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Moving, Life, Love.

23 Jul

Hello everyone!

OH MY! Summer has been one hundred times more busy than I had anticipated. The man and I have decided to buy a house! We have been looking for a while and are trying to get pre-approved for a loan. So wish us luck! In the meantime our lease has ended at our old place so we are currently staying with friends. I am so lucky and blessed to have people who are willing to open their homes to us as we try to get a loan going and find a house.

In light of many different events that have happened in my life and in the country recently I have decided to do a 30 day challenge. I’m going to put fashion and beauty aside for a while and really focus on life and enjoying my experiences. With everything that has happened it really puts the meaning of things into focus. For some, fashion and makeup and latest trends are their life. For me, those things are not as important and spending time with the ones I love and care about and basking in the joys life has to offer me. 

The challenge: Each day for 30 days I’m going to write about something that I am grateful for and find something to inspire myself in different aspects of life. I’m going to start TODAY! I hope that YOU follow along on my journey and I would love to hear what you think every day of my challenge!

Don’t fret yet my beauty junkies! I, along with my challenge will still continue to post fashion and makeup tips. 🙂

Day 1 July 23:

Today has been a tough day. I have finally finished moving into my temporary home and have moved my dog Gunner to his temporary home at another friends home. (My temporary home doesn’t allow pets.) Even though he has really tried my patience at times, he has been an amazing dog. Even on days when I just want to lay in bed and wallow in sadness, Gunner absolutely does not let me do that. He insists on cuddling and loving on me even when I ignore him.  For his unconditional love and cuddles I am so grateful for! He inspires me on a daily basis to get up and be happy. Not having him waiting for me when I get home is going to be hard but I know that once we get a house (with a big yard) he will still love me. Being a pet parent is awesome!

My Best Friend’s Wedding

9 Jul

I have been away for so long! Thankfully, it was for an amazing reason I will never forget. My best friend got married! Hopefully, when she returns from her honeymoon she will have photos of the wedding up!

My mind has been going crazy with thoughts of love, friendship, and promises and their meanings. Life is so much more than designer labels and the newest makeup trend. It’s about having a great love and friends and family who are willing to come together to celebrate that. I have been so incredibly blessed to have been a part of this beautiful wedding. Johnathan and Jessica are the most wonderful couple and they set an example of love to everyone they meet.

Aren’t they a beautiful couple?!?! (Photo courtesy of: AYERSphoto like him on facebook!)

Here’s to Johnathan and Jess. They are such an amazing couple and they SO deserve to have each other and the love that just radiates from them.

AAAANNNNDDD…enough of the sappy…

Because I have been so busy this weekend fulfilling bridesmaid duties, I rarely had time to take photos, but soon I will post some of the bridal party photos and maybe a makeup tutorial on what I did for my makeup.

My bridesmaid shoes and bouquet. Aren’t they awesome!??!

Ombre Everywhere.

12 Jun

I love Ombre. If I could seriously ombre everything, I think I would. Lately, a lot of people have been trying out ombre looks so I decided to hop onto the bandwagon!

I choose to do two different looks.

Here is the first step. I lined my lips in a color then did a little blending.

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Next I added the middle color and blended it out a little.

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So that’s what I have for my first one. The second ombre lip look I did was personally the one I liked best.

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(Macro sure doesn’t hide anything! YIKES!)

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Yay for Ombre! I want to know what your favorite ombre look is! Post a picture or comment telling me what ombre things you enjoy!

Here are a few clothing examples of Ombre. (I totally wish I had all of these)

Forever 21 $19.80

Urban Outfitters $79.00

Forever 21 $19.80

Forever 21 OMBRE SUNGLASSES! Yes! $5.80

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-KK

Barbie Pink Lipstick!

11 Jun

Barbie was on to something when she always had those bright pink lips. I have been loving this color and I cannot wait to try out some new lipsticks. There are a few things to remember when wearing a bright lipstick like Hot Pink.

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-Less shiny, more matte. A matte finish gives the lips a more grown up and sophisticated look. There are many types of lipsticks with a matte formula in them. However, if you happen across a shade of lipstick that you can’t bare to pass on, there is a way to “matte-fy” it. You want to blot the lipstick with a tissue then use a powder brush to brush on a small amount of transparent powder on. You don’t want to over-do it because your lips will end up looking chalky.

