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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The chambray dress and August Ipsy


I love easy outfits. I love chambray. I love wrap dresses. So basically, I love this outfit. Nothing super unique or out of the ordinary, but this dress always makes me feel good. You know it's good when this is the third time you're seeing it on the blog. I figured this time I would actually style it for warmer weather since the other two times were fall and winter looks. (PS I don't know why it gives me a happy when I pull up old photos of me wearing the same piece and my hair is styled differently in each look!)


Sunnies: Vince Camuto (option) | Necklace: Stella and Dot (worn w/out pendant) | Bag: Kate Spade | Tank: Express | Bracelets, watch: Kate Spade | Dress: Kate Spade Saturday (option, option)  | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (option)

I knew I wanted to wear this dress, and I instantly grabbed a little red, white, and blue to accessorize it. It just seemed like the natural, most "summer" color combo for this dress. It also reminds me that I have not shopped the Kate Spade Saturday site for awhile. I gotta get get on that!


Speaking of things I have not been doing lately… I have been a bad Ipster. I've been loving my Ipsy Glam Bags every month, but outside of posting a random picture of my bag on Instagram, I haven't really been giving proper reviews about the products. So, since this week's Trend Spin with Erin and Laura is all about favorite make up and nails, I figured it would be a good time to blog about my August Ipsy.

If you can't tell, I feel like my August Ipsy was all about neutrals and simply accentuating your natural glow. Your naked face, just better. Here's what I'm wearing - and I've indicated which products were part of my glam bag(s).

Face:
1. Befine Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 (July Glam Bag): I have been using Philosophy's Oil Free Hope for as long as I can remember. While I loved it, and still love it, I felt like it was a little heavy for the summer. I was looking for something that was both lightweight but moisturizing, so I was very excited to see this arrive in my July glam bag. I've been using it for about a month now, and I really love it a lot. Exactly what I was looking for, and once my sample runs out - I'm definitely going to buy it. It's moisturizing, but doesn't leave me looking or feeling "wet" if that makes sense. And it's really lightweight.

2. Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation in medium tan honey (my own purchase): Much like my moisturizer, I was also on a hunt for a new foundation. I had been using Chanel mat lumi foundation for a couple years now, but lately I've been feeling like it doesn't give me good coverage. I was really wanting something, again, lightweight, but with just enough coverage to even out my skin tone. I picked up the Tarte foundation on a whim, the last time I was at Beauty Brands, and I have to say, I'm obsessed. It does have a clay like consistency when you first apply it to your face, but it quickly blends and is extremely lightweight. I love the coverage it gives me and the staying power.

3. Sheer Glo by Manna Kadar Cosmetics (August Ipsy): So, you mix this with your foundation or your body lotion to give you a youthful, dewy glow. Yeah. I couldn't tell a difference at all. I like that you can mix it with stuff you already own, but I really didn't notice anything different. I may finish this little tube just because it makes me not have to use as much foundation, but yeah. 

4. MAC blush in Peachtwist (my own purchase): This is definitely my holy grail of blushes. Even if I don't have time to do anything else, I always feel put together brushing on this blush on an otherwise naked face.

Eyes:
1. Bare Minerals 5-in-1 BB Cream Shadow in Divine Wine (July glam bag): I will be honest and say that I had to look up what 5 features this cream shadow was supposed to do. Basically primes, protects, conceals, illuminates, and provides long wearing color. I am still on the fence about how I feel about this. I love the color it gives me - just the slightest hint of a shadow. But, it feels too slick to work as a primer for me. I'm such a huge fan of Urban Decay's eye primer (it changed my life) that I just don't see myself in the market for a new primer. And since I think this is too slick of a formula to wear on its own without any shadow on top of it, it's really kind of pointless to me. So I guess you can say, I could do without this.

2. J Cat Beauty shadow in Half Naked (August glam bag): I have been using Urban Decay's Naked Basics on the regular lately, so this was right up my alley. The package was very cute - I didn't even realize there was a mirror and applicator in there. A layer of this worked great over the BM cream shadow. If I saw this while I was out and about, I may consider buying more, but I'm not sure it's blown me away where I would seek this out.

3. Urban Decay Perversion mascara (August glam bag): I always get really excited to see mascara in my bag. The last mascara I got was Be a Bombshell Lash Out Mascara (June glam bag) and I did not like it. It was difficult to apply - the formula was either too dry, or I just got a bad tube. Plus it stank like a permanent marker. This UD mascara is great though. I'll have to continue to use it and see if I continue to like it, but so far, so good. I only used a thin coat today since my look was otherwise natural.

Lips:
1. Revlon balm in Tease (my own purchase): I'm in love with this orange balm. It comes across as the perfect coral color on me, but it's too "dry" to wear on its own.

2. NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel (June glam bag): This is the perfect gloss to throw on as a finishing touch, either over top regular balm, or my Revlon color burst balm. It's not sticky at all and has great staying power. Great formula for the price.

Whew. That was a lot there, but it was nice to get proper reviews of this stuff out there on the interweb. Overall, I've been very happy with my Ipsy subscription. Definitely well worth the $10 a month, and I swear I use the bags for anything and everything - purse organization, travel (perfect for small things like jewelry, bobby pins, and hair ties), I've even used it for junk drawer organization. I always get super excited the week my bag has shipped. It's like my own personal gift to myself! Are you a fellow Ipster?


