A Versatile Fall Dress ft. eShakti*

This dress from eShakti is quickly becoming a staple in my closet. It's easy to dress up (I wore it to a wedding) and down (I've worn it to school). Plus, it's comfortable! There are also a couple of hidden treasures. There's a clasp at the neckline that you can fasten or remove depending on how much you want to show. There are also tiny clasps on the inside of the shoulders for securing bra straps! Overall, this is a well-made, high-quality dress.

Let's talk about eShakti's ordering process for a second. eShakti boasts customization as its number one selling point, but the level of customization is insane! You know when you find an amazing piece of clothing that you really want, but if only it fit right or if only it had a longer hem? With eShakti, you put in your measurements with your order, and the piece is custom made for you! On top of that, with this dress, I really liked the color, cloth, and that little wraparound detail in the front, but I really didn't like the original cap sleeves and above-knee hem, so I customized that as well. I requested the elbow-length sleeves in the picture, and I also requested an ankle-length hem. It all fit perfectly!

I'm also currently looking at a couple of other dresses that I'm considering buying.

I really like the color and length of this dress, but I'm thinking a scoop neck would look better on me.

On the other hand, I really like this dress as is, so I'll probably just enter my measurements.

For inspiration on how other bloggers have customized their dresses to match their individual styles, you can follow eShakti on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

What are your thoughts on customizable clothing?

*This complimentary product was provided for review consideration.
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Fall Style Ideas by Bloggers

My favorite season is finally here! I love the colors, and I especially love the weather. The temperatures in Iowa are still in the high 70s/low 80s in the day, but the nights are in the wonderful high 50s/low 60s. I wish I could live in a place where the temperatures are in the high 50s year-round.

With the temperatures (too) slowly dipping into the 50s and 40s, a big portion of my wardrobe is appropriate to wear again! We had a cold day on Tuesday, and I was almost giddy with excitement to have been able to wear a sweater! My fellow bloggers are transitioning into their fall wardrobes too, so here's this season's Style Ideas by Bloggers post featuring bloggers new to my blog as well as some familiar faces who have been featured on ExtraExtravagant before.

Stephanie is not your average fashion personality. She is a 22-year-old who currently resides in Richmond, Virginia, but the wanderlust is very strong in her veins. Her passions include eating her weight in gelato and French macarons, drinking bubble tea, watching superhero movies, making friends via social media, and, of course, shopping. You may have previously known her as Drunk on Vogue, but she recently rebranded her blog. She Saw Style is her style spirit encapsulated in a blog. Along with providing fashion, beauty, and lifestyle inspiration, her goal is to reach other women and remind them of their immense worth.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

Laurel is a Toronto-based blogger who started Laurel Musical five years ago to express her creativity. She graduated with honors this year with a Bachelor of Music in voice performance and can always be caught singing. Laurel Musical is a place where she shares music, beauty, and fashion advice to help others feel their best.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

May writes at The PDX Belle, a fashion and lifestyle blog that draws on her experiences growing up in Portland (PDX) and living as a young adult in Richmond, Virginia. The PDX Belle is a positive place for you to go hang out, gather inspiration, and leave feeling totally okay to be yourself, whether it's through fashion, travel, or fitness.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

Sophia is a 21-year-old college student who is just trying to understand herself a little bit more. In a world full of chaos, Sofieyah gives her a sense of place and direction. She believes that beauty and fashion should not be discriminatory and hopes to be proof that you don't have to be thin and tall to look good in clothes. While beauty and fashion are central to her blog, they aren't central to her life. She also believes in personal growth and wants her blog not just to advertise outer beauty but to also be a mecca for your inner beauty to shine.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

Amy is the 20-something fashion and lifestyle blogger behind Pastel N Pink, which was born in the summer of 2014 to share outfit inspiration, lifestyle tips, and a little happiness to those who visit. She loves all things floral and is always in the mood for brunch.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

Le Fab Chic is a Los Angeles-based life and style blog by Joshaunic Scott. She focuses on affordable fashion, beauty tips, and life hacks. Joshaunic is a graduate of FIDM and works as a commercial model in addition to blogging.

