Western Festival Fashion Staples

Festival season has kicked started in full swing. With week one of Coachella at an end, it is easy to spot the needed apparel for all future and upcoming music gatherings of the year.  In order to make sure you can rock the Balloon and Wine Festival, Lollapalooza Week 2, and Stagecoach one must dress the part.

Music festivals are notably, known for their exotic and bold fashion trends. They normally take inspiration from bohemian and indie fashion influences. This year the trend is a western style.

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To blow away all your friends fashion choices and set the trend this concert season simply incorporate these hidden gems to perfect the western vibe.

  • Turquoise jewelry is a simple staple that can be found in any thrift store or vintage consignment shop. The bright blue color gives a pop of spring fever. While, the sterling silver outlining brings a desert daydream look.

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  • Double buckle belts are another easy fashion pick. You can simply loop them through your favorite shorts or have it hang around your dress. The double buckle once again offers the country couture.

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  • Cowboy hats are a perfect fit for all outfits. They come in multitudes of colors and fabrics so finding the fit for your wardrobe pick is no hassle. You can even spice up the iconic hat with a feather, crown, roses, belt, glitter, or chain. All your festival favorites can be incorporated with the cowboy hat. The best part about this accessory is that it is great for the desert heat.

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  • Bandannas- or a kerchief are a fun way to accent a plain top or dress. If you’re not wanting to dress up to much, since your to busy planning your concert choices, opt for a fun neck tie. The bandanna has an intricate paisley pattern and bold colors that are bound to draw attention against a plain tank or t-shirt dress. You can utilize it as a scarf, tie, wrist band, or headband. The kerchief has endless ways to portray the newest trend.

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  • Fringe suede any article of clothes supporting fringe can be deemed western. For more of a cowboy cult classic look incorporate suede as the prominent material. The fringe on any suede piece of clothing adds a nice vintage presence.

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  • Snake skin ankle booties  are an adorable and flirty choice. For all shoe lovers they are a must need in your wardrobe this festival season. The snake-skin presents a confident and chic upgrade to all outfit choices. The pattern offers an alternative bohemian configuration and meshes well with other prints, textures, and materials. It won’t matter if you’re wearing lace or glitter the boots are a must have.

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5 Best Spring Lipsticks

Every  outfit needs the best finishing details. This spring season is no different. The biggest and boldest statements or the cute and classy declarations are artistically painted on one’s lips. Below are the 5 best spring lipsticks to help make your outfit make its intended stylish announcement.

Elf‘s Tinted Lip Oil in the color coral kiss is a beautiful pink/orangish hue that can enhance brightly fashioned wardrobe selections. The lip oil is the perfect gloss to add a pep of shine in all vacation and resort wear. The plus side is that is $6.00 usd. Tinted Lip Oil

Tarte Cosmetics‘ LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint is the perfect pink pleasure. The pink lipstick has a creme texture that provides vitamin enrichment. Unlike most matte lipsticks the creme vitamin C and E texture enables a smooth and sleek color. Notably, the pink coloring  on the luck shade is a lighter color that pairs nicely with pastel pieces.     LipSurgence™ matte lip tint

   

Anastasia Beverly Hills‘ Liquid Lipstick is a fan favorite among beauty bloggers. The liquid matte stays on for a long time and has an easy to use applicator. Particularly, the best thing about the liquid lipstick are the colors. Luckily, out of the fabulous 39 colors to choose from Stormy Lilac, Faded Teal, and Ripened Red are the perfect shades to add a burst of color into your spring outfit.

Liquid Lipstick - Strawberry

Liquid Lipstick - Strawberry

Liquid Lipstick – Clover

Liquid Lipstick – Clover

Liquid Lipstick - Insomniac

Liquid Lipstick - Insomniac

Spring Lookbook 2018

For the spring 2018 fashion season I decided to start a new project. I will now be posting my outfit(s) of the day into a video fashion diary. These look books will be able for viewership on my blog and YouTube channel. This look book for spring 2018 consist of a lovely Billabong dress and skirt and shirt combination from Hollister.

