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..


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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.:

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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 Nordstrom.com & 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. 

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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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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bright Blue...







 TURTLENECK: Forever 21 (medium) (THIS style is perfect if you like better quality!) (I love this sharkbite style blue sweater) | DENIM: A Gold E (love this similar style!)) | VEST: Chicwish c/o (wearing an XS, Long) | BOOTS: Louise Et Cie (run true to size for boots) | BAG: Rebecca Minkoff (similar style) | SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker | WATCH: Michael Kors | RING: David Yurman | BRACELETS: David Yurman, SoCal Gems, J.Crew | LIPS: 'Fashion Boost' w/'Up The Amp' | NAILS: Queen's Honour | EARRINGS: BaubleBar


Did you see Fitz in the background of that last photo? He had me cracking up - one second he was digging a hole the next second he was running in circles around me as fast as he could go - like he had just had an energy drink (or an iced coffee ;)). 

It's easy to stuck wearing darker colors when the temps drop - its so hard not to really. I am a sucker for bright, bold colors so I have been keeping my eyes out for wintry warm pieces that are vibrant & fun. This turtleneck (only $22!) for the bill exactly - I love this shade of blue! Also, if you are still on the hunt for the perfect OTK boot - these Louise Et Cie that I am always wearing (oops) are hands down the best. 

Hope you all are having a great week. Thank you so much for reading!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fall Foliage









COAT: Nasty Gal (love this style w/o faux fur!) | DENIM: Wit & Wisdom ($64!) | SWEATER: Forever 21 (love this cowl neck & this similar but cashmere version) | BOOTIES: Zappos | SUNGLASSES: Prada | BAG: Prada (similar style & love this black handbag!) | BRACELETS: similar leopard bangle, Charm & Chain, SoCal Gems | RINGS: BaubleBar, Kendra Scott | EARRINGS: BaubleBar | WATCH: Michael Kors  | LIPS: Liner 'Vino' w/Viva Glam 3

I have been on a mad hunt for black booties with a good chunky heel - as you may have noticed I wear these taupe booties pretty much all the time and I wanted a black pair similar but with gold hardware. Anyway, I ordered these from Zappos and I have worn them daily. They are comfortable & I like that the heel is a little taller than most booties (yet they are not hard to walk in ;)).

John and I had a great weekend in Arkansas. The temps dropped & it was ridiculously cold! We came back to Tulsa to a light snow falling! Not sure if I am ready for snow just yet but.. it is really pretty! 

I am linking a few items that would make great Christmas presents for HER.. (ahem, or me!) I am really wanting THIS brush! I have heard that it is amaze. Also, I was given a mini bottle of THIS perfume at Sephora & I can't stop wearing it!


Friday, November 14, 2014

As of lately..

(sweater) (vest - xs, long) (leggings - $38!) (booties - just got these this week & I am obsessesd.) (similar bag) (PS. when I order from Chicwish I always spend the $3 extra for faster shipping, trust me, it is worth it!)
(ring) (scarf) (earrings) (lips: fleshpot, liner: soar, gloss: dior)
(cardigan) (white tee) (hat)(similar hat) (sunglasses 'brown pink' & ON SALE!)
Fitz was a beanie baby for Hallwween - he did not like it and he ripped that tag within the first 5 minutes of wearing it!! John and I were laughing so hard my stomach was aching trying to get these photos. (I've had people ask so my pajama pants are here (& on sale for $17!!!) & the top here (on sale for $20!)... I had pjs on at 5pm bc I had been pretty sick for a couple of weeks!)

This weekend John & I are in Northwest Arkansas. John took a few days off for his best friend's wedding. Ironically, both of our best friends just finished pharmacy school in May and moved to NWA to work for Wal-Mart. John is a groomsmen in the wedding so we are spending the entire weekend here. Fitz is LOVING it - he's a sucker for attention. :/ :)

I hope you all have a great weekend - if you are experiencing this ridiculous chilly weather, stay warm! I packed like every sweater I could haha - I may wear them all at the same time.(!!) 



 

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