-Moisturize. Matte + Chapped lips = disaster. Make sure to take care of your lips before putting on matte lipstick. The finish will accentuate any dryness on your lips. One way to take care of dry lips is to lightly buff your lips with a soft toothbrush. This will help slough off some of the cells. Also, drink plenty of water to keep your body, and lips hydrated.

-Simple everything else. You don’t want to take any attention away from your gorgeous pout with heavy eye makeup. Keep the eyes simple so you can let your lips be your star. Also, a great way to frame your face is to fill in your brows with a pencil. I love the YBF eyebrow pencil in Universal Taupe. It looks really great with my brows and doesn’t look too light or dark.You can buy a pencil from Birchbox.

With these tips your lips will be looking more fabulous than Barbie EVER was! I haven’t been able to try and hot pink lipsticks, so if you have a favorite I would love to hear about it (and see pictures!)

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Main Squeeze: Orange for the Summer

30 May

Orange is in.

Let me re-phrase…SOME orange is in. I have been seeing beautiful sunset oranges, peachy keen colors and coral all over from makeup to clothing. So, I decided to scour the interwebs for some great deals on orange things.

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First stop, Forever 21!

This tulip skirt is amazing! At $17.80 why not get it!?!

Give. Me. Now. This would go with any plain/neutral colored outfit that need a special pop of color. $6.80

A great top for a summer day at the ice cream shop or hanging out with friends. $17.80

Perfect for an outdoor summer wedding. $29.80

On to Zara!

$79.90

$59.90

EEK! Need this! $99.00

Last but not least, Target!

Mossimo Supply Co. Woven Stripe Scarf - Orange.Opens in a new window

$14.99

The Webster at Target® Stretch Sateen Short - Melon.Opens in a new window

$24.99

NP Set Lipstick.Opens in a new window

This color is fantastic(Ginger)! $15.00

Women's Mossimo Black® Perri Wedge.Opens in a new window

These are more coral than orange but I couldn’t NOT put them in this post! $29.99

Summer is the perfect time to bring out those bold (and happy) colors! Whether you’re wearing an awesome orange lipstick or a cute pair or orange shorts just own the look! No one doubts someone who is confident in the styles they choose.

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Stripes! My summer love.

27 May

Maybe it’s because I live no where near the ocean, but I have a deep seated love for stripes. Particularly, nautical, navy, ocean feeling stripes. Who doesn’t love looking like they are on their way to a fun boat party, or about to go sailing with some friends? I would wear stripes, even if I looked like a huge barn (and I’ve seen some pretty ugly barns in my time in Kansas). So here are my picks for summer stripes.

(Forever 21) $14.80

Splendid Net-A-Porter $88

Photo 1 of Stripe Cut Out Sun DressTopshop $76

 Forever 21 $14.80

Pinned Image Wet Seal $15.99

 

Ahhhh, I love summer. Don’t you? Tell me your favorite summer style in the comments below!

 

-KK

What To Wear: Summer Weddings

20 May

Hi Everyone!

Spring and Summer are seasons of love! There are so many weddings happening. Weddings are so much fun but they can also be stressful, even for a guest.  After scouring the internet for proper etiquette and guest attire, I’ve come up with a few simple guidelines and tips so you (the guest) will enjoy the celebration!

Casual Day/Outdoor Wedding

These types of weddings are my favorite to attend. The guests are less worried if their outfits are formal enough and more focused on helping the bride and groom celebrate. There are so many options for dresses that would work in a wedding like this.

