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

The Cape, a love story

Fall, glorious Fall! It’s my second favorite season, overshadowed only by Winter (because Winter means Christmas, the most magical time of the year!).

But Fall is awesome too, because along with the arrival of the pumpkin spice latte and the changing color of the leaves, we pack away our tank tops and flip flops and bust out the jackets and boots.*

*This is when Apple Bottom Jeans by T-Pain starts playing in the background of my mind…because of the “boots with the fur” part. Please tell me I’m not the only person this happens to.

Easy and comfortable while still retaining a chic and current vibe, the jacket/boot combo is here to stay.

One of this season’s twists on the jacket is the cape, and man, we are loving it. Not to be confused with a cloak, which is much longer and designed to protect the wearer from the elements, capes hit just below the wearer’s hips and are more fashion focused than weather resistant.

Not a sweater for the fashion faint of heart, the cape requires attitude and confidence to pull off. I myself have been hesitant to embrace the cape, but after seeing them on the runway and the streets, I think it’s time to make the leap and get one for myself.

Take a look at this season’s capes! Maybe you’ll be inspired to take the leap with me!

Collarless Woven Cape by Wayf. Nordstorm $108.00

Collarless Woven Cape by Wayf. Nordstorm $108.00

Heritage Check Cape. Topshop $95

Heritage Check Cape. Topshop $95

BA&SH Rosie Cape. Revolve $331

BA&SH Rosie Cape. Revolve $331

 

Enjoy!

Style to be Admired

I believe that true style comes naturally but it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Hollywood starlets and wanna-be pop princesses can strut around in designer labels and sit in the front row at Paris fashion week, but that still doesn’t mean they have great style….it means that have great stylists.

I’m talking about those people who are icons, who evolved into fashion legends. I’m talking about the classics! In this article, I’d like to highlight and pay tribute to some women who exemplify a style that should be admired and never overlooked.

grace kellyGrace Kelly: A woman who embodied her own name, Grace Kelly portrayed a classic elegance that was neither imposing nor timid. Though she was ultimately to become a princess to another nation, she was and still is considered American royalty by fashion lovers everywhere. She dressed according to her hourglass figure, adhering to fitted waistlines and full skirts. Her most notable fashion moment was perhaps the day of her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco. Many are familiar with pictures of Grace, looking resplendent in a high collared lace gown complete with a full skirt and flowing train. The soon-to-be princess looked so angelic that her dress is still used as inspiration to brides today, most recently seen in the lovely confection worn by Kate Middleton (now Duchess of Cambridge). To me, the most trademark feature of Grace Kelley’s style was the general aura of her style; trim, tidy, polished with not a hair out of place. The sophistication of a matching purse and shoe accompanied by a subtle sheen from a strand of pearls is what makes Grace Kelly the iconic woman of fashion. Few can match the class she brought to the silver screen and fewer still can capture her classic sense of style.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: Another great American beauty and style icon, Jackie was always the belle of any ball she attended. As wife to the 35th president of the United States, Jackie was the symbol of classic American style to all that had the privilege to see on the arm of John F. Kennedy. One of the privileges of being the president’s wife was that Jackie was allowed to keep famous fashion designers like Oleg Cassini on retainer. During her years as the first lady, Jackie maintained a clean cut look with tailored skirts, dresses, and jackets (usually accompanied by her signature pill-box hat). In her later years, she relaxed her style and embraced a more bohemian look; longer hair, pants instead of skirts and of course, giant sunglasses. No matter what fashion vibe she was channeling, Jackie always looked put-together and unique.

doris dayDoris Day: A lovable actress whose musical films were number one hits in the 1950s and 1960s, Doris Day brought a sunny disposition and cheerful sense of style to the silver screen. Whether she was breaking up to make up with Rock Hudson, or trying to win back the affections of James Gardner, Doris’s characters were always cute, charming, and colorfully dressed (much like the actress in real life). Though not seriously sophisticated or consistently elegant, her luminous smile and vibrant wardrobe is worth mentioning as are her films. To catch some of the lively (and always color-coordinated) apparel, check out Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, A Touch of Mink, and Move Over, Darling.

 

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Emma Watson: The most current icon to make my list, Emma Watson has a certain sparkle and whit that many starlets of today lack. Most notable (besides that fact that she starred in one of the most popular film series of the last decade) is that Emma brings a sense of whimsy and femininity to everything she wears. Being a petite actress, she can pull off a lot of styles that would not suitable for taller women; she seems to favor shapelier silhouettes that are well constructed and show off her legs. Her knack for fashion is so notable that she won Best British Style at the 2014 British Fashion Awards and has modeled for both Burberry and Lancôme. Her general presence is one of grace, sophistication, and daring; I’m excited to see her style continue to evolve in the years to come.

Other style icons not to be overlooked are….
Princess Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Queen of Stylish Sophistication.
Diana Vreeland, late editor-in-chief of Vogue and life-long fashionista.
Emmy Rossum, beautiful singer and actress. Many recognize her as Christine from the film Phantom of the Opera; others recognize her unique sense of style.