Style Sunday | Casually Fine

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Socializing is such sweet sorrow. In the Midwest as soon as the weather breaks a swarm of invites flood my inbox and I’m left in distress wondering, what am I going to wear? When in doubt I always go for what I refer to as casually fine. A great pair of jeans, a sexy blouse, and a great pair of shoes can take you anywhere from an art exhibit to a night club.

The important aspect of bringing these natural elements together is the fit of the jeans and the fabric of the blouse. The jeans should hug you in all the right places and enhance your shape.I recently ordered these white jeans from Fashion to Figure, and they are perfect. The denim doesn’t have too much stretch, so they hold their shape while managing to be comfortable

To elevate your casual look be sure your blouse is made of a luxe fabric (silk is ideal but let’s be realistic any flowing fabric will do the job). The shirt will provide a contrast to the jeans, and you can use your accessories to add additional texture and interest to your outfit. This simple combination will give you an ultra-chic New York street style vibe, and it will take less than 15 minutes to put together. What are your go-to looks when you receive a last minute invitation? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Jeans: Fashion to Figure, Top: Fashion to Figure, Shoes: Just Fab

 

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This post was sponsored by Fashion to Figure all opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

Shop With Me | Cincinnati Consignment

 

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If a tourist came to Cincinnati, Ohio and asked me what does my city have to offer my answer would be shopping and eating. If you are in the know, Cincinnati is an excellent place to secondhand shop (and eat). With so many local thrift stores and consignment shops, the odds are ever in your favor. One shop that I stop in regularly is Legacies in Hyde Park.

Legacies is a consignment shop that sells furniture, home goods, clothing, and accessories. I love the variety that I find in Legacies the furniture is always in good shape, and the jewelry selection is so unique. It’s the perfect place to shop when you’re looking for pieces that you won’t see anywhere else to give your home those extra personal touches. You can donate and shop at Legacies, and the proceeds benefit the Cancer Support Community.

Here a few of my thrifting rules:

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See Past the Moment:

Look at the shape of the furniture before you judge the color or fabric. If you’re buying furniture on a budget and you see a couch with a great shape in a color you don’t like, consider getting a sofa cover or large throw blanket to bring the piece back into context for your space.  If you have money to spend, and you have found a piece that looks similar to a high-end piece that you have had your eye on but you dislike the upholstery buying the piece and having it reupholstered is the perfect option for a custom design.

Art on A Budget

Can’t afford to invest in art, it’s all good, the best place to find interesting pieces on a budget is at the consignment shop. I always manage to find a gem every time I’m in Legacies. When searching for art secondhand look for pieces that have quality framing and interesting details. I loved this framed fan it would look great in a bedroom or a bathroom.

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Jewels on Display

I adore costume jewelry, and the best place to find interesting pieces is Legacies. With an extensive selection of jewelry, you will not be disappointed. Looking for a cool broach? Legacies also have an impressive assortment of interesting clip on earrings the endless selection will make it hard to leave a piece behind.

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Traditional Pieces Within Reach

When you finally have a great dining room set adding, the finishing touches can make a big difference. A set of china can set you back a pretty penny. I have found beautiful China and traditional tea sets, and coffee services at Legacies for reasonable prices. I find that the entire set is sold at one price. Having the right serving ware makes entertaining a breeze.

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Last But Not Least

If you love something don’t make the mistake of not purchasing an item, it will be gone when you come back. Trust me I know from experience.

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Legacies Upscale Resale is located at 3854 Paxton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45209

For more information about Legacies go to http://www.shoplegacies.com/

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Style Sunday | Cute Tees and LPs

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Yesterday was National Record Store Day; I collect classic soul records I had to make my way to my local record store and pick a few albums. Music influences you to have fun so I thought I would share one of my  more laid-back weekend looks.

Weekend wear is more than just athletic wear it’s your opportunity to wear pieces that reflect your personality. I think of it as my time to sport my quirky grown-up looks that I wouldn’t wear into the office. The weekend is a great time to be adventurous and try out overalls, a fun floral headband, funky sneakers, or a bright colored statement piece. Grown-ups can have fun too there are ways to step outside the norm but there is a thin line between offbeat fun pieces and full on costumes.

I love breaking fashion rules and playing with prints and when I do I try to keep the rest of my look simple. I enjoyed combining this t-shirt that I found at H&M and my Mr. Kate pendant necklace it’s my clever way of expressing my inner unicorn without looking like a My Little Pony.

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Skirt: Simplybe, Shirt H&M sold out Similar, Necklace: Mr. Kate, Shoes: Old, Hat, Torrid old

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Style Sunday | Skincare After 30

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You may not know this, but I am a skincare junkie. The beauty aisle in Walgreens is my wallet’s worst enemy. My routine was down to science but after 30 my skin started to change, and I had to change my regimen. It is important to notice differences in your skin as you age because you want to focus your skin’s ever-changing needs.

