Friday, February 22, 2019

FLAWLESS Skin with TEMPTU Airbrush Makeup

TEMPTU Perfect Canvas Starter Kit // Floral Robe // Slippers

Hi Friends!  I was recently introduced to an airbrush makeup company called TEMPTU who patented the first ever cordless airbrush makeup device.  I was so excited when they sent me their Perfect Canvas Starter Kit to try! Today, I'm providing my full review and sharing a few tips on achieving a smooth, glowy, flawless finish.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Her

I can't believe Valentine's Day is just around the corner!  I love this holiday because I'm a sucker for all things pink and red...and chocolate...and wine :)  Today I am sharing some of the cutest Valentine's Day gift ideas perfect for your "Galentine" - aka sister, bestie, mom, daughter, etc.  Don't forget to slide this blog post into your hubby / boyfriend's DMs to provide him some inspo when he's shopping for you, too! 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Splurge vs. Steal: Athleisure Edition

Happy Tuesday, y'all - I hope everyone enjoyed their three day weekend!  According to my Instagram stories yesterday, I was one of the only few who had to work on MLK day...womp womp.  Speaking of Instagram stories, when I asked on stories earlier this month what you wanted to see more of in 2019, the two most requested topics were Splurge vs. Steal and athleisure.  Today, I combined the two for a Splurge vs. Steal: Athleisure Edition!  I made a list of some of the most popular designer athleisure styles and scoured the malls / internet for affordably priced look a-likes.  I even went as far as checking out each of the items first-hand to ensure that I'm only recommending products that I love, and I can't wait to share these awesome steals with you today!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Favorite Stores for Affordable Work Wear

Sweater // Skirt // Pumps or Similar //  Bag {Similar} // Earrings // Necklace

Like many of you ladies, I spend Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM, in the office.  This means that we are dressed in work wear more than any other type of clothing, but for some reason it seems to be the hardest type to find and style.  

For my corporate job, I need a good mix of both business casual and business professional looks, and it's important to me that the items I purchase are versatile and good quality without breaking the bank.  When I'm styling my work looks, I like to pair classic staple pieces {like blazers} with trendier, fashion-forward items {like my pink velvet pumps}.  This allows me to express my own personal style / love for fashion in the work place while still looking professional.  Today, I am excited to share my favorite stores to purchase cute, affordable work wear plus a styled work look from each using my classic + trendy styling method described above!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Goals for 2019

I still can't believe that yesterday was my 1 year "blogiversary."  What a fun and wild ride this past year has been!  As I mentioned yesterday, I'm celebrating by sharing a two-part post.  Yesterday, I shared Part 1 which recapped my first year of blogging, my best selling items of the year, and my accomplishments of 2018.  For Part 2, I'm excited to share some big goals that I have for smiles & stripes in 2019!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

2018 Best Sellers & Accomplishments

Photo by Vici LLC Photography
Sweater // Faux Fur Vest // Pleated Skirt // Velvet Pumps // Gold Earrings // Bag

Exactly 365 days ago, I dove in head first into this fashion blogging journey of mine and never looked back.  I cannot believe it has already been an entire year since I started smiles & stripes!  This journey has challenged me, pushed me out of my comfort zone, given me the opportunity to meet some amazing women and work with great brands, has allowed me to fulfill my passion, and most importantly, has been SO MUCH FUN!  I absolutely love sharing the latest styles, the best deals, and creating content, and I couldn't be more thankful for your support!  I learned so much about this industry over the last year and I promise to continue learning, growing, and providing better content for y'all in 2019!

In celebration of my 1 year blogiversary, I am sharing a 2 part post.  Today, I'm talking about my top 10 best sellers and accomplishments from 2018.  Check back tomorrow to read about the goals I have for my blog for 2019!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Splurge vs. Steal - 10 of the Best Designer Dupes on Amazon

I am super "DUPE-er" {hehe} excited about today's blog post!  When I asked in my insta stories what you wanted to see on the blog in 2019, Splurge vs. Steal was hands down the most requested.  You ask and you shall receive!  If you're new here, check out my previous Splurge vs. Steal posts here and here.

While I love splurging on designer items from time to time, I also love the thrill of searching for good-quality designer dupes.  When I put these Splurge vs. Steal posts together, I read tons of reviews and even try out most of the items before I share them with you.  I found some of the most sought after designer styles for a FRACTION of the designer price, and I hope you love these affordable finds as much as I do!