the friday five

November 21, 2014

the friday five with a brocade dress, star necklace, melon clutch, bow flats and bow gloves via M Loves M @marmar

I have holiday parties on the brain I think because lately I've been looking at so many gorgeous metallic dresses. I've always had a crush on brocade {remember this skirt from a few years ago?}. This ELIZA J BEADED BELT METALLIC BROCADE DRESS is so pretty and would look great with tights and some pretty pumps. I'd probably curl my hair with some glamour waves or put it into a big bun! I love sparkly accessories and this STARLIGHT BRACELET is such a standout! I love how the stars are oversized too. You don't need to wear a lot of other jewelry with a piece like this. 

Unexpected colors in winter make me happy. This EMBOSSED CLUTCH is not what you'd expect for a holiday accessory but I think it adds a great pop of color in this peachy melon hue. It would be so pretty paired with a gray coat like this one!

Can we talk about how bow crazy I've been lately? The red heels from today's post are a favorite and I've been wearing them {non.stop!}. I guess it shouldn't be a surprise then that these TORY BURCH VANESSA FLATS {which also come in navy} stood out to me. They're great for adding a little sparkle! And, then we have these KATE SPADE STITCHED BOW GLOVES {they also come in red and pink!} I'd love going out on a cold day with these pretties on my hands, wouldn't you?

Have a great weekend everyone!! Do you have any fun plans? I'm going over to see my best friend's sister's baby tonight and I can't wait! I need some baby cuddling!


the girl with the skirt

lip print top and black full skirt on M Loves M @marmar
Sometimes when you're having the worst day, where nothing is quite going quite your way, you have to grab the biggest skirt you own and play dress up. Lately I've been feeling so overwhelmed with things at work, the approaching holidays, Matthew's shoulder surgery next week, and it's been getting to me. I felt kinda down over the weekend, mainly from stress, but honestly putting this skirt on made me happy. So happy in fact that I broke out in song and dance at the end. Maybe that was due to my extreme tiredness, but I like to think it was the skirt talkin! A big, poufy skirt can't help but make me smile!
lip print top and black full skirt on M Loves M @marmar
lip print top and black full skirt on M Loves M @marmar
lip print top and black full skirt on M Loves M @marmar
red shoes with a bowl via M Loves M @marmar
lip print top on M Loves M @marmar
twirling in black full skirt via M Loves M @marmar
lip print tank from Rory Beca via M Loves M @marmar
top Rory Beca {also available here}, skirt c/o Chicwish, coat c/o Chicwish, shoes JustFab {also love this version}, sunglasses Karen Walker, necklace Bauble Bar, bracelet Capwell Co, lipstick 

Chicwish is doing it again with their amazing skirt collection! I love how expensive this black one feels. It's big but still super comfortable to walk in. Thinking I might need to get another color for a New Years Party, or our annual Christmas Eve Eve!

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Happy Friday everyone!


skincare favorites

November 20, 2014

M Loves M skincare favorites {click through for details} @marmar

I've been going through some new favorite products in my beauty drawer so I wanted to share some of the ones I've really enjoyed using. I've included two products on here that I didn't use a year and a half ago, but are now a part of my daily routine. Can you guess which ones? I'll just tell ya..toner and serum! Do you use either? Or both? While I've always washed my face every morning and night {thanks Mommy for the good habit!}, I've always been very basic with the products I use. Cleanser + Moisturizer with SPF = Done! Part of the reason I didn't use many products was because I was on acne medications prescribed by my doctor, so they didn't allow for any additional treatments. Now that I have the acne somewhat under control, I've started trying new products and serum was one of the first that I heard raves about. I've been using this iS CLINICAL ACTIVE SERUM and I really like it. It goes on easily and I apply it right after washing and toning my face. Toner is a product my mom always swears by, and whether you dab it with a cotton ball, or spray it on, it's helpful in restoring your skin's PH balance after washing and cleansing. My mom introduced me to this AVEDA BOTANICAL KINETICS TONING AGENT that actually comes in a spray bottle which is great for even distribution. I've been using it for years now and it's a step I try not to forget. 

A few times a week I'll use an exfoliant, and this ARCONA GOMMAGE is so great. I'm a huge fan of Arcona's products in general and almost included their White Tea Cleanser {I used it all last year and I think I need to get it again}. This Gommage smells like cranberries and I always look forward to using it {kinda lame when you read it, but when you use it you'll know what I mean..swear}. I gently rub the gommage onto my skin and then wash it off with cool water. My face immediately feels so much smoother, and the antioxidant properties of the cranberries is great for anti-aging. Since my skin gets dry during the winter I need to exfoliate..desperately! And I also need a great skin cream, so this FIRST AID BEAUTY ULTRA REPAIR CREAM always does the trick. It's seriously the best! When it's super dry in the winter, my skin is like the parched desert..cracked and raw. The best thing to do is chug lots of water during the day and also use a super hydrating and nourishing face cream, like this one. Another thing I do to help combat the dry skin, and also just improve its overall appearance, is to apply a mask once a week, or once every other week. {I usually try and fail miserably at getting Matthew to join me! haha!} This BLISS MULTI-'FACE'-ETED CLAY MASK is great because it doesn't dry out my already dry skin. It retains a lot of moisture so that I can wear it and still do things like talk on the phone, or eat dessert. Picture me in my pajamas with a mask on, eating chocolate chip cookies, while watching Revenge and Scandal. That's a pretty exciting night and I feel oh so glamorous in a mask, even if it does freak Matthew out a bit! 

This DIOR CAPTURE TOTALE CREAM product is one that I got as a sample a few months ago. I started using it and preferred it almost immediately to the other eye creams I had been using. The cream feels silky soft, and I honestly think I would have the biggest bags under my eyes right now if it wasn't for this product. The holidays are so stressful but this cream just gets me. It has my back, or should I say it holds my bags?! haha oh the jokes! I squeezed every last bit out of this tube, though, and I'm looking forward to getting it again.

Have you tried and liked any new products lately? If you have any recommendations for how to get rid of redness caused from old pimples let me know! I was breaking out a few weeks ago and even though the zits are gone I still have these annoying red marks that I have to cover up with foundation. every.single.morning. Any advice you have would be so appreciated!!


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