Fashion: Black Floral Dress, Booties, & Rose Lipsense

Happy middle of the week! I always love Wednesday's, what about you? Last night was Lincoln's first puppy training class and it was SO hilarious to see all the dogs trying the new exercises. Lincoln could barely focus because class was outside and he loves grass like something fierce...ha! Hopefully in 6 weeks we'll have a perfectly trained puppy on our hands ;)

Anyways, I'm super excited to show you a product that's semi-new to me. I've been using Lipsense for a few months now and decided not to show it off in a full post until I knew I really loved it. I don't like to show you things I don't actually use regularly or would buy again, so when I do share things, you can trust I really like it. Have you heard of Lipsense?! If you haven't, it's a lip color that stays on for 4-18 hours. Yes, it lasts up to 18 hours!! 

Alright, here's the scoop. There are 3 steps in applying Lipsense. You'll need the Oops Remover, the actual color and the gloss that seals the color and provides moisturizer. Before you read on, just know these pictures are funny and it's okay to laugh at me. My husband was dying while we were taking them. When applying Lipsense, you can't let your two lips touch one another, or the color will peel off before applying the gloss. So that's why I'm keeping my lips so far apart from each other ;)

1. I always start by cleaning my lips with the remover to be sure there isn't anything left on them. You need clean, dry lips to apply. 

2. Shake the bottle of color really well!


I just ordered Aussie Rose last week, so I was super excited to try it out yesterday! I have tried this color on before, because I bought it for my sister in law. It's the perfect shade of pink/red. It's really is a nice rose color!

3. After you shake the bottle, be sure to wipe the wand on the side of the bottle to get the excess off. You don't put this on like a normal lipgloss. You need to apply in thin, even coats of color. 

4. You will apply 3 layers of color, putting each on in THIN coats. I try to swipe from left to right, not going over the color once it's applied. Until it's dry, you don't want to go back over with more color because it will ball up and come off. After coat one, let it dry for 30 seconds. Do coat two. Let it dry again for 30 seconds. Coat three (make sure you get the corners of the lips and your waterline!) then let it dry again. If your lips tingle a little, don't worry. It just means your lips are dry. After you start wearing Lipsense more, this will mostly stop!

4. The final step is applying the gloss. You can't wear lipsense without the gloss, because it's what seals it. If you want a matte look, you can apply the gloss, then let it wear off or blot it off. But you do need the gloss initially. It also provides great moisture, since when you first put the color on, you might feel like your lips are really dry. Don't be alarmed at that! Just apply the gloss and you'll be good.

I love the color so much! It's not too red and not too pink. It's sort of a nice coral rose color. And just so you know, it DOES in fact, last a really long time. I've never worn it for 18 hours, because I don't want to sleep in it. But I wear Lipsense anytime I'm teaching a workshop and it lasts all day, which is about 10-12 hours. It's so nice to not have to think about reapplying lipstick! Don't get me wrong, I still use other products on days where it doesn't matter (I still love my MAC lipsticks ;)) but also love Lipsense. Aussie Rose is my third color. I also have Bombshell (super light champagne color, apparently Jennifer Aniston wears this one all the time!) and Rose Ice (this one is not my favorite-- it's too frosty for me, but I like mixing it with other colors).

In keeping things transparent around here, my friend Marci sent me my first color to try out for free and I liked the product so much that I've since bought my next two colors. So I really do like the quality and the colors are so fun! I'd love to know if you have tried / liked Lipsense!

I didn't buy a ton of stuff at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (because hey, we're newlyweds on a budget!) so I tried to find a few staple pieces. I got a pair of jeans and two pairs of booties-- one for fall, which I'm wearing below, and a pair of waterproof booties for our snowy winter. The last thing I got was this fun black floral dress, because I thought it was great for fall and I could wear it in winter with tights or leggings and a pair of tall boots. It's also under $30, so it didn't break the bank! I used my "fall wardrobe" budget early since the sale is in summer, so I won't be buying much come fall time. Maybe a sweater or two, but that's it! I'm trying to keep things simple and planning on donating a bunch of clothes I don't wear anymore. Less is more.

Here's my new, cheap dress :)



My husband cracking jokes while he takes my pictures ;)

 It's a really light weight material. I loved the billowy sleeves because they are airy, but not too large or bulky. At first I thought it'd be a little see-through, but I'm happy to report it's not at all. I even tested it in the sun!


Speaking of staple items, these earrings are one of those for me. I recently got them and I just love the shape, the size (not too big or heavy) and the gold color. They're under $50. Kendra Scott jewelry will always have my heart.



Cute zipper detail on the back of the booties...


