Mod Bod

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Mod BodMod Bod Mod Bod Mod Bod Mod BodTop: Mod Bod c/o | Skirt: Loft (same just different print) | Jean Jacket: Dotti (I love this denim jacket) | Shoes: SpendLess Shoes c/o | Bag: Rebecca Minkof

I love basic fitted tees. It’s important to have the basics right but sometimes I just don’t invest in getting basics first. Why do I do this to myself! I always end up getting the really trendy skirt or like those stupid pom pom sandals I want but really I should just get a cute pair or black flat sandals because 1) I don’t have any and 2) they would probably go better with way more of my outfits then some rainbow pom pom sandals.

Anyways I am trying to be better but for a starter I got three basic tees from Mod Bod; this black long sleeve tee, a white long sleeve tee and a white cap sleeve tee. It’s nice to have basic tees because you can pair them with so many outfits, layer them, go for a more simple look or wear them under your tops to keep things modest. If you remember this post with the white lace Bardot top I wore a nude cap sleeve tee under the lace to make the lace really pop! Mod Bod has a great range of basic tees and I love their cap sleeve tees especially in all neutral colors. If you’re looking to update or add some basic tees to your wardrobe check out Mod Bod first. The fit of their tees is really nice and form fitting which is a major plus and the fabric is really soft and comfortable.

I hope you are enjoying your week. I had the worst Monday blues. I woke up to tech crap gone so wrong and I absolutely hate dealing when things break on my website. I just don’t understand and it makes me go crazy! But in saying that I have some cool widgets and shopping links to add to my blog and social to make shopping my blog a lot easier! Xo Stephie

Ann Taylor Cream Dress

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Ann Taylor Cream Dress Ann Taylor Cream Dress Ann Taylor Cream Dress Ann Taylor Cream Dress Ann Taylor Cream Dress Ann Taylor Cream Dress Ann Taylor Cream DressDress: Ann Taylor (look at links below) | Tweed Jacket: Tory Burch (old but this Jcrew one is super cute) | Handbag: Michael Kors | Shoes: Steve Madden (I love these heels as they are not too high!)

One of my favorite stores to shop at is is Ann Taylor! Whenever I want a new dress I always go to Ann Taylor because usually I will find something really cute. So they have some pretty awesome outlets in Vegas and lucky for me one is literally down the road from where we live. There is an Ann Taylor outlet there which is where I picked up this cute cream dress from. Unfortunately, this dress is not current stock but when I went to link to other similar dresses from Ann Taylor I saw so many I wanted to share! So below I have shared my top 10 favorite dresses from Ann taylor and everything is 40% off right now! I purchased this orange red eyelet dress as it is so ME! The navy is cute but I have a similar color lipstick to the fiesta orange that I think will go nicely. If I wore halter dresses I absolutely love the print of this dress! And can’t go past this shirtdress which has that same tropic feel 🙂 Anyways, have a look at that dresses and tell me what you think in the comments!

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Dainty Jewells

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I am so excited to feature Dainty Jewells on my blog and share this pretty in pink gingham dress. I love it because its pink (duh) but also because it screams “take me on a picnic” and I love picnics. When I first moved to Australia I took Rory on a picnic near the beach for Valentine’s Day and the food I prepared wasn’t that good but the time together was so sweet and I still remember it and love the memory.

Anyways that was a side story but I totally went pink bombshell on this post. I wasn’t sure if I should tone down the  pink with nude strappy sandals and a nude pink lip but I’m so glad I didn’t. I think it looks perfect with the pink overload. Also, I love how I didn’t have to worry about this dress being too short. Lately, I have tried on so many dresses where I think “ugh if it was an inch or two longer it would be perfect!). Dainty Jewells is known for their large selection of modest apparel. Even when it comes time to choosing bridesmaids dresses they have an array of different styles and sizes that are just as beautiful and unique as their everyday wear, like this one in blush.

