Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!
I'm doing a bonus post today because ... to be honest I'm wanting to kill time until 4:30 when my weekend officially begins!  It's my husband's birthday on Sunday so, since we won't be able to properly celebrate on the day (beer and Easter just don't mix well) we will be getting together with some friends tomorrow night.  Sunday, we have the dreaded balance of zipping between both of our families.  This year we are doing church and brunch with his fam, and going to my parents' house afterwards.  I think the hardest thing of being married for me has been the splitting of holidays.  I'm such a family person and I irrationally wish that we could just spend all of the holidays with my family.  Any one else feel that way?  Ah well, it's a small price to pay I suppose :) 
 
As far as attire goes, I think I'm going to do some version of the above.  I got the dress at Forever 21 (15 bucks I might add) when I was at the mall with my mom.  I like the idea of a maxi this Easter because the predicted high is only 39 degrees and I just don't want to be freezing all day! 
 
What are your Easter (or non-Easter) plans?

 
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The High Low Skirt

The High Low Skirt
The high low skirt...or as I like to affectionately call it, the fashion mullet.  I'm not sure if I'm completely on board as far as these skirts go.  I think they can either be very cute or very wrong.  There are also many different styles of this trend so I thought I would lay out the basics and let you decide!
 
1.  First we have a pleated/striped version by Michael Kors.  It is not as dramatic as some if it's counterparts, which is a plus for me. 
 
2.  This floral piece (by Billabong...random I know) possesses a little more drama, if that's your style.
 
3.  The skirt from Tillys.com is the most dramatic and probably my least favorite.  It's in a basic color, so it has that going for it.  However, I like a little more subtlty in my fashion mullets.  It's a little too much "business in the front, party in the back" for me.
 
4.  Most of the high low skirts I have seen are made out of a flowy fabric but this Katie Gallagher is ready for the office.  I could actually get on board with this one by pairing it with a tucked button down, some good accessories and a nice pump.
 
5.  Last but not least, the LC Lauren Conrad high low.  This is my fav out of the five.  It has a traditional skirt style lining but the high low effect is created by a sheer overlay.  I also really love the color.  Throw on a white tank and a great statement necklace and you're good to go!
 
What's your opinion on the high low skirt? Love it or hate it?
 
Hope everyone has a great weekend!
 
 
 
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

My Mint Obsession

I briefly mentioned this in my very first post but I am completely in love with the amount of mint that's out there for spring.  I think my fav combo would be mint, coral and off-white for a good springtime outfit.  This mint jean at Urban Outfitters is a great color at a down to earth price (on sale for $39.99!)  I also am liking the idea of having a girly outfit and giving it a little edge like with the coral spiked clutch below.  I think a light cream sweater would also be good for this look, but figured I would try out the whole peplum thing.  I haven't really made my mind up about that one yet....

What spring fashions have you excited?  Any that you wish would be buried alongside scrunchies and stirrup pants?

Colored Jean Obsession



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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

5 of My Favorite Beauty Products

For the past 5 years or so, I have really started to love trying out new beauty products.  Maybe it's the possibility of finding that "miracle" product that gives you great skin or a mascara that adds the perfect amount of plump, there are so many possibilities when trying something new.  I thought I would share my knowledge of what I have found thus far and although I don't really believe in holy grail products (I mean, after all, not everything works for everyone) for me, these are downright necessities.

1.  Mario Badescu's Drying Lotion


I found the Mario Badescu line when I was Googling around trying to find a really good blemish product.  This particular product is essential if you get the occassional white head.  You just get the product on a q-tip, apply on the blemish and it is visibly reduced by the next morning.  I find that it usually takes about 3 days to be totally wiped out, but only about a day or two to be effectively concealable with makeup.  Although I don't need it as much as I used to (I guess your later 20's bring you fewer breakouts, thank god!) I still keep it on hand so I have it whenever one crops up.

2.  Mario Badescu's Buffering Lotion and Drying Mask



I swear, I'm not an MB rep nor am I getting paid to feature their products, I just really think they are that good!  I'm listing these two products as one thing because I use them together and frankly, I feel like it would be cheating to put them as two different items.  These products are good for those annoying deep blemishes.  You simply apply the buffering lotion and then I dab the drying mask right over that (both on the affected area).  This takes about 2-3 days to work its magic, but that's a lot better than any other product I have tried!
 
