The Curly Casualista | A Style & Beauty Blog: May 2012

Day 28: 5 Facts About your Family

Thursday, May 31, 2012

So I disappeared again, and am late. No surprises there. Also, participating in this challenge has made me realize that having prompts for things to write about is great, but a schedule is not. It's reminds me of homework too much, and I'm still not over school (even though it's been a year).  Anyway! My family!

1. My parents met in a band. They played top 40s and other covers from the late '70s. My dad played the organ and my mom sang. Apparently they were really good and got to play at lots of bars/weddings. I think we should restart the band and go on tour, but this time including my brother and I.

2. Semi-related, all of my family on my dad's side is musical. Growing up, we used to have singalongs frequently. In particular we would watch Sister Act (1 & 2), fast forwarding through the speaking and then sing the songs. NERDS.

3. My little brother plays hockey in college. He's really good. I've been to more hockey rinks than any other things in my life. Thanks to hockey, I've also been to the largest mall in the world. It had dolphins.

4. My mom is Italian. Though I'm only half, I definitely identify most with that half of me! My Italian family is exactly what you'd expect: loud, opinionated, loving, warm, etc. And we call dishtowels moppines (I have no idea how you actually spell that - pronounced ma-peen).

5. My family all lives within roughly an hour of one another in Massachusetts. I'm the only one, currently, not living nearby. It's annoying.

Tangerine Tango

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Thanks, Pantone, for announcing this color as color of the year. Now orange is on my radar and every time I see it, my mind screams want! This is not good. But I guess, as summer is on it's way in, bright orange is perfectly fine. After all, it technically does have a place outside of Halloween!
Because it's so bright, I'm being really careful to pair this skirt with neutrals, so I'm not too overwhelming as I walk down the street. Unfortunately, I'm not big on neutrals, so this should get really interesting.

But, I recommend you get some orange in your life. It's happy.
Shirt and Skirt: Loft (similar shirtskirt)
Belt: Banana Republic
Shoes: Steve Madden via DSW (similar)

Summer's a-Coming

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Well, summer is here (unofficially)! And DC welcomed it in with scorching temperatures. It started getting warmer mid-week last week, when I wore this, and I was sweating every second I was outside. 

I hope everyone had a good long weekend! I sat around and tried not to overheat most of the weekend, but on Sunday I met up with a couple of friends from college who were in town and we walked around Teddy Roosevelt Island (had no ideal that existed), got brunch, and then delicious french food.  Ended the day by heading home in a thunderstorm, but the rain felt wonderful after the hot day.
Top: Max Studio via TJ Maxx
Jeans: Levi via Macy's (similar)
Shoes: Loft

Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day, friends!

I hope you've had a lucky weekend (and if you're in the DMV, stay cool!)

Friday Favorites (a day late)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day weekend! It's hot here in DC, so I'm just taking it easy and enjoying the nice weather!

Source: via Shay on Pinterest

Source: via Shay on Pinterest

As always, you can follow me on Pinterest here!

Friday's Fancies: Memorial Day!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Memorial Day is awesome for 2 reasons: 1) it's the unofficial start to summer and 2) it means it's almost my birthday! I plan to have a nice staycation this weekend, perhaps get some things done around the house, and I can't wait!

Friday's Fancies, Memorial Day, BBQ

What are your plans for the long weekend?


Thursday, May 24, 2012

So cool!

DIY Days of Summer

Edited by: Jess of Fresh Jess

The bloggers are taking it to the crafts these days! What better way to get your wardrobe ready for summer than breathing new life into what you’ve got? This week’s Links a la Mode is chock full of quick & easy DIY projects for everything from crystallized shoes and Miu Miu-inspired clutches to top buns and accessories laced with neon. If getting crafty’s not on your to-do list this week, don’t fret. We’ve also got thoughtful posts on personal style, dressing for summer events, supporting local designers and blogger besties. These posts are getting better and better every week and it was hard to choose just 20 of them. Keep ‘em coming!


