How to Do a Cat Eye Look Even If You Suck at Winged Eye Liner

The cat eye look can be a catastrophe if you haven’t mastered winged eyeliner.  We’ve all been there.  One wing looks perfect and the other wing looks like you tried to do it with your left hand and eyes closed.  Then you think, oh I can even them out, watch this…  Before you know it, you’re washing your entire face.  Don’t let this happen to you the next time you attempt a cat eye look.  Follow along this easy tutorial and you’ll have a flawless look every time.
How To Do A Cat Eye Look Even If You Suck At Winged Eye Liner

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5 Ways Marriage Has Taught Me To Be Independent

After two years of marriage, eight years together and looking ahead to a life that will surely be emotionally indebted to our future children, I find myself reflecting upon how different life is now than our early days.  As a young impressionable college age millennial, I viewed marriage as a contract to which two people entered and became one, or in other words, each person became half, but that is not so in our case.  Marriage has gifted me with more independence than ever.

Consider the marriage idioms that we’ve become accustomed to:

Tie the knot. Tied together.

Ball and chain.  Held down, or held back.

Old lady.  If you get married, you pass your prime and accept your role as someone’s “old lady.”

Become an item.  Two people get involved with each other and morph into some sort of “item.”  What are you when you aren’t “an item?”

You get the idea.  It’s no wonder as a young woman, I often felt as though I needed to cling to my identity for fear of losing it.  While it’s true that there are many people who change their identity to the tune of their current love interest, when the right person enters your life, you become more the person you already are and blossom into the person you were meant to be.

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Universally Flattering Dresses: They Work On All Body Types!

We’ve all experienced walking to the department store dressing room, arms heavy with merch, accompanied by an optimistic employee eager to move in as your style-bestie only to exit the dressing room empty-handed and exhausted.  There are not many, but I promise you, there are universally flattering dresses that look good on every type of figure.

How can a dress that looks great on a 2 be universally flattering on everyone from bean pole to curvaceous?  The secret is the fit and flare silhouette.  Dresses that are tighter through the natural waistline (the smallest part of the waist, which is different from person to person, but usually rests slightly higher than the belly button), and flare out at the hips are considered “fit and flare.”

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But what makes the fit and flare dress so universally flattering?”

I have a rectangular/ athletic body type.  I have slim waist, but I don’t possess enough curves considered an hourglass shape.  The fit and flare dress accentuates the smallest part of the waist and adds volume at the hips, which gives the illusion of curves.   Continue Reading

How to get the coveted “no makeup look”

No makeup makeup is trending strong.  Don’t you just feel slightly envious when celebrities make appearances sporting “no makeup” and they look just as gorgeous as ever.  They aren’t actually wearing no makeup, they prepped and primped to achieve the “no makeup look” just the same as you and I.  Ok maybe Queen Bey just naturally looks beautiful all the time, but I no Miss Bey.  Fortunately the No Makeup Look is really quick and easy.

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Follow along with this tutorial as I show you how quickly you can go from bum to beauty.

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L’Oreal Lumi products have been a staple for my no makeup look since high school. If you haven’t tried it, seriously you need to order this stuff.  If you have any questions or comments, send them my way!


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How to Style Shoes So You Look Taller and Leaner

Shoes can make or break an outfit in the most obvious way.  When I learned how to style shoes properly, it was like I had been given the most coveted fashion secret.  Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered why an outfit that was such a sure bet looks terrible on you?

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Lazy Girl’s Guide To Smokey Eye Tutorial

Smokey eye looks can be challenging, especially when you don’t have two hours to get ready.  Some days I just don’t have time to deal with uneven wings.  I’ve come up with the lazy girl’s guide smokey eye tutorial and it’s basically fool-proof.

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Experience a Beautiful Wedding in Venice, Italy: A Fashion Blogger’s Review

The last stop on our Italy tour was Venice.  My husband’s best friend was married in the Palace where Madonna shot the video, “Like a Virgin.”  The wedding was an experience of a lifetime.

Experience a Beautiful Wedding in Venice, Italy: A Fashion Blogger's Review

Venice was absolutely spectacular.  There’s no place on Earth quite like Venice.  We arrived on a muggy, rainy day, which was less than ideal, but we still toured the city.  We had to take in the beauty. Continue Reading

Cute Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas In Case You’re Still Shopping

If you haven’t found the perfect gift for your sweetheart by now, chances are, you’re starting to freak.  Don’t panic, there are plenty of super cute last minute Valentine’s Day gifts out there.

Cute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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Still looking for something to do on V-day? Check out my Valentine’s Day Date Guide for fresh ideas.

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Product Giveaway! Osis Dust It Gives Flat Hair Full Volume and I’m Giving It to You

Schwarzkopf OSIS Dust It Mattifying Powder is one of my all time favorite hair products.  I have limp, flat hair and a serious aversion to hairspray, but that’s okay thanks to Osis: Dust It.  Did I mention that it doubles as a dry shampoo too?

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