Neon, Gingham, and No Pastels Please

Y’all- I’m just going to come right out and say it. You can hate me for it, but spring is my least favorite season. Spring has two things going against it for me. First, pollen. From March-June in Georgia, I’m allergic to the outside. This isn’t some sniffles from the allergy commercial allergies. It’s more like I step outside and when the air touches my skin I break out in hives allergic. This is also the time of year when neither the city nor the county can bring me refuge. There’s pollen EVERYWHERE in Georgia this time of  year. Second, the colors that are supposedly “spring.” While I don’t hold hard and fast to fashion/style rules, I do try to put myself together according to the season and weather. But pastels. No thank you. Instead in the spring, I reach for brights.  Neon brights usually. I feel so strange pulling out bold colors for spring and not having anything that remotely brings the outfit into the new season. I’ve retired most of my bright pink since the color is so close to the pink in my cheeks. Enter the neon yellow. I didn’t realize how much I had collected last year, but it seems to be carrying over nicely this year. It’s also helped me identify what I need to look for next month to round out my spring/summer items.

How do you feel about pastels? Do you have them in your wardrobe?

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Neon and Gingham Spring Transition Outfit

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March Ipsy and Birchbox Unboxing Videos

These are coming ridiculously late… like everything else being posted this week. They’re also longer than usual. I’m not sure what happened to make them that way. Also I look pretty haggard in the videos. Overall, I’m like “what happened?” now that I’m watching these videos. However, I was impressed with a few of the products I received in both. Here’s what I received::

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Unboxing of the Ipsy March 2015 “Floral Fantasy” Bag

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Products::
Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Duo:: http://bit.ly/1COVLMu
NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick:: http://bit.ly/1COWfSK
ACURE Day Cream:: http://bit.ly/1COWmO2
Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter:: http://bit.ly/1COWpcQ
skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels:: http://bit.ly/1COWrkK

Unboxing of the March 2015 “Creativity” Birchbox

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Products::
Oscar Blandi Lacca Hairspray:: http://birch.ly/1COZk5j
Number 4™ Reconstructing Masque:: http://birch.ly/1COZn0K
Number 4™ Clarifying Shampoo:: http://birch.ly/1COZoBQ
Cargo Swimmables™ Water Resistant Blush:: http://birch.ly/1COZsSi
Paula’s Choice RESIST Moisture Renewal Oil Booster:: http://birch.ly/1COZFom
Michael Todd Charcoal Detoxifying Facial Mask:: http://birch.ly/1COZEko

February Beauty Empties Reviewed

March is almost over at this stage in the game and I am just now getting my beauty empties from February up. It’s been a perpetual game of catch up around here lately (not just in blog world) and it seems like I’m treading water sometimes. I’m still hoping that an editorial calendar will help me get back on track– or something close to that so that I’m not posting my February empties and then a week later sharing my March empties.

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In February, there were less lotions but it’s heavy on the skin products this month and absolutely NO makeup empties. When I don’t feel well,  I don’t wear make up. If I don’t wear make up, nothing gets emptied. It’s a cycle. Now that I’m back on the horse, so to speak, I’ve been wearing my makeup again, and doing so more often. I’m even trying a new routine with a new brand after using Bareminerals for the past 15 years of my life. It’s nice to have an alternative that I’m comfortable using, works, and doesn’t mess with my sensitive skin.  Look for a little news on my new make up routine next month.

Here are my mini reviews of the seven products I emptied in February::

February Beauty Empties Reviewed

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All My Favorites Remixed & Chloe + Isabel GIVEAWAY

Supposedly we’re going to have a mild spring. That means you will see me in many of my old stand-by favorites. Four of them made it into this outfit. I’ve done this before and there are times when you put together your favorites and it just doesn’t work. Other times, it works out so well you plan on never taking off what you put together. This was one of the latter times. All of these items are from last year too and have appeared on the blog many times before. (Check out the jacket here and the dress’ twin here.)  It’s been nice to unpack a spring/summer box and everything actually make sense together. Budgeting Bloggers truly helped me focus on putting together a cohesive wardrobe with a firm color scheme versus picking up a smattering of different things I liked. After unpacking, it was funny that I found that I still needed to add more short sleeve tops. I have plenty of tanks and tees, but very little in the “nice work knits” department. With J.Crew extending their 50% off sale, I added both the gray and navy versions of this top to my closet. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked both and how different they both were, which worked well since I have an issue with duplicates. They will be fast favorites too. Also on my favorites list is Chloe + Isabel. I’m sure you remember my introduction a few months ago with my first piece c/o the wonderful Leah. Today, Leah and I are proud to be teaming up to giveaway two beautiful sculpted pieces for a gorgeous set of earrings and a necklace. It will run all week, so make sure to get your daily entries in! I think Chloe + Isabel will quickly become your favorite too.

What are your favorites?

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