Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Candle Your Boyfriend Would Steal from You

Although I tend to go for floral infused candles on the reg (think freesia, lavender, rose) there's something so inviting of a musky, masculine scent. I blame it on the cooler weather in the forecast but at this time of year I want a candle that fills a room, and this one does just that. The Mahogany Teakwood scent from White Barn carries notes of mahogany, cedarwood, and oak and hints of lavender and geranium. This breaks away from the feminine qualities of most candles and lends to an uber strong scent. I'll be real though, this thing is STRONG. Like, can give you a headache strong if you keep it on so long. I find myself lighting it for 20 minutes at a time then blowing it out, leaving the room in a cloud of delicious scents (which would actually make it perfect for anyone on the go). 

For those who aren't aware, White Barn is the new 'sister store' of Bath & Body Works. They focus specifically on being a boutique for candles - and surprisingly enough even carry Henri Bendel ones (my personal favorite)! I love how they minimized the cheesiness of the B&B brand and focused on more simple packaging. 

Mahogany and Teakwood is the perfect transition candle from Summer to Autumn - without automatically jumping on the Pumpkin Spice and Apple bandwagon. I also am a huge fan of the French Lavender scent, which is a bit more clean and light. I currently have that one sitting on my bedside table for nighttime.

Do your candle choices change through the seasons? What are your favorites?


Monday, August 29, 2016

Tuesday's Top Picks: Transition Pieces

The time of year between Summer and Autumn is honestly my favorite season fashion-wise. Not only does it bring Fashion Week - which, lets be real, gets everyone in the creative mindset - but it also tends to give the best temperatures. My dream weather is low 70s, no humidity, and a bit of a breeze where you can wear just about anything. The options are endless and layering is right on trend. This is also when I tend to pull out some of my favorite transitional pieces. 

The long-sleeved dress

The long-sleeved dress is one of my absolute favorite pieces. I love how it can be paired with a strappy sandal for early September, low-rise boots for early October, and tights/knee high boots for early November and all. I tend to go for something A-line to suit my figure but shifty boho dresses are a second favorite runner-up.

The denim jacket

The denim jacket is a wardrobe essential. It can be worn basically year round but works especially well for this time of year. I love how it looks with a plain white t-shirt and black ripped denim, layered over a dress, or put over a thin turtleneck and felt skirt. I've owned the same denim jacket for years now and it's never gone out of style (take that, Taylor!)

The classic nude flat

The classic nude flat is just that, classic. Flats are something that are worth investing in so you don't get the horrible feeling of blisters at the end of the day. Styles have gotten so varied over the past few seasons between the wavy edged Chloes and the rockstud on Valentinos. You can go for the creative versions or stick to a classic silhouette - which will go with basically anything. 
The lightweight scarf

The lightweight scarf is one of those pieces that can jazz up any outfit. I always count down the days until I can pull out my collection again. I love the way how the scarf can fancy up a plain tshirt, or pair nicely as a silk version with an LBD. During this time of year I tend to look for one that's a gauzy material since I can wear it hanging down during the day and tie it around my neck during cooler nights.

The white blouse

The white blouse is something that I go to every single year. I love how it cleans up any look; between a simple version of it tucked into a mini skirt, or worn with a great pair of tapered trousers. Bonus if you find a version that has a Peter Pan collar, or leans more Captain Hook-esque with a tie top and ruffles.


Neon Blonde Weekly | August 28

Sneak Peek of the Coming Week
August 28, 2016

Here's a sneak peek of what's in store
this coming week on Neon Blonde

Tuesday's Top Picks: Transition Pieces
The Candle Your Boyfriend Would Steal From You
Loreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation | First Review

You guys, September is this week. What? How?! I'm honestly shocked at how quickly we got through eight months of 2016. It has been a busy year and I don't see it slowing down any time soon. Thankfully this past weekend and the next one are going to be filled with Summertime favorites to hold onto. I spent this weekend #GSD and winery hopping down in South Jersey. I always love seeing new places (and the wine wasn't bad either!). For now, it's back to balancing a busy workweek and checking things off of my to-do list. 

My favorite blogger Julia Engel is moving + I can't wait to see her new atmosphere come to life
I'm loving this blush and white tie neck top for Fall
"I'm good with whatever": how this motto is actually hurting yourself in the end
I've been working through FRIENDS on Netflix and admiring Rachel Green's fashion picks
For my DC friends: here's the best breakfast sandwiches you should be trying
I love this article by Buzzfeed on the rise of Glossier
As a major fan of photography, this article hits the spot on why photos are important

Neon Blonde Weekly | August 21 Read this post
Tuesday's Top Picks | Wedding Guest Attire Read this post
Ouai | Hair Oil Review Read this post
Summer Beauty Favorites Read this post


Friday, August 26, 2016

Summer Beauty Favorites

Ah Summer, you've been so good to me so far. In the beauty world these few months is the season is break out your dewiest, glossiest, golden-ist products. It's the time to accentuate the tan you've acquired while soaking in the weekends and to convey that 'fresh off the sand' look - even if you're nowhere near the beach. Personally Summer is one of my favorite seasons for makeup since a little goes a long way.

