New Chloe + Isabel Arrivals

August has finally arrived, and to many that means the end of summer vacation is upon us.  Parents are scrambling to go back to school shopping, last minute vacations are booked, and the sun starts to set earlier and earlier.  If you are like me, you are already dreaming of Autumn.  I love seeing my mailbox fill up with the fall fashion magazine issues, and the stores put out cute boots and jackets!

In honor of the coming Fall, Chloe + Isabel has released their Fall preview jewelry collections, and they are stunning!  Take a look at some of my favorite pieces, and Shop with me!

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The first collection, called Riverstone, is my absolute favorite.  When I think of Fall colors, this is what I see.  Deep blues and purples are some of my favorite colors to wear!  Chloe + Isabel has done a lot of brass and gold tones in the past, so I am pretty excited to see more silver pieces for the Fall.  This collection will also look stunning in January (for those of you who live in those snowy climates).  Pictured above, and below, is the Delicate Bead + Chain Multi-Wrap Bracelet!  You can buy it by clicking here.

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Multi-Wrap bracelet $45

My next favorite from the Riverstone collection, are these stud earrings.  This is actually a great buy, since they come in a set!  I love being able to buy jewelry in sets, and for only $38 this is a great buy!  (I should also mention that Chloe + Isabel has a lifetime warranty, which is a huge bonus!)  You can buy them Here.

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Riverstone Stud Trio Earrings $38

The next collection, called Petits Bijoux, is for those of you that love delicate pieces instead of bold statement pieces.  This necklace (pictured below) is so delicate and feminine, with a gorgeous sapphire blue color!  You can Click Here to view more photos of it, and read about this stunning piece!

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Petits Bijoux Trillion Collar Necklace $52

These earrings, pictured below, are really cool.  I kind of love the mismatched earring trend, and these earrings are no exception!  But the part I really love?  You can take the dangling chain part off, and just wear them as studs!  Gotta love jewelry pieces that can be customized!  Click here to check out more photos of these amazing earrings!

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Petits Bijoux Crystal Cluster Mismatched Earrings $42

Those are just some of my absolute favorites from the new fall preview!  If you want to see more, Click here.  That will take you directly to my boutique, where you can check out all the new arrivals!  I would love to hear what you think about the Chloe + Isabel jewelry line!  I’ve been obsessed with them for a few years now, which is why I just HAD to become a brand ambassador for them!  I can’t wait to see what they officially launch for fall!

xo Kat

 

 

Urban Decay Brings The HEAT

I should just tell you now that I really have no self-control when I go into Ulta.  I’m safer shopping online (usually).  I had just placed an order online at Ulta.com, because the Ulta brand was having a pretty good sale (Buy 3, get 2 free), and I wanted to take a look at the new Urban Decay Heat Palette.  The colors of the Heat palette were pretty, but I felt like I was in the market for something different.  I ordered the Brunch Palette by Lorac instead.

Well, I forgot to order dry shampoo in this quick online shopping trip.  No biggie, I’ll just pop in to my local Ulta store after I run to Target for diapers.  I’m going to pause here for a moment, to mention that there is some evil genius out there sitting on a giant pile of money, for deciding to put an Ulta directly next to a Target.

It was a lovely Saturday morning, my husband was at home with the kids, and I found myself standing at the check out counter in Ulta, with dry shampoo in one hand, and the new Urban Decay Heat palette, in the other.  WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF?

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To be fair, pictures of this palette really don’t do the colors justice.  I think that’s why I didn’t buy it online.  I didn’t do any research beforehand, because honestly, Urban Decay has never let me down.  I wasn’t worried about pigment, or quality for the cost.  They certainly take the cake with this palette, because it is AMAZING.  Even my photo (above) really doesn’t show the sheer fire this palette brings to the table.  Go see it in store if you are on the fence.

