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Monday, August 10, 2015

Recreate Ashley Benson's Summer Style!

In honor of tomorrow night's Pretty Little Liars finale,  I thought I'd share how to re-create Ashley Benson's summer style! Hanna has always been my favorite liar (they definitely give her the best one-liners, don't they?) and Ashley's own personal style has evolved from teen queen to eclectic boho and I love it.

I have a lot of questions about PLL (mostly, why does no one care that multiple adult men in the town of Rosewood are in very public relationships with high school girls, and how is 17-year-old high school dropout Toby, a full-fledged police officer?) but I never question Ashley's fashion sense!

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This summer, she has embraced crop tops and stripes for walking around LA, but you can recreate almost the exact look now thanks to summer sales!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

What's In My Summer Beauty Bag

Let's face it: I'm a product addict. I get a little thrill every time I have a new potion in pretty packaging to try out. But this year, I've been trying to streamline what's in my summer bag with multi-tasking products that can take me from day to night.

My summer skincare routine hasn't changed much in the past year, but I've been experimenting a bit more with eye makeup. Want to know a secret? Until recently, eyeshadow scared me! I owned lots of it, but almost never wore it. Instead, I'd dab a bit of concealer on my lids, use a silvery white pencil on the inner corners of my eyes, do a thin strip of liquid liner and pile on the mascara. I'd also usually apply a highlighter just under my brows.  It worked around the clock but got kind of boring, so I finally dove in and started experimenting with shadows.

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All of this is to say that I'm loving Maybelline's new Blushed Nudes palette because there are so many different looks that I can create from it. I picked up their original nudes palette a few months ago (since I can't afford any of the famous Urban Decay Naked Palettes) and I really like it but the colors in the blushed set are so much more fun! 

Butter London was generous enough to send me their entire new line of Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons and I'm officially obsessed. They really are bloody brilliant! Each crayon comes with a built-in sharpener (which means you can actually use the ENTIRE stick) and the color is long lasting and creamy, not sticky! My favorite color so far is Trout Pout- a pink nude that can be subtle or bright depending on how much I put on. I have a lipstick on teeth issue so I always put MAC's Prep+Prime lip treatment first to make color really stick to my lips!

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

How To Style Ikea's Raskog Cart

You may not know this about me, but I'm a bit of a reading addict. Growing up my dad used to tell people that, "Kara doesn't read books...she devours them!" Even today my bedroom, apartment, mom's house, and car are all filled with books on every topic (although I'm partial to fiction) and every magazine I can possibly get my hands on. So, it's not really surprising that I looked around my room a few weeks ago and thought, "I need more shelves!" Unfortunately, I had pretty much run out of space...enter Ikea's Raskog cart!

The $29.99 cart-on-wheels is tall enough to work as a vanity or bedstand but small enough that it fits into the one tight corner I had left! Of the three shelves, I use the lowest one for tall coffee table books and as storage for oversized beauty products, the second shelf for magazines, books, and a spot to charge my iPad. Of course, the top of the turquoise metal cart is just screaming for bright, pink peonies!
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Casual Friday at Assembly Row

It's been a strange few weeks in a number of ways but the biggest change? My BFF moved to Florida! She had a quick two weeks to pack and be on her way so we decided to check off a couple of boxes on her Boston bucket list! Like an afternoon at the vibrant Assembly Row! We ate sandwiches from Paul by the river, got ice cream from JP Licks, and did some serious retail damage.

For such a casual afternoon, I went with a shorter twist on my summer uniform from BCBGeneration with my favorite gold belt.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Patrice Vinci Salon Media Event

On Thursday night, I hosted a big blogger and media event at my favorite Boston salon, Patrice Vinci. Patrice recently asked me to start helping with their social media plan, so to celebrate we decided to throw a little party! A great crowd turned out and I can't say thank you enough to all of the many stylists who stayed late, the amazing sponsors who donated their time and products, and, of course, all of the guests!

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Patrice and I after the event

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With some of my favorite bloggers: Lei Ann, Najeema, and Sarah

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Nourish Your Soul served delicious juice blends (and an awesome cocktail)

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Patrice with Lissy of A Girl in Boston and Elisha Daniels

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Floral arrangements from Table & Tulip and appetizers from Dumpling Palace (179 Massachusetts Ave. at St. Germain Street)!

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Maria of Blonde Meets City gets summer styled!
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