Taylor’s Makeup For A Night Out

I’m pretty adventurous with my style, but makeup is a different story. My makeup for a night out has remained the same for a while now—I stick with a versatile look that works with whatever I’m wearing. I keep it simple and avoid using too much, sticking to the idea of ‘less is more’. I have my handful of trusty go-to picks—and by not overusing them, I have mastered my makeup for a night out!

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I always start with my eyes first. When I go out, I like to make them the most dramatic. A smokey eye palette like Too Faced Smokey Eye Shadow Collection always manages to make my blue eyes pop. I use Smashbox Definer Brush #15 for the crease, and Laura Mercier Eye Colour Brush for my eyelids. Then I apply Sephora Collection Color Proof Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black along the edge of my upper and lower eyelids, making sure to apply a little more at the creases. My eyelashes are hard to curl, so I started using Maybelline Volum’ Express: The Big Eyes Washable Mascara in Brownish Black. There is a two-in-one brush for the lower and upper lashes—the lower separates your eyelashes and reduces clumps, and the upper creates a great curve from the inner to outer lashes.

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How To Decorate Your Home With Crystals

I never gave too much thought to the energy of spaces until I shared a very cramped bedroom with my partner. Since moving into our own apartment in Dallas about a year ago, I couldn’t believe how quickly our moods and relationship turned around. Sure, it helped to have a bigger space and a little more privacy, but the natural light and shift in energy really helped to heal and solidify our relationship.

Since moving into our present apartment, I’ve been doing a lot of research into simple ways to make our space even more energizing and relaxing. I had started collecting crystals and stones because I loved their unique colors and textures. After reading about their uses and the benefits they can add to a shared space, I began reading more about Feng Shui.

Here are a few of my favorite crystal pieces that add some texture and perfect pops of color to the home:

1. Small Acrylic Box with Citrine, One Kings Lane | 2. Agate Coasters, Kate Spade Saturday | 3. Amethyst Votive Holder, West Elm | 4. Rose Quartz Bookends, High Street Market | 5. Druzy Quartz Knobs, Anthropologie

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8 Scented Candles You Need (And When To Use Them)

Scents stimulate the human mind in many ways—they can create memories, shift moods and improve your mental and physical health. There is a reason why people have been using these scents for centuries! Here are a few beneficial scents and when to use them…

1. Light a lavender-scented candle to help you relax, especially before you go to bed. The scent is famous for reducing anxiety and increasing drowsiness. It is extremely popular in all age groups from infants to the elderly!

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7 Wardrobe Rules For Working In Retail

Working in retail, I learned a lot of things first-hand (and often, the hard way). Here are some great wardrobe rules to follow if you’re working in the retail world…

1. Always bring a pair of flats

Depending on the retail environment, it may seem like all of the other women there are painlessly walking around in pumps. While it can certainly make an outfit look more put-together and polished, this will wreak havoc on your feet. If you’d like to wear a heeled shoe to work, always make sure to bring a back-up pair of flats. There’s nothing worse than being stuck on the sales floor when your feet are achy and swollen—not only will it cause a ton of health problems, but it will definitely slow down your productivity, too.

2. Keep a Tide pen or Shout wipe handy.

It never fails—if I’m wearing a light-colored top or dress, I’m going to get something on it. Thankfully, I’ve had too many stains in the past that I’ve learned my lesson on carrying Shout wipes and Tide pens. Even if you’re a pro at wearing white, you or a clumsy co-worker will be glad you stashed these in your purse.

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10 Summer Trends I’m Not Ready To Retire Just Yet

As August approaches, I can’t help but to think of going back to school and the upcoming fall months. While spring and fall are my two favorite seasons, it’s usually upsetting to put my summer wardrobe away in exchange for layers and chunky sweaters. This year, I’ve been a huge fan of the major summer trends in magazines, stores and runways. From Birkenstocks to monochromatic outfits and bold lips, here are my favorite trends of the summer that I’m not ready to put in the fashion archive just yet…

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1. Kimonos

After becoming a festival fashion staple, this summer became all about the kimono. It’s a perfect lightweight layer that looks great with high-waisted shorts for a casual day and layers perfectly with a bathing suit on the beach! I also love the variety of color and prints that come with kimonos—they’re the perfect way to add some pop into a summer outfit.

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12 Ways To Style In-Between Length Hair

I recently parted with my long locks and dead ends, and now happily sport a shoulder-length bob. While I miss my longer hair sometimes, this new length is very versatile. If you’re contemplating making the change to in-between length hair, here are ten easy ways to style it!

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1. Wear it half-up, half-down. This can be easily doubled as a casual day look and elegant night style.

2. Braid your hair into a headband! There are tons of tutorials to achieve the same look, but my favorite one can be found here.

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The 4 Essential Jeans (And How To Style Them!)

My job at Madewell has really taught me a lot about the modern woman’s wardrobe. What I’ve discovered to be especially crucial is the denim choices. I’ve become an expert on Madewell’s denim bar — the skinny skinny jeans, the skinny skinny crop, the boy jean, the denim legging… for all of the above, I have a comprehensive knowledge on how they fit, how they feel, how they stretch, and how they work for everyone’s body types. I thought I’d throw together an easy-to-reference, go-to list of the four essential jeans for every woman, and how to style them!

T H E  C L A S S I C  S K I N N Y

Any woman’s go-to denim is the skinny jean. Go to a store like Madewell, JCrew, or Free People to take serious time and find your exact size and the particular style of skinny that works for your body. There is nothing better than finally finding that perfect pair, turning to the stylist, and saying: “I’ll take one in every color!”

Skinnies are great for any occasion, and can very easily be dressed up or down. I love pairing them with an oversized tee or sweater, and with a statement shoe (whether it’s a heel, sandal, or sneaker is totally up to you!). Playing with proportion is key, and is what makes a memorable outfit. Because skinnies are obviously more form-fitting, try a platform heel, large sweater, or oversized jacket. Use accessories to add in a pop of color or an alternative texture — if you allow the oversized top or cool shoes to also add in that extra color, the piece will become too much and overpower the outfit. Try to strike a balance with the different elements of the look!

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