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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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Stitch Fix Lately

March 22, 2016

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It’s been way too long since I’ve last posted about Stitch Fix, hasn’t it? I’ve had a lot of friends and family ask if I’ve still be getting monthly fixes, and the answer is a resounding YES. I’ve had a mixed relationship with Stitch Fix over the past few years. Some of my fixes were pretty lackluster and didn’t fit my style or my requests, and I thought about canceling my subscription for a while. But about a year ago I got paired with a stylist who just gets my style. It’s like she is there with me chatting in person the way she picks out items that work with my lifestyle and body type.

Once I found my dream stylist, I put a note into each subsequent fix asking for the same stylist. I’m not sure this always happens, but I’ve been paired with her ever since and have been loving the items she has picked out for me. This month’s fix was particularly great, so let’s dive into the box and see what I got, okay?

1. (pictured above) Flare Jeans // I haven’t worn flare jeans since middle school, but I’ve been eyeing a pair from Madewell for a couple months now. These arrived and I was in love with how soft they were and the general cut of the jeans. However, they were a little bit big. Bad news? Somehow my “send back after photographing” pile ended up in the wash so I kept the whole fix. Eeek! Thankfully washing and drying these jeans did the trick and they fit much better now.

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2. Floral Blouse // This top is NOT my typical style at all, but I loved it the moment I put it on. It’s comfortable, lightweight and perfect for summer.

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3. Striped Boat Neck Top // I’m a sucker for anything with stripes, as you probably already know. I’ve been on the lookout for a new striped top after I got a stain on my favorite on from Banana Republic, so I jumped at the chance to buy this one! It’s comfortable and casual, great with skinny jeans.

Not Pictured // My mom snagged a long open cardigan that was in my fix. It was blush colored and beautiful, but I never wear long open cardigans so I told her she could buy it out of my fix. I also got a blue oxford button down shirt that I’m planning on wearing all summer long!

Madison

PS: Curious about Stitch Fix? You can sign up using my affiliate link HERE. 

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Quick & Easy Every Day Makeup

March 17, 2016

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Good morning! If you’re time-pressed like I am most days, then you probably find getting ready every morning to be a little bit of a pain. Hey, I want to look put-together and pretty like everyone else, but the idea of spending a lot of time doing so isn’t my jam.

Thankfully over the last number of months as a mom I’ve perfected my quick and easy makeup routine. It takes about 6 minutes (maybe less when I’m not trying to do it with a baby at my feet!) and leaves me feeling fresh, polished and put together.

Want to see how it’s done? Check out the video below!

PRODUCTS USED:
1. Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer (#2)
2. Tint Skin Foundation (Linen)
3. Mattify Skin Finishing Powder + Powder Brush
4. Color Pinch Cream Blusher 
5. Color Contour Matte Bronzer
6. Color Define Brow Pencil 
7. Color Outline Eye Pencil
8. L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara

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What I’m Wearing // Weekday Mommy Wardrobe Edition

March 15, 2016

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When I first transitioned from pre-baby life in the corporate world to my new life as a freelancer and mom, I had a little bit of a style identity crisis. My body had gone through so many changes and sizes, I didn’t have use for all the corporate dress clothes that I wore before baby, and the only clothes I had purchased for the cooler weather were last year’s maternity items. I was more than a little lost!

Over the last number of months I’ve gradually found my groove and discovered what I think is the perfect mommy uniform. It’s easy, effortless and, most importantly, comfortable. After becoming a mom I realized that my clothes can’t just be cute, they also need to be 100% functional.

PS: If you’re a mom, I can’t recommend Madewell’s jeans enough. I know I’ve said it before, but their high-riser skinny jeans are a mom’s best friend. The fit is SO flattering and really gives you enough coverage to be as active as you need to be as a mom. They are certainly an investment, but with the number of times I’ve worn them in the last six months it’s an investment that is worth it!

1. Modal Scoop Neck Tee // Banana Republic
2. High Riser Skinny Jeans in Dayton Wash // Madewell
3. Sienna Brown Croc Flats // Tieks
4. Waverly Petite Breton Stripe Bag // Stella & Dot
5. Solid Cotton Baseball Cap // J. Crew

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Favorite Anthro Finds

February 18, 2016

IMG_5209Marrakech Knit City Jacket || Old Navy Pleated Crepe Dress || Nine West Booties (similar)

This past weekend Joe and I were in San Francisco for a little weekend getaway. Joe was in California for work, so I joined him for the long weekend. I ended up getting sick while I was out there, as did Joe, but it was fun to be able to spend a few days as a couple sleeping in, eating out and doing whatever we pleased. That said, I was so happy to be reunited with my best girl on Sunday!

One night after dinner, Joe indulged me in a little shopping trip to Anthropologie. I can’t believe we used to live just a couple miles from Anthro, because now it feels like SUCH a treat to be able to browse through the store rather than shop online. I was seriously torn between three great options, and thought I would share with you my favorite items. (Spoiler alert: I bought the jacket pictured above and have been living in it ever since!)

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Holding Horses Farica Dress // Nine West Booties (similar)

Oh I so wanted to buy this dress, but I couldn’t justify buying more than one full-priced item at Anthropologie. Joe pointed out that I have quite a few dresses that look very similar, but this one was just so perfect. I’ll be stalking the sale section of Anthro waiting for this to go on sale!

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Amadi Crosswrap Dress (on sale!) // Nine West Booties (similar)

This dress was so much cuter on than I would have anticipated. I ended up buying it (it was an additional 40% off in store) to wear for Ainsley’s birthday next week. I would say that it runs slightly on the smaller side, if you’re considering what size to buy.

Madison

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