Spring Sale at Shopbop: Magda Berliner, Weitzman, Rachel Roy, Badgley Mischka, Raquel Allegra, Garde Paris, Rebecca Taylor,Oliver Theyskens & Sonia Rykiel

If you would like to submit your link for next week’s Links à la Mode, please register first, then post your links HERE. The HTML code for this week will be found in the Links a la Mode group will be published later today. ~Jennine

Remember, please visit Melissa's blog, For Fi Love Me, to learn more about her, and you can learn more about Dashing Emancipation here, on Facebook, and on Twitter!

Beauty Post! My Makeup Routine

I haven't been taking outfit photos (but I did yesterday!!!!). Bad. But I get up too late in the morning. I don't even have an excuse this week because A. is on vacation (secretly hating you, A. hope you're enjoying the beach; bring me some sand) and therefore the shower is all mine and I can get up nice and early and get my bathroom routine over with. But no, still not getting up. So in lieu of outfits, I'm going to talk about my other favorite thing (besides shoes, purses, and books...): makeup!! - note: I became a Sephora VIB over the weekend. I'm unreasonably proud of this fact, even though it means I spend far too much money there!
On a day-to-day basis, I'm very low-key when it comes to make-up. Lately, I haven't even been wearing foundation, because it's just clogging my pores and with the humidity and heat that are already here, less is more I think (I hope....).  But, these are the every day products!

I begin my routine by spritzing Urban Decay's De Slick on my face - post lotion and pre makeup. It is supposed to eliminate oil, and I don't think it really works (I've yet to find something that does so any advice you've got, let me hear it!), but it is nice and cooling and when you finish off your look with it, it creates a nice, dewy finish.  I've stopped using it recently (the whole pore clogging thing, again), but I follow De Slick with a primer that minimizes pores. Amazingly, the stuff does work! I use it only on my t-zone and my forehead.
I never used to wear foundation, and then this past winter, I decided I needed to care for my face. Upon a recommendation from K.G., I purchased MUFE's HD foundation (it was also recommended to me by the Sephora employee as it supposedly minimizes oil). This stuff is amazing! It really does create a smooth canvas, and the coverage is excellent, but it doesn't feel like you're wearing makeup. Until it gets above 80 degrees and humid like it's been recently in DC.... I'll probably go naked-faced this summer, but I can see myself returning to this in the fall!
Whatever base I create on my face, these are products I use daily. For bronzer and highlighter, I use MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish in Give Me Sun and Soft and Gentle, respectively. They're both great and are really blendable. I use the bronzer for contour and the highlighter along my cheekbones and on my browbone. Under my eyes and on blemishes, I use Benefit's Boi-ing (how do you pronounce that? Is it boing? Boy-ing?) in 02. So great. I'm not really picky when it comes to blush (though I do want to try both Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick and NARS Orgasm), so right now I've got Sephora's blush in Romantic Rose. It's not great but it gets the job done, so once I get a little more tan, I'm going to explore other options! Once I'm done, I dust MUFE's HD Microfinishing Powder over everything.

I'm down-and-dirty when I get ready in the morning. I slap on some concealer to cover up the shadows that are deepening with each week, and put some mascara on. That's another thing I'm not terribly picky about. I've got extremely long eyelashes (I don't even really need anything other than clear mascara, but I like some drama), so mascara is mostly just mascara in varying degrees of clumpiness. I tend to go towards volumizing formulas because my lashes are already so long, but will sometimes get a combination or lengthening formula. I frequently switch between drugstore and higher end mascara! Maybelline's One-by-One is actually pretty good and separates lashes really well.

When I'm attempting to be more fancy, I'll add some eyeliner or eyeshadow. I love this purple palette by Sephora, and UD's Primer Potion is great. I wish I still loved these smudge pots, but they get really dried out over time (not that they were very gel-like to begin with)! I put them in here, because they were in heavy rotation for quite a while, but I need to make the jump to liquid or kohl eyeliners again! The smudge pots don't offer much finesse - I can't describe to you the trouble I've had making a cat-eye... I also have a black and brown shadow palettes, but I tend to stick to this one because I like how purple looks with my brown eyes!

