I have become accustomed to a certain lifestyle, I like nice things, and so my favorite things – like clothes and makeup – must be put on the backburner in terms of splurging, because I want to live in a nice part of town and wanted to buy a new car… But I had to make things work somehow!

For the past couple of years, I’ve seen Cupshe, Romwe, and Shein ads for super cute swimsuits come warm weather time, but never considered it because I felt that my money would be best spent elsewhere like on really good, reliable swimwear.

Then I moved out… and I was ready to take the risk on a $20 dollar, super cute and Instagram worthy swimwear despite the rather sketchy spectrum of reviews from “REALLY GREAT” to “DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY”.

Swimsuit I :

After spotting something similar from an article from Popsugar, I eventually stumbled across this candy striped one-piece. It had 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon, and the user submitted photos seemed pretty promising.

the Verdict – this is the swimsuit that covers and holds everything while ALSO making you feel fun and flirty. Maybe others might feel this swimsuit is revealing in the back, but it’s not high enough nor does it show enough cleavage or even side boob to warrant this as scandalously sexy. It’s cute, it’s fun, it’s pretty practical. Love it and worth the Barbie on a Budget gamble.

Swimsuit II :

Swimsuit I turned out to be a rather surprising hit, so I decided to keep going and ended up adding this fun ruffled top and high waisted floral bikini by Cupshe to My Cart. It came in the mail and I tried on the top first.

It. Fit. TERRIBLY!!!! I tried adjusting the straps, I tried taking it in on the sides to consider having it tailored, but the fabric itself was no good. I couldn’t even imagine swimming in something in it.

After the disappointment with the top, I was a little hopeless when it came to the bottoms. But I tried them on anyway. Luckily, I had the top pictured from a previous high waisted swim suit set bought a couple of years ago. And it went perfectly together. The bottoms fit great, but the fabric didn’t have what I’d consider grade A, top of the line material. It lasted me multiple wears to the beach without any issues, but we’ll see how long these babies last.

The Verdict – I expected this would happen. I knew with a 3.6 rating, the odds of loving all parts of my order might not be in my favor. However, I do not regret buying this swimsuit. Only thing I would say is – Dear Cupshe, please provide the option to buy your swim swear as separates!!!

Swimsuit III :

Ever since I got my Amazon Prime membership, I realized all of the amazing, cheap things you could have arrive to your doorstep within 48 hours. Including swim suits! The knotted top was quite a trend this past year in swim suits, as is Gen Z yellow! So, a broke girl trying to stay somewhat within trend, decided to go out on a limb and buy an $11 bikini. The whole set. Eleven Dollars.

The bottoms made me feel like I was wearing an adult diaper because it sat weird around the booty area and front, upper thigh area. But the top was SO worth it!! And this color was ON POINT for Summer 2018.

The Verdict – Like swimsuit II, I knew that I couldn’t love ALL pieces of this swimsuit, because how could true swimsuit love exist for $10.99 and some tax? HOWEVER – the way I felt in the top, the amount of compliments, the way it held up after trips to the lake and pool multiple times this summer… WELL worth the fact that I got rid of the bottoms. No point in keeping something that does not make you feel like a sexy, international celebrity, or something.

Swimsuit IV :

Straight up cant remember the last time I bought a swimsuit from Walmart or if I ever had in my life? I remember buying swimsuits from Old Navy or Academy as a kid, but Walmart was always just that place we got groceries and toiletries for long weekend trips or vacations. But as social media takes over our lives, this INCREDIBLY ADORABLE striped top showed up a few times on my newsfeed from fashion bloggers/influencers. I couldn’t track it down online, and almost gave up on it, but when I happened to run by the Walmart by my house for packing tape of all things, I found the last of these tops in MY SIZE!

The Verdict – WORTH IT!!! and thank you, Walmart, for selling your swimwear as separates to mix and match. Watch out, Target, Walmart might be one of my first stops next year for Instagram-worthy and affordable swimwear.

As with anything that you buy online, you never know what you’re going to get. And with so many sketchy “boutiques that I saw ads on Instagram…”‘s out there, you NEVER KNOW! But do the research and read the reviews. The items with customer photos and multiple, detailed reviews are going to give you a better idea on where to set your expectations. But regardless of how the ratings and reviews are, don’t expect too much either, you know?  Either way, I was thankfully very pleased with the affordable, cute and decent quality selection that’s out there. Sometimes, those questionable ads you see on Instagram aren’t that bad after, all!

 

xoxo,

La Glam Greek

 

Γεια Σας από το δικό μου παράδεισο!

Guys, my heart is so happy to be back here!

