Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Palette Passion

Palette Passion

Palette Passion by embellishedangel featuring a matte eye shadow


I have a pretty deep love for eye shadow palettes. I love the ease of a palette for traveling purposes. I love having several eye looks come from one stellar palette. Today I am rounding up THE four BEST neutral palettes in my humble opinion. Now you may ask, why would one need FOUR different neutral palettes? My gut reaction is to say, "Why not?" But the real answer is....you don't need four neutral palettes. One really great one will totally do the trick. These palettes all have similar shades and any one of them will offer you tons of eye look options.

 I will admit however that each of these palettes has its one little sweet spot that makes it different from the others. I do own all four and rotate them on a pretty regular basis. I firmly believe in subtle, neutral eye looks and I adore experimenting with each of these and even mixing them together. Each of these palettes are considered "high end" and do cost a pretty penny. However, the quality and staying power of each is not easily matched by a drugstore version. Be patient and wait for an Ulta or Sephora coupon and you'll be golden!  I'll share the unique features of each and link you to a great tutorial on how to create an eye look for each! 

1. Naked Palettes (Naked 1, Naked 2, Naked 3)
I personally only own the first version of this uber popular palette. My oldest daughter owns the Naked 2 and speaks highly of it was well. This is probably the ultimate neutral palette. Soft, creamy shadows in several matte and shimmer shades. The color payoff of each shadow is super and they blend perfectly. The names of the shadows are a riot too! Let me know if any of you have purchased the Naked 3 palette--I am hesitating as it has an overall rose tone to it and worry about its versatility! 




2. Too Faced Chocolate Bar (Get it here!)
Before I purchased this palette I got one of Too Faced's limited edition Christmas palettes called A Few of My Favorite Things. This palette was unbelievable and I became a huge fan of Too Faced instantly! I also have there Chocolate Soleil bronzer and use it religiously everyday for contouring. Too Faced believes in the antioxidant power of chocolate and incorporates it into many of their products. So...guess what? This palette is not only shaped like a chocolate bar but it SMELLS like chocolate. No lie! It is sooo yummy. On top of the chocolate goodness, the shadows are dreamy and creamy. The shimmer shades are not glittery at all and have a perfect iridescence to them that is hard to resist.



3. IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty (Get it HERE!)
This is a recent palette discovery of mine and I sought it out because I feel like other palettes never have enough matte shades. A really good palette should have at least 3-4 matte shades that can be used for your crease and blending. This palette is all MATTE with a twist. All 14 matte shades are silky and smooth and are perfect blended. The twist?! The palette comes with a pearl transforming shade that turns any of the matte shades into beautiful shimmer versions of themselves! Sweet! Video is a review of the palette--its pretty new so there are not a ton of tutorials yet. I will post one when I find a good one!



4. Lorac Pro (Get it HERE!)
This is a perfectly balanced palette. It has 8 matte shades and 8 shimmer shades. The shadows are extremely pigmented and go on so effortlessly. I love the gradation from light to dark and find this palette to be very versatile in creating looks. I find myself reaching for this palette whenever I want a simple, put together look.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

OOTD {Lauren Conrad}

Spring is so close I can almost taste it! Our snow has finally melted and we are on the cusp of our first 70 degree day! Bah! I'm nearly giddy! I'll admit it--I am tired and bored of my winter wardrobe. I want my neons back! I want to show my legs. I want to not dress in layers! Alas, I am getting ahead of myself....Here is an outfit I wore on one of our first nice days. I'm still sporting a cardigan, but I love the spring color and vibe of the outfit. I also adore my Lauren Conrad for Kohl's top. I now own 5 of the tops from her line at Kohl's and each of them are on my top 10 of favorite tops in my closet. They have simple, sweet details at the neckline and drape beautifully. They are also very reasonably priced especially when you snag them on sale and with a coupon. I've shared some pics of my favorite tops and links to grab some for yourself too!



Lauren Conrad for Kohl's Faves


Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring Break and Some Spring Style!

Whew! It has been a solid two week spring break for us over here at TMS! We took some much needed time off to rest and rejuvenate. Holly is of course still spending all of her time with her new, precious twin baby boys! If you want a little peek, click here!