I love lip products. I can't even count how many chapsticks and lip balms I have stashed in various places. As K.G. has said, there's no one  out there with more lip products than me! However, these are the ones that have been in heavy rotation lately:
 - NARS Heat Wave - Everyone's wearing it, so I won't beat it to death, but it's awesome!
- Maybelline Moisture Extreme SPF 15 in Roseberry - A really pretty pinky-berry-red.
- Revlon Super Lustrous in Love that Red - looks similar to Heat Wave in the pictures, but it's a true red and it still intimidates me, even though I love it!
- (don't laugh) Wet n Wild in 525D - I got this as a gift from my grandmother and it's surprisingly awesome? It's a pink with blue undertones and a slight shimmer. For a lipstick that is, I believe, less than $3, it has remarkable staying power (it actually lasts longer than both of the following two).
- MAC lipstick in Chatterbox - This is a true, bright pink (similar to NARS Schiap, I think). It was the first bright lipstick I bought - before bright lipstick was in, mind you, so everyone gave me weird looks
-Sephora Lip Attitude in Glamour - These lipsticks are surprisingly creamy and moisturizing, but they have no staying power. Still, this is a pretty rose color.
The above are my lip balm staples that are always in my bag. If I want a nude/brown tint, I go with Fresh's Sugar lip balm in Honey. If I want a little more pop, I use Korres' lip butter in Mango and for a natural look, I use Rosebud Strawberry lip balm (I also have the Rosebud mint at work). They all smell delicious and have some serious moisturizing power!

 I'm on a perpetual hunt to find the perfect skincare routine that will deal with my extra oily (but still sort of combination) skin, will minimize my pores and blackheads, control acne, and hopefully cut down on the oil. So far, it's been futile, but these things have been helping.
- Clarisonic Mia - Seriously, listen to what everyone says: they're great! Makes my face so clean and it's definitely helping with the pore/blackhead situation. Right now I'm using the deep cleansing brush head
-Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub - I used this in the morning when I want a good scrub. It's refreshing and works really well without being drying. I use it either alone, or with my Clarisonic.
- Murad Clarifying Cleanser - I also use this in the morning when I don't use the scrub. I use it with the Clarisonic. So far, I really like it and I'm interested to try the rest of the Murad acne line.
- Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser - this is what comes as a sample with your Clarisonic (this isn't the sample, it's full-sized). It's really refreshing and contains willow bark, which is a natural astringent and source of salicylic acid.
As we all know, moisture is really important. I am trying to beat my oily skin with moisture, but so far I'm having no luck! However, I'm sticking with it. Every night, post-face wash, I use Neutrogena Natural's Multi-vitamin Nourishing Night Cream. It's surprisingly light, and leaves my skin really soft. It also has lots of vitamins! In the morning, I use Neutrogena's Oil-Free Moisture for Combination Skin. It's supposed to moisturize what needs it while preventing oil where you're oily. I'm not sure if it's working yet...  Both morning and night, I've recently been applying this Korres Anti-aging eye cream that I received as part of Sephora's 500pt gift. I really like it! It's not too heavy, smells nice, and has been keeping my eye area nice and soft. And yes, I know, there's no SPF in any of these. I'm working on it, I'm working on it.

Well, that's my routine. This was really wordy! I really like the majority of these products, so if you've got any questions about them, feel free to ask. Also, if you've got recommendations of things I should try, let me have them!

Rain, Rain Go Away

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I had all these grand plans to actually take my camera and tripod outside to take some pictures, actually make an attempt to be a legit fashion blogger (though there's nothing wrong with indoor photos), but no. It was pouring again, thank you, DC!!!! So you're stuck to more indoor photos with terrible lighting because there was a giant black cloud of doom over my house dumping 500 gallons of water a second. 

Will the rain ever end? I know that it's pretty typical of a DC summer - the cloudburst-esque thunderstorms in the afternoons, but a) it's not summer yet and b) it was barely even 80 degrees when I left work, so really weather, you have no excuse.  You just want to make my life miserable. 

