The Perfect LBD & Jean Jacket Combo

Hi everyone,

Some LBD’s (little black dresses) are for evenings out, or meant to be stand-alone pieces. While these are great, I love the casual LBD. I pair my favorite one, by designer Alexander Wang, with my Ralph Lauren jean jacket. The jacket has a vintage feel with an American flag on the back.

This look is easy to pair with trainers (I go with Sperry’s) or more dressed up with booties or heels. There’s so much versatility here. Just like I love to pair summer dresses with sneakers for an easy and comfortable look, these two pieces in combination make an effortless but put together look.

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I also wanted to share my new favorite lipstick line Bite Beauty. It is sold through Sephora, and the ingredients are all natural and organic. Not to mention the colors are absolutely amazing. I am wearing the color “Praline,” which is a spicy peach shade. It’s my go-to lipstick for the day time.

I confess, I own two other shades as well, but I am telling you, the price is worth it for the boost of antioxidants given to your lips and the undeniable color quality. You’ll thank me later.

A little bit about my makeup routine: I go very low coverage. To be frank, I don’t feel like I’m wearing anything, which is what I’m comfortable with. As long as my eyebrows are filled and my lips have color, the rest is really subtle. We all have our ideal makeup canvas!

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I’m also going to say that I love a little bit of sex appeal in outfits like these, without overdoing it. The jean jacket adds a casual touch to this very form-fitting tank dress. The dress by itself looks a bit formal, so I’ve made a habit of wearing it with this jacket, flannels, or my Free People leather jacket to make it either edgy or more toned down.

I also want to mention my need to balance tighter fitting clothes with looser ones. If I go tight on the bottom, I’ll usually have a top that’s more relaxed so my look is a bit more easy-going. The tightness of the tank dress with the relaxed fit of the jacket is a great balance.

Neutrals are also something to consider when putting together these flirty looks. Black pieces make for very workable neutrals!

♥ Outfit Details  ♥

I want to make it known that I found this tank dress on discount in TJ Maxx over a year ago, and it is unfortunately sold out. I still left the link for inspiration! The RL jean jacket is no longer sold in stores, however, places like Ebay still have them available!

Alexander Wang Modal Spandex Cami Tank Dress (sold out)

Ralph Lauren Flag 80’s Denim Jacket Vintage (Very few still online!)

Sperry’s (not pictured) SeaCoast Canvas Sneakers

Lipstick Bite Beauty Multistick in Praline

I hope you found my LBD tips helpful and fun, and I would love to know your favorite ways of styling yours! xx

-Kelly

Low Coverage, Natural Makeup Routine

What’s on my mind:

The natural beauty of low coverage makeup. I have officially made the switch and I’m so happy with it. Below i’ll share my current makeup routine with a lower coverage as well as the benefits of going this route! Enjoy.

First off, I used to wear a foundation pretty regularly. My skin would fluctuate in clarity due to many reasons. Going back on the timeline, in high school I always wore a high coverage foundation, not necessarily out of need, but I just felt more comfortable with the extra layer. It was the Loreal Infallible foundation. Safe to say I haven’t purchased this foundation in over four years, and here’s why:

The possible drawbacks of long-wear, high coverage makeup

1. Foundation is one of the main culprits of skin problems due to makeup. It is meant to cover more, which is a temporary relief to anything you want to hide. If your skin does not need the high coverage, opt for something lighter than a foundation. Many of them cause irritation and breakouts, mainly because they don’t allow your skin to breathe. It’s understandable to wear foundation in a skin purging phase, but once your skin clears up it will thank you for the switch.

2.  Your pores will have a higher chance of getting clogged. Pore-clogging makeup is the worst, and even non-comedogenic makeup still has the ability to do so. It really depends on your skin and how often you wear high coverage. Ingredients are also an issue here- specific ones can cause congestion if your skin doesn’t react well.

3. When using high coverage makeup, you will most likely need makeup tools for cleaner and more precise application. Although you will get a better finish, these tools can cause bacteria buildup, especially if not cleaned regularly.

4. Thick makeup in the form of liquids and creams often contain more pore-clogging oils. They can even worsen acne. If you insist on using a foundation, look for terms such as “hypoallergenic”, “non-comedogenic” and “non-acnegenic” to better ensure you aren’t going to worsen any skin condition. I use the drug store brand Almay, which follows these terms and is known to be sensitive skin safe. I use the cc cream, so I can’t be much help to the foundation lines!

5. Heavy makeup, such as foundations, often make your face even more dry, and the result can be dull and flakey skin. As this happens, makeup will then sink into fine lines and worsen the appearance.

The above reasons are why I no longer wear foundations. In addition, I want to be able to still see my skin. If I’m wearing something that covers up my natural flush or my freckles, it’s a little too much. I’m on a progression with my skin to get to the point where I can forgo makeup whenever and feel just as confident. I will definitely post about this once I get there! For now i’ll use the cc cream. 🙂

My current makeup routine includes a hydrating primer, cc cream, and a concealer. This gives me light coverage and an even finish, without overdoing it. I also draw attention to certain facial features more in order to keep the face makeup minimal. I fill in my eyebrows, add a little blush, and dab on a lip color. A major plus is when I take off my makeup, there isn’t a dramatic difference like there was when I wore a foundation.

The last point i’ll make about makeup is that your skin is important long-term. It is more important to let it breathe. I totally relate to having periods when higher coverage is a way to get through a bad skin spell, but high coverage makeup doesn’t have to be a permanent solution. And one thing is for certain: natural beauty and healthy skin are not achieved with your favorite foundation. Get good sleep, hydrate, and keep your stress levels down. That will get you a lot further than what comes out of the pump.

Products:

Makeup Forever hydrating primer

Almay Smart Shade cc cream (light)

Covergirl Ready, Set Gorgeous concealer (light)

Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm in Hibiscus

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions on the above contents or how to switch up your makeup routine, leave a comment below. xx

-Kelly