Fire Island 2017


Welcome back to Tantalizingly Tasteful!

Vacations can be hard to take, especially when you’re a young college student who’s summer job hasn’t started yet. Planning a vacation around everyone else’s schedules makes things even harder. Enter the staycation, a term we’ve all become familiar with by now. Vacationing in your own local vicinity. It’s (more) affordable and easy to plan, and a decent substitute when jetting off somewhere just isn’t possible.

It’s hard to believe that a week ago, I was sitting on the beach in Fire Island. All there was to worry about was tanning evenly and listening to good music. No cars, no parents, no responsibilities, no worries.  The ultimate staycation.

Here’s a little look into last week’s staycation on Fire Island!

Wednesday, May 31

The four of us gathered at Torie’s house so we could drive to the ferry, a quick half-hour trip. It was Torie, Dani, Lauren and I. We shoved duffle bags and coolers into the drunk and drove off to catch our early evening ferry.

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Of course the trip started with us packed into a car! From left to right: Torie, me, Lauren and Dani

I used to get boat sick when I was younger, but thankfully, that’s no longer the case. The ferry has become one of the best parts of the trip to Fire Island. I love the view of the ocean, the smell of the salt water, the feel of the breeze. It’s so relaxing and really gets you in the mood to relax on the beach. Plus, it’s the perfect place for the first photoshoot of the getaway!

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A shot of Dani and I on the ferry

We finally set foot on Fire Island around 6:30 or so, so we had missed out on the beach for the day. It can get pretty cold at night, so we went to the house (borrowed from a family friend of Dani’s who only goes on the weekends), unpacked, and ate dinner on the deck. We had a fantastic view of the sunset.

We finished off our night with a walk around the neighborhood. We usually walk into town, but this time around, we walked the opposite direction, choosing our turns randomly. We ended up at the beach for a late-night chat. When we were tired, we went back to the house and cuddled up for the night.

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My outfit of the day! Top: Mossimo; Jeans: Old Navy; Jacket: 1st Kiss; Sandals: Steve Madden; Headband: Target

Thursday, June 1

Dani is an early riser. I, on the other hand, am not. But, she insisted we get up early and take a walk, so Torie, Lauren and I obliged. We walked through town to discover yet another part of the neighborhood. On our walk, we found a school that we didn’t know existed. This gave us a new task: find a Fire Island local. We had so many questions about their lives in the off-seasons, but we couldn’t seem to find any answers. We asked every store employee we ran into if they were a year-rounder or not, and even though none of them were, we were able to answer some of our questions.

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Naturally our walk included a photoshoot! From left to right: Torie, Lauren and I

We found this great market, The Pantry, that we had never been to before, and were thrilled to get our hands on some iced coffee. We continued walking through town, this time stopping to enjoy some local art and scenery.

 

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Torie and I loving life… and our iced coffee! Yes, that says “life,” Torie’s just covering the l.

 

Then, it was finally time for the beach. We changed into our bathing suits, packed our beach bags, and walked the short walk to the beach. Before long, I was laying under the sun, listening to the waves crash. The sun was strong and the water was cold, so it was the perfect balance. Before long, we were met by Dani’s friend, Rachel, who joined us for sunbathing and photoshoots.

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Love my friends and this picture! From left to right: Lauren, Dani, Torie and I
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The cold water couldn’t keep me away! Bathing suit: Clean Water; Top: American Eagle; Sunglasses: Tilly’s; Hat: Powerfect
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A peek at the back of my suit while cuddling Dani

After the beach, we went back to the house to clean up for our one fancy dinner out. We all wanted to look trendy and fashionable, like one should when on vacation with their fabulous friends. We walked through town, trying to find a place to eat and to learn more about the locals. And, of course, we stopped for more photos.

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A shot of the five of us captured by a lovely lady who stopped for us. From left to right: Rachel, me, Dani, Torie and Lauren
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My outfit for the night. Romper: Xhilaration; Jacket: 1st Kiss; Sandals: Steve Madden; Wristlet: Kenneth Cole Reaction; Sunglasses: Tilly’s
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Had to stop for a (fabulous) snapshot of Lauren and I!

We ultimately decided on a restaurant called the Island Mermaid, where we met the owner and were challenged to find a grammar mistake in his writing. (Please, do not get me started on this, because I found so many that Torie confiscated the articles from me). We sat outside, which meant an awesome view, and just enjoyed each other’s company. Oh, and the food! It was such a great night, if you ask me.

