December 25, 2015

..Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

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Just wanted to pop in to wish you a very merry Christmas and happy holiday season from my little fur family to yours! 

December 18, 2015

..So #Basic

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So I know it doesn't get much more basic bitch than this outfit (not featured: my grande vanilla latte with coconut milk I got right before these pics were snapped), but I wanted to throw it up on the blog anyway because I felt like this top was TOTS festive. I really like that it's a pretty plaid print with a little ruffle detail to make it slightly out of the ordinary.
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December 15, 2015

..A Sequin Pencil Skirt & Lesson Learned

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The deets: Madewell sequin skirt; Zara heels; Express turtleneck; Karen Walker sunnies.

So green, red, and gold sequins was a good idea for a Christmas party I went to in theory, but looking back on it, definitely not my best look. The issue is that I already wore it so I'm still putting it up on the blog to showcase that sometimes you have a major miss and don't realize it until it's TOO LATE. The lesson learned here is that throwing every holiday color you have together is NOT an equation for holiday cuteness. I hope we can all look back on this an laugh one day. Woof.
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December 14, 2015

..Pop the Champagne

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The deets: T&J Designs top; J.Crew skirt & heels ( similarsimilar); Chloe & Isabel earrings; Monserat De Lucca clutch; Knox Thomas Designs bracelets; Revlon "Certainly Red" lipstick

When I saw this top available online I knew it was what I wanted to wear when asking my bridesmaids to be in my wedding (see the way I did it here). I threw a little party for them at my apartment and couldn't think of a more appropriate time to keep the bubbly flowing. I wanted to add a little color (I'm definitely not your all black & white ensemble kinda girl) so I brought out my blue satin shoes for an additional "pop." See what I did there?

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December 9, 2015

..My Bridesmaid Proposal Boxes

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This post is very special to me because it's the first post about my own personal wedding adventure! First stop, asking my wonderful and gorgeous wolfpack of awesome ladies to be my maids. I know what a commitment it can be to be a bridesmaid, so I wanted to do something for them that showed how much I love and appreciate them agreeing to be part of my big day. The vibe I was going for with my ask gifts was meant to be fun, relaxing, and a little indulgent so I stuffed them with my favorite scented candle, a silky handmade sleep-mask, a personalized mug (I got super crafty and made these myself with a ceramic mug & oil based pen - bake in oven for 30 minutes on 350 degrees to set), some tea for the mug, a few yummy chocolates, and a hand-stamped bracelet that says "BESTIE" in Morse code. I then invited them all (or as many as could make it locally) over for a girls night in with some champagne cocktails, dinner, sweets, laughs, and gifts! It turned out to be a nice way to kick off the holiday season.
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December 3, 2015

..The Perfect Stocking Stuffer: BaubleBar x Vaseline

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I have been a long time lover of Vaseline, a habit I learned from my grandmother at an early age. Can't get the lipstick color off your lips? Rub Vaseline on it. Have a small cut that stings? Put Vaseline on it. Have chapped lips or dry hands from the winter months? Swipe some Vaseline on them. Honestly I even rub it under my eyes before I go to sleep because I tend to get super dry under there year round. Basically it's a magical cure all and everyone should worship it. The only thing that is a little bit of a bummer is that the packaging isn't always the cutest, and for a gal that is a total sucker for cute packaging, Baublebar just swooped in and made my stocking stuffer holiday dreams come true. Vaseline and Baublebar came together to crate this adorable blinged out limited-edition bejeweled Vaseline lip therapy jar featuring gorgeous iridescent, fine European crystals. How cute is it? And to make things even better it comes in a swanky gold box that screams "I'm the perfect secret Santa gift!"

I keep mine on my bathroom shelf with all my important trinkets because it's cute enough to be displayed and well, I use it so often there is no point in putting it away. I use it nightly to lock in moisture for beautiful, healthy lips.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Vaseline. The opinions and text are all mine.

December 2, 2015

..Gift Guide: Accessories (All Under $100!)

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The deets: ASOS oversized scarf; Dogeared bag; Baublebar earrings; Knox Thomas Designs personalized Morse code bracelet; Ban.do mobile charger & rose gold hair band; J.Crew Factory faux fur pom hat (similar); Forever 21 mittens; Rebecca Minkoff clutch; Samantha Wills iphone case; Evelina Apparel luxury sleep mask.

Can you believe the cuteness of all this stuff is actually mostly under $40? I would be happy to get a visit from Santa if he came with anything above in tote. I may or may not have already purchased the majority of these items as gifts (which you may see again in another post coming soon). Are you sick of gift guides yet? Do you want MORE? If you do then I'm sure you aren't human, but be sure to check out my home and beauty ones posted last month.

November 25, 2015

..Gift Guide: Beauty (All Under $100!)

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Let's be real. It can be SO easy to fall into the trap of buying a cute beauty product because the industry makes it SO damn easy. The problem for me is that I believe the real point of gifting anyone a beauty product should be because 1. you love the product, know it's wonderful and want to share your find with your loved one or 2. you already know they love a certain product and you want to gift them something they are comfortable/familiar with but can possibly play around and explore a little variety within it. I HATE when people just gift random sets of crap product because it came in a cute package or give someone a bold lipstick set when that person never wears lipstick. It's a little unintentionally thoughtless and ends up being wasteful so I rounded up some things I would love to receive and would be more than comfortable giving because I have experience with them.

1. MAC pallet. This set is an awesome value, the colors are gorgeous and give room to go neutral or dramatic. There are just no better shadows in my opinion than MAC. The Urban Decay is a nice one too but there is just so much fall out with those shadows that I would 100% recommend this one over it. It's a little pricier but you get more product and it's higher quality.

2. Laura Mercier lip trio. This little trio is perfect for someone who is intrigued by the whole Kylie Jenner lip phenomenon but isn't sure how to execute. You have a nice nude liner, lipstick, & gloss to complete the look. Super fun!

3. Real Techniques brushes. These brushes are WONDERFUL for how inexpensive they are! Please do not get tricked by the lure of cheap Sephora brand brushes. Real Techniques ones are even less expensive and MUCH better. I use the travel basics ones on an every single day basis. 

4. They're Real mascara kit. Great mascara, awesome way to turn someone on to it.

5. Diptyque mini candle set. These are the most luxurious scented candles on the market. While they are pretty pricey, I love the idea of this little mini set to explore which full size ones you might want to invest in later.

6. Deborah Lippmann "Shades of Nude" set. While it's nice to get one of those jumbo sets that has a ton of different shades, usually half of the colors don't ever get opened. With this set you can be sure it will get tons of use.

7. Smashbox lip glosses. I love the range of bold to demure colors in here, you really have a nice range of "fun but not totally out there" options.

8. Philosophy "Cleanse, Refine, Renew" gift set. I love the Purity cleanser so I would love getting this kit as a gift to try out the other products to see if they are just as great without having to full on commit to purchasing the full size.

9. Drybar "Mai Tai" kit. If you have ever traveled with me you know I always bring my mini Drybar shampoo and conditioner. I don't have any reason other than it's great product and I usually want my hair to look extra great on trips so I spring for nice travel size things. Who wants drugstore shampoo when you are doing something out of the ordinary, I say. ANYTHING from Drybar would make a great gift so I love this little DIY kit they have out right now.

10. Bumble & Bumble "Full of Cheer." I usually have this thickening shampoo in my "luxe" product rotation (I always keep an inexpensive, medium price, and luxury shampoo & conditioner in the shower to keep things fresh). I'd be curious to try the hairspray as a bonus in this cute set.