Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Winter Fun Checklist

Happy Christmas break!! I've been on break for almost a week now, and have been loving every minute of it! Because I'm the Queen of Lists, I of course had to make a checklist of fun ideas for over break! Here it is:

Winter Fun Checklist-
*Drive around with the family and look at Christmas lights. (Our family tradition!)
*Find the biggest hill around and go sledding
*Go Ice skating and then go get hot chocolate
*Have a girls shopping day
*Have a winter photoshoot
*Watch an overload of Christmas movies
*Listen to your Christmas Pandora station non-stop
*Make Christmas cards for friends
*Decorate a Gingerbread House
*Make gingerbread men
*Build a snowman
*Read a new book
*Have a family game night
*Write letters to friends who live far away
*Have a snowball fight
*Bake cookies to share with friends
*Catch snowflakes on your tongue
*Donate to a local food kitchen
*Help little kids write a letter to Santa Claus
*Decorate your bedroom/house for the holidays

Have a wonderful week and look out for more holiday themed posts!
xoxo, emalee

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Three Years

Do what you love
On the 25th of October, my third blogging anniversary quietly came and went, without so much as a word of acknowledgement from me. Truthfully, I forgot about it. What with the craziness of college classes, midterms... and now finals, and then of course the holidays, blogging has pretty much been the last thing on my mind. Despite that, I wanted to take a moment (even if it is two months late) to celebrate this journey and how far I've come.
Three years ago I was a shy, slightly awkward fourteen year old that was still finding my place in this world. I had just begun to dabble in photography and had watched a few friends start cutesy little blogs. After much careful thought, procrastination, and planning, I created my account on blogspot, and hit publish. Three years later, and I'm still here.
I'm so proud of this journey, and all that I've learned from it. To some people, it may just be another blog, but to me, it's a part of my life. Blogging taught me the value of good writing. It helped to further my passion for photography. It introduced me to some amazing people, my "blogging buddy's". It showed me a community where people support and encourage one another in the best ways possible.
More than anything though, blogging has taught me that I have a voice, and that that voice is worth hearing. It gave me a quiet confidence, a renewed love in writing, and a joy for the simple things in life.
So thankful for the past three crazy, but wonderful years. Here's to many more!
xoxo, em

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Taylor Swift Blank Space Makeup Tutorial

This week Taylor released her new music video for "Blank Space". I'm sure I wasn't the only one that was blown away by the whole thing. True, it was way different than some of her previous work, but overall I thought it was amazing! The details, the many outfit changes, the classy atmosphere, and that makeup! Taylor's makeup stayed pretty consistent throughout the video, and I knew I had to do a tutorial on it. It was just too gorgeous to pass up! Overall the look is dramatic and classy. Contoured cheeks, classic red lips, smoky eye, and defined brows. Way too over the top for day to day life, but perfect for the upcoming holiday season. Parties, events, winter formal, etc. This could be your go to look of the season! Okay, enough talking, lets get into the look!
Start off by applying your foundation and concealer as normal. I used a matte primer under my foundation to help this look last.
Taylor's brows are thin, but defined. I filled mine in with my go to product, the Anastasia Brow Wiz (in Ash Blonde). Favorite product ever!! So simple to use too. A must have in every girls makeup bag!

For the eyes I used my Maybelline "The Nudes" palette. I used the four colors on the far right to create this smoky eye. I used a matte tan/gray as my base. Then I applied dark gray on the back 1/3 of my eye and in my crease. I then applied a shimmery white shade in the inner corner to brighten up my eyes. I took a little eyeliner brush and applied the matte black eyeshadow as you would apply eyeliner. Flick your hand up once you reach the end of your eye to create a wing. It doesn't have to be perfect, you can even smudge it a little.

Now go in with your favorite liquid eyeliner (mine is by Maybelline) and apply a thin line on your top lid. Flick it out to create a subtle wing.

Apply two or three coats of your favorite mascara. The current one I'm using is the Stila Major Major Lash Mascara.

To contour your cheeks take your favorite bronzer (mine is by Rimmel), make a fishy face (or however you like to do it) and apply bronzer in the hollow of your cheeks. Taylor's cheeks were very contoured!

Apply a light pink, natural blush onto the apples of your cheeks. I used an Elf  Blush in Twinkle Pink for a subtle glow.

Now onto the last, and most important step. The red lipstick. I've searched high and low for years to find the perfect red lipstick. Every shade I tried looked horrible on me though! This year for Halloween I went as Little Red Riding Hood. A week before Halloween I happened to see this lipstick in Target (because let's be honest, I'm in there every other day) and for whatever reason I decided to pick it up. Good grief, this stuff is amazing! It looks killer and will make you feel so classy and fierce. This is the Rimmel Matte lipstick in #111 "Kiss of Life". I'll admit, it is a little bright, but it's one of my favorite things ever and I promise you'll never want to be without it!

