5/5/16

Sightseeing Around Nashville

Tularosa Santa Fe Embroidered Jacket.
Tularosa Santa Fe Embroidered Jacket.
Tularosa Santa Fe Embroidered Jacket.
Tularosa Santa Fe Embroidered Jacket.
We are currently in Memphis after spending a few days in Nashville and we had the best time! I will be doing a recap of our trip next week because we managed to hit up a ton of great spots and eat so much amazing food (well Stan ate most of it, I can barely keep up LOL). I wore this outfit during our last day of sightseeing because it rained cats and dogs the day prior and I was just sloshing around in my rainboots and drinking as many hot beverages as possible to stay warm. Since everything is so close to each other, we managed to fit in a few different places in one day. The first two and fourth photos were taken in the Five Points neighborhood which has the cutest (and colorful) homes, as well as a quaint little shopping district. After that we headed to downtown Nashville to visit Printers Alley, and see the Shelby Street Bridge. And there were no shortage of perfect brick walls to satisfy any blogger's photo dreams. 

The temps were surprisingly chilly during our stay so I am happy that I packed this Tularosa jacket because I would have had to borrow Stan's the entire time. #marriage I am new to the Tularosa label but many of their items have been on my wish list for awhile now (picked up this dress as well). The jacket is lightweight but has a lining which makes it a bit warmer and let's not forget to talk about the fringe! That is truly what sold me on the jacket - I am a sucker for fun details like that. While we had a car, we still did quite a bit of walking so I needed comfortable shoes that would not leave me covered in blisters. I am so happy the block heel trend is still around because they save my feet! And let me not close this post without addressing the hat. Get ready for this........I purchased this hat in the CHILDREN'S section (not juniors) of Nordstrom. Ha! I saw it on a table next to a stack of toddlers' clothes (seriously, the sales girl was giving me major side eye as I went to put it on), and it ended up fitting perfectly! I like that it sits atop my head rather than sitting too low and covering my eyes. Thanks for all the recommendations for Nashville - hopefully my recap can be a great guide for anyone planning on visiting there in the future! 

Jacket - Tularosa (also love this color) | Tank - Joe Fresh (old but similar here) | Jeans - Current Elliott | Bag - Chloe | Hat - Nordstrom | Sandals - Sigerson Morrison | Sunglasses - Illesteva

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5/4/16

3 New Mascaras Worth Trying From It Cosmetics, Marc Jacobs and Sisley

If you watch any of my tutorials on YouTube, you know I love a dramatic lash. Slightly clumpy and very black is how I prefer my mascara formulas. Not a spidery gross clump (but I guess that is up to everyone's interpretation), but definitely some drama. I have been testing out three new formulas and found that all of them were right up my slightly clumpy/dark color/dramatic alley.
1. It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara - I believe the first time I ever tried this was on camera during one of my tutorials and I was immediately stunned by how gorgeous the formula went on. The brush is the least spiky of all three but it goes on quite thick from first swipe and builds up quickly. My below images are 2-3 coats of each, though I was surprised at how the Superhero mascara came out on camera. Because in person, I find it to be much more dramatic and beautiful. In the swatches, it came out a bit meh which I apologize for. But if you watch any of my recent tutorials, I use it in many of them. What sold me even more was there were no bits left on my brow and almost no smudging. The brush is also the easiest to maneuver and allows me to get even the smallest lash because of the narrow end. This will definitely be a repurchase for me when I run out.
2. Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara - This is the newest mascara launch from Marc Jacobs and all I heard was rave reviews. So like the beauty sheep I am, I had to buy it and see for myself. I immediately liked the look of the brush and knew it would give me a beautifully separated lash, which it did. The formula is inky black, though not as dramatic as the It Cosmetics. I even let it dry a bit and tried adding a few more coats to get it to bulk up a bit, but it never quite reached the level of clumpiness that I prefer. However, I loved the long, separated and flirty lashes it gives me so I reach for it quite often. The only downside is that it leaves bits on my brow bone within an hour of applying. I would not choose this for when I need my makeup to last all day, rather a few hours or an evening out is a better choice for this formula.
3. Sisley So Curl Mascara - The original Sisley So Intense mascara is one of my all time faves (and has the oddest brush/comb ever so it takes some getting used to), so naturally I needed to try the new curling formula. The brush is much closer to a standard mascara brush than the So Intense and has a small curve to it, hence the "curling" claims. The formula managed to combine the best of the two previous mascaras into one. It builds up quickly to give the lashes some drama, separates them nicely and gives them nice length and a curl. There were no bits left on my brow bone and no smudging which made it great for all day wear. I didn't think I could enjoy a Sisley mascara formula more than the So Intense, but they managed to make one that rivals it. 
*pr samples included

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5/3/16

Boyfriend Shorts

I know these shorts look like they are hanging on by a thread, but I still adore them! I purchased them 2 summers ago and wear them constantly in the warmer weather. I am thrilled that Rag & Bone made them a permanent style but unfortunately they sell out quickly each season so it's best to buy them before spring even begins. I linked a ton of other options in the shopping widget below - many brands make similar styles at a variety of price points. On another note, if you follow me on Instagram you know that Stan and I embarked on our 30 day road trip throughout the southeast. Hooray! We are currently in Nashville until Wednesday and then we head to Memphis. I didn't anticipate it being as chilly as it has been, so funny enough I have been wearing this utility jacket nonstop since we arrived. Hopefully as we head further south it will begin to warm up and I can put away the jackets. Stay tuned for a travel recap of each city we visit and what we enjoyed the most! And for more snippets of our adventures, follow me on snapchat too (username: alittlebitetc). 

