Friday, December 26, 2014

Outfit Post: Christmas Sequins

Mindy Mae's Market Gold Sequin Skirt

blonde ombre hair color - wand curled hair

blonde ombre hair color - rocksbox gold shine necklace

Gold Sequin Midi Skirt with GiGi New York Uber Clutch

Sequin Swing Skirt - Tartan Plaid Button Up Top

red and black Plaid checked Tartan Shirt

GiGi New York Uber Clutch Saddle Pebble Grain

gold sequin Christmas outfit

caravelle gold tone chronograph watch

Red and Black Plaid Shirt (similar option) || Mindy Mae's Market Gold Sequin Skirt (now on sale!) || Zara Shoes (similar option) || GiGi New York Leather Clutch c/o || Caravelle New York Watch (gifted) || J.Crew Bracelet || Rocksbox Necklace || Chanel Allure Gloss in Seduction c/o PeopleStyleWatch

I can't believe Christmas is already over! It really snuck up on me this year. I've been so pre-occupied with work, that I hardly got to enjoy or plan for the season. But it was still a great couple of days none the less!

I ordered this Sequin Swing skirt back in November and it arrived just in time for Christmas Eve service. I'm absolutely in love with it! Sequins can really be so versatile. They're perfect for dressing up and casual outfits. Yes, casual! I can't wait to pair it with a crop top once the weather warms up. But for a December night, a red and black plaid shirt was the perfect, subtle Christmas touch. 

I've been on a bit of a hiatus, but don't worry! My major project at work finally launched (yay!) so I'm hoping I can make it home early a few days to shoot outfits. This 4:45 PM sunset thing is really cramping my blog photo style! Until then, make sure you're following me on instagram for behind-the-scenes outfits! Hope you and yours had a Merry Christmas! xo

linking up with Trend Spin & Style Sessions

Friday, December 19, 2014

How I Stay #ForeverYoung

The older I get, the wiser I seem to be. Okay that's a lie. But, I am learning to take better care of myself. I try to hit the gym (as much as I can). I eat as healthy as possible (and indulge here and there). And as of late, I've been trying to take much better care of my skin. With my 10 year high school reunion around the corner (10 years.. really?!?) it's becoming even more apparent how much I need to take care of my body, mind and soul.

So when Olay asked me to share my secrets to staying #ForeverYoung, I thought about my everyday habits that do just that. It may be hard to keep a consistent routine, but I'm learning more and more just how these healthy habits create a better me, from the inside out. And when Olay sent me a sample of their Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, I knew this would be a great opportunity to start fighting the wrinkle war.

I definitely have my skin issues. As I've gotten older, they've evolved into new issues. I'm more prone to sporadic breakouts (instead of all over) as well as oiliness and dryness. But after only 1 week of using this Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, I have definitely noticed my skin is firmer, especially around the eye and lip area. Normally my face is so dry during the winter time, so it's practically drinking in the cream, and saying thank you by giving me an even skin tone that kind of glows. Check back in with me to see the rest of my results as I continue to use Olay Regenerist.

I wish I could say there was one miracle-end-all-be-all beauty product that kept you looking and feeling forever young. But since there's not, here are a few everyday ways that I try to keep myself feeling my best "Me."

Take a Group Fitness Class
I'll admit that when I go to use gym equipment, I have zero clue what I'm doing. And I probably look like it as well. This is why I'm a huge proponent of group classes. You can pick the type of work out, yet still have someone tell you what to do (and why you're doing it!). Because I have to pay attention to the instructor while doing the moves, I always feel like my mind gets a workout too. It's even more fun if you grab a friend to join you. Who else are you going to make faces at in the mirrors?

Drink Your Veggies
Thankfully I'm a huge veggie lover. Like ridiculously in love with them. But there are a lot of people who aren't - and that's okay! Then you should be juicing/making smoothies. It's a great way to get those nutrients into your body, while masking the flavors you don't like. Plus, if you start your morning off in a more healthy way, you just might continue to make better choices throughout the day.

