Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Okay so, major apologies, I realize I have been gone for almost two months...but now I'm back and it's going to be hard to get rid of me! :)  With school and classes starting and getting out of Summer mode, I didn't have much free time, but now that I'm in the swing of things, expect to be hearing more from me!
Anyhow, in the two months that I have been blog hiatus-ing, I have been itching to do a post on the amazing experience I had at the Drybar in the Upper East Side during my trip to NYC in August.  First of all, if you don't know what Drybar is, it is a hair salon that only does blowouts, no cuts, no colors, nothing but blowouts!  For $40 and a half hour later, you come out looking absolutely beautiful and you feel pampered.
I went in to Drybar with an appointment that I made online a few weeks before, there were plenty of appointment slots left and the signs around the store encouraged walk-in clients as well.  It was a VERY hot and humid day, so after walking around the city the entire morning, the air conditioning and lemon water they offered would have been enough to make me feel like my $40 was well spent.  They took me almost immediately and whisked me away to the back shampooing room.  The girl doing my hair didn't make much conversation during my trip there, but I was okay with that, I'm not a big chatter when getting my hair done (I'd rather they focus on my hair!).  After being shampoo'd and conditioned she brought me out to the front room that was set up like a bar with stools, and the stylist asked me what I was going for.  I explained that I was seeing a closing night performance of an off-Broadway show, so I wanted something a little bit fancy but not too fussy, she suggested the Cosmo-Tai (all of their styles are named after beverages!), which was a mix of their Cosmopolitan (loose romantic curls) and Mai-Tai (messy beach waves).  She quickly began drying and styling my hair, in front of the "bar" was a few televisions that constantly play chick flicks, so I was able to watch part of "It's Complicated" while she worked on my hair.  Unfortunately, I must not have been paying attention when she began styling my hair because she parted my hair on the opposite side than I would have liked.  For some, this wouldn't matter, but for those of us who HAVE to have their hair parted on a certain side, I was a bit flustered and upset that I didn't speak up.
In about 30 minutes from the moment I stepped in, my hair was complete, and my stylist turned me around to face the wall of mirrors that are purposely behind you while you are being styled.  Even with my unfavorable part, I still LOVED it!  My hair was so bouncy and shiny and gorgeous!  I feel like I could spend an entire day on my hair and it would not look as good as it did!
Unfortunately, my hair didn't stand up that great against the heat, humidity, and sweat of the day into the next day, but it did still look great at the closing performance of Heathers!  I sadly, had to pull my hair up the next day.  The curl had come out, but it stayed "clean" for quite a few days afterwards.  I am willing to say that if it wouldn't have been so humid and hot outside, I am 97% sure that the style would have lasted at least three days!
When I got back home, I binge-bought a bunch of Drybar products from Sephora and I have my eyes on the signature Buttercup hairdryer for Christmas! Anytime that I visit a city with a Drybar nearby, I will be stopping in!

Work in progress!

The finished product!

More pictures below the cut!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mix & Match Cardigans & Boots

With Fall rapidly approaching (can't you just smell the PSLs from Starbucks already?), it's time to start to think about dusting off some Fall staples, including my favorites: cardigans and boots.  Both are so effortless and can carry you from the end of September to honestly into February!  After searching around on Polyvore, I found a few ones that I adored from a a few of my favorite brands!  For the exact info on where to buy each piece, check out my post on Polyvore.

Mix & Match Cardigans & Boots

Mix & Match Cardigans & Boots by madeupon featuring Frye

Cardigan Brands from L-R: Zara, Topshop, Topshop, H&M
Boot Brands from L-R: Frye, Frye, Frye, Hunter

Saturday, June 28, 2014

All Kinds of Pop Culture-y Goodness

Let me preface this by saying that when I like something, I REALLY like it.  The obsessive personality is kind of my thing.  So with that being said, here are some of my recent favorites!

Heathers the Musical
Have I ever mentioned how much I love musicals?  The soundtrack to Heathers makes me literally want to jump on the next Megabus that passes to see it in New York.  It borrows itself ever so lovingly from the 1988 movie that made everyone want to be a Heather.  For more info check out http://heathersthemusical.com.  How very!

"I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends" by Courtney Robertson
My Monday nights are pretty much always devoted to watching the Bachelor (or Bachelorette) and this book is a must read for anyone who has watched the show!  I didn't watch the season that Courtney was on, but reading about the process of the show and what actually happens made the read well worth it!  You can buy the book here. 

