Spring Wishlist Featuring Nordstrom

Spring Wishlist Featuring Nordstrom

It’s official, Spring is finally here! The flowers are in full bloom, which means that you can start to incorporate beautiful colors into your wardrobe. Nordstrom is always a favorite store of mine due to their endless options. This is both a blessing and a curse. I put together what Items I would enjoy wearing to start this lovely season. I have kept both the shoes and dresses some-what neutral, but this season is all about the accessories. Typical spring colors such as blush, light blues, and pastels always work for spring, but what about a statement piece? i.e. A bright red and yellow french fries bag? Its unexpected and fun. Adding a fun accessory can really make your outfit stand out! I’d love to see what is in your spring wishlist/wardrobe. Tag me @sydneymallace or use the hashtag #sydneymallace. May your spring fashion blossom!

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7 Valentine’s Day Ideas if you’re Single

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Don’t worry single ladies… I have got you covered! I have come up with a few ideas you can easily do if you still want to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but don’t have a date.

  1. Who says you can’t buy yourself flowers and chocolate? You can… and you will!
  2. Throw a singles party! Enjoy the company of your friends… No sulking allowed!
  3. Grab takeout and watch girl power movies with your best girl friends. A few of my recommendations would be: Clueless(1995), Legally Blonde(2001), Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants(2005), John Tucker Must Die(2006), and Sex and the City(2008).
  4. Treat yourself to a spa day. If you are in Arizona… The Montelucia is my absolute favorite!
  5. Call your parents! First off, wish them a Happy Valentine’s Day and secondly, they will remind you how loved and special you are!
  6. Go to a group workout class! Group workouts are awesome because you are constantly motivated and are surrounded by people who are trying to reach the same results as you.
  7. Buy yourself that gift you’ve been wanting… Self love is important!

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Roaming Through the City of Bucktown

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IMG_2377-2 IMG_2356-2Dress: Free People / Vest: Ella Moss (Nordstrom Exclusive) / Shoes: River Island / Backpack: Forever21

This past weekend was beautiful, which is not so typical during a Chicago winter… So, I decided to take full advantage of this rare occasion and head to Bucktown.

I have heard so many great things about Bucktown, and all the great things I heard were true. It is a cute and trendy area, full of unique shops, restaurants, and scenery. I had the pleasure of going with a few of my friends, and we had the best time. We walked around looking at the sceneary, stopped in a few shops, and occasionally snapped some pictures!

Onto my favorite part of this post– my outfit! All the pieces incorporated into my outfit were simple… A black dress, black tights, a vest, and some chelsea boots. The vest is definitely what made the look special. It added a contrast against the black, tied the boots into the look, and also helped me stay warm!

If you happen to stop by Bucktown or live in the area, I would love to see what your day or night consist of! Tag me @sydneymallace or use the hashtag #sydneymallace

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Randolph Street Market

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A while back, I had the chance to go the Randolph Street Market in Chicago. If you are ever in the area I highly recommend it. It was so lovely to see all the different vendors and items that were available to buy. There were vintage clothes and shoes, vinyls, books, jewelry, furniture, and so much more. Something about a flea market genuinely brings a smile to my face. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I’m surrounded by so many unique things for sale– which is good for me, but not for my wallet… Either way, strolling around the market with friends and family made for an incredible day.

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My 2016 New Year’s Outfit

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Coat: Urban Outfitters / Dress: Nasty Gal / Necklace: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Christian Louboutin (buy my pair from these photos)

Happy 2016 Lovelies! I know I’m a little late to the game… But I still want to share with you what I wore to celebrate the New Year. It wouldn’t be a “Sydney” celebration if it didn’t include at least one of my dogs, some balloons, and a fabulous pair of shoes! I saw this coat in Urban Outfitters, and immediately new that NYE would be the perfect occasion to wear it. There is something so classic about pairing a printed coat with a simple dress. This is a look anyone can put together and pull off! To make it a bit more New Year’s Eve glam, I added a necklace from Urban Outfitters and a super sparkly pair of Louboutin’s that really made the outfit pop. See how my look fully came together in My 2016 New Year’s Makeup Look. I’d love to see your New Year’s Eve outfits! Tag me @sydneymallace or use the hashtag #sydneymallace if you try this outfit for yourself or to show off how you pulled your NYE looks together!

