Look gma! No clips! (earring diy)

Look gma! No clips! (earring diy)

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It’s hard to say “no” to either one of my grandmas (they’re just so cute and sweet and adorable), so somehow over the years of visits, I’ve amassed a large collection of their cast off-earrings.

Lots of bold, vintage, clips-on earlobe pairs. I love them and their history. The problem is that after a few hours of wearing them, my ears start to throb, get red, and I can virtually think of nothing else besides getting home and throwing them back into my jewelry box.

I was at a thrift store a while back and met a lovely pair of gold, floral, 3D clips, that I couldn’t part from. I got to talking with a sales girl who was virtually the same person as me (highwaisted Mom jeans: check, Lucite Warby Parker glasses: check, millennial aura: obviously) and she blew me away with this easy tip that I can’t even believe I didn’t think of before.

You can turn clip-on earrings to regular post earrings. You simply need to remove the back clip, and glue on a post. Set aside 20 minutes and gather your supplies.

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You’ll need: clip-on earrings, pliers, extra strength glue (I used gorilla glue),  and earring posts (I used this set from Amazon)

First, you remove the back stud of the earring. Some of the earrings I had were a little more delicate in nature, but all of them came of clean with a few wiggles.

Next you glue on the back post of the earring. It will take a few hours for the backs to dry completely, so make sure you have them propped up on a level surface. A few of my backs slid a little off their original mark, but everything dried fine!

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That’s it! Wear your earrings in good health and make sure you tell your Grandma cause I’m sure she’ll be proud of you, like always.

Year-round glow

Year-round glow

It’s winter which could mean two things for your skin: either you’re still trying to keep up with your spring/summer routine, and noticing a landslide of facial issues, or you’ve come to terms that you need to modify your routine with the change of each season.

Readers, lets get real. No matter how “good” your skin is, you need to recognize that as the largest organ of our humble human shells, we need to continually pay the love back to ourselves. As the proud owner of sensitive, combination skin, I’m focused on balancing between giving myself plenty of moisture, while also preventing the risk of breakouts from overly dried skin buildup. Additionally, I’m also becoming more attuned to any anti-aging steps I should be taking now (Retinol is the best thing ever! But that’s a different blog post!). Here are two glycolic acid products that have been super helpful to keeping my fresh, and prepped for the heavy duty moisturizing that is key in hibernation-worthy months.

 Loreal Revitalift Brightening Peel Pads. These pads have been receiving quite a bit of buzz on the beauty blog circuit. Coming in at a bargain under $20, these nightly peel pads will both physically remove dirt and dull skin, while also preventing against wrinkles and age spots, and chemically brighten the skin with 10% glycolic acid. I’ve been using these most nights and then following up with a oil, or night cream. Skin feels fresh and more receptive to any following product.

Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal MaskIf you’re looking for a more occasional product to add, the Ren Glycol Lactic Renewal Mask can be used up to 3x a week–note: I saw a difference after just one use. This mask is a combination of 4 natural acids that gently resurface the skin, remove any dead skin, and fade age/acne scars. After applying mask for 10 minutes, my face felt similar to dreamy post-facial smoothness and clarity (without the extractions). Again, I would follow up with any anti-aging or botanical oils afterwards, as the skin is primed and more receptive to absorbing product. This one comes in around $50, but it’s an integral part of my routine that I will definitely repurchase.

I’d love to hear any feedback on the above products, or any other skin care topics you’d want to read about. I’m a skincare nerd so this stuff makes me so happy. Thank you for reading!

Tie me up

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You asked for some inspo, and now you’ve got it. I blogged here about how bandanas are an easy and affordable wardrobe update, but wanted to paint the picture a little more fully with this post. Even I got some fresh ideas while searching for these images; what fun we can have with fashion, am I right?

There’s really no wrong way to style one of these bad boys. With multiple ways to tie bandanas around your neck (or I’m also partial to the bun tie, or bag adornment), do you feel the growing need to adopt the knot?

Here are some options ripe for the picking: Urban Outfitters (they have an awesome selection here), Banana Republic,  Zara.

I’d love to hear how you style yourself. Comment below with any additional knot techniques or tag your pictures with the hashtag #steepedinstyle. Let’s get social!

Fall Embrace

Fall Embrace

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[Outfit details: Mini Skirt: J.Crew; Loafer: Everlane; Shirt: LOFT (no longer available); Poncho: Asos (old)]

Feeling very full-on fall these days. Despite the bipolar weather dips, I’m finding a way to transition into my fall look. For me, that means using more brown, burgundy, and navy, even though I’m a navy enthusiast pretty much year round.

Not pictured: a perfect navy silk Calvin Klein scarf I’ve been sitting on for years. I added that, and changed out the poncho with a military style jacket, later on in the day.

Is anyone else out there falling hard for the neckerchief look? I’ve always been a collector of silk scarves for head wraps, but now it seems like the final touch for many outfits is a scarf tied around the neck. I purchased these bandanas from Levis which add a little western flair. For under $10, this is the easiest wardrobe update!

How are you all embracing fall? We didn’t even get to talk about my new loafers … be forewarned, they will be gracing this site again.

