Bold Prints - Fun Ways to Dress Up Your Look

In the South I finally feel like I fit in - bright, bold prints are all the rage!  Fortunately, it happens to be a pretty hot trend right now and some of my FAVORITE designers are stepping out with cool, simple prints and taking them to the next level.  And of course, I had to share them with you...

So if I had to name off my favorite designers, Diane Von Furstenberg would surely be on that list.  Every season Diane takes simple silhouettes and splashes them with lots of colors and patterns to make them fresh and easy looks that you can wear on almost every occasion.  This season is no different and Diane has taken her favorite looks to the next level.

My "die for" look thus far has been this swirl print.  Doesn't it just make you happy?  I just want to throw it on and wear it out dancing...sleep in it (it's 100% silk)...wear it to church - you get the drift.  DVF pieces are classics that every girl should have at least one of in her closet.  One of her pieces is my go to "I have nothing to wear" looks!  Her creations may be out of your price range at this point in your life (this piece is $298), but honestly these are looks you will not get rid of!

Another one of my favorite designers who always takes chances when it comes to prints?  - BCBG.  They have some of the best prints and dress styles out there - great for those days and nights when you want a little something extra.  They can create a look that is youthful and sophisticated all in one - perfect for my age range right now!  The great thing about BCBG is that they are on the lower end of the designer price range.  This adorable one shoulder dress below is on sale right now at Saks for $177.99.  

Of course it doesn't have to be a high end brand or store to have a great print.  Look at these great looks from Forever 21.  For under $30, it doesn't matter if you only get one use out of these cute dresses!

Woven Flora Paisley Dress, $17.90

Abstract Print Dress With Belt, $22.80

Abstract Speckles Dress, $22.80

Ahh...even if spring is not in the air (it's even chilly in Memphis) at least fashion lines are making us feel all warm and fuzzy with their colorful looks.  

XOXO, Allison

The Shirt Dress - A Classic Staple Piece for EVERY Lady!

NEED ALERT!: Seriously, has the shirt dress really ever gone out of style?  Sure there have been those cases when the look gets a little too safari-esque (think Steve Irwin) but in many cases it's an effortlessly chic style that's timeless nature allows you to pull a dress from your closet year after year and still look like you just bought the latest look at Banana Republic.

Personally I like shirt dresses for several reasons.  For one, I think they are casual and professional at the same time.  A basic shirt dress can be paired with a blazer and heels for the work place, and then throw on a belt and some flip flops and your ready for the mall.  I also like that it can be conservative and flirty, because with the button up effect, you can button all of the buttons or a few - depending on the event.  It's just a look that says, "oh I just threw this on - don't I look great?"

This season, it's been hard to find a store not sporting the shirt dress in it's spring line.  However, this is a look that is IMPORTANT to try on.  The shirt dress is supposed to fit you like a glove, so if you are busting out of it, or it doesn't fit you right in the hips - it's going to be noticeable.  I tend to have some trouble in my shoulders and bust, so I will buy a larger size and have it taken in at the hip.  If you are a great at alterations or have a good seamstress, this is a fairly easy fix.  Just remember, if you have a doubt do without - there are plenty of shirt dresses out there so don't settle for one that's not perfect.

I love this look from Tory Burch.  I think they accessorized the look perfectly and made it look so chic.  Tory is one of those lines that I am always going to for inspiration...but have a hard time splurging on.  She's normally about 50% more than I want to spend - but I love her stuff so much.  This Blythe dress is great...but it's $350...

I'm also a big fan of this Ann Taylor Cotton Wrap Dress...wrap dresses are great for cinching in the waist for a slimming look.  The dress is available in stone and black, and I'm definitely more partial to black.  Something about stone screams safari to me...and being light tends to blend with my skin.  If you don't like the color probably won't change.  

This Ann Taylor look is only $138 - less than half the price of the Tory look!  Plus, it's so classic in the black that you can do so much with it.  Pair it with bold accessories and shoes for a fun look, or tone it down with pearls and black heels.  The possibilities are endless!  

