Finding the Perfect Lashes

Every girl needs a "go-to" pair of lashes for a last minute event!  While most days I opt for a natural look with mascara, there are always occasions where I need a little more... Like a wedding!  During the preparation phase of wedding planning, I became slightly obsessed with finding all the right makeup for the BIG NIGHT!  One of the biggest decisions was in lashes.  I needed something that wouldn't irritate my eyes and would last all night!  I also wanted something that would look natural. 

As I started my journey, I started with disposable and cheaper lashes (mainly trying to figure out a good price point for lashes).  What I discovered is that you get what you pay for.  While the cheap lashes you can get from CVS worked, they didn't last all night and the material just didn't seem natural.  One afternoon, while perusing my favorite beauty store -  Vert Beauty, I stumbled across the best product on the market!  Battington Lashes have quickly become my favorite make up accessory. After trying them out for a whole day, I realized that the all natural silk lashes were going to do the trick!  They are comfortable, realistic looking, and SO easy to apply.  They come with a case that helps them keep their shape and THE BEST PART---- you can wear them up to 20 times!!!  Because they are all natural, they can be washed and re-worn.  Clearly that was a huge selling factor for me, as I could take them on my honeymoon and not have to worry about them breaking!!

I can't wait to hear how you all like them!!

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Post Christmas Shopping:: Deals and Steals!

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The after Christmas slump is here as we anxiously await New Years!!  I’ve begun creating my New Year’s resolutions and I can’t wait to share them with you, but they aren’t quite done yet! 

Today, I’m taking some much needed down time and headed to the mall for some retail therapy!  I absolutely love this time of year because many of my favorite stores are having sales you can’t pass up!   A huge thanks to Alex Takes Photos for documenting this look :)

Here’s a rundown of things to look for this holiday season:

1: Shoe Sales- Many of my favorite stores are having BOGO sales.  Not to mention that the majority of the winter boots are discounted, too!  Be sure and check discount stores like DSW or Nordstrom Rack, as they will be getting shoes major retailers are phasing out.

2: Cologne Sales- Every brand uses this time to push the last of their Gift Sets to sales.  They are hoping you will come in and use the gift card burning a hole in your pockets on their nifty little sets.  They are a great way to snag a travel size of your favorite fragrances.

3: Jewelry Sales- Many jewelers offer sales between Christmas and New Year’s Day!  The jewelry I’m wearing in this post is from Hyde Park Jewelers.  They are an absolutely amazing store in the Denver Cherry Creek mall and have jewelry to accommodate any budget! 

BONUS:: When you spend $250 in jewelry.. You’ll receive a A FREE PAIR OF IPPOLITA EARRINGS (worth $195) as a gift for being a Novice Native follower!!  Check out the links to my current look below:

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Roberto Coin Pois Moi 18K Yellow Gold & Diamond Square Ring

Roberto Coin Pois Moi 18K Yellow Gold Mini Cube Pendant

Shinola The Birdy Stainless Steel 34MM Watch

4: Makeup Sales- Head over the Estee Lauder and take advantage of their “Red Box” sale, as I like to call it.  They offer an amazing gift box for purchase when you buy a fragrance you already love…  The box is only $57 and has over $200 worth of product.  You can’t beat this holiday deal!!!

With all of that in mind, grab your things and head to the nearest mall… or website if you want to take advantage of Hyde Park’s special offer :: you can explore their entire #TheLuxeList gift guide!

I hope you had an absolutely amazing Christmas.  You all deserve it!

The Festive Side Braid:: 2-Minute Hair Tutorial

Good morning, my favorite people!!!  

It's Christmas Eve and I couldn't be more excited.  I have a special treat for you today :)  This quick 2 minute hair tutorial will show you how to create the easiest side braid (perfectly timed for a great Christmas morning look)!  I hope you have a fabulous day with family and friends.  Take a second to remember the reason we are celebrating. 



The Holiday Gift Guide:: Gift with Purchase You Can't Afford to Miss!

Feeling a little behind on your shopping?   Never fear!  I have the perfect solution for that special someone in your life.  This gift guide is chalk full for fun, diverse gifts that will not only say “Merry Christmas” but also “You’re really special to me”! 

If you’re shopping for your mom, Mother-in-Law, or even your wife, the wonderful ladies at Hyde Park Jewelers in Cherry Creek Mall have a VERY special surprise for you.  The watches and bracelets shown below aren’t just stunning, but they also come with A FREE PAIR OF IPPOLITA EARRINGS (valued at $195) on a purchase of $250 or more just for being a Novice Native follower!!  Can you say 2-in-1 gift!?  Buy your girl that shiny watch she always talks about wanting, then save the earrings for Valentine’s Day.  If you have several gifts you’re behind on, you could always give them as another gift…  Don’t forget to mention you heard about the earrings from me to ensure your free gift with purchase!

