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June 28, 2016

How to do the Bodysuit Thing

The 90s are back in full force: bodysuits, chokers, silky black dresses, mom jeans... are you loving or hating? While you won't see me donning glitter jellies anytime soon, I can get down with bodysuits!

Finding the right one is definitely a process - are you a full coverage on the bum type of person or want a thong style? Long sleeves or barely there straps? I would opt for a black tank bodysuit (maybe not as open as this one) because you can style it a few different ways. Last month I styled it with mom jeans and recently I paired it with a maxi skirt to create the illusion of a flowing black dress:

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how to wear a bodysuit, asos wester belt, maxi skirt and bodysuit
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how to wear a bodysuit, asos wester belt, maxi skirt and bodysuit
{asos bodysuit // rachel pally maxi skirt - similar here // asos western belt // steve madden 'sanibell'  heels  // hair + makeup deets here}

This is one of those outfits that can be super casual or totally glammed up. Pair it down with flat sandals and you have a perfect beach date night look.  Plus it's technically two pieces, so you get way more bang for the buck!

I'm sure you're probably thinking "how do you wear a bra with this?" and the answer is you don't. You could definitely wear petals or sticky boobs though. Btw, the sizing on the bodysuit is true to size!

Psst - posted hair deets here


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June 23, 2016

#Targetstyle: 3 Easy Summer Vacay Hairstyles


As I prepare for my upcoming Miami vacay, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite vacay hairstyles that can take you from pool to evening cocktails, and let you go a day (or two) without washing! 

{beachy waves}

You know I'm all about beachy waves all year round, but they're especially perfect for summer vacays. I typically use a 1-inch curling wand, but lately I've been trying out a 1.5-inch curling iron. I love the subtle waves that it creates because they look a bit more undone.

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how to get beachy waves, easy vacation hair ideas, target hair products

One of my pro-travel tips is using reusable containers for your shampoo and conditioner because it allows you to bring your go-to products instead of picking up a travel-sized product that you may not love! Hair definitely knows when you're not using the good stuff. Plus, I leave my travel toiletry bag under my sink; that way I can grab and go whenever I need. Recently, I've been trying out Clairol's new Hair Food line, which is all-natural, gluten-free, sulfate-free, and smells like a dream.

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{messy top bun}

This is my favorite pool-to-cocktails style because the top layer of my hair is typically pretty oily and dirty after a day at the pool, but I don't always want to wash and style it (don't worry, I still shower) because I'm just going to go to the pool the next day.

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how to get beachy waves, easy vacation hair ideas, target hair products

To get this look, all you need is a hair-tie and a few bobby pins. Grab the top layer of your hair—less than what you would normally do for a half-up, half-down style. Pull into a ponytail at the crown of your head. Messily pin pieces to create a full bun-like style. There's really no right way to do it; just pin until it feels right.

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Another one of my travel essentials is dry shampoo. It ALWAYS comes in handy.  This one from Hair Food is a perfect carry-on size and smells like a tropical vacay. For second-day beach hair, I always go a little heavy on the dry shampoo at the roots and opt for a side fishtail braid.

{side fishtail braid}

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how-to fishtail braid, easy vacation hair ideas, target hair products

Pull hair to one side and then into two sections. Pull a piece from the underside of one section and cross over and secure with second section. Do the same for each side until you complete the braid. I always like to secure with a hair-tie, and then use my hands to pull apart the braid and loosen it up.

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You can always tweet or Snapchat me with any questions! Here's to summer vacation and great vacay hair!  Find your style @TargetStyle.

June 21, 2016

We all need a Señorita Dress!

Every time I look at this dress I start singing JT's "Senorita, I feel for you... "  - do you hear it too? It's very rare that I want to look like an emoji IRL, however, this dress is an exception. Self Portrait put all the best details of the "dancing lady in a red dress" into this lace beauty and I'm feeling it.

I bought this dress on a whim last month when I realized three days before a cocktail attire wedding that I had NOTHING to wear. Thank the fashion gods for overnight shipping, am I right? 

