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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

makeup must haves

I'm totally a secret makeup fanatic. I could spend all day in Sephora and I always leave with a ton of samples! I thought I would share a few of my favorite products that I use every day!

Benefit Cosmetics - The POREfessional 

1.  POREfessional by Benefit Cosmetics - This product is silky smooth and definitely minimizes my huge pores! I also love it because it serves as a foundation primer as well and helps my makeup to stay on all day!


Laura Mercier - Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15 

2. Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder - If I had to use one product everyday for the rest of my life, this would be my choice for sure! Each powder lasts me about six months and it goes on extremely well. It gives me pretty much full coverage for a powder and always makes me skin look smoother!

Tarte - Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15 

3. Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation  -  I really don't have the best skin in the world, so this foundation gives me complete coverage and I usually apply the Laura Mercier powder over it to help it set. It feels like I'm spreading real clay on my face and I surprisingly love it!

Smashbox - Photo Op Eye Enhancing Palette - Blue Eyes 

4. Smashbox for Blue Eyes - This is my every day eyeshadow pallet. I usually just throw on some brown and highlight with the lightest color, to be honest, but this pallet is awesome for us blue eye girls and really enhances your eye color! It's great for every day wear and even awesome for a more dramatic eye too! 
Maybelline Great Lash Big Mascara Blackest Black 130 

5. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara - I felt like I've tried every mascara under the sun and I continue to go back to my trusty Maybelline mascara. It's a classic product and no other mascara compares, at least for me personally!

NARS - BlushSEPHORA COLLECTION - Colorful BlushSEPHORA COLLECTION - Double Contouring Cream Blush


6. NARS, Sephora Blush, Sephora Cream Blush - These are my 3 favorite blushes and I never go a day without wearing blush, even if I go to the gym or pool or whatever, blush is always on my face! I tend to lean towards more pink colored blushes, and I definitely over apply them, but hey, too much is better then none at all when it comes to blush for me! 

Revlon Lip Butter Lollipop 075 

7. Revlon Lip Butter  - This lipstick is amazing! I have a few different colors and I love them all! It goes on like chap stick, but has the vibrant color of lipstick! It's super easy to apply and not messy at all. You can find this product at just about any drugstore. Seriously, give it a try! I really think the right lipstick color pulls together your whole look.

St. Tropez Tanning Essentials - Self Tan Bronzing Lotion 

8. St.Tropez Self Tanning Bronzing Lotion -   I was always a little weary about self tanners for a long time, then I found this gem! This self tanning lotion will change your life! It goes on super easy, it doesn't stain your hands (if you use your hands without gloves or anything), and it's not orange at all! I usually apply this at night, then take a shower in the morning to rinse it off. It leaves you with a nice bronze glow without looking excessive and over done. I use this only in the spring and summer, as I like to embrace my pale skin for the winter months, but I encourage you to give it a try! At least, get a sample and try it out first, you won't regret it!  

These are my favorites as of now,  if you guys try any of these out, let me know! Are there any of your favorite must have products that I should try??? 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

neutrals.


This outfit's all about texture and layers. There isn't much color going on here, but lately I've been pulled towards blacks, browns, and creams! They pretty much go with everything, at the same time, so why wouldn't I wear them everyday? Plus, it's been a transition from getting dressed and ready for work everyday to spending my days cleaning, cooking, and job searching, so any excuse to look cute these days and I'll take it! I hope all of you are staying warm! What are your favorite colors to wear lately?
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Outfit Details:
Sweater:F21
Dress: Pacsun (old) Similar
Boots: Target

Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday Meal: Tomato, Basil, and Cheese Soup

Happy Monday you guys and welcome to the first recipe post on Lady Like Lace!

My main subject is always style, but lately my husband and I have been into healthier eating and a healthier lifestyle altogether, which means more cooking and experimenting for me! And I wanted to share it with all of you! It's been pretty challenging to try and be healthier and I feel like everyone has that issue. It takes more time, more effort, more planning, and with our busy lives we tend to eat what's faster and easier, which most of the time turns into making unhealthy choices. We have noticed, with a little bit of effort and planning ahead it can transform your eating habits and your life.

