Fashion

5 Quick and Easy Ways to Instantly Feel Fabulous

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s get real. There are times when we all feel down and out. Hopefully, this is just a temporary feeling (if it lasts longer than 2 weeks, though, please seek out a professional counselor. They can help you!). There are a few small things we can do on days like these to help ourselves feel just a little better and put some pep back in our step.

#1: Throw on some high heels

High heels have power. I’m not sure if it’s the way we carry ourselves when we wear them or what, but I challenge you not to feel fabulous in high heels. Have you heard Kelly Pickler’s song ‘Red High Heels’? Check it out, throw on some heels, and go out and get it, girl!

#2: Layer on the lipstick

Lipstick basically has the same effect as high heels. Throw on some red lipstick (or whatever your signature color might be) and you can take on the world.

#3: Paint your nails

I swear by this one. Even if I paint my nails a nude color, I still feel better than when they’re not painted at all. I think it’s a matter of feeling more put together when my nails look nice. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to be able to look down at my hands and have them look pretty. Yup, painted nails give me all the fabulous feelings!

#4: Pull out the accessories

Nothing can boost your mood like your favorite necklace or earrings or bracelets or ring or scarf or purse or whatever your choice accessories are. So layer on those jewels and take on the day!

#5: Listen to music

Ah, sweet sweet music. Nothing boosts my mood like putting on some tunes. Sometimes it takes a few songs to figure out what I want to listen to, but once I do, I’m pumped!

These things might seem vain or selfish, but I would argue they’re actually not. Self care is a thing that should not be taken lightly. If you don’t feel good and confident about yourself, you can’t expect to be able to care for others. I’m not saying we take a spa day once a week and check-out from the world (every now and then that might be a good idea, though). I’m just saying take a few minutes to do something that makes you feel happy. Once your battery is recharged, then you are better equipped to take care of your loved ones.

I would love to hear you’re thoughts! Leave a comment and let us know your tips for dealing with the occasional blues.

Thanks for stopping by! See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Happy New Year

Why Gratitude Matters

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

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It’s nice to be back blogging again. The last six months have been some of the most difficult of my life. My stepdad, who was like a second father to me, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this past summer. After a short, yet bravely fought battle, he passed away in the fall. I miss him terribly. I decided to take some time off from the blog to grieve and start healing. I have a long way to go, but I think I’m ready to get back into it.

The last few months have wildly changed my perspective on life. Things I used to think were a big deal no longer hold much importance. Time spent with loved ones is more precious than ever and something to be treasured. I’ve learned many lessons.

Perhaps the greatest and most surprising lesson was about gratitude.

 

 

Okay, I’m not going to lie, for the longest time I thought gratitude was some hippy, feel-good, mumbo-jumbo. Turns out, I was wrong. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, an impending winter storm forced the hubby and me to leave my family and go home earlier than we planned. I was devastated that we had to leave early and felt terrible to leave my Mom. The pain and sadness were overwhelming. In these times, I often turn to my phone to distract myself. While perusing through the Play Store, I came across the Gratitude App. In my despair, I decided to download it thinking it was hogwash but it couldn’t hurt to check it out.

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Words cannot describe how glad I am that I stumbled across this app. Turns out, being grateful really does help change your attitude and your outlook on life. The app has a daily inspirational quote which helps me get my day started off on the right foot. It also provides an easy guide to writing what you’re thankful for and why. I’ve found that writing why you’re grateful for something takes the exercise to a whole new level. It really makes you think about things in a deeper way. It’s easy to say you’re thankful for x, y, and z, but saying why you’re grateful for those things takes greater consideration. After using this app for a couple months, I find myself seeing the good in even bad situations.

If you’re looking to start the new year off on the right foot or just need an easy way to record your thoughts, I highly recommend the Gratitude App!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

Missy Ann

Beauty, DIY, Makeup

DIY Setting Spray

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

photogrid_15329059296496031749996494713706.jpgA few years ago, setting spray could only be found from high-end brands. Since then, though, the drugstore has fully embraced the setting spray. I’m not going to lie, I always have one in my makeup stash and I use it almost every day. It’s more for mentality sake. I’m not really sure it’s actually doing anything. I’ve tried the setting sprays from Wet n Wild, e.l.f., and Physicians Formula. I liked all these but went through them so fast. I decided to hit Pinterest to see if I could find a DIY option.

