step up your athleisure game

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Jennifer Beals circa Flashdance will forever be my athleisure inspo. For one, she popularized my go-to look of off the shoulder tops, sweaters...if it's off the shoulder, it reigns - period. Two, she made sweaty sexy. With athleisure currently running the world, I'm all about rocking my sporty looks outside the gym {or, in my case, the dance studio}. Here are 6 pieces I'm loving for sleek studio to street style!

{1} BODYISM Emma Off-the-Shoulder Jersey T-Shirt {$85.00} Pair it with black skinnies and patent pumps during your off-hours for no-sweat style!

{2} TOPSHOP Space Dye Loungewear Joggers {$52.00} The slim-fit keeps them from looking frumpy post-workout. Pair them with a denim jacket for ultimate cool girl style.

{3} Argento Vivo Medium Tube Hoop Earrings in Gold {$98.00} Small enough to keep from interfering with your workout; large enough to add a little sparkle once you hit the street. Couple them with a low-ponytail to show them off!

{4} TOPSHOP GALLOP Nubuck Court Shoes {$95.00} Style them alongside a slouchy top and slim-fit joggers for a flirty post-fitness #ootd.

{5} 3.1 Phillip Lim Glam Round Sunglasses in Frosted Salmon {$253.00} The Lennon-esque shape is seriously on-trend and undoubtedly chic.

{6} FALKE ERGONOMIC SPORT SYSTEM Versatility Stretch-Jersey Sports Bra {$125.00} The double-layer look + scuba-like zip-front make it perfect for stepping out in style. Wear it under an open, fitted black blazer for a night out on the town!




{fashion folio} denim daze

Top: Topshop Contrast Panelled Seamed Vest | Shoes: Joie Leah Sandals in Nude | Jacket: MOTO Fitted Denim Jacket | Jeans: Rag & Bone The Skinny Distressed Mid-Rise Jeans | Eyeshadow: mark. Spring Fling Eye Shadow Palette | Necklace: BaubleBar Carnevale Layered Strands | Nail Polish: FORMULA X Sheer Strength in Wondrous | Ring: BaubleBar Diana Midi Ring in Gold

Embrace a summerfied version of the Canadian Tuxedo via a slouchy white tank and distressed white skinnies topped with a light blue denim jacket. Nude, lace-up cage heels are flirty; while a layered necklace and double-banded midi ring are elegantly edgy. Grab a sheer pink polish for a subtle splash of color; creating a girly yet oh-so season-apropos stare with a pearly pink to peach eyeshadow trio.



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{beauty board} romantic summer days

As much as I love my sunkissed skin and smoky eyes, I've been seriously swoony over floral-inspired beauty that is soft and sweet, paired with feminine crown braids that feel whimsical and fairytale-esque. Together, they create an all-over romantic vibe that is so perfect for summer days. Here are 6 products that I'm loving for getting girly!

{1} OPI Nail Lacquer in PETAL SOFT {$9.50} Forget standard glitter; these pastel pieces are flower-shaped!

{2} MILANI Rose Powder Blush in CORAL COVE {$7.99} Hyper-pigmented, so a single swipe leaves you with bright, beautiful cheeks.

{3} MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Le Marc Lip Crème in JOLLY MOLLY 220 {$30.00} The bright bubblegum hue adds a summer-inspired punch to your pout!

{4} NYX Cosmetics Love In Rio Eyeshadow Palette in BIKINI BOTTOM {$5.99} From seashell pink to sandy bronze, these 3 shimmery shades were made for seaside beauty looks.

{5} Chloe Roses De Chloé 1 oz Eau de Toilette Spray {$70.00} A modern take on the typical rose scent that feels like a bouquet in a bottle.

{6} amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo {$22.00} A touch of dry shampoo adds grip to your mane - perfect for making braiding a breeze!




NOTD: JULEP Nail Color in Kendall

Two coats of JULEP Nail Color in Kendall. Vibrant Fuchsia with Blue Iridescent Shimmer.

Kendall was made for summer. Period.

This may be one of my all-time favorite Julep colors. She's just so pretty and squishy {she's got a little jelly to her}. Sadly, she's also a bit of a pain to work with {sorry Kendall!}.

