The Uniform

Today I wanted to share with you all my go to uniform when I’m not sure what to wear: all black with a few statement pieces. I know all black might seem cliche, but pairing different textures together for a monochromatic look can be incredibly chic. I also chose black pieces with a bit of interest. My tank is from H&M and has a completely sheer back, which gives the opportunity to show off a fun bralette. I also chose my Gap high rise jeans with ripped knees to play with proportions and show off a little skin at the knees. To punch it up, I like to add a statement bag or shoe. In this case I incorporated both. I’m absolutely in love with my new Rebecca Minkoff blue suade bag that I snagged in the Nordstrom abbiversary sale. I have also been loving my new silver reptile print Birks which I found at Nordstrom Rack for only $60. They look amazing together and are put on show with an all black base.

What has been your summer uniform? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Fourth of July Sales

Hello loves and happy Friday! We’ve made it!! And to celebrate this holiday weekend, I have some killer sales to share with you all! {Sidenote, a lot of furniture and appliances are on sale this weekend as well, so if you’re in the market for any of those, check some of your favorite stores!}

BANANA REPUBLIC: 30% off regular-priced items with code BRTHIRTY Additional 50% off sale items with code BRGOBIG

BAUBLEBAR: 30% off site wide with code RSJULY

GAP: Up to 50% off select styles

J.CREW: Extra 40-60% off sale items with code LONGWEEKEND

J.CREW FACTORY: 50% off everything

LOFT: 50% off everything with code GOFOURTH

OLD NAVY: 40% off everything + free shipping with code GOLDMINE

TARGET: Buy one, get one 50% off on all apparel, shoes and accessories with code JULY

I hope you all enjoy this weekend celebrating our country’s independence!! I’ll talk to you all again Monday! Have a fabulous weekend loves!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Summer Makeup Routine

Hello loves! As the weather begins to get hotter and insanely humid out, I’m forced to change out a few of my makeup products to insure my makeup doesn’t smear down my face from the heat. So today I’ll be sharing with you my summer makeup routine step by step.

No. 1: Moisturizer. Even though it’s hot and sticky out, it’s still important to keep your skin hydrated. I like to use my First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer and my Origins GinZing eye cream. These are both super light weight products, but they’re still amazing moisturizers.  

No. 2: Face Products. I’m still obsessed with my Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm. It stays on all day, evens out my skin tone AND has sunscreen build in. What more could a girl ask for? I apply the Beauty Balm with my fingers, after I’ve washed them of course. I cover any blemishes that still show through with my Laura Mercier Creamy Concealer, which I apply with my beauty blender. I also like to use this to cover any dark circles. I set my T-zone and under-eye area with my Clinique translucent powder to keep everything in place during the day. I apply this with a big powder brush from Eco Tools, my favorite brand of brushes.

  

No. 3: Color. Now that I’m sufficiently pale and colorless, let’s add some bronzer, blush and highlighter. First I apply my Nars Laguna bronzer in a 3 shape on each side of my face. I use a L’Bri brush I’ve had forever for this, probably need to get a new one of those soon. Next I apply my Hourglass Ambient Light blush in Diffused Heat and apply that with my Eco Tools blush brush. Then I apply a subtle highlight to my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and on my cupid’s bow. I like using my Too faced Candlelight Glow with a slanted Bare Minerals brush. Between these three products, I look like a living and healthy human being again, which is always a plus.

 

No. 3: Eyes and such. Next it’s time to get my brows looking good. I absolutely love my Anistasia Brow Pencil in Medium Brown. I have no idea why this pencil is so much better than every other brow pencil, but it is. And it lasts forever! (Unlike those tiny thin pencils that last a week.) I’ve switched over to using waterproof mascera now that it’s summer, to avoid the whole smeared look. I’ve been loving the Maybelline Rocket Volume mascera for this. If I have something nicer that day, I’ll add on a little of my Stila crayon eyeliner in Spice, but otherwise I usually just rock some mascera.  

If I really have something nice to do, I also pop on a little bit of the Bare Minerals lip gloss in Marvelous Moxi. I love this color, it’s natural yet still looks like you put in a bit of effort.

And that’s my finished summer look! I hope you guys enjoy this! I also promise this look takes me at the most 10 min to do, I know I talked you through all the specifics so it probably seemed longer. Let me know your go to summer makeup product in the comments below! Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Summer Dresses 2015

Hello loves! I have been bitten by the shopping bug recently and just want to buy all the summer dresses. I’ve been especially drawn to solid colors for some reason, I have no idea why but I am obsessed. And I’ve been spending way to much time on the Zara website, so these are all from Zara, which is never a bad thing because then if you want all of them, you only have to check out once. So without further a do, here are a few of the dresses I’ve been coveting.

Maxi: here. A must have for summer. Long and flowing, just yes. This also comes in a muted blue color and a deep kaki. I’m a big fan of the deep kaki.

  
Embroidered: here. I love the unique design on this dress and the laid back fit.

  
LWD: here. You need a little white dress for summer, so why not one with a fun back and cool sleeves?

  
Pool to Party: here. Ok, I’m obsessed with this dress. Is there another dress more perfect for running from the pool to a casual dinner? I think not.

