{News} Hello Again.

It’s been a little shy of a year since I’ve posted on the blog. A few things have happened which led to my lack of blogging. I started a new chapter in my career as a marketing coordinator + social media coordinator for a cosmetics company, I fell in love with an amazing person who I now live with and overall, I’ve been focusing more on meditating as a approached my late 20’s. Let me tell you, approaching my late 20’s, I’ve learn and realized a few things. One thing I realized was that for the first time, I wish I was younger and had “more time” to do things. Not SUPER young, but 24 specifically. It’s taking a lot for me to admit that, but in all, I can’t complain. I’ve learned friends come and go, but it’s the ones who are there those dark nights that you keep forever.

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Me and my boo thang

I’m in a happy place right now and I felt the one thing that was missing was making the time to blog. I miss taking photos, I miss writing about all my favorite things, but more than anything, I just missed writing. So, here I am, again in the blogging world sharing my plus size style and my love for beauty+cosmetics and decor. My readership and following is still growing and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes and sharing my blog with new people. After all, blogging isn’t about how big you are, it’s about making quality content and that is what I missed.

Some of my favorite shots from the last few months. Make sure you’re following me on Instagram!

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Fun fact: My boyfriend is a chef!

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My growing succulents collection from the farmers market

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Work swatches

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’90s Plus Size Fashion

It’s nothing new that ’90s fashion is back and in a huge way. From edgy grunge style to the flower power prints, the ’90s we’re a fun time. I’m a total ’90s kid and I’m having a lot of fun with the trend. I’m embracing my inner grunge with having fun with florals, I’m not sure if I’m ready for the overalls trend, but I love a good plaid shirt and beanie.

Happy Shopping! xx

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From top left: Bebe Ava Quilted Backpack

Penelope’s Vintage Happy Face Beanie

ASOS Plaid Shirt

Forever 21 PLUS Flower Power Dress

Barefoot Tess Mason Flat (for women with shoe size 11 and up)

Mandy Striped Backpack

IM Curvy Acid Wash Skinny Jeans

Dellyn Bootie

Peacock Apothecary: A Made in L.A. Skincare Line

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How often do you read the ingredients on your favorite beauty products? It goes without saying, that knowledge is power and the more you know about what you’re putting on your skin, the better you can take care of it and find out what works for you. I’ve realized that I would like to use products with ingredients that don’t need a phonetic breakdown. I like products that aren’t heavy with chemicals, but that will still give me results and help my skin, which is far from perfect.

A few months ago, I attended an event where I was gifted a night creme from a made in Los Angeles, natural skincare line called Peacock Apothecary. The first thing I noticed was the creme smelled heavenly, the second was the expiration date. I was really attracted to Peacock Apothecary because they’re made in LA , their ingredients are all natural and they smell amazing!

Most beauty products have an expiration date, anywhere from six months to one year. The creme from Peacock Apothecary was only about two months. Just like the items in your fridge, Peacock Apothecary is proud of their junk-free skincare line that is free of harsh chemicals. The ingredients are all natural and I later found out, the creators Samantha Feld and Caitlyn Montgomery, make this night creme along with the rest of the Peacock Apothecary skincare line, in their very own kitchen.

All Peacock Apothecary products contain zero harsh chemicals and only natural occurring preservatives, such as citric acid and rosemary extract. They also use violet glass containers to help maintain the potency of our products and prevent degradation. On top of that, they source as many of their ingredients locally, sounds amazing, right?

The Peacock Apothecary line includes face serums, cleansers, lip lotion, body scrub, body butter and night creme (which I tried). For two months, I wore their night creme every evening and when I woke up the next day, my skin felt nourished and soft to the touch. I swear, even the smell of the creme helped relax me and put me to sleep at night.

Both Samantha and Caitlyn will be selling product from the line at the Renegade Craft Fair at the LA State Historic Park this weekend, July 20 and 21. If you’re not in Los Angeles, but want to check out their products, they have an online store.

I was able to ask one of the creators, Samantha Feld, a few beauty questions. If you have any questions about Peacock Apothecary or beauty leave a comment!

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What are some ingredients women with oily skin should be wary of?

Most women who battle oily skin often fear products with oil in them so they’ll stock up on products that are “oil-free”. When you deprive your skin of oil, your body actually produces more sebum (oil) to compensate. People with oily skin shouldn’t be afraid of moisturizing, especially with an oil to help balance sebum production.

