Friday, September 12, 2014

Fashion Friday: Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

pink rain boots

rainy day outfit

polka dot umbrella

pink wellies

clear dome umbrella

polka dot umbrella

monogram umbrella

trench coat

Umbrella: HKyle Boutique // Trench Coat: not online but LOVING this (on sale!) // Rain Boots: TJ Maxx Find, obsessed with these (so affordable!) and of course would love some wellies! // Skirt: Not online (thrifted) similar here // Earrings: Forever 21 old but similar here // Necklace: Kate Spade // Striped Tee: J. Crew (I have it in ivory indigo)

Happy Friday, lovely ladies!

I'm sad to admit it, but i'm 99% certain Fall is officially upon us here in Arkansas. It's been dreary all week, and today when I walked into the office it was a whopping 55 degrees and I was freezing my tush off! I was reminded that all the PSL's & Herringbone Vests in the world cannot make up for my pure hate for being cold. Fall is gorgeous and not too bad weather wise, but it's what comes after that makes me shiver in my boots.

Speaking of boots, how cute are these pink ones?! I was on my weekly TJ Maxx run last weekend, and when I saw these cuties for $30.00 dolla's...I JUMPED! (like how i'm jumping into an imaginary puddle above, why must I be so embarrassing?) Now trust me, i'd just about die for a pair of Pink Hunters, but for something I think i'd only wear 2 or 3 times a year, I can't justify the price tag. If i'm spending over $50.00 dollars on anything I am going to get my wear out of it. Cause i'm cheap like that ;)

I can't leave without mentioning this FREAKING ADORABLE UMBRELLA! I mean real life, folks, have you ever seen a more blogger-perfect umbrella? Pink Polka dots, and my MONOGRAM? My sweet southern heart is head over rainboots for anything with a monogram, and if it protects me from the freezing rain while we're at it...well it just doesn't get better than that, does it?

I hope you enjoy an amazing pre-fall weekend, filled with coffee, football, and donuts! If you like this look, you can shop it down below!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Caring for your wedding ring!

cushion cut engagement ring

Happy Wednesday, friends!

And if you're reading this a HUGE congratulations! Maybe you just got engaged, or maybe you just got married. Or heck, maybe you've just remained married...and in this day and age, that deserves a pat on the back too! Go you!

Chances are, you have some piece of precious jewelry that you want to ensure lasts for years to come. I wanted to pop in to share a few things I do to make sure the investment my husband made in my wedding ring will last for years and years to come.


1) Get that baby INSURED!

This is my #1 most important tip. What happens if you take it off at the gym, and something tragic happens and it's nowhere to be found? What if you don't follow step #2 and a stone comes loose, and while you aren't paying attention, it comes out and you've lost it forever? You don't want to be responsible for paying to fix it. I lose things. all.the.time. So the VERY NEXT DAY after Jake proposed, we were on our way to the jeweler to pick up our appraisal, and we went straight to our insurance provider and opened up a policy. Sometimes, your jeweler will provide insurance, and sometimes you can add a "rider" policy to your renters or homeowners insurance. I found that opening a special jewelry policy was the best bet, as it was the smallest deductible. I am not an insurance pro, but I would suggest finding someone you trust and talking through the options with them. Be prepared to pay $1-$2 dollars per every $100 that your ring is worth. So for example, if your ring is worth $5000 dollars, you will be about $50 dollars a year for insurance.

cushion cut engagement ring

2) Regularly take it in to your jeweler for cleaning/tune ups

I really should make a .5 tip that is, find a really, really good jeweler. That makes everything 1000 times easier. I take my ring in maybe once a month, sometimes I forget and it's once every 2 months, and they clean it professionally, (which is AMAZEBALLS!) and check for any loose stones. It's free, takes less than 10 minutes, and it makes your ring look amazing, while giving you the piece of mind that your ring won't turn into Jason Derulo and wiggle wiggle wiggle. (That was a really bad joke, don't judge me)

3) Buy yourself a jar of this jewelry cleaner and be amazed at what it does to your ring

I need to tell you a little story. Once upon a time, on our wedding day, my engagement ring was foggy, dirty, gross, and my wedding band was shiny, perfect, and brand new. This was because in the hustle and bustle of the week, I hadn't taken the time to get my ring cleaned, and it was a hot mess on our big day. Fast forward a few weeks and Jake and I were walking through Bed Bath and Beyond spending some wedding gift cards, when he said I should try this jewelry cleaner because his mom has been using it forever, and it works really well. I said no way. No way was I going to put my most prized possession in some chemicals and let it ruin my ring. But somehow he convinced me to do it, and I don't know why I didn't before. MY RING SPARKLED LIKE IT NEVER SPARKLED BEFORE! 30 seconds in the solution and it was like it just came from the jeweler. I had to admit I was wrong and Jake was right (about my least favorite thing in the world) and I now use it once a week to keep my ring looking like new. Trust me when I say, you need this in your life. I will now gift it to every single girlfriend who get's engaged, so they don't face the dirty ring dilemma on their big day.

engagement photo

Above all, just love on that precious piece of metal around your finger. Regardless of stone, metal, shape, color, or price, that piece of jewelry is the most special thing you own. It's the symbol of your marriage, something your spouse no doubt spent hours picking out, and you should show it some lovin' by taking great care of it!

