OOTD: When Will Spring/Summer Be Back?

Good morning and happy Friday lovelies!

I hope you all have had a fabulous week and you’re getting ready for the weekend ahead (I know I am…)! So, the not so pleasant temperatures and weather this week were a big wake-up call for those of us who thought Spring was on its way out and Summer was almost here (I don’t know about you, but I am so over the rain and not so seasonal temperatures…). But, the positive from it all is that it gives us the chance to mix up our outfits a little and pair long sleeves with shorts, which just so happens to be one of my favorite combos.

While I am sitting in my office wishing I was wearing something as cute, “Springy”, and comfy, I sincerely hope y’all are able to rock something as awesome as this today (and every day, really…)!

Outfit Of The Day: Trendy Tuesday

Top: J. Crew, $205 – sold out (similar: VINCE, $160); Shorts: J. Crew, $80; Shoes: Tory Burch, $123; Clutch: Jimmy Choo, $975; Earrings: kate spade, $48.

Is this an awesome spring outfit, or what?! I have these shorts in both white and regular denim, and they are my absolute favorite.  I tend to get most of my shorts from J. Crew (because they aren’t so short that my butt hangs out, but they aren’t “mom” shorts either…), but these are, hands down, my favorite; they are super comfy and they go with almost anything! While it is a little harder to dress these up than the typical chino shorts I usually get, they are perfect for the days when I am trying to be a little more casual and low-key.

Also, can we just take a minute and stare at that clutch? I know it is a little bit pricey for a clutch (at least for my budget it is!), but it is absolutely fantastic and I just have to have it (well, maybe one day!).  It really does add a little something to the outfit and if you ask me it is almost a practical purchase because it can be used for so many different occasions.  Whether it is a casual day on the town with a more relaxed outfit like this one, a night out with the girls, a fancy party at work, or maybe even a wedding (aka, my sister is getting married soon so I basically have to get it for that, right?), this clutch can be incorporated into your ensemble!  That totally justifies me buying it, right?  You all know my opinions of today’s OOTD, so now I want to know yours! Do you love it as much as I do? Are you drooling over that Jimmy clutch like I so clearly am?

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts, beauties! I hope all of you have an absolutely fantastic Friday and a wonderful weekend!

 

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Fix Me Up Friday: Four Game-Changing Ways To Incorporate Lemons Into Your Skincare Regimen

Fix Me Up Friday - Skincare Uses For Lemons

Recently, while browsing through Pinterest mindlessly as I do all to often, I came across a ton of different uses for lemon… For the face! I never realized how many ways lemons and lemon juice could be used, and I definitely didn’t realize how many different amazing things you could use them for in your daily skincare regimen! But, much to my surprise they happen to be one of the most amazing fruits for your skin, and the best part is, they’re probably a lot less expensive than the products you’re currently using! So, here is some of what I found during my Pinterest binge…

Fix ME Up Friday - Skincare Uses For Lemons

Blackhead Treatment

Who knew?! If you take a half of a lemon and put three or four drops of honey on top, then all you have to do is rub the lemon/honey mixture on your face (emphasizing your biggest problem areas), let it sit for five minutes, and rinse with cold water.  It is said to work immediately… This is something I am definitely going to have to try for myself. Blackheads are something that I always seem to be battling, and being one of my biggest pet peeves and annoyances as far as skincare, if this works like Pinterest claims it does, it will be a serious game changer!

Fix Me Up Friday - Skincare Uses For Lemons

Facial Hair Removal

Combine one tablespoon of honey, one-half of a tablespoon of ground oatmeal, and a few drops of lemon juice and what do you get?! A natural face mask that works to get rid of facial hair! All you have to do is follow these simple steps, and it is said to work like a charm!

  • Combine ingredients (listed above)
  • Apply the mixture to your entire face just like you would use a face mask.
  • Let the mask sit for about 15 minutes, and then rinse your face with water.

It sounds super easy and all you have to do is repeat this remedy two to three times a week for three to four weeks, and allegedly it will help eliminate facial hair! How amazing would that be?! I am not sure if your facial hair will come back or not after the treatment is complete, however this is definitely something I would be willing to try (especially if it is gone for  good!).

