PRODUCT REVIEW: CHANEL LE BLANC

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I got caught at the Chanel counter again y’all, but I’m so glad I did! With it being summer, I have some redness here and there, and aside from that, I wanted my make-up to have a smoother finish. A new primer was in order. Enter Chanel Le Blanc. I picked up this little miracle last week and it’s already a game changer. After moisturizing, I dot it around my face and then apply foundation like usual. Pores appear blurred out and all imperfections are instantly camouflaged! It gives a lasting dewy glow, which everyone is constantly in search of these days. This product also extends the wear of foundation, making my face appear fresh all day long. An added bonus is the SPF 30 and lightweight formula, making this primer ripe for warm weather! If you’re in the market for a skin brightening/perfecting primer, I’ve got your recommendation.

Emily

PS: The candle pictured is the single best thing I’ve ever smelled. It came in a set during the Nordstrom sale but is available by itself too!

FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT

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Gotta wear shades. Three types in particular: black, tort, and an aviator. Granted, I’d love a whole truckload of sunglasses, but regardless, I think it’s important to have at least one pair in each category! As with all eyewear, it’s crucial to find a size/shape that fits your face. I always see these petite lil ladies channeling the Olsen twins in GIANT sunglasses, practically falling off their faces! I’m all for a huge pair of sunnies, like hello, none of these pictured are exactly small, but y’all know what I mean. Definitely take the time to play around, and find the right pair for your face – bigger isn’t always better in the sunglasses department. Sunglass Hut has a nice little guide here!

Black: I recently purchased these perfect incognito Dolce & Gabbana shades. Typically, cat-eye sunglasses irritate me, it’s just too much of a trendy novelty. This pair, however, has just the slightest tinge of a cat-eye, plus the jet black frame and dark gradient lenses make them super serious – anything but a novelty. I throw these on for the days when I don’t have make-up on and would rather die than run into someone I know (daily). That said, they look equally appropriate with a more formal, dressed up look.

Aviator: I’ve definitely talked about Ray-Bans before because let’s face it: they’re the ultimate sunglasses. My grandpa always wore the classic gold frames/green lenses and no one will ever look as cool as he did – though I definitely try. This just goes to show everyone can wear aviators, from me to my papa, and everyone else! I have this classic pair, but I’m also really warming up to the bright mirrored lenses that have been everywhere for the last few seasons. I love how an aviator sits up off your face, making them perfect for summer when your make-up is melting off half the time. Just me? Oh. These are the sunglasses I keep in my bag at all times, and they always look appropriate.

Tort: I love this pair from Tory Burch. They definitely fall into that cliche “Jackie O” category but I’m into it. Tortoiseshell just adds a little something to any outfit, and again, goes with everything. I think that might be the theme of this post, versatility. Anyway, I think the tortoiseshell is a little softer of a look than the black, for those days when you aren’t necessarily hiding from anyone 😉

If you’re looking to start or expand your sunglasses wardrobe, take a little inventory to see if you have all your bases covered! With a respective pair (or pairs!) in each category, you’ll be ready for anything! Check out the little widget below for some more of my faves (pssst one pair is just $12)!

Emily

Weekly Wishlist: #NSale

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Long time no see, ya’ll! I took a week or so off after July 4th to just kind of enjoy summer a bit. I’ve been frolicking around Madison, shopping, and working this past week, but I’m back with some fun things planned for the next few days. First up is the Weekly Wishlist, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale edition! Everyone touts this sale as the best of the year and that’s no joke, plus it’s prime time to stock up on fall essentials (jeans, boots, coats). The sale is open only to cardholders until the 16th, but I would definitely recommend applying for a card if you don’t already have one. You can even be a peasant, like me, and get a Nordstrom debit card. Apply here. Anyway, here are my sale picks! It’s seriously all I can do not to snap up all of this stuff right now, but I think my bank account would audibly cry out in pain…whoops. Happy shopping!

Emily

Best Ballets

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Happy Tuesday y’all! Wow, two posts in a row, I’m outdoing myself! Really though, I’m working on being consistent with posts and scheduling, this past week was just a mess. Anyway, today I’m talking about my favorite shoe: the ballet flat. To me, there is no easier shoe. You can throw some flats on with anything and you’ll look polished and put together. That said, not all ballets are created equal. According to one of my favorite books, I Love Your Style by Amanda Brooks (yep, the one in this post), there are several guidelines when buying flats. The most important tip listed is to make sure your flats don’t have too rounded of a toe. This looks tacky, widens the foot, and makes your legs appear stumpy. An almost pointed, egg-shaped toe looks refined and lengthens the legs, who doesn’t want that? Think Chanel. Brooks also recommends the flattest flats, which I happen to love. I know, though, that sometimes comfort wins, so I featured a couple options with a little heel too! Her third tip is making sure the shoe is cut low, without showing too much “toe cleavage.” Click to shop some of my favorite ballets that are the most FLATtering (clever, right?) for your feet and legs!

