I'm sharing all of my best style secrets, from beauty tips to efficiency tricks so you can get ready quickly and look your best.
Everything about summer is lighter, including the makeup. If you are a winter or DYT Type 4, a natural makeup look is challenging. Bold black and white makeup feels harsh in the summer. This is a quick and easy natural summer makeup look for cool skin tones that will leave you looking fresh and as stunning as ever.
This is part 2 of 8 ways to wear a white tee and black shorts. A black and white outfit is so classic, classy, and chic. It's the perfect color combo for any occasion, casual, dressy, work, party, and church. To make the most of your white tee and black shorts this summer, I styled it 8 different ways last week, and 8 different ways this week.
If you love a soft and classic style but aren't sure how to bring it all together, I've got your guide so you know how to bring in just enough soft details without looking frumpy. This will make it easier than ever to add a little romantic flair to your outfit.
Even if this isn’t your style, it’s important to read so you know what you don’t want.
A black and white outfit is so classic, classy, and chic. It's the perfect color combo for any occasion, casual, dressy, for work, party, and for church. To make the most of your white tee and black shorts this summer, I'm styling it 8 different ways this week, and 8 different ways next week.
Bermuda shorts are so hard to style, but if you get a few details right, you can put together perfect casual or dressed up summer outfits. If you need ideas for the right shirts, sandals and accessories, I've got you covered!
If you love a cute and classic style but aren't sure how to bring it all together, I've got your guide so you know how to bring in just enough sweet details without looking childish. This will make it easier than ever to add a little sweet flair to your outfit.
I have mastered the art of packing in a carry on for any trip, and I have an easy formula for the easiest way to pack in a carry on for 2 weeks or more! Packing for your summer trip will be painless whether you are going to Europe, Mexico, or Disney. I've even included some bonus packing tips. #2 is genius. Come get my painless packing formula for your summer travels.
If you love an edgy vibe with your classic wardrobe and need some ideas of how to incorporate it into your style, I break down exactly how to do that in your wardrobe for work outfits, casual outfits, what to look for in jeans, jackets, shoes, shirts, and jewelry to make it simple for you to make your own fashion statement. This is the second post in a series on classic wardrobes.
Last week I released the Stunning Style Summer Wardrobe Guide with no pomp or circumstance. Instead of the usual blog post about the guide, this time I did a Facebook live video answering the questions I frequently get about the guides. I also wanted to show you a few of the unique items from the guide because the pictures don't do them justice. I hope you enjoy this video and it helps you understand exactly what the guide is and how it makes your life easier!
Y'all, I don't even have a minute to write a full blog post about it. That will come tomorrow. I just have to tell you super fast that the Summer Wardrobe Guide is live, and with the Memorial Day sales items will sell out fast! I've had technical issues beyond belief, a respiratory infection and maybe strep slowing me down, but it's finally done.
Classic style is timeless, chic, simple, and elegant and classy. It can also be dated, old-fashioned, and stale without the right tips. I've got just the information you need to look updated and classic every season of the year. The first tip is the easiest one!
If you love bold lips as much as I do, You may be wondering how to wear them in the summer without feeling too made up. I have 1 simple trick to take those bold colors from winter to summer when we all want to lighten our makeup without being washed out.
We all have them, the items we wear over and over again each season, our absolute favorites. After showing you what I got rid of in my winter wardrobe purge series, I'm showing you the things I wore all the time. Come see my winter closet favorites.
You can get some great deals at an outlet mall, or you can get duped. You can score designer goods from Michael Kors to Burberry at a fraction of the price if you know these shopping tips. Whether you are on a girls trip or shopping for Christmas gifts, there are deals to be had! Check out my 22 tips to shop like a pro at an outlet mall.
Neutrals are the foundation of effortless style, and nude, blush, and bashful are the trendy neutrals right now. Contrary to popular belief, not all neutrals look good on everyone. If those aren't the colors for you, I'm sharing the perfect neutral to replace the naked colors that are everything right now.
A sheath dress doesn't have to be black to be classic and versatile. I styled a blue sheath dress four ways to show how I would wear it for four different special events I have coming up this month: a baptism, Easter, wedding anniversary, and my birthday (plus tickets to see Hamilton!!). I've got you covered, no matter what the weather is: winter, spring, summer or fall. You will love how beautiful and chic it can be. I also share 10 more ways to style if from more casual to office appropriate. Number 5 is my favorite! Come see all the ways you can fashion a sheath dress!
