Venus Trapped in Mars

05 December 2013

Things I Can't Seem To Find

1. The Right Nail Polish Color

I can go to the nail salon prepared with all sorts of polish color names that I've seen on Pinterest or Instagram, then I get there and realize I've come equipped with Essie polish color names, but the nail salon I picked only carries OPI. 

I stand there staring at the 102934 different polish colors they offer, while the nail tech taps her foot waiting for me to hurry up and pick one. They all look like the same color red to me, with a few random mauve polishes thrown in there. I panic and end up choosing Lincoln Park After Dark for the 14th week in a row, because I once read in an US Weekly that someone left on the American Airlines flight before me, that it was a cool color. 

2. A red lip that doesn't look ridiculous on me

I always end up looking like Khloe Kardashian. For the record, I do not like Chloe Kardashian, and I do not think she is attractive and I am not meaning this as a compliment to me. I look like I have way too much makeup on, and like I am trying to cover up the fact that I am actually a dude. 

3. The perfect combination of bangles

My friend Magen is the bangle wearing queen. She wears about a billion at a time and just looks so dang fashionable with them on! I'll try and throw a watch and two bracelets on to start the "arm party" and people ask me, "Why do you have so many bracelets on?" rather than complimenting how effortlessly chic my arm party pairing is. Argh. 

4. Foundation
Me at Sephora:
Find Sephora brand makeup section. 
Find foundation area.
Stare at the foundations, trying to figure out if I need powder, liquid, concealer, BB cream.... the heck is the difference??
Pick whichever is the cheapest.
Pick whichever color is all the way to the left. I'm so pale, I turn lavender at times. 

That is surely not how you're supposed to pick foundation. But I always get anxious asking for help, like I'm some pre-teen buying makeup for the first time. I'm 26, I should know this stuff. 

5. Great Jeans

I know I've mentioned this before, but I've got a big ole booty. Jeans are near impossible to find. Everyone's solution is to buy jeans that fit through the hips and butt, then get the rest tailored. Oh, ok. I'm going to go get a pair of $21 Old Navy jeans tailored. Right. What is this, a wedding dress? No, I'm not going to the tailor. 

6. Tall boots that fit

I'm not giant, what gives? Even on my post a couple of weeks ago, most of you agreed with me that you have such a hard time finding boots to fit. I just want to wear my hunter boots and not have dunlap. That ain't right. 

7. Leggings

Hands down the most frustrating thing that I can't find are leggings. What I keep finding: Black jeans, tights (tights are NOT leggings), yoga pants, leggings that fall down when you walk 3 feet forward, leggings that fade after just one wash. Where do you guys find leggings like the picture above? 


So, help a sister out! Gimmie all your tips on finding all 7 of these items! 


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107 comments :

  1. I've struggled with finding boots, too! I found and fell in love with Steve Madden's Kambyy boot... the regular width is wide enough for my calves with plenty of room, but they also have a wide option!

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  2. Same. Same. Same. These things must be practically impossible to find because I have the same issues.

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  3. 1. Go to Sephora with your nail list and buy the bottle you like. Then take it to the nail salon! Can't help you with 2-5. No bueno for me too. Check out Urbanog.com - cheap boots that fit great. So many option under $50. Leggings, ah leggings. I discovered Ponte Leggings this year. Target has some great ones (http://www.target.com/p/mossimo-womens-five-pocket-ponte-pant-assorted-colors/-/A-14627104#prodSlot=medium_1_2&term=ponte) as does Ann Taylor Loft (http://www.loft.com/ponte-leggings/303852) They hold shape, wash well and wear amazing.

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  4. The best leggings ever are in the active department in Nordstroms (but trust me, they look fantastic with street clothes). Zella Live In Leggings = best thing ever! http://bit.ly/1gHaMT3

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    1. I second this. I literally "live in" anything and everything I have that is Zella, but that shit be expensive so I recommend buying in July when they have their anniversary sale. It's a Nordstrom brand so you can't buy it anywhere else :(

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  5. for boots: Hush Puppies Chamber Wide Calf Riding Boot (they're leather and amazing and waterproof and the best boots I've ever owned! http://www.dsw.com/shoe/hush+puppies+chamber+wide+calf+riding+boot?prodId=285750&brand=dsw12brand7700002&activeCats=women,dsw12brand7700002&isBrand=y&categoryName=women (they come in wide calf/foot and regular)

    for leggings: random, but I found these leggings at costco and they're the best things I've ever owned. The reviews online for them are great too. They're comfy, thick, don't fall down, and cover my (also) large booty!
    http://www.costco.com/Matty-M-Ladies'-Legging-%E2%80%93-Black.product.100034683.html

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  6. I'm in exactly the same boat!! Especially the leggings. I can't find leggings that aren't see through lol. Or maybe I'm just not willing to buy the expensive ones?? And tha nail polish. I hate it when they sit there and stare at you and I'm usually like OK FINE and just pick the closest one. lol. Then I hate it!!

