Everyday Makeup Look

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Let me preface this by saying I am in no way a makeup expert.  In fact, I would call myself a beginner who doesn’t really know what I’m doing.  I’ve found certain things that work for me and have pretty much been sticking to my super simple makeup look for the past few years.  Yes, there are occasions when I go all-out, but for the most part this is the routine I stick to.

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I’ve been subscribing to Birchbox for a couple years now and could not recommend it more.  Every month you get a box with five beauty samples in it that are personalized to what you put on your profile.  The majority of the makeup I use comes from Birchbox and honestly the sample sizes are so big that I hardly ever buy makeup anymore because everything I need just seems to come in the mail at the perfect time!

I try not to use too much foundation. In fact, most days I skip the foundation.  Normally I just put a little bit of concealer on the problem areas and jump right into my eye makeup (the most fun!).

The Urban Decay Naked 2 palette is my goto.  I start with “bootycall” all over my eye.  In the crease I use “tease” and for the lid I mix it up but have been really into “half baked” recently.  I like to use “blackout” as liner most of the time.
Side note: I do recognize how weird the names of the eye shadows are:)

My all time favorite mascara is the Benefit Roller Lash Curling Mascara.  Some days I just stick with that mascara and nothing else!

For blush I use Laura Geller New York Baked Blush-n-Brighten in Tropic Hues and sometimes I use the Laura Geller New York Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey highlighter.

Most days I finish off my look with Burt’s Bees chapstick.  Sometime I add lipgloss but not very often.

I tend to keep my makeup routine simple and easy.  If there are any products you can’t live without, leave them in the comments below!  I love new ideas!

xo Carolyn

 

 

 

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Summer to Fall Outfit Ideas

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We’re now in that awkward in-between season where all I want to do is wear fall sweaters, jeans, and boots but can’t because the temperature still reflects summer.  Luckily I’ve found ways to incorporate some of my favorite fall pieces into more summery outfits.

Jeans//

Typical skinny jeans are too hot but these distressed jeans are perfect paired with summer tops!  Jeans can also be a super easy go-to for nights out in the late summer!

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Top (concert tee)// Jeans//

Jean Jacket//

A wardrobe essential, jean jackets can work in every season.  Paired with a summery dress, the jean jacket adds a touch of fall even during warmer days.

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(I know I’m wearing leggings in this picture, the day it was taken it was kind of cold.  But the jacket still goes great with the dress and the dress is summery)

Jacket// Dress (Boutique)// Shoes

Fall Colors//

Sometimes just pulling out darker reds, navy’s and greens can make a summer outfit feel more like fall.

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Sweater (old)//

Fall is my favorite season so I feel no shame in trying to make every end of summer outfit more fall-like!  Are there any pieces you like to start adding in at the end of summer?

xo Carolyn

Perfect Travel Outfit

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Traveling seems to be the theme of the week!! I find myself doing a lot of traveling in the summer and fall with my family so I’ve pretty much figured out some staple pieces for any kind of travel, whether it be a flight or a long car ride.  It always amazes me to see how some people dress for travel.  I definitely go for practical and comfortable any time I’m traveling.

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I pretty much always wear leggings.  Super comfy and also warm which is great for those  cold airports and planes.

In the summer I wear a tank top or t-shirt with a sweater or sweatshirt over top.  Like I’ve mentioned, airports tend to be cold but the destination can be warm so the sweater/tank top combo is practical and comfortable.

If I’m going on a plane, I like to keep my shoes easy to slip on and off through security.  It can be a pain to take off and put back on a pair of tennis shoes so I stick to my Birkenstocks.

I’d love to hear other tips and trick for traveling outfits!

xo Carolyn

Top (similar)// Sweater// Leggings// Shoes

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March Favorites

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Winter is in full swing and I am not digging the cold weather.  However, I have found some great products to reduce the depressing aspects of winter and to keep me cozy and comfy while patiently waiting for spring to come.

1. A Robe

Never underestimate the power of a good robe!  I just received one as a birthday present and I am OBSESSED!  I love having something warm and cozy to put on in the morning.  Mine is by Ugg and although it may appear to be slightly more costly than your average bathrobe it is well worth the money!

2. Bean Boots

I’ve written about these before (you can find the post here) but their greatness is worth praising again!  These boots can withstand snow, rain, sleet, cold weather, you name it!  I know these shoes have been around forever but they are still very cute and in style and I’m absolutely in love!

3. Hempz lotion

I know I can’t be alone in the horrors of dry skin in the winter so lotion is always a must.  I love Hempz because it smells good but doesn’t leave your hands greasy right after you put the lotion on so you’re free use your hands without being hindered by the grease of regular lotion.

4. Blanket Scarf

I did not understand the full awesomeness of the blanket scarf until my brother got one for me for Christmas.  Ever since then, I have been obsessed!!  It goes with absolutely everything and is the warmest and most comfortable accessory you can pair with everything.  Plus mine is from Amazon so if you have Prime there is free shipping and it is not expensive at all! I honestly don’t know what I was thinking by not owning one sooner.

It’s only early March and I’m already for spring and then summer.  Luckily I have these amazing products to keep me comfortable and able to tolerate the early March atmosphere.

xo Carolyn

Staying Cute in the Cold

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In these cold winter months, getting out of bed can be hard enough and what’s harder is mustering up the desire to wear a cute outfit when you know all you are going to be doing is throwing a sweatshirt, jacket, and scarf over top and basically ruining the look.  Trust me, I’ve been there and I have those days where all I want to do is throw on a pair of leggings, a sweatshirt, a jacket and leave.  But I promise it is possible to just put in a little more effort and rock the cold weather look.

The most important thing is to remember to LAYER.  Start with a base shirt and work off that.  I’m wearing a chambray shirt but flannels or any other collard shirt works just as well.  Then add your sweater or sweatshirt.  Keep the collar out of the sweater and you’ve got yourself a super cute layered look!!  Scarves or statement necklaces work really well with this look so have fun accessorizing!

Peacoat’s can also be super cute but keep in mind sometimes they aren’t the warmest option.

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Peacoat: similar

Scarf: similar

Chambray Shirt: Von Maur

Boots: L. L. Bean

xo Carolyn