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My Simple Makeup Routine for Put Together Days

August 7, 2018

I’m the first to say that I’m no makeup expert. Most days I have a really minimal routine that includes a little tinted moisturizer, concealer if necessary, blush and mascara. But there are occasions when I crave looking a little more put-together. If you’re like me, it helps to have a little bit of a step-by-step guide for putting yourself together. Enter the Flawless in Five. I’ll admit that I haven’t shared this routine nearly enough, but for those of you who want a one-stop-shop for a full, fresh face of makeup this set has you covered.

My Flawless in Five // 
1. Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation in Linen (Porcelain in the dead of winter)
2. Touchup Skin Concealer Pen in Fair
3. Brow Pencil in Medium
4. Volumizing Mascara 
5. Satin Powder Blush in Melon (Nectar and Sorbet are also favorites)
6. Lip Gloss in Blush Shimmer

One tip I feel must be shared: I find I get MUCH better and more even coverage (almost an air-brushed look) using the Retractable Complexion Coverage Brush with the Tint Skin. It makes applying the foundation so much easier and the coverage is so smooth and even.

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Espresso and Cream Behind the Scenes // The Newsletter!

July 25, 2018

At the beginning of the year I had a LONG bucket list of items that I wanted to complete. Half way (over half way) through the year I’m afraid to say that I have a lot of work left to do in order to check those items off said list, but I’m working on it. One of the things that is LONG overdue for the blog is creating an e-newsletter to share behind-the-scenes content for you all. Basically, if you’re a reader of E&C and like the content that goes up on the site, then you’ll find the newsletter to be even better.

I’ve been trying to do a better job of meal planning and prepping each week, and, spoiler alert, it’s been SAVING my life over the last month. Maybe that sounds dramatic, but it’s true. The dinnertime hour had become SO stressful for our family (okay, for me) and doing a little weekly meal plan, some simple prep for the week on Sundays, and the amount of stress it’s saved me at dinnertime has been unreal.

Let me be clear, I am NOT cooking from a recipe each night of the week. In fact, I’m hardly ever cooking from a recipe. I’ve just been sketching out general plans with easy-to-make proteins, vegetables and some sort of whole grain/carb to round out the meal. While our meals aren’t fancy on any given week, it’s been so great to have a healthy and balanced meal planned out and shopped for, with a few things prepared in advance to toss on the plate.

I’m hoping to share more of our meal planning and prepping process along the way. I can’t promise it will be polished and pretty, but it will be useful, honest and hopefully make your life easier like it’s made mine! I’ll be share some beauty tips and tricks, recipes, and other behind-the-scenes content along the way as well.

You can sign up HERE.

Madison

Fashion

N Sale Picks // My Favorites

July 18, 2018

Joe and I spent some time online last night watching Homeland (our new obsession) while I browsed the Norstrom Anniversary Sale. I don’t shop at Nordstrom enough to have their credit card, so I’m going to be waiting with everyone else to shop the sale on Friday! But you can browse online ahead of time and scope out your favorites so you are ready to pull the trigger bright and early on Friday morning. I’ve emailed myself all the links that I want to add to my cart when the sale opens to everyone later this week.

I’m only stocking up on what I think are going to be basics that will last me through the fall/winter and refresh my wardrobe. So here are the basics I’m loving on the sale for myself and for Joe!

For Me //
Franco Sarto Seville Booties (pictured above, top left)
Splendid Cadell Bootie (pictured above, bottom left)
Free People January Tee (getting a couple in neutral colors as wardrobe staples)
Spanx Faux Leather Leggings (maybe a tad out of my comfort zone, but I’m going for it!)
Tahari Lace Inset Fit and Flare Crepe Dress (not sure I have a use for this yet, but I’m thinking about buying it)
Spanx Seamless Bralette (small-chested gals can appreciate a great bralette)
Thread & Supply Pullover Sweater (idk. everyone seems to have one of these!)
Kenneth Cole Wool Blend Long Coat (I’m in the market for a new, longer dressy coat)

For Joe //
1901 Merick Derby (for a casual work shoe)
Andrew Marc Walton Chukka Sneaker (another casual shoe option)

Fashion

Safer Make Made Better // My New Favorites!

July 12, 2018

Hi friends! I’m SO excited about today because it’s a day I’ve had marked in my calendar for quite some time. A couple months ago in Minneapolis I got a sneak peek at some amazing new makeup that Beautycounter was planning to launch later in the summer and today is that day! Fifteen BEAUTIFUL, high-performing and long-wearing blushes, bronzers, highlighters and eye shadow palettes that are going to blow your mind. I know that sounds a little dramatic, but friends they are that good. I wouldn’t lie to you about this sort of stuff. Even a makeup minimalist like me can appreciate what the Beautycounter team has done with these safe cosmetics.

Want to see the products in action? I can’t guarantee I’m doing ANYTHING right in the video below, but I do know it works for me and makes getting ready in the morning simple, sweet, and straightforward. I think you’ll find that you will love them as much as I do! My favorites thus far? The Romantic Palette, Nectar Blush and Halo Highlighter!

Fashion

The Best Of // T-Shirts and Tanks

June 10, 2018

If you’ve been following along over on Instagram, then chances are you’ve seen me asking for recommendations on the best t-shirts and tank tops for everyday wear. I’ve always loved the idea of a white tee shirt and jeans but had never really found tees and tanks that I loved to wear. So I scoured the internet, and tried a number of different tops on, and am sharing my favorites with you today!

1. Old Navy EveryWear Slub-Knit Tank // $12.99
This tank is a steal. It’s casual, comfortable and easy to wear with jeans and shorts. It’s a thinner material yet it isn’t see-through – a major win in my book! And so far it’s held up to washing and multiple wears quite well for the price.

2. Carly Jean Los Angeles // Carly’s Favorite Tie Tank in Grey $34
SO many people recommended Carly Jean Los Angeles when I asked for recommendations on Instagram, and for good reason! I ordered both t-shirts and tank tops from the site and have to say that they definitely lived up to the hype. The material of these shirts is SO soft and comfy and a little more polished looking than a basic tank, meaning you can dress it up or down. I also have the Tie T-Shirt in Ivory and LOVE it.

3. Madewell // Modern Tie-Front Tee $39.50
This tee is perfect! It’s a little dressier looking than a basic tee and I love the tie-front detail that makes it easy to wear with high rise jeans or shorts. It’s true-to-size and unlike some other Madewell tops, which I usually find run a little short in the torso, this one is great for those who are taller or have long torsos.

4. Old Navy // Luxe Swing Tank for Women $16.99
The material of these Old Navy Luxe tees and tanks is amazing! It washes well and feels great on, and I love that it has a little stretch so it holds its shape well. I knotted this one at the waist, but you can wear this tank without a knot for a looser, more flow-y look, too. I bought it in white and black and am in love!

Madison