Pattern Dress

Last Saturday I was lucky enough to hang out with a lot of my Houston Blogger babes at Union Kitchen for our Blog Society brunch.  It was a fabulous few hours with bottomless mimosas (I had OJ ;D), tons of delicious food, and an amazing swag bag that included items from Kendra Scott, Tula, Francesca’s Collections and more.

Since having Sofia I get even more excited about getting all pretty and dressing up because most of the times I am in gym clothes, glasses and a high bun from 8-5 while my husband is at work.  So when I got the fabulous invitation to the event I knew I wanted to get all glammed up.

style the girl pattern dress 1style the girl pattern dress 6 style the girl pattern dress 2style the girl pattern dress 7This dress is actually a few years old from Francesca’s.  My sister gave me this dress and I have been obsessed with it ever since.  The pattern, the fit, and the length was exactly what I was looking for for the blogger brunch.

The best accessory to my look is the gorgeous Coach Skinny Tote in beechwood that I recently received.  Not only is the color the perfect neutral, but it has so many compartments it is great for this mom on the go.

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Coach Skinny Tote // Dress (similar) // Heels // Necklace

Thank you Coach for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own.

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A New Spin on Beauty

If you haven’t heard of blendSMART then you better get to know it really quick!!! This amazing new product will be hitting the shelves to huge makeup companies like Sephora and other boutiques in the next few weeks.  I was lucky enough to have them reach out to me do to a review of the product and I can’t wait to share it with you all, but first, some details on the product and the company.

blendSMART is a Houston based company that is revolutionizing makeup brushes with the first ever rotating brush.  I mean, how has this never been created yet?  There focus is on 3 styles: foundation, blush and powder brush.  The brush heads are interchangeable, ergonomic, and perfectly calibrated for it’s spinning motion with 190 RPM.  As part of the blendSMART start kit for $69, a total steal if you ask me…you get the gentle rotating brush, lithium battery. foundation brush, and a 1 year warranty on the product.blendsmartblendsmart 2blendsmart

Now on the fun step, the application portion.  Below is a step by step portion of how to complete your makeup application from blendSMART and then mine with my daily makeup routine.

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MY ROUTINE

 1. Once you have attached all your brush head I placed my foundation on the back of my hand

2. Gently rub a small portion of the foundation on the brush

3. Work my way from the side of my cheek to the center

4. Begin massaging makeup onto my nose, eyes and up to my forehead

5. Rub the rest of the foundation on the brush and work my way to the other side of my face

6. Once my whole face has been applied with makeup I turn off the brush and do one last sweep around my eyes to ensure the makeup is placed smoothly and evenly

 7. To finish of the look I add some powder to set my foundation, blush, eyeliner, and mascara and top it off but adding some curls in my hair. 

After testing out this product I seriously cannot believe that something like this isn’t already out on the market.  Not only did it blend my makeup perfectly, but the contents of the box and the quality of the product are superb.  I have been utilizing the BlendSMART brush with every makeup application since I have received it and highly recommend for everyone to get their hands on one as well!!

Thank you blendSMART for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own.

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Creating Blogger Relationships

When I started Style The Girl last January I remember being extremely intimidated to join such a large community.  I remember thinking, “How am I going to get a following, why would people care what I am wearing and doing, will people even like what I have to say, how do I meet fellow fashion bloggers and create relationships?”

Even with all these questions of uncertainty in my head I finally had a epiphany that if I didn’t do it now I would regret never trying…and I wasn’t going to let them happen.  With that being said, the last year has taught me a thing or two about creating blogger relationships and I have some tips and tricks listed below which I hope comes in handy for any other blogger who was or is in my previous position. 🙂

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1. Conferences: I know some people might not think this, but yes, there are conferences for bloggers.  Blogging is so much more than just putting on a cute outfit, taking pictures, creating content that users will want to read..it is honestly hard work.  By going to a conference with influential people that have been doing this for years/months, and are successful is a great learning opportunity.  Make sure to introduce yourself, provide your business card and reach out after the event.

See what conferences you might have in your area or within driving distance in order to enhance  your knowledge on all avenues of blogging.  I went to my first one two weeks ago at the Thrive Blog Conference and learned so much.  You can see my top 5 learnings here.

2. Get Out There: In the blogging community it is all about showing up and being there if you really want to make an impact.  Personally, I think that if you are not comfortable with speaking to new people, feeling comfortable with who you are and what your blog is about, then it will be more difficult to create relationships and opportunities that can build your “brand” and blog to a whole other level.  One of my favorite new quotes I heard recently is from Marla Malcolm Beck, ” I meet so many great female leaders and I think what all of them have in common is they’re not afraid to go for exactly what they want.” So be confident, get out there, and show them who you are and what you are all about!

3. Show Your Support: Become your fellow bloggers biggest supporters.  Why?  Because we are all in the same position and doing what we love.  As women we need to be supportive and bring each other up and not down.  Follow them, like their pages, reach out, comment on their posts, go to their events; this will not only build a starting foundation, but shows you are serious about being apart of the blogging community.  Create community versus competition.

“When woman support each other, incredible things happen!”

4. Cultivate Relationships: Find other bloggers in your city that do exactly what you do and love; whether that be lifestyle, fashion, food, and etc.  Be authentic!!  This one hits home because with our lives surrounded in social media it is important to always stay true to yourself and not loss yourself in the craziness of it.

On a important thing to remember is that when you do this, make sure that this is all about networking and not stalking, so ensure you respect people’s boundaries.

5. Thrive Tribe: You will notice that once you follow these easy steps you will create relationships with so many amazing bloggers.  I have been so lucky over the past year with Style The Girl that all the ladies I have met inspire me deeply and I would like to share some fun pictures with these ladies below…make sure to also check out each of their pages. 🙂

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Roselyn – The Style_Lynn Kind // Brittany – Hello Honey // Hope – Tassels and Tabbies //Erin – Style Spies // Sara – Haute and Humid // Dede – Dress Up Buttercup // Shelbi – It’s All Chic to Me // Dawn – Dawn P. Darnell

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Charlotte Russe Dress (similar) // Heels (similar) // Scarf (similar) // HM Crossbody // Kendra Scott Choker // Bracelet 1 // Bracelet 2 // Bracelet 3 //Rings (similar)

Thank you Kendra Scott for sponsoring this post.

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