Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sequins Meet Overalls











Overalls: KUT from the Kloth - Only $40!, Sequin Crop: This color is sold out, but these are great options here and here, Heels: Steve Madden, Bag: Tory Burch Robinson (Bought last year) but love this tote., Earrings: Baublebar, Lipstick: Dose of Colors - Bare With me (LOVE!)


Take your "overall" look from Farmer John to chic by pairing them with sequins. I'll find any excuse to wear something shimmery on any day, so this was a great match. The overalls made the look more casual, but the heels and sequins dressed the overalls up some. It's a win/win!

If you happen to live in an area with Forever 21, you should make your way over there STAT! As of two days ago, Forever 21 was having a big "BOGO FREE" sale, so it's worth a shot to see if it's still going on. Their prices are already next to nothing, so you can find some great things. I bought a fun bomber jacket for $13, and got this crop top for $0. These sales are perfect times to buy things that you probably wouldn't spend money on regularly.

Also, if you haven't ever checked out Baublebar - take this moment to click where I linked my earrings and check out their stunning jewelry. They have a wide selection of things, and great quality. Such unique pieces like these ear crawlers that I'm obsessed with. Every time you make a purchase, you get points that can add up towards your future purchases, so that's a major plus.

We're halfway to the weekend, so make today great! 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas


1. Hey Handsome! Toiletry Bag - I thought this bag was so cute, and it's a plus that it compliments your significant other each time they open it.

2. Personalized Leather Money Clip - I got Kalep one of these a couple of years ago. It was more of a tooled leather one, but it's been one of his favorite gifts. 

3. 1 Million Cologne - This is my absolute favorite men's cologne that I've smelled. It smells so good, and I'm kind of biased towards this one because it reminds me of when Kalep and I first started dating. 

4. Mini Pocket Projector - You can stream movies and videos from your Apple or Android device and project them using this pocket projector. It seems pretty cool, and it can spark an impromptu movie date someplace other than your couch! I was also at an event a few weeks ago that happened to be taking place at the same time as a major football game, and there were lots of guys crowded around a tiny phone. Help your guy (and his friends) out with this cool device! :)

5. Heart Boxers - These are just fun! 

6. Personalized Leather Toiletry Bag - Just another toiletry bag but this one's personalized!

7. Personalized Valet Tray - For his wedding band, watch, etc.!

8. DIY Valentine's Instagram Book - A few years ago, one of my best friend's mom (who is also one of my favorite people in the entire world), made me a paper sack scrapbook that was so cute. I made one for Kalep for Valentine's day full of pictures of us, quotes, etc. There's a picture below. If you feel like doing a DIY, this one is a different version of that using your Instagram photos! 

Today marks 6 months of married life for us, and it's been such a fun ride even on the bad days, and next week is Valentine's Day so today's post is all about L-O-V-E! Kalep and I don't normally give each other big gifts on Valentine's Day, and I actually love that because I'm a big cheeseball. I prefer a sweet card or gesture. I'm always leaving cards and notes around the house or in Kalep's truck just to brighten his day, so I kind of turn that up a notch on Valentine's Day. I hope this gift guide serves as some help to you if you're stumped on what to gift your person on Feb. 14! 

I've also attached the beer wraps pictured up above as printables. I made them for Kalep a couple of years ago as a part of his gift, and he thought it was pretty cool. Print them on cardstock and use double sided adhesive to stick them to the bottles! I did this in 2014, so one of the wraps has "02.14.14" on it. Just ignore that one and print an extra of the others! Side note: Not promoting alcohol use, but just in case beer is a part of your gift - you can dress them up v-day style! ;)

As Valentine's Day approaches, it's important to remember to hold the ones we love closely every day of the year and not just on February 14. Today, I pray for my hometown and all the people hurting by the loss of a loved one. While gifts and cards are nice, hugs and "I Love You's" mean so much more. 

Have a great Monday friends! 



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

White + Nudes










Sweater: Express Factory - Unfortunately, you can't shop Express Factory online, so if you're ever around one, check it out. They always have great deals! (Similar here and here (only $17!)), Jeggings: Express (Buy 1, Get 1 for $29.90!), Booties: Bought last year, and I wish I could find them to link them. They are so comfortable. (Similar here and here - love these!), Bag: Similar here
It's already Wednesday, and I'm barely posting my first blog post of the week. It's been a busy one. We went to Ruidoso with some great friends this weekend, and I've been buried in paper and lace doing wedding invitations ever since we got back. I'm so privileged to get to do a couple of my friends' wedding invitations for their upcoming big day in April (they happen to be on the same day), so I have to get them out within the next couple of weeks. Anyway, on to the outfit...

