Summer Day to Night Look and Amazing Things

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A couple amazing things have happened to me lately. No. 1.  Nordstrom Rack moved into my neighborhood! I mean, I could just stop here. Cause yep, that’s pretty amazing. Anyone else a huge Nordies Rack fan?!  No. 2. I have fallen in love with my friend Katya’s jewelry boutique “She’s Unique” in Old Town Alexandria! “She’s Unique” has the best dainty jewelry around, including tons of midi rings which makes my vainy hands so much more feminine (I hope!) . I also scored a cute metallic leather clutch there, and I’m about to wear it EVERYWHERE! Please someone, invite me out so I can wear my new clutch. Chuck “E” Cheese doesn’t count.

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All Photos by: Alumbra Photography

Not sure if my outfits are boring for the summer, or just realistic, but a pair of jeans and a tank are my current go to. Ofcourse, you can switch out the jeans for some shorts. My legs are still hiding from a recent bout of excema (insert TMI here). But otherwise, it’s so easy to dress this everyday look with a white blazer and some rockin’ heels.

Hope you’re enjoying your summer! I am panicking at the moment trying to think of how to keep 3 boys from killing each other or me while school’s out, but that’s another blog post.

Love,

Ana B

Outfit Details:

Outfit 1: Tank: Target, Jeans: Joe’s Jeans/Nordstrom Rack, Sandals: Eric Michael, Jewelry: She’s Unique, Metallic Clutch: She’s Unique

Outfit 2: White Blazer (Nasty Gal Old/Cute Option/Cute Option, Black Bag: Bishop Boutique, Heels: Zara (old), Sunnies: Betsey Johnson/Nordstrom Rack

She’s Unique: 205 King Street, Alexandria, VA – 703.836.8863

 

 

Falling for Fall <3

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We’re in the swing of November and I am feeling pretty happy about it. I love to see the leaves changing colors, the air is crisp and cool outside, and the holidays are just around the corner, which means family and food! Dressing for fall is so fun too! Deep bold colors and layering is back in action and options are plenty.

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All Photography By: Susannah of Alumbra Photography 

I love to dress for comfort and style, and this blazer is a perfect mix of both. I also love a pair of colored pants. It’s a great way to break the monotony of blue jeans and these were a great (and inexpensive) find at Forever 21. Gotta love Forever :).

Happy Monday! <3

Love,

Ana B

Outfit Details:

Blazer: Tinley Road Blazer (Similar/Option)

Shirt: Blouse (old) (Option)

Hat: H&M (option)

Clutch: South Moon Under 

Pants: Forever 21

Boots: Forever 21 (old) (LOVE these!)

Bridal Beauty Inspiration & Lover.ly

Every week I get to spend time creating makeup and hair looks for a lady’s most important event, her wedding day! So when Lover.ly asked me to create beauty looks to complement these beautiful wedding dresses, I jumped on board. Lover.ly is the perfect online destination for all things bridal, from finding your bridal style to planning the tiniest details of your big day, it’s all there! Now, if only I could plan a second wedding :).

Look 1: Classic Beauty  

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A Classic Beauty look can complement any hairstyle or dress, but would look especially beautiful with a strapless, form fitting gown. The goal is to look like a polished version of yourself.  For the eyes, I used a light beige shadow on the lid and a medium brown in the crease. I lined the eyes with a black gel liner and used individual lashes to bring out the eyes. I used a muted pink on the cheeks and a mauve lipstick to complete the look.

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Makeup Details: Foundation: MAC Face and Body, Cheeks: MAC Blush in Dame, Eyes: Lorac Pro To Go Eye/Cheek Palette, Lips: Mirabella Color Vinyl Lipstick in Rosy Rouge

 Look 2: Bold Beauty

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A bold lip and winged eyeliner are a great option if you’re looking for a bit more flair to match a stand out dress, like the ombre feathered frock above. I let the makeup and dress do all the talking, and tied my hair back in a soft updo. I also added some white eyeliner to the inner waterline to make my eyes look bigger.

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Makeup Details: White Eyeliner: MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl, Cheeks: Lorac Pink from Pro to Go Eye/Cheek Palette Lips: Mirabella Blush Velvet Lip Pencil 

Look 3. Glamorous Beauty 

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For the last look, I was smitten by the high neck and lace detail of this gorgeous dress. To complement the glamour of the dress, I did a smokey eye in browns and golds with long lashes. I also added highlight and contour for more dimension since my hair is pulled back, and I finished the look with a fleshy lip color.

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Makeup Details: Highlight: MAC Prep & Prime in Radiant Rose, Eyes and Contour: Lorac Pro to Go Eye/Cheek Palette Lips: Rimmel Airy Fairy

Which look do you prefer? Classic, bold or glamorous? I can’t decide between Classic or Glam myself! Now head on over to Lover.ly for more bridal beauty goodness!

Love,

Ana B

Romance and Whimsy: Styled Shoot with Sweet Root Village

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I recently got a chance to collaborate on a beautiful shoot with the creative and talented ladies of Sweet Root Village. These images were featured yesterday on Style Me Pretty, but I just wanted to highlight some of my favorites, which were super hard to choose because they’re all so pretty! <3

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If you want to check out the whole set including all the beautiful details, go to Style Me Pretty.  

