Sunday, May 20, 2018

Target Beauty Box Review - Sonia Kashuk Tools

This is the first of three Target beauty boxes I'm going to review.  I had to order right away this month before they sold out.  First up is a Sonia Kashuk box filled with a makeup blender, blush brush, eye shadow brush, tweezers and quick dry make up wipes. 

Basically the reason I got this box is that I was in need of a new blush brush and I've heard really good things about this brand.  I don't use my blush brush every day so I didn't want to spend a ton of money on it.  And for $9 this one is a winner.  Super soft bristles and great coverage.  And it comes with an attachable case which is great.  We will see over time how well it holds up but for now it's a winner.

The Sonia Kashuk quick dry make up wipes that came in the beauty box were eh.  I don't think I wear enough heavy make up to need these.  If I did heavy eye makeup or used a foundation brush I think these would come in handy to help get some of the make up off right away.  They did smell great but I just don't have a need for them. You get a pack of 10 for $9. 

I'm a big fan of the Beauty Blender for applying my foundation but I hate that it's $20.  This Sonia Kashuk blender is a great alternative and it's only $7.  It's bigger and fatter than the beauty blender but works very similar.  Definitely a great alternative. 

These tweezers are a basic pair of angled tweezers....nothing special about them but they get the job done.  They are only $10.  My only complaint is I wish they had a holder to keep them together.  I'll keep these as a back up pair for when I travel. 

Another great make up brush from Sonia Kashuk.  This is an angled eye shadow one is meant for contouring.  I'm not that fancy with my eye makeup so I just use it for all over coverage.  The bristles are super soft and I love that it has its own little case.  And the price point is great at $13. 

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Five Friday Favorites #25

Focusing this week's Five Friday Favorites on some of my favorite recent purchases...

#1 Marc Fisher Wedges
I finally listened to what so many of you have been saying...get a pair of Marc Fisher wedges!  I bit the bullet when Nordstrom was having Triple Points and sooo glad I did.  LOVE these.  They are sooo comfortable.  I went with the blush color but it's more of a nudge.  They are going to be worn all the time this summer!  Shop other pieces in this look  - tank (under $10) and skirt

#2 - Target Stripe Dress & #3 - Tory Burch Miller Sandals
Obsessed with this Target A New Day dress...and it's under $25!  It so flattering.  Should be midi length but on my short frame it's more like maxi.  Some folks have complained about the coverage in the arm pit area but I wasn't having an issue.  Love, love this.  True to size.  

I've had black patent Tory Burch Miller sandals for years now and have been wanting to add a nude pair so when Neimans' had a sale which allowed me to get these discounted, I jumped at the chance. And just like my patent ones, I LOVE these.  They go with so many outfits.  If you haven't treated yourself to a pair of these, I highly recommend you do!   

#4 - 1901 Stripe Dress

I LOVE this 1901 dress!  It's so comfortable.  Figure flattering.  And it has POCKETS!  There's also a cute tie detail in the back. Comes in a navy/blue option as well.  Shop the other pieces in my look - necklace and shoes.  

I listed this dress last but I probably should have listed it first because it's my FAVORITE new dress.  I picked it up during the Mother's Day sale.  It is super cute and very figure flattering.  Comes in a few other colors/prints.  It's by a favorite Anthro brand of mine - Maeve.  And I'm wearing my new favorite Marc Fisher shoes.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Weekly Sale Round Up

Leith Racerback Dress 
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Ok so not the greatest pic of me in this dress but this is another Leith favorite dress. I wore it to a rehearsal dinner last year. It's on sale right now for 40% off in a whole bunch of colors. True to size. 

Steve Madden Stecy Sandals 

My favorite nude sandals by Steve Madden keeping going in and out of stock and on sale. Nordstrom currently has them for 35% off right now.  Perfect heeled sandal to go with any outfit.  True to size.

Leith Tank Dress

Another Leith dress favorite.  This is tank style and comes in a whole bunch of colors.  I don't NEED another dress but I'm definitely eyeing the dark pink on sale.  You might want to consider sizing down on this one.  

Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan
I LIVE in my Barefoot Dreams circle cardigan. It's seriously soooo soft. The same cardigan in silver (gray) is now on sale for 30% off. It won't last long so hurry and pick one up! 

Madewell Top 
This super cute pink Madewell top is now on sale for under $30. It's super cute spring top. Wear with jeans or shorts. True to size. 

Old Navy Bathing Suit
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I don't have a picture of me in this but the one piece bathing suit I got in March for our Great Wolf Lodge adventure is now under $25. I got it in black but comes in green and garnet. True to size. 

Halogen Long Sleeve 

This reversible Halogen top is now 40% off. Comes in petite and regular sizing. I sized up one size in regular. Also available in other colors and stripes. Very comfortable and love the v-neck detail in the front and back. 

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Five Friday Favorites #24

#1 - Chambray Shirt 

I LOVE chambray...especially chambray shirts.  This one from Old Navy is under $30 and perfect!  I've already paired it with two different skirts - Target midi pleated (orange) and a fabulous printed Boden one

#2 - New blog series...Saturday Sorting

I started a new series on the blog a couple weeks ago called Saturday Sorting.  I'm in major organize and purge mode and taking you all along the journey.  Catch up the progress I've made with posts about organizing under my bathroom sink and how I'm keeping my clothing drawers tidy

 #3 - Look for Less Challenge

Did you miss my blog post yesterday about this Look for Less challenge?  I picked the much more affordable Target pair.  Check out the post here if you missed it?

