Friday, June 20, 2014

06-18-14 Outfit Of The Day and Mini Haul!

Hello Lovelies~

 Just the other day I caught a wonderful sale while out shopping with my friend Al. I love a good sale and I can never pass up clothes that are 50% off clearance! If you follow me on Instagram you'll remember having seen the new skirt I got a week or so ago and I finally got to wear it!

I didn't know how I was going mix it in with my clothes. I mean, most of the stuff I own just doesn't go with Hot Pink and Leopard Print, but I fell love with this skirt the moment I laid eyes on it and just had to have it.

 So before I show you what I got yesterday, I'm going to show off the evolution of my outfit!

If I hadn't been taking pictures, I'd have just settled with draft of the outfit. It's not bad, but Not good at all. I thought the pinks would go and be cute together and in the mirror it was! But on film....not so much. So off with the shirt.


Then I thought a solid colored shirt would work well, but seems I've lost enough weight that this shirt now looks frumpy on me and tucking it in looked worse. Not to mention that it made the skirt, which I wanted to highlight, just ...There and rather be the star of the show, it looked out of place, so this too was rejected.


Whoever 'They' are, they're right. Third time's a charm and I really loved this final product. In the beginning I was worried about mixing my patterns, seeing as the Putumayo top had pink and grey stripes and a decal, but the mixed well and I felt awesome.

 While it's not my normal frills, super dressy or casual, I loved it and even wore my Metamorphose headbow to tie it all together.

I truly felt like I could've been in a 'Kera' street snap yesterday. It's not pictured, but after I found the right outfit, I did do my makeup, but it's wasn't wild or crazy, just simple and done with pinks ^_~

Top: Putumayo
Skirt: City Streets
Pants: Yoga pants (No idea where I got them)
Shoes: Black Mary Janes (Got them at DSW)
Headbow: Metamorphose
Necklace: No idea (It was a gift)

 I don't have a lot of money coming in right now, so to feed my shopping habit, which I usually keep a very tight reign on, I have been shopping at the local 'Second Life' shop for 'On Trend' type clothing called 'Plato's Closet'.

When I first heard of them, years ago, I was much to big to even fit the occasional 2X the sell there, but No I am wearing 1X-2X and am very please with myself and can now browse with my friend and don't just dream of wearing the cute clothes I find.

 Here is what I found this time!

This Top is originally from Forever 21. It's a 3X, but their sizes run small and for $3, marked down from $6, I figured why not?

 It's soft and flowy. Half cotton, Half chiffon, and poka-dots! How cute!

My favorite part is the Peter Pan type collar and the gold rimmed buttons. This can be worn for casually, on an interview, or even a date. The designer of this shirt really did a great job.

Next is this super cute gold skirt. It's on an elastic band that's shot through with gold threads and the whole thing bounces and has great movement. I tried it on when I bought my pink skirt, but passed it up due to budget.

 This skirt was originally $8. I bought it for $4, only to find out it had it's original tag on it and was first bought for $44! This was an AWESOME deal!

And finally we come to my impulse buy. Anyone who knows me knows I carry my life with me in my purse. The bigger the better! But when checking out I looked over and saw this beauty and just knew I had to have it!

 Originally sold for $8, I bought it for $4 and it's so pretty! It'll go very nicely with a Hime outfit I've been buying pieces for for a year or so now.

 And that's it for my Mini Haul!

 All together I spent $11.45 and I think it was well spent. I am so excited to add these to my collection of Non-Lolita, But Still Cute! clothes.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Food Friday ~ Hello Kitty BLTs

Hello Lovelies~

 I'm sure some of you have seen these online or in stores, some of you may even own one, which I know at least one of you does ^_~

Today I am showing off my Hello Kitty Toaster!

 I've had it for a long time, but am only now getting around to opening it and using it. And I love it!!!

Feel my love through the pictures I couldn't stop taking!

This was on the '2' setting, as you can see, it toasted well, but no Hello Kitty.

This was on the '3' setting, as you can see it toasted to well and there IS a Hello Kitty!

                                              '2' and a smidge resulted in Kitty's eyes.

                                                    And '2.5' was dark, but still edible!

After all of the Toast was made, we decided to make Triple Decker BLTs! They were SO good.

