Friday, July 31, 2015

Blush on Blush

Top: Sincerely Jules {super similar here that I also just purchased & love!} | Shorts: Levi {also love these | Shoes: Chloè {obsessed + so comfortable, similar here & part of #Nslae!} | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Watch: MK | Bracelets: David Yurman, Brandy Pham c/o, Stella & Dot c/o | Ring: David Yurman | Sunglasses: Cèline {super similar} | Lips: YSL 'Sheer Candy' #9

Blush on blush will always and forever be one of my favorite looks.  Actually, if everything in my closet could just be blush, black, white, and grey, I'd be set for life! :) I love that the color is so feminine, yet pairs so well with so many other colors.  In my opinion, blush is such a great neutral and perfect for wearing year-round.  It completely and totally screams the word LOVELY!  Oh, and can we talk about these flats?!  Seriously the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned!  I want them in every color, I can already tell these are going to be my newest obsession!

Thanks so much for stopping by, xx.
Oh, and for more of my blush + neutral favorites, see my Lovely's Best Sellers post from earlier this month!  The #Nsale ends this weekend, so be sure to shop now!! xoxo.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Staple White Tunic + Pops of Red

 Top: Nordstrom {#Nsale! Similar here also on sale} | Jeans: Current/Elliott {almost exact here that are part of the #Nsale} | Bag: Phillip Lim | Shoes: Steve Madden | Watch: MK | Bracelet: David Yurman | Ring: David Yurman | Earrings: Nordstrom | Sunglasses: Cèline {super similar} | Lips: NARS 'Heat Wave'

You all know how much I love a classic, white top to pair with denim.  This tunic is part of the #Nsale and so perfect for wearing now and layering for cooler weather later.  I wanted to add a pop of  color to an otherwise plain outfit and red has been my go-to as of late.  I wanted a cross body bag that would add a little something extra to my closet and finally settled on this Phillip Lim!  I've wanted one for a long time and I think the mini is perfect for an everyday staple bag!  And of course I was so excited about receiving it that I had to paint my nails red, too!  :)  I'm sure you'll be seeing a lot of my 'little lim' from here on out!

I hope you're all having a great week and thanks SO much for stopping by, xx.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sunkissed Glow - Beauty Roundup

Product Guide:
4 - Bronzer

Happy hump day, lovelies!  I've had so many questions recently on my beauty routine {mostly my face makeup}, so I wanted to share with all of you how I get that flawless, sun kissed glow!  And let me tell you, without these products, it's just not there, so no, I did not #wakeuplikethis or claim to. :) First things first, I am SO not a beauty blogger and definitely don't claim to be.  My makeup routine is simply what I have found works for me and the products I have fallen in love with over the past year or so.  Typically once I find something that works well, I can't live without it.  So, here's a quick roundup of my 7 favorite products!

First up, the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue.  I tried this product for the first time back in February at NYFW (you know when it was 9° and snowing in NYC and my face was terribly pale + dry :/ ) and fell in love with it.  A tinted moisturizer is such a necessity for me because I do have dry skin and I love for a product to give me a little glow.  This does just that - moisturizes and gives your skin a pretty boost in color.  I wear shade #5 in Natural.  Oh, and you can put it on with this brush which is absolutely amazing.  Or if you're not into that sort of thing, you can simply use your fingers.

2 - Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener.  I don't exactly have dark circles (yet), but I do like my eyes to look dewey and bright, rather than simply blend in with the rest of my face.  Basically, I use this product for that reason and because it gives you a little extra coverage around your eyes.  (I don't wear a concealer daily, but when I do, I use this!)  In this product, I wear Luminous #2, Yellow/Light.

3 - Bare Minerals Original Foundation Loose Powder.  Here's the thing - this is the trick to the flawless part!  I'm SO sure it's a combination of the Complexion Rescue with this on top, but this product has changed the way my make up looks.  It gives you such a porcelain glow without ever looking caked on and smooths out any imperfections .  If I'm ever just throwing on a little bit of something to run errands and not getting 'ready, ready' I use this.  It's life changing, period.  :)  I wear Medium Beige.
Original Foundation Brush.  To be honest, I just started using this brush about 3 months ago.  Before that, I was using some rough, terrible brush from 5 years ago that I picked up at CVS. #realtalk  So, when I put this super soft brush on my face, I was amazed.  I realized that the application brush makes all the difference of how your makeup goes on and the coverage you get from it.  (Yeah, so I'm like 10 years late on that light bulb going off...)  Anyway, I would say if you feel like you do the same things over and over every day and the result isn't getting better, switch up your brushes.  I also use this brush for putting on my bronzer and blush.  Again, that's why I'm not a beauty blogger, because I'm so sure that's taboo, too! :/  But, I do.