Well we are back to the real world and in the real world it is officially Spring! Where we live spring is often an enigma. Sometimes it shows up and sometimes we simply jump from winter to summer. Spring is a tough season fashion wise because you are in a very in-between temperature time where it is not warm enough to bust out capris, tanks, and sandals, yet it's too warm for all the comfy, cozy layers of winter. I find myself transitioning into spring with color, texture, and (gasp) revealing my pasty white legs one tiny inch at a time in a few cropped pants and rolled skinnies. Here are three spring trends I plan to jump on pronto! Join me in saying hello to spring and goodbye (good riddance!) to winter with these three trends.

1. Color: Radiant Orchid
This is Pantone's 2014 color of the year! It really is a stunning hue and will lift your spirit and your style this spring! Try starting with just a pop of the color and move your way up to a top or sweater in this delicious hue! I even just bought a gorgeous nail color in this shade!

Radiant Orchid Spring



2. Texture: All Over Lace
Lace is such a fabulous feminine touch for spring. I am a huge fan of lace no matter the season but it really fits perfectly in spring. Try finding a wardrobe piece that is ALL OVER lace for a big wow effect. Also, try a lace piece in a bold, spring hue.

Lace Spring Trend



3. Length: Cropped pants and rolled jeans
This is the perfect trend for spring. It allows you to show a little bit of leg while still keeping warm on cool spring days. The length you are looking for is just above the ankle--showing a teeny bit of calf. Old Navy has a new line of pants called the Pixie that are perfect for this look.  Cropped pants and rolled jeans look adorable with just about any shoe too. I love to pair mine with flats, heels, Sperry's, and tennies. Try and snag a pair or two in a bold spring hue or print. My latest fashion find is a pair of distressed cuffed skinnies that I simply love. They are the cutest thing with flats!


Cropped Pants


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Inspiration for an OOTD!

One of my favorite fashion blogs (and one of the reasons I started my own) is J's Everyday Fashion. The best part of her blog and the foundation behind nearly every post is an inspiration photo. She must scour fashion catalogs and magazines for hours for these photos! Does she have a stock pile? I would love to know her process! Magically, she then pulls items she already owns and puts together an outfit eerily similar to the inspiration photo. There are times when instead of creating the exact outfit in the inspiration photo, she simply tries to replicate the color scheme or pattern. I have always marveled at her ability to do this.

One of my favorite places to go for inspiration (as crazy as it sounds--I don't subscribe to really any fashion mags or catalogs) is Polyvore and of course, Pinterest. Polyvore is an account based site where you can build outfits using fashion pieces they provide. We have all probably pinned these "body-less" outfits that we wish would just magically appear in our closets. I have found myself in a winter clothes rut the last few weeks and have been relying heavily on outfits I have pinned from Polyvore. I'm telling ya--they have come through when I am desperate for some outfit inspiration. The plan is to share a few of these with all of you!

Here is a super simple look that looks super pulled together. I love combining black and brown (which a few of you are still afraid to do...bah!--get over it!!) I boycotted our endless winter and showed some pretty white knees but stayed warm with some cozy boot socks. I tried to stick very close to the inspiration photo using items from my own closet. Sometimes the best part of this process is getting to try out a combination or color scheme that you would have NEVER come up with on your own. Go ahead and get some outfit inspiration and re-create the look!

{Shop the Style}

Scarf: Steve Madden at Herberger's
Cardigan: Old Navy
Dress: Ann Taylor Loft
Boot Sox: TJ Maxx
Boots: Steven Madden 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bloglovin + some bloglovin!

I really do not have an addictive personality at all. Most foods I can take or leave. Definitely not into anything harmful. Rarely binge watch any television shows (except for maybe Downton Abbey...). However, when I find something that I love (or maybe AM addicted to) , like, um hangers, or a beauty product, or an app--I MUST share it and get other people to love it too! Maybe my addiction is getting other people to love what I love. Is that good or bad? (That was a rhetorical question by the way!)

My latest addiction, er, love is an app called Bloglovin. This is by no means a new site but it is new to me and I thought maybe it might be new to some of you too. It's a website but I much prefer the app for its layout and ease. This lovely little app allows me to follow all my favorite blogs from across the interweb and stacks all the latest posts up for me to read and enjoy. It is my new favorite past time to snuggle up with a snack and drink and browse through my Bloglovin goodies. It is so convenient to have all the blogs I follow in one place (very similar to an RSS feed reader like Google Reader for those of you that have used that system). You can "like" posts and they are stored under your profile to visit later. You can also go directly to the blog right from Bloglovin if you want to leave a comment or share a post. Now instead of visiting all of your favorite blogs separately, they are now all lined up in one tidy app. Whoo hoo! Want to sign up? Here's how-

1. Go to bloglovin.com



2. You can either sign up using your Facebook login or with an email. I chose my email and I also get an email each day with my Bloglovin feed.

