Tracee Ellis Ross JCPenney Collection

I don’t typically “fan girl” over celebrities, but I can’t help but crush over Tracee Ellis Ross. She announced on her Instagram that she’d be having a collection at JCPenney and I couldn’t have been happier. Now, when celebrities release their collections the styles may be cute, but it’s nothing that I fall over for. Scratch that, most are typically way over my budget. This TraceexJCP collboartion is right up my alley and I have been in love with the collection since she started sharing pics of the pieces that’d be available. I’m no fashion blogger, but I thought I’d share my top picks from the collection.

As always, be sure to click the links throughout this post for related posts and links to purchase items/similar styles featured.

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Fashion Forward Friday [V.26]: Sandal Collection

Welcome to another edition of Fashion Forward Friday and we’re nearing the end of my shoe collection posts. Check out previous installments below:

In this edition, as stated in the title, I wanted to showcase my sandal collection. Now the thing about sandals is that I wear the hell out of them in the Summer. I buy some that are on trend, but some I’ve had for years and other than the inside sole having wear and tear, the sandals are still in great condition. As for sandals I still want to purchase, I want a pair of gladiators that come to about the knee and a pair of cognac sandals. I never realized just how much I love the cognac color.

As for how I store my sandals, being that I only bring them out in late Spring I store them in a bin. Nothing fancy. I do keep the sandals that I frequently wear on top and eventually they end up straggled around my room. When it comes to comfortability, I would say majority of them are comfortable.

The one that irks me the most are the ones from Forever 21, which you can see below. the sole is not a soft bottom and makes a click clack sound similar to a heel. It’s also very slippery so I don’t wear them often. I had a black pair that I absolutely loved, but they ended up breaking, so I was lucky to find a similar style at Old Navy which I featured in a haul (click HERE for that).

My favorite pairs would have to be the ones I purchased from Easy Pickins, Traffic, and the flip flops from Target. The ones from Easy Pickins have a tassel that’s still not trend and I purchased them 3 years ago. The ones from Traffic are so beautiful and I get compliments every time I wear them. The flip flops from Target have the most wear and tear on the inside sole, which is to be expected since I’ve worn them like no tomorrow. They were the best impulse buy and I purchased them about 3 or 4 years ago after watching an Akaydoll video. I typically don’t like to spend over $25 on a pair of sandals simply because there are so many variations and I don’t wear them year round like other shoes. The ones that I purchased from Traffic were the most expensive, nearly $40, but I expected that due to the design of them.

Check out the pics below, be sure to check out my YouTube channel, LakiaBTV, and follow me on Intstagram @ChaoticCritic.

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Nail Polish Collection (February 2015)

I posted my nail polish collection last year (click HERE for that post) and I wanted to share just how much I’ve downsized yet again. I showed a pic of how I downsized in my ‘Beauty Corner’ post (click HERE for that), but I’ve downsized yet again. My set up is still the same as my initial nail polish collection post. I still store in the Snapware containers (click HERE to purchase) and I’ve added a 3 compartment organizer for smaller nail polishes among other things. I’ve also included links to all of the polishes I could find (click each name individually) plus my TOP 10. Enjoy!

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My ‘Lippie’ Organization + Collection Sneak Peek

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I got a gift for Christmas in this beautiful Sephora box and right now I’m using it to store all my lip products until I decide on a more permanent organization. Here’s what it looked like before I semi-organized it.

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Although the box itself does not have any dividers I knew that it was deep enough to stand my lipsticks up. As for my lip glosses I just laid them in an orderly fashion on the other side. Here’s the finished product:

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I’m not sure how long it will stay organized like this but for now I just wanted to have all my lippies in one place (minus a few stragglers). Be on the lookout for future reviews from my collection and DIY storage ideas.