Monday, September 29, 2014

How To Find The Perfect Lipstick For Your Skin Tone

One of my friends is venturing out for the first time in the lipstick department and asked me for advice on what shade she should wear, so I thought I'd put together a "How To" guide for first-timers.

Some of my favorites: MAC Up The Amp. YSL Bright Hibiscus Pink. MAC RiRi Woo. Gerard Gloss Wild Orchid. YSL Nude Beige. MAC Show Orchid. (I am loyal to MAC and YSL ask you can see...)

Friday, September 26, 2014

We’re Falling for These Autumn Beauty Trends

Autumn is officially here! It's time for cozy layers, scarves, PSLs, floppy hats, and one-too-many Instagram pics with fallen leaves. We are dying to get in on the fall trends, but the weather is woefully stuck in summer mode (hellooo, Dallas and Phoenix heat!) If you're in the same boat, why not try some fall hair/makeup/nails trends on for size?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Why it's OK to be single

In Hawaii- 2008

While trying to decide what I wanted to write about this week, I was in the middle of a conversation about my single-status so naturally this post is the product of that topic.

I've done a lot of thinking on this matter, but I always have the same question: Why, in a society that (now) encourages women to be CEO's and to be equal with our male counterparts, are women still constantly harassed if we aren't dating someone, engaged or married?

Personally, I would like to get married some day, have a family and still do something that I'm passionate about, but I'm in no hurry. I am only 23-years-old, fresh out of college, in my first real job, yet I'm constantly harassed regarding this issue. 

Whether you're the first child looking to set an example or the last hoping to meet the same expectations as those who came before you, enough is enough. Set your own bar, live life on your own timeline and enjoy your single time while you still can, because once someone else is in your life even some very basic aspects of your single-status will change forever. 

I want to remind all the single ladies out there why it's OK to be single and, better yet, why you should enjoy this time.

Friday, September 19, 2014

7-Step Facial Routine for Skin Perfection!

Breakouts bumming you out? Skin feeling dull and dry? No matter what your skin issue is, this 7-step facial routine is going to give you the complexion you've been coveting.

7- Step Facial
Here is my favorite seven-step facial routine I learned from Kate Somerville's book Complexion Perfection! With each of these steps, make sure you are tailoring the products to your own skincare needs.

1. Cleanse
2. Steam
3. Exfoliate
4. Extractions***
5. Treatment Mask
6. Hydrate & Moisturize
7. Eye Treatment

In my Pamper Evening Essentials post, I mentioned a "6-step routine" that I love. Well, obviously I always forget to do the last step....oops!! Hopefully my eyes will forgive me!

Read Kate's book to learn which ingredients are best for your skin type. Because my skin tends to dull, dry, and flaky, I've chosen products with hydrating and moisturizing ingredients.

Facial Favorites

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Introducing...Sew Sorority!

Ever look at your dresser drawer and think....

If you're anything like me, your dresser drawers are stuffed with t-shirts from sorority/fraternity life, school, sporting activities and etc... They're probably shirts that have some significance and make you nostalgic of whatever memory it's associated with, but you feel too old to be wearing it and, frankly, just have way too many.

Friday, September 12, 2014

9 Easy Ways to be More Active Today

School’s back in session, and chances are you’re spending the majority of your day on your bum. Even if you’ve got a job that requires you to stand all day long --like me-- your 9 to 5 isn’t doing your body much good. Whether you're a hard charging athlete or a self-proclaimed couch potato, increasing your daily activity level will improve your health and help you achieve your fitness goals.

I chatted up my favorite personal trainer and lifestyle coach (and boyfriend) Michael Bryson Wilson on how to add in more activity throughout the day. This is what I learned:

  • Instead of calorie-laden brunch/dinner/drinks dates with your friends, focus your meet-up around an activity such as yoga, a walk through the park, or even something silly like Laser Tag. Your get-together doesn’t have to be food-centric!
  •  Play outside! Dance around the kitchen! Try to add in more fun, goofy moments to your day. You'll be happier and healthier.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

My Favorites: Hair + Skin + Makeup

My friends know that I am a beauty enthusiast, a Sephora regular and have my esthetician's email readily on hand, so they often come to me with questions and advice on what products to buy. 

There are some products that I have been using regularly or instantly fell in love with and swear by. I decided I would put together a list of my favorite products this week, from my favorite face mask to my favorite lipstick and, hopefully, help you find your next favorite product!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pack Like a Pro! Travel Tips for the Beauty + Fashion Obsessed.

Getting through the airport unscathed can be tricky. It's 6 a.m. and you're already feeling rough. Starbucks wasn't open when you left your apartment to catch a cab, and now you have to take off half your outfit, unpack your electronics, and cram your beauty essentials into a tiny, clear bag. Ugh, so not glamorous. At least once you get through security, there's coffee and SkyMall calling your name.

