Sunday, November 29, 2015

Holiday Hairstyle Ideas (Faux Braid & how to use Spin Pins)

 About a year and a half ago, I did an Instagram post of my 'can't-french-braid braid' & I had a lot of requests for a tutorial. I did a pictorial, but I kept getting requests for a video so here we are... At the end I show how I use spin pins to make a messy bun! :) SO, this hair style is REALLY good if you A. have dirty hair B. are growing out bangs & they are at an awkward length or C. want to have an elegant hairstyle that can be done quickly if you have a special event or something coming up! (video is at the end of the post.)

PS. If you are new here, bear w/me on videos- I always have to make sure everyone knows I am not great w/video! Also, I mention in the video that I don't really have a mirror nearby so I couldn't really see what I was doing so it didn't turn out as neat as it would if I were close to a mirror.

My sequin top is HERE! (On Sale 40% off for Black Friday!)
My earrings are HERE. (Cyber Monday promo, 35% off!)
My ring is HERE(Cyber Monday promo, 35% off!)
My lipstick is "Redd" w/"Ruby Woo."
Hairspray is HERE.
Heat protectant is HERE.
Texturizing/Dry Shampoo is HERE
Curling iron is HERE.
Spin pins HERE.

My most recent makeup post is HERE.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Most Popular Items || On Sale

ON SALE: Pink Ray-Ban Aviators (up to 25% off!) |  Chicwish Sweater (25% off!)

ON SALE: Red Tory Burch York Tote (up to 25% off!) | Black Ray-Ban Aviators (up to 25% off!)

ON SALE: Grey Sweater ($24!) 
My leggings are HERE. Booties are HERE.

My red wallet is not on sale but I love THIS red wallet - it is 30% off.

ON SALE: Monogram (30% off!) | Faux Fur Vest in brown (40% off) or Black version for $24.

Similar leggings HERE. Booties HERE.

ON SALE: Tory Burch Booties (30% off!) | Tory Burch Bag (30% off)

My jeans are HERE. My sweater is HERE. My hat is HERE.

ON SALE: Ugg Boots (20% off!)

The sweatshirt is HERE. The leggings are HERE.

ON SALE: Hot Pink Sweater (50% off! -- $32!) | iPhone Case (up to 25% off)

My jeans are HERE. My bag is HERE. My boots are HERE.

*THIS is an amazing dupe for my boots- they are on sale for $150 & always sell out VERY quickly.*

ON SALE: Black Poncho

(recent outfit - see full post HERE.)
ON SALE: Paris Tee | iPhone Case | 'Emily' necklace (30% off!)

Happy Black Friday! Last night, my mom, sis & I went to a few places here in Tulsa to see what the sales were like andddddd they were fun. :) I did some shopping! 

Make sure you check out YESTERDAYS POST of my picks from the top sales!

Sidenote - I wore a cape recently that I got in London that wasn't available online - well now it is in stock HERE.

If you are traveling this weekend, I hope you have safe travels. xx.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Guide To Black Friday Sales (1)

Just a quick post with some of the best sales I've seen...

Love Always Couture (my monogram necklace) || 30% Off Sitewide w/code SPARKLE30
Shopbop || Up to 25% Off Sitewide (see my picks below)
Nordstrom || TONS of things marked down, some is 50% off (lots of my recent outfits are on sale!)
Express || 50% off Sitewide 
Tory Burch || 30% Off Sitewide (see my picks below)
Ann Taylor || 50% Off Sitewide
Loft ||  50% Off Sitewide 
GAP || 50% Off Sitewide
Old Navy || 50% Off Sitewide
Chicwish || 25% (or more) Sitewide

(I'll add more as I find them out so check back!)
First of all, some of my most popular outfits on Instagram/blog are currently marked down 50% from Nordstrom
1. YSL Pallete (lips, eyes, cheeks, etc.)
2. Hourglass Bronzing & Highlighting Kit (that's a super good deal!)
4. BEST OF SIGMA Brushes (these really are a few of their bests - great deal.)

