Alright people, It is NO SURPRISE that I am SO into this years trend of pops of leopard! This trend comes around every few years and lets be honest, It never leaves my wardrobe! As long as you know how to rock it, DO IT!
This open cardigan is one of my favorites!!! You literally can pair it with ANYTHING! Dress is up, dress is down!
Now are you ready for THIS?!?! THIS! This is my most favorite dress!! I actually bought it to be my Christmas dress this year and wore it to The Nutcracker with my family! It is this MOST comfortable and soft maxi dress EVER! I have purchased SO many dresses and things from this site!
What one of my favorite things about out Nutcracker day, I did my makeup at 11am and had an ugly sweater party at 7pm. No touch ups necessary, My makeup stayed ALL DAY and was pleasantly surprised!! With such a busy day, makeup and go!! Nothing better!!
And not to TOOT MY OWN HORN buuuuuuut, WINNER WINNER!!!!
Enjoy your Holiday preparations friends and a lot of these tips can be applied to those certain people in your lives, GIFT ON!!!
*Let us just start this post with a few truth bombs*
TRUTH BOMB #1: I would hang out in jeans and t shirts all day ERYday if I could!
But….TRUTH BOMB #2: I love to get all cutesied up!! (yep cutesied is a word now)
Being a mom we get caught up in, well…everything but ourselves! And even if we want to dress somewhat cute, chances are those sweet angels of ours will either wipe a questionable something on you OR you kneel/step/sit/slip on something even more questionable! WHAT’S THE POINT?!? Whats the point of getting all ready and literally crapped on, on a day to day basis??
For me…If I get up, get myself ready, I feel like I can take on ALL THE THINGS!!! Granted there are more days where I am wearing yesterdays makeup, probably what I slept in the night before with a sweatshirt over it. And bust out the things that NEED to get done at home where no witnesses are in sight and only the neighbor kid asks “Why do you have so many freckles?” (Its called sun damage and age spots kid, that’s a whole nother blog post kid!! GEEZ!)
I thought that maybe putting together a few outfit choices and accessories might help a few of you out!
I would like to say I came up with these styles and pairings all on my own but, ha ha, NOPE! My Best Friend is a fashionista GENIUS! Her and I embarked on an up to date FALL fashion finding mission! And not only that but most of the cute clothes you see on the adorably perfect bloggers or models are ridiculous amounts of money! Again, having bodily fluids come at you from all angles in a stupidly expensive outfit makes no freaking sense to me! Enough talking lets get to some of the goods we found on our FALL FASHION journey!The Details: Who would’ve thought high waisted jeans would be a wardrobe staple! Ask my friend! I pretty much fought her on purchasing any sort of highwaisted anything. Guess what my favorite jeans are now?! Yep, these highwaisted Jeggings from Express. I got mine from the Express Outlet store. I have been wearing Express jeans/Jeggings for years and have ALWAYS loved the fit! I also LOVE the distressing on these because its not too much, just enough!
Grab High waisted jeggings or something similar HERE:
This Pin Striped Button Up Shirt Dress is a MUST HAVE! I found this one at Target, of course!! They have several there right now in different prints that could be rocked through out all the seasons!! The brand “A New Day” at Target is killing it!!! All their stuff is adorable!!! Adorable and Affordable!!
Never underestimate the power of a good, comfy, denim shirt! I have seen them ALL over in many different stores. If you get a good one, it will last! I found this one a few years ago at Express. I LOVE IT! And then there are these camo pants!!!! I have seriously converted SO many of my friends to these same exact camo pants I got at Old Navy!! They are the perfect fit and stretch! Which in turn means, COOOOMFY! They fit in all the right places. They are the ROCKSTAR SUPER SKINNY MID RISE JEANS!!
Leopard, Leopard, Leopard! It is in and you KNOW that makes me happy!! It is such a good staple piece, either a t-shirt, cardigan, or a cute bootie, Leopard is IN!!
Easily layer anything with this gorgeous color! Emerald Green is one of the best colors this year!
