1/31/2012

{fashion files} perfectly peplum

There's something about peplum that makes me instantly happy...peppy :)
Lucky for me, it's all over the Spring runways and the streets!




what do y'all think?
love it or leave it for the peplum trend?

I must say, I'm a bit afraid it's going to accentuate places I'd rather not draw attention to!
I'm loving it so much though, I gotta give it a shot
I'll report back!

I cannot thank you all enough for your encouragement yesterday!
so many of you took the time to write/tweet me & it really meant so much!
you made yesterday, and every day really, so special
I'm so excited that you love the jewelry...wear it in health & happiness!
thanks for sharing in my dream!
and if you haven't already, please do enter our giveaway for store credit!

big x's and o's to you all,
xx

1/30/2012

Introducing.... (and a giveaway!)

For as long as I can remember I've wanted to own a store full of jewels and gems.
I know, I know...I'm a lawyer.  A serious lawyer.
But I would always dream of a gorgeous necklace or bracelet that I wanted, search all the stores, and never find it.  
So I'd imagine a little store with rows of beautiful baubles for me to choose from.  
I'm guessing some of you have been there too.

Well, I'm so so excited to announce that I've opened my own little jewelry boutique!
I've hand picked the designs because I love them, they're unique and they're affordable.
I hope you love them as much as me!
And I'm so happy that you get to be a part of my fun little dream. It's truly an honor to be able to share it with you all! Thank you!

So remember when I told you I wasn't 100% ready?! Well it's because my website is no where near where it should be yet and my logo is being totally redesigned, but honestly I couldn't wait any longer! I've been looking at these beauties every day for the past few weeks and I was just dying to show them to you!
Here we go!  

Here's a peek at what you'll find over there!















Yayy! What do you think my dears?

If you see something you love (there's so many more designs at the store!)
and want to place an order
then for now please visit


Lili & Mae :: The Shop


Now for the 
Giveaway

I'm offering a $15 store credit for the winner

You know the rules:
You must be a public follower of Lili & Mae through GFC to participate 
Please visit my new store & leave me a comment letting me know that you're a follower and your favorite piece!

Extra entries:
(please leave a separate comment for each)
Help me spread the word about my jewelry boutique & the giveaway: 
1. Tweet about it (please include @liliandmae)
2. Post about it on your Facebook wall (please tag Lili & Mae)

The giveaway ends Sunday 5 February at Midnight.

Oh, one more thing....these pieces are extremely limited.
I don't want you prancing around wearing what everyone else is wearing!

The most exciting part: I have SO MANY more designs coming!
Stay tuned...this is gonna be fun!

all my love and thanks for your support,
xx

{ps}: just in case you were wondering, the pieces are named after my nearest & dearest!
love the girls who inspired these designs!

{pps}: I promise nothing is changing here at Lili & Mae. 
We'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow :)


** GIVEAWAY CLOSED **



1/27/2012

{Friday's Fancies} polka dot blog swap!

TGIF! I'm so excited that this week's Friday's Fancies is a blog swap!  
Today Tina and I switched blogs to talk polka dots!
Welcome Tina!
***

Happy Friday everyone! My name is Tina from the blog east.love.west
Mae and I have swapped blogs for this week's Friday Fancies over at {long distance loving}! 
We've chosen polka dots for our theme...Enjoy! 

Day dots

to night
Day Set:

Night Set:

Feel free to visit me over at east.love.west and thanks again to Mae for having me on her blog!
I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!
xoxo
T

***
Thanks Tina!
Make sure you all head over to east.love.west to check out my polka dot inspired outfits for day and night!

have a wonderful weekend dear ones,
xx

{ps}: it's been such an incredible week! thanks for your sweet comments about the DailyBuzz Style makeup challenge from Tuesday!
y'all are too good to me!