For carry-on beauty must-haves, get a clear zippered pouch to avoid security line drama. One Truffle makes amazing travel bags that fit TSA-guidelines, which means less work, and no plebeian Ziplock baggies, for you.

Here's what I'd throw in mine!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

August Favorites + GIVEAWAY!!!

We've officially bid adieu to August, but our love for these fashion, beauty, food, home, media, and culture picks has only just begun! Check out what we couldn't get enough of last month.

Aluminum RayBan Clubmasters. Okay, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you can't actually buy this exact pair of RayBans. I loved the bronze frame, so I had someone in the sunglasses department swap out the bronze, un-polarized lenses for gray, polarized. I'm high maintenance like that, apparently. These are the 51 mm lens: Don't knock Clubmasters until you try on both sizes. ♡L
Free People Frosted Fair Isle Cardigan. Even though it will be warm in Arizona for quite awhile, I couldn’t help myself when I saw this cozy and cute cardigan! I love the length and look of this staple piece for my fall wardrobe. ♡T
DryBar Mai Tai Spritzer. Summer may be coming to a close, but I’m still loving my natural beachy waves! I talked about wanting this product in an old Want It Wednesday post and ever since I bought it I haven’t been able to stop using it. It smells wonderful and gives my hair the extra volume I need! ♡T
Santa Maria Novella 'Alba di Seoul' Eau de Cologne. I can't stop raving about everything I got from my recent trip to LAFCO! This stuff is especially yummy as it's somehow sweet, spicy, and fresh. Here's a more educated description from SMN themselves: "Its bouquet of fresh green and crisp top notes introduces an intense heart characterized by Korean pine and lead woody oriental base notes." ♡L

Etsy Mail Organizer/Chalkboard Message Center/Coat Hook Rack. I spend too much time on Etsy, but I keep getting so lucky with my findings! The two mail slots are perfect for my roommate and I, we’ve been using the hooks for our keys and we plan on buying chalk to write our favorite quotes or inspirational messages on the chalkboard! It took about a month for the Etsy seller to make and ship this, but it is extremely well made and looks great by our front door! ♡T
French Press. I grabbed this one at a recent trip to Target and it has totally overhauled my mornings! Now I can make more than one cup at a time, yippee! I'm trying to get into Bulletproof Coffee, but to be honest, I'm still pretty attached to my yummy Vietnamese iced coffee with sweetened, condensed milk... ♡L
Chia Seed Pudding. It's kind of outrageously delicious. Here's the super simple recipe I love: 1 1⁄4 cups almond milk, 1 tablespoon raw honey, 4 tablespoons chia seeds, and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Shake up and refrigerate for several hours, or overnight. Makes a yummy dessert, or even breakfast! ♡L
White Cheese, Spinach and Chicken Lasagne. This month my roommate and I tried this delicious lasagne that we will definitely be making again! The flavor was amazing and super creamy. The recipe calls for cubed chicken, but I bought a rotisserie chicken from the deli, which was fresh and tasted great! ♡T

Beauty Crush on YouTube. Sammi is one of my absolute favorite YouTubers! I love her bubbly, quirky personality. She has gorgeous makeup tutorials, lookbooks, and more. ♡L
Orange is the New Black. I am a huge fan of the Netflix series, so of course I had to buy the book! The book contains several differences from the show but I love it just the same. It is a fascinating read and gives insight into the flawed prison system, especially for women and, more specifically, drug-related crimes. ♡T
The Cuckoo's Calling. I know I just posted this in my Pamper Evening + Spa Essentials post, but I am seriously obsessed! J.K. Rowling is one of my favorite authors of all time, and she's just as good under her more masculine pen name! This P.I. thriller is so much fun to read. ♡L
Game of Thrones. I know I’m late to the game (pun intended), but I started watching Game of Thrones this past week and haven’t been able to stop! I am embarrassed to say what season I am on after such little time...but I definitely did some binge-watching over the Labor Day Weekend. GoT has a little something for every viewer including several different plot lines. So, if your current favorite character dies, there is usually someone else you can root for! ♡T

Well, goodbye summer. That's it for our August faves. Can you believe it's September?! At least you have a rad end-of-summer giveaway to keep your spirits high!

Blonde Problems Giveaway!

It's our first Blonde Problems Giveaway and we have a lot of goodies for our followers! This is a little thank you to everyone who has been so supportive since we launched the blog. We love you!
Here's what you can win: A Wildfox tank, BaubleBar bracelet and earrings, and Essie nailpolish in Bond with Whomever and Cascade Cool.
Use the Rafflecopter below to enter! Best of luck, lovelies!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Plan the Perfect Labor Day Weekend

Are you grilling out this weekend with friends and family? I know I'll be by the pool with a drink in hand most of the day! Before you spend a long day by the pool, make sure you prepare with some Labor Day essentials.