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The Must Have Lip Look For Fall/Winter!


When I fall in love with a certain makeup look, I absolutely become obsessed.  In this case, my newest obsession is…vampy lips.  Some people call the shade oxblood, burgundy, cognac, etc…I just like to call it vampy because it can be many different shades: dark red, dark brown, and dark purple lips.  I like the dark red/purple and the red/brown shades as well as the red/black too. Here are several different dark lip colors I saw and fell in love with:

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Kristen Stewart Dark Red Lips Vampy

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If I had to choose my favorite shade based on these photos, I think it would be the dark red lip look on Taylor Hill (photo is second from last).  Which of these vampy lip look is your favorite?

I haven’t purchased one yet but here are the brands/colors I’ve been eyeing to find the perfect dark red vampy lipliner/lipstick:

-Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte (oxblood burgundy) and Bette (bordeaux)

-MAC Lipstick Diva

-MAC Lipliner in Currant

-Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in 9C (burgundy) or 11 C (dark plum burgundy)

-Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Lip Tar – Matte: Black Dahlia, Vintage, Anita

I’m leaning toward the OCC lip tars because the colors are gorgeous and they are vegan/cruelty free!  I think I will also purchase the anti-feathering white lip liner they sell too to as the base of the lip tar.  As a note, you apply the lip tar with a brush, which they provide when you buy the product. The lip tar starts off as liquid and then dries on your lips and become matte.



How To: The Perfect Game Day Outfit


I love sports as well as sports inspired clothing + accessories and when I wanted to create the perfect  game day outfit, I started with a key element–a baseball hat.  I love hats–they add just the right amount of sporty chic to any look.  Take a look at what I picked for my game day outfit!PerfectGameDayOutfit


1. LA Dodgers Baseball Hat:  Since I moved to LA four years ago, I have been to a couple of LA Dodgers games and they were all such a blast!  So it was no question when I wanted to choose a baseball hat from Fanatics, that it would be an LA Dodgers blue baseball cap and I quickly found the perfect one on their website.  Now, I love baseball hats, especially when worn backwards.  The hat can be purchased for $29.95.

2. Alexander Wang For H&M Sweater: This gorgeous sweater is the perfect top for a baseball game OOTD.  It’s casual and looks really comfy.  FYI it’s $59.95 and comes out November 6th.

3. Topshop MOTO Low Rise Zip Biker Jeans: These skinny jeans are a must have for any girl–it toughens up any outfit and I love the zipper detailing!  Jeans can be purchased here, for $80.

4. Jeffrey Campbell ‘Nirvana’ Booties: These boots are the perfect addition for a night at a baseball game.  They are easy to walk in, will keep you warm, and they have a nice heel to give you a lot of height!  They are available here at Nordstrom for $204.95.

5. Nasty Gal Going Back to Cali Ring: I love this California shaped ring and right now it’s on sale for $10.50.  Can’t beat such a good price!

6. Nasty Gal Call of the Wild Bracelet: This bracelet is a great detail to add to the outfit–it’s intricate and unique looking and adds a nice dimension to the overall vibe of this outfit.  It can be purchased at Nasty Gal as well for $20.

If you are looking for that perfect baseball hat, whether you’re going to a game or not, check out the huge selection of baseball hats at Fantatics!

Tell me what you think of this game day outfit!  Share your thoughts below!




How to Look Chic in a Jersey


Sports jerseys are quickly becoming high fashion must have pieces, and there are so many different ways to wear them!  Whether or not you love sports, the piece makes any outfit look cool and chic.  To get inspired to sport a more athletic top, check out three ways you can style a sports jersey.  Remember, you could get the real deal and get a true sports jersey of your favorite team/player or you get purchase pieces that look are jersey inspired!

1)  Choose a cropped version and pair it with leather:

Jourdan Dunn looks absolutely amazing in her Dimepiece LA cropped jersey top, leather pants and heels.  This is a great night out look!  You don’t have to get this exact top of course, just pick a jersey-type cropped top to give it the edgy, sexy vibe like Jourdan’s.

Jourdan Dunn Dimepiece Jersey The Lifestyle Reporter

2) Pick an oversized sweater inspired jersey and accessorize it!

Rihanna chose a sweater version; and she made sure to get one that’s oversized.  She paired it with a pair of jeans but added a lot of accessories that complemented it perfectly!  Don’t be shy about adding as many accessories as you feel comfortable–add a cool looking choker, multiple rings and bracelets.  Add the red lips and voila–athletic with an urban twist!

Rihanna Jersey Top Black Hair Blue Jeans The Lifestyle Reporter

3) Wear an oversized jersey as a dress!