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  7. oh im with you. these are all hard to find. although i never get my nails done so i wouldnt know. I did fine cheap, non see through leggings at grapevine mills mall last night at a store that smelled really bad called l' patricia. you're welcome.

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    1. the next time you head to grapevine mills, call me, I work right next to it. we can hit up H&M together. stop going in L'Patricia. Afaid for your life. That place is rank.

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  8. I feel ya on the foundation thing. I have never worn it but feel like it is kind of magical so want to try it but am deathly afraid of make-up sales associates. They are either 18, gothic, male or super pretty and intimidating.

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    1. Haha I love this analysis of makeup sales associates. So spot on and exactly why I'm afraid to talk to them too.

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  9. hahaha, if your into arm candy and want to start something fun, Alex and Ani are great. I have tons and you can mix and match and they all have a special meaning. I love them and collect them plus they arent so bulky like other bangles.

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  10. I don't think that these things exist except for on Pinterest. I can only find leggings that are see through and even if I think I do I am self conscious because I think you can when I bend over or am in the right lighting. I have no clue about foundation, concealer, highlighting, contouring, BB, CC, or DD cream. I am so lost. I did find good boots at DSW though. Good luck!

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  11. I'm the same way at nail salons, I will stand there for a good ten minutes mulling over which nail polish I should get and if it is going to match what I think I am going to wear.. even though I have never been fashionable in my life.
    Also, boots.. who the heck made them because they need to get their heads checked. I am usually a size 7 and they fit right but are huge around my calves.. so I have to go with a size 6.5 but they are a tiny bit tight on my feet but perfect for my calves. Ugh.
    Good luck with this, I am no help whatsoever.. I just wanted to vent :D

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  12. for leggings, I think the best ones always end up being athletic running tights. because they're meant for cold weather they're not see through! I've had success with underarmour ones (check out sports authority or other sports stores) and the Old Navy active line is pretty good, maybe not going to last forever but they're only like 20$. My leggings slip a bit but I think its just because i got them a size too big. and EFF JEANS. ugh. I can't.

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  13. I'm with you on the arm party and the leggings. Sephora intimidates me. There are just too many options. I was given a cute Kate Spade bracelet for my birthday. I bought an $8 bracelet from Charming Charlie to wear with it. Nw I have 2 bracelets and feel weird wearing them. I think I need a gold watch to accent the highlights in the bracelets...

    WHY IS THIS SHIT SO HARD?!?!

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  14. I'm not alone!! I feel like I could've written this myself.

    I am SO the same about nail polish. I have tons of it, and I always say I'm going to take one with me but I never do and then I can never choose which one. And P.S. Lincoln Park After Dark is one of my faves!

    Red lips look ridiculous on me. Way ridiculous.

    Boots never fit my giant, man calves. Jeans never fit my ghetto booty or my short legs.

    Annnnd, leggings suck. I usually end up wearing workout crops and say they're leggings. BOOM.

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  15. Agreed Agreed and Agreed. This is real life right here. Im totally stalking the comments on this post for some suggestions!!

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  16. Girl I'm with you on the arm candy and foundation! I wear 4 Alex & Ani bracelects because those are all that I have right now, and my watch... I want more more more but not sure of perfect accent pieces. Foundation eludes me... I've tried everywhere, everything, and I just can't find the right one.

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  17. I love the new christmas-y blog design!

    I haven't been around blogland all week, so I only just noticed... Oops.

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  18. For red lips, next time you're at sephora try Makeup Forever's Moulin Rouge. It's with the Rouge Artist Intense lipsticks line, and it'll be the only one whose tube is red and black instead of black and silver. It's super flattering across the board, I think you'll like it!

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    1. Also my go to red, Love it! Must use with the matching lip liner for flawless results!

      -Lacey
      Fromwinecountrywithlove.blogspot.com

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  19. I agree on all of these! I personally love my leggings from Target. I know they are cheap, but they get the job done and they are not tights or jeggings. I have a huge issue with jeans cause I am tall and it is hard to find cute ones that are affordable.

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  20. I go to Express for both my jeans and leggings...and like I said last time I have the big booty problem too! I usually get their jeggings....which really just look like jeans. The stretchy thing is perfect for big bums! Their black leggings are great too. Thick enough so that I don't feel like my butt is jiggling all over the place. Yeah their prices are a bit high, but they always have great coupons (like now, $25 off of $75 on their site) and a lot of times good sales on jeans. And they last for-ev-er!