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My 2016 New Year’s Makeup Look

There is something so glamorous about celebrating the New Year! It gives me a great excuse to pull out all of my favorite makeup products and create a dramatic look with that little extra something. This makeup look makes me feel beautiful and looks like I put hours into getting ready, but in reality it is very simple. Keep scrolling to see how I did it!

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**If you follow my blog you might remember that I did a tutorial in my Falling for this Beauty Look post, but I did something different this time.

Face: I started with my face makeup instead of my eyes. I usually start with my eyes, because fallout can occur. In this case, fallout isn’t the enemy at all! I wanted this look to be filled with lots of shimmer and I really wanted my eyes to pop, so if some sparkles from my eyes fell onto my already finished cheeks, it would have just added to the look.

Eyes:

  1. I first applied a small amount of Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer as a primer for my eyelids. Doing this will allow for my shadow to stay on longer.
  2. I then got out my favorite eye shadow palette by Mac Cosmetics EYE SHADOW X15: WARM NEUTRAL
    1. Using a MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush, the first thing I did was apply and blend the color Saddle into my crease. I use this color to add dimension to my eyes, as well as a transition color.
    2. I Then packed on Amber Lights all over my lid using a MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush.
    3. I added the color Unwind in a “>” shape to the outer corner of my eye using the MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush, and then blended that in using the MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush.
    4. Once Unwind was blended, I used the same technique to blend in the color Dance in the Dark.
    5. I took my MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush to once again blend everything together so there were no harsh lines.
    6. To finish the eye lookI used the MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush to add the color Lemon Tart to my brow bone to create a highlight effect to my eyes. Also using the color Lemon Tart, I blended that into Saddle to create a seamless finished look.

Lips:

  1. I lined my lips with a MAC 316 Lip Brush using the MAC Lipstick color Russian Red.
  2. One my lips were lined, I applied MAC Lipstick in the color Russian Red all over my lips.
Don’t forget to take a look at the outfit that goes along with this makeup look! My 2016 New Year’s Outfit. I’d love to see your makeup looks! Tag me @sydneymallace or use the hashtag #sydneymallace if you try this look for yourself, or if you want to show off your favorite glam beauty routine!

 

2016 New Year’s Resolutions

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Happy New Year Lovelies! I hope that these first days have been off to a great start. New Year means new resolutions, and I wanted to share mine with all of you. Maybe you will even be inspired and follow them yourselves. Share yours with me! Tag me @sydneymallace or use the hashtag #sydneymallace. Also, I love reading your comments, so please leave some below!

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Throwback Thursday: London Lookbook

Happy Throwback Thursday everyone! A little over a year ago, I was in London visiting my older sister Jordie, who was studying abroad for the fall semester. Considering London is always very fashion forward, I decided to pull out some of my best looks. I put together this London Lookbook video. Who knew a year could go by so fast? I hope you all enjoy! I want to see some of your #tbt looks. Tag me @sydneymallace or use the hashtag #sydneymallace.

*Due to the fact that these looks were put together about a year ago, I couldn’t find  exact items to show you, but I put together similar ones — don’t forget to check it out  below! Shop Exact & Similar Items:

Nighttime Skin Routine

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  1. I always start by removing my makeup. I use Sephora’s Triple Action Cleansing Water and 1 or 2 cotton pads.
  2. I then use the  Burt’s Bees Brightening Daily Facial Cleanser, which I am especially loving in the winter, because my skin tends to get a bit dry and this formula is cream based and extremely moisturizing.
  3. The Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick is amazing! It has a nice smell to it, it doesn’t leave a greasy residue, and it works! I apply this to any problem spots that I am having.
  4. I finish everything off by applying a nice layer of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. Unlike most moisturizers, this hydrates your skin without it feeling greasy, due to the gel based formula. This product is also great when it comes to dry skin because it’s filled with vitamins and water. Since this formula is in gel form and has hylauranic acid, it leaves your skin feeling cool and hydrated.

Sketch of the Month: December

Dress1A bit of a different post today. I decided I wanted to share with you something that truly brings me joy in life: Fashion. Specifically the first step in creating a beautiful garment, which is the sketching process. My sketches are like pieces of art to me, and I personally take a lot of time in perfecting them. I hope you all enjoy, and I would love to see and hear about your hobbies that bring you happiness in life! Tag me @sydneymallace or use the hashtag #sydneymallace.