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August 29, 2014

THE BEST LABOR DAY SALES

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Typically I'm excited for the weekend, but today I'm feeling bummed because school starts next week so the arrival of this weekend means summer is officially over. Happily, there's a ton of good sales going on right now so I'll distract myself from the inevitable by doing a little online shopping this weekend (and going to the beach). I've rounded up a few of my favorites from six of my favorite stores, all of which are having amazing sales through the weekend!

Click the images below to shop the pieces, and click the arrows to slide through to see all my favorite picks! 



You guys, if you've never shopped at Asos before, you need to start right now. Their selection is a little overwhelming, and they do have a lot of crazy pieces I would never wear, but they also have the world's best collection of dresses and skirts. I'm dying over this blue lace dress. I stopped myself at fifteen favorites, but I could have picked one hundred. They have their up to 75% off sale right now PLUS an extra 10% off with code HAVE10





The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale was only a few weeks ago, but already there's another amazing sale going on at Nordstrom.  A lot of the same things are on sale, so if you didn't grab something you wanted, now is your chance to snag it! This sequin pencil skirt would be so perfect for the holidays! Get up to 40% off their huge selection of sale items!





This year J.Crew Factory has become my favorite place to shop. So many good pieces at such good prices. Right now they're killing it in the sweatshirt department -- I'll take one of each for Fall, please. Everything is 40-60% off through Monday!







It's no secret that I love Old Navy. I think half of my closet is from there. Right now they have a ton of good tops, including this one that I'm wearing about twice a week right now. Everything is up to 50% off through Monday!





If I could afford to shop exclusively at Anthropologie, I would. They have the most gorgeous, unique, fabulous pieces -- sometimes I go on to their website just to get inspired. But right now with their extra 20% off sale items, there are tons of pieces that are at amazing and super affordable prices. 






I own a few pairs of shoes from Sole Society, and am completely in love with their collection. They're having their big summer blow out sale (which I can't say without thinking of that shopkeeper from Frozen -- please tell me I'm not the only one!) up to 70% off -- some shoes are only $20!! (Should I buy these or these??)




Happy Shopping, and Happy Labor Day Weekend!

August 28, 2014

FLOWER POWER (AND A GIVEAWAY!)






PHOTOGRAPHY BY JYLARE SMITH

dv wedges via nordstrom rack (on sale here!)


During the summer, tops that speak for themselves are such an essential in my closet. I love layers, but I need no fuss, non-bulky pieces. This super lightweight tunic blouse from Trend Addictions is such a perfect piece -- a statement blouse that's easy and fun to wear, and doesn't require anything other than a pair of jeans.  

Today I've teamed up with Trend Addictions for a fantastic $75 gift card giveaway to their shop! It's a gorgeous little Anthropologie-esque shop with items for your home, baby, and of course, yourself! I'm totally in love with this wooden condiment tray, this fringe cardigan, and these darling stacking animal blocks.

To Enter (mandatory):


Additional Entries (optional):

the giveaway will be open for one week, after which the winner will be announced and contacted! Good luck!

August 27, 2014

MID WEEK STEALS: BLACK AND WHITE

black and white

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Right now I'm super into neutrals, especially black and white. It's just such a classic combination and I'll never get tired of it. Here's a few of my favorite pieces, all under $40 (except that black and white striped dress, but it's still a steal at under $50!)

Happy Wednesday! 

August 26, 2014

HOW TO LAYER YOUR NECKLACES












Delicate jewelry is so popular this season, and after going crazy over statement jewelry for the last few years, I'm ready to tone it down and go for something a little more simple. But even the most simple jewelry can be fun to play around with sometimes, and one of my favorite ways to amp up the basic, delicate pieces is to layer them.

If you're trying to figure out how to layer yours, try these tips:

1. Pick pieces that are similar to each other, like the "V" shaped pieces I styled together in my first outfit here, or the spiked pieces in the second outfit. This will make your layering look purposeful and help the pieces flow well together.

2. Create contrast. I love creating contrast in outfits. Try pairing those delicate pieces with chunky pieces, or short pieces with long ones. Also, play around with a lot of delicate ones paired together, or one chunky and one delicate. Mixing and matching is what makes it fun!

3. Choose a similar neckline. Show off your gorgeous layering by choosing a top with a neckline that's similar to the shapes of your necklaces. If your necklaces are long, choose a deeper v-neck blouse. If your necklaces are shorter and rounded, go for a scoop neck.

4. Mixed metals is allowed! Silver, gold, rose gold -- they're all fair game. Mixing the same metals will look the most purposeful, but don't feel like you have to stick to just one.


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August 25, 2014

5 ESSENTIALS FOR LIGHTWEIGHT SUMMER MAKEUP

When summer rolls around and we're spending many of our days at the beach or outside, the last thing I want to think about is makeup. But even on those days that I am getting ready, I go for a more lightweight face routine -- a few essentials that make me feel pretty and put together, but not at all caked on or heavy. I want to share a few favorites that have become summer makeup essentials. (And with just a few extra steps and products, it will transition perfectly into my Fall makeup routine)!



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1. I've been using Jergen's Natural Glow body lotion for about 10 years, but I've only started using their face lotion this summer. I have really sensitive skin on my face, so I was nervous to try it, but I haven't had a single problem with it and I love the little bit of color it gives my naturally pasty white face. I put it on morning and night about twenty minutes after washing, and it keeps my skin soft and smooth and just slightly bronzed. 

2. I met the Bare Minerals team at Alt Summit earlier this year and they sent me home with a bunch of makeup goodies, including this Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Smooth Talker. It's my go-to lip gloss for a natural summer look -- just the right amount of neutral shine. 

3. I've been using Murad products for about eight months now and haven't met a product I didn't like (you can read more about my experience with them here). They recently sent me their acne treatment concealer, and although I've been anti-concealer since high school (one too many horrible experiences with breaking out), I gave this one a try. I absolutely love it, and it gives amazing coverage but hasn't made me break out one single time. I swear by this stuff. 

4. This summer I've had a ton of friends get eyelash extensions. I was super interested in how they liked them, and mostly got a negative response about it -- the price, not being able to wear mascara, and not being able to rub your eyes were the biggest complaints. So when Younique sent me their 3D Fiber Lashes, which claimed to have the same results at a fraction of the price (and washed off at the end of the day), I was intrigued. I've been using them for about a month, and they seriously do what they claim -- a few little swipes, and my already long lashes look even longer and fuller with this product. They're perfect for a lightweight summer makeup routine, but also compliment a darker statement eye perfectly. Can't wait to use them with a smokey eye when the weather gets cooler!

5. During the summer, I love adding a bright and colorful blush to my routine. But I find that my powdered blush's fall off quickly in the heat. So instead of using those, I grab one of my pink lipsticks and rub a little on the apples of my cheeks for an instant pretty flushed look. CoverGirl "fairytale" is my favorite, and is perfect for doubling up as a regular lip color when you're wanting to add a little extra color to your look! 

What are your summer makeup essentials??


August 22, 2014

LACE SHIFT DRESS TUTORIAL

A couple of weeks ago I share my blush lace dress that I made myself for my birthday. Today I'm back with the tutorial! This my first time making a dress with full lining, so there was a little trial and error, and a fair amount of unpicking and resewing, but I'm thrilled with how it turned out. 

You can see the original post and all the photos of the dress here!




dress made by me (similar here and here)
rock and republic heels, similar 
lulu*s bag, similar here on sale!

FIND THE FULL TUTORIAL AFTER THE JUMP!

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