Never Lose That Spark That Makes You

 

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Hallmark Signature

I was at a Hallmark store here in Pearland the other day, looking at some special occasion cards and found this awesome birthday card from Hallmark Signature that has a quote outside, “Never Lose That Spark That Makes You.” And thought the quote was pretty awesome and it’s such a great birthday card for your bestest girlfriend!

I love the color combination that it came in …so summery, so bright, so fun, so cheerful! It pretty much inspired me to put together such a fun outfit that brings out the best in me, after all it said “Never Lose that Spark That Makes You!”

So I pulled out my Lauren Conrad swing/skater dress that has a coral checkered print. I wish though that I could’ve taken it with my best girlfriend. We do have a similar style and I know that we will have so much fun. She has an outgoing and positive personality and this Hallmark Signature birthday card is just perfect for her!

Nothing can ever replace a handwritten note for that special someone in your life. I think technology is great and all that, but the sincerest greetings still come from a handwritten note and a well-thought of card. I suggest checking out Hallmark Signature! Click here for Hallmark’s store locator near you.

I suggest visiting Hallmark Signature’s website to view the collection and get some ideas,. You can also follow them on Instagram @HallmarkSignature.

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Floral Blues

 

“I've wanted one thing for my whole life and I'm not going to be that girl who wants one thing her whole life then gets it and complains.” – Taylor Swift

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1. Lauren Conrad Dress via Kohl's (Also check out other options below) | 2. My Hot Shoes Heels (Similar Here and Here from Kohl's) | 3. Non-Branded Pearl Bib Necklace (Similar Here, Here, and Here) | 4. Belle Vie Designs Bangles | 5. Outrage Fashion Envelope Clutch (Similar Here, Here, Here, and Here) (All c/o)

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I'm back with an outfit! I apologize for being on MIA a lot lately but I'm really hoping to get back into more regular outfit posts soon – especially summer is here and I sure do have a lot of fun, cute, and bright outfits to share!

Anyway, who amongst you shop at Kohl's? I must admit that I didn't use to. BUT once I started, I can't stop because they always have some great deals going on. I normally pick up their junior brands such as Candie's, Mudd, SO and Lauren Conrad because they fit me so well. I recently bought this beautiful Lauren Conrad fit and flare dress and I'm so in-love with it! It's wedding season so if you're going to be a bridesmaid or planning to go to a wedding, I suggest hitting up Kohl's! You might just find the perfect dress there. *Wink*

I have a few outfits from Kohl's that I will be sharing with you so stay tuned!

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My Summer Wish LYST

 

Summer Wish Lyst

It's hard to imagine that summer is already here…but indeed it is here! I don't know why I am always surprised when a new season starts when I know very well that time flies. Anyway, when it comes to summer fashion, I think about fun prints, colorful and comfortable outfits and I have a few on my mind already that I made sure to put on my wish list on Lyst.com. Have you all heard of this site before? It's a site dedicated to fashion and shopping. It's free to register and you can curate your own items from your favorite brands. You can also discover some items and be able to purchase them.

My summer wish list is pictured above. Did you notice the print craze I have going on there? Palm trees, pineapple, stripes, and florals. That's right baby! If you find anything that fancies you above, I put all of those items on my Summer Wish Lyst on Lyst.com. I suggest checking it out!

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Louis Vuitton + Dior + Kate Spade Giveaway

 

A group of fabulous bloggers and I have teamed up to bring you a fabulous and luxurious designer giveaway! We are giving away a 100% authentic LOUIS VUITTON Speedy 30, DIOR sunglasses, and Kate Spade watch and scarf, all valued at $1,615 (excluding taxes). You have 136 chances to win! One lucky follower will be rewarded with these luxury goods. The giveaway is open to international contestants, however, the international winner will be responsible for shipping, handling, and applicable custom fees/taxes. Good luck!!!

