3.31.2014

weekend

This weekend was fun-filled, exhausting, random, and went by terribly too fast. We (well, I) had a bridal shower to attend in Greenville on Saturday. Brandon came too and hung out with the groom-to-be while us gals drank champagne punch and showered the bride with gifts. After the shower, we figured, well - we're already in the upstate, let's just head up to Charlotte for the night. So that's what we did.
There were really just two things on the agenda - shopping at South Park and scouting out a fiddle leaf fig. I swear nowhere in Beaufort/Hilton Head sells them and I've been wanting one for the longest time - years. Anyway, I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking (it's now going on 2am and I'm at the point between delirium and exhaustion, so I could very well keep on rambling or fall asleep at any given moment.).

Oh yes, I started my weekend off with a mani/pedi, thanks to a Christmas gift certificate from the in-laws that I've been dying to use. I'm a huge fan of this color, "Shorts Story" by OPI. It's the perfect cool toned pink, although I actually thought it was purple when I picked it out at the salon (changes in lighting a lot!).

Here's the bride and groom (to be) after the bridal shower had wrapped up. The wedding-themed minnie & mickey ears were a joke, so we obviously made them try them on!

A little Sephora haul. We don't have one in our area, so I always feel like I could spend hours in there when I actually get to a real Sephora store (as opposed to the little JC Penney pop-up shops). Oh wait, I did spend hours in there. I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket.
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, Smashbox Eyeshadow Trio in "Multi Flash", Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil, Benefit Lollitint, Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat, Buxom Lip Polish in "Leslie", Dior Nude Foundation in 31, and Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in Light.

...and a new Kate Spade addition. (so in love with these pumps - they fit true to size!)

Now for round two (or maybe it's three, actually) of the great big adventure. The fiddle leaf fig, which the husband just happened to track down through a google search while I was in Neimans trying on shoes.

Thank you, Pike Nursery! Thanks to you, we now have two fiddle leaf figs back in Beaufort (one small and one large ...and yes, it's large). Getting this giant plant into my very small car was quite the feat. We should have planned better and taken Brandon's truck, but we really weren't planning on finding a plant, especially one so huge. But where there's a will, there's a way, and I wasn't leaving this baby in Charlotte. So, I kindly observed as Brandon and three employees tried every which way to get the FLF tree in the car. Not happening. Not to mention, the wind was blowing so hard that the plants kept tipping over, which in turn caused me to have large amounts of anxiety. I swear, it was blowing so hard that things were flying out of my car like a cyclone and yes, my hair was all in my lip gloss. Which, by the way, is my all time biggest uncomfortable feeling aside from having unclean hands.
In summary, we wrapped the tall plant in paper, which allowed it to be slid in from the trunk, through the middle seat, and right in between my head and Brandon's. Finally. It was in there.

See above? That was my view the entire four hours home. The tip of the tree curved inwards into the middle of my headrest, so I couldn't even lay my head back on the seat the entire time.
I digress. I now have a fiddle leaf fig, so this means just one thing...
#missionaccomplished (and I got new shoes!).




3.28.2014

weekly roundup

Hi friends and happy weekend! We've had a cooler week here and I'm still on my knees praying for the warm weather to come and stay. I've got a bridal shower this weekend and the weather needs to cooperate so I can wear the dress I want to wear. Doesn't mother nature know I'm tired of wearing jackets! Anyway, here are some worthy links for this week...   

Say it with me: Brussel. Sprouts. Pizza.

This is just one of those quotes you want to read over and over.

So obsessed with this glam makeup.

The perfect pop of color in a room.

There are so many things to love about this nursery.

This outfit is easy going perfection.

A couple sales worth shopping this weekend...

J. Crew is still offering 25% off your entire purchase through 11:59 tonight (use code HEYSPRING)! I'm in love with these shorts and these pants.

Gap is offering 30% off your purchase, but it also ends tonight at 11:59! Why oh why can this dress not come in adult sizes?

photo via - don't you just love those chairs with that table?

3.25.2014

huge blog sale!!

Our closet situation is bursting at the seams, so I had to make a cut! Please buy these items because I don't have a place to put them!
Shipping is $5 (each additional item adds $2 to shipping).
Email me at stylemeswanky@gmail.com if interested!

Limited Blouse, Small (color of the year!) (SOLD!)
$30

Banana Republic Blouse, Small (great for layering!) (SOLD!)
$25


J. Crew Shirt, Small (SOLD!)
$30

J. Crew Silk Blouse, Size 2 (SOLD!)
$40

 Express Sweater, Small
$25

Express Blouse, X-Small (beautiful under a blazer!) (SOLD!)
$25

Banana Republic, Small (SOLD!)
$25

Banana Republic, Small (SOLD!)
$25

Vigoss Distressed Denim, Size 27 (SOLD!)
$40

J. Crew Factory Blouse, Small (SOLD!)
$30

J. Crew Blouse, Size 2 (SOLD!)
$30

Tinley Road Blouse, Small (never worn - sheer back/beautiful in person!) (SOLD!)
$30

Hearts & Bows Blouse, Fits like a small - European size 10
$30

Banana Republic Blouse, Small (SOLD!)
$25

Victoria + Sophia Dress, Medium (never worn - just a little too big for me) (SOLD!)
$35

Vivienne Tam Dress, Small (SOLD!)
$35

Express Dress, X-Small (SOLD!)
$35

J. Crew Knit Top, Small
$30

Banana Republic Blouse, Size 2 (Worn only once in my Everygirl Valentine's Tutorial!) (SOLD!)
$35

Banana Republic Pencil Skirt, Size 2
$35

 Banana Republic Factory Dress, Small (Desperately needs to be steamed - working on that asap!) (SOLD!)
$35

J. Crew Factory Sweater, Size M (SOLD!)
$30

J. Crew Factory Dress, Size 0 (fits like a small - criss cross straps in the back) (SOLD!)
$35

Forever 21 Knit Blouse, Small
$20

 J. Crew Corduroy Pants, Size 27 (never worn!)
$40

Nine West Heels, 8.5 (barely worn!)
$40 ($10 shipping)

 BCBG Flats, 8.5 (barely worn!)
$40 ($10 shipping)

There are still plenty of other items available in my blog sale tab under the header! Be sure to check those out too! 