After my daughters’ were in bed that night, I settled into my bathroom to play with makeup.  It has been awhile since I have sat myself down to create something a little more “fun” and a little less “practical.”

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Products Used.

I paired this palette with some of my favorite products from Nyx.  I wanted to use a red eyeliner, because I have never used a red eyeliner before, and it felt fitting.  Nyx is one of my favorite makeup brands because of the cost to quality ratio.  I really feel like you are getting your money’s worth on pigment, quality, etc. for not a lot of money.  This was my first time trying their vivid brights eyeliner (in Fire) and it was gorgeous!

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Unfiltered image of makeup.  Foundation: Maybelline Fit # 120

The sun was fading pretty fast by the time I was done this look, but I managed to catch some good light to take this photo.  I should also mention that these colors really bring out the green in my eyes.  Score!

The filter game with this palette is strong, as you will see in the next photo.  This is the one I uploaded to Instagram (pretty_and_practical), and it got a pretty good response.  I even got a like from Karity.  If you aren’t familiar with their products, Click Here.  I have been stalking their Instagram for awhile now, drooling over their pigmented shadows.  I’ve had their products applied to my face by other Makeup Artists, but I haven’t purchased from them myself.

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Filtered image for Instagram.

That filter makes me look like I’m caught in a sunset, and I love it!  I can only say good things about the new Heat palette by Urban Decay!  The colors have enough range to do a pretty day look, and a bolder evening look.  It’s the perfect palette for summer, and an even better option for autumn!

After I got the beauty look, I did have a little bit more fun before I took it all off, and crawled into bed.  The look below shows my inspiration photo, along with the “fun” look.  I’m obsessed with Egypt, and since I wanted to create a golden sunset look, I thought this photo was fitting.

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So happy with this palette!

You can buy this palette wherever Urban Decay products are sold.  If you are interested in seeing it in person, your local Ulta should have it on display, allowing you to play with the colors.  I managed to snag the last palette at my local Ulta, so don’t be surprised if they are sold out in store.  There are probably tons of other people out there who saw it in person, and just couldn’t resist!

xo Kat

 

A Family Of Fashionable Girls

I have loved fashion for as long as I can remember.  I wish I could say I was the most stylish kid on the block, but let’s be honest, my mom dressed me most of the time. (Plus, it was the late 80’s, into the 90’s.  Fashion wasn’t doing anything fantastic).   When I look back at my childhood photos I see a lot of leopard, velvet, and bright colors.  I can’t tell you how often I could be found rocking corduroy pants!

My daughters are growing up in a completely different world.  The fashion market for children has really expanded since I was a kid.  I love that I have girls to dress, but it can also be a challenge.  I never thought I would have such completely different daughters!

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Zia (oldest), Fae, and Charlie (youngest).

  My oldest daughter, Zia, is ten years old, and she has a style all her own.  She will coordinate entire outfits based on her favorite color of the moment.  Purple, pink, gold etc.  I can’t tell you how many times she has begged me for gold shoes, so she can make up an entire gold outfit!  I haven’t caved yet, but back to school shopping is starting soon.

Having three girls, I shop all the sales.  I sometimes shop in store, but I am usually purchasing online, because leaving the house with 3 kids isn’t the easiest task.  The younger two girls, Fae and Charlie, are easy to shop for online.  Zia and I will usually take a girls day and hit the stores, so she can try everything on.

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My girls on Easter

I like to dress my girls up in modern fairy-tale type outfits.  Not all the time, because let’s face it, kids get dirty.  Holidays are my favorite time to get them each a special outfit and dress them up.  I was working on a project a few months ago where I had to create a look based on one of my Pinterest boards.  I chose my Once Upon A Time board, and worked with Zia to create a look.  You can view my Pinterest board Here.

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My daughter Zia, wearing her Fairy-tale look.

