I’m Plaid About You

I'm Plaid About YouHello loves! Sorry I haven’t posted anything in so long. I started a new job and my husband and I are in the process of moving into a new home.  A lot of exciting changes going on, but that’s still no excuse for not posting!  So here is a new post – finally!  My favorite season is Autumn. Growing up in Ohio I still long for the chill in the air and the changing of the leaves.  Here in Los Angeles we do cool down enough to break out the sweaters and boots, and I can head up to NorCal for a more “fall like” experience so I don’t feel like I’m missing out too much. Now, when I lived in Florida I always felt like I was missing out on the seasons! California is perfect for me. I feel I can get the best of everything here.

I bought this plaid shirt and coated- wash skinny jeans from Old Navy.  I thought pairing a plaid shirt with an edgier pair of jeans would amp up the fun factor.  And adding these stunning Simply Vera heels pulled the whole look together.  I love mixing patterns, styles and textures. Fashion is all about having fun. I hope my outfit inspires you to try different prints and textures.  It’s always fun to play dress up and see what you come up with!

Outfit: Jeans – Old Navy; Shirt – Old Navy; Heels – Kohls; Sunnies: So brand (old); Cross Body Bag – Nine West (old);  Lipstick – Maybelline Super Stay 24 color “Keep it Red

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Splash of Summer

Splash of Summer

Splash of Summer

Hello, loves! Over the holiday weekend I wanted to amp up the sexiness. I definitely did that with this skirt! I was sifting through the clearance racks at Target when I found this baby. Well, it actually found me! As bright as this skirt is it screams – “Look at me! Take me home! Wear me!” I find this to be a dress up alternative to a great sundress. I love wearing sundresses in the summer, but when the occasion calls for something with a little more oomph I find a colored pencil skirt and a printed tube top works nicely. It’s is definitely a sexy summer look. Look through your closet and match up different tube tops with your pencil skirts. A great printed tube top and a solid color pencil skirt really is a beautiful look, or vice versa – a solid tube top and a printed pencil skirt. Add a belt and a great open toe heel in an unexpected color, like I did. Mix and match colors. Take risks and see what combinations of colors really bring the outfit together. I know the trend right now is pencil skirts with crop tops, but for those who aren’t as comfortable with wearing that trend- this is the perfect alternative. I have to say this outfit really has become a quick summer fav. You can’t help but feel gorgeous in this look. Make a splash this summer with color!

My look: Skirt: Target – Mossimo; Tube top: Old Navy – (old); Shoes: Kohl’s – Candies (old) similar style here; Belt: Wet Seal; Studded Clutch: H&M; Cat eye sunnies: Forever 21; Plate necklace: Charlotte Russe (old) similar style here; Ring: Clearance – Forever 21; Wild Thing Lion Bracelet: Forever 21; Lipstick: Wet N Wild – Silk Finish in the shade Fuchsia with Blue Pearl (website color looks nothing like the actual shade I have!); Eyeshadow: Victoria’s Secret – Jet Setter Portable Makeup Kit (green shades).

Time to “brush up” on some basics

Let's brush up

Let’s brush up

Hello, darlings! Hope everyone had a great weekend!  Last week I put a quick post on my Facebook fan page about washing makeup brushes weekly. I actually had quite a few questions regarding, “What type of soap I used to wash my brushes, why once a week, the process I use to wash my brushes, ect.,” so I figure I will give you a quick post on the how’s and why’s of my routine.

What I use to clean my brushes: I use Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo to wash my brushes. It is gentle yet gets the job done. No worrying about harsh chemicals or fragrances.

Why once a week?  I’ve heard some people wash their brushes daily, some weekly and some monthly. Then you have those who wash them like, NEVER. I obviously don’t advise the latter. I do find for me that once a week is perfect. I use my brushes quite often. Especially my blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow crease brush. These babies can get quite dirty, even after only one week. Since I became a religious brush cleaner I noticed I have less (if any) bumps on my face. I would get a few bumps in the area I applied my blush. I always chalked this up to the blush clogging my pores. It was, in reality, my dirty brush!  It was carrying all that bacteria!

The cleaning process:  I run my brush under warm water. Never turn your brush up and down when cleaning. You don’t want water to get trapped down in the handle. Once the bristles are wet I squeeze a small amount of the Johnson & Johnson shampoo into my freshly washed hand. I swirl my brush around and get the shampoo all through the bristles. I then run it under the water, gently squeezing forward. Do this until the water runs clear. I wash my brushes in the evening to let them air dry overnight on a clean hand towel. In a pinch, if you need them dry asap, just use your blow dryer on low (keeping the blow dryer a good distance from the brush, but close enough to dry the bristles without singeing them)!

Recommendation: I also recommend washing your eyeshadow brushes daily, only if you tend to change your eyeshadow color daily. I am always using different types of colors! I have quite the love affair with eye colors! I am never one to shy away from a bold eye look, or a subtle shimmer look. I will try it all!  So, naturally you will need to keep your brushes clean. You will muddy your color if you don’t wash them daily. If you go to wear a green shadow and still have yesterday’s purple hanging on to the bristles, you will not get the true color you are desiring.

So, that’s it! That is my routine. Hope it has been helpful.  If you have any questions for me, feel free to comment below!  Also, like my Facebook fan page!  I put up pictures of my outfit of the day (ootd), new makeup products and my first impression, etc. You can find the link on the sidebar of my blog. Hope you will like my fan page. It would make my day!

Take care, loves!  xo

Boho Chic

Boho ChicHello my lovies! Summer and sundresses go together like a wink and a smile.  You just can’t have summer without lots and lots of sundresses! They are comfortable and oh so pretty. This sundress is one of my favies. I just love the patterns and colors throughout.  I find myself reaching for this sundress a lot during the summer months because of its boho vibe. It makes me feel like putting flowers in my hair and running through open fields yelling, “Give peace a chance!” while holding up the peace sign. I bought this sundress a few years back and still get excited to wear it like it’s a brand new find. I paired my sundress with my more unique pieces of jewelry to give it that special touch.  Just give me a summer day and a pretty sundress and I’m a happy girl!

My outfit: Sundress and handbag: Kohl’s (old); Earrings and sandals: Target (old); Bangle bracelets and gold circle ring: Forever 21; Turquoise ring: Charlotte Russe (old);  Thumb ring: Local shop – Rocks and Runes; Sunnies: Big Lots