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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall Fashion Chapter 2: Quilted Everything

Fall Fashion Chapter 2: Quilted
Images pulled from Polyvore.


I went to the mall this past weekend and I couldn't help but notice that I was constantly surrounded by quilted everything! Quilted bags, shoes, skirts, tops- everything! I know quilted things are nothing new, but it really seems to have taken over this year and I think it's so cute. 

I totally have my eye on that quilted black jacket from J Crew Factory. I tried it on in the store and didn't want to take it off- I can see it with so many different outfits!

What's your favorite??
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel


For the longest time I've been wanting to try a brow gel. I don't have crazy or unruly brows, but I thought that a brow gel might make my brows look more polished. I was also thinking that this could be a product I could use on its own to just brush through my brows and move on to the next thing on a day that I'm in a hurry.

I ended up buying the Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Granite. The first thing I was hoping was that I chose the right shade and I definitely did. It doesn't have red undertones, which I was happy about because I find that to look really wrong on my face.


I haven't tried any other brow gels to compare it to, but I think this has a really good formula. It's not too thick or too thin, it keeps my brow hairs in place all day, but doesn't look unnatural. I find that it does help to polish my brows off but that I do have to be careful because it's easy for it to get messy. I generally keep a q-tip handy because I always have clean up to do after I apply this. For me, the brush is too long and too wide and I always end up with product on the skin around my brows, which I don't like.

As far as it being a stand alone product, I'd say it's so-so. Technically, I guess, it's not meant for this, so I can't judge it too hard for this, but it doesn't apply very well on its own. I've worn it alone, but it takes a little longer to get any shape to your brows so I'd definitely stick with the traditional way of shaping and filling in your brows first and then using this as a final step to seal it all in.


Overall, I think the product itself is really nice, but I'm not too impressed with the spoolie. I definitely want to try other Anastasia brow products in the future, though. Let me know your favorites!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall Fashion Chapter 1: Vests

Fall Fashion Chapter 1: Vests
Images pulled from Polyvore.


So I won't lie, I didn't used to understand the point of wearing a vest. They don't keep you that warm because obviously your arms aren't covered, and most of them are big and bulky, so what's the point?

Still, I don't think they're not the most practical piece of clothing, but last year I really got into them and now that it's getting cooler outside, I'm totally into them again! They are nice for days where it's cool, but not cold. I love layering in the fall and vests are such an easy way to do that. When I think about vests, I think about these 5 different types I've shown here. I've been seeing a lot of people in all of these types of vests and they all look amazing in different ways. As of right now, I have a black faux fur vest and a basic white puffer vest, but I love each style and I'm definitely interested in expanding my collection!

As I was putting this post together I stumbled across Old Navy and they're having a really good sale on their "Puffa Vests" right now, so I thought I'd share that and maybe you guys can add to your vest collection without having to invest too much! This isn't any type of sponsored post, I just found the sale as I was browsing through vests and they have several color choices for pretty inexpensive right now :)

Which style is your favorite??
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Friday, October 10, 2014

Link Love: Pumpkin Recipes

Today I thought I'd share a few pumpkin recipes I've tried over the last few weeks! If you're like me, it's pumpkin and apple everything from this point forward and I've just been loving it so far :)

Here are three recipes I've made recently that have been a hit!


I made this coffee cake style and it turned out really yummy! The streusel and the glaze make it and it's perfect with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

Recipe!


We were wanting a dessert that wasn't too involved and I like being able to grab a cookie and go sometimes so we found this recipe. I almost didn't buy the dark chocolate chips because I already have semi-sweet, but the dark chocolate chips make this recipe. They were chewy, had the yummy pumpkin/spice fall flavor we wanted with the deep chocolately yummyness from the dark chocolate chips!

Recipe!


This one didn't get a proper photo because we were honestly too hungry, but this recipe was deeeelicious! The bread gets coated in this thick pumpkin mixture and it was just the perfect weekend breakfast. 

Recipe!

I hope you guys check these recipes out, they won't disappoint!

Happy Friday!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Stripes & Leopard










Chambray Shirt: Kohls, Skirt: Target (Similar), Shoes: Target, Sunglasses: Michael Kors, Lipstick: Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie

I've been wanting a black and white striped skirt that has some poof to it and finally I found it! My boyfriend and I decided to stop in Target on a whim and as I was walking past the clothes I spotted it! Obviously when I tried it on I had to have it and I was so excited to wear it to breakfast this morning.

I absolutely love the texture the skirt has. The texture combined with how thick the material is makes this skirt seem so much more expensive than it was. You could easily dress this up, and I'd love to wear it like that as well, but I decided to pair it with a chambray shirt. I love the casual look of the chambray shirt and I thought mixing patterns with the leopard flats was adorable. The leopard and the stripes just go so well together, they don't compete, they're just the perfect patterns to mix I feel like.

What are your favorite patterns to mix?




pleated poppy

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Ouidad Botanical Boost


 I've dabbled around with hair products in the past, but never cared all that much, to be honest. Lately, though, I've been really into hair products so I've been trying lots of things to help keep it healthier and more manageable. One product that has really stood out to me is the Ouidad Botanical Boost Moisture Infusing & Refreshing Spray. 

You can use it on damp hair to help preserve moisture or you can use it throughout the day to liven up your curls. What I love to do with it is pop it in my purse because I have the small bottle and when I wear my hair naturally curly, or when I curl it with a curling iron, I'll use it to touch up my curls during the day. I wanted to get a before and after picture for you guys but it's just hard to see the difference on camera. In person, though, it's SO nice. It really does give my hair a great boost that lifts my curls and makes them look so much more fresh.

I also am a fan of the sprayer on the bottle. It sprays a fine mist, that'll evenly coat your curls, not a stream that just gets a patch of your hair all wet. It has a nice scent, but it's kind of heavy, so that's probably my only complaint.

Overall I'm very impressed with this product. It's made for curly hair so it doesn't weigh it down at all. It just gives the perfect freshening effect to make it look like you just styled your hair and it's super moisturized and like you're one of those lucky people that don't have a frizz problem... ;)

Have you tried anything from this brand?

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Twirling in Tulle


















Top: Forever 21Skirt: eShaktiShoes: Michael Kors

You guys...it happened. I am now the proud owner of an adult tutu. The only time I can get away with a tutu these days is halloween (yep, that also happened, 2 years ago), but while this is a tulle skirt, it's perfect for us big kids that still love these fun pieces! I'm seriously so in love with this skirt and feel like a little princess in it :)

eShakti asked me if I would like to review one of their products a few weeks ago and I had honestly never heard of the company. I went to their website and started browsing and when I saw this skirt it was done and over- I had to have it. I've been wanting a voluminous tulle skirt for a while now and what is so cool about this company is that they custom make their pieces to your measurements. They show you what areas to measure on their site and all you do is enter in the measurements. It's super easy to do and I figured that since it's a customized piece of clothing that it would take a while for me to receive it, but I got it in about a week and a half! I was also impressed with the quality of the skirt. It's a TON of material, the zipper and clasp are sewn in well, there are no loose pieces of thread, etc- just overall a good quality piece.

I thought that because the skirt is so dressy, I'd like to pair it with a chic graphic tee to tone it down a bit. Flats really don't do this skirt justice, so I decided on a pair of short heels, which interestingly enough, none of my friends liked when I got them, but I loved them then and still love them now! And because the outfit needed a little pop- I had to go with a classic red lip.

I could twirl in this skirt for days...




pleated poppy

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