Fearless

 

“Be that strong girl that everyone knew would make it through the worst, be that fearless girl, the one who would dare to do anything, be that independent girl who didn’t need a man; be that girl who never backed down.” – Taylor Swift

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1. Pink Blush Top | 2. Gia's Boutique Denim Shorts | 3. Barrington Gifts St. Anne Tote | 4. Deb Shops Wedges (They closed down) | 5. Perry Street Earrings via Rocksbox (Use code LYNNEBFF to receive a FREE month!) | 6. Jules Smith Necklace via Rocksbox (Use code LYNNEBFF to receive a FREE month!) | 7. Margaret Elizabeth Bracelet via Rocksbox Rocksbox (Use code LYNNEBFF to receive a FREE month!), JORD Wood Watch | In Addition: Dynamic Asia Hat (All c/o)

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I feel like time snuck up on me again! It seems that summer has just started and before I knew it, the first month of it has already passed by. It's definitely getting hotter by the day here in Houston. But at least, we're getting some heavy rains every now and then. It's good and bad in a way. Good because we have lesser hot days and it's bad because Houston easily gets flooded. No joke!

On to my outfit. It's really nothing special. It's casual and comfortable but still stylish enough to make some eyes stare at you. I know for a fact because I was getting some while we were shooting this. Granted they might be wondering who I was and why I was doing these weird poses but hey, if someone's wearing this, I'd probably stare too. Don't you think? The top from Pink Blush is flirty in its own non-seductive way. It's been awhile since I got this so I think it's not in their clearance section so be sure to click the link above if it fancies you! I think wearing a hat on the streets during a hot summer day though definitely adds quite a touch to your outfit! Sometimes even the most casual or athletic outfit when accessorized with a hat, it becomes a whole different outfit all together.

And just a quick tip, if you have short legs like me, wearing a pair of wedges or heels with a pair of shorts (when appropriate) can give your legs an elongated illusion! They will make you look especially sexy. Don't you agree?

What's your go-to-outfit this summer?

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Never Lose That Spark That Makes You

 

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Hallmark through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Hallmark Signature, all opinions are my own.

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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Tory Burch Package

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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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