Hope you all are having a great start of the week. To see my everyday happenings you can follow me on Instagram and Snapchat (stephievanneste). And if you want some major life inspo you can follow me on Pinterest as I love pinning awesome things! Thanks for stopping by! Xo Stephie

Ps. Don’t forget there is a new post every Tuesday and Thursday!

Sunday’s Best

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Hello!!! I thought I would do a quick mini post because I received so many lovely comments and enquires about the outfit I wore yesterday. So it’s a top and a skirt from Banana Republic that I got last September. Unfortunately they don’t have it any more, however, I searched to see what was similar to this outfit and have done a roundup of similar products. And by similar I mean I linked below different products of handkerchief dresses and skirts, mint color midi skirts and I found a black laced trimmed handkerchief skirt from Banana which would be the same cut to the mint one I wore. Scroll through the gallery to see all the products I linked. Thanks for stopping by! Xo Stephie

Oh and thanks Mom for the cute pic 😉

Summer Whites

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I thought I would share a round up of some of my favorite white on white looks I’ve worn on the blog. I love wearing white especially during the summer months as I’ve usually spent more time outdoors getting a lovely bronzy glow. Gotta love that glow! White is defiantly a go-to look for summer as it is so clean and fresh and leaves me with the feeling to take on something new. Below each photo I’ve shared a link to the original post in case you wanted to read the original post. Also don’t forget to hangout with me on Snapchat to see my day-to-day shenanigans…Username is stephievanneste 🙂

Summer WhitesThis is one of my favorite skirts and I wear it all the time. Here’s the post.

White Lace

I LOVE this dress and I always get so many compliments when I wear it. It looks way more expensive then it was :-). Click here for postHow to Wear All WhiteI must say little Bob steals the show. He’s so cute! Oh and here’s that white skirt again ;-). Click here for post.

Zimmerman CopycatThis dress looks so similar to the Zimmerman dress Dutchess Kate wore visiting Australia. Click here for post.

Banana Review

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Banana Review Banana Review Banana Review Banana Review Banana ReviewShirt: Banana Republic | Skirt: Review Australia c/o (it’s on SALE too) | Shoes: Kate Spade Licorice Pumps | Lipstick: MAC Be Silly

So this outfit turned out way cuter then what I had thought. If you remember Tuesday’s post I said I wanted to feature this Review skirt again as I think it is so cute. I thought it might go cute with this shirt Jen bought from Banana but I wasn’t sure how it was all going to mesh together. Well it’s safe to say that this combo is super cute! Its a winner! I love this Review skirt and I get so many compliments when I wear it. The fabric is like a brocade textured fabric but not to heavy and the colors just pop! And I love that the flowers are hot pink. What can I say I love pink. I’m a pink kind of girl. Anyways, to see this skirt with a navy lace top go here.

On Snapchat I shared the lipstick I am wearing because it’s one of my favorite pinks and it goes PERFECT with this skirt. The pinks match perfectly. The color is called Be Silly from MAC and came out with their Flamingo collection. I love this color because it was Brandon’s favorite too. I don’t know if it was because of the color or the name. When I lived with them for a bit he would like to come in and hangout with me while I did my makeup. One day I let him put makeup on my face and it was very interesting. I think he tried to make me look like one of his Avengers or Marvel figurines. He’s so cute, I miss him. We had the best of times living together.

Okay thats me for this week on the blog. I hope you enjoyed my two outfit post this week. There is a new blog post every Tuesday and Thursday Vegas time 😉. In the meantime I am on social particularly Snapchat so don’t be shy and come say hello!

Xo Stephie

Off The Shoulder

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I am so excited to finally share my third look for Little Party Dress. You can see my first look here and second look here. I had originally planned to share this outfit as my last hoorah in Australia at the beach as one, I absolutely love the beach and I am missing it terribly along with a 4 legged fluff puff and two, I think this makes for the perfect beach dress!

