gold shimmery eyeshadow, pretty summer makeup
bollywood chic athena gold choker
pretty summer makeup
bollywood chic pink quartz ring
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation // MAC Studio Fix Powder
NARS Bronzer in Laguna// Urban Decay Blush in Video
MAC Eyeshadow in 'Tempting'
MAC Fluidline Eyeliner in Blacktrack
Benefit They're Real Mascara// MAC Lip Pencil in "Boldly Bare
MAC Plushglass in "Ample Pink"// Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil in "Medium Brown
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in "Chocolate"
Athena Choker c/o Bollywood Chic, Quartz Me Ring c/o Bollywood Chic

This weekend I went for a morning walk on the beach with a friend I haven't seen in many months. It was so nice to catch up on life events, big and small, and I was reminded of how much I love the beach. Since we moved about 20 minutes away from the beach we haven't spent too much time there, I know, so dumb right? When we lived at the beach, I would literally see the ocean every single day one way or the other. My favorite thing to do was run along the coast for some nice eye candy and fresh salty air. I am already dreaming of lazy days under my easy up at the beach with a good book this summer. 

Now that summer is near, I am loving light lip gloss and delicate jewelry. I also, have been wearing this eyeshadow on the regular with everything like it's a neutral. A little trick I use when I want it to look a little more pigmented (you can do this with any eye shadow, shimmery works best though) is I spray a little bit of Fix +  on my eye shadow brush before dipping it in the eyeshadow and applying it to my lids. 

Hope you have a great one, thanks for stopping by!


lela rose free gift with purchase, nude gladiator sandals, summer outfit idea
It is officially Spring, heading into Summer and I have been freshening up the old wardrobe a bit and also working on my beauty routine. I realize I have been a little MIA, okay a lot MIA recently and I plan to fill you in on what's been going on soon. I had to take a bit of a break from blogging to get through and I hope to be able to get back on board. Today, I want to tell you about a couple of products I am really stoked about. is currently partnering with Lela Rose to give away this adorable pink clutch filled with goodies, free with your purchase of $150. I love shopping at and this just really sweetens the deal.

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lela rose free gift with purchase, free gift, pink clutchlela rose free gift with purchase, free gift, pink clutch
Sometimes, gifts with purchase can be kind of meh, but I want to assure you this is not the case. Not only is the clutch actually adorable but these goodies are high quality samples worth trying. They are all valued at $170, so I encourage you to take advantage of the deal at who was nice enough to send me this gift to share with you. I am so excited to test all of these samples to re-vamp my beauty routine. I already love the Alterna Caviar CC Cream and Bliss moisturizer. 

What's included (with the clutch): 

  • Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener

  • Erno Laszlo pHelityl Cleansing Bar

  • Alterna Caviar CC Cream Extra Hold

  • clariSEA Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant

  • CLEAN Air Eau de Parfum

  • WEI Five Sacred Grains Rapid Glow Liquid Milk

  • NUXE Reve de Miel Hand & Nail Cream

  • Frais Hand Sanitizer

  • Bliss Fabulous Drench n' Quench Lock-in Moisturizer

  • Macadamia Professional Ultra Rich Moisture Trio

  • Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Mousse

  • Michael Todd Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask

  • Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

  • Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots

  • Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst-Quenching Serum

  • REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask

  • It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream

  •® Offer Card $10 off $50

  • Secondly, I scooped up these nude sandals (pictured above) on sale and they are so comfortable and cute, I have to share them with you. They go with everything, won't break the bank at only $39.95 and 40% off! They come in black and brown too, so actually I think I need them in all three colors for summer. I hope you have an awesome day.


    boho statement necklace happiness boutique
    boho statement necklace happiness boutique
    Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation // MAC Studio Fix Powder
    NARS Bronzer in Laguna// Urban Decay Blush in Video
     Marc Jacobs Eyeshadow Palette
    MAC Fluidline Eyeliner in Blacktrack
    Benefit They're Real Mascara// MAC Lip Pencil in "Boldly Bare
    MAC Plushglass in "Ample Pink"// Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil in "Medium Brown
    Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in "Chocolate"

    I love me a good statement necklace. When Happiness Boutique offered to let me pick out a piece, my mouth was watering over all of the pretty jewelry options. It was extremely difficult to decide but this piece reminds me of something I had seen for $$ and I know if will pair well with causal t-shirts and tops as well as fancier pieces. I would love for you to check out their jewelry for yourself!

