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STYLING PINS ON DENIM

Ever since I launched my new flair collection last week, I’ve been incorporating them into my outfits as much as possible! I’ve also had a few people ask me how they can style their pins so I thought I’d start sharing a few of my favorite ways to show them off – starting with DENIM! I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like wearing a good ol’ classic denim jacket and adding personal embellishments like pins, patches, or embroidery can give it a unique touch. It’s also a great way to spice up an otherwise boring outfit and if you’re someone that likes your outfit to speak for itself, something as simple as a pin can instantly express how you feel at the moment. Since I found this particular denim jacket tucked in the back of my mom’s closet one weekend, I felt like adding pins really added to it’s vintage roots. You could go a simpler route by pinning your collars or go even crazier by filling up the entire front/back of the jacket!

I also played around with the idea of adding pins to the waistband of my denim jeans, which actually ended up looking super cute! I pretty much only wear high waisted jeans with a t-shirt tucked in so I think a small touch like this really draws someone’s attention similar to how a flashy belt would.

If you’re interested in any of the flair styled above, make sure to check out my entire collection here.

Whats your favorite way to show off your pins? Share in the comments below!

xo, Donna Belle

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SOUTH KOREA HAUL

It’s been a few days since AJ and I returned from our trip to South Korea and I finally managed to tackle my whole post luggage situation (which is probably my least favorite thing about traveling). I was on a slightly tight budget so I limited myself to buying only a few things here and there but I’m happy with everything that I did end up bringing home with me.

Accessories

Starting with jewelry, I ended up picking up a few statement earrings to jazz up my outfits. Ever since I saw Iamkareno rock cherry shaped earrings in her videos, I’ve been on a crazy hunt for similar ones so when I saw a pair at Chuu (located in Hongdae), I definitely could not pass them up! Next up, I found some oversized pearl heart shaped earrings from Style Nanda, which I feel are so unique and feminine! Lastly, after doing some late night shopping at the underground Gangnam Station, I stumbled upon these dainty gold star earrings (fyi: if you’re ever in this district, check this place out for amazing deals!) Throughout my trip, I also came across so many cute little shops selling eccentric little accessories so rest assured, I scored a ton of different pins and patches (more pictured than above).

Clothing

Moving on to clothing, I got a BUNCH of graphic tees (because clearly, I don’t own enough ha). The strawberry milk tee above is from Chuu and again, I’ve been on the hunt for a classic red ringer shirt for quite awhile. On our last night, AJ and I decided to check out Common Ground (a huge shopping plaza made entirely of shipping containers) and this orange oversized weirdo tee instantly caught my eye. Not only is it vibrant, but the words just spoke to me (embrace your inner weirdness ya’ll!) There were also a few things that aren’t pictured that I also purchased such as this blue legalize dreams tee by style nanda, a red new york sweater, and a handful of cute socks!

Beauty

While in Jeju, AJ and I visited the Ossuluc Green Tea Museum, which included an Innis Free store. I ended up picking up a green tea cleansing water since I ran out of remover recently. I haven’t gotten the chance to use it yet but it has a super refreshing scent! I totally wish I got more skincare related items but I guess that just means I’m due for another visit soon? While I was at Style Nanda, I also got 3CE’s longwear eye crayon in the shade juggling (a beautiful shimmery golden brown with subtle orange tones) along with a lip lacquer in the shade dessert flower (a sultry dark plum).

I hope you enjoyed this little haul of mine! Let me know which of these items are your favorite in the comments below!

xo, Donna Belle

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SUMMER TRAVEL SKINCARE

I’m heading to Korea tomorrow and in the midst of packing, I thought I’d share a few essentials from my Summer skincare routine. I don’t plan on bringing too many items since Seoul is the number one hub spot for skincare (be prepared for a huge haul when I get back). For now, here are the items I plan to bring along with me on my trip!

Ole Henricksen Wonderfeel Double Cleanser: I’ve always been a huge fan of Ole Henricksen products so when they gifted me their newest product, I had no doubt it would be amazing! It came at the perfect time, too because I just exhausted my entire bottle of Garnier’s Micellar Water (which has been my holy grail make-up remover for months). After a week or so of using this product, I would definitely put this on the top of my list! It instantly removes all the gunk off my face and really soothes my skin with it’s cold creamy texture.

Authority Moisturizer (Day and Night): These are probably my absolute favorite moisturizers at the moment! I always apply this in the morning before applying make-up and at night after cleansing my face. There is a slight ointment smell to it but you get used to it. Overall, it doesn’t feel sticky after application, provides ultimate hydration, and leaves my skin extra smooth.

Laniege Eye Gel: As I’m approaching the later half of my twenties, I’m making it a point to take better care of my skin – starting with my eyes because this is the area that tends to develop the most wrinkles as we age. This eye gel delivers TONS of water to your lids and leaves them feeling so refreshed. I highly recommend applying this before landing for a boost of wake-me-up brightness!

Cosmos Botanicals Everyday Salve: Like I’ve mentioned before, the cabin air and adjusting to a new environment in general can really dry out my skin. This is essentially a multi-stick that you can use for your face, lips, and body. All you have to do is apply it to any any problem areas you may have, rub in the product, and you’ll find that it really helps seal in much needed moisture. I like to apply this to my lips and hands because I find that these tend to get the most dry when I travel.

What’s your favorite skincare products at the moment? I always love trying and incorporating new ones into my routine so feel free to share in the comments below!

xo, Donna Belle

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ANTHRO TAKEOVER

A month or so ago, I had the opportunity to style a series of outfits and shoot content for Anthropologie Walnut Creek! I realized I never shared a recap on my blog following my Instagram takeover during Memorial Day Weekend and since I really loved how everything turned out, I thought I’d share the entire set in case you missed it! If you’re interested in any of the items shown, I’ll try my best to link all the items below.

Clothing: Gardener Silk Wide Legs | Michael Stars Knit- Back Tee (similar)

Accessories: Saffiano Journal | Blue Wings Clutch (similar)

Clothing: Polka Dot Jumpsuit (no longer available) | Otsu Backpack (similar)

Clothing: Off-the-shoulder Eyelet Blouse (similar) | Dana Textured Shorts (similar)

Which of the three was your favorite outfit? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Donna Belle




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SPRING SKINCARE FAVES

As I’m approaching my late twenties (omg!), I’m making a conscious effort to develop better skin care habits since it is the best time to prevent any visible signs of aging. Over the past month or so, I’ve locked down a beauty routine that has positively improved the elasticity, glow, and overall health of my facial skin! Keep reading to learn my top five favorite products this season…

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BALAYAGE PROCESS + TIPS

As you could probably already tell… I CHANGED MY HAIR! I’m actually surprised that I pushed this off for so long because I’ve always been a short hair type of gal. I have super fine hair so the longer I grew it out, the more flat it became. I’m also not one to style my hair into braids or updos so I knew I needed something that would give my hair volume, style, and required little effort. For the cut, I was looking to get a textured bob that fell slightly below my chin area along with a slight a-line (meaning that the hair in the back would be gradually shorter than in the front). For the color, I wanted a balayage, with light ash brown sections throughout my dark hair. After a week or so of debating and hours at the salon, I’m incredibly happy with how my hair turned out! It’s light weight, natural, and perfect for Spring. If you’re looking into getting a similar style at the salon, keep reading to learn more about the preparation, process, and home care that goes into it!

WHAT IS A BALAYAGE?

First off, this is not to be confused with an Ombre! Although both end goals are to lighten the hair, an Ombre is a hair style that shows a dramatic transition of a “lighter shade from a darker shade.” In comparison, a Balayage (french for “Sweep”) is a technique that uses a freehand approach to create a natural blend of light and shade throughout the hair. This is done by painting color with a brush onto spaced out sections of the hair and progressively gets lighter as it reaches the ends. The result is subtle, sun-kissed, dimensional, and feels much more lived in (think beach vibes ya’ll).

