Thursday, September 28, 2017

HOW TO KEEP YOUR OFF-THE -SHOULDER TOP IN PLACE

Of all the items in our closet, off-the-shoulder tops and dresses win the gold medal for fussiness. If the look wasn't so charming and trendy, we would probably would have all called it quits along time ago. Having to constantly adjust your top every time you move your arms too much is annoying. I saw a genius trick online and had to give it a whirl — it really works! 
All you need are 2 hair ties (sometimes I use elastic headbands) and medium size safety pins to keep the top exactly where you want it.






You're basically constructing a bungee that will lay underneath your armpit and keep your shoulders cold in place, whether you're reaching for something in your bag or lifting your arms over your head.

What you'll do: 
1. Loop one hair tie through a safety pin.
2. Secure a second safety pin on the other side of the hair tie. It will look a bit like a bungee cord with safety pins on the outside and elastic in the middle.
3. Fasten one safety pin to the inside elastic or seam of the shirt (so it will be invisible from the outside), right at the front of your armpit. Attach the second safety pin to the back.
4. Don't forget the other side of the shirt! lol
5. When dressing, weave your arm over the elastic and through the sleeve so the the hair tie rests under your armpit.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

TWO OF MY FAVORITE TOPS






                                               BLUE AND WHITE STRIPE TOP




So far this spring and summer has been a world wind for us. We decide to downsize since all of little chicks have move out. We still have one in college but she is only home for the summer. As you can see thru some of my pictures the decorating and lighting has changed. I am loving the bright white walls for picture taking. I am also super excited to start decorating this place. We got rid of a lot of stuff from the house. It was a little crazy for a couple of months selling stuff on garage sale site, had a garage sale, packing. Which anyone who has had a garage sale knows it a pain in ***.. lol It takes some much organizing and setting up!! UGHHH. But all in all we are loving the new place. I will keep you updated on my decorating and of course projects I come up with.
One thing was for sure I think I wore sweats, t-shirts and ponytails everyday for at least a month. The above pics are when I finally got my act together. This OLIVE TOP has a big bow in the back, and it looks like cotton material. It is actually silk cotton. It can definitely be worn down or dressed up. As for these TOPSHOP DISTRESS SHORTS they run true to size. What I liked about them is they run a little longer then most denim shorts. Which at my age is a HUGE plus!!! lol
The BLUE AND WHITE STRIPE TOP I purchased this a few months back, and finally got to wear it. Received tons of complements on this cutie. This one also runs true to size, not really a comfy shirt for day to day. But dinner or lunch out it perfect!!!
Again sorry for being MIA for a month, but at least you now know why..

Happy Shopping!!!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

BOWS ON SHOES

                                                                   
                                                                      Shoes: bow flats


These adorable bow flats are a black canvas from Topshop!! I could not pass up the Big Bow on the shoe, and they are surprising comfortable too. Great flat for work or play:) I am so obsessed with shoes!! I buy more shoes then anything else. lol
If you grab these cuties, please let me know what you think. I always love hearing other ladies opinions..

Happy Shopping!!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

NORDSTROM RACK SALE







First I have to say Lush t-shirt dresses & Socialite dresses are under $8.00. I live in these dresses from spring - fall. They always look cute and wash great!!

Here are some of my must haves!!! 
Of course some of them I'll save for the fall-Why not at these prices!!

This floral romper will be a great go to this fall. Sorry I'm think ahead :)

Oh my!! this grey loss t-shirt is under $10. I bought this at full price!!! Ughhh

Off the shoulder tops always wins with me.( $7.45)

This sweatshirt comes is tons of patterns.

I can go on and on, so  I will definitely keep you posted on my other great fines today.
Happy Shopping! 
Let me know what you find too!!



