Roses

Roses

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This absolutely stunning dress by Anna Cate Collection is not just a garment, but a work of art. Anna Cate, a successful artist, hand-painted the pattern on this dress and made her art into the perfect dress for a summer wedding, Easter brunch, or dinner on the terrace at the club. I am completely smitten!

STYLE TIP: Let the dress do the talking. I didn’t add any accessories (other than sunglasses for outside) and paired it with a simple, muted-gold, heeled summer sandal.

Good news: right now Anna Cate Collection is having a 40% off summer sale, so scoop up some fabulous pieces for a great price and check out her new fall collection!

BROUGHT TO YOU BY: ANNA CATE COLLECTION

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Poms Wonderful

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It was a windy day in Kansas City (excuse the hair), and we had some fun with the Flamingo statues from Dutch Flowers, and this awesome pom pom dress that is $20! (A note on the flamingos: I’m considering getting a couple for my garden to scare off all of the squirrels and bunnies)! But, back to this TWENTY DOLLAR pom pom dress…I am head over heels for this dress. It is such a comfortable dress, and the little pom pom details make it so sweet for summer as an easy coverup or an even easier outfit for a quick lunch! Obsessed.

{Dress: c/o Romwe, Clutch: Mudpie, Earrings: c/o Brynn Hudson, Shoes: Steve Madden. Lipstick: bareMinerals, Sunnies: Halston}

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bareMinerals x Beauty Brands Event

The Event:

This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the launch of bareMinerals makeup line hitting the shelves at one-stop beauty destination, Beauty Brands! Upon arrival, my friend Nicole and I enjoyed a wonderful breakfast bar and I was custom color matched by a makeup specialist. (Thank goodness I was, because the tinted moisturizer that I had been using was not the right color for my skin!)

The Makeover:

First she started out with bareMinerals Prime Time BB Primer Cream in Light, which smoothed out my skin and prepared it for additional makeup. (For quick jaunts the the grocery store or for au natural day makeup, I could easily wear this alone)! After she custom color matched me, she decided on bareMinerals Original Foundation in Ivory 06 she used that to even out any imperfections on my skin and even used it as a brightener under my eyes! After we were done with that, we moved on to eyes (the fun part!) She used the bareMineral Eye Primer on top of my lids to prepare for eyeshadow, and we were both impressed with how the shadow never creased on top of the primer. She finished off my look with the bareMineral Ready Eyeshadow Palette in The Posh Neutrals. #myBBlook

The Takeaway:

It was so fun getting a mini makeover, enjoying the company of other Kansas City Bloggers, and exploring all of the fun new products that bareMinerals & Beauty Brands have to offer! You should go to a Beauty Brand close to you or go online and check out all of the new bareMinerals makeup. Be sure to hashtag #myBBlook on your social media pages! (PS-did I mention there was a selfie wall? PPS-Now through June 16, 2017 receive a free 21-piece gift with any qualifying $35 purchase!)

{Coat: H&M (old, similar here), Dress: French Connection (old, but love this one), Earrings: c/o Brynn Hudson, Shoes: Vince Camuto}

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POST BROUGHT TO YOU BY: BEAUTY BRANDS

 

Holiday Red

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Typically I wear pretty conservative lips colors, so when I got the chance to work with BA Star, I was excited (and a bit nervous) about the bright red Holiday Red lip pencil they would be sending me. After putting it on, I was instantly intrigued with how lovely it was. It was very bright, but it glided on with ease, lasted all day long, and was surprisingly moisturizing. BA Star has a lot of cosmetic products that are meant for cheerleaders and dance teams, but don’t let yourself shy away from some amazing (and very economically priced) makeup. I will be putting on my Holiday Red as the season rolls around and will be jingling all the way!

PS-If you want to get your own Holiday Red lip color pencil, BA Star is offering 50% off to all my readers using the code: BBLIPS

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 {Jacket: Burberry, Shirts: JCrew, Skirt: Topshop via Nordstrom, Shoes: Joan & David, (gifted) Purse: Louis Vuitton, Sunnies: Chanel, Jewelry: Dogeared, Nordstrom, Cartier, David Yurman, Christ Church, Nails: Essie For the Twill of It, Lips c/o: BA Star Holiday Red}

This post was sponsored by BA Star, but all opinions and photos are my own.

