7.31.2015

Day to Night Jumpsuit

I love a good versatile piece that I can take from one part of my life to the next, whether its working to play dates to date nights. That is obviously no secret! One thing I have found the easiest to transition is jumpsuits. They are just so easy to take from casual to dressy.

This jumpsuit from Old Navy was a great find. I found it in store (can't find it online but linked similar ones). I was a little hesitant about it being strapless, as I am not much of a strapless lover, but I had every intention of wearing it with a jacket- mainly so I could wear a regular bra and not have to fuss with a bandeau or strapless bra!

When wearing a jumpsuit during the day, my go to accessory seems to be a denim jacket. Something like that is a must for any closet. Adding my light wash denim jacket was my intention when I bought this originally. I thought my silver metallic sandals complimented the gray tone of the jumpsuit the best, although I muse say I had a pair of coppery/bronze sandals that looked really good too!

My makeup was kept to a minimum, which it usually is during the day time. Light to nude eye shadows is perfect for a more casual, natural but put together overall look.




When you want to take something like this from day to night, its as simple as swapping the shoes and the jacket. You don't necessarily need to change your accessories if you don't want to! Simply carrying a clutch instead of a messenger bag, or wearing a blazer instead of a denim jacket is enough to dress it up. 

I personally chose to swap the denim jacket for a blazer, sandals for heels, and add a bolder necklace and makeup look.

For my night makeup look, Maggie really focused on my eyes, and keeping everything else pretty natural (similar to this look she did for me). 

Adding a heavy, smoky eye really transforms the whole look into an evening, date night look. Darker eye shadow and eyeliner make the eyes pop, but keeping the cheeks and lips more neutral keeps it from looking overdone. 

Maggie used Stila Lip Glaze in Lemongrass for a subtle lip, and kept my cheeks pretty neutral with E.L.F. contouring blush and bronze due in St. Lucia. For my bold eyes, she used Stila Stay All Day Waterproof liquid eyeliner and MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.





Outfit Details: 
Jumpsuit: Old Navy (similar, similar, similar) /// Heels: Just Fab /// Denim Jacket: Old Navy /// Sandals: Gap (similar) /// Clutch: Blair Ritchey /// Blazer: Kohls (old, similar) /// Makeup: Maggie King Makeup Artistry /// Photos: Shannon Confair 



7.30.2015

ThredUP-Raise a Hand for Teachers


A great thing about this little blog of mine is the opportunity to partner with great brands and companies. Even better than that, is partnering with companies that give back and are passionate. 

If you haven't heard of thredUP, let me fill you in a little! ThredUP is a great website where you can purchase name brand clothing (hello back to school shopping) at up to 90% off. You can also sell on their website as well!

Not only do they have a great selection, but they love to do good things. They are partnering with adoptaclassroom.org for an amazing campaign called Raise a Hand for Teachers to recognize and reward teachers for their hard work.

Did you know that on average, teachers spend $500 of their own money each year to equip their classrooms –10% of teachers spend more than $1,000 annually. AdoptAClassroom.org provides funding for K-12 teachers to purchase the classroom supplies and materials they need to help their students learn and succeed. 

I remember my first teaching job was in a low income area-I spent a great deal of money on supplies for my students-notebooks, pencils, folders, etc. The fifty cent folders don't seem like a lot, but they add up. 



From now until August 23, you can nominate a teacher with a photo, video or story! Three teachers will each win $2500 for classroom supplies, and $500 to thredUP. Additionally, 50 more teachers will win $500 to shop on thredUP). 

What a wonderful way to thank teachers! Being a former teacher, and coming from a family with many in the education field (my dad being one- he was a teacher for over 30 years), something like this is so important to me! 

This is the least we can do to thank our favorite teacher(s) for all of their time, effort and money they put into giving our children a great education. 

Join me in nominating your teacher at thredup.com/teachers and #raiseahandforteachers.


Thank you to thredUP for sponsoring this post.


7.27.2015

Touch of Turquoise

Pink and turquoise is such a good color combo. Usually, when I pair them together it is with some sort of accessory. For me personally I think that goes better together than wearing (for example) pink pants and a turquoise top!

Other colors that turquoise compliments are coral, taupe/tan, white (love wearing this necklace with jeans and a crisp white button up), and of course black!

I love a small touch of the color. If you are ever unsure about pairing two colors together, just try it in baby steps, with a small accessory like a necklace, or a purse! If you want to be bold though, give something like shoes a try!

This dress from Old Navy was so comfortable- I really think any sort of maxi dress is comfortable and effortless. Add to it a denim jacket, which is always one of my go-to pieces!






Outfit Details:
Jean Jacket: Gap (similar) /// Dress: Old Navy (similar) /// Necklace: Francesca's (similar, similar, similar)) /// Sandals: Gap (similar) /// Makeup: Maggie King Makeup Artistry /// Photography: Shannon Confair 





7.24.2015

Summer Hair Care

With summer in full swing we can't forget to keep in mind our hair! I know people talk a lot about protecting our skin during the summer months, but the same goes for your hair!

Read on, for tips on summer hair care from my latest post for Susquehanna Style!



Just like trends changing each season, so should your beauty routine. There are some things I keep the same year round (like what makeup I use, for example), but I do try and make small adjustments with the change of season (typically summer and winter).

Here are my top five tips to keep your hair looking fabulous through the heat of the summer months:

Give the blow dryer a break. If you are anything like me, you dread blow drying your hair in the summer time. I get so hot that I feel like I need another shower. This time of year is the perfect time to let your blow dryer collect a little dust and just air dry. Wavy hair and the “slept in” look is popular this time of year, so embrace it.

Add sea salt spray. I am a big fan of air drying my hair and using sea salt spray. This gives your hair a little more texture and helps accentuate any waves you may already have. Plus, most sea salt sprays don’t have any harsh chemicals that can do further damage to your hair.

Wear a hat. I am a big fan of hats year round, but I especially love wearing them in the summer. Straw fedoras, panama hats, and floppy sun hats are not just a fun accessory to add to your outfit. They help protect your hair against the sun and can help prevent any damage overexposure in the sun can do.

Wet hair before swimming. If you jump in the pool with dry hair, that is all the more pool water that your hair is going to absorb, which ultimately means more damage. Instead, wet your hair ahead of time (maybe bring along a spray bottle of tap water). With your hair already wet, it doesn’t need to quench its thirst with hair damaging water.

Deep condition. It’s as simple as that. Deep condition helps take the protection from the sun and harsh pool water chemicals to the next level. If you really want to take your protection up a notch, after you wet your hair (before swimming) rub some deep conditioner into your hair before taking the dive into the deep end. That can add another barrier of protection for you.

I know our hair can be our last priority when it comes to care/protection when we are outside. Naturally, our first priority is our skin. But, our hair should be protected just as much. Give some (or all) of these tips a try. Your hair will thank you!

7.22.2015

Palm Print and Purple Makeup



On a day to day basis, I typically wear my makeup the same two ways. Either nothing on my eyes. Just my Bare Minerals foundation, blush and some lipstick, or I wear my usual brown elf eye shadow (in bark) with the rest of my 'face.'

I try every once in a while to venture out and wear something different, but I never think I can pull it off! But! Leave it to my beauty guru Maggie to preach! She works wonders and just has a way of making everything work! I'll get into more detail about what she did for my pop of purple look in a bit!

I wore this outfit last week for work-the dress alone was comfortable but I needed a little something else just to add the finishing touch. Of course, my utility jacket was the answer, like it is all the time! The jacket I am wearing is currently out of stock, but I linked an almost identical one, and it is 70% off! Really, a jacket like mine is such a good investment! I wear it all.the.time.







Outfit Details: 
Jacket: Loft (similar) /// Dress: Elizabeth & West /// Shoes: Target /// Purse: Target /// Makeup: Maggie King Makeup Artistry /// Photography: Shannon Confair

A purple eye is an easy way to be a little playful with your look. Pops of color in unexpected ways (like other than wearing a bright lipcolor) add a little drama and fun to your overall look. 

Because my eye makeup is so intense the rest of my look didn't need to be too over the top. A basic, neutral lip and cheek complimented the plum. 

Keeping makeup (foundation, concealor, etc) can be crucial this time of year, simply because of the heat! You can keep the skin light by adding a bb cream powder in the center/heart shape area of your face (like if you traced a heart starting from the center of your forehead). A bronzer is a great finishing touch just to give yourself a little glow. Like I said- with the intense plum eye, a strong blush isn't necessary!

