Styling Band Tees: I’m With the Band, But I Still Want to Look Like A Girl

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So I have something to admit, I used to be a bit of a punk wannabe back in the day. You know, I had the scene side bangs, the rimmed black eyeliner that would even scare a mama raccoon and a taste for Green Day and Fall Out Boy (I may still sometimes indulge in the last one). I may have retired my Warped Tour style years ago, but one thing I’ll never retire is my love of music.

Recently, I’ve realized the concert tees I used to rock in middle and high school, usually with a pair of ripped jeans and Converses, are not all that flattering. Many music tees are oversized and look boxy on a woman’s frame. Fortunately, many stores now carry women’s sizes, but if you still love a cult band (like I do) you may have to style that tee into fitting like a shirt you got from Forever 21. Below is this look, my style tips and picks for best concert tees, as well as my favorite bands/ songs at the moment and lastly makeup deets. Enjoy darlings!

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Outfit Details and Style tips:

Tee: City and Colour Women’s Sometimes T-Shirt, $25

Skirt: ASOS Full Midi Skirt on sale for $16.50 but only in yellow (sad face) similar American Apparel Chiffon Pleated Skirt or Missguided Rai Faux Leather Full Midi Skirt Burgundy 

Shoes: Go Jane a few years old, but this style is my ride or die and I can’t find similar ones anywhere (extra sad face).

Tips:

When fashioning up a band tee I suggest:

  1. Accessorizing, whether it be a statement necklace, such as the Zelda Fringe Bib Necklace from Bauble Bar or the Etched Tribal-Inspired Necklace from Forever 21, adding Navajo jewelry, ear cuffs, bangles, the works, really adds style to a band tee.
  2. Headware is your best friend: This is not the time to slack on your hair or pull it in a pony. If you want to go for rocker girl chic, working out that do is a must (even if it is that California bedhead look). I love headwraps such as the Leaf Fringe Goddess Chain Headwrap by Urban Outfitters or ASOS Fine Filigree Hair Crown. I also love a good hat, which will keep the sun off your face at outdoor concerts and festivals. My picks: ASOS Skinny Band Felt Floppy Hat (comes in black and burgundy) and H&M’s Felt Hat in Wool.
  3. Even if there are not women’s sizes by a mens small.
  4. To make a larger size shirt work tuck the shirt into a skirt, this also works with high-waisted shorts (not so much jeans, the fabric tends to bunch in the jeans).
  5. Add a belt to cinch in your waist and any extra material. My picks: H&M Waist Belt and Forever 21 Braided Faux Leather Belt, I love a braided belt because you can use the braids as holes to tighten at the waist where regular belt holes wouldn’t hold up a belt on a skirt.

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Top Concert Tee Picks

  1. Forever 21 Rolling Stones Racerback Ringer Tank (their selection of women’s fitted concert tee’s is probably the best out there and so inexpensive!, browse their graphic tee section for more options)
  2. H&M Ramones Oversized T-Shirt
  3. Beyonce Pink Name Tee 
  4. Junk Food The Who Tee 
  5. Hot Topic The Rolling Stones Fang Tee 
  6. Hot Topic The 1975 Logo Girls T-Shirt
  7. Urban Outfitters The Strokes Boyfriend Tee
  8. Rad Drake Royals Tee  (this Royals collection is hilarious, features Beyonce, Kanye, Lana Del Rey and more dressed in royal clothing)
  9. Spencer Gifts Dibs On The Guitarist Racerback Tank
  10. Target Taylor Swift 1989 Tee 

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A List for the Fellow Music Lovers

I only picked rock/indie music this time, if anyone wants my R&B, Hip Hop or Pop picks I’ll do those in another post.

  •  City and Colour is my perfect music, so I like every song, but give these a try:
    • We Found Each Other in the Dark, As Much As I Ever Could, Little Hell, Grand Optimist, Waiting…, Comin Home and Hello, I’m in Delaware, Sleeping Sickness.
  • Ed Sheeran: Tenerife Sea, Thinking Out Loud, Bloodstream, Give Me Love
  • Dashboard Confessional Hands Down, Stolen, Vindicated, Dusk and Summer
  • Death Cab for Cutie: The New Year, Crooked Teeth, Summer Skin, I Will Follow You Into the Dark
  • Led Zeppelin: Levee Breaks, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love
  • The Rolling Stones: Beast of Burden, Satisfaction
  • The Doors: Roll, Baby, Roll
  • Vance Joy: Georgia, My Kind of Man
  • Hozier: Arsonist’s Lullaby, From Eden
  • The Lumineers: Slow It Down, Flowers in Your Hair, Dead Sea
  • The Civil Wars: Devil’s Backbone, The One That Got Away
  • The 1975: Sex, Chocolate, Settle Down

*Support these artists and buy their music on Itunes!

