12.30.2014

NYE Makeup Tutorial + 3 Chic Outfits

Hi y'all!


I just realized that I have never been able to post a makeup tutorial in time for New Years Eve! So I'm pretty dang excited I got do this video & I added three outfit ideas. This is my first time doing an outfit video on my DSLR so please bear with me! Do y'all have any tips on what to do with yourself when showing outfits?! Haha I am clearly not a model so I wasn't sure what to do.... *queue  Ricky Bobby*


This video & editing probably took me a good 8 hours.... goodness. I'm glad I'm on vacation because I was wiped out afterwards!

I went for a bronze, intense smokey eye. I really love me some pretty neutrals, although I do like to rock a colorful look every now and then. I guess as I've grown older, my tastes have changed. Btw, I was using my studio lights which washed out my cheek colors. Still figuring them out!

Face

As for the outfits, I was inspired to share my style and have been on a cape craze recently so wanted to showcase them. 

The 2 capes from AMI Club Wear were sent from the company (thank y'all!). The material is quite nice and thick... like a synthetic wool almost. My only complaint is that the button holes are smaller than the buttons so there's no way to button it close (short of me making them bigger). The black cape is my favorite because the opening is just holes. The blue cape has almost a tiny sleeve as the opening. I was surprised since I know knew AMI Club Wear for clubbing or Halloween outfits so I like finding new things from unexpected stores because not everyone will have the same piece like if I got it from Forever 21.

I really don't care to spend tons of money on clothes that I know I won't get a ton of wear from (currently on my treat-myself wishlist is a BCBG bandage skirt which I know I'll wear to pieces). I opt to spend more on shoes or handbags that I know I'll get a lot of use from so I like Forever 21 for cheap dresses. 

NastyGal Dress (I sized up in this dress because it is skin tight)
Christian Louboutin Decollete Pump (similar pointed toe)
AMI Club Wear Cape






Forever 21 Dress (similar)





Forever 21 Dress (this was a sale item & no longer available)
Bow Belt (similar)
Christian Louboutin Decollete Pump (similar pointed toe)
Forever 21 Cape Blazer (similar here & here)








With Love,
Stephie

12.29.2014

Merry Christmas, Darling.

Hi y'all!

Merry (belated) Christmas! I hope y'all had a great time & spent it with all of those you love. This year, my parents were going out of town during Christmas so we had an early Christmas get together with them. It was definitely a little weird not having them around on actual Christmas day but still wonderful all the same. We unfortunately didn't get a good family photo, I had to do some major editing on my entire family photo so I'm just sharing one of Mike, Juicy & me.

Btw, I realize Juicy may not look super happy in most pictures unless her mouth is wide open LOL but she really is a happy lady! It's just her little "eyebrows" that makes her look constantly worried.


On Christmas day, Mike made us a yummy breakfast. I got him a shirt (it says Triple Dog Dare You) as one of his presents & so he chose to wear my apron so he didn't get bacon grease on himself :)


We went out and spent some time with Mike's family which is always nice. Then for dinner, I made a pot roast, Mike made mashed potatoes & for dessert we had pineapple cream cheese pie from our favorite family restaurant. I posted a pic of it on Instagram if you are curious. My brother came over for dinner & we watched The Interview (super Christmasy haha). Overall it was a really nice Christmas!

Juicy was begging for a bone candy cane. Last year, before her health scare, we left them lower on the tree and she literally took them down several pieces at a time. Now I am really REALLY protective of what she consumes but still wanted to keep our tradition going. So we  hung the bone candy canes up really high on the tree and only gave her maybe 3 or 4 over the holiday season. Better safe than sorry! It's really hard to say no to her, I mean look at that face!!!! AGHHHH <3 p="">



As for my makeup, I was really bummed out because I had an awful waxing experience & pretty much my skin got ripped off on my right eye which has never happened before. So I was patiently waiting for it to heal. To keep it a little festive, I lined my lower lashline & waterline with green using MAC Humid eye shadow. I'm wearing the Red Cherry #47 lashes that I got from my last haul (I was trying to hide my burn scab) & MAC Verve lipstick (my absolute favorite, I can't get enough). I'm wearing a Christmas present from my sister, now that I'm a wifey, I want to show it off! Hehe :)

Lastly, can we just take a moment to enjoy this picture quality!!!! All thanks to my new studio lights (that I bought for less than $60)! I purchased them off Amazon and they're the Cowboy Studio 3 Lighting Kit (mine are the white ones but now I'm wondering if I should have gotten the black and silver). For the price, it really is a good value. I bought them so I can record videos whenever I want (busy season is right around the corner so I thought I'd give myself the chance to record after work..... we'll even see if that happens haha) & to help in taking pictures. Especially outfit selfies in the mirror. My room just has poor lighting so my mirror outfit pics always need a ton of editing & don't even look its best. Since this is just my hobby, I didn't wanna invest in something crazy expensive and I think it works out for what I need it for. Seriously, look at this quality! I'm in awe... and you can see my brow burn. Fun.







Hahahaha I just wanted to take a cute mommy/baby picture and she was not interested. She looks so unhappy hahahaha oh well. Love her!









Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from my family to yours!

With love,
Stephie

12.28.2014

My Designer Shoe Collection: Christian Louboutin, Chanel & Miu Miu

Hi y'all!


When it comes to handbags & shoes, I'm willing to invest some money into them. I am not into paying a ton for clothes because they wear out so easily but shoes? Don't mind if I do.

I really never expected to own a pair of Christian Louboutins. Of course, almost every girl lusts after a pair & I had a fleeting dream that one day I'd buy myself a pair. Mike got me my first pair for my birthday three years ago and he created a monster. So really, it's all his fault ;) Just kidding, thanks hubby!!

So here I am sharing my small designer shoe collection with y'all. I was asked to share my Louboutins in particular but threw in the couple other pairs of designer shoes just to round it all out. The styles I chose are all really functional & easy to transition from work to play. I figured I get more bang for my buck if I bought shoes I could wear for any occasion & since I'm investing a lot of money into them, I want to be able to wear them as much as possible. The only downside is that they're so pretty that sometimes I opt to not wear them for fear of messing them up (i.e. nights out when I won't be caring as I should for them). For example, the first day I bought my Chanel flats, I accidentally scuffed them while walking.... I was devastated! But it isn't super noticeable, it just broke my heart a little.

I personally prefer a round or almond shaped toe so my shoes all have that kind of shape. I hope my review was helpful if you're currently deciding on which pair to purchase & hope y'all enjoy the shoe porn ;)







To give y'all an idea of what my shoes look like on, I wanted to share some photos. For reference, I'm 5'1" & shoe size is normally a 37.5. My foot is not exactly wide or normal, it's somewhere in the middle. 

Chanel Cap Toe Flats 
Size 38


Kid Leather
Size 37.5


Patent Leather
Size 37.5


Christian Louboutin Decollete
Patent leather
Size 38


Miu Miu Platforms 
Size 37.5
Purchased from EDrop-Off



I hope my review was helpful! 

With Love,
Stephie
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