 I hope you enjoy your Food Friday and celebrate the Full Moon Tonight! Pet all black cat you see and tell them they are beautiful! (It combats the bad luck ^_~)

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Product Review ~Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum

Hello Lovelies~

 A few weeks ago, my friend brought me a gift as a housewarming of sorts and I was very excited because I usually see products like this and long for them, but pass them by as to expensive...but then buy a $30 DVD. >.>....Yeah. You can see where my priorities tend to lie.

This is 'Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum' by Organix. It is Sulfate free, Helps to repair damaged hair, and mend split ends and frizziness, which happen to all hair types, but is particularly bad when you have curls or strong waves.

Organix Coconut Milk adds strength and elasticity to weak, brittle, and damaged hair. It helps protect longer hair by reducing everyday damage and has unique blend of organic coconut oil and silk and keratin protein to instantly repair dry, damaged, coarse and chemically treated hair.

 Sounds like a Miracle in a Bottle, doesn't it?  But does this product really do all that it claims? If it does I will build it an alter.

In the last few month my hair has become sad and flat and I am getting split ends. It's falling out and breaking much to makes me want to cry most days.

 I've been trying DIY hair masks, leave in conditioners, hot oil, noting was working to get moisture back in and repair the brittle-ness. So when I got the Organix, which promises such amazing things, I figured 'Why not? Nothing to Lose'.

I've been using it for a week now and I must say, while it hasn't been the bottled Phoenix Feathers it claims to be, it has made a visible difference.

 Was it heavy?

  No, but it wasn't weightless either. It was a nice light weight styling product that smooths through hair nicely but takes a bit to wash the residue off your hands.


How is it Packaged?

 This may not be a big question for you, but it is for me. Glass bottles, while cool, don't tend to be reusable and when they are done we throw them away (I always forget to recycle) to be filler in a trash heap somewhere which isn't good for the environment.

But Organix bottles are eco-friendly. Each manufactured from recycled materials. So no matter what, whether it's recycled or thrown away, it's not going to harm the environment

 .(Organix is also a Animal testing free company so that is a big bonus for me!)


How Does is Smell?

 What's the first thing you do after looking at the package and reading the instruction? That's right, you smell it. But some products you have to buy blind due to seals and all that so you get it home and it smells like death and dying or chemical sweet....

But this Coconut Milk Serum smells like the beach and tanning lotion. It's tropical and is perfect for those of us who have to lay by a concert pool and dream of the ocean.


What Does it Cost?

 I wasn't expecting this product to be less than $12.50. I really wasn't. But When I went searching online, I found it available on multiple sites for $6.99.

$6.99 for 4 fluid ounces. that'll last 5 months or so with every other day use. Not bad at all.  


                         My hair last week when I wasn't using the Organix Serum.

                                        My hair after using the Serum or four days.

My hair is softer and stronger than before. After four days I already have less hair wrapped around my pony tail holders and in my hair brush. I am looking forward to good things as times goes on.

Over All! ~ 4.5/5


I will be getting this again. I think it'll stay in my hair care regime for a long time to come.

 Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Crafternoon and Project Progress

Hello Lovelies~

 As of two days ago I hit 50,000 page views and I wanted to thank All of you! Without you, my wonderful wonderful readers and friends, Simple and Sweet wouldn't be what it is. We still have more growing to do, but as we stretch our wings and fly, know that we fly together!

Yesterday I spent the day crafting with my friend Al and we worked on old T-shirts. Turning the old or ruined clothes into something new and awesome.

Our previous Craft day, Al took her old Dead Pool shirt and turned it into a tank top, but she felt is still needed something. So we went to work.

 Originally, she was going to add an inch and a half of leopard print all the way around the arm holes, but she didn't end up liking that, so it was changed.

As you can see above, slightly, she cut off the straps and added leopard print straps instead. Which actually look really cool. We have one more craft day before it's done, but I think it looks way cool.

 We also discovered that knit is forgiving and a Stapler can be used as an Automatic Pinner. Really, we couldn't find any pins, so we used the stapler and liked it.

This is my project. As you can see below, I have a hole in one of my favorite shirts. I've had it for a long time and the hole is large and unfixable. So I decided to cut a curved triangle out of the front and add a cute ruffled panel of blue fabric with a light blue bow that will match the decal on the shirt.

Yeah.....I didn't like it at all. It took two and a half hours of staring at this shirt trying o decide what I didn't like about it until I realized the refashion I wanted to do wasn't really my style.

 So I took a step back from the original design and re-evaluated my fabric options and made something much more me.

The thin bands around the waist, the arms, the collar, and the bottom of the skirt will be done in black leather, which will be the only fabric I'll need to buy.