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

Sophisticaition tells the story of a Chicago 20-something trying to navigate fashion blogging, the PR industry, and the "L." Cait shares fashion trends, beauty tips, and life hacks to help keep women confident and bosses!

Click here to read the featured outfit post.

Tatum is a style blogger and PR girl living in NYC. Her blog, The Pace, is where she explores her passions: style, health and fitness, and travel.

Click here to view the featured outfit Instagram.

For more fashion inspiration, check out the Style Ideas by Bloggers posts from past seasons.

Note: Features were edited for clarity and length.

Where do you go to for style inspiration?
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Weekly Reading | August 28, 2016


The final moments of summer vacation is your final chance to get some fun in before you go back to school!

"Theme Park Checklist" via Dani Dearest
"The 10 Biggest Packing Mistakes You're Making" via Department of Wandering


Work wear can be challenging to nail down.

"My Fashion Interview Outfit" via Milan Darling


School has already started back up for me, but here are some tips for incoming freshmen (domestic and international) who are starting their first week of college tomorrow!

For more college posts as well as fashion and fitness posts, check out the previous Weekly Reading.
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DIY Spa Night

If your week was anything like mine, you must be exhausted at this point (which is made worse by the fact that I won't actually have a weekend this week). Be it due to work or school or anything in your life that tires you out to the verge of tears, we need a night to just relax and unwind. Trips to the spa can hurt your wallet (and time), so for times when you want or need to pamper yourself at home, here are some ways to make it as luxurious as a fancy trip to the spa.

Create the Mood

To be able to fully relax and unwind, you need to create an atmosphere. Light some scented candles, play some soothing music, grab a glass of wine, and pull up your favorite show on Netflix (which spas don't have). Now that you have the spa ambience down, let the pampering begin!

DIY Beauty Treatments

There is a whole host of beauty treatments that you can whip up yourself, using ingredients that you already have on hand. You can make face masks from bananas, oats, yogurt, and honey. You can make hair masks from egg whites or coconut oil. All you need to do to find these recipes is hit up Pinterest or even Google. There really is no need to splurge on expensive beauty products (unless you plan on having spa nights on a regular basis, in which case you might prefer more luxurious, store-bought options).


Our teeth are often forgotten about when it comes to pampering even though it is also an integral factor in how we look and even how we feel. One way to pamper your teeth is to whiten them. You can incorporate this step into your spa night by just looking for the best whitening strips for you.

Hands and Feet

One of the most popular pampering activities is a mani-pedi. These are rather expensive to get at a salon, especially considering how easy it is to create the same look at home for much cheaper. To do so, start with a good hand cream. Then, file your nails and cut your cuticles. Finish off with nail polish of your choice, including a base and top coat. Then, you're good to go! If you're looking for more complex designs than just a swipe of color, there are cute nail designs that you can try. While you're doing your nails, you can even pop your feet into a foot spa. If you don't have one at home, you can DIY it! Just fill a large bowl with warm water and essential oils. It's that easy!

How do you prefer to pamper yourself?
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Weekly Reading | August 14, 2016


Last week, I found some helpful tips on shopping sales. Then, once the hauling is done, it will be time to break in those new heels and plan a new wardrobe.

"4 Ways to Wear Heels Without the Pain" via Career Girl Daily
"How to Plan a Minimal Wardrobe" via The Private Life of a Girl


I also found more compelling reasons for me especially to get off of my butt and exercise more.


Once again, I did not plan for all three articles to be from the same source. Society 19 just pumps out more college-related articles than any of the other blogs I follow.

