Wednesday, May 30, 2012

strawberry fields forever

Wearing a UO tee, Forever 21 dress, Sperrys shoes, Aldo elephant ring, vintage bracelet, gifted rings and necklace, Michael Kors watch.

This is just a quick outfit post. This is definitely not an outfit that I think is particularly creative or anything, but this dress is really special to me. I bought it to wear on my first day of university three years ago, and it's so nice because every time I wear it I remember that day. It's so weird that it was three years ago that I started, but sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday. I've been getting pretty nostalgic thinking about how this fall will begin my last year of undergrad. It's mind boggling!!

This shirt also makes me incredibly happy because it's covered in a pattern of strawberries, and what better berry to represent summer than a strawberry?

Ps. Polka dot nails! If you want a tutorial let me know in the comments!

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Glittering Garden: Wispy Brook

Bracelet: Silver Rush 2000

This particular bracelet laden among the crevice in the rock reminds me of a quiet little brook in the woods. A few years back my friend and I used to take walks in this huge park near her house and my favourite part was to walk near the little brook overgrown with trees. There was this little pretty bridge where my friend and I would sit on and share secrets. I sometimes miss those days, but they are merely a memory now.
The different blues in the bracelet make me incredibly happy and remind me of the different hues found in the glistening water when the sunlight hits the surface.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

rose-coloured world

Wearing an H&M dress, Sperry shoes, vintage belt, unknown necklaces/gold one gifted, Michael Kors watch, vintage bangles, hat from The Bay.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake/OPI nail polish in It's All Greek To Me

Blackberry Bold/Case from a booth in the mall

This is probably the simplest outfit I've yet to wear on my blog, but there are some days when layers just turn me off. This pink dress is definitely nothing special, but it reminds me of sunny days, Pretty in Pink, Audrey Hepburn, strawberry ice cream, party dresses, beautiful lipsticks, Legally Blonde, blonde hair, and Princess Diaries novels. Even though pink isn't my favourite colour, it's definitely a colour that makes me incredibly happy. I've always felt that if I only have a little bit of pink on me, my day will be brighter and better (a thought that kept me going through the long winter months).

I also wanted to review the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters. These things are so INCREDIBLE! It's like a lipstick/lip balm in one. I absolutely love the two that I bought. The one I'm wearing in these photos is called Strawberry Shortcake. This particular one isn't as pigmented as some of the other ones, but it's still beautiful and really hydrating. I definitely recommend this product (and no one is paying me to say that, aha). I bought mine at Walmart because they had these incredible rollback sales, but you can get them at Target, Zellers, Shoppers Drug Mart, or any other place that sells drug store make-up products.

Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Glittering Garden: Mystical Mushrooms

Rings from left: Jewelexi, RingLovers, Silver Trend
Pendant: RingLovers

So this is the second post in the Glittering Garden series. The first post was my own jewelry, but now I'll begin showing certain pieces from my mother's. I chose to show these first because I absolutely loved how the jewelry looked on these mushroom statues we have around our garden. I love the middle pendant with the peachy stone, it's such a light toned piece for summer. The purple ring is one of my favourite rings in my mom's whole collection. The stone sparkles like the night sky and makes me think of faeries and magical places. I wore it during school a lot, and it always made me so happy to look down and see the ring on my finger. A great pick-me up on a long day of classes.

Stay tuned for the third post in the series.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

whimsical lounging

     As a fashion blogger my outfit posts usually consist of outfits that I have worn out into public, either to school, work, an event, or something random like a trip to the mall or coffee with a friend. Yet, I never post what I wear at home, something that I think hardly any bloggers do. I for one do not dress in my beloved clothing to lounge around the house reading books, doing homework, internet surfing or whatever else it is my heart may desire to do. Instead, I usually wear old t-shirts and sweatpants/leggings. But I was thinking about it the other day, and I realized how much more fun it would be to adorn myself in something beautiful while going about my daily life at home. That's when my mind reverted to old films where the leading ladies walk around their homes in silky kimono's and loose dresses whilst sipping fancy water. 
     Conveniently, a few days later my mom pulled out this vintage nightgown that I originally thought was a dress. That's when it hit me: vintage nightgowns as loungewear. Obviously there are some nightgowns that are better left for the bedroom, but this one is a perfect example of everyday house wear. It's light, not too sheer, loose, and looks great with a belt or ribbon around the waist. 
     Therefore, I spent my day lounging around outside reading literature, updating my daily planner, painting my nails, sipping strawberry water (cold water with strawberry slices), all whilst being perfectly comfortable and looking quite fashionable.

I hope you enjoy the following photos from the rather whimsical day spent in a corner of my garden.

Using a Moleskine day planner, Swarovski pen that was gifted to me last year by the girls at my summer job

Vintage hat, vintage nightgown worn as "lounge wear", DIY friendship bracelet, vintage belt

Ray Ban wayfarer reading glasses, Strawberry water, This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Glittering Garden: Personal Favourites

Over the next month or so, I will be doing a series called "The Glittering Garden" which will display a variety of jewelry from my mom's collection in our garden (my mom and I chose the pieces, then along with her help we arranged them in our garden and I photographed them).
The first post in the series though, will be some of my own personal favourite pieces of jewelry. They're definitely not as exciting as the ones that I will be showing in the coming weeks, but a lot of them hold sentimental value and are definitely the most worn from all the jewelry I own. A few are pieces I don't wear as much, but would definitely call my favourites.

Ps. If you want to find the series among the rest of the posts that will be popping up in between, just search "The Glittering Garden" in the search bar on the left hand side of my blog.

Some of my favourite pendants . . . more info to follow below.

Holt Renfrew earrings. I'm usually not big on big earrings, but I absolutely adore these.

I wore this a lot in my first year of university, and although I wear it less now, I'd never part with it. Juicy Couture bracelet.

My first friend ever made these for me when I was in Lithuania in the summer of 2007. She makes beautiful glass earrings, necklaces, and keychains.

This bracelet was gifted to me back when I was still in elementary school (Grade 5?) by a family friend. It's a vintage bracelet with hand painted glass beads.

This rose gold bracelet with crystal butterflies was a high school graduation gift from a family friend. I don't wear it much, but I really adore the woman who gifted it to me.

I'm not sure where this necklace is from . . . it might even be a belt, but it's my most worn chunky piece of jewelry.

This silver elephant pendant is the newest edition to my family of pendants but it's so adorable. I've wanted an elephant pendant ever since I read The Mystery of the Ivory Charm, one of my favourite Nancy Drew novels.

My grandparents had this gold "Ruta" pendant made for me when I was 11. In Lithuanian my name has an accent, but I usually leave it out. To correctly pronounce my name, say: rue-tah.

This is the plant version of Ruta, which my grandparents also had made for me.

This gold viking boat necklace is by far the one pendant I wear the most. If you've been following my blog for quite some time, you've probably noticed this in basically every outfit post. This was a 16th birthday gift from my other grandparents. The opal heart on the right was a birthday gift from a lovely friend of the family who passed away a few years ago.

This silver key necklace was gifted to my mom on her 16th birthday. I remember I found it in her jewelry box years ago, and since then I've taken it under my wing.

This is one of my most-loved necklaces that I purchased when I was 15. It's from Aldo, and while I normally wouldn't consider Aldo jewelry as top quality, this particular piece still looks brand new even though I've worn it A LOT.

These final two pieces are the two rings I wear on a daily basis no matter what other jewelry I have on. The ring in the shape of the ruta plant was gifted along with the matching ruta necklace above from my grandparents. The smaller ring was a communion gift from my other grandparents. Both beautiful pieces that I love dearly.