How to Style Overalls

Trends come and go – like a cycle. You may not be surprised that some of your favorite childhood styles have found their way into adult wardrobes. One of my current favorite trends is overalls. If you’re unsure on how you can style them without looking like a 9 year old, then keep reading. I have tips and examples to help you put your overall look together (haha get it over all, overall… okay I digress).

If you’re in your teens or young twenties, then you can totally channel this 90s vibe featured below. All you need is a simple tee, or body suit and a flannel button-up. For shoes, I recommend pairing the ensemble with some converse. You can also add a choker to complete your throwback look (so fetch).

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If the 90s throwback isn’t your style, try this off the shoulder pairing. Keep your accessories to a minimal and throw on some heels to complete this high-low look.

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Maybe you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated. Fear not, I have one last look for you. Below I paired my overalls with a button-up, blazer, heels and a statement necklace. If you’re someone who works in a office with a relaxed dress code, then this is the perfect on trend look for you.

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I will admit, it took me awhile to jump on board with the overall trend. Aside from being the traditional farmer’s uniform, children are usually the only ones wearing them. When in doubt, go to Pinterest and fashion media for inspiration and then experiment (aka go try them on at a store). I found a pair at Old Navy that I liked, but the wash wasn’t quite right (nor the price), so I decided to hold off. Several months later, I invested in a pair from Madewell – they are absolutely perfect in every way (okay not really, they’re a little too short on me, but when you’re 5’11” that is to be expected).

Show me how you style your overalls!

