really great clothing in the clearance section, especially basics like striped tees, button-ups, and cardigans. This is the easiest way to get discounted clothing since the deals are going on pretty much year round.

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Find #2

I also found this beautiful mauve sweater at Old Navy for five dollars. In this case, I bought it during their end of the season sale, which is the best time of the season to shop for discounted clothing. Sometimes you’ll find leftover last season clothing, but sometimes you’ll find great transitional pieces. This mauve sweater is super lightweight, making it perfect for the cold mornings of spring!

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Find #3

You might have noticed the last few posts that I’ve been wearing the same gold flats. What can I say? I’m obsessed with them! It’s great that they are cute, comfortable and I bought them for only $20. One of the easiest ways to get cute and affordable clothing is to watch for sales. Find your favorite store, sign up for exclusive emails, and wait until the piece you want gets marked down! These flats are from Old Navy and I check their site just about every day to see what deals are going on.

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Finds #3 & #4

I found these mules and overalls at Marshalls/TJMaxx, which are off-price retail chains. At stores like these, you’ll find inexpensive clothing that is made by big brands like Ralph Lauren. My mules aren’t a big brand but they were trendy and chic so I picked them up anyway. They were $16.99 and I featured them in my last Flamingo’s Top Four. The overalls were bought at TJMaxx and were $15. Overalls can be pretty expensive, so to find this pair for under twenty bucks was incredible!

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It really isn’t that hard to find trendy pieces if you know where and when to shop. Every since I got smart about shopping, my closet size has literally doubled! The quality of these clothes are still decent too, but that isn’t much of my concern because I only wear these items a few times. Plus, I’m (trying) to save money from buying cheaper, but let’s be real, I’m just buying more clothes!

 

Flamingo’s Top Four: March

I’ve decided to start a new series on my blog called “Flamingo’s Top Four” where I show you my four favorite fashion items at the end of each month. I’m constantly finding new favorite pieces so I figured sharing it via a blog series would be the easiest way. Below are my favorite pieces of March that I’ve been wearing like crazy and will probably continue to do the same throughout April!

Fashion Find #1

If you haven’t noticed already, I am in LOVE with white jeans, especially these distressed, raw hemmed ones by the brand Tractr. I wore them nonstop during the month of March, and so far April is going just about the same. White jeans are a necessity in every girl’s wardrobe for Spring, as well as every other season. I hear many girls complain about trying to find the perfect white jeans and I promise that you will not regret it if you purchase these! They are comfortable, stretchy, and super fun because they are cropped. Find my favorite jeans here.

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Fashion Find #2

My second favorite piece this month is this utility jacket from Lilac and Bloom that sadly has been discontinued. This jacket has been my favorite to throw on over any outfit because of the beautiful gold detailing. It is lightweight, super comfortable, and adorable! Similar jackets can be found at Macy’s, Forever 21, and Old Navy.

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Fashion Find #3

My third favorite is this adorable pair of shoes that I found at Marshalls for only $17! I saw these mules and instantly fell in love because I’m obsessed with anything that has a bow on it. When I wear these it feels like I’m wearing slippers. It’s so easy to slide them on and make an outfit instantly look trendier. They’re by the brand Wild Diva Lounge but similar can be found here.

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Fashion Find #4

My last favorite is a classic every girl should own, a denim jacket. Denim jackets are a necessity all year round but I’ve recently dug mine out of my closet for Spring. I love the laid-back look a denim jacket can add to any outfit. I paired it with a tee and added gold Old Navy flats, which are no longer available online. A few great denim jackets can be found at H&M, Abercrombie, and JCrew.

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