6/11/15

Discovery...With Agnes and Dora

Welcome friends! Are you ready to read a novel? Oh, I'm so glad! It's a tale of heartache, intrigue....cloooothing!!! It begins with an introduction to a new company.....
I was very quick to discount poor Agnes & Dora when they first stepped onto the scene. Everyone was having parties left and right and I was way less than enthused. Why you may ask? WELL, when one is a pear shape and a few lbs over what I'd like my thought process was this,"My legs are large...but would you like to see them in an even BIGGER size???"
HEEEECK to the no. The patterns of these and other popular leggings (mostly worn by themselves) were loud, sometimes obnoxious and very bold (look at me look at ME!). I didn't WANT anyone looking at my thighs and butt any more than anyone had to! I went to one party and felt self conscious at the idea of not getting a clingy skirt past my knees in the hostesses bathroom (another story in and of itself) and the leggings that I didn't dare touch because of what I saw them do to other people's legs. In a word? Traumatized. I had been traumatized by this new fad. 

Insert a year ago when I was asked to teach makeup for a bloggers overnighter up in Oakley, Utah. I was so honored to be asked and excited to be stepping into the blogger scene that is pretty rockin here in Utah. Imagine my absolute horror to hear that we would all need to wear a certain color shirt because we would be taking pics in our jammies......sponsored by Agnes and Dora. How absolutely kind of them, but WHAT????? Please don't make me wear aztec and do I have time to do a few more squats? Those were the phrases, among maybe a few curses running through my head.
The night went well, I got the girls to giggle and open up about makeup concerns and fears. I may have shimmied a few more times than one should but it. was. wonderful. Made some amazing friends and had a blast!


When it came time to choose our leggings (gulp) I walked timidly to the table to see what was left. Aztec...no! Hearts, cute. Snowflakes.....hmmm, those are darling. They're dark so that's thinning, the print was smaller, I didn't know they made those! Ladies, when I touched the fabric on these leggings, it was as if I had died and gone to soft material heaven. I was no longer told that only babies get the coziest and fuzziest fabric...IIIIIIII, Jen, an adULT was allowed to wear something so soft I could have died!!!!! It happens quite often and it happened again, I was wrong. I put them on and felt my butt. I did! It was so soft and smooth (the fabric ha!). I made sure to wear my high wedges for the pic to make the legs look longer lol!


I still have never worn them on their own unless it's to bed but I have worn them SO often under skirts and dresses and have several pair now!

Love the leggings as a detail under solids!

Nooooooow fast forward to me meeting this beautiful woman. This is Kaylynn, THE Agnes and Dora ambassador! (like seriously)


This girl has my heart. She is loving, hilarious, outspoken, full of fire (the good kind), driven and so talented. We were meant to be friends. We met on Instagram, decided to room together at Snap Conference in SLC Utah and the first time I meet her in real life, she brought me a Subway sandwich......I mean RIGHT????? Throughout our stay at good ole Snap, Kaylynn was rocking her leggings, sure, but she had some of the cutest skirts and tops and I was FLOORED to learn they were from Agnes and Dora....say WHAT??? They have tops? Dresses? She then went on to tell me they even have plain colored leggings.
SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!!!!
If someone would have told me that, I would have dropped all the cheapy leggings I was carrying in my Forever 21 bag and RAN to my computer or the next party and demanded my goodies!!! I think everyone was so crazy for the other leggings that the parties I went to only had those items. I immediately told her I wanted to collaborate with her to tell ALL other women that had my same experience the liberating truth! 
Speaking of darling tops they offer, THIS Peter Pan collared dream is a MUST! The fabric, the fit, the scalloped collar...I die!

