Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My Everyday Makeup Routine

I'm excited to share my daily makeup routine!  I personally love seeing how other people do things, like curl their hair, do their makeup, or whatever.  So, though I am certainly no expert on makeup, I thought it'd be fun to share my makeup routine anyway!

I like my makeup to add that polish to my overall look, but I don't want to look really made up.  I still want to look normal, just polished, which is very similar to my clothing style and how I want to look cute and put together, but normal.  It's also similar to my clothing style in that I use a handful of products that are more expensive mixed with lots of drug store items.  (Basically like how I'll wear a pair of Old Navy jeans, a $30 top, and a $100+ pair of UGG wedges.)

I've been wanting to share it for a long time, but I didn't have a great method to do so as taking pictures of each step or doing a video didn't seem feasible.  It wasn't until I saw Fran post a nifty collage of her daily makeup routine that I finally had a handle on a way I could easily share mine.  Yayyyyy, thanks, Fran!

Time: Under 10 Minutes
It seems like a lot of steps, but it takes me under 10 minutes.  That's my limit, and even anything over 7 minutes makes me antsy and itching to be done!  Many times I'll skip bronzer, blush, and even the setting powder if I start getting antsy.  :P

My Skin Type
Honestly, I don't know what my skin type is, haha!  (Remember how I said I'm no expert on makeup.  Ummm, yep.  Evidence right there. :P )  I've been told I have combo skin, as I think my skin is mostly normal but more oily in the t-zone.
Everyday Makeup Routine

0.  Moisturizer.  It's not included in the collage above, but I apply moisturizer which helps my foundation have something to stick to.  Mine has SPF which adds a slightly stickier texture and helps my makeup stay better.  I stopped using primers because I didn't feel like they were helping, or they were too intense for my skin and gave me rashes or dry eczema-type spots.

1.  Make Up Forever HD Foundation
Is it weird that I start with my eyes only instead of foundation all over my face?  I've seen videos of people doing either.  I start with my eyes to give the rest of my face a few minutes to absorb the moisturizer, which helps my foundation stay on longer.  I also do this in case I get any eye product on my face--it's easier to clean it off of a blank slate.

I will talk more about this foundation in Step 8, but I use a Beauty Blender to dab foundation onto my eyelids to even out some discoloration.

2.  Anastasia Brow Powder
I'm not THAT picky about my eyebrows, but it's been ingrained in me ever since I started wearing makeup that eyebrows frame the face, so mine are always done!  I use a very small angled brush like THIS with Anastasia Brow Powder in Dark Brown to extend my brows to start closer to my nose and fill in the rest of my brows a little more.  This thing has lasted me forever.  I've been using it for several years and STILL haven't hit the bottom of the pan.

3.  Urban Decay Eyeshadow
I love this palette!  I gave it a shot a couple years ago after reading about its versatility, and I never turned back.  It has a lot of pigment and goes on really smoothly.  I use a flat brush like THIS to dab Stark all over my lid and then sweep it on my brow bone.  Then I use a crease brush like THIS to sweep Cover into my crease and a little above.  Finally, I use the same crease brush to apply Primal to the outer corners of my eye for a bit more definition.   This products also goes a really long way.  I've been using the same palette everyday for two years!

4.  Maybelline Eyeliner
I've gone through lots and lots of drugstore eyeliners, and this eyeliner in Onyx is my current favorite.  I love how bold it is, though because of that I need to apply it gently by dotting along my lash line instead of drawing one firm, continuous line.  I go a little past the outer corners of my eyes.  Then, I use this angled brush to smooth it out and smudge it into my lash line more.  I only line my upper lash line and skip the bottom for my everyday routine.

One thing I dislike is that I have a hard time sharpening it without feeling like I'm wasting a lot of product.  Often times a lot of it ends up smushed in the sharpener.

5.  L'Oreal Mascara
I use a hefty two coats of this mascara and really try to get into the base of my lashes.  I've noticed when I'm lazy about the base, that eyeliner that I applied earlier will actually run down to my lower lids and give me raccoon eyes.  The mascara serves as a barrier.

