Wednesday, June 30, 2010

SPF

It's Summatime! I know you are all laying out, or thinking of laying out, so this post is for you.



Since H and I are both going on vacation this weekend, I wanted to be sure to cement in everyone's mind the importance of sunscreen. Although we will both be blogging from our respective vacation destinations, I thought this would be a good post for all of you out there who are already sun worshipping in the warm {okay, hot} weather.

I know who you are.

Ready for a lecture?

I have read some amaze-balls articles lately on little factoids about SPF, sun burns, and the such as. Like, did you know that no suncreen is truly water- proof? Or that a simple, moderately severe sunburns damage the blood vessels to such an extent that it takes four to fifteen months for them to return to their normal condition?

If that doesn't scare you then you don't have a soul.

kidding.


I shall also relay some pearls of wisdom from a recent InStyle article that caught my eye:

A dermatologist told InStyle that "One bottle of sunscreen should last two people about a day at the pool--not an entire summer." WHAT?! Crazy huh. This article {pg. 202 of June's issue} also says that you should use 4 ounces of sunscreen and re-apply every 2 hours. To put this into perspective, a normal bottle of sunblock ranges from 4-6 oz.

Do I tell you this to scare you? Maybe. But also, I am a huge advocate for prevention of sun damage, and doing a little bit is better than doing nothing at all.


Some other impressive stats: SPF 30 does NOT provide twice the protection of SPF 15. SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays and SPF 30 blocks 97%. This is not me advocating that less is more for SPF numbers. It is me saying that more is more.

Another fact is that most of the suncreens sold contain only CHEMICAL protectants. The (small and simple explaination) difference between PHYSICAL and CHEMICAL sunscreens is that PHYSICAL blocks the rays and CHEMICAL allows the rays into your body but them breaks them up once they penetrate. It is really important to get PHYSICAL suncreens i.e.: Zinc and Titanuim Dioxide. Check the back of the suncreen bottle and it will list the most active ingredients. This is where you will make sure to have Zinc and Titanium.

Take this advice especially for your little ones. I just bought an awesome sunbock for Dean, it is called Johnson's Baby Suncreen Lotion and its main protectants are PHYSICAL sunscreens.

{I got it for $10 at Target.}

Another good physical, natural sunblock is Burt's Bees {also at Target, $13}

Have I frightened you sufficiently to prompt you to go buy some sun protection? Good.


Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go pack my swimsuit cover-up, floppy hat, and oversized shades for my vaca.


Oh, and my protection.

{from the sun, that is}

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

WW and an announcement

This weeks WW consists of a vintage yellow dress {thanks to my dreamboat friend Natalie}. I didn't want to look too fancy, since I was just going to the movies, so I dressed down the dress up with a plain white t, bauble necklace, and owl belt.

Dress: vintage
T: Gap
Necklace: F21
Belt: Nordstrom




GUESS WHAT!? You guys are going to be so excited. Well it doesn't matter cause me and H are excited enough for all of us.

After many requests, we have decided to expand our blogging services with a
series of informative "HOW TO" videos!!
It's going to be like having me and H there everyday to help you get ready. We will be covering all our fave topics, including:
hair
makeup
& fashion

Woo Hoo!
FYI: Tomorrow is the first installment in our vlogging!!

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Friday, June 25, 2010

a thrifty find

I love myself a great Goodwill find! So check it out people. I am not an avid thrifter. I went on Saturday just a little before 9 in the morning. And seriously? I felt like I was waiting to get into Redneck Disneyland! Lines of people. I couldn't believe it! But it was a 50%off sale day. So it's mildly understandable.
And we all love a before and after. So here is a playroom table BEFORE.

And after a spray paint and staining fiasco...




The liner from the drawer I found at Target.
And the knob is from Anthropologie {on sale}
I'm so proud of my little project.
Just waiting for baby to color all over it!

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

reader ?: accessorizing

This week's reader question comes from the darling Katie who writes:

"I LOVE the beauty mark! Such a great concept and you and your friend always have the greatest clothes. I like checking to see what sort of combinations you girls put together. I think I do a pretty good job of pulling an outfit together, but I am always at a loss for accessories! How much, what, where, etc. I really like you and your friend's style and am really interested to hear how you decide what accessories to wear. The question would be "How do you pick out your accessories for an outfit, what factors do you consider, etc."

We LOVE this question, and Katie for asking it, because accessorizing is a basic necessity of creating jaw-dropping outfits, am I right?


*My first set of advice is to figure out what kind of accessories tickle your fancy. For example, I am a necklace and belts girl. {H} loves herself some large hoop earrings and a headband.

*Next, get yourself some basic clothing staples that would be easy to jazz up. My fave go-to is a white T and skinny jeans. This is super easy canvas to utilize in order to create killer ensembles.

*My next tip is to go for "high/low" combos, such as a really amazing necklace with a super simple outfit. Don't be afraid to spend money on a signature piece, and don't fret about spending $2 on earrings from F21, either. You should have a good mix of cheap, basic pieces and quality lifelong staples.

