How To Create the Perfect Day to Night Look With AUrate

Monday, July 10, 2017

We've all been there. You're spending the day at work or shuffling between classes throughout the day, and then you have to rush off to an event or dinner at night.  Having a day to night look that's quick and easy to change into it a must for any girl boss.

Below is an outfit that I would wear during the day.
Jewelry and shoes are two of the best ways to transition any outfit from a daytime look into a look that's ready for a night on the town. 

AUrate, a New York based handmade jewelry company has amazing pieces to do just that! I love the simplicity of their asymmetrical pearl earrings. I love how the pearl falls behind the earlobe rather than in front like most pearl earrings. It's unexpected, and well, a unique twist on a classic piece. The asymmetrical pearl collar is such an incredible piece. I love how unique it is, I've honestly never seen a necklace like this before. 

I really love how this brand strives to make a positive social impact in the world; I believe that's an amazing thing to do! AUrate sources all of their material ethically, and with each jewelry purchase, the brand gives back to economically disadvantaged schoolchildren through the "Book for a Look" program. 

For the rest of the look, I paired the skirt and off-the-shoulder top with a denim jacket to keep the outfit more casual and finished it off with white sandals. 
When switching to the night look, I kept everything the same, except I switched out some accessories to add a bit of glamour. I have to admit, I definitely feel like I can conquer anything when I'm wearing a good pair of heels. Oh, and I ditched the denim jacket, so the outfit felt less casual.

For jewelry, I kept the necklace the same. Another great thing about the collar necklace: it is delicate enough to wear during the day, yet it adds just enough sparkle to complete a night look. I swapped out the earrings with AUrate's circle earrings. There's just something about wearing statement earrings at night that can bring any outfit up a notch. 

It's really neat how changing a few simple things, like jewelry and shoes, can transform an outfit. It's extremely easy and quick to do, so who wouldn't love these tricks?

How do you like to transform your look from day to night? Let me know in the comments below!

California Dreaming in White

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy First Day of Sumer friends! With every new season comes a new trend or clothing item I can't get enough of. And this season, it's this white dress I recently bought from the Beauty and the Beast collection at JC Penney.

When I went shopping, I saw this dress on the rack and immediately fell in love. The dress was on sale, but it was still a bit pricey, so I figured I'd wait to see if it went on sale. I ended up going online and there was an additional discount plus free shipping--that's a win-win if I ever heard one--so of course I ordered it.  

My dress arrived the day before I left for my trip to Los Angeles, so the timing couldn't have been any better. I'm so happy it came before my trip. I have to admit, having a new outfit to wear on vacation is a pretty great feeling. 

In the summertime, you can never go wrong with a trustee white dress. As ironic as it sounds, white is such a popular color right now. If you're unsure what to wear, put on a monochromatic white ensemble and you'll be good to good! Plus, a white dress matches everything, so what's not to love about that. 

My absolute favorite part of this dress is the detailing. The lace on the bodice and the ruffled tulle skirt makes the piece feel so much more unique; I LOVE it so much. The neckline is one of my favorite parts too. I'm used to having a scoop or v-neck on my dresses, so having a higher neckline is a nice switch. 

To complete my look, I paired this dress with my gold sandals. I kept the rest simple. I didn't want to go overboard with accessories because I really wanted to make sure all focus was on my dress. Hey, too much of one thing is never good anyway. 

I can't wait to wear this dress even more the summer. Do you have any certain clothing items that you'll be wearing a lot this season? Let me know in the comments below! 

Spring Favorites 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

With season comes a new handful of beauty products I use, clothing and accessories I wear, and  songs I listen to over and over again. I decided to witch this up a little bit and give you my favorites from this past season instead of each month.

To tell you the truth, some months there are 10 new items I want to share, and other months there might only be three new products, but it's always fun to let you know what I've been liking. I thought, doing one or two seasonal favorites posts will give me time to accumulate enough products to share. Plus, I love reading--or watching YouTube videos--about what products my favorite bloggers / vloggers have been loving too. I mean, it's basically one giant virtual show-and-tell, right?