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The sunset view from our table was stunning!
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The only thing that could beat our sunset view was my view! From left to right: Torie, Rachel, Dani and Lauren
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My delicious meal, called the Gourmet Burger (no bun!), which was served with a mixed green salad and garlic mashed potatoes

After dinner, we walked further into town to go into my usual Fire Island ice cream shop, Scoops. Once we were all served, we headed back to the house, where we played some games (how many Target departments can you name without repeats?) and talked until it was time for bed.

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LOVE Scoop’s Birthday Cake ice cream!

Friday, June 2

We woke up early on our last morning so we could enjoy it as much as possible. We tidied up the house so it would be ready for the owners that afternoon, and then got to the beach to repeat the previous day’s routine.

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Dani and I wearing “The Bathing Suit,” as we refer to it.
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Seriously, keeping me out of the water is a difficult feat.
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Dani couldn’t resist a selfie of her two worlds colliding! From left to right: (front) Dani; (back) Lauren, Rachel, Torie and I

When we got back to the house, we packed our stuff and finally got to meet the incredible woman who lets us borrow her house when she’s not there. Dani and Rachel were staying an extra night, so Torie, Lauren and I grabbed our bags, said our goodbyes, and headed for the ferry… where we waited an hour and half because we misread the schedule.

Grey storm clouds hung over us as we boarded the ferry. We were leaving our vacation behind. It had been relaxing, fun and memorable, with lots of laughs and new catchphrases (right, “LAAAADIES?”). But, of course, I couldn’t miss out on one, last photoshoot opportunity.

 

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Torie took this after much convincing. Bathing suit: Merona; Top: American Eagle; Pants: H&M; Jacket: 1st Kiss; Sandals: Steve Madden; Sunglasses: Tilly’s

 

It’s only been a week and I’m already ready to go back. I miss the sun and the sand and the sea… and it doesn’t help that the weather these days has been iffy. But until I go back, I’ve got some other things to plan for, like Camp St. Paul in just two weeks! Well, I guess I’ll see you next summer, Fire Island.

xx,

Toni

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Winter Style: Valentine’s Day Look #2: Red Patterned Pants


Welcome back to Tantalizingly Tasteful! We’re just around the corner from Valentine’s Day, so I’ve been working on a series of outfit inspiration for you guys. You can check out my first idea here, but in the meantime, here is a second idea! Hope you guys enjoy!

Red Patterned Pants

Red is such an intense color, and it’s especially great on Valentine’s Day. Be bold and daring by wearing it in a surprising way by rocking red patterned pants. They’ll draw attention to killer legs and add some punch to your outfit. Stick to a tight silhouette to balance out the rest of your outfit.

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Women’s Long Floral Printed Red Trousers, $24.99 at AX Paris
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Lumber Jane Patterned Leggings, $8.52 at Go Jane

White and Black Graphic Tank

White and black go great with red. They make the red stand out and since they’re neutral, match with any other color you may add to your outfit. I chose graphics that relate to Valentine’s Day to keep the outfit festive. I would suggest that the shirt itself should be white and the graphics should be white so that the tank stands out under the blazer (more details below.)

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Love at First Pinch Top, $29.99 at Modcloth
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Wander With Love Tank, $15.90 at Forever 21

Black Fitted Blazer

A black blazer can make an outfit look totally polished, but when paired with red pants and a graphic tank, it can make you look totally urban cool. Make sure the blazer fits well and isn’t too baggy so that you look put together and not like you’re swimming in your clothes.

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7th Avenue Design Studio One-Button Jacket – Signature Fit – Double Stretch, $69.95 at New York and Company
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Bar III Rouched Sleeve Cropped Blazer in Black, $47.99 at Macy’s

Shoes

I would pair this outfit either with a leathery, shiny black flat, like a loafer, or a strappy black heel. Both will add to the cool feel of the outfit and play up the red pants.

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Slick Fix Loafer in Black, $39.99 at Modcloth
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Joy & Mario Lisa Slip-On in Black, $89.95 at DSW
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Michele Black Lace-Up Heels, $36.00 at Lulu’s
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Buckled Strappy Gladiator Chunky Platform Heel, $102.90 at Urbanog

Accessories

I see this outfit with a really slick and precise updo, like a cool topknot, so I would pair this with a pair of gold drop earrings and an eye-catching clutch. A cool pair of sunglasses would definitely help amp up the cool factor, but of course they’re only necessary if the sun is actually out! Keeping the rest of your accessories minimal will allow this super cool look to speak for itself.