The Billabong dress has a lovely floral print that adds a blossoming cream choice. I paired the dress with a navy scarf I utilized as a headband. To accessorize I choose an amber crystal necklace with crystals around the top cut. Likewise, for shoes I opted with a pair of neutral open toe platform sandals. As for makeup I went with a darker red lip oil with a more exposed eyeliner.

For the second outfit I choose a more casual option. I went with a light azure top with two bow tie strings. The Hollister top had a double v-neck line on both sides. The tank top was chic a cute for an afternoon date. I matched the top with a denim frayed skirt. The jean skirt was from Forever 21. I then added a bit of height with a pair of nude pumps. Notably, the tank top and trendy skirt were a perfect pair, creating a flirty floret choice.

 

 

Belt Bags

In the 80’s the fanny packs were invented for a lifestyle accessory. You could accessibly add all your basic necessities into a bag attached at the waist and enjoy your day. The fanny pack consisted of rayon packaging and neon colors no one cared for.

Obviously, this trend was never a hit. Yet, the concept of easy  travel and mobility were still a necessity. Taking a hint from sorority girls across the states, who use fanny packs religiously for all greek day events,  brands where able to reinvent the waist bag concept.

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Giving the mockable bag a comeback, Gucci’s Marmont GG leather belt bag lead the comeback. The started the reinvention with a new name, a belt bag. Simple but trendy. Plus with the 2017 environment toward classy minimalistic clothing the designer brands was perfect to pioneer the trend.

As festival season approached in 2018 every influencers online seemed to have a version of the leather staple. The belt bag appeared to be everywhere. It was the perfect accessory, clean, classy, and cute.

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High brands then adopted the iconic Gucci enablement. Brandy Melville added a horse bit across the faux leather pouch. Revolve took a different approach adding different belts to go with their bag. Nordstrom’s offers the belt bag in vegan leather or an eco-friendly version of cotton. All of these affordable styles appealed to brand marketers on instagram.

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Anyone who is currently following Coachella 2018, week 1 fashion can note that this style was rampant. It fit the music festival’s laid back modern bohemian vibe. The belt bag made transportation from one concert to another as easy as ever.

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Notably, the belt bag unlike its dinosaur ancestor, the fanny pack will be here to stay.

Five for Five Finds

Sales are easy to spot during hallmarked times. Christmas, New Years, Black Friday, Valentines, President’s Day, Easter, and Fourth of July are notorious for the targeted consumer giveaways.

Yet, when the holiday seasons are over its harder to spot the good deals or cheaper buys. Below are a few e-commerce stores that have good quality deals for five dollars or under.

  1. Forever 21– Offers 500 accessories all under five dollars. These items range from face masks to dorm decor. There are multiple chokers and scrunchies. The stores sale section and basic shop have physical clothing pieces for the cheaper price.
  2. Dog Dog– A quirky and modern clothing store has several inexpensive products. Primarily they have accessories and slogan shirts under five dollars. The store also has flower crowns and eccentric phone cases. For fun and minimalist fashion statements Dog Dog is the place to shop.
  3. Modcloth– Their home decor and accessories department always have a few items under five. While, most iteams are custom and quality. The store occasionally has a good sale on their products, making these quick deals wonderful. Especially since most of Modcloth’s products are $25 or over.
  4. Nasty Gal– Is hosting an amazing 80% off sale. This sale is featuring items starting at $2.00. You can find multiple products in the two to five dollar range in the first few listing of this sale. My favorite products I’ve seen are their artsy cards and fluffy scarves. They also have a few shirts, tassel earrings, highlighter, and bikini bottoms. All products are great buys for summer.
  5. YesStyle– is a Korean clothing store that offers custom items. Most of the store is cost efficient for lovely embroidered products. My personal favorites under five dollars are their beret hats.  They also have adorable socks, unicorn inspired beauty products, lace shorts, and play suites that fall into the five and under category. The whole store is a hidden online gem.

