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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

\\ Style //
It's been getting colder around here as we get farther into autumn and closer to winter. I've been wearing my Dakine Kylie Beanie on a few chilly nights out, since it's fleece lined and super warm. The faux fur pom adds such a fun touch to a classic piece of outerwear, too.

One of the staples in my wardrobe this fall has been American Eagle Flannel Boyfriend Shirts. I bought three last year (they still have the yellow one - my fave!) and I just put in an order for another last week (the red one). They're unbelievably soft and look great over t-shirts and under crew neck sweatshirts. 

\\ Home //
I love to read, so when I saw that Origin by Dan Brown (same author as The DaVinci Code) was released, I snapped it up. I haven't read it yet, but it sounds like it will be another good one, delving into the origin of life, who we are, and where we come from. 

While browsing through Target a few days ago I spotted this Buffalo Plaid Throw Pillow and thought it would add a little bit of winter cheer to my living room. I love that it's plaid felt on one side and off-white shearling on the other. 

\\ Skincare //
A minimal skincare routine has been my go-to lately. I've noticed on days that I use Pixi Glow Tonic my skin seems to be at it's best - more radiant, clear, and balanced. I'm almost out, so I'll definitely be repurchasing this soon!

\\ Tech //
Occasionally I'll get bored and download an app/game to occupy my time. I've been having fun with the Covet Fashion app lately. The game gives you style challenges and you use designer clothing to style a look to complete the challenge. Fellow players vote on the looks for each challenge and you can win prizes to use in future style challenges if you score well enough. My husband likes to refer to it as my "dress up game"...I guess that's pretty accurate haha.

The CaseApp custom phone cases* that I designed (see full post here) have made me so happy every time I look at them. I'm using the case featuring my dogs at the moment, but I'll probably switch to the white rabbit in a few weeks to switch it up. I love how personal they each are to me; plus they were so easy to design. You can use the code LAURAA20 to get 20% off through December 16th!

Agnes stepped in to be my photography assistant for the day:

I hope you all had a nice weekend! On Friday I went snowboarding for the first time this season. I was a little rusty on the first few runs, but was getting back into the swing of it by the end. Let me know anything you've been loving lately that I should check out!

Winter Flats

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Plummeting temps call for a wardrobe shake up. I'm craving luxe details like velvet, embroidery, and pearls to liven up my shoes for a new season. I love pairing a statement flat with a pair of jeans and comfy sweater. It's such a quick way to look like you've put more time into an outfit than you really have. I've been reaching for flats a lot more than usual lately for work, too. I can dress down there most days, so when I don't feel like wearing heels, a special pair of flats make feel like I'm still dressed up, in a way. Peruse through my wishlist of winter inspired flats that can shake up your shoe game!

1 // Glamorous Red Embellished Bee Loafers (sale!)

2 // Zara Flat Patent Finish Shoes with Metal Band (sale!)

3 // Modcloth Talking Picture Oxford Flat in Metallic Trio

4 // Steve Madden Kast Studded Loafer (sale!)

5 // Steve Madden Hugh Velvet Bee Mule

6 // Zara Fringed Moccasins with Studs (sale!)

7 // Stradivarius Pearl Detail Loafer (sale!)

Don't forget to enter the CaseApp giveaway* in my last post - you can enter through Sunday night and a winner will be selected on Monday! [Giveaway has closed]

CaseApp custom phone cases + Giveaway!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Personalization is very important to me. I like finding one of a kind art for my walls and making updates to my house to make it feel more "me". When it comes to my phone case, I like it to be as unique and special as possible. I've worked with CaseApp previously so when they contacted me to see if I'd like to design a couple of new cases, I jumped at the chance. The last case I designed turned out beautifully so my biggest struggle now, was deciding on two new designs!