I totally disregard the whole "don't wear white after September" rule because I love it year round especially winter whites. Pair whites with classic nudes, and you've got yourself a super simple combo that never fails. 

Have a good evening friends! :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Street Style





Top: Similar here, Jacket: Similar here and here (love this one!), Pants: Express (Buy 1 get 1 $29.90!), Shoes: Nike, Bag: Tory Burch - Similar 
Today’s post is pretty short, but I just wanted to share my new “kicks”. I’ve had such a complex about getting these Nike Dunk Sky Highs because I have “kankles,” so I wasn’t too sure how they’d look, but ultimately, I just had to have them – kankles or not. Even though they have a wedge inside, they’re super comfortable! They also come in so many colors. I love "street style" outfits because you get comfort and fashion. I've gotten into a terrible habit of buying Nikes for the sole purpose of wearing them for style…instead of actually using them to run or workout. I've been seeing a correlation between my growing shoe collection and my body (lol!), so I'll get to work on that. Oops! I finally worked out yesterday for the first time in a couple of months though, so that's a start. Anyway, have a happy hump day my friends! 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Grey + Cognac













Top: Topshop (Only $20 and so comfortable!), Jeans: Old (Express) Similar here (lots of sales going on right now!) and here (only $20!) Shoes: I bought last year but similar here and here. Belt: Similar here, Necklace: Baublebar (One of my favorite necklaces!), Bag: Tory Burch (LOVE the York Totes!)
 This was my #OOTD yesterday, and it was so nice to not have to wear a sweater or carry a jacket around. I love the winter and colder weather, but I'm ready for it to start warming up again. Anyway, one of my favorite color combos is grey and cognac. They have a good contrast between them which makes each stand out more.  Another favorite - plain white tees, and TopShop has the best and only for $20-$30. White tees are so easy to dress up or dress down. As weird as it sounds, I have the hardest time finding good white tees (as basic as they are). Some are too short, too wide, weird neckline, etc. Be sure to check out the many sales online today for MLK Day! Express has a good one going on right now. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy MLK Day! 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Camo Chic










T-shirt: Banana Republic ($12! LOVE the t-shirts and lounging clothes from BR!), Camo Pants: I bought these last year, but I've linked some similar ones that I love herehere, and here. Bow Flats: Aminah Abdul Jillil, Faux Leather Jacket: Forever 21 but similar here. Bag: Coach (Haven't purchased a Coach bag in a LONG time, but I actually looked at them the other day, and loved the simplicity of this one. I forgot how cute some of their newer styles were!)


So one thing that also came along with marrying Kalep was the camo clothing. He was stunned when I told him I had never been hunting prior to dating him, so I had zero pieces of anything camouflage. No worries though, he filled my closet with it. Anyway, I do love going to the deer lease with him and wearing it out there, but it'll pretty much stay in my closet until the next hunting season. One type of camo I actually love to wear year round is army camo. I think it's such a fun print, and so wearable. I paired it with these bow flats to add a chic touch to the camo. Ever since I purchased my bow pumps for my wedding, I've been obsessed with Aminah Abdul Jillil's shoes. They're beautiful and are made of such good quality. 

Also, if you're ever on the hunt (no pun intended) for plain tees or clothing to lounge around the house in, check out the Banana Republic Factory Store. They have such cute pieces, and at incredibly low prices.

We're halfway through the week, and I hope you all are having a great one so far!  

Monday, January 11, 2016

My Current Makeup Routine


Happy Monday everyone! 

I thought I would change it up from outfits and do a current makeup routine post. I'm definitely not a pro at this, but if watching hours of YouTube tutorials gives any credibility (lol!), then I guess that counts for something! I don't really have a set routine that I do ALL the time because I like to change it up and try new products, but a lot of these products mentioned are some that have become staples in my make up bag. This is my current makeup routine that I've been doing for the last few weeks.





EYES






6. Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Precision Longwear Eyeliner (Forgot to picture above! Oops!)

I like to do my eyes first, so I can wipe up the runoff from the eye shadow without messing up my foundation. I got the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette for Christmas, and have just been loving it. It's one of my favorites from Urban Decay. The pigmentation is SO good, and I love how it's mostly neutral colors but has a few colors that are a little more out there as well. I always prime my eyelids with the Urban Decay Primer Potion. This stuff is awesome! It's $20, but I have had the same tube for the last two years because you don't need much each use. For my eye shadow lately,  I start off with the color "Zone" (Row 2, #4) in the crease as the transition color, the color "Punk" (Row 1, #5) on the outer lid in a 'C' shape, "1987" (Row 3, #4) on the inner corner and center lid, and finally, "Bathwater" (Row 1, #2) on the brow bone.  I then do my eye liner which is super easy with the liner I linked above because it's pretty much like a marker with a pointy tip. For the mascara, I always prime them with the white end of the Loreal Double Extend mascara. I don't really like the actual mascara part because it seems to flake off quite a bit throughout the day, so I guess I kind of waste half of that mascara duo. I then go over my lashes with the Diorshow Blackout mascara which doesn't take a lot of coats to get them big and full. I love the Anastasia Dip Brow for my eyebrows even though it does tend to dry out after you've had it for a while. I usually just stick to dipping it around the edges where it's usually always moist.




