5/26/17

Midi Dress Love + My Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale Picks

Midi dresses are one of my favorite styles of dresses but only about 1 in 10 ever work out for me. Most look better on women that are taller and my 5'4" frame often doesn't make the cut. However, there are those rare ones that stand out to me and instantly work. This dress by Moon River was one of those dresses. While it is technically a midi dress, it definitely falls a bit longer on me making it closer to a maxi style but nonetheless so flattering. Maybe it's the off the shoulder aspect or the slightly a-line fit with the belt giving a defined waist, but either way I don't find it overwhelms my figure. 

Sadly it is not part of the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale, and I kept checking back to see if it would be. Womp, womp.  However, I did spot a few really great pieces in amongst the pages and pages of really bad pieces. LOL While I love a good sale, some are better than others and there wasn't too much from this one that got me super excited. I know that sounds blasphemous especially since this sale is so highly anticipated, but I still did manage to identify a couple of splurge items that were marked down to a good price and a few warm weather pieces that would be a great addition to one's closet. See all my picks in the widget below and click the arrow to the right to scroll through.

Let me know if you picked up anything from the sale. Leave me a comment with a link to the item in case anyone else wants other suggestions! :)

Dress - Moon River (also available here and in another style here, romper version here) | Bag - Hat Attack | Shoes - Joie (also available here and here, budget version here) | Sunglasses - Free People (only $20!) | Watch - Timex c/o

Shop my Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale Picks:


5/25/17

My Mom's Updated Morning Beauty Routine

It's been foreverrrrrr since my mom has done a post on my blog so I thought it would be the perfect time to check in with her and see what she is loving right now! She is sharing her current morning beauty routine - both makeup and skincare. You can read her prior posts here, here and here. And without further ado, here is my mom talking through her current morning routine. 

1. Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil - This has been a staple in my routine for years and I don't think I would ever be without it. I like to apply it with dry hands to a dry face and then rinse away with warm water. It hydrates my skin without ever leaving any feelings of residue.

2. Retrouv√© Revitalizing Eye Concentrate - I've used the Retrouve Replenishing Facial Moisturizer and loved it, so I definitely wanted to try the Eye Concentrate since it was too heavy for Maree. I love the way it absorbs leaving my under eyes smooth. I never get milia with this concentrate and it definitely has minimized wrinkles.  This has been a staple of mine for quite some time.

3. Mila Moursi ph Balancing Toner - I spritz this on after cleansing and it works well at helping balance my skin.  

4. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence -  Maree gave me a bottle of this and I had to ask her a few times how and when to use. She advised using after I tone but before I apply serum. I pour a small amount into the palms of my hands and press it into the skin.  After a few weeks, I really began to notice a difference in how soft my skin felt and it appeared firmer and more even toned.

5. Kate Somerville Age Arrest Anti-Wrinkle SerumThis serum is so lightweight and only a drop is needed to cover my face. It almost feels as if my face has a smooth canvas that allows for an easy application of moisturizer and foundation. I've definitely noticed a difference in the firmness of my skin and any fine lines look much more minimized. That is why I have kept it in my morning routine because in addition to seeing results over time, I have noticed my face appears much smoother and more taut right after applying which makes it perfect for applying before makeup.

6. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral SunscreenMoisturizer SPF 40This sunscreen applies easily and provides a wonderful base for my foundation. At first I thought it would be too thick for wearing under makeup, but it disappears immediately into the skin and leaves it feeling so hydrated and smooth.

7. Zelens Youth Glow FoundationI love how this foundation provides a glowing dewy coverage. Since my skin is more on the dry side, I love trying out any foundation that gives a more radiant finish. This is definitely a new favorite.

8. BeautyblenderThe way the Beautyblender smoothes and blends my foundation is amazing.  I definitely have a back-up at all times.

