Makeup for the Office

3/9/17


Are you guilty of hitting the snooze button a few too many times in the morning? I know I am! I'm great about getting my stuff together the night before work. I lay my outfit down, down to my shoes and jewelry. Getting up in the morning, however, is the hard part! There's been days where I'm scrambling to get my makeup done and to make my hair not stick out in every direction.

A put together look for the office doesn't just end with your outfit. It's your hair and makeup too. When it comes to makeup for the office, I always keep it minimal. Concealer, mascara, and of course, my signature bold lip. This makeup look makes me feel put together and confident and is professional. The downside? It takes me around a half hour to do my makeup in the morning. Some days, I end up doing it at my desk or in the bathroom at work. 

Today, my dear friend Michelle is coming to the rescue and sharing a makeup tutorial to show you a quick and easy makeup look (that's under 10 minutes!) for those days when you're running late to the office. All the products used are from Younique, a 4-year old, naturally-based cosmetic company featuring high quality makeup and skincare.



 
The products that Michelle used: Glorious Face & Eye Primer, BB Flawless Complexion Enhancer (Michelle is using the color Bisque), Brow Liner, Precision Pencil Eye Liner (Perfect Black), Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara, Lip BonBons Tinted Lip Balm (Michelle used Raspberry Cheesecake), Royalty Rose Water Toning Spritz

For more Younique products, you can shop by clicking here!

Younique has everything - tools, face products, eye shadows, lipsticks, cleansers, and detox masks. Everything is lightweight and non-toxic. It's important to know what you're putting on your face, and with Younique products, you're putting the best of the best on your face. 

I sat down with Michelle to learn about her Younique journey! Michelle was first introduced to Younique by family members. She loved Younique products, and decided to become an Independent Younique Presenter.  Michelle joined in October 2015 and loves helping others feel beautiful day in and day out. 

If you want to get involved with Younique, feel free to contact Michelle with any questions about the products, the business opportunity, or even hosting an educational and fun makeup class or beauty bash!  

Get in touch with Michelle:
www.feelbeautifulbymichelle.com
feelbeautifulbymichelle@gmail.com  
Instagram - @FeelBeautifulbyMichelle 
Facebook: FeelBeautifulbyMichelle   

Thank you so much for reading and thank you to Michelle for her collaboration :)

Capsule Wardrobe

2/24/17


Does your closet look like a complete mess? Mine does. Guilty as charged! My problem is that I have way too many clothes. Whats funny is the fact that I only wear about half of these clothes. Maybe even less than half. I have a few pieces that I tend to always gravitate to.

Recently, my basement was flooded. My room is down there! The basement had to be completely remodeled from the floors and walls. My expansive closet and dresser are down there too and some of my clothes were ruined. I considered this a blessing in disguise. This gave me the (much needed) push to clean out my closet. Since I'm getting married soon and will be moving out of my parents' house in a few months, I really needed to rethink my wardrobe and organizational skills. The days of having three closets and two dressers to myself will soon be gone! 

Have you ever heard of a capsule wardrobe? I'm teaming up with Betabrand to show you how to build a capsule wardrobe. Betabrand is an online clothing community that designs, manufactures, and releases new products constantly.  

 A capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential and versatile items in your closet that don't go out of style and can be mixed with on-trend pieces. It's basically a mini-wardrobe! A capsule wardrobe is great because there is always something in your closet that you love to wear. I have a million things in my closet, but every morning, I stand in front of my closet complaining that I don't have anything to wear. Raise your hand if you have this problem too! A capsule wardrobe will also save you a ton of time, money, and energy. You'll spend less time worrying about what to wear and spending less money on clothes. 

Are your ears perked yet? Below is a quick and easy guide on how to create a capsule wardrobe, brought to you by Betabrand! I started creating a capsule wardrobe of my own last weekend. What a perfect way to spend a long weekend!

  

Since my wardrobe is mostly focused on pieces I can wear to work, I focused mostly on pieces I can wear to the office - office friendly dresses, nice pants, modest tops, and versatile shoes. I also made sure to keep basic sweaters and blazers. While keeping just a few pieces of your favorite closet items, you can mix and match and put together a lot of outfits! So, keeping 27 pieces can lead to mixing and matching and building 100 outfits. 