4 - Bare Minerals 'READY' Bronzer.  I love the glow and sun-kissed look that bronzer gives your skin, but choosing the right shade can be difficult.  I'm pretty sure I went through a couple of years in middle school with orange skin looking like I had a bad spray tan.  But, you live and you learn!  Now, instead of using bronzer all over my face and neck, I use it as more  of a highlighting/contouring product.  I apply bronzer on my cheekbones, T of my face (forehead and nose) and around my jaw line.  That's it.  This bronzer is great because it's not too dark (and definitely not orange) and stays in place really well.  In this bronzer, I use The Skinny Dip shade.  Also, when I have a great tan going on, I also use this trio palette because the browns are a little darker and the middle (gold powder) is the PERFECT highlighter and gives me such a pretty glow.  (Obviously, I'm all about the glow!)

5 - Original Foundation Blush.  This blush is super similar to how much I love the Original Formula Foundation!  It goes on so well, stays in place throughout the day and gives you the perfect amount of color on your cheekbones to break up the golden glow.  I've used a couple of different shades in this product, but I'm currently wearing Giddy Pink and LOVE it!  It's not too pink or barbie-doll looking, but has a soft, sheer rosy color that goes on flawlessly.   

6 - Dior Iconic Overcurl Mascara.  I feel like I've used every over the counter and high-dollar mascara ever created.  Like ever.  Mascara has always been one of those fun new things to try for me, but my lashes seem to only respond to the new formula for like a week or two.  Tops.  And then they're back to same 'ole, same 'ole.  So, I've simply had to come to terms with the fact that my eye lashes suck. :) And if I ever want them to look super thick, long and amazing, I have to use false lashes.  Happens to the best of us!  However, this mascara has been the best I've used in a LONG time.  The curl in the brush makes my lashes curl and elongates them better than any other product I've used.  It's the only Dior thing I own.  Ha, I think we need to work on that problem as much as I need to work on my makeup skills!  I wear the blackest black, 090 always.

7 - YSL 'Sheer Candy'. Okay, okay, okay, so if you haven't tried this product before, you're not going to understand my love for it.  I love all YSL lipstick.  I seriously have not purchased one color that I didn't absolutely love, but for an every day, sun kissed look, the Lush Coconut is absolute perfection. Don't be fooled by the brown-ish tint of the color, because it's definitely sheer, not brown.  And it gives you just enough coverage to look glossy, dewey and glowing.  I'm not completely sure that this color looks good on every skin color to type, but it's by far my favorite for accomplishing this look.  Every time my girlfriends ask me what to purchase for an every day look, I tell them this, they turn their nose up to the color and then fall in love with it.  If for any reason the Lush Coconut doesn't work out, I also wear #9 Cool Guava and it's so pretty, too.  A hint of pink, instead of a golden tone, with the same beautiful coverage and glow!

Okay, phew, that was a long one.  I thought this post would be a breeze since I was only discussing my top 7 products, but I wanted to be sure to give you guys the pros and/or cons, if any!  This post was not sponsored in any way, simply what works best for me and how to accomplish a beautiful, every day glowing look!  If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below and I'll be sure to check them throughout the day!

