Festive in the City

12.05.2016

outfit: Coat: J.Crew (30% off with code: SHOPGIFTS), Dress: Forever 21 (sold out; similar here & here), Shoes: Kate Spade, Gloves: Gap (40% off wide code GIFTWRAPS), Hat: TopShop (sold out; similar here & here)





It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in New York City. I might not be the biggest fan of the weather but I love watching the City come alive with holiday lights, shiny windows & festive displays. It really it a sight to be seen! One of theses years I'm gonna get my parents to finally come up and see New York in full-blown holiday glory. I put together this look for Christmas parties and events this season. The dress is from Forever 21 and I love that it has long sleeves! It's so hard to find a good LBD for cold weather. To add the cheer I paired it with a bright red coat (currently 30% off - I literally have this coat in 3 colors, I love it) & gold glittery pumps. I know y'all think I'm crazy for having bare legs in January but with the gloves and hat - it's totally doable. I hope you enjoy this look and of course, Happy Holidays!

Locations: Rockefeller Center Tree, Madison & 60th St. Photos: Gerry Stiene. 

Creating My Signature Curls with Garnier Fructis

12.02.2016

Creating My Signature Curls with Garnier Fructis

I get a ton of questions on the blog & social media about my signature curls. I wear my hair like this in almost all my photos so I’m excited to share how I create this look in partnership with Garnier Fructis.

Here’s what you need to create the look:
Garnier Fructis Style Sky-Hi Volume Mousse
Garnier Fructis Style Sheer Set Breathable Hairspray
Paddle Brush
Flat Iron

I start with damp hair and use the Garnier Fructis Style Sky-Hi Volume to create extra body. I really love how this adds lift to my hair and holds my style. Next I blow dry the hair in sections until it's totally dry.

After the blow out is finished, I use my hair straightener to create the curls. This technique takes a while to get used to but once you nail it - it only takes about 15m to curl the entire hair.   Using the straightener, I start at the root with about a 1" section and pull the iron down the shaft of the hair, twisting it away from the face as I go down.
I like to go in sections to keep everything organized! I continue this on one side of the hair, then tie it off with an elastic.

Then I repeat the process on the other side making sure to turn the iron away from the face as I move it down to the ends of the hair.

Once I've finished the entire head I use a brush to loosen the curls.

Lastly I use the Garnier Fructis Style Sheer Set Breathable Hairspray to hold the style in and prevent against any humidity.


If you guys try the style at home, share it on social media using the hashtag #GarnierStyle so we can see your looks! #Ad

Staying Active with Goody

11.23.2016

As you guys might know I’ve been on a fitness journey since January, which has transformed my life in so many incredible ways! Read more about my workout routine here. This month I partnered with Goody to share one of my favorite go-to gym hairstyles for everything from spin to CrossFit to yoga. I love this French braid style because it keeps all the layers in place so I can focus on my workout. The Athletique wrap helps keep the sweat off my face and has hi-visibility for any evening outdoor exercises. 
Here’s what you need to recreate this look:

Goody® Clean Radiance™ Paddle Brush
Goody® Ouchless® Mini Elastics
Goody® Athletique Hair Wrap

To start, brush through hair thoroughly to detangle and smooth down any flyaways. I’m using the Goody® Clean Radiance™ Paddle Brush because I love how copper bristles help reduce buildup and restore hair’s natural balance.
Next I take a triangle section from the middle of the top of the scalp about 1” thick.
Next, divide this section into three equal parts to set up for your French braid. 
French braiding simply incorporates pieces of hair from the scalp as you continue the braid to the end of the hair. 
Continue the French braid all the way down the head. Once you reach the last of the hair you can incorporate from the scalp, continue with a traditional three strand braid down the entire length of the hair.

Ta-da, you’ve finished the braid! Now grab your Goody Athletique Hair wrap and place it just below the hairline.


I love the yellow because it’s so sporty and really stands out! The wrap also has staying power with rubberized pieces so it won’t move around while you workout.

This post is sponsored by Goody! All opinions my own.

