Sail Away

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

JEANS: Forever 21 SEYCHELLES WEDGES:Hello Holiday GLASSES:Hello Holiday

Good morning! A quick outfit post for you today - featuring pieces from one of my very favorite stores, Hello Holiday! They stock so many of my favorite brands, like Dear Creatures and Seychelles, and are run by two of the most inspirational babes I know, Megan and Sarah!

This Dear Creatures cardigan is so darling - I love the nautical color scheme and how easily it fits in with any season!

Meanwhile, THESE SHOES. Unbelievably glitzy and even more dazzling in person, they might just be my dream shoes. And, even though they are pretty towering, they actually aren't as difficult to walk in as one might think *__*


Dunkin' Donuts

Monday, August 25, 2014

BIKINI: c/o Pretty Attitude SUNGLASSES: ASOS
FLIP-FLOPS: Dollar Bin DONUT POOL FLOAT: Amazon (biteless version)

If you try to talk about fall's impending arrival, I will probably run screaming out of the room - I'm not ready to say goodbye to the beautiful weather and extended daylight…!

This weekend I visited the public pool before it would be too late - blowing up this huge donut pool float along the way! I never really considered myself a person who would wear a bikini until I saw this one by Pretty Attitude! The cupcake print is too precious and I love the retro high waisted bottoms. I'm officially converted!

I hope you guys are enjoying what's left of summer! <3

Wonderzine x Kailey Flyte by James Fitzgerald III

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Late last month, me and an armful of my favorite outfits met James Fitzgerald III in a studio space that is usually reserved for burlesque and dog portraits (!!!) to shoot for Wonderzine, a Russian magazine!

Being chosen to have my style spotlighted by such an interesting website is pretty amazing in itself, made even more incredible by working with such a talented photographer as James Fitzgerald III!

It was the first time I have ever posed in a studio setting, so I was pretty nervous to say the least, but James was very encouraging and patient. I just had to share some of the original text here and favorite outtakes and pictures on Mermaidens - and you can take a look at the full feature here!

"This outfit was inspired by the board game CandyLand. I love graphic, technicolor prints like the cloud design on my purse and shoes by Kling, and my tights remind me of candy cane stripes. My dress has a beautiful frothy lace overlaying three pastel hues - and it is made even more special to me because it was a gift from my friend Marlena."

"In general I am a pretty shy person, and sometimes the idea of calling attention to myself by wearing something a little out of the ordinary is scary. But over the past couple years, I have been learning how to be braver with my sartorial choices and drawing confidence from wearing what I love instead of being preoccupied with fear of judgement. (I do get a lot of disapproving stares from older ladies, though…!)

I am drawn to sheer, light fabrics, so I am smitten with this simple see through blouse. My towering, glittering wedges were a gift from one of my favorite stores - Hello Holiday."

"I was having a really bad day before I opened my mailbox to find a parcel from one of my favorite designers, Samantha Pleet Nestled in-between two of her gorgeous lookbooks and fake flowers, Samantha also had included a piece from her Spring 2014 collection - this crop top! It was a very reaffirming moment to receive such a special gift from a talent I admire so much - it felt like she had shared a little bit of her magic with me. It's kind of cliche, but I can't help but don a flower crown when wearing this piece and pretend I am Persophone, the goddess of spring!"

Animal Cookie Pin by Tiny Tangerines, Cat Mermaid Pin by The Albino Hare, Watermelon Necklace by I Love Crafty, WishCandy Pin, Cotton Candy Necklace by Fatally Feminine Designs, Ice Cream Ring by Tiny Hands Jewelry, Candy Bow by Pop That Cassette, Princess Bubblegum Pin by Mikomi Accessories, Donut Pin by WishCandy, Disney Cinderella Pin and Retro Barbie keychain were gifts.

(If you have any outfit details questions just let me know and I'll reply with the information!)

Hope you are having a lovely weekend!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DRESS: Lady Petrova * PURSE: Gift from Marlena SHOES: ASOS (sold out; similar)

This iridescent number might just be the perfect mermaid dress! If my dream wardrobe came to life, it would pretty much look exactly like Australian designer Lady Petrova's gorgeous, frothy pieces. I am completely captivated by this dress in particular - the opalescent fabric and use of pearls for buttons immediately call to mind mermaids who dwell in crystal embedded coves.

The deep v in the back of the dress is another wholly unique and gorgeous aspect of this dress - just GUH. Truly a show stopper, one of the most gorgeous pieces in my wardrobe, and an absolute honor to own one of Petrova's phenomenal designs - thank you so much again Lady Petrova! ♡♡♡♡

Wanting to keep the styling simple to let this beautiful dress shine, I just accessorized with my beaded shell purse that was an amazing gift from the dearest Marlena from Self-Construced Freak and my old stand-by metallic ASOS flats!

I have a couple really exciting things to share with you shortly, stay tuned! n____n ♡

Review: One Direction Up All Night Beauty Collection

Monday, August 18, 2014


I have a confession to make - I really love pop music. Nestled in between artists like Pulp and New Order on my iTunes you will also find One Direction - because sometimes you really need to sing along to cute singing British boys to lift you up, you know? ;__;

So I was super happy to find out One Direction was coming out with makeup, and even happier to be offered the opportunity to review it!

In a pretty genius move, they created three different makeup sets based on their three different albums - "Take Me Home", "Midnight Memories", and "Up All Night". I was given the Up All Night collection to review - which just happened to be the one I wanted the most…!

The limited edition set came in a cute tin - inside you will find mascara, lip gloss, lipstick, an eyeshadow palatte, eyeliner, and face/body stencils. Here are my thoughts on each product!:

"Little Black Dress" Mascara
Coats your lashes in a very black, volumizing formula that keeps them soft to the touch.
4+1 Eyeshadow Palatte
With four shades cleverly named after song titles, this is a really cute little palatte! I would have liked to see more pigment in these shadows, but the turquoise shade "Save You Tonight" is a standout for it's pigmentation and soft texture.
"Taken" Lip Gloss
Usually I am not a huge lip gloss person, but I was utterly charmed by this one! It's a beautiful glittery blue based pink that glows neon under UV light - so apt for the "up all night" (partying) theme!
"I Should Have Kissed You" Lipstick
Described as a bubblegum pink lipstick, I was pretty impressed by the pigmentation and formula of this even though I'm not really a fan of blue pink lipsticks on me! Lip swatch examples.
"Stand Up" Blue Eyeliner
A chubby stick that can be used with the body stencils included, I liked the color on this but kind of wish it was thinner so I could have more control applying it!
"Na Na Na" Nail Varnish
Another standout in this kit - this metallic, aqua-blue nail polish is gorgeous and reminds me of mermaids! It took about three coats to reach it's full opacity but it's a gorgeous gorgeous, mermaidesque shade!

The nail polish, lip gloss, and turquoise eyeshadow really sold this set for me! Overall I think it's a pretty affordable, charming set and a definite must for a One Direction fan ❤️
Macy's - August 11th
Stage Stores – August 25th
Dillards – August 25th
Beauty Brands – August 25th
Lord and Taylor - August 25th
International release dates to come.

Keep up to date with news on availability at the Make-Up by One Direction Facebook Page. * Product samples were provided by BrandBacker.

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