monday musings

          

monday musings

Happy Monday! Today starts a new Monday traditions, where I'm bringing you a few of my favorite things for the week ahead. My items might {will probably} be a little bit random, but I'll share them with you anyways! These are truly things that I am loving lately... Anyone else love something on today's list? 

1. PAINTED EARTH ROSEMARY + THYME BAKED MINERAL BLUSH in BERRY SWIRL // Does anyone else find that their go-to blush gets a little too light for their face when the sunny summer months roll around? I've been finding that my blush hasn't exactly shown up on my face well lately, and I am a blush lover all around.

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So, I decided to try this Rosemary & Thyme Baked Mineral Blush in Berry Swirl {yes, it's named that because it ACTUALLY has rosemary and thyme in it, and is all natural & organic} and it is B-E-A-U-Tiful. It's the perfect shade for any skin tone and I love the sunkissed sheen it adds to your cheeks. Helpful hint? I always apply a little blush to the tip of my nose to finish off my face. It brightens and gives a little extra color + glow. I also have the Apricot Swirl color for my paler months.

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2. KENDRA SCOTT STATEMENT EARRINGS // I have found myself reaching for these beauties with so many outfits; from shorts and a tee for a little extra something, to my favorite LBD. They are perfect for adding an earring when you're wearing your hair up and are the perfect size and statement. These are pretty pricey, so I'm linking up some other favorites HERE, HERE & HERE.

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kendra scott statement earring

3. THIERRY MUGLER 'ANGEL' PERFUME // Y'all... this scent is heavenly. About a year ago I was working with one of my regular clients and she smelled SO good. I told her {in a non-weird way} and asked her what perfume she wore and she told me about Thierry Mugler's 'Angel' scent, which I had never heard of. She said that random men would literally stop her when she was out and comment on her perfume. I had it in my shopping cart that evening and haven't stopped wearing it since! {And I can verify her claims; not only does my hubby love it but I get stopped from time to time asking about it!}

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Helpful Hint :: I always buy my perfume on Amazon because they have the best prices and FAST + FREE shipping!

What are you loving lately? Have any of you tried this blush or perfume, or have a go-to statement earring you can't get enough of? 

The N Sale Leopard Pump + Meet Intern Nicole

TGIF! Today we're bringing you double the fun with a sale item and an exciting introduction!

First, thing's first :: A leopard pump {or wedge for those of you who can't do pumps} is a must in every woman's closet. Not only is leopard considered a neutral and goes with just about everything, it is a sassy + classy addition to any otherwise neutral or classic outfit. I go on and on about my love for leopard in the fall and winter, but leopard pumps are perfect for summer, too; with that LBD, in the office, or out on the town. 

I've found that a fabulous leopard pump is a part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale every year {remember that Halogen pump that sold out so quickly last year?!} and this year is no different. When I saw these Sam Edelman pumps I knew I had to have them, and who could resist at under $100 on sale?! I love the "half" pump that doesn't cover your whole foot on one side. Pointed-toe shoes are already more slimming than a round toe, and the half pump adds even more of a slimming effect. Lastly,  Okay y'all, I could go on and on for days about anything leopard. Here they are, in all their glory :: 

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SHOP // Sam Edelman 'Onyx' Half d'Orsay Pointy Toe Pump

And now for the exciting introduction. I am happy to introduce you to the LifeStyled intern, Nicole! I am thrilled to have her on board and for all that's to come! Here's a little bit about Nicole...

Hello from Atlanta!

I'm Nicole, Courtney's intern. I'm a rising junior at the University of Georgia working toward a major in marketing, with an emphasis in digital marketing, and a minor in fashion merchandising. I'm all about college football, Pure Barre, website design, Diet Coke and Starbucks (usually combined during finals week), and laughing out loud at re-runs of Friends.

I truly believe that when you look good, you feel good. And that's what I love about LifeStyled! I'm thrilled about the opportunity to help Courtney and contribute to the LifeStyled brand. Blogging, and shopping, and girl talk? I could get used to this!

Winter-Weight Plaid

Plaid shirts have always been a favorite of mine, but it can be hard to find ones that are heavy enough to keep you warm in these colder months that aren't bulky or masculine. So, I set out to find a feminine + flattering winter-weight flannel and found a few favorites at JCrew {like THIS one}.

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I love the colors in this shirt; blues, green & burnt orange brighten things up a bit rather than sticking with darker tones for winter.

To make flannel more feminine, add a statement necklace with crystals or another sort of 'blingy' gemstone or material. I love this Jcrew Factory Crystal Petal Clusters necklace because it's neutral but dressy {and it's on sale!}

Flannel is perfect with cords, a skirt or your favorite pair of jeans. Pair it with a scarf or poncho with it to keep you extra warm and stylish. It's a laid-back, classic look that's comfy + cozy!

versatile wardrobe must-haves

Today I'm bringing you some wardrobe must-haves that will carry you through {almost} all the seasons.

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1} THE PONCHO. I have always been a fan of the poncho look and this one from Loft just happened to fit the bill for me. It's not too heavy, which makes it easy to carry in your purse and throw on over anything from a sweater in winter, a tank in the spring or a lightweight blouse in the fall. The crochet makes it unique while also allowing you to see the coloring of whatever you have on underneath. Needless to say  it's been a recent favorite of mine, especially when I travel. 

I love a classic all-black outfit but decided to add a heather gray tunic sweater underneath for a little contrast. Of course, my go-to pixie pants {another wardrobe MUST} were the choice for bottoms.

2} THE LEOPARD SHOE. Another wardrobe staple that every woman truly MUST HAVE? I've said it before and I'll say it again :: A leopard shoe. If you wear heels, then a leopard heel {like these super comfortable and affordable ones by BCBG Paris} is a necessity. If you can't do a  heel, try a wedge or a flat. No matter what form, a leopard shoe will be one of the most versatile pieces in your closet.

Pop one of your favorite statement necklaces {like this one -- currently on sale-- from JCrew} or a long pendant necklace ontop and you have an effortless outfit in minutes. Not to mention this Loft poncho has angles that are perfect for your arms to catch through for holding your purse, etc; No limitations that other ponchos can sometimes have.