Flashback Friday!

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For a while I have been on the search for a new foundation to help out my skin because the ones I have been using have been very heavy. So a few weeks ago I went to Ulta to see what they had and ask for recommendations. The employees were so nice to me and gave a mini facial to help cleanse my skin. They tried multiple foundations on my skin and cleansed it between each one. When I was stuck between two of them they put one on either side of my face so I could compare. After I chose one they evened out my skin with the foundation I chose and finished it with some powder. My skin felt so nice afterwards and I was so excited because I love my new foundation! If you’re on a hunt I recommend stopping by Ulta because I loved the customer service and I am so happy with my find!

My new foundation is Benefit’s hello flawless foundation. It is so nice and airy on my skin and I only need to use a very small amount to completely cover my skin. I highly recommend this foundation!

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Favorite Look this Week + 3 More Shoe Options!

This is my favorite look this week! It’s not hyper glam (my usual fave), but it’s casual-chic, comfortable and super easy to put together! Even if you don’t have these exact items and brands in your closet, you can get this look too… long-sleeved shirt + vest + skinny jeans + boots + statement earring = BOOM! You’re rockin’!

DETAILS: White shirt is Mossimo from Target // Vest is OLD NAVY (current, click link) // Jeans are (maternity jeans, but they sell the exact same style in non-maternity wear) // Boots are FRYE (current, click link) ***commentary below***// Earrings are KENDRA SCOTT (current, click link) // Leather Wrap Bracelet is MRS. HIPP DESIGNS (current, click link). 20140416-104048.jpg

The boots, Melissa Boot by Frye, are in the cognac color, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this riding boot. Incredible! First time I saw them were on Jennifer Aniston! I thought “OMG THOSE BOOTS!!!! MUST HAVE!” For the longest time I couldn’t justify the price…I waited and waited for a flash sale, and when the time came I pounced on them! (Trust me, they were still expensive.) However, in having 1 PERFECT pair of riding boots in a classic color, I’ve avoided the pitfalls of buying tons of wannabe boots that don’t last as long, and aren’t as high of quality. These have lasted me for years, and I can probably get over a decade’s use out of them. Doesn’t seem too expensive when you look at it that way, right?! Believe it or not, this is part of being a BUDGETISTA!!! (That’s one of the things I call myself…a fashionista on a budget.) I mix a lot of my outfits with hi-end, low-end, like this one. An $8.00 shirt from Target, plus high end boots.

MY BIGGEST TIP FOR BIG-BUDGET ITEMS: SPEND ON THE LONG-TERM CLASSICS, NOT ON THE TRENDS!!!!!!!!! If there’s something trendy (even if it’s a 5-year trend, to me that’s NOT LONG-TERM!!!) don’t spend the crazy $$ on it! You’ll regret it later on when you realize people stopped wearing palazzo pants, and you’re stuck with your overpriced leg parachutes. That’s why I got these boots – riding boots are timeless…from the 1800’s til now, and in the future, they will always be around! Trends: go lower end. You’ll feel proud of yourself for having self-control in the spending department too!

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Alternate Shoe Ideas

1. Motorcycle Brewzzer Boot by STEVE MADDEN (these are going fast, on clearance everywhere…I love mine)

2. (MY PERSONAL FAVORITE ALTERNATE OPTION) Cognac Angellica Lace Up Booties by NINE WEST

3. Chestnut Suede Desert Wedge Booties by TOMS

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it for you! Would love to see the ideas you come up with out of your own closet, as inspired by this look! Tag me on Instagram! Have an incredible week, and remember that your SMILE is always your best accessory!

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Throwback Thursday!

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Throwing it back to my mini shopping spree at Forever 21 when they were having a flash sale. I got all of these three necklaces 30% off so all three cost me a grand total of $16.00! Now I think that’s such a steal! I took advantage of this sale and got some smaller, a little more simple necklaces than the statement ones that I have been collecting. Remember to keep a variety in your collection of accessories so you don’t find yourself with a bunch of the same style when wanting to change it up. Keep a look out for flash sales like this one on websites or sign up for emails from your favorite stores so that you don’t miss out!

Pics of the Week!

Hello my fabuLASH Glamazons! If you don’t follow us on Instagram (which you should!), here are some of my favorite pics and posts you missed this week.

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LASHES! I started off with this selfie, showing the Ardell 109 lashes. I love these! They are the exact length of my own natural lashes, so they add the perfect fullness I need when I know I will be taking a lot of photos. Make sure to try the awesome lash applying tip I shared in this post! Crystal hoop earrings are by Tasha.

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MEETING THE ONE AND ONLY COACH GLITTER!!! I got to meet Tiffany Lee Bymaster this week, and she is LITERALLY as amazing as you would think she is from all her social media sites and blogging. She made my whole week! We met up at my fave nail spot, Zen Nails in OC, and talked about everything under the sun for a couple hours. Felt like I’ve known her forever. She taught me a lot about social media, blogging and branding. She’s INCREDIBLE! Like her FB page at Coach Glitter, and follow her on Instagram @coachglitter. You’ll be amazed by her great make up, workout and fashion tips! (The collage pic above is from her personal Instagram, the nail design is hers…looks awesome!)

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I loved this chic pregnant outfit I saw on Pinterest. Something about the leather, the hat and the scarf got me. It inspired this look! I don’t go for an exact match when I’m looking at photos for inspiration- I pick the textures and pieces that I love, and go from there. Hat is from Shop Primadonna (THEY HAVE THE BEST ACCESSORIES FOR SO INEXPENSIVE). I get asked about this jacket all the time…People are shocked when I tell them it’s Forever 21! The quilted leather shoulder accents and zipper details make this jacket look really expensive. Jeans are AG, and shoes of course are Aldo.

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This spring blazer + wedges look was 100% inspired by this Kristin Cavallari pic! She’s sporting her bump, a colorful blazer, jeans and wedges…I don’t look cute in mustard, so I went with a blush pink blazer that I already had in my closet. It’s also from Forever 21, and shoes are Steve Madden. Skylar earrings in slate from Kendra Scott. I LOVED this look. Felt feminine, pretty and bumpalicious!

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MY NEW, FAVORITE EVERRRRRR FOUNDATION!!!!!!! This Bobbi Brown long wear even finish foundation is so amaze that I actually took a pic with NO other make up on just to show you the texture and how naturally it goes on. No filter and no edit on this pic. I have no mascara, no concealer, NOTHING besides moisturizer and foundation. Love love love.

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This was my outfit on Saturday for a friend’s baby shower! Entire ensemble is Forever 21, and jewelry is Kendra Scott (of course!). The hairstyle was inspired by a recent Maria Menounos look she sported on TV. I had a BLAST that day, and felt perfectly spring-like in this dress. I tied the vest up to accentuate my growing bump, which is my favorite accessory, and fills my heart with love and joy!

Hope you enjoyed my fave pics from this week! It was a fun one!

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