I would recommend staying away from overly drying products, eating a balanced diet, using natural products, exfoliating and using products with anti-bacterial essential oils to combat breakouts.

What are some ingredients women with dry skin should be wary of?

Dry skin needs to be hydrated; rich oils and butters are definitely your friend if you tend to battle parched skin. Steer clear of products with alcohol in them or even face washes that have soap or any sort of agent that makes the product foam.

Both Caitlyn and I use oil based face washes (available for sale this month on The Peacock Apothecary) and I can’t tell people enough how this switch has changed our skin. I have dry skin and Caitlyn has oilier skin. The cleansers we were using (you know the kind, foaming, gel, soaping, fragranced washes) were just stripping our skin and now, our skin is much more balanced and soft with fewer break outs. Plus, it’s so much easier to really remove make up!

At what age should women start using anti-aging?

That’s a bit of a trick question. Keeping your skin moisturized is the best anti-aging method, so start early! Dry skin leads to wrinkles. Look out for products with hyaluronic acid, which is naturally produced by our skin. We love the plumping affects of this ingredient (to help fill in those lines) so much so that it’s in our night creme.

Also, you have to remember that your skin is your largest organ so the foods you eat and the amount of water you drink directly affects the appearance of your skin. Sunscreen should also always be used (and from a young age).

Why is it important for people to be aware of ingredients in their beauty products?

Your skin is your biggest organ and it absorbs the products that you put on top of it. Approach skincare the same way that you approach food. Would you want to drink milk that’s been sitting in the fridge for 2 years? We’re living in an age of cancer, be mindful about chemical exposure.

How many times a week should one exfoliate their skin?

2x a week

Coachella + Festival Fashion Style Guide

Next weekend Coachella kicks off music festival season where thousands of people come together to adore bands old and new. This years Coachella lineup is very nostalgic with bands like The Stone Roses, Blur, New Order and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Then you have modern bands like The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Hot Chip and Grizzly Bear, it’s the perfect combination of old and new.

Music festivals like Coachella would not be complete without festival fashion. Now more than ever, it’s essential for brands to have a Festival Fashion Lookbook and be involved in this cultural event that is music festivals, it’s amazing. Anything goes at music festivals, people are free to wear whatever they want and it’s accepted. Looking good while dancing, sweating and rolling around in the grass and mud is a must ;).

I’m a fan of loose fitting clothes. It gets very hot in Indio and while you’re dancing in the mud the last thing you want is to be wearing something that too form fitting. Have fun with your looks, mix and match, wear studs and fringe, but more importantly have fun and feel the music. I’m really loving the Simdog I Left my Heart in Indio shirt, the Steve Madden boots, the Tart Collections wrap and Jenny Dayco cuff.

Which are your favorites? What are YOU wearing to Coachella?

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1. SimDog I Left My Heart in Indio tee

2. REPORT Signature sandals

3. Tart Collections Tama Wrap

4. Forever 21 PLUS shorts

5. Steve Madden Fringe Backpack

6. Steve Madden ankle boots

7. Jenny Dayco Cuff

8. Torrid Denim Vest

9. Flower Crown

10. Vieta Dani Tote

11. Forever 21 PLUS Maxi Dress

12. Torrid Coral Lace Shorts

13. Penelope’s Vintage Sunnies

Where All the Magic Happens: Inside Jenny Dayco’s Studio

L.A. girl Jenny Dayco, who resides in Hollywood, started making jewelry for herself  more than a decade ago because she wasn’t happy with plus size clothing at the time, she says. Yet she, like many girls, wanted to be fashion forward and have options when putting a look together. It was the lack of options that inspired Dayco to create bold and exciting jewelry and accessories.

“Everything was instinct,” says Dayco, “Combining different things and then finding [the design] out later.”

It can take Dayco anywhere from two minutes to a couple of hours to make an item, but it’s the first go at a design that can take the most time, “the first of anything takes the longest” she says, “But once I’ve made it, making another takes no time.”

Because of Dayco’s versatility with her designs, it’s no surprise that an eclectic list of celebrities have worn her jewelry, from Ashlee Simpson, to Kelly Clarkson to Ke$ha, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Sofia Vegara, you name her, she’s probably has been spotted adorning a little bling from this Los Angeles designer.

Not only do I have photos from inside Jenny Dayco’s Hollywood studio, but I also have exclusive access to a couple of images that will be appearing in her upcoming lookbook, featuring one 0f my favorite bloggers and friends, Chanelle from The Penelope Times!

