A Little Bit of Everything

I always get asked to define my sense of style, and I can’t just put one label on it because, well, I love a little bit of everything. I love to follow trends but also try to lay the stones for my own path of fashion. For the New Year I had quite a few resolutions to stick to, but two were to test my styling capabilities and take fearless fashionable risks like my fashion idol Carrie Bradshaw. So here it is, my first outfit of 2016 that truly embraces my personal style. 

Wearing- Coat-Forever21 | Blouse-Gap | Jeans-H&M | Boots-H&M | Scarf-Craft Warehouse | Bag-Ms.Littles Bag | Belt-Thrifted

Here I’ve got a little bit of everything going on! I’m wearing my favorite pair of faded worn in high waisted skinny jeans. I’ve paired these with a classic white blouse as well as a structured and minimalist long camel coat. To add some western flare, I accessorized the otherwise plain look with a black and white bandana tied around my neck, as well as  large black leather buckle belt. I chose to carry a leather oversized clutch to fit all of my winter essentials. I wore my classic black ankle booties 1. because they’re the shoes I use to walk on the snowy icy streets and 2. they go with literally everything!

This outfit embodies al of my alternate fashion personas. The minimalist, the Podunk Princess, the vintage vixen, they’re all here in one awesome outfit that’ll get a lot of re-wears in 2016!

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New Years Giveaway!

This week to celebrate the New Year, we are giving away some incredible swag from NW Jewelry Designer Pryme. Each of these statement designer pieces is handcrafted from bone or antler. To enter to win simply follow @p_r_y_m_e and @ouiidistrict on Instagram and tag three friends you think should also enter in the comments of the giveaway post . I will be selecting 3 winners, good luck and Happy New Year!

PRYME comboBe the best and most beautiful you this year !!

XOXO-Emily 

2016 Trend Preview

For 2016, I’m all about matte lips with glossy eyes. I have also been falling head over heels with the gold shadows coming out recently and the plum, purple lipstick and lip gloss shades.

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First, my top 5 gold shadows in 2016.

I love the deep gold color in Sephora brands N° 3 Girls Night Out Dark Gold Shimmer, the super gorgeous foil gold color in Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Metallic Gilded Gold, the subtle shimmer in Kat Von D’s Metal Crush Eye Shadow in Thrasher Metallic Gold, the versatility in Nars Dual Intensity Eye Shadow in Pasiphae (a shade that can be used wet or dry and is a range of colors depending how you apply it), and lastly the super shimmer shadow that is L’oreal Paris Infallible Eye Shadow in Eternal Sunshine. As much as I love glossy eyes, it’s not always realistic for every day wear. I say definitely try it though. The best way to test it out is by putting a clear unscented gloss on a shadow free eye.

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Next, the perfect purple pout.

IMG_7745aaMy new favorite is Nars Steven Klein Collaboration Killer Shine Lip Gloss in Provoke. The nice part about gloss is it can be worn sheer or bold. Other favorites of mine: Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil in Lavendar Violet, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Como Bright Violet, Revlon Super Lustrous Pearl Lipstick and Violet Frenzy, and last but not least NYX Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Aria. I love the look of matte lips with a shimmery eye. If you want to make a glossy lip stick super matte it’s easy, just take a translucent powder on a small powder brush and press in into the lip color. Or if you want to deepen the color use a colored shadow.

Gorgeous model Piper showcases this new favorite look of mine. Lensed by photographer Lane Oliveri

 

In the New Year take some risks, be bold, and enjoy some new makeup. After all, life’s too short to leave the house without it!

Until Next Week,

Stay Beautiful

Bring on the New Year

It’s that day again, the start of the new year! A little bit scary, but mostly exciting. Another year has flown by and we’re all thinking about the possibilities of 2016, but let’s be honest, on the first day of 2016 you’re going to want to remember the last night of 2015 and reminisce about how smoking you looked for NYE.

Whether you’re going all out glam or like to play it cool on New Years, here are mine and my my besties best takes on the two styles.  

