I get hives for you.

 Details: Shirt($3.99), belt ($2.99), flower ring ($1.99)and shoes (2.49), thrifted; Dress (gift), American Eagle; Necklace(gift), Target; Turquoise ring, inherited.
Approximate outfit cost:  $11.46
(the dress was around $20, so say $31.46 for those of you that wouldn’t have gotten it as a gift.)

The title of this blog reads a bit creepier than it sounded in my head. Sorry about that. But I did literally get hives, all for the sake of a few pictures. See… as stated in that sidebar thing, I’m allergic to pretty much everything. I didn’t used to be, I just sort of… grew into my allergies. And this morning, I thought it might be fun– at the last minute– to take some pictures in the incredibly tall ferns at the edge of our lawn.

It looks cool, right? It better. Because my arms are getting all bumpy, red, and itchy. And I blame you for this. I mean, why else would I have risked death-by-ferns?

Also, there was a thistle. I may or may  not have bumped into it. Yes. It hurt.

And yes, I know. I suck at camouflage.

The weekly writing challenge picturehasbeen posted, along with the three lovely entries. Y’all should go look, read, and vote.

I’m not Southern. I don’t know why I just said “y’all.” Other than the fact that it’s more fun than “you all.”

So, since I did that one tutorial, I’ve gotten a few requests for various other makeup/photoediting tutorials, and I think it’s time that I have a new theme– Tutorial Tuesdays. (Yay for alliteration!) Now, this will only work if I get enough tutorial requests. Tomorrow, I’m going with GreenLightGirl’s request for a quick full-face makeup, which will look like that face you see above, more or less. I’ve also got requests for how to put on eyeliner (I’ll be doing four types– pencil, liquid, gel, and powder), how I edit my photos, and dramatic eye makeup.

So if you have any tutorial requests at all, let me know. I’m not a professional at anything, but I know my way around hair/makeup/photoediting/photography…and the fact that I’m not a makeup artist or a photographer helps me to explain things in a way that non-professionals can understand.

Or at least… I think it does. I hope it does.

Plus, all of this is a hobby for me, so everything I do, you can be sure it’ll either be for cheap or for free! Which is always nice.

I hope you are all having a beautiful Monday!

Other ways I’ve worn this shirt:


      • Booksphotographsandartwork

        Oh I know but after I started writing that I thought Oh I don’t want to seem rude by writing that. It was one of my favorite shirts. Not too long ago I saw another shirt that was definitely one of favs in Wal-Mart! Oh the sad face was because I want to be that young again. I want a do over. But only with what I know now.

  • Cee

    $31.46 for this entire outfit? I am seriously impressed, let me tell you- and I love, love, love your purple belt 🙂 Also, I’m suitably impressed by the fact that you climbed around in plants just to get these photos. I would have been covered in hives, too!

    • Mara

      🙂 Yes. I get a lot of my clothing from sale racks and thrift stores– I have a very, very tight budget!– and I rarely buy things full price. I may be a little addicted to the sale racks, truth be told.
      haha! Well, it was all fun until the hives arrived. And they didn’t last too long. So it was worth it. 😉

  • annebeth

    awwww poor you, hope you’re feeling better now, and if it is any comfort: the pics do look cool ! 😀 good luck with the tutorial, I should do one too but I feel like they’re so much of a hassle 🙁

    • Mara

      Haha, I am. 😀 Thankfully, the hives are temporary.:D

      Yeah, tutorials are something you should only do if you want to. I personally think they’re fun, so I love doing them. But hey, if you don’t like doing tutorials, I’m sure you could find something similar to what you’re doing so people know how to do it. Right?

  • Demy

    HAHHAHA!! Ok I know that you didn’t laugh with the allergy, but I thought it was kinda funny 😛 You look so pretty giiirl! Hope there’s no need to say that I love your style, right?? You know I love your style! Plus, I’m really into your tutorials, they’re awesome! 🙂
    So I’ll keep it short, because I want to go read and vote!! Muahahahah, Beware, the evil judge is here!! 😀 😀
    See ya! 😉

    • Mara

      Oh, no. You can laugh! I was being facetious with my remarks about allergies, and I laugh about it, too. 😀
      Uh oh. Evil judge! 😀 Hehe.

  • design98

    I am Southern and chuckled at your comment. “Y’all” is more fun than “you all.” How dare the hives get in the way of your fashion creativity! 🙂 Great look and you wear it well.

    • Mara

      I’m glad it made you chuckle. 🙂 I guess I could use the excuse that I lived in Mississippi for four months, right? I know, hives are so rude. Haha!
      Thank you. 🙂

  • Jamie Rose

    Such a cute skirt! The green shirt really pops with it. I think green may be your color as you look so pretty in it all the time! I’m sorry about the ferns allergy attacking you!

    • Mara

      Thank you! I need more green things. It used to be my favorite color, and it’s slowly becoming a favorite again. 🙂

  • bellepear

    Yes! That necklace! I have one just like it except it’s a square pendant with the bird design on one side and the Queen of Hearts on the other. That was a really awesome set, but I haven’t seen anything from that brand that I like as much since.

    • Mara

      That brand is one of my favorite brands of jewelry (@tract) but I think they’ve discontinued it, because they no longer carry it at my Target. Which makes me sad. About half of my owl or bird jewelry is that brand.

  • The Creative Student

    I just thought I would mention that its not unheard of to studdenly discover knew allergies- I recently discovered that I get hives from a mosquito-like bug that hangs around where I live, so I know your pain.

    • Mara

      Haha, yeah. I grew into my allergies, so I know that very well! I’m never really surprised when things give me hives, since I was suddenly (or it seemed sudden, anyway) allergic to things I’d never had problems with before.