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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring Tease


I almost make it a point not to talk about the weather in blog posts anymore.  Complaining about how cold it is or gabbing about how nice it is outside tends to be a bit cliche to me.  However, lately I've been so frustrated with how up and down temperatures are locally.  Just a few weeks ago it was snowing, a few days ago we hit 75 degrees and now we are back down to 40 degrees.  On top of that I've come down with a serious allergy/sinus cold.  As you can imagine, I'm completely over it, okay?   So here I am.  Making the most of what was a gorgeous day.  The first day of 2015 that I wore my leopard print loafers.  Oh, and let me just add that distressed denim is taking over my closet.  It's so trendy right now so it's really tempting not to go slashing all of my jeans, lol.





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Monday, March 16, 2015

RocksBox : Jewelry Subscription


I'm a firm believer that accessories can literally MAKE an outfit.  I always say that if you can't afford to really shop for clothes, pick up a few new accessories--it can change the entire vibe of an outfit!  Today I wanted to introduce to you guys a subscription service that caters to all my accessory  Queens! Rocksbox is a monthly subscription service that loans you a set of premium jewelry every month based on your own personal style.  You can send your boxes back as frequently as you would like for a different set to wear, or if you decide you love a piece you can purchase it at a huge members discount.  Whether your style is bold, elegant, or boho the Rocksbox stylists will have something for you.  You can even select items from the website for your Wishlist to let the stylists know what you have in mind.  

When choosing items for my wish list I had a mix of classic, trendy, and boho pieces.  I've said it before that my style just depends on my mood.  Needless to say I'm pretty happy with this months picks.  All of the items I received are pieces I can definitely wear on and off the clock.  What's cool about this subscription is that you can try the jewelry out for a few weeks to really decide if you like them!  

I am normally really frugal when it comes to accessories, but after years of having those items break easily or metals turning colors on me, I've learned that investing in something that is going to last is something to think about.  As much as I would purchase items that don't last long I'd end up spending just about the same price if not more if I would have simply purchase something of more quality.  With that being said, these items will be more of an investment.  

As a RocksBox 'It Girl' I am able to offer you guys an opportunity to share in a nice deal.  If you head over to www.rocksbox.com to sign up, you can use my code 'styledchicxoxo' and you will receive 1 month free for the subscription!  Please remember that there are no strings attached with this and you are free to cancel at anytime!

I encourage you to take advantage of this deal asap because after 30 day from now, the code will change to 50% off the first month.  It's still a deal, but nothing is better than FREE, lol. Tell me what you think of this idea?


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

My Top 3 Favorite Leave-In Conditioners




Isn't Leave-In conditioner every curly head's best friend??  I stand as a witness to tell you that once I apply my favorite Leave-In, my curls come to LIFE.  The purpose of a leave-in conditioner is to fortify the hair with strength and/or moisture, aid in detangling, and provide ease of styling without weighing down the hair or creating a buildup.   Leave-ins were made to allow the freedom of frequent, daily usage without unwanted side effects. This is usually a third step for me after cleansing and conditioning, but it can also be used as a daily refresher.  Normally every morning or as needed, I will spritz my hair with water and apply my leave in.  (Only if I'm wearing my hair as a wash-n-wear.  Remember wash-n-wear/ wash-n-go is when you simply wash your curls and wear them naturally.  No twisting, braids--natha-zilch. )  The leave-in concoction is the lightest form of conditioning compared to the rinse out or deep conditioner and serves best as a quick, light means for elasticity, hydration, and manageability.  Here are my top 3 picks that always get my curls just the way like them--soft, defined, and hydrated.  


3.  Eden Body-Works All Natural Coconut Shea Leave-In:  I love this one because it contains Coconut Oil to penetrate and revitalize your tresses.  It is also blended with Shea butter to seal in moisture.  Of course it has a sulfate free formula and is safe for color treated, chemically treated, curly, or straight hair.  It also has a great smell and makes my curls soft and fluffy.  Normally this size will last me a few months.  I normally rotate conditioners. Although this one makes my hair feel great, it's not my number1 to use for detangling.  It has a bit of slip but not enough for my tight curls!  So I make sure to apply this product after de-tangling.  This product retails at $8.99 for 8oz.  You can find Eden Body-Works at most Walmart & Target stores--and online of course.