This is home!! Not because I was born here, but the way I feel when I’m here, the excitement, the way my heart is at such a peace, the way that my veins vibrate with a love and nostalgia that I can’t quite explain… this is home. My heart leaps the moment I land in this beautiful country and it weeps from the moment I leave til the moment of my return. I love the beaches just as much as I love the mountains as much as I love the islands as much as I love the mainland. (Although, I love the mainland more!)

I love it here when it’s warm and sunny, and I love it here when it’s cold and cloudy. And to be completely honest, I love it more during the latter (less tourists!).

Sometimes you just need a reset, and Greece for me, is the ultimate reset button. I forget about my uptight, American ways and relearn the carefree ways of the Greeks to live life to the fullest, because we only have one chance at life and it shouldn’t be wasted on constant worry and work, work and more work. (Yeah, yeah, yeah *insert joke about the Greek economy and job market*, you’re so funny!)

This country, these people, this landscape, these views, the food, the music, the culture, the history 💙 Yeah, I love it here.

Forget about DisneyWorld, this is the happiest place on Earth!

xoxo

La Glam Greek

So… I’m starting to feel a little distressed…

I got an email from Old Navy of things I might like, featuring polos and khaki shorts. As in like, school uniforms!!

Then… it’s Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, my favorite local boutiques are starting to bring in their fall inventory and I’m like, but WAIT!! Where the &#%! does summer think it’s going?! It just got here!

The start of spring honestly doesn’t even feel quite that long ago, yet here we are! In fact, the other day I had a friend over for dinner and referred to the end of April as “oh… like a month or so ago…” while telling a story, not even realizing that in fact it’s been THREE months; I mean, we’re already at the decrescendo-ing part of this month. The next thing you know, it’s August! Which is basically the Sunday of the summer months.

With the end of summer quickly approaching, I’m only a little sad though, because honestly, I’m a fall baby and this heat is just too, too much. Once we get into the last third of the year, especially in Houston, the weather is astronomically more bearable than it is during the “June, July, August” quarter of the year; it really opens up a larger variety of things you can do outside! (Okay, you can literally do anything outside, during any sort of weather, but when the temperatures are hovering around 100F with an index of about 115F, well… you don’t really quite want to sit on a patio, now do you?)

I may be partial to one month of the year in particular, but there’s one other time that is quite nice here in Houston, and that’s the sweet, sweet, Springtime months of March, April, May, which 2018 had some AWESOME things for me here in these few months. 2018 was the year of the Music Festival; something that I had practically written myself off as too old for –  I used to go to raves all the time back in college during a particularly rambunctious time of my life, but I always had SO MUCH FUN!!! However, going to In Bloom Fest here in Houston and Coachella in Indio, CA and seeing all of the kids there in the median age of 23, and judging by the way my body felt after both of these parties, yeah, I did feel old. But I still had SO MUCH FUN!!!

Being the makeup junkie that I am, the best part of a musical festival is the crazy, eclectic, fun makeup looks that you can create and still look like a(n almost) totally normal person in public. This one in particular is so bright yet subtle at the same time, it’s perfect for anytime of the season.

EYES

Brows | Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Chocolate
Crease | Sugarpill Buttercupcake & Fran from the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix palette
Lid & Brow Bone | Shills and Moulder from Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix
Inner Corner | Vanilla pigment by M.A.C. Cosmetics
Water Line | Pure White chromaline by M.A.C. Cosmetics
Liner | NYX Vivid Brights liner in Petal outlined with Stila Stay All Day liquid in Intense Black
Lashes | Ardell Wispies
Mascara | Covergirl LashBlast

FACE

Foundation | Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte 300
Concealer/HighlightMAC Cosmetics Light Boost
Powder | NARS Pressed Powder in Beach
Blush | Sephora Collection in No 3 Can’t Stop Smiling
Bronzer/Contour | Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer
Highlight | Mary Lou Manizer by The Balm Cosmetics

LIPS

Pink Velvet by Lime Crime Cosmetics

 

Spring/Summer 2018 has been a fun time for me, but I’m ready for the temps to drop a little.

Although, I hate how “early” the fall starts here, especially in a part of the country that doesn’t feel fall weather until well into the month of October, if that. Even though retailers are shoving fall everything down our throats, which means pumpkin spice EVERYTHING is right around the corner, enjoy the last, sweet fleeting moments of the summer!

 

xoxo

La Glam Greek

July 13th only comes around once a year, but for those of us here in the Bayou City, every day is 713 day.

In case you have no earthly idea what July 13th and 713 have to with each other besides coinciding numbers, 713 is the most recognized and oldest area code for the greater Houston area. There are others, like 281 and 832, but February doesn’t have 81 days, nor does August have 32. So the OG gets to represent this local little holiday in all its glory.