Enough. Raining. I like to commute in dryness, please.
And yes, I'm barefoot because my shoes got soaked on my run home from the bus stop :(.

Top: Express (wicked old, I'm amazed it's still alive)
Tank: American Eagle (also really old)
Jeans: J.Crew Outlet Toothpicks
Watch: Fossil

Day 19: Shopping Haul - Wedges and Sandals

Well, I never posted a wishlist. But I'm constantly on the hunt for new shoes, because DC sidewalks absolutely eat them (all that walking, dontcha know?). So, lo and behold, I go to Pentagon City to visit the mall and Nordstrom Rack and what do I find? SHOOOOES!

I LOVE NORDSTROM RACK'S SHOES. I can't say enough. The one in Arlington is slight picked over, but I think that's because it's the most easily accessible (who wants to ride the red line on the weekends to get to Friendship heights?), but I always find something I like. Case in point, these beauties, by Sam Edelman
I love wedges because they're easier for me to handle and they're perfect for summer. Make them chambray, with a cute little knot peep-toe? I'm sold. They're so comfy, and I can't wait for the rain to go. away. so I can wear them without ruining them!

I'm also always on the lookout for new flat sandals. They're invaluable, and while I don't find them as comfortable as flipflops (I have flat feet, so I tend to go for the flippies with some arch support like Rainbows or Reefs), they're great for work in the summer and look cute with everything. I have all sorts of colored flat sandals and black, but no normal brown (just a slightly too-small pair of lighter brown ones that sort of make me look like I'm going barefoot...). Snagged these classic t-straps at DSW

Excellent trip!

*written for day 19 of #31bloggingdays*


Monday, May 21, 2012

Where I Wore It: Work and dinner and drinks with A. and B.
Apparently summer (spring?) has arrived! The weather, when it's not thundering and raining, is gorgeous! This weekend was spectacular, and I hope it stays like this forever, particularly because next weekend is memorial day and the following weekend is my birthday (and my parents' visit)!

In other news, I've put myself on a diet because according to the Dr., I have slightly high triglycerides. Now, I'm not sure what a triglyceride is, but she says it has something to do with cholesterol, and you don't want them to bad. So I have to change my eating habits and as I do that, I'm going to try to lose a little weight (apparently this can help lower them - as can cutting out alcohol, which, I'm sorry, I can't do, haha).  Counting calories goes against every fiber of my being and is extra hard for me, so you might hear me griping about it on here or twitter. I'm going to try to keep it quiet though! You may also see some good recipes, if I come up with any!

If you've got any good ideas on meals to eat that are low in saturated fats, do let me hear them!

Top and Skirt: Loft
Shoes: Steve Madden
Bracelet: the Hallmark Store (gifted by my mom)
Watch: Fossil
Sunnies: Calvin Klein via TJ Maxx

Friday's Fancies: Chambray Season

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Friday Fancies: Chambray

I was really late to the chambray game, but now I am obsessed. I love it so much. It's really versatile and comfortable. I wish it weren't getting too warm to wear my shirt here in DC. Guess I'll have to purchase a dress!

I particularly enjoy pairing chambray with colored bottoms (wearing it with blue jeans just looks too 80s for me) - guess it's a good thing those are also a spring trend!

Dress it up with some cute heels, or down with some flat and you're good to go!

Linking up with {av} of {long distance loving}'s Friday Fancies!


For day 17 of #31bloggingdays, I bring you Melissa, the blogger behind For Fi Love, Me! I discovered Melissa's blog a few weeks ago via CapFABB (she's a former DC-area resident) and absolutely love it! Not only is her sense of fashion amazing, but she is also an advocate against human trafficking. Please welcome her to MCAM, where she'll be answering some questions about her blog and an event she is hosting at the end of June, Dashing Emancipation!



