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Monday, March 24, 2014

Manic Monday: Dots, stripes, and my first glam bag


Welcome to another Manic Monday! We beat a new record last week for participation, and so first and foremost, I just wanted to say THANK YOU to all you newbies as well as you regulars! 

In the spirt of Manic Monday and my lovely co-host's (On the Daily Express) favorite store, I don't feel as guilty wearing head to almost toe Express. Especially when said outfit consists of these polka dot skinnies and perfect spring white top. You'll recognize the flats from my shoe wishlist post last week. I ordered them shortly after writing that post, go figure, but I was really happy with them when they arrived! To be honest, this is my only pair of Uggs I own. I never jumped on the Ugg boot bandwagon, so for now, I'm happy with my little striped flats bandwagon. The bag, well, I accidentally bought it over the weekend which added to my apparent Marc by Marc Jacobs bag addiction.





Sunnies: Gucci | Necklaces: Link - Express (option), Tassel - Express (option) | Top: Express (in "True White") | Jeans: Express | Bracelets: Cara (option), Stella and Dot | Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Flats: Ugg (in "Navy Textile")

Before I go - I wanted to give quick reviews of some items in my first ever Ipsy Glam Bag! Not only is it my first Glam Bag, but it's my first ever subscription type package ever. I was more excited that a person probably should have been to open everything! 

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick "Get Ready": I haven't worn lipstick in YEARS. Easily since high school. My lips are dry and lipstick just never lasted as well as gloss on me. I was still excited to try this one, especially since it's not something I would have bought myself. I've been into bold lip color lately, so it was refreshing to switch to this, which was the perfect pink for my complexion. The formula was very light and nice - I did apply a coat of Carmex before the lipstick, and overall, I'm very happy with the results. This will definitely remain in my ever evolving and quickly growing collection of lip color!

Nicole by OPI Roughles in "On What Grounds": I love that a top coat is not necessary for this - anything that saves me time, saves my life. The pastel color pop is perfect for spring, and the texture hides imperfection, and well, is just a lot of fun! I'm definitely going to be looking at more textured polishes in the future, as this was my first time trying!


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67 comments :

  1. Eek! I love this look (of course!! LOL) It's just so springy and perfect, and how lucky that you had sunny weather for the photos. Also loving that you and Skye wore your white portofinos on the same day. Glad to see how the polka dot skinnies AND the flats turned out for you! Maybe I'll look for some striped low heeled sandals to re-create this a la me. :)
    Gina
    On the Daily Express

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    1. I'm really surprised how much I loved the flats, especially that they are Ugg, because I kind of hate all things Ugg. At least they didn't have furry insoles! :) And yes, I'm so so so happy about these dot skinnies - they are just the best!

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  2. Congratulations of your 1st glam bag....love the color & the shape is increds!!!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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    1. It's really great. I haven't owned a backpack purse in some time, and this one is just fun. Plus, I love the top handle!

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  3. I can't believe those flats are Uggs. They are cute! Loving that purdy bag too. Nice choice.

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    1. Thank you! I couldn't believe it either - I'm glad, too, that the "Ugg" label isn't on the back of the shoe. They're fun just as they are!

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  4. I love this look!! So perfect for spring! I saw your Marc by Marc Jacobs bag collection on IG, totally lusting over it! Lucky, lucky girl!! I am still searching for a pair of striped flats and I'm really loving yours! Can't believe how much UGG has changed. I would have never thought to check them out for flats! Thanks :)

    xo, Erica
    Casually Styled

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    1. I know - I'm still a little bit in shock! I just did a global search for striped flats, these popped up in my search, and when I clicked on them, I really couldn't believe they were Ugg! I def recommend them!

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  5. This look is comfy and cute so of course I love it.

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    1. Thank you! It definitely is as comfy as it looks!

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  6. Ahh I love those jeans!! I have been wanting them for awhile but my Express is always sold out. I don't wear a lot of lighter jeans so I want to try them on first. I hope they restock soon... they look amazing on you!!
    www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

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    1. I hope you get to try them because they really are great! I've had an aversion to light wash jeans, but have been craving them recently. These are really good!

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  7. So cute! I love the jeans and the backpack/handbag. Great look for a Monday...xo!

    ~Whitney
    www.whitneynicjames.com

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    1. Yes, sometimes I love making Monday my casual day vs my Fridays! Shakes things up a bit! ;)

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  8. Great spring outfit! I just canceled my birchbox and might do ipsy soon.

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    1. Ipsy is the only subscription service I have signed up for, so I have nothing to compare this to! It took a few months for this to kick in as I was on the wait list, but if my first box is indicative of what's to come, I'm definitely a happy customer!

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  9. FABUUUUULOUS! Yay, for sunny skies and yay for the great Spring outfit. You are such a shopaholic...like, Uh Ma Ga :) Enjoy that pretty sun, pretty lady.

    ~Skye
    TheShopaholicSAHM

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    1. Hahaha you are so funny, Skye, and make me smile! Thanks so much for your fun, happy, comments!

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  10. Aw, you are such a doll! Those pants are rockin, I have a pair of polka dot jeans, but white and black. I love these one's on you!!! You look like you are ready for the beach!!! Hope you had a lovely weekend!

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    1. Ooooh, the beach sounds amazing! And thanks so much! Black and white dot pants sound perfect also!

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  11. You look so spring-y! I am loving the polka dot jeans - so cute! (And I would have never guessed that those flats are by Uggs!)

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    1. I know right!? When I first started my search for striped flats, I could not believe these were Ugg, especially since they didn't have any kind of plush or furry insole! They're actually a really great shoe for the summer!

