Monday, January 26, 2015

SNOW LEOPARD

LOFT Snow Leopard Flare Dress c/o | EXPRESS Leather Jacket, old [most similar | lots of options here | on my lust list] | Jessica Simpson 'Arriel' BootieTory Burch Thea Shoulder Tote | Michael Kors 'Bradshaw' Chronograph Bracelet Watch, 43mm | Kendra Scott 'Macy' Stud Earring c/o | Kendra Scott 'Kylie' Ring c/o Ray-Ban 58mm Original Aviators | MAC Lipstick 'Lady Danger' and NARS Lip Gloss 'Wonder'

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! I wore this dress one day last week, before I went to Colorado, and absolutely love it. It's great for all you ladies who work in offices. Throw a blazer over it, to make it a little more professional, and you're good to go. Make it a bold colored blazer and you and I can be friends. ;) Kidding. I'll be your friend despite the color, but really ... don't be afraid to have a little fun with your wardrobe! Okay ... enjoy your Monday, ladies! Don't let the work week defeat you already! 

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate you, always. xo.



With love & sequins,
Haley

"She sees them walking in a straight line. That's not really her style."

Sunday, January 25, 2015

SUNDAY STATEMENT

PAIGE Denim Skinny Jeans, old [similar | under $100 optionon my radar | under $100 option] | Topshop Space Dye Tunic, only $55! | H&M Utility Jacket, old [similarsimilar] | ASOS Petite Duffle Coat | Isola 'Colleen' Leather BootiesTory Burch Thea Shoulder Tote | Baublebar Pheonix Bib c/oMichael Kors 'Bradshaw' Chronograph Bracelet Watch, 43mm | Kendra Scott 'Macy' Stud Earring c/o | Kendra Scott 'Kylie' Ring c/o & Baublebar Mason Crystal Ring in Hematite Ray-Ban 58mm Original Aviators | MAC Lipstick 'Ruby Woo' and MAC Lip Glass 'Russian Red', lined with MAC Lip Liner 'Redo' 

I was perusing Nordstrom's website yesterday and saw my current favorite wardrobe staple, this space dye tunic from Topshop, has been restocked in quite a few sizes. I've seriously styled it so many times over the last few months. It's absolutely perfect. I love the fit and the fabric. 

Also, if you read my entry from the other night called 'Colorado's Lesson in Obedience', I added a great sermon to the end of the post for you to check out if you'd like. I think it's a great compliment to my point and it's actually from my home church, the Church of Eleven 22, here in Jacksonville. I missed the last two weeks's sermons, due to work and travel, and was catching up last night on our current series, and was blown away. There He goes, flirting with me again. ;) Anyway, it focuses more on the calling He has for your life and how important it is to displace your fear to accomplish His purpose. What I didn't touch on too much in my post was how the Lord placed me on the path to starting Sequins & Things after I came back from Colorado, but I absolutely feel like it was another reason why He wanted me home, so I had fewer distractions and financial obligations. I cannot stress how adamantly I believe that He withheld His favor in some areas of my life to completely blow my mind and fulfill so many desires that I have / had that ultimately honor Him in much bigger ways. 

Goodness gracious, I talk a lot. Moving on ... I hope y'all have had a great weekend so far. Get off your phones ... and enjoy your Sunday! xo.



With love & sequins,
Haley

"I used to think you had to be special for God to use you,
but now I know you simply need to say yes."
Bob Goff

Friday, January 23, 2015

JANUARY'S BEAUTY BUYS


I went a little crazy a few weeks ago in Nordstrom's Beauty Department and decided to review what I bought for y'all. One thing I was really searching for was a great skin care regimen. It's something I had really been needing to nail down. I expected to not like what I bought and continue my search, but I'm actually super satisfied with what I've been using. I'm always looking for new hair care products and lip colors, so I touched on all of those, as well. Please comment below with any questions! I'd be happy to answer them for you. [Although, I must mention, I'm no makeup or beauty expert!] 