xx words and red lipstick

Makeup Q&A with Makeup Pro Ashley Elaine Hudson

So, I was asked by my good friend Sarah to write a guest post for her blog Words and Red Lipstick. We wanted it to be something makeup related, and I thought to myself, what better topic than to let everyone have a moment to ask a professional makeup artist for help with their biggest struggles! I am a professional makeup artist; here to help with your beauty woes. I went into many of the beauty enthusiast groups I am apart of and asked thousands of girls what would they want help with if I could help them? The problems were fairly consistent and I’m going to do my best to touch on all of the most popular questions. I categorized everything for easy reading (or at least I hope). I would also like to take a mini moment to tell you to forget most of what you learned on youtube from beauty influencers. Just because a certain technique worked for them, or a certain product, doesn’t mean it will work for you. Plus, more often than not, these beauty gurus are doing ridiculous things trying to go viral, or push specific products because they are being paid to do so. They also, in my own and most professionals’ opinions, opt for too many layers of product – which can certainly look beautiful temporarily on camera, but doesn’t translate well in real life.
Let me start by saying, although no one directly asked about skincare, this really is the solution to a lot of beauty problems women face. Find a good skincare routine that works for you. Unless you are seriously oily, lay off the acne control products. Remember to exfoliate at least once a week, moisturize day and night, remove your makeup and use a sunscreen during the day. I know everyone gets sick of hearing it, but we aren’t telling you this for our benefit, it’s for you (I promise)!
Lets talk about foundation. So many questions were foundation related!
“My foundation is cakey or creases”
Are you using a full coverage foundation? Do you NEED to? The biggest issue I see with clients who complain about foundation caking and creasing is they are using a foundation that’s unnecessarily heavy, or using too many layers. Sometimes, this can also boil down to application technique. Not all foundations and primers mesh well together and most long wear foundations don’t NEED a primer underneath. One of my favorite application techniques is to apply a foundation all over the skin with a brush and then go over it with a wet sponge to absorb all excess foundation. This helps finishing and setting powder only adhere where needed; so your foundation doesn’t cake or crease and ensures a very even application. I use a concealer only where needed, before setting, then I use the wet sponge technique again with setting spray after brushing off all excess powder.
“I cant ever find a good match”
This comes back down to full coverage foundation and whether or not you really need it. If you really want to go that route, go get matched professionally by a brand with a large shade range. Additionally, remember that the skin has many tones and especially in a full coverage foundation you want something in between all those tones that is going to look cohesive with, not just your face, but your neck and decollete.
“I cant cover my dark circles!”
The majority of the time, women instinctively choose a very light concealer assuming that it will hide the darkness under the eye. Most times, this actually makes it look worse and it begins to appear more grey. The trick is to choose a concealer that’s close to your foundation shade, but warmer. Those warm undertones counteract the purple we see under the eye as a dark circle. I use the same power and wet sponge technique as I would with foundations. This will stop it from looking dry after you set with powder.
“I cant contour”
You wont like my answer, but you don’t need to do all the heavy contouring you see on youtube. Honestly, a nice bronzer buffed into the cheekbones and under the chin is enough for most face shapes and it looks much more flattering in real life than all of the heavy contour lines. If you do have something specific you want to correct, see a pro to learn the best contouring techniques for your specific face shape and problems. It’s really not a one size fits all solution.
“I need help with my brows!”
First and foremost, this is another issue I think is best addressed on a case by case basis. However, I’m going to give some general advice to hopefully help out! I know full brows are in, but unfortunately it might not be the most flattering shape for your face. Play around with it using a pencil, if you cant afford to see a professional, until you figure out what works best for you. Personally, I am also a big fan of using at least two different shades of pencil (or a pencil and groomer) to create a little dimension, especially in areas where there isn’t much hair. One of my biggest pet peeves is seeing someone block in the front of their brow. It looks very unnatural and unless you don’t have any hair there, just a little bit of pencil blended out from the base and a bit of brow groomer (tinted, if need be) is sufficient. If you have really light brows, consider asking your hairdresser to tint them for you when you have your hair colored, most stylists will do this service for free if you are having your hair colored. After penciling your brows, use a bit of concealer (don’t go too light) just to clean up your lines.
“I cant blend my eyeshadow!”
Start by priming your eye with a primer, or concealer. Then use a flesh toned shadow, or your face powder to set it. Typically, I go in first with a transitional shade right above the crease so I don’t end up with any harsh lines. Then I gradually build up color until I get to the intensity I want. I finish by applying my lid color, smoking out my lower lash line and highlighting under the brow/ inner corner. I think the biggest issue I see with clients is they build color too quickly and they aren’t using a transitional color to make blending more seamless.
“Winged liner”
Winged liner isn’t something that works well on all eye shapes, period. You really have to adjust the location of your wing depending on your eye shape. The best advice I have is to use a pencil first with your eyes open, to choose the best location. Then tightly line the top lid with liquid or gel liner, adding the wing at the very end. Tightline under the lashes with a waterproof pencil to hide the gap between your lashes and your upper liner. I recommend sitting down where you can put your elbows down for stability. Made a mistake? Don’t worry! Use a bit of concealer to clean up your line until you perfect your technique.
I also hear quite a bit of complaints about liner on the lower lash line bleeding. This is why I like to use shadows instead – they tend to set liner, look softer overall and wear down better than pencil liners.
“I cant put on falsies!!”
Falsies take practice. I wish there was a magic answer, but unfortunately, this is just the honest truth. It takes a lot of trial and error. Some of the bigger issues I see are: women choosing the wrong style and shape to practice with, they don’t wait long enough for the glue to be ready before applying, they aren’t measuring first, or they are choosing the wrong band style. Do your liner first so you have a base to work off of. One of the best styles to start with is Ardell Demi Wispies – they are smaller, have a very flattering shape and have a clear flexible band that is easy to work with. Put the glue on the band (I prefer black duo) and wait until it starts to get tacky before attempting to apply. I like to set the band in the center of the lash then use tweezers to adhere the edges to my natural lash line.
I really hope these tips helped everyone! I would love to help with more of your beauty woes – what other questions and problems do you all have?
Meet the guest blogger:
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Ashley Elaine Hudson is a professional makeup artist, with nearly ten years of experience. Her background includes skincare, doing makeup for numerous fashion shows and pageants, as well as, working on Lancome’s national artistry support team. Ashley specializes in makeup being photographed and hopes to continue to expand her expertise within the makeup industry and start a vlog.
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Shoulder Game

Hello Fashion Friends! Hands raised for the freakin’ weekend (alright you don’t have to literally raise your hands – that might be excessive, just do the emoji). Last spring/ summer we saw the return of the off-the-shoulder trend. Guess what, it’s back again. However, this time we’ve got some alternate options. Let me introduce you to what I call the Shoulder Game (no it’s not like the Hunger Games where everyone dies; it’s more like Beer pong… okay maybe not that either). In addition to off-the-shoulder, we have the cold-shoulder and the shoulder-slip. Not sure if the third one is actually called that because I just made it up, but hey I’m all for starting trends (or adding words to the dictionary – whatever pays the bills 😉 ).