Universal Thread is another brand at Target that is ON POINT! The maroon button up tie front top is from there! Plus its got that wrinkled type texture so it travels well, WIN WIN!!!!!
The billowy sweatshirt I LOVE!!! It is more of a crop/shorter top so utilizing those banging high waisted jeans will come in handy!!! It is casual but can also be dressed up!!! Find this gem at Express!
The just of this post is to let you guys know that you DO NOT have to break the bank to have stylish and comfy clothes! Mix and match with your core staple pieces!! And if you can drag a ginormous inflated balloon around with you while you’re at it you’re good to go!
Find this gem of a gal on Instagram: @Balloonsbycourt
And could NOT be more happy and excited to work with my AMAZINGLY TALENTED Photographer Friend!! Go check out her gorgeous work!!!! Instagram @cindyhuntphoto
We can’t finish this post with out a little behind the scenes bloopers!!! (BFF Stylist Amy! Get use to seeing her around her, shes a freaking GENIUS!!!)
I have loved beauty products since probably middle school! Ya know, like only 10 years ago….I WISH!!! But seriously, I have used many different things over the years and THESE favorites I have used OVER & OVER! I go to try something else but ALWAYS end up going back to my tried and true!!!
I numbered them out for you so you don’t get confused. I will also link them for you so you can easily find these AMAZING products!
Mask of Magnaminty: THIS MASK IS THE BEEEEEST! No really it is!! It has an amazing tingling, and slight burn good burn!) depending how dirty your face is. It isn’t harsh or abrasive and is made from ALL NATURAL ingredients. It has loads of ground aduki beans to exfoliate flaky or dry skin, vanilla absolute to calm redness and honey to soothe and moisturize. https://www.lushusa.com/face/masks/mask-of-magnaminty/9999900411.html
3. My Favorite Face Moisturizer
Milk Moisturizing Cream: Like I said before, I have sensitive skin. I am also a creature of habit. I can not just put anything on my face and be ok. Nope, my face will break out like a hormonal 8th grade teenager! No joke! Anything with crazy oils and I’m in for a nasty pimple faced ride. I used the same oil-free moisturizer for years and it was OK, it did the job but did not benefit my skin in any way. When I got into MaskCara Beauty I was reluctant to even “try” their moisturizer or skincare line. (Remember, creature of habit over here!) Boy was i pleasantly surprised. Surprised because I had no teenager breakouts the morning after and my skin felt ridiculously hydrated and HEALTHY! I didn’t even know I was missing out on that feeling. Milk Creme contains 16% natural milk components and moisturizes the driest of skins, leaving you with a youthful glow. With its combination of the alpha-hydroxy lactic acid and vitamins A and E, it gently penetrates the skin surface and helps exfoliate and release dead skin cells. This helps promote healthy skin cell turnover and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. It is non-comedogenic and absorbs into the skin quickly and with out a lingering greasy feeling. Milk Creme is alcohol free and contains allantoin, jojoba oil, and rhodopsin oil, which are all natural and beneficial to the skin. FUN FACT: Excellent for dry skin conditions, sunburned or damaged skin as well as scar tissue and stretch marks. https://tonilea.maskcarabeauty.com/en/shop/office/20/skin/155/milk-moisturizing-cream
IIID Foundation: If you know me personally, at all, you know I have always loved makeup. I enjoy practicing different looks and different products. I have tried many different foundations over the years, high end to drug store brands. I found one I liked and you guessed it, used it for years. (creature, habit, me) A friend of mine bought and used it from another friend of ours. I kept seeing posts and pictures of ladies wearing this foundation and thought “Maybe I should try it out…” I borrowed it from my girlfriend and FELL IN LOVE! Long story short…IIID foundation enhances skin tone, camouflages blemishes and dark circles, sculpts features and creates the “perfect lighting” on your face all in one quick application. We are not one dimensional, and your makeup shouldn’t be either. It makes Highlighting and Contouring a freaking BREEZE! You are unique and your face is an amazing combination of glowing highlight and chiseled shadow. Putting a wash of one foundation color all over your face is diminishing those amazing angles and creating a “flat face” that just isn’t the natural you. IIID Foundation makes it easy to customize a palette tailored to your skin tones. https://tonilea.maskcarabeauty.com/en