While I like the L'Oreal mascara, I would love to have even thicker lashes and am open to trying some of the non-drugstore favorites like Better Than Sex Mascara or the They're Real mascara.  (The latter is linked to the travel size, which is cheaper to try.  That site also has free shipping and free returns!)

6.  Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector
I have dark circles under my eyes, and this under eye corrector was recommended to me by someone at Sephora.  I have tried quite a few different concealers and under eye correctors, from drug store products to It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye (linked to travel size because it's cheaper).  The Bobbi Brown one is the best I've tried so far.  All the rest actually enhanced my dark circles, which I think is again because the colors don't work for my skin tone.  But the Bobbi Brown corrector comes in an array of colors, and the Peach really counters and conceals my dark circles while still looking like my skin.

I dab just two dots under each eye from the tube.  It starts out really orange, but that's why it counters my blueish dark circles so well!  Then I use my finger to dab it into my skin and blend it out.  I blend it more with a beauty blender when I apply the rest of my foundation.

I didn't love it at first because I couldn't get it to stay on, and I felt for such an expensive product it shouldn't budge.  Even when the Sephora makeup artist applied it, it didn't stay on.  However, I finally figured out how to get it to stay put for just $2.50 (see Step 9)!

7.  Maybelline Foundation Stick
I tried this because Rebecca from Mommy In Heels said she used it to provide additional coverage in specific spots.  I wanted to even out some discoloration around my nose, but I ended up really liking this product because it helps keep my foundation on the more oily parts of my skin.  I draw a few lines on and around my nose and chin.  I blend it out in Step 8 with the rest of my foundation.  I use this in Pure Beige, and though it's not a perfect match it doesn't matter because I'll go over it with Step 8.

8.  Make Up Forever HD Foundation
This is the first non-drugstore foundation I started using regularly.  The shades in drugstores usually aren't great matches for the yellow that's in my Asian skin and end up making me look cakey, dry, or like my skin is dull.  This Make Up Forever HD Foundation has a really wide range of colors.  It provides medium coverage and looks really natural with a bit of dewiness.  As far as drugstore brands go, I like L'Oreal's Infallible Glow Pro Foundation, but the shades aren't as great of a match as Make Up Forever is for me.

I apply this with a Beauty Blender and dab/press it into my skin, as opposed to simply swiping it across my face.  That way, my skin can absorb it so that it stays in place better.

Random note: I don't apply any foundation to my forehead.  I know, kinda weird!  I just really don't like foundation on my forehead for some reason!

I'm also interested in trying Tarte's Amazonian Clay (or free shipping version HERE).

9.  elf Under Eye Setting Powder
I heard great reviews about this from a lot of those "best drugstore makeup" posts, and it's the best $2.50 I've spent.  This setting powder keeps the Bobbi Brown concealer in place, whereas otherwise the concealer would slide off within just a couple hours.  It's finer, which works better with fine lines that are also under my eyes.  Soooo glad I started using this!

I pat a good amount onto my under eye with this Real Techniques brush.  I've heard great things about Real Techniques brushes (which I also linked to in the eyeshadow step) as really good brushes for how little you pay.

10.  Benefit Bronzer  //  Cheaper travel size HERE  // Ulta HERE
I love how this shade contours my face in a really warm and natural way.  Tons and tons of people love this, and I hear it's great on a variety of skin tones.  I apply it with this angled elf brush (only $4!) right under my cheekbones and a little up towards my temples.  I've heard elf brushes are really good for the price but that the ones with the black handles are much better than the regular ones with white handles, and for only $1-2 more.

11.  NYX Blush
This drugstore blush is really subtle, and it just adds a light flush to give my face some color.  I apply it along my cheekbones with this elf brush.

12.  NYC Setting Powder
I'm really interested in trying the Laura Mercier translucent setting powder or the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores silk powder, but for under $4, this NYC powder ain't too shabby.  I apply it with this big Real Techniques brush.

13.  elf Setting Spray
I'd heard great things about this as well, and for $3, I was willing to try it.  At first, I spritzed it on my face a few times, but I didn't really like doing that nor felt it was effective.  I saw a few beauty bloggers spray it onto their Beauty Blenders instead, and I've liked that much better.  This adds extra reinforcement for my makeup to stay in place longer, and for $3 it's totally worth it.  Often times I'll skip powder and just do this setting spray.

