How they love the sporting life

When I heard that the “sporty” or “sportswear” trend was coming back into style I immediately had flashbacks of Adidas track suites and Sporty Spice outfits from the late 90’s. While we loved and blissfully rocked those looks in the 90’s; I think I speak for everyone when I say those looks can definitely stay there. The current sporty trend is levels above its 90’s predecessor; taking Posh Spice’s glamour and sleekness and mixing it with Sporty Spice’s athletic style.
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Think Sporty-Chic Spice.
The sporty aesthetic has evolved from a masculine fueled tomboy look to a casual chic style filled with feminine undertones. The fitness gear influences have faded in favor of clean lines, muted colors, and minimal silhouettes.  This look is a sophisticated luxe that is more sleek than sporty.
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Sporty-Chic Tips:
Avoid looking like you’ve just come from the gym. Keep it more street with muted colors and clean lines.

Where the trend through accessories like chunky sports watches, leather baseball caps , masculine sunglasses , or colored running shoes and wedge sneakers.

Go retro. Pick vintage looking varsity jackets and retro running shoes then mix them with modern accessories.

Stick to the basics. Cotton t-shirts and drawstring pants can easily bring the sporty look to any outfit.

Balance the look. Think half slouchy, half fitted and mix in some glam with pumps.

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How do you plan to wear the sportswear trend?
xo, Lara Sophia
*images via style.com & InStyle.com*
Title of post from The Decemberists song “The Sporting Life”

the purchase: sephora and bliss

I’ve been making a strong effort to avoid shopping for beauty and makeup products. I can go a bit over board and it quickly gets expensive. I’ve been a good girl lately and decided that I deserved a reward. Enter purchases from Bliss and Sephora. Normally I don’t purchase products directly from the Bliss website since I can get most of the same products at Sephora or Nordstrom but Bliss sent me an email with an amazing promo code that I just couldn’t resist. I’m a sucker for free gifts and this offer was extra amazing! The promo code runs until March 31st –  so go and shop till you drop!

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This beauty bag is filled with amazing samples that can’t be passed up.

At Bliss I purchased the Sisley Radiant Glow Express Mask. I’ve been drying to try this mask and I’m so glad it’s finally mine! I was a bit torn deciding on what to purchase because I really wanted to try the SK-II Facial Treatment Sheet Masks but I couldn’t justify purchasing it and the Sisley mask due to the price. The SK-II sheet mask is on my list though for next time! Instead of getting the SK-II sheet masks I added the Karuna Hydrating Face Mask sheets to my cart. These sheet masks are only $28 and while I’ve never heard of the brand I’m excited to give them a try.

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A recent trip to Sephora with a few friends ended with several products in my bag. Initially, I went in only to get a daily A.M. moisturizer and I ended up going with an old favorite the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream. Click here to read my review about this cream.

While browsing around Sephora, Caudalie’s Divine Oil and Beauty Elixir somehow made it into my basket along with the Clarisonic Luxe Cashmere Facial Brush Head. I was really, really in need of a new Clarisonic brush head since my current one was a wee bit past it’s expiration date, shhh don’t tell anyone I used it past the 3 month limit.  This brush is amazingly soft and I can only imagine how soft it feels on the face. Expect a review on this brush head because I am expecting amazing things.

The rest of the products were free gifts from Bliss and Sephora that I am super excited to try. I’ll be in skincare heaven for the next few weeks trying all these products out!

What products are on your wish list? Would you like any reviews on these products?

xo, Lara Sophia

It’s Friday, Friday Gotta get down on Friday

It’s Friday! And all I can say is thank goodness! It’s been one heck of a week and I am so ready for the weekend. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite things from the past week. These things made my week a little more bearable.

Favorite Scent: Red Velvet Cupcake Soy Candle

This candle is a little piece of heaven and makes any room smell like you live in a bakery. Coming home from a long day of work and lighting this baby up was an instant stress reliever.

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Favorite Philosophy: Sam Berns “My Philosophy for a Happy Life”

This little gem is pinned to my desk at work. Sometimes we forget how wonderful life is and we tend to make our lives a lot more complicated than needed. Sam’s words are a daily reminder for me to be happy and do the best I can. :)

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Favorite Jewelry: Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch

This watch was a graduation present and even though I haven’t worn it much (I’m afraid to hurt it!) it’s one of my favorite things I own. It’s so pretty I often just take it out of the box and stare. The rose gold details and clear acrylic are a fabulous combination.

