Beauty & Fashion

Let's Go Thrifting!

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A smart woman brags about how much she saves not how much she spends.

Thrifting has become one of my favorite things to do.  I will admit that my mom used to try to take me to thrift stores, and I just was not interested. Now that I am older and wiser, I realize that I can find some cute pieces to spice up my wardrobe that practically cost nothing.

My tips for thrifting:

Don't commit to one store.

People always ask me to name my favorite thrift store. i don't have one. I like to try different places and see what I luck up on. There are good finds everywhere. Just look!

Be patient.

I never go to the thrift store when I need something specific. I like to go when I have some free time and can just browse for whatever random cute things I find.  That way there is no pressure to dig any more than I feel like.  Sometimes I go and just look at the dress rack. That way I don't feel overwhelmed from dealing with an entire store.

Go on sale days.

Yes, there are sales at the thrift store.  If you check one out that you like, make sure you ask about future sales!

Take a look at one of my recent thrift store trips:

Denim - All day, Errday!

I am obsessed with denim! I could wear it everyday, so I went on the hunt for some fun denim pieces to add to my wardrobe. Kay Charbonnet of Kay's helps us with denim looks for days!

The Canadian Tuxedo

The Canadian tuxedo will remain one of my go-to's! It's a casual denim-on-denim look that always makes a statement.

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Denim Accessories

A denim choker is an easy way to throw in denim in a unique way,

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Denim Skirt

Denim skirts were out of style for a bit, but now they are back with a bit more personality! This one has a leather star cut out that shows just the right amount of skin. It's a winner!

 

Denim Belt

Corset belts are everywhere right now...so why not throw in a little denim?

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Channel Your Inner Rock Star

I have always admired the rocker chic style that looks effortless and laid back, but cute at the same time.  Kay Charbonnet is the owner of Kay’s at 5419 Magazine Street and she has some simple ways to achieve the rocker vibe without going overboard.

WEAR A T-SHIRT ….AND THAT’S ALL!

Put on an oversized tee and leave it at that.  Rock stars are cool enough to rock without pants.

FISHNET STOCKINGS With A Pattern

Fishnet stockings automatically add a fun, edgy feel, but cute patterns give them an extra kick.

STRIPED SKINNIES

 Rock stars keep it simple too! Try some striped skinnies. They make a bolder statement than just throwing on regular jeans.

 MESH & SEQUINS

Mesh is edgy. Sequins are always a yes.  Kay says if you put the two together, you can’t go wrong.

If you want Kay's help getting that rock star vibe, visit her website.

My Beauty Tricks

I am a beauty product junkie. I could get lost for hours gazing at the beauty aisle in the store.  Despite the money and time I have spent experimenting with beauty products, I still don’t feel like I have a perfect plan, but I have added some new tricks to my beauty routine and amazingly it involved spending less money for more effective results.

MY OLD ROUTINE

When I first started wearing makeup every day for TV, I was spending almost $6 for Neutrogena makeup wipes, but I felt like I had to be really rough on my face especially my eyes to get everything off. I would still ended up washing my face with Cetaphil when I got home, and then everything just felt dry. I would treat the dryness with an expensive department store moisturizer that I thought made my face feel good until I switched up my routine.

MY NEW, IMPROVED & CHEAPER ROUTINE

DIAPER WIPES

One day to save money I tried using diaper wipes to remove my makeup.  It was even harder to remove my eye makeup, but it did an ok job on the rest of my face.  After our nearly 5 hour morning show, I like to let my skin breathe so I wipe off all of my face makeup with the diaper wipe and leave my eye makeup on until I get home.  In the event of breaking news, I would just have to throw on some powder and blush instead of redoing my entire face (Ain’t nobody got time for that).

COCONUT OIL

My hairdresser has amazing skin and she told me that she was using coconut oil and sometimes baking soda on her skin, so I decided to try it out- at least part of it.  The coconut oil has been a lifesaver.  It gets off all of my makeup very easily. I use it in the shower and my skin feels clean and hydrated.  My dermatologist said that it didn’t seem like a good idea to be washing my face with oil, but I hardly ever get pimples now that I am using coconut oil.  I do have one blackhead which I have never had, but I have been doing this for over a year now and that’s the only issue.  One jar from the cooking aisle in Walmart for like $4 lasts me a good while.

SHEA BUTTER

I have dry skin, so no matter what lotion I was using, I felt like I needed to apply it several times a day to avoid being ashy.  Then I started using shea butter on my entire body including my face and my skin has never felt better.  I get the raw African shea butter from amazon.

CREST WHITE STRIPS

I am obsessed with white teeth- celebrity level white. I have had the professional whitening trays from the dentist and I use Crest White Strips.  The very first time I used Crest White Strips a year ago, I used them according to the instructions on the box and my teeth were super white but sensitive for while (the sensitivity wears off).  No matter how much whitening I’ve done, I drink green tea so eventually they always start looking dim again.  So I bought more Crest White Strips and just one strip would get me back on track for a while.  Now, I keep them handy and pop them in whenever things start looking not-so-white.  The box lasts forever since I am only using one or two strips every couple of months or so. 

 

Fave Lipsticks for Work

I’m not a makeup expert, but I do have to do my own makeup for our morning news show everyday. I have bought a gazillion lipsticks and still try a new one every now and then, but over the past few years I keep coming back to these:

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick - Bauhau5 $20

This is my hands down favorite long lasting lipstick.  I am on-air from 4:30am-9am.  I eat and drink all morning and this is the only lipstick I do not have to reapply. It dries matte, but does not leave my lips feeling like I have been stranded in the desert. Bauhau5 is described as a deep raspberry. It is perfect and always gives me that extra pop on a tired morning.

Nyx Extra Creamy Round Lipstick – Lala $4

If I could find this shade in a long lasting formula, I would be in heaven.  It is a mauve color and on my brown skin, it makes for a perfect pinkish shade that looks good at all times of the day with any outfit. The only downside is that it doesn’t last very long.

Nyx Lip Lingerie – Exotic $7

This is my favorite long lasting nude. It dries up a little bit more than the Kat Von D line, but it’s not too bad. It is also very thick, though that doesn’t bother me. Plus, I can’t beat the price.

MAC Ruby Woo - $17

MAC Ruby Woo is my go to red.  It is matte and described as a blue-red. I get compliments every time I wear it. It is drying and does require several reapplications over our nearly five hour morning show.

MAC Oh Lady - $21

I don’t use this one nearly as often as the other four on my list, but I thought it was worth mentioning because it let’s me shake things up a bit. It’s a deep wine color, but not so deep that it’s unprofessional.