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Something in the air makes me lean towards 70s inspired looks. Taking my print shirtdress, I updated my usual pencil skirt look.

Since I’ve worn this dress, I feel like it has gotten shorter or I’m realizing that it’s pretty darn short to wear on its own.

Stylepint spring outfit, influenced by the 70s: print shirtdress, blue cardigan, white pencil skirt, beige sandals, kate spade cross body purse #office #work #petite

M+O blue cardigan || Anthropologie print shirtdress || thrifted pencil skirt || Topshop sandals || Kate Spade crossbody bag

I love the patterns on the shirtdress and it’s the visual focal point of the outfit. Instead of opting for a pop of color or whatnot, a bit of print pulls the whole look together. It gives a nod to the 70s style without looking like a dated costume.

Have you adopted any 70s looks into your current style?

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Stylepint makeup bag, what's in my makeup bag? Benefit mascara, Laura Mercier tinted foundation, MAC lipstick and more #stylepint #beauty #makeup

When I look into my makeup bag during travel days, I’m glad that I’m not a beauty guru.

Most of the time, it takes less than five minutes to “put on” my face. That’s probably because makeup and beauty products are a bit of a mystery to me. I don’t know what to do primers, concealers, highlighters, and such. It seems a little unnecessary for everyday use.

I want to use the least amount of products possible and yet, I want to look nice and alert. Instead of opting for drugstore makeup, I am pampering myself with some nicer products. Since I don’t use a lot of makeup, most items last pretty long.

So what’s in my makeup bag?

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

I got the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Broad Spectrum Oil-Free in Bisque. With only a pea-sized drop, it is enough to apply to your entire face. It tends towards the dewy side, so I add a pressed powder to control the shine.

Rituel de Fille Cream Blush

When it comes to blush, I’m pretty clueless. I’ve tried bronzers, I’ve tried loose powder blushes, and they’re all a little strange. I like this cream blush in “Lovesick” because it’s such a flattering shade and easy to get the right amount of coverage. It is versatile to work as a eye or lip color too. Since it only comes in seven colors right now, it makes selecting a color so simple.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Maybe I’ve been using drugstore Maybelline mascara for far too long. When I tried this sample from Benefit, it felt like it was miles ahead of any mascara I’ve worn. Easy to apply with uniform coverage. No clumping. It made my lashes look fuller and more voluminous. Where have you been all my life?

Belmacz Oyster Pearl Powder

Sometimes, I pick wildcard items hoping it will be awesome. The Belmacz powder works well as a pressed powder to control shine and create a flawless finish. Dab the applicator sponge to your face and buff away to create the effect you want. It wears well and lasts fairly long so I don’t have any complaints. The faint rose scent is a nice touch.

M.A.C. Lipstick

Everyone talks about how MAC makeup is the holy grail of all makeup brands. I’m still pretty split about it. Though they have a wide range of colors and products, are they really as good as everyone makes it out to be? I picked a matte lipstick in the shade “Please Me.” It’s a flattering pink rose color that is very saturated on the lips. But I find it tends to leave my lips a bit dry and I have to either apply a lip balm before application or a gloss afterwards. I wore a Givenchy lipstick for the past year and it’s moisturizing properties stand out compared to this MAC lipstick. Live and learn, right?

I haven’t perfected my makeup routine yet but I closer to where I was last year. Foundations are always the trickiest so if you know any good products, send them my way!

What do you have in your makeup bag?

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Stylepint review of Eliza J white lace dress

I’ve been on the hunt for a white lace dress for my pre-wedding festivities.

While scouring the Nordstrom site, I found this Eliza J dress in 2P and I had to try it out. At the time, I didn’t realize it came in 0P and should have gotten it instead.

Stylepint review of Eliza J white lace dress #petite #spring #lace #dress

Eliza J white lace dress || Topshop sandals

I love the simplicity of this dress. Lace all over with a fun V-shape in the back. The scalloped hem is a nice touch. It’s conservative but fresh.

This shift dress streamlines the silhouette to focus on the legs, but I usually prefer to emphasize the waist. A sheath or a fit and flare style would be better for that purpose.

In 2P, this white lace dress is big all over. There’s a gap at the shoulders and it’s roomy throughout. Though I love the style of the lace dress, it’s not very flattering on me. It makes me look bigger and heavier than I am, so I will be returning this dress.

Next time, I’ll probably pick something with a more fitted silhouette.

What do you think about white lace dresses?

