I'm finally done with Christmas shopping! However I couldn't help but wonder, what's next? New Year's Eve!

A Toast to New Year's Eve Style

December 23, 2016

I'm finally done with Christmas shopping! However I couldn't help but wonder, what's next? New Year's Eve!

Greetings and salutations friends! Happy Friday!

November Sephora Play Review

December 9, 2016


Greetings and salutations friends! Happy Friday!


Oh the holiday season, how I love you. Mariah Carey's Christmas albums, the ornaments, Starbucks red cups, cozy coats, ice skating, Dash & Lilly's Book of Dares, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, and of course all the pretty lights.

Girlfriends Guide to Gifts

December 2, 2016


Oh the holiday season, how I love you. Mariah Carey's Christmas albums, the ornaments, Starbucks red cups, cozy coats, ice skating, Dash & Lilly's Book of Dares, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, and of course all the pretty lights.
The holidays came a bit early when Influenster sent me the Real Techniques Voxbox. I've recently been getting more into makeup brushes (other than Sonia Kashuk / Mara Hoffman for Sephora) so these were a fun, holiday surprise!

Real Techniques Voxbox

November 25, 2016

The holidays came a bit early when Influenster sent me the Real Techniques Voxbox. I've recently been getting more into makeup brushes (other than Sonia Kashuk / Mara Hoffman for Sephora) so these were a fun, holiday surprise!
Greetings friends! 2016 is moving pretty fast!

And the Turtleneck

November 18, 2016

Greetings friends! 2016 is moving pretty fast!

Hi friends. I feel that before I go back to regular programming I need to discuss in brevity my exasperation. After the election it has been so hard for me to focus. To find equilibrium. To see the glass half full. I believe in a lot of things but I firmly believe that, "Love wins, love always wins." So here's to hoping we can be kind to each other, sincere, and love despite our overwhelming differences.

October Sephora Play Review

November 9, 2016


Hi friends. I feel that before I go back to regular programming I need to discuss in brevity my exasperation. After the election it has been so hard for me to focus. To find equilibrium. To see the glass half full. I believe in a lot of things but I firmly believe that, "Love wins, love always wins." So here's to hoping we can be kind to each other, sincere, and love despite our overwhelming differences.
My wrap dress obsession continues. Seriously I just bought another DVF wrap dress last Saturday. However, the more I buy them the more I love the simplicity and versatility of these dresses. They look so put together, and they're so comfy.

Wrap It Up

October 28, 2016

My wrap dress obsession continues. Seriously I just bought another DVF wrap dress last Saturday. However, the more I buy them the more I love the simplicity and versatility of these dresses. They look so put together, and they're so comfy.
Hi friends! I'm back on the blog today to share this soft look and this lip mask!

Get Lippy

October 21, 2016

Hi friends! I'm back on the blog today to share this soft look and this lip mask!
I've recently been trying to "Marie Kondo" my closet and I suppose parts of my life. If you've never heard of her, Marie Kondo is a famous Japanese organizer whose method is somewhat psychologically revolutionizing organization.  Her method, the KonMarie method is essentially letting go of things that do not bring you joy or things that do not "spark joy." While I think this concept is relatively easy at first it tends to get more complicated. Her organizational method seems to have sparked a controversy as I hear more and more refuting arguments from NPR podcasts and Vogue columnists (this article was particularly fascinating to me as I am a huge fan of Florence Welch).
Letting go of clothes has never been easy to me. After my first summer back from college I stopped using my closet in my Mom's house. It became too much. There were too many fast fashion pieces that didn't resonate with me anymore. My closet felt like it was closing in on me every time I stepped in it. Closet quicksand. It felt like that scene in Sex & the City when Carrie tried on a wedding dress and she had an allergic reaction to it. That's what my closet felt like to me, mentally. I had started preferring to live out of a suitcase rather than hanging up my clothing in a closet that gave me an anxiety attack.