My daughter Fae, is very much the middle child.  She can go from my sweet little fairy, to my cranky gremlin in 2.6 seconds.  She will be three years old in a few weeks, and she is also starting to experiment with her fashion.  We put her to bed in her pajamas, and she wakes up in an entirely different outfit!  I call this a mom win, because it means she is learning to dress herself!  Her current obsession is hats.

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Fae reminds me of Edith, from Despicable Me.

Fae could not be more different than her older sister, Zia.  Zia has jet black hair, and warm almond eyes, with gorgeous bronze skin.  Fae is as pale as the moon, with wispy blonde curls, and blue-green eyes.  Zia is wild and free, Fae is cautious and moody.  As much as I struggle with them sometimes, I enjoy watching them grow into these little people.  Charlie, being the baby, is just starting to show her personality, and I think she is going to be more like Zia.

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Fae’s Boho Look.

Charlie, as the youngest, has inherited most of her wardrobe from Fae, (and a few pieces leftover from Zia).  I do make a point to occasionally buy her an outfit that is all her own, especially for special occasions.  I have turned into the mom who loves to have her children match.  It’s hard to find outfits for all three of the girls to match sometimes, because of the age difference, but we still try because Zia insists.

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The little ones matching, and Zia having a pink day.  (Zia did have an outfit that coordinated with the little ones).

I recently came across this online boutique that has some of the most adorable little girls clothes I have ever seen, and falls right into that whole fairy-tale vibe.  It’s called Little Chocopink.  They have an entire section of Mommy & Me outfits!

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Mommy and Me Lily Skirts

I have been looking into doing another family photo shoot, now that Charlie is older, and we are living in South Carolina.  Charleston is absolutely beautiful, and the perfect backdrop for some great family photos.  I now know where I will be shopping for some cute matching outfits, for when that days comes!  Little Chocopink also carries accessories, to add to any adorable outfit!  (Shoes, headbands, sunglasses, you name it!)

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Helena Tulle Dress $33

The only down side I’m seeing (and this doesn’t apply to me), is no boy clothes.  Moms of boys will have to search elsewhere for stylish clothing, but I am sure they have their own adorable options!

Have you found any chic kids boutiques that you love?  Let me know, so I can check them out!

-Kat

 

 

Affordable Fashion Boutique!

I have a love of all things Free People, but my budget doesn’t.  I used to work for an E-Bay power seller, and they had racks and racks of designer clothes!  New, used, vintage, you name it, they had it, and I scored some pretty awesome finds through them.

Unfortunately with the Navy lifestyle, my family had to away.  Now I do my “rummaging” online, finding things I want or need, for the best price possible.  I recently came across this online boutique, with chic fashions that mimic the Free People style, for a lot less money!

The shop is called Ooh La Lou Boutique, and you can find them Here.  All their pieces are so feminine and pretty, and perfect for the South Carolina heat!  This Angel Lace Dress (below) is one of my absolute favorite pieces.  It comes in a sky blue, or Amethyst, and is only $33.99!

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Angel Lace Dress $33.99

I am not usually one to wear Maxi Dresses (because I am usually too tall for them), but I can’t deny that they have some beautiful ones.  Most of them have a slit, which is more my style, than the traditional Maxi, with no slit.  I also love that they have a fit and flare style.  The dress pictured below is available in white or navy blue!

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Fitting In Floral Maxi Dress $34.99

 

 

Ooh La Lou Boutique has a small assortment of shoes and jewelry, which does update occasionally.  They are a small boutique, and still growing, which makes them a great find!  Sometimes you need to find small online shops, to get more original pieces!

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Out Of My Skull Necklace $18.99

 

Click Here to check them out, and if you find something you love, use the code Lalou10 to get 10% off!  When visiting their website, you can also sign up to receive e-mails from them, to stay up-to-date on their latest styles!

-Kat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Makeup Looks

I became an officially Certified Makeup Artist in 2012, but my love for makeup goes back years.  I have always loved bold colors, and out of the box looks!  You can see some of the makeup looks I have done on photo shoots under my “portfolio” tab.  This post, however, is just about some of my favorite makeup looks I have done on myself.

