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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

As much as I love fashion and clothes, I love being comfortable maybe even more. Which is why my holy grail of fashion is stylish-but-comfy clothes (but isn’t that the case for everyone?).

And since I am pretty fresh off of having a baby, the holiday parties I’m RSVPing ‘yes’ to this year, are of the more low key, suburban variety.

And more low key means bright floral bell bottoms, a fur vest and some satin booties are just what the fashion doctor ordered.

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Top: Michael Lauren DOV Oversized Double V-Neck Tee in Rouge c/o Swank | Vest: Faux Fur Ombre Vest | Pants: Show Me Your MuMu Bam Bam Bells in Black Floral Waffle c/o Swank | Shoes: old Chinese Laundry booties

A visit to Swank at The Shops Around Lenox made it easy to find the perfect chic-but-easy outfit. While Swank has some phenomenal dressy options, they also carry great comfy-but-stylish brands like Show Me Your Mumu (my fave!), Camilla, Mara Hoffman and Michael Lauren.

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I mean, how fabulous are these pants? I’ve been obsessed with the 70s my whole life, so I’m pretty thrilled that bells are back in style, and this print is just divine–and perfectly Christmasy, too!

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Finding the perfect tee is also a pretty huge fashion accomplishment, and that’s exactly what this Michael Lauren top is.

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Some big hair, dark lips, a fur vest and yellow/gold booties finished things off.

So tell me–what will you be rocking to your holiday parties this year?

Disclaimer: Some items in this post are c/o Swank, however, as usual, all opinions are 100% my own.

 

Peace, Love and Christmas Party Fashion,

The Dreams That You Dare To Dream Really Do Come True

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If you’re still looking for an outfit for your upcoming holiday parties or some Holiday gifting inspiration, look no further! 6pm.com is an amazing site that has a massive amount of merchandise from brands you know and love at incredible prices!

Here’s how I used the site to inspire my Holiday style with some of my favorite brands.

I adore Mara Hoffman, but when you think of the brand, you usually think of swimwear and maxi dresses–which is why I flipped when I saw this fabulous dress. It has an amazing print (what Mara’s known for), but is also seasonally apropos! Swoon!

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Dress: Mara Hoffman Column Cutout Dress

And look at the fun back detailing! (Three cheers for a back cutout that doesn’t prevent you from wearing a bra! I mean, some of us are over 19…)

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And since I am never one to shy away from color (obviously), I decided to accessorize with even more color.

I paired the dress with these suede, fringe booties to play to the season versus a more predictable pair of heels.

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Shoes: Tahari Camila booties

And the final touch, of course, is the perfect winter hat.

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Hat: Gabriella Rocha Eva Hat

Starting Monday, 6pm.com will have their 12 Days of Xmas (Dec. 14 – Dec. 25) sale. 12 days. 12 deals. So it’ll be easy and affordable to get the perfect fashion trend for everyone on your holiday shopping list–or for your upcoming holiday festivities!

Plus, the site has 24/7 customer service between now and January 17–how cool is that for holiday shopping ease? I mean, that makes my online shopping heart flutter.

Let me know what trends you’re feeling for your holiday parties!

Disclaimer: The post was sponsored by 6pm.com, however, as usual, all opinions are 100% my own.

 

Peace, Love and Online Shopping,

Get the Look: Jessica Biel’s Barely There Red Carpet Makeup

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There’s something about the no makeup makeup look that is just so appealing. Having perfect skin is, of course, every woman’s dream (Right?), so to have the look of perfect skin without noticeable makeup is like a taste of what that reality would be like.

But, you don’t often see the barely there look on the red carpet, which is why I’m absolutely swooning over this stunning makeup MUA Beau Nelson created for Jessica Biel over the weekend. Nelson shares, “I just think Jessica is so naturally beautiful that I wanted to enhance what was already there. Her soft pink gown was the starting point for us to create a monochromatic, creamy-looking, romantic makeup.”

Here’s how he created the look:

First, he perfected her skin with Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, High Precision Retouch and Cinema Secrets Ultimate Corrector 5-in-1 Pro Palette. Then, he created a soft matte effect by setting everything with Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder.

Then he lightly dusted NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna on the apples of her cheeks, followed by NARS Blush in Gaiety on top of that.

He kept the eyes simple, using shades of taupe from the Dior Nudes Palette and only one coat of L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black.

Finally, on Jessica’s lips, Beau used Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Re-Size & Re-Shape Lip Pencil in Pillowtalk to both line and fill in the lips, and then he used his finger to diffuse. Then, he used his finger to apply Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Bitch Perfect on top of that.

And there you have it. The most simply gorgeous red carpet makeup look I’ve seen in a long time.

