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Outfit Idea: Coral Skinnies and Stripes

3 May

My love of stripes is well documented on this blog, in my closet and all over my Pinterest board. I can’t help myself… they are classic, chic and sophisticated which I love. I’m also infatuated with the bright denim this spring and these Old Navy Rockstar skinny jeans are my new favorites…they are super comfy, a great color and only $30! This is one of my favorite casual spring time outfits, perfect for running errands, writing or hanging out on the weekend. With the bold jeans, bright nails and statement jewelry I like grounding the look and taking the girly quotation down a bit with a neutral bag, shoes and my  favorite utilitarian JCrew army jacket. I bought it a few seasons ago, and I wear with everything from maxi dresses to and sandals in the summer to skinny jeans and boots in the fall.

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Gotta Have Bright Jeans: Splurge versus Steal

25 Apr

I really can’t get enough of bright colors when spring and summer roll around. I love bold decorative pillows on the couch, bright statement necklaces, and all the great color in clothing this season…especially the bright jeans! I’m at heart, a jeans a t-shirt girl, so the opportunity to jazz up my go to look is very exciting. Tons of celebs including Cameron Diaz, Kate an Pippa Middleton, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rachel Bilson, just to name a few, are loving the look of colored jeans lately. On a recent trip to JCrew I couldn’t get enough of the candy colored denim adorning the shelves. You can pair them with everything from a silk blouse and nude heels for a sophistacted look to chambray shirt and flats for something more laid back. With my penchant for deals I had to do a splurge verusus steal so you know you can rock this trend no matter your budget. And by the way, I have to say the Old Navy Rockstar skinny jeans come in tons of different colors and are my favorite go to jeans in my closet. The fit is amazing, nice rise,  stretchy and comfortable and perfect for ladies (like myself) who have a bit of a booty and athletic legs:) Plus, they are under $35!!! SO weather you want a splurge or steal, this is a really fun and fashionable way to wear jeans so I totally recommend picking up a pair for spring!

  1. J Brand skinny twill jeans in bright blue $175
  2. J Brand skinny twill jeans in coral $170
  3. Rage and Bone jeans in aqua blue $190
  4. Old Navy Rock Star Jeans $35, these come in blue, coral, yellow and green. It’s easiest to find them in stores as oppose to online.
  5. Gap Skimmer legging jeans $59.95.
  6. Blank NYC jeans, $88

Top 10 Spring Beauty Must Haves

17 Apr

When spring finally makes it’s long awaited appearance, I can’t wait to pack away my sweaters, store my boots and break out my bright colors, maxi dresses and sandals. I adore spring time since and I love that we still have an entire summer of warm weather, al fresco dining and fabulous spring and summer styles to look forward to. As the season changes, along with switching out my wardrobe, I’m always sure to update my makeup. Plus, picking up an on-trend lipstick like this one from Revlon is a great way to update your look for spring for under $10. For spring time beauty this year, I love soft shimmery corals, subtle bronze skin, neutral eyes and a bold lips paired with a pastel manicure and pedicure. Here are  10 of my spring makeup favorites!

  1. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer: This is my go to for spring and summer coverage. It leaves your skin looking flawless and it has a rich moisturizing texture that gives you coverage without looking like heavy makeup. It’s perfect for warm weather and a go to for top celebrity makeup artists.
  2. Stila Eyeshadow in Sun: I love this and I’ve been wearing it for years! It’s a beautiful soft shimmery coral that looks great on it’s own or you can apply it wet for more intensity.
  3. Benefit Sun Beam highlighter: Properly placed highlighter gives you supermodel-like cheekbones and this soft gold shade creates such a beautiful and ethereal glow for spring.
  4. Stila Lip Glaze and Apricot: This looks great placed over a bold lip color to tone it down and add subtle shimmer or on it’s own for a sexy, nude lip.
  5. Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette: Bobbi Brown is knows for her perfect nude shades and creating the most flawless “no-makeup-makeup” looks. This palette is great because you get some many shades that look great on many different skin tones.
  6. Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer: A great bronzer is key for spring and summer. I wear mine all the time which is how I justify the splurge for this Guerlain bronzer:)
  7. Revlon Lipstick in Persian Melon: Bold lips are the must have beauty look for spring and this color is perfectly on trend without being too out there. I always like to pick drugstore brands for my more adventurous beauty choices so I’m not breaking the bank.
  8. Essie nail polish in To Buy or Not To Buy: A soft and shimmery lavender, this shade is the perfect spring time pastel.
  9. Julep Nail polish in Hayden
  10. Jergens Natural Glow Express Body Moisturizer: Simply apply this everyday and you’ll have a great, natural looking streak free, safe tan in no time!

DIY Exfoliating Body Scrub

20 Mar

With spring just around the corner a body scrub is essential to slough off all those winter layers to reveal soft, smooth, radiant skin. I’ve wanted to make my own scrub for a while and after a failed (and sticky) attempt with a honey and sugar recipe, I settled on this salt scrub. I love it since you probably already have all the ingredients…olive oil, sea salt and lemons… in your kitchen! Now, not only does the salt act a as fabulous exfoliant, it also has therapeutic properties that help with sore muscles and circulation. Salt’s also odor free, so the lemon adds a lovely citrus scent while the olive oil acts to soften and moisturize the skin. I like to scrub away on dry skin before taking a shower, after a quick  rinse my skin is super soft, hydrated and glowing…just in time for spring!

While the recipe calls for 5 tablespoons of salt I wanted to make a whole jar so I went with a cup of salt. You can use sea salt, or if you want to be indulgent you could try a course pink Himalayan salt. I also used less olive oil…just enough to moisten the salt and then squeezed in half a lemon. Voila… super easy and affordable, DIY, exfoliating body scrub!

3 Ways to Have a Fit Fab Weekend

20 Jan

I’m always looking to push myself out of my comfort zone. Admittedly sometimes change can be a little scary but, after all, it is how I end up having new experiences and growing. There are big changes like jobs, going back to school and deciding where to live and then there a smaller changes like finally trying Indian food that while less impactful still open me up to new things life has to offer. Sometimes I love it ( like naan bread and lentils…now totally obsessed) and sometimes I’m not the hugest fan but when I make little moves outside my confort zone I find doing so makes making the big changes easier and easier. That’s sort of the theme behind this week’s “Fit Fab Weekend”…Here are three simple little changes you can make to what you normally do and hopefully you’ll find something that you love and maybe you’ll even grow a little in the process. Either way I wish you a Fit Fab Weekend:)

– Cait

  1. Swap your weekend ponytail for a fun and flirty braid. Braids are really in right now and they are a chic and simple way to add style to your weekend look.
  2. Do a little makeup update and try a bold lip. This is actually a great weekend look because you don’t need much makeup other than mascara and a great lipstick. It’s chic, polished and fun…check out my tutorial below if you want to try it.
  3. Switch up your workout routine. Variety is the spice of life and it’s how you keep seeing results from your workouts. If you usually run outside then try some hills on the treadmill, if you’re always indoors try taking your workout outside, if you’re a cardio junkie then lift some weights and vice versa. Bottom line, just do the opposite of what you usually do for a weekend workout. If you’re always running take a walk and so on…you’ll be amazed at how the change will benefit your mind and your body. The thing is our bodies are super smart and adapt to what we do frequently so that 3 mile run you’ve been doing is great, but if you’ve been doing it for 2 years you’re not burning as many calories anymore.  If you switch it up with a strength training session you’ll be amazed at the results you get. The Total Body Toning Circuit Workout Video below is a favorite from my fitness classes…but the best thing is you can do it at home!