I have a very fond relationship with the Covergirl Aquasmooth Foundation.  In most of these photos, that is what I am wearing.  For less than $10 you can get a beautiful coverage, that can be worn lighter or heavier, depending on how you apply it.  (Smaller foundation brush means heavier coverage).

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Now that I am living in South Carolina, I find myself not wanting to wear any sort of foundation when I go out.  It is just too hot, and no one wants to feel like their face is melting off in the heat.  For those days, I like to wear Aveeno CC cream.  It gives me the right amount of coverage and tint, but I don’t feel like I have anything on.

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Both products can be found at Ulta, or any local drugstore.

This first look, is my most natural, and takes only 10 minutes.  I used the Aveeno coverage, with a white eyeliner on the bottom to brighten my eyes (tired mom status), and a pretty pink eye shadow from Urban Decay.

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  I tend to use a lot of Nyx, Urban Decay, and Kat Von D right now.  Urban Decay and Kat Von D have some beautiful, bold pigments, that get the job done.  Nyx is really expanding their line, and you get some great quality for the money.  This next look is using the Covergirl Foundation, and Urban Decay eye shadows.

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P.S. My necklace in this photo is from my Online Boutique.  You can click Shop at the top of my site to check it out!

When I say I love bold color, I mean it.  When Urban Decay came out with their Electric Palette (right around my birthday), I had it on pre-order.  It is still one of my favorite palettes to use!  This next look I call my “Barbie” makeup.

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To give you an idea of what my skin looks like before foundation, the next photo shows a before and after.  I used the Covergirl foundation.  I am very pale, with freckles, and some minor sun damage from my childhood days of not wearing sunscreen.  I tend to get dark circles very easily when I don’t get enough sleep.  You can thank my daughters for that one.

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My absolute favorite time of the year is October.  I love the Autumn, and try to do some crazy makeup looks for Halloween.  I will miss being in New England for the Fall Foliage this year, but I look forwards to my first Halloween in the south!

This next look was using my airbrush machine, with some cool stencils I found at the craft store.  I also re-created this look on my oldest daughter for her school Halloween party, and she won most creative in the Halloween contest! (She was a dead pirate).

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I have so many looks that I have created over the years, but when I am looking for something colorful and easy to do, I revert to my sunrise eyes.  The next look is the makeup I tend to wear most often, because it is quick and easy, and I like the way it looks.

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Last, and certainly not least, is this next look.  I created it last night, using the Nyx glitter, and the Urban Decay electric Palette.  I wanted to do something fun and fierce.  It is a little over the top, and the glitter was a little difficult to work with, but that’s how you learn!

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I live in the Charleston, South Carolina area, and I am always willing to collaborate!  Message me with any questions, or interest in the products I used.

xoxo – Kat

Celebrate The 4th Of July In Style!

It goes without saying that the Fourth of July is a pretty big celebration day in America!  To help you celebrate in high style, I have created a few 4th of July inspired looks.  You can shop these looks by heading on over to my Polyvore site.  (Click Here).

This first look is more conservative, and so adorable!  Don’t think you can handle the heels?  Change them out for a cute pair of red sneakers!

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My personal Favorite from this look is the Coke can purse.  Only $29 at Gojane.com!

The next look is for those of you that aren’t into the whole “Red, White, and Blue” look, but still want to look chic during the celebration.

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If you are all about showing your American flag pride, this next look is for you!  Isn’t that top great?

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Still not keen on wearing Red, White, and Blue?  Check out this sassy outfit!  I am all about those shoes.

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This last look is for my pin-up ladies, and fellow Navy Wives.  Not only does this outfit look great for the 4th of July, but it also would make a great homecoming outfit!

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Click Here to check out more looks on my Polyvore account, and to also shop these amazing pieces!  Have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July!