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  21. I'm currently stalking this comment section! I recently found some fleece lined leggings at Ross and thought they would be my lifesaver. Turns out I'm a little too thick and they are see-thru as they stretch out. FAIL FAIL FAIL!

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  22. the upside of working at Charlotte Russe is the fashion/style. I just bought a thing of bangle bracelets but it also came with a watch.

    I'm afraid to wear red lipstick. I usually stick to nude colors. As far as foundations.. they usually help you find the right shade of color.

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  23. I got my black leggings at Target. They fit great and have stayed black through numerous washes.

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  24. Girl..
    1. Lincoln park is my go to...just sayin.
    2. Khloe is beautiful...so are you. If you are super pale like you said, then you need a red with a blueish undertone. No orange. I like Revlon Matte "Really Red". Blot if it is too intense. Red lips are so pretty on fair skinned, darked haired beauties such as yourself.
    3. the more the better. Just keep slappin them on there.
    4. I have had this problem my whole damned life. But recently....I was saved. For $12 at Walmart, Drew Barrymore's Flower brand BB cream. It is all of them wrapped in one. If you really are pale, get BB1. This stuff covers amazingly. And a little goes a long way! And I dont break out from it.
    5. Jeans are hard for me because of my height. everything is too short and I have learned to live with that. I rarely wear them. But I will tell you, one of my first blog posts was about the amazingness of taking your clothes to the tailor. It isn't expensive and it has changed my life. Celebs get everything tailored. It is a game changer.
    6. yeah this sucks. took me years to find brown riding boots that came anywhere near my knee. and they are still too short.
    7. best leggings out there are from american apperal. they were like $40 bucks but i have worn them for 4 years now. They have a high waist to pull in my gut and they are a thick, warm material that lasts forever. I got the ones that have a tiny sheen to them so that you can dress them up.

    Just my two cents on your two cents.

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  25. I share many of your same issues. Though, I don't get my nails done so I don't have that problem but I have to ask someone in Sephora to pick out make up for me just about every time. I CAN NOT match my own skin tone which is apparently an odd shade of ghost pale. I am afraid of leggings. I have a big butt and I can not lie....I can't find jeans very well either. And don't get me started on trying to find boots that will come up over my calf muscles. And when I do get them up, they hurt my feet or look stupid on me. Fail!

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  26. Feel you on the boots - that's why I asked about yours yesterday! I hate that wide calf boots are wide all over. I have bigger calves but thin ankles. Why can't they make boots normal throughout and then just add an inch around at the very top?

    For leggings though, I got you. American Apparel winter leggings are super thick and amazing:
    http://store.americanapparel.net/rsatt328.html

    I also live in Old Navy compression leggings. Great for the gym & great for life! I go out in these all the time: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=53935&vid=1&pid=329955002

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  27. here are the leggings
    http://store.americanapparel.net/product/?productId=rnt349&c=Black#

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  28. i had some american apparel leggings last quite a long time!! and don't be afraid to ask for help in sephora about lipstick OR foundation .. that is what they are there for and they do a pretty good job!

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  29. I can't find good jeans or good boots because I'm too cheap to invest in the ones that actually fit right and last long. On the other hand, I do buy the 'expensive' makeup (i.e. the make-up at the mall, not the drug store) and I can tell you, you definitely get what you pay for! I use Clinique foundation (the 'Redness Solutions,' because I too am so pale, that I'm actually kind of pink), but no matter what brand you end up going with, use a primer before you apply the foundation, it makes such a difference!! I use the Prep and Prime from MAC and I love it!! Maybe you already use primer, in which case, you can totally ignore that last sentence!!

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  30. Amen on #s 1-4. I buy leggings at Costco, they come 2 in a package for $16, can't get much better than that! And I recently splurged on Silver jeans and will never go back, I'm short and have short legs and they are the only ones that fit. It took me FOREVER to find a good pair of tall boots, and I ended up paying a lot of money for them but I let it go because I'll have them forever and they fit. Good luck on your quests!

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  31. OK Leggings. Express. They never lose shape, aren't see through, and are the comfiest thing ever. I was very late to the leggings as pants party, but God Damn I like these.

    Red lip/Foundation. Homie the whole point of store like Sephora is to TRY things. They love giving you samples of shit. So does MAC, Bobbi Brown et all. They know that by giving you these samples and letting you try them at home, you will find one that really works for you and buy it. And keep buying it. I swear by Make Up Forever Moulin Rouge. I've thrown that color on women all shades of the rainbow and it just works. You'll see me wearing it in a Halloween post...2 years ago if you want a reference. I say all this because I used to work at sephora and I KNOW MY MAKEUP hun. Never ever feel like you can't ask us questions. That's why they pay us. That's why we take classes. If it makes you feel more comfortable taking your/their time go on a weekday that you get off. (That's when a lot more senior makeup artists work as well at counters in Saks and Nordies. They want the ladies who lunch crowd because they SPEND!)

