Friday, August 29, 2014

The Best... Labor Day Sales






Labor Day sales are just too good this year! I am loving that Nordstrom has reduced the price on so many of the FALL items from the NSale! Also, the best to take advantage of is the Tory Burch sale... holy moly. I need those taupe boots! :) 

Here are some other important sales to check out:

Hope you all have a safe & fun holiday weekend! John & I are heading to Arkansas after work to stay the night with my mom & dad & tomorrow we are having a family get-together. I am literally aching to be with all 5 of my nieces & nephews!! Thank you for reading..xo.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Easy Contouring & Highlighting..

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So, I thought the best way to kick off my new blog design would be to share a highly requested contour/highlight tutorial. Sadly, John's been busy with work so I had to do these photos (alone).. aka I couldn't see if I was even in focus... or the weird faces I was making. Oops! Anyway, I have always semi-contoured my faced even before Pinterest because I have a fuller face & the contour helps make the illusion that it is thinner or more sculpted. I recently found this kit that I am using (only $15) & surprisingly love it. I really just wanted to test it out but it's definitely going to be sticking around for a while. Prior to the kit, I just used a bronzer to contour so you can very well do the same! Disclaimer: I am doing this because it was requested, not because I think I am a make-up artist.. this is simply what works for me.
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I start off with my Mac 129 & gently pick up some brown powder (always shake off the excess before applying it to your face!). I more or less squeeze the brush to make a defined line then I buff & blend to make it more subtle. (Sidenote: this amazing contour brush is back in stock. & If you don't want a kit, I recommend this shade of bronzer for contouring!)
Using the same brown shade & Mac 129, I sweep it across my temple & down around my jaw bone... all very lightly. 
Next, I use my Mac 109 to pick up the blush color. My main tip with blush is this: stay above your nose & outside of your pupil. So before you apply blush, map out where it should go... (I really hope that makes sense.) The reason for this is because sometimes, if you aren't paying attention you'll bring it too low or too far into the center of your face & it isn't flattering. Keeping it going upward brings more focus to your pretty eyes! 
I use a highlighter/light concealer under my eyes to brighten them up. I dab it around my nose & above my eyebrows. (using NARS Chantilly.)
Blend, blend, blend... as much as you can! I use this Beauty Blender (best invention ever) & a Sigma F86 to blend. Next, I dab my Sigma F35 into the white powder & set the product. This is the finishing touch for me... it opens up & brightens the eyes. Oh, and of course lipstick... you know me, I don't go without it! I am wearing Mac's Viva Glam III lined w/Vino. (loooove Vino for fall!) Oh...ps. The last photo is me contouring my nose... it's an essential step for me. I just try to make a flat line out of the brush and apply the dark powder to the sides of my nose to slim it out. :)
My top is here. My foundation is here. My concealer is here. My mascara is here. My eye liner is here. My earrings are here. My watch is here. I set my makeup with this. Most essential part of my skin care is here.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Striped..

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DRESS: Anthropologie (not available online) | HEELS: Steve Madden (have them in nude, too! my faves!) | BAG: Prada (obsessed w/this style!) | SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker | WATCH: Michael Kors | BRACELETS: Charm & Chain, Stella & Dot, David Yurman, Leopard Bangle | NECKLACE: old (similar style) | HAIR: Bellami Mochachino (20") (emily5 for $5 off!) | LIPS: YSL #26

Never enough stripes.. ever. I love striped anything. When I am out shopping my eyes always lock onto stripes.. its a problem! I loved this little dress from Anthro because it's perfect for events, church, etc. However, I am currently really into simple, 3 quarter sleeved, striped dresses (this one is my fave - crazy flattering, too!) because they are so easy to style during the fall. Adding a cardigan, belt, utility vest/jacket, denim/leather jacket, boots, booties, etc. makes it super versatile & easy to style! (

Hope you guys are having a great week so far! Thank you for stopping by..xo!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Straight Hair, Don't Care..

