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Thrifted dress made into skirt

Thrifted dress made into skirt

Thrifted dress made into skirt

Thrifted dress made into skirt

Thrifted dress made into skirt

Top: Target // Skirt: Thrifted (similar) // Shoes: Sam & Libby (old, similar)
Photos by Em Grey

This skirt has been so versatile.  And to think it used to be a dress!

If you don't remember, I thrifted this a few months ago.  It was a dress with a flimsy, jersey tank top... top.  It was awful, but I saw the potential in the skirt.  The fabric is really nice.  I love the texture, color, and thickness.

I have paired this with many tops, and I've even put it over a dress.

Pretty awesome for a $4.39 dress/skirt!

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy and Shanna.

Makeup Monday: My Favorite Highlighters

The best highlighters

Today's Makeup Monday is all about my favorite highlighters.  I am such a fan of highlighters.  These actually aren't all the ones that I own.  Just my faves!

The best highlighters

Lorac Perfectly Lit Spotlight Highlighter (Discontinued, similar here)

I am so sad that you can't get this one anymore, but the new one looks quite similar.  The golden tone of this highlighter is gorgeous.  It's the right balance of shimmer and golden-ness!

The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer

If you like the look of the Lorac one, this is another great one.  It's not quite as golden as the Lorac highlighter, and it has so much more shimmer.  Seriously, you have to use a light hand with this.  I imagine this will last for a very long time.

Benefit Watt's Up!

This is a sample that I received from the Benefit counter at the Crabtree Valley Mall Belk store.  This is, of course, a golden-tone cream highlighter.  This is one of my favorite cream highlighters.  It's so creamy and easy to blend.

The best highlighters

Dermablend Quick Fix Illuminator

This was sent to me by Birchbox for review last year.  This is a white liquid highlighter.  It is in brush-tip-pen-form, if that makes sense.  It is the most natural highlighter I own.  That band of white on the package is the product.  It doesn't look white when you blend it in, so it gives a very ethereal, gorgeous glow to the skin.

Sonia Kashuk Liquid Highlighter (Discontinued, similar here)

I am so sad that I found this product on clearance.  Usually, that means the product is being discontinued. Sonia Kashuk re-released the highlighter in cream stick form.  This one is liquid-y like the Dermablend one.  It's very golden.  Not quite an everyday highlighter, but gorgeous nonetheless.

The best highlighters

Top Shop Glow in Gleam

This was sent to me by Aine, when we did a swap in April.  I have eyed Topshop makeup products online but was nervous to order any.  She sent me a few Topshop products, all of which have been amazing.  This has been my highlighter of choice since I received it.  Once again, a little goes a long way so a light hand is required.  I use it in my "No Makeup" Makeup look.

What do you think about highlighters?  A must-have for your makeup routine, or something for special occasions?

Linking up with Carly and Molly

The best statement necklace

9th & Elm The best statement necklace

9th & Elm The best statement necklace

9th & Elm The best statement necklace

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

The best bronzer for pale skin

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.

The best bronzer for pale skin

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.

The best bronzer for pale skin

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

Mint Julep Boutique Summer Maxi Dresses

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.

Mint Julep Boutique Summer Maxi Dresses

Mint Julep Boutique Summer Maxi Dresses

Mint Julep Boutique Summer Maxi Dresses

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!

Mint Julep Boutique Summer Maxi Dresses

Mint Julep Boutique Summer Maxi Dresses

Mint Julep Boutique Summer Maxi Dresses
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?
Lucky for you, today I'm teaming up with a group of lovely bloggers and shops to bring you a Beach Essentials GIVEAWAY! We're giving away $350 cash to help you purchase your favorite beach accessories, as well as some items from our favorite shops that will kick start your beach bundle!
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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.