Haul: Pasadena

Recently a friend and I went to Pasadena to do a little shopping. We used to go literally every single weekend but then school got in the way, we realized how much money we were wasting spending, we moved, etc. But we got back there and remembered why we love every minute of it! I got a couple items and we went to eat at this Italian pizza place called Bella’s that we LOVE.

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I noticed that I didn’t have very many pairs of pants that I can wear when it starts to get hot out because, lets be real, no one really wants to be wearing jeans in the dead of a Los Angeles summer. I actually was on the hunt for a new wallet but didn’t end up finding one that I loved but I found these lovely items instead!

First H&M:

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LEOPARD HAREM PANTS

First I picked out these leopard harm pants. How awesome are these?! I don’t usually like harm pants because I just think it makes you look like you’re wearing a diaper but I’ve found if they have an elastic waist and you size down they don’t look like that – generally, don’t bank on this theory every time! I wore them yesterday and I love them so much. I am pretty tall (5’11) so they didn’t go all the way down to my ankles which is fine, I don’t like the look of them when they go all the way down. And, like I said, I wanted them for summer! I styled them with a white tank top, black cardigan (why is it getting cold again?!), lime green converse, and a kitty ear headband (which I DIY’ed, I’ll make a post about it soon!). I was getting both stares and compliments all day – but leopard legs? How could I say no?! Here is a detailed shot of the leg so you can see the print better and the bottom is elasticized so it shouldn’t stretch and get baggy as the day goes on:

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Next I got some new belts. I have always been needing some skinny belts to put around shirts and stuff, I usually just use ribbon but I mean……just no. So I got this pack of three and it was on sale for $5.00 (couldn’t find a website link for them, sorry!) which I thought was a pretty good deal! I really liked the color selection as well, I think I’ll end up getting a ton of use out of these.

After H&M we went to Cotton On (link is to the U.S. store!):

I really, really love this store! It’s pretty cheap and the stuff is usually pretty cute. I usually find a ton of stuff here but today I didn’t see too much that I loved. Just a little PSA though, the sizing here is CRAZY. I have stuff in literally every size from Cotton On, which is a bit weird but whatever. Moving on.

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STUDIO/HAREM PANTS

*They don’t have the color I got anymore but they have other cool colors/prints available!

Another pair of harm pants! The brand calls these Studio Pants, maybe because the company is Australian? Anyway! These have a really cool print on them and I loved how they looked. Couldn’t say no. Plus they were 50% off! These are interesting because the waist is elastic but the back waistband is flat and stretchy and the front is also stretchy but has a drawstring. Very interesting construction details! The leg band for these is just flat and doesn’t have any elastic. I haven’t worn them yet so I don’t know if they will stretch and get baggy as the day goes on but we will have to see. Here are some detailed shots of the legs and waistband:

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While checking out the woman in front of me donated too a cause they were supporting so she got this tote but didn’t want it so she said to give it to the next person in line, which was me. So I got this cute little tote too, which is nice since L.A. started the no plastic bag thing in stores I always need reusable totes!

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And, I almost forgot about this, the last place we went was Sephora:

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LIP PLUMPER

I have been wanting a lip plumper for a while and I usually liked this snake venom one but I couldn’t remember the brand, the sale’s girl couldn’t remember, it was just tragic. But she recommended this one for me and I have been really loving it! It’s by Bite Beauty and it’s cinnamon so it’s pretty spicy. I liked the other one because it burned, which is sick, but I knew it was working. This one isn’t quite as intense but it does work well. I had a gift card so it was FREEEE (to me at least!).

xoxoxoxo Megan

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Let’s Talk: Bathing Suits!

It’s getting hot. At least it is in Los Angeles – I heard it recently snowed again in Iowa but whatever. Anyway, beach season is fast approaching (I’ve actually already gone!) and I was going through my bathing suits and was less than satisfied with the ones I wore last year. We all have experienced and know they get all stretched out from going in the water and the sun fades them, so it was definitely time for a new one. I’ve never had a terrible time finding bathing suits that work well for me but it’s not like I can cruise into Target quick and just pick something up. Unless I want to look like a 50 year old grandma in one of these, all the curvy girls know what I’m talking about!

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Now this actually isn’t that bad…..if you’re 50. I’m 22. In the stores defense, they have been getting much better than in past years.