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Favorite New Purchase: TV

I finally upgraded my TV. I’ve had the same TV since 7th grade – a giant box one with a pretty horrible picture. I decided to use a little bit of my tax refund and splurge on a new TV. I don’t know how I watched TV before. This is a serious case of white girl problems.

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Favorite Drink: Coppola Moscato 

This has been my go to drink for the last week. It tastes amazing and it’s PINK! Who wouldn’t love it?!? It’s sweet and easy to drink. To think I only started drinking Moscato a few months back, where have I been?

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Favorite Album: Kacey Musgraves “Same Trailer Different Park”

My love of country music has grown enousmously over the last few years. Prior to that my country music taste stopped at Shania Twain and Faith Hill (not bad stops in my opinion). After seeing Kacey on the Grammy’s with her glowing cowboy boots and catchy song “Follow Your Arrow” I knew I needed to hear more. This album is on repeat everyday. It’s a great album with catchy song after catchy song.

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Tell me about some of your favorite things!

xo, Lara Sophia

the review: eve lom cleanser

The Eve Lom cleanser is an iconic product that any beauty obsessed woman has been curious to try. I was one of those women and the main reason I was so hesitant to try the Eve Lom Cleanser was the price point. A cleanser that costs $80 for 3.3oz’s of product is not a purchase one makes lightly. Personally, I like higher end beauty products but I always do a ton of research prior to purchase, which is something I definitely suggest.

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The Eve Lom Cleanser (ELC let’s go with that for short) is a balmy, waxy consistency with tiny granules for exfoliation. The cleanser spreads and melts easily into the skin. ELC contains Egyptian Chamomile Oil to soothe and soften the skin, Eucalyptus Oil to decongest the skin, Clove Oil for antibacterial effect, and Hops Oil to tone the skin. It’s recommended to use the ELC only once a day at night for normal to dry skin and twice a day morning and night for oil/combination skin types. Having dry skin I only use this cleanser at night. I don’t see this cleanser as an AM cleanser regardless of skin type – the steps recommended to use this cleanser take time and don’t work with most people’s time crunched mornings.

This cleanser gets an A+ in my book. I love everything about this cleanser from the eucalyptus smell to the consistency and application to the way my skin feels post wash. For me skincare especially at night is a ritual. I like to take my time and perfect my routine. If your a scrub and go kinda girl, this cleanser is not for you. Even though the suggested usage for this cleanser is pretty detailed it can be tailored down to fit any type for routine, in my opinion.

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It’s recommended to massage a small amount of product over makeup covered skin. Next take the Muslin Cloth (the cleanser comes with one) run under hot water and rinse, then hold over the face and neck for 25 seconds. Repeat this step two more times. Then, rinse the muslin cloth under hot water, folding the cloth. Take the folded cloth and movie it in circular motions on your face and neck. Finally, take cloth rinse in cold water and hold over face.

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I’ve used the cleanser performing the above steps and I do like the routine; it’s relaxing and spa like. For everyday use it’s a little much, especially on late nights where I’m exhausted and barely have the energy to wash my face.

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I use  this cleanser by first remove eye makeup with makeup removing wipes then using the cleanser on my face. I’ve had some left over eye makeup when I don’t remove it pre-cleanse even with this cleanser. Then, I use a wash cloth to remove the balmy cleanser from my skin, I insist on using the circular motion technique – it helps exfoliate and remove all traces of the product and makeup.  Also, while I  initially purchased the Eve Lom Muslin Cloths to use with the cleanser, I don’t think they are a must have, a wash cloth works just as well at a fraction of the cost.

Overall, this is a cleanser that is worth giving a try and is worth the price point – it lasts forever and makes your skincare routine more luxurious and simplified at the same time.

xo, Lara Sophia

(Images via Pinterest)

Oh your tears on my tuxedo

The love affair between a woman and her tuxedo all started in 1966 when Yves Saint Laurent designed the classic Le Smoking tuxedo suit for women. The Le Smoking tuxedo suit kicked off the androgynous style of dress that most women have come to love.

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 We’ve seen the female tuxedo come in and out of style yet the popularity and simplicity of this look always brings women coming back for more. The current tuxedo trend is an ultra feminine look of classic lines mixed with romantic details.

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Three key tips to wearing the tuxedo trend is to balance the structured look with feminine details like flowy tops, to wear heels or pumps, and to never take the trend too literal, meaning you don’t want to look like you went out, bought a men’s tuxedo and threw it on. While the tuxedo look is androgynous you still want it to look like it was made for a woman; think sleek and tailored not baggy and sloppy. Structure is key to pulling off this look.

