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The Hair Brushes You Need for A Perfect Blow Dry


We talk a lot of fashion around here, but you know what? No outfit is complete without a beautiful ‘do. After the handle on my last brush broke off mid-blow dry, I vowed from that day forth to always purchase quality brushes. So I did a ton of research on the hair brushes you need for a perfect blow dry… I visited the “latest” and “greatest” brushes everywhere from Sephora to Nordstrom… however, the thing is, I don’t want to spend $50 + on a brush. Right or wrong, I’d rather buy a cute top or a new lipstick instead.

Following many long weeks of hunting down honest reviews online, I realized I wanted to replace my entire set of brushes and add a couple more to my arsenal. I’ve been using these for months now and I looove them – so of course, it’s time for me to share the hair brushes you need for a perfect blow dry!

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My favorite brush for the perfect blow dry is this Beautique Tahiti Wood Thermal Round Brush (and it’s under $10)

 

The Hair Brushes You Need For A Perfect Blow Dry:

Over the years, I’ve come to realize that yes, you can get by with just one brush… but you wouldn’t want to. After having a selection of brushes in my repertoire, I’m the first to confirm that the results you can get, simply by using different brushes customized for achieving different looks, are fabulous! Oh and the brushes in my collection are all under $10. Holy hair brush! This is the collection you need…

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2 zpsca1d2bc1 The Hair Brushes You Need for A Perfect Blow Dry I’d never used a proper comb or brush after washing my hair (I know you’re supposed to) and when I found The Wet Brush I wanted to try it. Gals, it is honestly the BEST! I can’t even think about brushing my wet hair with anything else, it makes a huge difference. I also use it when I’ve curled my hair as it’s gentle and doesn’t pull my curl style out, plus I use it on my clip-in extensions for the same reason. Can you believe it’s only $8.99.

5 zps925b75cc The Hair Brushes You Need for A Perfect Blow Dry Ahh the everyday staple of the group. If you’ve never used a paddle brush, girl, you’re missing out! I upgraded to this Ion Golden Wood Paddle Brush and it’s fabulous! I chose this as it has boar bristles for adding smoothness and shine, plus the ionic bristles help to condition hair. I also love that it’s all one piece of wood and you can instantly tell this brush is great quality. It’s just $9.99.

 

3 zps9d8d5e31 The Hair Brushes You Need for A Perfect Blow Dry Want the ultimate blow dry? You need the ultimate brush of course! After the handle fell off my old round brush mid-blow dry, I vowed to always buy quality and get a fantastic new round brush – and after much searching, I found it! This Beautique Tahiti Wood Thermal Round Brush is absolutely brilliant. Featuring boar bristles for smooth and shiny hair, it’s thermal properties mean hair is quicker to dry. Priced at just $9.99 (so you can now have a salon beautiful blow dry every day!)

 

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After deciding I needed a little va-va-voom and volume injection in my hair, I recently become re-acquainted with the teasing comb. The Amped Up Tease Brush is wonderful! Featuring boar bristles for smoothness and shine, it also has a special bristle pattern and texture to reduce damage, breakage and frizz. Oh and I love the sectioning tip at the end, it comes in very handy for styling and also putting in extensions.

I’d love to know… do you currently have a selection of brushes in your repertoire?

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Style Sessions Fashion Link Up: Spring Style – Cobalt Skirt


Welcome to the Style Sessions Fashion Link Up! I’m excited to share a fabulous Spring look and season transition outfit with you today. This cobalt skirt (currently on sale) has all the fun of Spring, while this sweater still keeps you warm – and the best thing is, these pieces can be easily mixed and matched to create so many looks! I’d recommend wearing this cobalt skirt with black, white or grey tops. It’s actually perfect year-round, as when the weather cools again you can just add tights.

As I’m sure you know I love a good accessory and these calf hair polka dot heels are my favorites! Unfortunately they’re no longer available, but I found some others for you (option one, option two and option three are cute, I also love these polka dot flats and the leopard version too!).

Oh and I have to share, these Prada sunglasses (they’ve been one of my most-loved pairs for years) are currently on sale!

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Beauty:  Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Beauty Blender    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish    |    Lip Crayon (Hawaiian Smolder, the best and under $10)

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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Spring Style – Cobalt Skirt…

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Beauty:  Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Beauty Blender    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish    |    Lip Crayon (Hawaiian Smolder, the best and under $10)

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51 Style Sessions Fashion Link Up: Spring Style   Cobalt Skirt Heels option one or two or three, or these polka dot flats are super cute, love the leopard too!