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For casual outfits, I’m drawn to the 70s trend that’s popular now and it’s an excuse to wear flared jeans again.

I love bohemian elements and I’m a little sick of wearing skinny jeans all the time. Putting on a pair of bootcut or flared jeans changes the silhouette. With that switch, the focus shifts from skinny legs to curvy hips. And for that, I’m a fan.

Stylepint casual outfit, spring 70s influence: white silk blouse, Gap bootcut flared jeans, Free People scarf, fedora, gold accessories #style #petite #spring #70s

Thomas Pink blouse || Gap bootcut jeans || Free People scarf || Michael by Michael Kors wedges

I have to wear petite specific flared jeans to get the right look.

For most bootcut or flares, I’m in that weird middle ground as a petite. Regular sizes have the right length for heels but the knee break tends to be too low. Petite sizes have the right knee break but the length tends to be too short for heels. I make do with what I have and wear the jeans a little shorter with wedges. It doesn’t have the full leg lengthening effect, but it’s enough.

To get the full 70s vibe, I layered on some gold statement accessories with a thin scarf and fedora. The fringe from the necklace and the beaded chandelier earrings lends itself to the bohemian style which is perfect for this inspired look.

Have you incorporated any 70s elements into your style lately?

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Keep it simple. Pair a blue lace top with black pants and ballet flats…and call it a day!

These are moments I savor, when getting ready in the morning is a breeze. It’s the little things that bring hoy in the midst of wedding planning. Even though we got all the big things out of the way, the details are causing the biggest headaches.

Stylepint classic outfit for work and office: Blue lace top, Theory skinny ankle pants, mesh ballet flats #office #petite #spring

Banana Republic lace top || Theory ankle pants || Saks Fifth Avenue mesh ballet flats

Even though everything is hectic, I don’t want to look like a mess. By keeping the silhouette sleek, it looks polished and professional.

The other day, someone remarked that I looked 19 and though flattering, I hope that I’ve matured since then. Perhaps it was the skinny jeans that made me look young. Or maybe because I had my hair in a ponytail. Who knows? Usually, people assume that I’m out of college and I no longer get carded at the movies or even at bars. But to be considered as a college student…do I really look that young?

Have you encountered a similar situation and how do you dress to make a more “mature” statement?

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I’ve come to love uniforms, especially a blue uniform. It’s calming and it’s easy to match.

Many fashion sites advocate wearing lots of black and white outfits, but I love blues. It’s not as severe as black and not as high maintenance as white colored items.

Stylepint spring outfit, borrowed from the boys blue uniform: Navy silk blouse, light blue pants, statement necklace, pageboy cap #blue #spring #borrowedfromtheboys #petite

Thomas Pink silk blouse  || Uniqlo blue pants || Fossil necklace || Kangol cap

Simplifying silhouettes and creating uniform looks are an easy way to get dressed.

For this particular look, I paired a loose silk blouse with fitted skinny pants. Add some statement and boyish accessories for a borrowed from the boys look. Swap out the boyish styles for classic pumps and pearls for a preppy look. With a simple blue uniform, the accessories make all the difference.

I’m a huge advocate of keeping things simple and streamlined. You don’t need a ton of jewelry to look chic. You don’t need a gazillion layers to stay stylish. All it takes is a simple foundation and a few key pieces to elevate your look from basic to interesting.

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With spring cleaning in full swing, I wanted to document my spring capsule shoe collection.

It makes me more aware of what I have and what I do not need.

For the past several years, I’ve been streamlining my closet to the point where I’m content with what I have. I don’t go to the mall as often since I want to spend my time on more meaningful experiences.

Stylepint features mesh black ballet flats #shoes #spring

Still, that doesn’t mean I don’t buy things at all. In fact, my first shoe purchase this year are these mesh black flats from Saks Fifth Avenue this past weekend.

I absolutely live in flats and my leopard loafers look horrendous. I’ve had them for four months and they are completely falling apart and no longer supportive! Tragic, no?

I strongly dislike it when shoes don’t last more than a year because I skimped on quality for price. I thought I was buying quality, but who am I kidding? I picked the leopard loafers because I thought them pretty, not really checking for their durability. This time, I checked the quality and it’s a step up from the loafers. So, I bought them and walked out the door with them on my feet. $50 well spent.

Anyways, here’s my spring and summer shoe collection. 10 pairs of shoes including my new flats.