Now, let me clarify that we are not professionals and not on a diet. We just try our very best, as young bodies, to make little changes here and there that will hopefully add up to bigger changes later on. I also want to clarify, that we still eat things that may not be the best, but it's all in moderation. It's also all about substituting.

With that being said, there's a few different ways to make this soup! I literally CANNOT eat canned soup anymore! It just never taste good to me, so lately, my favorite thing to make is homemade soups!

Here's what you'll need:

-Option 1) 2 28 oz. cans of diced tomatoes. Option 2) 5-6 ripe tomatoes (ran through a food processor   or blender) Either one is fine, use the cans if you're in a bigger hurry, but try to buy organic if possible!
-1 medium white onion, chopped
-2-3 gloves of garlic, minced
-olive oil
-2 cups of vegetable broth
-1 6 oz. container of plain Greek yogurt
-Option 1) 1 cup grated cheddar cheese. Option 2) 1 cup grated swiss or parmesan cheese. Both are great, but I prefer the white cheese!
-handful of chopped basil
-2 teaspoons of oregano
-1 packet of Stevia
-sea salt and pepper

Let's cook: In a large pot, add a few drizzles of olive oil, chopped onion, and the garlic and cook about 5 minutes, constantly stirring around.  Add the tomatoes (which ever way you chose) and the vegetable broth and stir together. Now we add some seasonings! Mix in the Stevia, oregano, and chopped basil, along with a few shakes of sea salt and pepper, stir together well. Cover the pot and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. You can then stir in the yogurt and cheese of your choice until it's all melted.

Now you can stop here and serve with a little added cheese on top OR if you like your soup really creamy, like we do, then you can blend it in the blender or use an immersion blender. We got an immersion blender for our wedding and I never thought I would use it as much as I do! I use it for every soup I make! It's so cool!

Now, enjoy!







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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

new year.

Hi guys! If you haven't noticed already, Lady Like Lace looks a little bit different. I've been dying to share the new site with you guys!! I wanted the blog to be easy to use for both me and you, simple, and full of inspiration and this was the first, and biggest, step to achieve that! I've (and another talented lady, who is way better at design then me) been spending the past couple weeks getting this together and brain storming new material, ideas, and features for Lady Like Lace in 2014.

On top of that, we moved!! So many life changes at once, but it's all good and exciting! I wanted to point out a few things about this new layout that will benefit you as readers!

-Commenting is EASY now, you can comment any way you would like, even anonymously! You don't have to be logged in to facebook to comment, which is something I really wanted!

-Archives and older post are easier to find! They are all on the left sidebar under, OLD THINGS.

-You can now easily pinpoint where to get connected with me on facebook, instagram, etc.

-All my outfits will be posted under the page titled LOOKS. That way if you just want to look and not read, you can!

-On the left sidebar, you can also easily contact me for ANYTHING, by simply filling out the contact form. Let's chat, y'all!

-Subscribing by e-mail is also made easier! All you have to do is enter your e-mail in the subscribe box and submit! Now you can follow me by e-mail!

-If you don't have a BLOG LOVIN account yet, I highly recommend it! It's such an easy way to keep all of the blogs that you follow in order! I even have the app on my phone and NOOK, I'm hooked! Click FOLLOW ME ON BLOGLOVIN and it should take you through the steps to either following me OR starting an account. It's super easy!

Have you noticed a trend?? Easy. I will say, there are still a few things I'm trying to work out, but I literally could not wait any longer to share it with you!! I hope you guys love it as much as I do! Oh, and...belated Happy New Year!

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Outfit Details:
Sweater: F21 (not online)
Scarf: Old Navy, different color
Jacket: Old Navy
Skirt: F21 (old) Similar
Boots: Sam Edelman

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Best of 2013.

 2013 was a good year for me, and for the blog. This year had it's challenges, just like every other year, but overall it was full of wonderful things! I'm super excited for the new year! We are moving this week as well and I'm ready to start somewhere new and take on all of the new challenges! I will say, I didn't really stick to my New Year's resolutions from last year, but this year I'm determined to stick to these and I've already made some plans to set me up for success. For 2014 I want to:

-eat healthy and get fit
-train to run a half marathon
-travel
-make our house feel like a home

Also in celebration of the new year, below are some of my favorite outfits and moments from 2013! What are your goals for the new year?? I want to hear them!



















HAPPY NEW YEAR!