    Nail polish. BYOB seriously, if you like a color, buy it and take it in with you. They don't mind. And besides Lincoln Park after Dark is a perennial favorite for a reason. Its a beautiful bad ass color.

    Jeans! Same as the makeup...you just gotta try try try. Right now I'm really loving American Eagle Jeans though. A lot of different washes/rises/cuts that flatter different body types! Also Never be afraid to see a tailor! If they fit you awesomely in the leg, but the waist bands a little big? Have them taken in. $10-$15 extra dollars for jeans that are tailored FOR YOU? Priceless :) Trust me on this. I have so much crap tailored. Yes even the $2 thrifted Jones New York dress. Because it makes me look like $1million.

    Boots. Sorry that's the extent of my wisdom. We're both SOL here.

    Was this comment long enough for you? I clearly need to start doing some how-to posts.

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  32. I cant find a decent (affordable) pair of jeans that actually fit me to save my life! (I almost cried in a H&M bc the whole trying on jeans process annoyed me) And i think you just inspired me to write a post about why i dont wear make up lol

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  33. I always though Khloe was a dude too, I swear she is.

    For my big booty I love Lucky Brand jeans, they are the only jeans that fit my butt without leaving that awkward v shape at the waist that shows off my cute undies if I don't put on a belt.

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  34. when you find the pair of perfect jeans that aren't 200 a pop let a sister know, would ya?

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  35. Yeah I can't pull off lipstick, just makes me look weird I think

    -Elise @ 9toFit.com

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  36. For nail polish, Lincoln park is a pretty good option! But if you search for the essie name and "dupe" you will find a lot of other brands (esp. OPI) that make about the same color under a different name. But I also agree with an above commenter that suggested bringing your own - then you are sure (and can fix chips during the week!)

    As for lipstick, I had the same problem. Everything seemed to be too much. I have had success with the lip stain and lip crayons (by revlon, nyc, and elf). The color is a little less dramatic (think post-popsicle color, but chic-er) and still what you see is mostly lip. (Plus, these brands are all 1-8$, which seems reasonable for experiments!)

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  37. my fave leggings are from American Eagle and I think they were $15. I look like the palest scariest person alive in red lipstick so I can't help you there. bring your own nail polish to the salon! just make sure you don't leave it there or that they think its theirs. and totally ask the people at Sephora for help. I do it all the time and then rarely buy anything and i'm sure they hate me but I don't care. my wisdom for the day.
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  38. AHH i'm with you on ALL OF THE ABOVE.

    leggings: my go to is Marshall's or TJ Maxx. they make kind of like spandexy black ones that are strechy and the color doesn't fade. HOWEVER you must wear a shirt that covers your booty, because they can be see through(depending on the brand) on your ass.

    nailpolish: this is a hard one too. i always see people which such fab salon jobs but my freaking nail salon never has good colors. my suggestion, find one you like and bring your own??

    red lips: few can pull this one off. i think about 90% of us are in the same boat.

    boots that don't fit: how do they not fit you? calfs too big? foot size? i have the issue that my legs are like chickens and they look so awkwardly big at the top by my knee!! maybe invest in some cute boot socks :)

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  39. I love all your posts, for jeans try American Eagle their fit is awesome; for the lipstick and foundation go to a MAC counter (I'm not a big fan but they are very helpful) they will match your skin tone and give you a sample, and with the number you can Google dupes of different brands that you might want to try; and for the leggings if you find ones that work pleaseeeeeee let us know :)

    Natalia
    http://leavingthecorneranddippingmytoes.blogspot.com/

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  40. I got some faux fur lined leggings on Jane.com and am in LOVE with them! Not only are they ridiculously warm, but they are pretty thick so when they stretch they aren't see-through. Hooray!

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  41. I am in the same boat with red lipstick! And not just red lipstick, ANY lipstick. I can wear heavy eye makeup any day and pull it off but I wear a smidge of lipstick and I look like a prostitute. I don't understand.

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  42. I can't find tall boots that fit, but that's because I'm short and I look like I'm a kid wearing my Mom's boots when I've tried them on. I don't know what size person those boots are made for!

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  43. I freaking love leggings. I actually found some I liked at walmart and bought like 10 piars because i destroy everything the second time I wear it, and yes walmart, i'm a cheap ass, but they arent see through like the expensive ones so w/e.

    I feel you on the jeans thing. I had 3 pairs of favorites i have been wearing since college, they all started to rip, i even patched them and continued to wear them. They were so perfect! but then in a 2 week span they all got unfixable holes in really inappropriate places. I have been on the search for a while with no good results. let me know what you find!