I faced this problem somewhat head on. I thought I'd start selling some of the clothes online using places like Vinted, Bib + Tuck (R.I.P), Poshmark, and now Thred Up. My Mom even offered for me to use a different closet (what a sweet lady), but I knew I had to face it, and clean it out. In 2015 the problem of my overfilled closet hadn't been fixed. Yes a lot of the stuff was gone, a lot of it surprisingly sold, but the space was still unused.
This time I got rid and sold every item I didn't wear to ThredUp. After I packed it all up  new monochromatic hangers were put in. Then I put in some organizational bins from Target into my closet. I was surprised at how easy the clean out was when I got rid of everything that didn't bring me joy (I also hated most of the clothes I still had). Still I had moments where I didn't want to get rid of things I wore from high school thinking there still could be a chance, but I let go. Before I started this clean-out endeavor I had even considered seeing a professional organizer. I'm glad I conquered my fear mongering closet by myself.

ThredUp has recently become one of my favorite online clothing resellers. Over spring break I sent two bags in filled to the brim and was surprised at the amount of money I received from them. It wasn't measly like what you might be offered at a boutique and it was upfront unlike Posh or Vinted where you wait for buyers to come and lowball you. What I love most about ThredUp is that they safely recycle your clothing that is unsellable- very important to me. However I'd like to note that they are now charging to safely recycle using $4.99 out of your earnings.
I bought this Diane Von Furstenberg for Neiman Marcus Wrap Dress with my first earnings! I have recently really started loving wrap dresses. Especially as I try to up my business professional wardrobe before I graduate from college. I have been needing a new business wardrobe as most of my high school business professional wear doesn't fit me anymore and also doesn't fit my style.

I really wanted a DVF wrap dress because they looked comfortable and so effortless. Plus how could I say no to the quirky patterns? I should be honest, I also wanted a DVF wrap dress for my professional and personal life because Lorelai Gilmore wore them so often on season 4 of Gilmore Girls. Lorelai wore a lot of DVF on Gilmore Girls actually! I'm so glad I got this adorable wrap dress. Whenever I wear wrap dresses I always get told I look so "put together" all thanks to you DVF!
I had also been looking for a simple, high quality, black clutch (other than Chanel) that matched with my watch and didn't break the bank. I found this perfect little J. Crew beauty on Poshmark NWT for, wait for it $10 (retailing for $68) and it's silk! It's absolutely perfect, and has a cute navy lining with turtles. I think I love the detail in the clasp, a little blooming bud. J. Crew always gets me.
 

 I never got a chance to post this Entertainment Weekly all over social media, but the revival of Gilmore Girls is one of the best things to happen to me. When I first heard it was officially, actually coming back I laid on my bed and thought, "My what a time to be alive." I grew up with Gilmore Girls and never tire of it despite seeing every episode at least 7 times. Thanks to the boyfriend for getting me this copy of EW!
So in the end I guess I'm trying to find balance to finding professional and stylish clothes, and keeping my closet organized. I hope I won't have to Marie Kondo my closet again though, for my own sake.

How do you keep your closet organized?

Wearing: Dress - Diane Von Furstenberg for Neiman Marcus (exact), clutch - J. Crew (similar), shoes - Harajuku Lovers (old), watch - MBMJ Baker, nails - OPI Russian Navy, lips - Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

Photos by Alyssa Barletter Photography

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And the Wrap Dress

October 14, 2016

I've recently been trying to "Marie Kondo" my closet and I suppose parts of my life. If you've never heard of her, Marie Kondo is a famous Japanese organizer whose method is somewhat psychologically revolutionizing organization.  Her method, the KonMarie method is essentially letting go of things that do not bring you joy or things that do not "spark joy." While I think this concept is relatively easy at first it tends to get more complicated. Her organizational method seems to have sparked a controversy as I hear more and more refuting arguments from NPR podcasts and Vogue columnists (this article was particularly fascinating to me as I am a huge fan of Florence Welch).
Letting go of clothes has never been easy to me. After my first summer back from college I stopped using my closet in my Mom's house. It became too much. There were too many fast fashion pieces that didn't resonate with me anymore. My closet felt like it was closing in on me every time I stepped in it. Closet quicksand. It felt like that scene in Sex & the City when Carrie tried on a wedding dress and she had an allergic reaction to it. That's what my closet felt like to me, mentally. I had started preferring to live out of a suitcase rather than hanging up my clothing in a closet that gave me an anxiety attack.

