Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tropical

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Crop Top & Skirt: Choies c/o  |  Heels: JustFab (love these navy lace-up pumps on sale!)  |  Clutch: Gigi New York c/o  |  Sunglasses: Prada

I love a good crop top & skater skirt combination, and this one from Choies is fun and affordable.  The print is so pretty and can be paired so many different ways.  I've been on the hunt for the perfect navy heel since last fall, and I finally found them!  A good pair of navy pumps are hard to come by, and I'm excited to wear these to the office as well as on the weekend.

We are slowly getting things situated in the house, believe it or not we are still unpacking!  We are hoping to paint the bedroom this week so I will keep you guys updated on the progress on that front.

Happy humpday, and thanks for reading!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Nightly Routine

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We all have those nights where we are too tired to do anything but hit the sheets.  I used to be horrible about taking off my makeup and taking care of my skin before bed.  It didn't become a priority until I was out of college and realized my skin isn't as durable as it used to be.  On a good night I take off all my makeup with my Garnier makeup remover wipes, and do a nightly routine that has me feeling refreshed when I wake up in the morning.

Lately this is what I'm loving:

Algenist Algae Brightening Mask - $59 * I got this mask as a goody in my Lucky FABB gift bag, and it's extremely refreshing.  It's got real leaves of sea kelp in that help gently exfoliate, leaving you with fresh, bright skin.  I'm a huge believer in reading reviews on products before purchasing, and you can see the reviews on this are stellar.  There's something so relaxing and refreshing about putting on a face mask in the evening before bed.  It's the perfect treat at the end of a long day.

Jergens Natural Glow Foaming Daiy Moisturizer - $9.99 I am pale, pale, so so pale naturally and I don't get a lot of sunshine since I sit in an office over 40 hours a week.  I'm totally okay with it, but it is nice to have a healthy glow throughout the year.  I love this foam tanner because it gives you a gradual tan without looking like self-tanner.  I highly recommend exfoliating really well before applying this - otherwise you will end up with splotches.

Hydropeptide 'Even Out' Skin Brightening Pigment Corrector - $60 * This is a product I never knew I needed. I always thought pigment correctors were strictly for hyperpigmentation, but they are also for acne scars.  I have a few small red scars on my face that will not go away but I swear I've seen signs of fading after using this, which is great because I can feel more comfortable going make-up free.  I'm really into serums lately as opposed to a heavy moisturizer, so I love using this at night to work on fading my scars, moisturizing, and brightening my complection while I catch some Z's.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in How Nude 130 - $7.99 &  Top Coat 100 - $7.99 I love to wind down with an at-home mani in front of a good tv show.  This is a gel polish that is supposed to give you gel results without having to use a UV light.  I recently got the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy and was shocked at how long it stayed on my nails, so I wanted to give this brand a go.  I'll keep you guys posted on how it holds up!

The Wet Brush - $8.99 I don't ever see myself going back to using a normal brush after using The Wet Brush.  To say I'm obsessed would be an understatement.  I have extremely tangly hair and when I get out of the shower it's impossible to comb.  It's also really bad for your hair to comb or brush it while wet, but The Wet Brush has special bristles that allow you to do that.  It's magic.  I pair it with a detangling spray like It's A 10 and my tangles disappear. 

So tell me, are you good about maintaing a steady nightly beauty routine?  What are some of your must-have products or steps?


* Items marked were gifted. I only review gifted products that I am 100% in love with, and all opinions are my own.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mix & Match

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Top: Sosie c/o  |  Shorts: ASOS (same shorts in pink)  |  Clutch: Meshka Design c/o (love this cobalt fringe clutch)  |  Heels: Kendall & Kylie Madden Girl  |  Sunglasses: Prada

One of my favorite ways to pattern mix is with stripes.  I think taking a classic print like stripes, and pairing them with a fun print, like this geometric Sosie top, you get an outfit that's fun without looking mis-matched.

The Prada sunnies are a recent score from Beyond The Rack - I got them for almost 50% off!  I've been watching these sunglasses for over a year, and waited and waited until I found them on sale somewhere.  That's what I love about discount sites like Beyond The Rack - you get some really great scores!  (Check out my other favorite sites similar to BTR in this post.)

I hope you all have a fantastic Monday, and thanks for reading!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Office/Guest Bedroom Color Reveal

In case you missed the first post of us contemplating color choices, you can check it out here.

We made our decision and finally painted the office/guest bedroom!  We ended up choosing Valspar Perfect Storm, which felt like the perfect color for a home office/guest bedroom.  It's a bold color, but it's calming and peaceful at the same time.

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We love the way it makes the crown molding and plantation shutter stand out, and the color complements the floor and brass accents so well.

The paint type is the new Valspar Reserve with HydroChroma Technology and I can NOT say enough good things about it.  We only used 2/3 of a gallon for the entire room and only did one coat - the pigmentation is just that good.  There was no need to prime and it went on so bold and smooth.  The sheen is flat, which makes it look so expensive and luxurious.

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This is the first room I've painted myself and I did a lot of research before hand, because I didn't want to mess it up, especially with such a bold color!  The biggest tip I have is if you are going with a bold color, make sure to caulk the tape down before you paint around the edges.  This was a LIFESAVER.  I had no paint bleeding under the tape.

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The wall you see in these pictures will house our daybed (remember this post?  Stay tuned to see which one we chose!), and Jesse's desk will be on the wall to the left.  The new wall color is really cozy to me, so I want to pick accents that are warm and masculine at the same time.  I'm really loving the way mustard and navy looks next to it.

Here's what I have my eye on:

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Fit & Flare

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Dress: C.C. Lake c/o  |  Bag: Tory Burch  |  Shoes: Lulu*s c/o (old - love these strappy cognac sandals)  |  Bangles: Forever21

My favorite dress silhouette is the fit and flare.  It's so flattering and comfortable at the same time.  I love this orange confetti dress from C.C. Lake because orange is one of my favorite colors for clothing, and the deep v back is so pretty and cooling in the summer.

Speaking of summer,  I've been donning the milkmaid braids to keep my hair off my neck because it is hot hot hot!

And on a home note, Jesse and I spent the entire weekend working on the house and I can't wait to share some sneak peeks with you all!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks