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Comfortable Clothes With Cuddl Duds

Monday, November 21, 2016

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Last Saturday, the temperature in Houston dropped to 60 degrees! It wasn’t cold for my husband and other people I know, but it was for me 😉 If you are following me on Instagram, I’ve been sharing the latest pieces I’ve worn lately. I like to stay comfortable as I keep up with my busy toddlers all day, but I also want to stay stylish as much as I can. That’s what I’m loving about Cuddl Duds! They offer comfort, but also have a classic style. You can use their pieces to add layers to your wardrobe during the cool weather. Wear these when going to brunch, doing errands, meeting up with friends, etc. I wanted to share  three comfortable looks I put together that will give you confidence and style for the whole day. Mothers like us need to be stylish too, right? 😉

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This gray long-sleeve wrap keeps me warm. I wore it over a lightweight turtleneck. Checkered clothing has been a trend too this season, so I stole one of my husband’s shirts since he has ton of checkered and plaid shirts(they’ve been his favorite ever since I met him!).  Layering is great not only for style, but to keep warm.

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It’s a good thing the gray wrap  is flexible; it was able to stretch over several layers of  clothes! You can also wear this wrap for a casual look, or when dressing up at night to complete a more formal outfit. If you go to Macy’s (where it is available), you can feel for yourself just how and soft and light the fabric is.

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Houston weather is well-known for fluctuating temperatures in the fall and winter.  This is a perfect outfit for one of those days that starts out cold and ends up warm!  I paired this long-sleeve turtleneck with a skirt I got from a thrift store, then finished up with a pair of cute knee-high socks! If you live in colder climate, you can add a coat and scarf, and use a higher pair of boots.

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I mostly prefer to wear plain colors. I love how easily this simple black turtleneck goes with different outfits. It fits great with this skirt and knee-high socks. But it’s also versatile enough to use in many other settings. I plan to use it frequently at home with my kids because it is soft and comfortable.  

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Now that it’s getting colder, there are more days when the kids and I  stay at home and choose to do activities indoors. Even though I am home most of the day, I still like wearing something stylish. Like I’ve said before, dressing up each morning is a confidence and mood booster! These flexible, lightweight leggings are my current on-the-go bottoms at home, and can be used under my jeans if I need warmer clothes when I go out to do errands or bring kids to the park.

Cuddl Duds has inspired me to be both stylish and comfortable, even when I’m with my kids.  Cuddl Duds also offers a wide variety of other v-necks, hats, leggings and more.

Be sure to browse their line at the Macy’s site! Which piece will you try for this weather?

 

 

 

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Fall Style: Denim And Gray Sweater Dress

Thursday, November 17, 2016

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(white sneakers)

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I’m not sure when WAS the last time I wore a turtleneck. I don’t think I ever even had the chance to wear one when I was living in the tropical, Philippine weather. 😉 I think I might have fainted from the heat if I had… I was so excited to see this turtleneck sweater dress from TOBI. I fell in love with the simplicity of the color. I can wear this sweater dress with comfy sneakers for long walks, or booties when it’s cooler. My mother was sweet enough to let me borrow this denim jacket. Perks of having a mom with the same clothing size. The jacket gave my outfit a more casual look when paired with the sweater dress. Here are a few items that are similar to the ones in my outfits.

Denim Jacket

Sunglasses

Watch 

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I’m wearing bareMinerals Gen Nude in Swank, but you can also try this.

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How will you style this sweater dress for the fall?

I hope everyone is enjoying the weather with their friends and loved ones. Feel free to follow me on Instagram / FacebookTwitter

Have a great weekend, beauties! :)

*Sweater dress is provided by TOBI, but all opinions are honest and my own.

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Dress Outfits To Try On This Fall

Thursday, November 10, 2016

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(Similar Booties / Bethany Shift Dress / Black Strap Cami Similar)

Houston weather can be unpredictable during the fall. Sometimes it seems like it’s getting cooler and cooler. Then, all of the sudden, a warm day will pop up again. This week’s weather has been so consistently beautiful though. It’s been around a nice, cool 70°F. :) This is the time of year when I can roll down my car window and enjoy the cool breeze. That’s why, on today’s blog post, I want to share with you what I’ve loved wearing lately.

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As a mother of two toddlers, I like comfortable, simple styles to wear. This bethany shift dress from www.Tobi.com is a good example of what I like wearing for the fall season. The fabric is lightweight and perfect for this kind of weather. I like how I can wear a black camisole (similar) underneath to add a layer and help keep me warm. I know it might sound weird how I find 70-degree weather to be cold, but I come from a tropical climate. I’m starting to get used to it though. Before, I used to wear 3 layers when temps were in the 70s. My husband would laugh at me all the time. 😉 I think this shift dress is also cool to style with  black pants and a leather jacket if the weather gets colder. 

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(Wearing Alicia Shift Dress with a white camisole inside / Scarf is from a thrift store, but similar ones can be found here / Similar leggings / Keds Sneaker)

These sneakers have been another favorite of mine to wear this season, especially when I’m out with my kids. I think they’re the most comfortable shoes to wear for moms who have active toddlers like mine. I like pairing these sneakers with soft, fitted leggings, and this Alicia Shift Dress. Since the dress is lightweight, I’ll be wearing it not only this fall, but for the spring and summer too! When those warmer seasons come around, I’ll wear the dress on its own, with the sleeves rolled-up. 

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How would you want to style this red shift dress or  white shift dress for the fall?