CLASSY:

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Us girls like to stick to the three main staples of an awesome NYE outfit: glitter, gold, and sequins. It seems we all had the same mini dress mentality when it came to finding the perfect classic New Years look. I (left) am wearing a gold lamé midi skirt worn as a dress and belted. I paired it with tons of bangles and did a curly hairstyle for some seventies vibes. Courtney (middle) is wearing a bodycon sequin dress. She definitely has the elegant look down, but her pop of pink in her glittery hair adds an element of fun. If you can rock pink glitter roots for New Years, then 2016 is going to be amazing! Allie (right) is also wearing a bodycon dress with cute cut outs. Sexy? I think yes! The dress is also sequined, so although it is a neutral white, the sequins make it super festive.

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COOL:  

What’s cooler than being cool? …nothing ! I absolutely love these looks. They are festive and definitely suit the more alternative fashionista. Courtney (Left below) is wearing a sequin embroidered gypsy inspired mini skirt with a long sleeve tight shirt. It’s a leap from the classic NYE mini dress and I adore it. I (Right below) am wearing a vintage nineties inspired look. My favorite color is pink, so what better shade to wear to ring in the new year. A mini skirt paired with a crop top and a pink fur jacket is a fun look that, although may not be your first choice for NYE, is probably in your closet right now! Allie (Center below) goes all out rocker chic for New Years. Just because you’re going to a party, doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice comfort, am I right? Allie opted for comfy knits and boots, but her leather jacket makes this look oh so chic.     

-Shades courtesy of Yours Truly-

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Have a safe and happy New Year !

XOXO – Emily 

Coffee Coffee Coffee

Heading into New Year I thought, “I sure do drink a lot of coffee, especially when I am on set.” Weather it’s good for me, bad for me, or just right, I truly don’t know. I decided to take a couple weeks off and see how I felt.

First some pros and cons from my basic research. It seems as though people agree across the board that coffee helps enhance physical and mental performance. In several studies there was an average improvement of 15%.

I know having a cup of coffee before my workouts, as long as I always drink water with it too, has helped my performance at the gym. Other potential pros listed below:

  • IMG_8312Coffee helps burn fat – Coffee helps break down fat cells and then the body can use those cells as fuel.
  • Coffee reduces risk of cancers – One study I read showed coffee decreasing the risk of prostate cancer by 20%, and endometrial cancer in women by 25%.
  • Coffee reduces the risk of a stroke – Drinking reasonable amounts of coffee a day (2-4cups) can aid in stroke prevention.
  • Coffee protects your body from free radicals – Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants. It’s a plant, and just like many other plants we eat, it aids in protecting our bodies from the harmful free radicals it comes in contact with every day.
  • Coffee may lower risk of type 2 diabetes – Caffeine reduces your insulin sensitivities and impairs glucose tolerance, therefore reducing risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • In general, coffee drinkers tend to be happier than non coffee drinkers, due to the fact that caffeine is known to brighten your mood.

Now a few of the cons:

  • Coffee is known to increase your risk of osteoporosis – This is when drinking a latte or milk coffee drink becomes beneficial. Coffee can cause the body to excrete calcium. According to the diet channel, about 5 milligrams of calcium is lost with every 6 ounces of coffee.
  • Coffee can cause wrinkles – This is a no brainer. If you aren’t drinking enough water to reverse the dehydrating effects of the coffee, your skin will become dehydrated therefore bringing out wrinkles. The best thing you can do for your skin is drink lots and lots of water.
  • Conventional coffee is laden with pesticides – This one I found a little disturbing. Apparently coffee plants are one of the most heavily sprayed plants. They’re coated with chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides nothing you would want to be ingesting. This means you are better off drinking organic coffee.
  • Increased cholesterol levels – Heavy consumption of coffee elevates blood total and LDL cholesterol levels.

What I found during my 2 weeks without caffeine:

I had withdrawals, I had really awful headaches and thought about it more than I’d like to admit during the first week. However, I drank more water and did feel overall more hydrated. I don’t feel the effects of caffeine much. I think I drink it out of routine, I like the flavor, and I want it to cure my sleepiness. In truth, though, it never really stops my yawning. During the 2 weeks I definitely saved money. As easy as it is to make coffee at home, being a new mom means running late, stopping at a coffee shop, and spending around $5 on my drink. At the end of my 2 weeks, I realized I need to drink a glass of water before my coffee, then after my coffee, and stick to just one cup. That is what works best for me. I do love the stuff and I was so ready to start drinking it again. I love having a cup before the gym, that is when I really feel the benefits of it.

