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Style Sessions Fashion Link Up: Effortless Style


Welcome to the Style Sessions Fashion Link Up! This week I wanted to share one of my go-to outfits… the pieces I reach for when I need to dress up a little, but still want it to look effortless. There’s nothing quite like the eternally chic combination of blue and white (you can never go wrong with blue and white!), so I adore the relaxed look and feel of this shirt, mixed with the glam of nude patent heels and crisp polished feel of white jeans. I have to tell you two things…

One, these heels are amazing! I wore them for the first time a few weeks ago to one of Chris’s work functions and there was hours of standing and walking – they are incredible! The leather is beyond comfortable, easy to walk in and the nude color goes with everything (they also come in black and are under $100).

Two, my long search for the perfect white jeans ended recently with these beauties! They are thick and not see-through, so comfy and super affordable. Seriously, I’ve been looking for almost two years and have tried countless high-end white jeans… but these are the BEST! Oh and as we discussed a few weeks ago, the results are in – you can wear white jeans after Labor Day… after all you know what they say, rules were made to be broken.

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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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Effortless Style…

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Effortless Style:  Shirt   |   Jeans   |   Heels   |   Sunglasses   |   Clutch   |   Necklace   |   Nail Polish (Lincoln Park After Dark)

 
 

Meet Our Head Stylist…

 I’m thrilled for you to meet this week’s Head Stylist, Liz from Sprinkles and Sequins! What’s more perfect for the transition into Fall than some leopard flats paired with a fabulous, neutral hat?

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STYLE Q&A WITH LIZ:

How would you describe your style? My style is very eclectic. Typically my style is girly edgy, but it has definitely gotten more edgy recently! But I also love preppy pieces, boho flair, and urban styles as well!

Which fashion trend are you currently loving?  No brainer, I have to say leather… and neutrals! This was my style before it became a trend so I was ahead of the game! I love that the pieces are more available in stores, but it’s also super bad for my wallet!

What inspired you to start your blog? I’ve been an avid fashion blogger reader since 2011, and it’s always looked so interesting to me! I also needed a way to wear the insane amount of clothes that were in my closet (it’s only gotten worse since my blog launched in 2013!) so what better way then to start a blog of my own!? My style has definitely evolved since that first post, and it’s been so fun experimenting with what I already own and new items that I add to my closet!

Name three beauty products you couldn’t live without:  My Beauty Blender- which I just rediscovered! Seriously that little sponge is awesome! NARS Smudgeproof Eye Shadow Base is my go to for my super oily eyelids, my eye makeup stays on ALL day without creasing- LOVE! And last, but not least, the L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara! Never have I used a mascara that makes my lashes look so long! It looks good even without any shadow or eye makeup- making this stuff awesome for those lazy days!

What is your best beauty trick?  Apply my favorite NARS Smudgeproof Eye Shadow Base with a MAC Paint Pot (I use ‘soft Ochre’) for eye shadow that lasts longer than all day! It’s even hard to take off at night! This method is perfect if you have a party to go to, where you want insurance that your shadow won’t crease.

What is your favorite (or dream) vacation destination? I’ve actually never been out of the country- well I’ve never been off the East Coast… So i’m dying to go to Turk & Caicos, or Europe (Greece, Italy, and Barcelona are at the top of my list). Oh! And seeing the northern lights is on my bucket list too!

Tell us something not many people know about you? I have a scar on my right arm from getting burned by hot tea when I was a baby. It is in the shape of a dinosaur and I love it! People have told me to get plastics surgery to have it removed, but I would never!

To discover more about Liz, visit Sprinkles and Sequins!

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The Perfect Healthy Snack – Avocado, Tomato and Goats Cheese on Toast


We’re all so busy and it can be hard sometimes to think of what you can eat that’s quick, healthy and delicious… so today, I wanted to share one of my all time favorites, the perfect healthy snack – Avocado, Tomato and Goats Cheese on Toast. It’s my go-to when I’m super hungry (but don’t want to be naughty) and the best thing is you can enjoy it any time of day!

I am obsessed with it for breakfast (delightful with the addition of a poached egg), but also reach for it during the day and occasionally for dinner (when Chris is away on work, I know it sounds bad, but I rarely make the effort to cook a proper dinner if it’s just me). This is quick, easy and delicious! What’s your go-to snack?

