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3.29.2013

WEEKEND STEALS + DEALS

If you're planning to do a little shopping this weekend, take advantage of these great discounts and sales! 

 (via Birchbox.com + Madewell.com) 


(via Forever21.com) 


 (via Eloquii.com) 

K. Slademade Brooklyn Foldover Clutches (50% off) | $55 | kslademade.com
(Enter "luckybreaks5” at checkout. Discount is valid on the teal and black colors only.)


 And don't forget to enter my fab Chloe + Isabel giveaway! See contest details HERE.


Happy Shopping!



-EWB

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3.28.2013

{CLOSED} CHLOE + ISABEL {and a giveaway!}


A good friend of mine recently introduced me to accessories line Chloe + Isabel. I was immediately smitten with their affordable boho-chic pieces and found a few that I wouldn't  mind adding to my jewelry drawer this spring! What do you think of my picks?

And for being such fantastic readers, I've selected an item to give away!

The Dainty Leather + Faceted Bead Bracelet from the line's latest collection is the perfect addition to any arm party. And it can be yours!


Deets to Enter:

-- Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

-- Leave a comment below (with a valid email address) on how you would style your new
Chloe + Isabel
bracelet for an arm party!
-- Share this giveaway on your blog, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #botoCI

Giveaway to end Thursday, April 4th. Winners will be contacted via email and announced on the blog. 

Good luck!

-EWB

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Fine print: This contest is sponsored solely by Brains of the Outfit. No purchase necessary to win. Winner must by 18 years or older and a resident of the United States. No monetary exchange for prizes. For a complete list of contest policies, see here.


3.27.2013

MAC KOREAN CANDY

I'm venturing outside my comfort zone and taking a shot at the orange lipstick craze. After trying on what seems like a BAZILLION wrong colors, I finally found a great shade I can live with.

MACs Korean Candy is from their Sheen Supreme collection that launched a few years back. According to a review on Temptalia.com, "The formula is designed to have 'the colour impact of a lipstick with the shine sheen of a lipglass," and is described as “lightweight, non-sticky, slick to apply, and comfortable to wear.”




No filter and no makeup. EEK!

I must say I am pleasantly surprised with this shade. Goes on smooth with great color saturation. But still sheer enough as to not overpower.

I think we have a winner.

-EWB

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3.26.2013

SPEAK TO MY HEART


Be a Peach...

Credits: 1.} Zara dress - $80 || 2.} Deux Lux zip wallet - $55 || 3.} Target Skinny Jean - $25 || 4.} Essie in "Van D'go" - $8 || 5.} Coral + Hematite Bracelet - $19 || 6.} TOPSHOP "Wade" Espadrilles - $80

I took a recent inventory of my color patterns and it seems that I am in desperate need of peach-hued threads. Which is strange, because peach is essentially what you'd get if two of my favorite colors got together and had a baby (hot pink + beige). So to keep me in step, I'm looking toward grabbing a few of the items above. 

Oh, and the Zara dress? It's hitting a dance near you reeeeal soon.

-EWB

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3.21.2013

ESSIE SLEEK STICKS


I'm gonna let you in on a little secret. Not only am I a blogger, but I'm also a licensed manicurist. Yup, I am licensed by the State of Georgia to perform manis/pedis and the occasional microdermabrasion. Random, I know. But you know what's not totally random? These super cool sleek sticks by Essie! In my opinion, nail appliqués can be hit or miss. But I had no problem applying these babies to my nails. See below! 


My cuticles are a mess! Sorry! 




-EWB

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3.20.2013

SHADY


For summers in the South, sunglasses are a must-have. Whether you're hitting the park with friends, driving down the highway with the top back or dining al fresco at your favorite eatery, everything seems so much better donning a great pair of shades. Here, six unique styles, all under $40. Which pair would you rock? 

1.} ASOS - $20 ||  2.} ASOS - $17 ||  3.} FE NY- $22 || 4.} H&M - $11 || 5.} Max Studi0 - $38 || ASOS - $14


-EWB

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3.19.2013

{Video} Style Sessions: Forever 21, Old Navy, Gap Haul

I'm so excited to share with you all my first "In the Closet" Style Session video. I recently picked up some really great trends at my favorite retailers, all under $40 each!

Check it out and let me know what you think. Oh, and subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE.




Credits: Merona Satchel in Pink, $33, Target| Clear Metallic Pumps, $27, Forever21 | Jersey Tank Dress, $15, Old Navy | Printed Top, $18, Gap (similar here) | White Tux Blazer, $38, Forever 21

-EWB

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3.18.2013

A lesson in chop + screw, courtesy of Beyonce {Bow Down/I Been On}


Could I resist posting Beyonce's latest track, Bow Down/I Been On, hours after it appeared on countless other blogs and news/music sites?

