30 June 2016

Nailed it!

Lately it seems I'm gravitating towards anything with a nude hue. Nude shoes, nude lipsticks and nude nail polish! It can be tough for anyone to find truly flattering shades of nude, but I've noticed it is especially difficult for those of us who have fair skin. Is this color too brown? Does this shade make me look ill? Is this actually a nude or just straight up pink? 

By now, I'm sure you know my nail polish collection is just stupid. The number of exact duplicates should be reason enough for me to just say no to adding more polishes but... I just can't help myself! Somehow I manage to justify buying new shades because I don't get my nails done all that often but I ALWAYS have polish on my nails, so they actually get used. PLUS, in a salon I'd pay about $8 for just a polish change!! Why do that when I can DIY a full manicure at home and spend the $8 on a bottle of polish I can use again and again??

What was my point again? Oh! Nudes. Nude polishes. These are my faves...

Ballet Slippers || Cake Pop (I believe this was limited edition. Bubble Bath is a similar shade.) || Marshmallow || Latte Run (Sold out. Tickle My France-y is also good.) || Ivory White (Limited Edition. Alpine Snow is great!)

First, can I just tell you how shocked I was to discover that Latte Run actually works against my skin tone! In the bottle it looks like a tan nude which is normally a no-go, but it's advertised as being universally flattering and I'd have to agree!

One of my favorite tricks for applying more sheer, nude nail colors is to layer in a matte top coat. Applying the matte polish (I use this one) between your first and second coat makes the color soooo much more opaque!

I always finish things off with my favorite top coat by Seche Vite. Well, except in these photos HA! I only applied the actual color so you could get the truest sense of how it looks against fair skin. Aaaaaand so you could have random visions of the ice truck killer but with muted colors... ;)

What are your favorite "nude" nail polishes?

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26 June 2016

Dream on girl...

I wish there were more people around to witness Kyle's category 8 freak out the other day. It went something like this...

Kyle || (from the other room) "AMANDA!"

Me || "What?"

Kyle || "YOUR BIRTHDAY IS SOON! IT'S JULY 2ND." (the second part of course being more of a question/confirmation)

Me || "Yeah. It's still on the 2nd. Why?"

Kyle || "Well, uhh, are you going to do your normal blog post so I know what to get you?"

The romance is alive and well in our house.

So this one's for you Kyle.

Note : There is not one single knife, gun, bow, or fishing pole on here, so buying anything of the like and trying to pass them off as a birthday gift for ME won't work this time. 

Just kidding. He's never actually done that, but I'd bet a kidney he's considered it. Just covering my bases. ;)

When I sat down to do this post the first thing that came to mind were family photos! The last time we had professional photos taken as a family were when Mike was just a few weeks old! I would LOVE to have some updated shots together in our new state!

There are a couple of things included in the image that I already have, but they are worth throwing into the mix because they are just that good! Those earrings for example were a Mother's Day gift from a dear friend of mine. They are so stunning and the setting is really unique giving a simple solitaire a little more interest. These are a bit spendy for a regular ol' gift but if you're looking for something extra special; these are great!

Oh! That sun safety kit is from Sephora and totally amazing! I've been singing the praises of this kit for a couple of weeks now. I think it is a great value for a great cause -- $20 of this $32 kit goes towards The Skin Cancer Foundation! The size and quality of the samples included are really impressive--none of mine will go to waste. I definitely encourage you to check out this kit! [HERE]

I may actually just go ahead and grab the stars & stripes tee for myself so it's here in time for the 4th... Sooo, scratch that one off Kyle. ;)

Hope you had a great weekend!

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23 June 2016

2016 Summer Fashion Trends - Stay At Home Mom Style!

summer fashion trends for the non risk taker

Historically, I've been the type of person who takes a while to warm up to the latest fashion trends. By the time I get comfortable with the looks we saw on the runway and finally feel ready to try them out for myself, we have already moved on to the next season!

PS. When I say "looks we saw on the runway" I really mean themes from the looks we saw on the runway because DAMN--there isn't a money tree in my backyard and I don't have the fashion balls required for 99% of that stuff AND a supermodel I am not...

One of my own style goals of late has been to take more risks! Just because I'm not entirely comfortable with the latest fashion craze, doesn't mean I can't adapt bits and pieces of whats "in" to suit me and my lifestyle, right?

Let's take a look at three of this summer's fashion trends and come up with a few styling options -- styling options that those of us who are fashion wimps cautious can feel confident wearing!

lace up fashion

L to R || one, two 

When I first saw the whole lace up situation, I immediately had flash backs to early middle school when girls used to wear those jeans with the lace up crotch...Nope. Count me out!  No, sky high lace up heels aren't going to make their way into my shoe rotation. A plunging lace up neckline?  That wouldn't even make it into my fitting room!

But, it doesn't have to be all or nothing. These flats are the perfect middle of the road for me. They work for a quick grocery store run, pushing kids on the playground swings, even a dinner date--all while staying on trend!

I have yet to purchase a lace up top, but I'm thinking this tee would be great for summer!

how to style a bandana
L to R || one, two, three

Ahh, now bandanas are something I can really get behind! I mean, I already keep them in my closet! Naturally, I was excited to learn that bandanas are all the rage this season--but I have never worn them quite like the cool kids are wearing them. They've only ever been on my head a la Jessie James Decker (minus her level of hotness of course) and you know what, I'm calling that on trend! Granted, I use my bandanas to either actually hold my hair up or as a method of concealing a particularly bad hair day, but who cares, right?!

I may just be caught wearing said bandana a little more regularly this summer. On my head. Like I always have. Because function...  ;)

boho style
L to R || one, two, three, four

"Boho" is definitely outside of my style comfort zone. I just don't feel like the look as a whole really suits me. Not to mention when I see bell sleeves and I envision all of the food that I'm going cover those babies in at meal time. Huge flowy skirts? Not particularly flattering on my frame and not particularly practical for child wrangling. Crop top? Bahahahaha!

High wasted denim flares ... now that I can get behind. They make me look taller than I actually am plus the high waist kinda tucks everything in. Big fan of that! Not to mention the fact that they are freaking denim! Jeans will always prevail in my book!

Another option would be to simply throw on some everyday skinnies and pair them with an easy top like this one and some sandals. I think that outfit would definitely put off some boho vibes, don't you? Also, this boho fringe crossbody bag (for only $44!!) maaaayyyy just find it's way to my front door.

Oooo now my outfit juices are really flowin'!

What do you think? Tell me some of your ideas for easing into this summers' trends!
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