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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Transitioning to Your Favorite Look for Fall with EcoTools

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The end of summer is here and we're getting ready for Fall, in today's post sharing one of my favorite looks to transition into Fall. I'm using the EcoTools Buffing Brush, Large Powder Brush, and the Eye Enhancing Due Brushes
During the Fall, I typically wear my blush a little high on my cheekbones, my eye shadow is a little darker and my hair gets pulled back a little more often at the office. 
Here's a little about the brushes I'll be using in today's post: 
EcoTools Custom Coverage Buffing Brush- also great for foundation and the ultimate brush for smoothing out makeup lines for flawless results. Great to keep in your bag for buffing touch ups throughout the day.
EcoTools Large Powder Brush - can be used for foundation, blush or powder. Pssst! A new trick of using it to apply dry shampoo to your roots for second day hair.
EcoTools Eye Enhancing Duo Brushes - four eye brushes in two. Each side is equipped with an essential brush to achieve a perfect eye look. Takes up less space in your Makeup bag.



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 I'm start by putting liquid foundation on a small mirror. Then I use my EcoTools Custom Coverage Buffing Brush to apply all over my face. These types of brushes are great to evenly apply your foundation to your face. When applying foundation to my cover my freckles, I apply a little more to these areas for fuller coverage. 

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Lately I've been using the Makeup Forever HD Powder. It evenly sets my foundation on my face for longer wear. 

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Using the EcoTools Tapered Blush Brush I apply blush to my upper cheekbones. 
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Batman loves to play with makeup! 

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Using the EcoTools Eye Enhancing Duo Brushes I apply a lighter color to the inner eye and then apply a darker color to the corner of my eyelids. In the fall my eye shadow pallet changes to more bronze/brown tones. I'm a huge fan of the Naked Palette this is a great way to get a variety of colors for the season. 
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Thank you so much for reading today's post and special thanks to EcoTools for sponsoring today's post.





Photos by Lydia Hudgens

Friday, August 28, 2015

What to Wear to Work | MM.LaFleur

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On Monday, I shared the MM.LaFleur Bento Box. Today I'm sharing two of my favorite pieces I received in my Bento Box; the Winfrey top an the Soho skirt. I fell in love with these pieces after reading this article of Narie Forster, who is the COO of MM.LaFleur.

The pieces can be worn together and resemble a dress, but can also be worn as separates and still be appropriate for the office. I imagine wearing this top with wide leg trousers and the skirt with a printed buttondown shirt. The soft jersey knit fabric is comfortable for any day at the office.

For anyone who missed it, use the code CORPORATECATWALK for a free copy of Wear to Work with their first Bento Box. If you've ever torn your closet apart in a state of early-morning outfit angst, this book is for you. We know how hard it can be to shop for work and to balance personal style with the sartorial codes of the office. Our advice? Get a uniform! In this manifesto, we'll show you how to build a career-making wardrobe in four delightful steps.

Thank you MM.LaFleur for sponsoring this post!



Photos by Lydia Hudgens

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Three Essential Tops for Your Work Wardrobe This Fall

This post is dedicated to one of my readers, Emily. Last month she asked for recommendations on tops to wear to the office. Today's post is all about three basic tops to have for your work wardrobe this Fall/Winter. 

There are three types of tops to extend your work wardrobe; camisoles, button-downs and sweaters/cardigans. What you'll find is that most of my work tops can be worn several different ways. Remember, you don't have to spend a fortune to look professional at work. 

Camisoles

These can be worn with any blazer and cardigan. They're lightweight and don't add bulk to your outfit. As much as I love silk, I'd recommend getting a polyester camisole, simply because the material is durable for the busy corporate woman. 

Start building your work wardrobe with a white, black and blush pink camisole. These colors go with traditional blue and black trousers. 

Best stores to find camisoles; J.Crew Factory, Express and ASOS.

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*the above photo, you can easily switch out the ripped denim for a black skirt or black trousers to complete your work look.


Button-downs

One of my favorite work shirts, especially in the fall and winter. If you find a button-down that fits well, get it in a few different colors and/or patterns. These can be layered with sweaters, blazers and dresses. I love the sophistication of button-down shirts. For those ladies who are a little curvy, invest in an undershirt likes this one from spanx, this will eliminate the embarrassing cleavage gap in button-down shirts. 

Start building your work wardrobe with a white and striped button-down. 

Best stores to find button-down shirts; Ann Taylor (40% sale),  J.Crew and Banana Republic.


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Sweaters/Cardigans

Lightweight sweaters and cardigans will keep you warm at the office (because we all know it's an icebox 90% of the time) and extend your work looks. J.Crew is my favorite store for sweaters and cardigans. The photos below show layering with a button-down, but cardigans can be worn over camis and sleeveless work dresses. Basic sweaters are nice because they can be paired with basic trousers. That's what I typically wear when I don't have the time to put together a look in the morning. 

Start building your work wardrobe with a black and nude cardigan and white sweater. Slowly start adding colorful sweaters like orange, pink and blue for more variety in your looks. 

Best stores to find sweaters and cardigan: Banana Republic, Nordstrom and J.Crew


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Photos by Lydia Hudgens