Must Have Nautical Pieces

April 30, 2014 by  
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Nautical pieces are classic and worth every dime you spend on them.  They never go out of style and are easy to wear to the beach, a bbq and classy enough to wear to work.  Stripes are a must, anchors are fun and red white and blue is easy to incorporate into any outfit. Check out some nautical inspiration and must have pieces below:

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Emerald Green With Radiant Orchid Accessories

April 28, 2014 by  
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Last week I had the pleasure of trying out yummy smelling Caress® Emerald Rush™ Fresh Collection Body Wash and I featured some spring looks inspired by the luscious emerald green color which, last year, was Pantone color of the year. I thought, “what could be better than pairing it with this years equally gorgeous color of the year radiant orchid!”  Both colors exude a fun, sunny feel that’s perfect for spring and summer.  Since I featured the emerald green in the form of clothing in my last post I decided to focus on coordinating accessories that compliment the color.

Injecting radiant orchid into your every day looks is easily done by adding accessories like a bag clutch, big colorful earrings, a mani or a light weight scarf.  FYI: If you decide to rock an emerald top, add some accessories in radiant orchid to your wrist or hands.  If you’re wearing emerald bottoms, inject orchid upwards towards your face.  The idea is to let the colors shine individually – that way you don’t take away from the outfit by overwhelming it with too much color. Neutral classic colors like white, beige and gray are perfect as a blank canvas for the emerald green and lilac.

Check out the colors in action below.

For a polished outfit I put the green on top and gave it an extra pop of color with the orchid clutch.  The way the colors are balanced makes them flattering rather than overwhelming.  If you want to dress the outfit down, add some white cut off shorts and metallic sandals.
Incorporating Emerald Green into outfits

In my second look (my favorite) I decided to go with a day to night look using different shades of green. Because the shorts are sexy I toned it down for daytime by adding a denim vest and added a big bold orchid necklace to draw the attention upwards.  For night you can simply take off the vest and add some gold sandals.

Spring Outfits

If you’re looking to add the colors in small doses you can easily get a mani and/or pedi in radiant orchid and add the emerald in the form of a ring or bracelet.  Or you can get a mani pedi that combines both colors – it will look amazing with a tan!

Both colors  will help you create heading turning looks that will go beautifully with your soft scented skin that the Emerald Rush™ gave you.

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30 Days Of Beautiful Instagram Sweepstakes

April 27, 2014 by  
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Like any new mom, I’m totally obsessed with my beautiful new baby boy. He just started smiling and I walk around like I was the paparazzi snapping pics in the hopes of another great big gummy smile to share on Instagram.  If you look at my Instagram feed you’ll notice that my kids are my usual focus (I have 5 boys so it’s sort of impossible not to be inspired). I always try to encourage them to do what they love and capturing those moments on camera is a dream come true for me!

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For example my 17 year old high school senior has found a love for broadway and was in his first musical play Shrek The Musical.  It’s turned into a unexpected passion that amazes me and I’m so proud of him.  He finally found what he loves to do and their is nothing more beautiful than that!  See some of my pics below and feel free to tell me and Clarins what inspires you by entering Clarins sweepstakes #30daysofbeautiful for a chance to win a full size bottle of Clarins NEW Double Serum!

JW MItchell Shrek The Musical
 

JW Mitchell Shrek The Musical

I love the theme of their sweepstakes and all you need to do is find something that exemplifies beauty in your eyes – it can be anything…like pretty spring flowers, a brand new mani in a stunning hue, or even a gorgeous sunset.  Just snap a picture and upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #30daysofbeautiful on Instagram.  All participants also have to fill out a form (see below).  One winner will be chosen every day for 30 days.  Click here for more info and make sure to follow along all the beauty with hashtag #30daysofbeautiful and also take a peek at my pics (you can find me as @fashiongrail).

 

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Go Big Or Go Home

April 24, 2014 by  
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This is my first outfit post after having a baby and I was a bit nervous about what to wear (I’m still sporting a post baby pooch) and how I would look because I still have a lot of weight to lose but the theme of this post made me push beyond my fear and GO BIG!  I was sent a bottle of Salon Grafix hair spray and dry shampoo to review and showcase along with my style and  if you know me you know that those are two of my must have hair styling products!

