DIY 90s Cartoon Ring Holder

DIY 90s Cartoon Ringer Holder on Monogrammed Magnolias

I’m a jewelry junkie. I was crazy about Claire’s growing up but now I’ve graduated to more serious pieces. You know, the big girl stuff that needs to be taken care of instead of just thrown around my room. To tell you the truth, sometimes the bazillion catchall trays I have laying around just don’t cut it. That’s where this DIY 90s Cartoon Ring Holder comes into play.

Let’s just take a moment to talk about where this crazy idea came from. In case you didn’t know, I work at an antique store (aka my side hustle) and we get vintage toys in all the time. I was unpacking stock one day when I found a few Looney Tunes figurines. They were from the year I was born and I’m a Space Jam fan so I couldn’t let them go. I ended up standing them around the register and when I had to take my ring off so I could clean something, Bugs’ arms were just begging to hold it. That’s when my imagination went wild.

DIY 90s Cartoon Ring Holder on Monogrammed Magnolias

What You’ll Need

In fact, there’s only 2 steps. All you’ll need to make your own ring holder is:

A toy figurine (anything that you think can hold rings or jewelry will work)

Hot glue gun & glue sticks

Metal lids (I used lids from small Bath & Body Works candles but you can experiment)

Spray paint (color is your choice, of course)

Box, newspaper, or drop cloth to protect work surface during spray painting

DIY 90s Cartoon Ring Holder on Monogrammed Magnolias

DIY 90s Cartoon Ring Holder on Monogrammed Magnolias

Step One

Once you have all your materials together then it’s time to glue your figure to the lid or stand. I just used a hot glue gun for this step but super glue will probably work just fine too. Daffy was actually positioned to where he could stand on one leg which I thought was fun so I ended up only gluing one foot to the stand. You can always mess around with the placement a bit before you glue. This is really a DIY project that you can make entirely your own.

DIY 90s Cartoon Ring Holder on Monogrammed Magnolias

DIY 90s Cartoon Ring Holder on Monogrammed Magnolias

Step Two

Once the glue dries you’re ready to spray paint your stand. I chose to paint mine gold because that’s the accent color in my room but you can do whatever color you want! Then gather up your stand, spray paint, and something to protect your work area and head to a well ventilated area.

DIY 90s Cartoon Ring Holder on Monogrammed Magnolias

DIY 90s Cartoon Ring Holder on Monogrammed Magnolias

I ended up using an old Sephora Play! box and some cardboard to protect everything from the spray paint and it seemed to work really well. Once you’ve given your ring holder a good coat of paint be sure to allow ample time to dry. Nothing’s worse than thinking spray paint is dry only to leave finger prints behind in tacky paint because that’s almost impossible to retouch. Trust me.

Finished Product

Once everything is dry then you’re ready to start piling on the rings. It’s really that simple! I love these ring holders so much that I’m always keeping a lookout for more toys at work that I can use to make more. It’s the new catchall obsession! Plus, let’s face it…the 90s are totally back and I can’t get enough of it!

DIY 90s Cartoon Ring Holder on Monogrammed Magnolias

DIY 90s Cartoon Ring Holder on Monogrammed Magnolias

DIY 90s Cartoon Ring Holder on Monogrammed Magnolias

Now it’s your turn! Let me know if you try this DIY out and be sure to send me pictures of your final product if you do! Leave a comment letting me know what you think and be sure to follow me on Pinterest for more DIY and just about everything else under the sun.

xx

Merisa 

Oh, and seeing as we’re on the subject of jewelry…check out this post all about my incredible experience with the jewelry rental service, Rocksbox. You can use code MERISABFF1 for your first box FREE at rocksbox.com

National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day on Monogrammed Magnolias

Did you catch that debate last night? It was a real cringe. Personally, I’ve already made my decision of who to vote for come November so I didn’t feel the need (nor did I have the stomach) to sit through that whole excruciating ordeal. (which us really sad but that’s a topic for another day) However, the debate did make me realize one thing. There has never been a more important election in my entire life.

At (nearly) 25, I’ve seen four presidents in my lifetime, two democrats and two republicans. From where I sit now, none of them were all that bad. In fact, some were even great while all of them instilled much needed change in their country. That’s what I want in my next president. The qualifications to not only be great while holding the highest office in the land but the ability to evoke change for the betterment of the people they serve.

