I have had SO many questions about my outfit in my Instagram video on Christmas Eve. Thank ya’ll so much for the sweet feedback- I thought it was a festive way to ring in the holiday! Below is all the outfit information and links to products.

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!

Sweater: Forever 21 (currently sold out)

Another cute, similarly ridiculous holiday sweater here

Skirt: Lauren by Ralph Lauren (via TJ Maxx)

Similar skirt here

Shoes: Forever 21 (no longer available)

Similar booties here for just $14.99

Hair: Styled with the Beachwaver Pro

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It’s almost Christmas! Can you believe it?

Between Christmas and New Years, there are always plenty of holiday parties. If you need an easy, mostly all drugstore makeup look to get in the holiday spirit- look no further. The key elements to this holiday makeup look are plenty of sparkle and shimmer and a bold lip. (If you’re more comfortable with a smoldering eye, sub that for the eyeliner and opt for a nude lip.)

As for the sparkle, pack on the highlighter! I sweep it across my cheekbones, the tip of my nose, and my cupids bow. I chose a white eyeshadow to give the inner corners of my eyes a little pop and to make my brow bone look more lifted.

Here is the finished look- my go to for holiday and winter parties. Check out the product slideshow at the bottom, with links underneath, in case you’re interested in anything!

Happy holidays to all; and to all a good night.

I love using a slightly darker liner than my lip color. I feel like it givers my lips dimension and it makes the center of my lips appear fuller. This liner is part of the Kylie lip kit in Ginger, paired with a MAC lipstick. This lipstick looks so much pinker in the tube than it does on your face- so give it a try even if it doesn’t look like you at first! (Lips are the only part of this look that is not from the drugstore!) 

 

While I have the Sephora collection color on my tear duct area, I’m wearing a Milani shimmer color on the inner third of my eyelid. It’s a more yellow-based color, while the tear duct and brow bone color is more white.

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The effect of the white eye shadow is undeniable, because it draws the eye to, well… your eyes.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I love decorating, and I especially love Christmas decorating. There are so many fun, inexpensive ways to light up your home for the holidays. Here are some of my favorites, and some examples from my home to get your creative juices flowing.

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Wreaths and garland

This is a no-brainer for the holidays. Garland is a super cheap decoration solution- just pick some up at a Dollar Tree or Dollar General. You can literally use the stuff for anything: Decorate the tree, wind it around your banisters, hang it around your chandelier… I’m game for whatever. Wreaths can get expensive if you aren’t into DIYing, but if you are, go to your local craft store and pick up the vines and get the rest of the materials from Amazon or Walmart to save yourself some cash money (I made ours years ago!)

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Table décor

These little mason jar decorations are some of my favorite holiday pieces- and they cost $2 to make! Buy these jars (not the Mason brand like these, but they do the trick) at your local Dollar Tree. While you’re there, pick up a sleeve of round ornaments. Usually, the rolls come with 5-10 of them, depending on the size. I chose the small, round balls in green, red, gold, and silver. Next, just take the top off of the jar and dump the ornaments in. It’s that easy! I made these for a Christmas party years ago, and I pack them away just like this so they’re easy to pull out for next year.

If you prefer the textured, quilted look, get a set of 12 here that will work just fine.

Candles or wax melts

Nothing says holidays like a good scent. My favorites are anything vanilla related, or something that smells like baked goods. Peppermint, pine, cedar, and cinnamon are more popular scents for the winter season. If you don’t like candles for the fear of leaving them lit by accident (guilty), try wax melts or oil plugs. Pick up nice candles for less at a HomeGoods or T.J. Maxx; grab holiday wax melts here in a set of 10 for $8; or use a Bath and Body Works coupon to buy wallflower scents for next to nothing.

Stockings

While Mitri and I don’t make stockings for each other, we do make stockings for the dogs. Judge me if you will, but it’s actually one of our favorite things about Christmas Day! We get all the dogs together in the living room and dump their stockings out in front of them. They have so much fun and it makes our day better knowing that they feel loved! You can make great stockings with just a few yards of fabric and decorative pom-poms, but if crafting isn’t your thing, you can buy a few for just a few bucks. Try the Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby/Michaels, or get cute embroidered stockings here (3 for $20!)

