4 Summer Style Pieces to Spice Up Your Wardrobe

4 Summer Pieces to Spice Up Your Wardrobe

I can’t believe June is already halfway over! Summer is here, and it is hot, very muggy, and rainy down here in Georgia! While the weather may be unbearable, some of the summer outfit posts I’ve had flooding my feed are not! Today, I’ve collaborated with Munachi from A Glamourous RevelationΒ to demonstrate how to wear 4 very cute and versatile clothing items to spice up your summer wardrobe! First, check out her post on what pieces to wear, and then look below on how to style them!

A Striped Shirt

So total disclaimer here, I don’t actually own a striped shirt. And as a person who adores French girl style, that’s almost like a cardinal sin to me. But I don’t! What I do have are a ton of graphic tees, which serve nearly the same purpose! But for the purposes of this blog, I’ve actually already got a post on how to style striped shirts, and you can check out the lookbook I made for that below!

How to Style Striped Shirts

A Nice Sweatshirt

School sweatshirts are totally comfortable, but they aren’t the chicest thing to wear out and about. And with this weather changing from sunny to rainy in a heartbeat, or moving from the sweltering outdoors to the chill AC, it’s good to have something loose but cute to throw on.

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A Pair of Denim Shorts

Sun’s out guns out I always say! And for me, my guns include my long, chocolate legs! πŸ˜‰ I have two pairs of simple denim shorts from H&M, one in a dark rinse and one in a light. Both were only $10, so it’s very affordable! Of course, you can also get pieces with lace, paint splatters, and embroidery, or you could DIY them all yourself!

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A Super Dope Hat

There’s a hat for everybody. I’m telling you no matter what your style, you CAN find a hat to go with it, and they’re great for days where you just don’t wanna do your hair!

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So there you have it, folks! I hope you enjoyed this mini lookbook, and I really want you all to go check out Munachi’s blog because I love supporting other young and black bloggers! You can find (almost) all of these photos over on my Instagram so go give that a follow, and don’t forget to sign up for my email list while you’re here! You’ll receive a free travel beauty checklist straight to your inbox so you don’t ever leave another essential at home again! Have a great week!

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Grad and Bougie: A Graduation Style Lookbook

Hey, guys! It has been one hectic weekend! I finally, FINALLY graduated high school. It felt like it would never happen and even now it feel like a dream. I had so much fun styling my look for the graduation ceremony because you KNOW my family took a ton of photos. It’s a night to remember even if it was such a whirlwind I barely remember any of it!

Graduation Night

This look was all about class! We were supposed to dress semi-formal for the ceremony, but it was also like 86 degrees so I needed to be cool as well. I styled this whole look with pieces from Forever 21. The skirt was from their contemporary collection and was only $35! Sadly, I can’t seem to find it on their website anymore. It was very well made and lightweight which was great for the heat. Plus, the floral embroidery went perfectly with my Spring/Summer theme I picked out earlier this year.

Grad and Bougie: A Graduation Lookbook

 

Grad and Bougie: A Graduation Style Lookbook

In order to keep the focus on the skirt, I paired it was a plain black tee shirt style bodysuit and black strappy sandals. I also wore the totally chic diamond choker that I wore with my Cinderella prom look. They aren’t painted in this photo, but I also did my nails with the new Essie Gel Couture line in the shade Rock the Runway which is a gorgeous fire engine red. My toes were done in Julep’s shade Brigitte which is a creamy,Β pure white.

Grad and Bougie: A Graduation Lookbook

Grad and Bougie: A Graduation Style Lookbook

All in all, I had a really fun time celebrating my graduation with my friends and family. This blog has helped me hone my writing skills, earn scholarships, and meet a lot of new people, and I’m so glad that it and all of my readers have traveled with me through this journey as well.

Are any of you graduating (from high school or otherwise)? What’s your major and where do you attend? Leave me a comment and I’ll see y’all next week!

