"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening." -Coco Chanel

Friday, September 26, 2014

100 Bloglovin Followers!

Thank you so much to all of my readers and followers for your ongoing love and support! I could not be where I am today without all of you guys!!! Thanks again!!! xxx

-The Sophisticated Shopper

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

One Lovely Blog Award Nomination 2014!

Thank you so much to Nati at Artdicted for the nomination for the One Lovely Blog Award! I greatly appreciate your support!

The rules of the One Lovely Blog Award are as follows...

1. Thank the lovely person that nominated you and link back to them in your post. 
2. Share seven things about yourself.
3. Nominate bloggers you admire <3 
4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know that you have nominated them.

Here are my "Seven Facts About Me!" 
  1. I have an obsession with France and French decor (if you watch my YouTube videos, you would know this by looking around the background :) )
  2. I have only one best friend that I have known for a little over 15 years. Unfortunately, she recently moved to L.A., so I miss her dearly! One fun fact about my best buddy is that she is an aspiring makeup artist! (Cool, eh?)
  3. I have OCD when it comes to cleaning and organizing my closet, makeup, jewelry, and accessories, but when it comes to cleaning up my room, dusting, and vacuuming, I'm super lazy and I don't like to do it.
  4. I collect jewelry, sunglasses, and iPhone cases. 
  5. Most of my clothes are black or dark colored.
  6. I absolutely hate the combination of vans and boot-cut jeans (I have to wear this outfit combo to chemistry lab once a week :( )
  7. I have never been in love </3
Now that I've told you all my seven facts, I nominate....

 Laura at Tease Flutter Pout
Jordan at Keep Dreaming

Congrats on the nomination, girls! I look forward to reading your posts! <3  Thank you again to Nati for this nomination!

Until next time! x
-The Sophisticated Shopper

Monday, September 22, 2014

Leibster Award 2014!

I've been nominated for a Leibster Award by the forever fabulous CHiBi CHiC <3 Thank you so much for the nomination!

The Rules:
  1. Post 11 facts about you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions set by the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 blogs with under 200 followers
  4. Link your nominees to the post.
  5. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
  6. Let the nominees chosen know they have been tagged.

11 Facts About Me: The Sophisticated Shopper
  1. I am an eighteen-year-old junior in college, majoring in Wildlife Biology & Restoration Ecology/Pre-Veterinary Medicine (long title, I know, haha.) 
  2. I have an obsession with collecting things such as sunglasses, iPhone cases, and my personal favorite, jewelry!
  3. I don't drink coffee, tea, or soda (strange, seeing as I am a constantly tired college student.)
  4. I have a secret to share with you all...I have never been in an actual relationship with a "boyfriend" worthy guy (it might be that I haven't really had time to find love :( )
  5. I have been awarded 4 state and 3 national science and engineering awards (yes, I am a closet nerd.)
  6. I ran into Jack Black 7 times while at Disneyland with my family, and thankfully one of the times, he allowed a picture to be taken with him :) 
  7. I secretly wish that I could live a double life; one in my chosen career, and the other a posh, fashion filled life. 
  8. I am extremely sarcastic (in person.)
  9. Two people that I dream of meeting are Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey <3
  10. I am a huge animal lover! I at one point had a dog, three rabbits, five goldfish, two African Dwarf frogs, and I leased a horse or two.
  11. I have a phobia of hospitals, shots, large birds, and balloons...(I've had several experiences that can explain these odd phobias haha)
CHiBi CHiC's Questions: 

1. Why did you start blogging?

I have always loved fashion and beauty and had always wanted to share my passion with others, unfortunately, most of the people I am around in life don't exactly agree with my passion for fashion or think that it is "stupid" to blog. For me, it is a way of living a fashion filled life without giving up a career that I can make money in (not that I couldn't make money in the fashion industry, I just know that I would not be one of the best of the best that would make it in the industry,) and a way to de-stress and connect with others who share my passion.

2. What's your favorite book? 

It is so hard for me to choose one book, so I would definitely have to say my favorite book series is The Luxe Series by Anna Gobersten. I am a huge historical fiction person, so these books tied my love for history, romance, and fashion together and made me obsess over these novels! If you have not read these books, you really should!

3. Are you a crazy cat lover or more of a dog person?

Personally, I don't really like cats. Part of my dislike for cats might be because I am extremely allergic to them. However, I absolutely lovee dogs! In my life time I've had an Old English Sheepdog, named Katie, that lived to be seven-years-old, and a Newfoundland dog, named Max, that lived to be a whopping twelve-and-a-half-years-old!

4. Who is your celebrity crush?

Kellan Lutz! *drools* He is an absolutely beautiful man!!!

5. What is your favorite item of clothing you own and why?

Hmm....at the moment I have a beautiful black, somewhat see through, lacy, chiffon, baby-doll top from Forever21. I just love how beautiful and flowy it is! It's one of those pieces that you can dress up or down for a day at school or a night out with the girls.

6. Have you ever had a beauty or fashion disaster? 

YES! It seems that I am always cursed with my sandals snapping where the band is attached to the top of the shoe, and it always tends to happen when I am in public :(

7. What did you want to be as a child in the sense of "When I grow up I want to be..." and did that ever happen?

I wanted to be an Equestrian Veterinarian ever since I was four-years-old! Recently, in the last year, I changed my mind, and I instead want to be a Marine-Mammal Vet or a Zoo Vet. I am currently working towards my dream career and I will hopefully make it as a vet before I turn 25!