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Sneak Peek of Jenny Dayco’s Spring 2013 lookbook featuring Chanelle from The Penelope Times!

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Fresh Off The SS13 Runway: Metallic Shoes

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Matte shoes are SO last season. I’m kidding, but metallic shoes did make a huge impression during Spring 2013 Paris and Milan Fashion Week’s and have began to make their way on to the streets. The last time I work metallic shoes was middle school, maybe elementary. The metallic trend is a great way to add a texture and boldness to your look and it’ll be a great look to welcome spring. I’m really loving the Doc Martins. How to feel about this trend? Will you be rocking a pair of metallic shoes this spring?

1. Vince Camuto

2. Alice and Olivia

3. ASOS

4. J.Crew

5. Michael Antonio

6. Modern Vice

7. Steven by Steve Madden

8. Doc Martins

Top 12 Beauty Finds of 2012

Glitter on the Ceiling:Top 12 Beauty Finds of 2012

2012 was not only a great year for fashion, but a great year for beauty. I never got into the ombre hair trend and I’ve never been a false eyelash kind of girl, but there were some products I tried in the last 12 months that have quickly become part of my daily and nightly regimen. Here are my top 12 beauty products for 2012!

1. MAC Oil Control Lotion {$31} I have oily skin. Scratch that, I have VERY oil skin and this lotion/moisturizer from MAC controls the excess oil my skin produces. It doesn’t dry my skin like other “oil control lotions”. I use to go through packs of oil absorbent sheets, but now my skin stays just the right amount of oil free.

2. Bumble & Bumble Straight Blow Dry {$28} This helps me get a sleek and straightest blow out. Not only does this stuff protect my hair from the heat of my blow dryer, flat iron and curler, it also smells amazing!

3. Sheercover Base Perfecter Primer {$43} On top of oily skin, I have large pores (I know, I’m blessed). After I apply my toner and MAC lotion and put a nickel size dollop  of this primer on my cheeks, nose and chin. I’ve used a countless number of primers and this product gives my makeup the perfect matte finish without making me oily.

4. Bliss Body Butter {$29} The title says it all, make your body feel as smooth as butter, but makes you smell like hints of lemon and sage. It’s pretty addicting.

5. Joico K-Pak Protect and Shine Serum {$15} Forget hairspray, when I have little fly away hairs, this serum does the trick. I use about a dime size amount and put it on my ends and my bangs, taking away any tiny bit of frizz and sealing everything off nicely.

6. Origins Eye Doctor Cream {$34} The skin around your eye is the most sensitive area on your face, treat  it with lots of care. Something I noticed when I was shopping for eye creams is that they’re SO expensive! I’m a firm believer that they’re just some things you need to spend more on, but $110 for an eye cream was not something I could bring myself to do. This product not only has hydrated and improve my eye area, but it’s less than $50 and it’s all natural. That’s a win in my beauty book.

7. Proactiv Deep Cleansing Brush {$39} I got this in my Beauty Con gift bag and I don’t think I’ve loved any beauty tool more. I use it at least once a week, sometimes twice and within a couple of weeks I had notice my skin looking SO much better. If you have oily skin you should be exfoliating once a week, dry skin about once every two weeks.

8. Lorac Pro Mascara {$23} I was lucky to also get this at Beauty Con and I love this mascara! On more than a couple occasions people thought I was wearing faux-lashes! When I use this mascara, I never have to curl my lashes, it’s awesome.

9. Urban Decay Brow Box {$29} Everything you need for your brows in one tiny box. Two colors, wax, the ideal brush and tweezers. Perfection.

10. Revlon 1″ Curling Iron {$15} In June I decided I wanted to start doing something different to my hair other than my pin straight look, I wanted the soft waves. Several YouTube videos and this amazing, yet inexpensive tool made that possible.

11. Makeup Forever Sens’Eyes {$24} This eye makeup remover takes off everything and I mean everything. From waterproof mascara to stubborn glitter eyeshadow, there is nothing this lip and eye makeup remover cannot handle.

12. Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser {$32} The first time I used this cleanser was ON New Years Day, well more like 4:00am after a night out. My friend let me borrow some of her’s and when I woke up the next morning and my skin felt amazing I knew I had to add this one-step cleanser to my regimen because any product that can wash off a night New Years Eve makeup is a keeper!

Emerald: Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year

Thanks to Pantone , we’re getting a little green next year, Emerald green to be exact. A couple weeks ago Pantone released their new Color of the Year and it’s a personal favorite of mine, Emerald.

