Parka Power + Giveaway

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J.Crew Cowlneck Sweatshirt XXS, J.Crew Nordic Parka XSP, Sorel Joan of Arctic Boots in Tobacco (1/2 size up), Free People Pom Pom Knit HatNars Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg, Illamasqua Viridian Nail Polish [Read more…]

When we first moved back up north, my parents warned us about how much colder the winters here were going to be compared to what we were used to down south. As a person that is generally cold almost all of the time, I made sure that I was ready by the time we got hit with our first snowstorm. I’ve picked up a few coats this season but none as thick as this J.Crew Nordic Parka. It’s a more affordable option than others I’ve found, while still providing a a more stylish fit. I seriously felt like Goldilocks trying to find the right size. J.Crew has a huge range of sizes ranging all the way from XXXS Petite to Regular sizes. I initially ordered the XXSP. Although it fit, the sleeves were slightly short when I lifted my arms up. I was going to just keep it and wanted to try the XSP but it was out of stock so I ordered the SP. It was way too big but luckily the XSP came back in stock and J.Crew honored my original sale price so that I had no qualms about ordering it. It is the perfect size and I’m glad I wasn’t lazy about getting the right fit. It’s thicker than any other coat I own and combined with my new furry Sorel snow boots, I’ve been staying cozy all month long. 

What are your cold weather must-haves?

 

P.S. Giveaway is currently up on my youtube channel. :)parkapower9

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Brow 101: My Favorite Brow Products and Brow Tutorial

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In high school, I used to be the girl that never left home without her lipgloss. My two favorites were MAC’s Underage and Oystergirl. In college I was rarely seen without black eyeliner. I still cringe when I see some old pictures of myself with thick, heavy, eyeliner. Nowadays, if I do nothing else, I will always do my brows…and sunscreen. I feel like I look instantly more put together when I have my brows done. It’s also something that won’t look unnatural on a naked face.

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I’ve nailed my brow routine down to just a few easy steps. The best part? it takes me less than 2 minutes.

I’ve tried and tested A LOT of brow products over the years, and these are my holy grail favorites. 

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  1. Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown    2. MAC Eyeshadow in Omega    3. Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil in Taupe     4. Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium    5. Anastasia Brow Gel     6. Great Lash Mascara in Clear     7. ELF Eyebrow Kit in Medium

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On extremely lazy days, I’ll brush through a couple strokes of Benefit’s Gimmebrow in light/medium. It darkens my eyebrows and the fibers in the formula stick to existing hairs creating a fuller effect instantly. It has a tiny spooley that makes it really easy to work the color in from the tail to the front.

Most days though, I’ll fill in sparse areas with my Anastasia brow wiz pencil in taupe. This pencil is an exact color match to my brow hairs and provides good natural looking coverage. A pencil fills in sparse areas and gaps better than powder, which is perfect if you have thinner asian brows like myself, or if you have a plucking mishap. For some reason, powders don’t stick to empty areas as well. 

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So Classic

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Anthropologie Paned Sweater Tunic by Moth (Regular XS/I would’ve preferred XXS but it was sold out); Buckle Bracelet (from Jeweler from similar here); 360 Pearl Earrings ; Stuart Weitzman 5050 OTK Boots (go half size down); Chanel Medium Double Flap Bag in Caviar Leather; Express Navy Wool Coat (old)

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video, you’ll see half my closet is comprised of dresses and rompers.) It hasn’t been a problem for me the past few years because Southern winters are a lot more forgiving. It finally got warm enough ( for an oh-so-brief moment) recently for me to wear this cozy sweater dress I have been gaga for. I picked it up recently and purchased it with this specific outfit in mind. It’s called a tunic and can be paired with leggings or jeans, but my shorter frame allows me to get away with wearing it as a dress. I also purchased it in a regular instead of petite for the extra length, and well, it was sold out. My husband surprised me with these 5050 boots this past Christmas and they fit me better than any OTK boot I have ever tried. I’ve been wanting a flat, over the knee boot  for a while now and this one checked all the boxes. Most of the ones I’ve tried were far too large and just sagged on me instead of giving me that sleek effect it gave everyone else. If you have trouble finding OTK boots, I highly recommend you check these out! The spandex in the back stretches and is therefore able to accommodate a larger or smaller fit. 

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