And if you're still not sold on the idea of a shirt dress...go for a cheaper option like this one from Target.  It's a great introduction to this amazing style!  (And only $24.99)

So if you're looking for a new spring style - look no further!  This is a great look for you girls who don't like to be too dressy...and for you girls who love to sport a girly look - ACCESSORIZE.  This is a blank canvas that you can do so much with!  

XOXO, Allison

Spray Paint for Hair? Rita Hazan Root Concealer

Time for the trust circle!  Let's all be honest...most of us are not sporting our natural hair color.  Sure I may be considered a blonde or a light brunette...but I definitely didn't get these honey blonde and carmel streaks from genetics.  And if you're not dying your hair now, you may be in the future...who knows when grays will start popping out!

That's why I was really surprised when I read about this product - Rita Hazan Root Concealer.  To me, it looks like a can of spray paint for hair - but apparently the results are pretty fantastic!  

Available in Blonde, Light Brown, Auburn/Red, Dark Brown/Brunette

This product is to get you through that week when your roots are really starting to show and you need a little coverage before you can get into the salon!  I see this product being great for anyone who has a few gray hairs peaking out or you prego mommies who have to go au natural during your pregnancy.  

For $24, this 1oz bottle has a pinpoint actuator for more accuracy in application.  The color does not bleed and is water and sweat resistant - so you won't have to worry about it dripping down your face!  It is made with natural ingredients and is completely safe.  

I'm so interested to hear more about this product that I am going to order a bottle for one lucky reader.  Post a comment on this post if you are interested by 4/8/11.  We will then have a poll to let our readers decide which lucky lady is most in need.  I can't wait to hear about the results!  

XOXO, Allison

Successful Fashion Lines - From Hollywood's A-List

Don't you crack up when you go to the mall and it seems like every Hollywood Starlet is coming out with a perfume, shoe line, or apparel collection?  In most cases, the celebrity's name is simply on the product in hopes that this will increase sales.  However, in a few cases the starlet's are involved from conception to the market - and here are a few to watch for!

Mary Kate and Ashley have a come a long way since Full House and their cheesy home videos and movies.  Thank goodness they have focused on fashion - because it seems like that's where they belong.  One thing about these twins that isn't the same is their personal style - which reflects in their versatile and fun clothing lines.  Almost every fashionista has heard about the line Elizabeth and James, but what you might not have known is that the creative team behind the brand is Mary Kate and Ashley.  From shoes, clothing, and accessories this brand has it all for the trendy girl looking for some great pieces to spice up her wardrobe.  Here are a few of my current faves.

Spring Elizabeth Blazer, $545 
Salivia Dress, $545

Wishbone Studs, $65

Billy Tweed Shorts, $285

Another fashionable lady who has come a long way since her "Simple Life" days is Nicole Richie and her House of Harlow 1960 brand.  Named after her and hubby Joel Madden's daughter, House of Harlow 1960 has a laid back hippie feel which emulates Nicole's natural style.  The brand offers shoes and accessories that definitely stand out.  

Kelly Crochet Flat, $198

Sun Cocktail Ring, $87

More recently she has released Winter Kate which Nicole describes as clothes and styles that she wants to wear - and she does!  The collections offers tailored, fitted skirts (like this one on Nicole) and flowy, casual looks as well.  It definitely has a lot to offer for the girl who wants to stand out!  

Tilda Skirt, $157.50 

Heath Floral Print Maxi Skirt, $225

And who could forget Posh Spice?  Mrs. David Beckham has sure done well for herself in the fashion world.  Nearly every A-list celebrity has been seen wearing her fashion forward, sleek dresses.  Her looks are definitely not affordable for the every day girl, but they certainly are interesting!  Here are some great looks from Victoria Beckham.

Two Tone Silk Lame Dress, $2130

Embellished Parachute-Silk Gown, $5105

Even so,  the Celebrity Designer of our generation is Gwen Stefani.  Her fashion line L.A.M.B (Love Angel Music Baby) made it's runway debut in 2004 and has been seen on Hollywood's elite since then.  The rocker themed label emerges with handbags, fitted jackets, M.C. Hammer esque pants, and sky high heels.  Here are some looks I think are fun and easy: 

L.A.M.B. Silk Pants $149

L.A.M.B. Tuxedo Blazer, $398

Signature Tribal Williamsfield Tote, $298

Even if their looks aren't your cup of tea, you have to commend these creative ladies for getting great reviews from who's who in fashion.  Unlike other brands like Jessica Simpson and Paris Hilton, these lines are hitting Fashion Weeks all over - way to go ladies!   