Absolutely not.




"I'm the Number 1 s***, don't need no hype. The Capital B means I'm bout dat life..."

And she goes for blood.


-EWB

Calvin Klein Platform Peep Toe






I've been on a shoe shopping spree lately. I picked up these Calvin Klein platform peep toes at Marshall's a few weeks back. I spied them once, but talked myself out of buying them. And of course, a few days later I had to go back and grab them! The price was unbeatable ($49) and I can definitely see myself wearing them with skinny jeans and a bright colored tank.

Bring on the warmer weather!

-EWB

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3.16.2013

Saturday Morning Recipe: Oatmeal Brûlée with Ginger Cream



It's another gorgeous Saturday morning here in Atlanta! Perfect time to whip up this yummy recipe, courtesy of our friends at Girl Meets Kitchen!

Enjoy!


-EWB

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3.15.2013

My Instagram Life: Nashville Edition

Happy Friday! Back on the road headed home. Just wanted to share a few random photos of my Nashville visit, from the largest Forever21 I've ever seen to the amazing nachos at Tavern on broadway, a denim on denim selfie, and a very lux set of BCBG drink coasters!

Enjoy your weekend!

-ewb







3.14.2013

What Do Your Shoes Say About You . . .

Coming to you live from the Country Music Capital of the U.S. (Nashville, TN)! I'm currently out on the road working for the FTJ. Since I didn't want to neglect posting, today I bring to you a great YouTube video from the amazing Jenna Lyons and the stylish team at J.Crew.

Shoes are a weakness for most women, natch. But have you ever considered what your shoes say about you?



Because we all aspire to be shiny ponies.

-EWB


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3.13.2013

Looks We Love: Parker NY {Plus a Shopping Code!}


No one does sequin mini dresses, butterfly tops and flirty dresses quite like Parker. I recently got a chance to check out their spring 2013 lookbook and as I expected, it's nothing short of AMAZE.

See below for a few pieces that are rocking my world.


Tara Dress

Brooke Jumper

Kate Dress

Lila Dress

Hayden Dress


Loving. It. All.

And just for being such good readers, from now to April 12 , enter “PARKERSTYLEWATCH” at checkout for a 25% off site-wide discount at www.ParkerNY.com.
#Stylehunter #shopsmart




-EWB

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3.12.2013

Bikini Time . . .


Running to my nearest H&M to grab this while it's there. L.O.V.E.

And currently devising a plan to get my stomach that flat by May 1. 


-EWB

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3.11.2013

My Instagram Weekend (3/8-3/10)

I'm a die-hard Maxxinista. Found these Current/Elliott Ikat print jeans for $49!
Definitely my favorite #shopsmart this month so far!

Another #shopsmart find at my local TJ Maxx. Equipment blouses are so soft and versatile.
Paired with jeans, slacks or even leggings, you're always on-trend.


Made a stop at my favorite nail spot, BUFF Nail Bar in Inman Park, where the amazing Priscilla P. always hooks me up. I'm wearing "Minty" by RGB Cosmetics and "Gold Digger" by Dashing Diva.




Late night/early morning birthday celebration for my sister! #nightowls



Saturday afternoon trend-spotting at Neiman Marcus.




Loving this orange dress by Kay Unger New York. Orange is HUGE for spring 2013!
Me with Christy Carlisle Smith, the fabulous designer behind Kay Unger New York and Phoebe Couture by Kay Unger.
Such a talented lady...and a Southern Belle!



Sunday dinner at Buckhead Bottle Bar & Bistro. Going off the diet for fried calamari and zucchin! 





-EWB

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3.09.2013

Saturday Morning Recipe: Lemon Raspberry Muffins by The Kitchy Kitchen

Via
Morning! Saturday proves to be the best time for me to experiment in la cucina. If that's the case for you, then click on to The Kitchy Kitchen's recipe for lemon raspberry muffins. Yum!


-EWB



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3.08.2013

Phoebe Coture by Kay Unger: Spring 2013

Tomorrow I have the pleasure of attending the spring 2013 fashion preview for Kay Unger New York and Phoebe Couture at Neiman Marcus Lenox Square. Be sure to follow me on Instagram as I snap photos from the runway presentation, and my meet and greet with designer Christy Carlisle Smith.

You know I love a good day dress, so check out some of the designs I've got my eye on from the Phoebe Couture collection.  







-EWB

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