Monday, March 19, 2018

Light side or the Dark Side

One of the trends that I was very skeptical about at the beginning of the season was the embroidered leather jacket. I really didn't understand why you would do that to a jacket. And then I started seeing them more and more in blogs and around town and in stores and it started to grow on me. I began to realize that the very attributes that at first made me hesitate to embrace the trend were the very things that were drawing me to it. 

Embroidered leather jackets take something classic and take add a whole other level of interest to it. Also it juxtaposes something almost harsh and masculine with something soft and incredibly feminine. It ends up being the perfect combination and also a great object lesson in life. 

So my friend and I both ended up buying an embroidered leather jacket. She got hers in black and I got mine in khaki. Our color choices fit our personalities perfectly. So we decided we would get together and do an impromptu photo shoot on the light side and dark side of embroidered leather jackets! 

Jacket: Franscesca's (shop similar)
Shirt: J Crew (shop similar)
Jeans: American Eagle 
Shoes: Toms 

Jacket: BlankNYC 
Shirt: J Crew (shop similar)
Jeans: Loft
Shoes: Michael Kors (shop similar)
Earrings: White House Black Market (shop similar)
Sunglasses: Prada 

Friday, January 12, 2018

November Outfit Round-up

The holidays really got the best of me, so my apologies on being incredibly late on this post! One of my New Years resolutions is to do better staying on top of posting for y'all and do better at sharing my ideas sooner! I have some great ideas for upcoming posts that I'm really excited about. So stay tuned for those!

Sweater: Marc Jacobs (seen on Serena Van der woodsen on Gossip Girl)
Skirt: Vince Camuto
Shoes: Dune London 
Purse: Michael Kors 

Dress: Sangria (shop similar
Jacket: FANG (shop similar)

Sweater: Halogen
Shoes: Dune London

Shirt: Zba
Jeans: Loft (shop similar)
Shoes: Michael Kors 

Shirt: Gracia 
Skirt: Loft
Shoes: Nine West 
Sunglasses: Prada 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

My Favorite Palettes

So today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite eyeshadow palettes and a few of the looks that I have created with them. I'm obsessed with makeup; especially eyeshadow and lipstick. I sell an all natural makeup brand so I'm always posting different makeup looks in my Facebook makeup group (Audra Claire Beauty) and I thought it was time to share a few of them with you! Some of the pictures are slightly less flattering than others, but they show off the makeup, and that's what counts: right? I have a few other palettes that I love, but I think these have to be my favorite.

Urban Decay Naked Heat 

I was incredibly skeptical when this palette came. I've never been able to wear red, pink or orange eyeshadows because they made me look like I had an allergy attack. But these colors were so pretty and so enticing it actually made me stop and think about it. Our Ulta store here brought in Urban Decay makeup artists and staged an event where the artists taught people how to use the Heat Palette. You can imagine that I was all over that. My friend and I went and had an amazing time and spent way too much money! So here are some of the looks I've done with the Heat Palette. 

This was the look that the Urban Decay makeup artist created on me at the event 

I then tried to recreate the same look with the same colors and the same lipstick 
$54 at 

Younique Addiction Palette 1 

This eyeshadow palette is from the all-natural makeup line that I sell. These eyeshadows have no chemicals, no animal products, and no allergens. It's awesome, it's beautiful, it's healthy and it's not ridiculously expensive! It's the perfect the neutral palette with a little bit of sparkly zing. It has everything from matte to shimmer, dark to highlight. It's my go-to for an every day look. 

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill

I have been a huge fan of YouTuber Jaclyn Hill for as long as I can remember. I think I discovered her pretty soon after she started her channel. She does everything from incredibly helpful and everyday ideas to amazingly creative and inspirational ideas. She also seems to be a wonderfully sweet and amazing person as well. She was my inspiration for truly falling in love with makeup and trying new ideas for the sake of trying them, and not just trying things I expected to look good on me. I went crazy when she announced that she was partnering with Morphe to create her own palette. And then it took longer than expected for it to launch because she spent extra time on it to make sure it was perfect! I love the colors. They're so much fun and so useful. I have gone for a couple weeks and used this palette every day and done something different. It also makes a great base for using other eyeshadows. Her shimmer eyeshadows are amazing! I actually gave this palette to a couple of my girlfriends for Christmas. That's how much I love it. 

I used this palette on a friend when I did her makeup for homecoming 

Urban Decay Naked Smoky 

I love my Urban Decay Palettes. I have like five of them and they're all amazing and all my favorites. This one is all you need to create the perfect the smoky eye. For some reason that eye look always seem to be a mystery to people who don't have a intimate relationship with their makeup, but this palette takes away the guesswork. And I love the dark purple that is randomly placed in the palette. It goes so well with so many looks! And even though I don't wear much purple, I love wearing purple eyeshadow. Sadly, Urban Decay is discontinuing this palette, so hurry now and get it 50% off at Sephora, Ulta and Nordstrom Rack. 

Younique Addiction Palette 3

This is another of the palettes from the natural line I sell. This is the pink and purple palette in the set. I love this one, because I love wearing purple and these are pinks that I can actually wear without looking ill. And you can't beat the shimmer on these shadows. There are five palettes in this line that cover other family groups such as blue and taupe and bright colors. 

