April 19, 2018

Sephora Sale!



MORNING SKIN ROUTINE: 

1. C-Firma Serum (you can also buy a mini size to try out before you dive into the large size!) 
2. Day Cream 
4. Primer 
This primer really helps my makeup stay on. I use the radiance formula because it gives me that extra glow.  I usually only apply primer when I'm going to work or going out (anytime I'm putting a full face of make up on) and I can always tell such a difference  




EVENING SKIN ROUTINE: 

 Makeup Remover - This stuff literally makes your mascara melt away. One of my favorite products I purchased in a long while. I've already repurchased twice!
1. Face Wash 
2. Serum - I use this most nights before I apply face cream.  When my skin is feeling extra drab, I use this  Brightening Solution to give it a bit more life and it definitely helps. (brightening solution has a bit more punch behind it)
3. Face Cream 
4. Eye Cream - I used to use this and strayed away because a lot of people were telling me other things were better but truly, I have never loved a PM eye cream more.  It's a bit heavier- so I don't love it for the daytime (my mascara ends up leaving marks when my eye cream is heavy). But I really love this one especially for the price. 
HAIR CARE: 

I've used this same formula of haircare for probably 2 years now and never even attempt to stray away.  I apply heat to my hair almost every single day between a full style or just a touch up and this little system I use has helped a ton in making my hair stronger and keeping it from drying out.

1. Shampoo


3. CC Cream: I apply to damp hair after a shower

4. Hair Oil: I apply on still damp hair before I blow-dry
5. Dry Shampoo: I try not to wash my hair everyday which is tough with working out but this does the trick for me when I'm in a pinch and I LOVE the smell



TOOLS

1. Foundation Brush:Admitedly, I am not the queen of having perfect brushes.  Some of mine are 5 years old and are in dire need of replacements. But, I got talked into this foundation brush when I was refilling my foundation on my last visit to Sephora and WHAT. A. DIFFERENCE.  I felt like my foundation wasn't going on quite right for a long time and I loooove the finish this brush gives me.  

2. Curling Iron: The mecca of curling irons- I use this almost daily and love it.

3. Straightener: This mini straighter is great for the small pieces toward your head.  I have really tight curls at the base of my head so I love this little mini for that. 

4. Blow Dryer: have had this one for years and years and still love the way it works! I prefer it much more than the drybar one that I keep at my parents' house 

5. Hair Clips: I use these everyday to section off my hair and I love them because they don't pull at any stray hairs. 



MAKE UP ESSENTIALS

1. Foundation: smoothest foundation with great coverage. Also love that it has a high SPF ( I use color LIGHT when I'm pale & MEDIUM when I have a spray tan)

2. Concealer:Just switched to this one and I really love it. Super creamy and my mascara doesn't leave marks under my eyes.  I use color Creme Brûlée 

3. Mascara 1 (not from Sephora, but had to share), Mascara 2, Mascara 3, Mascara 4 - you can read about my religious mascara formula here. & you'll see it hasn't changed much with the exception of the last step. it's my sure fire way for big lashes 

4. Bronzer: I have used this bronzer for a zillion years.  I like it because it isn't too orange 

5. Brows: New to this product- but really liking how simple it is!



7. Highlighter: the best glow. I have been using this for years and years 

Lip: 
8. Everyday lip: Literally wear this one every single day in color BLOOM
9. A Subtle Statement lip: My go to lip for date night or when I need a little extra oooompf in color ROMAN HOLIDAY 




MASKS/TREATMENTS 

1. Baby Facial- Great for skin clearing and rehab ALWAYS finish off with this Marula Oil becuase the mask can be super drying!

2. Glamglow Supermud: Another killer mask for clearing your skin.  I use in the evening and follow up with my usual skincare.  

3. I've talked about these peel pads over and over again on this blog because they really are worth it but I love these peel pads for the morning (I use about twice a week) and I use this one about once a week in the evening.  I definitely can tell a MASSIVE difference in my skin, especially with the PM treatments.  

4. Brightening Mask: This mask smells amazing.  I use in in the morning when my skin feels a bit lifeless.  I'll leave it on while I make my bed and make some coffee then wipe off with a wash cloth before applying AM skincare. 

5. Hydrating mask: I use this hydration mask almost every morning because I have such dry skin.  It is really mild which I like. Sometimes when I work from home, I just leave it on my face all day long and my skin feels so much more hydrated 

6. Exfoliator: I exfoliate usually after a workout or if my skin is feeling it needs it.  I honestly do not love to spend an outrageous amount on exfoliators (like the Kate Somerville one seems ridiculous to me?) but I bought this one about six months ago and it is still half full.  It lasts forever, smells amazing and works perfectly.  


