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I’ve never been a huge makeup girl. While I can kind of do my hair, makeup is something I just have no talent in. Or maybe it’s patience for? However, even though I may only put on eyeshadow once a month, there are a few staples I swear by when it comes to my beauty routine.
1- Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation– A local makeup artist, B Wilson actually turned me onto this product. Previously I had never even used a MUFE product. This however is a game changer. It’s fool proof, gives flawless coverage while making your skin glow but without the shine.
2- Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder– My skin leans towards the dry side and often times powders can make my skin look more dry and highlight the dead skin. This powder is super lightweight that it doesn’t cake on.
3- Benefit ka-BROW– I’ve been blessed with full brows but cursed with uneven ones. This brow gel is easy to apply, giving you all the control you need and it doesn’t rub off throughout the day like some others I’ve used in the past.
4- Kevin Aucoin Matte Lip Color– I love a gold lip color, the bolder the better! However, I hate the feeling of wearing lipstick, it feels sticky and unnatural. This product I was introduced to by Houppette Beauty and feels like I’m wearing nothing on my lip but gives a vibrant color.
5- Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs– Ever since a teenager I have loved perfume. I think it all started with the Britney Spears’ Fantasy scent (embarrassing). I’d like to think my sense of smell has evolved since then as now my signature is Daisy Dream.
What are your favorites when it comes to beauty?
Is it just me or is this the longest winter ever? And it’s only February! Luckily, when I was at AtlantaMart a few weeks ago I got a dose of spring with the a sneak peek of my favorite brand’s upcoming warm weather collections. Like this, from Duffield Lane.
When I stopped in the Duffield Lane booth and starting browsing through the resort and spring pieces I stopped when I came to this adorable dress. I mean scallops? Sold. Now just imagine I had a tan too and wasn’t pasty white. Trust me, you too will wear it all spring long.
Every year I can’t wait to put up my Christmas decorations. It takes everything in my to not put them up before Thanksgiving. I usually wait until the weekend right after Thanksgiving to put them up, and that’s just about as long as I can wait. However, as quickly as they go up, they go down as well.
By NYE I had my Christmas decorations down but couldn’t part with taking the wreath off my door. I consider it more of a winter pieces than Christmas, ya know? Another thing that I don’t retire post Christmas? Plaid. It’s in heavy rotation all winter long. A cold weather wardrobe staple. I love mixing plaids with leather and bling (just like I did here) to keep from looking like a Scottish kilt or Christmas dinner tablecloth.
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and are kicking off 2017 in all the right ways! I wanted to share my Christmas outfit today. As you know, Christmas is my favorite holiday (followed closely by my own birthday). I love the festivities, the annual lunch with my family and celebrating my parent’s anniversary.
Growing up one of my favorite things was picking out my Christmas outfit. I’d plan it weeks in advance, as it’s an opportunity to get a little more dressy than usual, wearing sparkles or plaids and velvets. Once I spotted this Elizabeth Mckay dress I knew it was the one! It’s plaid, has a fitted waist and get this… pockets! Yes, everything is better with pockets. I paired it with this monogrammed clutch Will got me for Christmas (thanks bf!), the monogram snaps on and off so you can use it with your other Grateful brand bags too. Genius!
Growing up we had a “fake” tree. Well actually, we had a real one for a few years when I was little but whenever we replanted them they would die so we got a fake tree instead (to save the planet before it was cool). Last year was the first year in my adult life I got a real tree and to be honest the whole experience is a lot better. Instead of lugging a big fake one up from the basement, trying to put together the parts so they align just right, going to a tree farm, picking out and cutting down your tree just makes the perfect Christmas tradition!
This past weekend we went and got our tree, I searched the whole tree farm Goldie Locks style. This one’s too small, this one’s too dead, this one’s too thin but THIS one is just right! I think we found the perfect one if I do say so myself. So tell me, do you get a fake tree or a real one?
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and family followed by lots of shopping (ie. Black Friday and Small Business Saturday). I spent the holiday doing the same with my family in Aiken, South Carolina. We even started a new tradition this year with attending the Blessing of the Hounds at Hitchcock Woods. It was the perfect weather, maybe even too warm for my cozy sweater but I thought it fit the occasion to a tee! If there’s one thing you should know about it’s that I love dressing the part, whatever it is, give me a theme and I’ll run with it!
But back to Isle Field, let me introduce you to this warm and luxurious brand of knits with just the right mix of preppy, classic and fun. Their styles are ageless so they’d make the perfect gift for everyone from the bestie to your mom. Next on my list is this one!
Let’s be real, when it comes to the holidays style is all about the sparkle and the comfort! It’s about looking cute but still being able to eat all the stuffing and turkey without worrying about sucking in your tummy. It’s about wearing clothes that once the tryptophan kicks in you can still bend into a pretzel and sleep on the sofa without being scared of wrinkles. Right, guys?
That’s where this outfit comes in. These pants you see? They’re really leggings but super cute with leather and the stretchiest waist. Oh and the top? Peplum styles cinch in your natural waist and hide your “food baby” with the extra fabric perfectly well placed. Top it all off with some sparkly tassels and you’re set to enjoy family time and good food without wrestling with your wardrobe.
Every fall/winter I have a go-to sweater. The kind that goes with just about everything, can easily be dressed down with leggings for snuggling at home or dressed up with a skirt and heels. It’s cozy warm but not frumpy. THIS sweater is that sweater for me this season. When I saw it at Posh Collections, I had to have it!
Speaking of sweater weather, now that we’re well into fall I’ve started making my fall bucket list. Just a few things I want to squeeze in before the holidays and winter approaches. Here’s what I’m hoping to do:
- Make a pie
- Carve a pumpkin
- Decorate the front porch with mums and said pumpkin
- Watch a new scary movie
- See The Girl On The Train in theaters
- Make a fire in the fireplace one chilly evening
- Visit a fall festival
- Go for a hike and look at the changing leaves
What do you hope to enjoy this fall?
You know how say dog is a man’s best friend? Well, a good purse is a woman’s best friend. Amirite, ladies? A good bag carries everything you need to survive the day, including; your laptop, agenda book, a spare charger, some beauty products, maybe an extra pair of shoes and of course, your wallet. While an okay bag holds all of this, a great bag has it all organized in separate pockets and compartments to eliminate that black hole affect.
Well, let me introduce you gals to the bag of your dreams… meet the Ambiance Combo by Ambitious Elegance. This bag is large enough to carry all your belongings, keeping them organized and so much more. You see, it was made by a busy woman for THE busy woman. One of my favorite features is the strap on the back of the bag which was made for your rolling luggage handle to fit through so it can easily ride on top without swinging around and tripping you up.
There’s more though… it’s made in Italy so of course it is composed of the most beautiful, soft yet durable calf leather and available in 6 different classic colors! You can buy the tote alone but I recommend purchasing it with the clutch as the clutch is made to fit into the middle compartment so you can take the clutch with your wallet inside out to lunch and keep the tote under your desk. The clutch is just as versatile as the tote, it comes with a strap giving you the option of a cross body style or it folds in half with a button snap securing it shut for an even smaller look that is perfect for dinner.
If you’re looking for a work bag, travel bag, mommy bag or just an everyday bag, you need this one! PS. if you’re in the Philly area, the designer, Maddalena is local so stop by her showroom.