Current Beauty Favorites


Body by Victoria and Fabulous by Victoria's Secret 

I have been finding myself spritzing these on every chance I get. These are such lovely, soft, romantic scents. I would say they have a playful, floral, and sweet scent. It's not too heavy and very easy to wear. 
They also last most of the day! 


Dipbrow Pomade from Anastasia 

This is a new brow product from Anastasia. I must say I absolutely love it! If you are familiar with their famous brow pencil, they have the same colors for convenience in this line. It is very easy to apply (all you need is a brow brush) and it glides on really smoothly. It also stays on all day without needing a touch up. No brow gel or powder needed to set! 


From left to right: Highlighter by Fergie for Wet and Wild; Physicians Formula Beauty Balm Bronzer 

This highlighter is amazing! I would say it's a great dupe for the Hourglass Ambient lighting powders. And it's only $5! It gives off an incredible sheen with no glitter particles. Totally recommend. They also have 3 other shades to suit darker skin tones. 
This bronzer is the first BB bronzer in the drugstore. I am very impressed with the formula and how natural it looks. I first thought it would be too dark for me, but it's the perfect color. I am light- medium and this is the medium to dark shade. It stays on for I would say 8 hours max. It really does help smooth out those lines and help conceal pores. 


Revealed 2 Palette from Coastal Scents 

When this first came out, I was given a chance to buy it for only $10. I couldn't say no to that! 
I am really impressed with how well pigmented and long lasting these shadows are. I think it's a great dupe for the Naked 3 palette. The Cranberry shades will look gorgeous in the fall! 


Maybelline the Nudes Palette 

I have heard a lot of hype about this palette via Instagram and YouTube. I thought I would give it a try. It's only $10 at Target and Walmart. So not too expensive for the amount of shadows you are getting. Also it's like getting 3 quads in one! The pigmentation is great for the most part. Some of the shadows are not too great but still get the job done. The shadows are long lasting with primer. Totally recommend if you are on a budget! 



Maybelline The Pumped Up Colossal Mascara 

This is another new product from Maybelline. I love Maybelline's mascara's because for 1) they are long lasting and 2) are great dupes for higher end mascaras. I would compare this mascara to Estee Lauder's Sumptous Extreme Mascara. It gives great length to the lashes and generous amount of volume. I would say it lasts up to 8 hours. 

Loreal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Color 

These are new lip glosses from Loreal. It's a lipstick and lip gloss hybrid. I love these lip glosses! They are pigmented, shiny, and non sticky. However, they only stay on the lips for about 2-4 hours. Though they are hydrating and glide easily along the lips. They have a nice sweet/vanilla smell too! 



So, there you have my current beauty favorites! 

What are your current beauty favorites? 










Note: I was given the lip glosses for free from Glamour Magazine, and the Physicians Formula Bronzer from People Style Watch. This does not change my opinion!

Sleepwear for Your Body Shape

There are so many sleepwear options out there today, from ultra sexy to functional. Sometimes you just want to look your best lounging around, or you just want to look good for your husband or boyfriend!

 You can look amazing, it just all depends on the style of sleepwear and what style is best for your body shape.

 Here are my tips!:


Apple Shape


From left to right. Both from Victoria's Secret. Nightgown: Short Set

You are an apple shape if you carry your weight in your stomach and chest. You tend to have no hips, butt, and thighs. 
If you prefer a nightgown over pajamas the one on the left is perfect for apple shapes. The top portion will hold your chest in while the empire waist will conceal your stomach. The length is short, so it will highlight your slim legs.
If you prefer pajamas look for bottoms that are printed or have detailing at the bottom. Such as the one above. With a t-shirt you have the option to still wear a bra if you so desire.

Pear Shape


From left to right. Both from Victoria's Secret. Pajamas: Short Pajama Set

If you are a pear shape, you tend to carry your weight in the hips, thighs, and butt. You tend to have a small chest and smaller shoulders.
When looking for pajamas, look for tops with a deep v-neck like the two above. It will draw the eye up and also give your chest some "push up". The bottoms on the left are ideal because they have a wider leg and will help conceal those wider hips and thighs. For summer you can opt for a more looser shaped bottom like the one on the right.

The Hourglass



From Left to Right. Both from Victoria's Secret. Short Boxer Set: Pajamas

You are hourglass if you are proportionate from the chest to the hips. When you gain and loose weight, these are the first two places you see gain/loose weight. Your waist is the smallest part of your body.
When you look for sleepwear look for two pieces that have the same pattern or color from head to toe. By doing this, you will help maintain that curvy figure.
If at all possible, if you can find a top that cinches in at the waist, that will be the most flattering shape. Pair with a straight or wide leg bottom.

The Boy Shape 



From Left to Right: Both from Victoria's Secret. Cami and Short Set: Sleepshirt

You are a boy shape if you have no curves. If you gain weight you will gain it all over. You are straight up and down basically. Most models are boy shapes.
These two pajamas are perfect for boy shapes because of the crochet and ruffle detailing. The pajama on the left will help create a waist while the one on the right has ruffle detailing at the hips and bust to help add "curve". When looking for lounge wear look for ruffle detailing, lace, crochet, etc. to help create those curves. Do not wear t-shirt nightgowns, or non-fitted pajamas as your body will just get lost in them.

