New Products To Spice Up Your Makeup Bag

I have recently had the opportunity to be on set with multiple makeup artists at a time. It’s always so great to be on set with other makeup peeps because we can share tips and products that we are currently obsessing over.  Just like most women get stuck in ruts with their own daily makeup, we makeup artists can get used to a certain style and products too. It’s always fun to shake things up a bit and throw a new product into the mix. Here are a few of the not so new, but new to me, products that I have added to my makeup bag to spice things up this spring!

1. Too Faced Natural Eyes

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I don’t know what took me so long to try these palettes by Too Faced, but now that I have, I am obsessed. This is seriously THE BEST neutral color combo I have seen in one eye palette. It is very versatile and can be used literally everyday with multiple different looks. I am in love.

2. MAC Blush in Gingerly

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I love this blush on fair skin for a warm cheek glow, it immediately brightens the face and is a nice change up from pinker toned blushes.

3. Benefit ‘Girl Meets Pearl’ Highligher

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I’ve mentioned my obsession with Benefit’s Watt’s Up Highlighter and this one is a close second. While Watt’s Up is a golden-tinted highlight, Girl Meets Pearl is a great sheer pink highlight that gives skin a majorly dewy finish. Great for a subtler highlight or a daytime look.

4. Stila Lip Glaze in Kitten

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This is not a new product, but has somehow been buried at the bottom of my makeup bag. I did dig it out last week at the ACM’s to top off Cassidy Bentley’s bronzed look and nude lip. I layered it over a brownish nude lipstick and feel like it gave the perfect amount of warmth, color and shine to really complete the look. Perfect for warm summer nights!

5. Sonia Kashuk Hair Brush

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Oops! This is totally NOT a makeup product, BUT I do feel like it deserves a mention. So, I am sure most of you have heard of the famous Mason Pearson brush, which is amazing, but also $205. Yeah, thanks, but no thanks. I did some research amongst my fellow hair gals and found this Sonia Kashuk brush at Target for $15.79. It is not an exact replica of the Mason Pearson, but it’s pretty dang close and gives a really similar finish. It’s great for brushing out curls for a more Rachel Zoe type look or for a blowout with a smooth, straight finish. The price can’t be beat.

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How April Wore It : Black and White

I decided to go all white for black and white week on VE! I am totally in love with every piece of this outfit.  Bonus: these shoes are so comfy.
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rag and bone white jeans | maps bootie | red earth trading co necklace | white button down  | watch | black lace bralette

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More Black and White!

Sticking with our black and white theme this week, we wanted to give you another cool option in this color combo. Although it is springtime, the nights here in Nashville (and seemingly other cities too) can still be a bit chilly. We are loving this Mink Pink Sweater to keep us warm and the best part is that it’s on sale! Whoop! Pair with our new fav, Frame Denim skinnies, and these awesome Free People booties and you will be the coolest chick in town!

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Frame Denim “Le Color” Skinny Jeans|Mink Pink Personality Crisis SweaterHybrid Heel Boot

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Get your final home layer at….Target.

In my opinion, NO home is “too good” for nic nacs from Target or TJMaxx. Layering is so important in design and very few people have the ability to layer textures without using the hi-lo method. Honestly, even if you do have the financial ability it is probably only pride keeping you from purchasing affordable smaller accents. Check out my favorite neutral Target items that can help you add that needed extra texture.

 

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1. gold side table | 2. chalkboard basket | 3. taupe geo pillow | 4. mini lamp | 5. b&w pillow | 6. bicycle pic | 7. gold turtle shell box | 8. outside bin | 9. historical pic | 10. b&w bench | 11. stripe pouf | 12. bath towels |  13. world map | 14. bedding | 15. gold arrowhead | 16. sugarboo canvas | 17. geo pouf

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How Kelly Wore It: Black & White

There is nothing more classic than black and white. This week on VE we decided to keep it simple and give you our take on the chicest combo around!

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What’s In My Bag: ACM’s

It’s that time of year again- the Academy of Country Music Awards. This basically means that all of Nashville’s music industry relocates onto the strip of Vegas for a few days. I’m not a gambler, but I am a shopper, so if there is any down time on this trip you will find me at the mall or at the pool–can’t wait for some sunshine and warm weather. Although I am sure much fun will be had, this is a working trip, so we gotta take care of business. This year I will be working with Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and wife, Kip Moore and J.T. Hodges- so watch for them on the red carpet. Since half of my suitcase will be filled with hair and makeup tools and products, here is what I will be squeezing into the rest of it. My goal is cool, yet super comfortable since I will be moving and on my feet all day. Here’s what’s in my bag!

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Goldsign Lure Skinny Jeans 

I’m just got these jeans and I’m obsessed with them. Look for them in the next How We Wore It….coming soon!