 

So tell me: What holiday event do you think would be the perfect place to rock this look?

 

Peace, Love and Barely There Makeup,

As Seen on TV: Skincare Through the Decades

You skin isn’t the same when you’re 20 as when you’re 50, so why would you use the same skincare products? You shouldn’t!

I went to Atlanta & Company to share some insight on how your skin changes through the decades and some of my favorite products to use in each decade. Check it out and get all the details on the products, after the jump.

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Please Take Me Out Tonight

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. However, as usual, all opinions are 100% my own. #FalsiesPushUpDrama #CollectiveBias

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These days, I have very little time for…well, it seems like anything! But especially primping. Which means when a date night rolls around, I want to look cute, but also need to look cute fast!

And since building up my lashes is my go-to look on any given day, when I want to go glam, it’s all about making the lashes even more va-va-voom than usual.

Enter Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara, a brand new mascara from Maybelline. We all know that mascara is all about the brush, and this stuff boasts a ‘push up’ brush with cup-shaped bristles that scoop, coat and then lift the lashes. Translation? Major volumizing action!

And since Maybelline has a wealth of products that make getting glam easy, I took a quick trip to Walmart to get what I needed to create a quick 5-minute glam look for date night.

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Here’s what I did:

5 Minute Going Out Makeup:

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Step 1: Wet angled makeup brush, line top and bottom lids using the ‘liner’ shade from the Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad in Electric Blue.

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Step 2: Curl lashes, and then apply Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara (for the record, I know that you are ‘supposed to’ apply mascara last after all other eye products, but I have always done mascara before shadow, and learning that it was the wrong way to do it didn’t really seem like a reason to stop! 😉 ).

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Step 3: Apply the light purple ‘lid’ shade from the Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad in Electric Blue all over both lids.

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Step 4: You can’t forget the brows, and I used Maybelline Brow Drama Pro Palette in blonde, which I love, because it includes a tinted wax that makes getting perfect brows that much easier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Apply the bright blue ‘crease’ shade from the Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad in Electric Blue at the upper and lower lash lines and then smudge.

Step 6: To give things a slightly more purple tint, I went over the liner right at the lash lines with Maybelline EyeStudio Master Drama liner in Vibrant Violet.

A little lipstick and a messy pony (translation: take it down out of the bun it’s been in all day and add a little shine spray), and it’s time to head out the door!

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And, voila! Amped up eyes for a night out with the hubs that literally took 5 minutes to create.

Do you have a secret for a quick, glammed up makeup look? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Peace, Love and Easy Going Out Makeup,

Dress the Bump: Stylish Items That You Can Wear Then and Now

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m pregnant! And those of you have are/have also been pregnant know that it can be very hard to find stylish, on trend pregnancy clothes. I seriously don’t get it, and I’ve been saying since I was pregnant the first time that I should design my own line.

But, I’ve found that the best way to get around this dilemma is to wear a lot of non-maternity clothes–which can be tricky when every part of your body is growing and spreading!

On the flip side, when I do invest in an item of clothing, I really don’t want to only wear it a couple of weeks and then never be able to wear it again, so when I do get maternity items, I have really been trying to get things that will also fit/work after the baby comes.

The result? Read below! I’ve rounded up 10 trendy Fall items–some of which are maternity and some of which are not–that you can wear while you’re pregnant and after the baby comes (which for me is pretty soon!)

Check out Dress the Bump: Stylish Items That You Can Wear Now and Then

by Emily L. Foley at Mode

 


Peace, Love and Easy Preggo Dressing,

I’m a Little Bit of Everything All Rolled Into One

How to Multi-Mask

It’s no secret that I’m a total face mask fiend. I use a mask three times a week, and if I had to choose one skincare product as my favorite, it would probably be face masks. And while I tailor what mask I use on any given night to my skincare concern of the moment, the fact of the matter is my entire face doesn’t always behave the same way. So I’ve been ‘multi-masking’ way before it was a trend.

What exactly is multi-masking, you say? Well beyond an Instagram #hashtag with some pretty fabulous photos, it’s simply using multiple masks on your face at once. Basically, it’s customizing your face mask to each feature’s needs. A custom, at-home facial, if you will.

So how do you multi-mask? I’m so glad you asked! You evaluate each part of your face, determine where it is lacking, and then apply a face mask that will address that specific need. Dry forehead? Moisture mask. Chin breaking out? Clay mask. Cheeks looking dull and lifeless? Glow mask.

And it’s just that simple!

Here I am, rocking six different masks at once–that’s right, I’ve even got a lip mask on! True obsession knows no bounds, people!

