Today’s post comes with a challenge!
I think a lot of times we underestimate the power of jewelry! This week I challenge you to put on a favorite dress or top, and layer on tons of silvertone jewelry. I’m talking earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, the whole thing!
Next, layer on your favorite goldtone jewelry, and I think you’ll be amazed at the difference the two different metals make, nearly two different outfits! It’s far too easy to get stuck in a rut with your favorite metal, but I dare you to shake things up a little!
For those of us on a budget who are working with a limited wardrobe, this is a great way to create a little more diversity and options within your very own closet!
I know a lot of women tend to stick with silvertone jewelry because they fear that goldtone is either too dated or too gaudy. But I beg you to give it a chance! Both metals can create such entirely different looks and I think you will be pleasantly surprised!
Since I was in highschool I have been enthralled with the actresses of Old Hollywood. These women were the epitome of glamour.
So classically beautiful! I think there are a few key points that really sum up this look:
Moderate, arched brows
Mega false lashes
Winged upper eyeliner
Little to no bottom eyeliner
Moderate to little contouring
Bold red lips
Here are the products I used:
Not just for costumes, this is a perfect look for special occasions or glamorous evening out.
Have any questions? Leave me a comment below!
“Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.” Judy Garland”
I’ve been wanting to try a really good whitening product but haven’t had the courage or the means to hand over $30 for whitening strips. So when I came across Luster Now Whitening Toothpaste I was immediately intrigued. It was only $5.97 at Walmart, and honestly the “Allure” seal was what really sold me!
The promise: to deliver whiter teeth in merely one brushing.
It’s important to note that this is not actually a whitening system, it simply tints your teeth to look whiter & brighter, and the effect does seem to last for several hours. Because it’s just a tint, it’s gentle enough to use every day.
I used it and immediately thought I could tell an difference, but I was afraid I was merely seeing what I wanted to believe, so I talked my husband into using it. He liked it too!
This is not entirely my own idea, I was inspired by a similar mani design I came across on Pinterest, but I still wanted to share with you my results! This mani was really easy and I’m in love with how it turned out! Here is what I used:
The best part? Check out these prices:
Nail-Aid 3 Minute Artificials – Appx. $4 at Walmart
LA Color in Dizzy – $1 at my local Dollar Tree
NYC in French White Tip – Appx. $2 at Walmart
Sally Hansen X-Treme Wear in Starry Night – $1 at my local Dollar Tree
Gelous Gel Coat – $7 at Sally’s Beauty Supply
The most expensive part is the base and top coats that I used, but you can certainly use whatever products you happen to have on hand! If you are looking for a good base coat, I highly recommend the Gelous!
I applied one coat of Gelous, one coat of white, a second coat of Gelous, a second coat of white, and then one coat of Starry Night followed by one coat of Dizzy. I then sealed it with the 3 minute artificals.
However, when applied correctly it can not only help keep your lip stick neat and prevent any bleeding or feathering, but it can also help define your lips and even provide a contouring effect.
We’ve all had that morning – you leave the house with your fabulous lip color, so shiny and vibrant, when a sudden breeze lifts a wayward curl and directly imbeds it in to your lip gloss. By the time you’ve reached up to remove it your hair, it has efficiently managed to leave cherry red streaks across your chin and cheeks. Not very attractive, even if you are the Joker. Or perhaps you’ve felt the frustration of trying to perfect your cupids bow (the curve of your upper lip) only to never get both sides even. Lip liner can help in both of these scenarios, not only does it greatly improve the longevity or staying power of your lip stick by giving it something to “stick” to, but it also allows you so much more precision – sloppy lipstick is never okay.
Let me show you how in four simple steps!
Bad hair days. We all have them. Miss Zoé here is living proof!
But it isn’t something we can’t work through! My favorite fix for a bad hair day is simple and requires four or five hair pins and some hair spray. It works well for medium and long length hair. For me it works better if I have a little curl in my hair, but I have managed to pull it off with straight hair as well. If my hair is straight I like to spritz a little texturizing spray to my length and rough it up just a little. If I have a few extra minutes I like to tease the hair at the back of my crown for some extra height.
To me, it feels like a slightly more elegant version of a top knot or high bun.
1) Grab your hair in a low pony near the nape of your neck, and while holding it with one hand pull up some of the hair at your roots to create a “puffy” volume effect.
Happy Friday everyone! Hope everyone has a lovely weekend filled with family, friends & vanilla cappucinos!
I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. Audrey Hepburn
I truly believe your best accessory is your smile. Today, let’s make the most of what ever may come our way. Choose joy today for you, and share it with someone else!
You [Lord] have made known to me the ways of life; You will enrapture me [diffusing my soul with joy] with and in Your presence. Acts 2:28
Plum and gold have quickly become one of my favorite color combinations for fall. To me the combination feels luxurious, like a prelude to the sparkling holiday season.
I used Avon SpeedDry+ in Smoky Plumes, a really great deep plum color with a grey undertone, and Avon Brushed Metals in Brushed Gold, my absolute favorite sparkly nail polish ever! It is lightly textured and is comparable to Zoya’s Pixie Dust or OPI’s Liquid Sands, at a fraction of the cost!
I applied one coat of the Smoky Plumes to all of my nails, then I applied one coat of Brushed Gold to my ring fingers, and then a second coat of Smoky Plumes to all my other nails. I finished it all up with a good top coat.
I’ve never been one much for couponing. Partially because I haven’t taken enough time to really learn how to do it, and partially because I saw an episode of Bones where an extreme couponer was murdered for her coupons by another couponer. Either way, I can’t help you there. But I can give you all the info on clothes sales!
You know how they say necessity is the mother of invention? Well no money is the mother of knowing all the best clearance racks.
Rule #1: Do not buy something just because it is on sale. Patience will earn you “Take 25% off the lowest clearance price”, you just have to wait for it.
Rule #2: Dig, dig, dig! A weekly dig through the Target clearance rack earned me this:
So here’s the round-up:
Target – my go-to everytime, and home of the A-List designer collaborations! Get in there and dig around and you will be most pleasantly surprised at what you can find! It’s worth noting that their clothes will often be additionally marked down from the original clearance price, so keep checking. However, word on the street is that the lowest Target will go is 70% off (excluding seasonal items). They also have fabulous markdowns on their shoes, and don’t forget to check the clearance on their website. It’s amazing. Add on the Target Cartwheel app, which offers additional 10-20% off apparell coupons, and you can see why Target tops my list.
Kohls – the clearance rack jack pot. I do a lot of my shopping off-season, and Kohls is probably the best place for that. Last May I spent about $50 on winter clothing, and I ended up with four blouses, a dress, two turtlenecks for layering, a pair of pants, and a sweater. That averages about $3.84 an item!
The moral of the story is to take time to look! There are a lot of online places to shop clearance also, but I’m going to save them for another post! Be watching for an upcoming post with more details on off-season shopping.
Questions? Leave me a message!