When we arrived in LA I wanted to share it when we went to Venice but we didn’t end up going so I didn’t get a chance to take pictures. And though we are in Las Vegas and no where near the beach for my perfect photo op I still wanted to share this outfit. Just think, off the shoulder is so popular right now and you can’t go wrong and beach-to-bar.

I have another exciting outfit for you which is going to feature this skirt I wore in this post! My sister had bought me a cute shirt from Banana Republic and gave it to me when I came home and I thought it would go perfect with that skirt. Hopefully it looks just as good on together as it does in my head.

Okay until Thursday have a great day until then you can find me on Snapchat or Insta. Xo Stephie

How I Keep My Blonde Looking Fresh

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If there is one thing I love, I love being a blonde. I have tried other hair colors before like red, brown and recently pink but blonde just looks the best and feels the best (and is the best :-)). And I love the fact that blondes have their own special products. Blondes just need special attention.

When I was working at Hair House Warehouse (HHWH), “how to keep my blonde looking fresh” was the number one question/ concern people had when they came in to the store. So I thought I’d share what I do and how I do it when it comes to all things blonde.

Firstly, I like a warm blonde. Earlier this year I had my hair done and they put a violet ash toner through my hair and I freaking hated it! It cooled my hair right down and I thought it made it look dull and darker. Some liked it but I absolutely hated it and tried to wash it out as fast as they put it in. I like a warm tone for my hair which has more golden peanut butter shades think Blake Lively where as your cooler blonde shades have more of a white platinum or ash look. See example pic belowScreen Shot 2016-03-28 at 8.12.41 PM

Anyways, I get my hair done about every 6 weeks and I don’t have any low lights just blonde foils with 10% volume on the back and 20% volume in the front. Also, I just get the roots done and do not take the bleach to the ends to help preserve the health of my hair. Because I don’t have a toner put through my hair after I get it done I like to use a really strong purple shampoo like this Alfa Parf Never Brass shampoo to help neutralize any yellow tones, as that’s the underlying tone from the bleach.

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This is a really strong purple shampoo comparable to Fudge’s Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo. After I use this one or two times I maintain my color with Make Blonde shampoo and conditioner. So this purple shampoo is not as strong as the Alfa Parf but keeps the yellow at bay.

My sister-in-law recently went blonde from light brown with dark brown low lights and her hair was throwing a bit of yellow/orange/brass color so Roland brought home CPR’s purple range and she really liked that on her hair. As you can see this range has more of a blueish hue which helps neutralize more of that orangish tinge. I tried the purple treatment and it is a really strong purple as well I just prefer the Alfa Parf.freshblode

Lastly, I just want to say the downside of a really good strong toning purple shampoo is they can be drying and not ideal for your everyday shampoo. So what I like to do to add moisture back into the hair is use a really good treatment like Wella’s SP Luxe Oil treatment or switch to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Before I left Aus I was using Alfa Parf’s moisturizing range- the shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in-conditioner.

One more thing- if you’re looking for a good everyday purple shampoo that is going to tone and not be to harsh Make is really great one, L’oreal Shine Blonde, Davroe, De Lorenzo I found to be more on the drying side as it more of a stronger purple

Jacarandas

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Top: Bardot | Culottes: Country Road old (also seen here and here on one of my first outfit posts) | Shoes: County Road (seen here) | Lipstick: Rimmel London #16 | Sunglass: Westward Leaning

I love this top as it totally reminds me of this gorgeous Self Portrait lacey top I’ve been obsessing over. However, I have to obsess from a far as they are a bit pricey but their lace and crochet pieces are so beautiful. If you check out their Instagram you will be obsessing too.

So, I got this top from Bardot right before we left Australia as I had a credit note I wanted to use before it went to waste and when I saw this top I was omg! this top is a fraction of the price and it’s an awesome dupe!! I love finding fashion dupes, however, my best fashion dupe is the Anthro dress I found at Dotti which is an identical match (which you can see here).