  • Clairsonic 'Mia 2' Sonic Skin Cleansing System: Okay, I feel like I'm the last girl on the planet to have gotten a Clairsonic but, better late than never, right? Y'all, this thing is a God send. I never felt like I got ALL of my makeup off, even after using my makeup wipes and washing my face, and after you use a Clairsonic, it's super clear how much of your daily makeup routine is still left on your face. It made me cringe, because seriously that's all the stuff that builds up in your pours and causes uneven skin tone and breakouts. So, definitely invest in a Clairsonic if you haven't already. 
  • Lancome 'Creme Radiance' Clarifying Cleanser: I have oily skin so I needed a facial cleanser to use with my Clairsonic to give my skin what it needs to look healthy. I tried Purity for awhile, but took the Lancome sales associate's advice and took a sample of the Creme Radiance home to try. I. LOVE. THIS STUFF. I'm definitely not oil free, but it has improved so much since I started using it. I highly recommend it. [SidenoteThis item is not pictured in these photos because I was sampling it at the time these were taken, but I actually picked it up yesterday when I was running errands, because I was so impressed with it.]
  • Lancome 'Advanced Genifique' Youth Activating Concentrate: I needed something to apply to my face after washing it. This concentrate is great, and works to make your skin smoother and "more radiant". 
  • Lancome Eye Cream: After applying the concentrate to my face, I literally put my index finger into the eye cream and lift it right back out. I don't scoop or anything. You just rub your two index fingers together and apply it to your eyelids and under eye. I wear makeup everyday so this eye cream rehydrates the area while I sleep.
  • Lancome 'Bienfate Aqua Vital' Lotion: Okay, I think out of all of these products, I love this one the most. There's just something about putting lotion on that makes me feel so much better. My mom ALWAYS put lotion on, everywhere, and she definitely instilled that love in me, as well. This lotion smells so good and it's light, not heavy. 



  • Aveda 'Brilliant Damage Control': I needed a heat protector for my hair, and I love this one. I've always been a huge Aveda fan because their products are environmentally friendly and great for your hair. I spray this on my hair right out of the shower after I brush out all the tangles.
  • Aveda 'Volumizing Tonic' [not a new product of mine, so not pictured but worth mentioning]: I have naturally very flat and fine hair, so after I spray in the Damage Control, I lift up pieces of my hair and spray this volumizing tonic to my roots before I blow-dry to help give it some lift and volume.
  • Aveda 'Air Control Hairspray': This is a product I will never give up. I have used it for years. It holds my curls without leaving them feeling sticky or crispy, and I love love LOVE the way it smells. 
  • Aveda 'Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil': I usually use Kerastase Elixir Ultime Beautifying Oil, but let's be real ... I live in Florida and a self-proclaiming heliophiliac, so I need to treat my hair a little bit better than I have in years past. This moisturizing oil helps to keep moisture locked in despite the beating it takes from the weather and heat styling. So, now I apply this moisturizing oil after I heat style my hair, and save the Kerastase Beautifying Oil for special occasions.


  • MAC Lip Liner: "Hip N Happy" [pink]: This liner goes perfect with Saint Germain and the new YSL pink color I linked below.
  • Purple Lip Liner: "Fashion Boost" [purple]: This liner goes perfect with one of my favorite MAC Lipstick color's, Up The Amp
  • MAC Lipstick'Lady Danger' [red]: This color is bright! It's a great bright red, with a hint of orange. I tried it with my 'Redo' lip liner and wasn't a huge fan, so stay tuned on what lip liner to use with it. 
  • YSL 'Rouge' Volupte Lipstick: '01 Nude Beige': This lipstick formula is super creamy. I love it, but needs to be reapplied kind of frequently.
  • YSL 'Rouge Pur Couture' Lip ColorN38 'Rose Aphrodite': This color is a little sheer, but it's a really pretty pink. It's definitely not an all-day stay, though.
  • YSL 'Volupte' Tint-in-Oil'Rose You': I was a little uncertain about this new lip gloss, which is supposedly moisturizing but I actually like it. It's not as trustworthy as my favorite, Jack Black Lip Balm, but it still does a pretty decent job, and it smells DIVINE. 


  • MAC Blush in "Peachtwist": The perfect pink that isn't overpowering.
  • MAC Brush no. 109: I have a small face so I use this small contour brush as a blush brush.
  • NARS Ita Brush: I JUST bought this brush a week ago, and it is perfect if you contour and highlight.
  • Anastasia Contour & Highlight Palette: I didn't feature this in the photo's but I have been using this palette since Christmas and love it. The colors are amazing and the powder isn't "too much", in my opinion. It also just came out in a medium / dark option, as well. 
  • Lancome 24H Foundation with SPF 15: I swear I've tested out every foundation out there. Having oily skin is so frustrating, especially when it comes to finding the perfect foundation. Most of them increase oil production, but I've been really pleased with this one. It really does stay in place and my face doesn't look ruddy by day's end. I highly, HIGHLY recommend it.
  • Viktor & Rolf 'Flowerbomb': I have been wanting this fragrance for YEARS, but they're not cheap so I waited and waited, and was surprised to get it on Christmas from my sweet brother. My signature fragrance is Versace "Bright Crystal" and I'll never not have it in my collection, but this one was a great addition because it's not too strong. I get headache's really easily, and perfumes can set one off really quick. This one is very floral, but not overpowering. I got a lot of compliments on it when I wore in Colorado last week. 


Happy Friday, y'all, and as always ... thank you so much for stopping by! xo.

With love & sequins,
Haley
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