2.  Entwine Naturalle Couture Afrodisia 9 Exotique Leave-In Hair Potion (8oz):  PERFECT for detangling.  It provides great slip so that I am able to easily go through my curls with no tugging or added stress.  I normally apply my leave in while my hair is still dripping wet after rinsing from my initial wash and condition.  My hair is slightly detangled from finger detangling so once I apply the the Exotique leave in to my wet hair, I let this sit for a few minutes.  Then I begin to detangle more with a denman brush if needed.  Depends on how I feel.  If I've finger detangled enough before hand I just apply the product.  I love how light yet effective this concoction is and hydrates my hair perfectly.  Some yummy ingredients include: Mango Seed, Shea Butters & Avocado, Wheat Germ, Palm Fruit Oils, Aloe, Vegetable Protein + Biotin.  The texture of the product is creamy yet thin and frothy.   Some other great things I experienced with this leave-in is that it reduced frizz and provided lots of curl definition for me.  This product retails for $18.99 for 8oz. and is sold online only at entwinecouture.businesscatalyst.com.  It's a bit of a spurge but worth it.  I purchased mine along with two other full sized products for $40.  A really great sale.  Normally if you attend any natural hair shows, companies will bundle their products so that you can get the best deals!



1.  Koils By Nature Moisturizing Shealoe Leave-In Conditioner:  This conditioner is my top pick for leave-ins!  Absolutely. Hands down.  This creamy herbal infused conditioner and detangler is intended to smooth the cuticle and remove knots, snarls, and tangles from thick kinky textured hair. Perfect for all hair textures and perfect for me because of my tight and tiny coils.  I love the fact that every ingredient is derived from nature and includes natural butters, oils, and certified organic essential oils.  Also, my curls are very defined using this.  Even if it's like day 6 of my wash and wear style, all I do is spritz my hair with water and use a dime sized amount and like magic my curls are poppin!  You can also use this product as a daily moisturizer.  I'm all about multifunctional products.  The only thing I will say that I don't like is that this product will leave a residue, so use sparingly.  If I do find that I've used a bit too much, I'll just spray my hair with water and distribute the product already on my hair by fluffing.  Oh, and let me add that this tiny bottle is only a sample!  I have a full sized bottle that isn't shown because the label was fading, lol.  This product retails for $22.00 and is available for purchase at KoilsbyNature.com



Friday, February 20, 2015

Wedding Planning with Minted



So 'YAY' to successful wedding planning thus far!  I'm so excited!  Our venue is officially booked, which is a HUGE item to check off on the list (Yes Lord!), so now we are on to the next 'To- Do'!  The next step is to send out 'Save The Date' postcards, something I am really excited about.  Since some of our guests are traveling it's very important to give them all a heads up on our celebration before our official invitations go out.  I was recently introduced to Minted.com--which pretty much had me at 'Hello'.  

Minted.com is an online market place that offers stationary including wedding invites, holiday cards, wall art, party decor, day planners, you name it!  What's cool is that the illustrators are made up of a community of designers and artists from all over the world.  I am a very visual person.  I love color, uniqueness, creativity, and style.  Minted is like a playground for me.  They offer so many unique designs, which has now made it difficult to choose a design to go with for my save-the-dates, lol!  You can also of course personalize your invites.  Making only a few minor tweaks to create them exactly how you'd like.

Here are 5 designs that made the cut and trust me, this was really hard because  there are hundreds of designs I loved.  With the five that I chose I was either feeling the font, color, or design.  Over the next few days I will be making a final decision.  In the meantime, I'd suggest you check out Minted.com.  If you are planning your wedding, allow me to suggest checking out the Save the Date Collection.  Minted has more to offer than just wedding invites so browse this site for other items as well.  If you're style is similar to mine, I know you'll love it!





Wednesday, February 18, 2015

#SheaLove: Shea Moisture Makeup Haul + Beauty Look


The Shea Moisture cosmetic line has been #1 on my beauty list of things to try.  You all know that Shea Moisture and I have a long history together.  This was the first brand that I used when I went natural 5 years ago.  With the company adding makeup to their brand, it made me love the company even more.  I guess you can imagine my excitement when I received almost all of the items I wanted this past Christmas.  I shared beauty item ideas to get for the 'Make-up' girl in your life and I guess my hubby and family were paying attention!  So, I've been using these items for the past few months and I am very pleased.  Today I'll be sharing a step-by-step makeup look using my new products. Keep in mind that these are only some of the items I received and I plan on sharing more later in another post.

