6/23/17

Lavender Fields

I had heard about a local lavender farm only 30 minutes from our house, so a few weeks ago Stan and I ventured out there to walk around and pick some lavender. Fun fact: Stan is obsessed with lavender. It's one of the only floral scents he loves so convincing him to visit this farm with me was an easy task. LOL The owners give you little twist ties and you can pick as much lavender as your twist tie will hold. As soon as Stan heard that, he was on a mission to pack as much as he could in each bundle. I was cutting the actual flowers, but Stan was in charge of bundling them together and he made me keep picking until the twist tie almost burst! He was so proud of those bundles - it was hysterical. 

Since it was quite hot that day I opted for this loose fitting and flowy dress to help me stay cool. This dress was part of my recent Loft haul and I love the drop waist style which I specifically zeroed in on because it would also be bump friendly. I always size down in Loft or Ann Taylor and prefer their petite sizes which I did with this dress. I've already been perusing some of their new arrivals because their sales can be too good to pass up for easy and affordable summer dresses. I picked my favorites and added them to the shopping widget below!

Dress - Loft (on sale!) | Bag - Hat Attack | Sunglasses - Quay (only $60!) | Sandals - Schutz (old but similar here and here) | Necklace - Nashelle Designs

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6/22/17

Simple Summer Glowy Makeup Tutorial

I've been loving this glowy summer makeup look that I've been wearing lately. Enjoy and don't forget to subscribe!

All the products mentioned in the video are listed below:

Sisley Tinted Sunscreen (in shade 1) 
Real Techniques brush (I used this for concealer) 
(blog post with swatches of all the neutral shades)
Lilah B Blending Brush (for MUFE shadow) 
Instagram post 

6/21/17

Review: Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette with Swatches

Urban Decay has released another Naked palette and I swear the buzz around each new one gets bigger and bigger. LOL I already have the first 3 Naked palettes and find that Naked 1 and Naked 2 suit me the best while Naked 3 was way too rose/pink for my taste. This newest launch called Naked Heat came at the perfect time since all the colors are reminiscent of summer.
As you can see from the swatches above, the color payoff is what you expect from a Naked palette. It's a medium pigmentation with only a bit of fallout when applying. While I think this palette will be a hit with tons of people especially because of all the gorgeous warm bronzy tones, this one is sadly not for me. With my pale skin the colors skew very orange on me and most are darker than I would wear on a regular basis. And there is only one pale color while the rest are shades that I would wear for an evening out. But though it's not a fit for me, I highly recommend it for those with a darker or more olive skin tones. With a gorgeous mix of matte and shimmer shades mainly in the bronze, gold and copper families, I think this palette would be absolute perfection.
*pr samples included

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6/20/17

When You're Not On Vacation But Still Want To Dress Like It

When I first ordered this dress and it arrived, I immediately thought it would be perfect for a tropical vacation. But I loved the fit so much (and the fact that I could wear a regular bra - it surprisingly doesn't show the straps that much) that I decided to keep it regardless of my non-tropical locale. Ha! I've worn it a few times to dinner and even with slides and a straw bag for a casual look running errands and still love how cute and fun it is for summer. And since I've been on a red lip kick recently, it gave me a reason to wear one which was the perfect complement.

I was hesitant to post it at first because I saw that it went out of stock initially, but then 30 minutes later from when I checked it was back in stock in 2 sizes. And then later another size popped up. I see that often with Asos items - so I assume people return sizes that don't fit and the items are then made available immediately. So my best advice (with this dress or Asos in general) is check back periodically. I actually picked up a few Asos pieces that were out of stock and then came back in right when I was online and I managed to snag them in my size. (I always feel a bit victorious when this happens LOL)

Dress - Asos (keep checking back as I see various sizes come back in stock, also love this tropical print dress and this dress) | Shoes - Loeffler Randall (similar with higher heel here and with a block heel here) | Bag - Sophie Hulme (color no longer available) | Sunglasses - Le Specs (under $70!) | Lipstick - Gucci Iconic Red | Bracelet - Vita Fede

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6/19/17

Gingham With A Pop of Red

I love stripes year round, but in the summer I am drawn to gingham. It seems as classic and easy to wear as stripes especially in black and white. Maybe that's because I know I am instantly going to pair it with red accessories or a red lip. Ha! So predictable (like in this post and this post). I'm convinced you either love red and have quite a good amount of it in your closet (like myself) or you stay as far away from it as possible. I've been wearing red since I was a teenager and always felt quite comfortable in it's boldness, and then when I really began playing with makeup in my 20's I fell in love with wearing a red lip. 