{pps}: Remember when I said exciting things are coming?  Well...one such thing is coming next week. 
Monday to be exact! I'm not 100% ready but it's so fun I can't wait any longer. Plus I have zero patience.
See you Monday! Yayyy!
Oh, and I might just do a little sneak peek on our Facebook page on Sunday...if I can get it all together by then.  
So make sure you click over & like us there please!
I told you...zero patience ;)
x


1/26/2012

totally tassels



I'm generally a fan of anything that dangles and swings. I like lots of charms on my bracelets and swishy earrings.  And I'm especially loving all the tassels I've been seeing around lately.  Sophisticated and preppy with a playful twist.  Sign me up! 

Do you own any pieces with tassels?

see you tomorrow loves,
xx

Product information available on my Polyvore board


{ps}: 
Exciting things are coming! 
Ex.cit.ing.
Well, it's super thrilling for me and hopefully you'll love it too! 
Sorry I can't divulge too much now...I usually don't like it when others do this, but I just can't contain my excitement.
Just a little while longer, promise it'll be worth it!
As always, I appreciate y'all! 
xoxo

1/25/2012

{dream home} fantastic front doors



Who wouldn't want to come home to this?!


What color is your front door?


Those of you who are fortunate enough to live in a single family home...would you paint your front door?
I have a condo in Chicago and there's no way the HOA would allow me to paint my door pink. 
Oh, but a girl can dream...

hope you have a fabulous day,
xx


{images via}

1/24/2012

{Daily Buzz Style 9x9 Challenge} Day to Night Makeup Tutorial

Hi everyone!  Something new & a bit unexpected happening here today!  
I was selected to participate in the Daily Buzz Style 9x9 Challenge and I'm so excited because 
this month it's all about transitioning our makeup look from daytime to night.
I LOVE makeup, love it...so this was especially fun for me. 
Plus, I would like to incorporate more beauty posts here, so let me know what you'd like to see!

This is a tutorial of sorts, but honestly it is so so easy! For me, nighttime makeup means one thing: smoky eyes.  And since I'm loving the metallic trend I wanted to add a touch of that too.


{This is my basic daytime look: concealer / mineral foundation / bronzer / mascara / chapstick.  
This is the base of where we'll start to transition into a nighttime look.}


{Step 1: add eyeliner to inner corner of eyes only and base shadow of gold.
I used MAC sunrise.}
{Step 2: It's so simple. Use black kohl liner for the smoky eye.
I literally just draw it onto my eyelid and blend, blend, blend with my fingers. 

I used a cheap eyeliner from F21.}
{don't be afraid! just draw the liner onto your lid and blend!}



{You can then touch up the gold shadow again and blend some more!
Then sweep highlighting powder under the arch of the brow. 

You can see it's darkest at the outer corner and gets lighter as it fades in.}

{I added a little lipliner & gloss and that's it! My final nighttime look}
{I achieved this look using only 3 extra items for my eyes.
I added eyeliner, base shadow in gold, and a white highlighting cube}



FRESHEN UP
We're not going to start at the beginning. This process assumes that you've already put your face on in the morning (concealer, foundation, powder, blush and mascara). You all know how to do that already! So here's where I come in, when you've been wearing the makeup all day. You're still pretty :) you just need to get back to a fresh palette. Use oil blotting sheets or if you don't have any handy, use the toilet seat covers in your office bathroom...works perfectly! Then a dusting of loose powder. Lovely!


CHEEKS
By the end of the day, you will have lost some of the color in your skin so there's a need for more blush or bronzer...just add some to the apples of of your cheeks.  Smile and swirl! Sometimes I like to add a quick sweep down the bridge of my nose too.


EYES
For me, the eyes have it. Smoky eyes is the quintessential nighttime makeup look. I like it to look a bit messy and smudgy so I usually use a black kohl pencil because it smudges easier. You can put on a thicker line and smudge it higher up on the eyelid to make it look like shadow.

The base of any smoky eye should be a lighter color swept all over the lid. Then the darker color should be heaviest at the outer corner and fade as it comes in towards the middle of the eyelid.