2. AG Jeans - this is THE best brand!
3. Red Tory Burch York Tote (I just got this!)

2. Junction Riding Boots (these are gorgeous!)
5. Suede Boots (oh em gee....!)

I hope you all have a wonderful & relaxing Thanskgiving day. Anyone going to do actual early AM black Friday shopping?! I want to hear ab it if so!! 

John is on a bad rotation so my family is coming here for Thanksgiving. I am sooooooo excited!  Also, I have a little surprise coming up in a couple of days - I know you all are busy with loved ones so I am saving it for Monday. 


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

5 Tips to Accentuate Your Features

If you are wanting to make your cheekbones appear more defined, your nose look smaller, your lips look fuller, etc. (using makeup!) you are in the right place... maybe. Okay, you all know I am far from a makeup artist, but I get the same reoccurring questions & decided to turn it into a full out post on how to accentuate features. This is not an updated makeup routine - most of my makeup was already done - I was just showing a few of the steps.
1. First things first, Contouring. I know you all have seen my contouring posts before, however, this post was inspired because of a few e-mails I recently started getting... All of a sudden I started getting questions asking if I had a nose job. I won't lie, the first time I got the e-mail... I was pretty shocked. No one has ever asked me that before & my nose is a very average nose (I think?! - It's the same as my dads!). Anyway, once I started getting other e-mails regarding this, I told my best friend here in Tulsa (who sees me sans makeup often) & she goes "Emily, your nose really does look different when you contour it!" At this point, I knew a dedicated post was vital. (So to answer the question, no nose job here!)

This step is essential for defining your cheek bones & slimming down your nose. I love the Anastasia Contour Kits - they are the best since they have great highlighting shades as well as contour shades, that's what I've sworn by for the past year. However, I'm showing you how to use a bronzer to do this in case that's all you have on hand! The key to using a bronzer is making sure it is MATTE (aka NO glitter.)

1. I use the NARS ITA BRUSH (worth the $$) & this Bobbi Brown bronzer (in shade 'Natural') to quickly carve out my cheekbones.
2. I use my favorite eye shadow brush (also worth the $$) & the same bronzer to draw two lines down my nose. 

All of this HAS to be blended out after - I use THIS brush to buff/blend the lines so that they are no longer just lines.

*Contouring is creating a shadow - you may want shadows in different places than me so it may take experimenting.*

2. Next step is what I call "Glow" because this isn't necessarily part of contouring. After you've blended out your contour, you can use a lighter shade of bronzer around the rest of your face - especially working it around the hairline. If I skip this step - my face looks so lifeless & dull. 

Also, if you are wanting to make your face look slimmer all the way around - or even your forehead, this step will help! It is similar to contouring in that you are creating shadows - just not as hardcore. 

THIS is my  HOLY GRAIL bronzer for the 'glow' effect & THIS is the best brush to apply it with... especially around the hairline. (This doesn't have too much shimmer which is why I love it!)

3. Next is eyebrows. I have an obsessed with eyebrows - mine are cray-cray. Since I am on accutane I get them threaded. I recently had them done which is nice because they do a great job giving me my arch back. However, if they start to lose shape and be arch-less, I can't go w/o brow product.

Just adding a little bit of brow product on your brows defines them & helps shape your face. You can see in the photo below on the right what I look like w/ one eyebrow filled & the other not filled. 

I have all of the Anastasia brow products (the powder, Brow Wiz, & Dipbrow)..
I alternate depending on the season, so during the winter I tend to use the Dipbrow more which is what I am using here. 

The best brush to use with Dipbrow is THIS brush (it also works w/her powder the best!) & I lightly dip the brush in the product and quickly fill in my brows. (using shade Soft Brown)

*I always use a spoolie to brush through them AFTER I use Dipbrow.*

4. (Eye)lashes are a big deal because they help to open your eyes up and make them pop. It is also very feminine to have big lashes! 

 One of the top questions I get asked is about my eyelashes since I love love love long, thick eyelashes. You all know my magic trick is using THIS serum at night (I feel like a broken record.) Also, if you don't have long eyelashes - get THIS mascara at the drugstore & only use the white side. TWO COATS of this and your eyelashes will look thicker & longer. I've been doing this for about 1.5 years now & everyone I know has started using it! (You can see me apply mascara primer in my summer makeup routine HERE.)