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 DRESS/NECKLACE: ShopbellaC c/o | WEDGES: Vince Camuto | BAG: Rebecca Minkoff | WATCH: Michael Kors | SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker | EARRINGS: Nadri | BRACELETS: Charm & Chain, David Yurman, Stella & Dot | RINGS: BaubleBar, Monica Vindader | LIPS: Happy Go Lucky

I recently got on a don't-want-to-fix-my-hair kick because every time I curled it, I would walk outside and it would lose the curl in a matter of minutes. My hair usually holds curls for several days and I finally realized it was just a waste of time! Can't wait for this humidity to be gone. :) 

We had some hot, windy weather the past few days & I loved wearing this ShopbellaC dress during it. It was perfect for the hot temps & super comfortable. My niece & nephew spent the weekend with us & we had SO much fun but it was the most exhausting weekend for all of us. I am a night owl & the kids have to go to bed early when they are home, but since I'm a cool aunt (ha!!), I let them stay up as late as they want.. which I totally understand why my sister doesn't allow that now! I was driving them back to Arkansas on Sunday night and both of of them fell asleep on each other in the back seat on the way home! Needless to say, I skipped posting yesterday to recover from all the pizza, playing & lack of sleep!


Friday, August 22, 2014

That Fall Feeling..

Oh my! I am so so so ready for fall! I can promise you I don't wish away seasons often but I do wish fall lasted longer & came in August... specifically August 22, ha! 

I've mentioned before that my fur vests are always super popular on my blog & in real life.. so I wanted to let you all know about this gorgeous tan/white striped fur vest from Chicwish. I actually have 2 brown vests, a white one and a black one... but I don't have one that's multi colored so I ordered this one, too! I didn't want you all to miss out because it is under $40! Fur vests are super easy to wear... I love wearing mine with dresses, button downs, turtlenecks, etc. A fur vest can change your entire look so don't miss out on snagging this one. I know it will go quickly.

Hope you all have a great weekend! Thank you for reading..xo.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Camo Casual...

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TOP: J.Crew Factory (HALF OFF TODAY ONLY!) | DENIM: J.Crew | FLATS: old (almost identical) | BAG: Tory Burch | WATCH: Michael Kors | LIPS: YSL #29

Maybe its the Arkansan in me, but I am still loving touches of camo here & there... 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

(Double) Date Night...

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TOP: Anthropologie | DENIM: J.Crew (25% off with SHOPNOW) | HEELS: Christian Louboutin (similar here & here) | BAG: Prada (loving this new style of Tory Burch w/a triple zip! & this one is similar!) | SUNGLASSES: Sole Society c/o | WATCH: Michael Kors | BRACELETS: David Yurman, Baublebar c/o, Stella & Dot | RINGS: Monica Vinader, Baublebar | NECKLACE: Baublebar | LIPS: Nars 'Heatwave

Finally, the outfit I was planning on posting - the shirt is finally online! This was my #ootn on Friday night for a double date night with our friends Mike & Savannah. We are really grateful to have them! In fact, Savannah & I meet for lunch at least one time per week at McAllisters... it became such a common practice that we bought their new Tea Tumblers & I am pretty sure we paid those cups off in the first week, lol! Anyway, these J.Crew jeans are semi new to the store & I have never purchased denim from J.Crew before. It is safe to say that I will be re-purchasing if they all fit like these because boy, they are so comfortable & I find them to be flattering! PS. I get asked about what size I order a lot so.. in the top I got a Medium (its a little big but I kind of wanted it loose and longer.. in the jeans I got my normal size!)

Anyway, this is my date night look... I am pretty sure this shirt will get LOTS of wear this year seeing that it is kind of reddish (okay its 'tangerine'). John is a devout OSU Buckeyes fan & I love the Hogs so I am sure I'll be re-wearing it plenty. Oh & the ruffle down the back doesn't hurt anything. ;)

Hope you all are having a great week!! Thank you for stopping by..xo!


 

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