- Mini Crossbody Tote -

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While I typically find myself carrying an oversized bag, I recently learned that a mini cross-body can be just as effective as it is cute. I have always loved Rebecca Minkoff’s bags (you may know her as the designer behind this trendy bag) and I have had my eye on this little Mini Mab ToteThe pop of pink is not the norm for me, but I loved the idea of carrying this with simple outfits or with patterns for a bold statement. It actually holds a lot more than I would have imagined, and it’s the perfect accessory for running errands.

I’ve found that this bag comes in almost every color and I’ve linked my favorites under $200 from Nordstrom below.

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Shop the Post: Rebecca Minkoff ‘Mini Mab Tote’ | Crochet Peasant Top ( under $40 // wearing a small) | Blank Denim Shredded Jeans (size down one size) | Sunglasses | Steve Madden Espadrille Wedge Sandals (go a 1/2 size up) | Lipstick- Bare Minerals ‘Candy Pop’ with NARS ‘Turkish Delight’ on top | Mk Watch 

| Click to Shop Crossbody’s Under $200 |


Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. 

- Denim Days -

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When I think of a denim jacket, I immediately revert back to the (not- so- joyous) memories of middle school. I’m pretty sure GAP was the only place to score the denim jacket and I can remember all too well me wearing my jacket with my rhinestone bebe tank top. Complete with baggy sleeves of course. Yikes. Ok, well fast forward 15 years and I am actually finding myself ahem, obsessed (yeah, I said it) with this updated version from J Crew. The light color makes it really easy to wear with a lot of tops, dresses, and even denim. You can see how I paired it with this striped dress here. 

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

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Shop the Post: J Crew Denim Jacket (runs big, I sized down for a tigher fit–wearing an xs) | J Crew Kiss Kiss Tee (on sale) | AG Denim | Saint Laurent Bag | Vince Camuto Mules Sunglasses (under $10) | Baublebar Tassel Necklace c/o | MK Watch | Kendra Scott Midi Rings

- Blue & Orange Tunic -

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Happy almost Friday! We have guests coming in tonight for a weekend wedding and I am looking forward to spending time with friends from college. I’ve always enjoyed weddings and this one will be no exception. I am so excited for your Renit & Ryan!

Last week, I wore this orange and blue tunic (less than $20) since the weather was much warmer. I love the bright colors and fun pattern! It is the perfect addition to my summer wardrobe. It’s long enough to where it could be a beach coverup or worn as a top. It’s a great piece to have without breaking the bank and definitely a great find for the upcoming season!

Thanks for reading! xx

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Shop the Post: Sheinside Orange & Blue Tunic (size up, wearing a medium, almost wish I bought a large)I know ordering international can be a little intimidating, but I have had zero issues with this company. I will say, allow time for shipping. It takes about 3 weeks for it to be delivered. Also, be sure you pay attention to the size chart. I always look at it before placing an order! | Blank Denim (true to size) | Steve Madden Sandals | Gigi New York Hayden Satchel c/o | Thumb ring | MK  Watch | Lips- Bobbi Brown ‘Pink Lilac’ (also seen here)

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- Beauty Talk | Spring Neutrals -

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Now that Spring is here, this warmer weather already has me wanting to change up my makeup routine and switch out some of my winter colors for some warm, neutrals tones.

For me, I have always gravitated towards a more “natural” look when it comes to makeup. I like to keep my foundation and eyes simple, and play up areas like my lashes, cheekbones and lips. This past weekend I went through my makeup to switch out some of my winter colors with more neutral and warm tones. I decided to head to Nordstrom’s Online Beauty Department (with free shipping / free returns it’s hard to pass up!) and peruse the new neutrals for Spring. I love checking out the seasons new colors and this year, I decided to add lots of ivory, pink and gold tones. They make it so easy to browse specific selections rather than hunt the entire beauty department.

Here are a few of my favorite neutrals for Spring and Summer. See below for a full review of each product!

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Foundation

My first step when transitioning my makeup is finding the right shade of foundation. I usually try something a little darker than my Winter face makeup.  It’s important for me to look for something that has SPF in it. I love to be outside as much as possible during this time of year!

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Eyes

On my eyes, I tried the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow in ‘Beach Honey’. I love that it has a soft shimmer but isn’t too shiny. I like to wear it by itself, but it makes a great base to any eyeshadow look. This was my first time to try a cream eyeshadow, but after reading the reviews I couldn’t pass it up. So far, I am loving it!

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I am always looking for a smooth, soft, easy to apply eyeliner. I wore MAC eyeliner years ago, and was anxious to try it again when I saw the new Technakohl Liner.  I decided to stick with ‘Graphblack’ and I really like how it makes the green in my eyes pop. Finish with your favorite mascara and you are good to go!