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Merritt Triangle Drop Earrings, $12.00 at Francesca’s
geo du jour cutout taupe clutch Lulus
Geo du Jour Taupe Clutch, $30.00 at Lulu’s
spitfire sunglasses Forever 21
Spitfire PR55 Sunglasses, $39.00 at Forever 21

Now I’d like your feedback! I hope this post gave you some help deciding what to wear for Valentine’s Day! What did you think of this outfit? Do you have any ideas about how you’d execute an outfit like this? What are you planning on wearing for Valentine’s Day, and what are your plans? Would you like to see more posts like this in the future? Talk to me in the comments below, or send an email totantilizinglytasteful@gmail.com! You can also follow my brand new Facebook page, Tantalizingly Tasteful! Don’t forget to follow my Tumblr,tantalizingly-tasteful.tumblr.com, my Pinterest @TTasteful, my Lookbook account,http://lookbook.nu/tonirose08 and my Instagram,@tantalizinglytasteful! Love you guys, thanks for reading!!! xx

 

#OOTD July 17, 2015 + From Sleep Style to Street Style: How to Glam Up a T-Shirt



Hey everyone, hope you’re having a great weekend!! During the summer, I tend to get very lazy as far as fashion and makeup go, but I’ve noticed that I feel less confident when I’m dressed in leggings and a T-shirt with no makeup on. So I set out to make sure that I can still look glam despite the fact that I’m just wearing a T-shirt, and lo and behold, I rocked it the other night for a night in with my girls! Who says you have to wear sweatpants for a night in?! Here’s my outfit of the day, and stay tuned for some of my tips on how to amp up your tee!!

#OOTD

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Accessorizing is key; No outfit is complete without its finishing touches!! Bag: Target; Sunglasses: Betsey Johnson; Necklaces: Forever21; Handmade string bracelets
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“Fall in love with your life;” Find a tee that speaks to you!! T-shirt: Corner Shop; Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters; Shoes: Nature Breeze
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Makeup and hair can take your look to the next level!! A bright pink lip can give you a pop of color against a monochromatic outfit!! I used Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Bella, which came in my Birchbox!!

Where You Can Get It

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Freeze 24-7 Juniors’ Be Kind Side-Slit Graphic Tunic Tee – $10.99 at Macy’s; Look Fabulous Share Confidence Confident Bar and Crystal Heart Double Pendant Necklace – $5.00 at Icing; Turquoise Fireball Bracelet Trio – $5.99 at Rue21; Boho Rhinestone Bracelet Trio – $5.99 at Rue21; Head Over Heels by Dune Gesper Flat – $24.99 at DSW; Women’s Weekender Duffle Handbag – $34.99 at Target (same one I have!!); Take A Knee Cut-Out Jeans in Black – $29.98 at GoJane

Take Your Tee From Drab to Glam

Here’s some celeb and street style inspiration before I give my tips:

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Miley Cyrus rocking a black and white ensemble featuring a plain black T-shirt, picture via stylewithkate.com
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Pairing a plain T-shirt with a pair of brightly colored trousers adds interest and creates a feminine shape, picture via trendipia.com
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Pairing a plain tee with an eye-catching pattern like cheetah prints and trendy accessories takes your outfit from sleep style to street style, picture via stylecarrot.com
  1. Go monochromatic (or close to it): Wearing all black or all white can look super chic and effortlessly cool. It’s simple and minimalistic, which is totally trendy and urban. If you’re feeling daring, by all means, pick another, brighter color, but I think that black and white are the most sophisticated and stylish colors to go all out on.
  2. Make it a look: By adding makeup and accessories, you can take a tee from sleep style to street style. But, it also depends on the occasion. If you’re getting ready for a night in with friends, like I did, let your makeup do the talking and keep your accessories minimal and casual. If you’re prepping for a date or party, be a little more adventurous with your accessories, trading in flats for heels, a huge bag for an adorable clutch, and bohemian string bracelets for some glam cuffs or earrings. But always remember to let only one part of your face take center stage with makeup to avoid looking like a clown!!
  3. Create a silhouette: Keep your T-shirt from looking boring by tucking it into a pair of pants or a skirt. This will give your body shape and keep your tee from looking like it should be worn with leggings.
  4. Knot or tie it: Add a playful and chic look to your favorite tee by knotting or tying it in the front to create a shorter shirt over a pair of high-waisted jeans or a skirt! You can even throw it over your fave dress to instantly create a skirt!!
  5. Layer it: Who says you have let the tee stay as is? Throw it over a button down shirt to create a preppy collared look, or wear it under a vest for an edgier look. Pair it with a blazer to make it look more professional and sophisticated!!

