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Day one in SLC

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Jacket: Loft | Top: Forever 21 | Denim: Elle | Flats: TJ Maxx | Bag: Banana Republic | Necklace: Forever 21

In case you couldn’t tell from the complete change of landscape on my Instagram account, I’m currently spending a couple of weeks in Salt Lake City with my parents! Because of Good Friday and the long weekend, I’m considering this my spring break, so I’ve been spending time working during the day and exploring the city during my off time.

This is what I wore during my first full day here in SLC: my go-to anorak, a fun leopard short-sleeved sweatshirt (that I haven’t worn since fall) and studded flats. The perfect outfit for running around the city and eating at this place (breakfast for dinner!).

We’re heading down to southern Utah to explore Bryce Canyon and Zion during the long weekend, so I’ll be back with new posts next Tuesday! Stay tuned to my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts to keep up with my adventures!

Kimono

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Kimono: Target | T-Shirt: Gap | Denim: Elle | Flats: Target | Bag: Thrifted | Necklace: Borrowed from Liz

I must admit that I’m not normally a kimono/fringe type of gal. For the most part, I’ve always left that up to people who are much more carefree than I am (whereas I will almost always prefer a structured jacket). But this kimono spoke to me, and it just so happened to go perfectly with what I was already wearing last week. It was a true match made in Target heaven.

(P.S. If you’re looking to buy your own $20 kimono from Target, I’d recommend sizing down.)

Colored leather

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Leather jacket: BCBG | Blouse: Lauren Conrad | Denim: Old Navy | Heels: Sam & Libby via Target | Bag: Brahmin (c/o Vogue) | Earrings: Francesca’s/Forever 21

Hello from beautiful Salt Lake City! Liz and I spent Saturday driving the 14 hours from Omaha to SLC. The landscape here is gorgeous right now — everything is in bloom, and spring is in full force.

Starting the Monday off with colored leather, which is a trend I never thought I’d be one to take part in. But when paired with colors in the same family and a pop of print, I think the trend is just right. 

Gingham and army green

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Blouse: GapVest: Old NavyDenim: Elle (similar) | Heels: Ann Taylor (similar) | Bag: Vintage Coach (modern version) | Bracelets: Banana Republic/Forever 21 (similar) | Sunglasses: Lauren Conrad

I’m a neutrals junkie (my closet is filled with them), but when spring fever hits, colors start making appearances. Take this pink gingham blouse, for example. Bright sunshine and this blouse were made for each other. I do find that I still incorporate lots of neutrals into my spring wardrobe — just in lighter, warm-weather appropriate colors (like this army green vest or taupe bag).

Is it Friday yet?

'Not so Nude' Stila makeup tutorial

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Stila Not so Nude Palette | Mac Be Nice Mineralize Lipglass | Eyeko Black Magic Mascara | Stila Stay all Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner | Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer | Real Techniques Stippling Brush 

Lately I’ve been reaching for my Not so Nude palette from Stila (I bought mine at Ulta), and it’s a surprisingly versatile palette. It’s great for eyes and face, and because I’ve been using it so much lately, I thought I’d create a work-day appropriate look using the palette (and a few other products). Read on for full instructions, as well as other products I used.

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Starting with a bare face, apply a primer all over your eyelid. I like both Lorac’s Behind the Scenes Eye Primer and Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion. This will help your eyeshadow from creasing and moving throughout the day.

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Begin by taking a small eyeshadow brush and applying “sugar” from the palette all over the lid. Then take a fluffy crease brush (I used this one) and apply “mink” in the crease, blending fully and concentrating the majority of the color in the outer corner.

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Take another fluffy crease brush (I used this one) and apply “fawn” over “mink.” Blend fawn slightly above the crease to give a layered effect. Then take a medium eyeshadow brush and pat the color “dolce” all over the lid below the darker crease colors, concentrating most of the color near the lash line. Blend where the gold color meets the dark crease colors to create a seamless transition.

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Applying the color “buff” as a brow highlight. Then line your eyes with a black or dark brown liquid eyeliner. I gave mine a slight wing and helped create a perfect wing with the guitar pick that came with my Eyeko mascara.

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Apply mascara of your choice. Then use a stippling brush to apply the color “lily” from the palette to your cheeks.

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Use a fluffier stippling brush to apply “kitten” as a highlighter to the top of your cheekbones and wherever else you want to highlight. Then apply a pretty coral lip gloss (mine is Mac in “Be Nice”).

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And voila! A very work-appropriate shimmery look that’s perfect for the warm spring weather that will soon be headed our way.

Other products I used in this look (such as my foundation, concealer, etc.):