I've gotten into a really good groove with my makeup picks lately and wanted to share them in this space. All are great quality products that can work year-round, but are especially beautiful come this time of year:

Becca Backlight Priming Filter
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Le Teint Foundation
Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour
TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter
Tanya Burr Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette, "Birthday Suit"
Tanya Burr Cosmetics Lip Gloss, "Picnic in the Park"
Dior Miss Dior Eau de Parfum

I've been looking for a new primer for a while now and fell in love with a sample of the Becca Backlight Priming Filter. It gives a glowy finish (almost like a glazed donut) that looks so healthy once you layer foundation on-top: especially the YSL Touche Eclat one. This foundation was another sample I received and swore I'd never color match with. However, some long days in the sun away from the city has left me with a tan that's deep enough to FINALLY go up in foundation shades. Let's be real, that's when you know you've finally made it into Summer (it just only took me until the end of August...). This foundation is so gorgeous and runs up there with my Dior DiorSkin serum foundation. The formula is super lightweight - almost watery - but gives really great coverage. It is definitely a #yourskinbutbetter foundation and I just may have to splurge for the full-size.

With such a creamy and lightweight base I knew I had to break out my cream contour. I've been an avid fan of the Clinique Sculpting Contour for a while now and it always comes out during Summer. The stick applicator makes it so easy and clean to apply on the go, so it constantly ends up in my travel bag. The formula blends out super easily and never looks orange. I then follow over with a light sweep of bronzer and my Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter for that super sun-kissed look.

I tend to keep my eyes and lips fairly natural looking with such a glowy base. I have been absolutely loving my picks from the Tanya Burr line - so much so that I've debated purchasing another round of everything! Her Birthday Suit palette is the perfect natural eye look and is so easy to apply (i've listed out my go-to routine in this full post if you want to hear more). I then apply a layer of her Picnic in the Park gloss for a hydrated and pink pout.

Lastly, a spritz of the Miss Dior fragarance is the perfect finishing touch. This scent is definitely heavier than my usual go-to of Elizabeth and James Nirvana White, so I tend to save it for nighttime or days when I'm not in crowded spaces. But anytime I spray it I can't stop smelling myself! Its notes of citrus and jasmine are perfect for the Summertime and feel so elegant - like all Dior products. 

I have a feeling I'm going to ride these products out for the next month or so, until it's time to break out the Fall favorites. However, I know they'll definitely be back in my stash for Summer '17 (as they always are!) What are your favorite Summer products so far? 


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ouai | Hair Oil Review

When haircare guru Jen Atkin announced her hair line I knew I needed my hands on it. Not only does she work with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Jessica Alba on the reg, she also always has that 'cool girl' vibe going on. Per Atkin, "The Ouai girl is busy, she's on the go, and she wants to know how to style her hair for an event and where to go to get easy tips." Her line is the perfect mix of French Girl style while remaining fairly attainable.

The packaging of the products alone is just so aesthetically pleasing. They look good in your makeup bag and even better sitting on your counter. Who can't get on with that? Her line contains 25 products (so far) with the most popular being the texturizing hair spray, wave spray, treatment masque, and hair oil.

I personally knew I had to snag the hair oil as my drugstore version had been slacking in providing my hair with that extra je ne sais quoi. I love how the bottle comes with a pump; which makes it super easy to dollop 1 1/2 pumps into my hand (Aitkin recommends using 1 to 4 depending on your hair type). I then rub my palms together and run the product through my damp un-brushed hair to apply. Bonus is that you can also use a bit of the product on dry hair to de-frizz and give shine.

I find that some oil products can make you feel like a mega greaseball, but the Ouai version leaves my hair detangled and lightweight. It helps to treat my dry ends and gives a boost of shine. The oil also works as a heat protectant; keeping my locks safe from blow drying and my curling wand.

This product - along with the rest of Atkin's line - has a very distinct smell, due to notes of jasmine, white musk, and Italian lemon. I personally love it but it may be worth it to hit up your local Sephora to see if it sits well with you before purchasing.

Have you tried any of The Ouai products? If so, what's your favorite? I definitely want to look into the treatment masques and her newly released matte pomade.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tuesday's Top Picks: Wedding Guest Attire

If you're like me your Facebook feed is constantly flooded with engagement stores and your mailbox filled with wedding invites. Between all of the notifications I've learned to keep my closet stocked with floral dresses I can grab and hit the dance floor with. Thankfully I feel like the abundance of dresses online lately always allow for a great selection of twirl-ready attire.

Looking for something with a bit of volume without feeling overwhelmed? Go for a maxi or midi dress. The length is timeless and can be dressed up or down for the wedding dress code. I especially love midi dresses with an a-line silhouette and soft floral details. Pull your hair into a braided updo to focus on your face.

Still can't get over the off the shoulder trend? That makes two of us. I love pairing this dress type with a chandelier earring to show off the collar bone. You can also select a style with long sleeves for those early Fall weddings to keep yourself warmed up on those cooler nights.

Are you the ultimate girly girl? Go for my favorite trend, feminine details, and look for something with lace, ruffles, or a delicate print. Soft waves and a swipe of pink blush add the finishing touches to a photo booth ready look.

Still undecided? Go for a classic design: something that nips in at the waist and flares out to the knee. Consider this your "LBD" of the wedding dress season. A solid color helps you to vary your accessories for the wedding season and easily coordinate with your dancing partner.

What trend are you loving the most this wedding season? Do you tend to shop online or in-person for special occasions? I personally love browsing sites: especially Nordstrom and Lulus. Let me know your shopping tips below!


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