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20180729_1802313689808457693594463.jpgFor my version, I used 1 part glycerin, 2 parts witch hazel, 3 parts distilled water (spoiler alert, I just microwaved some water to sterilize it), and a few drops of rosehip oil. I mixed all the ingredients into my empty Physicians Formula setting spray bottle. The sprayer on that bottle is awesome! It dispenses a perfectly fine mist, which is essential for a flawless application.

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My DIY version was accidentally put to the test a couple weeks ago.  My makeup routine goes something like this: foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, blush, highlight, eyeshadow, setting spray, brows, and mascara.  I tend to get pretty messy when applying eyeshadow, so the need to brush off the fallout is almost always necessary.  Welp, this fateful day I forgot to do that and sprayed the setting spray.  Oops!  Let me tell you what, that eyeshadow fallout Would.Not.Budge.  No joke.  It wasn’t going anywhere.  That’s when I decided, this DIY setting spray IS doing something good for my makeup look.  I’ve been hooked ever since.

Do you use setting sprays? What’s your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by! See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

 

 

Fashion

Here We Go Again

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Here we are again with another yellow and pink look. I promise I’m trying to wear other colors, but I just can’t help myself with this quintessential summer color combo.photogrid_15326613848342330054496652502439.jpgphotogrid_15326612469444518608485422639726.jpgphotogrid_15326612887532695516952369751099.jpgphotogrid_15326613202568158134254567039286.jpgphotogrid_15326611829202880400229414025931.jpgphotogrid_15326612127311782614028742609397.jpgphotogrid_15326613524109122788470398606722.jpg

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Top: by des!gn c/o Goodwill (similar) // Tank top: Blue Star c/o thredUP (similar) // Jeans: Jag Jeans c/o Goodwill (similar) // Sandals: Gift (similar) // Necklace: c/o thredUP (similar) // Cage bracelet: FabFitFun Spring box 2017, $80 (similar) // Bangel bracelets: Gift (similar)

For today’s look, I paired this flirty, soft yellow top with a pink tank, white jeans, cute heeled sandals, and a pink statement necklace. In case you were wondering, I did spill something on my white jeans today. I guess my streak is over! 😥

Would you wear this yellow and pink color combo?

Thanks for stopping by! See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Home Organization, Tips & Tricks

Closet Makeover Part I

Diagnosing the Problem

 

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

photogrid_15322190624812884963782759272601.jpgToday, let’s talk closets.  Whether you have a standard 2-rod setup or a walk-in closet the size of a small house, we spend a lot of time staring into our closets.  Up until I watched Lisa J’s Closet Tour and Organization Makeover Part I, I was perfectly fine with my closet being a little messy and less than pretty.  Lisa J brought up a great point, though.  Our closets are where we start our days.  Why not start it them off on the right foot by looking into something clean and organized that makes us happy?  Yes, that is some truth right there if I ever heard it!  On that note, let’s go clean out our closets!

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As Lisa J shows in her video, the first step to a clean closet is to get rid of what you don’t need.  For many of you, this will also be your first step.  Since I just moved, though, my closet was mostly purged of the things that I don’t love and don’t fit.  So, we’ll skip to step 2 here.  Spend some time going through step 1, though, and make sure your closet is purged of what you don’t need.  This will make the rest of the closet makeover much easier. Lisa J goes through her process of getting rid of stuff in her video.  Check it out if you need some inspiration!

Step 2 is identifying the problem areas.  These are the areas of your closet that don’t function well for whatever reason.  It might be that they have become a catch-all for things that don’t have a home or a space that has just gotten out-of-control or things of this nature.  I have several such spaces in my closet.  Let’s take a look.

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This started out organized but quickly became a place where I just toss my purses.  This needs a serious dose of TLC.

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This space could definitely be utilized better.  There’s just a few boxes and shoes haphazardly thrown up here as they didn’t have another place to go.  This will be an area of focus for sure.

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This is a tough one and kind of hard to see from the picture.  The closet rod curves here and clothes tend to get lost in this area.  Trying to figure out how to use that space has been so challenging.  It’s time the mystery was solved once and for all.

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This has become a catch-all spot for things I’m donating.  While it’s a good habit to have a spot like this somewhere in your house, it could be prettier than just throwing the items on the floor.

 

Now, that these problem areas have been identified, we can start thinking of organizational solutions.  That’s Step 3, organizing!  Over the next few weeks, we’ll tackle each area and come up with creative ways to make this space organized and pretty.   I hope you’ll come along for the journey!

Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Fashion

Color Mixup

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

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There are many times we’ll see an inspiration picture somewhere and it’s not quite right.  In the case of today’s inspiration pic, I didn’t have the exact pieces to pull off that exact look.  As we know, I’m not a big fan of colored jeans nor do I have a jean jacket.  That’s no reason to dismiss the inspiration, though.  We just need to tweak it a little.  That’s where the color mixup comes in!

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Sweater: Joan Vass c/o thredUP (similar) // Tank top: JCP, $5 // Cami: Amazon, 5 for $25 // Jeggings: JCP, $36 // Sandals: JCP (similar) // Necklace: Charming Charlie (similar) // Bangle Bracelets: Charming Charlie (similar) // Cage Bracelet c/o FabFitFun Spring 2017, $80 (similar

 

Instead of the red jeans, I picked out a red tank.  I switched the jean jacket to denim Capris and the white shirt became a white cardigan.  The basic vibe of the inspiration photo remains, but in a way that expresses my unique style.  I topped off the look with some red and gold accessories.  This is a great look for summer and I’m so glad I didn’t dismiss the inspiration pic!

Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Beauty, Makeup

Comfort Zone

Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Palette

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today let’s talk makeup, specifically the eyeshadow palette. There are dozens upon dozens of eyeshadow palettes out there. How’s a person to know what’s good and what’s bad?

I’m here to tell you that generally, Wet n Wild eyeshadow is good quality and their Comfort Zone palette is no exception. The colors are gorgeous and can be mixed and matched to create countless looks. The thing I adore about this palette is that they give you a dark and light transition shade in extra large pans since those are probably the colors you’d use most. Genius!  Even better, you get 10 shades for $5!!!

They also provide a day and night look on the back, which is so helpful. It’s easy to follow and looks great!

They have several other palettes similar to this in the shades Nude Awakening, Rose in the Air, and Not a Basic Peach (find them here).

If you’re in the market for some new eyeshadow or just want to try out something new, I’d highly recommend this one. It’s so good!

What’s your favorite eyeshadow palette?

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by! See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Fashion

Summer Purple

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

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Lavender Tank top: New Balance c/o thredUP (similar) // White shirt: (similar)   // White tank: Amazon, $25 for 5-pack // Jeans: Signature by Levi Strauss & Co, $20 // Sandals: Macy’s (similar) // Necklace: gift (similar)

Purple is for all year, but I especially love a good lavender in the spring and summer.  There’s just something bright and happy about a good light purple top.  Today’s look is no exception.  Going for a light and breezy vibe, I paired the lavender tank with a thin white top, a white tank, white sandals and a delicate, lavender necklace.  I love how the necklace ties the look together without being too overpowering.  It’s a perfect balance!

That’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Fashion

The Calling Kimono Part II

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

This is a continuation of the post from yesterday (find it here).   Let’s dive into some super cute kimono options!

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Arizona Square Chiffon Kimono, JCP, $10.80 on sale!

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Arizona Short Sleeve Floral Kimono: JCP, $16.80 on sale!

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Libby Edelman Elbow Sleeve Floral Kimono: JCP, $37.50 on sale

Also, JCPenney is having an awesome 3-day sale, Cyber in July.  Everything is 30% and right now the sandals are on sale for buy 1 get 2 free!  Not sure how long that is going to last, but check it out if you’re in the market for some new sandals.  There are all kinds of sales going on over there, so check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

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Fashion

The Calling Kimono

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Have you ever been getting ready and had the feeling that you must wear a certain item that day?  This phenomenon occasionally happens to me, but it was strong this morning.  The kimono was calling my name, saying “wear me!  wear me right now!”

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Recipe Style from vivimarks.com

I got so many compliments on this outfit today and I felt fabulous in it!  I wonder if I got more compliments because of the outfit or because I was feeling confident about it?   Something to ponder…

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Usually, my favorite pieces in my closet or in my jewelry box are the ones that have a story behind them.  This kimono was made by my very talented bestie, Becca.  People are amazed when I tell them she made this because it looks so professionally done!  I’ve also worn it in cold weather look here.  Kimonos are a versatile clothing option.  They can be worn any time of year as they provide warmth in the winter yet are light and breezy enough to be cool in the summer.  That’s a win-win in my book!

Do you wear kimonos?

That’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

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