Fix Me Up Friday - Skincare Uses For Lemons

Brightening Toner

By combining lemon juice, water, and witch hazel (which you can buy at pretty much any local drugstore) in a plastic bottle, you come out with an amazing toner that will brighten your skin and even reduce the size of your pores! Does that sound amazing or what?! Do you struggle with oily skin and fear that this may not get the job done for your tricky skin? No need to worry, just add two tablespoons of alcohol and you should be good to go!

Like I said before, I found this remedy on Pinterest (full recipe can be found here!), but it was originally posted on Shwin & Shwin (this was the first time I ever read their blog, but let me tell you… It is amazing! They have so many different natural, DIY skincare remedies and so much more… you should definitely check them out if you have not yet done so, I highly recommend it!). If you are interested in learning more about this DIY product or want the full recipe to make your own, you can get all the deets on their blog here. This is definitely something I am going to be making this weekend… They raved about how well it worked and I figure it’s worth a try.

Fix Me Up Friday - Skincare Uses For Lemons

Anti-Aging

By mixing Lemon Juice, Green Tea, and Turmeric Powder together your end result will be an amazing face-mask that is the answer to all of your anti-aging troubles (get the full recipe here!). The lemon works to boost collagen production and boosts the elasticity of the skin and cleanse deep into pores (among so many other amazing things!), the antioxidants in the green tea fills your skin with so many vitamins and minerals which help fight fine lines and wrinkles, treat acne, is a UV protectant, and is even said to help fight skin cancer! And last but not least, the turmeric powder helps fight irritation and inflammation, it also has medicinal properties that help fight acne and eczema, and finally it helps fight and reverse skin spots, acne scars, and freckles. Does that sound amazing or what!? Well, the website that I found this recipe on is equally amazing… They have all the uses and properties of all three items listed in depth (check it out!) as well as the full recipe for the mask and so much more throughout their site… I highly recommend checking it out for yourself, you won’t be sorry you did!

There you have it ladies and gents… Lemon is an amazing fruit and provides so many great benefits for the skin! Who knew? Well, maybe a lot of you did, but due to a little ignorance on my part, this was all new to me and I was taken by surprise! But let me tell you, it was quite an amazing surprise to learn how much something as simple as lemon can do for my face. I am definitely going to be trying all of these ASAP, so I will let you know how my experiments go!

I hope you all have a fantastic Friday and if you don’t have big plans tonight (or at any point this weekend or in the near future), try out one of these recipes and let me know how it goes! I would love to hear from you beauties. Or, if you have already tried one of these (and loved or hated it), let me know that also. I love hearing from y’all so please, don’t be shy!

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Fix Me Up Friday: A Twist On Your Everyday Pony

I don’t know about you guys, but personally (when I have enough hair…) I tend to live with my hair pulled back in some way during the summertime.  In an attempt to add some sort of style to this unfortunate and boring ‘do, I am always searching for new, fun, and chic ways to add a little life to my dull old ponytail. Well, today I have an amazing one for you all that I cannot wait to try out in the coming months! It looks like it could potentially be a little tricky, but I think with a little practice and lots of patients (something I need to work on anyway!), it is definitely doable and maybe even easy!

Not Your Average Pony - Fix Me Up Friday

Is that not adorable or what?! I know I am personally so excited to get to try this one out and I definitely plan on practicing before I actually attempt to wear it out (I have a feeling my first few tries might not be very pretty…), but I will certainly keep y’all posted about how it goes and if it looks presentable maybe I’ll even share my results!

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Fix Me Up Friday: Ten Make-Up Habits That Make Us Look Older

 

Oprah‘s 10 Tricks That Add 10 Years

Good morning beautiful! So naturally, in an attempt to avoid as much schoolwork as possible… I was searching Pinterest earlier this week when I came across a really interesting pin that lead me to an even better article! Being the mascara junkie that I am, the picture that drew me in was mascara.

Pinterest Picture That Drew Me In To Reading Oprah's Artile

Actually, it was this one to be exact!

 

But then, once I read just the little blurb below the picture (“Makeup Mistakes That Make You Look Older Than You Are”), I was hooked! It was super interesting to read all about these mistakes that I’m sure many of us are guilty of. I know I was shocked as I read (and a little upset!) because I commit many of these on a regular basis… Do I really look 32?! Am I really aging myself that much?! Well these are the questions I couldn’t stop myself from thinking on and on about. But, I am going to share the ten mistakes that Oprah thinks we are all making, and if you want more deets about them, you can read the full article here (I highly recommend it, ladies!)

