July 29, 2014


Lately I've been feeling super buttoned up in a constant "work mode". A chunky heel and a great pencil skirt are fun and all, but I'm a total boho rocker at heart and I've just got to let it out you guys! 

I'm honestly not sure how I lived life pre-kimono. I really don't. They look great with my favorite cut-offs, a leather legging, or even a little black dress. It's easy, it's breezy, and makes me feel uuuber chic as it flows behind me walking through my parking garage. Fab life, I know. And I HAVE to dish on this amazing chain bib! I love a good chain or two, but for the longest time the only the only option I found was gold and a part for a certain e-tailer with a certain blogger turned pseudo reality star...yeah no thank you. So self high-five to me for finding this silver, less expensive version in a department store! Go team go.

Kimono, Nordstrom Rack // Chain Bib, Macy's // Layered Chains, Target // Tee, Old Navy // Cut-offs, F21 // White & Silver Sandals, Nordstrom Rack

July 17, 2014

Beauty Favorites: Summer

I have no shame in admitting that I am a total beauty junkie. I've never met a lipgloss I didn't like. That being said, I tend to rotate my "basics" quite a bit. Partially to because I get bored easily, but mainly because it seems like I can never find that perfect match. Until now that is. 

1. BareSkin by bareMinerals: For as long as I have been wearing makeup, I have been unhappy with my base. I've tried spray, mouse, tinted moisturizer, liquid and powder foundation in a variety of brands and prices. I would say that I have "trouble" skin: it's uneven in town, dry in places and slick with oil in others, and acne prone. bareMinerals had always been my skin's favorite, but the powder would be running down my face at the end of the day. And I am not about that re-applying life. Liquid looked better than anything else and gave me the coverage I wanted, but irritated by skin and caused breakout. Cut to bareMinerals first liquid foundation. I literally went on a wait list to get this stuff... it's that good. It doesn't contain any of the bad stuff your skin hates, but it powder-liquid formula applies light weight, soft to the touch, day-long full coverage. You just squeeze a few drops into their amazingly designed brush, and buff away. It's basically magic.

2. NYX HD Studio Translucent Finishing Powder: I use to this products like this were silly and "just one more step in my morning makeup routine". But a translucent powder can be really helpful to girls with oily skin, because it keeps your face looking fresh and bright all day. It's especially helpful during the summer heat, as it keeps you from sweating your pretty little face. Find a bright powder that can also double as highlighting.

3. John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder: Honestly, I've never died my hair. I'm too much of a chicken. I am the girl that will cry in the salon chair if you do something to my hair that I don't dub acceptable. I've wanted to change things up for awhile, but first I wanted to try something a little less permanent. This product is about as low maintenance as it gets. You spray it on your damp hair after the shower, from root to tip or however you wish, and then activate the results through the heat of blow drying or other styling tools. People who I see everyday will stop mid sentence and ask if I died my hair the night before; its that great. Now I had some 3 year old highlights to work with, and the spray enhances what you've already got going on. But the more you use it, it works on even my dark roots. 

4. Clear, Scalp & Hair Therapy Total Care Over the past year, I have really gotten into having healthy hair. I like to keep it long, and majority of the year I'm blow drying, straightening, curling and hammering it with hairspray. First I became I convert of the infrequent washing, and I swear by it, even more so if you have long hair. Washing my hair every 4-7 days has given my hair a new life. It's softer and full of life, and no where close to the frizzy, greasy head of hair I once had. What it could not solve, was my try scalp. Cue the miracle shampoo! It smells great, is super lightweight, and makes my hair extra fluffy and manageable in the summer sun, no matter the style.

5. elf Eyelid Primer in Neutral: Whether you're an eyeliner or eyeshadow girl, or even no eye makeup at all, I cannot stress enough how amazing this is! I use it somewhat as a primer, but mostly as a brightener. Apply to the lid to save your shadow from creasing, the inner corner to look like you just came from the beach, and under eyes to hide the circles from what you've really been doing this summer.

6. NYX Eye Shadow Palette: Like I said, I have a need to mix things up. I've been rocking the winged eyeliner look for sooome time now. And then one day I looked at a photo of myself and said "WHERE DID MY EYES GO?!" So bring in the eye shadow. I like any shade in a light grey, duty brown or other shimmery neautral. It's so summer beach bum glam, I'm obsessed.

This post was not sponsored by any of the above brands, I just honestly love them.

July 7, 2014

Paisley Party

I, am on a mission. A mission, for sleeves. One day I just took a look at my exploding closet and realized that an overkill in sleeveless blouses and dresses was all of a sudden very unappealing to me. And thus the great summer sleeve search commenced. And let me tell you, it's not an easy task! But I can't deny that adding a sleeve to a nice blouse or a buttoned up workwear dress adds instant polish and uniqueness. I've actually forbade myself from buying anymore blouse, tees or dresses sans-sleeves. I take my shopping pacts very seriously guys. I found this piece of perfection ridiculously on sale at ASOS. Sadly it's recently sold out, but they have so many other wonderfully-sleeved options your sadness will soon pass. 

Paisley Blouse Dress, ASOS // Earrings, H&M // Tote, Dillards // Heels, Steve Madden via Nordstrom Rack