    I just had a great visit with my family back East where we had a little bridal shower (where I wore my Happiness Boutique Necklace) for my sister and today is my sister's wedding day! She decided to have a small intimate ceremony just for the two of them and their kids. I am so happy for her and couldn't be more proud of her. Happy Wedding Day Lauren!!

    diy country bridal shower

    Hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by.


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    natural everyday makeup look
    As much as I love glamorous, more dramatic makeup, there are times that more natural makeup is more appropriate or I just feel like a more natural look for everyday. I put together my go-to everyday natural look for you and would love to hear what eye shadow or lipstick shade you go with for everyday.

    Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation // MAC Studio Fix Powder
    NARS bronzer in Laguna// Urban Decay Blush in Video
    Bobbi Brown eye shadow in "Taupe"
    Stila Stay All Day waterproof liquid eyeliner in "Dark Brown" // Benefit They're Real Mascara
    NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in "London"

    I really like this NYX matte lip cream because it comes in really pretty shades and really stays put! Plus for $5.99 you really can't beat the price.

    What is your go-to everyday makeup routine? I would love to hear what your favorites are!

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    best hair dryer 2016, best beauty buys, beauty game changers

    I am the type of person who loves to try new beauty products. I am always looking for the next best product to take my beauty routine to the next level. I am certainly not one to stick with the same haircut or shade of lipstick for years and years. We all know that woman who has had the same haircut and color for over a decade right? My philosophy is to be very open minded and never stop evolving. How else would I have come across these *AMAZING* game changers? I want to be clear that this is not a sponsored post and these are truly items that have transformed my beauty life in a better quality or more efficient way and solving a whole host of problems.

    Bliss Fabulips Lip Softener
    I always have dry lips that are peeling or start to peel later in the day. It's so annoying and makes lipstick or lipgloss look so gross. I got this lip conditioner for free with my bliss order and I will never look back. I want to be clear, this is no average chapstick. I apply it right after I do my base so it has time to sink in while I finish my makeup and by the time I get to my lips they are primed and perfectly conditioned for color. I no longer get the peels later in the day!

    T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Hair Dryer
    My old hair dryer has so heavy and took forever to dry my hair so when it died I was more than ecstatic about upgrading. While this dryer is not cheap, it has cut back on my drying time by at least 50%, maybe even 75%. I can now dry my hair in less than 10 minutes. It is lightweight and my hair has never been more smooth or healthy. It is clinically proven to be healthier than air drying your hair, yeah, crazy right?! For something you use almost every single day, it's important and this dryer has totally been worth the investment!

    Bliss Buffing Foundation Brush
    I was using a MAC foundation brush and just wasn't happy with how it was blending my base so I decided on a whim to toss this in my cart and try it out. This might be more like a life changer if I am honest. I put a glob of foundation on the back of my hand and patted this brush onto my cheek and OH MY GOD! It went on like butter. So easy and smooth and blended. It physically felt good and I am forever changed. I love that the bristles are anti-microbial so it keeps the bacteria at bay. I wash it about once every week still to keep it fresh.

    Up & Up Oil Absorbing Sheets
    You can get these guys at Target and they work wonders in oil absorption. You never want to just cake on more powder when you have a shiny t-zone. Use one of these to absorb that oil and then you can freshen up with a little powder if needed. I never leave the house without these in my bag.

    Bliss "That's Incredi-Peel"! Glycolic Resurfacing Pads
    By now you know that I have problem skin. I am always struggling with breakouts, sometimes painful ones and have been on a 15 year journey to clear skin. I am essentially an acne SME (subject matter expert). I have been using these every night over the last few weeks since I recently had a terrible hormonal breakout and my skin is recovering miraculously. The leftover spots are fading super fast and my skin has NEVER been softer or smoother. What pores? Even with a few remaining bumps my skin is in fantastic condition. I feel like I am having a facial every night while I sleep. I plan to scale back to every other night with these once I get cleared up but they will forever be a part of my skincare routine.

    NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil
    I am really feeling a more natural lip look this Spring with lip gloss and lighter lipsticks. The NARS Velvet Matte lipstick pencil is just what I was looking for. It's a more casual version of lipstick. It goes on smooth but is not drying. The pigment is fantastic and it has great lasting power. I plan to stock up on more colors of these pencils ASAP.