Makeup Details

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Foundation: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte in Classic Ivory (obsessed with this, it’s full coverage and you can use if you have dry skin!)

Concealer: MAC Prolong Wear in NW15

Powder: NYX HD Photoready Banana Powder

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) Brow Wiz in Medium Brown, Filled in with Tarte Amazonian Brow Mousse in Medium Brown, Set with NYX Brow Mascara in Brunette

Eyeshadow: Crease: LORAC Megapro Khaki, ABH Chocolate (outer crease). Lid: ABH Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette Blush and Gilded. Browbone: ABH Fresh. Lower lashline: ABH Chocolate

Eyeliner: Top Liner: L’Oreal Gel Liner in Espresso. Bottom Liner: Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero.

Lashes: Velour Lashes Carli Lash

Blush: Milani Rose Powder Blush in Tea Rose (super pigment, similar to Tarte’s blushes for half the price).

Highlight: BECCA Pressed Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Lips: Lipliner: MAC Soar. Lipstick: NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Flutter Kiss

 

Hope you guys liked this mash-up of a post! Let me know if you prefer this or a post dedicated to a single item (clothes, makeup, music, etc.) By the way, all photos were taken by my best friend, Brielle Stanks at the Weymouth Furnace County Park in Mays Landing, NJ.

Geek Chic Looks That Are Pure Magic

Photos taken by Brielle Stanks
Photos taken by Brielle Stanks

Believe it or not, the beauty and fashion world have a lot in common with the “geek” universe. Both are about transporting to a special place in your mind where the best magic happens. I admit, I am a self-professed book-loving, wand wielding nerd, but you also won’t catch me in a stained comic book shirt with a hoodie. I used book t-shirts for these looks, but you could substitute these shirts for superhero shirts as well. I’ve created three looks that allow you to embrace your inner geek all while looking chic!

Outfit, makeup and dupe details listed below.

You Know Nothing, Jon Snow

Photo taken by Brielle Stanks
Photos taken by Brielle Stanks

I’m obsessed with Game of Thrones, especially the brooding and mysterious bastard, Jon Snow. So when I saw this shirt I knew I had to have it. I paired it with a some staples for fall, combat boots, knee-high socks, an oversized sweater and floppy hat.

Outfit:

Shirt here  Etsy also sells amazing G.O.T. shirts.

Skirt (H&M few years old) similar here  and here

Floppy hat (Forever 21 got in-store) similar here  and here 

Sweater here  (Got the gold color in-store)

Over-knee socks here 

Combat boots here  similar here  and here 

Necklace (Forever 21, no longer in-stock) similarly magical here and here 

Michael Kors watch here  (seen throughout)

A Bit of Black Magic

Photos taken by Brielle Stanks
Photos taken by Brielle Stanks

I have a bit of a Harry Potter obsession and I also love black. So for this book I channeled my inner Slytherin (even though I’d never be in Slytherin), and I even broke out some black lipstick. This look is spellbinding with a long black skirt, jeans or even a nude lip.

Outfit:

Shirt here other Dark Magic Harry Potter shirts here and here 

Skirt here 

Sweater here  similar and cheaper options here  and here 

Jewelry posted in look above

Shoes (Shoemint a few years ago) similar here 

Meet You on the Quidditch Pitch

Photos taken by Brielle Stanks
Photos taken by Brielle Stanks

 My equally nerd-obessed sister got me the wonderful shirt and mug in this picture (I think she’s trying to get me a wizard loving guy). But I love the play on a Qudditch Keeper with this fun shirt. Add a beanie and leather jacket and you’re ready for any game, real or magical.

Shirt here  more HP shirts here and here 

Hat here  similar here 

Vegan leather jacket (few years old from Urban Outfitters) similar here and here 

Jeans here  (I swear by American Eagle jeans, they always have discount codes so look for them))

Boots here  similar and cheaper options here  and here 

Belt here 

Mug here 

Magical Makeup

Photos taken by Brielle Stanks
Photos taken by Brielle Stanks

Note: I used the same makeup for both looks just changed the lipstick!