"10 Tips for Moving into Your Dorm" via Society 19
"15 Reasons to Consider Community College" via Society 19
"Money Saving Tips to Help You Travel on a College Budget" via Society 19

For travel, career, and home posts, check out the previous Weekly Reading.
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My Everyday Makeup (but with Glasses) ft. GlassesShop*

Here is a fun fact for you: I posted my last makeup tutorial three years ago! It was a pink eyeshadow look for a wedding. Believe it or not, not much has changed since then except that I now have a better relationship with my eyebrows.

This is not going to be a tutorial post. I will just be discussing my favorite makeup products and how I incorporate them into my everyday look.

For my face, I start by priming with the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer and use the Catrice 12H Matt Mousse Foundation in Soft Ivory, set with the ELF High Definition Translucent Powder. Then, I lightly bronze with the Benefit Hoola Bronzer and add some Benefit Dandelion Blush to my cheekbones.

Then, I fill in my eyebrows with Sleek from the TheBalm Nude'tude Palette and the lighter shade from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown. For my lips, I first buff with the ELF Clear Lip Exfoliator, then apply a generous amount of the Peripera Peri's Tint Jelly.

For my eyes, I first prime with the Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion and just sweep Sin from the Urban Decay Naked Palette all over my eyelids. The cat eye is achieved with the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper as a base and sharpened with the ELF Liquid Liner in Jet Black. I then tightline with the Wet N Wild Color Icon Kohl Eyeliner and finish with a couple of coats of the Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara in Very Black.

Not only do I love this routine because it is easy to do, but I also love it because I have the option to slap on my glasses and completely change the look of my outfit for the day. To be completely honest, I like that it makes me look older and thus more credible when I teach.

This pair that I have on is from GlassesShop. My eyesight is terrible, so my prescription tends to make it so that the lenses in my glasses are super thick and, as a result, super heavy. However, these ones are lightweight, which I really appreciate because, as you can see from the picture above, the bigger frames that I prefer always end up resting right above my nose stud, so heavy glasses like my previous pair sometimes pull on it, which obviously hurts.

GlassesShop is the way to go if you are looking for some new prescription eyeglasses or just cheap glasses in general. They even stock prescription sunglasses!

As a bonus, you can take 50% off your purchase of glasses or sunglasses, which also come with free lenses! Just use the coupon code GSHOT50 at checkout.

How do you do your everyday makeup?

*This complimentary product was provided for review consideration.
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Weekly Reading | July 31, 2016


With the summer coming to an end soon, I caught the wanderlust bug and spent last week reading about packing for vacations as well as about places to visit for the noms.

"Pack Your Carry-On Like a Pro" via World of Wanderlust


However, the voice in the back of my head still nagged me about the imminent fall semester when I have to return to full-fledged work mode, so I also looked through a few articles on work wear.

"How to Wear Denim to the Office" via Helena Martins


At the same time, I'm moving into a new apartment in a couple of days, which means it's time to come up with a brand new game plan for tackling home cleaning, and I also get a clean slate to decorate on.

"14 Easy Decluttering Tricks that Will Transform Your Life" via Her Campus
"Household Cleaning Schedule for New Renters" via Money Can Buy Lipstick
"Bedroom Tour: Office" via Alicia Tenise

For beauty, lifestyle, and food posts, check out the previous Weekly Reading.
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My Dream Festival Lineup ft. TickPick

Today is the last day that Warped is in the Midwest, which means that I have yet again missed the tour. It's especially devastating this year because the lineup is amazing! Mayday Parade, Oceans Ate Alaska, and Tonight Alive are only a few of my favorite bands that are in Warped this year. As a coping mechanism, I threw together my dream festival lineup.

At first, I was going to embed here videos of my favorite songs from these bands, but I figured that would slow down the load time of the page, so I'll just be linking to those videos.

I Prevail: Scars

Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows: Graveyard Dancing

Versus Me: (A)tension

Halestorm: Mz. Hyde

In This Moment: Sex Metal Barbie

Oceans Ate Alaska: Drunk in Love (Beyonce Cover)

Conversely, you can play these songs from my Spotify playlist below.

