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The best statement necklace


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Top: Everlane // Pants: Gap // Flats:  Old Navy // Necklace: Hollis Jewelry (c/o 9th & Elm)


Last week, I shared the newest addition to my scarf collection.  I aptly dubbed it Confessions Wednesday.

Well, I have another confession for this week.

One: I used to dislike big necklaces.  I don't even remember why I disliked them.  I suppose it was more of a small necklace phase, but yeah.  Spoiler alert: I love them now.

Two: I used to hate the color red.  I know, right?!  Red is kind of my color now.  I get tons of compliements when I wear it, and it makes me feel confident.

So, of course I had to get this necklace when I saw it on 9th & Elm's site.  Unfortunately, this brand's sale is over.  I saw this similar necklace on 9th & Elm that is also super cute.

How has your style changes over the years?

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy and Shanna.

Makeup Monday: Favorite Bronzers


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As a (super) pale person, bronzer has always made me nervous.  A couple years ago, I wanted to try bronzer but thought I couldn't find one to suit my skin.  Well, that nervousness didn't last very long.  I just started diving into the world of bronzers.  These are the ones that I love.


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Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess

This is a small size, and as you can see, I've used the heck out of it.  It is shimmery, but it's definitely a classy shimmery (does that make sense?).  It warms up my skin and gives me a really pretty glow.

NARS Bronzer in Laguna

Another tiny bronzer :)  I was very, very surprised that to like this one.  This is a pretty popular bronzer in the Youtube beauty world.  It's a matte bronzer, slightly darker than the Tarte one.  I really have to use a light hand with this, but it's so pretty.

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Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Creme Bronzer in Warm Tan

What a weird name for a makeup product, right?  If something was actually undetectable, why would I even wear it?  I'm pretty sure they mean 'so natural it looks like your actual skin and not this creme bronzer you're about to buy.'  But that would take up too much space on the packaging.  Anyways!  This is a (you guessed it) creme bronzer.  I like to wear this under foundation.  I apply it in the contour areas of my face (hollows of my cheeks and around my hair line a bit).  It looks very natural coming through my foundation.  It's one of the more affordable bronzers I own, as well.

Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Golden Mosaic

I use this as more of a bronzer-y blush, but it definitely falls in that 'warming up your face' category of face products.  You can swirl the colors together to create a custom shade, or you can use each individual color.  It not only warms up my cheeks, but it also highlights.  I love this multi-tasking product!

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Milk Chocolate

This bronzer ranks right up there with the Tarte one.  It smells just like chocolate (I love that) and it's that gorgeous, matte, warm brown that just looks so nice on your skin.  Plus it smells like chocolate.  Did I mention that?

What are your favorite bronzers?

Liking up with Molly and Carly.


Friday Faves: Maxi Dresses


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Today's Friday Fave post is all about maxi dresses.  When I went shopping with Molly and Angela recently, Angela commented that she has lots of maxi dresses but no maxi skirts.  Well, I am the opposite!  This is my first maxi dress, sent to me by the Mint Julep Boutique.

If you've never heard of Mint Julep Boutique, you seriously need to go check them out.  And prepare to get lost in all the clothing.  When they asked if they could sent me an item to review, I had the hardest time deciding since everything is so dang cute.  So, yeah, go check them out.  If you sign up for their newsletter, you will receive a $10 coupon!

My original opinion of maxi dresses was that they are not remixable.  And you all know how much I love to remix.  I gave myself a little challenge -- I chose a dress based on how much I liked it, not the outfits I could foresee.  And then I got to mixing and matching! I pulled out quite a few different pieces to put with this dress, but these were my faves.

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Dress: Templo via Mint Julep Boutique (c/o) // Cardigan: Old Navy (via thredUP, similar)
Sandals: Target (old, similar)

This first outfit is casual.  Another assumption I had about maxi dresses was that I wouldn't be able to wear them with heels.  I am so glad this dress can be paired with flats, because that has been the most comfortable way to wear it!  I love the matchiness of the cardigan with the silvery contrast of the sandals.  This is perfect for the summer!

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Belt: Thrifted (similar) // Shoes: Rue 21 (thrifted, similar)
Earrings: Local boutique (similar) // Ring: Belk (similar)

This second look is more appropriate for a date night.  I love these shoes with this dress.  The belt adds interest to the shape, and of course I had to go with gold accessories for a special evening out.

