How I Stay Comfydent Working for Myself

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For the past five years, I have more or less worked for myself – owning a wedding invitation design business, freelance graphic design and writing this blog. I ditched the corporate world and said ‘goodbye’ to a 9-to-5 job.

While I love the freedom that I have to create my own schedule, taking this unconventional career path definitely creates moments where I don’t feel like I measure up amongst my peers. After all, it’s just me out there. No team, no management.

When I’m on deadline, the last thing I want to be thinking about is how uncomfortable my bra is or how badly I want to change my outfit.

My success depends upon my focus and creativity. I’m at my best when I’m cool, comfortable, and feeling confident. Thanks to my new Hanes Get Cozy ComfortFlex Fit® Seamless Pullover Bra and Cool Comfort® Cotton Bikini Panties I can grab my morning coffee, get right to work, and feel both COMFORTABLE and CONFIDENT all day long.

On those days when the doubt creeps in and my confidence is shaken, I am happy to have a brand like Hanes on my side reminding me to #BeComfydent.

From the Cool Comfort® wicking fabric to the Tagless® design, I never lose my cool in my Hanes. The Hanes Get Cozy ComfortFlex Fit® Seamless Pullover Bra is designed with ComfortFlex Fit®, a smart sizing fabric that takes the complication out of finding the perfect bra and gives the bra a super soft, stretchy feel. The pull-over style provides all day support and comfort and has become an absolute wardrobe essential that can easily be transitioned from day to night.

The Cool Comfort® Cotton Bikini Panties are made of soft, breathable cotton that come preshrunk for a lasting fit. The low-rise elastic waist fits gently for all day comfort, and they come in a variety of fun colors/designs.

What would you pay to feel polished, comfortable, and #BeComfydent in your own skin? Thanks to Hanes, you can feel your best without breaking the bank. At just $9.99 each, you may need to pick up the Hanes Get Cozy ComfortFlex Fit® Seamless Pullover Bra in a few shades. Even better, the Cool Comfort® Cotton Bikini Panties come in a pack of 6 for just $13.00. Visit Hanes.com for discounts and special offers.

Hanes Get Cozy ComfortFlex Fit® Seamless Pullover Bra, Cool Comfort® Cotton Bikini Panties

Hanes has made it their mission to give women the comfort they need to confidently navigate their daily lives. Join the movement and use the #BeComfydent hashtag as you post those moments where you rocked your next presentation, successfully juggled the kids all day, or trusted yourself to go out of your comfort zone.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Black and White Tile Bathroom Floors

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In most cases, bathrooms are a relatively small space in one’s home which allow for a big design statement like black and white tile bathroom floors. And if you’ve been following me on Pinterest, then you know I love this trend.

I’ve always been a big fan of black and white and big patterns, so this combination is right up my alley. Plus, there are so many different tile styles to match the look and feel of your home.

How to get the look:

  • If your home has a vintage feel, then use these retro black and white hexagonal tiles
  • If your home has a boho feel, then use these moroccan-inspired black and white tiles
  • If your home has a modern feel, then use these graphic circle pattern tiles

Read on for more black and white bathroom inspiration!

1: via Studio McGee. 2: via Elle Decor Sweden, 3: via Lonny, 4: via Katie Martinez, 5: via Style Me Pretty, 6: via House Beautiful, 7: via Do It Yourself, 8: via Curbly

Best Products for Fine Hair

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Unfortunately, I did not win in the hair gene pool and have been trying for years to find the best products for fine hair. I’ve spent more money on than I care to admit on lotions and potions promising to amp up my locks, but I am happy to report that I’ve finally found six products that I can’t live without.

Best Products for Fine Hair

  • Living proof full shampoo – A sulfate-free daily shampoo formulated specifically to care for flat, lifeless hair.
  • Living proof full conditioner – An oil-free, silicone-free conditioner formulated specifically to care for fine, thin or lifeless hair.
  • Bumble & bumble All-Style Blow Dry – Use a dime size amount to protect and prep your hair for blowing drying.
  • Kenra Volume Mousse – Apply a dollop at the roots for a non-sticky root-booster before blow drying your hair.
  • Moroccanoil Treatment Light – I always thought oil would weigh down my hair but the ‘Light‘ version of this treatment tames flyaways while keeping the volume. Plus, it smells a-mazing.
  • Kevin Murphy Dry Shampoo – For days that I don’t wash my hair (which is pretty infrequent), this dry shampoo gives my hair a much-needed lift.

