Pardon My French

Oct 12, 2015

Sale Alert!

shopbop sale

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STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING! Shopbop is having a sale, and you do not want to miss it! It's no secret that I am an avid Shopbop enthusiast. I mean, have you seen their shipping policy? Bananas!! Not to mention they have every retail need covered on their site. I spend countless hours on there browsing and adding things to my wishlist, just waiting for a sale like this! As you can tell I have added SO much to my list, now I have to narrow it down....way down. 

But, the sale only lasts for THREE days, so you need to jump on it. I can guarantee that if you wait until the last minute, your items will be sold out. Why such a sense of urgency Kelsey? Because this sale is extended to items already on sale as well. So I mean...snatch up your favorites. You get to take 25% off at checkout. This is the perfect time to get a couple people crossed off your Christmas list, and why not just throw in a few things for yourself? You deserve it! 

I showed my cart to Chris, and he laughed. More like cackled at me. So I will be sitting here trying to decide what I absolutely can't live without. (how dramatic am I?). 

But really, this is some good stuff people! So head over and check it out! 

Thank you to Shopbop for partnering on this post. 

full on fringe

fringe skirt for fall
fringe skirt
suede fringe skirt
fringe skirt
fringe skirt: sheinside c/o // top: j crew factory // belt: marciano (old, similar here and here)
boots: see by chloe (old, love these) // lipstick: charlotte tilbury in birkin brown

So normally I don't sing the praises of a Monday, but today I am about to make an exception because today means that I am hours away from having my partner in crime back. And by that I mean my human wrestling dummy, because I am not cut out for wrestling with these two boys. The amount of energy it takes to have a tag team match with those two would require more than caffeine, I'm talkin straight up adrenaline shot! But for Chris, it is like another day in paradise. And I figure he is coming off of a somewhat relaxing trip to DC to run in the Army Ten-Miler event. So he will be more than well rested. Four full nights of sleep in a king size bed....solo. Beauty sleep on steroids people! Not to mention, we missed him. Chris just screams fun parent, and I well, don't. 

So, why not talk about fashion then? Particularly more fringe. Aren't I predictable. But a fringe skirt is something I never thought I would add to my closet until I saw this one. It just seemed like such a fun piece and I immediately knew I wanted to pair it with my favorite suede boots and a chunky belt. Boho 70's child I'm lookin at you! Oh, and did I mention this skirt is under $20? Because it is. And what better way to try out a trend than keeping it super affordable? 

And if you completely hate the look, then allow me to inspire your Pocahontas Halloween costume.....

You're welcome. 

Oct 9, 2015

Butter London ShadowClutch

It's Friday! Where my party people at? And by party, I mean get through today and go to bed early kind of party! 

I just scream fun, don't I? 

Don't answer that. 

Anyway, today I want to talk about eye shadow. I don't think we talk enough about eye shadow on this blog, lets change that. On the regular, eye shadow gets skipped in my makeup routine because I need quick and easy. But, over the years I have learned that eye shadow can make or break a full face of makeup. With eye shadow you need to learn what colors work for you. Skin tone, hair color, eye color. All these little things play a part. I love experimenting with colors on my eyes, and then mixing them with my lip colors as well. So when Butter London sent me their latest makeup creation, I didn't hesitate to play around. 
butter london shadowclutch
I bring to you.........the ShadowClutch! A perfectly sized compact holding all your eye shadow needs. There are a couple different color sets to choose from, then you can swap in your own preferences as well. Since I have blue eyes I tend to stick to neutral colors, purples to enhance the blue, and then even so far as blue itself to really pack a punch. A brown smokey eye is one I sport on the regular, so this palette in Natural Charm is perfect for me. 

The colors are highly pigmented which I LOVE! That means a little color goes a long way. As I was playing with these colors, I found that one of my favorites was something I rarely reach for, a beautiful olive green color. I am obsessed with olive green in my wardrobe, but never really carried it over to makeup. Mind blown. I am loving it, and blended with a little brown, ba bam! 

Here are some of the colors I have sported recently:
Butter London ShadowClutch eye shadow

The added shimmer to each color is so minimal, but the perfect amount to catch some light and really shine. I truly, truly think these are some great colors! If you are one to experiment with color, you will like these. I have already added this ShadowClutch to my mom and sisters Christmas list. But if they read this, disregard that comment, I'm getting you all socks. 

All right makeup mavens, tell me your eye shadow business! 

Oct 7, 2015

playing with proportions

Fall Layers
short light ombre
denim and sweater layers
loose waves
stuart weitzman boots
denim jacket: zara (old, similar) // sweater: nordstrom // shirt: j crew
leather leggings: nordstrom // boots: stuart weitzman 50/50 boot

Layers. Layers are essential in fall weather. Especially in Alaska where the mornings are brisk, but by the afternoon you might just find yourself in a long sleeve and not so cold. Obviously I love trying out new ways to wear basic pieces. And playing around with different lengths gives an outfit more dimension. This whole outfit is made up of basic pieces most of us already have in our closets. A crisp white button down. A long cardigan. The ever so versatile denim jacket. A pair of leather leggings, although any pair will do. And the fall footwear staple, over the knee boots. 

I originally wanted to pair this with a stacked heel, but the day called for rain, and the activity was errand running with all four children. A low to the ground footwear option was just more appropriate. Hate when that happens. 

I plan on really wearing the hell out of this longline sweater. It has become a key layering piece for morning drop-offs. Plus it doubles as a blanket when I forget to thaw my car long enough before getting in. Hashtag Alaska problems. 

I hope your week is going well. Halfway there!