If you live in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, or Oregon, Warped is headed your way! You can buy your tickets from TickPick.

TickPick is a website where you can find and buy concert tickets, NFL tickets, and even tickets to theater shows! There are no fees, and there's even a feature that lets you place bids on tickets, so if there's a ticket on sale that's too expensive, and you have a different price you'd definitely pay for, you can place a bid for the seller's consideration.

Let me know if you're going to or if you went to Warped so that I can live vicariously through you!

What is your dream festival lineup?
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Influenster Ole Henriksen Voxbox Unboxing*

I have finally tried all of the products that came in my Influenster Ole Henriksen Voxbox. This is my first brand Voxbox, and tbh, I am still on the fence about whether I prefer it to theme Voxboxes. Either way, here is a list of the products:

1. Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation, $38 (1.7 fl oz) at Sephora.com

2. Ole Henriksen Complexion Sponges, $6 (2 pc) at Ole Henriksen

3. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster, $48 (1 fl oz) at Sephora.com

4. Ole Henriksen Power Bright, $55 (6 pc) at Sephora.com

I will start with a description of the Power Bright, which is the three-step skin brightening system because there is more to cover.

Step 1: Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask

This is an exfoliating mask that feels like a lip scrub on your face, which is terrible for someone with sensitive skin like me. Needless to say, it felt harsh even though I tried to apply as little pressure as possible. However, it did make my skin brighter and tighter, and I think it even removed some of my blackheads and tightened my pores. It wasn't worth it for me, though, because some more sensitive areas were left red.

Step 2: Truth 25% Vitamin C Concentrate

I was expecting this to have a liquidy, serumy consistency, but it was denser and had a creamy texture that almost feels powdery during application. It forms a matte film on your face and kind of soothed the irritated areas from Step 1.

Step 3: Pure Truth Melting Cleanser

This product is very aptly named because it does "melt" when you apply it. You're supposed to apply this over the product from Step 2, and it turns everything into a lovely, light gel texture. The instructions said to expect tingling. Mine was clustered around the dry, irritated areas, which I'm not entirely sure is a good thing in my case. Afterwards, my skin did feel softer and firmer, so this system definitely works. The only caveat is skin irritation for people with sensitive skin, so that's something to consider.

The complexion sponges that came in the Voxbox were to be used to remove the product after Step 3. They came in two dried, compressed wafers that you run under water before using. This was probably my favorite part of the whole thing because the sponges literally puffed up once they touched water. I wish I'd taken a video of it! They also dry hard, but they're not compressed anymore.

This is the Sheer Transformation moisturizer that's supposed to even skin tone. I've only used it a few times, so I'm not sure if it actually does the trick. It's also a creamier product but with a gel-like texture.

This is the Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster, which is exactly as it sounds. It's a vitamin C concentrate serum that's supposed to boost collagen in your skin and in turn tighten it. I stopped using this after the first try because it's too harsh for my skin. It might be from the vitamin C, but I'm not sure.

Overall, these products do do what they claim to do, and you can see instant results. The only thing to consider is that if you have dry or sensitive skin, this might not be for you. On the plus side, everything (except the Sheer Transformation) smells of citrus!

What is your favorite skin brightening product?

*I received these complimentary products for review consideration.
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Weekly Reading | July 17, 2016


I am slowly getting back into wearing lip color again, so last week, I read a couple of posts about lipstick. Also, I found some summer beauty hacks.

"Lipstick Finishes" via The Small Things Blog


I am a huge proponent of online shopping, so I dug up some helpful articles about online shopping. On a more serious note, I found a post about maintaining friendships.


Last week, I found recipes for three of my favorite foods: guacamole, egg yolk buns, and southern food (I guess this is more of a cuisine). As the cherry (Food pun intended) on top, the third post features healthier versions of the most popular southern foods.

For fashion, travel, and health posts, check out the previous Weekly Reading.
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