Fashion Love Fragance

4l0b8542I’ve been blasting the news to everyone, and realized I never told my blogger babes, that this Friday, Dec 2, my good friend and fellow fashionista Beth and I will be hosting a holiday event with Saks Fifth Avenue Indianapolis!! This is a night you don’t want to miss, and I wish I could virtually take you all with me, but if you are local this is what the night will entail…..


  • Holiday styling tips, and winter trends brought to you by yours truly and miss Beth Chappo of  s e e r s u c k e r + s a d d l e s.
  • a blow out bar by G Michael salon
  • festive cocktails made by Simplicity cold pressed Juices
  • makeup touch ups by the Saks beauty team
  • swag bags for each guest
  • a fragrance sampling bar
  • multiple giveaways throughout the night




Gals, I mean it when I say Saks is going all out on this! I know we all have busy schedules this time of year, but come treat yourself to a girls night out that you won’t regret. Grab some girl friends and make a night of it, this Friday from 6:00-9:00 pm.  Oh, and you might just catch me on the news chatting more about event details friday morning over on Indy Style channel. I’m serious when I say, you will be sad to miss out on such a fun night, so let’s kick off the holiday shopping season together!! I’d love to meet a bunch of you, and talk styling and makeup tips.






Mandy’s Outfit >>> top. velvet pants. shoes. sunnies

Beth’s Outfit >>> dress. booties. sunnies. bag


Photos by: Meagan Gilbert 


Tis the season for Plaid!

I love plaid, and I love pink, so you can only guess how excited I was to find this perfect button up at h&m the other day. It’s so soft, and a perfect fit. I find myself working lots of outfits around this staple piece. It can be worn so many different ways, and with so many different color pallets!! Check out a few ways I styled it below. And also this carmel colored cotton dress!!!! It’s a must girls.


Hot or Not ~ fall ’16

** disclaimer** Just my opinions on styles you should snag and trends that have gone stale. As always I recommend only splurging on trends you LOVE, or the ones you know are hanging around for a while. Test the waters with some quality knock off pieces first and gradually work in designer pieces. For example denim- splurge, Sunnies- save. Nordstrom is always a great place for all price ranges!

Button front skirtsHOT

Denim leggings– not.

I’m not taking about the ever popular, super soft, almost real denim jeggings. More those elastic waist pull up denim fakers.

Oversized topsHOT.                                            

Raid your man’s closet!

Sew on patchesHOT.

Especially on those oversized tops.

Denim with fringeHOT.                                                                                                                    

Give me all the fringe!

Cotton maxi skirts– not

Tribal print– not.

Easy on the printed cardis and ponchos people.


Try built in chokers for even more glam look.

Excessive rufflesHOT

Cropped jackets– not.

Cropped jackets cut women off at the worst part on their body. Especially if not worn with something high waisted.

Rounded toe pumps– not


Cropped wide leg pantsHOT

Top knots – not

Now I’m not saying don’t ever put your hair in a top knot, but these days le top knot has become more of a lazy sweatpant style, and overall less chic.

Cheap faux leather – not

I’m all about vegan leather, but make sure you are getting good quality. Nothing is worse that a bomber jacket with cracked leather or glossy film.

Dusty pinkHOT.                                                                                                                          

Threads, shoes, bags, and lips. Just can’t get enough!

Peep toe bootiesHOT

Black blazers– not

Unless you are a business professional this should not be in your wardrobe. And by all means please avoid animal print and blazers.

Cork wedges– not

Bleached ends– not.

Instead go for a more natural sombre (soft ombré) look.

 All photos from Pinterest

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Summer Beauty List



We made it to mid summer! The part where the heat is not so welcoming, but more of a daunting reality. You may be in full on survival mode at this point and honestly the heat isn’t leaving us anytime soon.  But have hope,  just because you are hot and sticky doesn’t mean you have to look a “hot mess”.  I have compiled a list of summer beauty products that will give you that effortless summer glow.


1. Chanel Le Blanc face primer– This product is a double whammy. Not only does this gorgeous primer give your face the perfect amount of natural shimmer or youthful glow, but it protects with spf 40! Now in two shades pink and gold. Use after skincare, and right before tinted moisturizer.