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1.  Moisturize:  Before I begin, I like to moisturize my skin using the Coconut & Hibiscus Spot Correcting Moisturizer.  I love this because it's not greasy, yet has a consistency that makes my skin feel adequately hydrated.  Oh and the smell is wonderful!  I haven't used this product long enough to see the spot correcting effects, so I will update you girls on that later.  So far, it's been my favorite for 2 months!




2.  Prime:  Next I like to prime my skin.  This is a really important step for me because it gives me a clean canvas to start with.  Primer gives my makeup longevity throughout the day.  There are so many great ingredients like Vitamin A & E and Shea butter in the primer as well.  It's great for oily and acne prone skin.  What I love most is that it's paraben, mineral oil, and fragrance free AND Hypoallergenic & Noncomedogenic!




3.  Conceal:  Using the color correcting, contour, and highlighting palette really DOES SOMETHING.  I apply the cream to any dark spots that I have on my skin and I've noticed after apply my sheer foundation--just the way it sets is amazing. I'm using the Medium Light palette.  



Normally on a light day, I'll apply concealer and powder only.  On a weekend I will do a little more.  Today I used the sheer foundation.  I love this because it's very buildable.  With the concealer it works perfectly.  It gets the job done in giving you a little coverage but not making you feel like you have on too much.    The only thing about this foundation is it tends to make me a little shiny after awhile.  I guess this is because this foundation is meant to give you more of a dewy finish.  The color I am using is 'Chincoteague Chestnut'.   I would suggest studying the color guides which should be located underneath the price labels at your local Target.  I normally match the color to my inner and outer wrists to evaluate the color I'm looking for.  I also go off of history of which hues of liquid foundations I've used before.  



4. & 5.  Define & Apply Shadow:  Next up are my eyes.  I actually used this blush in 'Casablanca Copper' to define my crease and the eyeshadow 'Montana' for my eyelids.  You can use the shadow wet or dry.  I absolutely love this shadow.  I would recommend using it wet for an evening look as it seems to be more pigmented this way.



6.  Highlight & Blend:  Okay now this is definitely my favorite step of all.  Highlighting my under my eyes pulls my makeup look all together and gives life back to my face.  Remember after you apply foundation it sort of makes your face blank and flat.  The importance of highlighting and contouring is to bring dimension back to the face.  You want to look radiant and this is the trick.  I highlight under my eyes, my nose, and the center of my forehead.  My pink tool is the Beauty Blender.  If you haven't used this tool YOU MUST.  I can definitely tell a deference in application with this.

Blending this all together is very important.  The key is in the blending and that's what I am doing in the second row of photos with a small brush.

Once blending is done, I apply a powder to set my sheer foundation and also apply a little blush to contour my cheek bones.  I'm really satisfied with the finish.


7.  Lips:  Last, I apply a lip liner and lipstick to complete my look.  I'm using the color combo that I told you guys about in my pretty little liners post.  After this I usually go back and highlight my eyebrows or just double check them making sure they are defined the way I like them.


Finished Look!






Above I've linked the items that I've used directly to where you can purchase if they aren't available at your local Target.  I love my results.  The way the makeup works with my skin is amazing.  I love how smooth my skin looks and I've gotten feedback from others of how well it appears.  What is also really great is the price point of these products.  This line definitely has been added to my holy grail, especially when I don't have the budget to shop in department stores for more expensive brands.  How do you like this look? Let me know in the comments if you've tried the Shea Moisture makeup line!


Monday, February 16, 2015

Leather & Fur


 
So I'm finding that I still have items in my closet that I rarely wear.  I didn't think I'd have this issue since I tend to re-organize my closet regularly, donating or throwing out items I don't wear or that are just out of style.  Welp, I found these grey stoned washed pair of jeans and thought I'd give them a spin.  Quickly, I learned why I don't wear them that much, lol.  I'm always showing you guys  clothes that I love.  Part of styling and building your wardrobe is finding out what you don't love or isn't the best fit.
 
