Friday Faves 6.23

It has been a MINUTE since I've done a Friday Faves, so I assume you think there's a lot to talk about, but not really the case. I'm trying some new products this week and want to test them out a bit more before I claim to love them, so look out for those next week :-)

O U A I   M I N I   P R O D U C T S

I got a Sephora gift card for my birthday and wanted to use it to try a bunch of new goodies, so basically I just got a few of the little kits you can find in the checkout line. This set caught my eye because of the rose hair + body oil (which is relatively new) and I've been using argan oil in my hair recently so I wanted to try it. I'm not disappointed in it at all, but my bottle keeps leaking! Other than that, I love rose scented anything and this is really subtle and fresh. I use one pump, rub it in my hands then through the ends of my hair, and whatever is left I'll rub into my hands and elbows. 
As for the finishing creme, it's amazing for after straightening my hair. It tames my fly aways and really keeps it looking smooth. Now the dry shampoo foam was my most highly anticipated item in the set, simply because how on Earth could that be a thing? I was expecting my hair to be crunchy after using it, but I looked like I just got a blow out instead. I'm someone who likes to use dry shampoo at night in order to get my hair texturized and create volume by morning, but with this it's better to use right before you head out the door.

S U P  E R    G L O W   S E R U M

If you watched my Friday Faves video back in April, I spoke about the Super Pure serum from Glossier. I liked it, but wanted to try another one when it ran out. I decided on the Super Glow because I have lots of scarring and wanted to brighten my skin. I am SO much more impressed with this serum - I noticed radiance in my skin the day after first using it (I only use it at night!). I only need one drop and it covers my whole face, but I mainly focus on my problem spots. I've also been doing a different method of applying it - I put the drop in my hand, rub it to warm it up, then press it into my skin, not rub! I find it absorbs better and I also learned that's the correct way to apply it, who knew?
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P A D D Y W A X   L A V E N D E R +  T H Y M E

Not much to say about this since you can't smell it, but just wanted to mention this candle I got as a birthday gift from Jess. This was the first I heard of Paddywax candles, and I'm so impressed by how potent it is! Also how cute is the jar, definitely reusing it once it's completely burned.

M A D E W E L L   D E N I M 

Madewell jeans!!! I cannot believe how oblivious I was to their denim. It's no surprise I was a J.Crew junkie for a while (literally all my denim is from Crew if it's not Levi's). I'm not sure if I mentioned it anywhere on social media, but I am working at Madewell this summer while I'm in the city :-) So of course, I had to get a few pairs of their denim, which they are known for. You've seen the Perfect Summer Jeans here and here, but I just got a new pair of black skinnies as well. What I love about their denim is they are SO flattering and also really comfortable. The black skinny jeans are also created not to fade as quickly as other black jeans, so I figured they were a great addition to my closet.

Usually I don't like mentioning products that are unavailable, but how great is this old J.Crew canvas tote? These were some of the first items I got from J.Crew (back in ninth grade!) and I just found this one while I was moving into my summer room. I love how simplistic it is, but also the pop of color in the stitching. Here is the closest tote I could find that I know will be the same quality.

Lady in Vintage Red

I found this silky red top at my local thrift shop a few months ago and never knew how I should style it. I've never been much of a crop top gal, but lately I've been warming up to the idea. I simply just tied the bottoms of my shirt in a knot, and found my favorite high waisted jeans from Madewell. To make it extra casual I just wore my Vans, but if I wanted to wear this for a night out I'd definitely throw on some kitten heels. Also peep the tote bag - one of the first J.Crew items I ever bought back in ninth grade!


Shirt, similar here + here | Jeans | Sneakers | Necklace | Bracelet | Tote, similar

Sneaker Collection

If I was asked 'heels or flats?' I'd end up saying sneakers. Certainly, heels are great for certain occasions (I'd still probably opt for a cute kitten heel), but day-to-day I love throwing on some sneakers. Grocery shopping? Sneaks. Going to work? Sneakers. Meeting friends for brunch? Yep.
Okay so clearly I made my point, but today I wanted to share my go-to kicks and why I love them.

These got huge on Instagram (now I'm eyeing the red ones!) where I first saw them and decided they were a must. The next reason I got them was because I can wear them to work, which is a huge deal.
Personally, I had to endure breaking these in. I got many blisters, but suffered through and now these are the comfiest things. I love these because you can just slip them on (obviously) and they complete the simplest looks. I often wear these with a plain tank, jeans/shorts, and I'm good to go.  