Email me at stylemeswanky@gmail.com if interested!

current makeup routine // base makeup

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Hello lovers. Thought I'd share my base makeup routine with you. Base makeup, at least in my lingo, is everything except eye and lip makeup. The products I'm sharing with you are simply making up my "current" routine. This means I may not use this same foundation next month. I may end up using a different blush tomorrow when I put on my makeup. I like to dabble and switch things up about as often as Giggy Vanderpump changes outfits. These are just products that have remained VERY regular in my current routine... products I love and feel are worth sharing with you! 

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First up to bat is Chanel Perfection Lumiere, otherwise known as photoshop in a bottle. It gives a velvety matte finish and has great lasting power. In fact, it somehow looks better as the day goes on, which is unheard of for me since I have oily/combo skin. The coverage is medium - it definitely shows your skin underneath, which is a must for me.

I've been using Chanel Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer under my eyes. The coverage, matched with its salmony tone, eliminates my sleep-deprived under eye circles like no other. Sadly, it creases something terrible. That said, I'm still using it because of the amazing coverage and I'm sure this would be fantastic elsewhere on the face. Since I love the light/bright look under my eyes, I go in and add MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in a "V" shape under my eyes. This product is holy grail material. I If I could only have three makeup products for the rest of my life, this would surely be one of them.

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Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base is a wonder worker. Not only does it give a perfectly natural tan flush (you know, that "just-got-back-from-St.-Barts-and-please-be-jealous-of-my-glow" type of flush), but it also has coverage! (It will help cover any unsightly blemishes you may have on your cheeks.) It has a gel/mousse-like consistency and not to mention, you can use this all over your face UNDER your foundation if your face always seems to be more pale than the rest of your body (like mine always is). Side note: I don't use this product to give my face a bronzed look, but to lightly add natural contours and give my face dimension after I've just created a flat canvas with foundation. 

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The next thing I do is lightly brush the NYX HD Finishing Translucent Powder all over my face to set everything in place. If you have dry skin, you may choose to skip this step. But since it has always been necessary for me, I've tried MANY. Not only is this product less than $10, but it's also better than the Make Up For Ever HD Powder, in my opinion.

I follow up with a dusting of Laura Gellar Bronze & Brighten, a product I recently discovered and have remained absolutely, positively obsessed with since purchasing. It does just what the title promises... it bronzes and brightens. I look like a little ray of sunshine after using this. Ok, maybe I'm taking this a little far. But really, I kind of do.

Finally - Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot is the peanut butter to my jelly. The Bonnie to my Clyde. And in all seriousness, it's the life to my face. It's bright in the pan, don't be alarmed, but in all seriousness - it is the most beautiful wash of color and probably my favorite blush ever. 

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Please note that makeup is most certainly not a one-size-fits-all operation. I have warm undertones, meaning I have yellow in my skin. Therefore, the products I use may not look the same on someone who has cool (or pink) undertones. We are all different, so a product I enjoy may not appeal to you. 

Okay! Now that that's out there... Have you used any of these products? Do you love them too? Oh, you may want to refer back to my post about favorite makeup brushes to learn how I apply these products. Also, do you like when I do makeup/beauty posts (because it's basically my specialty and I might have a few more being edited at this very moment.)?



3.24.2014

weekend

Just a few snapshots of our weekend. Hope you all enjoyed yours! 
Shameless selfie on the way to dinner with friends?

I put three coats of spray paint on this shelf and it made a HUGE difference. It's amazing what some paint can do.
A beautiful camellia from my in-laws' yard.

Having fun at the Twilight Run in the 'hood.


Dinner at Wren with great friends. (I love my Gigi NY All-In-One bag)

3.21.2014

weekly roundup

Hello, spring chickens! It's officially one of my favorite seasons. Truly, I love all four for their own reasons, but I've been more than eager to welcome spring this year. We've got a big, fun weekend in the works over in these parts. The Beaufort Twilight Run is happening in our neighborhood tomorrow and we've got some friends coming into town to join us. No, not taking part in the run - I am so not a runner, although I try. However, I'm always up for a fun street party and there will be a band, beer, and oysters - and we certainly will be enjoying those aspects of the run. In other news, here are this week's worthy links (it's been too long!):

I wonder if this stress-relieving technique really works.

Pretty pointed floral flats. (Go ahead... say that five times fast.)

Absolutely in love with this nail polish color. And the bottle - at least I can admit my weakness for pretty packaging.

Oooh, this quote.

Did you catch my post on The Everygirl this week?

Designers and their pets - the best ever!

Such a great guide to navigating french pharmacies. (Whenever the day comes that I venture to Paris, Citypharma will be first on my list.)

I'm always up for a new brussels recipe and this one seems like a must-try.

photo via - (I've always loved this photo and constantly dream of a brass and marble kitchen.)

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