Monday, April 10, 2017

KENTUCKY WEEKEND



Justine, Me, and Vanessa



This was family weekend for my daughter Vanessa (on right)at University of Kentucky. It's her senior year and is studying to become a nurse.  My oldest daughter Justine is in the middle. We had a great weekend, with lots of laughs, dancing, shopping and of course eating. Kentucky is such a fun area to visit-especially when Chicago was 55 degrees and brown. lol 
On Friday night we went to Luke Pell concert, he's from the bachorette (Jojo season) at Tin Roof. Great food, drinks and music. We went to Keeneland for opening weekend, this was probably not the smart choice since it was so so crowded. The lines were crazy for drinks and food - plus we usually do box seats and they were sold out. But tailgating and people watching is always a blast!!
I got lots of questions about my shirt and dress from this weekend. My Off the Shoulder Blouse was a big hit Friday night, but the best part is its 40% off now..
My dress from Keeneland on Saturday was from Nordstrom Rack and the bummer is it's no longer available. The brand is Wear & Need. I will keep you posted if it happens to come back in stock.
I hope you all had a great weekend too.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

SUGARFIX by BAUBLE BAR @TARGET

                                                                   
                                                                   Target: Sugarfix

So excited to see Sugarfix by Baublebar at Target. I love Baublebar jewelry they have awesome designs at such reasonable prices.  When I got the email announcing Sugarfix coming to Target I was jumping up and down.  How about getting there jewelry designs for even a better price-WooHoo!!!!

This is the code for 10% -STYLE10, on accessories, clothing, and swim too.  I have to tell you if you have never shopped on line at Target, you have to try it!! I think they have way more stuff on line and  always seem to have your size. The best part is there delivery is free on over $50 purchases, and it comes FAST.. Always a plus!!!

 Happy Shopping!! Please let me know what you think. I always like to here others thoughts.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

SPRING SHOES FROM TARGET

 
                                                               BLACK & TAN ESPADRILLES







I went to Target this week for some household items, and Of course got distracted in the shoe aisle. I think we can all related to this. There is something about Target you can not just run in for 
There Dolce Vita shoes are so adorable and comfortable. I could have bought all of them. I pick these 3, but I have been still thinking of a few others I tried on. Which are now in my cart online!! lol
I was surprise with the brands Target has been selling.  Dolce Vita Shoes, Baublebar jewelry and April 9th Victoria Beckham line will be released. 
I think its safe to say everyone "loves" Target.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CROSS BODY PURSES


TOP PURSE : BLACK CROSSBODY //  SIMILAR TO TAN :THIS ONE The above one is no longer available
I want to first apologize for how late my blog posts have been. The struggle bus is REAL! I am trying to hop back on the horse of having my post done the night before, but I have been realizing lately that I keep stretching myself too thin. I overcommit and invest way to much when I need to be focusing on normal things like not stressing over content, and not forgetting to eat. I also need to take time and go and find a yoga place, to get my myself healthy again. This was one of my goals this year!! I keep dropping the ball and need to give up the reigns. Ok enough of me rambling, I know we ALL are busy and ALL are going a million miles per hour.
First, these purses just make me happy. I love cross body purses when traveling or shopping. It makes  traveling so easy when you are sightseeing, or shopping and have your hands full.
Anyways, happy hump day! I am late to pick up my furry friend from the groomers. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A WOW BOOK, NOW A SHOW



BOOK : CONFESS

I don't usually write about a book I read. I read a lot of great books. 
Confess is now going to be TV show. It premiers April 4 on GO90.


Exquisitely heart-wrenching and absolutely unputdownable, Confess one of the must-read books of this year!!


