2016 Holiday Girlfriend Gift Guide

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, y’all! My group of girlfriends whom I’ve made great friends with here in Baton Rouge over the last year and half are throwing a white elephant gift exchange this upcoming weekend. I am so excited! Gifts, wine, girl-time, and no where to be first thing in the morning. If you aren’t familiar with white elephant, the best I can explain it is everyone buys a gift of a pre-established monetary amount, throws them in the middle of circle, and everyone who brought a gift gets a turn to pick! A very lackluster explanation, but throw in a glass of wine and some Christmas-themed-cake-balls and it becomes much more entertaining. Not to mention gifts can be stolen when it’s your turn to pick!

In preparation of those who procrastinate like myself and who also have girlfriend gift-exchanges coming up, I’ve compiled this fun list of gifts–all under $50!

NYX Liquid Suede Lip Cream Vault–$50
Okay, okay. So after taxes and possibly shipping if you’re ordering online, this gift ends up being closer to the $60 range than $50, but it’s so worth it! These lippies are some of the best drugstore lip colors and formula. For the lipstick lover(s) in your life, imagine the fight over this vault!

Marley Lilly Engraved Bar Necklace–$20
You really cannot beat this price for a pretty piece of personalized jewelry. Marley Lilly offers three different finishes to the necklace as well–gold, silver, and rose gold. Grab one as a gift and one for yourself. It’s a win-win!

Phone Mount–$15
I can personally say for anyone who drives or travels a ton for work this gift is a lifesaver. It’s so easy to put together, attach to your car windshield, and adjust. It’s a super practical gift that will get plenty of use!

Popsockets Phone Grip–$10
I have seen so many beauty vloggers on snapchat use these things! Another practical gift but mixed with some stylish flare. They’d make great stocking stuffers!

‘Good Vibes Only Travel’ Mug–$20
I actually received this gift from a bestie last Christmas and I love it entirely too much! It’s ceramic, so it keeps my coffee plenty hot on those days I’m running out of the door and am in and out of the car a thousand times. Plus, it’s a little reminder not to dwell on the minor mishaps that can happen throughout the day.

Elizabeth James Nirvana Rollerball Set–$28
I feel the price point is pretty great for this set. I’m a huge fan of these scents. There’s definitely one for everybody! Whether she’s a fan of fresh, warm, floral, or spicy–this set has them all!

Coffee Beanery Coffee Sampler–$26
If there exists a delicious, rich coffee that is not Community nor Starbucks it is Coffee Beanery. I haven’t heard anyone talk about this coffee, but it has been a favorite of mine since having it back home. For those gals who are coffee lovers, this sampler set is perfect and even comes with a travel mug!

Joe Boxer Women’s Bootie Slippers–$13
brb…buying multiples of these cute & comfy thangs! I feel like slippers are universally appreciated. What girl doesn’t want a pair of something she can eternally lounge in?! This brand is one of my favorites and I’ve even bought them as a Christmas extra for my mom!

Lilly and Laura Bracelet Stack–$36
Although the listed price is $36, Lilly and Laura does a deal where if you purchase 3 or more bracelets, you get them discounted at $10/piece instead of $12. I lovelovelove these! They’re beautiful and versatile!! They come in every color or design you could possibly think of and they’re amazing quality! They don’t pinch your skin or hairs on your arm because there’s no elastic–you just roll them onto your wrist.  They’re such a great treat for that girlfriend who’s always got an armparty happening!

Happy shopping and gift-stealing my gals! Haha! xoxo

Sephora #VIBRouge Review

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Boy oh boy! Does this week feel a million times longer than last week, or is it just me?! Okay, so I know we had a super short week last week with the holidays, but normally when I’m super busy my days still fly by. Just pass the extra-large coffee my way, please! (Speaking of coffee, has anyone else seen the Gilmore Girls revival Netflix just released??! I have such mixed feelings..) Anyway, I’m excited to share with you guys my little haul reviews from the VIB/VIBRouge sales that happened at Sephora at the beginning of this month.

