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June 29, 2015

#Targetstyle: 4th of July Beauty

This post is sponsored by Target.

Don’t you just love the 4th of July? As a grown up, I look forward to it as THE event of the summer… well, besides Labor Day. But Labor Day is kind of depressing because it means summer’s over. Anywho, this year the 4th falls on a Saturday so there’s no excuse not to go ALL out! Let’s grab our painted pineapples and get red, white, & blue all over.

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I’m continuing my beauty partnership with Target and today we’re highlighting some glam beauty tips for the 4th. I like to think of any holiday as a time to go bold, try something you’ve never tried before, and just be totally glam; it’s fun!

Every summer beauty look starts with my 5 minute face + summer beauty must-haves. What about the hair? Whether you’re going to the beach or not, we can all fake sexy, salty beach waves.


I have naturally wavy hair that can either get super frizzy or be beach perfect depending on the humidity and last time I washed it (sounds gross, but we all love a good second day dirty hair). Instead of leaving it up to the weatherman I always reach for a texturizing beach spray to get tame, manageable waves. This Fekkai Spray has sunflower seed oil so you get texture without drying your hair out which is awesome.

What to wear on 4th of July, How to Get perfect beach waves, 4th of July Beauty, Target Beauty Tips,
What to wear on 4th of July, How to Get perfect beach waves, 4th of July Beauty, Target Beauty Tips,

Of course, since it’s the 4th of July I opted for a festive bikini. Aren’t these bottoms fun? Pair 'em with any solid white, blue, or red top from your bikini arsenal and you've got the perfect patriotic beach look.

Another fun beauty moment for the 4th is going with a bold lip. After all, who doesn’t love a good red lip? I actually think it looks so great with dewy summer skin and a simple white tank and denim; it’s perfectly subtle.

red lip for holiday, 4th of july outfits

See: you’ve got your red, white and blue! I’ve been really into the matte lip colors lately but they can be hard to wear all day, so I typically start with matte and add on shine when I need to reapply.

What to wear on 4th of July, How to Get perfect beach waves, 4th of July Beauty, Target Beauty Tips,

What to wear on 4th of July, How to Get perfect beach waves, 4th of July Beauty, Target Beauty Tips,

What are your plans for the 4th? I think I’m going to Malibu… let’s just say I’m counting down the days. Get more 4th of July style inspo on @Targetstyle.




June 26, 2015

Jorts Are My Jam

Cut-offs, jorts, denim shorts... whatever you call 'em, they're a summer essential. I've been living in them as proof by my Instagram. Typically I reach for a distressed version but you do you!

how to wear cut-offs, j crew tie heels, zara vest
how to wear cut-offs, j crew tie heels, zara vest
how to wear cut-offs, j crew tie heels, zara vest
how to wear cut-offs, j crew tie heels, zara vest
how to wear cut-offs, j crew tie heels, zara vest
how to wear cut-offs, j crew tie heels, zara vest
{forever21 shorts - similar // zara vest  - similar from missguided // super sunnies // j. crew heels (on sale!) // chloe bag


Jorts don't always have to be super casual with a tee and sandals, although I do love them like that. Try dressing them up with heels and a silk tank. This season I cannot get enough of vests; they make the perfect "3rd piece" and instantly tie an outfit together. 

Happy Friday, friends!

{pursuing the perfect jorts}


June 24, 2015

4th of July Painted Pineapples

The 4th of July is upon us and, of course, it's the perfect time to paint some pineapples. I'm definitely not re-inventing the wheel with these (see my previous DIY) but I thought it would be fun to do for the upcoming holiday. Honestly, they take about 30 minutes to make and last for at least a week.

 Think of all the instagrammable moments you'll have at your 4th of July party! Get the deets below:


supplies
- pineapples
martha stewart acrylic paints 
foam brushes
3 piece paint brush set
- tarp or kraft paper


For the gold one, I used a metallic paint then a gold glitter paint on top to give it a bit more sheen. In real life she's spectacular! 


how
Part 1: palm the pineapple and use the foam brush to get a good base of paint all over the stems. Don't worry about the nooks and crannies at first, just get some coverage going and then use the smaller paint brushes to really spread out the paint and fill in the details. Each pineapple takes about 10 minutes and since the paint is pretty thick there shouldn't be a big mess.


 Part 2: Let 'em dry overnight and you have some pretty pineapple decor... btw, they're still edible! 


These could even make great hostess gifts if you're going to a 4th of July party! On another note, if you've been looking for the perfect lace-up flats these red guys are BEYOND. Did you see them on my Insta? I die over them. They're under $100 and come in black too. Definitely size down if you're in between sizes as they run big. Full outfit looks coming to the blog soon! 



June 18, 2015

Day to Night Beauty Look

Happy almost Friday! Does it feel like the longest week ever or what? 

I've been traveling a ton which I love but sometimes packing is a struggle, especially when it comes to makeup. Usually the core products make the cut and the rest are left home because I don't want to deal with bringing a handful of different eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, etc. This strategy makes for an easy carry-on but not so exciting beauty looks on the go. #thestruggleisreal That's why I'm super pumped for the new Buxom Eyeshadow Bar

Recently the Buxom team reached out to me to share their new customizable eyeshadow palette that allows you to pick any 6 shades that YOU love.  So genius, right? I mean how many times have you purchases a palette and only used 2 or 3 shades? It's such a waste! You don't even want to see the drawer of half used palettes I have in my bathroom right now. (This is when I need the monkey with his hands over his eye emoji!) Anywho - I'm so pumped for the palette because I customized 6 perfect day-to-night shades that will be perfect for all my travel adventures.

buxom eyeshadow palette sephora, day to night makeup look

The colors I put together fit my minimal day look but then have the potential to make a very sultry evening look. I don't know if it's my complexion or brown eyes but I love a good purple eyeshadow.

buxom eyeshadow palette sephora, day to night makeup look

For day it's all about a light brown shadow and a little shimmer in the center to brighten my "I snoozed like 7 times this AM" eyes. During this whole exercise I also discovered Buxom's nude lip foundation and it's amazing. Have you ever heard of it? It gives a sexy matte finish that perfectly matches your lips. I then added my go-to lip gloss for a little shine. I digress...

buxom eyeshadow palette sephora, day to night makeup look

Back to the palette - Buxom has also created 3 pre-made palettes for you to chose from in case the idea of creating your own is a little too daunting. What's funny is the 'Dolly's Wild Side' is almost exactly what I needed in my life except I was craving a black eyeshadow for defining my eyes in the evening. Honestly it's so fun creating the palette, like makeup legos! Each color is primer-infused, meaning that there’s no need to prep with primer; another great thing for traveling. I love that they're making it easy on us. 

buxom eyeshadow palette sephora, day to night makeup look

As I mentioned above, for night I like to add some purple and create a smokey look with black shadow. Definitely glam but I love it!

{see full look here // buxom eyeshadow bar}

If you're a makeup maven or just like to make your life easier and more customized (I'm the latter!) then definitely check out the new palette. I feel the need to plan another vacation or work travel now... love how that works out! 

{pursuing eyeshadow palettes}





June 16, 2015

Come Fly With Me

Every once in awhile you stumble on a magical dress that gives you wings (sorry, Redbull)! This cape dress is one of those:

how to wear cape dress, nasty gal white dress, summer date night outfit
how to wear cape dress, nasty gal white dress, summer date night outfit
how to wear cape dress, nasty gal white dress, summer date night outfit
how to wear cape dress, nasty gal white dress, summer date night outfit
how to wear cape dress, nasty gal white dress, summer date night outfit
how to wear cape dress, nasty gal white dress, summer date night outfit
{nasty gal cape dress / aquazzura heels // clare vivier clutch}

When I saw this dress at a recent Nasty Gal event my first thought was "it's going to make me look like a marshmallow or a ghost." Maybe you think I do that... haha... but I love it. There are also tons of non-white cape dress options out there!

Back to the white one: a handful of my friends are getting married this year which got me to thinking that this could definitely make for a great engagement party dress for any bride-to-be. The fit is forgiving but flattering and it just looks SO chic. Guys, this dress is less than $100. All you need is fab pair of heels and a simple clutch... tah dah!

{pursuing cape dresses}