October 5, 2016

Makeup Revolution $10 Sugar & Spice Blush Palette

On Sunday I went to the gym with my boyfriend for the first time in... a very long time. Afterward, BF wanted to pick up new tennis shoes so I conned him into going to a nearby DSW and I stopped in to Ulta next door after he got his shoes. I know there is a sharp divide between Sephora lovers and Ulta lovers, and I am firmly in the Ulta camp. I think the deals are better, plus I love being able to shop for both high end and drug store makeup at the same store, or the same online store. There are many times that I'll pick up a $30 makeup brush or an expensive foundation, but also pick up a few "buy one get one 50% off deals" from the drug store section. This time, I went into the store with no purpose but saw they had a solid Makeup Revolution selection. I've seen the brand on the internet but haven't tried it for myself, so I picked up one of their VERY affordable blush palettes to try. We're talking $10 ($8 after a 20% off Ulta coupon) for 8 different blushes. 
I know I'm not a beauty blogger, but I love makeup just as much as the average style blogger :) Here is a mini review along with swatches. 
First of all, I loved the packaging - very sleek. Downfall is it shows fingerprints. I legit wiped this off before taking pictures #reallife. 
The palette is clearly pink/orange based. It has 6 matte shades and 2 'baked' shimmer highlight shades.
Above are swatches left to right in the shade.
Below are swatches left to right in direct sunlight. 
I can see myself wearing all of them EXCEPT the shimmery pink highlighter all the way to the right. I might use that one as an eyeshadow, or not use it at all. You win some you lose some. Online reviews complain that some shades sink into skin and fade too quickly. I would agree that some shades (the 3 ones to the far left) faded into my arm very quickly, however it left them looking natural. The 3 pinks closer to the right are staying strong pigmentation wise though! 
For the $ value and pigmentation I would recommend this palette. I can't wait to try more of the Makeup Revolution line, especially their wide array of eyeshadow palettes! 

October 4, 2016

Olive Green Swing Dress

I wore this olive green swing dress out this past Saturday to watch a football game at a local restaurant with some friends. This dress is another one of my keepers from my recent Forever 21 order. I'm loving loose comfortable dresses lately. I'm kind of over the body con silhouette, but I have to keep at least one of those in my closet in case we go 'to da club' (a rarity these days). If you're in the South Florida area, you've got to try Tucker Dukes - it's a small chain with restaurants in Deerfield, Boca, and in the FL panhandle. It's known for their burgers and can attest that they are delish. I loved watching FSU lose to UNC on their big screen TVs, haha! Clearly olive colored swing dresses are aplenty this season, so below I picked out 6 very affordable similar options. 
Dress: Forever 21
Necklace: Kendra Scott
Earrings: Kendra Scott (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Ring: Etsy (similar and only $6!)
Bag: Kate Spade (same color, similar style)
Heels: Saks

October 3, 2016

Mediation to Office - White Tweed Dress

I had a mediation the other day and was then going into the office afterward, so I decided to pair this white Elie Tahari tweed dress with my burgundy blazer for the mediation, and then switch into a comfortable ann taylor boucle jacket for the office afterward. Comfort is the key to productivity, IMHO. 
Dress: Elie Tahari (same brand, so similar)
Blazer: c/o Sumissura (similar)
Jacket: Ann Taylor (similar)
Heels: Cole Haan
Bag: Brahmin
Earrings: Kendra Scott (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors

September 28, 2016

90's Power Suit Vibe

Doesn't this tuxedo dress give you such a 90's power suit vibe? At least that's what I immediately thought of when I rented it last week. I loved how the dress looked on, but it proved hard to wear because it bunched up and gaped at the chest while I sat down. I wore it to a client meeting and was constantly fidgeting with the top to make sure I didn't flash anyone. If I wore it again, I'd wear a tank top underneath to not worry about being immodest. Also sorry for the grainy picture quality - as the days are getting shorter I have less light to work with when I get home from work. Also on this particular day it was raining when I took the pictures so it was extra dark. Clearly tuxedo dresses are on-trend right now because there are SO MANY options online. See below for some of my favorites. 
Tuxedo dress: Slate & Willow 
Cardigan: Ann Taylor (similar)
Necklace: gift (similar)
Bag: Brahmin
Watch: Michael Kors
Heels: Pour la Victoire (similar)

September 27, 2016

Office to Court featuring Forever 21 Cardigan

I can't remember the last time I shopped at Forever 21, but I was feeling daring a few weeks ago and ordered a few things off Forever21.com. I ended up returning about half my order, but I did end up really loving this gem of a cardigan/topper below. It's long and looks great with all my dresses I wear to work, it's not a heavy knit material so it's light enough for Florida weather, and it has great movement. I've worn it at least once a week since I got it a few weeks ago. Below I wore it on a day when I was in the office most of the morning and then had to go to court in the afternoon. I swapped out the cardigan for a navy Theory blazer, and then switched back into this comfortable cardigan after my hearing. Unfortunately, at the time of posting, this cardigan is sold out. The good news is Forever 21 has a ton of these long open-front cardigans available now. I picked some of my favorites below :) 
Cardigan: Forever 21
Jacket: Theory
Dress: Tory Burch
Bag: Brahmin
Earrings: Macy's (similar)
Necklaces: Forever 21 (similar)