The products I recommended do cost more than drugstore brands but after years of working at a hair salon in college, I believe in the power of professional products.

If you want to get great results, I think it is worth it to spend a little bit more money. Just make sure your family members aren’t using them too!

 

Bumble & bumble All-Style Blow Dry, Living proof full shampoo, Living proof full conditioner, Kevin Murphy Dry Shampoo, Kenra Volume Mousse, Moroccanoil Treatment Light

Best Mani-Pedi Nail Polish Color Combos

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Growing up, my uncle schooled me on the importance of a firm handshake and clean nails. I took that advice to heart and believe a fresh manicure and polished toes aid in keeping a professional, well-groomed look.

I’m sure that’s why one of my favorite pick-me-up activities is a trip to the nail salon for a manicure and pedicure, but sometimes relaxation can turn to stress when trying to find the best mani-pedi nail polish color combos.

My favorite mani-pedi color combos combine complimentary colors in beautiful shades like baby blue and cornflower or when I am feeling a bit wild, I choose two contrasting shades like mint and hot pink for a bold look.

Feeling a bit indecisive yourself? Try out one of my suggestions for the best mani-pedi nail polish color combos.

Best Mani-Pedi Nail Polish Color Combos:

1. Essie High Class Affair + Essie Lounge Lover

2. Essie Petal Pink + Essie Big Spender

3. Deborah Lipmann Blue Orchid + Essie Lapiz of Luxury

4. Essie Cabana Boy + OPI French Quarter For You

5. OPI Care to Danse? + OPI You’re Such a BudaPest

6. RGB Dew + Essie Mojito Madness

7. Deborah Lipmann Rolling in the Deep + Essie Sand Tropez

8. Nars Thasos + Butter Primrose Hill

9. Essie Petal Pusher + Essie Van D’ Go

10. Essie Butler Please + Essie Clambake

11. OPI Big Apple Red + OPI Bubble Bath

12. Deborah Lipmann Amazing Grace + YSL Violine

Blue Kitchen Cabinets

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Every time I log into Pinterest or flip through a home decor magazine, I fall in love with images of blue kitchen cabinets. From light blue-gray hues to deep navy, every shade looks sophisticated when paired with white subway tiles, marble countertops and brass hardware.

The color palette can work in virtually any space. Whether you live in a modern farmhouse or bohemian abode, simply choose your accessories wisely – a farmhouse sink and copper mixer for the country girl at heart or a woven rug and open wood shelving for a more laid back look.

The best paint colors for blue kitchen cabinets:  

  • Blue-gray color (think Cape Cod): Benjamin Moore Van Courtland Blue
  • Medium blue (reminiscent of the ocean): Stiffkey Blue by Farrow & Blue
  • Dark blue: Cyberspace by Sherwin Williams color matched to Kelly Moore Dura Poxy

Read on to see more blue kitchen cabinet inspiration!

Image by Eric Lissen on Martha Stewart

Image by Chris Patey on My Domaine

Image via Ivory Lane

Image via My Domaine

Image via Homebunch.com

Image via Brittany Makes

Top 5 Rosé Wines

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Have you been swept up by the rosé revolution? Chances are you have probably seen the hashtag #roséallday pop up across social media or noticed pale pink glasses dotting the tables of your favorite restaurant patio. But you may not know what it is, why it has become so popular or the top 5 rosé wines to drink. I’m here to help!

While rosé wine has been around since the Ancient Greeks, what we think of today as rosé wine owes its roots to France and specifically Provence for inspiring the wines we enjoy today.

In the US, the popularity of the super sweet White Zinfandel ruined rosé’s reputation for a generation, but a new crop of really crisp, dry options with flavors like strawberry, watermelon, cherry, orange peel, and peach have made rosé the fastest growing wine category in the world.

How to choose? Well, like most things wine, there is no right answer. But if my description above sounded good to you then I would start with one of my favorites listed below.

