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I love mail day. 99dresses!!!

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deadeyelizzie:

I love mail day. 99dresses!!!

SO cute!!

Our Spring Must-Haves!

We’re finally starting to get a taste of warmer weather here in New York City, which means that it is almost time to start trading our all black, every day wardrobe for one that is much brighter, girlier and fun! So what items are on our wishlist this fall? Here are a few things that our members are currently coveting.

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1. ModCloth heels 2. ModCloth dress 3. Urban Decay palette 4. ASOS mules 5. Chicwish skirt 6. Mossimo blazer 7. Burberry rain boots 8. Rag + Bone jeans 9. Henri Bendel backpack

So, let’s hear it! What’s on YOUR spring wishlist?

Links We Are Loving

1. This week, get to know the ugly truths about modern dating. (thoughtcatalog.com)

2. And, while we are on the subject of modern dating, here’s what you’re missing if you haven’t used Tinder before. (collegehumor.com)

3. Want to know the key to success? Learn these common pitfalls to failure. (medium.com)

4. We already knew about the new cupcake ATM in New York City, but did you know these strange vending machines also exist? (collegecandy.com)

5. Finding a job after college can be stressful so, if you’ve ever asked yourself one of these 55 questions, you’re not alone. (buzzfeed.com)

6. A girl can never go wrong with a little black dress! Do you have these 7 essential styles in your closet? (stylecaster.com)

7. Lastly, if you think a reality show about Honey Boo Boo is bad, check out these 15 new (and totally not made up) TV shows. (cosmopolitan.com) 

Community Spotlight: Cat

Meet Cat. She is a mommy to the coolest kid on the planet, her 4 year old Mia. She is also a hair and makeup artist and loves working weddings and events. Cat also love cooking up vegetarian dishes and working out.

1. What do you love most about 99dresses?

When I saw 99dresses and how it works, I immediately saw an opportunity to swap some of the clothes that no longer fit me. I lost 56 lbs this past year so it worked perfect for me to swap my larger clothes and get some smaller clothes in return. It was around Christmas time when I joined the app so I ended up getting some really cool gifts for people and some for myself.

2. Favorite item won on the app so far?

Right now, it’s my new Dermablend concealer! This stuff works great. I initially got it for my clients cause it’s a darker shade but I’ve been using it for contouring on myself and it looks amazing.



3. When you aren’t shopping, you can be found…

Working, hiking, at the gym, in the kitchen or having a tea party with my daughter. I probably shouldn’t say this but even when I’m doing some of those things I still try to sneak in a few minutes here and there to scope out new items on 99. It’s the 99aholic in me!

4. If your friends could describe you in one word, what would it be?

Thoughtful.

5. What’s currently on your shopping wish list?

A black pair of the disco pants from American Apparel. Those pants do wonders for the derrière!

6. If you could hang out with any celebrity for the day, who would it be and why?

Gwen Stefani! I have been obsessed with her and her style since I was 12. I’d want to hang out with her because she’s a fashion goddess and exudes creativity! Plus, she seems down to earth and is a cool mom.

7. Favorite song of the moment?

Fave song is Turn It Around by Lucius. Not only is the song awesome but the video completely inspires me with it’s retro hair and makeup!

8. Any trends you are loving right now?

I am so in love with high waisted shorts and crocheted lace anything.  And can’t forget my current makeup obsession and this years spring makeup trend, glowing skin! Which is why I can’t wait for the Cali heat to kick in!



9. On a typical weekend, you can be spotted wearing…

I’m usually wearing the shorts mentioned above with a cutoff sleeve tee, a bustier, booties and gold or rose gold accessories.

Put a Blazer On It!

I donʼt know how many of you are “Portlandia” fans, but I certainly am. After mindlessly zoning out on multiple episodes back-to-back over Spring Break, some catch-phrases stuck in my head indefinitely, infiltrating all aspects of my life. One of those lines was, “We can pickle that!” and “Put a bird on it!

As I was drearily hauling myself out of bed last Tuesday morning, already running late for my class, I decided to wear my pajamas to school. Since my pajamas consist of a worn-in, oversized Frank & Oak t-shirt and nothing else, obviously I had to add a few things. My shaky foundation of a t-shirt and day old mascara was quickly pulled together by a pair of black jeggings, my trusted black booties, and a black tuxedo-inspired blazer. 

I power walked to class practically giggling to myself. I hadnʼt even brushed my hair! Yet I was getting so many compliments on my outfit and high ponytail. I finally decided that it was the blazer, the magic black blazer. If I took this baby off, my entire outfit would crumble. Therefore, I concluded that it is decidedly easy to make any outfit look pulled together when you throw a blazer into the mix. Or, more simply stated, put a blazer on it!

Here is the outfit I somehow created from my pajamas and a few shiny things. I Instagrammed it (obviously), adding the #putablazeronit hashtag (inspired by Portlandia, obviously). The black tuxedo style blazer I am wearing is by BB Dakota.



Here are some awesome blazers to inspire you. I would recommend having at least three blazers in your wardrobe at all times: one in classic black, one in a solid, bright color, and one floral. They are so versatile, transitioning from each season and varied event with ease.



Over time, you can add sequined, patterned, and velvet blazers to you closet. Personally, I am still on the hunt for the perfect camel-colored one! But for now, how will you style your favorite blazer this week? Throw it over your pajamas; throw it over a dress; throw it over anything. See what happens! Instagram it and hashtag #putablazeronit! 

Lexi xx

For The Girls That Wear Makeup…

I’m addicted to splurging on drugstore cosmetics and beauty products, and unfortunately I just found out that many of my favorite products contain toxic chemicals that can potentially be very harmful to my body. Now, I know what you’re thinking, but no, I didn’t get some kind of weird rash.

