Double Dots

March 23, 2015

Polka Dot Pin Tuck Blouse (similar blouse) | CAbi Clothing Reversible Wrap Skirt c/o | Grey Strappy Heels | Gold Crossbody Bag #fabfound at Marshalls Gold Link Wrap Bracelet

The minute I tried this skirt on, I knew it would be perfect for a mixed print look. Although pairing it with a black and white striped top would have been cute, I decided to push myself outside of my comfort zone and pair it with another polka dotted top in the reversed color scheme, and I love the way it turned out! The skirt is perfect for spring with its lightweight wrap style. it is also reversible and can be worn inside out (which has a brightly colored confetti print)!

In other news, John affectionately suggested I title this blog post, "Hottie in Dotties." I feel like maybe I need to get blogging/writing advice from him more often?? Haha! Have a wonderful Monday!

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Easy, Everyday Neutral Makeup

March 16, 2015

This post is sponsored by Target.

Easy neutral makeup is my everyday look for the workweek. I usually stick to shimmery golds, bronze, dark brown and grey tones which compliment my olive skin. My routine products include the Pixi eyeshadow in Mesmerizing Mineral (#0654) and the Pixi Brow Powder Palette (#0671), both found at Target. It is so nice to only have to use two palettes for my eyes, and I love that they are small and compact for easy storage in my makeup bag.

I used to not really think about highlighting and defining my brows until about a year ago. I had always avoided brow products since my brows were so light (almost blonde) and naturally pretty thin. I thought brow powders were for people with darker, thicker brows. Thankfully, I gave them a try and the slightest color can add so much definition to my face! 

Have you ever considered incorporating a brow palette into your everyday beauty regimen? I highly recommend trying it! The best part about the Pixi palette is that you can customize the shade that works best for your brows (instead of buying tons of different colors, its all in one compact!)

Below is a step-by-step on what I use to get the perfect everyday neutral look:

I start with my face products for the base of my look.
Foundation:  I apply a thin layer of Revlon Photoready Airbrush Effect Foundation in Cool Beige, with a foundation brush.
Powder: I then dust a thin layer of powder over my foundation to set the base. My favorite powder is Covergirl Clean Pressed Powder in Buff Beige.
Bronzer: I swipe the apples of my cheeks with my go-to year-round bronzer, Physicians Formula Bronze Booster. It isn't too brown or orangey, which I love.

Next, I focus on my eyes. For a neutral look like this, the eyes are the most important part since they should stand out the most.
Eyeshadow: I do a lot of layering and blending to get the right eyeshadow look. I used Pixi Mesmerizing Minerals (in Rich Gold) palette and started with the golden color first, which I put on most of each eyelid. Then, I used the medium bronze and lined the area where my eyelid creases. Lastly, I used the darkest color to round out the corners.
Eyeliner: My absolute favorite, no-fail eyeliner is Covergirl Perfect Point Plus in Black Onyx. I do a simple, thin cat eye to create the illusion that my eyes are a bit larger.
Mascara: I layer on Maybelline 'The Falsies' Mascara in Black Drama for long, dark & contrasting lashes.
Brows: Pixi Brow Powder Palette is my BFF! I use a few different shades to create the perfect brow color. To finish, I use the lightest color in the palette to highlight underneath my brows. This makes me look bright-eyed, awake, and gives great definition to my brows.

Lastly, I keep my lips neutral with a hint of pink and shine.
Lips: For this look, I used L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Aqua Laquer in Lilac Ever After (a great neutral pink tone).
Lock it in: Lastly, I spritz my face with L'Oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray. This stuff is amazing. It locks in my makeup and helps it to last all day long without caking, sliding off or getting shiny. If you haven't tried this, you are missing out!

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DIY: Instagram Photo Board

March 9, 2015

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and timeshel, but all my opinions are my own. http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Having actual, printed photos lying around is rare for me anymore. Since I take almost all of my favorite snaps with my iPhone (and post them on instagram), there is never a quick and easy way for me to have them printed for frames and scrapbooks around the house. When I heard about the timeshel app (available for iOs for free on iTunes/Apple Store) I immediately signed myself up. You can subscribe to10 prints a month for $5.95 (so easy!) or 30 prints a month for $14.95. 