Need more ideas? Here are a few more sneak peaks of my holiday home!

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It’s here! The first video in my beauty series. I have always wanted to try Glamglow, but I’ve been skeptical. If I’m paying $69 for a face mask, it better be good. And it is. I bought a Christmas set at Sephora that came with one full size Supermud mask (the white jar), a trial size of Youthmud (the black jar), and a trial size of Thirstymud (the blue jar). Supermud claims to be the best mask for clearing pores, but it doesn’t dry out your skin. I have only tried Supermud and Youthmud so far, and Supermud is by far my favorite. If you’ve ever wanted to try Glamglow but weren’t sure if it was just a gimmick, watch my video and see the results for yourself!

(PS: No, my video skills aren’t perfect. Practice makes perfect, so helpful tips are welcome and appreciated!)

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Winter is coming, winter is coming! While we all know I don’t really NEED anything new, here are some of the pieces I want to add to my closet this season. I’m going out of town this weekend, and will definitely be on the lookout for some of these items or something similar. Plus, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are quickly approaching, meaning so are the sales! We have to get ourselves Christmas presents too, right? 🙂 

Velvet errrrything

Velvet shoes, joggers, and tanks are everywhere right now, and for good reason. Velvet is warm, soft, and has an I-woke-up-like-this vibe. One of my favorite velvet items I have seen this season is this Missguided velvet bomber jacket, available from Asos. Best part? It’s ballerina pink: The color of the season! If you’re trying to ease yourself into the trend, Target has some amazing joggers in gray and blue velvet by Who What Wear. Unfortunately, they didn’t have my size at my local Target and I couldn’t get them- but it’s totally worth checking out. Check out this guide from Pinterest on some of the best velvet looks.

This gorgeous black lace maxi

For winter parties, cocktail dresses are great and fun- but they can get kind of boring. This dress is beautifully crafted, with intricate lace covering the entire dress. The slip just covers your chest, stomach, and upper thighs, which shows just enough skin. The deep V is also stunning!  I’ve had my eye on this dress since I met Stefanie and Tracy of the Eleventh Gorgeous YouTube channel and Madison and Mallory boutique. Spoiler: They’re amazingly sweet and just as beautiful in real life. Anyway, I have wanted this dress ever since this online store opened, but every single time it gets restocked, it sells out! This lace maxi comes in black, pink, maroon, and periwinkle- all are equally stunning. I want the black one (because, black) and I will keep stalking this site until it is mine.

Work appropriate leggings

I own these leggings from Loft in grey and in burgundy, and they have changed my life. Not kidding. They are super thick to keep you warm and to suck you in, and you don’t have to worry about finding a sweater to cover your rear end. I bought a small (I’m 5’6, and a 4/6 in pants) and they are definitely snug, but comfortable. And, for once, they are long enough to wear booties and don’t ride up! Definitely, definitely, definitely recommend. No, they aren’t paying me to say this. I’m just a slave to these leggings.

Sweater for cold mornings or late nights

In the mornings, I like to throw on a sweater while I drink my coffee for a little extra coziness. This Free People sweater-kimono is perfect for that. If you’re going out, you don’t want a bulky jacket over your outfit. This piece is perfect for that, too. The fringe keeps this sweater from looking too much like the shawl your mom wore to that wedding that time, and the delicate fur collar gives it a little flair. Basically I don’t need any other reasons to buy this. I’m obsessed.

Sassy over-the-knee boots

Not your faux leather boots stashed in the back of the closet. These babies are suede with metal detailing, and a pointy toe. First of all, pointy toes are the key to my heart. Second, the metal details are precious. Third, there is an inside zipper so you don’t have to send 45 minutes tugging them on. I could wear these with denim shorts in the spring, a dress in the fall with a long cardigan, and tights and a skirt in the winter. They also seem like they are fitted through the leg and won’t fall down, which is a plus when wearing skirts. These are going on my Christmas list, like now.