Now I’d like your feedback! I hope this post gave to a little bit of a peek into my life and gave you some ideas about how you can rock a tee! What did you think of my outfit and my tips? Do you have any ideas about how you’d execute an outfit like this? Would you like to see more posts like this in the future? Talk to me in the comments below, or send an email to tantilizinglytasteful@gmail.com! You can also follow my brand new Facebook page, Tantalizingly Tasteful! Don’t forget to follow my Tumblr, tantalizingly-tasteful.tumblr.com, my Pinterest @TTasteful, my Lookbook account, http://lookbook.nu/tonirose08 and my Instagram, @tantalizinglytasteful! Love you guys xx

My Last Few Days as a High School Senior!!!


Hey everyone, happy July!! Hope everyone is enjoying their summer. This summer is a really exciting summer for me because it’s my chance to transition from high school to (gulp) college. I graduated a week ago and I already can’t believe how fast the time is flying. To start off this summer, I’m going to share some of the details of my last few days as a high school senior with you all!!

Thursday, June 25: Senior Prom

Thursday was the day that started it all. Senior prom is the day that everyone spends their high school years dreaming about. It’s the things that (high school) fairy tales are made of. But no one ever tells you how much work it takes!! I was out the door by 10 AM to get my nails done, grabbed a quick coffee and lunch (to go!) with Torie, ran to my hair and makeup appointments at an Ulta store twenty minutes from my house and got home with barely enough time to get ready before my family was supposed to come take pictures with me. And I was still three hours off from the beginning of prom!!  To spare all the grueling details, I went to pre-prom at my friend’s house (where three of my amazing friends surprised me with a stunning corsage!!!) and then at school, where we climbed onto a super cool party bus that fit 29 of us! The half hour limo ride to Floral Terrace, where prom actually took place, was great, the cocktail hours was nice and the real party was incredible! I can honestly say that it was one of the best nights of my life. I danced all night, took great pictures with my friends, enjoyed delicious food and just got to reminisce about my four years in high school. Looking back at it now, I can’t even believe how quickly it all passed! Shout out to all the incredibly people who made this night possible!! Check the end of the article for details on what I wore!!

Couldn’t resist a selfie!!
Torie and I attempting one of our signature poses!!
My outfit!!
Some of my best friends!! From left to right: Lauren, Me, Dani, Emily and Torie
Posing with props that Torie made! From left to right: Emily, Me, Arianna, Torie and Dani

Friday, June 26: Afterprom

When prom was over, we took the party bus back to Arianna’s house and stayed for the night. We ate yummy mozzarella sticks and pizza bagels, laughed and danced… And didn’t get to sleep until the early hours of the morning!! In the afternoon, we took a ferry to Fire Island, where we spent the day lounging on the beach and going swimming (the water was freezing!!) We grabbed dinner and ice cream, and while most of the crew grabbed a late night ferry back to “the mainland,” four of us stayed overnight in a borrowed house! Back at the house, we chilled out on the back porch and ate late night mac and cheese. It may have been a long day, but it was incredibly fun and enjoyable!

Deliriously happy after prom!!
Emily and I enjoying the beach!!
Emily, Dani and I posing for pictures!!
Saying goodbye to the crew at the ferry!! From left to right: Me, Torie, Dani, Emily, Lauren and Arianna

Saturday, June 27: Return from Fire Island

Saturday was by far the most relaxed day of this particular weekend. The four of us who stayed over in Fire Island woke up at 8, ate mac and cheese for breakfast, cleaned the house and then took a nap. No pressure, no tight schedule. We grabbed pizza and ice cream and caught a ferry back to Long Island. That night, Torie and Emily came back to my house to finish decorating our caps for graduation the next day. Even though they were at my house until midnight, I was glad they came by to keep me company.

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Our finished graduation caps! Mine is on the left, Torie’s is in the middle, and Emily’s is on the right!!
My cap in all its glory!!

Sunday, June 28: Graduation!!

Sunday was THE day… the end of four incredible years of high school, the end of the memories. But it was also the beginning of a new stage in my life, a stage that I am so excited for! It was such a bittersweet day, complete with caps, gowns, selfies, laughter and tears. It all went by in a flash, it was honestly so hard to believe. The only thing that ruined the day was the it was nearly impossible to hear the speeches, which I had really been looking forward to hearing, from the stage. All in all, it was incredibly fulfilling day, knowing that I successfully finished my high school career and have so many awesome opportunities and events ahead of me. I really am so proud of myself for doing as well as I did and doing the different activities that I did, and I am so grateful to everyone who got me there. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for me as I go on to college at Stony Brook University!!