From the moment I read the reviews, I was intrigued by the story! And once I started reading, I discovered that there’s even more to this story than meets the eye. There’s an added layer to it that I absolutely loved but that I won’t mention because discovering it as you read is honestly best. I can honestly say that this was the first time ever that a book made me completely break down crying (like real tears-pouring-down-my-face tears) in the very first chapter. The pain and loss and love were so achingly profound that I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the emotions. There’s a lesson within the pages of this book; it is a story about finding hope when it seems like the hardest thing to find. There’s so much more to this story and the characters than meets the eye. This book is a contemporary romance novel but it’s also a heart-wrenching story of survival, courage, hope and unexpected odds.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

WEEKEND OUTFIT


Happy Wednesday, everyone!! This is the perfect casual outfit - a fun bow back top and my favorite (and very comfortable) tie up sandals! I also had someone stop me on the street to ask about this straw bag. How perfect is it for spring/summer?! I love the little scarf tied around the handle. It also has a nice leather shoulder strap which makes it really convenient for carrying (especially if you carry a ton of stuff in your purse like I do!).








What are everyone's plans for this weekend? Anthony and I are leaving for Anna Marie Island, FL with whole family. We rent a house on the island and just relax on the beach. This area is a great getaway (very casual) for crazy everyday stuff.  

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

MY CURRENT MAKEUP

I was out with my girlfriends this week, and they were asking about my make-up!! So, I figured I would updated you on my favorite make-up items. As a preface to this post,  I do want to say how important it is to wash your face and take off your makeup at night - I can visibly see a huge difference in my skin the next morning if I don't. I use this face wash and this moisturizer every night before bed and am completely obsessed with both. I do use these wipes to remove makeup before washing my face. The combination of the two has completely transformed my skin! I have struggled with acne my whole life. So when I find something that works I am thrilled. My makeup looks so much better on because my skin is smoother and more moisturized, which I attribute to the face wash and moisturizer.

Now let's get started with makeup... 



1. Foundation
I have used this foundation for the past three or so months and really love it. It's really hydrating (which is great for my sometimes dry skin) and I really love that it has an SPF of 50+ for the summer months. I don't have to apply sunscreen on my face which is so nice, because sunscreen clogs pores! I use  this foundation brush to apply the product.

There are some days that I don't want to wear much makeup or go through my entire makeup routine... on those days, I turn to this product this foundation. It covers incredibly well, blurs imperfections and just makes my skin look really natural - the perfect "no makeup makeup" look.

3. Under Eyes
Next I apply this concealer right underneath my eyes and down the front of my nose. The key is blending REALLY well into my foundation. I like a bright under eye, but in the past I have made the mistake of applying too much! You want your eyes to look bright and youthful, and for the under-eye concealer to blend into the rest of your makeup. Some days I will add this concealer for a brighter look. I have found the best way to apply concealer is with my index finger, it blends the best!

4. Contour 
This contour kit is the best - I have tried a few others and didn't like them as much. The shades are perfect for applying around my hairline and underneath cheekbones. I also like the highlight shade that comes in the kit - I'll apply this on my forehead, chin and down my nose. 

5. Blush
I have used  this blush for years and keep coming back to it because the formula is so nice - it goes on really smoothly and is long-lasting. Right now I'm using the color "dame" but I also have "fleurpower" and it's also gorgeous and suitable for all skin types. I use this brush with all of my blushes and it's perfect for applying on the apples of your cheeks! 

6. Highlight
I use this highlighter from benefit cosmetics. This is a beautiful glowy highlighter that blends into your skin flawlessly. The great thing about this product is that you can build it up for a stronger highlight, depending on what you like.  I use iron my under my eyebrow, and cheek bones. Some days when I don't put full makeup on I use this all over my eye lid too!

7. Mascara
My mascara routine hasn't changed in a long time... I start with this mascara and apply 2 coats. Then I top it with either this mascara or this one. Both are amazing and work INSANELY well.  I promise you won't be disappointed by this combination!

8. Eyebrows 
I only recently realized how eyebrows can really frame your face and highlight your eyes. I use this this eyebrow pencil to fill in my brows (in the shade #4medium ). I start by applying a few strokes with the pencil side and filling in any sparse hairs, then I comb it this eyebrow gel over the eyebrow pencil. I HIGHLY recommend this product, even if you already have dark brows! 