XOXO, Allison

A March Favorite - Airy Blouses

It's our last week of March -  and as most of us start to feel a hint of spring and summer temperatures in the forecast it's time to put away the sweaters and bring out the blouses.

Blouses are great looks for women of any size and shape.  They have this ability to make any outfit feminine and delicate and the fabrics are usually so soft that they are comfortable as well.  I am so excited about this trend because blouses have long been my go-to top for work - it's the perfect weight...not too heavy and not too light.

This season blouses are appearing in neutral and pale shades with intricate detailing to add a touch of pizazz to the classic cut.  I have been drooling for months over the spring blouse selection at  One of my favorites is this Theory top.  I love the simplicity and the versatility.  In my head I have already pictured pairing it with my black pencil skirt, my black fitted pants, and my favorite pair of jeans.  However, as gorgeous as it is, I find the $255 price tag a bit steep.

That's why I was super excited to find this Banana Republic top.  It offers the same sophistication for about 1/3 of the price!  Right now it is on sale online for $75.99!  A great price for such a classic look.  


I've also been a big fan of the bow top.  Some women hate them, but if they are done right they make a top look so sophisticated.  It can make a less fitted top look very high fashion if done correctly.  I've been eyeing this 3.1 Phillip Lim top for a few months now.  I love the details, but again...not a big fan of the $375 price tag.  

Well, I stumbled across this top from Ann Taylor and LOVED it!  The fit is exceptional and the quality is similar to higher end designers.  And for $68, it's another classic top that doesn't break the bank...and is worth every penny!  

And lastly, there is the uber sophisticated sleeveless blouse - great for a night on the town, under your favorite jacket or cardigan, or to pair with jeans on the weekends.  I am a huge fan of these because I love how much versatility they offer - I don't want a separate wardrobe for each occasion - I want to be able to mix and match existing items in my closet to create a new look.  

I really like the androgynous look of this Malene Birger top.  The tuxedo/necktie illusion is very big right now.  I like the hint of masculinity without having to wear  the women's suit.  I'm not going to lie, I think Ellen Degeneres is the ONLY woman who can pull that off!    Therefore, something basic like this will look exceptional with a skirt or fitted black pants.  If I was super skinny, I would totally go for the black riding pants with heels to dress it up or riding boots to go more casual!  Some of you ladies need to do that!  Any who, the top above is $320 - no way Jose!  

This great look from (you guessed it) Ann Taylor is only $88.  And the great thing about Ann Taylor is that they are always having promotions in store and I would be surprised if you paid that much!  

So there you have it, you don't have to spend an arm and a leg to get the runway looks - you just have to know where to go!  Blouses are such great pieces for any wardrobe - and if you're like me you can never have too many.  

XOXO, Allison

What the Skin Needs - the Oxygen Peel

From living in the Midwest most of my life, there are definitely parts of the year (cough cough winter) when I feel like my skin is in need of some serious help.  It starts to get super dry and almost has a gray tint to it.  However, I don't have the time or the budget to go to the spa every month for an hour to get an intensive facial.

Well, that's why I love Philosophy.  They have so many at home treatments that are reasonably priced and will last you months.  Since I'm still young (and not too worried about anti-aging at this point) I opt for the Oxygen Peel.  It's a treatment that brightens the skin and detoxifies...cleansing your pores.  

The Oxygen Peel is a 3 step process that takes approximately 15 minutes and should be done once a week.  It includes a thin enzyme gel that you mix, the oxygen cream, and manual exfoliation.  Honestly, the results will shock you.  Your skin feels so smooth and the pores are visibly cleaner and smaller.  Plus, at the price of $50 for approximately 10 treatments - you can't beat it.  This treatment does take more work than some other at home facials, but the results are well worth it.  

