Transitioning from Winter to Spring

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Photo Credit: Nick Urteaga

Jacket: H&M (similar here) | Tee Shirt: Scoop | Jeans: Flying Monkey (similar here) | Shoes: Valentino | Bag: Givenchy | Purse Puff (similar Here) | Sunglasses: Dior


The weather never seems to be consistent this time of year – warm one day, freezing cold the next, which makes it hard to know what type of coat or shoes to wear. During these transitional months, when it’s not quite boot weather, but still too cold for sandals, I usually find myself sporting heels or sneakers and a lighter coat.

This outfit is my go to “winter to spring” look – perfect for in-between weather.  I chose shoes that are partially opened in the back and a trench that is lightweight, but knee length. Besides, you can never go wrong with a mostly-black ensemble 😉

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5 Ways to Kick-Start Your Work Week

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Just when you think your Sunday Scaries are behind you, a case of the Mondays kick in. Let’s face it –there’s no rewinding time to relive the relaxation of Saturday and Sunday. On the other hand, there are a few tips and tricks we can put into practice to reduce some of the stress.

Start your week on the right side of the bed with these tips:

  1. Go to Bed Earlier: Yes, we’ve heard it for years from our parents, but it’s time to turn off the Netflix and relax the old-fashioned way, with a cup of tea and a book.
  2. Prep Ahead: Pack your lunch, lay out your outfit and put your work bag by the door the night before work for a seamless morning routine. This will allow you to sleep a little later, too!
  3. Let Light In: This may sound dreadful now, but you’ll be thanking yourself later – stop sleeping in a cozy cave and instead keep your blinds open to let some natural light into your dark room in the morning.
  4. Wake Up To Music: Do you want to throw your phone every time your alarm sounds? Pick a cheerful song and create a custom alarm to wake up to some uplifting beats.
  5. Eat Breakfast: Avoid hangry mood swings by eating something light and healthy each morning (within 30 minutes of waking). Try oatmeal with fresh fruit, scrambled egg whites with veggies or an on-the-go fruit smoothie.

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6 Weekend Makeup Must Haves for Under $10

The weekend is upon us! Whether attending a birthday party at a swanky bar, visiting an art exhibit or grabbing brunch with your bff, look your best on a budget with these makeup must haves all under $10!!!  Eyes
The Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow Pallete with Built-in Primer ($9) is perfect for any day of the week. Use the lighter shades for a daytime look, while adding the darker hues into your crease to create the perfect smokey eye later in the day. Since no eye-shadow look is complete without eyeliner, line your lids with the E.L.F. Expert Liquid Liner ($2). During the day, create a thin line around your lash line for a natural look. At night, extend the line to create the perfect dramatic cat eye.

Lips

Choose a lipstick and liner that can be worn in any setting to avoid spending money on multiple lip looks. I love to go for a pinkish-nude hue that lends itself to a night out or day in the park. A favorite of mine is the NYX Butter Gloss ($5), which stays on long and has a buttery, smooth feel.  Line your lips with the NYX Slide On Lip Pencil ($8) and your look is complete!

Face

Partied a bit too hard last night or just struggling with dark circles? The fix? Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer ($9), which instantly creates a radiant, refreshed looking eye area. Next, brighten up your complexion with NYX Illuminator ($9) – the radiant shimmer of this illuminator diffuses light so your skin looks vibrant and refreshed while adding a subtle glow.

 

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#TBT: adidas Originals

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Nothing says #TBT like adidas Originals Superstar Sneakers. I’ve been a fan of the brand forever and can even remember rocking my first pair of magenta patent-leather kicks back in 1994 (my sister obviously had a matching pair, too).

Now, I style these classics with everything from high-end to sporty-chic items like black jeans, tracksuits or a leather bomber coat. I’m so obsessed that my inner 90’s kid is literally freaking out!

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Givenchy Antigona Mini Leather Satchel, $1,750
Hershel Supply Co. Novel Weekender in Camo, $80

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DIY Sugar Lip Exfoliating Scrub + Nude Lip Look

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The harsh conditions of the winter tend to leave lips chapped, making it tough to master a smooth lipstick look. The solution? Rid your lips of dead and dry skin with an exfoliating scrub. Instead of purchasing a pricey one, dabble in a little DIY and make one yourself with this easy, all-natural, homemade sugar exfoliating lip scrub.

You will need:

  • 1 tbsp brown or white sugar (I used brown sugar)
  • Enough honey/olive oil or coconut oil to make the sugar stick together (I used honey)
  • 1 small container

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Directions:

  • Mix ingredients together in a small bowl, adding honey/olive oil/coconut oil as needed
  • With fingertips, rub the mixture onto your lips in a circular motion, loosening the dead skin and let sit for 30 seconds
  • Using a damp washcloth, wipe off the mixture and apply chapstick of choice
  • Wait 5 minutes and apply your favorite lip liner and lipstick look

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For this look I used:

  • Tom Ford Lipstick in Nude Vanille
  • NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee-Natural
  • Mac Lip Liner in Chicory

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