Friday, July 18, 2014

Smokey Eye How-to: Step By Step

Ring: Camplandon Connect ring | Lipstick on Mary, right: Kismet Cosmetics Orchid Haze 

We're beyond excited to share with y'all another one of our most requested beauty tutorials ever - the smokey eye. Don't be daunted! This sultry nighttime look is easy to achieve and super fun to sport. We're thrilled to have collaborated with our friend Birmingham based photographer Kate Tully of Tully House Photo. Kate has a talent for beauty work, as the lovely shots in this post attest - definitely check out her link to see more from her recent shoots. 

Now, for this shimmery smokey, which I'll break down for you step by step. : ) 

After priming your lids with a good eyeshadow primer (like Stila's Prime Pot), use your finger to smudge on a shimmery charcoal or espresso cream eyeshadow across your lids. Chanel's Illusion D'Ombre cream shadow is one of our favorites. Lindsey is using Mirafique on me here. Also, you probably notice I am already wearing a little eyeliner on top here - that's because I came straight from work to this shoot. You can add eyeliner on yourself in a later step. : ) 

Use an eyeshadow brush to lightly blend the cream shadow, softening the effect.

Apply a layer of a rich, pigmented pencil eyeliner along the top lash line, and then follow with a bit along the inner lashline as well. Here, Lindsey is using Chanel Le Crayon Kohl in Noir

Ha, we struggle to keep a straight face when applying makeup on each other : D. 

Finish with a couple of coats of volumizing mascara. Here, I am using Chanel Le Volume. If you want Jessica Simpson lash drama, try this mascara. I only applied it to my lop lashes, which tends to be my preference. For full on drama, apply a swipe to your lower lashes as well. 

Vintage white button ring: Jess Leigh Jewels 

Ta dahh! Shimmery, smokey gorgeousness. 

Necklace: Jess Leigh Jewels

Hope y'all have a happy Friday and a blessed weekend! : ) 

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Denim and Jewels

Necklace: The Emma ($25) | Shorts: Gentle Fawn from Manhattan South boutique | Old shirt from Gap
2014 has been a year of blessings and opportunity. I am so thankful for God's goodness and faithfulness after moving past a tougher season in my life. We've been incredibly blessed lately to have so many opportunities to work with talented creative people in Birmingham as well as internationally. It's been exciting to develop so many new friendships and collaborations both here and abroad. This post is particularly special because it highlights some beautiful (and crazy affordable!) pieces of jewelry from a boutique we adore based in Montreal, Shals, that happens to be our first ever collaboration. Scroll through this post and then peruse her jewelry and home decor offerings via her online store and Instagram account, and you'll see why we love her so much. You'll want to note that Shals has just lowered her prices. Yes, lower than the current listings on her website ; ). Very exciting! We've included the new prices for you here in the photo captions. We have yet to find a boutique that offers high quality, beautiful pieces for such low cost. Nothing from her store looks cheap. Quite the contrary. The necklace I'm wearing here, the Emma, is our newest piece, paired with an old, super cozy Gap shirt and athletically influenced denim shorts by Gentle Fawn, which I'm obsessed with, from Manhattan South boutique. Love!

Shals' sparkly pieces look just as lovely with a casual cotton tee as they do with a dressier ensemble. In this post, we opted for a laid back, all-denim theme(!) and had the pleasure of working with our talented friends, Birmingham based fashion photographers Rachel and NoahRay Echols. We wanted to show a different, more personal side of ourselves for this shoot - bare feet, lighter makeup, comfortable. We're so pleased with these shots! Hope you enjoy! : )

Lindsey wears another one of our newest pieces from Shals, the Chare necklace, $20, with a top we love from Manhattan South.

Necklace: The Chare ($20) | Shirt from Manhattan South boutique
Jeans:Old TEXTILE Elizabeth and James
Necklace: The Tal ($20) | Jacket: Old Zara | Sunglasses: Sunset45
Earrings: The Yani ($20) | Bangles: The Lila ($20 for set of 4) | Top: Old Joie | Shorts: Free People

Necklaces, from top: The Stella ($20) & The Kieran ($30) | Shirt: Old Vince | Jeans: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Swimsuit top: Triangl

Necklace: The Sha ($25) | Shirt: Old Patterson J. Kincaid
Hat: NoahRay's : ) 
Necklace: The Stella ($20) | Sunglasses: NoahRay's : ) 
Necklace: The Stella 
We're also fans of Shals' home decor items, which make nice gifts. We have this mirrored box, this mirrored tray, as well as this mirrored tray on display in our house. Be sure to check out Shals' Instagram page to see a wider variety of jewelry and decor to choose from, and you can always email her for price info and questions:

Happy Monday!

xx, M
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sunset45 Little Luxuries: TRIBAL

Earrings: Sunset 45
Tribal was the theme of our latest Sunset45 little luxuries boxes. Lots of bold, colorful pieces inside : ). So fun for summer. Along with the jewelry, we were excited to see more makeup in this month's boxes. We each received a gorrrrrgeous electric red lipstick by NYX in our boxes, which we're wearing here in the photos along with a loose shimmer powder blush by Hello Waffle. The sheen of the formula looks amazing when the light hits it. It also looks good applied as an eyeshadow. On our nails, we're wearing some pretty new OPI nail shades that were included. I'm wearing a summery orange, and Lindsey has on deep purple chocolate hue. But back to the lipstick...  this is a fresh, youthful shade of red. So pretty. We totally love it, and the formula feels ultra smooth like a balm. 

For this shoot, we had the opportunity to work with Birmingham based photographer Mary Catherine McFehr, who was such a delight, on the rooftop of a building in downtown Birmingham. The combination of the wind and the setting sun seemed to have brought out a little attitude in us. ; ) The three of us had a blast.

Between our two CLASSIC and LAVISH Sunset boxes, there were four pairs of earrings, a statement necklace, and colorful bracelet. See photo captions for details.

We still keep reaching for this pair of sunnies that came in our previous month's boxes. Adore! 

Necklace and Sunnies: Sunset45

Cuff bracelet: Sunset45
Earrings: Sunset45

Bracelets: Sunset45
Stay tuned for a followup post featuring more hot new Sunset45 tribal looks. For more on these little luxuries boxes, how to subscribe, as well as giveaway opportunities, check out SunsetShop on Instagram here. Happy Tuesday, y'all!

x, M

First look: Free People top and shorts | Jess Leigh Jewels Necklace and ring | Elizabeth and James elephant ring| Shopshals gold bangles | Second look: Show Me Your Mumu T Rex dress | Third look: Free People tank top | BCBG skirt | Fourth look: Necklace designed by Anne Conway of Alabama Funk | Old pair of Versace Sunnies | Marc By Marc Jacobs Jeans | Gucci heels Pin It
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