Let me tell you, Kendall is one thick and gloppy polish - it literally needs to be babied during application, which can grow tiresome. Wiping the brush excessively on the mouth of the bottle before bringing it near your nail is highly recommended.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?



the instagram diaries

Instagram: @cateyesandskinnyjeans

Bronzer/Blush: e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia #83601 {c/o} | Illuminator: NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam | Lips: CoverGirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Watermelon Twist 215 | Blush: NYX Cream Blush in Boho Chic | Eyeshadow: Rimmel Scandal Eyes Shadow Stick in Bluffing {c/o} | Mascara: Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll in Black

Leggings: Mimi Chica Faux Leather Leggings | Shoes: Sole Society TIIA T Strap Heel | Rug: Lulu & Georgia L & G Acrylic Sheepskin

Brush 1: e.l.f. Studio Ultimate Blending Brush {c/o} | Brush 2: e.l.f. Studio Contouring Brush {c/o} | Brush 3: e.l.f. Studio Eyeshadow "C" Brush {c/o} | Brush 4: e.l.f. Studio Contour Brush {c/o} | Brush 5: e.l.f. Studio Blush Brush {c/o} | Brush 6: e.l.f. Studio Small Precision Brush {c/o} | Eyeshadow Palette: e.l.f. Studio Prism Eyeshadow in Sunset #83323 {c/o}



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always a bridesmaid...

I love a summer wedding. Aside from the fact that flowers are in bloom and the sun is shining {obvious reasons, I know}; summer weddings allow bare legs {who can resist?}, and are rarely accompanied by bad weather worries.

I tend to find myself in the role of wedding guest, with the occasional stint as a bridesmaid most frequently - the latter of which I definitely don't mind when you take into consideration just how exquisite the summer bridesmaid dresses from TopWedding Australia are.

I've combed through the site, narrowing my faves down to 5 frocks that are perfect for twirling, flirting with fellow singles, and celebrating l-o-v-e!

Strapless A Line Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress with Pleats {AU $111.43}
{The aesthetic is simple yet undeniably sophisticated + showstopping.}

Chiffon Mini Homecoming Dress with Sheer Straps and Low Cut Back {AU $117.93}
{LOVE the crisscross bodice, sheer straps, and low cut back. It's a super sexy combo that has a sweet, demure feel due to the color.}

Spaghetti Strapped A Line Ruched Chiffon Bridesmaid Dress {AU $116.62}
{The ruffled, handkerchief hemline is ultra-flirty.}

Strapless Elastic Satin Knee Length Bridesmaid Dress {AU $116.62}
{More traditional in style, but still a stunner.}

Round Neck Sheath Taffeta Mini Party Dress with Pleats {AU $115.32}
{There's something so take on the world about that high neckline.}

Which pretty piece would you wear to fulfill your bridesmaid duties?


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{beauty board} sun daze

Start summer off on the right foot with ooh la la lips, notice-me-manis, sparkling, sunkissed makeup, and brilliantly beachy fragrances!

{1} e.l.f. Studio Prism Eyeshadow in SUNSET #83323 {$10.00} Create a sunset-inspired scene on your eyes.

{2} Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Blush Duo in GLISTEN 52 {$12.50} Sweep a makeup brush through both shades in the compact then apply to the apples of cheeks for a radiant glow!

{3} Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in MELTED CANDY {$21.00} The vibrant shade complements all skintones!

{4} FORMULA X The Colors in HERE COMES THE SUN {$12.50} The perfect punchy hue for manis + pedis.

{5} Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Sunset In Salina {$77.00 each} Notes of sun-baked white musk and vine leaves give a nod to Mediterranean summers.

{6} Estēe Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in MELTING SUN {$25.00} The high-intensity color + glossiness screams summer lovin'!

{7} Benefit Cosmetics SUN BEAM {$26.00} Apply it to cheek and browbones for a lit-from-within bronze glow that is oh-so natural!

{8} Estēe Lauder BRONZE GODDESS {$65.00} Bergamot, warm amber, tiare flower, vanilla, and creamy coconut create a summer-in-a-bottle scent that you'll never want to take off!



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currently crushing...

crush 19
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Smoky brown shadows, casual kicks, 90s-esque crop tops...these are a few of my favorite things atm - and the inspo behind today's board.