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This is my: dry forehead–oily nose–breakout prone chin–irritated cheeks–dark circles–dry lips combo, and for it, I use:

Forehead: Freeman Feeling Beautiful Honeydew & Chamomile Sleeping Mask
Nose: Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
Cheeks: boscia Cool Blue Calming Mask
Chin: Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Cooling Masque
Under Eyes: GLAMGLOW Brightmud Eye Treatment
Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

So tell me: Do you multi-mask? If so, what are your favorite combos?

 


Peace, Love and Multi-Masking,

As Seen on TV: Maternity Fashion Trends

It’s always fun to talk fashion trends, and considering my particular set of circumstances at the moment, now seemed like the perfect time to head over to Atlanta & Co. and talk about maternity fashion trends!

So if you are pregnant or know someone who is, I hope these tips help you get through the nine months gracefully and fashionably!

Click ‘more’ to watch the segment and get all the details on what my models and I wore.

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Hot Pinterest Beauty Trends and How to Recreate Them

Remember when I mentioned that from time to time I would be cross-publishing and sharing some of my favorite beauty pieces from Mode.com here on my blog? Well, as promised, I’m at it again.

There’s nothing more fun than a Pinterest beauty trend, and I’ve rounded up some of the hottest trends being pinned right now, as well as some easy tips on how to recreate them.

Check out Hot Pinterest Beauty Trends and How to Recreate Them

by Emily L. Foley at Mode

Did I leave out your favorite Pinterest beauty trend? If so, let me know in the comments below, and I might just add it!

 


Peace, Love and Pinterest Trends,

The Best and Worst of the 2015 Emmy Awards

 
Awards shows are supposed to be fun (see Gwendoline Christie and Queen Latifah above), and I’d have to say, last night’s Emmy awards certainly delivered. But, what we all want to see this morning is the round-ups of the fashions, amIright? But rather than just my basic best and worst, I decided to do things a little differently, and I’ve listed a few categories below and then selected my best and worst entry for each of those.

Unexpected Color

There was some phenomenal use of color and print last night. I was seriously in heaven! But, someone has to win/lose, so here we go:

Best: Maggie Gyllenhaal–This purple color was a real head-turner, and completely unique last night, plus the combo of navy and bright purple together? Divine.

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Worst: Retta–Girl, I seriously love you. And I love that you like to have fun with fashion, but the bottom of your dress looks like a Hobby Lobby craft project. In preK.

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Print

Best: Zoe Kazan–I was so mesmerized by this red and white number all night!

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More Best (I like print, okay?): Ellie Kemper–This is just perfection!

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Pants

Best: January Jones–Breaking the mold with a bright color and pants? Girl, yes.

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Worst: Kiernan Shipka–Uh-oh! We have an on-screen mother/daughter face-off! Everyone knows I love Kiernan and her sense of style, but I just can’t get behind this. The top is such a heavy fabric that the pants need to be something much thinner. As is, the whole thing just reads: heavy.

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Chains

Worst: Taraji P. Henson–This literally looks like she cut the chains off a playground swing and sewed them on to keep her dress up.

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More Worst: Claire Danes–This is a Prada dress. But I’m pretty sure the inspiration came from Arden B club clothes circa 2001. I just can’t with these chains.

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Shorter Hemline

Best: Kerry Washington–Is there a lot going on here? Yes. Is Kerry making it work really well? Yes, yes, and more yes.

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Worst: Kathryn Hahn–No comment necessary.

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Use of What You’ve Got

Worst: Christina Hendricks–Christina is a stunning human being that looks amazing in a lot of clothes. This is not those clothes.

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Best: Amy Poehler–There is just so much winning going on here! The hair, the cut-outs, the stacks of chunky bangles and rings. You go, Amy Poehler!

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I Made It To the After Party Even Though I Wasn’t Invited to the Show

Worst: Busy Phillips–Busy is fab, but Busy looks a mess a lot of the time. Tonight is no exception.

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Best: Abigail Breslin–Just like Busy, Abigail often really misses the mark for me with her fashion choices, but I’m totally digging this look! I feel like a lot of people won’t agree with me here, but I think the fringe and feathers are totally fun, and the black is a great contrast with her platinum hair.

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Total Look

Best: Julianne Hough–I am so loving this whole kiss of the glamorous spider-woman thing Julianne has going on! The whole look is very cohesive head-to-toe, tells a strong story, and it’s a story I love!

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Worth Noting

Anna Chlumsky’s hair–There weren’t a lot of super creative hairstyles on the red carpet, which is why Anna’s textured crown braid definitely deserves a mention. Gorg!

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And facial expressions–I mean, how can you not want to be BFFs with her after seeing these?

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So let’s hear it! Do you agree or disagree with my picks? Let me know in the comments below who you think should be included in these lists!

 


Peace, Love and Emmys,