Metallic Silver

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I’m in love with all of these pieces individually, but together it’s a winning combination head to almost toes. Friday was our annual office awards luncheon. It’s a huge deal for staff because there’s so much preparation for it, but we also have to stand up and be introduced in front of 200 people, so looking less than your best isn’t an option. I decided that on this gloomy day, I’d rock the sleeveless sheer chiffon tucked into my current favorite metallic silver skirt. I also amped it up with pops of color in my sequin flowered headband and in my baby Carrie Bradshaw-esque purse. (Made by yours truly)

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Top: Forever21 // Skirt: Forever21 (similar) // Nude Wedges: Mix No.6 // Headband: Forever21 // Purse: DIY

Nails: elf beach party

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At the luncheon

xx – Dan

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DIY Carrie Inspired Purse from The Carrie Diaries

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If you haven’t seen the new TV show on the CW, The Carrie Diaries, you really need to. It’s only two episodes in and I’m hooked. I’m head over the heels for the fashion, the music, and even the characters. I’m a huge Sex and the City fan, but this Carrie Bradshaw isn’t quite the same, but if you go into the show knowing that, you won’t be disappointed because the things like the shoes and the style are still very Bradshaw! I was highly inspired by the nail polish splattered purse that Carrie remedied in the first episode, that I knew I had to recreate it myself and for under $20! It’s a great little statement throwback to the 80s. I loved it so much I made one for my best friend, Hannah, as well!

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(This shot is property of the CW)

What You’ll Need:

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  • A Small/Medium Crossbody in any color (I chose this black one from Target on clearance!)
  • Various colors of Nail Polish (Mine are from ELF & Sinful Colors, so I don’t waste my OPI/essie)
  • Paint Brushes that you won’t mind tossing after this project
  • Paper Plate or anything to pour the polish on
  • Newspaper or Cardboard to cover your surface

What To Do:

  1. Lay out your newspaper or cardboard to cover your work surface, so nail polish doesn’t stain. 
  2. Pour out medium sized dollops of polish on your plate and place your purse down face up.
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  3. Dip your paint brushes in the colors, get a generous amount of polish on the brush, and flick the polish onto the purse. You can also paint directly on it, but I prefer the splattered look.
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  4. Allow your purse to dry at least 4-5 hours and maybe make one or two more like I did.
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  5. Enjoy your uniquely Carrie purse and be the envy of all. ;)

Carrie Purse.pngI’d love to see if you decide to make a Carrie Diaries inspired purse, so tweet me pictures (@Daniellefaz) and if you would like to use any of this DIY, please send me an email or leave me a comment linking to your post. :) Thank you so much and I hope you enjoyed this!

xx – Dan

Crossbody Crazy under $200

I’ve fallen in love with crossbody bags this fall. I’ve never been big into them. I’m very content with my Lonchamp Le Pliage Large Totes. They’re spacious and hold everything I need, but during the fall I like my outfit to be the standout and I think a small bag is perfect to keep the eye on the great layers and boots. Surprisingly a really great crossbody bag doesn’t need to kill your wallet. I picked up 2 last weekend, both for under $200! You saw one of them in my outfit post on Tuesday and I also picked up another more neutral brown one. I highly recommend picking up one for those nights out, for game days, and just for those casual shopping trips where you’re bound to be weighed down with bags on each arm. All of these picks are under $200 and the more expensive ones on this list will probably last you for years, so it’s a great investment.

Steven by Steve Madden Crossbody Bag in Nude (available in other colors & bigger size) – $78

IIIBeca by Joy Gryson Duane Crossbody Bag in Tan (available in other colors) – $158

Ecote Heavy Studded Crossbody Bag – $29.99

B.P. Crossbody Envelope Bag – $28

Dooney & Bourke Mini Pocket Crossbody Bag in Grey (available in other colors) – $148

Rebecca Minkoff 5 zip Mini Crossbody Clutch in Sage (available in other colors) – $195

H&M Leather Bag – $54.95

H&M Faux Fur Bag in Black – $24.95

Quilted Chain Strap Crossbody in Silver – $19.80

kate spade new york tenley copa cabana Crossbody Bag – $148

Danielle Nicole Madison Suede Crossbody Bag in Blue  – $65

Y’all already know I bought the Steve Madden Crossbody in a Raspberry Pink on sale for $38! The other crossbody I picked up is the IIIBeca Duane. I’ve had my eye on that bag for a few months now. I love the color selection, the price, and the clean classic lines. The profits from the whole IIIBeca line benefit three New York charities (9/11 Memorial, Family Focus Adoption Services, & Memorial Sloan-Kettering) as well, which is really really cool! After doing some searching for other crossbody bags, I’ve seen just how many options are out there. They’re truly endless in style, color, price, and size which is really awesome. There’s a crossbody for everybody! ;)

xx – Dan

Handbag Heroes #1

Hey everyone! It’s no surprise that I’m obsessed with makeup and beauty products, but the ones that come in my purse are a special group. I’ve seen this going around the beauty blogger world, so I decided to start doing it too. It’s called: Handbag Heroes or the products you adore in your handbag. I’m going to probably do either one or two products per post.

I’ll start with my current two favorite lip glosses of the moment. I’ve been favoring a super nudey pink-natural lip lately and these are perfect for that.

NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight & M.A.C. Lustreglass in Love Nectar

M.A.C. Lustreglass in Love Nectar– This is the bolder of the two being that it is more pigmented and has some light glitter in it. I wear this over nude lipsticks and on it’s own. It’s not sticky and has the typical MAC vanilla smell and taste. I’m not a fan of the brush applicator, but I suck it up for the awesome gloss. It has a great pearlescent shine and the apricot color will compliment a lot of skin tones.  ($15, .17 oz)

NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight– I wish I could tell you that this gloss is overrated or not worth the money, but I can’t. It’s amazing. This was the first NARS product I bought and it’s still going strong. Turkish Delight is a sheer and creamy baby pink described as a pink sorbet by NARS. It has no glitter or shimmer, but looks amazing over any lipstick needing an extra something. I also like this on it’s own for a light nude lip. It’s my Holy Grail lipgloss. NARS glosses are known for the price and the less than pleasant smell, but I think this unique color is worth it. ($24, .28 oz)

NARS Turkish Delight on the left; MAC Love Nectar on the right

xx – Dan