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Black Midi Skirt

April 22, 2014

BB Dakota Top c/o LE TOTE | H&M Black Midi Skirt sold out (black midi skirt under $30) | Shoedazzle Gold-Capped Heels old (similar Gold Cap-Toe Black Pumps) | Gold Aviators c/o zeroUV | Lulu*s Lime Tweed Clutch old (similar bright neon clutch) | Forever 21 Bracelet old (similar Baublebar Pave Lucite Link Bracelet)

"Don't let a trend wear you." Although this saying cannot be attributed to one specific person in the fashion industry, I would bet many have uttered a similar phrase. All too often, I see or notice a new style trend among bloggers, in my favorite magazines or on the street and want to run out and try it myself. I then remember to pull back and remind myself that not every trend is for everyone. Fashion is fun and it's meant to allow you to experiment, but wearing every single trend is never a good idea. 

The midi skirt was one of those trends I struggled with. It has been down the runway, and posted on all my favorite blogs. It has been around long enough to reach the racks of even the most accessible retailers such as H&M and Forever21. For my 5'3 frame (I am rounding up), it was really hard to find the perfect midi skirt. I wasn't even going to go there until I happened along the last black midi skirt at H&M a few weeks ago. There was something about it, hanging there on the hanger, that dared me to try. The texture and the heavier material made it feel so high-quality. Once I put it on and discovered the pockets, I knew I needed to bring it home. 

Adding a crop top with this skirt felt way too forced for me (although there are soo many women who can rock that look), so I decided to go an edgy direction with a pop of neon and a fun black neckline. The top I am wearing is BB Dakota, and arrived to my doorstep via LE TOTE, an awesome fashion rental service that is similar to Rent The Runway, in a monthly subscription format. You fill out your sizes and a style profile, as well as select current products you love. You get 3 garments and 2 accessories for $49 a month. You can then purchase any of the items from your tote or simply wear them for as long as you want and return thtote... so genius and so effortless for me! 

A few rules I have for wearing a midi skirt are: wear a heel that doesn't cut you off at the ankle (this will give an illusion that you are shorter than you are), keep the midi length below the knee, but higher than mid-shin, and make sure the waistline sits at or above your belly button. Also, unless you really know your body, skip purchasing online and find one in-store that you know will fit you perfectly.

What do you think of the midi skirt trend? Have you tried it? Love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments!

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Products I'm Loving

April 21, 2014

Breaking up routine can be so refreshing when it comes to using your tried and true products on a daily basis. Don't get me wrong, there are a few that I will never stray far from, but it doesn't hurt to give the new product on the block a chance, right?

True story: John calls me the "nose." Any hint of anything smelling slightly off or weird can really get to me... especially in our home. I even get grumpy when he cooks eggs and bacon, because the whole house smells like it! (ugh). Lucky for me, when these beautiful Archipelago goods arrived at my door, I could not wait to test them out. Between the diffuser, soy candles and room spray, our home was guaranteed to smell fantastic. One of the best benefits of these products is that the candles act as an air freshener without even burning them. When I did light one of the candles for the first time, it burned slowly and evenly, and released even more of the scent into our living space. The agave sage scent is light, airy and adds a touch of tropical. When I walk in the door from work, it smells amazing, which translates directly into my mood. I keep the diffuser in our bathroom, and I can smell it even when I am in the shower... which makes the whole bathroom feel spa-like. I am so glad I tried out this new-to-me line of products. The quality is fantastic, packaging is gorgeous and the scents are amazing!

Trying out candles is relatively easy, but a new skincare line can be a bit scary. I was sent the EverDeep skincare line and was super intrigued about the ingredients. The entire line harnesses the power of Algae (yes, from the ocean) to form the basis of each of the products. EverDeep is really designed to restore the radiance in skin, revealing a firmer, younger complexion. Well sign me up! I always look tired, so restoring a glow to my skin is always a high priority. I have not used the entire line religiously, but two of the products from the line have given me immediate results. I love the Triple Action Eye Cream. It has truly helped with the dark color/bags under my eyes from lack of sleep and not drinking enough water. I use it first thing in the morning under my makeup and can really see an immediate difference. The other product I have been loving is the Complete Repair Night Cream. I am a constant offender of over-drying my skin, and this cream brings back the natural balance to my skin. I have an oily complexion, and it adds moisture without overdoing it. If you are in the market to find products that are gentle and restore radiance to your skin, you should try this line!

After coming home from LuckyFABB with a bag full of products rivaling my own body weight (no joke), Hannah and I sat on my couch like two kids on Christmas morning. We pulled out each item and determined what it was, maybe smelled it/tried it on, and then went in for the next surprise. The Physician's Formula cosmetics really caught my eye because of the pretty rose gold packaging. They are smart... I stop dead in my tracks for anything shiny, sparkly or gold. I received a blush, bronzer, and a concealer + highlighter. I have been using all three and am really loving the results! Both blush and bronzer are perfect for the sun-kissed summer months ahead. The concealer + highlighter combo is really genius, and seems so obvious. I have always purchased a concealer and highlighter separately, so to have them rolled into one product makes my routine that much easier. I swipe a small amount under my eyes to reduce the look of pure exhaustion (which has been more common than not these past few weeks)... and also use some on my cheeks as a highlighter. It works great, blends well with my current foundation, and stays put all day long. You can get all of these items at your local Target, Walgreens or CVS which is a great bonus! They are totally budget-friendly.

Join Me at the Style 2020 Event

April 16, 2014

Attention friends in Southern California! Style 2020, an exclusive fashion & beauty forum, is happening a week from Friday and it is an event you do not want to miss. We will be talking about how to define style, with industry leaders like Sephora and Loreal! A networking lunch and expert panel is also included. Here are all the details... I hope to see your face there!

PS- Don't forget to let me know if you will be attending by tweeting me, @envisionpretty & @style_2020 with the hashtag #style2020! I will make sure to say hi!

Our Engagement Party

I have been so crazy busy lately that I know I haven't shared much about my engagement or the process of planning.  As the process gets underway, I promise I plan to share much more... like the venue, date, etc. In the meantime, I did seize the opportunity to help my mom plan an engagement party for John and I (naturally). We are headed back to Kansas City over the weekend and are beyond thrilled to be surrounded by our favorite people and to celebrate. Since John and I are both from the midwest, this is where the majority of friends and family reside. Many of them haven't seen us since we got engaged, so catching up over a cocktail engagement party is a perfect opportunity.

Two things that are essential when planning an event like this are decor and what to wear as the bride-to-be. For decor, I decided to play off of Spring and keep the colors bright white & neutral, with subtle hints of pastel. Co-planning the event with my mom has been fun, and she has been able to help me execute my vision. I am using gold balloons similar to the ones below, and plan to do white fresh flowers. Obviously, champagne is a requirement. Photos to come!

As far as what to wear... this one has been a struggle! Overall, I want to look feminine, classy and coordinate with the theme. Unfortunately, the weather looks like it may not cooperate, so I might have to dress a bit warmer than anticipated. Wearing something like the purple dress below with the sleeve may help me stay warm. Follow me on Instagram this weekend to see sneak peeks of the event!

engagement party