3 Easy, Breezy Summer Looks for the Office

One thing I do miss about working the 9 to 5 is getting dolled up and dressed for work every day. The fact that you can literally work in PJ’s gets old pretty fast! Even though I stopped doing that awhile ago, it still doesn’t make sense to wear work trousers and pumps in my home office (though my daughter would love to smear her dirty fingers on something so pretty!)

So for this post, I’m pretending I can and addressing the problem of dressing professionally for the office. Yes, it’s way too hot to wear a three piece suit and tights, however shorts and a tank isn’t appropriate either. So what’s a girl to do?

It’s all about channeling the bright colors of summer. Sheath dresses, tailored pants, midi skirts – all of the typical workplace staples can be summer worthy with the right colors. There are so many options to choose from, with statement accessories making the fashion pot even sweeter. Office wear should never be boring or stifle your style.

Just check out these three looks.

Color Block Fashion

Bobeau Drape Neck Mixed Media Top (Nordstrom) / Lexie Seamed Waistband Classic Flare Pants The Limited / INC International Concepts Women’s Zitah Pumps – Shoes – Macy’s / Kenneth Cole New York Coral Faceted Bead Pendant Necklace

 

Summer Fashion

Worthington® Short-Sleeve Shirt (JCPenney) / Ashley Stewart Crochet Trim Pleated Poplin Skirt / Charlotte Russe Mixed Paisley Print Scarf / Banana Republic Factory Reversible Skinny Belt / ‘Blanca’ Scalloped Peep Toe Pump Nordstrom

Summer Dress

AGB Dress, Sleeveless Split Neck Colorblock Sheath (Macy’s) / Madison Hill Jacquard Jacket / Jessica Simpson Claudette Pumps / Apt. 9® Long Fringe Pendant

Which look would you wear to the office?

10 Summer White Dresses That Aren’t Boring

White dresses are right up there with denim shorts and maxi dresses when it comes to summer fashion. But, if you’re fashionista like me, you don’t want to wear any old summer white dress. You want one that screams style through interesting cuts, tailored fits, and girly details. You want that dress that can make a statement just as cute and bold as the rest of the colorful ones.

So where do you look? 

Right here! I did all the heavy Googling for you.  You’re welcome. ;)

  • Sheath Simple Design Cross Neck Summer Women’s Sexy White Dress (M Shop)
  • Fashion to Figure Adrianne Peplum Dress
  • Off-White Eyelet Dress (Shoptiques)
  • Elan Ruffled Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress (Dillards)
  • June & Hudson Lace Trim Midi Slipdress (Nordstrom)
  • Fashion to Figure Angelica Mesh Dress
  • Xenia Blessed Angel Dress
  • Ashley Stewart Pleated One-Shoulder Belted Dress
  • DONNA MORGAN Lace Neck Linen Dress (Lord and Taylor)
  • ROMWE Rose & Bowknot Embellished White Dress
Sheath Simple Design Cross Neck Summer Women’s Sexy White Dress (M Shop)1 Fashion to Figure Adrianne Peplum Dress2 Off-White Eyelet Dress (Shoptiques)3 Elan Ruffled Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress (Dillards)4 June & Hudson Lace Trim Midi Slipdress (Nordstrom)5 Fashion to Figure Angelica Mesh Dress6 Xenia Blessed Angel Dress7 Ashley Stewart Pleated One-Shoulder Belted Dress8 DONNA MORGAN Lace Neck Linen Dress (Lord and Taylor)9 ROMWE Rose & Bowknot Embellished White Dress10
image slider by WOWSlider.com v5.5

Which one totally knocks your socks off?

Breathe Life Into Your Beauty Routine with Vincent Longo Cosmetics (Plus a Special Promo Code!)

Makeup

I tell you, these summer days are going by way too fast (July is halfway over already! Craziness!) That means we have to make the most of it, even if it means getting some more summer beauty products into our lives.

I’ve had the awesome opportunity to test drive beauty products from Vincent Longo that are perfect for riding out these fleeting days of summer. From A-list stars to girls who love shopping on HSN, this cosmetics line has been a staple in the beauty world since 1995. They have everything a beauty junkie needs – cream concealers and water canvas foundations to gluten free lip and cheek stains – a refreshing alternative to the normal name brands we see in department stores.

Pretty Purple and a Kiss from Cupid

 Summer Makeup

Crème Gel Liner in Velvet Plum

I’ve been on a major gel liner kick lately¸ becoming one of my major summer staples. This Total Beauty 2014 Editor’s pick made me fall in love all over again, a whipped mousse of water-proof color that glides on real smooth. The color itself is soft but makes a statement, with a rich color that’s a beautiful compliment to your shadow. For extra beauty points, it can also double as an eye shadow, the formula easy to blend onto your lids.

Lip/Cheek Lip Stain in Cupid’s Breath

If you’re looking for just a kiss of color on your lips or cheeks, then this stain is the way to go. The gluten and paraben free formula delivers water-proof and kiss resistant color. It goes on wetter than a gloss but dries quickly, leaving behind a natural peachy color that’s works for any daytime event. As a cheek color it works even better (as you’ll see in the second look!). Because it’s so easy to go overboard with blush, the stain gives you more control over color.

