Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale Picks

This beautiful Kendra Scott necklace, featured in this post, is now on major sale!


Oh yes, it's that time of the year again- the NORDSTROM HALF YEARLY SALE! You can save up to 40% on Men, Women & Kids styles, while supplies last through May 31 with free shipping and free returns. I love sales like this because it's a great time to stock up on a great mix of wardrobe staples and snag a few fun new pieces as well. Here are some of the items in my shopping cart for the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Memorial Day Style - Bikini Edit

Vitamin A Bikini


Yesterday I shared with you some adorable dress options for Memorial Day and today I want to share with you some bikini options. You see, I have been invited to a couple of pool parties this weekend and I am afraid to admit that I haven't purchased a new bikini in like 2 years- I know, the SHAME! I thought maybe some of you might also be in need of a new bikini so I wanted to share some of the pieces on my wish list. Note, all of the bikinis are either from Revolve or Shopbop, both of which have 2-3 day shipping, so they'll arrive this week. Happy shopping!





Ps. if you're in the market for a one piece instead, check out my post here.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Memorial Day Style - Dress Edit

J.O.A. Stripe Dress


You guys, I'm really sorry I went dark the last couple of weeks with no warning, it was not planned at all. I actually have an exciting reason that I went radio silent- I got a new job! The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind with me wrapping up at my previous job and getting ready to start my new one. I start the new gig this week and I'm oh so excited! It's a great opportunity and one I couldn't be more thrilled about. Okay enough about all of that, let's get back to talking about clothes :)

Memorial Day is just around the corner and as I'll take any and all opportunities to dress up, naturally I've begun my outfit planning. I usually like to dress a little festive for holidays so I've picked out a few cute red, white and blue dresses for you today. All are great because, while they are festive, they are not costume-y nor are they campy. They're versatile styles that can be worn all summer long to BBQs, dinners, wine tasting, etc. I hope you all enjoy these looks as much as I do!

Xo J




Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Must-Have Makeup Tools



Like Megan, I am completely obsessed with watching YouTube beauty tutorials (Lauren and Jaclyn are my two all-time favorite vloggers). I am completely fascinated with how these vloggers are able to completely transform their looks with the right makeup, products and tools. I've discovered so many great products (more on that later) and have found some really great tools of the trade. Today I want to share with you some of the must-have tools that all of the pros (and me) loooove.





1. Beauty Blender - I have to give credit where credit is due here. Allison told me about this tool years ago and I have recently started using it more and more- it's the best. I use the Beauty Blender sponge to apply my liquid foundation when I wear it and also my face concealer. The pros recommend dampening the sponge slightly before applying for a more flawless finish.




2. Kat Von D Angled Contour Brush - I mentioned this brush in this post and my love for it is going strong - I use it every single day. This dual-purpose brush is perfect for applying both your bronzer and your highlighter. Even if you haven't gotten into contouring, it's worth it for the bronzer brush alone.




3. Sigma Blending Brushes - If you can't tell by now in this post, the key to makeup success is blending - blending your foundation, blending your bronzer and contour and now, blending your eyeshadow. The right brush will allow you to easily manipulate your eyeshadow for a nice, soft blend. My two favorite blending brushes are the E35 and the E38.



There are endless amounts of tools you could buy but these are three of my must-haves. I hope you all fall in love with them just like I did!

Xo J

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Black and White



This top, last seen here, is a far more versatile piece than I had imagined. Last worn with jeans, I next paired it with a flirty white skirt for a fun, flirty night out look. I added my marble clutch for pattern, turquoise earrings for a pop of color, and called it a day. Happy Spring!




ASOS Top, Zara Skirt (old but similar options herehere and here), Rebecca Minkoff Clutch (color sold out, other pretty colors here), LAMB Heels, Kendra Scott Earrings

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cinco de Mayo Drinks



Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and it's time to get planning for the festivities. The good folks at Sauza sent me some tequila so this past weekend I was experimenting with some cocktails to serve on Cinco de Mayo. My husband usually hates being involved with anything related to the blog, but he was not complaining when he got to taste test all of my experiments. Here are two Sauza tequila cocktails that would be perfect for Cinco de Mayo.



Grapefruit Jalapeño Margarita Recipe 

Ingredients
4 Shots 
Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1/2 Jalapeño, sliced
2 Grapefruits, juiced
2 Limes, juiced
1 Tsp Agave (optional)

Salt, Sugar and Cayenne for the rim


Directions

  1. Thinly slice up 1/2 of a raw jalapeño and add it to a jar containing 4 shots of tequila. Let sit 1-24 hours. NOTE: The longer you let it infuse, the spicier it will get so be careful!
  2. After the tequila is infused, strain it or remove the jalapeños. 
  3. Add to a cocktail shaker the following:
    1. 2 parts tequila
    2. 2 parts grapefruit juice
    3. 1 part lime juice 
    4. Splash of agave (if desired).
  4. Do a quick stir and taste. If you want it sweeter, add more agave.
  5. Add one ice cube and shake vigorously.
  6. Rim the glasses with sugar, salt and cayenne. 
  7. Add ice, margarita and ENJOY!





Spicy Senorita

Ingredients

4 Shots Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
1 Beer (I used Corona Light)
2 Limes, juiced
A dash of hot sauce
Salt, Sugar and Cayenne for the rim


Directions

  1. Rim the glasses with sugar, salt and cayenne. 
  2. Add ice and all ingredients to glasses and stir.
  3. Enjoy - yes, it's that simple!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Guide - Under $100

Sferra Throw


And just like that, it's almost Mother's Day (May 10th). I'm sure most mothers would be happy with a day spent together with their family, but as locations and schedules don't always allow that, a gift is always a nice substitute. I am not a mother myself but knowing what my mom might like, plus what some of my other friends who are moms would like, I put together the following gift guide. As an added bonus, all of the items (except one that is $105), are under $100.

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