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Stray Heart Rolled Tee

I’m always a sucker for a good white tee. I recently visited Nashville’s new boutique, Emerson Grace, and found this one. I love the rolled sleeves and the bottom roll which helps perfectly achieve the half tuck look. Shirts like this are perfect for working days for me because they have enough detail to make them cool, but are super soft and ultimately just a comfortable tee. Click the link to find it online.

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Nasty Gal Dylan Top and Topshop Chunky Eagle Necklace

Is it just me or is the name “Nasty Gal” the WORST name ever for an online boutique? There is nothing worse than getting a package on your doorstep with “NASTY GAL” spelled out on top of it. I’m sure my UPS guy thinks I’m into some freaky stuff. Either way…I love this top and think it will be perfect for a dinner or drinks one night in Vegas with my new Goldsign jeans and favorite Topshop necklace  that I just can’t seem to get enough of.

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Frame Skinny Jeans

I go through phases where I only want to wear basic, really good fitting jeans. No muss, no fuss, no rips, no nothing….just a good fit on my butt and legs. That’s all. Oddly enough, that can be extremely difficult to find, but recently I stubbled across Frame Denim, an L.A. based company with awesome jeans. This  specific pair is exactly that simple, perfect skinny jean fit and wash. Kind of obsessed to be honest. I’ve worn them pretty much every day since I bought them.

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Nasty Gal Split Tee

Nasty Gal strikes again. Sorry UPS guy. Man. Love the high slits on this shirt….fun twist to an otherwise basic oversized tee.

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Jeffrey Campbell Minimal Lace Up Heel

These shoes are my version of a summertime bootie. They come in multiple colors, the heel height is not too high to wear all day and the open-toed lace up is perfect for warm weather. I think they are the perfect addition to my Frame Denim and oversized tee.

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Painted Threads Oversized Knit Cardigan

Found this gem in the Juniors Department one night. It was cheap, which is always nice, and is the perfect weight for warm days that get a little chilly after sunset. I have it in black.

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And of course you always have to bring a swim suit to Vegas! In my opinion, the pools are the best part. Is it bad that I went and got a spray tan today so that I could lay out at the pool on Saturday and not offend people with my paleness?? Thanks Tanastacia! Check out VE Favorite Swimwear-2014 for tons of swimwear options. I went with this cute one from L Space and Vitamin A cover up.

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VE favorite swimwear – 2014

At some point someone, somewhere decided to curse all women with the concept of bikini’s. And since that day women have tried every known method to make their butt look better, their cellulite miraculously disappear, and to find the bathing suit that literally makes them look different than they actually are. I must say that the recent design of the ruched back of bathing suit bottoms was a genius move. And actually does help make your backside look better.

Our take on bathing suit season is to be as healthy as possible, workout, and just put a cover-up on before strutting around the beach. :)

Here are the bathing suits we are loving this season.

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triangle t back | ruffle halter | seattle flounce | floral ruffle | neon ruffle trim | black with texture

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red piha solid | tassle tie triangle | starboard bustier | the getaway halter | cut out halter | floral bralette 

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byrdie bandeau | emmi solid | hunter rose | python bustier | tie front | geo hipster

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Casual Fridays

After a long work week, it is so refreshing to wake up on a Friday and throw on a pair of jeans for your last day at the office. If you are lucky enough to have this office policy of “Casual Fridays”, we have just the outfit for you! If you are one of the unlucky few, don’t worry, casual Saturdays work too. Here’s where you can find it!

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Gap Zip Back Tee in Heather Grey| Gap Destructed Sexy Boyfriend JeansFree People Reese Clog|Urban Outfitters Mercer Bib Necklace| Wooden Bracelet|

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THE BEST PILLOWS

As a designer I can not tell you how many pillows I purchase per year. It’s absurd. So with a little pillow purchasing experience under my belt I decided to share my favorite pillows with you. Pillows are the least expensive way to change a space, especially if your foundational decor is more neutral. In my Snuggle Up post where I discuss my favorite bedding,  (post found here) I mentioned that I do not like a lot of throw pillows on my bed and I still stand by that. But I love throw pillows on sofas, chairs, tucked in baskets for texture, and on a bench at the end of a bed. Pillow covers are where it, financially,  all goes wrong for me. I love to change the look of my own personal space and I often do it through throw pillows.

Here are my top pillow picks:

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1. contempo aqua2. fretwork papaya3.madder red | 4. danda indigo |4. embroidered navy | 5. grey windsor smith | 6. barossa ice blue | 7. greek key indigo | 8. kiwi geo | 9. gray circle and geo | 10. navy velvet | 11. blue geo | 12. navy dots | 13. tribal key | 14. hipster | 15. grey geo | 16. grey chevron | 17. grey tribal key | 18. embroidered navy | 19. navy zigzag | 20. taupe beauty |

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