Wear

Lauren Conrad- Alice in Wonderland Collection

April 26, 2016

After creating pieces with Minnie, Bambi and Cinderella in mind, Lauren Conrad is releasing an Alice in Wonderland capsule,which is her fifth Disney collection. It became available in stores yesterday , just in time for Alice Through the Looking Glass‘ May 27 release.

The Alice in Wonderland line ranges in price from $36 to $68, and it is available both in stores and online.

My favorite from the collection is the Ruffle Dress in teatime blue. It has cute little tea cup prints on it and a criss cross back. I ordered it immediately so I wouldn’t end up on the wait list for it.

Check out the rest of the collection above!

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Wear

Emerald Duv

April 13, 2016
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Emerald Duv Jewelry has easily grown into one of my favorite celebrity lines to shop. The pieces are handmade in Bali and L.A. and the pieces are designed by Kristin Cavallari and Chelsea Bulte. The  Emerald Duv jewelry collection ranges from $100 – $165 and include many gold plated pieces and rustic metals. My three favorites from the line are the Quartz Choker, Santa Barbara Necklace, and the Venice Bolo Necklace.

I had a chance to interview the designer, Kristin Cavallari, on the relaunch of Emerald Duv. Check it out below…

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What is the inspiration behind the name-EmeraldDuv?

Kristin: We both have a baby born in May and the birth stone is an emerald. Since it’s the 2 of us running the company, we liked dove since they come in pairs.

 

 

What is your inspiration behind the collection?

Kristin: We want all of the pieces to be easily mixed and matched with what you already have in your personal collection. We love dainty pieces that can be layered and stacked to your own personal style.

 

 

Could you outline your design process?

Kristin: We’re constantly pulling inspiration from numerous places: magazines, Instagram, paying attention to the trend forecast, etc. so we’re always book marking what we love. When it comes time to sit down and actually sketch the collection, I (Kristin) send Chelsea my ideas and she draws them up, along with her own ideas, and we narrow it down from there to make a complete collection.

 

 

What are some of your favorite pieces in your Spring collection?

Kristin: My 2 personal favorites are the ear cuff and choker because they’re both trendy and inexpensive. They are simple pieces that easily take any outfit up a notch without being over the top.

 

 

Is working with your best friend as fun as it would seem?

Kristin: Yes and no! I was nervous at first, and we’ve definitely had a couple hiccups, but overall it’s been fun and we’ve really gotten to a great place of communication and understanding. It’s like any relationship; you have to figure it out for the first few months. But we’re able to separate our business relationship with our personal relationship so we don’t take things personally.

 

I had heard rumors that Emerald Duv may expand to having home accessories as well, is there truth to that?

Kristin: Absolutely. We just launched candles and hats and plan to do many more home goods. The sky is the limit for Emerald Duv!

 

 

 

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April #MIMIBag

April 11, 2016

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So you all know how much I love my subscription boxes but part of the problem with them is that sometimes you are not ready for the commitment that comes with signing up for a new bag each month. If that is the case, let me ease your worries and introduce you to MIMI beauty bags. Each month, they curate a themed bag with editor-selected products that they find you will not be able to live without. All the products come in a different bag each time and i’ve found that the bags are perfect for putting your makeup in when you travel. The best part is that you do not have to sign up to have it delivered each month you can just buy that specific month’s bag.

April’s bag was themed around April Showers so they included items that help with those annoying beauty situations that come along with rain. They also included the cutest umbrella with lip prints on it. Others items that were featured were we featured Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizer ($65; katesomerville.com), Buxom Bold Gel Lipsticks ($22; sephora.com), Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Oils ($38; livingproof.com), Bare Minerals Lash Dom Petite Precision Mascara ($19; bareescentuals.com), Crabtree & Evelyn Ultra Moisturizing Hand Therapy ($9 -$22; crabtree-evelyn.com), and Skinfix Moisture Boost Serum ($30; ulta.com).

Make sure you sign up to get this bag by emailing  vip@mimichatter.comwith ‘I Want a Bag’ in the subject line:)

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Makeup

It Cosmetics Top 5

March 14, 2016

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Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer– I use this mostly under my eyes. It’s very thick and a tiny bit goes a long way. I dot it on and use my fingers to warm the product a little and help it blend.  It is one of the best concealers that I have used to try and hide my under eye circles.

Your Skin but Butter CC Cream with SPF 50– I’ve been using Laneige BB Cushion for a while and absolutely love it but decided to switch it up and give this CC cream a try. I don’t wear foundation on a daily basis so a CC or BB cream really helps to make my face feel lightweight and not like my makeup is caked on. This cream feels great on my skin. I use it with a sponge and it blends really nicely. If you feel like you need more coverage, you can use foundation over it.

Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder-I use this powder to set my under eye concealer and as a last step finishing powder. This powder is great at controlling shine, and it sets my foundation very well. A little goes a long way, and a container lasts me for months. It does not settle in my pores, and despite the white color, it blends into my skin-I have fair skin. Since it is loose powder, it can be messy though.

Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil– I would definitely recommend this product  to everyone who wants a natural looking browline. This one color is for everyone depending on how light or dark you press. It’s a close dupe to Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer.

Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara-I have been trying several mascaras over the last year, including Lancôme, Dior and Clinique, and this is it. Lengthens, gives volume, just makes my eye lashes look like no other mascara before. Love this product! Another plus: not tested on animals

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Hair

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January 12, 2016

So i’ve been a bit absent on the blog recently so I thought it was about time to make an appearance. I took a bit of a break for Christmas and New Years to enjoy vacation and give myself time to get back into the swing of things. That ended up being harder than I thought. I have been so uninspired these last few weeks that thinking about posting has been the last thing on my mind. It has also been so cold that thinking about getting dolled up and heading outside for pictures was not something that I wanted to do. Honestly, I still haven’t taken any new outfit posts or worked on any new blog content. I’ll get there but it is going to take me so time. Hang in there with me! To make up for my absence, I did want to share some pictures that were taken to help my friend showcase his amazing hair styling skills. He seriously is a hair king and can come up with a hairstyle for every occasion. You can follow him on instagram for more inspiration.

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Hair: www.bradleyleake.com
Makeup:  www.morganmatlock.com
Photography:  www.littlebellsphotography.com

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Gift Guide

Gift Ideas under $25

December 23, 2015

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Surviving the Holidays with Hanes

December 21, 2015

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I’m excited to team up with Hanes to talk about my holiday survival must haves. I think we all have our favorite ways to get through the holidays whether it be buying a new coat or cozying up in our warmest pajamas.  Below are the clothes and products that I use throughout the holidays and these next few winter months.

Hanes Power Shapers do wonders underneath those holiday and New Year’s Eve dresses. They are under $12 and will last you a long time!

I’m pretty sure I have a TurtleNeck in every color. I wear them almost everyday throughout the winter. My favorites are  Here, Here, and Here

You can’t go wrong with a Chunky Scarf. You can throw these on for more layering or use them as your statement piece.

I’m sure we can all agree that we would not survive without a good set of boots. These are super warm and such a pretty oatmeal color.

Lancome Lip Crayons in Oui, Monsier  and Berry Haute

My hair gets super dry in the winter because of the air so I make sure to use Moroccan oil Treatment as much as possible.

I am constantly drinking either hot chocolate, tea, or warm apple cider in the winter because it is both warm and comforting. I use my cat Mug all the time to hold my warm beverages.

Thank you to Hanes for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

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Hair

Holiday Hair looks with Living Proof

December 16, 2015

I’m excited to team up with Living Proof to give you three holiday hair looks for this season. I asked my friend(Hair By Bradley Leake) to show me the styles that he is doing on his clients that are easy enough to reduplicate at home . For all 3 of these looks, my hair was washed with Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day shampoo and conditioner. Then when it was damp, I put on PhD’s 5-in-1 styling treatment and used the blow dryer on it.  I used some of their other great products for each individual look but I’ll share them below with the steps it takes to create the look.

Look 1-Glam waves:

Prep hair with : No Frizz Styling Cream

Divide hair into 3 sections

Starting at the nape , Curl hair with 1” wand

directing away from the face. Curl

each strand in the same direction

Using a bore bristle brush

gently comb through the curls creating a soft wave

And finish with: No Frizz Weighless Styling Spray and No Frizz Humidity Shield

 

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Side chignon:

Start with: Instant texture mist

Part hair from apex to behind the ear.

Take the back section and pull to desired side and secure with an elastic

-split ponytail into two sections

-wrap twists to create a rope braid.

Take the weak side of the part and loosely braid or twist back

Then wrap hair around ponytail.

Take the heavy side and secure with Bobby pin.

-take the section and split into 2 sections and create a rope braid

Take both remaining rope braids and soften edges by loosely pulling

Wrap both rope braids around each other and secure with Bobby pin

Finish with: Control Hairspray

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Braid/bun:

Start with: Prime style extender spray

Create a ponytail at the crown

Pull the hair through center of the hair doughnut

-leave a 1”. Section out at the back of the ponytail

Wrap the loose ends and secure bun with Bobby pins

Take the 1” section and create a 3 strand braid.

Gently tug at the edges to create a thicker braid

Wrap braid around bun and secure

End with: Control Hair Spray

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This post was sponsored by Living Proof. Thanks for supporting the brands that make The Coral Court possible.
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