A Peek Inside

A peek into a rare day off of mine…

Usually how I start my morning: coffee and Bloglovin.

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Spin a record or two for a chill morning.
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I have probably been to Old Navy a total of 8 times in my life, but I have been seeing the brand talked about a lot in the blogosphere as of late and I wanted to see what all the hype was about for myself so that was my first stop of the day. The humidity + heat index here is ridiculous and makes you want to go out sans pants, but that’s not as publicly acceptable as this outfit.
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I was really aiming to find new pieces for work, but ended up getting these cool graphic tees.
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(I got the “Rebel” tee in a Medium because there weren’t any Smalls left, but I kind of like it oversized.)

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DSC_0820 (2)Found these cool faux ear cuffs at Old Navy, too! Super cute.

I headed to TJMaxx next to find some unique picture frames for a small gallery wall I have in mind. And of course, I ran through the clothing racks, because.. clothes. Found this kimono in the mix and thought it was too cool to leave without.

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Saw this cute tumbler in line at TJMaxx and thought it was precious! Perfect for making iced coffees at home. I didn’t get it, but I may find myself back there this week for it…

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Seeing all the new styles in stores around today got my excited for Fall and the coming months. I conjured up a few cool outfits in mind for these graphic T’s and will probably post those next. Considering it’s been hellacious in the dirty South the past month, I would not mind Fall coming early this year. I mean 90+ degrees and 50% humidity is just uncalled for, am I right?!

I have my fingers crossed.

Getting the Most out of Your Lipstick

This post is somewhat of a guinea pig. I have been interested in getting into digital photography over the past couple of years, but never really made a valiant effort. My boyfriend has a Nikon DSLR that pretty much sits on a shelf and collects dust, what a shame, I know! So I finally decided to bust it out and demo some beauty tips to get familiar with it. I am hoping this blog will be a good outlet for me to keep up with everything I learn in the photog world.. and hopefully you won’t have to suffer too much through my trial and error. 😉

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Getting the Most out of Your Lipstick

Seems basic, right? I’ve found that there is actually more to it! These are the steps I follow to get the most wear out of my lipstick either at work or a night out to prevent myself from digging in my bag every ten minutes to reapply. Hopefully you find it useful! (The lipstick I demo with is Let’s Get Naked by Rimmel London.)

Step 1. Moisturize and Exfoliate.

Especially important if you’re using a matte formula where every nook and cranny will be exposed.

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Step 2. Line and Fill.

This is the most beneficial step.Using a light hand line the outter edge of your lips, this is a nice step to add some volume to your lips too! Very slightly over draw around your cupid’s bow for a plumping effect. Then, turn the pencil on its side and lightly shade your lips with the liner.

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Step 3.  Apply Lipstick.

I find that if you “pat” in the lipstick, rather than simply running it over your lips, it helps lock in the color better.

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Step 4. Highlight.

This is another tip to fake a full pout. Apply a matte nude liner to your cupid’s bow and just under the center of your bottom lip. Don’t forget to blend it in, don’t want a suspicious white line across your face! A shimmery highlighter works nice too, I like Watt’s Up by Benefit as an all over face highlighter.

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Step 5. Gloss.

Not always necessary, but if you have one in a complimentary shade it adds an extra oomph.

DSC_0812And there ya have it! Pretty simple. Hopefully I’ll get a little more adventurous with my camera skills in the coming posts!

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