It’s been some time since I’ve posted here on the blog, or on my Instagram for that matter. I’ve been feeling some changes in me & needed some time to figure out exactly what they meant for me & my life. Don’t worry, I’ll be filling you guys in on what’s been going on in my head & heart soon.
But until then..I’m back! Not only am I back, but I’m sharing with you the dreamiest toile dress I’ve been wearing to death that’s under $20! Scroll to see more…
Now that the weather is starting to feel more like fall, I’ve been playing around with how to wear this gorgeous toile dress into the colder months. My favorite way has to be with a pair of knee high boots, a beret, & my classic trench coat over top. You could also wear it with black tights, heels, & a fluffy faux fur coat to dress things up a bit. Either way, you better believe I’ll be wearing this many times in the coming months. I can’t pass up this dreamy, classic print!
Isn’t gingham the happiest print you ever did see? This must be why once the sun comes out & brings about warmer days, I gravitate towards pieces like this sweet gingham dress. This iconic print also reminds me of one of my favorite things to do this time of year…PICNICS! My girlfriends & I recently took a trip to Charleston & had the loveliest picnic one afternoon. What do you know, I wore a gingham top on the picnic too! Seriously, nothing says, “sunny days” more than a bit of cheerful gingham.
I forget how attracted I am to blue until the weather warms up—then I’m utterly obsessed! Give me all the blue & white things! That’s why when I was browsing through Prim + Pop’s website & I found this dress, I knew it belonged in my closet. Not only is it blue & white, but it has the sweetest feminine shape. I love the square neckline combined with the back cutout & of course, the bow details. You wouldn’t believe how soft it is too!
Over the past five years, my love for makeup has grown & grown. I love reading reviews on how good a product’s formula is, if it’s long lasting, or if it has any skincare benefits, to find the best of the best products out there. My collection ranges from more high end beauty products to some of the most affordable & amazing products on the market. I’m so excited to share with you my very favorite, tried & true, best affordable makeup products.
It’s so important to start with a solid base when applying makeup. So many of my very favorite makeup base products come right from the drugstore. To start, I like to use the Almay Anti-Aging Smart Shade tinted moisturizer. Not only does this product have anti-aging properties, but it also has SPF 20 & does not break me out. It’s so easy to use. I just apply it with my hands like a moisturizer. Then I go with my ride or die concealer by Maybelline. Lastly, the Maybelline Fit Me matte pressed powder is key for a cake-free, flawless looking face.
Make It Multipurpose
The secret to a fresh, cohesive face is to let your already affordable products, be multipurpose products. My favorite look at the moment, uses 3 face products as eye products. I apply my Physician’s Formula Bronzer to bronze my face, as well as the crease color for my easy eye look. Then I use my Milani Luminoso Blush on the apples of my cheeks & then as a wash of color on my eyelids. To finish the eye look & brighten my face, I use an old favorite highlighter, Colourpop’s Wisp, on the high points of my cheek bones as well as in the inner corner of my eyes.
Don’t Forget The Lips!
It’s so much fun to play around with inexpensive lip products. This is a great way to test out new shades that may be a little bit out of your comfort zone. Drugstore & affordable lipsticks are great for building your collection & figuring out what shades really suit you. One way to make your more affordable lipsticks look more luxury is to layer them in order to create more depth to your look. My favorite affordable combination right now is to first apply a layer of the Maybelline matte shade called “Lust For Blush”, then to swipe on a coat of the L’Oreal lipstick in the shade “Peach Fuzz”, which has more of a sheen to it. I love playing with a mixture of warm & cool tones to create my own unique shade.
Last week, I went on a much needed girl’s trip to Charleston, SC. While I’m still putting together a post on our full itinerary, I thought I’d share one of the best pieces of our trip with you. On our last day, we decided to spend the afternoon at Hampton Park. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, & the park was filled with beautiful big trees & blooming flowers at every turn. Oh, & there were palm trees! I didn’t realize how tropical Charleston is! Anyways, it was the best afternoon, & an ideal way to close out our amazing girl’s trip.
Before we arrived at the Hampton Park, we picked up some lunch from The Park Café. This cute little restaurant has great food, amazing service, & is very aesthetically pleasing. I highly recommend visiting this little gem if you’re ever in Charleston. Instead of eating there, we decided to take our food to the park for a nice afternoon picnic. We were all craving a bit of sunshine, so we laid out our blankets in the open green grass & soaked up the sun. I ordered some tasty avocado toast with some roasted sweet potato bites & a fresh squeezed lemonade. We ate, chatted, & laughed until we were ready to get up an explore more of this beautiful park.
