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Best Anthro Finds Under $100

April 20, 2016

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I think one of the best ways to analyze your wardrobe is to look through what you have in your closet and examine the pieces that have stood the test of time. You know, the tops and dresses and pants that have been with you for years, that you keep coming back to wearing and loving time and time again. It’s been by doing this that I’ve really been able to see what stores are worth buying clothes from and what stores I should avoid.

It was by doing this that I noticed that tops and dresses from certain stores never got more than a couple wears before they were no longer flattering or didn’t wear well. I also realized that there were certain brands and retailers that were pricier on the front end but have been worth every penny in the long run. Anthropologie is one of those stores. The tops and dresses I’ve purchased there are high quality, beautiful and yes, a lot more expensive than other stores. However, the clothes that I’ve purchased there are always long-term favorites and the clothes I get the most compliments about. So, moral of the story is to invest in quality, beautifully made items and you will spend less in the long run.

I’ve curated a few of my favorite finds from Anthropologie that won’t break the bank. Every item is under $100 and perfect for spring and summer weather!

1. Everleigh Edgewise Peplum Tee  $68
2. Moon River Eyelet Blouse $98
3. Corbara Peplum Tank $78
4. Holding Horses Faye Tank $68
5. Maeve Calia Tunic $78
6. Crosswrap Dress $69.95

Madison

Fashion

No-Makeup Makeup Look // Before and After

April 11, 2016

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Since I work from home, most days I’m rocking the “no-makeup makeup” look. Let’s be clear: I have no qualms about going makeup-free, but I realized quickly that a little makeup and a few minutes will go a long way to making my “no makeup” look feel a little more polished. Plus, it makes me feel more productive when I’m working from home.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to look fresh and pulled together without putting on a full face of makeup, I’ve got you covered with the tutorial below!

My key products being an amazing tinted moisturizer (SPF is a must!) and a really good blush for brightening up your face and making you look a little more alive.

Other products used // Matte Bronzer 1, Brow Pencil in Medium and L’Oreal Butterfly Lash Mascara

Fashion

Natural Nail Polish Smack Down

April 6, 2016

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In an effort to clean up my beauty routine, I decided to target what might be the worst offending category – nail polish. Seriously, guys, I don’t even want to know what’s in most conventional nail polish. As Ainsley’s gotten older and I’ve thought about painting her nails I just didn’t have a lot of peace about using regular nail polish on her little nails. So, I asked for recommendations of your favorite natural brands, ordered them all on my own dime and started testing them for a month in order to take the guess work out for you. It’s a tough job, friends, but someone has to do it! 😉

The Best of the Best //
1. Smith and Cult in Kundalini Hustle $18
I can’t even believe that I paid this much for a nail polish, but once I applied it and wore it day in and day out without chipping, I was sold. You guys, this stuff is pure gold. It’s 5-free but wears better than any conventional nail polish that I’ve used. It goes on flawlessly and I think you could get away with a single coat if you wanted.

2. Butter London $15 
I wasn’t crazy about the shade that I purchased, so I wouldn’t recommend that specific color, but the polish was lovely. It went on well, dried reasonably quickly and two coats was sufficient coverage for what I was trying to achieve. The formulas are 8-free, too!

Middle of the Road //
1. Zoya $10
This polish was the closet to my typical Essie nail polish that I’m used to using. It performed well and covered nicely. I didn’t love either of the colors that I picked, but that’s more my personal preference and less of a knock on the brand itself. I loved the price point, too, which was much more on par with what I’m used to spending on polish.

2. Ten Over Ten $18
The polish colors offered by Ten Over Ten are some of the best! They have a great variety and the polish applied nicely/wore well. I put it in the middle category because I loved the Smith and Cult better for this price point, but this is still a great option if you’re looking for a wide variety of colors.

Pass on These // 
1. SpaRitual $12
These polishes are vegan and 5-free, which is what attracted me in the first place. I will say that I loved the color going on. It was a little thin in consistency, but two coats provided nice coverage and it dried quickly, which I love, but it wore terribly. The nail polish chipped within a day, and within a couple days it looked pretty awful. I’m a big believer that safe beauty also needs to work well, and this didn’t pass the test.

2. Ella + Mila “Mommy” Line $10.50
I have the same complaint about this polish as the one prior: the wear was horrible! I really wanted to love the brand because they have great colors, great branding and a really nice list of ingredients they don’t contain, but once again after just a couple days of wear it was very chipped and didn’t hold up well to every day life. I will be giving their kiddo line a try in the future to see if it works better for Ainsley.

Madison

Family, Fashion

Pretty in Purple + Tiny Tags Giveaway

March 31, 2016

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StitchFix_4Outfit Details // Brixon Ivy Lace Detail Dress (Stitch Fix) // Tiny Tags Mini Dog Tag Necklace // Shoes from my wedding five years ago!

The Christmas before Ainsley was born, there was only one thing on my wish list: A Tiny Tags mini dog tag necklace inscribed with Ainsley’s name. I’ve never been a huge jewelry person, but I saw the necklace on my friend Natalie’s blog and just had to have one for myself. Thankfully, my Aunt Gwen listened to my plea and gifted me with one of my favorite jewelry items of all time. It’s simple, delicate and has my favorite girl’s name on it, meaning I can take a reminder of her with me wherever I go.

What to know something funny? We didn’t share Ainsley’s gender with many people before she was born, deciding to keep it secret, but I wore this necklace for two months before her birth, hiding it under my dress or shirt so people couldn’t see. Crazy, right? Sometimes I would catch it out in plain daylight and was sure someone would notice! Thankfully it was small enough that our secret was kept safe until she was born.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner (Sunday, May 8th!) I’ve already been thinking about some of my favorite gifts for new and expectant moms. I purchased a Tiny Tags necklace for my sister-in-law a couple Christmases ago because I thought it was such a special, classy gift. And I have a feeling that the mom’s in your life would also appreciate a necklace of their very own.

The good news for E&C readers? Tiny Tags is giving away one Mommy Necklace in Sterling Silver! See below for three chances to enter!

**Note // If you’re interested in buying a necklace, be aware that the cut-off for standard shipping is April 21st. Each necklace is a customized piece of jewelry, so think in advance and get your order in on time.

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Fashion

Natural Contouring Tutorial

March 29, 2016

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Good afternoon, ladies! Thank you all so much for your great response to my last makeup video tutorial. I may not be the most skilled at heavy makeup, but I’m your girl when it comes to natural looking, easy makeup. Today I wanted to share with you my easy, natural routine for contouring your face. It’s great for giving your face definition and shape but not so extreme that you look like you’re ready for a red carpet or photo shoot. Lots of contouring = really bad. A little contouring = magic!

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to shake things up and make you look like a better version of your natural self, then check out the tutorial below!

PRODUCTS USED:
Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer
Color Pinch Cream Blusher in Caramel
Color Sweep Blush Duo in Whisper/Tawny
L’Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer 

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