Thanks so much for stopping by, xx.
Also, here are a few of my favorite #NSALE Beauty Products that I've purchased over the last couple of weeks to try! This Prosecco Diffuser is my new favorite scent in my home, it's amazing!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Army Green Ruffles

Dress: Topshop {less than $70} | Bag: Chloè {similar for $65}  | Sunglasses: Cèline {similar} | Sandals: Steve Madden | Rings: Gorjana {#Nsale} c/o | Watch: MK | Bracelet: Brandy Pham c/o | Lips: NARS 'Supervixen'

Most of the time, I love army green because of the military + masculine appeal, however, when you turn that into a dress with a ruffle and it becomes feminine, that love turns into obsession!  This dress is so easy to throw on for running around town, brunch, a day date, etc and the price point is pretty great, too.  I'll definitely be wearing this dress over and over the next few months and will probably add a sweater to tie around my waist once it gets a little cooler! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, xx.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Suede Skirt + Leopard Pumps

 Top: Everlane c/o | Skirt: Nordstrom {#Nsale, less than $50! Also love this that's also on sale} | Shoes: Sam Edelman {super similar #Nsale version here} | Bag: Chloè | Watch: MK | Bracelet: Brandy Pham c/o | Sunglasses: Cèline | Lips: NARS 'Supervixen'

As my closet is slowly transitioning into Fall (not really because of the weather, more so because I'm SO ready for it to be here!), I'm gravitating towards texture.  I love faux fur, suede, leather, fringe, etc and can't get enough of the warm colors.  I picked up this skirt at the #Nsale a couple of weeks ago and have been dying to wear it!  I love the oversized pockets and soft suede, but also that it's a mini and super appropriate for the next few months of transitioning.  Plus, it's a steal for only $50!  You could also layer this hat + throw on a fur vest (I just got this one!) once cooler weather rolls around!

I hope you all had a great weekend!  Ours was so relaxing and productive at the same time, so all in all, I think we did pretty well. :) What were you guys up to?!

Thanks so much for stopping by, xx.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Must Have Accessories #NSALE

Just a few of my favorite, must-have accessories from the #Nsale!  It ends in just a few days, so be sure to shop now!! 

I hope you're enjoying your weekend and thanks so much for stopping by, xx.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Building Your Fall Wardrobe

Outfit #1
#Nsale Outfit #1

Jacket | Jeans | Tank | Handbag | Wallet | Pumps | Lip Pencil | Hat
Outfit #2
#Nsale Outfit #2

I love how both of these outfits are totally different, but they stay in the same, warm color palette and can easily mix match with each other.  I just bought this bordeaux tank and plan to wear it with both skinny jeans & leggings.  The same goes for these booties, either pant pair perfectly with them, or you could switch to the leopard heels to dress up the army green dress.  Black sunnies go with anything, let's be serious, and so does cognac.  This Tory bag is such a great price during the sale and the smart phone wallet compliments the bag or can be carried by itself.  Also, I love this Topshop parka jacket!  I always throw light-weight jackets or cardigans over leggings and/or jeans and it's the perfect, casual weight to transition into Fall with.  In my opinion, that's all you need you get you started - a couple of staple bags, booties + pumps, black sunnies, and bordeaux + army green pieces to tie in to all your looks!  And there ya go, your Fall wardrobe has already been upgraded!

P.S. - See my favorite dress from the sale here + the Lovely's Best Sellers!

Cheers to the weekend, lovelies and thanks so much for stopping by, xx.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Grey Stripes, White Loafers + Black Bag

 Top: Nordstrom {#Nsale, $24.90! Also comes in classic B&W} | Shorts: Madewell {also on sale!} | Loafers: M.Gemi | Bag: Chloè {similar for less than $25} | Sunglasses: Prada {love these for only $20} | Bracelet: David Yurman | Rings: David Yurman + Gorjana {#Nsale!} | Lips: NARS 'Heat Wave'

It's no secret that I love a good black, white + grey combination, but especially when stripes are involved.  A striped tee and/or sweater is such a closet staple and this one is perfect!  Such a great price point, a super cute v-neck (without being too low cut) and light-weight enough to wear in the warmer months, or layer into Fall.  I bought both the classic black + white and this one, knowing that I would get SO much use out of them over the next few months.  Here are a few other favorites that I'm currently craving, all on sale + under $50:
I hope you're all having a great week so far!  I've been working all week in a mad house because our home renovations are still under way!  The painting is complete, but we got new carpet installed in our living room yesterday and we have 3 pieces of furniture coming today!  It's such a process, but it will definitely be worth it in the end!  I'll just be happy to have our home back in order and actually eat dinner at our table SOON! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, you guys are the best! xoxo.
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