If you've ever found an item that was almost perfect, except you didn't like the color of the zipper, snaps, buttons or hardware, I have a video tutorial and Q&A to show you exactly how I do it, and how easy it can be! Come check out my step by step instructions and you will be painting zippers, too.
I went on a fun girlfriend shopping trip in Las Vegas, and I got some great things! Come see my shopping haul. I am dying over the last item I show you. I also answered your questions about how I shop, what my strategy is, and what factors I take into account before handing over my money.
I choose to dress and love the body I have NOW in a way that makes me look and feel fantastic. All body types are beautiful, and you can accentuate that by choosing items that flatter yours. One is no better than the other, they are just different. In this video series I'm taking you through my closet to show you which winter pieces I'm parting with, and why. Come see what I'm purging in this closet clear out. It will inspire you to dress the body you have!
If you've ever wanted to try Rodan + Fields Lash Boost, but have some questions, I have answers! How long does Rodan and Fields Lash Boost Last? How do you use it? How long until you see results? And more!!!
Cleaning out your closet is a lot like breaking up. You part ways with different items for different reasons, but it can be an emotional experience. I'm taking you through my closet in 7 separate videos over the next week to show you which winter pieces I'm parting with, and why. Come see my winter closet purge. It will inspire you to break up with some things yourself!
Oh the guilt of a shopping mistake, or several! It stares you down every time you walk into your closet, but it doesn't have to be that way! A closet purge is the perfect opportunity to learn from those shopping mistakes and turn them into successes. Come watch me purge my own mistakes from the closet and find out what I learned, and how you (and I) can avoid repeating them.
I've been blogging for a year now, and it's been quite a journey. I've learned so much. For the occasion I thought it would be fun to answer some of your questions, so I put out a call on social media, and you did not disappoint! You asked some really great questions, and some of them I'll turn into full blog posts so I can answer more in depth. Come find out a little bit more about what you wanted to know!
This might sound crazy, but bootcut jeans are coming BACK, and I love them so much I've quit skinny jeans altogether. Bootcut balance my pear-shaped body and give me better proportions. I was so sad to lose a few pairs of my favorite skinnies, so I made them into bootcut! WHAT? YES! It's so easy that a beginner can do it. You'll never believe my secret trick. Come check out my step-by-step instructions to salvage your favorite pair of jeans.
The Spring Edition of the Stunning Style Wardrobe Guide is here! You've been asking and asking, and it's ready! Are you as ready for a spring wardrobe infusion as I am? Come check out the fresh, new, bold and stunning inspiration for spring.
I have my eyeshadow for everyday look that I love, but I also really enjoy having an everyday seasonal eyeshadow look. In the winter I love to wear bold red, punch-you-in-the-face pink, and pure burgundy (ok, and black. A whole lot of black in between the bursts of color). I wear those colors when I feel like it, but even when I don't, I can get a dose of festive on my face.
I'm finally finished with my most recent project! The Stunning Style Japan Spring Wardrobe Guide. A curated collection to pack for 2+ weeks in a carry-on. Sounds too good to be true right? It's not! Packing is so stressful, and I want to take that whole stress element out of your trip. You can be chic, comfortable and appropriate without any effort. This guide is also appropriate for most European destinations, and many U.S. destinations as well. Come check out my latest creation!
I created this look specifically to go with the Stunning Style Winter Wardrobe Guide, but it's the perfect neutral look to go with any outfit and any lip color. With my cool skin tones, I can't wear brown eye makeup, and this quick and easy look is my new go-to 5-minute makeup look. Come check out the video I made to show you step-by-step exactly how to create it.
Now, on to the topic of today's post! When you're dressed in all black, do you feel fancy or frumpy? Do you look like you're in mourning or red carpet ready? All black outfits can be edgy, classy, chic, grunge, and everything in between. I have 8 simple tips to be perfectly chic when you wear all black. Tip #1 is the real secret to success no matter what look you want. How do you wear all black?