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  44. I know this is weird, but I buy my boots at Lane Bryant (a plus size women's store) mostly because I wear a size 12 shoe (Jesus Christ, not a lie) but they're SO TALL and SO CUTE. And sometimes run great deals (I got a pair for $35 that were $75). Leggings...yeah I got nothin'. Along with nail polish. I'm not much of a lip stick gal, but I swear by Revlon Colorbust Matte Balm (http://www.target.com/p/revlon-colorburst-matte-balm/-/A-14839970?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=Google_PLA_df&LNM=%7C14768639&CPNG=Health+Beauty&kpid=14768639&LID=PA&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=14768639&gclid=CMjcpvHQmbsCFeHm7AodeQYAew) They stay all day and aren't crashy harsh on the skin!

    › xo fal • falfindshappiness.blogspot.com

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  45. I have the hardest time with jeans too because of my big booty! They'll fit perfectly through the hips and butt, but will be too big in the lower thighs and knees or they'll have a gap around the waist area. So frustrating!
    As for leggings, my favorite are from Avenue.com, but they have mostly plus-size. They do have a pair of fleece-lined leggings in regular sizes though.

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  46. oh man, I struggle with all of these but jeans. Express STELLA SKINNY LEG JEAN for the win.

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  47. I totally hear ya girlie! I have absolutely no understanding of foundation, and thus I default to a BB cream with SPF. We all need a little protection from the sun right? But I CAN help you with your leggings problem! you have to head over to yummielife.com and check out their leggings offering. These are the best darn leggings I've ever put on my body - and they smooth out my tummy! Done and Done! I love them not only because the have this amazing shaping panel to help smooth out my thanksgiving gut - but also because how high they come up on my waist! These suckers never fall down - definitely check them out! It's worth a visit.

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  48. Honestly, my favorite leggings come from Target. As for jeans, I can't help you there. I've been trying to find good jeans for oh, 23 years or so? ;)

    Jamie @
    The Growing Up Diaries

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  49. Difficult list for sure... I typically wear the same shade of cheap red polish from CVS so yeah. I can only lend my insight on the leggings situation. I get mine at Forever 21. They are $3.80. I can order them online and they have many colors. They don't fall down on me and mine haven't faded. For less than four bucks I say winner winner! Chicken dinner. So on and so forth.

    Please share your findings! A girl could use some help with the perfect red lip you know?

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  50. I've had good luck with Forever21 leggings, but I size up so that the pants aren't too see- through. I also have some boots from Shoedazzle. They're cheap, so you can experiment more with fit. Nail polish...eh, you've got me. I go for gel french manicures, so I guess that's my suggestion. And as for the rest, I am reading your other comments for advice myself. :)

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  51. Amen, girl, amen, to all of the above. My (un)solicited advice:

    Jeans - My ass is huge. As are my hips. I have refused to wear skinny jeans for this reason, but just recently bought a pair of skinny jeans from Gap and I didn't cry when I tried them on in the dressing room, so I consider this a win.

    Boots - I have freakishly small feet for my height, so boots don't fit my calves either because the only shoes that fit my feet are made for tiny, petite, adorable people. I just recently bought a pair of Frye boots (extended calf) and even though they almost cost me my rent and now I'm homeless, they're so pretty I could cry and I want to wear them every waking hour.

    Foundation/Red Lipstick - Make the girls in Sephora help you! They look intimidating, but I usually find they're very helpful! I'm hopeless in the skin-matching department as well.

    Leggings - I gave up on this one, because, as stated above, my ass is huge. LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS, PEOPLE. I wish this trend would just go away (simply because I'm jealous I can't pull off leggings).

    Whew. Being a girl is hard work.

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  52. Same for me with lipstick!! Well, I feel like I have a couple of good reds, but I cannot for the life of me apply it without looking like a clown... my lips are either to dry and flaky even after using the expensive lip polish shit, or they look like a 5 year old put it on... I think I need to get a lip pencil, but do I have to buy one for every single lip color I have? Ain't nobody got time (or money) for dat!!

    Also leggings - this might not be popular opinion, but I swear by Lululemon Wunder Under crops. They're super expensive, yes, but I've had mine for four years now and wear them 3-4 times a week and they're still good as new. And for the controversy with them being see through and all, it's because people were dumb and buying too-small sizes. Size up and they're perfection! (I also like fleece-lined leggings and am wearing Urban's right now and they are SO SOFT and WARM, but a little too thin to be worn as non-tights)

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  53. I have tons of bracelets but they never make a good layering , giving me pinterest-ing anxiety . I just can't handle it !
    PS : love this festive look of your blog .
    Noor | Noor's Place

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  54. Hue has the best fleece-lined leggings! They are really high quality and don't fade!!