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Bronzer + Blush

I’ve never tried the Laura Mercier ‘Mosaic’ Bloc before, but after hearing amazing things about it, I decided to test one out for myself. The cool thing about this little pallet, is it can actually be used on face, cheeks, and eyes. I was a little hesitant about the shimmer, but it’s surprisingly not that shimmery. For someone who has oily skin, that is a major plus!

I used the top three shades to contour. A little goes a long way so be sure to play around with it at first. To apply,  I used my favorite brush from NARS. It’s amazing and really helps you get great definition.

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I like to keep my cheeks pink with Bobbi Brown’s Blush in ‘Sand Pink’. I’ve used her blush since high school and it’s always been a great, everyday blush. It’s flat, so there is no shimmer or extra shine. The color is also extremely pigmented so a little goes a long way. I complete the look by applying a light dusting of the light ivory triangle from the Laura Mercier Mosaic Bloc. It comes off really light and gives that perfect sun kissed glow I’m always trying to achieve.

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Lips

While I love my bright lipsticks, my neutrals will always be my favorite. I can wear them year round and regardless of the occasion, I can’t go wrong. Since my lips tend to get dry, I always use lip-balm first. My favorite is the Dior Glow. It has a soft pink tint which looks great alone or paired with lipstick.

I wore Bobbi Brown ‘Monday-Sunday’ Sheer Lip Color in ‘Lilac Pink’ and mixed it with Bobbi Brown Lipgloss in ‘Almost Nude’ (the perfect nude gloss) to achieve a muted pink lip. It’s so fun for Spring and in my opinion- all year!

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Shop The Products: Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow – ‘Beach Honey’ // MAC Eyeliner- ‘Graphblack’ // Laura Mercier ‘Mosaic Bloc’ // Bobbi Brown Blush- ‘Sand Pink’ //  Dior Glow- ‘Pink’ // Bobbi BrownSunday to Monday’ Sheer Lipstick- ‘Lilac Pink’ and Lipgloss- ‘Almost Nude’ 

The “Beauty Emergency Kit” was a gift with purchase from Bobbi Brown at Nordstrom

Wearing: Striped Top // Necklace (similar) // Earrings

 Shop Neutrals For Spring

 

This post was sponsored by Nordstrom. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible! 

- IG Lately -

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Today I wanted to share a quick instagram roundup from the past week. Hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend and be sure to enjoy today! Thanks for reading xx

PS- Don’t forget to enter to win the Maggy London $150 Gift Card here!  The winner will be announced tonight at 7:00 CST.

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top // jeans (tts) // shoes (go up 1/2 size) // necklace (on sale!) 

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cardigan // necklace (on sale with code SPRING30 today only!) // Lips- MAC ‘Snob’ 

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top // jeans (tts) // shoes // purse // bracelets here & here // watch // thumb ring 

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jacket // top //  jeans (tts) // shoes // lips- ‘pop punch’ // watch // sunglasses

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dress //denim jacket // shoes (go up 1/2 size) // bracelet (on sale with code SPRING30 today only!) // bag

- The Striped Dress + Giveaway! -

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What better way to start off the weekend than with a giveaway to one of my favorite dress designers, Maggy London. I wore the Freya Flippy Dress Wednesday for a little dinner date with Austin and could not believe how soft and comfy it was. There is no doubt this will be worn all throughout Spring and well into the Summer.

Maggy London doesn’t want you to miss out either! They are offering one lucky TTD reader a chance to win a $150 Gift Card to get a dress of their own! Be sure to check out my instagram this afternoon to find out all the details and how to enter.

Happy weekend and as always, thank you for reading!! xx

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Shop the Post: Maggy London Freya Flippy Dress (Runs a little big, wearing a size 2) c/o | J Crew Denim Jacket (runs big, wearing xs) | Steve Madden Wedges (went up a 1/2 size // under $100) | Gigi New York Hayden Satchel | Michael Kors Watch | Baublebar Bracelet & Earrings | Karen Walker Sunglasses | Lips YSL ‘Misty Pink’

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- 10 Minute Makeup Refresh -

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Up until the past few years, I never really carried makeup in my purse. Of course I had my go to lipstick and maybe a mirror, but that was about it. I realized as I started my career, that it was very typical for the other teachers to run and grab drinks or head to an early dinner after work.

I quickly found out that I needed a little refresh before heading out right after work. Like most of us, I don’t always have time to reapply everything,  so I’ve found that all I need are a few key products to give my skin that healthy glow in a short amount of time.

I have always been impressed with YSL Beauty and I was so excited to try the new ‘Pop Water’ Collection (a Nordstrom exclusive). All of the colors are on point for Spring and Summer.

Here are the steps I that take me from desk to dinner in 10 minutes or less. I’d love to hear what you try!

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Step 1

I’ve always struggled with oily skin. My dermatologist says I will be thankful for that, but for now, I am trying to cover up that excess oil. Whether you have oily skin or not, it’s always a good idea to blot and powder at the end of the day. I don’t know about you, but my face could use a little more coverage come 5 o’clock. This pressed powder by YSL is the key to keeping my skin refreshed. I used a powder brush to apply a light dusting on my nose, forehead and chin. I’ve also been told that this powder can be used as a brightener too.  I always love dual-products!