3.  Castor Oil/Olive Oil
 
No joke.  I have tried a lot of different brands of face wash and I haven't seen the results I get with using a mixture of Castor Oil and Olive Oil (try this and this).  This is called the Oil Cleansing Method (you can read more about it here).  I mix about 3/4 olive oil and 1/4 castor oil and I have been really happy with my skin.  It has made it really soft plus castor oil is good for hair growth (as in thicker eyelashes and eyebrows!).  If you want to learn more about the OCM, email me at sequindollfashion@gmail.com
 
 
Even though this stuff is a little pricey as far as hair products go (I'm a pretty low maintenence hair person) it's worth the price.  It makes your hair feel so silky, smooth and healthy.  I usually get the light version for blonde hair but they have a regular formula as well.
 
 
 
 
 
Living in Minnesota, I know what dry skin is.  In the winter my skin can get Sahara Desert-esque.  I really love this Norwegian formula body lotion from Neutrogena.  It moisturizes really well and has a nice scent (it's pretty light, in my opinion). 
 
 
What are your beauty essentials that you can't live without?
 

 
 
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

How to Trend-ify your Closet Staples

Yesterday I created a list of the Top 10 Closet Staples every woman should have.  Unless you like really simple style, you're probably thinking okay...so what?  Closet basics are always great to have, but if you crave a more fashionable, trendy look you need to give them a little umph (yup, I just said umph).  The easiest (and cheapest!) way to do this = accessories.  Basics can be punched up in a heartbeat with accessories.  Here's a run down on how to add excitement to some of your basics. 

Let's start with:

The Pencil/Flare Skirt.  One option is the trendy collar necklace.  This one from Forever 21 would look great with a white tee and your black pencil/flared skirt (or black shorts too!).  This look can be easily paired with your staple pump (as seen below) or flat.

Closet basics with a flare

A colorful statement necklace is also a great way to inject some trendiness into your day (not to mention color!).  Lulus.com has some great ones like this teal version or this quieter black and beige necklace. 


The Blazer...and the Jeans

Pump up a basic blazer


This look is created with the blazer and the jeans.  I always love adding a fun scarf to a blazer as seen here  and here.  A statement necklace also pairs really well with a blazer, but my go-to is a scarf.  This is a really fun neon print from Forever 21.  Or, if you're looking for a more feminine look, here's  a cute floral option.
 
 
That's all for now, but just rememer: opt for trendy accessories if you want the up to date looks without the price tag!  What are your tips for staying trendy on a budget?

 
 



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Topshop blazer
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Skinny ankle jeans
factory.jcrew.com



Dorothy Perkins ballerina shoes
dorothyperkins.com



Miss selfridge
missselfridge.com


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Dash scarve
$23 - houseoffraser.co.uk





Kookai cotton t shirt
$44 - zalando.co.uk



Dorothy Perkins skater skirt
dorothyperkins.com





Forever 21 jewelry
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Monday, March 25, 2013

Top 10 Closet Staples

The other day, someone told me that they hate to buy trendy clothes because they felt like it was a waste of money.  After all, you only wear them for a season or two and then they fall victim to the back of the closet, right?  I can understand the frustration of wanting to look like someone who has style without having to completely replace your wardrobe every season.  The great thing about the fashion world is that if you invest in some really quality, classic pieces they will never go out of style.  A classic piece has the ability to withstand the trends.  They are also easily transformed with a few inexpensive items in order to look trendy without spending the money (think a statement necklace, great belt or a beautiful print scarf).  With that said, here's my list of top ten items that every woman should have in her closet:

1.  Good Pair of Jeans

A good pair of jeans will never go out of style.  While I'm loving the colored jean trend that's happening right now, I don't expect my mint pair to stand the test of time.  I would suggest getting a darker wash in either a boot cut or a slim leg like this straight leg pair made by Gap or these also by Gap.

2.  Classic Cut Blazer

Blazers can go a long way in a wardrobe.  They can be worn in any season and can be as dressy or casual as necessary.  While they are "trendy" blazers (hello, tuxedo cut) I would stick with a classic cut like this one from Banana Republic (although this item is more expensive than I would usually recommend, a quality closet staple is worth it as it will last from season to season.  If you're still uncomfortable with the price tag, I would suggest looking at Gap or New York and Company for a more budget friendly alternative).  As far as color goes, you can't go wrong with black or white.  If you are only going to have one, I would say go black!

3.  Flattering Dress (in solid color)

I'm using the broad description of "flattering dress" because everyone has a different shape and not everything looks amazing on that shape.  So, if you're comfortable with your body and like to show it off, I would go with something a little more fitted like this sheath from Ann Taylor.  If you're not comfortable in body concious styles, try this Banana Republic dress that has a more fluid skirt.  The key to a dress that's a closet staple is choosing a semi-neutral color (I say semi-neutral because you can have a brighter color, just make sure it's not a trendy color like a neon) and making sure you feel beautiful in it.  If you feel great, you'll want to wear it!

