Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving

-A Thanksgiving Message-

It's officially Thanksgiving and as I finish packing for my trip to DR to celebrate my friend's wedding, I can't help but think about all of the things that I am thankful for.  My family and friends mean the world to me and I feel so lucky & grateful to be blessed with such incredible people in my life along with two adorable pups.  I have the most amazing & supportive mother who has become my best friend.  I don't know what I would do without her.  The holiday season is especially hard without having my father here, but I am at peace knowing that in some way he is still with me and watching over me every single day.  I feel his presence and his guidance when I need it the most and for that I am extremely thankful.  

I'm thankful for my struggles because they have truly changed me.  They've made me a better person.  When we are broken, we are forced to look deep within ourselves and make a change.  They say that people change for two reasons: You learn enough that you want to or you hurt enough that you have to.  I've learned that many things fall apart so that better things can come together.  Things are not always easy, my life is not perfect and I definitely have my moments where I still struggle,  but I feel stronger than I ever have before and for that, I am thankful. 

 I believe that keeping your faith and having a positive outlook on life can make all the difference in the world.  It's important for us to focus on the things and people that truly matter.  All of that other stuff is just noise.  Ignore the negativity and get rid of the bad energy around you.  Don't let it distract you or steer you off course.  While sometimes I may feel lost, I am thankful for always finding my way back. 

It makes me so happy that I am able to do what I love and share it with all of you.  In some way, I feel like I personally know many of you because of my blog and social media.  It's allowed me to connect with so many people in so many different places and it's such an amazing thing.  Thank you for allowing me to share not only my style with you, but parts of my life as well.  I have so much love for you and am so thankful for your support! 

I wish all of you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving!  
Let's be thankful and appreciative for all that we have today AND every other day too. 
Lots of love. <3

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Lighter Fall Color Palette











Outfit Details 

Coat: OASAP / Shirt: Melao / Pants: Aeropostale (old)
Shoes: Aldo (similar)/ Bag: Tommy Hilfiger (similar tote) /Rings: Julie Vos 
 Necklace: Prima Donna 


Warmer fall days call for a lighter color palette.  As much as I love burgundy and dark neutrals during this season, I also enjoy wearing lighter colors as well.  Pink coats seem to be a big trend right now and for good reason.  They're super chic and the perfect pop of color to any outfit.  I think this may be my new fashion obsession.  I always seem to find the best coats on OASAP.

I wore this over the weekend and it was actually 70 degrees out!  Perfect weather.  I knew that I wanted to wear this coat although I had no idea how I wanted to style it.  There are definitely many ways this can be worn and I will be posting it again for sure.  I decided on these printed pants (surprise, surprise) that I wore once back during the spring.  These two pieces were possibly made for each other.   I really like the pink & grey combo.  It's so soft and pretty. 

I am leaving early tomorrow morning for Punta Cana!  I am super excited as I have never been there before and I will get to be in the sun and get my tan on. :) The main purpose for this trip is Daniela's wedding!  This is my first time going to a beach wedding and I can't wait to share this trip with you all. :)

Wishing you all a great Thanksgiving!!



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Burgundy + Plaid











Outfit Details 

Jacket: Tobi / Scarf: Dynamite (similar style)/ Jeans: H&M (love these)
Shoes: Zara (similar style) / Bag: olivia + joy (similar)


There are so many fall trends that I love, but two of my favorites are burgundy and plaid.  Let me first start off with this blanket scarf.  It's seriously the coziest.  A few people asked me on instagram how to wrap a scarf like this and to be honest, I don't even know how I did it.  I will admit that it definitely took me a couple of tries until I got it just right.  I would start by making a triangle first, keep the point down, and wrap the ends around your neck and sort of tuck them underneath.  I'm not sure if that makes much sense, but you just have to play around with it until it forms the way you like best.  It can also be used as a poncho if you wear it over a shirt and belt it at the waist or you could use it as a shall too!  

I pretty much styled this look around the scarf.  It was a great pop of print against the burgundy jacket and I really like this combo.  I just wore a simple white top underneath and tucked it into a pair of dark denim.  I wanted to play off the lightest shade in the plaid print, so I went with this old pair of nude Zara heels that thankfully are still in tact.  Sometimes you have to show love to those shoes hiding in the back of the closet that you rarely wear but refuse to get rid of.  I know you know what I mean! lol

Have a lovely day. <3

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Combats










Outfit Details 

Cardigan: Charlotte Russe /  Sweater: Old Navy (similar) / Leggings: HUE 
Boots: Khombu / Scarf: H&M (similar) / Bag: Charlotte Russe (old, love this


Happy Monday!

I'm starting this week off on a casual note.  Let's talk combat boots for a minute.
I've had the same pair for literally 5 years.  I have worn those babies into the ground and somehow they are still standing.  (minus some ripped laces that Kiko chewed off when he was a puppy lol)  It was finally time for me to get new ones.  These look almost exactly like my old pair, but there is one huge difference.  These are fully lined with faux fur, making them extra warm and comfortable for the cold months ahead.  I've never really had a great pair of winter boots, until now!  These are definitely my new go-to pair.  Are you a fan of combat boots?  I love their casual/edginess.   I decided to style these with my faux leather leggings, a long cardigan and chunky scarf.   I couldn't help but mix leather & knits again. :)

I am going away in a couple of days so unfortunately I was not able to do any Thanksgiving outfit ideas.  I won't even be here to celebrate with my family like I usually do.  I'm sad about that, but I am definitely looking forward to this trip.  More details on that soon.
  Wishing you all an amazing week!