Much love,

-Dymond M. <3

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Hot Topic: 5 Reasons It’s Not Your 90s Grunge Store Anymore

I’m a 90s baby. No, I don’t actually remember being alive at that point in time, but nonetheless, I am a 90s baby. Sartorially speaking, I’m a 90s girl at heart as well. I’ve done a lot of research into that era of clothing, and I know that for punk lovers everywhere, Hot Topic was the mall’s answer to Juicy Couture’s matching tracksuits and embroidered jeans and dainty accessories of dELiA’s. As a kid, I was kind of scared to go in there because it was darker than every other store and you could hear the loud rock music from outside. BUT I’m here to tell you, HT isn’t just your 90s grunge fashion store anymore. It’s that too, but there’s actually a lot of other fun things you can get there, without shelling out a ton of cash.

This post is NOT sponsored, I just really love Hot Topic!

Great Formal Wear

First and foremost, they have an AMAZING selection of formal wear! I got my Cinderella prom dress from a Hot Topic collection! They also have fancy gowns based off of DC superheroes and villains, other Disney princesses, and more, without looking garish or like cosplay!

The Cutest Swimsuits

Speaking of inspired collections, Hot Topic’s swimwear is to DIE for. I’ve got a Little Mermaid swimsuit, but they also have swimwear based on Star Wars, animes, or just cute floral or musical note prints! The possibilities are endless and right now, all swim, tanks, and shorts are BOGO $10, so most swim sets you can get for about $35!

They reposted me last week on their Instagram!

Tons of Accessories

This Panic! at the Disco beanie came from HT for $10!

Don’t even get me started on the accessories here. It’s a cosplayer’s DREAM. Along with various hairbows, jewelry, bags,and more based on almost every TV show, movie, or band in popular culture today, they also have tights, wallets, sunglasses and just EVERYTHING ELSE! A lot of it actually isn’t even character themed, so you have many options to choose from.

Size Inclusive

So now you’re thinking, those dresses and swimsuits are super cute, but they won’t fit me right? Wrong! Hot Topic has one of the best plus sized selections I’ve ever seen! It’s on par with Modcloth’s in my opinion.Almost all of Hot Topic’s dresses, pants and tops size up to a 3x, and then their plus sized range extends all the way up to a size 28! The swim lines go up to a XXL, and the plus size range extends even further (although they’ve created their own sizing guide from 0-5). They don’t sacrifice the quality of the clothing or just make a “skinny person’s silhouette” with more fabric, according to the many reviews left and as a scroll through the #HTFandom tag on IG will reveal.

Lots of Coupons

Thank god for HT band merch!

So if you’re not sold yet, I don’t know why not, but the BEST and LAST reason Hot Topic is one of the bets stores to shop is: COUPONS! They offer SO. MANY. COUPONS. Every month there’s generally a $15 off of $50 coupon for online and instore. Every few months they’ll have higher value ones ($30 off $75, $75 off $150, etc.) or lower ($10 off $30). But the holy grail is Hot Cash! Now, you can’t combine Hot Cash with other coupons, but you don’t really need to! Spend $30 during an earning period, and earn $15 in Hot Cash (redeemed as $15 off of $30). For every $30 you spend, you get HC to use during the spending period, usually two weeks after the earning period ends. I used my Hot Cash last month to buy a retro Lilo and Stitch crop top that was $30 for only $15! That’s a steal to me!

SO, if you want band merch, accessories, swim, a dress for a fancy dinner, or god knows what else, Hot Topic probably has it. It’s affordable, inclusive, and just a fun place to hang out. Talk about a real blast from the past!

-Dymond M. <3

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Another Cinderella Story: Prom Style & Makeup

This post contains some affiliate links, but all opinions and purchases were my own. For more info, check out the disclaimer page!

It’s finally here: My Senior Prom. It’s certainly a bittersweet experience, to say the least. When I grew up, I watched a lot of Disney Channel Original Movies (HSM anyone?). Prom is always made out to be the “princess night” for every girl. The “outcast” girls get to feel just as beautiful as the popular ones, usually with one epic transformation scene in between.

Many of you know I’ve had my eye on this Cinderella dress from the Hot Topic collection from 2 years ago. Cindy is my fave Disney princess so it was my dream dress from the start. The top is corset style (I forgot to take pictures of the back!) but it actually zips down the side. It’s the classic Cinderella blue, and even has little pumpkin carriages stitched into it!It’s sold out now, but I managed to track it down in my size back in October! If it restocks (they seem to every few months) it was super affordable at only $65. That’s nothing compared to the hundreds of dollars other girls spend on a dress and I loved twirling around in it!