Torie and I posing with our honor cords!!
Showing off our caps after graduating!! From left to right: (top) Amanda, Emily, Torie, Dani and Lauren; (bottom) Arianna and I
Some of my closest friends!! From left to right: Me, Emily, Grant, Max and Torie

Now I’d like your feedback! I hope this post gave to a little bit of a peek into my life! What did you think of my prom look?  Did you recently go to prom or have your graduation? Do you think I should write more posts like this? Talk to me in the comments below, or send an email to tantilizinglytasteful@gmail.com! You can also follow my brand new Facebook page, Tantalizingly Tasteful! Don’t forget to follow my Tumblr, tantalizingly-tasteful.tumblr.com, my Pinterest @TTasteful, my Lookbook account, http://lookbook.nu/tonirose08 and my Instagram, @tantalizinglytasteful! Love you guys xx

In This Article:

Prom:

Women’s Poplin Cami Fit & Flare Dress in Multi Print, $25.00 at Old Navy

J Kara Aqua Sequined High Neck Gown, $289.99 at Estelle’s Dressy Dresses

Not Rated Bering Strait Wedge Sandal, $34.94 at DSW

Silver headband, New York and Company (similar here)

Silver stud earrings, New York and Company (similar here)

Urban Expressions silver faux snakeskin clutch, DSW (similar here)

Afterprom:

Xhiliration olive green crochet-top maxi dress, Target (similar here)

Browline Round Sunglasses in Black/Silver, $7.90 at Forever 21

Black and gold crossbody bag, Forever 21 (similar here)

Graduation:

Garden Party Panache Dress in Noir, $41.99 at Modcloth

All supplies for graduation cap, Michael’s

Back to School: Look #2: Athletic Shorts


Hey, everyone! Hope you guys liked my first Back to School look (see it here!) Here’s another cool look for you all to try! Hope you like it!

Athletic Shorts

I don’t know about you guys, but I have a ton of athletic shorts that I bought for camp but just don’t use during the school year. Fortunately, athletic clothing can look cool and urban if worn correctly. To make this outfit perfect for the halls and not gym class, I’d stick to a pair of the basic black and white shorts so that they look fashion-y, not overdone.

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Graphic Tank

To keep this look fresh and fashion-y, I would pair the shorts with a cool, loose fitting printed tank. It give the outfit some color and edge, and keeps the ensemble from looking too athletic or plain. I like something with a low back (which I then layer over a tank– something with lace is super cool!) and a stand-out color like red or purple. Try to avoid black or white to keep the outfit from looking too matchy matchy.

red graphic tank

purple graphic tank

Shoes

To keep this outfit looking edgy (but not athletic), I would stick to a pair of basic Converse high tops or Vans. It gives the ensemble an added cool factor and keeps the outfit from getting too matchy matchy.

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zebra vans

Accessories

Accessories are what are really going to take this outfit from athletic and boring to urban and fun. To keep the vibe playful and cool, add a sweet pair of sunglasses to add a hint of color and memories of summer. Keep the edgy vibe going with an awesome choker and a long layered necklace. Try to keep all the jewelry in the same metal color to prevent the outfit from looking costume-y. Throw on some quick stud earrings, some friendship bracelets and a few cute rings and you’re all ready to head out the door. Simple and cool!

neff sunglasses

ying yang choker

long necklace

friendship bracelets

cubic zirconia earrings

cross rings

wavy metallic ring set

If anyone has any ideas for this outfit or decides to try something like it, let me know in the comments below or send a picture to my email: tantilizinglytasteful@gmail.com! Also don’t forget to follow my Tumblr, tantalizingly-tasteful.tumblr.com, and my Instagram, @tonirose08! Love you guys xx

In This Article:

Under Armour TG Escape 3″ Womens Short in Black/White, $24.99 at Modell’s

Full Tilt Dreamcatcher Womens Tank, $16.99 at Tilly’s

California Love Aztec Graphic Muscle Tee, $15.00 at Charlotte Russe

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi in Classic Black, $55.00 at Zappos

Vans Authentic Zebra Suede Shoes, $54.95 at Zumiez

Neff Daily Sunglasses in Black Combo, $19.99 at Tilly’s

Yin Yang Tattoo Choker Necklace, $3.90 at Wet Seal

Bastia Necklace, $24.00 at JewelMint

Mixed Hamsa Friendship Bracelet 5-Pack, $9.90 at Wet Seal

Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia 7MM Round Stud Earrings, $15.50 at Claire’s

Twin Cross Rings, $5.99 at Pink Ice

Wavy Mixed Metallic Ring Set, $8.92 at Go Jane