Friday, October 19, 2012

September Favorites!

Hey girls! I want to start off this post by saying I am SO sorry for not posting in a while, AND that this is so late, I've been really stressed with school work, dance and other activities that this blog has been the last thing on my mind. That makes me so sad because I really do enjoy writing these posts as free time and every time I thought about it, it was just another task for me to do. BUT, I barely have any homework tonight so I am so so ready to write this lovely post!

September has seriously flown right by, I feel like it just started! It's my favorite month of the whole year because it's still warm, but cool at the same time, Fall weather is my absolute favorite! Also, September is my Birthday month- why wouldn't that be a reason for it to be a good month!

Beauty/Fashion Favorites
The first thing I've been loving lately is my watch! I only got it for my birthday-which is toward the end of the month-but I am so in love with it! It's the Michael Kors Mini Blair watch in Rose Gold. I've wanted one for so long and I am so happy about this you don't even know! I know you can't always pair it with every outfit, but that's okay with me. I want to wear it a lot, but not too often that it becomes boring.


Okay the next thing you might not understand, but you will soon. It's a Miranda Sings T-shirt that Kristin gave me for my birthday! We love watching Miranda Sings, she is HILARIOUS. I'll write some more about her later in this post.
 
 
I have also been loving my Benefit They're Real Mascara, which Francesca gave to me for my birthday! I have been wanting to try this for a whole and almost purchased it at Ulta a few weeks ago-good thing I didn't! It makes my lashes super long and voluminous and I adore the way it glides on to my lashes.
 
 
This month I have been using my Nars blush in Deep Throat almost every day. It's a beautiful shimmery peach color and is perfect for everyday. It gives me just enough color, but not too over the top. It is a very summery color so I'm trying to squeeze out the last few times I can use it!
 
 
I also wanted to include my bag that I use for school, we are allowed to carry tote bags or backpacks with our books and the one I got this year is so perfect. It's the Kate Spade Daycation Bon Shopper in Paint Blocks and it fits everything I need without being too big or bulky-I love it!
 
 
Non Beauty Favorites
 
 
The first thing I must talk about is candy corn! This is my absolute favorite candy and for some reason I can only eat it in the Fall. I know this is going to make me sound like a pig but I've already gone through 2 bags of it since mid September. The one that's my favorite is by Brach's, all the other ones are too waxy to me, but I found a recipe to make it so I might try that!
 
 
The things I have been drinking all month are seltzer and water! I've always liked seltzer but lately, I'm drinking it a lot more when I want some bubbles (I've been trying to stay away from junk food and soda just to stay healthier). But everyday I bring a water bottle and usually buy another at lunch time, then I drink it at home too! My favorite kind of seltzer by the way is the Vintage Lemon Lime, Raspberry or Raspberry Lime-so good!
 
 

My favorite show has been Abby and Brittany! It's on TLC and it follows conjoined twin girls Abby and Brittany Hensel as they graduate college and pursue a career in teaching. It just ended but I hope the next season will be aired soon! It's so inspiring to me that they are so physically different from everyone else, but in every other way they're 2 normal 22 year old girls! They don't let anything stop them and try to accomplish anything they want. You can check some episodes out here.
 
 And lastly, my favorite songs of the month! I am a huge fan of Ke$ha and after I saw her in concert last year I felt like she dropped off the face of the Earth! But she's back with her new song Die Young! It has a great beat and catchy lyrics-I love it! My other favorite song has been Light Up The Sky by Duncan, my dance teacher put this on in class one day during warm ups and I've been listening to it non stop! It's super catchy and just a fun song to listen to!
 



I hope you enjoyed my September Favorites and stay post for a new post real soon-I promise!
 
Xoxo
Audrey :)

"One of the best parts of growing up is finding the freedom to model yourself on what feels the most true rather than mirror what’s around you." -Lauren Conrad
 





2012 Fall Trends

Hi girls!  Today's post is all about upcoming fall trends that you can incorporate into your fashion and makeup.