It doesn’t hurt that Queen Beyonce herself hails from this modest city of 2.3 million people, only the 4th largest city in the U.S., and reps it every chance she gets, along with the likes of other rappers & artists like Drake (who’s actually from Toronto, but I’ll let my Champagne Papi shout out H-Town anytime he wants!). Now you can imagine if someone who’s “never home but always reppin'” is obsessed with this city, those of us who live here full time, have nothing but MAD LOVE for this muggy, hot, traffic hell-hole, flatter than a “booty-do” metropolis.

So why wait for July when you can celebrate and rep Houston all day, every day!?

Best way to do so –  getting your hands on some locally sourced threads so that you can wear your pride everywhere for everyone to see!

As a fairly avid advocate for shopping local, the Heights, Montrose/Westheimer and Memorial areas are great places to find locally owned boutiques with some pretty awesome pieces for showing off your Space City spirit. The tee shown above – which is EVERYTHING, btw – along with the HOU hats (available in 4 different colors, and can be found online here) are from Emerson Rose, with 2 locations in the city and PLENTY of super adorable Texas and Houston shirts, hats, and even bandanas! Or maybe you’re new to the city and having Houston scrawled across your chest or forehead isn’t something you’re ready to commit to. With the statement earring/jewelry trend in no hurry to leave, finding orange colored accessories is a relatively easy feat. Unless orange is your favorite color, in which case if you’re like me orange is anything but, you’re probably thinking, why in the good Lord’s name would I buy bright AF orange earrings, girl?! Well, in case you live under a rock, the Astros are the 2017 World Series Champs! Also, in which case you’re like me and could give 3 and a half cares about sports, this refers to baseball. And orange is basically like, their team color! OH and Whataburger! It’s Team Whataburger’s colors as well.

Actually… I might go put on these earrings from Bauble Bar (this style is no longer available, but similar ones here) and hit up Whataburger for a late night Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit!!

If nothing else – pop on a vibrant purple lipstick. Why purple? Made popular by the Houston rap community, mixing prescription grade cough syrup with Sprite and a Jolly Rancher yields a [supposedly] yummy, intoxicating, and purplish concoction often referred to as Purple Drank (or Purple Sprite). In addition to sizzurp, Houston is also well known for candy paint

candy paint

Other ways to stay reppin’ :

  • drink Houston brewed beers at one of the many local breweries like Karbach, 8th Wonder, or Saint Arnold
  • do a Houston Mural tour
  • indulge in Houston’s mega-diverse foods
  • get cultured at Houston’s expansive museum and theater districts
  • sit in an hour and a half (at least) of traffic during rush hour
  • take a walk [or a jog for those brave enough to take the heat] along Memorial Park or Buffalo Bayou

It’s an H-Town Thing

xoxo,

GG

I feel like Independence Day is the pinnacle holiday of the summer. You see, Memorial Day kick starts the summer season at the end of May; and Labor Day concludes the festivities at the start of September… and in between it all is the very fun and patriotic themed 4th of July!!

Which.. have you ever gotten sort of tongue tied trying to wish someone a good holiday? “Have a good fourth of Indpenden… er… grool.”

Either way, as a kid, I didn’t particularly like the 4th of July – it was hot, no one got presents, and I didn’t like the color scheme… it’s not very flattering for my skin tone. But now that I’m older, when you are given a reason to celebrate and get a day off – you sure as hell get excited about it & find some trendy, chic ways to wear that red, white and blue, stars and stripes and anything and everything else that will make you look patriotic AF!

Easiest way – simply incorporate the colors, Red, White and Blue into your accessories. Meaning busting out a pretty red nail polish like Ruby Ruby by Sinful Colors (even better – it’s a steal at $1.99!) or Blanc by Essie like pictured above. Or even easier is popping on a bright, ruby red lipstick. I really feel like a red lipstick not only looks classic, but reminds me of Old Hollywood Glamour, which guys – Hollywood is SO Americana! Try this one by Anastasia Beverly Hills – American Doll. With the reflective lens trend still sticking around, a bright blue reflective lens like these by Quay  (similar ones linked) can complete your All American Girl look.

Next, hop on over to Old Navy or Target. GUARANTEED to find some nationalistic threads.

Hat from Old Navy, swimsuit top – reversible, by the way!! – from Target. Bought an oversized men’s cotton button up from a thrift store for $3 as a cover up. God Bless America!

If being over the top patriotic is not your thing, opt for the following things :

  • red stripes
  • blue stripes
  • red accents
  • blue accents
  • white accents
  • denim
  • white sneakers
  • nude, beige or even gold shoes, bags, jewelry, belts, etc

Earrings – Free People | Top – Zara | Skirt – Gap | Bag – Amazon Fashion | Shoes – Target

Dress – Stitch Fix | Bag – Amazon Fashion | Shoes – Steve Madden

I can’t wait to party like it’s 1776! Hope everyone has a safe and happy Independence Day!

 

xoxo

The Glam Greek