Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Glam Knot

For this fall hairstyle tutorial, I wanted to do a modern take on the classic bun.  I was inspired by designer Jenny Packham's show last season at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York, which featured these glamourous "undone" knots.  It's simple enough for everyday but would also be great for an evening out - just add a smokey eye and statement earring!  The key to making it look effortless is keeping it loose and allowing face framing pieces to fall out - you want to create a slightly undone feel.  Here's the products you will need to get started:

Step by step instructions to recreate this style:

1) Apply TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Mousse to prep the hair and give it extra volume & blow-dry hair straight.
2) Back comb hair starting at the crown, focusing around the hairline to create fullness.
3) Lightly mist with TRESemmé TRES Two Ultra Fine Mist Hair Spray to lock in the volume and style.
4) Pull hair back into a low ponytail & secure with a clear elastic.  Loosely twist the ponytail & wrap around into a bun, anchoring with bobby pins to hold in place.
5) Apply TRESemmé Smooth and Silky Anti- Frizz Secret Smoothing Crème to the top & back of hair to create an undone & piecey texture, allowing a few face-framing pieces to fall out.
6) Finished product.

What I'm wearing:
Faded Glory chambray shirt c/o WalMart, I Heart Ronson skirt (similar here or here), 
Zara heels (similar here or here), Mango clutch (similar here or here), c/o Stella & Dot earrings
c/o WalMart bracelet, Lips: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable (Cherish)

This post was sponsored by TRESemmé, a Unilever brand.  
For more inspiration from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, click here.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Floral Sport

I have fully embraced the sporty trend, which is why I'm so happy it's sticking around for another season. Not only is it practical (especially for us moms who need to be comfortable while running around with our kids), but it's incredibly comfortable...while still giving off a cool modern vibe.  Anything that checks those boxes for me is a win, win.  So, needless to say, this is what I'll be wearing to enjoy the long weekend.  I'll be taking the day off on Monday to savor these last few moments of summer with my family - hope you all have a relaxing & fun Labor Day!

What I'm wearing:
Tinseltown Denim Couture jacket (similar here or here), c/o Dorothy Perkins top
c/o Old Navy dress (worn as skirt; last seen here), H&M sneakers (similar here, here or here), 
c/o Old Navy bag (this season's style here), Bracelets: Vintage (similar) & Zara (similar), 
J. Crew Factory sunglasses (similar)


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Smokey Eye Tutorial

I'm so excited to be sharing my first makeup tutorial with you today.  Several of you have been asking for more beauty posts, so this is long overdue (thank you for your patience)!  Not only am I showing you how to create a smokey eye with colors that are perfect for fall...but I'm also sharing with you about a new service that will help you save money on the beauty products you already buy!  

As you know, I am a firm believer that there is almost always a way to get what you want for less - whether that means waiting for a sale or sorting through coupons in the mail.  But usually this takes a lot of extra time and effort...which many of us don't have to give.  Enter Pirc - it's a new site that allows you to create a personalized circular of the items you buy frequently, so sales & coupons are delivered straight to your inbox without you having to search for them!  The main goal of Pirc is to make finding weekly sales easier (eliminate the searching) & show you coupons on the items you love.  A busy woman's dream come true!

I've partnered with them today to bring you this simple tutorial & I'm using products that I purchased using coupons from my own "Pircular" - I was able to get $1.00 off this Revlon eyeliner & eyeshadow (which also comes in 14 other gorgeous colors).  Before I learned how to do eye makeup, I was always confused about where to put which shade when purchasing palettes like this one.  I'm hoping to take the guesswork out of creating a smokey eye, so here's a little guide to help you get started - you can use this same formula for any eyeshadow quad:
I typically reserve a smokey eye look for evening since it's a little too intense for daytime.  The great part about this method is that you can use a light hand or build the color up for a dramatic effect.  You could also choose to skip the eyeliner for more subtle definition.  Here's how to recreate this look at home for yourself:

Step 1:  Apply the olive green shadow in even strokes from lash-line to crease.
Step 2:  Apply the dark brown shadow into your crease, blending well.
Step 3:  Apply the coppery bronze shadow into the outer corners of eyes, blending with the other colors.
Step 4:  Apply the highlight shadow to your brow bones and the inner corners of eyes.
Step 5:  Line the top & bottom lash line with a brown pencil - this creates a softer look than black.
Step 6:  Curl lashes & apply two coats of black mascara to top & bottom lashes.  
Be sure to allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the second - this helps avoid clumping.

Products used

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