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J.Crew Sale Picks

J.Crew Sale Picks

With my birthday less than a month away and a J.Crew sale currently happening I thought it was only appropriate to treat myself to one or two items. Besides my impending birthday we also have a road trip planned which is coming up pretty quick! While […]

Hello Monday!

Hello Monday!

Monday after a holiday means only one, comfort. Let’s be real here we all over ate. I will admit I started out the day feeling good, had a Kombucha and two shots of apple cider vinegar and planned to withstand the temptation of the sweet stuff, […]

Hello Monday…Ooops I mean Wednesday!

Hello Monday…Ooops I mean Wednesday!

Oops! I’m not going to lie I forgot what day it was. I took some time out this weekend and stepped away from the blog/social media. I really just needed some space to reflect and center my thoughts. Even though I love Happily In Style and all my website brings to my like sometimes stepping away even for just a weekend can be refreshing. As of Sunday night I was feeling well rested and ready to get back to it, a little time away was just want I needed. Only problem was since I took the weekend off I constantly keep thinking it is the weekend. (isn’t that just the worst!!) Plus I was so focused on sharing my new JORD campaign with everyone (Giveaway can be found here) that my regular blog schedule fell to the waist side. Even worse,  I got food poisoning yesterday which really threw me for a loop. So it wasn’t till this morning when I was finally feeling better that I realized I would be publishing my, “Hello Monday!” post on a Wednesday! So while it certainly isn’t Monday I’m still going to give a big HELLO to good ole’ Monday and the week! It may have been a rocky start but I’m ready for the week and the warmer spring weather!

I loved last Monday’s post so m much and from the numbers it seemed like everyone out there did as well. So I’m keeping with that trend and discussing a new trend I’m loving and seeing everywhere. The trend I’m discussing? Platform shoes, not just any platform shoe, the wooden platform Oxford. I’m a big fan of Oxford shoes and am constantly buying them for my husband. There’s something about seeing a man pair Oxford shoes with dark denim and a nice button that I just love. They can complete any men’s wear look and now you can find them in a platform version for women (#winning)

This new twist on a classic men’s piece embodies everything fun and flirty about spring and in my opinion they’re a “must-have” for anyones spring wardrobe. The question is can I pull these babies off? I desperately want to test a pair out but I’m nervous. You’ll just have to wait and see if I take the plunge into this trend or not! Until then check out a few of my favorite styles as inspiration for your own spring wardrobe! Happy Monday….I meannn, Wednesday, Happy Wednesday 😂

Time to R E F R E S H

Time to R E F R E S H

Here we are, beautiful April has arrived. Even though the month is notoriously known for its rainy showers, the cold weather tends to break and we start to see nature rejuvenate itself.  This is the time for renewal and change. So while the weather and plants […]

What I’ve Learned In My Twenties

What I’ve Learned In My Twenties

As I head into the last year in my twenties I can’t help but reminisce on what they’ve given me . I’ve seen my first real moments of independence and freedom, living on my own in the city, through failure and triumphs I’ve realized and reach more goals that […]

Hello Monday

Hello Monday

It is what it is, and what IT is, just so happens to be Monday!! With Monday comes a few links I’m loving only this week I’m putting a twist on it. Trending, every season it’s all you here about, spring trends, summer trends, fall, winter and repeat. Every season there is something new that designers and retailers want you to buy. Of course who doesn’t want to stay on trend but at the same time it can be expensive. Also they make it quite tempting with ads and people like myself who merchandise pieces in such a way that it makes items seem to call to you.  Well, at least that’s what we hope for!

As a blogger and visual merchandiser I know this temptation all too well and I’m not immune to it! There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as you know what to look for. Either sticking with a budget or making sure those trendy pieces can be worn for more than just that season. Things like overalls and exposed hems can be turned into a classic every day pieces, you just have to know where and what to look for. This weeks “links I love” is dedicated to finding those quality trendy spring pieces. May they be for less or made to last I’m sharing the links to the best of 2017’s spring trends!

Statement Sleeves


Statement sleeves are a MUST this spring I even see some strong styles they will be an easy and awesome go to from fall, but lets not get ahead of ourselves. I’m praying for warmer weather and although I love a good layering piece I’m not quite ready to roll out the pumpkins and fringe just yet. Below you will find some of my favorite statement sleeves for SPRING!

Side Note: whether tucked in to a midi skirt or left free with a pair of jeans and a heel these tops are all worth their price. My favorite piece on this list, one that I consider a steal, is the first one shown at the top left. It is an ASOS button down top that I could see being worn for a date night with a pair of black skinny jeans and pointy stilettos or even for a fun flirty Sunday afternoon of shopping and brunching with the girls.

