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9.30.2013

EVENT: LEVO YOUR LOOK (10.24.13)



Mark your calendars and join me for a night of styling and beauty for Levo League's personal branding series, Levo Your Look. There will be styling tips by moi, and hair and makeup demos provided by Drybar and NARS, plus professional headshots by Photo Says Hello! 

More details below!
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RSVP for Levo Your Look - an evening of fashion and beauty dedicated to polishing your professional style with special guest experts from Brains of the Outfit, NARS Cosmetics and DryBar.
When: Thursday, October 24th from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: Bevello, 3400 Around Lenox Rd NE #102c, Atlanta, GA 30326

The Details: LOCAL LEVO ATLANTA INVITES YOU TO...
"Levo Your Look"- an evening of fashion and beauty dedicated to polishing your professional style. Meet our special guest stylist Erin Whitlock Brown from Brains of the Outfit, and beauty experts from DryBar and NARS Cosmetics:
  • “Style at Any Stage” and workplace Trends to Try for Fall from the racks of Bevello and other “it girl” fashion sources
  • “Day-to-Night Glam” makeup tips by NARS
  • Blowouts and Updo Tips by Drybar Stylists
  • Digital professional headshots by Photo Says Hello
Guests receive 20% off all items in the store that evening as well as discounts from other brands, including 50% off portrait sessions with Christina Conrad from Photo Says Hello.
You must be in attendance to receive your complimentary Style Deck that includes all offers.
Click here to RSVP ... and be sure to click the 'Details' button for more info.

VEGAS, BABY!


Hey guys! I'll be away from the blog for a few days attending a conference in sunny Las Vegas. Be sure to keep up with my travel experience on Intsagram (@eewb) Twitter (@erinwbrown) and Facebook (/BrainsOfTheOutfit)!

-erin
9.27.2013

WHAT I WORE TODAY: MELLOW YELLOW


It's Friday...and I couldn't be happier. I need to get a ton of stuff done over the weekend before I head off to Vegas for work. Oh, did I not mention that I'll be blogging live from Vegas all next week for Wedding MBA? Get ready for lots of IG selfies from the strip! You've officially been warned!

As for the OOTD, today, I'm keeping it simple and bright. I picked up this gorgeous yellow jacket last holiday season at LOFT. I am so super impressed by everything that's come out of that store as of late. Never saw myself as being a big LOFT or Ann Taylor girl, but the direction they've taken in terms of design has really caught my eye. Plus, they are ALWAYS running a 30-40% off sale at any given time. (YES, GAWD!)

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The top is from the Bellatrix line which you can find at Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack. We've got TONS of Racks popping up here in Atlanta, including a new one that's opening near Perimeter Mall in October! I totes plan to be there on opening day. My necklace is from Forever 21, and I'm really sad to say it broke shortly after taking these photos. Man, I loved that necklace, too! The croc embossed envelope clutch is vintage and I grabbed from my girls at Recollection Vintage during the Salvage curate event last spring.

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Lastly, my shoes are the "Marilyn" sandal by Ryan Haber and from Gregory's. I really do love these B&W platforms. I saw Carrie Underwood wearing them during a performance this summer and KNEW I had to have them. If you're ever in Atlanta, be sure to make a trip to Gregory's in Lenox Square. The salesgirls are so sweet and they have the best sales on designer kicks. LOVE THEM!

Are you happy it's finally Friday? What are your plans for the weekend? Leave a comment for me below!




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9.26.2013

WHAT I WORE TODAY: GOING GREEN

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It's beginning to look a lot like fall in my neighborhood! And good thing too, because there's nothing like a great backdrop to enhance the look of your OOTD shots! Today's vibe is called "going green" because I'm wearing one of my favorite vintage dresses and bags. I picked up this midi dress from a really cool boutique here Atlanta, Sherane's Vintage Closet. The owner keeps an amazing selection of beaded tops and dresses, faux furs and other items dating back to the late 70s and early 80s. 

The LV Speedy 30 is vintage also (date stamped '80s) and I got it for a ridiculously low price from a designer resale site. When it comes to purchasing vintage designer handbags, I might be a little obsessed.

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The vest is from Sears for the UK Style French Connection label. I got it last summer when these army green military vests were all the rage! I mean, you couldn't turn a corner without seeing some girl wearing one. 

Lastly, the lace-up Kelsi Dagger booties were purchased at a T.J. Maxx in New York last October. Truth be told, the heel is extremely high and I can hardly walk in them. But then again, that's the price you pay for looking chic. 

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9.25.2013

NEW BEAUTY BUYS: NARS GOODIES


I have never loved a makeup line more than I do NARS. From the sleek packaging to the bold colors and brash product names, they have got a loyal fan in me for life.

