Holiday Favorites and A New Way to Wear the Blanket Scarf!

Monday, December 29th, 2014

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//Scarf//Comfy Long Sleeve Tee//Belt//

//White Jeans//Purse///Boots//Watch//Earrings//

//Ring//Lipstick (Vivid Violet)//Eye Shadow//Nail Polish//

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Its finally revealed! I knitted scarves for my family for Christmas! A tutorial on how to make a scarf like one of these will be up soon.

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Like I promised, I’m going to post the link to this headband and a few of my other Christmas favorites!

1. Pink Pewter “Amber” Headband

2. Lilly Pulitzer Planner

3. J. Crew Jewelry Tray

4. The Gospel According to Coco Chanel

5. Monogram Necklace

Hope you all have an awesome rest of the holiday! Please email me at delightfullydujour@gmail.com or comment below if you have any comments or questions. Thanks for stopping by my site!

XOXO,

Kelly

Gigi New York and Tiffany & Co., Merry Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

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//Gigi New York Taylor Tote//Tiffany and Co. Glasses//Quilted Panel Leggings

//Cowl Neck Sweater////Watch//Boots//Lipstick (Russian Red)

//Eye Palette (Music City)////Nail Color (Essie Tuck it in My Tux)//

 

Hey guys! I hope you’ve had a very merry Christmas! I feel so blessed to have such an amazing supportive family, and such amazing supportive readers as well! I love you guys, you really are what keep me going! So today I was super excited to open a gift I’ve been dreaming of for quite some bit now, the Gigi New York Taylor Tote! I am completely and totally in love with this bag, I can’t put it down. It is made out of the finest full grain leather, so its super soft and smells so good. Although my bag is adorned with a super cute print, it also has natural markings that I know are specifically distinguishable to my bag so I know its one of a kind.  I also got my initials engraved on the bag in the most beautiful gold font. It is very obvious that this bag was very carefully handmade, and that’s what makes it clear to me that this product was worth every penny! Thanks Gigi New York! Check out their blog to see more on how the bags are made here!

Another gift I’ve been wanting for a while now is a pair of black cat eye sunnies and I think these Tiffany & Co. ones were the perfect pick. (Good job Momma!) These glasses really have such a sleek and sophisticated look. I feel that they say, “I am woman, hear me roar!”, and I’m all about pieces that can convey that message!

I matched my black cowl neck sweater and my new patent leather leggings. I love these leggings, but they run a little small so I would suggest going up a size if you don’t like super tight. I topped this look off with my black high heel ankle booties and the Russian Red lipstick by MAC! On my eyes I wore Music City by Adventure, and on my nails I wore Tuck it in My Tux from the Essie 2014 Collection.

Thanks for stopping by my blog guys! It means the absolute world to me to have everyone’s love and support! If you have any comments or questions please comment below or email me at delightfullydujour@gmail.com. Thanks again and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

XOXO,

Kelly

 

 

 

 

You write your own story, so make it worth telling!

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

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//Mug//Scarf//Cardigan//Lipstick//Eyeshadow//Earrings//

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This is just a butt workout I’ve been loving.

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Soon I will reveal what is in the bag!

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Hey guys! MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!! Exactly 45 minutes until December 25th, and I just can’t seem to get sleepy…even two Advil PM’s can’t make this Christmas restlessness go away. It’s so weird being back in your hometown after you’ve moved away isn’t it? Sure, it will always be home, but its just crazy to me how things keep going and growing as life just carries on here while I’ve moved off and started a new life of my own. I’ve grown apart from people I was once so close with, but I’ve made some amazing connections with other people along the way. I’ve learned that some of these connections and friendships I’m making will stick forever, while others will drift away. Its all a part of the journey.

I really do believe that things happen for a reason, and although connections with others can bring pure joy, they can also bring pain. That’s just a part of life, and I’m learning that even though these events can bring pain, they also introduce a new beginning. So don’t let the end of something put a halt on your happiness, let it inspire you to welcome a new beginning with open arms. Time flies by, and change is a good thing, especially as you get older. I can’t believe we are about to welcome 2015 but I also can’t wait. I’m excited to utilize the lessons I’ve learned in 2014.