Also, I love the Too Faced 'Better Than Sex' mascara & the Dior Extase mascara. (I used the Too Faced on for these photos.)
5. Lips. It seems like the trend is having big lips - but those are hard to come by.... I always thought my top lip was kind of small so I tried EVERY lip plumper on the face of the earth... or it felt like it! But about 2 years ago, I was reading reviews online for lip plumpers that actually work. When I was reading about the Dior Maximizer - women were leaving reviews saying "if you use this for 15 days like the instructions say, you'll see a difference!". I broke down and bought it and use it to this very day because it truly does make a difference. (Is it gross that its the same bottle?? Getting my money's worth!). 

Also, a trick to making your lips look fuller is finding a good lip liner -- I like mauve or brown liners because they tend to help make my lips look bigger (like a shadow effect?). Some girls like to over-line a little bit which can help, but I don't have steady enough for that! 

Also, I always sweep a little highlight over the cupids bow because this makes that top lip look like it is protruding.

I am using THIS liner in "Mauve" & this lipstick in "Angelic". This is just a good,  everyday combo. The liner is a long wear formula so I like that it stays put all day!

My favorite brown liner is "Stripdown".

(Sorry I don't have any good photos of lip liner application - since Accutane has destroyed my lips I don't think you'll wanna see a close up, not cute. :/ )


Okay, that's that. I really hope this helps! Let me know if you have questions.

Other details:
My red tunic is HERE ($48 - obsessed.).
My monogram is HERE. (4xl, 16" chain)
Earrings are Chanel.
My watch is here.
THIS is the eyeliner I am wearing.
My hair had not been fixed or curled prior to these photos, but I use THIS curling iron & THIS hairspray.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Holiday Attire

WHITE BLOUSE W/BOW TIE: Joe Fresh c/o | SKIRT: Joe Fresh c/o (runs large - wish I would've sized down!) | TIGHTS: Commando (highly recommend!) | HEELS: Valentino (dupes for under $100!) | COAT: old (very similar HERE & HERE) | BAG: Chanel (very similar HERE & HERE) | EARRINGS: BP (love these too!) | MITTENS: Parkhurst | LIPS: "Angelic' + "Mauve" (obsessed w/these combo & love this liner!!) | WATCH: Michele | BRACELETS: David Yurman | SUNGLASSES: Prada

One of the fun things about the holiday season is getting to dress up for Christmas parties, work events, New Years, etc. I was excited to find this top on Joe Fresh - its one of those simple tops that I'll get to wear a lot during this season because it goes with so many skirts & it dresses up simple looks. There's just something about that black bow.. :) Joe Fresh also has this skirt in black too! One last thing, I also ordered THESE glitter flats and they are seriously so cute! If you are not a heels person, these would be a festive addition to any outfit.

In other news, we got our first Christmas tree this weekend! Our first few years of marriage, John was still in medical school and we were moving a ton so we never really had a home - so this year is our first year to have one and be able to decorate our home. I had no idea how much effort goes into a Christmas tree until I started shopping for one - and then looking for all of the ornaments, holy cow! I think I am going to bribe my mom to come help, lol. I am going to attempt decorating it tonight.. :/ If you have tips -- I am all ears!! :D

Monday, November 23, 2015

10 Outfits to Re-Create This Thanksgiving

Time is flying by - I can't believe Thanksgiving is this week! Anyway, I wanted to share 10 looks that are great for this Thanksgiving. Many of them include basics that most of us have in our closets already so you they should be easy to re-create - and I tried to find similar items for the ones that are already sold out! Hope this helps, I'd love to see your Thanksgiving outfit ideas, too! xx.






OVERSIZED SWEATER (size up to get larger look) (but how cute is THIS dress!) | RIPPED DENIM | BOOTIES | BEIGE HANDBAG



(Recent post SEEN HERE.)

GREY SWEATER (available in other colors!) | LEGGINGS | BOOTIES | LIPSTICK

Hope you all had a great weekend! John had to work so I spent a LOT of time with Fitz! We stayed inside cleaning & getting ready to start Christmas decor. <3


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