Missguided Top

In 2009 Nitin Passi founded and jump started the international, UK based, brand Missguided. Since its humble origins the brand has now expanded into an iconic label in young adult fashion.  Missguided is a lovely clothing site that can turn your wardrobe into a statement promoting edgy and creative looks.

The brand promotes flirty and dreamy fashion products for each occasion. Missguided offers several fun patterns from floral to snake skin prints. Likewise, there are several refreshing denim cuts that are a classic for all trends. Basic apparel or the necessities were given a modern twist. All products represent bold and fun lifestyle wear.

This weekend I kicked off my Friday with a classic pair of lace jeans. They were my current favorite style of tie, high waist denim. The lacing on the rib-bits were creme along with dark stitching on the sides.

To pair the outfit I choose to wear my new Missguided bardot top. The blouse was off the shoulders and had curled trimmed cut. The crop top was hemmed and offered a slimming feature with its neutral coloring. The blouse was a petite wardrobe item. Thus, making it wonderful for my small 5’2 frame. I had the crop top in my closet for a while so I was overjoyed to war it.

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Finalizing, my outfit choice I elected to match my outfit with a pair of black platform open toe wedges. They added a little bit of height to the outfit. The shoes also color coordinated with my Missguided top.

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Wombat Mange Care

Wombats are an Australian native species. They are apart of the macropod family; a marsupial branch of species located in the vast country’s wildlife. Like other marsupial animals they have fallen ill recently.

The spread of this disease is  disastrous because it is targeting wombats. These macropods, particularly the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombats,  are on conservation lists as endangered. As a vet student, a pillar I study under is sharing conservation methodology. Which is why I often write about God’s lovely creators on my blog.  Due to the endangerment of this species it is crucial to spread information on disease prevention and citizen residential support.

For most macropod animals vulnerability to the disease is much to blame for having weaker immune system. Unlike other macropods, wombat’s issues fall under the issue of mange. The mangy disease is attacking the small population of the 250 left in the wild.

Mange in basic jargon is when mites burrow into the skin. Thus evolving into itching, scabs, sores, and redness in the skin. Likewise, hair loss and crusty skin occur. After being infected with mange for a duration of a month the eyes and nose will crust over. An infection over a month will result in thicker scabbed skin resulting in death.

If a wombat is found by a resident and appears to exhibit these symptoms it is important to first enter the wombats information into WomSAT. Notably, WomSAT is an online citizen encounter report. After that information is logged be sure to contact an exotic veterinarian for care instructions or a local shelter.

If that isn’t available due to the location and vast outback of Australia take a holistic approach to healing the wombat. Utilize herbs and lotions that include valerian, aloe, chamomile, St John’s wort and kava. Particularly, bathing a wombat in aloe juice is the optimal choice. The aloe and chamomile offer a calming and anti-anxiety solution that doesn’t allow for disease progress and post care stress of the animal. Treatment should occur until the skin starts to heal. This can take a few months.

Wombats often suffer anxiety and stress. So, a normal treatment for mange will not work for wombats. These macropods will become stressed if given an antiparasitic steroid. Likewise, over the counter treatment for canine sarcoptic mange or didactic mange should not be applied. While, these medications might appeal to animal rehabilitators it can prevent the wombat’s immune system to warding off parasites in the future. In fact it makes them more susceptible to getting mange in the future.

Conservation of wombats, especially the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombats, is much-needed. Aiding these marsupial animals in the wake of disease is crucial. Due to their weak immune system it is vital to care for wombats in a holistic way and log their information. Contacting a shelter or veterinarian is optimal in this situation. Future hope for all macropod animals in the Australian wildlife scenery lies within proper research.