These are my fall booties. I haven't bought new booties for two years, so I thought I could this year! I highly suggest sizing down 1/2 size!! I'm usually an 8 and so that's what I ordered, and as soon as they arrived, I quickly discovered I needed a 7.5. These are the 7.5 and they fit great. I would probably be able to wear a no-show little sock with them, too. If you're thinking of ordering them, I'd buy both sizes to try out, along with the little socks, and see what you think. Nordstrom has free returns, so it's no problem to send them back!

Another favorite detail of the dress is the top lace up. I don't like to wear too revealing of clothes, so I assure you this isn't a very deep v. It's just right for a little extra something.


Dress / Vince Camuto Booties (order 1/2 down) / Kendra Scott Earrings / Lipsense: Lips by Marci- join her Facebook page and then you can message her to get your discount!
In case you wanted to pick up a few fall staples, here are just a couple favorites that are still in stock (hopefully...they go out so quickly!)

And now the exciting part of the post! I'm giving away a lipsense starter kit, which includes the remover, gloss and a color of your choice on Instagram today! I'll be posting it around 12pm EST, so head over there to enter. ALSO! If you order lipsense from my friend Marci, mention me and you'll get 10% off + free shipping. 
My posts are so long this week...I'm not sure if that's good or bad ;) Have a great day! Thanks for reading!

xoxo
Michaela

New Pillows for Our Sofa + Caitlin Wilson Textiles Giveaway!

I thought it was about time to show you some summer touches in our home, seeing as we are halfway through summer now! Where does the time go?! I'm super excited to show you some our new pillows for our sofa for a few reasons! 

First, pillows are one of the easiest ways to update your space on a budget. They also do WONDERS for adding texture, color, and pattern to your space. I can never understand why people don't have pillows on their couch ;) My husband is one who throws all the pillows off the couch, except for the one he's using, when he plops down...and that's fine with me, but during the day while I'm working, you can bet the sofa looks just like this. Karate chopped pillows are my jam. They just make this little apartment of ours look more put together than it actually is! Mess on one side, perfectly chopped pillows on the other...that sounds about right ;)



The other thing pillows do is make a living space feel inviting and homey. And I'm all about creating a warm and inviting environment for us + our guests. I loved the pillows we had before, and will be keeping them to change out every now and again, but these watercolor floral pillows have me swooning big time. They have just the right softness, while still providing a pattern that mixes well with our lattice print curtains and work well with the seaglass colored accent pillows.


Lincoln insisted he get in on the photo action ;)

The final reason I'm over the moon with these gorgeous pillows is because this watercolor pattern was designed by my sweet friend Jenny of Graceline, who designed our wedding floral pattern, envelope liners, and did all of our calligraphy!! How special is this, that now her work is also on our sofa?! Jenny did this GORGEOUS collection of floral pillows for Caitlin Wilson Textiles, my favorite textile designer, and the result is stunning. Gold zippers, linen fabric, perfect attention to detail. I would expect nothing less of these ladies! 

Our wedding invitation suite (see more here):

Our pillows:



I love how recognizable Jenny's beautiful art and illustration is! I can tell something is her work from a mile a way.






DETAILS | similar coffee table / sofa with a chaise-- thank God it's slipcovered because we may need to order a new slipcover after Lincoln's puppy stage / wood sign -- custom piece, they take custom orders! / curtains -- on sale now! / similar garden stool -- under $30 / gold moroccan pouf / rug 



I can't even handle this last picture. The hairs in front of his eyes kill me!! Look at that blurry tail wagging!


Okay, want to know the REALLY exciting part about this post?! Not only does my couch look really pretty with these pillows, but one of yours will look equally as beautiful with the Graceline Collection for Caitlin Wilson Textiles soon! That's right, the next giveaway are these gorg pillows!

One lucky winner will get to choose 3 pillows (either in blush, gray or navy) for their own home. You can enter the giveaway on my Instagram. It will start around 12pm EST.



Do you like the pillow combo in our living as much as I do? Hopefully this sparked some inspiration for minor updates in your home that bring you joy!

Happy Tuesday,
Michaela



Summer Lovin' Essentials + Beach Towel Giveaway

Hi friends! I hope enjoyed your weekend! This weekend we had gray skies and lots of humidity, so we stayed inside mostly, playing with the puppy and then went to the mall + out to dinner on Saturday evening. It was enjoyable and relaxing! I also started watching Mad Men on Netflix. My husband has seen it all the way through, but I never had, so since I love the 50's, I thought I'd like it. So far, I really like the show but I want to whack the men!!! Not cool. I'm hoping there is some character growth ;)

ANYWAYS...