*Shift Dresses are provided by TOBI, but all my opinions are honest and my own.

Special thanks to Sabine.

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DIY Icicle Inspired Necklace Using Hot Glue

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Learn how to create your own necklace using hot glue. This necklace was inspired by ice and the winter season, gorgeous to wear for Halloween or a costume.

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I’m thrilled to share my latest DIY today! This time it’s not for home decor, but an accessory to complete your Halloween or costume look. This necklace was inspired by ice, winter and a DIY ice queen’s crown I stumbled on at Pinterest. I saw how they made crown out of hot glue, but chose to create a necklace instead to add an accent for my neck.  I’ve been wanting to create a look like this that is mainly white in color or ice inspired. Here are the materials that I used. Most of them are from Hobby Lobby (art store).

Plastic Bowl

3-4 Glue Sticks and Glue Gun

Petroleum Jelly

Razor

Clear Nail Polish (I used Sally Hansen)

White Glitter (similar here)

Sequins

Optional: String, Needle, Rubber Band, 2 Safety Pins

(Apologies for the quality of these photos. I took them at night while my kids were in bed. 😉 )

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  1. Prepare your glue gun, glue stick, and plastic bowl. Turn on your glue gun and wait until it’s hot.
  2. While waiting for the glue gun, apply a generous amount of petroleum jelly on the surface of the bowl where you are planning to apply the hot glue. This makes the necklace easier to remove.
  3. Start applying the hot glue to the bottom part of the bowl as the foundation. I based the length of the necklace to match my jawline. Apply at least 2-3 coats of hot glue to make the foundation strong and thick. Wait a few seconds between coats. If you make a longer length necklace, you’ll able to trim it later to fit around your neck.
  4. Start on the center by letting the hot glue drip. Make sure the center is much longer than the rest of the necklace pattern, to create a nice dripping icicle shaped necklace. Create at least 2-3 coats of hot glue. Again, wait a few seconds between coats. I like to move the hot glue in random directions to create texture, so that the design is not perfectly smooth.
  5. Turn your bowl upside down and place it under the light to check if you have missed some parts, or to see if you are satisfied with the proportion of the glue drippings.
  6. When you are done, wait to dry and clean up the strands of hot glue. Carefully remove the dry glue using a cutter or razor
  7. Apply clear nail polish (same polish I used here) on top of the icicle inspired necklace. I sectioned it by 3 so the clear nail polish would still be wet for the glitter to stick on.
  8. Next, dust the white glitter over the top of the clear nail polish, to cover the surface of the hot glue-made necklace. Proceed to the next section and repeat steps #7 & #8 until you are done. To seal the glitter, wait for the nail polish to dry and re-apply clear nail polish over the top of the glitters
  9.  I used white sequins to decorate this necklace and glued them on with hot glue.
  10. I didn’t have the right string for the necklace since this was an impromptu project. Instead, I used a needle and white thread to finish this necklace. I put a rubber band on my thumb, making it easier to push the needle in both ends of the necklace. I used 2 small safety pins to attach both sides of the thread and make the necklace easy to wear. Again, I used this method only because I didn’t have the right materials, but if you can, use the right materials and tools for it. :-)

I’ll be posting a full makeup look soon that I did, inspired by ice and winter. Be sure to check them out here on my blog!

Any creative looks you are planning to do for Halloween?

By the way, for makeup bookings (in Houston) this Halloween, for parties, etc. Feel free to email me at smith.inquiries@gmail.com

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How To: Changing Lip Tone Color

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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Putting on makeup becomes more fun when I try to blend and mix colors together. One product experiment with the most is lip color. Lip liners are not only great as a base and make lipstick last longer, but they also help the lip color change tone, brightness, and darkness. I recently used this bareMinerals Gen Nude in Juju. There are some days I stick to one lip product, but want to change its tone. That’s why today, I’ll show you how I change my current favorite lip color to a different tone. It is perfect fit for this new season, fall! makeup-tricks-changing-tone-of-lipcolor-fall-winter

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1. RED LINER

I find red liner is my favorite base of all, if I want to make my natural lip product vibrant. If you have one like this just laying around, or if you are hesitant to use red lip liner, this is the perfect time to try!

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2. BROWN LINER

My current fave lip color, bareMinerals Gen Nude in Juju, has a pink tone. That’s why I decided to try a brown eyeliner to add a hint of brown tone to it. It’s not as big of a difference compared to the red liner, but I can tell that it changed the saturation when I used the brown liner as a base.

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3. BLACK LINER

I was skeptical about using black eyeliner as a base thinking it might look gothic,  mixing it with my Juju lip color. Surprisingly, I LOVE how it turned out. It created a nice Fall Season lip tone that suits my skintone. I think I’ll add more black for the base to make it look darker next time I apply my Juju lip color.

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NOTE: If you try this technique and use eye liners as a base often,  I recommend getting seperate brown or black eyeliners (or any other colored eyeliners) for the lips and eyes. You can also sanitize the eyeliners by wiping them with rubbing alcohol, letting them dry, and then sharpening them. For retractable eye liners, it’s easy to clean by wiping them with rubbing alcohol. Always make sure they are completely dry before using them on your eyes. :)

Have you tried this technique? What liner colors do you want to try?

Feel free to pin this image below :-)

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Hello Island Mama is a makeup, DIY, photography, motherhood and lifestyle blog by Em Smith. She is the mother of three boys and a wife, who loves to inspire and encourage others through her works and stories. Based in Houston, Texas. Originally from the Philippines.

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