Instead of walking around the park, we decided to rent bikes! They were super easy & inexpensive & the perfect way to explore the park, feel the cool breeze, & get a bit of exercise. We rode about the park for an entire hour checking out all the plants, people watching, & remembering how much fun it is to ride a bike.
This summer I want more days like this. Even though I won’t be back in Charleston, I vow to get out & do more things like this in my own city. Picnics are just the best. If you’re in Richmond & want to have a picnic, call me up! Let’s soak up the sun, eat yummy food, & enjoy the beautiful outdoors.
My love for ballgowns, princess dresses, & sparkle runs deep to my core. As a professional ballet dancer, I’m lucky enough to wear beautiful princess costumes quite frequently. In my normal life though, one of my favorite ways to live out my princess dreams is by wearing tulle. This dreamy fabric can be found in styles to suit both evening attire & everyday essentials. That’s right! If you don’t already have one, get yourself a tulle skirt to feel those princess vibes on the daily!
The inspiration for the title of this post came from the lovely Camellias behind me in the photos. Did you know that The Lady Of The Camellias was first a French book? Later it was made into a lovely ballet which I would love to perform someday.
Putting This Princess Look Together
I wore this amazing tulle dress to Richmond Ballet’s annual gala. Back in the early fall, I fell hard for this dress. It was a little bit more expensive then what I wanted to pay, & it just so happened that my size was out of stock. I kept in in my wishlist though just because I loved it so much. Then right before Thanksgiving, I saw that my size was back in stock, so I set my alarm for 2 AM (I had heard that’s when the sale was starting) & bought it during the Black Friday sales. It was a steal!
For accessories, I re-wore some bits from my wedding day. I wore my wedding earrings I got from BHLDN & would you believe that my headband was actually my belt I wore at my wedding reception?! It was so special to wear these beautiful pieces again. My pearl bracelet was a wedding gift from my parents that tied in so perfectly with the small pearls on my headband & my super affordable pearl clutch. My shoes were a pair of silver metallic heels (old, similar here) that were low enough to be quite comfortable to be on my feet & dancing for much of the night. I truly felt like a ballerina princess.
For my eyes, I wore dreamy pinks & cool tone browns to resemble the color of my dress. Really, I looked through all of my palettes to find colors that slightly resembled the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk eyeshadow quad which is currently at the top of my wishlist. Matte shadows in the crease, a little shimmer on the lid blended out to create a soft smokey eye.
I was not originally going to wear a red lip. It happened very last minute. Lustre very kindly lent me a gorgeous ruby & diamond bracelet to wear to this event (see photos on my “ballet” Instagram story highlights), so I wore a red lip to match the rubies. I’m not going to lie, I was really nervous to wear this bold red lip to an event in which I would be eating & drinking & talking all night, but this combination was incredible! I didn’t have to touch up once & it lasted the entire evening. First I lined & filled in my lips with the Jordana Easyliner for lips in the shade Sedona Red. Then I applied my favorite red lipstick, So Marylin by Charlotte Tilbury. That was it! I was shocked at how good it still looked at the end of the night. If you’re looking for a great long lasting red lip look, this is the winning combo.
Richmond is finally starting to bloom! Yay! You all know that I love to wear florals year-round, but over the past few months I’ve been super into stars & moons. Feeling those celestial vibes. When I found this tulle star number (which is actually a dress!) for $30, I just couldn’t wait to wear it. Originally this dress was floor length, but the amazing thing about tulle is that it’s so easy to cut & customize it just for you & your body. I decided I wanted more of a tea length style so I could get the maximum wear out of it. Obsessed with how it turned out.
When planning this post, I originally thought I wanted to do more of a fancy, glam look, but decided to go a different route. I find this look quite casual, care-free, & really fun to wear. My wrap top (similar here) was past down by a friend & is in a totally unexpected color for me, paired with a fun pale blue heel, blue shades, a patterned headband, & a bold lip. Of course, my favorite light wash denim jacket makes the whole look a bit more spring-y. I couldn’t help but smile in this fun outfit under this lovely blooming tree with the sun shining on my face.
End Of Winter Boost
I wanted to take a minute to share a bit of encouragement with you. Each & every one of us are experiencing different seasons of life. Just like the winter we are in is coming to a close, so will each season of life we face. If you are in a trying season right now, be encouraged & know that this “winter” won’t last forever. A new season is right around the corner, so don’t lose hope. Keep your head up, wear something fun to lift your spirits, & keep on keeping on.
If you are in a joyful season, soak it up! Take a second to capture that moment in time & be grateful for the season you’re in. Whatever season of life you’re facing right now, be bold & courageous. Don’t let what’s happening around you crush your confidence or squash your dreams. You are fierce, beautiful, & your future is limitless. So live that way & why not dress that way too, & encourage those around you to do the same!