Spring Summer Shoe Collection

Black pump || Brown pump || Brown brogue || Beige sandal || Beige wedge || Black wedge || Brown sandal || Gold sandal || Leopard print loafer

I’m not very creative when it comes to shoes, I much prefer neutrals that go with everything. Black, brown, beige…it’s what works for me. I tried to go bold with leopard print loafers and though I love the shoe, it didn’t last long. I’ll probably wear them for a few more weeks and it will be time to retire them.

My shoe collection has a little bit of everything to suit my lifestyle needs. I didn’t include athletic shoes since I don’t pair them with an outfit, I just wear them when I’m working out or going on a hike. I could pare down more so I’m using this season to see which shoes I wear the most and which I don’t wear at all. If I could get down to 10 shoes for my entire shoe collection, that would be amazing, but I guess I’ll find out what I need in a few months.

What do you have in your shoe collection?

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I often wear a lot of blues, but this red suede skirt is something else.

It’s too beautiful to part with and yet, I struggle to pair items with it. I thought pairing stripes with this suede skirt would be the only acceptable pairing. After looking at 70s summer style, I’m inspired to create something that calls back to that era. Just a nod to the 70s without looking like I’m wearing a bohemian costume.

Stylepint feature: 70s inspired outfit with lace tee, red suede skirt, beige wedges, green fedora #boho #70s #office #work #petite

Lucky lace tee || thrifted suede pencil skirt || Michael by Michael Kors wedges || Forever 21 fedora

A lace tee and some statement earrings adds the bohemian element to this look. Keeping a streamlined silhouette makes this look appropriate for work. I get my inspiration from trends but I am selective with what I adopt.

Does it suit my personal style? Do I already have elements of the trend in my closet?

If the answer is yes, then I’m more eager to engage with the trend. I find that there are plenty of ways to refresh your wardrobe without having to buy new pieces each season. It just takes some creativity and inspiration to find new ways to wear your garments.

What’s your favorite trend for spring?

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I love simple uniforms like this wrap dress with mesh ballet flats. It’s feminine and professional.

I realized that a wrap dress is perfect for warm weather seasons. I bought this dress at a thrift store right after college, looking for something that would look more mature and professional. At first, I refused to get it tailored because I thought it looked decent. But after a few trips to the tailor, it suits my frame well. A little shorter than knee length with the sides slimmed to emphasize my waistline…for a few bucks I now have a dress that looks like it’s made for me.

Stylepint spring work outfit featuring Gap wrap dress and Saks Fifth Avenue black mesh ballet flats #office #petite #style

Gap Alice + Olivia wrap dress (thrifted) || Saks Fifth Avenue ballet flats

When items in my closet wear well over time, I value it more highly no matter how much it cost. Quality doesn’t always mean how much money is spent or what brand it is, it’s the durability and how it suits your lifestyle. No matter how amazing a garment is, if you don’t wear it or it doesn’t look good, what use is it?

The same goes with shoes. I am always drawn to crazy bold shoes but I never end up purchasing them because I know I’ll never wear them. I could display them like an art piece, but that’s a waste. A shoe is at its best when it’s worn, that’s its purpose. That’s why I purchased these mesh ballet flats. They’re versatile, practical, and just interesting enough to catch my eye.

The more I evaluate my closet, the more I love understated gems. They get worn all the time but aren’t really considered “trendy” items. I appreciate the basics and sometimes, simple things are the best.

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One of my favorite spring staples is this thrifted white skirt.

The slight crinkle of linen, the fitted silhouette, the ease in which it moves…these are a few reasons why I love it. But more than anything, it is versatile enough to go with everything . White makes any outfit seem light and airy.

Stylepint outfit featuring Aritzia light blue tank, thrifted white skirt, waterfall cardigan, brown pumps, braided belt #petite #style #outfit #myaritzia #work #office

Pure Collection waterfall cardigan || Aritzia light blue tank || thrifted white skirt || D&G brown pumps

For spring, I love pairing loose tops with more fitted bottoms. It’s my signature style since I live for silk blouses. Since I wanted a light and airy look, I need light pastel colors to go along it. Adding a few darker items like the braided belt and pumps grounds the outfit. Creating a cohesive look is all about balancing difference elements together.

Sleek tailored lines vs. unstructured fluid movement. Warm tones vs. cool colors.

No matter what you have in your closet, there are ways to create a strong look with a little bit of creativity and a whole lot of experimentation. Sometimes, even swapping out pants for a skirt makes a big difference.

What are your signature pieces?

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