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Lorraine is a style obsessed mama to two young kids, a wife to a supportive husband and a family photographer. Lorraine graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006, with a degree in advertising photography. She enjoys quiet moments, silly kids, clothes, shoes, coffee and a little wine too. Can't get enough of her here on FredParent? Check out her personal blog: Rain in Style.

 

Rain in Style

Mom’s New Look: A Beauty Product Rundown

Moms. We have the hardest, most rewarding job ever, am I right? So, it’s only fitting we give ourselves a little special attention. After all, we grew and birthed these tiny humans. Let’s take a side step from style this month and talk about beauty and skincare with a rundown of what I use and love. And since we all like to have options (hello, shoe collection), I'll list both high and low price point products for you to try.

Skin Care

I use Rodan & Fields' UNBLEMISH and REDEFINE lines. I've used it for over four years and it’s the only product I tried that got rid of my adult acne. It's pricey, but worth it. I have also heard great things about Plexus’ Joyōme. For lower price points, try L'Oréal Age Perfect. I also love Perfectly Posh products, especially their hand lotions.

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Priming and Setting Sprays

Y’all, I swear by these sprays from Urban Decay. You can find them at Ulta. Use both and pray the Southern humidity doesn’t win. You can also try NYX brand, a decent option at a lower price. Look for it—and NYX’s setting powder, which I also like—at Target.

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Foundation

I'm a big fan of the IT cosmetics line, so naturally I use their Your Skin But Better foundation. I love that it's lightweight but covers well. For a lower priced option, try L’Oréal or Revlon's foundations.

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Under Eye Concealer

Again, I go with IT Cosmetics' Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer. I have found it covers the best for my tired mom eyes. Don’t be alarmed by the tiny tube it comes in—a little bit goes a long way. You can also try Tarte Shape Tape, which is also a bit of under eye magic. Both are well worth the money. If I were to buy only one higher end makeup product, it would be an excellent under eye concealer.

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Eye Shadow and Liner

I am still on the Maybelline and Revlon train for eye shadow. I love Maybelline’s The Rock Nudes palette. I also love Wet n Wild’s liquid eye liner. However, for a higher end option, check out Urban Decay or Bare Minerals for a natural choice.

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Mascara

I recently switched over to a higher end formula from IT Cosmetics and I love it! I like to think it helps me look like I actually have eyelashes. Other lower priced options are Almay and Revlon. Almay is great for sensitive eyes.

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Lip Gloss

I love lip gloss. Bare Minerals has great choices for a higher quality product. Wet n Wild and NYX are my go-to for lower end lip color.

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IT Cosmetics, Tarte, NYX and Urban Decay are all cruelty-free brands. For more information and a more detailed listing of cruelty-free brands, go to Crueltyfreekitty.com.

Pro Tip: If you want to try products from a variety of brands to see which works for you, look into getting a subscription service for makeup like IPSY (ipsy.com) or Birchbox (birchbox.com).

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Hello Yellow

Do you have a color that you just don't wear? I do...actually I have several. Yellow and purple are at the top of the list. However, i've come to appreciate yellow for all of its cheeriness and sunny vibe. Besides, yellow is a hit trendy color for spring/summer, so it must be good, right? Well, that's not always true, but I feel like it just might be a great time to give the color another try. If you look at any trendy clothing store and search for yellow, you will surely find quite a few options. Take Francescas, for instance, simply search for "yellow"...

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            (all images from www.francescas.com

 

 The first thing to consider is the shade of yellow. Just like with any other color, yellow has a lot of variations. Some say that us pale girls should wear mustard yellow and pale yellow, but I'm more of a rule breaker. I say, go with a shade that looks good on you, that you like on you. I do not like pale yellow on me. It might be because of my very dark hair, but I feel like it washes me out. I prefer sunny yellow and mustard.

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Styling your little bit of yellow joy is easier than you think. Of course, yellow can be worn with denim (try white denim for a fresh look!) If you want to spice it up some (because yasss) try using your accessories to contrast it with other colors, like I did in the outfit above. But what colors can you wear with yellow? Well, for a bit of color theory, take a look at the color wheel below...