Urban Decay Heavy Metal

So Urban Decay came out with this palette while no one was looking and then all of sudden it started popping on my Facebook feed continuously, so of course I had to check it out. I opened it and immediately fell in love. I'm a huge fan of shimmer shadows, so of course I'm automatically going to buy a palette that is all metallic. It has definitely lived up to my expectations. I'm so in love with this palette that it's all I can really say about it. Just go buy it. You'll thank me later. 

My makeup look for Christmas this year. 

$39 at

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture

This is the last one. I promise! I just discovered this palette last week. A girl in my Facebook mom's group posted about how much she loved this palette and it was on sale that day. So I went to Sephora (for the second time that day - but who's counting . . . ) and grabbed it. I've only really used it once so far, but I love it! I found the perfect green combo that I've been after for so long. I can't wait for all the fun things I'm going to be able to do with this palette! 

New Year's Eve makeup look! 
$42 at 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Christmas at Asheville

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday and winter break! Christmas this year was rather quiet. We spent a few days visiting our extended family and then took a couple days for a family trip to Asheville. When I was in college, we would take off from Greenville and head to Asheville to start my Christmas break every year. It was a tradition that I absolutely loved, and have greatly missed in the years since I graduated. So we decided that we would revive it this year. Usually we visited Asheville around the middle of December, but I wasn't off work until the Thursday before Christmas  so we went the week between Christmas and New Years. Some things were very much the same and some things were very different. In the past we had stayed at the Grove Park Inn, but this time everything was either booked or obscenely expensive, and we had two of our dogs with us, so we stayed at the Holiday Inn in East Asheville. It was very nice, pet friendly and had a great breakfast.

We went up on Tuesday night and started our trip by eating dinner at the Moose Cafe. If you're anywhere near Asheville, this restaurant is an absolute must! It is positioned right next to the farmer's market and is the ultimate farm to table restaurant. And I could eat my weight in their homemade biscuits and apple butter. My munchkin also thought the apple butter was a hit.

Wednesday morning we ate breakfast at the hotel and then headed to Grove Park Inn to see the gingerbread houses and stores. However, we were greeted by some rather rude employees who informed us that Grove Park was closed to the public until after the New Year. So if you're heading up that way between Christmas and New Years and want to see the gingerbread houses, make sure to call ahead and make sure they are open to the public!

After that plan was thwarted, we headed over to the Biltmore Village to check out some of the shops. It was an incredibly frigid day so we didn't stay out terribly long. We love the Christmas Shop there so we paid them a visit, and we spent a good amount of time at the New Morning Gallery. I absolutely fell in love with this shop. It was a local artisan shop with art of all mediums; furniture, jewelry, pottery, glass and other miscellaneous types of art. There is nothing that I love more than local art, so the was in heaven! I bought two pottery coffee mugs (I have this weird thing about having to have mugs match in pairs) and a beautiful set of blown glass coasters (I'm also addicted to buying coasters - I have waaaaayyy too many sets, but I love them all!). I always admired my voice teacher's handmade mugs from Asheville and I've been on the hunt for ones that were similar, so I'm very excited to put these new mugs to use and enjoy them.

We got a late start to the day, so we ate a lunch-supper at the Village Wayside. Everyone around the Village recommended it, and it was the only place open without a terribly long wait. The short wait we did have before being seated was totally worth it. The food was absolutely amazing. I had their hamburger and their layer cake for dessert. And they had Cheerwine and Vernors! Restaurants never have those. Cheerwine is definitely my favorite soft drink.

After our meal we drove through the part of Biltmore grounds that you can access without a ticket, and were going to visit the gate shop but Munchkin fell asleep so we returned to the hotel.

Thursday morning we got up and ate breakfast at the Moose Cafe (I definitely ate two biscuits this time!), went to the Gate Shop at Biltmore and then headed home. It was overall a very nice and relaxing trip with which to end the holidays!

Turtleneck: Ann Taylor (similar)
Jeans: Loft (similar)
Bracelet: Michael Kors 

My spoils from New Morning Gallery 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

October Outfit Roundup

Sweater: Banana Republic (shop similar sweater)
Shoes: Kate Spade (shop similar shoes)

Pants: HEI
Shirt: Gibson
Shoes: Michael Kors
Sunglasses: Versace (shop similar glasses)

Sweater: Leith
Skirt: Vince Camuto
Shoes: Michael Kors
Sunglasses: Coach

Sweater: Loft (shop similar sweater)
Jacket: BlankNYC
Jeans: Loft
Booties: Franco Sarto
Necklace: So Good Jewelry
Headband: Talbots

Pants: Loft (shop similar pants)
Shoes: Michael Kors
Sunglasses: Versace 

Turtleneck: Banana Republic
Sweater: Banana Republic
Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Michael Kors
Purse: Michael Kors

Sweater: Banana Republic
Skirt: Halogen 
Belt: Copper Penny Boutique (shop similar belt)
Hat: Halogen 
Sunglasses: Versace 
Necklace: So Good Jewelry
Shoes: Jessica Simpson  (shop similar shoes)