What would you add? Any jewelers out there or jewelry experts who can give me some new tips? I hope this was helpful!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Best of Summer

Thank you, Keurig, for sponsoring this post.

So I guess it's here, folks. The end of Summer. This weekend didn't reach above 75, and I know that within 2 weeks, we'll be lucky to see the 70's at all. Football started this weekend, and I drank hot coffee for the first time all summer. I officially felt like I was kissing the warm months goodbye. I was tagged on instagram (@absolutelyarkansas) by two of my most favorite bloggers, Alina at The Closet Crush and Laura at Louella Reese to share my summer favorites...and I want to send off Summer '14 off with a bang, breaking down my favorites with links, descriptions, and more info than you could even care to know.

Some of these goodies i'll have to kiss goodbye for the Summer, others will stick along with me for the cold months, cause i'll never let go, Jack. Or something like that ;)

1) Without a doubt, SuperGoop wins my favorite thing of summer. It has all but completely replaced my regular foundation. I live for it. It's so moisturizing on my beyond dry skin, and the added SPF is the bee's knees! I used it in the beginning of Summer when creating 10 minute makeup, and just couldn't stop myself. This little baby will be around for months to come.

supergoop cc cream

2) I can't get enough of Macadamia Healing Oil Mist. It smells so delicious, and it makes my hair angel soft. Seriously. I think that it glows a little bit. I even had someone stop me and ask if I could deliver a message to the big man upstairs for them. Okay, that didn't happen. But I still love the shit out of it. This will stick close by my side through Winter. We all know how dry my hair/skin gets during the cold months!

3) Speaking of dry skin, nothing beats Bliss Lemon and Sage Body Butter. It smells like freshly squeezed heaven, and i've never used a more moisturizing lotion. I'm obsessed with the scent so hard that I use it in every product I can get my hands on. I smell like a walking glass of lemonade.  I think I should change this post title to my "favorites period" because this is another one in it for the long haul.

lemon and sage

4) Have you ever used Vaseline Lip Therapy? I use it on my lips and as an eye cream. Its the bomb. Let's just leave it at that.

5) As everyone knows, the best part of my entire summer was marrying the love of my life. My Kate Spade Mrs. Necklace was my favorite accessory of the Summer, and once again, it's not going anywhere. I love her!

kate spade mrs necklace

6) Finally! Something I can't take with me through Winter. I can't get enough of Bath & Body Works Summer Boardwalk Candle. All of Bath and Body's summer scents are so fantastic, but this one takes the cake. It's like caramel corn, sunscreen, and love.

bath and body works candle

7) So, in the middle of Summer I discovered this Walmart Clinique Dupe. I AM OBSESSED! I wish Walmart would start making dupes of ALL high end products! This Clinique skincare line has totally changed my skin. Probably my all time favorite find of summer.

8) Chino Shorts are my go-to all Summer long. This weekend I packed em up until next Spring. :( The fit and length are always perfect, and the colors are the cutest! I will miss you Chinos. Until next time.

mt vesuvius

9) Everytime i'm at Forever 21, I make it a point to pick up some Basic Tanks. They're a measly 1.80. Did you hear me? UNDER TWO DOLLARS! They come in one million and fifty colors, and you can bet your sweet booty that i'm wearing one under almost every single outfit I wear, ever. I will miss sleeping in them during the upcoming cool months. They were great companions through the hot times. :)
beagle puppy

I'm wearing a tank in this picture. Also, my dog is effing adorable.

10) My most worn sunnies of Summer were without a doubt, my Mirrored Aviators. They make me feel instantly bad-ass and double as a way to check your lipstick on the go. I'll see you next Summer, aviators.

padre fan

11) Y'all. My life has been forever changed by the Keurig 2.0. HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF MACHINERY?! It's the most gorgeous Keurig i've ever seen. With a touch screen interface, pretty lighting that makes your reservoir  glow pretty colors, and drumroll please...IT BREWS AN ENTIRE POT OF COFFEE! Yep. You heard me right. It brews and entire pot of coffee. It is life changing. They hit stores this month, and trust me when I say, the first thing you'll want to do is go out and grab one for yourself!

keurig 2.0

It was an exceptional summer. Filled with more love, fun, and cocktails than one girl could ever hope for. We got to cross so many to-do's off our bucket list during Summer 2014, and as sad as I am to see her go, lets bring on the rest of the year!