There it is!  Also, I never wear anything besides chapstick on my lips because it's hard for me to find colors that I like, but mostly I just don't like how it feels whenever I have anything else on my lips.  Can't stand it!

Here's a before and after!  In the picture on the right above, I'm not even wearing bronzer, blush, or powder.  And one of my eyebrows is bugging me, hahaha!  It was one of those quick days, and I wasn't precise or meticulous.  But, realistically that's kinda how many days are for me with everyday makeup!

Like I said, I'm still testing out a few different products, but for the most part I'm pretty happy with this routine!

And for fun, here's a picture of when a makeup artist at Sephora did my makeup (eek, no thanks) and my normal daily look!  On the left is from Sephora.  It took way longer than I have tolerance for.  (Remember my 7-10 minute limit?)  It's way too made up for my taste, and it took wayyyy longer than I have tolerance for.  Remember my 7-10 minute limit?  This took like 20-25 minutes.  Plus, whatever she did didn't really last through out the day!  Regardless, I love this side by side comparison because it shows how different makeup can make you look!

Hope you enjoyed this post!  :D  I'd love to hear how this compares to your daily routine.  Do you wear a lot more, or a lot less?  What are some of your must-have items or must-do steps?  Mine would be eyes.  Always eyes!  If I only have a few seconds (which is rare), I'll do my eyebrows and throw on some light eyeliner!

Friday, May 19, 2017

REVIEWS: Floral Tees from Amazon, Awesome Shorts, Totes and White Tassel Necklaces Side-by-Side

Hello, hello!  It's been a while since I've done one of these shopping review posts.  So many of you tell me that these are some of your favorite posts because besides showing you some great finds, they help you to be better shoppers as you hear someone's thought process about various pieces.  Here are some pieces I've been looking at lately!

For sizing reference, I'm 5'6" with a short torso.  I'm normally size S/M or 6/8 on top and M or 6/8 on bottom. 

Top on LEFT (HERE- size S  //  Top on RIGHT--more below (HERE) - size S
Last week I posted about an old floral print tee that I've gotten lots of compliments on and has recently come back with full force.  I listed 8 options of this top in a bunch of different silhouettes from various retailers on Amazon.  (Post is HERE.) 

Even though you could try most/all with free shipping and free returns with Amazon Prime, I wished I'd had first-hand experience with at least one or two of them at the time I posted.  So, later I ended up ordering a couple to try.  And I'm SO glad I did because one of them is terrible!  Haha!

Let's talk about the one on the LEFT first--the terrible one.  OMG.  It was Option #1 in last week's post.  If you ordered this one, forgive me!  The print looks nothing like my original tee.  Plus the material feels like that kind of scuba stuff, and there is no drape to the fit.  Overall, definitely NOT what I was hoping for.  Again, please forgive me if you ordered this one!  

As for the one on the right, see below.

Floral Tee (HERE) - size S
This print is the same as my old tee--whew!  The material isn't as thick as mine, but it is veryyyy soft, though somewhat thin and a bit see-through, at least in this color.  It has a scoop hem on both front and back (or...what's it called?  Blanking right now!)  But you can see above I tucked it into and it was long enough to fold over and out neatly.  Personally, I felt the S clung to me in ways I didn't love.  I have yet to try the M, but since the shoulders and chest on the S fit me perfectly I worry the M may be too large in the chest.  

On the left above with the cardigan, I recreated a look that I recently posted on Instagram with my old tee (HERE) so you could see how it functions.  This tee is an ivory base, whereas I think my old tee actually has a peach background.  You can barely tell the difference, but I thought I'd note it.

If you don't have wider hips to navigate like I do, this might be worth checking out.  I tried this particular brand because someone in the PMT Style Challenge Facebook group has like 3 of these in different colors (is that correct, Rachel? :P) and they looked GREAT on her!  Not great on my hips though.  

Availability is limited, but this tee can be found HERE.  

Another REALLY good option is from ModCloth HERE and is available in most sizes from XS-4X. It is more expensive than the Amazon options, and reviews seem mixed, so proceed with wisdom and read reviews!

