Beauty Basics

Beauty Basics – Recreate The Look

April 1, 2015, by Jamie Buchanan

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Just because it’s Spring doesn’t mean that your makeup must be minimal and dewy. You can still experiment with bolder eyes, especially for date nights. It requires less product (yes!) and nothing too bold, but it’s nice to keep a smoky eye in your makeup arsenal all year round. The Rachel Zoe Resort look is a little dramatic for this season, especially for me. But the Roberto Cavalli Spring 2015 is a toned done, metallic version that doesn’t scream drama and feels less aggressive. Think of this as the neutral smoky eye that beginners will love and it’s an every day eye for the makeup lovers out there.

As we know with all of the other Recreate The Look tutorials, your foundation and base are a must. Build to your desired level of coverage with the bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum and conceal any flaws and dark circles. You want some light contouring with this look, just to give the appearance of chiseled cheekbones. Use a contour kit to shade in the hallows of your cheeks and highlight the cheekbones. No blush is needed.

Moving onto the eyes, a shadow palette will be your best friend with these looks. You get all of the colors you need in one compact. Use a dark, gray-beige shimmer all over the lid ,up into the crease and along the bottom lash line.  Blend a metallic chocolate brown just in the crease and outer corner of the eye. Finish off with a silvery-gray eye liner in the inner corner of the eyes. Apply a few coats of mascara, fill in your brows and consider the eyes done.

For the lips you’re keeping it simple. Pull out your favorite nude pink lip color and apply one coat. I would opt for a lipstick in this look, keeping the shimmer and gloss to a minimum.

beauty basics - recreate the look

bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation :: bareSkin Perfecting Face Brush :: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer :: SMASHBOX Step-By-Step Contour Kit :: Bobbi Brown Hot Collection Nudes Palette :: MARC JACOBS Beauty Highlighter Gel Liner :: Lancôme Hypnose Drama Mascara :: MARC JACOBS Nude Pink Sheer Lipstick

How She'd Wear It

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Safari Prints

March 31, 2015, by Jamie Buchanan

So um, technically it’s still March…which means oops! When I told you guys last week that we were done with safari style I was lying. So onto safari prints we go! I hope you don’t mind taking one more ring around the safari merry-go-round with me. Safari prints can include a variety of things, from animal prints to botanical prints to graphic prints. A lot of what makes a safari print feel safari-esque is the fabric and colors used. Many of the pieces below feature neutral colors, like we explored in previous HSWI posts, with black and white combos to browns and creams. Go for printed cotton and linen pieces for daytime, and jacquard and silk for dressier nighttime options.

You could certainly find cheetah or zebra prints to wear but I prefer more subtle, neutral prints with selective use of color. They’re still fun but more wearable than zany animal prints. The ikat printed skirt and sandals are some of my favorites but I particularly love the bold graphic print on that flared skirt, it’s simple but still a standout. Then we have a couple cheeky elephant prints. The first is a super cute mirror image tank top of elephants and palm trees that could go with almost any outfit and add a little bit of cute elephant flare. And I also really like the elephant doodle t-shirt, not only because it’s cute but because the retailer gives 100% of the net proceeds to  the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust  which rescues elephants and gives them a safe haven. As someone who absolutely loves elephants, I think this is awesome. Actually I will just speak for us all, we ALL think this is awesome – who doesn’t adore elephants?

How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek – Safari Prints

1. J.Crew Collection Stripe Ikat Pencil Skirt

2. J.Crew Woven Tassel Clutch

3. MADEWELL Tidal Wave Dress

4. Soludos Zebra Smoking Slippers

5. Zara Piped Jacquard With Flared Skirt

6. Zara Frayed Jacquard Shorts

7. Madewell Thea Diamond Ikat Sandals

8. ModCloth Play That Trunky Music Top

9. J.Crew For David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Tee

10. J.Crew Black Forest Camo String Bikini Top and bottoms

11. J.Crew Ankle-Strap High-Heel Sandals

12. Nica Safari Messenger Cross Body Bag


– Julia of  Style and Cheek

Life With The Lady

Life With The Lady

March 30, 2015, by Jamie Buchanan

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Spring cleaning has hit our home. I spent Friday evening watching Pitch Perfect and cleaning out my closet. I had enough of filtering through what to wear each day and seeing pieces that I hardly ever touch. I wanted to purge all the clothes that were too big or too small and start fresh. Post pregnancy I purchased mostly clearance and sale pieces just to have something that could fit my new body. I was in the process of losing weight but I needed something to make me feel like a real human again. Many months have passed and those pieces ended up taking up valuable space in my closet. Not to mention that ones that I held on to in hopes I would fit back into them after baby.