What did I miss? Let me know your Summer Favorites in the comments below!  The best part of end of summer-favorites is it's only a matter of time before they're on SALE! Shop my favorites down below, and don't forget to help a sister out by letting me in on your must haves!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie

** I was sent a Keurig 2.0 courtesy of Keurig and Influenster. I was asked to test and provide a review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fashion Friday: Holy Chic

holy chic

red blazer

graphic tee

leopard clutch

chunky bracelets

crystal earrings

cat eye sunglasses

fashion blogger

red lips

holy chic

Blazer: TJ Maxx Find; Similar (affordable!): Here // Holy Chic: Old Navy also loving this // Jeans: Juicy Couture // Shoes: Nine West (old) similar: Here (on sale!) // Leopard Clutch: Not online, loving this // Earrings: Charlotte Russe (Such a steal) // Bracelets: Charlotte Russe // Sunglasses: ZeroUV

Happy Friday, lovely ladies!

The best part of a long weekend (other than the fact that it's a long weekend) is the short week that follows. I am SO looking forward to another weekend of house projects and time with my honey! Do you have any fun plans? Soaking up the last few weekends of warm?

This outfit is one of my favorites for classing up an otherwise casual look. Seriously, throwing a blazer over anything makes it instantly fancy. Just ask Iggy...she will tell you. If your shirt reads something cute like "Holy Chic" you might want to make sure the blazer doesn't cover up the cute words, making it " Ol Chi" I don't know what Ol Chi is.

Speaking of cute shirts, I had to jump on the Old Navy Tee train. I picked up several a few weekends back when they were on sale for only 5 bucks a piece! Can you even beat that? The answer is...nope! Also, did you notice that this is the week of sock buns? Geeze! They're everywhere. #igot99problemsbutabunaintone

These baby wedges are also the comfiest pair I own. The pointed toe makes them feel classy, but the little baby heel means they love your feet! I walk a million miles during my workweek, and I can wear these without any pain by the end of the day.

As for those last 2 pictures...lets just say my husband is hilarious (at least he thinks so). When we take these outfit pictures he stands behind the camera saying ridiculous things like "rawr...make love to the fierce...BE FIERCE!" and I just can't handle it. ;)

I hope you guys have the most beautiful weekend! If you are interested in any of this outfit, you can shop it below!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Master Bedroom Update: DIY DRAMA.

Well good morning you gorgeous gals, you! 

Today we're going to get into some real life. DIY doesn't always go to plan, and sometimes what you made just fails. And in this case, it failed on multiple levels!

Let's start with the positives...

We finally got to moving on painting our bedroom a lighter, more relaxed shade of grey. I'm in love with how bright and fresh it is! It's the perfect calming bedroom color. Before we painted, I threw together this inspiration board and created a makeup station, and it was time to start getting into the nitty-gritty of redecorating.

Jake and I can't paint without beer. So that's why there are cans everywhere. Excuse the mess please :)

After we painted, we decided to get started on the headboard, I mean, how hard could it be? It was 10391 degrees outside (exact temperature) so we set up shop in the living room...thus the reason we look like we're on an episode of hoarders. Let the fun begin..

You see, once upon a time, a young engaged couple bought their first house, and the Mrs. (that's me) wanted a fancy upholstered headboard, that just wasn't in the budget. So, said engaged couple set out to make their own, and it didn't turn out half bad. Read all about it here. (Please bare in mind that was before I actually blogged regularly so be prepared for awful photos) Since I don't know how to leave good enough alone, I decided that I wanted to un-upholster that headboard, cut it all up, and try again. Let's just say our second attempt wasn't as successful as the first.

We started by pulling off the upholstery and all of the buttons. Since it was tufted, it meant that there were still impressions from being pulled so tightly, so I bought an extra pack of batting to smooth it over.

I created a few templates to decide how deep we'd like to cut the edges, and traced them onto both sides.

Once decided, we cut the batting/foam off of the edge, and used our jigsaw to cut the edges off.

To make sure everything was even, we  thew it up against the wall. PHEW! Everything was looking good so far.
diy headboard

diy headboard

We smoothed the extra layer of batting over the headboard, as well as the fabric and just stapled away. This was still going pretty well. And then the trim happened.

dun. dun. dun.....
diy headboard

This shit is horrible. Its the hardest crap to work with, nearly impossible to attatch straight, and because our headboard was so thick with batting and foam, the nails would not go into the plywood underneath. After almost 2 hours of cursing, crying, and beer breaks, we finally looked at our handy work, and it was awful. Like a 5 year old did it.