Also don’t skip the Chanel Hydra Beauty flash cream. An instantly hydrating perfecting balm. This on-the-go moisturizer combines Camellia Alba PFA with the hydrating power of shea butter and moringa butter for an immediate smoothing effect. Soft-focus powders and pearly particles visibly diminish the appearance of skin imperfections by creating an even texture with less visible pores. Use before makeup or even as a refresher on top of makeup later in the day.


2.  Rodan & Fields foaming sunless tanner. This stuff is a dream and only $24. No more mixing harsh colored tanners in with your lotion or needing to wear gloves. This foam gives the perfect application every time. After just two uses you will see a nice color change in your skin. Self tanners also protect the skin against sunburn so mix this product in with natural exposure to the sun and your skin will look perfect and stay healthy all summer long.

(There is a slight slight smell associated with this product, but way less than any others I’ve tried and it vanishes fast.  Also I did start to see an orange hue to the skin after multiple applications but one trip to the pool and it was all evened out to the perfect summer tan with no damage to my skin!!!)

Because you shouldn’t use sunless tanning products without exfoliating first try Rodan & Fields micro derm paste. A very unique concept of and oil free paste that gently exfoliates leaving skin silky smooth. Use on dry skin.




3. Tom Ford Soleil Blanc shimmering body oil makes me Oh so Happy! Inspired by remote private islands where summer lasts all year and one day blends seamlessly into the next, Soleil Blanc is an addictive solar floral amber with notes of Cardamom Oil, Bergamot, Benzoin Extract, Coco de Mer, Pistachio. This silky and lightweight oil illuminates the skin with shimmers of gold and platinum leaf. The captivating Soleil Blanc leaves the sultry effect of sunkissed summer skin and tempts the senses with a fragrance of scorching sensuality. A must have!!



4. Giorgio Armani Crema Nuda tinted cream.  At a staggering price of $200 per jar you may be thinking what is all the fuss about. Well let me tell you this award winning product will have you hooked at first touch. Crema Nuda is a premium care complexion perfector with performance power that surpasses both a bb and cc cream, making it a new generation of tinted cream. The multitasking product treats, corrects and blurs the complexion with a formula infused with the reviscentalis resurrection plant, enabling the cream to improve skin radiance and reveal a younger-looking complexion. Don’t take my word for it. Ask for a sample and I guarantee you will be figuring out ways to splurge!



5. Dior glow lip and cheek. The whole line of Dior glow has all the heart eyes from me. These products pair perfectly with sweaty summer skin and their gel like texture is a refreshing extra.  This product is a cheek and lip tint that brings out your own natural radiance with a custom rosy glow. Number six boasts more from the amazing Dior glow line. Try also the nail glow for the perfect pinky effortless nails.




6. A pomade for the lips?! Heck yes. Dior lip glow pomade is an intensive lip care product with a natural, self-adjusting, rosy tint. Pair with the lip glow liner for the perfect defined pink lips. Dior’s original lip glow sticks come in two shades or light rosy and coral. They are sheer chapstick like sticks that enhance your natural lip shade. These are a long time favorite of mine.



7. Anastasia Beverly Hills waterproof dip brow. We all want those perfectly filled in brows, but who wants to worry about ruining them poolside? This creamy, multitasking product glides on skin and hair smoothly to create clean, defined brows. The standout formula works as a brow primer and provides color, sculpture, and shading. With 11 different shades to choose from you are sure to find your perfect match.


8. Dior glow Maximizer. A versatile primer that amplifies skin’s natural radiance for a beautifully luminous effect. Very similar to the Chanel primer only this one does not have an spf, and I use it more as a highlight to the skin on top of foundation. This primer instantly brightens dull complexions, sculpts the face, and amplifies the skin’s natural light for spectacular radiance. Use it alone or mix it with foundation to boost radiance.

Give me all the florals

Ok not really. If my whole wardrobe was florals that might be a bit much ha! But late spring early summer I do love to mix this pattern in. Have you guys heard of the brand Miss Selfridge?! I’ve been loving their pieces lately. Great quality and all around $100. Perfect occasion pieces in my opinion.

These pieces are no brainers. So simple and no styling involved except picking out accessories.


And then mom duties call and I switch out to flats. So versitle! I love it.

Romper. Clutch. Shoes. Dress.




