A Review of the Naked2 Palette from Urban Decay

Naked2 from Urban Decay

I splurged over Christmas break on the makeup palette I had been wanting for a long time – Naked2 from Urban Decay. Part of their incredibly popular Naked line, this palette features neutral taupe, gold and black in a variety of shades. Some are shiny, while others are matte, and mixed together, the possibilities are truly endless.

Naked2 from Urban Decay

At $54, this is not a cheap makeup palette. That’s why I did my research before selecting the Naked2. While I loved the blues in the original Naked palette and the rose golds in Naked3, I felt the cool neutrals in Naked2 would suit my skin tone and blue eyes better.

I love this palette. The shades vary between matte and more shiny colors, but they can all be mixed together to make so many looks. I love using the lighter shades along my eyebrows and the darker ones on the crease right below my brow bone. I tried doing some close-up pics showing the looks I had made with this palette, but the pics didn’t turn out. I have been wearing colors from the Naked2 palette almost every day though, including in several past outfit photos.

Naked2 from Urban Decay

The only downside (besides the price) is the size of this palette – it’s quite big, and I can’t imagine it would travel well if you were pressed for space.

If the price and size are too much for you, the Naked Basics palette is a great option (and is almost half the price). I absolutely recommend this palette, especially if you don’t want to own a bunch of eyeshadows. This is a great way to get a ton of looks out of one product.

This palette was bought by me. It was not a gift from Urban Decay, and my opinions are my own.


Outfit of the Day: It’s All About the Hat

A fascinator is always a good idea, especially with a fun spring dress

A fascinator is always a good idea, especially with a fun spring dress

Hat from Von Maur (thanks Sarah!) • Ann Taylor dress • J. Crew cardigan • LOFT shoes Stella & Dot Isla drop earrings

I have decided I’m going to bring hats back.

All I hear from my (fellow American) friends is how much we wish we wore hats. Weddings and parties would just be so much better with some hats, wouldn’t they? This proves once again that the Brits are almost always right (minus the whole football/soccer thing, and also I could not drive on the other side of the road). Seriously though, I think hats are my new obsession. They’re just so much fun – and isn’t that what fashion should be about?

A fascinator is always a good idea, especially with a fun spring dress

Say hi to my gorgeous cousin, Joanne – her mom Rose took these photos! Thanks Rose!

Outfit of the Day: I Finally Got a Tulle Skirt!

A fancy blouse and a tulle skirt make a perfect work look.

J. Crew top • Tulle skirt c/o eShakti • Target pumps

And I am IN LOVE with it! Yes, perhaps I was the most dressed up person in the office that year month day, and yes, it was a particularly windy day to wear a giant skirt and I only barely avoided several Marilyn Monroe moments, but it was WORTH IT. Many of you will know I’ve been searching for a perfect tulle skirt for a while – and yes, you can make tulle work in the corporate world. I specifically chose black for that reason – I wanted a tulle skirt that would still look professional, but allow me to let my personality shine. While I still want an ivory tulle skirt, black works for more occasions. I can’t wait to dress this one up for a party!

Also, it has pockets. A tulle skirt with POCKETS, people.

Did I mention I was in love?

A fancy blouse and a tulle skirt make a perfect work look.

This skirt was compliments of eShakti, but my opinions about it remain 100% my own. You can get 10% off your purchase from eShakti – just use the coupon code ‘smtowes.’ This promotion is valid thru May 9, 2014.


outfit of the day: floral jeans again

A cozy sweater with floral jeans

A cozy sweater with floral jeans
Gap waffle-stitch sweater • Ann Taylor floral jeans • Target wedges • J. Crew necklace

Sorry for the rather longer-than-I-meant-it-to-be pause on the blog! I am back and ready for more spring outfits. What I am apparently not ready for is heels. I spent all winter avoiding heels (there’s just something about the extreme cold combined with the extra effort of wearing heels that I cannot get past in the morning), and when I popped these wedges on and started walking around in them, my lower back immediately began to hurt. I felt extremely ridiculous and spent the rest of the day alternatively hobbling and standing up as straight as possible. My bad posture is getting to me.

And I realize that sweater weather might maybe please be over soon, but if you’re still in the market for a cozy piece, I cannot recommend this sweater enough. I waited until it went on sale and got another one in dark gray. I love it. Cozy sweaters for the win.

A cozy sweater with floral jeans

Hair Tutorial: Barely-There Curls

When I’ve curled my hair lately, I’ve done more relaxed, barely-there curls. I love this look because it’s so easy and quick. Seriously, all you need is less than five minutes and a curling iron, and you have an easy hairstyle. Even better, I can usually get these curls to last two days with a little dry shampoo.

Hope you like this tutorial – let me know what you think!

Linking up with Fizz & Frosting!

Inspired by the Ballet

 Pieces inspired by the balletModcloth Airport Greeting CardiganToo Faced The Secret to No Makeup MakeupJosie Maran Rosey Mist rose waterkate spade new york skinny mini rose gold bow earringsNARS lipstick in “Roman Holiday”J. Crew stretch suiting teeEssie nail polish in “fiji”Land’s End Medium zip top tote bagRepetto The Cendrillon ballet flatsJ. Crew sunburst skirt Alexis Bittar Miss Havisham rose gold pendant necklace

I have wanted to be a ballerina all my life.

I love everything about ballet – the shoes, the costumes (ESPECIALLY the tutus!), the graceful dance moves. I hate it that no studio in my hometown offers adult ballet lessons, because I am about five seconds away from buying shoes and a leotard right now. Random fact about me: I’m double-jointed in my ankles, so I’ve always had a really open turnout in second position, even if I don’t have the balance to go with it. :) This clearly means I’d make an amazing ballerina, no?