Thursday, November 20, 2014

My Go-To Makeup Products


Let's talk beauty! I've received some questions on both the blog and instagram about the makeup products that I use on a daily basis. When it comes to makeup, there are certain products and brands that I stay loyal to, but there are also ones that I frequently change. (like mascara & blush) I am constantly experimenting with products and I suggest doing that until you find the ones that work the best for you! 

For years, I was using MAC foundation mostly because I was just used to it.  However, as I have gotten older I realized that it was not really working for me and my skin.  It was too thick and I wanted something much lighter.  I started using Make Up For Ever over a year ago and now I don't think I want to use any other foundation.  It's light, matches my skin tone perfectly and the best part is that it doesn't even feel like I have foundation on.  The downside is that it's a little more expensive, but for me it's worth it! 

This is a little trick that I learned from one of my friends.  I've mentioned many times before that one of my biggest concerns are the dark circles under my eyes.  This is all based on a color theory.  Since our dark circles are typically "blue," the opposite color would be orange so they cancel each other out. I have been using this for months and it's made a big difference.  You only need to use a little bit so this has lasted for awhile. 

I have the same story with my concealer as I do with my foundation.  Previously for years, I was using MAC concealer and then I made the switch over to Make Up For Ever.  This is definitely one of my favorite concealers and I've seen a big difference from when I started using it. And don't get me wrong, I still use some MAC products but when it comes to foundation and concealers, I am all for MUFE,

I incorporated this into my makeup routine earlier in the year and I love the soft glow that it leaves on my face.  I put it on my cheekbones and by my brows and a little under my eyes as well.  It's a cream-to-powder highlight making it very easy to blend. 

I just ran out of this and I need to get a new one ASAP.  I use this every single day after applying my concealer.  It can be used as a highlighter, concealer or an all around touch-up tool.  I use it as a highlight specifically underneath my eyes and it really helps to brighten up that area much more. 

I have used a bunch of different bronzers and so far this is my favorite one.  I started using it when I was in LA back in April and I've been hooked ever since.  I love the fact that it's matte because sometimes bronzers can make you look way too shiny.  It also works really well with my skin tone AND it literally smells exactly like chocolate. 

I was previously using a blush from MAC that is always sold out whenever I try to get a new one, so in the meantime I got this one.  I actually like it though! This one is very pink so it needs to be blended in well. 


I have all 3 palettes but I tend to use this one the most.  I love the neutrals for every day wear.  I tend to mix a lot of different colors together my favorites being Virgin, Half Baked, Smog, Dark Horse and Hustle.  I use Virgin as the highlight and I love putting Half Baked on my lid near the corners of my eyes for a golden shimmer. 

I tend to use this palette frequently too.  Some days I use this one instead of the Naked1 or I pack it in my makeup bag and use it for quick touch ups on the go.  

This is a must!  I've been using it for over a year and it's one of my favorite products.  It goes on ultra sheer and is perfect for priming your eyes before applying any shadow.  It also helps to keep the eye makeup stay on longer. 

This is the only thing that I use on my eyebrows.  Ever since my bad experience with threading, I have groomed my eyebrows myself.  This is a great way to fill them in a bit more.  I then blend it with an eyebrow brush. It's pricey for such a small bottle but it actually lasts awhile.  Make sure you don't put too much on! 

I swear by this liner.  I've been using it for a very long time and have no complaints.  I apply it on my lower lid and it really helps to define my eyes.  It stays on majority of the day too and I rarely have to touch it up.  

I am constantly trying out new mascara, but this one just made it's way to the top of my list.  I have only been using it for a couple of weeks, but it's made a big difference with my lashes.  It doesn't clump, it spreads out my lashes perfectly and makes them appear much longer.  

When I want to do a little cat eye, I use this liner.  I like it because I was never able to achieve the cat eye before using this.  It definitely made it much easier to do.  I just wish there was more liquid in the tube so that it would last longer.  

This is my every day liquid liner for my top lid.  The felt tip makes the liner go on super smooth and the black is very bold.  It doesn't smear and it lasts a really long time.    

I am lipstick obsessed and as much as I love my red, I stick to pink for every day wear.  I have a couple of favorites that I keep on rotation, but lately it's been all about Turn On, a rosy pink. 

[Neckace: Prima Donna]

I know this post was a long one, but I hope you enjoyed it!
Happy Thursday babes.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Boo Challenge













Outfit Details 

Sweater: Target / Skirt: Target / Tights: HUE 
Hat: H&M (similar) / Shoes: Poshmark (similar) / Bag: French Connection (similar)

This was probably my favorite challenge with Target so far.  They wanted me to let my boo style me in a head-to-toe look.  I don’t have a boo, but I do have a male best friend who I’ve known for 13 years and I consider him to be a brother.   It was so much fun getting to do this with him!

I went to Target with Eddie last week and he picked out a bunch of different things for me to try on.  In the end, this was the outfit that he wanted me to wear and I have to say, I really love it!  He knows me and my style pretty well, so I was actually impressed with the pieces that he chose.  I love the casual cozy feel of the sweater paired with the chic & edgy faux leather skirt.  You all know how much I love to mix textures, so Eddie nailed this.  I was wearing this hat the day we went to Target so he told me to keep it on with this outfit.  When I got home, I just added a pair of black tights with the look.


Here is a short Q&A I did with Eddie about this whole shopping & style experience with me.

How would you describe my style?
Eddie: I would say your style is everyday chic.

Why did you pick this outfit?
Eddie: I picked out this outfit because it was perfect for the season.  It felt warm and sophisticated. I felt that it matched your style and I know you like mixing different materials together.

What was your favorite part about shopping with me?
Eddie: My favorite part was spending time with my sister who I love dearly.  (aww!)

Would you ever style me again?
Of course I would!


How do you think he did? Would you ever let your significant other or best friend style you?  Thanks so much to Eddie for helping me out with this! :) 



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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

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