This dress is going to be in high rotation this summer.  It's so comfortable, flowy, and cool.  Thank you, Mint Julep Boutique, for making my summer wardrobe more colorful!  And don't forget to sign up for their newsletter for your $10 coupon.

Do you love maxi dresses?  How do you style them?

Beach Essentials Giveaway


There's nothing like going to the beach on a beautiful, hot summer day! 
It's the perfect place to cool off, get a tan, and have endless amounts of fun! Everyone needs a little ocean therapy to clear your mind and get into summer mode.

However, you can't go to the beach without some beach essentials, right?
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Confessions Wednesday


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Top: Everlane // Pants: Gap // Scarf: Gertie & Baxter (c/o 9th and Elm)
Shoes: Target (old, similar)

I have a couple confessions for you today.

One, I own a lot of scarves.  Why is this a confession?  Based on the outfits here on my blog, you would never know it.  I have an entire bin of scarves (and quite a few that don't fit in it) that are rarely worn.  This is a problem, and I need to rectify it.  Even though it's hot here right now, I have quite a few that are light and airy and very appropriate for summer.

Second, I love flash sale sites.  You've probably heard of Hautelook, Zulily, and Rue La La, amongst others. I was recently introduced to 9th & Elm, which caters to handmade, designer, or otherwise cool items. Think Etsy, only with bargain deals and items are sold even faster.  You will absolutely love this site, if you love handmade and independent designers.

With the credit they provided me, I purchased this Gertie & Baxter bike scarf and one other item that you will see next week.  I was extremely impressed with how fast my items were shipped and arrived.  Within one week, I had both items directly from the designers.  If you've ever shopped on a flash sale site before, you'll know that that is fast.

I was very happy with my entire experience on 9th & Elm, including their customer service.  I had originally ordered a different scarf, which had been sold out by the time I placed my order.  They quickly got my second choice to the designer, at which point she mailed my scarf to me.  I love supporting smaller businesses, getting a deal, and receiving fast service.  It's a win, win, win for me!

Do you love flash sales, too?

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy and Shanna.




Stitch Fix July 2014

Disclaimer: I am using affiliate links within this post.  If you click through and schedule a fix, I will receive a credit of $25.  Please do not feel obligated to click my affiliate links.  But thanks if you do click them!

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Yup, I drank the Stitch Fix kool aid.  After seeing Molly's June Stitch Fix review, I decided to try it out for myself.  Stitch Fix is a style service.  For $20, you can schedule a fix.  You leave notes for your stylist based on what you love/hate/want/need and she sends you five items.  The $20 styling fee can be applied to any items you keep.  If you keep all items, they take 25% off.  The $20 fee is not refundable.

When you initially sign up, you complete a style profile.  So, I did that, schedule my first fix,and here are my thoughts!

I really love classic pieces that can be mixed and matched.  I also work in an office setting, so work clothes are a must.  But, I also love to dress casually on the weekends, while still looking pulled together.  As far as notes for my stylist, I did not leave any for this first fix.  I wasn't sure where to start, so I left it open-ended.

On with the items!  Spoiler alert: I only kept one item but thoroughly enjoyed the process.  I've already scheduled my next fix.

Also, I was racing against time with these photos.  It was hot and humid and it was fixing to rain.  Horrible pictures galore!  My apologies.

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I really loved the styling cards that came with the items.  Although I feel like I can remix my clothes pretty well, it was great to see their ideas.

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Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse, size medium, $48

The first item is this shirt.  The moment I put it on, I knew I wouldn't keep it.  Sleeves are a frustrating thing for me.  Long sleeves are usually too long, so I aim for 3/4 length.  But, sometimes 3/4 lengths are more like bracelet length.  I must have short arms.  Anyways, I usually roll up my sleeves.  But, these sleeves would NOT stay rolled up.  (tried to illustrate both ways I tried it in the pictures)  The fabric was too flimsy.  And the button tabs were too long to leave the sleeves unrolled.  So.... no.

