Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Outfit: Hot Date with my Hubby

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I recently found this color block dress in my swap bag from Kaitlyn and it was love at first sight.
I wore it with flats and ran my errands, dropped the kids off at their grandparents, did some back-to-school clothes shopping for them, then tossed on some heels and met up with the hubby for a dinner date night out. 

There is something so effortless and easy about a shift dress. Throw in the color block detail and it's super easy to style up or down depending on what you are doing for the day. 
I added my favorite nude heels and all rose gold jewelry to take my look from mom-on-the-go to date night out! 
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Dress: Lulus (Swap w/ Kaitlyn) // Shoes: c/o Just Fab // Bag: Rachel Zoe // Sunnies: Prada // Necklace: EG Jewelry // Bangle: c/o It's a Bling Thing // Rings: T+J Designs // Watch: Michael Kors (Swap w/ Kaitlyn) (similar

Do you have a color block or shift dress that you love? How do you take your looks from day to night when you have to change in the car?

Monday, September 1, 2014

How-To Contouring for Everyday Wear

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I don't know about you, but I am sick of looking on Pinterest at all the contouring photos and thinking "how can anyone wear that much makeup?"! 

I decided to head over to my local MAC store an take a lesson in everyday contouring. I ended up doing a bit of shopping as well, I mean once you know what to do, you DO need the products, right? I thought so. 

Here is what I came home with:
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Here is my video tutorial of how to get the everyday contouring look. I did not speed it up or add music so you could actually follow along if you'd like. I hope you enjoy!


These are the product names and colors I used in the video:
-MAC Mineralize Concealer (NW20)
-MAC Mineralize Foundation (NC20)
-MAC Prep + Prime Hightlighter (light boost)
-MAC Fix+ spray
-MAC Powder Blush (used for contouring) in Harmony Matte 
-MAC crease brush #224
-MAC angled brush #168

Since the color in the video was a little off, I wanted to show you how subtle this technique really looks in person. Below are photos taken right after I finished recording the above how-to video. 
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If I was going out at night, I'd add blush and a bit darker on the cheek bones, but this is great for everyday! 

What do think of my everyday contouring video and photos? Did this help you at all? Should I do more videos?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Remix: Tribal Print Maxi Dress

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I bought this 100% silk maxi dress at Rad & Refined back in 2012. It is still one of my top five favorite maxi dresses that I own. I think I love how it feels against my skin (I mean, who doesn't love silk?), the slits on both sides, and the way it flows as I walk and when a gust of wind hits the material. It really is a sexy dress without being tight or short.

 When looking back at the ways I have styled it, I realized I don't mix it up too much. I am clearly wearing different shoes each time (all nude or brown...so really not that different), and I add a pop of color whether it be in the jewelry, bag, or jacket, but over all the styling has been pretty similar.

Here are three ways I have worn my tribal maxi dress over the past two years:
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I think I need to layer over it next time to really give it a different look. Maybe a loose cable knit or a vest...we shall see.

What do you think of my dress? How would you style it?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Outfit: Hold me Closer Tiny Dancer...

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I am such a fan of updated 70's fashion. I like to classify the way I styled this boho look as boho chic. I feel like if you are adding great jewelry and 6 inch heels, it just makes it more dressy or chic (for a lack of a better word).

I decided to pair these great wide leg pants with a crop top, fringe bag, and maroon colored hat. To finish the look off I added great gold jewelry and a super high heel.
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Top: Nordstrom // Pants & Hat: Victoria's Secret // Shoes: c/o Just Fab // Bangle: c/o It's a Bling Thing // Necklace: House of Gemmes (similar)  // Watch: Fossil // Bag: Target 

This look was perfect for meeting up with my sister-in-law for a sushi dinner date. Honestly, this outfit just made me feel like dancing. The wide let pants are super breezy and the crop top made the look feel perfect for summer.

What do you think of this pairing? Do you enjoy making some of your boho looks more chic and less full on retro?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Outfit: Chambray Dress is Best!

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I was at the lake house so I kept the styling beyond simple. I only added a watch, sandals, and this adorable anchor print bag. I'm pretty sure it doesn't get easier style wise then this. 
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Dress: Because I Shop Too Much // Bag: Fashion Q (Swap w/ Kaitlyn) // Shoes: Target // Watch: Fossil // Sunnies: Prada 

Do you own a chambray dress? Do you like this one?

Shop my closet here. Over 30 items added in the past week and more coming soon! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

After-School Pizza Party

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You've made it through the first week of school, treat your kids and yourself with a homemade pizza party! Whether for a play date or bonding time, making pizza with fun toppings like Hormel Pepperoni, sausage crumbles or Hormel Cure 81 Cubed Ham is sure to put a smile on every one's face.

I found these great gluten free frozen pizza crusts (they come in packs of two) and it's been making our lives even easier!

Here is what you'll need:
-Crust
-Pizza sauce
-Cheese (we used organic mozzarella
-toppings of choice (Hormel has some great ones to choose from)
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Directions:
-Follow the crust direction for oven temperature and times.
-If using Cure 81 ham, pre-cook on stove top.

My kids loved helping with this one too! My daughter said she just wanted cheese, but my son was all about adding Hormel pepperoni and Hormel Cure 81 Ham.
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Here is what the finished products looked like:
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Do you make your own pizzas? What is your go-to after school snack or dinner?

*Back-To-School Twitter Chat Today!
As the kids are getting ready to go back to school, Hormel Foods is here to help make the transition as smooth as possible for the kids and mom & dad.
Join us on August 26 from 1-2 p.m. CST on the Hormel Foods Twitter handle (@HormelFoods) to ask questions and share your tips around the Back-To-School theme. Everyone who participates will be automatically entered to win a $500 gift card!
You can check out my previous Hormel posts and recipes herehereherehereherehereherehere, & here

*I am currently a member of the Hormel Foods Extended Blogger Program and this post is part of my involvement in the Group. While Hormel Foods provides me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, all statements and sentiment in Stilettos and Diaper Bags are my own.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Outfit: Rehearsal Dinner Style

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My dad got married last weekend and this is what I wore to the rehearsal and dinner. He got married at The Abbey Resort in Wisconsin and it was an outdoor wedding under a gazebo. The weather was warm with a nice lake breeze and this was a perfect look for watching my kids practice walking (as flower girl and ring barrier) and practicing my reading as well.

This silk maxi dress is one of my all time favorites so I was very excited to wear it to a very special event. I tried to keep the styling very simple by adding a brown belt, nude shoe, and denim jacket.
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Jacket: Pepe Jeans // Dress: Rad & Refined // Shoes: c/o Just Fab // Watch: Fossil // Bangle: c/o It's a Bling Thing // Necklace: Piperlime 

What is your go-to style for rehearsal dinners? Do you like this maxi dress as much as I do?