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Personally, I only like yellow with one of the shades from the primary color scheme. That means any of the shades in the blue-green to blue violet range or red violet to red orange range. So, consider your shade of yellow though when trying to contrast with it. A bright sunny yellow might look best with blue green or red violet. Mustard yellow would look great with a plum color.

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Not into that much color? No worries, try yellow with pretty much any neutral color. White, grey, black, and navy all look great with yellow.  

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(Images and clothing from www.thredup.com

 

So are you ready to give this sunny, trendy color a try? I say yes! Go and grab some yellow and rock the heck out of that. Who knows, maybe it's just that little bit of cheer that you need for the day.  After all, yellow does evoke positive vibes.  

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-xo

 

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Style Hacks

We all love a good hack don't we? I know I do, especially when it involves fashion. So, I thought for this week, I would share with you a few easy style hacks that I know and use.  Grab yourself a cup of coffee and let's chat.  

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I often get asked, and yes, even critized, about my shoe choices.  I wear heels, we all know this, I wear them almost everyday.  So, it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that I have a trick up my sleeve to make some of them more comfortable.  Ready for this?  Moleskin. Ok, hang on, it's not actually the skin of a mole, that would be cruel.  Moleskin is a heavier cotton fabric that is a bit fuzzy and soft (like velvet but not as thick).  For shoes, it comes with an adhesive backing and you can apply it where ever your shoes rub.  It's thin enough that it can't be seen, but adds a lot of needed comfort.  You can of course find it on Amazon, here, but I buy mine at Target, look where they keep the shoe inserts.  

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Next up, let's talk about off the shoulder tops.  Did you know that there is a trick to keeping the top from riding up on your arms?  It's true!  Check out this youtube tutorial, here, to see how it works.  it's an easy fix for an annoying problem, am I right?  Personally, I love off the shoulder tops, so this style hack had me at hello. 

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 I have one word for you that can solve so many style problems...tape.  Well, to be specific, double sided fashion tape.  I use this stuff all the time.  If you have a top that is low cut and you want to be sure it stays in place...tape! If you have a button down shirt that gaps...tape! I have even used it to hold a hem up that had come undone.   

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Tape even works with a jumpsuit, or romper that has a plunge neckline.  Why do I mention this? Because with jumpsuits and rompers, you have to pull the entire thing down to use the bathroom, which means you will have to untape it each time.  I can tell you from experience that the tape will be sticky for up to three bathroom visits, after that you will probably have to retape. I even used it to close up a neckline of one my dresses, when I failed to realize the snap was missing. It is VERY handy stuff. You can find fashion tape on Amazon, here.  

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So don't be afraid of clothes that might seem a bit difficult to wear, there's probably an app...I mean hack for that. See what I did there? LOL.  Oh, and don't forget to check out the April edition of Fredericksburg Parent magazine. My column is all about what is hot for spring.  If you aren't local, you can find the digital version, here

 

Be sure to come back for a future blog post...it's all about my archnemesis, ya know, that crazy color yellow.  Until then, enjoy the beautiful weather!

 

-xo

 

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Spring Style Standouts

Let’s celebrate my one-year anniversary writing this style column with vibrant color, tie dye, pattern, fringe and polka dots! Or, basically, the entire spring 2019 style forecast. Grab your Pantone chart...there are some beautiful and fun colors and trends this season.

Pantone colors.

I’m loving Pantone’s spring collection of vibrant colors that are not the typical pastels. There is a big emphasis on Yellow (Aspen Gold), but colors like Pink Peacock, Pepper Stem, Living Coral and Princess Blue make their brilliant arrival. Grab an item in any of its 16 spring colors and you are already winning spring.

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Go bold for spring. Jacket is Michael Kors from TJMaxx, Forever 21 skirt, Stella and Dot bag and Lucky brand wedges.

Utility.

