Pardon My French

Feb 8, 2016

One product, so many uses!

Concealer is probably the greatest makeup product next to mascara. I never in my life understood the actual need for concealer until I had kids. Then I was this is how they do it. This is how moms everywhere fool the masses. It's this stuff! Well add me to the list. I don't use concealer everyday because I don't have horrible dark circle (thanking genetics), but I do use it on the days that I just look tired. Which now that I think about it, is probably everyday. But over time I have found other uses for that miracle in a tube. So allow me to share them with you....
Let's start with the most obvious. Under-eye use. If you happen to be using it primarily for dark circles, then start using the triangle method on the left. This will brighten your whole eye area, and not just the underneath giving you that tanning bed goggle effect. You know what I'm talking about right? Just trust me. Blend the triangle out, add some color to those cheeks, maybe even a highlighter on top and you will look awake and have people saying, have a newborn? No way!
Contouring! My nose is always a quick contour area for me. If I don't have a lot of time, this is the one fast thing I can do to look like a put a lot of effort in. Contouring is basically creating shadows on your face, so the highlight in the middle is where we will draw attention to, with the concealer. Then blend that all out. I did a quick step by step in this post
Use as an eye shadow primer!! Now, they make actual eye shadow primers, but concealer works just as well. If you are ever wondering why your eye shadow creases, or falls, this is it! It has nothing to stick too. Apply a coat of concealer, then use your favorite eye shadow. 
You guys know I am a lipstick fanatic, and I also like to get the most out of my lip colors. The only way to do that is the create a neutral base. Concealer!! Just apply a small amount to your finger and dab it into your lips. This will also help hide your natural lip line, so you can over line your lips if you want. 
Looking more like this. I have very thin lips to begin with, so this trick gives me a little more to work with. Then apply your lip color. The concealer again gives it something to stick to so you get more wear out of it as well. More detailed post here
Finally, creating your own tinted moisturizer. For this one you want to use a concealer that is closest to your skin tone. So not the one that you would use for highlighting. Mix it in with your moisturizer, and apply it as you would with foundation. It gives you a little more coverage than just mixing your regular foundation with moisturizer. I use this on days that I don't want to wear a heavy foundation, but I know I will be out of the house possibly running into actual human beings, so I need the love. 

And that's it! Five super easy ways to get more use out of your concealer. 

Here are some of my favorite concealers:

Feb 7, 2016

sneaker prep

How to wear sneakers with a blazer
Street Style Blogger
Banana Republic Blazer- New Balance Sneakers
Mom Style Outfits
Sneaker Chic
Winter Outfit Ideas
Cool Mom Style
blazer: banana republic (more options) // shirt: old navy (old, one here) // jeans: j crew
shoes: new balance (need these) // sunglasses: ray-ban // lipstick: bite beauty 

The weekend was a little crazy, one where I resorted to one too many survival parenting tactics. Like, okay guys, if we can just run these next few errands we can go get ice cream. Done and done. Oh but wait, if we can just sit through this one appointment we can go to Target and you can pick out a toy. Which of course prompted Chris to say "toys? aren't you always yelling about the insane amount of toys in the house and how much you hate toys?" Yes I am, now shut the hell up and let's go buy them some toys. I am totally a push over parent when it comes to some things. Mainly public outings, I just want quick and easy and bribery provides that. Now when it comes to eating the dinner I make them or having healthy food over junk food, I turn into a witch. It's about balance....or something. 

Which is kind of like this outfit. A little classic prep with a little sneaker chic. Total mom friendly errand running I mean business outfit. I will pair anything with sneakers, I don't discriminate. And really this is a simple outfit with some red flare for the fun of it. 

And I had no idea it was the super bowl yesterday. None. Which is kind of sad because my family is a bunch of die hard Broncos fans. Both my parents are from Denver. I grew up listening to my mom scream at the tv when they played (which is probably why I can't stand to watch football). The woman about fainted when we were in the Bahamas and John Elway and his family walked into the restaurant we were eating at. If I remember correctly she screamed, loud. Thank the Lord for the dramatics of teenagers because we were able to get her to simmer down. Because I mean...embarrassing. So you can imagine her shock when she called me and asked if I was watching. I'm sorry, you lost me. 