I really wanted some “glass slipper” type shoes to go with my dress and when I saw this pair I almost died! They were super sequined, and since my dress is short, they would be on display for all to see! They were really tall though, and I didn’t make it very long in them once I got dancing!

I accessorized with more diamond and pearl accessories! The earrings and clutch were thrifted, but I got the nifty choker from Forever21 for $10!

The showstopper of my makeup look is the Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow palette in Vega plus the NYX Face and Body Glitter in Crystal as an eyeliner. The blue popped with my brown eyes, and I sparkled under the lights all night long! I also used Glossier’s Haloscope highlighter in Moonstone, Boy Brow in Black, and Stretch Concealer in Deep.I lightly dusted on the Bare Minerals matte powder foundation and set with the NYX Matte Setting Spray. I tried to keep my face makeup light because I like to dance and I didn’t want to sweat it all off! Plus, I kept my lip simple, using L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Extraordinaire lip stain in Blushing Harmony.

All in all, I had a really great time styling this look, and I had fun seeing all of my friends in their getups too! I believe I was the only girl wearing a short dress, which makes me feel unique, something I always want to come across in my personal style. Don’t forget you can get 20% off all the Glossier goodies using my link!  I’ll be hanging onto this dress for now and hopefully lots of good memories.

Stay Flawless!

-Dymond M. <3

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April 2017 Beauty/Style News

Hey, everybody! After that no buy (which was more like a low buy but oh well), I’m excited for all of the beauty news coming up in April! I’ve picked up some notable sales, collection drops, and more all happening in the month of April!

Fashion News

Forever 21 Sale

  • I’m pleased to announce I’m now part of the Forever 21 affiliate program. I figure it’s not a bad match considering I’ve started buying more things from them (even if fast fashion isn’t the best for the environment). So, I’ll be finding out about some of their sales a few days before they begin and I can give you the scoop! Forever 21 will be having a BOGO Free on Sale Merch from March 30 until April 2nd! Now’s a great time to buy some offseason essentials like coats, hats, and gloves, or you can stock up on cute sunglasses and tee shirts for the summer!

    H&M x Coachella

  • Also, I’m super excited about this year’s H&M x Coachella collection. I’m not a fan of Coachella. I think it’s a really exclusive thing for rich people to run around appropriating too many things at one time. And last year’s collection was very reminiscent of that. Lots of boho and flowing desert motifs with lots of emphasis on Native American culture. I bought my Cat Eye sunglasses from this particular collection and that was it because I couldn’t find anything else that suited me. This year’s collection is a huge step up from last year’s, and it seems like the H&M designers really took a cue to customer responses. There’s a lot of lace, hearts, and stars mixed in with tougher fabrics like denim, and it’s pretty dang cool.

Beauty News

  • Colourpop Cosmetics is having an EPIC Free Shipping sale until 3/31 at midnight! That’s free shipping on everything, no minimum! What’s that you hear? The sound of my wallet crashing and burning πŸ™‚

MAC @ Ulta

  • Of course, you all know I’m super duper happy that there will be MAC at Ulta This May! This brings me one step closer to never shopping at another place for beauty ever again, but darn Glossier and Milk Makeup have got me under their spell…You can begin browsing the collection online April 23, and they will be available to purchase May 7! I’ll keep an eye out for any Platinum early access!

DARKSTAR 006

  • There’s a new PatMcGratch Kit on the horizon and it’s called DARKSTAR 006 and is due out April 11! It’s way out of my student budget (at least at the moment) but I have no doubt it’ll sell out quickly. But shoot, I’m just trying to get my hands on the original Metalmorphisis kit.

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty

  • The Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale is already in full swing, but some of the best deals will be coming during the last week of the sale from April 1-8th! I’m actually waiting until the very last day of the sale (April 8th) to score the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil for only $10.50! On April 1st you can score the entire Mario Badescu brand for 25% off! So there’s a lot to look forward to!

Too Faced Glitter??

