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Friday, January 30, 2015

Shearling + Houndstooth

I tend to wear skirts & dresses so much less frequently during the winter months - it's a combination of my overall disdain for tights and the fact that I have a very low tolerance for the cold.  But, in an effort to get the most out of my closet as we near the end of the season, I've decided to work these pieces back into my regular rotation.  When paired with a moto vest and low-heeled booties, this flippy houndstooth skirt is a fun departure from my usual daytime looks.

What I'm wearing:
Calvin Klein vest c/o (last seen here), Mango sweater (similar here or here), 
Ann Taylor skirt (last seen here; similar here or here), Hue tights, c/o Dorothy Perkins boots
NastyGal satchel (similar here or here), Zara bracelets (similar here and here), Etsy earrings
Lips: Revlon Black Cherry


Thursday, January 29, 2015

How To: Apply Highlighter

Mornings are usually hectic & somewhat rushed at our house (especially during the school year), I'm not inclined to add one more step into my getting ready routine unless the payoff is big.  For me, this is 100% worth the extra 30 seconds it takes because it gives me a natural-looking glow that lasts all day.  The goal with applying highlighter is to create a luminous finish without having your skin appear overly shiny.  Today I'm showing you how to do this in just a few simple steps.  Once I learned this technique, I was hooked and I never wanted to walk out the door without applying it.  But, even if you can't take the time to do it every single day, just pin the image below and pull it up to use as a guide when you're getting ready for girls' night out or a special evening.  Here are my steps to achieving a lit-from-within look using liquid highlighter:

1) Once you have applied your usual makeup, take a liquid highlighter and dab small dots as follows:
* in a crescent shape, starting at your temples and curving around to the top of your cheekbones.
* the inner corners of eyes
* just above the cupid's bow of your lips
* brow bones
* the bridge of your nose (stopping just before the tip)

2) Lightly blend with your finger - using your middle or ring finger (instead of the pointer) ensures that you won't press too hard.

3) Repeat steps 1 & 2 as needed until you reach your desired look - remember that it's easier to add more than it is to remove.

After having tried both, I personally prefer a cream highlighter on my skin.  Powder tends to look chalky and I think the liquid versions are better for beginners because they're easier to blend & essentially fool-proof.  I've broken down some of my favorite options below at varying price points (some as low as $1!).  It's important to choose one that has the right undertone for your skin so the effect is as natural-looking as possible.  I like to use a pinkish-champagne in the winter and then switch to a warm golden hue for summer.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

LuLu*s Great Galentine's Giveaway: Win Free Dresses for a Year

Today I'm partnering up with LuLu*s and one of my best blogging friends to help promote an amazing giveaway! Alyson & I met for the first time when we attended Lucky FABB together back in 2012.  We shared a hotel room and instantly hit it off.  She is one of the strongest women I know: overcoming unbelievable physical challenges, starting her own PR business from the ground up, and caring for two of the cutest kids you've ever seen.  Even though she lives in FL and I live in NY, we make it a point to text & talk regularly to keep in touch across the miles + we're planning a fun girls trip for later this spring so we can (finally) hang out again in real life.

LuLu*s graciously let us both pick our favorite dresses from their site and I absolutely fell in love with the striking floral print & sophisticated cut of this one.  The style is perfect for the upcoming holiday when paired with simple heels and a red lip + it's one of those classic dresses that I can wear for years to come.  Head over to Alyson's site to how she styled this gorgeous hot pink dress & read on below for more details about how you can enter for the chance to win a year's worth of dresses from LuLu*s!

What I'm wearing:
c/o LuLu*s dress (I'm wearing a Small), Candie's jacket (similar here or here), 
Steve Madden pumps (similar), c/o JustFab clutch, Jeweliq earrings (similar), c/o InPink ring
Lips: Maybelline Red Revival

Forget the flowers, treat yourself to some fabulous frocks instead!  
LuLu*s is giving away an entire year of free dresses to one lucky gal (and her best friend) for all of 2015!
The grand prize: 12 dresses of your choice from LuLu*s for both the winner and a friend.
Approximate retail value = $1,000

1) Subscribe to email newsletter here
2) Get an additional entry by referring a friend's first name and email address
* Winner will be announced on Valentine's Day on LuLu*s blog