I’m going to follow the lovely Keiko Lynn’s lead and start doing a Make-up Monday. Make-up is the finishing touch to an outfit. Whether it’s a full face or just some mascara and lip gloss, it is key (to me!).

It’s no secret that I love make-up (MAC particularly), I would say I have a collection of beauty products! My daily routine now is pretty minimal compared to how much I used to wear in my 20’s. I would wear full foundation and pretty intense eye make-up nearly every day. Nowadays, I wear minimal coverage on my face and neutral eye make-up. BB creams are all the craze right now, and for good reason! For daily use, BB creams can potentially replace the moisturizer and foundation in your routine. A BB cream is a tinted moisturizer with extra benefits. It contains SPF, disguises blemishes, and soothes and moisturizes skin—some versions even contain anti-aging properties! They’re great for those of you with oily skin, most BB creams cater to oily skin. I have pretty dry skin and found that the Smashbox BB cream didn’t work for my skin. I went to Sephora this weekend and consulted with one of the lovely ladies, and she suggested two for my skin type. The first one was Dior’s Hydra Life BB creme. At $56, it was a little out of my price range. The next product came from Dr. Jart+

Great for dry skin!

I used it for the first time yesterday, and let me tell you, I LOVE it! With the Smashbox BB cream, I felt like it just sat on top of my skin and made me look cakey. This product went on smoothly and blended right in and evened out my skin tone. A few products on top and voila!

Fresh faced!

Not the best quality pic since it’s from my iPhone, but you get the idea!  Here is a run down of the products I used on my face:

Get the look: Youthful Wear Cosmeceutical Youth-Boosting Dark Circle Corrector + Concealer, MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium, MAC Mineralized Blush in Dainty, MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Lingering, Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes! Waterproof Mascara, Maybelline Fit Me Bronzer in Light Bronze

I’m really excited about adding this new feature on my blog.  If you have any requests or questions, let me know, I’d be happy to do a post!

xoxo

 

 

 

One of my favorite things to do with color is mix it up with other tones in the same family. Here, I’m wearing cobalt blue slacks with a navy blazer. The way I break up the color is to throw in a printed blouse in a neutral color underneath the blazer and pair it with warm metallic accessories (rose gold, yellow gold and chocolate metal). The earrings have turquoise, which is in the same family as the blues, so it works! The final touch are my Miz Mooz Nash oxfords. I absolutely LOVE these shoes, so much that I have them in black and brown. This is the kind of outfit I would wear to work on a “dressy” day or to an interview.  To make it a little less formal, I’d throw on a cardigan in navy or beige.

Outfit Details
Navy Blazer – Forever 21 (similar style)
Cobalt Ankle pants – Target (similar style)
Leopard print blouse – Forever 21
Brown Oxfords – Miz Mooz Nash
Necklace – Forever 21
Rose Gold Watch – Michael Kors
Gemstone rings – gifted by husband <3

Looks like I’ll be doing Instagram outfits for a while, at least I have a lot of material to work with!

xoxo

Now that the weather is warming up a bit in SF, I’ve been wearing my maxi dresses a lot! I rediscovered these two dresses I bought in 2011.  They’re a bit big on me since I’ve lost weight since 2011, but I just use a safety pin to hold the top closed and keep the “girls” out of sight (haha)…

I mentioned this in my last maxi dress post, warm weather is anything over 65F. I will bust out the sandals and dresses once I see the sun, which is why I’ve paired these maxi dresses with cardigans. Weather is really unpredictable here, so I dress in layers, and I bring a scarf with me every time I leave the house. I’ll have to do a post on all my scarves at some point!

These dresses happen to be the same style as well. I got a great deal on them at Nordstrom when looking for dresses to wear to Socal in 2011. They were hiding in the back of my closet and now I can’t stop wearing them! Maxi dresses are great because they’re super versatile. Below are great examples of how to dress up and outfit and a more casual/every day outfit.

 

Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch

Outfit Details
Purple Maxi Dress – Nordstrom (similar style)
Beige cardigan – Merona for Target (similar style)
Orange Sandals – Indigo by Clarks (similar style)
Rose Gold Watch – Michael Kors
Earrings – Etsy
Necklace – Gifted

The next outfit I wore out to run errands downtown last week. I love the print on this dress, the neutral color will go with almost any color sweater/jacket.

Prayer bracelets a monk gave me while I was out shopping.

More silly… but a great shot of my earrings!

Outfit Details
Black Maxi Dress – Nordstrom (similar style)
Mustard Cardigan – Merona for Target (same style as the above)
Sandals – Mossimo for Target (buy me)
Earrings – Etsy

There you have it, two maxi dresses in one post.  Hope you enjoyed!!

xoxo

 

Today’s post is about southwest print! See what I did with the title there, eh? Albuquerque is in the southwest…get it? HA! I love bad jokes 😀

I wanted to post this outfit before I have to retire the shirt.  I really love it, but it’s from Forever 21, where clothes have a shelf life of 1 year max.  Even though I wash it on delicate and hang dry, the damn shirt still shrinks! C’est la vie! This is a reason I love Forever 21 and other affordably-priced clothing stores; if you’re not sure whether or not a new trend works, you can buy a cheapie version and wear it a few times before making a decision! Now that I know I can pull off the print, I’ll keep an eye out for a piece that will have a longer shelf life.

This top is super versatile due to all the colors in the print.  I’ve worn this top with red pants, black pants, dark denim and seen here with grey denim. I paired this outfit with a black boyfriend cardi from The Gap, a taupe layering tank (tami by Old Navy, my FAVORITE tanks!), and Jessica Simpson black flats. I would wear this out for errands on a weekend, lunch with friends or even a casual Friday at work. The outfit is just as versatile as the top is!

Southwest stylin’

Southwest and Sassy!

Outfit Details:
Southwest-style print top – Forever 21
Boyfriend Cardigan – Gap (similar style here)
Grey denim pants – Forever 21 (similar style here)
Black flats – Jessica Simpson
Rose Gold Watch – Michael Kors

Target had some super cute dresses in February, and I picked this one up without trying it on (I do this A LOT!). Luckily it fit and I always look for an excuse to wear it!

I absolutely love the print, it makes the simple dress a little more fun. Another bonus: POCKETS! Any dress with pockets will pretty much seal the deal if I’m on the fence about a piece. In the photo below, I have paired the dress with a camel colored cardigan, black cable knit tights and my Pikolino t-straps. The necklace is another one of my favorites, I came across it at Jest Jewels at their Cow Hollow location. In the bottom photo, I have my awesome and crazy cheap Woody Allen glasses on. I really want to get them in clear, but I have way too many pairs of glasses thanks to Eye Buy Direct. Damn you, good deals!

Let’s get onto the photos!

Hay is for horses!

Instagram version

Outfit Details:
Horse Print dress – Xhiliration for Target (similar style here)
Camel Cardigan – Merona for Target (similar style here)
Navy tights – Merona for Target
T-strap Mary Janes – Pikolino (similar style here)
Watch – Michael Kors (similar style here)

“Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” -Claude Monet

I would have to agree with Monsieur Monet! I obsess about color for sure. When I was younger, it was wearing crazy eye shadows, I was less daring in the clothing department though. Now that I’m more comfortable with myself, I love adding color into my wardrobe.  I for sure need to do a post on my closet, I have a rainbow assortment of cardigans, blouses, dresses and pants!

I saw this cardigan on Forever 21 and had to have it! It’s more versatile than you would think by looking at it or the way Forever 21 styled it.  I’ve worn this with a mint colored top and an orange top (with ruffles!). Here, I’ve paired it with my trusty Old Navy polka-dot  Rockstar jeans (in navy), a purple floral top with a light orange cami underneath and red suede flats (with the cutest bow with orange rhinestones!).  It’s a LOT of color, but this is how it works (to me!): The dark purple is a great contrast to the cardi colors (orange and teal), plus purple goes with each color on it’s own. I call it a neutral color! The floral print has a bit of orange, pink and red, which brings in the red shoes.  I know it can be a lot for someone that isn’t used to wearing different colors, try switching out the purple top for a more neutral color (black, gray, nude) and/or a neutral shoe.

I wore this out shopping with my husband, but I’d wear this out almost anywhere.  A casual work day outfit (Friday for instance) or having lunch with a friend on the weekend.  I would totally throw on my teal fedora if it were a sunny day.

 

ha, what am I looking at?!

I should have rolled up those sleeves… doh!

Close-up of my cute rose gold heart earrings and copper circle necklace <3

Outfit Details:
Teal-Orange Marled Cardigan – Forever 21 Plus (link above)
Purple Floral top – Nordstrom Rack
Jeans – Old Navy Rockstar
Shoes – Enzo Angiolini (similar here)
Earrings – Forever 21 (similar here)
Necklace – Millbrae Art & Wine Festival (best one of the bay!)