1. Tell me a little about yourself: Well, I grew up in Frederick, Maryland and had the privilege to be the little sister of two older brothers (aka bodyguards). In December, I finished my degree in Fashion Merchandising from Marymount University. I now work at a digital agency in New York City.
2. Where did you get the inspiration for your blog? I started my blog a few years ago, with no clear direction of where I wanted it to go. Basically, I just posted about anything and everything fashion. During college, I studied abroad in Paris so my blog turned into a travel blog where my friends and family back home could keep track of all my adventures. Honestly, I feel like my blog is always changing. Unlike other bloggers, I do not have an “editorial calendar” where the same content is always being shared. It’s kind of like a “go with the flow” type of thing, and I like it that way for now. You can read more about what inspired me here.

3. Do you take all your own outfit photos? When I lived in Maryland, I used a tripod for many of my outfit posts. My mom was, and still is, a huge help when it comes to taking my photos. When I go home on weekends, she is usually the one to take them. Other outfit posts have been taken by friends, and I have credited them on the blog. However, I now have an amazing boyfriend that is turning into my photographer. I bet you all have noticed that every “well-known” blogger has a boyfriend or husband that is an amazing photographer and takes their outfit photos. I may have found just that! Haha.

4. What do you love most about blogging? That is hard to answer. I love so many things about blogging. It’s almost an “escape” I can go to when I want to get away from the busyness of life. It relaxes me, and I love sharing about the places I go, my personal photography, and of course my outfits.

1. How did you first become aware of the problem of human trafficking? My friend, Brianna, has been the mastermind behind Dashing Emancipation. She has a huge passion for merging fashion and social justice, and she made the issue aware to me through getting me on board with this event. You always hear about social issues like this, but never take the time to actually find out what’s really happening. I am so thankful that she asked me to partner with her for the event. I am learning so much while supporting an amazing cause that has become close to my heart as well.  

2. What inspired you to become an advocate for these people? Once Brianna got me involved with Dashing Emancipation, I was faced with the reality of human trafficking. There are over 27 million slaves in the world today and trafficking generates around $32 billion dollars annually. I also learned that two children are sold every minute to slave trades. I could not pass up the opportunity to help fight to end this, and I am hoping that Dashing Emancipation will take place again in the future.

3. What is Dashing Emancipation? Dashing Emancipation is a fashion show and art exhibit that will be raising awareness and support for the issue of human trafficking. All proceeds from the event will be given to Love146, an organization fighting specifically against child trafficking. You can visit our website here.

4. How can people become involved in the event? If you would like to help is any way, you can email me directly at We would love your help and support to make this event even more successful! All you bloggers can grab a badge over on our website here to help spread the word about this event. You can even follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

5. Dashing Emancipation benefits Love146, can you speak a little bit about that organization? Love 146 is an organization working towards the end of child sex slavery and exploitation. They have two core programs: Prevention and Aftercare. You can visit their website to learn more about what they are doing. They have a lot of great material on there for you to become aware of the issue of trafficking. Also, check out this video below to learn how they got their name.

6. Where can one buy tickets and/or donate to Love146/Dashing Emancipation? You can buy tickets directly online here. Also, we have a donate page on our website where you can donate to the funds that are being used to make this event possible. I hope to see you on June 30th as I invite you to join in the fight to end human trafficking!

7. Do you know of any other organizations that have a similar mission to end human trafficking that interested people can get involved in? Other organizations that are similar to Love146 include Not For Sale, Free The Slaves, and International Justice Mission. They all are doing amazing work to end human trafficking, so make sure to check them out.

* Thank you, Shay, for letting me share a little bit about myself as well as Dashing Emancipation with your readers!

Thank you, Melissa! 

Body Image. Blech.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I hate discussing body image. I hate that no one, no matter how confident he or she is, has an accurate view of his or her self and his or her body (if you do, I really would like to meet you and just shake your hand). It makes me hurt inside that people, myself included, are so hung up on little details about ourselves that, in most cases, we can't even change. And that no one but us notices. Think how awesome life would be if we'd just get past these little hangups.

