Fashion

Nordstrom Sale | Wishlist

Hi loves!

Yesterday I woke up to snow outside my window which of course got me in the holiday spirit. I had the day off from teaching the kiddos so I spent it by cleaning out my closet to prepare for some new winter styles and I put up all of our Christmas decorations! Naturally, I was inspired to search for some great holiday looks for you guys.

Nordstrom is having a sale through November 18th and I am literally in HEAVEN! There are so many great styles for the holiday season. I’m sure your friends wouldn’t be mad if you got them any of these as a holiday gift — I would be your best friend if you did!

I am loving red and green because duh, CHRISTMAS! Velvet materials have that warm, fuzzy feeling that reminds me of winter parties and I might need (I mean.. I NEED) a velvet piece to add to my wardrobe.

Many of these styles come in multiple colors and lots of sizes are still available.

♥ The Cold Stripe Sweater is my must have on this list!


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1 | Pleat Front Trousers

2 | Chunky Rib Crew Neck Sweater

3 | Cold Stripe Sweater ♥

4 | Tie Waist Skirt

5 | Twist Back Sweater

6 | Knit Hoodie

7 | Rib Trim Sweatshirt

8 | Off the Shoulder Velvet Dress

9 | High Waist Flare Pants


More Winter Trends

I am always freezing, therefore I am living off sweaters and layers recently. This sherpa is surprisingly warm and there are so many ways to style it! ⇒ Show me the styles!

In order to stay warm in a cute skirt, I would pair it with a pair of knee high boots. These are also on sale and they are genuine suede! ⇒ I need boots!

More looks at @KeepingUp.Appearances


XOXO

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Fashion

How to Style a Vest

Hi loves!

Recently sherpas have been super in and I am gonna share with you 5 ways to style your sherpa vest.


Style #1 | Casual Long Sleeve

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Style #2 | Off The Shoulder Long Sleeve


Style #3 | Sweater Weather

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Style #4 | Cheetah Blouse


Style #5 | Snow Honey

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Shop My Looks

Sherpa Faux Fur Vest under $30 – MANY COLORS – BUY ONE GET ONE 50% OFF

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1 | Off the Shoulder Green Long Sleeve Shirt 15% off with my code VIP15

2 | Distressed Black Jeans under $35

3 | Honey Tee FREE! Only pay shipping!

4 | Satin Lepord Print Shirt

5 | Long Sleeve Tee – Lots of colors

6 | Brown Suede Booties

7 | Pom Pom Winter Hat

8 | Cream Sweater – Same one I have on

9 | Maroon Knee High Boots

10 | White Distressed Jeans


XOXO

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Lifestyle

How It All Started | My Anxiety

Hi loves!

As you guys have seen, I recently I changed the name of my blog to Keeping Up Appearances as well as my Instagram to @KeepingUp.Appearances.

I have been struggling with a name that really means something to me as a person. I also have been thinking a lot about why I have decided to get into this whole blogging and fashion thing in the first place. I am glad to say I have finally figured it out and I am beyond excited, as well as a bit scared and nervous, to share my story with you.


My story

I struggled with managing stress my entire life. I am the type of person who keeps things bottled up and never shares my feelings. Then there eventually comes a point where I break down and explode with emotion, causing me to become emotionaly and mentally drained in the end.

Then the viscious cycle starts all over again.

I had super low self esteem growing up. I remeber more bad times than good in grade school. I was bullied every grade I can remember. Internalizing all of the name calling I heard at the lunch tables, all of the rumors made up about me, and all of the avenues my fellow classemates used just to make themselves feel better at my expense.

It didn’t help that I had glasses by the age of 6, braces by the age of 10, and maintained a flat chest well past the age of 18. All of which had been used against me; all of which I had no control over. And to add the icing to the cake, I came out as lesbain by the age of 19. I had never felt confident in myself or comfortable in my own skin.


