Thursday, May 31, 2012

Summer Destination: Bahamas Bound

Bahamas

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If you missed the first segment in my Summer Destination Series, you can find it here. What I am doing is taking your, my readers', summer destination spots and creating outfits inspired by them. Sharon over at The Tiny Heart is going to the Bahamas for her vacation soon (I know, don't be jealous), so I created several looks for her that I think would be perfect for a Bahamas vacation.


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If you are interested in having a few looks put together that are inspired by your vacation (or dream vacation), email me! I'd love to hear from you.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Bright Light

Francesca's top, United Colors of Benetton pants, Anne Klein heels,
Charming Charlie jewelry

What happens when you forget your sunglasses? You find yourself looking down to avoid squinting at the sun. Or closing your eyes and then telling your husband that as soon as you open your eyes to take the picture quickly. Have you ever done that? I was lucky to get a couple of good shots that way! 










Have a great day!







Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Summer Destination

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My good friend Katie over at The Catholic Wife was the first to respond when I came up with the idea of creating outfit sets inspired by the summer vacation plans of my readers. Her family lives in Nebraska so she will soon be making the long drive from Louisiana with her husband and two little boys. (Our toddlers are buddies and our almost 8 month old boys are sure to be friends as well.)

I created two looks that would be appropriate for hanging out with friends and family. Wearing sandals is a must in the summer. Especially when you plan to be outdoors chasing your little boy around. (Of course, she could just make her husband do the chasing while she sits and relaxes....right Katie?)

I created the second look for a lunch date with friends. Wearing jeans shouldn't be too hot, as long as the lunch date happens indoors. Bright colors in the top, jeans, belt, and shoes guarantee that this lunch date look is a stylish one.



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Of course, no trip would be complete without at least one date night. I know my girl loves navy and yellow so I couldn't resist putting together a look with those colors.

It was fun coming up with outfit ideas for my friend. If you are interested in having me put together an outfit inspired by your upcoming summer vacation destination, hurry and email me!

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Same Shoes, Different Outfit

F21 blazer, romper, and necklace; Carlos Santana heels, Target glasses, gifted ring,
Essie's 'Status Symbol' polish

I think this pair of shoes might be my new favorite...or should I say old favorite? (I have had them for several years.) I originally bought them to wear to my mom's wedding (she married her high school sweetheart a few years ago), but have found that they go with several outfits. I just love when something has versatility.

This romper and blazer would be rather boring if it weren't for the statement necklace and shoes. Accessories are a great way to bring a look from basic to stylish and chic.













I probably shouldn't wear shorts or skirts that show the ginormous bruises on my knees. We have had several rehearsals in the past week for our performance coming up (I'm dancing...pray for me), and I have bruises from the dance. I'm sure I'm the only one because the girls that I teach are not as spastic as I am. 

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Botanics

Do you guys have a favorite eye make-up remover? I have never been 'married' to just one. I've tried several products over the years. The last remover I used was Almay's Oil Free Eye Make-Up Remover. While it did the job somewhat, I never really realized how much of my eye make-up still remained after I washed my face at night. I noticed that some of my concealer still remained in the fine lines under my eyes. A hint of eyeliner still remained around the rims of my eyes. I never really thought much of it until I tried this remover from Botanics.

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I picked it up on one of my many Target runs not too long ago. I am always up for trying new beauty products. I had never heard of the brand before so I thought I would live on the wild side and give it a shot. Let me just tell you, I LOVE it! 

I squeeze a tiny amount of product onto my finger and gently massage my eye. Then I take a tissue and gently wipe away the product along with some of my make-up. (Doing this alone does not get rid of all the make-up.)  After I have done both eyes, I wash my face like normal, making sure that I wash the eye area as well. I was very surprised after my first use of this product that NO make-up remained. Using this product along with my normal face wash got every single drop of make-up off of my face.

The only negative aspect would be that it burned when it got into my eyes. Of course, the back of the label says to 'avoid direct contact with eyes.' So basically, keep your eyes shut until you have washed it away and you should have no problem.

