Mom Wear: Black and White Romper and Date Night Glow

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Looking for a great date night outfit? This black and white romper is perfect....easy to style and super flattering!whatiwore

/ black and white romper (similar) / earrings c/o NoonDay Collection / wedges c/o Rack Room Shoes / Au Naturale Cosmetics The Golden Goddess Collection (see details below) /Looking for a great date night outfit? This black and white romper is perfect....easy to style and super flattering!Happy Sunday night! I’ve been looking forward to this post all week, because I have big news. Remember when I used to do outfits posts by myself? Well, they’re back.  Don’t worry, mommy and me posts aren’t going anywhere……but I missed doing outfits that were just for moms.  Date night attire, weekends away…..I’m excited to share some of my favorite outfits for the times I’m not chasing a toddler around (although those times are rare around these parts!).  Last weekend, we headed to “Roaring Nights” at the Los Angeles Zoo.  For a few select nights in the summer, the zoo is open for adults only…..there are bars, food trucks, and bands.  We had a BLAST, I wore these grown up clothes, and experimented with new makeup (see more about THAT below).  It reminded me that we need to work on making those nights more regular!
Looking for a great date night outfit? This black and white romper is perfect....easy to style and super flattering!Looking for a great date night outfit? This black and white romper is perfect....easy to style and super flattering!Looking for a great date night outfit? This black and white romper is perfect....easy to style and super flattering!Looking for a great date night outfit? This black and white romper is perfect....easy to style and super flattering!Looking for a great date night outfit? This black and white romper is perfect....easy to style and super flattering!The makeup is amazing, right? I feel like I usually wear the exact same makeup for date nights.  So when Au Naturale Cosmetics sent over their new Golden Goddess Collection, I was excited to get out of my makeup rut.  This collection is filled with glowing colors that are perfect for romantic nights. It contains two shades of golden powder eyeshadows, the prettiest pink blush you’ve ever seen, a golden henna bronzer, and a rose gold highlighter.  Au Naturale Cosmetics are organic, vegan, naturally derived, gluten free, and cruelty free.  Plus, they’re stunning.  They survived an entire date night and didn’t budge…..and were super easy to use.  I normally shy away from powder eyeshadows….but these were easy as pie!

So, what did I apply? And where?

a) After using my regular foundation and concealer, I applied Au Naturale’s Rose Gold Organic Creme Highlighter to cheekbones, browbones, and the bow of my lips.

b) I used Au Naturale’s Pink Champagne Powder Blusher to emphasize my cheeks.

c) After apply a shadow primer, I used Au Naturale’s Gold Dust Powder Eye Shadow all over my lids and applied their Golden Henna Powder Bronzer in my crease.  The best part of powder pigments? They’re super versatile! 

d) I finished with brown liner and mascara…..and was totally date night ready!
au-naturale-mineral-makeupSo moms, what are you wearing on date nights these days? Are your date nights regular? Or do you need to step it up in the date night department (it’s ok, so do we!)

let it shine logoWelcome to Let it Shine…..the new, revamped Funday Monday! After two years….we decided to rename our link up to something we felt would be a better fit.  Thus, Let it Shine! Why the name? Because we want this link up to be just that…..your chance to let it shine.  We’ll be sharing our favs here each week and on social media…… let-it-shine-830

/ vintage yellow dress / easy /

Another place we will be showcasing our favs?  The Let It Shine Pinterest Board! So, go ahead…..and Let it Shine!


 



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Mommy and Me Boho with Fashion Stash

How cute is this mommy and me boho outfit? I love the fringe backpack and toddler floral wreath!Yippee…….fall is just around the corner! And according to the weather reports, we’re about to cool down…..at least a little.  The idea of cool, crisp weather has me craving fall fashion BIGTIME.  I spent hours yesterday browsing for fall fashion inspiration and making a list of pieces I want to add to my wardrobe.  At the top of my list this year? New skinny jeans with a higher waist, buffalo plaid, leather accents, deep lips, and lots of dark purple. 

How did I do all this browsing? Get excited….I’ve got an awesome new app recommendation for fashion inspiration (and they’re giving YOU guys a pretty killer present).  Fashion Stash!  Fashion Stash is fashion magazine for your phone (or tablet).  Fashionistas upload pictures of their favorite outfits, and include actual links to the pieces they wear.  My only warning? Watch out, it’s addictive.  

