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Dress: Banana Republic Pleat-Skirt Shirtdress in Warm Orange- also comes in a striking, vivid pink, currently on sale for <$100!
Shoes: Target (similar)
Pin: Chanel (thrifted)
Sunnies: Karen Walker Super Duper in Crazy Tortoise
Lipstick: Hourglass Opaque Rouge Matte Liquid Lipstick in Raven

Happy Valentine’s Day, lovelies! I’m keeping it short and sweet today, sharing this gorgeous Banana Republic shirtdress. The midi length is so ladylike and flattering; I can see myself wearing this to the office with more conservative accessories, rocking a nude lip with it at brunch with girlfriends, or amped up for date night! This baby is currently on sale in a gorgeous, poppy pink! Enjoy!

Love,
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Galentine’s Gift Ideas

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1. Sonix Fancy Heart iPhone 7 Case
2. I Am Very Busy Notebook
3. LePen Pens in red, pink, & lavender
4. Love Potion Thermal Mug
5. Rose All Day Gummies 
| Also available in Champagne
6. Mini Tassel Earrings 
| As seen in my Valentine’s outfit!
7. Girl Boss Nameplate 
| My other favorite –  World’s Best Entry Level Employee!
8. Kate Spade Ballon Unicorn Keychain
9. JCrew x New Balance Crop Top
in warm pink stripe 
10. Sugar Paper LA Business Card Holder 
| The perfect gift for a soon-to-be grad!
11. Fromm Bright Pink Bow Hair Ties 
| This brand has the cutest hair accessories! Plus, 50% of the sales of this item supports early detection of breast and ovarian cancer.

These days, I’m all about some Girl[boss] power! When I see pink, red, and hearts all over my Insta feed for Valentine’s Day, all I can think of is how much I love my bffs and celebrating them in all their glory! Galentine’s Day is Feb. 13th, and what better way to celebrate than by pampering your girlfriends with a treat or two? All my picks are above – happy shopping!

Love,
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Cat-Eye Valentine

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Happy Valentine’s Day, loves!

V-Day is a week away, and I am loving all of the pink, girly, freshness of this season! It’s the perfect time of year to rock frilly frocks and celebrate all things feminine – throw on some pink lipstick (my favorite in Showy) instead of your everyday nude, or throw a Galentine’s brunch for your best girlfriends!

I am not typically an earring girl, but these turquoise tassels really struck a cord with me! They add a whimsical pop to a structured dress like this, but they also look great with a simple tee. I will be wearing them a lot this spring and summer! My mirrored cat-eye sunglasses are a favorite of style icon Kat Von D, and while I love the matte black for versatility, I’m seriously considering adding the pastel pink version to my collection. They’re just too cute! Unfortunately, this dress is a year or two old, but I love the flirty options here, here, and here!

Are you celebrating Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day this year? I’d love to see what you’re wearing!

With love,
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Coat: JCrew Cocoon Coat
Jeans: JCrew Toothpickmy go-to!
Heels: Nine West Tatiana in Nude
Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Retro in Crazy Tortoise
Lipstick: 
Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Riviera
Arm Candy: 
Bangle in rose gold, cuff in granite – on sale!

 

Happy hump day! I spotted this AMAZING orange wall last week and jumped for joy – I knew I had to shoot there! The other side of the building is lime/turquoise/purple, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of her on Amy Lately!

I’m trying to brighten up the chilly January days with a little lots of color! Sometimes the best outfits are the most simple – a pop of color, clean lines, and dark skinnies. I’ve discovered that these heels elevate any outfit – I’ve worn them to office parties, with jeans and a blazer for coffee and networking, and with casual blouses for church and Sunday brunch. I used to steer away from pointy toes, but now I’ve found that they add a more mature touch (as mature as you can be in a neon orange coat!) and elongate the legs – that’s a winner for me!

With love,
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Instagram Round Up + Favorite Free Screensaver + Slow Cooker Recipes!

img_1442Vegan leather jacket – now 35% off! | Simple necklace | BaubleBar ring | Stila liquid lipstick in Fiore

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Custom neon sign | Pottery Barn console table | Urban Outfitters runner – now 20% off & featured in my Dining Room Mood Board!

Screen Shot 2017-01-16 at 1.32.25 PM.pngH&M turtleneck (similar) | Formula X polish (exact, similar in Mintage) | Urban Decay glitter liner on gold shadow

screen-shot-2017-01-16-at-1-32-36-pmWest Elm comforter | IKEA nightstand | IKEA faux plant + pot | IKEA lamp

screen-shot-2017-01-16-at-1-32-47-pmBanana Republic sweater (similar in Citron) | KJP scalloped oxford | Karen Walker shades | BaubleBar ring | Too Faced liquid lipstick in Drop Dead Red

screen-shot-2017-01-16-at-1-32-59-pmGap cardigan (similar) | Boutique scarf (similar) | Dange Dover Tiny Tote | Kendra Scott cuff bracelet – great for tying in mixed metals! | Forever 21 sneakers (similar)

screen-shot-2017-01-16-at-1-33-22-pmBrandy Melville sweater (similar) | BaubleBar earrings | Urban Decay matte lipstick in Stark Naked

screen-shot-2017-01-16-at-1-33-35-pmJCrew glitter flats (similar affordable+investment) | Free clock screensaver

screen-shot-2017-01-16-at-1-33-46-pmFree People sweater | Dagne Dover tote – my go-to work bag! | Faux fur keychain (similar) | Kendra Scott ring (similar) | Snakeprint flats

 

Happy Friday! I hope everyone is having a great week! I’ve been hosting our first houseguests this week at Casa de Schwartz and having tons of fun seeing shows, hiking (duh), and showing my in-laws a good time! I tried this Hawaiian chicken recipe with pineapple cole slaw and this super easy chicken taco recipe, and both meals were a hit! I love cooking meat in a slow cooker because, well, if you know me, I’m not a meat girl – I hate touching/smelling it, and the slow cooker eliminates that!