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22 Style Sessions Fashion Link Up: Spring Style   Cobalt Skirt Spring Style – Cobalt Skirt:  Sweater (on sale!)    |    Skirt (on sale!)    |    Prada Sunglasses (on sale!)    |    Necklace (similar)    |    Bow Belt    |    Heels (option one or two or three, or these polka dot flats are super cute, love the leopard too!)

Beauty:  Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Beauty Blender    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish    |    Lip Crayon (Hawaiian Smolder, the best and under $10)

 

Meet Our Head Stylist..

I’m thrilled to introduce you to this week’s Head Stylist, Bogi from Red Reticule! This lady’s style is so elegant and chic – how perfect is this outfit she recently put together?

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STYLE Q&A WITH BOGI:

How would you describe your style? Simple elegance. I appreciate clean and chic looks with subtle accessories.

Which fashion trend are you currently loving? I am head over heels in love with feminine midi skirts and excited to see a comeback of the ever classic and sophisticated black and white combo.

What inspired you to start your blog? After moving to another continent, I needed a creative outlet while adjusting and figure out a way to maintain those “girl talks” with mom in a different channel. Besides, the blog has a huge impact on maintaining peace of mind for my parents. Even if we don’t get the chance to talk for a week, as long as there is a post, they know all is good. This is huge to me.

Name a couple beauty products you couldn’t live without: Éminence Coconut Moisturizer is outstanding keeping my ever thirsty skin hydrated throughout the night. I put kale into my smoothies and I also put it on my face. Once a week I use Éminence Kale & Citrus Masque for extra hydration.

What is your best beauty trick? I mix a drop of rosewater concentrate into my moisturizers for a more even skin tone.

What is your favorite (or dream) vacation destination? I would like to go back to Prague in the Czech Republic. The city is absolutely beautiful, full of history, amazing architecture and the best cafés.

Tell us something not many people know about you? I used to design all my clothes while living in Europe (I didn’t shop for years if you can believe that). My mom’s best friend is a seamstress with magical talent.

To discover more about Bogi, visit Red Reticule!

 

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Beauty 101 – The Best Skin Exfoliators + Win $440 PayPal Cash


As much as we all adore fashion… gorgeous shoes, a cute dress, chic blazer or a fab statement necklace… the key to looking stunning head-to-toe actually starts well before getting dressed. Today I’m talking about the best skin exfoliators!

Flawless makeup begins with creating the perfect canvas – healthy, even and well cared-for skin. One thing that I personally find makes the biggest difference for my skin is using an amazing exfoliator. Your foundation will just glide on and you’ll even probably find you don’t wear as much makeup, as your skin will be brighter, more even and definitely soft as silk. I use my exfoliator every second night, some brands recommend just once or twice a week, but I  actually love using it more because it makes my complexion so much better.

I have spent countless hours searching for the best exfoliators (and talking in-depth to the estheticians in Sephora), so in giving you this list you know it’s been tried, tested and well curated by me.

Do you have a favorite exfoliator? I’d love to know what it is, or if you’ve also used one of these what your thoughts are…

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The Best Skin Exfoliators:
1.  Algenist Multi-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator
2.  Murad Pore Reform Skin Smoothing Polish
3.  Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (a cult beauty product known in Hollywood as the two-minute facial, it also repeatedly wins ‘beat beauty product’ awards)
4.  Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator

 
 
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Plus, I’ve also collaborated with a group of gorgeous bloggers to offer one lucky reader the chance to win $440 in PayPal Cash! For all my international readers, I’m delighted to let you know this giveaway is open worldwide. Just use the tool below these photos to enter. Good luck!

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Fab Favorites Link Up: Currently Covet – Spring Fashion


Happy Friday! This weekend is going to be a busy one… I’m so excited to tell you guys, I am moving to New York! So on Sunday, I’ll be flying across country and can’t wait to settle into my new apartment.

As a new New Yorker, I will of course be doing lots of exploring… restaurants, bars, museums, shops, roof tops… Spring will be such a beautiful time in the city. If you’d like to keep up with all my new adventures, I’ll be sharing them on Instagram!

Until then, I’ve found the cutest new Spring fashion finds for you to see… I love this bracelet, these heels (how fabulous are they!) and this ring is so unique. I’d love to know, which item is your favorite?

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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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Color Crush – The Perfect Pink Spring Lipstick


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Style Sessions Fashion Link Up: Spring Outfit Ideas – Stripes and Denim


Today I’m delighted to share one of my favorite Spring outfit ideas and welcome my special little guest, Ollie, to the Style Sessions Fashion Link Up… I love shooting with him!