Maggie used Mally Beauty's Evercolor waterproof eyeliner on me (in Royal Plum) to really define my eyes. Believe it or not, Maggie also used Wet n' Wild's eye shadow palette for the base color all over the lid, as well as the accent color in the eyelid crease! The makeup you use doesn't have to be expensive-it's all in how you apply! 

Other great products Maggie used were Nars Blush/Bronzer duo, MAC's face and body foundation and lastly Laura Mercier's Translucent Loose Setting Powder-who wants to sweat their makeup off?!?!

If doing a bold color all over your lid is a bit out of your comfort zone, start with something minimal like eye liner, then slowly add more color! 




7.20.2015

Leopard on the Beach

I am taking it back to our vacation in St. Maarten. What I wouldn't give to be back there right now!

Before I left for St. Maarten, I was on the fence about this bathing suit. While I liked it, I was unsure about the cut of it since it was technically in the junior department. I was pleasantly surprised at how cute it was! The lining was a little weird, and showed a little bit, and I was extra careful to make sure I didn't have any side boob, but overall, I was pretty pleased with it! My favorite is the scalloped detail of the suit!

I will say though, that if I knew I were going to be playing and swimming around a bunch with my girls I wouldn't wear it!

This cover up was a great purchase, and I definitely recommend it! I am partial to longer cover ups, because I just feel more comfortable in them! Plus, this cover up comes in other colors/prints!









Outfit Details: 
Cover Up: Old Navy /// Bathing Suit: Target /// Sandals: Target /// Hat: Target /// Sunglasses: Sweet Melissa's Dream

Don't forget to enter my giveaway with The Mint Julep Boutique! You can enter here!







7.17.2015

The Mint Julep Boutique Giveaway



I know I have said before that if I could live in maxi dresses, I totally would. Something about them I just love. I think it's the fact that they are comfortable, and your whole outfit! You don't have to worry about more than what shoes you are going to wear!

I loved this particular maxi dress from The Mint Julep Boutique because it was so flowy. Anything I can wear that I don't have to worry about sucking it in I am on board with! Lately, I have also been trying to step out of my comfort zone when it comes to my clothes and what I wear and this pushes me waaaaay out of my comfort zone.

I was hesitant about the bare back, and the fact that you clearly can't wear a bra. For a moment I thought 'what the heck was I thinking???' But, I am happy to report I survived! With all of the straps, I was able to tie everything tight enough that it kept things in place that needed to be kept in place. I was also able to tie the back of the dress so it wasn't as low in the back, which made me more comfortable.

If you are unsure, just toss on a denim jacket with it, which is what I did after wearing it for a bit. It looked just as adorable when I had on the denim jacket and of course just as comfortable! I've already worn this a couple of times, and don't plan on retiring it any time soon!

Head on over to The Mint Julep's website to check out the rest of their maxi dresses-it's plentiful! The rest of their selection is pretty awesome too (and affordable)!








Outfit Details:
Dress: c/o The Mint Julep Boutique /// Shoes: Just Fab /// Makeup: Maggie King Makeup Artistry /// Photography: Shannon Confair

The Mint Julep is kind enough to giveaway a $25 gift card to their boutique to one of my awesome readers! Just enter below....good luck and happy winning! a Rafflecopter giveaway









7.15.2015

Crop Tops for All


I really do think that everyone can get away with wearing a crop top. Despite what some people say (I'm looking at you, Oprah Magazine), crop tops are for anyone and everyone.

Just like anything else, it's all in how you style them. I personally wouldn't wear a crop top with a lot of my stomach exposed because I am just not comfortable with that. That is why high waisted shorts are the way to go for me. Pairing them with a crop top, or even just a shorter length top makes it so much more comfortable for me.

I've worn this outfit a few times already and plan to continue! I've also worn these shorts with a fitted tank top tucked in and it looks just as adorable!







Outfit Details:
Top: Old Navy (similar) /// Shorts: Old Navy /// Shoes: c/o DSW /// Hat: Target /// Bracelets: c/o Alex and Ani /// Watch: Target /// Necklace: c/o Alex and Ani