Live life to the fullest, think of your mistakes as lessons, and most importantly, love yourself. Theres just not enough time in this life to waste it on things that don’t make you happy. You write your own story, so make it worth telling.

XOXO,

Kelly

Let’s Get Fancy Ladies, A Formal Look for the Holidays!

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Hey guys! So today I did my mom’s hair and make up for a ball that she is going to tonight. I’m going to walk you guys through her look and I’ll give you my outfit and makeup details as well. I’m going to start off with the hair first. We decided to go with a simple sock bun because her dress had a really high neckline. All you need to complete this look are some bobby pins, clear rubber band hair ties, and a sock. You can get all of these items at your local drugstore!

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First, cut the sock into a tube. I like to use a long men’s sock for this because it makes for a lot thicker bun. So go ahead ladies, sneak a one of your guy’s socks from his drawer…I’m sure he won’t mind hehe!

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Depending on how high you want your bun is how high you will tie your pony. Keep in mind that the longer the hair the bigger the bun, so if you want to have some space in between your hair line and the bun you will probably want to tie your pony further back. My mom has very long thick hair, so we tied her pony right on the crown of her head. Next we put the sock around her pony. If you want to include the braid like we did, take a small portion of the hair, long enough to wrap around the sock and leave it out of the sock away from the rest of the pony.

Start to push the hair from the pony around the sock. This can be a little tricky at first, but just keep messing with it and wrapping it around until the sock is completely covered. Tuck any flyaways in around the bun, and then put one of the clear rubber band hair ties around it to hold the bun in place. If you decided to include the braid in on this look, wrap it around the bun and secure it with a bobby pin. You can also secure your bun with some extra bobby pins! Spray your new do down and you’re done!

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Now lets get to the makeup!

Make up set up

//Naked 3 Palette// Michael Kors Makeup Bag// Chanel Liquid Foundation//

// Loren Hope Bracelets//Anthropologie Earrings//Earring Option 2//Elephant Candle Holder//

//Bobbi Brown Smokey Nudes Palette// Bobbi Brown Warm Glow Eye Palette//

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Look how pretty my mama is!!! This is her with ONLY foundation on, she doesn’t need make up to look beautiful, but of course we are gonna do her up for a freakin’ ball! She used the Chanel liquid foundation in the picture above!

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//LANCOME Brow Pencil (Sable)//Smashbox Vivid Violet (Lipstick I’m Wearing)//

Before I do anything with the eyes, I like to shape the brows. Without a good brow shape the eyes can really be made to look smaller, so this is super important! Luckily, my mama has very nice brows already so they were easy to shape. We used the Lancome brow pencil in brown. Remember ladies, the arch should be lined with your pupil, if you line your eyebrow pencil with your nose your brow should start even with your pencil, and it should end even with your pencil when lined diagonally from your nose to the end of your brow!

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For the eyes we decided on the Naked 3 Palette. I know I blog about this palette in almost every post, but I really can’t get enough of it! Its the perfect mix of dramatic and natural rose tones. For my mom’s look, I first started off covering the entire eye from lid to brow with the first color “Strange” using the fluffy side of the brush that comes with the palette. This is a really great neutral base color so I use it all the time even if I’m not using any other colors from this palette. Next I covered the lid with the color “Burnout” using the same fluffy side of the brush. I find that if I wet the brush and dab this color on it appears MUCH more shimmery and shiny. I then lined the crease with the color “Nooner” using the stiff side of the brush. This color is also a really nice neutral. It blends so nicely and its just dramatic enough for the crease without being too dark!

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 Next, I started to make a triangle on the outside of the lid with the color “Mugshot” with the same stiff side of the Naked brush. This gives a dramatic winged look and really extends the eye. After that I filled that triangle in with the color “Trick” to blend the lid color into the “wing” that I previously created using the fluffy side of the brush. Next I took a different blending brush and used the color “Dust” to lightly blend the colors together also adding some extra shimmer on top.