Emily

Weekly Wishlist

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Happy Monday! Right now, the main thing I want (need!) is a pair of jean shorts. I don’t know if any of y’all have had a similar quest for an acceptable pair of jorts, but it’s near impossible! They’re either Bermudas fit for church camp, or like seriously trailer-park-short. Part of the problem is that I have this idyllic picture of the perfect shorts in my head, and I’m beginning to think they just don’t exist. Several other bloggers have recommended One Teaspoon for denim cut-offs and I think I’m going to give the above pair a spin! If any of y’all have suggestions on the subject, let me know! Be sure to check out all the other goodies on this little list, because several things are on sale. As you can tell, I’m trying to amp up my summer wardrobe, and everything here would be right at home. Plus, the camera is for documenting it all. I hope your Monday is going well so far, and if not, even more reason to shop.

Emily

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale!

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It’s not Saturday, but there’s always a sale, and ya’ll know I’m not missing an opportunity to shop. Now through the 31st is the time to buy at Nordstrom! Save up to 40% on thousands of items, like those pictured above and those found in the widget below. Once again, I’m featuring some picks for the boys. Now would be the perfect time to put something away for Father’s Day, so be sure to browse through my faves! Sales like this make me wish for a Madison Nordstrom even more, but with free shipping and amazing customer service, online shopping is just as good. Consider this my permission to treat yourself, because so many of these items rarely get marked down. I hope everyone has a wonderful day, I so appreciate you stopping by!

Emily

Maybe she’s born with it…

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…or maybe not! Welcome back ya’ll, I hope everyone is having a great week!  Today, I’m talking beauty. I definitely don’t claim to be a make-up expert, but these are my favorite, go-to products.  I LOVE Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation, which, if you have dry skin, you should run out and buy right this minute. It’s moisturizing, SPF 15, and leaves a dewy, natural finish (If you tend to have more oily skin, try Lumiere Velvet). I put it on with this amazing MAC brush, which is second only to literal airbrushing. Under my eyes, I use Chanel Eclat Lumiere Face Pen, which brightens up dark circles. For bronzer, I use the littlest bit of Chanel Les Beiges, I find it adds a subtle, sunkissed glow. I recently purchased the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit and I’m obsessed. Having fair skin, it’s really easy to look orange, but this palette is more beige, so the contour looks natural. It also comes with an angled brush which is a welcome bonus. As for eyes, Origins Eye Doctor is the best eye cream. It prevents wrinkles and de-puffs – can’t hate that!  This Chanel eyeliner is absolute perfection. It’s waterproof and truly stays on all day long. I use the color “ambre dore” which is a copper shade, ideal for my fellow blue-eyed girls. Try it on your lower waterline! On my lashes, I swear by Benefit’s They’re Real! After many trials and tribulations, this mascara is the closest thing you’ll find to false lashes. For brows, I love the Dior Powder Brow pencil. It’s very build-able, so I don’t have to worry about having Sharpie brows. Lastly, my all time favorite scent is Bvlgari Omnia Coral.  It has fruity and floral notes, but isn’t too heavy – perfect for everyday. Of course, I use a whole host of other lotions and potions, but these stand out from all the rest. I hope you have the chance to try some of these products!

Emily

Send Nudes

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Nude sandals ya’ll, get your head out of the gutter! Seriously though, could this little footwear selection be any more gorgeous?  Nude anything is a huge trend this spring and there’s no question why – it goes with everything!  Come spring and summer, flat sandals are pretty much all I wear, and I can’t wait to snap up a pair (or five) of these!  Which are your favorite?

Emily

In My White Tee

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BCBGMaxAzria “Lesli” top – $88
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I feel like celebrities are always saying how the sexiest thing a girl can wear is a white t-shirt.  While that sentiment is nice and makes them seem super down to earth…finding the perfect white tee is actually quite the challenge.  For such a simple garment, a lot goes into it.  You don’t want it to be too sheer, it has to hang nicely, the cut has to be just so…maybe I’ve put too much thought into this (I have).  Regardless, I finally found it, the perfect, most effortless white t-shirt.  It’s from BCBG and right now, you can get 25% off thanks to their Friends & Family event!  Made of modal/poly, it won’t shrink, maintains shape, and doesn’t wrinkle.  This shirt boasts a relaxed fit and an asymmetrical hemline which elongates the torso aka you look like you just did a cleanse without even consuming a single drop of cayenne pepper water.  What’s not to love about that?  I’ve been wearing mine with leggings and flats but can’t wait to pair it with denim cutoffs and gladiators this summer!

Emily