#10: Choosing A Too-Dark Eyebrow Pencil

#9: Applying Lipstick Straight From The Tube

#8: Skipping Blush

#7: Using Liner And Mascara On Your Lower Lashes

#6: Going Overboard With Lip Liner

#5: Wearing Black Eyeliner

#4: Finishing With Powder

#3: Wearing Deep, Dark, Lip Colors

#2: Over-Concealing Your Under-Eye Circles

#1: Using Too Much Foundation

Did that hit a little close to home or what…? I know it most certainly did for me! But, if you haven’t read the article on Oprah’s website, you really should check it out! I’m telling you girls, it is super informational… I really learned a lot about my face and skin in general, in addition to the aging process overall! It is truly something every girl should read.

So, make sure you think twice before applying that fierce black eye-liner or rocking that chic red lipstick this weekend… According to Oprah you could be adding up to ten years!

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Fix Me Up Friday: The Perfect Smokey Eye

Happy Friday gorgeous! I hope you are having a great day so far and you’re as excited for the weekend as I am! With graduation quickly approaching, everyday is more of a struggle that the last one… Talk about senioritis/no motivation! Woah!

But anyway… enough about me! So, this Friday’s Fix Me Up Friday (FMUF) is all about perfecting the smokey eye look.  I am a huge advocate for the smoky eye, but I also am a firm believer that you need to know how to do it in the right way or it’s a disaster! Since I am not the best at doing my make-up (or anyone else’s for that matter…), I am always afraid to try and rock this look because I am nervous that it will look awful! However, I recently came across an awesome little tutorial on Pinterest (follow me on Pinterest here!) for smokey eyes, so I figured I would share it with you all in addition to try it myself! So, here the amazing step-by-step guide on how to perfect the smokey eye!

Fix Me Up Friday - Step-By-Step Smoky Eye Guide

 

Is that not great or what?! However, the next issue I realized I had was figuring out what brand/colors of eye shadow to use. But then I realized I already had something I could try… For my 21st birthday my family and I went to Las Vegas.  While I was there I obviously wanted to look my best and try something new with my eyes for my actual birthday, so naturally I wanted to do a smokey eye.  My sister is amazing at doing both her make-up and other peoples and has a great combination of colors from MAC that she uses for her own smokey eye look.  The only problem was that she left them at home… So, there was a Victoria’s Secret in our hotel and while we were in there just doing some random shopping, I came across a smokey eye shadow palette! Perfect! So, having only used that once (when my sister did it for me…) I figured I can give that a try and make sure I am able to do the smokey eye on myself before I get any new make-up! Plus, I was surprised to find that their eye shadow was really nice (I don’t know why, because I have always heard good things about the VS make-up line).

Victoria's Secret Eyeshadow Quad - Smokey Eye

This is the one I have! Get yours here!

I will be sure to let you know how this adventure works out, and I am determined to keep trying until I get it down… While that may take awhile, I’ll certainly let you know how my first attempt goes this weekend!

I hope you all have a fantastic Friday and a great weekend! Try something new and fresh with your make-up this weekend like I am… You never know, you could really like it! Do you have a favorite look with your eye make-up? Do you love the smokey eye or do you struggle like I do? Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions on coming posts or tips on how to improve my beautifying skills!

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OOTD: Wallet Friendly Friday

Hello there, and happy Friday everyone! I hope you are all having a fabulous Friday so far, and you’re getting ready for the weekend! I know I most certainly am… I am coming home this weekend, and I cannot wait to see my family! Next week is my spring break (yeah, I know… I don’t get to go anywhere fun. What a bummer, right?!), and I am excited to just get to come home, spend time with my family, and relax a little bit! With graduation coming quickly, I have been stressing about jobs (applying, interviewing, actually getting one…) a lot lately, so I want to come home and take this week to just step away from it all and relax a little!

But, enough about me… This week’s Wallet Friendly Friday is super cute! It’s the perfect outfit for a night on the town, and with the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having lately, I figured it was the perfect way to kick off this Friday and get everyone excited and motivated for the fun activities that will occur this weekend.  So, here ya go ladies… Wallet Friendly Friday:

Outfit Of The Day - Wallet Friendly Friday

 

Top: Dorothy Perkins, $44; Pants: H&M, $33; Shoes: Forever 21, $33; Bag: Mango, $90, Bracelet: C. Wonder$58 $45; Earrings: Debenhams$15 $12.