3. Once you are logged in you need to add blogs to follow. (We would love it if you followed TutorMyStyle!) You can search directly using the titles of blogs you love or you can use their search features. You can search by category or you may search their list of top blogs.


4. Once you have a few (or 30!) blogs that you are following, the new posts of each blog will be in your daily feed.




Get yourself some Bloglovin! 

And here are a few blogs that I follow with some pretty adamant love~ follow them too! 

www.maskcara.com: 
LOADS of hair and beauty tips from an amazing self-made guru

imlovinlit.blogspot.com: 
One of my favorite teacher blogs and sellers on TeachersPayTeachers. She has tons of freebies!

abeautifulmess.com:
A gorgeous home decor, photography, design blog that I drool over on a regular basis. They also have an amazing photography app by the same name



Friday, March 7, 2014

Blah to BAM! ~family style!

This weeks's blah to BAM comes courtesy of my gorgeous niece. She is such a great supporter of this little blog and is always up for trying out our fashion tips. She texted me a few pics asking for a little advice on how to get a dress to work with layers. Honestly, I didn't even give her any tips before she texted me with her BAM! outfit. To say the least I was impressed and not to mention, a little proud. On top of it all, she was willing to let me use her photos for one of these posts. Thanks girl!

 Blah....


This is not a bad start. The dress is a fabulous cobalt blue which is totally on trend. Also, she did what I probably would have done first too--grabbed a blazer to make a summer dress work for winter. However, a few things make this look a bit blah....

1. The blazer is a boyfriend style and therefore has no shape. Her waist is completely lost somewhere in the middle. Never a good thing. 
2. The outfit looks mashed together color wise. This is due in part to the similarity in color tones of the blazer and dress. 
3. Lack of accessories doesn't give our eye anything interesting to rest on. 

Three easy additions to move this from blah to BAM...


WOW. What a difference. She made some super easy and super quick changes and the WHOLE outfit is way better. 

1. Contrasting cardigan: This was a huge change. Adding a cardigan in a much lighter hue than the dress makes the whole outfit pop. Despite the overall new color tone, the outfit appears MORE cohesive than the original. 

2. Belt: Holy moly did the belt MAKE this outfit. She has a waist! A tiny, gorgeous waist! Whoo Hoo! Never underestimate the power of a good cinch at the waist. Well played girl, well played. 

3. Accessories: She added two simple accessories that gave us the perfect focal point. Her necklace is SPOT ON for placement--just above the belt and her bangle bracelets add a air of femininity that I am a sucker for. 

The cognac boots are a perfect winter option for this outfit. I maybe would have even thrown on some gray boot socks too for a little extra warmth, but I live in the frozen tundra so...

Feel free to send us your Blah to BAM photos! We would LOVE to feature them on the blog!! 




Wednesday, March 5, 2014

OOTD~ {Anchors Away}

I have had a pretty healthy obsession with anchors for quite a while now. The symbolism behind the anchor has a strong meaning for me spiritually and I find myself drawn to them in clothing, accessories, and even home decor. Honestly, I'm even trying to be brave enough to get a tattoo of one in a nice private spot. Someday. Hopefully...

...For now, I am snagging up all sorts of clothes and accessories with anchors because they are very trendy right now. You can find them almost anywhere. I saw this sweater at Old Navy and daydreamed about buying it for nearly a month. However, the sale shopper in me just couldn't do it. Lo and behold, Old Navy never lets me down and had one of their stellar 35% off of everything sales and that was it. Anchor sweater now belongs to me. Yippee! I have had tons of fun layering it and pairing it with different colored bottoms. I am extremely anxious for spring to arrive (many of us from where I live are pretty sure its NEVER going to come) so I can pair it with my bold hued, fun boyfriend capris! Eek! Old Navy also has an anchor tank that I would love to purchase as well. Hopefully it will still be around for next month's budget. I topped it all off with a pair of olive green flats--I had been on a search for these also-- and one of my favorite necklaces from Stella and Dot.

{Shop the Style}

Button Up Layer: JC Penney (Joe Fresh)
Skinny Cords: Old Navy
Flats: Old Navy
Necklace: Stella and Dot


pleated poppy