I actually want this same top in a simpler silhouette like above, so I'm going to continue searching.  The one I have has a LOT of material and billows in the wind--yikes!  It's also very difficult to pair it with a wide range of skirts because there is too much material in the back.  

Chambray Shorts (HERE- size 6
I featured these on Instagram a few weeks ago HERE but thought I'd do a formal review plus show them ON a person.

Let's start off by telling you how much I LOATHE shorts.  If you're not in that boat, then these aren't going to be the gem of the find they are for me.  But, if you have a lifelong war with shorts, TRY THESE!

These are chambray, so they are lighter weight and more flexible than denim tends to be for me.  They're also slightly nicer.  I wouldn't replace denim shorts with these because I like the look of cuffed or distressed denim shorts.  But, these are very comfortable so I couldn't not keep them!

Most importantly, the wide leg opening is kind to my bigger thighs!  And that is the majority of my lifelong war with shorts.  Well, they're either too short, or the leg opening isn't wide enough--and it's usually both problems at once.

I typically prefer 4" seams, or 5" with them rolled up once to be 4".  But here I'm wearing a 3" seam, which I normally avoid like the plague.  Once in a while, a 3" seam surprises me and doesn't fit like a 3" seam, and that's the case for me with these shorts.  Others commented the same on Instagram and Facebook when I posted the flat lay photo a couple weeks ago.  However, there is a 5" version of these shorts HERE.

My one con would be that they wrinkle sort of easily.  Like, you can see it above after just a few hours of wearing.  I often don't like compromising much on clothing purchases, but considering how much I HATE shorts, I'll deal with some wrinkles to be comfortable in the summer.

I'm wearing size 6, and they are roomy on me.  However, I think wearing a size 4 would be quite tight everywhere--on the rear and legs, and I think it would cause the 3" to really feel like 3".  No thanks!  Size 6 is perfect.

Oh, and they're $19.99!  See them here:  3" seam (HERE)  //  5" seam (HERE)

Leopard Print Wedges (HERE)  //  Other solid colors HERE - size 8.5
I want leopard print sandals exactly like these SO badly, but I want flats.  Even though these are wedges, not flats, and they are super expensive, I ordered them to try because Amanda from the PMT Style Challenge Facebook group has been rocking them.  Plus, they are UGG which I am 100% behind when it comes to their wedge sandals.  I've sung the praises of how comfortable UGG wedge sandals are multiple times in the past.

These did not disappoint!  Comfortable as expected.  Like, SO comfy, you guys.  And freaking adorable!  Yet, as much as I LOVE them and as cute as they are with that black dress above, I'm on the fence about them, leaning towards returning.  Though the wedge is very mild and very easy to walk in, I originally wanted leopard print flat sandals to wear very casually with shorts and a tee.  When I imagine wearing these wedges with shorts, I just know I'd feel too dressed up and ultimately never really wear them.  For how expensive they are, that didn't feel worth it.  I want to wear them with dresses also, but I can only wear these with solid dresses, of which I have few for the summer.

However, they come in several solid colors at various price points HERE.  I'm considering the Suntan and will think through my different dresses.  I also need to determine whether they'd be different enough from other tan wedges and lighter colored shoes I have.  If not, then I don't need them, no matter how comfy or cute they are!

But, if you're interested in a cute and versatile wedge, try these in Suntan (HERE)!  I'm normally size 8.5 to 9, almost always size 8.5 in UGG, and these fit me well in 8.5.

Cold Shoulder Top (HERE) - size M
This top looked really cute on a couple people in the PMT Style Challenge FB group, and since I'm now sort of on board with the cold shoulder trend, this looked like a cute option.  I especially loved that it was a super soft t-shirt material, which would look good for casual things.

As cute as this looked on others, I felt it didn't work with my wider hips.  It's not that noticeable in this picture, and I wish I could have captured the problem better.  Perhaps a large would have been even better, but I don't think I love or need it enough to go through the trouble of trying it, haha!  Again, it was so cute on others, so if hips aren't a problem for you, check this out!  It is sooo soft and would be really cute and stylish in the summer with white or navy shorts.

Note the back is open.  It folds over, but with movement and without a camisole underneath, some of your lower back and possibly the middle of your back will show.  Beware!

