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Blue Nile Jewelry

Blue Nile Jewelry

Blue Nile Jewelry

My favorite part of the holidays is giving! It’s so important to me to let my friends and loved ones know I’m thinking of them. It’s a great feeling to hear, “I saw this and It reminded me of you.” Being able to show them how much you appreciate all the love and friendship they bring to your life is a special acknowledgement.

Are you looking for the perfect gift to make a special someones holiday merry and bright? Seattle based Blue Nile is the worlds largest online retailer of certified diamonds and fine jewelry.  I first heard of Blue Nile in September.  I was invited to an event in Seattle at the W. Bellevue for a promotion they were doing for a new diamond launch.  I was bummed I couldn’t make it, but looking at all of their beautiful jewelry I knew I wanted some for myself.

I found some gorgeous pieces that I absolutely loved and Blue Nile was awesome enough to gift me these Diamond Floral Stud Earrings for my review!  The shape and detail these earrings have immediately caught my attention, the design is so unique, they’re absolutely beautiful. I haven’t taken them off once since receiving them, haha!

Guys, If you’re shopping for engagement rings you have to check out Blue Nile’s collection! It is out of this world gorgeous, they have all the popular cuts with very distinct styles.

Give them a look while doing your holiday shopping!  I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!

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CURRENT MAKEUP ROUTINE

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I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for over two years and I haven’t done a current makeup routine post! It’s one of my most asked questions so I’m finally doing it! I’m big on skin care and makeup products. Some of my favorite products are things that I’ve been using for years and some are more recent purchases that won me over at first use! I am constantly trying new product and switching things out so I’ll let y’all know when I do!

1. FOUNDATION

I’ve tried SO many different foundations and this is one I always go back to. I use this for everyday wear when I want medium coverage. It’s such a beautiful foundation, it does give a little glow but if I set it with translucent powder I can make it matte. When I want full coverage with more matte finish, this is what I go to! I love this for photos and occasions when I need my makeup to last all day! I wore this on my wedding day!

2. CONCEALER

My tried and true super full coverage concealer is this one and my second fav is this one from the drugstore. The applicator sucks but the product is great! I also use my concealer as my eye shadow primer. I have never used a primer on my eyelids but I have always wanted to try this one.

3. POWDER

This translucent powder is so beautiful on the skin and worth every penny! When I’m not using that one I use this one from the drugstore, I have it in multiple shades and I love it! I set my concealer with this loose powder! It’s really great!

4. CONTOUR

I’ve been using this contour pallet the last couple of months, I like it, it’s not like, omg amazing but I do like it enough. My favorite affordable ones are this palladio one and this one, thats only $5! I used it until the dark shade was completly gone! The bronzer I use the most, especially in the summer months when I’m a little darker is this one. I’ve used it for a long time and I always go back to it.

5. BLUSH

Ok, I have used this blush in the color “satin love” NON-STOP for months! Literally nothing else! I heard Kathleen  Lights talk about it in a video and decided to try it. Perfection! The best part… It’s only $3!!!

6. HIGHLIGHT

My favorite powder highlight at the moment is this one. When I want a dewy or glowy look I put this product all over my face before I put foundation on, then continue my normal makeup routine. Because this is a cream it gives me the look of glow from within as opposed to a highlight. This cream stick highlighter is still my favorite!

7. LASHES

The only mascara I’ve been using for months is this one from the drugstore. Some mascaras don’t work on my lower lash line and start to run but I haven’t had any problems with this!

8. EYESHADOW

Along with everybody and their mother the Jaclyn Hill Morphe palette has been my favorite lately. It has all the colors I need!

9. BROWS

I draw in my brows using this 212 brush with the darkest brown shadow in the Jaclyn Hill palette.

10. FINISHING SPRAY

I always use this spray to set my makeup, for special occasions or times when I know I need my makeup to last all night I use this setting spray!

PLEASE let me know if there’s any products that you love or recommend! I love trying new stuff!

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RUFFLE AROUND DRESS

 

I love a colorful floral print but being such a neutral lover this Ruffle Around Dress from Sweetest Stitch immediatley caught my eye. The cream color with gray flowers are a perfect combination for anyone weary of a bright floral print. The high neck is so cute and the ruffles around the neckline adds to the femininity of the dress. My lace up wedges are on sale for just under $30 and still available in lots of sizes!

Ya’ll know how much I love Sweetest Stitch and they have offered to give one of my lucky readers a $25 gift certificate to spend at www.sweeteststitch.com! I’m loving their shoe collection, so I suggest checking it out!

Follow me on Instagram @cherein.cook, follow Sweetest Stitch on Instagram @thesweeteststitch, like the featured photo and tag a friend in the comments section of giveaway post.

Winner will be announced Friday August 18th!

DRESS: Sweetest Stitch | SHOES: Melrose and Market  almost identical here (on sale!) | BAG: Amazon

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ONE SHOULDER TOP

One shoulder top by American Eagle

One shoulder top by American Eagle

One shoulder top by American Eagle

One shoulder top by American Eagle

One shoulder top by American Eagle

One shoulder top by American Eagle

How was everyone’s fourth?! The fourth of July is one of my absolute favorite holidays! Although, ever since having Porter I feel like every holiday is a big deal to me! I think it’s that maternal urge to make your own family traditions, something that you can look back on, and say, ahhh those were special times!

I have been a little MIA lately, honestly just trying to soak in family time, working around the house, reading, and enjoying the sun! Our next project is to landscape the backyard, I can’t wait!! We drove to Bend last week to visit family, the drive was beautiful, and I really got to appreciate how nice of a town Bend is. The last time I was there it was for my bachlorette party and I don’t really remember too much! Haha.

This is my first one shoulder top purchase ever! I’ve never liked the one shoulder trend because it reminds me of a toga, (Toga! Toga! Toga!) So I never even tried it. When I saw this white eyelet one I didn’t even hesitate! It’s so simple and comfortable and I’m a sucker for anything eyelet! Also, these jeans are the best and have been completely restocked!

TOP: American Eagle under $20!| DENIM: Express | SHOES: Nordstrom, old, similar here and here | EARRINGS: Baublebar | Ring: Nashelle | SUNGLASSES: Nordstrom, here and here

 

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