Good morning! Sorry for the absence around here. Sometimes life gets so hectic that something has to give, and last week it was blogging. I hope you don't mind when I pop in and out of this space, as I've been trying to find a little more balance in my life. My husband has a new position and schedule at work that has thrown us for a loop, and the girls are growing so fast that I can hardly keep up! Having a six year old and an eight year old has proven to be one of the most challenging years yet, as they are growing into little ladies who now have outside pressures of their own to deal with. I'm seeing how different life is for kids now than when I was little, and I am left wondering - what happened to kids just being kids? Anyway, I'll end that rant now and get back to what you came here for - some style goodies!
I used to do this thing in middle school and high school when I got my new Delia*s catalogs (anyone remember those? Throwback!) where I would pick my favorite outfit from each page and circle it. I never bought anything, but that pretend shopping was very satisfying to me, and I still do the same with new arrivals from my favorite retailers. A natural progression I suppose! Only difference is, now I can actually buy the stuff if I want, without mom and dad's permission.
Madewell has some very cute new pieces perfect for casual summer wear and travel. Below are my favorites from their new arrivals.
Usually I'm more of a gold or rose gold person, but I seem to be really drawn to silver lately. There are lots of fun silver sandal options out there and I love the bit of shine they bring to an outfit. What a great and simple way to elevate a rather ordinary outfit! Below are my picks for cute flat silver sandals under $100.
Last week I made a little visit to my local Ulta. I had decided I was going to treat myself, pre-Mother's Day style, to a few items I had been wanting to try, as well as re-stock some old favorites. Here is what I got and what I thought!
This was a re-stock, as I am almost out of my last compact. I really like this powder because it goes on pretty lightly, and just helps buff out any lasting discolorations after applying my foundation. A great topper to help finish off your look.
This was on sale for $1 instead of $7, so I threw this in as a last minute impulse buy. I use a nude liner to help define my lips because I have recently started to notice when I use lipstick it is starting to bleed out a little and feather around my lips. Curse these little signs of age! For a dollar, this little guy gets the job done!
This is also a re-stock on my current concealer. It gives pretty good coverage and doesn't sink into the little creases around my eyes, which I tend to have a problem with. Ugh, what is up with all these little creases and wrinkles lately?
This was another impulse buy. You notice how all the Ulta brand stuff is right by the register while you are waiting in line? They are no dummies! Anyway, I picked these two neutral shades because they were on sale as well for $3 each. I thought they might be comparable to some of my favorite colors in my Naked palette, but they don't even come close. They barely deliver any color at all. I will not be buying any of these again in the future.
These are just fun to use, so I bought a few new "flavors" I didn't already have. Plus my girls love these, so I can never have too many lying around the house. Kara is my little lip balm stealer...if I can't find one, she has probably stashed it in one of her little purses. It's too cute.