The cold-shoulder features cut outs at the shoulders. Ideally your shoulder won’t actually be cold, but feel free to use it against those silly boys or grandpas who won’t let a young girl enjoy her cocktail peacefully at the bar, solo (unless a hot, age appropriate man sits down then no cold-shoulder necessary – the attitude, not the shirt. The shirt is still necessary).

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*I do not own a cold-shoulder top yet, but here is a cute one I found via Google for Who What Wear*

The shoulder-slip is a little bit of sexy and whole lot of cool girl, who pretends everything she does is effortless (admittedly it took her 3 hours to decide which shoulder was best to show off. Not me, the hypothetical girl in my story. I always opt for the shoulder with my tattoo – duh).

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*Red sweater is courtesy of Old Navy Clearance*

Lastly, the one we are most familiar with, off-the-shoulder. I love this trend so much I made myself one. I even tried to sell up-cycled off-the-shoulder tops, but decided to put that on hold, to pursue my master’s degree. Though if any of you would like one, let me know!

*I made the one on the left – on the right is J.Crew*

xx words and red lipstick

How to Wear Booties with Skinny Jeans?

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This question haunts many of us, not the really scary kind of haunting (at least I hope not), but more of the “can’t sleep at night” haunting (alright, that might be an exaggeration as well). This question also brings up several more: Do I fold the jeans or tuck them in? How many times do I fold them? Should the folds be neat or messy? How much of my ankle (if any) should show? What about socks – showing, hidden, absent, height?

So many questions – so little time, but don’t worry because I’ve broken it down for you to easily understand and style skinny jeans with booties!

  • My go to look is one fold; so a little ankle is showing. Sometimes I don’t have to fold because I’m 5’11” and several of my jeans are already cropped on me, so if leaving your skinny jeans straight works for you as well – go for it!
  • I wouldn’t recommend showing your calf when you show off your ankle; you’re not wearing capris for a reason.
  • If you’re average or normal height, then you may have to fold your jeans a little more to get the right amount of ankle showing. For multiple folds I recommend making it a little disheveled to manipulate the bulk.
  • A recent trend we’ve seen is folding once, but the height of the fold significant. Now, I don’t really ever have the opportunity to wear this one (I know, never say never even though I said ever) but it’s one I can appreciate if styled correctly.
  • If you’re wearing tall boots with pants, then I recommend tucking the pants in. Keep in mind you don’t want a bulky pant tucked into a fitted boot – that would get you on the worst dressed list.
  • Occasionally you can wear cropped pants socks and boots, however when rocking this trend, I wouldn’t advise showing off your ankle. This is a harder trend to pull off with short boots, and more popular with tall boots. However, I encourage you to experiment and see what you like for your personal style.

You have to learn the rules before you can break them, but remember to always be you and have fun with your wardrobe.

xx words and red lipstick

Wake Up Makeup with JaNique Cameron

Spring time awaits us! Finally, we can say, “So long!” to our matching knitted scarves and gloves. “See you later! ” to thigh high boots with boot socks, that no one wants to admit makes your calves sweaty, and “See you next fall” to your trustworthy, timeless peacoat you purchased on the clearance rack at Nordstrom four spring seasons ago! Although I love how trends come and go (great excuse for frequent shopping trips), I adore the trends that are present in more than one season. That’s what I love so much about this past season’s makeup trends!

Last fall and winter, we saw a lot of bold lip colors, with subtle makeup application. The most popular look has been the “no makeup” look, accomplished through filled-in eyebrows, perfectly sculpted-highlighting, bronzing, strobing, and contouring, in order to bring that “sun-kissed” look during the cooler seasons. And, did I mention eyelashes?!?! Eyelashes have been “THE THING” to complete your everyday image.