So if you want to brighten your skin in the comfort of your home - this treatment is for you.  And don't be surprised when you look like Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire.  The stuff foams up!  

XOXO, Allison

Learning Retailese - How to Distinguish from a Good or Bad Sales Associate

This post is not meant to offend anyone in the sales industry.  Trust me, many sales associates are fantastic at their job.  However, every once in awhile you come across one who seems to have a generic phrase and an attitude problem.

Realistically, many sales associates depend on their individual sales for commission, promotions, and sometimes bonuses.  Therefore, in many cases you will question if what they say to you is true or not.  This post will hopefully aid you in distinguishing between a great sales associate and a poor one.

Last year I was extremely frustrated while shopping for an outfit for my bridal shower.  Doesn't it seem like when you are actually trying to find something you can find everything but that.  A fellow bridesmaid and I tried on dresses, skirts, and tops at nearly every store at the Fashion Mall at Keystone and I was just not having any look.  I had tried on a few looks that I was okay with but I just wasn't in love.  When we got to Nordstrom I began perusing the first section which happens to be a Designer Collections.  We were met by a young man who asked what we were looking for and began pulling things in my size left and right.  There were a few things that he chose that I knew would not be appropriate for the occasion, but I appreciated his friendliness and helpfulness and decided to just go with it.  Upon trying on a few of the items, I realized that some of the dresses were too dressy and some of the tops too casual.  However, I did really like a Milly top, but for $260 it seemed rather trendy and not like a good investment piece.  When I showed the guy the top he kept saying how gorgeous it looked.  He was convinced that I would fall in love with a Catherine Malandrino top that was not my style.  It was very full and blousy and had layers of small pieces of silk chiffon that made it bulky in my middle.  He begged to see it, so I showed him with a bit of a disgusted look on my face.  He couldn't believe I didn't love it and kept pushing me to go with both blouses and decide the day of.  First of all, I only kind of liked the Milly top and I despised the Catherine top on my figure.  However, the Catherine top was $450...probably the reason why he was so pushy about it.  As we left the dressing room, I told him I was not interested and he literally stormed off.  I was appalled.  Did he really expect me to shell out $700 on items I was just "okay" with.

Unfortunately, this happens a lot in certain stores and boutiques.  In some cases I have noticed certain "treatment" both good and bad, based off of my outfit or purse at the time.  When I walk in with a Louis everyone is fighting to serve me, but when I walk in with just a little Target tote people avoid me like the plague.  However, as we all know pretty much anyone can be approved for a credit card (maybe not as much now as a few years ago) and anyone can charge the thing to it's limit.

A good salesperson is one who takes time to listen to what you are really looking for.  Perhaps you come in with a certain style in mind, like a Leather Tote in a soft, neutral shade.  Most sales associates will show you around the displays and points out styles that you might like.  And if you decide to try those styles on your arm (a must for any bag investment) this associate will be honest with you and not tell you that the bag that is the most expensive on you looks the best. This makes sense for so many reason - because say that they do tell you that the bag with the highest price tag is the best and even though you think you might like another one better you go ahead and purchase the bag they recommend.  Well, as I will continue to say, if you don't LOVE it in the store (in their perfect lighting and slimming mirrors) you will surely not like it as much at home.  And, this will lead you to return the bag and leave the salesperson needing to sell the bag again, and losing the trust of a potential returning customer.

Usually I am a shopper on a mission, and I don't like to be consistently bothered.  Recently, a similar scenario happened to me.  I was looking for a white leather tote for the spring weather, and a Saks shoe associate was trying to sell me a silver metallic Tory Burch tote.  This is a prime example of a salesperson opting for quantity over quality - he would rather sell me a bag quickly that is not really what I want vs. investing a bit of time to listen to what I am looking for and helping me find it in other areas of the store online.