It was so fun scrolling through some of my favorite instagram moments from the past year and having them arrive on the doorstep in a cute little timeshel case. It was so simple to order! The quality of the prints that I received is possibly the best part of the entire process. They are printed on high-quality paper and the colors are crisp and vibrant. I knew that when I got the prints I couldn't just keep them in the case - I had to display them! They tell such a beautiful visual story of all the things I love: my fiance, my sweet dogs, friends, traveling, and fashion....(and flowers, and drinks, and skylines.... you get the idea).

I picked out a canvas covered with a cloth-like material with cool stud detailing around the edges from Michael's. I also found some cute glittery mini clothespins and super glued them to the canvas to display nine photos at a time. The best part? I can switch them out whenever I want thanks to the flexibility of the clothespins. This was such an easy DIY and I love the sophisticated looking outcome.

What do you think? How would you display your timeshel prints? Share ideas with me in the comments!

Four Favorite Wedding Planning Tools

March 5, 2015

You may have noticed that some of my posts are getting further and further spread apart these past few weeks. Although I haven't shared a lot of information reminding you of my impending nuptials, they are coming up faster than I ever could have anticipated. They tell you that the time flies when you are planning a wedding... it flies. (It flies so fast you forget what day of the week that it is... and that you have 15 things you should be crossing off your to-do list... but you only have 12 done... and then you wake up in a sweaty panic). Yes, sweaty panicky wedding dreams - thats a thing... I digress.

Anyways -- All the hours I used to have for photo editing and shopping online and blogging and commenting on my favorite blogs are now funneled into research and execution of major items for the big wedding day.

Honestly though, I cannot complain. Planning the biggest day of my life has been so much fun. I have made more decisions than I ever thought I was capable of... and I have defined my style and learned more about myself in the process. I am lucky enough to have a fiance who is totally dialed in and has been super helpful along the way!

With that said, having a tool like the new Pavillion x360 is so valuable. Between scrolling the pages of my favorite inspiration sites like 100 Layer Cake and Style Me Pretty,  and emailing and sharing my favorite inspiration - this tool has been my saving grace.

The best part is that this gadget has four modes, making it the all-encompassing tech tool. I can use it like a laptop, fold it over for tablet experience, bend it 90 degrees to prop it up, and even use it as a stand. Having a tool that accommodates the user experience is so convenient.

In the spirit of celebrating the enjoyment of utilizing all 4 modes on my Pavilion x360 - I thought I would share four of my favorite online wedding sites with you! These tools have have been so beneficial throughout the planning process:

  • WeddingWoo - Your wedding website is a huge resource for your wedding guests throughout the entire wedding process. When I began to look around at potential options, I kept seeing sites with clunky layouts, outdated themes and limited flexibility. I wanted an amazing visual experience for my guests, and wanted to offer responsive mobile design since, you know, its 2015. Many people need to access our site on the go! When I found WeddingWoo, I knew they had everything I needed. The site allows you to completely customize the user experience and the information you provide your guests! The options are endless!
  • MyRegistry - When I started registering for gifts, it became apparent that there was more than one store I wanted to register for items from. Giving my guests 10 different registry sites seemed a little excessive (okay, 4 sites, but still)... so I used MyRegistry.com! They aggregate all of my registries on to one page. My guests can order the items by site and by price. 
  • Tradesy - Looking for that perfect item? Maybe it is sold out on your favorite site, but Tradesy is a marketplace where you can buy and sell gently used items (or purchased items with price tags still attached)! When I was looking for some table decor, it was great to find centerpiece vases at a fraction of what they would cost if purchased new.
  • Pinterest - I would be lying if I said that Pinterest wasn't the most valuable resource for me throughout the planning process. It is incredible the amount of inspiration that is  out there at my fingertips! Thanks to Pinterest, I can curate boards to paint a picture of what my perfect wedding would look like. I have used images from my boards with a lot of my vendors throughout the process. Pinterest has also led me to some great vendors who I have actually hired based on photos I have found of some of their work. 
If you have recently planned or are planning a wedding, what great tips and tools do you use? Anything I am missing? I would love to hear your feedback and ideas!

HP is going "on tour" with Meghan Trainor and documenting the tour with the help of fans and influencers! To learn more about he HP Pavilion x360, click here. To ask me questions about the device, leave your comments below, or email me! 

This post was created in partnership with HP.