I faced this problem somewhat head on. I thought I'd start selling some of the clothes online using places like Vinted, Bib + Tuck (R.I.P), Poshmark, and now Thred Up. My Mom even offered for me to use a different closet (what a sweet lady), but I knew I had to face it, and clean it out. In 2015 the problem of my overfilled closet hadn't been fixed. Yes a lot of the stuff was gone, a lot of it surprisingly sold, but the space was still unused.
This time I got rid and sold every item I didn't wear to ThredUp. After I packed it all up  new monochromatic hangers were put in. Then I put in some organizational bins from Target into my closet. I was surprised at how easy the clean out was when I got rid of everything that didn't bring me joy (I also hated most of the clothes I still had). Still I had moments where I didn't want to get rid of things I wore from high school thinking there still could be a chance, but I let go. Before I started this clean-out endeavor I had even considered seeing a professional organizer. I'm glad I conquered my fear mongering closet by myself.

ThredUp has recently become one of my favorite online clothing resellers. Over spring break I sent two bags in filled to the brim and was surprised at the amount of money I received from them. It wasn't measly like what you might be offered at a boutique and it was upfront unlike Posh or Vinted where you wait for buyers to come and lowball you. What I love most about ThredUp is that they safely recycle your clothing that is unsellable- very important to me. However I'd like to note that they are now charging to safely recycle using $4.99 out of your earnings.
I bought this Diane Von Furstenberg for Neiman Marcus Wrap Dress with my first earnings! I have recently really started loving wrap dresses. Especially as I try to up my business professional wardrobe before I graduate from college. I have been needing a new business wardrobe as most of my high school business professional wear doesn't fit me anymore and also doesn't fit my style.

I really wanted a DVF wrap dress because they looked comfortable and so effortless. Plus how could I say no to the quirky patterns? I should be honest, I also wanted a DVF wrap dress for my professional and personal life because Lorelai Gilmore wore them so often on season 4 of Gilmore Girls. Lorelai wore a lot of DVF on Gilmore Girls actually! I'm so glad I got this adorable wrap dress. Whenever I wear wrap dresses I always get told I look so "put together" all thanks to you DVF!
I had also been looking for a simple, high quality, black clutch (other than Chanel) that matched with my watch and didn't break the bank. I found this perfect little J. Crew beauty on Poshmark NWT for, wait for it $10 (retailing for $68) and it's silk! It's absolutely perfect, and has a cute navy lining with turtles. I think I love the detail in the clasp, a little blooming bud. J. Crew always gets me.
 

 I never got a chance to post this Entertainment Weekly all over social media, but the revival of Gilmore Girls is one of the best things to happen to me. When I first heard it was officially, actually coming back I laid on my bed and thought, "My what a time to be alive." I grew up with Gilmore Girls and never tire of it despite seeing every episode at least 7 times. Thanks to the boyfriend for getting me this copy of EW!
So in the end I guess I'm trying to find balance to finding professional and stylish clothes, and keeping my closet organized. I hope I won't have to Marie Kondo my closet again though, for my own sake.

How do you keep your closet organized?

Wearing: Dress - Diane Von Furstenberg for Neiman Marcus (exact), clutch - J. Crew (similar), shoes - Harajuku Lovers (old), watch - MBMJ Baker, nails - OPI Russian Navy, lips - Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

Photos by Alyssa Barletter Photography

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Hi friends! Happy October! The Unbasic Basics was the theme behind September's Sephora Play box. My friend Mallory shot some pretty pictures of last month's box in the KSU Gardens. Mallory also has an awesome blog, check it out here!

September Sephora Play Review

October 7, 2016

Hi friends! Happy October! The Unbasic Basics was the theme behind September's Sephora Play box. My friend Mallory shot some pretty pictures of last month's box in the KSU Gardens. Mallory also has an awesome blog, check it out here!
Another month, another late Sephora Play review.