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Once I started college, my built up stress decided to present itself in hives. Nonstop itching, buring, painful hives. I remember not being able to shave my legs for months and months because whenever I did, my legs would feel like they were on fire from the irritation of the razor. I was downing Benadryl everyday in hopes of keeping the itching under control— which only had me sleeping through my lecture halls.

After 2 years of no one knowing what was wrong with me, I finally saw a homeopathic doctor who diagnosed me with more allergies than I can count on one hand. Dairy, gluten, yellow corn; the list went on and on. He told me that many times someone will develope an allergy due to a big life event or change (i.e. thanks a lot college). So I started a new diet in hopes that my hives were due to these new found allergies. And you wouldn’t belive it, but after being on a gluten free, yeast free, and dairy free diet for 1 month (I ate a lot of dairy free mayo sandwhiches on rice bread), my hives were finally gone!

Of course it couldn’t just end there.


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That’s when I developed generalized anxiety.

For those of you who do not know what an anxiety attack feels like, let me try to explain.

Imagine you are on a boat.

You notice a small hole in the bottom of the boat. The boat is filling up with water, but there is nothing you can do. As the boat fills more, past your feet, over your knees, up to your waist, you start to see land in the distance. It’s close enough to see, but much too far to swim to. That is anxiety.


I struggle in social situations, mostly when I don’t know people well, in large groups. There are days I do not go to fun events or outings because I have anxiety just imagining all the people and talking I am going to have to do.

During college, my anxiety at times left me debilitated for 5-10 minutes which ended up feeling like 1 hour. I couldn’t breath. I had tunnel vision. Sometimes I would cry and gasp for air out of nowhere, for no known reason!

I think the most stressfull part of having anxiety is not knowing why you are activly having an attack when you have one. If I knew the cause then I could stop it.

In order to manage my anxiety during college, I took these 3 steps:

  1. Talked about my feelings, or whatever was on my mind, with a psychologist
  2. Took yoga classes every morning
  3. Made lists (LOTS of lists)

Anxiety happens internally but shows itself externally. Therefore in order to manage it, you need to work from the inside out, which is why I talked to a psychologist. This was a huge step to helping me overcome my disorder.

I took up yoga classes at the rec center on my campus. Yoga set me up to start the day by relaxing my body as well as my mind. The type of breathing technique used in yoga is ment to help you acheive the different levels of consiousness. Breathing out the past and breathing in the future.

Making lists was a huge one for me. A lot of my anxiety came from the unknown, or not knowing what was going to happen in the future. By making a list, I was able to legistically think through my day and my responsibilities within each day.


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Why I got into blogging

All that being said, I think I got into blogging because it created an outlet for me to express how I feel– huge perk is that it is much cheaper than seeing a psychologist. I also use clothes and makeup as a way to express myself physically and keep up the appearance (see what I did there?) of who I have finally become— someone who is comfortable in their own skin.


Dont be a stranger!

Not only do clothes give me confidence, but I also have gained so much confidence from all of YOU who not only read my blog posts, but comment and want to get to know me. I am not anything special but I feel like here, sharing my beauty and fashion, I can help others feel confident and beautiful too.

For anyone who resonated with my story, I would love to hear yours! Please don’t hesitate to message me via e-mail, TaylorVipham@gmail.com, or shoot me a message in my Instagram inbox, @KeepingUp.Appearances.

No one can really truly undertand anxiety like someone who has been through it.

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Fashion

Nordstrom Boots on Sale

Hi loves!

Boots are my go to shoe in the fall and I am recently loving knee high boots since they keep my legs warmer in this cold Chicago weather.

Guys, I never ever shop at Nordstrom because, frankly, it is out of my price range. So why am I sharing this post with you?? I would never steer you all in the wrong direction or in a direction that empties your wallets in the process— I am just a broke teacher after all.

I am sharing these babies with your because they are currently on sale and I saved over $75 on them!

