Thursday, January 30, 2014

Spring Time Lipstick Colors

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Changing up your lipstick is a must in my books. I haven't always been this way but in the past couple of years my lip color collection has grown immensely! I posted THIS photo on Instagram a couple weeks ago about my Monday decision on what lip to sport for that day.... I go through this battle quite frequently these days. I decided to share my go to colors that are making me feel a little more 'Spring'... and yes this coming weekend is the kick off to Spring in AZ (I apologize for the rest of the country). The first weekend in February is the Phoenix Open Golf event as well as the super bowl which means hick off to spring time events & photographed outfits! 

Besides the outfits the make up and especially the lips are crucial to any outfit. My number one go to that I just picked up last week is MAC Vegas Volt. It has a soft coral color that works perfect with blonde hair & fair skin. It screams Spring + can be worn with almost any outfit. Perfection. 

If I am looking for a bright pink color I have been wearing MAC Hip N Happy Liner as lipstick! A. it lasts so much longer thank lipstick, and B. it doubles liner (worn with other colors) and lipstick.... 2 for 1. It gives a bright fun pink shade + photographs amazingly. I like the liner because I don't have to worry about it rubbing off or fading, so for that all day events or Sunday Fundays this is my go to. 

For Spring night time events I have chosen to stick with my last years favorite Raspberry Pie from Revlon. It gives a nice deep red/pink/purple. It seems to brighten up my face + can be worn with almost any eye make -up. Revlon's Lip Butter is a nice moisturizing lipstick that will do well in the dry nights of Spring. 

My final and MOST important lip (and by important I mean I own about 6 of these) is the EOS Mint chap stick! The perfect natural chap stick that repairs all damage, add moisture, and softens the lips. I will turn the car around and drive home if I forgot my little mint ball at home!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cashmere & Camo | Black + Nude with a touch of lace

dress  (HERE) c/o Cashmere & Camo // blazer + link bracelet: Forever21 // S bracelet: Nordstrom // shoes: Steve Madden // bag: Coach // lips: MAC liner 'hip n happy'

One of my favorite things about blogging is creating blog friendships. Sometimes you get to meet in real life and become "real life friends" and sometimes you just get to be friends through the virtual world. To all non bloggers this can seem a little weird, but to anyone who has blogging besties we all know its pretty awesome to develop these friendships. This past summer I had the please to meet in blog land (not real life) the fabulous Brandy from Cashmere & Camo! Another Canadian blogger located in Calgary Albert who has the most fabulous blog. After exchanging a few emails back and forth turns out Brandy and I grew up in the exact same town in British Columbia!! We are talking a town of 50,000 people + she attended the high school directly across from my house!!! Craziness how we have never crossed paths before. 

Okay enough about memory lane, more about Brandy and her fab Blog & Shop Cashmere & Camo! Brandy sent me this wonderful dress to style this winter and I was obsessed with it as soon as I opened the package! The nude + black are a perfect combination together, the lace detail is very elegant + the shoulders have padding. I think the picture say enough I dont need to ramble on anymore. 

Cashmere & Camo shop is just how it sounds, a great mix of casual country and class.  It is a perfect shop for anyone looking for the unique item that your wardrobe needs, and best of all it's Canadian! 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Kendra Scott | Atlantic Collection

pants: Dynamite // shirt: Nordstrom // vest: // shoes: Charlotte Russe // bag: LA // watch c/o // bracelets c/o InPink // earrings c/o Kendra Scott // nails: Essie "meet me at sunset" // lips: MAC "vegas volt" 

Last week I had the opportunity to attend Kendra Scott's launch party for her new line Atlantic! Kendra opened her Scottsdale location in December of 2012 up in the Scottsdale Quarter, perfect location for perfect jewels! She launched her Spring 2014 line Atlantic last week + the jewels are to die for. I had the pleasure to sit with Kendra herself to ask her a few questions that have been burning in my head. 

Of course the first question that came out of my mouth was "Where did your inspiration for Atlantic come about?!" Kendra disclosed that she had been at the beach when she found a coral fan that she actually used as a mold for the stones. She wanted the environment such as the sun to bring out an aquatic feel which can instantly be seen once looking at the stones in the collection. 