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Ashton and Allison–$20/piece
The first shade of this lipstick I set out to purchase was Pure Hollywood, as it had been dubbed a dupe for one of the ever-so-popular Kylie Jenner lip kit shades. Of course, I was never able to get my hands on this coveted color and settled instead for Dusty Rose–a pinky mauve thats very wearable for everyday. I found the formula, although somewhat drying, applied smoothly, opaquely, and most importantly, reapplication goes on just as smoothly and opaquely. I love the color Ashton for fall. In my experience, they all dry a little bit darker than they are in the tube (which is my experience with most liquid lipsticks). Allison is such a beautiful warm pinky-brown. It’s darker than Dusty Rose but still very wearable for everyday. Overall, I recommend these liquid lipsticks if you’re looking for work appropriate colors and a comfortable, long-lasting formula.

2. Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm–$29
I debated on purchasing this because I am an avid user of makeup remover wipes for taking off my face at the end of the day. But after receiving a sample of this in a Sephora Play! Box, I knew I had to purchase the full size. The number one thing I love about this product is that it DOESN’T DRY OUT MY FACE! That’s a big deal to me, because I feel like when I’m cleansing my face at night with 18 different washes and scrubs and this and that, I’m not replenishing my skin with everything I’m stripping from it. Plus the balm makes it much easier to remove eye makeup than a wipe. I go through it quickly, though, so maybe it’s best left for the hard to remove lips and eye makeup.

3. Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick–$24
Holy liquid lipstick goodness do I love this formula! Again, I received a sample of Driver’s Seat in a Sephora Play! box and I decided to try a couple of non-traditional colors. I purchased Chill Zone and Out Loud, which is the color pictured here. I don’t experience any weird peeling or flaking off of this formula, I love the applicator wand and tip, I just wish the price point was a little less expensive! If you have been eyeing these lipsticks, I would recommend purchasing a fun color you wouldn’t wear everyday!

4. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer–$28
Okay, okay, I know everyone loveeesss the Tarte shape tape concealer. But honestly, the Naked concealer is my g0-t0. I like the coverage more than the Tarte shape tape, which I find difficult to build to my liking without it looking cake-y. The Naked concealer feels lighter on my skin and then there’s the added bonus that the Naked concealer isn’t incessantly sold out! The Tarte shape tape took me weeks and weeks to get my hands on! I will say the wear of the Naked concealer is not as long as the Tarte shape tape, but with a little setting powder, I make it work. I do wish there were more shades to choose from in the Naked. I’ve used Fair Neutral and Light Neutral, and I prefer to lightest shade.

5. Kopari Coconut Balm–$32
I thought I would opt for the less expensive option here, as the coconut melt jar is a few dollars more. I also prefer my lotions in a pump or tube because they’re less messy that way. In this instance, however, I wish I would have just bought the jar. Although the smell is great and of course the extra-provided moisture is great, the difficulty of getting the product out of the tube is way more effort than it’s worth! (I’m lolling at myself right now.) I honestly thought there must have been a tab covering the opening of the tube when I first used it because I could not get product out no matter how hard I squeezed. Surprise! There’s no tab, I just need to start lifting weights apparently…My recommendation would be if you’re still set on purchasing the tube because you prefer the balm consistency (like myself) then set it on a shelf in your shower and let the warmth from the shower heat it up so you can apply after. It will make the product easier to work with. Otherwise, splurge for the jar melt!

Until next time, lovies! xoxo

Giving Thanks In Style

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So, if you’re anything like me, you are currently curled up in bed and have been for at least the last hour.  I plan on enjoying every last second of work-free afternoons the next two days. I cannot wait to visit with my mom in the kitchen sipping coffee, watch some football with my dad, and see the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie in theaters with my little brother! (I’m really excited for that last bit, haha!) For the most part I enjoy being casual around my family and my home town. So, for this look, I took a plain Piko dress and a blanket scarf I keep in constant winter wardrobe rotation and paired them with my Steve Madden OTK boots to dress it up a little bit. The dress is short enough to wear with leggings or jeans underneath and ankle booties to make it more casual.

I am so ready to break out the rest of my scarves, so the weather here in Louisiana needs to make up its mind already! The rain this afternoon brought some warm wind with it. Fingers crossed for an icier breeze when I head home in the morning. With blanket scarves like this one, I’m not the greatest at perfectly coiffing it to a point in front. My advice to those of you who are unsure how to style a blanket scarf: throw it around your neck and over your shoulders until it stays put and you are warm–and voila!

