Pattern Primer: Watermelon Print Shirt

Hello friend! As I continue on my summer pattern series, I’d like to pay tribute to the summer fruit known as the watermelon. Besides being a sweet, cooling treat, it also makes for a fun summer print. Case in point is my fun watermelon print shirt. Let me show you two ways to wear it.

Watermelon Print Shirt for Play

Wearing a watermelon print shirt for casual days is quite simple. You can pair it with jeans or shorts and you are set! Because of that reason, I wanted to push myself a bit more in the casual outfit. Therefore I chose to pair it with a denim skirt and booties.

J Crew factory watermelon print shirt and denim a line skirt styled for a casual look J Crew factory watermelon print shirt and denim a line skirt styled for a casual look

The look is casual but polished. For accessories I chose gold tone jewelry to go with the belt.

J Crew factory watermelon print shirt and denim a line skirt styled for a casual look J Crew factory watermelon print shirt and denim a line skirt styled for a casual look J Crew factory watermelon print shirt and denim a line skirt styled for a casual look

Watermelon Print Shirt for Work

Because some think wearing a watermelon print shirt to the office can be unprofessional, I sought to prove them wrong! Here I paired the shirt with a sharp pencil skirt. The look is professional, and perfectly office appropriate!

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When I was choosing the skirt for this outfit, I decided to play off the colors of a watermelon. Therefore I chose a few shades of green. Although my initial pairing was a true watermelon rind color, it felt too costumey. Instead, I went with this bright chartreuse. While it is still green, it’s not quite so literal. Furthermore, it pairs so well with the pops of red in the watermelon print shirt and shoes.

J Crew Factory watermelon print shirt and pencil skirt for a work appropriate look J Crew Factory watermelon print shirt and pencil skirt for a work appropriate look

For accessorizing this look, I chose to stick with gold and white tones. A white watch is just perfect in the summertime. I chose to pair it with my gold double hoop earrings and statement necklace. To finish off the look, I topped it all off with my gold clutch.

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I hope I have succeeded in proving that a watermelon print shirt can be worn to the office. Besides the watermelon print shirt post, I also have a palm tree print and pineapple print post. Plus I am working on some others. If there is a summer print you’d like to see, please let me know in the comments!

Pattern Primer: Red Stripes and Leopard Print

Hello friend! Ever since my first red stripes and leopard print post, I have been obsessed with this combination. I have even purchased a few more red striped items, particularly summer pieces. Therefore I want to show you more examples of red stripes and leopard print outfits. This time around however, I am focusing on just the red stripes and leopard print, without also requiring denim and tan.

How to wear red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit

Ruffled Red Stripes and Leopard Print

A bold way to wear red stripes and leopard print is to bring in large elements of each print. For example, in this outfit, I am wearing a red striped top with a leopard print skirt. Although both items are standout and bold, they still go together. That’s because the stripes are thin and wide, while the leopard print is smaller and more dense. See my pattern mixing 101 post for more information.

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I love the way this outfit turned out. I wore it to a conference last May. To make it more work appropriate, I had simply topped it with a cardigan. Then when happy hour time came, I took off the cardi and I was ready!

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Office Red Stripes and Leopard Print

An understated way to wear red stripes and leopard print to work is to keep one of the prints limited to a small item of clothing. For example in this look, I chose to wear the leopard print in a belt. Now the contrast is not as large as in the first look. It’s almost demure!

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I paired the two prints with a ruffled chambray top. Chambray pairs well with everything. It is always a go-to for me when I am pattern mixing or styling a new item.

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Casual Red Stripes and Leopard Print

Because my original inspiration was with denim, I decided to do an outfit with the summer equivalent of jeans: cut-off shorts. I paired it with my off the shoulder ruffle top and a leopard print scarf and I am set!

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When I was putting this outfit together, I didn’t have a leopard print scarf in the size that I wanted. I searched high and low and still could not find one. Then I had an A-ha moment!