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  55. This is literally like you're reading my mind.

    AND YES, what's up with boots - I know that I've gained a bit of weight but my calves have NOT gotten bigger.. there is a conspiracy darn it!!! I know it!

    I've found that I am falling in love with American Eagle's active wear leggings. They come in fitted, not yoga, and they have a seam so if you get the ones that are BLACK ON BLACK they fit great (snug but not TOO snug) and they stay up for me which is nice because my muffin top likes to shove MOST down. And they seem to wash great in just cold water with like colors!!! I got some black long, black shorter ones and dark gray and so far, LOVE!

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  56. yes yes yes on the boots, I have the hardest time finding the ones for my legs to fit but the "extended calf" ones are always too big! I've also given up on red lipstick, I have tried and failed so many times with it haha

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  57. 1) i think you're not the only one who has trouble finding the right foundation; when i used to wear it, i had the hardest time. then prescriptives calyx came out with a blending foundation machine that is magic in a box and color blends for you so it's the perfect shade customized to you and your undertones. prescriptives has since gone belly up but i heard sephora has a similar machine.

    2) it took me YEARS to find a good red so you're not alone in that department.

    3) i canNOT fit into boots without elastics along the sides. i would love to wear hunter boots but that shit doesn't fit over my calves.

    4) leggings: i buy mine at a local store called Joe Fresh. they're cheap too and never fade. old navy has some decent leggings on the cheap as well.

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  58. I have a hard time finding all of these. Though I can't handle bangles because i don't like them banging against my desk all day so I leave them off. I have the Kim K booty and to be honest the best jeans I have ever tried and worn have actually been from Wal-Mart. They are Levi's and they have a stretch fit. I know, i know but the boot cut really minimizes the butt and elongates the legs.

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  59. Zara has the best leggings! Seriously. They are thick so you don't get the are you wearing pants look!

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  60. You are too cute! Gap has amazing black jeggings (seriously I SWEAR by them) http://bit.ly/1cZMwZO I also was introduced to Rag & Bone jeans from the blogging world and they are pricey but I feel good jeans are worth it! Highly suggest!

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  61. So Khloe spells her name with a "K" that whole clan has the "KK" thing going (sorry, had to go there) :)
    Kohl's has really good leggings ( I think it's Vera Wang)! God look with everything else. I have a hard time finding all those things too!

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  62. I'm pretty sure both pair of leggings that I swear by are from Old Navy and I've had them for yearssss.

    And boots. YES. My jeans always scrunch up at the knee because the boots are so dang tight around my calves. I just want that cute little gap in between the boots and the leg, so I can wear fun socks!

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  63. Lauren Conrad has some awesome black knit pants at kohls that look like leggings and they fit super good.

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  64. Do yourself a favor and buy some fleece-lined leggings at Target. The best $12 I've ever spent! And they are NOT see-through! I also got a really great pair of boots from Target recently...the Kaylor tall slouch boot. Definitely worth checking out, I love them!

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  65. I love going with a red lip, I feel fierce for like an hour and then I feel ridiculous and start checking to make sure it's not rubbing off unevenly. So it's a rare occasion when I feel like going through with the hassle of red lipstick.

    Also, it took me forever to find decent leggings! I finally found ones I like from Victoria's Secret. Not the cheapest but at least they aren't black tights like all the rest seemed to be.

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  66. I LOVE the leggings I've invested in from Target. The waist is a little higher, but I like it because I can wear something that covers the waist and no one has any idea I'm technically wearing mom pants under my snuggly sweater! And they're never more expensive than $10! So much better than forking over $40-$50 at Victoria's Secret or J. Crew, if you ask me.

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  67. go to sephora and head STRAIGHT to make up forever. pick up a primer (about $36) and a foundation (about $40) and you'll be set. have them color match you :)

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  68. Here are some pant/leggings. They're just thick knit pants, with an elastic waist. http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=86370&vid=1&pid=648713002
    I also saw some fleece lined leggings at Walgreens for $5 or $10. I didn't buy any, but felt them to see if such a thing was possible, and they did feel like fleece inside, and are definitely thicker than regular leggings.

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  69. I have been looking for a perfect pair of boots for years now!

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  70. As the popular folk group, Mumford and Sons sing; "You are not aloooone in this!!" I am with ya sister. I want all the things you want.. the right jeans, the right tights, some funky accessories that don't look like how hard I tried... red lipstick that looks good AND I don't wear MORE on my teeth than on my lips.. and the right nail polish. My calves are soooo hammy that I have a hard time zipping up the boots I have now. One day.. it may take us until we're 40.. but THEN we will look exactly the way we want. (As long as we keep the pounds off...and then the tights and boots may have to beat it.. and be replaced with mumu's and stretchy pants..No! FASHIONABLE mumu's and stretchy pants. Phew.. that was close.)