Stay Out There Setting Spray: I say “Favorite Setting Spray”, but it is actually my favorite face primer!! After I moisturize and let that soak in for AT LEAST 10 minutes, I spray this all over my face. I actually SOAK my face in it and let it dry. It creates the best canvas for a flawless foundation application. It helps your makeup stay put! AND, you guys!! The smell!! IT SMELLS AMAZING!!! https://tonilea.maskcarabeauty.com/en/shop/office/20/skin/106/stay-out-there-setting-spray
Butterball Bath Bomb: I LOVE a good HOT bath! I mean HOT! But hot is not good for the skin, leaves it crazy dry. Not if you use this guy! Seriously, it’s my go to cold, winter, night bath heavenly-ness! It’s SO moisturizing your skin feels like you JUST put lotion on. My daughter has really bad eczema and this works wonders on her skin. Just pop it into your tub and lie back enjoy a dreamy vanilla scent and a blanket of creamy, buttery froth. Butterball’s huge flecks of fair trade organic cocoa butter keep every inch of your skin soft and hydrated. ITS AMAZING! https://www.lushusa.com/bath/bath-bombs/butterball/00012.html
MaskCara Beauty Eyeshadows: These eye shadows are highly pigmented, silky, long-lasting and come in the most flattering universal shades! I even compared them to my high end shadows. I get asked which shades to start with all the time. Here is what I recommend: Sabrina (all over color), Bubba (great crease color and best transition shadow), Bend and Snap (MY FAVORITE! its a perfect mauvey color and paired with Sabrina, perfect and EASY!), and Gilded (a darker and gorgeous crease color to do a more smokey/dramatic eye). https://tonilea.maskcarabeauty.com/en/shop/office/28/eye-shadow
IIID Perfector Sponge: Here I go again, I have used the expensive beauty sponges, I have used the least expensive. And in ALL honestly I never thought there was a big difference between all the others until I used this one. No joke! The Perfector creates a flawless finish to your makeup and blends it to perfection! Dampen your sponge, squeeze out excess water, and dab and roll over foundation that needs blending. The Perfector is a sponge designed for blending your makeup without removing it. I love the pink one! https://tonilea.maskcarabeauty.com/en/shop/office/29/brushes-tools/105/iiid-perfector-sponge-cotton-candy
17. My Favorite Powder Highlighter
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter: I should do a high end and a comparable dupe, but that can be another post. I love my MaskCara cream illuminators and use them daily. But there is something about a powder highlight that just helps SET everything in its place. This Highlighter is worth the price and is so creamy and perfect, it completes EVERY look you are going for. It literally is like a spotlight for the skin! Which makes it look and feel incredible! https://www.ulta.com/shimmering-skin-perfector-pressed-highlighter?productId=xlsImpprod10921068
Alrighty, we did it! I could go on and on BUT I narrowed it down to a “FEW” of my Favorites! As I was writtng this post, I kept thinking of new ones I should include! So, I figure I will be updating my favorites and also doing different “editions”. Get excited for those to come out!!! I hope you have no problems finding any of these products I talked about and If you do feel free to contact me!
2018 is almost over and I am SO excited for what’s to come in 2019!!! Thanks for sharing in my Craziness!
I LOVE a good lip palette! The fact that this one has three colors and an awesome neutral lip liner color, makes this bundle THAT MUCH FREAKING BETTER!!! Check out this video below to see it in ALL ITS GLORY!!!!
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Hi! I'm Toni, or as I’ve been called most my life, Crazy Toni. I am a wife and Momma of 3 beautiful kids that run me crazy all day every day. (see the “crazy” pattern happening here?!?) We live in Reno, NV and absolutely LOVE LAKE TAHOE and all things associated with it!