Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cascades of Coral

Style outfit post featuring coral high-low maxi dress with lace and cutout back, tortoiseshell cat-eye sunglasses, Kate Spade Saturday black satchel

The last time Katrina and I mailed each other a new Swap & Style piece, I found something else in the package: this beautiful coral dress! A birthday present from my blogger bff.

Thanks to Katrina's impeccable taste and thorough knowledge of my personal style, she was able to pick something that I completely loved (re: the color, lace, and cool cutout back!). I don't know anyone else (especially someone I've only met in person once) who knows my style better than she does. It's crazy.

It was the perfect dress to wear to my family friend's bridal shower. I styled it with my cat-eye tortoiseshell sunglasses from Sunglass Warehouse, black wedges, and my black half-circle bag from Kate Spade Saturday.

Tortoiseshell cat-eye sunglasses from Sunglass Warehouse
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Style outfit post featuring coral high-low maxi dress with lace and cutout back, tortoiseshell cat-eye sunglasses, Kate Spade Saturday black satchel
Outfit Details:
Coral high-low sleeveless lace back cutout dress (thanks, Katrina!! The Clothing Company)
Skinny black belt (came with another dress)
Black half-circle satchel (Kate Spade Saturday)
Black strappy wedges (Diba, c/o CSN)
Tortoiseshell cat-eye sunglasses (c/o Sunglass Warehouse)

Have a great day!


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Beauty Blurb: Beauty Box 5 October Review + Swatches

Beauty Box 5 Review & Swatches October Unboxing 2014, with Chapstick hydration lock, Bellapierre cheek and lip stain, Nanacoco nail polish, Lashem Picture Perfect, and Extend Your Beauty cosmetic tool spatula
Beauty Box 5 Review: October 2014

Beauty Box 5 is a subscription service that delivers a mix of five full-size and sample beauty products to your door every month for just $12. They aim to introduce customers to new brands and products, including some that are niche, luxury, and eco-friendly. It's a great way to discover new beauty faves! 


This month, Beauty Box 5 sent over a few good basics! I even got a gorgeous teal nail polish this time around (it's one of my favorite colors to wear on my nails). Read on for the review and swatches.


Beauty Box 5 Review & Swatches October Unboxing 2014, with Chapstick hydration lock, Bellapierre cheek and lip stain, Nanacoco nail polish, Lashem Picture Perfect, and Extend Your Beauty cosmetic tool spatula
Beauty Box 5 Review: October 2014

Bellapierre Cosmetics - Cheek and Lip Stain in Pink 
Chapstick - Hydration Lock
Lashem - Picture Perfect 
Extend Your Beauty - Cosmetic Tool 6 inches 

Review:
Beauty Box 5 Review & Swatches October Unboxing 2014, with Chapstick hydration lock, Bellapierre cheek and lip stain, Nanacoco nail polish, Lashem Picture Perfect, and Extend Your Beauty cosmetic tool spatula
Beauty Box 5 Review: October 2014
  1. Bellapierre Cosmetics - Cheek and Lip Stain in Pink - This cheek and lip stain is not only versatile, but pretty too. It's a medium rosy pink with a touch of shimmer. You only need to dab and blend just a little on your cheeks for a light flush. I loved it as a cheek stain, but it washed me out when I wore it alone on my lips. Try layering it over a lipstick for a pearlescent finish if it doesn't work with your skintone by itself. See below to see how it looked on me, as both a cheek and lip stain.
  2. Lashem - Picture Perfect - This serum helps smooth skin (it also reduces fine lines!). It works great as a makeup primer. It helped my BB cream apply a little more evenly.
  3. Extend Your Beauty - Cosmetic Tool 6 inches - At first sight, I couldn't figure out what this was. It's actually a cleverly designed tiny spatula wand for scooping out the remainder of whatever is left in your beauty products (because lets face it: some of those glosses and potions and things are pretty pricey, and you should be able to use 100% of them)! I wish I'd had this before I threw out some of my old lip glosses. It'll be great when my concealer runs low too. Best part: it's dishwasher safe so you can reuse it for just about anything. My BB5 box came with a 6 inch tool, but it also comes in other sizes as well (so useful for lotions, foundations, etc.). 
  4. Chapstick - Hydration Lock - This double-ended lip balm has two conditioning formulas. I found the "moisturize" (vanilla flavored) side to be a good, light and basic balm, while the "renew" side (botanical flavored) was a little more hydrating. The "moisturize" formula smooths lips and contains antioxidants, while the "renew" end conditions with natural mango and shea butters. 
  5. Nanacoco - Nail Polish in "Surfer's Dream" - This nail polish goes on smoothly and is opaque in just two coats. The teal is bold and gorgeous! It looks just like it does in the bottle. Great formula, great colors, and each bottle is just under $4!

    Beauty Box 5 Review & Swatches October Unboxing 2014, with Chapstick hydration lock, Bellapierre cheek and lip stain, Nanacoco nail polish, Lashem Picture Perfect, and Extend Your Beauty cosmetic tool spatula
    Nanacoco - Nail Polish in "Surfer's Dream" Bellapierre Cosmetics - Cheek and Lip Stain in Pink

    Hope you enjoyed this month's Beauty Box 5 review!
    If you want to discover new beauty faves and receive 5 surprise products a month too, you can join Beauty Box 5 here! Or, browse their shop here for individual products.


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    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    Flock Together: Frills and Froth

    Flock Together: Frills and Froth

    I'm on the Flock Together blog today! Check out the full post to see how I styled Hannah of The Braided Bandit's lovely mint dress from ModCloth.


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    Thursday, October 09, 2014

    March Into the Sun

    Outfit style post featuring floral shift dress by Darling, cluster statement necklace from NikNakky, and gray bow Kelly heels by Le Bunny Bleu

    It may not feel like fall here, but I still wanted to break out the warmer tones! This dress is a few years old already but I still enjoy wearing it because it won't go out of style. Besides--shift dresses are quite trendy now anyway. I wore it with another favorite: a bib statement necklace from NikNakky.

    I also just got these cute bow heels from Le Bunny Bleu. I've had a longtime love affair with this brand and was happy to discover that they've branched into handbags, accessories, and heels. I love all my flats from them--they're among the cutest, most comfortable shoes I've owned, and their heels are no exception. The pair I got is made from gray felt and adorned with an adorable brown bow. It has a stacked mid-heel which is just high enough to add a little height while still being easy to walk in. They're also surprisingly comfortable, which is something I never really say about heels.

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    Cream and goldtone "Melanie W." statement bib necklace (c/o NikNakky)



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    Gray "Kelly" mid-heel bow pumps (c/o Le Bunny Bleu)

    Outfit Details:
    Mustard yellow floral shift dress (c/o Darling)
    Cream and goldtone "Melanie B." statement necklace (c/o NikNakky)
    Gray "Kelly" bow mid-heel pumps (c/o Le Bunny Bleu)


    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! I'm looking forward to a couple of days off (and a few fall fashion presentations!).