Okay, so Bardot has a lot of cute lace tops out at the moment. This particular top comes in black which looks killer too. I love this black little number from Bardot, I actually love the whole outfit, the slit on the skirt they pair it with is a bit high for my liking but you get the gist. When I was at Bardot I tried on this top and it was actually really cute. A lot cuter then what I thought it was going to be. I paired it with this skirt which is a super duper cute skirt and looks amazing on. If you click on the skirt the top they pair it with is smokin. I wouldn’t wear it with just a bralet but I like the idea of a lacey top paired with it and the models makeup is super sexy. Okay, last one but this is another cute lacey top!!! Like I said they have a lot of cute tops at the moment. Someone save my wallet.

Lastly, I just wanted to say I tried pairing this top with a white cap sleeve underneath and it did not look good at all. The white underneath shirt diluted all the lace details and the top was not as prominent. So I wouldn’t recommend wearing white underneath whether its a singlet, bralet, etc. When I was at Jenny’s house I saw she had this nude skin tight cap sleeve tee and it is the best underneath shirt ever! I just text her and she said she got it from Downside East Basics. I think its this tee!

Alright everyone I hope you are having an awesome day. If you find any fashion dupes you will have to let me know! Xoxo Stephie

Ps. below is my snap of all the beautiful Jacaranda trees on my sisters street which made me think of Australia as they bloom every October. I love these beautiful trees as they’re so vibrant and gorgeous and Jenny’s street was full of them.

Pss. Not sure how to use Snapchat well you’re in luck as I wrote a how to here! Also if you want to be snap buddies my username is (stephievanneste).

How to use Snapchat

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Alright, so hands down Snapchat is my favorite social platform and not because it is the flavor of the month but because it is so easy and fun to use. So, I thought I would share how I use Snapchat for my blog and some general how to’s for all those who are new or unfamiliar with Snapchat. Hopefully by the end of this post we can be snap buddies.

Firstly, it’t my favorite way to communicate with my followers and share real time interactions. Also, it gives my readers a chance to get to know me besides some girl behind a computer screen or phone. But my favorite thing about Snapchat is that it is instant, I don’t have to edit or do a million things before it is live and ready for anyone to view.

Unlike, Instagram I don’t have to write a clever caption, tag brands, write a million hashtags, resize the photo to a perfect square, worry if it is going to get more then 10 likes or any comments, add filters so it fits in with my feeds theme (which I don’t do) or plan ahead so all my photos mesh together. Don’t get me wrong I love Instagram but for all those reasons I don’t like it as much. Maybe I am just horrible at it so thats why I don’t love it as much. When it comes to Instagram I rather be the stalker 😉

So, what is Snapchat?

Snapchat is another social sharing application where you can send one-off 10 second or shorter photos or video’s to your snap friends. Yes, you can replay snaps or take a screenshot but it does notify the sender if you replayed and/ or took a screenshot. You can add your photos and videos to your story which is available for everyone to view for 24 hours and can be viewed numerous times (you can change your settings so just friends can view your story).

How I setup my Snapchat

Firstly, I customized my snapcode which is located in the center of your profile screen, found by tapping  in the upper center of the Camera Screen. Snapcode is a scannable code that makes finding me and adding me a lot easier because not everyone will know my username. Every account has a unique snapcode I just chose to personalize mine with a cute selfie ;-). Secondly, I changed my settings so everyone can view my story not just my snap friends.

Snapcode is important!

Firstly, you will want to save to your snapcode to your photo library so you can share it with everyone so more people can find you and follow you. This will allow other snap chatters to snap or screenshot your snapcode to add you without knowing your username or having to type it in. Not sure where to share your snapcode heres a quick list:

How to use snapchat

^^My Snapcode^^

1. Instagram- Although you may have your Snapchat username in the profile section some people might not see it and it’s easier for someone to open their app and snap your snapcode where it automatically adds you instead of trying to remember your username to add.  So for instance I shared my snapcode on my Instagram account here, so now anyone who views my insta and wants to be snap buddies can snap or screen shot that picture to add me.