Enough about me, what about you? What are your top priorities this election? Do you know what’s at stake? Are you a college student bogged down by impending student loans? Are you a single mother who can’t afford proper child care? Are you a female making 75 cents to every dollar made by your male counterparts?

This election has the power to change all of that. For better or for worse.

Come November we all have a huge role to play. We get the incredible opportunity of stepping into the voting booth and making our very own decision as to who we think should be the next leader of our country, the next voice of our nation, the next President of the United States of America.

However, you can only take part in that opportunity…or right, really, as granted by the US Constitution, if and only if you are registered to vote. Now let’s take a quick moment for a little check up.

National Voter Registration Day on Monogrammed Magnolias

Option 1

Congrats! Give yourself a pat on the back and head here to check your voter registration status. After all, when an election is this important you can never be too safe.

Option 2

Check your voter registration status ASAP, please! If you’re registered then it’s a refresher. If you’re not then take the necessary steps to register immediately as voter registration deadlines are quickly approaching.

Option 3

WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING?! Go here immediately! Like right now! Every vote counts and your country needs you!

National Voter Registration Day on Monogrammed MagnoliasAre you still unsure of what to do? Is it all just a bit too much? Yea, I get it but here’s the deal, the next President is going have a lot on their plate.

The next President is going to have an international relations shitshow on their hands dealing with everything from Brexit to ISIS, oh and let’s not forget the profusion of racial unrest on domestic grounds. The next President is going to potentially nominate multiple justices to the Supreme Court of the United States. The next President could potentially sign bills into law that could rebuild education, provide healthcare, lower student debt, improve parental leave, shrink the gender gap, address climate change, and endless more. That’s a lot of plates, no matter how you look at it and how the next President deals with all of that affects not only you and those around you but generations not even born yet

Sounds pretty daunting right? Well, it’s simple really. We, as informed and responsible citizens, just have to vote for the candidate we believe to be most qualified for the position. That’s our part in it all and it shouldn’t be taken for granted.

Don’t waste this opportunity to make history. Register to vote today!

xx 

Merisa

 

Beauty Review: PLAY! by Sephora

Beauty Review: Play! by Sephora on Monogrammed Magnolias

I’m a huge fan of subscription services from fashion, jewelry, even food but one of my favorite categories by far is probably pretty obvious if you’ve been around these parts for a while. It’s beauty, of course. I’ve tried out a few different beauty subscriptions but always ended up finding fault with them at some point. That hasn’t stopped me from trying to find the perfect one though.

That’s why I was excited to find out that Sephora has started their own subscription service called Play! Much like other beauty subscriptions Sephora’s box is $10 a month and features a collection of 5 deluxe samples plus a fragrance sample that they consider a bonus. However, each box also includes an adorably chic cloth bag plus a card you can use in store for “free expert advice” as well as a pull-out filled with how-tos and expert tips for each of the products. Oh and extra bonus the card gets you 50 extra points at Sephora with any purchase.

Beauty Review: Play! by Sephora on Monogrammed Magnolias

Before I get to talking about the products let’s talk a bit about the actual service. I don’t know if this is true for everyone or if it’s still even an issue but the waitlist they put you on when you first sign up is ridiculous. I’m pretty sure I was on it for at least two months before getting an email saying that I was “invited to Play!”

Then the shipping is a bit weird. You’re charged during the first week of the month but your box doesn’t ship until the third week. Once I didn’t get my box until the beginning of the next month because things were lagging a bit. That’s probably out of their hands but it’s not fun.

Beauty Review: Play! by Sephora on Monogrammed Magnolias

With all that being said, I still love finding that black and white striped box on my door step each month. I’m sure it’s because I’m a Sephora junkie but there’s just something about this box that seems a bit elevated than the rest in style and quality. Especially when it comes to the products…

Beauty Review: Play! by Sephora on Monogrammed Magnolias

The Products

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in love spell – Such a cute little sample to start with. It’s small but better than a little plastic bubble pack sample. This came in a great, flattering pink shade and I really liked the lipstick, rich and moisturizing just as promised. Fun little tidbit: this product is cruelty free.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector – At first I thought, “oh I don’t really do styling creams.” Come to find out this product is more than just a styling cream, it’s a perfector. What does that mean exactly? Well it’s meant to add shine, vibrancy, and manageablity to your hair overnight. Sounds like a winner to me!