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It’s still not feeling like fall in Alabama, but that doesn’t mean I can’t start to embrace the season- and there is nothing to get your style into cold-weather mode like a fall lipstick. Moody, deep hues are perfect for fall and make a statement when your whole body is wrapped in scarves and boots. Not into the dark lip craze? Try a lighter color in a different tone than you normally wear, like a mauve or a gray (yes, gray!)  Not everyone can wear the same colors, but everyone can pull off some sort of fall lip. Below are the lip colors I am loving this season, lights and darks!

Covergirl The Bolds: 760 Gone Griege ($5.59 at Target)

I was a little skeptical about this color, I’ll admit- but after putting it on, I fell in love with it. The color is not too wild for work but it’s different than your average pink. Wear it like you would wear a nude lip! Plus, it has a little more edge and can take your typical jeans and boots outfit to another level. A+ here, CG.

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Covergirl The Bolds: 770 Mauve it ($5.59 at Target)

Mauve It is another win for the brand’s Bolds collection. A typical ‘your lips but better’ color, this reminds me of MAC Brave- except, it’s more comfortable to wear and has a warmer undertone. While I have a few other lippies that are a similar color, this is a little darker and definitely has a more fall vibe. The color glides on smoothly, but doesn’t have a shiny effect. This is going in my purse for a weekday rotation.

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Colurpop Ultra Matte Lip: LAX ($6 at colourpop.com)

Oh, LAX. Let’s just say, I felt like I was Beyonce in this color. I’m not crazy about the ultra matte lip formula- it is the definition of matte, but it can be drying and hard to take off- but I will suffer through for the color payoff. I felt like I could conquer the world in this color. I wanted to wear it out to dinner after this, but I was wearing Chacos and running shorts and thought it might be a little out of place…but, I’m looking forward to the next time I wear it! I am going to put on some vaseline or lip balm underneath from now on, so it will be a little more comfortable.

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OB-SESSED.

 

Sephora Collection Rouge Lipstick: Mmmm…(17) ($12.50 at Sephora)

This color is a really easy, running errands or late to work kind of lip. Super comfy, cute color, long-lasting, and will pair with any look. It’s hard to beat a look like this, no matter what the season is. (Psssss: It’s supposedly a dupe for a Kylie color, too!)

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Colourpop Lippie Stix: Creature ($5 at colourpop.com)

Colourpop Lippie Stix and I are friends, and this color just reminds me of that fact again. Creature is more purple than LAX, which has a more burgundy look. It is more comfortable than the Ultra Matte formula, and I think it’s easier to apply. While this is pretty dark, it’s more of a typical fall look for me because it doesn’t seem as harsh as other deep colors can be. I think the shade is universally flattering and it fades out to a pretty berry wine-colored stain.

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I don’t say renovation lightly- most of the time, a bad room or home can be completely transformed. Not by gutting half of the building or knocking down walls (although sometimes that is necessary), but by paying attention to details. From my experience, I’ve learned that small things like new switch plates and clean baseboards can totally change the look and atmosphere of your space.

My current project, an off-the-bedroom porch, has reminded me of this idea. Here are my top must-haves when giving my space a facelift! 

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New fan plugs

 For some reason, this tiny change makes everything look so much cleaner and nicer (probably because the old ones are covered in dust). You can find themed pulls for children’s rooms with butterflies and basketballs, or more decorative ones for subtle detail. 

Buy these at your local hardware store or Lowes for as little as $3.

Pillow covers

 I had pillow stuffings on hand, so I picked up some cute pillow covers at IKEA. The ones I bought have a small green pattern, which make them look like they belong outside. The fabric is also thick, and seems like it can withstand some wear and tear.

You can buy stuffings/covers at any home store, and they can change the look of a couch or a chair in seconds. When you get tired of the color or pattern, just switch the cover. And, the best part about these is, when they start getting dirty you just unzip and throw them in the washer! Easy as pie! 

IKEA sells covers starting at $4, but you can find them at places like Target, WalMart, or Tuesday Morning.