SELF TANNING



1. Body: I use this foam on my entire body and really like the coverage it gives

2. Spray:: Perfect for touch ups, especially on legs.  I use this if I'm looking a bit pale but have only my legs out!

3. Mit: absolute MUST for applying all body self tanners- helps make the coverage more even!

4. Face: perfect for a healthy glow- not too orange






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April 10, 2018

Shopbop sale...AGAIN!

Shopbop surprised all of us and came through with yet another buy more, save more event and it is making my wallet cry! There is sooo much good stuff out for spring and I am DYING TO WEAR.  (like #1 in my clothing pick below...I mean this DRESS!) 

Anyway, I rounded up some of my favorite clothing pieces and some shoes and bags for you to lust after or to start your cart with.  Be warned, things can go really quickly!  If you remember from my last shopbop sale post, I had these sandals (also linked below) in my cart and before I could checkout, they were sold out in my size. Sooo happy they restocked them because I am not missing out this time! 



ONE // TWO // THREE // FOUR // FIVE top here, bottoms here  // SIX // SEVEN // EIGHT  



ONE (also in black here) // TWO // THREE // FOUR // FIVE // SIX (comes in several gorgeous colors) // SEVEN // EIGHT // NINE // TEN //  ELEVEN // TWELVE 


A few other things I'm coveting: 

These tulle bow sandals- Perfect for a bride or guest of.  They also come in a flat sandal version here 

These sneakers that are adorable for running errands in 

These espadrille sneakers that I literally live in 

This super comfy floral jumpsuit. Adorable to dress down or dress up 



This pom pom bag that I purchased last year & LOVE (so spacious) is now on sale before the discount!  It also  comes in turquoise, orange 

This pastel snakeskin clutch that I keep posting about on my Sunday Series.  I think I may pull the trigger on it today. The colors are just too amazing 

These ivory lace up sandals.  I think I'm going to snag these to wear to an outdoor wedding I'll be attending this summer! The thick heel will be great to navigate the grass! 

Happy Shopping! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Use promo code: EVENT18 to get the discount!

April 4, 2018

How to transition your wardrobe to spring

Gosh, this weather is the worst and we all know it.

At No. 14, we start getting our spring product in December, so my mind has been on spring for quite some time.  At this point, we are all so sick of our sweaters. Our boots are trashed from over use and everything in our closet is looking less and less appealing.  If you're like me you probably have open toed shoes, sweet spring dresses and pastels dying to be worn!

Today's post is all about how to curb your frustration with these chilly temps and get use out of those spring pieces while we wait to see sunny and seventy.

Transitional Jackets
Invest in great transitional jackets that can be worn all day.  Denim jackets, light colored leathers and army jackets are your best bet. You'll get tons of wear out of pieces like this throughout spring transitions, chilly summer nights and into fall.  I never hesitate to spend money on jackets because I can use them all year round.

A Few Of My Faves: 
This army jacket has a killer shape  
 This pink blazer for a more elevated look 
This blush faux leather moto jacket is something I own and wear all the time 

 SHOP THIS LOOK:  Romper, Jacket, Sneakers  

Transitional Shoes:
It's too cold to wear open toed shoes right now so its best to have a few options for your footwear to transition seasons.  One pair of light colored booties that goes with a lot of your dresses is definitely a great option.  I also love sneakers with dresses- a look that is a huge 'go to' for me during spring, summer and through fall. Lastly, closed toed mules are a great transitional investment and they are very on trend right now!

A Few Of My Faves:
You've probably seen these mules on my insta many many times, I have been pulling for them over
and over again in the last two months.
I also love these as an option for a flat mule.   
I also have these all blush sneakers, and these blush & white sneakers (on sale & avail in all sizes!) that I have been wearing a ton.
These light colored booties will go with almost every dress you have in your closet, despite the pattern! 
 I love them with a white dress and denim jacket!



SHOP THIS LOOK: Dress, Denim Jacket, Booties 


Jumpsuits:
Jumpsuits are everywhere this season! They're an awesome 'wear now and later' piece because they are longer on the bottom.  You can wear now with a tee under or a jacket over top and ditch the additional piece once the weather breaks.


A Few Of My Faves:
Love this black floral jumpsuit with a light jacket 
This jumpsuit that has been selling out everywhere and was just restocked- wearing in the photo below! (on serious sale here) Love this tee under it.
This floral jumper is so cute and I love it with a dark denim jacket!


SHOP THIS LOOK: Jumpsuit, Jacket, Flats 

Hoping this helps you be more excited to get dressed in the morning until the weather breaks! Hoping for sunshine soon!

Thanks for stopping by today! 

March 23, 2018

Current favorite trend: Blazers

After our buying trip last month, I have been smitten for a boyfriend blazer.  If you work in an office, you're probably sitting here rolling your eyes because you have a closet full of suits and work blazers.

