Monday, March 2, 2015

chic jewelry storage

if you were to look at the top of my bureau or any of the shelves on my bookcase right now, you would find an array of new and vintage dishes, trays, and bowls filled to the brim with jewelry and little odds and ends.

i don't wear a ton of jewelry, but i'm more likely to wear it when it's displayed in front of me. not to mention it makes for some lovely decor when you're not wearing it!

below i've rounded up a few of my favorite dishes, trinket boxes, and ring holders to store and display jewelry.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

nude lip

for about a year now i have been loving blush/nude lip colors. not too nude that it looks like i'm lacking oxygen, but not too mauve that it looks grandma-ish. the look i'm going for is natural-looking lips but slightly better color.

sephora had their annual beauty insiders sale last november. i took this as an opportunity to treat myself to one of the ysl rouge volupté lipsticks that i had my eye on for a while. the colors are beautiful, but it's the packaging that sealed the deal for me. high-end makeup packaging is so luxurious, you feel fancier just by holding it!

i picked out color 1 (nude beige) which appeared to be the perfect shade. you can imagine my shock and disappointment when i applied it at home and was less than pleased with how it looked on my lips. the color looked great, but it kinda looked like i had some ice cream or yogurt smeared all over my lips. i'm a huge fan of creamy lipsticks, but this was too creamy.

i've never particularly liked lip liners before, but it was pretty obvious that if i ever wanted to wear this lipstick a lip liner would be necessary. after browsing the selection at my local drugstore i ended up taking milani's lip liner in nude home with me. and unlike the lipstick, i love, love, LOVE this lip liner. it's the most beautiful blush-nude color. i felt like i hit the drugstore beauty jackpot.

so when wearing this lipstick, i first fill in my lips with the lip liner, and then i lightly tap and blend the lipstick with my finger. applying it straight out of the tube is too much for me. i suppose this would be a good time to use a lip brush, but i don't really mind using my finger.

and if i'm being perfectly honest, i'd rather just wear the lip liner by itself! i fill in my lips and top it off with some lip balm. it's great for everyday wear and looks so natural!

ysl rouge volupté silky sensual radiant lipstick in nude beige / milani color statement lipliner in nude

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

get the look

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over the years, i have saved and pinned tons of photos of outfits that i love and want to copy. since i already spend so much time browsing my favorite shops, i figured i would pull together the items to create similar looks. first up: this white on white look on alexa chung (love her, obsessed with her, i wish i could be as cool as her). wearing white on white (off-white too!) is one of my favorite things. it's something i would wear year-round if i didn't have to worry about stains from slushy winter snow.

baublebar corazón pendant necklace / j.crew long cotton-linen boy shirt / j.crew stretch toothpick jeans in ecru (i have these and prefer them over stark white jeans) / loeffler randall quinnie flats (less expensive options here and here) / essie nail polish in topless and barefoot / bobbi brown creamy lip color in pale mauve

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Monday, February 23, 2015


today's wish list features two of my favorites from loeffler randall's spring collection. have you checked out the collection yet? it's good, really good.

{one: j.crew rolled-sleeve pocket tee in stripe} a classic. thanks to the great sale they're running now, i purchased this tee as well as a few other things / {two: judith jack stud earrings} some serious sparkle / {three: loeffler randall starla ankle wrap sandal} i've had my eyes on these for years and i'm happy that they brought them back again this spring... i might have to get them this time around / {four: judith jack evil eye necklace} perfect by itself or layered with a few other dainty necklaces / {five: loeffler randall open tote} the perforated detail seriously ups the coolness factor on this classic silhouette

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Friday, February 20, 2015

beauty dish

i'm the type of person that goes into the drugstore with the intention of buying two things... and then i end up leaving with five or six. i can't be the only one that gets distracted by flashy new displays of nail polish and face wash! and if you are one of those people that doesn't get distracted, well, i envy your self control.

since the beginning of the year i have been on a mission to use up as much of my skincare and shower products as possible. i don't have that much makeup, but i have a ton of lotions, shower gels, face masks, and free sample packets that i've been hoarding.

however, there are exceptions. for example, if i run out of a necessity, i can replace it (so far i've only needed dry shampoo and a nighttime moisturizer–side note: this stuff is incredible). while it's been nice for me to rediscover some old favorites–like frank!–i've got a list going of products that i want to try once i use up what i currently have.

so tell me, what products have you been loving lately? drugstore or high end–i'm all ears!

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