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Ingredients: The Perfect Healthy Snack
– Avocado, Tomato and Goats Cheese on Toast

Bread (grain or wholemeal is the healthiest choice)
Avocado
Tomato
Goats Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
Garnish with a little balsamic vinegar glaze and wedge of lemon

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Friday’s Fab Favorites Link Up: My Top Beauty Products


Happy Friday! This week I wanted to give you a peek inside my beauty bag and share a few of the products I use ALL the time. I am really particular when it comes to my beauty products and after much searching, testing and daily use, these are my tried and true favorites (some I’ve used for years!).

They are just the BEST and include this brilliant mascara for major lashes (it seriously replaces the need to wear falsies), this primer with SPF 30, this illuminating face powder, this heavenly perfume, the best powder brush ever (it’s only $10!), the highly awarded original beauty blender (it changes the way you apply foundation – so flawless!) and this gorgeous lipstick (it’s also Kourtney Kardashian’s fave color).

If you have any questions, just leave a comment and I’ll respond. I’m excited to share my top beauty products with you…

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My Top Beauty Products:

Mascara – total game changer, the consistency is different and it’s truly fabulous
Lipstick – in #13 Le Orange, also Kourtney Kardashian’s fave lipstick, the perfect red / orange hue
Leave-In Hair Conditioner – an easy way to maintain soft, frizz-free hair and counteract styling damage
Illuminating Face Powder – love love love this! I use the ‘illuminating’ one
Powder Brush – this is the best brush I’ve used (and I have tried expensive ones), it’s only $10.99
Beauty Blender – this gives you the perfect base for airbrushed flawless foundation
Perfume – this has been my favorite for years, you’ll be always asked “what are you wearing?”
Foundation – this is my holy grail, lasts all day and has great coverage without looking heavy (my color is 3N1 Ivory Beige, a neutral color… not cool, not warm – a perfect neutral)
Blush – oh this is just the perfect color (it’s called Deep Throat) and will add a natural warm peachy pink flush to your cheeks
Primer – I’ve tried many, but this is the best! It’s SPF 30 and sold out every time I go into Sephora, so grab it when you can!

 
 

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Beyonce and Jay-Z Wow in Paris + Fall Fashion – Under $100


Before we get into some fabulous fashion today, I simply had to share this clip from Beyonce and Jay-Z’s Paris show… oh my gosh, it is ahhmazing. Seriously, just when you think The Carters can’t top a performance (VMA’s I’m looking at you), they go ahead and do just that. On the last night of their On The Run tour, Beyonce and Jay-Z wowed the crowd in Paris with a six minute mash-up of Forever Young and Halo, set to a backdrop of private home video’s showing intimate moments of their life together. Do yourself a favor and watch it below… love love love!

Incredible. Words can’t even… wouldn’t it have been so magical at their concert? I’m obsessed.

Anyway, I could watch that clip all day… and probably will. But for now, let’s talk fashion. I think most of you would agree when I declare, nothing puts a spring in your style step like a new season wardrobe update! Who else is hitting the shops right now? My gosh I love online shopping. If your partner asks about all those deliveries, be sure to tell him you’re not alone… and you can’t help it… the lure of warm berry colors, luxe textures and gorgeous boots is too irresistible. Oh and then you can reassuringly say, “Don’t worry! It was all on sale and under $100, I practically made money, honey!”.

Here are a few of my favorite fall fashion finds – under $100! Happy shopping…

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Fall Fashion – Under $100:  One (Sam Edelman was $260, now $62.50)   |   Two (J.Crew, use code SHOPFORFALL for 25% off everything and extra 30% off sale items)   |  Three (French Connection, was $148, now $85)   |   Four (was $138, now $65)   |   Five (Lauren Conrad, on sale $49.99)   |   Six   |   Seven (was $358, now $94.97)   |   Eight (on sale $49.99)   |   Nine (was $148, now $72.25)   |   Ten (BCBG, was $198, now $95)   |   Eleven

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Style Sessions Fashion Link Up: Brights and Stripes – Wardrobe Remix


Welcome to the Style Sessions Fashion Link Up! I am delighted to let you know, today marks the 90th edition of Style Sessions! Yay! Thank you so much for joining me here each week, seeing your outfits and reading your blogs truly makes my day (oh and your super sweet comments do too!).