Plants

A few plants can change the vibe of any room- inside or out. In my living room, I have a larger plant in the corner with tall leaves in an ornate looking pot. The pot is actually plastic and from a garden shop, but it looks expensive! Big plants are perfect for corners, because there isn’t much else you can do with that space.

Smaller succulents or plants look great on entry tables, shelves, or mantles. Get colored pots for a little more detail! If you can’t seem to keep even the hardiest plants alive, try fake ones. You can often find cute, artificial plants already in decorative pots at TJ Maxx or HomeGoods. And, they’re usually inexpensive! 

Glass jars and vases

I have to admit that I have a slight obsession with glassware (and with decorative bowls, but that’s another story). My favorite ones are made from colored glass- the green, red, and purple look so festive in the fall.

The cool thing about vases and jars are you can use them for so many things. Stick pens or markers in one, flowers in another, and forks in the more stout container. Or, leave them empty and let the colors reflect in the sunlight! These look great on a bar cart or shelf, and can jazz up any side table. 

Hobby Lobby has a good selection, as does IKEA and HomeGoods.

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own

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(I need to first apologize for leaving everyone hanging last week without a post. I had a family emergency and did not have time to breathe, let alone post. Sorry for anyone’s disappointment!)

There are some drugstore foundations that are arguably the best on the market, beating even their high-end competitors. We all want a flawless face, but I would rather not spend $50 on a product I use daily and often run out of. Drugstore, to the rescue!

Below are my favorite, inexpensive foundations that you can find at most Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, and  Rite Aid stores near you.

(P.S.- I don’t even own any high-end foundation anymore!)

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless ($4.97 at Walmart)

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I had a rough start with this foundation. I bought it when it first came out, and everyone on YouTube was obsessed with it. I don’t know what happened, maybe I got a dud, but it was horrible. The color oxidized on my face within two hours, and it made me look more oily than I am. But after seeing all of my favorite beauty gurus reach for this product lately, I decided to give it another shot.

I am so glad I did- because I am in love with it now! It makes my pores much less noticeable and gives me all day coverage. If you get this and don’t like it, try another color (I wear 112 Natural Ivory) and you will be a believer.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector ($7.59 at Target)

This is the perfect BB cream for my skin, because it covers up my redness without looking too heavy for a no-makeup day. It has a water-like consistency so you can build it up over areas that need a little more coverage, but overall this is definitely more of a tinted moisturizer.  The lasting power isn’t amazing, but you kind of expect that with a product this thin. It also has SPF 30, which is my savior. (P.S.- I like this better than the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer that the whole world is in love with!)

COVERGIRL OUTLAST STAY LUMINOUS NATURAL GLOW FOUNDATION; COVERGIRL OUTLAST STAY FABULOUS FOUNDATION ($8.52 AT WALMART EACH)

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I grouped these two products together because they are incredibly similar. Unfortunately, the colors do not totally coordinate though. I wear a shade lighter in the Stay Fabulous, and it is still a shade darker than the Stay Luminous. These foundations are both two of my holy grail products. The Stay Fabulous product lasts me all day, even after work and running errands. The Stay Luminous gives you more of a dewy finish, and it has tiny sparkles in it to reflect light off of your face, giving you a glowy look. Both are great, but go with Stay Fabulous if you want a more matte look and longer wear.

COVERGIRL READY, SET, GORGEOUS FRESH COMPLEXION ($6.39 AT TARGET)

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This foundation is a new love of mine. I just purchased this about a month ago, because I wanted to see what kind of ‘fresh complexion’ this would give me. I am so glad I fell for that, because I absolutely love it! Ready, Set, Gorgeous gives you a very ‘I woke up like this’ look in just a few swipes.

I am a morning reporter, so sometimes I am headed to an important story at 5 a.m. and don’t have time to do my full-face routine. I keep this in my purse and in a pinch, I just squeeze some product on my fingers and rub it in all over my face and jawline. This foundation doesn’t leave you looking like you wandered out of the house without putting on blush and bronzer, but it leaves you looking like you got plenty of sleep and your face is even. Recently, I discovered that this works just as well with the rest of my makeup (blush, highlight, bronzer) and still looks fresh and natural.