If you are looking for a new eye make-up remover, I definitely recommend this one. You can pick it up at Target for only $7.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Get the Look

Get the Look
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I have always liked Olivia Palermo's style. Her outfits exude style and class. For someone so young, she has definitely stood out as someone to pay attention to for her style.

Now, I am not a slave to celebrity news. I do not care about their relationships or whatever else they do. I can, however, appreciate someone with good taste. Olivia has great taste and therefore is worth watching.

I love this look. It is so easy and relaxed with the skinny jeans and flats but the lace t-shirt dresses it up. The straw tote is also a great bag for summer.

What do you guys think? Do you like her look? What do you think about celebrities? Do you follow them closely or just admire someone's style? I'd love to know!

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If you follow me on facebook, then you might have seen an update pop up in your news feed. I have decided to devote an entire post to you, my awesome readers. Do you have any summer trips planned? Send me an email (amyshaughnessy@yahoo.com) with your destination and I will come up with an outfit set inspired by that place. I will feature it as a post on the blog. (If you aren't going anywhere this summer, then just pick your dream vacation spot and I will still create a look inspired by that place.) If you are a blogger, then I will include a link to your blog so people can check out your blog! 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Trends: Two in One

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One of my favorite things right now is combining trends. There are so many pieces out there that combine some of the hottest trends. I've picked just a few to show you. (There are so many more!)

The items pictured above would be very easy to wear if simple styling was used. I am loving the peplum dress with the neon trim. What a great way to be on-trend without having to put forth much effort. 

These two-in-one pieces are great for those of you who have a hard time mixing trends. Maybe you aren't sure what goes with what. (Let's face it...we all have that moment where we put something on and wonder if it works.) In this case, the work has been done for you! 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Black and Gold

Francesca's tunic, Old Navy cardigan, TJ Maxx leggings, Guess heels,
Michael Kors belt, Charming Charlie earrings

This outfit is normally one that I reserve for winter. (Yes, I wear sandals in winter. It is Louisiana so really it isn't that bad.) It hasn't gotten too hot here yet, so I decided to give this outfit one more run before I retired it for the season. I'm so glad I wore this! We went to Mass on Sunday and sat right next to an air conditioning vent that blew on us the entire time. So instead of freezing in a summer outfit, I was *almost* comfortable.







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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Packing for London


 Yes! This is what it looks like, when I'm packing. This time I really don't know what to bring. I'll only be staying in London for 4 days, so I really only need four outfits. I'll come back tomorrow with pics of what I choose to bring:)

I actually forgot to take pics of what I packed for the trip, but I'll show you some pics of my closet/bedroom very soon - a lot tidier than what you see here in my packing-mess.

DIY - Blinged out maxi dress

I bought this maxi dress for under £3/$5 and I though I would bling it out a little in the back. You can do this on all clothes or bags or whatever that you think could need a little extra something. It's very easy to do and it looks great.
 Find some stones in the color that you like - don't buy the very cheap ones, because the outcome will look just that. I got some that are gold on one side and grey on the other, so that I could choose either one. 
 All you need is a piece of garment, a scissor, needle and thread and some stones.
 Lay the design out on the item to see how you want the final result to be.
And just sew on each stone.
Go to Tanyesha to see more pics of OOTD.

Here Comes the Sun

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Strike a Pose

Topshop shirt, F21 shorts, Carlos Santana heels, Charming Charlie earrings & cuff,
Target sunglasses, Essie's 'Orange! It's Obvious,' and 'Status Symbol' polish


I had my outfit planned before we went out this weekend. Naturally, I changed it at the last minute. I think that is how some of my favorite outfits come together. I was actually planning on wearing a blazer (which I will still do at some point) but grabbed this top instead. I was so excited when I realized that these heels went perfectly with the shorts too.





















Have a great week!


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

Hello sailor...glam it up





This was my look today. I choose an all black outfit with my new Mango blazer and Malene Birger studded leggins. I almost never wear heels. -They make me feel too dressed up, but I love to wear some once in a while and look kind of glam:)
Hoping you all had a great day.
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