Before I go into this, I just want to say that I haven’t worn Birkenstocks since that one time they were cool in the sixth grade. I don’t have a compost pile in my backyard and I have no idea what my carbon footprint is. I mean, I recycle, I don’t tend to drink out of plastic water bottles that have been left in the sun, and I do try to avoid tanning beds. But at the same time, and even though we live in a day and age where it seems that EVERYTHING around us might cause cancer or make us sick, I still choose not to obsess over living a perfectly healthy, granola-like lifestyle because honestly, that’s just not me.

Now, I said all of that because I really don’t want you to think I am just one more person who is freaking you out about “toxic chemicals”. I am not a doctor and won’t pretend to know even the first thing about the science behind cancer. But what I do want to do is share a little piece of knowledge with you, because even though I’m not a health freak, I still think it’s better to know what products and habits might be better to more often avoid than buy.

To get back to the point - last week my mom told me about this website called EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database which gives safety rating scores to all different kinds of beauty and cosmetic products. Each product is given a score between 0-10 (0 meaning low or no hazard and 10 meaning highly hazardous). The product’s rating is then broken down by an “Ingredient Concerns” scale, which shows the specific area of harm a product’s individual ingredients may potentially cause.

Some of you may think that it is obvious that drugstore cosmetic products can be toxic; and I too was somewhat aware of it. But the real reason I am writing about this now is because some cosmetics advertised as “natural” and “clean”, which I specifically thought would not be harmful, are actually as harmful or even more harmful than those that are not. Case in point, Burt’s Bees Passion Fruit Lip Balm received a 5 on EWG’s scale of hazard. Likewise, Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Sensitive Skin Facial Cleanser also received a 5, CLEAN Eau de Parfum Spray received an 8 and Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Natural Radiance Bronzer received a 10!



And it’s not just drugstore makeup brands that are an issue either. High-priced, designer items with quality ingredients can be just as hazardous.

Now, I’m not saying you should go into your bathroom right now and dump all your makeup in the trash, schedule an appointment with your physician, and only buy your makeup from Whole Foods. I don’t think it’s that serious. But maybe the next time you run out of mascara or foundation you can check the EWG website or download their app to see if you might want to find a safer alternative.

Ana xx

The Affordable Miracle Worker: Virgin Coconut Oil

When I went through a vegan stint last summer I discovered tons of new foods to supplement meat and animal by-products. From chia seeds to agave nectar to hemp milk, I became culinarily crafty during this process and began to really appreciate food for the first time.

Something that I discovered that I really liked cooking with in place of regular, often hydrogenated oils was virgin coconut oil. It has a high smoke point, which means you can use it to cook many things at different heats without losing its nutritional value. I sautéed, baked, and marinated with it. I even used it in my smoothies and sometimes as a replacement for dairy. Virgin coconut oil became, to me, the most wonderful and versatile cooking side-kick.

At the end of the summer, my family went on vacation to Colorado. We had decided to rough it and go camping in Buena Vista. We arrived at our campsite overlooking the mountainous scenery and began to unpack. I was proud of myself as I had packed only a small duffle bag and believed that this meant I had finally become a “low maintenance” type of woman.

A few days later, I realized my one big mistake: I had forgotten to pack lotion. The air in Colorado is very dry compared to Texas, and my knees and arms began to show just how thirsty my skin was for moisture. Because I was still trying to eat healthy, I’d brought along a few of my cooking supplies, including the virgin coconut oil. I noticed the way the jarred oil would solidify at room temperature, yet liquify in my hand. So, I decided to use it on my knees, and it felt amazing!

From then on, I was a believer in the incredible, mysterious powers of this simple and healthy oil. Virgin coconut oil can be used for so many of your beauty needs, which means it’s easy on your skin and your bank account. Here are some examples:

- As a moisturizer for your entire body.

- For dry complexions, I would recommend using it every night as an intense moisturizing treatment.

- For oily-combination complexions, like me, I would use it less frequently. Try every other night.

- As an under-eye treatment for fine lines.

- Apply directly onto acne scars to lighten them over time.

- The most fragrant and healthy tanning oil (not recommended for fair-skinned girls like myself; skin cancer isn’t cute)

- As a lip conditioner. I used it on my lips when they were so cracked they bled!

- An intense conditioning treatment for your hair. Apply to dry hair and let it sit for a few hours.

- Use it instead of shaving cream and as an after-shave lotion.

- I’ve heard it can work as a natural deodorant, which would be awesome, although I haven’t tried it yet.

- Put it on your cuticles to moisturize nail beds.

- And finally, the BIG KAHUNA, the one you’ve all been waiting for. Virgin coconut oil will fully remove all makeup! This was the most incredible discovery I’ve ever made. For years I have been searching for something that would truly take off my waterproof eye makeup and completely remove 24-hr liquid foundation. This is it! Stop buying tiny $4.00-$25.00 bottles of makeup remover right now and go pick up a big tub of Organic, Non-GMO Virgin Coconut Oil for $10.00-$15.00. It’s important to buy “virgin” coconut oil as opposed to regular because the regular oil has been processed, bleached, and deodorized, meaning it had lost its coconut scent and much of its nutritional value. Many companies are beginning to realize how amazing it is and are selling small containers of raw coconut oil for upwards of $25.00. Do yourself a favor: don’t fall into this trap and go to the cooking aisle to get yours for super cheap. It’s exactly the same, it will last you forever, and you can use it in so many ways!

Here’s a picture of mine:



How will you use coconut oil in your beauty routine?

Lexi xx