• 2nd June
    2011
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Summer Beauty Products

Two things that don’t go together: peanut butter and ketchup. 

Just like summer heat and make-up. 

I find myself struggling to keep a decent appearance while living in the Florida heat 9 months out of the year. Lucky for you I have an arsenal of products perfect for the sweltering jungle and I’m sharing them with you!

1- Tinted moisturizer: Perfekt Skin Perfection Gel is a life saver for me come summer months. Foundation usually drips off my face within minutes of stepping outside so a tinted moisturizer is a perfect way to even your skin tone and keep a healthy glow! I love Perfekt because it’s sweat and water resistant (perfect for that mid-layout dip) and it also doubles as a tinted primer for under your evening make-up. The coverage isn’t as good as your daily make-up so expect to use some concealer on trouble spots. Be sure to try it on at your local Sephora as the tints can be a little darker than you’d expect.  

If you don’t want to go out and buy a tinted moisturizer, mixing a couple drops of your foundation with a face lotion containing SPF is an easy way to make your own. It’s light weight and you still get your coverage and protect your skin! 

2- Skin Hydrator: We all have fallen victim to staying in the sun a little too long after one too many drinks. Checking out our red skin immediately sobers us as we dread the eventual skin-shedding ritual our body will partake in. Lucky for us skin hydrators can help ease this process. June Jacobs has a great after sun hydrator that not only soothes your skin but also reduces redness and peeling, helping to maintain your tan. I use this product along with Maui Babe After Browning Lotion

3- Beachy Hair: There’s a reason why surfer chicks are lusted after other than their bangin’ bods…amazing, carefree hair. Thanks to a sweet little invention you can have the same hair without ever having to step foot in the ocean. Bumble and Bumble makes a great salt water spray that adds texture, body and shape identical to the wind-blown beach hair we all desire. There are plenty of other lines to try but B&B have a product that my stylist used on my hair and I saw great results :) The Tone It Up girls featured a video on how to get beachy waves explaining how to get the look:

              

4- Lip balm: Our skin isn’t the only thing needing protection from the sun’s rays…our lips are a prime target! Using a heavy lipstick or heavy color doesn’t fit the light, carefree style of summer so opt for a nude or neutral lip stain, gloss or tinted lip moisturizer. I like the Burt’s Bees line of tinted lip balms. Neutrogena also has a tinted lip balm with SPF 20 that works really well.

5- SPF: Last but certainly not least, you can’t forget the SPF for your skin. I love the Neutrogena line because I know it won’t clog my pores or leave my skin oily or dry. I am super cautious about what I put on my skin and Neutrogena offers the best with the best protection.  

With protecting your skin being the most important aspect of the summer, please take a moment to watch this video and share it. You never know who it can help…

               

Let me know what some of your favorite summer products are…I love testing out new stuff! 

  • 10th May
    2011
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Dress For Success: Concert Edition

Question on Twitter from @kellielgee

hey @marissajustmay! Any dressing tips for concerts? Heading your way this wkd for my bday and bon jovi! J

First off, happy birthday! There is nothing I love more than shopping for a birthday outfit and lucky for you, you get to tailor it to an awesome concert! Summer is just around the corner which means summer concert tours are about to start! As with dressing for any event, your circumstances will dictate what is appropriate, ie: what type of concert, who you are going with and where it is at (inside or outside). While you may have a certain look, it’s fun to dress to the genre of concert you are going to in order to blend in. I listen to EVERY type of music but definitely can’t wear my everyday outfits and expect to blend in at all of them. Here are some of my basics that I stick to when dressing for a concert:

  • Dress in theme: I try to tailor my outfit to the type of concert I am going to. If I head out to a country concert, you can find me in a sundress and boots ala Taylor Swift, or jeans and boots with a cute top. If one of my guy friends treats me to a hard rock concert I will no doubt play up the tough chick look and go for some skinny jeans, a hot top (black/grey/dark colors), pumps* and layer on the jewelry. Boy band/pop concert yields a multitude of outfits: jeans and heels*, cute tailored shorts and heels/fun flats or a cute dress. Just remember, you are at a concert, not a club. Mute your outfits in comparison to what you would wear if you were going out in Miami or Vegas.

*When wearing heels to a concert keep them on the shorter side. You will be standing and/or going up and down stairs. Keep ‘em shorter than 3 inches and make sure they’re comfy. Gel inserts where the balls of your feet rest will do wonders!

