Stars and Stripes for the Fourth of July!!!

I LOVE THE FOURTH OF JULY!!! It’s one of my very favorite holidays! I love BBQs, fireworks, pool parties, parades, and what the holiday stands for! So I figured I would help everyone get ready for this holiday and post some fun outfit options. 

Show your stars and stripes these patriotic pieces below…I just don’t know which one to choose! I may have to do a couple wardrobe changes…:)

AMERICAN WOMAN

Blue Life ‘Boardwalk’ Best Bum wtih Pocket in Flag Print

C&C California ‘Vintage Star’ Split Sleeve Dress

Current/Elliott ‘The Crewneck’ Tee in Light Grey/Navy Stars

Current/Elliott ‘The Stiletto’ in White Star

Dannijo ‘Liberty Bib’ Necklace in American Flag

DV by Dolce Vita ‘Jude’ Wedge Sandal

Equipment ‘Deim’ Tie Front in Patriot Multi

Juicy Couture ‘Bondi’ Stripe Terry Hoodie

Lauren Moshi ‘Frankie’ Color Flag Baseball Tee

Maison Scotch ‘American Flag’ Shorts

Maison Scotch ‘American Flag’ Tank

Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Heather’ Striped Sweater

Nanette Lepore ‘Cote D’Azur Cherry’ Dress

Rebel Yell ‘Flag Boyfriend’ Pullover

Red Carter ‘Cast Away’ Bandeau Suit

Soft Joie ‘Campie’ Tank

Soludos ‘Miro’ in Navy White Twill Stripe

Splendid ‘Venice’ Stripe Maxi Dress in Denim

Wildfox Couture ‘Land of the Free’ Cropped Tank

Young, Fabulous, & Broke ‘Whitely Tropical’ Stripe Maxi

Zinke ‘Gidget’ Bandeau in Lobster Red

*all pieces can be found at revolveclothing.com

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By the Sea: A Perfect Summer Outfit

The perfect summer outfit for a breezy summer day on the beach…a maxi dress, a short leather jacket, a summer scarf, bangles, and flat sandals. Bright colors make the outfit more summery, but if your dress is not bright, you can add color with your scarf, shoes, or jewelry!

Best Society Maxi Tank Dress

Calypso ‘Silk Helena’ Maxi Dress

Improvd ‘Lexa’ Stitched Leather Jacket 

Chamak by Priya Kakkar Set of 6 Gold Floral Bangle Bracelets

House of Harlow 1960 ‘Blue Cabochon & Gold’ Bangle

Bajra ‘Double Dip Dye’ Scarf

All Hail ‘Jethro’ Thong Sandal

*All items can be found on sale at Gilt.com

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Pink and Leopard + a hair tutorial!

I guess I just wanted to go for bright colors with this outfit 🙂 These are some of my favorite pants (I have them in two colors! because I love the color and they’re sooo comfortable), and what better way to top it off than with animal print!

Of course this is an Anthropologie neckace…they have the cutest jewelry right now. It’s all so bright and fun to mix and match with.

Top -J.Crew; Pants – Anthropologie; Necklace – Anthropologie; Watch – Michael Kors; Earrings – Anthropologie; Shoes – Steve Madden.

Another super simple way to do your hair or summer:

All you do is:

– curl your hair…as tight or loose as you want.

– twist pieces starting at the top (next to your part) to the back, gathering hair as you go. do this on each side.

– then clip your hair in the back. if you use an elastic it will probably come loose or fall out. a clip secures it a little bit better.

– i did it in a low pony, but you could do it as high or low as you want!

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The Help

So…I’m FINALLY posting about this because I FINALLY got around to reading this book!

Amazing.

I absolutely loved this book. I watched the movie awhile ago and usually I like to read the book first, but I couldn’t wait! I was just so busy I didn’t get to read it first. I loved both…but as usual I liked the book better. It was just so much more in detail and had way more to the story line. I felt like they left a lot out in the movie. I cried during both…it’s me.

I do think they picked really good people to play the characters in the book though. I didn’t think anyone was off at all. So read the book and go see the movie!!!

For those of you that don’t know, the book is about maids in the 1960’s in Jackson, Mississippi. A white girl decides to befriend some of them and write a book about what it’s like to be a maid…the good things and the bad things and how they are treated. It is really interesting and you definitely feel a wide range of emotions when reading this book.

