I Found My Dream Blouse






As I mentioned before, I'm really trying to veer away from dresses. Instead, I want to build out my wardrobe and have all pieces that are chic and functional. Let me be honest for a second. I LOVE a dress, I do, but it's not practical to wear a dress everyday unless you don't have small children or maybe you go into an office everyday. To each their own. 

So, what I've realized is that I'm always in my closet reaching for a cute top that I can wear with shorts or denim, and end up unhappy because I literally have nothing in that department. Really, nothing. Just a few plaid button downs and random tops that are trendy, but nothing classic like this stunning Elizabeth and James pleated blouse. It's chic, It's classic, It's a touch of boho.. basically It's perfection. Which is why I justified the price tag rather quickly. I've already worn it twice and I just picked it up over the weekend. It's only been 3 days!! That's how I know I've made a great decision. 

I always HATE buying something that I think I really love and then end up staring at it hanging in my closet, doing NOTING for me. lol! 







I'm thinking this blouse, high waist skinny jeans, and cute heels for date night. Or like I did today, and pair it with cut off denim shorts and my Isabel Marant dicker boots for a casual day. You could also tuck into a skirt, or high waist, wide leg trousers... ooh that sounds cute!


Anyways, just thought I would share a great purchase, and a few thoughts. I hope you all are having an amazing week so far. It feels so great to be back on here! 

xx 


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Makeup Favorite List



Primer -

I always always always start by moisturizing with my Tula Day & Night cream, along with the Eye Renewal Serum to prep my skin. Once that sinks in a bit, I've been using this Sisley primer, and have seen an improvement in hydration. (Make sure to moisturize well before so the primer can do it's job and lock that moisture in!) My skin is sensitive and dry, so my primers focus more on hydration than pore minimizing, etc. I also really like First Aid Beauty Coconut smoothie primer, and Laura Mercier Radiance primer.

Foundation -

1. Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra long wear foundation. My skin glows like crazy with this! 15 hour wear, matte finish, and medium to full coverage. Sweat, humidity, water and transfer resistant. Plus, it doesn't oxidize so your color will stay all day long! This is a huge thing for me because I have a hard time being matched with foundations due to the fact that they typically oxidize and get darker and turn me orange after a while. This literally stays the same, and I love it!

2. Laura Mercier Silk Creme Photo Edition -  This is really great if you have dry skin, and want a flawless, long-wearing look. This is 12 hours of full coverage, and feels super comfortable.

3. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines This is a new-to-me product, and I instantly fell in love with the natural, and radiant glow it gives my skin. I only use a little bit, and wear this as my lightweight - everyday foundation. Coverage is build-able, and feels really light on the skin.

4. Dior Diorskin Forever, SPF 35, with a luminous matte finish. Flawlessly corrects and evens your complexion. Stays put for up to 16 hours. Typically, I save this for shoot days, or if I know I'll be going all day long with the kids. Doesn't feel heavy on the skin. Does oxidize darker for me personally, so I had a shitty time getting matched correctly.

Concealer -

1. YSL touch√© √©clat radiant touch- This concealer brightens my eyes and makes me feel and look more awake/refreshed. This is great to use on the hollow of the chin, contour of the lips, and sides of your nose.

2. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer - All time favorite! Build-able, luminous, hydrating, lightweight, and creates a soft & smooth complexion. I use the color "Custard".

Blush -

1. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour blush in color "Paaarty".

2. Nars "Orgasm" This is a cult favorite for a reason. The color works great on a multitude of skin tones, and blends really well.

3. Honest Beauty creme blush If I want a super dewy, and soft look, I'll reach for this one. I used it practically all summer long, especially on off days when a tinted moisturizer was all I needed. I have color


Highlight -

1. Becca Shimmering Skin in "Champagne Pop". You'll be obsessed the first time you try it.

2. Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in "Devotion" and "Addiction".  (I use this fan brush to apply)

Bronzer -

I only use my tried and true Laura Mercier Matte Luminance Baked Powder in "Bronze 2". The best, and such a natural color that blends so well, and creates a soft glow. I use this Bobbi Brown brush to apply, and it's amazing!

Eyeshadow - 

If you know me, you know my Sigma "warm neutrals' palette is my everyday go-to. Even if I'm trying a new color, I'll always start with my Sigma palette first. The colors are perfect and blend like a dream. I also really love using my bronzer and highlighter for a fresh look that makes you glow like no other.

Wander Beauty Exquisite Eye Liquid shadow

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize Cream shadow in color "Marie Antoinette"

Brows - 

I swear by my It Cosmetics Brow Power, and I use the universal taupe color. This pomade is great to keep your brows in place after you've filled in.

Mascara -

I never go without my IT Cosmetics Superhero. Quite literally, the superhero of my Glambox. For everyday I'll wear it alone, but if I want a more dramatic lash, I'll layer my favorite Maybelline Lash Sensational on top, or vice versa. Recently, I tried Loreal Lash Paradise, and I like it a lot.  Definitely my top 3, and if you ask what mascara i'm using, it's one (or all!) of these.

Lipstick/Gloss -

These are my top colors that I constantly rotate, and if you see me wearing a lip color you like on Instagram/Stories, one of these is it!

