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{Glam} Color of the Year

July 13, 2014 in Glam: Style & Trends by Stephanie Campbell

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This year’s color of the year?  Radiant Orchid! Pantone shares, “It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple – one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.”

While I am not one to rock a “fuchsia” or a “pink” – there is something about “Radiant Orchid” that feels just right. In the past, Pantone’s Annual Choice spurred a tangerine and an emerald. Two colors that are just asking for trouble. (I can still safely assure you I have neither in my closet. Maybe a hunter green.)

This friendly hue is a lot easier for all women to wear. It compliments all skin tones and is a bit more soft and subtle, but just as colorful as it’s predecessors.

Prepare to see this color pop up in your best friend’s wedding this fall, your co-worker’s new handbag, and even in your own home! Don’t be afraid to give it a go… this pretty purple will transcend each season, so it won’t go out of style anytime soon.

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{Shift Dress, American Eagle Outfitters | Booties, DSW}

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How you will wear this year’s biggest color? Comment below!

 xoxoStephanie

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{Graffiti} Summer Beauty Essentials + How To Use Coconut Oil

June 8, 2014 in Graffiti: Arts & Culture by Stephanie Campbell

{Graffiti} Summer Beauty Essentials + How To Use Coconut Oil

Next to fashion and beauty, food is probably my most favorite thing to photograph or discuss. While there are plenty of uses for coconut oil in the kitchen (most recently I have started using Coconut Butter Spread and highly recommend it) I brought this food fad into my beauty routine.

My summer beauty essentials are always changing. One summer my go-to’s were just 1 coat of mascara, tinted moisturizer, and plenty of SPF. (I was playing a lot of tennis.)  Another summer it was all about creating a waterproof shield on my face and beating the heat. This never works well of course. The second you jump into that pool you know 2 seconds later you are turning to your best friend and asking her how badly your eyeliner collected at your cheeks and chin.

This summer is all about protecting your natural beauty. While my days mainly consist of me spinning around in my office chair with weekend getaways, I have had a bit of a calmer and more controlled environment to test a few new goods. This summer’s current picks in addition to Coconut Oil? EOS Lip Balm, Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess, MAC Lipstick, and Organix Sea Mineral Moisture Weightless Replenishing Spray. The real question though…is HOW do you use this jar of coconut goodness without feeling like an oily mess? Is it as disgusting as it looks? The answer to that is thankfully, no. Read on below to learn how to rock this summer’s newest beauty fad!

{Graffiti} Summer Beauty Essentials + How To Use Coconut Oil

[Face] Yes! You can use Coconut Oil on your face. And, no…you will not break out. I used the back of my thumbnail and took out a little less than a dime size. Then, I rubbed it between my fingers. You’ll find it immediately loses its rough consistency and becomes the oil that you expected. Last but not least, apply! It’s definitely odd to have your face uber shiny and not expect your face to break out like you jumped back to high school…but trust me, it’s worth the try. Smooth and soft skin ahead!

[Body] Apply right after showering! Again, use the back of your thumb nail to get out just the right amount. I would refrain from hopping straight into your sheets at night and let the oil dry just a bit before you doze off.

[Hair] I have used Coconut Oil in a few different ways when it comes to my messy locks. On a daily basis I love to use it to tame flyaways, de-frizz, and to keep an eye on split-ends. My favorite technique thus far? Leave-in Overnight Conditioner. Most recently I experimented and applied a relatively sizable amount on my hair before I went to bed, focusing on my ends. Then, I wrapped it up in an old cotton t-shirt and hit the hay. The next morning I woke up and washed it out. I must admit I didn’t see an immediate difference. But a few days later I was surprised by the softness of my hair and how nicely it laid. Bottom line? Go for it!

