Thursday, April 15, 2021

Colorful Spring Dresses Perfect for Graduation Festivities

 As promised on Tuesday, I am back with another roundup of colorful spring dresses that would be perfect for graduation festivities. The beauty of a lot of these dresses is that they would also be great options for spring and summer wedding guest dresses (in March, I shared a post specific to that topic if you’re looking for even more options). If you’re bummed not to see any white dress options included, then that may mean you missed Tuesday’s post that was dedicated to that, find it here

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I mentioned in that post that I ended up wearing solid pink dresses to both my undergraduate and master’s graduation ceremonies. Our robes were black, so I knew a fun color was what I wanted to brighten things up a bit. It rained during my college graduation, which was supposed to be outside and was moved inside due to the weather, so having taken into account the fact that it could be hot was kind of pointless at the end of the day but is something to keep in mind when selecting what you as a graduate may want to wear. If hot weather isn’t a concern, then you may not mind having a dress with sleeves, although that’s something I steered clear of knowing that weather in May and August (the timing of my master’s graduation) in the south can get hot. Other things to keep in mind when picking out your dress would be the length. You may notice that I haven’t included any midi or maxi length dresses because personally, I don’t think I’d want to see any of my dress beneath the hem of my graduation gown. Before you overthink what you’re going to wear too much, I’ll leave you with one last thing to keep in mind which is having a print on a dress. Since we were in black gowns, I didn’t feel the need to steer clear of a print, however, had we been in purple to match our school color or something else bold like that, I probably would stick to something a little less busy. 

If you’re feeling the slightest bit overwhelmed by what to pick I have a feeling that scrolling through all the options I found will result in finding a dress that feels right for you! As always, you can click directly on the dresses in the image below to be taken to where each one can be purchased. Best of luck! 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

My Quick & Easy Everyday Makeup Routine

Hi, my name is Dorothy, and I am NOT an expert when it comes to makeup. I’m always flattered when y’all ask me what I use as makeup, but as a whole, my routine doesn’t change very often. Once I discover products I know and love, it takes me hearing a lot of positive reviews about something before finally testing it out (otherwise, a personal recommendation from a friend carries a lot of weight). 

The beauty (pun intended) of my thought process with this is that the products I use work really well for me and may be worth trying out yourself if you’re looking for something new to use. Better yet, my routine doesn’t take long to do, and overall the finished look is pretty natural. I was going to include a before photo of my face right before putting on makeup, but when I did, I didn’t think to smile and it looked more like a mugshot, so I decided to save y’all from that. Instead, there are more selfies and soft smiles in this post than any other I’ve done, but I wanted to include photos of the finished look both in natural light outside and inside. 

I’ve included a step-by-step of my routine below for y’all to read through where I’ve also included links to the products I use. Many of these items are currently on sale since Sephora’s Beauty Insider Sale started yesterday for VIB members and will begin tomorrow for Insiders. Click here to read more about those tiers if you’re curious. 

I use this sale to stock up on any of my favorite Sephora products that I’ve run out of since the last sale and this year that’s not much. I am planning to repurchase a bottle of St. Tropez since I enjoy using it for a bit of color when I don’t have time to be out in the sun. At the very bottom of this post, I’ve shared all of my favorite previous purchases from Sephora that may interest y’all. 

Before I begin my makeup routine, I like to moisturize my face with lotion. I specifically use one from Cetaphil and have since I was in high school. Recently, I received a sample of Isle of Paradise’s Self-Tanning Drops, and I’ll use a drop of that in my moisturizer at night before going to bed. I’ve really liked the subtle, healthy dose of color it has given my face without any streaking! Having assumed both of those things have already been done, now we can get into my routine. 

While there are days I put on more or less makeup, this is a happy average of what I’d put on to go to work or hang out with friends on the weekend. Also, one last note, I know it’s probably a bit odd to some that I do my eye makeup first, but I find that’s what works best for me and avoids any lines/creasing in my forehead makeup! 

Step 1: Curl eyelashes using this eyelash curler.

Step 2: Line waterline with this eyeliner pencil

Step 3: Apply L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara. My friend Ellison recommended this to me a few years ago, and I have yet to stray. It’s affordable, can be picked up at a drugstore, and in my opinion, does a really great job.

Step 4: Wet your Beauty Blender (which apparently some people didn’t know is the correct way to use the product, *cough* Nell) and apply less than a full pump of IT Cosmetics CC Cream. I then (using the product on the beauty blender) put a dot of the product on my forehead, chin, and either cheek before rubbing everything in. I blend this down my chin and a little bit on my neck until everything is even.

Step 5: Oftentimes, I wait a few minutes after applying the CC Cream to do this next step to allow the product to sink in. Then it’s time to brush on some of my bareMinerals Mineral Veil. This provides a little extra coverage while setting things in place. I wouldn’t say this is completely necessary, but sometimes I like to tone down the dewiness of the CC Cream. 

Step 6: Next, I apply bronzer to “contour” my cheeks. Because I don’t actually know how to contour, I pretend I do by making a fish face and lightly brushing my bronzer into the darker spots of my cheeks and then do a little bit around my hairline. Then it’s time for a bit of blush applied to the apples of my cheeks.

Step 7: This is a step you can definitely skip, and I often do, but for a little extra finishing touch, I use this Becca highlighter (get the mini version since you don’t need much of the product and it lasts forever) and apply it up my cheekbones. 

Step 8: I often forget to do this until I’m on my way to work, but finish everything off with a swipe of your favorite lip balm or gloss! I typically go colorless especially given that we’re all in masks these days anyway! 

You can see the finished look in the selfie below taken in my room. 

