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Black and White Outfit

Last weekend, I went from dressed up to dressed down for a Sunday baseball game with my in-laws. My husband and his whole family are big Yankee fans, so it’s inevitable that I find myself at Yankee Stadium at least a few times a season. I grew up in Boston, so to say I’m not a Yankee fan is an understatement. But, I do love the sport, and people-watching at games is always a ton of fun. (P.S. Get the garlic fries)

It turned out that I accidentally wore the colors of the opposing team (oops!), but I was really just going for a casual look for a summer day. Can’t get enough of these scalloped shorts. They were clearly one of my best purchases of the season! (worn here and here). What was your best summer purchase?

What to wear to a baseball game

Tee + Shorts

Black & White Outfit

Casual summer style

Tee: Urban Outfitters, Shorts: LOFT (similar), Sneakers: Keds (this year’s version)
Sunglasses: LOFT (similar), Earrings: old (love these), Necklace: J.Crew Factory (similar)

Makeup 101 with Marcelle

Last week, I got to take part in a special blogger breakfast at Birchbox’s new Soho store. Birchbox is a brand that treats bloggers well, and there are a ton of amazing opportunities that are offered to members of the #Birchbloggers network. This was the first one I was chosen for in a while, and I was super excited to learn all about (new-to-me brand) Marcelle Cosmetics.

Birchbox Soho

Marcelle is based in Quebec, but they were founded in Chicago in 1874. All of their products are hypo-allergenic and perfume free, and they pride themselves on being a pioneer in the cosmetics industry. Marcelle’s BB cream is one of the bestsellers in the Birchbox store, and they have a great selection of affordable, innovative products (perfect example: a retractable eyeliner with a built-in sharpener and smudging sponge).

Marcelle x Birchbox

Makeup artist, Catherine Laniel, put some of these products to work and created a gorgeous daytime look on Birchbox staffer, Christine. As Catherine worked, she offered makeup application tips and answered questions. A few highlights:

  • When applying concealer with a rollerball applicator, roll out from the inner corner of the eye first, and then again from halfway under the eye. This puts pressure on different sections of your under-eye area, and lets the rollerball do its work.
  • Use 30-40% more eyeliner than you think you’ll want. This will allow you to blend without losing too much product.
  • Apply powder under your eyes after eyeliner to prevent unwanted smudging/running. Use a brush with light pressure and press in the powder on top of liner. Loose powder is preferable, but pressed works too.

After our makeup lesson, we got to play mixologist at the lip gloss bar. It was so fun to choose our own colors, finishes and special effects…and see what the finish product looked like, right on the spot!  The gloss is semi-sheer and adds the perfect lightweight tint to lips!

Marcelle x Birchbox

Marcelle Cosmetics

Marcelle x Birchbox

I can’t wait to wear my custom colors! Thanks to Birchbox and Marcelle for a fabulous morning!

Princess Dress

Blush Dress

Over the weekend, I had a little early birthday party at a bar on the Lower East Side. So many people go away at the end of the summer that it’s hard to get people together, but it was still a lot of fun. I was so excited to find this dress at H&M (yes, really!). It’s like a grownup version of the pretty princess dresses I wore as I kid (perfect for twirling), and I love the cut of the neckline. Read More →

Friday Favorites: Maxis

There’s something about the maxi length that adds a romantic vibe to any outfit. Whether you’re wearing a patterned skirt with a coordinating top, or a long, flowing dress, you’re bound to feel beautiful. Regardless of your shape, make sure your waist is defined. You don’t want to look like you’re wearing a big sack, so look for a change in color or a thicker waistband on dresses, and tuck in your blouse with a skirt. Petites: don’t be afraid to visit a tailor to shorten the hem, and check out the Junior’s and Petites departments for shorter options. See how these ladies wore their maxis for inspiration!

maxis

Inspo via District of Chic, Bows & Sequins, Living After Midnite, Pretty Sweet Life

Accidental Match

All Black Outfit

On Saturday night, I put on the outfit that I planned to wear to a housewarming party…and I just wasn’t feeling it. It was a cool summer night, so I decided that I wanted to wear something with sleeves. I tried on this tunic, but I just couldn’t bring myself to wear pants, so I opted for my favorite pair of dressy shorts instead. Later that night, someone asked if they were a set, so I guess it worked! All black doesn’t have to be drab or depressing. Either add pops of color or pattern, or go for pieces that have a little texture. A bold necklace never hurts either! Read More →

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