Wish List Wednesday…a colorful edition!

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Is it obvious that I’m dreaming of being on vacation with this post? I think the HomeAway post made me want to go to the beach ASAP.

I’m loving the two beach cover-ups in this post — both from Target and the pineapple one is on sale!

The 31 bits bracelet is SO cute and would be great with a bright maxi dress — as would the Rebecca Minkoff clutch.

Hope this post brought some color to your day — I’m going to be dreaming of palm trees and the sound of waves crashing tonight!

Have a great day!

-Lindsey

New Glasses for Spring with Warby Parker

Since I was in high school, contacts and glasses has been a part of my daily routine. I’ve never really liked the way I look in glasses (especially when I was in that awkward teenage stage!), so I’ve always deferred to contacts.

Sadly, although I love their convenience and they don’t get in the way or require any make-up alterations, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve had to give in and wear my glasses more often. The combination of long hours and time spent in a big, dry arena will do that – one of my first seasons, my eyes got so irritated that I had to wear glasses for three-straight weeks. I was SO mad… #firstworldproblems, right?

That’s why I’m so excited about today’s post. I’ve recently been looking into buying another pair of trendier glasses to mix in with the pair of Tory Burch glasses I’ve had for years (they have held up GREAT but are showing their age). Jillian Harris actually inspired me as she often posts pictures and Snaps of her in a pair of larger-framed glasses. She makes them look so chic and stylish – I call them ‘nerd frames,’ but she makes them look cool! I’m hoping I can do the same… only time will tell!

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In addition to wearing glasses more during the day, I also love the idea of buying a pair of prescription sunglasses for the beach because the wind, sand and salt gives contacts a beating!

With that said, here we go! Warby Parker launched its spring collection and it is SO much fun, while also being practical, and, most importantly, affordable! With good insurance, my Tory Burch glasses STILL cost about $200. Warby Parker has launched some great frames that start at $95 for single-vision glasses AND you can try them on before you order as a part of the company’s Home Try-On option.

Here are my five favorite pairs that I’m hoping to try on through the program. Let’s start with the optical options

1 – Dorset – Whiskey Tortoise

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I LOVE the classic look of these! They’re so stylish and will go with EVERY outfit. The tortoise style, to me, screams classy and chic. This pair of glasses will never go out of style – the color and frames are timeless.

2 – Dorset – Coastal Blue Fade

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The style is the same as the first, but I am drawn to this color! The grayish blue tones in the frames is so pretty! These would pair so well with all colors, too, and could be thrown on with dressier work outfits or jeans and a sweater on the weekend.

3 – Crane – Atlantic Blue

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Does anyone else feel like navy is the new black? It’s definitely becoming a neutral and I’ve been loving looks lately that bring in navy and black – so simple and chic.

4 – Laurel 16 – Striped Sassafras

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When I was browsing the sunglasses, I loved all the classic shapes and tortoise-like coloring, but the patterns were so different. The Striped Sassafrass coloring of this version of the Laurel 16’s lives up to the name for sure. The shape is so classic – it will look great for morning commutes and fun on the weekends.

5 – Piper – Digital Horn with Peony

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I am OBSESSED with these sunglasses – I definitely saved the best for last! I love the classic color of the frames, but the pattern is unique. And the pop of pink?! So pretty – these would be great for the beach, but would also look so pretty paired with a sundress! I keep seeing these paired with a light midi skirt, short sleeved t-shirt tucked in and a high pony or pretty curls!

This post was fun to write – and it was fun to explore a newer company, its history
(it was started by friends who were inspired after one of them lost their glasses on a backpacking trip. A poor college student, he spent the next year squinting because he couldn’t afford a new pair!) and its mission. If nothing else, I hope it gives you an option to remember if you’re on the hunt for a new pair of prescription glasses – for work or the beach!

Have a great day – and happy Mardi Gras!

-Lindsey

 

Please note: I was not compensated for this post, but was approached by the company to include its products in a blog post. These insights are my honest opinions.

 

 

DIY: HEY Y’ALL sweatshirt

It’s hard to believe it’s already Monday! Our office is closed, but the team is playing on ESPN against the Memphis Grizzlies as a part of the NBA’s traditional games on MLK Day. I saw this graphic on Instagram and thought it was a great thing to remember on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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Today’s project is an easy one. I love shirts with phrases on it — I don’t know why I gravitate to them so much, but they are just fun. I think when I see someone wearing a cheeky shirt, I think to myself, “That person doesn’t take themselves too seriously and they likely don’t hate fun.” Ha ha! Seems simple enough.

Here’s what you need.

