July 23, 2015

Swim Week 2015: Featuring ModelLauncher Cosmetics

I wanted to share a post (or two) about Swim Week this year, which took place last weekend in various areas of South Beach. I had the opportunity to attend a few shows, go backstage for the first time, and interview Tatjana Stepakina, the creative director of ModelLauncher cosmetics! But first, my outfit: I have now learned the ropes and know 'tis better to wear ones hair up than down during swim week, as the humidity is unbearable. I spent the afternoon before the shows watching youtube videos on some interesting (but easy) ways to wear your hair in an updo, and I settled on this one by the Small Things Blog). Let's be honest... my hair did NOT come out looking like hers but it was OK for a first try haha (see bottom for my hair)! In terms of clothing, I wore an Elizabeth & James dress, simple jewelry from Nordstrom Rack, and my go-to-most-comfortable-heel sandals which have been like the best $20 I've ever spent. Check out below for some backstage pics and to learn more about ModelLauncher cosmetics! 
ModelLauncher was kind enough to send me some samples - I wore the lip crayon to dinner tonight and love the application and color. The color is "Demure" in case you are interested. The blotting powder is great for Florida heat (and really, anywhere during the summer) to keep your makeup staying PUT! And of course the packaging is beautiful :)  
Tatjana is a former model, and she was inspired by her industry to create a brand that reminds everyone using it that they are their own model. What sets ModelLauncher apart from other brands and that is unique about it is that it is all natural makeup. I also spoke with the head makeup artist backstage and she compared the brand to Bare Minerals - Wow! 
ModelLauncher cosmetics were used at the CDFA Incubator show for the makeup looks. The CDFA Incubator show featured the debut of the Wet Deck Collection along with private looks by Misha NonooIsa Tapia and Sara Beltran by Deszo. Above you can see some of the runway looks laid out. 
Above is a pic my friend grabbed of some of the models before the show. I asked Tatjana what her favorite summer trend in makeup was, and she was a huge proponent of the sun kissed look, which the models definitely rocked. I also asked Tatjana what she recommended to keep your makeup looking great in the summer heat - the blotting powder (pictured above) came highly recommended! 
Outfit details
Earrings: Nordstrom Rack (similar)
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (similar)
Ring: Michael Kors (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Bracelet: Ann Taylor (similar)
Shoes: Forever 21 (similar)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar)

July 15, 2015

July 4th in Naples, FL

This blue dress with red shoes is about as festive as I got for the 4th of July, and it wasn't even intentional! When I packed for my weekend trip to Naples, I tried to grab some dresses from my closet that I don't get to wear very often, and this dress made the cut. I got the dress back from the tailor too late to wear to my friend's wedding in Memphis a few months ago, and since then, I haven't had many occasions for sundresses. If you're thinking of spending July 4th in Naples, FL (I realize this is a year away, but maybe you're a person who plans far in advance...) they set off fireworks at the Naples Pier, and also over in Ft. Myers. I went to dinner at a restaurant called the Turtle Club, and I was able to see the fireworks at the Naples pier as well as over in Ft. Myers, and some people were setting off fireworks right on the beach outside of the restaurant as well. Although we didn't plan it, it ended up being a perfect spot - plus with some tables outside right on the sand, it was a beautiful location to watch the sunset. 
Dress: Lilly for Target (similar)
Shoes: Ellen Tracy (similar)
NecklaceKendra Scott
Ring: Michael Kors (similar)

July 13, 2015

Maxi dress & fedora

My BF and I took a trip to Naples/Sanibel Island for 4th of July weekend. I packed very light (wore the same pair of shoes everywhere, even to the beach, lol!) but have some outfits to share. The most glaring thing to me in this picture below is the HAT. I have never really been a hat person, but here I am. I ordered like a gazillion hats from Nordstrom a few weeks ago trying to find one to fit my very small head. The only one that fit around the circumference of my head was a TODDLER's size hat. The problem was that although the circumference fit, the brim was toddler sized so it looked like I was wearing some stupid circus hat haha. My search continued. I ended up picking up this Michael Starts one at Nordstrom, which, when I fluff out my hair, isn't too obviously big. It's great for the beach.. and I do live in Florida so I'll get some use out of it! 
Dress: Nordstrom (same dress but different pattern)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (love this one)
Necklaces: Forever 21 (similar)
Shoes: Ellen Tracy (similar, similar)

July 10, 2015

Faux wrap blouse & jeans for work

This is a typical outfit I wear to the office when I'm inside all day. It's casual and comfortable for a lot of desk work but not wholly unprofessional or anything. We're allowed to wear jeans, but I like to stick to black unless it's Friday (at least I try to). This is the first time I've shown this shirt on the blog - it's from H&M and I LOVE it. I've had it for many months and wear it all the time. If it had shoulder pads it would remind me of something my mom definitely used to wear in the 90's with the stripes... I don't know why. But yea I like it, and I get compliments on it all the time at work. I wish I had gotten some other colors. H&M still carries it if you like it!. See below for some of my similar favorites from H&M...
Blouse: H&M
Jeans: Paige via Nordstrom Rack
Shoes: Ann Taylor (similar)
Necklaces: Forever 21 (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors
Ring: Michael Kors (similar)

July 9, 2015

Giraffe-print dress

I finally busted out my Lilly for Target dress for dinner a few weekends ago at 13 Even in Ft. Lauderdale. Anywhere with a cheese plate is A-OK in my book, lol. I ended up tailoring the dress to be more form fitting and shorter. The wrinkles are crazy on this linen dress but I still like it.
Dress: Lilly for Target (similar)
Shoes: Madden Girl (similar)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (love it in this peacock color)
Watch: Michael Kors
Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Ring: Michael Kors (similar)