Now this look is everything!  Alexandra Spencer (from picked an oversized jersey and wore it as a dress.  She added some stilettos, a clutch, and some chic sunglasses for a high fashion take on athletic gear.  Even though she’s wearing a Celine jersey, this can be any jersey, just make sure it’s long and loose enough!

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Which look is your favorite?  Share your thoughts below!



Makeup Inspired: Selena Gomez’ Cat Eyes + Nude Lips


I love cat eyes–I pretty much wear winged eyeliner every day.  I came across this photo of Selena Gomez–not sure where it’s from but I am obsessed with the way the cat eyes are drawn on.  She has a very strong winged look–something I have always been hesitant to try but when I saw how amazing this look was, I knew I had to try it! This look is all about a very pronounced and bold winged eye and soft nude lips. There’s no contouring, no heavy blush.  This reminds me of 60s style makeup a la Brigitte Bardot.  So next time you’re in need of a makeup inspiration to try this week, be bold and try a cat eye look like Selena!

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Model Style: 6 Style Tricks From Candice Swanepoel


Candice Swanepoel is one of my favorite supermodels!  Not only is she gorgeous, she’s also an animal lover and isn’t afraid of pushing the envelope when choosing her wardrobe.  She is a fan of the nineties (me too!) but she also embraces the inner flower child as well.  That’s what I like about her–she doesn’t conform to a certain style or trend–she wears what she feels like, and it always looks so good!  Take a look below to find out six style tricks from Candice Swanepoel:

1. Wear a colorful, patterned dress:  Candice isn’t afraid of patterns and this dress is absolutely beautiful.  Her hippie chic outfit is the perfect look for a day out, and she tops it with a simple choker that is the perfect accessory for her long dress. She added some retro style Ray Bans and voila, the perfect flower child OOTD.  Choose a dress with a 1970s vibe like this–the floral and colorful pattern is very hippie.  Her dress is the Free People Novella Royale MIdnight Rambler Dress and it’s $176.

Candice Swanpoel Tribal Floral Dress The Lifestyle Reporter

2. Add flannel to your outfit:

Candice loves flannel–she not only pairs it with jeans, she also adds it to casual day dresses.  She definitely loves the nineties style, and she incorporates it with any look just by adding flannel.  Make sure to invest in a choker and combat boots and you’re good to go.  I chose two different flannel looks Candice sported because I wanted to show the versatility of the look–she dressed it down with combat boots and a dress, and then dressed it up with nude booties, and an all white look.

Credit: Candice Swanepoel's Instagram

Credit: Candice Swanepoel’s Instagram

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Credit: Getty Images

3. Pair a pencil skirt with a beanie:

This is a great look because she incorporates a beanie into a fancy look.  She added the beanie to add that cool factor and it works! For this, make sure to have a lot of black–a black beanie, a fitted black skirt and black booties.  The sweater will break up the dark color and give it a nice dimension.  What you get is a sophisticated, tough OOTD or OOTN like Candice.

Candice Swanepoel Beanie Skirt Sweater Booties The Lifestyle Reporter

4. Invest in Capris

Candice looks great in a pair of white capris–pants that stop a few inches above the ankle.  This is a great piece to have in your wardrobe–it’s a classic item that will always be in style.  You can wear it to work, school, on a date, or even make it sexy by pairing it with a crop top.  Try wearing it like Candice, by adding a cream colored sweater and simple stilletos–instantly chic.



5. Pair your Converse Sneakers With a Crop Top

Crop tops are usually reserved for a more sexy look and when Candice paired it with her Converse sneakers, she accomplished that!  Converse sneakers usually makes an outfit look cool but it’s not the typical “sexy” shoe.  The way she paired them with a crop top changes that!  This is such a sexy way of wearing Converse sneakers and it looks so effortless.  If you have sneakers like her, try wearing it like Candice, with a simple crop top and ripped jeans-the results are amazing!

Candice Swanepoel Stella McCartney Bomber Jacket White T Shirt Ripped Jeans The Lifestyle Reporter

6. Wear tights under your Denim Shorts:

Just because the weather cools down doesn’t mean you have to put away your favorite pair of shorts.  Try this style trick from Candice–add some opaque tights under them.  Candice perfectly paired it with an army green jacket and black beanie but my favorite part?  The boots she finished the look of with.  This is a look I will definitely be sporting this fall.

Candice Swanepoel Green Jacket Shorts Tights The Lifestyle Reporter


Which Candice trick is your favorite?  I have to say mine is the tights under shorts idea.  Share your thoughts below!