Petite



From Left to Right: Both from Victoria's Secret. Sleepshirt: Cami and Short Set

Woman under 5'5" are considered to be petite.
When looking for pajamas look for shorter hemlines. Look for sleep shirts that go mid thigh or short boxers like the one on the right. This will help create a longer leg line. Less is more with petites. You don't want to wear too much fabric, as it will just overwhelm you.

Plus 

All images created with Polyvore

Sleepwear from Nordstrom   

If you are a size 12 and up, you are considered to be plus size.
Plus size girls should look for pajamas that can offer them support (in the chest) and also coverage. But you don't want to look like your grandma! I love the one on the left because it's bright and fun but will still have you covered. Same with the one on the left, the v-neck will help create a longer line at top and thus make you look leaner. And you can still wear a bra with any of these options!


The only figure I did not cover was, the tall figure. If you are over 5'8" you are considered to be tall. Like the apple shape, look for a pattern bottom/top with a solid top/bottom. It will help visually balance you out. You don't want to wear the same pattern or color head to toe or other wise, you will look too tall.
Victoria's Secret has long length options on most of their PJ's!


So, there you have my tips on what sleepwear will look best depending on your body shape!


What sleepwear do you like to wear to bed or lounge in?

Sunny Yellow - The Perfect Summer Color

Sunny Yellow


Keds; Handbag: Charles and Keith; Earrings- Saks; Heels: ASOS; Table: Lamps Plus
Couch: Dot & Bo


Summer is the perfect time to bring out those yellow hues. Did you know that incorporating yellow into your decor will help lift your mood and make you happy? It's just a bright sunny color, like the sun!

Yellow can be tricky to pull off though for some. The trick is finding the right hue for your skin tone. Many think they can't wear yellow, but they just haven't found the right shade! Cooler skin tones should look for pastel yellow while warmer skin tones should look for mustard or warmer colored yellows. I think personally bright yellow (like neon, bright yellow) looks amazing on African American skin tones.


How do you wear yellow in the summertime? Or do you primarily use yellow in your home decor?



 

Top Favorite Celebrity Looks of the Week


*pictures via Eonline

From Left to Right: Jessica Alba, Chrissy Teigen, Ashley Madekwe 




Jessica Alba in Max Mara and Julia Korol 

Blazer: Vero Moda; Trousers: Matches Fashion; Shoes: Nasty Gal  

I love this easy weekend look. It's still put together, but also looks effortless at the same time. The heels keep the look streamlined and not frumpy. Looking for a similar bag at an inexpensive price? Check out Shop Suey. They have a ton of celebrity inspired bags for under $100! 


Chrissy Teigen in Elisabetta Franchini Mini

Heels: Ann Taylor; Clutch: Nine West; Dress: ASOS

This dress was probably custom made for her so it was hard to find a similar style. However, the one from ASOS would do the trick. This dress looks absolutly beautiful on Chrissy. She looks stunning! I loved how she slicked her hair back, making the look even more sexy but by not too much. This dress would look amazing on pear shape ladies. This would help focus the eyes up to your chest, thus making you look slimmer! The heels and clutch would complete the look perfectly. 



Ashley Madkwe in Cushine Et Oche

Shirt: House of Frasier; Skirt: LuLus, Shoes: Nelly 

Again, this was custom made for Ashley so I went for something very similar. The monochrome look will be again very popular this upcoming fall season. I like that she broke up the monochromatic look with nude pumps. This would be the perfect work outfit! It's conservative yet youthful. With this color, you will surely stand out! If your office does not allow open toe, wear nude pumps instead. 




So there you have my top 3 favorite celebrity looks of the week. And how to recreate them for less! 

Which look is your favorite? 


Our 2 Year Wedding Anniversary



Outfit Details: Dress- Victoria's Secret, Shoes- Guess, Necklace- Baublebar, Clutch- DSW, Watch- Marc by Marc Jacobs, Bracelet- Michael Kors. 

Image Via Open Table. 

For our Anniversary we ate at Matthew's Restaurant. When we were looking for a restaurant, we wanted something intimate but also affordable. The restaurant is beyond gorgeous. Reminds me of a set right out of Mad Men! Pictured above is the bar and the main dining room is right next to it. It's quite similar in decor and only had a few tables. We liked the intimacy and I think it also gave the waiters the opportunity to be more attentive. 
If you are planning to visit Jacksonville, I recommend that you reserve your table a week ahead! 


For appetizers and cocktail, I choose the Pear Martini and local shrimp. I didn't take a picture of Ryan's drink, as he usually orders scotch or whisky. He had the Macallen Scotch 12 year. I am a martini girl and I absolutely loved this one! It's very sweet and almost reminded me of the taste of white wine. 
My dinner is on the bottom left. I had the Gnocchi and Ryan had the Fusilli (venison with pasta). 


For dessert we requested the Black Forest Chocolate Torta. We were so surprised by the little message they created with the dessert! So nice of them to remember our special night. :) 


My husband was so sweet to remember that I like Dooney and Bourke handbags and Disney. I remember last year at Disney, I pointed out at the stores that I liked the bags made by them. 
The design has a special meaning to us as well, because we got married in Orlando and had our first Anniversary at Disney World. 

We truly got everything!! 


Hope you had a fabulous Monday Evening!