I adore this relaxed but polished outfit, sometimes you just can’t go past a classic navy stripe top and blue skinny jeans. The key to an amazing outfit is glamming up these style essentials with accessories…

My favorites include blue mirrored aviators, cute Loeffler Randall gold ballet flats (they are on major sale – was $250, now just $75 – snap them up like I did!), a tan belt (on sale!), gold bracelet set, gorgeous statement necklace and this bright magenta monogram clutch.

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Beauty:  Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Beauty Blender    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish    |    Lip Gloss

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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Spring Outfit Ideas – Stripes and Denim…

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Beauty:  Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Beauty Blender    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish    |    Lip Gloss

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Beauty:  Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Beauty Blender    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish    |    Lip Gloss

Meet Our Head Stylist..

I’m thrilled to introduce you to this week’s Head Stylist, Lauren from Lauren McBride! I adore this boho vibe she created recently… and how gorg is her hair!

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STYLE Q&A WITH LAUREN:

How would you describe your style? I feel like my style can be a little all over the place because there are so many trends I love! I always aim for comfort and I’m really drawn to the boho trend (even as I’m buried under snow this winter!).

Which fashion trend are you currently loving? Jogger pants! This trend is so incredible! Comfortable pants that are practically like pajamas and can be dressed up with heels or down with some Converse or cute slip-on sneakers?! What more can you ask for?!

What inspired you to start your blog? My blog began as a way to keep up with long distance family, but has evolved into a place where I share my greatest passions. It’s my creative outlet where I can escape from my career as a nurse and focus on what I love in life. You’ll find anything from fashion to beauty tutorials to DIY projects my husband and I are always conjuring up. It has a little bit of everything!

Name a couple beauty products you couldn’t live without: My Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and a Beauty Blender. Seriously, if you don’t own these, you are majorly missing out!

What is your best beauty trick? Since I’m stuck in the never ending winter, my hair has been soo dry. Static Guard is my BFF and works like a charm. Yes, in my hair!

What is your favorite (or dream) vacation destination? I want to stay in one of those little grass huts on the ocean in Fiji or Bora Bora!

Tell us something not many people know about you? I always use up an entire tube of chapstick before buying another one. Which I’m hearing is really rare?!

To discover more about Lauren, visit Lauren McBride!

 

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Beauty 101 – How To Make Your Makeup Last Longer


When I was younger, I would buy and use makeup without ever giving thought to the expiration date… some products I would have for years because I used them so infrequently.  It never occurred to me that just like food, makeup does have an expiry date and for your own health and the effectiveness of the product, you really should adhere to it. I was always the worst with mascara! But when you think about it, your eyes and sight are everything, so you don’t want to be messing around with them.

A few years ago I read an article about what happens to you and your makeup if you don’t use it up or throw it out in time, so today I wanted to share my knowledge with you.  Importantly, I’ll also share my tips on how to make your makeup last longer so you get every cent worth (after all, our fave products usually aren’t cheap!).

I’d love to know, do you think about expiry dates or how old your makeup is before using it?  Do you have any tips for how to make your makeup last longer or how to fix makeup breakages? Please leave a comment and share!

 
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MASCARA:

Expiration: Three months from opening

One of the biggest annoyances for longevity is mascara drying out! My biggest and best tip is all in your application… do you ever pump the wand in and out of the tube? I used to… and you definitely should stop! This action is so unnecessary, it pushes air into the tube, really dries the product out and therefore significantly shortens your mascara’s lifespan. The alternative? Just gently move the wand around inside the tube before you pull it out, this will pick-up the product you need on the wand and won’t push excessive air inside.

Tip: If your mascara has dried out, you can salvage it by putting a few drops of baby oil in the tube.

 
 
EYELINER:
Expiration: Liquid Liners are three months, Pencil Liners are up to two years

For the best application and to avoid that frustrating moment when you accidentally snap off the tip of the pencil, warm the pencil in your hands before applying. Just take the pencil between your flat palms (palms face inwards with the product vertically held between them) and move your hands back and forth, the pencil will spin as you do this. The friction and movement will cause the product to warm up a little. This allows for a much smoother and more even application.

For liquid liner pots that have dried out, once again it’s all about adding a little heat! Just place these in the microwave for 5 – 10 seconds, or hold a hair dryer over them (with the lid closed so the air doesn’t dry it out further).

 
 
FOUNDATION:

Expiration: Oil-based, one and a half years.  Water-based, one year.

It’s important to understand the composition of the foundation you use, is it oil-free? Water-based foundations tend to dry out more quickly. Good foundations aren’t cheap, so we want to get the most out of them! The best way to prolong it’s life span is to add a few drops of alcohol-free toner and shake / mix it with the product thoroughly.