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 Whether you go for the full look or just want to dabble in it make sure to give this look a try. If you want to dip your toe in the tuxedo trend pool, try out skinny jeans with the Saint Laurent Sequined Tuxedo Jacket and Mossimo Tuxedo Tunic or take the Gap’s Tuxedo Stripe Khakis and mix it with a cashmere sweater. You don’t need to jump into this trend with full force instead buy pieces and mix and match them with your current style. Either way this is a trend you want to work into your spring style.

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xo, Lara Sophia

(images via Pinterest and Polyvore)

**title of post is a lyric from the Robin Thicke song Tears on my Tuxedo**

Not Brown Bagging It

Packing your lunch is suddenly cool again. Going out to lunch everyday is so not on trend. In today’s economy, packing your lunch is not only fiscally responsible, it’s also healthier and more fashionable. Long gone are the days where ugly brown bags were the only options for transporting your lunch from home to work. Today we have seemingly endless options for lunch bags, albeit some are more fashionable than others.

Word to the wise, always go the fashionable route. Your carrying this lunch bag back and forth, people are seeing it, making it an extension of yourself. Let your lunch bag represent you and your style in way that is functional, fun, and fashionable.

Designer’s have even jumped on this trend creating higher end lunch bags that work for a wide range of styles and price points. These are not the lunch bags of your childhood days. These are sleek, sophisticated, purse like lunch bags. Many of these bags are mixed fabrics, taking leather and nylon to create a functional yet stylistic aesthetic. Even the brown bag looking lunch bags have been revamped, being made with leather and treated/coated paper.

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xo, Lara Sophia

the review: Macadamia Natural oil

Among my many obsessive behaviors when it comes to beauty and skin products, I also have quite the affinity for hair masks. I know, who would’ve thought! When it comes to hair masks I’m quite the junkie, I can have anywhere from 3-8 hair masks open at any given time, since I get bored easily I like to rotate masks.

When Moroccan, Argan, Monoi ,and Macadamia oil hair masks became all the rage a few years back, I was tempted to try them and wary at the same time. When I heard the word oil I instantly had horrified flashbacks of using olive oil as a hair mask and being left with greasy slicked hair post shampoo. After, doing research I came to the realization my worries were not needed.

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Initially, when going purchasing  the Macadamia Deep Repair Masque at Ulta, I was hestinant to jump in and purchase a huge tub of the masque for two reasons 1. it was pretty pricey at $33 for 8.5oz  and 2. I wasn’t sure I was going to love it and who wants a giant tub of product that you hate sitting around mocking you.

 I decided to go ahead and purchase the  individual travel packs that were only two, or three, maybe four dollars a piece?  Either way it was much more affordable.  Four, it’s definitely $4, thank you internet! At that time I also bought the travel size Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment (because the regular size was also super pricey at $40) and Nourishing Leave In- Cream, I mean why not?

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After, trying all three products I fell in love. All three products smell amazing, like unbelievably amazing. The Deep Repair Masque left my hair so incredibly soft and healthy feeling, that I wanted to use it every day. I have seen a huge improvement in the overall health of my hair since using this mask.

My real love though is the Healing Oil Treatment. Ohhh my god, is this product worth every little penny. It can be used in a multitude of ways. This product can be used on dry hair before shampooing, under the Deep Repair Masque for a little added oomph, it can be used as a leave in oil, and even used on dry hair to moisturize the ends. This product just has endless options for use and you really get your worth from this oil.

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The one product that I liked but didn’t love and that I don’t see as a must have for my arsenal is the Nourishing Leave- in Cream. While this cream works well, it hydrates and possibly nourishes, I just felt it  left my hair a bit sticky after blow-drying. All in all, it just didn’t leave me wowed enough to want to repurchase a bigger size.

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Have you tried the Macadamia Natural Oil products? What are your favorite hair masks?

xo, Lara Sophia

*Images via Pinterest*

 

the Monotonous Manicure

We’ve all gotten stuck in nail rut whether it’s done purposely or unknowingly. As humans we like consistency and being able to count on something.  Sometimes we purposely stick to nail polish shades, hair styles, or makeup styles that we are most comfortable with. The problem with this is, we then get stuck in a world of monotony that’s hard to break free from.

Currently I’m in a nail rut just out pure convenience.  I’m trying to save some money by forgoing salon manicures and I’m too lazy and impatient to wait for certain nail polish colors to dry so I’m left with a monotonous manicure.