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DIY: Coffee – Beauty Recipes:

Can coffee scrubs get rid of cellulite? No, but this DIY coffee scrub can seriously reduce the appearance of it. Cellulites #1 topical enemy is caffeine, due to the fact that it tightens and provides antioxidants for the skin. This type of scrub works best if it is done daily, and massaged onto the skin. I like using a dry brush, it massages better than I can, which really gets my lymph and blood moving. 

Ingredients

– 1 cup of coffee grounds

– 6 tablespoons of coconut oil

– 3 tablespoon of sea salt or sugar in the raw

– Empty Jar

Once you have all your ingredients together, mix them in a bowl, make sure you melt the coconut oil prior to adding it to the sea salt and coffee. Once you have all the ingredients mixed thoroughly add them to your jar and place the jar in the shower. When you are ready to use it give your trouble areas a good massage using secular motions. Another fun note, if you want a brightening face scrub you can use the same ingredients from above minus the sea salt or sugar in the raw. 

Another coffee face mask I love below. 

Ingredients

– 4 tablespoons of bentonite clay (link to my favorite here   )

– 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds

– 2 to 5 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (can be substituted for water)

To make your coffee mud mask first mix the clay and coffee grounds in a small bowl. When they are thoroughly combined add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the apple cider vinegar. If your mixture seems to thick add more apple cider vinegar until it thins out. Once your mask is ready smear it over your face in circular motion, let it sit 5/10 minutes or until the mask has hardened, then rinse off and apply your daily moisturizer. 

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The benefits of coffee do seem to out way any negatives for me. However, in the new year I will be using more externally rather than internally. My recipe for success in the new year is drinking 1 cup a day, cellulite scrub every day, mud mask once a week. 

Until Next Week,

Stay Beautiful and

Happy New Year

 

Merry Ouiimas

Today’s the day! Merry Christmas everyone!! Christmas truly is the most fun, happy, and lighthearted time of the year. Spending time with family and friends, baking cookies, and cuddling up to your favorite Holliday movies! Mmm, it doesn’t get much better than that! In my family we have the tradition of opening a new pair of pajamas on Christmas Eve. It’s my favorite thing to do! I’m quite a homebody so I mostly live in my pajamas anyways, so I thought I’d show you a few festive and comfortable outfit ideas. 

Wearing: Long Sleeve-Serengetee | Shorts-Forever21 | Raglan Dress-Forever21 | Beanie-Free People 

I feel like the general public seriously underestimates the power of a cute pair of pajamas. Personally, when I put on something that looks cute but all I do is lay around and dilly dally, I really fell like I have my life together. It’s like when your underwear and bra match, nobody is going to see them, but you feel awesome about it! I like to sit down with a steaming cup of hot cocoa and put on my Christmas Pajamas when I wrap presents and watch movies. Comfort is key, so I like to opt for loose fitting and soft items. Here, I’m wearing a long sleeve with a flannel pocket with a pair of not matching, but also plaid, shorties (santa hat added for extra holiday cheer). I’m also wearing a raglan shirt that I purchased in a size XL so it fits like a nightie. I paired this with a plaid fuzzy pom pom beanie just to keep me extra warm, AND, of course, cozy socks with everything!

 

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Merry Ouiimas 

Have fun and spread Christmas Cheer !

XOXO-Emily 

To Oil or Not to Oil

Facial Oils, Oils in your kitchen, Oils in your skincare, and makeup. For a long time, oil free was a huge craze. Some still believe that having oily skin means your need to go oil free. I am here to dare you to try something different.

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I have seriously oily skin, we are talking 2 hours and I need to blot. On top of that, it can be dry and flaky, and when it is dry and flaky it manages to be oilier. It is a constant struggle and I don’t believe there is a cure, but I do think there are some misconceptions about facial oils and I am here to tell you what I have found.

First let’s talk about the benefits.

Free radical protection – Botanical oils, including argan, passion fruit, african marula oils are all potent antioxidants. In the morning, massage a couple drops on clean skin and on top of  your normal skin care. This will help protect your skin from all the harmful stuff you come in contact with during the day. Don’t you hate it when you walk through someone else’s cloud of cigarette smoke? Thanks buddy you just aged my skin a day.