Summer called

Summer called

… and oh boy did I answer. The past three months have been filled with lots of weekend getaways, time with new friends and old, and so many pink colored drinks (rose, and the newly found, affectionately loved, watermelon juice).

I hope this summer has been quite something for you too. Maybe you’ve gone to dinner with salt water still dried in your hair. Or finally let yourself relax, and spend a whole afternoon on the back porch. Whatever you did, I hope it was something special, and made you feel like you could finally, just breath.

One evening on a recent beach vacation we found ourselves on a bay inlet for dinner and a sunset. The sunset was really the main event. It only felt appropriate to take my shoes off, and wear my most quintessential summer things.

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[Dress:  Banana Republic (old); Earrings: J.Crew; Makeup: Luminizer: Benefit]

Now on to live the last few weeks of summer, and bottle up that feeling.

Easy eye-opening trick

Easy eye-opening trick

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Nothing jolts you from a blog writing slumber quite like a beauty tip that needs to be shared. Today we’re talking about eyelashes, eye lash curlers and how to use these peepers and ill-regarded torture devices in our favor.

I’m an avid, daily lash curler, so I thought I really had my eye game on. Not so the case. I recently learned a new trick that I had not been privy to, and obviously now I need to share with all of you!

It’s simple. Lets call it the 3 by 3 rule. Basically 3 pumps in 3 different places.

Lets begin. As usual start with your eyelash curler as close as possible to the base of your lashes, without crimping your eyelid. Pump 3 times. Move the curler up slightly to the middle of the lashes. Repeat with 3 pumps here. Again, move the curler to the tip of your lashes and pump 3 times.

Behold glorious lashes, with, or without mascara.

I will say, this does get easier with practice, and without removing the curler from the lash area in between pumps. Just commit to it; you’ll be a eyelash curler goddess in no time (for your novice nellies out there).

If you’re not loving your current makeup bag rotation, I use this lash curler, and mascara.

 

 

Trick for your tresses

Trick for your tresses

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{Got a secret, can I keep it … }

Blame it on the winter. Bleach. Dry air. Empty jar of leave-in conditioner. For whatever reason, your hair is getting dull, and a little lackluster. I feel you.

After coloring my hair a few months ago, I’ve noticed that my tendrils need a little more TLC than usual. Thankfully, we can use a handy kitchen item to do the trick: baking soda.

I’ve been doing this treatment 2x a week and have noticed my hair seems more lively, soft, and the roots just feel cleaner. This is coming from a girl who LOVES her dry dry shampoo routine. Product buildup be gone!

The steps:

  1. Pour shampoo into palm as usual. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of baking soda on top and mix the elements root to mid-shaft.
  2. Rub! Massage it in, like you’re at the hair salon.
  3. Condition as normal, mid-shaft to tip.

There are a lot of other homeopathic treatments with baking soda, have any of you tested them out? I’d love to hear.

The Turtleneck (#Streetstyle)

The Turtleneck (#Streetstyle)

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OH the turtleneck. It’s a frequent conversation topic for my work friends, and I. The girls revere turtlenecks as the ultimate winter layering piece, or classic sweater staple. The men? Well they joke about a grandma vibe, but let them chatter … we’ll be sitting all toasty warm in the corner.

Let’s count the different styling options:

  1. Over a flowy or fit and flare skirt with a killer pair of heels. We can’t go totally elderly.
  2. Keep your hair tucked in for a faux-bob.
  3. A thick knit with light-wash boyfriend jeans, and slingbacks.
  4. Thin turtleneck underneath a thicker turtleneck. Feel free to push up those shirt sleeves and show the pairing.
  5. Underneath a blazer, nubby house coat, or really anything else.
  6. A neutral look head-to-toe.

If you have any great ideas for how you wear your turtleneck feel free to share. I’m always up for some new inspo.

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The one thing your winter wardrobe needs

The one thing your winter wardrobe needs

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I get it. Shopping out of boredom is one of the easiest ways to keep your outfits interesting for winter. Been there, so guilty of it.

But, there is a way to take a month off of shopping, and take care of the things you already called yours. Sweaters, no matter how quality, eventually start to pill. Some people swear by the “dull razor” trick to remove pesky balls, but that makes me nervous, and I also swore off cheap razors.

This $10 dollar fabric shaver has been breathing life into some wool coats, cardigans, and pullovers of mine that have been close to the “donate” pile.

Does anyone else have any tricks for keeping their items fresh?

Fur Sure (Beating the fashion blues)

Fur Sure (Beating the fashion blues)

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“You cannot fake chic but you can be chic and fake fur.” – Karl Lagerfeld

If your winter wardrobe is beginning to drag like the days until April … perhaps fur could do the trick. Whether faux or real, fur can take your outfit to a different level.

If your inner dialogue with fur is:

I can dip my toe into the pool: start with a stole.

You’re pretty sure you can pull it off: so slip on a vest for a solid daytime to night statement.

All eyes on me in the center of the room (just like a circus): a coat obviously, and maybe multicolored.

I couldn’t leave your shopping carts empty either, so see below for some great outfit starters.

 

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Fur Sure by grace-milbourne

Lost Ink imitation fur coat/ Mango coat / Jack wills coat / ASOS fake fur scarve/ Jack Wills faux fur scarve