Other than that I am ready to tackle the week. HAHA! Did you laugh? I totally laughed. I'm not ready. I'm scared. 

Coffee me baby!

Feb 4, 2016

Links I'm Lovin'

Oh Friday, you beautiful thing you! This week was just busy. I'm like a broken record because every week is busy whether we really do anything or not. But it was Chris schedule busy, kid activity busy, doctor appointment busy. I am in total trip planning mode for our move back to the lower 48 busy, so this week has been phone call busy as well, which with four kids is a joke. The second they see a phone get next to my head they lose their minds. All of a sudden everyone acts like they are crossing the Sahara desert and are dehydrated beyond belief. Or every single one of them has to go to the bathroom at the same time. Or she looked at me, and he said my name, and the dog did this, and all around the mulberry bush of crazy we go! Sorry to the U-haul lady who had to listen to me death threat parent Pierce if he hit Avalon one more time. 
Valentines Day Inspiration
doormat // shoes (sold out, but similar here and here)

So let's move past my little cherubs and on to better what I found on the internet this week!

Kate, I mean she just reads the minds of moms and types it out into such a way that I can never seem to express. Her Essay For Motherhood is pin point perfection. I mean down to the hemorrhoid spray. If you have kids, want kids, are pregnant, or may need to take a pregnancy test in a few weeks, hop on over there! 

I am the furthest thing from a minimalist, I would like to get to the point where we didn't have just so.much.stuff in this house. But that is just not the stage of life we are in. Four kids, a dog, and two very fashion loving adults does not a minimalist make. Since we are moving though I have devised a plan to go through every inch of this house and rid us of shit. This article asks two questions, and I think that is the method I am going with. I wrote a post awhile ago about spring cleaning, but even that allows me to keep more than I should.

So, we don't celebrate Valentine's Day, never have. I think I stopped with the whole idea in the third grade when we were forced to hand out things to people I didn't really even like. haha! BUT! I can totally get behind many of these gift ideas just for myself, like a pat on the back you made it through another week.

Speaking of which, do you know the meaning behind the day? (maybe not a reliable source)

Ace did NOT want to make Valentine's for his class. Like a hell to the no mom, you buy that shit! And we did. Boo. But here are some really really cute ideas that can be dollar store friendly! Maybe you will have better luck with your spawn.

I have told myself time and time again to stop buying sweaters, and Chris and I even had the conversation the other night that packing for our move should be interesting seeing as how in the lower 48 it will be warm. And well, we don't own too many warm weather clothes. But, the weather outside my door has me creeping on some sweaters, like this Free People one, or this longline denim jacket is amaze-balls!! How many more months are we here? Is it justifiable?

And I will leave you with this, if you are not watching Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, I don't know what to tell you. You need to watch them. Take you right into the weekend.

Have a wild one!

Feb 3, 2016

daytime reds

Denim on denim outfits
Nordstrom sweater- winter style
How to wear denim on denim
Mom Style- Streetstyle- Alaska Fashion Blogger
denim jacket: zara (old, more options here) // sweater: nordstrom (love it in blue too!)
jeans: ag jeans (old, similar styles here // shoes: urban outfitters // lipstick: colourpop

Let me introduce you to my version of "sprinter" it's me living in winter and wanting to dress for spring. I am just craving lighter looks, even though I freeze my butt off every time I don't dress for the elements. But I just want to shed some of the layers, wear open toed shoes, and walk in heels at a not so careful of a snails pace. Which really I have no business wearing heels in Alaska winter, but a craving is a craving and you must give in! 

I will always love a denim on denim look, but breaking it up with pops of red is one way to make it look a little less uniform-ish. And this sweater is my lover, it also comes in blue. It just speaks to my springtime soul right about now. 

Also, I have been pulling my hair up and back a lot lately thanks to Odette and her brutal sleeping habits. She is like, mom must either hold me or be right next to me or my head will bounce off that pillow faster than you can say more coffee please! So my usual nightly shower routine has come to a screeching halt. I made the mistake of being desperate enough to be clean the other day and took Odette in the shower with me. Now she won't have it any other way. Basically, I am telling you that I am not really clean. I mean how clean can you be when trying to wash with one hand? 

So let's review. I smell. I like denim and red. My ten month old showers with me. I think I said something about coffee. And tomorrow is Friday! Bloop.