Thursday, August 1, 2013

Like it v. Love it: Mini Luggage Totes

Ah, the Celine Mini Luggage Tote. It debuted last year to stunning results, and is now sold out pretty much everywhere. And where it is being sold, it is accompanied by an exorbitant  markup. (Not like it wasn't already expensive to begin with... oh wait.) 

Thus, I was thrilled to find this option at H&M, and even more thrilled that the company officially launched online shopping in the US today. So you can very literally order this guy from the comfort of your couch.

Monday, July 29, 2013

My favorite BB Cream

You. Guys. 

I know what you're going to say. You're like, "Hey! Why the radio silence?" My apologies, friends, it's been a bit of a crazy summer.

Anyhoodles... I recently came across theee best BB cream and had to share my findings with you. It's a bit pricey, but I used a .33 oz sample for two months and still have a bit left. So it's worth the investment. (Plus, it comes in two sizes, so you can try it out without having to create a large divot in your wallet.) 

It's called Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm (I dare you to say it three times quickly) and it has changed my life. It provides fabulous coverage without weighing your skin down. It's not quite dewy, but it's definitely not matte, so it's perfect for the summer. I add a bit of my favorite concealer, and I'm good to go. 

I dare you not to love it. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

DIY Statement Eyebrows

You've seen them everywhere... statement eyebrows that give 1980s Brooke Shields a run for her money. Sure, they're a bit more groomed and a bit more streamlines this time around, but thicker brows are back and here to stay for at least a little while. 

If you want to bolster your brows, without going to the expense of trying to regrow them, I've included my DIY statement eyebrow formula below. 
DIY Statement Eyebrows

brow comb || angled brow brush || eyebrow kit || clear brow gel

First, you're going to want to purchase the proper tools. I used this brow comb (the metal teeth are fabulous for detangling lashes, though that is a post for another day) and an angled brow brush, like this one. 

Next, you're going to want to purchase a gel eyebrow kit (I use this one from Target that is $3... seriously $3), because the thicker material helps you to build a thicker brow. To set your brow, invest in a good brow gel. I would recommend using a clear formula unless you have really light eyebrows that you're looking to darken. 

Start by combing out your brows. Dip your angled brow brush in the eyebrow kit and begin filling in your brows. Use swift, even strokes to ensure that the product goes on smoothly and doesn't look drawn on. Work with the existing shape of your eyebrows for the most natural effect. (The point is to amplify, not defy!) Once you've achieved your desired thickness, gently comb through your brows with the clear brow gel to set them. The last step is to comb through your lashes a final time with your brow comb to ensure that the gel is incorporated into your brows. Use the product in your eyebrow kit to touch up any holes and you're good to go! 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Like it v. Love it: Overalls

They say you should never wear a trend twice... meaning, if you were like me and rocked the overall look in about the third grade (always with one of the straps undone) you miiiight be a little hesitant to embrace the recent resurgence of overallsy goodness. 

But if you're feeling bold (and/or are under 25) feel free to take a look at my picks below. That floral pattern is oh so tempting.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

I'm always on the lookout for beauty products that are effective, yet affordable. Consequently, I was thrilled to discover this amazing mud mask at my local Whole Foods store for about $8. (Thank you sister for the recommendation.) While there, I also procured some raw apple cider vinegar, and then I was ready to get started. (Once I got home, that is.) 

In a glass jar, I mixed two tablespoons of the mask powder and two tablespoons of the vinegar. (Don't use anything metal. You've been warned.) I spread the mask about 1/4" thick all over my face (excepting my eye area, eyebrows and mouth, of course) and waited for the amazingness to happen. 

You. Guys.

I love this mask.  

I'll spare you the selfies of me wearing said mask, but after 20 minutes (15 if you have super sensitive skin) my skin felt amazing. I try to apply it 2-3 times a week, but that is because I have acne issues. If your skin is already pretty clear, once a week will do just fine.

Expect a little bit of redness and a lot bit of fabulousness, and thank me in the morning. ;)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Faves from the Anthropologie tag sale

It's not a secret that I've a lover of all things Anthropologie. And while I've indulged in my fair share of splurges, I'm always delighted when they host a comprehensive sale. I've scooped up some of my favorite pieces for over half off, and wanted to share the love with you. Below are a bunch of my favorites (in various price points) from their current tag sale, which is happening online and in stores. I'd encourage everyone to check it out and see what deals you can snag. (Click on the image for all the details.)
Favorites Picks from Anthropologie Tag Sale

Have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A great deal on footwear for your wee one

Hey all, I'm happy to say that today RUUM footwear is on sale on Zulily for over 50% off! We paid full price for these, and have loved them. (I'm almost tempted to buy another pair a size up since they're almost too small.) 

So check out this amazing sale, and let me know what you buy! 

(Not a member of Zulily? You can join here. Happy shopping!) 

Our favorite books for the toddler(s) in your house

Reading is a pretty big deal at our house. But said reading has to come from board books, since I'm convinced my daughter might just be part goat. Below are a few of my daughter's currents faves (I've already explained my love for all of the BabyLit series, but we're also obsessed with Gyo Fujikawa and Eric Carle.) 
1. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - This has been a favorite of my daughter's since she was little. It's a great way to introduce colors and animals.
2. Babies - This was one of my favorites as a child, and my little one was so attached to this book that at one point, she had to carry it around everywhere.
3. 1, 2, 3 Count With Me - Baby girl loves her some Sesame Street, and this cute little book presents a fun way to count to ten.
4. There's a Wocket in my Pocket! - Dr. Seuss is just amazing. Seriously genius.
5. Pride and Prejudice - Beautiful illustrations and fun text.
6. From Head to Toe - Baby S loves to mimic all of the actions. (We also add in sound effects.)
7. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - A whimsical way to learn your ABCs.
8. Romeo and Juliet - I want every page of this book as artwork in my girl's nursery.
9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar - A classic.
10. The Foot Book - Another great toddler-friendly Dr. Seuss book.
11. Ten Little Babies - A little quirky, but my little one loves it. 
What are some of your child's favorites? 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Pretty in Pleat(s)

Ah, the accordion pleat. It's an element that I just keep on loving, which is why I'm so pleased that it's a trend that has some staying power. Whether you like your skirts long, short or somewhere in between, this style is flattering in every silhouette. 
Pretty in Pleat(s)

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Friday, June 14, 2013

"Pin"spiration: White, black and a colorful pump

For this week's Fashion Friday, I've selected one of the looks from my "Fashion is Danger" Pinterest board, and recreated the outfit (including shoes and accessories) for under $125. I had a lot of fun with this, so be on the look out for more "Pin"spiration posts in the future.
"Pin"spiration: White, black and a colorful pump

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