It's done! I'm done! Here is the reason I've been MIA, and it was a labor of love. If you are looking for a winter capsule wardrobe, outfit inspiration, or a way to refresh your current wardrobe, the Stunning Style Wardrobe Guide - A Curated Seasonal Collection Winter 2017 is perfect for your casual or work lifestyle. 31 classic pieces make 100 outfits for the bold, stunning woman. This makes the perfect shopping list for your Christmas gift wish list! Come see exactly what I've created especially for you!
I have two favorite categories to shop for on Black Friday when I'm buying for myself. I rounded up my favorites. Come check them out!
When I saw that Black Friday started early and my favorite jeans were 50% off, I literally dropped everything to get this post out to you right now (but not before ordering some). They come in size 00 to 18, so come check out the most comfortable, most flattering jeans ever, and right now they are only $39.50! They sell out of sizes every year, so let's go shopping!
After watching all the beautiful fall makeup tutorials, I decided to adapt them to the bold colors that look best on my cool skin tone, and I love how this one turned out. It reminds me of an autumn sunset, and it's the perfect everyday look to go with the bold color clothes I wear and my skin. Come see the video tutorial and exactly how I created this look using the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette.
Hey guess what? Not everyone looks great in brown eyeshadow. I'm one of them. I have cool tones to my skin, and brown makes my face look dirty instead of glowy. When I shared this makeup look on social media, so many of you asked me to make a video, so I did! Come check out this easy everyday eye makeup look that doesn't have any brown shadow.
When I saw how much my very favorite jeans were on sale, I literally dropped everything to get this post out to you right now. They come in size 00 to 18, so come check out the most comfortable, most flattering jeans ever, and right now they are less than $50 and as little as $32 a pair if you shop the full extent of the sale! The sale is only today, and sizes are going fast, so let's go shopping!
I've always loved to get a professional manicure as a way to treat myself, but it can be expensive, especially with nail art. I love to try new colors, trends and designs for different seasons and holidays. Read more to find out about how to get an inexpensive and lasting mani and pedi. Now I can keep up on my favorite beauty habit without breaking the bank.
I have a really exciting announcement! Come see what it is!
A trench coat completes any outfit and adds instant sophistication. It's a classic piece that typically comes in black, tan, or navy, but is that the perfect trench for you? Pink, red or polka dot might suit you better. I learned the hard way that the experts aren't always right, and I've done a round up of a variety of trench coats so you can figure out what will make you look and feel amazing.
Going to the lake is so fun! Packing is not. This is the perfect packing list for a weekend at the lake so you can throw it all in a bag and go. No thinking, just grabbing! This is quick and easy and you are out the door for some fun on the water.
We have a winner for the Rodan+Fields Lashboost giveaway! Who was the lucky winner? Check and see if it was you!
Today the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is live for everyone, and I did a round up of my favorite shoe picks! This is the best time of year to stock up on basics. Come see what I picked out.
Finding your personal style can be as simple as a daily selfie. Each picture you take will help you develop a sense of what is truly you, and what is best admired on other women. Read here to find out how taking a picture of your outfit each day can show you where you got it right, and where you can improve.
It's time! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here! The best part about this sale is it's on new things for the upcoming season, not last season's old stuff. Check out my favorite bold picks.
Also don't forget to enter the Rodan + Fields Lashboost giveaway! You can get even more entries by sharing with friends!
I wouldn't trade a single one of my six kids, but they did wreak some major havoc on my body! After baby number five, I came up with a DIY, non-surgical mommy makeover program, and I tell you exactly what I did to recover my health, body, hair, smile, and more, including before and after photos. You don't need surgery to make major postpartum improvements. You don'r have to be a new mom or a mom at all to benefit from these tips and tricks.
Also, don't forget to register to win a tube of Rodan + Fields Lashboost!
Every woman wants to be a natural beauty, and every woman can. We all want to wake up that way. I'm sharing tips and tricks for hair, skin and face to enhance what you already have, so you can feel beautiful with a bare face, especially at the pool, camping or anywhere else that a full makeup look can be out of place.
I'm a minimalist when it comes to packing. No matter how long my trip is, or where I'm going, I only pack in a carryon. I've gone on trips as long as 3 weeks to Europe, Asia, and Central America, and often visit 2 different climates, but I still fit all of my clothes in a carryon suitcase. Vacations are too precious to waste time on lots of bags. See what I packed for my most recent 2-week trip!