I teamed up with Fashion Stash to share this Mommy and Me Boho outfit here and within the app…….and they wanted to give y’all a gift.  My dress? So cute, right? It’s from ShopBop….and they’re giving one of you a $100 ShopBop gift card so that you can recreate this look…..or buy whatever piece you’re craving for fall this year.How cute is this mommy and me boho outfit? I love the fringe backpack and toddler floral wreath!How cute is this mommy and me boho outfit? I love the fringe backpack and toddler floral wreath!How cute is this mommy and me boho outfit? I love the fringe backpack and toddler floral wreath!mommy-and-me-boho4 mommy-and-me-boho5 mommy-and-me-boho6 mommy-and-me-boho8 mommy-and-me-boho9fashion stashScreen Shot 2015-08-27 at 10.57.50 AMa Rafflecopter giveaway
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Baby: / dress (on sale!) / floral wreath / sandals /

Mommy: / dress / backpack / heels /

Photos by Kelly McDaniel Photography



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Post Baby Skin: How to Treat Hormonal Breakouts

Thank you to Paula’s Choice and Pretty in my Pocket for collaborating on this post and helping me learn how to treat hormonal breakouts.Struggling with breakouts? This post will tell you how to treat hormonal breakouts without breaking the bank!  #PrimpLovesPaula #PaulasChoiceSkinCare ADOk, don’t hate me yet.  Before Lydia was born, I was one of those annoying people who had really good skin.  I never broke out.  In fact, I sailed through the teenage years with pretty clear skin……and have even entered my (gasp) mid-thirties and don’t have THAT many wrinkles.  Until, our dear darling daughter was born.  Between the hormone shifts post-baby and the inevitable lack of sleep…..my skin was a mess.  It looked tired and dull, plus I was breaking out along my t-zone (chin, nose and forehead) on a regular basis. So, I’ve been on a mission to learn how to treat hormonal breakouts.  

I asked a bunch of my beauty blogger friends to recommend a skincare line….and ironically they ALL suggested the same one.  Paula’s Choice.  So there we were.  I started using Paula’s Choice…..this luxury skincare line on a budget offers a 100% Money Back Guarantee, uses no animal testing and no irritating dyes or fragrances.  Upon starting with the Resist line….I started to see improvements.  My skin was less dull….I looked almost human again.  But somehow, those breakouts? Still happened.  So, when I received an email from Pretty in My Pocket (on a side note, all beauty addicts should download their app….)asking if I’d like to work with Paula’s Choice…..I jumped at the chance.  A company I ALREADY love? And they were offering a personalized skin consultation.  Now, lesson learned.  Had I done my research…..I would have known that Paula’s Choice offers everyone a personalized skin consultation.  It’s free.  Whoops.

Seriously, this ten minute phone call was life changing.  I described my occasional breakouts to my consultant.  She asked a series of questions.  She had me check ingredients in the drugstore facewash I was using.  And had a plan within ten minutes for how to treat my hormonal breakouts.  I’m not going to lie.  I was concerned.  My skin is dry.  Really dry.  And I was worried that the products from the Paula’s Choice clear line would dry out my skin.  Well, she was right and I was wrong (that’s why you ask a professional, right?). 
Struggling with breakouts? This post will tell you how to treat hormonal breakouts without breaking the bank!  #PrimpLovesPaula #PaulasChoiceSkinCare ADMy entire regimen created to show me how to treat hormonal breakouts arrived within a week.  And I left it in the box for three days.  I was a little apprehensive.  When I finally got up the courage to test it out….I was floored.  My skin wasn’t dry at all! In fact, it felt better than it has since Lydia’s birth.  And those breakouts? Disappeared.  No joke.  Any blemish is now gone within a few hours thanks to my Skin Clearing Treatment.Struggling with breakouts? This post will tell you how to treat hormonal breakouts without breaking the bank!  #PrimpLovesPaula #PaulasChoiceSkinCare AD Struggling with breakouts? This post will tell you how to treat hormonal breakouts without breaking the bank!  #PrimpLovesPaula #PaulasChoiceSkinCare ADSo, you want to know what we did….right? Here it is…….how to treat hormonal breakouts.
Struggling with breakouts? This post will tell you how to treat hormonal breakouts without breaking the bank!  #PrimpLovesPaula #PaulasChoiceSkinCare ADHow to Treat Hormonal Breakouts:

1) Clean face with Paula’s Choice Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser.

2) Tone skin with Paula’s Choice Resist Advanced Replenishing Cleanser.

3) Exfoliate with Paula’s Choice Clear Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution. (it’s amazing how the redness in my skin disappears IMMEDIATELY after using this!)

4) Treat any existing blemishes with Paula’s Choice Clear Daily Skin Clearing Treatment.  Wait 5 minutes.

5) Apply Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum.

6) Finish with Paula’s Choice Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer in morning and Paula’s Choice Barrier Repair Moisturizer at night.