8. What item do you not currently own that you would love to have one day?

A Michael Kors black and white Hamilton bag with silver hardware, and a matching wallet of course <3 (a girl can dream...sigh, the life of a poor college student :( )

9. Who is you favorite fictional character?

Alright...no laughing at this...my favorite fictional character is Rosalie Lillian Hale from The Twilight Saga. The Rosalie s a strong, and somewhat sarcastic, independent woman that does not let anyone come close to harming her loved ones or her family...in a way, she and I are somewhat alike. 

10. If you could meet anyone, who would it be? 

Well...as I probably gave away in my eleven facts about me, I would really like to meet both Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey. They both seem like amazingly talented, down-to-earth women that I would love to have a little chit chat with :)

11. What place would you like to visit where you have yet to visit? 

I would absolutley loveee to visit Paris, France! It has always been a dream of mine to breathe in the Parisian air and take in the amazing culture that can be experienced while in France. If I had to choose a place in the country I'm currently in, I would choose New York City, seeing as it is one of the most fashion-forward places in the US :)

Alrighty then! Let's get along to the questions I will be asking my nominees!

My Questions:
1. What one beauty-related item could you not live without?
2. What is your favorite inspirational quote?
3. Who is your fashion inspiration?
4. Which is better: shoes or handbags?
5. Who is your favorite YouTuber?
6. Why did you decide to write your blog?
7. Is there ever a time when you regretted a fashion or beauty trend that you tried? If so, what?
8. What are two things that are on your bucket list?
9. What is your ideal vacation?
10. Would you ever, if you could, change something in your life?
 11. Have you ever met a famous person?

My Nominees!

Haley @ Belle Vie
Lauren @ She .Me. You.
Mel @ Mel Azaro
Stephanie @ Stephanie Manusiwa

Congrats ladies! I can't wait to read your responses! Please make sure to leave a link of your Liebster Award post below in the comments section so that I can check it out!

Until next time! x
-The Sophisticated Shopper

Thursday, September 11, 2014

August Favorites 2014

Hello everyone! I am so sorry about my extended absence! Things have been super hectic in my life lately. I started my junior year of college, and starting the first day of classes, we were thrown assignments, projects, and homework non-stop! And to make things a little bit more stressful, I finally quit my horrid job as a hostess at a local Mexican food restaurant. Unfortunately, this means that I have to pay close attention to my bank account so I don't overspend. On the bright side, I did just get a wonderful tutoring job that pays well and gives me the perfect amount of hours that I need to keep up with my crazy spending habits. Yay!

Well enough about my busy life, let's get on to some of the products I have tried and loved this August! Since August is a stress filled month, most of my products have to deal with relieving and managing stress.

My first favorite of the month is my Klorane Laboratories extra gentle dry shampoo with oat milk. I find when I get super stressed out, and I try to make my hair last two days without washing, it tends to get a tad greasy. Even though the grunge look is back in, I'm not very comfortable with my grown out roots looking shiny and oily while out in public. This travel sized dry shampoo is one of the products I received in my August Ipsy glam bag. I first was a bit weary about getting this product, seeing as I never tried a dry shampoo prior to receiving this sample (not to fret, I did use baby powder to keep me from looking like a grungy mess.) This product absolutely changed my life! Which is probably why I used it all up in the first week of having it...

The next product I fell in love with this month is my Maybelline's Dream Pure BB Cream to help hide and treat stress related acne. It's the first BB cream I have ever tried, and I knew that my acne prone skin should probably use something that is made to help treat the acne and not irritate acne and clog pores. I find that before I started using this product, my makeup would not cover my acne all day and my face would end up looking shiny at the end of a 100 degree day here in AZ. If any of you are looking to try out a new BB cream, I would definitely test this one out!

The second to last product that I would like to share with you all is Wet n Wild's Wild Shine nail polish in the color Caribbean Frost, you might have seen this polish in my dollar store haul. I absolutely LOVE this color! It's a funky blue-green that is the perfect transition color from summer to fall. I find that when I'm paining my nails, I am de-stressing from everything that is going on in my hectic life.

The very last item I HAVE to share with you guys is my new Lilly Pulitzer planner! This is my #1 go to book for school that allows me to manage all of my appointments, assignments, exams, and extracurricular activities and keep me from stressing about a forgotten assignment the night before it is due (I have had wayyyy too many of those forgotten assignments in the past.) This planner is an absolute life saver! If you or anyone you know is looking for the perfect school or life planner, I would definitely recommend checking out the Lily Pulitzer website to find one in a style and size that suits you!

Thank you all for reading my super long post about a few products I tried out during the month of August! If you have any similar favorites, or have some products that you absolutely love and would recommend, please let me know below! I am very curious to see what you all have been loving lately.

Until next time! x

-The Sophisticated Shopper

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Loss of a Fellow Fashionista...

Today, September 4th, 2014 the world lost an amazing role-model that dedicated her life to making people laugh, and of course, making the world a little more fashionable. Joan Rivers was a well known comedian, humanitarian, and fashionista that changed the lives of those who met her, who criticized her, and those who watched her successful career unfold from the comfort of their living rooms and family rooms. She has left a great legacy behind her today, and will always be remembered for everything she has done and given to her fans, her foes, and all of us little people in between. I pray that her family and friends will celebrate her life and her accomplishments rather than her hard times, and her untimely passing. As the great Joan Rivers once said, "I enjoy life when things are happening. I don't care if it's good things or bad things. That means you're alive." We should all live by Joan's words of wisdom, never take things for granted and live every day to its fullest. Rest peacefully Joan, we will miss you x