A few other questions I asked Kendra aside from her latest line was what advice she had for young designers /  or young business owners? She gave me 3 main points (although she had plenty!!)
1. put your own style / thumb print into your business. Staying true to yourself will ensure your work is unique!
2. Surround yourself with people who are supportive to you! You may not be taking the path everyone else is and it may be difficult so it is important to have people who will always believe in you and support you when times get hard. 
3. Find a mentor (or multiple mentors) who can guide + give you feedback. Each time you get to a new level find a mentor who can take you to the next. Kendra still continues to find mentors as her business grows. 

If you have not yet already checked out the Atlantic collection get on it asap! I promise you will love!

Monday, January 27, 2014

One of A Kind Style | Grammy's

all images via E! Online 
The Grammy's are always an exciting award show to not only watch for the performances but to see what kinda of attire the musicians (and non musicians) decide to surprise us with! I am excited to team up again with Diet Dr Pepper to bring One of A Kind Style from the red carpet for who I thought nailed it with the perfect dress. Above are my favorite looks from last nights show. 

The trend seemed to be sequins (similar but different colors from the Golden Globes) and warm color pallets such as lots of oranges and reds. T. Swift held herself well as she walked the red carpet looking 10 ft tall and 100lbs in the stunning Gucci gown. As Chrissy Teigen & Ciara both looked amazing in gold/rose gold sequins. There is something to be said about mom's to be in long sleeved sequin gowns this year. Giulianna Rancic looked breath taking in a daring orange Alex Perry dress while Miranda Lambert was nothing but class giving an old Hollywood feel in her bright red Pamela Rolland dress. 

 We all wish we could attend red carpet events or galas + wear our own floor length gown but for most of us that is not at the top of our to do lists. I went ahead and put together a couple different looks inspired by last nights fav dresses for a more everyday or for the everyday girl.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

accessorizing with pops of color

leggings (SIMILAR) + bracelet (SIMILAR): Forever21 // sweater c/o Aeropostale // shoes (HERE): Converse // purse (HERE) c/o YesWalker // watch (SIMILAR) c/o LuLu*s // lips: MAC "Hip N Happy" lip liner

There is something to be said about a comfy pair of chucks + leggings for the perfect chic/casual outfit. I choose black on black for the winter season but I am desperately awaiting the arrival of spring (well in AZ it is spring, but for the rest of the country that doesn't seem to be the case!) so I added little pops of color to brighten up my #ootd. This fabulous Budah handbag (now on sale for 60% off!) was the perfect accessory for color + styled nicely with my fav. pair of shoes. I also added my "hip n happy" lip liner (used as lip stick, it last's longer that way!) to brighten my face just a little. 

What accessories do you style with to add color to your wardrobe?!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

LuLu*s Great Galentine's Giveaway

I am soooo excited to team up with Brie for LuLu*s The Great Galentine's Giveaway!!! Valentine's day doesn't have to be all about muchy cards, flowers, and chocolates it can be best friends, dresses, and a night out on the town! LuLu*s knows that every girl (and her best pal) love playing dress up so they are giving away a dress a month for the entire 2014 year to 2 lucky girls! That's 12 fabulous dresses each for you to style + strut your stuff in! *See bottom of the post on how to enter

If you have not heard of LuLu*s  (you would either A. be living under a rock or B. never read my blog) they have the best selection of dresses. Anything from beach casual to red carpet event to a girls weekend in Vegas..... LuLu*s has it all. I am obsessed with white/lace/crochet sundresses so when I saw the  Black Swan Presley Cream Dress  I knew it belonged in my closet! For a day of shopping I paired the dress with a casual vest, statement necklace, and lace up wedges. My Brunette Bestie chose the Herbaceous Babe Navy Floral Print Shift Dress to polish up her casual look pairing it with booties + a soft pink satchel bag. I would highly recommend both dresses!!
The LuLu*s exclusive Rooftop Garden Backless Dress is perfection. 
For every blonde + brunette Besties matching dresses are a must! These LuLu*s exclusives are gems + I would recommend them to every girl. I am 5'5 wearing heels & the dress is still long, just perfect for you taller babes. I know it can be difficult to find long enough dresses!  I am wearing the RED (is a little more orange in real life) & Brie is wearing the PEACH. If you are looking for the perfect dress for a romantic date or beach wedding or maybe a cruise.... this dress is it. 