Lipsticks: Maybelline Divine Wine here  and Wet ‘n’ Wild Pagan Angel here 

Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer here  cheaper option NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer here

Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc here  cheaper L’oreal True Match Lumi here 

Concealer: Mac Cosmetics Pro Longwear in NW-20 here  cheaper NYX Hi Definition Photo Concealer Wand here 

Powder: Physicians Formula Nude Wear Nude Glow Powder here 

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette here  and Whitening Lightning Brow Bar to Go here cheaper NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder here 

Eyeshadows:  Crease: LORAC Megapro Sepia and Camel (currently sold out) similar here Lid: Sienna similar hereLower lashline: Anastasia Beverly Hills Catwalk Palette Beauty Mark (discontinued), similar Mac Cranberry here .

Liners: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper here  cheaper Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner here Lower lashline: Mac Costa Riche here .

Lashes: Ardell Natural Lash – Black 110 here

Blush: Milani Rose D’oro here 

Highlighter: Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow here  cheaper Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips here 

Forget About Dark Colors; You’ll Want Powder Blue this Fall

 

Photo of me Taken by: Brielle Stanks
Photo of me
Taken by: Brielle Stanks

In the Pale

The pale color trend has definitely continued from last years runway shows; I mean who could resist the cotton candy colored hues that for surprisingly  stand out as edgy against the sea of blacks and burgundy’s fall clothes usually bring? Last year it was pale pink, courtesy of Celine’s über popular pale pink coat (view here on vogue.com look #6). This trend broke open when Kim Kardashian sported this coat, click here to see. But this year I’m predicting another pale hue is going to be taking names and stealing the money out of your wallet. But don’t worry, this trend is too beautiful to float away, so you won’t be having any puffer jacket regret next season. Below are your pale hue options!

 

Photo of me Taken by: Brielle Stanks
Photo of me
Taken by: Brielle Stanks
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Photo of me
Taken by me
Photo of me Taken by: Brielle Stanks
Photo of me
Taken by: Brielle Stanks

Look at bottom of post for outfit and makeup details!

Powder Blue Favorites This Year

Missguided Lena Cocoon Coat Powder Blue $75.98 here

H&M Knit Sweater in Light Blue $34.95 here 

Forever 21 Lace Pencil Skirt in Light Blue $17.90 here 

ASOS New Look Peggy Chain Shoulder Bag $24.62 here

Zara Laser-cut Leather Court Shoe in Sky Blue $89.90 here

Missguided Louisa Pleat Front Tapered Leg Trousers Powder Blue $37.98 here

Missguided Cady Crepe Skater Dress Ice Blue $37.98 here 

Outfit and Makeup Details

Dress: H&M, not the exact same but very close, here 

Boots: Shoemint, from a few years ago, similar here and here 

Belt: H&M, not online but got in store a few weeks ago, similar here

First Jacket: Nasty Gal BB Dakota Hot Damn Coat $118 here

Second Jacket: Zara Leather Jacket no longer in stock but similar here and here 

Purse: Forever 21, similar here

Watch: Michael Kors here  cheaper option here

Makeup:

Smashbox Photo Ready Anti-Redness Primer

L’oreal Lumi Foundation W-1-2

MAC Prolong Wear NW20

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Brunette

Whitening Lightning Brow Bar to Go

Milani Clear Eyebrow Gel

Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette, shadows: Naked and Buck (crease) Gunmetal and Virgin (inner corner)

Urban Decay Naked 2  Palette, shadows: Suspect and Snakebite (lid) Foxy (browbone) Snakebite (lowerlash line)

Maybelline Line Stiletto Liquid Liner

L’oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara

Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Zero

Tarte SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Liner in Rose Gold (Limited Edition) similar here 

Milani Luminoso Blush

The Balm Mary-Louminizer Highlight

Maybelline Maple Kiss Lipstick

Jordana Rock ‘n’ Rose lipliner

Birthday Beauty and Outfit on a Budget, Plus Lorac Megapro Swatches, Review and Look

Picture taken by me. Wearing Lorac Megapro and Nasty Gal dress.
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Wearing LORAC Megapro,  Nasty Gal dress and Bauble Bar earrings.
Photo taken by me
Photo taken by me

This past week was my birthday, and like most girls I wanted a pretty dress without the pretty hefty price tag. But finding a cute going-out dress on a budget isn’t the easiest of feats. Luckily, I have hunted for all the girls out there who need a dress for any special occasion. Below are a list of dresses appropriate for a nice dinner with family or friends, which also make these picks great for a wedding, or even a special date night. Best part is? They’re all wallet friendly!