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Minus the bold lip color (and no I am not talking about red, which is ALWAYS a good idea), the makeup trends that we wore in the fall are transitioning into the spring!

Think of this spring’s makeup trends as the transitional little black dress that you can wear to work with a blazer, and for a night on the town with a pair of stilettos! You can actually use that, “Too Face Chocolate Bar” eyeshadow palette you asked for during Christmas and still be on trend! Exciting? Yes, I think so!

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I know I am looking forward to “adding” to my makeup application routine, instead of completely changing the style. Of course skin care regimens are altered a bit, as the weather changes.  But outside of that, the overall makeup application is remaining the same!

You know, you’re anxious to hear exactly what I plan on using to go along with the Spring 2017 makeup trends, so I’ve compiled a list of my go-tos!

First things first! Grab your favorite makeup brushes and applicators, turn up the music and set the mood for some fun! Applying my makeup is the most enjoyable and fun part of my day! I get excited about being able to express myself in a way that is so artistic.

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After cleansing your face, primer is everything! You do not want your makeup sliding off as the weather warms up. While I keep my budget friendly E.L.F. Clear Poreless Primer at hand, I live for Boscia’s Porefecting White Charcoal Mattifying Treatment Primer.

I sculpt and fill my eyebrows with Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Dipbrow pomade and Artistry Concealer sticks.

When deciding on a color to fill in your eyebrows with, always go with the color that is closest to the color of your hair because you want your eyebrows to have a natural appearance. When cleaning them up with concealer, use a lighter shade on the bottom of your brow and a darker tone (or even your foundation) on the top of that if needed.

I decided that I do not have a favorite eyeshadow palette, however, I have the most fun with my E.L.F Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette because of the large variety.

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I prime my eyes with the ELF primer also prior to applying eyeshadow. I usually stick to a neutral smokey eye and always wear eyeliner when I use my favorite Ardell Lashes, but I do not always feature a cat-eye (unless I want to have a more dramatic look)!

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Contouring is a little dramatic for my face shape, however strobing and highlighting is my passion. Just to clarify, strobing is when highlighter is placed on areas where people typically contour. It brings attention to those areas, instead of giving more shape to the same spots, as contouring does. I love, love, love my Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder for my highlight!

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I shine and glow so much, that the sun gets jealous and is forced to hide out of sight every evening, and then successfully sneaks back up for a chance to out shine me in the morning, because unfortunately I don’t “wake up like this”.  But really, it’s about $10 at CVS, and works like a million bucks!

I adore the matte lip trend, so I am sticking with my Times Square Ultra Matte Lip by Colour Pop, Dolce K by Kylie Jenner, and Honeymoon Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick by NYX Cosmetics!

For the spring weather, it is important to finish off your complete look with a very faithful setting spray. I use Ben Nye Final Seal, Urban Decay’s All Nighter and Urban Decay’s Oil-Control.

 

I alternate between the products depending on the day. Ben Nye Final Seal is typically worn on warmer days, on top of a heavier makeup application, vs Urban Decay’s Oil-Control is for a very basic application.

And that wraps up my list! Regardless of if you are one to follow trends, or not, makeup is an avenue of self-expression. Apply as much or as little as you like and apply whatever makes you feel the most beautiful!

Meet the guest blogger:

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JaNique Cameron is a stylist as well as a wedding and event planner based in Richmond, Virginia. She provides personal styling and customized garments for brides, celebrities in the fashion and entertainment industry, particularly stage ready apparel for performances. JaNique also provides styling to business professionals needing a trendy, but versatile look for the workplace. When she is not styling or planning a grand event, she is writing, painting, or binge watching Say Yes To The Dress, Project Runway, and Shark Tank.

Birchbox: February Month Review

Hello Fabulous Friends! I hope your weekend is off to a great start. Today I want to review the contents of my February Birchbox. I recently started a subscription so I could experiment with new beauty products, and of course share my “expert” opinion with all of you.