I’m trying to be more diligent about posting my outfits & decor on Instagram, so if you don’t already follow me, catch me here! I’m having a lot of fun with Instagram Stories right now – lots of candids of the pups, new makeup/hair and face masks, and sneak peeks of my shoots before they hit Amy Lately!

Do y’all have any weekend plans? I’ll be shooting a couple of Valentine’s Day outfits for the blog (SUPER excited!) and relaxing at home after a full couple of weeks. See you next week!

With love,

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MOOD BOARD: Dining Room Edition!

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1. Jaipur Wooden Dining Table | A Restoration Hardware look for a reasonable price!
2. Dove Paige Round Back Dining Chair (Set of 2) | Be patient – these go on sale often!
3. French Perle Bead Dinner Plate
4. Gray Cambria Salad Plate
5. Magnolia Market Laurel Wreath 
| Anyone else obsessed with Chip & Joanna Gaines?!
6. Together is a Beautiful Place To Be Neon Sign
 | I’m in love with neon signs right now – you’ll see me install at least 1 on Amy Lately this Spring!
7. Pink Enamel Flatware Set 
| Sold out online, but I saw a set in store on sale for $16!
8. Rubbed Black Buffet 
| Conner’s favorite…
9. Mirrored Silver Buffet
| …My favorite! I want to replace the knobs with these for a vintage look. Thoughts?!
10. Urban Outfitters Arabella Rug 
| We bought the runner for our entry!
11. IKEA Fejka Artifical Plant
 | I have these in my office and guest room – for $4/plant and $.79 for a faux ceramic pot, you can’t beat IKEA!
12. LuLu & Georgia Alby Rug

13. Anthropologie Malachite Rug
| Let’s be real – I’ll never be able to afford Anthro furniture, but I love browsing their site for inspo!

Decorating a house is so much fun, but it involves a lot of (expensive) decisions – which is why I’m starting a MOOD BOARD series here on Amy Lately! When decorating a room, I typically start by pinning everything on a Pinterest board. This makes it easy for me to edit unnecessary pieces, ensure aesthetic cohesiveness, and help my husband see the vision as well! Consider this series a prettier Pinterest board where I can share my decor inspiration with you!

This year, I am focusing on decorating the main entertaining areas – entry way, dining room, and living room – so we can start hosting! I am not the type to buy a “set” at a furniture store; I prefer an eclectic look that mixes traditional, glam, and natural elements. In the dining room, our biggest investments will be a buffet table and flat-weave rug. The buffet is purely for function, and a rug will help us delineate the dining space in our open concept home. Comment and let me know which buffet and rug you prefer! 

Blushing for Beauty – Best Products of 2016

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What I’m wearing: Free People sweater | JCrew Caged Flats | BaubleBar ring

Best Foundation: It Cosmetics CC+ Cream Illumination SPF 50+
I don’t usually believe brands when they claim products contain both skincare AND makeup, but this foundation proved me wrong. It creates full coverage without looking cakey, and my skin hasn’t broken out since I first tried it in July. I use the illuminating version (#dryskinprobs), but the CC+ Cream is available in a satin finish as well. SPF is a huge plus as well!

Best Bronzer: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
It’s blendable, affordable, and smells like coconuts – what more could you want in a bronzer?! I love that this bronzer doesn’t look orange on my fair skin and can be built up from a soft wash of color to a va-va-voom tan.

Best Blush: Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush
“Flush” looks scary and dark in the tube, but dab a little on your cheeks for a soft, natural flush that will last all day! It’s super low maintenance. Quick tip: since this is a liquid/gel product, apply it before you apply powder!

Best Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex
Am I feeling a little awkward as I type that? Yep. This Too Faced mascara is my “holy grail” – I won’t buy anything else. It’s lengthening, thickening, and lasts all day. Buy the travel size Sephora to test it out for less!

Best Lipstick: Ciate Pretty Stix Murumuru Butter Lipstick
Surprise – my favorite lipstick of 2016 isn’t red or matte! I have no idea why these Ciate lipsticks aren’t more popular, because they’re sooo comfortable and pretty. They’re super moisturizing – more like a balm than a lipstick – and give a gorgeous, glossy wash of color that wears down to a stain. If you’re going to try one product from this post, make it the Pretty Stix! Try BFF for a soft nude, or Vintage Blush for the perfect everyday pink.

Best Dry Shampoo: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
Y’all, this product is legit. I am cringing as I recommend it because I am a true addict – I’ve repurchased this 4 times! It feels weightless in the hair and doesn’t leave any white residue. Perfect if you’re super busy or just want to give your hair a break from shampooing!

Best Affordable Skincare: Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner
I throw a little on a cotton pad and rub it gently on my face every night – after make-up removal, before moisturizer. It lightly exfoliates my face without drying me out or irritating my sensitive skin. For $15, Glow Tonic is an easy way to treat yourself and your skin!

Best Luxury Skincare: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
I live in the desert now, and my skin is so. incredibly. dry! The only thing that can save me is this cream. I know, I know – $30 for a moisturizer?! – but it comes with an insane amount of product (6 oz. – your average foundation is typically less than 1 oz!). Use it before bed to wake up to soft, hydrated skin – even in January!