But girl, it is time for those blazers to get fun.

This spring, the oversized boyfriend blazer is IT and that trend is going into fall with killer tweeds and plaids.  Until then, let's embrace this season's trends.  Adorable stripes, matching sets, and unreal pastels.  Feast your eyes.

 one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight // nine

one.
THIS.  This blush blazer has me feelin alllll the vibes.  I ordered it last week and cannot wait to pair it with cut off jean shortsthese loafers (dupes here) and a basic white tank.

two & three.
This linen blazer, the perfect low key casual.  Comes in bluewhite and black.  Also super lightweight for the warmer evenings as we (hopefully) get into some warm weather!

four. 
This feminine cut blazer, with bows on the sleeves and a more structured body. Comes in a cornflower blue and navy!

five.
Another tied sleeve blazer, but with a bit of a boyfriend style body.  I love the easy styling to this and that it comes in a crisp white

six.
This striped blazer that comes in two colors but I'm really into the soft pink combo (shocker) you can also shop it here on sale!

seven.
This grid blazer is an awesome neutral and will go with anything in your wardrobe.  You can also make it an matching outfit by adding these killer matching pants.

eight.
Keep it classic.  This double breasted blazer is a wardrobe staple and perfect for an 'office to happy hour' vibe.

nine.
It wouldn't be spring without adding a floral- I love this girly piece. Floral, flirty and a subtle bow sleeve to boot- you can't go wrong!


A few more that I'm loving: 


Another cornflower blue blazer in a killer woven fabric with an unbeatable price point. 

Looking to add some texture? This plaid is the perfect piece if you're seeking to add dimension to your look. 

The color of the season is a gorgeous lilac.  Making this blazer right on trend. 


March 20, 2018

The best gluten free chocolate chip banana bread



In the spring and summer, I crave baking.  I think it is because of the 'brunch-y holidays' like Easter and Mother's Day?  But I am always looking to bake bread or muffins.  Last spring, I posted a few times on my stories that I was making gluten free banana bread and I got a ton of requests to share the recipe.  I shared it via Pinterest but I have since tweaked a few things in that recipe to make it my own and, in my opinion, make it even better! I couldn't wait to share!

My dad and brother are gluten free, so it's always important that we make as much as we can GF so they're able to enjoy with us.  If you have any experience with gluten free dishes/baked goods, you know that often they can be really dry and sometimes even just plain awful.  This is NOT one of those recipes that is going to let you down.  I still bake this GF even when I make it just for Eric and myself at home.









Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 30-50 min (depending on what bakeware you're using) 
Total Time: 40-60 min 

Ingredients

4-5 very ripe bananas (I recommend 4 if they're larger bananas)
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick) softened 
2 Cups Bob's Red Mill gluten free flour 
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips  (I like to use the mini choc. chips because they're less heavy so they don't sink to the bottom) 


Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 & lightly grease your bakeware 

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. 

In a separate bowl, mash bananas well.  Once mashed, stir in eggs, milk and vanilla  

Soften butter and cream together with sugar until well combined then add to liquid mixture

Pour liquid mixture into the large bowl containing dry ingredients and stir.  

Once completely combined, add your chocolate chips and stir just enough to moisten the chocolate chips.

Pour into your greased pan and place in oven

Bake time depends on your bakeware:
If you're using a 9x5 loaf pan, bake 50-55 minutes (this is my favorite loaf pan)
If you're using mini loaf pans bake for 30-35 minutes or an 8 loaf pan for 20-25 minutes (8 loaf pan here)

Use the toothpick test to ensure it it cooked all the way through. 

Let cool for 5-10 minutes and enjoy warm with butter! 

You can find my butter dish here!

March 17, 2018

Anthro Day! 20% off your purchase

A few of my favorites from the Anthro sale!!

Anthropologie is having their Anthro Day sale that boasts 20% off every full priced item aka- we are all flocking to the site because..come on...it's anthro! Here are some of my picks...


This bowl that sold out almost instantly when it was placed on the cover of their catalog in February.  It is back in stock & now on sale so time to snag it! I ordered it and can't wait to put it on display in my kitchen with some lemons and limes.


These bowls are our everyday bowls that we use and absolutely love them. Perfect size for ice cream, cereal, soup- you name it.  I also have these mini bowls that I use for soy sauce when we have sushi.  I also love to put snacks in the mini bowls when I'm craving something sweet or salty, because its the perfect mini portion.  I have them in the ivory color but they come in a bunch of other amazing colors.

My favorite thing on the sale: this circle bag.  I went through a phase a few weeks ago where I purchased every blush circle bag I knew of, just to confirm I got the correct one that would work for me.  I even splurged and got this sought after Mansur Gavreil bag (which was gorgeous, but my wallet didn't fit in it so it was a deal breaker). Like I said on my stories yesterday, this bag sold out quickly and it already says 'only a few left'. I also love this perforated square bag in the same color!

I ordered a few things last week from Anthro that I reordered with the discount- two of those things being this blush hat and this straw hat.  I love love love this blush one- so much so I am even considering pulling the trigger on the ivory.  I am huge into the boater style because it has a flat top, as opposed to fedoras or wide brim fedoras. I feel like I look like pharrell when I wear them!


A few other things I have my eye on:


This jumpsuit that you could easily dress up or down



This flutter sleeve top that comes in a bunch of colors 

This tank jumpsuit that looks to be the most comfortable thing in the world


March 15, 2018

House of Kords: update on our stairs

Last week I randomly undertook a project on a whim.  I planned on going into No.14 to work, but my mom called me to tell me she'd be going in and told me to get something done that I wasn't planning on doing.  

Enter: the stairs.  I packed myself up and high tailed it to Home Depot where I was getting a few looks as I was wearing an excessive amount of pink (it was raining and both my raincoat an my rain boots are shades of blush). 

Anyway...

The original footprint of our house prior to renovating it had the stairs smack in the middle of our house.  Of course, we wanted an open floor plan because geeeesh, we already live in a skinny little row house, let's make it appear to be as big as we can.  Our contractors relocated the staircase which obviously meant building new stairs.  Now, if you have hardwood floors in your house, it is a no brainer that your stairs would be the same stain as your hardwoods.  But, we have artificial wood flooring, a choice we made knowing that it is much more durable than hardwood if we choose to rent our home rather than sell it when we decide to move to the 'burbs (5ish years).  When the decision came to pick a color for the stairs, I didn't want to stain the tops to match our faux wood because I felt it would never be the right match.  We decided to continue with the very basic color scheme in our house and paint them Behr SILVER SCREEN. Which is a killer light grey that is on all of the doors in our house (seriously, one of my favorite colors). 

But. This is a very light color.  Especially when you're hauling up and down the stairs all the time.  Both Eric and I wear 'slippers' AKA he wears 'manly Ugg slippers (these to be exact) and I wear my Ugg Boots all the time because I hate having cold feet.   Needless to say, they were trashed from the start and with continuous wear and tear, they only got worst. 




I had been toying with what to do with them for the better half of the year we've been living here. I hated how messy they looked and I also hated the upkeep.  I thought about stenciling them, numbering them, etc.  Then all the sudden I had an epiphany.  The killer greyscale floral from my office- the floral I literally cannot ever get sick of- that was the answer. And lucky me, I had a few pieces of it left.  

The Paint.

I took a sample of it to Home Depot's paint section with me because I wanted to make sure I was getting a shade that complimented the colors.  Grey can range in undertone colors from green, to purple, to blue.  I settled on Behr's DARK ASH which I really think is the perfect deep shade because its not green, blue or purple- if anything I'd say it HINTS on purple but really...its just a great grey. 

The taping took forever.  Then all the sudden I realized this project was going to take me the entire week to do.  I had to paint every other step so we could still have access to our upstairs and I had to do two coats on each, so really it took roughly 4 days to paint.  The last coat I painted on Friday morning, then waited an entire 24 hours before applying the decals. 



Applying the decals.  

I. love. decals. & I. Love. my peeps at Urban Walls.  They make THE BEST decals out there and I have been buying their decals since college when I put polka dots in my dorm room.  I don't get super fancy with applying them, I just eye it up.  I did not measure, I would just hold up the decal to the stairs and make sure it would fit then press it, and cut along the line with a carpenter's knife.  *disclaimer* I recommend using something more safe and sturdy like an exacto knife but I didn't have one and I am the most impatient person on earth so I just went to Eric's tool box and knew this would suffice.  

A huge thing with applying these decals for me is movement.  I feel like they make the most impact when they look like they're cascading.  I did that in No. 14 with the peonies decals and I did that in my office with these greyscale decals (depending on the size/amount of stairs you have, you could get a half order.  Mine were leftover from my office & probably equal a half order because my stairs are skinny & small!).   My stairs were no different.  I purposely made the 'heaviest' part at the top, because that's where you can see them most, then I cascaded them down to the very corner.  





Ironically, I thought Eric wouldn't be the most thrilled about putting these up.  He's really patient with my decorating and I try not to be too girly in any room of our house (except my office!) But he actually LOVES them, or maybe he just saw how hard I worked on it and he's being sweet.  Regardless, I'm happy he doesn't mind them.   

I am so so so happy with how they ended up- it's like a little treat when I turn the corner to go up the stairs!