Wednesday, July 29, 2015

{How To} Clean Makeup Brushes


When it comes to cleaning my makeup brushes, I admittedly don't do it as often as I should (experts suggest about every 2 weeks!) All of that built-up makeup, oil, dirt, dead skin cells, and bacteria (ew!) can cause breakouts and clog your pores, so it's necessary to clean your brushes regularly. Instead of buying fancy potions to clean my brushes, I just use baby shampoo. It's super gentle and just as effective. First, run your brush under the water to get some of the caked-on makeup residue off. Then, simply mix a few drops of baby shampoo in a bowl of lukewarm water. Swirl your brush in the soapy water - try to focus on the bristles rather than the base - if it gets wet, it could cause the glue to loosen and the bristles to fall out! After washing your brush, rinse thoroughly under the faucet. Then re-shape the bristles and lay the brush flat on a towel to dry. It should dry within 6-8 hours. I recommend cleaning them at night so they're ready for use by the next morning!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Fling


After hunting for boyfriend jeans and failing miserably a few times, I had come to the conclusion that they just don't look good on me. Enter the Current/Elliott slim boyfriend jeans "The Fling." I love the way these fit, just a little oversized and sit low on the hips. Boyfriend jeans are so versatile - you can go from a t-shirt & flat sandals for weekend errands to a flirty top and heels for date night. I scored this white-washed distressed pair for $40 from the Current/Elliott sample store in LA, which is a mile down the road from my office! Shopping on my lunch break is one of the ultimate perks of my job! 











Blue Crochet Top - Zara (white version on sale)
White Distressed Boyfriend Jeans - Current/Elliott
Brown Suede Strappy Sandals - Zara (last seen here & here)
Cognac Leather Satchel - Dooney & Bourke
Initial Necklace - Etsy
White Watch - Michael Kors
Lipstick - MAC "ravishing"

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Golden


I love shorts - it must be the Florida girl in me, but whether they're cut-offs or printed silk shorts, I just can't resist! These Zara golden yellow suede shorts caught my eye as a great transitional pair to wear from summer into fall (also perfect for FSU game days!) I'm loving the colored suede trend, and the whipstitch details on these shorts really makes them feel more elevated. I paired them with an over-sized white crochet lace top for a casual daytime outfit with an interesting mix of textures. 









White Crochet Lace Top - Zara
Golden Yellow Suede Shorts - Zara (sold out)
Cognac Peep-Toe Booties - Steve Madden
Aviator Sunglasses - Ray-Ban
Turquoise Bracelet - Lucky Brand (last seen)
Tortoise Watch - Michael Kors
Lipstick - MAC "Vegas volt" 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Currently Obsessed


I tend to gravitate toward bright, bold lipsticks in the summer, and this neon pink fits the bill. The shocking shade is named after Parisian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. "Schiap" is a NARS cult favorite and for a good reason..I love the pop it adds to every outfit! NARS lipsticks are very long-lasting, I can go the entire day without reapplying - even after eating! I'll definitely be rocking this hot pink all season.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Peekaboo


 I love a little peek of lace for an edgy, but feminine look. Pencil skirts paired with more office-appropriate blouses are great for work, but to take your outfit from desk to drinks, just swap the top & bag.  This Nasty Gal lace bralette is one of my favorites - it's so comfy, it feels like I'm not even wearing a bra (great for us small-busted gals!) How do you change up your outfit from office to happy hour?








Oversized White Tank - BCBGeneration
Black Lace Bralette - Nasty Gal
Charcoal Grey Knit Pencil Skirt - Zara
Black Leather Clutch - Hervé Leger
Black Strappy Sandals - Zara
Gold Watch - Michael Kors
Lipstick - Revlon "siren"


Monday, July 6, 2015

MC-gram

{classics: white button down, dark denim & red lip}

{justification, right?}

{nothing like clear skies in sweet summertime}

{rosé of the rooftop of Perch in DTLA}

{kitty hugs with Zo}

{red, white & blue with my boo for the 4th of July!}


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Friday, July 3, 2015

S'mores Cookies

 {s'mores cookies}

Nothing says summer like s'mores! I was inspired by The Girl Who Ate Everything to make s'mores cookies, complete with a graham cracker crust & mini marshmallows! Perfect for the 4th of July! I made my classic chocolate chip recipe and added mini marshmallows, then topped the graham crackers with a 1-inch ball of dough before throwing them in the oven. They are reminiscent of the classic campfire treat with their gooey marshmallows and melted chocolate, but with all the qualities of a cookie. Yum!

Hope you all have a safe & fun-filled holiday weekend!







ingredients:
2 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 vanilla pudding mix package
1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup mini marshmallows

recipe:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a stand mixer, combine butter and sugars.
Add vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda.
Add flour mixture slowly, stopping halfway to scrape the sides of the bowl.
Add vanilla pudding mix. Slowly mix in chocolate chips & marshmallows.
Carefully break graham crackers in half into square pieces and place on baking sheet.
Place 1-inch balls of cookies dough in the center of each graham cracker.
(I found that pressing down on the dough to flatten it a little helped it to cover the cracker better)
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Enjoy warm with a sprinkle of sea salt & glass of milk!