  • Too Faced’s founder Jerrod Blandino announced on March 25th, that a Too Faced Glitter Palette is in the works, but won’t be dropping until about June. You all know I already am married to my Urban Decay Moondust palette, so I’m not dying to get my hands on this, and with Too Faced’s discrepancies between palettes, I kinda can’t wait to see if this will actually be any good.

So that’s the scoop for this month! I’ll add to this (or maybe make another post) if more good stuff comes up. Got any questions? Leave me a comment or you can reach me at any of my socials @thechicmachine!

Payday Here We Come!

-Dymond M. <3

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An Ode to Band Merch Fashion

This past Friday, I got to attend the Green Day Revolution Radio Tour with my best friend in the world. It was an almost 4 hour drive round trip, plus 5 exhilarating hours of rock n roll. And all I came back with was this $30 snapback cap from the merch table.

Could I have bought a similar hat for much cheaper online somewhere? Of course. But there’s something about picking up that piece of clothing or poster or whatever that you know you can (probably) only get at that moment. That’s why Tour Date tees have such an allure to them. It says, “I was here!”.

It’s also why I feel that artists who sell their tour merch to the public who haven’t been to said tour, cheapen the experience a little bit. Stores like Hot Topic and Forever 21, of course, capitalize on these feelings by selling multitudes of shirts bearing the designs and logos of various artists to sell. Some go to the hardcore fans and some some to those who just find it cute. Shoot, I have a pair of Panic! at the Disco sweats on their way to my house even now. But there’s something about an item of clothing tied to one particular event, where you were surrounded by people who felt the same way about 1 (or a few) people as you did.

So I say, let band merch culture live! In the age of minimalist fashion, let’s not stick the label of cringey teens on those who wear it. If grown men can run around screaming with their sports jerseys on about how much they LOVE that team, then we can incorporate band merch into our everyday styles without repercussion.
Rock On!

-Dymond M. <3

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Best Floral Fashion for Spring 2017

Since athere has been virtually no winter around here, my mind can’t help but wander towards Spring 2017 style. And while I do enjoy a lot of inspiration from the runway and magazines, sometimes I’m just feeling something in my style bones and this year, I’m freaking over floral patterns.

Yes, I respect the great words of Meryl Streep, but I also love me some florals! The thing is, with my curves, I’ve never been a fan of all over floral print. My hips stretch the fabrics and what should be a dainty patch of daisies turns wrong very fast. So I’ve come to be a fan of 1 or 2 flowers placed strategically over a piece or even better, embroidered!

So my official theme is Rose Garden Streetwear. It includes lots of darker greens (NOT Pantone’s color of the year, Greenery),  all shades of pink, various reds (cherry, burgundy, deep purples) mixed with white, black and gray.
It’s also filled with feminine (a-line skirts, flower shaped lace) and edgy (leather and dark denim) silhouettes, patterns, and fabrics. Below, you can shop some of the pieces I’ve got my eye on!

Just Click to Shop! (No Affiliate Links Here <3)

LEONA Floral Sandals

MOTO Rose Embroidered Skirt

MOTO Rose Embroidered Mom Jeans

Floral Faux Leather Moto Jacket

Cactus Dad Hat

& Other Stories image 2 of Embroidered V-Neck Dress  in Green

Do you guys come up with themes for your style? Let me know in the comments!

-Dymond M. <3

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POPFLEX Active – #FashionFriday

Hello again everybody! Glad you made it through the week! This post is scheduled, but by the time this goes up I’ll be recovering well from my surgery. A lot of it is thanks to NOT feeling like a gross slug while I recover. I have been (and will be) doing a lot of (sitting) Pop Pilates videos to help me not feel so lethargic while I get better! Cassey Ho’s videos really keep me inspired and motivated to be my best me, and hey, if I can look good while doing it, why not?Β That’s why I’m super into her activewear line POPFLEX Active!

What’d you get?

I bought the Set the Bar Bra in the Mermaid print back in December during their Black Friday sale and I’ve really enjoyed it! It’s super cute, fits well, and keeps the girls all in one place! πŸ™‚

I also got my 2017 Fit Planner from POPFLEX! This planner is like a regular planner, but it also includes places for me to write down how much sleep I’ve gotten, water I’ve drank, sleep times, and etc. It keeps my brain on a healthy mindset especially when I’m thinking about reaching for the Christmas leftovers. Some of the pieces are a bit on the pricey side (looking at you yoga mats), but most of it is quite affordable.