 
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One of my favorite lip glosses, Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in #18 Seduction.

 
LIPSTICK:

Expiration: One year

A simple trick to extending the life of your favorite lipsticks is to simply keep them in the fridge. It’s been proven that warm or humid climates can make the color pigments degrade quicker.

What happens if you drop your fave shade and it breaks? Ahh the horror. We’ve all been there, watching our most loved lipstick smash before our eyes, almost as if in slow motion and we’re powerless to stop it. But this doesn’t mean it’s all over… simply get a little pot and scoop the remaining product in, you can then apply it with a q-tip or lip brush.

 
 
BLUSH AND BRONZER:

Expiration:  Up to two years

Just like the lipstick above, I think we’ve all squealed in devastation as our blush or bronzer has hit the tiles. The brilliant news is, believe it or not, your compact can be totally salvaged! To start the recovery operation, place the powder pieces back into the compact and break down any larger bits that survived, so it is all a smaller finer consistency. Then spray the powerdy pieces with rubbing alcohol and cover this with a tissue. Take a spoon and use the back-side to press down firmly on the powder in your compact, push down evenly to smooth the powder back into place and ensure it’s all positioned in tight. Place this on a counter top and allow it to dry. Then voila! Your powder compact will be back to it’s former glory.

 
 
NAIL POLISH:

Expiration: Two years

I hate it when I go to use my favorite nail polish color and find it’s all clumped or dried inside the bottle! The best way I’ve found to revive dried out varnish is to add a couple drops of nail lacquer thinner (this can be purchased from great discount places like Sally Beauty), then thoroughly shake to mix it all together.

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My Favorite 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 sold out every time I go into Sephora, so grab it when you can!

 

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Fab Favorites Link Up: Glam Spring Outfit Ideas


Happy Friday and welcome to the Fab Favorites Link Up! Who’s looking for cute Spring outfit ideas? I love all these glam pieces, the sunglasses are so gorg and that white embellished dress! Love! It’s on sale right now. I also found the perfect white nail polish shade (such an easy way to incorporate Spring trends into your wardrobe) and these leather sandals will be beautiful with all your Spring and Summer outfits…

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Glam Spring Outfit Ideas:  Dress (on sale! Under $90)    |    Sunglasses    |    Wristlet Clutch    |    Split Ring    |    Nail Polish (in Apline Snow)    |    Lip Gloss (limited edition)    |    Sandals    |    Earrings

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.

Friday’s Fab Favorites Link Up:
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Style Sessions Link Up: Monochrome With My New Stuart Weitzman Boots


Welcome to the Style Sessions Fashion Link Up! As mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I picked up these fabulous Stuart Weitzman boots on sale – 50% off! Yes. I couldn’t believe it either. They’re so comfy and amazing to wear, snap up something for yourself from the Stuart Weitzman sale while you can, there’s lots of heels, boots, sandals and flats at 50% off!

I’m delighted to share them with you today as part of one of my favorite Spring transition outfits. This embellished jacket is perfect to take you from day into night…

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Beauty:  Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish    |    Lip Gloss

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!

 

StyleSessionsLogo zps1d35aa03 Style Sessions Link Up: Monochrome With My New Stuart Weitzman Boots

 

Monochrome With My New Stuart Weitzman Boots…

21 Style Sessions Link Up: Monochrome With My New Stuart Weitzman Boots Monochrome with my new Stuart Weitzman Boots:  Jacket    |    Michael Kors Top    |    Jeans    |    Stuart Weitzman Boots    |    Marc Jacobs Handbag    |    Sunglasses

Beauty:  Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish    |    Lip Gloss

3 Style Sessions Link Up: Monochrome With My New Stuart Weitzman Boots

4 Style Sessions Link Up: Monochrome With My New Stuart Weitzman Boots

5 Style Sessions Link Up: Monochrome With My New Stuart Weitzman Boots

6 Style Sessions Link Up: Monochrome With My New Stuart Weitzman Boots

7 Style Sessions Link Up: Monochrome With My New Stuart Weitzman Boots

8 Style Sessions Link Up: Monochrome With My New Stuart Weitzman Boots

9 Style Sessions Link Up: Monochrome With My New Stuart Weitzman Boots

10 Style Sessions Link Up: Monochrome With My New Stuart Weitzman Boots Monochrome with my new Stuart Weitzman Boots:  Jacket    |    Michael Kors Top    |    Jeans    |    Stuart Weitzman Boots    |    Marc Jacobs Handbag    |    Sunglasses

Beauty:  Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish    |    Lip Gloss

Meet Our Head Stylist..