Paulas Choice logo_squareSo……want to try Paula’s Choice out for yourself? Great news…….as a Power Primper with Pretty in my Pocket, I am offering 20% off + free shipping with promo code:  PRIMPFALL20  to my readers. Expires: Dec 31 2015



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5 Ways to Keep a Toddler Happy on the Go

Thank you to Playskool and SocialStars for partnering with us for today’s post. #PLAYSKOOLCREW

Battling toddler tantrums when you leave the house? Here are 5 ways to keep your toddler happy on the go! AD #PLAYSKOOLCREWOh toddlerhood.  Just when you think you’ve gotten it all under control……your extremely active toddler gives you a whole new set of challenges when you’re on the go.  After spending all summer with Lydia, I wanted to share a a few tips……5 ways to keep your toddler happy on the go.  Because really, who wants a toddler meltdown in the middle of dining out? 
Battling toddler tantrums when you leave the house? Here are 5 ways to keep your toddler happy on the go! AD #PLAYSKOOLCREWBattling toddler tantrums when you leave the house? Here are 5 ways to keep your toddler happy on the go! AD #PLAYSKOOLCREW5 Ways to Keep a Toddler Happy on the Go:

1) Anticipate Schedule Issues: If your little one normally eats dinner at 6 pm, but you’re meeting friends at 7:30…….know that they’re going to be HUNGRY.  Give a late snack.  Why set them up for disaster? Hunger, exhaustion…..pretty much guarantee a toddler meltdown.  If it’s going to be a later evening than usual….do what you can to get a good nap in. 

2) Food and Water: You never know if you’ll be stuck in traffic, running late, if there won’t be a kid’s menu, if it will be especially hot…….be prepared.  We always bring WAY more food and water than we anticipate needing.  They’ve come in handy many times!

3) Entertainment: This is where my favorite Playskool toys come in.  Remember last month when I shared some of our favorite on-the-go toys? We absolutely love toys that will keep Lydia entertained and won’t take up an entire duffle bag.  I mean, we’ve gotta lug that diaper bag around….so it needs to be portable!  Playskool has even more toys that are perfect to use for play, stow and go.  Lydia’s current fav? Playskool’s Pop Up Shape Sorter.  This adorable toy is just perfect for age!  Lydia loves fitting the colorful blocks into each hole (and can tell us the shape names and the color names)…..and I love that it folds down for easy storage.

4) Provide Information: Tell your toddler where you are going! Toddlers don’t like surprises.  Ever.  Going somewhere new? Talk about it beforehand.  Let them get excited!

5) Imagine a Location from Toddler Perspective: Are there things your little one will be excited about? Scared of?  Lydia is OBSESSED with trucks right now.  So, if there will be trucks at any location….you’d better believe we tell her that in advance! 

Battling toddler tantrums when you leave the house? Here are 5 ways to keep your toddler happy on the go! AD #PLAYSKOOLCREWSo toddler moms…..sound off……how do you keep your toddler happy on the go?



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Daytime Smokey Eye

Thank you to Ulta Beauty for sponsoring today’s discussion. #UltaTrendAlert #StyleHunters4UltaThis daytime smokey eye is PERFECT for fall! The Suede Eye look is STUNNING! I love a great brown smokey eye for everyday. #UltaTrendAlert #StyleHunters4UltaFall is on the horizon…..and I’m OBSESSED with fall friendly makeup.  One of my absolute favorite fall trends? A soft, daytime smokey eye.  Soft suede-like shadows blended in beautiful warm colors……one of fall’s prettiest looks is a Suede Eye.  It’s soft enough for everyday wear…..but also looked stunning when we had a MUCH overdue date night last weekend.  This soft look will be on regular rotation for me…..I just LOVE it!

Ulta Beauty is the perfect place to feed my makeup addiction…..and I visited a few weeks back with the intention of finding an eyeshadow palette that would help me to create a soft Suede Eye.  Enter the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar shadow palette.  It’s soft, super blendable colors are stunning, and it SMELLS like a candy bar.  I’ve been playing with the soft colors…….and am in love! 

So, how did I create a soft Daytime Smokey Eye?

This daytime smokey eye is PERFECT for fall! The Suede Eye look is STUNNING! I love a great brown smokey eye for everyday. #UltaTrendAlert #StyleHunters4Ulta

Daytime Smokey Eye:

1) Apply Urban Decay Cosmetics Original Eye Shadow Primer Potion to lids.  Brush Butter Pecan shadow to entire lid.

2) Apply Frosting shadow in crease and on edges.

3) Use Caramel shadow to blend around crease and gently brush up to brow bone.

4) Blend Caramel and Butter Pecan shadows to lid. Soften edges of each color.

5) Finish with Urban Decay Cosmetics 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Demolition and Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara.

This daytime smokey eye is PERFECT for fall! The Suede Eye look is STUNNING! I love a great brown smokey eye for everyday. #UltaTrendAlert #StyleHunters4UltaSo what is your favorite fall makeup look? Will you be trying a Daytime Smokey Eye or a Velvet Eye?ULTA_Logo_CMYK-OrangePop
let it shine logoWelcome to Let it Shine…..the new, revamped Funday Monday! After two years….we decided to rename our link up to something we felt would be a better fit.  Thus, Let it Shine! Why the name? Because we want this link up to be just that…..your chance to let it shine.  We’ll be sharing our favs here each week and on social media…… let it shine 823

/ Swan Song / Stripes and Chains /

Another place we will be showcasing our favs?  The Let It Shine Pinterest Board! So, go ahead…..and Let it Shine!

 



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