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Ulta Beauty Holiday Glam

December 28, 2015


You don't have to be going to a holiday party or gathering to get glammed up and festive for the season. My very favorite way to infuse a bit of glam is a killer red lip. But for this makeup look, I added metallic eye shadow and doll-like lashes to look a bit more polished than just any other day. 



Face:
 I started this look with my favorite Smashbox primer, wiping a thin layer all over my clean skin. Next, I used my Real Techniques foundation brush to swipe on a thin layer of Revlon Photoready Airbrush Effect foundation in #003 -Shell. This liquid makeup has been one of my favorites for a long time - it never fails me. When the liquid makeup is still slightly damp, I brush on some loose powder to set it. I used Bare Minerals loose powder in Fairly Light. Lastly, I apply a bit of my favorite bronzer (IT Cosmetics) on my cheekbones.



Eyes:
 For this metallic look, I used the Lorac Pro Metal Eyeshadow Palette, which is new to me. I really loved all the neutral metal shades. I used the colors Graphite, Guilded and a little bit of Onyx on the outer corners for this specific look. I don't usually wear fake lashes, except for my wedding day or special occasions, so it was fun to pick out a pair that enhanced the lashes I already have without being overkill. I chose this pair since they are "lash accents," not the full length of my eye, and they just enhance the outer corners. Lastly, I created a cat-eye with my 24/7 Liquid Liner from Urban Decay. This stuff is a true black and is so easy to apply, especially if the cat-eye shape is a challenge for you.


Lips: For the final touches, I used Smashbox Fireball on my lips to get the perfect, festive pop of red. This lipstick stays on, has a beautiful matte sheen and the color is a great holiday shade.


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To get your makeup to last you all day or all night (or both!) I swear by the Urban Decay Deslick Makeup Setting Spray. This stuff is a life-changer! You can find all of these products (and get lost for hours) in any Ulta Beauty store.

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Christmas Tablescape

December 22, 2015

Merry Almost-Christmas! Are you finding yourself running around like crazy before the holiday? I know I am. John and I are packing up and heading to Kansas City for the holiday to spend time with my family. Last weekend,  we decided to do a little mini-Christmas together and it was so perfect. John planned a really delicious home-cooked meal, and I decorated while drinking wine (the perfect task for me). I decided to run out to Marshalls earlier that day, and in one shopping trip, literally got everything I needed to create a really beautiful setting for our Christmas meal.


I decided to set the table for four so we could leave the decor out even after our dinner to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere. I found the silver placemats and paired them with some gold chargers we already had. On top of the chargers, I placed four gold and white polka-dotted plates on top. Each plate was $6.99! Although they look festive now, I think I can use these plates again and again for future dinners and other holidays.


While shopping around at Marshalls, I was able to find the mini cake stand I used as a centerpiece, and the peppermint and chocolate covered pretzels (for under $12.99!) I also scored this cool cranberry branch that was the perfect length to give the table some texture in lieu of using a runner. 


The table was complete when I added the sparkly red napkins and fun cheeky little metal tags to the napkin rings. 


I am so glad I have a Marshalls right up the road from me. I found everything here for under $75 on my shopping run! I am going to be so sad when I have to store all these pretty little things away, but at least I will have them for next year.


Disclosure: I have received free products or value from Marshalls or The TJX Companies, Inc. in connection with my affiliation with Marshalls Project FAB. My opinions are my own. 

Plaid & Prep

December 14, 2015


Old Navy Quilted Zip Vest c/o | Old Navy Classic Flannel Plaid Shirt c/o | Old Navy Ponte Knit Leggings c/o | Timex Women's Helena Watch c/o | Old Navy Cognac Crossbody Bag | Dolce Vita Over The Knee Suede Boots

A plaid flannel shirt and a lightweight vest are a match made in heaven. Rarely can you ever go wrong with this combination. Sometimes, its all about simplicity and comfort... and the duo of plaid flannel and a vest are the key to achieving both of those goals. Add in a pair of cozy leggings and over-the-knee boots for the ultimate winter layered look. It looks totally put together and wow is it cozy. I have to add that I love these leggings so much I bought them in all three colors. They have a fantastic waistband, they are the perfect length, and they are truly such a well-made pair of leggings. The material is a substantial thickness which was the selling point for me.

These are the exact kinds of outfits I have been reaching for to these past few weeks in New York (prior to my week long hiatus in LA). The weather has been insanely mild here - think mid 50's up into the 60's) and I cannot complain. I feel like the greater power above decided to ease us into Northeast living (thank you, thank you!) Hopefully, I will be able to get away with layered vest looks for the next few weeks before Christmas.

Fun Fact: Everything I am wearing today from Old Navy is on major sale! Get Free 3-Day Shipping and 40% off using the code SHIP4FREE when you check out!

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Peacock Blue Coat

December 11, 2015

J. Jill Berkshires Coat c/o | J. Jill Buttoned-Back Pullover in Oatmeal c/o | Old Navy Grey Skinny JeansZac Posen Bag (on major sale!!!) | G.I.L.I. Farrah Leather Pumps via QVC |  J. Jill Blurred Floral Infinity Scarf c/o

I think one of the highlights of moving to New York so far is expanding my winter weather wardrobe. It's safe to say I have been hunting for great winter boots (equally stylish and functional), winter jackets and layering pieces I can wear over and over again. When I am adding quality pieces to my wardrobe, I tend to purchase classic silhouettes in classic colors. Shades of black, brown and grey are my safety zone. When I laid eyes on this beautiful, peacock blue beauty, I felt that adding this to the collection was an obvious decision. A pop of color is always in style, right? Even more than the color itself, the best part about this coat is the quality. I have been bragging to friends and family alike, saying, "you have to feel this coat - it is so soft!" It really is.

The good news about this coat that it does come in classic shades as well... both black and tan, if you are looking for an investment piece in a goes-with-everything shade. This is one of those items I love so much I could see myself buying it in every color! How many of you do the same thing? Guilty.

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