Does that make you want to go out, or what? Getting dressed is always one of the hardest parts of going out for me (I just never know what to wear!), but when I finally figure it out or when I have an awesome outfit that I am excited to wear, I am always so pumped to hit the town with my friends! I don’t know if you are anything like me, in that regard, but this is definitely an outfit that would make me want to go downtown with the ladies for the evening!

I hope you all have a wonderful evening, and a great weekend! Do you have any awesome plans? What do you think of this outfit? Anything else? Let me know by commenting below!

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OOTD: Addicted To Accessories

 

Hurry, Hurry! It’s the last day to enter to win the Sutton necklace!

Good morning and happy Friday ladies! In honor of my very first giveaway (which is ending TODAY!!!), this week’s Addicted To Accessories is devoted to Stella & Dot’s Sutton necklace! With five different ways to wear it, the Sutton is extremely versatile and can be paired with almost anything! I know it isn’t Thursday like usual for our accessories OOTD, but this has been a crazy week so I haven’t been the best about posting for y’all (as I’m sure you’ve noticed…), I’m so sorry though! I am going to work on that for ya this week… Promise!

 

It can be dressed down with jeans and a casual top for a night out. or it can be dressed up with a nice blouse and a skirt for a day of work (or if you’re anything like me, an interview!).  I just got mine a few weeks ago and I have worn it a ton of times already! Last week alone I wore it twice for two totally different types of occasions! One day I wore it with a professional outfit for a job fair, and then I also wore it with jeans a tank top and a cardigan for a day of class.  And let me tell ya, both times I got a ton of compliments! Someone who was recruiting at the career fair even complimented it and asked if it was Stella & Dot, going on to explain how much she loved all of their stuff (if that isn’t a conversation starter, I don’t know what is!).  But, because it is so versatile, I have put together a few different looks and things to pair this awesome necklace with so you have an idea of just how many different ways there are to wear it!

 

Look #1:

Stella & Dot Sutton Necklace Giveaway - Look One

 

Necklace: Stella & Dot, $128; Earrings: lia sophia, $34; Bracelet: Stella & Dot, $89; Watch: Michael Kors, $425; Ring: Debenhams, $83

Look #2:

Stella & Dot Sutton Necklace Giveaway - Style Idea #2

Necklace: Stella & Dot, $128; Earrings: Jou Jou, $75; Bracelets: lia sophia, $88; Watch: Michael Kors, $188; Rings: Maison Martin Margiela, $595

These are just two of the many, many ways you can wear this necklace! It really can be worn with anything and it is absolutely stunning with just about anything you could possibly imagine pairing it with.  So, if you haven’t entered yet, what are you waiting for?! There is only a few days left to do so, so hop to it and get as many points as you still can!

I hope you all have a wonderful day! Good luck entering and the results will be posted as soon as the giveaway ends! (Well probably the next day…)!

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OOTD: Wallet Friendly Friday

 

Happy Friday lovelies!

Good morning ladies… We finally made it to Friday! After what seems like one of the longest weeks ever, we have finally made it to Friday! Tuesday night I got really sick and have been struggling to get back to normal ever since… I think I am close to myself at this point, I am just hoping I am able to eat again soon! But… enough about that boring stuff! This week’s Wallet Friendly Friday is the perfect little ensemble to rock for a night on the town with the girls or even a date night with a handsome fella that you may have picked up this week (or whenever!). Whatever your weekend plans may be, this outfit is sure to have a spot somewhere in your schedule!