1. Dior Lip Maximizer #006 & 002
2. Charlotte Tilbury lip cheat in "Pillow Talk" all over the lip + It Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi in "Rose" (This is such a great lip balm!)
3. MAC Lipglass "Cultured"
4. Fresh Sugar Lip Balm Advanced Therapy - This is amazing and creates a neutral glow if you use after the Sugar Lip Scrub.
5. Buxom "White Russian"



I wanted to write a post like this so that you can go back for reference, keep all of my favorites that I use in one place, and so I can be helpful and direct anyone that asks questions regarding my makeup on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter over here! 

In addition to this post, I'll have new makeup tutorials uploaded to my Youtube Channel. Make sure to subscribe so you know when they are published, and let me know if there is a particular beauty look you'd like to see me film. (I actually had to create a new Youtube channel, so I do not have any subscribers on my new channel!)

Love you guys! 

xx 


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Super Ripped Skinny




I've been secretly excited to change up my wardrobe, and veer away from an all-dresses-everyday style. These Express Mid Rise Distressed Denim Leggings inspired me to do things differently, and try something more sexy. It's not often that a mom of two toddlers can feel that way.

Aside from these being insanely comfortable, they have the perfect amount of distressed without being too over the top, and are crazy flattering. I think this top would also look cute with the white distressed denim version paired with espadrilles.










Now through September 15th, you can get $25 off your $100+ purchase with code 1175 - This offer is valid in-stores only. 


Express striped off the shoulder top \\ Express denim (All women's denim 40% off!) \\ Chloe bag \\ Chanel espadrilles 



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The Striped Tee You Need




You guys, this striped quarter length sleeve tee is the SOFTEST, most comfortable shirt I've owned. Perfect alone, and great for layering. 

I accidentally wore it all weekend long, and Chris says "You look so cute in your shirt"... I was like, well thanks ha ha ha! I guess he likes me in yellow?











In my quest to get my shit together here, I stumbled upon these photos that I never ended up posting. Seriously, my ass has taken lazy and slack to another level this month. I can't blame it all on me being sick anymore, so I've set out on a hunt for a creative assistant/intern to help me! I see other bloggers posting with their employees, and it all looks like so much fun to be able to have a good time and get shit done. 


For those of you who have followed along since the beginning, or maybe you're new here.. 

What can I do better? (Besides posting more regularly and consistently)

What content is your favorite, and least favorite? 

What would you like to see more of?

Anything new you would like to see?

Youtube videos, PR package unboxing, makeup and hair tutorials, lifestyle posts, Vlogs, YOU let me know! 



Dandelion velvet kimono \\ Striped tee \\ Rag & Bone denim \\ Leather slide sandals \\ Julie Vos necklace \\ Karen Walker sunglasses \\ Earrings




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Life Lately





I've been seriously slacking on my blog this past month. Slacking to the point where I am embarrassed of my lack of creativity, and laziness. For those of you that do not follow me on Instagram and don't get to watch my stories, or maybe you missed these parts, I've been pretty sick. You all know I have Crohn's, and recently it got really bad. All of my energy and drive was completely sucked out of me. I've felt so drained mentally and emotionally up until today. I am finally feeling a break in the fog.

Working from home while trying to take care of the house and kids, keep them occupied, teach them things, play with them, feed them, and then at the end of the day maybe I can take care of myself for a minute. What I'm trying to say is that I feel defeated right now.

Want to know the only thing that has sparked my creativity and has started to get me out of this rut? Decorating. Surprise, surprise. If you have followed me for a while, you know I am obsessed with home decor and I re arrange our house weekly. Randomly moving the couch, rugs, the whole thing. I've done this since I was a little girl and my parents would go to bed, wake up the next morning to my room completely rearranged. I would get on the floor and push all of my furniture with my feet.

Even if I'm not an award winning interior designer, I still love doing it. I'm not the best, and I'll be the first to tell you "What the hell was I thinking?"

Anyways, I started with these Anthropologie curtains. Totally unexpected, but turned out to be my favorite thing I've ever done. Typically, I choose white to play it safe, but when I took a poll and 90% of my readers chose these. I took a leap of faith, and y'all were right!!

This is our "before" of the dining area. We need a light fixture, rug, sideboard, art, and potentially a new table. If i'm lucky! We've had this old table forever now, and it's held up well. I just want a bigger table and something less rounded.

So.... since you all chose the curtains, and I LOVE all of the advice you amazing humans give me, help me decide on a few things here!


I'm thinking this buffet table from Frontgate with this Triptych art above it. Frontgate is a brand I just found out about and fell in love with. They have so many amazing pieces to choose from, and currently have a buy more, save more sale going on.


It's between this Dash & Albert rug, or this Ballard designs rug for under the table.

I'd love to have either this Pottery Barn wood beaded chandelier, or something different and unique like this one from Anthropologie. I also love everything from Ro Sham Beaux, although a bit pricey.




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Feelin' Flouncy













When shopping in my local Anthro, I always make sure to head over to the section where they keep all of the online orders. This is what I call return heaven. All of the cute pieces that are either online only and not sold in stores, or items that aren't carried in any of my nearby stores. I love it. It's such a unique mix of fun dresses and blouses. 

On this particular occasion I was sans tiny, crazy humans. You know I took my damn time and tried everything on. Funny thing was, I saw this dress and didn't think I would like it, but the bottom hem is what caught my eye. I love the hell out of a full and flouncy dress. Side-note, this is not completely sheer or see through, unless wearing black underwear and taking a photo in the sunlight. AKA, don't be like me. 



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