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When it comes to my style/outfits I’ve always liked to pick one focus piece and let it shine. In this case it’s the white midi dress (I folded down the top and wore it as a skirt).  It’s a great piece to layer and it lets me flaunt my post baby curves.  I paired it with casual functional pieces and then gave it a little oomph by adding the oversized clutch and super high heels.

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Outfit Details

Now onto the hair products: I use dry shampoo even after I wash my hair so I really wanted to give this a fair shot and use it a couple days after a wash.  Because I wear my hair in a very beachy/wavy/messy way it has to have a good texture. I’ve tried other brands and they just dry it up and tangle it, and that’s NOT the case with Salon Grafix.  I washed my hair and gave it 3 days to build up a little oil and I didn’t touch my curling iron so that I could test out the hairspray on my waves.

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I started by brushing my hair out, then I sprayed the dry shampoo liberally and brushed my hair again – It instantly gave my hair a nice fresh scent, left it super soft with lots and lots of volume which is a huge plus for me because I love BIG undone hair AND it gave my hair some much needed color to my roots.  I then sprayed my ends with a light mist of hair spray and curled the ends. Next, I resprayed a couple of times and ran my fingers through it (that’s how I know if the curl will hold) and as I expected it held!  Both products kept my hair looking clean, held my big long waves and it smelled great!

Long Wavy Hair

 

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Celebrity Copycat: Taylor Swift’s Look for Less!

April 22, 2014 by  
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Taylor Swift’s outfit is perfection!  She took two basic pieces and gave them a stylish twist by adding high heeled oxfords and a bright red satchel.  A effortless look that can be recreated in lots of different ways.  You can tone it done by swapping out the plaid top and instead use a white one or your favorite tee and if you want to dress it up simply wear a tank top and some bold gold jewelry.  Check out the looks below

Taylor Swift's Look for Less

 

Spring Evening Outfits.

 

Celebrity Copycat: Jamie Chung’s Coachella Look for Less!

April 21, 2014 by  
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I was looking through all the amazing Coachella pics on Instagram before the social site went down on last Saturday.  There were SO many amazing outftits but I loved Jamie Chung’s so much that I decided to do a copycat.  I like that it can be worn by normal gals like me.  A simple white dress, worn in booties, fab sunglasses – it’s the perfect boho outfit for spring and summer – love it!

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Must Have Spring Jackets

April 15, 2014 by  
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You’ve spent all winter under your warm winter jacket, but now the spring has begun if you still wear the same jacket you’ll spend most of the time feeling too hot whenever you have it on, but too cold if you take it off.

It’s time to get it dry cleaned, pack it away and replace it with a spring jacket – one of the most useful items of clothing around for these months when it can be sunny and warm one moment, but change in an instant to a chill breeze that you can’t seem to get escape from.

A spring coat can also be a great way to state your own particular style. There are many different designs and materials available, meaning that you can dress any outfit up or down with a spring jacket.

Raincoat

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Available in a rainbow of colours, ranging from neutrals through to neons, the raincoat is a really versatile jacket for springtime. You can be as conservative or as loud as you like through the raincoat you choose to wear; and, of course, it’s an eminently practical way to stay dry when you’re out and about. Lightweight and easy to fold away, a raincoat can see you through most of the year, not just the spring.

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Utility Jacket

spring utility jackets

Utility coats, such as military-style jackets or motorbike jackets continue to be as popular as ever this spring. They come in a huge variety of styles and can be great for finishing off a wide range of outfits. You can pair them with jeans or a little dress, or even shorts – they go with almost anything. Check out the Superdry Aztec Jacket – an army jacket with additional features like Aztec stitching on the front and back, as well as inside the cuffs.

Most utility jackets come in neutral shades, or greens and greys; add something feminine to your outfit so that you still look girly. Don’t think utility means scruffy – you can find a whole range of styles, from tailored to distressed.

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Blazer

Spring Outfits

A blazer is an essential item in a girl’s wardrobe. It’s something that can be worn to work but then still look great for a night on the town. If you want to make a blazer feel less formal, you can always opt to layer it with a hoodie to give a casual overall look. Moto jackets are a twist on the classic blazer, and can work as well with a dress as with a pair of jeans.

