February Beauty Favorites

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Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

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After washing my face at night I tend to get dry skin, so in order for my skin to be moisturized and looking healthy in the morning I use the Estée Lauder Night Repair. I have definitely seen a difference in my skin after using this product. My skin looks a lot healthier the morning after I use it. This products is a big part of my night skin care routine.

 

 

 

 

 

Drybar Hair Products

screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-5-13-40-pmMy hair is forever changed by these products. The Drybar hair products are amazing and they work so well for my hair. The gateway product to this brand is definitely the Detox Dry Shampoo. If you don’t know, a dry shampoo is a sprayable powder that soaks up excess oil and freshens up your hair in between washes. Also their heat protectant products are amazing. My hair is naturally fizzy and very curly, but I choose to blow-out my hair so it is easier to take care of and these products make my hair so silky smooth without damaging the strands. I would also recommend their round brushes, I use the Double pint one because I have a lot of hair. I have yet to visit one of their salons and I’m dying to go. All I ask is that someday they bring one of their salons to Minneapolis and soon!

Origins Matcha Madness Face Mask

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I’ve used hundreds of face masks before, but none have made my face feel more revitalized and refreshed as this one. This is also one of the most unusual face masked I’ve used because it comes in a powder form and you add water to activate it. Now there is one thing that may put you off from this and it is that the smell is not the greatest. When you mix it with water and put it on your face it may have an acquired smell. Personally, I can look past that because the mask makes my skin feel great. Also be warned that this face mask is green so you will look like the Grinch while you are waiting for it to dry or as I was told I looked like Fiona from Shrek. I like to mess around with my friends when I put this face mask on.

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick & Lipliner in Pillow Talk

screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-5-17-57-pmI’ve been obsessed with this lip color for the longest time. I was introduced to this beauty brand by a British Youtuber named Amelia Liana, who raved about the lip liner (also you should check out her channel, she is one of my favorite Youtubers/bloggers). When I tried it, I knew I was hooked for life. Recently, they came out with the lipstick form of the color and I have been wearing it all the time. If I don’t know which lip color I should put on my lips I always go for this one because I know it will look good. It’s the perfect nudey-pink lip color that will work on multiple skin tones.

L’Occitane Soothing Fluid

screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-5-07-20-pmFor a morning moisturizer I recommend this soothing fluid from L’Occitane. Despite its name, it is not a fluid or a serum, but rather a light lotion for the face and neck. I really enjoy the fresh clean scent of this product. After washing my face in the morning I use this lotion to put under my makeup because it absorbs into the skin quickly and doesn’t leave your face feeling greasy. I haven’t known this brand for very long, but I can already see changes in how my skin looks and feels after using their moisturizers. Another one of my favorite products by them is the lavender body lotion. It smells absolutely amazing and lavender is one of my favorite scents. I often put the lavender lotion on my hands when I’m studying or about to go to sleep because it has a soothing scent that relaxes me. For some reason I think that their lavender lotion smells different from all the other lavender lotions I’ve used, which makes it all the more addicting to me.

 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush and Strobe Lighting Powder

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One of my favorite beauty products to apply is blush and highlight. I love how blush can bring life and color into a face. Makeup is about light and shadows, putting the correct amount shading in the right places can make a world of different for how makeup can look on a person. This brand is my favorite for blush and highlighters. Not only are the shades gorgeous, but the packaging is too. For the blush, the technique they use is called miscelare, which means “to mix” in Italian giving it a marbled looking effect. During the production of the blushes they mix the perfect amount of pigment and powder to create the iconic marble effect, no blush looks the same! Their highlighters I particularly like because they capture the light better than most highlighters. So often highlighters can leave you looking like you’re sweaty or greasy, but that can also be the user’s fault for application, but this highlighter has the perfect about of pigment to give you and angelic glow without the sweaty looking shine.  In the above picture the blush I use is in the shade Diffused Heat and the Highlighter in the shade Brilliant.

Trend Alert: Corsage Choker

**Beware, this choker may make you want to learn to tango.**

Spring is right around the corner and with spring comes the rebirth or awakening of life after winter and what better symbol of spring than a flower? Gucci’s Spring/Summer 2016 line came out with the idea of corsages that are not just for prom.