Lastly, if you’re looking for even more recommendations while shopping the Sephora sale, here are past purchases I’ve loved. If you see something you’re interested in, you can click directly on it in the image below to be taken to where it can be purchased! 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

White Spring Dresses for Graduation or Brides

 Lately, one of my most requested posts has been for graduation dress ideas. Between taking pictures with your friends ahead of the big day and finding the right thing to wear for your actual graduation day, I know it can be a challenge. I had originally planned to put both the colorful and white dress options I found in one post, but after scouring quite a few sites and finding far more dresses than I had thought I would, I determined that it may be best to break up the posts. So, for now, today’s post contains white graduation dresses that would also work well as bridal dresses for showers or wedding-related events for anyone who may be getting married this spring or summer. 

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I’ll be sharing some of my tips for picking out graduation dresses when I share the colorful dresses I found on Thursday, but it’s hard to go wrong with a white dress under your cap and gown since it’s unlikely to clash as a neutral. In high school, we were required to wear white graduation dresses since our gowns were white which lead me to choose a colored dress for my college and master’s graduation. No matter what you choose, just make sure it’s something you’re comfortable in and will be comfortable wearing regardless of if your ceremony is inside or out. 

I’ve included my favorite white graduation dresses below at varying price points. You can click directly on the dresses in the image below to be taken to where each one can be purchased.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Step Into My Week 4.12

 It’s almost noon, and I don’t feel like I’ve looked up from my work computer at all today. That would explain why this didn’t go up at 8:30 as usual, but I didn’t want that to stop me from sharing what I’ve been up to over the past week. 

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Monday morning, I was still in Fairhope for part of my workday and meetings. I woke up especially early that morning so that I could Peloton before saying bye to my parents as they left for work. I finally packed up, showered, and had my meeting for the day before eventually making the drive from Fairhope back to Birmingham. I got back and did more work before unpacking everything so that I could have a fresh start to the week. That night was the end of the men’s NCAA tournament, so Hunter and I decided to get Taco Mama for dinner before watching the game together. He had Gonzaga winning his bracket, and I had Baylor winning so I was a bit more excited about the outcome than he was.

Tuesday morning, I woke up early before work to read in bed before getting my day going. I had a bunch of products that needed to be ordered in and spent most of the day working through that task. Later in the afternoon, after work Hunter and I went to play pickleball before I went home to shower, and we could meet up to go on a walk stopping by the Milo’s Burger Bus in our neighborhood that was giving out free chicken nuggets. We decided to make salads for dinner that night and went to the store to pick up the ingredients. They turned out to be really delicious, and we ate them while watching some of the third season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. 

I woke up early on Wednesday to read again before heading into the office for the photoshoot I had that day for a July/August issue. There were so many shoots happening in the studio that our team had to be downstairs away from the kitchen which was a bit of a curveball. We got through the shoot around 4:30, and I left to head home shortly after it wrapped. I decided to go on a run after work since the weather was nice and talked on the phone to Nell while walking afterward. Once I got home, I did an ab workout routine before showering and making myself dinner. My roommate and I decided to watch the first episode of Ted Lasso together at her parent’s recommendation, and as you’re about to find out, I really enjoyed it. 

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Thursday morning, I woke up early so that I could get work done before heading to my Covid vaccine appointment. I got mine at Walgreen’s where they were giving out the Johnson and Johnson shot, so I am now officially vaccinated. The rest of the day, I continued to get work done until eventually going on a walk with Hunter. We decided to go to The Filling Station for dinner and split their pesto pizza. Afterward, he came over to my house, and I had him start the first few episodes of Ted Lasso. We were both quickly hooked and loved that the episodes are shorter in length than many of the other shows we’ve watched together. After a few episodes, I went to bed. 

I was working from home on Friday and was able to get a lot done before Hunter came over once my workday was over so that we could finish watching Ted Lasso. You end up rooting for all of the characters even though you may not necessarily agree with all their decisions, so if you’re looking for a feel-good new show, I’d definitely recommend it. Once we finished that, he left again, and I showered, listened to an audiobook, and took a nap. I don’t think I really had any major symptoms from the Covid Vaccine, but if I had to suspect one, it would be general fatigue. Post nap on Friday, I didn’t have any other issues with it. Hunter and I reconvened for dinner and were both being indecisive with what we wanted to eat, so we ended up putting our name on three different waitlists and eating at the place that let us know our table was available first. We went to a bar near our house after and played a few games of pinball before coming back to my house and watching an episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel before he went home.

I slept in a little bit on Saturday and did some blog work in the morning before finally taking pictures of some of the clothes I have that I’m looking to sell. This became quite the project, and I was happy when my friend Caroline stopped by to pick up the wedding gifts that she had been storing at my house after her wedding at the end of last month. Eventually, I decided to take a break from my clothing purge and changed and met some friends at Back Forty. We stayed there for a couple of hours, and eventually, Hunter joined before he and I met up with a few of his friends for dinner. We went to one of his friend’s houses to play Quiplash for a bit before calling it a night.

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Sunday morning, we had plans to play pickleball with one of Hunter’s friends and his friend’s girlfriend. We all met up around 10:30 and played for a while before getting brunch together at The Filling Station. I went back to my clothes purging project in the afternoon and also showered and did laundry. Hunter found a smoked salmon recipe that he wanted to try that night so after he was done watching The Masters with his friends I went over to his house so that we could make it. The salmon was delicious but I think we would both agree that the avocado salsa recipe it said to pair it with was even better! I have a feeling we will be making it to have as a snack on occasion. We watched one more episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel before I left and went to bed. 

We lucked out that the rainy weather we were supposed to be getting this week has turned to sunshine on my weather app so I’m really hoping things stay sunny! 

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