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how to wear lace dress, red lace dress, self portrait dress, guest of wedding
how to wear lace dress, red lace dress, self portrait dress, guest of wedding
how to wear lace dress, red lace dress, self portrait dress, guest of wedding

There are so many reasons to love this dress - I mean, the lace details are amazing! Aside from the lace, the high-neck and long sleeves are definitely a new twist on the typical cocktail dress. Self Portrait always does unexpected details (like this black one from earlier this year) which is why they're a great brand to go to for wedding guest and holiday dresses. 

You may have seen this look on snapchat during that wedding weekend - one of my favorite parts was the lip! I'm wearing one of my 5 fave lippies for summer and the color of this lacquer perfectly matches the dress. Not sure if that's a fashion faux pas but I'm doing it anyway!

Let's talk about sizing: Self Portrait is Australian and always runs small. I'm a true 0 and honestly, should've gotten this dress in a size 2. Andy had to do some magical tricks to zip up this baby and I was doing some truly magical dance moves since I couldn't lift my arms past my shoulders! 


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June 20, 2016

Kiss Me: 5 Lipsticks for Summer!

True story: I used to think only grown ups wore lipstick... either I'm officially a grown up or I was wrong! Let's go with the latter. When it comes to getting comfortable with lipstick, I have my girl Steph  and a very successful Clinique counter experience to thank. Until last year all I wore was nude gloss (you guys, I'm 30!) and now I'm obsessed with trying out lots of different hues ranging from glossy to matte and everything in between; it's so fun! 

You know who's not in to this fun new lipstick phase? The BF. Boys don't get it! 

Here are a few of my current faves with deets below about why I'm so into them: 
And btw, this post is not sponsored. I've been using all of these for the past few months and seriously love!

pixi mattelustre lipstick: I picked this up during a Target run to wear in a previous beauty post and it's honestly a great stepping stone to truly matte lipstick. "Mattelustre" goes on like a regular lipstick and is super moisturizing but it has a matte look after it settles. These styles are pretty pigmented but they don't feel too heavy, so I have a few scattered between my work bag and purse that I reach for all the time!

clinique pop lacquer: Clinique sent a few to me earlier this year but I didn't really fall in love until after my underwater photo-shoot when I put on the 'happy pop' color. The color is the perfect orange -red combo. I wouldn't say coral because it's more red than that but it's perfect for warm summer nights and totally makes a tan glow.

l'oreal paris infallible pro-matte gloss: Now this is a true matte. It feels so interesting when you put it on, like you're softly wiping a bed sheet over your lips. The matte and the darker color are definitely different for me (I wore it in this recent post) but I really like 'em.

bare minerals buttercream lipgloss: This literally feels like buttercream on your lips. The moody berry has been a fave night-out color for awhile. It's very dramatic but not too serious because it has the gloss.

buxom full-on lip cream: Talk about a gloss that I have in every crevice of my house, all my purses, and at my desk. Buxom did a great job with these because they're super lightweight and they actually make your lips look fuller (definitely some tingle action). If you're looking for a new gloss I would suggest the lip cream.

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What are some of your fave lipsticks? Has anyone tried the Kylie lipkits? Are they worth it? Over the weekend I tested out Stila's Stay All Day Lipstick in fiery and fell in love. The matte color lasted literally all night and through the AM ... yup, fell asleep in my makeup... oops!  

June 16, 2016

Summertime Soirée? Wear This!

The sun is FINALLY out - hallelujah! Spent today working by the pool and it was glorious. Speaking of pool time... last week I did a super fun summer solstice shoot with Glitter Guide  and wore this dress that I pretty much want to live in. It's SO comfy and just screams poolside glam:

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How to wear maxi dress at pool, Mara hoffman crinkle crepe maxi dress
How to wear maxi dress at pool, Mara hoffman crinkle crepe maxi dress
{mara hoffman crinkle crepe maxi dress // crap eyewear sunglasses}

The dress ties a handful of ways, so it's like multiple dresses in one. That mindset it what helped me justify the price - haha - it's all about cost per wear. I actually love seeing how different retailers style it. Shopbop's is definitely my fave.

Since I've been getting a lot of qs about sizing lately, I'll make sure to include information in my posts going forward. Hopefully that will make things easier! My stats: 5'3" size 24/0, and 34B.  I'm wearing an XS in this dress and very happy with the length considering I typically have to cut/hem things since I'm on the petite side.

{pursuing poolside glam}