Love,

Ana B

Shoot Contributors:
* Makeup and Hair by Me (Makeup by Ana B)
* Carolyn Misterek, Matine
Leather Clutch, Tassels, Various Leather Accents
@carolynmisterek
* DC Rental
Reception Table, Chairs, Table Settings
@eventsanddecor
* Sweet Root Village
Flowers, Photography, Styling, DIY Garland
@sweetrootvillage
* Gossamer
Gowns
@shopgossamer
* Heart of Gold Designs
Metal Hair Crown
@heartofgolddesignse
* Heather Jones
Model
@heatherjones07
* Bishop Boutique
Shoes, Bracelets, Earrings
@bishopboutique

Crop Top and I Won’t Stop

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I’m not sure why I insist on jumping in on the crop top trend. Maybe because I didn’t wear them in my teens. Ya know…secretly wearing them at 15, wearing them unabashedly at 18. Nope, instead I am choosing to wear them at age 32 (now 33). Ha! I think it’s a confidence thing, I am just downright more confident in my 30’s than I ever was. Also, I just really like my stomach. It is one of the areas of my body that responded well to a healthy diet and exercise and is pretty close to it’s pre-baby state. Other areas? Well, that’s a different story and not one for the masses, lol. And so even though it’s not as tight as it could be at this very moment, I like my belly! And I celebrate that with a crop top :).AnaBEdit-25 AnaBEdit-26 AnaBEdit-29 AnaBEdit-28 AnaBEdit-27 AnaBEdit-24

ALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Susannah of Alumbra Photography

Also, I LOVE LOVE LOVE a pair of white skinny jeans for the summer. I found these at Target, by the way! They are a closet essential. So even though you might not be sporting a crop top, make sure to snag a pair of white jeans. Only thing is I try not to wear them around my babies. A pair of crisp white jeans are cute, but one with smears and stains is not! ;).

P.S. Man Repeller’s recent take on showing the belly button and crop tops.

Love,

Ana B

Outfit Details:

Skinny jeans: Target 

Crop Top: Garage

Bag: Coach/Cute Option

Wedges: Steve Madden Brand at Nordstrom Rack/Option/Option

Hat: Option

Lipstick: Ravishing by MAC Cosmetics

 

Muscle Tee and Rockstar Dreams

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If you’ve known me for awhile, you’ll know that I was part of a original rock band for about five minutes. We performed only one show and I’m pretty sure I sang half of a song in the wrong key. Let’s just say I’m a better makeup artist than rockstar.

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All Photography by: Alumbra Photography

One of the coolest things about being in a rock band was having a really good reason to dress like like a rockstar. Leather jackets, ripped jeans, muscle tees, buckles and chains….it’s all good. Luckily this look is such a major trend that isn’t going anywhere, and well, anyone can be a rockstar. You don’t need a rock band anymore, just a leather jacket and some attitude.

Love,

Ana B

Outfit Details:

Jacket: TJ Maxx (old) /WANT!/cute one too!

Muscle Tee: Garage/Option

Booties: Nordstrom Rack/Similar

Jeans: TJ Maxx J Brand/Similar

Purse: Old/ fun option

 

 

 

Almost Lady-like

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A few days ago, I realized that I reached over 100,000 views on LoveAnaB.com. So I’m doing a little happy dance by myself to celebrate. Thank you to everyone who stops by and reads my blog! It is such a fun and creative space for me to express myself, and I love connecting with people through this social medium. :)

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Photography by: Alumbra Photography

I have a love for A-line skirts. They’re very feminine and classy! I paired this midi length one from H&M with a distressed jean jacket to give it a bit more edge. I also love the peter pan collar cutout on this cotton shirt I found at Kohls for a great price. Hehe! Now say that out loud three times fast :).

Love,

Ana B

Outfit Details:

Shirt: Kohls (No longer available, but cute option)

Skirt: H&M/ Similar

Jacket: H&M (old)/ Similar

Purse: Forever 21/Similar

Sunglasses: Hot Topic

School Girl

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Not sure why I decided to dress up like a school girl, but I was getting bored of the same old cold weather outfits. These pics were taken a few weeks ago in colder weather and now it’s super nice outside! Yay! I’ve gotten tons of compliments on my brown booties from Forever 21. They look more expensive than they are, and I am wearing them over and over! That’s the thing I love about Forever 21, you can get new booties for a small financial investment. Lighter jackets are also in rotation, and I got this H&M trench the one time I went thrifting at Unique in Falls Church, VA.

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Hope you all are enjoying the warm weather and I hope it’s here to stay! <3

Love,

Ana B

All Photos by: Alumbra Photography

Outfit Details:

Chambray Shirt: Express (old)/ Option

Skirt: H&M (old)/ Fun Option

Jacket: Thrifted/ cute one!/ classic trench

Booties: Forever 21 

Jewelry: Tribal Necklace (old)/option / Gwynn Collar Necklace (Popbasic…Available with current collection!)