Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day is coming up very soon, and I know it can be hard to figure out what to get your Mother to show her exactly how much you appreciate her.

I think the best Mother's Day gifts are luxury items that she wouldn't normally buy herself, either because she has something that does the job, or because she just wouldn't buy it for herself. 

Here are my top picks for Mother's Day. Some of these things are on my own Mother's Day list, but most of my list is actually shoes.

1,2,3,4,5,6

Thursday, April 14, 2016

OOTD: Tucked In

Lately I've been loving tucking my tees into my high waist jeans. I just think it looks really cute. And it's a great solution for tops you like, but seem to hit you at an awkward place.
 Top: Loft(similar), Jeans:Aeropostale, Shoes: Converse, Choker: Gift (similar)


Like this one I bought from Loft ages ago, I love it but it never seems to sit right on me unless it's tucked in. Which is a bit of a shame because it has gorgeous gold buttons at the sides. But it's just a bit to short, or a bit to long, I either like my tees to hit right at the top of my jeans for an almost cropped look, or hip length. This one hits just at pocket length on these jeans and I feel like it creates a weird silhouette. But tuck it in and that problem goes away.

On My Face: Sonja Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer in Fair, Colourpop Tea Party and Girl Crush Super Shock Shadows,  Rimmel Liquid eyeliner, Maybelline The Falsies Mascara, The Balm Frat Boy Blush, Colourpop Highlighter in Monster, Colourpop Gossip Lippie Stix, Maybelline Brow Drama in Soft Brown 

The choker I'm wearing is the same one I wore in this post. My husband bought it for me from a museum gift shop a couple towns over. There's an old house that's been standing since the town was built in the 1700's, and they've turned it into a museum dedicated to that time period. Obviously the choker isn't historical in anyway, but it is a very fun reminder of the day we spent there. I don't think I've ever mentioned it before, but I love history museums, even more so than art museums.


Do you have any jewelry or clothing that reminds you of a something cool or special that you've done?

Monday, April 11, 2016

OOTD: Casually Distressed

Sometimes you get an outfit idea stuck in your head, and nothing will make it go away until you wear it. I've been thinking about pairing these items together since February, and it wasn't warm enough until recently. Often these ideas for outfits I get work better in theory than they do in practice, but I was surprisingly happy with this outfit.
Outfit: Cardigan: Madewell (similar), Tee: H&M, Shorts: Target(similar), Shoes: Converse

Nails: Nails Inc Baker St. Necklace: Unknown, but I think it was forever 21.

I bought this cardigan on sale at Madewell a couple years ago, and they seriously have the best sale rack ever. I have gotten so much use out of it, and it's honestly probably my favorite cardigan I've ever owned. I'm pretty sure I just wore this outfit to go get pizza with my husband, and it worked out perfectly.

Makeup: Sonja Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer, The Balm's Frat Boy, Maybelline The Nudes Palette, Maybelline Falsies Mascara, Rimmel Eyeliner, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter, NYX Turquoise Eyeliner used as a lip liner, Colourpop Raw Lippie Stix.

Since my outfit post on trends I wanted to try, I've been absolutely in love with ombre lips, and I'm sure I'm way behind on this trend. I used a random Turquoise eyeliner that I had, and just cut a bit off for sanitary purposes before I used it, but honestly I'm pretty sure I've never used it as a eyeliner, and then just filled in the rest with Raw by Colourpop, which I bought last year while I had blue hair.

I am absolutely obsessed with my white hi top chuck taylors. They're perfectly broken in and go so perfectly with everything. And the best part is when they start to look dirty or dingy I just toss them in the washer on delicate, and then let dry in the sun. Since I bought them they've become my most worn pair of shoes. And I think they're going to continue to be for the rest of the summer.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Spring Colourpop Cosmetics Haul

Recently I decided that I absolutely needed some new lip colors for spring. Since Colourpop is my current favorite brand for lipstick, obviously an order was placed. Of course once on the website I decided I needed to branch out a bit and try more things from the brand.
Something about Colourpop's Packaging just makes me giddy, and it's very satisfying to see it all stacked up like this:
 
First the lipcolors, it was super hard to choose because they have so many, but I finally decided on two lippie stixs in satin finishes, because I already know I love those, and then two liquid lipsticks, one in Ultra Matte one in Ultra Satin.