Outfit Of The Day - Wallet Friendly Friday

 

Top: White True Lace Peplum Top – selectfashion.co.uk, $17

Pants: H&M Imitation Leather Trousers – hm.com, $41

Bag: John Lewis Shapes Patent Grab Bag – johnlewis.com, $48

Shoes: Nubuck Platform Pumps – amazon.com, $29

Watch: ASOS Rose Gold Sleek Boyfriend Watch – asos.com, $41

Bracelet: Flora Handmade Bangle – oliverbonas.com, $43

Necklace: Forever 21 Glam Bib Necklace – forever21.com, $13

Earrings: Hive & Honey Two-Toned Square Stud Earrings – piperlime.gap.com, $20

How chic is that outfit?! If only I could pull off the leather leggings look… I wish I could so badly, but when I have tried them on (which has been far more than once, I can assure you…) they just do not look good on me at all! So, as upsetting as this is to me, there is no reason that everyone else should suffer… So, go for it ladies! Grab those chic and sexy leather pants and a super cute top with your favorite pair of heels and hit the town tonight girls! You’ll be glad you did… It’s going to be warmer tonight (and this weekend), so take advantage of it! I hope you guys all have a fantastic weekend! I want to know all about your plans!

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OOTD: Wallet Friendly Friday

 

Happy Friday Beauty!

Good morning! I hope you are all ready to have a fabulous day, because after work today it is finally the weekend! For some of us, this is the last weekend before its back to the books (like me…), so let’s make it a good one and have one last final day/night out before its back to school! So, this week’s Wallet Friendly Friday is a super fun and chic outfit that is perfect for either a day or a night on the town and is sure to catch the eye of everyone who passes by!

Outfit Of The Day - Wallet Friendly Friday

Top: H&M Chiffon Blouse – hm.com, $33

Pants: Dorothy Perkins Washed Indigo Jeggings – dorothyperkins.com, $39 $27 (ON SALE NOW!)

Shoes: Women’s Merona Kadence Wedge Ankle Boot (Chestnut) – target.com, $35

Necklace: Forever 21 Ornate Statement Bib Necklace – forever21.com, $19

Bracelets: Nude and Gold Bead Bracelet Set – newlook.com$11 $4.92

Earrings: Apt. 9 Simulated Crystal Pyramid Stud Earrings – kohls.com, $8.40

Is this outfit awesome or what?! And, I know these shoes may not seem ideal for a day on the town running errands or whatever you may need to do, but let me tell you, they are so comfortable! I have them and they are absolutely amazing, and I have gotten so many compliments on them like they were some of my Nordstrom heels that cost an arm and a leg! Trust me ladies, they are most definitely worth the small investment… They’re awesome!

I hope you all have a fantastic day and a fabulous weekend! I am headed back to school tomorrow so I am going to try to stop by and leave a little something for ya, but I am not making any promises because I have a lot to do between packing, leaving, and then unpacking! But if you don’t hear from me before then, have a great weekend and I’ll talk to ya Monday pretty girl!

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OOTD: Wallet Friendly Friday

 

 

Good Morning Beautiful!

Happy Friday ladies! I hope you all had a fabulous holiday week and you enjoyed your time off with your friends and family.  I also hope that you got to do at least a little bit of relaxing in the midst of all the holiday chaos!  My home was no exception this week, and it was busy as can be! On top of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, yesterday (the day after Christmas…) was my birthday! So every year in an attempt to make it a big deal and really distinguish my birthday from Christmas, my mom takes off from work and we do all kinds of fun things! Just like every year, my birthday was fabulous and I had an fantastic day with my family!

But, enough about me… Getting back on track, this week’s Wallet Friendly Friday is an awesome little legging outfit paired with an amazing sweater/tunic from H&M.  This one is also a little special to me (well, and my mom…) becuause my mom got this shirt yesterday when we were shopping! She was a little hesitant becuase she wasn’t sure if it would look good with leggings, so I decided what better way to show her how cute it will be with leggings and boots than to make it this week’s Wallet Friendly Friday! So, here you go mama, this one’s for you…

Outfit Of The Day - Wallet Friendly Friday

 

Top: H&M Fine Knit Jumper – hm.com, $16

Pants: Mango Horse Riding Leggings – houseoffraser.com, $25

Shoes: Franco Sarto Poet Riding Botos (Black) – jildorshoes.com, $100

Scarf: Forever 21 Woven Everyday Scarf – forever21.com, $8.50

Watch: Nine West Women’s Watch (Black) – macys.com, $37

Earrings: Kate Spade New York Small Square Stud Earrings – macys.com, $48

I hope you ladies have a wonderful day and you continue to enjoy your holiday break (if you are still off from work/school, that is!).  Get ready though, because we have some amazing New Year’s Eve outfit ideas coming at you soon! Stay posted to see what else I have coming for you…

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