I haven't been shopping at Loft in quite a long time but have been looking for easy comfortable pieces for pregnancy and loved so many things from their site. Also there is always a sale going on so paying full price is never an issue. Ha! But in all honesty I find myself only shopping at certain stores if there is a sale (J.Crew, GAP, Old Navy, Loft, etc) and even if I love something I will simply wait a few days for a sale to be announced. Sadly I think it can be a vicious cycle for those retailers once they begin offering frequent discounts but as a consumer I love it. A few other pieces I picked up at Loft recently were this dress and this dress which are both styles I can wear now, during and after pregnancy. 

For all you fellow gingham lovers like myself, I rounded up a ton of other cute styles in the shopping widget below! Be sure to click the arrow on the right to scroll for all the options.

Dress - Loft (also love this dress and this one currently at Loft) | Shoes - Valentino (budget option here, here and here) | Bag - Gucci | Sunglasses - Free People (sold out but similar here and here) | Bracelet - Vita Fede | Lipstick - Gucci Iconic Red

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6/16/17

Friday Finds

Slides, Bracelet, Bracelet, Sunglasses, Bag
Happy Friday! Hope you had a great week. I'm back today with another Friday Finds post and it's going to be quite the random one as always. Candle finds, a book I'm reading, home decor pieces - basically a smorgasbord from the past few weeks!

1. First of all, I don't know how great this candle actually smells but the packaging alone makes me want to buy every single one! #packagingjunkie

2. My book reading spree has continued and I'll be rounding up the books I finished over the past few weeks in an upcoming post. This is the current book that I'm reading, and am still undecided on it. I am intrigued but not captivated yet....

3. I've been wanting to try the kimono trend recently but refuse to spend a ton of money on one so I was thrilled when I found this gem on Target's website! I ordered the white one and am excited to wear it this summer.

4. I'm slowly beginning to finish my office and this clothing rack was one of the first things I bought. It's half the size of a normal rack so it fits perfectly in small spaces but is so well made! For the price, this is a great piece.

5. There are so many great wall prints out there that I'm having a hard time narrowing down exactly what I want, but this one is in my top 3 currently.

6. So many people have been raving about this plumping gloss and now I'm wondering if I need it too?!! #bandwagon

7. Coffee table books are such great decor accents but can be sooo expensive. I have been wanting this one for a bit and found it for almost half the price on Amazon. Yay! I'm probably going to snag this one and this one next.

8. I've been on the hunt for cute stretchy dresses now that I'm pregnant and Asos has been a recent fave. This striped number is so cute and this one is currently sitting in my cart. Stripes forever!

9. These are not feasible now for me, but these skinny jeans are going to be one of my first purchases post baby. In fact, I may buy them now to make sure I get them before they sell out. The distressing is perfect and the price is unbelievable! 

Those are all my finds from the past few weeks. Hope you enjoy!

6/15/17

The Comfiest $20 Tank Dress

I used to wear so much black clothing years ago because I worked in cosmetics that I swore off black from my closet for a long time after that. I still love denim, olive green and neutrals but would steer myself away from black many times. Over the past few years, I've slowly begun to add pieces back in to my wardrobe but I still like to keep it balanced with color and prints. I had placed a large order from Zara recently to see if any of their dresses would work for me now and possibly later in my pregnancy, but the only two pieces that looked flattering were this black tank dress and this off the shoulder striped dress I wore here

I feel like there are two roads for maternity looks - body con dresses/fitted items or flowy, billowy pieces. To be honest, I am drawn to both styles and will wear either as long as the whole look is flattering. I do anticipate this tank dress to be a staple as the months go on, but finding a good one has been harder than I thought. Most are way too sheer in the back and I feel like you can see everything especially in the sunlight. No thank you! This dress thankfully is opaque enough, and at less than $20 is a major steal.

Dress - Zara (also loving this tank dress and this one) | Shirt - J.Crew | Sandals - Coach (similar here and here) | Bag - Gucci | Sunglasses - Ray-Ban | Hat - Rag & Bone | Necklace - Made Community

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