What’s in My April Ipsy Bag?

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Last month’s bag o’ goodies was a little hit-or-miss, but I’m really pleased with almost everything I got this time!  Here’s my take on the handful of treats in April’s bag:

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Moroccanoil Moroccanoil Treatment

As someone with freshly-bleached hair, my locks tend to feel dry–sometimes even a bit crunchy.  However, I’ve been using this stuff for a week or so whenever I wash my hair, and it makes a tangible difference.  My hair still doesn’t feel like it did before I bleached, but the oil smooths it out and keeps it from getting frizzy.

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tarte cosmetics LipSurgence Lip Creme in Wonder

Wonder indeed!  I don’t even know where to start with this one.  First off, I love the color–it’s a nice departure from all the reds I tend to wear.  Plus, that poppy shade makes it perfect for double duty on my cheeks.  I’m learning that as a pale person with super light hair, it’s important for me to wear a little extra color on my face so I don’t look too washed out.  But you know what the best part about this lip creme is?  IT LASTS.  Maybe not as long as my Santa Baby balm, but it’s pretty darn good.

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City Color Cosmetics Highlight Trio & Luxie Beauty Dreamcatcher Tapered Highlighter Brush

Before I got this bag, I’d never used highlighter in my life.  I wasn’t even quite sure what it was for or how to use it.  After watching a few tutorials, I tried it out on myself, and I love it!  I’ve been applying a little to my cheekbones, chin, and nose each day, and I love how bright-eyed and bushy-tailed it makes me look–even at 5 a.m. on a weekday.

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Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume

Actually, yeah, it’s a perfume.  And not a very good one.  My boyfriend says it reminds him of someone he isn’t friends with anymore, so I’ll be sticking to my natural Devinne smell instead.

Outfit: New Girl in Town

DSC_0939.jpgWhen I was a little toddler, my hair grew in pretty golden ringlets.  When I was 13, my mom let me dye the tips a bright red (not much unlike the purse I’m carrying in these pictures).  At 14, I had streaks of black.  The next year, I became a ginger and was simply called “Irish” by the old ladies at the hospital where I volunteered.  After that phase, I went almost completely black.  And by the end of high school, I desperately wanted to become a blonde again.

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Except instead of going back to the soft gold of my baby days, I wanted to bleach the life out of my hair.  As both my parent and hairdresser, my mom strongly advised against it, telling me that the bleach would ruin my hair–making it dry and brittle.  Over the last eight years, we’ve compromised with highlights, but I was never 100% satisfied with the results.  I kept begging for those Gwen Stefani locks.

And I won.

Last week, my mom finally gave in and bleached my hair.  It was an hours-long process, but it was completely worth it.  I finally feel like I have the hair color that’s right for me.  I love it, and I can’t stop looking at it.  It’s amazing to finally have something I’ve wished for this long!

So, in the spirit of new things, I thought I’d put together an outfit inspired by New Girl.  Have I ever seen it?  Nope.  As I mentioned a while ago, I don’t like Zooey Deschanel as an actress, but DAMN, do I love her style. I’m really feeling those a-line skirts, ballet flats, and, of course, the glasses!

Sweater: ModCloth

Top: old, ModCloth

Skirt: old, Book of Deer

Shoes: Payless

Bag: old, Gap

Remix: Little Green Bag

DSC_0447You know what my most essential photography tool is?  It’s not my camera or my tripod–it’s my purse!  I use my purses as stand-ins so I can focus before I run to pose.  I can’t tell you how many times people have come across my solitary bag, picked it up, and started looking for its owner–or worse–before I run up from behind my camera screeching that it’s mine. (Don’t worry–I never bring anything valuable with me to shoots!)

No bag has done more duty than this green one that I got from ModCloth years ago.  It’s the perfect color and size to go with nearly any outfit, and I don’t know what I’d do without it!  Here are some of the ways I’ve styled it in the last year.