Have you tried Coconut Oil? Share your tips below!

 xoxoStephanie

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{Glam} Step Into Spring

May 6, 2014 in Glam: Style & Trends by Stephanie Campbell

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Is that sunshine I feel? Hello, spring! Here in Pittsburgh, spring can take forever to finally arrive. When we have one day of 70 degree bliss, we clamor to turn any concrete surface into a sun bathing patio. We soak in the rays as much as we can ’til the next day…grey, 20 degrees cooler, and raining. To ease into spring, I’ve made a switch to a new pair of gladiator sandals, and have stocked up on a light pair of harem pants. A light jacket is a must for occasional May rain. My next move? Color. Lots of color.

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xoxoStephanie

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{Glam} Perfect Contrast

April 6, 2014 in Glam: Style & Trends by Stephanie Campbell

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This power couple of colors can’t be beat. For a woman who has never owned a pair of white pants, I would never say never to a pair of black with a splash of white. We know florals will be back for spring, but let’s take it up a notch with contrasting hues. With a drop waist and a polar pattern, this romper makes dressing a breeze and is just as, if not more comfortable, than your favorite spring dress.

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Loafers | Target 

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Flower Headband | AEO 

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Romper | AEO 

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xoxoStephanie

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{Glam} Back to Black

March 2, 2014 in Glam: Style & Trends by Stephanie Campbell

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Let’s challenge our favorite go-to color in our closets. We’re looking at you, LBD! The little black dress is a fan favorite, but can we pair it with other black accessories without looking gothic? Of course!

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Choose monochromatic hues that compliment your personal style. While I love dressing in black from head-to-toe, my personality is definitely not one of a moody artist. Instead of instinctively going for a bright pop of color, play with a pattern, and look for fine details to feature with winter whites and shades of grey. My personal style touch for this Spring/ Summer 2014 favorite? A light grey winter beanie, laced up off-green heels, and a bit of gold glitter on my nails (for a dose of extra glam!)

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Midi Rings | Nordstrom 

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Shoes | DSW 

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Dress and Beanie| American Eagle Outfitters, Coat | Tahari, Crossbody Purse | Urban Outfitters 

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xoxoStephanie

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{Glam} Spectrum

February 24, 2014 in Glam: Style & Trends by Stephanie Campbell

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NYFW and Pantone, the authority on colors and style, released and premiered a spectrum of color for Spring 2014. My two favorites? Brilliant blues and sunny yellows. The contrast can be used in your decor or your closet!

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Photography by Leah Curry

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Sweater | Jupe Boutique, Purse | Coach, Jeans | AEO, Boots | Timberland

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xoxoStephanie

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{Glam} How To: Wear Red Right

February 8, 2014 in Glam: Style & Trends by Stephanie Campbell

Why You Love It: A pop of color in the middle of winter? Count us in to warm things up. Plus, the romantic shades to choose from are endless: poppy, burgundy, brick, rose, and more. An outfit has the power to go from va-va-voom to preppy to soft and sultry with just a dose of red.

Why You Stay Away: With Valentine’s Day approaching this Friday (yes, FRIDAY…to the poor boy reading this and slowly figuring this out, you’re welcome), I’ve got a lot questions about what to wear. You want to wear red, but fear looking like a walking cheesy Hallmark card.

The Solution: Dress for the occasion and keep it simple. Last year, I styled 3 lovely women for their 3 different V-day plans: True Blue Valentine, First Date, and Girls Night Out! Each look incorporates a dose of red that is just right for your romantic night.

This year, I designed the perfect how to style board with my favorites for your night below. Check it out!

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2 Ways To Wear Red Right

1. Accessorize – Tone down your V-Day look with a pair of boyfriend jeans and match them with a bright red stiletto heel. On top, grab your black and white striped boat neck shirt instead of your favorite red tee. Keep the red as an accent, for instance, a clutch or bag. Feel free to dab lips with a bit of red lipstick and keep nails to a deep burgundy or pale rose.

2. Stand Out – Rocking a red dress? You go girl! To not distract from the beauty of the dress, go for a beige heel and light or rose gold accessories. Light red or a touch of gloss works for lips. Keep it simple.

What are your plans this Valentine’s Day? Share below!

xoxoStephanie

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