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Tom Ford Nudes



One of the best things about the color nude is that it isn’t strictly seasonal. A good nude can be worn in every season, when done appropriately! Tom Ford is a celebrity favorite that has extreme quality, color pay off, and glamour. Here are a few of my winter to spring nude picks from his beauty, polish, and eyewear line. High-end pieces are great to complete your makeup collection for days you want a little luxury in your life!

1:  Nail Lacquer, Sugar Dune – Tom Ford Beauty $32
Pair this nude with light colors for a fresh spring inspired look, or pair with a dark jeans and a sweater to keep things winter chic.

2: Ultra Shine Lip Gloss, Sugar Pink – Tom Ford Beauty $45
More of a pink toned nude, great for adding a little color to a dark smokey eye or bronze makeup look. 

3: Lip Color Sheer, In the Buff – Tom Ford Beauty $49
A beautiful nude that everyone needs in their collection. Wear it in the spring with a sundress for the ultimate weightless look. 

4: Ultra Shine Lip Gloss, Naked – Tom Ford Beauty $45
The perfect pale nude for any look. Pair it with just mascara for a beautiful natural everyday look.

5: TOM FORD Angelina Sunglasses – $380
A splurge for the girl who loves sunglasses. Beautiful when paired with all colors. Gold jewelry and a nude lip would go perfect with these large frames.

Happy splurging.


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Hair Care Diary

Today a dear friend of mine asked me a hair question, and my explaination ended up being pretty long so I thought it was something I should blog about for you guys! This my hair routine, hair history, and hair future (hopefully)!

History of my hair:
         First off, let me say my hair is EXTREMELY curly. With curly hair, comes a different texture than most other hair types. Rougher, thicker, and frizzier are the words to best describe a curly head. Along with my curls, my natural hair color is a light ashy brown I would say. Nothing too exciting there.
         My freshmen year of college, I decided to chop it all off and go blonde. Now, let me just say I foiled it to close to bleach blonde in stages, which was the healthiest way to do it at the time. I absolutely loved it. But, coloring your hair  blonde consistently every month or so for 3 years really takes a toll on the texture, ends and overall strength. Though I loved this color, I lost 70% of my thickness, my ends were horribly broken, and my hair overall was just not doing super well.
         I think we all have that crazy spur of the moment LET’S DYE MY HAIR TODAY moment, and last year, I sadly had that and dyed it dark brown from my bright blonde, single process. Needless to say, the terrifying term single process ended up looking as scary as it sounds. I hated it, missed the blonde immediately, and went back for foils 3 days later. The hair looked better and felt better, but was still very damaged. Luckily in my spur of the moment idiocy I dyed it a demi permanent, so it lighted a little, and with the foils was ok. 
         Since then, I have been growing my hair out, not coloring it, and letting it get healthy again. I eventually would love to go blonde again, but it’s just too damaging for my hair right now. The color I have is growing out giving me a semi ombre effect, or balayage as my hair friends would say. In the mean time to keep my hair looking good, feeling good and on the road to recovery, these are my every day/every week products. 
         I wash my hair every other day. I have oily roots, so it is a must to keep me from looking ratchet. But, if you can go longer between washes, DO IT! The less washing the better. When I do wash my hair, I get out, let it towel dry for about 30 minutes, and then apply the following:

  • It’s a 10 Leave In Conditioner Plus Keratin. *note, keratin can be very bad for the hair if used too often. It can overly protein the hair and cause MORE breakage. MY hair soaks it pretty well without breakage, but that’s just mine! Be careful with your keratin amounts!
  • Aveda Color Conserve Daily Color Protect. I don’t use this everyday cause it’s expensive, but I try to throw it in 1 to 2 times a week or every few washes.
  • An oil of some kind. This is essential for curly headed people like me to smooth things down, help soften ends and give them a better look, and moisturize the hair. I like using Biosilk or Moroccan Oil.  Biosilk can be used on dry skin as well, so though it’s expensive, it’s worth the price!
  • Redkin Anti-Snap. This was recommended to me by my BFF and Aveda graduate Erin, and I use this every few washes to help with the breakage or more commonly when my hair is going through a rough period. 
  • For days when I want to use a mask, I usually lean towards Lush Handmade Cosmetics products, or a coconut oil and egg white mask. 

         That is my normal hair care routine to help my hair recover enough to color it again! In March it will be a year since my last color, and it still has a long way to go but is starting to look and feel 10 times better than it was. I try to get my hair cut every couple months as well, but let’s be real, who has time for this every 2 weeks crap? No one. No one I know at least… :]

There you have it friends! I hope you found it helpful.
Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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Out with the old, in with the 2013 favorites!

