Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Beauty - Some New Favs


I recently browsed the beauty aisles of Target looking for a few things for a trip we took last week. My initial search was for a waterproof mascara, something I don't ever wear, but needed. As you know, I'm not a fan of the Maybelline Great Lash, so I headed to Cover Girl to see what they had to offer. I decided to go with Lash Blast Volume. Based on the packaging, the "mascara formula and patent-pending brush are designed to max out each and every lash, leaving you with the ultimate big-lash look." That's what I'm looking for in a mascara so I decided to go for it. I loved it! It gave me a big lash, didn't clump, and went on with full coverage. Nothing like the Maybelline mascara. I loved it so much I bought the non-waterproof as well. It's my new daily mascara! 

Beauty Note: Because waterproof mascaras are just that, I find them hard to remove with makeup removers. This mascara wasn't any different. Because we were on the road, I used Neutrogena makeup remover towlettes. I bought the travel size packs since they lay flat! It took off some, but I still felt like I had a layer on my lashes.


Whenever I travel, I like to have nice nails. Clipped, filed, and with some sort of polish. I usually get a gel manicure. That indestructible mani is the best! However, I'm on a budget and I'm not allowing myself trips to the nail salon. I remembered seeing an ad or commercial for the new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish that states it works as well a gel mani without the light. I'm always game for trying new products, and since I needed a hefty polish, I gave it a go. I went with Birthday Suit, I wanted a more natural nail color, and the recommended top coat. I loved the color! It's a very pale peach and totally neutral. It lasted six days, claims to last 14, and it would have lasted long if I hadn't decided to go for a different shade! I'm obsessed! I bought Pink Tank and Blacky O. I'm currently wearing Pink Tank and it's so cheerful! (Check Instagram later for look at the polish!)

Beauty Note: When applying Birthday Suit, I needed three coats to achieve the color I wanted. Apply more or less for the color you desire. Also, I would recommend buying the Step Two Top Coat. It's intended to go with the polish to give you that gel mani look.


I am so happy with my new drugstore finds! I'm psyched about my new mascara! I've been on the hunt for a few months, and I think I've found the one. The new "gel" mani is great! My tiny investment in a few colors, and one top coat, will last me all spring and summer. I will probably add a color here and there, but it's so much more economical than a visit to the salon.

Any new products that you're currently using and loving? Share them with us! I'm always looking for something new and reader recommendations are the best! 

Happy Friday, Beauties!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Blogger Meetup

 Coat: Ann Taylor (similar); Jumpsuit: BCBG (similar); Heels: Pour la Victiore (similar);
Handbag: MbyMJ; Bracelets: Fossel/Ralph Lauren; Necklace: Ann Taylor

Last night was a girls night out and it has been way too long!! It was a fun little gathering of local bloggers to chat about what inspires us, what we're excited about, and what we're struggling with as bloggers. We sipped cocktails, laughed, shared our thoughts, exchanged advice, and I made a hopeful new friend! I love it when that happens.

Around 4:30, I was still in my mom clothes. You know, my standard boyfriend jeans, a sweater, and sneakers. I didn't have on any makeup and I was literally half asleep on the couch with McKinley. I was so close to backing out, but forced myself off the couch! Because I showered the night before, all I really needed to do was shave my legs, rewash my face, and apply some makeup. Oh, I find something to wear! I didn't want to wear jeans, again I had been in them all day, but it was chilly out yesterday so a dress felt too sheer. I remembered this jumpsuit and prayed that it 1) wasn't wrinkled, and 2) still fit! Like Goldilocks, it was just right!




Coat: Ann Taylor (similar); Jumpsuit: BCBG (similar); Heels: Pour la Victiore (similar);
Handbag: MbyMJ; Bracelets: Fossel/Ralph Lauren; Necklace: Ann Taylor

I love when a look comes together at the very last minute! While pulling out the jumpsuit, I noticed my pink and gray animal print heels. Perfect! A hint of pink from my new bag and the bold pink of the coat brought it all together! See what happens when you shop from your closet? 

As always, see something you need? Want it now? Shop the links!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wednesday Wants - The Long Vest

Being a child of the 80s, I remember everything in fashion being long, over-sized, and basically covering up your entire body. Nothing like the fashion we see today since most things are tight, short, and leaving nothing to the imagination! That's why my current Wednesday Want is the long vest. It reminds me so much of the clothing of my youth, and as they say, everything old is new again.

What's great about the long vest, is that it's a perfect layering piece for spring and summer. Paired with long sleeves for spring, it replaces the jacket but still gives you coverage. For summer, it will be darling over cute dresses or paired with shorts. It's definitely a versatile piece for your closet.

I've been doing a little research and I've found five that I think would love to add to my wardrobe. Number five is my favorite. It comes in three colors, but I think the white is super chic! 

