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Classic Everyday Pieces

I often get asked about what my wardrobe essentials are.  They are things like a great pair of white skinny jeans, a pair of light wash jeans, the perfect fitting white T, a white button down, and a chambray shirt… They are pieces that can easily be mixed and matched to create an endless amount of classic outfits. Classic Everyday Pieces Free Assembly The Free Assembly collection at Walmart Fashion legit has all of the classic everyday pieces you want and need, plus they’re all so reasonably priced!  From that perfect fitting white T (seriously this one is the best – it’s a creamy white and the cut is SO good), to this chic cream cardigan with tortoise buttons, and this crisp white button down – the collection is full of effortless, classic pieces.  Plus I love that the brand is committed to sustainability. Here are the stand out pieces from my most recent order… The Perfect T-Shirt I ordered this T-shirt in both the creamy white and grey – and LOVE both.  It’s loose, but not overly boxy (I took my normal size) and drapes beautifully.  The best part is, it’s $12 and comes in several other neutral colors. Lightweight Spring Jacket This soft creamy white canvas jacket is stunning in person and will be my go-to lightweight jacket to throw over sundresses and tanks in the spring.  It’s true to size, and the tortoise buttons really elevate the overall look.  I can see myself wearing it around town or even to a casual dinner with sneakers or sandals. Cream Cardigan I’ve been looking for the perfect creamy knit cardigan for a while, and this one really wow’d me.  It’s only $28.  My normal size was ideal for this style, and I can see myself wearing it over a simple slip dress, a silky tank, or alone with jeans. White Button Down You can never have too many white button downs in your closet, and this one will be a staple year round.  It’s not too sheer so you don’t need to wear anything underneath, isn’t overly long so it can be worn tucked out, and has a slimmer fit so it’s really flattering on!  I have a feeling this will sell out in the white color quickly. So definitely snap up your size while you can! Shop more of my favorite classic pieces from the Free Assembly collection at Walmart Fashion below – including this great chunky knit crewneck sweater, these white denim shorts, these light wash straight leg jeans, and this simple long sleeve t which is great for throwing on before or after a workout.
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How To Create A Glam Makeup Look

I looooove a smoky eye for day or night. I typically do a subtle smoky eye during the daytime, and then blend darker colors over my crease for night. Estée Lauder’s new ACT IV makeup collection by her great granddaughter; Danielle Lauder, is full of DREAMY products that are perfect for achieving a gorgeous daytime glow, or a more dramatic evening look. As an actress, Danielle is constantly in front of the camera so she KNOWS how important the right makeup is. Not only are the products aesthetically pleasing – I mean just look at this marble packaging (swoon!), but they also blend beautifully and come in stunning colors that look good on everyone. My Favorites from the Estee Lauder ACTIV Collection Cinemattic Complexion Liquid This is a light, translucent liquid that you put under your makeup. It completely smooths out your skin so it’s soft and velvety making it the ideal canvas for your foundation. Spotlight Highlighter You know I am obsessed with highlighter. Even on days when I don’t want to wear makeup, I still put a touch of highlighter down my nose and on my cheekbones – it makes you glow. This one is lovely and gives you a sun kissed glow. Party Puff Starlucent Filtered Powder My secret to not having a shiny forehead in photos is powder. Even if I’m not being photographed, I still like to put powder over my T-zone which is prone to getting oily. It sort of sets my makeup for the day, and just smooths everything out. At first I was scared that the coral color of this one would be too much, but it actually just gave me a pretty, rosy glow. I love that it made my makeup stay perfectly in tact ALL NIGHT. Best Picture Multi-Look Palette This palette comes with 4 colors; ivory, lavender, coral and charcoal. I used the ivory and charcoal to create my smoky eye and added extra charcoal in the crease at night for a more glam makeup look. Each one was blendable, and I loved that one some are matte and some are shimmery! Brushed by Fame Makeup Brush Kit I have been looking for a travel friendly, aesthetically pleasing makeup brush kit forever. This is legit the PERFECT one and comes in a luxurious satin travel case. Lip Duet Tint and Balm If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I am not a big lipstick wearer. They’re usually too matte or dry for me. Danielle came up with a solution for this – and created a duo lip tint + balm. The balm is silky and gives you instant hydration, while the tint gives you just the right amount of color. Luxe Lip Creme Like I said, I’m usually not a huge lipstick fan. But the texture of these lipsticks is SO creamy and soft. Plus the colors; a vibrant coral and a cool deep rose, are to die for!!!! 5 Tips for Creating A Glam Makeup Look Over the years, I’ve picked up a few tips + tricks from makeup artists and friends and wanted to share 5 to get you feeling glamorous and ready for any occasion!! Use highlighter to brighten + lift your face. I like to apply a small strip down my nose (you can use your finger or a clean small eyeshadow brush), on my cheekbones (I use a blush brush), and also right below my eyebrow which really brightens and opens my eyes. The key to a professional looking eyeshadow look is BLENDING. Use soft windshield wiping motions to blend a light eyeshadow across your entire eye. For a smoky effect, use a dark color on the very outside crease and go in circular motions with a long fluffy shadow brush to blend the light + dark colors. Putting a lip balm on before you add a swipe of lipstick is truly key when you want to achieve a beautiful lip. It makes ALL the difference in the world and fills in any dry spots or creases so your color lasts for hours. Powder makes the biggest difference in the world. I only started using it 2 years ago and can’t believe how much smoother my complexion looks on camera. It gives you an even, finish without any shine which honestly ruins a photo!!!! Just take the all over face brush from the brush kit here or use the puff to light dab powder on your T-zone and cheeks. You can use the lightest color in your eyeshadow palette (the ivory one in here would be ideal!) as a highlighter if you’re traveling or on the go and limited on space. That little extra sweep of eyeshadow under the brow bone will lift your entire face and make you look more awake!Shop the entire ACTIV Collection from Estee Lauder below!
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Why I Love Dry Shampoo