During fall, earthy tones are a must.  Neon and bright colors are out for this season.  Stripes are also very popular for fall.  Another huge trend that I have been loving is denim!  I absolutely love wearing a jean shirt with a pair of jeggings and boots.






Put your flip flops away and break out your boots!  Brown leather (or faux leather) are all the trend.  Walking down the hall at school, I notice that almost every girl has a pair on!
For accessories, gold is huge this month!  Bracelets, purses, or rings, gold is the color.  My favorite way to wear this trend is by wearing long, gold necklaces like this one.
Don't be turned off by the name!  Oxblood is a beautiful red color that everyone has on their nails.  I recently painted my nails in a perfect oxblood color for Kristin's Sweet 16!  This is 'Mocks' by Essie.  Another popular oxblood color that has a bit more purple tones in it is 'Bahama Mama' by Essie.
Gold is not just for jewelery!  Incorporating gold into your makeup routine can make your eyes look brighter and more awake.  My favorite gold eye products are All That Glitters Eyeshadow and Pure Show Superslick Liquid Liner by MAC.  Copper is also great for fall, whether you pair them with gold or wear them on their own!  I love my Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze and Laura Mercier Eyeliner in Copper.
For lips, berry tones are all the trend.  I love layering my Korres Lip Butter in Raspberry over top of my Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop.

That's all for now!  Tweet us a pic if you try out any of these trends.  Also leave a comment below with any feedback or requests!


xoxo Francesca


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Fall Shoe Staples

Hello everyone, and happy fall! Fall is easily my favorite season, I love the weather, the smell, the fashion and most importantly Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks. As mentioned, fall fashion is my favorite fashion ever.  Because of my little obsession, I wanted to share with y'all my top four fall shoe selections! From casual to dressy, I am basically living in these shoes everyday in the autumn. 

First shoe staple would have to be riding boots! I absolutely love the elegance of these boots. They are extremely practical, you can wear them with a pair of skinny jeans and your favorite crewneck sweatshirt, or a pair of black jeggings, button up shirt and some pearls! The pair of riding boots I own were made by Audrey Brookes, and I purchased them at DSW last year for about $150. Riding boots can get pricey, but for a super cute pair of boots that are all leather is totally worth every penny!

The next pair of shoes I wear all the time would be my Uggs. I have them in the 'Classic Tall' style in gray. I think every girl has a pair of shoes like these! They are super comfortable, and you can throw them on with anything and it will look perfectly fine! Uggs can be found at Nordstrom, Zappos, and most likely, any local shoe store!

The next pair/style of shoes I will be talking about will be ballet flats! I think these are super cute and you can put these on with jeans, a skirt, or a dress.... definitely a multi-purpose shoe! I recently got a new pair of flats from Lucky Brand Jeans, and they are a raspberry-colored leather pair. I am so excited to wear these in the fall with a pair of skinny jeans and an oversized oxford top. I think flats are perfect for fall because the weather is still fluctuating a bit, and you don't want to show up to school one day in Uggs, and the next day in sandals. I purchased my pair at Nordstrom's at the end of August, but I'm sure they have similar styles (or maybe the same shoe!!)

The last pair of shoes I will be talking about will be rain boots. I love rain boots. End of story. I absolutely love the look of rain boots and I always jump on the chance to wear them! I have a pair of the Hunter rain boots in the classic style. They were my moms (she purchased them on Zappos.com) but they were too small, but the perfect size for me! They are in a eggplant purple color, and they go with practically everything! I have more of a preppier style, and one of my favorite outfits is a pair of darkwash skinny jeans, my rain boots, and a striped navy blue sweater with a bigger statement gold ring! I feel like I'm walking out in Nantucket :).

So there you have it, my fall shoe staples! I literally wear these shoes everyday in the fall, and you can wear them with any outfit. What are your fall shoe staples? Leave them in the comments below or tweet them to us @SparklySecret. Don't forget, stay classy everyone!

-Landon

*****I want to make a huuuuuuuuge apology for the lack of posts! I have been really busy with schoolwork (lame excuse, I know) and I have started dance again, so I am at the studio 3+ days a week! Please forgive me :) Love you ladies!