Essie Spring 2015 Mini Collection Swatches + Review

I've been on the hunt for a few spring-apropos nail colors that will add a little flower power to my mani game, so I couldn't resist scooping up the Essie Spring 2015 Mini Collection after spotting it at Ulta. The shades are unquestionably perfect for spring; but feature some darker hues that make this mini set gorgeous for year-round wear. Just take a peek at the swatches!

Flowerista is a Plum Creme. I rarely gravitate towards colors like this - especially for spring; but there is something seriously hypnotic about Flowerista that made it a fave for me {and not just because it falls into the category of OCW}. The formula here, though slightly tacky, is remarkably easy to work with - and so yummy to look at! This is 1 coat.

Blossom Dandy is an Icy Mint Blue Creme. Can we just agree that Essie is queen when it comes to releasing minty shades? Seriously. Blossom Dandy is close in color to Essie's cult favorite Mint Candy Apple, but it's not a dupe - Blossom Dandy is a brighter, cooler-toned color with far better formula. This is 2 coats.

Petal Pushers is a Slate Grey Creme. Ordinarily, I would be swooning over a grey shade; but since Petal Pushers follows closely on the heels of OPI's Fifty Shades of Grey Collection {which I loved}, I feel as if I'm currently greyed out. Regardless, the steely shade is still a beaut, and absolutely perfect to work with - smooth, creamy, and quickly opaque {we're talking almost OCW status}. NOTE: The color is darker IRL than what you see here. This is 2 coats.

Perennial Chic is a Peachy Apricot Nude Creme. Say hello to my favoritefavoritefavorite shade in this quartet. Perennial Chic is the quintessential nude creme that elongates rather than creating mannequin hands {likely due to the peachy/rosy undertones}. Considering how pale this color is, the formula is on. fleek. Self-leveling, buildable, and long-lasting. This is 2 coats.

AVAILABILITY: Ulta and Nordstrom for the 4-pack mini; mass market merchandisers, drugstores, and department stores for full-size individual bottles.

PRICE: $13.00 at Ulta, $17.00 at Nordstrom; or buy full-size bottles separately for $8.50 each.




{fashion folio} get sporty

Top: Faith Connexion Cropped Stretch-Jersey Top | Shoes: Soludos Leather Platform Smoking Slipper Espadrilles in Black | Earrings: Sole Society Crystal Floral Studs in Crystal | Nail Polish: Ulta Salon Formula Nail Lacquer in Life's A Peach | Watch: Michael Kors Sport Watch in Silver | Sunglasses: Sole Society Alexia Oversized Retro Cateye in Black | Pants: TOPSHOP Salt and Pepper Joggers | Lips/Cheeks: Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip And Cheek Creamy Oil in Limitless Pink | Bag: Opening Ceremony Lele Handbag in Black

Slim-fitting salt and pepper track pants get sleek when paired with a black crop top and casual espadrilles. Play up the varsity-gone-polished vibe with the addition of a black satchel and oversize cateye sunnies; packing on a bit of bling with a menswear-inspired watch and crystal studs. For beauty, reach for a creamy pale peach on nails; adding a fresh-from-the-gym flush to lips and cheeks with a multi-purpose product that keeps you looking radiant!




NOTD: JULEP Nail Color in Rae

Two coats of JULEP Nail Color in Rae. Lilac Creme.

Rae was toted as Pantone's Color of the Year for 2014; but, while it is super pretty for spring, it's definitely not an orchid pink.

Formula was very easy peasy for this pretty - it self-leveled and built opacity with minimal effort. The main thing you need to be careful of is the thickness of coats. Thin coats will give you the color you see here; thick coats will result in a far darker, dustier hue.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?




...because it's almost Manicure Monday.

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switch up your summer style with UU Hair Extensions!

Is it just me, or does summer feel like the absolute perfectperfectperfect time to take clip in hair extensions for fine hair out for an extended test drive? After all, summer is a time for reinvention, growth, and exploration. Trying out new clothing styles {I recommend crop tops}, switching up your current makeup routine {embrace the highlight}, journeying to never-before-visited locales, and putting your best face forward as you vacay, partay, and simply immerse yourself in the summa summa summertime. And new hair? Puh-lease, it basically fits that imagery to. a. T.

I'm all about natural hair extensions - pieces that blend in perfectly with your true tresses and add a little something something in the way of something I like to call VSL {that's volume, shine, and length}; and UU is one of my faves for scoring top hair extensions at pricepoints that won't cut into your summer savings.