The same thing can happen in other retail areas as well.  Salons and Spas are some times just as guilty.  If you've ever had a facial or a massage you know.  There are some estheticians who are devoted to the service and who will make recommendations after the service which make sense to you.  For example, if they noticed that you had some dryness on certain areas, they might recommend a special moisturizer.  However, there are others who will try to sell you the entire service - and I HATE that.  In fact, one girl even turned me off to the spa for at least 6 months.  I had just been in a month earlier with a different associate who had to call in the day of my second appointment leading me to someone new.  I was disappointed but assumed this person was just as good and went ahead with the appointment.  Immediately she began telling me how my skin needed a lot of work including microderm abrasion when the other person told me my skin was great.  When I told her which products I used (Philosophy and Kiehl's) she began bashing them and saying that I needed to change to their products.  This continued throughout the treatment and I felt completely uncomfortable and not relaxed at all.  I left feeling disappointed and turned off to the salon.

So there you have it - the next time you go to a store where a saleperson approaches you to help try these few things:

  1. tell him/her what you are shopping for (if anything) and see if the selections match what you told him/her initially
  2. when they offer an opinion on a look, see if they are providing constructive or generic feedback.  For example, if they explain to you that they really like two jackets on you but they feel like the black might be better than the green since you would get more use out of it - that seems pretty reasonable.  however, if they begin telling you that it looks "good" on you with every item...they are probably not offering the opinion you are looking for.  
  3. watch for a reaction when you explain that you don't like an item or didn't find anything you want to purchase.  a good sales associate will understand and will give you his/her information in case you want to come back in the future.  other sales associates will seem defensive and annoyed - extremely frustrating. 

So from now on - don't feel bullied by the sales associate.  Take the reins!

XOXO, Allison

Fashion for a Cause - How to Support the Japan Relief Effort

For those of you who have been conscious in the last few weeks, you've seen all of the damage that has occurred in Japan and other countries from the catastrophic earthquake that just took place.  The reality, is that this type of disaster could just as easily happen to us.  Therefore, many companies are putting together campaigns with proceeds going towards the relief of Japan and here are a few of my favorites that offer a great piece with a lot of meaning.

Tory Burch and the American Red Cross have paired up to great a T-shirt with 100% of the proceeds going to the Japan relief fund as long as you order prior to September 15, 2011.  For $29, you get a great shirt that you can wear under a jacket or to work out in while also helping an amazing cause.

In addition, music artists have been jumping on board as well.  It's no surprise that Lady Gaga is one of those celebrities.  On her website she is selling a Japan relief bracelet for $5 with 100% of proceeds going directly to the relief efforts.  The bracelet is adorned with Japanese characters reading, "We pray for Japan."  In just 48 hours Gaga's monsters have donated over $250,000 towards this fund - definitely demonstrating her impact on pop culture.  

Also on the t-shirt bandwagon is Blink-182 and Linkin Park.  Both of their profits are going directly into relief for Japan with Blink 182 going through the Red Cross and Linkin Park opting for the Music for Relief foundation.  Here are their designs as well:

Blink 182 T-shirt, $15

Linkin Park t-shirt - $25

As you can see, everyone is giving their best in providing goods, funds, and help for the people in Japan - and it's so wonderful to see.  American Idol is donating a portion of the profits from I-tunes sales, Katy Perry is donating money from her tour glow stick sales, and designer Alexis Bittar is donating 100% of his jewelry sales made now until Friday, March 25th.  

Of course, there is always the old fashioned way by just donating directly to the Red Cross or foundation of your choice.  Any amount helps.  After all, you never know when we will be in a similar situation.  The relief support items make perfect conversation pieces - and a chance to recruit others to help the cause!    

XOXO, Allison
"Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege."

- John D. Rockefeller

The Chip Free Manicure - It ACTUALLY exists

Being an active person, I used to always hating getting a manicure - especially before an important occasion.  Due to being accident prone, it was only a matter of time until I had a chip, a bubble, or some other cosmetic defect on my newly painted nails.  After a few tries it just didn't seem worthwhile - why was I spending $25 for a look that only lasted hours or days if I was lucky?

Well, last year I started doing the Gel Manicure (O.P.I. Axium Gels) and I became addicted!  It's a manicure that it is UV treated to set so that you leave the salon with dry fingernails that can last chip free from 2 weeks - 1month.  It's a little bit more expensive, but for a mani/pedi regular like myself - it's worth it to have a polish that you don't have to remove a day later!

There are definitely some pros and cons to this process, and I'll definitely share them with you so that you know what you're getting into.


