Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BEAUTY | Fake that Summer Glow All Winter Long

As the Winter Chill sets in, 
the summer glow doesn't have to leave.



As soon as the holidays become close, the freeze begins to creep in.  With that the dry and pasty skin lurks around like the awkward family members that you try to avoid at family parties. I have never been a huge fake tanner, self tanner, tanning bed sort of girl -but I also cannot deny that I feel miserable as soon as my tan has completely faded. 

FakeBake is a great way to fake the healthy, glowing and toned complexion to your skin.  It is a washable faux glow that is easily applied and rubbed in.  It's instant gratification because you can see the product blending and can carefully apply it evenly.  FakeBake is great for you body and face. A great option for an instant bronzed look that washes away easily in the shower, yet will not rub off if it is dried and layered properly.  I will say I layered it really thick to appear extra dark for a halloween costume ( see here ) and I got it on my white sweater scarf -though after washing it, my scarf appeared like new. So, basically I'm telling you it is not only a great way to fake a summer glow, but that it is completely washable! Do it, I won't tell anyone. 

So these are a few of my favorite products, they are all spectacular and do a fantastic job of keeping my skin soft, healthy and have a natural year round glow.  I highly recommend this regimen! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

DAILY OUTFIT | Smells Like Teen Spirit

90's are apparently the new 80's,
and I like the music more. 


I still think I like 80's movies better, but 90's music is the best.  There is something about those grunge bands that started in garages and then found themselves creating their own genres. I love them all: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, and I can't forget my little obsession with Gavin Rossdale and his band Bush.

With that being said, the grungy elements of the 90's fashion really look great with modern lines. I love the textures of plaid, leather and silver hardware with the sheer flowy nature of the shirt and the grungy style boots and beanie.  

So this years immersion into the subculture's fashion and into mainstream has made my "stuck in the 90's" mentality even more relevant.  To top off being able to rock 90's gear with fresh albums coming out from some of my favorite 90's people.  A new Bush album is dropping and the new Foo Fighters album just dropped last week, now I'm anxiously awaiting for the release of tour dates. But to hold me over, I'll just bask in the revamping of the 90s in my wardrobe. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

DAILY OUTFIT | Princess & the Denim

Pretty, Pretty Princess

Opposites always attract, I really love the contrast of opposing style.  In this case I used the tulle style skirt, simply folded from this dress (here) and paired it with a studded chambray top.  Its a simple look with a that I could easily wear with flat boots to dress it down a touch. The really girlie, ultrafem style skirt and grunge style denim is a great balance. I also, love the idea of reinventing a dress into a skirt for extra versatility.  It really worked great with this particular piece and I can't wait to see what else I can do with it in the spring. 

If you like this chambray, you should check out Mavy Savvy and their unique collection.  This top was one of the great items I received!  Enter my contest (here) to receive discounts on their fab pieces.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

MUSIC | that boozy, bluesy rock and roll

A night with some of my favorite people
& some of my favorite living bands.


It may take a little bit before a show tops this one, and by a little bit, I mean next show I attend. I just love the feeling of being in the crowd below the stage, feeling the energy and what music is all about. So needless to say, it was to be a great night. Not only did I score very limited general admission front section tickets to the Black Keys and Cage the Elephant - but I got to enjoy it with some of my best friends and my fiancé. I bought these tickets last spring and anticipated this show all summer.

My expectations were most certainly surpassed, Cage was sick and my love for Dan Auerbach continues to grow.  The Black Keys helped me realize there is still real music out there.  Not every newer artist is strictly a studio act - they actually can put on a real live show. 

Although, to be perfectly honest -a great show is like a full blown addiction, thrilling and wild, but consumingly addictive.   After seeing great bands, I only want to see more.  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

NOMS | Butternut Squash, Apple and Onion Soup with Almond and PecanCrusted Chicken Salad

If you know me,
you know I love food.

I love all kinds of food, I don't discriminate and will give anything a chance.  Although, I will admit to mostly loving super down-homestyle dishes.  I love rich flavors and slightly heavy meals, I should weigh 100 pounds more than I do.  My friends always tease me and say I could put gravy or alfredo sauce on anything and I'm known for sending all my friends into food comas.  

Although, this season brings about one great homestyle favorite in particular: the pureéd soup.  I could eat soup and bread for dinner every winter night. With that being said, I made an attempt at cooking one of my favorites. To my surprise, making butternut squash, apple and onion soup was so much easier than I imagined.  

So I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I did and check out my pureéd Potato Leek Soup too (here). 

Friday, November 07, 2014

LIFESTYLE | Two days of DIY Halloween Costumes


After Halloween ends, we are reminded immediately that there is another holiday quickly approaching.  But just stop it, don't care about christmas just yet.  My pumpkin is still being lit on my front porch ( see here ).  And I like to embrace the present, and presently it is still fall. 

For the entire month of October, I been watching horror films, begun the new seasons of Walking Dead and American Horror Story, carved pumpkins, drank Octoberfest beer, and felt the need to be festive.  Halloween isn't just for the kids.  

So this year, although I had to work friday and saturday -I still managed to do fun things after work each night and pull together two DIY costumes. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

LIFESTYLE | pumpkins, north forkin', nomming and fall fun

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Hope everyone is enjoying all the festivities!

So I'm such a sucker for the holidays, I love it all.  I think I just genuinely enjoy being festive and for the cause, cheesy, I know.  If its fun, I'm for it!  Obviously I'm super into halloween!  The pumpkin carving, the horror movies, the pumpkin beer and of course the costuming making! I have two costumes this year, but I did not go all out like I often tend to.  

Tonight, unfortunately I'm working all night.  Though I still get to dress up and its a 1930's Art Deco Theater that is doing Rocky Horror Picture Show, so it will still be a good night!  I'm dressing as a ghostly 30's Movie Starlet and then hopefully going out when I get off of work -wish me luck!  

Tomorrow, however will be my real halloween because I only have to work until 6.  Then its off to a friend's party!  This year I let my fiance choose the theme, which is rare. hahaha.  I usually pick something that we both love.  Though the Show Archer is more of his favorite than mine.  So this year he will be Sterling Archer and I will be Lana Kane.  Get ready for photos of all this!

What are you guys up to this year? Good mischief, I hope!    

Thursday, October 30, 2014

LIFESTYLE | coordinated wedding attire

What's not to love about a great wedding?
Nothing unless you hate celebrating love with free alcohol and food, while looking extra fly.


A fews weeks prior Aaron and I attended his cousin's wedding.  Kathleen and Kelly are a great pair and their wedding was lovely.  Aaron's family weddings are always a ball, they have a rather large family -his father is one of 13 children. Large family is an understatement I suppose.  

Growing up with a rather small family with practically no family outside of the immediate relatives, I realize how much I really love the closeness and sense of community and, well simply: warmth that exudes from great, big families.  

So in all the fun that comes with being a part of someone's big day, I will admit to also really getting excited to plan a super fresh ensemble for Aaron and I each time (see here and here).

As per usual, I could not find a dress that struck my fancy and I searched all over the Roosevelt Malls multiple floors, then when I was about to call it quits; I found this little gem.  I knew it was perfect, so I called Aaron and asked him how he felt about wearing a leather tie.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

FASHION | Mavy Savvy Review & Reader Giveaway

Introducing a Unique Online Fashion Boutique

& Enter to Win 30% off all purchases for a Month!


Every girl wants to make a statement with what she is wearing, its who she is.  Although, no one wants someone to be making that same exact statement. The fabulous fashion finds at Mavy Savvy make this all a little easier -they only order a few pieces per item to ensure a more unique find.  So not only are the pieces different and unique, but they are limited to guarantee that there won't be women all over with your street style. 

I've bought a few pieces and each is stylish and fit well.  They have great customer service and are super accommodating.  Its refreshing to enjoy buying from a smaller based company with unique pieces and friendly people on the other end. 

So with that being said I would like to give you all a chance to be a BFF with Mavy just like me and receive 30% off all purchases for a whole month, it makes all their great items a total steal! So don't forget to get as many entries as you can and then keep a look out for my outfit posts using some of their pieces!

Friday, October 24, 2014

DAILY OUTFIT | not your average button down & blazer

Casual Cool twist on a Classic


A button-down, a blazer, and blue jeans is always a classic goto -so this time I added a graphic t-shirt and a great pair of Stuart Weitzman heels. Just a pumped up way to make a classic look a bit more cool.  

With the cooler weather finally setting in, yeah we got a bit spoiled with that indian summer, its time for light coats and sweet blazers.  I'm pretty excited for the coming holidays already!  My only question is, where does the time go?

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