9. Tom Ford Scintillate BlushI am a fan of cream blushes, and this Tom Ford Scintilate blush has become a staple.  It applies easily with my fingers and I blend it in with a few dabs of the Beautyblender

10. RMS Eye Polish in LunarOver the years I have struggled with finding an eye shadow that does not cause an allergic reaction, but once I found RMS Eye Polish I can wear it every day without ever being concerned.  It's smooth to apply and wears all day.

11. L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara - I'm a long time user of this mascara and find it gives my lashes great volume with very little smudging during the day.

12. Chantecaille Lip Chic in Anais - This was a gift from Maree a few years ago, and I have been repurchasing it ever since! Many lipsticks have a tendency to dry out my lips, but this formula keeps my lips hydrated for hours.

Thanks to my Mom for sharing her morning routine. Hope you enjoyed this post! All of the products she discussed are linked throughout the post or in the widget below.

Shop all of my mom's picks below:


5/24/17

When You Find A Better Deal

I initially saw this top on the Club Monaco website and instantly loved it! The colors, the shape of the top and the breezy style instantly drew me in. However, as with some of their things I couldn't justify the price (even on sale), so I kept looking for something similar and stumbled across this top on Asos' site. Though the colors are different and there is less pleating, I still thought it looked quite similar and once it arrived fell in love with the fit! 

I'm not typically a huge bargain hunter as I lose interest quickly when searching for that 'needle in the haystack' piece, but every now and then I will get lucky like I did with this top. One of my tips on helping to organize a search for something is to use Pinterest. I initially pinned that Club Monaco blouse and was able to go back and compare it when I came across this one from Asos. Not a groundbreaking concept I know, but it has truly helped me search better, plan out each season's wardrobe and decide where I need to fill in. I have discussed before how I instantly pin things I am interested in and that allows me to reference back so I don't forget items I am loving, or which site I found it on. 

Top - Asos (under $60! and also love this one) | Jeans - Topshop | Sandals - Loeffler Randall | Bag - Proenza Schouler | Sunglasses - Stella McCartney (similar here and great budget option here) | Lipstick - NARS Heat Wave

Shop more Asos tops for spring:

5/23/17

All About Stripes

Since last week's post was focused on the palm print trend, I wasn't planning on doing a round up on another pattern but frankly I have been drawn to blue and white striped pieces lately (remember this top and this dress?). So I figured I would share a few of my favorites.

1. Table Lamp - This lamp is such a statement piece! It's so versatile and would look cute in a bedroom, sitting room or in a nautical themed room at a beach house.

2. Beyond Yoga x Kate Spade Sports Bra - Half the part of working out is looking cute, amiright?! This Kate Spade collaboration is so cute and the sports bra is a great piece to pair with solid leggings or buy the matching pants. See the full collection here.

3. Superga Striped Sneakers - I can see these sneakers worn with white jeans and a chambray top for summer. And a straw bag of course!

4. Frill Sleeve Dress - I love all stripes equally so the larger ones on this dress are what instantly drew me in. And the sleeve detail gives it a feminine edge.

5. Stripe Cloister Top - For those that prefer an even bigger statement sleeve, this top really delivers. But the very small stripes help to balance out its boldness.

6. Kate Spade 4 Piece Place Setting - Stripes don't have to be just for clothing - this place setting combines a few different patterns but looks so cohesive. This would be a great option for an outdoor entertaining this summer.

7. Madewell Skirt (also available here) - This skirt looks easy and breezy and something that would be so comfortable. I would wear it with a simple white tee and wedge sandals.

8. Accent Pillow - One of my favorite ways to change up home decor from season to season is with pillows. These striped ones come in a few different colors and really feel like summer to me.

9. Striped Maxi Dress - I feel like this dress checks off all the boxes - you can wear a normal bra with it, it's fitted at the waist and flares out which tends to be the most flattering cut for many women and the stripes are vertical which helps to elongate the body. So much goodness in one dress.

10. Wedge Espadrilles - I already have these wedges in a neutral beige (last seen here) and I swear they are some of the most comfortable shoes I own! This striped pair is fun but still looks quite neutral because of the color palette.