Ladies of London
Anyone who is even slightly interested in the lifestyles of our friends over the pond in England, and if you say you're not interested, you're clearly lying.  The show clearly shows the difference in high society in the US and in London, which kind of makes me want to put on an accent and leave the states immediately.  Also, Alexander McQueen's wife is featured!

Jersey Boys
Refer back to my post on Heathers, I freaking love musicals!  I was able to see Jersey Boys on tour a few years ago, and loved it!  The movie did not disappoint!  The talent is on-spot which always seems to be a problem for movie-musicals (Gerard Butler in Phantom?  Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia?)  The only downside is that you have the songs stuck in your head for about 5 weeks after seeing it!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Jamberry Nails!

Before I start on this post, I feel like I need to put it out there that I am in no way affiliated with Jamberry.  I am not a consultant nor am I trying to get you to buy something, I just want to share my "Jamicure" with you guys!  

I also want to give a big thank you to everyone who reads this and has to look at my disgusting cuticles, stress wreaks havoc on them.  I apologize for that.

So this is the second time I've used Jamberry nail wraps and I'm slightly obsessed.  One of my mom's coworkers is a consultant, and my mom purchased my first set for me just as a favor to the consultant.  However, as with most beauty related things, I fell madly and wildly in love and I had to order more.  

I wound up purchasing the Mint Green & Gold Horizontal Pinstripe (middle and ring finger obviously) and the Vintage Chic (thumb, index, and little finger).  I also purchased two other wraps (because buy three get one three is tempting).  The fun thing about Jamberry is that they're meant to be mixed and matched.  There are so many coordinating designs that look adorable together.  Each set can last for 3+ uses so the possibilities are endless!  

Applying them can be a little bit tricky at first (my first set didn't last that long…maybe 4 or 5 days), but after watching a few youtube videos on application (I actually ended up having the best results with using a WARM straightener…NOT HOT).  The ones I have on now have been on for six full days and I took that picture this morning, so just to give you an idea of what they look like for being on after SIX whole days.  I'm so impressed by how well they have stayed.  

One tip I will give you, which I haven't seen posted anywhere, is not to cut down your nail too much before applying.  I like my nails to be on the shorter side, as soon as they start getting long I bust out the clippers and file them down so I am able to do things again.  However, after trial and error with my first set, I realized that the reason I couldn't keep them on longer than 4-5 days was because the tips of my nails had begun to peel away and kind of "bubble" and crease up.  This time, I left my nails long, applied the Jamberry wraps and as soon as I started to get the bubbling and creasing, I trimmed and filed a bit off the top.  The bond of the wrap to my nail is much stronger where it wasn't at the tip.  I'm not sure if this is making sense, but it really really has worked for me!

You just need to head over to the Jamberry website (jamberrynails.net) to order the nail wraps.  If you put in your zip code it will come up with the closest consultant to order from and you can order right off the website.

Have you ever heard of or used Jamberry wraps?  Let me know!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Makeup Collection - Part One - Lipsticks/Lipstains

I've seen so many great makeup collection posts around in the beauty blogger world, so I thought I might as well jump on the bandwagon.  Eventually, I'm going to have my entire collection up in a round-up post, including nail polishes and fragrances.  However, I'm going to be posting one step at a time starting with lip products. 

This is my lipstick and lip stain drawer…as you can see it's pretty crowded in there and the words "organized chaos" definitely apply!  The one good thing is that I try to switch up the organization from time to time so I can get a different variety in the front of my drawer that is easiest to access.

More in-depth look below the cut!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Oh my PLL!

To celebrate the season 5 premiere of Pretty Little Liars tonight, I thought I would do a round up of my top five favorite looks from the show so far.  Since the show came out, I've been completely obsessed with it and have been inspired by the girls' styles on the show.  These aren't in any particular order, but they're my top five outfit/makeup/hair slam dunks from the show's first four seasons.  

Descriptions are listed from outfits left to right.

Aria's Maroon Dress
After doing some research on this outfit following the episode, I was surprised to learn that this actually was a three piece outfit, a bodysuit, chiffon top, and pleated skirt (which I believe all came from American Apparel).  I love the color and the vintage-feel that the outfit has to offer. 

