Ipsy June 2018

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I am excited because my Ipsy came in the mail and this is my 100th blog post. Holy moly! The saying is true, time flies when you’re having fun. Ipsy was good last month, let’s see if they can nail it this time around as well.

Hits:

MINTPEAR Rounded Soft Blend M64 Brush
Ipsy can ready my mind sometimes it seems. I was just thinking about how a smaller brush to apply my highlight would be ideal. Enter in this soft, dome-shaped brush that is perfect for a controlled application. It sweeps perfectly over my cheekbones without getting the product everywhere. This is a hit for sure!
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M·A·C Prep + Prime Skin
Primers are a vital step in my everyday routine, I can certainly see the difference in my makeup throughout the day. This primer feels like a lotion and gets the skin prepped and hydrated. My makeup held up all day while wearing this. M.A.C is an awesome brand to receive in a beauty subscription but this sample size is microscopic, ugh!
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THE SAEM Natural Acai Berry Sheet Mask and Natural-tox Apple Sheet Mask
We all know that sheet masks are my JAM. I do one practically every day. Skin care benefits with ease! Plus we get two as oppose to one. These will have a happy home in my collection. They seem like they will smell amazing as well, huge plus.
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FINDING FERDINAND Mini Lipstick in Flaming Fuchsia
Lipstick is my favorite part of the makeup routine. It pulls any look together instantly. I appreciate this bright fuchsia color because it is good to get out of my comfort zone. This goes on creamy and slightly glossy in a swatch so I’m excited to get some wear out of it. This shade will be a fun pop of color for summer. While it is tiny, this size will still allow for several uses.
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Misses:

FEEL Pure Anywhere Balm in Rose
I don’t use a lot of balms. This product can be used anywhere that moisture is needed. I would only use this on my lip because it felt too greasy for anywhere else. The name includes rose, which I took to mean it would smell like roses, but nope! It has a strong (pleasant) mint scent. It is not rose-colored either, so the name is perplexing. This will be used as a lip balm which is just not that exciting and again, this is a TINY sample size.

Overall, not my favorite Ipsy but not the worst! Two of the items were full size which is always great. What products did you get in your bag? Let me know down below!


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Current Obsession: Culottes

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Being the short girl ( and proud of it) that I am pants usually need to be hemmed or cuffed in order to fit me. Enter in culottes, which are everywhere from runways to the streets right now. This style of pants need no altering in order to look fab. I am 5’2 on a good day and this trend still looks amazing.

Culottes are wide leg trousers that hit below the knee to resemble a skirt. A fresh length that is perfect for summer. This look works in a print or solid, whichever you prefer. Vertical stripes will elongate your leg line (that’s why this pair is my go-to). A solid blouse with patterned pants or vice versa is the perfect every day balance.

Flowy fabrics are the epitome of comfort in the warmer months. Don’t sweat it, literally! You will looked pulled together for work or play all while being comfortable. Easy, breezy!

Wide leg trousers in full length can sometimes overwhelm a small frame. Making the culotte style ideal for petite girls. The higher hem will also showcase your shoes perfectly. Wear your prettiest pair to truly let them shine.

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If separates are too much work, try this look in a jumpsuit. The hardest part about finding a jumpsuit is typically the length. Take out the guesswork and find one that hits higher on the leg. This will come in handy when shopping online. Full mobility included. win, win!

I just can’t get enough culottes! My collection has not stopped growing this year. What are your thoughts on this look? Let me know and shop down below!


 

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Crêped Culottes

Wide-Cut Jersey Culottes

Striped Bandeau Jumpsuit

Ankle-Length Jumpsuit

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Current Obsession: Overalls


Say hello to your new favorite summer trend, OVERALLS. This look is the most fun you can have in fashion right now. Throw on a pair and get out the door. It’s summertime and the living is easy, shouldn’t your outfit be too?

