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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

High Waisted Pants + Off Shoulder Top

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After months of searching for off white high waisted trousers, I finally found a pair at Bloomingdales  made by Reiss. The pants were a bit of a splurge, but I knew if I spent the time to take the pants to the tailor, the pants would be a good piece for my summer wardrobe. The following day I forced myself to go by the tailor.  When I got the pants back, they fit perfectly. I've found these pants look professional for my 9 to 5 and trendy for my after hour events. I love the monochromatic look, but the pants would look great with almost any summer shirt. 

Here are a few of my favorite white pieces for the summer. I'm loving the off the shoulder trend right now. These tops go with almost any skirt or pants I own.



Top - Mango (similar here & here
Pants - Reiss sold out (similar here & here)
Shoes - Schutz c/o in denim 
Necklace - Kate Spade "MRS"
Lipstick - Ruby Woo by MAC





Photos by Lydia Hudgens

Monday, June 29, 2015

Makeup + Hair Tutorial for a Summer Glow at the Office

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In today's post, I'm going to be sharing a makeup and hair tutorial for those summer days at the office using a few of my favorite tools from EcoTools
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During the warmer months, I like to pull back my hair and wear lightweight makeup to the office. 

For my beauty routine, I start with Joise Maran daily moisturizer with SPF 47 (not pictured) and then I apply Vita Liverata face tanning moisturizer. Throughout the year, I always apply moisturizer SPF to my face, so my face is typically 2-3 shades lighter than my body in the summer. This gives you a sun-kissed look with the sun
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After moisturizing, I apply powder foundation with the EcoTools Angled Kabuki brush ($9.99). I like the larger brush because it's not isolating my powder foundation to one area. Instead, it allows for even application across my face. 

If you're on the hunt for a larger makeup brush for powder and bronzer, I'd highly recommend the Kabuki brush. EcoTools brushes have the softest bristles out of all the makeup brushes own. I've owned a few brushes that have medium to harder bristles and they irritated my skin, it's great to have these brushes for a lightweight application. I own two Kabuki brushes; one for power application and one for bronzer application. 
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Then I apply a coral color blush with the EcoTools Tapered Blush Brush ($6.99). The shape of the brush allows for me to apply directly to my cheekbones to brighten up my face in the morning. 

Next, I apply eyeliner, mascara and lipstick to complete the look. 
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Moving on to my hair, I'm using the EcoTools Smoothing Detangler Hair Brush ($10.99) to get out tangles and smooth out my hair. Paddle brushes have always been one of my favorite brushes to use on my hair. What I like most about this brush is the way it feels through my hair. The soft bristles and padded cushion is very soothing to my head. 
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Using a rubber band, I put my hair up in a half ponytail. 
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Using the topsy tail technique, I part my hair and then flip my hair through the middle of section to create the first twist.
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I repeat on the next section. I pull back my hair and include the hair from the first twist to create a second twist. 
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Ecotools hair tutorial makeup tutorial summer glow office ideas on hair professional fashion blogger simple hair tutorial  Angled Kabuki Brush $9.99 Tapered Blush Brush $6.99 Smoothing Detangler Hair Brush $10.99
Repeat on the last layer of my hair. I like the look to be a little messy. Most pieces can be pinned using bobby pins. 
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On the last section, I pin my hair under the third twist. For an out of the office look, leave your hair unpinned for a casual vibe. 
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The look is complete. I pull out a few hairs in the front to frame my face. It's an easy look to recreate in less than five minutes when you're in a hurry to the office and you don't want to put your hair in a bun or a pony tail. 

Thank you EcoTools for sponsoring this post! It's such a pleasure to work with EcoTools. They're an eco-friendly company with great products at a great price point! 

Direct links to the tools used in today's tutorial



Photos by Lydia Hudgens

Friday, June 26, 2015

Dresses to Wear to Formal Weddings in the Summer

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Dress - DressBar c/o wearing size 4
Heels - Zara old (similar here)
Bag - Brahmin 

For those who are on the lookout for the perfect dress for an upcoming wedding, DressBarn recently launched a new line of dresses which gives you a variety of dress options for wedding attire. They have dresses for every occasion - from beach to formal weddings.  Two of my favorite dresses from the new DressBar wedding collection are the Floral V-Neck Dress and the Db RSVP Long Sweetheart Dress

This time last year, Matt and I were on our way back to New York from our wedding in Mexico. Although we got married in Playa del Carmen, we had a formal wedding and reception. We asked our guests to also wear formal attire. These two dresses from DressBar would have been great options for our wedding guests, especially for the price! 
 
The floral v-neck dress is a great option for a formal wedding in the summer. For my body type, the neckline and bow belt fit my petite frame. The nude strappy heels elongate my legs with the midi cut skirt. I paired the floral print with a black textured clutch. 

The black sweetheart dress (see below) resembles the dresses my bridesmaids wore at my wedding - without the price tag. The dress zips in the back and ties at the neck. This dress can easily double as a bridesmaid dress. 


Here are a few of my favorite dresses for summer weddings.



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black chiffon dress dressbar dressbarn dresses to wear to black tie weddings what to wear to summer weddings nyc weddings black dresses for wedding inexpensive dresses for wedding wha to wear to a formal wedding brahmin bag schultz shoes
black chiffon dress dressbar dressbarn dresses to wear to black tie weddings what to wear to summer weddings nyc weddings black dresses for wedding inexpensive dresses for wedding wha to wear to a formal wedding brahmin bag schultz shoes
black chiffon dress dressbar dressbarn dresses to wear to black tie weddings what to wear to summer weddings nyc weddings black dresses for wedding inexpensive dresses for wedding wha to wear to a formal wedding brahmin bag schultz shoes
Dress - Dressbar c/o wearing size 4
Bag - Brahmin
Heels - Schultz

Thank you DressBarn for sponsoring this post!



Photos by Lydia Hudgens