After identifying the triggers for my boys' eczema, changing our diets, and trying all the treatments I could find to cure the itching, bleeding sores for my kids, I found something that cleared it up, and it is so easy! It's been 8 years, and as long as I stick to this one thing, it doesn't come back!
Following trends can be fun, but I've learned exactly what my style is and that deviating from it in the name of fashion will not make me look or feel my best. Today I'm sharing lessons learned from the years I left my beauty sixth sense behind and got lost.
Travel season is upon us, and the thing I think about most is my feet. Having cute and comfortable travel shoes is essential for me. Painful feet ruin a trip, and I don't want to miss a thing just because my feet hurt. Over the years I've found some fantastic options. Check them out!
I used to think I had to buy a sensible purse so it would go with every outfit. Switching purses took too long. Now I have a trick that allows me to switch purses in less than a minute, often 30 seconds. I love having a few purses I can change among to go with my outfits, and it takes no time at all. Watch me switch purses three times in the video to show you how quick and easy it really is.
I've been battling thinning hair for nearly four years, ever since my last baby was born. I've made progress in regrowing some of it, but not all. In that time I've learned some tips and tricks to disguising the problem. I've also had several requests to see how I style my hair, so I made a video to show you how I style my hair and how I implement my secrets to disguising thin(ning) hair.
Last week I shared why I get ready every day, even as a stay-at-home mom. Today I'm sharing 10 tips to get ready in 20 minutes or less. I wrote out my whole routine, answered all the questions I received this week, and I made you a video to show you exactly how I do it!
If you wish you got ready in the morning, but need some motivation to put on some makeup and a real outfit, here are 12 reasons why I get ready every day as a stay-at-home mom of 6 (reason #6 is a real wake up call), what it means to get ready, and how it makes my life better.
A few years ago I realized how sparse my eyebrows had become. I figured out why and how to fix the problem. Plus, I give you three tips to make them look fuller.
Since I started Dressing Your Truth 1.5 years ago I've gone through a transformation both inside and out! I share my before and after results and A GIVEAWAY!! I'm super excited about this, and I think you will be, too!
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are having a joyful day with people you love.
Tonight the shopping frenzy begins. As I've shared the way we give gifts with experiences, the want, need, wear, read method, and the non-tech toys, I wanted to show you exactly how it looks, so in this post you get to see EXACTLY what our kids are getting for Christmas this year. Come take a sneak peek under our tree!
We limit our kids' screen time a lot, and we don't give them anything electronic for Christmas or birthdays. We live in a technology age, but they get plenty of that at school. I want my kids to be kids, have fun, and use their imaginations for as long as they can. Check out my list of 30 non-tech toys your kids will love.
Several years ago, Christmas left us feeling overwhelmed by all the toys and STUFF that flowed into our home. After a mighty purge, our family adopted a different gift-giving strategy that makes us all happy. It can be overwhelming to try something new, so I created a free printable gift guide full of ideas for people of all ages if you want to try something more meaningful, more magical, and more satisfying.
Thanksgiving is coming. Then Christmas and New Year's. There is no need to panic if your guest list is large! It doesn't matter if you are meal planning for 50 people, for a wedding, or a large family gathering. There is a simple solution to figure out the right quantities of food per person. I've included a free chart and some planning tips to make it even easier for you!
As a mom of kids with tree nut and peanut allergies, Halloween is the scariest night of the year for me. I don't want to miss out on all the photo ops, and I don't want them to miss out on the fun. We have a plan to keep them safe so they can have a fun allergy-free halloween. Even if you don't have food allergies in your family, I bet you know someone who does. Please share this with friends and family so they will know how to have a fun and safe night with their kids.
When I found out I was homozygous for the MTHFR gene mutation c677t, it was like a lightbulb. It explained so many of my health problems, but one of the biggest was depression. After a year of treatment, diet changes, and supplements, I feel so much better! The depression is gone, and a whole lot of other issues are much better. Think I'm an anomoly? I'm not. MTHFR is much more common than most people realize, and it could be why or someone know you are suffering from depression, too.
Depression is isolating. You keep the symptoms hidden, even from yourself. Recovery and treatment feel impossible and overwhelming. A few years ago when I realized that I was really depressed and not just having a really hard time for a really long time, I knew I had to get help fast, and that's when I tried niacin. The results were fast and significant. It saved my life.
You've heard all the same ideas about how to make your strong-willed child more cooperative, but parenting isn't always discipline. I've got 11 surprising tips that will make a big difference with a little effort.
I'm often out of the house early for school drop offs, sports practices, or workouts, and since I'm already out, I want to do a few errands. Most places don't open until mid morning, but I've made a list of 35 errands you can run before 10 a.m. and get a jump start on the day or make the most of your time.
Getting started with a new workout plan is usually the hardest part, but once you get going, it becomes second nature. Whether your goal is weight loss or getting in shape, I have 30 tips to get you motivated to get to the gym, start that strength training program or perfect your yoga poses. I'm ready to do this. Are you?
Our lives are so hectic that getting a healthy, delicious dinner on the table can feel impossible at the end of an already harried day. I have found 20 quick, easy, healthy meal starters at Costco that I keep on hand for the nights when the only other options seem to be fast food or fasting. Most of them are gluten-free, dairy-free, and Paleo. Some of them are also Whole30 compliant.I can get a quick and easy meal on the table in 15 minutes with most of them, and that saves us all from a life of drive-thru purgatory.
Back-to-school means packing lunches, and I have 45 lunch ideas that don't include a single sandwich, as well as some great tips to make this job quick and easy. This list is perfect for school, work, daycare, picnics or anywhere you need a portable meal. Most of the options are also gluten-free and dairy-free!
As much as I wish I could plan and schedule the rest of my life, I can't. I take comfort in the constant things in my life, but sometimes life takes an unexpected turn, or there is a big new question mark in my life. What is going to happen? When will I know? What do I do now? Several years ago I found myself in that situation for a few years, and I found a way to make life work anyway.
Does back-to-school supply shopping for the kids make you crazy? It is the WORST, but you don't have to panic when the school supply lists come out. I have four tips to make this the easiest school supply shopping you have ever done. These tips will change your life!
Don't have school supplies to shop for? I bet you know lots of people who do! Friends, daughters, sisters, cousins, and neighbors. Share this post with them! They will love you for it! And so will I.
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Mosquito repellent is necessary, but I don't want to poison myself or my family with DEET. I've tried so many DIY homemade options, essential oils and more. I've narrowed it down to my top three favorite natural mosquito-repelling tactics.
Summertime fun with kids can also wear you out! It can be hard work to have so much fun, and after about a week of working your way through the list of 100 fun things to do (whose idea was that anyway?), you might be banging on the doors of the school begging for summer classes. I have the secret to staying sane during summer break so it can be a break in between all that fun.
It's important to allow kids to do things by themselves, and an easy one to help them be successful with is getting their shoes on the right feet. I came up with a simple solution so they can do it on their own.
Summer is around the corner, and I'm already buying the kids' summer wardrobes, including their summer shoes. A few years ago I found the PERFECT summer shoes for our kids, and they really simplify my life. Come found out what they are and why they make summer easier.
Our kids start learning to order their own food in restaurants as soon as they can talk. It teaches them so many skills, and gives them such a confidence boost. Here is how we do it!
I struggled with morning sickness the first 14-16 weeks of every pregnancy. During my last two pregnancies I discovered two tricks that eliminated the morning sickness, and I was so grateful! My baby-making days are over, but I had to share these tips for those who are still in that stage of life.
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Have you ever had a horrible muscle cramp that wouldn't go away? I used to get them all the time, and I finally figured out how to prevent them and stop them within a minute! I've shared these tips with so many people, and it always works.
Each of my kids has had an assigned color from birth, and it has made life so much easier for all of us, but especially me!
For Mommy Magic Monday I'm sharing why my kids have assigned seats at the counter, the table, and in the car.
Also, don't forget about the giveaway to win a ticket to the Love Your Life live event with Carol Tuttle. It's going to be amazing!
Find out how I cleaned up this marker mess!
Several years ago I came up with a cleaning system that works great with our kids and makes life easier for all of us.
If you struggle with motion sickness like I do, this one trick will change your life! No more hanging your head out the window or focusing on the dotted white lines.