Simple and Chic

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Skinny jeans, blazer, heels and the right accessories are the perfect combo for a casual yet sophisticated look.  If you're someone who hates dressing up, lets be honest sometimes it's nice to get all of your errands done wearing workout clothes regardless if you hit the gym or not, but if you must dress up say for an afternoon meeting, interview, or brunch the easiest way to do that is with jeans and a blazer.  Cuff your jeans, add a pair of simple ankle strap heels and color popping accessories, like this beautiful silver and topaz ring and your look is simple yet chic.

Frosted Blue Topaz Ring | Necklace | Alex and Ani Bracelets Here and Here
Blazer | Tee | Jeans | Heels

Photos by Arlene Ibarra

Spring 15' Makeup Trends

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hair: VIBRANCE by Vanessa Balli (Click for your Free Sample!)

Hello Ladies and Hello Spring!!!  I feel like the weather changed just in time my skin was starting to feel really dry and I was over the cold!!  I'm so excited to finally rock some of the fun Spring trends I've been seeing all over Pinterest and my favorite magazines, starting with makeup.  Because let's be honest, we don't feel fully put together unless we have a little bit of makeup on and our hair done!

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the newest Ulta store in San Diego and I can't tell you enough how much I loved it!  Not only because of the amazing high end makeup brands, but because they also carry drugstore brands like Ardell which are my ALL TIME Favorite false lashes (#120).  Angie, one of the makeup artists at Ulta, showed me the latest obsessions and Spring 15 trends which is what I used to create my look!

Top 5 Spring Trends
1.  Filter.  Think, beautiful glowing skin plus highlighting and contouring.  If you want to look thinner this is the tool for you and I for one am a HUGE fan!  This is the best way to bring out your features and really make them pop.  I used the Ulta Contour Kit to contour the hollows of my cheeks, temples, jawline and nose.  I used the highlight color on the bridge of my nose, top of cheeks, center of forehead and chin.  Don't worry if you've never contoured before, there is an extremely easy step by step guide!
2. Ethereal Eyes.  All about that shimmer.  Think smokey eye but with metallics, bronze, and golds.  I used the Gilded Gold palette on my lids.  I incorporated Bone, Lustre and Starlet to create a soft shimmery look, perfect for a daytime look.
3.  Not So Nude Lips.  Think of your natural lip color just enhanced with soft shades of pinks, peaches and rose.
4. Blackest Black.  I'm a huge fan of black liner, I wear it every day.  You could say I'm obsessed, so I was excited to see this was one of the trends.  You don't usually think black when you think of Spring but done the right way, a little flick, or smudged liner, and you're ready for a night out.
5. Short and Shiny.  Nail polish.  If you're like me, you have a ton of nail polishes and they are most likely in a container under your sink.  I love switching up brands and colors especially choosing softer shades for Spring.

What's your favorite Spring Trend for 2015?  

Thank you to Ulta at the 4S Commons Town Center and Angie for showing me the new Spring 15' trends!  It's easy to get stuck in a makeup routine but with the changing seasons it's a good idea to play with different makeup looks.  I for one am very excited about all five of these trends, but the ethereal look has got to be my favorite!!
Ulta is also having their "21 Days of Beauty" special going on right now.  A new deal everyday for 21 days...yes please!!!!

Flower Child

Monday, February 23, 2015

Lately I've been channeling my inner 70's girl (as you can see here) and today is all about the maxi and flower prints!  With Spring just around the corner I've been drawn to florals, soft colors and dresses!  One of my favorite things about a maxi is how it moves when you walk, it just flows like you're walking on clouds!  If you buy anything for Spring I high suggest a few maxi's!!

Ok, so last Friday I had some pretty big news...I came out with my first hair care product!!  VIBRANCE by Vanessa Balli!!  I am completely overwhelmed by all of your thoughtful words, support and encouragement.  I can't thank you enough!! Seriously...THANK YOU!!  This has been a dream of mine for a very long time and I'm so excited to finally share this with you.  I would love for you to check it out and tell me what you think!!! 

Dress by Forever 21 | Lace Up Heels | Rings (Vintage) Similar Here | Hair VIBRANCE
Photos by Arlene Ibarra

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