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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The New Neutrals

One of the biggest beauty trends seen across runways this year was minimal, barely-there makeup.  Designers like Marc Jacobs, Chanel & Chloé all debuted fresh-faced models in a simple neutral palette.  Unlike flashy bright blue eyeshadow (a trend that reminds me far too much of the 80's), this pared-down routine is one I can definitely get on board with.  The idea here is not to actually go out with a bare face, but to use makeup only where you need it & stick to warm flesh-tones & pinkish nudes so the result is a natural look that simply accentuates your features.  My recommendation is to skip your full-coverage foundation in lieu of a tinted moisturizer or CC cream (which I prefer as we head into the warmer months).  You can also try switching out your black mascara for a soft brown shade instead.  And don't forget the highlighter!  This is a crucial step to create that lit-from-within glow (see my tips for applying it here).  Here are my top beauty product picks from Nordstrom for achieving this pretty & natural look:

Thank you to ShopStyle & Nordstrom for kindly sponsoring this post.
All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Long Lines

I couldn't be happier that wide-leg pants & flared jeans are so popular again this year - the classic silhouette is flattering on any body type because it creates a fluid line from waist to toe that makes your legs look a mile long!  As with any garment, fit makes all the difference - being over 5'8", I typically will have the hem let out a bit so I can wear mine with heels.  And if you're petite, you might need adjustments made as well.  I recommend opting for a lightweight draped fabric or linen blend for spring/summer so you can dress them up or down.  If you haven't found your perfect pair yet, I've included lots of affordable options below!

What I'm wearing:
Mango top, Mango pants (similar here, here or here), BCBGeneration pumps, J. Crew clutch
c/o LoveStylize cuff (similar), Forever 21 earrings (similar here or here), Nails: CoverGirl Coral Silk



Friday, March 27, 2015

Weekly Top Ten

I've always been a big fan of Mango, but this year in particular, their pieces are especially irresistible.  I love that they carry a good mix of classic & modern styles at reasonable price points.  They're currently running a mid-season sale with select items marked down & you can also shop their online outlet store (such amazing deals!).  They also offer a plus size line with many similar pieces + shipping on all orders over $50 is free.  I find that this brand runs fairly true to size - however, it an item appears to be a boxy or loose fit, I will order a size down.  Here are my current top picks from their site (everything under $80, with some under $30):

1) Crochet Top // 2) Crystal Fringe Earrings (matching necklace here) // 3) Raffia Clutch
4) Gladiator Lace-Up Sandals (also in white) // 5) Slit-Hem Maxi Skirt (also in taupe)
6) Pebbled Tote (also in black) // 7) Denim Chambray Shirt // 8) Striped Pattern Skirt
9) Striped Cotton Scarf // 10) Textured Jacket