Well, upon first use of this product, I was thrown off by the smell. If I’m being honest, it smelt a bit like my dog’s flea shampoo which isn’t all that attractive. However, I moved past it when I woke up the next morning and my hair was laying in beautiful, shiny, curls and the smell was completely gone. I’m not saying any miracles were performed. My hair is naturally wavy but usually the curls and waves I wake up with look more like I’ve just come back from a night of sleeping on the forest floor rather than a satin pillow.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper – One of my all time favorite products so I was happy to see a travel friendly version in this month’s box. What can I say? If you’re looking for a great liquid liner, perfect for a cat eye flick this product is what you want.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel – Another product I actually already own but also one that can always find a place in my makeup bag, the Brow Queen’s very own brow gel. Great for keeping stray hairs and rowdy brows in place.

Dr. Jart+ Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer – I’m a huge fan of Dr. Jart+ but I have to say I’ve only ever tried their products via samples because, well, they are expensive. So needless to say, I was excited to find this moisturizer in this month’s box. I was impressed with the size of the sample seeing as the full size at $36 is only 3.3 fl. oz. So you could technically argue that at 1 fl. oz. this sample pays for the whole box. After using it a few nights before bed and under my makeup once or twice I can say that I’m a little confused as to why this found it’s way into the September box. Sure, it’s lightweight and hydrating but that seems more appropriate for a summer time box to me. Still enjoyable though so maybe that’s just me being nit picky.

Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Verte – I’m a big Tory Burch fan but I’ve never tried her fragrances, which made me really appreciate that Sephora decided to toss in fragrance samples as a bonus. This particular scent is described to be “a tomboy and easygoing mix.” Two things I am not but I do appreciate a bit of tomboy in my fragrances. However, I didn’t get tomboy from this sample at all. It’s very floral to me. Which isn’t all that surprising considering the name literally means “Nice Green Flower” in French. I’m just not into floral scents but hey, now I know that this one isn’t for me so I can pass it on to my mom or roomies and give another Tory scent a shot.

Overall, I’m loving this subscription so far. It’s perfect for loyal Sephora girls or anyone who just loves to try out new products without laying down the big bucks just yet. I think I’ll let it stick around a bit longer. Who knows what the next box will bring after all? You can sign up for Play! here to try it for yourself.

What are your thoughts on subscription services? Got a favorite? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to follow me on Twitter and Snapchat for more subscription box love!

xx

Merisa

 

 

8 Nail Polishes for Fall

Eight Fall Nail Polishes on Monogrammed Magnolias

One of my favorite ways to transition into Fall slowly (but surely, of course) is through my nail polish choices. Sure, it’s a subtle change from my usual picks throughout the warmer months but it definitely gets me in the spirit of the season.

I’m all about the dark colors and the deep reds but I also like to throw a nice green and a few neutrals in my repertoire. You can find my top picks in those categories and more down below, maybe you’ll see one of your old faithfuls or even find a new favorite! You can shop for each polish directly through the links.

Eight Fall Nail Polishes on Monogrammed Magnolias

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Dark Polish

OPI Lincoln Park After Dark – My absolute favorite nail polish, hands down. I’m currently on my third bottle of this particular color which is unheard of when it comes to nail polishes. It looks very similar to polishes 4 and 8 pictured above but I can assure you that they are all very different. Lincoln Park is very purple but appears almost black on the nails. Perfect for Fall and Winter if you ask me.

Green Polish

Marc Jacobs 128 Nirvana – I must admit that what first drew me to this polish was the packaging. I just really like the bottle but it turns out that the color inside is actually pretty amazing. It’s a great forest green that’s colorful but unassuming at the same time. I mean that in the sense that you’re not going to get weird looks from peeps around the office for rocking this green on your fingers this season and that’s kind of a big deal.

Beige Polish

OPI Berlin there Done That – Not only is this a fantastic Fall neutral but it’s from a trusted brand and has a perfectly punny name. What more could a girl want in her nail polish?

