How To Shop Smart I Spring Edition


Hello everyone!

Springtime inspired me to purge my closet (I’ll be sharing more about that in a future post) to make more room. And guess what? I could fling open the closet door and experience a breeze of fresh air wafting out, and all without a mountain of fabric avalanching on my face. Okay, that’s a little exaggerated, but you get the gist!

And with that extra room, I wanted to do a bit of smart shopping to start off 2015, which is pretty much the following formula: shopping affordably + appropriately to the season. 599fashion wanted to help me reach my goal, and so I’m here to share with you a few items they sent over! I love how they offer so many options for clothing, accessories, lifestyle, etc… AND did you know they boast an extended line to include items for men+women+children – any creative last minute ideas for Mother’s or Father’s day, anyone? ;).

Let me show you my little haul with! I’ll leave you a rundown of the details (shipping, thoughts on quality, etc) after the images. Let me know your thoughts!


super cute, not too large for my ears, brand new and the little chains added a fun flair to my outfit! 



i adore this piece. it’s bohemian. it’s classic. it’s bendable. it’s simple.


Doesn’t it look absolutely… thoughtful, for an inanimate object? heh.



too sweet for words. a lovely complement for the classic white tee.


isn’t it?



whimsical, and the universal necklace. any look, and BAM. you’re done.




the quirky, outgoing one. free to pair with anything to add a little funk.


oh, yeah.


item six: THE SUNNIES

standard shades. cool texture.




need i say more?


oh, my darling!



my favorite shirt atm. so spring but so versatile.


that detail, though…



a fun, mickey-inspired shirt with the CUTEST bow formed into the shirt.

see below.




And yeah! I hope you enjoyed that sneak peek. I’ll link a video to show me trying on all of the items in the set HERE. or here.


SHIPPINGfast! arrived just a few days after placing the order

SERVICEeasy, and very responsive. i even received an e-mail update regarding where the package was!

SETthe amount of items offered on is immense! i love that there are so many styles that are catered to, and the price point (everything $5.99 or less

AVAILABILITY (sorry, no more alliteration): things go pretty quickly due to the low price points, so the exact items that even I’m showing you may not be on the website anymore. however, there are so many products loaded, which means similar things are sure to be discovered. how you go about that is up to you! it’s the ultimate scavenger hunt 🙂

Aaaaand that’s it! I hope you enjoyed the images and found this post helpful – let me know if you have any questions and I’ll get back to you! 🙂

Have a lovely day!


599Fashion found here!




*the items in this post were provided by for consideration. all thoughts are my own and are 100% honest!*


[stylespace] Retro Repeat OOTD



Hello, hello!

So today, I’m featuring the Zara laser cutout heels that I’ve been showing for the past few posts, haha.

I thrifted the patterned sweatshirt (What’s the pattern called? Not houndstooth, but something similar…) and…

I wanted something not too crazy to clash with the top today, so I paired it with this statement necklace from Windsor.

The gleam from the stones adds some visual interest, but the fact that it’s in the same color palette as the sweatshirt helps it hang as a subtle piece.


To keep this office-friendly, I paired it with a black pencil skirt from J. Crew (thrifted!) and the heels! 🙂


The pattern makes me so dizzy but deliriously happy inside, haha. I love the coziness of the knit, but do y’all understand when your accessory/a sharp corner of a desk gets caught in the yarn and unravels a part of it? Merp.




A closeup from head…


To toe!


All ten of them, in fact. 😀

Have a lovely day!



25 Items to Pack | Wedding, Bridesmaids



So today, I thought I would take a few moments to go over a few key pieces every bridesmaid should have the day of the wedding!

My Credentials? Not much, but I have been a bridesmaid twice and figure I can share what I learned from those instances!

Remember, these are all secondary to you being there for the bride. It’s a day of celebration, so be a support and soak it in!

So here it is…


1. Shoes.

I don’t know what the bride-to-be told you, but make sure to pick out the pair of heels/flats/sandals to her specifications! For both of mine, I was asked to wear nude footwear, and I complied with this great pair from Target! So affordable, and looks great in photos 🙂 The only downside is that they’re fake suede and got scuffed up pretty easily, but I’m okay with that. I think it adds character.