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My best friend, Brielle Stanks and me         Photo by Bruce Pearlman

Both of the dresses my friend Brielle and I wore for my birthday dinner were from Nasty Gal, my dress is still on sale for $39.20. Brielle’s dress is from last year, but below will be some great options like her’s.  Nasty Gal’s sale section is an abundance of wonderfulness you can’t usually find on many sites; I assure you, you are not getting the leftovers of what no one else wants here! Below are links to some great finds from Nasty Gal and other cool girl sites.

 

Nasty Gal’s Knitty Gritty Dress  $31.20

Nasty Gal’s Between the Pleats Dress $23.20

Nasty Gal’s Garden Life Floral Dress   $34.00

Missguided Lilja Asymmetric Bodycon Dress in Floral Print (similar to Brielle’s) $30.38

Missguided Letje Tailored Bodycon Dress with Contrast Detailing $32.28

H&M Lace Circle Dress (I own this in black, but I love the red too!) $39.95

ASOS Midi Bardot Body-Conscious Dress $37.90 (I love the forest green, also if you’re a student you can ger 10% off at ASOS)

LORAC MEGAPRO SWATCHES AND REVIEW:

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Photo taken by me

The LORAC Megapro is easily the most coveted holiday makeup item this year. Like many makeup devotees I sat eagerly to get my hands on this, actually my sister did, as it was a birthday gift, but a lot of hounding her went into getting this  (sorry Rachel!). I love both the LORAC 1 and 2 palettes, and I’m glad to say the Megapro does not disappoint. It has a wonderful array of mattes, like every matte you’ve ever needed to blend the crease is here, and sparkling shimmers and satins. Some of the shades are a bit more powdery than the original 1 and 2, but these are still highly pigmented and blendable. If I can suggest one palette to put on your holiday wish list this is it, but it’s limited edition and currently out of stock (if I could insert a crying emoji, I would). Amazon and loraccosmetics.com should restock, so get your hands on it quick!

 

 LOOK FROM THE LORAC MEGAPRO

Photo taken by me
Photo taken by me

Products:

LORAC Megapro eyeshadows: Sepia and Brown (crease), Maroon and Copper (lid), Deep Teal (lower lash line), Espresso (outer corner), Opal (brow highlight) and Sand (inner corner)

Eyeliner: Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES eyeliner in Azurite green similar here 

Gel Liner:  MAC Cosmetics BlackTrack gel liner similar here 

Brows: Tarte Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse in Medium Brown and Milani Clear Brow Gel

Foundation: Loreal True Match Lumi in W1-2

Concealer: MAC Prolong Wear NW 20 similar here 

Blush: Maybelline Master Hi-Light in Coral

Bronzer: Tarte Park Avenue Princess

Highlighter: Physicians Formula Miami Strip

Lipliner: Jordana Rock ‘n’ Rose

Lipstick: Nyx Euro Trash

Lipgloss: Gerard Cosmetics Cocoa Bean

Beauty Talk from the Girls In Front Of and Behind the Counter

 

On a recent trip to shopping, I started thinking about the recommendations beauty and fashion consultants have given me over the years and I thought how great would it be to get their perspective for The Beauty Capsule? So I took a mini adventure through the flourescent aisles of Ulta Beauty, MAC Cosmetics and H&M.  I decided to add a few stylish customers to the mix, as I also wanted to see some cool girl insight on trends. Shopping at the mall just got a lot more interesting, see what I mean by clicking the pictures and responses above! P.S Matte lips and Lancome foundations  are huge for fall!

 

 

Welcome to The Beauty Capsule

Photo of me Photo taken by: Revtar Photography
Photo of me
Photo taken by: Revtar Photography

Hello fellow beauty and fashion feens, I’m Carly Pearlman, beauty and fashion hoarder, book lover (Game of Thrones and Harry Potter are my faves) and football fanatic. But my mission here  is to unearth and delve into the world of fashion and beauty in what I like to call The Beauty Capsule. I am a college senior, and as any college student or person on a budget knows sometimes obtaining the newest fashion and beauty trends can be more challenging than writing your senior thesis (well close to it at least). What I hope to capture in this capsule is great dupes for trends and classic staples, like that snazzy jacket you see in the picture above is H&M! Also if you’re dying for the newest makeup palette and can’t stomach the $50 price tag (such as any of the beautiful Naked palettes), I mean that’s a tank of gas for us commuters, but I’ll find something comparable that is great quality, and which you can get for much less. I’ll also cover some beauty and fashion taboos, like why the heck do girls cover their freckles? I mean I do, but it’s something I’m working on loving and I want to uncover the beauty in these dots we love to cover up. Come figure out this exhilarating world girls can’t stay away from, and step out of your reality for a few minutes or hours with The Beauty Capsule.