Emerald is not only 2013 color of the year, but it also the birthstone for the month of May, which so happens to also be the month of my birthday. Could this be a sign that 2013 will be a good year for me? 😉

Like Tangerine Tango(2012’s color of the year), Emerald is a great color because it’s faltering on all skin tones and will encourage shoppers to wear a color they hadn’t thought of wearing before. What do you think of the 2013 color of the year? Do you plan on putting a little green in your wardrobe?

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1. Madewell Sidewalk Skimmer $76

2. J.Crew Mini-Cable Cashmere Sweater $140

3. Emerald Studs: $105

4. Michael Kors Leather Clutch $450

5.John Wind Emerald Heirloom Bracelet $73

6. ASOS Curve Pencil Dress $80

7. Nova Flat $195

8. Two Pocket Cardigan $88

Holiday Gift Guides-$50 & Under

The holidays are officially here and I’m counting down the days until I’m eating my mom’s homemade tamales! I’m about halfway done with my holiday shopping, which for me is pretty good. I come from a large family, being one of six children. I have two brothers who both have wives, my three sisters and my mom; on top of nieces and nephews. We all know the holidays are not about how much money you spend, they’re about spending time with your loved ones and being happy for the little things (like you haven’t heard that before).

No matter if you come from a big family like me or you’re on a budget this year or both, there is no need to break the bank and stress yourself out on what to buy your loved ones.

This has been am amazing year for Glitter on the Ceiling and I’m so thankful for everyone who has stumbled upon my blog and have given it a read. I hope you have great holiday season and great things are to come in 2013!

Holiday Gifts $50 and Under

1. Aldo Watch $40

2. J.Crew iPhone Battery Backup $39.50

3. Anthropologie Loop Scarf $38

4. Alphabet Stamp Kit $34.50

5. Neon Chain Necklace $34.80

6. Oversized Sunglasses $38

7. Baies Scented Oval $45

8. Los F*ckin Angeles Pouch $38 from Kitson LA

9. Ban.do Metallic Heart Clutch $45

10. Rose Petal Petits Fours $50

Holiday Gift $25 and Under

1. Ban.do Sparkle Headband $25

2. Retro Calendar $21.95

3. Concrete Jungle Nail Polish by Pams and Kin $10

4. Geometric iPhone Case $18

5. LORAC Cosmetics Holiday Delight Collection $25

6. Grillz by Pams and Kin $12

7. Chalkboard Spice Jar $12

8. Melissa Veia: At the Opera Earrings $25

9. Triangle Ring $20

10. Blackboard Piggy Bank $24.95

California Girl: Sarah Liller San Francisco

Born and raised in California, fashion designer Sarah Liller could not imagine living and designing anywhere else, but the sunshine state. Originally from Souther California, but now living in San Francisco, Liller has two lines, Sarah Liller Collections and Romantic Repurposing. This California girl left home to go to school at Parson’s School of Design in New York City, this along with the experience of living in NYC helped her gather a strong understanding of fashion and the garment industry.

While Liller loved living and working in the big apple, she is inspired in California, “California is where people come to be themselves,” she says “The lifestyle is casual and people own who they are and there is no judgement.”

Her first line, Sarah Liller Collections is a much more youthful line says Liller, “It’s based on me as an adult looking back at myself as a teenager.” This collection for the fall season is inspired by French pop and influenced by 60’s mod, but is at the same time romantic and feminine, say the Liller.

The girls Liller see wearing Sarah Liller Collections is feminine and strong. She wears what she likes because she enjoys it, not because a magazine influenced her or she wants to be sexy for her boyfriend, she dresses for herself, says Liller.

Liller second and newer line Romantic Repurposing is a line where the designer makes new apparel from vintage fabrics. This collection combines her love of vintage prints with her design aesthetic. In this collection everything is repurposed vintage linens. She loves this idea because she is making something new from a textile that has been loved and cherish by someone before, maybe even for decades, says Liller. She loves the design challenge aspect to Romantic Repurposing, she says, from making new seams to re-dying them, she loves the encite.

Both of Liller’s lines are designed and created in her studio in the Mission in San Francisoco, using the same Kenmore sewing machine that belonged to her mother. All garments can be ordered from Sarah, herself, and is available at Loft 1513 in San Francisco and her website.

Sarah Liller Collection:

Photos by Hannah Marie Boone

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Photos by Hannah Marie Boone