Out with the Old

And in with the PINK!!!  When planning my spring beauty routine, I chose products that would inspire me to feel fresh and feminine.  Lately, I have found myself craving femininity in my work life; I am sick and tired of blending in with the boys at work and want to embrace spring’s soft pinks, blushes and corals.  Like always, I try to limit my pieces so I do not blow my budget.  Quality v. Quantity is the name of the game.  Here is what I am going for…

Below are my top (and only) spring make up products, some new/some old, but I cannot express my new found love for this blush in words!  I purchased it because was prettily packaged and, well, the marketing got the best of me.  But, I LOVE it!

imageCoral Blush , Lipstick in Madison Ave , Mascara

From a beauty standpoint, and moving past makeup, I also wanted to focus on sustaining beauty care and body maintenance.  I am often guilty of neglect in this area. So this is where I am embracing the fresh and more natural skin look.

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Self Tanner , Ted Baker Lotion , Perfume

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Winter Capsule

Like before, in my prior capsule posts, I tend to stick to 3 primary categories with my personal life: Every Day Wear, Lunches & Brunches and finally, Date Nights!

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1: Every Day wear for me needs to be practical and durable.  I wear the hell out of my every day pieces, so they get washed, stretched, etc. far too often.  This for me is what I will wear to run to target, walk to dog, walk the construction zone that currently is our new house…these types of activities. So for me this means leggings, sweaters and vests with comfy flats or boots. These vests are from J Crew Factory stores and I love them to pieces!!! My other favs include my Tory Burch flats, they are a constant regardless of season in my wardrobe, and that cute little pom pom hat from Old Navy at $7 ( can’t beat that!).

2. Lunches & Brunches.  This is time with the ladies.  For me it is usually mid day meals or shopping with gal pals or my mama. I always will stay in tune of comfort, but this space needs some edginess and some “hot” trends.  For me this is leather and plaid.  I guess you could say I’m channeling my inner Avril!  However, for the more girly occasion the sweater dress always does the trick. My favorites here are these lace up flats from the Gap for $40, and leather jacket from J C Penny’s for $85.

3. Date Nights.  This is more formal and girly for me. It is the time I spend with my better half and I want soft fabrics and to feel feminine, classy but also sexy.  I like longer lengths and free flowing pieces. My favorites here include my Louboutins from Neimen’s $695 (thanks hubby!!!) and pleated dress from ChicWish for $60.

Overall, the theme of winter… Neutral, Neutral, Neutral ( except for Christmas card picture day outfits…more to come there!)

 

Fall Make Up Capsule 3: Planning

I cannot believe fall is already just around the corner….I am keeping my eyes open (aka stalking) Starbucks for the first glimpse of PSL, then it’s on!   In more relevant news, with a new season comes a new make up update.  I will once again admit, I am LOVING the quality v. quantity approach, as well as a defined area of my life to practice simplicity.  I have really come to appreciate a small yet complete makeup collection given all the traveling I’ve been doing lately and it’s not slowing down anytime soon with Phoenix, Houston, Orlando, Tucson, New Orleans and Madison coming up in the next 6 weeks.

Lessons learned…

I kind of missed the softer shades of eye shadow.  While I really love a black dark sexy smokey eye, I think I may be getting a little too old, or maybe just a little to lazy for this.  Plus, I am starting to get some wrinkles ( insert crying emoji), and dark shimmery shadows seem to only highlight this flaw. So Botox or a matte shadow palette?  Have I mentioned my deathly fear of needles, doctors, poisonous substances injected into your body?  The matte palette wins.

Moving on, I loved my contour brush.  More than anything…maybe even more than chapstick!   It stays!!!

A trend I will be embracing, the deep red “wine stained” lip.  I just need to complete some research on the right brand and color, but I am leaning towards NARS given my love for their heat wave lipstick.  Here is my plan for September thru November…

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And just for giggles here is my favorite shot from my trip to Boston last week.  We took a private tour of Fenway Park… My history junkie husband is wearing off on me 😉  !!!!