2. Fashion tape.

Alterations are all nice, as are custom made dresses, but there will still be that moment when you try on a dress (or someone else in the bridal party does) and finds to their chagrin that something doesn’t fit quite right. It might be the bust area. It might be the length of the dress. It might be a little gap between the fabric and the skin. Always carry some fashion tape for that “oops!” moment. And stop it before it happens. I’m all about prevention, here haha.


3. The Dress.

You know, the one that you’ve been waiting to arrive and crossing your fingers that everything would fit right. That the color would at least match your skin tone isn’t asking too much, right?? This cute mint dress was from Etsy and custom made for every bridesmaid. Just don’t forget to bring the dress the day of the wedding because…. well, people are going to notice if you’re in a pair of sweats and a button down!

4.Speaking of which… the Button down.

Why is this necessary? Wear it so that when the makeup artist (whether it’s you or someone else) is working on you, you don’t get makeup stains on “the Dress” that is going to be photographed for days on end. And because it has buttons, it’s easy to slip out of and into the dress afterwards without your pretty face smearing all the laboriously-placed makeup on the non-button down shirt you could have been wearing!

5. Flats/sandals.

These are crucial throughout the wedding! I wore mine to the location where we were getting ready, which was nice – you know, pampering my feet before they would be standing in heels before hundreds of people for about an hour (and more at the reception!). But I also wore them on the walks to the different locations where the bridal party/groomsmen went to take photos. This is a lifesaver when you have to walk on cobblestones! And the flats are super cute and a no-brainer to slip into after the reception if you’re staying to help clean up!


And onto the hairy end of things!

6. Hair straightener and curler.

Pretty standard – you can use the straightener to make your hair sleek and smooth, or do some wrist-turning and turn it into a hair curler! I love my Babyliss 1″ curling iron (in red) and it’s my second purchase now! GAWWWGEOUS, darling. No joke.

7. Round brush/teasing comb.

Always useful tools to have when you need a little extra oomph in your hair! Volume is always nice, hehe. Particularly useful for those with heavy or fine hair.

8. Bobby pins/small elastics.

Purchase these in the same color as your own hair so that they don’t present too much of a contrast in photos! I added a decorative floral piece if you wanted some for pizzazz and needed a little reminder 🙂

9. Headband.

Does anything need to be said? It can get a little annoying having that one stray hair keep tickling your face when you’re getting all done up. Don’t even let that happen!


On to the beautification!

10. Face pre- primer.

I have Dr. Brandt’s pore refiner – it smells funky, but it literally makes your pores disappear and mattifies the skin. Amazing. Pricey, but amazing.

11. Face primer.

You can skip the pre-primer, but definitely use a primer! I have the L’oreal magic perfecting base, which has worked so well for me every time I purchase it.


12. Foundation.

Sometimes, the makeup artist will have a few, but it’s always best to bring your own that you know matches your skin tone and lasts well through long periods of exposure. Here, I have pictured a foundation my mom gifted me because my grandma said it was good! Haha so we all have the same foundation, and I brought that.

13. Foundation/bronzer/blush/jack-of-all-trades brush.

Just in case.

14. Pressed translucent powder.

[Pictured in the middle] Sometimes, you need to touch up, and the E.L.F. is a great option (so affordable too!).

15. False eyelashes.

Ardelle’s 110 “Natural” lashes are classic! Easy to put on (speaking from the makeup artist’s perspective – I take forever and still can’t guarantee results) and instantly add some drama!

16. Eyeshadow primer.

This one here is from Urban Decay (gold tube and purple cap) and is in the shade “greed.” It’s a stunning soft gold shade, and is CRITICAL for ladies with a crease. Without it, my eyeshadow goes all over the place, but this ensures a snug fit with all of the layering and blending action going on.

17. Eyebrow pencil.

I look like the Mona Lisa without it. If you can say “aye” to that yourself, remember to bring a pencil/powder/wax/whatever floats your boat!