If any of you would like to try out POPFLEX Active, you can use my referral link! If you click on it and buy something for the first time, I get 500 points which helps me toward getting money off of future purchases. Then, once you buy, you can sign up and start earning your own points!

What are you guys’ favorite activewear lines? Who else should I try? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Have an awesome weekend!

-Dymond M.

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After Christmas Sales 2016

Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone! If you were one of the people celebrating a holiday that involved gift giving, you probably got a lot of cool stuff and maybe even a little cash to blow! Now that we’re done with the eggnog and Christmas dinner hangover, it’s time to get shopping! Below is a running list of some of the best after Christmas sales I could find. Stars next to the sale means I’ve shopped it personally! I’ll update them as best I can between now and New Year’s, and if you see one I haven’t, holla at me in the comments or on any of my socials @thechicmachine! Lastly, don’t forget to enter my epic anniversary giveaway!

Love ya!

-Dymond M. <3

Fashion/Accessories

***Best Sale I’ve Found So Far!! NYLON magazine’s shop is BOGO 50% off the whole store PLUS free shipping AND get an extra 15% off your total with code NYLON15. If you guys decide to buy something, here’s my referral link!***

*Hot Topic Hot Mess Clearance Sale :Β Tees & Tanks are $5.99 and $9.99 and everything else is 40% off online. In store, all dresses are 50% off and BOGO Free on everything else!

Kate Spade NY: 30% off Sale w/ promo code SPRINKLES

Olive and Frank: Put a bunch of jackets and tees on sale that aren’t normally. (These are the same people who made those Bad Girls club jackets you see all over tumblrΒ and in this post)

Urban Outfitters: Extra 30% off sale
*ModCloth: Extra 30% off everything with promo code BOXITUP

Valfre: End of year sale! Up to 90% off some products, but almost everything is discounted.

Beauty

Elf Cosmetics: 50% off sitewide and free shipping at $25

Memebox: 5x points on all purchases and 10% off w/ promo code HOLIDAY10

Ulta: 3x points for regular members, 5x points for platinum members, lots of Hot Buys, and 5x points on Maybelline,NYX, and L’Oreal products!

Sephora: Lasy Hurrah Sale! Up t0 70% off of select products. Lots of great palettes and brush sets on sale!

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5 Online Stores to Shop This Fall

Feeling a little shopping fatigue? Look no further! Here’s a roundup of 5 of the coolest online stores I’ve been browsing the last few weeks!Β  I located a lot of these in NYLON magazine’s shop so if you’re ever looking for something cool, shop there first. And if you like what you see below, shop here next!

TeesAndThankYou

Instagram Life T-Shirt

This is the cutest little t-shirt shop I’ve seen in a while! It has the cool factor of a graphic tee from Forever 21 without everyone actually wearing said shirt. My personal favorites include this tee, which gives me major Hamilton #vibez.

HIGH HEELS SUICIDE

Image of PARTY ANIMAL DARK-WASH DENIM JACKET

I have been searching for some cool new jackets for the fall weather, and this site definitely provides some! Their denim jackets are insanely chic and they even have a custom option!

Valfre

Chill Pill 3D iPhone 6/6S Case (Pink) - Valfre - 1

This shop carries some of the cutest phone cases and accessories as well asΒ more jackets!Β My personal favorite is the “Grow a Pair” denim jacket. Just look at it. Trust me.

Home Cooked Karma

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Home Cooked Karma gives me very bohemian, flowy #vibez. They make the cutest crop top/skirt sets. I really want the one in red velvet for the holiday season.

Olive and Frank

Bad Girls Club Jacket

Olive and Frank’s jackets have graced my tumblr dashboard for a couple months now, and all of their jackets are utilitarian heaven. My personal favorites are their army jackets, especially with the pink embroidery.

As you can see, I’m getting ready for the fall in a major way, and I’ll keep an eye out for more cool sites. Where are you guys shopping online right now? Leave a comment, and I’ll see you next week. Remember, there’s a giveaway on the horizon!

Go VOTE

-Dymond M. <3

 

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