 I might want to add bows to the sleeves as well, and maybe turn them into puffy sleeves, but I'm going to do everything else first and the sleeves will be a game day decision, so to speak.

Thanks for reading! And Thanks for helping Simple and Sweet reach this very cool milestone!

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Life Update and International Lolita Day rundown!

Hello Lovelies~

 May is gone, June is here, and things have changed once more for me, which is why I disappeared through the month of flowers. I have moved once more and am now living with a good friend of mine and watching her little girl for the summer. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you're sure to see her in the background of some on my pictures. The girl isn't just a Ham, she's the whole Christmas Dinner.

I'm writing again. I joined and RP last year and recently stopped lurking an joined in the fun. Now all of my literary creative juices are flowing and I feel so energized it's kind of crazy. But that might also be because Summer is here and I love summer.

 Swimming, sun, cooking out. What's not to love? This is the perfect season to scale back the layers and bean the rules till they melt in the heat. Casual Lolita is easier to do in the summer and it's even ok to rock the short styled skirt that AP promotes from collection to collection when the print suits.

The Dark Eye Shadow Tutorial I promised is on it's way, along with a Makeup Brush Deco tutorial I promised a lovely reader who asked for it in the Comment Box on the side bar to the right. Though if you comment or ask questions with that, please remember to put the title of the post in there some how. I discovered the hard way that it is a direct link to me, but is an independent widget, thus it isn't connected to the Post at all, but to the Blog itself.

 ^-^; Silly me, but you live and learn.

Yesterday was International Lolita Day! (YAY!!!!) I hope ya'll had fun and did something to celebrate, even if it was just something small like wearing a bow and curling your hair or wearing Mary Janes when you usually wear sneakers or something.

 I happened to be invited to the Zoo though a strange conversation that started off as plans for other people, then morphed into combined plans, then different plans, then just all types of plans were made! But the Zoo plans fell perfectly.

When I got dressed I hadn't planned on rain, but by the time we got to the Zoo it was Pouring! It cleared up later in the day, but still. Rain on ILD.

  It was a good thing I brought one of my parasols. If you ever get a chance to get one, I recommend it. Especially one that can double as an umbrella. They are so useful for zoo trips. 7 hours in and out of the sun and I am not burned any more than I was the day before.

We didn't see everything, our Zoo is huge! But we got a good bit accomplished and even got to ride the carousel! No pictures sadly, my phone died in the middle of the trip, but I did get tons of pictures in the aquarium! FISH!!

 All of those will be a separate post. I took lots of pictures there. ^-^;

And we rode the train around the back half to see even more animals, because I don't think we'd have made it if we'd have been walking with four kids, a stroller and a wagon, each containing a child and food. o.o

 The day was finished off with an early birthday celebration for my lovely roommate. We had Pork Ribs smoked to perfection with mashed potatoes, gravy, biscuits, grilled Asparagus, and grilled pineapple (of which I only had one small square to try, but didn't eat more so I could avoid my stupid allergy from kicking in, despite the Grilled Pineapple being one of the more delicious things ever!)

I had a blast and it was a wonderful way to celebrate ILD. I now have wonderful new memories and stories to tell.

Now on to my outfit for the day!

I only got Selfies of myself through the day, so this photo was taken later.

Dress: Metamorphose
Socks: Metamorphose
Shoes: Off-Brand but Cute As Hell
Headbow: Metamorphose
Parasol: Metamorphose (Not pictured)

 Yes, this is an outfit you've seen me in before, but It's super comfortable for a day out and about and walking and this time, rather than adding the two Petticoats I usually wear with all of my dresses, I went without it as this dress has a built in petti.

This is an older dress, so it has a traditional Old School feel to it, shape and colors, but I love it. I have a large chest, 50" inches and it could go at least four inches larger. I love Meta dresses for this reason.

I've always had a thing for fish. Aquariums are my favorite attraction of anywhere I go, but after reading and watching 'Princess Jellyfish' I have come to appreciate Jellies all the more. So I took a picture with one!

More Jellyfish pictures later, but for now. Thanks for reading! Follow me on all of my social networking sites for more pictures, updates, and faster updates. I am even posting on my Tumblr now! But that is more for my Everything I think is awesome moods, including Shows I'm watching, Fics I'm reading, Geeky memes I find funny, Stuff like that.

 Let me know in the comments below what you did for ILD! (Even if you just took a Nap ^_^ ) Happy Monday!

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