Supplies:

-Iron

-Iron-on lace (I can’t find it online, but I bought mine at JoAnn Fabric and it was perfect for this!)

-A blank pre-washed shirt of your choice

-Scissors

-Tape

-Print out in actual size of what you want the shirt to say

-Extra shirt or towel for ironing

Directions:

1-Decide what you’d like to have your shirt say and play around with fonts/shapes/sizes on the computer (I used Arial Narrow for this project).

2-Cut out the letters.

3-Tape them to a piece of the iron-on lace so you can easy cut the letter out.

4-Lay out the letters on your sweatshirt. I wish I had flattened the ‘roll’ of lace before I started, but live and learn!

5-Put a t-shirt or thin towel over your letters (I did one word at a time) and hold for 60 seconds.

6-Remove the iron and admire your work! Repeat this step until you’ve affixed everything to the sweatshirt.

7-Dress & impress!

Note: Sadly, mine’s not perfect. The ‘H’ is a little bit crooked — drats!

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I thought this one would be cute with black jeans, booties and a chambray shirt and statement necklace. Love how the lace ended up looking! Sorry about the lighting in this shot — it was taken in a different room than the others.

Hope you enjoy this fun DIY — man, the things I could do if I had a Cricut! Ha ha!

Have a great day!

-Lindsey

 

Golden Globes + Dr. Jart Sheet Mask Review

Happy Monday!

Hope everyone had a great weekend. We relaxed and got some stuff done around the house which was perfect. Then, I prepared for one of my favorite times of the year: AWARDS SEASON!

To sit here and say I’m a fashion expert would be a lie, but I love awards season and oogling the gorgeous dresses and jewelry and makeup and hair that comes down the red carpet.

The 2016 Golden Globes were no exception and my favorite was:

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior (not shocking!). The red gown was so stunning and the cutouts were so different. Her Chopard jewels, especially the choker, were incredible! Many didn’t like the hair, but it seems very “J-Law.” Talk about someone who does what they want and doesn’t care what others think — love her! The red lips were a good choice, too.

The next group of ladies were my next round of favorites — probably second was Julianne Moore, third – Kate Bosworth and fourth, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. I didn’t see Julianne Moore’s gown until later in the show — INCREDIBLE and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is just so gorgeous. I’m going to spend the next week attempting to capture the texture her hair stylist managed for the event. The gold just looks amazing on her. JLo looked gorgeous as always and Rooney Mara went with such a bold choice with hair and makeup — love it — and her McQueen gown. Jenna Dewan-Tatum wore my favorite sparkly number of the night, but, and this is petty, don’t use the pockets for the red carpet shots. Every girl loves pockets in her dress, but it just looks strange in some of the portraits — a lot of ladies posed with hands burrowed in them and it looked weird.

Microsoft Word - Document1Left to right: Kate Bosworth (Dolce & Gabbana), Rooney Mara (Alexander McQueen), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Saint Laurent), Jennifer Lopez (Giambattista Valli), Julianne Moore (Tom Ford), Jenna Dewan-Tatum (Zuhair Murad).

Every year, Amy Adams always seems to be one of my favorites and Rachel McAdams choice of pattern was beautiful. I couldn’t find the designer of Uzo Aduba’s dress, but, after always choosing a bold color, I like that she chose a black, sparkly number. Her waves and middle part were pretty, too. Brie Larson ROCKED that gold Calvin Klein gown–her abs are insane and Olivia Wilde looked so gorgeous in the Michael Kors gown. Her date rocking Jordans was pretty awesome, too.

Microsoft Word - Document1Left to Right: Amy Adams (Versace), Rachel McAdams (Lanvin), Uzo Aduba (couldn’t find designer), Brie Larson (Calvin Klein Collection), Olivia Wilde (Michael Kors Collection).

Laverne Cox just always glams up for the occasion and her white gown was beautiful and Zendaya looked so grown up in the Marchesa dress. I’ve never seen Downton Abbey, but Joanne Froggatt’s periwinkle gown was so pretty and Sophia Bush went simple and classic — so gorgeous! Bryce Dallas Howard’s dress story was probably the best of the night as she talked about picking out her own gown at Neiman Marcus the week leading up to the Globes. If she did her own styling, too, bravo! Loved the earrings and the simple hair with such a bold gown — could have gone with a low updo, too, but her hair color popped against the blue.

Microsoft Word - Document1Left to Right: Laverne Cox (Elizabeth Kennedy), Zendaya (Marchesa), Joanne Froggatt (Reem Acra), Sophia Bush (Narciso Rodriguez), Bryce Dallas Howard (Jenny Packham).

