Borrowed from the Boys

April 24, 2014 ·

The surplus of 100% spandex skinny jeans in stores from Target to Nordstrom officially made jean hunting a whole lot easier. But all of a sudden it seems that skinnies are being replaced by a more comfortable ‘boyfriend fit’ denim, or as some call them… mom jeans. I must say it took me a while to get into the skinny jean trend, but now it seems I own nothing else. I have never been brave enough to try on a pair of loose fit jeans, assuming I would instantly age 30 years, but I guess what my mother told me was true… everything comes back in style. I gathered some outfit inspiration to make the transition a bit more painless– but the question stands, is skinny jean wearing America really ready to make way for the mom jean?

post + graphic design by grace abbott

Tuesday Tip: Lighten Dark Spots

April 22, 2014 ·

Do you have pesky dark marks from skin damage or blemishes? One of our favorite ways to treat and camouflage these types of skin issues is by using lemons. Yes, that lemon in your fridge fruit drawer will do!

You will need:
1. One ripe lemon
2. Water – tap or bottled
3. Cotton Balls
4. Spray bottle

There are several methods that you may use to help aid skin imperfections and lighten dark spots. You can use lemon juice, or the rind to reap these benefits.

Cut the lemon into slices – you may rub the slices gently over your face or you may use a cotton ball to apply, let sit for a minute, and wipe away. Be careful that you have no open cuts or blemishes – this would sting!

You may also cut the lemon in half, squeeze the juice into a spray bottle, add equal parts of water, shake and spray across the surface of your face. No need to wipe off.

You can even use the rind of the lemon to rub over your face as a mask. Add some brown sugar and water to create a soothing, lightening, natural and exfoliating mask.

These processes will help lighten skin over time – the results are not instant, however, you will see great results with continued use!

post + design by stephanie hynson

Style File: Easter Outfit

April 18, 2014 ·

This is the perfect Easter outfit to take you into the weekend. Pretty pastels, bright corals and greens, and an overall feel-good vibe. The fabulous quilted jacket by Joie is super classy, girly, and sophisticated. Want to know where we snagged this ensemble? Tj Maxx! We’re maxxinistas at heart, and jump for any fabulous fashion find at Tj Maxx, especially for a fraction of the cost! Jennie’s bow bracelet by Kiel James Patrick was the perfect addition to the outfit; these bracelets are available in a variety of fun colored spring and summer patterns as well!

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Splendid Pants {similar} | Franco Sarto Shoes {similar} | Joie Jacket | Cynthia Rowley Top | Kiel James Patrick Bracelet | Vintage Earrings

Tuesday Tip: Concealer

April 15, 2014 ·

This week’s Tuesday Tip deals with Concealer. We are often asked how to create a “contoured” and “brighter” look when it comes to makeup. Concealer can be your best friend or your worst nightmare – photographs – flashes – use wisely. Visit your nearest department store makeup counter to get matched for a concealer color, typically a shade lighter than your natural skin tone.

Concealer can disguise blemishes, camouflage dark circles, and contour the face. Two of our go-to concealers include MAC Pro long wear concealer and Benefit Erase Paste.  Apply the concealer not only beneath the eyes {be sure to BLEND!} and also along the bridge of your nose, brow bone and above the brow, along the crease of your nostrils, corners of your lips, and beneath the bottom lip. Using a blending brush, swirl and blend into place to make you appear brighter and more awake.

Stay tuned for next week’s highlighting guide…

post + graphic design by stephanie hynson

Monday Must

April 14, 2014 ·

This weeks Monday Must, featuring some Coachella inspiration. Who wouldn’t want to be at the famed music festival right about now, I sure wish I was there! So here we give you some spring and summer style-inspo to get you through the week. We’ll all be daydreaming about fashion, music, and shopping.

shop this post: sandals / purse / self tanner / bralette / necklace / skirt

post by stephanie hynson