Dew Drop Radiant Blush in Misty Blossom

Glowing skin is always a summer trend and the Dew Drop Radiant Blush gives you just that without the extra product. The demi-matte powder has little dew drops of color that release their tint and texture to provide the delicate touch of color you’re looking for. Misty Blossom is a sheer pretty pink, a little sweep on the cheeks all you need for radiant color.

Summer Rose

Summer Makeup

Silk Velour Lipstick in Danae

Formulating with skin conditioning ingredients like Vitamin A,C, and E this creamy lipstick is hydrating without sacrificing rich pigments.  One swipe is all you need and easy to blend out with a brush or your fingers. This particular shade gives me the lazy summer vibe I need right now, a sweet blend of brown an pink.

Are you ready to give Vincent Longo a go this summer? I’m hooking you up with a 15% off any purchase through Labor Day when you use Code: BSBTUCV at checkout. Then come on back and let me know what you bought!

FTC Disclosure: This post is part of the #VLbbloggerhaul sponsored by Beauty Stat (#bstat). Products were received as free samples for review. All opinions are my own.

Having Some Fun with New York Color Lip Color

Lip Color

During one of my many shopping visits at WalMart, I made a serious detour into the beauty aisle. My lipstick game has been off the ball lately, my color selection a bit on the safe (read: boring!) side as of late. After having fun with this pink shade a few weeks ago, I’m itching for more color. I needed more vibrant shades, colors that I haven’t rocked before. Maybe I’m having a mid-life beauty crisis. But whatever it was there was one thing I had to keep in mind:

This girl is on a budget.

I’m combing the aisles and I come across the New York Color section. I’m already a fan of their mascara so I check out their lipstick section. The first one to catch my eye was Blossom, a beautiful, bright and pink shade. I know, I already have pink lip color at home, but this one was brighter. I take a look at the price tag and I try not to do a product junkie dance – $0.99! I give my daughter another toy to play with and keep looking for more shades. I snatched up Coralista (because Coral is my favorite color) and finally settled on Mahogany because oddly enough, I didn’t have a simple yet rich brown lipstick at home. I take these babies home and have a little beauty blogger fun.

Pink Lipstick

The first one I took for a test drive was Blossom (cuz it’s pink!). Part of the Ultra Moist Lipwear collection, it promises to deliver an Upper East Side kinda vibe while moisturizing lips. It definitely delivered on the moisture part, the lipstick feeling like a creamy lip balm. The color itself has a sheer finish that I wasn’t expecting, going on a shade lighter than what the packaging suggested. It all worked out though, not too bright for my skintone and a lot of fun to wear. The biggest downside was the wear time – it was practically gone by my second drink but hey, what can you expect from a lipstick that costs less than a $1.

Orange Lipstick

If you want something that does last longer, then you need their NYC Expert Last Lipstick. For a dollar more you still get the moisturizing goodness of Ultra Moist collection while getting more wear out of your lip color. Coralista is part of this set, a bright summer color that gives you sheer touch of orange. This one was definitely out of the box for me but as long as I wasn’t heavy handed with it, I could totally rock it.

Brown Lipstick

Mahogany takes a big leap away from the bright and summer fun, with a dark brown shade that’s definitely Fall worthy. As a matter of fact, it’s the darkest shade in the Ultra Moist Collection and like Blossom, it makes my lips feel soft and crazy moisturized. I’m not going to lie, it took a bit of getting used to because I never go this dark but it’s growing on me for sure! Out of the three, this gave me the richest color.

I want to hear from you? Are you a fan of New York Color? What’s the craziest lip color you’ve worn?

 

FTC Disclosure: Products in this review were personally purchased. All opinions are my own.

The Sleeveless Printed Lace-Trim Top from INC International Concepts Styled Three Ways

As the summer wears on I’ve pumped my brakes a bit on a lot of fronts. I’ve taken  more time to enjoy the hot, sunny days on someone’s beach or snuggling up with a good Netflix binge during the afternoon thunderstorms.

Once the fashion magic of the summer wears off, a lot of us are looking for comfortable yet stylish options to get us through the rest of the season. Taking a cue from the latest lazy girl’s guide to fashion, I was on the lookout for a cool and versatile tank top for today’s Fashion 3 Ways Feature.

The INC International Concepts Sleeveless Printed Lace-Trim Top was perfect. The slim fit is easy to wear without looking like you rolled out of bed. The summer blue print is right in line with the tribal trend and has just enough bling to make it wearable for both day and evening affairs. Whether it’s a backyard BBQ or a night out on the boardwalk, this top has you covered.

Summer Fashion

ECI Ruched Striped Maxi Skirt / Cosmopolitan Albiza Flat Sandals (JCPenney) / Marc Fisher Confetti Small Clear Tote

Summer Fashion

Vintage Havana Fringe Boyfriend Shorts / Fergalicious Ella Platform Flip Flops – Shoes – Macy’s / Kenneth Cole Reaction 59mm Square Sunglasses (Nordstrom)

Summer Fashion

French Connection Laguna Linen Flared Trousers / Nine West Women’s Cocktail HR Wedge Sandals / JCPenney Brown Teardrop Bead Earrings

Which look is your favorite?