Friday, November 22, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
The three words no one wants to hear. Summer is over…well almost.
I really cannot believe it, either. It is scary to think that I go back to school in about a week but it has got me thinking about, what else, FASHION (okay you caught me, I am always thinking of fashion)!
The beginning of the school year is a great opportunity to spice up your wardrobe and make a great, fashionable, statement. Not in school? No worries. Who says you can’t show off your new look to your co-workers and boss?
There are a few pieces that I think every girl should have in her closet during the fall months, pieces that are affordable, eye popping, and classic!
Jeans. Whenever I think of jeans I immediately think of Fall. No, seriously, I do! In my humble opinion, a great pair of dark wash jeans just screams Fall (go ahead, call me dramatic).
-Now, when going jean shopping it is important to know which style fits your curves (or lack of) best- skinny, bootleg, straight leg etc… I will offer some input, though, flare jeans are coming back in style both Jessica Alba and Jennifer Aniston have been spotted rocking this latest trend!
-Some of my favorite places to shop for jeans are the always affordable American Eagle as well as Nordstrom and Lucky Brand (both somewhat pricey but still great)!
Sweater. I think every woman should have a great, comfortable (yes, comfortable) sweater. The end of Fall can be downright freezing and having a great cable-knit sweater or cardigan is an absolute essential in my opinion. A neutral color such as cream always makes for a great purchase but also a deep plum or maroon is a bold, but wonderful and chic fashion statement too! Hell, go ahead and splurge and buy yourself two sweaters!
All about the layers. The Fall is the perfect time to incorporate layers into your outfit! In my opinion, scarves are just about the best invention ever (don’t judge you know it’s true). I love pairing a printed scarf with a casual outfit of jeans and a t-shirt. It is a super easy way to dress up a simple outfit. And practically every clothing store carries a line of scarves since they really have been extremely popular these last few years!
-With that said, though, I think both Madewell (J. Crew’s sister store) and Anthropoligie carry some of the most beautiful scarves I have ever seen. Both stores are a little pricey in the scarf department but they almost always have a great sale going on so you can get some great deals!
Boots. Within the last few years’ boots have really made an entrance in the fashion world and have proved that they are here to stay. I think a great pair of ‘riding boots’ in a (dark) chocolate brown color are the purrrfect closet staple. They are sooo incredibly versatile as they can be dressed down or up depending on your mood and the occasion. Boot prices can be somewhat pricey but in this case I think it is worth the extra cash. When made correctly, these boots can last a very long time. My favorite pair of boots that I own cost me about $120. I bought them over 3 years ago and I guess you could say that, by this point, they have practically paid for themself as I rarely wear any other shoe during the Fall and Winter.
So, there you go! Merry shopping and happy Fall :)
Sunday, July 7, 2013
So every time I shop at my local mall I always pause when passing this one store. I never go in for some reason but am intrigued enough to always stop and look in the window. The store I am talking about is Lush, a company whose slogan is ‘Fresh Handmade Cosmetics’.
The other day, however, I actually decided to walk in and learn a little bit about this company. I truly am an organic girl when it comes to my skincare and cosmetics. Every once in a while I stray and buy something that isn’t but I primarily stick to the green goods simply because I notice a huge difference when I am using something from nature.
With this said, I cannot believe that I have gone so long without buying a product from Lush. It truly is heaven for us green goddesses. They have products ranging from skincare to hair care to makeup (and more)!
Now being a newbie of this brand I really cannot say too much on any of the products and their results. I, however, did purchase the ‘Ocean Salt’ shower scrub and am IN LOVE! It claims it would give my skin a glowing complexion and oh boy did it…and it smelled phenomenal too!
Overall, I had such an amazing experience shopping here and the associate who was helping me out really was great. She answered all my questions about this brand and turned me into a now loyal and frequent customer.
I really wish I could suggest more of their products to you guys but I really having only used this particular scrub but I am looking forward to trying more of their stuff out (and will keep you posted)! But I just had to share my awesome experience here with you all as I really am excited about this company. But please let me know if you could suggest any must-haves for me to buy here next!
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Does the idea of leaving your house sans makeup give you nightmares? If so, then that’s just a downright shame. Don’t get me wrong I love Sephora just as must as the next girl however I definitely allow my skin to breathe from time to time.
Makeup, when applied correctly, serves to bring out our natural beauty ladies not transform us into someone unrecognizable. Speaking of natural beauty, it’s about time we let it show and stopped concealing it.
Makeup can be harsh on our skin after being applied day after day. This is why I find it soooo incredibly important to give my face a rest every now and then. I try to go at least one day during the week where I don’t put any product on my skin. At first, I felt uncomfortably bare without a stroke of mascara on my eyelashes or cover up underneath my eyes but now I have noticed the change in my skin and I am loving every inch of my natural self!
Ladies please don’t fret because I know that if I can do it you can too (because some days I live at the makeup counter)! Let me divulge my ‘happy-skin’ secrets with you all:
First, invest in a great moisturizer with SPF in it. My current favorite is an oil-free version from Neutrogena (its inexpensive too)! Moisturizer is so important because, once you have found the right match for your skin, it works on your problem areas (dry skin, oily skin, acne etc…) and gives your skin a natural glow. Make sure you are applying your moisturizer both in the morning and evening.