2. Blog forms- I am part of a few blogging network groups where admins will have social media shoutout days where you can share your social links for other bloggers to follow you. When they have a snapchat share day you can upload your snapcode in the comments so everyone in the thread can scroll down and see your snapcode to add instead of typing everyones username. Its all about convenience and quicker ways to do things.

3. Facebook- your personal Facebook page and/ or your blogs Facebook page

4. On your blog- I haven’t done this yet but I want to add my snapcode to my blogs sideabr so when anyone lands on my blog they can add me via snapcode. Unlike other socials Snapchat doesn’t have an icon with a direct link where people can click to take you to your homepage to add.

5. Meeting new people- When you’re out and about and meeting new people you can open your camera roll to share your snapcode. Similar to when you open up Instagram to show people your feed for them to follow.

How to use Snapchat

Snapchat is so easy to use but here’s the gist- to take a photo snap, just tap the circle icon at the bottom once! To record a video snap, press and hold the circle icon. To send a snap tap the arrow icon > and select the friends you want to share your snap with!  Its that easy, however, to get you totally familiar lets just run through the icons.

Snapchat

(Photo taken from Snapchat’s website)

1. Tap to discard your snap.

2. Tap to see emoji stickers you can add to your snap.

3. Tap to add a caption! Tap again to super-size your caption. You can also press and hold and drag your finger across the screen to move your caption around!

4. Tap to doodle on your snap! Tap the slider to pick a color, and use your finger to draw on the snap. If you make a mistake, no problem! Simply tap the Undo arrow.

5. Tap to choose how long friends can view your snap! But remember — a friend can always replay your snap, or take a screenshot to save a copy.

6. Tap to save your snap to your camera roll.

7. Tap to instantly add a snap to your daily story.

8. Tap when you’re finished to send your snap to friends! Tap the names of the snapchatters you want to send your snap to then tap > to send 😊

Snapcaht filters & lenses

I LOVE the snapchat filters and lenses. It’s such  fun way to jazz up your snaps and add a personal touch. Firstly, I think they are hilarious and secondly, some of the filters and lenses make my skin look amazing (gotta love that) and thirdly you can do a lot of cool stuff.

After you take a Snap, swipe right or left on the preview screen to add colored filters, the current time, local weather, speed overlays or Geofilters to your Snaps. Geofilters are cool because it’s a filter based on your location i.e. because I’m in Vegas I can add a cool overlay that shows Im in Vegas. You will need to enable your location settings though to use this filter.

To view lenses go to the camera screen in snapchat and press and hold on a face! All the lens options will appear below where you can swipe left to select the lens you want. You can take a picture or video using a lens.

How to use Snapchat

^^I took a photo snap and used geofilter and a lens^^

What to Snap

I snap everything and I love to tell a story when I go out so it can seem like my readers are right there with me. However, I made a list of some things I have snaped or love to snap.

1. When a post goes live, updates and sneak peeks

2. Awesome sales i.e. I snapped a Revlon Lipstick I love and the next day in the junk mail I saw it on sale at a certain store so snapped the promotion so I could share with all my readers

3. How I get ready, favorite products, recent purchases and reviews

4. I used to take tones with little bob our cute toy poodle and my cute little nephew Brandon

5. Fitness

6. Getting ready to do a post, going shopping, finding awesome things

7. FOOD

8. Old pictures of me I see around my moms house

9. Usually every time I go out

10. Q & A

Alright this concludes my Snapchat how-to 😉 I hope you enjoyed this post and now are a bit more familiar with Snapchat or at least gave you some ideas. If you want to be snap buddies you can snap me by snapcode above or by username which is my name (stephievanneste).