Top 5 Rosé Wines:

1. Fragile by Orin Swift ($18)

2. Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres Gris de Gris ($16)

3. Red Car Rosé of Pinot Noir ($28)

4. Chateau Miraval Rosé ($22)

5. Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rosé ($16)

If in doubt, ask your favorite wine shop for a dry, Provençal style of rosé. If you are browsing the aisle solo, look for a pale pink over a darker salmon color. I tend to find that the darker the juice the sweeter the style which is not my preferred flavor profile.

Once you have made your choice, all you need is a cute rosé tote to carry it in and you will be the hit of your next summer get together.

Best Summer Beach ReadsEveryday Cuvée

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If you are anything like me, reaching for a book after a long work day just doesn’t happen very often anymore. It’s all about the couch and maybe some reality TV before drifting off to sleep and doing it all over again the next day. Reading has become a luxury. It represents the best parts of summer: laying by the pool or beach (if I’m on vacation), cold drink in hand, and drifting away for a few hours into a new world through a great story in summer beach reads.

Here are the best summer beach reads for this year —

I’ve read these already…

1. Modern Lovers by Emma Straub (author The Vactioneers)

2. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

3. Imagine Me Gone by Adam Hassett

4. Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

On my reading list…

5. First Comes Love by Emily Giffin (author of Something Borrowed and many more, releasing June 28)

6. The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberg (author of The Devil Wears Prada)

7. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (author of Prep)

8. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (author of Big Little Lies, available July 26)

9. Break in Case of Emergency by Jessica Winter

10. Invincible Summer by Alice Adams

Any other books I should add to my list?

Welcome Back!Everyday Cuvée

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Welcome Back to Everyday Cuvée! I took a little break from blogging due to my work and life schedule, but now have the time to devote to Everyday Cuvée and looking forward to what is ahead!

When I started this blog, the focus was on my blend of casual and dressed-up style. But during this break, I realized that “my blend” or what makes me unique includes so much more.

So…starting tomorrow I will be featuring 5 parts of MY blend — Lifestyle, Home, Entertaining, Travel and of course, Style. I’ll be sharing everything for my favorite summer beach reads to my no-fail hair products to what adventure lies ahead for Michael and I.

I hope you’ll continue to support me through this transition and please share your thoughts on things you love or things you don’t. I want to hear from you!

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Stay Tuned…Everyday Cuvée

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I have taken a little break from the blog for the past couple months for work-related reasons, but I will be back soon with new content!

In the meantime, please follow me on Instagram and Shop my favorite finds!

Kendra Scott St. Louis

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Kendra Scott St. Louis is now open at Plaza Frontenac and I was lucky to have hosted the opening night party to celebrate the occasion!

Guests were invited to join me, Kendra Scott community manager Anna Keenan and the super-stylish Kendra Scott team for a night of shopping, sipping and selecting their very own piece from the Color Bar – all beautifully captured by Amy Rau Photography.

If you are not familiar with the Color Bar, it is pretty much THE most amazing thing to happen to jewelry since, well since Kendra Scott!

Using an in-store touch screen, you select a earring, bracelet, necklace or ring style; select the metal (gold, rose gold or silver for most pieces); and then choose your stone color(s) from a wide range of hues.

The jewelry piece is made right then and there by a member of the talented and Kendra Scott team for you to take home! It is the perfect way to showcase your personal style or even coordinate an entire bridal party look.

Not located near a KS store? You can also design your piece using the Color Bar online.

Since I was in the market for a timeless style, I chose the Connely necklace with gold metal and white pearl stones. I also picked up a killer Naomi ring in Iridescent Drusy which I had been eying since my visit to the Kendra Scott store in Chicago.

The St. Louis store is not only bright and beautiful, it is stocked full of colorful jewels and a super-knowledgeable staff. Plus, if you stop by this Saturday you can customize a gold Corla necklace FREE with a $50 purchase!

Thank you to Anna and the whole Kendra Scott team for making the night so fun for each and every guest and welcome to St. Louis!

Keep scrolling for more photos of the party by the talented Amy Rau Photography!

All photos: Amy Rau Photography