Micellar water is absolutely fantastic. If you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend it. Micellar water is a gentle way to remove all you makeup while delicately cleansing your skin. Yes, every last spec of your water-proof mascara included. I love Simple's version of this product because it leaves my skin feeling super soft and it doesn't hurt my eyes.  

I love this mascara so so so much. You know that clump-free mascara that somehow manages to still be clumpy. Well, this mascara is 100% clump-free, trust me. When I take the wand out of the tube, I can tell there isn't an excess of product like there is on many other mascara wands. To top it off, the want can be twisted to give you maximum volume and curl to your lashes. I've been loyal to my L'Oral Butterfly mascara for quite sometime, but I may have found a new favorite. 

One of Bath and Body Works' newest scents, Le Fleur has been my go-to this spring. It smells like flowers. literally. I know, that may be a tad vague, but it just smells so pretty. If you're into floral scents, or want to smell like you're walking fresh cut flowers, then I highly recommend this scent!

About two months ago I reviewed this product on my blog earlier, so if you're interested in buying this little lippie, check it out here! Anyway, I recently rediscovered my love for Baby Lips, and tinted lip balms in general, but I love how this balm brings out the natural pink tint in your lips. This is PERFECT for an everyday look. 

I have really been into a glossy lip for this past spring and soon-to-be summer! But, I hate how sticky a lot of glosses are, which is why I love this one so much. The is no stickiness.  Nope. Not one bit. The gloss easily glides on and provides a nice tint of color; my favorite is the pink natural one. Plus, it feels really nice on your lips! I love layering this over my Revlon HD Lipstick in the shade "Rose."

Mickey Mouse Necklace
The necklace pictured above isn't my exact necklace, but it's the closest I could find online. My mom recently found a Mickey Mouse charm from our family trip to Disney World 11 years ago. Can you believe that, 11 years?! Well, I don't wear my charm bracelet anymore, so I bought an inexpensive necklace from H&M and swapped the charm with my Mickey one. I wear this necklace so much, so I'm sure it'll make many appearances on my blog. 

I know you've seen the classic black and white pair I own pop up on my blog, but when I saw the same sneaker in pink, I knew I had to add it to my wardrobe. I love the pink and white combo, and these match a lot of outfits I love to wear. Oh, and this time my size was in stock, so they fit absolutely perfectly! 

I LOVE this dress. It's from the Beauty and the Beast collection at JCPenney. I saw this in stores, but it ended up being cheaper online (the beauty online shopping, am I right?) The lace and detailing on this dress is extremely pretty, and I love the ruffles too. I have a feeling this will be one of my most worn dresses this summer. Look forward to a post all about this dress coming very very soon. 

As part of the Minnie Mouse "Rock the Dots" celebration, Olympia Le-Tan teamed up with UNIQLO to bring a Minnie Mouse collection to the stores. Priced at just $14.90 the shirts are very affordable. I recently wore this on a trip to Disneyland. I love the embroidered sayings, and look how cute Minnie Mouse is on it! I can't forget to mention, this shirt is extremely soft too. 

If you haven't noticed yet, I've been loving fashionable sneakers this season. Maybe it's because I lived in New York this past year, but they're just so comfortable! I also have a slight obsession with blush colored things, so these sneakers were a no brainer purchase when I saw them. They go so well with my wardrobe, I love them! 

Arrow Necklace
Like the Mickey necklace, the one pictured above isn't the exact one, but it's similar! I got this as a graduation gift from my sister, and honestly, I have no idea where it's from. Much like the color blush, I'm a little obsessed with anything rose gold. I've only had it about a month, but I can tell this piece of jewelry is going to get so much use. 

Comment below what some your favorite fashion and beauty products, and music were this past spring, I'd love to hear other people were into! 

Disney College Program Tag

Thursday, May 25, 2017

It's official. I graduated college! I still can't believe this chapter of my life has come to an end, but I'm  super excited for my next adventure.....Disney World!

In just under three months, I'll be moving to The Happiest Place on Earth to participate in the Disney College Program. I posted my DCP bucket list a while ago, and now that it's summer break, I'll be posting a lot more posts--both Disney and fashion / beauty related. 

Below is the DCP tag. This is a thread of questions many bloggers and vloggers answer to let more people know about the program and get to know other Cast Members. 