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  71. i'm all over 1-5! jeans are the worst for me!! i'm so short and even the ones for short people are too long. nothing ever fits right.

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  72. I always take my own polish to the nail salon. Nothing more annoying than getting a chip the next day that I can't fix. If I have the exact color, then I'm good! And I love love love my foundation-- it's Urban Decay Naked foundation (and shock of all shocks, I'm not the palest color they have!). It's a little pricey ($36?) but worth it.

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  73. I seriously love this! I can definitely relate on most, especially about jeans! I remember things being so much easier when I was 15 and didn't have curves yet.

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  74. Aritzia leggings. The only ones girls buy in flocks in Canada, and they opened up a few stores plus an online shop here in the USA. Do it.

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  75. Haha I found myself saying "me too" to a majority of these! Ugh leggings are so frustrating! Every pair I own are see through! I'm not gonna lie - my most favorite pair of jeans ever are from Old Navy and cost only about $25 and I pay $10 to get the bottom altered to fit my short legs! Totally worth it!

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  76. I agree with every single one of these. I always buy nail polish and get home and hate it. And how on earth are you supposed to know a lipstick will look good on you if you can't try it on. Don't even get me started on jeans. I think it is impossible to find the perfect pair. If you ever find them, let me know! The only thing I have found is the perfect foundation, but unfortunately that is different for everyone and comes with a lot of trial and error.

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  77. 1. I look on Pinterest for my nail colors too (and designs) then I show my nail girl the color and she helps me out. If she doesn't have it, one of her coworkers might.
    2. I can't find a lipstick that looks good on me at all (only when I got my wedding makeup done and I still can't mimic it even though I have the color).
    3. Yep I am lost on bangles too. My friend has this perfected too.
    4. As for foundation, I either use Mac (and I had the girl help me match my skin color) or I go to Sephoa and buy Benefit hello flawless oxygen wow. I love that stuff.
    5. As for jeans, I love Big Star and BKE. Those have been my go tos for years now. I have a bubble butt and these are perfect for it.
    6. I have an expensive pair of brown boots by Clarks (best boot ever) and I recently bought a black boot by MPS Kendra. They aren't expensive and fit great.
    7. I am right there with you on leggings. I can't find a pair that looks good on me or that isn't see through. I am going to express tomorrow, so I hope I can find some. If not, Nordstrom here I come.

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  78. 1- having so many options gives me anxiety 2- I want to rock a red lip so bad, but I'm afraid I'll look like a clown so I chicken out and stick with Chapstick instead 4, 5, 7 ARE SO ACCURATE IT IS OUT OF CONTROL! Getting my clothes tailored?! Ha! The day TJ Maxx (etc) start offering tailoring services then maybe...bargain shopper for life!

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  79. You HAVE to ask for help at Sephora, they'll color match you perfectly plus you get some free makeup application!! I know my color, and pretend I don't just so I can try stuff!!!

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  80. I keep a Pinterest board of all the nail colors I like... OPI, Essie, Wet 'n' Wild... you name it. Muuuuch easier that way.

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  81. Alright so I'll probably be the least helpful helpful person here. But I'm gonna tell ya what I know anyway!
    1. Getting my nails done gives me anxiety because of all the color choices! However, I love that silvery color in the picture you chose.
    2. Oh gosh... I hate to say it but I just don't think some people can pull off red lipstick... wahh!!! Because I wish I could but I just never look right so I've stopped trying :( :( but if you figure out a tip or trick or a different brand or something, LET ME KNOW!
    3. Bracelets should all have theme or something when you where them. Also I have found that when I wear more, the less people say anything. Is that weird? Like if I have on three or four bracelets people tend to say something about it being too many. But if I have six or seven, then people tell me how fabulous and put together I look. I just don't understand it. But that may help!
    4. Foundation--girl I am more lost than you. As in I just stopped trying and go sans foundation.
    5. Hmm... jeans is tough because everyone is so picky and different about how they like them to fit. Mine are from PacSun but lordy goodness do I have to suck everything in to get them on... once there one though, we are golden!
    6. Tall Boots don't seem to be a problem for me :( I mean I'm 5'8" so I don't know if that makes a difference or not....
    7. Leggings are my live in pants (or not pants, I guess). The ones I have from target are half faded and a mess... I have a pair from Kohls that lasted me a long time. Also, if you get the fleece-lined ones, they last longer from fading and being see through and all that other fun stuff.

    Well now that I wrote you the longest, most pointless and least helpful comment ever, I'll be done!