Burgundy Polish

Nails Inc Kensington High Street – I’m a big fan of red fingernails but when it comes to the cooler months of Fall I tend to gravitate toward the deeper, warmer hues like this amazing oxblood polish. Plus, we all know oxblood is the on-trend color this season.

Red Polish

Formula X Curiosity – Did I mention I’m a big fan of red fingernails? Yeah, I just couldn’t resist throwing a classic in the mix. While this is still a classic red it does have that richness and warmth to it that just screams Fall.

Metallic Polish

Butter London All Hail the Queen – It just isn’t Fall without a warm metallic and this one combines the perfect amount of neutral & glitz. Plus, I have a soft spot in my heart for Butter London.

Navy Polish

Essie After School Boy Blazer – I went out and bought this polish after Carly from The College Prepster suggested it years ago…we even had a Twitter convo about it and I def fangirled. I’ve never looked back. It’s a seriously great color, such a classic navy that’s still sort of unexpected.

Purple Polish

OPI Infinite Shine Vampsterdam – I have to admit, I initially set out for a nice grey-beige to round out my neutrals but I just couldn’t find one that fit the bill completely for me so I decided to pull out an old favorite. Vampsterdam is an amazing purple and while it does appear similar to Lincoln Park After Dark and Kensington High Street above, it’s much more of a deep berry tone than those two.

Well there you have it, y’all. My top 8 Fall nail polishes. Like I said before you can shop all of these polishes directly through the links above. What are your favorite nail polishes for Fall? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to follow me on Twitter for more talk of all things Fall, I’m a bit obsessed.

xx

Merisa

My Fall Bucket List

My Fall Bucket Liston Monogrammed MagnoliasI don’t know if I can ever put into words just how excited I am for Fall to get here. Yes, I am most definitely that girl! I just feel like I am at my best when Fall rolls around. However, it seems I’m also at my busiest so things can get a little crazy this time of year. That’s why I’ve decided to throw together a list of everything I want to accomplish this season, a bucket list if you will.

My Fall Bucket List

It’s got everything from taking in all the pumpkin scents at Bath & Body Works, trying mulled wine for the first time, buying a pumpkin roll from one of our local church groups, to watching my favorite movies like Hocus Pocus! You can read everything on my list down below, pin it for later, and check things off right alongside me as the season goes on.

My Fall Bucket Liston Monogrammed Magnolias

Are you as excited for the change of season as I am? What’s something on the top of your Fall Bucket List? Let me know in the comments and be sure to follow me on Twitter for more!

xx

Merisa

 

Affordable Boots for Fall

 

Affordable Boots for Fall on Monogrammed Magnolias

Can ya feel it? That slight crispness to the air? It’s happening, y’all! Fall is near and that means one thing, it’s time to break out the fall fashion. In this case, we’re focusing on one of my favorite forms of fall fashion, boots but more importantly, affordable boots!

All of the boots featured in this guide are under $70, most of them are actually under $50 which is nearly unheard of when it comes to boots. I’ve taken things a step further and managed to break them down into two categories, short and tall, simple enough. You can shop everything through the link below.

Short Boots

Who doesn’t love a good ankle boot? I’m a bit fan of duck boots all the way through winter and the best part about these particular boots is that they are under $20! Oh and how freaking cute are those burgundy suede & leather buckle boots? Rounding out the group are a trio of neutral boots perfect for crunching leaves under and beautiful black leather ankle boots that everyone needs!

Affordable Boots for Fall on Monogrammed Magnolias

clockwise from the top:

Duck Boots | Red Velvet | Peep Toe | Tassel Boots | Braided | Black Leather

Tall Boots

The boots I’m most looking forward to breaking out this season? Over the knee boots! Did anyone happen to catch the red velvet boots T-Swift was rocking at the Tommy Hilfiger #NYFW show this past weekend? They were to die for and the inspiration for the inclusion of these (totally affordable) Catherine Malandrino boots. Also, I threw in two pairs of Tommy Hilfiger rain boots because, well, why not? They’re both fabulous! Oh and cowboy boots under $40, you just can’t pass those things up.