LIPS
When your eyes are the focus, you should downplay your lips. But that doesn't mean you should forget them completely! Draw a thin line of nude lipliner to accentuate the fullness and a clear lipgloss or one that's a few shades darker than your natural color.  Don't be afraid of lipliner! If used correctly, that is the lipliner is drawn on your natural line and not outside of that, it will make your lips look full and luscious. Even a tad outside your natural line and you'll look like you stepped out of 1991.


SPARKLE
I'm a huge fan of a bit of shimmer, I think it's essential for your nighttime look. You can use shimmer powder to accentuate cheekbones and under the arch of your brow. If you don't have shimmer or highlighting powder, then just use white or pearly eye shadow. It's all the same thing!




that's it!
do you have any other tips to share?

don't forget to check Daily Buzz Style on Thursday to see how the other bloggers went from day to night!


Also, one last thing: I'm over at Walks with Bella today. The always stunning Tamra let me take over her blog to share my style for an upcoming destination bachelerotte party I'm heading to in a few weeks! Pop over to check it out.

have a lovely day,
xx



A quick note: I do not believe you have to spend a fortune on makeup to achieve the look like you want. I don't want to vouch for one product over another, so my focus was on technique, not the actual products. Personally, I think it's more important to invest in beauty products to treat your skin...night cream, eye cream, face wash, et al...rather than the color products. 



1/23/2012

{lookbook} wild horses









I'm back at the barn! At least this time my outfit is a bit more fitting...horses and all.
I know I'm a little late to the game, but I've been coveting the Marc Jacobs Pantera Blouse forever. Coveting.
I wasn't so interested in the price tag though, especially since I couldn't even imagine ever wearing it. 
But, I was shopping online a few months ago and thrilled to find this lovely little blouse* at F21.
It's been sitting in my closet because it's so out of the norm of what I usually wear.  But I love it so I finally decided to give it a try! And are you kidding me with those rose gold BCBG shoes?!  I just recently got them and the weather was beautiful this weekend, so it was perfect timing to bust them out.

how was your weekend?
there's lots of fun in store tomorrow!
 something totally new! 

until tomorrow,
xx

*This isn't actually a blouse, it's an open front/flyaway cardigan.
I just wrapped it and tied it with a makeshift belt/bow. Done and done.

And, I almost forgot! The winner of the Sweet Musings Paperie giveaway is Roxy from A Spot of Tea!
Random.org picked her # 39
Congrats lady, please email me with your info so I can pass it along!


Linked: Monday Mingle

Quick update: So many of you have already been asking about my necklace. It's from BaubleBar! If you haven't already checked out their site, you must!  Gorgeous jewelry at fantastic prices.
First time customers get $10 off their order...sign up here!

1/20/2012

{Friday's Fancies} outfit inspiration


I've had this outfit pinned to my lookbook board on Pinterest forever.
I keep looking at it. 
So when {av} announced this week's Friday's Fancies would be inspired by an outfit we loved from around the Web, 
I knew exactly what I was going to choose.
The neutrals and the pop of pink...perfect.

have you ever worn an outfit inspired by Pinterest?

be sure to head over to Long Distance Loving to see what other bloggers are inspired by!

hope you have a wonderful weekend!
don't forget this is your last chance to enter the adorable giveaway from Sweet Musings Paperie if you haven't already.
winner announced Monday!

see ya then,
xx

1/19/2012

{currently coveting} rose gold

I'm obsessed.
It all started with the Rocco.  Now I just can't get enough of rose gold.



Are you loving rose gold as much as me?
Better than traditional yellow gold?

until tomorrow,

1/18/2012

{lookbook} weekend in Austin

{black Zara blazer / navy striped tee / jeans / leopard flats / Zara plaited shopper / H&M fur collar / chains + pearls}






{leopard cardigan / jeans / camel suede wedges / gold chain + monogram necklace}




{the best part of this leopard cardi...the back. full-on matte black sequins. swoon.}


I was in Austin this past weekend, catching up with old friends and making new ones.
It was fabulous.  So much so that I stayed an extra day.