Embroidery


I have always been a MAJOR fan of embroidery I think it’s such a delicate and sweet finishing touch to what can be a seamlessly simple and perfect outfit. I love pieces that can transition from daytime to evening and if done right pieces with embroidering on them can work its way into any occasion.

Side Note: Embroidery can be pricey. For this one we are looking at a budget of $200 or less. An embroidered dress can easily be turned into a classic worn over time. Personally, if I find a piece that is what I consider a classic that still fits the current trend I splurge on it. 

It’s All About the Investment

It’s All About the Investment

I’m thinking it’s time we all started investing a little more time and energy into OURSELVES. Of course I’ve been outspoken about skin care, especially as we embark into the spring leaving winter in the dust!  I can’t stress enough how important it is to invest in […]

Hello Monday!

Hello Monday!

I feel like a kid in a candy store. It is officially spring and I’m loosing it with excitement! I just love this time of year. Winter really isn’t my gig out of all the seasons it’s my least favorite. Really I shouldn’t say that […]

Never Leave Home Without It!

Never Leave Home Without It!

As most of you know, I’m not make-up obsessed. I don’t feel weird without it on and I don’t care if I leave with house with a “naked” face. Now that doesn’t mean I don’t like make up, I just never really took the time to incorporate it into my daily routine. So now the big question is, “if I don’t wear make up, then what exactly is my daily routine.” Well at this point there is no routine I haven’t gotten that far into parenting two children so for now we roll with it.

But there is one thing I will NEVER leave home without, my “make up” bag, only there’s not that much make up in it.  I more so focus my time and energy on my skin. I know I talk a lot about it, but your skin is very important. I remember as a young woman in college  I was watching a commercial for some skin care line, one I can’t remember, but they had Jennifer Garner as their spokeswomen. She said the one thing she wished she had done as a teen/young woman was take better care of her skin. For some reason that just really stuck with me. It was one of my first true moments as a youth that I thought, well she’s been there and done that, so maybe she has a point. Ever skin then I’ve been a skin care nut!

I try to only use products that are either A.) All natural products or try to use as many organic/natural ingredients as they can or B.) Tried and True. It’s a short list but so far it’s working for me and C.) I strive for non animal tested, I say strive because I can search and search the internet till my fingers hurt to find the facts on most of my brands and still I’ll come up short until finally someone blows the lib on it. If you have any advice where I can get such info without the all day search let me know!

Of course I have to give credit where credit is due! I have my mom to thank for finding lot of  the products I use on my face. She’s even bigger into skin care then I am so I have a slight advantage thanks to her, and now so will you!

 

 

Step one of a two step process is La Mer ‘The Eye Balm Intense’, Size 0.5 oz. Here I have  a sample version of what I use at home. Normally a bigger jar comes with an applicator that feels so good when you’re apply the balm to your under eyes. I bring a sample size with me every where I go. As a mama and a working woman we all know somedays we need a little extra help!

 

I have an issue with my under eyes. I have dark circles that I’ve always had issues with but I don’t know if it’s my diet or the lack of sleep but they were getting worse. La Mer ‘The Illuminating Eye Gel’ gel isn the second part of my daily treatment so combat this!

I always have a top coat on hand just incase I need to fix a chipped nail or what to switch things up. From season to season that top coat might change. With this winter weather I’m not doing my nails as much. I don’t know about you but the cold really dries out my nails and skin so I keep a light top coat like this Essie Clear Top Coat – on hand just incase I’m jonesing for a little color.

I never ever leave home without this color! I’m a BIG Deborah Lippmann fan I absolutely adore her nail colors and have spent a small fortune on them but this one Desert Moon. I got it while at a spa on Kiwah Island and I haven’t been able to find it since but here is another color (Deborah Lippmann Nail Color – Fashion (C)) that I’ve been eyeing up for my spring collection! If this is too dark for you try Deborah Lippmann Nail Color – Like Dreamers Do (C) it’s color you see in every other picture I posted in the blog post. I told you I was obsessed

Rms Beauty Lip2Cheek Lip & Cheek Color – is another favorite of mine! Whether you need a little extra color to your cheeks for a fun rosey tint to your lips it’s perfect! I love adding this to my work make up routine. This and a little mascara and create the perfect put together look in a pinch.

Rosebub Salve is an amazing all purpose skin prep. It saves my skin in the winter time.

Lancome Definicils Lengthening And Defining Mascara – Deep Black No brainer, mascara is always a must. I never leave home without it!

Hello Monday!

Hello Monday!

As most of you know tomorrows the big blizzard and it has me thinking it might be time for some much-needed rest and relaxation. If the forecasters are correct I see movies and pillow forts in our near future! I also hope to crave out […]