Category: tips and tricks

10 More Beauty Cheats Every Girl Should Know

10 Beauty Cheats Every Girl Should Know is one of the all-time most popular posts on my blog. I love that I’m not the only one who appreciates a good beauty hack! It’s been four years since I wrote that post (!!) and I’ve learned a lot of good tricks since then. Here are 10 more of my favorite beauty cheats: 1. Tightline your eyes.  For subtle definition and fuller-looking lashes, run a waterproof black or dark…

6 Shortcuts For Easier Mornings

I shared some helpful habits for non-morning people back in 2015, and my quest to conquer the start of the day is still a work-in-progress. Truth be told: I’m a mess in the morning. I love to squeeze in as much sleep as I can manage — every minute counts! — before I absolutely have to throw myself out of bed, so I’m always looking for shortcuts to shave precious time off my morning routine. Here are 6 of…

How I Take My Own Outfit Photos With My Smartphone

For the first several years of my style blog, my husband took all my photos. We worked together in our flower shop, in a downtown historic district with lots of great places to shoot, so it was easy to pop out for 5-10 minutes each day to snap photos of my outfits with our Canon Rebel DSLR camera. I imported all the photos to my Macbook, picked my favorites in iPhoto, edited them in Photoshop, and uploaded them to WordPress for every…

The Five Piece French Wardrobe

(A note: I’m not sure why they called this the “five piece” wardrobe because there are actually 33 pieces; maybe “five category” wardrobe would’ve made more sense?) After more than 30 days of wearing the same pieces on repeat, I fell in love with the concept of a well-edited, pared down wardrobe. It helped me realize how much I don’t need in my closet: sure, it’s lovely to have options, but I think we can also get really…

Quick Tip: How to Clean Brass Jewelry

C started an Alex & Ani collection for me about a year ago, and every now and then he surprises me with a new one. I love that each bracelet comes with a special meaning; everyone’s stack tells a little story about who they are. After several months of daily wear, my brass Alex & Ani bracelets started to tarnish and leave black marks on my wrist. I was super bummed and thought they were ruined,…