I simply went to the fabric store and picked out a good leopard print fabric. Then I took that fabric along with a square scarf I already owned to my tailor. She used my own scarf as a template and quickly whipped a similar one out of the leopard print fabric. Now I had the perfect size leopard print scarf. And it was so cost effective! Try that next time you can’t find the exact size scarf you want.

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Flirty Red Stripes and Leopard Print

Another summer mainstay item is the denim skirt. For that reason, I’ve been wearing my skirt often this season. Therefore I had to create another outfit with the skirt. I chose to pair it with a long-sleeve off the shoulder top because I wanted some more coverage with so much of my legs showing. Furthermore, this would be a good look for the beach where it could get chilly.

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This time around, I moved the leopard print to my feet by wearing my leopard print Gigi sandals. It’s another subtle way to bring in the leopard print.

Red stripes and leopard print pattern mixing outfit for a casual summer look

As you can see, it is truly so easy to pair red stripes and leopard print together. I hope you give it a try yourself! If you enjoyed this post, please share the link on your Facebook!

My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Hello friend! Do you feel it in the air? The sale of the year is here. Therefore we need to get cracking at our game plan! We must seek out the best pieces and bring them to our closet! Do not get overwhelmed or stress! I am your friend here, an avid shopper and quite experienced with this sale. Let me show you my Nordstrom anniversary sale picks.

2017 Nordstrom anniversary sale picks: categorized by fall trends

As I have done in previous sale posts, I will help you strategize which items to purchase. I spent hours going through the entire sale. Therefore I am familiar with all that is available. After looking through everything, I did notice some trends. Let me share with you what items are going to be hot, not just for the sale, but for the entire season.

My Nordstrom anniversary sale picks

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale General Strategy

Now if you’re reading my blog, it’s safe to assume that we both like to shop. But, we can’t truly buy everything we like (and girl, there is a lot to like in this sale)! We can however, strategize and shop smart!

  1. Think about the season ahead. The anniversary sale is a pre-season sale. That means most of the items are for fall. Therefore get your mind thinking about the next season and what you want and/or need.
  2. Look through your fall and winter items. Are there things you were planning on replacing this year? If yes, this is the time!
  3. Shop early. Believe it or not, items sell out! This is a big sale that a lot of people are shopping. Last year I missed out on the Rebecca Minkoff jumbo love bag… It’s still a sore subject!

Nordstrom anniversary sale picks

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: Denim

Similar to past years, my Nordstrom anniversary sale picks have a few pairs of jeans. Denim is always hot. It also is important to update your denim seasonally. Because I wear jeans so much, I tend to buy at least one new pair each season. Therefore I perused the denim section carefully. One thing is for sure: the season’s it jean is going to be the diagonal hem jeans. But raw hem and distressed are also still in style and good options!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: Leather Leggings

After my ode to leather leggings post, you’re probably not surprised that I am including them in my Nordstrom anniversary sale picks. Since I saw how fun and versatile they were last year, I will definitely be stocking up on another pair or two this year. I also encourage you to do the same. Really there are so many ways to wear them!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: Tweed

If you have read my white jeans post, then you know I love a good tweed jacket in the cooler months. I think it makes for a good layering piece for work and play. I also wore it in my NYC trip. Because it is such a versatile piece, I will be looking for another one this fall. I recommend you check out the cute tweed jackets too!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: Velvet

Another thing is certain: velvet is staying strong for the fall. There were quite a few pieces on the runways for this upcoming season. Therefore it’s no surprise to see more velvet in stores. If you don’t have some cute velvet pieces, get some now! There’s even a velvet pleated skirt like I wore in my velvet crush post.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: Leather Jacket

If we are thinking ahead to cooler weather, we will start pining for a buttery leather jacket. This year I am planning on getting a butterscotch color jacket. But whatever the color you prefer, Nordstrom has a ton waiting for you.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: Pleated Skirts

