Simple Statement

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(Coat: Macy’s, Sweater: Old Navy, Hat: Nordstrom (Similar), Jeans: Paige, Boots: Sorel & Sperry, Lips: Urban Decay– Liar and MAC-Russian Red)

You may think that the outdoors is no place to make a statement, I completely disagree. Whether you are going for simple or statement, show your personality while hitting the slopes this winter.

This post features the same look with different lip colors, it showcases simple vs statement. When picking out an everyday lip color I like something with a little gloss that just enhances your normal lip color. This Urban Decay- Liar is my go-to color for everyday wear, it’s a great blush pink and wears well throughout the day. For any bold lip look I choose MAC Cosmetics, the colors are saturated and stay on very well but don’t dry out your lips. Another up and coming brand to try is Honest Beauty, I have a few of their lip crayons (honey kiss and mulberry kiss), they are amazing and go on like butter!

Finding the right shade for your lips is very important, don’t be afraid to sample and try on different colors when you are at the store. Start with the lighter shades and work your way darker so you can take off the last sample more easily. If you are unsure about what color to go with take a picture of yourself in the colors and either text a friend or ask a stranger at the store, personally strangers will give you the unbiased opinion you are looking for.

No matter what go with your gut and whatever you feel most comfortable in. You will be more confident with something you are loving and therefore more likely to put it on! I would say the most important lip colors to always have on hand are; blush pink, nude, magenta and red. These classic colors will get you through most days with no trouble!

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Vested

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Vests make everything better, and army green is my new neutral. A plain outfit can be taken to a whole new level of style just by adding a vest. In the winter it usually has fur, but even in the summer army green and denim dominate the vest world. A vest is a great way to add an edge to your look. They come in many styles, colors and structures, still looking good with a tee. Denim vests pair great with all of the great colored pants of summer; you just have to be careful about putting it with the same colored denim. Army green always looks great with denim and black pants of any kind and mixes great with multi-colored tops!

Happy Labor Day!

Lace Loving

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Foreign Exchange  has brought Cali to the Midwest. This new store at Mall of America has everything from going out cutouts to casual cropped tanks. I found this lace overlay tank there last week and I love the intricate design and sheer fabrication. It’s great for an outdoor concert or an evening out on the town. I feed into its rocker feel with silver wing, feather and peace sign accents.

For a really edgy look you can pair with black leather shorts, spiked heels and a black blazer. Dress it down with white shorts, a black cardigan and ballet flats.

What’s your current favorite store?