Rose + Black

So I was inspired by this look that I featured on my Friday Favorites a few weeks back and from it I pulled together this:

rose and black

[H&M Top Similar here], [Express Skirt Similar here], [Target Shoes], [Banana Republic Necklace Similar here], [Essie Nail Polish: Skirting the Issue]

I was on a time crunch so I grabbed my phone and snapped a quick picture. Per most of my outfits, a lot of these pieces are old. I was especially excited because the top I had gotten from H& M few years back and could never figure out what to wear it with. Tada! Outfit inspiration.

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Dressing up a T-Shirt

And….we have air conditioning! And not a moment too soon. I was pretty sure B was about to melt, and I was starting to get warm, so you know it was dire straights around here for a few days. Anyway, back to business. When my students have speech days I tend to wear pants because I have to sit through multiple classes of many speeches, and I have been known to prop my feet up after round two of speaking at the end of the day. I also try to blend in to the crowd a bit to make my students less anxious. One of the things that makes this work for work (to be a bit redundant) is the shirt being a thicker weight material. You want one that is fitted not loose, or you risk looking like you stuck on a pajama top with your work pants. And of course with most of my looks, a lot of these pieces I have had a long time, so I have found similar examples for you! Enjoy!

Dressing up a t-shirt[Express Editor pants (old) Similar here], [JCrew Tee (old) similar idea here], [Banana Republic necklace], [Bracelet (old), similar here], [Louise et Cie Shoes], [Nails]

*I’m starting to get craftier with my camera work…as you can see I have some added kisses on the mirror from J (He REALLLY¬† loves himself. HA!).

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Stripes + Tan

I love sharing where I got my clothes. If you tell me that you like something I will tell you where I got it. Kind of like sharing a food recipe, except better because you can wear it. HA! Anyway, since I am dressing it up for work right now, I thought I would share a bit of what I am wearing (and maybe sometimes what J is wearing since he is quite intent on photobombing all my pictures).

Stripes + Tan(Piperlime Dress -similar here), (Anthropologie Belt), (Boots-Old, similar here), (Watch-Target discontinued La Mer collection, similar here), (Banana Republic earrings-similar here), (Hair Style) (Nailpolish-Essie Stylenomics)


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Make-up favorites, part II

Splurge Worthy Make-Up

I have loved make-up pretty much as long as I can remember. When I was growing up my favorite thing about Halloween was getting to wear make-up. I can still remember in 6th grade trying to convince my Mom of make-up items I needed. When I was in college, one of the things I always splurged on was make-up. From Dior shadows to NARS palette’s I had couldn’t resist new trendy sets. Having two boys and, you know, life responsibilities I can’t splurge the way I used to, however, there are some products that I am committed to and keep on hand. These are my top nine!

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Make-up picks under ten dollars

Since I spend a lot of my day chasing down two boys, I am very committed to using tried and true make-up. Whether it’s ten dollars or thirty plus dollars, I like make-up that is easy to use and that makes me look “done” without being overdone. I also know that I probably will have about ten to fifteen minutes every morning to put it on. I thought I would share some of my favorites, and this week I’m sharing my favorites that are under ten dollars. Enjoy!

Make-Up Favorites

1. L’Oreal true match foundation ($10). I have used thirty plus dollar foundations (Prescriptives & Laura Mercier) and I can tell you for my skin (slightly dry, and sensitive) I have loved L’Oreal’s foundation. I use the neutral soft ivory in the winter and neutral classic ivory in the summer (I have fair skin with yellow undertones).

2. Covergirl lash blast fusion ($9). I have this in the water resistant and non-water resistant. It does dry out more quickly than some other brands I’ve tried, but I like the look of it and it isn’t clumpy. I use very black, because I always use very black for mascara. How’s that for a recommendation?

3. Essie in sunday funday ($8). Confession…I buy spares of this when I see it because I think it’s seasonal and they will eventually stop selling it. I love the peachy-pink color with the bit of glitter in it, and it looks great on any time of year.

4. Revlon creme shadow palette in not just nudes ($5). I have been looking at this collection forever, and never actually bought it…until my sister said she had read a blog review of it and that it was great. We both picked it up, and I love the ease in which it goes on and that it provides that “done” look that I talked about before, without much work.

5. Sonia Kashuk make-up brushes ($4-10). I can remember my Grandmother telling me about these when they started selling them at Target probably close to fifteen years ago. I own a host of these and love them. The concealer brush is one of my favorites because you can use it for concealer, foundation, creme shadows, or dry shadows if you dampen it. I would recommend buying them individually instead of in a set as some of the sets tend to use shorter brushes that can be tricky to use. If you clean them regularly they last forever. Literally. Forever. Two hundred years from now, you will find twinkies, robots, and these brushes. HA! Moving on…

6. Revlon liquid stay color liner ($6). This liquid liner and I have been friends since high school. So, we are talking a good fifteen plus years. I think the name has changed a couple of times, but the product is the same. I have it in black-brown. I know that it can be difficult to apply liquid liner, but after fifteen years of working on a steady hand I don’t have that much trouble (unless I get a random line backer hug from one of the boys when I am applying it…and that has happened). I only wear it on my top lashes, and line the bottom with an eyeliner pencil.

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