Lippie Stix in Rocket:
Which is a bright satin finish coral:


Lippie Stix in Gossip:

Which is a midtone satin finish pink:

Ultra Satin Lip in London Fog:
 Which is a Blue Toned Red:

Ultra Matte Lip in Clueless:
 Which is a Dusty Mauve Pink:


Clueless is obviously my favorite since I've already worn it here.

Then I decided on two of Colourpop's Super Shock Shadows and a Highlighter.

Super Shock Shadow in Tea Party, which is a soft peachy pink:
Super Shock Shadow in Girl Crush, which is a midtone gray:
 and Highlighter in Monster, which is a light pink opalescent duo-chrome
 Swatches from left to right: Monster, Tea Party, Girl Crush:


I am absolutely obsessed with Monster as a highlight, it doesn't look like much in the pan, but it's absolute magic once applied to the skin. It's a light pink opal-y color that is just completely gorgeous. I wasn't expecting much from it, but once I used it, it was absolute love, and I already have a list of other highlighters I want.

What are your favorite products from Colourpop.com? Or if you haven't tried anything, lemme know which products you'd like to try.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

How To Wear: Minnetonka Boots for Spring

I always see a lot of Minnetonka shoes styled for fall, but I don't see a lot about them in the spring. And while they're gorgeous and perfect for fall, they're amazing for spring. Since I've been absolute coveting a few pairs of their boots recently I decided to put together a few outfits I'd wear them with.

Classic Fringe Boot  

 For the Classic Fringe Hardsole Boot I decided to style them with a pastel grungy feel. I'd pair them with a cute graphic tee, like this cat tee half tucked into distressed high waisted jeans like these from Topshop, with a cozy sweatshirt in pink like this one from H&M tied around my waist in case it gets chilly. I'd finish it off with some cute pink sunnies and a fringe crossbody to match the fringe on the boots.

Back Zip Hardsole Boot

For the Back Zip Hardsole Boot I decided to go with a more girly vibe for my example, but still stuck with the 90's vibe, so I picked this super cute crop top from Forever 21 that says You're My Favorite and these white moto jeans from Topshop. I paired it with these sweet heart earrings from Dogearred, and this really cute backpack purse. Side note: Did anyone else have a back pack purse in the 90's? I loved mine.

Two Button Hardsole Boot


For the Two Button Hardsole Boot I decided to still keep with the 90's throwback theme, but I wanted a super casual easy weekend look that would be great for brunch with your friends, or a weekend away, so I picked this really cute Buffalo Check Shirt Dress from Madewell, I paired it with this gorgeous blue bag from Tory Burch and finished the look with these starbust studs and this teardrop necklace both from Baublebar. 

I'm so in love with all three of these looks for spring. I think the best part is even though I chose to showcase a different pair of boots with each outfit, the boots would work with all the different outfit styles. And this is just my personal preference, you can wear these boots so many other ways, just check out Minnetonka's Instagram for more ideas.

How would you style a pair of Minnetonka's for spring?

Friday, April 1, 2016

OOTD: Clueless

This past Sunday, which was Easter, I decided to be a little braver in my clothing choice than I've ever been before.

Top: H&M (similar), Skirt: H&M (similar), Shoes: Converse, Sunglasses: Madewell (similar)

I decided to buy and wear, a crop top.....OOOH! Earth shattering I know. Well it may not be for some people but it definitely is for me. I generally don't wear crop tops. I've never really been comfortable in them, as you'll see below, at least not since I was 12.
As you can see I'm trying really hard to stand up straight and look cute, and it just plays off a little bit awkward. I think I would be much more comfortable in this top with some mid-rise or high-waisted pants instead of the skirt. Unfortunately it seems the shirt is sold out at H&M, but I really do love the similar one I linked from Forever21. I know I've been trying to focus on better quality, but lately I have seen some stuff I really love at Forever21, so I think I may cave and make a trip there soon.