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The flower detail gives the choker or brooch a romantic feel that’s also fun and flirty. It’s versatility is endless from going on a romantic date in Spain to going to a music festival in California. If you’re looking for a statement necklace, then this is the one for you.

I tried out the necklace and let me tell you…I’m in love. Whenever I wear it I feel like I’m about to go dance the tango or visit a café in Barcelona.

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Instagram: @weartheredheadclothes

 

Interested more in corsage chokers? Check out done below!

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MANGO Flower Brooch Clasp Set ($29.99)

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Nasty Gal Rock ‘N Rose It’s a Date Corsage Choker ($7.60)

 

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ASOS River Island Skinny Neck Scarf With Rose Corsage ($18.50)

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ASOS Rock ‘N’ Rose Flower Corsage Choker ($14.50)

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ASOS Suzywan Flower Trim Choker ($23)

What I’m Loving: Neck Scarves

I studied French my whole high school career and now I’m studying it in college. I was lucky enough to travel to France last spring to witness the culture of their country. I was immediately enchanted by the street corner cafés, shops, beautiful monuments, and museums. But most of all I loved the chicness of the Parisian people. The French know a way of dressing so simple, but looking put together at the same time.  Never had I thought that a t-shirt, jeans, flats, and a scarf could look so good. I like to think that I can dress Parisian-chic by saying “I just threw this on,” but in reality I carefully planned out my outfit.

In my efforts to look Parisian-chic, I’ve been wearing neck scarves and dressing simple, but sophisticated.When I went to France, I dreamed of coming home an elegant and cultured woman just as Audrey Hepburn did in the movie Sabrina. I love how neck scarves make me feel suddenly more elegant, like there’s a little extra spice to my outfit. I think neck scarves are the new “necklace of choice”. Sure at first they can feel constricting, but after lots of time wearing them I’ve grown to love them. It’s mind-boggling how many ways you can wear them. I’ve seen people wear them on their wrists, tied to their bags, and even tied around the loop holes of their pants. I think that a neck scarf is the simplest way to make an outfit immediately become more interesting. I’ve collected a few over the years from trendy boutiques, thrift shops, and from my mother’s closet (psst, don’t tell her). I consider this accessory to be timeless because it has been worn throughout so many decades and has never really been considered “outdated.” Plus it looks good on almost every age. So for the neck few years to come, I think I’ll be channeling my inner Parisian when life needs a little class and elegance.

Interested more in neck scarves? Check out down below for ideas!

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ASOS Monki Lightweight Stripe Neck Tie ($12.03)

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Urban Outfitters Cotton Patterned Square Neck Scarf ($9.99)

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Free People Heart of Glass Lace Neck Tie ($38)

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Urban Outfitters Ecote Silky Mini Square Scarf ($14)

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J. Crew Italian Silk Square Scarf ($49.50)

Trend Alert: Mid-Heel Shoes

 

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Want the height, but not the embarrassment of almost rolling your ankle? On the hierarchy of heels the mid-heel is pretty beginner, it’s an upgrade from flats or a flat with a slight wedge. But in this case these shoes are not for practicing in, they’re for trendiness. It’s a comfort meets fashion shoe, perfect for the office or running around town.

Interested in getting a pair? Check out some ideas down below!

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Top Left: ASOS ($49), Top Right: Zara ($49.90), Bottom Left: Zara ($69.90), Bottom Mid-Left: ASOS ($58), Bottom Mid-Right: Zara ($69.90), Bottom Right: ASOS ($53)

What Happened To Being Well Dressed?

 

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What ever happened to the politeness of being well dressed? Since when did wearing sweatpants all the time turn into the norm of today’s attire? Not long ago men were wearing suits on airplanes and it was normal for a woman to don a hat everywhere. My question is why has the downfall of dress etiquette occurred? In my opinion, I like to look nice when I go out in public, it makes me feel complete plus I have a passion for putting outfits together so of course I am going to show off my skills. Actually it is scientifically proven that if you dress nicer while taking a test you will tend to do better. Isn’t that interesting, how clothes can be linked with psychology. When people start dressing nicer, they feel better. Taking care of their body becomes more important and it should be important because the human body is an amazing thing and should be well taken care of by good grooming,eating healthy, and exercise. Now don’t get me wrong I know that there is a big athletic trend going on and comfy chic is the new style. I do like the athletic trend, but there is a certain way to wear it without looking like you just woke up. It is possible to master the art of “comfy dressing” or looking good while still wearing quite comfortable clothes. For example, a gray sweatshirt with a black leather jacket over it. Or even joggers can be considered a stylish pair of sweatpants.

