Fashion, Mom & KidsObsession of the Moment: Edun for J.Crew African Beaded Dress

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Beauty, MakeupModern Graphite

Hourglass Modernist in GraphiteI’ve been really obsessed with Hourglass products lately, especially their new Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes. So, so pretty, every single one of them! They almost look like works of art, with the way the five different shades blend into each other and the waves on the top of them.  They elevate what could be a basic, boring collection of shades into something you just want to show off.

There are seven different palettes, but I tried out Graphite, which has smokey shades of warm ivory, copper gold, deep brown, gun metal and silver. It’s the perfect palette for creating a brown smokey eye, but the addition of the gun metal and silver give you plenty of other possibilities to play with as well.  The shadows themselves are super pigmented and blendable (I love using just the warm ivory and deep brown to create a quick and easy smokey eye) and while the $58 price tag is a splurge, it’s a worthy one if you’re in the mood to treat yourself. I highly recommend checking these out!

Beauty, MakeupBeyond Perfect

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation

A lot of times I’m all about using a light coverage foundation.  My skin is pretty clear and I don’t have a ton of things to cover up, so it usually seems smarter to go with the least amount of makeup I need.  But then other times, like right now, I haven’t been sleeping much, I’m breaking out a little, AND I accidentally scratched the tip of my nose and it scabbed over, so I look a little like Rudolph’s accident prone sister.  It’s not great.  These are the times that I need more coverage and right now, that means turning to Clinique‘s Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer.

This new foundation comes with a unique doe foot applicator (I’ve never seen a foundation with one before – how has this not happened already?) that lets you apply the foundation directly to your face before blending it with a sponge, brush or your fingers.  The formula itself is full-coverage; it’s not heavy or mask-like, but definitely needs to be blended well so it doesn’t look obvious on your skin.  (It has a special polymer formula that forms a flexible film that moves with your skin and dries slowly for easy blending).  But once it’s on and blended, it covers a multitude of sins without looking cake-y and allows you to skip the extra step of concealer.  (You can also use it as just a spot concealer too if you want – the applicator makes that easy.)  I also love that it’s great for sensitive skin; it’s ophthalmologist tested, allergy tested, and 100 percent fragrance free, so even those of you who have reactions to certain foundations should hopefully be fine with this one.  All in all, it’s a great addition to my foundation wardrobe and definitely a new obsession you should check out as well.

Accessories, Bags, ObsessionsHello Sole Society!

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We spotted this clutch from lifestyle brand Sole Society and were instantly obsessed! Measuring 8.5″H x 11.5″W, the Justine Clutch is an ample size for fitting everything you need for the day – from your phone to office paperwork – and is just as perfect to take out to dinner with the girls. (For mamas with little ones, this is also a great pouch to separate your stuff from the baby’s must-haves in a bag.) Most of all…we absolutely adore the cheeky typeface printed on the bag – “Hello” on the front and “Goodbye” on the back. So fun!

{original photo by The Daily Obsession}

Fashion, Fitness & HealthBump It Up in Athleta

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As a first-time mom-to-be, I’m finding that workouts are getting harder and harder with a growing bump. Not only are there a few restrictions to be mindful of, but getting heavier around the belly can make it a challenge as well – even well before the actual workout.  The amazing discovery I made was that Athleta, one of my favorite athletic clothing brands, makes maternity workout pants…YES!

Their classic and ever-so-popular Chaturanga Tight comes in a Low Belly and a High Belly option – whichever type of band you might prefer for the growing belly. (Side note: you can size down for these pants – a bonus feel-good moment when you’re seeing the number on the scale go up each month!)  Like with all other Athleta Chaturanga pants, it’s made of a mid-weight Supplex nylon/spandex blend with their signature PILAYO stretchy fabric that wicks and breathes away sweat. It also has a UPF 50+ for a bit of sun protection.

These pants are definitely made for the growing bump, and probably work best once you’re at the 20+ week mark. For the High Belly option, it might be a bit large in the waist until your bump is bigger…but you can just fold the top of the band down to get more wear out of them. Top it with a cute sweatshirt like this No Sweatin’ It Sharkbite Top and you’re all set for your next prenatal barre, pilates, yoga, etc. workout!

Fashion, Interviews, Mom & KidsHow To: Buy Maternity Denim

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For our dedicated readers (hey there and thank you!), you’ve been reading our blog since we started out young professionals and each of us has grown in different directions. For some of us, that includes being a mama! For new mamas-to-be, getting dressed suddenly can seem daunting and challenging.  We want to style true to our style, but also have to accommodate a growing bump.

We’ve always loved denim and even more so, the versatility of it – perfect for pregnancy! We asked Destination Maternity‘s Style Director, Olivia Capone Meyers, to give us some tips and insight on what first-time moms should be looking for in that perfect pair of jeans! See our Q&A below, as well as some of our top picks:  READ MORE

ShoppingThe Shopbop Sale is On!

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There’s nothing that excites me more than a good sale and all the better when it comes from Shopbop! These types of sales are rare, so if you’ve got your eye on that new must-have bag (or just want extra deep discounts on existing sale items), this is your week!

Simply put THEBIGEVENT15 to enjoy up to 25% off your entire order. Now stop reading, and get shopping! x

 

Accessories, Bags, Mom & Kids, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: Mia Bossi Tabitha Quilted Bag

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Fashion, Mom & KidsObsession of the Moment: Banana Republic Mini Collection Cashmere One-Piece

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Intimates, Mom & Kids, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: Cake Maternity Fashion Knicker Pack

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