FACE









On to the face...

I always moisturize my face first, and mix some coconut oil into whatever moisturizer I happen to be using. I really need to find a good one and stick to it. That's one thing I'm always swapping out. It's no secret that my cheeks are ALWAYS red, and even worse when I get embarrassed (lol!). I've had a hard time finding a primer that calms the redness, but this Clinique one has done a pretty good job so far. I apply that to my cheek areas, and apply the Loreal Miracle Blur to prime the rest of my face. I love this stuff because the texture is exactly like Smashbox's Photo Finish Primer, but $10 cheaper and you get more of it in the tube. For the last few months, I've worn the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, but I decided to try something new because I can't buy that foundation anywhere around here, and I was always bad about ordering it online before I ran out of the one I currently had. That has been my favorite foundation that I have ever tried until I tried the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, and not to mention, it's about $20 cheaper which is a plus. I have pretty dry skin, so this foundation gives such good coverage without looking "cakey." It feels light, and lasts longer than the Giorgio Armani foundation. I like to apply it with my Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush that I have linked below. For me personally, that brush works better than using a beauty blender for my foundation. I do use a  damp beauty blender for my under eye concealer though. I apply a light layer of the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector to my under eyes first, then blend it out with the beauty blender. It gives a really pretty bright sheen. I apply the Mac Prep + Prime on top of that, down the bridge of my nose, middle of my forehead, and a dab on my chin to highlight. I have always had a hard time finding concealers that don't give me a lot of under eye "creasage" and the combination of the under eye corrector and prep + prime works really well for me. I set that with the beige & yellow hightlight colors from the Lorac Pro Contour Palette. I set the rest of my face with the Mac Pro Longwear Pressed Powder, and contour with the "Medium Contour" shade from the Lorac palette. These shades are also very pigmented, so you have to be very careful. The brush that came with the palette wasn't my favorite, so I use a large angled brush for the contour. I finish off the face with a light swipe of some blush, and highlighter to the tops of my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, above my cupid's bow on my lips, and on the chin. I do the bottom eyeliner last after I've done my face makeup. There's not really a reason to it though. I like to use the liquid eyeliner I linked above because it's really easy to smudge out but it stays on all day and doesn't start smudging even more to give you a black eye look (lol!).  




LIPS + ETC.






6. Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick (Sorbet) - Also not pictured, but I love this one!

For the lips, I've pretty much been sticking to the four colors I have linked above lately. I can't get away from them! They are definitely some of my favorite lipsticks, and have such good lasting power. Matte lipsticks work best for me because they don't get all over my teeth all day, and I hardly have to re-apply. Once I have applied all my makeup, I set it all with Mac Fix+. I also like to use it to "foil" my eyeshadow sometimes to make it stand out more. I just spray some on my eyeshadow brush and press it onto the eye lid, or dip the brush in the shadow before applying. I had to include the perfume because it is one of my favorite scents. My perfume collection is mostly made up of perfumes that Kalep has given me, and he has awesome taste. He hasn't failed in picking out good ones yet! 





BRUSHES







These are some of my favorite brushes in my make up bag. The Sigma brushes are more pricey, but they are definitely worth it because of the great quality. I got a few sets of the brushes for Christmas last year, and I haven't purchased a single brush since. They're still as good as new. If you had to pick one to invest in first, the Kabuki brush would for sure be my choice! Beauty blenders are so good at what they do! I'm constantly buying these because Tyceroni also has a love for them. I have to watch him when I'm doing my makeup because he likes to snatch them up and chew on them when I'm not looking. I've heard that this Dawn dish foam is super good at cleaning makeup brushes from other bloggers and YouTube videos, and I'm here to confirm that they are absolutely right. The makeup melts right out of the brushes, and gets them back to their original color. It's seriously awesome, and only $5! 

This has been my makeup routine for pretty much the last few blog posts. If any of you know any must-have products or favorites, please tell me because I love trying new makeup. 

Hope the rest of your day is absolutely wonderful! :)

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