“Dressing well is a form of good manners” – Tom Ford

Nowadays, I find it quite refreshing to see someone who knows how to dress. Personally, I think that if men and women knew how to dress there would definitely be a lot more going for them. People underestimate the power of clothing. Queen Elizabeth I used to wear the most ostentatious dresses with intricate details to show her power and wealth. She was the only one allowed to wear such outrageous clothes and everyone else in court would have to downgrade their clothes because no one could outshine the queen. Also another reason is because back then women were not usually put in such powerful positions so she had to find other ways to make her look just as intimidating.

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated” – Oscar Wilde

It is often hard to find inspiration on a midwest college campus where the dress code is pretty much sweatpants, sneakers, and a baseball hat. For those out there who are into fashion and are going to a college that is not on the east or west coast and are lacking in inspiration, don’t worry I’m in the same boat. Don’t get me wrong, I love my school and I chose to be there, but there is nothing quite like being in “The City That Never Sleeps” or by the beaches down in California. Most of the action in the fashion industry happens on either sides of the country. I often have to keep reminding myself that I am on a college campus, of course everyone is going to dress in lounge wear. I’m in a place where most people don’t know what they’re going to do with their life yet. Everyone here is young and foolish and still finding their life purpose. But for those who choose not to follow the crowd, I applaud you and I challenge you to be the inspiration for other people and perhaps your “sparkle” will rub off on others.

I’ve Got My Eye On You

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Sunglasses are by far my favorite accessory. With all their shapes and sized it’s impossible to run out of styles. In my opinion, you can never have enough sunglasses, trust me I have a large collection and I love them all! Sunglasses can make or break your outfit so it is important to pick the right ones. Down below I have listed some of the sunglasses I have been interested in and may possibly add to my ever extending collection.

Les Specs Nero 

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These by far are the sunglasses that I have been the most interested in. What attracted them to me was that they were so oddly shaped that they were interesting. I can imagine sporting these with a leather jacket going out around the town or sporting them just coming off an airplane and pretending that I am a model dressed flawlessly head-to-toe in chic travel attire. Also I was attracted to these because I saw a picture of  Kendall Jenner wearing these super chic shades.

Find these at Lespecs.com

 

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Kendall Jenner

 

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Ray-Ban Round Flash Lenses in Copper Flash 

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These shades have been the “It” sunglasses for the past few seasons. At first, I didn’t like this style of sunglasses. I liked them on other people, but I never really liked them on myself until I bought a cheap pair of black ones to try them out. Ever since then I have been hooked to this style of sunnies. I now have them in several different colors such as Black with silver metal, Black with gold metal, blue lenses, and silver lenses. I chose the pair in the picture above because I have seen countless pictures of these on Instagram and Pinterest and I have fallen in love with them. They would be the perfect sunnies for a summer vacation or a pop of color in the winter.

Find these at Ray-Ban.com

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Clear Lens Glasses or “Fake Glasses” 

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Once again the nerdy-chic trend is back. When I first spotted these on Instagram, I thought, “why are people wearing clear lens aviators? What’s the point of fake glasses?” Well I fell into the trend-trap and I was persuaded by the fashion bloggers and Instagramers of the world into liking the trend. I have been more inspired to wear the circle lens glasses than the aviators. I have also noticed that men have been wearing this trend as well and what can I say, I like that too.

Find these at Asos.com

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Upper left @katesedlacek, Lower left @cassiemasangkay, Right @amelialiana

 

What I’ll Be Wearing This Winter

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There’s no doubt that winter is coming, no Game of Thrones pun intended. As a fellow native of Minnesota, I know what it’s like to wear an adorable outfit, but end up freezing to death. How is it possible to look good and stay warm in the winter? Not to worry! Here are some clothing items that look stylish and keep you all toasty.

