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Fab Favorites Link Up: The Perfect Red Dress & My Lust List


Yay for Friday! I hope you’ve all enjoyed a beautiful week (umm, it’s February next week… am I the only one disturbed by how quickly the first month of 2015 has passed?!).

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I’ve actually been on the hunt for a beautiful red dress – it’s the season of love and there’s nothing more perfect! I found this gorgeous red dress and thought it would be stunning for a special date night outfit (it has over 115 five-star reviews… and that’s unheard of, so it’s pretty incredible!).

I’m also excited to share my current lust list with you, oh there’s so many cute things in-store right now!

Lust List Fab Favorites Link Up: The Perfect Red Dress & My Lust List The Perfect Red Dress & My Lust List:   1.  Dress    |    2.  Gold Clutch    |    3.  Lip Stain (BEST lip color, I use ‘Stay A While’ and ‘Endless Pink’)    |    4.  Necklace    |    5.  Heels    |    6.  Nail Polish    |    7.  iPhone Case    |    8.  Perfume    |    9.  X-Ring    |    10.  Heart Red Clutch

 

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Beauty 101: What Is BB Cream


Today I’d love to delve into the new-age question everyone’s asking… What is BB cream?

Well, my fellow beauty lover, to put it simply, BB cream stands for beauty balm. I started using these just over a year ago and absolutely love them! My favorite thing? It’s everything you need in one little tube. Basically, BB creams act as all-in-one skincare and makeup after cleansing. So they are a moisturizer, a primer, many have sunscreen added in (which is always a good thing!), plus skin care elements including vitamins…. and for the pièce de résistance… they act as a concealer and foundation!

I adore a natural, glowing, fresh face and have found BB creams inject just the perfect amount of coverage, so you can pretty much pass for saying “I woke up like this”.

BB Cream Face Beauty 101: What Is BB Cream

Although this revolutionary product is manufactured by most leading cosmetic brands and has been stocked in countless US drugstores since 2011, market research found that only 2% of shoppers have purchased a BB cream. However, four out of five people who did try this product said they would definitely buy it again.

I’d love to know, have you personally used a BB cream? Which one did you try and what were your thoughts?

I’ve road tested quite a few in my BB cream journey this past year and wanted to share my two favorites with you today…

BB Creams Beauty 101: What Is BB Cream

SHOP – What Is BB Cream:  M.A.C BB Cream    |    Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue

 

My numero uno? The M.A.C BB Cream. It is my go-to for everyday and thankfully cuts my morning makeup routine down to between 5 – 10 minutes (yay!). For reference, my color is Light Plus and the good thing is you don’t have to be as particular with your color as you do a normal foundation.  Light Plus is the mid-range shade and I’ve actually shared it with a few of my friends on occasions and because of the consistency and formula, it blends and adapts really well to varying skin tones. Oh and you don’t need much, so it truly lasts forever (and by ‘forever’, I mean I bought my current tube 5 months ago and it’s still going strong).

It’s hard playing favorites, by the other BB cream I adore is the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue (and clearly, with over 2,994 loves and 5 star reviews on Sephora, I’m not alone in my obsession!).

Fun Fact: Contrary to popular belief BB Cream didn’t originate in Asia. It was first developed in Germany by a dermatologist… but quickly spread globally and become a phenomenon throughout South Korea and then moved into Asia.
 

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Obsessions: Zara Plaid Blanket Scarf


So by now you’ve probably seen it everywhere… yes, the Zara plaid blanket scarf has been one major obsession for women the world over. What’s not to love? It’s cute, cosy, chic and you can wear it with so many different things! As seen on style queens including Blair Eadie of Atlantic Pacific, if you’d love to incorporate this major trend to create a perfect winter outfit of your own, here’s where you can find one of the sold-out Zara plaid blanket scarf look-alike’s to fit your budget. My absolute favorite  option is this plaid scarf (and it’s under $35!).

Are you thinking… “but it’s too late, winter’s almost over”? Well my fashionable friend, it’s also the perfect piece to transition you well into Spring – and with a classic print like this, I guarantee you’ll be reaching for it again come Fall. This little beauty is what we call an ‘investment’…

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Plaid Scarf Obsessions: Zara Plaid Blanket Scarf Shop The Look – Zara Plaid Blanket Scarf:  Option One (under $35)    |    Option Two (under $9!)