I am predicting pleated skirts are going to be big for fall. I am all for that as I adore a pleated skirt. In fact, put these last two categories together and you have a fantastic look: a leather jacket with a pleated skirt, just like I’ve worn here.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: Layers

Now is also the time to add some layering pieces to your wardrobe. Some of these will work as a light layering piece now (poncho for the beach, vest for the office) as well as over more substantial items of clothing in the fall and winter. Also military pieces are big for fall, there are quite a few cute military style jackets. Therefore if you’re on the lookout for a cute fall jacket, take a look at one of those!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks:Leather Skirt

I have been craving a brown leather skirt for a few years now. This is going to be the year I bring one into my life! Luckily there are many options!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: Shoes

Every year at this time, I tend to buy some shoes at this sale. It’s the perfect time to stock up some basics (leopard print flats) or try a new trend (mules). There are a few pairs of shoes I am considering. I have already ordered these cute giraffe print flats. And I will try out the mules in the store this weekend.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: Boots

Since boots are the cornerstone of fall footwear, I must look at the new season’s assortment of boots. I have a good collection already, so I’m not in need of much other than a good brown boot. I am eyeing the Bolina over the knee boot. The corseting detail is right up my alley!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: Splurge

Finally this may be the time to splurge on a fancy name brand, especially if you’re not buying much else. Brands that are typically out of your reach, may have a more reasonable price point now. It’s worth the time to take a look.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks: The Damage So Far

Nordstrom anniversary sale picks

So far, out of my Nordstrom anniversary sale picks, I have purchased the diagonal hem jeans, the giraffe print flats, leather leggings, and the DVF dress. I am hoping to see the boots and other shoes at the store to finalize my purchases. I also purchased a few bras and panties, but I’m not gonna bore you with that. It was just good to get some of the fancier lingerie brands at a discount! So what are you guys getting? Let me know!

Outfit details from my shopping trip:

Current Obsession: Banana Republic Paperbag Waist Lace Inset Skirt

Hello friend! When I first laid my eyes upon this skirt, I knew I had to have it. One, because I had been looking for a neutral khaki skirt. Two, because I love the lace inset detail. Three, because the paperbag waist is a spring/summer trend that I have yet to try. And four, the most important reason, because it fit me so well! Therefore the Banana Republic Paperbag Waist Lace Inset Skirt had to come home with me!

Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt styled for a summer work outfit with a J Crew Navy bow sweater and Sam Edelman white pumps

Because I had been looking for a khaki skirt for such a long time, I had to wear the Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt right away. I wanted to make it a work look, so I paired it with an office-friendly navy shell.

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I loved how the Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt fits and looks. Wearing a paperbag waist can be a bit tough though, so here are my tips:

  1. Wear it with a tucked in top. This tip is key! If you want to have a streamlined look, make sure the top is not loose and billowy. The top I chose is a knit, which tends to cling to the body, thus making it ideal for this skirt.
  2. Consider a crop top. Obviously this would NOT be for work. But if you’d like to take the Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt out on the town, pair it with a cute crop top. To keep the details of the skirt’s waist the focus, make sure that the top ends about an inch above the skirt. That way, the cute paper bag effect is not concealed.
  3. Bust out a bodysuit. Yes the bodysuit is perfect for the Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt. It keeps the top perfectly smooth and tucked in. In fact, I am going to hunt one down. If you have a good one, let me know!

Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt styled for a summer work outfit with a J Crew Navy bow sweater and Sam Edelman white pumps Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt styled for a summer work outfit with a J Crew Navy bow sweater and Sam Edelman white pumps

Since this is a summer look, I chose to wear my white pumps. I think they are summer essentials! Plus I think navy, khaki and white make for a fresh summer work look.

Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt styled for a summer work outfit with a J Crew Navy bow sweater and Sam Edelman white pumps

To stay with the color palette, I decided to wear gold and white jewelry.

Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt styled for a summer work outfit with a J Crew Navy bow sweater and Sam Edelman white pumps Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt styled for a summer work outfit with a J Crew Navy bow sweater and Sam Edelman white pumps Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt styled for a summer work outfit with a J Crew Navy bow sweater and Sam Edelman white pumps

Overall I am very pleased with the Banana Republic paperbag waist lace inset skirt. I plan on wearing it with many brights all summer long. My next combination will be with some bright yellow. Stay tuned on my Instagram to catch it!

Pattern Primer: Palm Tree Print Skirt

Hello friend! Doesn’t the thought of summer conjure up images of palm trees swaying lazily in the breeze? Therefore it’s no wonder that we are clamoring to wear this fun print. I’ve been participating by wearing my palm tree print skirt. Let me show you how I’m styling it! I have two skirts to share, one is old from H&M, but the other is new, the linen skirt in palm tree print.

Styling a palm tree print skirt two ways

Preppy Palm Tree Print Skirt

I often turn to J Crew for my printed pieces. They just always do a phenomenal job. Luckily for me, they did not disappoint with their new palm tree print skirt. Therefore, I snagged it right away. What I like is that it is not the usual ubiquitous green and white print. Leave it to J Crew to change it up and get the print in a blue!

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While on my Instagram, I originally wore this palm tree print skirt with a solid navy top, I always knew I wanted to add more color. Therefore, I decided to throw in some pink with my gingham blouse and heels. The results were just what I wanted. Of course it didn’t hurt that I got to pattern mix too!

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For the accessories, I added my new silver clutch. It was a nice contrast in color and texture to the pinks and blues of this palm tree print skirt outfit. I also went with all rose gold jewelry to mirror the tone of the shirt. My standout piece were my Morningstar drop earrings.

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Cool and Casual Palm Tree Print Skirt

The palm tree print skirt becomes hip and cool with the addition of a graphic tee. Since I’ve extolled the virtue of the graphic tee so many times, I’ll spare you today. Suffice it to say, I heart it! I’ve worn this H&M palm tree print skirt with a graphic tee before (and three other examples here), therefore it was easy to try it again. This time I changed out the tee for a more colorful one.

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The effect is fun and colorful for summer. But with the burnt orange colors, this look can even be carried into the fall.

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For the accessories in this palm tree print skirt outfit, I went in opposite directions. With so much color in the actual outfit, I decided to keep the shoes and the bag neutral. These are the largest accessories, so I didn’t want them to detract from the outfit. However, I did add a pop of color with the earrings. Because the color coordinates with the skirt, it helps to unify the entire look.

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I hope you enjoyed my two palm tree print skirt outfits. Let me know how you’re wearing palm tree print!

Try This: Denim on Denim

Hello friend! Today’s post came about quite naturally. First, I have been meaning to do a denim on denim look for a while now. Second, I keep seeing such pretty distressed denim skirts everywhere. Therefore I decided to combine the two and do a denim on denim skirt look for you guys.

How to style a denim on denim outfit

I have done a few denim on denim looks before: Some on Instagram and also one on the blog (see weekend in NYC blog post). But none of those looks were with a skirt. Therefore I challenged myself to try to style a denim on denim skirt outfit.

My Tips for a Denim on Denim Look

  • If both denim items are blue, make sure there is a good amount of contrast in the shades.
  • Consider white and black denim as well!
  • Don’t forget the color denim!
  • Do give your accessories a chance too! I love a good denim purse or shoe!

My Denim on Denim Outfit

In choosing the top, I knew I wanted a chambray. Truthfully, because I love chambray so much, the biggest challenge was choosing my favorite one! In the end, this knotted tank won out. I liked that it had a high neckline which would balance out the short skirt in this denim on denim outfit.