Microsoft Word - Document2Left to Right: Maura Tierney (Elizabeth Kennedy), Leslie Mann (Monique Lhuillier), Natalie Morales (couldn’t find designer), Jane Fonda (Yves Saint Laurent Couture), Savannah Guthrie (couldn’t find designer), Katy Perry (Prada).

I always get kind of sad watching people KILL these actresses for their red carpet choices, but the above dresses just weren’t my favorite. It doesn’t mean they don’t look gorgeous, but, especially with Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie, I thought the styling was just off. Both of those ladies look impeccable on the Today Show everyday and I was just underwhelmed by their red carpet looks–they’re both so pretty, too! Leslie Mann, Maura Tierney, Jane Fonda and Katy Perry are different ages, but all of them have rockin’ bodies — Katy’s dress might have tried to show that a little too much. Her gown was just too tight for my taste and just didn’t have that ‘WOW’ factor for a red carpet. Hopefully, they all felt gorgeous because, at the end of the day, that’s all that really matters!

Well, that was fun! I can’t wait until the Oscars — always my favorite!

Now, for a quick beauty product review: the Dr. Jart Clearing Solution sheet mask.

I follow Jillian Harris on social media and, especially on SnapChat, she’s always highlighting sheet masks that she uses when she’s traveling, so when I received a Sephora gift card for Christmas (Thanks, Mom!), I thought it’d be a great time to try a few different ones.

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For the last few weeks, between the differing temperatures and stress from the holidays, my skin has been freaking out, so I chose the clearing solution mask after buying about six different ones.

Here’s what it promises:

What it is:
An ultra-fine microfiber sheet mask that controls blemishes and corrects uneven skintone.

What it is formulated to do:
This silky, hydrating microfiber sheet mask—made of soft microfiber finer than a strand of hair—addresses trouble-prone complexions by soothing redness and inflamed skin from acne and preventing pigmentation. Featuring a super silky texture, the thin material of the mask gently clings to skin for even and consistent absorption of active ingredients. Glutathione, a potent antioxidant, visibly evens out skintone and helps brighten and improve the appearance of dark spots and discoloration. A trio of essential ingredients including salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and niacinamide control excessive oil and breakouts for a clear, luminous skin.

What it is formulated WITHOUT: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates

I decided to do it yesterday when I had plenty of time to let the serum soak in after using it. Here are the directions:

Suggested Usage:
-Cleanse and apply toner.

-Peel off, discard the film liner, and apply mask adjusting around eyes and mouth.
-Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes.
-Remove the mask and gently pat remaining serum until fully absorbed.

Skin before: you can definitely see that there’s a lot of redness, scaring and blemishes (really keeping it real today!).

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During: Ha ha! The dogs usually freak out when I do face masks and this was no exception!

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After: This is with the serum still on my skin. The redness definitely was toned down. I left the serum on until I went to bed (probably a couple of hours; it was definitely sticky, so not something I could have done if I had somewhere to be).

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Verdict: I liked it; it didn’t seem to make TOO dramatic a difference right after, but I’m hoping the blemishes I have now clear up more quickly and that it helped with that process. Throughout the day today, I didn’t wear any makeup and limited the products on my face (I used my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate last night and the Kiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion in the shower today to clean out my pores) and I’ve notched the blemishes going down a little. I liked the feel of it and the fact that I could use the serum after just using the mask. I left it on my face for hours!

I hope you found this helpful — I purchased a variety of masks, so I’m looking forward to testing them out during the coming weeks.

Have a great day!

-Lindsey

 

Wednesday Wish List: Winter Warmth

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It’s FINALLY been cold in New Orleans — and by cold, I mean, it’s been below 50 for, like, four days in a row. It has me daydreaming about snow and boots and mittens constantly!

Over the weekend, I did go shopping for a winter coat. I ended up getting the Vince Camuto coat featured above (9) and I’m obsessed! I saw it earlier in the season, but it was SO expensive at $275. I just can’t justify that when we live in a place that’s so warm most of the year. BUT, Macy’s had a huge sale this weekend and I ended up getting it for $103…yes! I can’t wait to wear it — as much as I love peacoats and how classic they are, I liked that this one is a little different.

I’m also VERY much coveting the white faux fur infinity scarf from Target (10). Fingers crossed it goes on sale soon!

All those years growing up and complaining about putting on mittens and scarves and hats when it was 10 degrees in Ohio were wasted on someone who didn’t truly appreciate winter accessories! Ha! Live and learn, right?

Hope you’re having a great week!

Have a great day!

-Lindsey