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  12. I'm lusting after that bag big time!! Love it, I've been craving a nice back pack for ages, but I've given up shopping for Lent - roll on Easter!! Thanks so much for hosting x

    Mama-andmore.com

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    1. Haha! Hopefully Easter gets here asap! I never even thought to get a backpack purse, but this is actually quite perfect since it's not like anything else in my collection!

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  13. The contrast of prints between your pants and shoes is striking! Great casual look!

    Mrs Jack Of All Trades
    http://www.mjoat.com/

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    1. Thanks so so much! Pattern mixing is so much fun for me!

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  14. This is such a fun casual outfit! I love the arm candy as well. I love how you mentioned you accidentally bought the Marc Jacobs bag over the weekend. I think I'll accidentally buy myself a Kate Spade beau bag ;-)

    Cynthia
    http://myrosecoloredshades.com

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    1. Of all the bags, the Beau is definitely an amazing one to "accidentally" buy!!! I've seen a few on sale in person and online! Good luck!!!

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  15. Heeey....I have those jeans! They are so cute! I love the color you got in your Ipsy bag...I'm behind on doing my reviews but need to get back on the ball. Miss talking to you! :)

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    1. Yay! Happy to be jeans twinisies with you! Maybe one day we can do a collabo!
      I'm so happy with my first Ipsy bag! It was a great surprise, and so far, pretty happy with all my products!
      Miss you, too, girl! Hope you're back on the healthy road and stay there!

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    1. Thank you! I'm very happy with them!

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  17. I'm LOVING that backpack girl! You look great!
    xx,
    Ashley | Raspberry Glow

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    1. Thanks, Ashely! I had to ground the outfit with the dark saturation of color in the bag!

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  18. I have jeans just like this- LOVE them! I really need to accidentally buy a Marc Jacobs handbag soon....

    Kaitlin
    www.teaandsequins.com

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    1. Haha! I really really was not intending to buy the bag that day, but it was on clearance and THE color I've been on the hunt forever for! I knew I'd regret it if I didn't get it! I've worn it a lot this week already - the backpack straps are super convenient!

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  19. Ah - Love polka dots and stripes! Your shoes are soooo cute! Awesome on hitting a new record with the link up. I love being apart of your link up weekly.....I get some many nice comments on Monday's!
    xo, Lee
    edfbylee.com

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    1. I'm so happy you enjoy the linkup! It's been such a fun experience and I am just impressed by the group of ladies we have that participate! Thanks for all your support! And you need the shoes! :)

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  20. I love the print mixing here! It's subtle, but still fun! I also love that nail polish color, I keep meaning to paint my nails a vibrant turquoise or blue!

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    1. I am just so proud of myself for keeping up with my nail color! It definitely makes me feel more "complete!"

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  21. Love this look, specially those jeans, super fun :)

    Natalia

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    1. Thanks! I'm very pleased with the jeans! They'll definitely get a lot of use now that it's "warming" up!

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  22. So much cuteness in this photo Carylee - love your outfit - so classic chic...and the color of your new bag - AMAZING!

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    1. Aww - thank you so so much! It's a fall color, I think, but I'm determined to still keep it relevant for the spring and summer! Such a great color!

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  23. This outfit is so cute, thanks again for hosting this fun link up. Rachel xo

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    1. Thanks for all your participation!!

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  24. such a fun outfit! Love the bag too! thanks for hosting
    ~Ellen
    www.everydayfancy.com

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    1. It's truly our pleasure - happy to have you!

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  25. You're such a pro at accessorizing. Loving it!

    Stephanie
    http://www.vainandsimple.com/

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    1. It's a challenge - I wish I could say it came naturally! But thank you!!

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  26. So spring-y, you look great! And LOVE the bag, babe!

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Ashley! Now if spring would just *stay* here!

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  27. that bag is so gorgeous! i think my next more pricey bag will be MJ. i'm loving the big polka dots on your jeans -- how adorable are those? i've only ever seen the small polka dots!

    xo,
    gabby
    www.likealittlefox.blogspot.com

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    1. I've been wanting dot jeans and light wash jeans, so this was the perfect combo! The fit is great on them - they're really comfortable!
      I can't speak highly enough about MBMJ bags - they're always so well made and buttery soft! I love how slouchy and easy they are, too! Definitely worth the money IMO, even better when you can catch them on clearance!

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  28. As you know I love Express too. Nothing wrong wearing it head to toe, especially how cute are those Polka Dot Skinnies!? And you cannot go wrong with a White Blouse.

    Sorry I linked up later than usual but I wasn't much on blogger the last couple of days. =)

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    1. Better late than never! Thanks for joining and for the nice comment!

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  29. So cute! Cropped pants twinsies!
    -Chelsey
    -http://chelseypatti.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I loved the way you styled yours and will definitely pull inspiration from your look the next time I wear these!

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  30. You look calm, cool and fabulous! Love it!

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  31. This is such a chic outfit. I am currently looking for Polka Dot Skinny Jeans and I happen to love yours. Also 2 great necklaces from Express. The Pastel Blue Nail Polish is Beautiful. But my most favorite thing here are the Smoking Flats and the fact that they are Striped. I cannot believe they are Uggs. So chic, urban and cool. I am eyeing a pair of Smoking Flats that are similar in Off-White & Dark Brown with Zebra Stripes. =)

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    1. As you see I came back to this Outfit. I love it this much.

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    2. Haha - well thank you so much for the love! I hope you find your perfect dot skinnies and flats! These are definitely great!!

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