This was by far the most fun I've ever had on a blog shoot! Photo credits to my sweet lil bro, Sam! Seriously though, what ten year old boy takes photos this good?!

What makeup posts would you like to see in the future? More celeb makeup tutorials? Yay or nay?

xoxo, em

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Perfect Messy Bun Tutorial

For those days when I have one minute to do my hair, the messy bun is my go to hairstyle.
I wear this hairstyle for workouts, work shifts at the kennel, yard work, and lazy days around the house. It's my tried and true look, and today I'm sharing it with you!

You'll need:

One ponytail holder- I prefer the ribbon kind because they won't pull on your hair

Dry shampoo- I prefer this one by Tresemme, because it's cheap, and works. The purpose of dry shampoo for this look is to add more texture and volume to the bun.

Hairspray- no explanation needed.

1) Start off with  dry, natural hair. I usually don't even brush my hair before doing this look.

2) Spritz some dry shampoo in your roots.

3) Rub the dry shampoo through your hair.

4) Grab your ponytail holder.

 5) Pull your hair into a high ponytail. Be careful to smooth out any bumps, but try to keep it looking natural and effortless. (aka, not slicked back like a wet rat)

6) Start off like you're putting your hair in a ponytail. Depending how big your ponytail holder is, pull your hair through the ponytail holder once or twice. On the next time only pull it about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way through.

7) Wrap remaining hair around the partial bun and tuck under ponytail holder. Your first attempts may look a little funny, so remember that practice makes perfect!

8) Finish off with a mist of hairspray, and you're good to go!

This look is so easy and effortless, it almost didn't require a tutorial!

Interested in more hair tutorials? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo, em

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My Chic Nail Combo



 When your nails are perfectly painted, life just seems to go a little better. Am I right? When my mani is on point, I feel a million times more put together!

I've become quite the little nail polish queen this year, and I love finding new shades for each season. Today I've decided to share my favorite nail combo with you-

Essie- Under the Twilight This has been my go to shade this year. The mysterious, vampy shade of purple-that-looks-black-but-isn't draws me in every time.

Urban Outfitters- Sweet Sugar This magical stuff is from the new matte collection (which comes in three shades). The amazing part is that it's sparkly and matte at the same time! Glitter nail polish is usually thin and disgusting. Sweet Sugar isn't either of those things. Holding up to its name, this stuff is thick and goes on beautifully. I do two coats for good measure, and it holds up perfectly.

Essie & Urban Outfitters are hands down my favorite brands of nail polish. Essie is the classic cult favorite that you can never go wrong with. Nearly $10 a bottle, this stuff isn't cheap, but the quality is amazing and the colors are to die for. UO nail polishes on the other hand often get over looked. At only $5 a bottle ($4 if you buy two!) they are much cheaper than Essie, and come in a huge variety of unique shades.

I've been wearing this combo for weeks, and still can't seem to get tired of it. Maybe I'll make it part of my signature look. ;)

What's your favorite nail polish? Tell, tell.

xoxo, em

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What I Wore//New York Dreaming





Sweater//American Eagle


Today when I went to get dressed I found myself dreaming of Taylor Swift, 1989, and New York. I'm sure I'm not the only one that's been obsessed with her latest songs. My excitement for the 1989 release, is off the charts!
 I love how Taylor has really focused in on her style in the last few years, and has developed a certain look for herself. She's always classy, preppy, and feminine, with a touch of vintage.
This outfit was inspired by fall, Taylor Swift, New York, and of course, 1989.

May you always be classy,
xoxo, em

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Autumn Mug Cake Recipe!

What could be more simple (or yummy) than a mug cake? They're so fun to make, and they taste delicious! I came up with this recipe on my own, and it tastes like a fall flavored coffee cake. So good!
While this isn't something I would eat every day, it's definitely a healthier option than a big slice of chocolate cake!
Have fun and don't be afraid to experiment and try different flavors!

Autumn Mug Cake Recipe:

2 TBS coconut flour (you can really use any flour)
1 egg
1 TBS almond milk (or any kind of milk)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 TBS maple syrup

Mix all of the ingredients up in your mug. Make sure you mix well! Microwave for two minutes. The time may vary depending on your microwave. Remove and sprinkle a tiny bit of coconut sugar over the top. You could also use maple syrup or honey. Enjoy!

If you try this recipe be sure to let me know what you think!

xoxo, em