During my twenties, my skin was more prone to breakouts and oily and now that I am thirty I have combination skin (some parts of your face are dry or flaky while the center part of your face, nose, chin, and forehead are oily). Before I changed my routine, I was treating my skin for a breakout that wasn’t happening which was drying out my skin. I noticed my skin looked dull, and I was having issues with hyperpigmentation which left dark marks on my skin.

I am an original gangster of skin from way back ( I had Noxima on deck in ’95) I have been into skin care systems for as long as I can remember. The three steps to remember are cleanse, tone, and moisturize. You can cater all three of these steps to dry, oily or combination skin.What you chose to use for each step is based on what works best on your skin.I’m sharing my current obsessions below:

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Cleansing

I have used every variation of cleanser, foaming, exfoliating beads, and cream cleansers. My favorite cleanser delivers on its promise without all the bells and whistles. Formula 10.0.06 Best Face Forward is a gel cleanser that delivers, I would not recommend this product to anyone with dry skin. Formula 10.0.06 gets my skin super clean without stripping my skin of its natural oils

I have also added a facial brush into my cleansing routine, and I like to call it my poor woman’s Clarisonic. I apply a small amount of my cleanser and few drops of water and scrub in a circular motion with the facial brush. The brush helps the cleanser penetrate deeper into the skin, and it also exfoliates.

I never understood why your daytime skin care should differ from your nighttime routine until now. When I want to take off my makeup at the end of the night, I want it all off in one easy step. I have been using Neutrogena Cleansing Facial Oil for about three months, and I am completely addicted to washing my face with oil. Washing with oil is so gentle and is effective it even takes off my eye makeup.

I have also tried washing my face with extra virgin olive oil. It did remove all my makeup, and if I had dry skin I would continue washing my face with extra virgin olive oil, I prefer Neutrogena because it is lighter than olive oil but it’s worth giving a try, just be sure to rinse your skin thoroughly with warm water.

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Toning

I love toner even when I am strapped for cash I use Witch Hazel as an inexpensive option. I recommend using a toner if you use SPF on your skin (that should be everyone) or wear heavy makeup. Toner removes oil and traces of excess dirt that your cleanser did not remove.

I have opted out of traditional toners and started using micellar water. I’m head over heels in love with micellar water it’s so refreshing sometimes traditional toner can be abrasive.

I’ve tried two different brands Simple Cleansing Micellar Water and Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. I used the Simple brand first and I if you don’t wear heavy makeup then you will like this product. I prefer the Granier SkinActive water because I do wear makeup and it is great for cleansing my skin on a morning when I’m running late and don’t have time to go through my whole regimen.

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Moisturising

I have no loyalty when it comes to moisturizers because I live in the Midwest so depending on the season my skin needs different things. I do look for products that promote brightening skin because of my hyperpigmentation. Right now I am using Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter with SPF 15. I do like it and it’s light and efficient but depending on how hot it gets this summer I may have to transition into a lighter moisturizer.

Once again my nighttime routine has changed I have read that your skin absorbs more product in your sleep than while you are awake. I love Loreal Age Perfect night cream, and I see an improvement in my skin since adding a night cream into my regimen.There can be times when the day takes a toll on my face and at the end of the night I apply my night cream, and when I wake up the next day, my skin looks refreshed.

What’s your skincare routine? Tell me what is your standby product in the comments below.

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Style Sunday | Blown Away

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The Essential Ingredient For You Spring Wardrobe

When you are a Midwest blogger, you just have to work with the weather you get. I found the silver lining in this weekend’s windstorm if mother nature saw fit to provide me with a diva fan who I am to complain ( Beyonce pays good money for her fan, and I got one for free!). Spring is in full effect, and I could not wait to pull out my lightweight trench from Boohoo.com.

I love this trench because it is lighter than a traditional trench coat and can be worn as a duster. When pulling together separates always use the rule of three shirt, pants, and a wildcard item. The wildcard can be a blazer, jacket, sweater, or a scarf. The third piece adds dimension and polish. I like to think the third piece creates upscale casual when you receive a compliment you’ll be able to say “Oh, I just threw this on.” Honestly, once you begin to work the wildcard piece into your routine, it will be effortless.

All body types need a trench coat for spring. It’s the perfect accompaniment to every outfit a trench is like seasoning salt you put it on everything . You can throw a trench coat over almost any outfit, and it enhances the look immediately. If you are out running errands adding a trench to your t-shirt and jeans look elevates your casual uniform and instantly makes you look put together.

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Pants:Target, Trench Coat:Boohoo,Top:Target, Clutch: DSW, Shoes (Old Joan & David), Similar

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