Wake Up Earlier
Okay, I realize we all wake up early enough as it is. But when I started waking up 30 minutes earlier, I realized how much better I felt throughout the day. This extra time allows
me to get up, check my email, look at Instagram (often in bed!), watch the news, fix some tea and breakfast. Basically, that 30 minutes gives me time to just wake up. I feel less rushed when I'm actually getting ready for the day because I've been up for 1/2 an hour already.

Don't Get Out Of Your Beauty Routine
I don't know about you, but if I miss washing my face a few times or forget to moisturize, I definitely notice a difference. So for me, it's really important to not forget to keep up with those daily regimes, no matter how mundane they might be.

Wear Something That Sparkles
If you didn’t already know, my motto is “Wear Something Sparkly Every Day.” It just makes life more fun. Whether it’s a rhinestone necklace, a sequined tee, or just a pair of metallic shoes, I love glittering and shining in one way or another. If sparkle isn’t your jazz, you can always incorporate metallics into your accessories like a planner or your iPad case.

Try Something New
In order to stay feeling young and vibrant, it's important that you keep changing and evolving. Take a painting class (with a girlfriend and glasses of wine). Join a run club (that meets afterward for dinner). Get certified in something that scares you (I'm in the midst of learning how to be an instructor for classes at my gym). If you do something that is out of the ordinary, you'll discover something new about yourself.

So there you have it! Some #ForeverYoung beauty and life tips to keep not only your skin, but your body and mind feeling youthful, fresh and beautiful. What do you do to keep feeling #ForeverYoung?

Olay is a worldwide leader in skin care and has been trusted by women for over 60 years, maintaining its founding philosophy: to maintain a deep understanding of women’s changing needs and to combine products that fit their needs with the latest advances in skin care technology. Regenerist was created along those lines to address women’s anti-aging needs, and millions of women have tried it and loved it, making Regenerist the #1 anti-aging moisturizer.*
*Based on Nielsen data week ending 2/1/14.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by P&G via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of P&G.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Casual Holiday Outfit + NC Blogger Holiday Giveaway

Corbin of Classy South Blog || Courtney of The Dainty Darling || Taylor-Rae of Style SoufflĂ© || Laura of Louella Reese || Shelby of Pretty In The Pines
Boy, have I got a big treat for you today. It might make up for my 3 week absence. Today I'm teaming up with 5 other NC Bloggers to bring you a very special giveaway (Eeeeek!).
But before I give you the details of that - let's talk about Holiday outfits. I don't know about you, but I've got about a bazillion different Christmas parties and winter events to go to. Weddings, Holiday Gatherings and just general spirited festivities. And not every occasion calls for glittering skirts and the highest of heels (but really, why not?)
If you're looking for a more casual holiday outfits, here's an outfit you might want to try. My lacy shorts are still dressy and festive. But it's perfect for those occasions where flat boots and an oversize sweater are a more comfy selection.

Metallic Sweater from Anat B. (super old)
Twelve Saturdays Garnet Lace Crochet Shorts c/o
Ava & Aiden "Rylan" Riding Boot via Gilt
GiGi New York "Madison" Crossbody Bag in Stone
JV Hantres Gold Triangle Necklace (use promo code BADxFSU for 10% off) || Caravelle New York Gold Tone Watch (gifted) || Simply Vera Vera Wang Opaque Tights
Of course, you could always throw on a pair of high heels and glittering top to make it more dressy. Either way you'll look amazing and be Holiday Party ready.
Now on to the giveaway! It's chock full of amazing NC business and we've got 6 prizes for you to potentially win! Which means... 6 winners of this giveaway.  Want to know what's up for grabs?

- $50 Gift Card to Moon & Lola (yes, please!)
- 3 Pack Honest Hazel Eye Gels (these things are ahhhhmazing!)
- Early August "Little Leaf" Necklace (choice of gold or silver)
- Sugarlips Charming Velvet Jumpsuit via Lililu On King
- Tartan Scarf and Red Kendra Scott inspired Earrings from Boone Belles
- Tealhouse Dark Silver Tassel Necklace

So check out the rafflecopter below, discover some amazing NC bloggers and get introduced to these fabulous local businesses. This is our gift to you! xoxo
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