Since I will probably never be the dancer of my dreams, I can at least shop for pieces inspired by the ballet. Thought I realize most of this list were more inspired by ballet pink than the actual ballet. It’s all related to me.

Outfit of the Day: I Thought By Wearing a Flower Dress it Would Make Spring Happen

A summer floral dress works in the winter with a blazer and tights

A summer floral dress works in the winter with a blazer and tights
Talbots dress, blazer and belt • Target heels

It pained me to put on tights last week. We’ve had snippets of warm weather. My tulips and daffodils are peaking above the ground, and it’s supposed to snow tonight. The day after I wore this outfit, I was in capris with bare ankles. This week it’s going to be in the 30s. If spring in the Midwest doesn’t make you crazy, you can survive anything.

I may have to wear tights for another week, but at least I can wear cute dresses with them.

My face in these pictures are brought to you by the bright sun in my eyes.

A summer floral dress works in the winter with a blazer and tights

Linking up with Fizz & Frosting!

Stitchfix Box #6

It’s Stitchfix time again! There’s nothing like getting home from a long day at work and having a box of surprise clothes picked out just for you waiting at the door. A quick word on Stitchfix: it’s a wonderful personal stylist service that’s all done online. Once you sign up, you’ll fill out a style survey and schedule a delivery. Your box will cost $20, but you can put that money toward any item you keep – and if you keep all five pieces Stitchfix sends you, you get 25% off everything! I received a bunch of bright colors and comfy pieces this time around – here’s what was in my Stitchfix box.

41Hawthorn Rowson Colorblock striped sweater, via Stitchfix

41Hawthorn Rowson colorblock striped sweater, $58 (returned)

Loved the neon yellow and navy, but the sweater was a teensy bit too big. Some horizontal stripes also make my assets extra asset-y, which was not what I was going for with this sweater.

Papermoon Norris Abstract Houndstooth Sleeveless Blouse, via Stitchfix

Papermoon Norris abstract houndstooth sleeveless blouse, $48 (returned)

I really, really wanted to like this blouse, especially since the pattern is so different – I don’t have anything like it! Sadly, it was way too flowy, and had a weird cut around the neckline.

Closeup of the pattern – which I still love. Sadness.

Papermoon Norris Abstract Houndstooth Sleeveless Blouse, via Stitchfix

Evolution by Cyrus Jazzy French Terry dress, via Stitchfix

Evolution by Cyrus Jazzy french terry mesh dress, $78 (returned)

I honestly hated everything about this dress, from the cut to the fabric to the colors (like them separately but not together).

Echo Calistoga dot print scarf, via Stitchfix

Echo Calistoga dot print scarf, $38 (returned)

I am such a sucker for anything pink, but I couldn’t justify almost $40 for a scarf. Still – that was a tough call that I will probably regret tomorrow.

Pomelo Corinna Striped Dolman top, via Stitchfix

Pomelo Corinna striped dolman top, $48 (kept!)

I have been all about drapey shirts that are a little longer this season, but strangely enough I don’t have a good dolman top! I envision wearing this with jeans on the weekend or adding a blazer and skinny black pants for work.

A drapey dolman top and skinny jeans make a cute weekend outfit.

Pomelo Corinna striped dolman top via StitchfixOld Navy sweetheart skinny jeans • J. Crew Cece shoes

Another successful fix! I can’t wait for my next Stitchfix package.

Please note that when you click on my link to Stitchfix, I may get a referral credit to use for a future order. I honestly do recommend Stitchfix to everyone to try, otherwise I wouldn’t be writing about it – thanks for your support!

Outfit of the Day: Loft Jacket Buddies

A Lou & Grey Loft jacket worn on Sarah and me

On me – Loft Lou & Grey herringbone sweatshirt jacket • J. Crew shirt and chinos • Nine West Outlet shoes

I know I talked last week about how AMAZING Loft’s Lou & Grey line is. My BBF (blogger best friend, natch) Sarah agreed, and we both ended up buying the same jacket, amongst other comfy pieces. I like how I’m admiring Sarah’s outfit in the photo above. Of course I am – she always looks cute! (I think I’m also envying her leather leggings.) This jacket is made of sweatshirt material but cut like a blazer – so it means it’s perfect for work. I think I’ll wear it next with a longer top underneath. Honestly, I love how comfy and cozy it is. (Plus it’s 40% off!)

Check out Sarah’s blog for her outfit details – and make sure you add her to your daily reading!

And finally – Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Erin go bragh!

Loft Lou & Grey sweatshirt jacket

Loft Lou & Grey sweatshirt jacket


outfit of the day: lou & grey

A comfy Loft tunic with black jeans

A cozy Loft tunic with black jeans

Loft Lou & Grey cowl neck tunic • Target black jeans • kate spade new york necklace • Target sunglasses • Sam Edelman Petty boots

I talked about this on my Facebook page, but it’s worth being reiterated: Loft’s Lou & Grey line is AMAZING. Comfy clothes that can be dressed up or down (most of which are 40% off) – I am in love. This tunic for instance is lightweight, perfect for changing seasons but still dressy enough for the office. I passed along this obsession to my BBF Sarah, who promptly joined me in buying half the site. I’m trying to resist buying more, because these clothes are seriously all I’ve been craving lately – comfy knits that are a little longer in length and work with statement necklaces as well as they do with jeans.

A cozy Loft tunic with black jeans

Sidenote: when your mom is your photographer, your conversation goes something like this:

“Holy sh–, it’s freezing!”
“Shut up!”
“I’m going to put that you said that on my blog!”

Good times.

ETA: my mom would like it stated on the record that I was the one cursing, and she was the one telling me to shut up. In my defense, it was freezing.

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