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Best red lipstick brands of 2019

You gotta love how bold and timeless red lipstick can be. Recently, I Marie Kondo’d though my lipstick stash because we only need a few tubes of red lipstick right? That being said, here are my favorite red lipstick brands of 2019. This post is not sponsored by the way. It is simply a honest review of red lipsticks that I am in love with.

SNOW WHITE LUX LIPSTICK BY COLOURPOP

After getting this lipstick for Christmas, I have been in love! The color is very pigmented. Additionally, the formula does dry out your lips. It is the perfect shade of red that flatters all skin type! You can get the entire set that comes with the lipstick, lip gloss and eyeshadow for $18 or the lipstick separately for $7.

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MAC’S DIVA LIPSTICK

Diva is my go-to color when I want a wine colored lip. My recommendation is to exfoliate your lips before you put it on. I do find that the color last well throughout the day but if you do not exfoliate, your lips can get dried out. My go-to lip exfoliator is by Lush.

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MAYBELLINE SHINE COMPULSION LIPSTICK in PINK FETISH

I do have to disclose that this lipstick was gifted to me by Influenster. However, gifted or not, I was going to try out this lipstick nonetheless. Maybelline has great quality when it comes to their lipsticks which is why I try out their new lipsticks each year. The color I a wearing is Pink Fetish. Even through the color has the word pink in it, the color is definitely more on the red side! What I love most about this color is that with the pigmentation comes a soft, velvety formula that lasts throughout the day. I also used Maybelline’s lipliner in Brick red in these photos.

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STILA LIQUID LIPSTICK IN BESO

Stila continues to be a brand that I cannot stop raving about. Their liquid lipstick has a matte formula that lasts 8+ hours (it’s my go-to lipstick when I am at work. Somehow, it does not melt off!). What I also love about Stila is it’s durablibily. This is a lipstick I use almost every day – my tube can easily last me 8 months! 

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REVLON’S LOVE IS ON LIPSTICK 

Another great lipstick that you can get at a great price! I bought this lipstick on a whim during a visit to CVS and I am so glad I got it. This is another great color that anyone can wear. I will say that is a lipstick that does not last as long throughout the day. If I eat something, I do have to re-apply it later in the day. It’s a lipstick great for photoshoots or meetings where you need an extra pop of color.

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Spring style favorites from Karen Kane

I have been blogging for the past year and I have to say, I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be here today. If you are new to my page, you must know that this blog began as a passion project. Since I started my blog three years ago, it continues to be a passion project as well as a side hustle.

Two years ago, I was introduced to Karen Kane when I feel in love with one of their black lace dresses. I wore it on a cruise and it continues to be one of my favorite dresses to date. Flash forward to this year, I had the privilege to work with Karen Kane to promote some of the latest pieces from this spring/summer 2019 collection! They sent me two pieces from their latest collection and I cannot wait to share with you all the details about these pieces.

Striped blazer 

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A great blazer is always a piece that every woman should have in their wardrobe. I love this striped blazer because it’s light yet structured. It only comes in regular sizing but I was able to find the perfect size by sizing down. For reference, I am wearing this blazer in XS.

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Blazer: Nordstrom ; also sold here // Jeans: Articles of Society // Pumps: QVC (under $50) // Headband: H&M



Floral print dress 

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I have yet to find a floral print dress that I can say no to. I love how light this dress is as well as versatile. It can be worn as a cover up or dressed up with a belt, heels and a stylish bag the way I did here. Since the weather is still a little brisk, I pair this dress with my favorite denim jacket. I chose to size down with this dress as well since it only comes in regular sizing. I am wearing it XS.

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Dress: Karen Kane // Belt: J.Crew // Bag: similar here and here



I hope these pieces from Karen Kane inspired you to dress up your spring wardrobe. I have a lot of spring style pieces I have been crushing on so be sure to check them out! What are some of your favorite pieces to wear in the spring? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Photos by Victoria Saperstein Photography 

Thank you Karen Kane for sponsoring this post! Both the blazer and dress were gifted to me.

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Scrunchies and bows – hair accessories I love

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Hi loves! What a week it has been. Firstly, I want to apologize that this this blog post is a day late. I got hit with a violent stomach virus so I have been asleep for almost 2 days straight! Anyhoooo, let’s get to this week’s top: scrunches and bows.

My new job involves me waiting on tables. That’s right! I am waitressing again. Because of my new job, I need to have my hair pulled back at all times. Therefore, I have been trying to come up with creative ways to style my hair with scrunchies or cute headband pieces like this one!

One of the girls at my restaurant came in with a scrunchie with a bow on it and I loved how it looked on her. As a result, I had to do some shopping to get one for myself! I was pleasantly surprised to find these beautiful scrunchies at Urban Outfitters for $6! You can check them out here. They have a variety of different color options and are so soft! The fabric from the bow is also removable so you can wear the scrunchie on its own.

To sum up: I love that the 90’s are back in women’s fashion! What 90’s trend have you been adding to your looks spring lately? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! You can also check out some of my favorite fashion pieces for spring here.

Here are some more hair pieces that I am in love with:

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Coat: OLD – similar style here // Scrunchie: Urban Outfitters (under $10!) // Earrings: Baublebar

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The importance of practicing gratitude every day

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There was a word that I chose to be the forefront of my year: JOY. The truth is that finding joy has been a bit of a struggle for me. I have had a lot of personal struggles with my mental health. What sent me over the edge was getting laid off from my full time job in February.

