Monday, June 30, 2014

June Outtakes

What a busy month! We've had a blast connecting with new readers (Hey, you! Thanks for stopping by!). And, oh! Did you notice our new look?

Here's a brief recap of our month to help you spring into summer movies, travel essentials, and DIY projects in style! Whether you're a feign for brights, or like to play it cool and take it back to black we've got it all right here!

dré's walking on the 'Wild' side

din gets 'Rustic Chic'
Get the code to 'Glam Nails' here
If there are 3 things we LOVE it's turquoise, summer, these 'Aquatic Nails'!

Angelina is this month's 'Cover Story'
Summer is here and it's muy 'Caliente'!
din gets 'Prismatic' for summer concert season
We are FOREVER in LOVE with Summer!

Be sure to tell us which posts you loved in the comments. Then, see what's currently trending on the blog via "The Buzz". Thanks for reading!

xo | drédin

Thursday, June 26, 2014


If I were to say that summer had an official fruit, it would have to be watermelon! They are super tasty and of course so good for you! 

I've been dying to give myself a watermelon manicure for some time, so I decided to do it the other night. I think they turned out so fun! Then while browsing on Pinterest, I saw these fun watermelon shorts. I'm totally going to attemp to DIY some of my own, and I'll let you know how it goes!

xo | dré 

How to achieve dré's mani:
Start with a base color of OPI's Suzi's Hungary Again. After that dries a bit, polish just the tips of your nails with Venique's Give A Girl A Heel Breaker. Then using a toothpick, dab "seeds" on the melon with OPI's 4 In The Morning. Allow to set for 15 min and then finish with a top coat. Voilà!

The Prismatic World Tour

Finally! I got to see my fav pop star in concert! Still to this day my heart hurts that I missed the California Dreams tour (tickets were sold out!). I wasn't about to repeat that missed opportunity, so when I learned of the ticket release date for The Prismatic World Tour best believe I marked my calendar! After purchasing tickets in January, Tuesday, June 24 couldn't come soon enough. The wait seemed so long, that all of a sudden it snuck up on me! I came home from work, threw on a roar-worthy outfit (prismatic eyes, regal fleur d'lis, king/queen? cat image), and called an Uber (thanks, Everton!) and was there in a flash! This is how we do!

Let me tell you, Katy is a hard-workin' woman! The visual affects, dancing (her dancers are ahmazing!), and interaction with the crowd was awesome. Although I enjoy pop music, most of the concerts I attend are smaller, more intimate. So the magnitude of this production was completely on another level. It's absolutely apparent that when Katy tells interviewers that she's the captain of her ship, she means it. She was "on" on Tuesday, and I'm sure last night's performance in DC was no different.

At her concert, you'll find emojis, a crazy cool music video that is reminiscent of MJ and Janet's Scream, but ends in an epic paint battle (see link below), and crazy cat-lady fashion. Let's not forget her openers Ferras (sang, brotha!) and Capital Cities ("Safe and Sound") who rocked the house. Oh, and PrismVision courtesy of Cover Girl made the light spectrum even more appealing.

Katy is a beautiful girl, and when she stepped out in custom Valentino my jaw hit the floor. Absolutely stunning! (If I were to own that dress, I think it's accurate to say I would wear it at least twice a week.) She wore it to sing a few songs, first of which is one of my favorites off the album, By the Grace of God.

All in all, Katy pulled off a magical night for a sold out crowd at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. I am so grateful that I was able to attend and rock out with my fav! As you can see, I didn't take many pics/they're so blurry. I'm an in-the-moment person, so only a few times did I whip out my iPhone. Since I was close to the stage, I preferred to see her outside the lens. Besides, I can always relive the moments via Instagram, right?

Did you attend the concert? Do you plan to? Whether you're a #katycat or not,
I want to hear about it in the comments below!

xo | din

tank | H&M
shorts | Loft
ear cuff | H&M
necklace | H&M
cuff | MetroParkUSA
clutch | JustFab
sandals | Steve Madden

Want more?
See her full tour wardrobe via JustJared here.
Watch a clip of Katy performing in the ying-yang dress courtesy of @casey51296 here.
Watch a clip of Katy's massive video courtesy of @kaggie_katherine here.
Watch a clip of Katy performing 'Unconditionally' in custom Valentino courtesy of @jodiclt here.
Read my July Cover Story on Katy Perry here.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rustic Chic

This past weekend I traveled to West Coxsackie, NY to celebrate the marriage of my two friends. We stayed in this rustic chic house that was hidden away in a beautiful and peaceful green landscape. Even the pond in the back was serene. No one took a dip, though, as a few snakes, bass, and a large turtle inhabited it. Faire attention!  

