My Favorite Beauty Purchase from 2014 (Thus Far)

Wand is the perfect word for this thing.

curling wand

Not only because it sounds better than, “curling stick” or “curling pole.” But also because “wand” makes me think of magic. And how it curls my hair – hair that wouldn’t take to any other curling iron or roller in the past – is magical.

There are many great things to be said for a curling wand, but today I want to talk about the wider width one I recently purchased at Target.

I wanted something that would mimic my natural waves so I could touch up the next day, or go full on beach wave look without having to let my hair air dry.

So I went out and bought this mammer jammer.

Its barrel is 1-1 1/2 inches wide – and let me tell you width makes all the difference.

It can give you great curls, but my favorite thing about it is that it can also give you that tussled wave look. My hair is very layered, so there are nights when I’ll sleep all over the bed in crazy positions and wake up with kinks everywhere (I don’t know exactly if that’s how they come about, but it is pretty wild how some days I’ll wake up with straight hair and other days…not so much).

Curling wands are nice for adding a touch of texture here and there. They also eliminate that line that you can sometimes get from a curling iron, and make the whole look a lot more natural.

Try one out for yourself this summer! They’re less than $30 and can add a new do to your routine.

Catch the Unveil (Again)

In honor of it being almost 2 months old now, I thought it would be fun to relive the unveil of the new site from this past June. Watch the quick video to not only get the ta-da, but to also get some tips on how to receive a compliment!

Family weddings are complete, the website is unveiled…I’m breathing large sighs of relief these days.

If you’d like to watch my segment from yesterday where I talked about what all the features spiff now has to offer, along with how to confidently respond to compliments, click below!

Meanwhile, I’d like to point out a few new things around the site that I didn’t get to yesterday on the show…

You can now easily like and share posts with the Facebook buttons located at the bottom of each post. These are not for emergency use only, please share with others only after you’ve enjoyed it for yourself.

Located in the top right hand corner of each picture (*points with stewardess fingers) is the “pin it” button. Feel free to use that anytime I post a picture. And I do mean anytime. Seriously.

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Summer Would be Cuter if it Were Fall

 

summer

This summer, much like my dog, took off quick and had me running the whole time.

It started with both my sister-in-law and sister getting married, then there was the little thing of revamping this website that happened in June, and since then it’s been a sprint to right about now. So far I’ve visited the pool once this summer, past Elizabeth of any age would be very disappointed with that.

Something else that kind of changed this summer is my roll as Style Setter. If you remember, I was writing for another style blog there for a while. This past May that blog gig kind of ended, but out of that a new (more fantastical) position has sprung up!

I am now the Style Consultant for West Town Mall (a Simon Mall), which means I’ll still be bringing you great things from all of the awesome stores they have there, but I’ll be doing it all on my own blog. There is more fun stuff to come with this position, so stay tuned!

All of that to say, I’m taking some much needed time off! But that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten you!

This week please enjoy my favorite posts from the past three months. I’ll share my favorite video, my favorite beauty purchase of 2014 (thus far), and a great place to get a fancy dress in a pinch.

I hope The Spiff has helped you to have your best dressed summer yet. If not, you obviously didn’t read enough ;) and there’s still fall!! Fall is such a fun season clothing-wise so squeeze out all you can of summer this week and the next, but from then on it’s layering, pumpkins, boots, scarves and coziness baby!

Have a happy Monday!

 

 

Leather. Rinse. Repeat.

Erase whatever preconceived notion you have in your brain about leather. Unless that notion is it makes you look cool and gives your look a high fashion edge.

If that’s the case, don’t erase anything. Leave it be.

Because a “high fashion edge” is exactly what the look of leather is all about. And for the upcoming season it’s going to be everywhere – even the piping of a classic dress.

So here are four ways (all from West Town Mall a Simon Mall!) to incorporate it into your wardrobe this fall…

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Leather Leggings

These are literally on the top of my “must-have” list. I’ve let the thought of buying them simmer for over a year, now it’s just a matter of time till I find the right ones (these pictured are from Dillard’s, by the way). Wear them as pants, or pair them with a tunic or over-sized sweater and some black stilettos. Mmm girl. I don’t care what age you are, you’re going to look good.

Leather Piping

Ok, so maybe you’re not ready to drape your body entirely in the slick material. Go for something like this leather lined dress from Belk. It’s made by Ralph Lauren so you know you’re striking the right chord between classic and cool.

Leather Tank

Express really hit the nail on the head with this “wet look cami” as they call it. I love love love the way it drapes. The texture of it would make an all black outfit look so chic. In true Chandler fashion, “Could this top BE any cooler?!”

Leather Cardi

I’m currently in the market for a new black sweater for the fall….wait, looks like I’ve found the one. This cardigan from The Limited with the front leather detailing is going to be the bad boy of your closet. Pair it with even your sweetest, most floral-y top and it’s going to make them look oh so dangerously good.