#4 - Statement Necklace 

I wear a lot of black and this Kalani statement necklace from Stella and Dot is the perfect statement necklace to pair with it all.  It's a heavy duty necklace with rope chain in black and white and gold balls dangling from it.  I LOVE it and get so many compliments every time I wear it.  Highly recommend. 

#5 - Perfect A New Day Tank

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OBSESSED with this A New Day tank from Target. The material is great and it's super flattering. Comes in a bunch of colors and it's only $8! And the tanks are 2 for $10 right now. Highly recommend this. Paired it with these fab Universal Thread shorts also from Target for an outfit under $30!

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Look for Less - Red Bow Sandals

Last week I posted about an amazing Look for Less find and now to review both options and tell you which is my pick. 

First up is the expensive pair from Nordstrom's Caslon brand

These are super cute.  More of an orange red vs. straight red color.  Also comes in tan, mustard, black and a print.  Great support but I'm just not sure they are worth the $89 price tag since I won't be wearing regularly.  I know I've spent more on my Tory Burch Millers but I wear them all the time. 

Let's look at the Look for Less from Target...

Has more of a platform sole with espadrille detail.  The color is more red.  True to size and also comes in navy.  Oh and did I mention they are only $24.99.  Now, there's not much support but for as often as I would wear these my pick is definitely these. 

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Favorite Sunnies for Summer

The sun is shining and looks like spring is finally here...though some days its been feeling like summer.  Here's a quick round up of my favorite sunglasses to keep you styled but avoiding the wrinkle causing eye squint.

 First up are the Influencer glasses.  These are a new add this year.  Love the tortoise look. I was a little hesitant about the shape as its not one I normally pick but I love it.  They are super fun and a must have accessory this spring/summer! 

 I usually don't buy this many pairs of sunglasses a season but I was in need of a refresh of my selection and these Influencer ones from Stella and Dot are my go-to pair.  Every girl needs a basic black pair and these fit the bill.  They block out the sun sooo well.  And they just released an olive green version.  I'm partial to the noir pair but the olive is cute too.  Highly recommend!  

I LOVE a good pair of aviators...especially at the beach to help avoid tan lines on the bridge of my nose.  I've had the gold/brown pair for a long time...probably three years (based on big mini in the pic).  I added a pair of silver ones this year from Shopbop which I love.  You can't go wrong with this classic style. 

PS - I'm strongly considering chopping my hair like it is in this picture...what do you think?

And lastly, I always like to have a cheap pair of sunglasses in my car/a pair I don't care if they get ruined.  BP has a fabulous pair for $14!!!  I went with the tortoise/rose gold option but lots of other choices including a black pair. 

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Saturday Sorting: Dresser Drawers

I don't know how many times a year I end up reorganizing my dresser drawers because they always end up messy no matter how hard I try to keep them clean...until now.  I finally found a system that will help them stay organized all year long.  

Meet my new best friend, the drawer divider.  I'm obsessed with these and will be buying them for my kids rooms next.  I simply pick where I want to divide the drawer, fit the divider in place, lock it and then voila - organization!

For this particular drawer (my short and long sleeve tees), I found somewhat rolling the tops really maximizes the space and I can actually see everything I have.  The dividers help separate between long and short sleeve and tanks.

Here's the finished product with my athleisure wear...I've seperated the long sleeve and short sleeve/tanks and the shorts and pants/leggings.  

I've already started on my girls' drawers but used a different one for little minis panties/socks/tights because I wanted a little more height.  Click here for that version.

Shop both sets of dividers below - 

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Five Friday Favorites #23

#1 - Coola Sunless Serum 
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I've been using this for about a month now and LOVING it.  I put one to two pumps in my night cream and mix it together and apply on my face, neck and chest.  Gives me just a slight glow/color so I don't look so pastey.  Looks very natural.  And you can find it on Amazon and order it for Subscribe and Save for a discount! 

#2 - Love everything about this outfit 
I'm absolutely LOVING this outfit...and it's super affordable. The skirt has more pink in it...the picture makes it look very orange. Shop full look - shirt, earrings, necklace, skirt, bracelet, bracelet (20%), shoes.  

#3 - Favorite engravable jewelry...great Mother's Day gift 
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I LOVE the engravables line from Stella and Dot.  They make such great presents and right now they are all 20% off!!!  This make the PERFECT Mother's Day gift.  My husband was gifting these to me before I joined as a stylist.  My favorites include delicate bar, bar cuff, wishing bracelet and round disc.  

#4 - Dyson Hair Dryer
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I decided to finally try the Dyson blow dryer.  I know its a big price tag but I have SO much hair and I'm constantly burning through them so when Sephora offered 15% off, I jumped at the chance to try.  I've used it twice (I try and wash my hair three times a week) and so far I'm obsessed.  Drying time is half and my hair is so much softer after.  I'll keep you all posted but so far I love it.  Nordstrom is having triple points right now so if you were going to get it, take advantage now.

#5 - Steven by Steve Madden Sandals 
If you follow me on Facebook then you have no doubt seen my new sandal obsession - Steven by Steve Madden Greece sandals.  They come in a bunch of great colors but I'm partial to the white.  They go with everything.  Not the greatest support but not uncomfortable.  I'll definitely be wearing them all spring an summer long.  You can buy them from a whole bunch of places including Lord and Taylor, Amazon, and Dillards

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