Overall, it was a wonderful weekend spent with new friends and old. We played lots of games, shared many laughs, and seldom rested. Everyone's kindness was appreciated. I don't think I could have asked for better company!

xo | din

shades | Aldo
dress | H&M
belt | H&M (similar here)
cuff | T. Omari Leatherworks (order here, or visit booth in Easter Market)
sandals | Steve Madden (in spring green; similar here)

Friday, June 20, 2014

A Little Darker

I'm in Seattle this weekend for the Rock'n'Roll half marathon! I'm just about to head over to the expo and register. Wish me luck!

Now about my hair. I decided to take my color a little darker and I styled it nice and chic today. Like it?

xo | dré 

color by Sharon Gause | Sharon's Hair Studio 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Travel Essentials

Travel in style with these must have travel essentials!

1. Passport Holder

H&M, $5.95
You may have to start using your passport! This fun holder will establish you as a well traveled individual, and protect your passport's binding from wear and tear. Nice!

2. Luggage Tags

Bed, Bath, & Beyond, $11.99
Because if you're going to ask the cute boy from your flight to help you get your luggage off the carousel, you might as well be specific as to which bag is yours!

3. Disposable Camera

Urban Outfitters, $14
Spend more time with your surroundings and your travel partner than editing and posting
selfies. I dare you.

4. Good Read

Barnes & Noble, $16.49
She's the founder of one of our favorite online shops, Nasty Gal, and her story is bound
to inspire us. (Literally.)

5. Light-weight Sweater

H&M, $24.95
Whether you're traveling by train, plane, or with someone who runs hot, there's no need to suffer!
Keep a light-weight sweater with you. It's easy to pack and it's versatile!

6. Summer Dress

Nordstrom Rack, $13
Easy, chic, and summer-heat friendly. Go 'head, girl!

7. Socks

Urban Outfitters, $4.99
One thing's for sure, airport floors are nasty! Pack a pair of socks for easy slip-on, slip-off action! (Of course you can keep your shoes on, but it slows down the security check process. And we all know we're probably running late anyways.)

8. Fashion Inspiration

Follow code name: drédin on Facebook for instant style updates
Need help packing? Plan to shop on your vacay? Access code name: drédin for style inspiration
at your finger tips!

Bonne Journée!

xo | din

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Silky Smooth

With summer upon us, more skin is exposed. Shorts, skirts, tanks, get the picture. Nothing is worse than rough, dry, stubbly skin, especially when it's exposed! Fear not lovlies! I've found the perfect duo for silky smooth skin!!

First, you will need this sugar scrub by Tree Hut. This is the BEST exfoliator that I have ever come across! While in the shower, scoop the scrub up with your fingers as needed, and rub in circular motions over your entire body. Once you're exfoliated and rinsed off, you're skin will be primed to be shaved.

There is a new shave cream I found by Skintimate that is a lotion shave cream, rather than a foam or gel. After using this for the first time, I will never go back to traditional shave cream again! If you use this for shaving after you have exfoliated, your skin will be irresistible! Promise!!

Now, all you budget babes, listen up! Would you believe me if I told you I found the sugar scrub at Albertsons of all places?! It's true! Not only is it the best scrub I've found, but it's beyond affordable too. And I hope it goes without saying, that the shave cream is far from draining one's wallet.

So what are you waiting for? I beg you to go give this a try and tell me what you think! I'll go ahead and say 'You're welcome!' in advance ;-)

xo | dré 

shave cream | Skintimate Lotionized Shave Crème
exfoliator | Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub

Monday, June 16, 2014

[ Nail File: ] The Glam Factor

Summer doesn't mean we need to be married to brights. I glam'd up a minimalist look with a little glitter! Pirouette My Whistle is a light glitter polish which adds just a touch of flirt to a soft base tone. What do you think?

xo | din

OPI nail colors | Did You 'ear About Van Gogh?, Pirouette My Whistle, Drip Dry (quick dry lacquer)

Saturday, June 14, 2014


The weather has been hot hot hot! So why not wear a matching dress? The fabric reminds me of a roaring fire. ¡Muy caliente!

xo | dré 

dress | Derek Heart
wedges | Mossimo 
hat | TJMaxx 
bracelets | grift 
necklaces | gift
ring | Lia Sophia
polish | China Glaze Puple Panic 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Love Forever

Today my outfit has a message. "Oh summer! I'll love you forever!!" <3

Love it?

xo | dré 

top | Pac Sun
bralette | Victoria's Secret
skirt | H&M 
sandals | dolce vita

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


I really love feathers. I'm not completely sure what my draw is to them, other than the fact that I always wanted to fly as a child. 

If you like feathers too, or just want to wear them on occasion, take a look at some of my favorite feather items I have. I even branded myself with one! Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have! 

xo | dré 

sandals | Two Lips
headband | Jujubes 
tattoo | Pablo at Cyclops
ring | Forever 21
red earrings | Forever 21
silver earrings | Charlotte Russe
cuff | Claire's 
necklace | Forever 21
anklet | Express 

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