CaseApp* gave me the opportunity to design two items, either a custom phone case and a laptop skin, or two of either. On their website you can use one of their lovely designs (Galaxy is one of my faves) or create your own. After a few days of playing around with designs on CaseApp's easy to use design section, I finally decided on one glossy colorful case featuring my darling doggies and one matte black and white case with a tribute to Alice in Wonderland's white rabbit - still one of my favorite stories, even as an adult.

The cases are perfect and turned out exactly as I had imagined them. The pictures are crystal clear and will be very eye-catching. They fit snugly onto my phone and are a durable, thick material. Being able to design a case that's uniquely mine made it that much more fun to create!

CaseApp was kind enough to allow me to host a giveaway for one of you to win the chance to design your own custom phone case or laptop skin, too! Enter below by following me on Instagram and Bloglovin. I'll randomly choose a winner in one week and contact you via email if you've won. Good luck and be sure to check out CaseApp for some design inspiration!

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Life Update [I'm Still Here!]

Monday, November 13, 2017

Helloooooooooooo! (echo) Well, I hope I not talking to a big empty room here. I know I've been gone for pretty much an eternity in blogging time (5 months - yikes). It was a combination of many things that led to this absence. I got super busy at work, spent a lot of time hanging out with friends, have been doing improvements on my house, etc. More than anything else, though, I fell into a blogging rut. I don't get as amped up about makeup as I once did (see here). I've pretty much just bought some refills of mascara, concealer and whatnot over the past few months - nothing else really, so I wasn't sure what to talk about since this is primarily a beauty blog. I did get more active on my Instagram over the summer, trying to post daily OOTD's as much as possible. I'll be doing more fashion and lifesytle posts going forward, alongside my usual beauty topics, so I hope you are all in for a slight shift in focus. 

I have found a few beauty products that I've been using like crazy lately, though. I tried a new mascara, L'Oreal Lash Paradise. It's a fiber brush wand, which is not my usual - but I love it! A couple of coats do wonders for my sad lashes and it stays really well on my bottom lashes without smudging. Leaving that mascara to shine on its own, I've been leaving the rest of my eye bare (who am I?) and going for a warm cheek instead. I swish The Body Shop Honey Bronze mostly on the cheeks and temples and adding Laura Geller Boysenberry Blush (similar) for a warm pink-mauve semi-matte finish. If I don't do any other makeup for the day, I'll at least do my brows (since mine are barely-there), so I've been reaching for the Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer. It's not the absolute best brow product I've ever used, but it's pretty good for adding color, dimension, and slight hold and it's quick to apply which I really value. 

During my time away from the blog, I was also trying to get a little healthier. Through portion control and better food choices I've lost about 15 pounds and feel a lot better about how I look and how my clothes fit. I've bought some new clothes, including a pair of Steve Madden Breakup Booties (similar) that I can't stop wearing. They go with just about anything but I especially love wearing them with dresses. They definitely remind me of something Cameron Diaz would have worn in Bad Teacher, which I seriously love. 

Aside from being busy in my personal life over the last few months I've also been taking some time to relax and chill out and have found a few shows and movies I'd highly recommend. I just finished a quick binge of Stranger Things 2 (#bitchin) and thought it was great (and now am facing another long year until season 3). I caught the movie Mr. Right playing one day- it's from a few years ago with Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell and was such a good comedy with some romance and action. She's at her quirky best in it so if you're an Anna Kendrick fan you won't be disappointed. One of my friends recommended The Sinner to me and I watched the 8 episode miniseries in just a few days. It was an absolutely gripping mystery about a woman (Jessica Biel) who murders a stranger at the beach in front of everyone there (including her own husband and son) for no apparent reason at all - she can't even explain what happened. The story evolves showing the audience more of her history and what's happened to her over the past few years that led to the incident on the beach. It's amazing and I'm now recommending to everyone I can. You can find it on demand on the USA network if you have that channel. 

Thank you all for sticking with me! I'll be hosting a giveaway very soon, so keep your eyes open for that!

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