Here’s the reality of it all. I am pretty much back to my pre pregnancy weight but my body’s not the same. Seeing old clothes leave and bringing in new styles that fit my new body helps me realize how far I’ve come. I’ve come to terms with what my body is now and it will never be perfect. But I’m not perfect. And neither is my closet. The end result was a huge pile of clothes, shoes and jewelry that needed a new home. And that home is far, far away from my home. Now it’s time to set out for classic, filler pieces to amp up my wardrobe.

Adam did the same with his closet this weekend. Parting ways with the things that we don’t wear is easy for us. I don’t believe in holding on to them just because. Maybe one day I’ll want to wear it. Maybe one day I’ll fit back into it. Nope. It’s life is up and it’s time for something new. It may have to do with the limited space we have but I just can’t justify holding on to something that I haven’t worn in over a year, regardless of having a baby.

Of course once we cleaned our closets we set out to buy new things. This time was different. I went out for pieces that were classic, neutrals and could work for a while. I tend to gravitate towards trendy pieces because I want to be able to play around with the cool pieces. But it’s not me. With my new life, it’s not me. I don’t want a closet full of power suits but I also don’t want a closet full of bright colors, patterns and pieces that won’t work a year from now. Consider my wardrobe filled with denim, neutral blouses, trousers and layering tees. It sounds boring but I promise you it won’t be.

With all of the changes and finally being able to experiment with my clothes again, I’m bringing back weekly style posts. I can’t say it will be every week because this is new again for me. But it’s coming back. I invested in a new camera and lenses and I want to share my style transition with you and myself.  I’m sure it will be awkward at first because style posts are NEVER easy. Let me just stand here in the middle of this beautiful park while people stare while I try to look cute. Yeah, not easy. I’ll make it happen and we’ll see how it goes from there.


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Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

March 27, 2015, by Jamie Buchanan

This week you might be rolling your eyes at me.  I would be too. I’m judging myself on this one. Florals for spring? Groundbreaking. It’s our 100th Friday Favorites and I had to do something “groundbreaking”. FLORALS! I can’t contain my excitement for spring. Anything and everything that makes spring feel as if it’s here, I want it in my life. All of the floral patterns need to be in my closet immediately. I just can’t get enough of them. I have yet dedicate and entire post to all things floral prints. Sure we have seen florals in the weekly HSWI posts but I personally haven’t touched on my love of florals. I’ve worn florals at least 3 times this week if that speaks my intense love of this pattern. It’s versatile and that’s enough for me.

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Fish Tacos

March 26, 2015, by Jamie Buchanan

fish tacos

I’ve never been a huge fan of fish. I can’t remember if there was a moment that turned me off from it or it was just  my picking eating habits that caused me to not include it in my diet. It could have been the smell. Yep, it was probably the smell. Regardless, I’m just not a huge fan of fish. When I included this salmon recipe exactly one month ago I shocked myself with my love for the recipe. I went out on a limb and convinced Adam to make salmon in hopes that I could change my own mind. And it worked!

When we planned meals for this week tacos were instantly added but I wanted something differnet. The traditional chicken, beef or pork seemed plain and I found myself wanting fish tacos. Consider us clueless because we have NEVER made fish tacos. Figuring out what kind of fish was our first obstacle because what does one use? We opted for a white, flaky fish because that seems right and the rest was simple.

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Beauty Basics

Beauty Basics – The Edit

March 25, 2015, by Jamie Buchanan

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Where has the time gone?! I found myself missing Ava’s 9 month mark and then realizing that the end of March was around the corner and I had yet to prepare anything for The Edit. I just can’t believe it’s time for another round up of my favorites and good reads for the past month. A lot has happened and this time I’m not going to touch on Kim K’s new blonde do. We’ve got other great hair things to talk about this month. I went back to basics and included some of my must haves for this past month along with other great products that were talked about and I mentioned in Beauty Basics posts over the past 4 weeks. Let’s dive in and have some fun!

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