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Tip to make a denim on denim look work with this top? Choose straight cut bottoms, whether it’s a skirt or pants. Because of the knot at the hem of the shirt, a pair of pants or skirt with a lot of volume on top can detract from the details of the top. It can also add too much bulk to your midsection, so stick to a straight cut item!

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For the skirt of my denim on denim outfit I could have gone with a deeper blue, but this black denim skirt had caught my eye. I love the raw hem and the high-low cut. Both features made it very unique to me. Therefore I decided to go with it. Size note: I sized up a couple of sizes to get a longer length. 

Denim on denim with J Crew chambray tie waist top, black distressed denim skirt and Vionic shoes Blakely booties in natural snakeskin

How to Accessorize a Denim on Denim Outfit

So what shoes should you pair with a denim on denim outfit? If you’re a pattern lover like me, you’d most definitely pick one with a print. Therefore I chose my new snakeskin Blakely Booties from Vionic shoes. They add interest and dimension to the outfit. Furthermore, these shoes are amazing. I am thoroughly impressed with how comfortable and stylish they are.

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For my jewerly, I wore my perfect hoops from Sheila Fajl. Because the neckline of the top was high cut, I decided a large pendant necklace would be perfect. Therefore I added my Sugarfix warrior pendant. I completed the look with a silver watch and bracelet.

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I hope you enjoyed my take on a denim on denim look! Because the pieces are so versatile, I plan on wearing them multiple different ways all summer! If you have outfit suggestions, leave them in the comments!

Try This: Fourth Of July Outfit Ideas

Hello friend! With fourth of July here, we need some fun and colorful outfits. Because I like to dress for a theme, I’m excited to bring on the red, white and blue. Let me give you multiple fourth of July outfit ideas.

Casual Fourth of July Outfit

For a casual yet polished look, why not pair a red striped off the shoulder top with some denim shorts?

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It makes for a simple outfit to wear to a barbecue and to watch fireworks.

Fourth of July outfit ideas such as a casual look with denim shorts and red striped off the shoulder top Fourth of July outfit ideas such as a casual look with denim shorts and red striped off the shoulder top

I chose to wear my favorite pair of summer booties. These are my favorites because of the fantastic details. I adore that it has a deep slit on each side. I also love that it is perforated and open toe. They add a nice touch to every outfit I wear. You can also see the booties and shorts styled another way in my cactus print top post.

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Accessories can also make a fun statement for a fourth of July outfit. I chose to add another punch of blue with my earrings.

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Subtle Fourth of July Outfit

If you prefer to be less obvious in your outfit themes, try a simple chambray dress and add some red and white accessories. Because chambray is such a ubiquitous fabric, it doesn’t scream “Fourth of July outfit,” but it does whisper it! Therefore you can feel like you are participating in the theme without being too obvious.

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This dress is my favorite chambray dress at the moment. It is so easy to simply throw on and go! But once I pair it with the fun red white and blue clutch, it makes for a fabulous fourth of July outfit!

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I chose to wear neutral shoes so not to distract from the fun colors of the outfit. The gladiator sandals added some personality without competing to be the center of attention.

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A Hint of Fourth of July Outfit

When all else fails or you just don’t have the time to plan, you can make a fourth of July outfit easily with a chambray top (or any blue top) and a red and white striped clutch. This look is similar to the one above, but even simpler.

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Dressy Fourth of July Outfit

I wanted to include a dressier fourth of July outfit option in case some of us have a tad more formal event to attend. I still kept with the color theme of red white and blue. However, I chose more upscale pieces of clothing. For example I chose a red pleated skirt and a flirty cold shoulder top.

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To make it even more formal, you can pair the outfit with some high heeled sandals. But I chose to keep with the booties for an in-between look.

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Because the neckline of the dress is so open, I decided to wear a bold necklace. I chose the Isadora bib from Baublebar because it complemented the color palette so well.

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Overall I love the flirty and feminine feel of this fourth of July outfit. It’s definitely my favorite of the three.

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I’d love to know what fourth of July outfit you are planning on wearing this year! Let me know in the comments!

Beauty Beat: BrushCraft Makeup Brushes

Hello friend! While I have always fawned over the pretty Artis brushes, I couldn’t quite come to terms with the high cost. Because I truly wanted to trial it, I decided to contact Artis to see if we could collaborate. They informed me of their BrushCraft makeup brushes. The BrushCraft is a comparable brush with some updates. The best part is that these brushes are sold at a lower price point. Therefore, they are more reasonable to try.

Because of the good things I had heard about the Artis brushes, I decided to go ahead and try the BrushCraft makeup brushes. I have been trialing them for about a month now and am ready to share my thoughts with you.

Brushcraft makeup brushes: oval 6, circle 1R, Linear 1, Oval 3
From L to R: Oval 6, Circle 1R, Linear 1, Oval 3

Thank you BrushCraft for sending me these fantastic makeup brushes.

Details on BrushCraft Makeup Brushes

  • Thinner handles to allow easier maneuvering to do one’s own makeup
  • Made from manmade fibers called NuFibre (so it’s vegan, yay!)
  • Very dense brushes to provide optimum blending
  • Multi-use options for each brush
  • Designed with angles suited for self-application
  • Made to use with all formulas of makeup (powder, liquid, cream, etc.)

My BrushCraft Makeup Brushes

I received a four-pack of brushes including the Oval 6, the Circle 1R, the Linear 1, and the Oval 3. They also sent me their brush cleaning solution and cloth.

Brushcraft makeup brushes: oval 6 foundation brush
Oval 6
Brushcraft makeup brushes: circle 1R concealer and eyeshadow brush
Circle 1R
Brushcraft makeup brushes: linear 1 eyeliner and eyebrow brush
Linear 1
Brushcraft makeup brushes: oval 3 highlighter and eyeshadow brush
Oval 3

How to use the BrushCraft Makeup Brushes

Because the BrushCraft makeup brushes are built with such dense hair placement, it should require much less work from you to blend. The fibers should do the job quickly! Furthermore, you will need less product with these brushes. Again that is due to the hair placement. Because the brush is so dense, it will absorb less of the product in the fibers. Thus more of the product goes onto the skin versus getting trapped in the brush.

Brushcraft oval 6 makeup brush: ideal for foundation and blush

I have been using the BrushCraft makeup brushes for multiple purposes, just like they are intended to be! However, I will match up my favorite brushes and products below for your knowledge. But by no means should that hinder you from trying to use them for other purposes!

  • Oval 6: Foundation, blush
  • Circle 1R: Concealer
  • Linear 1: Lower lashline
  • Oval 3: Highlighter

My Impression of the BrushCraft Makeup Brushes

Upon first trying the BrushCraft makeup brushes, I liked them right away. They are soft yet dense, allowing quick and effortless application. I was nervous that perhaps I would have to learn how to use the brushes correctly. But I am happy I was wrong. Using the brushes is intuitive. The only part that’s a bit different is how I have to hold the brush. However, I got the hang of it quickly, so I don’t think it will be a problem for anyone.

I hope you enjoyed this post and video. Please let me know in the comments if you find the videos helpful. I have another one on my Fresh Lip Perfecting Wand post that you can check out too!

Pattern Primer: Styling a Cactus Print Top

Hello friend! Thank you for joining me as I continue my summer mini series. As I mentioned in my pineapple skirt post I’ll be featuring fun summer prints. Today I will focus on styling a cactus print top. This is my cactus print top of choice. Now let me show you how to style it!

How to style a cactus print top for work and play: Try a pattern mix or pair with denim shorts

Casual Cactus Print Top

When I first purchased this cactus print top, I immediately thought to pair it with denim. I just felt that the fun print would play well with denim. Because it is summer, I chose denim cutoff shorts, the quintessential summer item!