If you’re loving these looks as much as I am, you can shop them here:

 Shinola Runwell 47mm Moon Phase Watch

Lagos Black Caviar Sterling Silver & 18K Yellow Gold Diamond Caviar Bracelet

Pesavento Polvere di Sogni Ruthenium Sterling Silver Black Dust Bead Bracelet

Or you can explore their entire #TheLuxeList gift guide!

Now, let’s say you want something a little more festive for a stocking stuffer…

These adorable sweater coffee mugs make for a great festive treat.  You can even enjoy hot coco by the fire while watching Elf a little later!  The mugs don’t have to have sweaters (although I highly recommend it)… any festive and adorable porcelain glass will do!  If you find yourself stumped for drink ideas… you could check out the recipe I post yesterday, or peruse Pinterest on your flight home!

Another great option is to add skin care and beauty items to stockings for loved ones.  My mom always said that jewelry and moisturizer were the way to her heart.  A festive winter lip color is always an option too!  If you’re unsure of which color to get, you can always visit a retailer in your local mall (after you stop by Hyde Park) and ask for assistance.  They are always happy to help and point you toward a long-lasting shade that won’t smear.

Now, the last gift on this holiday gift guide is a personal favorite.  I received this gift from my sister when we celebrated our little family Christmas this year.  It’s the tin “B” with tiny, adorable light bulbs!  I was so excited when I opened it because it’s so chic, yet perfect (as I’ll be changing last names this coming February)!  If you have any brides-to-be in your life, these would be the perfect gift.

I hope this makes your shopping lists a little bit easier to manage!  The holidays are such a fun time to be with family and friends… enjoy them.  But don’t forget, a thoughtful gift speak volumes to those you love.  It’s taken me a very long time to understand this!  I finally received the award of “Good Gift Giver” in my family this year = SUCCESS!

Happy Holiday, guys!



All photos taken by Alex-Takes-Photos

DIY Girl's Night with Gild Collective

Y’all!  I’m so excited for today’s post… I can barely stand it! 

I recently was invited to the best girl’s night of my life and I have to share what made it so special.  My girlfriend Jessica, founder of Semi-Sweet Tooth, decided that a typical holiday party just wasn’t going to cut it this year.  Instead of throwing the taboo green and red “Night In” for all of our friends and their boys, she decided a DIY girl’s night was JUST what Santa ordered! 

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                                         Jessica and I modeling our beautiful DIY earrings!  

To make this little get-together perfect, Jessica worked with the ladies at Gild Collective to collaborate on the best DIY party I’ve ever attended.  The girls at Gild made it so easy for Jessica to get all of the supplies for each girl in one simple order.  The best part?  We got to choose our own craft!

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                      No Girl's Night is completing without flutes of festive champagne!

After we RSVP’d to the adorable rendezvous, we were sent a link with options on crafts.  Each girl was allowed to pick the DIY activity that would best fit in their lives/homes and paid for it online – ahead of time (sparring Jessica the awkward conversation of asking to be reimbursed!).  I absolutely loved getting to pick a craft that I loved and knew I would use.  I chose the “DIY Gem Earings,” while other girls chose the “Sunburst Mirror” or other crafts from Gild. 

When we arrived at Jessica’s house, each of us had a beautiful little package just waiting for us at the table!  Each package contained an individual DIY project that were carefully curated into portion-sized kits :)  Not only did these little “gifts” contain all the crafting supplies we could need, but Gild also provided detailed written, photo, and video instructions.  They even offered live-chat/face time help in case we got stuck… but of course we didn’t because the instructions were SO easy to follow.

Laying out the earrings was the best part! &nbsp;I could see my visions coming to life right before &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;my eyes!

Laying out the earrings was the best part!  I could see my visions coming to life right before                                                                                      my eyes!

After a couple flutes of champagne and adorable holiday snacks, we all sat down and began our crafts!  We chatted as we followed the instructions and helped each other with ideas.  It was the most stress-free environment I could have imagined.  The fun never seemed to end, even though the craft only took an hour!  I think what was the most exciting thing for me was to see all of the girls working together in a supportive and creative environment.  We had the best time seeing everyone’s ideas come to life on what they wanted the final project to look like.  Even the girls who claimed to be “not creative or crafty” did a wonderful job and had a great time following the easy instructions.

I can’t begin to tell you how much I want to throw a party of my own with Gild!  If you are interested in throwing your very own Gild Collective party, check them out here or shoot them an email at

To see all of the projects they offer follow this link!

Don't forget to check out the sweet girls that hosted/captured this adorable blogger party:  Jessica of Semi-Sweet Tooth and Brittany of The Cashmere Gypsy

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                                                  They turned out absolutely GORGEOUS!!