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Fall 2015 Capsule Wardrobe

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Okay, it is almost that time again, so we enter the planning stages for the upcoming fall season. ( yay PSL is in the horizon)!!! Fall in TX tends to be somewhat tricky, days are warmer and evenings chilly.  I really define my “outside of work” life into 3 distinct buckets, which I have mentioned before… Everyday wear, Day Outings and Date Nights.

For everyday wear, I wanted casual and comfortable clothing.  I want clothing that breaths and wears well, in addition to being able to layer.  A few soft tees in autumn themed colors are always a safe bet ( J Crew).  I look for longer tees and always size up so I can pair with leggings and get some level of bum coverage.  Grey and stripes are a must for every season in my book as well ( Banana Republic).  I love my neutrals!

Longer light weight sweaters, cocoon wraps and puffer vests ( J Crew Factory) help with layering and for the chillier days a light weight parka ( Banana Republic) in a warm olive tone.  For bottoms, I really keep it simple with jeans ( Paige ) and Leggings (Target). For shoes it is always best to stay neutral and invest in high quality and comfortable pieces.  Flats ( Tory Burch, DSW) are a must rain boots ( Hunter) and a bootie ( J Crew) made my list. Lastly, my go tote style purses.

For Day Outings, I like to keep my options no fuss but a little more presentable and polished, yet still practical and comfortable.  The Blazer ( Banana Republic) , I love!!! I use it, as well as the navy cardigan for layering.  In addition a classic white tee and a navy tee with some type of famine detailing, helps just make things come together.  Jeans are obviously a must, but also wanted to throw in a sweater vest and I am loving the emerald green!! Shoes are simple for me, the riding boot (Tory Burch) or a knock out suede pump( J Crew).  Toss in a pop of color with the mini wristlets in ruby and we are set for lunch with the ladies, day shopping, etc.

I love me some quality Date Nights, but let’s get real, we are not the fine dining type.  We are a dinner and home by 10pm type, or a midnight movie type.  BUT, I like the option to somewhat change up the look. Colors and comfort are similar, but just a little change in fabric and cure.  I tend to go for silk blend blouses. They just feel sexier. My husband like heels so these two bring something a little unique to the table.   The deep red, pointy toe or the chunky block heel pump(J Crew).  However, I always reserve a pair of flats for date night too… Sometimes heels just aren’t happening in this house! ( Leopard flats, Target). A tiny purse(Tory Burch) feels more feminine as well, so I try to ditch the totes.

There you have it, 1 season with 36 pieces. Time for purchases this month, to be ready for September!

Spring/ Summer Makeup Capsule: Round 2

Alright so here we are, the details of my second makeup capsule.  This will run from 3/15 to 10/15 and will consist of 15 pieces and a $200 budget .  Thus helps me to keep my beauty spending in check.  If I learned one lesson from my first time around, it is that white girls NEED bronzer.  Also, while I really liked some of my fall/ winter pieces, some are not necessary given the time of year.  I have 3 “levels” of makeup looks if you will.

Level One: This is my everyday look.  In my life this is for trips to target, travel days for work or running to my moms.  This simply includes primer, foundation, powder and Chapstick with light mascara.  Below is my inspiration photo.

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Level Two:  This is for times where a little more is appropriate…aka work, lunch dates and church.  I build on level one but add bronzes for a sunny glow and a light shadow. Below is my inspiration photo.

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Level Three: This is for special occasions where I intend and plan to spend more time primping.  I build on level two with a lip color or smokey eyes.  See my inspiration photo below.

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So here we go with details. 4 brushes, 3 lip products, 1 eye shadow palette, mascara, powder, foundation, Bronzer, tanning lotion, spray Bronzer and primer.

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New purchases include…

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Tantalized Bronzer and self tanner.  I researched these in depth.  You know us white girls need some help in the tanning department.  I bought these using a 20% off coupon at Ulta and using my Ulta points for an additional $17 off putting me at $34.35.