The ABC’s of Fashion

This past Saturday, West Town Mall held a Back to School Fashion Show that resulted in a whole lot of cute pictures and tons of great fall outfits that have me so excited for fall*

*That’s an understatement.

Instead of piling all the pictures in one blog post, I’ve decided to spread them out that way you can savor them one piece at a time like a good pumpkin pie (See? Fall is on the brain).

Let’s give it up for the gorgeous track pants from Gap kids that I talked about on the show a couple weeks ago (pictured left)! And what’s even more exciting is their adult counter part was featured as well (pictured right). I love both looks! On the left even though it is a kids outfit, I think that would make a great school day outfit for any age. By pairing it with a white button down and a slouchy sweater, it hits all the right notes of comfort without going flat by looking sloppy.

track pants

If you did want to lean into the comfortable look, the model on the right does it well by pairing them with more of a structured shoe and jacket. Remember, it’s all about balance so if you’ll pair slouchy pieces with ones that have a little bit of bones to them, you’ll be able to pull off pants like these in public. Proudly.

I’d also like to take a moment to talk about that great chambray shirt dress in the picture on the right. I love those things. They can be worn so many different ways! If you’re looking for a versatile piece this fall, put that on your list. I don’t care what age you are.

I’d also like to give a shout out to some of the girls I recognized from Fashion Camp this summer! Each one of them carried themselves so well! I was so excited to recognize them and see them in their first “gig.” All I ask is that they throw me a Calvin Klein dress or two once they get famous. I’m serious about that. Size 6.

fashion camp

Be on the look out for more pics from the show!

More Subsciption Boxes, Oh My!

Beauty boxes aren’t the only subscriptions taking over your mail box. There are other products you can subscribe to and receive in a tiny box, while still in your bathrobe. First watch my segment from yesterday, then see what else you can subscribe to!

MeUndies

For $16 get a new, well crafted pair of underwear in your mailbox every month. So many underwear jokes…so little time.

Wantable Accessories

For $36 a month you get 3-4 jewelry and accessory pieces based on your taste.

Whimseybox

If you consider your initials to be DIY, this box is for you… For $15 every month you get a box filled with the materials and instructions you need to make a certain craft.

OneRadiant

This box is like having a dermatologist who’s in love with you, sending you presents. At least that’s what you can pretend when you pay the subscription fee up front for $36. That will get you 3 months worth of Derm (we’re on good terms now so he has a nickname) approved products tailored to your skin needs. It’s a subscription for only 3 months, though because their goal is to get you in a routine using the same products once you discover what works. Also, there’s a waiting list right now.

Stay tuned for future posts on more subscription boxes! It’s an industry that’s growing by the second!

Beauty Box Subscriptions

If you’ve been looking to dip your toe in the waters of the beauty product pool, you’re in luck. In fact, if you want to dip all ten of your toes, each in a different pool of water but all having to do with beauty products you can do that as well.

That’s because there is a fast growing phenomenon called ”beauty box subscriptions.” And there are tons of them.

The process is similar…you fill out a beauty profile, pay a monthly fee and every month you get a box of goodies sent to your front door. If you’re like me and really enjoy getting gifts in the mail, this is perfect because it’s like you’re getting a gift in the mail every month. But instead of it being from a secret admirer or your Aunt in Jersey, it’s from you to you. You paid for it (unless someone literally did buy it for you as a gift, in which case – aren’t you so special).

There are lots and lots of options out there, so I did some research and pulled together a short list of the most popular. I did limit myself to beauty boxes only. There are ALL KINDS of subscription boxes these days, but right now I only have time to give you the scoop on beauty product options. So here it goes…

beauty boxes

Glossy Box

Ringing in at $21 per month, this gorgeous gal comes with 5 luxury beauty products.

Downfall: No big negatives. You do accrue points from your reviews that you can put towards a free box, not products. But a whole box for free isn’t bad.

Perk: They use a lot of high end brands. In the box I received, it had a Butter nail polish in it which I know is worth $16 alone. So the deluxe size products you get are well worth the $21.

 

Birchbox

Birchbox is the Mark Zuckerberg of subscription boxes – they started the whole sha-bang. For $10 a month you get a variety of samples, some deluxe size and occasionally a full size. You can customize your box to a point (i.e.: you can tell them not to send you perfume samples anymore), but for the most part they go off of your beauty profile.

Downfall: I’ve been getting this beauty box for almost 2 years now. My biggest complaint is the number of packets I get.  You know those sample packets that you have no idea what to do with once you’ve opened it up and used a little bit, but you don’t want to throw it away because there’s more in there? Yeah. I don’t like that.

Perk: Their greatest asset is their points system. Every time you review a box, refer a friend, or purchase something from their online store you get points. Those points add up to dollars which can be applied to more product!

 

Julep Maven

Fellow nail color junkies? This one’s for you. For $25 a month (or $20 if you pay for a 3 month chunk) you get $40 worth of limited run nail colors and/or “innovative beauty products.”

Downfall: The only bad thing I’ve heard about them is their customer service isn’t the best. But that could just be one isolated experience.