    Paul Mitchell "Hot Off The Press" Heat Spray
    This spray is meant to go on dry hair right before you use a flat iron or curling iron. It not only protects your hair from the heat but it seams in split ends and frizz for a super smooth finish. I was having issues with getting my hair straight in the AM but by the time I got through breakfast and logged in at work I was starting to frizz. Not anymore! My hair is straight and smooth all day long. It really withstands the humidity. I sometimes give my hair a light spray to finish off the style too.

    Butter London Nail Polish
    I was recently looking for a safer nail polish and picked up a bottle Butter London because they do not add formaldehyde, toluene or DBP to any of their nail formulas. I have always admired the colors because they are just so incredible. After wearing these, I am completely converted. The quality is exceptional. I would rather have 5 bottles of Butter London than 30 bottles of OPI. I love how great it looks and it lasts for quite a long time compared to other polishes. I use the Butter London Nail Foundation base coat underneath.

    best hair dryer 2016, best beauty buys, beauty game changers
    Thanks for stopping by, have a great one! 

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    how to keep your fiddle leaf fig tree alive, how to care for a fiddle leaf fig tree, where to buy a fiddle leaf fig tree

    Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees are very popular right now because they are so beautiful and really make a statement in a room. I found my two Fiddle Leaf trees at Lowe's and have managed to keep them thriving for about 6 months so far, even with one complete leaf droop episode with my little one. I do not have a green thumb and tend to prefer succulents because I can forget about them and they don't die. Although, truth be told, I have killed more than one succulent. Fiddle Leaf trees are known to be divas preferring a certain quality and quantity of sunlight, temperature, cleaning, fertilization, and water. But don't be discouraged, if I can keep them alive, I believe you can too!

    healthy fiddle leaf fig tree leaveshow to care for a fiddle leaf fig tree, coconut oil on fig tree
    how to care for a fiddle leaf fig tree

    I water my Fiddle Leaf trees once a week with about 1 cup for the small tree and and 1 1/2 for the large tree. I water them outside since I have kept them in their original plastic containers so the water can drain and the roots dry out a bit (very important if storing in a basket). I put them in the shade and let them air dry before bringing them back inside.

    At least once per month, dust the leaves gently with a clean cloth and either spritz with water or wipe the leaves off with a damp cloth. Once a quarter, I use coconut oil on the top side of the leaves to moisturize them and give the leaves a healthy shine. Be careful to only use a couple of drops or swipes from melted solid coconut oil so you don't "clog the pores" of the leaves. They need to be able to breathe and a little goes a long way. You are never supposed to put oil on the underside of the leaves. 

    Fiddle Leaf trees prefer South Western light so put them by a door or window in that part of your house. You are not supposed to move them around a whole lot, if you do rotate them no more than once a month. We moved one of ours upstairs while we had our Christmas tree up and it got upset. The leaves were so droopy, it just looked hopeless. I finally, gave it more frequent waterings (once a week instead of once every 2 weeks) and moved it back to it's home downstairs and it came back to life. 

    Tip: If you see the top leaves turning brown that could mean you have a fungus, see your local garden center for product recommendations if you think this is your issue. I have not had this problem but have heard of others who have so I am passing along this info. to you. 

    Where to Buy?
    You can visit Lowe's (where I got mine) or Home Depot locally or go online to order one from Home Depot for $29.97! I have also heard some people have found small trees at Ikea so you may want to check them out too.

    baskets for indoor trees, fiddle leaf fig tree in basket

    My Fiddle Leaf Fig trees are loving their baskets. Maybe because it allows more breathing room than a ceramic pot. Plus baskets are having a moment of their own in home decor (or did they every go away?). 

    Here are my favorite baskets for Fiddle Leaf Fig trees: 

    Hope these tips are helpful to you, if you have more recommendations, leave us all a comment below! 


    winter layers, winter outfit ideas

    In solidarity with everyone in the aftermath of the winter blizzard I felt it appropriate to pull out one of my favorite winter looks from my trip to Park City last year and give you some ideas for a warm but chic winter look.

    Layering not just keeps you warm but creates a more interesting look. Here are my recent favorite neutral layering pieces. 

    Thanks for stopping by and stay warm! 

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