Next, discovering and accepting your skin’s biggest problem. For example, my biggest issue with my skin is with the dark circles underneath my eyes. So I had to find a cream to apply here daily so I could avoid going out in public looking like I’ve gotten a slim 4 hours of sleep. So if you’re acne prone find a facial wash/moisturizer aimed for blemishes or if you have dry skin finding something that will be hydrating (you get where I’m going with this).
Third step is, taking care of your skin! It’s about taking care of all the little things. For the days when you do wear makeup make sure that before going to bed you take every ounce of it off. This is something that I cannot stress enough. While you sleep, your skin is repairing and revitalizing, don’t block and ruin this process with leaving makeup on your face. Another thing that is can benefit your skin is investing in a good mask to put on at least once a week (see my earlier post about ‘Drink Up’ by Origins).
Finishing Touches. A great smile can illuminate the rest of your face. So besides daily brushing, flossing, and mouth-washing (kinda just made that a word) try adding whitening to the process. I use Crest white strips once a year (using them too often isn’t good for your teeth) and love how quick and simple using it is. Two more things and I swear I am done: keep your eyebrows trimmed and plucked (not too small though- biggish eyebrows are ‘in’ at the moment) and invest in a really great chap stick (I love me some Burt’s Bees).
Okay, okay I SWEAR I’m wrapping it up: just remember to try some of these tips because it would truly be a shame to go on hiding just how truly beautiful you all are!
Monday, June 24, 2013
Swoon had a great first week at the Popponesset Marketplace in New Seabury! We want to thank everyone that stopped in, whether to find their next perfect outfit or just to chit-chat. We met so many great new friends, and can't wait to meet more throughout the summer. Each Monday, we will place our orders to bring new styles throughout the week. So keep checking in to see our unique, new pieces that will have you looking effortlessly chic and make you swoon.
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Sunday, June 16, 2013
I have many summertime beauty essentials that I would feel almost naked without them. I know I have already discussed beach makeup but let’s face it – you don’t spend your entire summer in your beach chair (though I am sure you’d like to) and need some products that will go beyond the beach. These must haves of mine range from hair product to nail polish. I’ll get right to the point of this post: I would like to share my hot weather must-haves with you!
-Frizz-Ease by John Freida.
I have thick hair but the summer heat can sometimes make it look straight up scary! Instead of suffering with unruly hair I simply use Frizz-Ease. I put it on right after the shower and that’s really it, easy as pie! I have tried many other anti-frizz products but have never really found any of them all that life changing. Trust me this product of John Freida is definitely worth a trip to the drugstore and it will last you a while.
-COLORsenstational by Maybelline.
Now who wants chapped, scaly lips to go with that nice tan you’ve acquired over countless beach trips? Um hello – NO ONE. This lip shimmer was absolutely life changing for me (I know, I know I am way too dramatic for my own good). I bought this product in the lip color, Twinkle. I really cannot get enough of this color, when I have it on, my skin looks better and my teeth appear whiter than they actually are. It’s super inexpensive too (good thing since I go through this rather quickly).
-Great Lash Clear Macara by Maybelline.
During the summer months I don’t like to wear heavy makeup, I go for a more natural approach. I usually put on this clear mascara; it elongates my eyelashes and gives the appearance that they are naturally runway ready. Make sure, like the rest of your eye makeup, that you replace it every 2-3 months to avoid any eye infections!
-My Very First Knockwurst by OPI.
Ahhh I love this nail color. Going with the theme I stated above, it is so natural looking but it gives your nails that extra glow it needs. OPI has a great selection of light pinks and nudes so don’t just limit yourself to this one color! Remember to put a base and top coat to make your manicure last longer; it will also help strengthen your nails and make them all around healthier.
-Multi-Grain Pressed Bronzer by Origins.
So for some odd reason my body tans actually pretty well but my faces hardly does. Weird, right? My solution to this is adding some bronzer to my forehead, nose, and cheekbones. I have tested many different types and none are comparable to this one from Origins. It truly gives me a healthy, natural glow and doesn’t have me looking like an Oompa Loompa, Hallelujah!
That’s all for now! Until next time!
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
1. Since independent designers do not design their pieces in mass quantity, shoppers will never have to worry about someone else having the same outfit on. Shoppers have a better chance of seeing a walrus doing the tango than seeing someone else with the same attire.
2. By shopping indie designers, you are contributing to expanding the fashion industry and giving new designers a chance to gain exposure and further their fashion career. You are not only getting fabulous pieces, but helping a designer fulfill their career dream.
3. Indie designers are not constricted to following certain designs during a season, therefore their line can be more funky and creative. This allows them to bring you unique pieces that look effortlessly chic and fashion forward.
4. They are designer quality pieces at an affordable price. Most of us assume that purchasing designer clothing means we have to empty our wallets and bank accounts. Though indie designers are a bit more expensive than department stores, they bring a high quality without the steep price tag. We have all purchased that dress for under 30 dollars that fell apart after only wash. That is because pieces can be cheap due to sweatshops and cheap fabric. With indie designers there is none of that. Just high quality clothing that will make anyone swoon.
5. Every independent designer has a story. Purchasing an item from that line lets you become a part of that story. Check out the independent designer you purchased from and learn their story and what got them started, and you will find their story truly an inspiration. It is not easy to break into the fashion industry, so the one’s that have are truly talented and ambitious.