off the shoulder bodysuit

Friday, August 26, 2016

Happy Friday!

As I was skimming through a few weeks ago I saw this off the shoulder bodysuit. Well, originally I thought it was a top but once I clicked on the images I noticed it was actually a bodysuit. I had a few bodysuits last summer but none that had actual sleeves, so I was interested to see how this would fit/look.  One reason I love shopping at Nordstrom so much is that A. it is free shipping + returns and B. you can actually look up if Nordstrom carries the item in a local location near your home. So I saw the nearest Nordstrom had the bodysuit in stock so I ran over to try it on before I made the purchase. I loved how it fit. I bought a size small and it wasn't too snug in the torso, it actually had a little extra room!

As I transition into Fall I am getting ready to retire some of my shorts for the season, in doing that I like think this bodysuit looks great with a pair of high waisted distressed black denim, or even a great pair of dark flared jeans with booties.  

I am off to a girls weekend in Palm Springs with some of my besties for a little reverse bachelorette party, or as we are calling it a "wifey party!" I can't wait to lay by the pool and relax for a few days, make sure to follow along on snapchat (SteshJordan) and Instagram! 

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lash bash with beauty brands
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Who doesn't love mascara?! Everyone woman does, I mean it is life changing, right? Adding a few brushes here and there to totally transform your look is amazing. However, if you are anything like me, you hate the price tag that usually comes with a great tube of mascara. $30 a tube, I go through a tube every month... thats almost a dollar a day! Well, guess what!! Beauty Brands is having their annual Mascara Lash Bash where tubes of mascara are only $10.99!! Time to stock up!

I have done some research on some of the greatest mascaras (as I get older I really value the different brush type, length of brush, and bristles of the mascara wand!) and have a review for you!

I typically used to think lash primer was white, but not always! This Laura Geller, Fortifying Lashes is a great primer... honestly I feel like its just like regular mascara! The brush is a little fuller so I felt as if I had fuller lashes with more volume. 

Stila: Mike High Lashes ($10.99 reg. $25)

The name speaks for its self, this mascara gives you the length you have always wanted. With a shorter more bristled brush it really allows for your lashes to grow that extra length!

Tarte: Lights, Camera, Lashes ($10.99 reg. $21)

There was nothing that really stood out to me specific or unique about this mascara (except for the tube design!) it was an overall great mascara. I loved the way the mascara applied to my lashes, it added volume, length, and was NOT clumpy. 

I love brushes that have a slight curve to them! This Elizabeth Arden brush has a slight curve allowing a great swoop giving my lashes the perfect curl. *side note, I never use a lash curler, I hate how it feels so having a great mascara thats gives a good curl is curtail!

Peter Thomas: Roth ($10.99 reg. $22)

This was the first mascara I started using and I LOVED it! I love the thin brush, it allows for me to get my inner lashes with out any clumping. This mascara is better for length and really tackles each individual lash causing NO clumps. 

per-fekt: lash perfection gel ($10.99 reg. $28.50)

This lash gel is great because it has vitamin A + E which helps strength your lashes and make them healthy. Most mascaras just add a layer or a coast to your lashes but this gel really helps your natural lashes grow and become stronger!

There are so many mascaras out there, and honestly switching them up is so much fun! I love trying new products, and I am so excited for my lashes to be better than ever as we head into fall! Make sure you head over to Beauty Brands, either online or find a local store near you and take advantage of this Mascara Lash Bash event! Runs from now through September 3rd so stock up!!

This post was brought to you by Beauty Brands however all opinions + reviews are my own. 

fall trends with Banana Republic
Monday, August 22, 2016

Happy Monday! 

Here I am again wearing this lace up tank from Nordstrom that I picked up during the NSale (now $34.00) last month. You can see how I styled the tank originally here in this post, but today I have gone for a more layered look. After all, the Fall season is about 3 major things: 1. Pumpkin Spice everything! 2. beautiful colors, and 3. layers, layers, layers!

I am super into cropped pants this seasons as well (like these above!) I feel they give the vision of your legs having a little extra length. They look great with wedges, booties, and if you want to wear taller boots no one will even notice your pants are cropped so you win again! Oh yea, and don't forget flats! Especially with the lace up flats being so popular again this season... I mean, you want to see that tie don't you?

shop this exact look (all items under $100!) below:

casual fall staples
Friday, August 19, 2016

 denim // v-neck c/o Lush // bag // booties // sunglasses c/o Ditto // bracelet c/o Olive + Piper

Happy Friday! I can't believe how fast the summer has flown by, just another week or so left in August then we will be taking on Labor Day weekend! As I start to think of Fall (even if the weather is not cooling yet!) I start adding staples pieces to my wardrobe because after all Fall is all about layers. This grey v-neck from Lush is hands down my favorite tee, so much so that I bought it in 3 different colors.  Wearing it alone with these distressed jeans + booties like I did in todays post OR pairing it with black skinnies, wedges, + a plaid shirt for a totally different look would be just as great!

I can't wait to start showing more Fall inspired looks but don't worry I will still be mixing in those summer favorites because after all Arizona is still hitting 109 degrees daily!  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, I am super excited to be doing absolutely nothing. Well not nothing, I am working Saturday and some of Sunday but both Stephen and I are going to try and cut our days short so spend some extra family time! Have a wonderful weekend! 

red embroidery
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Happy Wednesday! I apologize I tried to get this post up Monday however life took over + I have been struggling with a sinus headache this week. Having a headache is the worst especially when you are trying to type + stare at your computer screen all. day. long!

Anyways, on to a fashion note, how much do you love this off the shoulder dress? The white, the crochet, the red embroidery.... it all just seems to work perfectly! The top is elastic so you can also tie the top closed as well or leave it open as I did here. As we are all preparing for the fall season (and trust me I am so ready for fall layers!) but there is something about a fun summer dress and just makes me happy. I paired the dress with these taupe wedges $79.95 (fits true to size + super comfortable!) and my favorite go to taupe tote $55 I have had on repeat.  I had been searching for a great nude color bag for a while when I stumbled across this beauty during last months NSale and it has literally been my everyday bag since!

Hope everyone is having a great week, a few more days till the weekend! Shop my exact outfit below:

dress c/o Shein // bag // shoes // lipstick in "brave" //  bracelet