Janelle In Real Life

Janelle In Real Life


Tips for Styling Over-the-Top Trends

Balloon sleeves: it feels like people love em' or hate em'. Can you guess what side I'm on??

sweater (sold out, similar here & here -- both on sale!) | jeggings | handbag (sold out, similar here) | boots

There are a lot of styles out there that I like to wear that some people (cough cough* my husband) think look weird or over the top. I personally don't see the things I wear that way, but I'm also totally fine with it not being everyone's cup of tea! And you should too. I think style is SO personal and it's ok to dress in a way that others may not love because it's an outward reflection of who you are, and we are all sooooo different! It's ok to see a trend that everyone is wearing and think it's not for you, and it's also ok to try something that no one is wearing and rock it!
BUT I do have some tips for you if there are styles you're seeing that seem too "big" for you to wear in your everyday life.
1. Wait out the trend. If you wait a few months or even a year past when you see a trend start popping up, you'll see it start to appear in more muted ways. So while balloon sleeves on the runway start out looking over-the-top, regular retailers will start producing the style in a way that's wearable! The balloon sleeves I'm wearing probably fall somewhere in between over-the-top and totally toned down, which is where I like it. That leads me to my next tip...
2. Start small! If you're hesitant, start with a really toned down version of a trend to see how you like it! And if you find yourself comfortable and loving it, you can go a little bigger next time. And finally...
3. Look for inspiration! Blogs, Instagram, magazines, etc can all provide inspiration for how to style a trend. You can learn what it looks like on body types similar to yours, what accessories go well with it, what season it works best for, and so on. And if there's ever a trend you're curious about, feel free to reach out to me and let me know you want to see it! I'm happy to be your style guinea pig.


Absolute Favorite Lip Products

It's been a hot minute since I've done a beauty post on here, but I've still been testing products and finding my faves for you babes!

So today I'm presenting you with: My Absolute Favorite Lip Products! 
These are my ride or die products that I've been using over & over the past several months.

I'll briefly give my 'why' for each of these, going from left to right!

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Penelope Pink: First up is my favorite of the bunch (and the most expensive... booooo). This lipstick is the all time PERFECT shade of nude/pink. This is the shade I'm wearing in almost every photo you see of me because I can't quit it! The formula is also super creamy and hydrating, but has solid staying power. It's amazing and honestly worth the steep price tag.

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Rome (I also love the shade Abu Dhabi): In my opinion, Nyx gives you the best bang for your buck when it comes to Matte liquid lipstick. I've tried the full price range of matte liquid lipsticks (from $5 Elf to $37 Chanel) and I always end up loving Nyx best for the price! They have a gorgeous shade range and they stay pretty well!

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb: This is the BEST LIPGLOSS. Not even joking around, I'm so obsessed with this. The shade is supposed to be universal, great for all skin tones! All I can speak to is my personal experience, but it's the perfect nude/pink gloss for everyday wear. I'm so glad I picked this up a few months ago because I now wear it probably 5 days out of the week. So good!

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask: This is one of those amazing Korean beauty products and I have loved it so much! I started buying it back when you could only get it on Amazon in the US, but now it's available at Sephora as well. This product is used for hydrating your lips and is meant to be put on before bed at night. I use it then, but I also use it as a lip "primer"! I put it on when I'm starting my makeup, and when I put my lipstick on 10-15 minutes later, they are soft & lipstick application is so perfect. If you're having issues with dry lips or your lipstick not applying well, I highly recommend giving this a try!

Maybelline Vivid Hot Lacquer Lipgloss in Unreal: This is such a pretty nude gloss! It's more on the brown nude side which I LOVE. It used to be my everyday color before picking up the Gloss Bomb, but I still wear it a lot and the price is definitely better!

Mac Lipstick in Faux: This mac lipstick is such a perfect pink. It's more on the 'cool' side rather than the coral or brown pinks I normally go for, but it's become a staple color for me! The finish is satin which is nice & hydrating, and you honestly can't go wrong with the quality of Mac lipsticks in any shade. I LOVE filling in my lips with a mac lip pencil in the  shade 'whirl' and then going over the top of it with 'faux'. It creates the perfect color combo for me! It looks great alone as well, but I love the versatility of being able to tweak the shade to what I want.

And that's it! I realize most of these are nudes or pinks, but that's my go-to shade so I know my way around lip products in this color range!


Valentine's Day Fashion Inspiration

I'm so excited to be teaming up with a few of my favorite fashion bloggers to show you how we do Valentine's Day style! Each blog & Instagram account is linked up below, so be sure to check out everyone's post for outfit details and follow along on Instagram for more fashion inspiration!

Cayli (@nightchayde) | Kayla (@kaylajfsmith) | Jensyn (@jensynjeppsen) | Tasha (@tashaabegglen) | Janelle (@janelleinreallife) | Natashia (@canary_jane) | Chelsie (@heytherechelsie) | Karli (@everyday_ellis) | Samantha (@omgpale)

I decided to forego the pink/red in my outfit for the Valentine's look, and instead go for some neutrals I could dress up or down with a fun embellishment!
I did include the pink door for Valentine's festivity purposes :)

Sweater- H&M | Skirt- Forever 21 (sold out, similar HERE) | Booties- Old Navy

I'm excited to wear this cute look for a Galentine's GNO or for a date out with my hubby! I'm all about the cozy casual but put together look.

And I asked recently what price point you're most interested in seeing on here, and a lot of you said you wanted more budget fashion! And I'm here for it. H&M, Old Navy, and Forever 21 are a few of my favorite budget places to shop and happen to be where my outfit is from!
Forever 21 can be really hit or miss for me, but I scored this skirt for $10 at one of their discount stores! I couldn't find this skirt online (I bought it over a year ago) but it's stretchy and a great fit, so if you ever spot one, snag it!
Now THIS SWEATER. I loooove the pearl embellishment, and it's oversized and so cozy. My biggest tip for rocking an oversized sweater is to pair it with something more form fitting on the bottom, so it doesn't end up swallowing you with it's size and make you look larger than you are!
If you're interested in seeing more of how the cute bloggers in this post and I wear our Valentine's looks, check out the hashtag #BloggersDoVDay on Instagram!