  • Location matters: If you’re going to a concert the setting will play a part in your outfit choice. If I was going to said country concert outdoors, I would never wear jeans unless it was in the dead of winter. A sundress, cut off jean shorts (that FULLY cover the butt) or a jean skirt would be great. If I am going to an outdoor rock concert, again, I would avoid the jeans and instead go with shorts, cute flats or maybe a flowy hippie-ish dress (see my sundress post and Gypsy 05 dress for inspiration), with stacking jewelry being the key component to this look. If you are at an outdoor concert, heels are usually never a good choice. You aren’t being paid to aerate the lawn and you don’t want to sink as you rock out. Look for a wedge or espadrille style shoe if you want some height. Indoor concerts remove weather as a factor in picking out your outfit just keep in mind the comment on heels I mention above.
  • Occasion for the concert: Most likely you aren’t going to this concert by yourself. Chances are you’re going with a group of friends or with a date. I love going to concerts with a group of friends because it gives us the chance to dress alike and in theme. For instance…how hilarious is it to see a bunch of late 20-something’s walk into a Bieber concert wearing “Bieber’s Cougars” homemade t-shirts (this is all hypothetical…I am not speaking from experience, I swear)?! Take advantage of a group concert and look for something fun to dress in! If you’re going to a concert for a date this gives you the chance to spice up your outfit just a tad. Instead of wearing flats, throw on those shorter heels or wedges. Retire the plain tank and replace it with a shimmery top. And don’t forget the jewelry! I was never a big accessories girl until I went on the show and had to learn how to upgrade a plain outfit and a couple pieces of jewelry do just that! Forever 21 has some inexpensive jewelry that you can stack and take your outfit to the next level!

So, @kellielgee, to answer your question…I would go with skinny jeans, some low profile peep toe heels or gladiator sandals and an oversized top or fun tank. And for the thousandth time…don’t forget the jewelry! :)

  • 6th May
    2011
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Fashion Friday: Summer Dresses

The rays of the sun, a hot summer breeze, salty beach air- all call for that perfect summer dress. 

This year I have seen dresses make huge fashion statements. I love dresses in the summer for multiple reasons: 1) I stay cool, 2) I can avoid awkward tan lines 3) they are super easy to throw on and still look cute and 4) when I pig out or drink, a flowy dress can hide my engorged belly :) 

Below are some of my fave dresses for this summer season:

1- Gypsy 05

                             

This is my absolute favorite dress this summer and I don’t care how many photos it shows up in. Boutique To You gave me this dress to wear on The Bachelor and sadly it never got its chance to shine. This Gypsy 05 number is made of an incredible light weight material and feels so good on. What I love best is that the dress is tailored to hit just at the top of your feet so you don’t step on it but then is a little longer in the back to give some drag. BTY offers an array of Gypsy 05 dresses…from short to long, sleeved to spaghetti strap to tube top. If you haven’t invested in a dress from Gypsy 05 yet, I highly suggest you do. So worth it and it will last you forever!

2- Target

                              

I love a good bargain. If you haven’t stopped into a Target recently you are drastically missing out. Above is one of my favorite styles they have in right now. The top has a sweetheart neckline and it also has a bodice which gives some structure and lift to your chesticles. It comes in multiple patterns and can be easily dressed up or dressed down.

                                 

This maxi dress is my second fave you can find at Target. It also comes in both solids and patterns and hugs the body to give the “I just threw this on yet am classy with a sprinkle of sexy” look :) 

3- J.Crew Factory

                                

                                

                                

One MAJOR bonus to living in the center of tourist-town is the great outlet shopping. Lucky for me (really bad for my bank account) J.Crew Factory is just down the street. Lucky for you J.Crew Factory has an outlet website (you can only purchase on the weekends but can browse 24/7) with the same outlet prices. Right now they have a plethora of cute dresses that can be worn to that dreaded summer outdoor wedding or to that first summer love dinner date ;) Be sure to check their clearance section, too. Outlet prices with a clearance discount…hello, items I must buy now!

One thing to remember, summer dresses are classic pieces that can last multiple seasons. It’s super east to change up an old dress by adding a cute belt, a colorful scarf or a lightweight cardi

Happy shopping! :D

  • 29th April
    2011
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Fashion Friday: Swimsuit Season!

Now that I have been kicking my butt back into shape I’m kinda gettin’ excited to do some swimsuit shopping! When I went on The Bachelor my lovely friends over at Boutique To You sent me some adorable suits to wear on the show. Vitamin A Swimwear has some amazing fits that flatter all body types! As someone who has nearly a negative size bust, these tops have just enough form to give you shape without making you a walking false advertisement.

The three suits I have from them are the bandeau top, the vixen top and the string bikini top. The bottoms are cinch butt only about a quarter of the way down (that way you don’t have a line going the whole way down your butt) and definitely flatter the rear ;)

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  • 28th April
    2011
  • 28
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National Epidemic: The Butt Crease

Yesterday I told y’all how I have lived off the “if you can’t tone it, tan it” mentality. And while I will never slam someone for hitting the tanning bed (I did it all through high school and now I will if I need to get a little glow before an event or if I need to get rid of a tan line that doesn’t match a dress neckline), I feel there is a definite epidemic stretching across pools and beaches everywhere and I must do my part by bringing this to the forefront of discussions. Florida girls, i’m most definitely talkin’ to you…

The butt crease. Guys, you ever see a chick in her bathing suit, start checkin’ her out, admiring her goods, only to get to her rear end and notice that under her tan, cupped booty are pale creases? Well, now you know that chick you’re oogling hits the tanning bed and apparently doesn’t know how to do it right.

                       

                                       yup…the butt crease

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