Wednesday, July 18, 2018

{going from desk to drinks}

I went into Target the other weekend to buy toilet paper (just being honest haha) and of course I had to browse the clothing section... I mean who goes to Target and doesn't stop through that section?! I stumbled upon this jumpsuit and thought "hmm this could be cute on." Well, the second I tried it on I was in loooove. It's conservative enough for work but has enough fun and flavor to it that I'd wear it out to a bar! I actually wore it to work a couple weeks ago, caught a train, and then went out for drinks with my family in Baltimore!

Living in DC I need my wardrobe to function for me in lots of different ways:
Work & Play // I have plenty of items that I can't wear to the office because a girl needs her mini skirts and off the shoulder shirts so it's really nice to have items that can work double duty! A big part of my life is events after work - that's when I get to see all of my friends and explore DC. I constantly have networking or blogger events in different places all over the city 3-4 times a week.
Travel // A travel friendly outfit comes in handy when you're walking to the metro or standing on a packed bus in traffic! You need to be able to move and not worry about flashing someone.
Date Night // A skirt and top is a classic look for work but it's not always what you want as a date option (my go to was always jeans and a blouse). A jumpsuit has a lot of sass and personality to it for the summertime! Dating is hard enough so why not have some fun with your look ;)

How do you make an outfit check all the boxes?

Love Always,

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

{moisturizers i've used and loved}

I have tried tons of moisturizers over the years. My skin is always something that I take very seriously - I'm always looking for the next best moisturizer! For a beauty product that you put on your face every day (in the morning, under my makeup, and again at night) you want it to be the best. In my mind that means moisture that lasts all day without feeling oily or drying out quickly.

I recently finished a loooot of products that I really liked - some more so than others! I thought it would be fun to give y'all a run down of everything I've tried, rate them, describe what I liked and what I didn't, and then give the verdict on if I would purchase it again or not.

I naturally have a pink undertone to my skin - so when I got this product I was hoping it would help with some of the warm undertones that contrast with some of my makeup (it's hard to find a concealer that doesn't go yellow). The product is very moisturizing and it absorbed quickly so it worked well in the morning and under my makeup. If you're a makeup guru then you know the green, pink, and yellow makeup some girls use to help discoloration. This product has a light green tint to it (similar to the green on the label) that helps the redness!

Would I purchase it again? No - just because it didn't help with redness on me so I don't see the need.

Give me a moisturizer that has "anti-aging benefits" in it and I'm bound to like it. This Secret Sauce is my all time favorite moisturizer!! I love the smell and the dewy look it gives my skin! It works well in making my skin feel moisturized but not greasy. Which mean it's perfect after I get out of the shower in the morning before I put on my primer and makeup. It's also smooth enough where if I have a patch of dry skin under my makeup this will glide right over without nudging anything. I noticed my skin looked a lot "perkier" after using this for a week!

Would I purchase it again? YES! I'm on my third container ;)

The cult favorite... I'm sure you're not surprised to see this on here! I was sent this in a PR package and fell absolutely head over heels in love. Y'all. It really is amazing I can't lie. It's so moisturizing that I can't use it in the morning. It almost feels like a moisture mask at night. It's a thick consistency and it comes with a little paddle to scoop the product out so you don't stick your fingers in it. It smells so fresh and clean too! The jar is really heavy so it just makes the product feel lush and well made!

Would I purchase it again? Ugh... because it's $$$ I wouldn't. That's why it didn't get a full 5 stars.

The container of this moisturizer was pretty fun - you push on the top and it squirts out the center instead of having to pump a dispenser. It's super lightweight and the product smooths on really well. However, I just don't know if it did anything for me personally. The smell didn't just blow me away and I didn't think that the moisture from the product really lasted. I wanted to add more on top but my skin just got kind of tight

Would I purchase it again? Nope.

This stuff packs a whole lot of amazingness into a little bit! I feel like after using this product I was getting a little face lift every day. It tightened my skin, my wrinkles, and helped minimize my pores. All of the M61 products are amazing but this is a great every night product to purchase. It helps revive dull or dry skin and people worried about hyperpigmentation. It's also safe for people who experience breakouts - this will help because of the glycolic and salicylic acid! Easily the best results and most effective product out of the ones I'm reviewing!