Having a capsule wardrobe doesn't mean that you can't shop! While building my capsule wardrobe I realized I have mostly trendy pieces. I have a lot of patterned and fun pants, but no basic pants! Betabrand has a great collection of versatile pants. I love these business-class travel trousers - they would be perfect for jumping on a plane and heading straight to a meeting (something I do all the time!). I've also got my eye on these straight-leg dressy yoga pants, and these crop dressy yoga pants (perfect for short gals like me!)

I love Betabrand's Work-It Collection too, which has stylish business attire that is perfect for a capsule wardrobe. This dress can be worn all year round. It's nice enough to wear to important work meetings, and I would also style this with sneakers for a casual weekend look. This pencil skit is on my wish list too. 

If you're nervous about tossing clothes and building a capsule wardrobe (I know I am!) store them instead. That way, you'll have them on hand if you get the urge to wear a certain piece not in your capsule wardrobe. The bottom line is to edit your capsule wardrobe to your liking and lifestyle. Friends, I challenge you to create your own capsule wardrobe!

Thanks so much for reading :)

Faux Fur

2/2/17





Happy Groundhogs Day! So, there's been conflicting reports of whether or not spring is on its way or if we have another few weeks of winter. One of New Jerseys groundhogs predicted an early spring, but notable groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicted 6 more weeks of winter.  Either way, it's cold out today and it's going to get even colder the next few days in the northeast. 





What better way to keep warm than to wear a faux fur vest? I've had this vest in my closet for years now.  The great thing about this vest is that it can pretty much be worn with anything. I've worn it with jeans, with dresses and skirts, and with leggings. Today I'm showing you how I styled it for the office. I paired the vest with a black and white striped dress (my favorite pattern!), black tights, and booties. 
 
I'm lucky to be escaping the cold this week just for a few days. I'm heading to California for work and Seattle right after. I'm so excited to be catching up with my dear friend Beth in California and my childhood friend Lauren in Seattle. The biggest perk about traveling for work is that I get to see my friends that are all around the world!

I have some exciting posts coming up on the blog in the next few weeks - a weekday makeup tutorial for a quick and pretty office look, and some tips on exercising for when you don't have time to exercise. Coming soon! 

Thanks so much for reading :) 

Faux Fur Vest: H&M, Similar Here
Dress: Forever 21, Similar Here
Tights: J.Crew
Booties: Rampage via TjMaxx, Similar Here
Watch: Coach, Similar Here
Lipstick: Ciate London Liquid Velvet in Starlet - Red
 

Bra-blems

1/16/17



Part of feeling and looking great at the office is wearing undergarments that you feel good in and that you're comfortable in. Wearing a well-fitted bra can take your outfit to a whole new level and make you look and feel professional. While you may not realize it, wearing a good bra can totally change the way an outfit looks!

If you're like me, I'm sure you've suffered from years and years of finding the right bra for your body. What's your biggest bra issue? Mine is slipping straps. I'm constantly pulling at my bra straps at work. At a really important meeting a few weeks ago, my coworker whispered in my ear that my bright pink bra straps were slipping. Talk about embarrassing, ugh!    I always have a hard time finding a good bra and well fitting bra since I'm so petite.  Today I'm sharing some easy fixes to some bra-blems that you may have.

The fixes below are brought to you by ThirdLove, a brand I love that makes high quality and beautiful bras. Part of the problem with bras is that they aren't often made to fit women's diverse bodies. ThirdLove has reinvented the way a bra fits by focusing on maximizing fit and comfort. After all, a bra is really supposed to fit well and be comfortable throughout the day. 

ThirdLove has a really great service where you could try a bra before you buy it called fit finder. All you need to do is answer a few questions on their website and you'll be matched with a bra that's perfect for you. You try the bra for 30 days. If you love it, you keep it and you'll get charged for the bra. If it's not the right bra for you, send it back and your credit card won't be charged. I did this and was matched with the 24/7 Classic T-Shirt Bra. Guys, I'm obsessed. The bra fits so well. Usually, the first thing I do when I get home is take my bra off. The ThirdLove bra literally feels like butter. It's so comfortable and I feel like I'm not even wearing a bra. Best of all, my straps didn't slip! I'll definitely be buying this bra in every color.

ThirdLove is giving The Office Fashionista's readers 15% off with promo code
BRABLEMSJAN15. Just enter the code at checkout. Happy bra shopping!

Thanks so much for reading! 


This post is in collaboration with ThirdLove. All opinions are my own.