Golden Hour

A little bit ago, I was contacted by LendPerk, a new e-boutique, to try out their services and give my feedback. LendPerk is explained at the “Netflix for Dresses”, where you can rent dresses that you would otherwise purchase at Anthropologie, Asos, Modcloth, and other stores. I was intrigued by the proposal, and went on to look at the choices. I finally decided on this Goldleaf Cocktail Dress by Project Alabama. I’m pretty much a sucker for anything gold-so it was the obvious choice. When I received the package with the dress in it, there was another return envelope that was prepaid and ready to be mail after I was done with the dress. (Bonus-you can keep it up to a week, which means you don’t have to race to the post office and mail it back the second after you wear it). I loved the convenience factor!

The only “cons” of LendPerk were the inventory of dresses and the lack of descriptive categories. While the selection is currently pretty limited, and the categories are just “party” and “casual”-leaving much to be desired, I believe with a few more month of brand awareness outreach and popularity increase, LendPerk will find itself a steady stream of customers and a loyal client list!  

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{Dress: c/o LendPerk, Tights: Hue, Jacket: George Simonton (old, similar here), Jewelry: Cartier, giftedKate Spade}

(While this post was sponsored, all opinions and feedback are entirely my own.)

Problem: Frizzy Hair

I received this question on my blog a couple months ago, and I found it hilarious because, as a girl who doesn’t blow dry my hair when I’m not going somewhere (re: hot bohemian tangled mess), I understand the struggles of the ultimate frizzy hair blowout when I do. I frequent Parlor KC a lot because they always seem to be able to tame my mane into something presentable, but when I just don’t have the time, I use one of three products that seemed to have taken the frustration out of the frizz.

The question:

Q: When I blow-dry my hair it ends up looking frizzy. What is a tip or product you use to avoid this? You hair always looks so good in photos. I use a normal hair dryer and a light serum that I use when my hair is damp.

The Answer:

A: The best blow-dry in my opinion involves little or no blow dryer. First go in with a frizz-defending serum like John Frieda Frizz-Ease. Then let you hair air-dry almost all the way. (If you’re in a hurry (who isn’t these days?, use a blow dryer, but don’t worry so much about styling. Just get it almost-dry.) Then use either a flat iron, a large-barrel curling iron or both. The iron (or irons) will give you the blow-dry polish you’re looking for without the extra frizz, not to mention all the elbow grease a good blow-dry takes.

My cheat sheet:

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Baby’s Got It

So in the interest of being completely transparent, I use baby products…a lot. Some of my favorite beauty products are meant for babies.

1. California Baby Shampoo and Body Wash: I use this as a body wash–It smells fantastic, it cleans while locking in moisturizer (because baby’s skin loses moisture twice as fast as adults), and it’s an all-natural product that kills germs with tea tree and lemon oils–free of allergens like nut oils and gluten.

2. Burt’s Baby Shampoo and Body Wash: I use this to clean my hair–I like the smell quite a bit, but what is really great about this all-natural baby shampoo is that is repairs my color-treated hair. My colorist tells me all the time that my hair looks so healthy and asks me what I’m using.

3. Burt’s Baby Diaper Ointment: What do I not use this on? It works great on razor burn, ingrown hairs, pimples (leave it on overnight), gets rid of puffiness under my eyes when I don’t get the adequate amount of sleep (see number 7), works on wrinkles, chapped lips, you can use it to prevent clammy hands or underarm sweating–and seriously, you can put this on small holes or gashes in your wall (just like Spackle) and then paint over it. So many uses. I’m probably going to pass samples of this out for Halloween this year!

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4. Johnson’s Baby Shampoo: I use this to clean the pores in my eyelids and to clean my eye makeup off. It keeps the guck out of my eyelid pores, is tear free so it doesn’t sting, and gently removes my eye makeup in a flash.

5. Johnson’s Baby Lotion: The pink bottle. I just love it. I typically slather this all over my skin before drying off the little beads of water after a shower. I kind of just mix the two together for added moisture and my skin has never felt softer.

6. California Baby Lotion: When I want a light fragrance, typically early in the morning for a nice pick-me-up, I reach for this wonderful, all-natural baby lotion to moisturize my skin. It’s not sticky and leaves your skin feeling wonderful.

7. Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Lotion: I love to use this at night. I have sort of a nocturnal problem. Between a lot of ideas bouncing around in my brain, and a ton of shows on Netflix to watch–I’m always awake unless I spray a nighttime blend on my pillow and use this Baby Bedtime Lotion. Plus the scent, I can’t get enough of it!