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They are the Vince Camuto Kochelda Over the Knee Boot and they come in 3 colors! I wore them all day today for the first time. They stood up to standing all day in my classroom with my preK kiddos and running a 45 minute recess duty. Not once was I in pain. My feet literally felt like I was walking on butter — I don’t know if that sounds like something someone would really look for in a shoe, but golly am I glad I found it!

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Check out all the colors they come in by clicking HERE!

I am wearing the color taupe with a regular size calf. True to size and many sizes still available.


 

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eyeshadow · foundation · Makeup · oily skin · Skin Care

Sephora 20% Sale Wish List

Hi loves!

It has been forever. I’ve honestly just been relaxing on these past 2 weeks off before I start up with my PreK class again and PERFECT TIMING FOR my 20% OFF SEPHORA HAUL WISH LIST!

With fall around the corner, I have been researching the top makeup and skincare trends for all of you!

20% off at Sephora starts up for VIB Rouge members this Friday and although I have already solidified my Rouge membership for next year (yes, shopping addiction much?) there is never enough makeup sitting on my vanity. If you are a VIB member you will receive 15% off, and beauty insiders receive 10% starting Monday, August 3rd.


Here is a little cheatsheet for ya!

VIB ROUGE – SHOP AUGUST 24- SEPTEMBER 3 CODE: YESROUGE (20% OFF)

VIB – AUGUST 30- SEPTEMBER 3 CODE: YESVIB (15% OFF)

BEAUTY INSIDER – AUGUST 30- SEPTEMBER 3 YESINSIDER (10% OFF)


I am definitely going to need to do some purging as my vanity is getting a bit crazy, but I have been busy adding some final touches recently to my little beauty area in my bedroom. I just added this lamp today that I got for free from a friend who just recently moved.

Would you guys want me to do a vanity tour for you? Let me know in the comments section please!


↓ Keep reading to see my Sephora Haul Wish List!

CoverFX Foundation | click to shop

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This foundation is for combination oily skin (over here please!) Also, I love that it is free of mineral oil, sulfates, parabens, gluten, and it is vegan. On the Sephora website, this product claims to “provide a transfer-proof, matte finish; all-day shine control; and pigments that will not oxidize.” I tend to use full coverage foundations such as this one.


Anastasia Norvina Eyeshadow Palette | click to shop

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This pallet is called Norvina named after the Brand President. These colors are seriously what I dream about when I dream up an eyeshadow palette. I love the 50/50 matte and sparkly pigments. Eccentric is such a GORGEOUS color for the Fall season as well as Passion and Drama. I have never used Anastasia’s eyeshadows before, but if they are anything like their eyebrow line in quality then sign me up please.


Clinique Blackhead Solutions Self-heating Blackhead Extractor | click to shop

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This next one is beyond intriguing to me. This product is from Clinique, which always has great products, but I am super skeptical about it. This product claims to “provide a 93 percent reduction in blackheads in six weeks”. I have blackheads all over my nose and even on my chin (which is a new development for me, thank you age). If anyone has tried this product before I attempt to buy it, I would love to hear your feedback.


Shiseido Minimalist Whipped Powder Blush | click to shop

Screen Shot 2018-08-22 at 3.17.02 PM.png Now I’m not usually a fan of whipped products because of my oily skin, but this blush is so different than any other whipped product I have put on my face. After applied, it “transforms into a long-lasting, weightless, breathable powder with a soft-matte finish.” HOLY SH**! So many gorgeous colors to choose from in order to compliment your skin tone the best. Also dermatologist tested and free of oil and fragrance. This is a must buy on my list!


Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow | click to shop

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With 5 gorgeous colors, champagne, copper, gold, pink, and taupe (pictured), this glitter eyeshadow looks super pigmented. Hourglass has always prided themselves on being paraben and sulfate free and this product is no exception. These sophisticated shades are perfect to bring some shine and pizzaz (do people even say that word anymore) to your makeup collection.


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