My skincare routine

I’m going to go out on a limb and say most women (people) are very curious about skincare. I get asked a lot and I mean A LOT of questions about it. What brand do I use, what is the difference between a serum and a moisturizer, would I like to join their skincare business, the list goes on and on. Women want to have their best skin, but most don’t want to put in much effort to achieve it. Unfortunately it is one of those areas in life where you get out of it what you put in.  Once you find a skincare regiment that suites you it will become part of your every day life. There is no going back to,” Oh I just use olive oil on my face”. ahhh!!!! Maybe you are just lacking knowledge, and you need a nudge in the right direction. I am here to help. Not that you have to use what I use, but at least you can get a taste of what a routine looks like.

So I’ve made a super awkward video of myself trying to explain what I use on a daily basis. Do these videos ever get easier to make?! ha! I mean talking to a computer, trying to remember all the info you want to share, and looking cute doing it is a major challenge for me. But I did it, for you, so you’re welcome.



One thing to keep in mind when applying products is always go from thinnest to thickest in texture. Here is a written out step by step of my daily routine.

  1. Cleanse
  2. Tone
  3. Serum
  4. Eye serum
  5. Eye cream
  6. Face cream


Here are some of the products I am currently using, and then some other brands I have used in the past and loved. I have a post all about moisturizers in the works too so we can talk more in depth on finding what is perfect for your skin.


Makeup wipes. Chanel toner. Dior XP line. Nars exfoliator. Chanel Resynchronizing system. 

Chanel Hydra Beauty- Micro serum, gel cream, micro eye and hydra beauty flash.


Nars skincare

Kiehls- Powerful strength line reducing concentrateUltra facial cream, creamy eye treatment with avacado


Eva NYC {hair}

Eva NYC is a company thriving in the heart of New York city. They are inspired by everything that encompasses the New York lifestyle. Fashion, food, fitness, travel. They have somehow managed to give their customers the best of both worlds; a great quality product at a very affordable price. And that price point is about to get even better…


This desirable hair care line is set to launch next week at your local Costco! You will then be able to buy a liter bottle of shampoo and conditioner for only $9.99 each!!! wowza! Included in the launch will also be their amazing dry shampoo. Gosh I love this stuff, and it’s especially great for girls with bangs.


Ok so I’ve bragged about the price point, but have you seen the packaging?! These pink bottles make my shower so happy. I am a sucker for aesthetics, and the smell, yep it’s pretty amazing too. There is just too much to love about these products. Here is a little bit of more detailed info.

CLEAN IT UP SHAMPOO CLEANSE – RESTORE – NOURISH PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Eva NYC Clean It Up Shampoo cleanses and clarifies while infusing hair with vitamins, nutrients, and proteins. This lathery formula helps nourish and strengthen hair leaving it soft, manageable and voluminous.

KEY SELLING POINT: “The Eva NYC Clean It Up Shampoo is a daily shampoo that is infused with Keravis Protein & Argan Oil, and is clinically proven to TRIPLE the strength of hair.”

KEY INGREDIENTS: Keravis Protein Moisturizes and strengthens

 Keravis protein is a copolymer of hydrolyzed vegetable protein & silicone

 It has been clinically proven to increase strength and elasticity of both normal and damaged hair Argan Oil Nourishes, protects and repairs

 Argan Oil is a rich source of antioxidants and fatty acids and is valued for its nutritive, cosmetic, and medicinal purposes

 Argan Oil is packed with Vitamins A & E which help to nourish and protect hair, skin and nails

Best part is there are no parabens, artificial coloring, or animal testing done on these products. And in the dry shampoo, no sulfates, sodium chloride, aluminum, talc, or white residue!


I had to share this cute little blip I found describing an Eva girl.

WHO IS EVA? Eva is our go-to girl. A New Yorker who knows what she wants and won’t stop until she gets it. Eva’s the girl everyone wants to be best friends with. She is reliable, fashionable, and full of sass! She is the #queen of social media, trend-savvy, and knows cool before it’s cool. Eva’s a risk-taker in both life and style; always ready for an adventure without a hair out of place. In truth, Eva is a little bit of all of us. From girly and feminine, to bold and fearless– Eva is our girl.



Official Costco launch is Feb 15. You’re welcome!  For other amazing products check out their website for a list of retailers.