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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentines Night In vs. Night Out

Valentines Day is coming very soon, and I am very excited for it. Personally I'm not going out on a fancy date this year, but I made outfit plans for a night out or a night in.

Night Out


 If I were going out this year, I'd probably keep it classic with a little black aline dress with a touch of lace to make it more romantic. A cute pair of heart earrings and a red bag for a pop of color. I'd finish the look with a pair of black heels and loose romantic curls. This is a timeless look, one that I absolutely adore. I'd wear a soft pink lipstick like Roman Holiday by nars and keep the rest of my makeup simple and classic.


Night In 
For a night in, either alone or with my husband I love to be cozy. I'd wear an oversized flannel, and cozy joggers. To keep warm I'd wear my Cally slippers from Minnetonka. I personally have these in red and they're so soft and cozy. I'd finish this look off with a messy bun and a freshly scrubbed face, but then again I have been married for six years. If your relationship is newer keep your face bright with a bit of tinted moisturizer, highlighter, mascara and some lip balm. Put your hair in a ponytail and curls the ends.

I hope that no matter your plans for Valentines, you have a lovely evening, whether you're spending it with the girls or your special guy.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Stylish Sundays: Bang on

So as you saw in my hair evolution post, I recently got bangs again after not having them for over a year. The hair cut was inspired by Emma Stone, actually the whole outfit I wore was inspired by Emma Stone.

 Coat: Delia's, Sweater: Cotton On, Jeans: Aeropostale, Boots: H&M


Makeup: Sonja Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer, Sonja Kashuk Concealer, The Balm Frat Boy, Marc Jacobs The Lolita Palette, Maybelline The Falsies, Maybelline Brow Drama Pro Palette, Hourglass Truth Lipgloss, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer.

Hair: by Christie Toffan


Jewelry: Jewelmint Lovers Locket

As you can see I am very out of practice for taking outfit photos. But I'll get back into the swing of things.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

My Hair Evolution

My hair has been through some serious changes over the last couple years, and it's all been thanks to one woman, Christie Toffan. I plan on going back to blonde in a couple months and will be blogging about the process and doing a mini interview with Christi like I did with Maxwell LeClerc. But before I did that I thought I'd do a post showing my hair evolution over the years.

September 2013: The first time I saw Christie





March 2014:




July 2014


 September 2014


May 2015


Somehow I've lost the photos I had of the cut she did for me in October of 2015 so we'll jump ahead to now.

January 2015 

 

I feel like there are some pictures missing because I've seen her more than shown here, but it's a pretty good view of my hair evolution. I some how managed to have purple hair for 3 months and not see her at all, which is weird, and the last cut before this one is missing for certain, but all in all, I've been seeing Christi Toffan for over two years and I'm always so happy with my hair after I see her. She's the only stylist I've seen multiple times.  So if you're in the Florence Kentucky area and in need of a hair cut you should book an appointment with her.



Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Back From Hiatus

Well I took a very unexpected very long hiatus from this blog, but now I'm back, with some plans to kinda revamp.

Honestly there wasn't too good a reason for my hiatus, partially it was because of the unexpected move back to blogger, when my web hosting decided to drastically raise it's prices with very little notice. And the rest of the reason was just blogger burn out.

I hadn't been feeling the fashion and haul posts I had been posting for a while, and just needed a bit of a change and sometime to think and not worry about posting. It'll still take some time for me to get back into the flow of posting, but I'll be around sporadically until I get it sorted out.

Those that have stuck with me, thanks so much for your patience while I sorted everything out.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Check out: Sparkszine

Sparkszine is run by Katy Gale, a teenage girl living in Australia, documenting what it's like to be a teenager.

Katy has live in 4 countries on 3 continents and still travels frequently with her family. She loves baking, dancing and watching friends.
 

She's been published 3 times, once in Germ.

Sparkszine isn't your average blog, it's more like a teen magizine, but run by an actual teenager. There will be posts covering everything from fashion and beauty, book reviews, travel, and general life advice.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Current Skincare Routine

I could definitely declare some of the items in my current skincare routine Holy Grail Items. And I with the repurchase of some old favorites that I can't believe I let myself run out of now that I'm back to using them, I decided a blog post blathering on about it was in order.