PREP

The first thing you should do is RESEARCH! What type of hairstyle catches your eye? Both Pinterest and Instagram are amazing resources where you can easily take screenshots or pin images for future reference. Once you’ve gathered all your images, figure out what you specifically like about across each of them and lock down a style. Again, I decided to go with a Balayage, with light ash brown pieces throughout my dark hair.

Next is to research Salons in the area (don’t limit yourself to a specific location if you’re willing to trek far for quality work)! Look at their Yelp page and Instagram to get a glimpse of their portfolio. You want to make sure that they cater to the style you’re looking to achieve! The individual stylists generally have their own social feed as well so if you find a particular person who you would like to work with, don’t hesitate to request them when booking an appointment! I ended up getting mine done at Stem Salon located in Walnut Creek. I was also lucky enough to book a last minute session with Stephanie, a color stylist. This isn’t required but I found it helpful to compile all of the inspirational images into a mood board and share it with your stylist via e-mail prior to your appointment.

Note: If you’ve used box dye on your hair in the past – make sure to mention this to your stylist. Often times, this can affect how the color will react with your hair.

PRICE

Honestly, be prepared to shell out a chunk of money at the salon. Depending on your length of hair and the location itself, you’d probably be spending anywhere between $150-300 for a Balayage.

PROCESS

Before you get started, make sure you and your stylist are on the same page! Refer back to the moodboard you provided and verbally explain what you would like. Remember to be as transparent as possible because your stylist can’t read your mind and the more detailed information they have, the happier you’ll be with the result! Asian hair tends to get brassy with it’s red/orange undertones so I made sure to point out that I wanted it as cool toned as possible. Once you have all your expectations laid out, expect to spend up to 4-8 hours at the salon (again, depending on your hair length and how good your hair takes the color).

AFTER CARE

This type of hairstyle is low maintenance (especially in comparison to ombre). However, this doesn’t mean that you should neglect a proper home care regime! As we approach the warmer months, our hair will be exposed to greater sun, saltwater, and chlorine — all of which can damage your balayage. If you don’t protect your hair from the sun, your hair will more than likely fade and expose it’s undertone (revealing orange/brassy hues). It is recommended that you go in for gloss treatments every 4-6 weeks to keep the tone in check! However, I recommend using a Purple Shampoo + Conditioner to maintain it’s color as long as possible like this one by Joico. Lastly, when styling with heat, make sure to always use some kind of heat protectant spray or oil.

I hope you found this helpful and let me know what you think of my new hair in the comments below!

xo, Donna Belle

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FACE MASK GUIDE

FYI: This post is sponsored by Avatara Skin. All opinions are honest and my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep SHESELLE going!

As we age, our skin inevitability experiences everything from discoloration, wrinkles, dryness, to unwelcome breakouts. This, in combination with other major factors such as fatigue, sun damage, alcohol, and stress can all help accelerate the development of these major skin issues. Although this is a normal part of life, there are preventable measures to keep your skin feeling healthier and visibly younger! Avatara carries eight serum-infused sheet masks that specialize in treating pretty much every problem area on your face. To show you just how versatile their masks are, I’ve come up with 8 unique scenarios and paired them with the perfect face mask to use! All you need is 10-20 minutes and you’ll be left with a glowing complexion. Not sure where to start? Keep reading and your skin will thank you!

HANGOVER: Plump Up Face Mask

Did you party a little too hard last night?! The morning after can be rough and chances are, you’re left with puffiness, dark circles, and incredibly dehydrated skin. The Plump Up Face Mask is perfect for reducing any puffiness around the eyes, provides much needed hydration, and ultimately restores tired looking skin!