Why I Love Dry ShampooThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Waterl<ss. All opinions are 100% mine. Can I tell you a secret? I only wash my hair twice a week. Yep, just two times a week. Are you a twice a week kinda gal too? I used to wash my hair every.single.day until I found out that was a major no-no. My hair just looks SO MUCH BETTER on day 2, 3 and even 4 of not washing it. The texture is PERFECT and I actually have volume! Why You Shouldn’t Wash Your Hair Every DayWashing your hair every day strips your scalp of its natural microbiome and can cause dryness and inflammation. It can also make your hair look and feel lifeless and brittle (trust me I know because this happened to me after years of doing it!) When you do wash your hair, you only need a quarter size amount – anymore than that is a waste. Benefits of Dry ShampooSo what do I use to keep my hair fresh and clean in between washes? Dry shampoo. It’s my secret haircare weapon and I never leave home without it! I bring it on ALL of my trips – like this last one I just took to Paris. I love the texture I get in between washes. It really is so much more voluminous and holds curl way longer. Not all dry shampoos are created equal and achieve that voluminous/fresh look though. In fact, many leave behind a white powder and residue which is SUPER evident if you have dark hair like mine. I was so excited when haircare line Waterl<ss reached out to me about their completely clear, residue free dry shampoo + conditioner. Waterl<ss Dry Shampoo + ConditionerWaterl<ss was created by a very small team of scientists. Right after creating the line, they were able to implement and see real life results when the people of Cape Town were hit with a serious drought/water scare. They sent their products over ASAP, and the response they received was overwhelmingly positive. I’m not surprised because I fell in love with the products right after trying them too. First of all, I LOVED the smell and I am someone who is super sensitive to smells. Second of all, both products are completely clear and lightweight, so they left ZERO residue behind which is rare for dry shampoos. And third, they both WORK. My hair smelled great, was refreshed seconds after spraying it, and it felt stronger especially after using the dry conditioner. The dry shampoo is something I use multiple times a week – morning and night (if need be for date night!), and the dry conditioner is a great treatment to use after curling my hair too many days in a row. You can learn even more about the brand here! How many days a week do you wash your hair? What are some of your haircare concerns? Shop Waterle<ss products here! To find out more about Waterl<ss products check out the new website or find them in stores at Target, Sally Beauty, Walmart and CVS.
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How To Have A Cozy Night In

How To Have A Cozy Night In Thomas and I have been nesting like crazy this month, and it’s been SO fun staying home, relaxing, cooking, and listening to music in our living room. We recently upgraded our music game with this fun record player and I have to say, it makes all the difference. There’s just something about listening to vinyl records on an old school record player, curled up on the couch, that that can’t be beat. This record player comes in a ton of different colors and patterns, but I went with this classic tan linen one. It’s the perfect addition to any home, apartment, or office because it’s compact, light, and easy to travel with (when it’s closed it looks like a vintage briefcase!) It’s also really cute as a decorative addition to a bar cart, coffee table, console, or dresser. With the holidays coming up, a vinyl record player is THE perfect “gift for him” – your significant other, dad, brother, will love it! And of course it would make a fab “gift for her” – especially if you have a music junkie mom or girlfriend! It looks WAY more expensive than $50 doesn’t it? Yep it’s $50 and arrived in 2 days from Walmart!!! Walmart carries a ton of vinyl records – both old and new to go along with the record player. They have everyone from Lana del Rey to Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Frank Sinatra and The Beatles. I LOVE Al Green so I couldn’t resist getting this vinyl record too! Shop more of my favorite vinyl records + record players below – and enjoy your weekend!
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