18. Eye Makeup Remover.

Neutrogena’s product (blue bottle, gray cap) works wonders and is too simple to use. I remember using this for the foundation under one of my eyes, where it strangely turned an awkward texture and changed color. I have no idea what happened, but I kept calm and removed it, then added the foundation and powder on top where the bare spot was.

19. Q-tips.

For the makeup remover/touchups.

20. Body lotion.

To make sure you don’t have dry patches showing in photos. I packed the Fresh Body Lotion (sea salt, I believe? smells super good).


21. Eyebrow gel.

To keep your revamped brows in place, in thick or thin, sweat or skin.

22. Mascara + Curler.

You know the drill. Va va VOOOOOOM.

23. Oil blotting sheets.

While I do like the affordable ones from Daiso, I believe nothing beats the Clean&Clear sheets for a special occasion. Yes, it’s gross to see all that oil change the color of the sheet, but hey, you know it’s coming off your face! 🙂 Definitely makes a HUGE difference when blotting. Highly recommended.

24. Floss.

Juuuust in case. You’ll thank me later.

25. A thankful heart!

Just remember all the good times you’ve had with the bride to be, the ways you’re thankful for her, the lovely memories to look forward to, and the life she can have with the person she commits to love for the rest of her life!

And I think we’re a go!

I packed all of these in a small luggage roller to ensure easy access and travel. So maybe that’s included in the list as well!

I hope you enjoyed and found this helpful!

Now go back out there and enjoy the day, stress-free and all prepared, to celebrate your friend’s big day!



Beauty on a Budget! DIY Deep – Cleaning Makeup Brushes



Hello there!

Today, we’re going to be environmentally conscious and economically savvy :).

ALL that in ADDITION to deep-cleaning your makeup brushes!

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

So let’s begin!


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(top left) Shampoo (I used this one because I couldn’t find my baby shampoo. It works!)

(top right) An object higher in elevation than the brushes (It’ll make sense later)

(bottom left) An empty jar

(bottom right) Dirty brushes and a small towel

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1.) Pump a quarter-size dollop of shampoo into the jar

2.) Pour in hot water from the faucet into the jar, stimulating the shampoo to bubble

You want just enough so that placing the brushes inside won’t cause a flood

3.) Place the brushes inside and let soak for a few seconds

4.) Swirl one brush at a time against the jar’s bottom to knock out makeup product

5.) Rinse the bristles quickly and set aside on the small towel

6.) Repeat until all brushes are squeaky clean

7.) Place the higher object in the center of the towel, then place the brushes with the handles leaning against the object so the bristles touch the towel

This makes sure no residual water stays in the brush handle and causes rusting/damage to the brush

8.) Wait to dry, then use the brushes to your heart’s content!


I love how these few steps allow me to save time (washing) and money (shampoo), as well as water (because most of it is in the jar)!

If you’re more of a visual person than a person of “the written word,” feel free to click any of the pictures in this post and get directed to the video I created to communicate the deep-cleaning process.

Play some fun music and make this time fun! 🙂

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I hope you found this helpful, and have a lovely day!



[stylespace] beach birthday



 Hello, there!

Did I successfully reel you in to this post?


Moving on!

So it was my birthday back in the summertime, and I thought I would share a few pics from that lovely day with my family!

We went to the beach (I love the beach!) and walked around…


Yay! Love the simple contrast of white + anything else…




Oh, the good times of that day. And you get a little peek of the outfit!


There we go! I wore a white tee + mint skirt + accented pattern/color block sandal.

SO comfy.


Isn’t the “more to sea” so punny?

Totally up my alley.


Scouted out random pretty areas as well.

You know, to burn off the sugar from all that cotton caaaaaandy 😀

I hope you have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!



[stylespace] My Poppy Paradise



Hello again, lovely people!


Today I’m showcasing a few favorites that just joined #teamjess, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!


It was a fairly hot day (for me, at least) and I felt like going out to a yummy lunch of fish tacos (AKA Rubio’s).

Which means…

1.) I needed to wear something light enough so I wouldn’t melt into a puddle.