*Remember, there should always be one shining star in the outfit. If you are wearing a hundred bracelets, forgo the necklace and wear simpler earrings.

*Shoes can be a real stand out, or simply a by-stander in your wardrobe creations. I am a firm believer in leopard-print shoes because it is the EASIEST way to spice up an outfit. These are my faves {so comfy, I should probably buy myself a back-up pair in case I wear mine out!}

The big trends in accessories right now include:

Brightly colored or embellished flats

{these amazing Steve Maddens accomplish both trends beautifully. $69.95}

Statement necklaces {including bib necklaces}

Anthropologie, $42 {a steal, plus its yellow. DIE}

Anthro, $68

Crystal Bib necklace, J. Crew, on sale from $150 to $95


Gaudy stud earrings
J. Crew, $45.
I. Must. Have. These.




Mixed metallics
J. Crew $58 {would look amazing dressed up or down}

J. Crew, $95



Stackable bangles
F21, $7.80



Sky-high wedges
Jessica Simpson Wedges, $89


As for HOW I choose my accessories, it really depends on how I feel that day, or the look I am trying to convey. Sometimes I build a whole outfit around an accessory, sometimes the accessory is the afterthought. Either way, the best way to start bringing some oomph to your look is to go shopping, see what stands out to you, and go from there! Also, if you go to a cheaper store armed with the knowledge of the latest trends, you can always find what is in style for less {thanks, Forever 21 and H&M}!



Hope this helps, keep the reader questions coming!

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Monday, June 21, 2010

wanted


ok. So here's the scoop on this WW.

C and I are both on this little self-imposed spending freeze and with the addition of me being not so creative this weekend I chose to forego Weekend Wardrobe. But don't fret because it's not like I haven't been on the lookout for what I'm buying come July 1st when this whole "no clothes" gig is up!


these shorts are gap.
these cropped skinnies are gap
this oversized toddler cardi from gap
baby shirt, gap
{they have cute cute black skinny jeans that look killer with this shirt}
but i couldn't find them online
stella mccarteny skinnies with zippers; gap
why did I find so much at gap?
ooo maybe because they are having up to 40% off sale locally!


Ending today is 15% off tank tops at
American Apparrel {i might have to cheat on my spending freeze for this, it's practically once in a lifetime!}

these racerback dresses are so cute for summer
and seriously. These tanks fit SO well.
They are fitted and ribbed for your delight {ha!}

I thought this pettiskirt was to die for.
is it sad that I can't bring myself to spend $48 on it??


I also came across this shirt from Target. It would be so so cute with a shade/downeast shirt under. YES, more ruffles! Find it here.


OH! And I may or may not have accidently bought a swimsuit. But i had to. Practically was held at gunpoint. It is SO flattering, i am in love. See it here.




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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Weekend Wardrobe

Okay, we're going to be going back in time here with this ensemble. As I mentioned before, I am currently on a self-prescribed shopping diet of sorts {more on that later}. So I am left to my already-existing wardrobe devices to create outfits. No more, "OOh, I need a teal belt to go with this," or "I need a pink cardigan for this outfit." I have to deal with what I have to make cute outfits. I love me a challenge. This is what I came up with this weekend
{all clothing items were bought more than a year ago}.


Peach dress: F21 (like five hundred years ago, but I LOVE dresses for summer)
Cardigan: Target
Belt: Gap
Shoes: Madden Girl
Earrings: Nordstrom
Glasses: Nordstrom Rack (I LOVE these sunnies. They make me feel like a 70's rock star.)





Since all of my clothing is no longer available for purchase, I found a few items that will help you get the same look! This cardigan, (normally $49.50) is only $9.99! It would look darling over this dress from Target. Add a metallic skinny belt and brightly colored shoes {preferably ones that don't necessarily match} and you've got yourself a perfect summer outfit!!


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Friday, June 18, 2010

Photo Shoot

We feel so privileged to have been afforded the opportunity to work with the ever-talented Lindsey of Pied Piper Photography. This girl has some serious skills! We were her go-to gals for Hair and Makeup for her HOT Mama Photo shoot. And hot mamas they are! Just see for yourself










Don’t feel bad that you missed out on this shoot. She will be doing more Hot Mama Shoots this fall. That’s right people. She’s flying across the pond for you so get ready!


Check out her very talented talents here.

Email her directly to schedule your very own Hot Mama shoot here.



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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

make-up routine

I read an AMAZING article in InStyle this month. Well, the whole issue was fantastic {it is the one with Salma Hayek on the cover. Go purchase yourself a copy and turn to pg. 187}. The article talked about how lots of times we see celebrities who look like they have little-to-no makeup on, i.e.:
"fresh face," "bare skin" etc. Um, no.


I'm here to tell you that no celebrity in their right mind goes to an event where they know there are going to be photographed, and doesn't put makeup on.
Even if it looks like nothing, let me tell you. There is something.

Anyway. This article broke down 4 celeb makeup regimes, to prove once and for all that there is always a trace of some makeup to be found, even on the most "fresh faced" women in Hollywood.