  
I hope you like these picks as much as I do, and maybe even end up finding your perfect summer dress. Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Planter DIY

Hello loves! As spring approaches, I get more and more excited for the new things it brings. Especially when it comes to beautiful flowers. So today I wanted to share with you one way I’m getting excited for spring, and making a planter. So let’s jump into this!

First off, here’s what you’ll need:

No. 1: Planter.

No. 2: Rocks. (for drainage)

No. 3: Potting Soil.

No. 4: Flowers of Your Choice. (make sure they’re all the same sun vs shade ratio, it should say this on the card that is on each plant)

No. 5: Gardening Gloves.

No. 6: Small Gardening Shovel.

No. 7: Water or Watering Can. (not pictured)

  
Just for reference, here are close ups and the name of all the plants I used for my planter:

  
  
  
  
Now for the actual gardening part. First layer some of your small stones on the bottom of your planter. This helps with drainage so that all the water doesn’t immediately run out the bottom before the plants can use it.

  
Next take some of your potting soil and layer that over the stones. You’re going to want to kind of measure how much dirt your plants need under them so that they sit even with the top of the planter. So pour a little dirt in, set a plant in to measure height, poor little more dirt in and ect. For this planter, I didn’t need very much because my plants were pretty deep, and the planter wasn’t terribly tall.

  
Next, simply add in your larger plants. Arrange them to your liking and then fill in the sides with more dirt. I didn’t fill mine up with dirt all the way to the top in the places where I wanted to put my smaller white flowers. I then placed them into any empty spaces as fillers and finished filling up the planter with potting soil.

  
  
Then douse your plant with water, you want to give it a generous amount for this initial watering. Moving it around a lot and the potting soil not being at all damp, this little guy is going to need some extra help to get started with. Then simply place in either sun or shade (whichever type of flowers you picked) and water every other day to every two days.

  
And voila! Your beautiful spring planter is complete, now you can sit back and enjoy your hard work! {This would also be a great Mother’s Day gift or activity, or a great weekend project.} On that note, I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Weekend Sales: April 17th, 2015

Hello loves! Happy Friday! I’m beyond excited to have made it to the end of this super busy week. So let’s celebrate with the best sales to shop this weekend, because who doesn’t love weekend shopping sprees? The answer is no one.

Gap: 30% regular price items and 50% off of sale items.

Sephora VIB Rouge: 15% off total purchase.

J. Crew Factory: 50% off Men’s and Woman’s, 40% off Girl’s and Boy’s. Additional 25% for J. Crew cardholders.

Loft: 40% everything sale!

Banana Republic: 40% tops, shirts and sweaters.

Let the shopping commence! Have a fabulous weekend, and stop back again Monday!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Store Spotlight: Victoria’s Secret

Hello loves! We’ve made it to the middle of the week, and that’s a cause for celebration. So whether you celebrate with a relaxing night in, ice cream, or online shopping, you do you. I’m here are your fairy blogger to assist you with the last one, but I do encourage ice cream and a relaxing night in as well. For today’s store spotlight, I wanted to cover my favorite swimsuits for this season. Since I just went one beach vacation, I had a look around for some new suits and spotted some new lust worthy options at Victoria’s Secret that I wanted to share with you guys today. I wanted to cover all the bases, from a good suit for tanning to a super stylish pool party one, so let’s jump in! (Also, I’m going to throw in a one piece at the end for those of you who many want a bit more coverage.)

  

Perfect for Tanning: I absolutely love this bandeau suit! I love the bohemian print, and the mix of prints. And ok, confession time, I’m obsessed with tassels, like seriously obsessed. So the fact that both the top and bottoms for this suit feature tassels, I’m all in.

  

Being Active: This suit is the epitome of the new sporty trend we’re seeing in swimwear this season, and the simplicity of it makes it all the more versatile. You can’t see it in this picture, but the back of this suit has a really cool web-like design across the back which gives you a lot more security on top. (Because let’s be honest, triangle tops usually have a terrifyingly high risk of a wardrobe malfunction.)

  

Pool Party Approved: Maybe it’s just me, but for pool parties I like to pull out my most fashion forward sits that are not at all practice for tanning or just about any other activity except looking fabulous. This suit is the definition of fashion forward swimwear. If you wear this to a party, people will be staring in admiration.

  

Keep in’ It Classy: Lastly, I wanted to include a one piece, because let’s be honest, they can be super flattering, and sometimes you just want to be a little more covered up, I feel ya. I’m a big fan of this one piece because it still feels young and fresh while being a bit more modest. Also, the pattern placement gives a very slimming affect because it gives you the black panel down the middle and camouflages your sides with the print, it’s fashion genius. I do want to quick mention that the back has a large opening, so it’s not as covering as the front, but personally I like that because again, it keeps it young and fresh.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my swimsuit picks, and hopefully I’ve got you covered for all occasions this summer! Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Spring Nail Polish

Hello loves! Happy Tuesday! Today I wanted to bring to you my top must have spring nail polish colors from Essie. Err well top two categories I guess… Spring and summer nail Polish looks so stunning I feel like almost anything looks fantastic against the tan skin in these seasons, so let’s dive in!

