Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! This week flew by as usual, but I’m excited for the weekend. We have a wedding and a ton of errands to run, but I love just spending time with my guys.

I’m linking up with Tif, Della, Katie, Caitlin, April, Amanda, Farmer Bell, Andrea, Narci and Erika this Friday. Here are my favorites this week…


Urban Decay Naked Smoky

I’m a little late to the party on this one, but I got the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette for my birthday and I’ve honestly been wearing it Every. Single. Day. This palette is very diverse with bronzes, grays, browns, taupes and black. The shade range from mattes to satins and even a few with sparkle! If you are looking for a palette to wear both day to night this Fall and Winter, this is for you.



Keep Collective Kalamazoo

I have been a stylist with Stella & Dot for a few years now and last year when they introduced their sister brand, KEEP Collective, I was instantly smitten. When the Fall collection was introduced last month, I knew I had to be a part of it.

KEEP focuses on unique styles created by you with their designer charm system. With many options to choose from, you can easily create a one of a kind piece for yourself, a family member or a friend.

I mean come on, look at how cute this look is!

Keep Collective Kalamazoo 2

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While it seems like everyone has their mind on Fall (hello pumpkin spice EVERYTHING!) It is still hot, hot, hot here. Yesterday we went to the county fair and it was literally 97 degrees out. I know in a few months it will be freezing and I’ll be stepping through piles of snow, but I’m so over the heat!!!

We did take a little time last night to have some smores and they were delicious! I think that they are underrated as a dessert. Marshmallows are not my favorite food item, but when combined with chocolate and gram crackers, yummy!




I’m always on the hunt for the perfect lipstick. One that is long lasting, but not too dry and it also needs to be pigmented and not bleed. Well my friends, I’ve finally found one I love.

iT Lipsticks

This is the IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain in Pretty Woman. I believe it is an Ulta exclusive, and picked it out for my birthday. It was dumb luck really, but wow!

The product description says, “Why did IT Cosmetics create this product: To finally give women a lip product that gives the naturally pretty flush, vitality-filled, color of a lipstick, with the anti-aging, hydrating and conditioning feel of a balm AND a long-wear stain that doesn’t dry out lips! It truly is a 4-in-1 product, packed with amazing natural ingredients!”

If you are looking for a hydrating lipstick that doesn’t wear off, you need to try this!


My final favorite this week is the Elizabeth and James Nirvana White and Black rollerball set from Sephora (an exclusive). This was yet another birthday present that I have been wearing almost every day. You can wear them together or separately. It’s been so warm as of late, I’ve been reaching almost exclusively for the the Nirvana White.

I’m no good at describing scents, so here are the product descriptions:

“Elizabeth and James Nirvana White is a captivating blend of delicate peony, chic muguet, and tender musk for a feminine scent with dark sophistication.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black is an addictive blend of alluring violet, sensual sandalwood, and rich vanilla that strikes the perfect balance between masculine and feminine.”

There you have it, all of my favorites this week. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!




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Outfit of the Day: Fall Preview

OOTD Fall Preview 1

The temps here in Michigan were downright chilly last week. As in the 50’s and 60’s chilly. Okay, so 60 degrees (even 50 degrees) isn’t cold by any means, but it did provide a few good days of sweater weather. It was actually perfect timing considering I picked up this adorable sweater. It’s super soft and I know that I will be living in it this Fall.

Multi-Stripe Cropped Pullover

I kept it super casual, pairing it with jeans and my Tieks, but it would have looked really cute with boots or heels as well. Of course I also carried my Kate Spade Darya leopard handbag that was packed away for the summer, but will be on major repeat in the next few months.

Multi-Stripe Cropped Pullover


Necklace (old, another great option here)

Purse (old, similar here)

Sunglasses (sold out, similar here)



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If you only had 5 items…

Labor Day signals the end of the summer travel season. I can honestly say that I’ve learned a little lot this year. Especially traveling with a toddler!!! Someone recently asked me, “If you could only take 5 makeup items on a trip with you, what would they be?” (A palette can be included as 1 item, but only 1 palette. Brushes don’t count toward total either)

My initial thought was that this would be easy. Boy was I wrong. For a makeup loving, girly-girl like me, it was really hard! Here is goes –

5 product makeup challenge


Selecting a palette for this was a no brainer. I’ve talked about the Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette a million times now and I feel like a broken record, but I love it that much! (I even wrote a blog post about it). It pretty much has everything you need – six eye shadows that can honestly give you looks from day to night, blush, highlighter and bronzer (the cult favorite, park avenue princess).

Tarte Rainforest After Dark
Eyeshadows, left to right, bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me, up to no gold, tan-gled up in you, don’t turn a-brown.


Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara isn’t my all time favorite mascara, but I do like using it when I need lash volume, but am not wearing false lashes (5 products, remember!) You can build it quite nicely, but be warned, if you go over too many times it an start to look clumpy.


I was first introduced to Benefit’s Gimme Brow after getting my brows done at Benefit’s Brow Bar. It shapes your brows while filling them in and sets them (without making them crispy!) It has become a staple in my makeup routine and this is the one product that I wouldn’t swap out; simply because I haven’t found one that does the job better.


My go to lip product as of late is Tarte’s LipSurgence™ lip crème in wonder. When I first got this lip crayon, I wasn’t impressed. The minty taste turned me off, so I set it aside. For whatever reason I picked it up again and now I can’t put it down. The color payoff is unbelievable and the lasting power is awesome. Of course I don’t go anywhere without it these days.

Tarte LipSurgence™ lip crème


With only 5 items, primer didn’t make the cut. Instead I would bring Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray. This stuff sets your makeup and does a really good job, even on those hot, humid days. While it is no replacement for primer, it will no the trick in a pinch. Combined with a primer, it’s absolutely awesome!


Take the challenge yourself! What would you take with you, if you only had 5 items?


FTC disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All products were purchased with my own money. These are my honest opinions and I was not compensated to write this post.