Another year down, and many more to come!

One of the best things about a new year is the ability to sit and reflect on the one that has come to an end. 2013 was a year of ups and downs, filled with learning moments that will guide us through the next 12 months ahead. Taking the time to create some top lists filled with memories, places, people and the things that really made a difference in the previous year can bring everything full circle and turn it into ammo to hit the ground running!

To launch this life style blog and let everyone get to know a little bit more about me, I thought I would list my top favorite of 2013 in all of my favorite categories- “Mallory’s must haves,” if you will. Fashion, music, movies/TV, food, drink, beauty and books. These categories house all the things that give my life style color. Let’s jump right in!


Fashion Must Have of 2013

For me, fashion is a way of life, not just something I throw on. Cliche? I know, but if you know me you know that I take my clothing choices about as seriously as Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada. Bold statement, but a statement of truth. Picking a must have of 2013 is hard for me, but reflecting on my year it has definitely been

—> Collared shirts, buttoned all the way to the top!

Add a statement necklace and boom! You have 2013 Mallory in a nut shell. This look is timeless, creating a sophisticated style that can be paired with a high waisted jean, high waisted skirt, shorts, and anything else you can think of. A cardigan over the top can dress it down or a shorter skirt and heels can bring it to evening chic. A staple for any girls closet!


Beauty Must Have of 2013

Makeup is by far my guilty pleasure. I could read about it, blog about it, talk about it, live it and love it for days! My favorite for 2013 was easily chosen though a little broad, but

—> MAC Cosmetics

MAC Cosmetics really brought it home for me this year. From the foundations (I swear by MAC Pro Long Wear) to the eye shadows (I can’t go more than a week without using Brown Script for an eye shadow look), the quality and color ranges really just speak for themselves. Recently I have been loving the MAC Strobe Cream, but that is a post in itself!


Music Must Have of 2013

2013 was an amazing year for music. I have been an avid concert goer since junior high, and 2013 definitely was no different! Choosing a record for the entire year is close to impossible for me, so I am going to go with my most listened to.

—> Fall Out Boy’s “Save Rock and Roll” & The Front Bottom’s “Talon Of The Hawk”

Music is so subjective and can speak to people in different ways, but these are the two records I have kept coming back to throughout the year.


Movie Must Have of 2013

This film season has been insanity. I am a lover of good directing, quality writing, and tear jerkers that will make you wonder why you put yourself through it in the first place! This year has been great for film, but I have one stand out that I would choose above the rest:

–> Her

The movie Her stars Joaquin Phoenix and was directed by Spike Jonze. This is another one that is very subjective to each persons taste, but it really blew my mind out of the water if you know what I mean.


Food Must Have of 2013

Food! My number one love. I am excited to do some blogging about food in the future, and really share with everyone my hidden gems, favorite recipes, and delicious things I come across! My food favorite of 2013 is what I found myself loving most, embracing, and really finding new ways to eat:

—> Quinoa

A strange food of the year, but definitely mine. I discovered quinoa at the beginning of the year, and ever since have been going crazy for it! Delicious whens team with veggies or chicken, and very very healthy for you. A delicious alternative to rice or noodles as well. I will post my favorite quinoa recipes in the future.


Must Have TV Show of 2013

TV is something that I just can’t get enough of. It is sort of a college kids job to be a Netflix addict… right? Well, surprisingly enough over 2013 I didn’t find my must have on Netflix, but I did find one of what is now my favorite TV shows of all time:

—> Shameless (US Version)

The Gallagher family has brought me many laughs, tears and everything in between since starting this series over the summer. Very dark themes and writing coupled with family bond, love and other themes make this show something you will never be able to predict. Amazing work!


Must Have Drink of 2013

I turned 21 in 2013, so my must have drink is one with alcohol in it! If you know me, you know I definitely have one drink of choice:

—> Whiskey & Sour

Nothing like a good old whiskey sour. Need I say more?


Must Have Book of 2013

To end this favorites list, I thought I would go with my most loved book of the year. I have a soft spot in my heart for writing, and sometimes at the end of a hard day, you just need to lay down with a good book and get lost in another world.

—> Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

This is a classic book that has been around for a while, but I read it over the year and fell in love with the darkness in the plot. So much television these days has themes that resonate to this piece of literature, and I love seeing these connections after picking this up. Definitely a classic that everyone needs to enjoy in his or her life.


There you have it folks! My must have’s of 2013, and a little sneak peek into the life style of a 21 year old college student, beauty enthusiast and overall lover of all things creative. I’m excited to share more about this crazy life I lead with you all in the future!