WIW: Fall Turning Winter

We just got our first fresh blanket of snow that didn’t instantly melt this year. This is a little later than usual for this area, but I enjoyed the weather without the snow while it lasted. The thing I do love about colder weather is layering my clothes. Nothing makes me feel more comfortable than layers! This outfit is one of my absolute favorite that I have ever styled. It is comfortable and a little edgy, but has just enough style to still make me feel like a million bucks.

All photo credit goes to Cliq Photography. She can be found on Instagram @ann_cliqphotography and Facebook too!

What I Wore Layered Fall look

This vest from Recycled Consign and Design is the most comfortable vest I have ever worn. It is the perfect layering piece too. It could literally be worn with almost anything.

Pop of color fall outfit

If you know me at all, you know I live in head wraps and turbans. Navy Perl is my absolute favorite brand. They are the highest quality ones I have ever owned and they have the greatest prints!

Black and Brown Pop of Color Fall look

Turban c/o: Navy Perl

Shirt and Leggings: The Jean Girl

Vest: (styled for) Recycled Consign and Design

Necklace c/o: Apple of My Eye Jewelry

Boots: Target (last year)

What I Wore: Vera Bradley Winter Collection #vbwishlist

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vera Bradley for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

When it comes to my wardrobe, I am all about finding pieces that are not only stylish, but can be worn in real, everyday life. That is one of the many reasons why I love Vera Bradley pieces. They are all made to be used by real women! Her new winter collection isn’t anything short of fabulous either! I am completely smitten by the two pieces that I received to try out and style with my clothing. I got the Miller Bag and Home and Away Cosmetic Bag both in the Venetian Paisley print.

Aren’t they gorgeous?! I absolutely loved styling my outfit around this HUGE, amazing bag. All of the colors in this Venetian Paisley print made it really easy to style.

This Miller bag is the perfect bag for busy moms. It is so big, you can fit your entire life in it. You can be a real life Mary Poppins! I turned my bag into a hybrid between my purse and my diaper bag. It is probably bigger than my other purse and my diaper bag put together!

With all of the pockets that are inside of the bag, it is easy to stay organized and stylish. I keep my wallet, my business cards, extra makeup, my sunglasses, protein bars, diapers, wipes, and even a spare jacket for my daughter in my bag, and yet there is still more room than I could even think of using! This bag is the bomb! It is perfect for everyday use, travel, or a day at the beach! This really is the bag for everything.

The cosmetic bag is an absolute dream! I think it is important to turn doing you rmakeup into a special experience. By keeping your makeup in a cute bag, you can make doing your makeup more of an experience rather than a chore.

The inside of this cosmetic bag is every makeup lover’s dream come true. There is a compartment for everything! It has a layer of protective fabric to cover the gorgeous chevron print fabric. The chevron print peeks through just enough to show through the protective fabric. It is pure perfection.

All of the bags and fabrics chosen for this winter collection are perfect for every busy mom out there. If you love the puffy quilted look or the chic solid colored look, this collection is for you. The colors in this collection are the perfect way to bring in fun, bright colors into your winter wardrobe without looking like you are dressing for another season. These bags are the perfect gift this holiday season! Add them to your list! I would love to give my mom a Vera Bradley bag for Christmas. She would love the prints and colors.

I created a Pinterest board called Colorful Holiday that is all inspired by these Vera Bradley bags. It will soon be full of my all time favorite looks for this winter! Be sure to follow it, repin the pins to your boards, and Vera Bradley on all of your social network channels to see all of the ways they have styled the new winter collection bags! You can find them on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

What is your favorite Vera Bradley piece in this new collection? Feel free to pin your favorite piece on Pinterest and use #vbwishlist to show your Vera Bradley style!

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Twist Knot Bun Hair Tutorial

I am so excited to be sharing one of my favorite hairstyles with you all today! It is the Twist Knot Bun. The greatest part? It can be done in less than 5 minutes! Because let’s be honest, some days we are all lucky to even be able to look in a mirror to get ready for more than 5 minutes!

Twist Knot Bun How To Tutorial

Care for a little back story? I have been making twist knots in my hair for years! I used to make seriously probably one hundred tiny ones right on top of my head and then pull the rest of my hair up. I loved it, then one day a boy told me I looked like I had monkey poop on my head. I then decided that having the twists on top of my head probably weren’t my best option! Secretly, I still call twist knots “monkey poops” in my head though because it makes me laugh thinking of how funny 16 year old boys can be. I think my more grown up style of the twist knot in a chic side bun classes it up and takes the “monkey poop” right out of the look!

How to do a twist knot bun via www.girllovesglam.com #hair #style #how #to

To do a twist knot bun…

1. Pull your hair into a pony tail

2. Take a section of the hair from the pony tail and start twisting it. If you want it to be super smooth, use hair cream to make your piece really smooth while twisting the hair.

3. Keep twisting the piece of hair until the piece starts curing up into what looks like a knot.

4. Bobby pin the piece into your hair to start making the base of your bun.

5. Repeat steps 2-4 over and over again until you have used all of the hair in your pony tail and twisted it into “knots”.

6. Go through and bobby pin pieces that feel less secure to be sure that your bun will stay in place.

7. Spray your hair with hairspray to smooth things out and keep the hair in place.

Now enjoy your new, quick hairstyle! Who says you need a lot of time to look and feel fabulous?!