I had an opportunity to attend the Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show this past weekend at Perimeter Mall and got to test out a few of their latest collection. I would share photos of my final face, but I wasn't 100% happy with how it turned out. BUT, I was pretty happy with the stuff I purchased and received as a free gift.


I walked away with a couple new lip pencils (colors above), a blush in ("seduction") and as my free gifts I received bonus samples of their super orgasm blush, an eyelid primer and an eyeshadow pencil.


This is me wearing my "Palais Royal" lip pencil and the "Seduction" blush (mixed with a smidgen of Sonika Kashuk Super Sheer Shimmering Highlighter, #04). So far, I'm liking the look--even the blush. I was a bit hesitant to purchase such a dark color for my complexion, but once I mixed it with the highlighter, it gave me the perfect "barely flushed" color. 

What do you think of my beauty buys? Is there a cosmetics brand you're completely devoted to? Leave a comment for me below!


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9.24.2013

WHAT I WORE TODAY: RED SHOE DIARIES

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Happy {rainy} Tuesday from Atlanta. I refused to let the weather dictate my wardrobe this morning, so I'm braving the elements in these red suede pumps. I got them for a great price at Banana Republic last year. I usually throw them on with a white tee shirt or some other simple staple to add a pop of color.

The top is from JC Penny and part of last year's Duro Olowu collaboration. I'm still kicking myself for not buying more pieces from that collection! My rockstar skinnies afrom Old Navy are a constant in my closet. I have a pair in almost every wash and color and I feel like they fit me better than some of the pricier denim I own. 

I'm also really happy to have found a new "signature" ring. I grabbed it at Scott Antique Market a few weeks ago and it hasn't left my index finger since! I will tell you, antique shopping has become a favorite pastime of mine. I'm thinking about going back in October to buy up some more items. I'll keep you posted on my finds :)


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9.23.2013

WHAT I WORE TODAY: ORANGE + THE NEW BLACK

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I feel like such a dork when it comes to taking these "What I Wore Today" photos. Mainly because it's a really contrived concept and I never know what to do with my hands or if I should look directly into the camera.  I consider myself quasi camera shy. Quasi because I LOVE to take Instagram pics. But OOTD photos give me maj anxiety; mostly because I'm opening myself up to critique from others and allowing all my vulnerability to show. I love clothes, and consider myself to be a pretty confident person overall, but we all know how mean these Interweb streets can be..especially when it comes to fashion.

But on to the clothes . . .

I typically never  wear orange and black together for fear of looking like a walking jack-o-lantern, but I felt good about this ensemble. I picked up both the polka dot blouse and black oxford blazer from Target over the weekend, and the orange cropped trousers from GAP and the booties from Nine West have been mainstays in my closet for a little over a year now. I don't care what anyone says...a black blazer is HANDS DOWN the best investment you can make for your wardrobe. It goes with everything.

By the way, have you checked out the new fall looks from the Merona for Women collection at Target? Lots of trendy-yet-work-appropiate finds at great prices. The blouse I'm wearing also comes in a navy and black polka dot, an animal print, and some solid colors. Don't be surprised if I end up buying them all. At $19 a pop, who could blame me?

p.s.: thanks to my buddy Traci J. being such a good sport about snapping this pic of me on our lunch break! 



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EMMY FAVORITES

I didn't get a chance to watch any of the 2013 Emmy coverage yesterday, but my Pinterest timeline has been all a'flutter with best dressed picks. Here are the looks I'm loving from last night's show:

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Allison Williams in Ralph Lauren. {Photo Credit: Harper's Bazaar}



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Anna Gunn in Romona Keveza. {Photo Credit: Harper's Bazaar}
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Michelle Dockery in Prada. {Photo Credit: Harper's Bazaar}
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Mayim Bialik in Oliver Tolentino. {Photo Credit: USA Today}
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Brigid Coulter and Don Cheadle. {Photo Credit: USA Today}
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Sarah Paulson in Carolina Herrera. {Photo credit: USA Today}

Did you watch the show? Who were some of your red carpet favorites? Leave a comment for me below!



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9.20.2013

MY WEEKEND {IN GIFS}

How I feel when 5:00 rolls around and I begin making Friday night plans with friends.

But what usually happens around 7:30 p.m. and I flake.

When my husband wakes me up early on Saturday morning asking if I plan to get out of bed
and go with him to the gym.

 And then my sister calls asking if I can meet her at the mall in 30 minutes.

When I get home from the mall and episodes of Fashion Police are marathoning.


My husband's reaction to me wanting to watch Fashion Police on the downstairs TV, interrupting College Football (and still pissy because I wouldn't go to the gym with him).

So I go upstairs and try on my new clothes and have a solo catwalk battle.

And I soon realize that none of my new purchases are office appropriate (hello, leather cut outs and sequins) and I have to take most of it back to the mall.


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