My nail rotation has not changed for a good month in a half. Every Sunday, I pull out the same OPI Nail Envy  Strengthener, OPI Bubble Bath, and Sally Hanson Diamond Flash Top Coat as well as my clippers and file and go town on the digits.

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The point of this post isn’t to say forgo your tried and true favorites but to hopefully inspire you to on occasion break the mold. Try to incorporate new colors into your manicure routine to change things up because you never know your next favorite manicure color could be right in front of you but you’ve been too scared to try.

Breaking free of the monotonous manicure tips:

1. Switch up shades. If you love reds – change it up by switching to another shade of red. For example if you love Cherry Reds try an Orange Red or Candy Apple Red instead. Stay within the same color family but expand within the shade range so you’re experimenting but not stepping too far out of your comfort zone.

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2. Layer some glitter. A quick way to change up your manicure is to add some glitter. Sparkles are a great way to shake things up in a fun, easy way with endless options.

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3. Add an accent nail. Accent nails are all the trend and can easily be done by painting one or two nails with a different shade of nail polish – this highlights different nails and brings some fun to your manicure.

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How do you switch up your manicure routine?

xo, Lara Sophia

*All images via Pinterest*

darling duos

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What would Serena be without Blair or what would Chocolate be without peanut butter? All four things are pretty fabulous on their own but when they’re together it makes things even better. This is how I feel about my favorite duo of the moment – YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking Mascara and Bare Minerals Lash Domination.

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 I’ve been using each mascara separately for some time now and for each mascara it was love at first swipe. Both the YSL and Bare Minerals mascaras are volumizing formulas but they leave you with very different results.

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The YSL Shocking is a mascara that’s touted to “exaggerate lashes with excess volume from every angle” and it lives up to that claim perfectly.  I’m given defined eyelashes with loads of volume and not a trace of spider lashes anywhere in sight.

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 Lash Domination by Bare Minerals is labeled the do it all mascara, that will lengthen, volumize, separate, and thicken your lashes with its long wear formula. For me, this mascara definitely lengthens and separates with the slightest bit of volumizing and thickening. It doesn’t quite live up to its label of being a volumizing mascara but I still love it regardless.

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 Whenever choosing a mascara formulation I always go for volume as opposed to length since I have pretty long lashes. My goal when trying mascaras is to find one that makes it look like I’m wearing false lashes without all the hassle of actually having to apply false lashes daily.

 One morning I had a brilliant idea, layer YSL Shocking and BM Lash Domination mascaras together! The result was the best lashes I’ve ever had the pleasure of having.

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To get the best results, first I curl my lashes then layer two coats of the Bare Minerals Lash Domination followed immediately by one coat of the YSL Shocking mascara. With this combination you get the best of both mascaras. You’re left with thick lashes full of volume and definition with a little bit of length. For me this is the perfect combination for my lashes.

Conclusion, don’t be afraid to pair things up because sometimes you get an unstoppable combination that makes your life a little bit better :)

 The YSL Shocking runs $30 at Sephora and Lash Domination by Bare Minerals will set you back $12.

Hey, no one said great lashes come cheap.

 xo, Lara Sophia

(first image via Pinterest, following images courtesy of chicandsequined.com)

SJP Collection at Nordstrom

“Men I may not know. But shoes — shoes! — I know.” – Carrie Bradshaw

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 For me, Sarah Jessica Parker will always be synonymous with Carrie Bradshaw and shoes.

 

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So hearing that two of my favorite things Nordstrom and  SJP better know as Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City have teamed up on a new shoe collection entitled the SJP Collection, I was giddy with excitement!

I’ve always lusted after Carrie Bradshaw’s shoes, I mean who hasn’t? Besides her shoes being beautiful, designer pieces that cost as much as I make in month, they were items that always made her outfits complete. Carrie Bradshaw made jeans and sweatpants look glamourous with the right pair of shoes.

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The SJP Collection was a collaborative effort  between Sarah Jessica Parker, George Malkemus and Nordstrom to create high style shoes at a more reasonable cost. SJP took into consideration that while most women lust over Manolo’s and Louboutin, many can’t afford them.

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The collection consists of 30 shoe styles from heels to flats and thongs even including trenches and bags.  The shoes are boxed in ballet pink colored boxes, while the shoes range in price from $195-$500.

The collection is unique and there is a shoe for every style and budget.

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Now it seems like every woman can have a little bit a Carrie Bradshaw/SJP style in their closet.

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What are your favorite shoes from the SJP Collection?

xo, Lara Sophia

*images via Stylecaster.com and Nordstroms.com*