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  82. The red lipstick thing is a struggle I've dealt with for far too long. I'm still on the look for one that doesn't make me look like a little girl's baby doll. I think it's because I have small puffy lips instead of wider, fuller lips. It just looks wrong on me LOL

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  83. Seriously would rather buy 5 pairs of old navy jeans than get a more expensive brand tailored. Awful

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  84. Ok you are going to hate me, but you really should just get your Old Navy jeans tailored. I do it to Forever21 pants all. the. time… and what do you know, they always turn into my favorite ones! Worth it lady. I swear by it!
    xx

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  85. Yes! I am always struggling with lipstick and nail polish. I feel like some women just get colours better than others. I wish I was one of them.

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  86. I have a big ol' booty too (but I'm also 5'4" aka pretty short) & the only ones that look cute and fit well for me are Silver Suki jeans. I get mine at Macy's. Still can't find leggings that dont make me want to cover myself with a blanket every time! If you find some let me know!

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  87. I'm Asian, let me do your nails.

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  88. Hue leggings are my favorite! But I can't say that I've really tried other legging brands. They are very forgiving, come in basic colors, and come in patterns too. You can get them at Nordstrom, I think they are around $30. I feel ya on the jeans, which is why if I find a pair that fits perfectly, I'll buy them, even if they do cost $80.

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  89. I have the same damn booty problem. I always ahve to buy bigger and then get the waist taken in. I absolutely hate it.

    But i LOVE the new festive blog design.

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  90. Check out this post for the perfect red....I think it is so flattering on everyone
    Meet @ the Barre Friday Roundup

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  91. I WISH I could help you because thaaaat would mean I'd have found the perfect shade/fit/look for myself! I recently bought a bodacious pair of big booty skinny jeans fit for my 5'2" self. still pretty impressed with that one.

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  92. I got my black leggings at Kohl's for $14.99. They're Vera Wang and I absolutely LOVE them. They're not completely see-through (which is very important) and they're thick enough to keep my legs warm. I highly recommend them!

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  93. bangles and boots. agreed. i can't figure out the perfect feng shui for my wrist and it makes me crazy! also, i have huge calves that won't disappear. as of right now, i go with payless wide calf! but the quality of them isn't so great so i burn through a lot. and leggings. i live in them. i wear legit workout pants though and not the cheapy leggings. why? because they look nicer-ish, last longer, and aren't see through!

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  94. I am same way so I started buying my own nail polish and taking it with me. Essie can be found at WalMart, and is cheap. You should try the jeggings at American Eagle. They are 40% off right now.

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  95. Ok but really, where is the flow chart for the perfect nail polish? I think it's necessary once you hit, like, 23 in order to appear more put together. Once a year I get it right and then get cocky and for the rest of the year my nails look like a kindergardener painted on me. Come on, science.

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  96. I always hate the selection nail salons have, it's definitely worth it to bring in your own color as a few other girls have said. Zoya has a million beautiful colors. As for jeans & leggings, I was having problems with them holding their shape and sagging after wearing them one or two times, so I invested in nicer ones. Lululemon makes wunder unders which are amazing. Yes, they are pricey, but I live in mine and they're super comfy. And they make your butt look nice. I know you said you're against tailoring, but it's probably the best option for jeans. If you wear jeans often it's def worth it, and it's really not that expensive.

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  97. 1. I can never find the right polish color either. Sometimes its easier to bring your own.
    2. I feel like I'm so pale that I look like a vampire when I wear red lipstick. But I have a shade that I wear occasionally, and its ok.
    3. I usually rock my watch then 2 bracelets, because I cannot handle more than that on my arm and still type and such.
    4. I am 30. I don't wear foundation. Mainly because I am makeup-challenged.
    5. Have you tried Paige denim? Pricey, but I love them! They are super comfy.
    6. I'm not an expert here. I love my Frye boots.
    7. Leggings...ugh. I recommend fleece lined one because they are thicker (i.e. not see through!).

    Good luck ;-)

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.com

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  98. I LOVED this post!! I am 30 and still get anxiety over going to the makeup counter. I don't know the difference btw them and not sure I do. I jsut want my skin to be flawless and not cakey. I love everyone who wears bangles but same here. People question me instead of compliment. ugh!! Life of being a girl..

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  99. I have never found a red lipstick I like. I've tried countless times and gave up several years ago.

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  100. For nail polish, switch salons and go for No Place Like Chrome by Essie - OR buy it at CVS and bring it in for them. Then call ahead to Sephora and set up a free 20 appointment where they will match your foundation with their new tool and help you with lips!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  101. I totally agree with every. single. one. Especially leggings! They ALWAYS rip within a few days! Grrr.

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