Affordable Boots for Fall on Monogrammed Magnolias

clockwise from the top:

Catherine Malandrino Over the Knee | Guess Riding Boots | Tommy Hilfiger Rain Boots | Liz Claiborne Over the Knee | Qupid Cowboy Boots | Tommy Black Boots

What boots are you looking forward to breaking out this season? Got any fall fashion essentials you can’t wait to wear? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to follow me on Twitter where I’ll be sharing more of my fall fashion favorites!

xx

Merisa

Beauty Attitudes with The Estée Edit

Beauty Attitudes with the Estée Edit on Monogrammed Magnolias

If you’re a beauty junkie (or obsessed with everything Kendall Jenner does) like me, then you might have heard of the new launch by Estée Lauder known as the Estée Edit. In my honest opinion, the whole thing is just Estée’s pleading shot at targeting a younger audience…which I’m totally down for!

I grew up on Estée Lauder but I’d be lying if I told you applying Double Wear doesn’t remind me of my grandmother every time I do it. That’s why the Estée Edit works. It’s a breath of fresh air that still manages to stick to the brand’s “Beauty is an Attitude” mantra. That renewed spirit is why I was so excited to see a package from the beauties over at the Estée Edit perched on my doorstep the other day. Oh and it’s also why I’m sharing all my thoughts on the products inside with you!

SPOILER ALERT – I adore all of these products, so get ready for it…

Inside Track Eye Kajal

I cannot tell you enough just how much I love this eyeliner. Let me set the scene for you. I pull this double ended liner out of the packaging and immediately can’t wait to try the darkest shade, a Bold Bordeaux. I barely touch the the product to my lid and it glides on like a freaking dream. I put down the liner, before actually finishing the line on my eye, and pull up the Sephora app on my phone just to see what other colors it comes in.

I’m determined to collect them all! No worries though, I managed to put down the phone long enough to finish both eyes before heading out to work where I rocked this liner for eight sweaty hours (the AC was still out). Which is practically unheard of when it comes to pencil liner. I love that the color is a different take from the typical black while still being dark enough to define. I adore the nude end for the upper lash line too, even though it may be to pink toned for my lower waterline.

Beauty Attitudes with the Estee Edit on Monogrammed Magnolias

Metallishadow Creme + Powder

I love a good two-in-one product but one that comes with a teensy tiny mirror automatically steals my heart. I’m not too big of a fan of loose pigment shadows but I love the color of this particular one. Paired with the coppery brown cream shadow, this Metallishadow in Solar Blast is kinda unstoppable in my book. Seriously, it makes me crave cable knit sweaters and PSLs just sitting on my vanity.

Late Night Eraser

Holy calzone…I love this stuff! At first I thought, here we go, another eye cream with a metal applicator. Cue the eye roll but try it anyway. Not only is the eye cream balm soothing and brightening but the metal applicator actually works for me! I’ve never had an applicator like this actually cool and sooth my under eye area like this one. I could seriously apply this stuff all day long, I can’t get enough.

Beauty Attitudes with the Estee Edit on Monogrammed Magnolias

Radiance Activator 

I feel like I say this every time I mention skincare but it’s worth repeating, I am a dry skin girl. Like Priscilla, Queen of the Desert dry. So anytime I see the words “radiance” and “glow” on a product’s packaging I am game.

At first, I used this product as a primer, applying it over moisturizer as a bit of a radiance boost. While it does an amazing job at that, it’s way more versatile than I first thought. I decided to experiment a bit seeing that it feels amazing on my skin, illuminates without shining, and has a smell reminiscent of a watermelon Jolly Rancher. So far, I’ve mixed it with my foundation, used it on bare skin, and even applied it as a subtle highlight over my makeup. All scenarios passed with flying colors! This is definitely a product you will want to check out if you suffer from dull skin.

Speaking of checking it out for yourself, you can shop all of the products I’ve mentioned right here: Inside Track Eye Kajal, Metallishadow Creme + Powder, Late Night Eraser, Radiance Activator

What about you…have you tried any of the Estée Edit products? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Oh and be sure to follow me on Instagram for more shots of these amazing products.

xx

Merisa

 

* I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

 

Current Obsessions + Playlist

Current Obsessions + Playlist on Monogrammed Magnolias

This week has been seriously crazy but in the same respect, it’s been seriously amazing too. I’m still trying to find the groove of things when it comes to the new apartment (in case no one has told you, living with two roommates is hard) but things are getting easier. Which I hope means things around here will get back to being consistent again. I miss chatting with y’all, that’s why I wanted to catch you up on what I’ve been loving lately including my go to monthly playlist.