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Palm Trees

 

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. – Albert Camus

Juicy Couture Palm Tree Shorts and Top

1. Juicy Couture Palm Trees Top via Kohl's (Similar Here) | 2. Juicy Couture Palm Trees Shorts via Kohl's (Also check out other palm tree shorts below)| 3. Deb Shops Strappy Sandals (Similar Here) | 4. Deb Shops Leather Backpack (Similar Here) | 5. Lauren Conrad Sunglasses via Kohl's | 6.  Saressa Designs Druzy Earrings | 6. Saressa Designs Druzy Necklace | 8. Saressa Designs Druzy Bracelets | In addition: Dynamic Asia Fedora (All c/o)

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Some of you might have seen it in the news but over the weekend, Houston has experienced a crazy storm that caused the city to be flooded and 2 lives taken. I've been in Houston for the past 8 years now and I've never seen a weather like it in Spring. My friends and I happened to be at the Houston Rockets vs The Golden State Warriors game last sunday night when the storm occured. Needless to say, we got stranded and didn't get to go home till around noon yesterday. I've never been stranded in my life so you can imagine how stuck I felt. But thankfully, I was with friends and we were all safe.

I said all of that to say, I do feel it is refreshing to see a comfortable summer outfit here on my blog. I love this matching Juicy Couture palm tree set from Kohl's. Unfortunately, they are not available online. However, I do suggest checking out your local Kohl's to see if they might have it in stuck. I also provided some options below so be sure to check it.

It's picnic and BBQ season and if you're looking for a cute outfit idea without being overdressed, you might want to consider this set. Hopefully, it's available at your local Kohl's. If not, they do have a lot of cute junior and ladies' items that are great for a day look.

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Close Your Eyes

 

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.. – Audrey Hepburn

Maggy London Dress

1. Maggy London Dress  (Also check out other Maggy London Dresses below)| 2. Kate Spade Tote Bag (Not available online but love this, this, and this) | 3. Deb Shops Heels | 4. Cate and Chloe Earrings | 5. Cate and Chloe Necklace | 6. Margaret Elizabeth Moon Bangle, Chloe and Isabel Bangle, Margaret Elizabeth Bangle via Rocksbox (Use LYNNEBFF for discount when signing-up) (All c/o)

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Have you all heard of contemporary designer Maggy London? She's a new favorite of mine and her collection is available at stores like Nordstrom's and Lord and Taylor. Her brand is comparable to another favorite of mine, Eliza J. Dresses.

But ahhhhh, Maggy London has such cute Spring collection and I really do want all of them to be in my closet. This A-line pleated floral dress is just one of my favorite. It's so feminine and so playful. It's both great for an everyday look or special occasion look such as an outdoor spring or summer wedding. What I love about it is that is is pretty modest. For those of you who love modest style, this dress is for you!

I really suggest checking out her collection. I also provided some options below for you.

Also, normally, I would have statement jewelries with this dress. However, since the prints are pretty bold, I decided to go with dainty jewelries. I just got a new pair of teardrop earrings and necklace from Cate and Chloe and thought they're the perfect match for this dress. I know that there are so many jewelry companies out there but Cate and Chloe seems to especialize in dainty pieces. So if you love simple and elegant pieces, you might want to check them out.

What do you think of this outfit? *Smile*

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Q&A with Christian McCulloch, Dolce&Gabbana National Makeup Artist

 

 

Dolce&Gabbana Summer Shine Collection

I'm so excited that Dolce&Gabbana National Makeup Artist, Christian McCulloch, and this team of top make-up artists, will be at the Saks Fifth Avenue, Galleria this coming Saturday, May 30th from 11 AM – 7 PM to introduce the Dolce Matte Lipstick Collection and Dolce&Gabbana Summer Shine Collection and will be creating custom makeup applications inspired by Spring beauty trends. 

Christian is known for his keen eye in designing chic and sophisticated beauty looks for top celebrities and major publications.  He has recently worked with: Kate Hudson, Camila Alves, Scarlett Johansson, Kate Bosworth, Emma Stone, Michelle Williams, Katie Holmes, Christina Hendricks, Olivia Wilde and major publications such as: Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Marie Claire. 

I will be there Saturday to have a private consultation with him and if you're local in Houston, I'd also like to invite you to do the same! For appointments please call: (713) 627 – 0500 EXT. 5102.

I had the opportunity to do a brief Q&A with him about the Summer Shine Collection and the Matte Lipstick Collection. Check it out below!
 

What’s your favorite thing about the Summer Shine Collection?

I love this collection! I can use every single product and shade to create many looks! This collection lends to a glowing summer beauty look with a pop of unexpected color, a little funky yet still chic. I love to see girls rocking this look.  I love the apricot blush and illuminator especially because it gives skin that skin that warm, golden glow.  

What are your suggested products from both Summer Shine Collection and Matte Lipstick collection that are great for daily look?