Zara Plaid 2 Collage Obsessions: Zara Plaid Blanket Scarf

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Style Sessions Fashion Link Up: How To Wear Denim on Denim


Welcome to the Style Sessions Fashion Link Up! Today I’m talking about one of my favorite things ever… denim. Without a doubt it takes the title of “Most Worn” in my wardrobe and what I adore is there are so many different takes and styles of denim… from colored jeans, to chambray shirts, to skinny cuts – whatever your body shape or fashion take, there’s something just right for you.

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How to wear denim on denim:  Shirt    |    Jeans    |    Ring    |    Bracelets  Set    |    Belt    |    Handbag    |    Sunglasses    |    Shoes

Beauty: Bellami Hair Extensions (#8 Ash Brown – use code ‘StyleHair’ for $5 off on any extensions over 160g)    |    6-in-1 Curler (use code ‘StyleCurls’ for $160 off)    |    Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish (in Lollipop)    |    Lip Crayon

 

In case you’re new here, Style Sessions is live every Tuesday from 12am PST. It’s all about sharing what we’ve been wearing, or if you’re on a budget, a virtual outfit you’d love to wear! Every week I also select someone to showcase as ‘Head Stylist’ in the next edition – it’s a perfect way to meet new bloggers, showcase your personal style and your blog.

Want to join the fashion link-up? Add your post now and meet some new fashionistas! I simply ask that you please follow Style Elixir (via Bloglovin’, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!) and provide a link to this in your post or add the button below to your blog. Any tweets to spread the word are fabulous, we all love meeting new blog friends!

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How To Wear Denim on Denim…

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sears via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sears.

I’ve partnered with Sears to explore this further and also show you one of my favorite trends… how to wear denim on denim (or a “Canadian Tuxedo” as some may call it). There’s a fine art to mastering this look and stars like Olivia Palermo, Rihanna, Reese Witherspoon and Ashley Olsen have got it perfected.

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The key to wearing denim on denim? Mix two very different shades. Pair a light chambray shirt with dark jeans – the contrast will stop it from looking too matchy-matchy (or like a onesie) and make for a very polished but relaxed look.

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How to wear denim on denim: Shirt    |    Jeans    |    Ring    |    Bracelets  Set    |    Belt    |    Handbag    |    Sunglasses    |    Shoes

Beauty: Bellami Hair Extensions (#8 Ash Brown – use code ‘StyleHair’ for $5 off on any extensions over 160g)    |    6-in-1 Curler (use code ‘StyleCurls’ for $160 off)    |    Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish (in Lollipop)    |    Lip Crayon

 

To create my own denim on denim outfit, I wore this Canyon River Blues Snap Front Denim Top and these dark Skinny Jeans. I’ve got to tell you gals, not only is this timeless look chic, it’s comfy too!

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Accessories always complete your look, so I added a calf-hair leopard belt, this bangle trio and this pave X-ring. Oh and we can’t forget a little pop of red, it looks so gorgeous with denim and leopard… this Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard is my absolute favorite right now and on my nails, I’m wearing Olivia Palermo’s signature nail polish shade called Lollipop.

 How to wear denim on denim: Shirt    |    Jeans    |    Ring    |    Bracelets  Set    |    Belt    |    Handbag    |    Sunglasses    |    Shoes

Beauty: Bellami Hair Extensions (#8 Ash Brown – use code ‘StyleHair’ for $5 off on any extensions over 160g)    |    6-in-1 Curler (use code ‘StyleCurls’ for $160 off)    |    Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish (in Lollipop)    |    Lip Crayon

 

One of the best things about the denim-on-denim trend is how versatile it is – you can mix two blue denim shades (remember, the rule is one dark and one light!), or wear a blue chambray shirt with oxblood / burgundy jeans or classic black skinnies. A great wardrobe is one you can truly mix and match, and for me a staple of this is definitely denim. I hope if you’ve ever wondered how to wear denim on denim this simple trick helps! I’d love to know, are you a fan of the “Canadian Tuxedo”?