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Ivy Crochet Back Tab-Sleeve Blouse, size medium, $68

The moment I took this out of the box, I knew I was going to keep it.  Do you ever have shopping moments like that?  The color is so pretty, I love the cut, and the back detail is perfect.  I promise that picture above is not a gratuitous booty shot, just trying to show the crochet detailing.  I'll have to wear a tank underneath, lest I want to show off my bra.  $68 is really on the edge of being too expensive for me.  However, I could picture this with casual and dressy outfits, it was technically only $48 since I wouldn't be getting the $20 styling fee back, and it felt amazing.  Remixability and perfect fit = yes.

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Kut From The Kloth Jenna Bermuda Short, size 14, $68

These were a tough call.  I think bermuda shorts are really supposed to be shorter, as in right above the knee.  As you can see, they were well below mine.  I don't like pants/capris/shorts to hit that area.  I just think it looks weird on me.  So, I rolled them up twice.  Much better, but the fold felt thick.  Not too thick, just not ... perfect.  I could have gotten them altered, but at $68 I would really just want to buy something that's great as is.  The fabric is so nice, though.  The perfect amount of stretch, not see through, curve-hugging, and breathable.  I am very impressed with this brand and can see why people love it so much.

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Marilyn Mix Striped Maxi Skirt, size large, $58

This looks awful on me.  Very comfortable, the right size, but ... no.

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Abbi Mixed Print Elastic Waist Dress, size large, $78

This was really, really hard to send back.  Unfortunately, it was a size too small.  On the top, it fit perfectly. However, my pear shape just wasn't having the bottom of it.  Typically, with dresses that are not fit/flare or looser on the bottom I have to size up to accommodate my hips.  Had this fit perfectly, I would have kept it. In fact, I did the "but if I lose five pounds it will fit..." thing, but immediately put the brakes on that.  If there's one thing that I learned from What Not to Wear, it's that you dress for your body today and not the future. So, today this does not fit me.  And today I will send it back (err, well, actually last Friday I sent it back).

Overall, I am super happy with Stitch Fix.  It was a lot of fun to have someone else shop for me.  As far as prices, I have requested that my future items be cheaper.  Generally, I just like to get the most for my money. I am not adverse to paying more for certain items, especially if I love an item.  But, overall, I want my items to be cheaper.

I am very happy with how my stylist interpreted my style profile.  She hit the nail on the head.  Looser-fitting solid tops, interesting prints, and classic bright colors.  I am very, very excited for my next fix.

Have you tried Stitch Fix?  What do you think about it?

p.s.  I'm still sad about the dress.  I hope I can get it in my next box!


Makeup Monday: Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains


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I am extremely excited about today's Makeup Monday.  First of all, you know how much I love lip products.  Second of all, you know that Revlon is one of my favorite drug store brands.  When I saw these Colorstay Moisture Stains at Target a month (or so) ago, I was extremely excited to try them out.

Basically, these are thick, moisturizing lip stains.  These are part of Revlon's Colorstay line, which is really great.  I haven't tried a Colorstay product that I haven't liked yet.

Now, my first impression of them was 'meh,' but only because of the texture.  When you first put it on your lips, it's pretty thick and gooey.  I know that sounds gross, but it gets better.

As it sits on your lips, it almost melds with your lips.  This is going to sound weird, but it feels like it is "one with your lips."  It dries and does not move around, all while moisturizing your lips.  I know!  It looks glossy but it doesn't feel glossy.  It's seriously very weird.  Albeit, a very awesome weird.

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I bought two colors, London Posh and India Intrigue.  I highly recommend both of these shades.  London Posh is more natural looking, of course, and it has a bit of a sheen/frost to it.  Being that it's relatively close to my natural lip shade, it doesn't stain my lips.  But, as it wears off, it keeps my lips from looking "dead." Which is always a plus, in my opinion.

India Intrigue does stain my lips.  As far as wear time, I have color on my lips until I eat something.  If I put this on at 6 am and eat at noon, it lasts around 6 hours.  The color is not as vibrant at lunch time, but my lips still have a really pretty color to them.  It also does not come off on my coffee cup/water cup straw thing.  It seriously stays put!

Since I took these photos, I purchased a third color called Barcelona Nights.  It is a gorgeous deep berry color.  I also highly recommend that color, as well!

Have you tried these yet?  What do you think of them?

Linking up with Molly and Carly.

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