Hanna's Disco Pant + Makeup Blouse
My love for the American Apparel Disco Pant is eternal, so it was mandatory that I included this outfit. I apologize for not being able to find a better/full-length picture.  Maybe it's because I just love makeup, but the blouse is just too adorable and goes perfectly with the maroon disco pants, and I just love it all.

Aria's Art Deco Dress
This outfit was from the train Halloween episode, and I immediately fell in love with it!  In the episode, Aria was embodying Daisy from Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby, and oi, it's perfect!  

Spencer's Cardigan/Side Braid
Spencer is pretty much my professional style inspiration.  She always looks completely put together and polished and this look is no exception.  First of all, the detailing on the cardigan is absolutely lovely.  Add her sleek side braid (that doesn't look too Katniss-y or 80's…SCORE) and you have a beautiful poised and professional look.

Aria's Homecoming Dress
This dress was the moment that I fell in love with the fashion aspect of Pretty Little Liars, and it make me wish that I had a homecoming dance of my own to go to so I could wear something similar.  I remember watching an interview with the show's costume designer, Mandi Line, and she actually said that this dress is cut up and patched together from a few different pieces…Oh how I wish I was that creative and innovative in high school!

I apologize that I wasn't able to get any of Emily's looks in on here, I tend to not be as drawn towards her style because she is more sporty than I am, but gosh Shay Mitchell can make anything look gorgeous!!

Are you excited for the new series of PLL?  Who's your style inspiration on the show?  Comment below and let me know!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Mini Haul 6/9/14

Since Summer has officially started for me (except for two grad school classes that I will complain about until the middle of August), I figured I need to start refreshing my wardrobe and in general focus on getting rid of old things and adding new pieces.  Also, in the past few weeks, a trip to Vegas has began to materialize for the end of July (how fun, right?!?), so I definitely need to start stocking up on some Summery pieces to get ready.

Topshop and Forever 21 received quite a bit of love from me…clockwise from top…

Topshop - La Vie Boheme Ribbed Crop Top - $20
I bought this the moment it was available on the Nordstrom website.  In high school I can't tell you the amount of time I spent between musical rehearsals on the choir room piano playing the bass line to the the song from Rent (To days of inspiration playing hookie making something out of nothing the need to express to communicate to going against the grain going insane going maaaaaaad) (Yes, that really just happened).  So obviously, I needed this shirt.  It's a bit short than I prefer for a crop top, (I have a long torso) but I could never bring myself to return it.

Topshop - Horizon Toe Post Sandals - $30
My love for these sandals is ridiculous.  About a month ago, I purchased them in tan after seeing them in the Topshop in my local Nordstroms.  They are such a versatile and extremely comfortable sandal, the leather (REAL leather by the way) is so soft, and they are only $30.  After having a brief love affair with the tan pair, I needed to order the black ones.  They haven't come in yet, but I'll probably have them on within seconds that they're out of the box.

Forever 21 - Georgette Romper with Braided Faux Leather Belt - $27.80
I bought this piece with the pure intention to wear it for a night in Vegas (Cirque Du Soleil anyone?).  I actually just ordered it today, so I can't speak for its fit or quality.  Hopefully, I'll also be able to wear it to one of the musicals I have tickets to see this Summer.  From looking at the reviews it used to be available in black, which I wish I could have ordered it in, that way I could layer it with tights when the weather gets colder and I feel like it would be generally more versatile.  However, if I love this one enough and the black one does become available, maybe I'll order that one too!

Forever 21 - Beach Day Thong Sandals - $12.80
Again, just ordered these babies today, so I'm not 100% sure of the fit or quality.  However, I do know that Forever 21 sandals usually are true to size and even though they aren't the best of quality, they'll last about a season, which for less than $13, I'm okay with.  I ordered them in white because I haven't had a pair of white sandals for a few years, and I can't help but think they'll look great with the romper!

Flash Tattoos - Lena - $22 (Left two pictures)
I'm so intrigued by these metallic jewelry inspired temporary tattoos.  After seeing them on a multitude of celebrities at Coachella I've been slightly obsessed.  They turn the whole temporary tattoo thing and make it totally mature.  I finally got on the ball and ordered the Lena selection.  Seriously, check out the Flash Tat website and fall in love!

What have you been hauling lately?  Any fashion pieces I should check out?  Put your picks in the comments!