December 28, 2015


New year, new look! I've been in love with this blog theme for a really long time and so here it is! I'm ready for 2016, and now My Transformation into a Social Butterfly is too! Major thanks to Dana, the designer behind the Envye theme shop. Her themes are gorgeous and easy to install! She also sells fonts and themes for multiple different platforms. What do you think of Social Butterfly's facelift?

December 23, 2015

How To Save Your Skin When Traveling

With the holidays quickly approaching I know a lot of people will be traveling to visit their loved ones so this post is all about maintaining your skin and beauty care + routine when traveling. (Especially relevant to long-haul flights but still applicable to shorter flights too)
December 15, 2015

Affordable Alternatives

Hopefully you've already read all about the wonderful Cocktails in Wonderland collection the folks at Farfetch Boutique have going on (read all about it here). The outfits are so gorgeous! However, they present a mild conundrum to someone like me: a teenager with very little spending money, certainly not enough to spend over 1000 dollars on a dress!
I made a promise a few weeks ago (that you can see here) that all the fashion and products I feature here will be affordable for teenagers and young adults--people around my age. I certainly haven't forgotten this promise already! All the fashion featured in my Cocktails in Wonderland post last week will be shown here with affordable alternatives in case you saw something you loved but couldn't handle the price tag.
First up is Saint Laurent's ruffled, baby pink 'lulu' dress, retail price on Farfetch: £4,650, roughly $7,000. An affordable alternative is this short, strapless sweetheart neckline dress with knotted detail, retail price on Promgirl: $119.

Paired with lulu are the kick ass 'fetish' ankle boots, retail price on Farfetch: £845, roughly $680. An affordable alternative are these cute, faux-suede lace-up booties from Forever 21, retail price (currently on sale) on F21's website: $19.95.

Next up: this gorgeous, embellished, beaded Oscar de la Renta gown that retails for a whopping £8,190, roughly $12,400. Yeah. An affordable alternative is this v-neck gown from Sherri Hill with detailed neckline that retails for $300.

Finally we had the gothic two-pieces. Farfetch's included the Alessandra Rich Embellished top and the Simone Rocha Embroidered skirt. The top retails for £2,115 (about $3,000) and the skirt for £695 (about $1,050). Nasty Gal's Affordable Alternatives were the Lynette Lace Crop Top and the Soft Centered Lace Wrap skirt. The top is $48 and the skirt is $58.

Happy shopping!

December 12, 2015

Cocktails in Wonderland

This post comes all the way from the UK--shout out to the Brits among us! The wonderful people at Farfetch Boutique asked me to have a look at their Champagne Season holiday collection and sent along a gorgeous infographic from the collection called Cocktails in Wonderland (how yummy is that title?!). Designed with one of the hottest online fashionistas Margaret Zhang, Cocktails in Wonderland takes a fresh approach to party wear, perfect for any upcoming holiday parties. 
Farfetch is a community of over 300 independent boutiques from Seattle to Bucharest that all gather under Farfetch online. If you order from the website, your items are shipped directly from the boutique. With offices all over the world, Farfetch is definitely an international shopping experience.

The Enchanted Escapes look uses the princess-esque femininity of Saint Laurent's latest collection combined with some stark black leather. The soft pink, ruffled, gorgeous dress, fittingly named 'lulu', is paired with some kick ass black leather boots named 'fetish'. Kick up your party game by combining soft elements like pink and tulle with hard black leather. #PrettyLethal

Make way for the Queen! Alexander McQueen, that is. More pink and ruffles and gorgeous pleats are combined with Victorian-era style waistlines and silhouettes, noted to evoke our childhood memories of Beauty and the Beast--a gorgeous castle with a somber story. The romantic, beaded gown in the picture is Oscar de la Renta, and you can find McQueen's soft pink yet somber dresses, as well as some black leather studded booties and a black skull-accessorized clutch, here.

Finally, some Gothic Glamour. This look is all about taking risks in your party fashion. Take inspiration from Maleficent or Alice in Wonderland--push the boundaries of fantasy and reality. The embellished lace top is from Alessandra Rich and the skirt is Simone Rocha. Take inspiration from your favorite childhood fairy tale for your next party look.

I highly suggest having a drool over the rest of the Champagne Season looks. Designers include Valentino, Burberry, more McQueen and Oscar de la Renta and Saint Laurent. For your next big formal occasion, turn to Farfetch--300 boutiques, 1 address.

My thanks to Farfetch for suggesting this post--as always my opinions are my own. I gained nothing of monetary value in exchange for this post.

December 8, 2015

December Zazzle Picks

This total cutie pie of a stocking is a festive blue that will definitely pop next to any traditionally red stockings. The Christmas spirit is only enhanced by the reindeer baby and the personalization makes this the perfect gift for kids & adults alike! 

Dog-lovers and holiday-lovers (aka everyone) will love this pillow. The hand-painted feel of this festive pup will fit in with all holiday decor and is the perfect pillow for the season! (Check out the rest of the designer's store: dachshund art galore!)

Having a New Years Eve party? These invites are perfect! Let your guests know the classy affair they're invited to, and exactly how much champagne will be flowing to get everyone ready for the new year! (Psst the designer also creates a lot of other gorgeous invites, check them out here)
$2.16 per card.

A gorgeous gift for all chocolate lovers! The center message can be customized to include whatever saying you want and the monogram, of course, is customizable based on your recipient! A perfect gift for mom, dad, or yourself!
$31.95 per box
December 5, 2015

Slutty Brownies

In honor of the most gooey, dessert-y month, I present to you: Slutty Brownies. (Slutty because they're quick, easy, and oh so naughty--so says Rosie, the creator of this recipe anyway!)

What You'll Need
1 box of brownie mix
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough mix or ingredients for chocolate chip cookie dough
2 rolls of double stuffed Oreos
Your favorite ice cream (I recommend a creamy vanilla for this one)

What You Do
Preheat your oven to 180 Celsius or 350 Fahrenheit. Get a deep pan and cover it with parchment paper

Make your cookie dough first, either following a box recipe or using the recipe I used--from the back of a Hershey Milk Chocolate Chips bag. It'll take longer this way but extra rich! I suggest adding extra water and oil to the cookie dough batter because you'll be baking it for longer than is normal--it helps keep it moist

As Rosie says squidge the cookie dough into the bottom of the pan. Next, place your double stuffs on top of the cookie dough.

Finally you make your brownie batter! Follow the recipe from the back of the box with no changes and pour on top of your Oreos.

Pop the whole decadent confection into the oven and bake for 30 minutes. The toothpick won't come out completely clean--only because of the ooey gooey middle but the top and bottom layers shouldn't be raw either.

Voila! Dish up a square with your fave ice cream and dig in! As a mega chocolate lover, I feel I should warn you these brownies are so far beyond any other chocolate dessert....ever. Honestly they are the richest, thickest, most filling dessert ever. These are make-once-a-year brownies. These are make-sure-I-have-enough-people-around-to-eat-them brownies.

The original recipe comes from The Londoner--Rosie and her glorious kitchen.

If you try this recipe out, let me know how it goes! I promise you won't be disappointed but you may also not fit into any of your jeans for a few weeks.