No big surprise...my outfits consisted of stripes and leopard.
With a touch of black sequins. How amazing is the back of that cardigan!
Jewelry was kept pretty simple....just a few chains, pearls and of course my monogram necklace! 
Oh and the obligatory arm candy.

have a lovely day my dears,
xx


{ps}: sorry about the lighting in those stairwell pictures, they looked so much cooler on the little screen of my DSLR ;)
{pps}:  I'm always playing with my hair. I know.  My mom still tells me to stop to this day. Can't help it...


Linked: What I Wore Wednesday


Don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY from Sweet Musings Paperie!



1/17/2012

CLOSED: {giveaway} sweet musings paperie

Nothing brightens up a Tuesday like a GIVEAWAY!
The super talented Michelle is offering a $20 credit for her Etsy store, Sweet Musing Paperie

Here's just a peek at the beauty happening over there

{Lunch by the Lake Illustration $20}

{Trip to Laduree Illustration $20}



{build your own box of 8 cards for $15}

Michelle has prints, custom illustrations, calendars, totes, and greeting cards!
Check out her Etsy store for all the beautiful products for you to choose from with your $20 credit. 
And check out her artist's website too!
She's also graciously offered a 10% discount for Lili & Mae readers, just enter the code SWEET10


here's how to enter:

You must be a public follower of Lili & Mae through GFC to participate
Please leave a comment to let me know you're following and what you would choose if you won!

additional entries:
(please leave a separate comment for each entry)


The giveaway closes on Sunday January 22 at midnight. 
Winner will be announced on Monday the 23rd!


good luck darlings!
xx




1/16/2012

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday lovelies! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I spent it in Austin and had a blast! A little bit too much fun :) 

First off today, I'm excited to wish my lovely mom, Lili, a happy birthday!  She's the namesake of this blog, my advisor, best friend and the reason I am who I am today. She's the best! Happy birthday mom!



Also, I'm over at The Peak of Tres Chic today, sharing some Monday Morning Inspiration.  Sam is an absolute doll.  And, we recently discovered that we both grew up in Oklahoma!  Her inspiration series is so fabulous and I'm honored to be participating in it today.
Stop by and visit me there, here's a little peak at what's inspiring me.





enjoy your day!
see you back here tomorrow for a *GIVEAWAY!*
xx

1/13/2012

{Friday's Fancies} color crush: orange


It's no secret that I love orange!  
By virtue of the fact that it's the color of my alma mater, it's also my favorite. (I've blogged about how football inspires my style
That's why I was thrilled that this week's Friday's Fancies is all about our color crush.  Obviously I picked orange!  


And this is just to make sure your weekend is extra special ;)



Hope you have a wonderfully colorful weekend!
I'm off to Austin and couldn't be more excited!


What are y'all up to?

until next time,
xx


{ps}: we reached 200 followers this week! THANK YOU!
To celebrate...another adorable *GIVEAWAY* next week!
Yay! Stay tuned for details...

1/12/2012

{wear that room} mint + gold


I fell in love with this room the minute I saw it. 
Fell. In. Love.
Thank you Pinterest.
I thought it would be fun to recreate it as an outfit...such a gorgeous color combination!

This has been a really great week! Busy, but great.
I know I keep saying it, but I'm so appreciative of you spending a part of your day with me here.  
There have been so many fantastic blog improvement resources floating around the Web the past few weeks, so interesting! Thanks to all the ladies for sharing their insights. I hope to incorporate some of that fabulousness here and especially on Facebook
So if you haven't yet, please do 'like' us over there!

I'll be back with Friday's Fancies tomorrow and then I'm off to Austin for the weekend!

here's to a wonderful day,
xx

1/11/2012

{fashion files} animal sweaters


What do you think?

Are you loving this trend? A cozy sweater with a cute little animal face...
I'm still undecided, I'm leaning towards no but then Bambi looks at me with those big eyes and I can't resist ;)

happy Wednesday,
xx