9. Finish 
This is my favorite part of my makeup routine (not sure why!). I love this pressed powder and save it for last to "set" my makeup. I swirl the powder onto a fluffy brush and blend it into my skin in circular motions... preventing shine, blurring imperfections and decreasing the sizes of my pores. It's a literal miracle product!
Last but not least, this finishing mist !

If you guys have any product recommendations, I would love to hear them. I'm always looking to try out new products!! :)

                                                               

Thursday, February 23, 2017

SPRING IS ALL ABOUT RUFFLES & BOWS


How darling is this top?!
One of my favorite trends for spring is blue and white. I am crazy obsessed - I want blue and white EVERYTHING! This top is less then $35 when you use this coupon code (SPR20). I am planning on wear this with white skinny jeans. I am obsessed with Old Navy rockstar jeans. I would pair this look with neutral accessories - blue and white looks great with cognac shoes!!

Friday, February 17, 2017

HURRY HURRY!! NORDTROM WINTER SALE STARTED..


QUICK! The Nordstrom Winter Sale just started, and my favorite sweater (so soft!) is on sale for under $40. This is an INSANE deal on a staple I wear again and again and again–and it shouldn’t be passed up. :) It’s perfect for these remaining few weeks of winter (or months, if you live in Chicago).
I really can’t express the amazingness of this year’s Winter Sale, happening now through February 26th. (As we all know, Nordstrom is one of my favorite retailers, as the selection is amazing. The company also offers free shipping and returns and stellar customer service, so there’s no risk in ordering. Even sale purchases are risk-free!) Of course, I jumped on when it went live, but and went through the sale and picked out my faves for you! And yes: it took forever.
Anyway, for now, here’s a condensed list of faves from clothing, and shoes:

Clothing

Can’t stop won’t stop with Halogen sweaters.
This Bow Top is the cutest.
In case you want to splurge Burberry Coat.
This pair and this pair this pair of dark skinnies.
I get so much wear out of this sweater. It's all about the ruffles and bows for spring!
The bows on these sleeves. I can’t. They have a CECE dress too!!
The top of the season?! Free people..
What about houndstooth pants..
In love with this striped dress..
Cozy ruffled sweatshirt. This is a great one for the weekend, too.
This side tie tee is everything.

Shoes

I LOVE these ankle strapped sandal. Favorite new-to-me shoe brand of the year. These are adorable as are these.
I love a good loafer pump.
These Jacks are really cute, too. And these are PERFECT for events.
My favorite leather booties. Seriously: Have walked 5+ miles in them without so much as a rub.
Affordable over the knee boots!!  Not for me but for you young girls. lol
I've been considering these for a while for spring and summertime events as they look really comfy. 
Perfect heel too!!
I WANT these in leopard, but can't find them:(
Can we say Black Nikes (another pair)???
Converse sneaker. My absolute favorite sneaker. 


START YOUR SPRING SHOE SHOPPING

 SANDALS : VINCE CAMUTO

What can I say!!! These are the perfect sandals for the spring with jeans, shorts, dresses. So excited can not wait for mine to come. It's the perfect height for all of us.
The other thing is they are on sale for $77, compared to the Jeffrey Campbell at $144. The come in 4 colors too!!
If you order them, let me know what you think of them too. I will post pics when they arrive!!!

Happy Shopping!!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

GRANDKIDS ARE THE BEST...



HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY FROM DMGSTYLE!!!!

I have been a little busy lately, with these precious two. My daughter, Justine had her second little munchkin November 16, 2016.  I been helping them out with as much as possible, and as you know something always as to give.. All though I have been trying to still do Instagram and Facebook, my blog has been put on the back burner. I am sorry for falling off the face of the earth for 2 months. I forgot how hard to little ones can be.  Henry was 3 in October, and is a very active little boy. 😍 Ella is going to be 3months and is our sweet pea..😍
Also with this we had the holidays, family coming in and out, and my young daughter Vanessa had surgery (nothing serious). So now I am back and finally getting my life as we say back in order..lol
Thank you for being so patient with me!!! <3 <3 <3






Henry and Ella's shirts are from my son's girlfriend Anastasia.
She purchased them from a friend who makes adorable things!! Check her out on Facebook 
Kaitlyn Hammack.
Ella's leggings and bow is from Hobby Lobby. Every season they have a section for kids, very cute stuff and you can get it up to 50% off too..