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Overalls can conjure up correlations to grade school days. While I wouldn’t recommend pairing this trend with pigtails, playing into the whimsy is what makes this look so charming. Overalls remain current paired with contemporary accessories and a whole lot of confidence.  Wearing a form-fitting top underneath creates the perfect balance. An overall style that hugs the body will showcase your curves and prove this style is for all ages.

Since overalls are typically made of denim you know they are going to be comfortable! You can find the ideal fit by knowing your inseam measurement, just like how you would buy a pair of jeans. For something more relaxed go up a size to get the classic “boyfriend” style which looks best when worn cuffed. The laid back vibe is the best part of this trend, so wear them like a second skin or let your body breathe, any way that makes you feel your best.

If the pant length isn’t your thing try this trend in a dress or shorts form! Just as adorable and probably more fitting for the weather. Shorts are the most casual and an overall dress can be spruced up for a more formal event.

The right pair of shoes will take your outfit from farm girl to fashion forward. Sandals will make you look effortless and open toe heels will make this ultra casual ensemble perfect for night.

Design details such as embroidery, distressing or a faux tuxedo stripe will add interest to your baby blues. This style would be just as fab in an unusual fabrication such as leather or corduroy. So many possibilities, so little time. I told you this trend was fun!

Overall(s) this trend is my current obsession. A one piece outfit that makes you stand out far more than your typical dress. Casual or dressed up, this style could be just what your next event is needing. What are your thoughts on overalls? Let me know and shop down below!


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Ripped Overall Jeans

Bleached Distressed Overall Shorts

Denim Overall Dress

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Current Obsession: Co-ord Sets

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Co-ord sets have been around for years now but this trend shows no signs of stopping. Deciding what to wear in the morning can be a headache, but it doesn’t have to be. Having easy outfits that you know work is the best thing imaginable. While dresses are fine and dandy, two piece sets are all the rage! You do show a tiny bit more skin so rock this look NOW during the spring and summer.

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Co-ord stands for “coordinating” (but you already knew that, I’m sure). These two piece outfits come in more options than you could possibly think of. Tops with shorts, skirts or pants all of the same fabric. You will certainly be able to find this look in a cut that makes you feel most comfortable.

You know they are going to match, so just throw on and go! People will think you put in far more effort than you really did, don’t worry I won’t tell. If the amount of skin makes you nervous, throw on a jacket or duster cardigan for an ideal completer piece and a dose of cool.

Prints are your friend when it comes to these sets. Since it is separate pieces, it breaks up the pattern and doesn’t overwhelm the eye. Been dying to try the polka dot trend? This is your time! Standing out is inevitable in this fashion forward look so go bold and bright to make it worth while.

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The versatility of this trend is the best part! You can wear the pieces together or mix and match. The more options the better, right? Especially when packing sets on vacation, the possible combinations are fantastic and save space in your suitcase. Pack a couple and be the epitome of a jet setter. You will be able to get dressed (and look amazing) in mere seconds. Each piece will go with what you already have in your closet as well, get the most bang for your buck girl!

Coordinating sets are my current obsession. They are taking my summer wardrobe up a notch and I cannot get enough. What do you think of this trend? Let me know and don’t forget to shop down below. Game, SET, match.


 

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Polka Dot Crop Top and Skirt

Palm Leaf Crop and Shorts

Striped Tank and Pants

Polka Tank and Midi Skirt

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Current Obsession: Message T-shirts

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Why wear your heart on your sleeve when you could wear it across your chest? Message t-shirts are all the rage and I cannot get enough. It might be time you let your shirt do the talking!

The best part? It’s a t-shirt so you already know you can rock it with anything. Jeans and a tee is an obvious choice so pair your low-key look with high heels or statement sneakers, anything to take it up a notch. A t-shirt tucked into a midi skirt with sandals is the ideal spring & summer outfit. You will appear unexpectedly cool, like you literally woke up like this. Any way you decide to wear this look, chances are you already have the components in your closet!