2.) I needed to wear something heavy enough so I wouldn’t freeze inside air conditioned buildings (something I am VERY thankful for!)

And this is what popped out at me!

(get it? because like… poppy print… popped out…? hehe)

I feel like I should go into the corny/punny making business sometime. Any suggestions? 😛


I paired this plain white tee with a golden “bar” necklace from Nordstrom – it wasn’t even on sale, but it was such a steal at $10!

It makes my heart a little happier when I see something completely affordable that looks like it is worth a lot more.

Do you get what I mean?


The bright orange-red poppy print spoke to me while I was shopping in Paris, and they said,

“We’re yours! And on sale! And fit (well, a little big, but nothing adding belt loops can’t fix!)!”

And they won. Woot!


And to top off the whole look, I wore these AMAZING ZARA CUTOUT HEELS.



I’ve been wanting these heels for months now, ever since I saw them in store (in blue, but that’s less of a universal color, you know?).

And I admit, I would dream up outfits to wear them with, but didn’t ever purchase these beauties.

And then someone amazing did! 😀

And here they are on my feet 🙂


This H&M purse I revealed in a recent haul so simple yet classic!

I love the shape.


And another shot of the shoes because I adore.


Like them sunnies from Betsy Johnson? So good for sun protection, and on a steep discount from TJMaxx!

And if you have a few extra moments to join me for a dance party, I just uploaded a Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” inspired tutorial!

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Adios, and until next time!



[snapshotspace] Hello, Baby! OOTD

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Oh, hello again!

It’s going to be a little twist here on #helloblackbird in that we’re going to be featuring a BOY today!

Well, at the time this was taken, he wasn’t born yet, but we all were boy-oh-boy excited 🙂

So… if you didn’t gather in the last few sentences, I had the lovely privilege of attending a baby shower, and we all know how I can be a liiiiiiiitttle behind regarding the time frame between taking photos and posting them here!

<cough> He is born and thriving and handsome! </cough>

Nevertheless, here is a brief snapshot of my OOTD, with a cameo from a magical unicorn from that one movie. The one that was really funny. And cute.


The statement necklace is from Windsor, and the classic navy shade has brought a lot of attention from passerby when I wear it! I love how it’s large and in charge, but at the same time doesn’t have to be bright neon or crazy huge to declare its presence. (Not that I don’t like those pieces. It just worked out this way for this outfit!)

The top is from Target, and I LOVE the cat print on this knit piece. It’s quirky and fun, and oh so comfortable! If you know me, you know that’s how I roll 🙂

Nevertheless, I need to make some space in my closet so I’m actually selling it on one of my favorite sites to browse,! Stop by if you want to take a peek!


Loving these navy shorts from Francesca’s! That store is pretty much my dream store. If I could create a boutique, I feel like I would just copy/paste that beautiful place with all the clever accessories and nicknacks over to my site, heh. Don’t you love the lace detailing on the pockets? I know that it’s pretty simple to add on yourself, so I could have just done it to a pair I owned, but nobody’s got time for that! That being going to the fabric store to pick out the specific lace, sewing, and figuring out how to use the rest of the lace.



I digress.

And from here on out are a few photos I took from that special event! The ladies who made and put up this decor are quite talented, I must say (and I’m sure you’d agree!). Prepare yourself for some heartmelting content below.

Be advised.

You have been warned.





MUSTACHE straws?? Simple DIY with such massive changes in aesthetic!


Plasticware cinched in to create a bow-tie effect. I love.


The whole array 🙂


My heart.


No truer statement.

Well, that’s not true, but it’s pretty up there.


Say it with me: D’awwwww!


 One of the activities we had was decorating stick-on bow ties/neck ties so that when he reaches that length of life (one month, two months, three months, etc), it’s easy to snap a photo and know exactly how old he is!



The photobooth that was so meticulously set up by an amazing woman I am blessed to know.


Manly munchies on the table!


The program that “tied” (hehe, get it? :D) the whole thing together.

I hope you enjoyed this edition, and have a lovely day!