When Fashion, Technology, and Social Justice Convene

This post is in partnership with Verizon.

Earlier this week, I attended #MotoZFashionNight hosted by at Laurie Solet boutique. It was a special event because it brought women together to celebrate fashion, technology, and social justice. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Verizon HopeLine program has been committed to domestic violence prevention since 2001. So, Verizon got us all together to talk about HopeLine and the technology that makes it all happen.


Laurie Solet boutique was the perfect setting for #MotoZFashionNight. We enjoyed light bites, wine, and of course, a little shopping. I’ll be sharing a couple of my finds from the boutique in upcoming posts.


While there, we explored the new  and its cool accessories. The Moto Z is currently the thinnest premium smartphone, and it’s available exclusively to Verizon. This little device is quite powerful and becomes even more so with the addition of accessories called Mods. The phone is a smartypants, too, and connects to Mods without bluetooth. The speaker Mod (barely larger than the phone) especially impressed me by providing music for the entire party. And, it was booming, y’all!

Verizon HopeLine

The Moto Z is also available through the HopeLine Program. One of the major efforts of the Verizon HopeLine program is providing wireless phones and service to victims and survivors of domestic violence. This program is so crucial because these phones serve as lifelines by keeping recipients connected to emergency or support services when needed and also to family and friends.


I’m excited to support Verizon’s work around domestic violence. It’s fairly easy too. I’m rounding up a few of my older phones and accessories to . Verizon either refurbishes or recycles the phones to benefit HopeLine. Also, since purple is the color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I’ll be rocking purple and buying purple. Purchases of purple products at Verizon, like my new mophie power station, benefit .

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Fall Essentials in Latest Kate Spade Surprise Sale

Kate Spade dropped another this morning. Woohoo! This one will run through September 30th. As usual, the prices are amazing with some slashed by as much as 75%. What I found most surprising, though, is the selection of perfect-for-Fall items including in the sale. If you’re a fan of Kate Spade, don’t overlook the deals in this latest promotion. Here are three of my favorite fall items in the .

Kate Spade Surprise Sale Fall 2016

A Bright and Light Layer for Vibrant Fall Style

Tis the season to layer! A light layer can be essential during transitional weather. Since temperatures tend to be so sporadic this time of year, light pieces that can help my style adapt to most conditions come in handy. Vests, like today’s featured (60% off today), are my go-tos because they can also jazz up an outfit.

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What I’m Wearing:

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Location: Laclede’s Landing, St. Louis


A basic and my favorite get new life when I throw on a . It’s still fairly warm in St. Louis, but when it gets cooler, the vest can look just as good worn over a long-sleeve top.


Have you tried Mac’s latest Liptensity lipsticks? I’m wearing , which just happens to match my vest. Totally not intended. I love these new lipsticks because they deliver intense color with a satiny finish.


Want more vest styling inspiration? Check out the following posts:

How to style a faux suede vest

Two ways to wear a black suiting vest

How to wear a sleeveless trench (bonus look)

Start at the Top: Statement Blouses for Fall

It’s the season to go over the top! In fact, Fall 2016 is all about making bold style statements, and a standout top is an easy choice for achieving that. So, stand out this fall in these statement blouses I’ve been eying.

statement blouses fall 2016

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Simple, Affordable Makeup Routine with 5 Top e.l.f. Cosmetics

This post is sponsored by Gordmans.

I’ve been a longtime user of e.l.f. cosmetics, a brand with some major hits and a few misses. When I started experimenting with makeup, e.l.f. made sense for me because the entire line is value-priced with products starting at only $1. Several years later, e.l.f. products remain among my staples because they perform well. While shopping  recently, I noticed several new-to-me elf products. So, I tried a few of them. This post shares my everyday face using my favorites from among those.


My everyday makeup look is natural with a statement lip. I love a bold lipstick, y’all. Naturally, I gravitated to the  that promise vibrant color with a velvety finish at only $3. Somehow, this lippie in Razzle Dazzle Red delivered on that promise.

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I always start my face with brows, so I tried the  in deep brown. At only $2 each, it filled my brows perfectly. I, then, apply my (in NC50) and (in NC50).


A quick look at my e.l.f. haul from .


Next step for me are the eyes. I very rarely wear eyeshadow, so I skipped e.l.f. shadows and went straight to the liners. I tried the in Jet Black and was pleased with how easy it was to get my signature bold line. I then applied several coats of the e.l.f. 3-in-1 Mascara in Very Black. This mascara has a really cool brush that reaches every lash, but the tube doesn’t seem to hold much product.


Of course, I never leave home without blush. Therefore, I couldn’t resist picking up the  (dark). Four rich-looking blushes for only $6? This palette is my favorite elf purchase from Gordmans. The colors are so pigmented that I barely needed to dip my to apply color. And, did I mention there are four blushes for only $6?


Et voila! That’s my lazy-girl, affordable makeup routine.