My Favorite Murder

This one’s a bit out of the norm but it’s my absolute favorite obsession (and it is an obsession) so I had to talk about it first. In case you haven’t heard of it, My Favorite Murder is a comedy podcast all about, well, murder. It’s hosted by the kickass Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark who bring a brilliant mix of California girl comedy to the grisly world of true crime. If you’re a fan of shows like Forensic Files or Making a Murder then you need to listen to My Favorite Murder. I’ve ran through 26 episodes in like three days, it’s that good!

Girls on HBO

Where has this show been all my life? Scratch that, I know, it’s been on HBO and being the broke college girl grad that I am, HBO has alluded me until recently. My roomie and I went in on an HBO Now subscription so we could start Game of Thrones and while that has become an obsession all on it’s own; it’s Marnie, Hannah, Jessa, and Soshanna that have really stolen my heart. I’m not going to give much away here in case you’re like me and have lived under a rock for the last six years but I’m almost finished with season 2 now and would just like to say, as embarrassing as it is, I am Soshanna, Soshanna is me. That’s all.

Chloe Drew

Anyone else spend hours online staring at overly expensive designer bags you can only dream of owning? Or is that just me? In the case of the Chloe Drew bag, I take it a step further and sometimes go into Nordstrom just to touch them. I’ve spent way too much valuable time just daydreaming of the Drew bags lately so when I stumbled across a knockoff at Target (on clearance no less) I had to snag it. $14.99 >>> $1,800 ALWAYS

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Vanilla Bourbon

“You had me at bourbon.” That’s what I said to the sweet Sephora sales girl who introduced me to the latest fragrance from Elizabeth and James (aka Mary Kate and Ashley’s high end brand). I ended up snagging the rollerball version because I just couldn’t walk away from the rich, warm scent. Plus, a Kentucky girl can’t say no to bourbon, it’s like an unspoken law or something.

Caramel Apple Milky Way

If you follow me on Snapchat (which you totally should be doing seeing as I’m trying my damnedest to be better at it…@angelmerisa23) then you may have seen my grocery store discovery of these little gems. They taste so much like an actual caramel apple that I am in full blown fall mode and it’s still 95 degrees on the daily. For that I will forgive because they are just so darn delicious.

Playlist

Now it’s time for the musical portion of today’s lesson…my monthly playlist. I’m particularly loving the new Hey Violet EP and pretty much anything from the Suicide Squad soundtrack. Check it out here.

What are your current obsessions? Let me know in the comments and be sure to follow Monogrammed Magnolias on Facebook because I’ll be sharing a bonus obsession that you’re really going to want to see.

xx

Merisa

Olympic Style: Team USA

Olympic Style Team USA on Monogrammed Magnolias

When I think of great American fashion, I can’t help but think of Ralph Lauren and apparently I’m not the only one. Mr. Lauren continued his streak of decking out Team USA in his designs this past weekend for the Olympic Opening Ceremony. I loved every minute of it, so much so that immediately afterward I was looking for cheaper alternatives to recreate the look because if you go by the retail prices…each member of #TeamUSA was wearing well over $1,000 in clothing during the parade of countries. While that might be fine for a 5 time Olympian (I’m looking at you, Michael Phelps), I’m hoping for something a bit more affordable.

The Blazer

Let’s start with the best part, the blazer! While the original design will set you back a pretty penny, there are plenty of ways to snag the tailored look without actually having to break the bank. Oh and minus that borderline obnoxious extra large polo pony.

The T-Shirt

Now in the original design the Olympians are wearing a t-shirt with thick red, white, and blue stripes. That’s not the easiest look to rock in my opinion so I’ve switched it up a bit here with thin stripes and even a basic white tee.

The Pants

Team USA just proved that everyone really does need a pair of really great white jeans in their wardrobe. Whether you’re sticking with the preppy vibes of Ralph or going a little more bohemian a la Rachel Zoe, white jeans are the way to go.