BIRTHDAY TREAT: LIGHT UP FACE MASK

Treat your self to a little extra pampering on your special day! As you reach another year older, it’s even more important to take care of your skin. One of the many results of aging is skin discoloration. To brighten up those dark areas and achieve younger-looking skin, use the Light Up Face Mask!

TIME OF MONTH: CLEAR OUT FACE MASK

Before the start of a woman’s period, the skin experiences greater oil production due to increased hormone levels. This in turn can lead to clogged pores and eventual breakouts! Since your skin is generally more sensitive during this time, you’ll want to use beauty products that are gentle on your skin. The Clear Out Face Mask is a perfect exfoliant for managing oily skin and keeping those pores clean to keep breakouts at bay.

POST WORK-OUT: SHAPE UP FACE MASK

Although sagging is a major result of aging, any kind of intense exercise like running can also be a factor (which is due to the collagen in your skin being torn apart). Luckily, the Shape Up Face Mask can help restore elasticity in your skin!

DATE NIGHT: EVEN OUT FACE MASK

Anyone with large pores knows how challenging make-up application can be – especially when dealing with foundation! Whip out the Even Out Face Mask to shrink your pores and create a smoother base for your skin the next time you get dolled up!

FESTIVAL RECOVERY: FILL IT UP FACE MASK

Festival season is upon us and after multiple long weekends under the hot desert sun, your skin will more than likely need a major detox. Did you know that over exposure to the sun (especially without sunscreen) can lead to fine lines and wrinkles? Counteract the sun’s harmful UV damage by applying the Fill It Up Face Mask, which will leave you with softer skin and a younger appearance. You can also place your sheet mask in the fridge prior to application for an additional soothing treat!

TRAVEL PREP: DRINK UP FACE MASK

With all the environmental changes you experience while traveling, it’s important to step up your skin care routine! Sink moisture back into your skin by applying a deeply hydrating mask mid-flight – the cabin air is incredibly drying! The Drink Up Face Mask helps to rejuvenate dry skin and will give you that much needed glow once you land!

STRESSFUL DAY: CHILL OUT FACE MASK

When our schedule is jam-packed with things to do, we often neglect our skincare routine, leaving our skin feeling incredibly dull. During stressful times like these, take a moment to nourish your face with the Chill Out Face Mask for radiant looking skin!

5 ADDITIONAL TIPS

  • TEST IT: Avatara’s sheet masks are gentle but like with all skin care products during your first use, I recommend applying a tiny amount of the serum to the back of your hand to test your skin’s sensitivity to the product.
  • USE IT ALL: After application, allow the serum to soak up on your skin and use any excess by massaging into other areas of your body such as your hands and neck!
  • MIX + MATCH: If you have more than one skin issue that you’re facing, feel free to mix and match! That’s the beauty of Avatara’s face masks – they have a solution for everything.
  • DEVELOP GOOD HABITS: On top of maintaining a good skin care routine, remember to keep yourself hydrated by drinking water on a daily basis and getting some beauty rest!
  • TAKE A QUIZ: Still need some guidance? Avatara has a Skin Quiz that you can take that will match you with the best face mask to use to aid any specific skin concerns you may have.

Phew, that was a long list but I hope you found it helpful! The next time you find yourself in any one of these situations, make sure to break out any of these face masks! You can learn more about Avatara’s magical face masks here and/or you can find them at your local Target!

xo, Donna Belle

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BIOCLARITY REVIEW

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by BioClarity. All opinions are honest and my own. Thank you for the supporting the brands that keep Sheselle going!

I’ve been having issues with my skin for the past couple of months, primarily around my chin area which I found to be the most prone to breaking out. I’ve tried acne medication like Proactive in my teen years, but I remember it being incredibly harsh for my sensitive skin, which caused me to break out even more. With that experience, I was a bit reluctant to try out anything else but after reading all the positive reviews on BioClarity, I thought it was worth taking the chance! Keep reading to learn more about the entire process, my results, and how you can purchase your own at a discounted rate!