Tops (HERE) - size S
I already remixed the red one earlier this week (post is HERE), but here is the black one as well.  I went back and forth between red or black for Wednesday's remix post.  Ultimately I went with red because I don't have others like it in my closet.  So cute!

As for the black one, I'm still on the fence.  It is totally cute, and I have several styling ideas with it that made it very difficult to choose between this and the red one.  I'm just wondering if it fills a need in my closet.  I'm totally about having multiples of good items in my closet.  The more important part is figuring out if each has a specific PLACE or ROLE in my closet that would cause me to want to wear it as much as other tops.  Would I always hesitate with this one and opt for the red one or another similar printed top that I already own?  Typically I hang onto items like that for a little longer and see if I'm inclined to reach for them or see if I can usually talk myself out of it and wear something else.  If the latter, I reallyyyyy know I don't need to keep it around.

If I decide to return the black one, before I do, I'll take some mirror selfies of the styling ideas I had for it!

Reversible Totes (HERE)
If you follow me on Instastories you may have seen me talk about these two totes.  I've talked about the cognac/black tote (bag on the right) as one of my must-have closet staples.  I had mine for 2.5 years and it started to tear, so recently I bought a replacement, which is the one on the right above.

The updated version is even more durable than my previous one.  That is great news!  However, the color is not as vibrant as my old one was, and when I finally realized it, I was like, "Ahhhh, am I okay with that?"

I then saw the same tote in lighter tan (bag on the left above)...or maybe someone on Instastories told me about it?  Can't remember.  Anyway, I ordered that one to see, and here they are side by side.

Honestly, I can't choose between them.

The updated cognac one has not bothered me as much as I thought it would.  I only got bummed about it when I put it directly next to my old cognac bag.  Otherwise, I don't think I would have even noticed.

I really like the color of the tan one, but it's not saturated and vibrant either.  It's almost unnoticeable or doesn't really stand out in my outfits.  I don't know.  Visually, I can't really describe it and you all probably think I'm crazy.  But when I'm holding it in person, I just feel like no one would ever notice my tote, whereas with the cognac one people complimented it all the time.  What I'm feeling might be more of an intuitive sense rather than something that you can actually see from pictures.  Because in the pictures, I actually like the tan one better!

I *could* just reverse the tan one because it's cognac inside, but I kinda don't like how the tote looks reversed in general.

Anyway,  I think both are fine choice!  And I'm annoyed with myself that it's taking me so long to make a decision, haha!

Necklace on Left (HERE)  // Necklace on Right (HERE)
Lastly, the necklace on the left was one I've had for about a year(?) and announced was back in stock earlier this week.  Well, it's out of stock again!

The one on the right is from Etsy, and I wanted to compared them.  First though...fun fact is that the one on the right is made by someone I follow on Instagram, but I had no idea that she was the one behind the shop for this necklace!

The Nordstrom one is slightly bigger and makes more of an impact, IMO.  But the Etsy one is similar and does the job.

If you're wondering why I have both, it's because I lost the Nordstrom one for a few weeks, and I seriously mean it when I say I don't think I can live without this.  Okay, maybe exaggerating.  But I really, really missed it during the weeks I didn't have it--including at the rewardStyle conference--and wanted to wear it in soooo many outfits but couldn't.  In that time, I ordered the Etsy one since the Nordstrom one was sold out.  Later, I found my Nordstrom one, and now I have two!

Alright, that's all for this week.  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Colorful Printed Top 4 Ways for Spring

Colorful Printed Top Outfits
If you want easy tops that are super versatile and great for everyday activities, work looks, or going out, this post is for you!  I try to fill my closet with these kinds of tops, and I LOVE this one.  Today I'm excited to partner with Nordstrom to tell you all about what's so great about this top and to show you four ways to wear it!


Oh, let me count the ways!  It's loose and flowy--great for spring, but even better for summer because of air flow.  The material is not cotton, which is easier to dress up a little and more polished for work than cotton tops tend to be.  Yet, they are as easy to throw on as a cotton tee!  The t-shirt shape makes it really versatile, (but again, it's a step up from a cotton tee.)  You can wear any type of statement necklace over it because of the crew neckline, or you can of course wear a pendant.  You can also tuck it into a skirt, whether in a work or casual outfit.