Monday, January 23, 2017

STRIPES IT IS


DRESS // OFF THE SHOULDER

Nordstrom instagram this dress yesterday, and I feel in love with it. Of course, it's off the shoulder but I love the most is the length of the dress (above the knee). In some pictures it looks black & ivory and some navy & ivory. Either way had to have this dress. This is the perfect dress for business dinner, fundraiser or just in case you ever need a spur of the moment dress.  I'm not a stripe person, but again you know when you are drawn to something. This is how I feel about this stripe OFF THE SHOULDER dress. 
I'll keep you posted on what I'm wearing it too. I have several things coming up in the next month.

Happy Shopping!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

BELL SLEEVE IS BIG


TOP: SWEATER

I have to tell you about this sweater!!! I bought it at Nordstrom Rack last Thursday it was under $60. It is free people, absolutely love the sleeve and loss bottom. I would definitely wear a tank or something under it , because it was a little bit itchy(not bad at all). I was going to post it with a link for the Rack but it is not online. I came across it on Nordstrom today for $128.00 but they are doing price match. So if you can't find it in your Rack hurry up and grab it on Nordstrom. The link is above!!!
The jeans are KUT from another Kloth. I got this pair at Nordstrom Rack in the women's sections. They are also not online. Sorry about that, but please try your local Rack stores.

Happy Shopping...

Monday, January 16, 2017

DIY BARN DOOR PROJECT


We made this door for my son new house. 

SUPPLIES LIST

1- 2' LEVEL
1- DRILL WITH CORRECT DRILL BITS(on instruction in rail kit)
1- HAMMER
1- TAPE MEASURE
1-MITRE BOX AND SAW
1-RATCHET KIT
1- WOOD GLUE
12- 1 X 4 X 8 WOOD
30- METAL BOLTS
1 BOX OF 2" FINISHING NAILS 

First, you have to measure your door opening with molding (unless you do not have molding). This will add 2-3" on the amount of wood you will need. We were covering the molding our door. We were building a door 36 X 70. Once you have that done the rest is just buying and prep work.

I ordered the barn door rail kit from amazon. It comes with in a couple of days. We ordered a 6' rail with lock and handle. These kits come with everything you need to hang the door. When ordering your kit make sure the weight and width of door will fit your kit. Ours was under 170lb and was 
1 3/4".  
The wood was pre-stain from Home Depot it is by the shiplap wood. We us 12pcs of 1 X 4 X 8 grey stain. We had home depot cut all our wood. 
10 - 1x4x7
1pc made 2- 1x4x3
The last piece we cut at home to make sure we got the angle correct.






We glued each slat together with wood glue (every board should be glued). We laid the 36" board 12" from the top and another 12" from the bottom both were nailed into place. Make sure you put a nail in every board it touch (all 10 board). 



We then lined up the cross board and mark it for the correct angle. This is were you will need to use your saw and mitre box.
               

We then drilled holes for bolts. This is were you can get creative with you designs. We just did top and bottom so each board had a bolt in it. 10 bolts for each board = 30 bolts needed
See picture below for how we placed ours.   







These are the bolts we used. I found these in Lowes down the door handles/locks.



This part were you are adding the rollers and railing PLEASE follow the railing kit directions!!!! They are all different..








 We added a hook lock and handle on the inside of this door since it will be a bathroom door..
                                                                   FINISH PROJECT


 Please if you have any question just email me @ dmgstyleblog@gmail.com!!