Jacket - Madewell (similar here that's under $100) | Tank - Old Navy | Shorts - Rag & Bone (also here and similar here and here) | Tote - Kayu (sold out but in other colors here) | Shoes - Soludos (another color option here) | Sunglasses - Westward Leaning (c/o)

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4/30/16

What Should Be In My Closet: All Things Stripes

Vertical stripes, horizontal stripes, thick stripes, thin stripes - I love all things striped! I pulled together a fun assortment of clothing, accessories and a mug that would make drinking any hot beverage more fun!

1. Solid and Striped Anne-Marie swimsuit - I don't always gravitate towards a one-piece swimsuit, but the colors in this one really appeal to me.

2. Illesteva Leonard II Striped Sunglasses - Not something I would wear everyday, but I love the look of these striped sunglasses. And the red accent adds the perfect balance of color.

3. Madewell Striped Stretch Dress - I have a similar style dress from Madewell that is a few seasons old and wear it all the time. This new version looks like it would be a closet staple.

4. Stateside Vertical Stripe Romper - I jumped on the romper bandwagon last year (remember this post?) and just picked this one up a few weeks ago. As a stripes lover, I adore this pattern and it looks super comfortable.

5. Kayu Luna Striped Woven Bag - If you can't wear a pineapple purse in the summer, when can you?!!! 

6. Aurora Stripe Mug - For some reason, I have been buying up mugs recently. I love to drink hot water (I know, weird but I do) and sometimes tea, but this gold and white striped one seems like it would take my experience up a glamorous notch.

7. Kayu Pinata Fringed Woven Tote - I recently picked up the Kayu tote in the classic straw pattern, though I debated getting this fringed one too. It's not too big and the fringe detail makes it so unique.

8. J.Crew Striped Canvas Pumps - I can see these worn with a flowy white dress or even ripped jeans and a button down blouse. And at a heel height under 4 inches, my feet wouldn't have to suffer.

9. English Factory Combo Dress - I am the primary color queen (remember this post?), and I was immediately drawn to this cute striped dress with a pleated skirt that is attached!

10. Whistles Striped Knit Tee Dress - This dress has gone out of stock and come back in so many times and I never have been able to snag it! I currently have it sitting in my cart so hopefully I can grab it this time. Though it's a fitted style, I can see it worn with sneakers or flats to dress it down and make it perfect for a casual everyday look.

11. Clare Vivier Supreme Flat Clutch - Clare Vivier's Leopard Clutch is a classic and one of the most worn pieces in my closet, so this striped version seems just as wearable. 

12. Sundry Dolphin Shorts - Perfect for the beach, pool or just staying cool in the sweltering summer heat - these shorts are a warm weather must have!

Another fun beauty find - Mario Badescu teamed up with Clarisonic to make this amazing set! And it contains one of my favorite cleansing gels - such a great value. 

4/29/16

Shimmer Lipsticks That Are Wearable For Daytime: Surratt Beauty Prismatique Lips with Swatches

Surratt Beauty Prismatique Lips
Surratt Beauty is a newer beauty line that launched over the past few years, and this is my first introduction to the line. As a matte lip lover, I don't have many shimmer lip colors in my collection, though after reading a ton of great reviews on these new Surratt Beauty Prismatique Lip colors they piqued my interest immediately. When looking at swatches and pictures online, they seemed like they had a chunky shimmer to them which I wasn't sure I would like. Nothing is worse than grainy glitter in a lip product. Ouch. But as soon as I received them, I felt the texture and it was as smooth as a lipstick or balm.
Surratt Beauty Prismatique Lips
The pigmentation is quite sheer though there were a few colors that gave a more opaque finish - Chi Chi and Elitiste being the main two. I anticipated the sheen for these lip colors to look frosted (which was cute in 7th grade perhaps), however the finish is more luminous and radiant making the lips look full and healthy.  
Surratt Beauty Prismatique Lips swatches
For neutral lip lovers like myself, there are so many great options to choose from. Elitiste is my favorite shade, followed by Lili Doree, Chi Chi and then Pailettes. I have been using them alone as my lip color for the day, but they would also be gorgeous layered under a gloss or over top a bold liner. I have been thoroughly impressed by this formulation, and am now excited to try more from the Surratt Beauty line - specifically this new foundation, these shadows and this lip crayon.
*pr samples included

Have you tried any products from Surratt Beauty? What are your thoughts or favorites?

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