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Step 2

My favorite makeup product (ever) is the YSL Touche Eclat. I’ve used this product for the last 3 years and have continued to be happy with the results. You want to use this product last in your makeup routine. I have been told that this is the last thing you put on right before your lipstick. It’s intended to work as an under eye concealer or above the cheekbone brighter, but I use it for much more. It makes a great base for lipstick. I think it keeps my lipstick from fading and I love the nude pout it gives me. Keep in mind- a little goes a long way!

 I also like to enhance the dip of my cupid’s bow (dip on upper lip) by accentuating the crease at the top of the lip with the Touche Eclat. This will illuminate the feature by bringing it forward and drawing attention to this area. This product is the best multi-tasker and key to giving me that “instant refresh”!

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Step 3

Apply your favorite lippy. YSL has always been one of my go to brands for lipstick or lipgloss. When I heard Nordstrom was carrying the Pop Water Collection, I immediately went to check out the new Glossy Stain colors –they stay on for hours!

My goal was to find a good nude/coral for everyday and a fun pop of pink for when I want a bold lip. Mission accomplished! I went with 208 Wet Nude for a softer, subdued lip and 206 Misty Pink for a pop of color. I also like to mix colors, and I loved the way Gloss Volupte (#202 Rose Jersey) looked with the Misty Pink. (It also looks great alone too!)

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Shop the Post: YSL Pressed Powder,  ‘Pop Water’ Glossy Stain (colors 206 Misty Pink and 208 Wet Nude) , Touche Eclat (color #2), Gloss Volupte (color 202 Rose Jersey)

Wearing: Pink Blouse (color is Taffy Pink- image online does not reflect actual color) // Jeans (tts) //  Ring (similar) //  Bracelets and here // Watch 

| YSL ‘Pop Water’ Favorites  | 

 

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. 

- Chambray & White -

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Good morning! I hope everyone is having a great week. Sorry for being a little quiet lately. This is a very busy week with with school and I am spending my extra time focusing on my classroom! While those snow days were nice, us teachers are all now scrambling between conference makeups (our parent/teacher conferences happened to fall on one of the snowdays!) and rescheduling Open House on Thursday. Let’s just say…come on Friday!

In the meantime, let me tell you about my love for chambray. I really can’t pass up a good chambray top. This Chambray Blouse (50% OFF with code BESTSALE1 ) was hit the second I saw it hanging on the rack. Don’t you love those moments? I love the fit and length. I kept it simple and threw on my go to White Pants and Cross Body Bucket BagSometimes it’s nice just going back to the basics.

Thanks for reading! xx

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Shop the Post: Ann Taylor Denim Blouse (50% OFF with code BESTSALE1 …also seen here) and Bucket Bag (love this!!!) c/o | White Pants (tts) | French Connection Heeled Sandals (go 1/2 to a whole size up. I usually am an 8 and had to get a 9 in these) c/o | Kendra Scott Earrings | Sunglasses (under $13) | Lipstick bareminerals tinted balm “Pop Punch” c/o | MK Watch | David Yurman Bracelet 

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- Cotton Moto Jacket -

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Now that Spring Break is over, I am officially back in school mode. This week will be super busy but I am looking forward to getting into my normal schedule!

I love this moto jacket  (40% off with code FRIENDS40) from Ann Taylor and can easily see me wearing it all the time as we transition into warmer weather. I am also a big fan of the gold detailing and textured fabric. I have worn this little jacket with a silk blouse and dark denim for a more polished looked. Either way, it’s a must for spring!

PS- Did you catch yesterday’s post? I am off to Houston this Saturday for a fun event with Macy’s! Hope you guys in the Houston area can make it. XX

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Shop the Post: Ann Taylor Moto Jacket (40 % OFF with code FRIENDS40 | runs a little big…wearing a size 2) c/o | Striped Tank (old, similar here) | Blank Denim Skinny Boyfriend Jeans (tts) |Celine Sunglasses | Steve Madden Pumps | Celine Mini Luggage Tote | Bare Minerals Oil Lip balm Tint ( color ‘PUNCH POP’ ) | MK Watch Rings 

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- Macy’s Event – The Woodlands Mall -

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Attention Houston girls, I invite you to join me this Saturday, March 21st, at Macy’s in The Woodlands Mall for a Spring Fashion Show & makeover event! I will be hosting the event and can’t wait to share some of my favorite trends for Spring with you.

The event starts at 2:00 pm and will end at 4:00 pm. Those who attend will get to create paper floral headbands, enjoy mini makeovers with Macy’s beauty experts, and be entered to win a personal style consultation with me. You will also receive a monogramed garment bag with any $75 woman’s fashion purchase!

Hope to see you there! xx

This post is brought to you in partnership with Macy’s.