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The upstairs porch is off of my boyfriend’s man-cave, so it’s safe to say that his messiness spewed out onto the porch. This fall though, I am determined to make that porch my getaway spot! This weekend, I am taking the plunge: I’m going to IKEA.

Some things I am planning to get include pillows, tableware, pots or planters, and décor. I also wouldn’t mind another chair, because there is another side to this porch that has no furniture and is not pictured.

This is a totally blank space- which is exciting and overwhelming at the same time.

I’ve tried to get an idea of what I want the final result to be, and this is what I have currently:

LIGHTS

-String lights: Since there is no overhead lighting out here, string lights seemed like the best option. These lights are from years ago at Target- they had been sitting in the basement forever but, low and behold, they are hung now! There is another side to the porch that we didn’t have enough lights for, but Target doesn’t sell these exact lights anymore. I’m either going to have to get a new style of lights for the whole porch or just convince myself to use two separate styles. Stay tuned for that decision.

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DÉCOR

-Throw: Tuesday Morning (I wouldn’t mind grabbing another, more plush blanket for cooler nights)

-Cushions: Tuesday Morning

-Runner: Bargain Hunt

FURNITURE

-Dining table: Courtesy of my brother’s old apartment

-Wicker side table (not pictured): Garage sale

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Stay tuned for my post in the coming weeks on what I bought from IKEA and how the transformation goes!

(Oh, and please throw any suggestions or ideas my way. Lord knows I need them.)

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own.

 

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Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons: The crisp weather, the beautiful leaves, the excuse to consume as many pumpkin-flavored products as humanly possible… the list goes on. But, one of my favorite things about fall is the fashion. September is the month when all of the designers debut their new collections and their warmer-weather gear, and it gets me in the mood for the cooler temperatures.

However, in Alabama, we’re still burning up. If you are ready to break out your fall clothes or start buying some new trends, try to think of how you will wear them now, while it’s still warm- and later when the cool air hits. Here are three of my wardrobe staples that will be carrying me into fall, but will be comfortable while the heat is still around.

Overalls

So many people associate overalls with summer and don’t think about the potential these babies can have for the fall. Mine are from Target, and I gave them a distressed look by taking a razor and sandpaper to the knees and pocket areas. Cuff the ends for an I-woke-up-like-this vibe.

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Wear it now: Layer a tank or short-sleeve shirt underneath with your hair in a top knot. (A striped shirt can never fail with these!)

Wear it later: Wear a long-sleeve shirt or thermal and booties. All the great things about wearing jeans, but you don’t even need a belt!

(Overalls from Target)

Printed flares

 

These are my life. Printed pants are some of my favorite things ever and they can be dressed up for work, or dressed down for a Saturday running errands. These printed flares, from Forever 21, are thin enough to let your skin breathe but cover your legs on cool nights. They also feel like pajama pants, which is always a plus. Embrace the 70s vibe of printed flares, but keep the focus of your outfit on the pants- otherwise, it could be overbearing.

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Wear it now: V-necks balance flares because they make your torso look longer. Add a long necklace to enhance the effect.

Wear it later: Add leather booties, a chunky sweater, and hoop earrings. Voila! The perfect fall night outfit in two minutes. (BONUS: If you’re an Auburn fan, just add a orange sweater and you’re set for game day!)

(Pants from Forever 21 [these are similar, different pattern], top from Target, necklace from local boutique)

Flowy basic top

I’m not sure what else to say about this shirt. It’s a staple that everyone should have. Black, white, beige, grey… A loose top in a neutral is pretty much going to get you through the season. It will go with every pair of jeans you own, and will even cover your behind with leggings. Double win.

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Wear it now: A top like this with layered necklaces and denim shorts equals instant cool girl style. Give the shirt a half-tuck into your shorts, and wear short booties.

Wear it later: Black skinny jeans will balance out the boxy-ness of the top, and a tall heel will make you look skyscraper tall.

(Top from local boutique)

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