Spring Has Sprung

We have officially entered the season of rainy with a chance of sunshine! The season of cherry blossoms, chirping birds, and budding tulips. The season where we celebrate Easter egg hunts and Christ’s miraculous resurrection. This is a season to celebrate and be thankful.

This is the season to wear a dress.

Dresses are my favorite type of clothing. They’re easy, relatively comfortable and don’t require a lot of accessories. Add a cute pair of heels and you’re good to go.

The last time I inventoried there were close to 50 dresses hanging in my closet (many with the tags still on). I’d like to think that no matter the occasion I’ll have a dress that coordinates perfectly. Beach wedding? I have a dress for that. Symphony tickets? I have a dress for that. Late night ice cream run? I have a dress for that (complete with elastic waistband).

When it comes to the Holidays, especially Christmas and Easter, I always like to wear one of my special dresses.Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 8.59.58 AM You know what I mean… one of those dresses that make you feel beautiful, powerful, and feminine all at the same time. One of those dresses in which you feel you are your best self.

I love dresses and the feelings they inspire so much that I have searched the whole internet and found the perfect five to share with you! So if you don’t have an Easter dress just yet, allow me to help you. Here is a list of this spring’s loveliest dresses from some of our favorite brand names!

  1. Kate Spade Collared Fit and Flare Dress

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2) Loft Faraway Floral Dress

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3) Kendall + Kylie Cotton Eyelet Halter Dress

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4) Banana Republic Floral Strappy Dress

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5) Anthropologie Juliet Eyelet Dress

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Hope you enjoyed the list! Spring has sprung. You deserve a new dress.

My Halloween Makeup Memoirs: Challenge #1

Earlier in the week I posted at article called My Halloween Makeup Memoirs, concluding the article with the promise of challenge myself and friends to really get creative with Halloween makeup this year. Each week I will post my latest face paint creation, along with a kinda/sorta tutorial. It you are interested in checking out what other people are doing with face paints for Halloween, follow #trickortreatmakeupchallenge on Instagram or join in on the fun by posting your own makeup creation.

This week, my inspiration was a cat.

Specifically the leopard.

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*This is when Roar by Katy Perry starts playing in the background of my mind. And Eye of the Tiger by Survivor. Yes, I know tigers and leopards are different. Apples and oranges my friend.

Before I could even begin my makeup project I had to acquire the necessary supplies, namely face-paints. Any local grocery or department store should carry them, especially around this time of year; I found a inexpensive set with a basic selection of colors at Fred Meyer. Before purchasing the paints make sure to read the back of the package where all the ingredients are listed- you wouldn’t want to slather your face with something you are allergic to.

Once all my supplies were in order (plus a small eyeshadow brush) I got started on highlighting my face with the white face-paint.
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I covered my lower cheeks, nose, lips and chin to give the appearance of a muzzle like facial structure. I also highlighted the T-zone of my forehead and the area under my eyes.

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Once the highlighting was complete, it was time to start conturing my face to a more cat-like shape. I applied black paint to the eyeshadow brush and outlined my cheeks, chin and forehead. I used brown paint to add shadow to my jaw and temples and flatten the bridge of my nose. Black paint was used to cover the tip of my nose and inside of my upper lip.

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Conturing complete, all that was left was to darken the edges of my face and add the spots. I brought the spots down to my neck to give the look a more realistic vibe. All in all, it was alot of fun to create and I think the end result looks pretty darn good…dare I say purrrfect?

Let me know what you think! If you have suggestions for my next #trickortreatmakeupchallenge, comment below!

My Halloween Makeup Memoirs

I love Halloween. LUV it. I’m pretty sure I post about how I love Halloween every October but that’s because it’s always true. It’s the one time of year I can unashamedly indulge in candy, binge watch old-school disney classics like Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and play dress up in costumes of my own creation.

Of course I basically do the same thing during the month of December, the only exception being I binge watch Hallmark Christmas Classics in my How the Grinch Stole Christmas footed pajamas.

Anyway.

Of my Halloween related indulgences, costumes are by far my favorite. Ever since I was little, playing dress up was the key to unlocking my imagination. A plastic crown transformed me into the princess of a magical kingdom. A tutu gave me center stage in my own production of Swan Lake. And any kind of makeup made me a glamorous movie star. As an adult, nothing has changed- I still love to play dress up and Halloween is just an excuse to go big.

This Halloween I am challenging myself and fellow blogger friends/makeup enthusiasts/best friends to put their best face forward and really get creative with their Halloween makeup (no clowns, vampires, or zombies please…let’s try something new). Each week for the month of October I will post a picture and possibly a tutorial on creative Halloween makeup ideas that are sure to make an impression at any party or gathering. Follow #trickortreatmakeupchallenge on Instagram to get in on the action and join the fun!

I did a test run last night on my sister and was pretty pleased with the results.

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Because fair is fair, I let her give me a Halloween makeover….I was supposed to be a beautiful mermaid.

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Personally I think I looked more like a disgruntled clown, but my sister claims I was channeling “mysterious sea maiden”. If you have any fun makeup ideas you’d like to see, leave a comment below and I’d be happy to try them (as long as fake blood is not involved).

Happy Halloween!!  XOXO

~Morgan