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If you’re doing a late Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving, or just want to be helpful in the kitchen preparing something tomorrow, consider one of the easiest and most favored appetizers: deviled eggs! What I love about this delicious finger food is that it’s almost impossible to mess up and it’s even easier to make! I usually boil some eggs and then peel them under cold running water to make them easier to peel. Once I have cut them and scooped out the yolk into a separate dish, I alternate adding dollops of mayonnaise and mustard/shakes of salt and pepper until the “deviled” mixture is whipped and creamy with a sweeter taste (compared to the more sour taste a mustard-heavy mix can have). I return the newly concocted yolk to its original egg-home and top with a pinch of paprika. Now, some folks like to add relish, pickles, Worcestershire, or even Tony Chachere’s, but keeping in mind the picky eaters in my family–namely my brother and myself–I keep the mixture pretty simple. It’s all about personal preference, and that’s what makes it so easy!

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Don’t forget to count your blessings this Thanksgiving guys! Have a good one!

Dress: Blu Spero; Piko; Forever 21; Forever 21; Nordstrom Rack; H&M

Scarf: Change Clothes; Target; ModCloth

Boots: Nordstrom; Free People; Forever 21

To Tame Flyaways/aka what I should have put in my hair the morning before taking these pictures lol: Eva NYC Get Glossed Hair Serum

Thanksgiving Outfit Inspo with Ava and Joy

Happy Weekend lovlies!

I’ll finally be catching literally the tiniest break from my schoolwork this week since one of my three classes won’t be meeting on campus. (It’s about an hour commute there and back for me.) I’m hoping to be able to head home a day early for some extra R&R with my family!

In the meantime, I’ve teamed up with Ava & Joy–a boutique out of Dallas, Texas–to create a fun and trendy outfit perfect for all the turkey-eating and football-watching you could possibly do on Thanksgiving Day!

I want to point out how impressed I am with the quality of the pieces! The fit of the jeans, especially. They are SO comfortable, but I could tell that they are durable as well. I feel like the price point is perfect. I even washed and dried the top, which is knit material, and it had ZERO snags, loose threads, anything that usually (and unfortunately) happens when you wash and dry a knit shirt. The shirt can be worn off-the-shoulder because it’s got a T-strap in the back, but I prefer the way it fits normally. I felt so cute and comfortable in these pieces!

Everything is linked at the bottom (:

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Top: Ava and Joy

Jeans: Ava and Joy

Booties: Blu Spero (formerly Apricot Lane); UrbanOg; Charlotte Russe; Forever 21

Bracelets: Frock Candy [You can call or DM on Insta either of their Baton Rouge locations and get them to send pictures of Erimish bracelet stacks they have available. I also have asked them before to just make me a stack they personally like because I’m awful at decisions when I have too many options!]

Necklaces: Hemline Towne Center; Kendra Scott; Frock Candy; Forever 21; Aldo; Francesca’s

Lipstick: Revlon Ultra Matte HD in Addiction

Nails: Essie No More Film

Photographer: Kelsey Coste

fall neutrals

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We’ve had a little bit of rain here in Baton Rouge the last couple of days but overall the weather has been pretty great! Temperatures are finally starting to drop, but boy am I ready for it to be BRRRRR! cold. In the mean time, I’m trying to quench my thirst for colder weather by adding a few fun fall pieces here and there to my wardrobe a-la these Steve Madden over-the-knee boots. A really fun way to add some more warmth-factor to this look would be to throw on a neutral-colored leather jacket or even an olive green utility jacket.

I’ve been having so much fun these last couple of weeks since the weeks prior were so hectic and stressful. Spending my down-time wisely is key for me to unwind after too many busy days in a row. If you guys are not familiar with the Voodoo Music + Arts Festival in New Orleans, LA, it’s worth acquainting yourselves! This was my second time attending and the artist lineup was insane!  From pinot-popsicles to epic costumes, it was the best weekend I’ve had in a long time. I have a couple of recap pics on my Insta: @limerenceandluck

Check it out!

Everything is linked below!

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Necklace: Mine is from Baublebar, but you can get a similar and less expensive version here.

Dress: a couple of seasons ago from Francesca’s. But here are some similar: Francesca’s; ShopBop; Urban Outfitters; Forever 21; Salt Pines; Tilly’s

Boots: Nordstrom; Charlotte Russe