The Smooth Eye Color Quad in Brown Blush is perfection for a daily look, day or night. I use that one constantly because the shades are very flattering along with the Luminous Cheek Color in Apricot.  I love to finish off with the Dolce&Gabbana Shaping Eyebrow Pencil to frame the eyes.

 Also, the cool berry matte reds in the Dolce Matte Lipstick Collection are my picks for daily wear!

Which products would you recommend for an evening look?

Night generally translates to a little more makeup and a little more drama and intensity.  On both the lips and eyes you can create a more dramatic look with the amped-up deeper shades, like the pink and blue in Smooth Eye Color Due in Summer Hue. The other eye shadow in the collection, Smooth Eye Color in Brown Blush is gorgeous for smoky eyes.  For the lips, try the Dolce&Gabbana Shine Lipstick in Light Blue for fun!

Dolce Matte Lipstick Collection, I could look at it all day.  It's the perfect cherry crimson. But they are all gorgeous! Inferno is a very deep and fabulous nighttime color, which is very beautiful on darker complexions.  Fire, as the name suggests, is a super fresh orange-based red. Dolce Matte Lipstick in Lover is probably the brightest shade – a real bold raspberry, quite fruity – delicious for those who love color.

When doing a make-up for someone, how do you determine which products to use – say for example from the Summer Shine Collection? Are you usually inspired by anything in particular or do you normally base it on their personality or shape of face, etc?

It is definitely key to interpret someone’s personality and personal style when designing makeup for them. It's that sweet spot between taking them a touch out of their comfort zone, perhaps into something new, but still making them feel like themselves – just cooler and/or sexier.

I usually start with one focal point, the brightest or boldest element of the look, and work around that. Certain things will always be flattering on everyone like good brows, gorgeous healthy cheeks and mesmerizing eyes.  Light blue eye shadow is gorgeous on a surprising number of people and I'm always trying to bring it back! 

What are your tips in using the Summer Shine Collection?

Use the whole set! It's all useable and gorgeous. Start with the skin and eyes and build up from there.


What are your tips in using The Matte Lipstick Collection?

As Tom Pecheux has said, with the Dolce Matte Lipsticks it's about selecting your shade by a process of elimination and stick to the ones you gravitate most toward. The best one for you will stand out!

Application wise, I tend to always apply the color to the bottom lip first. That's easiest and the fullest area so you get an immediate sense of the color. Then I lightly rub the lips together to transfer the color straight up to the top lip, giving the lips a natural shape. Then I use a brush to finesse the edges, making the outside line more precise. For extra long wear or a super precise shape, I'll use the Dolce&Gabbana Precision Lipliner in the corresponding shade. You can always blot the lips with a tissue and reapply to make sure it's not going anywhere! 

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Sweet in Pink + Canon Rebel Kit & Kate Spade Giveaway

 

Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be. – Abraham Lincoln

Flower Crochet Dress

1. Chicwish Flower Crochet Dress | 2. AMI Clubwear Clutch (Check Out Other Options Below) | 3. Boohoo Heeled Sandals | 4. Amelia Rose Earrings | 5. Benevolent Jewels Necklace | 6. Romwe Daisy Bracelet (All c/o)

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It's wedding season and oh how I wish I have a wedding to attend to this year. Unfortunately, so far none…none of my friends are getting married yet. Hopefully, that will change in a few months and someone will get married from amongst us next year. *Wink*

This floral crochet dress from Chicwish is dainty. It would have been a great dress to wear to attend a wedding or any day occasion this Spring. However, I have a huge issue about it – the lining is very short. You have to wear some kind of slip underneath – which I did not. I know that there are pieces you can buy now as some sort of "extenders", some are lace, some just plain material. Those will probably work with this dress. I just wished that they had a more appropriate length to begin with. If you have a bigger bottom, it will be shorter for you in the back. The dress is also available in white or ivory I believe.

By the way, before you leave this page, don't forget to check out the giveaway below for a Canon Rebel Kit that includes the camera, 2 lenses, camera bag and other accessories. In addition to that, the winner will also receive a Kate Spade handbag as well as a Kate Spade necklace. The good news is that it's open to international contestants! But the international winner will be responsible for her own shipping and custom fees. Check it out! I wouldn't want you to miss it! The more bloggers you follow, the more chances to win you will have!
 