1/2/3/4/5

I have another one I'm considering and I'm loving it in pink! Seriously, what is it with me and pink! But it's so cute!! 

So what do you think of this Wednesday Want? Would you invest in the long vest? Let's chat!!

As always, see something you want? Need it now? Shop the links!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fancy Shoes

 Top: J.Crew; Jeans: Loft; Shoes: Coclico; Jacket: Banana Republic;
Handbag: Kooba; Shades: MbyMJ; Necklace: J.Crew

When I got dressed yesterday, I wasn't really giving any thought to my day ahead. I just simply got dressed. I knew I had to run to the grocery store, but our agenda was fairly light. As I was making my shoe selection, I originally tried on flats, but with a change of heart I grabbed these. When we got over to my parents house, we were spending the day with my dad, he commented on my shoes. "What's with the fancy shoes", he asked. I didn't really think about them being fancy, I just I like them. 

But as the day went on, I started thinking more about fancy things and why we save them for later. My mom is infamous for this. She won't carry a nice bag or waits to wear certain shoes or outfit for the right time. With the passing of my grandmother, something that happened so suddenly, it truly is a reminder that life is too short to wait for the right time! So instead of wondering what other people will think when I wear a crazy pattern or style, I'm just going to wear it because I like it. That new handbag that arrived in the mail yesterday? You bet I'm wearing it this week! The right time is today!



The Top: Before and After

    http://akstylemyway.blogspot.com/2013/01/pink-lady.html



Do you do this with anything in your closet? Wait for the right occasion or just feel it's too nice to wear on a Wednesday afternoon? If so, I challenge you to just go for it! Wear it now! Be fancy, even if it's a Tuesday morning!

Monday, April 13, 2015

It's a Sunshine Day

 Sweater: Target; Tank: Banana Republic; Jeans: Ann Taylor; Sneakers: Target;
Scarf: Loft; Shades: MbyMJ

Sorry I've been missing for a while. We had some family matters to tend to but I'm back and ready to blog! Last Wednesday was a Mama and McKinley day to ready ourselves for our big trip back to VA. I wanted him to have a big day before a rather trying time with travel. We attended story time at our local library then exchanged a birthday gift for him at Toys R Us. We had pizza in the food court at the mall before a carousel ride, a little shopping with gift cards at the Disney Store and Build-A-Bear, and lastly some shoe shopping at Nordstrom. It was a busy but fun day!

I wanted to add a little sunshine to my look since it was a pretty rainy, dreary day. And it was rather cool. I wished I had grabbed a jacket before leaving. This bright sweater totally fit the bill and my toucan scarf was a perfect accent! By the time we took outfit pics, the sun was shining and the humidity was up. That's Kansas weather for you!


 

The Sweater: Before and After

   http://akstylemyway.blogspot.com/2013/08/1950s-television.html
 

McKinley with this Disney Store loot! He loves Miles from Tomorrowland!



Happy Monday, Fashionistas! I'm glad to be back in action! Can't wait to spend the week with you all!

XOXO

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wednesday Wants - Maxi Dresses

As much as I'm into rompers and jumpsuits this season, I'm equally obsessed with maxi dresses! The thing I love most about a maxi dress is that they are so easy to wear and style! They can be dressed up for a night out with friends or your better half. They can be dressed down for a day at the zoo or when running endless errands! I like to pair mine with either heels or wedges for those dressy nights and either sneakers or flat sandals for day. So versatile. Throw on a denim jacket or light weight sweater to ward off the chill.

I've been browsing around and I've narrowed my search down to five! I think these are perfect for spring and summer. And honestly, they can all be worn well into fall.


What's one of your current Wednesday Wants? Let's chat!!

As always, see something you want? Need it now? Shop the links!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

My New Look

 Denim Jacket: Ralph Lauren (similar); Top: Loft (similar); Joggers: JCPenney
Sneakers: Adidas via DSW (fun option); Shade: MbyMJ; Earrings: Silpada; Necklace: Silpada

These joggers have been worn way more than they've been photographed. I love them! This is an errand day look, a look that I've been sporting more and more lately, and I'm becoming more comfortable with that. I used to think that I wasn't being a very good fashion blogger because I wasn't dressing up everyday, or taking outfit pics daily, but I've come to terms that this is my look and I need to share it!

My trusty denim jacket truly goes with everything! A striped top, colorful sneakers, and fun jewels just add to the overall look. And when you're running errands, comfort is key, and that's just what this look is!




The Joggers: Before and After

    

 
 Denim Jacket: Ralph Lauren (similar); Top: Loft (similar); Joggers: JCPenney
Sneakers: Adidas via DSW (fun option); Shade: MbyMJ; Earrings: Silpada; Necklace: Silpada

 What are you wearing these days when running errands? Let's share style notes!

As always, see something like? Need it now? Shop the links!!