The hottest trends, celebrity style and fashion tips you can afford to try.

 

Meet Our Head Stylist..

I’m thrilled to introduce you to this week’s Head Stylist, Breanna from Chic Street Style! I absolutely loved this Zara blanket scarf, as well as her skinny jeans and gorgeous boots…

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STYLE Q&A WITH BRENNA:

How would you describe your style? My personal style is based on a juxtaposition of elements. Girly elements fused with edgy. Classic silhouettes with trendy accessories. A neutral palate with a pop of something unexpected. I’m an extremist by my very nature and my style reflects that.

Which fashion trend are you currently loving? I’m a Midwest ma’am at the moment which means that capes have been clutch for my winter style this year. They are so effortless and have this je ne sais quoi Euro-chic vibe that I adore.

What inspired you to start your blog? I really wish I had a better answer to this question like, “fashion saved me” or, “Blair Eadie herself told me I should.” But no, it was my college freshman self that was endlessly motivated and was starting a new life. I wanted a way to document my style and my life milestones through outfits. A long the way it snowballed into so much more.

Name a couple beauty products you couldn’t live without: Garnier BB Cream (hello flawless complexion), M.A.C Lipstick in a variety of colors and Liquid Eyeliner for the perfect “wing”.

What is your best beauty trick? I use Bye Bye Blemish’s Drying Lotion (that is more like a liquid) and mix it with my BB Cream. It instantly takes care of any break outs (while wearing makeup) and keeps shine away. It’s a miracle. It also doubles as a spot treatment overnight.

What is your favorite (or dream) vacation destination? I lived in Italy for six months and I adored every moment. My only regret is not going to the Amalfi coast so that is top on my list, along with Santorini. My fiance and I are plotting a southern European honeymoon.

Tell us something not many people know about you? I’m a vegan and I’m a closet health nut. I stick to a whole-food, plant-based diet and have been for over three years. I’m borderline religious to Pilates and swear by starting every day with a health shake (followed immediately by coffee).

To discover more about Brenna, visit Chic Street Style!

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Inside My Shoe Wardrobe – Lace Up Sandals, Booties and Perfect Black Heels


I’m delighted to be co-hosting the new Shoe & Tell Link Up today and wanted to open my shoe wardrobe to share with you! We all have favorites and these are some of mine – I love these lace up sandals, these booties and these perfect black heels.

The good news is, quite a few are currently on sale! I’ve actually been getting ‘back-up’ pairs while they’re on sale – when you find a pair of comfy and cute shoes, you have to stock up! I’d love you to join us in the link up below and share any outfit you love (can’t wait to see your shoes!)…

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INSIDE MY SHOE WARDROBE

My Favorite Sandals, Booties and the Perfect Black Heels

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Fab Favorites Link Up: Valentines Day Ideas


Today marks the 80th edition of the Fab Favorites Link Up! Thank you so much for joining me here each week, I truly value and appreciate you so much – you brighten my world!

I just realized this week, it’s almost Valentine’s Day! Yay! Regardless of whether you’re married, paired up, happily single or keeping a keen eye out for Mr. Right, it’s a beautiful day to share love with those special people we care about most. I remember from when I was really young, through to right now, every Valentine’s Day my Dad would get my Mom, sister and I something thoughtful (and in my single days, back when I wondered if I would ever meet someone amazing, my Dad would write on my Valentine’s card… “from your first Valentine, but not your last”).

So regardless of your couple status, it’s a perfect day to share a little sparkle with someone you love! I hope you like the Valentines Day ideas below – perfect gifts for you to give and of course receive (I’m sure he’ll appreciate a subtle hint… and there’s also nothing wrong with a little ‘gift to self’!).

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Valentines Day Ideas Gifts For Him Fab Favorites Link Up: Valentines Day Ideas Valentines Day Ideas – For Him:  One    |    Two (best headphones, Chris has them and I always borrow / take them!)    |    Three    |    Four    |    Five    |    Six (I previously got these ‘Forget Me Knot’ cufflinks for Chris)    |    Seven

Remember… you can share anything in the link up – a previous post, or a post about your favorite things. Whatever takes your fancy! If you’re interested in co-hosting, just email me for details.

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