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Unique Retro Vibe at The Lone Star Court

 

The Lonestar Court

A couple of weeks ago, some friends and I had a little road trip to Austin, Texas – the state's capital and the nation's Live Music city! It's a very much needed short getaway and I was thrilled that my friends came with me.

We were invited to stay at the Lone Star Court, which is a boutique hotel that has a vintage vibe to it coupled with a campground courtyard setting outside, surrounded by the hotel rooms. It's located within the city's newest residential and commercial area – the Domain. It's literally a few steps from an upscale mall.

There's a lot of unique things about this property. First of all, from the outside, it looks kinda like a huge modern barn house. As soon as you step inside the reception and lobby area, the combination of rustic and traditional interior design will no doubt give you that Texas feel to it. The staff that took care of us were friendly.  Not only that, we also encountered southern hospitality from some guests of the hotel who kindly offered to help us bring some of our luggages in our room since my friends and I packed like we're moving to Austin.

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So when you step outside, you will see a campground setting surrounded by rustic-looking hotel rooms with wood facade. There were a couple of fire pits in the courtyard, a meeting hall, and corridors are accented with orange rocking chairs. The property makes you feel like you're away from the city when in actuality, you're not. If you like a "camp" or a "homey" setting, I think you will really enjoy this place. There are only 123 rooms so the areas don't really get packed. There's plenty of areas to hang and just chill – during the day or at night.

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The pool area is located in front of the Water Trough which is the breakfast area in the morning and turns into a bar with live music on some nights.

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The pool area at night.

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The meeting hall.

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Some fire areas lit up at night.

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And here's the room. It's not fancy by any means but it's retro-inspired. So fun and playful! Absolutely loved the color combinations used. Being the creative person that I am (and y'all know how I love colors!), I always notice these things. I believe that the beds were customized for this particular hotel. We had the double/double room since there's three of us. It's a pretty good size for 3 people. There are little accents here and there that are vintage-inspired as well such as the lamp and the radio that's sitting in between the beds. Wish I had taken a close-up photo of it because it is pretty fascinating. You will also notice the big sliding door to the bathroom.

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One of the vintage-inspired things inside the room that really amused me was the mint-colored refrigerator! I wish I could take home one of those.

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The refrigerator was full of beverages available for your consumption for a fee. Here's a sample of what you will find inside.

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The bathroom is a little far from being vintage-inspired. But who really cares anyways? Ha! For as long as it's nice, clean, and functional, it's all good! It's a little more modern than the rest of the room.

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And…here's the most tempting part of the room! The Mini Bar. I have sweet tooth problems and I love chips and salsa so I tried too hard not to give-in. Yes, I was successful! I pretended it's not there. But I love how they set this up. They make it so inviting and un-intimidating. You know how other hotels have them set-up so nicely you wouldn't want to touch it? I love how this was organized but it's still not so organized that you'd feel hesitant to even move it.

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This is the Water Trough – the hotel's on-site restaurant and bar. It's the breakfast area in the morning and turns into a bar at night. The hotel offers a delicious complimentary continental breakfast which includes eggs, bacons, different kind of breads, cereal, fruits and drinks.

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On the night that we checked-in, we got to the hotel pretty late. We were tired and hungry but didn't want to go out anymore so we tried the Water Trough. There happened to be a live music that night and the guy who performed was really good. The food at the Water Trough was really good too. Although we had a little problem in getting our food quick and right, they rectified it by offering the drinks my friends ordered as complimentary.

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In addition to the Water Trough, there are a couple of food trucks outside the property. One was  Cupcaking Desire which was obviously cupcakes and all that, while the other was called Feed Store. Unfortunately, we never got a chance to try them both. It seems that 3 days aren't really enough when you're traveling and wanting to explore a lot of things. I will definitely make it a point to try them next time I visit though.

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The Lone Star Court vintage car!

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Overall, in my opinion, the Lone Star Court provides a unique accommodation for those that want something different than the usual hotel setting. If you love camp setting, you will enjoy this place. Although the accommodation isn't necessarily in tents and what not, the combination of fire pits, rustic ambiance, and retro interior offers such a fun and playful place to stay at. In addition to the fun fire pits, live music, and food trucks, they also have free bike rentals in the property.  For more information or to book your accommodation, you can visit www.lonestarcourt.com.

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Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary stay at the Lonestar Court to facilitate this experience write-up. The opinions expressed herein are mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Lonestar Court.