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Classic trench

classic spring trench

You can’t go wrong with a trench coat. For a start, they come in a huge range of colours, but for all-round versatility it’s probably best to stick to a neutral tone. The length of a trench coat gives you a streamlined look regardless of what you choose to wear underneath it. It’s perfect for going to work, but can also look great with your weekend jeans and t-shirt.

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It won’t be long before the summer heat means we won’t even consider taking a jacket out with us, but until then, it’s best to be prepared with a stylish spring jacket or two in your wardrobe.

New Caress® Emerald Rush™ Fresh Collection Body Wash Style Inspiration

April 14, 2014 by  
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As a mom of five boys it’s essential for me to take some time out for myself, which is why I was SO excited to try out Caress® Emerald Rush™ Fresh Collection Body Wash.  Looking good and feeling should go hand in hand and there’s nothing like a brand new body wash to leave you feeling fresh and ready to start your day.  My skin tends to get dry and I stay away from harsh bars of soaps, so using body washes is ideal for me. I was pleasantly surprised with how well the  Caress® Emerald Rush™ Fresh Collection Body Wash foamed up and the scent is not over powering yet strong enough to linger and it leave your skin silky smooth!  

It’s definitely a nice addition to my daily bath essentials and it doesn’t hurt that the color Emerald Green (last years pantone trend) is just gorgeous!  I’ve always loved emerald green and spring is the perfect time to wear it!  It can easily make its way into any outfit via a great bold accessory, shoes or a pretty midi skirt.  Either way it’s a great color that can be worn year round and easy to partner up with this years pantone trend, radiant orchid.  Check out some looks featuring the pretty shade of green below.

An emerald green midi skirt (a huge spring trend) will give your spring outfit a pop of of the luscious color.  Pair with a white blazer and gold accessories for a crisp clean feel.

Spring Midi Skirts

Midi Skirt | White Blazer | Striped Crop Top | Heels Necklace | Sunglasses | Watch

Looking to sport the emerald green in more than one outfit?  Then try a jacket that has pops of green!  Pair it with jeans and a tee, over a little black dress or go monochromatic with all white (another color I love for warmer temps).

Spring Style Outfit

Jacket | Jeans | Sleeveless Top | Bag | Watch | Sunglasses | Shoes

Amazing how one body wash can inspire so much!

The Caress® Emerald Rush™ Fresh Collection Body Wash wraps your skin in vibrant scents and hydrating lather, leaving it revitalized and delicately scented. Try the new  Caress® Emerald Rush™ Fresh Collection Body Wash and revitalize your skin like never before.

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Sponsored Video: Lip Tips

April 12, 2014 by  
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I am a total ligloss/lip stick/lip balm addict!  My purse, makeup bag, nightstand and even my baby bag always has a stash ready for me to use at any moments notice. And when I dont have them and  I need them I panic!  It doesnt even necessarily have to be an actual lip product…I’ve been known to layer a little eye shadw over a lip balm, some light foundation and lipgloss for the perfect nude lip…the possibilities are endless and I’m always on the lookout for any new ways to apply some color and products to add to my collection.  One brand that I’ve used and always trust is Burt’s Bees (I always grab a tube of their shimmer lip balm at the check out counter at my local pharmacy or super center). The price point is amazing considering the quality and varity of natural eco friendly products  that they provide and since I’m a sucker for their always adorable packaging.

Celebrity make-up artist Katey Denno made her transition from traditional make-up products to organic with Burt’s Bees and equally fell in love with their 100% natural products and is now sharing her amazing tips and info that she’s picked up in the always expanding green beauty market.  She’s now teamed up the equally fabulous Burt’s Bees and is sharing her exclusive lip tips and tricks that are both naturally creative and glamorous.  I love how she incorporates the layering of products to achieve a natural lip color that’s perfect for the upcoming warmer weather (click here to use the perfect lip shade finder).

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Burt’s Bees, but the opinion expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Burt’s Bees’.

Celebrity Copycat: Emma Watson’s Look for Less!

April 11, 2014 by  
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Emma Watson’s outfit is the epitome of a chic spring outfit!  It’s a must have outfit that’s easy to break down and wear with other pieces for day or night.

emma watsons look for less

Trench – $80 at Macys.com | Black Mini Skirt – $4.80 at Forever21.com | White Muscle Tee – $34 at Piperlime.com | Loafers – $49 at Debenhams.com | Tote – $38 at ASOS.com | Sunglasses – $18 at Threadscence.com

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