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Rock it Out like “Rock of Ages”

While you may be excited about the awesome 80’s music in this movie, you may want to be excited about the amazing outfits as well! (Don’t forget about the hair!) Here are some great ways to wear more modern 80’s outfits from the new Rock of Ages movie!

Julianne Hough – Living on a Prayer

3.1 Phillip Lim Short Sleeve Sequin Silk Top – Nieman Marcus

BCBGMAXAZRIA Leopard Skirt – Lordandtaylor.com

Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin

UNIF Leopard Studded Moto Jacket – Urban Outfitters

Halston Heritage Faux Fur Jacket – Piperlime.com

Mango Aviator Sunglasses – shop.mango.com

Julianne Hough – Just a small town girl…Don’t Stop Believin’

Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Jacket – Macy’s

Low Luv by Erin Wasson Afghani Engraved Hoop Earrings – endless.com

Modcloth Welcome to the Night Club Skirt – modcloth.com

Malin Ackerman with her sassy attitude

Charlie by Mathew Zink Shirt – net-a-porter.com

Pleasure Doing Business Woven Elastic Skirt – revolveclothing.com

Mary J.

Isabella Oliver The Halter Jumpsuit – isabellaoliver.com

ASOS Wide Plate and Elastic Waist Belt – asos.com

*found at LuckyMagazine.com

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12 Great MakeUp Tips

1. Double Up On Mascara for Extra-Lush Lashes: You will get the best effect if you apply one coat of thickening mascara, and then use a volumizing and lengthening version on the outer and center lashes to make eyes pop. 

2. Always Check Your Makeup In Natural Light: Avoid stripy blush or patchy foundation by looking at your makeup in natural light. You will be better able to see what needs to be fixed or blended. If your bathroom has dim light, check yourself in a compact by a window. 

3. Clean Brushes the Easy Way: Use towelette to wipe away excess makeup (and bacteria) quickly. Brushes should be cleaned weekly. Alternate between using wipes and baby or clarifying shampoo for a more thorough cleaning. Lay brushes flat to dry. (Try Japonesque Pro Brush Cleaner Wipes $18.50)

4. Make Eyes Bigger and Brighter in Two Simple Steps: First, line the inner rims with while or pale beige liner. Then use champagne shadow or a highlighting pencil on your eyes’ inner corners. It will create a widening effect and make the whites appear more vibrant. (Try Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte $23)

5. Play Up Your Features With Matte Bronzer: For a natural-looking contour, use a taupe that is one or two shades darker than your skin. (Skip shimmer.) Blend under cheekbone on your jawline and along the sides of your nose.

6. Get Liquid Liner Right Every Time: Trace your upper lashline with a pencil before using get or liquid. It will make it easier to pain a straight, clean line, and it will last longer! Look down into a mirror while applying, you will be able to get closer to the lashes and avoid getting it on your lids. 

7. Tip for Filling in Brows!: Before applying brow pencil, brush brow hairs down. Apply, then brush them back up. This makes it easy to follow the shape of your brows and then blend the pencil in.

8. Fake Fuller (or slimmer) Lips with Liner: A lip liner that matches your lips is key! To make lips appear plumper, trace the outside edge of your lip line, then fill in. Apply shimmery, neutral gloss to the center of your lips to finish. To slim a full pout, apply foundation to your mouth, then line lips just inside your natural lip line before filling them in. 

9. Prevent Smudged Mascara with a Spoon: To avoid mess-ups (especially on the bottom lashes), hold the edge of a spoon up to your lashline as your apply. 

10. Re-Fresh Makeup in a Minute: A mini touch-up can make a big difference: Just comb through lashes, blot away oil and reapply lip color. Do this a few times a day – before a meeting, after eating, or before you leave work. You’ll have an instantly revived look!

11. Brighten Skin with Highlighter: For a believable glow, apply a luminizing primer before foundation. Alternately, for a more noticeable glimmer use a creamy highlighter to illuminate key areas – the browbones, the tops of cheekbones, and around the outside of your lines. (Try Fresh Satin Luster Face Palette $45)

12. Do the Easiest Smoky Eye Ever: Just use eyeliner! Trace your eyes’ inner rims and outer corners with black pencil, then top it off with a creamy, shimmery gray pencil. Blend with your fingertips! (Try: Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil in Smoky Black $16.50, and Pixi Lid Last Shadow Pen in Graphite Glint from Target $18)

*tips found in People StyleWatch Magazine

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