Makeup- Face: Sonja Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer, L'Oreal Setting Spray. Eyes: Covergirl, Benefit, Maybelline. Cheeks, Colourop, Nars. Lips: Colourpop.

Choker: Gift


My lipstick and highlight are actually sneakpeaks to a haul coming up later this week, but I will say that the lipstick is Clueless by Colourpop. I'm so obsessed with this color, it's perfect and so very 1995 which is when Clueless was released. Since it's easily one of my all time favorite movies, I absolutely had to have this lipstick.


Have you done anything you consider brave recently? Any trends you want to try this spring?



Friday, March 25, 2016

Red to Sombre with Christie Toffan

As you know I recently went from red back to blonde, and it was quite the process. Since I planned on doing a post on the process, I'd do a little mini interview with my stylist as well.


Christie Toffan

I've been seeing Christie for 4 years now, and she's recently started managing her own Salon Suite at Salon Concepts in Florence Kentucky. Since she's been cutting my hair for 4 years, and I knew that going from red to blonde would be a huge process, there was no one else I would trust to do it.

starting color
Especially because I had tried to bleach the blue out of my hair by myself, so not only did she have to deal with the red, she also had to deal with the left over blue and the severe damage I had done to my hair.
applying color remover
Why did you decide to become a stylist? and how long have you been doing it?
- I always wanted to do something in the fashion industry. I also wanted to help people. Cosmetology allowed me to combine both. I've been doing hair for 5 years.

and cooking it

What did you do before you decided to be a stylist?
-Let's see, I went to school for architecture and interior design, tended bar and worked in management. I tried on many hats, as my mother would say, until I find one that fit.

it's green
Who's your style icon?
-I wouldn't say I have a style icon. My goal is to provide my clients with an outward portrayal of their inner selves.

all washed out
Go to, can not live without products?
- Currently, I'm obsessed with Eufora. Their products are aloe based and smell SO good! I use the Aloetherapy shampoo and conditioner, Boost root lifting spray, Formation styling fish and Full Effect texture spray. My favorite hairspray is Sebastian Shaper Plus.

drying!
Worst things you've seen your clients do to their hair? And what they should do instead? 
- Not use at least a heat protectant on their hair.
after the color remover
Running late, go to hair style and outfit?
-Black, black and black. I keep my wardrobe simple, always. That gives me a little extra time to round brush my hair, even if I'm running late.

What do you do in your free time?
- I love to garden, spend time with my hubby and my two little dogs, Milo and Mayatoo.
all foiled 
Are there any other hair stylists work you admire?
- There are several! I've been blessed to be surrounded by many talented stylists.
and the rest of the dye
Favorite Movies, Music and Books?
- Ishmael is one of my favorite books, Avengers, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Moulin Rouge are definitely my top contenders for favorite movies. Music is huge.... Pretty much anything other than new country.
processing

What advice to you have for someone who's wants to make a 
big change to their hair?
-Photos. Look at a lot of photos and bring the ones you like to your stylist. They will be able to advise on what your hair is capable of. What color tones enhance your skin, and let you know how much time is required for styling




I can't tell you how happy I am with my hair. It was an awesome experience, having Christie do my hair.
About a month after dying my hair red, I really wanted to be blonde again, so for 7 months from July to February, I was really unhappy with my hair.
The final result

The entire process took two vists and 8 hours total. 5 hours the first visit, and then 3 hours the next visit for a second full foil because my hair decided too pull orangy/yellow after the first set of foils and dye. After all of this honestly I don't know that I'll ever dye my own hair again. This was a very long process. But it was definitely worth every minute and every penny spent.

 I have never been so happy with my hair.


If you're in the Florence, Kentucky area and are looking for someone to do your hair, you should definitely book with Christie