An easy way to add balance to your outfit

04
21

I’m such a queen of basics and simple outfits that I would actually describe myself as someone who doesn’t really take much interest in what I wear. But the more I think about it, and especially when I have someone picking out clothes for me, I am realizing that I actually do really care about what I wear and my “personal style”.

The summertime is difficult because it gets so hot here and the humidity is at insane levels that no matter what you wear it’s hard to stay comfortable. But right now we are in this sweet spot of spring where we’ll get 75 degree days mixed with 85 degree days too.

So there’s room for a little variety.

I was at Trunk Club in Chicago during my last time home and had so much fun. You may remember this post from last year (or this one) where I got my first Trunk and since then I’ve loved the service. I got a few more Trunks after that initial one, but I held off since I knew I was going to Chicago in April. I had a bit of credit on my account, so I was excited to have Ari style me and add some nicer tops to my wardrobe.

I told her that I have 1,000,000 v-neck t-shirts and I need something a little different for the RARE occasions that I actually want to wear something different!

She brought out some great options, and some that were too much of a stretch for me, but it helped me see that changing things up a bit is nice!

So, I bought these linen pants from J.Crew Factory a few months ago and have barely worn them. I wasn’t really sure how to style them and I figured they would just be casual, errand running pants. But I threw them on with the *perfect* white v-neck tee I found a few weeks ago and was immediately brought back to my time at Trunk Club with Ari.

She forced me, AGAINST MY WILL, to do a front tuck with a top I was wearing while I was trying things on with her. Let it be known that I do not have a flat stomach. I’ve had 2 babies and there’s a little extra “fluff” right around my midsection. So doing a front tuck was something I never even considered.

But I saw how much better it balanced my outfit when I did it, and I realized that it doesn’t have to be a really tight tuck that made me feel self conscious. And frankly, I don’t own tight shirts, so it would never be so tight that I would feel like I need to suck in.

So here is how I would be most likely to wear this outfit:

It looks kind of frumpy right? There isn’t really any shape to it. I could do this with a tighter pant, but since these are loose it just looks sloppy.

And here it is with a slight front tuck:

It’s a better balance! My legs look a little longer, I think, and it looks like I have a bit of a waist!

I’m sort of excited about the challenge of switching up my typical plain v-neck tee’s for a different look with them tucked in to some of my pants! It won’t work with everything, but it helps give me fresh eyes on shirts that I’ve resolved are a little shapeless!

So here I am, about a year or two behind on the “trend”, but I’m finally seeing how it can help certain outfits look a little more. . .well . . . styled.

p.s. you can find more of what I’m wearing here! My necklace can be found here and here is another similar version of the pants I’m wearing! More about the room I’m standing in can be found here

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I found a sunless tanner that works!

04
20

Before these last 8 weeks or so I’ve had essentially zero interest in bothering with a “fake tan” through a tanning lotion. But I have so much travel and different things on the calendar this spring and summer that I have been a little bit more conscientious of my pale, pale skin.

Listen, I like my pale skin. I really do. I used to go to the tanning bed (cue regretful sigh) in high school and my mom will even tell me that I used to get really tan as a child. But along the line my skin has gotten more and more sensitive. I’ll burn pretty easily and I’m prone to getting seriously intense rounds of sun poisoning.

That’s one of the main reasons I invested in rash guards last summer.

Anyway, I saw an ad for Jergen’s Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer so I picked it up at Ulta. It was about $10.00 and it looked, well, pretty fool-proof. I applied it just like the directions suggested, and then settled into the couch that same evening for a movie with Justin. I didn’t look at myself again until the following morning when I was getting ready to go on a run.

My legs were covered, COVERED, in orange streaks, from my thighs all the way down to the top of my feet. I was SHOCKED. I did what any normal millennial-type person would do and turned to Instagram Stories to tell everyone about it. So, I’m sure some of you have heard this story already.

I had to live with my streaky legs for a few days until it finally faded. Many suggested a lemon juice + baking soda mixture to get rid of the stains, but I opted for just wearing pants. If I had had a very specific reason to wear a dress or shorts I would have tried the magic mixture, but I didn’t need to and didn’t take the time.

Anyway, I promptly returned the product and even told the saleslady that it was, well, a little misleading. The reviews of the product online are mixed. Some people love it, others had blotchy streaks like me.

I started to think through what I’ve been told about sunless tanning lotions. So many recommended applying the lotion with a mit, and in remembering that advice I recalled that I had a basically unused bottle of St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Lotion in light/medium sitting in my linen closet. I bought it last spring or summer, but I threw away the mitt by accident. So I was waiting to use it.

For a year. I can’t explain it, don’t ask me why I didn’t just go buy a mitt.

So then, I found a mitt. And then I started applying.

The first 3 days I didn’t really see a change. And that made me both really happy and really skeptical. I was so happy to not see streaks and dark spots. But I was beginning to wonder if it was actually going to work.

And then, on day 4, I saw a distinct difference between my leg and arm color and my midsection color. And it looks so natural! The mit makes it super easy, and I can’t imagine a better feeling lotion than this.

It’s hydrating with zero greasiness. It feels a touch sticky immediately after you apply it, but it quickly dries and then it just feels like you’ve applied a lightly hydrating lotion.

I love the subtle color, and at this point I can’t imagine a time that I’ll stop using it. I’ve been wearing bronzer on my face more, so I’m applying the St. Tropez Gradual Tan Lotion all over my upper shoulders, decollate, and neck. I feel like the overall look is much more fluid, and matches a bit better than a “tanned” face with pasty arms.

It’s a very subtle result, and I’ve only been using it for about 7-8 days, but I would highly, highly recommend it.

p.s. my perfect white t-shirt can be found here, denim is here, and I don’t know the name of my nail color.

a shimmery cream eyeshadow that kicks your eye makeup up a notch

04
17

As the temperatures are warming up, I’m starting to simplify my makeup routine a bit. Cream eyeshadow is the fastest and easiest way to apply dimensional eyeshadow with little effort. I use my finger, blend it out, and add a bit of a darker shadow to the crease and corner only if I want to.

I found the prettiest shade that you should definitely add to your makeup bag this spring by Revlon. The shade is called Caramel 710 and it’s a little pot of cream eyeshadow that even comes with it’s own applicator if you choose to go that route!

If cream eyeshadows tend to crease on you, don’t be afraid to apply a bit of eyeshadow primer before you apply the cream eyeshadow. It will act like double stick tape for the product and really cut back on creasing!

For this look, I added a darker chocolate shade to the outer corners, but on more casual makeup days I’ll just swipe a bit of Caramel on and leave it at that. It couldn’t be easier! And for under $7.00 at Target, it barely makes a dent in your wallet too.

p.s. I’m wearing Playful here, isn’t it such a fun coral!?

(photos by Jordan Maunder shot at The Dartmouth)

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