Also, the BACK of this top has a slightly pleated peplum, which makes the whole thing even cuter!

And don't worry--if red isn't for you, this top also comes in other prints and solid colors: a navy/white print, black with a multi colored large floral print, and solid black, navy, coral, and magenta.  See them HERE.  Also comes in petite!


I'm 5'6" with a short torso and normally size S/M or 6/8.  I got this top in S with room to spare.  I might have been able to do XS!  Small is roomy for me both in the shoulders and the torso.  If you are between sizes, definitely size down one if not two sizes.  If you're unsure, order both and return the other one because Nordstrom has free return shipping on all orders!

For any shoes listed, I'm normally size 8.5 to 9.


Outfit #1: Casual Everyday
I've worn this to spend a day with Addie, and it was effortless and relaxed!  Distressed jeans, oversized cardigan, and booties make a great everyday casual outfit.  The red pops among the neutrals, but this outfit combo would work with a different printed top as well.

BTW, these booties are quite comfortable, despite having a heel.  They are lightweight, and I spent full days in them with ample walking and have been fine.  I even walked up and down hilly areas on a mountain top in them during my work retreat last week.  I did that with a toddler and my feet didn't hurt!   They also come in taupe.

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size S)
Cardigan: Old Navy 
Jeans: Old Navy (similar, similar)
Booties: c/o Sole Society (exact--wearing size 9)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Necklace: Nordstrom (exact--restocked and only $11.98!)

Outfit #2: Lunch w/ Friends
This is the kind of outfit I'd wear when I'm doing something casual like going out to lunch or going to church (my church is super duper casual), but when I'll be with other grown ups and want to step it up a smidge.  Like, grown up casual.  Or something.  :P

These shoes are another pair that's pretty darn comfortable despite having a heel.  A few PMT readers have told me they've walked a couple of MILES in them--and so have I--and their feet didn't hurt.  The upper is nice and flexible, and reviewers with bunions have said these have been great because of that flexible material and the fact that you can adjust them to be wider thanks to the laces.

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size S)
Jacket: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jeans: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)
Bag: Nordstrom (similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 8.5 and extremely comfy!)
Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (similar)

Outfit #3: Lunch w/ Friends or Casual Work Outfit
This is another version of the look above, but I wanted to include it because of the color contrast.  Mustard with orangey-red is so fun!  If you have a casual work environment, this could also work for that with brown pumps instead of the open toe wedges.

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size S)
Cardigan: ModCloth (similar)
Jeans: LOFT (similarsimilarsimilar)
Shoes: Old Navy (similar)
Bag: c/o Sole Society (exact)
Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (similar)

Outfit #4: Dinner Date
Add some bling and colorful heels, and you've got a date night or GNO outfit!  I originally tried this outfit with black heels that look exactly like these, but bookending the outfit with red totally made it pop!  I LOVE this outfit now!

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size S)
Jacket: JCPenney (similar)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact--very pricey, but super duper soft and stretchy)
Shoes: H&M (similarsimilarsimilar)
Bag: c/o Sole Society (similar)
Necklace: Nordstrom (exactsimilar)

I didn't show any business casual looks with this, but you can totally tuck this into a khaki or navy colored pencil skirt, despite the peplum in the back.  I also tried it with black ankle length pants (I have THESE and looooove them--so stretchy and comfortable) and it was great.  I have yet to try them with my Wit & Wisdom bootcut pants (HERE), but I'm pretty sure it'll be awesome.  I also tried it with chambray shorts and white shorts for summer looks.  Like I said, it's super super super versatile!

It comes in other prints and lots of solids, and it comes in petite sizing.  Check it out HERE!

Huge thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Instagram Outfits #22 + PMT Lately: Back to Work, Floral Remix, and Makeup Routine

Hi everyone!

A lot has been going on the last few months, but I haven't felt like I've had the right space to keep you all updated about it.  (Maybe I'm weird, but for some reason I don't like writing long updates in a random OOTD post, and the rest of my posts are already pretty content heavy.)  I've seen several other bloggers expand their Instagram outfit roundups to include roundups of blog posts from the week as well as updates of their lives behind the scenes.  I loved that idea and thought it would be a great way to keep you all more updated.  Let me know what you think!


