Threads of the Night: Sporty Chic

Let me apologize in advance for the photo quality. My camera was not working last night so I had to resort to cell phone pics and Instagram to give me a hand. 

The weather was really nice yesterday and not too chilly last night, so I decided to step out for a minute. I went with a sporty-chic look, rocking some fitted cargos, a varsity jacket, and open toe sandals. What winter rules? As long as the weather is nice, my toes will stay out! lol I blame it on the Texas in me. 

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What I’m wearing:

H&M cargo pants (gifted by a friend)
American Apparel racer back leotard
Zara strappy sandals
Forever 21 varsity jacket (loved the touch of the leather sleeves!)
Vintage belt
Vintage black triangle earrings
Forever 21 rosary necklace
Essie in “Fiji” on my fingers and toes 

As for the makeup … a bright lip is becoming one of my signature looks. Can’t stay away from it! Last nights choice was a Dolce & Gabbana lipstick in “Delicious” with a Pure Color gloss by Estee Lauder in “Electric Coral” on top. Both are just as nice when worn alone as well.

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"Fashion fades, only style remains the same." ~ Coco Chanel 


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Product Review: NYX Matte Lipstick & Cream Blush

It’s time for some color and for me to try out some of the new products I got a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been looking around for a cream blush as well as a bright matte lipstick and decided to see what NYX Cosmetics had for me.

First up…

NYX Matte Lipstick in “Indie Flick” 
Price tag: $6.99

I love the color of this lipstick. It’s like a blood orange and it’s very pigmented. I strongly suggest exfoliating your lips to prep for a smooth surface, because matte lipsticks show every line and flake on the lips if you don’t. Although the lipstick has a matte finish, it didn’t leave my lips feeling dry, which is definitely a good thing.

Gripe: Be careful with layering this lipstick. If you layer on too much, the lipstick makes that weird colored ring along the inside of your lips. Blotting with a tissue is key :)

If you don’t care for the matte finish, add a soft orange gloss on top for some shine. I used the juicy Estee Lauder Pure Color gloss in “Electric Coral”, $22.50.
**note: It’s not listed on the site, so try "Blazing Coral" as an alternative. 

Hey, it makes your teeth look whiter too ;)

Next up…

NYX Rouge Cream Blush in “Orange”
Price tag: $6.75

Orangecreamblush. Yes it looks and sounds intimidating, but be daring and just give it a shot!

I layered on the NYX rouge cream blush about three times to get the color I wanted on my cheeks. I used my fingers to apply and a combination of blending with my fingertips and a sponge. The color is gorg when placed on the apples of the cheeks, and I love that it has a build-able coverage. Here’s the final result below :)

Learn From The Boss: Thia Breen

I love reading tidbits here and there on how to advance your career and tips on being successful. One of my favorite magazines to read is Marie Claire and I love their “Careers Section” of the magazine.

I recently read an article on Thia Breen (Estée Lauder’s President of North America). She oversees $3.6 billion in sales, 6,500 employees, and 28 brands, including Clinique and MAC. In the article she shared the most important lessons learned from 30 years in the beauty business.

Here are some of the highlights I wanted to share with you :)

Breen’s top 5 get-ahead rules

1. Never judge the customer. Everybody is a potential sale.

2. Be fearless about setting goals.

3. Ask for what you want or need. Men do it all the time. (She tells woman all the time that they could be better at letting people know, "This is the path that I want to be on - tell me as I’m moving forward if I’m doing the right things.")

4. Assume you won’t have a mentor along the way. (Breen had people who gave her breaks, but never took her under their wing. She said, ”I don’t consider it a key force in someone’s career, and I don’t think it happens all that much. Consider yourself lucky if you have a mentor and thrive under that tutelage. In most cases, you’re not going to have it. You’re going to have to manage your career for yourself.”)

5. Do no underestimate the power of punctuality.