Friday, February 5, 2016

3 TIPS ON HOW TO DRESS FOR A CASUAL VALENTINES DATE NIGHT

*photography by Kendra Maarse Photography

While I love to get dressed up for date night (I'm talking hair, makeup, dress, heels, statement jewelry...the whole nine yards), there is also something so refreshing about a casual look for a night out with Garrett. Casual dressy is great because you never have to worry about looking like you are trying to hard (which is so easy to do if you aren't careful). 

I love to envision myself going out to a super fancy restaurant wearing something super fancy...but lets face it. Not all Valentines Day dates require formal dresses. So if you are planning on heading to a restaurant with a more casual vibe, or having a night out with your girlfriends for Valentines, here are a few tips for keeping your look festive but casual for the 14th. 

PANTS ARE ALWAYS A SAFE BET
Many times you can feel a little too over dressed in a skirt or dress, but you are almost always safe in a great pair of jeans.  They are easy to dress up or down, even with some distressing.  These jeans are my absolute favorite pair to wear right now. Just ask my kids...they see me wear them everyday. Just enough distressing right at the knee (making it easy to kneel down and play with my kids without making the holes bigger). Worth every penny!

MIX CASUAL WITH DRESSY
A silk blouse or lace top might be what you would expect to see on Valentines, but I love this embroidered sweatshirt as an option! It has a pop of pink and beautiful detailing, but the sweatshirt keeps it cool and understated. The right heels and bag kick the look up just enough to justify date night worthy. 

OPT FOR A PONY INSTEAD OF GLAMOUROUS CURLS
I feel the prettiest when my hair is down and curled..but sometimes a low messy pony just feel so much cooler. It's the easiest way to make sure you don't look like you're trying to hard. A pony is both casual and chic and works perfect for a casual Valentines date. (or you can opt for a high pony which I wore in this post or a low messy bun in this post)

Also, I just wanted to thank you all so much for your excitement and kind words about the launch of my new Youtube channel! It has been so much fun reading all of your ideas and requests for videos and I can't wait to show you what I have in store.  Make sure you head over and subscribe to my channel for a chance to win a $100 Nordstrom gift card!


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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

HOW TO BLOW DRY YOUR HAIR (TO MAKE IT LAST A FULL WEEK WITHOUT WASHING) + MY NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL AND A $100 NORDSTROM GIVEAWAY!

I'm so excited to announce that I have officially launched my Youtube channel (you can subscribe here)! I've gotten so many requests on how I do my hair or makeup, and sometimes its just easier to show you on a video rather than in pictures! 

In honor of my launch I'm giving away a $100 gift card to Nordstrom! The entry is at the bottom of this post and its super easy (all you have to do is subscribe to my Youtube channel). 

Today I'm walking you through how I blow dry my hair in order to make it last me for a full week. If I don't blow dry it correctly I can't extend the life of my blow out as long as I want to (and you all know how much I hate having to wash/dry my hair). I link to all the products that I use right below the video. 






Make sure you subscribe to my Youtube channel in order for your chance of winning a $100 gift card to Nordstrom! The giveaway goes through this Sunday night.

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Let me know in the comments below any future tutorials you would like to see! I have some fun beauty and fashion ones planed throughout the year but would love to hear what you would like to see!


Monday, February 1, 2016

SCALLOPS AND PLEATS


You just have to believe me when I tell you that this skirt is even better in real life. It looks pink and shimmers gold and the pleats give it the most beautiful texture. Since it's the first day of February and we are getting close to Valentine's Day, I've been adding lots of pink hues to my wardrobe. And how darling is this scalloped top? The shorter boxy top balances well with the long straight midi-length skirt. I love that they each have something unique about them, but the scallops and pleats aren't fighting each other for attention. This would be such a perfect Valentine's date night look! 




Friday, January 29, 2016

THE TOP TREND SERIES: FOUR WAYS TO STYLE A BOMBER JACKET


Today I'm launching a new series on Elle Apparel called 'The Top Trend'. Each month I will feature an item that I love that is currently trending, or one that will  be trending for the upcoming season. I'll round up some of my favorite (in all price ranges) and show you 4 ways to style the piece. My goal is to make sure you know pieces that are going to be super hot, make sure you get them in your closet, and show you how versatile they can be!

This month I am loving the bomber jacket trend. My favorite one out there is this lighter weight jersey bomber that is currently in stock for less than $40! It might still be freezing and snowing where you are, but snag it now so that it isn't sold out when you are ready to wear it when it warms up! 





A little lace and heels dresses almost anything up! You might recognize this outfit from my instagram post yesterday. I love the juxtaposition of the masculine army green mixed with the feminine cream lace.   



I'm a girly girl, but I do love adding a little edge. This jacket looks great with a good pair of faux leggings. I kept this looks toned down a bit by adding my current favorite black and white sneakers, and paired it with classic stripes



A chambray top goes with practically everything, and this bomber jacket is no exception. I love the look of white pants with army green booties to match the jacket. It calls attention to both the jacket and boots, and elongates your legs in the process. I'll take come elongating wherever I can get it!

BOMBER JACKET | STRIPED DRESS (so obsessed with this one!) | SIMILAR RED FLATS


Ahhh the navy/white striped dress. So classic. And pairs so well with the bomber jacket. This look is dressy...mostly because its a dress. But I threw on flats with it to keep it casual enough for a park play date! (I'm wearing an XS)


*photography by Kendra Maarse Photography 


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