What Besties don't love hitting the town in fabulous LBD? It's the perfect dress to get the party going while popping bottles of bubbly! I feel in-love with this May I Have This Glance Dress as soon as I laid my eyes on it. The sequin mini under the black overlay allows the dress to have more of a classy event feel or a sexy night at the club feel depending on how you style it. It is so unique you would never have to worry about spotting another. Brie's midi Dream Cage-er Black Dress  is another LuLu*s exclusive also making sure no one else would be strutting around in your one of a kind! Both dresses fit amazing making them our number one go to for out night out! 

Starting on January 21st - February 12th follow the link to enter and refer your best gal pal with your custom generated link for a chance to WIN: The winners will be announced on February 14th!! Good luck, I'll keep my fingers crossed for ya'll! 

Giveaway details/Official Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Promotion open to legal residents of the US and Canada. Winner will be drawn randomly from all entries. After initial entry via the contest submission form, an additional entry will be allotted per the personalized share link of the original entrant. Entries may be submitted from 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time on January 21, 2014 until 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on February 12th, 2014. Winner will be announced February 15, 2014. Limit of one entry per person. The grand prize is: twelve (12) dresses from LuLu*s website at, with an approximate retail value of US $1,000 for winner and friend entered through personal link. (Please note that the winners may pick one dress each calendar month for twelve (12) consecutive months, the exact date to be determined at a later date.) Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash value.

* The contest is open to all bloggers and NON bloggers!

Monday, January 20, 2014

comfy + casual weekends

jeans (SIMILAR) c/o Aeropostale // shirt + shoes: Forever21 // sweater: Banana Republic // bag: H&M // watch: MK // earrings: Aldo

As the temperatures get warmer in AZ the layered clothing has slowly shifted from long sleeve layers to short sleeve layers. Weekend style to me is a. all about comfort + b. all about casual. If you have ever read my blog (by reading I mean scrolling through my pictures) you'll know that comfortable outfits are a must for me. Sunday was a busy day of work & errand running so I threw on my favorite jeggings from Aeropostale, a loose blouse, and my oxfords for a quick out the door yet put together look. On weekends my fav large tote from H&M is always on my arm. Why is it that ladies bags are always so heavy it feels like bricks are in them! This is a mystery I dont think will ever me solved. 

Happy Monday blogging beauties, make it a good one!
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

faux fur will always be a fav.

dress (HERE) c/o LuLu*s // vest: Forever21 // shoes (SIMILAR): Jessica Simpson // tights: Nordstrom // necklace c/o Style Lately // watch (SIMILAR): MK // bracelets: Forever21 // ring: Tiffany & Co. // lips (HERE): MAC "Lady Danger"

It's the middle of the week already?! Time is flying by, before we know it Spring will be here and it will be back to cut off's and tank tops..... my fav. apparel! But before Spring arrives we still get to play dress up in out cozy winter clothes. I am loooving this dress from, it has been so versatile + seems to be a great option for almost any occasion. I have dressed it simple with just a pair of pumps, I have dressed it with boots, but today I decided to add a little spice by bringing my faux fur vest back to life. I know denim vests are high on the trend scale but I will always have a special place for this little faux fur beauty. Adding tights to any winter outfit is awesome if not for the warmth but the mere fact that black tights could possibly be the most slimming item a girl could own. Finally I accessorized but a bold lip, Lady Danger is always a fav, and a few jewels to polish it off. I must say this is one of my personal favorites! Happy Wednesday Blogging Beauties!!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

that perfect comfy sweater

sweater c/o LuLu*s // coat + leggings: Forever21 // boots: Steve Madden // necklace c/o Le Tote // lips: MAC hip'n'happy liner

I have always wanted a sweater/sweatshirt I could just throw on and run while still looking put together. When I came across this lulu*s green black swan sweater over the summer I snagged it up immediately, it was just what I had been searching for. It was warm, long enough arms (thats always an issue, I like the arms to be extra long) and had enough texture so it gave more of a styled look to. 

This week I paired the green sweater with some of my favorite jean leggings from Forever21. They are one of those items that cost maybe $12 but I can't seem to throw them away so I continue to wear them year after year. Added my combat boots and a cream jacket for the morning and I was off and on with my day. I love this outfit for the fact that it is simple, it is suuuuper comfy, and yet I don't feel as though I didn't get read. I feel good, like I can accomplish anything! I also wore this outfit all evening snuggled on the couch, so it actually acted as two outfits one for the day and comfy clothes for night time. I mean I'm sure Juan Pablo knew I looked great all cuddled up on the couch watching him make out with other chicks ;)