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

Saturday Sales

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Happy Saturday! There are some great sales to be shopped this weekend y’all. First, hop on over to Gigi New York, because today is the last day to receive 15% off your order with code FRIENDS15 plus free monogramming! That’s where this cute phone case is from and they have so many other chic accessories, so definitely go check it out. Madewell is offering 30% off “sunny-day styles” like this red patterned tee and cognac leather tote! The sale is also good on Birkenstocks for all my granola babes. Henri Bendel also has a little summer styles sale happening this weekend, including these pink jelly sandals, which are 25% off. The other sandals featured are See by Chloe and can be found 30% off at Shopbop. These white jeans, by Joe’s, are $60 right now at Saks Off 5th, so if you’re in the market for some new summer denim, these are for you! Finally, this chambray shirtdress is a summer essential, plus its on major sale at Revolve. I hope y’all have the chance to shop some of these great sales this weekend! I’ll meet y’all back here tomorrow.

Emily

Weekly Wishlist

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Welcome back y’all, happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday weekend! The Weekly Wishlist is a day late, you could say I took Memorial Day off too. I’ve been a little romper-crazed lately. As y’all know, I recently acquired a floral Yumi Kim and I also recently just bought a plain black little number from BCBG. The Hawaiian shirt inspired romper above is next on my list, though I should probably chill out because really, how many rompers does one need? Moving on, I love horn-y (lol) jewelry, it’s so easy to incorporate into any wardrobe, and the price is definitely right on this necklace. The navy dress is from Elaine Turner and it will be mine once I secure funding. It’s so simple and easy, I love dresses that you can just throw on and go. I’ve been truly obsessed with these Aquazzura lace-up flats for too long, but the price tag is a bit of a deterrent for someone who just works retail. These flats from Boden offer a similar look plus they’re a color ripe for summer. They’d pair quite nicely with the Rory Beca print dress that I’ve also been eyeing. As you can probably tell, anything bright and summer-y is right up my alley these days. I actually pulled the trigger and ordered these Lisi Lerch tassel earrings. They’re huge and ridiculous and I cannot wait until they arrive at my doorstep! They’ll be a great addition to any outfit, as turquoise is basically a neutral this time of year. Lastly, I’ve been on the hunt for a simple, black cross-body. All my years of life and I never found one that was to my liking until now. It’s only $198 so I’ll probably end up taking the plunge with this guy (cue the wedding bells). I love the envelope style, plus it’s actually quite roomy for a cross-body bag! What’s on your wishlist this week?

Emily

Sterling Silver

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Hi y’all! If you follow me on Instagram (which you should do here), you saw that I picked up these little beauties last week! I really stepped on of my comfort zone with these, as I’ve said before I’m more of a golden girl, but these sandals were an impulse buy I don’t regret! Silver goes with just as much as gold, and adds a modern appeal to your look. SIDENOTE: you can wear gold and silver together y’all. Life is just too short. Anyway, I rounded up some other silver sandals I’ve been eyeing, check them out (and these pictured) in the neat lil widget below!

Emily

PS – Don’t miss the Kate Spade Surprise Sale! Shop goodies up to 75% off here!

Weekly Wishlist: Pink Slip

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Happy Monday! This week’s edition of the #WeeklyWishlist is sort of themed around pink/blush-y tones, I guess. Basically, throughout each week, I write down/bookmark things I want and then put them together on Sundays. Sometimes a theme surfaces and I run with it, random or otherwise. Anyway, I was feelin’ a lot of pink stuff this time around. I’ve wanted this Jonathan Adler pillow for sometime, because pretty much anything with an “E” on it gets me going. Plus, in life, you can never have too many throw pillows. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. I know I’m super late to the party on this one, but I’ve also been wanting the Urban Decay Naked3 palette forever. With summer just around the corner, I’ve been gravitating towards natural, effortless makeup, and I think this would fit the bill. If any of y’all have it, I’d love to hear some reviews! Now, this giant inflatable flamingo might seem superfluous, but I think it’s the cutest thing. Since last summer, we’ve all seen the inflatable swans floating all over Instagram, but the flamingo takes the cake in my book. I don’t even have a pool, so I shouldn’t be allowed to want this as much as I do, but if you have a pool, this is a summer must have! Another must have, just for life, is a pair of Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandals. I’ve featured this shoe before in another pattern, but I keep coming back to this easy nude color. There’s literally nothing they wont go with. I’m definitely saving up for these beauties. As always, click to shop the items I mentioned, and everything else. I hope everyone had a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

Emily

Scarf Prints

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I’ve been seeing a lot of “scarf prints” lately and I’m pretty excited about it. I love these classic patterns and how they’ve been reinvented with on-trend colors, ripe for summer. The scarf print is super easy to implement in your own wardrobe, even if you just use – you guessed it – a scarf. Yesterday, The Zoe Report featured a slide show on five easy ways to add a scarf to your look. My personal favorite is tying one on your handbag, a la style icon Babe Paley. I’m hoping to pick up a few items with this print and also utilize all the silk scarves I never really knew what to do with!

Emily

Weekly Wishlist

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Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great weekend and a nice Mother’s Day too! My mom and I celebrated with monkey bread from the Willy Street Co-Op, which is the greatest thing to ever happen to anyone, seriously. Madison readers, go get you some. This week’s wishlist doesn’t have a particular theme because I literally just want everything these days, it’s so bad. I basically “need” a new summer wardrobe, so here’s just a few things I’m currently coveting!

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

Le Specs

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Le Specs Paramount Sunglasses – $59.95

Happy Tuesday!  With the sun finally making an appearance after a long Wisconsin winter, I can now justify setting my sights on spring/summer goodies.  This means sunglasses ya’ll!  I’ve been wearing Ray-Bans for years.  You just can’t go wrong with a classic aviator and being super sun conscious, I love that they offer such high UV protection (literally they’re like military-grade).  They’re also polarized, meaning they’re glare reducing and offer a clearer picture.  Recently, however, these Karen Walker sunglasses have been on my radar. I love the circle-lens shape, something about it is so movie star glam.  That said, $280 is a steep price to pay for a non-polarized lens.  Then I discovered Le Specs, and seriously check these out.  There are so many fun styles, but my favorite are the Paramounts pictured above.  They have that oversized Audrey Hepburn look and guess what? They’re polarized, offer maximum UV protection, and come with a 12 month manufacturer warranty. Also, at $59.95 you don’t have to feel bad if you drop them in the lake this summer.  I can’t wait to get my hands on a pair!  What are some of your fave sunglasses?

Emily

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