New Years Eve

We will be keeping it low key this year, as hello! it is a workday.  Plans include a nice dinner, TBD by Mr. Holt, followed by locking ourselves inside for serious pj time and watching the ball drop.  More importantly, this is a time for reflection and new beginnings.  So more to come there.  However, I would never waste a day where it is appropriate to bring out the glitter so here is my outfit plan.

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The tights are from Target ($8), beauty products from Sephora (I am breaking my capsule for this holiday only 😦 ) NARS shadow palette is $59 and lipstick is $22.  I want to keep my hair simple, since I have so much going on with the leather and sequins.  This is bordering too much, so need to keep it simple.  The leather top is $59 from top shop.  Skirt, clutch and shoes are old.  Looking forward to a fun night.

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13 Days Until Christmas

And what can I say, I have holiday on the brain 24/7!  Next week is our office gift exchange and a casual holiday meal.  This is my outfit plan. It is conservative enough to avoid judgement, casual enough to be comfortable and fun enough to express some personality.  I am also seriously loving my NARS lipstick this year in heat wave. I would highly recommend this color to us light skinned ladies.  The dress was found on Amazon, shoes are old Tahari from the last fall season and necklace is from J Crew Factory ( it may still be there for $25 on sale for 50% off).  The beauty supplies can be found at sephora and tights are $8 at Target.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe: Progress

It is still 80 degrees here in TX, so I still have about 2-3 weeks to finalize my purchases.  I will say, when I started this I was expecting fun, but it is a little stressful.  However, what I’ve learned from my make up capsule is once it’s done, then it is done.  I have not purchased any beauty products, thought about it or stressed about making a decision for almost a month and it is liberating.  I am hoping my fall/winter clothing capsule will be similar.  Okay here is what I have so far (purchases only)…

 

So, what I have learned through shopping, I like comfort and casual clothing.  While I am attracted to the more glamorous textures in photos, I prefer high quality basics in real life.  More to come as I finalize it.  I am not even 30% to budget yet which is exciting !!!

Sources:

*Puffer Jacket – Gap

*Basic Tee- Banana Republic

*Puffer Vest- J Crew Factory

*Thermal Tee- Aritzia

DIY : Glass Planter

It is a good, no scratch that, GREAT day when a plant in my home outgrows its current pot.  I needed to find a new home for my cactus.  See http://www.houseofholts.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/the-green-thumb/ .  I searched for pots at all my usual places….Home Goods, Target, Crate & Barrel, but given the time of year the selection was ehh, or crazy expensive.  So I decided to get creative.  I picked up this vase at Home Goods for $3 last spring and it just sits under my sink, but I love that it is footed.  

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Next i I dug out some old acrylic paint from my craft drawer and grabbed a paint brush.  If you don’t have paint I highly recommend Martha Stewart’s brand.  It is a little more expensive but good quality and I love her colors.  I had painted some canvases earlier thus year, using this color.  It is Cloud.

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I put put about a quarter size drop of paint in the bottom and brought it up to the top using long strokes.  I only did one coat and it took about 24 hours to fully dry.  You may need two, but only paint the inside of the bowl.

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The inside looks kind of messy, but no one will be seeing that, so left it and then planted my cactus so it has plenty of new space to grow.  I loved the way it turned out, and cost no $$$!!!!

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This is super easy and a quick DYI!

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Simplicity: Make Up Capsule

Okay okay…I am jumping on this trend of capsules. A capsule (from how I understand it) is way to emphasize and define your style by focusing on less.  Less seems scary to me, but the idea of simplifying my life right now in any way sounds like a win.

I originally saw this concept on a few blogs I have come to follow, but I feel is best explained on  Caroline’s http://www.un-fancy.com .   But what I quickly picked up is that there are no defined rules… You make your own based on lifestyle.

My lifestyle really has 3 components – 1) WORK. I am employed by a large fortune 100 insurance company.  And if that does not make it conservative enough, I work in HR (aka the land of judgement).  2) HOME. This is defined for me as errands, cleaning, etc. and makes up about 80% of my non-work time. 3) FUN.  This encompasses everything social- date nights with Eric, brunches, time with my mom and sisters, etc.

Before, showing you my current make up collection, I will lead with this statement…

” Hi, my name is Mindy, and I am an over spender on makeup.”

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Painful, right?

Now, the sad part is this collection was after I purged during our move, about 3 months ago. And it was a BIG purge. My current collection breaks down like this:

  • 2 primers
  • 4 concealers
  • 5 powders
  • 5 Bronzer/Blush used for contouring
  • 1 highlighter
  • 1 mascara
  • 3 eyeliners
  • 5 eye shadows
  • 7 lip products
  • 19 makeup brushes

So in total, 51 pieces.  And heaven only knows how much money I spent creating this collection, plus everything else I previously trashed…YIKES!

In the past, I would purchase based on impulse, packaging, sale, trends, etc.  Now that I will be limiting, I really needed to think about each piece and how I would use it.  Does it fit my lifestyle? Does it fit my budget? What is the shelf life? Many questions, so much research was done and here is what I decided…

My Fall/Winter makeup capsule will include a total of 15 items for a time frame of 6 months and I will allow myself a $200 max budget.

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You will recognize some of the items, which I already owned and are still usable (not expired). 5 MAC brushes, Laura Gellar spackled primer, Laura Gellar drenched color lipgloss in milkshake, and the original NAKED palette.

 

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I did my shopping in 2 hours and 3 stops: The breakdown…

 

1) ULTA.  $58.36 spent.  Purchased- Eco Tools blending brush, Burt’s Bees chap stick and IT Cosmetics My Sculpted Face palette. (Used a $3.50 off coupon)

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2) SEPHORA. $28.17  spent. Purchased- NARS lipstick in heat wave.

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3) DILLARD’S. $94.18 spent. Purchased – Dior Blackout mascara, Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and pressed powder. ( foundation purchased during foundation event so the Double Wear foundation which is typically $37 I preordered for $27 and was given a week’s supply of samples as pictured below.  I pick it up on 09.27!)

 

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My capsule’s total cost was $180.71 (including tax) and breaks down like this:

  • 1 primer
  • 1 foundation
  • 1 powder
  • 1 Bronzer/Blush palette
  • 1 eye palette
  • 1 mascara
  • 3 lip products
  • 6 make up brushes

I want to focus on a clean natural look with the option to play with a taupe smoky eye and nude lips for date night, or throw in a spicy red lip for lunches with the ladies.  I will report back throughout the six months, but am excited to have one more area of my life to practice simplicity.

All links to products (including colors and prices) can be found on my Pintrest page on the Simplicity: Make Up board.