August Sephora Play Review

September 15, 2016

Another month, another late Sephora Play review.
When I was in 7th grade I wanted a "cool haircut" something with choppy short layers and similar to the models on Hot Topic (surprisingly it was a cute and demure haircut?). The lady cutting my hair said the haircut I chose looked like, "Kat Von D's". Later I Googled KVD and I was amazed. Here was this beautiful, porcelain skin, tattooed beauty, everything I wanted to be. I started watching L.A. Ink religiously, I bought Kat's book High Voltage Tattoo in 2009, I even remember buying L.A Ink merchandise (flip flops + a trucker hat! 2009 was a weird year).

KVD Lock-It Voxbox

August 27, 2016

When I was in 7th grade I wanted a "cool haircut" something with choppy short layers and similar to the models on Hot Topic (surprisingly it was a cute and demure haircut?). The lady cutting my hair said the haircut I chose looked like, "Kat Von D's". Later I Googled KVD and I was amazed. Here was this beautiful, porcelain skin, tattooed beauty, everything I wanted to be. I started watching L.A. Ink religiously, I bought Kat's book High Voltage Tattoo in 2009, I even remember buying L.A Ink merchandise (flip flops + a trucker hat! 2009 was a weird year).
Greetings everyone! Now that my internship at Anthropologie has been completed I’ve been back at the Bucks slinging drinks and hiding behind our espresso machine. I finally made a purchase from Anthropologie during my time there! 

Buzz Buzz!

August 18, 2016

Greetings everyone! Now that my internship at Anthropologie has been completed I’ve been back at the Bucks slinging drinks and hiding behind our espresso machine. I finally made a purchase from Anthropologie during my time there! 
Hi friends! My July review is here! This review was one that I actually had ready for you before August, but life and planning for my senior year of college seem to get the way. The good news is that I will graduate on time in May which is terrifying and exciting at the same time! Nevertheless, I've got 6 new samples to discuss today!

July Sephora Play Review

August 12, 2016

Hi friends! My July review is here! This review was one that I actually had ready for you before August, but life and planning for my senior year of college seem to get the way. The good news is that I will graduate on time in May which is terrifying and exciting at the same time! Nevertheless, I've got 6 new samples to discuss today!
Hi friends! Happy August! It’s crazy to think that just a little over 4 years ago Je M’appelle Chanel was born. Monday, July 30 2012. Read my first post here!

Four Years Later

August 5, 2016

Hi friends! Happy August! It’s crazy to think that just a little over 4 years ago Je M’appelle Chanel was born. Monday, July 30 2012. Read my first post here!

Ok my Sephora Play reviews are suspiciously late! So what gives? Well, interning 40 hours a week plus taking a summer class, visiting NYC, and of course watching Stranger Things have definitely put the blog on hold. However, I have been spending more time trying out these products and have my best review yet. I'm dissecting my April, May, and June Sephora Play boxes!

April, May, & June Sephora Play Haul

July 27, 2016


Ok my Sephora Play reviews are suspiciously late! So what gives? Well, interning 40 hours a week plus taking a summer class, visiting NYC, and of course watching Stranger Things have definitely put the blog on hold. However, I have been spending more time trying out these products and have my best review yet. I'm dissecting my April, May, and June Sephora Play boxes!

Kansas weather is incredibly hot, possibly being inside a volcano hot. Now I've never been inside a volcano so that statement isn't exactly accurate, but I have been to volcano in St. Lucia, La Soufriere!

Cool Girl Summer Uniform

July 22, 2016

Kansas weather is incredibly hot, possibly being inside a volcano hot. Now I've never been inside a volcano so that statement isn't exactly accurate, but I have been to volcano in St. Lucia, La Soufriere!
I've had a longstanding on and off relationship with traditional shampoo and conditioner. I've tried countless brands - Carol's Daughter, John Frieda, OGX, Rock Your Hair, Avalon Organics, L'Oreal, Healthy Sexy Hair, etc.

Breaking Up, a Hairstory Review

July 8, 2016

I've had a longstanding on and off relationship with traditional shampoo and conditioner. I've tried countless brands - Carol's Daughter, John Frieda, OGX, Rock Your Hair, Avalon Organics, L'Oreal, Healthy Sexy Hair, etc.
I think my obsession for fruit print clothing is at an all time high.