Day/Outdoor Wedding
Beach/Destination Wedding
 These weddings are so much fun. The atmosphere is so breezy and refreshing. However, a beach wedding does not mean flip flops and shorts. You want to wear something that is light and breezy, especially on a hot day. Another thing to remember is sand and heels do not mix. Wear a cute sandal so you don’t end up tripping in the sand.
If the wedding is in the evening aim for a more formal type of beachy dress. Also, keep your hair and makeup simple. Loose waves and dewy skin make for a great look.
Beach Wedding
Evening Wedding
There are many different types of evening wedding. So, some key things to help decode the dress code: look up the wedding venue, if it is in a really upscale place, that is your chance to turn up the glamour volume. You can also go a little more richer and deeper in the color of your dress too. Just make sure to stay away from red as it is an attention grabbing color and it’s the bride’s day.
Evening Wedding
A few last tips:
Avoid wearing all white, you’re not there to upstage the bride.
Try not to wear tight, revealing clothing. The couple is going to have their entire family there. So ask yourself before the wedding, Would I want grandma to see me in this?
If you’re still at a loss for what to wear, ask the bride! She will totally know what kind of attire she is expecting from her guests.
Weddings should be fun for you and the couple! Just remember that no one is going to be critiquing your dress because hopefully all eyes will be on the lovely bride!
Let me know if you’re planning on going to a wedding and what you are wearing! I would love to see pictures!
-K.K.
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Summer Skin Care Tips

19 May

Hey everyone!

Summer is pretty much here. That means spending a lot of time outdoors.

It also means that you are going to need to really take care of your skin.

Nothing is worse than getting an awful sunburn and looking like a lobster.                                          You also don’t want to end up looking like ‘Tan Mom’

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So here are a few of my tips to keep your skin healthy throughout summer.

DRINK WATER!

– Water is an important part of keeping your skin healthy. During the summer you                           are going to be sweating more and losing more water. Drinking water daily is                                important to keep your skin hydrated and supple. Even being a little bit                                       dehydrated will drain your energy. There really isn’t a magic number of                                                    how much water to drink. There are a few guidelines like The Institute of Medicine                        who suggest about 13 cups of water for Men, and about 9 cups of water for Women daily.

WEAR SUNSCREEN

– Wearing sunscreen is something I’ve been told since I was little, however                                               I never really cared until a few years ago when I got a sunburn so bad on the                                           tops of my legs I couldn’t wear pants.

There are a lot of benefits to wearing sunscreen. Many formulas now have                                     moisturizing qualities to them as well. By wearing sunscreen you are preventing                                     skin cancer and skin damage. It’s recommended that you wear some sunscreen                                         no matter the season because the sun is always damaging.

I recommend using Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock. The                                               sunblock goes on the skin smooth and doesn’t have that yucky greasy feeling.                                   They have a formula with SPF 30 and SPF 55 for days you are spending a majority                               of time outside.

You also want to provide sunscreen on your face. A product I recommend                                                         is Kiss My Face SPF 50 Face and Neck. The sunblock is really reliable and works really well.

WEAR A HAT

– Nothing sucks more than having a sunburn on your scalp. I have really                                            dark hair so on summer days my head gets so hot I could probably fry an                                                     egg on there. That means I usually wear a hat or a sunscreen formulated for                                                 the scalp. There are many products that are made to be non-greasy and just                                          for the scalp. I haven’t had a chance to test any out so if you have any suggestions                                              I would love to hear them!

SUNGLASSES

-Sunglasses are essential for a hot summer day. No one likes to be the                                                  ‘squinter’. They protect your eyes from damaging rays and also look pretty                                            stylish. A great and affordable place to get sunglasses is Retro City Sunglasses.                                  They have so many cute designs* AND they are UV blocking and not just tinted                                                 I usually get my sunglasses from them because most of the time I lose my sunglasses                                and it’s not a big deal as losing a $99 pair.

*The mannequin that Retro City uses is a little small so the sunglasses                                                          look WAY bigger than they would on a normal person’s head.

Summer Skin

Equipment silk top
255 CAD – eluxe.ca

Paige Denim short shorts
£90 – farfetch.com

Miss Selfridge oversized hat
$38 – missselfridge.com

Black Original Wayfarer Sunglasses
$8.99 – retrocitysunglasses.com
Remember!!! If you’re going to be drinking this summer be sure to stay hydrated                                                                                             with water and don’t over-do it. A lot of scary things can happen                                                                                                                         when you drink in the heat!
I hope all of you guys have a wonderful, fantastic summer! Let me                                                                                                                   know what your best skin care tips are!
-Kandy K
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