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Next the lips! My mom’s dress was red so we decided to use a really simple natural look for the lips. I used A light pink liner called “Native” by Urban Decay, and then used the matching Lipstick, also called “Native” to color in the lips. I then dabbed the Marvelous Moxie lipgloss by Bare Minerals called “Buttercream” to give her lips a final glossy look.

//Lip Liner (Native) // Lipstick (Native) // Lipgloss (Buttercream)//

Can I get a drumroll for the final look!?!?

TA-DA!!!

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How beautiful is she!? Below are the links to my outfit and her dress!

//Nicole Miller Dress (Red)//My Sweater//Poppy Gem Tia Necklace

//Leggings//Boots (Not Shown)//Watch//Ring (40% Off)//

I used the Naked 3 Palette on my eyes as well. Poppy Gem is also having a giveaway for the Tia necklace I’m wearing! Visit there Instagram @Poppy_Gem for the details! Also I’m having my Christmas giveaway so visit the my last few posts for the clues! Comment below or email me at delightfullydujour@gmail.com with your guess and any other comments or concerns! Thanks for stopping by my site guys, stay tuned for more posts and tutorials!

XOXO,

Kelly

Coral Peplum and Cheetah Print Flats For the Win!

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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Hey Guys! I hope you’ve had an awesome week. I’ve been pretty lazy this week because last week was so hectic with exams. I’m at home on break, and as much as I feel like I’m on vacation I’m really going to try and keep up with my posts because I hate feeling unproductive! The weather has been so beautiful for December, I can’t believe it. It was almost 60 today, so I was comfortable outside in just this thin peplum top, and my friend that lives just about an hour away sent me a picture tanning! Like what is this!? But hey, don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining!

So for this look I mixed this vibrant coral peplum top with my baggy black trousers. I added a little sass with my pointy toe cheetah print flats. I love these flats because they mix with so much. Not only can you mix them with solids but you can also mix them with a plethora of other patterns! I accessorized this look with my black, gold, and diamond statement necklace, my black Fossil watch, gold basket ring, and my Tory Burch aviator sunnies! This look is a really great daytime look, good for school, a lunch date, or the office! This exact top is no longer on the market, and I couldn’t find one in the same material, but I did find one in the same color but in a knit material. I also found some other great peplum tops and posted them in the links below!

//Top Option 1//Top Option 2//Top Option 3//Top Option 4//Necklace Option 1//

//Necklace Option 2//Pants//Shoes Option 1//Shoes Option 2//Sunnies//Watch//Ring//

//Naked 3 Eye Palette//Peachy Scene Lipstick//Keratin Complex Hair Treatment//

For my eyes I used the Naked 3 Palette. I have gotten so much use out of this palette I’m obsessed. I’ve had it for about a year now and I’m only now beginning to run out of some of the colors. This palette has really lasted for me and it has so many beautiful rose tones that are great for an every day make up routine! On my lips I used Peachy Scene lipstick by Maybelline. I love the Maybelline lipsticks because they are so moisturizing. Usually I try to put a moisturizing lip balm or chapstick on before I apply my lipstick, but I don’t even need to do that with this color or the other Maybelline lipsticks I have, I love them!

So, I just got my hair done yesterday, and I got this awesome Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy hair treatment! I have naturally curly, frizzy hair, and coloring it really dries it out because its so easily damaged. This treatment not only smoothes out the frizz and curl, but also makes it a million times easier to style. I haven’t had the chance to wash my hair and see how it comes out because I have to wait 72 hours, but I will definitely update you guys in my next post! For more information on this Keratin treatment click the link above!

Okay guys, so I NEED NEED NEED guesses for my Christmas Giveaway Competition! Whoever can guess what I’m giving my family for Christmas will win a special gift from yours truly! Check my previous posts for the first two clues!

The third clue is: A Giraffe would accentuate this accessory!

Good luck! You can post your guess below in a  comment or email me at delightfullydujour@gmail.com. Thanks for stopping by my site guys, it means so much and I really hope to hear from you with some competition guesses! Thanks again for stopping by and have a safe rest of your week and happy shopping!!

XOXO,

Kelly


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