Citrus Queen

July 1, 2016

I think my obsession for fruit print clothing is at an all time high.
I've always been a huge fan of Gwen Stefani. I'm not embarrassed to say I used to wear Harajuku Lovers clothing in middle school. Ok maybe a little, but I still love all of Gwen Stefani's clothing lines and brand extensions. I don't typically review lipsticks, but I had to review this one. With the help of my beautiful and sweet friend Emma, from Emma York Photography.

Firebird

June 25, 2016

I've always been a huge fan of Gwen Stefani. I'm not embarrassed to say I used to wear Harajuku Lovers clothing in middle school. Ok maybe a little, but I still love all of Gwen Stefani's clothing lines and brand extensions. I don't typically review lipsticks, but I had to review this one. With the help of my beautiful and sweet friend Emma, from Emma York Photography.
Once in a blue moon Modcloth does their Stylish Surprise. Stylish Surprise is a mystery box that used to be just apparel, but has now been extended to shoes and home goods. The last time I ordered a Stylish Surprise was in April 2014. Although I was pleased with what I received, I ended up re-gifting my dress because it suited my friend Liz much better than me.

When I unboxed this dress I instantly was surprised by the unusual print. I was intrigued, it reminded me of something Carrie Bradshaw would wear in the Carrie Diaries --- the CW show based on Candace Bushnall's book series starring Anna-Sophia Robb. Dreadful show, but it had the most amazing, and original styling, RIP!
This dress is certainly something I wouldn't instantly order but I do love it. I was also surprised to see that this dress retailed originally for $140 from the brand Emily and Fin. It's the Painted City Circus Dress, on Modcloth it's known as "Walk Down the Isle in Cosmopolitan." The only problem I have with this dress is that its a tad long, and I need to have it taken in just the slightest. However, for $15 this dress is certainly worth it!

Other than frolicking in Modcloth dresses summer has been a busy one for me. I've been interning at Anthropologie as a Visual Display Intern and it's been so much fun. Other than interning I've been going to concerts, spending time with friends and family, reading, and shopping (of course). My last read was Revolting Youth: the Further Journals of Nick Twisp and my last purchase was a pair of side-zipped denim shorts from J.Crew.

So, happy summer, friends. Let’s make this a beautiful one, the most beautiful yet. I challenge you to put on your favorite dress, and dance around to the Wombats. You can thank me later!
Wearing: dress - Modcloth (exact), shoes - Target (old),  watch - MBMJ Baker

Photos by the beautiful Emma York Photography
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City Scape

June 11, 2016

Once in a blue moon Modcloth does their Stylish Surprise. Stylish Surprise is a mystery box that used to be just apparel, but has now been extended to shoes and home goods. The last time I ordered a Stylish Surprise was in April 2014. Although I was pleased with what I received, I ended up re-gifting my dress because it suited my friend Liz much better than me.

When I unboxed this dress I instantly was surprised by the unusual print. I was intrigued, it reminded me of something Carrie Bradshaw would wear in the Carrie Diaries --- the CW show based on Candace Bushnall's book series starring Anna-Sophia Robb. Dreadful show, but it had the most amazing, and original styling, RIP!
This dress is certainly something I wouldn't instantly order but I do love it. I was also surprised to see that this dress retailed originally for $140 from the brand Emily and Fin. It's the Painted City Circus Dress, on Modcloth it's known as "Walk Down the Isle in Cosmopolitan." The only problem I have with this dress is that its a tad long, and I need to have it taken in just the slightest. However, for $15 this dress is certainly worth it!

Other than frolicking in Modcloth dresses summer has been a busy one for me. I've been interning at Anthropologie as a Visual Display Intern and it's been so much fun. Other than interning I've been going to concerts, spending time with friends and family, reading, and shopping (of course). My last read was Revolting Youth: the Further Journals of Nick Twisp and my last purchase was a pair of side-zipped denim shorts from J.Crew.

So, happy summer, friends. Let’s make this a beautiful one, the most beautiful yet. I challenge you to put on your favorite dress, and dance around to the Wombats. You can thank me later!
Wearing: dress - Modcloth (exact), shoes - Target (old),  watch - MBMJ Baker

Photos by the beautiful Emma York Photography
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