Anyway, a store that I really love and cyber window shop often is Torrid they have really awesome options for curvy girls/women/ladies/whatever. They specialize in it so you know they have all the hardware necessary to keep all the goods in place – which is something I was definitely looking for! I get wild in the ocean/pool and don’t want to have to worry about anything popping out! I have been shopping there for a while and loved the look of their new bathing suits. I went into the store before I went to the beach about a week ago and I am so happy that I did. I ended up finding two bathing suits that I love (and a ton of other stuff, there was a big sale going on and I got another percentage off, you know how that goes! I’ll be making a haul post about it all in the next couple of days.) Here are the ones I picked:

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TOP | BOTTOMS

This is the first combo that I bought. I have never had a two piece bathing suit before because, like I said, I get wild in the water! Originally I wanted the anchor printed two piece that I saw on the website but the store I went to didn’t have that option. Instead they had the red polka dotted one which I thought was really cute but they didn’t have a size that fit – I’m busty but not as big as the ones in the store were! And, I was going to the beach that day so I couldn’t wait, nothing like a little procrastination, huh? Moving on, I picked this blue top which I really liked the color of and noticed that it’s more of a flowy, empire waist design, which is nice because then it’s not all snug against you and conceals the tummy a bit which is always nice! The website shows the blue top all matchy-matchy with blue bottoms but 1.) I don’t live that kind of life and 2.) the store didn’t have blue bottoms. They did however have these cute striped ones that I LOVE! I paired them together and think it looks magnificent!!

The top is “Natural Support” but does have removable padding in the cups and offers a back strap, literally there is a bra inside this bathing suit top, that is perfect and adjustable so you can move it around to right where you need it to be. The straps on this top are convertible so you can wear it cross back or regular, which is nice if you don’t want a big X on your back from the sun – I personally like having weird tan lines! There is also underwire and some ruching under the cups to keep “the girls” in place and make them look pretty good! I personally, thought it was a bit too flowy once I got it to fit my bust perfectly so I did take a little in on each of the sides, but other than that this top is amazing and I’m totally happy with it!

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*I’m not sure what happen with this last picture – it distorts the color A LOT. The other pictures are more true to the color blue that the bathing suit is!

The bottoms I got to go with this top are high-waisted which is nice and quite flattering – these are shown with a crop top but again, 1.) store didn’t have those and 2.) I’m pretty ballsy but I don’t know about that…. I really, really love the look of these bottoms! I love the ruched middle section which helps hide any tummy issues and the contrasting print is pretty cute. The legs do cut a bit higher than I usually wear but it’s not too serious. Plus, they are high-waisted and my top came all the way down so I just pulled them down a bit to give me a more retro looking cut on my leg and across the back. Some of the reviews said that the print makes you look wider since there is a horizontal stripe but I got the opposite reaction myself and from other people!

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We didn’t get too many pictures because we were too busy running in and out of the ocean, building sand castles, tanning, and screaming from all the seagulls that kept flying WAY to close!

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The second bathing suit I got was a one-piece like I usually pick out. I haven’t worn it out yet but I tried it on several times since I bought it and I do really like it a lot. I was worried that it looked a bit like lingerie but….oh well! Los Angeles is known for having cuties crawling the beaches so if it gets them looking, no harm, no foul, right? RIGHT.

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LEOPARD ONE-PIECE

This bathing suit is similar in style top as the other top that I got in that it also has the built in bra style as well as the ruching down the center front for tummy control and a slimming effect. This bathing suit is also “Natural Support” but has the removable padding and the underwire support. The leg on this one also is a bit higher but again, nothing to severe. These straps are also completely adjustable and convertible. I really love the leopard center panel – it’s pretty sexy – and especially the black sides, it has such a slimming effect on the body!

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Bathing Suit Tips:

  • TRY IT ON FIRST. I cannot stress this enough. You never know the cut, how the fabric stretches, the true color, how fitted it is, etc. All these things are super important and lets be real you’re going to be in public in the most socially acceptable form of basically underwear! If you can’t try it on first, make sure it’s returnable, what are you going to do with a bathing suit that doesn’t fit you!?
  • Try multiple sizes. I literally tried on three different sizes in each suit that I tried on just to make sure I had the one that fit and looked the best on me. Bathing suits are NOTHING like regular clothing so obviously they aren’t going to fit like that.
  • Look for options that have “enhancements” such as tummy control, bust support, padding, etc. These things are there to make you look better, use them!
  • Try different styles! This is the first time I’ve ever worn a two piece bathing suit and I love it!
  • Mix and Match. Don’t just base your decisions on how the company styled the product!
  • Do not machine wash/dry – it just ruins the suit! And, lets be real, bathing suits are expensive to only be worn one season a year. Take care of them!

Definitely loving both of these purchases – it was just a ridiculously good day shopping that day! Like I said, I got a whole bunch of other stuff too so I’ll be showing that off soon!

xoxoxox Megan

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