1. How did you hear about the program?
I saw a lot of friends from high school post about doing the program, so I looked up more information about it and it sounded like a really neat experience. Since I did a visiting student program at FIT, I couldn't do the DCP while I was actually in college. Since it Fall 2017 was my last chance to do the program, I figured I'd apply. I mean, why not?

2. How was the interview process?
The interview process was extremely quick! It was so  much faster than I was expecting. Here's a quick breakdown:

I filled out the initial application on Valentine's Day, and then about five minutes later, I received an email to take a web based interview. I took the WBI February 15. This interview asks generic questions and statements like, "I am always on time" and "All people are dishonest." For each statement you choose either, strongly agree, agree, neutral, disagree, or strongly disagree. After answering a series of these statements, you find out right away if you move on in the interview process.

If you are able to move on, then you will be told you can schedule a phone interview. My phone interview was on February 23. Some of the questions I was asked were about my past work experience, why I wanted to work for the Walt Disney Company, and why I felt the roles I selected were a good fit for me. If you want a more in-depth blog post about my DCP interview, I can definitely do one!

I felt pretty good about my phone interview, so all that was left was the anxious waiting, waiting, oh and more waiting. 

I'll admit, I checked my dashboard at least twice everyday between my PI and the day I was accepted. On May 1, I found out I was accepted. I was expecting to have to wait months, but it just took 6 days! 

Overall, I was extremely happy with how quick and efficient the entire process was.

3. Where were you when you found out you were accepted?
I was actually at my internship. I checked my email, and when that "Congratulations!" email popped up from Disney Recruiting I couldn't believe it! 

4. What is your role? Preferred roles?
My role is Merchandise! When I applied I only put interest in three roles: Bibiddi Bobbidi Boutique, Merchandise, and Costuming. I'm really happy I was placed in Merchandise. I worked in retail all throughout high school and college, so I'm comfortable with that aspect. I can't wait to begin this role in my favorite place! 

5. How did you find your roommates? How many do you want?
I found my roommates on the DCP Facebook group. I found some girls to room with who all seem really awesome! Originally I wanted 3 other roommates, but I'm actually living with 5 other girls. I figured it would be a great way to meet more people. 

6. What are you going to miss while in the program?
My friends and family, but thank goodness for FaceTime. My family and a few of my friends are planning on visiting, which will be SO great!

7. What is your favorite Disney park?
Magic Kingdom hands down. I LOVE classic Disney and the Princesses. Plus, who doesn't love that view of Cinderella's Castle when you're walking down Mainstreet USA. 

8. First thing you want to do when you get there?
Meet my roommates! 

9. What is #1 on your bucket list?
There's so many things to choose from, but I'd probably say go to all four parks in one day. 

10. One thing you hope to take away from the program?
This is a hard one. But I'm going to say that I hope to make incredible friends and honestly, just learn more and grow through my job. Okay I cheated, that's two things. 

As August 14 gets closer and closer, I can't wait to have more DCP posts. What would you want to hear about? Let me know in the comments below. 

Makeup Review: Maybelline Baby Lips Glow Balm

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Baby Lips? What? You heard, well, read that right. When I was 16 I was obsessed with Maybelline's newest tinted lip balms. A lip product that smelled great, moisturized my lips, and added a slight tint, what more could I want? Sadly, new products came around and my mini stash of Baby Lips were left untouched. 

Recently, Maybelline has been revamping this cult favorite. Their latest endeavor includes Baby Lips Glow Balm. When I read about this product online, I went to Target that day and bought it. Since then, I've been hooked.

Baby Lips Glow Balm comes in one shade: My Pink. The best part is that the shade looks great on every single skin tone. The lip balm includes hydrating PH pigments that adapt to your personal lip chemistry. The result? Your own personalized pink glow.

I love this product. It's seriously that great. The glow balm adds the perfect hint of pink, while keeping my lips moisturized and soft. Don't be surprised if you see this product popping up in future blog posts this summer. Baby Lips Glow Balm is extremely affordable too. I purchased it for $3.50 at my local Target. I've only been using it for three days, but I'd definitely repurchase it!

Take a look below at the before and after. The lip balm really does make a difference! The first picture is before, with my lips bare. The second picture is after, with the glow balm applied.