No. 1: Muted Hues. I love a good baby blue and baby pink polish just about anytime of the year, but they feel so much more appropriate in spring to me. I am also a huge fan of nude nails in the summer. Yes, you read that right, nude nails. I think the contrast between the lighter polish and the darker skin looks stunning and especially elegant in the summer. I’m also a huge fan of white nails. Like I am obsessed with white nails in the summer, the only problem is you see chips right away with white polish, which kinda sucks…

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{Blanc, Baby’s Breath, Romper Room, Bikini So Teeny}

No. 2: Brights. Spring is the time to have fun with your nails. I’m a huge lover of those bright, slightly audacious colors for spring. The electric blue, tomatoe red, and neon coral are among my most worn favorites.

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{DJ Play That Song, Style Hunter, Bouncer, It’s Me!,Hip-Anema}

I hope this gives you all some fun ideas for your next spring mani-pedi! Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Spring Shoes

Hello loves! As the weather gets warmer, and we start putting away the winter boots,  I wanted to share with you a handful of new spring shoes to get you excited about the warm weather ahead. I have a 2 sandals, 2 flats, and 2 heels to show you today, so let’s get started!

Sandals:

For my first sandals pick, I chose this pair of gladiators by Ralph Lauren. I’m in love with these shoes because they feels like an updated classic, and will go with just about everything. I honestly might pick up a pair of these for myself soon.

  

My second pick is a little more modern, and I think I love these even more than the first pair. This pair comes in a variety of different color options, but my favorite is the silver and taupe pair. Mercanti Fiorentini is the designer of this pair.

  

Flats:

My first pick is a very trendy pair of flats by Jessica Simpson. I love the lace up detail on the front of these, and the fact that they’re still a neutral shoe, while being a little more interesting than your basic flat.

  

My second pair is a bright color, perfect for spring! I love the teal leather of these flats. They make a statement without being impractical for pairing with outfits.

  

Heels:

My first pick for heels is this pair of silk watercolor pumps by BCBG. Let’s just take a moment of silence for them.

  

For my second pick, I wanted to show you this pair of super versatile and wearable wedges. I love how simple they are, yet they don’t look like a wedge you’d see everyone and their mother wearing.

  

I hope you’ve enjoyed my shoe picks for the season, and I hope they’ve gotten you a little more excited for spring! (Maybe even inspired a little shopping trip.) Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Spring Beauty Trends

Hello loves! Today I wanted to share with you some of the new trends in beauty that are straight off the runways. I’m actually pretty excited about these trends because they’re 100% doable, and most of them are pretty easily accomplished. No 3 hour hairstyles included, thank goodness.

No. 1: Plum. Normally, this is a fall or winter color, but brighter plums are a new spring trend, and I kind of love it. It gives a flushed “just worked out” kind of flush and for the lips, it’s a nice change from the typical neon pink we see every year. This pop also looks amazing with a simple makeup look to really accent the color.

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No. 2: Strong Dark Liner. This I’m not so sure how I feel about for spring. It’s a little dark for my taste, but I think it can definitely be a beautiful look. Definitely let this be the only standout in your makeup look, we don’t want super heavy makeup. Lilly Colins does it just right in this shot.

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No. 3: Bold Red Lips. As the classic clothing trends are coming back, naturally the makeup is coming back with it. Personally, I love a good red lip. To update this for spring, go for bright cherry red or something a little more punchy. Think the opposite of your perfect holiday red.

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No. 4: Negative Space Maincures. This is a cool new trend that I’m a fan of. Negative space manicures are basically when you leave part of your nail bare, so you’re raw nail is part of the design. It looks incredibly high fashion and gives you an instant cool girl vibe. (Also, so much less chipping!)

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No. 5: Baby Soft Nails. I am super pumped that this is a trend, this kind of sections off the best and brightest of the pastel shades one can choose. Think baby blue, and baby pink. Those are by far the two best pastel nail shades in my opinion, so I’m glad they’re getting their time in the spotlight.

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No. 6: Undone Hair. Yes. The lazy girl in me rejoices. Anytime my naturally curly and unruly hair is made socially acceptable, and even fashion forward I rejoice. Loose falling out hairstyles are all the rage going into spring, so it’s a happy time.

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No. 7: Reinvented Braids. You thought we were done with braids, didn’t you? We’re not. They’ve been reimagined, fishtails are one of the new fads. So continue to throw your hair up in a braid, maybe try a new style or placement to keep updated.

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No. 8: Low Ponytails and Buns. Hallelujah. As a girl with thick long hair, piling it all on top of my head has induced many headaches in my young life, and I’ve always preferred low buns and ponies anyway. They give off a more effortless romantic vibe, which seems to be a theme here.

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No. 9: Air-Dried Hair. Again, YES. This spring the hair is going to be effortless and super boho. Also, air drying your hair equals tons of texture and less heat damage to your hair, which is never a bad thing.

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I hope this post has inspired you to try some of these new spring trends this season. And hopefully you’re just excited about them as I am. Have a fabulous weekend!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette