Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Guide To Holiday Sales..

 (my sunglasses pictured above are on sale (below!) at Shopbop!)

There are some really good sales starting up this week for Black Friday. Most of them won't start until Thursday but I thought I'd go ahead share the current ones! My two favorite pair of Ray-Bans are a part of the sale as well as Michael Kors watches!

If you're traveling today I hope you have safe travels & a great Holiday.
Shopbop - it's actually up to 25% off (sorry!)
Nordstrom Sales - 40% off

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Sparkle..

FAUX FUR VEST: old (similar) (craving this black one - under $50) | TOP: Nordstrom | SEQUIN LEGGINGS: Lucy Love | PUMPS: Steve Madden | BAG: Chanel (borrowed from Melissa) (similar here) | SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban | WATCH: Michael Kors | RING: David Yurman | BRACELETS: David Yurman, Alex & Ani | LIPS: 'Happy Go Lucky'

Oh these pants.. again.  I love them so much. At first look they are a bit intimidating but you'd be surprised how easy they are to dress down. Nordstrom has so much great heels for the holidays, as well as faux fur vests (my fave!). It is definitely a great time to shop at Nordstrom, too because they are running a huge sale this week! Check it out here.

Also, Shopbop is offering up to 20% off your purchase this week.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Plaid Tidings..

TOP: old (similar but so much cuter!!) (simple similar style) | SKIRT: Nordstrom (similar here & here) | PUMPS: Steve Madden | BAG: Prada (love this black bag & this one is similar to mine) | RING: David Yurman | LIPS: 'Ruby Woo' (my fave holiday shade!)

'Tis the season for black pumps.. well for me anyway. This is crazy but I didn't own any & the past 2 weekends I've gone to events & places where I really needed black pumps. For instance, last weekend I went to a wedding with John & wore this sequin-y black shift dress & it was snowing out. I was annoyed because I only had nude pumps and I didn't want to wear black tights with nude pumps. Had I already owned these, I couldn't pulled it off but nope, instead I froze!  Out of all of the black pumps I chose these because I love the platform & I like the simplicity of them. I own a couple of pair of the Steve Madden (as opposed to Madden girl) heels and they've lasted me years so that's a perk.

I hope you  guys had a great weekend. Can you believe it is already Thanksgiving week?!

I am linking a few other pair of my favorite festive, holiday heels below:

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Easy Holiday Outfit Ideas..

I've recently been asked to do a post on outfit ideas for the upcoming Holidays.. I loved the idea because I think we are all in the same boat. John & I are traveling this Thanksgiving so I am having to plan my outfits over the weekend because Monday & Tuesday we'll be working & finishing last minute errands. I am sharing 5 looks below that I think would be great for this Holiday season if you are looking to stay casual. And I am also sharing what I'll probably wear for traveling (weather permitted).

Easy-Going Elevated.. (See the full post here.)

This look is probably one of my favorites form this fall. You guys know I am crazy over my tan OTK boots.. I like that they take the outfit up a notch, yet still keep it comfortable. 

Laid Back Glam... (See full post here.)

I don't even have to explain - tissue turtleneck + light jacket.. you can't go wrong.

Trendy Casual.. (See full post here.)

Toss in trendy items like the blanket scarf and/or a leopard beanie & your set for this holiday. You'll be cute & warm!
Cozy + Comfy.. (See full post here.)

When we are with John's family we always go stay out at the family cabin for at least one night. This kind of look is perfect for a cozy setting where you don't plan on doing too much. ;) 

Simple but Chic.. (see full post here.)

This look is for the girl that likes to keep it chic for the holidays. Personally, I would save an outfit like this for a dinner or lunch. When we go to Ohio (John's family) I get to see my best friend Hillary & we always go out for a dinner (and shopping while the guys watch sports.)

As for the actual traveling.. I just got THIS sweatshirt - it's so soft & you gotta love a fun, graphic sweatshirt. ALSO, we are going to be doing some traveling this holiday season where it will be super cold w/snow so I just picked up THESE boots & John got THESE. And you probably already saw Fitz' puffer vest.. we have to keep that cutie warm, too! 

I'm linking options for blanket scarves, leopard beanies, jackets, boots, & more below.

ALSO: Check out this weekends AMAZE sales: (ending soon so take advantage!)
OLD NAVY: Extra 20% off
J.CREW: Extra 30$ off
GAP: Extra 40$ off
PIPERLIME: +25% off
ANN TAYLOR: extra 40% off

Friday, November 21, 2014

Getting Festive..

1 -- 2 -- 3 -- 4 -- 5 -- 6 -- 7 -- 8

If you read my blog at all this summer, you saw my slight obsessed with Goodnight Macaroon. I was surfing the site last night and I saw so many Holiday Ready pieces that would also double as non-Holiday. (Like that gorgeous plaid or the grey coat!)

GOODNEWS(!!!): Goodnight Macaroon is offering 20% off to my readers! Just use code 'THESWEETESTTHING' at checkout to receive 20% off your total. This code will expire in 7 days... so get your shop on!

Notice I included some pearl pieces in the collage above... I am excited to see that they are carrying a beautiful line of pearl jewelry. The pearls are quality pearls that follow a strict grading system! I was pretty thrilled to see that they used their top notch pearls to create the 360 earring (#4)

And on to a more fun subject- how about those beautiful coats?! Holy cow! I added the pink one (#8) to my Christmas list.. hey hey, Santa! You guys know I'm a sucker for pink everything. Oh ya and the flat OTK boots. What a dream!

We don't have much planned for the weekend - probably just lots of Fitz time! What are your plans!?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Daily Makeup Must-Haves..

