Monday, March 18, 2019

A Verstaile Dress that helps a great cause






If you have been following me for a while, you know that I am all about buying versatile pieces that can be worn multiple ways.  When I saw this GREY MAXI DRESS from Talbots, I thought it was the perfect addition to my wardrobe.  Before I talk about different ways to style the dress, I wanted to let you know my favorite thing about it.  (Hint - It has nothing to do with what the dress looks like!)

Talbots has worked with O, The Oprah Magazine, to create a capsule collection and this dress is part of that collection.  (I love Talbots and Oprah, so I knew it would be good!)  My favorite part about this collection is that 30% of the net proceeds go to DRESS FOR SUCCESS.  This amazing organization is committed to helping women reach their fullest potential in life and work. According to the Dress For Success website, they are "an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, andante development tools to help women thrive in work and life."

You can give back and support Dress For Success in a few different ways.  First, you can purchase a piece from O, The Oprah Magazine collection from February 19 to March 31.  30% of the net proceeds from this collection go to Dress For Success.  During these dates, you can also make a monetary donation to Dress For Success at a Talbots store or on line HERE.

In addition to the partnership with Dress For Success, I love the details on this GREY MAXI DRESS and the fact that you can wear it multiple ways.  It has a flattering fit with a tie at the waist, cap sleeves and a side slit.  I dressed up the maxi a little by adding a fun leopard print scarf, some blush heeled sandals and matching blush accessories.   I plan to wear the dress in the cooler months layered under a blazer or denim jacket.  And for a more casual look, I am going to pair it with some slip on sneakers.  The possibilities are endless!


 

Before I go, I also have to share this adorable RAINCOAT and these pull on JEGGINGS that are also from Talbots.  Although they are not part of The Oprah Magazine collection, I wanted to share them because like the dress, they are versatile pieces that can be worn a bunch.  I love this raincoat so much I have even worn it when it isn't raining!  It is a perfect weight for Spring and I am in love with the color blocking.  And pull on jeggings can be worn with just about anything.  When you visit a Talbots store or their online shop to look at O, The Oprah Magazine capsule collection, you may want to take a look at these pieces too.

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A big thanks to Talbots and Stylinity for sponsoring this post.  All ideas, opinions and photographs are my own.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

My favorite style trend for spring

 


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Spring is finally here!  I love the fresh start that a new season brings and the opportunity to switch up my wardrobe to match the changing temperatures.  One of the style trends I am always a fan of in the spring is a kimono.  They are an easy way to elevate a very basic outfit and there are several ways to wear them.

One of the style options that I am sharing in these photos is to pair a kimono with some jeans and a basic t-shirt or cami.  You instantly look more put together with very little effort.  As I am sure my fellow busy mamas can agree, the less effort required to look put together the better!  As it warms up, you can also pair a kimono with a tank and shorts for a similar cute look.




Another way to style a kimono is to layer it over a dress. This will completely change the look of a basic tank or t-shirt dress.  It is a great way to add some additional color and dimension to an outfit with very little effort.  A kimono a also great option to wear over a dress to provide some warmth if you are going out at night when it could be a bit chilly.  Lastly, you can use a kimono as a cover-up over your swimsuit when you are at the pool or beach.

Kimonos come in all price points and the two I am styling in this post are very affordable at under $30.  They come in all different lengths and styles and I am sharing a few others I am loving below.  I have linked my outfits as well as my other kimono picks under each photo, so if you want to shop any of these items, just click the link below the photo.




I hope this post gave you some style inspiration on how to incorporate a kimono into your spring wardrobe.  Don't forget to follow me on LIKEtoKNOW.itINSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK for daily style posts.  And I have a surprise for you now...I am offering a fun giveaway with a few blogger friends, so read below on how to enter.  Thanks as always for reading Smart Southern Style!

Louella Reese-April Showers Rafflecopter GiveawayWith Spring upon us and April showers ahead, I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to give YOU a chance to win: a pair of Hunter Rain Boots of your choice ($150 value), a Hunter Umbrella of your choice ($50-60 value) and a pair of Hunter Rain Boot Socks of your choice ($50 value). That way you'll be fully prepared for those April Showers.  Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter. You’ll receive one entry per completion. This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada only and runs until 03/18/2019.Winner will be announced here. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, March 4, 2019

My everyday make up routine




Happy March, friends!  One of the blog posts that you all have requested the most is a round up of the make up products that I wear everyday. By no means am I a beauty or make up expert, but I have tried enough different products over the years to know what works best for me. I have included all of the products that I use below with links to each item. I hope this is helpful!  Also, don't forget to read all the way to the end of this post, because I have a fun surprise for you!