Would I purchase it again? Absolutely!

Not really a moisturizer but this powerful serum only enhanced any moisturizer that I used. The Vitamin C in this product does wonders for making your skin glow! Every time I used it (basically every morning) I looked like I had just gotten 8 hours of sleep. It absorbed into my skin quickly and gave my skin the silkiest texture. The only reason I didn't give it a full 5 stars is because I may have discovered a better Vitamin C product - however, the Ole Henriksen price tag is much better!

Would I purchase it again? Yes - I already did!

Have you tried any of these moisturizers? What products have you purchased again because you loved them so much?

Love Always,

Thursday, July 12, 2018

{nordstrom anniversary sale | early access 2018}

Scroll to the bottom if you want to see my picks and already know this drill...


Just in case you hadn't heard ;)

Today marks the first day of Early Access - that means you have to be a card holder to shop the sale. But don't worry, the sale opens up to everybody on the 20th. So if you don't have a card start making your list now and if you do have one... SHOP! The prices go back up on August 6th. [Note: if you go into stores before July 20th you won't be able to shop the items unless you have a card as well]

This sale will be primarily Fall items. I know, I know - but trust me on this. It's strange to be thinking about cardigans and boots right now. But, it's never too early to stock up. The Nordstrom Sale has new fall goodies at ridiculous prices. So when you're in denial about summer being over and you're wearing a cute sundress and then you're freezing on your walk to work feeling silly... you have an adorable sweater to wear over that dress and begin that trendy seasonal transition.

During this sale I shop in two categories: Designer Items and Basics.

I hate buying expensive things at full price so I try to always snag designer items during these types of sales. I normally have something in mind that I want to invest in for Fall because I know I will get a lot of use out of them. The best example I have are my Tory Burch boots - I bought a brown pair last year because I wore my black so much from the year before.

The term "basics" depends on your definition. For most it means jeans, white teebooties, and an everyday sweater. For others it means cute sweaters and tops. I always like to buy some new easy tees (good time to clean out that closet and donate gently worn items) and a cardigan sweater that I will wear weekly.

Sometimes those two categories combine and become designer basics: it was an investment but something I knew I would get a lot of wear out of. In 2016 that was my cashmere wrap/scarf and last year it was a pair of suede heeled boots. I was able to wear both items to work, going out, and for traveling. Investing in them meant that they were high quality! It was a larger price tag but if you broke it down to cost per wear... we're talking nickels and dimes.

Burgundy and Olive Green are still popular with lots of lavender!
Skinny denim with frayed hems
Over the knee boots (YAS!)
Details - ties, buttons, twisted fabric, fringe
Texture - leather, suede, cashmere
Loose and casual - comfort reigns

Okay, now let's get to the good stuff shall we? I have made this post and set up identical to last year. Each collage is broken down into a style - lounge wear (sweatshirts, tennis shoes, loose shirts, cozy attire), weekend wear (going out, date night, winery visits, brunch etc), and work wear (blazers, heels, nice purses, simple jewels, cardigans). Just simply click on the item you want to shop! [You'll notice I didn't link any jeans - I'm not familiar with Nordstrom brands and their sizing offered!]

What are you purchasing? Are you a designer shopper or do you stick to the basics?

Love Always,

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

{yellow gingham two piece set}

Initial Necklace // BITE Lipstick in "Pastille"

Photography by Katie Urban

Tomorrow is my Friday (and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale) and this outfit pretty accurately describes how I feel - happy, care free, and ready to dance!! I'm off to Rosemary Beach in Seaside, FL to celebrate one of my best friends from college's bachelorette! It's going to be a great group of girls and I'm so excited to explore and finally check 30A off my bucket list! I'm going to be packing lots of sunscreen, too many bathing suits, and the girliest outfits possible ;) because why not when you're at a bach!!

I ordered this gingham set with no event in mind, just that I fell in love with it and wanted to try it out! I love that you can wear the top and skirt together or separately. I tucked the top ruffle of the skirt in because I liked that it helped show a little peek of skin - a bit of a fashion risk for myself. It's just the cutest combo and any outfit with pockets is going to make my heart sing!

Question - what's the biggest fashion risk you've ever taken?

Love Always,
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