The past few weeks I've heard more and more feedback and questions regarding my daily makeup routine - specifically what foundation, mascara, & bronzer. I won't even deny it - I love makeup & I enjoy talking about it so I look forward to these posts! Random fact: I didn't wear makeup until college! My mom never really taught me how to use it so I just didn't - not until college. That being said, when I am asked for tutorials on makeup, I kind of second guess whether or not I should do it! 
Really quick - I have pretty oily/acne prone skin - most products do not actually work on my skin so I'm pretty picky to what I will use. Anyway, that being said here's a step by step guide as to how I apply my makeup in the a.m.:


1. I use my Sigma Flat Top Kabuki brush to apply 1-2 pumps of this Estee Lauder Double Wear and cover my entire face starting in the center & working outwards. I wear 'Desert Beige'. This foundation is a dream - it hides so many scars, discoloration, etc. And it does wear longer than most foundations.

2. Next, I use this Sigma F86 to apply concealer. The MAC Pro-Long Wear is a good one - I don't know if I would rave about it like I would the Estee Lauder foundation - but I do really like this concealer. It gets the job done in tricky, hard to cover areas.

3. Finally, I go in with this brush & set the liquid foundation/concealer with my Mac Studio Fix powder. Again, I can't say that I'm obsessed with this powder -but I own SO many other brands of powder and I always come back to this one. 

4. RUN -- DON'T WALK - to the Nordstrom site and GRAB THIS PALETTE before it is gone! Seriously y'all - this Anastasia Contour Kit is everything. It makes life easier & your face look much thinner (lol.). This palette was unavailable for months & months - just yesterday did it become available on & I am sure it won't last long. SAME goes for the NARS ITA brush. I had to wait for almost 6 mos. to finally get mine. I will say that the ITA brush is ridiculously priced - but I haven't regretted paying for it. I like that it applies my contouring shade in a perfectly straight line & then blends it out nicely. (Sidenote - see the brown shade that the brush is on - that's what I use to contour my cheek bones! 

5. Let me tell you how much I love my Beauty Blender... Fitz has chewed up THREE of them. (err!) The first one was a dupe so I wasn't too devastated because it didn't work too well. But the next two were the real deal. Anyway, I don't go a single day without the BB. It's good for soaking up extra product so that you don't have that cake-y look. I use the NARS Concealer under my eyes (shade Chantilly) and use the BB to blend it in. Then, I grab my Anastasia Contour Kit and dip my BB into the shade 'Banana' and set the concealer with that. This is the ONLY way to brighten up my under eye area & truly cover the dark circles. ALSO, that big brush by ECO TOOLS - seriously great! I love it for putting bronzer on my chest or neck - or even in my hairline/jawline.

6. Finally, I grab my MAC Blush Brush & my Morphe palette. I usually mix a couple of colors to create what I am looking for... As I've said before - with blush - stay above your nostrils & outside of your pupil (does that make sense?). AKA. don't go too low w/your blush or too far into your face! 

7. When it comes to eyeshadow - I am not so great with mixing multiple colors. I practice at it but it just never turns out! But the one color & brush that I use daily is this Bobby Brown shade in camel. I use the brush to sweep it through the crease. 

8. My 2 go-to eyeliners - STILA on the top (great for the wing!) & MAC's 'Feline' on the bottom for the waterline.

9. I love love love eyelashes. I'm just that girl. I think every girl needs to invest in a bottle of eyelash serum to get them growing! (I like this one!) But, this Loreal mascara pictured above is the best primer I've ever tried. If I want big lashes- I use two coats and holy smokes it works. (I do not use the other end of the L'Oreal product - just the primer.) And then of course my favorite mascara by Too Faced - I've used this same mascara for a year now which is proof I love it.

10. Last but totally not least is the brow products. I have tried almost everyone of the Anastasia brow products but these are my dailies. I use this wax to get the eyebrows in place (tame them + use as reverse lip liner!!) and then use this powder to lightly fill them in. Finally, I use the Brow Wiz to fix any places that need a close touch up. I own several more products from Anastasia but those are the 3 that I would most highly recommend.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cream & Casual + Giveaway

SWEATER: ShopbellaC c/o | DENIM: Denim & Supply c/o Macy's (really love this version that is on sale!) | BOOTIES: Tory Burch (I over-wear them - grab them while they are on sale!) | BAG: Valentino (similar & under $100 // similar & $54) | EARRINGS: Ilycouture c/o | WATCH: Michael Kors | RING: David Yurman | BRACELETS: David Yurman, J.Crew | SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban | LIPS: 'Fashion Boost' (my new fave liner!) 

I'm more or less obsessed with wearing the following combo: warm (baggy) sweater + distressed denim + chunky heeled booties. It's literally the same thing every day. Or I switch out the denim for these amaze leggings. (Great for the holidays too if ya know what I mean ;)). I love the fit of this sweater - it is oversized & has a hi-lo hemline. 


Today I've teamed up with ShopbellaC to giveaway THIS equestrian vest that I am wearing in the photos below. It comes in multiple colors & is seriously so warm & so cute. I don't know if my images do it justice! I am a vest kind of girl during the winter because I don't love going places & carrying a heavy coat around. 

Make sure to enter to win this vest - just use the Rafflecopter tool below.

 VEST: ShopbellaC c/o | TUNIC: Topshop (mine is sz 4 (0-2 US) | LEGGINGS: Lululemon | BOOTSOCKS: Free People | BOOTS: Tory Burch (love these, too) | BAG: Louis Vuitton (similar) | NECKLACE: BaubleBar c/o | EARRINGS: BaubleBar c/o | WATCH: Michele | BRACELETS: Alex & Ani, David Yurman | RING: David Yurman | SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban | LIPS: 'Ruby Woo' (great red for the holidays!)

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