Here is what I received for February

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Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle $23.50 Absolutely love this product! As someone who has colored her hair for years, my hair has been through a lot and is damaged and dry. This product smells amazing, and instantaneously works. I sprayed it after showering and it made brushing my hair a million times easier. I also have noticed my hair quality improving – it’s safe to say I’m in love.

The Beauty Crop PBJ Smoothie Stick in Saucy Marsala $14.95 I didn’t like the color in the pencil but on my lips I liked it. It was hard to apply at first so much pressure is needed. So far my lips do not feel dry whatsover (yay!), which is a plus. I’ll keep you updated on the lasting power and moisturizing capabilities, or lack there of, on my lips because I deem both of those qualities important! This color is also perfect for fall, so I may have to wait a little before wearing it.

Supergoop!® Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35+ $32 Honestly not impressed. I didn’t really think it did a good job covering, and I had to go back over the spots with my my Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Concealer. Not only is my Lancome Concealer a $1 cheaper, it also covers a lot more effectively.

Catherine Malandrino Romance de Provence Eau de Parfum $65 for 1oz No offense to anyone, but this perfume kind of reminded me of an old lady perfume. I should have tested it out on myself, because perfumes change their sent slightly when sprayed on individuals. However, I didn’t even want to experiment because right away I was not impressed.

bbrowbar Brow Definer $25 My first time using this I didn’t care for it, but my second time using it I loved it. Not sure if it was because I’m used to using more of a pencil eyebrow liner than one like this. My usual go to is Loreal Paris’ Brow Stylist Designer for $7.99. After trying this product, I think I may try Loreal Paris’ Definer which is only $8.99; a much better price than $25 for the bbrowbar.

Here is a picture of me with the lip color and brow definer on with some of my other favorite beauty products. No filter so you can get an accurate representation of the colors 🙂

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Happy beautying ladies!

xx words and red lipstick

Oscars: Red Carpet Review

Time to critique the red carpet looks again; this time from the Oscars. Comment below with who is on your best and worst dressed lists!

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Ava Duvernay
Stunning – 5!

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Brie Larson
Va va voom – 5!

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Charlize Theron
Meh – 3.5.

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Dakota Johnson
I’ve seen fashion magazines praise this look and friends slaughter it, but I’m going to be somewhere in-between the two. If that bow was in the back instead of the front, I would have liked it better, and her makeup/ hair should have been more complimentary to the dress – instead she looks like she rolled out of bed and put on her grandmother’s dress, but it did have potential – 2.5.

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Emma Roberts
Pretty – 4.3.

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Emma Stone
Wowza – 5!

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Halle Berry
Love – 4.8.

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Jamie Dornan
I can respect that it was a little different from the usual suit – 4.

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Janelle Monae
OMG, OBSESSED – 5+!!

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Jessical Biel
Bold – 4.5.

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Josh Dallas
Yuuuus – 5!

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Justin Timberlake
The suit is classic and nothing special, but come on it’s JT so obviously he gets a 5!

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Leslie Mann
No, no no, no, no! I’m a huge Zac Posen fan, but this is just 50 shades of wrong. The bottom half looks like she’s wearing a trash bag, and the color isn’t my favorite either – 1.5.

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Mahershala Ali
Perfection – 5!

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Meryl Streep
In her controversial dress. It’s pretty, but I bet the Chanel would have been to die for – 4.2.

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Michelle Williams
Simple, but pretty – 4.3.

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Nicole Kidman
Gorgeous – 4.8.

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Octavia Spencer
Fab, but I wish the sash wasn’t quite as thick (that skirt though – all the good hand emojis) – 4.7.

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Priyanka Chopra
Understated and beautiful – 4.8.

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Riz Ahmed
Owning the colored suit – 5!

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Robin Roberts
There aren’t enough words to describe how amazing she looks – 5!

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Ryan Gosling
I’d like to see the black trim on the ruffles eliminated, but I can respect the vintage vibes – 4.2.

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Salma Hayek
Total babe – 5!

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Scarlett Johansson
Train wreck – 1.

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Sophia Carson
Elegant and a little whimsical – 4.8.

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Viola Davis
Nice, but a little boring – 4.

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

xx words and red lipstick

 

Pictures from E Online!