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December 2017

Styling A Slip Dress With Edge

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Slip Dress with leather moto jacket

Slip Dress with leather moto jacket

Burberry Jacket

I had so much fun styling this photo shoot and loved this slip dress outfit so much, I had to do a blog post on it! I needed three outfits for this shoot and definitely wanted one to include a slip dress, and ended up styling two slip dress outfits…LOL!  The slip dress is reaching staple status! It seems like everywhere I look, there is an article about how versatile this dress is with its many styling options!

Giving outfits contrast is one of my favorite ways to dress, so it was an easy choice to take the dress in that edgy direction.

When you’re putting an outfit together try to think outside the box sometimes. Just keep it simple and clean without too many trend pieces. You won’t look overdone or too trendy that way.

I’m kinda obsessed with sheer clothing right now. Maybe it’s the feminine, sexiness about it!? So layering this long sleeve sheer turtleneck under the dress was just the what I was looking for. Topping off with the cropped Burberry jacket was the perfect length to play with her proportions and elongate her body. I know, a Burberry leather jacket definitely has a high price point! However, if you read my post about how to purchase resale clothing, you could score one for up to 70% off!

Shoes tend to set the tone for your outfit. For this edgy look, I paired moto boots to contrast with the feminine silk dress.  If you want to cover more leg, go with a knee-high boot. A suede scrunchy boot would be perfect!

This super fun photo shoot was a collaboration with the four very talented women I’ve listed below.

Hair: @paintedbygray

Make-Up: @Makeupbysvh

Styling: ME! @HerFashionedLife

Photography: Cathy Suno

Model: @Sydalexandra


Outfit Details

Slip Dress – Vince (different color on sale)

Sheer Turtleneck

Leather Moto Jacket (similar, similar on sale)

Moto Boots (similar, similar)



Thanks so much for reading! Do you like edgy contrast dressing? Let me know in the comments below!

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What Products to ditch for 2018

What Beauty Products To Ditch for 2018

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Beauty Products

A fresh new year is here if you can believe it! Along with it comes new resolutions to hopefully create better lives for ourselves. I’m actually not particularly big on resolutions, I believe in living the best life I can everyday. However, I do love the clean slate feeling a new year brings!

This is the perfect time of year to give your beauty products a makeover! Cosmetics expire like other perishable items. Taking the time to sort your items and ditch the old will make space for the new and keep your skin in beautiful shape!

Unused Products

Products you haven’t used in the past year is an easy place to start. We all have a statement lipstick we’ve bought for that one occasion but then didn’t wear it and will probably never will. Makeup pallets we didn’t quite get around to using. If you haven’t worn it by now your not going to.

You know what you like, so simplify your life and your vanity, and dump the rest you thought you might like.

 

Expired Dates

Makeup and creams can last far longer than the expire dates so take a close look at your sunscreens, beauty creams, and serums. Nothing is worse than a cream that makes your face break out because you kept it past the expiry date. The potency of sunscreens will drop considerably after 1 year. If you do not see an expiration date on an item when you buy it, write the day you bought it on the package with a sharpie then at the end of a year you can toss it.

Makeup Brushes & Sponges

Professional makeup artists clean their brushes after each use to prevent germs and keep their products pristine. I’m so guilty of using my makeup brushes and not cleaning them way past their prime! Either clean them with gentle brush cleaner now or use a gift card to buy new ones! Sponges should be thrown out after a couple of uses.

Mascara

You should be even more diligent with Products that are applied right next to your eyeball. Bacteria that builds up on the brush from being taken in and out can cause redness, itching and even conjunctivitis. Replace your mascara every 3-4 months.

Foundation & Concealer

Bacteria and germs love the water-based products! As result, foundation has a shelf life of 6-12 months after it’s been opened. Concealer and powder will be should, however, be good for around 2 years. These expired products can cause skin irritations and breakouts.

I’ve listed some of my favorite basics below to help you with your beauty refresh. You can also visit my Beauty Shop Page for more!

Thanks so much for reading!

xx- Tammy

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Winter Skincare Routine

Winter Skin Care Routine For Glowing Skin

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Transition Your Skin Care for Winter

Winter is here and just as your wardrobe has changed, your skin care routine will need to also change. Transitioning your skin care from a fairly simple and relaxed warm climate routine to a hydrating regimen for cool, dry weather will keep your skin glowing all year long.  I have gathered some of my favorite skin care products to make the transition easy.

Cleanse

These drug-store cleansers are dermatologist recommended. I’ve been using them for years and I love saving money on cleansers and spending on pricey serums and moisturizers that stay on your skin.  I use CeraVe Foaming Wash as a daily cleanser.  It helps repair the skin barrier function with hydraulic acid and ceramides.  For acne prone skin, the cult favorite is Neutrogena for Acne Prone Skin.  It cleanses with salicylic acid while also reducing redness.