It's sad that everyone sees themselves in such a skewed fashion. I'm as guilty of this as the next person. I hate that I have curly, pouffy hair and I will most likely continue to hate it, no matter how many times everyone else tells me it's beautiful. (It is, however, a mark of acceptance that I no longer straighten it religiously). I'll always hate that my stomach isn't flat and my thighs aren't slim, and I'm not a size 4. But there's nothing wrong with the fact that I'm not. Everyone needs to realize that we're unique individuals and it's impossible to conform to the "ideal" (whatever that is), because it is, just that: an ideal.

We also need to recognize that what makes us "weird" or "ugly" is not either of those things. And that we aren't alone in many of them. We all have cellulite. Like it or not, it's there, everyone has it and we need to accept it. Very few people have flat stomachs. It's pretty normal not to have one!

I wish that we could suddenly all wake up and like ourselves for who we are. It's a mark of strength, in my opinion, to realize that and live life completely loving yourself. I'm always striving to reach that goal, and I've come so far in recent years, but I will always need to work at it.

But, body image is just that: an image. We need to keep that in mind. Our bodies don't need to define us. Personality, heart, intelligence, attitude, these define us. Have a great combination of all of those attributes, and what you look like shouldn't matter (and it still may, because society nowadays is very image-conscious). But if it doesn't matter to you, that self-confidence will be broadcast to the world. And self-confidence is a very good thing.

*day 16 of #31bloggingdays*

Day 12: Careers?

Monday, May 14, 2012

So I'm writing this post 2 days late, because this is actually something that's on my mind at the moment.  I'll just come right out and admit it:

I'm 24. I have 2 degrees. I have no idea what I want to do with my life or what I want from my life. It's scary.

I have a graduate degree in Museum Studies. I work in a museum. It's not what I'd like to be doing in a museum, but it's in a museum, which is big in this economy. But I'm still not happy.  Unfortunately, I don't know what will make me happy.

The wild and crazy dreamer part of me wants to drop everything and get into movies or TV (either in front of or behind the camera). Or open a bookstore. Or a really cool boutique.

I could get a job in higher education. Work at a non-profit. Do just about anything!

But then the practical, realistic side of myself (if we're being honest, it's way more than just a side) steps in and says "you spent all this money getting these degrees, so stick it out." Sometimes I hate that side. But I like working in museums. I really do. They're fun places. And I think once I find my place, which would be taking care of the objects in the museum's collection, I'll be satisfied. But the job search for such a position is long and arduous. And if I'm anything, I'm impatient.

And We're Back in Business: 5 Things You Don't Know About Me

Oof, we're back to regularly scheduled programming (not at all, I'm sorry...).  But today's topic for #31bloggingdays is one I can handle! Want to know more about me? Here you go:

1. I can't roll my "r's".  Am absolutely incapable.  I make a horrifying buzzing noise, which my Spanish speaking friends (K.) find hilarious.

2. When I was five, I didn't want to jump into the deep end during swimming lessons. My mother picked me up and dropped me in. Now I love jumping into water.

3. I work in a very famous museum. If you've been to DC, you've been in it.  I guarantee it.

4. I know every single word to every single of song of almost every single Disney movie (made after my birth, of course).

5. I make killer macaroni and cheese. People bow down to my macaroni and cheese making skillzzz.


Where I Wore It: Work
Seriously, someone find me more chambray. I'm obsessed. I want it in multiple shades. It's so perfect!

In other news, I saw The Avengers yesterday with some friends (since I'm not local, my mother only gets a phone call from me). So good. Seriously. It would have been excellent, merely based on the fact that it has some serious eye-candy and Robert Downey Jr. serving his sole purpose as Tony Stark by making wisecrack after wisecrack. But it was excellent on top of that. Thank god for Joss Whedon (any other Firefly fans out there?). I'm glad he's finally getting the recognition he deserves from people other than his cult followings.
And it was gorgeous yesterday (the same cannot be said for today). And B. made us brunch and the best quiche ever. It needs to be the weekend all the time.

Shirt: Lauren Jeans Co. by Ralph Lauren via Macys
Tank: American Eagle (similar)
Pants: H&M (similar)
Shoes: Steve Madden (similar)
Necklace: made by me!
Sunnies: Ray-Ban New Wayfarers
Watch: Fossil
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