  1.  Long Lasting - Depending on the shade you opt for (O.P.I. offers your favorite polish shades in gel as well) your look could last 2 weeks - 1 month or longer.  When I've gone with the darker colors, like Russian Navy, it's looked perfect for 2 weeks (no chips) and good for 4 weeks (1-2 chips).  On the other hand, if I go for something like or a french, it has lasted me 4 weeks with no chips.  Therefore allowing you to go longer in between manicures. 
  2. No Drying Necessary - FINALLY!  You can leave the salon with your hands already dried due to the curing process.  
  3. No Pain or Damage - I've never had acrylics, but from what I've heard there is a LOT of maintenance associated with them and once you remove them your nails are brittle and thin.  This is definitely not the case with the gels.  Your nails are still healthy and you can stop any time and go back to a traditional manicure or do it at home.  
  4. Versatility - The gel manicure can be applied to your natural nail or acrylic nails - whichever you choose!  

  1. Expense - The Gel nails are more expensive.  Normally a manicure can run you $35-40 with a $5-10 soak off fee.  Prior to the reapplication of the gels, you must soak off the old.  
  2. Some Maintenance Required - Most people (like me) do not remove the gels themselves.  That's because it requires soaking them in acetone for 20-60 minutes and having them scraped off.  In some cases, the adhesive will need to be sanded as well.  Therefore, it ends up being easier if someone else does the work for you.   
  3. Bubbling - Make sure that the person who does your manicure has experiences with gels.  If they do not seal the sides of your nails properly it will start to peel off.  
Here are some pictures of individuals who have gotten the Axium Gels, including a picture of mine.  I've only tried the O.P.I. Axium's, but there are other brands that are also offering similar promises.  I can only speak for O.P.I. but I personally think they are fantastic.  Plus, many salons will offer package deals like buy 5, get one Free.  And don't be afraid to ask if they don't...every salon is looking to get a buyer that will definitely be coming back.  

My Favorite Shade, "You Don't Know Jacques" 

My Nails Looked PERFECT - Even When Beating Up My Husband :) 

And...I EVEN rocked them in my engagement pics 

So whether you're a manicure regular or a spa newbie, give the Axium Gels a try.  I seriously have women stopping me every day and asking me what I am doing differently.  Maybe you have a wedding to attend or a special party coming up or you just want to treat yourself - either way, pretty nails are where it's at!  After all, some men say nails are one of a woman's most important features!  

XOXO, Allison

Fashionable Workout Gear

These days, celebrities are proving that you are always under the microscope - and therefore you want to look put together at all times.  However, just because you're looking great doesn't mean that you can't be comfortable.

In the last several years a trip to the gym has turned into a fashion show...and let's face it...some women tend to go a little overboard.  Full make-up while I break a sweat?  No thank you.  However, it doesn't mean that I just have to go in my sweats and Led Zeppelin t-shirt.

To me, Nike has taken it up a notch in the past few seasons.  Instead of just offering the normal mesh shorts and t-shirts with "just do it" posted everywhere they have been opting for some more feminine looks that make it possible to run all of your errands without looking like a slop.  I don't know about you, but I love am outfit that allows me to head to the gym, run to the grocery store, and meet a girlfriend for coffee.  Taking 3 showers a day with several outfit changes just isn't feasible for this girl.

I recently stumbled upon this hoodie while picking up some mascara at the mall (whoopsie) and had to have it.  Not only is it incredibly soft but it's also lightweight enough for warm days when you are out at the park or at a baseball game.  I love that I can easily pair it with jeans or a pair of gym shorts depending on what's going on that day.  For only $40, it's a piece of athletic wear that will get a lot of use.   

Here are some other Nike looks that I'm fond of:

Nike Set Point Women's Tennis Shirt, $45

Nike Indy Print Max Women's Sport Top, $35

Some other brands I have been watching for their comfort and versatility are the Heidi Klum for New Balance line (as seen on Project Runway) and Puma.  I have to say, the the Heidi Klum line is extremely overpriced but it is finally on sale on Amazon.  Thank goodness.  Even with the sale the price is still a bit steep in my opinion but just be sure to read the reviews.  Some items got phenomenal ratings while others were dismal.  Here are some looks I LOVE from both lines.  