 

 

Closet Raid: Daphne of Mode and the City

Daphne 16When I wore a Mode and the City-inspired outfit a few weeks ago, I was just itching to do a post like this to show a few of my favorite Daphne ensembles.  I’m a day late writing this post because I’ve been lingering on her blog so long!  I think I’ve said this before, but Mode and the City, to me, is quintessentially Parisian.  While I’m still working out my own style, Daphne seems to have figured hers out and does it so very well.  In fact, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to throw out my whole closet and start over fresh with the same kinds of classic clothes that she always has in ample supply.Daphne 6Daphne 8Daphne 9Daphne 11Daphne 12Daphne 15

I would never, of course, but you can bet that in the future, I’ll be adding pieces like these to my own wardrobe.  More collared shirts!  More cigarette pants! More camel and tan and beige and cream!

 

Outfit: On the Banks of Salt Creek

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I consider myself a lifelogger.  Since I was about 13, I’ve been deeply interested in capturing the details of my life.  Back then, I was fairly diligent about keeping a journal, but in the last couple of years, I’ve made a switch to mostly photographs.  A picture is worth a thousand words, right?

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This blog and all the photos I take are part of the way in which I keep track of my life, but they certainly doesn’t tell the whole story.  And really, I haven’t been doing a great job recording the rest of it anywhere else.  Sure, I take the odd Moxie picture and post it on Instagram, but I no longer keep a journal, and I think it’s time I got back into it.

Writing forces me to take a look at what’s going on in my day, in my head, with my friends and family, and that means I have to slow down and really consider the world in and outside of my mind.  I get stressed out easily, and I wonder if that’s because I rarely give myself the time to think through my problems. Perhaps spending a few minutes each day could go a long way in helping me chill the hell out.  Besides that, I’m at a point in my life where some amazing things are happening, and I want to remember them.  What better way to preserve my memories than to put them down in writing?

That does it.  Time to grab a journal and get started!

Hat: H&M

Top: old, ModCloth

Skirt: thrifted

Tights: Tabbisocks

Belt: vintage

Shoes: old, ModCloth

On My Wishlist: Apricity

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Elana at Room 334 has been showcasing some sweet dresses by Apricity lately, and it’s giving me some serious inspiration.  I’ve been oohing and aahing over their classic designs, and I think it’s finally time I invested in a dress (or two or three).  Here’s a few of the ones I have my eye on right now!

Gossamer, $78

One of the things I love most about Apricity is how much subtle detail goes into each creation.  At first blush (no pun intended), this looks like a cute spring dress.  Looking closer, though, you can see how pearly the lace is, and you can slip your hands into the hidden pockets.  What’s best is the back–I love that deep V!

January, $68

Even though this is called the January dress, I think it would be divine on a late spring day!  It really doesn’t get much better than a fit-and-flare with a cute bow in the back, does it?  I’m trying to picture how I’d style it.  I’m thinking I’d go for some Brigitte Bardot hair and a pair of barely-there nude flats.

Solstice, $68

This dress reminds me of one my mom has–she always looks incredible in it.  It’s the kind of number that gets compliments every. single. time.  I want a dress that does the same thing, and I think this one would come pretty damn close!

 

 

Outfit: Glad to See You Later

DSC_0320Chicago is the city where, on any given day, it can go from snowing to sunny 70s and no one thinks twice.  That’s exactly what it was like when I took these photos, and I was lucky to snap a few while the weather was absolutely, sublimely perfect.

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DSC_0453DSC_0431Something I’ve been trying to do this year is revisit some of my favorite old spots, the ones I don’t go to as much since I moved.  This wonderful farm house was one of the very first places I ever shot.  I remember being afraid, then, of getting caught trespassing, so I didn’t even go up to the steps, but I’ve gotten much bolder over the months!

It’s definitely worth it.  I’m in love with that green and white backdrop, and the building is secluded enough that I’m usually very much alone–no passersby to stop and stare!

Cardigan: ModCloth

Top: old, ModCloth

Shorts: thrifted

Tights: old, Old Navy

Shoes: old, Forever 21

Bag: old, Gap