FOUNDATION:

I don't like a super thick foundation, so I mix a foundation and a tinted moisturizer for a more natural look.  I use this CLINIQUE FOUNDATION that improves skin radiance.  I wear the color "Neutral" & love the light reflecting quality of this product.  I mix it with this LAURA MERCIER TINTED MOISTURIZER in color "Natural Radiance".  I use equal parts of each and use this FOUNDATION BRUSH to apply.

POWDER:

I started using this BECCA POWDER about a year ago and love it.  It is very lightweight and blurs imperfections with a little luminosity.  I wear the color "Golden Hour" which I think would look good on any skin tone.  I use this POWDER BRUSH to apply.

CONCEALER:

I use this BENEFIT CONCEALER in shade light / medium.  I like that it comes in a little pot so you can use as little or as much as you need.  I use this CONCEALER BRUSH to apply.

BLUSH:

This NARS BLUSH has been my go to for years.  I wear the color "Orgasm" which is a neutral peachy pink that would look good on most any skin tone.  I like the angle and size of this BLUSH BRUSH.

HIGHLIGHER:

I started using this TARTE HIGHLIGHTER STICK about a year ago and love it.  I like that you can just roll it up, put in on your cheek bones (or wherever you want) and you are good to go! No mess, no applicators - so easy!

EYE SHADOW:

Before I put on my eyeshadow, I used this BENEFIT EYE SHADOW PRIMER.  It is a nude color and just helps your eyeshadow stay on better.  I have green eyes so I like to use some purple tones to bring out the color of my eyes.

With that said, if you have a different color eye, these colors may not be a great option for you.  Either way, they are all MAC EYESHADOWS and they come in TONS to colors so you are sure to find one that works well for you skin and eye color.  I use VEX as my all over color, HAUX on my eyelid & TRAX on my crease.

I use the following brushes for my shadow:  EYESHADOW BRUSH for all over the eye, EYELID BRUSH, & CREASE BRUSH.

EYE LINER:

Keeping the purple theme of my eye shadows, I also use this purple MAC LIQUID EYE LINER in color "Macroviolet".  I use a thin EYE LINER BRUSH to get a more detailed line.

MASCARA:

I love this BENEFIT MASCARA.  I have tried just about every mascara out there and this one makes my lashes look the longest.  Prior to applying the mascara, I use this CLINIQUE LASH PRIMER.  It helps the mascara stay on better and I think it helps my lashes look thicker too.

EYEBROWS:

I have light eyebrows, so I like to shade them to make them show up on my face a little better.  I use this BENEFIT EYEBROW KIT for shaping and filling my brows.  It comes in 6 different shades and I wear shade "02 - Light".

LIPSTICK:

Several times a week, I get a DM on Instagram asking which brand and color of lipstick I wear.  I actually have 3 different lipsticks that I rotate between, depending on what color I want.  The color I wear the most is this MAC LIPSTICK in the color "O".  It is a taupe plum color, and is definitely a darker shade.  When I want to wear more of a neutral taupe color, I will wear this URBAN DECAY LIPSTICK in the color "Backdoor".  Finally, when I want a lighter pink/plum shade, I wear this MAC LIPSTICK in the color "Plum Dandy".

I always wear lip liner with my lipsticks.  Before applying lipstick, I line my lips and completely fill them in with a lip liner.  I think this helps the lipstick stay on much better.  I wear one of two different color depending on if I want more of a dark bold lip or an everyday lip.  For a dark plum lip, I wear this MAC LIPLINER in the color "Plum".  Most days, I wear this neutral MAC LIPLINER in the color "Spice" under any of my lipsticks.

I hope this make up roundup was helpful!  If you have any questions about my makeup routine, feel free to comment below or SEND ME AN EMAIL.  Don't forget to follow me on LIKEtoKNOW.itINSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK for daily style posts.  And I have a surprise for you now...I am offering a fun giveaway with a few blogger friends, so read below on how to enter.  Thanks as always for reading Smart Southern Style!

Louella Reese-April Showers Rafflecopter GiveawayWith Spring upon us and April showers ahead, I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to give YOU a chance to win: a pair of Hunter Rain Boots of your choice ($150 value), a Hunter Umbrella of your choice ($50-60 value) and a pair of Hunter Rain Boot Socks of your choice ($50 value). That way you'll be fully prepared for those April Showers.  Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter. You’ll receive one entry per completion. This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada only and runs until 03/18/2019.Winner will be announced here. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway
 

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