Autumn Eyes and Lips with Revlon

11.18.2016


To be honest, I always get a little sad when fall ends and cold temperatures start to set in. I just love the sunshine! But, winter has a special beauty and I do cherish buying cozy sweaters and switching up my outfits and makeup as the weather begins to change. This season I partnered with Revlon to share my go-to look for transitioning my routine from fall to winter. Soft peach lips paired with gold gilded lids and deep purple liner are perfect for colder weather. Keep reading for details on recreating this makeup using Revlon’s longwearing ColorStay™ Eye Collection and hydrating Kiss™ Balm.
Strong brows are crucial in framing the face and setting up for a great eye look. I used the Revlon ColorStay™ Brow Pencil in Soft Brown to lightly fill in my brows. This product is great because it has both a spoolie brush on one end to groom brows and a twist-up pencil on the other end. I feather the brows with the pencil then go over the brows lightly with the brush for eyebrows on fleek!
Next, I used two shades of the Revlon ColorStay™ Crème Eye Shadow to create a dimensional gilded look on the eyes. I start with the light golden shade, Caramel, across the entire lid. These shadows are super pigmented and include a small built-in brush in the lid for mess-free application.
After applying the gold shadow, I use the Crème Shadow in Honey on the outer corners to add depth to the eye using the included brush. This helps define the eyes and accentuate my eye shape.

I’m a liner girl all the way so I created a soft winged look with the ColorStay 2 in 1 Angled Kajal™ Liner in Fig. It’s a deep purple that really brings out my green eyes. Using the angled tip I traced a cat eye and buffed with the included brush (on the other end!). The applicator helps create a sultrier, ‘lived-in’ look to the liner.
Because I wanted to focus on the eyes, I kept the lips neutral and moisturized with the Revlon Kiss™ Balm in Juicy Peach. It smells sweet since it’s infused with natural fruit oils and leaves the lips hydrated all day! It even has SPF 20 protection.
How do you transition your makeup bag from fall to winter? Let me know in the comments below!
This post is sponsored by Revlon through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write about Revlon, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Fall Instagram Roundup

As much as I'm a summer girl at heart I do love layering up in the fall. I'm rounding my favorite autumn looks from Instagram below. The pieces I've been wearing the most are my Madewell mules, suede zip skirt, black boyfriend jeans, brocade mini skirt & black suede boots
Dress: Urban Outfitters, Shirt: Zara, Shoes: Seychelles
Jacket: Levi's, Shirt: Urban Outfitters, Jeans & Shoes: Madewell
 Jacket: TopShop, Jeans: Citizens of Humanity, Shoes: Madewell 
Sweater: Urban Outfitters, Skirt (similar): Forever 21, Shoes: Gucci
Sweater: Helmut Lang, Jacket: J.Crew, Skirt & Boots: Madewell
Top: Madewell x Sezanne, Jeans: Citizens of Humanity: Shoes: Maxwell 
Sweatshirt: Manners Apparel, Skirt: Forever 21, Boots: Sol Sana
Bag: ModCloth, Tunic worn as Dress: Old Navy, Coatigan: Boden (similar), Boots: Hunter. 
Jacket: Madewell, Bodysuit: Brandy Melville (similar), Skirt: Alice + Olivia, Boots: Sol Sana
Shirt: Etre Cecile, Jeans (similar): Levi's, Shoes & Bag: Chloe
Top, Skirt & Bandana: c/o Madewell
Top (Similar) & Skirt: Primark Heels: ASOS
Top: Brandy Melville, Jeans: TopShop, Shoes: (Similar) 
Top & Skirt: Nasty Gal Shoes: Madewell
Sweatshirt (on sale!): Urban Outfitters. Bandana & Shoes: Madewell, Jeans: AG
Sweater (old): And Other Stories, Jeans: Madewell, Shoes: Seychelles 
Sweater, Bandana & Shoes: Madewell, Jeans: AG
Sweater: American Apparel, Skirt (similar): Forever 21, Boots: Madewell, Scarf: ModCloth
Shirt: Brandy Melville, Jeans: TopShop, Boots: Sol Sana. Jacket: Vintage, Bag: YSL
Sweater: Urban Outfitters, Skirt (similar): Michael Kors, Boots: Madewell

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