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  1. ASOS Bright Faux Fur Pom Beanie ($18.50)
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2. Topshop Eastern Bomber ($140)

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3. Topshop Faux Leather Fur Biker Jacket ($130)

Sorel.com

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Oasis Animal Print Faux Fur Coat ($143)

Faux Fur Shawls at Asos.com ($32-$68)

Fashion & Lifestyle Books I Recommend

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Throughout all the years I have been reading fashion books, I have stumbled upon a few that really stuck out to me. These are the books that I connected with the most and found the most inspiring, well at least to me. These books not only talk about fashion, but they also talk about finding yourself, relationships, and working in the fashion industry. These books have inspired my everyday life and I continually read them over and over. Whenever I take a flight, I always bring something to read with me, whether it be a magazine or a book, I always bring one of these books with me because I know that I will be entertained during the duration of my flight. I often go back to certain chapters in these books because I find a connection with it and it makes me happy to re-read those sections. I often find myself smiling or even laughing when reading these books because of the humor in the book or because it reminded me of something from my past and I couldn’t help but blurt out laughing. If books can give you that sort of emotion, then you know its good because you’ve found a relation in the book.

Many of these authors are people who are influencers in my life. I look up to these people because they give me advice and I admire their style. They write about the non-sweetened truth and I admire their bravery for writing about their past in order to help others in the same circumstance. They are the men and women who shape the industry that I want to work in someday.

I recommend these books because honestly they’re great books. They’re written well and have great visuals. It makes me happy when someone has a passion so strong for something that they write about it. Their book will live on years and years after they’re gone, they are immortalized through these books.

Fall Adventures

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” – Anne of Green Gables

Fall is my favorite time of year. Whenever the trees lose their leaves it’s like they are starting over fresh and I believe fall is the season to start fresh again. Everything is full of beauty, color, and life until the winter comes and the world is silent and still in the cold air.

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When I was younger I spent many long days at my local arboretum. I have been going there since I was a little girl and I share many fond memories of taking nature walks with my mother. As I got older I appreciated the gardens more and I would stop to soak in everything, it soon became my happy place. On nice days after school I would go to the arboretum and find a nice secluded spot under a tree and do my homework, sometimes even read a book. I could be content for hours being there.

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Pumpkin patches remind me of my childhood. Happiness and fall festivities usually happened around a pumpkin patch. For some odd reason pumpkins always make me happy. Maybe it’s because of the bright orange color or how each one has their own unique shape. I love searching through the fields looking for that perfect pumpkin that would come home with me.

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I love going to my local apple orchard house to pick up fresh picked apples. Apples some how taste better when you pick them out at a local market than when you get them at the grocery store. I especially love to pick out apples to make a pie with. Whenever I think of fall, I think of the warm, spicy smell of a fresh baked apple pie sitting out on the kitchen counter.

Is All Black Chic?

“I’ll Stop Wearing Black When They Invent A Darker Color.” – Wednesday Adams

The color black has many meanings, some think that it’s depressing and mysterious while others think that it is simple and classic. Black is the color of strength, mourning, sophistication, and elegance. It can be strong, but soft at the same time. What I like about it is that it’s modern and classic all in one. I feel that an all black outfit gives a women confidence because it is such a bold choice to wear all one color and I feel that the color black has a powerful energy to it. Everyone says, “when in doubt wear red, ” but what I think, “when in doubt wear black” because it’s the easiest choice to be simple and not over done. Nothing can beat a minimalist New York city chic look when out on a coffee run.

An all black outfit says “I’m cool, edgy and laid back” or it can also say “I’m a modern 21st century girl who makes her own rules and walks the streets like a catwalk.” I have had my fair share of wearing all black outfits. I even have to tell myself not to buy anymore black clothing because my whole closet looks like I’m getting ready for a funeral, but as always I end up buying the clothing in either black, navy, grey or nude.

At times an all black outfit can be overwhelming so styling it the right way is essential. When dealing with an outfit that’s all one color, it’s better to have different textures in your outfit to in a way “break up” the separate articles of clothing or else you’ll end up looking like a black tube of fabric. If the All Black Outfit may seem a little nerve-racking to wear, then you can ease your way into the trend with a “Basic” in black like a coat, black jeans, or a large, chunky black sweater. It’s important to feel comfortable and confident in your outfits because you wear the outfit, the outfit does not were you.

Check Out Down Below For Outfit Inspiration:

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