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Pretty in Purple + Tiny Tags Giveaway

March 31, 2016


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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Natural Contouring Tutorial

March 29, 2016


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!

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


Stitch Fix Lately

March 22, 2016


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.


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.

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!


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


Quick & Easy Every Day Makeup

March 17, 2016


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!

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

Family, Fashion

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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