For reference I suffer from cystic acne and I do take medication prescribed by my dermatologist. However this routine is one that my dermatologist recommends for people that do suffer from severe acne, and even without medication my skin benefits greatly from using some of these products.



For makeup removal I adore Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. I feel like this is a good start to any routine and it gets every bit of my makeup off my face, including the most stubborn water proof eye makeup. Which is important for healthy skin. I tend to alternate between using this and a cleansing oil, but this is a favorite.

The next step is Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser. This is a scrub but it is one that really is gentle enough to use every day and I do. This is definitely a holy grail item for me, and I can't believe I ever let myself run out of this and I definitely will not be making that mistake again. Exfoliating is super important when you have severe acne, because acne occurs when sebum gets trapped beneath dead skin cells. You could get away with just the hot cloth cleanser, but if your skin is really stubborn like mine I really recommend this.

After a very light exfoliation I use an acne wash. Currently I am using Murad's Clarifying Cleanser, which if I'm honest I don't love. I much prefer Kiehl's Blue Herbal Gel cleanser which I will be going back to as soon as I run out of this. But for now this does work.

Usually I would be using a toner, but currently I'm out of my favorite and just haven't picked it up again, which is the Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic. I also really like their Ultra Facial Toner.

Once or twice a week I use the Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque. This mask is absolutely lovely and my skin feels super clean after I use it. If I do have a current outbreak it is drastically reduced the next day, which makes this a miracle worker and a holy grail item for me. Another mask that's just as lovely but twice the price for half the product is Fresh's Umbrian Clay Mattifying Mask

Then I follow up with First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Cream for my moisturizer. I haven't ever found a moisturizer I absolutely adore but this one does the job well enough and the price isn't horrible. I'll probably repurchase it when I'm done but for now I definitely plan on at least finishing this container.

I can easily say that Kiehl's is my favorite skincare brand, their products are amazing and their prices won't make your wallet want to throw rocks at you. What's your favorite Skincare?

OOTD: Blue Lips

You might look at the pictures below and think that I've titled this post after my lipstick, and you'd be partially right, but it's also after this Regina Spektor Song. Because I feel like Regina Spektor doesn't get enough love. She's been one of my favorite singers for years and when I was looking for a title for this post I remembered that song and was like okay lets go for the obvious.

These photos are actually from a while ago, like back in June, but I had forgot about them so what better time to post them than now because I actually really loved this outfit.




Tank: H&M, Skirt: H&M, Shoes: Asos

I've got 3 of these circle skirts from H&M now, they're my absolute favorite skirts ever and so easy to style. I love high waisted anything, but especially skirts.




Necklace: H&M, Nails: Zoya Robin, Headband: Charlotte Russe, Hair: Color Ion Sky blue and Cyan.

I followed Leighannsays Easy Rolled Updo Hair Tutorial for my hair and I adore it. I definitely want to pick up a few more of these style headbands so I can recreate this style again because I don't love this headband.


On My Face: Sonja Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer, The Balm Mary Lou Manzier, Marc Jacobs The Lolita Palette, Urban Decay Mascara, Nars Blush, NYX Liquid Eyeliner, NYX Turquoise Eyeliner (worn as lipliner) NYX Wicked Lipstick in Envy.

Where's the fun in makeup if you can't wear a crazy lip color or two. I've actually been obsessed with them lately, I've got two blue lipsticks now, and several purples, and one orange that I absolutely adore. I'll try to do a post on all my crazy statement lipcolors that I've collected soon. Because they're my favorite thing about doing my makeup right now.




My husband gave me these shoes for our anniversary a few years ago, and while they've been beat up a bit and have lost a few studs here and there, they're still some of my favorite shoes and the only true Chelsea boots I own. I definitely want to find a plain black pair and a plain brown pair in leather or faux leather for winter this year because I adore the way Chelsea boots look. Especially with a pair of ankle jeans.

What do you think of statement lip colors? Would you ever wear blue lipstick all day?