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Improved skin tolerance – This is something I have found incredibly helpful. My skin is very sensitive and applying oils help my skin handle the mass amount of products I bombard it with gracefully. Oils prevent irritation from anti-aging ingredients, argan, yangu, and borage-seed oils all prevent inflammation. Smooth one on after your nightly anti-aging regimen. I used to apply it first, just like I did in the morning but applying it after as a moisturizer made a huge difference.

Plumping skin – In your late 30’s wrinkles suddenly look deeper because the skins natural oils decrease, the moisture barrier breaks down, and the skin dries out. Most creams contain a little oil, but most could use a boost. There simply isn’t enough oil to replenish the skins water loss. Because oils are lipophilic, also known as fat loving, they pass through the lipid layer of the skin faster and more effectively. This prevents water loss, and plumps skin with moisture effectively. Olive and coconut oils are great moisturizers.

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Better absorption – Applying a facial oil before your skincare is like applying tiny trojan horses, tricking the skin to allow retinol, vitamins, and glycolic acid deeper into the skin and closer to the collagen. This produces fibroblasts, all without irritating the surface of your skin.

IMG_7994If you have dry skin, adding a facial oil to your regimen is a no-brainer. Seriously, stop reading and go get one. When it comes to oil they are all high quality, as long as they are non-fragrant or synthetic you are good to go. I buy mine from whole foods, but I also love Josie Maran’s. Her entire line, including her oil based eye shadow, is lovely, but that is another post.

If you have combination or even oily skin, using an oil can be a bit scarier. I find that when I balance the oils in my skin by applying a facial oil that boosts my skincare, I am significantly less oily.

There is something just wonderful that happens when you give your skin the gift of facial oil. Yes, it can be a trial and error process of finding the right one. Argan oil is a great way to start. I love tea tree oil for my break outs, and to switch things up from time to time I add in Weledas Almond Oil.

For the body I love coconut oil. I used it while I was pregnant and never got a single stretch mark. It also absorbed into my skin more than I anticipated it would, and I felt it helped my perfume stick with me through the day.

Bottom line- why spend tons of money on skincare if it is only going to sit on top of your skin? Why try to fix something once it’s broken when you could prevent it by simply replenishing what your skin is missing? Give your largest organ the gift of facial oil, you wont regret it.

Until Next Week,

Stay Beautiful

Jewel Tone Nails for the Perfect at Home Manicure

I do not know where this Holiday season has gone, but it is in full swing with a list of Holiday parties, gift shopping, gift giving, baking, eating, drinking, and celebrating this wonderful time of year. You have the dress, the makeup look, but what about your nails? No look is complete without the perfect manicure. 

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My go-to holiday nail shades are jewel tones. In this post I picked a few of my favorites.  Before I get to that, though, lets go over step by step my perfect at-home manicure. Bonus, it’s free, leaving extra money in your wallet for all the other activities happening this month. 

First, it seems like a no brainer, but remove any current polish. I would be lying if I said I hadn’t painted over an old shade a time or 2. My favorite nail polish remover is Butter London Powder Room Nail Polish Remover. Whatever you already have on will come right off. Make sure to wash your hands afterward.

IMG_2328Second, clip, file, and buff your nails. In that order, clip if needed, then file to your desired shape, and lightly buff the top and sides of your nails to create an even surface. 

Third, push back your cuticles. First soften your cuticles with a oil or lotion, then gently push them back with a cuticle stick. Your cuticles protect your nails from bacteria and keeps them soft, so do your best to avoid cutting them. 

Fourth, exfoliate your hands. Use an exfoliating scrub on your hands, wrists, forearms, and a nail brush to get under your nails. make sure to thoroughly wash and dry your hands. 

Fifth, moisturize now to avoid smudging later. Give yourself a little hand massage with you moisturize. Just because you aren’t at a salon doesn’t mean you can’t take a minute to relax. Then use nail polish remover to remove lotion from each nail. 

Sixth, apply nail polish base coat to hydrate and protect nails, as well as prevent chipping. Nail guru’s recommend waiting 2 minutes between each coat for your longest lasting manicure. 

IMG_2606Seventh, the fun part, apply the color!! For shades in this post, I picked  3 of my favorite Jewel Toned Polishes. Butter London British Racing Green, OPI Yoga-Ta Get This Blue, and Essie Sexy Divide. The key to the perfect first coat is making sure you cover the whole nail, that way the second coat is a breeze.