This week marks my 7th year of blogging-- holy cow! That time has flown by. If you had told me I'd STILL be blogging 7 years ago, I wouldn't have believed you. love, love, love this little blog because it means I get to take all of my passion God has given me for design, the home, people, style, entertaining and hosting, community and more, and bottle it up in little posts here for others to see and hopefully enjoy. If you're interested in starting a blog or have a small creative business where you think you should start a blog to support that business, I say go for it! That's what we teach at The Bloom Workshop, as I believe it's so vital to your business. I thought I'd link to a few posts over the years about blogging, incase you're interested in getting some tips:

- You Know You're a Blogger If...
- Why I Started Blogging (An Interview with my Favorite Bloggers)
- Blogging Tips
- Opportunities Through Blogging


{danielle poff photo}

But now for the really exciting part of the post, in order to celebrate this blog and say THANK YOU to you for reading, I'm hosting a new giveaway each day this week! I truly wouldn't have continued on if it weren't for my incredible readers. I've loved getting to know you through comments and emails over the years. Thank you for supporting me and this little blog of mine. It means the world! So these giveaways are for YOU :)

First up is one of my very favorite things -- well ALL of the things I'm giving away are my favorite things. But we're kicking off the week with a Beach Bum Towel Co. giveaway! These beach towels are made by one of my sweet friends, Erin. I just love her to pieces and used to work for her wedding planning company when I lived in San Francisco. She's SO creative and talented, so that creativity spilled right into developing her own towel design. 

The Beach Bum Towels are incredibly soft, thick (a huge plus for me!), and long (a huge plus for my 6'3" husband!) and are really cute. The boho vibe is so fun for summer. A lucky winner will get to pick one beach bum towel (either mint or coral). You can enter on my Instagram today!


We took the mint one on our honeymoon in Maui...that's where our first ring shot of both of our rings below was taken :)

All this beach towel talk has me so thankful it's summer! As a born and raised California girl and now living in Michigan with frequent trips to the lake, this is the weather I live for. I rounded up some outdoor beach and patio finds + some cute suits and coverups on sale. Nearly everything here is on sale...hooray!
SHOP:


So today we're celebrating summer and cute towels and you for sticking with me through this blogging journey! Now head to my instagram to enter the Beach Bum Towel Co. Giveaway. It'll be up around 12pm EST.


Good luck + Happy Monday,
Michaela

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Public Access Open!

TGIF! Thank God it's Friday is right...it's been a long week over here! Between all my interior design client projects and taking care of / training our 12 week old puppy, I'm one tired puppy mama ;)

The good news is (besides the fact that it's Friday) that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to the public now! I scoured the women's shop and put together a few outfits for you that are still in stock.  You can shop the looks below each graphic.

1. This one is a little dressier with a fun blouse with bows on the sleeves! These booties are one of the top sellers in the sale and come in black too. These black pants might have to come home to me, because they are insanely amazing reviews! I also still can't get over that these Kendra Scott earrings are on sale for $35. 
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2. This look is chic and feminine, just my style! My favorite AG Jeans in this look should be arriving at my door step today (I was told to order a size down!), so I'll share them on Instagram with you asap. You know I love a ruffle detail, so this top is a winner! These flats are also really cute. They come in a few different colors, but I think this nude color is my favorite because they're so versatile. 

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3. Last, but not least, because life is busy and we need casual looks in our wardrobe! A simple tee with a raw hem (so cute), distressed denim jeans on the cheap,  and some sneakers. PLUS, how could you talk about an easy casual outfit without mentioned one of my favorite dry shampoos and other hair products are on sale. Have you been to The Dry Bar? If not, their products smell amazing! I threw in my favorite MAC lipstick and gloss and some sunnies


Details:


I couldn't leave my girls out who like dresses best, so here are a few stand-outs!




If you need a bit of help building an outfit, use this inspiration I created for you! Start with jeans (the cuts and washes are labeled), then choose a top (either dressy or casual), next pick out a shoe and finish it off with an accessory or two. Just click on the actual image on the graphic to shop it!




Shop:



Lastly in this epic post, let's talk about the guys! If your man needs a good pair of jeans that will last for years, this is it. My dad only buys AG jeans now, because of the incredible softness and quality.


My husband has a few pairs of these shorts and he loves them. Great fit and WRINKLE FREE!

He also has these from last year's sale...they're great work pants! 


FINALLY, these Sperry's are on sale for $66...instead of the original $100 price tag. Prices go back up on August 7th, so hurry! I got these for McCann last year for his bday :)

If you made it to the end of this post, congratulations! You can go enter the $50 to Nordstrom giveaway I'm hosting on Instagram as a thank you for reading ;)) 

Okay, that's it! Happy shopping + happy weekend! SO MANY fun things coming to the blog next week in celebration of my blogging anniversary (read: lots of giveaways!)

xoxo



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