I have wanted these since Summer 2016. I honestly kept putting off buying them, and just never ended up getting them. I of course forgot about them come winter, then saw them again on the Superga instagram back in May and re-fell-in-love. 
These were hard to adjust to just in terms of the larger heel (and being 5'4, I really tell a difference in the height). I wore these to Belmont and my feet did end up hurting (we were there all day so I expected it) but usually these don't hurt. They also don't need to be broken in!
See how I styled them here.

These bad boys have been with me through everything. These are the sneakers that started my love for them. Ever since I read that Leandra Medine did a collab with Superga, I had to have a pair. Michael got these for my 20th birthday, and even he started to say I wear them too much. I love how European these make me feel and they get comfier the more you wear them. They look great with any kind of jean - skinny, bootleg, etc. and even look great in skirts. I sized a half size down.

I went through a 'skater'/'emo'/'only wear black' phase in the Winter. I chopped my hair, got bangs, and dyed my hair. I bought only graphic tees and jeans. I was going through a bit of a tomboy phase (I still am if we're being honest) and these sneaks completed the look during that time. I love these with a more boyfriend fit or cropped denim. I call these my 'Winter sneakers' literally because my ankles don't get chilly and snow/slush doesn't seep into them. These didn't have to be broken in, but I do recommend sizing a half size down.
See how I style them here and here.

I'm going to be completely honest about my Stan Smith's. I only got them because everyone at FIT had them, and I felt left out. I got them, wore them a bit, and sort of forgot about them; but every so often I remember them and pull them back out. These are great sneakers to wear with dresses and skirts because of how flattering their cut is on your ankle. For me, these did give me blisters when I first got them, but only for the first few wears. I recommend sizing a whole size down.. I had to keep exchanging mine because I was told they were true to size (not really the case).
See how I styled them here.

Thanks for everyone on Snapchat (@shelbyshowell) who thought I was creating a sneaker line with the post, it was a great compliment ;-)

June Playlist

HAPPY MONDAY. I swear all I ever have time for lately is a quick playlist post, and for that I apologize, because I know not everyone looks forward to these posts. This past week I finished up a summer class (in two weeks rather than five, so yes I was incredibly busy), so I finally have some more time to breathe and focus on The Gold Dime - aka more than just playlist posts! I have lots of ideas I want to share, most city related, since I am here for the summer. 

Anyway, onto what this post is really about - music I've been obsessed with all month. This month's 'theme' is certainly a lot of less main stream artists (give or take). I recently rediscovered my love for Glass Animals and I'm not gonna lie some songs I actually Shazamed while watching Shameless (I just finished season 6!). 

What're you listening to this month? Excited for any new releases?

Red Sundress

I've worn this sundress literally 1-2 times a week since I got it back at the beginning of May. It's so easy to dress up or down, comfy and flowy enough to wear in 90 degree weather, and I love the laced detailing at the neckline. I've worn it with sandals, sneakers, and a platform like the ones in this post (also seen here!). I'm also obsessed with the sleeves, they cut at the perfect length where you can still stack on the accessories and not have to worry about if they're covered up.

Madewell Dress on sale! | Bracelets similarShoes similar

Summer White

I feel like everyone, including myself, is excited to whip out their summer white looks. Each piece of this outfit is a favorite of mine; the white eyelet crop top from, the Madewell perfect summer jeans, and my birthday present from Mike was this amazing pair of Supergas that I've wanted forever. These jeans needed to be 'broken' in, once they are, they're a dream. Due to how high waisted they are, I don't recommend them for long car rides/sitting in a classroom - anyone else absolutely hate the struggle of sitting in high waisted jeans? Just me?

 What's your go-to summer white outfit?


May Playlist

There was SO many new music releases this month (!!!), so I was incredibly eager to create May's playlist. I've been an avid Shazam user this month as well, it's sort of a joke between my roommates and I. For example, Tokyo Drift was playing in Urban Outfitters one day and I heard Gracie at my favorite brunch place. Other notable favorites include Carolina, Ordinary, and Malibu. Also Candy Paint by Post Malone is CONSTANTLY stuck in my head.

What are you listening to this month?

Pink + Pajamas

I've admired the pajamas-during-daytime trend since I first saw it on the one and only, Jenna Lyons. J.Crew recently started creating these 'daytime' sets, like their Collection sets. My take on it is this pajama top, which I elbowed my way through the J.Crew sample sale to get. I love that it's a bit oversized, making the sleeves longer, and only adding to the large sleeve trend I've been seeing. I also attempted the classic J.Crew 'half tuck' with my shirt (my manager taught me this but I can never do it as well as him!). 
I think people are so hesitant to try the pajama trend, but if styled the correct way I think it's a really fresh look. It gives you a polished look, since essentially this is just a button down.

Shirt on sale!
Pants similar

How To: Reuse Candle Jars

Hi friends. Today I wanted to share a little how to post regarding candle jars. If you're like me, you have at least one candle burning at all times and I'm constantly on the hunt for new ones. As of recently, my favorites come from Anthropologie and DW Homes (I buy mine at TJMaxx or Marshall's). Anthro has incredibly cute jars, and I always want to save them; they're also a great alternative to the overused Mason jar. I use my candle jars for little items on my desk and it gives me somewhere to put them rather than just clutter up my space.

After reading a ton of ways to reuse candles and get the remaining wax out, I developed some steps that I always take when I want to reuse a jar. I certainly did not come up with these steps on my own, but I've adjusted different 'techniques' to what I think works most. I've also had my failures with this system, aka when a jar cracks from freezing or I once literally cracked it just from holding it, BUT typically it always works.

Pink jar from Target candle, small clear jar from Glade candle


1. Put the finished candle in the freezer for a few hours, wax and all. (Inform roommates about the operation or jars may end up in the trash)
2. Take it out and completely coat the remaining wax in dish soap, then put hot water in it (I don't mix the soap with the water, but I guess you could), and let it sit for another half hour or so.
3. Depending on the type of candle, the wax will slide right out of the candle or one time the wax actually just floated to the top. If this doesnt happen, just keep repeating step 2, and carefully break up the wax with a butter knife.
4. Rinse and wipe away residue, then voila. 


Printed Silk Pants

I'm a huge fan of printed/statement pants lately. You can literally throw on a white t-shirt, heels, and it's a look, with minimal effort. I scored these cropped silk pants from J.Crew on major sale and not only are they so easy to style, they're SO comfy. I sized up in these, because nothing's worse than feeling constricted in these type of pants. For this particular look I made it pretty casual, throwing on this pullover and wearing Stan Smiths. 

Sweatshirt similar
Pants on sale!

Curling My Hair with a Straightener + How I Style My Bangs

My not-so-recent haircut included getting some bangs and they're finally to a workable length where I (kinda) know what to do with them. I started styling my hair in a new way, which includes using a straightener to create beachy, effortless texture. I originally got the idea from Aisha, since she did an Insta Story tutorial on how she does it, and adapted it to my own hairstyle. If you watch the video on YouTube, be sure to check back here on the products I use and some of my other favorite hair styling products.

P R O D U C T S   I   U S E D
Ultra Chi, my usual straightener

Redken Wax Blast High Impact Finishing Spray Wax

Ouai Wave Spray 

What I'm Wearing
Urban Outfitter Earrings

H&M Ribbed Sweater

O T H E R    F A V O R I T E   P R O D U C T S
Batiste Dry Shampoo
DryBar Triple Sec
Wet Brush
Goody Teasing Comb Set
Living Proof Prime Style Extender
L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil Serum

Read how I used to style my hair, here.


Friday Faves 4.14 | Video

I figured it was time for another video on the blog, so today I'm chatting about things I've been loving. 

P R O D U C T S    M E N T I O N E D

Blistex Chapstick // Ultra hydrating, smells great, and has SPF!

Glossier Super Pure Serum // Had high hopes regarding fighting acne (niacinamide is amazing for acne) but this has really helped my redness.

Glossier Priming Moisturizer // Obsessed is an understatement. Soaks into the skin quickly, is easy to apply makeup over top, and has a light fragrance that isn't overpowering.

Stila In The Light Palette // I figured out why no one talks about this anymore - I think they stopped making it! I use this palette almost everyday. Shadows are super easy to blend.

Glam Glow Plumprageous // I don't use this everyday, only when I'm feeling extra jazzy. Really works, stings slightly, and makes my lips look full and glossy.

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator // Love this WAY better than the Lush lip scrubs. Easy to use and makes my lips soft rather than dry. Above all, it's super affordable!

Read my post regarding the Style Shop at FIT, which is wear I got my t-shirt and bracelet! Typically the store only carries one item of everything, so definitely stop by if you're ever near FIT's campus.


April Playlist

Another month, another new playlist. It was really hard to condense this month, so there's a lot more songs than my usual monthly playlists. Standout albums for me this month were Drake's and The Chainsmoker's. I tried to include only my favorite songs, which was tough since they were all really good. I'm also obsessed with Wicked by Mansionz (Blackbear + Mike Posner), it's such a bop.

What songs are you putting on repeat this month?

My Tattoo + Life Update

I try to keep my personal life out of my blog, give or take some personal experiences I turn into posts, since I see this as a platform to show my outfits and my love of fashion and beauty. In all honesty, I have been so far disconnected from my site and I'm using this as a way to describe why. I still adore my blog, the opportunities it has given me, and more importantly the support and love I get from those who read it. The Gold Dime isn't going anywhere. I didn't necessarily mean to put it on the back burner, but it is, seeing as I really haven't had any valuable content since January. 

The day after I got home for Christmas break, my aunt passed away from cancer. That alone is really tragic, but she was my best friend, my second mother, and the cool aunt. I slept at her house more than my own when I go home. When she rescued a dog last summer, she was considered my dog too (the pup that's always on my Snapchat!). I tell her all the things my mother would probably punish me for, and she would laugh and compare similar things from when she was my age. She handed me my diploma at my high school graduation, went on my class trip to Montreal, and chaperoned my senior ball simply because she wanted to "make beautiful memories" with me. That's just how she was. The conversations I had with her about life not only changed my entire outlook on the world, but it changed how I experience life on a day to day basis. She traveled and lived around the world on her own, left to seek more, and fulfilled all her wildest dreams before settling down and starting a family around the age of 40. Most importantly, seeing the relationship between her, my mother, and my grandmother has always made me so beyond thankful to have such amazing women in my life. When she was first diagnosed I never once saw anyone so positive about such a gloomy situation. Not a day went by where she didn't think she'd beat it. Yet the day I came home, I was at her bed side wondering how this could happen to someone who lived such a full life. To say I was absolutely devastated when she passed, is an understatement. I'm still grieving as if I just lost her, and I don't think I'll ever really grasp the fact I have to go through life without her.

So breaking off that, I've been so distant from everything my life was before she passed. I found myself getting mad at everyone around me and turning down plans. I had more motivation, more interest, etc. I'm not the kind of person to play pity party, but I feel a lot of weight lifting off my shoulders writing this post and explaining where I've been.

Moving on to my tattoo, it is my aunt Kimmy's signature that I cut out of one of her photo albums from when she lived in Paris. She signed all of her travel photo albums with a quote relating to wherever she was in the world (see what I mean? She was just the coolest). She lived life to the absolute fullest, even when she was battling cancer, and I aspire to pack as much experience into my life as she did. Even if someone told her no, she still persisted and had the drive to do more. Having her signature in clear sight everyday reminds me to do so too.

For the whereabouts, I got my tattoo at West 4 Tattoo in the Lower West Side of Manhattan. I was originally always a fan of West 4, because I love how simple and delicate each artist's tattoo style is. I also was attracted to West 4 because of JonBoy, he pretty much tattoos all the celebs. For my tattoo I obviously wanted my aunt's signature, but I wanted it to be really petite and thin. West 4 specializes in fine line tattooing, so it was a perfect fit, among other things. I was tattooed by JK, the apprentice of Evan. I absolutely loved her and I appreciated how patient and friendly she was especially because I have never walked into a tattoo shop before that day. She didn't rush me into it either; I was very particular on how big I wanted the signature and I kept making her realign it so it looked straight. Everyone seems to ask me about the pain, especially since it was on my forearm. I can describe the pain as stinging, but tolerable. She did one pass which didn't hurt at all, then she went for a second pass and that is when the stinging started to begin. All in all, it was very tolerable and only took about 10 minutes in the chair. JK was so sweet and I love how she posts each 'story' of the tattoos she does on her Instagram. I HIGHLY recommend West 4 if you're in the city or visiting; it was so clean, everyone was so friendly, and obviously their work is really highly sought out. As for the appointment, I made mine at the beginning of March (they only do appointments over email) and my appointment ended up being March 27. If you're in the city, plan ahead if you want an appointment with any of the artists. They have walk-ins, but they fill up.

So on top of losing my aunt, I'm gearing up for my senior year of college; which for me, is actually going to be cramming a two year degree into one year (I'm dedicated to graduating on time). Knowing that I will have to take summer classes and 7 classes each semester, I've pretty much opted to enjoy every minute of free time I have until I don't have it anymore. I certainly love school, but the workload is clearly pretty hefty. Basically I'm just trying to enjoy my schedule this semester before I pretty much have zero time to breathe next Fall.

So after explaining that, I feel like I can get past ignoring my blog responsibilities. Everyday I push myself to be a bit more productive and motivated than the day before, but each day is a step. Summer is coming fast and I'm not exactly sure yet if I'll be spending it back home or continuing to stay in the city for school and/or interning. Regardless, I plan to get my blog back to the status it used to be. I appreciate everyone who still takes a peek at my posts, and comments on what I have to preach about on here. Thank you for stickin' around. 

If you have any questions regarding my tattoo process... don't hesitate to ask!

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