 Don't you love it when your hubby is so kind to take a million pictures for you only to realize your phone was in your pocket the whole time? (insert rolling eyes emoji here) LOL

Moral of the story, sometimes (more often than not) I'm wrong. I was wrong about Agnes AND Dora ha! and I can't wait to make up for lost time now and buy up everything I see that screams ME on their site!!!!!
My next Purchase: classic black leggings
And after that lol: Gold Dot White Dress

6/2/15

The Cheap Truth

I'm coming to the realization that I may be cheap......that I may be a lil white trash err now and then, according to the fashion world standard, and I'm okay with it. I shop for clothes rarely, I'm all about Forever 21, I have clothes still from back in high school, I refuse to accept certain trends and I happen to like Walmart....I SAID IT!!!!!! My name is Jen and I AM CHEAP!!!!!!!!!! I feel better, wow....I feel a lot better!
I follow quite a few fashion gals on Instagram and I think they are top notch! They look stunning and they piece things together so beautifully. They all seem to have a link set up to where you can double tap on their picture and an email is sent to you to tell you where to purchase each piece. I DIE when I get an email saying that the skirt is oooooonly $600. ONLY? That's about how much it is to take my family to Disneyland for a few days! Only indeed bah!
Well imagine my complete surprise when I see the darling Annie from Stylish Petite wearing this amazing lacy bow top.
Perfection right??? My finger started twitching....I knew I wouldn't be able to resist so I threw caution to the wind and double tapped!!!! I was almost scared to check my email but somehow raced there as quick as quick could be. My jaw hit the FLOOR when I read that this top was $14.59.....ladies.....this top is 
$14.59!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 Needless to say I put in an order ASAP and I am SO glad I did! I wish I would have known better to order a size up but I think after losing a few needed lbs this will do just nicely.
The bow can sometimes throw me for a loop (no pun intended) but it is just so stunning on on trend right now that it's worth the extra hassle. I need to figure out how to tac it once I get it just right. Any thoughts on how?
I was also way proud of myself, not being a hair person, for making this happen. I put my hair in a low ponytail and then did many braids off of that. I then wrapped each one around, pinning as I went. This was the exact do I did for my Jane Austen party as well.

Lace top: Sheinside (I have it in Medium)
Brilliant green skirt: Chic-Wish

5/19/15

Suit N Tie Suit N Tie

I'm alive!!!! Boy, have my days been filled with photo shoots, blogger events, conferences, youth group obligations, fundraisers and family (not in that order ;D). I have soooooo many posts and pictures to share of all mentioned activities but FIRST I have to share a recent trip to the dapper Mr. Mac for the Mr's new suit! Guys, I'm in LOVE!!!!!! One of my responsibilities in church is being the camp director for all the young women in our congregation/ward. Our huge fundraiser was a carnival and BOY did that take a lot of imagination and hard work.....and I loved every second of it LOL! I'll post more on that later. At said carnival we had a live auction and the most aMAZing things were donated. 

One such donation was a full suit from Mr. Mac in American Fork, Utah. Guys, this place is leGIT and the owner just happens to live in our neighborhood. Well, I knew the Mr. was eyeing that particular item but I knew a lot of other men were too. I was attending to other duties while the auction took place but BOY did I know that he got it when I saw his face!!! He was pretty excited albeit a little nervous to tell me lol. The day of his suit fitting I posted a pic on IG of the final four suits we were debating on.
The response was heeeaaaavily weighted to suit number ONE. We really did love number four with it's brilliant blue hue but sooooo many people have wanted it that it's on back order for forever and harder to get. Weeeeelllllll, we went with......
Number ONE!!!!! After he was measured and taken care of we were told our suit would be ready in a  matter of days! These guys don't mess around and the finished result was more than we expected. The coat is like butter and the pants fit him like a glove. I demanded a fashion show and after a few minutes of prodding he relented (I think he was excited too but didn't want to appear too eager ha!). Now, let's take a moment while the Mr. changes into his new suit. While we were there at the shop with owner Adam Winn, he told us all about the fine quality of suits he carries. Seriously, this man has you covered if you want an inexpensive but well tailored suit all the way to if you want super high end and can drop a few thou. The extensive materials, the ties, the accessories...I never knew I could have so much fun in a man's SUIT store!!! I was particularly interested in the Happy Socks he has available. Have you guys SEEN these? Am I just behind the times in just now loving them?
I wanted him to buy EvErY single PAIR!!!!! Alas, he said they weren't really his "thing" (flash backs of a scene from Honey I Shrunk the Kids). The pout commenced...maybe only in my head to save myself from the embarrassment a childish tantrum would have caused in the middle of such a nice establishment and we left....without them.
BACK TO THE MR.
Ladies, when my man walked out with his new suit and fresh haircut I think I may have actually giggled. As in, my crush has just walked into the room and I am immediately RED giggled. He looked sooooooo good I could have eaten him UP! The power of a good suit ; ). He strutted around a little to make me laugh, then struck a pose that not only made me erupt into fits of giggles but also made it impossible NOT to see the sock he was wearing. HE BOUGHT SOME!!!!! When his suit was ready for pick up and I was off doing makeup, he BOUGHT some!!!! He is a keeper and I love him. I will name him Squishy and he will be mine. The next day at church I couldn't stop staring at him and decided right there and then that we would need to take a family pic so that I could remember the moment I fell in love with my sweet hubby all over again. Reasons that come to mind and I never want to forget:

He makes me laugh
He is such a good daddy
He is a God fearing man, at church every Sunday with us
He did something that wasn't his "thing" because he knew it would make me smile
He looks soooooooooo hot in his new suit
He loves me and I love him
You may all commence the awwwwwwwws
 And now the oh dears and head shaking LOL!!!
xoxo Jen
(ps you'll notice our youngest is wearing his own crazy socks to match his daddy's. I bought them both a pair of green Christmas socks from the dollar store for crazy sock day. Glad they could be used more than once lol)

4/1/15

Beverly Swimwear Giveaway *CLOSED*

Good good good, good vibraaatioooooons. Oh I can just HEAR the sounds of summer!!!

However, I may cringe, just a little, when someone asks if I'm ReAdY for summer. I know that in years past, it's because I could never find a swimsuit that I could be comfortable in AND be modest. Nor was it in fashion to have suits that covered more of my lower half (which isn't my fav) so they were very hard to find. 
I had found this suit and loved it dearly. When Mr. Kenneth Cole decided to discontinue it I felt impotent and out of control...which I really hate (name that movie). Ladies, I am not a traditional follower of trends. They come and go and make you look utterly ridiculous when looking back through photos lol. One trend that I am SO happy to get behind is the need and desire of more and more girls/women, to be modest. I love love LOVE it!!! Now that summer is quickly approaching I was so excited to team up with Beverly Swimwear because of her amazing patterns, flattering silhouettes, great prices.... AND THEY ARE MODEST!!!!  Aaaaaaaaaand....



are you ready for this? 
ONE lucky reader will win a FREE swimsuit of their choosing from the one and only Beverly!!! 
CAN YOU EVEN?????
What pattern will you choose? What style? 


It's quick and easy to enter, here are the deets:
  1. Follow the Classy Cosmetics IG account @classycozmetics
  2. Follow the Classy Cosmetics Blog (psst, that's the blog you're reading)
  3. Follow Beverly Swimwear on Facebook
  4. Follow Beverly on IG @bevswim
If you want to earn more entries, head over to my IG account to tag a few friends. You may also repost this on any social media for extra entries (separate comment for each) Please list a comment below with each requirement you fulfill. For the extra entries (tagging on IG) you may comment here as well. The more comments, the more chances you have to win! Now let the giveaway BEGIN!!!!!
You must be 18 or older to participate. If you are not, you must have your parents permission. Non valid or inappropriate comments will be deleted. We will check authenticity of all entries. Contest will run until Monday April 6th midnight MST. After all entries are verified, we will announce a winner.
GOOD LUCK!!!!!

 And could you DIE???? You and your smooshie mini me can wear matching suits!!!!! I need a girl, I need a girl! ; D