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With message shirts you can get your point across without saying a word. Does it have to be a statement? Of course not, its fashion, it isn’t that serious. Wear something you find funny or cute and your outfit will be a conversation starter all day. Feminist t-shirts are having a major moment but if that isn’t your thing, no biggie! A shirt stating how much you need a latte works too.  Take a stance, put out a political view or keep it light. There is no wrong answer.

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The t-shirt is back and dead set on getting it’s point across. I’m loving this laid back style, it is equally cute as it is comfortable! What are your thoughts? Don’t feel the need to rock a memo or want to make it yours? Let me know down below and don’t forget to shop my top picks.


 

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Etsy Coffee Before Talkie T-shirt

Grayson Threads Women’s “Namastay in Bed” Destructed Graphic T-Shirt 

Future Is Female T-shirt

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Current Obsession: Pearl Embellishments

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The pearl embellishment trend brings modern air to a timeless style. Pearl necklaces have long been a classic look, an accessory of utmost elegance. This style is making a resurgence, just not in the way you would expect. Pearls are showing up as accoutrements to any piece of clothing you can imagine.

Pearl embellishments are the epitome of Spring! While this look has been in circulation for some time, I think now is the perfect time to don your pearly pieces. There is a lightness to this look that seems most appropriate to be worn with the sun shining and flowers blooming. My favorite part? You can forgo any extra jewelry, you are bling personified!

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This trend is ultra feminine, which makes me extremely happy. If that isn’t your typical aesthetic then bear with me, please. The juxtaposition between shredded denim decked with pearls is super fun without being super girly. Equal parts edgy and romantic. Think of pearls as the new studs and you are on the right track.

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If you do not want to rock pearls from head to toe, I understand. Choose ONE piece that features this fun embellishment. A pair of shoes in this trend is the ideal place to start. After I bought these heels, I was hooked! The perfect amount of pearl pop for any outfit without shoving this style down somebody’s throat.

Tell me your thoughts on this look? Too gaudy or just right? Let me know down in the comment section.


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Pearl Beaded Distressed Cut-Offs

Pear Frayed Hem Jeans

Pearl Ankle Strap Heels

Pearl Booties

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Current Obsession: Jackets


 I have constantly expressed my aversion to wearing jackets. They always felt constricting and covered up my outfit underneath. I had no problem handling a little cold weather when my outfit rocked. Funny how things can change, right?

Now I can’t seem to stop myself from buying jackets. They may be more fashionable than functional, but it is a step in the right direction. Jackets are my current obsession and have been the “it” item of my favorite outfits lately.

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The many different styles available is what makes picking a jacket so fun. Some days you feels edgy and that is when a moto style comes in. Then there are times you want to appear feminine and a fun (faux) fur coat is just what the doctor ordered. The days when you want to be decked out in athleisure? The perfect time to rock a bomber!

There is a jacket out there for every mood. They have the power to transform an outfit instantaneously. When you want to run out the door and put minimal thought into your look, throwing on an epic jacket will do all the work for you. Notice how I am wearing the same jeans in EVERY picture? An awesome outerwear piece will let you get away with that!

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Jackets make you look pulled together and hold everything in place. Strive to find one that fits close to the body, added bulk is something nobody needs. Making sure it fits correctly in the shoulder is also key. That is the biggest give away that an item is ill-fitting. I have short arms so I fully understand how difficult it can be to find a jacket that doesn’t engulf you. While fit is everything, if you are in a pinch and need to make a jacket fit better in a flash, cuff the sleeve under as oppose to over! Works like a charm.

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It has been all about outerwear for me lately! I cannot stop wearing this look even with warmer weather on the horizon. Do you have a tried and true jacket? Let me know down below!


