Have You Been to The Edge?

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You’ll want to live life there (get it?…on “the edge”)

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It doesn’t matter how many reviews you read, or how many YouTube videos you watch, there is nothing like going and shopping for things in person. Touching the product, even trying it out. Hearing from a LIVE person why it will or won’t help your skin type. It’s just such a more personalized experience – no clicking required.

Which is why I’m thankful Dillard’s has the beauty experience called “The Edge.” Located inside their beauty department, The Edge features a number of brands that are hard to find anywhere else in person, and great customer service by people who are makeup freelancers on the side – so they know.

My favorite part is they offer classes and training! Yes please! A lot of the tips and tricks I’ve learned came from good ole’ fashion classes in the mall. Years ago MAC offered them periodically and I learned A LOT by going to those. In fact I use a lot of those same tips today!

They have one coming up on August 27th that is at two different times – one in the mid-morning and one in the afternoon. The cost is $45 – but that goes towards buying makeup – which you’re going to want to do after hearing how to use everything and how certain products can help you look and feel your best.

Go check out the Edge and say hello to Aryn (pronounced Erin), Marissa, or Audrey! They are all super nice and will be happy to help!

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How to Maintain a Fresh Face in Summer Heat

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In the summer, the only thing I want to feel on my lips is cold gelato.

Rubbing gelato on your lips instead of lipstick is pretty messy and doesn’t produce the perfect pout, turns out….”hypothetically”.

So my pout was pretty pumped when the women at Bare Minerals in West Town Mall told me that there was a moisturizing matte lipstick coming out.

Moisturizing AND matte?! It must be witchcraft!

Nope. It’s just science and the brains behind Bare Minerals.

In my past experience with matte lipsticks I would end up feeling my lips after a while. Like someone had just applied false eyelashes to them – you know that feeling of being aware of every blink when you first put them on? That’s it.

And on top that, the color would wear off like I had some kind of medical issue on my mouth.

This new liquid matte lipstick is amazing. It glides on (a little goes a long way), it stays on nicely and if you get a shade that’s a little bit pinker than your skin tone it looks like you’ve got soft Victoria Secret model lips.

The shade I’m wearing is “Swag” and oh, did I mention that this was 3 hours after I applied it during which time I worked out OUTSIDE. I’m just going to step away now and let you buy some for yourself…

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It’s party time.

The thing with throwing a party every year? It perfectly distracts you from the fact that your baby is a year older. So guess what? HE’LL GET A PARTY FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE.

I’ll just focus on that and by the time I really realize what age he is, he’ll be married with grandchildren and I’ll be too old to freak out about anything anymore.

I had fun planning this one because it felt like all pressure was off. You know how the 1st party is a big deal then so is 2 because it’s like “but CAN you really throw a party?” and after that the fact is established, so it’s smooth sailing from there. I was also in love with our movie premier theme.

While I understand that I won’t have full control over his party themes forever (clothes – hopefully, but maybe not party themes), I do always want to put a creative spin on it. And this one was fun for sure.

Here are a few pictures from the event!

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Special thanks to Dan Lyle for the pictures and Kona Ice for the snow cones!

More content coming next week!

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Summer Purse Essential

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Cover up Buttercup.

This time of year, I become “that mom.” The lady that tracks you down and slathers you with SPF before you can say, “Let’s go outsi…” Which is why when I saw someone talk about this product on an Insta Story, I swiped up immediately and put it in my cart.

Sure my moisturizer and primer include SPF, but that’s not enough! And even if it were, you have to reapply, which means you can either run home redo your entire face, OR just buy this. Your choice.

It’s a wonderful mist/spritz that’s going to protect your skin and allow you to confidently be outside in direct sunlight without doing damage. Also? It’s not going to alter your makeup.

I bought the 1 oz. version so I can throw it in my bag and go. This time of year, you never know when you’re going to be outside for a long period of time (last night I went for a spontaneous walk!). Having this always in my bag gives me peace of mind. Not to mention the fact that I don’t have to rub anything but can spray and go – taking all of 5 seconds to protect my skin. I’ll even use it on other body parts real quick, not just my face.

Something is better than nothing!

You can pick that up at Sephora. I don’t think that smaller version is available on Amazon right now, but the larger one is.

Sun care is SO IMPORTANT. A lesson I wish I would have learned in my 20’s. *Whaaa Whaaaaa So don’t be 20-year-old me and buy this stuff already!

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Shopping Tips: Dillard’s Outlet

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Strap on your shopping shoes.

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If the combination of “Dillard’s” and “outlet” has you puzzled and confused BUCKLE YOUR SEAT BELT.

There are a handful of these stores around. The closest one to me is in Asheville. If you’re blessed to have been to one or if you’re living in the promise land and have one in your own town then count your blessings.

I usually hit mine up on the way back from a trip somewhere. Which means my husband and child are in the car and I’m given a “you get in and out within 45 minutes cause I’m ready to be home” talk. Honestly, I like the time crunch. This place is so vast and potentially overwhelming, that a time crunch really helps me focus and quickly filter what it is I’m willing to look at.

To help you out, here are a few things I’ve learned shopping at a Dillard’s Outlet…

1. They have weird hours and an ever-changing sale cycle. Before you make your trip, call ahead. They have a recording of what’s on sale that week. Also, the one in Asheville is only open from 12-7, so plan accordingly.

2. Don’t go in with a list. You never know what they’re going to have. Every time I’ve been there they’ve had zero boy clothes, but this last time? It was a boy mom’s DREAM. Go in with a full wallet and empty expectations.

3. Be prepared to shop a season ahead. Again, you don’t know what they’re going to have, but they will certainly have a plethora of what the opposite season is. Which means this time of year lots of sweaters, coats and boots. Not saying they won’t have anything for the current season, but don’t discount (#punalert) the section that’s for the next season. This last trip I bought a GORGEOUS Calvin Klein velvet blazer for $24. You know who’s going to love me for that? Future Elizabeth. Keep future you in mind and how much she will love pulling out a brand new item in a few months.

4. Get your digging gloves on…or digging shoes? Either way, be prepared to dig. Really, it’s a Dillard’s “garage sale”. That’s how you have to think of it. Someone lives in Dillard’s and decided to clean out their massive, two story closet, so they threw everything together in a pile and put it on sale. So ya have to dig. But my digging got me an Antonio Melanie bikini that was originally $132 for $20. Yeah girl.

5. Your shopping style needs to be on high speed. Like I said, I’m often on a time constraint, which I’m happy about and recommend. Otherwise I would probably need to be escorted out by security at the end of the night (or fall asleep in the home section). To get the most out of the trip, I crank my shopping style up to high speed – walking down as many isles as I can without even touching a shirt. I just look for something poking out that looks like it fits my style. And you know how when I talk about closet cleaning and how you need to look at something and go with that split-second gut reaction as to whether or not you’ll wear it again? Bring that same decision making ability to this store.

Remember all of these things and you’ll walk out with bags of great deals and quality things to wear all year round (for the whole family – fingers crossed)!

More sale shopping tips right here! And here are my regular Dillard’s sale picks – from the one in West Town Mall.

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