Thursday, October 23, 2014

LIGHT & NEUTRAL

| OUTFIT DETAILS |
Topshop for Nordstrom High / Low Topruns large, size down [similar] | rag & bone/JEAN Zip Detail Skinny Jeans *currently 33% off! | Similar Fur Vest *currently 33% off! | Tory Burch Robinson Square Tote in Pebbled Leather | Enzo Angiolini Cheetah Pumps, old [most similar | more affordable | even more affordable | under $100] | Kendra Scott Skylar Earrings in WhiteMichael Kors 'Runway' Chronograph Watch | Karen Walker Sunnies [similar] | NARS Lipgloss in "Turkish Delight"

If I'm being honest, Nordstrom has been my go-to online retailer for some time ... for everything, whether it's makeup, perfume, shoes, and most especially blouses. I fancy blouses because they are easy to style, add a bit of professionalism to a casual look and, most especially because they are trans-seasonal. When I wore this top back in July, I went with a very clean and light look for summer, while this look here is very appropriate for your Fall Sunday morning church service. You might want to switch into some brown over-the-knee boots afterwards to grab brunch before heading to the pumpkin patch later, though. [Thankfully you can find those at Nordstrom, too!] Topshop is one of my favorite brands that Nordstrom carries. You can find some great outerwear, pants, and dresses that'll get you through this chilly season! Personally, I just bought this tunic, this oversize, asymmetrical sweater, these faux leather leggings, and this hat ... all by Topshop! Show me what you got!

| SHOP THE LOOK |


With love & sequins,
Haley

"Hey ... you matter."


This post was sponsored by Nordstrom. All opinions are my own.
Thank you so much for supporting the retailers that support Sequins & Things.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CABLE KNIT & STRIPES

a line skirt, black and white stripe skirt, stripe skirt, black suede booties, cable knit sweater, old navy cable knit sweater, clare v clutch, leopard clutch, clare v, clare v leopard foldover clutch, madewell black fedora, black fedora
a line skirt, black and white stripe skirt, stripe skirt, black suede booties, cable knit sweater, old navy cable knit sweater, clare v clutch, leopard clutch, clare v, clare v leopard foldover clutch, madewell black fedora, black fedora
a line skirt, black and white stripe skirt, stripe skirt, black suede booties, cable knit sweater, old navy cable knit sweater, clare v clutch, leopard clutch, clare v, clare v leopard foldover clutch, madewell black fedora, black fedora
a line skirt, black and white stripe skirt, stripe skirt, black suede booties, cable knit sweater, old navy cable knit sweater, clare v clutch, leopard clutch, clare v, clare v leopard foldover clutch, madewell black fedora, black fedora
| OUTFIT DETAILS |
Forever21 Black & White Striped Skirt, old [love this* | black & white stripe dress* on sale! | i've got my eye on this] | Old Navy Cable Knit Sweater [more here] | J.Crew Button-Up Oxford [similar] | Madewell Biltmore Double Ribbon Fedora [similar & more afford verison here] | Clare V. Leopard Fold Over Clutch | Kristin Cavallari 'Laurel' Peep Toe Bootie [they run true to size!] | Nixon 'Time Teller' Watch | Baublebar Crystal Mason Ring | MAC Lip Liner "Stripdown" & Lipstick "Fleshpot"
* 20% off with code ACTFAST

If you're looking for something new to try, go with an A-line skirt and a chunky cable knit top. It's a little unexpected, but I totally dig it. Speaking of things I dig ... these booties are. ah. mazing!! They run true to size, but you have to put them on and take them off a few times to stretch them out enough to make them easy to put on. Worth the struggle, though. So worth it. I love them! Hope y'all are having a great week so far! I feel a little off. I'm trying to catch up on sleep and blog work after working at the hospital for a few more days than usual, but I just can't seem to get there. I'm going on a little adventure today, but hopefully tomorrow and Friday I can get back on track! Oh, and stay tuned ... my adventure is gonna be a fun one. I'll be posting about it on my Instagram, I'm sure!

| SHOP THE POST |


With love & sequins,
Haley

"You can't control everything. Sometimes you just have to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

MAKEUP TUTORIAL WITH NORDSTROM X URBAN DECAY

| MAKE-UP & BRUSH MUST HAVES |
FOUNDATION: Urban Decay 'Naked Skin' Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 20
UNDER EYE ILLUMINATOR: bareMinerals 'Stroke of Light' Eye Brightener in Luminous 2
CONCEALER: MAC Select Cover Up [Summer: NW25 / Winter: NW20]; Apply with Brush 215
POWDER: MAC 'Mineralize' Skin Finish [Medium Plus]; Apply with Brush 129
BRONZER / BLUSH: Urban Decay 'Naked Flush' Bronzer, Highlighter, Blush Palette in Naked; Apply with Brush Angled Blush Brush, Contour Brush [for the best definition of your cheekbones], or use Brush 129 
EYESHADOW: Urban Decay 'Naked' Palette & Individual Eyeshadow in 'Midnight Cowboy' 
EYEBROW PENCIL: Diorshow Brow Styler
LIQUID EYELINER: Urban Decay 'Perversion' Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
MASCARA: Diorshow 'Iconic Overcurl'
LIP GLOSS: NARS 'Turkish Delight'

I don't know about you, but my coffee isn't the only thing that wakes me up in the morning. Makeup has a funny way of making me feel like I am ready to take on the day and conquer my long mental to-do list! I love trying out new products, and when I'm looking for my next purchase, I always head to Nordstrom. Their beauty department is extensive and their associates are always willing to answer your questions and help you find exactly what you need. 

The new products I've been trying out recently are from Urban Decay, a brand I've been familiar with for quite some time. Their original NAKED eyeshadow palette has been a staple of mine for a couple years. I personally prefer shimmery browns and neutrals, so this one [of the three; NAKED2, NAKED3] is my personal favorite. I had been using BB Cream for awhile, but wanted to try something a little bit lighter and have fallen in love with 'Naked Skin' Beauty Balm. I wear it in place of the BB Cream and apply my MAC Select Cover Up concealer over it in the areas it's needed. I also love their 'Naked Flush' Bronzer, Highlighter, and Blush Palette, which is applied over my loose face powder. It's a great palette for simple contouring. You can see in one of my photo's [fourth from bottom] how pretty the highlighter is on top of the blush and bronzer. Apply the bronzer to the underside of your cheekbone, blush goes on your cheekbone, and the highlighter is applied in a C shape starting from the top of your eyebrow arch to the apple of your cheek. I highly recommend it. I'm using my MAC Brush 129 and you press the bristles together to make it flatter and easier to contour. OR ... you can use an angled blush brush or you can invest in this amazing contour brush. I've also used their eyeshadow primer before to help your eyeshadow last longer and look a little more flawless, so I'd recommend that, as well. 

Shop more of Urban Decay's products at Nordstrom here

Some other beauty products that I'm loving from Nordstrom right now is bareMinerals' 'Stroke of Light' Eye Brightener, which you can wear over or under your concealer, and Diorshow's 'Iconic Overcurl' Mascara. I also just snatched up NARS' lip gloss in "Turkish Delight", their best seller. It's a perfect natural, light pink color to polish off an effortless look. 

| SHOP URBAN DECAY x NORDSTROM |




With love & sequins,
Haley

"Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself"
Coco Chanel


This post was sponsored by Nordstrom. All opinions are my own.
Thank you so much for supporting the retailers that support Sequins & Things.
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