Take a Peak Inside My Bag (Plus a Style Guide From Rue La La)

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While it’s my philosophy that you can never have too many makeup products (or jewelry….or shoes!), when it comes to handbags I do feel like having the right bag or two is really all you need. When I’m shopping for handbags, I gravitate toward classic silhouettes, versatile colors and a price my wallet likes. I need something that’s going to get me from season to season, year to year especially if I’m making an investment. Part of making a smart choice is knowing your options and Rue La La has a great resource for handbags to help you do just that! From the type of bag your life calls for to understanding what really makes a handbag luxurious they have you covered.

In celebration of the launch of their style guide, they want to know what girls like us carry in our bags.I tend to rotate between a handful of bags and this week, I’m rocking my Lulu by Lulu Guiness satchel (similar here) I scored on clearance two years ago.  The cobalt blue is a breath of fresh air from my brown and black purses. Plus the bow is so cute!  Now what’s  in my bag isn’t all that exciting but I am all about the essentials (with a little bit of my product junkie tendencies sprinkled in!)

Work Essentials

Wallet: I bought this at a flea market sale a few years ago and this baby is still holding together. (Though I do see a new one in my immediate future!)

Samsung Galaxy S5: Seriously where would I be without my phone? It’s my connection to everything – from work emails to taking selfies with my baby girl. I’ve always been an Android girl ever since the first Galaxy and I don’t see that changing anytime soon!

Sony Earbuds: I can’t work without my music. When I need to bang out blog posts, I plug these into my phone, crank up my Pandora and I’m good to go. Otherwise, I would be seriously lost.

Check Book: I still have bills that require checks and they usually get written on the go.

Beauty Essentials

Essence of Beauty Hand Cream: Part of the collection I reviewed over a week ago, I wanted to take a piece of that calm and relaxing beauty routine with me. You know, when the road rage kicks in. LOL

Stila Convertible Color Lip and Cheek in Poppy: Besides having a handy mirror inside this compact, if I ever need a little color on the go, this color is perfect for both my lips and cheeks!

Collection of Lip Color: Anyone who looks through my purse will get a clear picture of each lip color I’ve worn in the past week. Once I apply one in the morning, it gets thrown in my bag just in case I need a quick touch up. It’s only until my makeup drawer starts looking empty do I remember to put them all back!  This week’s roundup includes:

  • Burts Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard
  • Tarte Lip Gloss
  • Mary Kay Lip Color in Downtown Brown
  • Burt’s Bees LipGloss in Sweet Sunset

Your turn! What’s in your purse?

Light Up Your Look: A Jewelry Inspired Chandelier

Home Decor I’m a sucker for home décor! When I bought my house a few years ago, I was just as excited walking into a furniture store or browsing HGTV as I am in the jewelry section of my favorite store. Decorating a house and picking jewelry require the same type of fun skills – finding the finishing touches for your home that give it that extra style boost it needs. You start with a vision of what you want a room to look like and have fun shopping for all of the possibilities.

Now when they say that a house is never-ending project, they weren’t kidding! One room that needs some serious work is my dining room – the lighting in particular. I have no hanging chandelier over my dining room table, I’m sad to say and as I was compiling my list of lighting options, I was asked by the folks at One Kings Lane to participate in the Light Your Look campaign. Talk about great timing!

I had to find the perfect lighting accessory from their collection of awesome chandeliers inspired by one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. The first thing that came to mind was the earrings I wore for my wedding.

Jewelry

These chandelier earrings were the perfect choice (duh!). It had just enough bling without overwhelming my entire look. They were smaller than the earrings I normally wear but had the same amount of glamour that my gown needed.

Those are the qualities I look for in a chandelier. I want classic and luxurious lighting but on a smaller scale so it doesn’t taking over the entire house. That’s why I chose the Galveston 5-Light Chandelier in Silver. It has a sleek yet stylish design with just the right amount of dangling crystal accents that remind me of my earrings. The diameter is perfect too, according to One Kings Lane’s guide to buying the right chandelier for your home. Because my dining room table seats 8, the diameter of this cool light fixture is just the size for my dining room.

One Kings Lane

What do you ladies think? Did I make the right choice?

[Sponsored] Plus Size Military Inspired Fashion

Plus Size Fashion

As we pay our respects to our service men and women this Veteran’s Day, I’m over on The Runway Plus, talking about how the military uniform has inspired some of the best fashion pieces. From double breasted coats to laced up pumps, there are plenty of options for rocking this trend. And the best part? They were made just for us curvy girls!

 

*FTC Disclosure: This blog post is sponsored by The Runway Plus. All opinions are my own.