11. Sleeveless Woven Top - The bow details on the shoulders make this a bit more interesting than a regular ol' striped sleeveless blouse. I would wear it with high waisted jeans and slides to keep it casual.

12. Tory Burch Miller Sandals - I'm not the biggest fan of these Tory Burch logo sandals but there is something about the striped version that instantly caught my eye!

13. Wildfox Sweatpants (also available here) - I love stripes even in my loungewear. The bright blue color makes it a bit more whimsical and fun for an ultra casual look.

Which is your favorite piece out of all my picks?!! I think the maxi dress would be mine. Such a chic and classic dress.

5/19/17

The Shoe of the Season: Mules At Every Price Point

I'm currently writing this while blasting the A/C since we just had a huge heat wave come through with temps in the low to mid 90's. Spring will be moving along so nicely then drop to cold fall temps for a few days and rebound with end of summer temps. Today is another scorcher but things should return to normal in the next few days. I love wearing jeans and a light flowy top as it begins to warm up but once it becomes too hot - I switch to almost all dresses/shorts/skirts exclusively. Hopefully I have a few more weeks left of wearing my jeans with cute spring tops like this striped one because I love the look! For those that get cold indoors like myself it's always the best solution (and having a frumpy old sweater thrown in my purse or car for reallllly cold places LOL). 

I was hesitant to delve into the mules/slides trend this year because they can borderline on frumpy but I have loved so many of the styles I've seen! This pair that I picked up from Joie was a mix between a mule and strappy sandal which made them so much more versatile. I always feel when a trend first begins to come about the options are never the best or only appeal to a few, but as the trend gets more traction brands produce so many different styles and takes on that trend that inevitably it becomes more appealing. 

I tried to search through my favorite online sites and pull together my favorite mule styles and ones that I thought were the most flattering for tons of different price points. Scroll through the widget below to see them all! Sadly my Joie sandals are out of stock in the nude color I have but I linked other colors below and found a close dupe here (for half the price too!).

Top - Anthropologie | Jeans - Rag & Bone (similar here) | Shoes - Joie (also available here and here - also similar less expensive style here) | Bag - Chloe (great budget option here) | Sunglasses - Free People (only $20!) | Watch - Timex c/o

Shop more neutral mules and slides:

5/18/17

A Red Lip for Spring


I've been on a nude lip kick for way too long and this look gave me a chance to break the rut. While I love to change up the makeup products I use each day, I will often stick with the same lip colors for months on end whether that be nudes or bold shades. The warmer weather is a great time to begin pulling out my favorite reds and vibrant oranges for daytime. Typically when I wear a lip this bold, I keep almost everything else in my makeup look simple and understated to let the lip stand out. This top was the perfect piece to match with one of my favorite reds - NARS Heat Wave. And of course, the rest of the outfit was neutral because the top had enough going on! 

Yesterday Stan and I visited a gorgeous topiary garden exhibit near Baltimore and the whole place was stunning. Actually one of my favorite books growing up was The Secret Garden and I've always been fascinated by ornate gardens. I could have wandered around the property all day long yesterday and never grow tired of all the cute places to sit, relax and take in all the gorgeous greenery and flowers. Now that we have a formal backyard I would love to create a small sitting area to enjoy in the warm weather. If only I could find a way to have it without all the bugs. :) 

Top - Anthropologie | Jeans - Current Elliott | Shoes - Joie (also available here and here) | Bag - Sophie Hulme (similar here) | Sunglasses - Stella McCartney (similar here and budget version here) | Lips - NARS Heat Wave

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5/17/17

My Straw Tote Collection + Reviews On Each

I'm loving straw totes this year and I thought I would round up all of the ones I have and give a review on each. Enjoy and don't forget to subscribe!

The products mentioned in the video are listed below:

Also available here
Here's a post on how I styled it



Also available here
Here is a post on how I styled it

And here
Here is a post on how I styled it

Here is a post on how I styled it

Also loving this one 
and this one 
this one is perfect for a beach vacation 
and I love how colorful this one is 

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