Thursday, February 26, 2015

OOTD: February Florals

Do you ever have those days where you feel out of sorts? That’s how I felt earlier this week—I woke up feeling fine Monday morning but by midday just felt blah and not totally with it, not sick but not great. I ended up climbing in to bed super early to get some rest. Tuesday was a little better but I felt like my brain wasn’t totally working right. I hope I’m not getting sick :/

Or maybe I just need a vacation. Even just a weekend where I can lay out by the pool or on the beach sipping fruity drinks and just relaxing, wearing this pretty floral kimono I picked up several weeks ago.  How cute would this look over a swim suit?!? Kimonos like this look pretty much cute with anything—dresses, jeans (which I’m actually wearing here, none of those pics made the cut though), shorts, skirts, lingerie, seriously,  A N Y T H I N G. Enough rambling for now, enjoy your almost-Friday!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Good HUES-Day: Closet Staples

1. Chambray Shirt:  One of my most favorite trends from the past couple of years is chambray. Dressed down or up, it's surprising how versatile these tops can actually be. Need some styling ideas? One of my favorite blogs, Style Elixir, is an absolute master at styling chambray. 

2. Striped Tee Shirt: This is just one of those classic, must-haves that even as a tee, always manages to look classy and stylish. 

3. Camel Trenchcoat: Living in Southern California I sadly don't have much use for a trenchcoat. You can bet though if I lived somewhere colder one of these babies would be hanging in my closet. They're classic and classy, perfect to throw over jeans, a dress, or work outfit.

4. Leopard: If you're looking to add more leopard to your closet, accessories are the perfect way to ease into the trend. You can rock leopard with a cute scarf such as the one above, a clutch, or even a cute pair of leopard print heels, such as the ones I wore here.

5. Fitted Jeans: I wear jeans most days of the week- even my black pants I wear to work are denim. Shhh... Seriously though, find a pair of jeans you love and if it's the perfect fit, pick up the same style in several different washes-- dark, light, black, even grey.

6. Skater Skirt: I am still on the skater skirt train and I'm not planning to jump off anytime soon. This is such a cute style that looks great on pretty much everyone. Seriously, I think even my boyfriend and his hairy legs would look cute in a skater skirt. Well, not really.

7. Hat: Until I started wearing hats a couple years ago, I never truly understood how they can totally change an outfit... and make it so much better! I love having a variety to choose from- fedoras, panama style and even floppy hats. The perfect accessory to instantly take an outfit from drab to fab.

8. Black Heels: For those of us in warmer parts of the country we're lucky enough to be able to wear open-toed shoes most of the year. I'm in love with these heels (so in love that I bought two pairs!)-- another classic that can be worn with a variety of pieces including jeans. Love!

What are some of your closet staples?

Monday, February 23, 2015

5 Ways to Beat the Mundays

Image via Rayi Christian Wicaksono

The word itself sounds so... blah. After a fun weekend getting back into the swing of things can be difficult. Luckily, I love my job so for me Mondays aren’t so bad, but some days it can be hard just to get out of my nice, comfy warm bed and get my week started. Here’s my 5 tips on how to beat those Monday blues:

1. Get to bed at a decent time Sunday night: I’m usually in bed at night by 10:30 pretty much every night— this way I can feel refreshed and take my time in the morning. If you can, try to get in the habit of getting up even 30 minutes earlier to give yourself some extra “you” time—sip your coffee, read your favorite blogs, take your time on your makeup, make breakfast, etc. You won’t feel so tired and rushed trying to get out the door.

2. Make a to-do list for the week: Writing down everything I need to do for the week ahead makes it so much easier to complete tasks, whether it’s for work or personal. At work, I’ll create my to-do list for Monday on the Friday before. This way, when I get to the office I know what I need to work on to conquer the day.

3. Keep Monday mornings open: Keep your Monday schedule light—if you can help it, don’t pack in any morning meetings, presentations or conference calls. Give yourself some time to catch up and get your week scheduled. Monday’s can be stressful enough just trying to get out of bed—don’t make it any harder.

4. Plan for something fun for the week: I usually pack a lunch but my co-workers and I have a standing lunch date on Thursdays— it gives us all something to look forward to! Can’t wait that long? Plan a Monday or Tuesday lunch outing with co-workers, Wednesday Happy Hour, or Monday a.m. donuts.

5. When you look good, you feel good: You have the entire weekend to plan a cute outfit for Monday, use that to your advantage!

How do you beat a case of the Mundays? Enjoy your week!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Award-Worthy G.H. Cretors Organic Popcorn

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Like many people, one of my favorite snacks while watching a movie is popcorn. I typically go for freshly popped or even the microwave variety but stayed away from pre-popped bag popcorn. After trying G.H. Cretors Organic Popped Corn though I realized how wrong I was.

I was lucky to receive bags of the Organic Simply Salted and Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil popped corn to try out and I am happy to report that I was very impressed. Out of the bag, the popcorn tasted light and fresh, as if I had just popped it myself (without the burned ones too, ew!). My favorite is the Simply Salted-- it had just the right amount of salt and I even added some sprinkles for a salty, sweet snack. Unlike other bagged popcorns filled with preservatives and mystery ingredients, Simply Salted contains only three ingredients: Organic Popcorn, Organic Sunflower Oil and Sea Salt. 

This evening, I'm looking forward to parking myself with a big bowl of G.H. Cretors Organic Popped Corn to watch the Oscars. I'm not sure who my votes go to yet but I do know who gets the award for best popcorn ;)

PS- Get the awesome printable Oscars ballot shown above here

*I was provided the popped corn to review by G.H. Cretors, however opinions expressed are solely my own. No monetary compensation was provided for this review.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Get the Look: Donna Karan at NYFW

I’ve been taking some peeks at all the looks coming off the NYFW shows this week and I have to say that the beauty looks at Donna Karan ruled the runway, most especially (and this kills me to say) Kendall Jenner (she’s technically NOT a Kardashian, right??). Everything from the glowing skin and minimal makeup with rosy cheeks & lips to the sleek straight side-parts was perfect. In fact, I was so inspired by this look that I had to recreate it today!

1.       This entire runway look focuses on glowing, dewy skin. I got this look by first prepping the skin by using a rich, creamy moisturizer; right now I am loving Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream and argan oil. To get that glowing-from-within perfected looking skin, I used a lightweight foundation that provides a glowing sheen- not shine or shimmer- such as Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Foundation. If you need a little extra help (no shame!) use a concealer to cover any blemishes or under eye circles.

2.       To get those naturally rosy, just-pinched cheeks, use a cream blush such as Stila Convertible Color in Rose or Peony. The cream blush will blend nicely and easily on the foundation and looks more natural; it’s not as heavy as a powder blush and it’s easy to build on the color for the desired look. Oh, and I can’t believe I am saying this but skip the highlighter for this look.

3.       For eyes, keep it simple by using a nude matte shadow that is close to your natural skin tone and gently sweep across lids. I’m obsessed with the light matte nude shade Walk of Shame in the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette! No dramatic liner here, just a soft application of brown pencil liner, such as Rimmel London SpecialEyes Eye Liner Pencil in Rich Brown, on the upper lids.

4.       As for mascara, it doesn’t look like the models are wearing any but let’s be real, I’m no model. I applied a super light coat of Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara (available 2/27!) to top and bottom lashes to help open my eyes.

5.       Finish off the look with a matte, rosy pout. I opted to just use a liner to fill in my entire lips and then blotted. Opt for a brick-red rosy shade such as Charlotte Tilbury ‘Lip Cheat’ Lip Liner in Savage Rose. A simple yet flirty look-- you are now runway ready!