Try cargo skinnies or anorak-style jackets and vests (jackets with drawstrings and exposed pockets). This could also be translated into accessories—try a cute functional backpack with buckles and straps.

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Grab your anorak jacket to hit the “Utility” trend for spring. This jacket is from Target, Cape Juby backpack, KanCan jeans, American Eagle top and Crown Vintage booties from DSW.

Polka dots and patterns.

I’m not a lover of polka dots (except for my favorite pair of wedges) but if you are...now is the time! They’re fun, playful and fit into the spring vibe. Florals are also back and that’s a pattern that is all me. Check out Yumi Kim’s designs; she’s my absolute favorite designer for fun colorful florals.

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H&M jacket, Kimichi Blue dress, Sam Edelman sandals.

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My polka dot go-to’s - Lucky Brand wedges from ThredUP.

Tie dye.

First the flare leg jean came back, and now tie dye? Yup! But look for a more refined tie dye—more fitted and less “I made this in sixth grade summer camp.”

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Tie dye is back; this dress by Tart isn’t the typical rainbow tie dye and that’s just fine with me. Denim jacket is H&M, bag by Talbots.

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Tie dye and flare leg jeans, a match made in heaven. Top by Ginger G, flare jeans by Frame.

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Fringe, lace, patchwork...oh my! Pick one of these and grab your flare leg jeans for a perfect 60s vibe.

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Earth Tones.

Not your style to be bold in bright colors? No worries, earth tones, like tan and cream, are big this spring. Try an all earth tone outfit, or add in a punch of color like turquoise in an accessory.

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Go neutral for spring. Jacket by BlankNYC, Cape Juby backpack and H by Halston heels all from ThredUP.

jergensI don’t know about you, but these spring trends have me crying tears of joy, or maybe it’s my allergies...either way, spring style is looking fun, fresh and irresistibly playful. And I am here for it. Don’t forget to start with the self-tanning lotion so on the first warm day, you’ll be ready to rock and standout in these spring trends.

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Favorite Finds For 39

Do y’all buy your own birthday presents? Hopefully, I’m not the only one that does this. Just in case I AM the only one, I’d like to say that I consider it quality control, and this way I always get what I like.

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Anyway, I already bought myself a few things, and I have a few more things on my wish list. So, I thought I’d share, just in case you have a birthday coming up, or ya know...you just want to treat yo self. Which is fine, you totally deserve it. First, this T-shirt from American Eagle, here. It speaks to my heart! Vintage AND photography...it would be adorable with my flare jeans, or half tucked into shorts...

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(image from www.americaneagle.com)

 

OR it would be cute with either of these jean skirts, here and here, or a corduroy skirt, here, that I already bought from American Eagle as birthday gifts, of course. Actually, I just added that T-shirt to my cart, not gonna lie. It's just calling my name. I sort of have a thing for vintage t-shirts.

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 This bag in red from Francesca’s. Yes I already have it in black, but they were having a sale - buy one clearance item and get the second free...so I got this red bag and I got a matching grey one for my daughter. I don't see it online, but check the store in Spotsylvania Towne Centre. And ya know what else? If you look on Amazon, a genius came up with the idea for inserts that fit these bags... mind blown. Check it out here. I am pretty sure whoever thought of that idea deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. 

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Also from Francescas, this really cute round rattan bag in black, here. It sort of feels like it could be a canteen...which makes me adore it even more. Keeps people guessing. The black isn't on the website, but that fuschia color is awesome, you should get that one. I am also realllllly loving this round striped bag, here. I'd add a colorful pom pom tassel to it. I already have this round bag from Target, here, is it too similar? Does it even matter? Nope, add to list. 

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 Last, but not least, this leopard top that I found at Target, here. I struggle wearing the normal orange/brown toned leopard print stuff, but this is more subtle in tone, and it works well for my coloring. I love it with white denim for spring. You need this top! 

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I also love going to brunch and sitting with my man Abe at Foode... so that will be happening for my birthday as well. The chicken and Waffles are basically what dreams are made of.  

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-xo

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