Perk: You have a four day window every month to see what’s coming in your box and change it if you want. I think this is a HUGE perk because it ensures you always end up with something you like.

 

Ipsy

This little bad boy was created by YouTube sensation Michelle Phan. For $10 per month you get a bag with deluxe samples and lots of times a full size product.

Downfall: Currently they’re on a waiting list (so it must be pretty good). And while they do have a points system, it looks as if you can only put them towards an extra product in your box.

Perk: You get a bag every month. A little bag that can be used for SOOOOO many things (including gifts)!

 

Like I said, there are soo many boxes out there to choose from. All you really need to decide on is how much are you willing to pay, and how much can your Postman handle? For lots more info on these boxes and more, go to www.mysubscriptionaddiction.com.

What to Look for in a Button-Down Shirt

I knew I liked this shirt that I picked up at New York & Co. in West Town Mall, but it wasn’t until I examined it closely that I realized why it fits/looks so great.

It was then that I discovered it had everything I was looking for in a button down shirt.

Let me break it down…

button down

The problem most button-downs have is that the first button is in a precarious spot. If you keep it buttoned you look like a librarian, if you unbutton it you look like a slut.

This gives total validity to the conversation George and Jerry had that began and ended the Seinfeld series. It was all about buttons being in the wrong place. This shirt solves that problem with a slight V-neck, placing the first button in precisely the right spot.

Speaking of buttons, another problem most shirts like this have is gaping. The boob area especially can sometimes produce holes so wide you’d have to charge admission. Someone at New York and Co. recognized this problem and had the smarts to realize this shirt will side step it. It’s got a button every 1/2 inch so there is no gaping, no admission, no peep show (just don’t plan on buttoning/unbuttoning in a hurry, it’s hard).

Next on the list of brilliant things about this shirt, is this little waist cinching detail you can’t really see in the picture. It’s got darts on the sides, and a little bit of gathering behind those darts so as to slim your midsection. Again, genius.

And finally, the biggest problem I have with button-downs is their length. Most of the time they’re super short, barely skimming the top of my pants. Ewww. I hate that. This one is a nice long length making me feel balanced and not like I’m all legs.

New York & Co. in West Town Mall really knows how to pick ‘em. Go get your perfect button-down (because it’s also a great layering piece for fall) today!

How to Receive Lots of Compliments

Today I’d like to take a slightly different approach to the series on compliments I’ve been doing (you can see other posts about it here and here).

I know that receiving a compliment is something some women struggle with, but some times we can have problems on the other end – fishing for them. I’ve been in many a scenario with other women where they were doing everything but literally reaching down my throat to pull out praise, and needless to say that can be awkward (and not very tasty).

What’s more is if you go fishing for a compliment, the reward is never ever as sweet as when you get one that’s fresh and sincere.

So what is a girl to do if she wants lots of compliments but doesn’t often receive them?

compliments

Two words: compliment others.

I am 1,000% certain of this, that if you begin to compliment others – even strangers – you will in turn get paid compliments back. I practice this constantly in my own life. Words of encouragement are a big part of how I receive love, so I make it a point to compliment someone on something I think is pretty, whether I know them or not.

The Bible tells us that the concept of seed time and harvest will always exist, which means if you’ll sow seeds of compliments, you’ll get many in return. I do! I’m all the time getting complimented from strangers. Every time it happens, it brightens my day!

Rest assured that’s not the only reason I tell you I like something. It’s because I know how uplifting it is to hear those encouraging words, and that makes me want to offer the same happiness to someone else (whether they say, “Thank you” or not!)

Lovely Loungewear

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So your eyes hit the title of this post, and already you’re thinking, “leave my lounge-wear alone! It’s not supposed to be lovely!”

Yes, I realize we’re not living on a movie set where we hand around our house in gorgeous clothing (anyone else notice that people on TV are always hanging out in their house with their shoes on?) But that doesn’t mean we can’t have an “alternate” collection of loungewear that we wear to make other people think that’s how we hang in our house.

I’m going to shatter your illusion of me, and tell you right now that the above picture is not how I look when I hang around my house. I know, you just blast spit your coffee all over the screen, but it’s true. As I’m sitting here writing this, I’m doing so sans makeup, with every single strand of hair pinned up and away from my face.

It’s important to have moments of complete uninhibited (and probably real unattractive) comfort. In doing so, you give yourself a break from making an effort. You need that every once in a while.

But the only people who should ever see you in that state of being are the people with whom you share a home. Because the moment you step out the door looking like that, you will see someone you know. It’s not a matter of if. It’s a matter of which corner will they turn. That’s why for those instances, it’s best to have lovely loungewear.

Take this stud adorned sweater from Forever21, for example. It’s not just a comfortable gray sweatshirt, it’s got an added detail that makes you look a little more polished. I paid $5 for this puppy because I found it on clearance, which is where you can often find great loungewear pieces like this. So keep your eyes out. (Here’s a great example from Old Navy).

Happy lovely lounging, Ladies!