SIDE-NOTE: I remember one time when I worked at MAC, we were having an employee meeting and my manager used me as an example when talking about simplifying makeup when she said, "Look at Courtney, she probably has 3 products on her face and she still looks put together." I think I shocked her a little when I told her that I, in fact, had about 15 products on my face.

I think many times professionals or celebrities try to act like everything is always au naturale. In rare cases, it may be. But let's be honest, who rolls out of bed with a perfectly even skin tone and no under-eye circles? The trick to this bare naked look is knowing what works for you and how to utilize it.

Here are some celebs who truly pull off the fresh faced {but not really} trend:




Oh, Reese, how I love you {and your extensions in this pic}


Charlize always looks gorg no matter what, but her natural beauty ALWAYS shines through!


Love me some Natalie Portman


Who agrees with me that it should be mandatory for Leighton to have a tan?




I often get asked about my makeup routine and what products I use, so here you go!!

I probably (maybe?) look like I am wearing less makeup than I actually am. For example, I always get asked what color eye shadow I am wearing: {Secret revealed} I don't wear eye shadow {unless it is a special occasion. And it's not that I am anti-shadow, I just got sick of it after wearing makeup for a living.}


It's all in the product choice and application!
My everyday product regime is as follows:
*Image Sunscreen cream

*MAC Studio Moisture Tint (tinted moisturizer)

*MAC mineralize skin finish powder in Medium Dark (as bronzer)

*Either Benefit Bright Eyes Stick, or my Carmindy concealer

*MAC blush, either Foolish Me or Well Dressed

*MAC highlighter (try Belightful or any of the Mineralized Skin Finish shimmer powder, or try Benefit High Beam)
*Cover Girl Lash Exact Volume Mascara

*Shu Emura Eye Lash Curler

*MAC Blacktrack Fluidline

*MAC brow pencils in Lingering and Spiked

Oh, and if I feel like being fancy, I use a peachy-pink lip gloss {which, btw, looks good on practically everyone}


10 products might seem like a lot for a pretty basic look, but the key is to highlight your best features, while still letting natural beauty shine through
{or at least look like it is}.


Another tip is to have a signature look to fall back on when you get lazy. In this case, mine is {obviously} winged out black eyeliner.

Your challenge is to take advantage of the summer beauty trend of being glowy and gorgeous, but not overdone. Don't worry if you are a product junkie {guilty} you can still use lotsa products, or hardly any at all, to achieve this look.


PS I am in no way comparing myself to celebrities. I just like to take part in the trends they set. Not a crime, right?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

WW: Goes to Church


Have you ever heard the very popular fashion etiquette that says:
"You shouldn't wear black after memorial day"

Well I grew up hearing that rule. And guess what. I'm a big girl and I'm gonna wear black all year 'round.
I'm sure some chick just made that up {and still wore black} just to look slimmer around her friends. We all know black is the most flattering of colors, right?!

~Black Cardi- Urban Outfitters
~ Mustard/Black Ruffle Shirt- Anthropologie
~Black Ruffle Skirt- Target
~Belt- Urban Outfitters








I have a HUGE favor to ask.
I know this is a little unconventional, but I wanted to turn the tables and see if ya'll could help me out.

Have any of you readers scouted out the perfect black pencil skirt?
I've been searching for just a plain black pencil skirt, regular or high-waisted. Let me know if you've seen anything out there!

WW: resort style

My husband and I went on a little getaway to Scottsdale this weekend to celebrate our 4 year wedding anniversary! My style was all about comfort. We hung out by the pool and jacuzzi, so my wardrobe consisted of bathing suits and outfits to wear over the bathing suit.

If you think I am going to put a full-on picture of myself in a bathing suit, you must be crazy. I don't mind posing in clothing, but I am no swimsuit model. With that in mind, take a peek at the swimsuit wardrobe I have been sporting. Since one-piece swimwear is SO in style these days, I plan to take full advantage of the situation by purchasing all the retro inspired one piece bathing suits I can find.

Target has a great selection of swimwear, as does Juicy Couture and Victoria's Secret. The bathing suit I bought this year from Target is this one, but there are tons of cute one- pieces to choose from.




These are a few that have made it into my repertoire:

This bathing suit is from Victoria's Secret (and it's on sale right now!). I bought it a couple seasons ago but apparently since they are still selling it online I am still in style.



This bathing suit is Juicy and I LOVE it! It is so flattering, and you can pull the suit down to make it look like a swim dress, or keep it gathered at the torso.


Always remember that accessories make the outfit! I always wear a necklace, a cute cover up, a trendy hairstyle (in this case, braids), and SUNGLASSES! Hudson and I got our sunglasses at Nordstrom Rack, which has great selection for great prices.


{side note: I always feel like no sunglasses are big enough for my face. Everyone always tells me my sunnies are so big that I look like a bug, but I don't believe it. I think the bigger they are, the more I look like a celeb. haha}



My favorite swimwear coverup right now {besides the infamous romper} is a boyfriend style T {mine is from J. Crew} and cut- off shorts {Gap}. It shows off the female form just enough, but still feels casual enough for the pool or beach. {And again, love me some braids}