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Linking up for: Tremendous Tuesday#AllAboutYouErin and Laura for Trend Spin Linkup, and Thrift Sister Linkup.

34 comments :

  1. That dress is so cute, I am not big on KS but I need to check out KS Saturday more often.

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    1. It's a fun line. A little more casual than the parent line with a slightly lower price point. I like it!

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  2. I feel like I walked into a foreign land by the time I got to the end of your blog post today. Am I an Ipster?! Kate Spade Saturday? I don't even know what that is!! Help!! But if I scroll back up I feel safe and cozy and warm and fuzzy with your remixed chambray dress with three different hairstyles and those red heels taunting me to get red heels. Phew .:)
    Gina - On the Daily Express

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    1. Hahahaha!!!
      So Kate Spade launched another line about a year or two ago. It's supposed to be a little lower of a price point and more fun and less, uh, matronly as the parent company. It's called Kate Spade Saturday!
      Ipsy is a makeup and beauty subscription box. Just like with other boxes, you fill out your preferences and such and they send you a "glam bag" every month. It's $10 and I've been loving it! And apparently the word on the street is that those that subscribe to Ipsy are called Ipsters :)

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  3. I can imagine that a chambray dress is a staple! I've been toying with the idea, but most I have seen thus far are not this wrap style, so I love that about your dress!! I feel the others are too "sheath" like & that doesn't suit my body type well. Great reviews on the beauty products!
    Kellie @ www.ie-style.com

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    1. I totally agree. The chambray shirt dress is really frumpy. I think it needs to be self belted or at least tailored so it has a shape to it. This dress was def a great find! Just wish you guys could benefit from it too!

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  4. What a great transition dress!!
    xo, Lee

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    1. Thanks! I love it and am glad I was able to score it!

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  5. That is the perfect wrap chambray dress. I want one just like it. Your styling of this Summer's look is my favorite outfit of the 3. =)

    Great beauty review, also. =)

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    1. Thank you so much! It really is a great dress all by itself! I was just too excited to wait for warmer weather to wear it and added the layers!

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  6. I love that you showed how versatile this dress is! Love them all :)

    Fishbowl Fashion

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  7. Love all the looks you created, wearing it as a skirt, dress, and love the accessories as well. I love the Kate Spade bag, I have it in Black!
    From the link up,
    Please stop by, jess
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. It's the best! I was craving the bag so much, that when I saw this for 40% off, it was a no brainer!!

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  8. Your chambray dress is such a great staple! Love all of the ways you styled it! My ipsy bag was completely different! So funny how that goes!

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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    1. I was jealous of everyone's dry shampoo! I would have definitely preferred that over my "shimmery" lotion thingamajig!!

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  9. I luv this dress...it's so Kate spade! Cute and perfectly tailored :)

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    1. She just has the best stuff sometimes - so happy and feminine!
      Thanks!

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  10. Adorable dress - love how it looks with the red accents :-) I've never swatched Peachtwist before (though I own MAC Peaches blush)...so now I'm curious to see how they compare!

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    1. Well, now I'm curious how Peaches is! ;)

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  11. That is such a cute wrap dress on you! :)

    I have a chambray dress I bought recently and I've been feeling a little lost how to wear it now in cooler weather, have been waiting for Spring to hit. You make it look so easy to wear chambray in cold weather! :)

    Away From The Blue

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    1. Aww - that means a lot - thank you! I think a great chambray dress can go a long way if you can find the perfect one!

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  12. Fab dress! I'm still breastfeeding so always on the lookout for a good wrap style... Love your accessories too. #allaboutyou

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    1. Wraps would def be good for that!
      Thank you!

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  13. That Kate Spade bag is fabulous! A really great piece. And that chambray dress sure is a winner as well.

    Alex - Funky Jungle

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    1. Such a great sale find, this bag was! I just fall in love every time I take it out again!

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  14. This dress is so perfect! WRAP AND CHAMBRAY!? FABULOUS!!!!!!

    Thanks so much for linking up again to Tremendous Tuesday!!!

    Hugs! Amber

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    1. Haha - yep! The best of both worlds! Thanks for hosting! You're the sweetest!

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  15. Love seeing how you styled the dress for different seasons - it's basically perfect! Thanks so much for linking up to All About You! Have a fabulous week xx

    Mama-andmore.com

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  16. Carylee,
    You look absolutely beautiful in that dress. I don't normally rock wrap dresses as I often feel at loss for styling them. However, girl, you worked the dress in all three outfit styling. I am now inspired to look out for them in my thrifting quests. Thanks for that. Also, thank you so very much for linking up with the Thrift Sisters. We are truly appreciative that you have taken the time to stop by and link up with us. You totally rock!

    Thrifting Diva
    www.thriftingdiva.com

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    1. You guys are always so sweet and stylish - thanks for having me!

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  17. This is a great summer denim dress, can't remember if I posted a previous comment, but love the look. Miss ya at the #WWDParty - will be back in January.

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    1. Miss you, too! Can't wait for your return!

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