The Shoes

I love my country just as much as the next girl but I don’t know if I’ll be trying the whole red, white, and blue shoes anytime soon. However, I like the boat shoes look and how great would a pair of navy flats be with that blazer and those jeans?

The Accessories

No outfit is complete without accessories and no Olympic Games are complete without some Team USA gear, so let’s kill two birds with one stone so to speak.

 

What do you think of Team USA’s Olympic look? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for more Olympic fashion (and event commentary!).

Oh and one more thing…you can use code SHOPSTYLE for $40 off $200 at Kendra Scott now thru Aug. 13!

xx 

Merisa

 

 

Beauty Favorites: Hero Products

Beauty Favorites: Hero Products on Monogrammed Magnolias featuring Urban Decay, IT Cosmetics, DryBar, and more

I have been so lazy when it comes to my beauty routine lately. Between the move, setting up the house, and figuring out my new work schedule there just hasn’t been time for much of anything else but there have been a few heroes in the mix. What do you do when you find not one but FIVE hero products? You share them, of course!

IT Cosmetics CC Cream

I have not used another foundation since I bought this product three or four months ago. That’s a big deal! I literally cannot sing enough praises for this foundation. I know it’s technically a CC Cream but really it’s a full coverage foundation that can be sheered out with a damp beauty blender. That sort of versatility is why this is one of my hero products of the moment because it covers up breakouts (which are bound to happen when you’re dealing with the stress of a move), evens my skin tone, and stays all day!

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

I grabbed a sample of this concealer at Sephora in Nashville the night before Warped Tour because I wanted a concealer that wouldn’t crease on me the next day. I spent the whole day at Warped sweating it down in 90+ degree heat and by the time we got back to the hotel around eleven that night, my concealer was still hanging on. Now, mind you, the rest of my makeup was having issues but let me reiterate…a whole day in 90+ degree heat. That’s impressive.

DryBar Triple Sec 3-in-1

During my early, bar hopping college days I used to have this holy grail hair product (which I can’t exactly remember the name of but that’s okay because they don’t make it anymore anyway) that rocked my world. It gave volume and texture and smelled amazing. I knew when I put that in my hair it was going to be a good day but then I ran out, threw away the bottle, and couldn’t find anything remotely similar…until now. DryBar’s Triple Sec is better! You see, this little guy is a 3-in-1,  volumizer, textuirzer, & dry shampoo, which is perfect for a busy boss babe! Just like most DryBar products, I can’t rave about it enough.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick

This stuff has only been around since the middle of June and I have bought four different shades so far. That alone should speak it’s greatness but I’ll elaborate. I first tried this lipstick when Sephora sent me a huge 25 shade sample packet and I immediately fell in love with the texture and durability of the matte shades. (I’m a matte lips kinda girl so I haven’t really played around with any of the other finishes since the move, just to be fair.) They glide on so smooth, last so long, come in an incredible range of shades, and the packaging is kind of amazing. The four shades I have are Backtalk (mauve-nude), Stark Naked (light nude), Menace (fuchsia pink), and Hex (deep red-wine). I love that I can slap on Backtalk or Stark Naked with any makeup combo and be good to go while Menace and Hex are perfect, fun going-out shades.

Clarisonic Mia 

Remember how I said the CC Cream helped cover up breakouts? Well my Clarisonic Mia helps banish them! It also gets my skin unbelievably clean even when I’m wearing all of these long wearing products. I love that it’s waterproof so I can use it in the shower when I’m being a supreme lazy girl and it’s travel friendly which is a life saver. Personally, I think this is a great product for #BackToSchool as well, especially for all you college girls out there because rule #1 of life…always wash your face before bed. Don’t roll your eyes at me, I mean it. You won’t regret it!

Bonus Beauty Fave: I always use my Clarisonic with Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple cleanser which you can stock up on now during the #NSale. You can shop all these products directly by clicking the images down below. Oh, I know Clarisonic has come out with four or five new versions since the Mia but I’m still sticking with the OG because 1.) it’s cheaper (especially when it’s in the #NSale) and 2.) I don’t really need all those different settings, it works great as is.

What are some of your current beauty favorites or hero products? I’m always looking for recommendations so feel free to share your’s in the comments. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter as I’ll be sharing more bonus beauty favorites over there.

xx 

Merisa