I’m thrilled to introduce you to this week’s Head Stylist, Ashley from Le Stylo Rouge! I love this casual look she linked up recently and I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely swooning over her Saint Laurent bag!

lesty Style Sessions Link Up: Monochrome With My New Stuart Weitzman Boots

STYLE Q&A WITH ASHLEY:

How would you describe your style?  A little eclectic, honestly. I’ll wear just about anything­–  sometimes the more ridiculous the item, the more I want to wear it just to see if I can make it work. I love pieces with some attitude, or some edge. I always tend to want to make a look tougher. But items I just can’t ever turn down include a tailored cigarette trouser, a blazer, and ankle boots.

Which fashion trend are you currently loving? I’m really into athleisure right now. The idea of polished, sporty street style is something I’ve been playing around with on the blog recently. Casual and comfortable, but still interesting.

What inspired you to start your blog?  I was (lovingly!) bullied into it, actually. I always had an opinion about fashion and my friends and family kept urging me to put my money where my mouth was and start a blog. Four years later, here we are.

Name a couple beauty products you couldn’t live without:  M.A.C Lipstick in Twig (the best 90s lip, in my opinion), Fudge Urban Salt Spray (I usually wash my hair and let it air dry into beachy waves) and Aquaphor (fixes chapped everything; such a savior in the winter).

What is your best beauty trick? Learn how to properly fill in your brows. Go have ‘em done and filled and have the esthetician/makeup artist teach you. Brows are so important and knowing how to fill yours in correctly frames the face and completes your look.

What is your favorite (or dream) vacation destination?  Santorini, Greece. Such a gorgeous corner of the world with so much history.

Tell us something not many people know about you?  I’m a huge college basketball fan, which is par for the course for a KU grad. I’m sure I’m quite intolerable on Twitter during basketball season and especially during the NCAA tournament in March.

To discover more about Ashley, visit Le Stylo Rouge!

 

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Spring Outfit Ideas + Giveaway: Win $425 in Cash or A Gift Card


Today I’m delighted to share some of my favorite Spring outfit ideas with you.  As we transition into warmer weather, it’s all about layers and choosing pieces that will take you through sunny days or cooler nights.

Plus, I’ve also collaborated with a group of gorgeous bloggers to offer one lucky reader the chance to win $425 in PayPal Cash or a Gift Card to a store of your choice! For all my international readers, I’m delighted to let you know this giveaway is open worldwide. Just use the tool below these photos to enter. Good luck!

Spring Outfit Idea – One:

Mono 1 Spring Outfit Ideas + Giveaway: Win $425 in Cash or A Gift Card Color Block Top and Black Leather Skirt:  Zuri Zuri by Flora Color Block Top    |    Wallis Black Leather Skirt (on sale!)    |    Marc Jacobs Handbag    |    Heels    |    Necklace    |    Sunglasses

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    |    Lip Gloss

Mono 2 Spring Outfit Ideas + Giveaway: Win $425 in Cash or A Gift Card

 
 
Spring Outfit Idea – Two:

Fur 1 Spring Outfit Ideas + Giveaway: Win $425 in Cash or A Gift Card Fall Fashion – Stripes and Fur:   Stripe Shirt   |    Fur Gilet    |    Jeans    |     Heels (also in a red color for the holidays, or if your size is sold out here’s a similar pair too)   |    Clutch    |    Sunglasses

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   |   Lip Gloss

Fur 2 Spring Outfit Ideas + Giveaway: Win $425 in Cash or A Gift Card
 
 

Spring Outfit Idea – Three:

Tweed 1 Spring Outfit Ideas + Giveaway: Win $425 in Cash or A Gift Card Navy Tweed Blazer and White Jeans:  Blazer (on sale)   |   Jeans   |   T-Shirt (only $14.99 – use code SOSWEET for 40% off)   |   Clutch   |   Heels   |   Sunglasses   |   Bracelet

Makeup:  Primer   |   Foundation (#3N1)   |   Concealer (NC30)   |   Illuminating Powder   |   Bronzer   |   Blush (Deep Throat)   |   Mascara   |   Nail Polish   |   Lip Gloss

Tweed 2 Spring Outfit Ideas + Giveaway: Win $425 in Cash or A Gift Card
 
 

Spring Outfit Idea – Four:

11 Spring Outfit Ideas + Giveaway: Win $425 in Cash or A Gift Card Monochrome and Magenta:  Floral Top (on sale!)   |   Skirt   |   Heels (so comfy!)   |   Clutch   |   Sunglasses   |   Bangles

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   |   Lip Gloss

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