 

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Blossom Embroidered Jacket

Embroidered Biker Jacket

Forever 21 Crushed Velvet Moto Jacket

Black Faux Fur Jacket

Metallic Moto Jacket

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Current Obsession: Heavy hardware

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Hardware on clothing is my current obsession because the “tough girl” look is always appealing. You appear confident and in charge.

This is a great transitional trend to take you from winter to spring. The heavy fabrics keep you warm but the streamlined silhouettes breathe fresh air into your wardrobe. Spring doesn’t have to be all pastels and flowers. This time around go for an edgier take.

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I love wearing pieces with hardware in lieu of a print. It adds interest to a garment without having a print overwhelm my small frame. Look for items that features studs, grommets or zippers. Just make sure the item offers clean lines to make you look fierce and not frightening.

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Throw a nod to the punk era while still being one hundred percent you. Making a trend your own is what fashion is all about. I like to mix hardcore pieces with more feminine touches. This is where  the “hard & soft” mindset works tremendously.

Pair a cuddly sweater with a studded skirt. Wear your most delicate frock with a heavy-duty motorcycle jacket. Step into a pair of edgy shoes and strut your stuff. Any way you rock this trend you are going to ooze cool.

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Break the rules, stick it to the man and wear something that makes you feel absolutely bad ass. What are your thoughts on this look? Let me know down below!


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Black Faux Leather Studded Mini Skirt

boohoo Mya Leather Look Studded Panel Mini Skirt

Studded Jacket

Stud Floral Moto Jacket

Kamilla Stud Loafer

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Current Obsession: Camo


Camouflage print has been synonymous for blending in with your surroundings but wearing it nowadays will only make you stand out.

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I never thought of myself as a camo kind of girl until I got a jacket in the fun print and everything changed! I couldn’t get enough and immediately bought another one (they are different enough, I promise). This pattern gives off a tough girl vibe that will inject a dose of cool into any outfit.

With such a casual vibe attached it is hard to picture camouflage dressed up, but it can be done! An oversized camo shirt worn with a bodycon dress and heels will make you look fancy without being over the top. This unconventional pairing is the ideal way to incorporate this print into your spring wardrobe.

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A jacket in this trend paired with jeans and a t-shirt will make you look pulled together and as if you aren’t somebody to be messed with. To tone down the toughness look for stylized details. A bell sleeve, piping, or polished buttons are the perfect feminine finishes.

 If you aren’t sure this bold style will work for your current aesthetic look for a print that isn’t as obvious or perhaps in a color palette different from the typical green. An abstract take on fabrication is the easiest way to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe right now. The “is it or isn’t it” question will interest people and make your camo piece a star.

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Sometimes taking risks and incorporating new trends into your everyday style is just the excitement you need. That was definitely the case for me! Camouflage print is my current obsession. What is yours?


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FOREVER 21 Camo Print Bomber Jacket

Camouflage-Print Cotton Jacket

Monoreno Camo Hilo Jacket

Camo belted utility jacket

Vintage America Carmen Embroidered Camo-Print Jacket

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CASEYKAYBLOG Turns One Year Old!

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Can you believe that this blog is turning one year old? My mind is blown and my heart is so full. What a year it has been! Countless outfits and hours later we have reached a huge milestone. I have written a whopping 80 posts so far and that fact alone amazes me.

What I have learned along the way has proven to be far greater than I ever anticipated. This was just supposed be a hobby that stemmed from sheer boredom and being snowed in last January. What was created was a positive outlet and a huge part of my everyday life. Writing about and living your passion is the most rewarding thing possible (and justifies all my shopping habits). This blog is the best thing I have ever done. I have grown leaps and bounds since I started this journey and have gained a huge arsenal of skills that I never thought possible.

THANK YOU to all that have read, clicked and supported this brain child of mine along the way. This blog would not be what it is today without all of your helping hands. I want to hug each and every one of you. If anybody out there is thinking about starting a blog, I can not recommend it enough!

So CHEERS to Caseykayblog’s first birthday. I am extremely excited to see where this adventure takes us next!

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