So we took it off and tried again, this time, using tape and a level to try to make it even. It's still just as bad, y'all.

upholstered headboard

From the angle above it's not all that horrible...until you see the entire thing.

upholstered headboard

ha.ha.ha.hahahahahah! Excuse me while I catch my breath.  At this point, we've spent so much damn money trying to fix this headboard that we should have just bought a new bed all together. I need your help! I don't know how to fix this trim. At this point, i'm sort of thinking of removing the trim all together, (woo-hoo for 40 bucks down the drain) and tufting it again? I love the shape, and with the extra padding, at least the tufts would be nice and plush and deep. 

Any tips on how to work with nailhead trim? Did we just get  a bad batch?

Thanks for listening to the rambling, and for an advice you can give to help a sister out with her DIY Drama.

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Oh yes it's LADIES NIGHT!

Happy Tuesday, friends!

I love Tuesdays that feel like Mondays! Did you all have the most beautiful long weekend? I hope so!

Before we get started, I really wanted to thank each and every one of you for the amazingly sweet words congratulating my little old blog on one whole year. I seriously think you guys are the best readers in the blogosphere, and i'm just so thankful every single day for your support.

With that being said, I am SO excited to be collaborating with the stunning Kayla from A Darling Dream to bring you some fun ladies night inspiration! I don't know about you, but there is nothing I love quite like a ladies night. Whether it's in or out, cocktails with the girls is always a good idea!

I think ladies night is the perfect opportunity to jump out of your makeup comfort zone. Your gals won't judge you, and it's a great chance to try something new! This is what I came up with:

Face Routine:

  • Hard Candy Perfecting Primer
  • Make Up Forever HD Foundation (Covergirl 3 in 1 is an excellent drugstore dupe!)
  • Josie Maran Argon Oil Illuminator
  • Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer (I forgot to put her in the picture!) 
  • Stila Portrait of a Perfect Blush
  • L'Oreal True Match Powder
  • Too Faced Bronzer 

foundation makeup

makeup routine

By now you lovely ladies know my face routine. I moisturize, let it sink in for 5 minutes at least, and then prime with my Hard Candy Perfecting Primer. (LOVE THAT STUFF!) It's important to prime when you're going out, especially if drinks will be involved. I don't know if it's just me, but makeup just melts off me when the cocktails start flowing!

I mix foundation and the illuminator together and blend it really well with my beauty blender. Then, using the light color of my LM concealer, I highlight under my eyes, the bridge of my nose, and on my chin. Set everything with a light coat of powder. 

Bring some color to your face with some blush and use a very light hand with bronzer on the contours  of your face. Done!

eye makeup

  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • POP Beauty Eyeshadow Trio
  • Mary Kay Gel Liner
  • Bombshell Mascara
  • NYX Wonder Pencil
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo 
  • Benefit Speed Brow
I like to keep the eyes so simple when doing a bright lip. I recently got this fun POP Beauty eyeshadow trio in an Ipsy Bag (click the link to learn more!) and i've been dying to use it. I used the lightest color all over the lid, the middle color in the crease, and the darkest along my lower lash line. Very easy and not too dramatic! Finish off with a fun cat eye, and some mascara! I love this bombshell mascara. It adds so much length! I fill in my brows as usual using Anastasia Brow Powder, and set it with my Benefit Speed Brow Gel. I highlight my brown bone as well as my lower waterline with NYX wonder pencil. It brightens everything up!

pink lip

Lips and final touches:
  • Cailyns Tinted Balm in Acid Pink
  • Color your Smile Gloss in Nude
  • MAC Fix +

Speaking of a bold lip! I rarely stray from my favorite nude combo, but for ladies night, why not bump up the fun! I like to start by using whatever product is left on my beauty blender and covering my lips with it. It helps with bleeding. Using the cute little brush that comes with the Cailyns balm, I line my lips and then fill in the center. I dab the smallest amount of gloss in the center of my lip, and use my ring finger to to sheer it out just a little bit. To finish the look, I use MAC Fix + to set the entire look. I also love Model in a Bottle & All Nighter by Urban Decay. A makeup setting spray is the BEST for keeping the "cocktail makeup melt" far away ;)

sock bun

I almost always go straight for Thick Bombshell Curls when going out, but I just wanted to switch it up a little this time around! A simple sock bun works excellent for keeping your hair out of your face while dancing the night away. I add volume by using the end of my teasing brush to pull some hair up and out of the hair tie.

pretty makeup

sock bun

 VOILA!  A girly, fun night out look for galavanting around with your girls! Make sure you head straight over to visit Kayla at A Darling Dream to see her go-to girls night outfit! SPOILER ALERT: you're going to be smitten!

Thank you so much for coming by, ladies!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie