Friday, May 27, 2016

day to night beauty routine with bartell drugs

happy friday, everyone!
this week has gone by at a snail's pace - 
perhaps it is because i am beyond ready for the holiday weekend?!
the toddlers are antsy, the teachers are exhausted, and there simply
isn't enough coffee in the world to keep me moving. 
that may be slightly exaggerated, but weekend, i'm ready for you! 

i recently shared a daytime beauty look, featuring makeup
from my local bartell drugs, on my blog here.
today, i want to show you how adding a few products, also from bartell drugs,
can quickly and easily transform your look from day to night!
when i'm getting ready for work or busy with errands, and don't necessarily
want a full face of makeup, i keep my routine simple:

these products are easy to apply, affordable, and all available at a bartell drugs
near you. if you're going out for the evening, you can begin by adding shadow, eyeliner
and lashes. however, because my skin gets particularly oily
 throughout the day, i prefer to wash my face and reapply my foundation (perhaps
this is wasteful, or a waste of time, but i typically dislike the way my foundation 
looks after wearing it for the duration of the work day). 
whatever your preference with the foundation (reapply or simply add to your current 
makeup look), it's now all about the subtle smoky eye for spring!

'taking a look from day to night, or simple to smokey, can be as 
easy as adding a bold lip or dark shadow in the crease of your eyelid.
adding false lashes will give your eyes an extra pop! the standard is to not do 
both bold lips and bold eyes, but there's nothing wrong with being extra
glamorous - just don't use too much makeup. eyelashes frame your 
eyes, and brows frame your face; make sure both are on point.'
-makeup artist, elizabeth kathryn

begin creating your smokey eye by applying a lighter shadow (such as the nude
or pale lilac in this palette) to the base of your eye. apply the nude all the way
up to your brow. this will give your eyes a bit of natural/subtle color and can act as a base for 
the rest of your shadow. then, apply the darker color (such as a dark purple) in 
the crease of your eyelid. for this look, i also used the charcoal in the outside corner
of my eyes for a bit more color. this la colors palette is incredibly pigmented, so i 
didn't feel like i had to layer on the eyeshadow. using a small, eyeliner brush, 
i also lined my bottom lash line with the lilac shadow. it is ever-so-slight, but opens up my eyes.

once i've applied my shadow, i then use my liquid eyeliner. i prefer a liquid,
brush-tip pencil, as it goes on more smoothly than a traditional pencil and is easier
for me than other liners, such as pots and brushes, etc. 
i certainly have my days when it comes to applying eyeliner - 
and q-tips are your best friend for removing unwanted (or overly done) liner. 
i kept my eyeliner fairly light because, of course, i had to apply
my favorite ardell false lashes!

people often ask me, 'how do you apply your false eyelashes so well?'
lots and lots and lots of practice! i've worn false lashes for years, so i hardly
think twice when putting them on. a few tricks? 

1. when first starting out, play around with some of the 
more natural looking lashes. this will allow your eyes to adjust
 to the look and feel of falsies. 

2. cut them to fit the length and shape of your eye. i typically cut the 
inside corner (the shorter end) very slightly to better fit my eye.

3. use a dark adhesive that dries clear. if you accidentally use 
too much, it is less noticeable!

4. don't apply the tube of glue directly to the lashes. instead, 
place a small amount of glue on the top of your hand. then, 
apply the glue to the lashes with a q-tip. i can't tell you how many times i've had
 my glue explode and ruin a brand new pair of lashes 
(too many to count, sadly!!). i use this glue.
^^^ applying this lipstick in 'mad love' ^^^

after i've glued on my lashes (and let them set for 1-2 minutes), i apply 
one last coat of mascara. this will blend your natural lashes in with
the false pair you're wearing. 

last, don't forget your lips! i prep and prime my lips with chapstick, 
this lipstick primer, and finish by applying my color of choice.
today, i opted for a bright berry from the new la colors matte lipstick line.
in the tube, i wasn't sure if the color would be too much with the smokey eye.
however, i love the way this lip color tied my makeup together!

and voila! you've changed your daytime look into a sultry, but subtle 
smokey eye that's perfect for spring! 
finish by setting your makeup with makeup setting spray. i use 

what are some of your favorite makeup looks for spring?
let me know in the comments below!
xoxo.

**this is a sponsored post. all opinions are my own. 
a special thank you to bartell drugs for sponsoring this post
and providing me with a gift certificate to purchase the makeup featured here.
i love supporting local brands and am incredibly grateful
for the opportunity to support my local bartell drugs!


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

dressing comfortably while looking stylish!

...it's chilly, but not quite cold enough for a jacket...
...i want to wear leggings as pants, but need to cover my bum...
...i can't wear a sweatshirt to work...
...i want to try this fashion trend...
...it's seemingly comparable to wearing a blanket, but a fashionable blanket...
...i need a layering piece...
...seattle weather is very unpredictable. you never know 
when you'll need a hood...
...i ate too many cookies after dinner last night (post dinner food baby)...
...it's terribly picturesque... 

just a few reasons you need this poncho in your closet to wear
at the most opportune time (like today when you need to hide the fact that you had 
one too many slices of birthday cake over the weekend... or was that just me?). 
other peoples polyester (OPP), founded and designed by malia peoples, 
is a local and handmade clothing line featuring ponchos, cardigans and soft accessories.
malia was born in hawaii and raised right here, in the pacific northwest. 
her line is inspired by vintage silhouettes and eclectic patterns, japanese street fashion, 
and the comfortable (and practical) style of a seattle fashionista. 

i kept my outfit relatively simple today, as i wanted
the poncho to be my statement piece. i love these distressed skinny
jeans, as they're incredibly stretchy. because they're such a dark grey color (seemingly black), 
they can be paired with almost any blouse or top. my cowl neck tee is 
also from sassafras. with summer just around the corner, it was time to dig out all my favorite
open toed shoes and sandals for the season. i bought these dolce vita studded 
sandals several years ago and am eager to pair them with my shorts and dresses. 
hair & makeup by sharell katelynn; photos by jenna lynn photography

poncho: other peoples polyester (borrowed from sassafras), jeans: american eagle,
top, rings & earrings: borrowed from sassafras,
sandals: dolce vita (old), bracelets: urban outfitters & forever 21

other peoples polyester is available at sassafras, located in belltown.
sassafras is one of my favorite boutiques for unique, handmade pieces.
the clothing and accessories are absolutely beautiful, and several of the designers
are based in the store (crafting their gorgeous items in belltown!). 

in case you missed it, be sure to check out my other collaboration
with sassafras (and designer, boho republic) here!
xoxo.

**this is a sponsored post. all opinions are my own! 

Monday, May 23, 2016

becoming a #styleboss

'street style comes to life'

two weeks ago, i had the immense pleasure of participating in the #styleboss 
series, hosted by darcy camden of styled seattle, sydney mintle of gossip & glamour,
and westfield mall at southcenter. 
^^^ between the swag bags and treats, this event was one for the books! ^^^
^^^ this event (and that poster with my street style fashion and photo tips) 
was the highlight of my blogging career thus far - i plan to keep it forever! ^^^
^^^ fellow style bosses! aika of aika's love closet, rebecca of blogger not billionaire
and jenn of hello rigby ^^^

if you don't yet follow these ladies, be sure to check out their unique 
blogs for outfits, style tips and daily adventures! though we've met at past 
events (and support one another on social media), it was fun to spend
the evening chatting, sharing our #styleboss tips, and enjoying snacks and
coctails from moctezumas and candy from lolli and pops. i am slightly embarrassed
to admit just how much chocolate i ate while driving home from the event...

the theme of our style boss event series was 'street style.' 
street style is the clothing and outfits you see when simply 
walking down the street; street style is all about taking the clothing and trends
represented on the runway of fashion shows and making it real - making it your own. 
^^^ pictured above: sydney of gossip & glamour, jenn of hello rigby,
sarah of sweet blonde's fit life, and sarah of the blonde giraffe ^^^
^^^ pictured above: my aunt and mom who came to support me (thank you both!!),
dawn of party til dawn events and asa of lace and pearls, aika of aika's love closet and
sarah of 'thoreau yourself together' ^^^
i loved seeing familiar faces at the event and meeting a few new friends, too!
i was very grateful both my mom and aunt were able to attend.
their support means a great deal to me, and they helped calm my nerves
before the panel discussion and fashion show began -
i have to admit, i was very nervous before speaking (!!!). however,
the widespread support and encouragement of fellow bloggers made presenting
much less intimidating.
the style boss event featured a fashion show, with looks that depicted
our interpretation of street style. the outfits were put together by jenn, myself,
rebecca and aika. we were each randomly assigned two stores, located in westfield mall, 
and asked to create a day and nighttime look. there were not any restrictions
or specific guidelines, so the outfits we put together were very open-ended.

i put together four outfits - two from the limited and
two from forever 21. while i go into forever 21 on occasion, and often browse online, 
i have not been to the limited in years! i wasn't sure what to expect
when shopping for my outfits but was very impressed (the jewelry, in particular, was amazing!). 
^^^ day & night from forever 21 ^^^

my daytime look is similar to the 90s inspired outfit i wore on my blog
here. i love the distressed denim and hat, with a flannel
casually tied around her waist. the overall look is very grunge, yet 
chic and seemingly effortless. my nighttime look is much more feminine.
if i cant decide what to wear to an event or for an evening out, a dress, 
denim jacket and bold accessories is my go-to.
^^^ day & night from the limited ^^^

when i first walked into the limited, i was slightly overwhelmed. while the store
is well organized, with bright colors and bold prints, much of the clothing
felt more business casual or 'wear to work' than street style. i found the navy blouse
on the left (with open shoulders and a fun print) first, but couldn't find bottoms
to pair with it. the blouse was hung next to a pencil skirt and grey dress pants, 
but neither felt appropriate. after much digging, i was thrilled to find these
light-wash boyfriend jeans. boyfriend jeans are a closet staple for me - i wear them
with everything! my nighttime look came together more quickly. navy cutlottes, 
a striped blouse, layered necklaces (incorporating both silver and gold jewelry), and 
a grey poncho - this look could transition from work to happy hour, a show, or
dinner in the city. 
all photos by vivian hsu photography

after the fashion show, darcy asked us to share
about the creative process of blogging, the outfits we put together, and any style and
 photo tips for the audience. 

i thought it would be fun to share my top three photo tips here with you: 
whether you work with a professional photographer, or your best friend
takes your outfit photos (or for the talented ladies who use a tripod
and remote!), i think these tips are applicable in any situation! 

1. be yourself. wear clothing that is comfortable, pose in a way that feels natural,
and showcase your style in the photos!

2. be flexible. try new trends and visit different locations when shooting.

3. pinterest can be your best friend. it is an excellent resource for outfit ideas,
style advice, and a forum to share your photos.

and lastly, my favorite fashion advice?
wear and write about what you care about. readers can find style, 
great photos and varying opinions in other places. they come to your blog
to hear your story! be your own #styleboss
^^^ stocking up on delicious sweets from lolli and pops ^^^

a very special thank you to westfield southcenter for allowing me to 
participate as a panelist for #styleboss. 

and of course, i have to share the details of my outfit! 
dress: thrifted (via goodwill), necklace: borrowed from the limited (exact here),
heels: franco sarto, hair by gene juarez & makeup by aveda