Exfoliate

To maintain a clear, soft complexion, it’s important to exfoliate once or twice a week. More is not better here, you might irritate your skin. Choose a product with round granules, so you do not cause micro-tears in your skin.  An option I love is Lancer The Method Polish.  I was skeptical at first, because of the cost, but this product leaves your skin smoother than any other granular exfoliator I’ve tried. Exfoliators are a great option to use in the shower.  Another option I like is exfoliating pads, which are a perfect choice for when you wash your face in the sink.  Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Peel, are single-use power packets.  The pads will help cellular turnover, reduce the appearance of pores and brighten your skin. Both of these exfoliators will make your skin glow.

Toner

Toners often get overlooked in skin care because of time constraints. The fact is though that your skin needs water to be at it’s best. Wipe an alcohol-free toner over your skin after cleaning then immediately apply serum and moisturizer while your skin is damp, to seal in the hydration. Erno Laszlo Hydraphel Skin Supplement is an ideal choice.

Serum

Serums are my favorite skincare product! I have been using clinical grade SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF for years. This is my hero product for targeting hyperpigmentation and preventing damage from the sun, as it acts as a sunscreen also! There is science behind SkinCeuticals products! Another favorite is PCA Skin Rejuvenating Serum. This serum dissolves into your skin and will minimize signs of aging by restoring your skin’s strength with a potent epidermal growth factor.

Moisturizer

During the winter you have dry, heated indoor air or dry, cold outdoor air. You will need alot of moisture for your skin to combat that. I started adding a few drops of an oil such as La Mar Renewal Oil to my moisturizer and daily foundation it’s made a big difference. Fresh Rose Deep Hydration is an excellent cream moisturizer choice. It is a time release formula and will give you a flawless glow!

Eye-Cream

The delicate eye area will show signs of aging first. Always treat this area with specialized products. I’ve recently discovered Cosmedix Elite Eye Doctor.   This is my go-to night treatment now that depuffs helps with dark circle and moisturized like crazy! If you try one new thing try this! During the day PCA Skin EyeXcelence is what I reach for.  

 

Face Mist

OK, I’m obsessed with face mists lately! I use a couple of different kinds, several times a day. They instantly add moisture, set makeup and help shrink pores. Caudalie Beauty Elixir and Avene Thermal Spring Water are two of my favorites!

Thank you for reading!! Visit my Shop Beauty page for more products I love!

I would love you to leave a comment below and share what products you love for winter!

xx Tammy

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How To Start Your Blog The Right Way

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3 Things to Do Before You Start Your Blog

Starting a blog is a very exciting time! There is SO much to do but you can’t wait to start because love every minute of it! If your blogging about what your good at and what you love, it won’t seem like work then because you’re passionate about it! However, it is work, alot of work! Start with the 3 steps below to help you get it right the first time.

I’ve started one other blog before, called Her Styled View, with a friend, and now this one on my own. It’s so exciting to envision your path as a blogger and make it happen! It’s your space to have a voice and hopefully, your blog will resonate with people and they will find it brings value to their lives.

1. Find Your Passion & Direction

Finding your passion and subject matter is where you want to start. Tap into a passion that excites you so much you want to talk about all night long. You will know when you have the right topic because ideas will start flowing and you won’t be able to stop thinking about all of the possibilities. You will need that magic feeling in the months (or years) to come with alot of hard and long hours you’ve committed to.

If your not sure what you want to blog about, ask yourself, what do other people ask advice for. Is it beauty, parenting, fashion, travel. The more unique and targeted your focus the better.

Next, you will want to examine what value your topic will bring to your reader.  There are a couple of different directions you can go: influencer or educator.  An influencer based blog will be grounded with you at the center of everything. You will be building relationships with people that subscribe and read your blog and those who follow you on social media. An educator based blog will educate your audience with the knowledge that you have about a topic.

Both formulas are built by building Like, Know and Trust with people that you reach through your website and social media. You will be building your own tribe. Pretty exciting or scary! Baby step through it. You got this!

 2. Choose Your Domain Name

This might come easily or take you weeks. You’ll feel it in your gut though when you hit the mark. You’ll need to search website name availability, through sites that sell domain names like Go-Daddy. You will also want to check ALL social channels. In today’s saturated market, this is not an easy task!

For my name Her Fashioned Life, Twitter was taken but all other channels were free. I went ahead with the name and adjusted the one social acct to Herfashondlife, leaving out the “e”.

3. Branding 

Branding is also a huge part of the equation you will want to have down before you start. Start with your logo. Etsy has a ton of graphic designers that will design one until your happy. Make sure you get the correct sizes for your website, business cards, and all social account banners. Next, you want a color scheme. Try to choose 3 at the most. Then choose your fonts, again 3 or 4 at most. There are sites like Fontjoy help you by pairing your font choices together to see how they look. Make sure you choose a Web-Based font or it might slow your site down.

You will want to use these, colors, fonts and logo on everything you do. This is building your brand. It will take time to perfect but nailing the basics will give you a head start to beautiful branding that people will associate with you when they see it.

Be sure to read my post about 5 valuable podcasts and how much they can help you on your journey also.

I would love to hear your thoughts about starting a blog in the comments below! Have a blog already? What do you feel like was important to know at the beginning of your journey?

Thank you for reading!

xx Tammy

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