Check out a few of my other beauty posts too…

Cut Swoop Bangs

Glitter Nails

Easy Messy Bun

15 Winter Beauty and Style Tips

Do you remember the 15 Summer Beauty Tips? Well, I thought it was time for a little sequel! Some of you may not know this, but I am a cosmetologist by trade. I love beauty and fashion so here are a few winter beauty and style tips for this season!
#1 Use a good, quality conditioner- I can’t stress this enough. I am asked all of the time what people can do about their static filled hair during the winter. My first suggestion will always be to get a new conditioner. Your hair needs to start with a good base and work with it from there. There are tons of salon quality conditioners out there. I am not going to tell you what one to buy, but ANY salon quality moisture conditioner is going to be better than the crap you can buy at the grocery store.
#2 Invest in a fun pea coat- During the winter, many times when you are out and about, people don’t see your outfit because it is covered by a coat. I have a serious addiction to pea coats and I feel like they are a perfect way to show your style while still staying warm. Find yourself one that reflects your style and you will love it for many seasons to come! 
Sky Capers Coat via Mod Cloth
#3 Mix Hard with Soft- Winter is a fun time of the year to really mix textures. Wearing a really soft textured scarf and combat boots or a cable knit sweater and a big, chunky necklace can be a great way to bring a new balance in your wardrobe. 
#4 Don’t be afraid to go a little darker with makeup- Whether it is your eye shadow or your lipstick, don’t be afraid to go a little darker in the winter. The contrast of darker colors on winter white skin can be absolutely gorgeous. Use discretion when doing this though. You don’t want dark makeup overkill. Choose one area to make stand out a little more. For example, if you are doing darker makeup on your eyes, go with a nude lip. 
Found via Pinterest
#5 Jewel tones- Wearing jewel tones during the winter can make a major statement. They contrast against the gray winter sky and are typically very flattering on most skin tones. Jewel tones are very trendy right now and aren’t hard to find either, so it is an easy tip to follow!
#6 Faux fur- This is one trend that I haven’t participated in…YET. I am currently on the hunt to find the perfect faux fur vest that isn’t a million dollars. I have a secret crush on Rachel Zoe. She has been rocking the faux fur vest for years and I feel like the rest of the world is just cluing in. Wearing faux fur doesn’t have to be a vest though, it can be found all over the place! You could wear faux fur scarves, bags, boots, and even hats! They are really popular right now and look absolutely fabulous. 
Pins and Needles Faux Fur Vest via Urban Outfitters
#7 Moisturize- I know I already touched on this a little bit, but this is how important I really think this is! The winter months do a major number on our bodies when it comes to moisture. Those months seem to suck out every last bit of moisture that our bodies have in them. It is so important to moisturize. Put on a good moisturizer before putting your makeup on. Lotion up after getting out of the shower and before going to bed. This will keep your skin looking and feeling great and hopefully prevent painful cracked skin!
#8 Big, chunky jewelry- During the winter months it can be really fun to layer, especially when it comes to jewelry. When it is summertime, you want to feel light and free, but when it comes to the winter months, it is fun to have those layers. Wearing statement jewelry pieces can be a perfect way to glam up any look and it is SO on trend right now. You can find statement jewelry pieces just about anywhere on any budget.

#8 Give your hair a break- If you are staying home one day, use that opportunity to give your hair a little R&R. Let your hair air dry and maybe even let it sit in some conditioner for a half hour while you are mopping your floors. Giving your hair a little break from the heat can make a big difference. Make sure you do it on a day you aren’t going anywhere though because you don’t want to go outside with wet hair during the winter!
#9 Wear scarves- Scarves are one accessory that you can’t get away with wearing all year long, so take advantage of the winter and wear them! There are so many different styles to choose from, they are made to fit every style and budget. Don’t feel like you have to wear them with your coat either. Scarves look great in your everyday wardrobe!
Tulips and Dots Scarf via Old Navy (I know it is a little spring looking, but I love it too much not to share!)
#10 Lipstick- I know I kind of touched on this earlier, but wear lipstick! Not only is it going to give your lips a little moisture, but it is going to put a pop of color on your face that nothing else can! I love wearing lipstick on days that I don’t have a lot of time because I can wear just mascara, eyeliner, and a great red lip to look totally done up! 
#11 Boots, boots, boots- You can’t wear boots for long (ok maybe you can if you live in Idaho like me), so take advantage of the time that you can rock them! There are so many styles of boots to choose from too! I personally love the riding boots, combat boots, and hunter boots that are so popular right now. I may have just purchased myself a new pair of boots last week too! Boots are awesome because they are stylish AND practical during the winter to keep your tootsies nice and warm. One of the only times that you can justify spending money on shoes and your husband might just understand.
Kody Moto Boot via Target
#12 Hats- Hats rock my world. Especially during the winter. Having naturally curly hair during the winter can suck. Big time. Having a cute hat to cover your head when it starts to snow, is a perfect safe haven for your freshly straightened hair. There are so many styles of hats right now that make it an easy trend to follow.
#13 Graphic Sweaters- I will admit, I am obsessed with graphic sweaters. I only own one. A polka dot one. I wish I owned more. Sweaters are a wintertime staple, so why not take them up a notch and get a super cute tribal print or striped one? I love the ones with animals or shapes on the fronts too. It is kind of a fashionable twist on the “ugly Christmas sweater”.
Picture This Sweater via ModCloth
#15 Blazers, not just for job interviews- I have recently learned to LOVE blazers. They look good with just about everything. I love wearing them with everything from colored skinny jeans to pencil skirts. They are a great way to bring some shape to your midsection and to dress up any t shirt. They come in every color under the sun and have lots of patterns too! I highly recommend owning one (or 12) to bring some color into your winter wardrobe.
So how do you feel? Do you feel like you can tackle the rest of winter? For most of you, there isn’t much of winter left, but for a few of us living in frozen tundras, just because the calendar says winter comes to an end doesn’t mean the weather clues in, so I will be wearing my winter fashion until probably May! Here’s to staying warm and looking fabulous!

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