Will you be purchasing Maybelline's Baby Lips Glow Balm? Let me know on Twitter @CaitlinRedd13

Disney College Program Bucket List

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I found out a little less than a month ago that I was accepted into the Disney College Program for the fall 2017 season! On August 14, I'll be moving to my favorite place: Walt Disney World! This is so exciting for me, and I can't believe it's actually happening. As I'm sure you can tell from my previous blog posts, I definitely have a love for Disney. I gain so much style and beauty inspiration from the characters and movies, it just felt like the right choice to participate in the program.

While I'm in Disney, I'll be working as a merchandise cast member. I'll be assigned to a store at one of the four parks, or Disney Springs to work at. I've never been so excited to start a job, and I can't wait to begin making Magical Moments for guests!

While I'm not working, I definitely want to explore the parks, and Orlando as much as I can. I've seen this tag done quite a bit on YouTube, so to get to the point, I'm going to be sharing my DCP bucket list of all the activities I hope to do while I'm in Florida!

1. Visit all four parks in one day
2. Work in all four parks
3. Walk down Main Street after Magic Kingdom is closed
4. Create a Magical Moment for a guest
5. Attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
6. Spend my birthday in the Magic Kingdom
7. Meet every Disney Princess
8. Ride Every ride at Disney
9. Go to each of the fireworks shows at all four parks
10. Attend Dapper Day
11. Go to the parks Disney Bounding
12. Go to a beach
13. Drink around the world in EPCOT
14. Get a picture outside of the Tangled Restrooms (I know, sounds strange but they look SO cool)
15. Attend Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
16. Meet Mickey and Minnie
17. Run a Disney Race
18. Spend the day at a beach
19. Have a photoshoot at the Magic Kingdom
20. Start pin trading
21. Go to Blizzard Beach
22. Go to Typhoon Lagoon
23. Have dinner at Be Our Guest
24. Stay overnight at Disney's Grand Floridian
25. Spend one day at each park
26. Go to character dining
27. Eat at 50's Prime Time Cafe
28. Go to Cast Connections
29. Get my picture in front of every main point of each park (Cinderella's Castle, Tree of Life, Spaceship Earth, The Sorcerer's Hat)
30. Ride the monorail
31. Go to Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire
32. Meet Olaf
33. Go to Universal Studios
34. Take pictures for a blog post in the parks
35. Go to The Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane
36. Eat a Mickey waffle (this will probably happen a few time)
37. Take Polaroid pictures around the parks
38. Eat a Mickey ice-cream bar
39. Try Dole Whip
40. Go the taping of the Christmas parade

 There are a ton of things I want to do while I'm in Orlando. I'll definitely keep my blog updated on my adventures around Disney and Florida. I can't wait to incorporate more Disney themed posts; some style and beauty, others not. I think it's going to be such an amazing experience meeting so many new people, and making friendships I'll never forget. I cannot wait for this journey to begin. As Walt Disney said, "All our dreams can come true, if you have the courage to pursue them."

New Dresses Are Made For Exploring the City

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A couple weeks ago, back when it was 70 degrees and not an ice box outside, I explored the Brooklyn Bridge Park! Hey, what better way to do that than in a new dress? I've been wanting to share this look for a while, and finally found time to share.

I recently bought this dress from Macy's. It's a simple, light pink lace dress, but I love it! I actually don't have a dress this color. I know, surprising, right? It fits extremely well, and I can't wait to style it for spring and summer.

If it wasn't obvious already, my style is very romantic, with a few classic pieces thrown in. I think this dress would look great with a pearl necklace and sandals for the summertime. This will definitely be a dress that pops up a lot on my blog these next few months. 

My goal for this look was to make my dress the  main focal point. I kept the rest of my outfit simple with black tights and ballet flats. For my purse, I stuck with my favorite one, the light pink Cedar Street Maise handbag from Kate Spade. This purse is honestly the perfect size. I can easily fit all of my necessities, which is definitely a must when exploring the city. For jewelry, you can tell I kept it minimal. I wore my light pink rose bud stud earrings, which complimented the entire outfit nicely. 

Below are a few more pictures I took while I was exploring the area. Oh, and that ice cream cone at the bottom, definitely worth the half hour wait. 

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