BENEFITS

BioClarity’s products contain no harmful chemicals and are made up of all natural ingredients such as Green Tea, Chamomile, Oat Kernel, and Cucumber — all of which help calm, sooth, and repair your skin!

PROCESS

BioClarity offers a quick and easy three-step process for application in the morning and night. Here’s a quick run down on how it works…

  1. Cleanser: Pour a dime size amount onto your finger tips and apply to slightly dampen skin. The formula is super gentle and leaves your skin feeling refreshed.
  2. Treatment: Apply this cream to your trouble areas and use it very sparingly (this product contains 2.0% Salicylic Acid)! If you tend to have super dry skin like me, make sure to skip this step and apply every other night to avoid completely drying out your skin.
  3. Restore Gel: Apply a thin green layer over desired areas and wait for the magic to happen! The unique aspect about this product is that it carries the ingredient, Floralux (a compound created from Chlorphyll, which in turn comes from plants).

RESULTS

After incorporating these products into my daily routine for the past 2+ weeks, I’ve already seen drastic improvements in my skin! As I mentioned earlier, I had a mini break out in my chin area earlier this month and since then, they’ve diminished to super faint blemishes that I’m sure will disappear after a couple more uses. In short, my skin has never consistently felt and looked this good!

Please keep in mind that these products may or may not work for everyone and could yield different results. If you’re interested in trying it out, you could purchase your own set at 50% the cost (originally $29.95) by using the code SHESELLE at checkout here.

xo, Donna Belle

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MINI SPRING LOOKBOOK

With Spring in full bloom, it’s been incredibly nice to feel the warmth of the sun on my skin and overall, it’s been such an instant mood booster. Winter blues is the real deal, ya’ll! These photos were literally taken by a small bush next to a construction site by my home but we made it work and it turned out looking like I was in some tropical paradise (which I totally wish I were at…). Anyway, I had so much fun shooting this with my sister and while I was editing them, I wanted to create something with a more editorial feel! I hope you enjoy this mini look book and continue reading for more details on my outfit!

I got this denim skirt from Zara during my trip to New York in the beginning of the year but I’ve been waiting for the weather to warm up so I can finally whip it out of my closet! I also found the polka dot top from the pajama section at Nordstrom Rack but it feels much more polished when tucked in! Plus, being the lazy person that I am, this is perfect to roll straight out of bed from (ha).

xo, Donna Belle

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SPRING 2017 PICKS

Dislcaimer: I received this bag from Fossil as a partner. All opinions are honest and my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Sheselle going!

The first weekend of Spring is approaching and the best way to welcome the warmer days ahead is to GO BRIGHT! As someone who’s wardrobe mainly consists of black (this might be surprising to some of you considering how colorful my photos are), I want to make it a goal to incorporate more color into what I wear. Fossil already made it super easy for me to transition into the new season with this bright cobalt bag. Keep reading to find out what five items I’ve got my eye on this Spring…

I. Glossy Everything: I’m seriously so in love with this trend, which I believe gained popularity from Milk Cosmetics. Adding a bit of gloss to your lids, cheeks, and lips really gives you that sun kissed glow that pairs beautifully with the sun! II. Floral Scents: Perfumes with floral notes are perfect for Spring because they’re lightweight and refreshing! My all time favorite is Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb but there are a ton of other perfumes that recently launched that caught my eye! (ie. Miu Miu’s newest perfume, L’Eau Bleue is a lovely combination of lily of the valley and honeysuckle). III. Vibrant Bags: As I mentioned earlier, I’m not one to wear very much color so accessories are a great way to add that pop to any outfit! The one featured above is the Maya Hobo bag by Fossil and is the perfect size to carry all my Spring essentials. Plus, it’s big enough to double as a Picnic Basket!

What are some of your favorite things in the Spring?!

xo, Donna Belle

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