The tanning spray I also researched in depth.  This is from Victoria Secret.  I have some concerns I may need to replenish before 10/15, but we will see.  This totaled $15.76.

The sculpting brush by Tarte and the Too Faced lip gloss were purchased at Sephora at a grand total of $62.34 ( no coupons 😦 )

The foundation was a replenish from Dillard’s and is Este Lauder.  This totaled $31.13.  With this purchase I got a free gift, which I kept the eye shadow palette ( yay FREE) and gifted the remaining items.

In total, $143.55.  Over 25 % under budget.  If only I could the same for our house hunt!!!  I plan to be more diligent with updates and looks this time around and become a selfie taker.  I have mixed feelings about that, but we will see.

Spring/Summer Makeup Capsule 2: Planning

I must admit I ended up absolutely loving the concept of a make up capsule and timing was just perfect after about 5 months I am just starting to run out.  It created the most stress free money saving situation for my make up routine…LOVE it.  So I will begin my Spring/Summer capsule on March 15th and will hold it until October 1st.  If you are not familiar, I will select only 15 items for make up throughout both seasons and will not make additional purchases until fall/ winter rolls around.  Therefore, I have been thinking hard and planning with great care.  I have also included my hair products, perfume and a new make up bag because mine is disgusting and an upgrade is needed.  Those items are not included in my 15 make up items, but landed on my inspiration/planning board below because I find them somewhat linked and am thinking of trial running a capsule for beauty ( non makeup) products.  More to come on that, but here are my plans and I will update accordingly with details, including look inspirations, prices and sources once I have purchased and finalized it.

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Summer/Spring Capsule Wardrobe

This was a much simpler task than fall/winter given that less clothing is needed, as well as accessories.  Without further delay…

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Again, this is for about 6 months and I am aim to be under 30 pieces ( not including work clothes).

First, I included soon coming updates to my summer/spring makeup capsule, which will be almost complete I just have 1 more purchase to make.

So let’s talk about my reasoning. For my everyday wear I want to be able to mix and match neutrals, but I lean more towards navy and and soft beiges and grays. Obviously everyone needs some soft cotton tees.  These are from Gap and Banana Republic.  The soft kaki and navy bottoms match.  I am loving the clean lines of the shorts and the ladylike scallop of the skirt.  Both are from J Crew Factory.

My favorite part is the casual dresses. I live in these.  I do want to add the Reece dress from Sonnet James in navy/white.  It is my bday gift from my hubby…I am so excited!  When purchasing these, again, I look for neutral colors, at modest lengths and a nice breezy cotton blend.  They are fantastic for a trip to target, or walking the dog.

I also plan plan to spend some down time at the pool so I scouted a few cute one pieces with big summer hats to protect from the sun. No one needs more wrinkles. Also, a comfy, cute and neutral cover up is needed. I prefer a light maxi in cool tones.  This grey one is from Dillard’s and I LOVE it!

For brunches, lunches and casual day outings, simple maxi dresses are the way to go in the TX heat.  I like solids, and then add some metallic accents for some pop.  White and black all day long for this girl.  The best place for maxis I have found is hands down Nordstroms Rack. They are a little pricier, but the quality is fantastic.

For date nights and evenings out I like to have a go to outfit or two.  Again, I am all about the maxi dress here.  The white one has interesting straps with a silver metallic embellishments.  If you don’t know about Gilt, it is the best!  And just for fun, throwing in a clean and bold stripe.

No no matter the occasion, I am a tote purse kind of gal in the summer.  Clean and structured.  These are investments for me because they never go out of style and are practical for every occasion.  Also, I stay neutral with my sandals, but I am all about the flats these days.  I am entering a stage of life where heels just don’t fit my lifestyle anymore.  I never thought I’d see the day, but it is here.  The most important part of a summer wardrobe in my opinion is the right sunglasses.  I like a good black pair and a good tortoise pair as well.  Everyone also needs a cheap pair for the pool.

Now all we need is that beautiful Texas sunshine.