I have been finding myself feeling absolutely helpless. My anxiety has been through the roof. Often, I feel like I do not have a chance to get out of the heartache I am going through.

I realized this weekend, however, that the reason I have been unhappy is not because of a lack of control. It’s because I am not taking the time to be truly grateful  for the blessings I have.

Have you ever written out a list of things you are grateful for? I find that I was write these lists far too vaguely. In turn, I have been struggling to be grateful every day.

When it comes down to it, we need to really focus and be specific on what we are grateful for. For example, these are some of the things I am grateful for:

  1. I am grateful for my community. When I announced that I was laid off on Instagram, my heart was filled with so much joy. Because so many of my followers reached out offering me advice or even a chance to talk about the whole situation. It turns out, there were a lot of women who have had to deal with a lay off and were more than willing to help out in any way they could.
  2. I am grateful for my closest friends and family. I’m grateful that I have so many deep and meaningful relationships that have helped me to  stay focused on moving forward instead of feeling sorry for myself. They continue to shower me with more love and support than a girl could ever ask for.
  3. I am grateful that I have a new job. As a girl who has been financially responsible for herself since 16, I was haunted by of the fear of not paying my bills on time. Thankfully I am not struggling and for right now, that is all that matters.
  4. I am grateful that I have a home. When I get home from work, I have the luxury of taking a warm shower, change into clean clothes and end my evening by blogging or watching Friends at the end of the night. A home is a blessing and it is one we can’t afford to take for granted.
  5. I am grateful for my car. My friends and family know that I basically live in my car and that is because I spend so much time in it. Whether it is for Target runs or to get to work, I am so grateful that I never have to worry about getting when I need to be.

My list could go on and on. Here is the bottom line: when you are practicing gratitude, do it on a day-to-day basis by being specific. The more specific you are when practicing gratitude, the happier you will be. Life sure can be tough at time. As long as you take the time to truly focus on what is important, you will be able to face anything that comes your way.

Photography by Katie Vee Photography

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4 Podcasts I cannot get enough of

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Most of my time is spent in the car. While I love listening to music in the car, there are times I need a little extra motivation from professional who can challenge me creatively. So today I wanted to share with you all the 4 podcasts that I can’t get enough of. All of the them are entrepreneurial based. So whether you are a blogger, a business owner or a student, these podcasts are sure to keep you inspired to tackle all of your business goals.

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The Influencer Podcast by Julie Solomon 

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This is the first podcast I started listening to a few years ago and I have been hooked ever since. Julie provides so much valuable insight. I find myself mind-blown with all the free advice and resources she provides to her readers (all for free I might add). She always has some of the best guests on her shows from different industries. I can say this: anytime I have felt like giving up, I would turn to this podcast to dispel any limiting beliefs of myself.

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Goal Digger podcast by Jenna Kutcher

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I had heard so may great things about this podcast from fellow bloggers. So when I finally sat down to listen to the podcast, I felt like I had been missing out! Jenna has a fun, upbeat personality that blends well with her informative episodes.

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The Gary Vee Audio Experience

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Gary does not shy away from giving honest, actionable advice on his podcast. I had just started following his journey last year and still need to catch up with all of his keynotes and presentations. His podcast gives his audience a chance to listen to all of his videos from the comfort of your home or car. What I like about Gary is that he is true to who he is. He stands firm behind his message and does not compromise on who he is. I will warn you, he does curse a lot lol. Regardless, his advice is golden!

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The Mind Your Business Podcast by James Wedmore

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I came across this podcast earlier this year when James was a guest on Julie Solomon’s podcast. James’ podcast looks into the personal psyche that entrepreneurs face. Whether it’s comparison or limiting beliefs, James tackles how to follow an entrepreneur through creativity, efficiency and innovation.

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which ones? Feel free to share your favorites in the comments below!

 

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Spring Fever: Items I am crushing on this spring

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It’s hard not to get stir crazy this time of year. Doesn’t feel like winter is never going to end? Sure enough, spring will be gracing us on the east coast (eventually). In the meantime, today’s post is dedicated to pieces that I am in love with right now for spring including details on this charming belted dress that has been re-stocked!

Believe it or not, last year I did not get a chance to share details on this look because it sold out so quickly! It is so flattering on petite frames and looks well on it’s own (as pictured) or with a long coat with you can see here.

Last summer, I styled this dress with these feminine scalloped wedges and a straw hat. This look is so effortless to put together. The best part is you can wear this look both in spring and in the summer!

Below I have categorized some of my favorite spring pieces that I am crushing on. Have a lovely week. Spring will be here before we know it!

SPRING DRESSES

SPRING EARRINGS

SPRING HANDBAGS

SPRING DESIGNER HANDBAGS

SPRING SHOES

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Dress: Macy’s // Shoes: QVC (under $50 & on clearance) // Hat: Nordstrom

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You don’t have to be athletic to enjoy sneakers

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I am not a athletic person. I guess that is why I have always associated sneakers with athleticism. While I love wearing love wearing boots in the winter, I have been longing to change up my shoe selection a bit. So even though I am a nerdy 5’2 woman, I have been able to successfully find sneakers that suit me and personality.

I can safely say I understand the hype behind Sperry shoes. They are so crazy comfortable! Plus, these cute pink Sperry sneakers were too adorable to resist. These Sperry shoes are a great way to add some color to your winter fashion. What is your favorite type of shoe to wear in the winter? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Photography by Randy Lange Photography 

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Top: LC Lauren Conrad // Jeans: LC Lauren Conrad // Shoes: Sperry 

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