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Besides the fun print, I like the fit and feel of this cactus print top. It drapes exceptionally well. I also like that the hemline is rounded. That makes for a nice look when it is left untucked.

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I kept the look cool and casual with a fun summer bootie. Rather than always wearing sandals in the summer, I like to add in warm weather appropriate booties like these. The perforation and the open toe make it suitable for summer.

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Cactus Print Top Goes to the Office

Since I don’t shy away from bringing whimsy to the office, I had to style my cactus print top for work. I found it easy to do. That’s because the print is fun but not overpowering. Therefore, you can pair it easily with solids and other prints alike. I opted for pairing it with a second print. Is anyone surprised?

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I chose a green chevron print skirt from Anthropologie (my favorite haunt for gorgeous skirts). But you can easily pair it with a black and white stripe (thin or thick). For an extra bold look, I’d love to see it with a large gingham print!

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For a more polished look, pair it with a green or black pencil skirt. If you want a fun pop of color, throw in some pink. Pink and green are gorgeous together! Hence the reason that I am wearing pink polish and lipstick!

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I hope you enjoyed my styling of a cactus print top. But most of all, I hope to have inspired you to try something new. Whether it’s wearing a whimsical print to work, or pattern mixing, I encourage you to experiment with fashion! Stay tuned for more fun summer prints!

Beauty Beat: Fresh Lip Treatment Perfecting Wand Review

Hello friend! A few weeks back I had attended a Fresh skin care demo at a friend’s house. While I had used some products from Fresh, I hadn’t seen the entire line. I tried multiple masks and serums and purchased a few. However, my favorite item was the Fresh lip treatment perfecting wand. It is honestly a dream come true for me!

Fresh lip treatment perfecting wand demo and review

What is the Fresh Lip Treatment Perfecting Wand?

The Fresh lip treatment perfecting wand is a lip conditioner and exfoliator in one! It is quite simply a genius product! Because the tip of the wand has a textured silicone surface, it gently exfoliates as you apply the product. The core of the wand contains the lip treatment which is the consistency of jelly. To get the product out, you simply click the bottom of the wand, like some concealer products. Then the lip treatment comes out on the tip.

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How to Use the Fresh Lip Treatment Perfecting Wand

I find the best way to apply the Fresh lip treatment perfecting wand is to first dot it across my lips. Then I start moving the wand back and forth (or in little circles) to start the exfoliation. Otherwise, the product doesn’t get on my entire lip surface and it results in tugging.

My Favorite Ways to Use the Fresh Lip Treatment Perfecting Wand

  1. Exfoliate and moisturize. This is essentially the purpose of this product. You can choose to wear the treatment alone all day, which will be perfect for a five minute face. Or you can go over it with a lipstick. I find that most lipsticks glide over the product very smoothly. However, if you like a very matte finish, you may want to blot after using the Fresh lip treatment perfecting wand and then apply the lipstick.Fresh lip treatment perfecting wand demo and review
  2. Freshen up old lipstick. If after a few hours your lipstick has worn off and is patchy, allow the Fresh lip treatment perfecting wand to come to the rescue. Using it as instructed above will redistribute the lip color as well as add some shine. I often do this at the end of my work day to revive my lip color and therefore freshen my appearance. Fresh lip treatment perfecting wand demo and review
  3. Transition between two lipsticks. If you are wearing a long wearing lipstick and want to switch to another shade, this can be tricky! But never fear, the Fresh lip treatment perfecting wand can help! First, simply blot your lips to remove as much of the lipstick as you can. Then, massage the product on your lips as directed above. Then blot a few times more. This should remove the first lipstick and thus allow you to wear the next one without altering the color!

Would you Like to Try the Fresh Lip Treatment Perfecting Wand?

If you are interested in trying the Fresh lip treatment perfecting wand, you are in luck! Because I think everyone should try this product, I purchased an extra one for a giveaway. Simply leave a comment below and tell me your favorite summer lip color or product! Good luck!!!