4.  Little Black Dress

An LBD is probably THE closet staple for every woman.  It should be different from the non-LBD described above (you should go with a different neutral for your non-LBD so you get more mileage out of your closet) but with the same rules.  Buy something that flatters your shape and that you feel amazing in.  A couple that I love are this one from Gap and this LBD from Ann Taylor.

5.  Button Down Dress Shirt

For the classic button down, you can't go wrong with Gap's perfect oxford shirt.  White is probably the most versatile as far as these shirts go, however I think the blue would also be a great choice.

6.  Pencil Skirt

Pencil skirts can be worn in so many different situations.  Whether you're going to work, a bridal shower or out on a date night, a pencil skirt can easily adapt.  Again, neutral colors are best, but if you always gravitate towards a specific color, don't hesitate to add it in!  A pencil skirt is also a great way to add some texture to an outfit such as this amazing sequin version by Calvin Klein.  I must admit, if you go this route it is a lot less versatile, but I just had to add it in because it's so fun!  Here is a more practical piece by Michael Kors.

7.  Close Toe Pumps

I absolutely love a close toe pump.  They literally go with everything.  If you're daring, you can go with a 4 inch heel or if you like being more grounded, opt for a shorter heeled version.  As for color, black and nude are the best for lasting through the seasons.  This is a great and affordable option from Madden Girl that comes in many colors.

8.  Sweater

A classic style sweater is also a must have.  I would suggest opting for a lighter weight fabric so it can easily transition between seasons.  Even if you live in a cold climate (like me!) you can wear a blazer over a light weight sweater in the winter and easily wear it on a cool night by itself in the summer months.  This J. Crew version is a great choice and comes in a good range of colors.  I also love this cashmere version if you're looking for a splurge. 

9.  Flats

Flats are particularily popular for this season, although you can never go wrong with a good flat.  Whether it's a day of shopping or running around the city, flats are a great way to give your feet a break.  A couple I love are these and these.


10.  Leather Bag

Last but not least, a leather bag!  If you're willing to splurge, I love the shape (and not to mention quality) of this Kate Spade.  Otherwise, here's a more affordable version from Audrey Brooke at DSW.

That's it for my Top 10 Closet Staples!  Tune in tomorrow for my suggestions on how to use your closet basics to create on trend looks!


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Saturday, March 23, 2013

It's a White Jacket Weekend

Hey everyone, how's your weekend going?  I spent some time with my mom out at the Mall of America this morning.  You can always tell when there's a break in school because the mall is crazy.  This spring break season is no different.  By the time I left at about 12:30 the parking ramp was bumper to bumper.  Thank God for Minnesota nice otherwise I would still be stuck in there trying to get out!  While at the mall, I stopped by the new MASSIVE Forever 21 that opened a few months ago.  It's a two level monster store that includes menswomens, kids, accessories and I'm pretty sure they have maternity as well.  It's more like a huge department store.  Walking in, I didn't even know where to start!  Once I got my bearings, I was able to find a few steals (as if Forever 21 has anything besides steals).  I snagged a coral blazer, mint striped maxi (to satisfy my current mint obsession) and a tee with an adorable beaded collar.  I'm particularly excited to wear the maxi because of the high comfort factor! 




I'm rocking the white blazer again today, this time with a colorful scarf and long grey tank.  It's an easy way to look stylish without too much effort which, in my opinion, is perfect for the daytime on the weekend!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!


Scarf:  TJ Maxx
Blazer:  New York & Company
Tank:  New York & Company
Jeans:  True Religion

Friday, March 22, 2013

Happy Weekend!

It was a wonderful day off work today. Sleeping in, spending time with some of my favorite people and drinking some beers while watching march madness. Can't complain! It was slightly warmer today (like 30. Craaaazy! Sense the sarcasm) so I was inspired by our spring like weather. Hope everyone has a lovely night!

Pants: American Eagle
Blazer and Ring: New York and Company
Flats: Target
Undershirt: Gap
Scarf: H&M








Thursday, March 21, 2013

Casual Friday

Happy Friday!  No, I haven't been overdosing on mimosas.  Today is my Friday.  One of the perks of working at a university is that I get a pretty decent amount of days off.  So, in honor of my "floating holiday" tomorrow I will be sitting at the bar with my husband and brother watching the March Madness games.  I'm not a big basketball fan but I can get on board with parking somewhere for a few hours and having some beers with good company.  Also, because of the "holiday," today is my casual Friday.  Enjoy!



 
 
Shirt:  Old Navy
Scarf:  H&M
Jeans:  Forever 21
Boots:  DSW