 These pair of jeans in particular caught my eye because of the color and wash.  No..no..now I remember, they were on sale, that's why I bought them, lol.  I'd like to think I was stepping out of my box this day just because I normally go for dark washed or black jeans at this time of year.  For the sake of the new year and my own style resolutions, I tried giving this pair another chance.  What I don't like about these jeans is the feel.  Ugh.  I want to love them, but if I'm not comfortable in them--they gotsta go.  Yes GOTSTA go, lol.  This is why they are sitting folded under the other mounds of jeans that I have--and have been there for months.  I normally buy stretch jeans.  I love stretch jeans.  They are the most comfortable and have so much give I can do anything in them.  These just feel so stiff.  Ugh.  Out they go.  But they look good right?  Lol, welp, I guess that's all that matters!
 

Leather Jacket: F21 | Faux Fur Vest: F21(Similar) | Grey Jeans (Old) (Similar) | Sheer Blouse: F21 (Similar) | Brown Boots: (Similar)

Have you ever purchased something just because it was on sale and thought you were getting the best deal ever?  Ever had a couple items in your closet that had to go but you've kept because you just "couldn't let go"?  Well, I'm saying sayonara to these suckas.
 
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Mid Week Work Chic

Work Week Accessories


Over the years I have become more and more organized when it comes to my day to day routine and work week.  Although I could still use some improvement, I have always been a planner.  I love staying organized and like for things to be as neat and orderly as possible.  I sound so type A don't I?  Truthfully I'm really not.  Far from it at times.  Sometimes things get so cluttered in my bag that I can't even find my ATM card.  I often call my purse "The Pit", I mean stuff is just everywhere and it can be so nerve racking when you can't find something you really need at the moment.  This is why every night or whenever needed, I clean out my bag and I organize.  There are a few little tools and accessories that I carry that help me stay on track.  The others are just so chic and cute that I just enjoy having as accessories.  Take a look and click each number because I've provided direct links to what I have or items that are similar:


I am fashion blogger so I should have TONS of bags right?! Wrong.  This is the bag that goes with me everywhere.  I know you guys are probably sick to death of seeing it, but it's really a fave of mine.  I'm practical when it comes to bags during the week, so having a big bulky bag is a no go.  This one is the right size and has a shoulder strap that I can take off and on when needed.


Uhm. TEAM IPHONE!  Yep.  I've finally crossed over and I must say I'm loving my decision.  I keep important appointments on my electronic calendar for backup and notification when it comes close to the date.  What is also important are my apps.  Being a blogger I like to keep up with social media and all kinds of communication that will connect me to you, friends & family as well.  Let's not forget the obvious things like texting and phone calls throughout the day!


I enjoy a hot drink almost every other morning.  Normally it's Green tea.  Now that we are in the middle of winter I like to keep warm when I'm leaving the house in the mornings and going outside to warm up the car.  Isn't this little traveler mug cute??  It's my favorite right now and so me!  Very chic for a girly girl like myself.  I purchased it from Starbucks online (Sorry it's sold out : ( ) and I really am glad I got in the knick of time-- it's limited edition.


It's been so cold during the day that I like to wear my sunglasses to keep the wind from slapping me too hard in the face, lol.  As you can tell from my last post, I really love eyewear.  I scored these chic shades for 40% off at the Loft just recently. Super cute!  Check out my Instagram to see how I look in them!


I think I've been carrying a planner since the 5th grade, lol.  Call me little Miss To-DO.  Something about writing out a To-Do List, appointments, reminders, and little notes just make me tick.


I happened to find this treasure at a thrift shop for $8!  Yes, I almost collapsed.  I promise I always end up finding the best deals.  I have a regular sized wallet and I also carry this one that keeps my loose change and cards I use on a regular basis.  My larger wallet was just too bulky with my coins.  This one does the trick, that way I can easily access any change I need without having to DIG, isn't that annoying??

I try to bring a lunch to work everyday.  I love homemade food.  So I figure I should have something cute to bring it in.  My bag is actually a lunch bag by Nicole Miller that I found in Marshalls, but this one is similar.  

Ah yes.  Even when I wear light makeup throughout the week I like to keep a little chapstick or gloss on hand.  Sometimes I'll even throw a nail file or nail polish in there too because you just never know!  


How do you like to stay organized throughout the week?  I'm sure I'll be adding more accessories to my collection. 

 

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