Eighth, After two minutes of drying, apply the second coat. Some colors do require a third coat, but not the shades I listed above. 

Ninth, add top coat, both to prevent chipping and add that salon finish shine. My favorite top coat is made by Seche Vite.

Tenth, the grand finale, clean up any rough edges by wrapping a piece of cotton soaked in nail polish remover around your cuticle stick and carefully cleaning up polish around the edges. Then let your nails dry for five minutes and, voila, the perfect at home manicure!! 

If you’re like me you’re always in a hurry. Sometimes, especially during the holidays, you just need to slow down and take some time for yourself. I am going to light my Christmas tree candle, turn on Frank Sinatra Holiday on Pandora, and get to nail prepping. 

Until Next Week,

Stay Beautiful

Four Winter Must Haves

Ahh yes winter, the time when getting dressed seems to be a daily struggle between choosing to wear your parka or your puffy coat. Personally, I like to have a lot of options to choose from when getting dressed in the winter so I tend to stock up on my favorite four key pieces for winter: flannels, coats, jeans, and boots. IMG_9465

Wearing: Coat-Forever 21 | Jeans-H&M | Flannel-Abercrombie | Belt-Forever 21 | Shoes-Kenneth Cole 

IMG_9570 1. The Perfect Flannel: If you’re a loyal reader you probably know by now that I’m from the Pacific Northwest, and YES it is true, we do love our flannels here! But, honesty, they are the best! This is my favorite one that I own from Abercrombie (who by the way have definitely been picking up their style game). I love this one especially during the holidays because it adds some subtle Christmas pizazz . Its easy to throw on anytime and is the ultimate effortlessly cool item. 

2. A Warm Snuggly Coat: You most likely own a bunch of these for winter, unless you’re from California then you probably don’t. But I know I do and here’s why: it makes me sad to wear the same coat everyday because I feel like serial outfit repeater ! Many stores have awesome sales on coats during the beginning of summer and right about now.  This coat I’m wearing is from Forever 21. It is faux suede with a warm sherpa inside and it keeps me nice and toasty!

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3. Everyday Jeans: These babies are my new favorites. I bought them from H&M recently for quite a bargain! I love the distressed jean look, however, all those holes don’t keep your legs warm in the winter. Luckily, these ones are patched behind the rips so that way you still get the look without freezing your legs off!

 

4. Winter Proof Boots: I may be from the Northwest, but I have a hard time with the thought of wearing rain boots! I can’t do it, I just can’t. So, I prefer to wear held waterproof boots and booties instead. The high heel keeps your feet and ankles nice and dry when stomping through puddles. These ones are brown leather with a pointed toe from Kenneth Cole. They’re super easy to dress up or down. 

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Have a great week ! 

XOXO- Emily 

No Snow, No Problem

There still may not be any snow here in the Pacific Northwest, but a girl can dream can’t she?! I love everything about winter fashion. I live for cozy layers and breaking out your seasonal hat collection. I draw my inspiration from what furry animal I want to embody that day, or maybe what kind of mountain getaway I envision myself taking.

Winter is fun! There’s so much room to play and get wild with your outfit choices. Here is a very cute and achievable outfit idea for a chilly winter day!

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Wearing: Hat/gloves/purse – Ruti Horn | Pants – Topshop | Sweater – H&M | Jacket – Forever 21 | Booties – Forever 21 

You’re probably looking at these pictures thinking “WOW that’s such a silly hat, but it’s so cute I need to own it”! That’s exactly how I felt when I saw it and now it’s part of my winter wardrobe, along with the matching gloves of course! It’s great to take advantage of the season and work some faux fur into your outfit and experiment with fun accessories. 

Not everything has to be so bold though! To offset the outrageousness of my accessories, I focussed purely on keeping myself warm when choosing the rest of my look. I chose a classic ski sweater with a half turtle neck and paired it with a brocade motorcycle jacket. The edginess of the jacket keeps me from looking like a complete fluff ball. And because I have so much going on up top with texture and pattern, a clean black silhouette on the bottom works perfectly! Plus, nothing has ever gone wrong with black skinny jeans and booties if you ask me. To top it off I paired this look with a metallic purse, because why not?

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Warm winter wishes everyone !

XOXO – Emily