HKNB Project Runway Pant with Inserts, $66.15

HKNB Long Sleeve Cropped Knit Sweatshirt, $112.50

HKNB PDR Pants with Zippers, $70.20

Puma Graphic T-Shirt, $40

Puma Move Graphic Logo Tank Top, $34

So there you have it - some comfy and stylish favorites of mine that you can wear anywhere!  Trade in the pajama pants and amp up your casual style.  After all, you never know who you'll run into!

XOXO, Allison

Christmas in March - E.L.F.

Okay, so it's not technically Christmas but it's pretty darn close as far as getting those holiday deals goes!  Today I'm going to point you to a site that offers amazing high quality products straight from the manufacturer for a fraction of the price.

The site is called e.l.f. and no it's not the tiny little guys with the pointed shoes - even though the deals do  seem too good to be true!  In this case, e.l.f. stands for eyes, lips, and face and the site does just that - sells a variety of beauty products perfect for every aspect of your daily look.

Initially I was skeptical when I looked around at the site.  How could the quality be good when tinted moisturizer is only $1!  But...according to numerous reviews this site delivers!  The best part is that the price online is normally not what you will pay because they are constantly running great deals to save you 30, 40, or 50% off.  Right now they are even offering free shipping on orders over $25.

Although I have yet to try any of the products, individuals are praising everything from make-up brushes, blush, and all over cover sticks.  And personally, I'm more willing to take a risk when blush is only $3!  Heck, I can buy nearly 10 different shades in order to meet the price of my favorite NARS shade.

So...if this is a dream please don't wake me up!  I think I'm in LOVE!

XOXO, Allison

A March Favorite - Spring Scarves

I am an accessory girl.  Now I'm not the person who loads up all of her accessories on one outfit, but I do like to spice up an outfit with 1-2 fun pieces.  In the past few years I've been addicted to scarves, but being petite I have a hard time finding scarves that aren't too bulky or too long.  Therefore, I love the spring scarf trend because they are airy, light, and normally the perfect length!

One of the great things about spring scarves are the variety of colors that they come in.  Sometimes you don't see certain shades on thicker scarves but on the lighter fabrics brought to you in the spring scarves you get every color and pattern imaginable.

Currently, my favorite is this Burberry one.  Obviously, this item is a splurge because for $275 you want to be in love.  However, the silk, cashmere blend still makes it incredibly soft and the signature check pattern in gorgeous spring shades adds a little something extra to any outfit - allowing it to still be a classic for years to come.

I'm also a big fan of some of the styles Tory Burch has come out with for her Spring 2011 collection.  She has tons of bright colors for the girl who wants to make an outfit pop, and some neutrals when you just want to accent your look.  At $95 you will want to make sure you are going to get plenty of use out of this piece!  

And of course, for those of you looking for a steal here are some options that I love.  They have the same concept as the high end designer items without breaking the bank!  

Target has some amazing spring looks ranging from $10-30 from brands like Merona, Global Girlfriend, and Xhilaration.  I really love this look from Global Girlfriend.  It is available in several shades and is a great buy for $17.99.  It's a classic piece with enough detailing to make it stand out from some other scarf options. 

My other favorite stores for great fashionable items on a budget are H&M and Forever 21 - especially for accessories.  They have great items for hair, jewelry, and of course scarves.  I love this look from H&M - it definitely mimics the look of the Burberry. And for about $15 it's a great deal!  Unfortunately, it's only available in stores; so if you have an H&M nearby hit it up!    

There are several options from Forever 21 that need to be in my closet ASAP!  And for under $10 how can you resist!  These two are my faves.

Tri Striped Scarf, $7.80

Ikat Woven Scarf, $8.80 
(I love how this looks Missoni-esque)

So there you have it - a variety of spring scarves to tickle your fancy!  And if you haven't jumped on the scarf trend yet what are you waiting for?  It's the easiest way to dress up a look and appear effortlessly chic while doing so!  Plus, it's a great way to hide those love bites... ;)

XOXO, Allison