Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spring always excites me because I get to feel extra girly in beautiful prints and flowy fabrics! I come from a family of all sisters, so you can say that I am the ultimate girly girl! I love to wear things that make me look and feel pretty, and floral prints definitely make that possible!  

Urban Outfitters Kimchi Romper (Similar here & here)
H&M Pleated Skirt (Similar here & here)
Jeffrey Campbell Wedge Sandal / Madewell Holepunch Tote

Soft pastels and an abundance of floral motif's is what you'll be seeing a lot of this Spring! I love the way the floral's are carried throughout the entire fabric, portraying a feminine and flirty look. These tops are gorgeous on their own, so keeping the rest of the look minimal is the way I'd go. Dainty jewelry and your favorite tote, you'll be set to go for the day!

I'm happy to report that my beloved tote bag from Madewell is back in stock! It sold out pretty quickly over the summer and they decided to bring it back for Spring! The holepunch detail adds the prettiest look to a classic tote and it's great for everyday. I love it so much - it's a must have for sure! 

And would you have guessed that the top I'm wearing is actually a romper? I loved the print and style of this romper so much from Urban Outfitters, that I thought it would make the perfect "top" with this flowy H&M skirt. It's a great option if you want to get some use out of your summer rompers. 

Here are some other floral tops that I've been eyeing lately, and I hope to pick up a couple very soon. So, what do you think about the floral motif trend for Spring?! What styles are you looking forward to wearing this season?! I'd love for you to share them in the comments below!

1. Topshop Floral Trumpet Blouse / 2. Loft Vine Blouse
3. Soft Floral Top from Anthropologie / 4. Zara Printed Shirt


Warmly ~

Spring Off the Shoulder Dress

Monday, March 20, 2017

March has turned out to be quite the wedding month with two on my schedule to attend! Outdoor weddings are best because they give you the chance to be more free with color and playful silhouettes!

Mona Off-The Shoulder Dress from Anthropologie
Tassel Earrings (Similar here)

While doing a little dress shopping for an upcoming wedding this month, I came across this gorgeous off-the-shoulder dress from Anthropologie. I was immediately taken by this pretty berry shade and the romantic off-the-shoulder style, fit for a wedding celebration. I also love the way the gathered trim across my shoulders highlights my decollete. Not only could I wear it for the wedding,  but I could also see this being a beautiful dress for future events or on a special date night with the hubby. Bow mules, like these here and here, would make the loveliest look for something a bit more casual.

This dress is also available in black and is truly a great option for many occasions! It's incredibly comfortable and I look forward to wearing it more in the Spring & Summer months! Easter or Mother's Day perhaps.

But for the upcoming wedding, I will go with a stunning pair of tassel earrings from Nordstrom, that are inspired by Oscar de la Renta's tassel drops earrings. With small beading throughout, they'll surely catch the light beautifully through my hair. So what do you think of this look?! I hope you love it as much as I do and have a great week lovelies! Chat again soon!

Warmly ~  


Monday, March 13, 2017

I've always been a fan of cream foundations, for it's natural finish and light weight feel. Tom Ford foundations, along with the Hourglass Vanishing Foundation Stick are among my favorites, providing medium to full coverage that lasts all day. So, when the Dior Totale Dreamskin Cushion launched, I was eager to give it a try, as it appeared to have that same natural finish, but with added skincare benefits! I was very much on board with that!  As a mom of two, a one-and-done product is essential, as you want your foundation to be effortless and portable for touch-ups on the go.   

The Dior cushion is marketed as a tinted skincare cushion that perfects your skin by blurring imperfections, minimizing pores and signs of aging, while protecting your skin with SPF 50.  It provides a luminous finish and is infused with two exclusive ingredients from the Dior Gardens - longoza and opilia that work to combat against wrinkles, dark spots, and minor redness. 

Since it is a tinted skincare formula, sheer to light-medium coverage (at most), is what you will achieve with this cushion.  I do have normal to dry skin with an occasional blemish or two, so I was content with light coverage that would even out my skin tone.  This cushion provided just that with one application using the sponge included.  For additional coverage, I use a dense round brush to stipple onto any additional redness that needs blurring. The end result was a your skin but better appearance with my freckles still peeking through. After applying the new Nars soft matte concealer under my eyes and a light dusting of translucent power by Laura Mercier, my base was complete and good to go for the rest of the day.

