Janelle In Real Life

Janelle In Real Life


70's Style & Splurge or Save

Sometimes you put together an outfit, and then feel like maybe you were transported from the 70's. Or maybe you just look like J Lo from the tight pants sketch.

Top- Knot Sisters (similar) // Jeans- Hudson // Sunglasses- Forever 21 // Shoes- Free People

Either way, I was really feelin' myself in this cute outfit! I actually splurged a little on this top, because when I saw it I fell in loooove. I waited a few months for it to go on sale before buying, but it was $60 originally for a SHIRT. But it's actually way more awesome than just a regular old shirt... the knit material is pretty fabulous & it fits soooo good. I can't really explain what made me want this shirt so bad, but I NEEDED it. I saw it in store like 3 times and tried it on every time before I actually bought it. The style & quality were just 100% my jam!
And I made up for it with these sunnies (my current favorites) because they were only $6! Such a steal.

I really try to stick to some rules when it comes to what to splurge vs save on, and it ultimately comes down to personal preference. But here's how I generally divide things up:

Splurge: Things that I'll wear regularly & get lots of use out of... my staple items. I like to splurge a little on one of each shoe category... so one good pair of boots, running shoes, flats, and heels. I also tend to splurge on one good handbag to use regularly, and one or two pairs of solid jeans. Basically, if I feel the item will be well worn & will last me more than 2 years I'll usually spend a little more. I'll also splurge if I feel something completely represents my style & feels 100% "me."

Save: Things that are trendy, or that I will only wear with some outfits (think bright colored items that don't match with everything). A lot of my tops & dresses fall in this category, because that's where I play around the most with trend pieces! If I buy colored jeans, a funky handbag, fun shoes, etc I try to go budget friendly since they may not stand the test of time. If I want to push myself style-wise & go out of my comfort zone, I make sure it's not too expensive since I may or may not love it!

I ALWAYS make a good faith effort to find something that's affordable before splurging! Sometimes you do get what you pay for though, and the $10 version of the $40 thing you love will fall apart after a couple wears. THIS IS WHY finding great sales is where. it's. freaking. at. You get the better quality AND the better price! It takes a good bit more effort but it's worth your trouble. Lucky for you I try really hard to post about sales on some of my favorite items on my Instagram & Facebook pages! So make sure to follow along there for some great deals, and let me know if there's a specific item you want me to post about when it goes on sale!


Dress That Fits Just Right

When one of your all time favorite places to shop starts making their own designs... it's like they're reading my mind and just know exactly what dresses I need in my closet!

Dress- c/o Piper & Scoot // Necklace- c/o Made by Mary // Shoes- DSW

I seriously love everything about the Cocinera embroidered dress! The color, the style, the comfort level... it's all so good.

I posted a few weeks ago about some of my top online boutiques to shop it, and Piper & Scoot definitely tops the list! They have a brick & mortar shop pretty close to me & I always find myself making excuses to visit the next town over to hit up their shop. Whoever does their buying/designing is my soul sister, because it's all so cute & on trend... but also affordable and perfect for women of different sizes.
It's no secret that I'm not a 5'9" size 0 girl... I fall more in the average size range. My body has given birth to two kids, so I'm totally not ashamed that I wear a size 6-8! So when I find clothes that are actually made for that average size I am ALL OVER IT. I don't generally like things that are super form fitting, I want stretchy, comfortable, flowy, & flattering. And I always find that at Piper & Scoot! I sound like a fan girl over here but when I find a good thing, I just can't keep it to myself. So take a peek at their shop & let me know what you're loving!


Best Makeup Brushes of All Time!

Hey friends! I've had some questions along the way about what makeup brushes I use & wanted to share which ones I can't live without these days. Your makeup is only as good as your tools, and truthfully, if you're using good brushes you can make drug store brands look high end. It makes a much bigger difference than you might think!

The brushes pictured above are my favorites currently, and I'm just going to share from left to right what they are & where to find them!

1. (far left) This is the brush I use for foundation and it's amaaaazing! It's actually meant to be a bronzer brush, but the density & softness is perfect for applying foundation. It's the #44 bronzer brush from the Sephora collection, and when I went to pick up a replacement for this one, they didn't have it in store! A quick google search also told me they discontinued this brush. BUT, I found a brush that is VERY similar and works just as amazing! It's the Tarte Airbrush Finish foundation brush and the density is the same as my Sephora one. It's even softer and I MAY even like it better.

2. The Morphe M441 brush is what I use to blend my eyeshadow! And the #1 rule of eyeshadow is to blend until you can blend no more, so this brush is a big staple for me. The thing I love about Morphe brushes is that they are soooo affordable. So I can totally use the crap out of my brushes until they're trashed & then just spend a couple bucks to replace them! I've had this brush for over 6 months & it's still in great condition, so they last well too!

3. I use this brush to apply my highlighter! In the past I've used a smaller & denser brush to get a more controlled highlight, but I LOVE that the Morphe M500 brush just sort of dusts it on lightly... it gives my highlight a much more natural look. It's the softest & fluffiest brush I own & I love it!

4. To apply eyeshadow to my crease & for more controlled eyeshadow application, I use the Morphe M321! It's a super small & dense brush that's tapered and perfect for packing on color & accurately applying shadow to your crease! After using this to get the product on, I go back in with my blending brush, but this brush is KEY to making sure the color goes where I want it to go & has enough pigment to show up!

5. The Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki brush is a cult favorite & I'm a fan! I've heard about this brush a lot & finally got a chance to try it out. The brush is super dense & flat, so perfect for packing your foundation on for super full coverage. On an every day basis, I use the first brush I talked about, but for an event, photoshoot, or when my face is having a rough day & I need more coverage, I use this baby! I usually sort of "stipple" on my foundation with it, and then blend it out until I'm happy with the coverage. It give you an airbrushed & more flawless look! Sigma is a pretty great brand for brushes, I haven't been disappointed yet!

6. For blush, I currently use the Ulta brand blush brush! It's solid & I've had it for over a year. I've always been happy with the blush application & haven't felt the need to venture out & look for anything else!

7. This big, fluffy brush is my GO TO for bronzer! It's the Morphe R2, and it's perfect for a bronzed glow. It's not appropriate to use for a controlled contour look, but when you just want to have an overall bronzed look this is my FAVORITE. I use it with the Benefit Hoola bronzer pretty much everyday & I'm always so happy with the result. For a controlled contour brush, try the Real Techniques Sculpting brush... it's my fave for contouring!

8. the Mac 266 small angled brush is super versatile and I use it ALL THE TIME. I've gone through like 4 of these and always replace it because it's the best! I use this brush for applying gel eyeliner, filing in my brows with powder, adding shadow to my lower lash line, or pretty much anything that requires controlled precision. You won't regret this brush, it might be my #1 favorite!

Well there you have it, a round up of some of the best makeup brushes money can buy! Sound off in the comments if there's anything I missed, or any other brushes you're curious about!