Best Drugstore Beauty: The Natural Hair Edition

Natural Hair

When it comes to hair, the drug store is the holy grail of products. I learned over the years that expensive doesn’t always equal best, no matter what type of hair you have. Some of the best conditioners and styling products I ever used fall under the $10 mark.

Organix Argan Oil and Shea Butter Shampoo

This sulfate and paraben free line of hair products has ton of products that deliver great looking curls. The Argan Oil and Shea Butter Shampoo is the most moisturizing of them all, leaving hair crazy soft.

TRESemme Flawless Curls Conditioner

Hands down this is one of the best conditioners for my curls as well as the best bang for my buck. Infused with Vitamin B1 to gently condition hair while taming frizz it has the right amount of slip to make detangling a breeze. It also leaves your curls crazy soft, whether you use it before or after shampooing.

EcoStyler Olive Oil Gel

My edges would be looking crazy if it wasn’t for this hair gel. Made with 100% pure olive oil, this gel gives superior hold without flaking or drying your hair out.

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

The priciest product out of the bunch, it’s worth the slight splurge if your hair needs a styling product with some serious hydrating power. From twists to wash and goes, you get curly hair perfection each and every time.

Cream of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment

If you want to see results right away, this conditioner from Cream of Nature is the way to go. After the first use my hair was so much softer and curls much more defined I almost didn’t believe it (so I had to use it again…and again!)

Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle

No time to sit under a dryer for 30 minutes to deep condition, Aussie has you covered with the 3 minute miracle. By the time it takes you to apply and detangle, you’re ready to rinse while still getting the strengthening and moisturizing benefits of a longer conditioning session.

Hollywood Beauty Tea Tree Oil

When dry scalp is a serious problem, massaging it with a little bit of tea tree oil does the trick. Drugstores like Walgreens carry an affordable size bottle of it (just have to look way down on the shelf).

Be sure to check out the eyeshadow and lipstick drugstore editions!

What’s your favorite drugstore hair product?

Trendy Office Wear You Need In Your Life

Over the past few weeks, my freelancing life has taken me out of my home office (and stretchy pants) and into a creative, office environment. The awesome part is that I get to do the writing I love to do but I have to admit was a bit of an adjustment. Besides having to leave the house everyday, my work wardrobe has drastically changed. The stuffy trousers and blazers I used to wear before just doesn’t have a place in my work life anymore. And I would get some strange looks if I rolled up in shorts and a tee.

So I had to do a major wardrobe overhaul and get some trendy, yet office appropriate clothes into my life. This fashion project is off to a fantastic start but the shopping itch is in full effect around here!

Just look at the fashion awesomeness I found!

  • Anne Klein Sleeveless Belted Sheath Dress
  • Elle Tahari Theora Straight
  • H&M Silk Blouse
  • The Limited Lace Trim Tunic Sweater Natural
  • Boohoo Jacey Open Shoulder High Neck Long Sleeve Blouse
  • Jones New York Signature Long-Sleeve Belted A-Line Sweater Dress
  • REBECCA TAYLOR Lapis Crepe Georgette Long Sleeve Blouse
  • XOXO Belted Peplum Dress
  • AGB Printed Trouser-Leg Suiting Pants - Women - Macy's
  • INC International Concepts Long-Sleeve Printed Shift Dress
  • Kasper Dress, Sleeveless Scoop Neck Sheath - Wear to Work - Women - Macy's
  • Lane and Bryant 6th & Lane Peplum Top
  • New York and Company Sharkbite Tunic Sweater
  • Ann bubble textured skirt house of fraser
  • ASOS Simple Midi Skater Dress
  • MICHAEL Michael Kors Logo Plate Trim Jersey Top
  • New York and Company Mixed Cable Dolman Sleeve Pullover
Anne Klein Sleeveless Belted Sheath Dress1 Elle Tahari Theora Straight2 H&M Silk Blouse3 The Limited Lace Trim Tunic Sweater Natural4 Boohoo Jacey Open Shoulder High Neck Long Sleeve Blouse5 Jones New York Signature Long-Sleeve Belted A-Line Sweater Dress6 REBECCA TAYLOR Lapis Crepe Georgette Long Sleeve Blouse7 XOXO Belted Peplum Dress8 AGB Printed Trouser-Leg Suiting Pants - Women - Macy's9 INC International Concepts Long-Sleeve Printed Shift Dress10 Kasper Dress, Sleeveless Scoop Neck Sheath - Wear to Work - Women - Macy's11 Lane and Bryant 6th & Lane Peplum Top12 New York and Company Sharkbite Tunic Sweater13 Ann bubble textured skirt house of fraser14 ASOS Simple Midi Skater Dress15 MICHAEL Michael Kors Logo Plate Trim Jersey Top16 New York and Company Mixed Cable Dolman Sleeve Pullover17
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Which one is your favorite??