I was pleasantly surprised that I maintained a radiant glow that never felt oily. I did touch up with powder at the 4 hour mark around my t-zone and the product surprisingly stayed put with my bronzer, blush & highlighter still intact. This cushion retails for $82, but it does come with one refill.  To help justify the price, this cushion is essentially a serum, tinted moisturizer, and SPF all in one, which are pretty pricey sold separately.


If you are on the search for a product with many uses, then this is definitely one to consider. I truly do appreciate days when I wear this because my makeup routine is cut down significantly. For busy gals such as myself or for days at the gym, this can actually be a god send! You can skip out on the separate anti-aging serum & SPF and move straight to primer and this cushion.

As a helpful tip, this cushion works best with the Dreamskin Perfect Skin Creator, which acts as a primer to be used in conjunction with this Dior cushion. Together your skin is left with a poreless, radiant, and youthful appearance. I get the most compliments when I wear this combo. However, both are a steep price and found that smoothing primers, like Benefit's POREfessional and Hourglass's Veil Mineral Primer were pretty comparable alternatives.

So, do give it a try!  With it's light coverage, the 4 shades available are very forgiving.  I use 020 for light-medium to medium skin tones, but I did sample 030, which is best for medium tan skin. I hope this helps gauge the color spectrum when deciding on a color match. So, do I recommend it?! If the budget allows, then absolutely! Let your natural beauty shine through friends!

Warmly ~ 

Pomegranate Red + Florals

Friday, March 10, 2017

Bright reds and pinks are popping up in many of my favorite stores, and although these are quite the statement colors, they look so beautiful with floral dresses, light blues, and muted pinks! You'll be surprised how lovely a pomegranate red or a bright magenta pink goes with much of your Spring wardrobe. I'm not usually one to wear tons of vibrant shades, but I thought Spring was certainly the season to do it!

Target Marcella Block Heels // Anthropologie Floral Dress - Old 
(Similar Styles here, here, herehere)
Flora by Gucci Perfume - Limited Edition

These pomegranate red block heels from Target immediately took my interest, as it reminded me of a gorgeous Mulberry handbag that I've been eyeing for weeks. So, after coming across these pretties, I knew these heels were the next best thing! I've actually seen version's of this shoe for twice the price and I think these are a much better choice, with more color options for right under $28! So, feel free to choose the pair that fits your style! Nude is next on my list!   

So what do you think of these cute heels?  Is this a color you can see yourself wearing in the upcoming months? I'm currently on the hunt for a rosie pink dress to pair with these heels, but for now, this floral dress from Anthropologie will happily take it's place. Til next time ... xo

Warmly ~   

The Art of Shopping Vintage

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

I first started vintage shopping back in 2011, when I launched my decor shop, Pretty with Sprinkles. It's now become one of my favorite things to do, as a fun outing with the family, as well as a place to gain inspiration for the events and interiors that I style. 

With antiques becoming more popular, thanks to the Modern Farmhouse trend and vintage inspired home goods from Anthropologie, it leaves many wondering how to shop vintage. Where do you go? What do you look for and how do you incorporate it into your space? I've really developed an art for vintage shopping and these are a few tips that will help you find the perfect vintage pieces!

1. Start small by visiting local thrift stores for small items. Brass goblets, trinket dishes, candle holders, and frames would all make pretty additions to your coffee table, bar cart, and on your dresser. Check out my "Pretty Places for Your Jewels" post (here), showcasing some of these in action.

Etsy is also a great online resource for finding vintage goods. I purchased blush wine glasses, books, as well as a peach suitcase from many great shops.

2. Attend Flea Markets. I adore Flea Markets, like Vintique Flea, held every few months showcasing special vintage pieces from a variety of vendors. Vintage fashion accessories to vintage mirrors and treasures from all over the world, it's an event you definitely don't want to miss. Some of my best finds came from these markets.

3. Vintage goods are cheaper than vintage inspired goods. You'll find that some vintage inspired decor can be pretty pricey, made in poor quality. If you find an item that looks just like what you see in your favorite magazines or stores, then you're in luck! You get the original version that's most likely hand crafted, at a lower price tag.    

4. What to look for. When shopping vintage, I try to narrow it down to brass, silver, wood, and weathered metal. If they have one of these characteristics, I'm interested. From there, look for unique details (ex. lace or floral designs like you see in the lantern above). Last year, I purchased a pair of floral buckets that were originally from a floral shop in France. They were rusted in the loveliest way, telling it's story of a once vessel for exquisite flowers. A few rust and patina marks add charm, so it's all personal preference with how aged you want your finds to be.

5. Items worth shopping for.  Other than the smaller goods I mentioned, here are some other items worth looking for:
A Place for your Blooms: Galvanized buckets, planters & vases to house flowers and small plants around your space.
Larger Items: Wooden benches, garden stands, old doors, chairs, gold mirrors, desks and dressers.

If it doesn't have a function, but you just love the look of it, like this mint antique below, I say go for it!  Let it be a statement piece to be admired. 

Incorporate vintage pieces in small doses at first, offsetting them with more modern day decor to keep things looking current & beautiful. Vintage pieces look their best when married with other styles. All in all, just have fun and enjoy the day! It's all about the experience and admiring beautiful things from the past.

Warmly ~

GRWM {Makeup + Fashion}

Friday, March 3, 2017

It's Friday with beautiful skies & the sun is shining through the windows! That means I'll be heading out the door for brunch soon, making it the perfect opportunity to share my Friday Favorites in a "Get Ready with Me" sorta fashion. Yay, I'm pretty excited about this one!

As you may know, I've been relying on my trusty Tom Ford Seductive Rose eye shadow palette for everyday. Two shadows, topped with a glitter celestial, makes for a quick and effortless look. But of course, all you really need is a light shimmer shade, a darker matte shade, and a glitter topper. I do like a cut-crease look at times, but I went back to an old technique that I think really looks amazing on all eye shapes. This is how I get the look ...

1. With a large fluffy brush, put the lightest shimmer shade all over your entire lid and along the bottom lash line to brighten up your eyes.
2. Then with a light hand, take a bit of the darker shadow and add that to the outer corner of your eye, using a smaller blending brush. Lightly feather the color into the center of your lid and into your crease, to create a gradient effect.  Sometimes I take it in further, just avoiding the inner third of the eye. 
3. Lastly, take the glitter and press it onto the center of the lid, spreading outward using your ring finger. Tom Ford celestial's are the best, but I also enjoy using pressed glitter from Charlotte Tillbury, Bobbi Brown, and Loreal's Infallible Eyeshadow, an excellent drugstore option.
4. It's a soft and romantic look that you can leave "as is", but for today's look, I later added my favorite liquid eyeliner by Stila.

While doing my makeup, you'll likely catch me watching my favorite YouTuber's or listening to my current music fave's: Down by Marian Hill, Million Reason's by Lady Gaga, and That's What I Like by Bruno Mars.  For an instant pick-me up that will send you dancing across your room, listen to Hand Clap by Fitz & Tantrum's. Oh no, I think I just busted out with some power dancer moves. ;) 

Free People Ankle Sandal
Seychelles Radical Heels // Jeffrey Campbell Buffy Heels 
Jeffrey Campbell Purdy Block Heels

I'll be having brunch in Tomball, Texas, which is a place I really like hanging out in! I love town's like this, as it reminds me of a Northern Bay Area town in California that I grew up in during my teen days. Charming houses, vintage-style street lights, and darling boutiques, I could spend the whole day here!

For today's outfit, I picked up these strappy heels on sale last year from Anthropologie and they couldn't be more perfect. When I wish for accessories to be the highlight of the show, I opt for a subdued monochrome look. Here, I went with shades of white and this outfit ended up being a beautiful backdrop for my accessories. I kept things airy with this Juliet style top and an a-line skirt that dances in the wind. Curled hair with my favorite gold earrings, and a vintage rhinestone hair clip like this, creates the dreamiest of looks.

Who knows, after brunch I might do a little vintage shopping or check out this cute little clothing boutique that just opened. What are your plans for the weekend?! I hope they're absolutely wonderful and I can't wait to chat with you again soon!

Warmly ~

by mlekoshi