  • I'm back at work after a 6-month sabbatical. It's been a somewhat shocking transition to juggle work and blogging again. It's especially full during this initial entry back because I have to catch up on what I've missed for the last 6 months!  If I haven't responded to your messages as usual or am posting less around here, it's safe to assume it's because I'm trying to adapt to having two jobs again, haha.  Thanks in advance for your patience too!
  • Benson's New Job - Three months ago, Benson got a new job which he was totally made to do--so cool!  He used to work from home, but his new job now entails about a 1-hr commute each way.  For the last few months our family has been adjusting to how that affects family life--not to mention how it's affected blogging for me.  He's not around to take my pictures anymore--yikes!  
  • Floral Top Remix (coming soon) - At last, I've got another remix coming your way!  Like I said earlier, with Benson no longer working from home, picture taking has become difficult.  Thankfully we were able to take pics this weekend and I've got a remix coming soon with a top I'm really excited about!  See all my past One Piece Many Ways posts HERE.
  • Daily Makeup Routine (coming soon) - I finally found a makeup routine that stays on for the day instead of sliding off my face or disappearing.  It's a mix of a handful of high-end products with mostly low-end drug store items, and I'm excited to share it!
  • Retreat in the Mountains - Within just two days of being back at work, I went on a 3-day work retreat.  Luckily I was able to bring Addie because Benson had to go on a business trip during the same time.  We drove up to the mountains, and besides the fact that she totally threw up on the way there (a whole cup of milk and cheese--so gross!), she and I both loved being there.  There was snow while we were up there!  Below is a pic of her (and her pink little puppy) all bundled up!  


Here's what's been happening lately on Instagram (@puttingmetogether).  If you don't follow on Instagram, you can see the outfits as they're posted (instead of waiting for these roundups) here on the blog over on the righthand sidebar.  If you click those images, you can also shop the outfits--no need to sign up for @liketoknow.it!  

I post many outfits on Instagram that never make it to the blog apart from these roundups.  And often by the time I post them here, the sales aren't happening or they're sold out.  So, make sure to glance over to the righthand sidebar every once in a while if you're not following on Instagram.  I've also started to post the outfits on Facebook, so you can find them there as well!

For sizing reference, I'm 5'6" with a short torso, and normally size S/M or 6/8.  

One of my favorite combos from the PMT Spring Style Challenge (which recently ended).  Navy against white is so crisp, but I especially think it pops with cognac accents!

Shop for the Look:
Top: J.Crew Factory (exact--wearing size 8)
Jeans: LOFT (exact--wearing size 28P)
Shoes: Old Navy (similar, similar, similar)
Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (exact, similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (exact)

This tee sold out on Nordstrom's site within just a couple of days after I posted it on Instagram and Facebook, but it's available and fully stocked elsewhere HERE.  

Shop for the Look:
Tee: Nordstrom (exact--wearing S, also exact)
Jacket: c/o Conversation Pieces (similar, similarsimilar)
Jeans: Old Navy (exact--sized way down to 4)
Shoes: Zappos (similar, similar, similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Earrings: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact--wearing size M)

Before reading style blogs and before having my own, I would never have paired colors that were so close to each other. Maroon with light pink was one of the first times I ever tried it, and though that was years ago, I still love it to this day!

Two other ways I've worn this top: HERE and HERE.

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing S)
Jeans: Old Navy (similar, similar, similar)
Shoes: Sole Society (similar, similar)
Necklace: H&M (similarsimilar)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)

This white necklace is one of my favorites this season.  I've noticed that even though it's a small addition, the white makes a lot of outfits pop.  I lost mine for a while and was waiting for an alternative to arrive, and during that short time there were several times where I wished I'd had it because my outfit needed a little oomph!  

It's been sold out for a really long time, but luckily IT'S BACK IN STOCK and only $11.98!  Find it HERE.  If you want a similar option that ships internationally, there's one on Etsy HERE.

That's all for now!  Look out for the floral print top remix and makeup post coming your way!
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