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Fashion Week Beauty Prep

09 February 2016

Hooray, Fashion Week kicks off this week. First off, I'll be the first to tell you how not amused I am about the weather conditions of this week, especially with last week's Spring temperatures. I guess winter is happening, now? And because I've been sick almost every other week since the new year I have to keep it practical {ie: I'll be warm but I wont be cute}. So, with this week's festivities calling for a pile of layers I might as well have a decent beauty routine in my corner for when I show up to shows sporting a parka. Thus, me sharing some of my key favorites and asking for some suggestions to get the ball moving. 

First up, the hair. Now, that it's colored and cut - thanks to Sally & Spoke and Weal, I think it's safe to say I'm ready in this corner. But, it doesn't hurt to have a little extra hydration so I'm sticking with  Lee Stafford's Breaking Hair Treatment ($15) twice a week for smooth sailing. 

Second, skin. Origins is launching the first ever mask primer, Maskimizer, this Friday and guys, it's amazing. I've been using it for the last couple of weeks with my favorite charcoal mask and it is incredible. I literally spritz it on my skin, pat, and apply mask like usual. It's super hydrating and Maskimizes {see what I did there} the results. Boom. Best idea ever? Pretty darn close. 

Eyes & Lips. If there's one thing I'll be wearing in excess this week it's this lipstick and mascara. I'm almost always wearing neutral lip colors but Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick in Honey Bare is my current favorite. Anyone have a current lip fave they want to share?
As for nails, I haven't gotten that far yet. Any suggestions on colors? Also, I'm looking for a new primer - any one have a current favorite?


Cobalt and Paisley

08 February 2016

Since the weather has been incredible over the last week or so there was no chance that I was going to let my chance of wearing this dress escape me, especially since it's supposed to snow and drop down again this week. I can't help but love the dress even more with my new do' courtesy of Jay at Spoke and Weal. I went in thinking I was getting a trim and came out with a whole new style, and I'm obsessed. Let's see how long I can tolerate bangs again ;). 

Side note: this dress is on major sale here {under $40}, here and here

Dress Free People, Boots JustFab, Bag Melie Bianco via DSW

Decorating with Dalmatian

04 February 2016

Forget polka dots, guys. Dalmatian is the new polka dot. 

Now, I have nothing against a good polka dot, it's a classic and always will be. But, there's something about the vibrant and unique print of a Dalmatian that has me dumping the classics for something new. I'd love to say it's my love of imperfection but after spending quite a bit of time on pinterest and flipping through home magazines, not many disagree with my new found fondness for the animal print. I'm officially obsessed and want it all over my house - walls, drapes, pillows (ok, I have those) and furniture? Yes, please. Sure, you don't have to go all in and it's probably not recommended but it's definitely worth a shot especially if you're in the mood for an upgrade. Which is why I've rounded up about a half a dozen ways to decorate with one of my new found favorite prints - dalmatian. Cruella would be proud. Image Credit.

1. Frame it

2. Throw it on your couch (or bed)

3. Curtain Crew

4. Put It On The Wall

5. Fun Furniture

5 Easy Hairstyle To Try For Valentine's

03 February 2016

Since I've been cooped up all week with Strep I figured should take a break from binge watching Shameless on the couch and put together a round up or two of hair ideas for Valentine's - I can't believe it's February already. So, I'm sharing some of my favorite 'romantic' hairstyles that are not only easy to do but easy on the eyes. Date or not. 

1. Half Up With Braided Crown
Separate hair from the underpart of hair and braid over to the other side (tutorial here) and pin. Pull back two large pieces from the front of your hairline and pin back, tease if necessary. 

2. Low Side-Swept Loose Pony Tail
Divide hair in two, twist the pieces and pin to one side. The pins should be enough but you can secure with a hair tie if you prefer and then take out the pins. 

3. Faux Bob
With a 1" curling want add waves to hair, then pull into a low ponytail and pin up with bobby pins {you're going to need a bunch for this one}. Let the loose pieces fall out. You don't want it to be perfect. Spritz with hairspray for holding power (I use: Garnier Sheer Set}

4. Touseled Waves
Start with a volume enhancing spray and curl with a 1" wand from a 1/3 of the head down. Brush out with a wide tooth comb and fix loose pieces. Spritz hairspray for holding power. 

5. Half Up with Volume
Divide hair from crown and lightly tease. Pin each side back with bobby pins. Let loose pieces fall into place. 

Winter Essential: The Statement Coat

01 February 2016

Ok, I know I wore this jacket in last week's post but I literally can't stop wearing it. It actually took a little while for it to grow on me but I'm starting to love the oversized fit. Obviously, I couldn't be more obsessed with the print. I'm particularly enamored with my most recent pairing with my giant cozy sweater and skinny jeans. Next up, overalls. 

Jacket NewChic, Bag Marshalls, Sweater OASAP, Jeans Levi's, Boots Jessica Simpson

6 Ways To Bundle Up this Winter

29 January 2016

Bundling up for winter doesn't always have to mean covering yourself from head to toe in layers. Often all you really need is a few essential pieces paired with something a little more 'fun' to keep you from fall into a winter style rut.  Since this week has been far warmer than last, I had to take advantage of the beautiful {40-something degree} weather and take a break from all pants all the time. Thus, making this week's #styled6ways with the girls a little more whimsical with a flowing skirt and this absurdly cozy cashmere sweater that Garnet Hill was kind enough to send over. I'm kind of obsessed, at least with the sweater. 

Sweater Garnet Hill, Skirt Chicwish, Jacket Few Moda, Bag & Shoes DSW

See how Jackie, Jenn, Kacie, Tiffany, and Alex are bundling up in their Garnet Hill pieces this week.