Typically I'm all for golden brown locks, but for the warmer months, a time known for lighter hair and darker skin, I'm kind of digging sunkissed strands - shades that infuse blonde tones into brunette, black, and red-blonde hues. Here are just a few of my favorite hair extension options from UU!

18 inch Golden Blonde(#16) Clip in Hair Extensions 220g/12pcs {$158.55}

18 inch Medium Brown(#4) Clip in Hair Extensions 180g/10pcs {$130.55}

20 inch Ash Blonde (#24) Indian Remy Hair Tape Hair Extensions 20PCS {$74.66}

20 inch 8/613 Clip in Hair Extensions 180g/10pcs {$145.99}

20 inch 4/27 Clip in Hair Extensions 140g/10pcs {$113.99}

18 inch Ash Blonde(#24) Clip in Hair Extensions 220g/12pcs {$158.55}

Which color/style is your favorite?


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that drape though...

Free People Fantasy Cowl Tee in Gray {also available in Black and White}.

Obsessed with the drape of this tee - perfect for adding high drama to basic summer looks.



currently crushing...

crush 18
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I'm kind of obsessing over the current athleisure trend that's going on, because dance has taken over my life lately {which I love}, so I've basically been living in sporty looks that seamlessly transition from studio to street - exactly the inspiration behind today's board. Happy Thursday babes!




{beauty board} bright eyes

I am all about black-rimmed eyes and a fierce feline flick, but sometimes it's a look that can feel too heavy for the summer months when you want that dewy, sunkissed, beachy summer vibe. Thus, I loved the white liner seen all over the Nanette Lepore Spring 2015 RTW runway, as it had that ultra-noticeable flair done up in a more summer-apropos fashion {not to mention a fun nod to the swingin' sixties}. Here are 7 products + steps to score this majorly girly glam look!

{1} e.l.f. Studio Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter in Glow/Fair #81501 {$3.00} Use it under your eyes to conceal imperfections {hello dark circles!} and highlight.

{2} Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Sugar {$22.50} Dab it on your cheekbones to add a dewy, radiant glow to skin.

{3} Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Caramel {$21.00} Brows are an extension of your eyes, use this for definition.

{4} e.l.f. Studio Angled Eyeliner Brush #84013 {$3.00} The angled tip makes it easier to apply gel/cream liners!

{5} Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Too Cool {$4.19} Use this shade to line top and bottom - extending the line on the outer corners for a double-wing look.

{6} LORAC PRO Mascara in Black {$3.00} Layer it on top and bottom lashes for insane volume and length!

{7} Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Native {$22.00} The peachy coral-meets-pink color is the perfect natural complement to this feminine look.




{fashion folio} le chic

le chic
Top: T by Alexander Wang Striped Stretch-Cotton Bra Top | Shoes: GALLOP Nubuck Court Shoes | Mascara: Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara in Rich Black | Nail Polish: Ciaté Paint Pots in Strawberry Milkshake | Lips: e.l.f. Studio Conditioning Lip Balm in Peaceful Pink # 82442 | Skirt: Roksanda Tilton Silk Crepe de Chine Midi Skirt | Bracelet: BaubleBar Ice Slim Bar Bracelet in Gold | Eye Liner: Maybelline Eye Studio Master Graphic Liquid Eyeliner in Striking Black | Contour: tarte The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer in Park Ave Princess

A striped bra top juxtaposes the saccharine feel of a full, baby pink midi skirt and basic {but fierce} black pumps; while a dainty gold bracelet, dewy pink lips, and a pink-meets-lilac polish keep the ultra-feminine vibes rolling. Pay homage to downtown urbanity with an edgy, thick cat eye, insane lashes, and a killer {yet super easy to create} contour. Good girl gone bad?




NOTD: Essie in Butler Please

Two coats of Essie in Butler Please. Vivid Blue Creme.

Butler Please was...unexpected in terms of color. I've seen the shade swatched on loads of blogs, and it usually leans more cornflower blue, but on me it read far darker. A beautiful color, yes; but not really what I was in the mood for.

I wasn't a fan of the formula here - coat one was very thin, runny, and patchy; coat two evened things out.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?



sheer illusion...

For Love & Lemons Luau Maxi Dress in Red / Nude.

Le sigh. The sheer panels are so incredibly of-the-moment and tongue-in-cheek chic, yes?

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