This week I thought it would be fun to share one of my favorite fashion combinations, brights and stripes! I was looking back at a few ways to wear this using only a couple of different items and if you’re seeking inspiration, look no further than my brights and stripes – wardrobe remix…

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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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Brights and Stripes – Wardrobe Remix…

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 Remix 1 – Outfit Details:  Diane von Furstenberg Illene Crepe Bright Pink Blazer    |    Stripe Pencil Skirt    |    Joie Silk Top    |    Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses    |    Michael Kors Black Heels    |    Maxwell Scott Handbag    |    Crystal Pave Earrings    |    Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid Foundation in #3N1 Ivory Beige    |    M.A.C Tinted Lipglass

Remix 2:

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Remix 2 – Outfit Details:  Diane von Furstenberg Bright Pink Blazer    |    Theory Stripe T-Shirt    |    J.Brand Skinny Jeans    |    Aldo Tan Heels    |    Cuore & Pelle Tan Handbag    |    Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses    |    Stud Crystal Earrings

 

Remix 3:

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Remix 3 – Outfit Details:  Vince Leather Jacket   |   Vibrant Fuchsia Top (similar)   |   Stripe Pencil Skirt (similar)   |   Marc by Marc Jacobs Handbag    |    Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses    |   Black Bow Heels (similar and even more gorgeous!)   |   Pave Earrings    |   Yuni Kelley Pave Link Bracelet and Crystal Bracelet

Meet Our Head Stylist…

I’m delighted for you to meet this week’s Head Stylist, Nikki from BeDazzles After Dark! I adored this outfit she linked up recently… oh my gosh, her sequin skirt – isn’t it divine!

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STYLE Q&A WITH NIKKI:

How would you describe your style?  I’d have to say experimental. It’s so exciting trying out different trends and new styles – how else would we discover if we like something? I wouldn’t say that I fall into one particular category because I love wearing dresses and heels but I also love a good t-shirt, jeans and ankle bootie outfit. Clothes are a way to express who we are and I like to have as much fun with that as possible!

Which fashion trend are you currently loving?  I have fallen victim to the crop top – SUCH a fun piece. I like wearing it with high-waisted skirts so I’m showing just a sliver of skin. I also can’t get enough of bold printed separates (worn together or apart), scalloped edges and metallic pieces like pointed toe pumps or skinny leg trousers.

What inspired you to start your blog?  When I first moved to LA I tried whatever I could do break into the Fashion Industry. Because I had a degree in journalism, I was hired as a seasonal blogger for the hair accessories company ban.do. After I started writing for them I realized that I could put my love for writing and passion for fashion together and started my own blog. It was more of a fashion diary at first and within the last 2 years it’s really evolved into sharing my personal style and outfit ideas.

Name three beauty products you couldn’t live without: Bright lipstick, Bare Minerals Concealer and a good moisturizer.

What is your best beauty trick?  Find a lip liner in a similar color to your lipstick color and fill in the entire lip (not just the edges). Add a layer of lipstick, blot, then brush on a bit of white translucent powder. Add another layer of lipstick and you’ve got staying power for most of the day!

What is your favorite (or dream) vacation destination? Anywhere tropical that involves the ocean, a cold drink and a good book. I love the Caribbean! I also love traveling (and eating) my way through Italy.

Tell us something not many people know about you? I’m a sci-fi lover! I grew up watching Star Trek, Star Wars and Sci-Fi tv and movies with my dad. The “Lord of the Rings” movies are a weakness of mine and the recent Planet of The Apes reboot movies are SO good (but I also love the originals from the 60’s)

To discover more about Nikki, visit BeDazzles After Dark!

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Currently Covet + Win A $500 Neiman Marcus Gift Card


I hope you enjoyed a beautiful weekend! I spent quite a bit of time working on blog things, which was great. I created some new ideas around content features (stay tuned!) and also refreshed my advertising options and blog consultation packages – a very productive weekend indeed! If you’re interested and would like to know more, just email me, I’d love to work with you!

Today I’m thrilled to be collaborating with Kiss Me Darling and other fabulous bloggers to bring you the chance to win a $500 Neiman Marcus Gift Card! To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open until midnight on Wednesday, October 1st and remember, the more entries you complete, the more chances you have to win!

For fashion lovers around the globe, this giveaway is open internationally. Good luck! Oh and just in case you need a little inspiration, these are a few pieces on my Neiman Marcus wish list…

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